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Robinia, Stoke Ferry Road, Oxborough PE33 9PS

Remove existing roof, raise and re-pitch to create rooms in the roof. Single story extension to rear.





Swaffham Road Oxborough PE33 9QB

Proposed Residential Development





Robinia Stoke Ferry Road Oxborough PE33 9PS

To fell 11 trees in total 2 spruce and 9 leylandi all trees have outgrown the area and are in the access of 30ft and encroaching on neighbouring properties


Tree Work App CA

CA No Objection


Chantry Cottage Oxborough PE33 9PS

T1 Sycamore Approximate height 11-12m poor form dismantle to ground level and remove stump and roots outgrowing position and future threat to suds /wildlife pond Replace in the same location with 1 Sorbus 1 salix 1 flamingo and 1 acer


Tree Work App CA

CA No Objection









To book your breakfast

Contact Linda 347563 or Mhari (347849)

Christingle Service

By Candlelight

  St Andrews Church

   Barton Bendish

    Sunday 9th December at 3pm

Come and join us at this very special Christmas service for all ages

Everyone is very welcome.

Refreshments will be served after the service

Please dress warmly, our historic church can be chilly!

For more details please contact

Mhari 347849 or Linda 347563

St Andrew’s invites you to join in their Christmas Celebrations and Carols at a

Victorian Evening


Christmas Entertainment,

Music and Carols

Saturday 15th December

at 6pm

Village Hall, Barton Bendish

Refreshments will be served

We are always looking for new people to come and join us so everyone is very welcome

Entrance is free, but to avoid disappointment you can book your place with Mhari (347849)

or Linda (347563)

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Keep safe. Advice from Norfolk Constabulary




Report to Oxborough Parish Council AGM May 2018

The Oxborough Speedwatch group was formed in March 2016 under the leadership of Cathy Warnock and I subsequently took over as village coordinator in February of 2017. We continue to operate one or two one hour sessions per week, concentrating our efforts on the approved sites along Swaffham and Stoke Ferry roads where we see the greatest volume of traffic through the village.

Road safety has been prioritised by the current Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, and Community Speedwatch is considered to be a very important part of this initiative throughout the county. On Saturday 5th May we joined with over 40 other Speedwatch groups, Norwich Police cadets, Roads Policing officers and the Special Constabulary in a Norfolk wide Community Speedwatch Impact Day. The aim of the impact day was to provide a highly visible presence, promote road safety across the County, and highlight to drivers that safety on Norfolk Roads is a priority. It was hoped that a driver making a journey around Norfolk on that day would see at least one, if not several, visible Speedwatch activities. These activities were intended to deter people from committing speeding offences in the first place, and groups should take pride in low or nil returns as a measure of success. We were on duty for two hours from 10am until midday during that time 202 vehicles passed us and 11 were reported for exceeding 35mph the trigger speed for a 30mph limit. We then retired to the Bedingfeld for a very enjoyable lunch.

More recently I received an update from Inspector Vicky Hebborn the organizer of the Impact Day. Across Breckland there were 91 letters issued for vehicles exceeding 35mph and 4 high speeders exceeding the speed limit by 20mph or more. Across Norfolk those figures are 513 letters and 22 high speeders

At the Speedwatch coordinators annual meeting in March after much discussion and insistence from the coordinators it was agreed by the police that they would look in more detail at using the data from SAM signs to target the community enforcement camera visits. Currently these visits are only triggered by the Speedwatch returns. It was also agreed that, in addition to the usual letter, anyone exceeding 50mph in a 30 limit or 60mph in a 40 limit would automatically receive a visit from the police.

Within the last year we have started receiving monthly data from Amy Lucas the Community Engagement officer for Breckland in which the results from the 20 Speedwatches within the area are summarised including the number of sessions that the community enforcement officer has visited. With only seven active members we are a relatively small group compared with the others in Breckland but we generally ‘punch above our weight’ carrying out more sessions per month than most other larger groups.

As always I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers for their continued support, hard work and good humour over the last year. We are always keen to attract more volunteers to the group. If anyone is interested please get in touch with me or come and speak to us if you see us operating around the village.

Frankie Watkins Speedwatch Coordinator, Telephone 328 366

 The Oxborough SAM (Speed Awareness Message) sign has now been operation for over one year.
If you are interested you may like to see a snap shot of the examples of data that has been recorded

1. One shows the average speed recorded on a given day

 2. Average speeds during 24 hours over a given week.
3. Average traffic volumes during 24 hours over a given week.

4. Over a given period of about 25,000 recorded vehicles,
less than 25% kept within the speed limit.

5. The daily traffic volume over an average week
6. The average speed in each hour of the day over a 1 month period.
7. Less15% of extreme speeds the 85% of traffic is 37 MP

8. Traffic analyses report
Fund raising for Prostrate UK raises £580.
The fund raiser ‘race night’ which took place at Gooderstone Swan has raised £580 for the charity.
The event was supported by over 50 villagers and pub locals including many from Oxborough and surrounding villages and including many donations from well wishers who could not attend.

The nine races provided great excitement amongst punters, horses for bonus race ten were auctioned, and through the generosity on many punters the bids raised £103 after prize money was deducted.

My thanks go to Libby at the Swan, those who sent me donations, Steve who did the auction and grand bunch of punters for there support of Prostate UK.
The two ladies running the tote did a fantastic job taking the bets and paying out to the winners.


                                                   DIY waste

Charges were introduced on 1 April 2018 for all DIY type construction and demolition waste.
You can still dispose of all household waste free of charge at any of our recycling centres.

DIY waste guide prices

The following DIY waste can be disposed of at all of our 20 recycling centres.
Cost per item or per 80 litre bag or equivalent:
Rubble - £3
Timber - £3
Non-recyclable DIY waste - £5*
Metals - free
* This includes all general DIY waste that is non-recyclable for example roofing felt, plastics (window frames, guttering, fascia boards etc.), insulation, acrylic baths, turf and soil. Unsorted or mixed materials will also incur this charge, so keep your recyclable DIY items separate.

You can dispose of flat glass, plasterboard and tyres at Caister, Dereham, Hempton, Ketteringham, King’s Lynn, Mayton Wood, Mile Cross and Thetford only.

At the recycling centre
When you arrive speak an advisor who’ll assess your load and give you a price.
They’ll take your payment before you unload your waste.
Recycling centres only accept card payment for amounts over £10.
For amounts under £10 they accept cash, except at Mile Cross where card payments only accepted.
You’ll pay less if you separate your waste – the charge for separated materials is lower than mixed loads which are classed as non-recyclable.

Our advisors may ask to inspect any materials you want to dispose of in the non-recyclable bins. This helps us maintain our high levels of recycling and so we can refuse any hazardous waste.
Any decisions made by our advisors about DIY waste are final.

Pay as You Throw - price guide from 1 April 2018
Cost per item or per 80 litre bag or equivalent
Rubble - £3
Timber - £3
Flat glass - £5
Plasterboard * - £9 (£15 at Mile Cross Recycling Centre)
General waste - £5
Tyres* - £4 per tyre
Metals - free
* only available at main plus sites

                A fitting quote taken from The Mail on Sunday 

Police Connect message. Please be aware

Police are urging residents to be vigilant to cold callers claiming to be police officers. Click to notice board for more

It comes after previous incidents in recent months where elderly residents have been targeted in Norfolk

On each occasion the victims received a call on from someone claiming to be a ‘Detective Sergeant John Carod’ or a ‘Detective Sergeant John Witmore’ either stating he needed help with an investigation or officers had intercepted some males who had her credit card details.

He said: "We’re urging members of the public, particularly the elderly who are primarily being targeted, to be vigilant to cold calls made on the telephone.

"I would ask people with vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours to make sure they are aware of this type of scam.”

Officers have this advice:
• Never give out personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
• If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up and call 101 using a different phone. If you can’t use a different phone, wait at least five minutes before calling back. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check.
• Police and banks will never ask you to give out personal details such as account numbers or PIN numbers.
• If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
• Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.

Anyone with concerns about such calls should contact Norfolk Police on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 1


I would like to say a big ' thank you' to everyone involved in the village pantomime of Robin Hood. Julie Wood did a brilliant job of being the script writer, costume maker and narrator. Everyone made their part such a laugh. Thanks to Catherine for handing out glow bangles to go home with. Lovely refreshments. What a great community we are fortunate to live it!
Best wishes to you all.
Jackie Palmer-Hibbert


Time limits to be enforced at Swaffham car parks in 2018

Breckland Council has confirmed time limits are to be enforced at car parks in and around Swaffham's town centre to make enforcement of on-street and off-street parking restrictions in the area more consistent.

Due to be introduced on a six-month trial basis next year, the two-hour waiting limits are expected to be enforced at Market Place Car Park, Peddars Car Park and Pit Lane Car Park.

The change will bring the Breckland Council-owned car parks in-line with nearby on-street parking limits, which are already enforced by Norfolk County Council - the body responsible for town centre roads.

It is expected that the trial will be implemented around mid-2018 and further details will be announced in due course.

Click below for full story

Stoke Ferry & District Ladies Group
Programme 2018
For more information call Janet on 01366 328666

Dave Watkins charity cycle ride in support of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Special thanks must go to you, the residents of Oxborough.

On 10th August 2017, my cycling club (the West Norfolk Branch of Cycling UK) undertook a charity ride in support of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) organisation. For those who don’t already know, the EAAA provides helicopter emergency medical services across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire and operates two helicopters from its bases at Cambridge and Norwich airports. The service is wholly funded by charitable donations and operates 365 days a year, covering over 5,000 square miles and serving a population of approximately 3.5 million.

On the day, I rode just over 111 miles with two club colleagues. Other members rode shorter distances according to taste/fitness and in the evening we had a barbecue supper at The Anvil in Congham, conveniently close to the club President’s home. The Anvil was also the start and finish point for the various rides.

Because we wanted to publicise the club and also acknowledge The Anvil’s participation, we deferred paying our accumulated sponsorship to the EAAA until 4th October 2017, when we were able to organise a presentation photo shoot with one of the EAAA’s volunteer fund-raisers. We raised £520.00 pounds altogether, but special thanks must go to you, the residents of Oxborough, for supporting me so generously. Your contribution was £220.00 – more than 40% of the total. This is a magnificent effort and I think you can be enormously proud. Thank you.

Dave Watkins


Flint Masterpieces returned to Brandon

The flint panel masterpieces, created by William Carter in the second half of the 19th century have found a new home at the Brandon Heritage Centre where they will help tell the fascinating story of Flint in the Brecks.

The Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership team was made aware of the existence of the Brandon Library flint murals as a result of research carried out by the scheme’s ‘Flint in the Brecks’ project being delivered by the Breckland Society. The 7 panels were made by Master flint knapper William Carter (1857–1904) of the Gun & Building Flint Manufacturers, in Brandon, and donated to the Brandon Library by five of his descendants.

Darren Norton, Brandon Heritage Centre Manager said:

“These panels represent what an expert Brandon flintknapper could achieve, simply using hand tools and an expert eye for how flint flakes apart, and will be key for the centre in telling the story of Brandon flintknapping. When you view the panels, look at the intricacy of the horse ears and legs, and also how each shape interconnects with the next.  Then look to our recreation of a flintknapper’s shed and see how basic it is. This will show you how skilful the knapper was.”

They were flagged up by members of the Breckland Society as potentially under threat because the old library was expected to be demolished at some point, and their future was unclear.

Following discussions between the BNG team, Suffolk County Council and Brandon Town Council as well as the family of William Carter, a rescue plan was hatched. With money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, made available through the BNG ‘People’s Pot’ grant scheme, specialist contractors engaged to excavate the built-in panels from the wall, and put into storage until a new home could be found.

This week, Mr Norton announced that the centre has secured funding to refurbish its flint display, including housing the flint panels in dedicated units, which it is hoped will be completed by April next year.  For now, the panels are in temporary displays at the centre, in the popup display room, which is open every Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, until the end of October, with free admission.  The centre not only tells the story of flint but also Brandon's rabbit fur industries, the connection to the forest – important even before Thetford Forest; and the town’s social history from medieval to present day, via the World Wars.  To get a taste of what is happening at the centre just visit its website,


Aviation runs through the veins of artist Colin Mason of Oxborough, Norfolk. When old enough he joined the ATC, and then when he left school, he joined the RAF. After leaving the RAF and too young to retire, he worked for a couple of civil airlines until he was old enough to retire.
Over those years, he developed his natural talent of sketching and painting in oils and acrylics, exhibiting his work in various galleries in London and overseas. Out of all the commissions he has undertaken, the one that stands out above all others is the montage that he painted for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund when he was a Battle of Britain artist of the year in 2010. The painting was of a Spitfire and Hurricane flying over Bentley Priory and was a tribute to “Stuffy” Dowding and all those who fought and died to protect this Country in its greatest hour of need. The painting was auctioned in 2010 at the Gala Dinner held in the Guildhall, London for the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent and a wonderful group of Battle of Britain pilots who fought and came through those terrible times. It was a memorable evening and a great honour that the painting went for a very large sum. All of the proceeds from the painting was donated to the RAFBF, after being purchased by none other than Piers Dowding himself, who is a direct descendent of “Stuffy” A fabulous honour for the artist and the painting, side by side in his London home.
Although aviation art is his passion, Colin does also paint other subjects that include seascapes, landscapes, and figurative art. Last year he was commissioned to paint a seascape which was presented to the President of the Ocean University in China by the Vice Chancellor of Norwich University. The painting was called The Yacht School and depicted six yachts sailing in the evening sunset, with the reflection of the sun setting colours bouncing off the sea. It was truly a lovely painting and was very well received.
In 2014 Colin and his wife Elizabeth opened the Arts Lounge Gallery in the centre of Swaffham where prints of the painting “Wings Over Bentley Priory” were sold out, but one of only two very special montage prints can be seen. The only two in the world containing the whole story, priceless is what has been told and it can be seen in the Arts Lounge Gallery in Swaffham.
As a professional artist and teacher you can view some of Colin’s work and those of other very talented artists in the gallery. If you wish to learn to paint, come along and enjoy one of his classes and have great fun while you learn.



Update 20th July
A note of thanks to his sponsors and letter from The Leonard Cheshire Organisation . Click

 Dave’s sponsored bike rides

Dear Friends,
Normally I cycle for pleasure but, once in a while, there can be an additional purpose.
On 18th June I have ridden 75 miles (yes, it was very warm) in support of the Park House Hotel at Sandringham, part of the Leonard Cheshire Disability organisation.
I have raised £25 so far and now I am asking for your support to raise at least another £25. Please let me know if you are able to help.

Later in the year (September) I will be doing another sponsored ride, this time for the Norfolk Churches Trust. 50% of my sponsorship will be channelled back to St John’s in Oxborough to help towards the church roof refurbishment fund.

So if you would like to support me in only one event this year and would prefer your donation to help with issues closer to home, save your sponsorship until September.

Thank you.
                David Watkins
                The Stables
                Hall Farm Barn

Friday Lunch Club

For many years the Iceni Partnership has organised a Friday Lunch Club
for those who want to mix a good meal with good company.

A Main Meal, Desert and either tea or coffee for £6 in Swaffham
Community Centre and a chance to make friends, spend time chatting or
doing a bespoke crossword.

Recently we bid for a grant to work in partnership with Swaffham
Community Transport to offer free transport to those people living in
the villages surrounding Swaffham for a limited period of time.

If there are people in Oxborough who would like to take up this offer  please contact Don or Jonathan on 01760 722800.
Don Saunders
Manager - Iceni Partnership

Letter from a past resident.

Dear editor
Thank you for continuing to manage the Oxborough website. Since we left Oxborough I realise even more how important it is in informing everyone of life in the village both residents and those of us who are ex-residents but still have an interest in events. We lived in the village for 29 years so are obviously still interested.

It is very sad that some elements are not kept up-to-date i.e. news on the church, which was obviously our first interest. This beautiful building is the centre of the village and attract visitors from all over the world and in our time we were contacted by many people who had read about the terracotta screens for example. Where is the information, the accounts which should be made public as so many people help with fundraising ?

Hewars Charity – Charity Commission website is complete but no information has been added to the website for some time although this is a village charity and I am sure making the accounts visible will be of general interest.

There are so many things that go on in the village that people, looking to buy particularly, would be interested in as would people from nearby villages such as the village hall and gardening club activities.

It is such a shame that much of this useful facility is ignored, we still look forward to keeping up to date.

Valerie O’Dwyer

Message from a resident for the Oxborough Messenger.

Some years ago when the Bedingfeld Chapel and the church was re-roofed an offer was made to protect this in the form of alarms and lights, but the PCC declined quoting the cost that some £400 was to expensive for a state of the art system.
What now that the lead has gone and all that fund raising,what for, not a lot.
How short sited can people be and what is the cost now???

Colin Mason


The rock that shaped a region

Still nobody knows exactly how it is formed though it is thought to be the remains of sea creatures such as sponges being squashed under immense pressures inside limestone rock that create it’s tough and glassy surfaces. Flint can be seen all over the Brecks, it has gone from being used to make fire and various tools, to building homes and being used in guns. It has truly shaped the modern landscape of the Brecks and you can find out how by visiting Ancient House Museum in Thetford.


 Bill Basham’s flint alphabet. Photo copyright Ancient House Museum

Alphabet of capital letters, made from 26 individual flint flakes by Bill Basham of Brandon in the 1920s; extraordinary skill used - it took him over two years of his spare time; each letter about double the size of a postage stamp; each letter sewn onto a single piece of card'
 Over the last 11 months, the museum has hosted Breaking New Ground’s Heritage Lottery Fund supported ‘Flint Rocks’ exhibition, an interactive exhibit charting the timeline and usages of flint in the Brecks. It has been seen by 6000 people so far. There is one month left to go of the exhibition so come and visit while you still can and see fascinating items like the flint alphabet and flint necklace, expertly and painstakingly knapped by master flint knapper Bill Basham from Brandon. There also flint tools, a recreation of a Grimes Graves flint mineshaft and one of the great collection of flint masterpieces, a horse, knapped by William Carter. Due to the importance of this wonder material to the local area, a roaming exhibition has been created to go out to the community and allow more people to learn about this unique aspect of Brecks heritage, which will begin touring in January 2017.

One outstanding additional element that came out of the museum working on the flint exhibition was a relationship that was struck up with the Obsidian Museum of Okinawa in Japan due to the similar properties and usage of flint and exhibition. Grimes Graves is not officially twinned with the Obsidian Museum and pupils from Thetford and Okinawa have visited both countries to learn more about their linked heritage.

Nick Dickson, Breaking New Ground Project Manager said “The craftsmanship and skill with which has flint has been knapped away with for thousands of years in the Brecks is truly something to behold. Breaking New Ground is very proud to have worked with Ancient House to allow so many new people to learn more about their local heritage”.

Museum Curator Oliver Bone from Ancient House Museum said “we have been really pleased with the reaction to the Flint Rocks exhibition with some people travelling long distances to come and see. Flint is such a strength of the museum collections and a distinctive part of local Brecks tradition that it is great to shine a light on this fascinating story.”.

Ancient House Museum Learning officer Melissa Hawker commented “it has been great working with a variety of community groups and schools on Flint Rocks included Thetford Academy who were able to show some of the art work created by their pupils inspired by the theme of flint.”

For more information on this and our other 36 projects, click on or find us on social media by looking for TheBrecksBNG.


                                           UK Youth Parliament (UKYP).

This is an independent national body which is run for young people by young people.

"Kieren Buxton is currently on placement as a trainee Youth Worker at The Benjamin Foundation. Kieren is currently a youth parliament member as is Emily Fox one of the Breckland YAB young commissioners. Please if you have any questions for them or have young people who may be interested in this opportunity get in touch with them, Kieren’s email is
Full details click.


    Wildlife Recorders of Tomorrow - Call for Volunteers

Are you interested in monitoring wildlife? Live close to the Brecks or visit regularly?

Norfolk’s Environmental Records Centre (Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service - NBIS) is looking for new volunteers to help record the distinctive biodiversity of Breckland, which studies have already shown is a nationally and internationally important hotspot for rarities.

The “Wildlife Recorders of Tomorrow” project is part of the “Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership scheme” (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund) and will provide wide-scale monitoring of wildlife which is important for detecting underlying changes to the biodiversity of the area.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned surveyor, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with lots of support and training.

Biodiversity Information Officer with NBIS, Sam Neal said: “All you need is enthusiasm! We can provide training in species identification, or you may just want to tell us what you’ve seen whilst out walking in the area.”

Volunteers can choose from three levels depending on their interest, time availability and expertise:
1. beginners will be given training and encouragement to get started;
2. species surveillance volunteers will help with monitoring at a number of important wildlife sites in the Brecks;
3. river corridor volunteers will survey a stretch of the Little Ouse river for invasive non-native species

To find out more, please register your interest by email, or visit the NBIS stand at the Charles Burrell Centre Open Day on Sunday 6th September from 10am – 3pm, Staniforth Road, Thetford, IP24 3LH.

Breckland is one of the driest places in England with sandy soils and a ‘continental’ climate which experiences extremes of temperature. Previous studies by the University of East Anglia have shown that the area is a hotspot for biodiversity with a huge variety of species identified. In 2010 the university and a team of 200 naturalists collated nearly 1million records with over 12,000 species represented, of which over 2,000 are priorities for conservation in Breckland. The study showed how fragile their survival is, with habitat fragmentation, climate change and nitrogen deposition all risk factors.

New monitoring by Wildlife Recorders of Tomorrow will play a key part in developing strategies to ensure the long-term survival of all components of this unique ecosystem. We do hope you can help.

    Click for poster 1.           Click for poster 2.           Click for poster 3.

  Come and join   

Oxborough Village Social Evening

 Thursday evenings from 7.00pm onwards.     Venue Oxborough Village Hall

 We have a number of activities running including darts, dominos and cards with many others being considered but do bring along any ideas or games you might like to introduce.

Open to all residents; drop in, even on casual basis and join in the range of social activities.

 There is a £1.50 per evening charge to cover overheads but will include the various refreshments provided.

 Open to all residents; drop in, even on casual basis and join in the range of social activities.
   Just turn up and enjoy a friendly evening and
if you want to, participate in some of the activities.




PLEASE continue to use the recycling bins at the village hall.

All monies raised from these recycling bins (£1000) remains within Oxborough.

It is used to support maintenance on our village hall.


WEDNESDAY 5.30 -6.30pm. £4

Please wear loose clothing & trainers, bring an old towel
(for time on the floor) and a bottle of water

Let’s get fit for Summer 2014!

Tel: Susan 07900 587825


Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?