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Parish Council News July-August 2015; read about Elections - New Council - Volunteer drivers needed - Communications!
Maresfield Parish Council now has a new set of councillors though an election was not required on 7th May as there were insufficient nominations to fill all 14 vacancies. We have ten councillors and expect to co-opt one more before you read this. So we still have three vacancies (two for the Maresfield ward and one for Fairwarp ward). Please contact the Parish Clerk should you wish to volunteer for co-option as he can tell you all about the very worthwhile role of a Maresfield Parish Councillor.
At the new Council's first meeting on 19th May, I was elected Chairman and I will do my best to further the interests of our three village communities. Members of the public are welcome to attend our Council and Committee meetings and to participate in the public sessions. Full details of the dates and timings of our meetings are available on the Parish Council web site www.maresfieldparish.org.uk or by contacting the Clerk, Tony Allen on 01825 714555.
It has been mentioned in these pages before that the Parish Council is looking into the setting up of a Car Transport Scheme mainly to assist local people to get to hospital or doctor appointments. We need to know whether such a scheme is wanted by our local communities and also whether we can attract sufficient volunteers (drivers etc) to run such a scheme. Please contact the Clerk or Cllr David Watson (01825 713034) to express your interest either as a potential passenger or as a volunteer driver.
Volunteer drivers are also urgently needed by Wealdlink, a not for profit organisation which provides Community Transport in the North Wealden area (including our Parish). Please contact Wealdlink on 01825 771332 if you would like to explore whether you can help them.
In February's newsletter our then Chairman explained how the Parish Council was hoping to progress road safety initiatives in the Parish through the new joint-funding arrangements which East Sussex County Council is rolling out. Subject to Council's formal approval we expect to be making a bid for funding the B2026 traffic calming scheme which was postponed indefinitely two years ago when ESCC withdrew its financial provision for the project. When implemented this scheme should significantly benefit road safety in the Fairwarp area.
Finally "Communications" !
The Parish Council has been criticised for poor communications - more than once! We do try hard but it takes two to tango. By that I mean if a parishioner is not receptive to our communication then that communication has failed. The three parish magazines reach virtually every household in the parish but if this newsletter is not read then our communication has failed.....! We need to increase the channels of communication so we have revamped our web site. Please take a look www.maresfieldparish.org.uk and let us know what you think. Please look at the homepage and complete the short form so that we can send our newsletter directly to you by email together with occasional alerts and announcements.
Martin Craddock. Chairman - Maresfield Parish Council
Wednesday 29th July 2015 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start at Five Ash Down Village Hall
This is your chance to Show Support for the Road Safety and Speeding Campaign across Wealden
Maresfield Parish Council needs your support!
Our Traditional Village Fete is on Saturday 11th July on Fairwarp Village Green 2-5.30pm.
This year we have May Pole Dancing, The Chameleonic Drummers, music by Newick Folk, Marco the Magician, Punch and Judy, a fun dog show, children's races, stalls, grand draw, tomblola, barrow of booze raffle, arts, crafts and produce competitions, teas, ice creams, strawberries and cream, book stall, bric-a-brac stall, children's rides, tug of war and much, much more.
Proceeds to Fairwarp Village Hall & Green Reg Charity No 305218 and other village organisations.
For more information contact:
Di Bowley on 01825 713881
To hire a stall call:
Anita Long on 01825 712632
Fairwarp is situated in East Sussex on the southern edge of Ashdown Forest, north of Uckfield, just off the B2026.