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 Spring Quiz Friday 27th March 2015

A Note for Your Diary: The Lophams’ Society are preparing the questions for THE SPRING QUIZ which will take place at the Village Hall on the 27th March 2015. Admission will be £6 per person and will include a cheese ploughmans supper. Maximum of six players per team per table can be booked in advance by telephoning Roy Clark on 01379 688408 or Granville Horan on 01379 640355.

Diss U3A January 2015 Meeting – “Steel Yourself!” The story of Old Hall stainless steel tableware

Steel3“Steel Yourself!”     The story of Old Hall stainless steel tableware – Jon Read.  The trigger for Old Hall tableware was the discovery by Harry Brearley (born 1871, Sheffield) of ‘rustless steel’. Son of a steelworker, Harry began to research steels that could withstand intense heat. During a troubled period before WW1, arms manufacturing increased significantly. However, the excessive heat caused the erosion of the internal surfaces of gun barrels. Harry began to research new steels that might be able to resist this erosion and discovered that the addition of chromium, with a higher melting point, to steel, could solve the problem.  Thus, he is considered by many to be the inventor of stainless steel.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 5th February 2015, commencing at 10.30, at Diss United Reform Church.  The guest speaker will be Anne May who will give a talk called, ‘Fans-tastic – the History of Fans. 

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

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Lophams’ News January 2015

The January 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).

Agenda for South Lopham Parish Council Meeting 8 January 2015

The Meeting of South Lopham Parish Council was held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 8 January 2015 at Valley Farm, Low Meadow, South Lopham.

Agenda in PDF Format (opens in new window).

Minutes from Parish Council Meeting 6 November 2014 Published

The minutes of the Parish Council meeting held at 19:30 on Thursday 6 November 2014 at Valley Farm, Low Common have been published.  They can be read here (opens in PDF format).

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.

Lophams’ Society

The Lophams’ Society held its free Christmas drop-in on the 12th December where once again the hall was transformed with Christmas lights, decorations and a Christmas tree. Candles adorned a table of festive food and the spicy aroma of mulled wine added to the atmosphere. Children from St Andrews School got things under way with a lively rendition of Christmas songs accompanied and directed by Jennie Vere. This year thanks to a generous donation from the White Horse public house we were able to invite children’s entertainer Magic Charlie to keep the children amused until the arrival of Father Christmas who handed out gifts towards the latter part of the evening. Unfortunately it appeared that attendance was slightly down on previous years and it would have been nice to have had the company of a few more familiar faces amongst the guests as the drop-in is a free event for villagers of all ages. Thanks to all those who did attend and to the committee members for all their hard work on the night.

Diss U3A December Meeting – ‘Edith Cavell – a British Heroine’

E Cavell‘Edith Cavell – a British Heroine’ – Richard Mann. This is one of many talks given by the Lowestoft Illustrated Talks Company who are currently raising money for the Leprosy Society.

Richard kept us absorbed in his story of the challenges that Edith Cavell faced during the First World War. Her story is particularly poignant since she was brought up so close to Norwich and is now buried in the cathedral cemetery.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 8th January 2015, commencing at 10.30, at Diss United Reform Church. Please note, this meeting is one week later than usual due to January 1st being a public bank holiday and New Year’s Day.   The guest speaker will be Jon Read who will give a talk called, ‘Steel Yourself – the story of Old Hall stainless steel tableware’.

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

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December / January “Cock Crow”

The December 2014 / January 2015 edition of “Cock Crow”, the newsletter of the Upper Waveney Benefice is available to download here. (Opens in PDF format).

Any South Lopham resident in need?


(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).