Free Active Norfolk training course
When phoning to check up on the health and wellbeing of those who are elderly, vulnerable or shielding at this time, it’s important to encourage them to keep up physical exercise.
‘Active Norfolk’ are offering a free training course to help volunteers feel more confident talking about this subject. It covers practical elements such as conversation starters, how to recommend physical activity, and ideas and resources to point to.
The sessions will be held virtually on Thursday 11th February 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday 10th March 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. To find out more information and book your place, email Amy.Story@activenorfolk.org or visit the Active Norfolk website.
The Returning Officer of North Norfolk District Council has confirmed that the regulation 10 requests from electors have not been fulfilled and Briston Parish Council can now fill the casual vacancy by co-option. Download notice. Download poster.
Horse riding on village green and recreation ground
Can we please take this opportunity to remind you that people are not permitted to ride horses or drive vehicles on to the village green or recreation ground. There has been a spate of recent incidents that have resulted in damage to the ground, particularly when it is waterlogged. This also creates potential trip hazards for other users. Offenders are liable for prosecution under existing byelaws, a copy of which are available from the parish clerk.
Village traffic review
The Parish Council has recently undertaken a traffic review in the village which we have forwarded to Norfolk County Council’s Highways Department for their consideration/action. You can download it here: Traffic Review (pdf); Traffic Review (Word doc).
The Parish Council would like to say a huge thank you to Julian Wyer and his team from Wyer Electrical – Alfie, Liam and Stuart – for volunteering to put up Christmas lights on the village green.
They have worked for two days in rain and snow and even provided new sets of lights, while Ryan Page kindly arranged for the use of his cherry-picker.
We would also like to thank David Blowes and Vicky from The Outdoor Cleaning Company, without whose efforts last week this solution might not have come about.
The lights really do look fantastic so many thanks again to everyone involved!
Census day is March 21st 2021. Please visit The Census 2021 website to find out more.
There are also part time temporary LOCAL JOBS available.
Taking part in the census is so important, as it gathers essential information that’s used for things that affect your community. Public bodies use census information to help plan and fund services like housing, education and healthcare. Charities and businesses also use it to inform their work.
Norfolk Citizens Advice
Drop you details into the Holt office in Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN and someone will ring you back on a Tuesday or Friday. Download information sheet.
Village bonfire & fireworks display
Sadly, November’s Village Bonfire and Firework Display has had to be cancelled for this year, as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 situation.
Water – Stone Road allotments
The tap on the Stone Road allotments has been repaired and is now fully operational.
Duncan Baker MP in Briston
Our MP, Duncan Baker, will be visiting Briston as part of his Summer Constituency Tour on Wednesday, 19 August from 11.45am to 12.30pm outside Graves in Church Street.
Hedge cutting tender
Briston Parish Council is looking for a contractor to cut its hedges between October and December 2020.
Closing date for applications is Tuesday 1 September. A decision will be made at the Parish Council meeting to be held on Monday 7 September 2020 and applicants contacted shortly after this.
Craymere Beck Ford
Following concerns being raised, we have made further inquiries about the forthcoming work at Craymere Beck ford, proposed by Norfolk Highways.
It seems that two existing pipes have cracked, causing the surface to sink and break up. The surface will be raised by 100 mm to allow for four new pipes to be installed.
We have been assured that there will still be a ford bed and a dip in the road and that water will flow across it in periods of high rainfall, as at the present time.
Be Scam Aware
Norfolk Police are urging us to be vigilant against a scam reported in our area, where victims are being contacted by a person pretending to be a police officer. The Police will never ask you to attend a bank to withdraw a large sum of money, nor arrange a courier to come to your house and collect it. Scammers may make you feel essential to the investigation and encourage you not to speak to family, friends or the bank staff about it. Do not become a victim! Be scam aware!
Appeal for witnesses: Stody
Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious collision between a silver Ford transit van and a bike on Brinton Road, Stody in the early evening on Saturday, 11 July, 2020.
The collision happened near St Mary’s Church in Stody at around 6pm. The cyclist sustained serious head injuries and was taken by ambulance to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Police are looking for dash cam footage or witnesses who may have any information on the collision. Please contact PC Tom Smith at Swaffham police station quoting reference NC-11072020-358.
Notice of co-option of one Parish Councillor
Published 7 July 2020
The Returning Officer of North Norfolk District Council has confirmed that the regulation 10 requests from electors have not been fulfilled and Briston Parish Council can now fill the casual vacancy by co-option.
If you are interested in serving as a Parish Councillor for Briston, please send a written expression of interest to the Parish Clerk along with a short personal statement giving reasons why you are interested in joining the Parish Council and what particular set of skills and experience you feel you can bring to the role.
The applicant’s name must appear on the current Register of Electors or the applicant should during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date have resided in or within three miles of the parish or is the applicant’s only place of work during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date. The applicant must not be debarred from standing as a Parish Councillor.
The closing date for the written submission of interest is:
Monday 27 July 2020
Briston Parish Councillors will consider submissions at the Parish Council meeting to be held on Monday 3 August 2020.
Candidates for co-option will be required to attend the Parish Council meeting on Monday 3 August 2020 (please note this meeting may be held on Zoom owing to government restrictions in place because of the Coronavirus pandemic), to make a short, maximum five minutes address to Briston Parish Council giving reasons as to why they wish to be considered as a Parish Councillor for Briston.
Briston Parish Council
Salvation Army Clothing Bank
Please do not leave bags round the clothing bank bin outside the Salvation Army building on Holt Road when it is full, as not only does this look unsightly and attracts vermin, it is also illegal fly tipping. There is another clothes bank on the car park of the recreation ground which villagers can use.
Stolen NHS flags
Sadly, the NHS rainbow flag that had been flying from the flagpole at the junction of Church Street and Old Post Road has been stolen. It had been put up by the Parish Council on behalf of the village to show our collective support for the NHS, carers and all key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, the flag flying outside the Copeman Centre has also been taken.
If anyone has any information please contact the Parish Clerk.
VE Day Commemoration: 8 May
Join in the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WWII’ at 3pm on 8th May, from the safety of your own home. Stand up and raise a glass of refreshment of your choice with the following toast – “To those who gave so much, we thank you”. Use this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad who gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.
You can also take part in celebrations safely from home by joining your BBC Local Radio station initiative in making your own VE Day Great British Bunting. Download everything you need here.
We have also produced a poster for you to display in your window so that as many people as possible are aware of this. Download the poster.
Urgent appeal to all parishioners
It has been brought to our attention that the bee orchids we were trying to protect at Garden Close have been sprayed with weed killer. Bee orchids are protected wildflowers under section 13 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). This act of vandalism is unnecessary and potentially dangerous; many dog walkers and children make use of this green area and the spraying of unknown chemicals could put people and animals at risk.
Please email us if you have any information. Thank you for your support.
Download our April 2020 newsletter with latest Cover-19 information, keeping occupied while staying home, Easter messages and local shops open.
Annual Parish Meeting
Sadly, Briston Parish Council has had to cancel the Annual Parish Meeting due to the national crisis concerning Covid-19. This meeting was due to take place on 15 April.
The Annual Parish Meeting will not be held in 2020 and it is hoped to reschedule it in 2021 with Simon Kinder talking about the history of Briston.
It is with great regret that the production team at the Briston & District News has decided to cancel all issues of Briston News for the foreseeable future. This is not only because most events advertised in the magazine have been cancelled but we don’t want to put the health of our distributors and deliverers at risk in any way.
May God go with you always and keep you healthy.
Pictures & Sounds Quiz: 25 April 2020
The next ‘Pictures and Sounds’ quiz takes place on Saturday April 25th, 6.30pm for 7pm, again at the Copeman Centre. All the clues, sounds, pictures and videos will come at you fast and furious from the big screen. Some are easy, some are hard, some require lateral thinking, and some are just downright funny – but there is a prize for the best team of four players, and a booby prize for those who failed the audition for ‘I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here’.
If you can’t make up a team of four, we always have a few odd bods (we mean that in the nicest way!) who are brainy, and would love to make up your team! The cost is just a fiver, and for that you get the quiz, a Jacket Potato supper with a pudding, tea or coffee, and you can bring your own wobbly juice with you if you wish, and we will supply you with glasses! Tables are already booking up fast, and at the last one in October 2019, we actually had to turn people away as soon as we were fully booked, a couple of weeks before the actual quiz.
All the profits go to the Copeman Centre’s fundraising, so it’s a great night out, and you are helping us keep our lovely venue running.
To book by credit/debit card, call 01263 860844.
2020 Christmas Card Challenge
As Briston Parish Council is a member of the National Allotment Society allotment holders can enter their 2020 Christmas Card Challenge. All you have to do is take the perfect winter allotment shot to grace their 2020 Christmas greetings card. Three people will be shortlisted and receive a choice of gardening books, one overall winner will also receive their own supply of Christmas cards. Please send three images to email@example.com by 25 May 2020 and check the website for full terms and conditions.
Do you have a village event to promote? Please send the details to the webmaster and we will display it here, if appropriate.
Briston Parish Council has a new Facebook page. You can access it here.
Footpaths Working Party
The Parish Council has formed a Footpaths Working Party to try to improve the condition of all parish footpaths and to publicise their locations so more people to use them. Each week we walk a different route – anyone is welcome to join us! Come prepared, as we often find ourselves trekking through very overgrown sections!
We need to record all the problems and advise Norfolk County Council so they can fix signage and broken stiles and ensure the routes are accessible. Check out our Facebook page for latest walks.