This is the official website for the Parish of South Lopham. Here you will find details of your Parish Council, local information and events.
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The minutes of the Parish Council meeting held at 19:30 on Thursday 14 November 2013 at Valley Farm, Low Meadow have been published. They can be read here (opens in PDF format).
The December 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).
The December 2013 / January 2014 edition of “Cock Crow”, the newsletter of the Upper Waveney Benefice is available to download here. (Opens in PDF format).
At the November meeting the guest speaker was Julia Sorrell who gave a lively and affectionate talk on the life and work of her father, the artist Alan Sorrell, one of Britain’s best known archaeological painters.
For further information on Diss U3A please telephone 01379 642674 or visit our website.
The next meeting will be on 5th December at the Diss United Reformed Church commencing at 10.30am.
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 14 November 2013 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).
There was a great turnout for the Lophams’ Society’s Autumn Quiz held at the Village Hall on the 11th October. The event attracted an almost capacity number of quizzers and it was good to welcome not only our regular supporters but many new faces who we hope will join us for future events. St Andrews School was well represented by the winning team who took a healthy lead in what was otherwise a closely fought contest. Thanks are due to Simon Dilloway for providing the questions and keeping order and Steve Reynolds for keeping the scores. Thanks also go to the committee members and helpers who provided and served the interval supper and the bar staff who kept everyone refreshed throughout what was a most enjoyable evening. The proceeds of this event will go towards funding the Lophams’ Society Christmas Drop-in which will be held at the village hall on the 13th December.
The external Audit of accounts for the Financial Year up to 31 March 2013 has been concluded. The Annual Return and Audit findings are available for inspection by any Elector of South Lopham Parish on application to the Parish Clerk. Copies of the Return can be requested for a fee of £2 to cover copying costs payable to South Lopham Parish Council.
Link to formal notice.
The minutes of the Parish Council meeting held at 19:30 on Thursday 12 September 2013 at Valley Farm, Low Meadow have been published. They can be read here (opens in PDF format).
Thetford has a run away success on its hands! Figures presented to a Moving Thetford Forward (MTF) meeting show that the Thetford Parkrun now has over 600 registered runners, 40 registered volunteers and participants ranging from five to 70 years.
With an impressive 10,820km clocked up by participants since the first event in February 2013, Thetford Parkrun has more than achieved its aim of creating a free, safe and sustainable community-led event and improving health and fitness in the local area
Thetford Parkrun is a free event that is open to people of all ages and abilities. The event was set up by town resident Melanie Floyd, with grants from Moving Thetford Forward and Active Norfolk, and the help of Breckland Council’s Communties Team. Participants meet at 9am every Saturday morning at The Priory and run a set 5k route around Abbey Meadows.
Melanie Floyd said: “There’s a really friendly atmosphere and everyone feels supported.”
There is now also a second, sister run on Tuesday evenings. For more information about Thetford Park Run, look on the Thetford Parkrun website www.parkrun.org.uk/thetford. For more information about MTF look on the website www.movingthetfordforward.com or call Kevin Ward on 01362 656870.
Coming to a venue near you in time for your Christmas shopping, the 2013 Breckland ArtTrail has some fantastic local artists showing and selling their work this year!
Running from 30 November – 8 December at venues throughout the Breckland district, the Trail will feature a whole range of unique arts and crafts work including painting, sculpture, ceramics, prints, textiles and photography.
The ArtTrail aim is to support local artists and encourage people to explore the district, whilst enjoying a range of work on display at different venues.
You can find out more about the Trail on Breckland’s website www.breckland.gov.uk/arttrail. The new brochure, which has a map and gives details of venues and of artists’ work, will be uploaded to the website on 4 November. Printed versions will be available at each town Library, Customer Service Centres, Tourist Information Centres, Leisure Centres, Community Centres and Breckland Council Offices from 4 November.
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
Breckland Council are looking to recruit Electoral Registration Canvassers within your Parish and surrounding areas to carry out the 2013/14 Canvass. The timescale in which this will be delivered is 22 November 2013 to 24 January 2014 (excluding Christmas and New Year). The role in brief will require you to visit a number of assigned properties within a designated area to obtain a completed Canvass form.
Does the idea of earning some extra money interest you? Are you a committed individual that has a flexible and friendly nature coupled with the determination to succeed in this type of role? Do you know your Parish and surrounding area well?
If the answer is yes to the questions above and you have an interest in carrying out a Canvassers role within your Parish or surrounding area then visit the Breckland Council website where you can download the relevant Job Description and application form. Alternatively you can call Breckland Council on 01362 656875 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack. For further information contact Steve Ball on 01362 656270
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.
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.
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.