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Mark Williams (centre) receiving his award from
NALC chair Cllr Sue Baxter and
Nigel Hillier of awards sponsor Vision ICT

NALC HONOUR FOR FALMOUTH CLERK

Mark Williams, clerk to FALMOUTH Town Council in Cornwall, was named UK Clerk of the Year 2017 at the National Association of Local Councils (NALC)’s Star Councils awards. The judges highlighted how Mr Williams had helped the council to grow, and had taken responsibility for projects ranging from the town’s art gallery to its environmental team. They were impressed by how much he had done with devolution in Cornwall, helping to guide the process for other councils.

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REMEMBRANCE SERVICES HONOUR
THE FALLEN

A civic party led by the mayor of FARNHAM, Cllr Mike Hodge, representatives from the armed forces and members of the public gathered at the Surrey town’s War Memorial in Gostrey Meadow for a short service of remembrance on 12 November. Bill Biddell, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, then took the salute at a march past outside the council offices. Over 1,000 people turned out to watch.

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BUNTING PROJECT TO HONOUR
WAR DEAD

The mayor of FAVERSHAM in Kent, Cllr Shiel Campbell, officially launched the town’s World War I Bunting Project in October. The project will commemorate all 243 local men who lost their lives during the Great War. Relatives, individuals and groups have been invited to make a piece of bunting, which will include the name of each person in a design of their choice. The completed bunting will be displayed during November 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of the war.

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Employees from local firm Merck used community time to help with the planting

 

NEW TREES TO BE A LASTING ASSET

An avenue of 50 trees was planted on public open space in GILLINGHAM in Dorset by town council grounds staff and volunteers. Twenty common oaks and 30 poplars were planted at Lower Lodden and Ham Farm. In medieval times, Gillingham Royal Forest was a hunting area and timbers from its trees were used in royal palaces and for shipbuilding. The new trees fall within the boundary of the Royal Forest and will serve as a living heritage feature and a valuable amenity asset.

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SHERIFFS GATHER FOR THEIR AGM

CARMARTHEN Town Council hosted the Annual General Meeting of the National Association of City and Town Sheriffs of England and Wales (NACTSEW) in September 2017. The West Wales town is one of only 15 locations across England and Wales that has a sheriff. The weekend’s activities included enactments based on the legend of Merlin, tours of the town including its Coracle Museum, a trip to the nearby National Botanical Garden of Wales and a presentation on the early Welsh manuscript the Black Book of Carmarthen.

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SPARKLING CELEBRATIONS AT CHRISTMAS TIME

WORKINGTON’S Christmas Festival on 2 December was headlined by Hardwicke Circus, an up-and-coming blues rock band from Carlisle which has played over 200 shows in the past few years. The Cumbrian town also hosted a Christmas market, a funfair, face painting, magic shows, puppets and much more, including the Bread and Butter Theatre Company (pictured).

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CELEBRATION FOR GREEN FLAG GROUP

The Friends of STUDHAM Common (FOSC) celebrated their 20th anniversary in September, along with the tenth successive year of Green Flag status for the village common. In celebration a gourmet lunch was held on the common, attended by guest Andrew Selous, MP for South West Bedfordshire. FOSC organises a volunteer work party once a month, undertaking tasks from litter collection to essential maintenance such as thinning trees and scrub. The Green Flag award from Keep Britain Tidy, now celebrating its 22nd year, recognises the best parks and green spaces across the country.

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REVAMP FOR HISTORIC VELODROME

CARMARTHEN Town Council reopened its historic velodrome on 24 October 2017, following a £600,000 redevelopment project jointly funded with Carmarthenshire County Council and Sport Wales. The Victorian cycling track is one of the oldest in the UK: it first opened in 1900, and it was a mecca for cycling competitions in West Wales during the early part of the twentieth century. The project also involved creating a safety fence around the perimeter of the track and a new safety zone around the inside, to meet British Cycling standards.

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GREAT GROUNDSMEN

Almost 700 grounds care experts from the UK and Europe attended the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG)’s ninth annual Industry Awards recently at the NEC in Birmingham. Both the professional and volunteer sectors were represented, and dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators were present to honour the expertise and dedication of the grounds profession, from grassroots pitches to professional stadiums.

 

 

 

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