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Updates issued by Sue Reece (870618) and Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council:
Friday 24th April
Brighten up our telegraph poles
One visible reminder of the social opportunities currently not available to us is the sad state of our telegraph poles; instead of a range of posters advertising events in the village hall or on the playing field there is simply a jumble of rusting staples, pins and tacks. Some time ago people were invited to adopt a pole and extract the disfiguring hardware and a small prize was offered for the one who removed the greatest weight of metal. If anyone is keen to do the same again, please let us know which pole you have cleaned, and the weight of metal and we will arrange a prize for the winner.
To further brighten up the village we are launching a competition for children to design posters on the theme of keeping us safe. Please see the poster inviting entries which is attached. The posters will be displayed on the various telegraph poles and prizes will be awarded. Please send your entry to Sue Reece either as a scanned file or via the village shop.
A note from the church about the parish survey
We are pleased to pass on a note from Linda Mogford about the parish survey conducted by the church.
Firstly thanks to those people who returned the survey although unfortunately it had to be delivered just at the start of the Covid problems.
Now that we have received many of the surveys, which were sent to every house in the village, we have been able to compose the description of the village and its attitudes and aspirations for the Church in future which will be a part of the Profile document for applicants to the post of Vicar..
Everyone who responded was keen to keep the Church and a Vicar, even if they never go to Church. Many would like the building to be used more for events as well as services and to be available to all age groups. This information has become a part of the Profile document which will be sent to anyone who responds when the vacancy is advertised. The Profile document will have sections about Westbury, Easton and Priddy and a part on how the Benefice of three parishes works as a whole
Improvements to the Westbury Website.
Regular users of the Westbury Website will find a change that should make it easier to use as more items of interest are uploaded. Items posted on the News page (https://westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk/news/ ) are now sorted into various categories so that, for example, anyone interested in Westbury Wildlife, can find all the news items on that topic placed together. As more use is made of the site further categories can be added; suggestions should be sent to Mark Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Update from Somerset Councils
There is a link here https://tinyurl.com/y7m3btf6 to a newsletter from Somerset County Council giving information on a number of initiatives including action on domestic abuse and funding for Somerset charities. It also reports that local authority staff will be contacting another 70,000 potentially vulnerable people across the county to check that they are being supported and to advise where local groups might help. If anyone gets such a call, they shouldn’t worry and should be encouraged to accept the help that is available.
Sue Reece (870618) Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council.