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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 16 June 2014 - To view previous updates, see below)

UPDATED in this release:
- Result of the annual strawberries and Pimms evening in aid of Ashby church funds - see below
- June, July and August rainfall details - see Handbook page
- Enquiry regarding images of a former Ashby resident, the Rev Thomas Sewell Wontner - see below
- Enquiry regarding the search for a property to buy in Ashby - see below
- A taster of the forthcoming account of those named on Ashby's War Memorial - see below
- Latest Village Hall 100 Club winner - see below

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

The next meeting is due to be held at the Ashby & Thuton Village Hall on THURSDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2014 commencing at 7.45 p.m.
1. Apologies
2. Declaration of Interest
3. Minutes of the meeting held on 4 June 2014
4. Matters Arising
5. Correspondence - tabled separately
6. Finance – tabled separately
    a. Clerk's salary
7. Planning Applications – tabled separately
8. Report from Representative on Village Hall Committee
9 . Web Site
10. Homewatch
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: 20 November 2014

Ashby St Mary War Memorial
The story behind the four names appearing on Ashby's war memorial will soon be included within the website. A heavily researched piece of work by Terry Kitt has resulted in much background information being discovered. The resultant story has been compiled into a fascinating account of words, photos, diagrams and war-time extracts.
We would like to hear from relatives who still live in this area, but anyone with any knowledge or background information (however brief) on the men listed below is asked to contact Terry Kitt on 01508 480954 or at
Ernest W Bush Private, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, died 20.11.1917
Herbert Victor Chambers Able Seaman, Drake Battalion, RN Division, RNVR, died 24.12.17 aged 18 yrs
William E Starman MM Company Sergeant Major, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, died 16.09.18, aged 32 yrs
John Stanley Cotton Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment, died c. 28.05.40 aged 31 yrs

Vilage Hall 100 Winner - Latest winner
August's winner was Jonathon Loades - £35

Annual Strawberries and Pimms fundraiser

This traditional and very popular evening took place on Friday 20th June at The Old Coach House on Chapel Lane courtesy of hosts Graham and Jo. There were 55 adults and 3 children present and the occasion resulted in a wonderful profit of £400 to put towards the maintenance of Ashby's church.

Susie's Big Jump!

Well she did it!  On 22nd June Susie Fowler-Watt did indeed bravely jump out of a plane (with a parachute!) to raise money for Norfolk's cancer charity, the Big C. The total raised (so far) is £1,460.00.

Susie said "Wow - I did it! Thank you to everyone for your support. We had an amazing experience, and I'm so proud to have raised all this money for Big C, because of your wonderful generosity."
Donations can still be made via Susie's link which remains at

Website enquiry - Rev Thomas Sewell Wontner
Edwina Osborne contacted the parish council regarding the history of Ashby St Mary’s parish church, the Church of St Mary the Virgin. She noticed it refered to a Rev Thomas Sewell Wontner who was one of her ancestors and was rector of the church in the 1930s.  She was wondering if anyone might have any photos of Rev Wontner that could be sent to her.  If so she would be very grateful. If you can help, please email the or contact Edwina Osborne direct at (email) or her direct line telephone number at work is 020 7215 4948

Ashby Property enquiry
Suzie Finch contacted the Ashby parish clerk as she and her husband are looking for a property to purchase in Ashby St Mary but are finding it difficult to find one. If anyone knows of a property coming on the market in Ashby please would you consider contacting Suzie Finch on 07980 630590.

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.



Ashby Heating Oil Syndicate
For more details about the free-to-join village syndicate, see below. Contact the webmaster (click on the Contact Us tab near the top of this page) with as much notice as possible if you find you need to order heating oil - the minimum order that can be placed is 500 litres. Usually only 4 orders each year are placed.

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

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
Wednersday 4 June 2014 [Annual General Meeting] (amended)
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.

- 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.

'Talk On Silver' and vauation opportunity on Wednesday 2nd July.....please click HERE for more details.

re are currently no/no other announcements concerning 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, in 2012 it was the end of June and in 2013 it was lowest in May.

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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