January 2004

From the Editor:

New Year Greetings!

From the Editor: Best wishes to you all for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! Answers to the Christmas competition were The Holly & The Ivy; O Christmas Tree! (or Tannenbaum); Hark the Herald Angels sing; Away in a Manger; Little Donkey; When Santa got stuck up the chimney; While Shepherds Watched; I Saw Three Ships; Jingle Bells; Walking in the Air; O Little Town of Bethlehem; We Three Kings; God Rest you Merry Gentlemen; Rudolph the Red- nosed Reindeer.

Thank you to Patricia & Chris Kells who have generously sponsored this month’s newsletter. If you wish to sponsor (£10 per edition), advertise, make a donation, or have items of news included (deadline 24 th - if the newsletter is full it may not be possible to include late submissions) contact: Karin Davis Tel: 815854 or email karinlindley@hotmail.com

Lieutenant-General Sir James Wilson

  On Wednesday 22nd December the death of Lieutenant-General Sir James Wilson was reported in The Times. Many Halam villagers will remember him affectionately as General Jim.  He lived for almost 20 years at Goldhill Farm, and cared passionately about the wellbeing of Halam. He often invited village folk to his home. He attended Halam Church every Sunday and acted as sideman. By choice he attended family services rather than more formal services, as he felt he could understand them better and felt more at home with young people. His third great passion was football; in the army he ran the British army football team and helped train the future English football captain- Bobby Charlton. In 1957 he became the football correspondent to the Sunday Times and wrote for that paper until the late 1990's.

 He was born 1921 and married the Hon Jean Margaret Paul in 1958. He joined the army in 1940, serving as a private until 1941 when he was commissioned. He saw action in North Africa and then Italy where he took part in the final battle south of the River Po, and won the MC. Later he served in Cyprus as UN force commander. He left Cyprus in 1966 and was promoted Lieutenant-General and overall commander of the south east district covering Aldershot and the capital. He retired from the army in 1977 by which time he was resident at Goldhill. He was chairman of the Tobacco Advisory council 1983-1985.

He despised red tape, and was a breath of fresh air in all his various activities. His love for Halam, its church, and football were brought together at a memorable church service held at Nottingham Forest football club.

All those in Halam who remember him, will do so with great affection and a smile- a true gentleman.

David Herbert

St Michael the Archangel: January Services

Sunday 2nd January: 2nd of Christmas

8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 9th January: BAPTISM OF CHRIST

11.00am Sung Eucharist

Sunday 16th January: 2nd Sunday of Epiphany
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 23rd January: 3rd Sunday of Epiphany

11.00am Sung Eucharist

Sunday 30th January: 4th Sunday of Epiphany 9.30am Joint family service with Edingley at St Giles, Edingley
6.00pm Evensong Cluster service at St Michael's, Halam

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

Halam Prayer Group

A number of people expressed an interest in joining a prayer group on the Village Plan questionnaire. The Parochial Church Council has considered how best to respond to this, and decided to hold regular monthly meetings next year.

The format and content of meetings can be developed to meet the needs of those taking part. It is thought that, initially, meetings would attract the widest support if they have a particular theme, and comprise a talk (possibly a tape or video) followed by discussion and prayers.

Meetings will take place in private homes in an informal and friendly atmosphere with no pressure on those attending to take an active role unless they wish to do so. Details will be published in Halam News. Rev. Russell Perry has kindly agreed to lead these.

It has been decided to start with the series of meetings traditionally held weekly in Lent; the first one to take place on Thursday 17 February at the Old Vicarage at 7.30pm. Further meetings will be 24 February, 3, 10 & 17 March. Venues and details of meetings after Easter will be published at a later date.

If you would like to come please let the churchwardens know by putting your name on a list in the Church porch, or ring Bev (812181) or Glenys (812335). An idea of numbers assists those hosting meetings, but if you decide to come at the last minute you will still be very welcome!

Tony Andrew (Parochial Church Council)

Parish Pump  

  • Sadly we say goodbye to the Karen & Marco Migliore and their baby Lucia who have moved to Claypole
  • A warm welcome to Rebecca Orme who has moved into Radley Terrace.
    We wish you every happiness in your new home

Parish Council Meeting: 9 December 2004

 Present : S. Bust; G. Herbert; N. Armstrong; A Paris; D.Parrish; I. Sharman Apologies: Mr. Andrew Fraser

Traffic Calming : Mr. Gray (Notts. County Council) outlined the proposed gating scheme for the village. Parish Councillors agreed the proposal for Mansfield Road (coming from Edingley) was adequate; the proposal for Halam Hill from Southwell was inadequate but acceptable; it was requested that road markings be put on School Lane. On Radley Road by Manor Stables, it was agreed that proposals were excessive and should be reduced to road markings only. Mr Gray was asked to prepare new proposals based on these guidelines. It was also agreed to write to Notts C.C. highways to ensure that Halam will be included on the rota for the shared flashing 30mph signs.

Neighbourhood Watch : The revitalisation of the scheme is progressing and it should be up and running shortly.

Community Speed Watch : ARP is still looking for a volunteer to take on the role of Lead Coordinator. Unless someone is willing to take responsibility as Lead Co-ordinator, this scheme cannot go forward in Halam. If you are interested in helping to organise and act a police liaison please contact Andrew Paris on 815844.

Parish Plan : E. Gathercole and M. Thompson outlined the progress made to the current draft final plan. P.C. resolved unanimously to accept this and to instruct the Parish Plan committee to obtain design and print quotations. It was agreed to pay four invoices outstanding at this stage.

Village Drains : - Clerk to investigate cleaning of gratings and gulleys; – recent Council cleaning appears inadequate.

Open Meeting : Items raised:- 1)Standing order re open part of meeting was queried. The Chairman said allowing the public to speak was at the Chairman’s discretion. Generally the present method was acceptable, but if the situation arose he would allow individuals to speak during the meeting.

Correspondence : None this month.

1 ) Sunningdale, 2 Council House, Radley Road – loft conversion to include rear dormer window and internal remodelling: Passed unanimously.
2) Planning decision: The Scypen Radley Road – insert additional window in 3 rd bedroom – application passed by the District Council.

1) Agreed to pay the village hall cleaners.
2) The proposed budget was accepted and next year’s precept set at the same as this years. (This has remained the same for at least the last four years)
3) Agreed to purchase a new minute book - up to a maximum budget of £100
4) Agreed to pay the bill for laying the allotment hedges.

Items for January agenda:
1) Village Hall Plans 2)
Village Hall Lettings
3) Budget
4) Parish precept

Village Hall: Mr I. Sharman declared a possible prejudicial interest and left the meeting.

The draft proposal to bring the village hall up to required disability standards was discussed. Initial costing: £16,000 excluding floor renovations/coverings and redecoration.

Mrs Sharman had written to the Parish Council indicating her family’s continued willingness to offer land for a new village hall. A closed Parish Council meeting will be held to discuss this further with the Sharman family; further consideration of hall alterations postponed until after this.

Date of Next Meeting: Thursday 13 January 7.30pm

Parish Plan Update

Following the 3 open meetings, a draft Action Plan was compiled and is currently being circulated round N&SDC and other external bodies for comment.  If any resident of Halam wishes to see the draft action plan or receive a copy please contact Marina Thompson (01636 814026)

Nature Notes: Helping Barn Owls

Many houses in Halam have been converted from old agricultural buildings possibly depriving Barn Owls of their nesting sites. However, we can help give them back a home by supporting the Hawk and Owl Trust’s ‘Adopt a Box’ scheme. Subscribers pay £12.50 a year as individuals or £30 a year for a group, to adopt a box in one of seven regions including the Midlands.

You won’t find out exactly where the box is, but you will receive a report every year telling you if it was used and how many young owls were reared. You will also receive a newsletter annually and an illustrated guide to Britain’s owls as well as a certificate when you join. If a group such as a school adopts a box they also receive an activity pack and ideas for teachers which are related to the National Curriculum. You can also ‘Adopt a Box’ as a gift for someone else.

So, if your New Year’s resolution is to do your bit for nature, why not start by helping a homeless owl? Application forms can be downloaded from www.hawkandowl.org or obtained from The Hawk and Owl Trust, 11 St Mary’s Close, Abbotskerwell, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 5QF.

Elaine Gathercole

Halam & District Women’s Institute

For our 4 January meeting we have asked John Meredith to come again. He was so very interesting last year when we went on an exciting rail tour of Northern India & Kashmir. This year we are off to Switzerland, which should be equally fascinating. This will be an open evening when we warmly welcome all who wish to join us – last year the gentlemen outnumbered the ladies! Seasonal light refreshments will be served. Do come – 7.30pm in the village hall!

Answer to last month’s ‘Puzzle Corner’

How did they do it? Boris put the ring in the box, padlocked it and sent it to Natasha. She put on a padlock of her own and kept the key. Then she sent it back to Boris. Boris removed his own padlock and sent it back to Natasha, who unlocked her own padlock and took out her ring.

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