February 2004

PTA Quiz
The PTA is holding a general knowledge quiz in the school on Saturday, 7th February, starting at 7.30 for 8pm. Either individuals or teams of 4-6 people are invited to take part with prizes for the winners. Tickets are 5 which includes food. Wine and beer will be available on the night. Tickets are available from Janet Strathern on 816746.

Halam Shop
A well attended meeting was held on January 15th including two representatives from Newark and Sherwood Regeneration Department, plus a field worker from Village Retail Services Association and the Post Master of Fiskerton Post Office. The input from the professionals was excellent and led to a lively discussion. It would seem that the shop may well now be let if the Post Office agree to the hours etc. We should in this case all make a major effort to support the couple taking it on. Use it or we lose it, and we wish them well in this venture.

Parish Council Meeting, 7.30pm, Thursday, 8th January 2004

Present: G Herbert, S. Bust, N Armstrong, A. Fraser, A. Paris, I Sharman.
Apologies: K. Lindley

The Parish Councillors sent their best wishes to Karin for a speedy recovery.

Resignation:

It was agreed to hold Karin's resignation in abeyance until after her operation to see how her convalescence progresses.

Plans for the Village Hall:

The possible sources of funding for any village hall extension/alteration were discussed - probably the only real funding available at present would be from the National Lottery. It was suggested that an alternative site for a new village hall and facilities would be a better scheme. This will be discussed further at a later meeting.

Gray Lane (road surface):

The surface will be patched shortly, but full resurfacing is unlikely to take place in the foreseeable future.

Dog Bin (positioning):

An alternative location was decided upon at the site meeting - unanimous.

Halam Hill (path):

Sir John Starkey is appealing against the District Council's decision to enforce this planning condition. Mrs. Armstrong will keep the Parish Council updated.

Village Shop:

An open meeting will be held on Thursday 15th January to discuss the shop's future.

Parish Plan:

Letters concerning the Parish Plan were read out from Peter Thompson, Declan Joyce, Rural Countryside Commission and Michael Starkey. The Meeting was then opened for the public to speak. A lengthy discussion took place regarding the Parish Plan and the recent criticism by Michael Starkey and his colleagues from De Montforte University. It was agreed that a meeting should be arranged between the Parish Plan Committee, the RCC and the University to discuss a way forward with the village questionnaire.

Planning:

1. The Old Forge, Gray Lane - First floor extension: Passed 5 for, 1 against.

2.Littledale, Mansfield Road - Change of use of paddock for proposed tennis court and associated works: Passed unanimously.

3. The Old Barn, 2 Manor Fields - Retain satellite dish on east elevation: Passed unanimously.

Planning Decisions:

The following decisions were reported from District Council: development behind Evergreen House, School Lane - dismissed at Appeal; rebuild of house at Ashcroft House, Gray Lane - passed.

Finance:

It was agreed to pay the Village Hall cleaners and to pay the May Parish Council election costs of 623.

Next Meeting: Thursday 12th February, 2004 at 7.30pm

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St. Michael the Archangel

Services this month -

Sunday 1st February: Candlemas

8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 8th February: 3rd before Lent

11am Sung Eucharist

Sunday 15th February: 2nd before Lent

9.30am Family Communion

Sunday 22nd February: Sunday before Lent

11am Sung Eucharist

Wednesday 25th February: Ash Wednesday

7pm at Edingley
Sunday 29th February: Lent 1

9am Edingley (Joint H/E)

Sunday 7th March: Lent 2

8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion

If you have any items or information you would like publishing in the next newsletter, please get the details to Edward Gathercole (813760) by the 26th.

Please remember to let Ed know if new people move into the village or if you know of any births or marriages in the village.

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