One of Buxton's oldest bridges may have to be removed. The bridge between the green on Bulwer road and the cul-de-sac on Levishaw Close is under threat of demolition, mainly because of some thoughtless individuals. The bridge and surrounding property and fences have been damaged, leading to calls for the bridge to be removed. The bridge is the last remaining part of the Old Levishaw Vicarage, later renamed to Levishaw Manor when the new vicarage was built in Back Lane. Click here to go to the History section for more on Levishaw Manor, and here to see the minutes of the Council meeting where the bridge was discussed. UPDATE: The bridge is no more....
An application has gone through the Parish Council for the conversion of our greatest historical and physical landmark, The Mill. The proposed new works were for the hotel and adjoining house to be converted into 12 residential units. The plans were objected to by the Parish Council, but I understand that this is not the end of the matter. For the full details of this planning application, please visit the Parish Council´s website by clicking here. Three cheers for the Council
Thanks to the hard work of Dr. Briscoe, we are now in the process of compiling a comprehensive History Of Buxton Page. There will be maps. pictures and text depicting Buxton and it's History. Anybody who has any items they may wish a add to these pages, please could they contact the webmaster. Any items given will be acknowledged and copyrighted to the Sender if they wish.
After writing a letter regarding the new signage to Buxton, a parishioner has had a response from the Planning & Transportation Dept, Norfolk County Council. (Phone 01603 222143)
A Mr. David Sprunt wrote:
I am aware of the signing issues relating to Buxton and am currently arranging for new signs to be erected at the A140/B1354 Waterloo Road junction together with continuity signs to the village. As you say the only signs on the A140 at present are those near Hevingham Church, which I agree, is an unsuitable road where signs will be removed once those mentioned earlier are in place. With regard to the other locations the sign on the Aylsham to Brampton Road (marked 'Byway To Brampton') is being assessed to see if it is possible to return Buxton to the existing sign. The other location at the B1150/B1354 junction in Coltishall has never had any signs to Buxton and has not been raised previously as a specific problem as visitors to the village, as you have indicated, tend to use the A140 as this is the major route.
The Orange mobile phone mast, which was to go down Mill Street until the residents objected strongly to it's proximity to the school, has possibly found a new location.
It is understood that A.P.T (Orange Mobile Phones) were surveying land in Allotment Gardens, Lion Road. Since this is a lot further away from the school, there seems to be nowhere near the outcry made at the Mill Street Location. You might find more details available in the minutes at the Parish Council's website.
A place has come available on the Board Of Governors of Buxton School.
Nomination papers are available from the Head, and all papers must be returned sealed to the school no later than Midday Mon 28th Jan 2002.
All parents or guardians of children at the school are entitled to stand.
The election will be by "postal" ballot, your child will deliver and return the papers, sealed, by no later than Midday Wed 6th Feb 2002 - the date of the election.
Any queries, contact the Head at the school. Email here.
Phone 01603 279357
If you get in, you might be the only one there soon! If Ofsted fail the school, I reckon the current Board should resign!
Ofsted are inspecting the school again, the last inspection being in March 2000, and the previous in 1996.
The March 2000 inspection leveled certain criticisms at the school, the Headmaster and the Board of Governors. This was a factor in the resignation of the Headmaster at the time, Don MacKenzie.
(Most people I have spoken to seem to think it was a great loss for the school in losing Mr MacKenzie - Webmaster) The school has been through a tough time of it recently, with the disappearance after less than a year of the new Headmaster, Mrs. Edwards. However, the new Head Mrs. S. Clayton, seems well capable, and seems to have a good outlook, so I am sure all parents and residents wish the school well for the future.
We've got a virtual tour of The Falkland Islands, courtesy of Mr Scott Swabey, (webmaster of the local youth football team) who has taken the time to send some pictures and text about our southern sibling, with specific attention to the war against the Argentinians.
There are pictures of various memorials, one the now famous Col H Jones, and text loosely describing the war and the roles various regiments played.
Have a look by clicking here.
Many thanks, Scott, sorry for delay in putting it all online.
A Hog Roast with a disco and live entertainment held in the village has raised £1500 for Huntington's Disease research.
Despite the Indian Summer giving way to monsoon conditions, nearly 200 people packed into an enormous marquee (especially erected the week before by a large and of small but perfectly formed amateurs) on farmland provided by kid permission of AW Melton & Sons.
Ravers of all ages "bopped" to the live band, The Beat Doctors, and the music of the Rumour Has It Roadshow who played a mixture of 60's - 90's hits. Many of those bopping could not, of course, remember much of the 60's music (and even less of the 90's!!)
Mr Colin Melton, chief administrator and all round Head Honcho, thanked everybody for their help in achieving such a wonderful total. Special thanks went to Mr Bailey of Bailey's of Norfolk for the use of the marquee, to all those who had donated raffle prizes, to his 'girls' (made up largely of clapped-out old fund-raising slappers from the village) and of course to his own family who contributed so much to the success of the evening.
Buxton Gang Show made a profit of approx. £800 for the new Youth Hall. Thanks to all the Cubs, Guides, Brownies, Beavers, Scouts and Youth Football Club for their grand effort and to everyone who supported them.
We are contructing a Places To Go section, with reports on :
Castle Rising Castle
Sutton Windmill & Broads Museum.
Shire Horse Center, W.Runton.
Priory Maze, Beeston Regis
If anybody wants to send in a review or report of a visit they have had to a fairly local attraction, we will be happy to put it online so others in the village can take advantage.
LOCAL RESIDENT WALKS BEFORE BEING EVICTED!
A local man walked out of the recent Council Meeting (25th June 2001), just after the Chairman threatened to have him removed. Feelings ran high as the meeting discussed the planning application for the mobile communications mast which Orange want to install in Mill Street.
See The Council Page for more details.
The Londis shop which closed at the end of the June is to be turned into a funeral parlour. Apparently, Mr Roger Rice has accepted a bid for the shop, despite his son Robert denying all. A concerned resident who lives close to the shop has rasied a petition of over 400(?) signatures to protest against the scheme.
This item was in the Gossip section long ago (and still is below). Remember, you heard it here first!
Here's a nice bit of speculation...
The Londis Stores, after it has closed, will be turned into a Funeral Parlour! Allegedly, talks have been had to turn the Brook Street shop into a Celestial Waiting Room, with failed coffin dodgers being wheeled in by the truck load from all around. Perhaps the vicinity of the Post Office, with their shiny vans will negate the need for hearses cluttering up the village.
A comment was made by one interested party that a change of use for the building was probably not required, as the building was fairly devoid of life when it was a shop.
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME
During the May Parish Council Meeting, a bitter taste was left in the mouths of more than one person present.
NEXT COUNCIL MEETING 25th June 7:30pm Village Hall.
DISAPPOINTING TURNOUT FOR SUCH GOOD WEATHER.
DECISION SUBJECT TO APRIL MEETING
L.E.A. GIVES £900 FOR NEW EQUIPMENT.
Buxton playgroup have recently secured funding for some new play equipment at the Village Hall.
£900 has been received from the Local Education Authority (Broadland DC) which has been allocated to provide a new stereo, sink, partitions for reading areas, and ride on toys, all contained in a brand new secure shed, kindly allowed by the Village Hall Committee.
The stereo is for playing new activity tapes to the children, and is in line with the Ofsted recommendations. The partitions are also required to assist children in their reading skills, providing a 'quiet area' for them to concentrate.
Click to visit the Buxton Playgroup Website.
MARK TO LEAVE LONDIS SHOCK!
CONFIRMED REPORTS ARE COMING IN CONCERNING THE LONDIS SHOP IN BROOK STREET. MAIN MAN MARK IS TO LEAVE!
Mark, who has been at the shop for the past 643 years, has finally decided to hang up his pinny and seek pastures new. An interview with someone was held at some point, and the following might have been said:
So, how do you feel about letting Mr Rischmiller go?
Rischmiller Go? I will not let him go!
Let him go!
Rischmiller No, I will not let him go!
Let him go, go ,go, go, go, go, go!
Oh Mama Mia....Stop it!
VILLAGE GETS NEW WEBSITE!
THRONGS PARTY HARD IN THE STREETS. BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS ALIKE RUSH TO PLACE THEIR FREE ENTRY ONLINE.
One bystander who saw the carnage reported "I haven't seen anything so bad since nearly having my eye taken out by a firework during the Black Lion Millenium celebrations last year."
"This is so exciting." said an excited man. "Everything I need at a single mouse click. I won't have to search for that missing chinese takeaway menu again." he added. (excitedly)
This seems to be the general concensus of opinion in the village, with euphoria being the order of the day.
"Better than doing drugs." said one spangly eyed teenager, emerging from The Dell.
BALAY GET GO AHEAD.
PLANNING PERMISSION SECURED FOR SPORTS & YOUTH HALL.
BALAY have finally secured the planning permission required to build a youth & sports hall on Aylsham Road. All that remains now is to build it, so its full steam ahead to raise funds. There is an AGM on Wed 14th March so why not go along for a full update.