From the Editor: Ed Gathercole
has produced and edited Halam News for over 10 years. On behalf of
the village I would like to thank him for his hard work, conscientiousness
and community spirit.
You will all notice that Halam News is sponsored this month by Terry
Buck. Halam News relies on donations and advertisements in order to
exist, and has no other funding. If you wish to make a donation, place
an advert, or have any items of news or events included - please contact
me: Karin Davis 815854
New Parish Councillor
Congratulations to Di Parish, who has been returned as Halam Parish
Councillor. Turnout of voters at almost 50% for a parish by-election
was good, and demonstrates once again the commitment and involvement
of Halam residents, when other Parish Councils struggle to find candidates
and seldom have elections.
St Michael the Archangel: June Services
|Sunday 6th June : Trinity Sunday
||8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
|Sunday 13th June : First After Trinity
11am Sung Eucharist
|Sunday 20th June : Second After Trinity
|9.30 Family Communion
|Sunday 27th June : Third After Trinity
10.30am Cluster Service Minster
For information contact Church wardens: Bev Perks (812181) David
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 1 June the speaker will be Mr Smith talking
on the subject 'Okavango: A Place of Plenty'. The competition will
be: 'An Animal Snapshot'. New members will be made most welcome.
July's meeting will be held in a member's garden.
You have a 5 litre jar and a 3 litre jar and unlimited amounts
of water. How do you measure 4 litres exactly? You are not allowed
to use any other containers. Answer in next month's news.
Neighbourhood Watch Open Meeting
This will take place on Wednesday16 June, Village Hall at 7.30pm.
The Parish Council are looking to revitalise this scheme and find
more volunteers. Terry Reynolds (Area Coordinator) & P.C. Carr (Police
Beat Manager) will be attending. Everyone is welcome!
Halam School Sports Day & Summer Fete
This will take place on Halam School field on Wednesday 7 July at
2pm. There will be all the usual attractions and a warm welcome to
all villagers and old pupils. See you there! Also Halam School's summer
concert takes place on 16 June, at 2pm & 6pm.
What's On Locally:
- Lowdham Book Festival 12-16 June. Details from Ross Bradshaw
0115 9774435 or The Bookcase, Main Street Lowdham.
- Southwell Minster School 'It's a Knockout' Carnival Sunday
27 June. Details from Hugh Middleton 01623 411496
- Patchings Festival 10- 13 June
- Newark on Water Festival opens on Weds 9 June with 'a Night
at The Opera'. Contact Newark Tourist Information for details
of events throughout June 01636 655765
- Paperwork Art Exhibition until 13 June at Rufford Craft Centre.
- Upton Open Gardens & Sculpture display Sunday 6 June 1pm-6pm.
Entry £2.50 & £1 for children.
Southwell Choral Society
On Saturday 26 June at 7.30pm the choral society presents an evening
of summer music in the Leisure Centre with pupils from the Minster
School, prior to their tour of Austria. Tickets & information from:
The Minster Shop; Music in the Yard; or Tony Denyer (Tel: 814708).
- Exams!!! Rhys Fowler, Amy Hubbard, Nick Gramlick, Steve
Miller, Matthew Davis, Clarissa Perks, Beth McMurdo, Matthew
Oxley, Jonathon Paris; Ian Rickett, Cate Davis, Danielle Pepper,
are all sitting important exams this summer. We wish them
- Congratulations to Karen & Marco on the birth of their daughter
Lucia, and to Keely & Steve on the birth of their daughter
Parish Council Meeting, 7.30pm, Thursday, 13th
All Councillors Present:
Andy Stewart (County Councillor) reported that County Council are
considering a flashing 30mph sign for Halam.
Di Parish welcomed as new councillor; Simon Bust elected Chairman;
Glenys Herbert vice- chairman; Xmas charities- SB & AP; Press
Officer- AP; Transport Officer-GH; Nalc. Reps- SB & AF; Snow Warden-SB;
Internal Auditor- Elaine Gathercole; Flag Officer-SB; Crime Prevention
Matters Arising: Village Hall/Lottery funding; Parish Plan;
Breach of Planning; Neighbourhood Watch; Police Liaison; 'Councillors
Behaving Badly'. Open Meeting: Traffic Hazards caused by parking on
building site next to Ashdene highlighted; Siting of the Dog Bin-
appropriateness questioned by parishioner.
Correspondence: Endurance ride Sunday 16 May; NALC annual
conference; Letter re parking building site next Ashdene- SB to speak
to contractors; letter re siting of dog bin - resolved to keep it
in clean condition & regularly emptied; Village Hall Conference -
AF to attend.
Planning: 1) Chartwells, Station Rd. Edingley (in Halam
Parish) - proposed front porch - supported unanimously;
2) Holbeck Cottage, St Michael's Close, - proposed 2 storey
extension to rear, & porch to front (amended plans) unanimously rejected.
Finance: Agreed to pay following: village hall repairs; village
hall cleaners; Bramley Publications; Gill & Taylor (electrical check);
Best Kept Village entry fee; Notts. CPRE Best Kept Buildings competition
(entry for Plough & Barn Conversion, Turnpike/School Lane); Payment
of statutory bills (rates/electric/mortgage) authorised; A financial
risk assessment will be brought to next meeting; Allotment rental
charges to remain at £10 per annum each. An allotment may be available
in near future.
Date of next meeting: Thursday 10 June, 7.30pm
Halam's Area of Special Interest
Nottinghamshire County Council manages a series of roadside verges
across the county specifically to benefit the plants that grow in
them, under the Notified Road Verge (NRV) scheme. To date, there are
25 NRVs in the county, one of which is found in Halam.
The Halam NRV is located at the southern end of Newhall Lane, and
runs from the entrance to Brockley Farm to the top of the hill approximately
200m to the north, along both sides of the road. As with all NRVs
it is marked with 6ft wooden posts at either end, designed to indicate
the importance of the verges, yet remaining fairly unobtrusive.
Although small in area, Halam NRV is rich in plant species. These
include the locally rare adder's-tongue fern and pyramidal orchid,
along with more typical meadow species, such as yellow rattle, cowslip,
black knapweed and common vetch. Such species are becoming increasingly
scarce, and road verges often represent the only places where they
can be found in some areas.
Halam NRV is managed by Mr Hoggard at Brockley Farm, following the
traditional management practice of taking a hay cut in late July or
early August. This serves to retain the botanical interest of the
site and prevents species such as grasses and nettles from taking
over. These more dominant species thrive in areas with higher nutrient
levels, but by removing each year's growth from the verges, lower
nutrient conditions can be maintained. Mr Hoggard then uses the hay
crop to feed his livestock during the winter, so this is a mutually
beneficial arrangement which we are keen to replicate elsewhere, rather
than relying on private contractors (who we have had problems with
in the past).
As a result of its botanical interest the NRV is also good for butterflies
which are attracted by nectar producing plants. Species such as orange-tip
and small copper can be seen along the verges in the summer. Similarly,
birds such as whitethroat and yellowhammer also make use of the verges,
finding insects to feed on during the summer, and seeds during the
autumn and winter.
It is hoped that following this article, more people will visit and
enjoy the verges. If you would like to know more about the verges
at Halam, or the NRV scheme, then please contact me on 0115 977 4557.
Assistant Nature Conservation Officer
Nottinghamshire County Council (Environment)
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