Annual Report of the Parish Council 2007-2008 - (last updated 25/04/2008)

ANNUAL REPORT OF BUCKWORTH PARISH COUNCIL 2007-2008 CIRCULATED TO EVERY HOUSE IN THE PARISH AND PRESENTED BY THE CHAIRMAN AT THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING


Council Members 2007-2008
Margaret Warrener,
Stuart Martin (Chairman)
Carole Greed, (Vice Chairman)
Fiona Morrison, Phil Cooper
Tree Warden Tony

In May 2007 there was no call for an election as only 5 candidates put themselves forward. Council welcomed Phil Cooper as a new member and once again thanked Brian Whittaker for his years of service..
The Council met 7 times between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2008. Winter meetings continue to be held in the Cricket Club, attendance by members of the public is rare although the 10 minute spot for public involvement is still an agenda item..
The Annual Parish Meeting in May 2007, as in previous years, was poorly attended.
Council again organized the May Day Walk funds raised went to Air Ambulance... (Council donated £40 to make the sum up to £150) 21 adults & children & 6 dogs took part despite the bad weather.
Council obtained some funding towards grass cutting the verges in the village. As reported previously this funding had been reduced with little hope of future increases. The yearly grant to help cut some of the headland footpaths was received in full this year.
As reported previously Auditors had been concerned by the low level of reserves within Councils’ accounts, this is gradually being addressed and Council has now agreed to aim for reserves of £2400 which should satisfy them. Money received from the Inland Revenue for the Clerk filing tax returns on-line has been earmarked for the last 3 years and again for this year. After several years of little increase in the precept, Council was forced to increase it for the year 2007-2008 mainly to fund a possible election; this was not needed, consequently the precept for 2008-2009 is lower & agreed at £3581. It is to be noted that lowering the precept is not necessarily a good thing…it usually means that a parish is not actively moving forward.

The proposed merger of this parish with Leighton and Barham and Woolley is not going ahead for the time being. None of the parishes supported the idea. The Re-Cycling Centre dispute at the Cricket Club was resolved, the bins re-installed and a new driveway provided. The clink and crash of bottles is to be heard once again on a regular basis.
Councillors have attended seminars including the up-date of the Code of Conduct.
The Clerk continues to attend regular meetings of the Society of Local Council Clerks in order to maintain up-to-date information on all aspects of local government as it affects parish councils. She attended a one day session at the Annual Conference and AGM of the Society in October 2007 .She has also attended meetings at the Cambs Association of Local Councils and with District Council.
Alan Hatfield rigorously carries out the internal audit of the accounts before they are submitted for External Audit by Moore Stephens. ….. The Clerk continues to up date the village web site regularly although there has been very little response. She also produces Buckworth Bugle and submits a report of council affairs in the Parish Magazine.
The Council facilitated the Celebration of St Georges Day in the Cricket Club in April 07. It was so well received that a further 2 (Church) suppers were organized during the course of the year, the Harvest Supper and a Christmas Supper all excellent events.
Stop Press as I finish off this report, news has just come in that a £6000 grant has been awarded to the Parish Council by the District Council under the Small Environmental Improvement scheme for the refurbishment of the Church fence and the provision of a footpath to the Church door.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH
Annual Report of the Parochial Church Council. Worship in Church has continued its usual pattern of 3 services per month with other occasional and special services. The carol service in December was particularly well attended and much enjoyed, musical contributions from Judith Tinston and Jo Rondell with readings & prayers from “locals” and visitors, adults and children.
Mothering Sunday was delayed by a week in Buckworth when Pat & Paula Hennessey’s grandson Elliot was baptized (followed by a “bit of a do” in Church….a lovely celebration!.
The Church, as always, continues to be cleaned, polished and provided with floral decorations to high standard, for both regular and special occasions. Thanks are due to all those who help in every capacity.
Church is still an important a venue for other activities. In July the wonderful annual concert was provided by Amici – the theme “Play it Again”. There was the usual delicious interval supper and fascinating staging devised by Alan Hatfield raising £1872 for Church funds in its 18th year.
A Strawberry Tea was held in the garden of the Old Manor House, a lovely occasion blessed with some good weather raising £476, thanks to Veronica & Nic, family & friends for their hard work. In August the Annual Garden Party was fun and raised £450. The Cricket Club was the venue for the Harvest Supper in September which raised £557 and the Christmas Supper held in December which raised £505 for the Church.A great year for entertainment and very enjoyable fund raising..The Historic Churches bike ride in September also raised £280. So many people work so hard to produce these events and the support given both from the village and friends outside is phenomenal. Once again a big thank you to everyone.

The PCC makes every effort to carry out a role in respect of spiritual, legal, financial, pastoral & missionary functions. During the last 12 months the PCC has discussed a range of matters related its role including: children’s communion, changes in the parish share and the schedule of services. Of particular importance continues to be the findings of the Quinquennial Inspection of the church. The PCC has decided that it will undertake as much work as is possible, but at this time cannot undertake the major works recommended. The PCC is most grateful to the Parish Council for including the cutting of the churchyard grass in with the cutting of the village verges. Strong links with members of Alconbury Church have been maintained. The PCC remains the same following the AGM & Elaine & Alan have agreed to continue as Church Wardens…..many thanks!
As ever fund raising is essential if Buckworth is to keep All Saints up and running, both for religious and community use. Please consider signing up to the Gift Aid Scheme….it will make your contributions worth 25p in the pound more!! £688 was claimed back in 2007.

BUCKWORTH, BARHAM & WOOLLEY LADIES GROUP has continued to hold its meetings in the Cricket Club. Topics have been varied, including Local Government, crafts theatre costume etc...sometimes surprising, never dull! The Christmas meal was great, very sociable. New members are always welcome. Meetings held most first Tuesdays in the month.

BUCKWORTH CRICKET CLUB opens regularly 4 evenings weekly. As reported, Council and Ladies Group also meet there regularly. Special events arranged by other organizations as well as by the Club Committee & others. The club room is also available for hire when not in use. The end of March saw the 50th year of the Club…a very enjoyable party was held to celebrate the event, excellent food & company…new members always welcome. Sunday 30 March an exhibition of local photographs was held in the club….oh how some of us have changed!

Police & Neighbourhood Watch sends reports around of crimes and suspicious events. PSCO Anna Holder patrols through the village most days. She has attended a meeting of the Council with a view to setting up a “no cold calling zone”. She wishes to encourage everyone to continue to use the ecops service at www.cambs.police.uk/signup/ecops or contact the police on 0845 456 456 4 A leaflet about ecops has been delivered to every house in the village

THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY 12 MAY 2008 at 7.30pm IN ALL SAINTS CHURCH The Parish Meeting may by law discuss all parish affairs and pass resolutions about them Come along and have your say about village matters or ask questions about items in this report!


Events in 2008 23 April St Georges Day Party in Buckworth Cricket Club raised £431 for charity
First Tuesday in the month Ladies Group 7.30pm (Buckworth Cricket Club)***
5 May Buckworth Mayday Walk 10am from the bus shelter.****
12 May Annual Parish Meeting followed by Annual Meeting of The Parish Council (All Saints Church) ****
Free give-away of compost to every house in the village watch out for further news!
12 July Amici in Concert…”Feel The Spirit with music by John Rutter and others. Tickets/donations £16 (includes the famous Buckworth supper and sunset!) (All Saints Church) ****
24 August (Bank Holiday Sunday) Annual Garden Party 2pm Peacehaven/Rowans.**
13 Sept. Historic Churches Bike Ride
For further details of any event ring 890982 or email pc-hcooper@supanet.com See also village notice board and web site