Wickhambrook Parish Council

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Wickhambrook Parish Clerk Reports

Below are listed various Reports from the Parish Clerk.

Events and News

Annual Parish Meeting
Thursday 18th May

Everyone is invited to the Annual Parish meeting Thursday 18th May held in the MSC Pavilion starting at 7.30pm. Please see poster for details.


Adobe pdf document Parish Council Agenda


Adobe pdf document Estates Committee Agenda

Adobe pdf documentVehicle Activated Signs (VAS) Report

Adobe pdf document Devolution Notes from County Cllr Mary Evans

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read Parish Clerk Reports

readCommunity Action Suffolk news

LIT PIC
Wickhambrook Summer Litter Pick - 9th July

Can you spare an hour or so to improve the look of your village? Meet at Wickhambrook MSC car park at 10am. Hazard jackets, rubbish sacks and grab sticks provided (see poster)



SPRING LITTER PICK
Many thanks to everyone who turned out this morning, Sunday 5 March, and I am sorry that we had cancelled the event on health and safety grounds due to the bad weather. It was actually a much calmer day later but too late for our decision making. A re-scheduled date will be published in the usual way but thank you again for your support.
Sonya Thorburn
Parish Clerk


Facebook - for more news and information, please visit our Parish Council Facebook page


Mary Evans

Cllr Mary Evans
News and Information

General news and latest information from Cllr Mary Evans on County Council affairs and general matters - take a look


Parish Council meetings in 2017

All Parish Council meetings are held, once a month, on Thursdays at 7.30 pm in the MSC Pavilion (at the rear of the Main Hall). Any member of the public can attend any meeting.

Dates for 2017 are as follows:
Thursday 19 Jan, 23 Feb, 30 March, 27 April, 25 May (Annual Parish Council), 29 June, 27 July, 31 Aug, 28 Sept, 26 Oct and 30 November. Annual Parish meeting Thursday 18 May 2017

Estates Committee meetings in 2017

All Estates Committee meetings are held on Thursdays of every second month in the MSC Pavilion. Any member of the public can attend.

Dates for 2017 are as follows:
Thursday 9 Feb, 13 April, 8 June, 10 Aug, 12 Oct and Monday 4 December

Keep up to date with Parish matters by reading the Parish Council notice board at Thorns Corner, looking at Wickhambrook website, making use of the Wickhambrook page on Facebook or by reading the Parish Council notes in the 'Scene'. If you need any further information contact any councillor (details on neighbouring notice) or the Clerk on 01440 821861 or parishclerk@wickhambrook.org.

Village Notices

Winner of Biscuit Barrel Award

Winner of 2017 Alf Hicks Biscuit Barrel Award

Maggie Elers, the recipient of the Alf Hicks Biscuit Barrel award 2017
Maggie has given many years of time and effort to worthwhile causes and events in the village. To name but a few she has helped run a playgroup, was a member of the Community Association helping to run village events such as the firework display and helped organise dances raising money for the village hall. Maggie has made costumes for the Wickhambrook Players pantomime and carol concerts and most recently is a stalwart member of the Carnival Committee, reviving this annual event which has proved to be an ongoing success every summer. Maggie was the unanimous choice by the Parish Council for the award this year and the photograph shows Chairman Paul Couzens with Maggie who will hold the Biscuit Barrel for twelve months and have her name added to the list of previous worthy holders of the award.  The presentation was made at the Annual Parish Meeting on 18 May 2017.

The right for Parish Councils to sell electricity
Currently local authorities have the power to sell electricity from local power generation schemes but Parish and Town Councils do not. There is a proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act asking that the Government allows Parish and Town Councils the right to sell electricity they generate from local schemes. Wickhambrook Parish Council supports this proposal but before responding there has to be evidence of local consultation. If you have any comments please contact the Clerk, or leave a message on 01440 821861 or parishclerk@wickhambrook.org.

Grit Heaps
During recent winters the help in spreading salt/grit and clearing snow and ice from pavements was greatly appreciated. We want to build on this support so we are prepared for the severe weather during the coming winter. We hope that those that have assisted in the past will continue to do so and that those who have not yet participated will consider their involvement this winter. In past winters the public were concerned that if they helped to clear snow they may have been liable for third party claims. Suffolk County Council can confirm that anyone who clears snow from outside their own or someone else's property would only be liable for an accident if their efforts actually made the pavement less safe than it was with the snow and ice undisturbed and as a result somebody is injured. Where Town and Parish Councils keep a list of the names of their volunteers then these people would then be covered under the terms of the County Council's insurances for public liabilities.

If you are able to volunteer please contact Clerk to the Parish Council, 01440 821861.

Save money and be more green - without any costs or hassle
As well as being available to businesses, the rent a roof scheme is also available to village halls, community centres and other organisations - read more information here


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Current Report - May/June 2017

Annual Parish Council Meeting

The meeting took place on 25 May and I am able to confirm the Chairman for the forthcoming year is Councillor Paul Couzens, to be supported by Vice Chairman, Councillor Kate Sammons. The Parish Council Estates committee was re-elected and the representatives who risk assess areas in the village on a regular basis, such as the playgrounds and greens, have all agreed to continue with their responsibilities.

Chairman Couzens with the certificate presented for the Local Council Award Scheme Foundation Level

The photograph shows Chairman Couzens with the certificate presented for the Local Council Award Scheme Foundation Level and this is a good opportunity to remind all readers of The Scene that the eight elected Parish Councillors and four Lay Members of the Estates Committee give up their time on an entirely voluntary basis. They attend meetings and visit areas around the Parish undertaking inspections and checks and this is all done in a professional manner which the award is testament to. The financial records are inspected each quarter by Vice Chairman Sammons, who has a background in finance and also does a final check before the year end figures are presented to the internal auditor.
All the meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend, with no requirement to give notice of your attendance.

'Lit Pic'
Litter Pick 9 July 10 a.m. - meet front of hall.

'Lit Pic', modern sounding I know but it is in fact our traditional summer litter pick to help round up those stray pieces of litter that escaped the eagle eyes of the Wickhambrook Carnival Committee members at the end of the event taking place the day before. We will also be covering all other areas of the village and if you can spare just one hour of your time please come to the MSC Hall foyer at the earlier start time of 10 a.m.

The Farmer's Market should be in full swing at the end of the 'pic' at 11 a.m. giving a further two hours to peruse the stalls and visit the café – sounds good to me and I am already going!

Annual Parish Meeting report from 18 May
In addition to the usual reports from the Chairman, Chair of the Estates Committee and financial report from the Clerk, reports were presented by members of the History Society, W.I. Group, Youth Football Team and Wickhambrook School which made for a very entertaining and enjoyable evening. Written reports had been submitted by the MSC Hall Trustees, Bowls Club and the Police which were handed out to those who attended the meeting and referred to by the Chairman. The reports covered the activities and successes of the last twelve months and all had an extremely interesting content. I have hard copies of the reports on file which I would be happy to scan and send if anyone would like to read a particular report. Please send your request to parishclerk@wickhambrook.org

Biscuit Barrel
The photo shows Mrs Maggie Elers, the recipient of the Alf Hicks Biscuit Barrel award 2017.

Biscuit Barrel award 2017

Maggie has given time and effort to worthwhile causes and events in the village over many years. To name but a few: she has helped run a playgroup, was a member of the Community Association helping to run village events such as the firework display and helped organise dances raising money for the village hall. Maggie has made costumes for the Wickhambrook Players pantomime and carol concerts and most recently is a stalwart member of the Carnival Committee, reviving this annual event which has proved to be an ongoing success every summer.

Maggie was the unanimous choice by the Parish Council for the award this year and the photograph shows Chairman Paul Couzens with Maggie who will hold the Biscuit Barrel for twelve months and have her name added to the list of previous worthy holders of the award.
The presentation was made at the Annual Parish Meeting on 18 May 2017.

Memorial Garden Update
As shown in the previous edition of The Scene the memorial garden is beginning to take shape. A laurel hedge is planned for the rear of the garden to make a screen providing privacy for the scattering of ashes area. The main pathway from the chapel will be lined with a yew hedge offsetting the iron crosses, previously used to mark the graves in the old area of the cemetery, that have lain unseen in the chapel for many years. Finally a beech hedge will mark the scattering of ashes quiet section where a bench will be placed.

Thanks must go to Vice Chairman Sammons who has purchased hundreds of bare root plants to bring on in pots over the summer months, this has saved an enormous amount of the planting allocation from the grant. The Parish Council has now been able, with the permission of Tesco Groundworks, to incorporate important renovation and decoration works on the chapel as part of the scheme. These works will take place this summer and the chapel will be looking fit to form the backdrop to the garden.

Three hardwood benches need to be purchased for different areas which will be placed on concrete pads and secured. The benches need to be of sufficient quality to last for many years and will cost in the region of £400 to £500 each. If you would be interested in purchasing a bench in memory of a loved one please email parishclerk@wickhambrook.org, a brass plaque could also be supplied as a lasting commemoration of a person or family members.

Bury Road Playground
The Bury Road playground now has a new litter bin which can also be used for dog waste. The Parish Council obtained permission from Havebury Housing Association to site the bin at the entrance to the playground ensuring that not only playground users but dog walkers can also access this additional facility. There have been reports of dog fouling in and around this area and up until now there was no access to a bin nearby but now there is absolutely no excuse not to 'bag it and bin it'!

VAS Update – speeding in the village
Thanks to the sterling work of Cllr Barton there have been sightings of Police speed camera vans in the village. Cllr Barton moves the machine from site to site (these can only be where the specially erected poles are in place following a survey from the traffic department at Suffolk County Council), downloading the data each time and presenting it in an agreed form to the Police. After many months a working relationship has been formed and depending on the speeds recorded the Police have attended the village performing speed checks. This is an issue that affects all residents in the village and the Parish Council is committed to the Vehicle Activated Signs providing the necessary data to trigger a Police presence. Currently the sign, originally supplied by County Cllr Mary Evans, is used on a share basis with Lidgate and although Wickhambrook is to continue with this scheme it has also been agreed to purchase a machine solely for use in Wickhambrook using Parish Council funds. The area surrounding the school will remain a priority but with this VAS addition other sites in the village will be subject to a survey and if deemed suitable, poles will be placed ready for VAS use. All of this is good news for the village but will entail a much increased workload for Cllr Barton who has agreed to continue this task for the next twelve months. Another example of how the Parish Councillors are working for the benefit of the whole parish.

Recent Planning Applications
Decisions made by St Edmundsbury Council over the last eight weeks.
DC/17/0189/LB Rolfes Farm, The Duddery. Structural repairs of outbuilding listed building. Approved

DC/17/0215/HH Giffords Hall, Giffords Lane. Open air courtyard including pavilion. Approved

DC/17/0210/FUL Wickhambrook Primary School. New timber buildings to provide two Classrooms. Approved

DC/16/1395/FUL Genesis Green Stud. 4 flats. Approved

DC/17/0196/FUL Boyden End House. 1 equestrian workers dwelling. Approved

Dates of next meetings
The dates for the next two meetings on Thursdays are 27 July and 31 August. The next Estates committee meeting will be held on Thursday 10 August. All meetings begin at 7.30 p.m.

 

Sonya Thorburn 
Wickhambrook Parish Clerk

Previous Reports

General Information

Correspondence for the Parish Council should be sent to
Serendipity
Coltsfoot Green
Wickhambrook
Newmarket
Suffolk. CB8 8UW.
(if you wish to correspond directly with one of the Parish Councillors, then please contact the Clerk for details).

POTHOLES - VERGES AND HEDGES
The Parish Council invite you to report problems such as potholes, verges and hedges.

Documents
- Annual Return for 2015/2016
- Asset Register 2016-17
- Audit Conclusion Notice 2015/2016
- Budget 2017-2018 plus 2016-2017 actuals
- Complaints Procedure
- Financial Regulations
- Financial Risk Assessment
- Financial Standing Orders
- Financial Statement with comparisons 2016-2017
- Freedom of Information Scheme
- Policy for dealing with press and other media
- Policy for Training New Staff and Councillors
- Publication Scheme
- Standing Orders
- Standing Orders - Estates Committee
- Suffolk Local Code of Conduct for Members
- Twelve Month action plan for Wickhambrook Parish Council

Information to read from St Edmundsbury Borough Council
- Rural News
- Economic Development Services
- ARC Park and Ride Leaflet
- Boundary Committee News

Useful links and information