Little Bollington Parish Meeting
Guy Fawkes Barbeque - A wonderful bonfire and fireworks barbeque event was held in the Little Bollington Community Orchard on 4 November. There was free food a plenty - potatoes from the Olde No 3, giant sausages from Ash Farm, Cumberland sausages from the Swan with Two Nicks and a wonderful chilli complimented by cheese from Geraldine at White Cottage, bonfire toffee from Joy Cooper and Tracie Hughes, giant marshmallows from Paul and Michelle at the old Post office. The event was lit up by glow necklaces and sparklers and an amazing display of fireworks provided by The Swan with Two Nicks assisted by Matthew Baxter. Wayne from Yew Tree farm provided ONE firework - but what a firework – what a grand finale!! Thanks to Paul Barker for organising this event. Paul quoted Wallace and Grommitt and said it was “a grand evening out” and thanked everyone who helped, sharing a true community spirit.
Several Remembrance events were held in and near Little Bollington to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. Little Bollington School hosted a moving programme of song and poetry by the Bridgewater Singers. The event included songs from the war years such as Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag and We’ll Met Again up to modern classics such as John Lennon’s Imagine. The Bridgewater Singers touched our hearts. The audience were also moved by the wonderful poppies display. Local people and schoolchildren had hand made hundreds of poppies and created a beautiful cascade of glowing red. Holy Trinity Church held a moving Remembrance service on the morning of Sunday 11th November. Rev Patricia Robinson spoke of the ways of simple goodness in which we can all contribute to a better and more peaceful world.
Dunham Massey Hall drew a large appreciate crowd for an evening Remembrance Sunday event. The front of the hall was illuminated with a video projection of two enormous poppies. The event was introduced by people enacting the roles of a WWI soldier and a nurse - Sister Bennett, the Matron in Charge when the hall had become the Stamford Hospital to serve injured soldiers of the war. The hospital was described as “even with its own boating facility!” A singer and musicians performed songs from the era and children from Little Bollington Primary School, led by Head Teacher, Caroline Johnstone, gave an excellent performance of “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” on hand-bells - to rapturous applause! There were ample refreshments with a barbecue run by Little Heath Farm Shop, tea & coffee - and ice-cream! These did a roaring trade. Rev. Jerry Sutton, Vicar of Dunham, drew the evening to a poignant close with the Act of Remembrance, the lighting of the Beacon, the Last Post and final prayers read by Rev. Patricia Robinson.
Tatton Park was the venue for an evening Remembrance event organised by Cheshire East Council. This drew to a close their four year programme of Cheshire East Reflects, marking the centenary of the first world war. A very striking video installation was projected onto the front of the main hall and in the grounds actors played the roles of soldiers, nurses and bereaved families in WWI. The Mayor spoke and Archdeacon Ian Bishop led a short service of readings, songs and prayers, with singing by a community choir and a moving address by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire. Then came the extinguishing of the Commemorative flame which had been burning for four years in remembrance of all who gave their lives in World War One.
Broadband - The new Voneus broadband service finally went live in October bringing a fast broadband service to the whole village and benefitting those who are on the 0161 and 01925 landlines, which receive a very slow broadband speed. Those on the new Voneus service report download speeds over 40Mb/sec compared with around 1Mb/sec from the old landline. Many thanks to John Sheehan who has worked so hard and persisted against many setbacks to bring about this improved service and solved a major problem for our community.
HS2 Consultations - The public consultations on HS2 Phase 2b (from Crewe to Manchester) close on 21 December 2018.The consultations provide an opportunity to comment on the construction and operation of the proposed railway in terms of the environmental impact and the effects on people with protected characteristics. Paper copies of the Consultation documents can be seen at Knutsford and Lymm Libraries.
You can see the consultation documents and respond online here:
· Draft Environmental Statement: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-2b-working-draft-environmental-statement
· Draft Equality Impact Assessment Report: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-2b-working-draft-equality-impact-assessment-report
Contact: Parish Clerk: Mike Reed, 25 High Field 07766 083765