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.

 

https://www.ourbrecklandlottery.co.uk/support/necton-little-oaks-preschool

 

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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 joesisto@aol.com

Limited numbers, so book today to secure your place.

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NEW – keep fit at Necton Community Centre

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Job Vacancy – Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Necton Parish Council is recruiting a new Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer.  Necton is a large village, with approximately 2,000 residents and a Council of nine Members.  In addition to monthly Council meetings, there is one committee, for the function of the Council as Trustee of Necton Rural Community Centre.  This committee presently meets six times a year.

The post is for 24 hours per week, including attendance at evening meetings.  The successful applicant will work mainly form the Parish Council office and be expected to be well organised and self-motivated, ensuring that work is prioritised and completed in a timely manner.  The successful applicant will be required to provide professional support and guidance in all aspects of the Parish Council’s work, including procedure and finance. Previous experience is desirable but not essential as training will be provided.

An application pack, including job description, person specification and application form can be downloaded (see links below) or requested from the current Clerk via nectonparishcouncil@gmail.com or by post to Necton Parish Office, 13 Tun’s Road, Necton.  PE37 8EH.  Informal discussion is welcome to the outgoing Clerk, Gabbie Joyce on 01760 721665.

Parish Clerk application pack February 2018

Parish Clerk application form – word document for electronic completion

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 28 February 2018.

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February Council meeting agenda published

Our agenda for February’s Council meeting has been published – read and download here.

Items to be discussed include:

  • new planning applications – variations on existing applications, new household extension
  • open space management – what this might look like in Necton
  • CPR & Defibrillator training – opportunity for village residents

Plus updates on progress with ongoing matters.

As always, our meetings are open to the public and provide an early opportunity for people to make comment / ask questions about items on the agenda before Council make decisions.

 

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Job Vacancy – Parish Assistant at Necton Parish Council

Necton Parish Council is recruiting an Assistant who will provide administrative support to the Parish Clerk.  Principal responsibilities include community centre bookings, responding to routine correspondence, researching projects and supporting the general administrative function of the Council.

We are looking for someone who has experience of working within an administrative setting, confidence in dealing with a variety of queries by phone, email and in person and a willingness to learn and use new skills and ideally, but not essential, some experience within the charity sector.

Full training will be given and the post will work closely with the Clerk and alongside other members of the team.

Parish Assistant application pack (Jan2018)

Hours: 10 hours a week, ideally worked in the office 2-3 days a week, times to be agreed.

Salary: £8.75 per hour

For an informal chat, contact the Clerk, Gabbie Joyce, on 01760 721665 or drop into our office at the Community Centre.

Closing date for applications: 22 February 2018

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Sing your Song at Necton on 23 February 2018

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