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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.
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(This replaces the update of 30th May 2016 - To view previous updates, click HERE)

- draft minutes of the May meeting. See below.
- next parish council meeting agenda
and new meeting time. See below.
- New Norfolk Police & Crime Commissioner wants your views.
- 2016 Accounts Notice (electors rights) added - see Finance on the MANAGEMENT page.
- Ashby's Street Party celebration for the Queen's 90th birthday - see the HISTORY page.
- Ashby's Cheese and Wine evening - see the HISTORY page.
- Ashby St Mary Cricket Club 2016 fixture list - see the HANDBOOK page.
- The next village fundraising event (Strawberries & Bubbly) - see below.
- the latest Ashby rainfall figures - see the HANDBOOK page.
- re bin collections, have yours been taking place (with the correct service)? See below.
Please take note of the REMINDERS shown below the Latest News Section.


Meeting Minutes
The draft minutes of the last (19 May 2016) parish council meeting can be found in Latest Minutes on
the MANAGEMENT page.

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 7 JULY 2016
commencing at 7.30 p.m. Draft agenda is below. 

South Norfolk
Bin Collection changes
To check Ashby's bin collection days and dates see the HANDBOOK page. It was ironic that in at least one village area the first Thursday collection failed to materialise, the second was the opposite collection of that advertised, and the third didn't happen! No recycling collection for nearly 4 weeks!

Ashby & Thurton Village Hall Management Committee 100 Club
May - Anita Somerville       June - awaited

Have your say – PCC wants your views on keeping Norfolk safe
Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner is launching a two-month public consultation asking people to help set policing priorities in the county for the next four years. Lorne Green is asking Norfolk people to share their views and to help shape and develop his Police and Crime Plan for 2016-2020.
The consultation, will run for eight weeks and closes on Friday August 12. As well as running an online survey, the PCC will be meeting with people, groups and organisations across the county to help him draft his plan. That plan, to be published in the Autumn, will outline what the PCC will work to achieve over his four-year term, as well as setting out the objectives for policing, the resources that will be made available to the Chief Constable and how performance will be measured.
Launching the consultation, Lorne said:
"My police and crime plan will set out how we, as a county, tackle crime and disorder between now and 2020. In setting that plan, I must meet requirements set by the Home Secretary, such as ensuring our police have the capacity and capability to respond to threats like cybercrime, terrorism and child sexual abuse. I must also take into account what victims of crime, our police, partners and other agencies identify as the key issues affecting Norfolk. The final piece of the jigsaw, and the part that will enable me to ensure the needs of Norfolk people are considered, is the community perspective on crime and policing.
During my campaign to become your PCC, I spoke with many people living and working in different parts of our county, and began the process of finding out about the issues of most concern to them. To build on what I heard, and get a fuller picture of what matters to our communities, I am asking people to share with me their views on crime and policing. Your views are crucial to ensuring the approach we take over the next four years is the right one for our county."
From speaking to people in market squares and supermarkets, to attending community meetings and events, Lorne will be gathering public views across Norfolk over the next eight weeks. A short survey has also been set up at which will run until the end of the consultation period. People are also invited to email, telephone and write to the PCC to give their views.
Dedicated email address:
Web survey:     Twitter: #TellLorne
Telephone: 01953 424455 Postal address: Building 8, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, NR18 0WW

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NEXT MEETING - Thursday 7th July at
Ashby & Thurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 7 JULY 2016 at 7.30 p.m.
The DRAFT agenda is expected to be -
1. Apologies
2. Declaration of Pecuniary Interest
3. Minutes of the meeting held on 19th May 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 Archive
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?

Your Parish Needs You!

Do you live or work in Ashby St Mary? Are you interested in your village and its facilities?
Do you care about the future of the parish, its residents and the services provided to them?
If so, why not offer to be a parish councillor - a vacancy currently exists on Ashby St Mary Parish Council. A councillor should expect to attend 8 evening meetings a year at which a number of
surprisingly interesting and varied subjects are discussed.
Be a local representative, be a local voice.
This could be a first step towards your ambition to move in to Number 10!
Some essential criteria about candidates can be found on the HANDBOOK page.
For more details please contact Linda Gray, the Ashby St Mary parish clerk.
See Contact Us (left or top of this 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 15 September; 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.


Strawberries and Bubbly - Saturday 23rd July 2016 - 7.30 to 9.30 p.m.
Come along and join friends and neighbours for the traditional summer evening event. £6 per person.
Venue - The White House (Woodland Stoves), Mill Road, Ashby St Mary NR14 7BN by kind permission of hosts Ben and Jess Chapman. All proceeds to Ashby St Mary church.

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 interetsed, 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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