THE HISTORY OF WINSHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Summaries of Parish Council business
(RPI Index-39-see Introduction)
On 6 January the Council met in the Jubilee Hall with Mr Warren acting as Chairman, Mr Loaring being unwell. It was reported that repair work was being done at Watery Lane Ammerham and to the bridge leading from Chalkway to Purtington. The Council was told that the outside room at the Jubilee Hall had been tidied up and it was now thought that there was sufficient space for the Caretakers tools and for hats and coats in the same room. The Clerk announced that the Ministry of Health had approved the revised Burial Fees and their adoption was agreed. The accounts of the Jubilee Hall were presented and passed with £3:15:2d being paid in to the bank. A Precept for £18 on the Overseers was signed. Cheques were signed for Mr Robbins (Caretaker of the Cemetery) £4:10:0d- Salary £1:10:0d,Graves £3 and to the Clerk to pay The Minister £0:12:6d,The Sexton £0:12:6d,Jubilee Hall Fire Insurance £1:5:6d,Mr Singleton (Caretaker of the Jubilee Hall) £1:5:0d,Western Gazette £1:7:2d and Mr Robbins (Coal) £2:8:0d.Mr Wheaton agreed to give an oak post for a new gate to the rear entrance to the Jubilee Hall.
A Special Meeting was held on 6 February to formally adopt the new Table of Burial Fees.Mr Loaring did not attend due to illness. Those present were Messrs J.Warren (Chairman), F.B.Fowler, J.Pym and the Clerk.
On 12 March Mr Warren took charge again but in sad circumstances for Mr Loaring had written a letter of resignation due to ill health. It was proposed by Mr Fowler and seconded by Mr Bishop that the Clerk should write to Mr Loaring regretting that ill health had prevented him from continuing and expressing the Councils deep appreciation of his work while Chairman of the Council. This was carried unanimously. A number of cheques were signed before the meeting ended.
The Statutory Meeting was held on 17 April in the Jubilee Hall. Present were Revd F.D.Richardson, Messrs G.Bishop, F.Perry, C.S.Appleby, J.Pym, J.Warren and the Clerk. Mr F.B.Fowler was unable to attend. It was proposed by Mr Warren and seconded by Mr Bishop that Revd Richardson, Vicar of Winsham, be appointed Chairman of the Parish Council. This was approved by Mr Pym and through him by Mr Fowler. The resolution was carried unanimously. Proposed by Mr Appleby and seconded by Mr Bishop, Mr Warren was elected Vice Chairman. Messrs J.Warren and J.Pym were appointed Overseers for the ensuing year. “The following letter was read from the former Chairman Mr T.M.Loaring, it being agreed by the Council that the same should be entered in the minutes:
Winsham, Fore St
Mar 18 25
I thank you very much for the kind letter received expressing your regret at my retirement from the P.Council through ill health, were it otherwise I should like to continue on the Council. I deeply appreciate your reference to my past services. I have always sought the best interest of the Parish, but I do not deserve such praise, I have only done my duty. I regret I have so poorly filled my place on the Council.
I struggled on as long as I could with difficulty until I was compelled to resign.
I would desire to record the courtesy and consideration with which I have been treated by the Council and Clerk.
Wishing you a good term of Office,
T M Loaring
To Winsham P Council”
It was proposed by Mr Bishop and seconded by Mr Warren that Messrs J.Pym and C.S.Appleby be appointed Trustees of Holsworthys Charity (Parish Meadow). All agreed this. Mr J.Warren and Mr G.Bishop were chosen as School Managers. The Clerk reported that the £6 Agricultural Hall Dividend had been received.
There was a Parish Council Meeting on 15 May in the Jubilee Hall. As Revd Richardson was unwell, Mr Warren took charge. The Clerk reported that “ he had interviewed the Assessor of Taxes (Mr Gawler) concerning reclaiming of Income Tax on Agricultural Hall Dividends and his reply was in the negative.” A letter was read from the Jubilee Hall Management Committee suggesting, “ that the present Caretaker is now past carrying out his duties and responsibilities.” After some discussion it was agreed to give the Caretaker notice on 24 June, the Clerk to inform him now “ so that he might look around and get another house”. The Clerk was also asked to inform the Caretaker not to order coal unless authorised to do so by the Management Committee. The Council agreed to buy a bier for use in the Cemetery. The Chairman and the Clerk agreed to investigate costs. A cheque for £10 to Mr Charles Phillips for the Allotment field rent was signed.
On 26 June the Council met with Revd Richardson acting as Chairman. The Clerk reported that notice had been given to Mr Singleton to terminate his duties as Caretaker of the Jubilee Hall and to give up possession of the house and garden on 29 September. The Clerk was asked to write to Chard R.D.C. complaining about the state of the roads in Winsham District. He was also asked to write to Mr Wheaton about the continuing use of the path across Barton Close by his wagons. (This was in breach of his signed agreement not to do so.) Various routine cheques were signed. The bill for alterations to the doors in the Jubilee Hall from Mr J.T.Loaring was thought to be too high. The Clerk was asked to return it for revision! The subject of the bier was discussed and it was decided to write for further details, in particular for one styled “Abyssinia”, with solid India rubber tyres in steel channels if possible.
The Revd Richardson chaired the meeting held on 18 September in the Jubilee Hall. Present were Messrs G.Bishop, F.B.Fowler, F.Perry, C.S.Appleby, J.Pym and the Clerk. A letter from Mr Wheaton was read and Mr Fowler agreed to see him and Mr Chick (the other Trustee) about use of the path across Barton Close. The Council agreed to buy a bier with India rubber tyres at an extra cost of £4:10:0d .Mr Appleby agreed to deal with the details. A complaint was discussed about the unsatisfactory sanitation in some cottages in Fore Street and of overcrowding there. The Council decided to refer this to the Sanitary Inspector.
On 25 November the Council met in the Jubilee Hall with Revd Richardson in charge. A letter was read from the Sanitary Inspector, Mr Curtis, saying that every thing was satisfactory in Fore Street. There then followed a long discussion about a letter from Chard R.D.C.It proposed supplying the four new houses being built and the Police House with mains water. The Council decided that such an idea would be unfair to the older inhabitants. A proposal made by Mr Bishop and seconded by Mr Pym that standpipes should be erected at the end of the Jubilee Hall wall and adjoining the Police Station was carried unanimously. A proposal by the Jubilee Hall Committee to buy a billiard table was rejected by the Council. Members were of the opinion that a table would take up too much room and would therefore interfere with other activities.
The last meeting of the Year was on 16 December at 7pm in the Jubilee Hall.Revd Richardson was Chairman. At the start of the meeting he offered to advance £12, interest free until April, to the Parish in order to buy the bier straight away. This was accepted and the bier ordered by the Clerk. The Chairman, Mr Bishop and the Clerk were appointed as a small Committee to find the best means of erecting a shed to house the bier at the back of the Jubilee Hall.
A letter was read from the Jubilee Hall Management Committee, in answer to the Councils refusal to sanction the purchase of a Billiard Table for the Jubilee Hall, in which they formally resigned. The Council expressed regret at their decision and thanked them for all they had done for the Jubilee Hall for which they deserved great credit. It was noted that Mr Singleton had not yet left the Caretakers House. It was agreed to terminate the temporary Caretakers duties on 31 December and to make other arrangements.
On 9 February the Council met in the Jubilee Hall with Revd Richardson acting as Chairman. It was reported that the bier had arrived and would be inspected by The Chairman, Mr Bishop and the Clerk at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning. It was agreed that the charge for its use should be two shillings and six pence to parishioners and five shillings to others. Mr Appleby “had consented to house it in his Motor House”. A letter was read from Mr Ross, Clerk to Chard R.D.C. stating that the proposed rents for the new Council Houses were eight shillings per week for the Parlour Type and six shillings per week for the Non Parlour Type. After discussion the Council agreed with these rates. The Clerk was asked to write to Chard R.D.C. about the shocking state of the road from Winsham to Chard .It was considered to be dangerous in places. It was agreed that Mr Singleton should be requested again to vacate his cottage. There was a long discussion about the new Water Scheme for the village. Mr Fowler agreed to ask either Mr Ross or Mr Dommett to attend a meeting to explain it to Rate Payers. Cheques were signed to pay Mr Loaring £2:5:6d(Erecting Notice Boards in the Churchyard and Cemetery), Mr Paull, Caretaker of the Jubilee Hall, £2:8:0d, Mr Northcombe £3:16:5d (Audit Stamp £2,Workmans Club Assn. £0:10:11d,Jubilee Hall Fire Ins £1:5:6d). A Precept of £12 Burial Board expenses was signed. It was decided that the Women’s Institute and the Girl Guides should not pay for using the piano in the Jubilee Hall.
On 19 February there was a Special Meeting in the Jubilee Hall to discuss the new Water Scheme, the Council having received details from Chard R.D.C. It was agreed to invite Mr Ross, Clerk to Chard R.D.C. to attend
The Annual Parish Meeting on 5 March to answer public concerns. Mr Warren raised the subject of Mr Loaring's bill for the alterations to the doors in the Jubilee Hall. After discussion it was agreed that the Clerk should ask for a reduction of ten shillings. If agreed, the bill was then to be paid.
On 26 March the Council met in the Jubilee Hall. Various cheques were signed, including one to Mr Loaring for £2:14:6d for the Jubilee Hall doors (!) and £1:9:6d for repairs to the turret. Revd Richardson’s loan of £12 towards the cost of the bier was settled. (The bier cost £27:10:6d- Revd Richardson loaned the balance of £15:10:6d to the Council, to be repaid in due course). It was decided to tell Mr Singleton of two vacant houses, one in Church Street and one in Court Street. Mr Warren suggested that Mr Singletons daughter should clean the Jubilee Hall as she lived there, thereby saving money. Applications for the new houses were scrutinised and the following recommendations made to Chard R.D.C.
Mr Newton ,Mr W. Spurdle,Mr Phelps, Mr Down,Mr R. Graham
Mr Down was willing to take either type of house.
The first Parish Council Meeting of the Summer was on 16 April in the Jubilee Hall. It was the Statutory Meeting. Present were Revd F. D. Richardson, Messrs C. S. Appleby, G.Bishop, F.B.Fowler, F. Perry, J.Pym, J.Warren and the Clerk. Revd Richardson was elected Chairman with Mr Warren as Vice Chairman. Messrs J.Pym and J.Warren were elected as Overseers for the ensuing year. A Precept of £25 was signed and it was agreed that the Chairman and Mr Appleby should obtain a cover for the bier. Cheques were signed for Mr Paull (Temporary Caretaker of the Jubilee Hall £2:8:0d), Mr Phillips (Rent for Allotments Ground £10) and Revd Richardson (Repayment of loan for Bier £15:6:0d). The Account due from Chard R.D.C. for the Telephone Guarantee was presented and it was agreed that an application should be made requesting that the telephone should be available from 7pm to 9am in cases of emergency such as fires or accidents.
The Council next met on 11 June, with Revd Richardson acting as Chairman. Various cheques were signed including one to Mr Paull, still the temporary Caretaker of the Jubilee Hall. It was at this point that the Clerk was asked to write to Mr Singleton again about vacating the Caretakers cottage, particularly as the one at Laymore occupied by Mr Paull was suitable. He was also asked to write to Chard R.D.C. again about the shocking state of the road from Winsham to Chard. The Council decided to use Mr J.T.Loaring to carry out the necessary repairs to the Jubilee Hall floor.
On 14 September the Council met in the Jubilee Hall. Revd Richardson was Chairman. It was reported that the Winsham to Chard road had been repaired and that Mr Singleton had written to say that the cottage at Laymore was not suitable due to his poor health. After some discussion the Council decided to leave the matter in abeyance for the moment. Mr Fowler suggested that the Council should write to Major Davies M.P. thanking him for giving the site for the New Houses and also giving stone to improve their appearance. This was agreed unanimously. The Clerk was also asked to apply to Chard R.D.C. for the footpath between the School Corner and the Churchyard Wall to be tarred.
On 19 November a Special Meeting of the Council decided to approve an application from Mr Manning to install a petrol pump at his garage in Fore Street. Revd Richardson chaired this Meeting. Messrs Appleby, Perry and the Clerk were present.
The last meeting of the year was on 17 December in the Jubilee Hall. Revd Richardson was in charge. It was agreed to ask Mr Loaring to repair the window in the Jubilee Hall and for Miss Budge to hold a key to one of the cupboards in the Hall. A letter was read from Chard R.D.C. “ about the Clerks Salary after the Rating and Valuation came in to operation”. The Chairman agreed to write to the Clerk of Chard R.D.C.. Routine cheques were signed.
On 4 March the Council met in the Jubilee Hall with Revd Richardson as Chairman. At the request of Chard R.D.C. the Parish Council was asked to select six people in order of merit from the applicants for the new houses. The choice was:
1. Mr R.Grabham.
2. Mr Moore.
3. Mr A. Beer.
4. Mr H.Paull.
5. Mr Harry March.
6. Mr Gilbert Spurdle.
A complaint about the poor state of the road from Bridge to Forde Abbey Bridge was noted and the Chairman and the Clerk were appointed as representatives to act on the Rating Committee under the new Rating and Valuation Act. Routine cheques were signed and the Annual Parish Meeting was arranged for 28 March. This meeting heard that the road complained of had been repaired and that a Government Inspector had visited the village concerning the water supply .Mrs Phillips complained about the wire fencing between her field and the allotments .Mr Bishop agreed to organise the necessary repairs. The Chairman, Revd Richardson, undertook to write to Major Davies M.P. asking for the last collection of post to be an hour later.
An adjourned Annual Meeting was held on 29 April in the Jubilee Hall. The original on 22 April was delayed due to the small attendance. Present were Revd F. D. Richardson, Messrs C. S. Appleby, G.Bishop, F. Perry, J.Pym and the Clerk. Revd Richardson was re-elected as Chairman with Mr Bishop as Vice Chairman. Mr Warren had written to say that he wished to retire as Vice Chairman. Apologies were received from Mr Fowler and Mr Warren for not attending. “ A letter was read from Miss Singleton, daughter of the deceased Caretaker of the Jubilee Hall, thanking the Council for the time granted to her father and also asking for a reasonable time to make arrangements to clear away her goods.” The Council agreed to grant her until the end of May. Precepts were signed, £15 for General Expenses and £10 for Burial Expenses, both on the Rating Authority of Chard R.D.C. Cheques were signed to the Postmaster General for £15:17:7d(deficit on the Post Office Telephone Guarantee) and to Mr Phillips, £10 for rent on the Allotments to the end of March 1927.There was a long discussion about the poor maintenance of the Cemetery and Churchyard. It was agreed that the Clerk should speak to the Caretaker. The following letter was read from Major Davies M.P.
2 Apr 27
Dear Mr Northcombe
It gave me great pleasure to read your kind letter of March 30 conveying the thanks and appreciation of the Annual Parish Meeting for what I have tried to do for Winsham.
I do not need to assure you that I have always taken the greatest interest in all that affects the village and its people, and it is gratifying to know that they appreciate what I have tried to do
George F Davies
Mr Northcombe-Clerk to the Parish Council Winsham
The Chairman told the Council of his efforts through Major Davies of trying to get a despatch of letters at 10am, one hour later in the morning, and 6pm, one hour later in the evening, instead of the present arrangement.
On 1 June the Council met with Revd Richardson acting as Chairman. The Meeting was brief. Routine cheques were signed, Mr Manning was to be asked to remove his garage sign hanging over the War Memorial (!) and Miss Singleton had informed the Council that she would be leaving the Jubilee Hall on the second Sunday in June. She thanked the Council “ for the time granted to her father now deceased”.
The Council next met on 17 June
with Revd Richardson acting as Chairman. It was reported that Miss Singleton had
left Jubilee Hall Cottage. It repairs to the property and for the Council to
keep the cottage for its own use for a year. It was agreed to give the Temporary
Caretaker notice to give up his appointment one month from 18 June but “to
allow him the garden until his crops were ready to lift”. The Council decided
to offer him three shillings per week for looking after the Hall in the summer
and six shillings per week in the winter. Cheques were signed for:
Mr Robbins Salary as Caretaker of the Cemetery and Churchyard to 30 June £1:10:0d.
Grave for T.Singleton £0:15:0d
Grave for stillborn child of Mr Appleby £0:5:0d
Grave for Mr Stroud £0:15:0d
Coal for Jubilee Hall £0:13:11d
Messrs Salter and Stokes (Stakes for Allotments) £3
The first meeting of the Autumn was on
9 September in the Jubilee Hall chaired by Revd Richardson. In response to a
list from Chard R.D.C. the Council selected four people as tenants for the new
houses being built in West Street. They were:
Mr Wilfred Churchill
Mr F. Butler
It was agreed to ask Mr Robbins to tidy
up the area around the War Memorial and send his bill to the Parish Council. The
members then discussed ways of providing more protection from the weather in the
Cemetery. It was agreed to meet at 7 pm on Friday 16 September at the War
Memorial to examine the area around it and then to walk down to the Cemetery
At that meeting (16 September), it was agreed to ask Mr Alfred Phelps to repair the stones at the base of the Memorial and for Mr Robbins to clear the weeds. The Council also agreed to plant a privet and thorn hedge on the western side of the Cemetery to provide a windbreak, with rambling roses on the southern boundary. A letter from the Postal Authorities was discussed .It suggested that postmen should have a half day on Saturdays. The Council considered this idea to be unacceptable as it would mean no collection or delivery of post between 1.45 pm on Saturdays and 9 am on Mondays. A list of standpipes for the new water scheme was examined .It was endorsed apart from the one planned for outside the school. The Council thought that it should be on the other side of Church Street near the Bell Inn.
On 21 October the Council met at 7pm in the Jubilee Hall.Revd Richardson was Chairman. A Deputation was received concerning the Jubilee Hall being used as a Reading Room and for Games etc. After a long discussion it was agreed to use the Hall on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings for the young men of 15 and over. Mr Paull, the Caretaker, would be in charge and each member would pay one penny each evening. A letter from Mr Ross, Clerk to Chard R.D.C. was read. It invited representatives from the Parish Council to a meeting in the school on 24 October to see the fire engine being tested.
The last meeting of the year was on 13 December. Revd Richardson acted as Chairman. Various cheques were signed including one for £2 for a theatrical licence for the Jubilee Hall for two years. The Clerk was asked to obtain prices for 500 privet bushes from Messrs Jarman and Co. and Messrs Scott for the Cemetery.
A Special Meeting was held on 31 January in the Jubilee Hall to meet Major Davies M. P. Those present were Revd Richardson (Chairman), Messrs F. Perry, G.Bishop, F.B.Fowler, J.Pym, J.Warren and the Clerk. The purpose of the meeting was to hear of the generous offer made by Major Davies to give land to the village for a Recreation Ground. A vote of thanks for “ his thoughtful and generous gift to the Village” was proposed by Mr Fowler and seconded by Mr Warren. Major Davies then asked the Council for permission to lower the wall at the back of the War Memorial “to make it more in conformity with the proposed Recreation Ground”. This was agreed. The Council decided that the Chairman, Mr Bishop and Mr Warren, as a small Committee, should see how much turf could be taken from the Cemetery paths for use in creating the Recreation Ground. Routine cheques were signed.
The next Council Meeting was on 23
March in the Jubilee Hall. It was reported that 1000 privet bushes had been
ordered from Messrs Jarman and Co. and that Mr C Beer had planted most of them
on the Western Railings, the others are to be planted on the Eastern Side.
Rambler roses had been planted by Revd Richardson on the Southern Side and it
was agreed that Mr Bishop should be asked to “make up” the paths as
required. On another subject, the Council decided to sanction the Postmaster
leaving earlier on Saturday afternoons. Revd Richardson chaired this meeting.
The Statutory Meeting of the Parish Council was held on 19 April in the Jubilee
Hall. Revd Richardson was re elected Chairman with Mr C. S. Appleby Vice
Chairman. Messrs G.Bishop and F. Perry were re appointed School Managers and
Messrs J.Pym and F. Perry were appointed Charity Trustees. Cheques were agreed
Mr Spurdle £13:1:2d (Making paths in the Cemetery)
Mr C.Beer £1:15:0d (Planting privet bushes and fixing lattice wire to Cemetery railings)
Mr Phillips £10 (Allotments Rent)
Messrs Jarman and Co. £6:5:0d (Privet bushes)
Mr Paull £5:4:0d (Caretaker of the Jubilee Hall)
Mr Northcombe £0:19:9d (Sexton £0:2:6d,Minister £0:2:6d,Jubilee Hall Rates £0:10:9d,
Mr Pym queried the rent being paid by Mr Cross of Maudlin Farm for the Parish Meadow. The Clerk agreed to do the necessary research in time for the next meeting.
The first meeting of the summer was held in the Jubilee Hall Cottage on 18 May with Revd Richardson acting as Chairman. There was a discussion about the Parish Field and Mr Pym “intimated his intention of visiting the field”. The Deed of Conveyance of the new Recreation Ground was read, approved and signed. It was reported that Major Davies would open the Ground on Whit Monday at 7pm and it was agreed that the Chairman should move a vote of thanks to him for his kindness. Mr C.S. Appleby would second this. A provisional programme was arranged as follows:
2.Major Davies opens the Recreation Ground and hands the Deed of Conveyance to the Chairman of the Parish Council.
The Council members then visited the Cemetery and were pleased with the great improvement made by the gravel paths. They agreed to ask Mr Grabham to cut the grass in both the Cemetery and Churchyard.
On 1 June the Council met in the Jubilee Hall Cottage .A cheque was signed for £3 to Mr R. Spurdle for gravel in the Cemetery and for re-tarring the Cemetery path. The Council agreed to the appointment of Mr Reginald Grabham as Caretaker of the Cemetery and Churchyard at a salary of £12 per year, both to be mown at least three times. Mr G. Bishop agreed to look after the Recreation Ground until other arrangements had been made. The Chairman said he would draw up rules to be used in the Recreation Ground.
On 29 June the Council met in the Jubilee Hall. Revd Richardson was Chairman. Routine cheques were signed .The rules for the Recreation Ground were read and approved and it was agreed to give them a further month’s trial. The Clerk was asked to write to the Authorities asking if the telephone could be used at night and whether the Postman could have his half day on a Thursday instead of a Saturday.
A Special Meeting was called for 28 July at which Mr Appleby acted as Chairman. The Council agreed to apply to The Southern Railway again for a “Halt” at Winsham. A letter from the G.P.O. was read out .Its contents were as follows:
Post Office Taunton
12th July 1928
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 7 inst and to inform you that the question of the change of the Postman’s Half –Holiday is receiving attention.
With reference to the question of the Telephone service I have to explain that the Call-Office may be used at any time during the twenty four hours, provided there is some one on the Post Office premises to deal with the call, but that a disturbance fee of one shilling is charged outside the normal hours of public business which at Winsham are 9 am to 7pm on week days except Thursdays 9 am to 1pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 9am to 10:30 am
I am Sir,
Your obedient servant
W. Northcombe Esq.
On 11 September the Council met in the Jubilee Hall Cottage. Revd Richardson acted as Chairman. It was reported that the Postman’s Half –Holiday would be changed from a Saturday to a Thursday with effect from 30 August. It was agreed to hold a Parish Meeting on 21 September to grant money in connection with the Cemetery.
On 28 September the Council met in the Jubilee Hall at 7.30 pm. Revd Richardson was Chairman. The Winter Opening Hours for the Jubilee Hall were agreed, four nights a week at three pence per week. Various bills were settled and Precepts were signed as agreed at the Parish Meeting on 21 September.
The last Meeting of the year was held in the Jubilee
Hall Cottage on 14 December. Present were Revd Richardson (Chairman),
Messrs C.S.Appleby (Vice Chairman), F.Perry, G.Bishop, J.Pym, J.Warren and the
Clerk. Cheques were signed for:
Mr Grabham (Caretaker of the Cemetery) Salary £3 and Grave Digging £0:15:0d
Mr Northcombe Jubilee Hall Fire Insurance £1:5:6d and Workman’s Club Assn (Jubilee Hall Caretaker) £0:10:11d.
Messrs Appleby and Sons Burial Board £0:13:9d.
Jubilee Hall £0:19:11d
Recreation Ground £0:2:2d.
Mr Paul (Jubilee Hall Caretaker) £3:18:0d
It was reported that the lads in the Jubilee Hall Reading Room are not interested in table tennis. This followed an offer of a table by Mr Pym.The Financial Statement of the Parish Accounts was presented by the Clerk.
The Council met in the Jubilee Hall on 23 March,
Revd Richardson acting as Chairman. The Clerk was asked to write to Mr J.H.
Boait asking him to repair the damage done to the War Memorial by his motorcar!
Cheques were authorised for the following:
Mr Grabham (Caretaker of the Cemetery) Salary £3,Graves £1:10:0d.
Mrs Robbins Coal for the Jubilee Hall £1:12:7d
Water Rates £0:8:8d
Income Tax Jubilee Hall £0:12:0d
Mr Loaring Repairs to Jubilee Hall £0:17:0d
Mr Paull (Jubilee Hall Caretaker) Salary, 13 weeks at six Shillings a week £3:18:0d and 26 weeks Reading Room Duties at two shillings a week £2:12:0d.
Mr Northcombe Salary £5 plus Ministers Fees £0:9:0d and Sextons Fees £0:10:0d
The Council met on 20 April but with only two Councilors present it was adjourned to 24 April. This was the Statutory Meeting. Present were Revd F.D.Richardson, C.S.Appleby, G.Bishop, J.Pym, F.Perry, J.Warren and the Clerk. Revd Richardson was re-elected Chairman with Mr Warren as Vice Chairman. Precepts were signed for £14 for Burial Board Expenses and for £6 for Parish Council General Expenses. Mr J Pym and Mr C.S.Appleby were re- appointed Charity Trustees.
On 3 May a Special Meeting was held in the Jubilee Hall to elect a Treasurer as Mr Oxley had resigned. It was agreed to appoint Mr R. Spring, Manager of the Westminster Bank, to fill the vacancy. The Council then visited the Recreation Ground and agreed to erect Notice Boards and to repair the roadside hedge.
On 8 May another Special Meeting was held, this time at the Recreation Ground. Revd Richardson took charge. The Council decided that the Notice Board should go on the Eastern side of the Ground and that barbed wire should be put on the roadside boundary. It was also agreed that Mr W. Spurdle should be asked to dig up the sand in the pit used by the children. Mr Perry agreed to find posts to support the rose trees on the southern side of the Cemetery.
On 14 June the Council met in the Jubilee Hall. Present were Revd Richardson (Chairman), Messrs C.S.Appleby, F.Perry, F.B.Fowler, J.Pym and the Clerk. Various routine cheques were signed. One was written to Mr Ridgway for piano tuning. The Clerk was asked to write to Chard R.D.C. about the unsatisfactory water supply to the Western Way Cottages.
Revd Richardson chaired the Council Meeting held on 11
September in the Jubilee Hall. Routine cheques were signed and Precepts for
£16 for the Burial Board and £14 for Parish Council General Expenses agreed.
Improvements to the Churchyard path were agreed and the Council decided to ask
Mr Loaring to repair the Churchyard gate. On 5 October the Council met in the
Jubilee Hall with Revd Richardson acting as Chairman. Decisions made were that:
1. Mr Grabham should be asked to tidy around the War Memorial.
2.Mr Loaring should be asked about the Recreation Ground Notice Board.
3. The repairs to the Churchyard path should be done when the new Vestry is finished.
4.An Appeal against the Rate on the Jubilee Hall should be made.
There was a Meeting on 10 December in the Jubilee Hall. Mr J.Pym acted as Chairman with few members present. Apart from approving routine cheques the Council decided to leave other business to a larger gathering.
The final Meetings of the Year were on 14 and 21 December when arrangements were made for a testimonial for Mr R.F.Sylvester on his retirement as Sub Postmaster of Winsham.
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