to the official website of the Parish Council of Ashby St
Mary in Norfolk.
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
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LATEST PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
(This replaces the update of 1st February 2021 - To
view previous updates, click HERE)
NEWS 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
Village Hall News Latest 100 Club winners - January J Hawes;
February E Brown.
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 PDFHERE. Some of the taster sessions are already underway
so if interested take a look at what is on offer
MESSAGES Police messages continue to be received
but none recently have been felt to be directly
relevant to our, or the neighbouring, community.
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
uk.application-form.com takes you an extremely convincing
NHS website that ask for your personal details.
DO NOT click on links in unknown texts - always
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
• 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,
If you are suspicious about an email you have received,
forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
- VOLUNTARY HELPERS
more information about the help on offer, the first-instance
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.
ST MARY PARISH COUNCIL
NEXT MEETING - UNKNOWN Parish Clerk: Position vacant
Email: email@example.com 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.
ASHBY ST MARY PARISH
COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICES
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.
DIARY (including other Meetings or Events
held in the Parish or that may interest Ashby St
- FUTURE PARISH
COUNCIL MEETNG DATES
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.
to show the location of the hall. Always check
Latest News for advice of meeting date/time changes.
- ASHBY ST MARY FUNDRAISERS
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.
ASHBY HEATING OIL
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
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com
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 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 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
1. Click on this website link http://www.speedtest.net/
(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
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
For those interested, the Club has a Facebook page.