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Floods - Memorials - Town Twinning - Travellers

 

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COMMUNITY PULLS ITS WEIGHT

SIDLESHAM in West Sussex has installed a new set of outdoor gym equipment on its Memorial Playing Field, using £4,100 in funding from the parish council and an £8,000 grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme. Cllr Corina Hall worked on the project for five years, and equipment supplier HAGS maintained the price it had originally quoted in 2012. The eight pieces of equipment are free to use and have been selected to encourage a wide range of users from all age groups.

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TEST DEPLOYMENT FOR
FLOOD DEFENCES

Since disastrous flooding four years ago, GODALMING Town Council in Surrey has worked closely with the Environment Agency, the county and borough councils, utility companies, Godalming Flood Group and the Farncombe and District Allotment Association on the Godalming Flood Alleviation Scheme. The latest step was the test deployment in April of temporary flood defence barriers along Hell Ditch, to protect Meadrow and Catteshall roads, as construction of permanent defences is not due to commence until spring 2018.

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CRACKING A SMILE

PRINCES RISBOROUGH in Buckinghamshire organised an Easter Tree project this spring, inspired by a tradition popular in other countries. Children from local primary schools and clients at The Princes Centre, which supports elderly and vulnerable people, decorated over 1,000 eggs, which were then hung on trees around the town. Nicola Mackinnon, projects and communications assistant at the town council, said: “We have had so many positive comments about this. It has brought a real feel-good factor to the town.”

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GRANT SECURES SKATE PARK 

Youngsters in DEEPING ST JAMES in Lincolnshire are set to get a new concrete wheeled sports facility thanks to a £50,000 grant from funding body WREN, which will replace the current metal skate ramps at the village’s Woody Heights skate park. The new facility will cater for all ages and abilities and will have lower maintenance costs and a longer life expectancy than the 14-year-old metal ramps. 

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APPEAL SECURES EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT

The village of BLACKSHAW HEAD, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, has recently installed two defibrillators. The defibrillators were paid for by residents of the hilltop village in response to an appeal by local woman Edith Bowman and the council. Yorkshire Ambulance Service match-funded the amount raised, meaning that the village could afford to buy two defibrillators rather than one.

 

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KITTING OUT THE COMMUNITY

SWANSCOMBE and GREENHITHE Town Council in Kent has used funding from Tesco’s “Bags of Help” scheme to install four pieces of outdoor gym equipment at its Knockhall Recreation Ground. The town’s mayor, Cllr Bryan Read, is shown trying out the new machines. The council has also secured funding from the Kent County Council towards the purchase of litter pickers and refuse bags for use by local groups. In addition, the council is working with KCC and is part-funding a volunteer support warden scheme.

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Dunstable’s mayor, Cllr Peter Hollick, with Ed Harrison and Sam Stock of Deakin-White

 

SPONSORSHIP DEAL FOR LOCAL COMPANY

DUNSTABLE Town Council in Bedfordshire has announced that local firm Deakin-White Estate Agents will be the main sponsor of its 2017 events programme. The company will support all the council’s events and help to promote them to the local community. In total, 18 events are planned for this year, beginning in April with St George’s Day and running through to the annual Christmas Tree Carols and Torchlight Procession event in December. They also include a classic motor rally, regular band concerts and a fireworks display.

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Council chairman, Cllr Derek Greedy, cutting the ribbon with Everard Emery, who was the oldest miner working in the pit when it closed. [R] Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones.

 

PROJECT CELEBRATES
MINING HERITAGE

ANSLEY Parish Council in North Warwickshire has recently completed a Heritage Mining Wheel Project to celebrate its local history. The council was offered a half-wheel from the pithead of Daw Mill Colliery in September 2014 after the mine closed. The landmark wheel is matched by another half-wheel in the neighbouring parish of Arley. 

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FREEDOM AWARDS FOR LONG SERVICE

Cllr Dot Edwards and local resident Syd Edwards were granted Freedom of the Parish Awards by APPLETON Parish Council in Warrington, Cheshire. The council’s chairman, Cllr Brian Axcell, presented the pair with framed decorative scrolls and small gifts of appreciation in recognition of their unstinting service to the parish. Cllr Edwards joined the council in December 1985 and has represented Thorn ward for over 32 years, while Mr Edwards, known locally as “Team Thorn”, has undertaken voluntary work in Appleton Thorn for more than 20 years.

 

 

 

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