All Saints Church As reported in the last Pump, September saw us down at Dick & Margaret Warrener's for an exceptional Harvest Supper. I hope they have recovered from trying to hold down the marquee in the violent wind we were blessed with on the day of the Supper. However, almost 80 people managed to fit into their bungalow and consume large amounts the most delicious of food. The event raised over £1200 for the Church General Fund.
The Harvest Festival was well supported and the proceeds from the sale of produce donated to Christian Aid. Thanks to our intrepid cycle riders a cheque was received from Historic Churches Trust for £126.50, half the money they raised on the ride around our historic churches. Well done girls!
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT IN BUCKWORTH CHURCH
SUNDAY 19 DECEMBER 3PM….
COME & SING YOUR FAVOURITE CAROLS AND LISTERN TO THE AGE-OLD CHRISTMAS STORY……SHARE IN FESTIVE REFRESHMENTS.
CHRISTMAS EVE MIDNIGHT SERVICE 11.30PM IN ALCONBURY CHURCH
CHRISTMAS DAY MORNING SERVICE 10.30AM BUCKWORTH CHURCH
Services in the New Year are set to keep the usual pattern, with some exceptions in Lent. Details of these changes will be posted on the noticeboard and in the Church porch, as will services in the other Churches in our group.
There is to be a confirmation in Church on 13 February 2005
The Parish Council met on the 14 October at its new venue Buckworth Cricket Club. One member of the public was present. Among the items for discussion was an application from the Church for help with the second phase of pollarding the lime trees in the Churchyard, which overhang the road. These trees are very important to the "street scene" of the village and carry protection orders. Two years ago a report was obtained on the state of the trees and the urgent work was done in 2002. The next phase, in order to preserve the trees, is due in 2005. The Council agreed to apply for an Environmental Improvement Grant from Huntingdonshire District Council and work with the Parochial Church Council to undertake the work. A proposal was also made that a web site be set up for Buckworth and to this end a questionnaire has been sent to each house in the village asking should money be spent on this project?
The Council met again on Thursday 2 December. The first 10 minutes was an open forum (now to be a regular feature) for parishioners to raise issues or make points for discussion by the Council. The main item on the agenda was the budget for the financial year 2005-2006, after lengthy discussion a budget of £3377.50 was set with a request for a precept to District Council of £2932.50p
Remuneration £1117.50, Office Expenses inc rent, postage, etc £ 150 Audit £ 50.00
Village Maintenance (grass\seat\bus shelter\notice boards\planting) £1280.00 Insurance £ 200, Subscriptions £100. Councillor\Clerk Training £100,Highways (rights of way maintenance etc) £ 130
Section 137 (Grants) £50.00,Contingency £ 200 Total £3377.50 (estimated Income £445)
It was decided that, the subject of a web site for the village be further investigated. The Clerk had been trying to set up a free village web site via www.thelocalchannel.co.uk There has also been an offer of assistance from Mr Neil Hateley, resident in the village, who is willing to help set up a site as a project with his pupils at Huntingdon Regional College. Councillors felt that it would be a good thing to have young people involved in the project. There were nine replies to the questionnaire, which went round the village, 8 against spending money on a web site, one in favour.
One application for parish trees was received and District Council has agreed to supply these to Manor Lodge. District Council has not yet assessed the grant towards the Churchyard trees.
Fergusons will undertake the village grass cutting again next year with no increase in costs. The Clerk is to attend a training course in February. There should be a further income from the Inland Revenue of £250 for filing the end of tax year returns on line. The Clerk has started this off by filing this year's on line. The government has agreed to pay over £800 in the next 5 years to councils who file on line. If anyone would like further information on any of the above please contact the Clerk.
Neighbourhood Watch…..Gill continues to encourage us to be aware of what is happening around us and to report anything unusual or worrying. There has been some success in preventing incidents, which may have led to burglaries. Please be aware…and lock up your sheds and out-buildings, there has already been one theft of garden equipment #For more info contact Gill on 896434
Buckworth, Barham & Woolley Ladies Group…..continue to meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month. November saw us learning the art of decorating cakes for Christmas. The meeting on 7 December saw us making some very strange-looking snowmen and penguins from sugar paste. It was good fun and the demonstration was excellent. Next meeting is on 1February 2005.
For more info contact Yvonne on 890058
The Cricket Club…..continues to open as usual and on Sat 18 December there is the Grand Christmas Draw. Christmas Eve ..there will be festive celebrations with a finger buffet and mince pies Christmas Day opening hours 11am-1pm and 8.30pm to 10.30pm. New Years Eve Celebrations …Karaoke open 8 til late.
I am including in this Bugle a letter (although you may already have seen in it on the noticeboard or in the Parish Pump) from a young lady in our village, who was distraught when her beloved cat was knocked down. The cat was left in the road and eventually died. She hopes that people will take more care when driving through our small village.
I had a cat called snowy; she was pure white, six & a half years old. She was my friend, my playmate. She would play hide and seek, play with a sponge ball on the lawn, lay in a pram, go for a walk. She slept on my bed at night with her pink teddy which she sucked.
Thanks to someone's driving skills, I haven't got snowy anymore….someone knocked her over and left her to die. Chelsea Proud
A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A PEACEFUL NEW YEAR FROM ALL THE VILLAGE ORGANISATIONS.
Hazel Cooper…..Parish Clerk, Church Treasurer 890982
HOLIDAY RUBBISH COLLECTIONS
*THE COLLECTION DUE ON FRIDAY 31 DECEMBER WILL TAKE PLACE ON
MONDAY 3 JANUARY 2005.
*THE COLLECTION DUE FRIDAY 7 JANUARY WILL TAKE PLACE ON
SATURDAY 8 JANUARY 2005
GREEN BOX RECYCLING SHOULD BE UNAFFECTED.