Welcome to South Lopham

Photo of South Lopham Phone Kiosk

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

Notice of conclusion of Audit and right to inspect the Annual Return

The external Audit of accounts for the Financial Year up to 31 March 2015 has been concluded.  The Annual Return and Audit findings are available for inspection by any Elector of South Lopham Parish on application to the Parish Clerk.  Copies of the Return can be requested for a fee of £3 to cover copying costs payable to South Lopham Parish Council.

Lophams’ Society Jazz Night

On Saturday the 18th of July The Lophams’ Village Hall was once again filled with the sound of smooth classics when the jazz trio Pork Pie Hat paid a return visit. An appreciative audience were treated to an evening of standards such as “Stranger On The Shore” and “Ain’t Misbehaving” and once again we were blessed with a perfect summer evening allowing those patrons who wished, the opportunity to enjoy the music in the cooler surroundings of the verandah. We were pleased to be able to welcome a number of new faces especially those who had travelled in from beyond the Lophams to be with us for the evening.

We hope that having had an enjoyable time they will continue to come along and support future Lophams’ Society events, the next being the Autumn Quiz on Friday 9th October.

Lophams’ News August 2015

The August 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).

August / September 2015 “Cock Crow”

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

Agenda & Minutes from Parish Council Meeting 2 July 2015 Published

The Agenda and Minutes from the meeting of South Lopham Parish Council held on 2 July 2015 at Valley Farm, Low Common, South Lopham can be downloaded in PDF format here (documents will open in a new window):



Diss U3A June meeting – The R34 Adventure – The First Transatlantic Return Flight by Basil Abbott

R34Basil Abbott is the Curator of Diss Museum.  He oversees the day to day running of the Museum, and the creation of new displays. He also is involved in outreach activities including: talks to groups and schools, R34~2tours of the town (including a Murder Tour) and events like the Roydon Riots Centenary (1993), Skelton Festival (2004), Nelson Bi-centenary ( 2005), Betjeman Centenary (2006), Local History Festival (2007) and the Thomas Paine Bi-centenary (2009). Interest in the Museum is promoted by regular columns in the local newspaper and community magazine. Basil’s contribution to the Museum and the town of Diss has been acknowledged through a number of awards which he has received.

Basil’s fascinating talk to Diss U3A featured the R34 airship. In 1919 the R34 became the first double R34#3airborne conqueror of the Atlantic. The airship set off from East Fortune in Scotland, flew to Long Island and back to Pulham in Norfolk. Basil described the background to the flight, the commandeering of German Zeppelin technology and the characters, hazards and bravery of this epic voyage.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 2nd July 2015, at Diss United Reform Church, starting at 10.30 a.m.  The guest speaker will be John Stark  who will give a talk entitled, “The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway & Museum”.

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.

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).