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A letter from Sheila Lemon…….. Following my recent retirement from Managing our Community Shop I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who have helped to make my job so enjoyable for the last 10 years. I am now looking forward to spending more time exploring the British Isles (lockdown permitting) and I look forward to catching up with friends and customers in the village whilst out and about walking our dogs.
All good wishes Sheila
A Letter from Jenny Bartram...
St Marnarch's Church has been exceedingly fortunate in receiving financial help from both the Bocaddon and Furzedown Turbine Funds and a generous donation in memory of David Horwood, to install LED lighting, a new external notice board and repairs to the fabric of the church. However the Covid 19 lockdown has been hugely detrimental to our financial income in as much as, apart from the weekly services, we have been unable to hold our fund raising events – soup lunches, Summer Fete, etc. This income greatly helps towards the payment of insurance, utilities and the services of Reverend Marilyn. If you are able to support us at this crucial time, you will be ensuring that our beautiful church remains in good order, a place used by parishioners for various functions, a focal point in Lanreath and keeping it secure for future generations.
Please help. Donations may be left in the Shop and Post Office with our grateful thanks.
Jenny Bartram Secretary, Lanreath PCC.
DESPERATE HELP NEEDED - a plea for the Hedgehogs of Lanreath Please
DO NOT use slug pellets or rat poison in your gardens. Hedgehogs are now rarer than tigers because of what we do to them. Recently a healthly hedgehog was found in a garden, curled up and dying in the most horrendous agony. It was foaming from it's mouth and nose and bleeding from it's eyes. It had been poisoned. Poison thins the blood so they bleed internally. A caring person took them to the vets but they had to put it down. This was the 2nd in as many weeks that was found seriously ill. A hedgehog will help you get rid of your garden pests given the chance. PLEASE HELP!
Lanreath Community Shop and Post Office News.
There are no special offers available at the moment because of the Covid -19 pandemic – but the shop still has plenty of good deals, so please pop in and have a look.
Shop Chairman John Fessey has now stepped down as Chairman of the Lanreath Community Association (LCA) Ltd. The committee, managers, volunteers and customers would like to thank John for his years of service to the role and the fantastic support he has shown to the Shop. There will be a presentation to him at the AGM later this year in acknowledgment of his time.
The committee met and have elected Tracey Davis as the new Chairperson and David Johns as Vice Chair.
Shop Manager The other person we have said a sad goodbye to last month is Sheila Lemon, one of our shop managers. We would like to thank Sheila for her hard work in the shop and that we hope she will enjoy her free time. We had a small presentation in the shop with flowers and a card on her last day. We would also like to thank Darren Ashbrooke, Siobhan Rawlins and Mick Dwyer for stepping up and filling the void since she left. We are also happy to announce that Siobhan Rawlins has accepted a three -month contract to become joint manager with Mick Dwyer, with a view to making it permanent after that. So, once we reopen in the afternoons you can look forward to seeing Siobhan three afternoons a week!
Sunday Opening Hours At present, due to lack of volunteers because of shielding (totally understandable) the opening hours Monday to Saturday will remain the same but it has been decided that from 1st July the Sunday hours will be from 9am to 12pm. This way it does not cause that rush between 10 and 10.30 that has been happening and you get to stay in bed for a bit longer!
Volunteers We are looking for anyone who would be happy to stock shelves in the afternoon. As the shop would be closed there would only be you and one of the managers in the shop, so social distancing should not be a problem. If anyone is interested, please talk to either Siobhan or Mick in the shop.
Post Office Presentation Packs Two special postage stamp presentation packs are available this month: the first is celebrating Roman Britain available on 1st July. The second is the band Queen Live event stamps available from 9th July.
Food Orders Just a reminder that fresh produce can be ordered on the following days:
Fruit and Veg: - ordered on a Tuesday for collection on Wednesday and on a Thursday for collection on a Friday
Meat: - ordered on a Tuesday for collection on a Wednesday and Thursday for collection on Saturday. Bread: - from Blakes Bakery, order by 10am on a Tuesday for collection on a Thursday, from Chapel’s Bakery order any day except Sunday
Dairy Products from Rodda’s: - order on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday for next day delivery.
PLEASE SHOP LOCALLY – SHOP SAFELY – SHOP LANREATH!
Marilyn’s Musings for July
And so another month of lockdown has passed, albeit some of the restrictions have now been eased – I pray this will not prove to be too soon. You may have seen on the Church notice board, that despite some churches now being able to open for ‘private prayer’, Lanreath (and others in the Benefice) remains closed and will do so until the pandemic is at least ‘under control’ – as I sit and type this, news has just broken of a serious outbreak in Pengover, Liskeard and further afield Germany’s ‘R’ number has gone back up to nearly 3 – the virus is not yet ‘under control’ – and therefore leaving our church(es) open unconditionally carries a risk that I am not prepared to take – people’s lives are at stake, literally. I do appreciate that many people would welcome the opportunity to sit quietly inside one of our churches to quietly pray and reflect – and as much as I would like that to happen – I would offer that I have always allowed the church grounds to be open and hope that you might take advantage of the bench or grass to sit and reflect there instead – God is not confined to Church buildings, but is omnipresent – everywhere – so you can talk to him anywhere – He is the best friend who is always by our side, ready to listen if we are ready to talk. This reminded me of something AA Milne wrote of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet which I have posted on the Lanreath Community Page:
"Today was a Difficult Day," said Pooh.
There was a pause. "Do you want to talk about it?" asked Piglet.
"No," said Pooh after a bit. "No, I don't think I do."
"That's okay," said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend.
"What are you doing?" asked Pooh.
"Nothing, really," said Piglet. "Only, I know what Difficult Days are like. I quite often don't feel like talking about it on my Difficult Days either.
"But goodness," continued Piglet, "Difficult Days are so much easier when you know you've got someone there for you. And I'll always be here for you, Pooh."
And as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his Difficult Day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly, swinging his little legs...he thought that his best friend had never been more right." My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you having a Difficult Day today and hope you have your own Piglet to sit beside you – No? Sure you do! God is only a prayer, even a silent prayer, away, wherever you are sitting.
Blessings to you all,
A messge from Bishop Philip of Truro
Dear brothers and sisters,
I am sure that many of you will have been delighted to hear that our churches can reopen for public worship from Saturday, July 4. It is of course very good news that we will be able to meet in fellowship once again, to worship - and see one another without the need for a webcam! – albeit within the continuing constraints of social distancing. As Bishop Sarah Mullally, who chairs the church’s national recovery team, said: "The last three months have been an extraordinary time - the first period without public worship and the sacraments in England in more than 800 years.” These months have indeed been extraordinary, and we have seen some extraordinary changes in our lives to enable us to love and serve as we should; we have also borne witness to some extraordinary acts of courage, kindness and selflessness.
Sadly, we have also lost people to this terrible illness, and seen many more suffering as a result of it. Be in no doubt, today represents a milestone. But I would also urge a degree of caution. For a start, many people will quite rightly remain worried about what the news means for them, for their health and the health of those around them. The virus may be reduced, but it is still very much present in our society. People may open their churches from July 4, and I know that my colleagues are currently working hard to help with guidance to enable parishes to understand how they may reopen safely and what measures will need to be in place. It is very important that parishes only reopen their churches when they feel comfortable that they can do so safely - nobody should feel compelled to do so from July 4, or indeed from any point before they are really ready. And if you choose not to re-open for services immediately because you cannot make those services safe yet, or because of your own personal circumstances, then you will have my support in that and I encourage you to talk this over with your archdeacon as well as colleagues locally. And in a diocese like ours with many multi-parish benefices it will take time to work out what a good pattern of sustainable reopening is, and again I will support you fully in in doing so. t is important, too, to recognise that will not be going back to pre-lockdown life. Rather we’ll be pressing on to the new future that our God opens up for us. As we do that we should be careful not to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’ when it comes to stopping some of the excellent virtual or telephone ministry that has been going on. The lockdown has brought about the sort of technological revolution amongst us that would otherwise have taken another decade under normal circumstances. We need to take time to discern those aspects of our lives forced upon us by lockdown that may turn out, in fact, to be unforeseen gifts and blessings which will help us forge a new future. That weddings can also now take place will be an enormous joy and a relief to many people, although the numbers allowed to attend services will, for the time being, be restricted to 30. We now have several days to think, talk and pray, and decide how we will each move forward as we progress gently from lockdown. I am very glad to be able to write to you on a positive note, and very much look forward to seeing some of you soon, albeit from 'one metre-plus’.
Let’s walk into this new and emerging future with care, yes, but also with our hopes set high on the God who always calls us forward to follow him.
With my very best wishes, in Christ,
LANREATH WEATHERVANE REPLACEMENT FUND – UPDATE Total required £650
£20 – Anonymous
£50 – Lanreath Community Spirit
£60 – Good Companions Coffee morning
£90 – Rabbit Raffle
£50 – Amenities Group
£35 – Shop collection tin
£345 – Bocaddon Turbine Fund
Total achieved £650
Many thanks to everybody who kindly donated, also thank you to Envys Johns for giving me the inspiration to start fund raising. We have achieved our target and the Weathervane will be back in place hopefully within the next couple of weeks weather permitting.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++IF YOU ARE SELF ISOLATING DUE TO COVID 19, LANREATH IS HERE TO HELP
IF YOU WOULD LIKE ANY HELP OR SUPPORT PLEASE CALL OR LEAVE A MESSAGE ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING NUMBERS.
MANY DOLLIMORE—07970 992402
ENFYS JOHNS—0503 220575
OR SALLY BRENCHLEY
THEY CAN ARRANGE FOR THE FOLLOWING: PICKING UP SHOPPING—INCLUDING PRESCRIPTIONS/MEDICATION, POSTING MAIL OR A FRIENDLY PHONE CALL.
IMPORTANT: CORONAVIRUS IS VERY CONTAGIOUS. PLEASE TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION TO ENSURE YOU ARE SPREADING ONLY KINDNESS. AVOID PHYSICAL CONTACT (2M DISTANCE). WASH YOUR HANDS REGULARLY. ITEMS SHOULD BE LEFT ON YOUR DOORSTEP. *************************
10 STEPS TO STAYING SAFE WHEN YOU TRAVEL:
1. Plan ahead, allow extra time for your journey and try to travel at off-peak times, where possible.
2. From 15th June you must wear a face covering on public transport in England.
3. Use contactless to pay or have the exact change.
4. Buses will have limited capacity. If your bus has a BUS FULL sign please be prepared to wait for the next bus.
5. Let people off the bus before you get on.
6. Keep a safe social distance from others, 2m apart where possible—at the bus stop and on board.
7. Sit in the window seat, leaving the seats in front and behind you empty and don't sit directly behind the driver.
8. Only one person can sit on a double seat, unless you are with a member of your household.
9. Don’t stand on the bus.
10. Wash or sanitise your hands before and after your journey.
STAY SAFE EVERYONE!
COMMUNITY GARDENING GROUP
Although the Group are not meeting at present, they are individually doing jobs in the Community Garden, which is their main project for this year. The tiered flower display is coming into flower beautifully at the moment and the two apple trees are growing quite rapidly. The two raised beds have had some vegetables and tomatoes planted in them.
Thank you to those who have used this space for their spare plants. There is a small quantity of salad leaves that are ready to be picked and also some curly kale. Just pick off some leaves as many as you want and leave them to grow on. Please feel free to go in and help yourselves. We are hoping there will be some more veg eventually.
The Group have recently taken possession of a lovely little arbour and another picnic table and John is hoping to go in shortly to give the arbour a coat of stain. It is so lovely in there to just go in and sit and read or let the children play or even have a picnic. There is plenty of space to enjoy yourselves. The Group are looking for wooden pallets to make some pallet furniture. If you have some to spare or would like to have a go at ,making some furniture for them then contact Dave Moore on 07833473122 or 221094.
Would you like to become a member of the Group and help out with keeping the village tidy and weed free.? They desperately need more members so again.,contact Dave.
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN DO ALL THIS WITH ALL THOSE CUCUMBERS YOU HAVE BEEN GROWING DURING LOCKDOWN?
1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!
6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!
7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.
9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!
10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.
11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your taps, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.
13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!! Cucumbers... I didn't know this... and to think all these years I've only been making salads with the cucumbers...
LANREATH PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of online Parish Council Meeting held on 16th June 2020
Present: Mr P Seaman – Chair, Mr R Pugh (County Councillor), Mrs E Lee, Miss J Tamblyn. Miss S Cave, Mr P Bartram, Mr D Pugh, Mr Steve Bird, Mr John Williams, Mrs R Warren(Clerk)
The Chair welcomed everyone to the Parish Council Meeting.
The only declaration of interest was Mr R Pugh who has an invoice for payment under the finance section of the Agenda and he will not vote on that.
1.Proposal to hold an online Annual Parish Council Meeting The Chair referred to the guidance document issued by the Association of Democratic Officers that had been circulated to all Councillors, and advised that it was permissible to hold elections for officers in remote meetings online. Mrs E Lee proposed that the Annual meeting proceed, seconded by Miss J Tamblyn. No dissenters.
2.Apologies Mr Paul Meatyard. PCSO Cocks has not contacted the Chair or Clerk.
Annual Election of Parish Council Officers Chair – Mr P Seaman – proposed by Mr P Bartram, seconded by Mr J Williams. No dissenters. Chair accepted.
Vice-Chair – no one standing. Chair advised that without a vice-chair, in his absence at a meeting first order of business would be to appoint a Chair for that meeting.
Village Hall Representative – Mr J Williams, proposed by Miss S Cave, seconded by Mrs E Lee. No dissenters.
Mr J Williams accepted. Amenities Committee and Minibus Representatives – no one standing. There will be no specific Councillor with responsibility for these roles.
Shop and Post Office Representative – no one standing. The hope was expressed that Mr P Meatyard may be willing to offer his services in this regard.
Public Participation. No requests from members of the public to attend this online meeting. Representatives Reports Mr J Williams reported: I have attended meetings with the Village Hall Committee for the past year in my capacity as elected representative for the Parish Council and my observations are as follows: - At the AGM on June 10th 2019, officers for the previous year were re-elected.Peter and Crystal Starkey were able to secure funding from Viridor, for new tables, chairs and heaters for the Village Hall to the value of £17,000.00. There has been an increase in the hourly rate for hiring the Village Hall from £7.00 per hour to £8.00 per hour, which began on Sept 1st 2019. The rate had been held at £7.00 per hour for 10 years prior to the increase. Due to a low turnout in May 2019 for a table top sale, it was decided to hold a Community Lunch with raffle in June of that year instead of more table top sales. This raised £272. A Big Breakfast made £622 and Bridget Clark donated £225 from her Garden Party. All these sums of money will go towards the Village Hall Extension. The officers of the Village Hall Committee met and decided to offer Craig Holman a new 2-year Commercial Lease Agreement for Bar View which he accepted. A meeting was called on Feb 10th 2020 regarding Bar View, because unfortunately Craig Holman felt unable to continue. He has since been replaced by Dan and Kate Pulford, who took over a 3-year lease of the bar on March 1st 2020. Sadly, Peter and Crystal Starkey have decided to retire after 9 years of service to the Village Hall. They will be a hard act to follow. Up to this moment in time no further meeting has been held, due to Coved 19 restrictions. Minutes of meeting held on 19th May 2020. These will be amended to include further details of points raised in respect of the communal garden, and then signed by the Chair. No dissenters.
Matters Arising Community Garden – The Chair advised that he had written to Mr Andrew regarding proposed improvements to the garden and he had received a positive response. A question arose as to whether the use of the garden would be withdrawn by the owner in the event of him obtaining planning permission to develop the site, Chair advised that all correspondence regarding conditions of use are in the Parish Records.
Village Toilet Supplies – Chair advised that he had received an email from the Village Hall Treasurer who had inferred from the Minutes of the last meeting that there was a complaint of overcharging for toilet supplies. To clarify there was no criticism of the Village Hall and supplies would still be provided as previously. Mr R Pugh initiated a discussion regarding safety of the Cleaner of the toilet, and although risk of contracting the Covid 19 virus was felt to be minimal, the Chair advised that he would make enquiries and ensure that the Cleaner was taking all necessary precautions for his own safety. It was suggested that sanitiser and wipes should be provided, as well as a Notice regarding safety measures, and Chair will source supplies and draft a suitable Notice.
Millennium building weathervane – In the absence of Mr P Meatyard Mr J Williams was able to report that all funds have now been raised and the weathervane has been purchased from a local blacksmith. Mr P Meatyard will make arrangements for it to be fitted. The Parish Council wishes to thank Mr and Mrs Meatyard for their considerable efforts in this regard which are appreciated.
Horse chestnut tree – Millennium Green – Mr S Bird will take photographs of the tree while it is in full leaf.
Dog Waste Bin – Clerk reported that the Officers and Trustees of the Village Hall have had a meeting this week and decided to remove the old broken bin from the village hall car park. It has been sealed up throughout lock down and is unusable in its present condition.
Cornwall Association of Local Councils Membership – there is cost for this and the Parish Council has not been a member for a number of years. Mr R Pugh made the observation that he is able to seek advice from County Hall and the legal team there. Membership of the Association is to be researched by the Clerk and a report presented to the Council next year.
SUEZ Connon Bridge site – There was an online presentation on 4th June after which the Chair raised a number of concerns with SUEZ. Are the vehicle numbers likely to be greater on the B3359, and on the junction of the B3359 and the A390? How will odour and liquid run off be managed? These were answered in terms that SUEZ research led them to predict reduced vehicle movements, 15 to 30 fewer per day. As for odour there had been no complaints previously and all tipping would be completed behind closed doors.
Millennium building weathervane – In the absence of Mr P Meatyard Mr J Williams was able to report that all funds have now been raised and the weathervane has been purchased from a local blacksmith. Mr P Meatyard will make arrangements for it to be fitted. The Parish Council wishes to thank Mr and Mrs Meatyard for their considerable efforts in this regard which are appreciated. Horse chestnut tree – Millennium Green – Mr S Bird will take photographs of the tree while it is in full leaf. Dog Waste Bin – Clerk reported that the Officers and Trustees of the Village Hall have had a meeting this week and decided to remove the old broken bin from the village hall car park. It has been sealed up throughout lock down and is unusable in its present condition. Cornwall Association of Local Councils Membership – there is cost for this and the Parish Council has not been a member for a number of years. Mr R Pugh made the observation that he is able to seek advice from County Hall and the legal team there. Membership of the Association is to be researched by the Clerk and a report presented to the Council next year.
SUEZ Connon Bridge site – There was an online presentation on 4th June after which the Chair raised a number of concerns with SUEZ Are the vehicle numbers likely to be greater on the B3359, and on the junction of the B3359 and the A390 How will odour and liquid run off be managed These were answered in terms that SUEZ research led them to predict reduced vehicle movements, 15 to 30 fewer per day. As for odour there had been no complaints previously and all regular cleansing carried out. As for liquid run off this would be channelled into underground tanks which would be emptied from time to time. There followed a discussion regarding roadside litter from vehicles going to the site, duplication of effort in moving bulky waste items from and returning them to Connon Bridge, and concerns regarding the status of the St Austell waste site. There was also mention of the County Council’s decision not to mow verges and trim hedges due to wild flower habitat initiatives. The process of determining the outcome of SUEZ proposals is continuing and this Parish Council must await the next stage and see if concerns have been adequately dealt with.
Speed reduction Lanreath Village – After some discussion on this item it was agreed that the concerns regarding speeding through the village were not sufficiently strong to require costly, and essentially unenforceable speed reduction measures to be put in place.
Climate Change – Miss S Cave reported as to her further research into recycling and other measures regarding climate change. South Hill PC have a renewable energy initiative and she has requested more details. She will report in due course. There followed a discussion regarding provision of charging points for electric vehicles in the Parish and it was suggested that the PC should endeavour to ascertain whether there was any demand for this by seeking feedback from people in the Parish. Lanreath Parish residents are invited to contact their councillors or Clerk to advise if they consider charging points are required. It was suggested and agreed by all that this is a topic that must be kept alive with the Lanreath Village Hall Management committee.
Risk Assessment – the Chair reported that he had completed the Risk Assessment as required and that the Secretary to the Village Hall had advised that all user groups must carry out their own risk assessments. This being the case before Council meetings perhaps Chair and Clerk should carry out the RA by following a checklist. In addition, at the start of any meeting information regarding fire exits and other safety advice should be given. This was agreed. Chair thanked Mr S Bird for producing a checklist. Mr R Pugh proposed that the Risk Assessment be accepted and Mr J Williams seconded. No dissenters.Williams seconded. No dissenters.
Insurance Policy Renewal – This has now been completed with thanks to Mr S Bird and Mr D Pugh for carrying out the play area inspections. Chair suggested that next year a number of quotes should be obtained and Clerk will diary this for attention.
Parish Clerk training – Clerk reported that she had joined SLCC but was yet to be advised of cost of this, and had registered for the ILCA course and completed and passed the first module. Online banking – Clerk now has access to telephone banking and can obtain balances. It is problematic using cheques and so online banking will make payments easier. All agreed that this should be pursued. Photographs of Councillors and Clerk - this had been proposed by a member of the Public, that there should be photographs of the Councillors and Clerk on the Notice Board at the Village Hall and outside the shop. Photographs are on the website, and contact details on there and in the Lifestyle Magazine. Photos can be put up at the Village Hall but only need contact details for Chair and Clerk.
Football Pitch – There has been no further communication from Cornwall CC regarding this. Chair understands that further plans are being prepared after which there will be further consultation with the village. Review this topic at the next PC meeting.
Correspondence All correspondence was noted. Cornwall Council: Weekly Planning reports had been circulated by the Clerk. They are lengthy but every application and decision is listed alphabetically, for ease of reference. Discussion as to whether the reports should be published in the Lifestyle Magazine or a hard copy placed on the Council Notice board, but having them on the PC website was felt to be sufficient.
Other correspondence: Email Cornwall Community Foundation seeking applications for financial assistance in case of hardship caused by the pandemic crisis.
Email from the Queen’s Birthday Honours office seeking nominations for persons who have given exceptional service during the pandemic. Both these will be uploaded to the PC website.
The information about the Councillor Advocate Scheme received from the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office was not of interest to any of the Councillors. There was a general discussion regarding the volume of emails sent to the Councillors, but it was agreed that they must see all correspondence, and the Clerk should circulate promptly, and advise of anything time sensitive.
9. Planning Update on PA 18-06911 regarding Woodsaws Farm. The planning decision had been appealed by the applicant and the appeal had been upheld against the County Council. Lanreath Parish Council had approved the application.
10. Policies and Procedures Review The Chair had prepared draft reviews of all policy documents and circulated these by email. Any amendments or alterations had been highlighted in red and explanation provided. In turn they were dealt with as follows:
Financial regulations Councillors agreed changes and sought confirmation that VAT that had not been reclaimed last year would be recouped if possible. Chair confirmed that the Clerk as Responsible Financial Officer would be required to attend to this. Proposed to accept. By Mr D Pugh, and seconded by Mrs E Lee. No dissenters.
Standing Orders Only changes were to register for online banking. Proposed to accept. By Mr R Pugh, seconded by Miss S Cave. No dissenters.
Lanreath PC Code of Conduct, General Privacy Notice Recording of Meetings Policy Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults Lanreath PC Handling Complaints Policy All the foregoing proposed to be accepted, as drafted, by Mr S Bird and seconded by Mr D Pugh. All in favour.
11. Annual Accounts The Chair reported that he had taken responsibility for preparing the 2019/20 accounts and the Annual Governance and Accountability Review (AGAR) in the absence of a Clerk, and it was clear that PC reserves were slowly being depleted. Total expenditure was some £500 more than income, something that will need to be addressed when considering the next Budget. Some of this would be recouped with the VAT reclaim referred to previously. It was noted that the precept had also been increased for this year having remained unchanged over the previous three years. As the Lanreath PC has a low income level an internal audit is acceptable under the relevant Local Audit Regulations and this has been carried out by Derek Hilton. All accounts will be uploaded to the PC website and the public will be provided with the opportunity to inspect the originals, and information as to how this can be done will be in a Notice on the website. Chair asked for authority to sign off the accounts as approved, proposer Mr J Williams, seconded Miss S Cave. No dissenters.
12. Finance Outstanding payments requiring approval Derek Hilton – assistance with annual accounts and audit £135 Medisol – defib pads (reimburse Chair) £114 BHIB – insurance premium (reimburse Chair) £820.94 “The Clerk’s Manual” (reimburse Clerk) £47.50 Clerk’s salary and expenses June (inc. ILCA course fee) £446.80 Mr R Pugh – web site hosting £186.46 Mr D Northcott – cleaning toilet £100 Bank Balance as of 11th June Deposit A/C 07083384 £4449.33 Current A/C 00105609 £3050.41 Millennium A/C 0605962 £2.24 Proposed by Mr P Bartram to authorise payments, and seconded by Mr J Williams, Mr R Pugh abstained, no dissenters.
13. County Councillor’s Report Mr R Pugh reported that there was now a regular bus service to the village and details are on the transport for Cornwall web site, but he will get some hard copy timetables printed for in the shop.
There had been a report of people camping in the Forest Cabins but having informed PCSO Cocks they had been told to go home. He has a mixed bag of issues he is dealing with for people in the Parish, such as housing.
The County Council is seeking to ensure that each ward has contingencies to deal with snow/ ice/flooding, but there are no specifics as yet.
Landscaping at Connon Bridge will start at the end of this month and the workers will have a campsite in a compound nearby.
Newquay Airport is due to open 4th July.
14.Parish Problems Mr J Williams reported dog waste not being picked up on the football field, and on a neighbouring house’s front garden, was a concern to residents of Rally Close. Chair suggested use of Report Cards to be posted through the offending owners’ doors, if it was known who they are.
Chair reported that he had observed that there appear to be extensive skid marks on the junction out of the village, on the Looe Road. This was something that had occurred some years ago when there was a spate of drivers performing donuts on the road to mark the circular marks, or “signatures”. Although there has only been one isolated incident it is something that the village should report by calling 101 if they see or hear anything. This is a very dangerous activity on a junction and could result in a nasty accident.
One further matter reported to the Chair is a construction at a property on Meadow Road that appears to be in front of the building line. Chair will keep it under observation.
15. Any Other Business Mr S Bird lead his fellow Councillors in thanking Mr P Seaman for carrying out the amendment and addition to the Policies and Procedures documentation, as well as completing the AGAR and 2019/20 accounts.
16. Public Participation None
17. Date and time of next meeting Online Tuesday 21st July 2020 at 7.30pm The meeting closed at 22.10
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