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At the Parish Council meeting held on 16 May, many thanks were expressed for the large number of volunteers who turned up on Sunday 1 May to pick up litter. As ever, it was not the centre of the village which had most litter but the roads leading into and out of Gislingham, indicating it was most likely car drivers who just couldn’t be bothered taking rubbish home with them. A sad lack of respect for our countryside. Equally sad was the vandalism that has wrecked the two goals that the Parish Council installed on the Charity Meadow following a request for better facilities. The goals will not be replaced but we will utilise the nets on the existing old goals. However, the Council is investing in improvements to the play area with the installation of Monkey Bars. We hope to have them in place before the school holidays.

There was some discussion about installing semi-permanent flashing speed signs along Mill St and possibly on Thornham Rd but it was decided to defer a decision until after the Village Review being held on 10 June 7pm- 1030pm. Within this edition of The Messenger there is a flyer with more detail on the Review but it is a great opportunity to set priorities for your Council in terms of road safety, housing, play facilities etc. We need to hear your voices on how you want Gislingham to develop and improve.

Once again we are urging all artists of any age to help with a Village Map.

The Parish Council is commissioning a map to be placed outside the village Hall showing the location of the significant roads and housing areas as well as important buildings. To illustrate the map, we want to have drawing/ pictures depicting: Gislingham School; St Mary’s Church; the Village Hall; the Six Bells pub; and the shop. We are looking for contributions from anybody in the village. Any drawings/paintings/pictures can be placed in an envelope and dropped off at the shop where they will be collected for selection before 1 July. Please remember to include your name and contact details (and age if under 18) somewhere with the picture.

The draft Minutes of the meeting can be found on the Council website at and there is more information on the Gislingham Parish Council Facebook Page.

The next Parish Council help desk will be in the Village Hall on Saturday 4 June from 10am to 12 noon. The Village Review will be in the Village Hall on 10 June

7pm-9:30pm. The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Monday 27 June at 7:30pm.

Generally, the first point of contact for any matters to do with the Parish Council is the Parish Clerk, Mr Terry Williams on gislinghamparishcouncil@ or by phone on 01379 783903. The alternative is Cllr Chris Pitt at or 01379 788795.

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