Events

A47 Closures Next Week

Dear Sir/Madam

 

Work to repair the A47 between Dereham and Easton

 

We are working on behalf of Highways England to repair the road surface of the A47 near you. This work will repair the road at Bushy Common, Dereham, Hockering and Easton.

 

Subject to weather conditions, we plan to complete this work overnight between Monday 7 November and Friday 18 November, working between 20:00 and 06:00 on weeknights only. We apologise for any delays this may create for your residents, parishioners and staff.

 

To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, we will close the A47 at each location while we are working. This will be at:

  • Bushy Common on Monday 7 November;
  • Dereham from Monday 7 to Friday 11 November;
  • Hockering from Tuesday 8 to Wednesday 16 November, and;
  • Easton on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 November.

 

There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place, whereby drivers heading eastbound will be directed to exit the A47 at Swaffham, taking:

  • the A1065 north to Fakenham, then;
  • the A148, then;
  • the A1067 south east to Norwich, then;
  • the A140 Norwich Ring Road, and finally;
  • the A1074 Dereham Road to re-join the A47 at Longwater.

 

Drivers heading westbound will directed to exit the A47 at Norwich, taking:

  • the A11 south west from Thickthorn roundabout to Thetford, then;
  • the A134 north to Mundford, and finally;
  • the A1065 north to Swaffham to re-join the A47.

 

Local traffic will be permitted along the A47 up to the point of the closure, and those needing access to properties through the closure will be able to approach the gateman for further instruction.

 

We have written to local businesses affected by the works and we would be grateful if you would publicise the works to your parishioners through newsletters and other communications where appropriate. Given the length of the diversion route we would advise drivers to allow extra time to complete their journey.

 

We will do our utmost to complete the works as quickly as possible, avoiding disturbance and keeping noise to a minimum.

 

To stay informed about all the latest major roadworks happening near you, visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england to register for the latest alerts.

 

If you have any enquiries please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, or by e-mail to info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

 

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

 

 

Paul Bowman,

Construction Manager,

For and on behalf of Highways England

Phyllis Smith

Sad news that Honingham’s oldest resident has died.

Janice and Trevor say that it was a happy release for her and the family. On her death certificate the reason was old age which does not happen often. The funeral will be on November 3rd at Saint Andrews Honingham at 10 30 then family cremation at Earlham. Phyllis was 101 years old.

Coffee Morning

Tuesday 13th September we have our monthly coffee morning in the Village Hall 10am to 11’ish….tea and coffee, biscuits or cake, raffle and a chat. No doubt we will be discussing the very successful Honingham History Day last Sunday 😊☕️🍰🍪

Bowls is the new Darts!

Just a summary of yesterdays events from my perspective.

After much hard work from a great team of volunteers, some strong support from the Parish Council and Honingham residents, Our Honingham Bowls Day attracted an impressive steady flow of visitors throughout the day. We had some very pleasing, genuine interest in a fresh approach to the use of the Bowls area.
Our contacts sheet is well populated and has given us some interested residents that we can include in the communication of all future events. It was very encouraging to hear that so many people were interested in just playing bowls. We also encouraged a few willing extra volunteers.
All of the activities were well attended and the sight of our Wonderful Bowling Green busy with people enjoying themselves was extremely pleasing.
The fund raising activities and some generous donations resulted in a grand total of £198.50.
We had prize winners for all three Target Bowls categories and yes, somebody did get the `Bowl in the Box’ Which meant that I had to honour my promise to dine in the Buck, in a very pretty dress!
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all of the team that made this such a success and to every single person that visited us.
I was very pleased to see that the event at the Village Hall was equally well attended and it was great to see the village vibrant and `alive’.

Well done and thank you to all.

I propose to get together at the Bowls pavilion on Thursday 8th Sept at 7pm to discuss how best to move forward and to listen to any comments offered. All are welcome.

Kind regards
Craig Matless

Sunday Funday

we have 2 events in Honingham this Sunday (4th)…12 noon until 5pm for bowls, and 2pm to 5pm for the Hall.

Honingham Bowls have a go day, at the old Bowling Club, nothing formal just roll up and have a go! Also target bowls to win a small prize, and crazy golf or croquet for the children. Do have a go at “bowl in a box”…..prize is seeing Craig Matless eat his Next Sunday lunch in the pub – wearing a dress 😂 This just has to be won…..photos will be obligatory Craig!

From 2pm the Village Hall is holding Honingham History Day…..a wonderful archive of stories, events and photo’s, see which families first lived in your house, read about life in the Village School (closed for a week to get the black currant harvest in, or a measles epidemic), the murder at Honingham Hall, the Honingham Hoard, the Americans stationed here during the war, and lots more. Teas, soft drinks and cakes will be available, plus a raffle in aid of the Village Hall. Any offers of help, raffle prizes or cakes gratefully received on the day or contact Linda on 01603 880089.

Defibrillator – its now in place and live!

It has taken a lot of time and effort but I am very pleased to announce that The Honingham Defibrillator is up and running and going live this morning with the ambulance service.

The Defibrillator is situated as you drive into the Honingham Buck  Car Park, on the wall on the right hand side in the entrance of the over spill car park on John Smiths office. A big yellow box, you can’t miss it.

Several Honingham residents have been trained to use this and administer CPR – however, don’t wait to contact one of these should you suspect someone is having a heart attack, just dial 999. Tell the operator you are in Honingham and know where the defibrillator is, the operator will give you a code to access the defibrillator. The defibrillator is  so easy to use it talks you through what to do!

Further guidance to follow.

Bowls Club Next Metting

The Bowling Green – an update

Since the devastating news that the Honingham Bowls Club has folded, the Parish Council has been considering the options of what to do with the Green. No obvious choice was becoming apparent, so a survey of Village opinion was sought – a form was delivered to every house in the village.

At the recent Parish Council meeting on 26th July the results of the survey were discussed. 27% of the forms had been returned, but analysis of the results did not seem to give the Council any reasonable mandate for spending large sums of funds or effort on any of the options.

One new idea was put forward by Craig Mattless at the meeting why not keep it as a bowling green? Not a serious club to enter leagues, but just an “Open to all” facility for friendly, social bowls activities. This seemed a popular idea, which would cost a minimum of effort and cash to get going. After some discussion Craig agreed to head up an effort to get things moving. But time was of the essence if something was to be done in 2016.

So on 2nd August Craig got a few people together at the green to look around and see what would need to be done – the PC Chairman, Terry Sapey (who is cutting the green), Ted Perrett (The Ex Bowls Club Chairman) and a couple of others who had agreed to help get things moving. After a look around it was decided that the idea could take off with a minimum of expense. Some work and equipment was needed. The need for publicity and an inaugural event was discussed, and it was thought that perhaps coinciding the event with the upcoming “History Day” would be mutually beneficial to both events.

Funding and equipment is now being sought, and a further meeting is to be held, at the clubhouse, at 7pm on Tuesday 16th August so that decisions can be made in readiness for a report to the next PC Meeting on 23rd August.

All interested parties are of course welcome to attend the meeting, when such things as the details of the inaugural event will be discussed. Offers of disused bowls and other equipment will be very welcome.

It is hoped that despite a few problems the idea can be tried out. It will cost very little, and by the end of the year we will have some idea as to the potential success as we go into the 2017 season.