May 2006

From the Editor:

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Halam & District Women’s Institute

Happy 50 th Birthday Halam & District W.I.!

 The Annual AGM of the W.I. will take place on Tuesday 2 May at 7.30pm in Halam Village Hall. On 9 May Halam & District W.I. are hosting a party to commemorate our 50th birthday! We would be delighted if any former members would contact Glenys Herbert Tel: 812335, in connection with this, which will be held in Halam Village Hall. The archive picture below shows Halam W.I. in the late 1970’s – spot those that you know!

Photo courtesy of Mrs Angela Shaw

What’s On

Verdi Requiem : Southwell Choral Society will present Verdi’s fantastic Requiem in Southwell Minster on Saturday 13 May at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12.50/£10/£8 - from Penny at ‘Music in the Yard’ Bull Yard Southwell, Tel: 01636 814411or the Minster Shop: Tel 01636 812933.
The Choral Society is looking for sponsorship for this spectacular but expensive concert. If you can help please contact Karin Davis (as above) or Glenys Herbert (Tel: 812335) and feel virtuous about supporting Local Arts Events which bring business & visitors to the area!

Southwell Minster Choir & Orchestral Ensemble will be performing on Sunday 14 May at 8.00pm in Southwell Minster. Free admission with a retiring collection.

Emma Johnson the international clarinetist 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, Minster School Church Street. Enquiries to Marina Thompson 814026 or email

St Michael the Archangel: May Services

Sunday 7th May: 4th Sunday of Easter
8am Holy Communion - Rev R Perry
9.00am Family Communion - Canon Brown
Sunday 14th May: 5th Sunday of Easter 11.00am Sung Eucharist - Rev Perry
Sunday 21st May: Rogation Sunday
9.30am Family Communion - Rev Shackley
Thursday 25th May: ASCENSION DAY 7.30pm Sung Euchrist & Natal Welcome in the Minster
Sunday 28th May: Sunday after Ascension

10.30am Cluster Service: Bishop George & Archbishop of Pieter-Maritzberg in the Minster

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

Church Services – please note

There will be only ONE morning service within the Southwell Cluster of Churches on 28th May at The Minster at 10.30am. The youngsters who serve from St. Michael's Church will be taking part.   Bishop George may lead the service and/or preach - shared with The Archdeacon of Pieter-Martizberg in Natal (The Minster's Natal link).   All are most welcome at this very special service, after which coffee/tea will be served.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed towards the glorious sight in Church on Easter Sunday, with a lovely Easter Garden and stunning Spring flowers so beautifully arranged.   I hope that as many folk as possible have been able to visit and pay tribute to the skills of so many generous helping hands.

From Sunday 14th May is Christian Aid Week.

Bev Perks (Church Warden/Halam PCC)

Halam C. of E. Primary School News

Just before the Christmas holidays we had lots of fun & not much work! The whole school went to Newstead Abbey on a trip to enjoy a Victorian Christmas. Everyone had to dress up including the teachers. We also performed a play& had parties.

This term we have been on another trip. Upper Primary went to Bestwood Park to have a Harry Potter Day. They all enjoyed it – especially the Broomstick Competition. Lots of other things have been happening. Here are some of them: all the children did a sponsored spell to help raise money for new dictionaries. The choir and some Year 6 musicians have been in a concert, and the school Tag Rugby team have done really well in their matches. The Middle Primary parents came into school to see what our Friday assemblies are like. We have also been busy designing tiles to put on the wall outside school; they had to be to do with nature. For World Book Day we had to dress as a character out of our favourite books. We had a lovely Easter concert in church and spent the rest of the day making Easter Gardens. So there has been a lot happening.

Our School is collecting Tesco and Sainsbury vouchers. If anyone has some to donate just pass them to any school child.

The big news is that Miss Mason was married on Good Friday. The whole school wishes her good luck! Also Year 2 and Year 6 are doing SATS so good luck to all of them too.

Eleanor Winning (Year 6)
Junior Reporter

Annual Parish Meeting, 9 March 2006

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

Chairman’s Report: Simon Bust reviewed the past year – monthly P.C. meetings, special meetings and meetings relating to the village hall. Progress was made during the year with the community speed watch scheme & village gating. Interactive speed signs are still on the agenda with the C.C. & pressure is still being applied to Highways to improve Halam roads.

The Parish Paths Partnership has taken over maintenance of footpaths in the village & the first round of work is complete. This & ongoing maintenance is being funded by the C.C. Elaine Gathercole and her team were thanked for their hard work.

The Chairman reviewed planning applications & reported that P.C. view,s were supported by D.C. with one notable exception.

Village events included Harvest Supper & Trafalgar Weekend celebrations – all involved were thanked.

Much time had been spent on considering the new village hall proposals with open meetings & circulation of information in the village. A full referendum was planned in the next few weeks.

The Chairman thanked the busy Parish Clerk, Pat Rickett and members of the Parish Council for their involvement over the year & also thanked all those villagers who had given support.

Open Meeting : Matters discussed:-
1) Pat Rickett to continue as Clerk,
2) WWII Memorial in the church needs re-gilding,
3) Plaque for the tree planted for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, still needd
4) For sale sign (end of School Lane) obstructs road visibility,
5) Many trees in the Parish are choked by ivy – Maurice Hinde to prepare list,
6) Village notice board – ongoing.

Parish Council Meeting, 7.30pm 6 th April 2006

Present: as above.

Matters Arising :
1) State of the Roads – I. Sharman believed better use of Council money would be to repair Radley Rd properly rather than continue ‘bodging’ repairs. A. Paris thought that at least the poor state keeps volume & speed of traffic down. One of the new 30mph signs (Halam Hill) is obscured by existing ‘road narrows’ sign. Red tarmac on Halam Hill thought not wide enough to be effective. Hopefully an interactive sign would soon be made available for the approach to the village.
2) Lamp posts: The C.C. representative was not at meeting, but the scheme had been put on hold pending review now that the gating and extended 30mph scheme were in place.
3) Parish Plan: Entertainments/events committee to be asked to report to the next meeting.
4) Design Statement: A further meeting has been held and a date needs to be set for the next meeting.
5) Speed Watch: 5 sessions have taken place with 8 volunteers. 36 speeding vehicles have been reported and will receive letters from the police. The fastest recorded speed was 43mph.
6) Christmas Tree: It was agreed (6 for: 1 against) to have a Christmas Tree outside the village hall for Christmas 2006.

Open Meeting : Matters raised
1) Support for the Christmas Tree,
2) Proposed new house at Bramley, Halam Hill – strong objections: not in keeping, loss of privacy, detracting from view of Church; contrary to D.C. policies
3) Proposed extension to pub car park – loss of amenity; inappropriate surface finish.

Planning Report: A. Paris reported on a planning seminar he had attended. More emphasis will be placed on local involvement in future, & Parish Plans will play an important part in the Local Development Framework.

Halam Footpath Group : Parish Paths Partnership – application for work and the 2006/07 grant was approved unanimously. Thanks to the footpath group for all their efforts.

Correspondence : Endurance GB Nottinghamshire Group – social ride Sunday April 23: about 50 riders will come through Halam. Biodegradable lime and/or spray chalk will mark course.

Planning :
1. Bramley, Halam Hill – demolition of existing bungalow & erection of house & attached double garage: rejected unanimously.
Grounds: 1) Contrary to Policy H31 – size/scale of replacement dwellings,
2) Loss of amenity
3) Over-intensification of site,
4) Building line,
5) Loss of mature trees,
6) Loss of a more-affordable property,
7) Detracts from views to Grade I Listed Halam church.

2. Waggon & Horses Public House, The Turnpike – formation of overflow car park : rejected unanimously. Grounds 1) impact on neighbouring properties,
2) inappropriate surface,
3) too large

Planning Decisions :
Thornholme, Grey Lane: - approved
New Holbeck Farm, Radley Road: - approved

Finance : Resolved to pay: village hall waste bin; S P Rose (Halam Footpaths); fire check; Gill & Taylor (village hall heaters)

Items for next agenda : Events; roads; speed watch; ivy on trees

Village Hall : Ian Sharman declared an interest & left meeting.
1) Acceptable Planning: Chris Elston (N&S DC) wants to see business plan to discus with Mike Evans before advising on optimum position for proposed hall.
2) Business Plan: work progressing.

Date of Next Meeting :- Thursday May 11th at 7.30pm.

Friends Of Southwell Trail

The Friends of the Southwell Trail are holding a slide show by Chris Watkinson from the RSPB entitled ‘Birds and Butterflies from the Trail’. It will be held at the Farnsfield Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 17 th May. All are welcome. The entry fee is £1 for members of Friends of the Southwell Trail and £2 for non-members.

Church Study Group

Following the success of the Lent Course, it has been decided to continue with similar meetings each month for the rest of the year. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 3rd May at The Scypen Radley Road starting at 7.30pm. This meeting will discuss some of the issues arising from the Lent Course and the content of future meetings.   The meetings are held jointly with Ediingley.
All are welcome. The content is such that it does not matter if you have not attended previous meetings.

Tony Andrews

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