West Dereham Parish Council – October meeting

DRAFT MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF WEST DEREHAM PARISH COUNCIL
HELD AT WEST DEREHAM VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 pm
THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER 2015
PRESENT (4 Councillors): – Claire Cann (CC) – Chairman, Paula Kellingray (PK), Pam Walker (PW), Claire Williams (CW).
Clerk: – Sarah Thorpe
8 members of the public were in attendance.
Papers presented to Councillors: (i) Financial Management Report (spreadsheet); (ii) Expenditure (for approval);
(iii) Initial Draft Budget for 2016/17
The Chairman welcomed everyone present and opened the meeting.

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Boughton News – November

Church news
We celebrated Harvest Festival on September 27th and, as usual, the church was dressed up for the occasion with flowers and produce. Our church dresses well and we were blessed with a multitude of beautiful dahlias grown by David Cooper. Many thanks, David. The strange weather meant that we lacked the usual Michaelmas Daisies, but we found berries, acanthus and other plants to build up the display. Thanks to Sandy for her beautiful arrangements. We had asked for tins and packages, as the produce was going to the Foodbank in Downham Market. Some was safely hidden from the church mice overnight, but on the Sunday we had a good display. The service was taken by Barbara and the collection was in aid of Sand Dams, a charity which helps people in drier parts of the world to conserve fresh water for their daily use. Just over £136 was raised for this.
Norfolk Churches Cycle Ride
Mark and Sue Pogmore cycled for the church this year, visiting fourteen local churches and collecting £105 in sponsorship. As usual, half this will go to the Norfolk Churches Trust and half will be returned to All Saints’ Boughton. Well done, Mark and Sue, and many thanks.
Pam Wakeling

Westminster Diary – November

South West Norfolk is a treasure trove of stunning countryside, superb forest, incredible bio diversity and the very special Fenland waterways. The network of canals are still used to transport goods and material but also offer the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely afternoon travelling on a long boat. I joined Sheena Hartley on her new venture, Narrow Waters; launching from Upwell, Sheena navigates through the canals providing day trips, special events or business gatherings. It was great to meet such an enterprising individual but also to see the river banks and the valuable role they play in supporting our environment. The network of rivers are fundamental to the countryside we all enjoy and the work currently being done on rivers like the Wissey for example, to re-wild the area, encourage wildlife but also help to reduce the risk of flooding further downstream.
The Wissey winds its way through some fabulous woodland and the value of the UK’s forests was highlighted earlier this month with the British forestry industry producing a record 12 million tonnes of wood in 2014; an increase of a third in wood production since 2008. The industry employs 40,000 people and our managed forests not only provide a valuable source of timber but also offer much in the way of recreational opportunities, supporting bio diversity and wildlife. I was therefore delighted to meet the Friends of Thetford Forest in Feltwell. Along with the DEFRA Minister Rory Stewart we discussed the importance of Thetford Forest, not only to the local community, but also its value to the UK as a whole.

Boughton News – October

Saturday 29th August 2015
Boughton Village Pond Working Party

It was a cool fresh Bank Holiday morning when a handful of villagers assembled by the village pond, armed with an assortment of gardening tools ranging from secateurs to heavy duty loppers! The task was to tidy up the vegetation around the pond, and in particular cut back a large clump of bushes on the waters’ edge which had become overgrown. Following a quick discussion a plan of attack was agreed and the motley crew split into three groups, one tackling the overgrown bushes, another pruning and tidying up other assorted vegetation around the pond, and a third under the “captaincy” of Parish Council Chairman Tom Roberts, who set “sail” on the pond in a small rowing boat to enable Paul Coulton to spray the reed beds.
During the ensuing three hours an impressive two farm trailer-loads of prunings were loaded up and towed away by Geoff Procter, and there was even time for as short coffee break to devour home-made cake and survey their handiwork. It was not all plain sailing however, as Captn. Roberts’ boat took on water and the said captain had to come ashore sporting a very wet pair of breeches! The cutting back of the overgrown bushes also had to be curtailed slightly when a pigeons next was discovered containing two young chicks. This part of the bushes was left for a future date and once activity subsided the two parents were quick to return and feed their ravenous brood.
On behalf of the Parish Council and the residents of Boughton I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all who took part, and to the kind ladies who provided all the refreshments, not forgetting Geoff Procter for kindly providing the trailer and taking away all the debris.
If you missed out on the fun and would like to offer your services at the next clean up then keep you eyes on the Parish Noticeboard or in the Group 4 News.
Ian Davis – Boughton Parish Council.

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West Dereham Parish Council -September meeting

DRAFT MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF WEST DEREHAM PARISH COUNCIL
HELD AT WEST DEREHAM VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 pm
THURSDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2015
PRESENT (6 Councillors): – Pam Bullas (PB), Claire Cann (CC) – Chairman, Tom Foy (TF), Paula Kellingray (PK), Lorraine Hunt (LH), Pam Walker (PW).
Clerk: – Sarah Thorpe
10 members of the public were in attendance.
Papers presented to Councillors: (i) Financial Management Report (spreadsheet); (ii) Expenditure (for approval);
(iii) Glazewing Report; (iv) Budget for 2015/16
The Chairman welcomed everyone present and opened the meeting.

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