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PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: At their meeting in the Hall on March 16, our parish councillors noted that of the various suggested schemes to reduce traffic speeds on B2089 only one was likely to be feasible, on grounds of cost and potential effectiveness. The installation of a small traffic island on the part of the road most frequently used for illegal overtaking was to be formally proposed to the Highways Department, for consideration and evaluation, on a matched funding basis. The Department’s response to this would be awaited with interest.

Two other problems, both affecting Church Lane, came under discussion. The recent damage to one of the white timber posts which formally mark the entrance to the lane had left an unsightly scar. Cllr Knight had already obtained a quotation for repair work, and was to seek another for a slightly different scheme suggested by Frank Langrish.

Vehicles turning off the lane onto the Hall car park had created the other problem, a steadily increasing pothole at the entrance. Patching the pothole had never worked for long: a permanent repair could be achieved only by laying a concrete surface extending some six feet into the car park, bounded at the edge of the lane itself by a “sunken kerb” (which was unfortunately omitted when the car park was first constructed). Various ways of sharing the cost of this between the Parish Council and the Hall Committee were fully discussed. Cllr Carl Maynard mentioned two possible local authority funds which could be available as sources of assistance. He would also ask the Highways Steward to have a look at the problem.

ANNUAL MEETINGS ON MAY 10: The Annual Parish Meeting, at 6.30pm in the Hall, will be followed by the annual Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm. Please note the date and times in your diary.

CHURCH SERVICES IN ST MARY’S: At noon today (Good Friday) there will be a service of prayers and meditation.

At 9.30am on Easter Sunday there will be a celebration of Sung Family Eucharist, followed by refreshments and an opportunity to exchange further Easter greetings - as I now do to readers of this column: my best wishes to you all for a peaceful and joyful Easter!

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