Chairman's Annual Report - March 2020
Chairman’s report March 2020
Cllr Dr Wendy Matthews
I am delighted to report that we have been really busy this year and made progress on a number of long standing projects. Our focus is on what we can deliver locally.
Our community hub is continuing to be well used with expanded library sessions for children at the Infants school and popular CAB sessions. We are now looking to run a knit and natter session there once a week and other possibilities include a repair café. We are displaying items rescued from The Bull before it closed and other old scenes of Iver as well as the poppy community art panels. We would love to host other local groups in the hub so do let us know if you are interested in using the space.
The Christmas lights were a wonderful display this year and we were very pleased that the local shops and businesses were involved in the switch on event – once again the ponies with their lit up tails were the stars of the afternoon! The school choir and Iver singers really started off the Christmas season as well as our very own Master of Ceremonies, our interim Clerk Mike Kennedy. We were able to make a donation to Thames Valley Heartbeat and the local Evreham Youth Club. Thanks are due to the working group of Cllrs, officers and the representatives from the Residents’ Associations for all their hard work in putting it together and on the day as well as our many sponsors. Put the date for this years’ event in your diaries – Sat 28th November.
Our seniors coffee morning held once a month goes from strength to strength with a trip to the seaside last summer and a wonderful Xmas lunch as well as several other activities. This is open to all so if you know anyone who would like some convivial company please encourage them to come along.
We have been continuing our work with Keep Britain Tidy who are being sponsored by Heathrow to carry out beautification projects in the area and this year we have worked with them and the Iver Village Junior School to design and paint another amazing mural on Iver Recreation Ground. We have also lobbied and finally achieved the provision of a new bus service from Heathow which services Richings Park and Iver. We are pressing for it to include Iver Heath as well.
This year we held a very successful hot and sunny Funday on Iver Heath Recreation Ground to showcase all the local groups that offer activities including the library, scouts, youth club, drama club, mother and toddler group and the football, tennis and bowls clubs that operate at the pavilion. Many thanks to our team of Cllrs, officers and volunteers who worked so hard on the day, and our sponsors for the event.
We have a small fund to enable us to support local groups with grants and this year we have been delighted to be able to support among others Iver Heath Drama Club, Richings Park Residents’ Association, Iver Heath Residents’ Association, Iver Heath Bowls Club and Richings Players. Please apply using the forms on our website.
On behalf of all our Councillors, I would like to say a big thank you to all our staff for the hard work they do to ensure that the Parish is running smoothly day to day. Our grounds team are out in all weathers ensuring our open spaces are kept in good condition and taking on a wide range of maintenance tasks. The hard work and dedication of our teams enable us to deliver projects to enhance our parish and support the community spirit across the parish.
Their collective efforts are supported and enhanced by the many unsung heroes of the parish who volunteer to conduct the Community Speedwatch, act as river wardens, pick litter, clear overgrown footways and generally help to improve ourstreet scene and organise community events. To all of you who take a pride in our patch and make a difference thank you.
Finally, as there will be Parish Elections on 7th May, I would like to thank all my fellow Councillors for all their amazing contributions during the last 5 years of this Council session. As you will know, the new Buckinghamshire Council will come into place on 1st April to replace the current 4 District Councils and Bucks County Council, with elections to the new Council taking place on 7th May. There will be 3 councillors representing the
ward of Iver which includes Iver, Iver Heath, Richings Park and Thorney on the new Council. Residents in Shredding Green and Wood Lane will be represented by Councillors who also cover Wexham and Stoke Poges.
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