Charles died on 22nd March after a long illness. He had moved in to the new houses next to the church when they were first built. Since then he was instrumental in securing for the village the piece of land next to the church and over several years had planted shrubs and flowers to make it an attractive place. His name will be remembered, as it has been decided to call this village land 'Marriott Green'.
Everyone who knew David will be upset to learn that he died on Monday 9th January. He was the Newsletter secretary for several years, till last year. He was always friendly and interesting to talk to; Home Farm Close and the village in general will not be the same without him. He was in his 80s.
Piggin is a well-known name in the village and has been for many decades. So it's sad to report the death of Anne at the age of 79. She was the wife of the late Sid and lived for many years at Spring Cottage and then in The Lealand. She was the sister-in-law of Ernie, who is currently in Oxendon House.
TELL THE POLICE!
Over recent weeks, the increase of
theft from outbuildings, garden machinery, suspicious circumstances around
vehicles and persons has increased around this area. On a positive note, it is
great that people are reporting these incidents to us. . On a not so positive
note, it saddened me to hear that incidents are happening and not getting
reported to us, because in the people's words, “Nothing gets done”, or that
people have been on hold for 20 minutes calling 101.Rather than not report an incident at all,
obviously calling 101 is the main way of contacting us, but are you aware
that you can report crimes via the force website?
Without being told about incidents, we, the
police can't assess the incident, link it to other crimes and then conduct
patrols accordingly. The biggest message from your local police today is, please please
please, follow your gut feeling. If it doesn’t feel right, it most probably
isn’t so report it.
YOUR VILLAGE HALL
The trustees of the Village Hall are Lyn Deacon (chair), David Deacon, Sharon Dunkley, Sheila Fox, Jim Grant, Sue Grant, Marlene Hook, Stephanie Hook, Jan Cooper, Bob Osborn and Jean Westwood.
UNHOLY MESS IN CHURCHYARD
Whoever it is who lets their dog(s) foul the churchyard, please stop it and clear up the mess! People visiting their family graves should not have to tiptoe through unsavoury piles.
The cleaning of the hall is done by volunteers, to keep costs down. Anyone prepared to help should contact any Village Hall Trustee. The more volunteers, the less often their services are required!
SPEEDING (THE PERENNIAL PROBLEM)
Concerns have recently been expressed about speeding in the village, principally on Main Street. Some speeds, particularly during the rush hour are well above the 30 mph limit, both inconsiderate and dangerous. There is the opportunity to participate once again in a Community Speedwatch scheme where volunteers go out with the speed cameras. To participate we would need a volunteer co-ordinator and 10 volunteers, including gathering pledges from 20% of villagers in order to be considered for the scheme. If you are interested please contact Councillor Russell Burton at email@example.com
YES, A BUS SERVICE EXISTS
The service operates from Monday to Saturday. It will pick up or set down in Market Harborough at several places, including the supermarkets and medical centres. You can also catch a connection to Leicester, Northampton or Milton Keynes. Bus passes are accepted. The service operates on demand but anyone interested will need to register. The contact number is 0845 456 4474. There is a website at www.county-connect.co.uk
Everyone should realise that the village's United Charities are there for the benefit of village residents. Don't be put off by the word 'charity'! Grants are available for school leavers for help in the purchase of books, equipment and computers for work or further study. Also for those still at school, especially those going on from Primary to Secondary school, grants can be given for educational trips, uniforms and purchase of computers. Those going on from Clipston school can usually be contacted, but if your child is moving from another primary school, he/she might be overlooked, so do get in touch. Contact the clerk to the trustees, Sonya Fraser. The trustees are currently Cameron Fraser (chairman), Shirley Biggin and Adrian Hill.
THE LAND NEXT TO THE CHURCH
The land is administered as a charity with three trustees - the Rector and the two churchwardens.
Finally this piece of land has a name - 'Marriott Green' - in honour of Charles Marriott who did so much towards the purchase, restoration and maintenance of the land when he was in better health.
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
Please note that the minutes of meetings are now on a separate page.
Council Members. Who are they? Richard Green, Ivor Langley (chair), Jan Cooper, Russell Burton, Richard West. The clerk is Rosie Warne. There is just one vacancy now, as we have a volunteer.
New Councillor - Dr Carla Crifo has
now joined the Council and attended her first meeting.
Precept 2017/18 - this was discussed
at the February, the Precept is the budget the Council agrees is needed for the
next nancial year. An amount has been included to make improvements to the
area around the spring.
Planning - permission has been granted
to build two affordable homes on the site of the garages just off the Harborough Road..
Minor works - the Council is putting
in a bid to the county council to get some minor works done, which could be the
cleaning of street signs, or maybe if we’re lucky the clearing of Ash
Neighbourhood Watch - the main issue at the moment is theft from unsecured premises such as sheds and garages; you can sign up for alerts if you contact Bob Osborn.
Superfast Broadband - we are apparently at ‘Stage 3’ which means we’ll
find out more in January 2017. The link is http://www.superfastnorthamptonshire.net/Pages/home.aspx to find out more.
In other news, there will be a flyer soon advertising the councillor vacancies on one side and registering for superfast broadband on the other.