Great & Little Gidding Parish Council Clarion – Autumn 2011

We welcome Michael Trolove as a Parish Councillor and record our thanks to Rose Foster for all her hard work and enthusiasm during her time on the Council.

Gidding receive SILVER AWARD from Anglia in Bloom. Extract from judges report on areas of achievement – School garden inc Jackie Duck memorial garden, Jubilee Wood, renovation of ponds, spring planting, village sign planting, village seats and participation of parishioners . A big thank you to ALL the people who helped make the village look great for this day and throughout the year and a special mention to Paul Hodson for producing the portfolio which has to be submitted prior to judging, Rachel Giddens for getting the project off the ground and Robin and Gill Hayden for hosting the judges on the day.

Water has been connected to the allotments, funded by the Great Gidding Charity. There is one allotment vacant from the 10 new ones provided this spring Plots are £15 per year and subject to a tenancy agreement. A new pond has been excavated in the Jubilee Wood and it is hoped to have it established for the Diamond Jubilee.

The Recreation Ground has been entered in the Fields for the Future – Queen Elizabeth II Challenge.

Following the work to dredge the pond and remove the willows a viewing platform has been erected with a path leading from the entrance. The Wildlife Trust who has been extensively involved in this project has produced a report on some of the ponds in the village. The report includes a circular walk incorporating footpaths the churchyard and wood. The Lottery funding will also provide website set-up and an interpretation board.

The County Council have reinstated the white lines either side of the road leaving the village towards Glatton. The school bus bay is to be increased to allow easier and safer access and to stop further damage to the pavement.

Following the successful community event held to celebrate the 2011 Royal Wedding, the Parish Council will consider supporting a community event to celebrate the 2012 Diamond Jubilee – anyone interested in doing so is advised to approach the council before November to allow allocation of funds to be considered.

Affordable Rural Housing Survey – is being organised by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) distributed to all houses within the parish and the results will be published in the next Clarion

The annual accounts for 2010/11 were completed, adopted and audit closed

CONGRATULATIONS to Great Gidding for winning the FitVille event run by One Leisure. This was won by those who attended the mobile unit parked at the Fox & Hounds Public House on 23rd June. As a result a cheque for £200 has been presented to the village towards a community project – details on ideas to make the best use of this money will be in the next Clarion

The Parish Council meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Village Hall at 7.30pm – members of the public are very welcome to attend but if you would like to speak on a particular subject, please let us know prior to the meeting.

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