March 2005

From the Editor:

Apologies to all for my error detailing the wrong church services last month. I hope this did not inconvenience anyone too much (WE got it right!! - Webmaster).

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

St Michael the Archangel: March Services

Sunday 6th March: Lent 4 (Mothering Sunday)
8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 13th March: Lent 5 (Passion) 11.00am Sung Eucharist
Sunday 20th March: Palm Sunday
9.30am Family Communion
Thursday 24th March: Maundy Thursday 7.00pm Agape at the Village Hall, followed by Holy Communion
Friday 25th March: Good Friday 10.00am Morning Prayer
Sunday 27th March: Easter Day

11.00am Sung Eucharist

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

Halam & District Women’s Institute

The W.I. next meets on Tuesday 1 March in Halam Village Hall at 7.30pm. The speaker, Mr Cox, will be giving a talk about ‘Historical Newark’. The competition is ‘A historical item from Newark’. New members will be made most welcome.

Parish Pump

  • Congratulations to Emily Thornewill - 21 on 13 February!
  • Congratulations to Annette & John Marchant of Manor Fields on the birth of their son Hector, on 16 February, a brother for Hugo & Henry.
  • Refuse & Recycling collections in Halam this month: Green bin: 7 th; 21 st; Silver bin: 14 th; 28th.
  • Neighbourhood Watch : The restructuring of the scheme is now coming together with several new groups already up and running. If you have forms still to fill in and return please could you do so as soon as possible. – David Stubbs & Andrew Paris.
  • Best Kept Village Competition : The Parish Council have entered Halam into this competition once again this year. It would be great to achieve success. We will be judged this coming summer, so it would really help if everyone could begin early in clearing and tidying road frontages, verges, hedges etc – please take pride in your village!

May Robinson


Sadly Mrs May Robinson, of Halam Hill, died on 28 January, and the funeral took place at 11.15am on Tuesday 8 February in St. Michael's Church. Donations in her memory were given to Halam Church which she loved.

May was a popular and cheerful member of our small community who had lived in Halam for 37 years, and during that time she contributed in many ways. She was a Church Warden for many years, a member of the Women’s Institute and the Mother’s Union. She will be missed at Tea at 2.30. May opened her garden for a number of years for Halam’s annual event and was very knowledgeable about plants and interested in wildlife. She loved all sports, especially cricket and tennis and was always glued to the TV when these were on!

May was friendly and welcoming to everyone she met. She will be much missed by a great many people in our village. Our thoughts at this time are with her family and close friends.

What’s on Locally

Handel’s ‘Messiah’

On Saturday 19 March Southwell Choral Society will be performing Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in the Minster at 7.30pm. Tickets: £7 & £10 from Music in the Yard Tel 01636 814411, Tony Denyer (814708): Karin Davis (815854); Glenys Herbert (812335).

Village Ventures: ‘Musica Donum Dei’

On Thursday 5 th May there will be a family concert, in Halam Church, of Early English Music: ‘Ring a Ring a Roses’, recreating the spirit of Old England with baroque instruments (violin, flute, cello, vola da gamba, harpsichord and organ). Tunes and songs that everyone will recognize will be enlivened with humorous anecdotes, verses, and explanations of the origins of the music by professional musicians. Tickets are £6 and £5 (concessions) and will be on sale from February onwards from Karin Davis (815854/ email:, or Bev Perks (812181). Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the fund for maintaining the fabric of our church.

Halam Charity Ball

On Saturday 11 June a Summer Ball will be held in a marquee on Halam School field, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care/Halam School. There will be a champagne & strawberry reception followed by a top class 4 course meal, live entertainment - Left Hand Thread, and a disco. Tickets will cost £65 and be on sale throughout March & April. Contact John Thornewill (812334), Ian Anderson (813913), Lesley Gramlick (813061), Margaret McCracken (814917) or Karin Davis (815854) to reserve tickets/tables of 10. A deposit of £15 will be payable. This promises to be a memorable village event!

Parish Council Meeting: 10 February 2005

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

Matters Arising :
1 ) Neighbourhood Watch – progress being made; some groups now up and running; new signs will be put up in the village.

2) Plans for Halam House Farm will be received from District Council imminently. A special meeting will be held Wednesday 2 March at 8pm to allow public discussion of this planning application.

3) Parish Plan
: The first printed copies were presented. The steering committee will write to all parties included in the action plan before being disbanded. It was agreed to pay all outstanding bills as detailed in the parish plan financial statement. Every household in the parish will receive a copy of the published plan shortly. Action points requiring Parish Council input were discussed; letter to be sent to District Council reference planning issues; Halam beat officer/crime prevention officer to be invited to a future meeting; the clerk to investigate further litter bins for Halam.

Community Projects :
County Councillor Andy Stewart was asked to apply for £300 grant for a new village notice board.

Speed Calming :
Chris Charnley (Notts CC Highways) is to attend the annual Parish Open Meeting on 14 th April. A survey will be held in late February to see if a mobile interactive speed sign would be appropriate for Halam Hill. It was agreed that the clerk should write to Mr Charnley informing him of the recent highways visit following several accidents on the Mansfield Road near Norfolk House.

There has been no volunteer to head up the community speed watch project so this will be put on hold at present.

Open Meeting : Items raised:
1) Radley Road at the junction with Gray Lane is very muddy; clerk to contact highways department, and also report the general poor structural state of the road.

2) CountyCllr Stewart reported that Fiskerton has entered a WREN competition for a possible prize of £250,000 village hall funding. Contact will be made with them to find out more details.

3) The possibility of a crossing by the school was raised. This can be discussed further with Notts. C.C. Highways Dept. at the April meeting.

Planning :

1) Beckside Cottage , Gray Lane – 2 storey rear-extension and re-modelling proposed: passed unanimously with a comment that sympathetic materials should be used.

2) Planning decision: Halam C of E Primary School – new single storey classroom extension: passed by the County Council with the condition that a school travel plan should be made to reduce car use.

Finance :
1) It was agreed to pay village hall cleaners, but the clerk to write to the firm advising that cleaning standards is not satisfactory and the situation will be monitored.

2) A donation of £30.00 was received from the Tea at 2.30 Group; agreed to use towards purchase of a new tea urn.

Items for next agenda :
NALC membership fees; Open gardens & social committee; Litterbins; Notice boards; Litter.

Village Hall :
Mr Sharman declared a prejudicial interest and withdrew from the meeting. The feasibility study is underway and the architect investigating upgrading the present village hall has been put on hold.

Open Meeting : It was asked how far the views of the village would feature in the feasibility study; these to be taken into account in subsequent discussion of scheme.

The issue of the strain on the current drains was raised. It is likely that any new development will have its own separate sewage disposal system(s).

Date of Next Meeting: Special meeting to discuss Halam House Farm planning application – Wednesday 2 March at 8pm;
Next Parish Council meeting - Thursday 10 March at 7.30pm.

Halam Parish Plan  

During February Halam Parish Plan was distributed to every household in the Parish.  If you have not received a copy please contact either the Clerk to Halam Parish Council or Marina Thompson. Copies will also be distributed to other bodies such as The Countryside Agency. Notts. Rural Community Council. Newark & Sherwood District Council, local MP's, and local libraries.

Halam Parish Council and the Parish Plan Steering Committee wish to thank all those residents who have provided their time, commitment and skills over the past few years. Their input and effort has been gratefully appreciated.

Halam Parish Council will be overseeing the main part of the process to ensure actions and deadlines are met.  Other bodies, such as the Church, Halam Footpath Group and the school will be undertaking their own actions. New working groups will be set up by Halam Parish Council as needed.

 Margaret & John Hill: Telephone 01623 882664

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