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    The Mallard Issue 281 February 2015

    King’s Lynn’s Bus Station is Getting a Makeover The bus station in King’s Lynn is being refurbished and the pedestrian links between

    the town centre, the bus

    station and the railway

    station improved to

    give people arriving in

    town by public transport

    a more positive first


    Improved access and

    lighting, wider pavements,

    more shelter and real-

    time travel information

    will all add up to a better

    experience and, once

    complete, the whole area

    will become a smoke-

    free zone.

    This £1.6 million project has been funded by £500,000 each from Tesco and Sainsbury’s

    with the remainder coming from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk

    and Norfolk County Council. The project started on 6th January and work should be

    finished by mid June.

    To enable works to take place, from 9th March 2015, southbound services will arrive

    and depart from Portland Street. Full details of the services affected will be available

    on the Borough Council’s website

    We know that this will cause a bit of inconvenience but please bear with us and keep

    up to date by subscribing to e-alerts at the website link above or by following

    @KLTIworks on Twitter.

    Valentines Dance Great Massingham Village Hall

    Saturday February 14th - Tickets £8

    ‘Showtime at The Musicals’ with

    ‘Rock & Romance’ Disco.

    Raising funds to buy a defibrillator for the

    Village Hall. Tickets available from

    Mel Whitmore 07833 475 864 , the shop or hall.

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    Mallard News

    This parish magazine is published every month for the residents of Great and Little

    Massingham with the support of the Great Massingham

    Parish Council, the Parochial Church Council and

    Massingham Village Hall Trustees.


    Editorial Committee

    Editor: Bev. Randall. 6 Abbeyfields Great Massingham 01485 520899

    Treasurer: David Baines 01485 520966

    Deadline for the March issue 20

    th February

    In this issue

     Bus Station Revamp  Valentines Dance  Parish Council  Dog Mess  Strollers  Burglars! Beware  Village Hall Events  Folkspot  Gert & Daisy  Grassroots Malawi  Gaywood Library  Toads on Roads  Baby & Toddler  Film Club  Mobile Library  Fitness for Health  Community Cars  Go the Extra Yard  Plugholes & Waste  Church News  Church Services  Dates for your Diary  Play Park Project


    Parish Council Report – January meeting Seven councillors attended the meeting of the Parish Council on 19th

    January. Also present was County Councillor, John Dobson, Borough

    Councillor, Mike Tilbury, four parishioners and the Clerk.

    Various items of correspondence were dealt with and all out-

    standing accounts were sanctioned for payment.

    There was a lengthy discussion regarding parking on the green

    at the junction of Weasenham and Castle Acre Roads. The

    dangers of parking on the road were acknowledged. Reference

    was made to a recent serious incident where a number of vehi-

    cles had been damaged. Fortunately, no injuries were suffered.

    It was agreed to organise a meeting of residents, Councillors

    and the Police so that further consideration could be given to

    this matter.

    The Budget for the year to 31st March 2016 was submitted and

    it was agreed to leave the individual household contribution to

    the Precept at the current figure. There would be a small decrease

    in the Central Grant.

    Parishioners are reminded and requested to clear up the excre-

    ment of their dogs and to place the bags in the bins provided.

    (Please see articles below and on page 9) Any local people looking for housing in the village need to be

    registered with the West Norfolk Home Choice Scheme. Hastoe

    Housing Group will advise the Parish Council when their af-

    fordable homes become available and the information will be

    passed on by giving details in the Mallard.

    The next meeting will be on

    Monday 16th February 2015 at 7.30 pm




    There are special receptacles

    for this and it is very unpleasant

    for the volunteers who empty

    the bins to have to deal with

    several bags of dog excrement YOU WOULDN’T LIKE IT


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    Mallard News

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    Strollers...... A Cracking Walk! Sunday, 4th January, dawned bright and

    frosty; perfect for a New Year’s stroll.

    Eight strollers and a stately black standard

    poodle set off from the Well for a two hour

    stroll around Little Massingham.

    The lanes were rather treacherous with ice

    but fortunately we all managed to keep on

    our feet. Once we had left the roads and

    walked through Home Farm the going was

    easier and some of us practised the ancient

    art of puddle stomping to crack the ice, this

    being one of the main aims of the Strollers

    when walking with new-comers. We saw

    very little wildlife on our walk, (possibly it

    was all hiding as a result of all the shoots

    recently!) except for occasional sight of

    hares, some of which were already indulg-

    ing in boxing matches (please don’t shoot


    Arriving back at the pub and joined by non

    -walkers we enjoyed a Sunday lunch and

    the annual Strollers Quiz. Our next walk

    should be on 15th February, weather and

    illness permitting. Andrew Bickerton



    We had a report recently from a family,

    living in Station Road, regarding a burglary

    at their property. This sort of event is very

    distressing for anyone, as in this case, and

    the family wanted to make everyone in our

    two villages aware.

    The burglary is believed to have taken

    place between 5 and 6.30 pm. Entry was

    made by forcing a door to the conservatory

    at the back. The intruders were not deterred

    by the barking of the family dog from a

    room inside although it is thought they

    left, in the end, because they were worried

    about the attention the dog’s barking might

    be attracting.

    The house was completely ransacked. Items

    taken included some gold jewellery and

    cash whereas electronic goods like i-pads,

    that could be traceable, were left alone.

    Advice from the police is to not keep gold

    items and cash in places where they can

    be easily found. Be sure to report any suspi-

    cious events to help solve these crimes.

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