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

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.

Report of Lophams’ Society Spring Quiz

The Lophams’ Society hosted one of its most successful evenings on the 28th March when over 90 people turned up to take part in the Spring quiz. At the end of a closely fought contest only three points separated the top 3 teams, honours eventually going to Table 5 with a score of 60 out of a possible 80 points. Thanks to Simon Dilloway for once again providing the questions (including a rather challenging round on 1970’s albums) and to Mike Cox who took charge of the scoreboard. Thanks also to everyone who turned up to support us and to the committee members and helpers for all their hard work on the night, especially those in the kitchen and the bar. All proceeds from this quiz and future events, the next being a Jazz Evening on the 19th July will go towards funding the FREE Christmas drop-in event in December.

April / May “Cock Crow”

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

BBC One Home Swap Holidays

BBC One are looking for people who live in interesting homes in South Lopham Parish and surroundings areas across Norfolk and would be happy to try a home swap holiday for a new TV series.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/beonashow/home_swap_holidays

Do you live in an interesting home you’d be happy to swap with someone elsewhere in the UK for a short break?

It could be anything from a period house, to a thatched cottage, to a modern apartment!

IF SO THEN GET IN TOUCH NOW!

For an application form please email Kieran.mccarthy@bbc.co.uk with your contact details.

Lophams’ News April 2014

The April 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).

Report of Diss U3A AGM and March meeting

The March meeting was preceded by the AGM at which the chair, Janet Bloomfield, reported that in 2013 the branch continues to flourish and has seen membership numbers increase to a record level of 284, many of whom attend one or more of the 34 interest groups currently available.

Following the AGM Jean Croft gave a short talk on “The Pulham Market Millenium Tapestry” which members have the opportunity to visit on the 26th March in Pulham Market Village Hall. To conclude the meeting our own Mike Bowen gave a lively musical presentation entitled “Did You Jive In Fifty Five” telling the story of British Rock and Roll from the early 1950’s to the arrival of the Beatles in 1963.

For further information on Diss U3A please visit our website or telephone 01728 627907.

The next meeting will be on 3rd April at Diss United Reformed Church commencing at 10.30am.

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Agenda for Parish Council Meeting 13 March 2014 published

Members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend the Annual General Meeting of South Lopham Parish Council to be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 13 March 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).

“Hold a Fish and Chip Supper to help spinal cord injured people rebuild lives after injury” Great British Fish and Chip Supper – Friday 16th May 2014

Want to eat Fish and Chips, while raising money for charity? Hold a fish and chip supper on Friday 16th May 2014 whilst raising awareness of spinal cord injury and supporting SIA’s vital services.

You can hold a fish and chip supper in your own home, at work or hold a larger supper at your local community centre.

SIA will provide a fundraising pack containing hints and tips, recipes, invitations and donation envelopes. By inviting 8 friends and asking them to donate an additional £5.00 means you will raise at least £40.00 from your supper but we will also give you additional fundraising ideas to raise even more money for SIA.

For more information or request a fundraising pack call Elizabeth Wright on 0845 071 4350 or email fundraising@siafishandchips.co.uk or visit www.siafishandchips.co.uk

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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.

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).