The Parish Council was disappointed to lose one of its most dedicated councillors, Mike Deegan who resigned from his position as a councillor in May.
However, the Council was pleased that Mike had agreed to remain as a non-councillor on both the Open Spaces Committee and the Grosvenor Centre enhancement Working Group, to help progress with ongoing projects and to share his skills, knowledge and experience where needed.
Mike was instrumental in leading on the award-winning Acres redevelopment, which included the creation of the Boardwalk, wetland and wildlife areas and has more plans for this area to be developed further. He was the main link with our local school, inviting school children to take park in Acres projects and has been involved in so many other Open Spaces related projects. He is currently leading on the Grosvenor Centre enhancement, a large and complex project.
The Council will fill the councillor vacancy very soon.
Village Green Meadow
As many of you have noticed the wild meadow preparations on the Village Green are well on their way. Dave Clarke and the team from the Best Kept Village group have been very busy by initially marking out the planned area and in preparing the ground for sowing the seeds and hopefully resulting in the first show of flowers this year.
The ground work began by firstly spraying to kill the weeds; later the area was then dug over to clear the top surface. The specialised seed were purchased at a cost of £200 and once the soil was prepared we were able to sow the seeds and roll the area. We were lucky with a good drop of rain and it wasn’t long before the seeds were germinating. We hope for a display of poppies this year, and fingers crossed, as is the nature of perennials, we should have the full range of wild flowers on display next year.
A huge thank you to the generosity and help from Fred Tomkinson who provided all the machinery needed, it was a welcomed help and certainly saved what would have been some back breaking work preparing the site.
It will take a few years for the meadow to become established but well worth the wait. Maybe a new photograph shot for the calendar?