Parish council - A meeting of Corton Parish Council was held in the village hall on April 7. Those attending included District Cllr Mary Rudd, County Cllr Keith Patience, PCSO Sue Kershaw and two members of the public.
||Parish council - A meeting of Corton Parish Council was held in the village hall on April 7. Those attending included District Cllr Mary Rudd, County Cllr Keith Patience, PCSO Sue Kershaw and two members of the public. Chairman David Butcher reported that he and Mrs Bales would attend a meeting at the Pit on April 21 to discuss with Waveney play officer Simon Walker which items of children's play equipment would give the best value for �5,000. It was agreed to accept an estimate of �50 for a professional repair to the wire fencing by the eastern entrance to the Pit, as recommended in a recent ROSPA report. The village hall had undergone an architect's inspection on March 16, followed by a survey of the site, including the hall, present school site, bowling green and footpath on March 31. Since the last parish council meeting several new facts had come to light regarding the hall and the bowling green. They were two parts of a single entity, with the hall Trustees ultimately responsible for both. The parish council had therefore acted in error in 1969 when it made an agreement with the bowls club which allowed for three months termination on either side. Suffolk County Council informed the parish council that they wished to open talks but under the terms of the original bequest only the village hall trustees were empowered to negotiate its sale. The parish council would however support the trustees by financing a valuation of the hall. Concerning the parish plan Mr Butcher said that he would analyse the results of the responses and present them in the format required for the strategic development framework. The invitation to submit views on the relocation of the naturist beach had received a good response and submissions would be welcome until the end of April. Heather Habbin confirmed that �500 of county locality funding had been received to cover start-up expenses for the village event on July 12. Arrangements had also been made for medical personnel to attend. Ryan Holt had arranged for publicity on the website of EACH ( East Anglian Children's Hospices) and EACH would also have a stand. Events in the arena had been arranged from 2 to 5pm and 16 stalls for fete-style games would be round the perimeter. Woody Bear had agreed to perform the opening ceremony. No nominations had been received for the vacancy on the parish council but the possibility of filling the vacancy by co-option or application still remained. PCSO Kershaw reported that there had been six crimes in March consisting of a burglary with intent and a case of damage to a vehicle on holiday premises, three cases of assault, including one of actual bodily harm and damage to a property on the A12. PCSO Kershaw also reported the launch of Operation Kraken, a project which asks the community to report suspicious behaviour on shores and waterways. Mrs Baxter and Mrs Habbin were assured that the village hall trustees would be supported in their talks with Suffolk County Council and would receive guidance from local archivist Michael Soanes, the Corton solicitors and Charity Commissioners among others. Mr Butcher said Ed Brighty would be stepping down as chairman of the playing field committee at the annual meeting in May but would remain actively involved. School governor Lynne Pavey reported the start of morning sports clubs at the school next term and that �112 had been raised on Red Nose Day. In a letter received from the county council they declared it would not sell any agricultural land for the purposes of sport. Waveney had stated that it would like to keep the walkway to the south of Bakers Score open but were obliged to seal it off after landslips until clearing equipment became available. Mr Butcher would attend a site meeting with Anglian Water to discuss tree planting and footpath clearance on the works site. He annual parish meeting will be held on May 5, starting at 7pm.
||Celebration supper - Members and friends of St Bartholomew's Church have issued an open invitation to join them for a fish and chip supper in celebration of St George's Day to be held at the church on Wednesday at 7pm. The evening's entertainment is planned to finish with the singing of patriotic songs. The price is �6 and those attending are asked to contact Wendy Rodgers (01502 731164) to book a place.
||The Mustard Seed - The April meeting of The Mustard Seed will be held at Corton Methodist Church on Wednesday when the topic will be 'treasures.' The meeting begins with tea and chat at 1.30pm with the main business from 2 to 3pm.
||Church services - On Sunday there will be a service of sung eucharist at St Bartholomew's Church at 9.30am. The morning service at Corton Methodist Church at 11am will be led by the Rev C Kennell.
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