August News from Eastergate Parish Council

St George's Church, Eastergate

Edited extracts from the draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 7th June 2018.

County and District Councillors’ report

District Councillor Mr Hughes advised the outcome of the engineer’s inspection at 97 Barnham Road. It was felt that the hole complained of could be anything. County Councillor, Mr Whittington mentioned crossings over the railway line being part of useful discussions with the Church Commissioners.

Project and Facilities reports

Members had received written reports, with supporting documents, from the above. Hall bookings for May were very good. The cricket pavilion gets considerable use in the summer with lots of children involved. Members noted that the cricket club invited all councillors to the president’s match. As long term users were taking the Table Tennis slot at the hall, efforts were being made to encourage the Table Tennis club to utilize the Pavilion.

The coffee morning was a continuing success and efforts were being made to cut costs. It was recommended that the hall refuse now only needed to be collected once every fortnight as non-user rubbish was no longer being received in the lockable bin. There was very positive feedback regarding the film night which was sold out and mention was made of the Wedding Fair and the Bellacapella choir concert.

Funds now gathered were sufficient to fund 1.5 defibrillators.

A budget meeting between the Clerk and the Chairman was to take place on the 12th June.

The Project Manager’s report was noted. Members thanked Mr Marsden for his efforts in resolving difficulties with Microsoft. The website address will need to be changed to https from http. This is a government requirement and will cost £350.00 plus VAT for 2 years. It was suggested that a re-direct be arranged on the ADC website to automatically transfer traffic to the new website.

The possibility of providing a locked skip for pavilion users was discussed with emptying once per fortnight. The possibility of a donation towards the cost from the cricket club was considered.

National Lottery Grant for Eastergate

A grant from the National Lottery Awards for All has been awarded to EPC for £9346 for the Multi-Media Audio Visual Project to upgrade Eastergate Village Hall. This work is expected to be undertaken in September 2018. www.eastergate.arun.gov.uk

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