24 April 2019
Parish Councillors elected to Wickwar Parish Council
South Gloucestershire Council have announced that the election for Councillors to Wickwar Parish Council will be uncontested. Five of the seven serving Councillors have been re-elected for a further four years, and one new Councillor has been elected. The existing Councillors will remain in office until the new Council takes office on 7th May 2019. The returning Councillors are:
- Councillor Stephen Isaac;
- Councillor Angie Carroll;
- Councillor Andy Pennington;
- Councillor Gareth Fielding;
- Councillor Colin Maidment.
They will be joined by Councillor Mike Harris. This leaves one vacancy, which the Council will be seeking to fill through co-option. If you are interested in being co-opted onto the Council, please contact the Parish Clerk. To contact any of the Councillors, please visit the Wickwar.org website where you will find their details.
Farewell to two Parish Councillors
Two of the current Councillors did not stand for re-election, and so will be standing down on 7th May 2019. Councillor Martin Summers, the current Chairman, first joined the Council 24 years ago back in 1995. He became Chairman in 2002, and after a break from the role, returned as Chairman again in 2015. Martin has also given his time to Wickwar Wanderers Football Club, managing the junior, then senior team for 15 years, and has been Treasurer of Wickwar Community Centre since 1997. His experience and good humour will be sorely missed by his fellow Councillors.
Councillor Ian Aldous joined the Council in 2006 and has been active in supporting Wickwar Youth Club, Wickwar Wanderers Football Club, Wickwar Social Club, Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club, and Wickwar Community Centre. On behalf of parishioners, the Council would like to extend its thanks to Councillor Summers and Councillor Aldous for their many years of service, and wish them well for the future.
District Council elections
Elections to South Gloucestershire Council will take place on 2nd May 2019. Wickwar falls within the new ward of Chipping Sodbury and Cotswold Edge, which will elect two ward Councillors. For details of the candidates, and for any other information relating to the elections, please visit www.southglos.gov.uk and search ‘elections’. Details of how to vote are given on the polling cards which all voters should have received in the post. The polling station for Wickwar is the Wickwar Youth Centre.
Wickwar Parish Councils is delighted to announce that it will be supporting Wickwar Youth Club for another year, with a grant of £3000 for 2019/20. Wickwar Youth Club is the only remaining village youth club in the county with qualified staff, and it continues to go from strength to strength with 110 young people attending the club last year. The dedicated Youth Club committee, made up entirely of volunteers, has been successful in obtaining grants from a number of different sources to ensure that this valuable service continues. The Youth Club runs sessions for Juniors (10 – 13) on a Monday, and Seniors (13+) on a Wednesday, 6.30-8.30pm. The termly programme is posted on the Wickwar Village Forum Facebook page and on the Wickwar.org website.
At its April meeting the Parish Council also awarded grants to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (£250), and the South Gloucestershire Citizens Advice Bureau (£200). Both organisations provide a direct benefit to the residents of Wickwar, and are entirely grant funded.
The Parish Council awards small grants to support voluntary sector and community organisations, so that residents can benefit from an increased range of services and activities. For more information about community grants, or to apply, please contact the Parish Clerk.
Each summer members of the Parish Council lead walks around the parish footpaths to ensure that they are safe and trouble-free. All residents are welcome to join these walks (dogs on a lead included), which last around two hours. They take place every second Sunday from May to September, starting at 2.30pm at the Town Hall. The first walk is on Sunday 12th May. If it is raining the walk won’t take place. Please wear wellies or comfy boots.
King George V Playing Fields
Automatic gate closers have now been fitted to the gates to the play area, to address safety concerns. The closers are oil filled and will not slam shut quickly, but gently and slowly. Please do not force the gates shut, as they will shut on their own! The Parish Council have been made aware of at least two instances when the gate closers have been damaged. Please take care with the gates whilst the Parish Council works with the fencing contractor to strengthen the fittings
The gates to the Playing Fields car park are locked every evening at 8pm (from April to October) for security reasons. The Parish Council politely requests that all vehicles vacate the car park by 8pm. During the winter months (November to March), the gates will be locked at 5pm.
Town Hall Clock
In the February edition of the Parish News, Councillor Angie Carroll gave an update on the town hall clock. As the oldest town hall clock in the country, dating back to the 17th century, it was long overdue a service. The clock mechanism was removed in February, and is currently with the Cumbria Clock Company, the same company that looks after the Palace of Westminster clock. When the service has been completed, the clock will be returned to the Town Hall, and the Parish Council plan to hold an open afternoon so that residents can take a closer look at this fascinating piece of Wickwar’s history.
Annual meeting of the Parish
Residents and community organisations are invited to the annual meeting of the Parish on Wednesday 8th May at 7pm in the Town Hall.
Future Meeting Dates
The annual meeting of the Parish Council is scheduled for Wednesday 8th May 2019, commencing at 8pm in the Town Hall. This follows the annual meeting of the Parish.
The meeting dates for the rest of the year are:
- Wednesday 5th June 2019
- Wednesday 3rd July 2019
- Wednesday 4th September 2019
- Wednesday 2nd October 2019
- Wednesday 6th November 2019
- Wednesday 4th December 2019
- (Please note that there is no meeting in August)