The Annual Village Meeting will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 2nd May at the Hoskyns Memorial Hall.
Afterwards there will be the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council at 7.30pm and immediately afterwards, a normal Bi-Monthly meeting to cover regular council business.
The Annual Village Meeting does not have an agenda and is a opportunity for anyone to discuss topics perhaps not normally covered at Council meetings. It is also an opportunity for other village groups to report on their activities to a wider audience.
The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council starts with the Chairman’s report and then election and signing in of officers for the next 12 months. This is normally quite brief.
Then follows the normal Bi-monthly meeting for which the agenda was published on the Village website last week.
Losing any member of our community is a sad occaison and just lately, we have lost 3 characters that were perhaps, larger than life.
In January, Mike Back, a long time resident of the village and even longer time supporter of North Perrott Cricket Club, passed away after a long illness. His total commitment to the Cricket Club included designing and overseeing the construction of the Pavillion. While President, Mike devoted much of his time to ensureing a strong bond existed between the village and the club. Last year the Pavillion was named after him in permanent memory to his service to the club.
Allan Edwards also left us in January. Allan was a man who made his presence known and wanted to be a force for good in everything that he did, especially for the village. This was especially marked by his committment as a Parish Councillor where he excelled in raising money for capital projects. He and his wife Caroline renovated the Old Rectory to an extremely high standard, something that he strove to achieve in all aspects of his life.
Allan Jay died more recently, having spent the last three years in a nearby care home. Allan’s destiny with North Perrott started in 1948, when he first met Bill Hoskyns at a fencing competition and they became life long friends. Allan was an accomplished fencer and as well as two silver Olympic medals, his sporting career peaked in 1959, when he won the World Foil Championships and came second the same year in the Epee, losing a second Gold by the smallest of margins. An astonishing accomplishment. Allan retired to North Perrott after a successful career as a London Solicitor.
Everyone who knew them are invited to join their families in celebrating these remarkable lives at the following events in chronological order. The dates are also on the village website calendar.
Allan Jay – Funeral at Yeovil Crematorium on Monday 20th March at 1.20pm and afterwards at Haselbury Mill. (This funeral is also available online https://allan-jay.muchloved.com/)
Mike Back – A Celebration of His Life at Haselbury Mill on 14th April at 3pm.
Allan Edwards – A Service of Remembrance at St.Martins Church, North Perrott and afterwards at the Old Rectory on 1st May at 2pm.
In the normal course of events, the next round of Town and Parish and Council elections would be due to take place in May 2023. However, due to the recent decision made by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Town and Parish Council elections will be brought forward to 5 May 2022 so that they align with the Somerset unitary council elections.
If you live or work in the Parish of North Perrott you might want to take a small part in the administrative affairs of your community? There are a number of community groups and committees in the village that require voluntary input to allow them to function and contribute to village life. As well as the Parish Council, there are voluntary groups that manage the Hoskyns Memorial Hall, the Cricket Club and the Parochial Church Council for St.Martins. As well as committee members, all these groups need occasional volunteers for fundraising or events, so your level of commitment can be as large or as small as you like.
However, Parish elections are normally every five years and so if you feel you want to put your name forward for election on 5th May, please start to think about it sooner rather than later. There is plenty of historic information about Parish Council work on our website and please contact the Parish Clerk or any or all of our existing councillors to get an idea of the level of commitment involved.
When the time comes, a link to the correct forms will be posted on this website.
Yesterday, North Perrott Cricket Club sent Pentyrch home after a convincing win in front of a large crowd of home supporters. NPCC now go through to the quarter finals of the National Village Cup against Frocester Cricket Club, again at home next Sunday afternoon.
Looking at the Frocester Cricket Club website, they have some startling similarities to North Perrott. The village has a population of less than 200, a village pub and farm shop! Most perturbingly, it has a Cricket Club that is described on their website by Simon Jones MBE, as a “Friendly thriving club with possibly the best pavilion I’ve seen at club level”
They make no mention of a nationally recognised head groundsman or being the best ground in Gloucestershire, so North Perrott still has the bragging rights in what is expected to be a tight and hard fought match.
Sunday 30th August, 13.00 at North Perrott Cricket Club Ground, Willis Lane. Bar will be open. Social distancing rules apply.