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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.

         Most documents in 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 update of 14th January 2016 - To view previous updates, click HERE)

- next parish council meeting agenda
- South Norfolk District Council - Streamlining the Planning Process. See below
- Scams. See Norfolk Constabulary advice below.
- the latest Ashby rainfall figures - see the HANDBOOK page

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


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

Next Parish Council meeting
The next meeting is due to be held at the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 17 March 2016
commencing at 7.45 p.m.
The confirmed agenda is -
1. Apologies
2. Declaration of Pecuniary Interest
3. Minutes of the meeting held on 21st January 2016
4. Matters Arising
5. Correspondence - tabled separately
6. Finance – tabled separately
7. Planning Applications – tabled separately
8. Village Boundary Review
9. Annual Parish Meeting planning
10. Report from Representative on Village Hall Committee
11. Web Site – Transparency Code
12. Neighbourhood Security and Heating Oil Syndicate
13. Public Consultation including reports from County and District Councillors
14. Other Matters for future agendas and items for information
15. Date of next meeting, the Annual Parish Meeting, 21st April 2016
The Press and Public are warmly invited to attend
Signed………Linda Gray…… Clerk Date 10th March 2016
Parish Clerk: Linda Gray
Parish Office: 5 Cedar Drive, Loddon, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 6LE Tel 07580 796044

Streamlining the Planning Process - Site Notices and consultations
- Issued by South Norfolk District Council 8th February 2016

You may recall in 2014 we notified you of changes to the way we consult on planning applications for householder applications and explained that a site notice for this type of application would not always be erected. As from the 15 February 2016 the Council will only be posting a site notice for where there is a statutory requirement to do so, to help speed up the process in dealing with all types of application. We will still be consulting you on all these applications for your views. The new process will be as follows:

Site Notices will only be posted if there is a statutory requirement to do so i.e. it is in a conservation area or is a listed building (in both these instances we also have to put and advert in the local press), a major application ((defined as residential - 10 or more dwellings or site of 0.5 hectares or more; non-residential – new floor space 1000sqm of a site of 1 hectare or more); has an Environmental Impact Assessment; Affects a public right of ways; does not accord with the provisions of the development plan or is adjacent to open land (i.e. where there is no address point)

We will continue to notify in writing all neighbours adjacent to the boundary of the site, or opposite the site if it relates to any front alterations, the selection of any other neighbours will be a judgement call by the case officer (as is the case at present), and whether they are materially affected by the proposal.

This level of publicity together with press adverts, where required, satisfies the statutory requirement for public consultation on applications. In addition to the above the Council also publishes the weekly list of applications on its web site and also residents can sign up to ‘My South Norfolk’ on the web site to receive alerts on what is happening in their area.
All District Members have been notified of this change and it would be helpful if you could also pass this message on to as many of your residents as possible.

Norfolk Police have circulated advice to avoid being caught out by various scams. To read this please click HERE.

Sater Internet
To help stay safe when online, Norfolk Police have suggested these websites for useful information -


Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village Hall 100 Club - The latest names of winners are -
Winners for November draw are Super draw – Sally Clay; Normal draw – Matthew Hoddy
December winner – Chris Brown ; January winner – Alan Baugh

Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village Hall

The AGM is to take place at the Village Hall on Monday 16th May 2016 at 8 p.m.

(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.


Transparency Code
Due to new statutory requirements Ashby St Mary will shortly have a Transparency Code Register. The register will detail 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.
When available, the Ashby' St Mary's Register will be found on the MANAGEMENT page.

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 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    (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.


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 or top of this page)


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)

21 January ; Thursday 17 March; Thursday 21 April Annual Parish Meeting ; Thursday 19 May ; Thursday 7 July; subsequent meeting dates to be confirmed

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.

- The 2016 THURTON AUTOJUMBLE & CLASSIC CAR SHOW is taking place at Ashby & Thurton Village Hall & Playing Field on 22nd May 2016


There are currently no Ashby St Mary fundraising activities which the Parish Council has been requested to advertise.


There 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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