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AWARDS HONOUR COUNTY’S FINEST

The second annual Excellence Awards organised by the Derbyshire Association of Local Councils (DALC) took place in late October. The awards recognise the work of local councils, councillors and clerks. The winner of the BHIB Council of Year award was Charlesworth Parish Council, while Phillip Woodward of Pilsley Parish Council won the Blachere Illumination Clerk of the Year prize. The Councillor of the Year award went to Cllr Olwen Wilson of Middleton-by Wirksworth Parish Council.

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GETTING FIT IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Brabourne Parish Council in Kent recently took possession of a seven-piece outdoor gym erected on land it owns at the Warren, Brabourne Lees. The project was undertaken by the Brabourne and Smeeth Community Led Plan (CLP), a team of volunteers who raise funds for local projects. Local businesses also supported the project, helping with excavation for the bases and removing soil. The gym offers users of all ages and abilities the opportunity to work out and improve their fitness and mobility.

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SOLEMN CEREMONIES PAY RESPECT TO THE FALLEN

Around 500 people gathered in Whitworth in Lancashire for the Remembrance Sunday commemorations, which began with a procession to the Memorial Gardens led by Whitworth Vale and Healey Brass Band. The service at the Cenotaph was led by the Mayor’s Chaplain, Revd Joanna Watson, and afterwards light refreshments were served at the Civic Hall (The Riverside). The mayor, Cllr Lynda Barnes, said: “Every year it never ceases to amaze me that the community turns out in such large numbers to pay their respects.”

 Photo:Mike Burgess

 

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COUNCILS SPREAD FESTIVE SPARKLE

Hertford Town Council joined forces with the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters (SSOHC) to create a knitted, crocheted and crafted Christmas tree over 10ft tall that was displayed in Salisbury Square. It featured 40 themed boxes, of which 24 were opened daily in advent calendar style to unveil scenes crafted by SSOHC. They created two themed trails for Christmas, one featuring elves and the Winter Wonderland Trail of knitted Christmas characters. The council also created a promotional video to encourage people to shop locally at Christmas.

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IN BLOOM

New Milton in Hampshire was awarded Gold in its first year of entry to the Britain in Bloom national competition, following on from a Silver Gilt in South & South East in Bloom in September. Town clerk Graham Flexman and estates manager Mark Jeffries received the award on behalf of the town. The judges commended New Milton for its enthusiastic townspeople, excellent standards of cleanliness, impressive floral displays and significant feel-good factor. Mark Jeffries said: “This really has been an incredible team effort.


 

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BLUE PLAQUE HONOURS WOMEN

Following a public vote, the first women to be elected to Thatcham Parish Council have been honoured with a blue plaque. The plaque is the second installation by Thatcham Town Council’s Heritage Working Party. Accompanied by two “Suffragettes”, the mayor, Cllr Mike Cole, and the High Sheriff of Berkshire, Lucy Zeal, unveiled the plaque on the exterior of Thatcham Parish Hall, where the parish council met from 1908 to 1965. Anna Munro Ashman and Isabella Pike (née Clark) were elected on 7 April 1919.



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APP TO UNLOCK TOWN’S HISTORIC PAST

Buckingham Town Council has received a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to create a Community Heritage App. The project has been developed with input from local children and residents and is a fun, interactive way to explore the town and learn more about its history. To unlock historic photographs and earn points, users must walk or cycle around real locations. The council has developed the project via its Economic Development Working Group.

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COMMUNITY ORCHARD

After four years of planning, Bardney Group Parish Council in Lincolnshire has planted a new community orchard on land on Horncastle Road. Earlier this year, the council had part of the site reclassified by the Secretary of State so that it is no longer allotment land. The orchard is the first step in regenerating the 15-acre site, and is the vision of Cllr Luke Cluett, portfolio holder for allotments and community land. The orchard has been funded by local company OMEX, which supplies fertilisers, micronutrients and wastewater treatments.

 Cllr Cluett (second left), parish handyman John Major, Cllrs Robin Darby and Rob Webb

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TOWN HONOURS DEDICATED VOLUNTEER

A service was held in November at St Leonard’s Church in Seaford to honour Keith Blackburn, who was awarded the Freedom of the Town in February. He was presented with a medal and a scroll by the mayor, Cllr Nazish Adil. He has dedicated hundreds of hours of voluntary service over the years, including as chairman of the Tree Wardens, who have planted more than 1,400 trees, chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, chair of the Natural History Society and a board member of Impact Seaford.

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