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COUNCIL WINS QUALITY AWARD

GODALMING Town Council has become the first local authority in Surrey to win a Quality Award under NALC’s Local Council Award Scheme. The citation highlighted the council’s strong business approach. This meant that its Neighbourhood Plan was a community-led process from the start, and it is able to stage major events such as Staycation and support significant infrastructure projects, such as a flood alleviation scheme and the refurbishment of community buildings. The council has recently approved a number of community grants. These include £1,500 to Godalming Baptist Church towards the purchase of washable replacement flooring for its activities room (pictured).

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PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS FOR YOUNG LEADER

SEVENOAKS Youth Councillor Gabrielle Tan, from Kent, has been presented with two prestigious awards, set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. Following her receipt of a Diana Award in July, Gabby has received a Diana Legacy Award for her dedication to advocating for a healthier planet and educational equality. A panel of judges selected 20 young people from across the world to receive one of these awards, which are bestowed every two years and celebrate the achievements of 20 outstanding young leaders, visionaries and role models.

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CEMETERY RETURNS TO LOCAL CONTROL

KNUTSFORD Town Council has become a burial authority with the return of the town’s cemetery to local control, after it decided to terminate a service agreement with Cheshire East Council. The cemetery on Tabley Road opened in 1902 and had been managed since 1974 by Cheshire East and the former Macclesfield Borough Council, but the town council has always owned the five-acre site. Plans include installing new fl ower beds, benches and bins, planting trees and restoring fallen gravestones. The transfer will be delivered at no cost to taxpayers as costs should be covered by burial fees.

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PLANTING TREES FOR THE FUTURE

The mayor of SWANSCOMBE & GREENHITHE in Kent, Cllr Peter Harman, lent a hand with a tree planting project in Swanscombe Heritage Park. Twenty trees, including wild cherry, field maple and silver birch, were donated and planted by local company Optimum Power Services. In addition, working with the Woodlands Trust, the council has taken part in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Project, according to town clerk Graham Blew. This has involved it purchasing and planting 45 cell-grown saplings, also in the Heritage Park.

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ELECTRIC CHARGING POINT GOES LIVE

The first of more than 100 new electric vehicle charging points in public car parks across West Yorkshire has been installed at Oldgate in HUDDERSFIELD town centre. The sites will be free to use until the end of October 2021 and each will have two bays, one for taxis and private hire vehicles and the second for other users. The rapid charging points typically take under an hour to provide a full charge, depending on the vehicle. Parking will be free in pay and display car parks, but limited to a one-hour stay.

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CHAINSAW MAGIC

MARCHWOOD Parish Council in Hampshire has used a felled oak tree to create a focal point for the village. The oak, which had been down for four years and had matured and hardened, is situated behind St John’s Church near a well-used footpath. Children walking to or from school climbed on it, and at one stage it had fairy doors on it. The council commissioned chainsaw sculptor Christopher Bain to come up with some ideas and residents were invited to come along to watch and to ask questions while he worked.

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TOWN SPRUCES UP ITS STREETS

Recent improvements in MARLOW in Buckinghamshire include the installation of three new benches, one funded by Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds and the other two via the Wycombe District Council ward budget of town mayor Cllr Richard Scott. He is pictured with council leader Jocelyn Towns. Cllr Scott has also used part of his ward budget to have six new Prunus trees planted in Lock Road, as part of the Releaf Marlow project. The initiative aims to increase the number of trees in streets, hedgerows and open spaces and is led by Marlow Town Council (MTC), with support from a group of volunteers.

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SOLEMN SERVICE MARKS THE HOLOCAUST

The mayor of WEYMOUTH, Cllr Graham Winter, led the Dorset town’s annual Holocaust Memorial Day service on 27 January. The service, held at the Holocaust memorial tree in the Princess Diana Gardens, included prayers and a reading by the mayor’s chaplain, Revd Brian Ellis. It was attended by faith representatives from the local community, councillors, the Friends of the Parks and members of the public. This year marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and also the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia. Its theme was “Stand Together”.

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PUTTING ON THE BLITZ

VE Day 75 in May 2020 is a three-day national and international event that is set to be one of the biggest commemorations of the end of World War II in Europe. To mark the occasion, WARMINSTER Town Council is organising a vintage tea dance on 9 May at the Wiltshire town’s Civic Centre. There will be an afternoon of dancing and live music with vintage harmony trio Champagne at the Blitz. Professional dance teachers will demonstrate 1940s swing moves before the singers take to the stage.

 

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