Welcome to Parkham Parish
Welcome to Parkham, Moving south from the sea the parish includes the hamlets and villages of Northway, Horns Cross, Foxdown, Hoops, Newhaven, Goldsworthy, Parkham Ash and Broad Parkham. The parish consists of approximately 830 people and 300 dwellings.
Changes In Fire and Rescue Service
The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service have proposed changes in the way that their important help is delivered to the public, this includes closures of a number of low risk/ low activity fire stations. Some of these savings will be re-invested into prevention work in the community, as this has helped to dramatically reduce the number of fires. There is a 12 week consultation period from the 1st of July where the public can have their say.
There willl also be public drop-in exhibitions in the local areas that are effected by this, so the changes and reasons for the changes can be explained for local websites.
For more information see:
Parish council meeting in brief
This Meeting was held on the 29/7/19.
Present at the meeting were; Councillors Pincombe,Dack, Heywood, Kerby, Lang, Brooke, Slee and Wileman also present were District Councillor S Harding and nine members of the public.
Key ongoing issues at the meeting were:
- The Hawcan view development:
Cllr Brooke proposed that the land at Hawkcan View that will be transferred tothe ownership of Parkham Parish Council on completion of the buildingproject, and it is leased to the Trustees of the Allardice Hall as per the wording of theoriginal Heads of Terms Agreement and as per the notice to the village fromPearce Home, this was seconded by Cllr Lang.Cllr Wileman proposed an amendment to Cllr Brooke’s proposal thatParkham Parish Council look into the legality of the proposal to ascertain thatit is legal and acceptable. Seconded by Cllr Dack subject to any decisionbeing made by the full Council.The vote for the amendment was : 4 in favour. Carried. 1 abstention.For the original proposal. 2.
The Clerk will obtain clarification from the Parish Council’s Solicitors.
- Bench opposite the Bell Inn: councillors decided on a suitable bench and it was decided that highways should be contacted regarding a concrete base for the seat.
The next meeting will be held on the 9th of September 2019.
Devon and cornwall alert
The Devon and Cornwall alert system helps the police obtain information on happenings in the local area whilst also keeping people infromed and aware. The system is designed so that people can recieve the infromation they would like, and subscribers do not recieve alerts on every incident. The main goal is to help reduce crime and also help to give the police more information regarding crime.
Winter Comes To Parkham
This aerial photograph was taken by Mike Jones from his drone during the bad weather at the end of January. A small reminder of what winters were like before global warming!
Old Phone Boxes, New Defibrillators.
Reviving Phone Boxes Produces a Shock!
Parkham Parish had 3 phone boxes which were decommissioned by BT as working appliances in July 2016. They were offered to Parkham Parish Council for the vast sum of £1 each. The Council decided that two out of the three would make useful additions to the community assets of the Parish and bought one by St James’ Church, Parkham and one opposte the “Coach and Horses” in Horns Cross. Both boxes are of the famous K6 design of 1936 and known as “Jubilees”, as this was the year of the jubilee of King George V. The Council set about restoring these old boxes to their former glory – a lengthy task undertaken by Mark Thorn of MST Property Maintenance. The villages within Parkham Parish, whilst small, are certainly individual and so Horns Cross opted to paint their phone box a shade of emerald green, whilst Parkham opted for the more traditional GPO Telephone Box red. One further important change was made. The “Telephone” glass panes at the top of the phone boxes were replaced by “Defibrillator”, for each box houses a fully accessible defibrillator for emergency use. Many villagers have been trained in its use and in emergency resuscitation techniques and they maintain a regular check on the equipment to ensure it is constantly available; in this way Parkham Parish has improved its resilience as a rural community at some distance from emergency medi. These telephone boxes have been a traditional part of the Parish for a good many years and we are very pleased to have extended their working lives in the service of the community as a facility to store our defibrillators safely. We are also anticipating additional uses for these boxes as community libraries and local information centres and in many other ways yet to be investigated.
Village Green - New Sign
Hopefully local people will have noticed the new sign on the green in front of St James Church.
The old sign which was installed in 2003 was deigned and hand carved by a local man, Len Rhodes who many will remember. Unfortunately over the years the sign rotted beyond repair and the Parish Council commissioned Geoff East to create a new sign. A beautiful piece of seasoned oak was purchased and Geoff enlisted the help of local artist Ray Rawlings who created a design for the new piece.