Since the last PC meeting on 9 March, the national pandemic has overtaken our normal course of business, and we are therefore finding new ways to work for the time being.  This newsletter, which we hope will be issued regularly, is a way to keep parishioners up-to-date with what the PC have been working on.  We hope you find it useful.  As always, if you have any concerns or questions, you can contact the Clerk, Sally Lawman by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01264 738716.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

The Parish Council and the Community Association swung into action almost as soon as the coronavirus crisis began, and a community response group of volunteers has been formed to help those in isolation. Called the Longparish Community Support Group. See separate article.

A Community Support Fund has been set up for anyone in urgent financial need.  This is being administered by St Nicholas Church. The PC has issued a grant of £1000 towards the Emergency Fund and with the LCA will be contributing to the Support Fund.

VILLAGE SHOP

The shop is staying open for limited hours, with support from volunteers so that Ann and Pat and staff can reduce their exposure to germs, as well as maintain their business and as a method of provisioning the village. Andy Jolliffe has played a major role in helping them through this crisis. Meat and groceries through the shop for all, Fruit and veg is now coming into the village mainly for those self-isolating for the long term, or families isolating for short term.


PLAYGROUND CLOSED

As required by HM Government, the playground was closed on 23 March.  Please ensure that everyone stays out of the playground until further notice.

The working party has just submitted applications for further grants and if successful, work on the new playground will begin in September.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

The Annual Parish Meeting was scheduled to be held on 20 April.  This meeting has been cancelled, as has the PC meeting on the same date.  The Clerk will be putting together all the reports that would normally be presented at the APM, and when ready, will be available to read on the website.  Any residents with any concerns or questions should contact the Clerk.

PC MEETINGS

The PC has now received guidance which will allow us to meet remotely via video link, and we hope to conduct our first remote meeting in May.  As always, the Agenda will be published in advance of the meeting, and it should still be possible for residents to “attend” the meeting.  To do this, you will need to contact the Clerk, who will email you an invitation link to the meeting.  We will however have much shorter meetings, concentrating on those items that require a resolution, and we hope that this newsletter will cover the other areas that are usually discussed in the monthly PC meeting.

NEIGHBOUR AWARE

It is very tempting to tackle all those outside jobs, but please talk to your neighbours before

embarking on potentially noisy, smoky, or disruptive activities so you can agree when and for how long it should go on for.

SPRING CLEAN-UP DAY

The Spring Clean-Up Day scheduled for 25 April has been cancelled.  Hopefully, we will be able to hold the Autumn one as normal.

FORTON

There has been a sewage issue over the last week in Forton, ably sorted and pursued by some of the Forton residents.  Our village representative has been made aware, and the PC has received a response from Southern Water who will need to do further work.

THE PLOUGH INN

A Working Party has been set up to look at how the PC can help to facilitate the purchase of The Plough Inn by Longparish Community Pub Limited (LCPL).  The PC has been seeking legal advice from Hampshire Association of Local Councils (HALC).

THE CRICKETERS INN

The PC is very pleased to hear that a new landlord has moved into The Cricketers Inn.

THANK YOU!

The Parish Council would like to thank everyone for following government advice, and staying at home as much as possible at this time.  Please continue to do so.  The PC also wishes to thank all the volunteers who have worked so hard to keep the village running smoothly at this difficult time.  We are very lucky to live in such beautiful surroundings – enjoy the sunshine!