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Memorials - Public Toilets

 

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QUALITY AWARD FOR YORKSHIRE COUNCIL

BRIDLINGTON Town Council in East Yorkshire recently received a prestigious Quality Award from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC). This is the second highest NALC award, and recognises good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement. Bridlington is the first council in the East Riding to achieve this national accolade, which recognises the hard work and dedication of the council.

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BLOOMIN’ KIDS

FARNHAM Town Council in Surrey again held its Bloomin’ Kids gardening workshops during the Easter holidays. Children planted marigolds to take home and learned how to sow broad beans, peas and beetroot. They also worked with Farnham in Bloom to make a large collage for Blooming Art. The free workshops are designed to generate a passion for gardening in the next generation of horticulturists.

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PLAY PROJECTS GET THE
GO-AHEAD

YATE Town Council in South Gloucestershire has been successful with three applications for S106 funding to improve play areas across the town. The successful submissions were for informal play equipment at Abbotswood, extra equipment at the Howard Lewis play area, including a multi-play unit, a basket swing and bike trail markings and a set of outdoor exercise equipment at Kingsgate Park. Councillors are shown celebrating at the Howard Lewis play area.

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NEW VILLAGE SIGNS

Visitors to the village of HESKIN in Lancashire are now being greeted by four new “Welcome to Heskin” signs, thanks to co-operation between Heskin Parish Council and Chorley Borough Council. Cllr Angela Bamber, pictured with one of the new signs on Barmskin Lane, commented: “We are very pleased with the signs, which show how proud we are of our village, and we are very grateful for the help and input from Chorley Council as part of the Neighbourhood Priorities Programme.”

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EMERGENCY COVER FOR REMOTE SPOT

BARDNEY Group Parish Council (BGPC) in Lincolnshire has installed a specialised defibrillator at Bardney Lock on the Sustrans Water Rail Way cycle path. The area is popular all year round but is a long way from major roads, and emergency services have had difficulty reaching patients in the past. Defibrillators normally require electricity, but this was not possible at the site. After researching options, the council turned to Turtle Engineering in Northampton, which manufactures defibrillator housings that do not require electricity and can be installed anywhere.

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GARDEN CELEBRATES NEW CHAPTER

WARMINSTER Town Council in Wiltshire held an opening ceremony on 16 April for the old Civic Trust Garden, which had been closed for several years after being vandalised. Students from Fairfield Farm College cleared brambles and replanted the garden, and staff from a local company replaced retaining wooden sleepers free of charge. The council used a £1,000 bequest from a resident to replace the pump and repair the electrics for a water feature and to have the railings painted.

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FAMILY FUN DAY

WORKINGTON Town Council in Cumbria hosted a family fun day at Moorclose Community Centre in March, working with the South Workington Youth Partnership. It included spring crafts, storytelling, birds of prey, sports, chalk art, face painting and glitter tattoos. All activities were free, and the first 100 children to arrive received a free Easter egg. This was the first of four fun days the council is planning for 2018; the next will be Workington GO in 19 May. This encourages youngsters to get active and try something new, and free sessions will cover a wide range of sports and activities.

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RISING FROM THE ASHES

When one of its landmark giant sequoia trees (Wellingtonia) had to be felled for safety reasons late last year, YATE Town Council in Gloucestershire commissioned local artist and tree sculptor Andy O’Neill to create a sculpture from the stump. Pupils from local junior schools were invited to create drawings to incorporate into the design. It features King Edmond, along with a variety of wildlife and foliage. The carving took ten days to complete, with councillors and children keeping a close eye on progress.

Photo: Rich McDonough


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CELEBRATIONS FOR
RAF CENTENARY

The Royal Air Force celebrated the 100th anniversary of its formation on 1 April, and WHITWORTH in Lancashire held a special event to mark the occasion. Whitworth Horticultural Society was instrumental in arrangements for the centenary celebration, planting a floral display in RAF colours and also arranging for the RAF flag to be flown outside the Riverside (the town’s civic hall).

 

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