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Welcome to the official website of the Parish Council of Ashby St Mary, 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 Council hopes visitors to this website find it an interesting and informative experience.
Most documents accessed within this website open in .pdf format which requires Adobe Reader. Click on the Adobe icon in the left column to download Adobe Reader.


(This replaces the previous update of 18 December 2014 - To view previous updates, see below)

UPDATED in this release:
- Obituary
- Homewatch / Police alert message
- 2 Parish Council planning decisions - see correspondence sent to SNDC on the MANAGEMENT page
- Anglian Water message and link to Watercare registration service - see HANDBOOK page
- Village Hall Management Committee 100 Club latest winner
- Latest Ashby rainfall figures - find them on the HANDBOOK page
- Police advice on Cold Calling - see the HOMEWATCH page
Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village Hall Management Committee volunteers still urgently needed - see below

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

It is extremely sad to report that Roy Roebuck, a pillar of Ashby's close-knit community, suddenly and unexpectedly died on the morning of Wednesday 18th February. He will be very much missed by everyone who knew him.
Roy's wife, Margaret, and his family, have the deepest sympathy of all Ashby's residents. It is hoped a tribute to Roy will be published on this website in due course.

Parish Council meeting minutes
The draft minutes of the last parish council meetings on Thursday 22nd January 2015 and 27th November 2014
are now available to be viewed and can be found via the link on the MANAGEMENT page.

Next Parish Council meeting
The next meeting is due to be held at the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2015 commencing at 7.45 p.m.

The draft agenda is -
1. Apologies
2. Declaration of Pecuniary Interest
3. Minutes of the meeting held on 15 January 2015
4. Matters Arising
5. Correspondence - tabled separately
6. Finance – tabled separately
7. Planning Applications – tabled separately
8. Report from Representative on Village Hall Committee
9. Web Site
10. Neighbourhood Security
11. Public Consultation including reports from County and District Councillors
12. Other Matters for future agendas and items for information
13. Date of next meeting 23 April 2015 (Annual Parish Meeting)
Parish Clerk: Linda Gray
Parish Office: 5 Cedar Drive, Loddon, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 6LE Tel 07580 796044

MEETING DATES for 2014/15
22 January 2015 - 19 March 2015 - 23 April 2015 Annual Parish Meeting - 14 May 2015 - 2 July 2015 -
17 September 2015 - 19 November 2015

Homewatch / Police Alert
Of the recent messages received, only one has taken place in Ashby St Mary or its surrounding parishes -
A theft from a vehicle in White Heath Road, Bergh Apton - Tools stolen from inside the cab of a JCB between 18000hrs on 2nd February and 0515hrs on 3rd February 2015.
With lighter evenings and improving conditions for gardening, recent police advice has focused on a review of your shed and garden equipment security is recommended. And although not learnt from the police in the week on which they were reporting, three burglaries occurred during the night of Thursday/Friday 5th/6th February at approx 4.15 am. at nearby Rockland. A cottage near the broad had property stolen plus boats nearby were rifled, at a bungalow on New Inn Hill an attempt was made to break into a shed but although door was jemmied the yale lock didn't give way so nothing was stolen, plus one other burgulary the details of which are unknown.

Following a spate of burglaries (in South Norfolk but not near Ashby) the following police message was received -
Inspector Carol Congreve said: This type of crime is rare, especially in South Norfolk and we are working hard to catch those responsible. Residents can help reduce this type of crime by taking some simple crime prevention measures.
Crime prevention advice from Norfolk Constabulary to improve the security around your home includes:
- Always make sure your doors and windows are securely closed and locked when leaving your home.

- If you are replacing or fitting new doors and windows, get ones that are certified to British Standard
- Fit mortice locks to all front and back doors and locks to all downstairs windows or windows which are easy to   reach.
- Fit and use window locks on all accessible windows – both upstairs and downstairs.
- Keep your house and car keys   safe and away from doors and windows.
- Consider getting timer delays fitted on inside lights to make it look like you're at home
- Consider installing security lighting on the outside of your property, with movement sensors
- Fit a burglar alarm, but make sure it is installed by a company who is registered with SSAIB or NSI
- Keep your garage and garden shed locked with proper security locks, and keep any tools secure, out of sight and   property marked.
- Trim back any plants or hedges that a burglar could hide behind.
- Make sure you have up-to-date insurance.
- Join a Home Watch scheme and make sure you inform your insurance company of any security measures you take as it might reduce your premiums.
Residents are also reminded to call 101 if they see any people or cars acting suspiciously in their community. For more crime prevention tips, visit

Anglian Water - Watercare registration service
Following the recent interuption of water services to this area including Ashby, the following is part of a written reply. Thanks to parishioner Maggie Coe for this.
"In regard to the location of the bowsers, we’ve now manually added this location to our bowser polygon mapping, so we are aware of it should it be needed in the future.
You may not be aware that we have a self registration service, known as our Watercare register where a wide range of customers can apply, from nursing mothers with children under the age of one to kidney dialysis patients who have a dialysis machine at home; customers who have sight or hearing difficulties to those who are frail and elderly or classed as disabled. Those customers on the Watercare register were proactively contacted during the event and offered bottled water delivered to their door due to their circumstances. If you or a neighbour/relative would like to register, further details can be found on our website at

Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village Hall Management Committee 100 Club
December winner - Julie Powell

Latest News Archive

To view the previous Latest News items appearing on the Homepage please click

See below for Parish Council News, remaining Parish Council Meeting dates, Reminders, Public Notices, Diary dates plus the weather forecast for our area!

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?
... and that's the end of the News.

(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.


Assistance - Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village Hall Management Committee
As a result of changing their work, moving from Ashby and Thurton for personal reasons, the management committee has lost thew posts of Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer over the next few months. The committee is asking for help by anyone willing to assist in these positions. The committee meets once per month in order to deal with any maintenance issues and to ensure the smooth running of the village hall and playing field. The commitment is not onerous but is very rewarding in maintaining this valuable asset to our village. Anyone who has any questions relating to the above or who is will ing to help as Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer please contact Terry Kitt on 01508 480954.

Ashby Broadband Speed Test
Everyone who receives the Ashby Update Service was requested to provide their test resultsas part of a bid by the parish council to assist in the Better Broadband campaign for rural Norfolk. Thanks to all those who took part - but we need more! If you live in Ashby and are will ing to help, just carry out the very simple test following steps 1 - 4.
1. Click on this website link
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


Parish Council details: Clerk: Linda Gray    Parish Office: 5 Cedar Drive, Loddon, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 6LE
Tel: 07580 796044
  Email:   Website:
(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)


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 significant savings.
· Your parish council has set up the Ashby Heating Oil Syndicate.
· The Ashby Heating Oil Syndicate makes 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 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 is to be found HERE.

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.

In line with statutory provisions, formal notice of forthcoming Parish Council meeting agendas, latest meeting minutes for public view and every parish election is displayed 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.

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

22 January 2015
Thursday 19 March 2015
23 April 2015 Annual Parish Meeting
Thursday 14 May 2015
2 July 2015
17 September 2015
19 November 2015

Unless otherwise stated, all Parish Council meetings take place at Ashby & Thurton Village Hall commencing at 7.45 p.m.
Click HERE to show the location of the hall.  Always check Latest News for advice of meeting date changes.

- draft fundraising programme of events

re are currently no/no other forthcoming meetings or events in Ashby St Mary which the Parish Council has been requested to advertise.

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

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.

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