News (September, 2013)

New from the Council (September 2013). Published in the Parishioner Magazine


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Thwaite Road Play Area
At the time of writing the Play Area improvements are nearly finished.  The contractors are waiting for parts to enable them to complete the work.  We want to thank the funders and all the people who have made this project possible; we shall do this at an official opening which will be arranged soon.

Other improvements: We hope you have noticed that we have refurbished some litter bins and benches (many thanks to Cllrs. Richard Mulley& Vic Cossey.) Several new litter bins, grit bins and dog waste bins have also been provided.

Village Fete:  Thanks and congratulations are due to Georgina Simmonds, and the other organisers, whose hard work was rewarded by the fete being so successful. It was good to see The Dip being used by so many local organisations and by individual members of the community. Already there is talk of another fete next year.

Villagers’ Wish List:  In the coming years the Council will receive funds from The Maltings developer, P J Livesey, through a scheme called Section 106. We have been consulting on ways to spend it. Among the popular ideas, so far, are additional benches and picnic tables for the village and another bus shelter or two. If you have ideas please get in touch with us.

The Council’s Clerk is retiring:  Elsewhere in “The Parishioner” you will see a personal note from John Smith announcing his retirement.  By December, John will be 86 years young and will have been Clerk for 56 years so we can’t really ask him to reconsider! He has been a key person in the governance, finance arrangements and practical work of the Council and he will be a very hard act to follow. On behalf of the whole community, we thank him for the diligent way (often behind the scenes) he has carried out his duties. People with questions, issues and problems, have for fifty plus years, been advised to, “contactJohn Smith,”and he’s always done his best to help.

We’ll be advertising for a new Clerk:  This will be a paid position that equates to about one day per week. While contract arrangements won’t be finalised until after our meeting in September,anyone wishing to have an informal chat about ‘what’s involved’ is welcome to contact the Chair on juliancgreen@aol.com

Casual Vacancy:We would like to thank Frank James,who resigned last month, for his active role on the Council. Following Frank’s resignation, there is now a vacancy on the Council. We are required by law to advertisethe vacancy for 21 daysand are currently doing so as this article goes to press. An election will be set up should 10 electors wish for one.In the eventthat an election is not required the Council may at its discretion co-opt a Councillor to complete its complement of 11 Councillors in total. This matter will also be discussed at our September meeting. Again, for an informal chat about ‘what’s involved’, please contact the Chair. Councillors are unpaid.

Our next scheduled meeting is Monday 16th September. Please come! More details are available from the web site, by contacting the Clerk, John Smith on Tel: 01986 892235, Email: john@jo-an.fslife.co.ukor from the Council Notice Board outside the Post Office.

Julian Green
Chair, Ditchingham Parish Council

Please note that these postings are the copy included in the Parishioner magazine. As no magazine is published in August… there is no News on these pages.

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