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HALLOWEEN AND BONFIRE NIGHT
BRING WINTER CHEER

WADDESDON Parish Council in Buckinghamshire staged a Halloween disco and fireworks event at the village community centre. There were some amazing costumes at the children’s disco, with prizes for the scariest costume and best dancer. According to clerk Melanie Rose, feedback was extremely positive, with many visitors attending from neighbouring towns and villages. She said: “This is great to hear after so many years without a village display, and it is definitely something we will be planning for in 2022.”



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CELEBRATION FROM EARTH TO SKY

Members of community groups in FROME were invited to a tree-planting ceremony in late October to kick off the Somerset town’s Glow in the Park event. The town’s rangers have created two concentric blossom circles of 24 cherry trees, with a heritage oak as the centrepiece of the feature. Glow in the Park was the finale of Frome’s Apple Day celebrations. The highlight was a display of 280 drones creating moving shapes and pictures across the night sky, accompanied by a poem set to music. It was created by drone art company Celestial, which is based in Frome, and was its first display in front of a live audience.

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COMMUNITIES GATHER TO HONOUR
DEBT OF SACRIFICE

IN remembrance of fallen heroes and to show the community’s gratitude to all those who have served in conflicts past and present, Lancashire landmark Rivington Pike was illuminated with images of a red poppy from dusk onwards for three nights during the Remembrance period. The beacon of remembrance was jointly funded by HORWICH Town Council and Chorley Borough Council.


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XMAS EVENTS LIFT SPIRITS
AFTER A TOUGH YEAR

BUCKINGHAM town centre was illuminated with brand-new Christmas lights featuring silver and gold snowflakes and icicles – a fitting theme as Storm Arwen covered the town in a light layer of snow over the switch-on weekend. The council staged its Christmas Parade and a Community Fair, and from 25 November its three new Christmas cards went on sale at the Tourist Information Centre. These were designed by local children, with the winners chosen by the mayor Cllr Margaret Gateley, and were sold in aid of her charities, Project Street Life and Community Care North Bucks. Each pack of six cards cost £4.


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COMMUNITY SPACE SECURED
FOR FUTURE

FLITWICK Town Council in Bedfordshire has purchased a bank building in the town centre and plans to use it for community events and entertainment and as a space where people can sit and meet. The property, which was put on the market by its private owner in July, will provide a central focal point for the town. “This is an amazing opportunity for the council to develop the frontage into a public space that will become a central hub for the whole community,” said mayor Cllr Andy Snape. “We viewed it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure a valuable community benefit and were determined to mitigate the risk of the property being taken over by a private developer and converted to residential use.”

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COUNCIL INVESTS IN LIFE-SAVING AEDS

WISBECH Town Council in Cambridgeshire recently purchased three defibrillators, one of which was presented to Wisbech Rugby Club on 13 November by the mayor, Cllr Andrew Lynn. This followed an incident in August 2021 when a member of Wisbech Town’s walking football team collapsed on the pitch. He was saved by team officials using CPR and a defibrillator that had been donated five years previously but until then had not been used, maintaining his vital signs until an ambulance crew arrived. The council is working with the College of West Anglia, among others, to offer training on basic life support using an automatic external defibrillator (AED).


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NEW COINS FOR THE PLATINUM JUBILEE

THE Royal Mint is creating a Platinum Jubilee coin collection to celebrate HM The Queen’s 70 years on the throne. Clare Maclennan, the Mint’s divisional director of commemorative coin, said: “The Royal Mint has a proud history of striking coins for British monarchs, and 2022 sees one of the greatest celebrations of HM the Queen with the upcoming Platinum Jubilee. In recognition of the landmark occasion, this is the first time a royal milestone has been commemorated on a 50p coin, and it is a fitting celebration for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.” The new 50p coin includes the number 70 to reflect the number of years HM The Queen has spent on the throne. The Queen’s cypher will be framed within the zero, which makes up the centrepiece of the design.


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DEALING WITH DEMENTIA
THROUGH MUSIC

THE mayor of AYLESBURY in Buckinghamshire, Cllr Anders Christensen, joined Dementia Friendly Aylesbury at a festive music session at the town library with a string trio from the Alina Orchestra in early December. The community group meets in the library on the first Tuesday of each month and helps those living with dementia and their carers to reminisce and support one another through music. Cllr Christensen said: “#TuesdayTunes is a chance for those living with dementia and their carers to come together with others to talk openly and remind themselves of the power of music. We hope more will benefit from the meet-ups in 2022.

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FREEDOM HONOUR FOR
YEARS OF SERVICE

WORPLESDON Parish Council in Surrey held a ceremony on 28 November to bestow the Freedom of the Parish on Sandra Morgan MBE, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the community. The certificate was presented by the chairman of the council, Dr Paul Cragg, after which Sandra unveiled a new honours board. She is by far the longest-serving member of the parish council, becoming a member in 1968 and serving until her retirement in 2021, including three years as chairman. During her term of office she assisted with the relocation of Travellers in the parish, saved a number of historic houses from destruction and was responsible for agendas and minutes and the council’s quarterly financial checks.


 

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