September 2004

From the Editor: I hope you have all had a lovely summer, in spite of the weather! There are a number of quality events taking place in Halam in the next few weeks. Many people who have worked hard behind the scenes would really appreciate local support. Ticket sales are more difficult without the local shop, so please telephone the appropriate contact.

Thank you to Rosemary & John Macfarlane who have kindly sponsored this month's newsletter. If you wish to sponsor (10 per edition), make a donation, or have items included in Halam News please contact: Karin Davis Tel: 815854 or email


St Michael the Archangel: September Services

Sunday 5th September : 13th Sunday after Trinity 8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 12th September : 14th Sunday after Trinity

11am Sung Eucharist

Sunday 19th September : 15th Sunday after Trinity
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 26th September : 16th Sunday after Trinity

11.00am Sung Eucharist
6.00pm Songs of Praise (At Halam with Edingley

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

Harvest Festival will be held in St Michael's Halam at 6.p.m.on Sunday the 26th of September. We are privileged to have 7 working farms in the parish. With this in mind Harvest Festival will be celebrated with traditional harvest hymns and both bible and secular readings. Hopefully members of Halam farming families, as well as other villagers, will be represented and help us to celebrate this important festival in the farming calendar.

Halam & Edingley W.I.

We have an interesting programme ahead. Join us on 7 September at 7.30pm in the village hall for a talk on Fabric Sculptures.

On Saturday 11 September there will be a Coffee morning in the hall to raise funds for the over 60's Party in December. At the same time we will sign cards and offer refreshment to cyclists raising funds for the Historic Churches Trust. Please support Briony Dickinson who will represent Halam Village and hopes to visit 20 Churches- sponsor forms are in the church porch. In the afternoon the WI volunteers will move from the village hall to the church and provide refreshments there.

What's On Locally:

Saturday 4 September: Halam Music Festival: takes place at Greenacres, (including supper) tickets 15 from John/Jackie Thornewill (812334); Alan McCracken (814917).

Friday 17 September: Sheena Davis Jazz Band in Halam Village Hall at 7.30; tickets 6 & 5 from Karin Davis (815854), Marina Thompson, Elaine Gathercole, Suzi Anderson, Margaret McCracken, Maurice Hinde.

9 October: Harvest Supper: Traditional event in the village hall. Tickets (5 adults; 2.50 children under 16) including supper, bar and raffle, are available from Marina Thompson (814026) Julie Paris (815844) Elaine Gathercole (813760) Patricia Kells (814047). Tickets limited so book early. Offers of help gratefully received - contact Marina or Julie

Parish Pump

Congratulations to Ron & Cynthia Atkins who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 7 August!

Welcome to David Foster and Jennifer Montgomery who have moved into No. 2 The Cottages, The Turnpike. We wish them every happiness in their new home!

Congratulations to Rhys Fowler who has won a place at Aberystwyth University and to Amy Hubbard who has won a place at Huddersfield University. We wish them every success in the future.

The wedding of Katie Meakin & Tony Morgan took place in Halam Church on 7 August. The bride looked lovely, as can be seen in the photo, and the sun shone! The reception was held at the Red House, Kelham, and the honeymoon couple went to Thailand. We all wish them joy and happiness in their life together.

Parish Council Meeting August 2004

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

Matters Arising:
1) Village Hall:- agreed to obtain two further tenders for the work in addition to that from Martin Hubbard. The yoga classes no longer wish to use the hall.

2) A letter from the District Council planning department was read out re the previous proposal for a new village hall. It was made clear that such a project would require a consensus of parishioners.

3) The clerk confirmed there are no restrictions in the deeds of the hall regarding private alcohol licences.

4) Parish Plan: The Findings Summary has now been circulated. Further information re the church will be sent out with the newsletter. Parish plan committee and Parish Council to liaise re open meetings in September.

5) Harvest Supper (9 Oct): this will have a traditional format and be fund raising. An expense budget of 350 was agreed.

6) Neighbourhood Watch: Contact information gathering forms are being circulated in order to set up the coordinator/ringmaster scheme.

7) Hedges: the one at the bottom of Halam Hill has been cut. Further work will be done at the appropriate season.

Chairmanship: subject held over to next meeting. Safety Liaison Meeting: Community Speed Watch - information to be included in newsletter.

Crime figures for area: the official statistics, show a significant fall.

Flooding: Problems on Gray Lane and at Halam House were reported. The general opinion was that these had been caused by the freak rains and that they are being attended to by Severn Trent.

Open Meeting:
Matters raised: 1) Traffic calming - need for red tarmac on minor road entrances to Halam questioned. C.C. Stewart said parishioners will be consulted before any work is undertaken.

2) Councillor Stewart commented on a letter he had received regarding the new hall at Halam school.

1) Letter re extension of Halam School was read out and it was resolved to put the matter on next month's agenda and invite the Chairman of the Governors to the next parish council meeting.

2) Letter re closure of Back Lane (23 - 27 August)- the clerk will check any work will be co-ordinated by the utility companies.


It was reported that the revised application for the extension at Holbeck Cottage, Radley Road had been PASSED by the District Council planning committee.

Ashcroft House, Gray Lane - new triple garage: Passed unanimously; but a comment to be added questioning need for 5 garages at new property.

End of year accounts and accompanying Internal Auditors report were discussed in detail. The accounts were passed unanimously.
It was agreed to pay:- village hall cleaners; wheelie bin charges; annual subscription Neighbourhood Watch; District Council's bill for Halam Parish Council Election.

Next meeting: Thursday 9 September 7.30pm.

Street Lighting

Some street lights are not working in the village - please report any lamps out to the Highways Department on 01636 - 673625 (office hours) or out of hours on 0845 603 0548.

Parish Plan

The summary circulated last month omitted the survey findings section concerning Halam church. The Parish Questionnaire results were:-

  • most respondents view the church as important as an historic building
  • about 75% of the respondents wish to use it for weddings/funerals/baptisms etc., but only 30% of those
    that completed the questionnaire use it for worship - many of whom will attend only for school and
    Christmas Crib services
  • about 12% of those who responded would like to take part in churchyard maintenance
  • about 16% of respondents would like to see the church used for drama and musical events
  • 41 people indicated the desire for a prayer group

The church wardens have accepted that: "on the basis of the questionnaire, the Church is not important to the majority of Halam residents for worship." "The majority of people are not interested in supporting the Church through worship and faith; therefore, we must try to open up the opportunities for villagers to become more involved through offers of churchyard maintenance, musical events and other similar social activities."

There will be the chance to discuss the church and its role in Halam and to pass on your views to the Parish Plan Committee on this and the other issues raised by the questionnaires at the Open Meetings to be held in September.

National Blind Children's Society

Chris Oxley thanks those who contributed to the collection he took in the Turnpike, raising 27.32.