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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 29th June 2017 - To view previous updates, click HERE)

- Our long-standing parish clerk is resigning - a vacancy will exist- see below
- A casual vacancy exists for a parish councillor - see on the HANDBOOK page or HERE
- July 2017 report by South Norfolk's County Councillor, Barry Stone - see CONTACTS
- News from the Village Hall Management Committee including a September Fish & Chip Supper
- Rainfall has been updated

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

Wanted - Parish Clerk
Our parish clerk, Linda Gray, has sadly found it necessary to tender her resignation effective from 31st August. A vacancy will therefore exist and prospective candidates are invited to apply for the post.
The advertisement for the clerk vacancy appears below.

Next Parish Council meeting
The next meeting is due to be held at the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2017 commencing at 7.30 p.m. The draft agenda appears below and is therefore subject to amendment. 

Parish Council Meeting Minutes
When issued, the draft minutes of the last (13 July 2017) meeting can be found in Latest Minutes on the MANAGEMENT page.

Messages from the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall Management Committee -
Fish and Chip Supper - Saturday 23 September 2017
The evening will start at 7 p.m. and includes the meal, a quiz and raffle. Please bring your own drinks.
Tickets are just £10 each available from Julie Powell on 01508 480966 or Carol Powell on 01508 480089.

The Management Committee's stal
l at the Auto Jumble on 28th May raised £62.
Eeveryone seemed to enjoy the Play Your Cards Right game. The Treasure Chest was won by a young girl from Loddon and the bottle of whisky was won by Julie Powell.

100 Club update - 100 Club June draw winner was Doreen Yallop and the July draw winner was Ina Webb.
The August draw winner's name is awaited.

(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.


The Parish Council has a vacancy for a Parish Clerk. Applicants are bound by certain statutory criteria.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or over and ideally should have experience in the use of a computer, use of email, accountancy skills, available for all meetings of the Parish Council (normally 7 meetings annually), and an enthusiasm to serve.

The tasks of a competent parish clerk to Ashby St Mary have been assessed to take one and a half hours each week. A national rate of remuneration is offered in line with Local Authority terms and conditions. All equipment and consumables to fulfil the role will be provided.
The successful applicant shall be expected to undergo all training courses required of a Clerk in order that good governance and finance compliance are adhered to.

Please apply in writing providing the following details:
- your name, postal address and landline telephone number;
- your email address;
- a statement explaining why you wish to become the parish clerk;
- the extent of your experience (of the matters referred to above);
- any other information you consider relevant to the advertised position.

Please forward your application to The Clerk, Ashby St Mary Parish Council, 5 Cedar Drive, Loddon, Norwich, NR14 6LE


NEXT MEETING - Parish Council Meeting at the Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village Hall on THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2017 at 7.30 p.m.
D R A F T   A G E N D A
1. Apologies
2. Declaration of Pecuniary Interest
3. Minutes of the meeting held on 13th July 2017
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 – Transparency Code
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 - 23 November 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 - 23 November 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)

Remaining - 23 November 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.


Fish and Chip Supper - Saturday 23rd September 2017
Hosted by members of the Ashby & Thurton Village Hall Management Commitee, the evening will start at 7 p.m. and includes the meal, a quiz and raffle. Please bring your own drinks.
Tickets are just £10 each available from Julie Powell on 01508 480966 or Carol Powell on 01508 480089.

Proceeds go towards the maintenance of the Ashby & Thruton Village Hall.

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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