April 2003

Village Ventures
The Lempen Puppet Theatre will be performing the "Really Wild Puppet Show" in the Village Hall on Sunday 6 April at 3pm. Tickets will cost 5 for adults and 2.50 for children. Family tickets (for those with more than two children) will be 10.
The Ruskin Ensemble will be performing in Halam Church on the 1st May at 7.30pm. The classical duet will be performing and introducing pieces from three centuries and several countries. Tickets cost 5 each and are available from Karin Davis, Bev Perks, Marina Thompson and the Village Shop.

Please support live events in our village. Why don't you go and vote and then enjoy wonderful music in a grand setting!

May Elections
Please note that District and Parish Council elections will take place in Halam Village Hall on Thursday, May 1st.

Please remember to exert your democratic rights.

Road Works in Southwell
The work on reorganising the road network in Southwell will start on April 14th. Transco are also laying a new main from Westgate to Queen Street via Market Place, starting on the same day and lasting two weeks.

The Village Shop
Please remember that the Village Shop still needs your support.

Organic vegetables are now available and will people note that benefits and pensions can still be collected at the Post Office. Trade has been a bit sluggish of late so please can we make a special effort to use the shop and so maintain its viability.

Kerbside Recycling Scheme
The District Council operates this recycling scheme. Collections of waste paper are on the same day as bin collection but every two weeks. The next collections should take place on the 1st and then the 15th April. Please place your bags (untied) next to your bin. The Council will collect newspapers, junk mail, catalogues, telephone directories, brochures, envelopes (remove plastic windows), comics and textiles, shoes and belts ( in a separate bag, to be kept dry). However, cardboard, Yellow Pages, brown envelopes, dyed or coloured paper should not be put out for collection.

Victim Support
More volunteers are urgently required for this valuable service. Anyone can apply. Ideal qualities are good listeners with an understanding manner who can get on with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. All volunteers are given training before they help victims. The amount of time spent volunteering and the timing of it can be tailored to suit the individual.

If you are interested contact Sally Potter on 0190 950 0455 or e-mail north@vsnotts.org. Also see www.vsnotts.org

Parish Council Meeting, 7.30pm, Thursday, 13th February

Present: Mrs Herbert, Mr Brown, Mr Rickett, Mr Bust, Mrs Armstrong, Mrs Davis, Mrs Gathercole

Parish Plan: The five pages of results of the recent questionnaire attached to the Village News were provided for review. They will be displayed in the village notice boards.

In summary, good aspects of the village included the School, Church, community spirit, friendliness, events in the Pub and Village Hall, countryside, shop, working life in the village, proximity to work/city, unspoilt nature. Areas of concern included risks of over development, lack of affordable housing, car parking, danger from cars, lack of footpath up Halam Hill, poor bus service, fear of burglary, lack of Parish Priest, no employment prospects.

Clerk's Contract: It was agreed unanimously to set the Clerk's job description and contract according to the model contract provided by NALC. The salary was set in accordance with the appropriate Local Council Scale, but will be phased in over two years.

Water Quality: Some villagers have commented about the poor water quality in Halam. The situation will be monitored to see if more people raise this as an issue.

Victim Support: Mr Brown had attended a meeting which raised the need for more volunteers.



1. 3 Manor Fields - insertion of 2 Velux windows: Passed unanimously.


2. Land West of Evergreen House - outline application for residential development Four parishioners wrote objecting to the application. The application was rejected (4 for rejection, 3 for the application) on the grounds that it breached all 3 elements of Policy HR23 on backland development (inappropriate in the location, impact on neighbouring properties, accessibility)


Finances: The Council is now required to advertise publicly that it has an entertainment license for the Village Hall. It was agreed to advertise this in the Bramley for 55.


Date of next meeting: The Annual Parish Meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday 10th April, followed by the normal Parish Council meeting at 7.30. The following meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday, 8th May and will be the Annual Parish Council Meeting. As it will be held after the election on 1st May, it will be the first meeting of the new Parish Council.


Maundy Thursday Lord's Supper
The Supper will be in the Village Hall at 7pm. on the 17th April and this will be followed by Communion in the Church. Please ring Beverley Perks on 812181 if interested.

St. Michael the Archangel

Services this month -

Sunday 6th April: Lent 5 9.30am Family Service
11am Sung Eucharist
Sunday 13th April: Palm Sunday 8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
Thursday 17th April:Maundy Thursday
7pm Supper and Festal Liturgy Cluster
Friday 18th April: Good Friday 11am MP
Sunday 20th April: Easter Day 8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 27th April: Easter 2 11am Sung Eucharist


If you have any items or information you would like publishing in the next newsletter, please get the details to Edward Gathercole (813760) by the 26th.

Thank you to Paul Berry of Ashbrook, The Paddocks, Long Bennington, and Christine and Gordon Green of the Reading Room, Radley Road for advertising in this month's Newsletter

Note: Paul Berry of Roy's Vac Sweep is now providing a stove fitting service.

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