THE HISTORY OF WINSHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Summaries of Parish Council business
(RPI Index-55-see Introduction)
On 14 May Mr Budge acted as Chairman. At the start of the meeting he thanked the Council for his re-election and for the members kind words about him at the last meeting. Mr Hillier reported that the barbed wire obstructing the footpath at Hazelwood, about which a complaint had been received, had been removed. He also stated that a second barbed wire obstruction had also been reported and it was thought that the tenant, Mr Wheaton, must have done this. The Clerk was instructed to write to him telling him to remove it. Mr Budge told the members that he had done some research on the Village Pound and had discovered that it had been sold with the adjoining property formerly belonging to the late Viscount Bridport. It was decided to ask the Clerk to write to Mr Boait, the occupier, to deal with the flooded footpath at Verdhay and to Mr Boait to put up a step to the stile leading in to the field at Malthouse.The Clerk was also asked to write to Chard R.D.C. to report the dangerous state of the property at the S.E. corner of Church Street. The Council considered it prudent to do so as they could be liable should an accident occur.
On 11 June the Council was informed that the barbed wire at Hazelwood had not been removed. The Clerk was asked to write to Mr Wheaton saying that if it has not been removed by 16 June the Council will report the matter to the agent, Mr Forward. The meeting learned that the problem at Verdhay had been resolved but nothing had been done at Malthouse Gate. Various cheques were signed . It was agreed to write to Mr Stoodley about repairs to the Jubilee Hall . Mr Helliar said he would write to the surveyor about the dangerous archway in one of his fields and the Chairman, Mr Budge, agreed to see Mr Peadon about his dilapidated property in Back Street.
On 23 July the Council met in the school with Mr Budge acting as Chairman. It was reported that Mr Wheaton had responded to the Council's letter but in an unsatisfactory way. He had put rails over the wire still making it difficult to climb over. The Clerk was asked to write in strong terms saying the wire must be removed. Mr Northcombe agreed to see Mr Boait about the stile at Malthouse.
A system was agreed for National Registration. It was as follows:
Mr Fowler Whatley, Street, Leigh and Leigh Lane, Monkham Down, Marshwood, Bridge, Whitegate and Ammerham.
Mr Copp Purtington, Puthill, Midnell, Lue, Chalkway, London Lodge, Cricket St Thomas.
Mr Budge Broadenham, Pauls Ash and Hey.
Mr Loaring Fore Street, Back Street, Church Street, West Street, Court Street, Axwater, Malt house, Wynyard and Poole’s Lane.
The first meeting of the autumn was on 10 September in the Jubilee Hall with Mr Budge acting as Chairman. It was reported that new stiles had been built on the footpath from Whatley to Ammerham and at Malthouse. Cheques were signed for Mr Short (Caretaker of the cemetery) for £1:2:6d and to Mr Northcombe to pay the Sexton £0:2:6d, the Minister £0:2:6d and Mr Singleton £0:7:6d for a ladder. There was a long debate, including a solicitor’s advice, over a claim made by Mr Wheaton that his black mare had been poisoned by eating yew from a tree in the cemetery. It was agreed to send a letter to Mr Wheaton’s solicitor, saying, “That the Parish Council after hearing legal advice on the matter consider they are not liable to pay this claim. The Caretaker of the cemetery says that the said yew trees have never protruded through the fence into Mr Wheaton’s pasture field. Will you (Mr Saunders, the Parish Council's Solicitor) please write to Mr Wheaton to that effect”.
The Council agreed that more members of the Jubilee Hall were needed. In order to attract them it was decided to try to make the Reading Room more attractive.
On 8 October the Council met in the Jubilee Hall and heard that Mr Saunders had sent a letter to Mr Wheaton as requested and that he had received a letter from Messrs Clarke and Co of Taunton on the claimant's behalf. It was agreed to leave the Village Lighting in abeyance “on account of the war”. It was also agreed that Mr Loaring could dispose of the old Jubilee Hall stove for not less than five shillings. Mr Fowler agreed to establish what Urban Powers meant in respect of derelict property in Winsham.
Mr Budge chaired this meeting as he did for the next one, a Special Meeting, on 20 October. A letter from Mr Saunders was read and it was agreed that he should visit the cemetery to examine the tree and to interview witnesses.
Another Special Meeting was held on 27 October attended by Mr Saunders. This meeting concluded that the Council should compromise and make an offer of £30 to Mr Wheaton “without prejudice”.
On 29 October there was another Special Meeting chaired by Mr Budge. It was told that Mr Wheaton would accept £40 as a settlement but after a long debate the Council decided to offer £35 including costs. The Clerk was asked to write to Mr Saunders to this effect.
On 12 November the meeting in the Jubilee Hall was again chaired by Mr Budge. Mr Loaring reported that he had obtained £0:7:6d for the Jubilee Hall stove. He was congratulated. The Clerk was asked to write a letter of condolence to the widow of Mr Helliar “who was always very keen on his duties as a Councillor”. It was suggested that Mr E J Broom should be asked to fill the vacancy caused by Mr Helliar's untimely death. Mr Holcombe was chosen Overseer for the remainder of the year.
On 24 November a Special Meeting was held when a payment of £35 was authorised to settle Mr Wheaton’s claim for the loss of his black mare. The meeting, chaired by Mr Budge, agreed to allow Revd Spencer to use the Jubilee Hall for a Bible Class on Sunday afternoons for which the Caretaker should be paid £0:7:6d and sixpence each time a fire was needed.
The final meeting of the year was on December 10, chaired by Mr Budge. Various bills were settled and an appreciative letter from Mrs Helliar was read. A letter from Mr Courtney about the dangerous state of the road at Ammerham was discussed and was referred to Chard R.D.C.
The first meeting of the New Year was on 14
January with Mr Budge acting as Chairman. Cheques were signed for
Jubilee Hall expenses and Mr Fowler reported that Chard R.D.C. were
considering the complaint about the road at Ammerham. The amount of
guarantee required by the Guardians for the Asst Overseer was considered
.The Clerk was instructed to write to Chard R.D.C. stating that the
Council considered the present guarantee quite sufficient.
There was no meeting in February, the next being on 10 March. Mr Budge was the Chairman. Routine cheques were signed and it was agreed to hold the Annual Parish Meeting on 24 March. It was also agreed that the Clerk should hold the key to the Jubilee Hall piano and that the charge for its use should be £0:2:6d. Mr E J Broom signed the declaration of office and was welcomed by the Chairman on behalf of the Council.
On 14th April the Statutory Meeting was held in the Jubilee Hall. Mr Fry was re-elected as Chairman, with Mr Budge his Vice-Chairman. Messrs Eli John Broom and William Robert Holcombe were chosen as Overseers. It was agreed to make a Precept on the Overseers for Burial Board expenses for £13 and £2 for general expenses of the Council. It was also agreed that the Clerk should write to the Guardians with regard to payment of relief to the poor.
The Council next met on 12 May . Mr Budge was unable to attend due to illness. Mr Pym acted as Chairman with only two other Councillors and the Clerk present. Any necessary decisions were delayed for a better attended meeting.
Mr Budge returned as Chairman on
9 June when Messrs Fowler, Holcombe, Broom, Loaring, Pym and the Clerk
were present. The Clerk reported that he had written to Mr Wheaton
saying that the Council bore no responsibility for the repair of the
gates across Ammerham Fields nor for any damage done by stock as a
result of them straying. The Council agreed with this unanimously and
asked the Clerk to write to Mr Wheaton again, emphasising the Council's
viewpoint. An estimate of £5 for the repair of water pipes in Fore
Street was accepted. A cheque for £9:6:8d was signed to pay Mr
Solicitors expenses connected with the loss of Mr Wheaton’s black
mare. The Clerk read out a letter from L.G.C. about fees for erecting
tombstones. As a result it was agreed that no fees should be paid to the
Sexton from the end of June but should be retained by the Council. The
tapping of the water main to supply Manor Farm was discussed and it was
agreed unanimously that the application should be refused.
The next Council Meeting was on 3 August with Mr Budge acting as Chairman. It was reported that a vacancy on the District Council had arisen because of the resignation of Mr Wyatt. The Council decided that both Mr Budge and Mr Dommett would be suitable candidates. Mr Budge stated that he did not wish to be considered. The Clerk was asked to write to Mr Dommett explaining the situation. Cheques were signed for Mr Short (salary and grave digging) £1:7:0d, for the Jubilee Hall account, Mr Singleton £2:5:3d, Mr Robbins £1:15:0d, Mr Churchill £0:15:0d and Mr Northcombe £1:4:2d for newspapers.
There was a Council Meeting on 15 September in the Jubilee Hall
chaired by Mr Budge. Routine cheques were signed and it was agreed that
Mr Short should be paid extra for his work in removing the yew trees
from the cemetery. A vote of thanks was accorded to Mr Townsend for “the
trouble he took to view the yew trees and report on the same”. The
Clerk was asked to write an appropriate letter to him. A letter was read
from Mr Saunder's solicitors about the gates across Ammerham Fields. It
was agreed that the Clerk should discuss it with Mr Ross, Clerk of Chard
R.D.C. It was also agreed that the Jubilee Hall should be closed at 7pm
while the Lighting Regulations were in force.
On 13 October the Council met in the Jubilee Hall with Mr Budge acting as Chairman. Letters were read from Chard R.D.C. from which it was evident that the Parish Council has no responsibility for the maintenance of footpaths and that the Council should not become involved except to refer any obstructions to the Rural District Council. There was a lengthy discussion about a proposal to send some children from Chard to Winsham whose mother was supposed to be suffering from Typhoid fever. It was agreed that the Clerk should write objecting to the idea.
On 22 December Mr Budge acted as Chairman again. “Before the business of the meeting the Chairman proposed in a few well chosen words that a vote of sympathy be forwarded to Mr and Mrs Fry on the loss of their son. This was unanimously agreed and the Clerk was instructed to write a letter to that effect”. Sympathy was also extended to the Clerk who had suffered domestic loss. Routine cheques were signed.
The first meeting of the New Year was on 12 January in the Jubilee Hall. Mr Budge acted as Chairman. A letter from Mr and Mrs. Fry was read thanking the Council for their letter of sympathy. There was a discussion about extending the cemetery and it was agreed that the Clerk should write to the L.G. Board to decide the way ahead. It was also agreed to increase the Assistant Overseer's Salary from £30 to £32 to cover the cost of the increased guarantee now required by the Board of Guardians and other expenses . It was reported that the path at Verdhay was blocked. The Clerk was asked to write to the owner, Mrs Quick, to put matters right. A circular was read from the Somerset War Agricultural Committee concerning a survey of land, ploughing grass land, potato growing, pig keeping in villages, cultivation of fruit and vegetables, the keeping of poultry and women workers. After a discussion the Council agreed to support the idea but to explain to Chard R.D.C. that they knew of no wasteland in the Parish and that the allotments were all taken and managed well. An application from Revd H. Phillips to use the Jubilee Hall on Wednesdays for two hours was considered. This led to a discussion about heating costs as Revd Phillips had offered to provide his own “light and firing”. The Council decided that those hiring the Hall should use coal and oil from the store and pay according to the amount used.
A Special Meeting took place on 19 January to
consider The Somerset Agricultural Circular on the cultivation of vacant
land, allotments and gardens under two acres. Mr Budge chaired the
meeting. The conclusion of this meeting was that the only vacant land
available was beside the railway line but it was thought not worth the
labour involved to break it up ready for cropping.
On 9 February the Council met in the Jubilee Hall with Mr Budge acting as Chairman. A letter was read from the L.G. Board concerning an extension to the cemetery. It suggested that the application should be made to the Home Secretary. The Clerk was asked to apply to him to consecrate another part of the existing Burial Ground as the present time was thought not suitable for expending large sums of money. A long discussion followed on the management of the Jubilee Hall. It was agreed that the Clerk should draw up a set of regulations for use by the Caretaker.
On 9 March the Council met in the Jubilee Hall at 7pm.Mr Budge acted as Chairman. It was reported that a letter had been received from the Home Secretary about the cemetery .The Revd W.Gatsby attended and said that the Non Conformists believed that to consecrate another part of the Burial Ground would be shortsighted and that a new area was needed. After a lengthy discussion the Council decided to ask the Clerk to write to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and to the Vicar seeking their views. He was also asked to find out from the tenant the approximate cost of purchasing part of the adjoining field. The Clerk was also asked to get Mr Churchill to put the water taps back in working order. An application by Mr Short for an increase in salary was discussed and an extra £1 a year approved from 1 April. A circular from the County Council about National Service was discussed and it was agreed to raise this at the Annual Parish Meeting on 23 March. The War Savings Scheme was also discussed. Various cheques were signed and the Jubilee Hall regulations for use by Mr Singleton were read and approved.
The Statutory Meeting on 16 April 1917 was held in the Jubilee Hall and was chaired by Mr Northcombe initially. Mr Fry was re-elected as Chairman with Mr Budge Vice –Chairman. Messrs W.R.Holcombe and H.D.Gill were appointed Overseers. A letter from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners was read acknowledging the proposed extension to the cemetery.
The Council met on 25 June in the Jubilee Hall. Mr A. Budge
acted as Chairman. Others present were Messrs F.B.Fowler, W.R.Hodder,
T.M.Loaring, J.Pym and the Clerk. A cheque was signed for £1:4:0d to
pay Mr Short's salary and for grave digging. Other cheques were signed
and the gift of £7 by Mr Fry towards the costs of the Jubilee Hall was
acknowledged. It was decided to buy a potato spraying machine for
£4:4:0d following a circular from the County Council Agricultural
Committee advising on the terms under which one could be bought. Messrs
Pym, Loaring and the Clerk were appointed as a small committee to make
the necessary arrangements. The Clerk was asked to write to Chard R.D.C.
calling attention to the dangerous state of the wall at “Slow Bridges
Ammerham”. Mention was also made of the dangerous state of the wall at
the corner of New Road enclosing Mr Spurdle's garden.
On 3 August the Council met with Mr A. Budge acting as Chairman. The Clerk was asked to write to Mrs. Quick about an obstruction to the footpath at Verdhay and to Mr Ward Coldridge about the dangerous wall enclosing Mr Spurdle's garden. The District Councilors, Mr Fowler and Mr Dommett, were asked to seek clarification over a proposal to install another standpipe in Church Street following a letter from Chard R.D.C. A letter of resignation from Mr Short was discussed but after speaking to the Chairman he had decided to stay on as changes were thought to be likely when the cemetery was extended. The Council agreed to the putting up of a new store in the Jubilee Hall by the County Council Education Committee. Mr Herbert Wheaton was chosen as a Parish Councilor to replace Mr Joseph Broom who had resigned.
The Council next met on 5 October with Mr A. Budge acting as
Chairman. Various cheques were signed and a circular from Chard R.D.C. was read about the building of dwellings for “the
working classes”. Mr R.B.Oxley was appointed treasurer to the Parish
Council in place of the late Mr A.D.Paul. It was reported that the
obstruction at Verdhay had been removed but that the path was still
unsatisfactory. A letter was read from Mrs. Gill asking to use the
Jubilee Hall for a whist drive. This was agreed, a charge of ten
shillings being thought reasonable.
Mr A. Budge took charge of the next meeting on 9 November. There had obviously been some ill feeling in the village because there was a discussion about people complaining to the press rather than raising issues at the Annual Parish Meeting. No details are given in the original minutes.
An application to use the Jubilee Hall for a Whist Drive on 28 November was granted, it being for a whist drive only. Mr Smith's offer of a load of logs for the Hall was accepted enthusiastically. The Report on housing prepared by the Chairman and the Clerk was read and approved.
A Special Meeting was held on 21 November. Present were
Mr Budge (Chairman), Mr F.B.Fowler, Mr W.R.Holcombe, Mr T.M.Loaring, Mr
J.Pym, Mr H.Wheaton, The Clerk, Mr Freeman Roper and Revd M.H.Phillips
(the last two being members of the whist drive committee). After hearing
the views of Mr Roper and Revd Phillips the Council, without them
present, decided “that the amended application for an hour's dance
after the whist drive on 28 November be granted”. At the end of the
meeting Mr Fowler gave notice that he would introduce a motion about
charges for the use of the Hall at the next meeting.
The last meeting of the year was on 14 December. Mr Fowler was voted to the Chair. Routine cheques were signed. A letter of resignation as a Parish Councillor from Mr Budge was read out. This was received with great regret and the Clerk was asked to write to Mr Budge asking him to reconsider his decision. Mr Fowler introduced his motion, which rescinded the resolution of 5 October re the use of the Jubilee Hall for a whist drive and dance. His motion was “That an inclusive charge of ten shillings be made for the use of the Hall for a whist drive and dance and other entertainment in aid of the Red Cross.” This was seconded by Mr Pym and agreed. Some discussion took place over window blinds for the Hall. The Chairman agreed to investigate before the next meeting.
The first meeting of the New Year was on 11 January chaired by
Mr Fowler. A letter from Mr Budge was read stating that he still wished
to resign as a Parish Councillor. (He first became a Councillor in April
1907). The Clerk read a letter from Chard R.D.C. about water supply to
the Blue Houses. The meeting was told that Mr Fry was willing to pay for
a supply to them. Two letters from the Somerset War Agricultural
Committee were discussed. The offer of seed potatoes was accepted but it
was considered that no more suitable land for allotments was available
and that there would be insufficient labour to cultivate any additional
areas. The Clerk reported that Mr Fry had sent a cheque for £13:19:0d
to cover the cost of the Jubilee Hall to the end of 1917. Routine cheques
were signed. It was agreed that the Clerk should write to Mr Fry
thanking him for his generosity.
On 8 February Mr Fowler acted as Chairman. It was reported that nine applications for allotments had been received. The Clerk was tasked to find out how much land the applicants wanted and to ask the Agricultural Committee how such land could best be acquired.
A Special Allotments Meeting was held on 27 February, chaired by Mr Fowler. Mr Herbert Wheaton offered a field next to the old allotments and the Clerk was asked to write to the owners, Messrs Hayes and Son, seeking their agreement. He was also asked to write to the applicants and to the Agricultural Committee over detailed arrangements such as length of tenancy and the services of the Allotments Inspector.
On 8 March Mr Fowler acted as Chairman again at a meeting held in the Jubilee Hall. It was proposed by Mr Loaring and seconded by Mr Pym that a letter of protest be sent to Chard R.D.C. about the use of private keys for the new standpipe supplying water to the Blue Houses. Routine cheques were signed. A report by Mr Snelgrove, Inspector of Allotments, was read and discussed. It was agreed that the sites he had chosen were too steep, had poor access and were on heavy soil! He was to be asked to make another visit! The purchase of gravel for the churchyard path and the repair of the churchyard gates were discussed before the meeting closed with agreement to hold the Annual Parish Meeting on 28 March in the school at 8pm.
The Statutory Annual Meeting was held in the Jubilee Hall on 15 April. Messrs F.B.Fowler, W.R.Holcombe, T.M.Loaring, J.Pym and the Clerk were present. Mr F.J.Fry was re-elected as Chairman for the ensuing year. It was decided that the post of Vice Chairman should be renamed Presiding Chairman when the proper Chairman was not present. Messrs J.Pym and F.B.Fowler were appointed Trustees of the Holsworthy Charity. Messrs J.Warren and S.Cross were appointed Overseers. A letter from Chard R.D.C. was read offering two acres at Bakers Field for £4 a year for allotments. The Clerk was asked to write to establish responsibility for fencing and for providing a gate. It was agreed to accept Mr Robbin's tender for providing gravel for the churchyard paths and to ask him for an estimate for repairs to the W.C. in the Jubilee Hall. It was reported that the Ecclesiastical Commissioners had agreed to sell a quarter of an acre of Clapps Close for the enlargement of the cemetery.
A site visit was arranged for Wednesday 20 April at 8 pm. Routine cheques were signed and a letter from Chard R.D.C. about housing was read and adjourned for further consideration.
A Special Meeting was held on 20 April in the Jubilee Hall chaired by Mr Fowler. It was decided that the Clerk should write to the Somerset War Agricultural Committee about fencing off the allotments and that the applicants should meet the Council at Bakers Field. The members then visited the cemetery and agreed that the extension should be to the west and that a four foot gravel path should divide the old and the new areas.
On 22 April a further meeting took place in Bakers Field attended by all members of the Council, the allotment applicants “and other gentlemen”. Mr Loaring and the Clerk agreed to mark out the plots free of charge and the Parish Council undertook to pay for the fencing. Mr Smith agreed to provide two gateposts for the gate and the Clerk was asked to order four dozen gate hurdles from Messrs Heal and Sons of Axminster. He was also asked to write to Chard R.D.C. requesting permission to connect the Jubilee Hall W.C. to the main sewer. Mr F.B. Fowler was Presiding Chairman at these meetings.
The next Council Meeting was on 17 May in the Jubilee Hall.
Present were Mr F.B.Fowler (Presiding Chairman), Messrs W.R.Holcombe,
T.M.Loaring, J.Pym, H.Wheaton and the Clerk.
It was reported that Messrs Heal and Sons were unable to provide gate hurdles for the allotments and that another source would have to be found. It was also reported that a further meeting would be required over the Cemetery extension as the tenant of Clapps Close, Mr F.W.Wheaton, (he of the poisoned Black Mare) was buying the field and did not agree with an extension going towards Ammerham “as it would create such a long gangway”. It was agreed that the Council should meet Mr Wheaton to discuss the problem. The Council also agreed to obtain copies of Allotment Rules from the County Council Allotment Inspector. Precepts were made on the Overseers for £6 Burial Board Expenses and £14 for General Expenses for the Council.
A Special Meeting was held on 23 May at the cemetery attended by the whole Council, Mr Wheaton and the Revd D.H.Spencer. After some discussion it was agreed to extend the cemetery to the south as first planned and to gain permission to part of Barton Close adjoining the eastern railings of the cemetery as a pathway to the new portion .The Vicar agreed to write to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners accordingly.
On 14 June the Council met in the Jubilee Hall with Mr Fowler as Presiding Chairman. There were progress reports on the cemetery, the allotments and housing for the working classes. Mr Loaring pointed out that the water tank needed repairing and that the taps in Fore Street still leaked. The Clerk agreed to write to Chard R.D.C. about these and of the poor state of the parish pump. A suggestion from Miss Rollo, Inspectress of Domestic Science of Somerset County Council, that “the Public Water should be laid on for Laundry Class in the Jubilee Hall was not approved neither the use of the Hall for that kind of work.”
The rates for spraying potatoes were fixed, three half pence per square perch on a self help basis, two pence when done by a Council man. Cheques were signed for Mr Robbins for £1:15:0d (gravel for the Churchyard path) and for Mr Short for £1:9:0d (salary and grave digging).
A Special Meeting was held on 21 June when a letter from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners was discussed. It was agreed that the Clerk should see Mr Wheaton before replying, as there seemed to be doubt over current ownership of the land. It was reported that there were still problems in obtaining fencing for the allotments.
On 12 July Mr Fowler was Presiding Chairman at a meeting where it was reported that the water tank and the taps had been repaired but the parish pump had not.
The Churchyard Caretakers resignation was accepted and the Clerk was empowered to seek a replacement with effect from 1 October.
There was a meeting of the Council on 13 September in the
Jubilee Hall with Mr Fowler as Presiding Chairman. A report by the Rural
District Council on the allotments was discussed and it was agreed that
appropriate rules were needed and would be submitted for approval by the
Council. After enormous time and effort progress was reported on
obtaining fencing and the work was said to be progressing well. The
Clerk reported that Mr Wheaton was not involved in the purchase of land
for the cemetery extension. The Council decided that the Clerk should
therefore write to the relevant overnment department. Various routine
cheques were signed.
On 15 October Mr Fowler took charge again of the meeting. It was reported that The Ecclesiastical Commissioners had agreed to release the strip of land needed for the cemetery extension at a cost of £1:10:0d and added that the tenant, Revd Spencer, had no objection and did not want any compensation. The Council was informed that there had been no applicants for the Caretaker's post. After some discussion it was agreed that the salary should be raised to £6 a year and that the fees for digging graves should be increased to ten shillings for a new grave and eight shillings for re-opening one. The Clerk was asked to see whether Mr Robbins would take the job. The Rules for the Management of Allotments, prepared by Mr Loaring and the Clerk, were checked and approved. The agreement between the Agricultural Committee and the Parish Council concerning the allotments was read and signed. Various cheques were authorised including one for £3:6:8d to Mr Singleton for erecting the fence for the allotments. The final discussion of this meeting concluded that ten hundredweight of coal a week was enough for the Jubilee Hall.
On 13 December the Council met with Mr Fowler as Presiding Chairman. It was reported that an inspector would be visiting shortly to examine the proposed cemetery extension. A meeting was arranged for all the allotment holders to explain the rules and to collect rent. This was to be on Tuesday 17 December. It was unanimously agreed that the Clerk should write to Mrs Fry “ expressing the Council's deep sympathy at the death of Mr Fry and their warm appreciation of his unwavering courtesy and kindness.”
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