SCHOOL HOUSES REPORT 2014
A firm of Chartered Accountants has analysed historic data relating to 1 & 2 School Houses and has concluded that the properties would provide “a good regular source of income” to the Parish Council. Their final report can be read here (pdf format).
Previous documents & Reports
The School Houses Working Group reported to the Parish Council that the preferred option was for the sale of School Houses at an appropriate time.
An open meeting took place on the 21st May in the Parish Hall to discuss this report.
The full report can be read here,
School Houses Report 2014
for a copy of the survey read here,
School Houses Survey 2014
for a copy of the minutes of the May meeting read here,
School Houses Meeting 2014
and for a copy of subsequent correspondence read here.
School Houses Correspondence
REPORT A POTHOLE
It is still possible to report any pothole you come across on a Devon Road. Just click on the arrow to be redirected to the Devon County Council page and fill in the details.
Devon County Council has almost tripled its number of pothole repair teams in response to the storm damage to roads across the county.
Over the winter storm period, since 23 December, the County Council has recorded more than 1,300 reports of fallen trees and branches on Devon’s roads, more than 150 embankment slips, and more than 4,000 flooding incidents across the county.
Around 11,500 potholes have also been reported by the public or found by highway inspectors so far in 2014. In response, the number of teams dealing with pothole safety defect repairs has increased from 13 to 34, with an extra 52 staff tackling the problem. The approximate additional cost of the work is around £65,000 a week.
The clear-up of the storm damage is estimated to cost around £3 million to the end of the financial year, but the County Council is yet to finalise a figure for the damage caused by the storms as the road network and structures are still being assessed.
GREEN ROOM IMPROVEMENTS
After the TLC weekend in the Green Room when a complete paint job was carried out, the improvements to the Parish Hall Green Room continue with the addition of some furniture to make it a more comfortable environment for casual gatherings and small meetings.
WHITESTONE PARISH COUNCIL
THE PARISH COUNCIL HAVE A
VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR
TO SERVE ON THE PARISH COUNCIL
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT
MRS PAT VAUGHAN, CLERK TO THE COUNCIL
BY 1ST DECEMBER FOR FURTHER DETAILS
TEL: 01392 411628
SOCIAL CLUB CANAL BOAT TRIP
Although the Wednesday evening was a bit chilly, a great time was had by all on the Tiverton Canal Boat Trip on the 28th May 2014. The serenity of a horse-drawn canal boat has to be experienced to be believed. After the refreshing hot meal at the end of the outward trip, the participants were asked to stop speaking (in a polite manner!) to soak in the atmosphere of lapping water and bird-song. Delightful.
HUGE HAUL FOR LITTER PICKERS
Twenty adults, including a visitor from Hampshire, ably assisted by three children, collected a veritable mountain of rubbish in the first litter pick of 2014.
The weather as is usual for these events (but not guaranteed!) was just right; cool and sunny.
As it had been a while since our last litter pick there was regrettably plenty to go for. Predictably the haul included a large quantity of bottles, cans and other food related items but the star prize was for what looked and felt like an air rifle tightly wrapped in a black bin bag! This was left for the attention of the Police. Second prize was for a child’s push along car found in the hedge on the Tedburn Road to the west of Whitestone. Spare car parts for the real thing were also well represented, five wheel hubs this time and numerous unidentifiable black plastic mouldings, tyres and other paraphernalia.
Our grateful thanks, as always, to all who turned out. It was a job well done. Also to those who were unable to pick on Saturday so did their bit earlier in the week. Whitestone and surrounds looks a better place for your efforts!
CUBAN BEACH PARTY
To celebrate six months of Cuban music in the Parish Hall, an informal Cuban Beach Party was held on 20th December 2013.
Everything was there − cuban food, cuban cocktails, cuban beachwear − all interlaced with a great cuban rhythm.
Thank goodness the hall heating worked!
SHORT MAT BOWLS
COMES TO WHITESTONE
The opening session of Short Mat Bowls took place in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, 25th September and was enjoyed by 10 eager participants. The equipment, including two mats, end stops, foot mats and jacks was kindly provided by Teignbridge District Council. Thanks must be extended to Laurence Blades, Pam Hunt and David Oakey for providing the much needed sets of bowls. Thanks again to David Oakey for organising everything.
Like all sports, it looks easy, but actually trying to get your bowl to stay on the mat, miss the chunk of wood that's placed half-way, not overshoot and finally curve its way to somewhere near the jack, is not easy. Still, even on our first attempts, we luckily managed it (sometimes). But we're all aware of the maxim, "the more you practise, the luckier you get."
Grateful thanks to Teignbridge District Council for providing some extra money for trolleys to move and store the rinks, smaller bowls, scoreboards, umpires kit, etc. and the club looks set to go from strength to strength.
At present, Short Mat Bowls takes place on Wednesdays from 10am to noon and most Friday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 pm (when the Hall is not being used by Cuban Airwaves). The cost is only £1.50 for the full 2 hours.
Because of its popularity, we are going to experiment with short-mat bowls being available on Tuesday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 pm in addition to the other two days!
See you there.
Devon County News
Devon County News
CANAL BOAT TRIP 2014
Canal Boat Trip 2014
VILLAGE VOICES CONCERT 2013
Village Voices 2013
MUSIC EVENING - 24 June 2013
LITTER PICK - 27 April 2013