We hope everyone is keeping safe and well in these difficult times.
The parish council have planted 2 cherry trees on a green area in High Riggs to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. On a blustery Sunday morning in March many resident attended the planting ceremony and raised a glass in honour of the Queen. We also raised our glasses to absent friends and talked of looking forward to a street party in June.
The wild flower seeds scattered along the road side of Darlington Road have given a colourful display to the area and much pleasure to passers by. Those sitting on the new bench have enjoyed the numerous varieties of plants. The community garden on Castle Vale has brought residents together during lock-down and has been hailed as an amazing success. The garden original given to Marwood Parish Council by Taylor Wimpy when it built the Castle Vale Estate. The secluded area had a greenhouse compost bin and five raised beds, as well as a large green area.
Earlier this year the parish council decided to expand the growing area installing an additional five beds. Turf was stripped back to make way for the new beds with Pauline Glasper, chair - women of the Parish council and her husband Colin carrying out much of the work in less than ideal weather conditions. She said: "All the materials were paid for by the council and Colin and I did the work. It has allowed the council to offer each gardener two beds plus shared access to the shed and greenhouse and the success has been amazing. "I'm really thrilled people have taken to it. "The families that have beds have started a WhatsApp group and the variety of produce they have managed to grow looks incredible".
"The community garden, as it's named, has brought together all ages and by sharing knowledge, teaching the next generation new skills and making friends has proved to be a very successful addition by the parish council". Recently the council have built a seat along side the community garden for residents and gardeners to sit and socialise.
Donation to the Victoria Road Surgery
Marwood parish council donated £100 to the Victoria Road surgery. In the picture councillor Pauline Glasper is handing cheque to Dr Carter and as a thank you to the staff for all their hard work during the pandemic. There were also two goodie boxes full of various treats. The Clerk Mirium Fenwick helped to deliver.
MPC Have had a Very Busy April...
The old notice board (55yrs) has been replaced with a recycled plastic one that needs no maintenance. It is still situated at the entrance to High Rigg. We have fitted a bench (again recycled plastic) on Darlington Road, beside the daffodils planted by Mr. Barry Parker and Mr. Alan Jenkins.
We have also donated £100's worth of wildflower seeds to go along the road side boarder like the daffodils.
Mile Stone on Darlington Road
A resident of Darlington Road contacted the parish council on Tuesday to ask if the mile Stone near their home could be cleaned and repainted. Action was taken and while the weather permitted the stone was refurbished within 2 days.
Exciting News - 5 New Beds for Garden Plot at Castle Vale 2021
The parish council have been very busy doubling the number of plots in Castle Vale Community Garden in time for the new growing season. We removed some turf then made 5 new plots. 5 people now have 2 beds each in which to grow whatever they like along with shared access to the greenhouse and shed.
New Defibrillator Located at Marwood Social Centre
We have now purchased a Defibrillator for Marwood Social Centre it is on the outside wall next to the entrance and it is now up and working.
Scams awareness info from DCC Trading Standards
Durham Trading Standards have become aware of cold callers trying to sell goods on the doorstep in various areas of the County. In some cases, their approach has been persistent, causing both upset and annoyance. While it is not an offence to simply cold call, we would always urge residents to be extremely cautious when dealing with unsolicited visitors.
Some top tips to keep yourself and others safe:
• DON’T accept uninvited callers
• DON’T be afraid to say ‘No’
• DON’T be rushed or feel pressured. Genuine traders will always be happy to return when a friend or family member is present
• DO keep an eye on your area and especially vulnerable neighbours. Has work started unexpectedly on their homes? Is the work visibly poor or been left unfinished? Is the person anxious about what has happened? Has a trader accompanied them to the bank?
• DO report suspicious cold callers to the Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 11 33 or to the police on 101
Learn more about how to protect yourself and others from scams by becoming a Friend Against Scams at: http://www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk/elearning/durham
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