Wishing all a Happy New Year

happy-new-year-gold-foil-text-m-1234On behalf of the East Coker Parish Council we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and all the best for 2017.

Christmas Carols this year, the tree had a new star at the top, and the Paddock grounds had been lit for safety. We had over 300 people attend the Christmas Eve Carol singing around the tree and thanks go out to Ted and friends on the Brass Instruments, Simon and Ella Kearvell, for a wonderful solo, Phil and Di Miskin for donating the tree, Rod and Annette Beardsley for supplying the electricity, and Robert, Michael, David and Richard Mead for installing the tree and not forgetting The Helyar Arms for welcoming all carol goers afterwards. £165.82p was raised for South West Children’s Hospice. Thank you for donating so generously.

Signage A finger sign has been installed at the T-junction of Mill Lane and Furlong Lane, directing towards the Pavilion and Sports Fields.

If you see the Ranger, Darren, working in and around the Parish, a cuppa would be most welcome. If you see anything that needs his attention, please contact Chairman B. Sugg, 863435 (no calls after 6.00pm please).

East Coker Ward Natasha Hopkins is now the New East Coker Councillor. We welcome her to the Council. Her roles and responsibilities will be announced shortly.

Nash Lane dog bin is overflowing due to local residents putting dog waste from gardens into the bin. Please refrain from doing so.

Drainage 68 drains have now been cleared. If you have a drain outside your house, would you please try and keep them clear of any debris. Thank you.

Website The new website is now up and running, www.eastcokerparish.com A photo competition to be announced shortly.

Grant Aids are available from the East Coker Parish Council, from April, for the benefit of East Coker Groups and Societies. If you have a parish group which would benefit, please email the Clerk for further details or download the application form from our website. The grants last year were given to Little Wheelers Toddler Group for equipment, The Primary School, Scout Group and Time to Share to purchase a projector, which will be stored at the East Coker Hall, for all Parish societies and groups to use at the Hall, Church or Pavilion. Contact Sandra Snelling on 862162 or Anne Hartley on 862060.

We have an issue in the Parish with ‘fly tipping’. If you see any rubbish that has been dumped illegally, please contact the Clerk.

Maintenance of the Chapel is ongoing. Further updates to follow.