October 2003

Harvest Supper

This year's Harvest Supper will be on Saturday 18th October at 7pm. in the Village Hall.There will be a meal, prize draw, entertainment and a bar. Come along and enjoy a traditional village evening with friends and neighbours. Tickets are available from the village shop, Marina Thompson (814026), Julie Paris (815844) or Ed Gathercole (813760) and cost 5 for adults and 2.50 for children under 16. The number of tickets available is limited so it is advisable to buy early. Donations of prizes for the tombola would be greatly appreciated. Please see Harry Rickett regarding this. (This would be an ideal time to support our local shop by purchasing items and donating them as tombola prizes!). If you would like to help in any way - with preparations beforehand or on the evening itself - please call Marina or Julie.

Village Ventures

Dates for your diary - Jazz Trio - Castle, Frank and Stan will be coming to Halam Village Hall on Thursday 16 October. Tickets are on sale, 5 each, from Karin Davis, Ed Gathercole (813760) and in the Village Shop.

Also, Storybox Theatre will be presenting The Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Anderson for children 5 years upwards and families on Saturday 11 October at 4pm. Tickets will be on sale from Janet Strathern, Karin Davis and the Village Shop.


There have been several incidents of petty damage in the village. Signs at the Radley Road end of Manor Fields have been defaced, and a house on Manor Fields has been sprayed with paint and "egged". Please be vigilant and report any suspicious incidents - our beat officer is PC Donna Abbot on 01623 406999, ex. 3077. The police have been informed and will be patrolling the area regularly.

Halam History

According to a Victorian map of Halam there used to be a milestone on the Mansfield Road just opposite the garden to Littledale, on the north side of the road. Does anyone know anything further about this? What did it say and when was it removed?
Andrew Paris

Southwell Choral Society

The Society will present "The Armed Man" by Karl Jenkins on the 29th November in Southwell Minster. The music is associated with the Royal Armouries in Leeds, the oldest national museum in the country. There will be a second piece in the programme - details of this later.

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, 11th September 2003

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

HGV restriction on Southwell to White Post road:

County Councillor Andy Stewart reported that Farnsfield parish council are considering requesting a weight restriction to be applied to the road. He asked Halam Parish Council to give the matter further consideration.

Grant for churchyard:

It was agreed that the PCC should put forward a proposal for the Parish Council to consider before funding could be agreed.

New parish councillor training:

Matters arising from the recent training meetings for new parish councillors were discussed. The importance of following the Standing Order procedures and the need for strict adherence to the Code of Conduct were highlighted, especially in cases where councillors may have a prejudicial interest. It was agreed that future agendas should not state "any other business" in line with NALC guidelines, and that action points detailing actions to be taken by specified councillors would be included in future minutes.

Harvest Supper:

Marina Thompson and Julie Paris volunteered to organise this year's supper. A date of Saturday 18th October was agreed.

Dog bin:

The Clerk and Mr. Bust are to arrange the setting up of the bin as soon as possible.

Bus shelter:

Two younger volunteers have come forward with the offer of an adult to supervise the cleaning of the bus shelter. The level of payment is to be agreed.

Kids' Club:

The renewal of the contract for the use of the village hall was unanimously agreed.

Web site:

The Chairman reported that by 2005, all Parish Councils will have to be "on-line". The current web site www.halam.org.uk would probably satisfy this requirement.


Fly Tipping:

There have been some incidents in the parish recently. Mrs. Armstrong will ask the District Council to remove the rubbish.


There have been several incidents, centred around Manor Fields. It was decided that the Neighbourhood Watch scheme would be put on the agenda for next month's meeting.


1. Two letters were received from Mr & Mrs Thompson. The first expressed concerns about the development adjoining Ashdene, particularly the future of the protected walnut tree and road safety during construction work. The second questioned procedures at the previous meeting where plans were approved which had not come directly from the District Council. The Clerk confirmed that the plans had been checked against the revised plans from the District Council and they were the same. The Parish Council's written response had not been sent to Kelham Hall until after this check. The Parish Council unanimously agreed that in future no plans would be discussed unless they had come directly from the District Council and were officially stamped.

2. Applegarth, Radley Road - proposed extension to house: Mr. Paris declared a prejudicial interest and left the meeting. Mrs. Herbert declared an interest. Passed 4 for, 1 abstention.

3. The application for the new house behind Evergreen House, School Lane is going to Appeal. The application for a new dwelling on land behind Barnholm, Radley Road has been withdrawn. Date of


Payments for Parish Council posters from NALC and for the Village Hall cleaners were approved.

The internal audit of accounts for 2002/03 has been completed and the report will be discussed on Friday 26th September at 7.00pm.

The Clerk and Mr Paris held an initial meeting with Mandy Rickett to discuss the financial regulations and work is progressing.

Next Meeting: Thursday 9th October at 7.30pm

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St. Michael the Archangel

Services this month -

Sunday 5th October: Harvest Festival

8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 12th October: Trinity 17

11am Sung Eucharist

Sunday 19th October Trinity 18

9.30am Family Communion

Sunday 26th October: Last after Trinity

11am Sung Eucharist
Sunday 2nd November: All Saints' Sunday

8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion

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.

Thank you to Andrew Paris of Copy Right Print Services Limited for sponsoring and advertising in this month's Newsletter.

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