Beckingham cum Saundby Parish Plan
A "Beckingham in Action Day" was held in the Recreation Room by the Parish Plan Committee on Saturday 8th September 2007, from 10.30am to 3.30pm. This was the next stage of the Parish Plan, resulting from the appraisal done by Notts. Rural Council using the returned Questionnaires sent to every household in Beckingham cum Saundby.
The Committee had drawn up a Draft Parish Plan and Action Plan, which all residents of the Parish were invited to go along and view. The Youth section of the Committee created and designed several displays and boards depicting good and bad around the village and giving people the opportunity to put their views. As well as being able to view the Draft Parish Plan people were invited to write down what they thought most needed attention in the village and whom they thought should deal with it.
On hand to answer any questions were members of the Committee and Karen Tarburton, Rural Officer of Nottinghamshire Rural Community Council. Several displays put together by various village groups included the Friendship Group who had copies of their latest "Favourite Recipes" cookbook available and the History Group who had their new "Photographic Memories of Beckingham cum Saundby" book on display along with a few historical items.
The Neighbourhood Watch displayed many leaflets on crime prevention and security along with door chains and garage alarms, as well as explaining about and encouraging people to join Neighbourhood Watch patrols and Speed Watch Teams. There were competitions for the best Mini Garden and best Painted Face, along with a free raffle with several prizes. The Mini Garden competition was of small designs made in seed trays by younger residents of which there were five entries.
This was judged by Rex Madin of the Village Gardeners Association and the winner was presented with a prize of the latest Harry Potter book donated by Julie Smith. The face painting competition was jointly won by Elliot aged 4 who had a lizard design and his sister Talia aged 2 whose face design was a butterfly. This was judged by committee member Julie Smith, with a prize of £5 WH Smith voucher donated by Brian Suart.
The raffle prizes consisted of a large cyclamen plant donated by Retford & Gainsborough Garden Centre, 2 separate 2 hour free cleaning sessions donated by Dusters Cleaning Service and a bottle of wine donated by the Village Shop.
Free refreshments of tea, coffee, squash, coke and biscuits were available throughout the day. It was well attended with 95 people visiting and considered to be a success. Grateful thanks go to all who helped and supported in any way. The next stage will be to put the final draft of the Parish Plan before the Committee, followed by the Parish Council and finally Bassetlaw District Council.
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