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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 10th Octoner 2016 - To view previous updates, click HERE)

- 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 below.
- the latest Ashby rainfall figures - see the HANDBOOK page.
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 appreciated.

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."

The 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 interest.

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 Road, Thurton.
All profits go towards the maintenance of the Village Hall.

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.

Special thanks to the DJ supremos Ivan, Keith and Robert. The evening went really well and a total of £629 was raised for village hall funds.

Everyone who came had a great evening and asked when the next one was going to be held!!

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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
1. Apologies
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
6. Finance
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 April 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.)

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.


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.

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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