Mr Fowler chaired the first meeting of the New Year on 13 January. It
was reported that the post box had been erected thanks in part to
Colonel Henley whose workmen sited it. The Clerk was asked to write a
letter of thanks. There was little other business.
There were two
meetings in February, on the 10 and 17.Both were chaired by Mr Fowler.
At the first it was agreed that the Guarantee of the Assistant Overseer
should be increased from £200 to £300 in accordance with the wishes of
the Chard Board of Guardians.
The Clerk was asked to contact Messrs
Capel Cure and Ball about the transfer of the Jubilee Hall and a
circular about classes in butter making was discussed.
meeting was a special one to consider a letter from Messrs Capel Cure
and Ball. After discussion it was decided that Messrs Fowler and Wyatt
should confer with Mr Fry before any final decision was made. They did
so the following evening . Mr Fry endorsed the Council's wish to accept
the transfer. He also agreed to give £5 a year towards the upkeep of
the Jubilee Hall and more if required. He also suggested that Messrs
Tucker and Forward should draw up a Deed of Conveyance and Trust.
next meeting was on 24 March. Little happened. Mr Fowler acted as
Chairman. The meeting on 14 April followed the annual election. Those
attending were Messrs Fowler (Chairman), Dommett, Eveleigh, Loaring, Pym, Wyatt and the
Fry was elected Chairman for the ensuing year with Mr Fowler as Vice
Chairman. Messrs Holcombe and Boucher were chosen as Overseers.
Henley and Mr Fowler were re-elected Trustees of Holsworthy's Charity
(Parish Meadow). The accounts as proposed for audit were signed by the
Chairman. The Parish Relief List was examined carefully.
salary of the Clerk was increased from £25 a year to £27.10 a year
partly to reflect his additional role as Assistant Overseer.
The summer of 1905 passed quietly in Winsham. There were three Council
meetings, on 11 May, 9th June and 14 July. Mr Fowler chaired the first
two, Mr Dommett the third. Little of note happened apart from minor
problems with the parish pump, which Mr Churchill was asked to repair.
On 8 September Mr Fry attended the meeting as
Chairman. Routine financial matters were dealt with early on, the main
business being a discussion about the Draft of the Deed of Conveyance of
the Jubilee Hall and accompanying correspondence. The Council approved
the draft and decided to instruct solicicitors to have the necessary
deed prepared and signed. The only problem in need of clarification was
the accuracy of the plan. Mr Hodder was asked to prepare an accurate
one. It was agreed that “ at the conclusion of the proceedings
connected with the transfer of the Jubilee Hall that a letter of thanks
should be sent to the Hon. A.V.Hood”
The next meeting was held on
13 October, Mr Fowler acting as Chairman. Little business was done nor was
there at the subsequent meeting on 10 November chaired again by Mr
On 8 December Mr Fry presided over a well-attended meeting.
Managing Clerk from Messrs Tucker and Forward was present and produced
the Deed of Conveyance of the Jubilee Hall and Declaration of Trust
thereof and of the fund for its endowment. “It was resolved on the
motion of Mr J Pym, seconded by Mr TM Loaring that the Deed be approved,
and that the same and a duplicate thereof, and the transfer to the
Council of the ten shares in the Agricultural Hall Co Limited be
executed on behalf of the Council by Francis James Fry the Chairman at
this meeting and Frederick Brenchley Fowler, and Arthur Wyatt, two other
members of the Council also present at this meeting, this was agreed to
unanimously and the same were executed accordingly. It was also agreed
that the Jubilee Hall and buildings should be insured for £1500 with
Royal Ins Co, two pictures for £100 and two pictures for £20 and the
furniture for £80. Also that the Deed of Conveyance and certificate of
shareholders be deposited for safety with Stuckeys Banking Company, also
that rules should be drawn up with regard to the use of the Hall and for
the present permission for its use should be given by two members of the
Council or one member and the Clerk”
The early meetings of the New
Year on 19 January and 9 February were quiet. Mr Fowler chaired both. On
9 March Mr Fry took charge. At this meeting it was reported that the
Deeds of Conveyance of the Jubilee Hall had been signed and that the
Certificate of Agricultural Hall shares had been completed. It was
resolved to ask Messrs Tucker and Forward to hand these to the Clerk.
The Chairman generously agreed to pay the legal fees for which he was
On 14 April the Annual Meeting took place. Mr Fry was
re-elected as Chairman with Mr Fowler as his Deputy. Messrs Boucher and
Raisin were chosen Overseers for the ensuing year with Colonel Henley
and Mr Fowler Trustees of Holsworthy's Charity. The Relief List was
examined and some alterations recommended. Mr Wyatt was proposed as a
replacement for Mr Eveleigh on the Rural District Council, the latter
There were only two meetings in the summer, on 8th June and 10
August. Mr Fowler chaired both. Several cheques were issued, to Rev
Spencer (Minister's Fees-12s 6d), Mr Cook (Salary and Grave
digging-£1.16) and the Postmaster General (last payment on the
guarantee for the Winsham Telegraph Office-£1.16.2d).
The Council were
pleased that the final payment had been made but realised what a great
asset the Telegraph Office had been to the parish.
On 14 September Mr Wyatt chaired a brief meeting at which it was agreed
to hold a special session to revise the rules of the Jubilee Hall on 21
September.Mr Fowler acted as Chairman. The original minutes of this
meeting make no reference to the Jubilee Hall but do say that two
letters were discussed. The first from Rev Spencer asked for an
additional gate to the Cemetery. This was refused. The second from Rev
Prebendary Robinson asked that the Tithe Map be handed to the Vicar and
Churchwardens. This was agreed.
The final meeting of the year was on 14
December in the Jubilee Hall. It was agreed to accept Mr Batstone's
estimate for a new cover to a sewage pit and for Mr Churchill to repair
the iron gates leading to Ammerham.
The Clerk was asked to write to the
owner of the path across Verdhay complaining of its poor state. Mr
Fowler chaired this meeting.
A letter from the Chard Town Clerk asking Winsham to guarantee the
expenses of the Chard Fire Brigade when called to a fire in the Parish
was discussed at the meeting on 11 January chaired by Mr Fowler. The
matter was adjourned for further consideration.
On 8 March Mr Wyatt
acted as Chairman when the Council asked the Clerk to write to Chard
Town Council stating that Winsham Parish Council could not guarantee any
such expenses. A complaint was discussed about the dangerous state of
some property in West Street. The Clerk was asked to write to the owner.
“ A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to both the Chairman and Vice
Chairman for their valuable services to the Council.”
elected Council met on 15 April. In attendance were Messrs Fowler
(Chairman), A. Budge, T.M.Loaring, F. Pike J. Pym, A. Wyatt and the
Clerk. Mr Fry was unanimously elected Chairman and Mr Alfred Budge Vice
Chairman. Messrs Raisen and Dare were appointed Overseers.
Henley and Mr Fowler were re-appointed Trustees of Holsworthys Charity.
Mr Loaring was chosen as School Manager, replacing Mr Dommett who
had resigned. The Relief List was examined and some suggestions made.
The Clerk was instructed to write to the owner of a property in Court
Street about its dangerous state of repair.
There was a meeting of the Council on Friday 10 May chaired by Mr
As required by the County Council three Parish Councillors were
chosen to form a joint local education committee with Cricket St Thomas.
Those selected were Messrs Fowler, Wyatt and Pym . Mr Loaring was
confirmed as People's Manager. On 14 June Mr Budge was again in charge.
Cheques were issued to Mr Cook (£3.7.0) and Revd Spencer (£0.17.6d).
It was agreed that Mr Robbins should do what repairs were necessary to
the wells in Fore Street.
The next meeting on 30 July, chaired by Mr
Budge, agreed that the Clerk should advertise the post of Caretaker of
the Cemetery and Churchyard .
It was also agreed that Mr Robbins should
be asked to cut the grass in the Churchyard and the Cemetery and also
“put both places in good order”.
On 9 August the Council agreed to
appoint Mr James Perrott as Caretaker of the Churchyard and Cemetery in
place of Mr Cook who had resigned due to ill-health. The salary was to
be £2.10.0 per annum with grave digging being paid “ according to the
approved scale.” The Clerk was asked to write to Messrs Nantes and
Sanctuary about the unsafe condition of some properties in Court Street.
Several matters were dealt with at the meeting on 13 September
chaired by Mr Budge. A letter from Messrs Nantes and Sanctuary was read
and discussed, the Clerk was asked to write to Mr E.C. Spencer to tell
him to stop his poultry damaging the cemetery (!) and to also write to
the Union suggesting that the Jubilee Hall should be used as the Pay
Station for the relief of the poor instead of a cottage as at present.
The Council decided that an effort should be made to try to get the
L.and S.W.R.Co to supply a motor service for the district.
meeting on 11 October cheques were paid to Mr Perrott, Revd Spencer and
to Mr Singleton (Sexton's fees).
The parish pump was again in need of
repair and Mr Loaring was tasked to check the water supply in Fore
The Clerk was asked to see Mr Robbins about the poor state of
the bridge at Chalkway leading to Purtington. Mr Budge chaired this
meeting as he did the following one on 8 November.
It was reported that
the parish pump and the water supply in Fore Street were now in a
satisfactory condition and that the bridge at Chalkway was now “ in
It was agreed that the Cemetery and Churchyard
Caretaker should be insured under the Workmen’s Compensation Act.
final meeting of the year was on 13 December. Mr Budge chaired it.
Circulars were read from the County Council about the Allotments and
Small Holdings Act and it was agreed to hold a Parish Meeting on
December in the Schoolroom to handle applications.
The Clerk agreed to
write a circular to other Parish Councils interested in a motor rail
service for the district and asking for their cooperation.
followed about Whealdon's Charity. A separate meeting was arranged to
discuss this with the help of Revd Spencer.
The meetings held on 10 January and 14 February were uneventful apart
from the calling of a Public Meeting on 29 January to discuss the Rail
Mr Budge chaired both.
On 13 March Mr Fowler took charge
in the absence of Mr Budge due to illness. A letter was read concerning
a meeting at Chard Road attended by Mr Vallance the District
Superintendent of the London and S.W.R.Co. when the case for a Motor
Rail Service was made.
Routine cheques for Mr Perrott, Mr Singleton and
Revd Spencer were issued.
The Annual Meeting took place on 13 April. Mr
Fry was unanimously re-elected Chairman and Mr Budge Vice Chairman.
Messrs William Dare and George Welch were appointed Overseers for the
The Relief List was examined and a few suggestions made.
Mr Budge reported that there had been no reaction to date from the L.
and S.W.R. Co.
A meeting on 8 May dealt with only one topic: a letter from the L.and
S.W.R. Co.. It was decided to call a meeting of all interested parishes
to agree a form of reply. Mr Budge chaired the meeting.
He also chaired
the next session on 12 June at which the Clerk reported that he had sent
a letter to the L.and S.W.R.Co. and had received an acknowledgement.
Council next met on 10 July. Mr Budge acted as Chairman. Messrs Fowler,
Loaring, Pym and the Clerk attended. Cheques were signed for Revd
Spencer, Mr Singleton and Mr Perrott. The respective amounts were
£0.7.6d, £0.5.6d and £1.9.6d. Payments of £0.4.7d for graveside
planks and £0.4.0d for a scythe and stone were sanctioned.
A reply from
L.and S.W.R.Co. was read stating that they could do nothing at present
with regard to “Halts” but it was agreed that the matter
should not be allowed to drop.
On 14 August the Council dealt only with
routine financial matters. Mr Budge chaired the meeting.
The first autumn meeting was held on 9 October in the Jubilee Hall.
There was a lengthy discussion about the responsibility for laying pipes
in Fore Street and elsewhere. The Parish Council felt the task belonged
to the Rural District Council, they believed the Parish Council to be
responsible. The Clerk was asked to write an appropriate letter.
meeting agreed to drop the matter of the Motor Rail Service for the
present following further correspondence. The issue of the dangerous
state of a property in Court Lane was raised and it was agreed that the
Clerk should write to the owner Mr Hayes threatening to involve the
Rural District Council if no action was taken.
Routine cheques were
signed. Mr Budge chaired the meeting.
On 13 November the Council
discussed a letter from Chard Rural District Council in which they
denied responsibility for pipe work in Fore Street but giving permission
for a pipe to be laid at the entrance to Pools Lane from Church Street!
Mr Hayes, the relevant owner, was to be informed.
The Clerk was asked to
deal with a complaint over a property in West Street, the problem of the
pipe in Fore Street and the dangerous property in Court Street.
agreed that the Clerk should obtain a copy of Dr Whealdon's will
referring to the Charity left by him for the benefit of Winsham and also
to apply for remission of Income Tax on it.
Mr Budge chaired this
meeting as he did for the next one held on 11 December. The Clerk
reported that Mr Hayes had visited Winsham and had given an assurance
that his property in Court Street would be pulled down shortly thus
removing any danger to the public. The Clerk was asked to complete a
Census of Production form covering an expenditure of £5 on the cemetery
and to continue the argument about the pipe in Fore Street with Chard
Rural District Council. He was also asked to find out from Chard Fire
Brigade what they required in order to attend at a fire in Winsham! The
Council decided to hold a Special Meeting on 18 December to discuss the
Ordinary Meetings-Spring 1909
The first meeting
of the New Year was held on 8 January in the Jubilee Hall. Mr Budge acted
as Chairman, Messrs Fowler, Loaring, Pile, Pym and the Clerk attended.
It was reported that pipes had been laid in Pools Lane and in Fore
Street by the Rural District Council! (a victory for Winsham Parish
Routine cheques were signed.
The Council next met on 26 March.
Two complaints were heard, the first about a fallen tree blocking the
footpath in Ammerham Meadow owned by Mr Bowerman and the second
concerning the fact that the footpath adjoining Forde Abbey was
dangerous on dark nights as the path was “not protected from the river”.
The Clerk was asked to write to Mr Bowerman. Mr Churchill was to be asked
to repair the gate leading to the pathway across Barton Close from Pools
Lane. Mr Budge chaired this meeting.
April 19 brought the Annual
Statutory Meeting of the Parish Council. Mr Fry was again unanimously
elected as Chairman with Mr Budge as Vice-Chairman. Messrs Frank Pile and
George Welch were chosen as Overseers.
Colonel Henley and Mr Fowler were
appointed Trustees of the Holsworthy Charity for the ensuing year.
Reference was made to a letter received from the Rural District Council
about an infectious disease in the village. It appears to be related to
the water supply in Fore Street. A report by Dr Sibbald, the Medical
Officer of Health, was awaited. Mr Fowler was asked to obtain an
estimate for repairs to the churchyard wall while the Clerk was tasked
to interview Revd Spencer about the unsatisfactory state of the footpath
through Barton Close leading to the
On May 14 the Council met in the Jubilee Hall with Mr Budge
It was reported that the tree in Ammerham Meadow had been
removed. It was agreed that the estimate for repairs to the Churchyard
wall was too high and that a second one should be obtained.
was asked to write to Mr Roper about the footpath near Forde Abbey .He,
the Clerk, reported that the Vicar considered the complaint over the
footpath through Barton Close to be difficult to resolve as it was open
to the public.
The main topic of the meeting however was the poor
quality of water in Fore Street. After a long discussion it was decided
to send the following statement to Chard Rural District Council
the Annual Parish Meeting which was largely attended a complaint was
made to the Parish Council from the inhabitants of Fore Street and Back
Street because of the distance they have to go to fetch water and also
that the Public Water Supply was polluted after a heavy rainfall
although at other times it was satisfactory. The Parish Council being in
doubt as to what is best to be done suggest that the R.D.C. make
inquiries as to the water supply for the two streets above mentioned, as
it is possible the owners might better utilize the water supply of their
own property for the benefit of their tenants”
At the next meeting on
11 June, chaired by Mr Budge, it was reported that Mr Roper had written
refusing to take any action over the footpath. The Clerk was asked to
write to him again. It was also reported that the R.D.C. had inspected
the water supply.
On 13 August both the accounts of the Parish Council
and Overseers were examined having been audited by Mr Walrond. The first
showed a balance in hand of £0.17.5d, the second one of £3.8.3d.An
estimate from Messrs Parsons and Dunster of £4.3.3d for repairs to the
Churchyard wall was accepted.
Routine cheques were signed. Mr Budge chaired this meeting.
The next meeting was on 10 September in the Jubilee Hall. Mr Pym acted
It was reported that the repairs to the churchyard wall had
been completed satisfactorily but that, because additional work was
necessary, the cost would be greater than expected.
Circulars from the
County Council Education Committee about lectures on gardening,
agriculture and poultry were examined but no decision as to the
formation of classes was made.
On 8 October the Council met under the
chairmanship of Mr Budge. The Council agreed to increase the
salary from £27.10.0 to £30 “such salary to include the cost of
journeys to pay the Treasurer and getting the Rate signed”.
volunteered to get what information he could about forming a Rifle Club.
The Clerk was instructed to get the necessary forms to enable people to
join classes in agriculture, horticulture and poultry keeping.
cheques were signed before the meeting ended.
On 12 November Mr Budge
acted as Chairman, Messrs Fowler, Loaring, Pile, Pym, Wyatt and the
Clerk were present. Mr Ross (Clerk to the R.D.C.) and Mr Carter
(Sanitary Inspector) also attended.
After a long discussion it was
agreed on Mr Budge's suggestion that the R.D.C. ascertains what
connection, if any, exists between the water coming out of the wall near
the top well and a well near Mr Hodder's property and also to open up the
ground beyond the policeman’s house to see if there is any water
The Council then discussed the problem of a fire in the village
deciding that the fire brigade would be of little use owing to the
difficulty of getting an ample supply of water, the River Axe being so
Mr Pym asked for permission to use the Jubilee Hall when
starting a Rifle Club. The Council refused his request but offered their
support to his idea.
The final meeting of the year was on 10 December
chaired by Mr Budge. It was reported that a drain had been found leading
from a well in Mr Hodder's ground to the water supply .The R.D.C. would
be dealing with this problem.
A bill for £6.2.9d was accepted for
repairs to the Churchyard wall by Messrs Parsons Bros and Dunster and
the Council agreed to help with the Whealdon's Charity should it be
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