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24th February SCFC Minutes

Solar Community Fund Committee Meeting DATE: Wednesday 24th February 2021 VENUE: BY ZOOM Virtual meeting Opened meeting 7:00PM Attended by: Julia Dovey, Kathryn Lord, David McNeight, David Barrass, John Stibbons, Ardna Curran, Tracy Toyne, Lorraine and Simon Wakeford, Andrew and Lynne Clarke, Graham High and Frances Prokofiev 1. Apologies Paula Coast (+ Rosabelle Batt, post meeting) 2. The minutes were agreed as a fair reflection of the last meeting (January 2021) 3. Projects Update a] Village Sign Info Board JD had circulated the draft artwork and quote for the information board (Cheverton Printers). Comments & corrections were reviewed. JD will ask for a 2nd draft. Costs seemed very reasonable £71 for A2 and £88 for A1. The large, A1 dimensions to be checked for installation inside the Bus Shelter. QR code will also be quoted by Chevertons – this needs to be colourfast and weather proof. Placement of QR code on the base or on the post itself. b] West Beckham Cemetery KL advised no update c] Community Shop TT reported very good progress. A permanent location for the shop is being investigated. The lockdown shop at the Red Hart would not be possible on a permanent basis. The Village Hall seemed unworkable. A PortaCabin has been considered. Currently the steering group are in advanced talks with landowner in Bodham regarding a central location in the village. A Community Benefit Society (CBS) will be set up – registered with the financial conducts authority and sponsored by The Plunkett Foundation (community shop specialists). In due course residents will be able to buy a share in the community shop and become a member. Full Planning consents will be needed but if all goes well a shop might be possible in 18 months. d] RAF West Beckham Info Board for Village Hall GH advised PC was especially busy with work at the moment. They had no new information to impart. JD advised there is no particular deadline for the RAF Board to be installed. e] Allotment Track/Water collection Sump in West Beckham RB was not available for the meeting so we had no update from Mr Witham on the possible costs of a water sump/drainage for the track. f] Trophy for the Horticultural Show Postponed visit to Langham Glass. After lockdown – maybe from 12th April? TT advised the confirmed horticultural show date for 2021 is Saturday 24th July. (Last show 2019 – 27th July) g] Play Area in West Beckham update on NNDC lease/fence maintenance JS advised no news h] Internet Access/Provision and voucher scheme DB advised no update. He had ruled out the OpenReach Gov. sponsored voucher scheme as there were too few residents to make it cost effective. Open Reach had quoted a minimum of £100,000 pounds for fibre installation in the village. ACl suggested Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink satellite may be possible in the future? Trials are already going ahead in some rural UK villages – early testers of the service have reported speeds of up to 215 megabits per second (Mbps)! ItsWisp to be investigated further – possible for The Loke with a ‘bounced or relayed signal’ from an existing installation in East Beckham? i] Schools IT Equipment A letter had been received from the Head Teacher of Sheringham High School/CEO of North Norfolk Academy Trust thanking the Parish Council and Solar Fund for the donation of £2000. This donation is to help address connectivity and hardware issues faced by local students vital during lockdown. Used Lap tops had also been donated by a couple of residents who had spare resources. j] Bulletin Issue Felbeck Trust report on WBOA Donation to support educational hardware issues faced by local students Good Neighbour Team update – prescriptions, deliveries or shopping Lockdown shop and deliveries from The Red Hart Community Shop news Summary of things achieved by SCFC Postal votes – May elections Village Sign information detail RAF West Beckham display Horticultural Show date Projects for Trees? 4. AOB Projects for Trees? Felbeck Trust had planted many trees but are there another locations in the Parish? Sewage had been discharging in Sheringham Road after the snow/floods. Anglian water had been removing excess via tanker, but not before cottages had been flooded. There had been a number of power surges recently which had caused LED lights to blow. A baby boy had been born recently, in West Beckham. In 2020 a baby boy was born in East Beckham – it was lovely to hear of new borns in the village bringing down the average age in the Parish!? 5. Next Meeting date Wednesday 15th April 7pm by Zoom Meeting closed at 8pm, Thank you for attending!

7th January SCFC Minutes

Solar Community Fund Committee Meeting DATE: Thursday 7th January 2021VENUE:  BY ZOOM Virtual meetingOpened meeting 7:00PMAttended by: Julia Dovey, Kathryn Lord, David McNeight, Rosabelle Batt,  David Barrass, John Stibbons, Ardna Curran, Paula Coast, Lorraine and Simon Wakeford, Andrew and Lynne Clarke, Graham High1. Apologies  Frances Prokofiev, Tracy Toyne – report regarding community shop circulated by email prior to the meeting 2. The minutes were agreed as a fair reflection of the last meeting (October 2020)  KL advised a bottle of Fizz ‘Thank You’ for each Good Neighbour Team member was distributed pre Christmas and much appreciated by the team members. 3. Projects Updatea] Village Sign  KL advised the Village Sign People who created the new sign had been sent photos of the installation. JD had created an information sheet for the old sign (explaining the shields etc) so she will update this and ask Chevertons to print so it could be placed in the Bus Shelter. This art work can also be put on the village website and a QR Code created & placed by the sign linking the information. KL to send artwork originals to JDThe old sign remains at Chestnut Farm barn.  b] West Beckham Cemetery  KL had contacted Rev Ian Dyble and he replied: “If it is allowable then of the options I think the website would be best as a board would require siting – which would need a faculty from the Chancellor of the Diocese – and maintenance.” He was going to find out if possible for this meeting, c] Community Shop TT report had been circulated prior to the meeting. Noted it would be a great deal of work to establish if the shop is a viable option.Latest information from the Red Hart Pub opening the local Lockdown shop would be a good test of viability. If artisan products were sold this could be a draw as anyone in Beckham is likely to get in a car to visit the shop, and therefore once in the car other shops are just as ‘available’. Red Hart location has good carpark which is therefore very important.The meeting point (as a shop) would also be of benefit when people are able to gather again. d] RAF West Beckham Information Board for Village Hall GH advised he had drafted 660 words in 8 paragraphs with selected photos (which had been cleaned up via photoshop) about the ‘Chain Home’ station. Mike Digby had also reviewed this content and provided photos. PC would now take over with photos and layout. PC was provided with Ann Digby’s contact details so she could get access to the Village Hall and view/measure the exact space ‘left of the stage’ which is the suggested location. PC to contact Chevertons to see what board size is cost effectiveProgress has been very impressive and JD thanked GH and PC for their input e] Allotment Track/Water collection Sump in West Beckham RB had spoken to Mr Witham. He had suggested using part of the first allotment at the bottom for the site of a drainage sump. This may not be possible as it is a very established allotment plot. The car park (Lots 26/27) area is only half utilised and could be used to house a sump? A motorised pump would be required which could be solar poweredMr Witham will meet with someone from the allotment (Simon BP?) RB to arrangeAll dependant on costingKL to send an allotment plan to RB f] Trophy for the Horticultural Show Postponed visit to Langham Glass  g] Play Area in West Beckham update on NNDC lease/fence maintenance JS advised no news – hopefully for the PC meeting next week. NNDC Staff are being redeployed and not working ‘as normal’  h] Replacement Tree for St Helens and All Saints Church RB reported that although PC was willing to source and replace the toppled tree with a cherry, Tim and Glenda Driver would like to do this personally as it was a family memorial tree. They are therefore arranging this independently. i] Internet Access/Provision and voucher scheme DB advised he hadn’t been able to discuss the scheme with East Beckham residents and is reluctant to go door to door given Covid status.JD suggested creating a leaflet to advise residents of the scheme and ask for their response via email or phone. DB to investigate further j] Bulletin Issue Given the news from the last Summer 2020 issue of the Bulletin has not really changed it was felt it should wait until March meeting and Spring to have more to communicate hopefully of a cheerful nature. 4. AOB SW highlighted the dangerous status of the Church roof. There are many loose/slipped tiles (on Church road side) that could potentially fall and hit someone. JD advised the Church is aware of the situation. LW advised the stile to East Beckham Church ruins has been broken. RB advised this was by the destructive cows while in the field and the farmer has been advised to put it back.Could the Solar Fund buy laptops or tablets for any children in the Parish if they need it while schooling is remotely supplied? JD to discuss with Sheringham High School and Primary. RB to discuss with Gresham Primary Head. What would be helpful? Post meeting PC advised her son said laptops are much better than tablets for lessons etc. Also ACl had donated 2 old lap tops.  5. Next Meeting date Wednesday 24th February 7pm by Zoom Meeting closed at 8pm, Thank you for attending! 

19th November SCFC Minutes

Solar Community Fund Committee Meeting  DATE: Thursday 19th November 2020VENUE:  BY ZOOM Virtual meetingAttended by: Julia Dovey, Kathryn Lord, David McNeight, Rosabelle Batt, David Barrass, John Stibbons, Ardna Curran, Paula Coast, Tracy Toyne, Lorraine and Simon Wakeford, Andrew and Lynne Clarke, Graham and Frances HighOpened meeting 7:00PM 1. Apologies: None  2. The minutes were agreed as a fair reflection of the last meeting (October 2020)  3. Projects Update3.1 Village sign (Old and New) It was agreed that the old sign which was not in good condition but should be offered first to 1st: Eve Smith whose late husband had restored the village sign, in case she wanted to have it as a keep sake? 2nd: Offer to the Wheatsheaf for display but given the condition this may not be so likely? 3rd: Suggestion of putting into the Bus Shelter – this was going to take up too much room and again given the condition we do not wish to add further costs to maintain it – hence the reason for a brand new sign. Disposal of the old sign may be necessary if we cannot find it a home.The new sign – should information be made accessible to ‘explain’ the different symbols of the sign? It was suggested this information could be put into the Bus Shelter and a small sign placed on the sign’s post directing you to the bus shelter for further information (or a QR code to the Website).3.2 West Beckham Cemetery plan Rev Frank Clark has advised the new Rev Ian, when settled would be able to help us get access to the existing plans which are held in St Helen’s and All Saints Church. This plan includes details of the older head stones and plots.3.3 Community ShopTracy Toyne had volunteered to be the Beckham representative for the Village Shop Steering committee. The next meeting date was confirmed as Monday 30th November.3.4 RAF West Beckham Information Board for the Village Hall Graham High and Paula Coast had been doing homework on the above. Discussions have been had with Mike Digby who has collected a wealth of material about RAF West Beckham. It was agreed the focus would be a village hall information board for residents, visitors etc (although the interest in the sites could be much wider they are now in private ownership and therefore unaccessible to the public). There was room in the hall (left of the stage – a ceiling to floor space) for a custom size of ‘poster’ board which Chevertons are able to produce. Graham will write text and select photos to illustrate the history of RAF West Beckham . Paula will work with Graham on layout etc. A draft will be put together for the next meeting. http://www.eastandwestbeckham.org could also be used to display/access information for the more computer literate. Beeston Bump info board and Langham Dome website were also highlighted for inspiration.3.4 Allotment Track Extension in East Beckham Rosabelle had a site visit wit Mr Witham and he suggested re digging the drainage trench at a cost of £120, as long as other people will keep this clear of silt runoff. (2 trenches had previously been created by him when the clippings where laid lower down on the track, but had quickly filled in through rain/soil erosion). Mr Witham has gone away to consider a way of capturing the water run off (a sump/tank and drainage channel) and to quote for this. There is likely to be a grant available at NNDC for this water capture due to the community and environmental nature of the project. 3.5 Trophy for Horticultural Show The visit to Langham Glass was cancelled until further notice due to Covid193.6 Water Resources East – possible water saving options? The allotment water run off capture (as point 3.4) seemed a good start re water saving but if anyone had any further ideas to promote water saving in the community we should report back.3.7 Play Area in West Beckham JS advised NNDC legal department are still considering the lease renewal and if the fencing is the responsibility of NNDC. The fallen trees/brambles etc had been cleared. 3.8 Over 70s Lunch replacement idea Kathryn Lord advised after discussion with various members of the ‘lunch committee’, Bodham Parish Council, Good Neighbour scheme co ordinator Mel Clarke and Beckham Parish Councillors it had been agreed the great idea to provide a ‘welcome treat’ to over 70s was going to cause more problems than it would provide benefit. Some people felt the over 70s would find the ’treat’ an embarrassment and in practice it was extremely hard to target the right people, especially with data protection restrictions. Therefore the idea has been abandoned.3.9 Cherry Tree for Church Yard Rosabelle Batt and Kathryn Lord had been advised Tim and Glenda Driver were looking to replace the fallen mulberry tree – it was originally bought as a memorial to her father. It was not clear therefore if the SCFC should go ahead and buy/plant a cherry tree or not. KL/RB to discuss further with Glenda Driver.3.10 ‘Thank You’ to the Good Neighbour Scheme Team It was agreed at the Parish Council to buy a ‘festive bottle’ for the team of Good Neighbour helpers (8) to say thank you for all their efforts. KL to arrange.3.11 Open Reach cables in Church Road Ardna had explained the frustration speaking with Open Reach and their lack of action to fix the problems. It was suggested going to the media – EDP, try NNDC, email Duncan Baker, try explaining the telephone line also supplies the defibrillator!  4. AOBa. Internet access in East Beckham. David Barrass would commit to finding some time – initiating the Open Reach/Government Voucher scheme to see if at all viable. b. Footpath off Allotment Lane in West Beckham Andrew Clarke advised the footpath finger post had a confusing new notice saying no right of way, despite there still being green way markers illustrating the footpath directions. Julia Dovey advised green way markers indicate ‘permissive paths only’ and these paths have been stopped several years ago. The OS footpath for public use is a yellow way marker. It was suggested the green way markers should be removed – as it was not at all clear.c. Bulletin next issue It was agreed the next Bulletin would be held over until 2021 when there would hopefully be better news and more to report. 5. Read More …

22nd October SCFC Minutes

Solar Community Fund Committee Meeting DATE: Thursday 22nd October 2020 VENUE: BY ZOOM Virtual meeting Opened meeting 7:00PM Attended by: Julia Dovey, Kathryn Lord, David McNeight, Rosabelle Batt, David Barrass, John Stibbons, Ardna Curran, Paula Coast 1. Apologies: Tracy Toyne, Lorraine and Simon Wakeford, Andrew Clarke, 2. The minutes were agreed as a fair reflection of the last meeting (June 2020) Matters arising from the last minutes: New Village Sign: This was delivered shortly after the last SCFC Meeting, but still is not erected. There had been issues with the oak post which has been corrected by Geoff P and Stuart T. The cherry picker/driver from Rookery Farm is required to install the sign due to the weight. KL to Email RMNW for update and to get installed urgently before 2020 ends. WB Cemetery historic graves: KL spoke with Rev Frank Clarke (in August) who said a previous incumbent had recorded burial plots and the information is already collated and in the church, although currently available not due to Covid19. JD advised a new Reverend in charge, Ian Dyble, is officially starting with the Weybourne Group of Parishes on 1st November. He lives in Blakeney with his wife Jo. KL will contact the group admin regards an update on the access to cemetery burial records. Bench installed opposite the Bus Stop Shelter: Positive feedback had been given to JD regards the welcoming impression the bench gave to visitors etc. 3. Projects Update 3.1 Good Neighbour Scheme The GNS has continued aiding residents who need it throughout the pandemic, with Mel Clarke in charge. There is a plea from Bodham Cllr Callum Ringer for a Beckham representative to join a ‘Community Shop’ steering committee. There were concerns raised regarding the combining of the GNS and a Community Shop; as the shop would be a commercial enterprise (albeit not for profit) and therefore did not fit well with the GNS. No one attending our meeting volunteered to be the representative. Several other people had been approached, without success. JD had a possible contact who she would ask. KL to put in an appeal in the next Bulletin. 3.2 Walking Leaflet Using the ordinance survey map new ‘favourite’ walks can be over laid and then compiled into a local walks booklet? ALL: Any favourite walks to be advised to JD. 3.3 RAF West Beckham Information Board for the Village Hall JD asked for a volunteer to take on the collation of information for an information display board to be created (finalised by using Cheverton Printers graphic skills). This did not have a particular deadline. RAF West Beckham information is available on Mike Digby Flickr pages, www.eastandwestbeckham.org and the summer 2020 edition Bulletin. PCoast volunteered. 3.4 Allotment Track Extension in East Beckham Erosion of the top track continues unlike the areas with road surface clippings. It was agreed a quote from Witham Contractors could be sought to present options to the PC (12th Nov). RB to ask Witham Contractors for quote for clippings, and some drainage soakaway by carpark? 3.5 Trophy for Horticultural Show KL advised Langham Glass had been contacted (Johnathan Miller) who suggested a visit to see options. The cost could start from £30 upwards. Engraving for yearly winners could be put onto a separate base should regular engraving be needed – assuming a round paperweight is selected. A suitable horticultural class for the prize has not yet been selected. Possible dates for a visit: Friday 30th Oct, Monday 2nd Nov, Wednesday 11th Nov, Friday, Wednesday 13th Nov (PM only) ******Can anyone who wishes to go advise KL if any these dates are preferable and times that suit so a trip can be planned***** 3.6 Water Resources East – possible water saving options? KL introduced this subject as North Norfolk area is highlighted as being an area in severe deficit for water resources within the next 25 years. Can we think of some water saving options around the Parish – supply water butts??, Or Solar or Wind power options? ALL: Any ideas to promote please consider for the next meeting. e.g. Electric car point at pubs? KL will publish part of the report in the Bulletin FIO: BBC Sounds Radio 4, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000nlzk covers The Norfolk Pond Project on Open Country 3.7 Play Area in West Beckham JS advised NNDC have advised they are not yet in a position to agree to renew the lease. They are reviewing assets and will update in approx. 5-6 weeks. They are possibly the owners of the fencing and if so may agree to replacing or repairing the fencing. KL advised PCB Garden services had completed the cutting back of the fallen blackthorns by the road entrance so access is now possible. The undergrowth either side of the Garage is extensive bramble and several trees. Maybe this would be cleared by NNDC? JS to advise/chase NNDC for answers 3.8 WB Graveyard – see Matters Arising I. Next Bulletin Suggestions for inclusion: Community Shop Steering Committee – looking for Beckham Representative. New Walks? Thanks to Mel and Volunteers – Bodham over 70s lunch replacement? – see AOB WB Village new sign installation – hopefully! A new fence for the play area in West Beckham – possible update Water resource shortage report – ideas? Environmental margins protection (no dogs) Norfolk Pond Project? New Tree for the Churchyard ? 4. AOB a.Trees have been removed from Wilsons Farm/Church Road/Sheringham road. Much improved light and road visibility has been the result. b. Bodham over 70s lunch is unlikely to take place due to Covid – could the SCFC supply mince pies or small hamper to eligible residents? Who would they be? KL to ask Mel Clarke (GNS) who has this information but we need to be sensitive to data Protection. c. Find a way to say thank you to GNS Team volunteers? KL to find out how many people (Post Meeting: this is 8 people including helpers from local Pharmacies) d. The SCFC agreed a replacement small decorative tree should be bought to replace the fallen Mulberry Tree at West Beckham Church. The Mulberry needs to be cleared but there are no Church Wardens. KL to advise Group Admin Weybourne Group of Parishes e. Update on Cables – ACu advised UK Power networks suggest the cable in the ground at Church Road / The Malthouse is Read More …

The Village Van – Update

The Village Van mobile shop had been a welcome consequence of ‘Covid lockdown’. Vendor Tom, with Claude (his trusty 1973 Citroen van) started a delivery round of North Norfolk villages, as his normal street-food business was curtailed by Government restrictions. Outside West Beckham Church at 1.30pm, on a Thursday, became a regular meeting place and several residents were introduced to others as a result! In addition, the supply of preordered fruit and veg boxes or delicious fresh produce from local suppliers, like Sharrington strawberries, Mrs Temples cheeses and store cupboard options like Letheringsett Mill flour, among many others, where available to buy on the day! We will miss Tom along with his helpers, Sarah and Holly, who have now returned to their regular work – so we have to say goodbye and we wish them well for the future. If you are in need of a catering company contact: HELLO@NEALLSKITCHEN.COM or phone Tom on 07761606328.

11th June SCFC Minutes

Solar Community Fund Committee Meeting DATE: Thursday 11th June 2020 VENUE: BY ZOOM Virtual meeting Opened meeting 7:00PM Attended by: Julia Dovey, Kathryn Lord, David McNeight, Rosabelle Batt, Lorraine and Simon Wakeford, Andrew Clarke, David Barrass, John Stibbons, Ardna Curran, Frances Prokofiev 1. Apologies: Tracy Toyne 2. The minutes were agreed as a fair reflection of the last meeting (Feb 2020) 3. Projects Update A. Good Neighbour Scheme Since the last SCFC meeting the Covid19 pandemic created an emergency to kick start a ‘Good Neighbour Scheme” with our Parish neighbours Bodham. This has created a fantastic foundation for the future. The Co-Ordinator, Mel Clarke, assisted by family and volunteer neighbours have contacts for 336 villagers in Bodham, and Lower Bodham, East and West Beckham. These contacts were collated in response to 2 leaflet drops by Beckham’s Bulletin delivery team and Bodham’s team. The demands on the scheme have been steady throughout. Tasks such as Prescription collection from Holt, Boots, Cromer and Aldborough. Weekly shopping and general calls to check up on people. Through their calls it was picked up that an elderly gentleman who had fallen had been on his floor for over 24 hours – Social Services help was arranged and he is back at home but the volunteers are supporting him with cooking food, shopping and prescriptions. Mel Clarke has highlighted there are several villagers on their list who need help all the time and it is her intention to continue to support them as long as they need it. A grant of £1000 has been awarded by Government to support the community Good Neighbour Scheme and these funds have been made available to the scheme. Additionally Mel’s team have also created 94 Laundry bags, 205 knitted Covid heart pairs, 469 knitted ear guards, 48 scrub hats, 10 complete sets of scrubs, 2 scrub tunics, 9 blankets for care homes, 21 face masks. B. Walking Leaflet The Parish Walk leaflet has been in great demand and the 200+ copies used up. A new print run should be ordered. (NB This leaflet is also printable from the village website eastandwestbeckham.org) As other circular walks have been ‘discovered’ it was suggested a selection of others (5 or 6) should be created with points of interest in the same manner. E.g. towards Gresham, Hell Hole, Alymerton Cross via East Beckham, JD to review file of West Beckham Walkers past walks to draw upon. KL to send a copy of the walk to Alymerton Cross to JD Appeal from RB that the Country code be highlighted on the leaflet – especially closing gates; as a recent incident meant the cows had escaped from their pasture into the potato field! C. West Beckham Village Sign The new sign is finished and waiting for delivery. The Old sign needs to be taken down so the RSJ can be refurbished (cleaned and painted black) The new sign can be stored for installation planned for late summer. Possible picnic or socially distanced gathering on the green by Chestnut Farm to unveil the new sign. KL to contact RMNW to ask for assistance and storage. D. West Beckham Cemetery – General Tidy There are a number of historic gravestones in the cemetery which are being hidden by ivy, brambles, long grass and low lying tree branches. A general discussion over the pros and cons of working on these areas and it was decided to leave for the time being. The Church would need to be contacted and would a plan be useful especially with increased interest of ancestors (survey of the burial grounds available?) KL to ask. E Bus Stop Bench West Beckham The existing bench has been moved and fitted outside on the concrete pad opposite the Bus Shelter by RMNW and GP. It looks very good. JS advised a flat pack teak bench ‘special offer’ for £284 is available which could be installed in the shelter. JS to order. JD to review fixings in Bus Shelter. F. Village Van Shop and Bodham Proposed Shop “The Village Van” had been visiting weekly on a Thursday lunchtime at the Church and had been well used/appreciated during the warm weather, especially as a destination walk from around the village. This may not be sustainable for the van owners especially outside summer months. Bodham Shop – a public meeting had been planned (pre Covid) with guest speakers from various community shop/cafes/centres in the area. Cllr Ringer had emailed directly those who had taken part in the ‘shop survey’ and there had been keen interest from Bodham. There was no actual shop site available so far. The Wheatsheaf Pub must be struggling during lockdown and the Wheatsheaf shop was not successful. The WB Church did not have facilities (toilet, kitchen, water) to create a social centre/shop location and Bodham and Beckham Village Hall is already a good social centre in normal times. G. RAF West Beckham Information Board for the Village Hall The original deadline for this creation was the VE day commemoration in May but as Covid19 changed this. No progress had been made. Mike Digby has an extensive library of pictures and literature. These are displayed on a Flickr/Facebook etc but not a good resolution for expanding and printing. Chevertons printers would be able to help create the board. JD to try and contact Mike Digby to ask for higher resolution images or his help? H. Horticultural Show 2020 The show had been cancelled for this year. A Solar Community Fund trophy (suggested option a glass paperweight?) could be supplied for a specific class. To be followed up. I. Next Bulletin Suggested for inclusion: Covid19 Good Neighbour Scheme – get a picture of Mel and her team? Thanks for NHS & Careers & Key workers – photos of the Rainbows and Fences! RAF West Beckham – do you have any memories we can include? ( Info board to go into the Village Hall) Thanks to ex Cllr Roy Simpson for the refurbishment of the East Beckham Village sign – he created the sign in the first place but now lives in Gresham WB Village sign removal and new sign installation A new fence for the play area in West Beckham – East Beckham litter picker Tony McKay – keeping the area tidy for everyone. Village Van photos and write up 4. AOB The Read More …

19th February SCFC Minutes

Solar Community Fund Committee Meeting DATE: Wednesday 19th February 2020VENUE:  Julia Dovey’s Home (White House, The Street, West Beckham)Opened meeting7:05PM Attended by:Julia Dovey, Kathryn Lord, David McNeight, Rosabelle Batt, Lorraine andSimon Wakeford, Andrew and Lynne Clarke1. Apologies:Tracy Toyne, David Barrass, John Stibbons, Paula Coast, Ardna Curran, Frances Prokofiev2. The minutes were agreed as a fair reflection of the last meeting (Nov 2020) 3. Projects UpdateA. NNDC Meeting – VE & VJ day celebrationsJulia and Kathryn had attended the above networking meeting. There are many activities planned around the county for May 8th Weekend and throughout the summer – 1940’s weekend 2nd weekend in September. (Further review meeting 31st March). We met with the representative of Langham Dome who gave details of the company (Ugly Studios) who researched and produced graphically all the excellent information boards at the exhibit. JD to contact Ugly for initial meeting/costingand the Village Hall is happy to house a ‘heritage display’ which covers RAF West Beckham etc. Possible to create for 1940’s weekend 2nd week September? JD sent details of West Beckham RAF etc to NNDC to be included in the ‘World War Remembrance map’ of Norfolk which NNDC are creating.B. Allotment Track at East Beckham Hedging has been cut on the road side of the allotment. (A discussion was held over power/telephone/broadband cables, and whose responsibility it is to cut trees?)Bonfire(s) in allotment ground continues to grow with ‘green matter’. This still needs to be tackled/cleared (chainsaw needed) but weather has not been good. Hedgehogs may also be nesting underneath.An allotment holder (first 2 plots by car park) has asked for the chance to put some Bee Hives onto their allotment. Everyone was keen to have the bees and would be good for pollination everywhere. JD advised free fruit trees are available from NNDC and we could plant a community orchard. It was felt the amount of work (responsibility of pruning) would be move than we could commit to. RB advised Gresham used to have community orchard but this no longer exists. C. Village Sign West BeckhamKL advised the sign is being painted by Village Sign People and then will be fitted into the frame/post.It will be ready in March.Invoice £5,675:00 to be sent to JS for a cheque to be handed over when the new sign is delivered.We will need to arrange dismantling of the old sign. (SW to investigate the current set up what is needed to dismantle?)Old sign – what could be done with it? Would the pub be interested? (Note: may depend on condition of the sign – rot etc)JD to ask JMNWif the garage/barn can be used to store the new/old sign. KL to contact RMNWregards use of equipment, to move/install the new sign.Possible Village Event for the installation – possible involvement of the Wheatsheaf Pub? This could be a Village Heritage day? D. New Bench Opposite the West Beckham Bus StopRB volunteered to measure and photograph the concrete pad opposite the bus stop(outside Chestnut Farm) to ensure the existing large Glasdon bench would fit. If so, a new wooden bench could be bought to replace the Glasdon bench currently in the bus stop. RB will circulate results by email.E. Village Clean UpJD to order‘Wet and Forget’ product. This can be used to clean the green algae on the white village gates. F. Playground West BeckhamThe picnic table needs sanding down or treating. The fencing and gates are no longer stable. (TT is doing the playground review this month for the Parish Council Meeting).KL to reviewpossible gate/fence options for next meeting.G. Community Action Norfolk (CAN) – Good Neighbour SchemeJD and AC attended a meeting on the 5th February with CAN representative Sally ThorntonBelow is a report by Ardna with full details. Is a Good Neighbour scheme in East and West Beckham possible – there are so few residents – could Gresham, Bodham or even Kelling be included? A suggestion to set up a meeting with the 2nd Defibrillator Training/First Aid session and the CAN representative Sally Thornton will do a presentation. Problem with Bodham and Beckham VH as a venue would be lack of car parking – possibly Gresham would be better? (Discuss with JS) H. Bodham ShopCallum Ringer advised there was due to be a public meeting (in late March) with the results of the survey. (150 returns all positive, apart from 1)SCFC felt the lack of a site maybe a problem and once in a car it was ‘easier’ to travel further to the shops.I. SCF Trophy for the Horticultural ShowIt was suggested a trophy should be offered (maybe a glass paperweight rather than a shield??) As TT was unable to attend the meeting –discuss with TT suitable options.J. Bulletin next issue  Springtime – so we can include:Installation of New Village signDefibrillator & First Aid & CAN meeting date?Heritage Day date?Cromer Cancer Unit – appeal for fundraising – information attached. Copies will be posted on the Village notice boards. ‘thanks’ for:1. East Beckham Sign refurbishment2. Playground refurbishment (gate & painting)3. Regular Litter Picking by East Beckham resident4. AOBChestnut Farm trees that had come down in recent storms Ciara/Dennis – a large evergreen by the bus stop (which was very quickly cleared,) and another which has fallen on the East side of Chestnut Farm barn in Church Road. Post meeting – this has now been partially cleared. 5. Next Meeting dateat 7PM at Julia Dovey’s Home2nd APRIL 2020Meeting closed 8.20pm

The Village Van – Weekly update

Dear All, I hope you are all keeping safe and well! What a week it has been – we have now completed two full weeks in all our locations and it is fantastic to see so many familiar faces coming back week after week to shop and support The Village Van. We hope that you continue to find our service and offering, of value. We have now published next weeks schedule which begins on Tuesday the 28th April. There has been a small shift in timings for West Beckham and Bodham but all other locations and timings remain the same. We have also updated our product list which is now available online here. As ever, all things remain subject to availability but one thing is for sure, we have plenty of flour in stock! Please do share the important information below around your villages and communities, especially to those without access to the internet. It is great that so many of you are doing this so well already. Looking forward to another busy week ahead and seeing you all out there. Please do stay safe and if you have any questions at all then do not hesitate to get in contact. Best wishes, Tom The Village Van Schedule Fruit and Veg boxes are now available to order online! Remember to get your orders in online for your Fruit and Veg box for this coming week. As ever you are welcome to shop at the van on the day but if you wish to collect a pre made box of lovely fresh produce then do head over to our website and get your orders in. We have also now opened up this service for delivery to North Creake, South Creake, Burnham Ovary and Burnham Ovary Staithe – these will be for delivery on Friday 1st of May (N.B Not from the Van). Order a Fruit and Veg Box Social Distancing Everyone has been great so far but please remembers a few important measures that we all need to take in order to protect one another and keep this service going: Keep at least 2 meters distance when queueing Strictly only one person per household to visit the van Please order at least 2 meters from the van. We know its tempting to get closer to Claude (The Van) but we must refrain from doing so Contactless payment is preferred (we will only accept cash if absolutely necessary). The Village Van in Field Dalling Stay Connected Facebook The Village Van Norfolk Food Trucks Limited, Ramsgate House, Norfolk, NR24 2AX

6th November SCFC Minutes

Solar Community Fund Committee Meeting DATE: Wednesday 6th November 2019 VENUE: Julia Dovey’s Home (White House, The Street, West Beckham) Opened meeting 7:00PM Attended by: Julia Dovey, Kathryn Lord, John Stibbons, David McNeight, Rosabelle Batt, Lorraine and Simon Wakeford, Ardna Curran, Paula Coast, Andrew and Lynne Clarke 1. Apologies:Tracy Toyne David Barrass, 2. The minutes were agreed as a fair reflection of the last meeting (August 2019) 3. Projects Update A. Allotment Track at East Beckham Allotment The Allotment track and carpark resurfacing had been successfully completed by the contractor Witham. KL raised the problem of soil/sand run off from the track higher up over the new ‘car park’ surface. Witham had created a small ‘ditch’ for run off but this is now completely filled back up. Is there anything they can suggest to improve and control run off? Hedging has not yet been tackled yet but Witham have been working in the area. RB to investigate with contractor. B. Electricity cables (and Telephone/Broadband) The newly low strung electric cable at the allotment entrance doesn’t seem to have caused an issue so far. East Beckham Hall still has no broadband service since the thunderstorms of 25th/26th July. Open Reach have been working all over the Villages including trimming trees at the corner of Long Lane / Chestnut Farm where the cables had frayed. It was noted the telephone and broadband service is intermittent/dropping and with poor sound quality on lines for many in the villages. Superfast Fibre is laid to the West Beckham village sign area but still no provision promised until December 2019? Outer reaches of the village still have extremely poor service (under 2mb) JD to get in touch with Rural Broadband (in Heacham area) who assists getting government subsidy for the public. NB : Did David Barrass make any progress with this after the August meeting? The deadline for submission is 31st December 2019. C. West Beckham Allotment Felbeck Trust had started the work on the allotment and had planted 350 trees. They had cut the allotment field too. Help came from about 20 people on a ‘Corporate Volunteer’ day. Entrance gates and a secure tool shed had been created using the donation from the SCFC. D. Village Sign West Beckham KL had advised the VSP regards 2020 on the sign which was confirmed as no problem. Coloured artwork was approved but a request for the solar symbols to be black not green had been given to VSP E . Cutting Hedges at EB & Clearance Bonfire See point A re hedges. RB Bonfire Heap. Having tried to burn KL reported this ‘dump’ is too large and difficult to burn. A new bonfire needs to be created to burn the waste alongside – also to ensure no hedgehog or wildlife are not hurt. There are large trees in this pile which need to be chainsawed to enable clearance. JD to contact Richard Hudson to see if he could help? Free firewood? F. New Bench Opposite the West Beckham Bus Stop JD discussed the possible placement with the Wilsons and it was directed to discuss with Robert McNeil Wilson at the next PC. KL thought the trees are in the way of the current bus stop pad, so trimming will also need to be discussed/approved. (A new Glasdon bench would be suitable for outside or buy a wooden (cheaper option) for the Bus Stop and move the Glasdon bench to outside. Could this bench be made a memorial or named. Original suggestions in the Village Questionnaire was to have Wrights Corner?) G. Village Clean Up It was felt this should be left until Spring. JD and AC to investigate the cleaning of the Church Village Gates with ‘Wet and Forget’ product. H. Playground West Beckham Nigel Roe had very kindly rubbed down and painted in green the rusting bars of the climbing cube. He had also painted the basketball hoop and removed the broken backboard. It was decided a net for the hoop was not needed. The hinge repairs to the playground gate by Robert Toyne had been completed too. It was however noted that there is now a restricted access which may cause a problem with a pushchair etc. JD to discuss with Tracy/Robert. I. Bulletin next issue The Bulletin had been delivered in October as an Autumn Edition. There had been praise for the content and style. One advert had been placed by FABS ‘Move It Or Lose’ Club. It had been added as a point of information but there had been an offer of payment. KL to ask for a donation which would go to the SCFC (East and West Beckham Parish Council). The Bulletin issue had cost £100 this time round. Next Issue to include ‘thanks’ for: 1. East Beckham Sign refurbishment 2. Playground refurbishment (gate & painting) 3. Regular Litter Picking by East Beckham resident 4. AOB North Norfolk Community Transport were asking for a donation. The Bodham Shop Questionnaire had not been issued/completed as yet? JS provided details of a ‘community group/good neighbour scheme’ called ‘Can Connect’ in North Norfolk. They are offering advice with set ups. ACu to get in touch to see what is possible. LM asked for ‘Speeding in the Village’ to be addressed further. VAS signs are not necessarily working elsewhere or signs on Rubbish bins….. What else? RB possible attendance to meeting with Local Police Inspector Thursday 21st November at 1pm in the Village Hall at Hindringham (NR21 0AA). JS to advise parish councillors names who wish to attend by no later than Monday 18th November. Wind Turbine progress – inspectors had visited and decisions are expected end November. The latest ‘Royal Haskoning DHV & Equinor’ Wind Farm cable laying scoping proposals were raised as concerns – these are new cable areas which are additional to the previously known Hornsea Three Dong Energy (now known as Orstead) LINKS TO BOTH SCHEMES PROVIDED https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/document/EN010109-000007, This new document is very large with 310 pages – the maps are at the back of the document showing West Beckham land falling into their scope. The second link is the other older scheme to the interactive map – drill down on the map to see in close up using the +/- to see the location of substation near Little Barningham/ Plumstead/Edgefield and routes of the cabling through Read More …

13th August SCFC Minutes

Solar Community Fund Committee Meeting DATE: Tuesday 13th August 2019 VENUE: Julia Dovey’s Home (White House, The Street, West Beckham) Opened meeting 7:00PM Attended by: Julia Dovey, Kathryn Lord, John Stibbons, David Barrass, David McNeight, Rosabelle Batt, Lorraine Wakeford, Ardna Curran. 1. Apologies: Simon Wakeford, Tracy Toyne 2. The minutes were agreed as a fair reflection of the last meeting (June 2019) It was noted the PC had officially thanked the resident who had restored the East Beckham village sign and the post. His hard work was greatly appreciated by all. 3. Projects Update A. Water Harvesting at East Beckham Allotments DM requested funds for 2 more tap adapters to install the final 2 bulk liquid containers. Funds would be approx £50. It was agreed this was worth while and the water tanks are being well used by the allotmenteers. B. Allotment Track at East Beckham Allotment RB had been in touch with Withams the local farm contractors. They are going to complete the resurfacing of the track/car park using road chipping and this will take 2 days approximately to complete. They are currently use with farm work but will get in touch with RB when they have a moment to work on the job. Hedges around the allotment could also be done by this contractor. We will ask when they start the job to schedule 2 times a year. It was noted that electrical cables had been removed and replaced recently with higher, stronger cables. On the allotment side of the road the cable appeared low and runs through the trees. Should this be reported – DM to measure the height. C. Use of Allotment West Beckham The Parish Council meeting held in July voted for the allotment to be incorporated into the Felbeck Trust agreement which would offer open access to all, simplicity of management and be 4 acres more of specific nature conservation. Attached to these minutes is the proposal from the Felbeck Trust (sorry this was not sent out with the agenda KL). It was agreed at the meeting a ’start up’ contribution to pay for regular cutting/baling of the field, plus installation of a secure shed ‘adaptation’ to benefit the FT. This will be proposed to the PC in September. In the meantime FT would go ahead and cut/bale the field to remove unwanted dock seed etc. D. Village Sign West Beckham The Village sign people JD and KL met up and the coloured artwork was agreed. This will come when it is possible for the Designer to start work (after some ‘welcome sign’ designs for another village which may be a couple of months). No fixed date has been indicated. It was thought ‘ 2020’ on our sign as a date of installation would be preferable. KL to advise VSP. E. Emergency Help Network There was a discussion to approach to District Councillor Piere Butikover and Norman Lamb MP but as the East of England Ambulance service are not about to adopt this system and have other issues it is unlikely to be successful. ACu advised she had already tried this course of action to no avail – no new ideas where forthcoming. F Cutting hedges + Clearance East Beckham allotment. RB to ask Withams Contractors to cut hedges when they come to do the Allotment Track. They should be cut twice per year? There needs to be clearance of the bonfire (old trees grubbed up previously from the hedge line + some fly tipping of laurel hedge). DB/DMcN to review and set light. Once this is cleared the ground could be cut and cleared at the empty plots. G. New Bench for Opposite the West Beckham Bus Stop JD to check with JMN-W if this land is theirs where the Bus Stop stand is situated. If so is it suitable to install a bench? It was thought a new Glasdon bench would be suitable for outside or buy a wooden (cheaper option) for the Bus Stop and move the Glasdon bench to outside. Could this bench be made a memorial or named. Original suggestions in the Village Questionnaire was to have Wrights Corner? H. Expenditure Ongoing A reserve fund of approximately £5,000 – £10,000 for maintaining the various projects. Another annual contribution is due in October from the Solar Array Company. The PC have also asked the Solar Array Company to carry on paying the PC for longer than the 10 years originally agreed. The Company are currently asking for an operational extension to the original 25 year to 40 years via planning. Another expenditure that could occur in future was a possible village shop being investigated by Bodham Parish Council. This was at a very early stage of investigation and Beckham PC have agreed to help distribute a Questionnaire to all villagers in the Parish along with the Bulletin. I. Village Clean Up JD and AC to investigate the cleaning of the Church Village Gates with ‘Wet and Forget’ product. J. Bulletin next issue (summer asap) KL to compile a new Bulletin issue to go out after the horticultural show (27th July) so that the winners could be highlighted like last year. Village Sign – black and white designs Village Pump installation Ancestry enquiry – copy had been sent from America and an extensive list of ‘Thomas Bird’ Descendants. (available by request) KL to advise the American lady that there had never been a St Mary’s Church in West Beckham – an error? JD had tried to contact M Digby without success regarding the Wellington Bomber. JS advised details were in the Gresham Village history but will not include in the Bulletin this time. Horticultural Show details and Film Club and QuizNight. Christmas Lunch date available. NHS 5 Year Health Plan. The consultation was too late to be distributed by the Bulletin. Shop at Bodham – questionnaire can be circulated separately but mentioned in this issue Bulletin. 4. AOB During the recent lightening storm various damages had occurred to property and phone lines in the village. It was noted Open Reach had been working on the lines and are due to return (it has been 3 weeks since the storm). The Defibrillators x2 are working as JS has tested them but the small power lights have gone out. DB is interested in pursuing the Broadband connection in Read More …