October 2004


It's your village .and it's time to come and talk about the results! Join us at one of the open meetings on:

  • Tuesday 28 September - 1 - 2.30pm (followed by Tea at 2.30) in Village Hall
  • Sunday 3 October - 12 noon - 4pm (Village Hall)
  • Thursday 7 October - 6pm - 9pm (Village Hall)

174 residents responded to the first questionnaire and 154 to the second. A brief overview of the results was issued recently with the Village News & the full results will be on display at the above meetings. Five areas have been identified for further input from all villagers who wish to be involved. They are:-

  • Village Life - including Village Events; Church; School; Adult Education
  • Environment - including Footpaths; Dog Fouling; Recycling; Litter
  • Security & Safety - to include Village Policing; Neighbourhood Watch; Parking & Road Safety; Speeding
  • Planning
  • The Young People of Halam

For the Parish Plan process to conclude open meeting consultation with the village must take place. An Action Plan identifying issues close to residents hearts, with actions to be taken, when and by whom, will be drafted. Four copies of the printed Parish Plan must be lodged with the Countryside Agency.

Our target is to agree the action plan and draw up the draft Parish Plan by the end of December. Join us for light refreshments as well as further information on traffic calming, neighbourhood watch, Church and much more. We need your help.

On display will be: Photographs of Halam; Maps of Halam; Information regarding the key areas. This is your chance to contribute your ideas on problem solving, share your concerns and help focus activities on the areas which most need attention.

Please make a huge effort to attend!

From the Editor:

Thank you to the Reid family who have generously sponsored this month's issue.
If you wish to sponsor (10 per edition), make a donation, or have items included in Halam News (deadline 24th each month and please note if the newsletter is full it may not be possible to include late submissions) please contact: Karin Davis Tel: 815854 or email karinlindley@hotmail.com

'Prayer Group'

Halam In response to interest shown on the Village Plan questionnaires it would be helpful if those who indicated they would be keen to attend a prayer group/or similar, please telephone either Bev Perks or David Herbert, with their preferences in regard to time of day/evening, length etc. This has been discussed with The Dean, who is keen that we organise something to suit as many folk as possible.
Many thanks.

St Michael the Archangel: October Services

Sunday 3rd October: 17th Sunday after Trinity

8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 10th October : 18th Sunday after Trinity

11am Sung Eucharist

Sunday 17th October : 19th Sunday after Trinity
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 24th October : Last Sunday after Trinity

11.00am Sung Eucharist

Sunday 31st October : All Saints Sunday

9.30am (At St Michael's, Halam, with Edingley)
6.00pm Evening Worship (At St Giles Church, Edingley)

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

What's On Locally:

Halam Harvest Supper:
Saturday 9 October in the village hall at 7 for 7.30pm. This traditional village event will include supper, bar auction, prize draw and fun competition. The speaker will be our own Mike Todd. Tickets are limited so book early. Tickets cost: 5 adults; 2.50 children under 16, and are available from Marina(814026), Julie(815844) Elaine(813760), or Patricia (814047). Offers of help will be gratefully received - contact Marina or Julie.

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

Quiz Night: Halam School PTA is holding a general knowledge quiz in the Village Hall on Friday 15 October at 7.30pm. Tickets cost 5 & include a Cheese & Pate buffet. Wine, beer & soft drinks will be available. Why not form a team of 6 and come along? Tickets from Janet Strathern: Tel: 816746

Halam & Edingley W.I.

Guest speaker Mrs Graham will be giving a short history and demonstration of Silk Painting at this month's meeting, on Tuesday 5 October at 7.30pm in Halam Village Hall. Visitors will be made most welcome. Also, the W.I. would like to thank those who attended the recent coffee morning to finance the Senior Villager's Christmas party

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday, 9 September 2004

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

Matters Arising:

1)Chairmanship: The suggestion of limiting the number of consecutive terms the P.C. Chairman can serve was discussed. It was agreed to find out more about the practices of other P.C.s and to give this further consideration.

2)Re-siting of pole on School Lane: Clerk to write to BT to request a less obstructive position.

3)Neighbourhood Watch: Scheme is progressing with contact details now being gathered for all houses in the village (which want to be part of the scheme). It is proposed to use e-mail as a main way of spreading the information for NW.

4) Community Speed Watch: Some interest has been shown in this, but it requires at least six definite volunteers to go ahead. Names to Andrew Paris (815844) please.

5)Village Hall: Awaiting third quote for consideration for proposed building work.

6)Parish Plan: Marina Thompson reported that there is to be a series of open meetings for further village input. The Parish Plan steering group recommended payment of the Notts RCC consultancy invoice.

7)Flooding: The recent flooding in the village was discussed. Parishioners wishing the PC to consider specific problems should write officially to the Clerk.

8)School Extension: Following correspondence received last month, the Chairman of the School Governors was invited to address the meeting, outline the current new school hall plans and to answer points previously raised.

Open Meeting:

Matters raised:-

New School Hall - possible increase in parking problems

School pupil intake - village vs. out-of-catchment

Footpath up Halam Hill - Sir John Starkey is appealing against enforcement

County Councillor A. Stewart - a flashing 30mph sign on Halam Hill is now 'a priority' - some small funds available for schemes falling under 'Building Better Communities'


1)NALC AGM - Wed 17th Nov. SB to attend. Clerk to ask D.P. if she would be interested in becoming an elected member.

2) Funding Road Show - Fri 17th Sept at Kelham Hall. AF to attend


1) The owners of Holbeck Cottage are now appealing to be granted planning for the original, larger extension previously rejected by District Council. It was resolved unanimously to write to emphasise the Parish Councils objections to the plans on grounds of negative impact on the (elderly) neighbours' amenities

2) The triple garage application at Ashcroft, Gray Lane had been rejected by District Council

3) Application for a cottage to the rear of Barnholme, Gray Lane had been rejected at Appeal

4) Beckside Cottage -Extension & re-modelling: Accepted unanimously; use of sympathetic materials requested

5) Halam School - New classroom to allow better use of school hall: Comments requested from P.C. by County Council - accepted unanimously, but comment to be added that existing parking problems are not addressed by the proposals.


It was agreed to pay the village hall cleaners, the contribution to the new spotlights for Halam Arts, and the Notts RCC invoice for Parish Plan consultancy

Date of Next Meeting: Thursday 14th October 7.30pm.

Nature Notes - Phenology

The Woodland Trust and the Centre for Hydrology and Ecology are currently encouraging people to join in their Phenology recording initiative. Phenology is the science of recording natural, regularly occurring events such as hearing the first cuckoo or seeing the first snowdrop of spring or the last swallow or first leaf fall of autumn. The information recorded will help us understand the effect of climate change on nature. If you want to find out more, look at the following website: www.phenology.org.uk.

am also helping by typing in the information from historical diaries containing such information. I have just completed a diary covering 1856 to 1898 and am currently working through 40 years of data from a lady in Ipswich who started recording information in 1941. If you know of anyone in Halam or anywhere in Britain who kept such diaries in the past for 10 or more years, please let me know and I will pass the information on to the organisers of the study who would be very grateful to have access to them.

Elaine Gathercole

Who to phone with a problem

The person in charge of footpaths maintenance in the Southwell/Newark area is Mr Andy Gee, Tel: 0115 9774965. Complaints need to be well founded.

Until recently there has been little you can do if disturbed by exceptionally loud music or noisy neighbours in the middle of the night as noise pollution is an environmental health matter and not a police matter. It seems that Newark and Sherwood now have an emergency number that you can ring: 01636 655473.

Parish Pump

Congratulations to Steve Miller who has won a place at Stirling University. He is taking a gap year to work in Australia. Well done!

Twins Evelyn Peta & Joseph Peter were born to Rebecca & William White of the Waggon & Horses at 5.00am on 13th September. Congratulations to the proud parents!

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