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17 APR 2015

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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 22 February 2015 - To view previous updates, click HERE)

UPDATED in this release:
- Next meeting is the Annual Parish Meeting. See below.
- Ashby St Mary parish councillors re-elected. See below.
- A tribute to Roy Roebuck can be viewed on the HISTORY page [about halfway down] in the Gallery section.

- Homewatch / Police alert message. One local message shown below.
- Enjoy, Achieve, Believe is the mantra of Thurton CofE VC Primary school at which many Ashby and Thurton children are taught. It did just that by achieving the ultimate Outstanding accolade in March!   Congratulations to headteacher Cassandra Williams and her staff, as well as Chair Maggie Coe and her colleague school governors - and not forgetting all the pupils. Read more about this achievement on the CONTACTS page.
- Village Hall Management Committee 100 Club latest winners. See below.
- Latest Ashby rainfall figures - find them on the HANDBOOK page

- Adrian Gunson, county councillor for the division including Ashby St Mary since 1970, has announced his retirement.   See an appreciation below that includes an unforgettable quote.

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

Re: Village Hall Management Committee: Villagers should be aware that without a Management Committee of Officers, the status and potentially the future of the Hall could be severely adversely affected - see below.


Parish Council meeting minutes
The draft minutes of the last parish council meeting on Thursday 19th March are
available to can be viewed on the MANAGEMENT page.
The draft minutes of the 2014 Annual Parish Meeting are available to be viewed on the MANAGEMENT page.

Next Parish Council meeting - Annual Parish Meeting
The next meeting is due to be held at the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 23 APRIL 2015 commencing at 7.45 p.m.

The confirmed agenda is -
1. Apologies
2. Minutes of the Meeting held on 24 April 2014
3. Chairman’s report
4. Financial report
5. Parish Council Website
6. Neighbourhood Security / Ashby Update Service
7. Police report
8. Ashby’s Bulk Buying Oil Scheme
9. District Councillor’s report
10. Ashby and Thurton Playing Field Committee report
11. Village Organisation Reports
12. Any other business
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

Ashby St Mary parish councilor elections
In the recent election of parish councillors the number of nominations was less than the seven vacancies so a poll was deemed not to be held by South Norfolk District Council. The nominated councillors take up their new term of office on Monday 11th May 2015.

Homewatch / Police Alert
Of the recent messages received, only one has taken place in Ashby St Mary or its surrounding parishes -
Yet again, a vehicle in The Meadows, Thurton has been vandalised by being scratched.

Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village Hall Management Committee 100 Club
February winner - Robert Todd   March winner - Richard Taylor   April winner - Will Hoddy

Retirement of Adrian Gunson
Adrian Gunson, the longest-serving councillor in Norfolk County Council's history has announced his retirement. He served the Loddon division since 1970 and for many years was NCC's cabinet member for planning and transportation. He was made an MBE in 2010 for his services to local government. Ashby St Mary parish council wishes to record its most grateful thanks for all the unceasing work Adrian did in supporting the council over the many issues with which he was always willing to assist and offer him warmest good wishes for a long and happy retirement.
 Arguably the finest accolade that can be paid to Adrian is to repeat a memorable comment once uttered by a past parish council chairman (which local residents will comprehend the relevance of) that 'he is the only person I know who can be in two places at the same time!"

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?
... 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 no-one filling the posts of Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. 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.
Villagers should be aware that without a Management Committee of Officers, the status and potentially the future of the Hall could be severely adversely affected.

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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