Norton-juxta-Kempsey Parish News Update – from June 21

Welcome to the Parish update for June, slightly late, but then I think we are all becoming increasingly busy as we emerge from Covid restrictions.  For those of you that might be reading this for the first time, we intend to publish on our website and email to our website subscribers, a monthly update in between our quarterly newsletters (which are published at the beginning of March, June, September and December).  If you would like to receive this update by email, please subscribe to our website:      

I’m pleased to inform you that the joint Parish Council, Parish Hall Trustee Working Group has now successfully completed phase two of the Parish Hall Plan; not only is the hall now fully solar powered and selling a proportion of the energy back to the National Grid, but the new meeting rooms have also been created.  The new rooms are two equal sized rooms with a dividing wall, and they have their own external access, toilet facilities and small kitchen.  Individually they are named Woodhall and Stonehall (both areas of common land within or near the parish) and combined they are The Littleworth Suite, and I’m delighted to say that the Trustees are already taking bookings for them.  Attention is now being turned to phase three, the village shop, and you will have seen a short survey Parish Hall Shop Survey asking what people would like to see it stock.  The idea is that it will be a self-service, vending machine style facility, selling local produce, and it is hoped that it will be completed this year.

On Sunday 27 June, the Parish Hall Trustees held their first community event for over 18 months.  Despite not being the sunny summers day we had hoped for, the Family Picnic was a huge success, with approximately 150 picnicking on the playing fields, viewing the improvements made to the hall and generally having a good time.  At the same event the Norton Connector was re-launched following its reduced timetable over lockdown, running a free service for the afternoon between Brockhill and Littleworth.  Also recently launched has been the Over 50’s Coffee Mornings at the Coffee Shop.  Every Wednesday 1030-1230, it’s tea/coffee, cake, company and possibly a game of dominoes or cards, for the price of £3.00, all ably hosted by Mavis, our senior Trustee.     

The Community Apiary project continues to progress with lots of groundwork having been completed in terms of strimming to make places for the hives, creating a base for the storage container and upgrading the access to the site.  Some of this has been done by the apiary volunteers, and other parts of it has been done by Griffiths Civil Engineers at no cost.  The volunteers also set up a stall at the Family Picnic with a cross-section of a bee-hive with live bee’s being centre stage, while also offering a create your own bug house kit for the younger members of the audience.  They were also proud to receive their bee-suits, with many of them trying them on there and then.  The training for the thirteen local volunteers will commence shortly, and the introduction of the hives to the site will follow shortly.       

The Worcester Norton Community Interest Company (WNCIC) continues to seek a lease from Worcester Norton Sports Club Ltd (WNSC Ltd) to enable it to proceed with the new sports hall and changing rooms on the WNSC Ltd site, and in the meantime several investigations (power, drainage, etc…) are underway to more accurately tie down the costs involved.  It is hoped that the lease will be in place in the next month or so, with ground works commencing in the autumn.

Planning remains a big part of what the Parish Council has to consider on a regular basis and the following links may be of use if you wish to know more regarding the major projects going on in or around the parish: 

South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) Review (proposed new town to the east of the parish):

South Worcester Urban Extension (SWUE) (forms part of the SWDP which was adopted in 2016):

The Parish Neighbourhood Plan (NP) has now been submitted and is in the process of review prior to adoption:

Other Parish information can be found on the Parish noticeboards or the following sites: PC.

If you have any comments regarding what you would like to see in our subsequent monthly updates, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Kevin Fincher

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