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held on Monday 10th May 2010 in the Parish Hall

commencing at 8.05 p.m.


PRESENT.  Mr. D. Haywood (Chairman), Mr. P. Horsfall, Mr. P. Kirton, Mrs. M. Wilkinson, Mr. K. Walton, Mr. D. Dixon, Mr. A. Longdon, Mr. P. Preece, Mr. R

Crawford and Mrs. J. Burgess (Clerk)

Also in attendance Mrs. M. Shineton and 2 Parishioners.


  1. APOLOGIES were received from Mr. G. Butler, Mr. M. Cartledge and Mrs. M. Lee.
  2. MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING 2009. These were read by the Clerk, approved and signed.  (Proposed By Mr. R. Crawford and seconded by Mr. D. Dixon)
  4. The problems relating to the Trans 45 Cycle Route to Dowles Brook had now been resolved.
  5. ANNUAL REPORT 2009/2010.   Everyone present had received a copy of the Report which was not read out.   This outlined the activities and achievements of the Parish Council during the year.
  7. Women’s Institute. Mrs. Lee’s report advised that the membership now stood at 19, two more than last year, but they dearly wished to recruit some younger members.

Once again, Mrs. Val Crate continued as President, Mrs. Pat Horsfall as treasurer and herself as secretary.  Their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of the month had provided a range of excellent variety and quality of speakers.   Their 60th anniversary, which had been celebrated last May, had been a joyous occasion with a superb dinner in the Village Hall for past presidents, past members and invited guests.

  1. Parish Hall. Mr. Haywood spoke about a busy year with the most important  happening being the installation of the central heating system.   The cost of  £5,074 had been paid for by grants from the Local Joint Committee, the Parish Council and the Lottery Fund.   They also were looking for younger members as 3 of the 8 committee members were O.A.P.’s.  On the 22nd May this year, they would celebrate their 100th birthday with a party in the afternoon followed by a Supper Dance in the evening.

3   School.  Mr .Engleheart reported that the school was to take part in discussions with other local schools with a view to working more closely together. The number of children at the school had declined in line with the child population reduction of the area but still provided  excellent  facilities in which children could learn and play.

  1. Playgroup. Mrs. Smith advised that the Playgroup had had another successful year and going through great positive changes in the last 12 months – they had introduced staff and children’s uniforms, hot lunches and even a web site.  They had received nearly £4,000 in grants and raised over £700 in fundraising which had enabled the outdoor area to be improved and children could now experience all year round outdoor activities.


They had secured funding to enable the hours to be extended and now offered a breakfast and afternoon club.   This was a huge and exciting step and meant that their fantastic facilities could now be extended to more children.   They were also in discussion to expand into Tuesday and Thursdays from September.  In the meantime they would continue to maintain the high standards achieved with lots of new faces to enjoy what they had to offer.

  1. Kinlet Plan.  As the Plan was 5 years old next year and due for review, Mr. Engleheart reported that the Steering Committee was reconvening later in the month to consider progress made, matters still outstanding  and additions required in view of the exciting new developments around the area.

The Countryside Group had been active throughout the year attending to footpath matters with its core membership and an additional 9/10 other members attending on individual occasions.   There had also been 3 led walks together with a walking event with Cleobury Country when around 230 people took part.   The Geo Park Way was being way marked with members acting as wardens on our patch.

  1. Parish Watch. No report was presented.
  2. SHROPSHIRE COUNCILLOR’S REPORT.  Mrs .Shineton reported on a busy first year.  Whilst the winter weather had produced many more potholes, extra money was coming to the County from Government to remedy this situation and this it was an ongoing matter to identify and rectify.   Planning applications could now be viewing on line and visits were paid to all sites by committee members.

Plans of the Local Development Framework had been available at Cleobury Mortimer to inspect.

There was now a furniture recycling scheme available when items were repaired and then sold.  The repairs were carried out by trainees who were able to obtain useful skills.

The Local Joint Committee had worked well over the past year with £32,000 being allocated in grants to local schemes and a new allocation of £38,000 was available for the forthcoming year.

It was hoped to map coal mining areas and quarries to archive for the future and reduce the carbon footprint by 35% over the next 5 years.

  1. CLOSING REMARKS.   Mr. Haywood said how much he had enjoyed the past year and thanked Mrs. Shineton for her interest, the Vice Chairman for his assistance and the Clerk for her hard work.

(NOTE:   These Minutes have not yet to be formally approved)