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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 30th August 2021 - To view previous updates, click HERE)


The next scheduled parish council meeting of the Parish Council
is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 3rd November 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at Ashby & Thurton Village Hall, Ashby Road, Thurton.
Please note 7.00 p.m. is now the usual start time.

1. To receive Apologies for absence
2. To receive declarations of Interest for items on the agenda and to consider any requests for dispensations.
3. To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 1st September 2021
4. Matters arising from the minutes of the meeting
5. Public forum including reports from County & District Councillors
6. Finance
    I. To note councils current financial standing
    II. To approve payments
    III. Section 137 donations
7. Periodic items
    l. Standing Orders
    ll. Risk Assessment
8. Community Infrastructure Levy Expenditure
9. Planning applications and emerging local plan
10. Report from representative of Village Hall Management Committee
11. Reports re Website/Neighbourhood Security/Oil Buying Syndicate
12. Highways
13. Correspondence
14. Matters for future consideration and items for information.
15. Date of next meeting: To be decided.
The press and public are warmly invited to attend.

Dates of future meetings: To be decided

When the draft minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 1st September 2021 are published they will be found on the MANAGEMENT page.

The Norfolk Strategic Flood Alliance (which includes Norfolk ALC representing town and parish councils) has seen a multiplicity of organisations come together to agree a strategy to ensure Norfolk communities and infrastructure are safer and more resilient to the risks of inland and coastal flooding. Note the NSFA's new one stop number for flooding in the county.

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

Police Messages

For some time, Police messages have focussed on the pandemic reminding the public of the various rules and guidelines as they evolve. None have concerned crimes and misdemeanors directly relevant to our, or the neighbouring, community.

Ashby WhatsApp Group - update
The parish council has now decided not to proceed with an 'AshbyWAPP' group for its parishioners. It was generally felt existing social media was sufficient to achieve the aims a WhatsApp group would bring. It was not disputed social media, unlike WhatsApp, did not have built-in end-to-end encryption for security and that some persons preferred not to use or trust certain media.

(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.

NEXT MEETING - Wednesday 3rd November 2021 - 7 p.m. at the Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village Hall
Locum Parish Clerk: Tina Higlett
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 aimed for being held on Wednesdays where possible, subject to the Village Hall availability.
Unless otherwise stated, all Parish Council meetings take place at Ashby & Thurton Village Hall commencing at 7.00 p.m.
Confirmed meeting dates: Wednesday 1st September, Wednesday 3rd November 2021.
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 can be 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 few 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 (including certain national alerts e.g. scams etc), when our parish website 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.


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