Parracombe Pieces December 2014

Christ Church Parracombe Pieces Dec 14
Parracombe Pieces Dec 14

Firstly, some dates for your diary; Wednesday, December 3rd – there is a Christingle service in Christ Church at 5pm and on Wednesday, December 17th, the Children will be presenting their Nativity also at 5pm. On Sunday, December 21st at 6pm a Service of Nine Lessons & Carols will be followed by mulled wine, mince pies and sausage rolls. On Christmas morning there is a service at 10am. All of the above in the Church and everyone is very welcome. On Thursday 18th December, the Over 60’s Christmas lunch of soup and mince pies takes place in The Fox and Goose at 12 noon.

Karen is organising a Christmas Fair on Saturday 6th December in the Village Hall from 2 pm – 4.30 pm. There will be Crafts, cakes, cards and much more, and refreshments so buy your presents locally this year! At school, children in Oaks class have been learning and improving their swimming and life saving skills over the last two weeks, with one more week to go! Already
most children have made huge improvements, with some children now swimming independently. All children recently visited the planetarium at Lynton Town Hall which they thoroughly enjoyed and provided them with an insight into our next topic after Christmas. Children asked a variety of inquisitive questions and listened carefully to the answers provided. Children have started bringing in a variety of home learning which is has been presented at a very high standard. When home learning is completed, please bring it in to be displayed. We will have a presentation of home learning on Friday 12th December. In the near future, pupils will be looking at different types of measure in maths and will start to write instructions on how to
mummify a body – along with their final three swimming sessions.

Parish Council, November meeting, Kevin Green attended the meeting to discuss the village business sign. Cllr Holtom has obtained DCC guidance on Application for Tourism signs and found out that the Historic Churches Trust would like to be included. This may mean less signs in the village itself. Ideally there would be a sign at each end of the village including all businesses and attractions. Design and lettering to be worked out as soon as possible. Cllr Davis has offered to help with highways and ENPA to ensure the design meets regulations. The signs would have to be paid for by the village and to this end the Parish Council has set aside some funds from its current account. Mr Green indicated that he would also be willing to make a financial contribution.

Planning applications; to fell beech tree at the junction of Tarr Path and Bodley Lane, had been approved. Confirmation to be obtained from landowner regarding the Parish Council’s offer of £400 towards the felling of the beech tree. The work can then go ahead as soon as arrangements can be made with Western Power. Mark Evans is contracted to do the work. Clerk would provide contact details regarding ownership of the field opposite the tree. Proposed formation of an opening with double doors to
building ancillary to Wesleyan House, application refused.

There are still 2 councillor vacancies for co-option and anyone interested should contact any Council member or the Clerk. Dog fouling- Clerk to ask for more signs. Clerk to write up a public health warning regarding dog mess for the newsletter.
Environmental health will be called out if situation does not improve.

Tarr Path hedge- the Clerk has had no response to the latest letter asking the hedge owners to cut it back as previously agreed. ENPA to be contacted again as the owners have not engaged with the issue. Clerk to ask Gerald Tombs to clear the fallen leaves from the path as it is becoming very slippery.

Coronation Playing Field- welding on the slide has been done and fence repairs have been quoted for and the go ahead given. The mole situation is to be monitored. The hedge opposite Hillside is overgrown and blocking light from the properties and
television signal. Clerk to ask Simon Rawle to do the hedge cutting and if the tractor is not able to cut it down sufficiently Mark Evans will be asked to carry out the work. Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council have indicated that they are planning to buy a new mowing machine and may be in a position to cut the grass in the playing field. The Clerk was asked to write and inquire about costs, possible capital input and the frequency of cuts. Park Pavilion- There was discussion as to whether we need to keep 3 toilets running and an unused storage space in the Pavilion kitchen. Cllr Edgington
was asked to draw up a blue print for possible alterations. The tyre swing, children swing and a cracked paving slab were noted in the inspection book. These to be checked again prior to the next meeting. c) Hard Court- Gerald Tombs to moss treat
the court as soon as there is a dry spell forecast. A work party will sweep the leaves and beech mast as soon as possible.

Accounts were paid for hire of hall in September, clerk’s wages & expenses, eDF quarterly bill, toilet cleaning Aug- Oct, R J Graham- welding slide, Gerald Tombsgrass cutting 2014, Royal British Legion- donation, and Christchurch PCC- donation.
At close of business, council’s accounts were £18,317.83 in credit. Budget for 2015/16. Future projects were discussed including the need to plan for replacement of play equipment, possible alterations to the pavilion, village signs and to ensure that there sufficient funds for the defibrillator 4 year scheme. It was agreed to set aside monies from the current account (and capital account) for these things. An increase of £100 from £6,600 to £6,700 was agreed as the PC Precept requirement for 2015/16. Matters at chairman’s discretion, Parish Councillors discussed their concerns about the future of the village hall and agreed they would be willing to act as intermediaries. The next meeting is 14th January, 2015. Draft minutes may be amended before being approved and signed at the next meeting.

From the Craft group, Carol says, “The enthusiasm amongst the craft group members never ceases to amaze me. Members are all so busy at home and yet everyone still finds time to produce items to help the less fortunate in such a variety of ways. A very big ‘Thank You’ to you all for your inspirational new ideas. We are still continuing the production line of squares and jumpers for the ‘fish and chip’ babies in Africa and now we have taken on a new challenge of making ‘Innocent Smoothie Little Hats’ to be sold in major stores; 25p from each sale will be donated to Age Concern. This idea was introduced by Janet who deserves a special mention for already having produced dozens of different designs. During the month of December we shall be producing a variety of Xmas Tree Stocking decorations for sale at the Parracombe Post Office, price £2. Grateful thanks are due to Jean and Kevin for their support which will help to raise much needed funds for the North Devon Hospice. Finally, I would like to thank all those who kindly sponsored my 10 mile Great South Run in Portsmouth. It was certainly warmer than the ice bucket challenge and a great 25th anniversary celebration of the event with over 25,000 runners. A total of £79 was raised for Motor Neurone Research. A Very Happy Christmas to you all and we look forward to seeing as many as possible for our final meet of the year on December 10th for a cream tea. Rainfall for October 2014, 173.5 mms – 6.94 inches, compared to October 2013, 230 mms – 9.2 inches. Thank you Linda for the figures. Parracombe Pieces along with the rest of LVN will now be taking a Christmas break and will reappear in February so it just remains to wish you season’s greetings from myself and the other contributors.

Mervyn and others.

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