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An Extraordinary MEETING OF WEST DOWN PARISH COUNCIL
At: Parish Hall
On: Friday 11th October 2019
Starting at 7.30 p.m.

AGENDA
1. Apologies
2. Open Meeting – Public Speaking

3. Planning Application:

a. 70366 Willingcott Valley Holiday Village
Bradwell Road, Woolacombe. EX34 7HN

The public and press are cordially invited to be present

 

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WEST DOWN VILLAGE FORUM

A Village Forum Meeting was held on Tuesday 17th September 2019. It was attended by members of the community and also representatives from the following organisations:
West Down Parish Council
West Down Community Shop
West Down Gardening Club
St Calixtus Church
West Down Village Green Field Association
West Berry Federation
West Berry Federation PTFA
West Down Parish Hall Management Committee
West Down Women’s Institute

Apologies were received from Pippa Stafford, David and Ronnie Maidment, and John Stainer and Cllr Sue Ayre.

They reported as follows:

West Down Parish Council – It was noted with regret that the Parish Clerk, Dave Lewis had retired after 22 years’ service. The new Parish Clerk, Vanessa Hunt, was welcomed. It is hoped that a new Parish Councillor will be co-opted in the near future. It is hoped that the Dog Poo Drama has now been solved, as the Parish Council is paying for the four bins in the village to be emptied. Residents are reminded that the defibrillator is situated in the porch of the Community Shop; it is suitable for use by adults and children and is maintained and monitored by the Parish Council. It was noted that new signage for the defibrillator was needed. There had been a number of problems with the collection of litter from the village bins, but Councillor Sue Ayre had been active in informing the District Council to rectify the situation. Footpath maintenance is ongoing, overseen by Councillors Oades and Drew, there is a map on sale in the Community Shop which details all of the local footpaths. It was noted that the village is very fortunate in District Councillor Malcolm Wilkinson, who is vigilant in protecting the interests of the village, particularly on planning issues. There was discussion on possible resources that would be good for the village to be purchased with a grant, it was felt that trees were readily available and a large map showing village amenities might be more useful. County Councillor Andrea Davies has also been an asset for the village and has been particularly helpful on highway issues. The Parish Council is intending to introduce an Award Scheme, which would recognise contributions made to the welfare of the village. Everyone was asked to consider this and to make nominations in readiness for a presentation at the next village fair. A welcome was extended to all the new residents moving into the village and everyone was pleased to note that three of these had already volunteered to help in various organisations. Cllr Roy Drew reminded organisations that the Fire Service is losing stations and urged them as individuals and organisations to oppose these closures. He gave details of a speaker who would address meetings and visit houses to check on fire safety. The email contact is: sfisher@dsfire.gov.uk. It was also noted that a representative from Devon Communities has offered to give the community a talk on Emergency Planning. The school already has such plans and it was felt that it would be useful for the community to have this information and it will be organised by the Parish Council.

West Down Community Shop – This is well managed and has an active team of volunteers. There are volunteer opportunities in a wide range of duties and it is an excellent way of getting to know people. The stock is varied and includes local produce. Revenue has not been so good this year, there is a dependence on the tourists and there were fewer this year. Fund raising has to be done to sustain the business and a curry and quiz night is planned for March. A Christmas party will be held for volunteers, and will be self-funded. The Committee that manages the shop needs new members, particularly as one of the long serving members is retiring shortly.

West Down Gardening Club – This has 66 members and welcomes new members, particularly younger ones who might enjoy some help and advice. It has an interesting programme of speakers and a holiday is organised every year, the most recent one was to the East Midlands and was greatly enjoyed. The club meets on Thursdays and welcomes visitors. Further details are on the village website.

St Calixtus Church – The representative was unsure about the possibility of the usual Nativity Walk, but welcomed the suggestion that carols would be sung around the tree outside the Parish Hall. There will be Christmas services in the church and these will be shown on the village website.

West Down Village Green Field Association – The two recent events, the Village Fair and the Late Summer Fun Day had been very successful and had raised useful funds as well as providing great entertainment. The aim of the association is to provide facilities that will encompass the needs of all age groups and abilities and after seeking information from residents, it is planning to provide an all-weather track around the field, with outdoor gym equipment placed at intervals. This will open up the field to buggies and wheelchairs. To help to raise the necessary funds there will be an expanded village fair next year, with opportunities for local organisations to have stalls. The provisional date for this is June 20th. The provision of all-weather facilities that would enable events to be held in adverse conditions is under investigation. It was felt that the field is an important asset and is very well maintained and those responsible for grass cutting and general maintenance were thanked for their efforts.

Concerns were raised over the behaviour of irresponsible dog owners who allow their dogs to run free, often fouling the children’s play area and intimidating children. Because of this, Cllr Mike Reeves requested that the children’s play area was fenced off. This issue had been raised before and the representative agreed to raise it at the next meeting. The issue of dog fouling, which occurs in other areas of the village as well, was discussed at length and dismay was expressed that such a simple problem should be so unsolvable.

West Berry Federation – The school is very full and cannot accommodate many more children, but priority will be given to local children. The last academic year had been very successful and the performing arts in particular had been extremely gratifying. As well as the end of year performance that had been held in the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe, a wonderful recital had been held in Exeter Cathedral. All members of the community are welcome at these events and a noticeboard will be erected outside the school and the village newsletter will also carry information. The school is very keen to work with the community, especially as many of the children do not have an extended family and community relationships are very important. It is understood that parking can be a problem for local residents, as many children live outside the village. Residents were urged to inform the school regarding problem parking and speeding cars. Bikeability training had just been completed and Cllr. Sue Squire expressed concern about the over confidence of some children who underestimate the dangers of traffic. The school has been producing a map of ‘safe’ places within the school and plans to produce a similar map of the village and residents were asked to identify traffic danger spots around the village. It was suggested that the ‘Parish-on-line’ map would be helpful and Cllr. Keith Oades agreed to send this to the school. There was a general feeling that parents should be aware of the dangers faced by children, in the car park and around the village, as although it is usually quiet, cars and tractors are about and children should stay alert. The school greatly appreciates the Balfour Beatty ‘Boots on the Ground’ initiative which has created a track around the field that will enable the children to use bikes etc. Parents and small children/babies are welcome to attend Stay and Play at the school on Friday mornings during term time..

WestBerry Federation PTFA – welcomed the information about the Christmas Celebrations and gave details of the forthcoming events that they are planning. These include a jumble and bric-a-brac sale on 9th November, starting at 12.00, there will be a Christmas Fair on 29th November, from 3.10 until 5.00 and on the 3rd December, it will be the ‘Senior Dudes’ Christmas Dinner. Information on all these events will be on the school website.

West Down Parish Hall – Gaynor Isaac explained that a series of events is planned for Christmas, starting on 7th December with an ‘Old Fashion Christmas’ theme. It will include a Christmas Party, and a competition for the best house decorated with Christmas lights. The date for judging this has yet to be decided and it was suggested that CCllr. Andrea Davies was invited to judge it. There will be a Christmas tree outside the hall and carols will be sung around it. The hall has recently been re-decorated, it was felt that it looked much fresher and more pleasant, but the absence of the clock was noted. (Now replaced!) The current plan is to replace the toilets that are currently inadequate, but this is a major undertaking and is expected to cost in the region of £90,000. This requires a huge fund raising effort and it is hoped that grants will be obtained to help with this. It is also hoped that arrangements can be made to offset the VAT which will make a big difference to the costs. The running costs of the hall are covered by the bookings and the events that are planned raise funds for improvements. A meeting had been held with the Outreach Post Office and it was explained that the costs of providing this mean that it is running at a loss. It is unusual for a village the size of West Down to have 9 hours a week and they are hoping for a £300 reduction in costs, which would mean a loss for the hall. Customers are reminded that banking can be done at this facility and it is important to make use of it. Forthcoming events are the Ferret Race, 9th November, Evening with Rick Tucker, 30th November, the date for the annual Quiz in January is yet to be finalised. Organisations were reminded that for some volunteers their Food Hygiene Certificates would be out of date and it would be economical to put a group together, anyone wishing to participate should contact the Parish Hall Committee. It was also pointed out that it is possible to do this on line.

West Down Women’s Institute – is now 71 years old and still focusses on education and giving opportunities to women that would not otherwise be available. Forthcoming events include an outing to hear the Military Wives Choir and there is an extensive programme of outings and visits to theatres etc. The WI supports the shop and helps to raise funds for other village initiatives such as the Air Ambulance. Every year they attend a remembrance ceremony with children from the school, at which poppies that the members have made are placed on the graves and memorials of men who have died or served in both world wars. They meet on the afternoon of the second Thursday of every month, members from other villages belong and newcomers are always welcome.

General points – Cllr Sue Squire reported that the road sweeper had been to the village, but was unable to clean all areas because of parked cars.

The school was thanked for sending Christmas cards to residents last year and the school said that they are happy to send postcards to anyone who is isolated or lonely.


PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
WEST DOWN
Next meeting at the Parish Hall on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 – 7.30pm
The public and press are cordially invited to be present.
WEST DOWN PARISH COUNCIL

For an agenda of this meeting please click here


WELCOME TO YOUR NEWSLETTER FOR AUGUST 2019

WEST DOWN HONEY IS BACK IN STOCK!!!!

Do you suffer with Hay Fever or do you just love Honey?
The first batch of the year is now available.

And also, West Down Meat, Pork Sausages and Chops.

New in –
Fresh, Chilli Olives.
Other flavours available too.

Polite Reminder
to our account holders that you need to clear the balance at/by the end of each month.
It is a helpful service that we offer our customers, please help us continue to do so.
Thank you.

We can take orders for all your fresh food needs, meat, free range chicken, bread, milk and vegetables. Please ask our volunteers for more information.

Did you know that we stock an impressive range of greetings cards?
We can cover most occasions. We have a lovely range of beautiful local scenic photo cards photographed and produced by the Picture Postcard Company in Yelland.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to your next visit.
From your West Down Community Shop.

We are sorry to say that our Curry & Quiz Night is postponed…
Look out for the new date.

The three lucky winners of our square draw have been informed. Congratulations!
It could have been you! Look out for your next chance.

Show your support for your shop by becoming a shareholder of
West Down Community Shop Ltd, the registered society that runs the shop.  Shares cost just £1.
Please ask in the shop for a prospectus to be sent to you.
West Down Community Shop Ltd is a registered society under the
Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (31609R)

Individual Ice Creams
Magnum, Nobbly Bobbly, Mini Milk, Bueno, Cornetto, Just Juice, Solero, Fruit Pastilles, Calippo,
Kit Kat, Daim, Feast, Mars, Flake
& Tubs with spoon!

Community Notices

West Down Parish Hall – The interior has been decorated and now looks fresher and brighter. The Projector and Screen are back in place for you to use. For bookings please contact Keith by email at pops@oades.com

Anyone for Cricket…..??? Players wanted for Annual Cricket Match @ Heanton.
Experience not required – just enthusiasm! Saturday 24th August 2019. BBQ lunch available.
Friendly and fun. Please contact Steve on 01271 812605 for further information.

Big Breakfast – By Braunton Young Farmers at West Down Parish Hall from 9am–11.30pm Sunday 25th August 2019 Everyone welcome. Raising Funds for Mind, FCN, and Braunton YFC.

Late Summer Fun Day – West Down Community Field 2-6pm Saturday 7th September 2019.
BBQ, Bar, Music, Sumo Suits and Bouncy Castle. Come and have some Late Summer Fun!

West Down Toddler Group – recommences on Tuesday 10th September 2019 9-11am
We meet every Tuesday morning, in the Iron Room during term time. You are welcome to join us.
Cost £1.50 plus 50p per extra child. For further info contact Wendy Ravenscroft on 01271 865413.

Church Harvest Service – At St Calixtus Church on Sunday 22nd September 2019 at 9.30am

Village Harvest Supper – At the Parish Hall on Sunday 22nd September 2019 at 5.30pm.
Everyone welcome. Tickets on sale at the West Down Community Shop.

The services below are under threat of closure. Please use them or we WILL lose them.

Mobile Library – on the Square. Thursday 29th August 2019 at 10.20am – 10.50am. It is free to join and you can have as many books as you like with no overdue fees. If they don’t have the particular books you want you can order them online and have them delivered to the village on the mobile unit.

The Post Office – at the Parish Hall, Mondays 1.15pm to 4.15pm, Wednesdays 9.15am to 12.15pm & Fridays 9.15am to 12.15pm. The system is now connected via a land line ensuring a more reliable service. It has the same services as a regular Post Office including parcels, banking and cash withdrawal from most banks, Birthday Gift Cards with a value of your choice usable at most stores and Car Tax. Currency available to order (order Friday/Monday collect on Wednesday; order Wednesday collect Friday)


ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984

SECTION 14
THE COUNTY OF DEVON (TEMPORARY RESTRICTION) (BRADWELL ROAD, WOOLACOMBE) NOTICE 2019
TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF THROUGH TRAFFIC & PARKING
DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL hereby give NOTICE that:
From MONDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2019 for a maximum of 5 days
Anticipated Finish WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2019
No person shall cause or permit any vehicle to proceed or wait on the sections of Affected Roads.
Roads affected – BRADWELL ROAD, WOOLACOMBE , ROAD PAST BRADWELL MILL
The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via – BRADWELL ROAD, WILLINGCOTT BRIDGE CROSS, WILLINGCOTT CROSS, TRIMSTONE LANE, A361, BRADWELL LANE, AND VICE VERSA.
This temporary restriction is considered necessary to enable – DEVON HIGHWAYS – PATCHING WORKS
For additional information contact: SKANSKA UK Telephone: 0330 105 2807
Dated: WEDNESDAY 14 AUGUST 2019
Meg Booth Chief Officer of Highways, Infrastructure Development & Waste Devon Highways Devon County Council Lucombe House County Hall Exeter EX2 4QD

Ref:  TTRO1931519 – click here for additional information.


Temporary Traffic Order – Road from The Long House to Pullands House, West Down (TTRO1931444)

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984

SECTION 14

THE COUNTY OF DEVON (TEMPORARY RESTRICTION) (ROAD FROM THE LONG HOUSE TO PULLANDS HOUSE, WEST DOWN) ORDER 2019

TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF THROUGH TRAFFIC & PARKING

NOTICE is hereby given that Devon County Council has made the above titled order.

From MONDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2019 for a maximum of 18 months

Anticipated Finish FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2019

No person shall cause or permit any vehicle to proceed or wait on the sections of Affected Roads.

Roads affected – ROAD FROM THE LONG HOUSE TO PULLANDS HOUSE, WEST DOWN

The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via – ROAD TO EASTER GROUND COTTAGE – ROAD FROM CHURCHILL HOUSE TO FULLABROOK BARTON – ROAD FROM CHURCHILL HOUSE TO ROSE COTTAGE

This temporary restriction is considered necessary to enable – RENEWAL OF SEWER PIPE

For additional information contact: KIER MG LTD Telephone: 0344 346 2020

Dated: MONDAY 28 OCTOBER 2019

Meg Booth Chief Officer of Highways, Infrastructure Development & Waste Devon Highways Devon County Council Lucombe House County Hall Exeter EX2 4QD


Big Breakfast

Many thanks to everybody who supported the Parish Hall Big Breakfast on Sunday 28th August which raised £519.32.  A special thank you to Mark for all his hard work in the kitchen along with all the other people who helped staging this successful event.


Parish Council – Ash dieback

Ash die-back is becoming increasingly prevalent and landowners are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure public safety. Dead or diseased trees need to be removed or made safe where they could fall across roads or pathways. Advice and information can be found on
https://www.devon.gov.uk/environment/ash-dieback

 


Results of West Down Parish Hall Treasure Hunt held Sunday 23rd June 2019

10 teams braved the rain to take part in the fund raising event.

Congratulations to Martin, Sarah and Andy who managed to answer all 28 questions correctly – please click below for full results.

Results Treasure Hunt – P Hall 23.6.2019


WEST DOWN COMMUNITY SHOP LIMITED
NOTICE OF
ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING

TO BE HELD AT 7 FOR 7.30 PM ON TUESDAY 25TH JUNE 2019 IN ST. CALIXTUS CHURCH HALL (THE IRON ROOM),
WEST DOWN HILL, ADJOINING THE OLD VICARAGE, WEST DOWN, EX34 8NF

This will be the 7th 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—

  • Presentation of the Annual Accounts for WDCSL’s financial year that ended on 31st December 2018
  • Presentation of various reports by WDCSL’s Management Committee, including plans for the current and future years
  • Deciding whether to dispense with full professional audit of Annual Accounts
  • Election of members to the Management Committee.

Afterwards there will be an opportunity for a general discussion on matters relating to the shop.

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 17th June.  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.  We need a lot of members to attend in order that the meeting can proceed.

Peter can be contacted via the shop or its email address (westdowncshop@btconnect.com).

West Down Community Shop Limited is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014
Registered in England No. 31609R


West Down Parish Council wishes to appoint a Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer to work 18 hours a month.  The Clerk will work from home but will be required attend 12 meetings a year and other meetings as necessary.  The pay will be within the NJC pay scale SCP15-22, £9.77 – £11.77 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience.  The applicant should possess good administrative; financial; computing and communication skills.  Experience of Local Government and Parish Council work would be an advantage.

Applicants should email a CV and also a supporting letter explaining their ability to meet the requirements of the post to dlewis4111@aol.com.

Closing date for applications is Monday 20th May 2019.


Air Ambulance

West Down has become one of the latest villages to provide a safe landing space for the North Devon Air Ambulance.  Having already experienced the need for casualties to be evacuation using the Air Ambulance, the community came together to ensure that the helicopter could land safely by day and night.

The success of this initiative is a real tribute to the community spirit that exists, with all sections of the community coming together to provide the necessary facilities.

The Trustees of the West Down Village Green Field Association offered the landing site and the Parish Council obtained the necessary planning permission.  Fund raising for the lighting mast was aided by County and District Councillors.  West Down Women’s Institute held a cream tea which raised a substantial amount as well as being a most enjoyable event.  A grateful parishioner, who benefitted from the services of the air ambulance, was among the donors.  A local resident is providing the electricity for the mast and the air ambulance has already completed a test run.

The general Feeling is a hope that it will not be necessary to use the landing site, but it is reassuring for villages in remote locations to know that they are accessible and that aid is within easy reach.


 West Down Amateur Productions

The management committee are delighted to announce that the following donations have been given from the proceeds of Cinderella

West Down Parish Hall – with thanks for use of hall for rehearsals and performances – £800

West Down Community Shop – with thanks for selling tickets …and sourcing Covent Garden ballerinas! – £400

West Down Church – with thanks for being able to use the Iron Room if/as/when needed – £200

Total £1,400

Thanks to everyone who support the Panto


West Down Parish Council

January 2019
County Councillors report

A361 roadworks North Devon Link Road

Major resurfacing work will resume on the A361 North Devon Link Road near Tiverton early in the New Year.

Work on the current phase of the £5 million project ended on Thursday 20th December and all lane closures were removed from the A361 for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

When the scheme resumes on Monday 7 January, the outside lanes of both the eastbound and westbound carriageways will be closed, from east of Gornhay Cross to west of Sampford Peverell, for one week.

There will also be overnight closures from 7pm until 7am each evening during this first week. Overnight on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 January, the westbound carriageway will be completely closed, between east of Gornhay Cross to Junction 27 of the M5. Then on the evenings of Wednesday 9, Thursday 10 and Friday 11 January the eastbound carriage way will be closed from east of Gornhay Cross to west of Sampford Peverell. On the night of Saturday 12 January, the eastbound carriageway will be closed until 1am, before the closure is switched to the westbound carriageway until 7am. Signed diversions will be in place during all night-time closures.

From Monday 14 January to Sunday 3 February, a contraflow will be in place from east of Gornhay Cross to west of Sampford Peverell while work is carried out on the westbound carriageway.

From Monday 4 February to Sunday 24 February the contraflow will swap to the other carriageway while work is carried out on the eastbound side between west of Sampford Peverell and east of Gornhay Cross.

Andrea Davis
County Councillor Combe Martin Rural
Andrea.davis@devon.gov.uk


West Down Parish Council

West Down Parish Council wish to make everyone aware that we have a fully operational AED in the village.  This is a Zoll machine and it is sited in the porch at the West Down Community Shop.  It is stored in a plastic box with an alarm on it, but there is no code to access the box and the alarm is for noise purpose only.

                                          

This machine is simple to operate and once open you follow the instructions provided by the machine – with good quality CPR the best possible care is provided to a casualty and chances of survival in a life threatening situation are raised considerably.

If anyone would like further information regarding the machine or you wanted to consider some training, please do not hesitate to contact:

Sue Ayre – 07980 182317

 


War Memorial Ceremony at St Calixtus Church

Once again the children from Oak Class, West Down School joined West Down’s Women’s Institute for a ceremony at the War Memorial at St. Calixtus Church. The Reverend Stephen Painter officiated and the ‘silence’ was marked by the school bell. This is the same bell that would have called to the men and boys on the memorial when they went to the school. Roy Drew (ex RAF) spoke the lines of remembrance at the beginning and end of the ‘silence’. The children then took the poppies knitted by the WI and placed them on the graves and memorials of the fallen and of the veterans who returned. The church gates were decorated with more poppies knitted by the WI.


 


 

You will be pleased to know that the West Down WI raised £600 at their Cream Tea on Sunday 29th July to help raise funds for the Air Ambulance Landing Lights that will be located in the Community Field.

Many thanks to all our members who donated goodies and their valuable time (no expenses claimed).

Many thanks to Tony of the Pantry Bakery in Ilfracombe who donated 100 scones.

This event was a resounding success and as such a very special thank you to everyone who came along to support the occasion and to those who gave extra donations.

Catherine Williams
President West Down WI



Volunteers needed for West Down Community Shop

The West Down Community Shop is calling for Volunteers to work Weekdays and Weekends.

All we ask from you is that you can commit a couple of hours a week and enjoy serving customers.

The West Down Community Shop is looking for enthusiastic people to help us create a great atmosphere where people want to come to shop.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact us on:

T:        01271 864264

E:        westdowncshop@btconnect.com


 


Village Forum

A Village Forum Meeting was held on 12th December, 2017, attended by representatives from the following organisations.

Parish Council

Community Shop

Gardening Club

St Calixtus Church

West Down Green Field Association

West Down Parish Hall Management Committee.

Women’s Institute

They reported as follows:-

Parish Council – Thanked Fay Hookway for retrieving the tiles that had fallen off the West Down Village sign at Dean Cross and Keith Oades and Roy Drew for replacing them.

It was noted that a representative from Devon Air Ambulance had attended the last meeting and had given positive assurances about the viability of using the Green Field as a night landing space with a lighting mast which would be supplied with power by a resident. Money would need to be raised to cover this. It would be just over £3,000, but District Councillor Andrea Davies has already promised to donate £1,000 of this.

Community Shop – had experienced a couple of poor months, but was breaking even. Volunteers for a variety of jobs, long and short term, are always needed. Organisations were reminded that the defibrillator is situated in the shop porch and training in its use has been given to many villagers.

Gardening Club – is doing very well with 79 members, some of whom have come from Braunton. It has an interesting programme of speakers with the additional room at the Parish Hall providing the necessary extra space. The screen and projector are proving to be very useful. Forthcoming speakers include Andy McIndoe of Chelsea Flower show fame coming in February and Chris Beardshaw later in the year. New members are always welcome and guests can attend for two meetings before joining. As well as a varied and interesting programme the members enjoy a number of outings and a holiday. Committee members are needed and the web page on the West Down website needs to be updated.

Green Field is currently holding a Christmas raffle and dates for events will be circulated. The children’s play area had been completed and a seesaw is to be installed shortly. It was noted that the entrance is very muddy due to recent bad weather and this will be discussed at the next committee meeting. Provision for the Air Ambulance will also be on the agenda. In the immediate future they are just raising funds for maintenance of the existing facilities.

Parish Hall Phase 1 of the redevelopment of the hall has been completed and other organisations reported that the extra room was very useful. The redevelopment had come in under budget and the current income is able to cover the basics costs of running the hall. It is hoped that the second phase will begin in June, this will involve the removal of the stage which will be replaced by a movable stage to be kept in the store room. While this is being done, the hall will be out of use for 2 weeks. It was felt that the trollies used to move chairs and tables were a real help. Two long serving members of the committee had retired, Eric Nott, who began working for hall by fund raising to help build the hall and Pete McGahran who, as well as being a committee member has been the booking clerk. Future events are:-

27 January annual quiz night

17 February Dave Edgecombe – fascinating talk illustrated with old and new photos of the North Devon coast.

3 March Rick Tucker – the popular local musician.

West Down Women’s Institute has over 30 members, but over 50% of the members come from outside the village, which means that it is not easy to ask them to do things for the village. However, they usually support all the initiatives and will continue to help when needed. Meetings are now held in the afternoons and although this could make it difficult for younger members to join, the support really comes from the older generation, so their interests have to come first. They have had joint ventures with the school, notably the recent remembrance ceremony when the children of Oak Class placed the poppies made by the WI on the graves and memorials of those who served in both world wars. The WI is offering to do a coffee morning to help raise funds for the Air Ambulance. The West Down WI is celebrating its 70th year in 2018 and the time capsule, which is currently in safe keeping will be opened. Concern was expressed about the Coronation Tree and its metal fence and this will be checked. The meeting to be held on the 8th November 2018 will be celebrating the 1918 Armistice and all are welcome.

St Calixtus Church is currently without a vicar and has been combined with a number of other local churches. Appreciation was expressed for the illuminated star currently on display and details of the carol service were given. It is hoped that attendance at the church will improve as it is an important part of the village. It was noted that the Iron Room will be available when the Parish Hall is out of action.

West Down School was unable to attend, but had recently hosted an excellent Christmas Dinner for older residents and supporters. The school is happy to support local issues and currently circulates the Community Shop Newsletter to all parents. The school also offers the use of its premises when needed.

Mobile Library – It was noted that this service will be withdrawn if it is not supported. Details of its timetable can be found on the West Down website.

Outreach Post Office – This service has been resumed after the Post Office had technical problems. Again, this service will be withdrawn if there is not sufficient support.

West Down Website This supports all local organisations and is happy to publish minutes of meetings, news and forthcoming events.

Fund Raising – It was suggested that Tesco provides funds for local causes, but it was felt that the application process was too complex.



IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR BEE KEEPERS

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet at an apiary near Woolacombe in Devon. The Asian hornet is smaller than the UK’s native hornet but poses the risk of destroying honey bee colonies. For more information please read the attached guidance notes.


West Down Parish Hall Clean Up and Improvement Works

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.


Parish Council Clean Up

Once again the Parish Council is going around the village and doing some clearing up.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

 



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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.



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