Platinum Jubilee

DATES FOR YOUR NEW DIARIES: 2-5 June 2022

Henstridge Parish Council is making plans to take part in the national festivities across the UK to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of HM The Queen this year.

The Parish Council is organising bunting to hung around public buildings, and residents will be encouraged to decorate their houses. 

It is hoped local street parties will be held on Sunday 5 June, and a cricket match may be played at the Recreation Ground on Friday 3 June.

On Saturday 4 June we are planning activities for children and the WI will be holding a Tea Party in the Village Hall, accompanied by a film of Her Majesty’s Coronation.

The Family History Group are collecting Royal Memories from residents for a display., And many new trees are being planted around the village as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy across the Commonwealth.

Children at St Nicholas Primary School will also be taking part in celebrating the Platinum Jubilee.

If you are planning any activities or would like to know more about what others are doing in Henstridge, please contact elspeth.graham@henstridgeparishcouncil.org.uk

For more information about the Platinum Jubilee visit www.platinumjubilee.gov.uk

Happy New Year everyone!

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ)

Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service have advised us that as of 5pm on the 3 November 2021 an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone was declared across Great Britain. This means that all bird keepers in Great Britain (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard are required by law to take a range of bio-security precautions:

  • Schedule 1 – Minimum biosecurity measures applying to all keepers

·        Keep domestic ducks and geese separate from other poultry.

·        Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources.

·        Feed and water their birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds.

·        Minimise movement into and out of bird enclosures.

·        Cleanse and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy.

·        Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas and fencing off wet or boggy areas.

·        Keep free ranging birds within fenced areas, and ponds, watercourses and permanent standing water must be fenced off (except in specific circumstances, e.g., zoo birds).

  • Schedule 2 –Enhanced biosecurity measures for premises with over 500 poultry or other captive birds

Keepers with more than 500 birds will need to restrict access for non-essential people on their sites, workers will need to change clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures and site vehicles will need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Full details of what is required can be found on the government website: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1030990/aipz-declaration.pdf

To assist all bird keepers in complying with the new rules, the biosecurity guidance and self-assessment checklists   have been updated and all the latest information can be found at

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#biosecurity

Remember that if you have poultry it is your responsibility to keep updated on any outbreaks and an easy way to do this is to sign up for text notifications – register with the APHA alerts service.

Tree and Hedge Works Henstridge Recreation Ground

Henstridge Parish Council wishes to inform residents that the works to remove the hedging at Henstridge Recreation Ground will take place from Thursday 25th November until Sunday 28th November 2021.

The contractor plans to have all the trees felled in the first two days and left in situ until the Saturday 27th November. This will mean the trees will block the path which is parallel with the hedge. The path to Playfield Close will remain open for the duration of the works with some minor delays.

The felled trees will be cordoned off and forestry signs will be erected.

The works will result in the Village Hall car park being closed on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November.  The contractor will use a large biomass wood chipper which will process the entire trees into woodchip for power stations and disposed of from site by tractors and trailers.

Please note new planting will take place in due course, the Parish Council is currently in the process of producing a specification and gaining quotations.

Councillor Vacancy By Co-option

Could you be a Parish Councillor?

Do you have an interest in Parish affairs?

Do you have spare time to help us do the best that we can for our community?

If you are over eighteen years old, reside in or work in or within 3 miles of the villages of Henstridge, Yenston and Bowden then you are eligible for nomination and Henstridge Parish Council would welcome your application.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday 12th November 2021

Contact the Parish Clerk for an application form:

Emma Curtis
Tel: 01963 250015

clerk@henstridgeparishcouncil.org.uk

URGENT NOTICE – Henstridge Village Hall Car Park.

Please note that work will be starting on the new play area from Monday 27th September with the installation of the new fencing and play equipment arriving from Tuesday 29th September.

Car parking will be restricted in the Village Hall Car Park for some weeks until further notice, so please avoid the car park if possible.

There will also be movement of large lorries and works vehicles accessing the site, please take care.