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 Summer Musical Evening CANCELLED

Regrettably due to a number of unforseen circumstances the Musical Evening planned for the 9th July has had to be CANCELLED. Sincere apologies to all those people who were looking forward to joining us and we now look forward to seeing everyone at our next event which will be the Autumn Quiz on the 14th October.

Norfolk County Council Total Transport Survey

Norfolk County Council are conducting a survey in Breckland and South Norfolk as part of their Total Transport project to find out more about how local people travel, why they might struggle to travel, and how they access travel information.

If you live in either of these areas and would like to have your say, please use the link provided – http://tinyurl.com/TotalTransport – to complete the online survey. The online survey closes on Sunday 10 July.

Thank you very much – we look forward to hearing from you.

Agenda of Parish Council Meeting 7 July 2016

The Meeting of South Lopham Parish Council will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 7 July 2016 at Valley Farm, Low Meadow, South Lopham.

Agenda in PDF Format (opens in new window).

Minutes of previous meeting & AGM in PDF Format (opens in new window).

Do you want to help your local community? Vacancy for Parish Councillor

A vacancy has arisen on South Lopham Parish Council due to the resignation of one of the current councillors.  We are seeking a resident of the Parish who would like to make a contribution to the community by being a member of the Parish Council.

Interested parties should contact the Parish Clerk, Mrs Caroline Phillips, by email: clerk@southlopham.co.uk or phone: 01379 687 950

In accordance with electoral rules, a Formal Notice of Vacancy dated 1 July 2016 has been posted on the Parish Noticeboard and here on the website.  A formal election may be triggered by 10 or more registered electors requesting an election to the electoral services Returning Officer at Breckland District Council, otherwise the Parish Council will seek to fill the vacancy by co-option of any interested parties.

Do you have a private water pumping station on your property?

There may be good news coming if you have a private pumping station on your property.

Currently, homeowners have to spend hundreds of pounds every year for electricity running costs, maintenance and repairs to look after these private pumping stations. They may even have been flooded if it’s broken down in the past.  

From October 2016, many of these private pumping stations will transfer over to Anglian Water and become their responsibility. They will take over all of the maintenance and the running costs too, saving customers hassle, worry and money.

To help customers identify and report the pumping stations easily, Anglian Water have launched a specialist website: www.spotapumpingstation.co.uk.

Parish Council Audit and Accounts 2015-16

In accordance with the “Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities”, South Lopham Parish Council has published it’s audited accounts and governance statement for the financial year 2015-16.  PDF copies of the documents can be viewed at the links below (will open in new windows)

Annual governance statement

Accounting statement

Account reconciliation

Annual financial reconciliation

Expenditure items

Expenditure variance reconciliation

Internal audit statement

Lophams’ News July 2016

The July 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).

June / July 2016 “Cock Crow”

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

Minutes of May Meeting & AGM published

The minutes of the Parish Council meeting & AGM held at 19:30 on Thursday 05 May 2016 at Valley Farm, Low Common have been published.  They can be read here (opens in PDF format).

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.

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.

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.