Archive for May, 2013

Parish Council Meeting Report – 15th May 2013

The annual meeting of the Parish Council for Foxearth and Liston was held on 15th May; four local residents were present. Cllr Clive Waite and Cllr Tony Clayton were unanimously re-elected as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively.

County Council Elections:The Chairman congratulated Cllr David Finch upon his re-election to the Essex County Council and on his appointment as Leader. His past help with various matters and particularly the speedy repair of pot holes was appreciated. Cllr Finch said that whilst his schedule would inevitably be busier in future it was his intention to attend as many parish council meetings as possible in order to keep abreast of local concerns.

Highways and Footpaths: It was recalled that the question of a lower speed limit in Claypits had been raised and noted that the appropriate action would be a recommendation to the Local Highways Panel; this would be considered at the next parish council meeting. It was noted with thanks that in the attempt to avoid flooding the  landowners on either side of Mill Lane had excavated the ditches for scrutiny by the Highways Dept. Attention was drawn to footpath signs in need of repainting. It was noted that the land owner had kindly allowed a permissive footpath from Claypits Lane emerging alongside the village hall in Foxearth.

Finance: The audited end of year accounts were presented and approved.

Litter Picking and Grass Cutting  The insurance renewal had included cover for these activities. Contracts had been drawn up for and accepted by the grass cutting participants.

Parish Clerk: Efforts would be made in the next month or two in connection with this appointment.

Planning: No objections were expressed to proposals for extensions to a residence in Liston.

Working Parties: Following a review it was agreed that there was no further need for the Green Space Working party but that the one concerned with Stafford Park should continue.

Meetings: The next would be in Foxearth Village Hall on 19th June 7.30pm. Future meetings on 14th August, 30th Oct, 11th December, 19th February 2014 and 16th April (annual meeting of electors)

Ken Nice

Local History Society – One Man’s War.

The District Society was taken back to the days of the second world war on 14th May when local historian and member Anne Grimshaw gave a talk entitled One Man’s War. Anne recounted the attempts she had made to find out as much as possible about her father’s involvement in the conflict. In 1972 Anne decided to delve more deeply as apart from knowing that father, Max, had served in N. Africa and Italy little else was apparent and family recollections were not very detailed. Her father had died in 1965 so it was difficult to know where to start. Anne began by contacting the Ministry of Defence but only the dates of enlistment and discharge came from that source. In 1987 she had the opportunity to visit the National Archives where her researches were much more fruitful and over the subsequent years a picture emerged of her father volunteering for the Royal Artillery before he was called up. It was evident that he had a great interest in gunnery and in keeping maps and notebooks. In 1942 he was accepted into the Officer Training Corps of the Royal Army Service Corps and after training Second Lieutenant Max Grimshaw landed in Algiers  – to be immediately admitted into hospital for two weeks, the reason for which Anne has never been able to discover. His work in N.Africa in organising the distribution of supplies and the continuance of this in the Salerno district of Italy, his promotion to captain -and for a while to acting major – and his attachment to an Italian unit had all been revealed by Anne’s diligent research. Local newspapers had been used to make contact with some of his old colleagues and Anne had visited many of the places where her father had served so that postcards he had sent home could be compared with later photographs. Anne’s fascinating talk was a clear demonstration of how patience and persistence can be used to fill in the gaps from the sketchiest of beginnings and, on behalf of 14 members present, Chairman Alan Fitch expressed warm thanks.

Details were given of a visit to be made to Halstead on Saturday afternoon, 13th July, to look at the industrial heritage of the town. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 11th June at 7.30pm, to the gravestones at Pentlow Church.

Ken Nice

Foxearth Church Quiz Night

Fourteen teams competed in the Quiz Night on 11th May at the Village Hall, in what proved to be a closely-fought contest and a very entertaining evening. Did the bar help or hinder the release of facts from memory banks? There was no shortage of volunteers to experiment! Posers such as what was the Pluto Platter (the Frisbee)or in which sport is a squidger used (Tiddlywinks) were put by Question Master Peter Highmore and our knowledge (or lack of it) of food and drink, news, entertainment, art and literature etc. was tested in eight rounds. Part of the skill was in guessing in which round to play the Joker in order to double one’s score.

By a short margin the team Pentlow Pupils were worthy winners and they most generously returned their prize money to the cause. Recipients of the wooden spoons were the Kumquats – a team of three young school girls and a mum; there was absolutely no disgrace in being in the “relegation zone” when the scores were so close.

At halftime delicious, varied refreshments were served an a raffle and a Heads or Tails competition added to the suspense – and the final outcome  was a handsome £440 for church funds. Thanks to all who came in support and special thanks to the 15th team (The Indefatigables) who worked to put the event together and provide another happy community event.

Ken Nice