November 2004

From the Editor:

Are you aware that Halam has its own website? (Well you must be if you are reading this!! - Webmaster) It can be found at It contains much interesting information about Halam, useful links and a copy of this monthly newsletter. Take a look!

Last month Halam Arts, the group which organises Village Ventures, and the Parish Council jointly purchased a portable lighting stand with four cans and flashing disco facility suitable for village events and parties. Ask for details when you book the hall for your event.

Thank you to Maureen Spear who has generously sponsored this month's newsletter. If you wish to sponsor (10 per edition), advertise, make a donation, or have items of news included in Halam News (deadline 24th each month, - please note if the newsletter is full it may not be possible to include late submissions) please contact: Karin Davis Tel: 815854 or email

Parish Pump

  • A belated, but nonetheless warm welcome to David and Annette Goodman and their two daughters Sam and Holly who moved into Chimney Pot Cottage on Back Lane recently

  • Thank you to all those who donated so generously to the RNLI recently. A total of 130.24 was collected from Halam Villagers
    B.Perks & M.Wilson

  • Many thanks to everyone who attended the Harvest Supper. We managed to squeeze in over 70 people and everyone seemed to have a good time. Special thanks to Mike Todd who entertained us so well. Without him and those who cooked, baked, donated prizes, helped on the night, washed up, etc., the evening wouldn't have been the success it was. Thanks to everyone's generosity, we raised almost 600 for Village Hall funds. We appreciate everyone making our traditional village event a success.
    Marina & Julie

  • A big thank you to everyone who helped raise a fantastic 273.09 at the coffee morning on Friday, 24 September as part of Macmillan Cancer Relief's World's Biggest Coffee Morning. We were delighted with the turnout and were touched that even those who couldn't attend donated generously. Thank you everyone for giving to a worthy cause.
    Margaret, Jane & Julie

Margaret Thurlow

Sadly Margaret Thurlow, wife of Ray, of Back Lane, died recently. Ray and the family thank all those villagers for their kind thoughts and letters, and cards of sympathy.

Lost Cat!

A lovely friendly tabby cat with a purple collar has been wandering the village in the area of Radley Terraces and the lower end of Radley Road. If anyone has lost a cat or knows anything about this one can please contact Bill & Elsie Milner or David & Rachel Fisher, Radley Terrace.

What's On Locally

Tea at 2.30: takes place in Halam village hall, every Tuesday afternoon.

Just Sew of Farnsfield are holding their Annual Patchwork & Quilting Exhibition on 27 November (10am-4pm) and 28 November (10am-2pm) in Farnsfield Village Upper Hall on New Hill. Entrance is free, and sales are in aid of Macmillan Nurses. Tel: 01636 883330 for details.

Southwell Choral Society will be performing their Autumn concert in Southwell Minster on Saturday 27 November at 7.30pm.The programme includes Brahms German Requiem, Robert Steadman's Tehillim for Anne (In memory of Anne Frank), and the orchestra will perform Brahms Festival Overture. Tickets are available from: Tony Denyer; or Music in the Yard and the Minster Shop in Southwell.

Christmas Fayre: Saturday 4 December 1-3pm in Halam School. Come and enjoy coffee, mince pies, and leisurely shopping. Stalls include crafts, toys, cards, cakes and hand-made chocolates. Have fun with games and try your luck on the tombola!

Anne Frank Exhibition is on display in the Minster until 5 November.

St Michael the Archangel: November Services

Sunday 7th November: 3rd Sunday before Advent

8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 14th November : 2nd Sunday before Advent

11.00am Sung Eucharist

Sunday 21st November : Christ the King
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 28th November : Advent 1

11.00am Sung Eucharist
6.30pm Advent Carol Service - in Southwell Minster

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


St. Michael's Church, Halam put forward 7 candidates for Confirmation recently, at a special youth service held in The Minster and presided over by Bishop George.

Congratulations to them all: Jack and George Cressey, Clarissa, Angus and Henry Perks, David Kunzlik, and Matthew Spence.
Bev Perks (Churchwarden)

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday, 9 September 2004

Present: S. Bust, G. Herbert, N. Armstrong, A. Fraser, A. Paris, Mrs. Di Parrish & Mr. Ian Sharman

Matters Arising:

1) Chairmanship: Limiting the number of terms P.C. Chairman serves was further discussed - resolved to continue as at present (5 for; 2 abstentions).

2) Village Hall: Received 3rd quote; additional closed Parish Council meeting (20 Oct. 7.30) arranged to discuss further.

3) Parish Plan: M. Thompson reported open meetings had gone well. Draft action plan to be circulated at start of November.

4) Neighbourhood Watch: Target: to have scheme running by end of November.

5) Community Speed Watch: 8-9 have volunteered to man the scheme. ARP to find a lead co-ordinator, then contact P.C. Bill Brown to implement training.

6) Road Safety: Dangers for children crossing road at Strickland Farm reported, & possibility of extending pavement(s) discussed.

7) Building Better Communities: Agreed Clerk request funding for new village notice board for a footpath map of the parish.

8) Licensing Act:- agreed to await further cost details before applying for village hall licence.

9) Harvest Supper: Chairman thanked all involved in making this a great success, particularly Marina & Julie for their hard work organising. Total amount raised not yet finalised.

10) Holbeck Cottage: Ian Sharman requested his support for P.C. decision not to support application and object at Appeal be noted.

11) Halam Hill Footpath: Still under consideration at appeal.

Open Meeting:

Matters raised:-
1) Halam Hill footpath - comments from Parish Plan to be forwarded to Planning Inspectorate.

2) Village Hall car park is sometimes used by visitors to village, making parking for hall users difficult; Agreed to put up sign stating car park is for hall use and parking is at owner's risk.

3) Holbeck Cottage - A parishioner felt some comments made at last month's meeting had not accorded with the views of St. Michael's Close residents. Written response sent to planning had made clear the Parish Council's objections.

4) County Council buses with no seat belts taking children to swimming - Cllr Andy Stewart stated this is due to lack of suitable coaches in county.

5) Drains problem, Radley Road discussed.

6) Halam House Farm development was discussed at length, with numerous objections


1) Parish Council Conference - N.A. & A.P. & possibly D.P. to attend.

2) Holbeck Cottage - Mrs. Simmons wrote with concerns re comments made at last month's meeting. Chairman made clear that P.C. had objected v. strongly to all applications for Holbeck Cottage.


1) Chartwell House (Goldhill) conservatory at rear: accepted unanimously.

2) Halam House Farm - barn conversion (3 dwellings); demolish existing bungalow and farm buildings, erect 5 new dwellings and garages, and change of use (8 dwellings in total): Architect's supporting letter and 10 letters of objection were read. Proposals were discussed in detail.

fter careful consideration it was resolved to reject the application (6 for with 1 abstention) on following grounds:
1) Insufficient parking for barn conversions,
2) Too many houses,
3) Size and composition of houses should be reduced
4) Boundary wall with Radley Road should be preserved
5) Extra strain on already problematic drains in village to be addressed.
6) Legal agreement preventing any further development should be secured.

These comments will be passed on to the District Council's planning department.


It was agreed to pay the audit costs, village hall cleaners, and the bus shelter cleaners.

Date of Next Meeting: Thursday 11 November 7.30pm.

Who to phone with a problem

0800 7834444 - Drainage Problems

01636 673625 - Street Lighting/Road Maintenance/Potholes

01636 650000 - Newark & Sherwood District Council (

01636 605999 - Southwell/Newark Police

01636 655606 - Dog Warden

Parish Plan Open Meetings

63 villagers attended the open meetings held recently - about 1 in 4 residents, which was a pleasing response. The committee welcomes any contributions to the Action Plan for Halam, which is currently being formulated.

There are a number of issues which villagers identified as being really important but in order to get things moving volunteers are needed. If you can help with Adult Education, Youth groups, Social Events etc., feel strongly about improving services such as Public Transport, or care about the Environment please get involved. Don't leave it to someone else - do your bit!

Karin Davis

Halam & District Women's Institute

On Tuesday 2 November the speaker is Mr Tomlinson on the subject of 'Name Dropping' as featured on Radio Nottingham's Brian Tansley Show. Visitors and new members will be made most welcome.

In December the W.I. will hold its traditional party for the over 60's.

Nature Notes

40 bird species are now on what is known as the Red List. These are species of high conservation concern. Some of the birds do occur in Halam but in ever decreasing numbers. Skylark, Song Thrush, Marsh and Willow Tit, Tree Sparrow, Linnet, Yellow Hammer, Bullfinch, Grey Partridge, Spotted Flycatcher and even Starling and House Sparrow can all be seen in our village and are all on this list.

Research is going on to find out why they are declining, as the number and distribution of birds is a good indicator of the state of our environment. An easy thing we can do to help is not to be too neat and tidy in our gardens and on our land. Nature does not like neat and tidy.

If you have a large enough garden why not create a small wilderness area? Don't spray all of your paddocks, - leave some areas for weeds and insects. Scrubby areas, brambles and unimproved pasture are so important today. Let's help to our bit in the village to reduce the number of species on the Red List.

Elaine Gathercole

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