Thakeham Parish Council July News

A monthly round up of news and events provided by Thakeham Parish Council.

Village Day

The sun shone for Thakeham Village Day and Fun Guy Fest. There was a range of stalls and activities including bouncy castles, Fire truck, face paints, coconut shy, child talent (and dog) shows, lots of cake and our very own Parish Rector in the stocks! It was great to see the community (young, old and furry!) come out to support Thakeham Preschool and Thakeham Primary School. Local bands played into the evening. The field was white with clover- helping bees. Parish Councillor Fiona McConnachie ensured we made the event as environmentally friendly as practicable. Bar “glasses” were reusable and recyclable waste was managed separately. Thank you to everyone who played a part in organising or attending this year’s event. It really couldn’t happen without you. Anyone wanting to help with next year should contact

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Parish Council News

June’s meeting agreed the spending priorities for recently received Community Infrastructure Levy funds (from Abingworth Phase 2). The park on High Bar Lane will get a new rubberised floor surface to replace the current wood-chipped area, more equipment and improved fencing.  We hope to have this completed over the summer period.

Mr Bryant, the owner of the new shop building, gave a statement to the Planning Committee on 24 June. He said problems with the building structure needed to be resolved by dispute resolution between him and the builder before the internal fittings for the shop and veterinary surgery could be completed. He said it “it is not realistic to believe this will be resolved in the short term and it is now unlikely that the building will be completed before next spring”. We understand that the prospective tenants of both the shop and vets remain committed despite the delayed timeline.

We hope the new green spaces around the Parish, such as the Abingworth pond area and new play park by the Hall, are being enjoyed by everyone within Thakeham Parish. Keep an eye on the website for more upcoming community events.

Charlotte Dumbrill, Assistant Parish Clerk. Find us at



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