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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

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Mary Evans

Cllr Mary Evans
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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

Bury Road playground
The small playground on Bury Road in the Clopton area has been the responsibility of Havebury Housing. Havebury does not have the expertise within the organisation to check and maintain the play equipment on a regular basis and have suggested that the small fenced area be gifted to the Parish Council.

New equipment, swings, a rocker cum see saw and safety tiling, has been installed and a RoSPA certificate has been issued. The handover will take place in the near future.

We need someone who lives locally to inspect the area on a regular basis, say once a week, and note if there is anything of concern. If that person is willing to give a verbal report at the Estates Meeting, held on a Tuesday every second month, so much the better. The next meetings are on 10th April and 12th June. Monthly playground inspections will be carried out by Borough staff and an annual visit will be made by an independent professional. Any volunteers? Please contact the Parish Clerk on 01440 821861 if you are willing to give it a try.

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March/April 2017

More news from 2016
In December amongst my early Christmas cards was an envelope with a postmark 'Buckingham Palace', this was a letter sent on behalf of the Queen kindly written by Lady-in-Waiting to Her Majesty, Jennifer Gordon-Lennox.

Queen's Birthday - Envelope

As well as thanking everyone for our letter and card it stated that the Queen had been overwhelmed by the response to her 90th birthday and was touched to learn about the event at Wickhambrook. It went on to say that she had been pleased to hear we had favourable weather for the occasion, that it was kind of us to send the information about the funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and due to the enormous amount of good wishes it had not been possible to respond until now. A card was included with the letter and it is hoped that this can be framed and displayed alongside the photograph of the birthday gathering at the MSC hall.

Queen's Birthday card


The Cemetery
The amount of the Tesco Groundworks grant has been announced and the Memorial Garden project will receive £8,000 funded by the sale of 5p carrier bags at the supermarket. The members of the Estates committee of the Parish Council are delighted and plans are now being made to incorporate an area for the scattering of ashes, another option for remembrance by individuals and families on the loss of a loved one. It is also hoped that the outside of the Chapel can be re-decorated which may be financially supported by the Parish Council. The cemetery is a lovely place and these additions and maintenance work will ensure it will remain so for many years ahead.
A very sensitive issue regarding the cemetery must unfortunately be raised which is the leaving of flowers and other memorabilia on the graves of loved ones. The cemetery guidelines request a vase situated within the base of any memorial but increasingly tributes are being placed on the graves themselves. The Estates committee wishes to request that the guidelines are adhered to which will enable the contractor to continue to maintain the cemetery to a high standard during the grass cutting season. The Estates committee appreciates that immediately following the loss of a loved one there may be the need to have an increased number of items on the grave but is sending a general message please regarding the longer standing graves.

Disappointment at an increase in dog fouling at the recreational field
The darker mornings and evenings has resulted in more incidences of dog fouling on the football pitches and surrounding areas. This is incredibly disappointing for the Parish Council which has made multiple efforts to allow dog owners to 'bag and bin' any dog fouling as easily as possible. There are signs in situ acting as reminders, two bag dispensers (regularly refilled) for the purpose of collecting the excrement and bins in all corners of the field to leave the used bags in. There is absolutely no reason or excuse not to adhere to the law and collect dog waste.

It is not only adult users who run the gauntlet of encountering dog fouling but children too for whom it is even more of a health hazard. Many little ones use the football pitch and it is completely unacceptable that the possibility of dog waste being on the field exists. All we can do is be vigilant and remind dog owners (the majority of whom are responsible and careful) to watch their pets at all times when in this area.

The Great British Spring Clean
Wickhambrook Parish Council has signed up to the Great British Spring Clean with the date set for the litter pick as Sunday 5 March at 11.30 a.m. to collect your kit from the pavilion at the side of the MSC hall please. The school will be contacted with the time and date and we hope to see many of the children with their parents or carers taking part in this worthwhile activity. This is an excellent opportunity to tidy the village prior to the start of the better weather when we are all out and about more.

A contribution from Julian Girling, The Tree Warden
A lay member of the Parish Council Estates Committee

'Woodman spare that tree! Touch not a single bough!' Thus wrote the poet George Pope Morris in 1830.

We are often told that trees are the lungs of the Earth, but apart from their benefits in absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, they are, in the opinion of most people, some of nature's most beautiful structures and in some species the oldest living organisms on the planet.

So was Mr Morris justified in admonishing the woodman? Yes and no. Preservation occasionally requires quite drastic action to ensure the health of the tree and its neighbours as well as removing anything that is hazardous to the public or to buildings.

For this reason I am tasked with monitoring each tree (which is tagged with a number and is the responsibility of the Parish Council Estates Committee) on some ten sites in the village.

Diseases such as bleeding canker and honeydew fungus as well as stressed limbs are monitored on a bi-monthly basis and reported to the committee. I am well supported by Cliff Reed of Acacia Tree Surgery who presents a detailed annual report. He has taught me a lot and taken me through a steep learning curve. I have still much to learn.
Yes, 'spare that tree' but often a 'single bough' or even the tree itself must be removed for the tree's health and to prevent a public hazard.

Date of Annual Parish Meeting
An early reminder of 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 18 May. The Parish Council introduces the meeting but it is for the parishioners to contribute and please accept this article as an invitation to Wickhambrook clubs and societies to attend in person or send a written report to be presented at the meeting. We all need reminding of past achievements as well as aspirations for the months ahead and this is the opportunity to promote a subject or activity. A time limit of 5 minutes per report is in place so that the evening does not finish too late but, long or short, any report or high lighting of a topic by an individual, will be very welcome. The evening will also incorporate the presentation of the Alf Hicks Biscuit Barrel to this year's chosen recipient, yet to be decided.

Reporting Highway faults online
No the photo is not the wrong way up but shows the 30 mph which has fallen/been knocked over on the side of the road between Coltsfoot Green and Meeting Green! Two eagle-eyed parishioners sent a photo independently and I was able to attach it to the Suffolk County Council online reporting facility. I am sure a photograph adds clarity and impact to any report and these can be uploaded using the reporting tool yourself or send it to me with an explanatory email and I will then action the form.

road sign

Precept Bid from Wickhambrook Parish Council explained
The Parish Council has submitted a bid for a precept totalling £31,863 as discussed and approved at the meeting on 19 January 2017. Although the bid states that the increase in the precept is 7% from last year the actual amount of the requested bid increase is £382. The percentage shown is due to the withdrawal of the Parish Revenue and Local Tax support grants (£1,800 for last year).

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

DC/16/2409/VAR + Amended application Plot 2, Columbine Cottage, Nunnery Green. Revised scale and design. Objection to both

DC/16/2736/HH 14 Croft Close. Single storey rear extension. No objection

DC/17/0003/CLE Annexe Peacocks Farm, Farley Green. Use of bungalow as single dwelling. No objection

DC/16/2802/FUL Land adj Whitehouse, Church Road. Change of use from agricultural to equestrian. No objection

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

DC/16/2014/TE3 Removal of public payphone. Approved

DC/16/2421/VAR Plot 1, Columbine Cottage, Nunnery Green. Change in materials. Approved

DC/16/2275/HH Field View, Nunnery Green. Conservatory to side/rear elevation. Approved

DC/16/2280/HH 37 Boyden Close. Single storey side extension. Approved

DC/16/2499/FUL Mill Farm, Ashfield Green. Two storey building – vehicle storage and office space with change of use agricultural land to parking area. No objection

DC/16/2416/HH Easterwood Bungalow, Baxters Green. 3 bay garage and carport with room above. No objection

Parish Council Meetings
The date for the next meetings are Thursday 30 March and 27 April. The next Estates committee meeting will be held on Thursday 13 April. All meetings begin at 7.30 p.m. and are open for everyone to attend.

****STOP PRESS****
Wickhambrook Parish Council has just received the news that it has achieved a Foundation Award through the Local Council Award Scheme. More details of the award will follow in the next edition of the Scene but the letter of confirmation stated: "The Panel believes the award demonstrates that the council has a strong commitment to excellence in public service" – a reassurance for all parishioners of the quality of work the Parish Councillors produce.

Sonya Thorburn 
Wickhambrook Parish Clerk

Previous Reports

General Information

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

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- Annual Return for 2016/2017
- Asset Register 2016-17
- Audit Conclusion Notice 2015/2016
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- Complaints Procedure
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- Financial Standing Orders
- Financial Statement with comparisons 2016-2017
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- Suffolk Local Code of Conduct for Members
- Twelve Month action plan for Wickhambrook Parish Council

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