Broadband Update – May 17

Please find below the powerpoint presentation which was given at the Annual Parish Meeting.

Hardingham May 2017


Highways Issues

The Parish Council thought that it would be useful for all residents to see the issues in the Parish which have been reported to Highways, along with their current status.  If you see any other issues that need reporting, please contact Highways directly via (for both potholes and other Highways issues)

Mill Road – Potholes – being monitored

Low Street – Sunken Drains – referred to utility companies to repair

Low Street – Surface water – all gullies to be jetted

Hardingham Rd / Hackford Rd – missing sign – no action to be taken

Low Street – missing fingerposts on two footpath signs

Plough Lane / Hingham Road – tarmac breaking up

Church Lane Crossroads – no warning sign when approaching from B1135

Church Lane Crossroads – give way painting faded

Mobile Library Timetable



Hardingham Parish Council is pleased to announce the Defibrillator is up and running. It is situated by the main door on the Memorial Hall.
The council arranged an Awareness Session on Sunday 19th March for the whole village to attend. It was a very informative session.   John Sharples (Hardingham Parish Council Chairman) welcomed people to the Awareness Session and emphasised our gratitude to the Community HeartBeat Trust (for arranging the buying of the equipment and the Awareness Session, with training in how to administer CPR). According to the CHT, the turnout of 36 residents at the session was “considerable” compared to a lot of small communities – well done to Richard Burke and Binny Lenihan for organising this and the fundraising.
Thanks must go to Lucie’s Lifesaving Project, and above all to the residents who contributed to the fund to enable us to install this vital equipment which may save lives in the future. Having AED (defibrillator) in the rural community will help cardiac arrest sufferers get treatment more quickly.
We look forward to the Defibrillator having a long and undisturbed life at the Memorial Hall.

Norfolk Community Learning Services

Norfolk Community Learning Services (formerly known as Norfolk Adult Education) offers a range of Courses taught by experienced tutors throughout the county. We would like to highlight our ICT courses for anyone keen to become more ICT literate. For beginners we are providing a 5 week course called Internet Made Simple. Learners can access FREE tasters for this course before starting to get an idea of what the course covers. For those wishing to gain a basic ICT qualification we are running a Computing for Beginners course which provides a broad introduction to basic computing.

· Learners can start with a free taster – or can enrol at any of the follow up courses to suit their needs.
· Courses run throughout Norfolk in the Spring and Summer terms.
· To find out more, please ring 0344 800 8020 for further information or look at

We are keen to run courses that are relevant to the needs of local communities and businesses so please feel free to contact us as we can offer tailor made courses when a need has been identified. We also run FREE Maths & English courses for people without these qualifications.

Kind regards

Norfolk Community Learning Services

Better Broadband Post meeting note

Many thanks to everyone who attended the Parish Council meeting on Monday.  To view to presentation please click HERE

John sent the following email to Karen which is also of interest:

Dear Karen,

Many thanks to you and John for coming along to our meeting yesterday and explaining the reasons for the delay in the implementation of our Better Broadband plan, and outlining the new plan. You know we have been extremely frustrated by the delay because the current quality of our broadband service is appalling. The general feeling at the meeting, however, was very positive towards the revised plan which is to scrap the idea of providing two interface boxes in the village area where many would not have benefitted, and to now deliver fibre optic cable to each household in the village providing virtually full, and very high speed broadband to everyone. Although the delay has been tiresome, this is an amended solution which is worth waiting for, particularly as, once implemented, will not be revisited for further upgrades. We were pleased to hear that the project has been signed off by you and work is due to start in the summer (June best case, August worst). We understand that it is difficult to estimate when the work will be finished because much depends on obstacles and difficulties which emerge once work commences. We did discuss after the meeting that communication between us was very important, so I ask that you keep me informed of progress as things happen so I can keep the village informed on our website. We will be putting a report of the meeting on our website.

I welcome your proposal to have a meeting with the major landowner, William Edwards of Hardingham Farms Ltd, to discuss tree works in advance of work commencing in order to minimise tree surgery requirements by BT Openreach which might add further delay to the project. I suspect Hardingham Farms is the only property owner within the Hardingham area where the property is more than 160m from the property boundary. So this could be discussed at the same meeting. It would be helpful to know from initial surveys which other properties might need branches removed so they can have the opportunity to get them removed before work commences. (I think I mentioned that I have just had tree surgeons in to remove trees that were threatening phone cables on my property.) I hope that any self help we can encourage on our part will help to reduce delay of the overall project.

We did point out that Nordelph Corner, Gresham Farm, Manson Green and the house on the intersection of the Dereham/ Hingham Road and the Hardingham/ Southburgh roads (hardingham-broadband-map) have not been included in the plan, but are part of Hardingham Parish. Can you please assure us that these will be catered for as well.
Kind regards


Once we have an update about the areas which are mentioned it will be added to the website.

Better Broadband Update

Dear Parishioners

Broadband Update

As you know, most of us have been struggling with inadequate broadband speed for years. You will remember that the Parish Council organised a petition a couple of years ago to the Director of ‘Better Broadband for Norfolk’ at County Hall which seemed to have an impact. We were then assured that Hardingham was included in the upgrade programme which would involve fibre optic cable being laid from the Hingham exchange to three distribution boxes in the village, and this would result in much improved speeds. We expected the implementation to be completed by the end of last year. We were then informed that there was a problem with achieving blanket coverage throughout the village so a more complicated solution would be required which would be more expensive than originally planned. The work would not be completed until the end of this year. We have now heard that it has been delayed for yet another year to the end of 2017. You will agree, I am sure, that this is totally unacceptable, and the Parish Council has protested in the strongest terms to this added delay.


The Director Of ‘Better Broadband for Norfolk’, Karen O’Kane, and the lead programme director from BT Openreach, John Cullum, have agreed to attend the next Parish Council meeting in the Memorial Hall on 14th November at 7pm to give a presentation on the implementation plan, and then take questions. You are strongly encouraged to attend if this is a matter close to your heart.


Yours sincerely


John Sharples

Chairman Hardingham Parish Council

Hardingham Parish Council



The Parish Council is the first tier of local government and has an advisory role on matters such as road safety and planning with decisions often being made by the Breckland District or Norfolk County authorities. The Parish Council represents the people of Hardingham and works on their behalf to the benefit of the community.

The Parish Council meets on the second Monday of January, March, May, July, September and November at 7pm in the Village Hall.

The Annual Parish Meeting is held in May, and the date advertised on the website and noticeboards in advance of the meeting.