June 2018

Extract June 2018

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7 June at Beetley Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors and one member of the public.

Planning. Applications. No objection was raised to the replacement garage at 45 Beechcroft Elmham Road. Decisions. Approval had been granted by Breckland Council for the variation on condition 2 to amend the design insertion of rooflights) and to revise the arrangement of approved facing materials at Conway Elmham Road. Approval had also been granted plans for the rear extension at 23 Beech Road. Enforcement. The Parish Council is still in contact with Breckland Council regarding the mobile homes at Shorthorn Nurseries and over the possible breach of building regulations at the Paddocks School Road. Planning Committee. The Parish Council spoke at the planning committee against the application for the holiday lodges at Otters Mead but this was approved by the Planning Committee. The Parish Council has still not received the decision notice on this. Local Plan Examination. The Parish Council spoke at the hearing regarding the settlement boundary and it was felt that it had had a very fair hearing regarding its complaints about the formulation of the plan as no amendment had been allowed.

County and District Council Reports. The County Councillor reported that there is now on trial a mobile detector for mobile phones which can determine if a phone is being used whilst driving that is not on Bluetooth. District Councillor Duffield is investigating whether the litter on Elmham Road and green lane can be cleared regularly by Breckland Council.

Review of Bus Services. The Parish Council had received confirmation that the proposed new service will now go through East Bilney and then go to Old Beetley on a Tuesday and Friday and then into Dereham. Unfortunately, it does not appear at this moment that there will be a bus service to Norwich on a Wednesday. The Parish Council is to clarify certain matters regarding access and whether it will go along High House Road.

Highways. A parishioner spoke at the meeting regarding the speeding along High House Road and the Parish Council will request that the Speedwatch team have another session on High House Road and it will also ask if more repeater signs could be installed. The SAM2 sign will also be erected again. The visibility splays at several junctions do not allow adequate visibility and these will be reported. Several signs are now obscured by vegetation and these will all be reported.

Footpaths. The footpaths that had not been re-instated had been reported to the Countryside Access Officer at Norfolk County Council. Unfortunately, she is now on maternity leave so these will have to be reported again together with new problems caused by the rapid growth of crops over the past few weeks. The footpath alongside the school playing field and through the woods from Beetley River Meadows are to be cut as these are the responsibility of the Parish Council.

Beetley River Meadows. A very productive meeting had been held with the contractor who cuts the paths and it was agreed to clear trees near to the bridge and alongside the river which have fallen to allow better access to view the river.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 5 July at 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall, Beetley. Planning applications are available for viewing from 7.15 p.m. Minutes. The full minutes are available for viewing on the Beetley Parish website, beetleypc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk, or by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112 or bryan.leigh@btinternet.com.

Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall – Craft Fair

Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall


22nd July 10am-4pm
Cake Stall Refreshments, including bacon rolls

In aid of BLEMSA
(British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association)

For more information: Erika Bovill 860174


Invites you to a


Saturday 28th July 2018  – 9.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.

Traidcraft, Books, Bric-a-brac, Cakes

25% of the proceeds will go to a local charity


Dereham Meeting Point Remembers The Evacuees
join us in a day of memories and fun

Doors open : 10.00 am with refreshments

10.30am talk and memories shared. Dennis O’Callahan will give a short talk on the 2nd battalion of the north norfolk regiment and his father’s escape at the massacre in le paradis. The royal british legion will present a certificate to meeting point.

11.45am – meeting point staff, volunteers & members singalong 1940’s style

12.15.pm – hog roast buffet, jelly & ice cream plus refreshments

1.30pm – 3.30pm kitty collins sings vintage style with afternoon tea dance

Two vehicles from the norfolk military vehicles group will be outside from 10am should you wish to have a photo take – a small donation please
tombola & raffle
this day is free but donation buckets will be at the entrance of meeting point.

Venue : the Dereham Meeting Point, Jubliee Suite, St. Withburga lane, East Dereham. Nr19 1ed

For any further information call 01362 698866 and speak to Shonette or Louise


St. Mary’s CP School – Summer Fayre

Friends of St. Mary’s CP School
Invite you to our Summer Fayre
Saturday 23rd June 12—3pm

Bouncy Castle – BBQ – Stocks Ice Cream – Refreshments – Tombola
Fete Style Games
Tug of war – Childrens’ Races Beer and Pimms Tent Grand Prize Raffle Draw

St. Mary’s CP School, Elmham Road, Beetley, NR20 4BW

Forfurtherinformation,pleasecontact friendsofstmarysschool@gmail.com


Do you have items stashed away in your attic and you’re not sure what they are worth? Come and join us on

The Reading Room, The Green, Gressenhall, – 11.00am – 2.00pm
Guest valuers from Townsend Auction Galleries at Beeston will be
David Townsend and David Palmer (Antiques Road Show,
Cash in the Attic, Flog it!)

The cost is £2.00 for each item to be valued

Enjoy a glass of Pimms and a bowl of strawberries and cream or a scone and cuppa Tickets in advance £3.00, on the day £4.00

Guess the antique

David will bring an item for you to guess what it is
£1 per guess – a prize for the nearest.

For tickets or further information please con- tact Jan Phillips on 01362 860859 or Angela Leigh on 01362 861112


There have been instances of portable barbeques being used on Beetley River Meadows.
A couple of years ago the use of one of this type of barbeque burnt the surface of a picnic table which necessitated the replacement of the panels affected.