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

Agenda for South Lopham Parish Council Annual General Meeting 14 May 2015

The AGM of South Lopham Parish Council will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 14 May 2015 at Valley Farm, Low Meadow, South Lopham.

Agenda in PDF Format (opens in new window).

Friends of South Lopham Church Family Games Evening Friday 8 May 2015

The Friends of South Lopham Church are holding a Family Games Evening on Friday 8th May at 7.00pm in the Village Hall. There will be a Beetle Drive and hot supper followed by a family quiz. Tickets are £7.00 per person, £13.00 per couple or £20.00 per family.

All proceeds go towards maintaining the fabric of our Church.

Diss U3A April meeting – A Year in the Life of the Wildlife of RSPB Minsmere by Alexander Bass

studded blue butterlyAlexander Bass, a wildlife tour guide who runs tours in North East Suffolk, gave us an informative and illustrated talk entitled ‘A year in the Wildlife on RSPB Minsmere’. He took us all on a guided tour of the reserve and surrounding areas from the comfort of our chairs around the woodland, coastline and reedbeds looking at a range of wildlife found during a typical year here. Wildlife he showed us and discussed included the elusive ‘Booming’ Bittern, Water Rail, Bearded Reedling, Marsh Harrier, the dragonfly hunting Deerbird of prey called the Hobby and a range of butterflies and plants. Other areas he visited were the lesser known sites of Eastbridge Village, North Warren and Westleton Heath. Here, he shared his knowledge of heathland plants and wildlife with us using a range of colourful and seasonal slides including Silver Studded Blue and Speckled Wood Butterflies and Red Deer. His talk was also accompanied by his own bird songs.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 7th May 2015, at Diss United Reform Marsh harrierChurch, starting at 10.30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Reinhild Raistrick   who will give a talk entitled,   “Travels of a Botanical Artist”.

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

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Lophams’ Society AGM 2015

The Lophams’ Society AGM took place on 10th April as part of the Lophams Village Annual meeting. The chairman of the Lophams’ Society, Roy Clark, reported that 2014 had been a successful year and was hopeful that events for 2015 would continue to be supported by residents of the Lophams and surrounding villages. He also reported that monies raised had been used to purchase and upgrade equipment used at the society’s events. There have been a number of changes to the 2015 committee as long-standing members Simon Dilloway, Stephanie Fleming and Cynthia Huggins have all decided to stand down. All three were thanked for their hard work and commitment over the years and we look forward to seeing them at future events where they will be able to take a more relaxed role. Fortunately we were able to welcome Pauline Packer on to the committee who has agreed to take on the post of secretary. Events for 2015 have already been agreed and publicised, the next being the Jazz Night featuring a return visit by Pork Pie Hat on Saturday the 18th of July. This will be followed by the Autumn Quiz on the 9th of October. The Christmas Drop-in will take place as usual on the 18th of December but may change in format. For further information on the Lophams’ Society or to book tickets for the jazz evening or the quiz night (always advisable) please ring 01379 688408.

Lophams’ News May 2015

The May 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).

Lophams’ Society Spring Quiz

The Lophams’ Society welcomed an almost capacity attendance at it’s Spring Quiz on the 27th March when almost 70 people arrived at the Village Hall to do justice to the questions set by joint quiz-masters Roy Clark and David Hammond. The result as usual was a close run thing with Jim Pursehouse’s team proving victorious at the end of the evening. Many thanks to everyone who took part in the quiz and to the hardworking committee members behind the scenes who ensured that everyone was fed and refreshed throughout the evening. The next quiz will be on the 9th October and in order to avoid disappointment for what is always a popular event, tables will be available to be booked in advance from September onwards. The next event organised by the Lophams’ Society will be a Jazz Night on Saturday 18th July.

April / May 2015 “Cock Crow”

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

Minutes from Parish Council Meeting 5 March 2015 Published

The minutes of the Parish Council meeting held at 19:30 on Thursday 5 March 2015 at Valley Farm, Low Common have been published.  They can be read here (opens in PDF format).

“Hold a Fish and Chip Supper to help spinal cord injured people rebuild lives after injury” – Great British Fish and Chip Supper – Friday 15th May 2015

Want to eat Fish and Chips, while raising money for charity? Hold a fish and chip supper on Friday 15th May 2015 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.

In 2015 we want to make the batter matter and raise £40,000 from everyone holding suppers. Last year we raised £20,000 from the suppers.  The money raised from the suppers will help the Spinal Injuries Association offer support to individuals who become paralysed and their families, from the moment a spinal injury occurs, and for the rest of their lives by providing services and publications which enable and encourage paralysed people to rebuild lives after spinal cord injury.

Every year in the UK over 1,000 people experience a spinal cord injury and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone.  Community Fundraising Manager, Elizabeth Wright, says, “The Fish and Chip Supper is a wonderful opportunity for a great evening with friends and family. We are also encouraging people who work to hold a Fish and Chip Lunch in their work places to raise even more funds. You may be even a local community group wanting to run a fun evening with your group.

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

Want to help advertise this fundraising initiative?  Download and print out our poster.

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.

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

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.