Stories from the villages of Bawtry, Misterton, Everton, Finningley and Misterton for the week ending 30th May 2008.
Bawtry Sports Day:
This year's event will be held on Saturday 7th June at the Memorial Sports Ground, Bawtry.
The day starts at 2pm and there will be mini cricket and five-a-side football as well as children's races.
Other attractions will include welly throwing, coconut shy, children's bouncy slide, pony rides, a display by Notts Fire Service, a dancing display, the Blue Ice Cheer Leaders and numerous craft stalls as well as a raffle and tombola.
Entry to the ground is free and all proceeds will go towards providing a multi use games area at Wharf Street Recreation Ground, Bawtry
Plant and Garden Sale:
The Bawtry Tree Estate Neighbourhood Watch will hold its annual plant sale at Oak Tree Road, Bawtry on Saturday at 10am.
Everyone is invited to the bring and buy plant sale, which will also include items of garden furniture and tools as well as a cake stall and coffee.
Neighbourhood Watch Chairman Bernard Turland said: "Everyone is welcome and it is an opportunity to purchase summer bedding plants and meet and chat with your neighbours.
As usual any proceeds will go to deserving youth causes in Bawtry."
There was a full turn out at last Thursday evening's Bawtry Whist Club meeting at Bawtry New Hall.
Margaret Byard, Anne Wilkinson and Brenda Naylor were successful for the Ladies with Rita Breacher, David Stacey and Geoff Brown taking the Gents prizes. Lilly Marsh and Michael Bannister took the low score awards with Jane Barker, Margaret Byard and Michael Bannister taking home raffle prizes.
Parish Council scoops top prize:
Misterton Parish Council is once again the top parish council in England after being placed third in the national Council of the Year awards.
The first and second places were claimed by town councils, which makes Misterton the top parish council for the second year running.
Last year, Misterton Parish Council was placed joint second, when again the other two in the top three were town councils.
While a local council must be able to demonstrate continuing high standards of governance as a basic requirement, each year's placing in the competition depends on that year's discrete performance, so a high level of achievement must be demonstrated for the year in question.
Chairman of the parish council, Hazel Brand, congratulated the clerk, David Wright, and councillors and said: "This must be a unique achievement, to be the top parish council two years running out of 8,500 possible entrants. It shows that the parish council has made a real effort to consult with residents, to keep them informed, and to be responsible stewards of parish resources."
Trim your hedges:
Pedestrians in Misterton are asking householders to trim back their hedges and other vegetation where these overhang pavements to cut down risks to the elderly and children.
Chairman of Misterton Parish Council, Hazel Brand, said: "Overhanging branches, some of which are prickly, present a real hazard for pedestrians, particularly those accompanying elderly people or children.
Where pavements are narrow, it can mean having to step into the road. So, if householders could cut back these offending branches, it would be greatly appreciated."
Affordable housing project moves forward:
A project team consisting of Everton parish councillors and Neil Thornton, of ACIS, has been appointed to take forward the plans to provide Everton with affordable housing.
Affordable housing in Everton was identified by almost half of Everton residents as desirable when the parish council published its parish plan in 2004 and since then consultations and discussions have been held with Notts RCC, Bassetlaw District Council and ACIS, the non profit local social housing provider based in Gainsborough.
Now ACIS is in discussions with local land owners about acquiring a site for the five homes which have been identified as needed in Everton and if successful an architect will be appointed to design the homes in a style suited to Everton.
The homes will be eco friendly and designs will be approved by the parish council before ACIS seeks planning permission and funding from Housing Corporation.
ACIS will manage the project, which it is hoped will be completed with the sale and letting of the homes at the end of 2009.
Finningley Parish Council's outgoing chairman Coun David Lindley was unanimously re-elected by his fellow parish councillors at last week's annual meeting of the parish council. Coun Barry Lifsey was re-elected as vice-chairman.
Anyone for tennis:
The hard surface tennis court at Finningley playing field is undergoing refurbishment with a view to forming a new tennis club in Finningley.
Membership of the new club will be open to all and anyone who is interested in running or becoming a member should telephone 01302 770067 for further details.
Council to fund speed camera:
Finningley Parish Council has agreed to put 300 towards the purchase of a hand held speed camera which will be used in Finningley and surrounding villages.
The cost of the camera is to be shared between several villages in the area including Auckley, Blaxton and Branton and it is to be used by volunteers to monitor and record details of motorists exceeding speed limits in those villages which contribute.
This is the second time which Finningley has agreed to fund a speed camera but on the first occasion some years ago its contribution was returned by South Yorkshire Police because of legal difficulties but these have now been overcome.