You may have noticed that all the lights on the Greens are down, this is so they can be assessed and refurbished if necessary.
In order to do this the Village Hall has been book for the morning of 13th July, so they can be laid out and looked over, and assessments of what new lights are needed made.
If anybody wants to help, (in screwing a plug on etc) they are most welcome, also any ideas on where, what, how will be gratefully received, and listened to!
We also need to begin to sort out a Lighting Up Party, the Village Hall is booked but we need ideas as to what we can do to make it an enjoyable afternoon. Again any ideas from groups or individuals will be more than helpful.
This is not a “Xmas Lights Committee meeting” as there isnt one, its just , hopefully, the village getting together and making our display this year fun and festive.
THE CRAVEN HERALD
It seems our Phone Box has come to the attention of the writers of the Craven Diary. I have to say it does not LOOK very good at the moment, but contrary to the piece it is not rotting and rusting away. The structure of the box is safeguarded with primer paint, while the Parish Councils application for a Big Lottery Grant is proceeding. It is a provision of such a grant that monies are only paid out for future work , so we can not finish the refurbishment and then claim the money back!
The plans were outlined in the magazine a few months back and are still on going as with all these things its time and money. The Council has already spent a good deal on the box, all the items to bring it back to looking pristine have to be from specialist suppliers so if anybody has a couple of thousand pounds to spare? Then of course that would just leave an empty box, which is were the full Grant application comes in. I really hope that by this time next year, and hopefully by Mayday, the whole area will be looking spic and span.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2019
Last years’ lights were a hurried affair and I hope we can do better this year.
The Parish Council has agreed to put £1000 in towards renewals and repairs, so that’s a start.
However there is a lot to do, a new electric supply is needed to replace the one on the Rohan shop, and it has been suggested this is moved to the Village Hall, which would give us a more manageable supply. The electrical box which powers the lights around Maypole Green is also in need of replacement.
It is impractical to light the Christmas Tree with mains power , every year its an issue, so this year we will go to battery lights and have many more! Also there is a suggestion to move the tree to the small Green in front of the Village Hall, it can be seen from the road there and if we also have lights on the Hall , this can be the focal point of the display.
The Main Green needs new lights and the lanterns need rewiring and reattaching to the trees. We could also put a tree in the old spot, or something else?
The Maypole illumination has once again shown how hard it is to erect and get down, perhaps a new idea , involving less damn hard work is needed. A suggestion has been made to just run lights down from the “scrolls” to poles on the ground, if we use low voltage lights there would be no hazard.
We need a switching on ceremony , I was so sorry that last year we had no time to get this organised. We need to make the Village Hall the centre and if we can organise this to coincide with the Xmas Fayre so much the better.
If anybody has any thoughts, good , bad or why are we bothering, then please let us know, its a lot of effort to get it right and we need to know how the village thinks.
Hope this keeps people up to date as to what we have in mind.
Next Council Meeting :
2nd May 2019
Upstairs room Village Hall
Meeting starts 7:30,
Members of the public welcome to attend, the first 15mins of the meeting are open for the public to raise any issues of concern.
Long Preston Parish Council has decided to leave the Parish Precept the same as last years. What that amount of money is, and how it is spent will, in general terms, appear here shortly.