Welcome to South Lopham

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This is the official website for the Parish of South Lopham. Here you will find details of your Parish Council, local information and events.

If you are a visitor, a special welcome to our village and lovely countryside, we hope you will find this site useful in finding places to stay and visit.

Please make a point of signing in regularly to keep up to date with local events and news, or sign up for email updates via the “subcribe2 our site” link on the right, or follow us on Twitter @SouthLopham.

We welcome contributions to the News area and any items for inclusion should be sent to webmaster@southlopham.co.uk

Agenda for South Lopham Parish Council Meeting 6 November 2014

Members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend the Meeting of South Lopham Parish Council to be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 6 November 2014 at Valley Farm, Low Meadow, South Lopham.

Members of the press and public are welcome to attend.

Agenda in PDF Format (opens in new window).

Lophams’ News November 2014

The November 2014 edition of the Lophams’ News has been published and uploaded to the website. Click here to view it (Adobe PDF format opens in new window).

Breckland Art Trail

Following the success of the Breckland Art Trail in 2012 and 2013 Breckland Council has again organised the Art Trail in 2014 with events across the District from 8 – 15 November.

For more details see their promotional poster (PDF opens in new window), go to the website www.brecklandarttrail.com or follow them on Twitter @BreckArtTrail.

Lophams’ Society Autumn Quiz and Christmas Drop-in

The Lophams’ Society Autumn Quiz was held on the 12th September and despite attendance being slightly down on our Spring Quiz, due probably to some of our regulars taking advantage of a late summer break, the evening was enjoyed by all and especially those who are new residents to the Lophams and those who were first-time quizzers.

The next Lophams’ Society event will be the CHRISTMAS DROP-IN on Friday 12th December between 6pm and 9pm. This is a FREE annual event where all Lophams’ residents are invited to join us in the Village Hall for a buffet of festive food, mulled wine, music and carols and possibly a visit from Father Christmas. So please come along and join us in a little pre-Christmas get-together.

For further information on the Lophams’ Society please contact Roy Clark on 01379 688408.

Diss U3A October Meeting

The guest speaker at the Octobermeeting was Elizabeth Gowing, who gave a talk called ‘Edith and I – On the trail of an Edwardian Traveller in Kosovo’.u3a oct 1

Kosovo is a tiny country (about the size of Devon) yet full of intriguing history and culture. Elizabeth Gowing’s talk gave us a fascinating insight into the life of the lady dubbed by Albanians as ‘the Queen of the Highlanders’.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 6th November, commencing at 10.30, at Diss United Reform Church. The guest speaker will be Elizabeth Sweeney who will give a talk called, ‘Brussels, Europe – What’s it all about? Who is making the laws in Europe?’

For further information on Diss U3A please visit the website:  www.dissu3a.org.uk

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Minutes from Parish Council Meeting 4 September 2014 Published

The minutes of the Parish Council meeting held at 19:30 on Thursday 4 September 2014 at Valley Farm, Low Common have been published.  They can be read here (opens in PDF format).

October / November “Cock Crow”

The October / November 2014 edition of “Cock Crow”, the newsletter of the Upper Waveney Benefice is available to download here. (Opens in PDF format).

Your vote matters

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The way you register to vote is changing

Up to now, the head of a household has been responsible for registering everyone who lives there.

From 10 June, people in England and Wales will register as individuals instead, using a new system. Scotland will follow on 19 September.

Look out for your letter

Most people who are already registered to vote are being moved onto the new system automatically. So you may not need to do anything.

Look out for a letter from your local council in July or August.

The letter will tell you whether you’ve been moved automatically, or whether you need to register on the new system. You can register online in less than 5 minutes.

Not already registered to vote?

Register to vote (England and Wales)

More about voter registration

The electoral register (including information on fines)

Individual Electoral Registration (background and how information is used)

Mobile Library Service Routes and Dates 2014

The Norfolk County Council mobile library service has rescheduled a number of its routes and published new dates for all its services.

For the latest timetable for South Lopham and surrounding areas please see the route information on their website.

Any South Lopham resident in need?

SOUTH  LOPHAM  ESTATES  CHARITY

(Registered Charity No. 221724)

Part of the purpose of this charity is to give modest sums of money (say up to £100 – but could be increased in appropriate cases) to residents of South Lopham who have a specific financial need.

We are particularly interested in helping young people with the expenses of education and training, including travel.

Other applications for consideration could include (a) anyone suffering as a result of a bereavement or an unforeseen setback; or (b) problems or expense as a result of illness in the family such as travel to a hospital or care home; or (c) to assist any resident who has insufficient disposable income to enable him/her to enjoy the occasional treat; or (d) any other cause which the Trustees consider deserving.

If you believe that you or someone in your family may qualify for such assistance would you please contact the Secretary Keeley Chapman on 01379 687985 for further details and a simple application form for completion.

If you are aware of any other resident in specific financial need please let the Secretary know so that we can approach that person to see if we can help.

Please be assured that all applications will be treated sympathetically and with complete confidentiality.

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Changes to scrap metal collection – How will this affect you?

From 1 October 2013, a new law called the ‘Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013’ commences across England and Wales.

As a member of the public who may come into contact with collectors in the area you live you need to be aware:

  • Mobile collectors need a licence from every local authority in which they collect scrap metal.
  • ‘A licensed Collector’ will display in their vehicle a valid photographic collector’s licence issued by Breckland Council – this notice should be visible to you from outside the vehicle and will include the Council logo.
  • From 1st October 2013 a collector can no longer pay you in cash for any scrap metal he collects from you.
  • Payment can only be made by cheque or electronic transfer.
  • If you are taking scrap metal to a licensed site, you will need to take formal ID with you, and the site manager must record these details.
  • A valid local authority site licence must be displayed in view of the public at any site that you take your scrap metal to.

If you think an offence is being committed please contact Norfolk Constabulary on telephone number 101.

Please contact Breckland Council’s Licensing Team for further information on 01362 656876

In Case of Emergency – Know Your Grid Reference

To help the Emergency Services get to you as quickly as possible in an emergency, particularly in rural areas it is good practice to have the grid reference for your home clearly displayed next to your telephone.

You can print out and use this Grid Reference Card (PDF document opens in a new window) and enter your address and Grid Reference to keep by the telephone.

To find out your Grid Reference you can use www.gridreferencefinder.com to find your house on the map and get the grid reference.

Please help friends, relatives or neighbours who don’t have access to the internet by completing a Grid Reference Card for them.

If you need assistance please contact the webmaster, Parish Clerk or any of the Parish Councillors who will be happy to help.

Weather in South Lopham

South Lopham has it’s own weather station!  Local resident and amateur meteorologist Ron Gray maintains and updates a website (opens in new tab) that records current and historical weather conditions in South Lopham.

The Maintenance of Public Rights of Way in the Lophams’

As a community we are fortunate to have an extensive network of public footpaths in the village which are protected by law.  For a number of years Breckland District Council has paid for many of these paths to be cut on a regular basis thus making them readily available for all of us to use.  However, as part of the local government cutbacks Breckland is no longer able to finance the cutting of these footpaths and is instead insisting that the landowners fulfil their legal obligations by ensuring that these paths are accessible at all times.  The withdrawal of regular cutting by Breckland has meant that many paths in each village have become overgrown and difficult to walk this year.

Norfolk County Council has given responsibility for footpath maintenance to its Highways Department who will deal directly with the landowner to ensure he is fulfilling his legal obligations.  However the parish councils in North and South Lopham would like to be made aware of any footpath problems so that they can monitor the situation in each village. Please contact the Parish Clerk, add a comment to this post or tweet @SouthLopham using hashtag #PRoW to report any issues.

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@SouthLopham on Twitter

Follow South Lopham Parish Council on Twitter.South Lopham Parish now has a Twitter account.  Follow us @SouthLopham for news, events and local information.