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

- The parish council extends its very grateful thanks to its retiring clerk, Linda Gray for her years of work and dedication during her term of office and wishes her well for the future.  A very warm welcome to the council's new clerk, Jill Bachus, whose appointment is expected to take place at the forthcoming parish council meeting - see the agenda below
- For the survey results of Ashby residents regarding the ongoing proposed Boundary Review, see below. This proposal effectively seeks to merge parishes
- The draft minutes for the last meeting (13th July 2017) have been published - see below
- A casual vacancy still exists for a parish councillor - see on the HANDBOOK page or HERE
- News from the Village Hall Management Committee - see below
- Parish rainfall figures have been updated

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

Proposed Boundary Changes aka "Community Governance Review"
From the South Norfolk Electoral Services Team ( - - 01508 533795)
South Norfolk Council are undertaking a Community Governance Review across the district. Following the first phase of consultation, recommendations have now been published. These can be viewed on
Today (1st September) we opened the second consultation phase whereby residents, Community Groups and Parish Councils are welcomed to submit comments on these recommendations. This second consultation period will be open until 27 October 2017.  Submissions can be made following this link
Alternatively submissions can be made in response to this email or in writing to: Electoral Services Department, South Norfolk Council, Cygent Court, Long Stratton, NR15 2XE.

The ongoing proposed Boundary Review effectively seeks to merge parishes. Your parish council undertook a survey of all Ashby households to seek the views of its parishioners. These would be submitted to our district councillor to ensure the views of Ashby parishioners and their parish council were made known and taken into account.  Parishioners may wish to make their own more detailed views known to South Norfolk District Council.

Ashby St Mary Survey of views of Parishioners on Boundary Changes

a. Total number of properties in Ashby St Mary……………122

b. Properties where residents had recently moved to Ashby
( who felt they were unable to give an opinion.) … .....….…4

c. Properties where parishioners were in hospital…………..…2

Properties surveyed ……………………………………….116

This represents 68.97% of the properties surveyed.

Properties who agreed that Ashby St Mary should remain

This represents 91.25% of the responses to the survey and
62.90% of the properties surveyed.

Properties who did not want Ashby St Mary to remain independent………7

This represents 8.75% of the responses to the survey and
6.07% of the total properties surveyed.

The responses were lower than normal for Ashby, as in the past we have a response to surveys in excess of 90%.   This may be because the survey was carried out during the Holiday period.

It is plain from the results that the village wishes to remain independent and in its present form.

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
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.

Latest 100 Club winners for Aug and Sept are:-
August 61 Audrey Chapman - September 53 Chris Ros Limbach.
Tesco Bags Of Help
The Management Committee was awarded £2,000 for the Tesco Bags of Help. The Committee wishes to thank all those who voted for us in the Tesco Stores and that it will be spending the funds on updating kitchen items.

(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 21 SEPTEMBER 2017 at 7.30 p.m.
C O N F I R M E D  A G E N D A
1. Apologies
2. Declaration of Business and Pecuniary Interest
3. Appoint Parish Clerk
4. Minutes of the meeting held on 13th July 2017
5. Matters Arising from the minutes of 13th July 2017
6. Correspondence - tabled separately
7. Finance – tabled separately
8. Planning Applications – tabled separately
9. Village Boundary Review
10. Report from Representative on Village Hall Committee
11. Web Site – Transparency Code
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
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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