Archive for April, 2017

Foxearth and District Local History Society – Report on AGM held on 14th March 2017

 The Annual General Meeting of the Foxearth and District Local History Society was held on 14th March 2017 in Foxearth Village Hall with Mrs Lynda Rumbold in the Chair. There were 23 members present. A very warm welcome was expressed to former Treasurer John Geddes on his return from major surgery.

A financial report showed a satisfactory situation. An application to the Parish Council for a grant of £250 had been made for 2017/18 and it was agreed – since the Council requested predictive figures for future years – that this should be increased to £350 subsequently. It was also agreed that the annual membership subscription and the meetings fee for guests should remain at £10 and £2 respectively. Cheque signatories would continue for the present.

Preparation of the 2017 programme and the general running of the Society, had been in the hands of the Chairman and Secretary Clare Mathieson and thanks were conveyed for a job well done. It seemed quite unnecessary to extend the Committee beyond these two very capable and willing volunteers who were happy with the situation but who asked that members  provide their contact details if there was a sudden need for help.

The success of the web site was a tribute to the continuing diligent work of Andrew Clarke.

The President, Ashley Cooper, reminded members of the book fund which he had established several years ago and which existed to support publication of literature of local interest; the fund stood at just over £900.

In connection with local archaeology Corinne Cox asked that anyone interested in having a 1 metre square test pit being dug in their garden should contact her. The procedure would be carried out by volunteers who had already uncovered some ancient finds in the villages.

Members had been asked to bring along wedding photographs and after a refreshing cheese and wine break the anecdotes began to flow. We heard about how the happy day had been mildly disrupted by weather, football crowds, vehicle breakdowns, how money was still owed for a taxi fare and how courtship at a distance had thrived by the exchange of numerous letters which were still in the family archive. It was generally felt that the spontaneous response of members to the challenge of providing their own entertainment had been successful and enjoyable. One member suggested an evening devoted to the history of our houses and this was met with enthusiasm.

Next meeting: 11th April at 7.30pm in Foxearth Village Hall when Andrew Richardson will talk about the History of the Quay.


Ken Nice

Report on Foxearth and Liston Parish Council meeting – 25th March 2017

The Council met on 25th March 2017 with Cllr. Tony Clayton in the Chair. Apologies for absence were presented on behalf of Cllrs. W Binks, M Posen and K. Robson and for District Cllr. Iona Parker. There were 5 local residents present.

Chairman’s update: The Chairman understood that there had been a recent meeting at County about the Council’s request for a quiet lane designation at Liston but did not know the outcome. He also reminded that the road through Foxearth would be closed for several days in May for BT work.

In relation to Stafford Park the Chairman reported that the owner of the site had suggested that the special working party formed sometime ago should be reconvened as it was hoped that a planning application would soon be submitted. The working party would need to be reformed as some members were no longer councillors.

Essex County Council report: Leader of the Council Cllr David Finch stated that the biggest single issue concerning the Council at the moment was care of the elderly and the Government is being lobbied for substantial additional funds. Essex has a significantly higher than average population in the 65+ group. Education is also a focus with new schools being built in Colchester and Chelmsford. A new Essex on-line lottery should be launched by Sept/Oct and this will provide charity funding. Two other initiatives were in the pipeline to be in place later in the year; one to encourage parishes to undertake work (verge cutting was given as an example) when funds provided locally would be matched by the County Council; the other would be concerned with the fostering of voluntary groups e.g. help for young mothers.

Public Participation Session: A Foxearth resident outlined her plans for the restoration of a listed house which had been her family home. Some work had already been done without planning consent but discussions were now underway with the Planning Dept and needs had been identified.

The lady explained that this was a project completely new to her – with a vast amount of documentation to read and complete. An offer of help with contacts/paperwork from one councillor was gratefully accepted. The assistance of the District Heritage Officer should also be sought.

Reference was made to overgrowing footpaths and an assurance was given that there were budget funds for this.

Defibrillator: In his absence a report by Cllr. Posen was read explaining that he was working with the Hearthbeat Trust on a submission for Lottery funding to be made hopefully within a week. It was suggested that reconnection of electricity to the telephone box, where the equipment would be kept, should be included in this.

Planning: A notice of intent to carry out tree work at a residence in Foxearth was considered. Tree Warden Alan Fitch had discussed the situation on site and some concern about the level to which a larch would be reduced had been voiced. Council had no objection to the application.

Tree Warden: In a written report attention was drawn to car damage to a tree – which would probably recover. However it appeared that the Jubilee oak tree was dead.

Next meetings:  13th May 10.30am Foxearth Village Hall – Annual Villages Meeting

20th May 10.30am Foxearth Village Hall – Parish Council AGM

Ken Nice