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’ News September 2014

The September 2014 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).

Calling all Breckland artists!

Breckland Council is calling on local artists to get in touch to take part in the 2014 Breckland Art Trail.

Following the success of the 2012 and 2013 Trails Breckland Communities Officer, Sam Patel, has started work on the 2014 event to recruit local artists and create a class and demonstration programme – a new edition to the art trail this year. Last year saw a fantastic range of exhibits on show from over 70 local artists including paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics, textiles and sculpture; organisers are hoping for a similar range this year.

With 850 visitors calling in at studios and exhibition spaces over the nine days in 2013, resulting on over £4,500 worth of art sales, being part of the Trail last year was very worthwhile for participating artists. One artist commented that the Trail had brought her more visitors than Norfolk Open Studios and that most of her visitors were planning to visit all the venues in the leaflet.

Breckland-based artists have until 26 August to get in touch with Sam to find out more and to register to take part. Although Breckland will publicise the event by producing and distributing a brochure featuring all participating artists, the onus is on participating artists to promote the Trail and their work.

The dates of the Trail are 8 – 16 November 2014.  Artists who are interested in taking part should email samantha.patel@breckland.gov.uk to request a registration form. The cost to participate is £10 per artist or £30 per group. More details will be at www.breckland.gov.uk/arttrail

Lopham’s Society Jazz Night Report

On Saturday the 19th of July The Lophams’ Society invited popular jazz combo PORK PIE HAT to entertain us with a summer evening of jazz. With an almost capacity attendance the village hall resonated with the smooth sounds of a collection of well-known jazz classics and for once we were blessed with a summer evening that lived up to its name allowing patrons to sit and enjoy the music both in and outside the hall. Many thanks to all those who joined us to make this a most enjoyable evening. Thanks also to the committee for all their hard work in ensuring that the evening was a success and especially to those members involved in the preparation and serving of the interval supper. Thanks also to the bar staff who were kept busy supplying copious amounts of liquid refreshments to satisfy a very appreciative audience on a very warm night.

The next Lophams’ Society event will be the AUTUMN QUIZ on FRIDAY 12th SEPTEMBER. To reserve a table for this very popular event please ring 01379 688408 or 640355.

August / September “Cock Crow”

The August / September 2014 edition of “Cock Crow”, the newsletter of the Upper Waveney Benefice is available to download here. (Opens in PDF format).

Diss U3A July meeting

The guest speaker at the July meeting was Doreen Reed, who gave an entertaining performance of her humorous stories and poems.  Doreen lived in Warwickshire as a child but soon discovered the joys of Norfolk whilst out on weekend cycling trips.  She has given many talks to the WI and other organisations and published her own books and CDs of her poems.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 7th August, commencing at 10.30, at Diss United Reform Church.

The guest speaker at the August meeting will be Brian Heard  who will follow up last year’s talk on forensics at Scotland Yard with a talk on  “Forensic Science in Hong Kong”.

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

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Your vote matters

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The way you register to vote is changing

Up to now, the head of a household has been responsible for registering everyone who lives there.

From 10 June, people in England and Wales will register as individuals instead, using a new system. Scotland will follow on 19 September.

Look out for your letter

Most people who are already registered to vote are being moved onto the new system automatically. So you may not need to do anything.

Look out for a letter from your local council in July or August.

The letter will tell you whether you’ve been moved automatically, or whether you need to register on the new system. You can register online in less than 5 minutes.

Not already registered to vote?

Register to vote (England and Wales)

More about voter registration

The electoral register (including information on fines)

Individual Electoral Registration (background and how information is used)

Agenda for South Lopham Parish Council Meeting 10 July 2014

Members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend the Meeting of South Lopham Parish Council to be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 10 July 2014 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).

AGM and May Meeting Minutes

The minutes of the South Lopham Parish Council May meeting and Annual General Meeting held at Valley Farm, Low Common, South Lopham on Thursday 8 May 2014 are available online here (PDF opens in new window).

BBC One Home Swap Holidays

A new BBC television series is looking for sociable people who want to try out a home swap in a great British location.

Do you live in a lovely home or in a terrific location? Would you like to swap your property to have a memorable experience in a fantastic part of Britain? If you’d like to taste superb local cuisine and take part in fabulous activities that go beyond the guide book, then we want to hear from you!

For an application form or just an initial chat please email homeswapholidays@bbc.co.uk with your contact details or call us on 07944 794 099.

Lophams’ Society AGM Report

At the Lophams’ Society AGM held as part of the Lopham’s Village meeting on the 11th April, the chairman gave an update of events held over the past twelve months including the recent March quiz which proved to be the most successful ever. Following his report Granville Horan announced his intention to stand down as chairman having held the post for several years. Fortunately this past year the society has seen several new members join the committee and therefore was pleased to receive a nomination from Roy Clark who was duly elected as chairman and also from David Hammond who was elected as vice chairman replacing Alan Gaynor who also decided to stand down. At the conclusion of the AGM a vote of thanks was proposed for all Granville’s hard work on behalf of the Lophams’ Society.

The society would like to take this opportunity to express its thanks to Nigel and Tracy Martin, landlords of The White Horse in South Lopham for their most generous donation of £500 raised at a number of fund raising events held at The White Horse over recent months. This donation will go towards funding this year’s Christmas drop-in event to be held on the 12th December. The Lophams’ Society was delighted to be chosen by The White Horse to receive this amount and we wish them every success in all their future events which will benefit other causes across the Lophams.

The next Lophams’ Society event will be a jazz night featuring Jazzamazoo on the 19th July at the Lophams’ Village Hall.

Mobile Library Service Routes and Dates 2014

The Norfolk County Council mobile library service has rescheduled a number of its routes and 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

Changes to scrap metal collection – How will this affect you?

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

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.