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Welcome to the official website of the Parish Council of Ashby St Mary in Norfolk.     It provides not only the records of the Parish Council's proceedings, but also more information about Ashby St Mary including its features, history and much more.  The Parish Council hopes visitors to this website find it an interesting and informative experience.
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LATEST PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

(This replaces the update of 18th March 2016 - To view previous updates, click HERE)

IN THIS RELEASE:
- next parish council meeting agenda and new meeting time. See below.
- new parish councillor. See below.
- Annual Parish Meeting reports. See the MANAGEMENT page.
- Council's Transparency Code has been added. See below and the MANAGEMENT page.
- Church fundraiser. Cheese and Wine evening - see below under DIARY.
- Norfolk Constabulary news - PCSO Kevin Nightingale retires.
- South Norfolk District Council - new rubbish bin collection days. See below.
- the latest Ashby rainfall figures - see the HANDBOOK page.
- Eleven Says quarterly publication added to the website. See the CONTACTS page.
- Autojumble at the Ashby & Thurton village hall - the funds result.


Please take note of the REMINDERS shown below the Latest News Section .


LATEST NEWS

Meeting Minutes
The confirmed minutes of the last (March 2016) parish council meeting can be found in Latest Minutes on
the MANAGEMENT page.

Next Parish Council meeting
Please note - henceforth all meeting start times have been amended to 7.30 p.m. unless stated
The next meeting is due to be held at the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 7 July 2016
commencing at 7.30 p.m.
The DRAFT agenda is expected to be -
A G E N D A
1. Apologies
2. Declaration of Pecuniary Interest
3. Minutes of the meeting held on 19th May 2016
4. Matters Arising
5. Correspondence - tabled separately
6. Finance – tabled separately
7. Planning Applications – tabled separately
8. Village Boundary Review
9. Report from Representative on Village Hall Committee
10. Web Site
11. Neighbourhood Security and Heating Oil Syndicate
12. Public Consultation including reports from County and District Councillors
13 Other Matters for future agendas and items for information
14. Date of next meeting,
The Press and Public are warmly invited to attend
Parish Clerk: Linda Gray
Parish Office: 5 Cedar Drive, Loddon, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 6LE Tel 07580 796044


New Parish Councillor
Ashby St Mary parish council is very pleased to welcome Carol Powell as a co-opted Member. Carol was a councillor some years ago and, following an absence of a few years when she did not seek election, expressed her willingness to take up public duties once again. Carol is the Vice Chairman of the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall Management Committee for 2016-17. One parish councillor vacancy remains.

Transparency Code
Due to new statutory requirements Ashby St Mary has a Transparency Code Register. The register details councillor responsibilities, parish land and assets, and the types of meeting publications produced.
This information is in 3 parts - the Main Transparency Code Register, Annex A Part 1, and Annex A Part 2 - which can be found on the MANAGEMENT page.


Norfolk Constabulary News
Ashby's 'local' police contact, PCSO Kevin Nightingale retired in mid May. At Ashby's Annual Parish Meeting he was thanked for his help and advice offered to Ashby parishioners during his career. His replacement, who was also present at the Annual Parish Meeting, is PCSO Joe Pike who is based at the Norfolk Constabulary, Hobart High School, Kittens Lane, Loddon.  More details on the CONTACTS page.

South Norfolk
Bin Collection changes
Ashby's bin collection days and dates have now been confirmed. Every village resident should have received printed notification labels to stick on the black and green bins as a reminder of the collection day. See the link on the HANDBOOK page.

Autojumble result
The annual autojumble day held on Sunday 29 May in glorious weather was a great success with an increased attendance of attendees, vehicles and stalls. Funds raised for Thurton & Ashby St Mary Pre-school were an impressive £4400.

OTHER -

Ashby & Thurton Village Hall Management Committee 100 Club
The latest names of winners are - March – Julie Lincoln    April - Julie Lincoln    May - Anita Somerville


(If any pages, their contents or links do not function as they should, please accept our apologies and inform us promptly.   If any sections 'overlap', try viewing our website using another internet browser.


REMINDERS

Ashby St Mary parish councilor vacancy

A vacancy exists for a parish councillor. Some essential criteria about candidates can be found on the HANDBOOK page. Anyone interested should contact the parish clerk in the first instance - see the CONTACT US tab at the top of the page.

Latest News Archive
Until otherwise advised all Latest News will appear on this Home page so make a note to check it regularly. For speedier access in the future why not add the link to this Home page to the Favourites folder of your Internet Browser?


ASHBY ST MARY PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council details: Clerk: Linda Gray    Parish Office: 5 Cedar Drive, Loddon, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 6LE
Tel: 07580 796044   Email: clerk@ashbystmary.org.uk   Website: www.ashbystmary.org.uk
(All Council Meeting Minutes are available to be accessed from the Management page. The Correspondence, Accounts and Planning list for this meeting can be found in the appropriate section on the Management page. All Council Meeting Minutes can be inspected at any reasonable time by appointment with the Clerk.)


Your Parish Needs You!

Do you live or work in Ashby St Mary? Are you interested in your village and its facilities?
Do you care about the future of the parish, its residents and the services provided to them?
If so, why not offer to be a parish councillor - a vacancy currently exists on Ashby St Mary Parish Council. A councillor should expect to attend 8 evening meetings a year at which a number of
surprisingly interesting and varied subjects are discussed.
Be a local representative, be a local voice.
This could be a first step towards your ambition to move in to Number 10!
For more details please contact Linda Gray, the Ashby St Mary parish clerk.
See Contact Us (left or top of this page)


ASHBY HEATING OIL SYNDICATE


Do you use Domestic Heating Oil? If so, why not join the Ashby Heating Oil Syndicate?
It’s free to join and you could make real savings.
· Your parish council has set up the Ashby Heating Oil Syndicate.
· The Ashby Heating Oil Syndicate makes worthwhile savings for residents after compiling a bulk order.
· It works – the syndicate’s bulk order has so far saved 2 – 4p per litre over a typical 1000 litres amount.
· Come and join the increasing number of residents who have already benefited.
· This is a free parish service.
· Like to know more? Email webmaster@ashbystmary.org.uk for a fact-sheet.
- This is an Ashby St Mary Parish Council initiative for serving the local community.

RECOMMENDED - A useful site that includes oil price trends between one week and five years ago can be found HERE.


ASHBY HOMEWATCH / ASHBY WEBSITE UPDATE SERVICE
Ashby's Homewatch service is provided free and is available to any resident.
For more information, please go to the HOMEWATCH page on this website.
The Ashby Website Update service is also included as part of its free service and is available to any Ashby resident.
If you know an Ashby resident who you think should join this free information service, why not tell them about it?
All that is needed is for the recipient to email a few requested details.
The Parish Council's homewatch representative does the rest - keeping residents informed when a Police Connect alert message affecting our area has been received, when our parish has been updated, plus occasional news of the Ashby Heating Oil Syndicate.
Messages are usually issued once per month. For full details look on the HOMEWATCH page.
This is a free parish service.
Contact the webmaster (click on the Contact Us tab near the top of this page) for a fact-sheet.
This another Ashby St Mary initiative for serving the local community.


ASHBY ST MARY PARISH COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICES
In line with statutory provisions, formal notice of forthcoming Parish Council meeting agendas, latest meeting minutes for public view and every parish election aredisplayed on each of the Council's three noticeboards - at the junction of Mill Road and Mill Common; the junction of Sandy Lane and Spong Lane; and close to the junction of Chapel Lane and Chapel Road.


DIARY
(including other Meetings or Events held in the Parish or that may interest Ashby St Mary residents)

- 2016 PARISH COUNCIL MEETNG DATES
Thursday 21 January ; Thursday 17 March; Thursday 21 April Annual Parish Meeting ; Thursday 19 May ; Thursday 7 July; Thursday 15 September; Thursday 17 November
Unless otherwise stated, all Parish Council meetings take place at Ashby & Thurton Village Hall commencing at 7.30 p.m. (new time).
Click HERE to show the location of the hall.  Always check Latest News for advice of meeting date/time changes.

- ASHBY ST MARY FUNDRAISERS


Cheese and Wine Evening
This traditional parishioner's annual gathering is taking place on Saturday 25th June from 7.30 p.m. at Holly Arabians, Chapel Lane, Ashby St Mary at the kind invitation of Mike and Wendy.

There are currently no / no other Ashby St Mary fundraising activities or announcements concerning Ashby St Mary which the Parish Council has been requested to advertise.


OTHER INTERESTS

Ashby St Mary Cricket Club
Details about the club, and any other information provided by it, can be found on the Handbook page.
When issued, a fixture list for the current season will be found on the Handbook page.
For those interetsed, the Club has a Facebook page.

Ashby Broadband Speed Test
In a bid by the parish council to assist the Better Broadband campaign for rural Norfolk, Ashby residents are asked to test their broadband download speed. Residents undertook tests in 2015 - but we need more!    If you live in Ashby and are willing to help for the first time (or to check your speed again) just carry out the very simple test following steps 1 - 4.
1. Click on this website link http://www.speedtest.net/    (For consistency only this site is being used)
2. When the speedtest page opens, click only on 'Begin Test'. (Suggestion - ignore any other messages inviting you to do a computer check or other function)
3. Wait a minute or so until the short test has finished. This will have occurred when you see the figures stop measuring 'Downlaod' and 'Upload'.
4 Make a note of the 'Download' figure, the time you did the test and email the details HERE
For your interest the last reported download speed test figure achieved by a resident was 6.33 Mbps.














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