November 2005

From the Editor:

Thank you to Catherine & Simon Holland who have kindly sponsored this month’s news. If you would like to sponsor (£10 per edition), advertise, make a donation, or have items of news included (deadline 24 th – later submissions may be carried over) contact: Karin Davis Tel: 815854 or email


Southwell Choral Society will be performing Haydn’s wonderful ‘Nelson Mass’, C.V. Stanford ‘Songs of the Fleet’, & Parry ‘Songs of Farewell’ on Saturday 12 November in Southwell Minster to mark the bicentenary of the victory at Trafalgar. Tickets are available from Penny, Music in The Yard Tel: 01636 814411.

British Legion Poppy Appeal : The fantastic Minster School Jazz Band will be playing on Friday 18 November in the Minster suite of the Saracen’s Head at 8pm in aid of this appeal.

Halam School PTA Bonfire at The Old Reindeer Edingley on Sunday 6 November. Entry by ticket only and these are available from PTA members/Reindeer.

Halam School PTA Christmas Fayre will take place in school, Saturday 3 December between 2pm and 4pm

Christmas Carol Concert in the Minster on Saturday 10 December suitable for all the family. This is always a sell-out so buy your tickets early from Music in the Yard or the Minster Shop.

St Michael the Archangel: November Services

Sunday 6th November: 3rd before Advent

8.00am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion

Sunday 13th November: 2nd before Advent
11.00am Sung Eucharist
Sunday 20th November: CHRIST THE KING
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 27th November: ADVENT 1

11.00am Sung Eucharist
6.30pm Advent Service in the Minster

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

Bible Study And Discussion Group

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 23rd November at The Scypen, Radley Road, at 7.30pm. Rev'd Russell Perry will lead us. All are welcome.

Tony Andrews

Halam & District Women’s Institute

The W.I. next meets on Tuesday 1 November and will feature Debbie Kenyon, food demonstrator for Sainsbury, who has been working with Jamie Oliver on his School Dinners Project! She will be giving us ideas for Christmas cooking and will be open to questions about her recent work. Anyone who is interested is more than welcome to attend what promises to be a most interesting talk and demonstration. In December we will be holding our traditional Christmas Party for the Over 60’s.

The ‘Adam & Eve’ Window in Halam Church

Photograph courtesy of Andrew Paris

Nicholas Pevsner in his book ‘The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire’ writes of Halam Church: “In the tracery lights of a north chancel window, four good complete 14 th century figures: St Christopher, St Blaise, Adam naked and delving, Eve naked and spinning.”

This window was recently carefully restored in The Barley Studios, York, reset, and rededicated at a service in June this year. It is one of the most complete pieces of mediaeval glass in Nottinghamshire, and is very beautiful. St Christopher, patron saint of travellers, carries the Christ child and holds a two-pronged spear with a fish speared on the end. He is in the panel above Adam who is digging with a spade. St Blaise, patron saint of wild animals, stands with a golden crosier in his hand; at his feet is a hog with a bone in its mouth. He was a bishop who was martyred in the 4 th century. He is in the panel above Eve who holds a distaff and shuttle. On the outside of the church on this window are the carved heads of two laughing faces. It is really worth taking the time to go and look, as I can only reproduce this lovely photograph in black & white! More information about Halam Church windows can be found on the website:

Parish Council Meeting: 13 October 2005

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

Parish Funded Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)

Chief Superintendent Johnson unable to attend due to family illness, but Superintendent (OPS) John Busutill attended to talk about the scheme. After his talk and questions from the floor, it was decided that the Parish Funded PCSO was not for Halam.

Matters Arising : G.H. advised Neighbourhood Watch info is not always being passed on; A.P. to investigate.

Parish Plan : No response so far to the request for volunteers to form a Parish Working Group to consider planning/development issues in the village including village envelope, protecting village character, important open spaces in the village and sympathetic design of new building. Anyone interested in being part of this group should contact the Clerk.

Trafalgar Weekend (21 – 23 October 2005 ) : Bonfire will be held on Saturday 22 nd at 7pm in the field behind St Michael’s Close. Although the evening should be self-funding, it was agreed that P.C. would underwrite £50 for fireworks. Insurance is covered by landowners – clerk to obtain confirmation of this in writing before event. A. P. to arrange notices re bonfire and request for material for fire.

There will be a special service on Sunday 23 rd in Halam church. A glass of wine will be served after the service – PC agreed to underwrite any costs incurred.

Notice Board : Waiting for further info from Notts CC.

Evening Classes : Interest has been shown in Children’s Dance Classes and possibly a Keep Fit class. Any further interest please contact Di Parrish or Karin Lindley.

Street Lighting : There will be a new street light on Halam Hill, just above The Old Vicarage.

Footpaths : Waiting for funding from Notts. CC.

Letter book :copies of P.C. correspondence are kept filed.

Open Meeting : Issues raised: parking for the village bonfire – St Michael’s Close to be kept clear at all times; muddy state of Holme Lane – meeting with Notts CC Highways to be arranged; Halam school travel to school plan is underway – should be completed by Christmas; Kids Club – lack of support/funding means this will close.

Correspondence : 1. Letter from Nottingham Healthcare asking for representatives for their Board – no further action. 2. N & S DC, Local Development Framework Community Involvement – A.P. to read and report back.

Planning : 1. Kemps Cott, Gray Lane - demolish single garage and erect double garage: passed unanimously. 2. The Old Barn, The Turnpike – proposed garage, conversion of existing garage with extension of existing house: passed unanimously

Springfield House, The Turnpike – replacement of existing conservatory to sunroom, conversion of garage to living accommodation and erection of attached single garage, has been passed by the District Council

Finance : Resolved to pay:- 1) Village hall cleaners 2) HS Group Services (electrical check). 3) Credit note (£15) received from A. Aspbury Associates (feasibility study)

Parish Clerk : It is possible that there will be a vacancy for the position of Parish Clerk in Halam from early next year. Anyone interested in this role contact the Chairman, Simon Bust as soon as possible.

Date of Next Parish Council Meetings :- Thursday 10 November at 7.30pm

The Character of Halam – Parish Working Group: Volunteers Needed

As proposed in the Parish Plan, the Parish Council are looking for volunteers to form a Parish Working Group to consider such issues as in-fill/back-fill and other development in the village; village envelope; protection of the character of Halam, including sympathetic design, preservation of important open spaces, trees & hedges etc. If you are interested, please contact the Clerk

Halam’s Beat Manager

PC Lindsey Whyke, our Beat Manager based at Blidworth, raised the following points at the September Parish Council meeting:-

  • 999 response to Halam would be covered from Southwell or Halam and should be prompt
  • it helps the emergency services if house names are easily seen from the street
  • if you return home to find a burglary, police should attend within 1 hour from being called
  • do not allow ‘knockers’ or other casual vendors into your house – there is a danger of distraction burglaries
  • police will only attend a sounding burglar alarm if there are signs of a break in
  • ‘voice dial-up’ burglar alarms are highly recommended as they can contact you or neighbours by phone in event of being set off

She can and will deal with persistent parking problems in the village. These will be reported to her in future.

PC Whyke is available to give advice on police matters and security issues, nuisance, ongoing minor problems, crime prevention, Crime Stoppers and general police advice. She can be contacted on 0791 033 68 93 or 01909 500999 Ext. 3370. These numbers are not for urgent police matters – for urgent attention dial 999

Parish Pump

  • Many, many thanks to those who helped with, attended and donated to Macmillan Cancer Relief's Coffee Morning that was held in the school hall in September. We raised £246. Thank you for supporting a worthy cause.  - Margaret, Jane & Julie
  • A belated welcome to Jessica & Graham Podmore & children Nicole & Alex who moved into Lime Tree House on Halam Hill in the summer. They were married in Halam Church in 1995 and now are delighted to have such a great view of it!

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