Necton celebrates Volunteer Stars at its Community Spirit Awards 2018

Necton Parish Council hosted their Community Spirit Awards 2018 at the Annual Parish Meeting on 25 April 2018. Cllr Nigel Wilkin, District Councillor for Necton, presented the awards.

Listen to Cllr Wilkin’s presentation of the nominations:


Five local people were nominated by residents for their special and unique contributions in helping other residents, local groups and generally making Necton a good place to live.

Bernard Bell for his tireless work and fundraising efforts for the old village hall committee,
Derek & Kim Woodbine for their many years’ energetic commitment to Necton Sports & Social Club,
Jill Luongo for her life-long volunteer involvement in all things Necton,
Jenny & Tony Smedley for their massive efforts for NSAG (Necton Substation Action Group),
Georgie Bell for her many years of dedication to the Merle Boddy Centre in Swaffham.

All of these people have given their time, energy and enthusiasm for the benefit and enjoyment of others and the Parish Council is delighted to recognise their contribution to life in Necton.

Jenny & Tony Smedley receiving their certificate and Windmill vouchers from Cllr Wilkin.

Georgie Bell receiving her certificate from Cllr Wilkin.

Jill Luongo receiving her certificate from Cllr Wilkin.

Bernard Bell, who received his certificate and Windmill vouchers at home.

Based upon the number of nominations, two of these people stood out as this year’s Community Stars – Bernard Bell and Jenny & Tony Smedley. In recognition, they each receive a small gift of vouchers for a meal at The Windmill, Necton.

Community Spirit Award 2018 nominees & representatives of Necton Parish Council.

Community Spirit Awards is an annual event run by the Parish Council and nominations for next year are welcome.

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The Silver Social are coming to Necton Community Centre Friday 4th May 10-11.30am

Creativity, Storytelling and Favorite Songs workshop.

Join the ladies from Spiltmilk to share stories, have a boogie and listen to favourite songs.

The session will focus on all things that make life brilliant and includes craft, storytelling and movement exercise – with plenty of tea and cake!

No experience or booking necessary and if you require transport please contact by email or telephone 01362 656 870

For more info,

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New to Necton Community Centre – Over 50’s Fitness Class

Join Liam Every Monday and Thursday starting 10th May, at Necton Community Centre

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Council Meeting Agenda 9th April 2018

Agenda 09Apr18

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Breckland Lottery – Support Necton Little Oaks

A community lottery that will help Breckland-based groups raise much-needed funds will have its first draw this weekend, on Saturday 31 March.

Since the lauch of Breckland Lottery on 1 March, more than 700 tickets have been sold, which directly benefit local ‘good causes’, and Necton’s Little Oaks are part of this exciting initiative.

As part of the purchasing process, players can choose one of the good causes registered with the scheme to receive 50p of every £1 ticket they buy.

In addition, a further 10p of every £1 ticket goes into a general community funding pot, which Breckland will release as grants.

For every £1 ticket sold:

50p will go to local good causes that are signed up to Our Breckland Lottery
10p will go to a general fund, which Breckland Council will distribute locally as grants
20p will go to the lottery prize fund
20p will go towards running costs and VAT
Players have until 23:59 on Friday 30 March to buy tickets and be in with a chance of winning up to £25,000.

In addition, players who take part in the draw this weekend can also win the special lottery launch bolt-on prize of a year-long Parkwood Community Leisure membership, worth £389. This can be used at both Breckland Leisure Centre and Waterworld in Thetford and Dereham Leisure Centre, and includes access to gym, classes and swimming.

Breckland Lottery was created by Breckland Council to provide a free and simple online platform for charities and not-for-profit organisations to raise awareness of their work and sell tickets that directly benefit their cause. By promoting the online lottery to their supporters and members, and engaging their local community, organisations can increase the amount of money they will receive through ticket sales.

Prize draws will be held weekly and tickets are only available to buy online. Visit Our Breckland Lottery to buy tickets and follow @OurBreckland on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with the latest draw results.


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Kids Activities for Easter Holidays

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Job Advert – Caretaker for Community Centre

Are you looking for a part-time job with flexible hours that connects you with other people here in Necton?

We are recruiting a caretaker to join our small team at the Community Centre. Principle responsibilities will be to ensure routine maintenance, safety and security regimes are maintained, providing assistance as required with moving furniture for bookings and opening and closing the centre for hirers.

We are looking for someone who has a flexible approach to work and is happy to undertake some light maintenance jobs.

Hours: 7 hours a week, ideally worked flexibly to meet the needs of the centre’s booking schedule.

Salary: £8.75 per hour

Full details of the job and requirements are available within the Caretaker application pack. For an informal chat, contact the Parish Office and speak with Claire or James on 01760 721665 or drop into our office at the Community Centre.

Closing date for applications: 06 April 2018

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Vattenfall Sub-station update

Mrs Sue Fatch-Lovesey, Local Community Liaison Officer, Vattenfall, addressed this Council on 05 March and delivered a presentation updating Members and public of the recent amendments to Vattenfall’s proposed development. The presentation is available to view here.

Vattenfall Sub-station proposal update March 2018      This presentation contains a link to a GIS live link map – simply click on the map to be taken to the live map that will allow zoom into detail.

Following the presentation, individual councillors were invited to ask questions.  Here is a summary of these questions:

  • A number of affected landowners have provided written statements confirming they have not been consulted with regard to possible access and use of their land. Why have they not been consulted in this process?
  • Vattenfall were offered two alternative sites, both of which were identified as viable sites by an independent consultant. There appears to have been no adequate investigation by Vattenfall of their potential. Why not?
  • The proposed site is on private land, so very difficult to see the potential impact. The chosen site is on the highest ground. Photomontages made available by Vattenfall were mis-leading and too small to provide adequate representation of the identified site. It was stated that the consultation has been ‘a shambles and should be started again and run professionally.
  • It was considered that the most recent newsletter does not provide adequate information relating to the sub-station at Necton.
  • Will the proposed right hand filter lane at Spicer’s Corner be a permanent feature or just for the period of construction?
  • The existing Dudgeon site entrance (where National Grid is located) had a traffic management plan which did not operate as designed. (Traffic arriving from the east did not adhere to the route and simply used a layby to turn, causing congestion.) Will this site, which will be used for the National Grid extension works, have the same traffic management plan?
  • This proposed site may be a magnet for terrorism and it is designed to be un-manned. What provision will Vattenfall establish to protect from terrorism?
  • Arable crops, which will be up against the site’s fence lines are a significant fire risk. Has this risk been assessed?
  • Is this revised proposal for Necton larger than originally suggested during consultation in the summer of 2017?

Twelve members of the public were present at this meeting and a some of these people asked the following questions:

  • A resident expressed concern about the potential noise levels from the proposed development and it did not seem that the research on noise to-date is sufficient.
  • Concern also expressed about the lack of consideration in the proposal of the longer-term impact in terms of health, flooding, etc.
  • A resident asked if some of this infrastructure could be located underground.
  • A resident asked that the landscape views take a wider aspect.
  • Another resident expressed concern about potential light pollution.
  • A resident asked what advantage is HVDC to Necton, given the main noise emitter; the transformers will be located outside.

Some of these questions received initial responses at the meeting and there was a commitment to respond in full to Council following the meeting.  Further updates will be published.

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Training & Awareness Session on CPR & Community Defibrillator

Necton Parish Council in partnership with Community First Responders have arranged a training & awareness session on CPR and Defibrillator.  This training is open to local residents and particularly anybody involved in local community groups or carers for family members.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 7 PM at Necton Community Centre.

Book your free place with Cllr Joe Sisto on 01760 722168/077857 46682 or by email to

Limited numbers, so book today to secure your place.

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NEW – keep fit at Necton Community Centre

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