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Members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend the Annual General Meeting of South Lopham Parish Council to be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 9 May 2013 at Pansthorne B&B, South Lopham.
Members of the press and public are welcome to attend.
Agenda in PDF Format (opens in new window).
Fancy trying a new sport? The Norfolk Village Games Roadshow is visiting the Lophams’ Village Hall on Sunday 19 May 2013 from 2pm – 5pm.
Why not go along and try archery, dodgeball, table tennis, cricket, carpet bowls, ‘boccia’ / new aged kurling or rounders.
For more information on sports and how to get active in Norfolk go to www.activenorfolk.org or call 01603 731566
Have you moved to the Lophams’ in the last couple of years?
Would you like to know more about The Lophams’ Society?
If you answer yes to either of the above questions then we would like to invite you to join us for drinks and nibbles at The White Horse public house in South Lopham on Monday 20th May between 7 and 9pm. All new residents are welcome.
For further information please ring Granville Horan on 01379 640355.
After welcoming the audience and the committee to the April meeting Janet Bloomfield, the new chairman for 2013, concluded her opening remarks with the hope that in this the 10th anniversary year, under her stewardship Diss U3A will continue to enjoy the success that it has enjoyed since its formation in 2003.
This month’s guest speakers were Louis and Anna from the Time Travel Team who told the story of Charles Peace a “Victorian criminal.”
For more information on Diss U3A please visit the website or telephone 01379 642674
The next meeting will be on 2nd May at Diss United Reformed Church commencing at 10.30am
The May 2013 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).
Members of the Lophams’ Society, South and North Lopham Parish Councils and around 40 residents attended the annual Village Meeting on Friday 12 April 2013 at the Lophams’ Village Hall. People were welcomed with drinks and snacks kindly provided by the Lophams’ Society. The meeting was opened by the Chairman of the Lophams’ Society Granville Horan at 7.30pm with the Society AGM, followed by reports by the South and North Lopham Parish Councils. Our local Councillor William Nunn gave an update on matters regarding the District and County Councils with particular emphasis on the changes to the planning regulations. Brief presentations were made by representatives from a number of local groups and societies. For more informati0n the notes from the meeting kindly recorded by Mike Cox, Clerk to North Lopham Parish Council can be viewed here (PDF document opens in a new window).
The minutes of the Parish Council meeting held at 19:30 on Thursday 14 March 2013 at Pansthorne B&B have been published. They can be read here (opens in PDF format).
Founded by a secondary cancer survivor and Macmillan Cancer Voice, Jay Hurley, The Art Of Life is a volunteer led group that helps people who are living with Cancer. They run regular art and colour therapy sessions and other activities in the Diss area.
See their website at www.theartoflife.org.uk (opens in a new window) for more information, how to get involved in their activities or how to support their work by making a donation or volunteering some of your time.
The Friends of South Lopham Church are holding a Slide Show on Friday 31st May 2013 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
Mr Kevin Pilmer will show slides of the Lophams past and coffee and cake will be served.
Tickets on the door at £6.00
The April / May 2013 edition of “Cock Crow”, the newsletter of the Upper Waveney Benefice is available to download here. (Opens in PDF format).
Members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend a meeting to be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 14 March 2013 at Pansthorne B&B, South Lopham.
Members of the press and public are welcome to attend.
Agenda in PDF format (opens in new window).
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.
Plantlife has been involved in conservation work in the Breckland area and through this work hopes to bring 50 plant populations back from the brink securing sustainable solutions for their future management. We are currently recruiting volunteers to help us monitor the impact of this work during 2013 and beyond. Volunteers will be provided with training helping them to identify 28 important plant species and will receive ongoing support. This is a great opportunity for people who enjoy being outside, would like to know more about the wild plants in their local area and have 1 or 2 days to spare next year during the spring and summer.
If you feel that this may be of interest to people you know then please visit www.wildaboutplants.org.uk/brecks and complete our volunteer interest survey.
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.