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

Lophams’ Society Events 2016

The committee of The Lophams’ Society met recently to agree the Programme Of Events for 2016.

The first being: THE SPRING QUIZ which will be held on FRIDAY 15th APRIL.

Future events will be:

A SUMMER MUSICAL EVENING (details to be confirmed) on SATURDAY 9th JULY

THE AUTUMN QUIZ on FRIDAY 14th OCTOBER

THE CHRISTMAS DROP-IN on FRIDAY 16th DECEMBER

All events take place in the Village Hall and can be booked in advance (other than the DROP-IN which is FREE to Lophams’ residents).

Please telephone 01379 688408 for details. Please put the dates in your diary. We look forward to seeing you.

New Buckenham Art Exhibition Opens 25 March 2016

I think it would be fair to say that the New Buckenham Exhibition over the twenty years has built up quite a reputation for being a quality show. It has always been held over the Easter Weekend and this year is no exception. The Opening Night is Friday 25th March starting at 7.30 p.m. and finishing at 10 p.m. admission is £3.00 and this includes your glass of wine and nibbles.  It is always a special night where lots of people gather as soon as the doors are open to find their very special picture. Many are sold on this evening and often to people who have bought a picture at the exhibition before. However if you prefer a more calm leisurely viewing then the Saturday, Sunday, or Monday are the days to go and enjoy this cultural event. The exhibition is open on Saturday 26th Sunday 27th and Monday 28th March from 11.a.m to 4.30 p.m. Admission is £1.00

The exhibition varies from year to year as new artists exhibit. However there are some artists that have been exhibiting with us since it opened twenty years ago. The quality is always good and it seems to get better each year. There is an interesting mix of styles and mediums. Water colours and oils are probably the most popularand then you find some incredible drawings, stitch work and always an individual view point in photography. I think it is fair to say there is something for everyone. Remember the dates and bring your family and friends and maybe you find a painting to buy.

For further details contact Hazel Rush email: hazelrush@btconnect.com

Volunteer drivers needed in your area

The non-emergency patient transport service in Norfolk is a partnership between ERS Medical and Voluntary Norfolk, providing transport for patients living in Norfolk to hospitals throughout East Anglia and beyond. Our volunteer drivers provide an essential service, transporting up to one hundred patients to their destination each day.

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Paul Minchin (photo left), our Volunteer Driver’s Representative for the Breckland area has been volunteering with the service for many years and says “I have always enjoyed meeting people and talking to them and I also enjoying driving – this role is absolutely ideal. In my role as a rep, I want to ensure that drivers are comfortable in their volunteering and will help any driver with any problem.”

We would love to hear from caring, calm and reliable individuals with their own car. We are always keen to hear from volunteers happy to go above and beyond the usual, by taking on early morning appointments for patients needing dialysis, and appointments in London. All expenses are reimbursed, and training and support is provided. Please call Jules on 01603 883860 or email jules.alderson@voluntarynorfolk.org.uk for more information.

February / March 2016 “Cock Crow”

The February / March 2016 edition of “Cock Crow”, the newsletter of the Upper Waveney Benefice is available to download here. (Opens in PDF format).

Lophams’ News February 2016

The February 2016 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).

Diss U3A January 2016 “Flower Power in the History of Art” by Tanya Harrington

Tanya is a member of Diss U3A with a wealth of knowledge about art history. She gave our group a fascinating account of how flowers and plants have featured in the paintings and drawings of numerous artists, opening with an example from David Bomberg, whom she is currently researching for a book she is writing.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 4th February, starting at 10.30 am in the United Reform Church, Diss. The guest speaker will be Christine Adams who will give a talk entitled, “Miss May Savage Moves House”.

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

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Minutes from Parish Council Meeting 7 January 2016

Minutes from the meeting of South Lopham Parish Council held on 7 Jan 2016 at Valley Farm, Low Common, South Lopham can be downloaded in PDF format here (documents will open in a new window):

Minutes

Diss U3A September Meeting

A report about the September meeting of Diss U3A “A Striking Village” – Burston School Strike  by Anne May, can be downloaded in PDF.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 1st October, starting at 10.30 am in the United Reform Church, Diss.  The guest speaker will be Andy Smith who will give a talk entitled, “A Life in Music” – an amusing view of life with song and performance on a wide range of instruments.

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

Mobile Library Service Routes and Dates 2015

The Norfolk County Council mobile library service has 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.

Issued on behalf of the Trustees

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.

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Norfolk County Council have published a leaflet with information, advice and contact numbers to help Norfolk residents be prepared for unexpected emergencies such as flooding, power cuts etc.  To download and print a copy click here (PDF, opens in new window).