November 2003

Welcome to Dr Ockleford and family who have moved in to their new home on St Helen's Lane.

Just after October's news letter was printed, we received the sad news that Terry Pickering had died at home in Farndon on October 4th. He kept the village shop for several years and was a great stalwart at all village events. We extend our sympathy to Marjorie and his family.

Village Shop

Welcome to Rachel Evans who you will now see serving in the shop. Rachel has recently married Richard Evans whom many villagers will already know.

The opening hours are now 9-5, Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri. and 9-1 on Saturday.

Jacket Potatoes with a variety of fillings, tea and coffee are now also on sale - so why not save yourself the effort and treat yourself to lunch!

Harvest Supper

70 villagers and friends enjoyed beef stew and apple pie at the Halam Harvest Supper, where they were entertained by Mr Tony Roberts, who kept everyone amused with some anecdotes about his time as Mayor of Newark. The village hall looked very autumnal thanks to displays of artwork by Halam children and more subtle lighting made for an intimate feel. A raffle was included in the price of the ticket and our thanks go to Ross of the French Horn, Upton for donating a meal for two as first prize, as well as a bottle of champagne from the Old Reindeer, Edingley and a bottle of wine from the Waggon & Horses. There was a lot of effort from a lot of people to make this a very successful evening. Our thanks to all of them.

Julie and Marina

Particular thanks to Julie & Marina themselves for organising a great night out.


Harvest Service - St Michael's, Halam

In the past all the donations from the village and the school have been passed on to the Night Shelter in Nottingham (Framework - housing and supporting homeless people). This year we were asked to contact and forward our Harvest Gifts to the nearest project which is Fritchley Court, Mansfield. This is a project specifically aimed at helping homeless young people aged between 18-25 years old in the Mansfield area. Young people are housed in flats and taught how to manage living on their own and then supported when they move on. The residents and staff of Fritchley Court wish to pass on their thanks and appreciation for our support of their charity - which receives no direct funding.

Halam WI - two dates for your diary

1. Halloween Wine and Cheese Party at Ashdene at 7pm on Friday, 31st October. This is our fund raiser to provide the Over 60's with a party nearer Christmas. The WI hosts this each year and all are welcome to this fund raising event. There will be a tombola and a raffle.

2. Railways in India - talk by John Meredith on January 6th, 2004 at 7.30pm, Village Hall. This is an open meeting and we hope than many non WI members, husbands and young people of both sexes will be interested to attend. John is known to many locally as ex verger at the Minster, a bell ringer and a railway enthusiast.

Village Ventures

Karin Davis again organised another hugely successful Jazz evening as part of the Village Ventures programme. Once again, Halam can be proud to boast of having top class performers in the Village Hall. Thanks go to Karin and all those who helped her arrange this evening - and keep up the good work!

Southwell Choral Society

The next performance will be at 7.30pm in the Minster 29th November. The programme will include "The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace" by Karl Jenkins, "Prelude and Liebestod" from Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner and "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copland. Tickets from The Minster Shop, Music in the Yard (01636 814411), Tourist Information Centre, Newark.

Children's Society

Jeanette Simmons would like to thank all those who contributed to the Children's Society Boxes. A total of 111.36 was raised.

Parish Council Meeting, 7.30pm, Thursday, 28th August 2003

Present: G Herbert, S Bust, N Armstrong, A. Fraser, K Lindley, A. Paris, I Sharman


Land adjacent Applegarth, Radley Road - proposed house and garage: Mrs. Herbert and Mr. Paris declared prejudicial interests and left the meeting. The council discussed amended plans supplied to the Clerk by the developer. The amended plans were approved 4 for, 1 abstention.

Parish Council Meeting, 7.30pm, Thursday, 9th October 2003

Present: S. Bust (in the Chair), N. Armstrong, A. Fraser, K. Lindley, A. Paris, I. Sharman. Apologies: G. Herbert.

Neighbourhood Watch:

Andrew Paris to liaise with David Stubbs to establish present status and to recommend how to increase effectiveness. It was agreed that the beat officer for Halam and the local Neighbourhood Watch officer would be invited to speak at a future Parish Council meeting.

HGV restriction on Southwell to White Post road:

Andy Stewart will report back when comments and suggestions have been made in Edingley and Farnsfield.


The problems of street parking in the village was discussed. The matter will be raised with the beat officer when she / he attends the meeting.

Please note: it is an offence to park any vehicle within 20 yards of any junction. Evidence of cars parked on village junctions - Grey Lane, Radley Road and School Lane - will be gathered and persistent offenders will be reported to the police.

Bus shelter:

Two younger volunteers for cleaning will be covered by the Parish Council's insurance as long as written permission is given by the parents and that they are supervised by an adult. It was decided to have the shelter cleaned once a fortnight and an appropriate rate was discussed and set.

Hill Farm Hedge:

The Clerk is to speak to the owner to request further cutting back.

Harvest supper 18th October, 2003:

It was reported that preparations are progressing well. The Parish Council agreed that the organisers could spend the usual budget on the event. It is expected that the supper will at least break even.

Low Flying Aircraft:

Following a recent incident, concerns were expressed about the increase in low flying aircraft over Halam. If this is generally causing a problem, the Parish Council will ask Nancy Sharman who is in the RAF to come to a future meeting. Please feedback any concerns or problems to the Parish Council.

Rights of Way:

The Chairman reported that no common land or open countryside designations are designated for Halam. Further information on


1. Rear of Barnholme, Grey Lane - Erection of new retirement cottage: Accepted on the Chairman's casting vote on the grounds that is a smaller, more affordable development in the village. Finance:


Andrew Paris issued each councillor with a draft copy of the proposals for the Financial Regulations for the Parish Council. He asked that these could be discussed at the next meeting with the view of proposed adoption. One area to do with cheques paid to the Parish Council was highlighted and the Clerk was to research this further with NALC.

Next Meeting: Thursday 13th November, 2003 at 7.30pm

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St. Michael the Archangel

Services this month -

Sunday 2nd November: All Saints' Sunday

8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 9th November: 3rd before Advent

11am Sung Eucharist

Sunday 16th November 2nd before Advent

9.30am Family Communion

Sunday 23rd November: Christ the King

11am Sung Eucharist
Sunday 30th November: Advent Sunday

11am Sung Eucharist
6.30pm Cluster Meeting in Minster

If you have any items or information you would like publishing in the next newsletter, please get the details to Edward Gathercole (813760) by the 26th.

Please remember to let Ed know if new people move into the village or if you know of any births or marriages in the village.

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