April 2024 News Update

April update:

Councilors – all change

We were delighted to co-opt a new Councilor, Thomas Payne onto the Parish Council at this month’s meeting, following a recent vacancy. He will make a great addition to our team & has already got stuck straight in assisting in the delivery of our Spring Newsletter.

However, we sadly received the resignation of our long standing and valued member of the Parish Council, Cllr Derek Barr. Having served the village for the past 18 years, Derek has stood down and will be sorely missed.

The Parish Council has undergone may personnel changes over the last few years, but what we may lack in experience is certainly made up for in enthusiasm. It is hoped that the Parish Council has been a more visible in its efforts as we work to improve our village on behalf of our residents and local businesses.  Anyone is welcome to attend our monthly meetings and any comments, concerns or feedback can be sent to us via admin@lindfordpc.co.uk , our Facebook page, or in person at the parish office which is open each morning at the village hall.

 

Sad news

All at the Parish Council were saddened to hear of the passing of Glen Dorans, owner of Imedene Gardens, one of the Parish Council’s main contractors for the village grounds maintenance. We send our deepest condolences to the Dorans family.

 

Village hall repairs and maintenance

We were delighted to finally see the old & uneven artificial grass at the village hall removed last week and a replaced in time for the Beehive nursery to return from their Easter break. All those booking the village hall for events will have access to the improved enclosed garden area. We hope the new installation will have longevity & be enjoyed by all those that utilize the hall.

The village hall has also had some recent roof repairs, identified during the removal of the moss that had gathered on the roof.

 

Spring Newsletter

The soring newsletter has been prepared and printed and is in the process of being distributed by councilors. Thank you to those who have taken the time to put these through letter boxes and stop and talk to residents. Copies of the newsletter have been added to the village notice boards and added to social media.

If anyone would like to suggest articles for the Autumn newsletter due out at the end of the summer/early autumn, please do get in touch with your ideas. It is hoped that there will be a further business directory to encourage local people to use local business. The small amount of advertising revenue goes towards our print costs. Following feedback form the last newsletter, we were pleased to not only make the newsletter itself recyclable this time, but to have used recycled paper to produce it.

Summer Fete

We have been delighted by the interest in stalls at the fete and much work is going on behind the scenes to make this year’s offering a success. It will be all hands-on deck on the day, Saturday 6th July and any volunteers would be welcomed with open arms! Help is needed with setting up, clearing away, parking, litter picking etc. on the day.

Please note there will only be limited disabled parking at the village hall, and although we will have parking available on Pear Tree Green, we encourage residents and their guests to walk.

 

Defibrillator

A new additional defibrillator has been mounted to the side of the village hall. We hope that it is not needed, but it’s important to be aware where your nearest defibrillator is located. There is also one outside the Spar shop, as well as the Lindford Working Man’s Club.

 

The year ahead

Although stepping down from May 2024, our outgoing chair Cllr Dayman still has plenty of ideas to improve the village over the coming financial year, including addressing the bus stop outside the Royal Exchange. The current on is in a state of disrepair, and having been unable to determine who owns it, the Parish Council will look at take on replacement of the bush shelter us with the hope of providing a suitable replacement that will be in keeping with the village.

A planned village littler pick with the Woolmer Forest Lions is to also be arranged – please keep a look out for further details.

Following contact from a concerned resident regarding the state of the railings near the bridge on the way into Lindford from Broxhead, the Parish Council intend to establish what work might need to be undertaken to ensure the railings are firstly safe, and secondly more aesthetically pleasing.

Annual Parish Meeting

This will be held on 7th May 2024 at the village hall. All are invited to attend.