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TOWN CELEBRATES BIG LOTTERY WIN

WEYMOUTH Town Council in Dorset, in partnership with the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens, has secured a National Lottery grant of £1,013,400. The funding was awarded jointly by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. Plans include a new heritage cafe, toilets, a sensory garden and a drainage system to alleviate waterlogging on the playing field. Work will also involve the upgrading of sports facilities, path networks and play equipment, including the reintroduction of water play.

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SHOWING LOVE FOR LOCAL BEACHES

THE LOVEmyBEACH campaign, delivered by national charity Keep Britain Tidy, has called on those visiting beaches along the FYLDE COAST in western Lancashire to be responsible and dispose of their litter properly. Increased visitor numbers in hot weather have seen huge amounts of litter discarded on beaches and dunes, and LOVEmyBEACH litter-picking volunteers put in over 200 hours in June to clean it all up. The St Annes North BeachCare group of six volunteers alone removed over 190kg of litter. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, over 250 volunteers were out each month on the Fylde Coast, including the Bispham group (pictured), and they collected over 9,000 bags of litter in the previous year.

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PILGRIMAGE ROUTE OPENS TO WALKERS

After years of hard work, the PENRHYS Pilgrimage Way, a recreation of a medieval pilgrimage route in South Wales, has finally been completed. The route runs from Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff to the Our Lady of Penrhys statue in the Rhondda. Over 20 different organisations collaborated on the project, ranging from community and county councils to historical societies and the Diocese of Llandaff. TONYREFAIL and District Community Council is one of the partners and has provided grant funding and a committee member. It has also funded the provision of two “passport” stamps which are kept in local shops for walkers to collect while completing the route.

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CALL OF THE WILD


HAYDON WICK
Parish Council in Wiltshire created a number of wildflower sites this summer, following public consultation. It is pleased with the results; Cllr Richard Hailstone said: “Although we were unable to cultivate and reseed two experimental plots with wildflower seeds as we had hoped due to the wet spring and Covid-19, reduced mowing has produced spectacular results.” The sites have produced a good display of ox-eye daisies and pyramidal orchards, which were once common in local pastures and have survived in one location that has never been ploughed.

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COMMUNITIES PAY TRIBUTE TO WORK OF ARMED FORCES
Councils around the country marked Armed Forces Day on 27 June, showing their appreciation for serving troops and veterans and their families

THE mayor of SEVENOAKS in Kent, Cllr Nicholas Busvine OBE, attended the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag at The Vine and, following a two-minute silence, signed the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of the town council. The ceremony was witnessed by the town clerk, Linda Larter MBE. Cllr Busvine said: “It is always a privilege to have the chance to offer thanks on behalf of our community for the wonderful work these brave men and women undertake every day.

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SCARECROW TRIBUTE TO KEY WORKERS


KIRTON IN LINDSEY
Town Council in North Lincolnshire held its second annual Scarecrow Competition on 11–12 July, following the huge success of last year’s event, but with significant changes due to the coronavirus crisis. A town-wide display celebrated all those helping during the crisis and provided some much-needed community spirit. Local craft expert Pobblyboo helped design a location plan and 27 key worker-themed scarecrows appeared across the town, with letters displayed with them spelling out the phrase “Thank you to Kirton’s key workers”.

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LENDING SUPPORT TO LOCAL TRADERS

BUCKINGHAM’S Tourist Information Centre is supporting businesses by selling face coverings made by local traders. A variety of masks are on offer, with prices ranging from £3 to £6. Town council staff are wearing visors when dealing with members of the public, so that residents can see facial expressions and lip readers can understand what is being said. The council has launched a new website for visitors and tourists, after the TIC reopened on 4 July. The Discover Buckingham site has business listings for shops, accommodation, restaurants, pubs and attractions as well as event listings, blogs and local news.

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ATHLETES READY TO GO THE EXTRA MILE

Sports clubs in the CHERWELL district of Oxfordshire have supported communities through lockdown by delivering prescriptions to self-isolating residents. Volunteers from Banbury Harriers Athletics Club, Banbury Star Cyclists’ Club and Alchester Running Club in Bicester made 1,300 deliveries as part of Cherwell District Council’s Oxfordshire Supply Runs service. The initiative ran to the end of July, when those shielding were able to leave their homes. By then, runners and riders had covered a combined distance of 4,300 miles.

 

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RETIREMENT FOR HIGH-FLYING CLERK

Johnathon Bourne has retired as town clerk and responsible financial officer for ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT in Wiltshire after 32 years of service. During his time with the council he helped to develop some of the first qualifications for town clerks and officers to raise standards in the profession, and in retirement he will continue to teach at De Montfort University to support the next generation of clerks. Over three decades he has supported around 30 mayors and countless councillors, and has helped the town through the repatriations of servicemen from Iraq and Afghanistan and its recognition with royal status.

 

 

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