WEST DOWN COMMUNITY SHOP NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2017
Sales in March and April were better than expected, and our overheads were a little lower than forecast. So we are therefore in a good financial position at the moment. The increase in sales can partly be explained by inflation, but also our till reports indicate that the number of transactions was considerably higher than a year ago. Many thanks for your support and well done Sam and her team of volunteers.
Donations in April amounted to £174, which included a gift of £100 from one of you. That was very kind. Thank you very much.
Fundraising amounted to £217. £174 of that was raised from all those woollen chicks which were knitted and donated by a very kind lady in the village. Very many thanks. We could have sold more but we ran out of cream eggs and could not get any more. The Easter egg raffle made £63.
Tickets for the MEGA DRAW are now on sale in your shop. The Mega Draw is organised by the Rotary Club and all costs for prizes and printing are paid for by the generosity of local businesses and Rotary Clubs. The tickets are £1 each and the first prize is £300, the second £200 and the third £100, plus over 100 other prizes. We keep all the ticket money, so please support it if you can.
The Annual Members Meeting will be held on 2nd June 2017 at 7pm for a 7.30 start in the Parish Hall. All shareholders and local residents are welcome although only shareholders can vote. We need a lot of shareholders to attend in order to satisfy the terms of our constitution. So far two people are standing for election to the Management Committee, which is an excellent start. If you would like to help us, please put your name forward by 24th May. Application forms are available in the shop. As well as presenting the shop’s financial results for 2016, we will explain our plans for this year and there will be time for questions and suggestions. Please come and join in. It is your shop.
Bank Holiday opening times We will be open from 9am until 1pm on Monday 29th May if we have a volunteer.
Weekend assistant We had two applicants as a result of our advertisement in the Journal and we have employed Kate Henderson. Welcome aboard Kate! Kate has already started her training with us. We also have a new volunteer: Pat Straw has started helping us on Wednesdays. Thank you Pat. We are always needing volunteers to help in the shop. Some help for small amounts of time and others put in a lot of time, like Martin who opens the shop and does the early morning shift almost every day. Thank you Martin. What would we do without you?
Sam would like to remind you that on three days a week we have deliveries of pasties, sausage rolls, turnovers, pork pies and scotch eggs. All very tasty. The Ecover range of cleaning products work well and are said to be made from plant-based and mineral ingredients. They are said to be septic tank friendly. Their range includes a multi-action spray, laundry liquid, fabric conditioner, floor soap, washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets. Don’t forget that the shop provides a good dry cleaning service.
SOLAR PARK FUND
The Parish Council on 3rd May agreed that the Solar Park Working Group had completed its task and was now dissolved. The Working Group with the Parish Council assisted in various projects within the Parish, namely the Community Field, Community Shop, Church Clock, Parish Hall, Gardening Club, West Down WI and West Down PTFA. The Working Group is very grateful to members of the Parish who provided support and facilitated the work of the Group.
GOVERNOR VACANCY – WESTBERRY FEDARATION
One of our valued governors, Colin Humphrey, has decided to retire from the board of Governors here at Westberry Federation (West Down and Berrynarbor Primary Schools). We thank Colin for all his time and dedication while serving. This leaves a vacancy for a co-opted (community) governor. The board operates as one body across both schools. You don’t need any specific qualifications (full training is provided) but you must be aged 18 or over with an interest in helping to monitor and raise standards even higher in our already “ Outstanding” schools. We are very keen to recruit individuals with a range of skills on our governing board and therefore welcome applications from all walks of life. If you would like more information please email our clerk, Natalie Stanbury: email@example.com or call West Down School 01271 863461 or Berrynarbour School 01271 883493.
West Down Village Fayre Family Fun Day, DOG SHOW & Cross Country Run.
11am on Sunday 9th July 2017 in West Down’s Community Field.
Dog Show starts at 12 noon. Registration/entries from 11am. Classes for both experienced and novice contesters. Fun classes too – all ages and abilities welcome.
Various Stalls, including cakes, plants, tombola, crafts and many more…
Bar! Refreshments! Displays! Live music – Jose & The Hot Dogs! Activities for Kids!- Something for everyone!
The Cross Country Run is being organised by Ilfracombe Running Club.
For more information or to book a pitch, please phone 01271 866396.
THE IRON ROOM
The Iron Room lighting has been upgraded and as a result they have 18 x GU10 7W Halogen light bulbs that are not required. If anyone would like these in return for a donation to the Church, please contact Andy Odell at Andy.Odell999@btinternet.com or phone 07940524302
Work should start on the new kitchen in the Parish Hall on 5th June. This means the kitchen will be unusable for about 3 weeks. We apologise for this but it will be good when it is finished. Fundraising continues. Please help if you can.
The Village website address is www.westdown.org.uk.
WEST DOWN COMMUNITY SHOP LIMITED
ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING
TO BE HELD AT 7 FOR 7.30 PM ON FRIDAY 2ND JUNE 2017 AT WEST DOWN PARISH HALL, ILFRACOMBE HILL, WEST DOWN, EX34 8NF
This will be the fifth Annual Members Meeting of West Down Community Shop Limited (WDCSL), which is the registered society that runs the village community shop.
The business to be dealt with at the Meeting will include—
You are a member of WDCSL if you own at least one WDCSL share. West Down residents who are not members are also invited to come to the meeting, but only members will be able to vote. If anyone would like to become a member, please request a prospectus from Peter Knowles, WDCSL’s Secretary. Shares cost £1 each.
Anyone who would like to stand for election to the Management Committee, which oversees the running of the shop, should let Peter Knowles know no later than 24th May. The Committee needs to have between 4 and 12 members.
Finally, it would be very helpful if anyone intending to come to the meeting could, if possible, let Peter know ahead of the meeting so that there is an opportunity to check that there will be adequate seating for those attending.
Peter can be contacted via the shop or its email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
West Down Community Shop Limited is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. Registered in England No. 31609R.
The Parish Council, at their latest meeting, had decided that the Solar Park Farm Working Group had fulfilled its task and would be dissolved. There is small balance remaining from the £30,000 grant and the Parish Council will decide on how best it will be spent.
WEST DOWN COMMUNITY SHOP NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2017
Staffing problems Sadly Juliet has decided to spend more of her time nursing and she will stop working on Mondays in your shop at the end of May. Happily Juliet will continue to help us at other times. Sam will change from working on Saturdays to working on Mondays. Also Peter and Paddy need to reduce their responsibility for keeping the shop open on Sundays.
This means that we will have no staff on Saturdays and a reduction in coverage on Sundays from 27th May. That is very soon.
As far as we know, none of our current volunteers or committee members want to work (or increase the amount they already work) on Saturdays and/or Sundays, and so we are advertising this paid position in the Journal for two weeks. If this is not successful, and if none of you are able to come forward to help, your shop may well have to close on Saturdays and some Sundays as from the end of May.
Your shop is in a sound financial position but it cannot trade without staff. Closing on a Saturday would seriously adversely affect its financial position as this is an important trading day, particularly in the summer. We sell rather less on Sundays and it is debatable if it would be cost effective to pay staff then, but we would be giving a service to the village. We need help. Please talk to Sam or any committee member very soon.
The Annual Members Meeting will be held on 2nd June 2017 at 7pm for a 7.30pm start in the Parish Hall. All shareholders will be notified by email or letter and all local people are welcome to attend although only shareholders can vote. We need a lot of members to attend in order to satisfy the terms in our constitution. It is an opportunity for new committee members to be elected. We need more committee members so please put your names forward for election. This business has been trading for about four and a half years and some of the committee members who helped to set it up have been working on it for about six years. It is time for change. Application forms are available in the shop. As well as presenting our financial results for 2016, we will explain our plans for this year and there will be time for questions and suggestions. Please come and join in. It is your shop.
Holiday opening times We will be open from 9am to 1pm on 1st May and 29th May if we have enough people to staff the shop.
Required to cover all day Saturday and preferably Sunday mornings as well, in our successful community shop staffed by a manager and volunteers.
Additional holiday cover during the week would be anticipated. Previous retail experience essential (the shop uses an EPOS system). Salary by negotiation. Please provide a CV and covering letter to West Down Community Shop, West Down, Ilfracombe, EX34 9NF. Closing date 12th May
A second phase of electricity has been added which will enable the hall to have an electric cooker in the new kitchen. Work should start on the kitchen in early June and be completed by the end of June. Making the kitchen more compact will increase the area of the main hall. The committee is still about £4,000 short of the estimate for this work so fundraising continues. Please donate if you can. Funds are also needed for the next two stages which is the removal of the stage and building new toilets. Lorna Jones Fundraising has been engaged to help to secure grants and our two District Councillors have each pledged £250.
An enlightening experience Susan Moule, who is a local psychic medium, spiritual healer, palmist and gypsy card reader will be with us in the Parish Hall on 13th May. She hopes to bring another medium with her so we will have two for the price of one. They will explain how they became mediums and demonstrate their skills. It will be a very interesting evening. The evening starts at 7.30pm and there will be a bar. Tickets cost £10 each and will be available from the community shop and Pete on 01271 866396. All proceeds will go towards hall improvements. This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances….
There are still a few spaces available on the trip to Hartland Abbey on 8th May. Non- members are welcome. Full details are on the village website. If you would like to book, call Jan on 01271 879599.
The evening with the talented local band, Jose and The Hot Dogs, raised the magnificent sum of £1147.37. All thanks to the boys in the band and to everyone who supported this fantastic event. No- one wanted it to end!
West Down Village Fayre and Dog Show is being held in the Community Field on Sunday 9th July. To book a stall, please call Pete on 01271 866396.
We are fortunate to enjoy life in this active village but that will only continue if we all support the organisations that make it as good as it is. Please do your best to fully support local organisations: the Community Shop, the Parish Hall, the Community Field, the Iron Room, St Calixtus Church, the Mobile Library in the square, the Post Office in the Parish Hall, The Crown and Trimstone Manor.
The Village website address is www.westdown.org.uk
As you are probably aware, the Parish Hall Committee are in the process of planning building works to improve and up-date the Hall. Details will be available to view on the West Down website in due course.
We spent a morning cleaning up and removing unwanted items (rather a lot) from the main storage room a couple of weeks ago and Saturday (7th January) spent the morning removing items from under the stage.
Meanwhile, we had a visit from one of the 3 builders who have expressed an interest in the proposed works.
We are hoping for a late Spring completion and plan a “Grand Opening” combined with the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the Hall.
Any suggestions/ideas for inclusion in this momentous occasion would be most welcomed.
As is the nature of these types of plans, all works will be subject to the continuing Fund Raising and your support is much appreciated.
This has included picking up litter, but Councillor Sue Ayre has really gone beyond the call of duty by tackling the litter bin by Pulland Bridge. Sadly, this has been used to deposit bags of dog excrement, even though there is a bin specifically for these just 50 yards away on the ‘triangle’.
Sue removed 204 such bags from in and around the bin, cleaned the bin and put in a new bag. She has put up a notice reminding people that the bin is for litter and not dog excrement and it is hoped that this will do the trick as we cannot expect the staff who empty the litter bin to empty it when it contains waste of this nature.
We live in a lovely village and it is in everyone’s interest to keep it that way so it is important that we all do our bit.
This was attended by representatives of all the village organisations as well as some local residents. It was decided that the Village Forum would meet quarterly, hosted by the Parish Council.
Women’s Institute has monthly meetings and Craft Mornings. It welcomes new members and is happy to have a stall at local events. It gives active support to the Community Shop and interacts with the school. There will be a shared event on 11th November when once again the children will place poppies that the WI have made on the memorials to fallen servicemen and veterans from both World Wars. The purchase of a projector is under discussion. They ask that users of the Parish Hall store the chairs etc., considerately.
West Down School, expressed their gratitude to the community for the support received when the lead from the roof was stolen. The school is happy to offer facilities to all local organisations and welcomes stall holders to their Christmas Fair. A running group is being formed and the school will use the Community Shop newsletter and the Village Website to advertise events. A copy of the Community Shop Newsletter will emailed to the school for circulation.
The Community Shop offers an invaluable service to all villagers and would welcome volunteers for a variety of roles. The shop sells tickets for functions that organisations are arranging and will display posters and advertise events in its newsletter.
St. Calixtus Church reported that the clock was being repaired. Unfortunately the Vicar is leaving the Parish, but there will be a curate in attendance.
West Down Village Green Field Association has completed the children’s play area and is currently raising funds to pay for routine maintenance. They welcome input from anyone who wishes to promote a project. They will be holding a Secret Santa on December 17th and are planning a Village Fair for next July.
Gardening Club currently has 60 members and welcomes non-members to attend meetings. It has a variety of visiting speakers and is happy to support village functions with stalls etc. It organises a holiday in June which is open to non-members if there is insufficient take up from members. Future plans include the possible purchase of a screen which would benefit the whole community.
Ladies Walking Group have been considering an adult outdoor multi gym and the Chair of the WDVGFA was there and made note to investigate.
West Down Parish Hall is currently seeking funds for the planned re-design of the kitchen, re-organisation of the main hall and the replacement of the toilets. This is a long term project and plans are well under way. The Parish Hall is available for hire for both public and private functions and seeks volunteers from all organisations to join its Management Committee. Future events include the Ferret Race on 12th November, the AGM on 23rd November, the Quiz on 28th January and an Evening with Rick Tucker on 11th March.
West Down Website offers up-to-date news and information and is viewed by many people at home and abroad and welcomes contributions. The website has the contact details for all the local organisations
It was suggested that a cinema club might be a good idea and anyone wishing to organise this should contact the Parish Council for the next Village Forum.
WEST DOWN PARISH COUNCIL
CO-OPTION ONTO PARISH COUNCIL
The Parish Council comprises of up to 8 Councillors. Following the resignation of one of the Parish Councillors there is now a vacancy for co-option onto the Parish Council.
Apply by writing a short letter to the Parish Council Chairman at Osborne House, West Down, giving reasons why you would like to be co-opted onto the Council.
For more information about becoming a Parish Councillor, please speak to an existing Parish Councillor or the Parish Clerk.
Qualifications for Candidature
To be qualified to be elected a member of a parish council a person must be 21 years of age or over, and a British subject or citizen of the Republic of Ireland, and either:-
(i) be a local government elector of the parish, or
(ii) have during the whole of the twelve months preceding the day on which he is nominated as a candidate occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish; or
(iii) his principal or only place of work in the twelve months preceding the day on which he is nominated as a candidate have been in the area of the parish; or
(iv) have resided either in the parish or within 3 miles thereof during the whole of the 12 months preceding the day on which he is nominated as a candidate.
There are certain disqualifications for election, of which the main are:-
(a) holding a paid office under the local authority;
(c) having been sentenced to a term of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) of not less than three months, without the option of a fine during the five years preceding the election; and
(d) being disqualified under any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practices.
Parish Councillors: Sue Ayre. Roy Drew, Fay Hookway, Carole King, Keith Oades, Sue Squire and Richard Watts.
Parish Clerk: Dave Lewis.__
VOLUNTARY JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT VACANCY
For many years now, Margaret Thomas has been the ‘Voice of West Down’ as the North Devon Journal correspondent. This involves editing anything that is going on or has gone on in the village and sending it off to the Journal for publication. Items may include things occurring with different organisations like the Gardening Club, Parish Council Minutes, WI Meetings, Village Fayre days etc.
Margaret is not able to get involved with village activities as much as she used to and feels it is time for her to hand over the reins to someone else who would be willing to keep West Down in the Journal.
For more details please speak to or send an initial email to Margaret at email@example.com to find out more about this exciting position.
We are well aware that this notice does not apply to the majority of dog walkers – but unfortunately the minority are spoiling it for the majority.