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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 24th September 2021 - To view previous updates, click HERE)

LATEST NEWS - the headlines
- forthcoming A146 road closure times
- draft agenda for next parish council meeting
- Cyclist? Meet others at the village hall community cafe for a chat on Monday 14th March
- Norfolk Local access Forum want new members
- imminent return of the Annual parish Meeting

Parishoners should take note of the following announcement as they may well be affected by these closures which in each case are due to be closed from 8 p.m. in the evening until early morning.
NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the A146 Loddon Bypass from its junction with C395 High Bungay Road for 1700m north-westwards in the PARISH OF LODDON because of surfacing works of new roundabout, new road markings and installation of road signs.
The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from: 1) 20:00 on 18th March to 05:00 on 21st March 2022; 2) 20:00 on 25th March to 05:00 on 28th March 2022; 3) 20:00 on 1st April to 05:00 on 4th April 2022; and 4) 20:00 on 8th April to 05:00 on 11th April 2022 (weekends only) for the duration of the works expected to be about 12 days within the period.

The next scheduled parish council meeting of the Parish Council
is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 9th March 2022 at 7.00 p.m. at Ashby & Thurton Village Hall, Ashby Road, Thurton.

1. To receive apologies for absence
2. To receive declarations of Interest for items on the agenda and to consider any requests for dispensations.
3. To approve the minutes of the meetings held on 5th and 26th January 2022
4. Public forum including reports from County & District Councillors
5. Matters arising from the minutes of the meetings
    i  Co-option to the parish council
    ii To update on purchase of new noticeboard
    iii Platinum Jubilee Celebrations 2022
    iv To discuss purchase of additional dog waste bin
    v To discuss purchase of defibrillator
6. Finance
    I. To note councils current financial standing
    II.To note the following payments made since the last meeting:
       1 PKF Littlejohn External Auditors
       2 IONOS website fee   
    III. To approve payments:
        1 T Higlett salary, February and March 2022
        2 South Norfolk District Council - dog waste emptying service
        3 Ashby & Thurton Village Hall -hire of venue
        4 To note the following receipts since the last meeting
        5 To appoint the internal auditor for 2021 - 22
        6 To note conclusion of external audit on 2020-21 Accounts
7. To discuss preparation of the Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for 27th April 2022
8. Periodic items
    l. data protection Policy
    2 Equality & Diversity Policy
9. To discuss Emergency Plan and Norfolk Resilience Forum
10. Report from representative of Village Hall Management Committee
11. Reports re Website/Neighbourhood Security/Oil Buying Syndicate
12. Correspondence
      1 Norfolk resilience Forum
      2 South Norfolk Community Police Forum 10th March 2022
      3 NALC summer conference & annual general meeting.
13. Matters for future consideration and items for information.
14. Date of next meeting: 27th April Annual Parish Meeting / 18th May Annual Parish Council Meeting
The press and public are warmly invited to attend.

The draft minutes of the extraordinary meeting held on Wednesday 26th January 2022 can be found on the MANAGEMENT page.

Why not come along to find out about forming a friendly, village cycling group?
All ages and abilities are welcome whether you ride a mountain or 'racing' bike, tandem,
sit-up-and-beg, electric or a latest example.
Interested? Come for a chat and show your support as an Ashby or Thurton cyclist!
Venue - Community Cafe, Ashby & Thurton Village Hall, Ashby Road, Thurton NR14 6AX
Monday 14th March 2022 from 2 p.m.

The following is an edited version of a message received from Norfolk County Council.  
The Norfolk Local Access Forum is seeking new members.
The NLA Forum is comprised of up to 22 people covering a range of interests in countryside access in Norfolk, including: walking; cycling; horse riding; landowners; conservation; other interests (including tourism, business, heritage, education).
The Forum provides independent advice to a number of organisations including Norfolk County Council on improving access to the countryside in Norfolk.We are looking for enthusiastic and proactive people with a passion for the outdoors with good communication skills to fill 14 volunteer vacancies on the Forum.
These members will represent a range of interest areas and full details can be found online, along with the recruitment form here: (the recruitment form is under the ‘membership’ tab here).
If you have any queries, please email or contact 0344 800 8020.
The closing date for applications is 25th March 2022.

Ashby Rainfall
As usual the latest rainfall figures for our parish can be found via the link on the HANDBOOK page.

Police Messages

For some time, Police messages have focussed on the pandemic reminding the public of the various rules and guidelines as they evolve. No announcements or messages have been received concerning crimes and misdemeanors directly relevant to our or the neighbouring community.

(If any pages, their contents or links do not function as they should, please accept our apologies and inform us promptly via the Contact Us tab at the top of this page.   If any sections 'overlap', try viewing our website using another internet browser.

NEXT MEETING - Wednesday 5th March - 7 p.m. at the Ashby St Mary & Thurton Village Hall
NEXT FOLLOWING MEETING - Wednesday 27th April 2022 - the welcome return of the Annual Parish Meeting
Locum Parish Clerk: Tina Higlett
Email:   Website:

Parish Council Meeting Minutes
When published, the draft minutes of the last meeting will appear in the appropriate HERE link on the MANAGEMENT page.
All Council Meeting Minutes can be inspected at any reasonable time by appointment with the Clerk.

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 are displayed 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)

Please note meetings are aimed for being held on Wednesdays where possible, subject to the Village Hall availability.
Unless otherwise stated, all Parish Council meetings take place at Ashby & Thurton Village Hall commencing at 7.00 p.m.
Confirmed meeting dates:
27th April Annual Parish Meeting / 18th May Annual Parish Council Meeting.
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.



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 Heating Oil Syndicate - an update and for oil users interest
If you are a parishioner who is an oil user and have not joined (free) the parish council-run village syndicate, you may be interested to learn a bulk order was made just before the spike in price in early September due to well-publicised world events involving two countries. Via personal negotiation the Syndicate regularly achieves 2p or more per litre less than the cheapest available on Boilerjuice and the village delivery can be within just 5 working days - not up to 25 days via Boilerjuice.  Now are you interested? Contact for more details or a free factsheet.
During the buying process, the syndicate organiser was advised by one supplier to warn oil users not to let their stock get too low. An instance recently occurred where a boiler failed and upon a necessary service inspection the jets were found to be blocked. Originally it was thought to be due to the quality of oil but it was felt much more likely that when oil is pumped from the delivery vehicle into a domestic tank low on oil, sediment is inevitably stirred up and problems can arise. For interest, premium oil (i.e. higher grade and arguably 'cleaner' and longer lasting) usually costs about 3p more per litre and is the product of an additive to the standard heating oil at the point of delivery.

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 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 (including certain national alerts e.g. scams etc), when our parish website 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.

Ashby Broadband Speed Test
In a bid by the parish council to assist the Better Broadband campaign for rural Norfolk, Ashby residents were asked to test their broadband download speed. Residents undertook tests in 2015, 2017, and 2019.
By 2020 it seems faster broadband has at last arrived in some areas of Ashby - but we like to keep a check on the claimed speeds. 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 below.
1. Click on this website link   
2. Make a note of the 'Download' and Upload figures, the time you did the test and email the details HERE
For your interest the last reported download speed test figures achieved by a resident in Ashby in March 2022 was 14.6 and 12.5 Mbps and Upload speeds were 3.8 and 3.3 Mbps. A test by another resident in March 2020 was 54.7 Mbps, and Upload speed 18.4 Mbps. This difference could be explained by the distance from the nearest cabinet, the internet provider used and whether it was a wifi or ethernet cable connection. 'Super-fast' fibre broadband is available throughout Ashby via both the cabinets at Chapel Road and Mill Common. BT has told a parishioner 'ultra-fast' fibre broadband is achieved when a fibre connection is made from the cabinet into a property.


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