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April Update

Brave Village Litter Pickers
Many thanks to those who turned out for our Litter Pick on 23rd March and experienced ‘four seasons in one day’! We had bright sunshine, hail, wind, rain – you name it, we had it! A particular thanks to Mike and Kathy Needham who sorted out a pile of large items of rubbish that had been fly-tipped on Wick Road; they prepared it for collection by Somerset Waste Partnership and it was despatched very soon afterwards. Many thanks also to The Glovelies for providing warming refreshments and high-quality biscuits in the Community Room for our intrepid pickers!

If you see fly-tipping on any public land, please take a photo and report it via the Somerset Waste Partnership website; if you don’t have the technology, let us have a photo and the exact location and we will do it.

We are sure that you will join us to thank Poppy Davis who, at the start of March, started a three-month stint of litter-picking at Springfield recreation ground and Gainsborough playpark as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. If you see her in action, do give her a cheer!

Town Hall Decoration
Many thanks for your patience during the time of the traffic management that allowed the decoration of the windows and guttering on the north side of the Grade II listed Town Hall to finally take place; we take very seriously our responsibility as steward of this historically precious building. We think that you would be amazed at how challenging it is to find a company willing to take on the organisation of the whole package of the decorating, scaffolding and road traffic management!

Pointing in the right direction!
Some readers might not be aware that our parish boundary extends surprisingly far north, beyond the B3145 and Seven Wells. The fingerpost at that junction was in a very sorry state: it was knocked over towards the end of last year and badly needed some overall TLC. Somerset Council no longer maintain these signs – some of which are important historical artefacts – so our councillors decided to devote some funds to its refurbishment and reinstallation. The Campaign for the Protections of Rural England kindly gave us a grant for £250 towards the costs and the work was beautifully carried out by Somerset Forge.

Hanging Baskets Return to the High Street
We are delighted to report that after an absence of two years, funds have been earmarked and a supplier found to provide hanging baskets for the High Street in early June. Many thanks to the Spirit of Milborne Port who have enlisted volunteer residents on the High Street to water the baskets. We shall look forward to seeing colour on the A30 again this Summer!

Parish Council Grants
At the meeting of the Full Council on 9th April, members agreed to make two grants to support the contribution that local groups make to the community of our village: £250 to the Milborne Port History & Heritage Group towards the Milborne Port History Day on Saturday 11th May and £650 to Milborne Port Opera towards the costs of hiring sound equipment.

Parish Council Meetings in May
Full Council: Tuesday 7th; Planning and Environment Committee: Tuesday 21st; Management: Tuesday 28th.

Meetings take place in the Town Hall and start at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can address the meeting with questions or comments from 7-7.15pm. If you would like to attend but would experience access difficulties, please let us know in advance and we will relocate to the Community Room downstairs.

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