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 The application for a replacement dwelling and double garage with storage above at 29 Church Street had been withdrawn.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

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SOUP LUNCH AT THE TITTLESHALL METHODIST CHAPEL

Wednesday 20th March from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Come and enjoy some company, a warming bowl of home-made soup a dessert plus tea or coffee.
Vegetarian and gluten-free diets catered for.
You are invited to donate as much as you wish for your meal.
Proceeds in aid of Tittleshall Methodist Chapel funds.

LITCHAM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP – Spring Production

Curtain Up!
by Peter Quilter

A warm-hearted comedy about a group of  women who inherit a run-down theatre and their brave attempt to bring  it back to life. Five talented actors from Litcham Entertainment Group  have been rehearsing the play over the winter months and performances  will take place at The Jubilee Hall in Litcham on Friday 5th and  Saturday 6th April at 7.30 pm. Our aim is to raise as much money as possible for the refurbishment of the hall, and to give you a lovely  evening out, so do come and see it.
Tickets, which cost £ 7.50 are available in person from Litcham Post Office Stores or by telephone from Val Horton 01328 700909.
Young people would, as ever, be very welcome, but we suggest that the play is suitable for those aged 10 upwards. It is a fast-paced and very funny comedy, often touching and thought-provoking, which will warm your heart and make you laugh.
Paul Hands

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

Litcham Drop In

The ‘Drop In’ is held at the Jubilee Hall on Tuesdays in term time.
We are changing our opening times to 10am – 12 noon
The Drop In is for everyone, from all our villages.
Caring for someone with dementia?
Lonely or feeling isolated?
At home with young children?
New to the area?
Looking for information about debt?
Like to knit?
Just would like coffee, cake and a chat.
£1 includes coffee, refills and cake.
Come  and join us, we are a friendly bunch
Heather 700071, ring if you would like to know more.

NEWS from LITCHAM ALL SAINTS

First, our thanks to all who made the Christmas Lunch and Bazaar such a great success.  We raised £500, despite there being a lot of Christmas fairs in other villages – so that was particularly good.  Thank you all who helped in any way and for coming.  The backroom music was an added bonus and helped with the ambience.  Thank you André for that.
Our next fundraiser is the Lexham Hall Snowdrop Walk.  We organise the refreshments in aid of Litcham All Saints Church by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Neil Foster.  We need lots of soup, cakes and sausage rolls, please.  It is on Sunday 10th February from 11 am to 4pm.  See post
Although it seems a long time ago, the weekend of the 100 years centenary of the end of the First World War was a very busy one.  Following Commemoration at Beeston, on Sunday 11th November there was a very good turnout at Litcham when the Reverend Dennis Ackroyd conducted the Remembrance Service.  That evening, Godwick Barn was the venue for “The Battle’s Over Commemoration” successfully organised by Tittleshall Parish Council with guest of honour, General, the Lord Dannatt former head of the army who spoke movingly of his grandfather, whose medals he wore, as well as touching on his extensive experience of the army of today and some of the consequences for soldiers and of the debt we owe.  Also present was the Bishop of Lynn and the High Sheriff of Norfolk.
The Remembrance Day Service collection from Litcham All Saints, Beeston St Mary’s and the Fransham Churches together with generous donations for the Appeal from Litcham and Beeston Parish Councils amounted to £708.96.  Grateful thanks to John Jones, RBL who forwarded the collection to the Norfolk County Poppy Appeal 2018.
30th December, is a Fifth Sunday – come and join us at Litcham All Saints for the Benefice Service at 10 o’clock.  There will be a few nibbles and a glass of wine afterwards.  We look forward to welcoming you.
We all wish you a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.  Love and God Bless, June Bevan

PS- I have noticed that when I have short-changed Chester his treats – yes, he counts them – and then he lies down and whistles through his nose!

Remembrance

Although it seems a long time ago the weekend of the 100 years of the First World War was a very busy one.  Following Commemoration at Beeston, on Sunday 11th November there was a very good turn out at Litcham when The Reverend Dennis Ackroyd conducted the Remembrance Service.  That evening, Godwick Barn was the venue for “The Battle’s Over Commemoration” with Guest of Honour, General, the Lord Dannett former head of the Army who spoke movingly of his grandfather, whose medals he wore, as well as touching on his extensive experience of the Army of today and some of the consequences on soldiers and of the debt we owe.  Also present was the Bishop of Lynn and the High Sheriff of Norfolk.
The Remembrance Day Service collection from Litcham All Saints, Beeston St Mary’s and the Fransham Churches together with generous donations for the Appeal from Litcham and Beeston Parish Councils amounted to £708.96.  Grateful thanks to John Jones, RBL who forwarded the collection to the Norfolk County Poppy Appeal 2018.
June Bevan

Christmas Lunch & Bazaar

First, our thanks to all who made the Christmas Lunch and Bazaar such a great success.  We raised £500 despite there being a lot of Christmas Fairs in other villages – so that was particularly good.  Thank you all who helped in any way and for coming. The backroom music was an added bonus and helped with the ambiance.  Thank you André for that.
Our next fundraiser is the Lexham Hall Snowdrop Walk.  We organise the refreshments in aid of Litcham All Saints Church by kind permission of Mr & Mr Neil Foster.  We need lots of soup, cakes and sausage rolls, please.  It is on Sunday 10th February from 11 am to 4pm.
We all wish you a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.
Love and God Bless, June Bevan

New Year – New Role?

Litcham All Saints are urgently seeking a Treasurer to keep the Church accounts. Some computing and accounting skills would be necessary to fulfil this role of approximately half-a-day a month.
Please call the PCC Secretary, Karen Moore to discuss further. Tel: 01328 700313