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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 2 December 2014 - To view previous updates, see below)

UPDATED in this release:
- Draft minutes of the last parish council meeting
- Village Hall Management Committee 100 Club latest winner
- Your 2014/15 waste collection guide (repeated)

                         To all our website followers - a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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

The draft minutes of the last parish council meeting on Thursday 27th November 2014 are now available to be viewed and can be found via the link on the MANAGEMENT page.

Next Parish Council meeting
The next meeting is due to be held at the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 15 JANUARY 2015 commencing at 7.45 p.m.

The draft agenda is -
1. Apologies
2. Declaration of Pecuniary Interest
3. Minutes of the meeting held on 27 November 2014
4. Matters Arising
5. Correspondence - tabled separately
6. Finance – tabled separately
7. Planning Applications – tabled separately
8. Report from Representative on Village Hall Committee
9. Web Site
10. Neighbourhood Security
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 19 March 2015
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 & Thurton Village Hall Management Committee 100 Club
November winner - Michael Thomas (£35)

Waste (grey) / Recycling (green) Collections 2014 / 2015
The whole of Ashby remains a yellow collection day. Collection dates can be found at this link -
When this item of news is removed from this page, you can find the bin collection dates on the HANDBOOK page.

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's War Memorial - We Shall Remember Them
Parish councillor, Terry Kitt, has researched, compiled and produced a painstaking piece of work concerning the background of those named on the village war memorial. It is a fascinating read plus an excellent historical record, which includes personal notes, photos, maps and diagrams. See the Ashby War Memorial link on the HISTORY page.

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

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 lost thew posts of Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer over the next few months. 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.

Ashby Heating Oil Syndicate
For more details about the free-to-join village syndicate, see below. with as much notice as possible if you find the need to order heating oil. - the minimum order that can be placed is 500 litres. Usually only 4 orders each year are placed.
This is a free parish service.
This another Ashby St Mary initiative for serving the local community.

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 itds 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.


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)

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 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.


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.

Details about the club, and any other information provided by it, can be found on the Handbook page.

When issued a fixture list for 2015 will be found on the Handbook page.
For those interetsed, the Club has a Facebook page.

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