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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 17th January 2017 - To view previous updates, click HERE)

- A series of problems occurred recently that necessitated the website to be placed "Under Maintenance".  Every effort has been made to rectify the problems - apologies for the inconvenience and lack of service during the recovery period.

- Look out for your invitation to the forthcoming Ashby St Mary Annual Parish meeting and details of how ultra fast, fibre optic broadband could be introduced in Ashby.


- draft minutes of the last parish council meeting
- draft minutes of the 2016 Annual Parish Meeting
- reminder of the 2017 Annual Parish Meeting and draft agenda
- a message from the Village Hall Management Committee
- the latest Ashby rainfall figures have been added - see the HANDBOOK page
Please take note of the REMINDERS (if any) shown below the Latest News Section.

Next Parish Council meeting
The next meeting is the 2017 Annual Parish Meeting to be held at the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 16 MARCH 2017 commencing at 7.45 p.m. The draft agenda is below and is therefore subject to amendment. 

Meeting Minutes
The draft minutes of the last (16 March 2017) parish council meeting can be found in Latest Minutes on the MANAGEMENT page.

Messages from the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall Management Committee

An Invitation
Ashby & Thurton Village Hall Management Committee welcomes anyone who would like to join us for discussions on how it can raise money for refurbishment of the drive/car park and its kitchen.
If there is anyone who would be able to help in any way with materials and manpower for this refurbishment we would be pleased to hear from you - just call either of those named below.
Village Hall Management Committee AGM
We also invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting to be held on Monday 15th May 2017 at 8pm.
Carol Powell (Vice Chair) 480089 or Richard Taylor 480092
Sunday 28th May 2017 - Thurton Autojumble
This takes place at the Playing Field of the Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village Hall.
For details please ring 01508 480966

Latest 100 Club Winners

February - J Ball
Number holders were requested to renew their membership before the end of February. Holders should have received forms for returning, signed with the £12 fee, to Mrs J Lincoln, 24 Ashby Road, Thurton.
All profits go towards the maintenance of the Village Hall.

(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 - The Annual Parish Meeting at the Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 20 APRIL 2017 at 7.45 p.m.
D R A F T   A G E N D A
1. Apologies
2. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 21st April 2016
3. Chairman’s report
4. Financial report
5. Parish Council Website
6. Neighbourhood Security/Ashby Update Service
7. Police report
8. Ashby’s Bulk Buying Oil Scheme
9. County Councillors Report
10. District Councillor’s report
11. Ashby and Thurton Playing Field Committee report
12. Village Organisation Reports including -
     Church BYRUS
     Cricket Club
     Pre-School WI
     Tree Warden Footpath Warden.
13. Any other business to note for future Parish Council Meetings
14. Date of next meeting - Annual Meeting on 18th May 2017.

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:
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 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)

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).
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.

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 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 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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