Roydon is a parish of 280 people, located 7 miles due east of King’s Lynn and 3 miles south of Sandringham. Roydon borders Grimston and Congham and enjoys the facilities offered by both the other villages. Importantly though, Roydon also borders the Roydon Common which is 450 acres of protected common, featuring heathland, marshes and woodland. It is home to a wide variety of birdlife.
Village Link – Newsletter
Village Link is the monthly news magazine for Grimston/Pott Row, Congham and Roydon, which is usually out by the last weekend of the preceding month, going to press around the 20th. There are ten editions per year (all months except August and January). Each edition usually comes out by the beginning of the month. The Link can be viewed online at http://www.ggmbenefice.uk .
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Adverts are normally booked in January for the year from February onwards. It is also possible to add an advert at any time during the year.
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FIT TOGETHER – FREE GUIDED WALKS IN WEST NORFOLK
If you find it difficult to get active, why not start walking? It’s really easy to get started, you don’t need any special equipment – and best of all it counts towards your recommended amount of physical activity.
Walking can improve your health, your happiness and, if you join one of our groups, it will give you the chance to explore the outdoors, get to know your local area and meet new people.
Walking can help to keep your mind and your social life healthy too, so why not make a start and find a walk near you today. We’re a friendly bunch and we’d love you to join us.
Walking is a normal, everyday activity – and that’s partly why we forget it’s actually exercise at all. It’s good for us. It can help us stay healthy and watch our weight. And it gives us energy (which makes us feel great). There’s really no other exercise like it!
If you have a health condition, walking is a great way for you to relieve some of your symptoms, get back on the road to recovery and feel great again. But it isn’t just about getting better. Walking can help prevent illnesses from developing in the first place. Walking will improve the flexibility and strength of your joints, muscles and bones too – and it’ll reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Walking at any pace will help you to manage your weight, reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes and reduce the risk of some cancers (inactive people are more likely to develop colon, breast and lung cancer than those who exercise).
So if you want to get started, why not find your local health walk and join today?
The Fit Together walks range from a Grade 1 beginners’ walk through to a Grade 3 for those looking for something more challenging. All walks are free. Participants are asked to complete a short health questionnaire before the start of the walk and should arrive 15 minutes early.
Walk programmes are available from libraries, council offices and doctors’ surgeries. They are also available to download at www.activenorfolk.org/fittogether
The Council is the lowest tier of local government. The Council has little power but a reasonable amount of influence. Their main role is to exert influence on the decisions of District and County Councils. They are consulted on local Planning Applications, Highway/Road Safety issues, long term planning and wider community involvement strategies. A Parish Council is a local authority whose councillors are voted on by the electors in the Parish area and serve for four years. Roydon Parish Council has 7 councillors. All councillors live or work in Roydon. They are elected to serve and administer the residents of Roydon. The Parish Councillors determine and set policy to cater for the social, cultural, welfare and environmental needs of Roydon. Powers are mostly discretionary, i.e. they can be used to as great or little extent as their community wishes.
All councillors adhere to the Parish Council Code of Conduct and complete a register of interests.
Planning decisions are taken by King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council. They give details of every planning application to Roydon Parish Council for the Council to review. They take into account the Parish Council’s views and comments on planning applications.
What can Parish Councils do?
Parliament has given various powers to Parish Councils. These powers relate to planning, provision of recreational facilities, community centres and public buildings, crime prevention, community transport, public toilets, tourism, allotments, footpaths, street lighting, certain aspects of highway maintenance, litter, open spaces, traffic calming etc. Powers were recently increased. They also act to represent residents of the parish on issues such as the Local Plan, problems with highways and bins, and with local businesses.
Roydon Parish Council is directly responsible for a number of things in the village:
Maintaining the Common
Looking after the village bus shelter
Commenting on all planning applications
Supporting village organisations
Providing a focus within the village for action/representations on key issues
Monitoring Public Rights of Way
Where do Parish Councils get their money?
The Parish Council sets a budget every year known as the Precept. The money is collected for them by King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council through the Council Tax bills. This is paid by the electors in the Parish. The Parish Council may also receive grants and income in other ways. They use this to help improve life for their local community in many ways.
What does Roydon Parish Council do?
Elections to the Parish Council are held every 4 years.
The Parish Council employs a part-time Parish Clerk to implement policy decisions. The Parish Clerk carries out her duties from her home. The Parish Council also provides a conduit for complaints regarding overgrown trees, silted up drains, sewage problems, grass verges and street cleansing. They lobby for improvements in highways, footpaths, road safety etc.
It is responsible for managing open spaces, allotment provision and can identify areas for small-scale environmental improvements, such as green spaces, bus shelters, public seating, notice boards etc. Representation is made to other local councils where appropriate on planning and other matters. It is also able to provide grants to groups within the community.
How often does the Parish Council meet?
The council meets every bi-monthly, at Pott Row Village Hall. The meetings are open to all members of the public. All meetings start at 7.00pm. Members of the public can speak at the meetings, at the appropriate time.
How do I contact the Parish Council?
By email – [email protected]
By phone – clerk can be contacted on 01553 674382
How do I find out what has been agreed at Parish Council Meetings?
You will find draft minutes of meetings under the “Meetings” section of this website and on the notice board.
What are the other councils in Roydon?
The next tier above Parish Councils is the District Council (in our case, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council) which covers a much wider area, and above that comes Norfolk County Council.
What is a Parish?
The Parish is an area with a defined boundary, both in civil (administrative) and ecclesiastical (religious) terms.