Elections – Do you want to make a difference to your town and have a few spare hours a week? If so, then Downham Town Council, which is looking for residents to stand for the forthcoming elections in May, would welcome a call from you when they will explain what the council does and what being a councillor involves.
Although it has had some interest from recent drop-in sessions, it would like additional people to come forward.
If you would like more information, contact Jean Markwell at the Town Council offices on 01366 387770. The deadline for applications to reach West Norfolk Borough Council is 4pm on April 9.
Parish council – The latest council meeting was held in the Community Centre on Tuesday, March 24.
Items discussed included: Highways: the pathway in Church Street has had routine maintenance carried out. The estimate for providing a lay-by in Dunnetts Close of £75,197.26 has been received from highways and County Councillor Ian Monson said he will look into funding before any decision is taken.
Play equipment: It was reported that the puddle under the small slide has been cleared. One parent has offered to help with the fund-raising committee. Thirty-two trees have been planted on the playing field.
Wayland Partnership: Marcia Forsyth gave a report on the last meeting. The chairman will attend an open meeting regarding the Neighbourhood Plan.
Police: There had been one crime reported during February. The police will be contacted regarding concern about parents parking on chevrons outside the school.
Speedwatch: Four sessions had been held since the last meeting and 27 drivers were clocked at over 35 mph. Another site at the end of Fairholme Close is to be looked into.
Solar panels: It was agreed to donate the feed-in tariff to the Community Centre.
Bus shelter: A grant of £6000 has been promised from Norfolk County Council. Once residents have been contacted about the site the shelter will be placed on order.
Lychgate repairs: Work has commenced. Breckland is to be notified about the damaged Church Street road sign.
Saxon Green: The boundary plan has not yet been drawn up. Bennetts are to be contacted regarding a spill of concrete near the shop.
Defibrillator: Irene Barrowman has obtained a defibrillator on loan free of charge so only a box is required. It was reported that the Ashill Charity Trustees have offered to pay for the box.
Litter pick: A most successful litter pick took place and the chairman thanked the 26 volunteers for their help.
Telephone box in Church Street: The council was told that BT will be repairing this shortly.
Twinning Association: Norfolk Association of Local Councils had received a request from a small French town asking if any town or village in Norfolk would like to set up a twinning association. If any member of the Ashill parish would like to do this would they please contact the clerk for further details.
Plant survey: A national on-line plant survey is being set up and if anyone is interested in taking part contact the clerk for more information.
Recycling centre: Ian Monson informed the meeting that the recycling centre may be open seven days a week in future but this is yet to be confirmed. The proposed £2 charge per visit has been thrown out.
Public adjournment: The meeting was informed about a washing machine dumped in Cressingham Road.
What type of bus shelter to order was discussed and it was agreed to look at the existing shelter as members of the public who use the shelter did not feel this type was the best design as it does not offer the best of cover.
Planning: The revised plans for the bungalow at The Firs had been returned between meetings with objections to the height.
There were no objections to plans for a double cart-shed type garage at 3 Chapel Yard. Applications granted by Breckland Council since the last meeting were for a car parking surface at the Gospel Hall, Watton Road, and one from Bennett Homes for 25 dwellings.
Election: Closing date for nominations to serve on the council close at 4 pm on the Thursday, April 9.
Grass cutting: Following a request from a resident, the grass at the Limes will be cut when needed.
Planters: A donation of £50 will be given to the Gardening Club to provide plants for the tubs at the entrance to the village.
The annual parish meeting is on April 29; items to be discussed will include the Neighbourhood Plan. The regular monthly meeting is on April 28.
Contact: David Skerritt
Each for All Club – The chairman was absent from the meeting on March 5 and, in his absence, the secretary welcomed the members to the meeting. There was a good attendance at this meeting. Mrs Frost felt unable to call the bingo numbers and with Mr Havers being absent, it was left to Jean Morgan to take over the role. In spite of being a novice, she did it very well. She also provided the bingo prizes.
Members were informed that a games afternoon was being organised shortly as an alternative to bingo. Jean Morgan is arranging a cream tea at Dobbies, providing that she gets enough support. Jean, Pauline Flack, Sue Boddy and Jill Findley, as committee members, hope to run a tombola stall. They urgently require items to stock the stall and proceeds will go towards club funds. During the interval, cakes were enjoyed courtesy of Janet Nunn. Mrs Frost organised the raffle and prizes were won by Mrs B Daplyn, Mrs J Morgan, Mrs J Findley, Mrs J Black (2), Mrs P Hart, Mr B Daplyn, Mrs S Boddy and Mrs L Fryatt.
At the next meeting the secretary had again to welcome members to the meeting due to Mrs Frost being in hospital. A card had been sent to wish her well. Mr Havers was present this time so he was able to call the bingo numbers. Sue Boddy organised the prizes.
Members were reminded of the cream tea on April 9 at 3pm, and also that items for the tombola stall were still required. The committee is now in the process of arranging outings and occasional speakers to make the programme more variable.
Jean Morgan was responsible for the raffle which was won by Mrs S Boddy (2), Mrs E Savory, Mrs G Elmes, Mrs M Dennis, Mrs D Obey (2) Mrs J Nunn and Mrs J Kingston.