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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.
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(This replaces the update of 28th June 2016 - To view previous updates, click HERE)

- date of next parish council meeting and DRAFT agenda. See below.
- state of the verges and soil on some roads in Ashby - read the Parish Council's view and about the
- see Gallery for words and pictures of Ashby's July fundraising event.
- county councillor Barry Stones latest update - see the CONTACTS page.
- 50 Years of Disco Music event - Saturday 12th November at the village hall - see below.
- the latest Ashby rainfall figures - see the HANDBOOK page.
- confirmed times and day the mobile library visits Ashby
- recent 100 Club winners (in aid of the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall)
Please take note of the REMINDERS shown below the Latest News Section.


Saturday 12th November - 50 Years of Disco Music -
"You're never too old to boogie!"

From 7 p.m. until late at the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall
Starring local DJs of the past - back for one night only! No bar so bring your own bottle (or 2).
Tickets £5 from Carol on 480089 or julie on 480036. In aid of village hall funds.

Meeting Minutes
The draft minutes of the last (15 September 2016) parish council meeting can be found in Latest Minutes on
the MANAGEMENT page when they have been issued.

Next Parish Council meeting
Please note - henceforth all meeting start times have been amended to 7.30 p.m. unless stated
The next meeting is due to be held at the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2016 commencing at 7.30 p.m. The draft agenda is below and is therefore subject to amendment. 

Your Parish Council Acts - Verges and Road Silt In Ashby
Two requests for action were made to the Parish Council recently. The first concerned one particular road with overgrown hedges and verges leaving walkers and cyclists with nowhere to wait off the highway when a car approached. The Parish Council raised the matter with the County Councillor, Barry Stone. This was his reply concerning those points -
"Please find below the policy on hedge cutting and verges.
Roadside hedges and trees
In rural locations, roadside hedges and trees are (almost always) the responsibility of the adjacent land owner. The Wildlife and Countryside Act states that is an offence to disturb nesting birds and advises land owners to cut hedges outside the nesting season (usually September to March I believe). This creates a problem because hedges tend to grow most rapidly in April and May so we get inundated with reports at this time of year. The Highways Act 1980 Section 154 allows us to serve notice on a landowner where an obstruction occurs although the Highways Act doesn’t ‘trump’ the W&C Act. We usually ask Parish Councils if they can make the first approach to a hedge or tree owner before involving Highways.
Overgrown Verges
The statement on our website says:
Our rural grass cutting policy has recently changed and we no longer always cut the full length of rural verges; this means that only bends and visibility splays will be cut during first cut countywide which this year started on the 16 May and the programme usually takes 4 weeks to complete. A second, and final, cut will take place in July or August."
Around Ashby generally it was noted the July cut was much improved and more thorough than the early cut which some parishioners were particularly disappointed with.

The second matter concerned a long-established problem of silt and water being washed off fields during heavy rain and flowing into neighbouring properties, causing damage and inconvenience, and resulting in either a hazardous quagmire or large heap of sandy silt across the highway at a T-junction. The Parish Council wrote to a representative of the Norfolk County Council Highways department about the issue.   It is understood the landowner has since been written to by NCC. Any further news or action is awaited.

Mobile Library In Ashby
A reminder has been received from Norfolk Couty Council about its mobile library.  It visits on a four week cycle stopping at Mill Common NR14 7BW at 10 a.m. and Mill Road (near the village sign) NR14 7BN at 1025 a.m. The next visit is on 14 October followed by 11 November etc.
When this subject of latest news is removed it will be found in HANDBOOK.

Ashby & Thurton Village Hall Management Committee 100 Club
June - J Looker       July - D Millward        August - The Women's Institute        September - F Stone

(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.

NEXT MEETING - At the Ashby St Mary & T
hurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2016 at 7.30 p.m.
The DRAFT agenda is expected to be -
1. Apologies
2. Declarations of Pecuniary Interests
3. Minutes of the meeting held on 7th July 2016
4. Matters Arising
5. Correspondence - tabled separately
6. Finance – tabled separately
7. Planning Applications – tabled separately
8. Village Boundary Review
9. Report from Representative on Village Hall Committee
10. Web Site
11. Neighbourhood Security and Heating Oil Syndicate
12. Public Consultation including reports from County and District Councillors
13 Other Matters for future agendas and items for information
14. Date of next meeting
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:   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.)

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 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.

(including other Meetings or Events held in the Parish or that may interest Ashby St Mary residents)

Thursday 17 November
2017 dates awaiting confirmation - Thursday 19 January 2017, Thursday 16 March 2017, Thursday
18 May 2017, Thursday 6 July 2017; Annual Parish Meeting Thursday 20 April 2017
Unless otherwise stated, all Parish Council meetings take place at Ashby & Thurton Village Hall commencing at 7.30 p.m. (new time).
Click HERE to show the location of the hall.  Always check Latest News for advice of meeting date/time changes.


Saturday 12th November - 50 Years of Disco Music - "You're never too old to boogie!"
From 7 p.m. until late at the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall
Starring local DJs of the past - back for one night only! No bar so bring your own bottle (or 2). Tickets £5 from Carol on 480089 or Julie on 480036. In aid of village hall funds.

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 St Mary Cricket Club
Details about the club, and any other information provided by it, can be found on the Handbook page.
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    (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.


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 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 can be found HERE.

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 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.

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