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COUNCILS SEE OUT A TOUGH YEAR IN STYLE

AYLESBURY Town Council in Buckinghamshire invited residents to nominate key workers who deserved recognition for their dedication and kindness through the pandemic. Sixty nominations were received for the six categories of Delivery Duck, Nursing/Caring Duck, Neon Army Duck, Teacher Duck, Transportation Duck and Shop Worker Duck. Ducks were chosen as a nod to the famous local breed of white duck. Scott McEvoy of Just Baguettes (pictured) was named winner of the Delivery Duck category. Each duck was hand-painted by local artist Tina Fox Pearson of Aylesbury Community Workshop, who added a special Mayoral Duck for the town hall.



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SNOWMAN TRAIL

 

RAYNE Parish Council in Essex supported the parent/staff association of Rayne Primary & Nursery School to organise a snowman trail around the village to brighten up the festive season. The council’s own snowman, Roger (pictured), was built by Cllr Mike Eldred and stood proudly on the village green. Over 60 households entered a snowman and maps were produced by a local designer, with residents invited to vote for a favourite and win a prize. A total of £780 was raised for school funds from the sale of snowman maps and from sponsorship.


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FUNDING SECURED FOR SPORTS FACILITY

DODINGTON Parish Council has secured funding from South Gloucestershire Council to improve sporting facilities at the QEII Playing Fields in Yate. The council plans to build a running track and provide outdoor fitness equipment or a trim trail, depending on feedback from a public consultation. Cllr Chris Zapata said: “This funding is the result of a lot of hard work by staff and councillors. We still have a long way to go – doing the detailed design, getting the necessary permissions and appointing a contractor. The running track will provide local people with an ideal way to exercise.”

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COUNCILLORS ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES

Cllrs Liz White and Carol Davis, members of HERNE AND BROOMFIELD Parish Council in Kent and both tree wardens, have planted hundreds of trees at the parish’s Broomfield Community Park. The trees were sourced via the Woodland Trust’s MOREhedges scheme, which subsidised 75 per cent of the cost, with the parish council covering the rest. They have made good progress, with over 400 trees planted. Carol, a tree warden for 30 years, has also planted a special elm tree to celebrate 30 years of the tree warden scheme. The tree is resistant to Dutch elm disease, and is one of only 30 planted in the UK.

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REMINDER OF ROYAL HERITAGE

GILLINGHAM Town Council has refurbished two roundabouts at the entrances to the town. The one on Shaftesbury Road features sculptures made from recycled chicken wire by local artist Pauline Dawkins, depicting a white hart, a stag and a deer. The idea came from a former member of the Town Team, and represents the town as a Royal Forest favoured by Kings John and Henry III. The mediaeval forest supplied the royal larder with meat and timber for royal buildings. The white hart is associated with the legend of Herne the Hunter, and one features in the town’s crest.

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CASHPOINT LIFELINE FOR RURAL TOWN

BUNGAY Town Council in Suffolk has installed an external, free-to-use ATM at its offices in the town centre. The new cashpoint was officially opened by the mayor, Cllr Bob Prior, and Waveney MP Peter Aldous. It is currently the only ATM in the town centre, and was set up through the LINK community request scheme. Bungay is a rural town with a population of over 5,000, many of whom are elderly. Its last high street bank closed in 2018 and, according to clerk Jeremy Burton, there was a clear need for such a facility.



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WORK GETS STARTED ON COMMUNITY HUB

Work is under way in GREAT DAWLEY in Shropshire on a new Community Network Hub that is set to open in the summer. The development, in a disused building linked to Dawley Town Hall, will provide the town with a community meeting centre. The centre will host 15 sessions each week for organisations and charities covering domestic abuse, counselling and adult literacy. They will be able to use the building, free of charge, to offer confidential support and advice and also as a base for outreach work. It has a private consultation area and also kitchen facilities.

Cllr Ian Preece (left) with the mayor of Great Dawley, Cllr Stefan Heighway

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CLOCK LIGHTS UP FOR GOOD CAUSES

WEYMOUTH Town Council in Dorset is planning to light up the town’s Jubilee Clock through 2021 to raise awareness for good causes. The clock face will be lit with colours representing different charities for up to three days each month, with a different cause or charity each month. Residents were asked to nominate local or national charities via the council’s website. The free-standing clock tower was built in 1888 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, and was Grade II-listed in 1974. It was originally located in front of the promenade but was relocated in the 1920s, when the area was extended.


 

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COUNCILLOR MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

STANTON Parish Council in Suffolk has congratulated Cllr June Miller on reaching 50 years of service as a councillor. She has served on the council since December 1970. Over the years she has championed many local causes. In 1993 she led a project to buy a piece of land to extend the recreation ground to provide Stanton football club with a dedicated full-sized pitch. She organised planters along the village’s main street, and is still involved in replanting them twice a year.

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