Heacham Housing Development Meeting 3 Feb

January 25th, 2014

Heacham residents are being asked to attend a public meeting concerning a revised planning application for a large housing development on Land West of A149.  Many local residents feel that approval of this application will affect each and everyone of us, not just the residents who live close by.   The primary concern appears to be surrounding traffic problems at School Road/Lords Lane Junction.  It is felt that the development will create dangerous road conditions for children and parents around the school and the increased traffic will have an adverse impact on access to and from the A149 during the summer months.  There are also concerns about strained public amenities such as doctors, sewerage problems, flooding and much more.

The meeting details are:

Committee Suite, King’s Court, Chapel Street, King’s Lynn
Planning Committee (formerly known as the Development Control Board)
As part of the Council’s commitment to open government and public involvement in the planning process, Parish Councils have the right to speak about planning applications being considered at the Planning Committee.

If you would like to address the Committee about the application, please contact Kathy Wagg on (01553) 616276 or kathy.wagg@west-norfolk.gov.uk before 12 noon on Friday 31st January 2014, to register your intention to speak.

If you require any further information please contact:
Kathy Wagg
Democratic Services Officer
Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk
King’s Court, Chapel Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1EX
Direct dial: 01553 616276
Email: kathy.wagg@west-norfolk.gov.uk
Website: www.west-norfolk.gov.uk

PLANNING COMMITTEE AGENDA Monday 3rd February 2014 at 10.00 am
Committee Suite
King’s Court
Chapel Street
King’s Lynn
Norfolk PE30 1EX

8/2(a) 13/01541/OM
Land West of A149 Lynn Road
Application for outline permission for the construction of a care home, housing with care facilities and 70 new homes. New allotments, associated landscaping, SUDS ponds and associated works including an electricity substation and a pumping station are also proposed. Access to be off School Road.

Coasthopper Info – Public Meeting in Hunstanton 27 Nov

November 8th, 2013

Posted by Stella Gooch

Coasthopper by Norfolk GreenIt seems there is a lot of information out there at the current time concerning the future of the very popular Coasthopper service.  A rogue Twitter account @Coasthopper has been set up and is apparently nothing to do with the Coasthopper operators Norfolk Green so beware.

Click here for some offical information about the Coasthopper in advance of the public meeting to be held in Hunstanton on 27 November

Heacham Green Team

October 24th, 2013

Posted by Philippa Sewell

Heacham Green TeamLids, Lids and more Lids

A  huge well done to everyone collecting lids and tops, Pat Diggins took our first carload of cartons stuffed full of lids over to the Matthew Project in October.  We also visited the Infants’ School so hopefully the children have got Mums and Dads collecting lids too, there will be a green bin in the school playground for you to pop your empty milk cartons filled with lids into.

Living Lightly

Heacham Green Team is staging its first event on Saturday 2 November courtesy of St Mary’s Church Heacham.  It is a chance to meet the Team and  pick up a few ideas from Improving your composting, What’s so important about Fair Trade food, Testing out the newest electric cars to Hearing about the right green energy for you and of course recycling.  The name of our event is Living Lightly and it is taken from Dr Ruth Valerio, founder of A Rosha who will be giving a talk in the afternoon


Many of you make good use of social media to sell or giveaway items.  We would like to introduce you to Freegle which is an innovative online reuse service successfully operating across the country, run entirely by volunteers. It provides a way for people with unwanted items to get in touch with others who can make use of them, thus reducing the amount sent to landfill. Norfolk & Waveney Freegle is part of the national Freegle movement and has thousands of active members.  Freegle is free, easy to use and accepts almost anything.  Whether items are in perfect condition, or a bit tired or broken in some way (or even if you think it’s junk) someone else can probably make use of it!  Recent offers: furniture, electrical goods, bicycles, clothes, toys, garden plants, firewood, tools, fabric scraps, jam jars, magazines, a trampoline and a Hop ‘n’ Pop (no, I don’t know what that is either, but someone will!)  Thanks to generous support from The Big Lottery Fund and others a new website was launched last summer, designed by the volunteers who run the service, based on their experience and members’ feedback over the years.This allows items to be offered and requested even more easily, and you can tailor your area as you wish, from your local village only to the whole of the county. Why not become a Freegler and have a look at what others are offering, and be inspired to offer your unwanted clutter?! norfolkfreegle.org.uk/. If you need any assistance our local volunteers will be happy to help: help@norfolkfreegle.org. See the local volunteers at the Green Team’s Living Lightly event on 2 November. (Thanks to Beth Winsor for the info)

In Bloom AGM 2013

October 24th, 2013

Posted by Heacham in Bloom
Email: heachaminbloom@btinternet.com

Heacham in BloomIt was a jubilant AGM this year as we toasted our Gold success.  It was agreed that the biggest change  had been the decision last year to order in plants instead of growing them on from plug plants ourselves. This had produced high quality bedding plants and had actually reduced the overall amount spent on plants, although there had been generous donation of plants from Norfolk Lavender.

It was reported that although sponsorship and donations had been less this year, HIB’s fundraising events had ensured that the 2014 campaign could get underway. Special mention was made of the new beds at the  Fox and Hounds pub and the impact they had made in Station Road.  The meeting also discussed plans, plants and colour schemes for next year.

We hope you enjoy the pansies bringing a bit of colour during the winter months. Our next fundraising event is our Christmas Coffee Morning on Saturday 7 December so please join us for a hot drink, a slice of chocolate log and a chance to find the perfect stocking filler from our stalls.


Smithdon High School Xmas Fayre 2013

October 24th, 2013

Smithdon Xmas Fayre 2013

Heacham gets gold in Anglia Bloom

September 10th, 2013

Posted by Stella Gooch
Photograph by Stella Gooch

Heacham In Bloom Logo

Heacham In Bloom Logo

Heacham was amongst the many West Norfolk towns and villages recognised at the annual Anglia in Bloom Award Ceremony held today (Tuesday 10 September) at Westminster Lodge St. Albans.

Heacham has long embraced the spirit of the Anglia in Bloom competition and has worked tirelessly to improve the standards and the general environment of the village and it has paid off.

West Norfolk has an impressive record in the competition and our local towns and villages such as Heacham, Hunstanton,  Ringstead, South Wootton, Kings Lynn and more are often in the running for these fantastic awards.

Well done to all involved – keep up the good work.

For a fuller version of the story please see Hunstanton On Line.

Heacham in Bloom Carnival 2013 entry in a blaze of colour

Heacham in Bloom Carnival 2013 entry in a blaze of colour

PUBLIC NOTICE – meeting 7 September re new planning proposals for Heacham

September 5th, 2013



To see residents’ views on the Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council’s proposals for future development in Heacham which include 66 new homes.  The proposals will be available to view at the Public Hall from 12 noon on the day with the meeting commencing at 2pm.


Heacham Rainbows is alive and well

August 10th, 2013

Posted by Dawn Davies

2ndHeacham Rainbows logo-350A rumour is abroad that 2nd Heacham Rainbows is closing but we can confirm that it is to remain open………….
Jenny Smith an experienced Rainbow Leader and Dawn Davies an experienced Leader with Brownies, Guides and Senior Section have agreed to step in and take over the unit from September, they will be joined by Kathryn who is a Young Leader with Heacham Rainbows, however there will be a few changes………..

NEW VENUE – Methodist Church Hall, Heacham
NEW DAY – Thursday 4.20pm – 5.20pm

Rainbows are girls aged five to seven who love having fun, they follow a programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw, through which they can take part in lots of different activities with girls their own age. http://rainbows.girlguiding.org.uk/

If you know of any girls who would be interested in joining please contact us on www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested  or 0800 1 69 59 01 to register.

2nd Heacham Rainbows commence the new term on Thursday 5th September, if you would like a chat or further information please contact Jenny on 01485 534107.

2nd Heacham Rainbows are eager to participate in Community Events, if you have any events coming up we would be pleased to hear about them please contact Dawn on dawn.daviesuk@hotmail.co.uk.

We would like to offer our thanks and appreciation to Mary who is retiring after all her hard work and dedication with 2nd Heacham Rainbows over the past years.

Heacham Carnival gets great marching weather

August 6th, 2013

Posted by Philippa Sewell
Photos by Stella Gooch, Rob Topliss & Malcolm Diggins

Click for a wider selection of the photos taken of the Carnival parade

Heacham in Bloom Carnival 2013 entry in a blaze of colour

Heacham in Bloom Carnival 2013 entry in a blaze of colour

Another warm day for Heacham Carnival Parade, although a light breeze did keep the temperature down for those in costume.   The Lavender Queen, Shannon, and her four princesses had the ahhhh factor atop their float filled with fragrant lavender plants as did the Heacham Rainbows who came as picnicking Flower Fairies taking the cup for Best Youth Entry.

Heacham In Bloom’s float was a vision of their lovely pink and purple hanging baskets and drew lots of claps and cheers from the waiting crowds.  However their float lost out on the Best Group spot to St Mary’s Church who were promoting their popular Messy Church Days with a float in a riot of colour and artwork.   If it wasn’t floral it was alien with Heacham Youth Club creating an alien invasion with some amazingly scary outfits.

Heacham Carnival's best loved tractor drivers line up

Heacham Carnival’s best loved tractor drivers line up

Hugely topical with Dr Who’s 50th year and the new Doctor announcement in the offing, Heacham Judo Club, transformed their truck into the Tardis with instantly recognisible aliens from the recent series and one or two favourites from previous regenerations. The Judo Club continued their run of wins as Best Overall float.

A new category of Best Costume was introduced this year in recognition of all the hard work gone into making outfits, this was won by the Stone Angels from Dr Who.

The Parade Collection raised  £343.50 which goes towards the cost of the band for the 2014 parade.

Heacham Carnival Parade is organised by Heacham Parish Council and sponsored by Norfolk Lavender and Jennings’ Shop.

PS:  Special request to all Heacham Carnival fans, if you have any great photos over the years of Chris, our best loved tractor driver, and his supporting drivers then please send them to stella@hunstanton-on-line.co.uk so I can add them to a DVD for Chris to treasure.

Lavender Queen & her Princesses - Heacham Carnival 2013 by Rob Topliss

Lavender Queen & her Princesses – Heacham Carnival 2013 by Rob Topliss

Alien Invasion - Heacham Carnival 2013 by Rob Topliss

Alien Invasion – Heacham Carnival 2013 by Rob Topliss

Dr Who & the Daleks attend Heacham Carnival 2013 by Rob Topliss

Dr Who & the Daleks attend Heacham Carnival 2013 by Rob Topliss

Heacham in Bloom Carnival 2013 entry in a blaze of colour

Heacham in Bloom Carnival 2013 entry in a blaze of colour

Heacham Carnival 2013 - the bikers by Malcolm Diggins

Heacham Carnival 2013 – the bikers by Malcolm Diggins

Heacham in Bloom garden party a scorcher

July 29th, 2013

Posted by Stella Gooch
Photos by Stella Gooch

Newly trained bell ringers attending Heacham in Bloom Garden Party

Newly trained bell ringers attending Heacham in Bloom Garden Party

Heacham in Bloom’s fundraising garden party event was treated to some of the hottest weather we have seen this year.  It brought out hordes of visitors to support this worthy cause.  Despite us all wilting under such high temperatures Christine Dean’s Hand Bells team (comprising very young children aged 5, 6 and 7 as well as three volunteer paremts) entertained us with such delightful sounds as our villsge tune “Pocahontas Colours of the Wind”, “When You Wish Upon a Star”, “Memories”, the Olypmic theme “Chariots of Fire” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

Christine informed me that the 35 ancient hand bells used for the concert are all from St Mary’s Church, Snettisham.  They were given to the church when the tower bells were originally installed by Mears Foundry at Whhitechapel London.  More bells from the Loughborough Taylors Foundry were later added some 80 years ago given by the choirmaster, Mr Gromit, and another family who were the owners of a Snettisham jeweller shop.  More recently, three other large bells were kindly donated by Mrs Joanne Norwood (a former Heacham resident) and the Hunstanton Round Table.

Since 2002, Christine has taken the bells and music to many different groups who have performed at local charity musical events, coffee mornings and special church services and school assemblies for Mothers Day and numerous other occasions.

Since 2006, many children at Heacham Infants School, Snettisham and Ingoldisthorpe Primary Schools have taken the opportunity to learn to play all kinds of popular fun songs at their voluntary lunchtime hand bells clubs.  The bells are also enjoyed and played occasionally by several other Norfolk retirement groups and care homes and visits to children’s youth groups such as Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Beavers, Messy Cathedral family events in Norwich and Ely as well as St Raphael Club in Kings Lynn and many other groups.

As Christine said, “Hand bells are very accessible and inclusive to everyone of all ages or nationality from age 3 to 103.  It is always popular because it is instantly very easy.”  Some of us adults – including myself – had a go at the bell ringing ourselves under the enthusiastic guidance of Christine Dean to prove the point.  I was surprised at how quickly we all got the hang of it and we soon rang out a clear rendition of “Speed Bonny boat like a bird on the wing over the sea to Skye!” and some others that were perhaps not quite so recognisable (even to me!).

Christine Dean's bell ringing troup in full flow at Heacham in Bloom Garden Party

Christine Dean’s bell ringing troupe in full flow at Heacham in Bloom Garden Party

Also on the entertainment bill was our very own local poet, Doreen Reed.  We were all very happy to relax in the shade and listen to Doreen’s topical witty rhymes as the heat bore down mercilessly.  Some of us present had enjoyed Doreen’s style of humorous entertainment the previous Thursday at Hunstanton Town Hall when Doreen took part in the Hunstanton & District Festival of Arts.

The hard work put in by the Heacham in Bloom team and their supporters to create such an enjoyable afternoon was clear to see and the garden itself was as wonderful as ever.  The tea and cake was sumptious and included yummy and generous slices of Lemon Meringue Pie, Carrot Cake and Toffee Caramel Cake.  The tombola was pretty varied – I ought to know as my sons seem to have come home with quite a lot of it – and there was the traditional raffle with some generous donations from local businesses.  In all Heacham in Bloom raised just over £400 to help improve the floral plantings for Heacham in Bloom 2014.

Well done to the team and many thanks for Rob and Gel for being such welcoming hosts.