The first meeting of the new year was held on 4
January, earlier than
usual, in order to respond to two reports by the Sanitary Inspector and
two letters from the Clerk of the R.D.C. about the water supply.
long discussion it was agreed that “the ground be opened up where the
water is actually coming out under the wall and then traced before
having to do with the main spring marked on the map sent by the R.D.C.”
was also agreed that members of the Council should attend when the
recommended work is carried out. The Clerk was asked to write to Chard
Rural District Council thanking them for their help.
approved and signed for the Caretaker Mr Perrott (£1.6.0d) and the
Mr Budge chaired both this meeting and the next on 31 January.
At this latter meeting it was reported that the search for the
water source had discovered it to be under the Policeman’s House! The
Council agreed that a collecting tank should be built with standpipes in
Fore Street and Back Street once it had been established how the cost
would be met .The Rural District Councillors for the Parish were asked
to discuss this with the Clerk to the Union and the Works Commission.
11 March the Council met in the Jubilee Hall.Mr Budge acted as Chairman.
Progress reports were given about the water supply and the attendance of
Chard Fire Brigade.
Routine cheques were signed.
The Annual Parish
Meeting was arranged for Monday 14 March in the Schoolroom at 7.30pm
when the election of Parish Councillors would take place.
elected Council met for the first time on 15 April. Those present were
Messrs Budge, Fowler, Loaring, Pym, Pile, Wyatt and the Clerk. Mr Fry was
re-elected Chairman with Mr Budge as his Deputy.Messrs Frank Pile and
Andrew Miller were appointed Overseers for the coming year.
Mr Loaring was chosen as
Parents Manager of the school subject to the approval of the joint
committee of Cricket St Thomas.
A letter was read from the Postmaster of
Chard about the opening hours of the local post office (8am till 8pm),
which were thought to be satisfactory.
It was decided to raise the
salary of the Caretaker from £2.10 .0d to £3.0.0d.
The meeting on 13 May, chaired by Mr Fry, considered a detailed plan
from the R.D.C., including a map, about an improved water supply. It was
attended by a member of the Press for the first time. A long discussion
took place during which concerns were expressed about cost and the
probability that once the proposed scheme was finished more households
would demand water of the improved quality. It was thought that an
extended scheme would be sensible and popular and that the expense could
be met by means of a loan over a number of years with the interest being
met by consumers. The Chairman asked Mr Fowler, the Parish Rural
District Councillor, to thank Chard Rural District Council for their
great assistance and to explain to them the views of the Parish Council.
A letter was discussed from the Postmaster of Chard wanting to close the
Winsham Post Office on Thursday afternoons.
The Council could not agree
to this and asked the Clerk to reply saying that the Assistant
Postmaster should manage alone one Thursday and the Sub Postmaster the
next. On 10 June Mr Budge acted as Chairman at an uneventful meeting. It
was reported that no further progress had been made over the water
supply and this was still the case when the Council met on 8 July.Mr
Budge also chaired this meeting. On 12 August the Council had a long
discussion about the water supply but no firm course of action was
agreed. Mr Budge was again in charge.
minutes contain one interesting entry “It was thought that the Parish
Council might have been treated with more confidence and consideration
with regard to the carrying out of the Water Scheme for Fore Street and
Back Street and the Clerk was instructed to see the Clerk of the Rural
District Council with regard to the matter”.
The first meeting of the Autumn took place on 9 September in the
Jubilee Hall. A letter from Messrs Gifford, Fox and Co. complaining that
a stile leading to their factory was blocked led to the Clerk being
asked to write to Mr Wheaton asking for the obstruction to be removed.
Mr Pym was elected to serve on the Committee of the Evening Continuation
The Clerk was asked to see Mr Churchill about the Parish Pump,
to remind Mr Perrott to cut the grass in the Cemetery and Churchyard and
to see Mr Ross (Clerk to the Union) to say that the Parish Council
wanted the original Water Scheme to go ahead without delay. Mr Budge
chaired this meeting.
On 14 October Messrs Fowler, Loaring, Pile, Pym
and the Clerk attended a meeting with Mr Budge acting as Chairman.
Precept of £3 for Burial Board expenses and one of £2 for Parish
Council expenses was signed.
The account of the Parish Lighting Fund was
read and it was agreed that the Clerk should try “ to get more
subscriptions towards that useful object”. The final meeting of the
year was held on 11 November. Mr Budge acted as Chairman.
“ That in the event of any owner
or occupier requiring any special advantages of the Water Supply beyond
the plans of contract as arranged that he or they shall pay the whole
cost of such extra work”. A copy of this was forwarded to Chard R.D.C..
Mr Budge acted as Chairman at this meeting and at the one held on 10
February when nothing of note happened.
The first meeting of the New Year was on 13 January in the Jubilee
Hall. A letter from Chard Rural District Council about the Water Scheme
was discussed and the Clerk was asked to acknowledge it. A resolution
was then passed unanimously stating
On 10 March the Council
authorised cheques for Mr Perrott, Revd Spencer, Revd Taylor and Mr
The Annual Parish Meeting was arranged for 27 March. Mr
Northcombe, the Clerk, was granted £4 for making and collecting the
Special Expenses Rate.
He was instructed to write to Chard R.D.C. asking
for a Danger Signal to be erected at the entrance to the village “ to
warn motors to be careful because of the school and the dangerous corner”.
Mr Budge chaired this meeting. The Annual Parish Meeting was delayed and
finally took place on 15 April in the Jubilee Hall.Mr Fry was re-elected
Chairman with Mr Budge Vice Chairman.Messrs C.Phillipps and T.M.Loaring
were appointed Overseers for the ensuing year and Colonel Henley and Mr
Fowler Trustees of Holsworthys Charity.
A complaint was made about Mr
Hodder abusing the Water Supply. The Clerk was asked write to the R.D.C.
There were also complaints concerning the footpaths leading
from Hazelwood to Ammerham and the one crossing Verdhay.The Council
agreed to investigate both of these.
The Clerk was asked to see the
Caretaker about the unsatisfactory appearance of the Churchyard and the
Cemetery. The meeting ended with an agreement to hold a Public Meeting
about the Coronation Celebration on 26 April.
Ordinary Meetings-SummerThe meeting on 12 May was poorly attended with only Messrs Budge
(Chairman), Loaring, Pym and the Clerk present.
It was reported that the
complaints about the footpaths had been resolved and that the Caretaker
had expressed his intention to keep the Churchyard and Cemetery in a
more satisfactory state.
The meeting on 11 June was better attended with
Mr Budge acting as Chairman. The following resolution on Section 4 of
the Rating and Collecting Act 1869 was carried unanimously “That the
owners of all rateable hereditaments, the rateable value of which does
not exceed £8, situated within the parish, shall be rated to the poor
rate in respect of such rateable hereditaments, instead of the
occupiers, on the rate made for the current half year, and on all rates
made after this date”.
The next meeting was held on 14 July, Bastille
Day. Mr Budge chaired it. Routine cheques were signed but the meeting
was dominated by the Water Supply .The Clerk was asked to write to Chard
R.D.C. to clarify the following:
(a) Who should keep the key of the Water Tank and be responsible?
(b) There seems to be a leakage in the tank.
(c) The water contains some foreign matter, which spreads like
oil on the surface when drawn.
(d) This may be caused by want of flushing the pipes
Ordinary Meetings -Autumn
The Council met on 8 September in the Jubilee Hall.Mr Budge acted as
The Clerk reported that a full reply had been received from
Chard R.D.C. about the water supply.
He was asked to ensure that the
Caretaker removes brambles overgrowing the tomb of Mr Cooper. (This was
The meeting on 13 October was a brief one, the only
action being the Clerk being asked to write to the Chard R.D.C.
reminding them of the earlier request for a Danger Notice to motorists
entering the village. Mr Budge chaired this meeting as he did for the
final one of the year on 22 December.
It was reported that a letter had
been received from the organisers of the Winsham Coronation Band asking
to use the Jubilee Hall on one evening each week for practice. Messrs
Fowler and Loaring were appointed to investigate what might be done and
to report at the next meeting.
It was also reported that eight men had
applied for allotments. The Clerk was instructed to write to Colonel
Henley with the aim of hiring part of Balson for use as allotments.
Ordinary Meetings -Spring
On 19 January the
Council met again, this time Mr Fry took charge. Many of the men
applying for allotments were present. After a full discussion it was
agreed that the Clerk should write to Colonel Henley stating that:
first meeting of the New Year was held on 12 January in the Jubilee
Hall.Mr Budge acted as Chairman. It was decided to hold further meetings
this week to consider applications for allotments and to re-consider the
Band application to use the Hall one evening a week.
(a) Two acres of land would be required.
(b) The Council would be responsible for the rent and for the
erection of a fence.
(c) Colonel Henley should inform the Council whether he is
willing to let the land and if so at what rent. He should also
clarify whether he wants to deal directly with applicants or not and
to indicate when the land would become available.
A Site Meeting was arranged with the R.D.C. Inspector following a
letter about a water pipe fracture in Fore Street.
deputation of men requiring allotments was interviewed and a letter from
Colonel Henley refusing to grant part of Balsom was read to them. After
a long discussion it was agreed that Messrs Budge and Norhcombe should
see Colonel Henley and talk the matter over with him.
The Council agreed to
allow the Coronation Band to use the Jubilee Hall one evening a week
provided each member of the band became a Member of the Jubilee Hall.
9 February the Council met with Mr Budge acting as Chairman.
It was reported
that there had been a meeting with Mr Carter, the R.D.C. Sanitary
Inspector, about the water leakage in Fore Street.
The next meeting of
the Council was on 8 March in the Jubilee Hall.
A letter from Colonel
Henley was read in which he stated that he objected to part of his field
being used for allotments and suggested that the Council look for
another site. He also said that should the applicants refuse an offer of
an alternative site the Council should drop the matter.
It was agreed
that Messrs Budge and Northcombe should see Mr Raisin with a view to
obtaining part of Stadway for allotments.
Routine cheques were signed.
The Council welcomed a plan from Chard R.D.C. for alterations to the
road at Street but the Clerk was asked to write saying that, as the
changes were for the benefit of motorists they did not intend to levy
subscriptions towards the cost.
The Clerk was also asked to thank Chard
R.D.C. for the installation of Danger to Motorists signs in the village.
A complaint about the state of the footpath across Verdhay to the Gospel
Hall was to be investigated by the Clerk.
The Annual Parish Meeting was
arranged for 25 March in the school.
On 17 April the newly elected
Council met .Mr Fry was re-elected as Chairman with Mr Budge as his
Deputy. Messrs T.M. Loaring and Robert Edwin Budge were elected
Overseers. Colonel Henley and Mr Fowler were re-elected Trustees of the
It was reported that Mr Raisin had been willing to let
Stadway for allotments for £4 per acre but that the applicants had
refused the offer.Mr Budge, not present through illness, sent a letter
stating that he was against the Council acquiring land by compulsory
On May 10 the Council met with
Mr Budge acting as Chairman. The Clerk reported that no objections had
been made over the new scheme for the management of the Winsham
Charities (Wheadons and Holsworthys). He was asked to complete the
necessary paperwork. Colonel Henley and Mr Fowler were appointed its
Trustees.Mr Thomas Hellier was appointed to the Council in place of Mr
Frank Pile who had left the Parish.
The Clerk was asked to write to Chard R.D.C.
explaining that the Parish Council had done its best to get allotments
but that they should not apply for compulsory powers.
On 14 June Mr Budge took charge of the meeting, which was
attended by Messrs Hellier, Loaring, Pym and the Clerk. The Chairman
welcomed Mr Hellier.
Routine cheques were signed.
A letter was read from Chard R.D.C. asking for £15 towards the cost of
the road improvements at Street. The Council agreed that the Clerk
should refer to their earlier letter and to point out that Colonel
Henley, one of the largest ratepayers in the Parish had already offered
to give the necessary land, which is valued at £20.
A letter was read from Mrs Peadon complaining of the disgraceful state
of the road in front of the George Inn owing to the mess made by cows
from Mr Hillier’s farm. Mr Hillier agreed to try to do something about
On July 12 Mr Budge acted as Chairman. A letter from Chard R.D.C.
was read which expressed disappointment at the Parish Councils
unwillingness to contribute to the road improvements at Street,
authority to clean out the sewage tank and promising a visit by the
Surveyor to inspect the grating at the bottom of Church Street.
Mr Fowler agreed to tell Chard R.D.C. about the danger to travellers
caused by the very high hedge adjoining Mr Spurdles field at Axwater.
Mr Pym chaired the meeting on 9 August. It was a quiet one.
Permission was granted to Mrs Meech to plant a rambler rose on her child’s
grave and it was agreed that a lock should be obtained for the Cemetery
gate. The Clerk was asked to contact Mr Churchill about it.
Ordinary Meetings -Autumn
On 13 September the Council met in the Jubilee Hall with Mr Budge
acting as Chairman.
The Clerk was asked to see Mr Perrott, the
Caretaker, about the untidy state of the Churchyard and to write to
Chard R.D.C. about water running over the road at Paul’s Ash Lane.
Northcombe reported that he had received a form about the land value of
the Parish Meadow. On 11 October Mr Budge took charge once more and it
was said that the state of the Churchyard remained unsatisfactory. The
Clerk was asked to write to the Caretaker saying that the salary due to
him would be paid when the work had been completed.
It was announced
that the water problem in Paul’s Lane had been corrected the day after
the last meeting. Mr Fowler agreed to ask Chard R.D.C. for custody of
the key to the water tank in High Street.
The Clerk was asked to write
to Wayford Parish Council asking them to replace the footbridge across
the River Axe between Winsham and Bere Chapel.
Cheques were signed for
Mr Perrott, Revd Spencer and Mr Singleton.
Mr Budge agreed to see Mr
Hayes about the state of property at the corner of Church Street and in
There was a small gathering on 8 November, only Messrs
Budge (Chairman), Loaring, Hillier and the Clerk attended.
reported that the Churchyard was now in good order, no reply had been
received from Wayford Parish Council and that the owner of the
dilapidated property would “grant an interview” when he next came to
The final meeting of the year was on 13 December. Mr Budge acted
The Clerk was asked to reply to a letter from Wayford
Parish Council .
The Council agreed that the Clerk should hold the key to
the water tank and that Messrs Fowler and Budge should meet the
Caretaker to explain to him outstanding work needing to be done in the
Churchyard and Cemetery.
Routine cheques were signed.
Ordinary Meetings -Spring
The first meeting of the New Year was held on 10 January in the
Jubilee Hall with Mr Budge acting as Chairman.
Updates were given on the
missing bridge between Winsham and Bere Chapel, the high hedge at
Axwater and the poorly maintained Churchyard and Cemetery.
On 31 January
the Council met when it decided to investigate the idea of levelling the
Churchyard .The Clerk was asked to find out whether the Council has the
necessary authority to do so.
It was reported that six applications had
been received for the post of Caretaker of the Jubilee Hall. After going
through them the Council decided to make an appointment at the next
meeting having advertised the post in Pulmans Weekly News on 4 February.
The Clerk was asked to write to Mrs Downton, the owner of Stadway,
asking on what terms she would let that field for allotments, the Parish
Council being responsible for the rent and rates.
Mr Budge chaired this
meeting as he did for the following one held on 14 February.
latter meeting it was reported that Mrs Downton had written offering the
field for £14 a year .The Clerk was instructed to reply offering £9
pointing out the lack of any risk and that the Council would be paying
the rates and rent.
The applicants for the Jubilee Hall Caretakers Post
were considered unsatisfactory and it was decided to advertise the job
in the Somerset Gazette.
At the next meeting on 28 February it was
reported that Mrs Downton had written to say that the field had been let
at a higher price than the Parish Council had offered but a letter from
Messrs R.and C. Snell was read offering to let Lower Stadway for
allotments at a rent of £12 per year. The Clerk was asked to reply
offering £10 a year providing the applicants were willing to pay that
Those applying for the post of Caretaker of the Jubilee Hall
were discussed and it was agreed that the Chairman and the Clerk should
interview Mr Simpson and Mr White, both Army Pensioners.
An offer from
Chard R.D.C. to spray part of the main road with tar was thought
unnecessary. Messrs Budge, Fowler and Pym were chosen as representatives
to meet three representatives from Cricket St. Thomas to choose one of
them as a School Manager for the two Parishes of Winsham and Cricket St.
Thomas.Mr Budge chaired this meeting .
A special meeting occurred on 6
March about allotments. Most applicants attended. A letter from Mr Snell
offering Lower Stadway for £10 a year was read out. Many applicants
thought the rent too high and it was decided to refuse the offer.
next meeting of the Council was on 17 March in the Schoolroom. It was
the Annual Meeting.
Mr Budge reported that Mr White from Taunton had been
interviewed for the Jubilee Hall Caretaker Post, two other selected
candidates having refused the job. An application from Mr Singleton was
read out and he was thought particularly suitable, as he was able to
support himself through his own trade.
He was chosen unanimously. The
Clerk was asked to draw up an agreement to be signed by Mr Singleton .Mr
Loaring was chosen to brief the new Caretaker on his duties and “for
his taking on the residence of the Cottage”. Mr Budge acted as
Chairman for this meeting.
The first meeting of the newly elected
Council took place on 11 April in the Jubilee Hall.Mr Fry was elected
Chairman and Mr Budge Vice – Chairman for the coming year. Other
Councillors present were Messrs.Fowler, Hillier, Holcombe, Loaring, Pym
and the Clerk.Messrs.R. E. Budge and John Henry Boait were appointed
The Vicar and Churchwardens were present when it was agreed
to level the Churchyard in the autumn.
There were three complaints, one
about a tree obstructing Watery Lane Ammerham by Mr Courtney, one about
the well doors in Fore Street and one about the dilapidated property
belonging to Mr Hayes .The Council undertook to investigate all of them.
The Council met on 9 May when a Draft Agreement for The Jubilee Hall
Caretaker was read. It was agreed that it should be signed at the next
meeting. Several other matters were reported:
(a) The R.D.C. had written about the trees at Ammerham. (The
original hand written letter is in Volume One and is reproduced
later in this Gallery)
(b) The Council was authorised to repair the well doors and send
the bill to Chard R.D.C.
(c) The leakage in the Water Tank in Fore Street would be left to
the “Inspector of Nuisances”.
(d) Mr Budge had had a long meeting with Mr Hayes, owner of the
dilapidated property, and agreed to him having the opportunity to
put things right.
It was agreed that the minimum charge for hiring the Jubilee Hall
would be £0.2.6d, to be paid in advance to the Caretaker. Mr Budge acted
as Chairman for this meeting.
On 13 June the Council met again.
Estimates were agreed for work to be done on
the wells by Mr Singleton and Mr Robbins with Messrs Holcombe,
Loaring and the Clerk overseeing the work.
Mr Singleton signed the
Agreement as Caretaker of the Jubilee Hall and it was agreed that the
Clerk should collect £0.12.6d including the Caretakers Fee beforehand
for the use of the Jubilee Hall in future.Mr Budge was Chairman of this
The next meeting was on 11 July, attended by Mr Fowler
(Chairman), Mr Holcombe, Mr Loaring and the Clerk. The Clerk was asked
to write to Chard R.D.C. about the faulty taps at the wells and about
the dangerous state of a property in West Street .
He was also asked to
contact the Postmaster General requesting a later collection as the
present arrangement was unsatisfactory for businesses.
On 8 August the Council met with Mr Budge acting as
Chairman. The main item of the evening was the water supply to the
additional new school buildings. The Chairman was asked to write to
Chard R.D.C. as follows: “That Winsham Parish Council will grant
permission for water supply to school without charge on the
understanding that it will not injure the present supply and an
agreement to that effect. The Parish Council will raise no objection if
safeguarded in this way.” .... "The Parish Council also claims the right at
any time if required to tap the main laid by County Council to the
school should more public taps be necessary".
Ordinary Meetings -Autumn
Mr Budge chaired the meting held on 12 September in the Jubilee Hall.
It was agreed that the School should pay £0.10.0d per week to use the
Mr Loaring reported that the well taps had been adjusted .
The Clerk was asked to write to the Postmaster General again about the
late collection of letters and to request that the Telegraph Office be
opened on Thursdays.
It was reported that a letter had been received
from Chard R.D.C. concerning a projecting wall in Back Street belonging
to Mrs Peadon.The Clerk was asked to reply saying that Mrs Peadon would
agree to the wall being demolished and rebuilt in line with the
Bakehouse, provided the R.D.C. met the costs involved.
It was reported
that Mr Hayes had visited his dilapidated property.
It was agreed that
Mr Churchill should repair the gate on the footpath leading to Ammerham
and that various bills should be settled.
A Special Meeting took place
on 27 September when Mr Ross, Clerk to Chard R.D.C. was present, to
reach agreement on providing the school with water from the village
On 10 October the Council met with Mr Budge acting as Chairman.
Progress reports were given on a number of matters .It was agreed that
the Clerk should put a notice in the Jubilee Hall calling for all
subscriptions to be paid in advance to the Caretaker.
signed for Mr Perrott (£1.2.6d –Salary and Fees), Mr Northcombe
(£0.16.0d-Fees for Revd Spencer and for the Sexton, Mr Singleton) and Mr
Singleton (£0.15 .1d Caretaker of the Jubilee Hall).
The Council voted
to ask Chard R.D.C. to ask for tenders for the demolition and rebuilding
of the wall in Back Street.
It instructed the Clerk to write to the
Caretaker to say that he will not be paid until both the Churchyard and
Cemetery are put in good order. Mr Fowler and Mr Holcombe were asked to
report when the necessary work was completed.
On 14 November Mr Fowler
reported that estimates for the wall in Back Street had been submitted
and that he and Mr Holcombe had “viewed the Churchyard and Cemetery
and although not satisfactory the general condition was better than
before”. It was agreed that Mr Perrott should be invited by the Clerk
to attend the next meeting and be prepared at that meeting to give an
estimate for levelling the Churchyard.
It was left to the Chairman and
the Clerk, in consultation with Revd Spencer the School Correspondent,
to write to the County Education Committee about the School using the
Jubilee Hall for Cooking and Handicraft classes and to protest against
the expense of conveying boys and girls to and from Chard Centre.Mr
Budge acted as Chairman at this meeting and at the final one of the year
on 12 December. At this last meeting it was reported that the County
Council had agreed to pay ten shillings a week for use of the Jubilee
Hall by the School and to use the Hall as a Handicraft Centre rather
than sending the children to Chard.
It was also reported that the G.P.O.
had written saying that no changes to the current arrangements could be
made at present .It was agreed that Messrs Holcombe and Pym “should
interview the Postmaster at Chard on the subject”.
The Caretaker of
the Churchyard and Cemetery, Mr Perrott, attended the meeting .He did
not provide an estimate for levelling the Churchyard stating that he was
underpaid and wanted to give up the job. The Council agreed that, should
he not give notice shortly, he would be given notice to finish his
engagement at the end of March 1914.
The first meeting of the New Year was on 9 January with Mr Budge
acting as Chairman. It was reported that no applications had been
received for levelling the Churchyard and that the Clerk had given
written notice to the Caretaker of the Churchyard and Cemetery.
was read from The County Council Education Committee about the
appointment of a School Manager now that it had become a Council School.
Messrs Budge and Loaring were appointed to represent the Council
and the following other names were suggested; Miss Fry, Miss Savile,
Revd Spencer, Mr Fowler, Colonel Henley and Mr Dommett.
The Clerk was
asked to write to The Open Missions refusing them use of the Jubilee
Hall due to a previous booking.
Various routine cheques were signed and
Mr Robbins bill for repairs to the Water Supply was authorised to be
On 13 February the Council met in the School, Mr Budge acting as
Chairman. It was agreed to accept Mr W Spurdles tender for levelling the
Churchyard - £1 per week per man.
The Water Agreement for the School
between the R.D.C. and the County Council was read and the Chairman was
asked to report the views of the Parish Council to Chard R.D.C.
dilapidated state of Mr Hayes property was to be referred to Chard Rural
District Council. On 13 March the meeting was held in the Jubilee Hall.
It was reported that Mr Spurdle had almost finished levelling the
Churchyard and that Mr Budge and Mr Loaring would be meeting him to “give
further instructions.” A Precept for £5 for the Burial Board expenses
was made on the Overseers.
Routine cheques were signed and the Council
decided to issue notices for the post of Caretaker. A Special Meeting
was held on 25
March to fill the vacancy. Applicants were Messrs J.Robbins, H.Paul
and J.Short.Mr Short was chosen for the job.
At this meeting Miss Fry
was recommended for the appointment of School Manager, as Cricket St
Thomas had no representative on the Management. The Chairman, Mr Budge,
was asked to state to the Secretary of the County Education Committee
that the Parish Council considers that the School should close until
after the Easter Holidays due to the illness of the Headmaster and the
building of the new wing.
The Statutory Meeting was held on 15 April in
the Jubilee Hall.Mr Fry was re-elected Chairman with Mr Budge as his
Vice-Chairman.Messrs John Henry Boait and Eli John Broom were appointed
Mr Hillier offered to give grass seed for the Churchyard and
Mr Short, the new Caretaker, asked for some tools to be provided.
Loaring agreed to check whether Mr Perrott still had some belonging to
the Burial Board.
Ordinary Meetings -Summer
The first meeting of the summer was on 8 May in the Jubilee Hall.Mr
Budge acted as Chairman. A letter was read from the R.D.C. about sewage
disposal and it was agreed that a charge of £10 a year was very
An application from Mr Holcombe (a Parish Councillor) to
connect to the water supply was considered after he withdrew. The
decision, after a long discussion, was that his request should be
refused as it would set a precedent and could lead to a shortage.
agreed that the Caretaker of the Churchyard should be allowed to buy a
birch broom, a short ladder, a pair of shears and a pickaxe.
It was also
agreed that a notice should be posted telling those people wanting
graves to be maintained by Mr Short to pay him direct.
The Clerk was
asked to write to Mr Hodder of High Street about the dangerous condition
of a wall on his property adjoining Limekiln Lane .
He was also asked to
write to Chard R.D.C. protesting about the unfair use of water by both
Mr Hodder and Mr Paul.
The next meeting was on 12 June with Mr Pym in
charge. Various routine cheques were signed .One was issued to Mr
Spurdle for levelling the Churchyard. Its makeup was:
Feb 28 £2.0.0d
Mar 7 £1.6.8d
……… £0.13 4d
It was agreed to ask Mr Churchill to repair the gates across the
fields leading to Ammerham and to put the Cross Pump in working order.
Mr Robbins was to be asked to repair the lower well and the Council
decided to call a Public Meeting to consider how to provide a treat for
all the children in the Parish and to organise other festivities.
was no meeting in July, the next being on 7 August chaired by Mr Budge.
“Mr Holcombe arrived just as business was over”.
It was agreed that
the Caretaker of the Churchyard should be paid five shillings for sowing
the grass seed, one shilling for tidying up small graves and two shillings
for large ones.
Mr Budge was asked to see Mr Churchill about repairing
the gates on the footpath leading to Ammerham.
On 11 September the Council met in the Jubilee Hall.Mr Budge acted as
After some discussion it was agreed to leave the repair of the
gates on the footpath leading to Ammerham in abeyance until further
advice had been taken.
Mr Holcombe and Mr Northcombe were appointed “
to interview Mr Copps over the best way of renovating the Jubilee Hall
which is in need of repair”.
The Clerk was asked to write to the owner
of the field at Malthouse asking for the stile leading from the road to
On 9 October the Council met in the Jubilee Hall.
decided that the repairs to the footpath gates leading to Ammerham
should be carried out by the landowners and not by the Council.
for Burial Board expenses were signed. The report on the Jubilee Hall
was discussed and it was agreed that Mr Singleton should be asked to
give an estimate for doing the necessary work at the next meeting. He
was to be paid £3 extra for the additional work involved while the Hall
was used as a school.
The Clerk was asked to write to Mr Copp thanking
him for his helpful advice and to the owner of the property adjoining
the Hall drawing his attention to the defective drain which was thought
to be the cause of the dampness in the N.E. corner of the Hall.
Clerk was also asked to write to Chard R.D.C.complaining that the
rebuilding of the wall in Back Street had achieved nothing as it had
been rebuilt in the same place!
A letter was read from Mr Fry and one
from Lord Bath concerning The Prince of Wales Fund. The Council thought
funds could be raised by holding a Patriotic Concert and dividing the
proceeds between the Village Lighting Fund and the Prince of Wales
Mr Budge chaired the next meeting in the Jubilee Hall on 13
The Clerk was asked to write to the owners of the stiles at
Malthouse and Verdhay asking for them to be repaired.
A letter from
Chard R.D.C. was read about the wall in Back Street. It was agreed that
the Clerk should reply saying that the rebuilding was unsatisfactory and
that the Parish Council should be consulted more carefully when work of
this kind was being carried out.
It was decided to ask Mr Singleton to
lift the floorboards in the N.E. corner of the Jubilee Hall to establish
the cause of the damp. This followed a letter from Mr Ward Coleridge,
owner of the adjoining property. Mr Singleton reported to the Council
that he would be unable to provide an estimate of the cost of necessary
repairs to the building.
The final meeting of the year was on 11 December.Mr Budge acted as Chairman.
A letter was read from Mr Raisin
saying he would do the necessary stile repairs but no reply had been
received from Mrs Quick, the other owner involved.
It was reported that
Mr Singleton had lifted the floorboards in the Jubilee Hall and found
that the damp was caused by rainwater seeping through the pathway
outside. The Clerk was asked to write to Mr Coleridge asking his
permission to take up the path and have it cemented as well as the wall.
The Council heard that the concert had been a great success and that
£3.5.0d would be sent to the Prince of Wales Fund and £3 be credited
to the Village Lighting Fund. Mr and Mrs Northcombe were thanked for
their excellent organisation of the event.
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