PARISH COUNCIL: At the annual meeting on Thursday 19 May Roger Fisher was re-elected chairman and Tim Underhill re-elected Vice Chairman. At the meeting the content of the letters to be sent to all residents living along the roads due to be named were agreed by councillors. The final names for the roads will be agreed at the next council meeting on 18 August 2016 following analysis of the feedback from residents. Residents were reminded to return the slips with their suggestions to ensure that their voice is heard.

Southern Water is still completing their environmental impact for their planned pipeline through the village and have promised to ensure that residents views are welcomed – as more information is received the parish council will ensure that it is put on the parish website. Residents should also look at the Southern Water website www.southernwater.co.uk/darwell-beauport to ensure that they are aware of the plans and make their comments.

The report on the recent parish survey was reviewed by the Chairman. A 23% response rate was identified. Within the survey it was revealed that the demography of the village residents indicated a slight increase in the percentage of those who were over 65. The Chairman also reported that residents were concerned with high speed through the village on the A21, C293, Riccards Lane and Stream Lane. The amount of litter dropped within the village by passing traffic was also viewed as a problem by many residents. Full analysis of the report can be found on the parish website www.whatlingtonparishcouncil.com

VILLAGE HALL: Don’t forget to get your tickets ready for the Twilight Serenade on Saturday 28 May from Annette McBride 01424 871629. This promises to be a very good evening so get your picnics packed and your sun cream ready.

WHATLINGTON REMEMBERS EVENING: the crew and families of airmen from two US planes which crashed during World War 2 in Whatlington have been invited to the next Whatlington Remembers Evening at the Royal Oak on Wednesday June 8 at 7.30 pm. This is almost 76 years to the day of the actual crash. Tickets are essential and these can be booked for £5 by ringing the Royal Oak on 01424 870492.

PARISH CHURCH NEWS: This coming Sunday 29th May there will not be a church service at Whatlington, as it’s the fifth Sunday of the month we will be joining Sedlescombe church for a United Benefice service at 10.30am at Sedlescombe church.

Looking further ahead, on Sunday 12th June there will be a special service held at 10.30am at Whatlington to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday.

The Songs of Praise evening on 22 May was a great success even though the warm Spring weather seems to have deserted us and we had to put the heating on in the church!

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