June 2006

From the Editor:

This month’s Halam News is sponsored by Tony, Maureen, Elizabeth & Charlotte Hallam in memory of Tony’s mother May who was born 1 June 1896. Thank you!

If you would like to sponsor Halam News (£10 per edition), advertise, make a donation, or have items included (deadline 25 th – later submissions may be carried over) contact: Karin Davis: Tel: 815854 or email karinlindley@hotmail.com

In Memory: John Parrish 1935 – 2006

 Our thoughts are with Di and her daughters on the sad death of John last month. John and Di have lived in Halam for 9 years. John loved Bluebell Cottage and thought living in Halam was wonderful. He was a production engineer and then became principal lecturer at Trent University until retirement in 1998, after which he brushed up his cooking skills and worked as an NCVS volunteer.

He will be much missed by a great many people. The funeral service took place in Halam Church on 3 May at 12 noon and afterwards at the Waggon & Horses. Donations in his memory are to the ‘John Parrish Memorial Fund’.

St Michael the Archangel: June Services

Sunday 4th June: Pentecost
8am Holy Communion - Rev R Perry
9.00am Family Communion - Rev M Shacklock
Sunday 11th June: Trinity Sunday 11.00am Sung Eucharist - Canon P R Turner
Sunday 18th June: Trinity 1
9.30am Family Communion - Rev R Perry
Sunday 25th June: Trinity 2

11.00am Sung Eucharist - Rev R Perry

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

Church Study Group

The next meeting of the joint Halam and Edingley Church Study Group will be held on Wednesday 14 June at the Old Vicarage, Halam Hill at 7.30pm; all welcome!

Tony Andrews

What’s On

Emma Johnson - international clarinettist will be performing with the ConTempo Quartet in Southwell Minster on 23 June 2006. Tickets are available from Penny at ‘Music in The Yard’ Tel: 01636 814411.Don’t miss!

East Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra - an internationally renowned orchestra featuring players from the Minster School; they are performing on Friday 30 June at 7.30pm, in the Minster School, Church Street. Enquiries to Marina Thompson 814026 or email marina.koz@gmail.com


Katie Bust & Christopher Bevans were married in Winthorpe All Saints Church on 6 May at 12.00pm. They are honeymooning on a Mediterranean Cruise. We all wish them every joy and happiness in their future lives together!

Parish Pump

  • A very happy birthday to Julie Fleming Paris on 19th June!
  • Many congratulations to May Clarke who celebrated her 100th birthday on 30th May. She lived most of her life in Halam at Littledale Cottage & at 2 The Cottages, The Turnpike. She is now at Ashlands Residential Home in Rainworth & a party was held in her honour.
  • Thank you to everyone who helped with, and supported the two recent concerts in Halam Church. £578.53 was raised as a contribution towards ongoing restoration of our lovely Norman Church. – Karin Davis
  • Halam Open Gardens Day : - 9th July, and will include a book stall – donations of books for this will be gratefully received. – David Herbert Tel: 812335
  • Thorney Abbey Farm , Oxton Road, Southwell – ‘Farm Sunday’ on 11 June, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Guided Walks will show how modern dairy farming exists alongside the birds, animals and wild flowers in the countryside. Why not bring a picnic? The event is free!

Farm Sunday: 11 th June
at Hill’s Farm Shop Edingley
10am – 2.30pm

Don’t lie in … dig out your wellies … come and join us on a real farm with your family and friends! There will be:

Farm Walk · Demonstrations · Picnic

 Contact: John Hill: 07970 465513

Please remember to dress for the weather.
Farm Sunday is a national Open Farm Day
co-ordinated by LEAF; www.leafuk.org

Halam & District Women’s Institute

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 6 June when speaker Mr Rostance will be talking about Egyptian Hieroglyphs. The competition is to create a hieroglyphic image for Halam W.I.! New members will be made most welcome.

Parish Council Meeting: 11 May 2006

Present: S. Bust, A. Fraser, G. Herbert, A. Paris & I. Sharman, N. Armstrong & D. Parrish.

Election -Chairman & Vice-Chairman : S. Bust – Chairman, A. Fraser – Vice-Chairman; elected unanimously.

Election of officers: all agreed unanimously:- Xmas Charities – S.B./A.P.; Press Officer – A.P.; Transport Officer – G.H.; NALC Reps – A.F./D.P.; Snow Warden – S.B.; Flag Officer – S.B.; Crime Prevention – A.P.; Financial Officer – P. Rickett; Internal Auditor – E. Gathercole unavailable – others to be asked.

I.S. left meeting.

Matters Arising:
1. D.P. reported that she put sand on the footpath off Back Lane to get rid of woodlice problem.
2. Clerk to action plaque for Golden Jubilee tree in churchyard, and re-gilding of the WWII stone.
3. A.P. to attend Neighbourhood Watch AGM: 17 May.
4. A.P. reported letter from MP Paddy Tipping’s office asking for further information re penalties on early redemption of village hall mortgages. A. Paris to make contact and to report back.

Parish Plan:
1. Action Plan - progressing satisfactorily.
2. G.H. reported some footpath stiles need attention. Footpath problems - report to E. Gathercole & Parish Paths Partnership.
3. Dog Fouling – see news item; Ongoing problems - report to D.C. Tel: 01636 655606.
4. Litter bin – to be mounted on new bus stop sign at school. Clerk to contact Bus Company to progress.
5. Proposed closure Fiskerton tip – contact C.C. to express dissatisfaction.

Entertainments Committee: M. Thompson to arrange meeting. Halam PTA would like to bring bonfire back into village. Suggested events : village fête; strawberry event; harvest supper; village tramp.

Notice Board : Halam will not receive funding from ‘Building Better Communities’. Money to be raised ourselves. (Around £1,400).

State of the Roads : awaiting information from C.Cllr. Stewart

Speed Watch : About 6 to 10 speeding vehicles are being reported twice weekly. Lack of police feedback - disappointing – Clerk to liaise with John Whitaker & contact police coordinator for more info.

Trucks are coming through Halam from Minster School building site - appears to be against planning conditions; N.A. to find out.

Ivy on Trees : Waiting for information from Maurice Hinde

Design Statement: Chairman N. Croston to arrange next meeting

School bus seat belts : A. Fraser reported tenders for school buses for the C.C. do not require buses to be fitted with seat belts, nor specify any environmental factors. All agreed that it was poor that no safety or environmental specifications are included. N.A. will raise this with our County Councillors.

Interactive sign/street lighting : - final decision re interactive speed sign for Halam Hill to be made in the next 3 weeks. Halam is ‘likely to get one’ - this will affect plans for improved street lighting at crossroads. Sue Haydon from the C.C. will conduct further surveys

Open Meeting : Matters raised
1) End of year accounts for P.C. were requested
2) Interactive sign - probably a more simple version will be provided.
3) A petition was suggested to support installation of speed sign
4) M Thompson reported possible sources of funding for proposed new village hall. Information to be passed to A. Fraser

Correspondence :
1. Best kept village competition – Judging will take place later in the summer – efforts to keep Halam looking tidy and well cared for would be appreciated.
2. Community Safety Liaison: 24 July – A.P. to attend.
3. C.C. Civic Service – 16 July, Southwell Minster at 11.00am.
4. Minster School – fund-raising: all parishes in catchment area are being asked to contribute. Agreed unanimously to sponsor Year 7 prize in school photo competition (up to £50)

Planning Decisions :
Briar Croft School Lane–approved;
Hill Farm Barn, Halam Hill–approved;
Strickland Farm– withdrawn;
Waggon & Horses – withdrawn;
Bramley, Halam Hill – refused.

Finance : Resolved to pay: hall cleaners; P.C. insurance premium. All outstanding debts from ‘Kids Club’ - now settled.

Items for next agenda : Events; notice board; ivy on trees.

Village Hall : Draft business plan figures circulated for consideration. N.A. had initial discussion with adjoining landowner re possible access across their field to Gray Lane. Meeting to be held to discuss further & format referendum.

Date of Next Meeting :- P.C. Meeting – single subject: proposed new village hall: Thursday 25 May at 7.30pm.
Normal P. C. Meeting: Thursday 8 June at 7.30pm

Future Parish Council Meetings – 13 July and 10 August

Dog Fouling – You can now be fined

A reminder from the P.C. – please remember to clean up after your dog! D.C. website states: “Dog dirt is unpleasant, smelly & may carry diseases and parasites. Many complaints are received about owners who allow their animals to foul in places. THIS IS AN OFFENCE: anyone not cleaning up after their dog can be fined up to £1,000.

You can buy purpose-made 'poop-scoops' to pick up your dog's mess, but a supermarket carrier bag will do just as well. Dog Bins are provided in many parks and road verges. Otherwise use a litter bin or your wheelie bin at home. This law applies to almost all areas in the open air to which the public have access. Our Dog Wardens are giving offenders Fixed-Penalty Fines: MAKE SURE THAT YOU AREN'T ONE OF THEM!”

Any incidences of owners not cleaning up their dog’s mess can now be reported to D.C. for further action – Tel: 01636 655606.

Fiskerton Tip – Scheduled for Closure

C.C. decided last year to close the Household Waste and Recycling Centre at Fiskerton. Our District Council has managed to secure a “stay of execution” while consultation takes place. The nearest alternative tip is Bilsthorpe.

Closing the Fiskerton tip will mean longer journeys, greater inconvenience and an increased threat from fly-tipping in the Southwell area. The Parish Council is writing to the County Council to campaign against this closure.

If you would like to make your views known, write to:-
Fiskerton HWRC c/o Environment,
Nottinghamshire County Council,
Trent Bridge House,
Fox Road,
West Bridgford,
Nottingham NG2 6BJ.

Springwatch and Bioblitz!

Looking for something to do in June and interested in Nature? Why not visit one or both of these events?

BBC East Midlands: Springwatch Event , Sunday, 4 June 11am to 5pm at Newstead Abbey. 15 events are being held around the country linked to the Springwatch BBC TV series. Entertaining and informative for all the family, it will include hands-on activities for children, “behind the scenes” talks, expert guides, workshops and wildlife film screenings. Entry is free but vehicle parking is £3.

Another June event is ‘Bioblitz’ at Colwick Country Park, 24 - 25 June. Part wildlife festival, part educational event and part scientific endeavour, it will bring experts together in a race against time to count as many species as possible in a 24 hour survey. You can take part on Sunday, 25 June between 12pm and 4pm, observing and interacting with experts surveying the site. Counting all sorts of birds, butterflies, bugs and blooms will demonstrate the diversity of organisms living in your own neighbourhood. Various groups and societies from across the county participating will be keen to involve you in what they are counting.


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