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THREE CHEERS FOR HM THE QUEEN
MARLBOROUGH in Wiltshire marked the Queen’s 90th birthday on 12 June with a civic service at St Mary’s Church followed by celebrations at the town hall. A recording was played of a speech made by Princess Elizabeth on her birthday in April 1947 and special gifts were given to two members of the congregation, Vinnie Harris and Bill Soames, who will also be 90 this year. The congregation then moved across to the town hall for a glass of Buck’s Fizz and a royal cupcake and three cheers for the Queen, led by the new town crier, Mike Tupman MBE.
GOLD STATUS FOR CHESHIRE COUNCIL
HOLMES CHAPEL Parish Council has been awarded Quality Gold status by the National Association of Local Councils. It is the first council in Cheshire to gain the award and one of fewer than 20 across England to achieve this status. According to clerk Nicola Clarke (pictured with chairman Cllr Steve Ranger), Holmes Chapel Parish Council is committed to working with residents to achieve the best for the village. The emerging Neighbourhood Plan has identified many projects which it plans to work on with other voluntary bodies.
Residents of GODALMING, Surrey and the mayor, Cllr David Hunter, gathered recently to celebrate the installation of a new bench by the Farncombe Initiative. Cllr Hunter said: “I was thrilled to see such a simple improvement bringing benefit to a wide range of the community, particularly young families.” Other recent work includes the installation of new litter bins, a new Farncombe village sign, bulb and shrub planting and litter picking days.
NEWLY RENOVATED SIGN
The village sign of TROTTISCLIFFE in Kent, which was commissioned by family and friends in memory of Alan Skinner, a local farmer and long-time chairman of Trottiscliffe Parish Council, has now been renovated and is now sited on the village green, reports clerk Louise Goldsmith. The event was marked by a gathering of Cllr Skinner’s relatives, residents of the village and parish councillors.
FREEDOM AWARD FOR VILLAGE STALWART
CROOKHAM VILLAGE Parish Council in Hampshire has awarded its longest-serving member, Cllr Peter Crawley, Freedom of the Parish. He first got involved with the parish council to help fight off the threat of development swamping the village – the same challenge that it faces today. Cllr Simon Ambler, the current chairman, said: “Peter’s input to the council will be greatly missed. His in-depth understanding of local issues, coupled with great intellect, would often mean that lengthy debates could be brought to a close by a well reasoned solution that no one else had thought of.”
FREEWOMAN HONOUR FOR DYNAMIC DUO
AYLESBURY Town Council has bestowed the title of “Honorary Freewoman of the Parish on two very different recipients.
FREELAND Parish Council in Oxfordshire recently said goodbye to one of its longest serving councillors, with the retirement of Janet Dalton. She joined the council in May 1984 and served as a councillor for 32 years. She participated in many village projects during her years on the council, the most recent of which was the Jubilee Play Park Project. One of her many roles was looking after the village planters, and she was presented with flowers as a token of the council’s appreciation for all her hard work and dedication.
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