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Thornhaugh Parish Council
Chairman’s Annual Report May 15th 2017

During the past year the Parish Council met at St Andrews Church six times.

During that period, a number of residents have attended our meetings and we are always pleased to welcome both regular and new visitors. Various issues were once again brought to the attention of the Parish Council.

In June we held a village party in the grounds of the Old Rectory to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. The afternoon included a hog roast, village “bake off” competition and a hat competition and despite the somewhat inclement weather was a total success with over 90 people in attendance. Our thanks goes to Karen Rutter for offering such a beautiful location and all of the committee behind the scenes that did such a wonderful job. We raised a total of £150 that we divided equally between “Team George” and Thorpe Hall Hospice.

Another great success for the village came in the shape of our very first village Christmas Tree which was positioned in the centre of the village. The idea for this was originated by Nicky Rogers as a memory to her husband Bill and paid for from a fund set up in his name for this puropose.The big switch on took place in the evening of the 4th December after which carols were sung. This was followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the barn at The Old Bakery. We estimated that up to 60 residents joined in the festivities which was amazing, so it is our intention to repeat this again this year and incorporate a village party afterwards.

Negotiations between the Christie Hall Committee and the Royal British Legion regarding the new ten year lease and rental figure were finally resolved and signed. This meant an increase to the amount the Parish Council along with Stibbington and Wansford pays to the British Legion, however, more importantly it means a period of stability for the hall and a continuation to all of those in our villages who enjoy its facilities.

Thornhaugh Book Exchange in the old telephone box continues to be very well used and is extremely popular with some fascinating comments in the visitor’s book.

The beautiful winter and summer hanging baskets remain a real success story with so many positive comments from both villagers and visitors.

Vehicles using excessive speed through the village is still a cause for concern. We have purchased and positioned additional repeater speed limit signs both through the village and along the back lane in an effort to remind motorists of the speed limit.

The Thornhaugh and Wansford Burial Ground Committee continue to maintain the church grounds to a very high standard and deal very quickly with any item concerning the churchyard.

Parish finances are in a healthy position and suggestions are always welcome from parishioners who have ideas or ways that we can make improvements to the village.

Finally, I would once again like to thank Deirdre our Parish Clerk for her hard work, diligence and efficiency.

Brian Watts
May 2017