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Wickhambrook Parish Council
GET FITTER PICK LITTER – or here we go again!

It is the first of three litter picks held in Wickhambrook each year organised by Wickhambrook Parish Council and the date is Sunday 4 March 2018 at 10.30 a.m. - meet in the pavilion attached to the MSC Hall
This litter pick is part of………..
The Great British Spring Clean: Join thousands of others taking part on the weekend of 2-4 March and help clean up our country.’
Hope to see you on Sunday 4 March at 10.30 a.m.!
The usual refreshments will be available afterwards for those deserving participants!

For further information please contact the Clerk on 01440 821861 or email parishclerk@wickhambrook.org

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 2018

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 2018 are as follows:
Thursday Thursday 18 Jan, 22 Feb, 29 March, 26 April, 31 May (Annual Parish Council), 28 June, 26 July, 30 Aug, 27 Sept, 25 Oct and 29 November. Annual Parish meeting Thursday 10 May 2018

Estates Committee meetings in 2018

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 8 Feb, 12 April, 14 June, 9 Aug, 11 Oct and Monday 3 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

Public Transport

Connecting Communities is a new service – bringing the traditional community transport services such as Dial a Ride, Suffolk Links and Community Car service under one new single identity.
Our service enable passengers to travel locally, for example to visit friends and relatives, attend medical appointments or take a trip to the shops. Access Education and workplaces, linking with other scheduled services.

Read more including contact numbers here

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

Wickhambrook on Twitter

Wickhambrook Main Facilities

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Current Report - January/February 2017

Steps Clearance
The Footpaths Officer, Roger Medley, has to deal with many requests or complaints throughout the year about clearance of footpaths but his action taken upon learning from a resident that the steps up to the recreational field from the Coltsfoot Green footpath was particularly impressive. The steps had been totally covered by a dense growth of grass and weeds. These were cut away and the edges mown to reveal perfectly useable steps. Many thanks indeed.

Parish Councillor Resignation
Mrs Julia Walker resigned from her post in October and the Parish Council was very sad to say goodbye to such an experienced and popular member. Mrs Walker has served on the Parish Council for many years giving freely of her time on both the full Parish Council and the Estates Committee where she held the position of Vice Chairman. It is hoped she will enjoy her 'retirement' which will enable her to spend more time with her family. Candidates for the vacancy will be invited to attend the January meeting and it is hoped an appointment can be made.

Remembrance Sunday
A cold wind blew during the service around the War Memorial in the cemetery but many villagers braved the November weather. The photograph shows Cllr Julian Wilson laying a wreath as a representative of the Parish Council.

Remembrance Sunday

The wreaths are supplied by the Royal British Legion and the Parish Council makes a donation on behalf of the village. We are lucky to have such a striking memorial and I must thank my husband, Hugh, for once again making sure it looked bright and clean on the day.

Remembrance Sunday


Litter Pick
Thank you to everyone who turned out on the same chilly November morning to remove unsightly litter from the village, plus a very few pieces of 'escapee' litter from the firework display the evening before. There was a more disappointing response to my invitation to write another verse of the litter pick poem but I would like to thank one resident who has come up with the rather catchy 'Get fitter – pick litter' slogan, which certainly is an incentive for all to come to the next one in March 2018! The one verse sent in may also inspire you:

Checked the weather, so I put on a hat,
And the orange vis jacket went well with that.
Nearly filled a whole bag with a pot and two pans,
Six empty crisp packets and twenty-two CANS.

Zip wire installation update: At the time of going to press this project is due to commence week beginning 4 December. We are all looking forward to seeing (if not trying!) the finished result. The zip wire has been partly financed by a community grant held by St Edmundsbury Borough Council on behalf of the village. The criteria for the grant is quite strict but the Parish Council was able to prove that it would be a welcome addition to the equipment and by getting several quotes has achieved best value. Photos to follow in the next publication of 'The Scene'.

Memorial Garden
The garden project has now been completed with three benches purchased to site on the areas of hardstanding already in place. These will be given additional coats of teak oil over the winter before being placed outside in early spring ready for use. Tesco Groundworks have been sent photos and an in depth report of the planning and financing of the garden which has resulted in the remaining 25% of the grant being paid. The Parish Council is very pleased with the end result, a large unkempt area has been transformed enhancing the entire cemetery.

Recent Planning Applications: Recent planning applications considered by the Parish Council over the last six weeks:

DC17/2164/HH Columbine Cottage, Nunnery Green. Single storey rear extension. No objection.

DC. /17/2297/HH Rolfes Farm House, Church Road. Swimming pool and spa. No objection

DC/17/2075/HH 4 Nunnery Green. Relocate Oil Heating storage to front garden. No objection

DC/17/1821/FUL adj to Rowans, Nunnery Green 1 dwelling, 1 carport/shed, associated access. No objection

Decisions made by St Edmundsbury Council over the last eight weeks:

DC/17/1708/FUL Sunset Bungalow, Meeting Green. 1 dwelling. Refuse application.

DC/17/2059/AG1 Black Horse Farm Stables, Ashfield Green. Agricultural storage unit.


Agreed dates of Parish Council meetings for 2018
Parish Council meetings – Thursday 18 Jan, 22 Feb, 29 March, 26 April, 31 May (Annual Parish Council), 28 June, 26 July, 30 Aug, 27 Sept, 25 Oct and 29 November

Annual Parish meeting Thursday 10 May 2018

Estates Committee meetings – Thursday 8 Feb, 12 April, 14 June, 9 Aug, 11 Oct and Monday 3 December

All at 7.30 p.m. in the pavilion next to the MSC Hall. All meetings are open to the public unless otherwise stated.

Sonya Thorburn 
Wickhambrook Parish Clerk

Previous Reports

General Information

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

The Parish Council invite you to report problems such as potholes, verges and hedges.

- Annual Return for 2016/2017
- 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

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