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SCRAP metal, fuel and catalytic converter thefts are still concerning police,

Outwell parish councillors heard at their meeting on April 4.

PCSO Tracey Millburn said the thefts are still very much a concern.

Members heard Cllr Margaret Hodgson had attended the Upwell and Outwell Age Concern Luncheon Club annual meeting. The council agreed to donate £150 to help with the venue and transport costs that are ever increasing for this group, which relies on voluntary contributions.

At the joint parishes meeting at Upwell, several issues were raised including further training for all the parishes regarding emergency plan work. Cllr T Goulding and the clerk are to attend the meeting for more information on putting a plan together for Outwell.

Cllr Paul Brenchley, village hall and playing field committee chairman, reported that planning has been applied for and quotes are required for the piling work. Grants are being assessed from Norfolk County Council, WREN and lottery funding.

The council are planning to instal a hard playing area on the location of the former tennis court. This is for netball, basketball, tennis and football.

Cllr Janet Edgson reported the school held a Mother’s Day Lunch and celebrated Easter in many ways. The school has much interaction with the community and community leaders are invited to the school.

The Council have had a request from Beaupre School for help towards the cost of a Jubilee Garden they proposed to create. A £100 donation was agreed.

The Council are to give each child in the parish, aged between three and 11, a Queen’s Jubilee commemorative mug. These are to be handed out at the fete on June 4 at Outwell playing field.

Albert Cornwell, long-standing village cleaner, will not be returning to his duties. He will be greatly missed.

Brian Murphy, who has carried on the work in his absence, will be asked if he would like a permanent contract.

The next council meeting is at St Andrew’s Church, on May 1, after the AGM.