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AWARDS RECOGNISE BEST GREEN SPACES

More than 2,000 sites across the UK were awarded Green Flag status in late 2020. Among those recognised were the Lake Pleasure Grounds in WARMINSTER in Wiltshire, which earned a Green Flag for the third year running. Also celebrating was WEYMOUTH Town Council in Dorset, which was awarded Green Flag status for its Greenhill and Sandsfoot Gardens. Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.”

 


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COLATON RALEIGH Parish Council recently undertook the renovation of an early 20th century fingerpost, a much-loved veteran of the era of cast-iron fingerposts, which stands on the B3178. It is believed to be one of only three remaining in East Devon, according to clerk Susan Tyrrell. Pictured are Cllr Christopher Pound, council vice chairman, with Cllr Stephen Manley and resident Barrie Papworth, who were all instrumental in the renovation.

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OUTDOOR EATING FOR SAFER SOCIALISING

CARMARTHEN Town Council has provided new outdoor eating facilities in the town centre as part of an initiative to help businesses deal with the challenges of Covid-19, following the roll-out of similar initiatives in Cardiff and elsewhere. The heavy-duty tables, benches and parasols in Nott Square can be used all year round. Two local businesses have volunteered to maintain them and provide a food and drinks service, with safety measures including track and trace in operation. Carmarthenshire County Council waived fees and fast-tracked applications for street cafe licences.

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COMMUNITIES RALLY TO CELEBRATE XMAS SAFELY

THAME Town Council in Oxfordshire invited call handlers from voluntary organisation Love Thame Blue Hearts to switch on its Christmas tree lights along with the mayor, Cllr Ann Midwinter. The volunteers took over 1,500 calls during the first lockdown, offering assistance with shopping and medication or just a chat. Meanwhile volunteers with the Community Christmas Thame group delivered free lunches to residents spending Christmas Day on their own.

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COUNCILS DELIVER A LITTLE SEASONAL CHEER

LUDLOW Town Council in Shropshire was among many that adapted their Christmas plans in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially when it came to looking after vulnerable residents. A team of 14 councillors and staff at the Council delivered 425 goody bags to senior citizens on 3 December. Volunteers all worked individually and followed Covid-19 secure working methods. The council liaised with care homes and care providers, as well as delivering to individual residents. The mayor, Cllr Tim Gill, also presented seven-year-old Romeo Ditoria with a prize for winning the Christmas card design competition.

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REMEMBRANCE DAY MARKED WITH SCALED-DOWN CEREMONIES

CRICCIETH Town Council in Gwynedd unveiled a Gown of Poppies as part of an exhibition on its High Street. In January 2020 the council appealed for volunteers to knit and crochet poppies to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The “Curtain of Hope” comprised 5,000 poppies contributed by over 150 individuals and mounted on recycled fishing nets. However, it could not be displayed as planned due to the lockdown. Instead, it became a train for the Gown of Poppies created by Susan Humphries.


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Despite the restrictions, around 30 people gathered at the war memorial in BRISTON churchyard on 8 November to remember those who gave their lives in the two world wars. The North Norfolk village has a total of 36 names honouring the dead on its war memorial. Revd Jeremy Sykes conducted a short service; the Last Post was played by bugler Peter Dowsett and the two-minute silence was observed. Cllr Matthew Pickhaver laid a wreath on behalf of Briston Parish Council and another made by pupils at Astley Primary School.

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DOUBLE SUCCESS IN COUNTY AWARDS

 The Derbyshire Association of Local Councils (DALC) held its third annual Excellence Awards recently. The three categories – Council, Councillor and Clerk of the Year – were assessed by different judging panels, but in 2020 there were two winners from one council for the first time, with clerk Jayne Simpson and Cllr Dexter Bullock of BLACKWELL Parish Council (pictured) winning the Blachere Illumination Clerk and Councillor of the Year categories respectively. RIPLEY Town Council won the BHIB Council of the Year category.



 

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COUNCILLOR CELEBRATES CENTENARY

Cllr Peter Ruffles MBE, 78, the longest-serving member of HERTFORD Town Council, was congratulated by members and officers at a recent full council meeting, held via Zoom, on his 100 years representing Hertford on local authorities. He has represented Hertford’s interests as an elected town councillor for 39.5 years, as an East Herts district councillor for 44.5 years and as a county member for 16 years. The mayor, Cllr Bob Deering, said: “This is such a wonderful achievement. Peter has given an exemplary level of service for so many years and is fully deserving of this honour.”

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