Minutes of Berwick
In attendance: Neil MacDougall (Chairman)
Helen Riding (Parish Clerk)
PC Ivor Noyce
Total in attendance:
Introduction – Chairman
Chairman opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. There are a number of new residents – Tom
Mulvee and Jo Rackham, Stuart and Sarah Larter, and Brigadier (Retd) Greville
and Gillian Bibby
who should be moving in next week. All
were welcomed into the Berwick St James community. A special welcome was extended to PC Ivor
Apologies For Absence
were received from Chris Lange, Ian Gibb, James Hardy, Stephen & Ailsa
Bush, Veronica Sumner and Gabrielle Smith.
Cllr Ian West is at an Amesbury Board meeting and unable to attend our
Minutes of Last Meeting and Matters
Hiscocks and Sarah Humphreys are looking into the possibility of cheaper
insurance for the Reading Room. It may be possible that by combining with the
village insurance (but paying the difference), the Reading Room will be able
to secure significantly better rates than it currently pays. Other options are being investigated as
informal session held on the defibrillator was well attended and successful.
mobile library service has been withdrawn.
Hogweed is a rare plant not found in our area so is not a problem for the
The minutes were agreed as
a true reflection of the last meeting.
Proposed: Diana Gifford-Meade. Seconded: Gill Brasher. All in favour.
Broadband update - Chairman
residents have experienced problems with broadband – extremely slow, no
service etc. Neil had a meeting with
an Openreach Senior Project Manager to discuss the situation. The issue of who owns the land adjacent to
the DSLAM box was solved and permission has been gained from Michael Mertens
to install the power source to the box.
It is now hoped that the work should be completed this year. Superfast Broadband should be available
through the various service providers, not only BT, and could possibly cost
between £10 and £30 per month.
Open Gardens 2015 - Chairman
thanked everyone for a really successful weekend. There was a lot of hard work involved,
particularly by the committee, and the village did well.
presented the Finance figures:
room art exhibition 91.79
distribution of the first £3 000, as agreed in March, was made to the Reading
Room (£1 250.00), the Church (£1 250.00) and the Community Fund (£500.00).
The Open Gardens committee proposes to donate another £500 to Wiltshire Air
Ambulance. No objections, all in
favour. The balance of £2,550 will be
carried forward to next year.
then listed the advantages of an Open Gardens event. It made an excellent profit, mostly
financed from outside sources. It
involved a high percentage of residents, was enjoyed by residents and
visitors alike and Berwick looked at its best. Aspects to consider for the future are that
it took a lot of time and effort to set up; its success is highly dependent
on the weather; it is best run over 2 days rather than 1; the ticket price;
whether to include children's activities and finally whether to involve an
outside charity from the start.
was then asked if those present would want an Open Gardens weekend next year
and the answer was NO, but it was agreed that it could be held in the
future. 25 of those present agreed
that it should be held in 2017 and 1 agreed to 2018. It was also requested that the date should
not be on a Solstice weekend.
theme and nature of any fundraising event for the village in 2016 will need
to be decided at the next meeting in January 2016. One idea raised was of a community event to
celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, which would be self-financing
and might raise additional useful funds. However this would not primarily be a
fundraising event, as the OG weekend had raised sufficient moneys to cover the
basic contribution that will be needed next year by the Church and the Reading
also thanked Robin Richards for the use of his field as a car park during the
Open Gardens weekend.
Village Playground -
The playground, in its current location, is rarely
used. Richard Brasher strims the grass
regularly but not many children go there.
A suggestion has been made to create a more central playground in the grounds
of The Boot Inn, an idea similar to one that Lou Whiting, a resident in the
village a few years ago, had investigated without success.. Neil proposed
that he would work with Giles and Cathy Dickinson, the present tenants of the
Boot Inn, and Wadworth Brewery to have part of the waste ground attached to
the pub converted into a playground that would be available for use by both
children of clients using the pub and those living in the village. Discussions were still very much at a
preliminary stage, and costs of conversion of the land, provision and
installation of equipment and insurance aspects had yet to be covered. Ian Fisher explained that the present playground
was originally made for children to have a place to play while parents played
cricket. It also had a grant from the
Council so might not be good to move the equipment, which could be left in
Neil will continue to investigate all aspects of the
Village Diary – Nicky
Friday 16th Oct Harvest Supper - replies to Jane
Thurs 22nd Oct Film Night: Kingsmen- the Secret
Service (Reading Room)
Friday 30th Oct Wine and Sausage night at the Boot
Thurs 19th Nov
Film Night: Gigi (Reading
Sat 5th Dec Christmas Coffee morning
Local Highways –
The contract between the Council and Balfour Beatty
to maintain Wiltshire roads has been cancelled. It is now down to the Council to maintain
them, but we have to phone and ask for anything we want done. We all need to be observant and inform Neil
if we see anything that needs to be done.
This includes the drains. If residents see straw and leaves blocking the
drains and are able to clear the grates easily themselves, that would help.
The Duck Street sign has been stolen. It is on a list with the Council to be
Neil has spoken to the organiser of the Audi event
held in Winterbourne Stoke as there were a lot of speeders through the
village that day, many going in excess of 50mph.
Speedwatch – Carolyn
45 sessions have been held to date in 2015. 2421 cars have been through the village
during these sessions, of which 197 vehicles were travelling at 36mph or
There is 1 new volunteer to the program, Ian Gibb,
and any other volunteers would be most welcome. Carolyn thanked PC Ivor Noyce for his
support and attendance at some of the speedwatch sessions.
Neighbourhood Watch –
There was a theft of oil from the Guides Centre
recently. Mike Doggrell had noticed 2
men acting suspiciously near the centre during the day and the feed pipe from
the oil tank was cut that night. John
Stephenson had also noticed a similar car coming up his drive on the same day
and occupants behaving strangely. The
police were notified and the car's registration number obtained from John’s
security camera footage. The driver
has been traced. The moral is that we
need to be aware at all times – if we see something that isn't right, call
Neil or 101, or 999 if you believe a crime is being committed, but don't just
Any Other Business
PC Noyce will get the date of the next Audi event to
be held in Winterbourne Stoke and come to Berwick with his speedgun.
The date of the next meeting is to be confirmed but
provisionally will be on 14th January 2016.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:17pm.
Chairman Berwick Parish
Minutes of Berwick
In attendance: Neil MacDougall (Chairman)
Helen Riding (Parish
Total in attendance: 33
of issues discussed and decisions made
Introduction and Apologies For Absence –
The Chairman opened the meeting at
7pm. He extended apologies from Cllr
Ian West who unexpectedly was no longer able to attend.
Apologies for absence
from Toby & Sarah Humphreys, Chris & Anika Lange, Lyanne Steet,
Robin Richards, Ian Gibb, John Coleman, Sally Hiscock, Jane Lock-Smith, Marie
Perry, Barbara Last, James Hardy, Ian Fisher still in hospital, Gabrielle
Smith, Jean Hibbrd.
Minutes of Last Meeting and Matters
Brain should be finished repairing the bus shelter by the end of the month.
BT green box is repaired. The second
box is a "" box for superfast
broadband. The box has been installed
but the cabling goes under the road and that hasn't been yet. This is supposed to be imminent.
Stephen Bush said he was happy with the
minutes were agreed as a correct record of the last meeting.
Council and A303 Update – Chairman on Ian
A303: Ian wanted the residents to know that the request
for a huge roundabout, about 1 mile in diameter, around Stonehenge has been
turned down by Wiltshire Council.
Village Open Gardens Presentation
White from Wichampton was present to give us an
idea of what they d for their Open Gardens day. She said that our advertising and publicity
and to expect large numbers
as a result. Parking and the safety of
pedestrians must be considered, given the layout of the village.
committee organising the Open Gardens weekend is:
MacDougall – Publicity and Advertising
Lovett – BBQ and Pimms stand
Brasher – Cakes and Tea
Marchant – Co-ordinator
Hiscocks – Finance, Insurance and Tickets
Hardy – Duck Race
Street – Events in the Reading Room
gardenswill be open that weekendRobin's field will be the main car park and will be able to
take approximately 200 cars. Any
overflow will go into the Humphrey's field.
There will also be a car park at the north end of the village barns. This would hold about 40-50 cars.
people attend the event. Both car parks will have attendants. There will be a ticket booth at the main
car park and mid-village. People will
be given a map with information on the reverse when they buy a ticket.
question was raised – why not move the ticket booth in mid-village to the
north end car park? The committee will
consider all suggestions.
will be a Bottle stall Raffle stall great
prizes Duck Race will be on the Sunday
question was asked whether a licence would be needed to sell alcohol at the
bottle stall but it will be conducted in the form
of a raffle, circumvent the need for
Carolyn: The target audience for the Open Garden weekend is
different to that for the fete. With
this in mind, the Wiltshire Post, South Wiltshire Magazine, Salisbury Journal
and 5 other publications have been approached to put articles in their
magazines. There will be an
announcement in the Parish magazine nearer the time. There information
on the Village Website. Posters have
been designed and will be printed by Jane LockSmith,
free of charge. Tickets will go on
sale at the end of April. Ken Woodford
will help with boards for the notices.
There will be notices at both ends of Berwick and nearer the
time, possibly a scarecrow with a sign placed on the bench at the bus
Bill: The village has an existing insurance policy for the
Council members. There will be no
extra cost in order to be covered for publicliability
during the Open Garden weekend. The
insurers only require some extra paperwork from Bill. Risk assessments have been carried out on
each of the gardens to be opened for village use only.
A disclaimer will be put on the back of the tickets.
will be happy to pre-sell tickets and keep a record of who takes bundles of
tickets to sell. Richard Brasher will
look after ticket sales on the day.
The location of sale points was discussed and will be
by the O.G. committee.
proposal was made to distribute the first £3000 raised and to hold back any
further funds raised. 24 voted in
favour – motion carried.
Keith: The BBQ will be in the area next to the Farm Shop. There will be sausages and burgers on
sale. Charlie Street will help on the
day. The beer tent will be run by the
Olivia: Descriptions have
been written of the gardens No owners have problems so far but will need plenty
of assistance on the day. Olivia would
also be grateful for donations of plants for the plant stall. Robert Drake needs space
for hanging baskets for up to a month before the event.
Gill: Gill proposes to do tea and soft drinks, unless the
BBQ stall will have soft drinks (only need 1 stall to sell them). onations of cakes to serve . Rectangular tray bakes are easy
to cut and serve but ANY and all cakes, sweet and savoury, will be
welcomed. Could they please be
delivered, covered, on Saturday
and Sunday mornings. Gill will make
aprons for all the stalls. There are 8
volunteers to help with the stall but Gill would be happy to have more.
Ian: There are
requests for 7 gazebos so far. If
anyone has any that could be borrowed, please let Ian know. Portaloos
being investigated. These cost
but necessary .
Nicky: There will be
an Art and Photo exhibition in the Reading Room, with items both for viewing
and for sale. There are also several
authors who will be present during the weekend,
Barbara Last, Claire Whatly,
Olivia Marchant and Nigel Rodgers.
Nicky would also like to have a section of children's art so please
ask any budding artists if their work could be displayed. They would also like to sell postcards and
notelets. Nicky asked for any pictures
of Berwick and the surrounding area, digital and in high resolution, to be
sent to Anika Lange (email@example.com)
by Easter Monday 6th April. The
Reading Room will cover the costs to have them printed. The profits of any sold during the Open
Garden weekend will be given to the village.
Any cards and notelets remaining will be sold later on behalf of the
General discussion: Michael Mertens has not yet decided
whether or not the path through the field on the opposite side of the river
to the village will be open.
Campbell-Johnson wanted it to be made clear that parents are responsible for
their children river
Reviews and Updates
Village Diary – Nicky Street
next film at the Reading Room will be Belle on 26th
will be a coffee morning at the Berwick Farm Shop on 19th April.
Annual Church meeting is in the church at 7pm on 21st April.
Reading Room AGM will be on 12th May (provisional date).
team organising the film evenings will probably have a poll to select films for the next season. The Imitation Game and The Theory of
Everything have been suggested.
thanks were extended to Nigel Rodgers for his talk on Trees. It was suggested
that Nigel lead a walk to show us where the trees can be found.
were also extended to the team organising the film evenings.
Village Website - Chairman
The village needs a volunteer to keep the village
website up to date. A suggestion was
made to outsource the work and pay for it to be done. Another
suggestion was to look at what methods other
villages use and possibly do something similar, and finally that a general
email should be put out to everyone in Berwick asking for a volunteer.
The Chairman said that the next meeting is the
village AGM. At this meeting the
committee members are voted in. He
asked for any nominations to any of the positions hand
to him . The AGM will be on 14th May.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15pm.
Meeting – 17th Jan ‘13
village meeting will be held on Thursday 17th January 2013 in
the Reading Room at 7 o’clock PM.
that we have had to set a date for the next meeting only some six weeks after
the last one. However, Wiltshire Council
require us to set the Precept for 2013 / 2014 by 21st January, and as
a village we need to decide the amount we require. Apart from updates on several of the
activities currently running and planned for the next year, there are also two
or three other financial matters to debate and resolve. It is hoped that the meeting will be
significantly shorter than the last one.
should be submitted to the Village Secretary, Mrs Emma Smith at The Lodge
Cottage, no later than two weeks before the meeting. Telephone no is 792849 and
email is Berwickstjamesclerk@hotmail.co.uk
Berwick Parish Meetings
Berwick St James
The next village meeting
will be held on Wednesday 5th December in the Reading Room at
7 o’clock PM.
The meeting will be run
along similar lines to the last, starting with a 15 min presentation on
Neighbourhood Watch. This will be given
by PC Mark Steele, who produces the amusing monthly bulletins, and PCSO Wendy
Leat who was at our last Village Meeting. As usual, it is intended to keep the
rest of meeting fairly short, and finish by 8:30pm at the latest. Finally, there will be a glass or two of wine
available at the end.
Agenda items should be
submitted to the Village Secretary, Mrs Emma Smith at The Lodge Cottage, no
later than two weeks before the meeting. Telephone no is 792849 and email is Berwickstjamesclerk@hotmail.co.uk
Chairman Berwick Parish
Annual General Meeting
2nd May 2012 - 6PM - in the Reading Room
Council Update - Ian West
of last meeting and matters arising
of Officers for 2012/13
- Tina Woodford
Fund Motion - A payment of of £1200 to the Church
and a payment to the Cricket Club for new gates
Survey Update - Chris Lange
Party to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee
- Rod Crossley
Anyone wishing to arrange an item should inform Richard
Brasher with at least 48 hours notice
Notes of the Berwick St James Parish
Thursday 12 January 2012 No 38
including Chairman, Richard Brasher, Clerk, Jacqueline Webb and Treasurer, Tina
Woodford. Twelve apologies for absence
Wiltshire Council Update provided by Councillor Ian West
£952,000 of the £3,000,000 deposited by
Wiltshire CC with the Landsbanki Bank has now been repaid. The Council should retrieve 98% of monies
The Boundary Commission’s final
recommendation to incorporate Berwick St James into a newly created Warminster
and Shaftesbury Constituency has to be made by 1 October 2013. Written representations about the changes will
be published in Spring 2012 when constituents will have a further opportunity
to comment on these submissions.
The A303 will be closed from 8pm to 6am
between Winterbourne Stoke and Boscombe Down from 30 January until approx 23
March 2012. Details on the notice board.
2. Notes of last meeting and matters arising
Tina Woodford to make minor changes to
Parish Meeting No 37 Notes. Chris Lange
to await results of Parish Survey to see if there is a demand for a First Aid
Course before arranging one.
3. Accounts provided by Treasurer, Tina Woodford
Balance currently £544.66. Receipts include £750 Precept paid April 2011
which brought balance to £1537.19. Outgoings have been various insurances, WALC
membership, auditors, donations to Reading Room and Parish Magazine and
replacing playground gate.
As, this year, there will be no revenue
producing fete, income is not likely to cover expenditure. Mrs Woodford proposed that the precept be
increased to at least £1250. She will
investigate the savings made by reducing the insurance cover for the bus stop
and marquee to third party only.
4. Village Community Fund
Chris Lange reported that there was
currently £2787 in the account. He also
made two proposals - votes were taken after a wide ranging discussion homing in
on the following points:-
Stephen Bush held up a chart showing the
history of village fund raising and where the money goes. The chart demonstrated that monies are
available from the Precept for running costs of the Reading Room but not for
the Church. He reported that without money from a village fete church
expenditure would be more than income. He also told the meeting that the Church
Architect predicted that over the next few years £73,000 would be needed to
maintain its fabric. He went on to
propose that £1000 from the Community Fund be given to the church and a further
£1000 to the Reading Room and that the Community Fund be capped at £500. No vote could be taken as Chris Lange’s
proposals (of which the meeting had due warning) would, if carried, make this
suggestion invalid at this meeting.
Tina Woodford stated that auditing costs
would not increase if the Community Fund was managed separately but alongside
the Village Account.
Susan Grant stated that if the profits of
the Fun Run were removed the Community Fund the would look less healthy and
she, as a major subscriber to the event, wanted monies to go to the Fund not
Chris Lange reported that the Community
Fund had engendered enthusiasm and thus profits at recent events and both the
Reading Room and the Church can benefit from the Fund’s success.
Jacqueline Webb felt that the community
benefited from having earmarked funds.
The fabric of the Church and Reading Room were areas of expenditure
which could soak up funds for miscellaneous community projects.
The point was made that it was useful to
have a substantial nest egg which could be used for match funding.
The question was posed as to why the only
substantial drawing from the Community Fund had been £300 to refurbish the war
memorial in the church. The response was
that the monies would have been used to move the children’s play ground. However, plans were abandoned when no site
could be found for the play area so money is still available for alternative
projects to benefit villagers. For example,
money might be needed to top up the costs of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.
Neil MacDougall asked if donations to the
Church and Reading Room were customarily promised before the profits of the
fete were known. Charles Street
confirmed that they were not.
Chris Lange’s 1st Proposal was
that the Community Fund should be kept in a separate account managed by Tina
Woodford, Village Treasurer and be audited along with Parish monies. This proposal was passed overwhelmingly.
The 2nd Proposal was that
payments over £500 should be approved by the community at a Parish Meeting and
that applicants for funds exceeding £500 should give warning of the request 10
days before a Meeting. The proposal was
passed 16 in favour, 5 against with 6 abstentions.
5. Community Plan
The Committee has met a few times and the
questionnaire is being trialled in certain homes.
6. Planning Application for Stonehenge Campsite
The WCC Planning Committee has delayed a
decision to the next meeting on 26 January 2012 to give time for some legal
technicalities to be sorted out.
Neil MacDougall was assured by William
Grant that the public path beside the campsite has now been cleared of the
fence stakes which blew down in the gales.
7. The Reading Room
Ian Fisher stated that Wiltshire County
Council have awarded £5000 towards improvements to the Reading Room. A second grant has been applied for to make
up any shortfall in capital costs. The
grants are for capital expenditure (including furniture and fittings) but not
running expenses. The building work
is planned to start 23 January when the Reading Room will be closed for a
month. The refurbishments include
building what is in effect a ‘inner room’ to hide the damp walls.
Rod Crossley asked what the Reading Room
is used for and how often. Ian responded that it is used for Parish Meetings
and let out for private events. After
the refurbishments it is hoped that it will be used for film shows and ‘meet
your neighbours’ evenings. It also provides
a service to the community by renting out its chairs and tables.
Due to the lack of a 2012 Village Fete Ian
stated that to cover running costs he would like to request £750 from the
Parish Account plus a £500 payment from the Community Fund. The proposal for a £500 grant from the
Community Fund was passed with 28 residents agreeing, one abstaining and none
8. The Village Precept
The Chairman stated that there was a clear
shortfall in monies available for running expenses for the Church and Reading
Room. A solution could be to increase
the Precept. Tina Woodford, Treasurer proposed
and Rod Crossley seconded that it be increased from £750 to £1250. The motion was passed 19 for, 4 against with
9. Jubilee Celebrations update provided by Nicky
There will be no charge for attending the Village
Party. The aim is for the event to be
funded by a raffle, an auction of promises and a duck race. The committee has applied for a £500 grant
towards the cost of the celebrations. It will ask some residents to donate
salads, puddings etc.
There has been no
decision yet as to whether children should be given Jubilee mugs. The cost of hiring a marquee will be
£350. The committee will consider Lyanne
Street’s suggestion of ringing the church bell. Alistair Smith has offered to arrange a
fishing trip to catch fish for the barbecue.
10. Any other business
Mike Bucknell (who used to farm land in Berwick) has
died. Charles Street asked anyone who
would like to go to the funeral to contact him and he would arrange for minibus
Richard Brasher reported that there had been further
complaints about speeding and off-roading.
Chris Lange said it was not a pretty solution but roadside car parking
reduces speed. Complaints about
speeding should be addressed to the Community Speed Watch Team. Rod Crossley said that there was a fine line
between appropriate parking and obstruction.
The maximum speed allowed between Stapleford and the Berwick is now 50
miles per hour though Diana Gifford Mead and Michael Weismuller felt the limit
should be lower. Cllr Ian West stated
enforcement is the priority, the speed limit will not be reduced further.
There are continuing concerns about the lack of water
in the River Till. Charles Street stated
that Wessex Water have finally
acknowledged that they are partially responsible for low water levels in
Wiltshire rivers and villagers need to complain about the problem to them. He stated however that the water level in his
bore hole is rising.
Diana Gifford Mead is concerned about the state of
the kissing gate at the top of the footpath leading out of Winterbourne
Stoke. The Council may take
responsibility to maintain it if the Druids Lodge Estate gives them permission
to do so.
Richard Brasher announced that he will be standing
down as Chairman after the next AGM. Neil
MacDougall volunteered to take on the role for a maximum of two years if
elected to the AGM in May.
Jacqueline Webb has had to resign as Clerk, Tina
Woodford will take over until after the AGM when a volunteer wil be needed.
BERWICK ST JAMES PARISH MEETING
Thursday 12th January 2012,
6.30 in Reading Room
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Wiltshire Council - Update
Cllr Ian West
of last meeting and matters arising
5. Precept for 2012/13
6. Village Fund
7. Community Plan
8. Planning Application for Stonehenge
Campsite – update
9. Reading Room Application for grant from
Village Fund and Wiltshire Council
10. Village Party to celebrate the Queen’s
11. Any other business
Anyone wishing to raise an item should inform Jacky Webb at least 48
hours before the meeting
Monday, 14th November 2011, 6.30 in Reading Room
1. Apologies for Absence
Council - Update Cllr Ian West
3. Notes of
last meeting and matters arising
4. Accounts Tina Woodford
5. Precept for
2012/13 Tina Woodford
Fund Chris Lange
Plan Chris Lange
Application for Stonehenge Campsite
9. Any other
NB Anyone wishing to
raise an item should inform Jacky Webb at least 48 hours before the meeting
At the village meeting which
was held on 13th October a proposal was made for the way in which
future vi;;age meeting official would appointed. Here is a copy
of the document which was circulated for consideration at the next
meeting in January 2012
ELECTION OF VILLAGE MEETING OFFICIALS
As a result of what happened at the last village
meeting, it is considered that some form of charter would be advisable for the
election of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary of the Village
Ideally, as has happened for some considerable time,
in a small village the positions mentioned above have been elected without
opposition. However a mechanism should
exist whereby anybody who wishes to hold one of the positions should be able to
put their name forward for possible election.
Other than for resignation, sudden ill health or death,
once elected, a position would be held for 12 months with effect from May each
A suggested charter would be as follows:
- By 1 March anyone wishing to stand
in the place of the current incumbent of any of the positions would
forward their name to the Village Secretary.
- By 1 April the current incumbent
of each of the posts would declare to the Village Meeting Secretary whether
they wish to stand for re-election; in the event of no other members of
the village offering their services they would also state whether they are
prepared to continue in the office.
- If on 2 April more than one person
wishes to be considered for any of the positions, then a secret ballot would
take place so as to ensure that everyone can feel free to vote the way
they wish without concern of causing ill feeling to any of the candidates.
It also ensures a genuine outcome. A Village Meeting would take place to
agree the names of the people who would manage the voting process.
- Members of the village unable to
attend the election meeting in the Reading Room (in late April/May) but
still wishing to cast a vote would be given the equivalent of a postal
vote which would be managed by 2 people agreed in advance by the Village
Meeting. These votes would be made prior to the village Meeting so that
the decision can be announced at the Village Meeting after the votes have
been cast and counted by the same 2 people that counted the postal votes.
Notes of the Berwick
St James Parish Thursday 13 October 2011 No 36
23 present plus Chair, Richard Brasher and Clerk, Jacqueline
Webb. 8 apologies for absence.
Notes of last meeting agreed - Matters Arising
Chris Lange’s has been unable to arrange a first aid course but he will ask the St John’s Ambulance
Association if they can provide one.
Village Treasurer, Tina Woodford reported the account to be
£1249.87 in credit. Chris Lange reported
a credit balance of £2787.30 in the Community Fund.
Reading Room – feedback from Nicky Street and Sarah Humphreys
No news yet on the application for a £10,000 grant towards
the cost of refurbishment. Details of
the proposed work to be given at the next meeting.
Church – Report given by Stephen Bush
Work on the church roof has started. On the advice of the church architect and the
roofer a decision had been taken to increase the height of the steps in the
gutters to reduce the chance of water ingress into the church. This work involves raising the roof a few
inches and will cost a further £5000, but is within the monies raised by the
roof appeal. Additionally and not
unsurprisingly on lifting the lead in the gutters rotten timbers have been
found and are being rectified. The aim
is that the new roof will, hopefully, last 100 years with no problems. Work should be completed by the end of
2012 Village Fete and Queen’s Jubilee
The overall consensus was that the village could not sustain
a fete and jubilee celebrations. The
Queen’s Jubilee will be celebrated by a self funding event, free to all villagers,
but there will be no fete next year.
Stephen Bush reminded the meeting that fete profits go to the Church and
the Reading Room so both will lose out if the fete is not held. He wanted a guarantee that the Church be paid
£750 from village funds. Sarah Humphreys
stated that donations could not be assured any year because the financial
success of the fete is uncertain.
Possible sources of funding to replace the shortfall were
discussed. Sarah Humphreys suggested
that that the Precept should be increased and Gill Brasher proposed that the
village apply for a WCC Jubilee Celebrations grant (though she feared that the
village might find that it could not comply with the conditions of the
grant). Tina Woodford and Richard
Brasher to investigate the precept option.
After discussion it was decided to delay any decision about payments to
the church until the January village meeting.
Sarah Humphreys, Gill Brasher, Ailsa Bush and Olivia Marchant will set up a
Jubilee Celebrations Committee and bring some ideas about the event to the next
meeting. It was agreed not to have a village Beacon to celebrate the
Community Plan – report given by Chris Lange
A draft questionnaire designed to capture what all residents
over 10 years of age want of the village has been devised. Chris said that further work is needed to
shorten the document and create a modified version for 10-18 years olds. Diana Gifford Mead and others felt that
residents had the option of making their views known at village meetings
already. Chris made the case that the
views of those who did not attend meetings is of interest and assured the
meeting there will be no financial outlay associated with the project.
Village Website – report given by Chris Lange
3 or 4 comments sent in each month and the website has many
hits. The Clerk to advertise village
meetings on Website.
Procedure for Appointing Chairman and Officers
A decision was made to discuss the proposals in a handout
distributed at this meeting at the next meeting. (See above)
Cricket Club – feedback by Rod Crossley
The cricket field gate has been locked because vandals have
raced vehicles around the outfield.
Currently it is impossible to take pushchairs into the playground. Nicky Street
proposed, and the meeting agreed, that the Community Fund pay for a
pedestrian-only gate. Chris Lange urged
residents to report future incidents as ‘off roading’ is a treated as a
priority matter by the Community Policing Team.
Duck Lane - feedback given by Rod Crossley
The surface has now been re-metalled. Rod reminded residents that vehicles are not
allowed past the first bridge unless they are visiting the houses along the
Switchover to Digital TV
This should take place in June 2012. Visit www.digitaluk.co.uk for more details.
Change of Constituency Boundaries
A vote was taken which showed that residents were unhappy
about proposals to move Berwick from the Salisbury
to the Warminster constituency. Richard
Brasher tol write to the Boundary Commission reporting residents’ displeasure.
Any other business
Following recent theft of items from unsecured outhouses Ian
Fisher recommended that residents fit their sheds with a screech alarm costing
£6 and available for Salisbury Police HQ.
Notes of the Berwick St
James Parish Meeting 12 May 2011 No. 35
31 present plus Chairman,
Richard Brasher and Clerk, Jacqueline Webb.
2 apologies for absence.
of Last Meeting Agreed
Chris Lange to book a date
for a First Aid Course in the Reading Room.
Course free but £100 to be donated to the Air Ambulance Fund.
application - Summerfields House and Stonehenge Campsite (S 2011/518/FULL)
Stephen Bush listed his
objections to the plan citing inaccuracies in the application and further
points mentioned in the first of the voting proposals below. William and Susan Grant used maps to show the
proposed location of the new house, stables, office block and driveway. They stated that the perceived inaccuracies
in the planning application were matters of opinion, not fact and put forward
their stand point why the demolition of the Dutch barn, a shed and the existing
bungalow had to be delayed. The following proposals were voted on:
The location of the access should be as in the plan
agreed by the Inspector in February 2008 (APP/T3915/A/07/2058432) and not as in
the current application through the agricultural field. All existing buildings on the site (two
buildings and the poultry sheds) should be demolished before the house and
office building commences. 15 votes
Wilthire County Council Planning and Development
Authority should be left to decide the position of the access and whether all
existing buildings should be demolished on the site before any building
commences. 9 votes
Diana Gifford Mead proposed
that the Chairman and committee should be reinstated on block. Chris Lange put himself forward as chairman
and was seconded by Tina Woodford.
Richard Brasher and Chris Lange absented themselves from the room and a
vote was taken by those present on the Berwick electoral register. The result was:
Chris Lange 9 votes
Richard Brasher 13 votes
The previous chairman,
clerk and treasurer agreed to continue in their posts. A suggestion was made that the election of
new officers should be advertised earlier and more widely.
The treasurer, Tina
Woodford, reported that the year-end accounts showed a balance of £798.19.
Annual receipts were £1421.40 and payments £1701.75.
Chris Lange reported that
there was £2365 in the Village Fund.
on Village Royal Wedding party
Nicky Street thanked all
helpers and Olivia and Tim Marchant for use of their lovely garden. Tina Woodford thanked Nicky for being the event’s
driving force and the cooks for the lovely puddings! It was agreed that the Village Fund would be
used to subsidise the deficit of £23.30 (plus any further small bills).
Fete and Dog Show (4th June 2011)
Sarah Humphrey’s proposed,
and residents agreed, that any profits should be distributed equally between
the Reading Room, Church and Village Fund.
She asked for strong volunteers to help set up the fete at 5pm, Friday 3rd
June and suggested that brick-a-brac be delivered straight to Berwick House to
save double handling. She can also store
plants and produce if delivered no sooner than Friday 3rd June.
Mary Gatling reported that
she was nearly knocked over by bicyclist who failed to slow down when
descending from the farm track near her house.
Rod Crossley reported that bicycles are not allowed on the track. A general discussion on speeding ensued. Neal McDougall commented on the danger for
pedestrians caused by the lack of a pavement north of the Boot Inn. Rod Crossley suggested fixing 30 mile per
hour stickers on wheelie bins,
this could help, all be it, only one day a week.
Chris Lange suggested the
Community Plan on the Village Website should be used as a starting point for
further discussion. He will put together
a questionnaire aimed at finding out the views of all villagers. Jacky Webb, Mark Woodward and Nicky Street
offered to ‘knock on doors’ and encourage less vocal residents to complete the
Derek Hardwick would like a
bench erected in memory of his sister somewhere in the village. Various sites were discussed. Ownership of suitable land to be
Insurance: At Neal MacDougall’s suggestion
Stephen Bush to investigate if insurance on the fabric of the church continues
to be as low as £5000 now that lead had been replaced with steel on the roof.
Next Berwick Meeting - 6.30pm Thursday
12th May 2011
- Wiltshire Council Update
- Ian West
- Apologies for absence
- Jacqui Webb
- Minutes of last meeting
and matters arising
- Election of officers
- Accounts - Tina Woodford
- Planning Applications
- Speeding - Mary Gatling
- Village Fete - Sarah
- Community Plan - Chris
- Any Other Business
If you are unable
to speak on items against your name please let Richard Brasher know.
Notes of the Extraordinary Berwick
St James Parish Meeting 11th April 2011
35 present plus Chair Richard
Brasher and Jacqueline Webb, Clerk. 8
apologies for absence.
Reason for meeting
Meeting called because several
Berwick residents wished to discuss the proposed Article 4 Direction due to be
considered by the Southern Area Planning Office for the Stonehenge Campsite and
Article 4 Directions – Explanation by Stephen Bush
4 Directions are issued by the Council to control development, primarily where
the character of an area of acknowledged importance would be threatened by
development. They are commonly applied
to conservation areas. Wiltshire
Planning have acknowledged the damaging visual impact of caravans on the site.
The effect of the Direction is to remove Permitted Development Rights
necessitating a planning application for any work or activity which would
otherwise have been treated as permitted development.
Article 4 Direction – The Developers Point of View
Grant, the owner of the site, confirmed that the
Direction applies to the activities and developments on the camping and caravan
fields and the proposed house. He
confirmed that contrary to what he believes to be common sense the whole site
is now being treated by the planning authorities as one planning unit. He commented on the unfairness of the
Directions complaining that the restrictions had not been imposed on other
camping sites such as the Guide Centre.
He also stated that the Direction would make trading impossible. Currently 3 caravans and a variable number of
tents are allowed on the site 28 days a year.
Should the Direction be imposed he would have to reapply for planning consent. Planning permission would take about eight
weeks to process. He already has
bookings for the Summer Solstice weekend which would have to be cancelled
should the Direction be enforced because of a lack of time to reinstate the
permission. This would result in him
losing income for the best weekend of the year for his business.
Questions and comments
The majority of the comments from the floor demonstrated the
strong feelings of antipathy to the development. Diana Gifford Mead commented that the caravan
site spoiled the beauty and tranquility of the countryside though others
mentioned that the work done to screen the caravan site was acceptable to them.
Michael Merten stated that William Grant had already flouted many
regulations. David Dowse described the
nuisance and distress caused by the positioning of tent pitches adjacent to his
boundary. Rosey Gairdner cited the
breakdown of trust caused by the manner Mr Grant has gone about things and his
disregard of previous planning directives.
The chair, Richard Brasher suggested that the meeting should
take a vote the result of which would be sent to the Wiltshire Council Southern
Area Planning Office who will inform the Southern Area Planning Committee which
meets Thursday 14 April 2011. He
emphasised that only those on the Berwick St James electoral role were allowed
to vote. The result was:
Those in support of the Article 4 Direction 21
Those against the Article 4 Direction 3
Those who wish to abstain 2
Notes of the Berwick St
James Parish Meeting 20 January
25 present plus Chair
Richard Brasher and Jacqueline Webb, Clerk.
8 apologies for absence.
Minutes of Last
Discussion re pros and cons
of keeping a village defibrillator in the Reading Room. The cost is about £1200
and trained volunteers are needed to use it. A decision to have one was deferred. Meanwhile Chris Lange asked to find costs etc
of running a First Aid Course for village residents in the Reading Room.
3. Wiltshire Council – Latest News from Ian West
Work costing £4.63m
installing lights at the Countess Roundabout starting soon. Theoretically the
traffic lights will reduce accidents (27 accidents from 2005 to 2009).
Regulating the flow of traffic should also reduce traffic jams where A303
changes from dual to single lane east of Stonehenge.
secure storage area is available villages can have a ton of salt for use on
public lanes and roads (contact person firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01225
4. Accounts/Financial matters
The treasurer, Tina
Woodford, sent message to state £798 in Parish account. Sarah Humpheys proposed and it was agreed
that the parish precept (portion of council tax paid to village) should remain
at £750. Chris Lange reported £2365 in Village Fund (includes substantial
contribution from the Village Run).
Asserton House - Extension to drawing
room, applied for but not yet approved – listed building so process convoluted
and time consuming.
The Leat House - Two small windows – permission granted. Permission pending to enlarge
2 Hazel Cottage - Charles Street, who is renovating the cottage, reported that he needs
arboriculturalist’s advice before trimming yew tree on a boundary with Berwick
Update on Stonehenge Caravan and Camp Site
There will be a
full 2-3 day public enquiry at the City Hall. Date TBA. William Grant is appealing against the
decision to refuse ‘change of use’ permission and against a Council enforcement
notice re days permitted for temporary events on the site. A request to update planning permission to
build a house, office and ménage on the site, granted in February 2008 will be
considered separately as will a second enforcement notice re operational use of
Memorial (a brass plaque situated inside the church) and Church Roof Appeal
The memorial has
now been refurbished. Stephen Bush
reported that £754.65 will need to be found after receipt of a grant from the
War Memorial Trust and a refund of VAT from the Inland Revenue. He proposed
that Berwick Church and the Village Fund should split the cost. All present accepted proposal. Stephen and
Henry Coulthurst thanked all residents for giving so generously to the
successful church roof appeal. In turn the Chair thanked Stephen for his hard
work raising funds and organising the remedial work. Stephen reported that the latest quotes for
mending the church roof have been about £24,000. Permission to replace the
stolen lead with steel has been favourably received by the Wiltshire CC and the
CofE but has to be OKed by English Heritage before work can proceed. Stephen has arranged for more £10 trips to
view the Salisbury Plain bustards. The bustard charity and the church roof
appeal will halve the proceeds.
All present agreed that the village should do
something to mark the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012.
William Grant suggested planting trees to commemorate the event.
Nicky Street will arrange a meeting to form a
committee to organise a street party to celebrate William & Catherine’s
Wedding 29 April 2011. It was agreed
that the event should be admission free.
Sarah Humphreys asked the meeting if it wanted a fete
this year. A vote was taken which showed
overwhelmingly that those present wished to have one.
Amesbury Carnival will be raising money for Help
for Heroes this year. Durrington Council
is hosting a wine and cheese evening in their Village Hall at 7pm, 19 March if
you would like to learn more.
Work has gone ahead to restore the verges of the
triangle at the top of Duck Street. The
Chair has spoken to Nick Cowen of Wiltshire Council Bridleways about the
dangerous potholes at the start of the lane.
Druid’s Lodge Estate may be responsible for repairs further down the
Rod Crossley believes more people would attend the
Parish Meeting if it was advertised better. The Clerk stated that she would
‘twitter’ dates for the next Meeting on the parish website. The Chair will try to let Nicky Street know
Meeting dates before the printing deadline for parish magazine.
At the request of the Wiltshire County Council
Richard Brasher and Stephen Bush have put together a ‘community plan’. This is available on request from Richard.
The Chair asked Ian West to pass on the meeting’s
objection to excessive planning bureaucracy.
Minutes of Village meeting 28th
Notes of the Berwick St
James Parish AGM held on 28th January 2010 No. 30
33 present plus councillor Ian West, Chairman Richard Brasher and
Secretary Jacqui Webb.
1. Wiltshire Council Update
Ian West reported that refuse collection, car parking charges and
planning applications are soon to be harmonised (the new local government
buzzword). The Airman’s Corner
Stonehenge Visitors Centre has been approved.
Stephen Bush asked individuals to send letters of support for a Traffic Regulation
Order banning four wheel drive vehicles on certain local byways (for further
details see village notice board). As a
result of a unanimous vote, Chairman to write letter to support ban.
2. Apologies for Absence
Frank & Lou Whiting, Henry & Sophie Colthurst, Bill Hiscocks,
Peter & Gabrielle Smith, Will & Sophie Simpson Gee, Jean Hibberd, David Street and
3. Minutes of Last Meeting
The statement that Chris Lange will chair the 2010 Fete Committee was
4. Precept for 2010 and current Bank Balance
Bank balance just over £608. Precept
(portion of council tax rates paid directly to parish) of £750 has been
requested (same as last year).
5. Planning Applications
i) Gryphon cottage – plans not yet submitted but available to inspect
ii) The Black Barn outbuildings and decking – Diana Gifford Mead and
Michael Mertens objected to
proposals on grounds of disturbance of natural habitats. Chris Lange has sought advice of English Nature, they reported that the
proposed work should not upset the local
Park -application to permit 25 extra caravans.
Many objections voiced including the
Steven Bush asserted
the site was an eyesore, spoiling the view from many vantage points.
Jane Rowe would like
the number of tents to be limited
felt that the development flies in the face of Rural Stewardship Scheme of Practice.
Chris Lange expressed a
counter argument that expansion would benefit local businesses.
William Grant, the applicant, stated that he had spent a considerable
amount of money contouring the land and planting trees to hide the site. He also felt that caravan owners are
responsible people who will not have a negative impact on the community. A vote was taken and passed proposing that
the Chairman should write to the planning authorities objecting to the change
of use of the land at the site.
6. Relocation of Playground
The Guinness family have turned down the request to donate land behind
the Guide Centre for use as a playground on the grounds that road access is
7. Adoption of Telephone Kiosk
The kiosk is listed so does not need to be adopted. A letter has been written to BT to request
that the telephone be kept in working order.
8. Wylye Valley Association
Eight village chairmen, Ian West and Karen Linaker attended. Chairman reported that speeding through
villages, the lack of police presence and planning applications were the main
9. 2010 Village Fete
All present wanted a fete. Sarah
Humphreys agreed to take on the role of fete committee chair, providing more
people joined the fete committee to share the burden. Janey Campbell-Johnston, Rosie Gairdner,
Chris Lange, Ian Fisher, Tim Marchant, Ailsa Bush and Gill Brasher agreed to
help out. The fete will take place on 12th June 2010 and the Duck race
on Sunday 13th June. The
Committee will put forward a proposal for distributing fete profits.
10. Any Other Business
There have been two recent incidences of heating fuel thefts. People should watch out for tankers which may
be taking, not delivering fuel. There
have been incidences in nearby villages of thieves posing as policemen.
11. Next Meeting Thursday 15th April 2010
River Till water level will be discussed with representatives from the
Environment Agency and Wessex Water.
The next Village meeting will
be held on Thursday 14th January 2010 at 6.00pm
- River Till Water Level
- Wiltshire Council Update
- Apologies for Absence
- Minutes of the last meeting and matters
- Precept for 2010 and current bank
- Planning Applications
- Relocation of playground
- Village Fete
- Adoption of Telephone Kiosk
- Wylye Valley Association
- Any Other Business
The last meeting was held on Wednesday 15th
Here are the minutes
Notes of the Berwick St
James Parish AGM held on 15th October 2009 No. 29
Apologies for Absence
George Campbell-Johnston, Jean Hibberd, Ian West, Gabrielle Smith,
Margaret Mustill, Ken Woodford.
of the Last Meeting
Minutes were read, approved
Wilts Council have stated
that 40mph speed limit signs between the village and Stapleford would probably
be superfluous – careful drivers will observe them, others may not.
The regulations which apply
to Restricted Byways state motorised vehicles should only use them for access
and will be printed in the parish magazine.
Tina Woodford who has
retired after 12 years as Clerk/Secretary was thanked her for the excellent
service. Jacqueline Webb was proposed
and seconded as replacement.
Three applications for
cutting down trees were discussed.
No-one expressed any objections to:
The Woodford’s application to take down a tree
which is destabilising a wall.
2. Diana Gifford Mead cutting down an acacia which is
rotten and dangerous.
3. The Marchants cutting down a tree which they have
been advised cannot be pruned.
The fourth application concerned
the Simpson-Gees’ wooden fence. The planning officer has indicated that the
application would be disallowed. The
family’s original planning application had been to build a wall but this was
rejected. They have therefore planted a
hedge along the boundary and erected a temporary fence to protect the hedge,
prevent egress by their small children and to provide privacy. A letter has been sent to the planning
authorities to support the application to retain the fence.
Ian West (local County
Councillor) and Richard Brasher intend to meet Brad Fleet, head of the Wilts
Council Planning Department, about concerns held by many villagers about
Lou Whiting reported that
she had obtained a quote for £3000 to move the playground equipment to an
alternative venue and that the idea of moving the playground from the cricket
field to the pub garden seemed less attractive than when first discussed. Even if Wadworths agreed there is no
guarantee that a future landlord would continue the arrangement and considerable
expense would be incurred moving the equipment again. Ian Fisher stated that SWAG (South Wilts Area
Grants) would be a likely source of funding for the move but they would only
make funds available if the venue was permanent.
Stephen Bush said the best
spot for the playground (the venue next to the churchyard having been turned
down by the land owner) was behind the Guide Centre on Guinness Family Trust
Lou Whiting to write to the
Trust to ask if they would donate the land to the village. Sarah Humphreys suggested that Lou write
direct to some Guinness family members who use the shoot facility and are no
doubt familiar with the village.
Lou Whiting reported that
the cost of replacing one of the children’s swing seats at the existing
playground with a support seat suitable for toddlers would be up to £250. It was agreed that the Local Amenities Fund
be made available.
Lou Whiting was thanked for organising such a successful event (profit c
£460). Lou thanked Charles and Nicky Street for
allowing the race to be held on their land and the race marshals for all their
help. She reported that there had been
excellent feedback about the event in Runners World. It was agreed that it should become an annual
Berwick St James event. Lou stated that
she will take responsibility for organising next year’s race. It will be held on the last Saturday of
September to coincide with Pumpkin Day.
Village Fete and Duck Race
Chris Lange said, and all
present agreed, that the event had been a fantastic success this year (profit
£2300). He thanked the Humphreys for use
of their garden and said that there was a full list of people to thank on the
village website. Chris agreed to head up
the team running the fete next year but said it was a lot of work and hoped
there would be more volunteers next year.
He will arrange a meeting in January.
Wylye Valley Association
A meeting will be held in
the Reading Rooms at 6 o’clock Tuesday 3rd November 2009 for chairs
of the villages. It was agreed that low
water level in village rivers and streams should be discussed.
Ian Fisher stated there was
nothing to report.
Community Account Fund For administrative ease the account has been
set up in Chris Lange’s name but subtitled Village Community Fund account. The village marquee (purchased from the
proceeds of past fete) has been borrowed four times, donations have been paid
into this fund as has £519.29 of the fete profit. The only money debited from the account
during the year was £100 for signs for the fete.
Stephen Bush commented that
if the proposed move of the playground does not go ahead the village may find
that it has too much in the fund. Chris
Lange reported that it was prudent to have a substantial sum in the fund
because project funding organisations often ask for match funding and the money
could be spent any way that the villagers saw fit. Tina Woodford mentioned that, for example,
funds were needed to renovate the Cricket Pavilion.
Low Water Levels Richard Brasher stated that he had followed
up a suggestion at an earlier parish meeting to contact the Environmental
Agency and Wessex Water about the lack of water in rivers and streams. Wessex Water had told him that the water level
was due to a dry winter and empty aquifers.
Street reported that there is still an impasse
about how to remedy the problem of the water level being too low to drive his
watermill wheel. The mill should create
the power to take water from his bore hole for use on his farm. In the absence of enough water to drive the
wheel he has to use electricity. Mary
Gatling stated that the Environmental Agency had fitted a meter down her well –
she was told that the lower the water level gets the more leverage can be put
on Wessex Water.
It was agreed that
representatives from Wessex Water and the Environmental Agency be invited to
the next Parish meeting. A mutually
convenient date for the organisations to attend in January or February 2010
will be arranged. Diana Gifford Mead
will invite Peter Hayes of the Fishery’s Association so that he can share his
expertise on the matter and chairs of surrounding parishes will also be invited
to the meeting.
The signpost needed
repainting. Richard Brasher will follow
There was a complaint that
bins were left outside some of the terraced houses in the High Street. A request to put bins out of sight will be
put in the parish magazine.
Chris Lange reported that
the website gets hundreds of hits. Rotas
for locking up the church, church cleaning and church flowers to be on the
site. There is now a facility for anyone
who lives in the village to have a web name on the village website. Contact email@example.com
for more information.
Here are the minutes
meeting was held on Wednesday 24th September 2008 at 6.30pm
Berwick St James
Parish Meeting 24th September 2008.
Speeding. Rumble strips were not approved by Highways
A303. Ian West and Colin Mills proposal to dual the
A303 in conjunction with the plans for the new Visitor Centre for Stonehenge by
2012 was heartily approved and a letter signed by the meeting will be sent to
Stonehenge Planners asking to please not treat the Visitor Centre as a separate
issue as the traffic chaos will only increase especially when they close the
A344. Ian West attended the meeting and
read a most negative letter received from Robert Key which says that a dual
carriageway will never be approved and that we should not hope for one.
Unitary Council. Top Tiers of the new council already
appointed. Elections for councillors
will be June 2009. Vesting Day is 1st
April 2009 when all councils’ property devolves to the new council. Salisbury’s Area Committees will become Area
Boards sited at Salisbury, Devizes, Trowbridge and Chippenham. It is hoped that the draft proposals for
Planning will be agreed by 31st October 2008. Council tax bands will be “harmonised”
throughout the county and as ours is the lowest it will be harmonised in an
Berwick St. James Fete. A great success
especially the Dog Show and the Duck Race.
We had a professional judge for the dog show and it felt just like being
at Crufts! After expenses, including the
purchase of a marquee, we made £1009.00 which is split between the church and
reading room. Many thanks to the Fete
Committee for all their work.
R2 Money. Our anticipated R2 Money is about £1,583.02
and as before has to be spent on outside recreation facilities split between
adults and children’s facilities.
Suggestions put forward are A baby swing, more rubber matting, Cricket
Pavilion maintenance after vandalising, cricket nets and ambitiously, a tennis
court. If you have any suggestions (or
land) please let the parish clerk know.
Planning Application. We have only one application for a wildlife
pond in Washpool Field. Water table is
high so river level will not be affected.
Marquee Hire. Our marquee is available to for village hire
for a donation. Chris Lange is the
Dog Fouling. Can we ask villagers to clear up after their