Minutes of Annual Parish Meeting held on 3rd May 2018


PRESENT:              P Twigger, C Galpin, S Salmon, A Steele, J Symes, D Valentine

2 members of the public

CLERK:                   G Blackshaw

APOLOGIES:         C Kenyon.


Welcome by Chairman

PT welcomed parishioners and thanked everyone for their support.

7.0       Apologies

C Kenyon

7.1      The Minutes:

PT read the Minutes from the 2017 APM and signed them off as a true copy.

7.2       Matters Arising


7.3       Chairman’s Report  

PT introduced the Annual Summary – see Attached. He gave more detailed information about some of the points. Thanks expressed to several parishioners for their ongoing support with various activities, especially the annual Christmas events which involved Cllr Valentine and a number of people putting in a great deal of hard work to make them so enjoyable. The Parish Clean up continues to attract more volunteers due in part to the social aspects of refreshments being provided at the start. SID results showed a large number of cars passing through the village which exceed the official limit and as a result a police speed enforcement bike has visited the village on several occasions and a Speed Watch group has been set up and manned by volunteers. Although still at the early stages of the scheme, with signs still to be erected, several motorists are reported to the police at each session held.  Thanks expressed to all those who are working hard on an issue of great concern to all who live here. Richard Brooks (Longwaite Farm) was thanked for support with the Christmas tree electricity supply as always and for his continued work as editor of Your View and chief bacon butty provider! The Parish Plan is being reviewed by a subcommittee of Cllr’s and the progress made is reported to parishioners via the TPC meetings. Paul and Nicola Warden continue to do a superb job checking, clearing and reporting footpath issues supported by Cllr Galpin.  The work on improvements to Highways issues continues, over seen by Cllr Salmon and continues to produce more positive results with the eventual drainage work at Moat Farm being completed and signs erected at the dangerous bend at Gare Hill. It will continue to be a major focus for the TPC and more volunteers will be sought to support the Speed Watch scheme. Cllr Steele attends the Village Hall Committee meetings and liaises with the Council. The phone box at Gare Hill is now owned by the Council and Cllr Kenyon and local residents have started to revamp the box. The issue of poor Broadband service is being researched and this will be a priority for the coming year. The Council continues to provide financial support in hiring the Hall for Julie Britton, a parishioner, who organises the monthly Friendship/Community Café. She was thanked by all. The weekly bus to Frome run by MCT has been supported by a grant which was successfully applied for by Cllr Symes.

7.4    Review of Yearly Accounts

PT issued copies of the balance sheet which shows we have just kept within the budget, as £221.00 is for the bus subsidy ending in August. The Clerk will arrange for a copy to be posted on boards and the website stating it is ‘unaudited.’ Despite an increase of 3%, the actual amount received is only an additional £51.00 for 2018/19.

7.5    Precept for 2018/19


7.6     Comments from Floor


7.7     Concluding Remarks

The Chairman thanked all Councillors and the Clerk for their hard work and acknowledged the time and effort put in behind the scenes to enhance and develop the parish. He also thanked parishioners for their support with parish issues and attendance at TPC meetings.

The meeting closed at 7.20pm. The next meeting will be held in May 2019

For the attention of: P Twigger, C Galpin, C Kenyon, S Salmon, A Steele, J Symes, D Valentine.

District Councillors: Dick Skidmore and Philip Ham

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