Local History Project Meeting
Tuesday November 13th
Everyone welcome – whether you have been before or not
1. Brief review and discussion of recent activities
2. Men who fell in the First World War:
3. The Three Horseshoes and surrounding area
Fortunately Jane Hurst and Martin Morris will be with us.
REPORT OF THE MEETING OF WORLDHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Among the matters considered were the following:
• BYWAYS OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC – a meeting is still being sought with the Area Countryside Access Manager to discuss the problems of Candovers and Watery Lane. This is likely to take place in December.
• PLAYGROUND – it was agreed to accept the quote from Paul Grace for repairs to the playground equipment surrounds and for cutting back overgrown ivy and brambles.
• Councillor Bagnell led a discussion about a possible upgrade of the playground. A number of points both for and against an extensive upgrade of the playground were made and it was agreed to defer a decision as to the way forward until Councillors had further time for reflection. Two letters of comment were presented to councillors for their consideration.
• TRAFFIC AND ROADS – The clerk reported that he had sent a detailed letter of comment to Mark Kemp-Gee regarding the recent road ‘repairs’ on B3004 and, as yet, had not received a reply. He had also contacted Hampshire Highways concerning the possible imposition of speed limits in Worldham Parish on B3004 and B3006 and the problems of inadequate sight lines at Three Horseshoes junction and also at the Round House. He had requested a meeting with Hampshire Highways but that, as yet, had not been arranged.
• CYCLEPATH – this was still under consideration and approaches would be made to interested parties such as SDNP for possible assistance.
• COMMUNITY FORUM – Mrs J Clay from Selborne PC had volunteered to represent the cluster of Parish Councils consisting of Selborne, Worldham and Kingsley on the Community Forum. Doubts were expressed about the re-organisation of the Forum in this way.
• REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED BY COUNCILLORS AND THE CLERK were presented –
• VILLAGE HALL – Councillor Gaffney reported on the recent meeting of the Village Hall Committee. A gate at the bottom of the steps and catches to the stage doors were being organised. An inspection of the hall would take place in the next few days. Advice would be sought about the acoustics of the hall. A number of suggestions for activities in the hall had been suggested.
• PLANNING – Councillors noted that a certificate of lawfulness had been applied for on The Cottage site and that an appeal had been lodged relating to The Acorn. The councillors did not add to their original comments.
REPORT OF THE MEETING OF WORLDHAM PARISH COUNCIL ON
The new co-opted councillor, Mrs Tara Goodwyn, from West Worldham, was welcomed to the meeting.
BRIDLEWAYS OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC (BOATs)
It was decided to apply for Traffic Restriction Orders on Watery Lane and Candovers.
The Clerk reported that Selborne Parish Council had decided to proceed with a Speedwatch scheme. It was agreed to hold a open meeting of parishioners in October to discuss this scheme in relation to Worldham and to consider other traffic issues.
Cllr Trigwell-Jones reported on a meeting chaired by David Parkinson from East Hampshire District Council with representatives from Worldham, Selborne and Kingsley Parish Councils to consider changes being made to the way the District Council’s Community Forums are organised. Concerns were raised about an added layer of bureaucracy and conflicts of interest for parish councillors representing other parish councils on the Forum.
Cllr Blake reported on a training meeting on the Code of Conduct for councillors.
The annual Playground Inspection Report was presented. It was agreed to make enquiries about equipment to upgrade the Playground and also to provide a picnic table.
QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE
Councillors agreed to a grant of £500 towards a Parish event to celebrate the Jubilee. They also agreed to put forward a request for a grant for bunting under the EHDC’s Community Initiative Fund.
Grateful thanks were expressed to Mrs Debbie Pusey, the Village Hall Secretary, who had resigned with effect from 31 July. Mr Mike Walker had agreed to undertake the task of Village Hall bookings. The Village Hall Committee would discuss the problem of the cleaning of the hall. Tenders for the installation of a gate on the steps of the hall were being requested. The need to register the septic tank used by the Village Hall was raised (see separate note elsewhere in Kingsworld).
ROADSIDE VERGES AND FOOTPATHS
Concern was expressed at the untidiness of many verges and footpaths in East Worldham. Many people worked hard to keep areas of the village tidy but a plea was made for all householders to tidy up the outside of their properties (see Brickbats).
I met a friend at the Three Horseshoes in East Worldham on Friday evening. It was the first time I had been since it has been given its new look.
It looked amazing – so much more welcoming – a great village pub. Blanche and Alex have done a great job of transforming the pub. Gone is the dated old carpet replaced by lovely wood floors, the whole place looks fresh and a place you want to visit.
Hope to visit again soon!
For more information on what’s happening visit the pubs website: http://www.3horseshoesalton.co.uk/
Worldham Parish Council resolved at its meeting on 10 May 2007 that the Parish should produce a Plan that would show what changes residents believe would improve the Parish, and what they would like retained. Such plans were encouraged in the November 2000 Rural White Paper.
The purpose of Parish Plans is to enable parishes to influence their future by detailing community concerns and preferences, and addressing them through agreed short and long term measures. In addition, these Plans will enable parishes to influence decisions by executive authorities, to the benefit of the affected communities.
A request for volunteers to form a Steering Committee for the development of the Worldham Parish Plan was made in the April 2007 issue of the King‘s World, the Parish magazine. In response to this request the Steering Group was formed, comprising Mary Trigwell-Jones, Keith Gordon, Tessa Gaffney, Mark and Philippa Penfold, Nick Tupper, Simon Butler and, initially Diana Barty-King, replaced by Ally Tidbury in February 2008.
The Steering Group first met in June 2007, and consulted with Giv Thornton of Community Action Hampshire in September 2007. A Likes/Dislikes Survey, to be completed by individuals, was carried out in the Parish in August 2007. 170 Surveys were returned and the results were published with the November issue of the King‘s World.
The results from this Survey formed the basis for the Questionnaire which, with guidance from officers of East Hampshire District Council, Community Action Hampshire and comments from a pilot exercise‘ within the Parish, was developed during 2008, and distributed to all households in the Parish in October. Out of the 151 Questionnaires distributed, 93 were completed, 73 from East Worldham, 9 from West Worldham, 7 from Hartley Mauditt, and 4 from the households in Hartley Mauditt on the B3006.
The Steering Group analysed the raw data, and reported the facts to parishioners via a booklet enclosed with the King‘s World issue for April 2009. The Group then held a well attended Open Meeting with a wide cross-section of parishioners on 23 April 2009 to discuss the results from the Questionnaire.
Members of the Steering Group identified the actions from the Questionnaire that required attention for the Action Plan, and drafted the supporting narratives. The Group agreed immediate implementation of some of the non-controversial actions. Notification of this Draft Parish Plan were issued with the March 2010 copy of the King‘s World, and a meeting with the Parishioners to discuss the draft was held on 26th April 2010.
The Steering Group would like to record their thanks to the following for their patience and understanding in assisting the Group in its task, which was almost wholly new to all of them: Giv Thornton, Chris Paterson, Jo Dixon, Jane Hurst, Linda Munday.
When reading this Parish Plan, it is important to remember that the views, perceptions and concerns of people living in the three villages will vary, and that the predominant population in the Parish is in the village of East Worldham. The Members of the Steering Group took this into account, as best they were able, when drawing conclusions from the results of the Survey and the Questionnaire and writing this Plan.