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TOP STORIES FROM MARCH

 

HOT TOPICS UPDATED THIS MONTH:

Audit - Floods - Memorials - Public Toilets - Town Twinning - Telephone Boxes - Travellers

 

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NALC AWARD RECOGNISES QUALITY

SWANSCOMBE and Greenhithe Town Council in Kent has received recognition under NALC’s peer-assessed Local Council Award Scheme. The report highlighted as particular areas of strength its high standard of administration and its excellent provision of information via social media platforms. The town’s mayor, Cllr Lorna Cross, accepted the certificate on behalf of the council which is now looking at ways in which it can improve its offer further and welcomes input from local people and partners. It is looking to expand its service provision in the near future.

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COUNCIL CUTS OUT
SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

FROME Town Council in Somerset is set to become a single-use plastic-free council, phasing out unrecyclable single use plastic products in all council activities by April 2018. The council will also be talking to local businesses and organisations to promote alternatives and encourage a move towards biodegradable and paper options, and has listed suppliers of non-plastic catering equipment and packaging on its website. Several local cafes are paving the way, phasing out plastic straws and replacing them with biodegradable or paper ones.

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Photo: Michael Fitzmaurice

 

A BIG DAY FOR BEENHAM

More than 50 children and parents gathered on the Recreation Ground in BEENHAM, Berkshire to celebrate the official opening of a new outdoor play and exercise facility. Cllr Graham Bowsher, chair of the parish council, cut the ribbon on the zip wire. Other new equipment includes a shelter with seating and several exercise machines, which have been installed following months of planning and fundraising by local people. Other sources of funding included the parish council, West Berkshire Council, and the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

 

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Photo: Mike Burgess

 

COUNCIL GETS ITS DUCKS IN A ROW

WHITWORTH in Lancashire staged its annual Duck Race on New Year’s Day at Cowm Reservoir. More than 1,300 ducks were sponsored at £1 each and around 400 people turned out for the popular event. The event is organised jointly by the council and the Community Leisure Association of Whitworth (CLAW), and all proceeds are ploughed back into local tourism and leisure events. This year it raised over £1,000, to be split between the two organisations. CLAW spent last year’s money on improving the town’s Christmas lights.

 

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GRANTS FUND HERITAGE SCHEMES

WORKINGTON Town Council in Cumbria has won initial support of £33,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to progress plans for the restoration of Jane Pit as a memorial to local mine workers. The aim is to apply for full grant funding for the project in 2019. Jane Pit closed in 1875 but is still a strong reminder of the town’s mining past. The council is proposing to host community activities to engage young people with local history and to promote volunteer opportunities, in partnership with Workington Heritage Group and Allerdale Borough Council.

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YOUTH CENTRE RE-OPENS

FERNDOWN Youth Centre, known as Riffs, has reopened after being closed for a year. Members of the Dorset town’s council approved the Youth Centre project in March 2017, following public consultation, and after county funding had been withdrawn. The centre is looking to set up a youth club council that will give young members an active voice in its running, while also helping them to develop personal and interpersonal skills. The centre has different evening sessions on offer, with activities including inflatables, cooking and football competitions.

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Cllr Matthew Walsh opened the new facility with Andrew Quiqley, chairman of Risborough Rangers, and town clerk Susanne Griffiths

 

SUPPORT FOR JUNIOR FOOTBALLERS

On 13 January Cllr Matthew Walsh, mayor and chairman of PRINCES RISBOROUGH Town Council in Buckinghamshire, handed over the keys to a new storage facility for Risborough Rangers Junior Football Club, giving it a safe and secure place from which to operate. The store, on the edge of Wades Park, cost £9,200 and is being supplied to the club on a long-term lease with a peppercorn rent. Risborough Rangers was started in 1971 and is now one of the largest clubs in the area for boys and girls aged 5–16, with 25 teams and 450 youngsters playing regularly.

 


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RECOGNITION FOR VILLAGE VETERAN

The chairman of BARDNEY Group Parish Council in Lincolnshire, Cllr Rob Webb, presented the Rogers Family Shield to Maurice Bellwood in December in recognition of his role as a councillor for the Bardney ward for nearly 35 years. During his time with the authority he worked on many projects to improve the area. In particular, he was recently instrumental in actioning a new bus shelter in Southrey and plinths in Bardney Cemetery. He has been a very active member of the community who has given his time in a number of roles.

   

 

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