Spring is in the air! How lovely to see the sunshine and daffodils out now after the wet weeks of winter that seemed never ending. It made our village look more like Brightwell-by-the-sea! Water rose to levels we have not seen for many years (if ever) but fortunately few homes here I think were affected internally by flooding. Manoeuvring round and through some rather large pools of surface water was daunting however. Our thanks go to all the parishioners who helped clear the surface water and drainage ditches and especially Adrian Morrison whose rods got the lake at the bottom of Church Lane cleared. Our roads have taken a bashing with even more potholes to avoid so please watch out – and slow down!
Although it may seem a quieter time now after the activity surrounding Site B housing plans in the last few years, there are new important issues emerging around the current Parish Boundary Review and the Neighbourhood Plan. The Annual Parish meeting on 15 April at 8pm in the Village Hall will be an opportunity for you to hear more about them and also other issues affecting our parish, so do try to come along.
In many rural communities like ours, portable defibrillators (AEDs) have played an important role in saving lives. The Parish Council are seeking support to install one here. More information is given on page 9, and I’m sure there will be an opportunity to raise questions on this at the Parish meeting on the 15th.
We are sorry to say goodbye to Mrs Hunt, Head teacher at Brightwell School, but wish her good luck in her new school. She has been in charge for the last five years, and from the achievements in that time, see page 5, she leaves a strong legacy. It will be a hard act to follow. Welcome to the new Head, Mrs Rachael Bentovim-Gill, who starts in the Summer Term.
And talking about summer, this issue has lots of news of outdoor activities in the parish and nearby over the coming months – from the tennis and cricket clubs who are gearing up for another season to the Spring Church Fair on 17 May, BrightFest 2014 on 14 June, Earth Trust events for families and more. Not forgetting, of course, the Village Fete on 5 July. So plenty to look forward to, and hopefully also warm weather.
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