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 TOP STORIES FROM JULY

 

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Memorials - Public Toilets

 

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QUALITY STATUS

LEIGH-ON-SEA Town Council in Essex has recently been upgraded to Quality status as part of the Local Council Award Scheme run by the National Association of Local Councils. Vice-chairman Cllr Valerie Morgan received the award from the mayor of Southend, Cllr Fay Evans. The Quality Award demonstrates that a council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement.

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YOUTH COUNCIL MAYOR

NEWBURY Youth Council has elected Daniel Parnell as junior mayor and Charlotte Beaven as deputy mayor. Daniel is a Year 13 student at Trinity School, and Charlotte is studying animal management at Newbury College. Both were invited to the Berkshire town’s mayor making, and will take part in other civic events during the year. The Youth Council is open to all young people in the town aged 11–18 and meets monthly at the town hall.

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NEW GATES
OFFICIALLY OPENED

DUNSTABLE Town Council formally opened a new overthrow and gates at the entrance to the town’s Priory Garden. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was performed by the mayor, Cllr Gloria Martin, and Central Bedfordshire Council’s executive member for regeneration, Cllr Nigel Young. The design of the overthrow mirrors the shape of the Priory House windows and the wall has been lowered to improve the view.

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Pictured (left to right) are Cllr Sarah Cockburn-Price; Jack Greenwood; Cllr Barry Hodgson, chair of Trawden Forest Parish Council; the mayor and mayoress, Cllr David and Mrs Barbara Whalley, who cut the ribbon; Martin and Jacquie Watson; and parish clerk Adele Waddington.

LOO RESTORED
TO FORMER GLORY

TRAWDEN FOREST Parish Council in Lancashire has recently completed the renovation of an Edwardian cast-iron gentleman's toilet. The rare structure was declared unsafe in 2014 and closed off for public safety. It was originally installed for a local tramway around 1903. It is believed that it came as a “flat-pack”, as the only bolts are in the guttering and all the other components are held in place by grooves and peg holes.

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GREAT WAR CENTENARY

FIVEHEAD Parish Council in Somerset has rededicated its village war memorial, after being awarded a grant of almost £2,000 by the War Memorials Trust for renovation work. The memorial commemorates 14 men from the village who lost their lives in both World Wars. Nearly 100 people attended the ceremony. An ebook has been published to honour those who fought in both wars, with proceeds going to the RBL:Fivehead’s Military Men by Pip Brett.

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NEW PLAY AREA

WESTON-SUPER-MARE Town Council in Somerset has installed a new play area at Lynch Farm in North Worle. The area caters for children up to 12 years of age and offers a multi-play unit, basket swing, spinning disc and toddler and junior swings. It was designed and installed by Sutcliffe Play and replaces a set of swings that was originally on the site.

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RUSHCART CELEBRATIONS

The annual WHITWORTH Rushcart celebrations will take place in September, with a procession of traditional Morris dance troupes through the Lancashire town, followed by an afternoon of entertainment and performances. This is one of only four such celebrations still to take place in the UK. Whitworth’s rushcart is the only one to be covered in heather.

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SCULPTURAL BENCH

SEAFORD Town Council in East Sussex celebrated the completion of the Shoal Community Bench project at Splash Point. Hundreds of people turned out to inspect the 35-metre-long sculptural Mackerel Bench, designed and built by Christian Funnell and Gabby Tofts. Plaques are available on the benches for sponsorship. The hand-engraved plaques are set along the top of the seven Mackerel benches.

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SIGN COMMEMORATES AVIATION CONNECTION

PARHAM Parish Council in West Sussex unveiled a new village sign in May. The honours were performed by Peter Kindred, president of Parham Airfield Museum. The sign features a B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft to symbolise the importance of the 390th Bomb Group, which was based in the village during WWII, and to commemorate the 742 airmen who lost their lives while serving there. The sign was made in the village by a local craftsman.

 

 

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