Old Buckenham Parish Council
The agenda for the next meeting on Thursday 2nd September as been uploaded. The meeting starts at 7:30pm in the Memorial Room of the Village Hall. As social distancing restrictions have now been lifted, there is no longer a need to 'book' a place with the Clerk. We look forward to seeing you then.
Village Scarecrow Trail
The total amount raised from our recent Scarecrow Trail around the village has raised a fantastic £312.40. This will go towards the upkeep and maintenance of the playground. A big thank you to everyone that took part and to Cllr Naomi Bailey for organising the event.
You may have noticed a new addition to the Green this week. A new memorial bench has been placed outside the Almshouses in memory of Bill Wardman who you may remember ran the Village shop for many years and unfortunately passed away in 2020. The Wardman family contacted the Parish Council last year about having a memorial bench on the Green, but they specified they would like it to benefit the residents of the Almshouses. After some discussion, its current location was chosen. The family have had a beautiful oak bench made that can sit three people and has an extra arm to make standing easier (i.e. using two hands to push yourself up), there is a ramp up to the bench and there is an extra wide plinth to allow a wheelchair to park next to the bench also.
The Parish Council and the Wardman family hope residents will use the bench to “enjoy the fine view of Old Buckenham” throughout the year.
The children's play area will be closed this Wednesday 30th June for one day. This is to allow for the removal of old play equipment. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Return to Face to Face Meetings
Our meeting on Thursday 3rd June will be the first face-to-face meeting since March 2020. We will be returning to the Memorial Room in the Village Hall and the Agenda can be found on the Library page. However, in order to comply with current COVID regulations, we will be limited to the number of people that can attend. In June, we are expecting 8 members of the PC (including the Clerk) to attend which will leave space for 4 members of the public in the room. If you wish to attend the meeting please email the Clerk at email@example.com so that numbers can be controlled. If you have a comment/question you would like raised at the meeting, it may be easier to email this in before the meeting.
A limit on numbers is a frustrating problem that many Town and Parish Councils are facing across the country but we are hopefuly that these current restrictions will not be in place for too long and that we will be able to return to normal soon.
Many thanks for your patience and understanding
Message from Norfolk County Council.
Norfolk Winter Support Offer
Norfolk County Council, alongside local councils across Norfolk, is aiming to support as many residents as possible this winter to access financial and other support if they are facing hardship.
We know for many people this winter will be challenging for a variety of reasons, and there will be a lot of people who will need help with things like paying the bills and buying food, and many people who have never needed help before.
To make sure people can access help and support where they need it this winter, we have implemented the Norfolk Winter Support Offer and we need your help to make sure we reach as many people as possible.
Where you work with a family or resident in Norfolk, who is currently suffering from hardship and unsure how to pay their bills, keep warm and buy food, we are asking that you help them apply to the support offer. You can do this with them online at www.norfolk.gov.uk/covidwintersupport using a simple form.
Help is also available to those suffering hardship because they are having to self-isolate or support their child or vulnerable family members to self-isolate.
To help you understand the support that is available, here is a quick summary:
The Norfolk Assistance Scheme (NAS) already provides hardship support to Norfolk residents, and this offer is being extended to reach more people where needed, over the winter period. The offer uses an additional government grant that is primarily aimed at families with children.
Initially the two-week provision includes
- Morrisons food boxes
- Additional support with household essentials like nappies, formula milk and cleaning products
- Paypoint top ups for gas and electricity
- Daily living allowance for living expenses and household bills where needed.
Week three onwards
- Support with things like broadband and help to get online
- Additional support with household items such as washing machines and fridges
- If further food and essential support is needed after the initial two-week period, then this will be implemented by NAS for as long as is required.
Pink Orange – Ingredients boxes
Some families will already have heard about this offer because they will have been contacted by their allocated worker.
Pink Orange will provide ingredients boxes including recipe guides to targeted families across Norfolk, NAS are able to refer to Pink Orange as part of their wrap around support offer. You just need to make one referral to NAS and they will do the rest.
Free School Meals vouchers
All schools and educational establishments in Norfolk will have received communication about ensuring that all children who are eligible are signed up for free school meals (the means tested pupil premium element and not the universal free school meals that all children in reception to the end of year 3 are entitled to).
Schools are then able to provide a link and code for EdenRed which is the chosen provider of supermarket vouchers to the value of £15 per child per week, for two weeks over Christmas and a Week at February half term - these vouchers can be used at all main UK supermarkets.
If you are working with a family who you think may be eligible for free school meals, who are not currently receiving them, please encourage them to speak to their children’s education provider or support them in that conversation where needed.
Children who are home schooled and may be entitled are to complete the Norfolk Assistance Scheme form and will be supported to access EdenRed by NAS.
Some residents are also entitled to a self-isolation support payment of £500. To help someone apply for this, or to find out more please check the NCC website.
Please make sure that you help us to reach as many families in Norfolk with this offer of support, so that together we can keep Norfolk residents safe, resilient and well this winter.
The Parish Council are now looking at finances for next year and if you would like to apply for a Precept Grant, then please email for a form (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please return by Friday 20th November.
Old Buckenham Parish Council now have their Facebook Page up and running. If you have a Facebook account and would like to be kept up to date on PC news then please follow us.
There's Something A foot
Over the last few months the Parish Council have been looking at what we have been doing, and most importantly how we have been communicating to our `audiance, `you. `i am pleased to say that we have started to take some actions to improve our reach.
Over the next few weeks we will be starting an Old Buckenham FaceBook page. The web site is going to receive more updates than before to help get a bigger foot fall. However you do not have to wait as this website already has a "Have your Say" Section, or if it is more urgent the "contact us, page and then we have the spoken word, so if you want to discuss an issue with you local representative we have the contact details of council members and the clerk
With all these new methods of communication we will not be forgetting the more establised methods. Minutes on the notice board and the Village Mag, mag which is now being delivered through every door with the parish council increasing our subsidy due to the increase in copies needed
Archive The Agenda for the meeting on May 7th at 7:30pm has been uploaded (Library - Minutes - 2020 - 2020 Agendas). This will be held virtually via Zoom. If you would like to join and/or participate, then please email me at email@example.com. For security reasons, please include your full name and address. If you have a comment/question you would like to raise, please send this as well by 5pm Tuesday (this is in accordance with NALC guidance and will also help if there are connection issues). I will send out the link and password for the meeting on Wednesday to those interested in joining. This will be for your use only. Please do not forward it on to other parties. This is our first virtual meeting at OBPC so fingers crossed it all runs smoothly! Rachel 20/06/19 Remember that the Met Office are holding a drop-in session at the Village Hall on 28th June 2-8pm. This is a chance to learn about the proposed Weather Radar for Abbey Road. Documents for the December Meeting Agenda for Thursday December 6 and the unapproved minutes from the November meeting have now been loaded into the library The Parish Council extends a welcome to residents to attend the council meeting and to make a time restricted (3 minutes) contribution to items on the agenda EXCITING NEWS At tonights Parish Council meeting (June 7), our County Councillor, Stephen Askew shared some fantastic news. This being that Norfolk County Council are due to vote on a crossing on the B1077 to make this road safer for pedestrians. Four alternatives are to be considered. 1. Do nothing 2. Install an island refuge so the road is crossed in two stages 3. Install a Zebra Crossing 4. Install a Pelican Crossing which stops traffic enabling a safe and secure passage over the road. Your Parish Council are looking to recommend option 4 at the next PC meeting. However, we would like to know your opinion. You can either use the "contact us" section of this web-site, or leave a comment on the Old Buckenham Blog, see the links section or come along to the next meeting on July 5th. The Parish Council wish the residents of Old Buckenham all the best for 2018, and look forward to meeting you at the monthly council meetings. Agendas and meeting minutes are in the site library Also there is an article on adopting a telephone kiosk and details of the council meetings for 2018 Meetings are held on te first Thursday of the month Survey results have been released, go to Neighbourhood Plan page and click on the link.