New Fence for Corn Exchange Car Park

Town Councillors would like to express their thanks to Grange Fencing Ltd, who have generously sponsored the new fencing for the car park at the rear of the Corn Exchange.  The old fence had become quite dilapidated and Councillors were very pleased that Grange Fencing agreed to supply and install the new fencing.  The appearance of the car park is now much improved and the pressure treated fencing is expected to last for up to 20 years.

Mayor Making 2019

The Annual Mayor Making ceremony was held on Thursday, 2nd May at The Guildhall.  Councillor Graham Edgcumbe-Venning’s term of office as Mayor came to an end and Councillor Bert Harper was elected Mayor for the civic year 2019/20.  Councillor Daniel Thomas was elected Deputy Mayor.  The meeting was attended by over 50 members of the community including present and past Councillors.  The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Priory Hall.

The procession to The Guildhall: Mr Eric Humphries (Mace Bearer), Revd John Cumberland, Cllr Graham Edgcumbe Venning (outgoing Mayor), Mrs Christine Edgcumbe Venning (outgoing Mayoress), Mrs Trudi Barrett (Town Clerk), Cllr Bert Harper (Mayor Elect)

Photo above courtesy of Linda West

Cllr Bert Harper receives the Mayor’s chain

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Boulos

Mayor Bert Harper addresses the meeting

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Boulos

Cllr Daniel Thomas, having been elected Deputy Mayor and received the Deputy Mayor’s badge from the Clerk

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Boulos

The Mayoral party after the ceremony (left to right): Mrs Sara Thomas, Cllr Daniel Thomas (Deputy Mayor), Mr Eric Humphries (Mace Bearer), Cllr Bert Harper (Mayor), Mrs Trudi Barrett (Town Clerk), Cllr Graham Edgcumbe Venning, Mrs Christine Edgcumbe Venning

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Boulos

New Trees at Cemetery

Two new trees have recently been planted at Much Wenlock Cemetery. These have replaced the cherry trees with rotten limbs which were next to the highway. The new trees are a purple flowering crab apple, and a bee-bee tree, which is a rare tree known for attracting bees, butterflies, etc. The cherry trees had to be removed in the interest of safety as they had little in the way of healthy growth and were overhanging the road. The replacement trees were donated by Joffrey Watson, who carried out the work with his team.

Pictures show work on a cherry tree and one of the replacement trees, with Joffrey’s son, Troy, who helped to plant them.

Work in progress

Annual Town Meeting

The Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 12 March at 7.30pm until 9.00pm at The Priory Hall, Much Wenlock. This is a meeting of the electors of the parish.

The agenda includes reports from Town Council Committees and a presentation on local flooding issues from a representative of the Environment Agency.

There will also be an open forum when electors of the parish will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer their views.

The agenda for the meeting can be viewed below.

Precept agreed for 2019-2020

Town Councillors have agreed the precept for 2019/20.  Being mindful of the need to set a fair and balanced budget, Councillors agreed a precept figure of £194,698.  This represents an increase of 3.78% over the previous year’s precept of £187,605.  However, taking into account the increase in the number of households paying Council tax, the actual increase to a Band D property will be 2.01% or £3.19.

Winners of the poster competition in commemoration of the ending of WW1

The Mayor, Cllr. Graham Edgcumbe Venning and Cllr. Mary Hill were delighted to attend Much Wenlock Primary  School and present prizes to year 6 pupils in recognition of the posters they had prepared in commemoration of the ending of the Great War. Winners received a specially minted coin from the Royal Mint in commemoration of the war’s ending 100 years ago and runners up were presented with poetry books. The Mayor and Cllr. Mary Hill said that it had been a very difficult competition to judge as all entries had been of a very high standard. All pupils should be highly commended and congratulated for their efforts and that it was encouraging that all these youngsters had taken such a keen interest.