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30 November 2020CHRISTMAS EVENT

THE PARISH COUNCIL reviewed arrangements for the annual carols around the Christmas tree event due to uncertainty over coronavirus and decided that, working to the current regulations, a gathering on the Village Green with a crowd of singers is not possible and circumstances are unlikely to change for the better before Christmas. With a short time to go until Christmas, and a summer many of us wish to forget, the Council is still trying to bring some cheer to a year which has been difficult for so many and has provided a Christmas tree as usual. Unfortunately, an 18ft tree of good quality was problematic this year, so a 16ft tree was supplied instead, and a taller 22ft one will be ordered with new tree lights to bring some sparkle to the village for a brighter Christmas next year.

29 November 2020CHRISTMAS JINGLE TRAIL

FISHBURN PARISH COUNCIL has agreed to donate £100.00 towards a Christmas jingle trail to help cheer up the whole village. The organisers of the community event plan on using this donation to award the top 3 places for the best dressed window display, gardens with a voucher and sweet hamper, as well as holding a 'find the elf' competition  It is hoped that this will make a big difference to the children of the community who have missed out on so much this year.

28 November 2020FISHBURN MEMORIAL GARDEN PROJECT

PARISH COUNCILLOR SANDRA DOWSON is organising a fundraising appeal on behalf of Fishburn Parish Council. She is raising money to install a memorial garden which will occupy a quiet corner of Fishburn Cemetery and, in addition to this a wall to commemorate the memory of the deceased with plaques, the garden will incorporate a water feature, hanging baskets, plants and benches.

Fishburn Memorial Garden will act as a place of remembrance for those whom we have lost and as a site of respect for our loved ones.

All money raised will be held by the Parish Council and used to ensure that Fishburn families have a space to scatter the cremated remains of their loved ones and for quiet reflection as we move forward through these strange times due to the COVID-19 crisis. Any donation large or small would be greatly appreciated and we thank you for your support. If there are any funds  left over after the end of the project , they will be used by the Parish Council for the good of the village community.

Once again, we thank you for any donations you make through GoFundMe.com

20 November 2020ANNOUNCEMENT: OLIVE MAY WREN

Olive May WREN of Fishburn, aged 87, died peacefully on November 14th at Willowdene Care Home. Beloved wife of the late Stan. Dearly loved sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, and cousin. Will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Funeral service and cremation to take place at Durham Crematorium on Friday 27th November 2020 at 3:30pm. Due to Covid restrictions only 15 people allowed in the crematorioum. 

12 November 2020ASBESTOS REMOVAL - FISHBURN ALLOTMENT SITE

THE PARISH COUNCIL is following the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidance for managing asbestos-containing material (ACM) at the allotments, which explains the process of identifying, assessing the risk of exposure, and then managing the materials, in an effort to clear all the ACM through the whole site as soon as reasonably practicable, in consultation with the occupier of the land at the allotment site, i.e. FISHBURN ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION, having been appointed as site managers by the Parish Council.

The Parish Council has given instructions that any ACM must be left in place until it can be removed by a suitably trained person and under no circumstances should it be dismantled or be moved from the plots. A specialised contractor, which the Parish Council has previously used for the removal of asbestos at the allotments, has been asked to remove asbestos debris, cement panels, galbestos sheets, with safe documented disposal of all arising waste, but not before the clocks are turned forward on Sunday 28th March 2021 and daylight-saving time starts, to try to minimise the disruption to plot holders who will be affected by the work. 

11 November 2020REMEMBRANCE

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY was very different this year Due to the on-going Coronavirus pandemic. A very short wreath laying ceremony and Act of Remembrance was led by two members of the Parish Council at the war memorial inside St. Catherine's churchyard on Sunday 8th November 2020 at 11.00 a.m. with the two-minute silence, just for invited representatives from those organisations which traditionally lay a wreath at the war memorial, to keep the outdoor event small. Other members of the public who wished to lay a tribute could do so afterwards throughout the morning and afternoon whilst adhering to national and local government restrictions and observing social distancing at all times.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

05 November 2020CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION

THE PARISH COUNCIL has been recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Northumbria in Bloom and presented with a Certificate of Recognition for the gardening activities carried out in 2020, an award which also reflects the work of the entire grounds maintenance team during this testing time. RHS Community Development Manager said:

"This year an amazing sense of community spirit has enabled people to face the difficulties of this dreadful pandemic together. Through Bloom, It's Your Neighbourhood, and other community gardening activities you have laid the strong foundations that helped make your communities more resilient in these testing times. We know that people have felt closer to nature through lockdown and valued access to green space so much more, and we have heard that people are valuing your work more than ever before.

"At the RHS and the Bloom Regions and Nations we have been incredibly moved by your stories of courage, creativity and ingenuity in helping your wider communities through this time. Even those groups who have not been able to carry out activities this year are still an important part of a wider movement to make all our communities stronger, greener and happier.

"We want to recognise how important you all are and how valuable your work is with certificates in 2020. We hope that 2021 will be kinder to us all, and we look forward to working alongside you all in the year ahead".

23 October 2020EXTERNAL AUDITOR REPORT 2019/20

FISHBURN PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF THE AUDIT

ANNUAL RETURN FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020

Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015

The audit of accounts for the Council for the year ended 31st March 2020 has been concluded.

The Annual Governance and Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of the Council on application to the Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. Please email: fishburnparishcouncil@hotmail.com

Copies will be provided to any local government elector on payment of £2.00 for each copy of the Annual Return to cover printing and postage costs. An electronic copy of the annual return can be provided to any local government elector free of charge by email.

Announcement made by: The Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.

Date of announcement: 23rd October 2020.

15 October 2020HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN TRAIL

FISHBURN PARISH COUNCIL has agreed to donate £100.00 towards a Halloween pumpkin trail to help cheer up the village. The organisers of the community event plan on using this donation to award the top 3 places for the best Halloween window display with a voucher and sweet hamper, as well as holding a pumpkin carving competition and awarding a sweet hamper to the winner. It is hoped that this will make a big difference to the children of the community who have missed out on so much this year.

30 September 2020NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY TO BE FILLED BY CO-OPTION

The Senior Electoral Officer at Durham County Council has confirmed that the Returning Officer did not receive the requisite number of requests to call an election for the recently advertised casual vacancy and the Parish Council must now fill the one vacancy via its own co-option procedures. The Parish Council has 11 council 'seats' serving the electorate and currently has 10 parish councillors.

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