TOP STORIES FROM SEPTEMBER
FROME Town Council in Somerset has worked with local social enterprise Edventure to set up the UK’s first community fridge scheme, and it has since enabled over 1,000 items of surplus food to be shared by businesses and the local community. The project has attracted national media attention and several groups around the country are now using Frome’s open source toolkit to set up their own fridge.
HERTFORD Town Council recently ran its annual competition to find the friendliest local retailer. A panel of three judges included the mayor, Cllr Dr Linda Radford. The winner was Raj Pandey, owner of Sovereign Dry Cleaners, who was nominated for his excellent customer service and his support for charities in India.
A TASTE OF DEMOCRACY
MARLOW Town Council in Buckinghamshire continued its “Taste of Democracy” project in mid-July, with visits to two local primary schools. The mayor, Cllr Bob Johnson, and deputy clerk, Katherine Joy, paid a visit to Danesfield School to talk to children about the work of the town council. The children studied the recent EU referendum, including voter numbers, related statistics and how the pound was affected, and held their own referendum.
L-R: Cllr Manifold, Cllr Sean Sheahan (district and county councillor), Karen Feeney of Tesco, Dawn Roach (Measham parish clerk) and Cllr Emma Whitehouse (parish councillor)
MEASHAM Parish Council in Derbyshire has opened a new Outdoor Gym at Bosworth Road Recreation Ground, funded by an £8,000 grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help grants programme. The project was delivered in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork. Chairman Cllr Colin Manifold said: “We are really pleased to have had the opportunity to provide such an excellent project. Our thanks go to Tesco, Groundwork and to the people who voted for us in-store.”
ARMED FORCES PARADE
HUNDREDS of people turned out in CANVEY ISLAND, Essex, to mark Armed Forces Day in June. A parade of veterans and serving members of the armed forces, together with youth organisations, dignitaries and local rescue services marched through the town centre, before a thanksgiving service. The service was followed by a Spitfire flypast.
GREEN FLAG FOR CEMETERY
BARRY Town Council in the Vale of Glamorgan has been celebrating the award of Green Flag status to Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery. According to acting town clerk Angie Norman, staff work hard all year round to ensure that the cemetery meets the criteria for the award. The council was officially presented with the Green Flag on 28 July 2016 and will fly it in the cemetery once it has received planning permission to erect a flagpole. The cemetery will also host a small event to celebrate the award.
A PARTY of 27 people from the villages of CROSTON and Heskin in Lancashire travelled to their twin town of Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley in May to take on their French counterparts at boules. The twinning has been going on for over 25 years and is entirely self-supporting, according to Alan Whittaker, chairman of the Croston/Azay Twinning Association and clerk to HESKIN Parish Council.
FARNHAM in Surrey has a particularly active In Bloom group that has been working hard all year. Early in the summer a 3m x 3m commemorative flowerbed was planted in Gostrey Meadow to celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th birthday. A mix of alpines were planted in the shape of a crown while house leeks spelled out “Happy Birthday”.
The Drumhead service commemorated
WITHAM Town Council in Essex held a Drumhead service in July in partnership with the Royal British Legion to commemorate the Battle of the Somme. A drumhead service is an old tradition whereby soldiers in the field create a temporary altar by stacking their drums and consecrating them with their standards. The drumhead was constructed by the Essex Army Cadets Corps of Drums, while music was provided by the Essex Yeomanry Band.
PURLEIGH Parish Council in Essex recognised 40 years of continuous service by Cllr Brian Oliver by granting him the first ever honorary Freedom of the Parish. He served in many positions between 1976 and 2016, including as chairman. The current chairman, Cllr Gavin Strathern, presented him with a scroll (supplied by Clerks & Councils Direct) to mark his contribution. The chairman reflected on Cllr Oliver’s skilful chairmanship, determination in the face of difficulty and sense of humour, while members recalled his many invaluable interventions.
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