August 2004

From the Editor: Thank you to those people who have made donations and especially to Nora & Brian Armstrong, the sponsors of this month's newsletter.

If you would like to sponsor the newsletter (Costs 10 to print one month's edition), make your yearly donation (3 per household), or have any items to include contact me by the 24th of each month, but please note that if the newsletter is already full late submissions cannot be included. If you know of anyone who would like to have a copy of Halam News by email please ask them to let me know and I will put them on my list. - Karin Davis tel:815854 or

Lost Kitten!

We have lost our black and white kitten, aged about 20 weeks, in the area of Grey Lane. He answers to the name of Stanley. If anyone can help we would be very grateful. Please contact Si, Darcy & Raif Holmes, The Old Forge, Grey Lane: telephone 815889

Village Ventures: Sheena Davis Jazz Band

The Sheena Davis Jazz Band will perform in Halam Village Hall on Friday 17 September at 7.30pm. Tickets: 6 adults & 5 children & concessions from Karin Davis (Tel: 815854 or email karinlindley@hotmail), Margaret McCracken, Marina Thompson, Suzi Anderson or Elaine Gathercole elections.

Nature Notes

Some of you may well have noticed the increasing occurrences of Common Buzzards this year. 2-3 have been seen regularly since early March, suggesting they are breeding. They are most often seen soaring over the land south of Radley Road towards the Oxton Road, and to a lesser extent over the wooded areas adjacent to School Lane. These birds used to be found mainly in the west of Britain but have been making steady eastward progress in the last 20-30 years, possibly as a result of stricter legislation which brought in harsher punishments for the persecution of birds of prey. - Ed Gathercole

Parish Pump

A warm welcome to new residents Rachel & David Fisher who have moved into Radley Terrace

Roy & Denise Edwards who have moved into Beck View Radley Road

Tom Palfreyman, Vicki Haywood & their children Ffion and Nancy, who have moved into Hollycott

We wish them every happiness in their new homes.

From the Kirbys:

We would like to say farewell to all our lovely friends and neighbours in Halam. Thank you so much for your friendship over the past 15 years. We hope the new owners of Hollycott, Tom, Vicki and their girls will enjoy Halam life as much as we have done. Best wishes to you all. We will miss you! - Carolyn, Paul, Grace and Eliza.

Harvest Supper

This will take place on Saturday 9 October, 7pm for 7.30pm, in Halam Village Hall. More details next month.

Volunteers are needed to bake apple pies and potatoes and make stews. Contact Halam Parish Council or Julie Paris (815844) or Marina Thompson (814026).

St Michael the Archangel: June Services

Sunday 1st August: 8th Sunday after Trinity 8am Holy Communion
6.00pm Cluster Service in St Michael's, Halam
Sunday 8th August : 9th Sunday after Trinity

11am Sung Eucharist
3.15pm Evensong (Cluster Service in Southwell Minster)

Sunday 15th August : The Blessed Virgin Mary
9.30 Family Communion
6.00pm Cluster Service in St Giles, Edingley
Sunday 22nd August: 11th Sunday after Trinity 11.00am Sung Eucharist
6.00pm Cluster Service in St Nicholas', Hockerton
Sunday 29th June : 12th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am Service at St Giles, Edingley, with Halam
6.00pm Cluster Service in Holy Trinity, Southwell

For information contact Church wardens: Bev Perks (812181) David Herbert (812335)
Preist-in-charge: Rt. Rev. David Leening (812593)

Halam & Edingley W.I.

The W.I. meets on the first Tuesday of each month in Halam Village Hall at 7.30pm. On Tuesday 3 August there will be a walk around Halam starting and finishing at Ashdene, Radley Road, and ending with a Faith Supper (bring a contribution). All are welcome - new members, spouses, children. For further details contact Glenys Herbert (Telephone 812335).

Puzzle Corner

Answer to last month's puzzle: This is an addition problem; when the 3 has been returned the total paid out is 27 which includes the room rate AND the bellboy's 2. The bellboy's 2 should be subtracted from 27, not added to it! Sorry no room for a puzzle this month.

Parish Council Meeting, 7.30pm, Thursday, 10th June 2004

All Councillors Present: Apologies to Di Parrish who was missed off last month's attendance list.

Matters Arising:
1) Village Hall:- agreed to investigate further the costs of bringing hall up to standard re disabled access requirements & carry out essential maintenance; Chairman and Clerk to discuss with Martin Hubbard and report next month. Once a costed schedule of works has been formulated grant/funding options will be explored.

2) Parish Plan: Findings Summary approved for circulation to the Parish. RCC will be asked to destroy all completed questionnaires now that statistics have been gathered.

3) Harvest Supper: To be held on 9th October, & used as fund-raising to help pay for village hall improvements.

4) Village Newsletter: Congrats to Karin for excellent 25th year anniversary issue of the newsletter. Thanks to all who have contributed to the newsletter's success over past 25 years. Please note: the newsletter needs funds - 3 per household would be a great help!

5) Traffic Calming: County Cllr A. Stewart reported that Halam is still high priority for a shared flashing 30mph speed sign. Meanwhile the gating system (red tarmac, larger signs) will be progressed, keeping our 'place in the queue' in case the signs are not forthcoming.

6) Neighbourhood Watch: Following open meeting, the scheme is progressing; co-ordinators are being organised prior to the Ring Master system being re-vitalised.

Open Meeting:

Matters raised: Planning application - Holbeck Cottage - objections
New school hall - disabled facilities for children only
Hedge at bottom of Halam Hill - hazard to traffic emerging from School Lane (Clerk to speak to owner)
Youths on Holme Lane - nuisance & litter (situation to be monitored)
Village Hall alcohol licence - may be restrictions in use imposed at purchase from Methodists
Village letterbox - is it always emptied on time/daily? (Clerk to write to Postmaster)

Thanks to Tim Farr for trimming the hedges opposite Chimney Cottage on School Lane.

1) Health & Safety meeting, 29 July at 7.30, Walesby village hall - Clerk to attend.

2) Safety Liaison Group meeting, 26 July at 7.00, Kelham Hall - ARP to attend.

3) Tea at 2.30 Club - many thanks for 40 donation to Village Hall funds.


District Council planning committee have rejected the application for the extension at Holbeck Cottage, Radley Road.

1. Holbeck Cottage, St. Michael's Close - extension to rear; porch to front (revised plans): Rejected unanimously due to detrimental effect on amenities of neighbours (Policy H24)

2. The Old Barn, Manor Fields - new front door, alterations to entrance hall, new conservation roof lights; other internal alterations: Approved unanimously.


It was agreed to pay the village hall cleaners.

The Parish Council thanks David and Diane Stubbs for the planters and flowers in front of the village hall.

Date of Next Meeting: Thursday 12th August - PLEASE NOTE time: 8.30pm

Can you look after a lucky black cat for a year?

House trained, neutered male needs a home for a year from the end of July 2004. Will pay for food & lodgings, care, vet, etc. Please contact Nora: 812654

The Rock 'n' Blues Barn Bash

Halam meets Glastonbury in an end of summer shindig at the Miller's barn. Up and coming young (ok I lied), talent prepare to demonstrate their musical abilities in a Rock n' Blues spectacular. Ken and Wendy Miller have kindly agreed to allow use of their barn and surrounding courtyard area to host the event.

The event will take place on Saturday 4th September, 7:00pm until late, and will be all ticket. The cost per person will be approximately 15 with food included in the ticket price, (final cost still to be calculated). After discussion the organisers decided the event will not be suitable for children under 12. A maximum of 100 tickets will be sold. Contact either John or Jackie Thornewill on 01636 812334. Get your tickets early, before you come back from holiday, or you may find they're sold out! The outside bar will sell drinks at normal prices.

There will be 4 one hour sets, with music supplied by local musicians and guests. The theme will be rock and blues based, - if you remember Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and Free you won't be disappointed. Hey, we're even playing a Beatles medley! There are some car parking facilities at the Miller's house, but if people could try and park elsewhere it would help.

We hope to see as many locals, and their guests, as possible and let's keep our fingers crossed for a lovely dry evening!

Alan McCracken

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