Notification of Meetings on 16th May

Because of the local elections on 5th May, the normal bi-monthly meeting of the Parish Council has had to be delayed until tomorrow, Monday 16th May. The programme of meetings is as follows:

7.00pm – Villlage meeting – no agenda (but village groups have been invited to present an annual report)

7.30pm – Annual Meeting of NPPC – Summary of the previous year by the outgoing Chairman, swearing in of new Council members and election of officers and co-option of Councillors.

Following the Annual Meeting the first bi-monthly meeting of the new NPPC.

Download the Agenda here

View previous Minutes here

POLLING DAY – Thursday 5th May

The Village Polling Station in the Hoskyns Memorial Hall is open all today until 10pm.

If nothing else, the war in Ukraine should concentrate our minds on the value of living in a free democracy. Opinion is divided on whether voting is a right or an obligation but this is a chance to exercise our democratic right that others do not have or are having taken from them.

What are we voting for? This a local election where Parish, Town and Somerset County Councils are being elected.

COUNTY COUNCIL – Somerest is about to enter a one year transition from County Council (with Disctrict Councils below it) into a Unitary Council. The County Councillors elected today will stand for one year as County Councillors, while the Unitary Body is developed and then transfer to Unitary Councillors in 12 months time. This is an incredibly important transition that is meant to save money. Anyone involved in local governemnt will know that change often costs more money than it saves, so it is vitally important the the new council is filled with competant and hardworking people. North Perrott is in the Coker Ward. Each Ward will have two councillors, so you can put up to TWO crosses against candidates that you suppport.

PARISH COUNCIL – there were only 3 nominees for the 5 places on the North Perrott Parish Council. This means that there will be no Parish Council election in North Perrott this time round. 3 Councillors are enought to form a quarate and so the new council will meet on Monday 16th May at 7.30pm. There will be a Village Meeting immediately before that, at 7pm. Both meetings will be in the Hoskyns Memorial Hall. The Agenda and previoius minutes are available on this website.

MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

This message is a reminder that there will be a bi-monthly meeting of North Perrott Parish Council at 7.30pm tomorrow night, Tues 1st March 2022, in the Hoskyns Memorial Hall.

While there are no longer any legal requirements surrounding Coronavirus, please make sure to observe the guidance of Hands-Face-Space while inside the village hall.

You can view the agenda by clicking here and previous minutes can also be viewed on the village website.

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Local Council Elections 2022

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.

Bi-Monthly meeting of North Perrott Parish Council

The next meeting of the North Perrott Parish Council will be on

Tuesday 7th September at 7.30pm in the Hoskyns Memorial Hall.

The agenda can be found by clicking here

Michelle Howley from Elgin Energy will be present to take questions on the proposed solar park that is planned for Pipplepen Farm.

The consultation drawings can be found by clicking here.

Documents relating to the planning application can be found by clicking here

When exactly is the Sun over the Yard Arm?

The sad passing of HRH Prince Philip has made those planning to mark a major step in the relaxation of lock-down rules on 12th April, to re-evaluate and perhaps make the celebration more fitting to a country in mourning?

(Anyone wishing to display a small Union flag from their property is welcome to collect one from the Farm Shop on Sunday or Monday.)

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Earl of Merioneth 1921-2021 RIP

Monday is still the first day this year that the public can meet outside a hospitality business to drink and socialise. It therefore seems sensible to use this opportunity to celebrate the life of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

If anyone is interested, The North Perrott Farm Shop will be open at 6pm on Monday 12th April, when we are assured the “sun will be over the yardarm”. Drinks will be served to those seated outside only and benches and chairs will be arranged in groups of 6 at the required distance. To help with planning, please let the Farm Shop know if you wish to attend. Click here to see more details

HANG OUT THE BUNTING? **UPDATE 11/04/2021 – Please see updates on next news item**

Thank you NHS

MONDAY APRIL 12th 2021

It has been suggested that the reopening of non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality might be worth hanging out the Village Bunting?

The Farm Shop

The Village Green and farm shop will be decorated with bunting in time for Monday 12th April and everyone is welcome to join in by decorating their properties in anyway they see fit to mark this small but significant return to normality.

Please remember that the Prime Minister has urged everyone to act with caution as the government relaxes COVID regulations and that there will remain a limit of meeting a maximum of 6 people outdoors.

Autumn Fun

However, outdoor hospitality will be allowed for the first time this year and if there is sufficient interest, it is hoped that an arrangement for COVID compliant drinks and snacks might be possible in the afternoon and evening. Watch this space……..

Being patriotic

CHRISTMAS on the GREEN (Update)

WOT! NO GATHERING?

It is with great regret that the planned gathering on the village green on Christmas Eve has been cancelled . We feel it would irresponsible to encourage North Perrott to congregate at a time of increased pandemic cases and deaths, the emergence of a new virulent COVID strain and new tier 2 Christmas regulations.  So there will be no, no, no, no,  music, singing, mulled wine or mince pies on the green this Christmas Eve.  Sorry.

The Good News (from the rest of the plan)

1) Brighten up your Street 

Perrott is looking great at night with so many houses putting up lights in a window or all over the house. It is well worth a walk around the village in the dark (with a torch in a socially distanced bubble. ) And all so tasteful and understated . Good to see  no one has gone Disney  !!!!!!!

2) Lights on the Green

There will be more lights and decorations on the green on Christmas Eve .

3) No Home Alone on Christmas Day 

We still plan to take mince pies (we have lots) or cakes or chocolate to anyone who is feeling isolated and would like to see someone on Christmas Day If you, or if you know of someone, who will be on their own, then let us know and we will ensure that they see somebody that day.

We have had no cases of Covid reported in North Perrott, let’s keep it that way

Organisers:  Jan Gerring  74970 or email jangerring@hotmail.co.uk 

and Martyn Oliver on  77455  or email martyno54@gmail.com

Let’s Make Christmas Brighter in North Perrott

In this difficult climate no one knows what safety and legal restrictions there will be over Christmas.  We don’t want to let the shadow of the Pandemic spoil the holidays and have developed a 4 point plan for a Brighter Perrott Christmas which can be adjusted whatever the regulations.

We hope that you can give this plan  your support, some help, or some other ideas.

1) Brighten up your Street 

In these dismal days we can brighten up our streets, show the world  we’re not downhearted and cheer up villagers and passers-by, with lights or decorations in a window. Why stop there? Lights in hedges, trees or on railings could all be used. Or if you worry about light pollution, door wreaths, or decorations on doorstep plants or trees. You decide whether you’re going tacky or tasteful, couth or chav, Dickens or Disney, stylish or stupendously fun. Any other ideas?

2) Lights on the Tree 

There will be a Christmas Tree (kindly provided by the Farm Shop) and lights and decorations on the village green, and Christmas lights in the Village Hall. More news to follow.

3) No Home Alone on Christmas Day 

No, not a complaint about TV schedules, but a commitment that no one will be alone all Christmas Day in our village (unless they want to be) If you or you know of someone who will be alone, then whatever the regulations, we will ensure that they see people that day.

4) Christmas on the Green  

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED (see news story 22nd Dec 2020) 

We are proposing playing Carols and Christmas Songs on the Green on Christmas Eve from 6pm to 7pm with lots of other goodies if allowed. So walk on by and join in, you may be amazed at who you might see!

Remember to Stay Safe and Let’s Be Positive about Christmas, but not in a Covid Way

If you want to help  contact  Jan Gerring  74970 or email jangerring@hotmail.co.uk or Martyn Oliver on  77455  or email martyno54@gmail.com