September 2005

From the Editor:

Thank you to Vicki Hayward & Tom Palfreyman of Hollycott, 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

St Michael the Archangel: September Services

Sunday 4th September: 15th after Trinity

8.00am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion

Sunday 11th September: 16th after Trinity
11.00am Sung Eucharist
Sunday 18th September: 17th after Trinity
9.30am Family Communion

Friday 23rd September

Halam School - 9.30am Harvest Service
Sunday 25th September: 18th after Trinity

11.00am Sung Eucharist
6.00pm Songs of Praise
Harvest/ Michaelmas Patronal

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

Church Cleaning Rota

Thank you very much to our willing group of church cleaners for a job well done over the past year. Owing to the sad loss of May Robinson I have taken over the church cleaning rota. I do have a copy of the present rota and would be grateful if you would all let me know if you are willing to do the same again in 2006. I would also be grateful to hear from any new volunteers for this very important task. Many thanks to you all.

Elsie Milner, 7 Radley Terrace, Tel: 814460

Bible Study And Discussion Group

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd September at 7.30pm at Applegarth on Radley Road. All are welcome.

Tony Andrews

Village Ventures

The Frankly Sinatra Show

 Jo King does it his way !

Wednesday 16 November

Halam Village Hall at 8.00pm

 Tickets £6 from: Karin Davis (815854) or email as above; Bev Perks (812181); Elaine Gathercole (813760)


W.I. Coffee Morning

Saturday 10 September 10.30am at Ashdene, Radley Road; proceeds in aid of over sixties Christmas party. Everyone welcome!  

Once again Halam will be participating in Macmillan Cancer Relief's World's Biggest Coffee MorningCome and join us on Friday, 30 September from 10:30am till noon in the new school hall.   Mark your diary! 

The Harvest Supper will be held on Saturday, 8 October at 7:00 for 7:30.  Offers of help will be gratefully received.  Call Marina (814026) or Julie (815844).  Flyers with further information will be delivered to each household.  

Police Coverage in Halam – meeting on Thursday 8 September at 7.00pm in the Village Hall with PC Whyke who is Halam’s Beat Manager and who will speak and answer any questions.

Parish funded Police Community Support Officer Scheme meeting on 13 October at 7.00pm in the village hall with Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Johnson who will speak & answer questions about the scheme and area policing in general.

These 2 meetings will be a real opportunity to find out more about how Halam is policed & to discuss security issues raised by the Halam Parish Plan. Please note in your diary and make every effort to attend.

Adult Learning Classes

 Would you like to learn a new language? French? Spanish? What about keeping fit? How are your computer skills? Fancy being an artist? Painting & Drawing? Ceramics? The opportunities are endless…..

If you are interested a class can be arranged, provided that a minimum of 8 people wish to take a course. But…. We need to know your names.

Contact either Di Parrish (816839) or Karin Davis (815854) a.s.a.p.!

Nature Notes

It is approaching that time of year again when our summer bird visitors are preparing to leave. I’ve not seen a Swift around recently and Swallows and House Martins seem to be congregating on the wires. This year we’ve heard more Turtle Doves around the village than ever before. Their constant “turrr turrr turrr” sound has even become a bit monotonous at times, yet I was sad not to hear many in 2004!

There have been reports of  Spotted Flycatchers again this year in some gardens, flitting in & out to catch a fly in the air. Compared to the Common Whitethroat with its scratchy song, the Lesser Whitethroat is a bird that I always struggle to notice, but we’ve heard one this year on Gray Lane. These will all be leaving soon, but keep a look-out in autumn for the arrival of winter visitors including Fieldfare & Redwing – a sure sign winter is round the corner!

Elaine Gathercole

Parish Council Meeting: 11 August 2005

Present : S. Bust, A. Fraser, A. Paris & D. Parrish

Apologies: Ian Sharman N. Armstrong & G. Herbert,

Matters Arising : 1. Harvest Supper date – Saturday 8 October; 2. Hedge (bottom Halam Hill) – Clerk unable to contact landowner; C.C. asked to investigate visibility at crossroads; 3. Hedge up hill to be cut back imminently.

Trafalgar Weekend 21 – 23 October 2005 : Possible celebrations discussed – beacon(s); Commemoration Service; BBQ; GH to be asked to investigate further.

Parish Funded Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) : Chief Superintendent Johnson will attend October P.C. meeting to discuss the scheme as well as general area policing. PC Whyke, Halam Beat Officer, will attend September P.C. meeting re police cover in Halam.

Notice Board : Final spec. to be sent to D.C. Clerk to investigate possible funding from C.C. Building Better Communities. Agreed to commemorate 60 th anniversary of WWII on the notice board.

Evening Classes : Newark & Sherwood College will run classes in the village – min. of 8 attendees – Di Parrish to try to identify a ‘champion’ to organise and publicise.

Open Meeting : 1.Issue of Halam Hill footpath raised by Sir John Starkey; Clerk will show minutes of a previous relevant meeting to clarify P.C.’s involvement in planning condition and appeal. 2. Parishioner asked if a decision reached re new village hall feasibility study. Chairman stated none had been made. 3. Tea at 2.30 group to be asked re classes in village; their input and involvement could be useful. 4. The idea of a children’s competition to design a flag for Halam was raised – possibly for Harvest Supper or Trafalgar Celebrations.

Correspondence : 1.Supplementary Planning Document – Conversion of Traditional Rural Buildings – now on D.C. website; comments required by 12 Sept.; Councillors to comment at next meeting. 2. Letter from Chris Charnley stating road markings will not be painted on Radley Road/School Lane. Chairman asked C.C. Stewart to point out that P.C. views should be taken into account on local matters, as P.C. asked for these. 3. Building Better Communities – new notice board.

Planning & Planning Decisions : Nothing to report.

Finance : Resolved to pay village hall cleaners.

Items for Next Agenda : Trafalgar Celebrations; Parish Plan – review of progress against plan; Harvest Supper; Notice Board; S.P.D. – Conversion of Traditional Rural Buildings; PC Whyke – Halam Beat Manager.

New Village Hall Proposal – Feasibility Study : A further draft feasibility study was discussed. P.C. & Mr & Mrs Sharman to meet 18 August; this meeting will be closed to the public. A P.C. meeting will be held 15 September to discuss further. A business plan regarding future use(s) & finances – income and expenditure is to be prepared as part of feasibility considerations.

Next Parish Council Meeting :- Thursday 8 September at 7.00pm (PC Whyke to speak), in the village hall.

Parish Pump

  • Congratulations to Matthew Davis, Beth McMurdo and Clarissa Perks who have all done well in A’ Level exams. Matthew is leaving in September to go to Leeds to study Sport, Beth will study Sociology at Nottingham, and Clarissa hopes to take a gap year with the army before studying medicine at Southampton. We wish them all well in the future!
  • Well done Halam! We were joint runners up in the Best Kept Village Competition in our category.

WEA Courses in Southwell

The WEA is running courses in Southwell starting on 19 th September onwards on Art, Digital Photography, Birdwatching, Plants of the Empire, Bridge, Italian Courts and Archaeology. These generally consist of 6-10 meetings for about 2 hours in the daytime or evening each week and cost £20-50, with concessionary rates available.

For more information pick up a leaflet in Southwell Library or telephone Mrs G Belton on 01636 830720.

Parish Paths Partnership Update

Letters have now gone out from the Parish Council to all those in Halam who are believed to have a path which crosses their land. These introduce the scheme & give the recipient the opportunity to undertake remedial works identified (if any) which can be funded by the scheme. If you believe you have a path on your land and have not received a letter please contact either Pat Rickett (813831) or me as I am helping administer this initiative.

In the course of distributing these letters some farmers gave me examples of members of the public, including people from Halam, who are straying from the right of way onto private land. Please help the farming community by sticking to the right of way network and do not divert into other areas, whether they have crops in or not. Where rights of way pass through gardens or close to private houses please be especially careful to stick to the right of way and respect the privacy of the occupants as you pass by.

Elaine Gathercole (813760)

Picture Archive – Halam School Football Team 1923 Premiership clubs beware

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