Parish Council Appointments
At the Allington with Boscombe Parish Council Annual General Meeting on May 7th, Councillor Michael Brunton was appointed Parish Chairman for the 10th successive year. Councillor John Hill was re-appointed Vice Chairman and Councillor Pete Smith was appointed Flood Warden for another year. Jane Tier continues in her appointment as Parish Clerk.
In his Annual Statement, Councillor Brunton said: “The last 12 months have seen continued improvement and investment in the Parish. Our finances are in particular good order with £15,890 currently in the bank with R2 monies of £2984 just credited to our account from Wiltshire Council. We currently also have a VAT reclaim of £596 to come.
“Investment this financial year has included treatment of benches (9), bus shelters (3), painting of black/gold litter bins (8), refencing and new wood chipping for the Allington Playpark, a new comprehensive website and refurbishment of 4 village noticeboards. Earlier this year a winter tidy-up was completed to good effect with the support of a Community Day that was attended by over 20 residents.
“After 18 months of anticipation, the development of 17 market homes, seven affordable homes and our new Village Hall got underway this spring. The whole project is expected to take 18 months.
“The Parish Council is appreciative of the input from the Community Partnership that organises various social events. Last year’s Summer Wine and Cheese Festival, the Christmas event in the Allington playground and church and the recent Easter celebrations for adults and children were just some of the special occasions enjoyed by so many residents.
“The Community Partnership also administers and operates the Community Speed Watch programme in the Parish that has now been in operation for the last two years to good effect.
“As Chairman of the Parish Council I’d like to put on record my thanks to all Parish Councillors and members of the Community Partnership for their input, efforts and support over the last 12 months.”
Armed Forces Weekend
Residents should note that the Armed Forces weekend is scheduled to be held on 28th-30th June 2019. The national event, which is being held in Salisbury, honours and celebrates the Armed Forces, as well as veterans, and says thank you for all they do to protect us and keep our country safe.
Armed Forces Day is traditionally marked across the UK on the last Saturday in June. This year the event is being extended to three days and held on Hudson’s Field with a military parade in the city centre on the Saturday morning.
The National Garden Scheme (NGS) sees gardens opened for Charity. Those residents who missed the Open Day at ‘Cottage in the Trees’ in Boscombe on Sunday 28th April missed a great event – but don’t miss Karen and Richard Robertson’s next Open Day on Sunday 26th May (1.30-5.00pm). Adult entry fee is £3.50 (children free entry).
On Sunday 9th June, the gardens of ‘Cottage in the Trees’ and those of The Old Rectory, Boscombe (Helen and Peter Sheridan) are open in a combined NGS event (1.30-5.00pm). The combined entry price for the two gardens is £6 (children free). Dogs are welcome, teas and plants for sale will be available.
Building has Started
The Annington Homes development of four and five bedroom homes, affordable homes and our new Village Hall situated between Allington and Boscombe is now well underway. Initial work will include groundworks, site entrance and roads, followed by drainage and services before building begins. The completed project is expected to take some 18 months.
The Community Partnership has been hard at work designing the Village Hall Kitchen facilities, restrooms, the hall interior and storage areas. In the coming weeks we will be expanding our village website to show pictures of progress and the finalised interior facilities.
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Allington with Boscombe Parish Council
Mrs Jane Tier
Clerk to Allington with Boscombe Parish Council
40 Firs Road, Firsdown
Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 1SL