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SPECIAL DELIVERY BY TOWN COUNCIL

The mayor of HAILSHAM in East Sussex, Cllr Paul Holbrook, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the town’s new post office on 12 July. Also at the ceremony were Cllr Pam Doodes, chairman of Wealden District Council, and town clerk John Harrison, who has taken on the role of postmaster. It is believed that the new post office, which opened on the High Street is June, is the first in the UK to be operated by a town council.

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PARISH CELEBRATES ITS CANAL HERITAGE

SAXILBY WITH INGLEBY Parish Council in Lincolnshire has been named one of 19 national finalists in the Canal and River Trust’s flagship Living Waterways Awards 2019. In 2017 the council discovered that Bridge Street Conservation Area, through which the Roman-era Fossdyke Navigation runs, was on Historic England’s at-risk register. It set up a working group to regenerate and preserve the area and its history. Action to date includes regular volunteer days, the installation of bird and bat boxes, clearing overgrown areas and developing a phased master plan.

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NEW DEFIBRILLATOR SET TO SAVE LIVES

DODINGTON Parish Council in South Gloucestershire has installed a new community defibrillator in Dodington South Ward, on the wall of the Wishing Well pub in Codrington. It now has a public access defibrillator in each of its three wards. The first was installed in June 2015 at the council's hall on the site of Raysfield School in Chipping Sodbury, after it was approached by parishioner Hilary Turner, whose son had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Another has been installed in Yate, close to two local schools.

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COMMUNITIES TURN OUT TO HONOUR ARMED FORCES

The outgoing mayor of FARNHAM, Cllr David Attfield, led the Surrey town’s ceremony and called attention to two important anniversaries, the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII and the 75th anniversary of D-Day. He hosted the flag-raising ceremony and led a procession to the war memorial in Gostrey Meadow. He was joined by school students and representatives of cadets, armed forces and veterans’ organisations, along with councillors and community groups.

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REGIMENT AWARDED FREEDOM OF ENTRY

The mayor of BICESTER, Cllr Jason Slaymaker, presented the Freedom of Entry of the Oxfordshire town to the Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search Training Regiment (DEMS), which is based nearby at St George’s Barracks, at a special ceremony in mid-July. The decree, a ceremonial honour, means that the regiment can march through the town with flags flying. A scroll was presented to the regiment’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hallett OBE RLC MA.


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OFFICIAL LAUNCH FOR OUTDOOR GYM

 DRAYTON PARSLOW Parish Council in Buckinghamshire opened its new outdoor gym facility with a launch party on 13 July, with Aylesbury Vale district councillor Ben Everitt cutting the ribbon. The council has installed Urbanix equipment supplied by Proludic, and the event included instructions on using it as well as a fun fitness competition supported by a Proludic representative. The equipment was funded by a grant of £10,450 from FCC Communities Foundation (formerly WREN), along with Section 106 funds and an individual contribution from Cllr Helen Harvey.


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NEW ALLOTMENT SITE OPENS FOR BUSINESS

LUTTERWORTH Town Council in Leicestershire held the official opening of its new allotments back in May. All 64 of the new plots have been taken, with many existing tenants moving over from a previous site, plus a number of newcomers. Representatives of the National Allotment Society attended the event to share tips and ideas and to tell plot holders about the benefits of membership. The town mayor, Cllr Brian Poulter, cut the ribbon with a spade, and a commemorative boulder with a plaque was placed at the entrance.

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HISTORY INSPIRES PARK REVAMP

Children from Southill Primary School in WEYMOUTH recently took part in a competition to draw characters from the past who may have visited the Dorset town’s Radipole Park and Gardens. Such visitors have included Roman settlers, Victorian gentry and US soldiers preparing for D-Day. The winners each received a framed picture of their drawing and a book voucher. The drawings will be used in a heritage cafe if Weymouth Town Council is successful in a Stage 2 lottery bid to secure £1.3 million to restore the amenity.

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SUPPORTING BLOOD BIKES

The mayor of BOTTESFORD in North Lincolnshire, Cllr Yvonne Aubrey, has chosen as her charity Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikes Service (LEBBS), in particular riders in the Bottesford and Scunthorpe area. She will be holding an autumn fair in October and a Christmas carol service with raffles that will raise money for the service. Cllr Aubrey said: “Listening to a talk by Bottesford rider Paul Evans opened my eyes to the work LEBBS does. They are unsung heroes who not only deliver blood but also much needed milk to premature babies. I hope the upcoming events will help raise funds for this very worthwhile group.

 

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