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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 18th April 2018 - To view previous updates, click HERE)

- The draft minutes for the last meeting (17th May 2018) have been published - see below
- Ashby fundraisers - Pie & Ale evening, Friday 31st August - Harvest Supper, Saturday 13th October - see below
- On 3rd June, in support of TAPP (Thurton & Ashby Playground Project), parish councillors Robert Todd and Mark Rolph, together with parish resident Greg Kelly, took part in the Norwich 50, a 50 mile cycle ride, in aid of funds towards the improvements due to take place at our village playground. See a report on the HISTORY page
- The local Women's Institute triumphed in a ten pin bowling competetion - see below
- The next update is hoped to feature a new separate page dedicated to Ashby St Mary Church
- Parish rainfall figures have been updated

Please take note of the REMINDERS (if any) shown below the Latest News Section.


Next Parish Council meeting
The next meeting is due to be held at the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 2 AUGUST 2018 commencing at 7.30 p.m. The draft agenda appears below and is therefore subject to amendment. This meeting had to be re-arranged from the previous date of 12th July 2018.

Parish Council Meeting Minutes
The draft minutes of the last (17 May 2018) meeting can be found in Latest Minutes on the MANAGEMENT page.

Ashby & Thurton Playgroup Project
The following includes an abridged version of the details in the August/September edition of 11Says. The last two months fundraising has gone exceptionally well. The anticipated refurbishment has been boosted by all the remaining funds (almost £2000) of the long-disbanded Thurton and Ashby Football Club. The Project's own stalls at the Thurton Auto Jumble raised £195. This years local Classic and Retro car meets at the George & Dragon pub, organised by Appreciating Classics Ltd, have so far raised £1100. The project has been selected by Tesco in its 'Bags of Help' scheme as one which could be awarded £4k, £2k or £1k depending on the number of customer's tokens cast in the Harford Bridge shop or surrounding Express stores. The scheme ends at the end of August, so please keep casting those tokens.
Not to be forgotten are the very generous donations to the Ashby TAPPERS - your Ashby cycling team that completed the Norwich 50 mile ridein June. Their current donation total stands at a fanastic £517.75 (we were aiming for £300!). Known donors are not only local but include Worthing and France! Donations can still be made online until the 3rd September at Again, thanks to all those who supported the three cyclists Greg Kelly, Mark Rolph and Robert Todd.
The total amount raised to date towards the Playground Project stands close to £10,000.

Ashby Fundraisers
Friday 31st August - Pie & Ale evening
from 7 to 9.30 p.m.
Archers pies, Adnams ale and Abba music - a triple A event. Venue is Rectory Cottage next to Ashby church. £10 per head. Vegetarian option available strictly by advance contact with Margaret 480135, Wendy 480170 or Eve 480962.
Saturday 13th October - Harvest Supper at 7 for 7.30 p.m.
The venue is Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village Hall. £15 includes main course, dessert and coffee. Bring your refreshments. Raffle. Limited to 60 by ticket only from Margaret Burgess 480135 or Terry Kitt 480954.
All proceeds are towards church funds.

Messages from the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall Management Committee -
There is now an up and running Facebook page for the Village Hall.
Future fundraisers are a Yule Disco in November 2018 (date TBA).
2019 is the 50th Anniversary of the Village Hall, so a fete is planned to include the community.

Victorious W.I. team
Thurton, Ashby & District W.I. won the 2018 W.I. ten pin bowling competition. The final took place in May at Bowthorpe where they competed against Horsford Afternoon W.I. for the coveted trophy. The qualifying rounds saw both teams score very well but in the final the occasion seemed to get the better of all the competitors and their true potential did not materialise. Despite the tension of the final, Thurton and Ashby triumphed by just a single pin. Such a close result must have made for a fantastic night of excitement. Well done to the Thurton,Ashby & District W.I. team of Janet Byrne, Betty Catchpole, Monica Payne and Janet Reynolds.

100 Club winners
These are the winners since this page was last updated. April - E. Smith; May - C. Powell; June - F/D Michleburgh; July - the village hall won!

(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 - Parish Council Meeting at the Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 2 AUGUST 2018 at 7.30 p.m.
D R A F T     A G E N D A
1. Apologies
2. Declaration of Business and Pecuniary Interest
3. Minutes of the meeting held on 17th May 2018
4. Matters Arising from the minutes of 17th May 2018
5. Correspondence - tabled separately
6. Finance – tabled separately
7. Planning Applications – tabled separately
8. Report from Representative on Village Hall Committee
9. Web Site
10. Neighbourhood Security and Heating Oil Syndicate
11. Public Consultation including reports from County and District Councillors
12. Other Matters for future agendas and items for information
The Press and Public are warmly invited to attend
Parish Clerk: Jayne Casey
Parish Office: 1 Hill House, Mill Road, Ashby St Mary, Norfolk NR14 7BN
Tel 01508 480162
Email:   Website:
Meeting dates for 2018 -
11th January; 22nd March; 19th April (Annual Parish Meeting);17th May; 2nd August (replacing 12th July); 13th September; and 22nd November.

(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.)

Unless stated otherwise, 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. 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)

- 11th January; 22nd March; 19th April (Annual Parish Meeting); 17th May; 2nd August (replacing 12th July); 20th September; and 22nd November.
Unless otherwise stated, all Parish Council meetings take place at Ashby & Thurton Village Hall commencing at 7.30 p.m.
Click HERE to show the location of the hall.  Always check Latest News for advice of meeting date/time changes.


Friday 31st August - Pie & Ale evening from 7 to 9.30 p.m.
Archers pies, Adnams ale and Abba music - a triple A event. Venue is Rectory Cottage next to Ashby church. £10 per head. Vegetarian option available strictly by advance contact with Margaret 480135, Wendy 480170 or Eve 480962.
Saturday 13th October - Harvest Supper at 7 for 7.30 p.m.
The venue is Ashby & Thurton Village Hall. £15 includes main course, dessert and coffee. Bring your refreshments. Raffle. Limited to 60 by ticket only from Margaret Burgess 480135 or Terry Kitt 480954.
All proceeds are towards church 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 in July 2017 was 15.3 Mbps, and Upload speed 1.0 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 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'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.


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