Annual report for
Hempnall Parish Council,
As another Parish Council year draws to a close, it is interesting to reflect on what we have spent our time on during the year.
At the negative end of the
spectrum, we have inevitably spent much time responding to consultation
opportunities relating to issues such as
I am very pleased to report however that there have been many enjoyable duties and proud moments to compensate for the negatives sides of the business.
In November last year, we
organised a reception and supper to give thanks to Roy Ladbrooke for his
outstanding contribution to the village. This was attended by around 80 people
We were very honoured to
receive last September, the Quality Status Charter Mark, making us a “quality
parish council”. This was most gratifying as we were only one of two councils
It is pleasing to see the additions and improvements to the children’s play areas in both Old Market Way and the playing field, I am sure this will be appreciated by both young people and their families.
It was sad to witness the closing of the Queens Head public house earlier this year and one hopes that this is only a temporary measure as the local pub is an incredibly important social component of village life.
After 26 years at the helm of the local shop, Larry and Elizabeth Rippingale retired from the business and we wish them well. Whilst the corporate image and style of the new owners have not met with universal approval, at least we still have a village store and for this we must be thankful. I just hope that our post office survives the closure programme due to be announced later this month.
I would like to register my sincere thanks to my colleagues on the council for their support, enthusiasm and banter over the year and as ever to Ian Nelson for his dedicated clerical duties.