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Exciting new plans were presented from the campaign to save The Swan pub. Preparations were agreed for the grand survey of parishioners views on the future of the village, which is due to start in September. Proposals were presented for funding the increased costs of the Parish Newsletter. The Council agreed to chase up the delays in improving mobile phone coverage and also agreed to monitor the traffic problems outside the school more closely in order to find the safest solution. The subsidised First Aid training session will take place in September. Please contact Richard Quinton if you are interested or email the Parish Clerk.
The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Wednesday 19th July at 7.30pm in the Community Centre, all are welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org
Minutes of previous parish council meetings can be viewed on the village website at www.worlingworth.onesuffolk.net
Tree Planting in the Village
The Parish Council have been funding ongoing tree planting since late 2015 to help counteract losses in the parish from the devastating disease ash die-back. We are working with our Tree Warden John Ridgwell to identify suitable planting loca-tions. All trees planted will consist of native species. There is still funding available and we are still looking for sites, so if you feel you have somewhere suitable (it can be just one small tree – or even a whole woodland!) then please let either John or the Parish Clerk know.Parish Council
There are currently two vacancies on the Council, if you would like to contribute to your local community in the role of Parish Councillor please contact the Parish Clerk for more information.Electoral Review of Mid Suffolk
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has formally com-menced an electoral review of Mid Suffolk District Council. The Commission is carrying out a review to deliver electoral equality for voters across Mid Suffolk. At present, some district councillors represent many more or many fewer, electors than their colleagues elsewhere in the district. The review aims to correct those imbalances.
There is a 9-week public consultation which will close on 14 August 2017. This is a public consultation and the Electoral Commission wants to hear from individuals and organisations across the district on where they think new ward patterns should be drawn.
For more information about how to get involved in the consultation and put your views forward please visit www.lgbce.org.uk The website includes technical guid-ance that explains the process and policies as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process.
View interactive maps of the district, draw your own boundaries, and have your say at the specialist consultation portal at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk
email your views to: email@example.com
or follow the review on Twitter: @lgbce
Minutes of previous parish council meetings can be viewed on the village website at www.worlingworth.onesuffolk.net
Parish Council – 2 Vacancies
At the May meeting Brian Smallcombe agreed to continue in the role of Chairman for another year. Karen Osborne stepped down from the position of Vice-Chair and tendered her resignation; the Parish Council expressed their thanks to Karen for all her work. Juliet Pierce has now taken on the mantle of Vice-Chair. Karen’s departure leaves the Council with now two vacancies, if you would like to contribute to your local community in the role of Parish Councillor please contact the Parish Clerk for more information.
Sewerage Issues – Have You Been Affected?
The Parish Council are aware that there are concerns within the village about the capacity of the sewer system and has written to Anglian Water seeking assurances that plans are in place to address the issue. We need to gather information on when and where any sewer relating flooding has occurred – if you have been affected by flooding in this way please let the Parish Clerk know so that dates/places can be collated and the information presented to Anglian Water to strengthen our calls for the system to be upgraded.
When parking to drop off or pick up children outside the Primary School please consider the safety of all road users and try to avoid parking on the bend directly outside the school.
Autumn Litter Pick
Please be advised that due to a clash of dates the Autumn Litter Pick is now taking place on Saturday 28th October.
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This year's Spring Clean This year the Parish Council and the WI joined together to litter pick the village and give the road signs a wash. It proved to be another very successful day. 14 bin bags of rubbish were collected with an old and large TV being the most challenging item by a long way. But thanks to James Alexander, his son Rob and Diana Totten and her building team we eventually managed to deal with it. Just! Another pleasing aspect was the help of three other young people and a combined turnout of 24 helpers. They were able to stay for the three different soups and rolls on offer which were again delicious. Thanks to Carol Garrett and Judith Smallcombe for providing them . Also thanks to Val Swallow and Margaret Lewis for the serving and washing up. Look forward to seeing you in October for the Autumn Litter Pick.
Don’t Miss Out on Your Flu Jab
As winter bites there is still time to get your flu protection. Health chiefs in Suffolk are urging everyone who qualifies for the free vaccination (those with underlying health conditions, pregnant women and those over 65) to take up the free jab that will have been offered to them via their doctor. Stopping the spread of flu can help prevent more serious conditions developing such as pneumonia. Those not eligible for a free vaccination can arrange for a paid-for vaccination through participating pharmacies. The most common flu symptoms are fever, chills, aches and pains and extreme tiredness, but it can cause more severe effects. Because it is caused by a virus, not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it, so the best way to avoid this unpleasant illness and dangerous side effects is by having the vaccination.
Your Village Website Needs You!
Are you an aspiring photographer? Do you have an event that’s taking place in the village? Your Parish Council look after the village website (see address above), but we are always on the look-out for exciting and interesting content to make the web-site vibrant and relevant to all our village residents. All contributions are welcome, from photos of the lovely countryside in all seasons to the latest on what’s happening in any groups that you are involved in - just email it to the Parish Clerk.
Congratulations – 2016 Jubilee Cup Winner Charlie Abbott
Just before Christmas Charlie Abbott was presented with the Jubilee Cup in recogni-tion of his long service to the village, having been the church organist for 60 Charlie has also helped with various maintenance tasks in and around the church and helped with fundraising on many occasions.
Battles Over Celebrations
On 11th November 2018 there are plans to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the end of hostilities in the Great War by lighting beacons across the country. The Parish Council are considering the possibility of a beacon for Worlingworth, but would like to hear from anyone who may be interested in helping host this com-memoration by Monday 27th February. The matter will be an agenda item at the March meeting.
Parish Councillor Vacancy
Due to a resignation we are seeking a volunteer to contribute to the local community in the role of Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk for more information.
PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Clear Up After Your Dog
The Parish Council has received complaints about dog mess on the footpath network around the village, particularly the paths across the fields from Shop Street to Bedfield Road, which even has a dog poo bin at one end of it! This is very frustrating as in the past year alone we have purchased three extra dog poo bins which, following consultation with local dog walkers, have been installed in the most needed locations. Please remember it is important to clear up after your dog no matter which path they have relieved themselves on, not just tarmac pavements, as it is a health hazard wherever it is left. (Thank you to all the responsible dog walkers who do clear up after their pets.)
Tree Planting Scheme
The Parish Council are working with John Ridgwell (Worlingworth’s Tree Warden) to identify suitable planting sites for new trees. This is particularly important in light of the recent and potential losses that are occurring due to the devastating disease ash die-back. The Council still has funds available within the tree planting scheme, which can be used for either just a single tree, or even a small woodland if you have the space! All trees planted will be native species and help to preserve the rural landscape. Please contact either John or the Parish Clerk if you think you have a suitable site.
Worlingworth Walking Day – Thank You
Thank you to everyone who came and walked, either on the day (Saturday 15th October) or before. Also thank you to all the helpers who provided a lovely reviving ploughman’s lunch at the Community Centre for all walkers on their return. Lots of information has been gathered on the state of our footpath network and this will be passed on to Suffolk County Council for action.
The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Wednesday 16th November, 7.30pm in the Community Centre, all welcome
Minutes of previous parish council meetings can be viewed on this website
Worlingworth Walking Day – Saturday 15th October 2016
Building on the success of the first Walking Day held last year, we’d like to invite everyone to once again don their boots and explore the wonderful network of paths around the village, before returning to the Community Centre to enjoy a light lunch and report any findings.
Please meet at the Community Centre at 10.30 am where you can Adopt A Path (or two!) to walk. By ensuring all parts of the footpath network are walked any issues that may require attention can be reported. Last year on our Walking Day a number of issues were identified. These were reported by the Parish Council to Suffolk County Council who swiftly remedied all the problems.
*Note to landowners – please could you try to ensure that any paths which have been ploughed during field work are reinstated for Walking Day to ensure the day runs smoothly for all participants. Many thanks for your help.
Jubilee Cup – Nominations Needed By Monday 7th November Please
Each year the Jubilee Cup is awarded by the Parish Council to an individual, team or group who deserve recognition for their achievements or service to the community. Any member of the community may nominate any individual, team or group for consideration by the Council. All you have to do is describe briefly (up to 400 words) why you feel they should be awarded the Jubilee Cup The Council will consider all nominations at the November meeting and the Cup will be awarded to the successful recipient(s) at an appropriate event soon after. If you would like to nominate someone, or a group, please send your nomination to the Parish Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and by Monday 7th November at the latest.
Worlingworth Celebrates – A Big Thank You!
The Parish Council was delighted with the success of the Worlingworth Celebrates event and would like to thank and congratulate the hardworking team of volunteer organisers on the excellent use that they made of the £3,000 grant given to support the event by the Council. It was truly a fitting tribute to all the hard work over the past 25 years and it was a wonderful weekend which truly brought the whole community together. A number of surveys asking what villagers would like to see happening in Worlingworth in the future were handed out at the event and since. These will be collated and considered at the November Parish Council meeting. If you have a survey please ensure it is returned by 1st November to make sure your views are included.
The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Wednesday 21st September at 7.30pm in the Community Centre
Minutes of previous parish council meetings can be viewed here.
Litter Pick – Date Change
*** SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER ***
Your village needs you!! Please meet at the Community Centre at 10.30 am, picker sticks, gloves and hi-viz jackets provided. A light lunch will be served as a thank you to all helpers.
Jubilee Cup – Nominations Needed
Each year the Jubilee Cup is awarded by the Parish Council to an individual, team or group who deserve recognition for their achievements or service to the community.
Any member of the community may nominate any individual, team or group for con-sideration by the Council. All you have to do is describe briefly (up to 400 words) why you feel they should be awarded the Jubilee Cup The Council will consider all nomina-tions at the November meeting and the Cup will be awarded to the successful recipient(s) at an appropriate event soon after. If you would like to nominate someone, or a group, please send your nomination to the Parish Clerk at email@example.com as soon as possible and by Monday 7th November at the latest.
Traffic Issues in Village
Getting supporting evidence of speeding and other traffic problems has always been an issue, with facts and figures being the only way to persuade the authorities to do more to tackle the problem. Therefore don’t forget to report any issues to the Par-ish Council by using the traffic incident reporting form available on the village website. The information will be collated and used to sup-port calls for action.
Forthcoming Date for your Diary
Worlingworth Walking Day – join us again on Saturday 15th October to walk the fantastic footpath network that surrounds our village.