July Update

The Parish Council monthly meetings take place at the Collingham Youth and Community Centre. The public are welcome – joining details on parish noticeboards or from the Clerk. The next meeting is on the 25th July 2024 6.30pm, with meetings held on the fourth Thursday of the month.

Don’t forget we are updating our website and are on Facebook, so keep watching for news and fresh content – tell us what you think.

The Parish Council has moved forward with other activities, including:

D Day-80

Thursday 6th June 2024 saw the commemorations of the 80 anniversary of D Day. Many of us listened to the special radio broadcasts or watched on TV the events that were attended by World Leaders here in the UK and in France.

Here in Collingham we marked the occasion by raising the flag at the specified time of 9.15am and lit a beacon at 9.15pm.

The Parish Council would like to thank everyone involved in making these events successful. Sid Guest proudly raised our flag in the morning and the Royal Oak hosted our Beacon Lighting event in the evening.

It was also National Fish and Chip Day so the pub served us traditional fish and chips.

The weather was kind so the events took place in the beer garden which had been decked out with flags and bunting.

Melvyn Prior hosted the event, which included entertainment from two Pipers from the Seaforth Highlanders namely Pipe Major Robert Orridge and Quartermaster Sergeant Ian Pitman, The Collingham Singers and local Singer Songwriter Thomas Barrie.

Trevor Woodcock, a Collingham-born resident, lit the beacon and the Chairman of the Parish Council, Iain Orme, followed with a reading of the international tribute

The pub kindly made a donation from each meal served and this added to the money from the collecting buckets meant that we raised £164.15 for the Royal British Legion

Neighbourhood Plan

We have begun the preparation of multiple focus groups, we will be posting updated on our notice boards and social media. Anyone who has already expressed a direct interest will be contacted in due course.

Best Kept Village

Collingham entered the Best Kept Village competition this year, the first time it had been held since before Covid.

We prepared by having a litter pick on the 18th May and arranged work parties to tidy some of our public spaces. Our request for planters along the A1133 was refused by Notts County Council on the grounds of health and safety, however the Children of John Blow School were delighted to do their bit and supplied images of flowers and trees to brighten up the village, these are displayed at various central locations. The images were also scanned and made into banners, which have been hung in the Park, at the Station and at the Cross.

The Co-op has adorned its store and the car park with bunting as well as displaying some original artwork from the children.

In addition the Parish Council launched a Best Kept Front Garden competition and was delighted to receive many entries, all of which were of an incredibly high standard. The judges (non Collingham residents) selected the winners who were awarded generous prizes of £50 to be spent at Pearsons Garden Nursery.

As they toured the village the judges noted that there were a good many other lovely gardens that had not entered the competition, maybe you will enter next time?

First round judging finished on 30th June. The Parish Council believes that we will have needed to do more e.g. removal of weeds on pathways and road edges to be in with a chance of winning but we will take on board any feedback given.

Are you willing to help and join a work party to keep our village in tiptop condition?

If you are then please contact the Clerk: telephone 01636 555700 or email info@collingham-pc.gov.uk

By working together we might just be in a position to win in 2025!

Dog Poo – While most dog owners are caring, responsible individuals, there are still some people who do not clean up after their pets.  Please clean up after your dog.

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