Yoga and Pilates on Alderfen Marshes, Surlingham

A perfect mix of fresh air, nature and gentle exercise.

A gentle blend of yoga and pilates, expertly led by Emma Stevens (MovES with Emma), in the beautiful natural surroundings of Alderfen Marshes in Surlingham.

Thursday evenings from 6.00pm – 7.00pm beginning Thursday 7th of July

Spaces are limited to six people per session

Contact us to find out more or to book a place

Tel: 07788 154755

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Community Orchard afternoon

On Sunday July 3 there will be a weeding session on the Community Orchard – 2-4 pm. Everyone welcome. Gardening gloves advisable and secateurs and/or spade/fork would be useful. Hope it’s not too hot!

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Parish Council – Minutes 17 May 2022 (Draft)

Apologies Surlingham the draft minutes for May 2022 were not posted on the website. Please see below.

Minutes of the meeting held 17 May 2022

Present: Councillors John Broom, Pat Scowen, Dave Swinborne, Pat Scowen, Pam Wilson, Janet Rogers Parish Clerk, County, and District Councillor Vic Thomson and five members of the public.

  1. Welcome by the current Chairman Councillor Broom- Councillor Broom opened the meeting.
  2. Appointment of the Chairman – The clerk invited nominations for the position of Chairman. Councillor Broom was nominated by Councillor Swinborne seconded by Councillor Atkins. Agreed
  3. Apologies and approval of absences – Councillor Reeve
  4. Declarations of Interest – None
  5. To approve as accurate the minutes of the meeting on 15 March 2022 – Approved
  6. Matters arising from those minutes – Councillor Scowen asked for a vote of thanks to Councillor Swinborne for obtaining quotes and dealing with the contractor who sanded the hall floor – Agreed. The WI bench at the Staithe needs repairing – Clerk to remind Councillor Reeve. Have we had a response from NCC re the School Field – Clerk to follow up.
  7. Progress report for information on items not on the agenda: Chairman/Councillors/Clerk – Councillor Broom explained that the Council had met with landowners to try to find a solution to flooding on Mill Road. The field would need to be reshaped and several ditches included to slow the flow of water. Surveys and a feasibility study carried out. The estimated cost would be £250k. Councillors asked for a plan of the project which could also be sent to the Norfolk Flood Alliance to attach to the flood report sent to them in May 2021. Clerk – An email of thanks had been received it reads – Dear Parish Council Members and Clerk. I am a resident in the Parish and have just read through the Parish Council Annual Report Meeting Minutes. I just wanted to pass on my thanks and gratitude to the Parish Council, the Clerk, the County and District Ward Members and all the community helpers for the work you all do and effort you put in to making Surlingham such a brilliant place to live. Clerk apologised for an omission to the draft minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting and asked the Council to recognise and thankPaul and Louise Swift for providing Surlingham with a village website at their own expense for the last 10 years. Furthermore, I would like to thank them for answering my many queries promptly and for finding solutions to make life easier for the parishioners who want to contact the Parish Council. There is now a link on the site to contact the PC email direct. Agreed.  It had been brought to the Clerk’s notice that the Framingham School bus route has changed due to overhanging shrubs and trees. It now avoids Ferry Road and The Street rerouting along School Road and down The Green instead. Apart from the inconvenience of children having to walk from Ferry Road to The Covey to pick up the bus at 7:30 every morning. The coach on the return journey passes the primary school just as the children are leaving for the day. Due to the narrow road the coach has been seen to mount the kerb to pass parked vehicles at the same time as there are young children, buggies scooter etc using the footpath. A parishioner was present and has concerns about the speed of traffic passing the school before and after school. The road is very narrow, and parents travelling from other villages have no option other than to park on the side of the road. The school will support anything that can be done to find a solution. It was suggested that the school write to parents/carers to make them aware and ask them to consider these issues when parking. Councillor Thomson advised NCC has no control over the route the coach takes however, he would investigate what traffic calming measures are available outside schools and raise the issue at his next Ward meeting – Councillors asked the Clerk to arrange a meeting with the coach operator to find a solutionPlay Garden – Clerk notified the Council the rent for 2022 has been increased to £20p.a. Ferry Road hairpin bend – A parishioner asked for help as vehicles are mounting the kerb and have repeatedly destroyed the hedge. Clerk has reported it online to NCC.Progress report for information on items not on the agenda: Chairman/Councillors/Clerk – Councillor Broom explained that the Council had met with landowners to try to find a solution to flooding on Mill Road. The field would need to be reshaped and several ditches included to slow the flow of water. Surveys and a feasibility study carried out. The estimated cost would be £250k. Councillors asked for a plan of the project which could also be sent to the Norfolk Flood Alliance to attach to the flood report sent to them in May 2021. Clerk – An email of thanks had been received it reads – Dear Parish Council Members and Clerk. I am a resident in the Parish and have just read through the Parish Council Annual Report Meeting Minutes. I just wanted to pass on my thanks and gratitude to the Parish Council, the Clerk, the County and District Ward Members and all the community helpers for the work you all do and effort you put in to making Surlingham such a brilliant place to live. Clerk apologised for an omission to the draft minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting and asked the Council to recognise and thankPaul and Louise Swift for providing Surlingham with a village website at their own expense for the last 10 years. Furthermore, I would like to thank them for answering my many queries promptly and for finding solutions to make life easier for the parishioners who want to contact the Parish Council. There is now a link on the site to contact the PC email direct. Agreed.  It had been brought to the Clerk’s notice that the Framingham School bus route has changed due to overhanging shrubs and trees. It now avoids Ferry Road and The Street rerouting along School Road and down The Green instead. Apart from the inconvenience of children having to walk from Ferry Road to The Covey to pick up the bus at 7:30 every morning. The coach on the return journey passes the primary school just as the children are leaving for the day. Due to the narrow road the coach has been seen to mount the kerb to pass parked vehicles at the same time as there are young children, buggies scooter etc using the footpath. A parishioner was present and has concerns about the speed of traffic passing the school before and after school. The road is very narrow, and parents travelling from other villages have no option other than to park on the side of the road. The school will support anything that can be done to find a solution. It was suggested that the school write to parents/carers to make them aware and ask them to consider these issues when parking. Councillor Thomson advised NCC has no control over the route the coach takes however, he would investigate what traffic calming measures are available outside schools and raise the issue at his next Ward meeting – Councillors asked the Clerk to arrange a meeting with the coach operator to find a solutionPlay Garden – Clerk notified the Council the rent for 2022 has been increased to £20p.a. Ferry Road hairpin bend – A parishioner asked for help as vehicles are mounting the kerb and have repeatedly destroyed the hedge. Clerk has reported it online to NCC.
  8. County and District Councillor – Councillor Thomson’s reports are posted in full on Surlingham.org. Items covered are the Major Jubilee events going on in the County. The £150 energy rebate is beginning to be paid first to those who pay by direct debit as SNDC has their bank details and all other customers will receive a letter explaining how to claim. The hardship fund – residents who find themselves in hardship should be encouraged to contact 0344 800 8020, to be offered support either directly or through NCC partners.
  9. Re NCC Trails Team Meeting over 2 years ago – Parishioners ask when the accessible footpaths are going to be installed and a reminder for Councillors to appreciate footpaths should be accessible by everyone. –  Surlingham FP No. 4 – Woodland footpath to Bramerton – though a construction plan was drawn up by the NCC Trails team back in March 2020 none of the planned works have been undertaken. The PC requested a consultation prior to any works commencing – this has not yet taken place but neither has the work.  Surlingham FP No. 1 – Church Marsh – Flooding and deep mud issue – Last year a site meeting was held between the PC, NCC Trails, RSPB and our SNDC councillor. The NCC trails team accepted that the path needed repair. The RSPB have since undertaken interim improvements at the Church end of the path which allowed the path to be used safely throughout the winter. The PC have written to the RSPB to thank them for their intervention. Surlingham FP No. 1 junction with FP No. 3. The Surface of the path at this junction has been washed away exposing tree routes and allowing flood water to enter the Marsh. The NCC trails team accepted the path needed repair. The PC have made temporary repairs using sandbags. Surlingham FP No 1 from its junction with FP No.3 to the Ferry House pub. The PC has been lobbying the importance of restoring this Public Right of Way together with Bramerton FP5 both of which formed the original routing of The Wherryman’s Way trail. NCC in conjunction with the Broads Authority have successfully secured Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding for improvements. Consultation with both Bramerton and Surlingham PCs is scheduled but has been delayed temporarily due to staff changes within the Broads Authority. Working with landowners, the PC is active in improving and maintaining our Public Footpaths though the duty of maintenance resides with the NCC Highways team. Parishioners can report issues via the NCC Highways website @ https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roads/report-a-problem.
  10. Public Question Time 15 minutes unless directed by the chairman of the meeting. Parishioner noted the hairpin bend on Ferry Road it was cause for anxiety.
  11. SAMs Machine – A representative for the volunteers who move the SAMs machine confirmed the machine would be moving to The Street after The Green and thereafter around the other sites in the village. The group will also be distributing a letter to all residents regarding speeding. There was a discussion about volunteers recording vehicle registration number to report to the police. This was something the Council could not comment on. It was doubtful the police would act on the information without evidence such as that gathered by a speed watch group.
  12. Approve – Standing Orders – Approved
  13. Approve –Staithe Risk Assessment – to be amended
  14. Approve – Pond Risk Assessment – to be amended.
  15. Reimbursing Parishioner for expenses of maintenance of the area. Councillors agreed to make a payment of £50 as a gesture of goodwill and advise that the work was carried out at the wrong time of year regarding wildlife. Furthermore, that no work is carried out without first contacting the Council. Finance – Final Quarterly Statement 2021/22 – Agreed BHIB Insurance renewal – Agreed, Norfolk Playing Fields Association Subscription – Denied, Payments to authorise – R Hardingham £126.67, J Rogers £413.21, BHIB £625.51. SNDC Jubilee Grant of £200 supplemented by £100 from the Council to enable Coldham Hall, Ferry House and St Mary’s Flower Festival to have £100 towards the cost of the jubilee weekend events planned for the community.
  16. Parish Hall damp on wall in store area – Clerk to contact Sapientia
  17. Car parking at the Church – The parking is an issue whenever there are church services/Gun Club meetings/Walkers/Tourists. Tempers get frayed but there really is no viable solution.
  18. Meeting closed at 21:50. Date of next meeting 21 June 2022

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Parish Council – Minutes of 21 June 2022 (Draft)

Surlingham Parish Council

Minutes of the meeting held 21 June 2022

Present: Councillors John Broom, Pat Scowen, Dave Swinborne, Phil Reeve, Pam Wilson, Janet Rogers Parish Clerk, County, and District Councillor Vic Thomson and 4 members of the public.

  1. Welcome by the Chairman – The Chairman John Broom opened the meeting
  2. Apologies and approval of absences – Councillor Atkins sent his apologies
  3. Declarations of Interest – There were none
  4. To approve as accurate the minutes of the meeting on 17 May 2022 – Approved
  5. Matters arising from those minutes – Item 6 Matters Arising – The WI bench at the Staithe has been repaired by Councillor Reeve. Item 7 Councillors updates. Councillor Broom provided a copy of the flood plan discussed briefly at the previous meeting. Clerk suggested this should be an agenda item at the next meeting to give councillors time to consider it.
  6. Progress report for information on items not on the agenda: Councillor Akins had provided an update on the Meeting held 16th June to discuss Wherryman’s Way – hosted by NCC Trails Team. The meeting was attended by Councillor Atkins for Surlingham PC. Bramerton, Hardley + Langley, Chedgrave PCs were also present as was SNDC councillor Vic Thomson, the Broads Authority, and the Wherrymans Way Working Group. The phase 1 funding was confirmed, and the project plan was explained. The significant news for us is that the restoration of Surlingham FP1 between its junction with FP3 and the Ferry House Pub, allowing Wherryman’s Way to be returned to its original riverside route, is now confirmed in the scope of the plan. Whilst current work is focused on the repairs in the Chedgrave, Langley, Hardley stretches work to attain the necessary permissions and consents for Surlingham FP1 and Bramerton FP5 can begin. NCC have agreed to issue the plan and full minutes of the meeting which will be published on the village website. Clerk – The damp in the storeroom was due to a blocked downpipe Sapientia staff have cleared it. A new lock is required for the front door of the Hall – Councillor Reeve has made an emergency repair until it can be replaced during the summer break.
  7. To receive reports from the County and District Councillor – Information on the Platinum Jubilee events across the County. A £7.7million package of hardship support offering increased flexibility and choice in the way a broader range of households can access help.The council is topping up £6.7m of Government funding from the Household Support Fund with a further £1m to create a new Norfolk Cost of Living Support Scheme which will help people who are struggling to pay for food, energy and water bills, and other essentials. Residents who find themselves in hardship are encouraged to contact us on 0344 800 8020, so we can offer support either directly or through our partners. A full copy of the report has been posted on the village website.
  8. Public Question Time 15 minutes unless directed by the chairman of the meeting. A parishioner had concerns about an overgrown footpath. As this footpath was not known to the Parish Council Councillor Thomson offered to help the resident. The Church Warden offered her thanks to the Council for arranging and contributing to the cost of the repairs to the Lych gate. The Assistant Church Warden thanked the Council for the contribution to the flower festival from the Jubilee Grant. The event was a great success the knitted/crocheted food was of particular interest.
  9. Finance – to approve and sign: a) Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) – Certificate of Exemption – Approved b) AGAR – Section 1 Annual Governance Statement – Approved c) AGAR – Section 2 Accounting Statement 2021/22 – Approved d) 2021/22 Budget versus Actual expenditure – The overspend of £1679 was noted e) Payments to Authorise – R Hardingham £126.67, J Rogers £391.06, HMRC £285, Adepta £546.
  10. Framingham school bus route – The Chair met with the coach operator to establish the reasons why the route has been changed. The coach operator is anxious about reversing to negotiate round Ferry Corner as he nearly hit a child who walked past the back of the coach. His other concern is the overgrown shrubs and trees that damage the coach. Councillors suggested the drop off for Ferry Road be moved round the corner to The Common. This will negate the risk of children walking behind the coach. Clerk to inform the operator. If the operator accepts the suggestion, then Councillors will approach property owners regarding trimming back the trees/shrubs. If the route can be reinstated this will prevent the coach passing the Primary School at the end of the school day. See the response below the Parish Council intend taking this matter further. N.B. The Coach Operator responded as follows: I have explained a number of times the route will be staying as it currently is. We (as a company) are not prepared to change the route back to something we do not deem the safest / viable option.
  11. Community use of School Field – Sapientia provided a letting agreement for the school which the clerk has adapted for community use of the field. This has been returned to Sapientia for approval. It is hoped the field will be available in time for the summer break. Insurance needs to be addressed – Councillor Scowen is looking into this.
  12. Utilities Emergency Road Closures – Norfolk County Council’s Street Works Inspector explained that emergency closures happen at short notice and contractors use standard signage. A ‘Businesses open as usual’ sign is a standard sign and could have been used. Highways cannot divert traffic on to unclassified roads. The road from Bramerton through the village to Rockland St Mary is a classified road all others in and around the village are not. If the situation is repeated the clerk has the inspectors contact number and he will come out to investigate.
  13. Resolution regarding use of Speed Activated Machine – The resolution proposed is to endorse Norfolk County Council’s agreement concerning the use of the Speed Activated Machine, to maximise the efficacy of the system in relation to traffic calming. The speed monitor was purchased jointly by the parish council and a local donor on behalf of the parishioners of Surlingham and the council supports its use under the following conditions: 1 – those volunteers come forward who are prepared to move the system to and from the various locations and to download the data. 2 – the data to be posted on the village website. 3 – the system to be moved around the village, being placed at each of the 7 sites specified by NCC’s Highways Department preferably in rotation, and 4 – the system must not be left for more than 4 weeks at a location and not returned to that location within 8 weeks. – Proposed Councillor Scowen, Seconded Councillor Wilson – Approved
  14. Finalise and Approve –Staithe Risk Assessment – Approved with the addition of a water safety sign to be installed – Clerk to arrange – Pond Risk Assessment – Approved
  15. Traffic Calming – Parish Gateway – Highways Maintenance Officer will check Mill Road when he is in the area. Match funding/fundraising will be required. The Parish Partnership Fund is not yet open for 2023/24.
  16. Date of next meeting 19 July 2022

The following is a link to the Wherryman’s Way Access Improvements Overview referred to in item 6 above.

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Norfolk County and South Norfolk District Councillor Vic Thomson’s report for May/June 2022

Information on the Platinum Jubilee events across the County. A £7.7million package of hardship support offering increased flexibility and choice in the way a broader range of households can access help.

The council is topping up £6.7m of Government funding from the Household Support Fund with a further £1m to create a new Norfolk Cost of Living Support Scheme which will help people who are struggling to pay for food, energy and water bills, and other essentials.

We would always encourage residents who find themselves in hardship to contact us on 0344 800 8020, so we can offer support either directly or through our partners.

Have you ever thought about volunteering for the Schools Appeals Panel or Norfolk Residents Panel? Offers on compost bins. See the report for more detials.

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Parish Council – Annual Accountability and Governance Return 2021/22

Please see below the notification of Public Rights and Publication of the Annual Governance and Sections 1 and 2 of the Accountability Return 2021/22.

As turnover was below £25,000 the Council is exempt from an external audit.

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Pictures of school fete

A good turn out for the school fete in spite of the weather. So lovely to see village events returning after all the lockdowns.

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Church Tower fund raising success 4

Thank you to everyone involved in the events at St Mary’s Church over the Jubilee weekend. Nearly £1000 was raised from donations and tea & cake sales 😊

The flowers were stunning, the knitted street party extraordinary, the cakes scrummy and the number of visitors exceptional; some visitors even came from as far away as Ely and Luton after seeing our Church on the BBC News!

We only need another £56,000 to undertake the more immediate work and a further £120,000 within a year! 😞

Our beautiful Church provides a place for celebration and reflection that most of us will use at some point in our lives. Perhaps you don’t often attend but would still like to help support it as a community venue and an historic building.

Funding applications to the National Lottery Heritage fund and others are currently being produced. We have many professionals in our village with skills in administration, marketing, publicity, bid writing, legal work and project management etc. The PCC would be delighted if you could help us in this project. Please help our village by offering some of your time to save St Mary’s for future generations to enjoy. Please contact Derry Kelleher 538597, or any member of the PCC.

Please see your copy of the Surlingham Newsletter for further information
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