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STOP PRESS: As part of Shropshire Homes’ development on Hall Bank, there is a proposal for a Community Hub. This could possibly include the Library. Further information about the proposed Hub is on display at the Library and Pontesbury PC and SC websites. Please let us know your views by completing the RESPONSE FORM available from the Library or Hignett’s Shop and returning it to: Pontesbury Library, Hignett’s Shop, or emailing Pontesbury Parish Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for responses: 5pm WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY. Thank-you in advance for taking time to give us your views.
Library Steering Group
Unveiling of Library Sculpture, Saturday 3 February 11 am
You are warmly invited to the unveiling of the sculpture specially created for the Library with an opportunity to meet the artist – Bill Sample. Bill will introduce his work and explain how he has made his sculpture.
Bill was previously a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, but was always making and creating things in his free time. Following early retirement, he’s had the time to extend his skills, often using the natural landscape as a theme. You may already know of Bill’s more recent projects: the giant crow on Haughmond Hill; the flight of curlews above the lake at Norbury; the huge willow otter for Shropshire Wildlife Trust now on display outside their Shrewsbury headquarters. So do come along and be the first to see the sculpture created specially for our Library. Refreshments will be served, including the FoPL cake – not to be missed!
Do visit the Library display to see how far local resident Di Carrington, with fellow rowers Elaine and Sharon, have rowed across the Atlantic to date. Their bid is to be the oldest female crew to cross the Atlantic, and it’s all for their charities. The trio has faced terrible conditions and extreme physical challenges. Seven of the twenty eight crews have dropped out, but at the time of going to press, the Atlantic Ladies are still rowing against the odds.
Find out more by visiting atlanticladies.co.uk and the display.
Library Lottery Draw
Congratulations to January’s winners: 1st Mr Hugh Scriven, 2nd Mr Charles Thornley, and 3rd Mr Derek Brookes. Numbers are only £1 per month and the more people who join, the larger the prize money. Just fill in a form at the Library or download one from pontesburylibrary.co.uk.
Finally a thank you to all who helped raise funds at the two events in January:
Chip it for Charity – Fundraising goes Green!
Thanks to everyone who brought along their Xmas trees for chipping. Thanks to Ben Jones Company ‘Wood Matters’ and volunteers from FoPL and Explorers who made it all possible. We raised over £160.
in action at
Author Event Draws the Crowds
The Library was packed to hear Peter Traves introduce his thoughtful and entertaining account about growing up in Birmingham in the 50s and 60s. It struck a real chord with many of us who lived through the same decades. If you missed the event, copies are available from: the Library or Merle Traves: email@example.com for £10 + pp. Or Brewin Books, brewinbooks.com, or Amazon for £14.95. There is also a Library copy donated by Peter and Merle, for which sincere thanks.
Peter Traves and his wife Merle signing copies of his book.
The last meeting of Pontesbury Parish Council was held on 8 January 2018.
Emergency First-Aid/Defibrillator training
Saturday 24 February, Pontesbury Public Hall, 9:00 – 12:30.
The Government, through the British Heart Foundation, wish to reach out to a good proportion of the population, in learning how to deal with the medical emergency known as “cardiac arrest”, the treatment success of which depends on the urgency of minutes. West Midlands Ambulance Service, through the Rea Valley/Shrewsbury First Responder Group are providing local villages with an Automatic Defibrillator, one of which is available to Pontesbury. Pontesbury Parish Council has agreed to provide a box in which to house the machine, for siting on the external wall of the public toilets in the centre of Pontesbury.
We need local volunteer responders. If you are interested, or just want to find out more, we are holding a training session in Emergency First-Aid, at no cost, to make the scheme work. This will be held on Saturday 24 February at Pontesbury Public Hall, between 9am and 12.30pm. We would like to invite as many of you as possible to come along and join us. If you are interested please register your interest with the Parish Clerk 01691 886460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shropshire Council recently undertook a number of consultations with Town and Parish Councils about services that are under threat from the reduced financial settlement by central government, and particularly concerns that these services may be reduced in both capacity to deliver and to maintain current standards, if other funding is not found. The Country Parks and Heritage Sites Team are one of the services at risk and over the past months they have been in discussion with the Parish Council about the possibility of providing some funding support toward the management and improvement of Poles Coppice Countryside & Heritage Site. Following these discussions, Pontesbury Parish Council has agreed to a grant of £1500 specifically to be ring fenced for assistance with the provision of volunteer opportunities. Concerns were raised about the ongoing maintenance of Poles Coppice, which is owned by Shropshire Council and confirmation of the following has been given:
Shropshire Council, through the Outdoor Partnerships Team, has agreed to continue to fund, as a minimum, the statutory requirement set out below:
• To undertake regular site checks to comply with Health & Safety legislation
• To undertake/oversee repairs and maintenance of the Site to ensure that the infrastructure is in such a condition as not to cause any risk to the public using the site. Shropshire Council has a common duty of care for the Health & Safety of the public
• To ensure that any designated natural and cultural heritage features are maintained in a favourable condition where works have been agreed through management grants, for example from Countryside Stewardship and Heritage Lottery
• To oversee external contractors. Shropshire Council has a responsibility to ensure that employees, contractors and volunteers are not exposed to risks to their health and safety
• To maintain any Public Rights of Way crossing the Site
• Shropshire Council, in exercising its functions, will have regard to conserving biodiversity.
New Parish Clerk
After over five years in the post, I will be leaving the role of Parish Clerk on 16 February, to move on to a new challenge. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking many people who I have been involved with over the years – far too many to name individually – including Parish Councillors past and present, bus shelter cleaners, newsletter editors, contractors, the Police team, volunteers, etc. etc. whose hard work make this the wonderful community that it is and who have helped me enormously. In particular, I would pay tribute to the two Chairmen who I have worked with – John Pritchard and Duncan Fletcher. They have both been very supportive to me and helped to make my time in the role a very happy one.
My successor will be Mrs. Debbie Marais, 8 Holbache Road, Oswestry, SY11 1RP. Debbie is currently the Branch Manager at Oswestry’s Library. She can be contacted via the current email address email@example.com after 16 February. I am sure that Debbie will introduce herself in the next newsletter. I’m sure that she will find the role as enjoyable as I have and will receive the same support from the people of Pontesbury Parish.
Next Parish Council Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting is to be held on Monday 12 February 2018 at Mary Webb School & Science College, Pontesbury; starting at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. If you need to contact the Parish Council, please phone or email the Parish Clerk:
Kate Davies, Parish Clerk, Pontesbury Parish Council
c/o 14 Coly Anchor, Kinnerley, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 8BY
Tel: 01691 886460 (Please leave a message if I am not available to answer your call)