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04 MARCH 2021
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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 1st February 2021 - To view previous updates, click HERE)


There are currently still no parish council meetings scheduled for 2021.

Ashby Rainfall
As usual the latest rainfall figures for our parish can be found via the link on the HANDBOOK page.

Village Hall News
Latest 100 Club winners - January J Hawes; February E Brown.

"Wellbeing" Courses 
Parish councillor Carol Powell has forwarded the following information for parishioner's interest.
Norfolk County Council's
Adult Learning Team are running a free series of sessions and 4-week short courses under the banner of ‘Spring into Wellbeing’ including meditation, yoga, languages and mindfulness. Many people could benefit from these courses which are described more fully in the PDF HERE.
Some of the taster sessions are already underway so if interested take a look at what is on offer without delay.

Police messages continue to be received but none recently have been felt to be directly relevant to our, or the neighbouring, community.


Reminders -
Don't Be Caught Out By A COVID-19 SCAM
Remember to remain vigilant as criminals begin to take advantage of the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine to commit fraud.
Dangerous fake texts have been circulating telling people they're eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine. Signs include poor grammar; the link at takes you an extremely convincing NHS website that ask for your personal details.  DO NOT click on links in unknown texts - always check first.
Cold calls regarding the vaccine are also beginning to take place - scammers are reported to be asking people to pay for it over the phone. If you receive one of these, hang up.
The vaccine is free - you will NOT be asked to pay. The NHS will never:
• ask you for your bank account or card details
• ask you for your PIN or banking password
• arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
• ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to
Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling
0300 123 2040 or visiting

For more information about the help on offer, the first-instance contacts are:
SARAH COOK - Home 01508 480 668 and KAREN BONSELL - Mobile 07583 968 739

Ashby WhatsApp Group
The parish council is still aiming to offer any Ashby parishioner the opportunity to join an 'AshbyWAPP' group. The sole aim of this service, which would be run by the council, is as a hub for emergency or important messages to be circulated to the group - e.g. local road blocks/hazards/closures, whether by vehicles/trees/snow/flooding etc. It would not be for personal messages or comments like other well-known services. The AshbyWAPP group will not replace the current Ashby Update Service which will remain in place as it provides a different purpose.
The WhatsApp application can be downloaded free to suitable mobile phones. Messages have built-in end-to-end encryption making them secure, unlike other well-known services. More details follow.

(If any pages, their contents or links do not function as they should, please accept our apologies and inform us promptly via the Contact Us tab at the top of this page.   If any sections 'overlap', try viewing our website using another internet browser.

Parish Clerk: Position vacant
Email:   Website:

Parish Council Meeting Minutes
When published, the draft minutes of the last meeting will appear in the appropriate HERE link on the MANAGEMENT page.
All Council Meeting Minutes can be inspected at any reasonable time by appointment with the Clerk.

Latest News
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?  Latest News for approximately the previous 12 months from the date of the Update above can be found in Latest News Archive on the Management page.


In line with statutory provisions, formal notice of forthcoming Parish Council meeting agendas, latest meeting minutes for public view and every parish election are 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)

Please note meetings are on Wednesdays where possible, due to the Village Hall availability.
Unless otherwise stated, all Parish Council meetings take place at Ashby & Thurton Village Hall commencing at 7.30 p.m.
Due to the pandemic there are no planned dates for public meetings in 2021. 
When meetings resume the dates will be published here, as usual.
Click HERE to show the location of the hall.  Always check Latest News for advice of meeting date/time changes.


There are currently no / no other Ashby St Mary fundraising activities or 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 real savings.
· Your parish council has set up the Ashby Heating Oil Syndicate.
· The Ashby Heating Oil Syndicate makes worthwhile savings for residents after compiling a bulk order.
· It works! The syndicate’s bulk order regularly saves 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 can be found HERE.

Ashby Heating Oil Syndicate - an update and for oil users interest
If you are a parishioner who is an oil user and have not joined (free) the parish council-run village syndicate, you may be interested to learn a bulk order was made just before the spike in price in early September due to well-publicised world events involving two countries. Via personal negotiation the Syndicate regularly achieves 2p or more per litre less than the cheapest available on Boilerjuice and the village delivery is usually within just 5 working days - not up to 25 days via Boilerjuice.  Now are you interested? Contact for more details or a free factsheet.
During the buying process, the syndicate organiser was advised by one supplier to warn oil users not to let their stock get too low. An instance recently occurred where a boiler failed and upon a necessary service inspection the jets were found to be blocked. Originally it was thought to be due to the quality of oil but it was felt much more likely that when oil is pumped from the delivery vehicle into a domestic tank low on oil, sediment is inevitably stirred up and problems can arise. For interest, premium oil (i.e. higher grade and arguably 'cleaner' and longer lasting) usually costs about 3p more per litre and is the product of an additive to the standard heating oil at the point of delivery.

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 handfl of 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.

Ashby Broadband Speed Test
In a bid by the parish council to assist the Better Broadband campaign for rural Norfolk, Ashby residents were asked to test their broadband download speed. Residents undertook tests in 2015, 2017, and 2019.
By 2020 it seems faster broadband has at last arrived in some areas of Ashby - but we like to keep a check on the claimed speeds. 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 below.
1. Click on this website link    (For consistency only this site is being used)
2. Make a note of the 'Download' and Upload figures, 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 in March 2020 was 54.7 Mbps, and Upload speed 18.4 Mbps. A test in April 2019 was 10.0 and 0.7 respectively. 'Super-fast' fibre broadband is available throughout Ashby via both the cabinets at Chapel Road and Mill Common. BT has told a parishioner 'ultra-fast' fibre broadband is achieved when a fibre connection is made from the cabinet into a property.

Ashby St Mary Cricket Club
Details about the club, and any other information provided by it, can be found on the Handbook page.
If issued to the Parish Council, a fixture list for the current season will be found on the Handbook page.
For those interested, the Club has a Facebook page.


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