District news, March 20, 2015

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Contact: Rose Storf

01553 617550

Parish Council –When members met at the latest meeting, they were delighted to welcome Robert Keale who has been co-opted onto the council.

The council agreed to meet with the young people of the parish on Wednesday, March 25, at 7pm, in the Memorial Hall, to find out about their hopes and wishes for the parish. It is hoped that children of secondary school age will attend this ‘meet and greet’ event and that good constructive conversation will take place,

Residents present at the meeting were concerned about Mill Road, which is bearing the brunt of lorry drivers who rely on their sat navs, and is becoming busier and more dangerous. There is little that can be done as there are no restrictions on this road but the county council has agreed to put a sign on the A10 at Setch saying that the road not suitable for HGV’s.

The football pitch is in desperate need of players. If anyone knows of a club looking for a home or, indeed, perhaps someone from the parish would like to start a new St. Germans club, then please phone the clerk on 01553 630655.

It was agreed that at the next meeting on March 25 the provision of a defibrillator will be discussed. It was pointed out that many villages now have these installed and they can be a life saver.

The council is still awaiting the outcome of its bid for parish partnership money which will provide mobile vehicle activated signs and, hopefully, at the meeting in March will be able to report good news.

The next meeting on March 25 will be in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. All residents are welcome to come and there is always a short opportunity for them to have their say.

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Contact: David Skerritt

01553 840339

Bowls Club – The pre-season meeting of the Bowls Club took place in the Social Club on Tuesday, March 10. The meeting was chaired by David Bull. He welcomed 32 members and one prospective member to the meeting.

Ken Manning spoke of various ongoing general maintenance tasks that require to be completed prior to the opening of the green. They include hedge trimming, repair of paving slabs and painting of gully boards. He stated that Jim Grant had disposed of the old chairs. During the closed season, a concrete base for the water tanks had been laid and the tanks had been re-installed.

The chairman said that the club would open for the new season on Saturday, April 11. A roll-up has been arranged and members are asked to assemble at 2pm for a 2.30 pm start.

The secretary John Sills reported that he had received the fixtures information, and that he would forward a list to members on opening day. He said that the first game was in the Middleton league against Terrington.

Social secretary Wendy Bull stated that this year’s annual dinner would be held at the Middleton Golf Club. She said that another fund raising bingo evening would be held in November. Wendy also reported that she and Janet Nunn would again prepare the food for the EBA matches and that she and Sandy Beckett would run the bar.

Ken Manning asked for members’ views on club competitions as it had proved difficult to arrange pairs and triples due to availability of members on required dates. The meeting agreed that the singles competition will be staged and run throughout the season. Ken also said that the social evenings will be reinstated with one being held each month throughout the season.

David Bull reported that a friendly game had been arranged with Dersingham with the home leg taking place on June 28 and the away leg on August 16.

John Sills said that he would continue as secretary for the coming year. However, he is looking for a volunteer to be his successor.

The club is looking for new members of either gender and of all abilities to boost its ranks. Tuition will be provided for the complete beginner. For further information contact David Bull on 01553 673876, or John Sills on 01553 842476.

Parish Council –The closing date for residents to make their nominations for a recipient to receive the Stephen Walker Cup is April 12. Nominations need to be sent to the parish clerk, Mrs Judy Close, at 1 Long Lane.

The closing date to become a parish councillor in the May elections is April 9. Forms and further information can be obtained from the clerk or from West Norfolk Council.

St Mary’s 100 Club – The lucky winners for the March 100 Club draw were Mr. F. Rice and Mrs. M. Dennis who won £16 and £8 respectively. There are a few spare numbers are available so if you would like to take part and help support our church, please contact Wendy Galley on 01553 840344 or David Thomas on 01553 840968. Each number costs £12 for the year. Half the monies go in prizes with the other half going to church funds.

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Contact: Marie Hall

01945 881026

Pam Hardy – On Thursday March 12 villagers said their goodbyes to a much respected member of the community.

Mrs Pam Hardy. who was laid to rest in the parish graveyard, was a former chairman of the parish council, who worked tirelessly for the good of the community.

The church was full for the service lead by Rev. Martin Dale who looked back over a very fruitful life, a devoted wife and mother and a friend to many.

In the past Pam had instigated many of the village celebrations, notably those enjoyed during the year of the Queen’s Jubilee. She also campaigned for the safety of children travelling home from school, the care of the elderly and most recently her fight to keep a pharmacy within the village.

Mothering Sunday – Mothering Sunday was celebrated at the Parish Church with a communion service lead by Rev. Martin Dale. After the closing prayers, spring flowers were distributed to the mothers who had attended.

At the Methodist Chapel the service was conducted by Rev.Jackie Goddard who sang of Mary’s love for Jesus.

After readings and prayers the service closed with the giving of posies of daffodils by Lucinda Knight. These had been kindly donated by Joan Cousins.

Next week’s service will be a joint cafe service held at the parish church at 11am.

Everyone is most welcome to attend this family service.