QUIZ NIGHT – 18TH JANUARY 2019
Thank you to everyone who supported our event, we raised £387 which will go towards the VMP funds. Look out for our next community event!
Wildlife in Common
North Runcton Parish Council would like to encourage residents to support a new Norfolk Wildlife Trust initiative called ‘Wildlife in Common’. The trust have received a grant to help promote nature conservation on common land in Norfolk. They are aiming to train interested residents to undertake wildlife surveys on commons – and also to research of the history of our commons.
You can read more here:
If you are interested in learning more about local wildlife they are running a series of field courses in the next few months – to be held on different commons across the County. See field course topics and the dates and locations here
In addition to this, there are some interesting events happening as part of Norfolk Commons Week – 22nd – 30th September 2018. For more information click here
Later in the year we will be hosting a number of free talks about commons wildlife at the VMP. The first one will be:
An introduction to the Wildlife in Common Project – Tuesday 18 September, The Village Meeting Place – 7.30 to 9pm.
If you would like to register your interest in being involved in this project and in undertaking some surveys of our own commons – please contact either Gemma Walker at Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Rachel Curtis, Parish Clerk, or Cllr Rick Morrish. (01553 840284)
Community Transport – Lets help ourselves!
In recent years the public transport provision for North Runcton has continued to deteriorate – and the Parish Council have often been asked to campaign for improvements. In May we had a speaker along from West Norfolk Community Transport (WNCT) to tell us about two schemes they run which would allow us to help ourselves.
The first is Dial-a-bus – where you can ring ahead and order a mini bus to come and pick you up and take you into Lynn. You can be a member of the scheme and get a concessionary rate for regular pick-ups, or you can book it as a one-off trip at a slightly higher rate.
For more details click Dial-a-bus Schedule
Also see Dial-a-bus Registration Form
Secondly WNCT run a community car share scheme – where you can book a driver to come and take you to appointments – or just to the shops or other visits.
Equally – if you have some spare time and a car – you can register to become one of their drivers. You will be trained by WNCT and drivers are paid a set mileage rate for journeys.
For more details click Information
A By-election was held in the Parish of North Runcton
on 8th March 2018
To fill a Councillor vacancy in the North Runcton Ward
The result can be viewed here
A well-attended and enjoyable evening – with a great quiz prepared by Nick Malby. Thanks Nick – and to the team of Amanda, Kerry, Rachel, Sam, Rick and Anna for organising the wine and cheese. Along with the raffle we raised £370 for the VMP – which will go towards running costs and paying off the loan we borrowed to do the renovation last year.
Everyone agreed it was a good community gathering – and we definitely plan to make the quiz an annual event. But it was agreed we need more community events like this – whether it be quizzes, talks, music or other ideas. What else would people like to attend? Would any one like to organise an event? Please get in touch with Rachel if you have ideas.
Busy End to 2017
In all the rush towards Christmas, bringing the website up to date fell off the bottom of the ‘to-do list’ – so belatedly – here is some news!
Bulb planting: In October we continued our plan to create an annual North Runcton spring delight by planting another 2,000 daffodil bulbs. This year we planted them along the wide verges adjacent Rectory Lane. We also cleared some overgrown laurel and bramble – which should have uncovered snowdrops that were already planted along there. Thanks to the dedicated volunteers who turned up. We plan to do it again next year.
And don’t forget – come springtime – do send any good photographs to us. If we get enough good ones we might have a competition! Here is one from last year.
VMP officially re-opened: On 25th November the VMP was officially reopened after its £120,000 renovation. The Borough Mayor attended and unveiled a ‘blue plaque’ for this important community building – which although not nationally listed, is now identified in the Neighbourhood Plan as a ‘Site of Local Heritage Interest’.
The renovation has been a significant project for the Parish Council – and there are too many people to thank for all the fundraising and other contributions. However – special thanks must go to Ian Bix Associates (for design and planning assistance), Bespoke Norfolk (our builders – who delivered the project on time and in budget), and WREN, the Norfolk Community Foundation and Greenyard Frozen for generous financial support.
(In line with the Parish Councils freedom of information policy, a statement of the accounts for this project has been published at the Finance section of this website).
… and North Runcton Art Gallery and Museum: And on 25th November the Mayor also opened what we are claiming is the ‘smallest Art Gallery and Museum in Norfolk’! Having purchased our village phone box, we have decided to use it for display purposes. The North Runcton Art Group have offered to maintain a rolling display of Artwork and there will also be a revolving exhibition about some of our Parish history. Do make sure you visit – but remember it’s a one-in/one-out policy!