Winscombe & Sandford Useful Information
Parish Council Office Opening Hours
From 5th March 2014, the office will be open to the public between 10 am and 12 noon each Monday and Thursday although you may contact the Clerk outside these hours by telephone or appointment. For the time being, the weekly Police Surgery will continue to take place on a Wednesday morning between 10 am and 12.30pm.
New opening hours for Winscombe Library
Visitors to Winscombe Library are to benefit from extended opening hours thanks to the support of volunteers. From April, the library will open every Thursday afternoon from 1.30 to 5pm following a recent public consultation about opening hours. Results of the survey, which saw 55% of respondents voice their support for this proposal, can be viewed online at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/consult. Due to lower usage, the library will also close at 6pm every Friday instead of 6.30pm. Changes take effect from 1 April, and the library will be open: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 5pm; Fridays 10am to12.30pm and 1.30 to 6pm; Saturdays 10am to 12.30pm.
Anyone interested in volunteering at their local library can contact 01934 426 657 or visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/volunteering for more information about the opportunities available. To see the NSC press release please visit: http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/News/Pages/Winscombe-Library-opening-hours-to-change.aspx
Co-option of a new Parish Councillor & another vacancy
At the January meeting of the parish council, Kevin Joyce was duly co-opted onto the council to fill the vacant councillor position. Kevin, who has lived in the parish for 28 years already sits on the Parish Council War Memorial Recreation Ground committee as a village representative and he is also an active member of the Winscombe & District R.N.L.I.
At the same meeting we were saddened to receive the resignation of Dr Gavin Rider. Gavin, who had been a councillor since 2010 read a prepared statement to the meeting explaining this action was in response to recent planning decisions by NSC, which in his opinion went against the views of the local community.
So, fellow parish councillors now welcome the opportunity of working with Kevin but are also looking for another councillor to fill the newly created vacancy.
Annual Parish Assembly
Our annual assembly will be held on Thursday 8th May, 7.30pm at Winscombe Community Centre. This is a meeting of the parish, rather than a parish council meeting and all local groups and organisations are welcome to contribute to this either by giving a short talk at the meeting or issuing a report on the work of their group. If you would like to be involved, please contact Lynne at the office before 14th April 2014.
New Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) at the Recreation Ground
The Parish Council, Winscombe Cricket, Football, Rugby and Tennis clubs & NSC Strawberry Line have all contributed to the cost of installing a PAD at the Recreation Ground for community use. The PAD has been installed to the front of the Cricket Clubhouse at the War Memorial Recreation Ground, clearly visible from the car park area. The defibrillator unit housed in the external green cabinet is built specifically for laypeople to use who may not have had any training.
It is intended that this unit, along with the PAD located outside Thatchers Cider Offices on Station Road Sandford will further safeguard those living, working and using recreational facilities in our parish against the risk that the Emergency Services may take more time to arrive than the precious few minutes you have to restart a heart after a Cardiac Arrest has occurred.
A calendar of Parish Council & Committee meetings in 2014 can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.winscombeandsandfordpc.org.uk/documents/calendar%202014.pdf
Approved minutes of Parish Council and Committee meetings can be found by clicking here: http://www.winscombeandsandfordpc.org.uk/wpcdocuments.php
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Last updated 3rd March 2014
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