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Wickhambrook Parish Council
Sunday 12 Nov 2017 at 10.00 a.m. meet at the MSC car park to collect your kit.

Grab a bag and fill it with trash
Bring it back – we won't give you cash
A cup of tea and a biscuit or two
Is our way of saying a big 'thank you'!

The Farmers Market will also be on Sunday 12 Nov so plenty of time to visit the stalls following the pick. 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

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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January/February 2018

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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