GREAT CORNARD PARISH COUNCIL & THE STEVENSON CENTRE
The Stevenson Centre, Stevenson Approach, Great Cornard, Suffolk, CO10 0WD
Parish Council office opening hours are normally 10am - 3pm Monday to Friday (excl Bank Hols)
Telephone No: 01787 373212 - Email: email@example.com (email link at the bottom of page)
Mrs N Tamlyn - Council Manager
Miss E Skuce - Council Administrator
Mrs S Kubat - Council Administrator
THE PARISH COUNCIL HAS A VACANCY FOR: COUNCIL MANAGER
The Council will be publishing a timetable for interviews in the New Year. If you would like to discuss the vacancy, please view the Job Advertisement for contact details.
Great Cornard Parish Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the Community.
THE STEVENSON CENTRE
Our large, modern Community Centre is central to the village of Great Cornard and already hosts parties, meetings, social groups, school holiday clubs and training sessions (to name just a few) - please click here to learn more.
Our OFFICIAL Facebook page is called 'The Stevenson Centre' - please like our page and don't forget to give us a mention if you visit - @the stevenson centre
NEXT MEETING SCHEDULED: Monday 11th December 2023 at 7:00pm - Full Council (with the Development and Planning Committee at 6:45pm)
COST OF LIVING
STILL GOOD TO EAT - COMMUNITY SHOP
Parish Councillor Mrs Judith Wilson and St Andrew's Church in Great Cornard have partnered to create the 'Still Good to Eat Community Shop' which helps local people to purchase one bag of food for a donation of £2. The aim of the project is to reduce food waste through redistribution of fresh food otherwise left unsold and destined for landfill, providing help with the struggle of the rising cost of living.
For more information on this community shop based at St Andrew's Church every Thursday morning between 10am and 12pm, please click here or contact Judith, Chris or Doris at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also find some more up to date information on the St Andrew's Church website.
BABERGH & MID SUFFOLK DISTRICT COUNCILS - NEW WINTER GRANT TO TACKLE SOCIAL ISOLATION
BMSDC have launched a new grant to help communities tackle issues like social isolation and the need for 'warm spaces' this Winter. The 'Living Well this Winter' grant has been set up to help VCFSE (voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise) organisations provide new, accessible spaces and activities for people to enjoy, or expand upon existing projects.
The funding means that the Councils can help communities tackle social isolation and address the choice for some residents of whether to heat or eat this Winter - as the cost of living crisis continues to take its toll. Eligible projects might include after school clubs. the continuation of warm spaces, subsidised family sports sessions, multi-generational activities, lunch clubs and sessions to help people discover new hobbies.
Parish Councils, uniformed groups, sports clubs, preschools, parent-teacher associations, village halls and faith settings are among the list of organisations that can apply for the grant under the VCFSE banner and those that submit an application must already be providing a service to residents of the district.
Groups can apply for a minimum of £500 and a maximum of £2,000. Applications are now open and can be submitted until Sunday 17th December 2023. The application process is competitive and will be assessed via a scoring matrix method. Applicants are required to develop one outcome and associated indicators for monitoring purposes.
The application form and scoring matrix used to assess applications are available on the websites - visit the grants and funding pages for Babergh or Mid Suffolk. Awarded funding must be spent within six months of a grant offer being accepted.
POT KILN PRIMARY SCHOOL IS LOOKING FOR GOVERNORS
Could you be a Governor and support the School, children and young people in the community?
Governors have three core functions:-
- Planning the strategic direction of the School
- Overseeing financial performance of the School
- Holding the Headteacher or School's leadership to account
For further information visit: www.governorsforschools.org.uk
Please contact Tim Fairbairn at email@example.com or 01787 372107
SUFFOLK LIBRARY SERVICES - HAVE YOUR SAY!
Suffolk County Council has launched a public consultation encouraging Suffolk residents to tell them what they want from their library services in the future. SCC's contract with Suffolk's Libraries Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) Limited, the independent charity that runs the library service, comes to an end on 31st May 2025, with a new contract set to begin in June 2025. The Council is therefore seeking views from the public about what is important to them, ahead of awarding the new contract.
The 13 week consultation will be followed by a competitive Tender process, before the new contract is awarded in November 2024.
To inform the consultation, the Council has undertaken engagement with over 30 organisations including Suffolk Libraries staff, key service users, schools and partner organisations. A key focus of the consultation is the Council's library outreach services, which include three mobile library vehicles, serving more than 500 stops across rural parts of the county each month, for the pickup and exchange of books. The mobile library vehicles are coming to the end of their life and the Council therefore needs to consider the best way to deliver these services to people in rural areas of the county going forward. Library outreach services also include pop-up libraries and a home library service, run by local volunteers, available for Suffolk residents that find it difficult to access a static or mobile library.
The Council is keen to hear from people who currently use library services and those who do not, to better understand the needs across the county. This feedback will help to inform the requirements for the future contract.
The consultation is open until Friday 26th January 2024.
THE STEVENSON CENTRE AND VILLAGE HALL DEFIBRILLATORS
Located at the front entrances to both The Stevenson Centre and Great Cornard Village Hall, the Cardiac Science Powerheart 5 Defibrillators are available for both users of the buildings and members of the public. You must dial 999 first to use the Defibrillator.
PLATINUM JUBILEE - COMMEMORATIVE BENCHES IN GREAT CORNARD
The Parish Council is looking to install a number of new street benches around the Village to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee. We are interested to hear your views on where you think a new bench could be placed.
If you have any suggestions on potential locations then please let us know by calling or emailing the office: 01787 373212 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED WITH NATURE!
The Coast & Vale Youth Rangers is a FREE volunteer group for young people aged 13-18 who are interested in gaining hands-on skills and experience in conservation and environmental work.
Organised by the Dedham Vale and Coast & Heaths Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty team, sessions usually take place outdoors on the first Sunday morning of each month at various green spaces on the Suffolk and Essex border. Activities are varied and include practical conservation work, wildlife surveys, beach cleans, community tasks, bushcraft and outdoor pursuits with tasks taking place in a range of locations.
Emma Black, AONB Countryside Projects Officer said: “Becoming a Coast & Vale Youth Ranger is a great way for young people to get free, practical experience in conservation and environmental work. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new friends, build confidence and gain valuable skills for the workplace under the supervision of trained experts”.
No experience is needed just lots of enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in and have some fun! All training and equipment provided. Rangers can either meet at the activity location or book a lift in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s minibus from Ipswich.
For more information, please contact Emma Black, AONB Countryside Projects Officer at email@example.com. You can read more about Coast & Vale Youth Rangers at www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org or www.dedhamstourvaley.org
BABERGH AND MID SUFFOLK DISTRICT COUNCILS
They have also produced a report 'What Have We Done For You' which covers 2019 to 2022. Click here to view QR code which, when scanned, will take you straight to the report.
The Parish Council has now installed all signs along the Quiet Lanes route of Blackhouse Lane (junction with Bures Road) to Prospect Hill (junction with Joes Road). For more information on Quiet Lanes and what the designation means, please visit www.quietlanessuffolk.co.uk
SUFFOLK POLICE - HOME SECURITY ADVICE
Please take a few moments to review your home security.
Keep all doors locked, even when you are at home.
Shut windows when you are not in the room.
Remove keys from the locks and keep them out of sight. Make sure you have a fire exit plan so everyone can get out safely in an emergency.
Have one or more lights on a timer all the time. That way your home will be lit in the same way every evening, making it more difficult to tell if someone is at home or not.
Avoid keeping valuable jewellery in the master bedroom and never keep quantities of cash at home.
If you hear or see anything suspicious call the police immediately. Please don't assume someone else will do it.
Apply the same security to your property if it is under renovation or unoccupied, especially if you store tools and equipment in the house. Also consider an alarm and/or CCTV that you can view remotely from your phone.
FLOODING ISSUES IN SUFFOLK
See any latest weather warnings: Met Office UK Weather Warnings
All information relating to flooding in Suffolk can be found on Suffolk County Council's website
Flooding issues can also be reported via the County Council's online reporting tool
Suffolk Police - Important Safety Links
Suffolk Constabulary is reminding people to stay alert to criminals looking to continue to exploit the vulnerable during the Coronavirus outbreak. They have provided these links Cold Callers and Fraud Prevention with more information.
You can also visit Suffolk Constabulary to learn about 'Police Connect' which is a messaging service connecting you to the very latest policing news for your area via e-mail, text or phone. There is no charge for this service - all messages you receive are free.
The Police are reminding members of the public about keeping outbuildings safe and secure. Please see Shed and Garage Security for some helpful advice.
Suffolk Trading Standards
To report a business, please call on 01473 264859 (option 3) or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report all scams by calling 0808 223 1133.