Hello everyone, I hope that you are enjoying a nice late spring. Plenty to relay this time so settle down, get a cuppa and enjoy!
Annual Parish Meeting
Firstly, many thanks to everyone who came to the Annual Parish Meeting on the 4th May and special thanks to the speakers – Richard Simmons, Andy Gillam, John & Leonie Allday and Mark Humphries – who shared some good insights into their areas. See the draft minutes of that meeting for more information. These minutes, along with all of the other minutes of Council meetings are available on the website under “Our Parish Council”.
Mike Sewell, Chairman of the Parish Council summarised the progress that had been made during the year and I was able to report on the healthy state of the Parish funds and on the prospects for investment in the village this coming year.
We followed the Annual Parish Meeting with the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council (very different!) – and then a regular meeting of the Council. Draft minutes for these meetings are on the website.
Traffic Calming and a Bollard
You will have noticed that the long awaited “welcome gates” on Lampley Road were installed but, as you will also have noticed, that were put in incorrectly and then moved again …. but still not to the correct position. As I write this, North Somerset Council will be sending their contractor back to have another go – third time lucky perhaps?! We will be painting them white to increase the impact they have on motorists entering the village.
I would like to express our thanks to Wessex Water for stepping in and replacing the bollard on the triangle that was flattened by a large lorry. We do not believe that it was their lorry but nevertheless, they kindly fixed the area with no charge to the Parish funds.
Regarding our website, I’ve received a lot of positive feedback about the new layout and information carried and we’re constantly looking for additional information and features to make it interesting and useful.
Since we converted it in March, we’ve seen a 10% increase in weekly users and a 50% increase in the number of pages visited. It works really well on smart phones and tablets – so you don’t need to be behind a PC or Mac to use it! Please do have a look around the site – you might be surprised at what’s on there!
If anyone would like to contribute an article for the site – or tell me about an event that I’ve not listed – please contact me via the “Contact Us” section – or email me direct at email@example.com. Thanks.
I’m also pleased to announce that the Parish Council has sponsored the installation of a Wi Fi facility in the Village Hall and this is now up and running. This facility is free to Village Hall users so you’ll be able to log in and look at your favourite Kingston Seymour website – and others (!) – on your smart phone or tablet – whilst you enjoy your beer or your coffee!
Defibrillator and Other Emergency Protocols
We are fortunate to have a defibrillator at the Village Hall and we are equally fortunate never having needed to use it so far. Reports in the local press though suggest that others in the area are saving lives and I am very grateful to Judith Barber for carrying out the necessary checks every week to make sure that it is ready when needed.
The machine has been there for some years and I am hoping to organise some training sessions for parishioners who would be interested in learning how to use it and in knowing about other emergency protocols – e.g. how to cope with a bleeding or choking patient or with someone who is unconscious.
Sessions would be for about two hours and are likely to be organised for Monday or Friday evenings at the Village Hall. There would be no charge to participants with the Parish Council sponsoring the events.
I have already gathered some names and would welcome other expressions of interest so that I can gauge how many sessions to organise. Please lodge your request through “Contact Us” on the website with your email address or phone me on 07902 798162. I’m just collecting expressions of interest at this stage – you are not being asked to commit at this point.
Enjoy the late spring/early summer!
Best wishes, Steve Dixon