Archive for September, 2015

Foxearth & Liston Parish Council- Report of meeting held 19th September 2015

There was a meeting of the Parish Council for Foxearth an Liston on 19th September with Cllr. Mrs Corinne Cox presiding and 7 local residents in attendance.

Co-opted councillors: The Clerk, Kevin Money, reported that until relevant contact details were made known it was not possible for the Council to ratify the co-option of Mr Richard Morris.

Chairman’s comments:

Flooding in Foxearth:  the Chairman reported that ECC would begin another survey of the culvert on 21st September and all being well a liner would be fitted to improve the flow situation.

Potholes: as agreed at the last meeting Cllr. P Cox had examined road conditions in this respect and reported to the Highways Dept.

Hearing loop: this is due to be installed in the Village Hall on 26th October.

Verge cutting: to be commenced on 21st October.

Street lighting: substantial work is needed on tree overgrowth obscuring a lamp in Claypits which the Clerk will follow up.

Tree work: The Chairman undertook to consult the Housing Association with regard to tree works required on its land.

Public Question Time:

Mrs Pat James – It was noted with sadness that Mrs James – a long-time and greatly respected resident of Foxearth had died on 16th September. Her funeral would be at 11.30am on 1st October in Foxearth Church.

Footpaths – attention was drawn to a slippery bridge and overgrowth on footpaths which Cllr.Robson, in his role as footpath representative, would examine.

Dissolution of Foxearth/Liston grouping order: It was noted that Braintree District Council had refused this application

District Council Report: District Councillor Iona Parker had apologised for non-attendance. The Clerk read her report dealing principally with severe pressures the Council face on the budget and the likelihood of significant service cuts being neccessary in the Autumn review, the progress  of the development plan and the identification of housing sites and employment opportunities, the acceptance of a limited number of Syrian refugees and the launching of a business growth loan fund.

Stafford Park: It was reported that the planning application is due to be considered by Braintree DC in early November.

Planning matters: No objections were expressed to proposed tree works at a private residence inFoxearth. With regard to an application for a change of use of a listed barn to residential accommodation concern was voiced about access and the effect on nearby footpaths.

Private road in Foxearth: a request was received for the “renaming” of a road which apparently   h  has  no official name but is locally referred to as “Rectory Lane/road” or “Orchard lane”. To be considered after the road’s residents have been consulted.

Tree Warden:  Mr Fitch had asked that his role be extended to include flora and fauna. The Chairman agreed to establish with him exactly what this larger role would encompass and involve.

Broadband; Agreed to set up a working party to look at ways of improving internet access and telecommunications in Foxearth and Liston; Cllrs.Posen and Robson to lead with the former to draft terms of reference.

Email and Information Technology policy: A working party to be established review and revise existing policy respecting email, website, document depository etc.

Internal Auditor: Agreed Mr Len Young to act for 2015/16 accounts.

Grants for 2016/17: All local groups and organisations are asked to note that applications  for grants in the next financial year must be made to The Clerk by 31st October for consideration at the next meeting of the Council. 

Next Meeting: 21st November 2015 at 10.30am in Foxearth Village Hall

Ken Nice

Booking Concert Brass at Foxearth Church

MC900432654Proof that you don’t have to be Pavarotti in order to invoke the tingle factor was clearly evident in Foxearth Church on Saturday evening, 19th September, when Lorraine Eley’s rich soprano voice soared in the notes of Puccini’s famous Turandot aria, Nessun Dorma. The occasion was the visit by the Bocking Concert Brass  to play in aid of the church’s restoration fund and – under the baton of its Musical Director, Ian Coote – we heard a selection of stirring marches, themes from shows and films and some toe-tapping and syncopated jazz numbers. It would have been unsurprising if a sensual rendering of “Georgia on my mind” with a solo cornet had led to an outbreak of smoochy dancing in the aisle! Lorraine contributed to a varied programme with “A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square, the Abba song “I have a dream” and the Edith Piaf classic”La vie en rose” demonstrating her versatility in these contrasting styles. In the band pieces there were solos for flugelhorn, euphonium and soprano cornet – and an unusual tuba solo in the old folk song The Ploughboy which introduced a humorous touch. At the close we had the Fantasia on British Sea Songs (the Proms last-nighter) where enthusiastic audience participation in the accelerating Hornpipe and singing along with Lorraine in Rule Britannia showed how much the evening had been enjoyed by those present. This was a  very entertaining performance by a group of talented players whose musicianship has earned them a well-deserved reputation in East Anglia. We are grateful to all who came along in support although it is a pity that the idea did not attract rather more local interest. A return visit is eagerly awaited!

Thanks must be expressed to Corinne and Phil Cox for their initiative in suggesting the concert and for all who worked with them in various ways to bring it about. Thanks also to those who provided the delicious interval buffet after which everyone, without exception,  returned to their seats. After expenses the result was a useful £220 for the Church restoration fund.

Ken Nice


Christmas Fayre



Saturday November 28th 10.00am – 4.00pm

Foxearth Barn, Foxearth Hall

Raffles, Cakes, Festive Goods

All Proceeds in aid of St Nicholas Hospice, Bury St Edmunds