The draft minutes are now available online for the following meetings. Please click on the link to view and download them.
The Parish Council held its Christmas shop window competition again for 2020. All businesses in the Parish were welcome to join in and help make our shopping streets look fantastically festive.
The windows were judged by the Scouts and results were as follows:
1st place: Wing & a Prayer
2nd place: Alice Elizabeth Couture
3rd place: La Chocolatrice
Special Commendation: Adore
Thank you to businesses who entered.
In this year’s June July issue of the Chronicle there was a lot of information about Coxhoe’s ‘magic mile’. There are lots of great shops and businesses in our Parish and we can all support these businesses and local traders by shopping locally.
Businesses in the Parish can apply to have their details on our local business and traders page.
The Parish Council will hold a meeting of its Events, Environment and Finance Committee on Monday 7 December 2020 at 6.00pm. The meeting will focus on finance and contributing to Parish Council plans for the financial year 2021 to 2022.
The agenda for the Events, Environment and Finance Committee meeting on 7 December 2020 is now available. A report for the Committee focusing on finance is also available.
The meeting will be held online. Please click on the links to view and download the agenda and the report, and a link to the online meeting.
Residents are being asked to give their views in six consultations which are open till 23 November 2020.
Results will be collated and we will let you know about them through this website and in a future issue of the Chronicle.
The consultations are about various important matters in and around our villages including traffic and parking problems in Coxhoe and along Cornforth Lane, Quarrington Hill Churchyard and neighbourhood planning in each village. There is a page on each survey which gives more information. You can find and take part in the surveys on the Consulting our Communities page.
We are very sorry to announce that this year’s fireworks display has been cancelled. It is simply not possible to safely run such an event while working to the current guidelines and laws, as well as protecting our staff, volunteers and contractors and the general public.
The Parish Council gave careful consideration to this at its Events, Environment and Finance Committee meeting on 27 July. We thank everyone who has supported the displays in the past two years and we very much hope the fireworks display will be back in 2021.
Other events are under consideration and updates will be given when they are available.
The Draft Annual Meeting Minutes 10 June 2020 held by zoom are now available online. Please click on the link to view and download them.
The outbreak of the coronavius and its development into a pandemic is affecting everyone’s lives and it is appears that it will be with us for some time.
Government advice on trying to stop the spread and deal with its consequences is changing on a daily basis. The main thrust of current advice is for social isolation to avoid the spread of the disease.
If you need information on the virus please make sure you look at official, reputable websites for information. We suggest the following:
The Parish Council’s volunteer website and social media administrator has advised the Parish Council of his intention to retire from his role. This is after over 10 years voluntary service.
Ian Forster began volunteering with the Parish Council in 2009 as Assistant Parish Clerk when his wife, Margaret, was Parish Clerk. In 2010 he set up a new Parish Council website with the help and support of Durham County Council who host it. In the same year he set up the Parish Facebook and Twitter accounts.
In 2016, Ian worked with the County Council to switch the site from a Microsoft to WordPress based system. This resulted in a bigger, brighter website. Since October last year, on top of his normal administration duties, Ian has spent many hours to ensure that the Parish Council website meets new accessibility legislation. This work has included reducing the number of Portable Document Format (PDF) documents on the site. These have now been replaced with text on pages instead . Ian has ensured that every photograph on our site, and there are many, all have alternative text embedded. This enables electronic readers to communicate what the photographs show to people with sight impairments.
The website and social media is now at the centre of Parish Council communications. Ian has always tried to ensure that the website and social media has been of true community value and not just promoting parish council business.
The website and social media has benefitted from his own photography and the council from his planning knowledge. He has led a range of social media campaigns in his time such as encouraging votes for grant aid and community issues such as dog fouling.
In developing the website, Ian has worked with local businesses personally to set up our business directory on our website. This has resulted in over 50 businesses being represented and having their own webpage. Ian has continued to work with businesses to update their pages when necessary. More recently, Ian’s focus has been on ensuring Coronavirus information is available locally.
Last year the Parish website had 25,000 hits which is an excellent achievement for a Parish Council site. The Parish Facebook page has over 1700 followers and nearly 1700 likes.
As the Parish Council’s ambition, workload, governance and administration has grown so has the time required to undertake website and social media duties. This has ultimately led Ian to reach his decision.
Currently, Ian will assist the Parish until the end of lockdown or 1 July whichever is later.
Coxhoe Parish Council Youth Team are running an Easter Egg Competition.
- Entries must be submitted by Saturday 11 April at 10.00 pm.
- Eggs don’t have to be eggs, they can be paper cut outs or kinder egg toy containers so be creative!
- Entries should be posted on the competition post on the Coxhoe and Quarrington Hill Young People Facebook page. or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The draft minutes of the full Council meeting held on 4 March 2020 are now available. Please click on the link to view and download them.