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Audit - Localism- Public Toilets - Town Twinning

 

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SUPPORT FOR LOCAL MARKETS

FRAMLINGHAM Town Council participated in this year’s Love Your Local Market (LYLM) fortnight by advertising its regular Saturday and Tuesday markets. They put up flags, banners and bunting and gave away free bags containing a free prize draw ticket. The top prize in the raffle was an LYLM bag filled with over £100 of market vouchers and goods. It was won by resident Gill Self, who was presented with her prize by town clerk Eileen Coe (second from right), together with office assistant Jane Parlone and local market traders.

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20 YEARS OF TWINNING

Vulcan Park in WORKINGTON hosted hundreds of people on 27 May to celebrate 20 years of the Cumbrian town’s twinning with Val-de-Reuil in France. The Party in the Park was a free family event organised by the town council and featured market stalls from local businesses, entertainment, free face painting, children’s crafts and a funfair. A special tree planting ceremony was held during the event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the twinning, and the French delegation also attended the mayor-making ceremony the previous evening.

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LIFT-OFF FOR NEW SKATE PARK

A new skate park in HOLMES CHAPEL, Cheshire was officially opened on 6 May by PCSO Jill Cope who, together with three local youngsters – John Draper, James Mansell and Tom Armstrong-Mortlock (pictured left to right) – worked with the parish council and volunteer organisation the Holmes Chapel Partnership to bring the project to fruition. Grants were obtained from Veolia Environmental Trust and the Police and Crime Commissioner, with additional funding from the Partnership, the parish council and the local Methodist Church.

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NEW CIVIC LEADERS TAKE UP CHAINS OF OFFICE

Councils up and down the country have elected new mayors and officials for the civic year ahead. Some of those featured include Warminster, Godalming, Crewe, Sevenoaks, Maldon, Wolverton and Greenleys, Thame, Seaford, Swanscombe and Greenhithe, Farnham. The newly elected mayor of CREWE in Cheshire, Cllr Diane Yates, greeted the Flying Scotsman locomotive in May as it arrived for a three-day stopover at Crewe Heritage Centre. The mayor was invited onto the footplate of the famous steam engine to see its inner workings and feed the boiler.

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 VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATED

FROME Town Council in Somerset held its annual Voluntea in the Park event in June to celebrate the role played by volunteers in the town. Meanwhile the Frome Lions Club marked its 50th anniversary by helping to fund improvements in Victoria Park. A new play and picnic area was opened at the Lions Summer Fete. Replacing an old pitch and putt area, it features picnic benches and a toddler play area with equipment made of crafted timber.

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PROUD DISPLAY

A striking design featuring two lions in profile has been planted at Gostrey Meadow War Memorial in FARNHAM, Surrey to celebrate this year’s Farnham in Bloom activities and the 50th anniversary of the local Lions Club. Cllr David Attfield, the town’s deputy mayor, said: “It’s very fitting to feature the Lions’ logo in this year’s carpet bed. Farnham Lions is a longstanding supporter of Farnham in Bloom as well as many other excellent local causes. We are looking forward to the display coming into full bloom.”

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PALACE DATE FOR
YOUTH WORKER

Charlie Fagan, a 23-yearold customer service advisor at SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Council (SNC), is to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, after being nominated by colleagues. In her spare time, she volunteers as chairman of the Towcester Youth Coffee House, which she has helped run since the age of 13 and of which she has been a trustee since she was 18. Ms Fagan said: “I am so honoured to have been nominated by my colleagues for this once-in a-lifetime opportunity.”

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FREEDOM OF THE PARISH FOR STALWART

KIRTON Parish Council in Lincolnshire recently presented Clllr Richard Foster (second left) with a Freedom of the Parish scroll to mark 45 years of service as a parish councillor. During that time he has been vice-chairman and chairman and has sat on many committees. According to clerk Belinda Buttery, he has worked selflessly over the years and has given the parish much of his valuable time. He was awarded the scroll by the council chairman, Cllr Ian Turner.

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FREEDOM AWARD FOR LOCAL HISTORIAN

Cllr Stephen Nunn, a member of MALDON Town Council in Essex and a former mayor, was granted the honorary Freedom of the Town at the annual town meeting in April. The award was presented by the mayor, Cllr Richard Miller. It was last made in 1903 to soldiers from Maldon who served in the South African and Boer wars. Cllr Nunn (left), who is a broadcaster, archaeologist, journalist, researcher and historian, was recognised for his services to the town’s history.

 

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