Minutes of Annual Parish Meeting held on Monday, 17 March 2014, at 7.30 p.m. in the Peek Hall, Rousdon
Present: Martin Platts (Chairman), Roy Jones, Judith Ellard, Nick Wright, Bill Moore, clerk, one member of the public, PC Steve Speriatt
Open Forum question asked about Neighbourhood Plans – none in place
1. Apologies – received from Michael Stride, Kevin Salter, Allister Kemp.
2. Minutes – were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman
3. Matters Arising – none
4. Parish Council Report
• Parish Councillors – The Council said goodbye to two Parish Councillors – Mary Jones after 39 years as P Councillor and Simon Harper. Welcomed new P Councillor, Nick Wright, in November. The Parish is still short of one Councillor – applications welcome.
• War Memorial Green – work done – bollards resited and new ones added. War Memorial to be ‘spruced up’ for WW1 anniversary this year.
• Parish Lengthsman scheme – current system is inefficient so it has been decided we will join forces with Uplyme, Axmouth and Sidmouth councils to employ our own lengthsman – can apply for funding for joint projects from the Parishes Together Scheme and should be able to claim from the DCC budget allocated for the scheme.
• Usual round of planning applications
• The public are always welcome at Council meetings and can speak during the 10 minute Open Forum at the start. Minutes are usually displayed in the noticeboards with a copy in the Rousdon shop.
5. District Councillor’s Report – Broadband situation not much further on – more funds possibly available, but relevant information no easier to obtain. Budget cuts – many areas suffering – social housing, roads and hedges, loss of jobs, etc.
6. County Councillor’s Report – potholes, floodwork all receiving priority. Budget cuts affecting children’s homes, day care centres, meals-on-wheels being cut altogether. Airport money has to be spent locally. Jim Knight is vice chair elect for DCC from April.
7. Organisation Reports:
a) Produce Association (from Mary Jones, Vice Chairman)
There is no Chairman at present – as he resigned before the last show.
Hoping to run usual Plant Sale/Coffee morning in about 6 weeks time and the annual summer show. AGM Wed, 19 Mar – it is hoped to discuss plans for the coming year. It is hoped to appoint a new chairman and committee. Audrey Dicks is secretary at present. New committee members are sorely needed who are prepared to commit and help to run the annual summer show – if it is to be a success.
b) Wednesday Group
The Group continues to meet on the second Wednesday in the month at 7.30pm in Peek Hall, Rousdon.
2013 has been a very good year with excellent talks on the following subjects: The Devon Coastline, Climate Matters, The History of the Landslip, Hampton Court Palace and Antiques. There was a talk and demonstration by a Chocolatier, a DVD of a film set in Lyme Regis in the 1940s and a social evening at the home of one of the members, a visit to a musical production at Ottery St Mary in aid of Hospiscare and we visited Mapperton Gardens, Nr Beaminster on a very wet day – in a very dry summer! The Christmas lunch was held at The Mariners Hotel, Lyme Regis. Charge £2.50 (to include coffee, tea and biscuits), many meetings are “open” meetings and we are encouraged to bring guests. The talks have been so well supported that after consultation and discussion it was decided to donate £150 from funds to the Peek Hall Management Committee towards upgrading the lighting in the Committee Room.
At the meeting in January an equally diverse programme was planned for 2014. They are a very happy group and have several new members, with average meeting attendance between 15 and 25. (Jill Hitchcock)
c) Peek Hall Management
The Hall continues to be used regularly by all the village organisations as well as weekly yoga and spinning groups, visiting caravan clubs in the summer and private hirers.
Jumble sales and car booting remain the main means of fundraising but Thursday,29 May, there will be an Acoustic Evening of Americana from the acclaimed Canadian singer songwriter Tia McGraff.
In last year’s Parish Meeting report, there was concern about a leak in the bell tower roof, but this was repaired very cheaply. However this winter’s storms have damaged the lead work at the very peak of the tower and this will need repairing very soon.
In January it wasdecided that the inside of the Hall should now be redecorated and refurbished and work will start on the committee room in two weeks time. The Committee is very grateful to the Social Club and Wednesday Group for their contributions to this work and hope everyone will like the improvements.
d) Social Club
The social club has had a successful year. There are still not many locals but with caravanners visiting last summer and the club being used regularly by skittles teams from the Axe Vale Hunt League through the winter they are now in a strong financial position and are pleased to be able to contribute to the costs of the refurbishment of the Committee room.
The main Hall has been hired for a family games room during the last four school summer holidays and it is hoped to do so again this year. The hog roast last summer was a great success, as were the bingos in November and December and the club continues to have a skittles team (“Rousdon Rebels”) playing in the Lyme Regis and District League and darts teams in the Lyme League and the Summer League.
e) Parochial Church Council Report.
As last year, only minor repair work was needed. The financial situation was helped with income from various social events including the Flower Festival, which, of course, won’t be repeated for several years; also thanks, as always, for grants from EDDC and the Parish Council. Of more concern is the gradual reduction of regular church members – down from ten to seven since last year – and therefore the number available to run our church – with the number on the Church Council reduced to only four at present.
Looking ahead, it is a serious concern that maintaining the church as a Christian presence in the community is far from certain or guaranteed.
The ‘Drop-in for Tea’ has continued in church and there was an excellent Carol Service. It is hoped to build on that.
However, change is needed, if we are to encourage new people to be involved and this is essential for the future running of our Church. (Richard Whitworth)
8. Any other Business – none
The meeting ended at 8.00 p.m.