Christmas Light Switch On
Whiston’s Christmas Light Switch on was a huge success with a bigger turn out than ever before!! Stilt walkers, an animal farm, and balloon modelling were amongst many of the activities enjoyed by all….not to mention the new grotto! Many thanks to Santa and his elf for their visit at such a busy time of year!
Whiston Parish Council have recently been granted planning permission for conversion of the toilet block in the centre of the village. This will represent a substantial investment and we would like to feel certain that the best is being made of the space, with the community benefitting as much as possible. Planning has been approved for use by non-profit organisations, charities and local/community groups, and not for commercial purposes. We would love to hear any constructive thoughts and ideas from residents to help us form a vision for the building that would most benefit it’s community. Please contact the Clerk to the Council with any thoughts or ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Flood Defence Grant
Whiston parish council are pleased to have secured a flood defence and resilience grant of £12,000. This will help local residents who have been flooded or are at high risk of flooding. The grant will be awarded to the council in instalments over a three year period. No decision has yet been made as to exactly how the money will be allocated, but it is hoped that public consultation will help to identify where it is most needed. Investment in flood defence equipment is one possible area that a portion of the grant may be used. Further information to follow….
Whiston Parish Council – Chairman’s Annual Report 2021-2022
The Parish Council elections which took place in May 2021, after being postponed from the previous year. This saw a big change with many longstanding Councillors not standing for election. Three councillors were elected with a further 6 being co-opted. The Council has an array of knowledge and expertise in many different fields and are all keen to support their local community.
This year we lost two longstanding members of staff who had supported the running of the Parish Hall for a number of years. We would like to thank Steve and Denise for their commitment and hard work.
After two years of uncertainty, due to Covid19, Whiston Parish Council have been please to bring some normality back to the village. The renovations previously carried out on the Parish Hall have really been utilised, the outdoor seating has now been installed and provides a great addition to facilities on offer. The introduction of a virtual tour allows people to view the building remotely and bookings are certainly on the increase.
We listened to local resident’s concerns regarding the signage on the hall and made the decision to change this from Village Hall to Parish Hall, as it is known to most. We have also added additional signage to the front of the building.
As a Parish Council we made the decision to postpone the summer event, once again, due to the uncertainties around Covid19 restrictions. However, we are excited with the plans that are underway for Summer 2022 and look forward to welcoming local residents to the festival!
On the morning of the planned Christmas Lights event, we saw a covering of snow on the ground and forecast for extremely high winds. However, we were extremely pleased to go ahead and be able to deliver the festive event. It was a great opportunity, after so little community engagement, for local residents to come together.
The Youth Club continued to be active during the periods of restrictions with online meet-ups and community outreach work. Both the senior and junior club are now back open. The variety of activities along with the safe space for young people to gather is proving to be a huge success with more people attending now than ever.
To commemorate the fallen and show support for the poppy appeal, poppies were displayed on lampposts around the parish. The Parish Council host an event for our mature local residents on Armistice Day. Attendees were entertained with war time songs while volunteers served them tea/coffee and pie and peas, kindly donated by The Sitwell Arms. This event is always so well received and is a lovely way to bring the community together.
The Parish Council adopted an Environmental Policy at December’s meeting and are keen to be more environmentally friendly. One change we have already made is the way we recycle waste from the Parish Hall, now having all rubbish collected sorted for recycling.
I would like to thank all Councillors for the free time they give up to support the parish. They work to plan, organise and deliver such fabulous events throughout the year, along with making themselves available to parishioners daily.
I would also like to thank the Youth Club staff and volunteers for all their hard work and commitment. The Youth Club is stronger than I could have ever imagined and I hope this continues for years to come.
Kerry Ferris – Chairman to the Council