November 2015

Cemetery extension- update

Many residents will be aware that the Parish Council has been trying to negotiate the purchase of a piece of land north of the current Pyebush Lane cemetery for many years.

The landowners, the Molineux family trust, who had very generously sold land for the existing cemetery and for an additional sports pitch, felt unable to give up any more land.

The Parish Council has been looking around the village for other land which would be suitable for a cemetery but has not found any. Much of the land around Acle is low lying, with a high water table, which is not suitable.

The Council therefore, reluctantly, approached Broadland District Council (BDC) to ask them to set in motion a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for 3.49 acres of the Molineux family’s land (which would also include a piece of land north of the playing fields for additional recreational space). BDC refused to make the CPO saying that it is an issue which should be sorted out locally and without their intervention. (The Parish Council cannot legally make a CPO itself.)

The parish councillors were stunned and saddened by BDC’s decision and were unsure how to proceed to find new burial land for the village.  Please note, therefore, that the Parish Council will not be able to accept any further requests from residents to reserve a grave space, until the Parish Council has found a new site in order to keep land available for burials, for as long as possible.

The Parish Council remains convinced that a cemetery should be provided in the village and that the land north of the current cemetery is the best, and only, site for a cemetery. The Parish Council has therefore applied again to BDC, this time for a CPO just for the land for an extension to the cemetery. This request will be considered by BDC at its Cabinet Meeting on 22nd December.

Meanwhile it would be very helpful if residents could let the Parish Council know whether or not you support the attempt to compulsorily purchase land north of the current cemetery, or whether you are aware of other land which could be used as a cemetery, or if you don’t wish the Parish Council to provide a new cemetery at all.

Please contact the clerk, Pauline James at Beech Farm, Marsh Road, Upton NR13 6BP, tel: 01493 751070, or email :

Community Newsletter November 2015

This should have been delivered recently with your copy of Acle News

November 2015

Library – unstaffed opening hours

You can now visit Acle Library even when it is unstaffed. First you need to register, then you can scan your library card and type your PIN into the access point near the library entrance.

Please note that both documents are two-sided.

Right click on the document and select Print if you wish to print the form – copies are available at Acle Library

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Age UK Surviving Winter Appeal

The Surviving Winter Appeal

Helping older people in Norfolk stay warm and safe this winter

For the past 3 years, Age UK Norfolk have worked with the Norfolk Community Foundation over the autumn and winter months to administer the Surviving Winter Appeal. We are doing so again this year.

The idea is that those who receive, but do not depend upon, the Government Winter Fuel Payment might prefer to give some or all of it to someone who needs it more than they do. Even if you don’t receive a Winter Fuel Payment you can still make a donation of any size.

Over the 3 years since the appeal began, 970 grants totalling £156,499 have been given to support older people who are in need of help with their energy bills or their domestic heating systems.

Helping older people living in fuel poverty

Heat or eat is a reality for many older people. Simply keeping warm in the colder weather can be a challenge for many vulnerable older people due to poverty and inadequate housing, leading to preventable health issues. Many older people are dreading the cold weather and will have to choose between heating their home and eating a meal.


  • Each winter one older person dies every 7 minutes from the cold weather
  • Over a third of older people say they live mainly in one room to save money
  • 1.7 million older people can’t afford to heat their homes
  • In winter 2011 to 2012, there were over 300 winter deaths among people over 85 years of age living in Norfolk.

Key messages to keep warm and protect your health are:

  • Keep your living room temperature at 70⁰F (21⁰C)
  • Keep your bedroom at 65⁰F (18⁰C)
  • Keep your bedroom window closed at night when the weather is cold
  • Make sure you wrap up well when going out in the cold.

Donate to the Surviving Winter Appeal

Online At

By Text: Donate by text from any UK network via JustTextGiving: Simply send a text message to 70070 including the campaign code NFCF11 followed by the amount £2, £5 or £10 (max).

By Post Please make cheques payable to the Norfolk Community Foundation and post to: ‘Surviving Winter Appeal’, Norfolk Community Foundation, St James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1TN

At Barclays Bank You can donate at Barclays Bank using the following details: Reference: Surviving Winter Appeal Sort Code: 20-62-53 Bank Account Number: 03282503

For many local older people, your donation to the Surviving Winter Appeal is vital in helping them stay warm and healthy this winter.

Receiving Support from the Surviving Winter Appeal

To apply for a Surviving Winter grant, please contact Age UK Norfolk on 0300 500 1217.

Parish councillors’ interests

Broadland District Council holds the list of parish councillors’ interests: click here


Standing Orders

October 2015

The Standing Orders are reviewed at least once each year

Review date: October 2016