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PC Minutes 8th November 2016

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough at 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th November 2016

Present: Robert Kean, Bob Holmes, Liz Davidson, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, Nicky Ellis, Andrew Ellis, Kevin Bentley

Apologies for absence: John Walker, Robert Davidson

Minutes of the last meeting were agreed by all and signed by the chairman

Zone Warden Report: No report given

Borough Councillor Report: A CBC Local Plan update meeting had been attended and following consultation responses there are now no proposed sites for development in our villages.  The next stage with Continue reading

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PAWS October – A Sailor’s Life

Phil Lyons, presenter of A Sailor's Life, with JackiePAWS October – A Sailor’s Life

At the October meeting, our president, Jackie, welcomed Phil Lyons who had come along to talk about A Sailor’s Life.

Phil started with the fact that 21 men from Colchester and the surrounding villages had served at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21st October 1805. At that time Britain had the greatest navy in the world, with 108 ships but after the battle, they possessed 152 ships as they had captured those of the French and Spanish.

Boys as young as 7 served on board, often at sea for over 2 years before setting foot on terra firma. Crews were recruited by press gangs and quota men who rounded up paupers and criminals to serve in the navy. Interestingly 2 of the Colchester men joined voluntarily.  Life on the ships was a mixture of boredom, terror and sheer hard work. It took 8 men to hold the wheel in calm weather and 12 men in a storm, then there was always a danger of catching the wheel and being thrown overboard.

Food was poor with maggots in the meat and weevils in the ship’s biscuits, but men did not complain as at least they were fed. To prevent scurvy, Nelson provided his sailors with onions not limes!  The best part was the daily ration of grog, a mixture of half a pint of rum mixed with 4 parts of water, and a gallon of small beer served daily.  This provided the men with 200 units of alcohol a week!

The sailors slept in hammocks, caught rats for fun and were flogged for any misdemeanour.  50% died from malaria, yellow fever or typhus and many were wounded in battle. Desertion, mutiny and cowardice were hanging offences!

So was a sailor’s life a merry life? I leave you to decide.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is our 10th anniversary celebration on the 22nd November, as such it will be closed to non-members. You can find details of all our meetings and speakers on the diary of the home page of this website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members:

  • Alice Holmes 01206 735510, or
  • Jane Anderson 01206 735505
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PC Agenda 8th November 2016

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

A meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council will be held at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough at 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th November 2016 to which the Councillors are summoned to attend.

Apologies for absence:

Minutes of the last meeting:

Zone Warden Report:

County and Borough Councillor Reports:

Public-Have Your Say:

Declarations of Interest:

Items for Discussion

1.        Playgrounds and Playing Fields

  • Reports on both play areas and fields
  • Discuss the suggestion of alterations to the cable wire on Moss Hay.
  • Decision required: Any other matters that require attention?

2.        Financial Regulations – November 2016

  • To note,  agree and adopt this version of  Financial Regulations for our purposes
  • Decision required: Is everyone in agreement with this proposal?

3.        VAS positioning

  • Discuss possible sites and meeting with ECC  if arranged
  • Decision required: What do we need to do now?

4.        Defibrillator

  • Discuss the quote from WEL Medical Ltd. and possible sources for funding
  • Decision required: Do we wish to take this any further?

5.        The Winstred Eye – update

6.        Actions and Reminder List – updated

Correspondence:

  • Peldon Church for meetings until new hall is built
  • ECC Highways notification of road closure for drainage works
  • CCVS – Community Marketplace at Firstsite 23rd Nov 9.30-3.30
  • CBC – PSPO – anti-social behaviour of dog fouling in public areas
  • West Mersea nuisance dog owner- emails etc.

Planning Applications:

162672 Proposal: Two storey side extension and orangery (not started) plus dropped curb access (installed) at The Hinds, Colchester Road, Virley

Planning Decisions:

162229 Proposal: Single storey rear house extension and single storey detached cart lodge at The Briars, Peldon Road, Peldon – Approve conditional
162247 Proposal: Outline application for erection of five dwellings at Heritage Pension, St Ives Road, Peldon – Withdrawn

Finances:

101902 R S Pullen – clerk’s salary November £426.82

The next meeting will be on Tues 13th December 2016 at 7.30pm at Peldon Church  

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PC Minutes 11th October 2016

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Salcott Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th October 2016

Present: Bob Holmes, Liz Davidson, Robert Kean, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Nicky Ellis, John Walker, Andrew Ellis, 2 Zone Wardens and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Jinny Gale, Netty Knill-Jones, Robert Davidson, Kevin Bentley

Minutes of the last meeting were agreed by all and signed by the chairman

Zone Warden Report: Changes at the refuse tips should be noted as to what they will accept now. A speed check had been carried out in Peldon. Thanks were given to the Zone Wardens for Continue reading

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Peldon Village Hall – Contract Awarded

New Peldon VIllage Hall

Coming Soon – Contract Awarded

Peldon Village Hall – Contract Awarded

Stroods Specialist Contractors appointed to rebuild Peldon Village Hall

Peldon Village Hall Management Committee announces that its preferred contractor to build the new village hall in Peldon  is Stroods Specialist Contractors of West Mersea.

Bob Holmes, PVH Treasurer, said:

After an extensive tendering process, Stroods emerged as the clear winners with a proposal that met our budget expectations.  We’re delighted that, after several years spent working on the project, we’ve reached the stage when the building work is about to start and that we’ve been able to appoint a local firm with a good reputation for efficient delivery and strong connections to our village.

Lee Tyler, Director of Stroods, commented:

We’re very pleased to have been selected to carry out this project to replace a critical community asset with an exciting new building that will be of great benefit to the residents of Peldon and the surrounding area for many years to come.  We’re looking forward to working with the Management Committee in the coming months.

The Management Committee expects work to start on site in November with the new hall completed by the summer of 2017.

Funding the project

The total project cost, including professional fees, will be around £500,000.  The majority of the costs are coming from grants awarded by:

  • Essex County Council’s Community Initiative Fund,
  • the Abberton Reservoir Community Fund, and
  • Colchester Borough Council’s Big Choice Fund.

The remaining funds are coming from money raised by the Village Hall’s many fundraising activities over the last 6 years, including its recent Buy-a-Brick appeal which remains open, and from commitments from residents to lend the hall any final remaining funds by investing in PVH Bonds.

The Management Committee would like to express their sincere thanks to the grant funders and to all residents whose support over the years has made the project possible.

Crissy Lee

Crissy Lee

Farewell Party – October 30th

But, before demolition, there will be one last event in the hall, a farewell party on October 30th from 5.00pm to 9.00pm.  The entertainment will be provided by the Crissy Lee All Stars featuring Paul Wood.  Paul is the singer with the Glen Miller Orchestra; his repertoire includes Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davies Jr and Michael Buble among many others.  As well as a licensed bar there will be teas, coffees, snacks and cakes for sale.

With limited numbers you should book early, tickets are £8.00 each.  To book them contact Bob Holmes on 01206 735510 or bobhomes7@btopenworld.com.

Bob Holmes
Peldon Village Hall Management Committee

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PC Agenda 11th October 2016

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

A meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council will be held at Salcott Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th October 2016 to which the Councillors are summoned to attend.

Apologies for absence:

Minutes of the last meeting:

Zone Warden Report:

County and Borough Councillor Reports: Continue reading

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PAWS September – Beatrix Potter

andrew-wiltshire-beatrix-potterPAWS September – Beatrix Potter

At the meeting on September 27th, Jackie introduced the speaker for the evening, Andrew Wiltshire from Danbury.  Andrew has written a book entitled “Beatrix Potter’s Secret Code Breaker.”

He started his talk with a series of questions “How much they knew…:

  • … about Beatrix?
  • … her homes?
  • … had they seen the film Miss Potter?
  • …. about a secret journal she had written? Only one member knew this, to the rest it was a mystery.

He then explained that Beatrix eventually lived at Castle Cottage in the Lake District, after her marriage to William Heelis.  However, she originally used the neighbouring Hill Top farm as her ‘writing room’ in which to write and illustrate her much loved children’s books.  These two properties, with others and over 4,000 acres of Lake District countryside, were left to the National Trust in 1943.

Before moving there, Beatrix had written, for 15 years in a secret cipher-code of her own invention, a Journal describing observations on her family life in London, the politicians and artists that her parents knew, and many other fascinating details of her life in late Victorian times.

These documents were eventually found in Castle Cottage after Beatrix’s death. Andrew continued by telling us that he knew Leslie Linder, the code breaker. He first spent five years looking for a way into the code.  He then spent a further eight to translate and bring to life the 200,000 words that Beatrix had written.  These were in many exercise books, and on very many loose pages.

Linder’s Quest

This quest became Leslie’s ambition so too, sharing what he found; he did this by publishing Beatrix’s journal 1966.  During the 13 years of this work he amassed what has become the world’s largest collection of Beatrix’s art and writing.  He eventually donated the collection to the Victoria & Albert Museum before his death in 1973.

Illustrations of the code and some humorous examples of what Beatrix had written were complemented by photographs of Leslie’s life and family background.  Andrew presented a fascinating insight to someone whose past is now forgotten and a period of time, Beatrix’s early life, that is also, hardly remembered.

Several questions from members, as well as some of them also recollecting Buckhurst Hill, the town where Leslie lived, closed a very interesting talk.

Next Meeting

PAWS’ next meeting is on 25th October and Philip Lyons will talk about “A Sailors Life”.  Visitors can attend regular meetings at a cost of £5.00.  You can find details of all meetings and speakers on the calendar on the home page of this website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505

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PC Minutes 13th September 2016

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Peldon Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13th September 2016.

Present: Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, John Walker, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale, Robert Kean, Liz Davidson, Robert Davidson, Zone Warden, 2 CBC Helpline representatives and 3 members of the public.

Apologies for absence: Nicky Ellis, Bob Holmes, Andrew Ellis, Kevin Bentley

Minutes of the last meeting: were agreed by all and signed by the chairman

Zone Warden Report: They have been dealing with fly tipping and litter picking. They will be erecting road signs for Continue reading

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Goodbye to Peldon Village Hall

Art on display when we say goodbye to Peldon Village HallGoodbye to Peldon Village Hall

Say hello to old friends and goodbye to an old hall (drink some coffee, tea, look at some art, buy a brick…)

We are sad and happy to announce the last ever coffee morning in the current Peldon Village Hall. The demolition is scheduled this year with final plans nearing agreement for the new building.

Come along on Saturday 17th September and mix with the community (we all loved it last time, didn’t we?) see some art from a local artist (Wesley Arch, image above) along with photos of the hall from its 50 amazing years!

Tell your friends, spread the word!

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PC Agenda 13th September 2016

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

A meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council will be held at Peldon Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13th September 2016 to which the Councillors are summoned to attend.

Apologies for absence: Nicky Ellis

Minutes of the last meeting:

Zone Warden Report: Continue reading

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