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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meeting of South Lopham Parish Council was held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 5 November 2015 at Valley Farm, Low Meadow, South Lopham.
Agenda in PDF Format (opens in new window).
The November 2015 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 October / November 2015 edition of “Cock Crow”, the newsletter of the Upper Waveney Benefice is available to download here. (Opens in PDF format).
The external Audit of accounts for the Financial Year up to 31 March 2015 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 £3 to cover copying costs payable to South Lopham Parish Council.
Minutes from the meeting of South Lopham Parish Council held on 3 Sept 2015 at Valley Farm, Low Common, South Lopham can be downloaded in PDF format here (documents will open in a new window):
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
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.
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
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.
South Lopham Parish now has a Twitter account. Follow us @SouthLopham for news, events and local information.
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).