LITCHAM METHODIST CHURCH

CELEBRATION PRAISE &   REDEDICATION
Thursday JUNE 20th at 7.30pm

A joyful evening of traditional and modern hymns and worship songs
celebrating the refurbishment of our windows….

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Litcham ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

Litcham ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

 

We have started our rehearsals for Alice in Wonderland, to be performed at Litcham High School in October.  Would you like to help in a non-acting role? We are always in need of help with stage, setup, refreshments and front of house. Please call Mary Osborne on 01328 700248, if you would like some information.
Last year, the cast performed Robinson Crusoe and thanks to your generosity, we have been able to donate £300 to some wonderful charities. £100 has been donated to Flat Friends; a charity dedicated to supporting women who have had mastectomy surgery without breast reconstruction, including those who may face such decisions now or in the future.  £100 has been donated to East Bilney care home residents fund, a very worthy cause. £100 has been donated to St Mary’s Church, Tittleshall.  Please support us again this year so that we can continue our charity donations, have an inclusive society and produce a fabulous pantomime.
Mary Osbourne

LITCHAM COMMUNITY FETE & CAR BOOT

Saturday 22nd June from 12noon until 4pm

 As usual this will be held on Litcham School Field, Mileham Rd, PE32 2NZ, parking available in Archers Field.  Attractions to include BBQ, cake stall, bouncy castle, raffle, stall run by groups within our community and trade stalls.  Licensed bar.
For more information, booking car boot stalls or trade stands please contact Alison Briston on 07961370264 or email litchamcommunityfete2019@gmail.com

LITCHAM COMMUNITY FETE

LITCHAM COMMUNITY FETEwould like to invite you and your dogs to our

FUN DOG SHOW

Sunday 13th May from 12noon to 4pm

At The Meadow, Chalk Farm, Druids Lane, Litcham PE32 2YA

There are 15 classes for you and your dogs to enjoy, including child handler, waggiest tail and prettiest dog and bitch.  Rosettes and prizes for every class to 3rd place.
Registration from 11am, judging will start at 12:30pm
Refreshments will be available all day.
If you would like to sponsor a class for only £15, come along with a trade stand or more information please contact:
Alison Briston on 07961370264 or email litchamcommunityfete2019@gmail.com

NEWS FROM ALL SAINTS

Although a little way ahead, our next Big Event is on Saturday 29th June when Pam Jackman is organising a concert with the West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra in the church at 4pm.  Tickets are £5 to include afternoon tea.  Children under 16 go free.  Contact Pam for tickets on 01328 701622.
Looking back to Sunday 31st March, Mothering Sunday, it was also the Fifth Sunday and the Benefice Eucharist was held at Mileham Church, where we were made very welcome.  The Benefice Choir lent a really lovely atmosphere with the anthems and leading the hymns.
Afterwards we enjoyed their hospitality with tea, coffee and lovely homemade cakes and biscuits.  Reverend Miriam and Canon Heather kindly produced little flower posies for all the ladies of the congregation.
The previous week, on 24th March, six of us joined our Methodist friends for their annual Songs of Praise at Thursford which included signing with the Deaf Choir. The Revd Andrew King joined Stephen Lynn in taking the service.  The theme was ‘Action for children’.  It was a privilege and pleasure to work with Yvonne who taught us the signing.  It was a moving experience with a lot of our deaf friends in the congregation. Next month I will let you know how the coffee morning at Bevan Cottage went.I leave you with this little prayer:

 

Thought for Today
Keep a light in your eye and a song on your lips
And you can face today.
Keep a good friend in your heart
And you can face tomorrow.
Keep a little hope and faith in your soul
And you can face the world!

Iris Hesselden

 

So, until next month.  Enjoy the summer.  Love and God Bless,

Changes to Local Bus Services

There will be a number of service changes to local Bus services from April 7th.
Some services are being withdrawn as coach operators like Peelings and Carters after many good years of service have decided they no longer wish to provide bus services when new laws come into place from January 1st 2020 which does not allow coaches to be used on local bus services. As a result of the review passenger will see low floor more accessible vehicles used on many services.

  • Some villages currently serve by the Swaffham area flexibus will now be served by a timetabled service linking passenger to both Swaffham and Kings’s Lynn with no need to either pre book or connect to onward services.
  • The Carters services to both Dereham and Norwich have been amended and merged into one service to each location.
  • The Sanders 24 service to Norwich will change the day of operation to Monday.
  • The West Norfolk Community Transport 22 service has been changed significantly as a result of a commercial registration from Lynxbus who will now be providing an improved service through the Massingham area to both Fakenham and Kings’s Lynn.

All service changes are based upon past usage and passenger feedback through consultations last year.

From April 7th some passengers may not be able to travel exactly like they currently do, however this service change reflects the council procuring contracts from an ever decreasing base of providers, restricted by changes to laws around accessibility and licensing which has limited the outcomes that could be achieved for passengers.
Attached is a list of the new provision by village, and 7 passenger notices for the services changing. I have designed bespoke information for some villages where there will be significant changes which will be sent soon to share, if you like something bespoke for a particular village, or you have any queries around the changes, please ask.

Village List

Links to websites:

 

Golden Cockerel Flies Again

Spire cockerel

On a gloriously sunny day the Litcham All Saints cockerel, looking resplendent in his new coat of gold leaf, was hoisted to the top of the tower.  Te cockerel has been fully restored by S.  Michlmayr & Co in memory of Christopher Hanson-Smith, 1927-2018, through the kind donations of his family and many friends.

LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Annual Parish Meeting
was held attended by six Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor E Gould and six members of the public.  Reports were received from local organisations, the Chairman of the Parish Council and the County and District Councillors.


Parish Council Meeting
At the March Parish Council meeting which was attended by six Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor E Gould and two members of the public the following was considered:
Planning: Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the application for a proposed two storey extension and porch to front at 23 Church Street. The application for a replacement dwelling and double garage with storage above at 29 Church Street had been withdrawn. Decisions:Approval had been granted by Breckland Council for the proposed demolition of existing conservatory and erection of single storey rear extension and cladding externally to existing house at Coppice Lexham Road. No decision had yet been received from Breckland Council for the 16 houses between Weasenham and Wellingham Roads and the District Councillor will request from the planning department at Breckland a reason for the delay.
Highways: The Parish Council had received a response from Bespoke Construction but as the problem has not been resolved the Parish Council is to write again complaining about the lack of consideration. The members were very disappointed that Norfolk County Council had not enforced BT to repair the ironwork near to the pumping station. The County Councillor informed the meeting that the County Council cannot force BT to repair the road. The culvert under the road on Dunham Road will be repaired as soon as a road closure notice has been completed. The footway outside the school on Church Street and opposite near to the telephone box will be reported as will the potholes on Back Lane. The hydrant signs that have been damaged on the Green and near to the Jubilee Hall will be reported to Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service. The County Councillor is to investigate the ownership of the footway between Front and Back streets as this is being damaged by cars driving across it on Back Street.
Litcham Primary School:  A letter had been received from Litcham School to state that the Primary Phase children had raised over £500 over the past few years and the children have suggested that a bench be installed in Manor Drive. The County Councillor is to investigate the ownership of the land so that a decision can be given at the next meeting.
Elections:  Elections for the Parish Council will take place on 2 May at the same time as elections to Breckland Council.
Dog Fouling: There has been a significant increase of dog fouling especially along Lexham Road. The Parish Council is to contact the Dog Warden who if necessary will use covert surveillance to reduce the problem. If you see any person not clearing up after their dog please report them to the Dog Warden on 01362 858500.
Next Meeting13 May, which is the Annual Parish Council Meeting following the elections at 7:30pm at the Jubilee Hall. All parishioners are cordially invited to attend and the first part of the meeting is set aside for parishioners to raise issues with the Parish Council. The full minutes are available for viewing by any parishioner by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112 or on the Litcham website, www.litcham.org

WE NEED YOUR HELP

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As you may have noticed we have a problem with dog fouling in the area again and we need your help to catch whoever is responsible.
If you witness anyone failing to clean up after their dog please report them on:
Call or Text  01362 858500
Dog fouling is not only socially unacceptable; it is also a criminal offence. We are working hard to catch everyone who continues to break the law.
Although we will be utilising covert surveillance and patrols in the area over the next few months, we would also love your help as a local resident. We are trying to get as many people as possible to join our fight against dog fouling.
Together we will get these irresponsible people to clean up their act!

On another note, if you have a dog it may be worth mentioning that bagged dog waste can be disposed of at home. Simply place bagged dog waste in your wheelie bin. Please don’t take it to the small roadside dog bins. These bins are to help you when out walking.

If you have any questions or need help please feel free to call us on 01362 858500