2022-01 Parish Council meeting minutes 6th January 2022

Gittisham Parish Council

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting

Held on 6th January 2022

in Gittisham Village Hall

Present:

Gittisham Village Ward
Cllr C Hall (Chair)
Cllr A Rowe
Cllr D Valentine
Cllr M Walker
Gittisham Vale Ward
Cllr J Twist
Cllr J Fowles

In attendance: one member of the public, Fiona Clampin (clerk)

Apologies for absence: Cllr P Orchard, Cllr Phil Twiss (DCC), Cllr Alasdair Bruce (EDDC), Cllr Jake Bonetta (EDDC), PCSO Darren England

143/21   To accept and approve apologies

Apologies were received and accepted. 

144/21   To confirm the minutes of the meeting held 9th December 2021

The minutes of the meeting held on 9th December 2021 were confirmed and signed by the Chair. 

145/21   To receive the Beat Manager’s Report

1 crime, November 2021:

1 x violence & sexual offences, Parsonage Lane.

The clerk said she had shared posters from the police with Cllrs Twist and Orchard about livestock worrying to put on the parish council noticeboards.

146/21   To receive declarations of interest

None.

147/21   To consider actions from the last meeting not otherwise on the agenda

Cllr Valentine outlined his presentation to EDDC’s Strategic Planning meeting on 14th December in relation to the draft Local Plan.  The major consideration at this meeting was the working draft of the East Devon Local Plan 2020-2040. This document (more than 1,000 pages!!) rolls forward the current Local Plan and revisits all of the current LP’s policies, introduces new policies to address emerging planning issues and seeks to prioritise development opportunities throughout the district. There will be further opportunities to comment on policies. The draft plan currently recognises that given the development constraints surrounding Honiton, that only modest residential development is achievable (228 dwellings). Land previously identified as being “available” is ranked in the plan on a scale 1-6 (1. being no chance and 6. favoured for development). Inevitably land south and west of the current Hayne Lane development and south of the railway line, has been promoted (by Combe Estate) as being available. Such a development would potentially bring development into the Gitt valley and within 400m of the village. The ranking given to this land is 2 or possibly 3 (there is confusion in the documents supporting the draft plan). This would suggest that this land is not suitable for development.  However, there are caveats in the report that indicate that if figures are not achievable elsewhere in the plan that land suitability would be reviewed.  The meeting did not conclude its business and will reconvene on 11th January. Members agreed they were happy for Cllr Valentine to speak on the parish council’s behalf at future strategic planning meetings.

Cllr Valentine also reported that he and the Chair had attended a briefing regarding the Hayne Lane steering group.  This relates to the employment allocation in the current Local Plan which is located north of the railway line between Hayne Lane and the Forge. EDDC has established a steering group to discuss and share information and views, as the project progresses, in bringing forward this land for employment purposes. It was previously agreed that GPC should be represented on this steering group. The first meeting of the steering group took place on 16th November. There was no GPC representative available for the meeting, but Cllr Valentine and the Chair had received a briefing from the steering group administrator on 17th December (via Zoom).  He distributed a copy of the minutes of the initial steering group meeting to all members.  The project will be the subject of a Master Plan exercise and tenders are currently been assessed with a view to appointing a consultancy to prepare the Master Plan. Once the consultant has been appointed further meetings with the steering group will take place. The Master Plan will be the subject of public consultation before a final document is presented. The next meeting is expected towards the end of February.

Cllr Twist said the blocked drains at Hayne Farm had been cleared by Baker Estates, but had promptly filled up again with the heavy rain.  However, they are not as bad as before.

ACTION: Cllr Valentine to ask Cllr Bruce if he can reiterate the parish council’s position at the next strategic planning meeting on 11th January.

148/21   To receive reports from County Council and District Council representatives

In his absence, Cllr Twiss sent the following report: “short and sweet this month following the Christmas recess at County Hall for the majority of departments, where everyone who can is back at their posts, in the ‘virtual world’, unless their role legally requires face to face meetings or visits for those such as DCC Highways workers or social care staff.

Locality Budget

A reminder that I have something called a Locality Budget available for use in your community, where typically I am able to support small-scale applications for items such as village notice boards, footpath improvements, tree planting etc. More details and how to apply can be found at https://www.devon.gov.uk/democracy/councillors-nav/locality-budgets/ The process runs until 31st March and from 1st April for the next financial year, so if you have any projects in mind you will need to put your thinking caps on quite soon!

Scrutiny of the draft budget

The target figures for each of the main services at DCC go to the Cabinet for approval next Wednesday, before a series of scrutiny meetings by the three committees, and then on to full council in February for final approval. This is likely to be the toughest budget DCC has had to set in living memory.  What has become very clear is that with massive demand pressures on Adult and Children’s services in particular, (for a variety of reasons, not least the impact of COVID-19 and its variations) the increase in council tax is going to be the maximum 2% allowable without a referendum and an additional 1% for the social care precept, despite a very large amount of DCC reserves going to balance the books for 2022/23.

Cllr Bruce apologised for not attending, but said he had been identified as a close contact of someone testing positive for Covid-19.  He reminded members that the next round of meetings to discuss the local plan are coming up towards the end of this month. They are scheduled to look at specific towns and villages with regard to housing allocation. It’s therefore important to register if anyone wishes to speak to the agenda item. He said he would be presenting arguments on behalf of Feniton at the beginning of the first meeting, so if the parish council wished him to speak on its behalf to let him know.

In his absence, Cllr Bonetta wished all members a happy new year.

ACTION: Cllr Twist to speak to Cllr Twiss regarding Mike Brown’s recent visit.

ACTION: Clerk to ask Cllr Twiss if he can arrange an update from Jurassic Fibre on the rollout of superfast broadband.

ACTION: Available Vale councillors to join Cllr Twiss on another ‘grumble walk’ on 29th Jan at 10.30am.

149/21   To receive reports from councillors on areas of responsibility and actions since the last meeting:

  • To note the latest planning decision notices

21/1295/FUL 1 Hamlet Cottages Weston EX14 3PB – Demolition of existing workshop to be replaced with a new self-build dwelling.  Approval with conditions.

  • To receive an update on Highways

In his absence, Cllr Orchard sent a monthly report asking if the parish council can use its CIL money to spruce up the bus shelters that are looking a bit scruffy.  He reminded members that CIL funds can be spent on the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure.  Cllr Orchard reported that the grill on Old Elm Road balancing pond has still not been cleared.

  • To consider plans for expenditure in the parish under the Community Infrastructure Levy & S106

Cllr Orchard said he had contacted three more contractors for play area since last month. One declined work, the other two he met on site, but no further contact to date.  The Chair said that EDDC was sympathetic, as all councils were experiencing supply issues.

  • To receive an update on public transport

There was no update on this.

  • To consider the purchase of a defibrillator for the Hayne Farm development

Cllr Twist explained that Baker Estates are ready to install, and the electrics are in place for the defibrillator. Once the expenditure has been approved and the cheque sent to Community Heartbeat Trust, there is a 5-6 week lead in.  The host agreement has not yet been signed by Sovereign Housing, there are on-going discussions on one of the clauses in the agreement, and Sovereign have also requested they be able to check that the weekly checks are being carried out.  Cllr Twist said she hoped that all this may be sorted within the 5-6 weeks lead time.  One member of the public explained that his wife is the primary checker for the existing defibrillators in the parish, and he is the secondary.  Cllr Twist said that she was happy to be the primary checker for the Hayne Farm defibrillator, and would put out a call for a back-up on the Hayne Farm Facebook page.

  • To consider climate change measures within the parish, including rewilding proposals for land in the parish

Cllr Twist said she had received an email from Alastair Mumford of DCC, which said: “Still working on phases 1 & 2 of the charge point roll out. Phase 1 should be breaking ground in January, and Phase 2 is out to tender about the same time, with both completing by the end of 2022. Hope to be planning Phase 3 in the spring.”  Members thanked Cllr Twist for persevering with this.

Cllr Rowe presented details of rewilding proposals for land along Old Elm Road. Seed mixes are £15 / 100g.  1 kilo is £80.  EDDC’s Horticultural officer had talked about adding oxeye daisies, £20 / 100g and yellow rattle £38 / 100g.  Members heard that land is more fertile nearer the gate, and they agreed the parish council should pursue other funding sources including the AONB, Combe Garden Centre and match-funding from EDDC. 

  • To consider parish council support for scam awareness and security

Cllr Twist said there was no update on this.

  • To consider limited residential development in the parish

Cllr Valentine said there was a 4th Feb deadline for the VAT matter to be resolved.  

  • To consider the refurbishment and maintenance of the village play area

The Chair said she would contact Russell Hayman about the damaged oak tree. 

ACTION: Cllr Walker to speak to the lengthsman about mole hills.

  • To consider work to be carried out by the lengthsman to maintain ditches and drains in the parish

Members thanked Len Abbott and Cllr Rowe for clearing debris from under the railway bridge, following flooding over Christmas. 

ACTION: Cllr Walker to ask the lengthsman to trim the hedge and brambles on the LH side just south of the railway bridge on Hayne Lane.

150/21   To receive a report from the Chair

The Chair said there was no update this month.

151/21 To agree the budget for 2022-23

The clerk outlined likely expenditure for the rest of the current tax year, and circulated a spreadsheet showing forecast expenditure for 2022/23.  Councillors suggested new lines for 2x bus shelter solar panels (£200), bus shelter refurbishment (£500), rewilding materials for Old Elm Road open space (£500), new benches (£1,500) and a party for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (£500, estimated prices).  Members resolved to set budget expenditure at £16,502 which includes contingency and depreciation of play area items. The forecast expenditure details have been circulated.

ACTION: Clerk to discuss refining budget spreadsheet with Cllr Twist. 

152/21   To set the precept for 2022-23

Councillors agreed to keep the precept at the 2021/22 level of £8,323.20, the balance of the budget to be taken from reserves.  Councillors said they recognised the difficult circumstances brought about by the pandemic.

153/21   To approve the January payments and to note the current bank balance

It was resolved to approve the following payments:

1137       F J Clampin                          £225.71                 Clerk’s salary & expenses (stamp)

1138       Leonard Abbott                   £42         3hrs lengthsman work, Dec 2021

1139       CHT                                       £2,280   Hayne Farm defibrillator, inc annual support package & carriage

1140       Gittisham Parish Hall          £10         Hire for December meeting

1141       Information Commissioner£40        Annual membership

1142       Gittisham PCC                     £215       Gazette printing & paper, 2021

1143       Arthur J Gallagher Ins         £248.37                 Public liability insurance, lengthsman

DD          NEST                                     £22.48   Clerk’s pension (5% employer, 5% employee)

Members were informed that the current bank balance stands at £19,964.84 (which includes approximately £7,000 in the business reserve account). 

154/21 To consider changes to the parish council meeting schedule

Members resolved to move future parish council meetings to the first Thursday of the month in order to make use of the village hall. 

155/21   Clerk’s Report

None.

156/21   For information only; items for the forward agenda

Budget 2022/23; maintenance contract; Platinum Jubilee activities; Hayne Farm including dog poo bins.

157/21   To consider any late entry correspondence

Cllr Valentine said he had come across a man from DCC taking measurements along Dark Lane towards Pomeroy Lodge, with a view to resurfacing this part.

158/21   Date of next two meetings.   Thursday 3rd February and Thursday 3rd March at 7.30pm in the village hall. 

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 2110 hrs.

Chair…………………………………….

3rd February 2022

Pierre’s cafe, 9th January 2022

Pierre’s monthly cafe will be held on the second Sunday in January.

The village hall will be open between 10am and 4pm for home-made croissants and pains au chocolat in the morning. Lunch will be a chicken or vegan tagine. For dessert, the French traditionally eat a ‘galette des rois’ at this time of year, which is a type of pie filled with an almond paste.

Vegetarians and vegans welcome. Bring your own drinks. Take away also possible. Cards and cash accepted. Telephone Pierre on 07545 214940 for more details, or email pierregraeber@yahoo.fr

Parish Council agenda 6 Jan 2022

Gittisham Parish Council

Ms Fiona Clampin

Clerk to the Council

Garlands

Gittisham

Honiton

EX14 3AJ

01404 851442

gittishamparishcouncil@gmail.com

30th December 2021

Members of Gittisham Parish Council

You are hereby summoned to attend the January Parish Council Meeting to be held in Gittisham Village Hall on Thursday 6th January 2022 commencing at 7.30pm to discuss items on the Agenda and to make resolutions as appropriate.

All attending are required to bring their own hand sanitiser, wear a face mask, and respect the 2m social distancing guidelines.  If any member of the public wishes to join by Zoom, please  contact the clerk.

Prior to the start of the meeting a period of 15 minutes is allowed to permit any resident to bring appropriate matters to the notice of the Council.  Please contact the clerk if you would like to do this, preferably by email in advance of the meeting, with a question you wish to be raised with Councillors on your behalf.  

  1. To accept and approve apologies
  2. To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 9th December 2021
  3. To receive the Beat Manager’s report
  4. To receive declarations of interest
  5. To consider actions from last meeting not otherwise on the agenda
  6. To receive reports from County Council and District Council representatives
  7. To receive reports from councillors on areas of responsibility and actions since the last meeting:
    • To note the latest planning decision notices (Cllr Orchard)
    • To receive an update on highways (Cllr Orchard)
    • To consider plans for expenditure in the parish under the Community Infrastructure Levy and S106 (Cllr Orchard)
    • To receive an update on public transport (Cllr Orchard)
    • To consider the purchase of a defibrillator for the Hayne Farm development (Cllr Twist)
    • To consider climate change measures within the parish (Cllr Twist) inc rewilding proposals for land in the parish (Cllr Rowe)
    • To consider parish council support for scam awareness and security (Cllr Twist)
    • To consider limited residential development in the parish (Cllr Valentine)
    • To consider the refurbishment and maintenance of the village play area (Cllr Walker)
    • To consider work to be carried out by the lengthsman to maintain drains and ditches in the parish (Cllr Walker)
  8. To receive a report from the Chair
  9. To agree the budget for 2022-23
  10. To set the precept for 2022-23
  11. To approve the January payments and to note the current bank balance:

F Clampin £224.86 + £0.85 clerk’s salary & expenses (stamp)

Len Abbott lengthsman work, £tbc

Len Abbott expenses £tbc

Gittisham Parish Hall – December hire £10

Information Commissioner annual membership £40

Community Heartbeat Trust  Solutions, Hayne Farm defibrillator £2,280

NEST (clerk’s pension) £22.48

  1. To confirm changes to the parish council meeting schedule
  2. Clerk’s report
  3. For information only; items for the forward agenda
  4. To consider any late entry correspondence
  5. To note the date of the next two meetings, Thursday 3rd February and March 2022 tbc at 7.30pm. 

F J Clampin – Clerk

2021-12 Parish Council meeting minutes 9th December 2021

Gittisham Parish Council

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting

Held on 9th December 2021

in Gittisham Village Hall

Present:

Gittisham Village Ward
Cllr C Hall (Chair)
Cllr A Rowe
Cllr D Valentine
Gittisham Vale Ward
Cllr P Orchard
Cllr J Twist
Cllr J Fowles

In attendance: Cllr Phil Twiss (DCC), Cllr Alasdair Bruce (EDDC), Richard Ayre & Graham Hutton (Baker Estates), one member of the public, Fiona Clampin (clerk)

Apologies for absence: Cllr M Walker, Cllr Jake Bonetta (EDDC), PCSO Darren England

123/21   To accept and approve apologies

Apologies were received and accepted. 

124/21   To confirm the minutes of the meeting held 4th November 2021

The minutes of the meeting held on 4th November 2021 were confirmed and signed by the Chair. 

125/21   To receive the Beat Manager’s Report

2 crimes, October 2021:

1 x anti-social behaviour, Ferndale Close, 1 x violence & sexual offences, Parsonage Lane.

Members agreed the police newsletter was informative and would be useful to receive on a monthly basis.

ACTION: Clerk to feed back to PCSO Darren England on police newsletter.

126/21   To receive declarations of interest

None.

127/21   To consider actions from the last meeting not otherwise on the agenda

None.

128/21   To receive reports from County Council and District Council representatives

Cllr Twiss said he is regularly asked by residents about lowering speed limits to 20mph in built-up areas. There has been a pilot scheme in Newton Abbott since 2019 that DCC has been undertaking, and the results of that have been evaluated to a point where the Cabinet has approved a framework for this to happen.

Cllr Twiss circulated a paper as evidence that there is quite a bit of work for communities to undertake, including setting up a Community Speed Watch if one doesn’t already exist. Further details on this can be found at https://www.communityspeedwatch.org/FRONT-v2-Home.php and clearly this is likely to provoke debate on the merits of this in each area. A reported collision data map for the previous five years can be found at https://www.devon.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/safe-travel/road-safety/collision-data/collision-map/ which is not to say that in areas with low or no records, people couldn’t drive more responsibly, particularly in areas with a national speed limit.  Cllr Twiss added that as we move towards Christmas and what might usually be regarded as winter, he was pleased to report that DCC salt and grit barns are fully stocked to cope with demand if needed during cold spells.

DCC Budget 2022/23

Cllr Twiss explained that the process of budget setting has now begun in earnest and is likely to be the most testing for the authority in living memory, where DCC is legally obliged to set a balanced budget.  This is likely to impact on services provided by the council who are going to have to rise to the challenge of working in even more effective ways, having risen to the challenges thrown at it by the Covid pandemic.

Pressures being faced by services are mirrored both locally in Devon and nationally. The unprecedented circumstances we face have exacerbated and created demand growth, an increasing cost base, labour market dynamics and staffing shortages.

The autumn spending review gave some indication of the funding that may be available in the coming year, but at this time DCC has had to estimate what this may mean for Devon. There remains a risk that funding may not be at this level, but also the potential that it may be a bit better when the final settlement figure from Government is known.  Cllr Twiss said as we emerge from the worst of the pandemic, it is going to be a bumpy ride for a few years.

Social Care

One of the biggest challenges facing all Tier 1 Councils is the provision of social care, which is a huge problem in rural and not so rural areas in Devon. The recently published Government White paper sets out 3 core principles to fix the clearly broken system, as below:

  • Everybody has choice, control and support to live independent lives
  • Everyone can access outstanding personalised care and support
  • Adult social care is fair and accessible for everyone who needs it

For this and the ‘levelling up’ agenda to work most effectively, local authorities in largely  rural areas such as Devon must be properly funded, after suffering from years of historic underfunding compared with urban areas. DCC will be looking for financial reform to bridge the funding gap for social care budgets to ensure that they can meet growing demands on the service and current levels of unmet need for various reasons.

The full White Paper can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/people-at-the-heart-of-care-adult-social-care-reform-white-paper  

Cllr Bruce announced with regret that meetings at EDDC will remain via Zoom, and that final responsibility for fundamental policy decisions will remain with the chief executive. Whilst he appreciated the safety concerns expressed by members of the ruling party, particularly around the latest variant of Covid-19, we are now very much out of step with regard to most of the district councils in the South West.  He expressed concern that this model of running a council is undemocratic and therefore the ability, and some might argue, the relevance of a district councillor is rendered irrelevant. He had tried to put forward an amendment to shorten the four month extension to two, but did not get support from the ruling party. He did however get a promise from the chair that the decision will be reviewed regularly and would be brought back for debate, if the landscape changed for the better. 

In his absence, Cllr Bonetta sent the following report:

Life at EDDC continues as always at full pace, with the administration working hard on many projects and policies as we approach the new budget season.

Public Toilets

At last week’s Cabinet meeting, and yesterday’s Full Council meeting, the final plans for public toilets across East Devon were approved and announced. This means that the loos in Lace Walk Car Park will remain open and operated by EDDC as Category A conveniences, and the King Street public loos have been given a stay of execution after his recommendation to the Overview Committee and Cabinet was passed. This means that both public conveniences in Honiton will remain open in one way or another, and he was proud to have played his part in securing these for the benefit of the residents of Honiton St. Michael’s. Although this does not directly affect Gittisham Parish Council, it is important to note, considering the close ties between the communities, and the strong need for town centre amenities to be protected and even enhanced.

Safeguarding

At the EDDC Council meeting on 8th December, Cllr Eileen Wragg read out a statement from a victim of a former Exmouth district councillor and convicted paedophile, John Humphreys, regarding his treatment by Humphreys and the police. This statement was extremely moving and has prompted the Leader of the Council, Paul Arnott, to announce that mandatory safeguarding training will be required to be undertaken by all district councillors. This, along with two letters that were written to the Conservative Party regarding their internal investigation and Devon and Cornwall Police asking for a referral to the IOPC, will hopefully resolve as a substantive effort by the administration to root out and prevent forever the rot of abuse that Humphreys committed.

Local Plan

In his report, Cllr Bonetta explained that work has continued with the East Devon Local Plan, with a 650-page draft copy of the plan being released last week for public viewing. Although we are not yet in the public consultation period, it is important to note the proposals within the Gittisham Village ward of the village, on the border with the Vale ward, especially surrounding the designated employment area and housing allocations between Hayne Lane and the Forge. Consultation is due to open into the document in March 2022, and therefore Cllr Bonetta highly recommended that the PC take part in the consultation to ensure its interests are heard. The document is available here: https://democracy.eastdevon.gov.uk/documents/g1671/Public%20reports%20pack%2014th-Dec-2021%2009.30%20Strategic%20Planning%20Committee.pdf?T=10

Cllr Valentine asked if it was possible to identify the guidance given to officers and members about consultation with parish councils, as he was very unhappy that so little consultation appeared to have taken place on the parish boundary review.  Cllr Bruce agreed to investigate, and Cllr Twiss added that he would ask EDDC’s Jamie Buckley who carries out public consultations.

Cllr Valentine added that there were documents circulating in connection with the draft Local Plan, looking at a variety of measures and justifying the selection of sites.  He hoped that these documents could be made public so that it would be possible to comment before the sites had been allocated.  Cllr Twiss advised him to attend EDDC’s next strategic planning meeting on 14th December to make this point.  He said the documents would be available with the agenda.

ACTION: Clerk to send strategic planning agenda to Cllr Valentine.

Old Elm Road gate

The clerk said that the issue over disabled buggy access was due to be resolved by Highways at the end of November.  Cllr Twiss agreed to ask Highways for the current state of play, and said he would suggest this could be resolved using DCC’s Doing What Matters budget.  Cllr Fowles also raised the issue of parking along Old Elm Road by the electricity substation, where there have been some near misses of late.

ACTION: Cllr Twiss to contact Cllr Fowles about walking the road on a Saturday morning to experience the issue.

Hayne Lane drains

The clerk said a resident had reported blocked drains on Hayne Lane opposite the emergency gate several times, and was unhappy with DCC’s response.  Cllr Twist said the issue appeared to originate with material emanating from tractors using the lane, and there was concern that any flooding on this corner where the lane meets the estate access road would be very dangerous in icy weather.  Graham Hutton from Baker Estates said that he and Cllr Twiss would come to a solution and let the clerk know the outcome.

129/21   To receive an update on the Hayne Farm development from Baker Estates

Cllr Bruce said he and Cllr Twiss had carried out a ‘grumble walk’ on the Hayne Farm development, and this had given them a good understanding of the proposed bus route.  He thanked Cllr Twist for facilitating this and said he considered this an important part of councillor work and an excellent way of highlighting specific issues on the ground. He would be taking forward all the identified elements that came out of this walk.

Cllr Bruce added that there was an issue with traffic sweeping round the corner into the development at a higher speed than the road was designed for.  He was concerned that when the development was finished and more children present, this could get worse.  Graham Hutton replied that at the planning stage the road had been widened to allow large agricultural vehicles to navigate down the hill.  Cllr Twiss said he would enquire with Highways whether it was possible to consider a traffic calming measure on this section of road into the site, which has now been adopted by DCC as a public highway.

Richard Ayre outlined Baker Estates’ plans for the former farmyard site (which does not include the shop and café), arguing for a logical development in a sustainable location.  It has been indicated as a potential allocation in the emerging local plan.  He said they would look to bring access through the existing Hayne Farm development when the road is finally adopted.  In terms of the design, he said there would be a natural transition from something similar to the existing estate to something more rural in design to reflect the edge of the urban area.  There will be an affordable housing element out of a total of approximately 35 dwellings, although it’s not sure how many will be affordable yet.  There would be no development on open fields with this site.  There will be a public consultation around February 2022, with a view to submitting a planning application in the early spring.  Graham Hutton said he would be happy to meet residents to discuss, and to come back to the parish council early next year.

Cllr Bruce asked if would be possible in future to have an idea of the inclination on the site, and the Chair suggested using 3D technology to communicate their plans.  Cllr Bruce queried the fake chimneys and the gas infrastructure, but Graham Hutton said it was still critical to install gas infrastructure for when hydrogen power may or may not come on stream.  Mr Hutton explained that building regulations would be changing next year, which would allow for a 31 per cent increase in energy efficiency.

One member of the public asked if nearby residents could be assured of the safe removal and disposal of any asbestos or hazardous materials on site. Graham Hutton replied that hydrocarbon oil-based contamination had been identified.  He said demolition contractors could not be appointed without a rigorous asbestos survey, and those appointed would have the necessary certification.   

Cllr Twist said drainage had been an issue on the existing development because of low-lying land, and Cllr Rowe asked if there would be an increase in surface water capabilities.  Graham Hutton said there would, and Baker Estates would be able to install new attenuation systems on site. 

Cllr Valentine enquired whether Baker Estates had any plans to extend the site in a westerly direction, but Richard Ayre said the company did not.  Graham Hutton said he was aware of the potential for allocation in that direction, but Baker Estates was not involved.

One member of the public asked if residents could be assured that the proposed build will not impact the light and privacy currently enjoyed by those occupying the current Hayne Farm site, particularly as the land rises behind Hodges Close towards the farmyard.  Graham Hutton said the member of the public was correct about the level change, and that respectable back-to-back distances would be considered.  He added that the first planning application would be outline, followed by a reserved matters application which would include more detail on point distances, heights and locations.

Members discussed the proposed defibrillator, which appeared to have stalled because Sovereign Housing had not signed the host agreement.  Graham Hutton said he would pursue the matter with Sovereign and confirm the location with them, as everything else was ready to go.

Graham Hutton agreed that Baker Estates would purchase a bin for dog waste, and the parish council would pay for a second.

Cllr Orchard enquired about progress on the play area.  Graham Hutton apologised for the delay, and said the equipment was on track to be delivered in February 2022.  Cllr Twist asked if there would be a fence next to the play area, due to the gradient.  Graham Hutton said there would be.  The Gittisham PC noticeboard will be installed by the public open space; it is currently in site containers.

The Chair thanked Richard Ayre and Graham Hutton for sharing their plans at this early stage, and for being open to discuss any issues arising with the current development.

ACTION: Cllr Twist to send Graham Hutton the defibrillator host agreement.

130/21   To consider the proposal for a parish boundary review

Members discussed the recent proposal for a boundary review, which had been discussed by EDDC Cabinet on 1st December.  Cllr Bruce, the Chair and Cllr Orchard had both spoken at this meeting.  The proposal did not gain widespread support and was therefore deferred until after the EDDC Local Plan was issued and the implications of it better understood, including any development around Hayne Farm and the garden centre.

In his report, Cllr Bonetta said he was pleased to see strong representation from Gittisham at this meeting.  He had aired his views on the subject, but was in complete agreement with the outcome of the meeting in that more consultation and discussion is needed here – especially considering the poor overall consultation response and engagement from Honiton Town Council members. Therefore, he was happy that a deferment was sought on this matter and looked forward to having fruitful discussions with the council in the future about this.  The Chair thanked Cllrs Bruce and Twiss for having supported the process.

Cllr Twiss, Richard Ayre, Graham Hutton and one member of the public left the meeting.

131/21   To consider the following planning applications:

a)         21/2882/LBC – Westgate Gittisham EX14 3AU – installation of tortoise fireboxes, flue liners, terracotta twin wall liner to top of chimney and bird guard

b)          21/2906/FUL – 3 Lower Green Way Gittisham EX14 3FT – installation of window to north facing dormer

Members resolved to have no objection to a) or b).  

Cllr Bruce left the meeting.

132/21   To receive reports from councillors on areas of responsibility and actions since the last meeting:

  • To note the latest planning decision notices

21/1756/FUL – Erection of a storage building on land adjacent to Combe Garden Centre

Retrospective approval with conditions.

  • To receive an update on Highways

Forthcoming road closures in Gittisham Parish:

2-3 March 2022 road closure for Jurassic Fibre – Ironbridge to Gittisham Farm.

Cllr Orchard raised the possibility of using CIL funds to spruce up the bus shelters.  He added that the grill on Old Elm Road balancing pond had still not been cleared, and that Combe Garden Centre had added stop lines to their exit on to the lane.

  • To consider plans for expenditure in the parish under the Community Infrastructure Levy & S106

Cllr Orchard said he had contacted a further three contractors for the play area works since last month. One declined, two met him on site, but there had been no further contact since.  So far he has been in touch with 13 contractors, but frustratingly the plans are no further on.

ACTION: Cllr Orchard to update Sulina Tallack at EDDC on progress so far.

  • To receive an update on public transport

Members agreed to keep an eye on the developing situation as regards buses serving the Hayne Farm development.

  • To consider the purchase of a defibrillator for the Hayne Farm development

Cf minute ref. 129/21.

  • To consider climate change measures within the parish, including rewilding proposals for land in the parish

Cllr Twist said there was no update on this.

  • To consider parish council support for scam awareness and security

Cllr Twist said there had been reports of criminals following delivery vans and stealing parcels left for residents who were not at home to receive them.

  • To consider limited residential development in the parish

Cllr Valentine said there was no update on this. 

  • To consider the parish emergency plan

Cllr Orchard said this should be reviewed in May 2022, and the Chair said in the meantime it could be removed from the agenda.

  • To consider the refurbishment and maintenance of the village play area

There was no update this month.

  • To consider work to be carried out by the lengthsman to maintain ditches and drains in the parish

There was no update this month.  Cllr Twist asked who is responsible for the land on the left hand side of Hayne Lane going downhill to the culvert, as brambles have started to overwhelm the pavement. 

ACTION: Cllr Walker to ask the lengthsman to trim the hedge and brambles there.

133/21   To receive a report from the Chair

The Chair said she had been focused this month on the parish boundary review, which had been discussed earlier in the meeting.  She circulated the statement she had made to EDDC at the Cabinet meeting. The Chair thanked all members for their work on behalf of the parish, thanked their families for supporting them and wished all a happy Christmas.

134/21 To consider traffic and the state of the road and associated infrastructure in Gittisham village and on Hayne Lane.

Members discussed problems with water that is gushing down Hayne Lane and taking rubbish and other items with it.  Land management techniques could be investigated to address the problems of surface water run-off from fields at Hayne Lane and in the wider parish.   

ACTION: Chair to discuss with Cllr Bruce.

135/21   To consider support for the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

Members resolved to support the bill.

136/21 To approve and sign the annual CIL report 2020/21

The clerk distributed details of CIL income and expenditure for 2020/21, available at https://gittisham.org.uk/2021/12/09/gittisham-parish-council-cil-report-2020-21/.  Members resolved to approve the document, and it was signed by the Chair.

ACTION: Clerk to upload the CIL document 2020/21 and send to EDDC.

137/21   To approve the December payments and to note the current bank balance

It was resolved to approve the following payments:

1134       F J Clampin                          £234.85                 Clerk’s salary & expenses (printing paper)

1135       Gittisham Parish Hall          £10         Hire for November meeting

1136       CHT                           £324      Annual support package for 2 x defibrillators

DD          NEST                                     £22.48   Clerk’s pension (5% employer, 5% employee)

Members were informed that the current bank balance stands at £23,048.40 (which includes approximately £7,000 in the business reserve account).  Members discussed measures to reduce the reserves, including sprucing up the bus shelters, installing solar panels for lighting inside the bus shelters, wild flower planting, Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  The Chair encouraged all members to speak to residents about what they would like to see.

ACTION: All to consider future expenditure to reduce the reserves, and send details to clerk in time for budget setting next month.

138/21 To consider changes to the parish council meeting schedule

Members agreed that future parish council meetings could move to the first Thursday of the month in order to make use of the village hall.  The clerk said the next two meetings would be on a Thursday.

ACTION: Clerk to canvass opinion on proposed changes from district and county councillors.

139/21   Clerk’s Report

None.

140/21   For information only; items for the forward agenda

Budget 2022/23; precept; day of meetings; Climate & Ecological Emergency Bill.

141/21   To consider any late entry correspondence

None.

142/21   Date of next two meetings.   Thursday 6th January 2022 and Thursday 3rd February at 7.30pm in the village hall. 

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 2115 hrs.

Chair…………………………………….

6th January 2022

Gittisham Parish Council CIL report 2020-21

Gittisham Parish Council CIL Report

Reporting Year 1 April 2020 to 31st March 2021

ATotal CIL Income Carried Over from Previous Years£4,201.86
BTotal CIL Income Received (Receipts)£12,874.96
CTotal CIL Spent (Expenses)£15,050
DTotal CIL Repaid following a repayment noticeNIL
   
ETotal CIL Retained at the end  (A+B-C-D)£2,026.82
CIL expenditure
Item / purposeAmount spent
Village hall refurbishment£15,050
Total spent£15,050

Signed Parish Clerk:

 Fiona Clampin

Verified Chair of Parish Council:

 Carol Hall

09.12.2021

2021-12 Gittisham Gazette Dec 2021

A monthly Community Newsletter published by St. Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council

December 2021 Edition 238

COP21 Glasgow – David Broom

I was lucky enough to spend the first week of COP26 in Glasgow, with my company Kensa Heat Pumps.  We had exhibition space in the GreenZone showcasing our ground source heat pumps and our green street concept which demonstrates how we think the wide scale deployment of heat pumps can be achieved. As heating homes contributes 21% of carbon emissions in the UK, it is an essential component of meeting our national net zero aspirations.

Our stay in Glasgow was full of meetings, presentations and seminars with some really interesting speakers on covering various parts of the climate change solutions. The level of security across the city was impressive, as we experienced on our first night when returning to our accommodation we found the street cordoned off and 6 deep with police, it turned out that the main delegation was having dinner at the end of our road and our flat was
inside the security cordon, we had to negotiate our entry and had a police escort right to the door!

The end of the first week culminated with the Ashden Awards, an international climate change award, presented at one of the COP venues we were delighted to receive the UK Climate Innovation award for our work in installing heat pumps in over 1,000 social housing properties, not only reducing carbon emissions, but taking people out of fuel poverty. The awards were presented by the President of Costa Rica, who it was an honour to meet, and to listen to speaking so passionately about the climate agenda. The awards also produced this excellent video showcasing all of the winners https://ashden.org/awards/ or this one which just shows our section https://ashden.org/winners/kensa-group/

Hazel Snell & Doreen Cooper – two dancing queens

We said farewell to both Hazel (23rd in Gittisham) and Doreen (26th at Combe Raleigh). Hazel’s coffin came in to a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace and Doreen’s to a Scottish country dance reel.  Both churches were nice and full with family and friends from all over the country. Beautifully meaningful hymns were sung at both services, Hazel exited to Katherine Jenkins singing Time to say Goodbye and Doreen went out to Lord of the Dance by the Chelmsford Citadel Singers. Hazel is now reunited with her husband William in Gittisham churchyard and Doreen joined her husband in Sidmouth cemetery. Hazel’s family put on a spread in the village hall and Doreen’s family had a friend catering in the hall of St. Peter’s, Sidford. In many ways both funerals were similar with both ladies being avid country dancers. May they now rest in peace reunited with their loved ones.

Filming for Dementia in St Michael’s Church

The church was beautifully decorated last week in preparation for a professionally filmed
Christmas concert performed by Alison Kettlewell (Valentine), together with a soprano and pianist friends from Cornwall. The filming took place on 2nd December and the event was put together on behalf of Action East Devon and the Forget-me-not charities. Once edited the programme will be circulated together with song books to care homes and Memory Cafes throughout East Devon and adjoining areas and will provide care home residents and Memory Cafe attendees opportunities to bring forward their Christmas memories and to join in with the singing of Christmas favourites. This form of communication with those struggling with dementia is known to have huge benefits. This is a wonderful cause and will also raise the profile within our local community of our beautiful St Michael’s Church. The decorations will remain in place for Advent.

Fit for Life exercise classes

Classes will re-commence in the village hall on Tuesdays from 10.00 – 11.00am starting from 
15th January. For information or to book a place please call Marjorie Madge on 01404 41090 or email marjmadge14@gmail.com. Classes are not too onerous but great fun and beneficial.

Parish Council -December 2021 & January 2022 reports will be amalgamated next month

St Michael’s Church, Honiton Mission Community and 200 Club

St. Michael’s Gittisham

At our Service of Remembrance we started at the Lych-gate, Julia took this element, Richard
Marker read the ‘Ode to Remembrance’ which Cliff read for many years.  Julia found a combined rendering of the Last Post including the 2 minutes silence and Reveille.  Three wreaths were laid.  Florence Wolsey laid one in memory of her late father Andrew Hill, Ian Warne the upper one and I laid the third in memory of my grandmother, a land girl in WW1 and drove ambulances in WW2.  Father was in the RAF, mother in the ATS and stepfather the secret service in Edinburgh. There were 62 adults and 7 children for the outside service and 20 adults with 5 children came in to church for the Eucharist led by Rev. Christine.

December services will be Sunday 5th a telephone one, on 12th communion with the Baptism of baby Agatha daughter of Hattie and Olli Harrison and Sarah Agg-Manning’s newest grandchild.

On 19th our Carol Service with refreshments at 7.00pm, 25th Christmas Day Eucharist at
11.00, (there are no Midnight services this year. The only service in the Mission Community on
Boxing Day – 26th – will be a Eucharist at St. Paul’s at 11.00am. The service on 2nd January will
be a telephone one. Our Christingle service next year will be held at Candlemass, the nearest
Sunday to the 2nd of February. Numbers are less restricted but bookings would be very helpful as the service sheets still have to be printed and it will save too many pages being wasted, ring Carol on 851113. 

Obviously until told otherwise, social distancing and masks should preferably be worn but if you want to sing you must wear masks. Our services are all at 11.00am To receive details for
ongoing worship, Eucharistic and lay-led please contact me, Carol on telephone 01404 851113
charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk or Julia on gshaminister@gmail.com or for those without internet ring her on 07763 111367 or 01404 850680.

The church is open three or four days in the week and as the weather is cooler now the door will be closed but unlocked.  If you find it closed (it is quite hard to open but keep trying) but if definitely locked and you would like to view or have prayer space please ring me (Carol 851113) and hopefully I will be home to unlock.

Honiton Mission Community

Honiton St Paul’s weekly services continue at 11.00am.  The website (honitoncofe.org) is updated regularly and has news about  services and the latest guidelines on the Covid regulations.  There is also a link to the Gittisham website.  The monthly Mission Community newsletter Around the Parishes is available by email or post from the Parish Office; see below for details.  As our MC churches are now having their own services,  Sunday Morning Eucharistic Worship at 11.00am, in St. Paul’s will be live streamed. If you would like to join this service do please contact Rev’d Sue  or the Parish Office by emailing sue41260@gmail.com or  office@honitoncofe.org and the link will be  forwarded.  Alternatively, ring the Parish office to book your place in person, on 01404 44035.  Messages will be replied to when someone is available.  Mollie the Church administrator is there on Tuesdays.  The ‘virtual’ Eucharist is at 6.30pm; details from Rev’d Sue.

At St Paul’s, coffee and biscuits  are served in church on  Tuesdays and Saturdays.  They are currently free of charge but donations are welcomed for Vaccine Aid. On December 19th
there will be an outdoor Christingle at 5.30pm on the forecourt (inside only if wet), Christmas Eve Carols on the Forecourt 5.00pm, Christmas Day Eucharist 11.00am, 26th joint Mission Community Eucharist 11.00am.

St Michael’s Awliscombe Saturday 11th December Christmas Market in village hall 10.00
– 12 noon.

St Nicholas Combe Raleigh Sunday 12th December, Christmas tea 3.00pm in the village hall, 6.00pm Carol Service out of doors at Coryhill with Caroline and Chris Padgett.  Wrap up warm and bring a chair and torch.

200 Club

Owing to the death of one of our founder 200 club members whose subscription was paid monthly (as it was in the very beginning of the 200 club in 2004), I now have numbers available.  If you would like to join the church’s 200 club please ring me, Carol 01404 851113. It’s a good way to fund the upkeep so necessary with this old church which takes a lot to keep it heated and watertight, keeping the churchyard in good order and kind to nature. I can send an application form; the cost is £12 per number per year – if you join now the cost would be £3.00 per number (January, February, March).                               

December 2021 200 Club Results

1st  Richard Marker                      2nd  Len Bartlett               3rd   Jackson King                  
4th  David Fallows                           5th   Judith Turner            

Household Support Fund

Families on low incomes can get help with food and utility costs this winter via the new Household Support Fund.

Grants are available to support families with
– Providing vouchers for food
– Supporting with energy and water bills for household purposes
– Emergency boiler and heating repairs
– Essential white goods such as a fridge, freezer or cooker
– Also can provide petrol for jobs and broadband
The family needs to meet the following criteria:
– You are a family
– You are experiencing financial hardship
– You need financial help to pay utility bills or buy food and essential items linked to
food, warmth, and utilities for your family
– Not have received financial assistance from another source for the same reason.

Please contact a member of the Parish Council who will need to sign your form as the
‘supporting professional’. Earlyhelpmideastsecure-mailbox@devon.gov.uk
Carol Hall Chair of Gittisham Parish Council

Pierre’s pop-up Sunday cafe

Come along to Pierre’s monthly cafe on Sunday 5th December to try a range of
French-inspired dishes. Home-made croissants and pains au chocolat available in the
morning with coffee or tea, followed by a lunch of beef cooked in cocoa. Vegetarians
and vegans also catered for. In France it’s traditional to eat a yule log at Christmas,
so Pierre will serve this as dessert. Drop in or secure your place by calling Pierre on
07545 214940. Payment can be made by cash or card. The next café will be 9th Jan.

New yoga class for Gittisham

Yoga classes will be coming to Gittisham Village Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7pm to 8.15pm from January. Alison runs a weekly class on Tuesday’s at Honiton Methodist Church but on the 3rd week of the month will be at Gittisham Village Hall instead. You would be welcome to join the Honiton class for the rest of the month. Please contact Alison Hayward on 07986 179071 if you would like to find out more about her classes.

Royal British Legion poppies

I went round the village with the poppies as much as I could (when the weather was better, as on several occasions when I started out, the rain appeared as if by magic!. I have heard unofficially our village total is £190.09 and would like to thank all who contributed to this marvellous appeal.
Thanks Carol

Item for sale

Printing paper, filing shelves x2, 4-drawer plastic unit, small 3-drawer filing cabinet available.  If you are interested, contact Carol on telephone 01404 851113.  Collection only.

Gazette printing is still not possible with the ongoing restrictions, as the Parish Office in Honiton remains closed. The Gazette is also available on the Gittisham website  Gittisham.org.uk.  If you would like a copy by email please let me have your email details or if you have no internet it can be posted to you until things get back to order some help with 2nd class postage would be appreciated, Carol McCann 3 School Cottages, Gittisham, Honiton, EX14 3AH. 01404 851113 I will leave a few copies in the Vale bus shelter and Hayne Farm Estate Sales Office again until such time the whole print run can be delivered by Peter and Ann again.  Do let me have your email as I am hopefully trying to save on printing costs and looking after our lovely planet. Thank you.  

Editor/Distributor: 
Carol McCann  01404 851113/07946409142     charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk.

If you have events or news items including pictures, for inclusion in the gazette from the village, the Vale or Hayne Farm Estate,  do please email it to Carol as early as possible.  Copy date for the January edition is 30th December please.  I don’t yet know when I can send out the gazette, as Dance Club are now back in the village hall on Wednesdays and the parish council meeting is tbc.

Wishing you a very merry and peaceful Christmas, and a happy, prosperous and healthy 2022.  Keep safe, but have fun.

Parish Council agenda 9 Dec 2021

GITTISHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Ms Fiona Clampin

Clerk to the Council

Garlands

Gittisham

Honiton

EX14 3AJ

01404 851442

gittishamparishcouncil@gmail.com

3rd December 2021

Members of Gittisham Parish Council

You are hereby summoned to attend the December Parish Council Meeting to be held in Gittisham Village Hall on Thursday 9th December 2021 commencing at 7.30pm to discuss items on the Agenda and to make resolutions as appropriate.

All attending are required to bring their own hand sanitiser, wear a face mask, and respect the 2m social distancing guidelines.  If any member of the public wishes to join by Zoom, please  contact the clerk.

Prior to the start of the meeting a period of 15 minutes is allowed to permit any resident to bring appropriate matters to the notice of the Council.  Please contact the clerk if you would like to do this, preferably by email in advance of the meeting, with a question you wish to be raised with Councillors on your behalf.  

  1. To accept and approve apologies
  2. To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 4th November 2021
  3. To receive the Beat Manager’s report
  4. To receive declarations of interest
  5. To consider actions from last meeting not otherwise on the agenda
  6. To receive an update on the Hayne Farm development from Baker Estates
  7. To consider the proposal for a parish boundary review
  8. To receive reports from County Council and District Council representatives
  9. To consider the following planning applications:
    • 21/2882/LBCV – Westgate Gittisham EX14 3AU – Installation of tortoise fireboxes, flue liners, terracotta twin wall liner to top of chimney and bird guard
    • 21/2906/FUL – 3 Lower Green Way Gittisham EX14 3FT – Installation of window to north facing dormer
  10. To receive reports from councillors on areas of responsibility and actions since the last meeting:
    • To note the latest planning decision notices (Cllr Orchard)
    • To receive an update on highways (Cllr Orchard)
    • To consider plans for expenditure in the parish under the Community Infrastructure Levy and S106 (Cllr Orchard)
    • To receive an update on public transport (Cllr Orchard)
    • To consider the purchase of a defibrillator for the Hayne Farm development (Cllr Twist)
    • To consider climate change measures within the parish (Cllr Twist) inc rewilding proposals for land in the parish (Cllr Rowe)
    • To consider parish council support for scam awareness and security (Cllr Twist)
    • To consider limited residential development in the parish (Cllr Valentine)
    • To consider the parish emergency plan (Cllr Valentine / Cllr Orchard)
    • To consider the refurbishment and maintenance of the village play area (Cllr Walker)
    • To consider work to be carried out by the lengthsman to maintain drains and ditches in the parish (Cllr Walker)
  11. To receive a report from the Chair
  12. To consider traffic and the state of road and associated infrastructure in Gittisham village and on Hayne Lane
  13. To consider support for the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill
  14. To approve and sign the annual CIL report 2021/21
  15. To approve the December payments and to note the current bank balance:

F Clampin £224.86 + £9.99 clerk’s salary & expenses (printer paper)

Len Abbott lengthsman work, £tbc

Len Abbott expenses £tbc

Gittisham Parish Hall – November hire £10

Community Heartbeat Trust annual support cost for two defibrillators £tbc

NEST (clerk’s pension) £22.48

  1. To consider changes to the parish council meeting schedule
  2. Clerk’s report
  3. For information only; items for the forward agenda
  4. To consider any late entry correspondence
  5. To note the date of the next two meetings, Wednesday 5th January and Wednesday 2nd February 2022 tbc at 7.30pm. 

F J Clampin – Clerk

2021-11 Gittisham Gazette Nov 2021

A monthly Community Newsletter published by St. Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council

November 2021 Edition 237

Gittisham’s Hallowe-en – Trick or Treat

On 31st October the children met outside the village hall for a bring and share tea, a few suitably scarily dressed.  After tea they set out, with some of the parents to go around the village many of the houses had beautifully carved and lit up pumpkins with some of the homes decorated with appropriate scary things.  It was lovely to see such polite and thankful children and it is a pleasure to offer treats for them to collect in their bags.  

Combe Farm Shop

As November starts we are sure everyone is starting to think of the big C word.  Well at the shop we have been thinking about Christmas for a while.  We have been busy prepping hampers, getting in lots of new stock, including stocking stuffers, advent calendars, chocolates and more treats, and already taking lots of Christmas orders.  We have plenty of local meat and vegetables in stock.  Some of our items available for Christmas are: in-house cured gammons, in-house cured bacon, homemade pigs in blankets, local Exeter turkeys and geese, our own Ruby Red beef, local lamb from Ottery St Mary, and local vegetables.

The shop is open from 9 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday to Saturday (late opening till 5:30pm on Thursdays) and Sundays 9am-1pm.  Our takeaway is still open offering hot and cold drinks, seasonal specials, pastries, cakes, breakfast baps and light lunches.  Open Tuesday – Saturday from 9 am to 3pm. (Hot food served 10am -2pm)

Stop by the shop to discuss how we can help with your Christmas, from veg boxes, meat hampers, turkeys and more.  We look forward to seeing you,

Joanna and team

People in the News

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Hazel Snell who died in her care home in Colyton on Saturday 30th October age 97.  Hazel moved to Gittisham in 1986 following the death of her husband.  She lived in Webbers Cottage for many years, before moving up to a bungalow in Church Mead. It was due to her ill health and failing eyesight she went to the home in Colyton, which was close to daughter Ann.  Her other daughter Debbie also lives in Devon. Ann also used to live in Gittisham with her daughter Emma and son James.  Emma and her family still live in the village.  We wish them all the peace to grieve and many happy memories to cherish. May you rest in peace Hazel. Hazel’s funeral will be in Gittisham on Tuesday 23rd November at 1.00pm.

Snippets from Shermans Farm by Jack Bartlett

Well it’s been a while since I last wrote, my fault entirely for not getting it to Carol on time ! 

A lot has changed on the farm in that time, firstly that Lauren & I are expecting! A new addition to Shermans due on 12th January. We’re both very excited. This will be Leonard & Angela’s fifth grandchild. They will have more capacity for babysitting as, after a delayed start, their house is coming along well. You will notice it as you come up the road past Shermans; with some landscaping and planning requirements for design it should blend in nicely and will be ideal for them both, being so close to them farm. 

We have had a quieter spell calving in September & October. which has been refreshing in a way. With lots due to calve over the winter months, we’re going to be busy. 

We finished renovating a calf shed at the start of the year to accommodate up to 70 calves.  This has helped dramatically with workload and health of the calves. They’re really thriving in there which is nice to see after a big investment. They have moved into this shed for weaning and stay until about five months, where they will either go to grass through the summer or Catshayes, now that the weather has taken a colder turn. 

The maize harvest came off well.  We were concerned about how wet the fields would be, but were pleasantly surprised! Hedges have been trimmed, but we only trim about half of the hedges each year.  This is part of our stewardship to help with the birds and the bees.  If it sounds noisy when we are cutting 2 years growth, it’s all for a good cause! 

We are TB testing in a couple of weeks, which makes me very nervous… Will keep everything crossed and hope for a good outcome. After speaking to a lot of local farmers the situation doesn’t seem to be improving. 

Always something to keep us on our toes. 

Parish Council – November report

Four councillors met for the November meeting. Phil Twiss (DCC), Alasdair Bruce (EDDC), Jake Bonetta (EDDC) and one member of the public were also present.

Hayne Lane.    

Phil Twiss said that DCC Highways has been preparing a scheme to lay kerbs and channels on Hayne Lane to protect the edge from erosion. But when the regional officer visited the site recently with the contractor’s agent to discuss the necessary work, they saw that the bank had collapsed completely following recent storms.  He said DCC staff had tried placing sandbags and barriers to keep the lane open, but the permanent works are of a scale which will now need referring to another team to carry out the work.  Phil Twiss said he could not give a timescale for this.

Finance. 

Councillors noted the finances.

Crimes. 

Sept 2021: 1 x burglary, Devonshire Road

Road closures.

11-12 November Road closure for Western Power – Road past Shermans Farm.

22-24 November Road closure for Jurassic Fibre – Ironbridge to Eveleigh’s Farm.

Peter Orchard said he would follow up with DCC School Transport to see whether or not the school buses would be affected.

Parish boundary, Gittisham Vale.  

Parish councillors expressed their disappointment that neither GPC nor Honiton Town Council had been informed well in advance of a report proposing a review of the parish and town boundaries that went before EDDC cabinet this week.  They agreed that any change in the parish boundary between Gittisham Vale and Honiton St Michael’s in particular could have significant implications for council tax rates, and even the existence of the parish council itself.  Members heard that the item was deferred for further consideration by EDDC in December.  They agreed to ask EDDC for the discussion to be postponed until a proper consultation can take place.

Planning applications.

  1. Pomeroy House, Gittisham – Single-storey extension to side with raised patio, installation of porch canopy to courtyard west elevation and east elevation, and internal alterations, involving demolition of existing porch to side. No objection.
  2. I Hamlet Cottages, Weston – Variation of condition number 2 (approved plans) of application 21/1295/FUL (Demolition of existing workshop to be replaced with a new self-build dwelling). Objection on the grounds outlined previously, ie granting permission would establish a new residential unit in the countryside without agricultural need being sought, and it will act as a precedent for other opportunities in the future which would be detrimental to the overall policy-making of EDDC.

Old Elm Road.

Peter Orchard explained that the Old Elm balancing pond downstream exit grill is blocked. EDDC is aware and has appointed contractors urgently.

Councillor vacancy, Gittisham Vale.   

Jan Fowles was elected parish councillor for Gittisham Vale by an unanimous vote.

Scam awareness.

Janet Twist outlined two current scams: 1) a scammer impersonating an EDDC officer regarding re-banding of council tax rings and asks for money.  Jake Bonetta added that EDDC officers would never contact a resident out of the blue regarding a re-banding of council tax.  Please hang up and call EDDC on their official number.  2) Tesco “free prize draw”.  This is an email scam, asking you to complete a survey for the chance of winning a prize in order to steal people’s bank details.

Next meeting. 

Thursday 9th December, 7.30pm in the village hall.

St Michael’s Church, Honiton Mission Community and 200 Club

St. Michael’s Gittisham

The Baptism on Sunday 17th October was packed with a few heart-stopping moments, when young Savannah had several ventures up into the pulpit to hide, and then thought behind the altar might also be a good place to evade ‘capture’.  The Ven. John had the patience of a saint and all the elements of the Christening were carried out successfully.  Our November services will be Sunday 7th a telephone one, on the 14th Remembrance starting at the Lych-gate about 10.50 with a short service of reflection, wreath laying and singing the National Anthem before going in to the church to continue with the communion. On the 21st Morning Worship in church and the 28th there will be a special all-age service in church to celebrate Advent, and if permitted with coffee afterwards. The 3rd December will be a telephone service.  Numbers are less restricted but bookings would be very helpful as the service sheets still have to be printed and it will save too many pages being wasted.  Please call Carol on 01404 851113.

Obviously until told otherwise, social distancing and masks should preferably to be worn, but if you want to sing you must wear masks.  Our services are all at 11.00am  To receive details for ongoing worship,  Eucharistic and lay-led please contact me, Carol  by telephone 01404 851113 or email charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk  or Julia on gshaminister@gmail.com or for those without internet ring her on 07763111367 or 01404 850680 or they are published on the Gittisham website https://gittisham.org

Our Harvest Festival collection of non-perishable food for the Honiton Food Bank was very well received and they wrote to say a huge thank you to us.  The church is open three or four days in the week and as the weather is cooler now, the door will be closed but unlocked.  If you find it closed (it is quite hard to open but keep trying) but if definitely locked and would like to view or have prayer space please ring me (Carol 851113) and hopefully I will be home to unlock.

Honiton Mission Community

Rev’d Sue is now back from her month’s leave.  The website (honitoncofe.org) is updated regularly and has news about  services and the latest guidelines on the Covid regulations.  There is also a link to the Gittisham website.  The monthly Mission Community newsletter Around the Parishes is available by email or post from the Parish Office; see below for details.  As our MC churches are now having their own services,  Sunday Morning Eucharistic Worship at 11.00am, in St. Paul’s will be live streamed. If you would like to join this service do please contact Rev’d Sue  or the Parish Office by emailing sue41260@gmail.com or  office@honitoncofe.org and the link will be  forwarded.  Alternatively, ring the Parish office to book your place in person, on 01404 44035.  Messages will be replied to when someone is available.  Mollie the Church administrator is there on Tuesdays.  The ‘virtual’ Eucharist at 6.30pm will re-commence from November 21st.  There was an email from the Cathedral advising that the cathedral prayer diary would include the HMC in the prayers during their services on the 30th October.

At St Paul’s, coffee and biscuits  are served in church on  Tuesdays and Saturdays.  They are currently free of charge but donations are welcomed for Vaccine Aid.  The All Souls service this year will be held on the 7th November in the afternoon, details from Rev’d Sue or the Parish Office. The zoom virtual Eucharist service at 6.30 will be resumed on Sunday 21st November.  


200 Club

Owing to the death of one of our founder 200 club members whose subscription was paid monthly I now have numbers available.  If you would like to join the church’s 200 club which is one way of funding the upkeep please ring me, Carol 01404851113. I can send an application form the cost is £12 per number per year – if you join now the cost would be £4.00                                

November 2021 200 Club Results

1st  Dawn Merchant                      2nd  Jan Sutcliffe               3rd   Dianne Janes                 
4th  Tom Ballantyne                           5th   Cynthia Underdown             

Gittisham Flower & Produce Show

Over the years the Flower and Produce Show has collected about £200 to be spent for the benefit of the parish.  If you have any ideas please let Angie Hutchings know.  Her email is angieh13@btinternet.com or phone 01404 45101.  Thank you.


Pierre’s pop-up Sunday cafe

Pierre will be holding his monthly pop-up café in the village hall on Sunday 14th November from 10.00 – 4.00 serving homemade croissants and pains au chocolat then a selection of French savouries with soup and a sweet goodie or two.  Hot drinks are available but if you want alcohol please bring your own.  Payment can be either in cash or by card.  Pierre would be pleased to know if you are coming (not compulsory but very helpful especially if vegetarian or vegan)  telephone Pierre on 07545 214940.  He looks forward to seeing you on the 14th.

Change of venue for soup & sparklers on 7th November

The soup with rolls and sparklers on Sunday evening from 5.30 will now be in and outside the village hall for the logistics of keeping the soup hot, and also possibly the mulled wine, and if cold to keep the attendees warm too.  There is no need to bring sparklers but you can if you want.

Royal British Legion poppies

I have been going round the village with the poppies, if I have missed you or you were out when I called and if you would like me to call please let me know 851113.  Thanks,  Carol

Gazette printing is still not possible with the ongoing restrictions, as the Parish Office in Honiton remains closed. The Gazette is also available on the Gittisham website  Gittisham.org.uk.  If you would like a copy by email please let me have your email details or if you have no internet it can be posted to you until things get back to order some help with 2nd class postage would be appreciated, Carol McCann 3 School Cottages, Gittisham, Honiton, EX14 3AH. 01404 851113 I will leave a few copies in the Vale bus shelter and Hayne Farm Estate Sales Office again until such time the whole print run can be delivered by Peter and Ann again.  Do let me have your email as I am hopefully trying to save on printing costs and looking after our lovely planet. Thank you.  

Editor/Distributor: 
Carol McCann  01404 851113/07946409142     charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk.

If you have events or news items including pictures, for inclusion in the gazette from the village, the Vale or Hayne Farm Estate,  do please email it to Carol as early as possible.  Copy date for the December edition is 25th November please.  I hope to send out on 3rd December, subject to the Parish Council report being received.