from your Chairman - April 2021
We hope you have all received your Kirk Ella & West Ella Annual
Report by now. There were difficulties I have to admit. At one time
the printer was working from home; another time there was difficulty
to manage to have it delivered because of the COVID restriction. However,
we persevered and at this stage I must thank Councillor Doreen Kaye
for all the help she gave me to put it together and Mandy, our Clerk,
who dealt with both the printer and delivery agent.
Our aim had been to restart our Parish Council Meetings again in May
but as the time goes by this is beginning to look less likely until
after all the restrictions are lifted. One difficulty is obtaining a
room for our next meeting where we can abide by the COVID rules on distancing
and numbers although all the councillors have had a COVID vaccine. There
is a terrific amount of business waiting to be done to make our plans
come to fruition and though as a chairman I have the authority to do
so much, in a democracy it is prudent for all the councillors to be
involved in the decisions especially on spending. Our clerk is booked
on an ERYC course “Recovery & Support Workshop” on restarting
community work and valuable information on any possible funding opportunities
to help with the catch up.
Meanwhile I did mention in the Annual Report the possibility of more
information boards and Councillor David Robinson has spent hour after
hour researching information and finding old photographs of our parish
with the great help of Francis Davy from AWAKE (Anlaby, Willerby &
Kirk Ella) U3A a local historian. Obviously, expenditure for the construction
and erection of the boards needs to be sanctioned at our next meeting.
Our historical trail booklet continues to sell well and all proceeds
go to such projects.
I must also thank again the hard workers who planted daffodils in
the autumn last year. There has been a splendid display this spring
and people have been very impressed. Just one disturbing note though,
the wife of one of our councillors witnessed two youths on bicycles
deliberately ride through a display in West Ella kicking the heads off
with their feet. Unfortunately she was too far away to speak to them
but it is sad that they had not been taught the word “respect”.
Lastly it was with great sadness that we heard of the
passing of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, whose 100th birthday the whole
nation had hoped to celebrate. We are now wondering if there is any
way that we should or could have a memorial to the longest serving consort
of a monarch in British history. There are many memorials around the
country to famous people. Please let us know your thoughts.
Councillor Margaret Raymond
Chairman - Kirk Ella & West Ella Parish Council
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