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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.


Smartphone users can 'scan' this code to get the link to our website on their mobiles.
If you don't have a suitable scan application on your mobile, you can find one HERE.


(This replaces the previous update of 8 April 2014 - To view previous updates, see below)

UPDATED in this release:
- Regarding the Annual Parish Meeting on 24th April 2014
   - Ashby website report 2014 - see MANAGEMENT PAGE
   - Ashby neighbourhood security report 2014 - see MANAGEMENT PAGE
- Ashby heating oil syndicate report 2014 - see MANAGEMENT PAGE
- Ashby residents' participation in London Marathon - the aftermath! - see report below
- Cycling For Fun! - the aftermath! - see report below

Please take note of all the REMINDERS shown below the Latest News Section which include -
Thurton Autojumble and Classic Car show - Sunday 25 May

Parachuting Susie seeks Big C donations for her Big Jump - Sunday 22nd June

The next meeting is the Annual Parish meeting to be held on THURSDAY 24 APRIL 2014 commencing at 7.45 p.m.
The confirmed agenda for the meeting is -

1. Apologies
2. Minutes of the Meeting held on 23 May 2013
3. Chairman’s report
4. Financial report
5. Local Development Framework – an update
6. Parish Council Website
7. Neighbourhood Security / Ashby Update Service
8. Police report
9. Ashby’s Bulk Buying Oil Scheme
10. County Councillor’s report
11. District Councillor’s report
12. Ashby and Thurton Playing Field Committee report
13. Village Organisation Reports
14. Any other business

The next Parish Council meeting (Annual General Meeting) is due to be held on Thursday 15th May.

Result! Ashby residents' participation in the London Marathon - Sunday 13 April (photo below left)
Anita Somerville survived the hardwork being a refreshment provider at the 23 mile mark in the London Marathon on Sunday 13 April. Nicola, daughter of Anita and your webmaster and formerly resident in Ashby St Mary, completed her first ever Marathon run in 4 hours 33 minutes and managed to raise just under £1000 in aid of Barnardos and The Eve Appeal (Women's Cancer Charity). Thanks to anyone who provided either of them moral or monetary support.

Report! Cycling For Fun! - Easter Monday 21 April (photo above right)
Your webmaster, Mark,was joined by a total of 8 other cyclists (including son Tim, Robert Todd, Ashby Parish Council chairman and his family, Maria, Sophie and Sam, Nicola Roffey from Ashby, and Keith and Julie Lincoln from Thurton) for the gentle 7 mile local cycle ride on Easter Monday. The route went on quiet roads via Alpington, Yelverton and Bergh Apton and included a rest stop for refreshments. The earlier anticipated poor weather did not materialise and turned out to be perfect cycling conditions - sunny and only a light breeze. All agreed another ride should be arranged so look out for news of this
on Ashby's noticebaords or contact me by email at
With thanks to the above named who made the all too brief occasion the success it turned out to be.

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.   



Ashby Homewatch  / Ashby Website Update Service
Ashby's Homewatch service is provided free and is available to any Ashby 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 again 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's needed is for a recipient to email the few requested details.
The Parish Council's homewatch representative does the rest - keeping residents informed when a Police Homewatch message affecting our area has been received, when our parish website has been updated, plus occasional news of the Ashby Heating Oil Syndicate.
Messages are usually issued once each each month. For full details look on the Homewatch page.

This is a free parish service.
If you would prefer it, email for a fact-sheet.
This is another Ashby St Mary Parish Council initiative for serving the local community.

Elsie Flowerdew - A request that if anyone has any information about this lady who worked at Ashby Hall in the 1920s, please contact the Ashby Webmaster.

Thurton Autojumble and Classic Car Show - Sunday 25th May
Venue - Thurton Village Hall and playing field, NR14 6AX. Gates open 9 am to public, £2 Adults Children free.
Large Autojumble (over 50 stalls last year). Classic car show displaying lots of Cars and Bikes of all ages.
Craft fair and Trade Stands add to the event making it a great day for all the Family. Pitch Prices from £10.
For more details go to or ring 01508 480036

Bergh Apton Mystery Plays
The Parish Council is pleased to accede to the request to give one of its neighbouring parishes some publicity for a 2014 event.  
Bergh Apton is planning an exciting new enterprise in May and June 2014. Visitors will experience a new take on a Mediaeval 'Mystery Play', especially commissioned from writer and storyteller, Hugh Lupton, who created the successful 'A Mighty Water' production held in 2011.
The plays will be directed by David Farmer, who founded Tiebreak Theatre Company, has stagings around the world and involvement in the Shakespeare Schools Festival, UK's largest youth Drama Festival.
For more information contact Christopher Meynell at or on 01508 558440
Also see

In Connection With Bergh Apton 2014 Mystery Plays
Mystery Play Cycle of 4 Plays
Performances - 24th May (Saturday), 1st June, 8th June (Sundays)
Contemporary, Mediaeval, Fun, Mystery Plays by Hugh Lupton, who will perform with ‘11 Says’ villagers.
Music & refreshments. Bring Your Own Picnic to the Garden of Eden (12.30pm)
Start 13.30pm - Performance Ends approx 6pm.
Tickets £15, or £7.50 (under 16s) for full Performance advanced booking only (200 tickets available)
+ password “bamp2014” or telephone: 01508 480696

Parachuting Susie!
Some Ashby residents are definitely more daring than others!

Susie Fowler-Watt is due to jump out of a plane (with a parachute!) to raise money for Norfolk's cancer charity, the Big C. She will be one of 50 Big C supporters doing the parachute jump on June 22nd in a bid to raise much-needed money.  
Susie said "I am delighted to be be involved with the Big C, supporting its invaluable work. It's a local charity for local people and day afyer day it helps those facing one of the hardest times of their lives. I can't wait to do the Big Jump this summer - hopefully we will raise lots of money and have lots of fun along the way!"
Donations can be made via Susie's link at
Big C are callinmg for people to join them in their community fundraising jump, and inviting them to make an occasion of it. If you have a birthday, celebrate it by booking a group to skydive to mark your big day! Or jump in a wedding dress as part of a hen or stag do!  UK Parachuting has set aside the whole day to dedicate to Big C skydivers.
Contacts - diane, or on 01603 619900; Jude Pontais at UK Parachuting on 01502 476131 or 07889 435201

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 parish clerk.
See Contact Us (left)

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)

Thursday 23 January 2014

Thursday 20 March 2014
Thursday 24 April 2014 [Annual Parish Meeting - Main Hall
Thursday 15 May 2014 [Annual General Meeting]
Wednesday 2 July 2014 (amended)
Thursday 18 September 2014
Thursday 20 November 2014

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

- ASHBY ST MARY FUNDRAISERS - 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.


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.
· It’s an alternative choice to the current AF Affinity scheme the details of which are already on this website.
· 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.
It shows the lowest price per litre in 2011 was during January and August, while in 2012 it was the end of June.


There are currently no/no other forthcoming meetings or events in 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.

A fixture list for 2014 has been issued and this can also be found on the Handbook page.
For those interetsed, the Club has a Facebook page.

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