To provide additional communication and interaction with residents, this page contains the Parish Council notes from the parish clerk published in the “Eagle” village magazine each month. (The December issue also covers January of the following year.) This page will contain the latest notes together with those for the previous two issues of the “Eagle”.
The recently installed storage container on the playing field will soon receive a fresh coat of paint. Thanks in advance to Cllr. Cooke for purchasing paint and giving his time free of charge.
New chippings have now been laid down in the playing field gateway and a new gate installed. Also, our footpath warden and Ros Davies from DCC are in regular contact to ensure that paths are in good condition and all necessary repairs are being carried out.
At the last council meeting, two members of the Village Hall and Social Club Committee were present; they raised two issues. Firstly, funds were needed for the repair and upkeep of the play area, secondly they outlined planned celebrations for the Queen's Jubilee and asked whether council was able to give a financial contribution to the celebrations. Councillors decided to gift the parish the sum of £250 and, once the necessary form was filled in, provide a £250 grant toward repair to the play area. Both district and county councillors were present at the meeting and promised also to help out with grants.
It was good to see members of the Village Hall and Social Club attending our meeting and councillors were pleased to be able to help. We are a small parish and it would be good to see members of other village organisations more often. As a council we are in regular contact with other councillors at district and county level and, should advice or grant money be needed, we can easily put you in touch with the right department/person.
Firstly, a big thank you to Denys Cooke for organising a storage container for tools etc. on the playing field, replacing the original storage hut that was damaged beyond repair in last month's storms. Along with research into purchase, Cllr. Cooke also collected and transported the container back to the playing field at no cost to the parish. We would also like to thank Cllrs. Farr and Jefferies for removing the old hut, as well as clearing the site and positioning the new container. The positioning of the container was made possible with a telehandler and driver, kindly supplied by Mr. Brian Tythcott and family who we would also like to thank.
It should be noted that during the storms in March the playing field shed roof was also damaged. Repair was made possible with the help of Cllr. Jefferies with the only cost occurred being materials. Following this work an opportunity was taken to repaint the shed.
As you are most likely all aware, the Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022 is fast approaching. We would therefore like to ask all parishioners in what way they would like to mark this special occasion. For the Millennium, children of the parish were given paperweights as a keepsake, would you like to see something similar done for the Jubilee? Please contact the clerk or any of the councillors with your feedback.
Three weeks without internet certainly proved to be a challenge, showing us all how much we take for granted. At present, the weather seems calm and there are certainly signs that Spring is just around the corner. Hopefully the windy weather is behind us and we can enjoy uninterrupted internet communication for a long time to come. Many thanks on this occasion to Cllr. Saywell (Devon County Council) who kept in regular contact with our local MP and kept the council updated.
Now that restrictions have been completely lifted and there are no limits on number of people attending indoor meetings/events, maybe this is a good opportunity to invite members of the public back to council meetings. Don’t feel obliged to stay for the duration; if you have a query you can raise it under “Public Participation”, or maybe you just want to see how meetings work.
Also, we would really appreciate some feedback from other village organisations, whether you sent a representative or email a report. The council may be able to help out with grants for projects or put you in touch with people/organisations who can.