Parish Council Catch Up - A Message from The Chairman
Despite the country being in various stages of lockdown for several months now the parish council has continued to keep busy with several projects and is also currently signing off its finances for 2019-20.
The pandemic has brought with it new ways of working - a change in legislation allowed the council to hold its first virtual council meeting by Zoom in May and although The Junction has had to close temporarily Yvette turned to social media - including the very successful WhatsApp group - to continue to operate. Yvette and her team have worked tirelessly to maintain vital food supplies for the community and in this edition she shares her thoughts on how things might look like as the country returns to more normal times. Special thanks also to Councillor Gale who has supported The Common through this difficult period too.
The new children’s playground area is literally taking shape as I write and for those who haven’t visited the Recreation Ground there is a brief update in the newsletter by our clerk, Sarah, on the progress with its refurbishment together with some pictures.
The fight to save the village school also continues with the council lobbying the government to secure a future in the village that it has served since the 1800s . Even at this late stage there remains a glimmer of hope that the school may yet win a reprieve and the council has written to Baroness Berridge to appeal against the planned closure of the school and instead allow an academisation order.
Clapham also welcomes Beth Fidling as its new PCSO - see below - and the council continues its search to find someone to fill the remaining member vacancy. If you think you might be interested, please speak either with one of the existing councillors or contact our clerk for more details. Full training and ongoing support will be provided.
And then, last but not least, with the ‘Village Design Statement’ entering its final stages the pandemic struck just ahead of the deadline for the survey returns. So, unfortunately matters are currently on hold although hopefully it won’t be too long before all the hard work of those involved finally pays off.
Whilst covid-19 has changed things in so many ways, it has certainly demonstrated the strength and sense of community within the small parish of Clapham.
The council wishes everyone well.
Chairman of Clapham Parish Council
The Junction: Moving Forward
We would like to thank you all for your support during lockdown.
Getting supplies was not always easy and continues to be intermittent on certain items, speaking to suppliers this will probably continue.
As we move forward to the situation easing, being allowed to shop and get take-aways from our little Junction, I feel it is time to ask the village how they want The Junction to operate and when?
I need to impress upon you that if you do not use The Junction it will make a loss and fail so we do need your guaranteed use of the facility. It is our shop/cafe – let us see if we can launch it into this new situation in the best way for everyone – just as we have coordinated so well for Thursday night clapping. A quick message of support for option 1 moving on quickly to option 2 to 07753 662418 please.
Many thanks, Yvette Fisher for The Junction Team.
Clapham Recreation Ground
As the country energes from lockdown the recreation ground is already taking shape with eibe installing 3 of the 4 playground items and the council waiting to hear when the climbing structure that is being manufactured and installed by Infinite Playgrounds will be on site. Two pieces of adult gym equipment are currently being purchased, the old play surface will be removed and a path will also be built to allow easy access to the new area.
A message from Clapham’s new PCSO
“Hello residents of Clapham, my name is PCSO Beth Fidling and I am your new local PCSO. My role is to provide reassurance and effective support to the residents of Clapham. I am a great believer in making a difference, no matter how big or small, in my community. I consider myself to be approachable and I will always try to the best of my ability to assist in helping people change their life for the better”.
Beth works shifts so whilst it is best to use 101 or go online to report non-emergency incidents she is looking forward to visiting the village and meeting with residents. If you wish to make contact with Beth directly please let Sarah know so that she can arrange this.