Dog Walkers - Please can dog walkers keep their dogs on leads, and keep to the official footpaths. Various land is now under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme and a bird conservation area - thank you.
Latest update from the Environment Agency re. Flooding
January newsletter re. Pylons
Casual Vacancy in the Office of Parish Councillor
Road Closure - NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (STRO10232) affecting the B1077 Short Green from its junction with the U76497 High London Lane for 50m north westwards in the PARISH OF WINFARTHING to facilitate Anglian Water works to connect a new supply. The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) with effect from 15th to 17th January 2024 for the duration of the works expected to be about 3 days within the period.
Wood Chippings - If anyone is felling/chopping up a tree, and looking for a home for the chippings, please contact the Clerk at the above email address as there are a number of paths where chippings could be spread
Environment Agency - Drop in Session - The Environment Agency, alongside Norfolk County Council and Natural England are holding a drop-in session to talk through various flood risk management topics in and around the village on Thursday 23rd November between 17:30-19:00 at the village hall - please click here to see their poster.
Bank Holiday Bin Collections - South Norfolk Council Waste Team have confirmed there will be no delayed collections of any materials w/c 28 August 2023, due to the bank holiday we WILL be collecting Garden Waste bins for those scheduled Monday 28 August and all other collections days will remain the same. To keep up to date with bin collections please download the South Norfolk Bin Collections app: http://ow.ly/u83j50Nw2cX. Alternatively, you can find bin collections dates at: http://ow.ly/riFs50Nw2cY
New FLEXIBUS - As from 3rd September 2023, there is a new Flexibus service from Shelfanger Bus shelter to Diss and back, running on a Monday, Wednesday & Friday - see the details in the bus shelter.
There will be a wildflower walk on Sunday 21st May, led by Stella Taylor. 3.00pm on Boyland Common
Bank Holiday Bin Collections
There will be no delayed collections of any materials next week, due to the King’s Coronation bank holiday we WILL be collecting Garden Waste bins for those scheduled Monday 1 May and all other collections days will remain the same.
Week commencing Monday 8 May we will revert back to normal service, Garden Waste collections will be delayed by one day. Rubbish and Recycling will remain on their normal collection days Tuesday to Friday and not effect by the bank holiday Monday.
To keep up to date with bin collections please download the South Norfolk Bin Collections app: http://ow.ly/u83j50Nw2cX
Alternatively, you can find bin collections dates at: http://ow.ly/riFs50Nw2cY
We're looking for a new clerk
Shelfanger Parish Council is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated person to fill the role of Clerk to the Parish Council and Responsible Financial Officer. The post is for 6 hours a week and is based from home, with bi-monthly meetings taking place in the Village Church. For an informal chat please contact the Parish Council Chair Stephen Groom on 07871313126 or to apply please contact Lois Easter – current Parish Clerk at email@example.com Closing date for applications is 30 April 2023.
What we've achieved in the last year
Shelfanger Parish Council has effectively made improvements in the village over the past year. An independent flood survey was commissioned which galvanised several flood agencies and Riparian owners to clear ditches and waterways. This approach must be maintained to ensure further flooding is avoided.
The speed awareness sign has been moved nearer the Allotments to slow traffic before it reaches the village.
Two new dog litter bins have been purchased so thank you to those responsible dog owners who are using them.
Further financial responsibilities of the Parish council include the maintenance of the Church’s memorial clock, the village sign, the upkeep of permissive footpaths, the bus shelter, the village pump and the noticeboard. Also a new website has been designed and can now be accessed at www.shelfangerpc.info where you will find up to date information, PC documents and news.
Shelfanger and surrounding Parish Councils have been tirelessly campaigning about the proposed AD plant in Bressingham and now await an Enforcement Order for its removal to be served on the applicant. Were it to become operational, the plant will have a devastating impact on the surrounding unsuitable approach roads, nearby Boyland Common a site of special scientific importance, and another of the Parish Council’s responsibilities.
Norfolk Lieutenancy Newsletter
This second edition of the newsletter contains information concerning celebratory and community events that will take place over the Coronation Weekend between Saturday 6 and Monday 8 May 2023. The aim of this newsletter is to update on the sequence of events that have been announced as part of a weekend of celebrations, and to help signpost further information, for the benefit of local and community leaders, and event organisers in Norfolk.
The Lady Dannatt MBE, HM Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, has said: ‘Let us come together to celebrate, help others and honour the unsung heroes who have gone the extra mile for their communities’.
Bonfires are allowed in your garden as long as it’s not causing a problem for your neighbours. Please speak to your neighbour if their bonfire is affecting you but if the problem persists, contact the Environment team at South Norfolk Council.
An abatement notice can be served for persistent offenders. When lighting a bonfire, please follow these sensible procedures:
only burn dry wood - wet wood gives off more smoke.
never burn household rubbish or rubber tyres, or use oil to light the fire.
check to make sure your neighbours haven't hung washing outside.
avoid lighting a bonfire on damp days - smoke is more likely to hang in the air.
be careful of wind direction - make sure smoke isn’t blowing over other
avoid having a bonfire on a weekend or bank holiday when people want to
enjoy their gardens.
never leave a fire unattended or leave it to smoulder - douse it with water if
Time to get walking again!
With Spring on its way we start to think about getting out to walk in the beautiful English countryside again, but where to find new and interesting walks?
Walking in Norfolk www.walkinginengland.co.uk/norfolk has loads of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, details of all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.
John Harris (who maintains the website) said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Norfolk (part of the Walking in England website) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.
With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy. So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!
Community Oil-buying Scheme
'Thinking fuel' is Community Action Norfolk's (CAN's) community oil-buying scheme. To be part of this scheme, register for free online at www.communityactionnorfolk.org.uk
You may have noticed that County Broadband has been in the village to lay cables, but this has been attempted without any communication with residents, or the Parish Council, so look out for any activity of this nature.
Thank You to dog owners
Thank you to those dog owners who have been using either of the two newly purchased dog litter bins; at the top of Druid's Lane and Heywood Road.
New Parish Council Website
The Parish Council has now had the Shelfanger Parish Council website rebuilt as the previous one was no longer fit for purpose. Therefore, more information about the work of the Parish Council, and the village, can be accessed.
May 2023 Local Elections
In May local elections will take place so if you would like to become a Parish Councillor please contact the Clerk for more information.
Developing a Household Emergency Plan
The Cock Crow
The Parish Council provides articles every couple of months for the newsletter of the county parishes of the Diss Team Ministry called 'The Cock Crow'. These are also made available here on the Council's website.