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

Help keep your village tidy – volunteers needed for annual litter pick

The South Lopham annual litter pick will take place on Sunday 26 April 2015 commencing at 0930 from the White Horse car park.  Please turn out to help keep your village clean and tidy.  Equipment will be provided.

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.

New Buckenham Art Exhibition 3 – 5 April 2015

Preparations are well underway for our annual Art Exhibition at New Buckenham.  We have had a good response from local artists again and several familiar faces are returning along with some new exhibitors. Artists come from both Suffolk and Norfolk displaying a variety of styles in watercolour oils pastels acrylics inks and pencil. We also display prints and photographs. Together they give an interesting and lively show for the visitors.

This as many of you know it takes place over the Easter Weekend and this year the Opening Night is on Friday 3rd April 7.30p.m. – 10p.m. Admission is £3.00 and this includes your glass of wine and nibbles. Many people enjoy this evening particularly the serious painting buyers. It is a busy evening and many paintings are sold on this evening.

However the exhibition continues over the weekend Saturday 4thh Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April from 11a.m – 4.30p.m. Each day. Admission is £1.00. All the money that is raised at this event is donated to St Martins Church New Buckenham and the Village Hall.

If you have not been to this before do come this year you wont be disappointed and you might even find a picture you want for your home. Bring you family and friends and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with homemade cakes.

Lophams’ News April 2015

The April 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).

Diss U3A March 2015 meeting – “Semer and the Workhouse – the story of a little Suffolk Village by Denise Hammond-Webb”

Denise has many interests, in particular, the history of workhouses. Semer, in Suffolk, is close to her heart because she was brought up there, though not in the workhouse!

This talk helped us understand how the Poor Laws affected the lives of the poor, both those who could work but wouldn’t and those who would work but couldn’t. The Poor Laws set out to make the poor became the responsibility of the state instead of relying wholly on charity.  An act was passed to fix wages and restrict the movement of labourers. By 1576 poor relief was given in return for labour.  By the beginning of the seventeenth century the parish was expected to care for those unable to work. The Napoleonic Wars led to an increase in poverty with soldiers returning home unable to find work. In 1884 a New Poor Law was introduced which resulted in the formation of the union workhouses.  Over 500 were built in 50 years.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 2nd April 2015, at Diss United Reform Church, starting at 10.30 a.m.  The guest speaker will be Alexander Bass who will give a talk entitled,  “A Year in the Life of the Wildlife of RSPB Minsmere”

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

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Agenda for South Lopham Parish Council Meeting 5 March 2015

The Meeting of South Lopham Parish Council was held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 5 March 2015 at Valley Farm, Low Meadow, South Lopham.

Agenda in PDF Format (opens in new window).

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.