Notes of meeting of Stoke Ferry Village Hall February 2016

Stoke Ferry Village Hall
Report on Open Meeting held 2nd February 2016
Residents of Stoke Ferry were invited to an Open Meeting to discuss the future of the Village Hall on 2nd February. Leaflets advertising the meeting were delivered to all properties in Stoke Ferry and posted in local businesses. Around 70 people attended the meeting.
The Secretary of the Village Hall Committee welcomed those present and outlined the aims for the evening, which were to present the facts about the current situation, present options for the future of the Hall, enable discussion with residents, and to come to agreed conclusions about future strategy.
The Current Situation
The Village Hall faces uncertainty, both financially and operationally. Income is enough to cover ongoing expenditure, and a certain level of refurbishment only, and the Hall’s operation depends on a limited number of volunteers taking on much of the work. The roof needs repairs, possibly replacement. The Hall has disadvantages in terms of access (narrow path to the entrance, non wheelchair-friendly, entrance direct onto the main road) and facilities (no phone/broadband/wifi, expensive to heat). It is surrounded by land which is owned by a housing developer (Stoke Ferry Regeneration Ltd), and which is known to be heavily contaminated with asbestos. SFR has offered to gift to the village a carpark to the west of the Hall, on top of sealed contamination from the rest of the site, and wishes the Committee to sign a contract agreeing to this.
The Secretary presented a summary of resources currently available in Stoke Ferry, and various sources of funding. She informed residents that 2Agriculture had agreed to meet with the Village Hall to discuss potential land disposals which may have a bearing on the situation.
Options for consideration
To retain the current hall
To sell the Hall and buy land on which to build a new hall
Depending on discussions with 2Agriculture, to acquire Self’s Field and join with the Playing Field Trust in creating a new facility for the village.
There followed an extensive discussion amongst those present.
Conclusions of the meeting
The current Hall should be retained, and its roof repaired or replaced as necessary, whether or not a carpark adjacent to the Hall is provided;
External funding should be sought, such as Lottery funding;
No agreement should be signed with Stoke Ferry Regeneration Ltd, until or unless a carpark is actually provided, but for planning purposes it should be assumed that a carpark will not be provided next to the Hall;
A review of charges and activities should take place, with the aim of increasing revenue;
A general review of operations should take place, with the aim of putting the Hall on a more business-like footing, without disadvantaging residents.
It was very much hoped that more residents would come forward to offer assistance and expertise to the Committee.
The meeting closed with the Committee thanking those present for attending.
Subsequent to the meeting, enquiries were made with Community Action Norfolk, with the aim of identifying specific sources of funding – a meeting will be held in March – and a number of new events have been booked for the Hall. The Committee will arrange more meetings to keep residents informed of progress, which will be advertised in The Pump and on village noticeboards. Information will also be sent round by email – contact to sign up.

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Northwold Parish Council Meeting January 2016

Councillors present: Cllr. R. Crisp – Chair (RC), Cllr. A. Collins (AC), Cllr. Alison Muir (AM), Cllr. Frank Eglington (FE), Cllr. Clifford Anderson (CA), Cllr. George Gillett (GG), Cllr. Stephen Gillett (SG), Cllr. Mick Peake (MP) & Cllr. Adrian Jenkinson (AJ)
Present: Vicky Bright – Clerk.

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Motoring in the 1930’s

Part 2B The Cars (continued)
Gearboxes were usually three speed, although some were four, especially on the more up-market cars. In the early thirties many had gears with no synchromesh, these required the driver to synchronise the appropriate engine speed with the road speed in order to get a smooth change and that involved using the clutch twice on each change down, or ‘double declutching’. This procedure required a certain level of skill that not all drivers acquired. The noise of gear changes could sometimes make you wince as you heard the grinding of metal, not surprisingly this type of gearbox had the name ‘crash box’. Synchromesh was widely adopted during the thirties but it was mostly limited to the top two gears. Some of the more expensive cars had a free-wheel, Rover and Triumph for example, the free-wheel could be engaged or disengaged at will. The free-wheel offered opportunity for some fuel saving whilst free wheeling, and the ability to select a different gear in advance of requirement. With synchromesh these gear changes could be clutchless. Many drivers were not too keen on the free wheel because of the consequential loss of engine braking. Epicyclic gears were used in some cars, most famously in the Model T Ford of course, their use in the thirties was generally associated with a fluid flywheel in place of the clutch, notably in Daimler and Lanchester cars. They were generally associated with a pre-selective gearbox that enabled the driver to select his next gear before actually engaging that gear by operating a pedal. This type of arrangement was widely adopted for buses and was the fore-runner of the automatic box.

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West Dereham Parish Council – February meeting

PRESENT (6 Councillors): – Claire Cann (CC) – Chairman, Pam Bullas (PB), Lorraine Hunt (LH), Paula Kellingray (PK), Pam Walker (PW), Claire Williams (CW).
Clerk: – Sarah Thorpe
Brian Long (BL) – County Councillor
Sandra Squire (SS) – Borough Councillor
5 members of the public were in attendance.
Papers presented to Councillors: (i) Financial Management Report (spreadsheet); (ii) Expenditure (for approval); and (iii) Glazewing report.
The Chairman welcomed everyone present and opened the meeting.

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March Gardening

March is a really busy month in the gardening calendar and it’s very easy to get behind on essential garden tasks. If you haven’t already, start by giving the garden a good tidy and finish any remaining winter tasks before the growing season really gets underway. March is also the time to turn your thoughts to summer and your summer planting schemes as many seeds should be planted now. One plant that can be propagated now is Begonias. Begonias are possibly one of the most loved summer plants, for one reason alone that unlike most other flowering plants they prefer to grow in shade. Tuberous begonias produce beautiful rose-like flowers in a wide range of colours, except blue. Cascading begonias such as Illumination begonias are perfect for hanging baskets and upright types, including nonstop begonias are perfect for tubs. There are many varieties to choose from but all tuberous begonias require the same care.
Begonia tubers should be planted indoors at least a month before the last frost (usually our last frost is the 3rd week of May). It is important that the tubers have sprouted before you plant them, if your tubers are slow to sprout move them to a warm place, such as on a windowsill above a radiator, or in a propagator set at 70°F (21°C). The hollow side is the top from which the tuber will shoot, if the corm doesn’t seem to have a hollow look for tiny pink buds or an old stem scar as they indicate the top and should face up. Handle the tubers with care, since they may not sprout if they get bruised or damaged. Plant them individually in small pots, or seed trays 3 inches apart, in seed compost. As begonias require good drainage, ensure the pots and seed trays have adequate drainage holes. If the soil is heavy, add in 3 parts compost to 1 part horticultural silver sand to improve drainage. Cover the tops of the tubers with compost as roots will develop from the top and sides of the tubers. Place the tray or pots in a gravel tray full of water and let the compost become evenly moist, but not soggy. Place the trays or pots in a warm place that receives filtered sunlight, at a temperature of 60 – 70 degrees. Unless the pots or trays show dryness there should be no need to water them again until the plants develop. Once the plants have grown about 4 or 5 inches and they have plenty of roots its time to transplant them, they will also require more water at this stage. Hopefully at this point the frosts are over and they can be planted in their required positions such as hanging baskets or pots.
As well planting Begonias, there are many other tasks to do in the garden this month (weather permitting!).
1. Plant out chitted early seed potatoes, shallots & onions.
2. Protect newly emerging shoots from slugs and snails using slug pellets of your choice, we recommend using a product that contains Ferric Phosphate, a pet safe, water resistant pellet that degrades into fertiliser.
3. Weeding, weeding and more weeding – weeds compete with garden plants for space and nutrients.
4. As the flowers from daffodil and narcissus bulbs fade, carefully remove the flower head to prevent seed setting, leave the leaves to die down naturally.
5. Repot houseplants.
6. Move (or plant) strawberry plants undercover for an earlier crop.
7. Give watering cans a scrub and clean with garden disinfectant such as Jeyes Fluid, to help prevent fungal diseases.
8. Lift and divide congested clumps of perennials including hardy geraniums, crocosmia, hostas, solidago and astilbe.
Whatever March brings, I hope you are all able to enjoy some time outside in your garden.
Rachel Sobiechowski BSc (Hons) P&R Garden Supplies, Fengate Drove, Brandon 01842 814800