July 2005

From the Editor:

Apologies to Tim McEwan who sponsored Halam News last month – the editor reserves the right to senior moments! Thank you to John & Jackie Thornewill who have sponsored this month’s news. If you would like to sponsor (£10 per edition), advertise, make a donation, or have items of news included (deadline 24 th – (later submissions may be carried over) contact: Karin Davis Tel: 815854 or email karinlindley@hotmail.com

Halam Charity Ball

We all had a fantastic time – good food (Andrea Henson); well-run bar (thank you Mike Kirridge & Will from The Waggon); fabulous marquee decorated beautifully by Jackie Thornewill; an excellent string quartet, band and disco; and some fabulous frocks - what a party! No-one complained, but just in case, apologies to anyone disturbed by the music. And to crown a really successful evening we raised £1600 for Macmillan and over £900 for Halam School due to some wonderful fund-raising events and extremely generous individual donations!

Thank-you Margaret & John Hill who donated all the strawberries (Hill’s Farm Shop); Andrew Morris who donated a day at Silverstone in a Ferrari; Crink Lane & Hollybeck Nurseries; JMT Design; Suzi Anderson who created magnificent tickets and menus, and all the other donations and time and effort given to make this such a success.

Well done everyone who came and supported us, and thank you.

Halam Charity Ball Committee (A.A.)

To browse/order photos see website: www.andrisphoto.co.uk and click on events. Prints cost £10 and can also be obtained via Ian Anderson (813913)

Jackie Thornewill’s own vase and flower arrangement went missing from the bar area of the marquee. We were happy to give away the table decorations & balloons but would be grateful if this vase could be returned. Thanks!

Halam School

 Everyone is invited to Halam School Sports Day and Summer fete on Wednesday 20th July at 2pm, weather permitting. Previous pupils of the school remember the ‘past pupils race’, so don't forget your running shoes!

On Wednesday 13 July the Key Stage 1 performance and whole school exhibition of work and art from the ‘Take One Picture’ project will take place.  The KS1 performance will be at 1.45pm. Following on from this there will be an opportunity to look around the school to see the work that has been taking place as part of the whole school art project. The school will also be open from 6.00pm – 7.00pm for people to visit the exhibition of work. Everyone from the village is most welcome to attend these events.

Mrs Brown (Head teacher)

Parish Pump

Open Gardens : Approximately £1000 was made towards Church funds – thank you to everyone who helped and especially to those who opened their gardens and made this such a successful event. - David Herbert

Belated Congratulations : to Ed & Elainewho celebrated 25 years of marriage on 10 April, and to Alan McCracken who had his 50th birthday in May!

Happy Birthday! On 31 July Vic Shaw will be celebrating his 60 th and Ron Atkins will be 75 on the same day.

Halam & District Women’s Institute

The W.I. next meets on Tuesday 5 July at 7.30pm in the garden of Debbie Kenyon in Farnsfield. For details contact Glenys Herbert (Tel: 812593). New members will be made most welcome.

St Michael the Archangel: July Services

Sunday 3rd July: Trinity 6

8am Holy Communion
9.00am Family Communion
1.30pm Baptism

Sunday 10th July: Trinity 7 11.00am Sung Eucharist
5.00pm Service at The Minster for Family Care
Sunday 17th June: Trinity 8
9.30am Holy Communion
Friday 22nd July: End of Term 9.15am Halam School Leavers' Service
Sunday 24th July: Trinity 9 11.00am Sung Eucharist
Sunday 31st July: Trinity 10

9.30am Holy Communion
6.00pm Cluster Evensong at Holy Trinity Southwell

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

Bible Study/Discussion Group

  The July meeting will be on Thursday 28th July, at The Scypen, Radley Road starting at 7.30pm. The Reverend Russell Perry will lead us. All are welcome.

Tony Andrews


 Jack & The Beanstalk with the renowned Kenneth Alan Taylor will be on at The Playhouse, Nottingham this Christmas and is great fun for all the family. I intend to book tickets for this early in September. It would be great to take a Halam party on Friday the 23rd December. Tickets cost £14 adults & £12 children, and there will be a charge for bus hire if enough people want to go. If you are interested please ring. – Karin Davis Tel: 815854

Pirates & Caribbean Party : On Saturday 16 July at 7.30pm. Andrew Morris, who donated a day at Silverstone in a Ferrari at our Ball, is raising funds and awareness of his row from Tenerife to Antigua in aid of the Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society. Tickets cost £30 and include authentic Caribbean food, live bands and exotic entertainment in a themed venue, Farndon Road Newark. Tel: 01636 605555 or 07971 484848 for details

Village Volunteers

In the Parish Plan questionnaire several unidentified respondents said they would welcome help accessing prescription or other medical services; shopping; attending a day centre; meals on wheels; gardening; social services; a friend to check they are alright; a community car scheme. A number of villagers volunteered to help meet these needs and gave their contact details.

The Parish Council has taken legal advice via NALC. Although this is inconclusive it suggests that the Parish Council may not be acting within its powers to organise a befriending scheme and there could be problems of legal liability should any harm come to either the volunteer or the recipient of help. If anyone in the village with legal expertise could help identify a way forward can they please contact me?

In the meantime, the only way forward is to encourage the spirit of neighbourliness which already exists in the village to ensure that those who may need help get it in an informal way and to remind both those who would welcome help and any prospective volunteers of the Southwell Live at Home Scheme which I mentioned in an earlier newsletter. It is a volunteer based scheme which offers support and friendship to older people in the community who may be isolated and unable to get out and about as they used to.

If you are an elderly person who would like to become a member of the scheme, or someone with an hour or two a week to spare to become a visitor, please contact the Co-ordinator at Southwell & District Live at Home Scheme, Southwell Methodist Church, Prebend Passage, Westgate, Southwell, Notts. NG25 0JH, or ring 01636 816565. The office is manned on Tuesday afternoons and Thursdays.

 Elaine Gathercole (Tel: 813760)

Parish Council Meeting: 9th June 2005

Present: Simon Bust, Andrew Fraser & Glenys Herbert

Apologies : Andrew Paris, Di Parrish & Ian Sharman

Matters Arising : 1. Bridge work on the Turnpike now completed; 2. Letter of complaint received re encroachment of hedge on Halam Hill

Parish Plan Progress review against action plan:- 1. Clarified use of village hall document 2. Parish booklet – E. Gathercole declined to take part; DP & AP to investigate producing leaflet 3. Footpath Group – surveys completed. These will be written up for a report to the next meeting

Yellow “no parking” lines : There was no support for yellow lines at the Radley Road/Halam Hill junction. Resolved to take no further action.

Open Meeting : Matters raised:- 1. New village hall feasibility study – discuss at July’s meeting 2. Children climbing on the school roof – if this continues, access will have to be restricted 3. Traffic calming on Radley Road 4. Internal audit – report by next meeting 5. Transport – bus frequency; letter to be produced 6. Help for neighbours – NALC to be consulted regarding legal liability 7. Safe Routes to School – open meeting 30 th June at 8pm, Halam school

Correspondence: 1) Notts CC – litter bins OK as long as narrow diameter. Both locations for notice board acceptable; consent needed & utility search required. PC to meet early for July meeting to review possible sites.

Clerk to write to bus company to get permission to attach bin to bus stop.

2) County Council Civic Service on 17 th July at 11am (seated by 10.45am), followed by lunch at Minster School.

3) Halam School – construction work started, will run till end Aug. Parking problems – please park considerately. Sports Day will go ahead.

4) Kids Club – request for repeat booking. Financial difficulties – emergency funding application. Run Club on Friday evenings until Sept in school, not village hall – revert to a 5 day letting after this date. Club applying for funding for improved storage.

5) Letter from a parishioner re traffic calming/road markings at the Manor House end of Radley Road read out. Expressed view that such measures were unnecessary and unwelcome.

6) Letter from Mr Charnley (Notts CC Highways) – 30mph speed limit to be extended up Halam Hill.

7) Matters to be investigated – footpath on north side of Halam Hill; accidents at Edingley end of Halam on Mansfield Road. Letter confirmed plans to introduce traffic calming on Radley Road.

The Parish Council voted to accept the proposed road markings on Radley Road (by Manor Stables).

Planning Decision : Highbird House - extension: planning application approved by District Council

Finance : Resolved to pay: village hall cleaners; bus cleaners; annual insurance

Next agenda item : Roads/issues - NCC Highways’ letter

Date of Next Parish Council Meeting :- Thursday 14 th July, meet at Church 7.00pm; P. C. Meeting at 7.30pm

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