Parish Council

The accounts in respect of the year ending 31st March 2018 have been subject to an internal audit. Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31st March 2018, these documents will be available on reasonable notice during the period commencing Monday 4th June 2018 to Friday 13th July 2018. For full details please see the 'Notice of Public Rights & Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return' below.

Next Meeting

The date of the next meeting is Monday 14th May 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Longham Village Hall.

You can view or download a copy of the monthly meeting agenda here. (The agendas are in Adobe Acrobat format - if you need to you can download Acrobat reader here)

Minutes of Previous Meetings

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Previous Meetings:

(Minutes are in Adobe Acrobat format - if you need to you can download Acrobat reader here)

Information Available Under The Freedom Of Information Act

A list of the information the Parish Council makes available under the freedom of information act can be downloaded here.

Chairman's Message

Notes from the Parish Meeting

I would just like tell you about some of the things that have been discussed and decided on by the parish Council throughout the last year.

I’m sure you will have noticed that we have changed Parish Council meetings to once every 2 months, which seems to be working well, but of course any urgent items that crop up, a special meeting will be called to deal with it.

The Village Sign proved to be too costly to repair and so we have decided to go for a pressed aluminium one with a new design. Originally the Parish Council allowed £4000 in the precept for the new sign and to get the base rebuilt.  Since then I have managed to secure a grant of £2000 from Pride in Breckland scheme.  We are waiting for the quotes from the builders for the base and agreement on the sign design, after which the work can begin.

The Parish Council have taken over the cost of grass cutting of both the playing field and the church yard, as we felt that both these areas are village amenities and felt it was unfair that the 2 small committees of the church and hall should have to foot the bill, for the upkeep of them.

The Village Hall is in the process of gaining approval to turn the Old School House back into a dwelling to secure the future of the hall, however they have no money to get plans drawn up or pay the planning fees.  The Parish Council agreed to loan them the money so that the project can move forward.

These extra costs meant we had to increase our precept request this year, which in turn has increased you council tax, but rest assured that next the precept will be reduced.
The Parish Council have asked Longham Church PCC to allow the receiver for WiSpire to be fitted on the church tower. This will enable the village to have faster broadband, and I’m pleased to say that the Treasurer of the church PCC is in the process of getting the necessary permissions for the receiver to be fitted.

We have been trying to get the heavy lorries, mainly visiting R.B. Watts, to go around the village instead of coming through the village, especially along the narrow Hoe Road. The Highways do not seems to be able to help us with this matter, at the moment, so we are going to put up some temporary signs directing traffic round the village, to see if that makes a difference.

We are still trying to get a refund of money from Norfolk County Council, which we intend to use to increase the play equipment on the playing field.

We are all much more aware of re-cycling these days, so just little reminder please use the paper and clothes bank outside the village hall, the monies raised from these comes to the parish council to use for the village.

It’s lovely to see such pretty gardens as I go around the village, so can I please ask you to please litter pick areas close to you homes to keep the village looking tidy.

I would like to thank Elizabeth Gould and Mark Kiddle Morris our district and council councillors, for attending meetings and for the advice and support they have always given us.

Last but not least I would like to thank the rest of my fellow councillors, Phil, Margaret, Anne,  Roddy and Donna, as well as our Clerk Griselda for their hard work and commitment  over the last year. Remember we are here to support you and are always open to your views on how the village should change and grow.

Help Needed

Exhibition in September - If I could please have the photos of your homes this month so we can start getting the exhibit together for September, I would be very grateful.

If you would like us to include your house, please dig out those photographs and contact me.  What we need is photos of your house, from the past or when it was being built, knowledge of the people that lived in your house?   With your permission we would like to take a copy of your photos to use on the map and if you have any further information we can use to make the display interesting we would be very grateful. 

To contact me please ring me on 01362 687360 or email me on Thanks.

Sue Douglas
Chairman, Longham Parish Council