Clerk's Corner: June 2017

Parish Champion Jenny Green

The photograph shows a lady who will be very well known to  many of you for all the volunteer work she undertakes at the Community Centre and also her very long association (over 50 years I believe) with the drama society in our village.

Indeed, the Chairman quipped when he introduced Jenny Green at our May Parish Council meeting, she is simply known to many as Jenny Drama.

Anyway, now she can be known as something else too because the award she can be seen receiving in the photograph is the Parish Council’s annual Parish Champion Award.

Very well deserved it is too.

Jenny is particularly known for the work she does to inspire children to take up drama and this has helped to lead to all the wonderful productions put on to entertain our residents.

They will be putting on a display at the Picnic on the Pitch event at Lyndhurst Football Club in Wellands Road on 10 June so don’t miss the chance to see them in action.

Jenny truly loves our village and is one of the people who helps to make it a special place.

Also in the photograph is Mark Rollé and at the same meeting Mark was appointed our Chairman for the coming year with the Revd Dr Caroline Wilkins as Vice Chairman.

Committees were appointed as well as appointees as representatives of outside bodies.

My role as Clerk brings me into contact with various other businesses and organisations in Lyndhurst and I was speaking to Lee Cintra recently.

Lee is officer in charge at Lyndhurst Fire Station.

I reminisced about the fact that when I was a child a siren used to go off whenever there was a fire and men used to appear from all over the place, jump on their bikes and pedal furiously down the road in the direction of the Fire Station.

Lee informs me they now have pagers – not half so much fun though is it?

Anyway, the upshot of our conversation was that I found out that they are very short of fire fighters just now and more information will follow from them shortly by way of encouraging recruitment so if you are interested – 18 and over, male or female but with no upper age restriction – you could pop into the fire station and see Lee to learn more.

We now have our office – 13 High Street and yes, the scaffolding is still up!

Hopefully not for too much longer now though.

I am awaiting the BT engineer to put the phone line in and will need some furniture but we should be up and running soon.

Refurbishment of the telephone box at Bank is now complete.

The box is situated adjacent to the Oak Inn and we hope it will be used in the same way as the phone box at Emery Down, which provides a focal and information point for local residents.

The box at Racecourse View completes our ownership of phone boxes and is used as an information point and library, maintained by Julie and Andy Barrett.

Peter Burrows, one of our newly appointed Councillors is co-ordinating ideas for the phone box at Bank so do talk to Peter if you would like some input.

It is good to see these iconic phone boxes enjoying a new lease of life.

We have a new County Councillor.

Sadly, due to boundary changes, County Councillor Keith Mans no longer represents us although he does remain as a County Councillor.

We thank Keith for attending our meetings and for the tremendous support he has given us over the years.

Now we welcome County Councillor Edward Heron, who represents a very large area in the north of the forest, including Fordingbridge and ourselves.

I understand he hopes to attend our June meeting so if you would like to meet him do come along.

Our next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 commencing at 7.15 pm in Lyndhurst Community Centre.

Please come along and hear what your Parish Council is doing for you.

There is also an opportunity for members of the public to speak during public participation so please use this as your chance to tell us about your ideas or concerns.

The last paragraph in my column this month must go to Claire Wickens.

By the time you read this Claire will have left the Community Centre after 13 years’ service.

I understand her official title is part-time Secretary but I don’t think there are many people in the village that Claire doesn’t know and if you ask her something that she hasn’t got an answer for she knows where to go to find out.

She has helped me a great deal over the years in so many ways and I will miss her support, especially with Clerk’s Corner.

However, Claire has become a good friend and I know that will continue far into the future.

Good luck Claire and enjoy the new challenges that you are now taking on.

Margaret Weston, Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, Lyndhurst Parish Council, Woodlands, Fritham, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7HJ (email: clerk@lyndhurstparishcouncil.org.uk tel: 023 8081 3218 (Monday – Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and Saturday 9.00 am to 12.00 noon).

Please try to avoid telephoning on Sundays and Bank Holidays unless it is an emergency.

Lyndhurst Parish Council – serving Lyndhurst, Emery Down,

Bank, Gritnam and Allum Green.

margaret

Margaret Weston - Parish Clerk

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