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Mary in Norfolk.
not only the records of the Parish Council's proceedings,
but also more information about Ashby St Mary including its
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LATEST PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
(This replaces the update of 10th Octoner 2016 - To
view previous updates, click HERE)
QUICK LOOK AT WHAT'S IN THIS RELEASE:
- appointment of new parish councilor
- date of next parish council meeting and draft
agenda. See below.
- views on Thurton's school bus collection point
- see below.
- county councillor Barry Stones latest update -
see the CONTACTS page.
- Ashby & Thurton's 50 Years of Disco Music
event - November 2016 - see below.
- Please support your village hall - Saturday 18th
March 2017 - Sausage and Mash Evening - details
- the latest Ashby rainfall figures - see the HANDBOOK
Please take note of the REMINDERS
(if any) shown below the Latest News Section.
New Ashby St Mary Parish Councilor The parish council extends a warm welcome
to Mrs Rachel Cooper on becoming its newest councilor.Rachel and her husband Grenville live in
the former Ashby Rectory which it is understood
is due to undergo major refurbishment.
Next Parish Council meeting
Reminder - all meetings now commence at
7.30 p.m. unless stated The next meeting is due to be held at the
Ashby & Thurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 16
MARCH 2017 commencing at 7.30 p.m. The draft agenda
is below and is therefore subject to amendment.
Meeting Minutes The draft minutes of the last (17 November
2016) parish council meeting can be found in Latest
Minutes on the MANAGEMENT page.
Thurton School bus collection point The subject of changing the bus collection
point for children attending Thurton School was
raised at September's parish council meeting.
As a result, a communication was sent on behalf
of the parish council to Norfolk County Council
- " At
the Parish Council meeting on 15th September 2016
Councillors were very concerned to be told that
the school bus pick up point for the mornings had
been moved to the Thurton bus shelter on the A146.
A“pparently the bus stop for school children
was originally on the A146 but due to serious safety
concerns and the huge risk element regarding traffic
on the A146 main road it had been successfully moved
to the Ashby Road/Mill Road location some years
ago. It was my understanding there was no consultation
with the users of the bus and parents are understandably
very concerned about this change. Considering this
is the location for a speed camera on the opposite
side if the road there must be an element of risk
that has been overlooked.
Is there any way in which the bus stop can be returned
back to the safer position of the Ashby Road/Mill
Road location for the pick up in the morning I
would very much like an update on the situation
in order that I can report back to the Councillor.
Your attention to this matter would be very much
A prompt reply was
received from Daniel Yallop on behalf of the Norfolk
County Council which stated - "The change in pick
up location has been appealed by a parent, it has
been reviewed by a reviewing officer and taken to
appeal, the decision will remain the same for a
number of reasons. -Avoids
a bus having to reverse in the village with students
on board around a part of the village which is busy
with students going to the primary school.
-Improves the punctuality of the arrival time at
Hobart. -A bus stop which has a layby, shelter
and adequate waiting area has been assessed as a
safe place to wait."
parish council also invited the views of the area
county councillor, Barry Stone. He replied - " I have had several emails and discussions
about the school bus including the officer (not
Daniel) who organised the changes this year. She
is adamant that the changes are needed to coordinate
timing with Framingham Earl school and save costs
as well. She also feels it is safe. I have gone
along to see for myself the school children congregating
at the bus stop and being picked up by the school
bus and have to say I see no problem, there is plenty
of room both in the shelter and behind and an adequate
lay-by. I think the risks are highly exaggerated
although totally understandable and I will continue
to monitor the situation and check back with the
officer with any concerns that arise.
I have a school pick up stop near to my house on
a very busy road with large agricultural lorises
and machinery going past, where up to about 20 children
wait with no shelter, no lay by and a narrow pavement
and there has never been a problem. I know this
is no help but there are others worse off than those
using the Thurton pick up point.
I would have mentioned this at your PC last week
had I been able to attend and apologise for not
giving you my update."
Any further developments will be reported for parishioners
Ashby & Thurton Village Hall Management Committee
100 Club Winners
October - R Taylor; November - M Allen; the November
superdraw - Mrs E Leathers; December - J&R Rackman
January - D Marshwood: February - J Ball
Note - Number holders are requested to renew their
membership before the end of February. Renewal forms
are being circulated and should be returned promptly,
signed with £12 fee to Mrs J Lincoln, 24 Ashby
profits go towards the maintenance of the Village
Ashby & Thurton's 50 Years of Disco
Music event - November 2016 On behalf of the organisers of the one
night only disco, Carol Powell, Ashby St Mary parish
councillor and Vice Chairman of the Ashby &
Thurton Village Hall Management Committee wishes
to extend grateful thanks to everyone who supported
this highly successful event.
thanks to the DJ supremos Ivan, Keith and
Robert. The evening went really well and a
total of £629 was raised for village
Everyone who came had a great evening and
asked when the next one was going to be held!!
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ASHBY ST MARY PARISH COUNCIL
NEXT MEETING - At the Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village
Hall on THURSDAY 16 MARCH 2017 at 7.30 p.m.
The DRAFT agenda is expected to be - A G E N D A
2. Declaration of Business and Pecuniary Interest
3. Minutes of the meeting held on 19th January 2017
4. Matters Arising from the minutes of 19th January 2017
5. Correspondence - tabled separately
7. Planning Applications – tabled separately
8. Village Boundary Review
9. Annual Parish Meeting planning
10. Report from Representative on Village Hall Committee
11. Web Site
12. Neighbourhood Security and Heating Oil Syndicate
13. Public Consultation including reports from County
and District Councillors
14. Other Matters for future agendas and items for information
15. Date of next meeting - Annual Parish Meeting on 20th
The Press and Public are warmly invited to attend.
Parish Clerk: Linda Gray
Parish Office: 5 Cedar Drive, Loddon, Norwich, Norfolk
NR14 6LE Tel 07580 796044
Email: email@example.com Website: www.ashbystmary.org.uk
Meeting dates for 2017 - 16 March 2017, 18 May 2017, 6
July 2017, Annual Parish Meeting 20 April 2017
(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
All parish council meetings now commence at 7.30 p.m.
[replacing the former 7.45 start time].All
meetings are of course available for the public to attend.
Latest News Until otherwise advised all Latest News will
appear on this Home page so make a note to check it regularly.
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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
In line with statutory provisions, formal notice of forthcoming
Parish Council meeting agendas, latest meeting minutes for public
view and every parish election aredisplayed 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 Mary residents)
- 2017 PARISH COUNCIL MEETNG
2017 dates confirmed - Thursday 19 January, Thursday 16 March, Annual
Parish Meeting Thursday 20 April, Thursday 18 May, Thursday
6 July 2017. September and November dates are awaiting confirmation.
Unless otherwise stated, all Parish Council meetings take place
at Ashby & Thurton Village Hall commencing at 7.30
p.m. (new time).
to show the location of the hall. Always check Latest
News for advice of meeting date/time changes.
- ASHBY ST MARY FUNDRAISERS
Saturday 18th March 2017 - Sausage and Mash Evening
Please support your village hall! Following the great success
of the last event in November the Village Hall Management Committee
invite all residents of Ashby and Thurton to their latest event
- includes a raffle and games! There is no bar so please bring
your own beverages and drinking glasses.
For tickets please contact Julie Powell on 01508 480966 or Carol
Powell on 01508 480089
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.
OTHER INTERESTS Ashby St Mary Cricket Club Details about the club, and any
other information provided by it, can be found on the Handbook
When issued, a fixture list for the current season will be found
on the Handbook page.
For those interested, the Club has a Facebook page.
Ashby Broadband Speed Test In a bid by the parish council to assist the Better
Broadband campaign for rural Norfolk, Ashby residents are asked
to test their broadband download speed. Residents undertook
tests in 2015 - but we need more! 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 following
steps 1 - 4.
1. Click on this website link http://www.speedtest.net/
(For consistency only this site is being used)
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
For your interest the last reported download speed test figure
achieved by a resident was 6.33 Mbps.
ASHBY HEATING OIL SYNDICATE 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
· 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 found HERE.
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
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
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