Chairman’s Winter Blog
Chairman’s December Blog
I`m not quite sure where the last three months have gone but it has certainly been a very memorable time for all of us, here are a some of things that will remain in my memory for many years to come.
- Sadly we lost the fight to keep Everleigh open. I had the privilege of working very closely with Colin Gale Rushall, Parish Councillor and Vice Chairman of Pewsey Community Area Partnership, Charmian Spickernell, Pewsey Resident and Vice Chairman of Wiltshire CPRE and a very generous member of our Community and would like to thank them all for their hard work and support over the last 3 years.
- As a build up to the anniversary of 100 years since the end of WW1, not only did I lay a wreath at the Remembrance Service at Pewsey Vale School on Friday 9th November, we also planted 33 trees on Pewsey Hill in memory of the 33 soldiers who gave their lives for our future. Cllr Phil Stevens organised this with help from Pewsey Primary School who assisted us with planting the trees in the shape of a cross and Pewsey Vale School who made name plates for each tree. Pewsey Primary School also put together a time capsule with various items, the Police added to it and so did our MP Claire Perry. I would like to thank John Ponzo, James Strong, Rev Gerald Osborne, Itz Personal, Wessex Print, Wroth Brothers, Rev Jennifer Totney, Cllrs Phil and Liz Stevens, Linda Keepence, Pewsey Vale School and Pewsey Primary School who supported us in making this a very special occasion.
- Whilst Sunday 11th November was a Remembrance Service for all wars it was particularly poignant as it was the 11th day of the 11th Month at 11 am, exactly 100 years ago when the Armistice was signed to end WW1. St John’s was full and after the wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial ,we all walked back into the village and had refreshments laid on by the Heritage Centre whilst giving us a further chance to admire the exhibition that had been on display for previous weeks. Congratulations to all who were involved in putting this together. Cllrs Phil and Liz Stevens also decorated King Alfred with a poppy for each of the 33 soldiers who went to war and never came back. The Parish Council also purchased a seat depicting WW1 which is placed in the Market Place.
- On Thursday 29th November many Cllrs also attended the presentation of certificates for past students of Pewsey Vale School and heard a very positive and proud report from Neil Pritchard, Headteacher.
- I was also privileged to have been involved with many dedicated volunteers, who together with Wiltshire Council Project Staff, were instrumental in making a dream come true when the Vale Community Campus finally opened on Wednesday 28th November. In the early days we were called the COB (Community Operations Board ) and were appointed to represent the needs of the Vale Community. We owe a great deal of thanks to past Pewsey Council Chairman, Cllr Bob Woodward, who initially Chaired the Group until 2014 when ill health forced him to stand down. It was a honour for me to have worked with him from the very beginning and he was a very hard act to follow but I did my best and would like to pay tribute to David Line, Caroline Baynes, Tom Hatfield, John Rogers, Wendy Spencer, Marilyn Hunt, Carol Grant and Charmian Spickernell, for all their support and hard work.
- December marks the first six months of us hiring a “Village Ranger” and I believe we are now beginning to see the benefit of this decision. A feedback from the community would be appreciated.
- The Parish Council Office will be closed from Friday 21st December to Wednesday 2nd January.
Finally, all that remains for me to do is to wish you, your family and friends a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a Healthy and Peaceful 2019.