Marham News – October 2018
Norfolk Mineral and Waste Plan
The Parish Council and the CATSS group are supporting one another in the campaign against the proposed silica extraction. Representatives from the Parish Council have met with the CATSS group on two occasions and the matter took a prominent part in the discussions at the October Parish Council meeting. The Parish Council has agreed that future CATSS meetings can be held at Marham Village Hall, the costs being met by the Council. This is in addition to the £1,000 earmarked by the Council to support the campaign. At the time of writing the Parish Council are waiting for a response from Norfolk County Council following their request for a timeline outlining the next stage of consultation. As soon as this is received it will be published through the normal channels. Members of both CATSS and the Parish Council have been interviewed by BBC Radio Norfolk. If you wish to hear these interviews, you can listen on catch up with a representative from CATSS on air at 7.30am on 1st November and members of the Parish Council on air at 8.30am on the same day.
Since November 2014 the Parish Council has been involved in dialogue with various agencies in an effort to improve the broadband speed available to residents. Central to this has been an ongoing discussion with Norfolk County Council and through them, BT Openreach, to improve the infrastructure. This has been a slow and tortuous process with many missed deadlines and broken promises, but after four years the end may be in sight. You may have noticed the two new green boxes that have appeared at the bottom of Burnthouse Drove, and a third new box on the green opposite Hillside. These were all installed at the end of August. These have now been connected and the power supply installed. The latest e-mail response from Karen O’Kane, the Programme Director for Better Broadband for Norfolk stated:
“Once the technical work is completed, a commissioning process begins which
involves all Internet Service Providers that are providing services to
people via a current fibre enabled cabinet which is further away, in order
to move these services to the new cabinet. This activity takes some time
and on that basis I’d expect the new cabinet to be operational late this
Watch this space.
Parish Councillor Vacancy
Following the resignation in August of Mr John Clarke due to work commitments, the election process for a new councillor was set in motion. At the meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 24th October Mrs Elaine Rix-Clark was co-opted onto the council. I am sure that you would wish to join the members of the council in thanking John for his hard work and in welcoming Elaine to her new position.
Marham Village Hall
Plans have been submitted to Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council detailing improvements to the Village Hall. This proposal has been in the pipeline for some considerable time, and the proceeds from many of the village events in the past few years have been set aside to help fund it. It should be stressed that this proposal is in no way connected with the proposed development of the quarry. The plans include creating a disabled toilet, refurbishing the hall, knocking down the current storage room , (which leaks) and building new storage. Part of the proposal also includes setting aside some of the land which is currently not used and selling it as a building plot. The proceeds of this would contribute to the overall cost. If successful, it would give the village a much-improved facility for a wide variety of functions and activities.
Public Rights of Way
The Parish Council is in the early stages of drawing up a definitive map of footpaths and Public Rights of Way throughout the parish. This will, subject to the normal legal processes, preserve access rights along these paths. The Council is consulting with a specialist company with a view to helping them in this task. More details as the process moves forward.
You may have noticed that the bench at the junction of Villebois Road and The Street has vanished. It has not, as was explained to one gullible young grandchild, just been painted with invisible paint as the sign suggested, it has in fact been taken away. It was donated to the village by the RAF many years ago, as a memorial to Mr J Savage. He supplied RAF Marham with dairy products and was also the Chairman of the Parish Council for 40 years. Time has taken its toll on the bench and the RAF have very kindly agreed to replace it with a new one. This should be installed in the next few months.
There are still two vacant allotment plots available to rent. Now is the time to act to enable you to plan the bumper crops you can grow next year. If you are interested, please contact Councillor Inga Barret on 07557 351911.
RAF Marham 100
The centenary of RAF Marham, and indeed the RAF itself was marked by presentation by Mr Steve Roberts MBE. This was attended by 60 people, mostly local but some coming from Swaffham, Kings Lynn and indeed, one lady from Mildenhall. A number of favourable comments have been received, both about the excellent talk and also the display which Steve brought along. Mention must also be made of the refreshments which were included in the ticket price. Thanks go to Steve, and the individuals who provided and served the cakes, biscuits, tea and coffee. Ticket sales raised £150 and this has been divided equally between Marham Village Hall Restoration Fund and the RAF Marham Heritage Centre. The Heritage Centre, which is housed in what used to be the church between the Main Gate and the shop at the top of Burnt House Drove, is well worth a visit. It houses a multitude of interesting artefacts and displays telling the story of RAF Marham and the individuals who served there. Entrance is free and it is open every Tuesday and Wednesday and the last Saturday of every month.
Family Race Night
This was a huge success and was enjoyed by everyone present. A grand total of £227.30 was raised which will go towards the provision of a disabled toilet at the Village Hall.
The Parish Council has organised a number of social events, all of which will be held in the Village Hall.
Bingo Night Friday 23rd November
Following the success of the last Bingo Evening, the Parish Council has arranged another. Once again, the ticket price, £7, includes a delicious fish and chip supper, (bring your own cutlery), and a strip of raffle tickets. Books of bingo tickets will be available on the night. Doors open at 6.30 and eyes down for the first game at 7.30. All money raised will go to the provision of a new disabled toilet at the Village Hall.
Christmas Fair Sunday 9th December
All the stalls have been booked, in fact there is no more room, so it should prove to be a busy event. We understand that Father Christmas is hoping to find time to put in an appearance.
Hope to see you at one or both of these events.
If you have an idea for an event, be it another talk which may be of interest, or a social event that you feel people might enjoy, please let one of the Parish Councillors know
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