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Passing of HRH Prince Philip

Flax Bourton Parish Council would like to express sincere condolences to the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family, following the sad news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing at the age of 99.

The Queen and Prince Philip were married for more than 70 years and this is undoubtedly a time of great sadness. We are sure that the thoughts of all Flax Bourton residents are with the Queen and her family.

During the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions, the Royal Family have announced that physical Books of Condolence will not be available for the public to sign. Residents who wish to pay their respects should use the online book of condolence organised by Buckingham Palace which will be available on the Royal Family website.

The Royal Family have also asked that members of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of The Duke.

Prince Philip made a notable contribution through founding his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, to equip and empower young people from all communities to build the skills, confidence, and resilience they need to make the most out of life. A donation to the DofE Award scheme can be made at https://www.dofe.org/donate

Ash Dieback

North Somerset Council’s Development & Environment Team will be working along the B3130 at Flax Bourton this week to remove and manage Ash trees. There is more information about the disease on their website with various links to further information. https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/libraries-leisure-open-spaces/parks-countryside/trees/ash-dieback.

Ash Dieback related tree removal and management along our major highways – the trees were surveyed last summer and it became clear that the disease has taken hold across the district and in these high risk locations it is not possible to retain the diseased trees. NSC will be producing an Ash Dieback Action Plan this year which will help to ensure that they send out the relevant communications.

Volunteers Needed for a New Village Hall Committee

You may be aware that Flax Bourton Village Hall is currently closed due to Covid regulations and that the previous operators have decided to relinquish their role after many years of running the hall.

The Future of the Hall is being discussed at the Parish Council Meeting on Monday 8 March 2021 and all residents are welcome to attend.

We’re looking for volunteers to form a new Village Hall Committee:

  • Simple business planning/ legal skills to help with formal set up
  • Finance Co-ordinator
  • Marketing Co-ordinator
  • Bookings Co-ordinator
  • Maintenance Co-ordinator
  • Village Events/Fundraising Co-ordinator

The Meeting starts at 7.30pm (with the waiting room open from 7.15pm) and will be held on Zoom – please follow this link.

The Hall is an important village asset and is at the heart of our community but, sadly, it will have to remain closed until a new Committee is in place.

The Parish Council will give as much help and support as it can to the formation of a new Committee and into the future to secure the future of the Hall.

Would you like to volunteer?  Please email Linda Roslyn, Parish Clerk