21 May 2019
Vacancy for a Parish Councillor
Following an uncontested election, the Parish Council has a vacancy for the office of Councillor. Are you looking for a challenge? Would you like to make a positive difference, and have the opportunity to influence decisions affecting your community? To find out more, or to register your interest in the position, please contact the Parish Clerk. The Parish Council will look to fill the vacancy at its next meeting on 5th June, so please don’t delay.
District Council elections
Elections to South Gloucestershire Council took place on 2nd May 2019. Wickwar falls within the new ward of Chipping Sodbury and Cotswold Edge, which elected two ward Councillors. Your new ward Councillors are Councillor Patricia Trull (Pat.Trull@southglos.gov.uk ) and Councillor Adrian Rush (Adrian.Rush2@southglos.gov.uk). Visit www.southglos.gov.uk for further contact details.
Wickwar Village Spring Clean
The annual Village Spring Clean, organised by the Parish Council, took place on an extremely breezy Saturday morning at the end of April. Despite the less than ideal weather conditions, almost 50 Wickwar residents turned out, collecting 17 bags of rubbish between them. The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who came along, for helping to keep the village looking beautiful. Particular thanks go to the First Wickwar Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, and First Wickwar Brownies, who were out in force.
The Parish Council has its own supply of litter picking sticks and disposable gloves. If residents or groups would like to borrow these for their own litter pick, please contact the Parish Clerk.
Annual meeting of the Parish
Residents and representatives from a range of community organisations attended the Annual Parish Meeting on 8th May 2019 at the Town Hall. Councillor Martin Summers presented his last annual report as Chairman of the Parish Council, after 24 years of service. There were more farewells as Reverend David Russell marked the closure of Wickwar Care Home. He presented the Parish Council with a drawing of the care home which had hung in the entrance hall of the home for many years. The picture will hang in the Town Hall as a permanent reminder of the care home and the role that it has played in the life of the village. All of the organisations attending presented a report on their activities in the previous year. Copies of the reports are included in the minutes to the meeting, which are available on the Wickwar.org website.
At its May meeting the Parish Council awarded grants to Wickwar Baby and Toddler Group (£500) for new tables and toys, and 1st Wickwar Brownies (£250) for equipment for their upcoming summer camp. A grant of £214 was awarded to fund visitor chairs for the Chemotherapy Day Unit at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre. These enable family members and friends to sit in comfort whilst they support those receiving treatment. Finally, a grant of £250 was awarded towards the cost of a table tennis table for a new village team, enabling them to compete in the Stroud Table Tennis League from September. In the next year or two the team plans to start running club coaching sessions in the village to encourage younger players. The table will also be used by children attending the Wickwar Out of School Club.
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.
The first of this summer’s parish walks took place on Sunday 12th May. Councillor Angie Carroll led a walk in the glorious sunshine to the Electric Oak, with lots of stinging nettles being chopped down along the way. 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 until September, starting at 2.30pm at the Town Hall. If it is raining the walk won’t take place. Please wear wellies or comfy boots.
The dates for upcoming walks are:
- Sunday 9th June
- Sunday 14th July
- Sunday 8th September
King George V Playing Fields
The fixings for the automatic gate closers on the gates to the play area have been strengthened, and the closers are now doing their job properly. They should help to ensure that the play area remains dog-free.
The Parish Council is seeking funds to provide benches outside the play area so that all visitors to the Playing Fields can sit down and enjoy the view. There are also plans for some new play equipment suitable for children aged four and under. The Parish Council will announce details once funding has been finalised.
Future Meeting Dates
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)
Clerk: Rachel Davis