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Mary in Norfolk.
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LATEST PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
(This replaces the update of 24th September 2021 - To
view previous updates, click HERE)
NEWS - the headlines
- forthcoming A146 road closure times
- draft agenda for next parish council meeting
- Cyclist? Meet others at the village hall community
cafe for a chat on Monday 14th March
- Norfolk Local access Forum want new members
- imminent return of the Annual parish Meeting
A146 ROAD CLOSURES
Parishoners should take note of the following announcement
as they may well be affected by these closures which
in each case are due to be closed from 8 p.m. in
the evening until early morning.
NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL proposes to make a Temporary
Traffic Order affecting the A146 Loddon Bypass from
its junction with C395 High Bungay Road for 1700m
north-westwards in the PARISH OF LODDON because
of surfacing works of new roundabout, new road markings
and installation of road signs.
road will be temporarily closed (except for access)
from: 1) 20:00 on 18th March to 05:00 on 21st March
2022; 2) 20:00 on 25th March to 05:00 on 28th March
2022; 3) 20:00 on 1st April to 05:00 on 4th April
2022; and 4) 20:00 on 8th April to 05:00 on 11th
April 2022 (weekends only) for the duration of the
works expected to be about 12 days within the period.
NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
The next scheduled parish council meeting of the
Parish Council is
scheduled to take place on Wednesday 9th March 2022
at 7.00 p.m. at Ashby & Thurton Village Hall,
Ashby Road, Thurton.
DRAFT AGENDA 1. To receive apologies for absence
2. To receive declarations of Interest for items
on the agenda and to consider any requests for dispensations.
3. To approve the minutes of the meetings held on
5th and 26th January 2022
4. Public forum including reports from County &
5. Matters arising from the minutes of the meetings
i Co-option to
the parish council
ii To update on purchase
of new noticeboard
iii Platinum Jubilee
iv To discuss purchase of
additional dog waste bin
v To discuss purchase of defibrillator
I. To note councils current
II.To note the following
payments made since the last meeting:
Littlejohn External Auditors
III. To approve payments:
T Higlett salary, February and March 2022
South Norfolk District Council - dog waste emptying
Ashby & Thurton Village Hall -hire of venue
To note the following receipts since the last meeting
appoint the internal auditor for 2021 - 22
To note conclusion of external audit on 2020-21
7. To discuss preparation of the Annual Parish Meeting
scheduled for 27th April 2022
8. Periodic items
l. data protection Policy
2 Equality & Diversity
9. To discuss Emergency Plan and Norfolk Resilience
10. Report from representative of Village Hall Management
11. Reports re Website/Neighbourhood Security/Oil
1 Norfolk resilience
2 South Norfolk
Community Police Forum 10th March 2022
3 NALC summer
conference & annual general meeting.
13. Matters for future consideration and items for
14. Date of next meeting: 27th April Annual Parish
Meeting / 18th May Annual Parish Council Meeting
The press and public are warmly invited to attend.
MINUTES OF THE LAST PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
The draft minutes of the extraordinary meeting held
on Wednesday 26th January 2022 can be found on the
IN ASHBY OR THURTON?
not come along to find out about forming a friendly,
village cycling group?
All ages and abilities are welcome whether you
ride a mountain or 'racing' bike, tandem,
sit-up-and-beg, electric or a latest example.
Interested? Come for a chat and show your support
as an Ashby or Thurton cyclist!
Venue - Community Cafe, Ashby & Thurton
Village Hall, Ashby Road, Thurton NR14 6AX
on Monday 14th March 2022 from 2 p.m.
NORFOLK LOCAL ACCESS FORUM
The following is an edited version of a message
received from Norfolk County Council.
The Norfolk Local Access Forum is seeking new members.
NLA Forum is comprised of up to 22 people covering
a range of interests in countryside access in Norfolk,
including: walking; cycling; horse riding; landowners;
conservation; other interests (including tourism,
business, heritage, education).
The Forum provides independent advice to a number
of organisations including Norfolk County Council
on improving access to the countryside in Norfolk.We
are looking for enthusiastic and proactive people
with a passion for the outdoors with good communication
skills to fill 14 volunteer vacancies on the Forum.
These members will represent a range of interest
areas and full details can be found online, along
with the recruitment form here: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/what-we-do-and-how-we-work/policy-performance-and-partnerships/partnerships/local-access-forum
(the recruitment form is under the ‘membership’
If you have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact 0344 800 8020.
The closing date for applications is 25th March
Rainfall As usual the latest rainfall figures
for our parish can be found via the link on the
Police Messages For some time, Police messages have focussed
on the pandemic reminding the public of the various
rules and guidelines as they evolve. No announcements
or messages have been received concerning crimes
and misdemeanors directly relevant to our or the
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ST MARY PARISH COUNCIL
NEXT MEETING - Wednesday 5th March - 7 p.m. at the
Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village Hall NEXT FOLLOWING MEETING - Wednesday 27th
April 2022 - the welcome return of the Annual Parish
Meeting Locum Parish Clerk: Tina Higlett
Email: email@example.com Website:
Parish Council Meeting Minutes When published, the draft minutes of the
last meeting will appear in the appropriate
HERE link on the MANAGEMENT page.
All Council Meeting Minutes can be inspected at
any reasonable time by appointment with the Clerk.
Latest News 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? Latest News
for approximately the previous 12 months from the
date of the Update above can be found in Latest
News Archive on the Management page.
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 are 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.
DIARY (including other Meetings or Events
held in the Parish or that may interest Ashby St
- FUTURE PARISH
COUNCIL MEETNG DATES
Please note meetings are aimed for being
held on Wednesdays where possible, subject
to the Village Hall availability.
Unless otherwise stated, all Parish Council meetings
take place at Ashby & Thurton Village Hall commencing
at 7.00 p.m.
Confirmed meeting dates:
27th April Annual Parish Meeting / 18th May Annual
Parish Council Meeting.
to show the location of the hall. Always check
Latest News for advice of meeting date/time changes.
- ASHBY ST MARY FUNDRAISERS
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.
ASHBY HEATING OIL
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
· 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
regularly saves 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Ashby Heating Oil Syndicate-
an update and for oil users interest
If you are a parishioner who is an oil user and
have not joined (free) the parish council-run village
syndicate, you may be interested to learn a bulk
order was made just before the spike in price in
early September due to well-publicised world events
involving two countries. Via personal negotiation
the Syndicate regularly achieves 2p or more per
litre less than the cheapest available on Boilerjuice
and the village delivery can be within just 5 working
days - not up to 25 days via Boilerjuice. Now
are you interested? Contact email@example.com
for more details or a free factsheet.
During the buying process, the syndicate organiser
was advised by one supplier to warn oil users not
to let their stock get too low. An instance recently
occurred where a boiler failed and upon a necessary
service inspection the jets were found to be blocked.
Originally it was thought to be due to the quality
of oil but it was felt much more likely that when
oil is pumped from the delivery vehicle into a domestic
tank low on oil, sediment is inevitably stirred
up and problems can arise. For interest, premium
oil (i.e. higher grade and arguably 'cleaner' and
longer lasting) usually costs about 3p more per
litre and is the product of an additive to the standard
heating oil at the point of delivery.
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 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 (including certain national alerts e.g.
scams etc), when our parish website 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 Broadband Speed Test In a bid by the parish council to assist
the Better Broadband campaign for rural Norfolk,
Ashby residents were asked to test their broadband
download speed. Residents undertook tests in 2015,
2017, and 2019.
By 2020 it seems faster broadband has at last arrived
in some areas of Ashby - but we like to keep a check
on the claimed speeds. 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
1. Click on this website link https://broadbandtest.which.co.uk/
2. Make a note of the 'Download' and Upload figures,
the time you did the test and email the details
For your interest the last reported download speed
test figures achieved by a resident in Ashby in
March 2022 was 14.6 and 12.5 Mbps and Upload speeds
were 3.8 and 3.3 Mbps. A test by another resident
in March 2020 was 54.7 Mbps, and Upload speed 18.4
Mbps. This difference could be explained by the
distance from the nearest cabinet, the internet
provider used and whether it was a wifi or ethernet
cable connection. 'Super-fast' fibre broadband is
available throughout Ashby via both the cabinets
at Chapel Road and Mill Common. BT has told a parishioner
'ultra-fast' fibre broadband is achieved when a
fibre connection is made from the cabinet into a