1 June Issue 6, Volume 4 A monthly magazine for the residents of FREE Hopton on Sea Youth Club News Our Fundraising Easter Saturday Coffee morning was once again a great success and raised well over Thanks to all our volunteers and friends who donated cakes and chocolates, ran the stalls and made teas and coffees. Mystic Sylvia proved very popular in her first appearance in the hall; look out for her again on our stall at the village fete on 20 July. A lovely happy morning was had by all and thank you to everyone who came along to support us. Our crafts are proving to be very popular, sewing felt animals and making rubber band bracelets which are all the fashion at the moment. Even the boys were absorbed with this. Most evenings there were at least 15 youngsters involved around the craft table all night. In the cookery group we have a rota as every week as so many members queue up to cook, we can t accommodate everybody on one night. The iced and decorated buns were made and eaten with great gusto! On May 23rd we celebrate our 5th Birthday by having the ever popular SUMI Disco, more on this next month, and after the half term break the boys will be competing for this year s Pool competition trophy. With 120 active members on the register we have reached maximum numbers and can no longer take any new members. If you live in the village and wish to join our Youth Club please leave your name and address at the door on Friday evenings when we are open. The Youth Club opens on Friday evenings in the village hall during school term times from 7 pm until 9 pm and is for youngsters from Hopton, Year 6 up to 17 years of age. All volunteers are CRB/DBS checked. Marion Hardisty. Contact: Ricky Robertson Carpenter & Joiner Quality, Reliable, Craftsman MAKE THE RIGHT INVESTMENT IN YOUR CHILD S FUTURE No contracts / no annual increase Quality fully trained instructors Dynamic character building syllabus Classes in your neighbourhood to suit ALL AGES & ABILITIES Fun for ALL the family Karate Kidz for 3 & 4 year olds Unit 11, Morton Peto Court, Morton Peto Road Gapton Industrial Estate, Great Yarmouth Norfolk NR31 0LT Telephone MOTs 29 Tyre fitting and balancing Engine health checks 40+VAT Diagnostic Checks 10 (normally 30) June and July only Services start from 89+VAT Kitchens Roofing Flooring Skirting Bedrooms Doors & Windows Bespoke Joinery Renovations Classes at... Hopton Village Hall and 2 from every job will be donated to the RSPCA Call Charlie Trorey (5th Dan) or AT PHOENIX KARATE SCHOOLS WE AIM TO ENCOURAGE POSITIVE VALUES We are a Foxy female friendly approved garage 2013 First Impressions count, let us impress you For more information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or
2 Attention all dog owners As a new dog owner I now visit the recreation field most days and I am appalled at the amount of dog pooh not being picked up. Not only is it not being picked up, but some which is put in bags is then dropped on the ground by owners too lazy to either put it in the bins provided or take it home. I admit that the location of two of the bins are not ideally placed, but there is no excuse for not disposing of dog pooh responsibly. All the dog owners I have met over the last few months are responsible people, so it is the minority this article is addressed to. It is a shame that we all get tarred with the same brush because of the few. As there are very few areas to exercise dogs in this village. We are fortunate that we are allowed to use the field, as a previous council several years ago tried to ban dogs completely; it would be a great shame if the council had to look into that possibility again. I am asking responsible dog owners to keep an eye out for people who are not picking up their dog s pooh and to politely mention it to them, or if they refuse, or arrive in a vehicle, make a note of the number and report it to GYBC on The offender, if caught in the act of not picking it up can expect a spot fine of 80 or if reported can expect a fine of up to a maximum of 1000 at the magistrates court. The Parish Council is making further enquiries of GYBC regarding the relocation of two existing bins and the installation of two additional ones by the North and South entrances. The recreation field is extensively used by children and adults throughout the year and it is a shame that we have in our community a handful of irresponsible people who spoil it for the rest. Stephen Ford - Hopton Parish Councillor Note from the Chairman: There are a number of volunteer dog wardens in the village. They have reported many incidents of irresponsible dog owners to GYBC, which resulted in Environmental Health officers visiting the recreation ground on several occasions to follow up reports. If you don t want a knock at your door, or be served with a Summons to attend court make sure you pick up any mess left by your dog and dispose of it responsibly. Cllr. Stephen Ford and Tilly Accounting Equations LTD Accountants and Taxation Specialists DEAL OR NO DEAL CAN YOU BEAT THE ACCOUNTANT? CALL AND OFFER THE AMOUNT YOU WANT TO PAY FOR OUR SERVICES AND SEE IF WE ACCEPT? Self Assessment Tax Returns Book-keeping and VAT Payroll Services Limited Companies, Partnerships & Sole Traders Tel: Mobile: Proud to be recommended on design digital print photography BD AUTOS Formerly Sawyers Motor Co 24/7 Callout/Emergency General Plumbing Maintenance/Repairs Blocked Wastes Installations No Job Too Small! FRIENDLY RELIABLE SERVICE Call David on: Repairs Servicing MOT s Car Sales Exhausts Batteries Registered Member of Industry Standard Service Free Collection & Delivery Service Unit 5, Hopton Timber Estate, Hall Rd, Hopton slimmingworld.com (Water Industry Approved Plumber) love Slimming World Join a warm and friendly group near you today HOPTON VILLAGE HALL TUESDAYS 5.30 &7.30PM CALL DEBBIE s Just ur first 4.9.
3 June 2014 dear reader, We hope you enjoy reading your monthly copy of Village News. If you have a news article or something you would like published, please get in touch, using the contact details below. advertising sales If you are interested in advertising within this magazine, which is delivered free of charge to 1400 homes in Hopton every month, and published on the Parish Council s website, then get in touch. t e w norfolkparishes.gov.uk production credits Published by Parish Council Office at the Village Hall, Station Road,, NR31 8BE Print and Origination by Graphic Solutions (E.A) Ltd 10 Snape Drive, Lowestoft NR32 4SF Telephone publication dates Please submit material by the 12th June for consideration in the July edition. Julie McNair Useful Contact Numbers It has been almost six months since the opening of Hopton Pharmacy in the village. The management team and staff would like to thank the residents of the village for the tremendous support and encouragement since our opening. We have received generous, positive feedback from all patients and service users, which has made the immense task of the opening of the pharmacy much easier. From your feedback, we are very pleased that the pharmacy is becoming an asset to Hopton, as our intention is to be here for the community. We hope to continue to deliver all services for the need of the village, and would like all the residents to know that we are here to help. It s the whole package it s not just somewhere for people to get their prescriptions. Hopton Pharmacy is a family run pharmacy who aim to offer a great service to the community of Hopton and vicinity. Our young, energetic pharmacists (Mr. Babak Fard and Ms. Seema Tailor) have been working tirelessly to improve services, build personal relations with patients and introduce a friendly environment. We currently have two friendly, motivated members of staff Dawn and Alex who are both very kind and approachable, and always happy to help and ensure appropriate products are purchased. Some of our patients may have seen Dawn delivering their medication as part of our free delivery service. We offer a personal and outstanding level of service to each of our valued customers. We promise to do all we can to get your prescription medication and over- the-counter products to you as soon as possible. Hopton Pharmacy dispenses NHS and private prescriptions within low waiting times. We also provide our patients with medicines that can only be sold under the supervision of a pharmacist as well as over- the- counter treatments for minor ailments. The pharmacists at Hopton Pharmacy will provide an independent clinical check on prescriptions and undertake reviews of the medicines. We provide support to patients with long-term conditions and those that have been prescribed new medication. We also offer a range of other services such as blood pressure monitoring and products to help people stop smoking, as well as the new NHS Health Check service. We stock a full range of over-the-counter medicines and the pharmacist is always willing to give advice on what to buy. We also have a small consultation room in the pharmacy where customers can discuss problems with the pharmacist in private. The shop also supplies baby products, nappies, wipes and creams, and the space in the shop is large enough to accommodate your pushchair! Everyday toiletries are available as well as perfumes and gift packs. Repeat Prescription Collection and Free Delivery Service: Because we are only a short walk from Hopton Surgery, your medication can be ready soon after you receive your prescription. We can request for your medications as you require them, collect the prescriptions from the surgery and dispense them for you here at your convenience within four days. We also have an invaluable delivery service, for those with mobility problems or people working outside the village. We also provide free multi-space parking for our customers. Our opening hours are: Monday to Friday 9am 7pm Saturday 9am 5pm Tel/Fax Parish Council Great Yarmouth Borough Council Norfolk County Council Hopton Village Hall Hopton CE Primary School Hopton Medical Centre Hopton Dental Surgery Hopton Pharmacy Hopton Co-Op Hopton McColls/Post Office Bus Times Information Cliff Park Ormiston Academy Gas Emergency Service Emergency Police/Fire/Ambulance 999 Norfolk Constabulary (Gorleston Police Station) 101 non emergency James Paget Hospital NHS Direct 111 for non emergency Samaritans Village News is delivered FREE every month to 1,400 homes in Hopton & published on the Parish Council s wesbite 9x6cm 9x18cm Black & White Colour Black & White Colour 14pm 22pm 33pm 55pm Alternative larger sizes available. 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4 Just in Passing The View from the Vicarage Dear Parishioner, I cannot believe that we are half way through the year already but the figures that inform me of the day and date tell me so. We are at that point where we are confronted by the Glass half full; glass half empty factor and we can either look backwards or forwards. Perhaps the correct action is to do both and try and achieve a sense of perspective and balance. In the playgrounds of my childhood there was always a see-saw, what the Americans call a teeter-totter, and that inevitably drew my brother and I towards it to play upon it. Each would rush to an end and grasping the T-bar handle, sit down. Being bigger, older and slower than my brother, inevitably when I reached it, my end was up in the sky. The see-saw had to be manoeuvred downwards for me to mount. When I sat down, my brother was suddenly stuck up in the sky! Having absolutely no knowledge of fulcrums, moments and the effect of mass on a balance, that was the situation. The only way he could descend was for me to stand up, taking my weight off the seat. So there was this ludicrous sight of me doing multiple knee-bend squats and my brother being jerked from the middle, upwards and then back to the middle again! He never got his feet on the ground and I never got mine off it. It took a long time before, by observing others, we realized that if I, as the heavier one, left the security of the T-bar and moved forwards along the beam towards the pivot-post we could achieve the balance required to get the see-saw to do its job properly. The heart-stopping bump-launch at the top of the arc that had us squealing in wave upon wave of childish fear/delight. All of this points to the necessity for us to sometimes be prepared to leave the security of safe and secure traditional positions and attitudes and to learn to trust in the possibility that the thrill of adventure often lies in taking risks outside of our established norms and practices. Such was the experience of that group of early Christians in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit broke through the restraints of that congregation s fright and fear. This event manifested a new and completely life-changing dynamic in the Church. [The Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2, verses 1-21 from the New Testament of the Holy Bible.] We also need to be open to the outpouring of God s Holy Spirit upon us, so that we may be led to live our lives abundantly. Sincerely, The Revd. Roger Key Vicar The Vicarage, 51 The Street Corton NR32 5HT Telephone Mobile June 2014 Church Services & important dates in the Coastline Parishes 29th May Ascension Day 19h30 Deanery Eucharist in St Margaret s, 31st May Visit of the BVM to Elizabeth A private ceremony for the renewal of wedding vows at Warners Resort 1st June Sunday after Ascension Day 08h00 Holy Communion, St Margaret s, 09h30 All Age Worship, St Bartholomew s, Corton 11h00 Sung Eucharist, St Margaret s, Hoptonon-Sea 18h00 Evening Prayer, St Margaret s, Hoptonon-Sea (note time change) 8th June Pentecost (Whitsunday) 08h00 Holy Communion, St Margaret s, 09h30 Sung Eucharist, St Bartholomew s, Corton 11h00 Baptism with Communion, St Margaret s, 18h00 Evening Prayer, St Bartholomew s, Corton 10th June Tuesday 10h00 The Archdeacon s Visitation to the Benefice Don Friston s Talk on Ali Pasha Corton Village Hall 6.00 [See advert.] 12th June Thursday 15h00 Communion Service at Ritson Lodge 15th June Trinity Sunday 08h00 Holy Communion, St Margaret s, 09h30 Sung Eucharist, St Bartholomew s, Corton 11h00 Sung Eucharist, St Margaret s, Hoptonon-Sea NB A new programme note time change 14h00 Café Church, St Margaret s, Hopton-on- Sea : Theme Father s Day 18th June Bernard Mizeki 11h00 Interment of cremated remains, Hopton Churchyard 22nd June First Sunday after Trinity 08h00 Holy Communion, St Margaret s, 09h30 Sung Eucharist, St Bartholomew s, Corton 11h00 Sung Eucharist, St Margaret s, Hoptonon-Sea 22nd June Ember Day 19h00 Corton PCC Meeting in the Vicarage 26th June 15h00 Communion Service at Ritson Lodge 19h30 Hopton PCC Meeting in the Vestry 29th June Peter & Paul 08h00 Holy Communion, St Margaret s, 09h30 Sung Eucharist, St Bartholomew s, Corton 11h00 Sung Eucharist, St Margaret s, Hoptonon-Sea 18h00 Evening Prayer, St Margaret s, Hoptonon-Sea Please note All Age indicates that liturgical formality is more relaxed and that young children and their carers will be especially welcome to be a part of these services, as indeed they are at any service. Every Monday Drop In at 10h00 12h00 in St Margaret s Vestry,. Every Wednesday Morning Prayer is said at 09h30 in St Margaret s,. P4 Read the magazine online at
5 Would you like to join in Hopton s first village-wide Garage/Table Top Sale? Do you have unwanted items to sell such as books, sports equipment, curtains, furniture, bric a brac, plants, jewellery, antiques, tools, collectables virtually anything including the kitchen sink? It works like this: Sellers Register your Garage address with Julie/ Christine ( ). Your Garage/Table Top will be identified on a Village Map. We supply you with a balloon to display on your property making it easier for buyers to spot your sale. The event will be extensively publicised in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney areas. Buyers Pick up a Village Map on the morning of the sale from the Village Hall. Take a leisurely stroll around Hopton visiting the Garages/Table Tops identified on the map. Be sure to look out for the balloons. There s free parking at the Village Hall and refreshments available from 9am to 1pm. The cost: Sellers 3 to have your Garage/Table Top Sale identified on the Village Map, and a balloon to display on the day. Buyers 1 for the Village Map that can be collected from the Village Hall on Saturday 9th August 2014 from 9.30am. So if your property needs a clear out or your garage is overflowing, get in touch and register for the Garage/ Table Top sale today on Organised and promoted by Village Hall Management Trust. Registered charity no Saturday Night Dance Incorporating popular Social Sequence And some Old Time Dances Saturday 9 August to 11pm Hopton Village Hall Jackets and Ties. Tickets at 3.50 available from Brian Faulkner Alzheimer s Society Hello, I m a Dementia Support Worker with the Alzheimer s Society in Great Yarmouth and surrounding areas. I will be travelling on the Mobile Library when it visits Hopton on 13th June, to offer information and support to people affected by dementia. I also run a Dementia Café at the Louise Hamilton Centre (in the grounds of JPUH) on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 10.30am 12.30pm. It is a friendly and supportive group for anyone affected by dementia, ie the person with dementia, carers, friends and family members. Helen Moss, Dementia Support Worker, Alzheimer s Society. Telephone helen. Web: alzheimers.org.uk Leading the fight against dementia 1st Hopton Brownies S.O.B Please Save our Brownie Pack from closing in July After 12 years of running Hopton Brownies, Brown Owl and Squirrel are stepping down. Two or more leaders are required to keep the pack open. Are you 18 years or over, and have a DBS formally known as CRB, you will then work towards your Warrant. It doesn t matter if you haven t been a Brownie or Guide all you would have to do, is to take the Promise. There are 13 Brownies at present. We have had up to 24. We meet on a Tuesday evening (term time) at Hopton Primary School pm. Could this role be for you? If you have a few hours spare on a Tuesday evening please help our Brownies. The role is a voluntary position. Plenty of fun guaranteed. Sadly if nobody comes forward then the unit will have to fold. If you are interested please call Brown Owl (Janice Burford) The Mobile Library The mobile library visits Hopton once per month on a Friday morning. The location and times are:- 10:05 10:35 White Hart Car Park 10:40 11:00 Old Church Road lay by 11:05 11:25 Manor Avenue 11:30 11:50 Rogers Close Dates: Fridays 13 June, 11 July, 8 August, 5 September, 3 October, 31 October, 28 November. No visit December. Honesty Book Exchange The Honesty Book Exchange Point in the Village Hall is very popular with books being exchanged daily. Bring in a paperback you have read, browse the books on the trolley, and exchange your book for another one. This is a community initiative at no cost. The village hall is open daily. Don t forget there is also a recycling collection box for your empty laser toner and inkjet cartridges (no bottles). All proceeds to the Dogs Trust. And the Parish Council offers many Norfolk County Council free information leaflets on the stand just inside the door. Fun afternoons for all to enjoy A café church is being held in St. Margaret s Vestry (church room) on Sunday afternoons beginning 15th June. Then every third Sunday in the month until the end of the year. Dates: 15th June, 20th July, 17th August, 21st September, 19th December, 16th November and 21st December. Posters will shortly go up around the village detailing the time and theme for the afternoons. There will be something for everyone of all ages. Irene Nickerson, Hopton Parochial Church Council, St. Margaret s Church. Local Help is Available Did you know there is a small charitable organisation in the Village that can help Hopton residents? Relief in Need (HIN) is registered with the Charity Commission (No ) and is able to make small financial donations to residents who are perhaps struggling financially to pay a service bill, or we can support school age pupils to help with an educational trip, or a resident who has been the victim of a crime i.e. purse/wallet stolen. All applications for assistance, and donations, are made on a strictly confidential basis. The charity is managed by a small number of Trustees who will treat all communication with integrity and confidentiality. We do not publish details of donations. If any resident or organisation in Hopton would like to apply for financial assistance, please send a letter to the charity: The Secretary HIN Office at the Village Hall Station Road Hopton on Sea NR31 9BE (marking your envelope confidential), or villagehall management trust Schedule of Activities June 2014 All events are weekly unless otherwise stated TO BOOK THE HALL / ENQUIRIES: Website: Monday Main Hall 1 Bowls Club pm contact Frances on Parish Council Meeting (9th June) 7pm start. All welcome. Contact Julie Belly Dancing Class pm. Contact Carol Monday Smaller Hall 2 Pilates 10 11am Contact Hayley to book Keep Fit pm Contact Gillian Tuesday Hall 1 Slimming World Classes 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Contact Debbie Tuesday Hall 2 Academy of Dance Primary Tap 6+ year old pm Contact Charlotte Spiritualist Church and Healing Centre pm Healing pm Class Wednesday Hall 1 Phoenix Karate School. Contact Vivianne pm Beginners (term time only) pm Juniors pm Seniors Wednesday Hall 2 Bridge to Music for Under 5year olds am Contact Great Yarmouth Community Trust (term time only) Thursday Hall 1 Country Roots Line Dancing am. Contact Mike or Sharon or Barreworks class pm Contact Suzi Zumbaâ Fitness pm. Contact Charlotte Thursday Hall 2 Playbase for Under 5 year olds 2.30pm Contact Great Yarmouth Community Trust (term time only) Tap and Jazz Academy of Dance Contact Charlotte pm Tiny Tappers 4yrs 5yrs pm Primary Tap 6yrs pm Street Dance 11yrs pm Adult Tap Friday Hall 1 9th Blood Donation Sessions. Contact co.uk Appointments only. Youth Club 7 9pm Contact Marion (Term time only) Friday Hall 2 Youth Club 7 9pm Contact Marion (Term time only) Saturday Hall 1 Bowls Club pm Contact Frances Saturday Hall 2 Academy of Dance Contact Charlotte am Toddlers Ballet 3 to 5 years 11am Primary Ballet 6 years + Sunday Hall 1 Available for private party bookings. Phone Sunday Hall 2 Meditation SRCM UK 7 9am. Contact Miriam Spiritualist Church and Healing Centre 7 9pm Divine Service *12nd June Cash Bingo 2 4pm. Just turn up and play Village News P5
6 Parish Council Chairman s Annual Report 2013/14 We have had a busy year working on community projects and meeting the needs of the parish. We continue to strive to fulfil our objective of making this village a better place to live and work and in order to do this, we have reviewed service agreements to ensure best value, and work closely forging partnerships with local organisations and service providers. The Parish Council, although non-political, is the third tier of Government, and whilst our power is limited, we listen carefully to your comments and feedback. The Parish Plan outlines the objectives of the Council from 2008 to Most of the short, medium and long term objectives have already been met. Some are outside our control but we continue to liaise with others and strengthen links within the community. We measure ourselves against the Parish Plan and feedback from parishioners. Short Term Actions To keep the village the same size. Planning. Twenty five planning applications have been carefully assessed by the Committee. The majority of these related to home extensions but a few were more controversial. Residents concerned about particular planning applications were able to view plans in the Office at the Village Hall or at Parish Council meetings. We have objected to three proposed developments, and each time, have asked our Borough Councillors to refer the applications to the Development Control Committee at GYBC, where we have attended the hearings and taken an active pa rt in putting the views of residents forward. It is, however, ultimately the decision of the Borough Council whether an application is approved or not. The re-location of the Post Office was another controversial topic. If there was no re-location, this village would have been like many others surrounding us, with no Post Office at all. Despite initial problems, the Post Office counter within McColls shop is now working well with positive feedback from residents. The Parish Council actively supported Bourne Leisure s application for coastal protection defences at Hopton, and we take this opportunity to thank Bourne Leisure and their Consultants for keeping us informed of developments and their input into this village. Thanks also to the Borough Council for their support and input and Hopton Coastal Action Group for keeping us informed of development. With work on the new sea defences underway, this gives residents hope for this village, and its future generations. A housing working party was set up in October 2013 to review the Borough Council s Local Development Plan and Draft Interim Housing Land Supply Policy. A number of areas in Hopton have been identified by the Borough Council as being potential areas for future development. The sites were put forward by the land owners (the majority are owned by Norfolk County Council). A full report was included in the March edition of Village News magazine. The Parish Council would like to stress that these areas have only been identified for possible future development, there are no actual planning applications to consider and at the present time, no developer has come forward with any proposals. Rest assured that if and when planning applications are received in respect of any of these identified sites, the Parish Council will take all views into consideration. Councillors have more recently attended some training from GYBC in relation to general planning policy. Unfortunately, we have been advised that when GYBC consider planning applications for development in Hopton, they do not take - Qualified Dance Instructor - IDTA,ISTD CRB checked - Tiny Tappers - Primary Ballet Street dance all ages - Adult Tap Dance For Ages 3+ ZUMBA Fitness Thursday 7.15pm Hopton Village Hall For more information call / into consideration residents wishes as outlined in our Parish Plan. The Parish Council can only make comments and bring matters to the attention of GYBC, who, as mentioned, make the ultimate decision. Village Hall. The Parish Council is Custodian Trustee of the village hall. The complex is well managed by the Village Hall Management Trust and staff and continues to provide many facilities for regular groups, private hirers, corporate bodies and fundraising events. Some Councillors are Trustees and give their time freely to promote the aims and objectives of the charity. There are discounted hire rates for residents and footfall was in the region of 21,000 last year. Crime in our village. We said farewell to PCSO Andy Featherstone and welcomed PCSO Caron Young to Hopton. The crime rate in the village remains one of the lowest in the County. The Parish Council supported the purchase of Home Watch signs in many locations around the village, including two larger signs near the entrance. We also supported residents who wanted to set up No Cold Calling Zones. Keeping our village clean. The annual village litter pick has taken place and our thanks go to residents who took part. It was nice to see families joining in. Thank you also to GYB Services for their continued support, and to The Big Tidy Up, Keep Britain Tidy Campaign. Free dog pooh bags via the dispensers on the recreation ground and at the entrance to Hopton Holiday Village continue to be well used. The Dog Control Orders expected this year have been put on hold due to changes in legislation and we will be working with the Borough Council to take matters forward in the coming year with new Community Protection Orders. Six residents received training to become volunteer dog wardens and we thank them most sincerely for their hard work and resilience. Their presence has made a huge difference to particular problem areas. Fly tipping is reported immediately, and GYBC are quick to remove any offending rubbish. Since the closing of the north end of the Lowestoft Road, no further traveller caravans have been reported in Hopton. Medium and Long Term Actions Road and pedestrian safety issues. The Parish Council is still pushing for Longfullans Lane to be upgraded. A scheme brief has been put together by NCC but budget cuts for Highways issues has meant other areas have received priority. We have met with the Highways Engineer and sorted flooding problems and hedge cutting. However, the upgrading and safety of Longfullans Lane remains our priority. More recently, a small group of residents have got together to resurrect Speed Watch in Hopton and we thank them for their efforts in getting this off the ground once more. Lack of a chemist in the village. We are pleased to say that Hopton s pharmacy opened its doors in December 2013 and has been welcomed by residents. The pharmacy continues to expand its facilities, such as the collection and delivery of repeat prescriptions and medication direct to residents. The proprietors have quickly become involved in, and given support to, the community. Other achievements: St. Margaret s Ruins. Following the partnership of the Parish Council and Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust (GYPT), successful funding bids were made to Heritage Lottery and English Heritage which resulted in around 122,000 being received to kick start the two year Project to oversee the repair and consolidation of the Ruins. Many volunteers have HOPTON HEATING & PLUMBING SERVICES INSTALLATION SERVICING REPAIRS Boiler Repairs and Servicing Landlord Certificates Bathroom and Showers Cookers, Fires and Central Heating Power Flushing Gas and LPG Specialist Fully Insured and Gas Safe Registered Give Ron Wigg a call today on come forward to take part in history recording, flint knapping, stone masonry and an archaeological dig. The work should be completed by Summer 2016 at which time it is hoped the Grade 11* listed building can then be taken off the at risk register, and the whole area opened up for public access. More details can be found on the Parish Council s website. The Parish Council secured sponsorship from Ritson Lodge for a period of one year to cover the cost of maintaining the gardens surrounding the Ruins. We d like to thank The Friends of Old St. Margaret s volunteers for tending the gardens over the past few years. We continue to work with the Great Yarmouth Lions in relation to the annual summer fete and carnival. The 2013 fete was a huge success with residents and the wider community turning out in force. The Mayor opened the fete and each stall made significant amounts for their charities and good causes. This year s fete is being held on Sunday 20 July. The free Over 60 s and Family Christmas Parties organised by the Parish Council were once again a huge success in 2013 and both fully booked. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make Julie s life much easier, and to those who donated raffle prizes and to the entertainers. Village News Magazine. We are now in Volume 4, Issue 5 of Village News. The magazine is wholly under the control of the Parish Council and is tailored to our village. We promote events and activities on our website, in Village News magazine and on notice boards. Thank you to groups and organisations who contribute to the magazine by way of articles, photos and adverts, and to those special volunteers who deliver the magazine each month come rain or shine. Coastal Erosion. Following the sea surge and cliff falls in December 2013, Bourne Leisure carried out emergency works to the cliff face. Now that planning approval for new costal defences has been granted, the rocks are being unloaded and work on the rock revetments and rock groynes will start. Work should be completed in approximately six months. The Parish Council is updated by Bourne Leisure and Hopton Coastal Action Group on a regular basis and we sincerely thank those organisations, and GYBC for their support and input. The Council continues to be bound by the Code of Conduct and Standing Orders adopted last year a copy of these documents can be found on our website. Many Parish Councillors hold other voluntary positions within the community, giving their time and support freely - for example Hopton s Youth Club, Hopton in Bloom, Hopton Coastal Action Group, The Village Hall Management Trust, Hopton Relief in Need. I would like to thank the many organisations that work with us including GYB Services, Norfolk County Council, Hopton in Bloom for their fabulous flower beds throughout the village, the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, and The Friends of Old St. Margaret s for tending the gardens around the Ruins. Thanks also to The Norfolk & Suffolk Probation Service, Unpaid Work Unit, who have looked after the churchyard and other areas in the village. Also thanks to our County and Borough Councillors for their support, and residents for attending Parish Council meetings and getting involved in many local events throughout the year. Lastly, thanks to Parish Councillors, and to Julie, for working hard for the good of this village and its residents. Lennie Gent, Chairman 1st May 2014 FEET Foot Health Practitioner ( Home visits 2.50 extra ) Nails Cut Thickened Nails Corns and Callus Treated For a home visit ring Lisa S.A.C Dip FHPT, S.A.C Dip FHPP or to attend our Bradwell Clinic ring Gary S.A.C Dip FHPT, S.A.C Dip FHPP Mill Tree Foot & Body Care Ltd P6 Read the magazine online at
7 events diary If you are organising an event in the village and would like details included in the diary please information to: or telephone: JUNE Saturday 7th Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Support Group Meeting in the Village Hall 10am to midday. Graham & Bob disco will be entertaining with hits from the swinging 60s. Donation of 3 per person towards cost of food. Monday 9th Parish Council meeting, 7pm in the Village Hall. All welcome. Tuesdays 10th, 17th & 24th Craft Fayre at St. Margaret s Church and Vestry. Every Tuesday until 23rd September Friday 13th mobile library see article inside for times/locations. Sunday 15th - Café Church in St. Margaret s Vestry (church room), afternoon. Third Sunday every month until 21st December. Sunday 22nd Cash Bingo in the Village Hall. Eyes down 2pm. Players must be 18 years and over. Saturday 28th Cliff Park Super Summer Bonanza 2 8pm. Free entry. Rides, stalls, BBQ, live entertainment, beer tent. Raising funds for Ormiston Trust and Friends of Cliff Park. JULY Monday 14th Parish Council meeting, 7pm in the Village Hall. All welcome. Friday 11th mobile library see article inside for times/locations. Tuesdays Craft Fayre at St. Margaret s Church and Vestry. Every Tuesday until 23rd September Sunday 20th Hopton s Annual Summer Fete and Carnival at the Recreation Ground. The theme this year is Disney Characters. Sunday 27th Stamp Fayre in the Village Hall. Free admission. AUGUST Friday 8th mobile library see article inside for times/locations. Saturday 9th Dance in the Village Hall, popular social sequence and old time dances. Phone Brian Faulkner or Richard Wrigley for tickets and more information. Saturday 9 th Village wide Garage/Table Top Sale in the Village 9.30am to 1pm. To enter your garage/table top sale phone Monday 11th Parish Council meeting, 7pm in the Village Hall. All welcome. Sunday 17 th Café Church in St. Margaret s Vestry. Tuesdays Craft Fayre at St. Margaret s Church and Vestry. Every Tuesday until 23rd September SEPTEMBER Friday 5th mobile library see article inside for times/locations. Monday 8th Parish Council meeting, 7pm in the Village Hall. All welcome. Friday 12th Heritage Open Day around the Ruins of old St. Margaret s Church Coast Road. 10am to 2pm. All welcome. Saturday 13th Heritage Open Day around the Ruins of old St. Margaret s Church Coast Road. 10am to 2pm. All welcome. Sunday 21st Café Church in St. Margaret s Vestry. Tuesdays Craft Fayre at St. Margaret s Church and Vestry. Every Tuesday until 23rd September Sunday 28th Stamp Fayre in the Village Hall. Free admission. OCTOBER Friday 3rd mobile library see article inside for times/locations. Friday 3rd Chorus of Saint Cecilia, St. Margaret s Church Lowestoft Road. Monday 13th Parish Council meeting, 7pm in the Village Hall. All welcome. Sunday 19th Café Church in St. Margaret s Vestry. Saturday 25th Craft Fayre at St. Margaret s Church and Vestry. Monday 27th Blood Donors Session in the Village Hall. Tel: to make an appointment. Friday 31st mobile library see article inside for times/locations. NOVEMBER Saturday 2nd Christmas Craft Fayre at St. Margaret s Church and Vestry. Monday 10th Parish Council meeting, 7pm in the Village Hall. All welcome. Sunday 16th Café Church in St. Margaret s Vestry. Friday 28th mobile library see article inside for times/locations. Sunday 30th Stamp Fayre in the Village Hall. Free admission. DECEMBER Sunday 7th Over 60s Community Xmas Party. Monday 8th Parish Council meeting, 7pm in the Village Hall. All welcome. Sunday 14th Family Community Xmas Party. Sunday 21st Café Church in St. Margaret s Vestry. Film Club It is with regret that the volunteers at the Community Film Club have decided to call time on this monthly event. The Film Club was totally FREE and open to everyone in Hopton, Corton and surrounding villages, but despite this, there was poor attendance over the past 8 months. So we will take a break for the summer months and decide whether to re-start at a later date. Thank you to those who gave their time and support. Village Hall Management Trust (reg. charity no ) Quick Quiz B. Porter Roofing Contractor Slating Tiling Lead Work & Guttering UPVC Fascia Soffits & Barge Boards Insurance Work & Free Estimates Over 30 Years Experience Tel: Mob: This is a quiz for people who know everything or think they do! 1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends. 2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward? 3. Of all vegetables, on ly two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables? 4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside? 5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn t been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle? 6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters dw and they are all common words. Name two of them. 7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them? 8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh. 9. Name six or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter S. Answers on Page 10 Village News P7
8 HOPTON-ON-SEA PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the Meeting held on Monday 12 May 2014 at the Village Hall Station Road Great Yarmouth NR31 9BE commencing at 7pm. Present: Parish Cllrs: Lennie Gent (Chairman) Stephen Ford (Vice-Chairman), Steve Ames, Jean Canham, Brian Hardisty, Mike Pearce, Shirley Pearce, Dave Ramsden, Jim Walker, Lilian Walker. Also present: Julie McNair, Clerk to the Council, Count y Councillor Colin Aldred and twenty four members of the public. 1. To elect a Chairman. Proposed and seconded that Cllr Gent be appointed. A counter proposal was put forward and seconded that Cllr Ford be appointed. Cllr. Ford indicated he did not wish to accept the nomination. It was agreed by majority vote (9 in favour 1 abstention) that Cllr. Gent be elected Chairman. 2. To receive the Chairman s declaration of acceptance of office. Duly signed. 3. To elect a Vice-Chairman. Proposed and seconded that Cllr Ford be appointed. This was unanimously agreed. 4. To receive the Vice-Chairman s declaration of acceptance of office. Duly signed. 5. To receive apologies for absence. Parish Cllr. Maureen McGovern, Borough Cllrs. Hilary Wainwright, Sue Hacon and Martin Plane. 6. To receive the Chairman s Annual Report. The Chairman s report was distributed. Copies are available from the Clerk. It was unanimously agreed to accept the report as submitted. 7. To receive declarations of interest in respect of items on the agenda. a) Cllrs. Hardisty declared a personal interest in item 11 b) Cllr. Ford declared a personal interest in item 11 c) Cllrs. Gent and J Walker declared a personal interest in item To confirm the Minute of the Parish Council Meeting held on 14 April It was unanimously agreed to confirm the minute as read. It was signed by the Chairman. 9. Resolution to suspend the meeting for County Councillor and Borough Councillors Reports, and the Police monthly crime report. Duly resolved. County Councillor Colin Aldred advised it has been twelve months since he was elected. He gave thanks to the Clerk and Chairman for their help over the last year and hoped that he had been able to deal with all problems raised. The Chairman thanked Cllr. Aldred for his assistance and regular attendance. PCSO Steve Dent advised there were 42 calls to the Police from Hopton during the month of April which resulted in 9 being classed as crimes. These were 6 thefts from a shop, one assault occasioning actual bodily harm, one theft of a purse from an amusement area and one key barrel removed from the passenger door side of a vehicle. PCSO Dent apologised that no one has been available to attend Parish Council meetings. There are only two PCSO s looking after five parishes. PCSO Caron Young may be returning to cover Hopton in around 10 weeks. The Chairman thanked PCSO Dent for attending. The meeting was reconvened. 10. To receive and consider the Clerk s reports:- a) Correspondence. The Clerk reported on correspondence received since the last meeting as listed. b) Planning Applications considered by the Planning Committee. 06/14/0184/D Reserved matters application. Thirty private and affordable dwellings Lowestoft Road. The Planning Committee met on site to discuss. Comments were forwarded to GYBC in relation to drainage and site working hours. Planning Permission Granted by GYBC 06/14/0071/F Demolition of existing buildings and construction of six two storey dwellings with associated site works at Lowestoft Road (Sawyers Garage) Hopton. Formal written approval awaited. c) Finance to agree invoices for payment and bank reconciliation. The Clerk presented 12 cheques and 1direct debit from the business current account totalling 4, It was unanimously agreed to pass the payments as listed. The cheques were signed at the end of the meeting. d) To receive, consider and approve the Annual Return Copies of the completed Annual Return were distributed to all Councillors. Notice of appointment of the date for exercise of electors rights will go up on the boards on 9 June. Copy documents will be available between 23 June and 18 July They will also be published on the website. It was unanimously agreed to approve the Annual Return as presented. [ßThe Chairman and Clerk signed the document at the end of the meeting]. 11. To receive a brief update on matters arising from the Minutes:- a) Coastal erosion. Cllr. Hardisty advised that Bourne Leisure have the MMO licence, dated 2 May There is nothing to stop the coastal defence works. In total there 80,000 tonnes of rock will be delivered. b) Annual Summer Fete and Carnival, Sunday 20 July Cllr. Ford advised organisation is progressing. There will be additional attractions this year and on target for the 50 stalls. Cllr. Ramsden confirmed that entertainer Busby, singer Rachel and other members of the Potters team would be delighted to take part in the fete and carnival procession. Busby Allen was recently voted Daily Mirror Entertainments Champion c) Highways matters. d) The faulty double street light at the entrance to the village and the illuminated signs have again been reported and acknowledged by Amey. e) Ref: An application for the installation of street furniture has been sent to NCC and acknowledged. Suggested bench locations on Station Road are (i) at the junction with Anglian Way and (ii) junction with Hopton Gardens. f) Repairs to the bus shelter on the Lowestoft Road. Repairs have been delayed. Works now scheduled to take place 21 May To receive information and consider matters relating to St. Margaret s Ruins Project, including the following:- i) Project update. Franziska Callaghan GYPT has advised that the next module has started with two new groups now working on conservation and consolidation, on a Wednesday and Thursday each week. The Preservation Trust will be having a stall at the annual summer fete to raise awareness of the Project. Their theme is Alice in Wonderland. Any donations of raffle/tombola prizes would be welcome and can be left with Julie in the Parish Council office. Heritage Open Days at the Ruins will be held on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 September between 10am and 2pm. ii) Security Fencing. Outer security fencing has been installed and no public access signage is in place. Any resident who has a memorial rose in the garden and would like to visit, please contact the Clerk and arrangements will be made. The base of the new outer security fence, near the gate, is to be looked at by Cllr. Pearce. iii) Gardening in the Millennium Garden. Report circulated to all Councillors from The Friends of Old St. Margaret s. The volunteers have decided not to continue gardening in the Millennium Garden now the security fencing is in place and conservation work is underway. GYB Services have confirmed they will continue to cut the grass. A quotation has been received to maintain the flower beds, trees and borders at 960 per annum. Following discussion, it was unanimously agreed to accept the quotation and appoint the gardening company. The Chairman thanked Graham and Alison Mills and volunteers for looking after the Millennium Garden over the last few years. 13. To receive and consider the Decision Notice and recommendations of GYBC Standards Committee dated 5 April Cllr. Ford advised a complaint under the Code of Conduct was made by resident Mary Baker in relation to remarks made by Cllrs. Lennie Gent and Jim Walker at Council meetings in July and August The matter was investigated by David Johnson, Solicitor, NP Law who recommended to the Standards Committee that no further action be taken. However, as is the complainant s right, Mary Baker appealed and a hearing took place on 2 April 2014 at the Town Hall. A Standards Committee Decision Notice has been received following that hearing.the Notice and Recommendations were read out in full by Cllr. Ford. [Copies were available to members of the public at the meeting]. Some discussion took place as to why the two Councillors were not present at the hearing. Cllr. J Walker answered that he did not realise he could attend. A large bundle of paperwork was received with no formal invitation. Cllr. Gent replied that he had spoken to the Monitoring Officer at GYBC prior to the meeting and advised he would be on holiday and unable to attend, but it was agreed that should David Johnson s recommendation not to proceed be rejected by the Standards Committee, that the full hearing would be deferred until Cllr. Gent was able to attend. This however did not happen. Cllr. Ames, who attended as a witness for the complainant Mary Baker, advised that the Standards Committee were told Cllr. Gent was on holiday and Cllr. J Walker was notified of the hearing and declined to attend. Questions were raised as to why the Standards Committee had not advised the Clerk and/or other Parish Councillors of the hearing date. Some Councillors expressed the view that they would have liked to attend the hearing. At this point Cllrs. L Gent and J Walker decided to leave the room. Cllr. Ramsden expressed the view that insufficient information has been provided by the Standards Committee regarding their procedures, and the Chairman of that Committee should be invited to attend a Parish Council meeting. Cllr. Ramsden indicated he would be unable to reach a considered decision until all relevant information has been supplied. Cllr. Hardisty concurred. It was proposed, seconded and agreed by majority vote (6 in favour, 2 abstentions, 2 out of the room) to invite the Chairman of the Standards Committee to a Parish Council meeting to explain procedures and answer the questions posed. Cllrs. L Gent and J Walker returned to the room and Cllr. Ford explained the matter had been deferred and why. 14. To read Parish Councillors Reports (previously submitted in writing). None. P8 Read the magazine online at
9 15. Resolution to suspend the meeting for the Public Forum. Duly resolved. A brief summary of matters raised by members of the public: i) The light columns are still not working at the entrance to the village. They have been reported by the resident and Clerk on several occasions, and acknowledged by Amey. County Councillor Colin Aldred will take this forward direct with NCC. The lamppost next to the telephone box was removed by NCC as it was beyond repair, and would cost too much to replace. An Engineer was to check illumination in that area and report to the Clerk, but nothing received yet. ii) The Hopton Village Sign is in need of attention. iii) There are a number of people within Hopton who deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication. GYBC has no such scheme. Is this something that the Parish Council could look at? The Chairman advised this item would go forward for inclusion in the June agenda. iv) Speeding cars down Station Road and vehicles parked along one side of Station Road making it difficult to pass safely. PCSO Steve Dent advised there are no parking restrictions on the left side of Station Road. It was also pointed out that if there were yellow lines on both sides, and therefore no parking either side of Station Road, traffic speed would likely increase. Parked cars are a good traffic calming measure. Speed humps are effective, or an illuminated speed sign. Clerk to contact NCC regarding a traffic study on Station Road. The Speedwatch team are looking for more volunteers in Hopton. Anyone interested to contact the Clerk or PCSO Steve Dent. v) The Chairman was asked to clarify if he was co-opted to GYBC s Standards Committee last year. The Chairman responded that he was co-opted and that as a Parish Council representative, he has no voting rights and most paperwork issued to him is of a confidential nature. The role entails reviewing and consulting. vi) A question was addressed to Cllr. Walker regarding the statement he read out at the April meeting. Cllr. Walker responded that all members of the public are valued equally. People in the village who take the time to vote are important and he supports that 100%. The Chairman brought the public forum to a close and the meeting was reconvened. 16. To confirm the date and time of the next meeting of Parish Council. Monday 9 June 2014, 7.00pm at Hopton Village Hall. Confirmed. The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 7.50pm. Signed:... Dated: These minutes are in draft format and unconfirmed until approved at the next Parish Council meeting. The Clerk to the Parish Council can be contacted in the following ways:- com Tel: or in person at the village hall, Monday to Friday 9am to 1.30pm. Website: norfolkparishes.gov.uk/ Parish Council Annual Report and Accounts year ended 31 March 2014 Notice of appointment of the date for exercise of electors rights will be shown on the main notice board from 9 June. Copy Annual Return will be available between 23 June and 18 July from the Clerk to the Council (tel ). Copies will also be published on the website. HOPTON-ON-SEA PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 12 May 2014 at Hopton Village Hall Complex Station Road NR31 9BE, commencing at 7.50pm. The Annual Parish Meeting is an Electors meeting at which any matter of relevance to the parish may be discussed in open forum. Present: Parish Cllrs: Lennie Gent (Chairman) Stephen Ford (Vice-Chairman), Steve Ames, Jean Canham, Brian Hardisty, Mike Pearce, Shirley Pearce, Dave Ramsden, Jim Walker, Lilian Walker. Also present: Julie McNair, Clerk to the Council, Count y Councillor Colin Aldred and twenty four members of the public. 1. To elect a Chairman for the Annual Parish Meeting. As the Chairman of the Parish Council was present, he chaired the meeting. 2. To confirm the Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 13 May Duly confirmed and signed. 3. To receive reports from community groups on their work throughout the year. These were tabled as follows: 1. Hopton in Bloom 2. Hopton Bowls Club 3. Hopton Relief in Need 4. Hopton Village Hall Management Trust 5. Hopton Women s Institute 6. Hopton Youth Club The Friends of old St. Margaret s. Copy reports were made available to those attending the meeting. Further copies are Update on Hopton Ruined Church Project Work has started to consolidate the fragile walls of the two naves using traditional building materials. We have carefully cleared the foot of the walls and have begun to repoint the flint walls in a coarse lime mortar. See pictures. Call for information the missing font! We are looking for information regarding the missing font. Any information on the whereabouts or any pictures, photographs or descriptions of it are welcome. The font was still in situ in 1952 and is described as of a very unusual pattern, curiously sculptured, in some of its panels are the emblems of the passion and trinity... at the base are four lions supporting an octagonal top. Also Local volunteers still wanted. We have a lovely group of volunteers working with us, but we are still hoping to recruit more local volunteers from Hopton. This will not only encourage the feel of ownership, but also train guardians for the future when the ruins will go back into the care of the community. Please do contact us if you are interested in getting involved see details below. A big thank you to Landlord Trevor at Turnstone Pub for kindly giving us impromptu shelter for our lunch break last Thursday during our wettest day so far. The 8th May was a persistently wet day yet still our volunteers battled through until 2.30 before the weather finally got the better of us! Franziska Callaghan Lead Project Officer Hopton Ruined Church Project Rachel Harrison Project Coordinator Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust. Tel Find us on Facebook & Great Yarmouth PT The Friends of Old St. Margarets This month we have been doing all the routine tasks that any gardener has to do at this time of year. Daffodils have been dead headed, flower beds and available from the Clerk, contact details below. Brian Hardisty advised there was no annual report this year from Hopton Coastal Action Group (HCAG) as developments have been recorded month on month in the Parish Council minutes. 7. Any other business. It was noted that at last year s Annual Parish Meeting there was no prospect of having new sea defences. This year Hopton will have new sea defences in place. Thanks were given to Alistair Tindle and Dr. Phil Barber, Bourne Leisure, Brian Hardisty and Barry Collingwood (HCAG). No other business was raised. The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 7.55pm Signed:... Dated: Chairman These Minutes are unconfirmed until approved. Julie McNair, Clerk to the Council: Office at the Village Hall open Monday to Friday 9am to 1.30pm gov.uk/ borders weeded and edged, newly planted roses and seeds watered, and the hedge along the Coast Rd. has received its first clip. It is with some regret that we have to announce that we have handed back the maintenance of the Millennium Gardens to Hopton Parish Council. The Parish Council were prompted to issue new terms and conditions for the continuance of gardening work during the conservation work on the ruins. Unfortunately the restrictions placed on our volunteers by these terms and conditions were unworkable and so we have laid down our trowels. We would like to thank everyone who has supported our work during the last year, whether by sponsorship, donation of plants or just an appreciative comment. Most of all we would like to thank all our volunteers past and present who gave freely of their time and labour to maintain this unique community asset for the enjoyment of all. We have enjoyed our tenure as gardeners and take pride in our achievements, which last year earned us a Silver ** award in the Community Project section of the Gt. Yarmouth & Gorleston In Bloom completion. Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community, and the completion of the ruins preservation work will offer the exciting prospect of having a nationally important site in Hopton where we are sure a new generation of volunteers will continue to play their part. Graham & Alison Mills. Lennie Gent, Chairman of the Parish Council writes: The Parish Council would like to thank the volunteers for their gardening, and maintaining the area around the Ruins. Due to health and safety issues, now that the Ruins restoration has started, the Millennium Gardens are closed to the public for the duration of the Project. GYB Services will continue to mow the grass and gardeners have now been appointed to maintain the flower beds, trees and borders in the grounds. If you have a rose planted in memory of a loved one and would like to visit the area, please contact the Parish Council and we will make arrangements for your visit. Village News P9
10 WI Hopton on Sea WI met at Ritson Lodge for their usual second Friday of the month May meeting. President Pauline opened the meeting with apologies for absence from Di - June - Cindy and Pat. Mail from Federation Office was mentioned together with details and suggestions for our August Outing. A proposition for an outing to Gt.Yarmouth - St. George s Theatre for the Bless em All Show and perhaps a lunch was warmly welcomed by members and suggested date of 13 August. Pauline will investigate and put in motion. An invitation for all members to attend a Champagne Celebration on Friday 6 June has been received from Ritson Lodge (and gratefully accepted) to mark their 1st Anniversary in Hopton. There will be a Balloon Release in aid of the Barchester Foundation and our WI has purchased two balloons members are welcome to purchase a balloon in memory of a loved one. Hopton News Pauline related her experience with an encounter with a lady searching for ant-hills in Hopton. Meetings to look forward to: The June Meeting Speaker will be Jo Bridges who will talk about her experiences with the charity Home Start - Pauline has been in contact with Jenny Gibbs who will be returning to tell us more about her Turkish exploits and also we have booked Dr.Jo an Endocrinologist based at James Paget Hospital for a future meeting. Birthday good wishes and bouquet of Roses to Iris. Joyce T. won the Baby Photo and Flower of the month Competition. Bonus Ball is a roll-over. Our guest speaker today was an amazing lady - Roz Thomas and together with her Treasure Chest consisting of a wonderful selection of jewellery sold in aid of the Children s Hospice, for which Roz is a staunch supporter, provided an opportunity to purchase early Christmas presents and also must have for me s too!. All of our members were given sound advice regarding our jewellery - an opportunity to examine a wide range of precious jewellery collected over the years and some lovely stories. A big thank you Roz for such an entertaining afternoon we all forgot our troubles for a while and came away very much the wiser. New members are always welcome or why not come as a guest for just 2 further details Mary Secretary Next meeting: Friday 13 June 2 pm Ritson Lodge. Lunch Club Lunch Club and social afternoon for the over 60s run by Age Concern and DIAL at The Turnstone every Thursday 12 4pm. Two course lunch for 5 plus games and quizzes every week. Hopton in Bloom You may have noticed that the flower bed on Station Road has been filled in and three half barrels have been put in its place further back from the road. By the time you ll read this the barrels and everywhere in the village will have all their summer bedding plants installed. Hopton in Bloom have also planted seeds of red poppies to commemorate 100 years from the start of the First World War. We sincerely hope they will make a good show as they had to be scattered where the grass cutting wouldn t mow them down, so fingers crossed. We concentrated on the entrance and exit to the village as well as the roundabout in the hope that they will grow. Oh for some significant rainfall! Next month we will be at the Village Fete and Carnival, organised by the GY Lions and Hopton Parish Council. Look out for our stall, your support is much appreciated. Hopton in Bloom always welcome volunteers. If you wish to contact us - Shirley Mary Maureen Age Concern Great Yarmouth Open Meeting Monday 2 June 2014, The Old Hall Caister Great Yarmouth, 10am to 1pm, with a light buffet. An opportunity to find out more about The Great Yarmouth Community Outreach Team, Yare Alarms and Lasting Power of Attorney. For more information call Summer Charity Ball and Grand Draw is being held on Thursday 19 June 2014, from 5 9pm at St. Georges Theatre with live music from The Max Bedford Band. Buffet provided by Ambitions Restaurant. Tickets from Sarah or Jackie on Quick Quiz Answers 1. Boxing. 2. Niagara Falls. The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute. 3. Asparagus and rhubarb. 4. Strawberry. 5. It grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems. 6. Dwarf, dwell and dwindle. 7. Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation mark, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses. 8. Lettuce. 9. Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts. Hopton Parish Council Next Meeting Dates Parish Council meetings take place on the second Monday each month commencing at 7pm in Hopton Village Hall. Notice of the meetings, with a copy of the Agenda, are posted on the notice boards in the village before each meeting and on the website. Minutes are published in Village News magazine, on the website and displayed on the notice boards. A public forum takes place during each session where you can raise issues that are of concern to you. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. If you are unable to attend a Parish Council meeting but would like to speak to a Councillor please use the contact telephone numbers listed. Or, pop into the Parish Council s office at the Village Hall, 9am to 1.30pm Monday to Friday. Next meeting dates: 9 June, 14 July, 11 August, 8 September, 13 October, 10 November, 8 December. All welcome to attend. Your elected Parish Councillors are: Lenny Gent (Chairman) Stephen Ford (Vice-Chairman) Stephen Ames Jean Canham Brian Hardisty Maureen McGovern Michael Pearce Shirley Pearce David Ramsden Jim Walker Lillian Walker Julie McNair (Clerk to Council) Your Borough Councillors: Hilary Wainwright Sue Hacon Martin Plane Your County Councillor: Colin Aldred Your MP: Brandon Lewis The White Hart Family Pub & Restaurant Serving Traditional Home Cooked Fayre SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCHES Mon Fri 1 course courses courses 6.95 SUNDAY CARVERY 12 6pm Adults 7.95 Children 5.95 Full menu also available FISH & CHIP FRYDAY 4 9pm Including a drink of your choice From 6.99 TAKEAWAY AVAILABLE FIND US ON FACEBOOK P10 Read the magazine online at
11 Bourne Leisure has now received the MMO licence to carry out full works to construct rock defences. This is excellent news and the Parish Council would like to thank Alistair Tindle and Dr. Phil Barber, Bourne Leisure, and Brian Hardisty and Barry Collingwood HCAG, and all those involved in pushing the project forward. To ensure public health and safety, Bourne Leisure has had to close beach access, after consultation with the Parish Council. There will be 80,000 tonnes of rock unloaded from barges off the coast onto the beach, to cover the base of the cliff and ten rock groynes going out into the sea. The metal steps past Cliff Cottages were severely damaged during the December storm surge and will be replaced when the new rock sea defences are in place. We have been advised the work is likely to take around 6 months to complete, after which beach access will be open again. Hopton Fete & Carnival 2014 The organisation is well under way for this year s village fete and carnival which is being held on Sunday 20 th July.This year s theme is Disney so we will be expecting some colourful characters in the procession and also some colourful stalls including stallholders! We would love all local groups including the holiday parks, school, pubs, homes and shops to join in the fun and enter in the carnival parade and make it a day to remember. Previous stallholders and carnival entries will automatically be contacted, but any new stalls and carnival entrants can obtain an application form from Julie, Clerk to the Council, weekdays between 9.00am and 1.30pm by dropping into the Village Hall, or calling on , hotmail.com or contact Graham Gibbins, g _ g i b b i n s 5 b t i n t e r n e t. c o m or Stephen Ford on btinternet.com Michael Current Walk Around Hoxne, May 2014 Report When Suffolk was the warmest place in the country on the warmest day of the year so far at 24C four people gathered to follow the Michael current around the beautiful and historic village of Hoxne (pronounced Hoxen ). Meeting in the car park behind the church at the top end of the village we started by tracking back to the White Bridge over the River Dove to the west of Hoxne, near to where the last walk reached. This is a tranquil place just to the north of the Michael current which approaches Hoxne via the start of the footpath down to the river by the road from Eye. Retracing our steps down hill back towards Hoxne we took the right turn to quickly find the small bridge over the Gold Brook which, in 870AD, was the scene of King Edmunds capture and execution by the Danes. The beautifully designed, adjacent village hall is dedicated to St Edmund and, further up the hill, in an inaccessible field, is a memorial to him. We continued southwards to Cross Street then, curving eastwards and eventually northwards, we reached the sewage works and the Woodland Trust s millennium wood in which we found a picnic place, some commemorative sequoia trees and an excellent wooden sculpture of ancient Hoxne Man (group photo attached).from the car park at the eastern end of Brakey Wood we turned left onto the road which led to the main road which we followed a short way towards Hoxne before turning sharp right onto a lane past a free range farm, then left down a track towards Waveney Farm. In this area our route crossed the Michael current three times in a short distance as he runs away eastwards towards Syleham. Here we walked past a lovely pond full of flowering flag irises and some interesting rare breeds of animal and bird. Following the footpaths and a lane as they turned westwards past Waveney Farm and Low Farm we were able to see Hoxne church again in the distance and duly arrived back at it, via some really nice riverside Suffolk country scenery, to the Mid-Suffolk Way and the road to the church. Thus we completed a circular route taking in parts of the Hoxne Trail and some delightfully quiet spots. Returning to our favoured second Saturday of the month the next walk will be 2.00pm on Saturday 14th June from Hoxne to Syleham. More details of our meeting place will be posted when I have completed a recce of the route.
12 HOPTON PHARMACY OPENING HOURS Monday - Friday (9am - 7pm) Saturday (9am - 5pm) FREE REPEAT PRESCRIPTION COLLECTION AND DELIVERY SERVICE Save time and minimise trips to your surgery by using a NEW way to get your regular repeat prescriptions from your local pharmacy......in 3 easy steps 1. Fill in the registration form which can be collected from the pharmacy and return it to us. 2. Simply request the items you require by handing in your repeat slip to the pharmacy or by phone, 7 days before you need them. The pharmacy staff will request and collect your prescriptions from your registered surgery. 3. Collect your medicines from the pharmacy, or we can deliver to your doorstep, if required. TEL WARREN ROAD, HOPTON-ON-SEA (Next to Bubbles Amusements) CASH BINGO Sunday 22nd June Eyes down 2pm 4pm Hopton Village Hall Raffle and Refreshments All welcome Just turn up and play Please note: Players must be 18 years and over Dear Friends of Ritson Lodge, 1st Year Anniversary Celebration 6th June We are fast approaching our first year anniversary at Ritson Lodge and plan to hold a day full of events and activities to celebrate our first successful year. As part of the celebrations we plan to release 150 balloons to help raise funds for the Barchester Foundation. The Foundation is a registered charity that helps older people and other adults with a disability across England, Scotland and Wales who need help to improve their quality of life. The Foundation aims to make a difference in situations where others cannot help and help people to reach their full potential. We are offering friends of Ritson Lodge the opportunity to sponsor a balloon at a cost of In exchange for this donation, we will attach a balloon tag with your companies name or special message to the balloon before release. The names of all sponsors will be published in our programme distributed to the press (who are covering the event) and all guests attending. The balloon tags are a great way to express a gesture of remembrance or advertise your company in support of a worthy cause. Sponsorship forms are available from Ritson lodge, alternatively you can send a cheque for along with the name you would like on the tag to: Ritson Lodge, Lowestoft Road, Hopton- on- Sea, Great Yarmouth NR31 9AH