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Giants Head marathon and Sydling Hill race is returning 28th June 2014!!
Last years event was great success. This year we will sell out and likely we will have a waiting list of runners.
The race was voted 3rd best in UK by Runnersworld Magazine. Unheard of in a races first year.
Shortlisted for best trail race and best Marathon by the Running awards and voted one UKs favourite off road races by Mens Running Magazine.
We are looking forwards to returning as are our runners.
We have tweaked the race weekend a little rerouting the parking and starting the races 30 minutes earlier.
We are greatful to the people of Sydling and the WI, Parish council and Chris Legg and Jenny Hopkin for their enthusiasm and help
Andy Ian and Corn

Parish Council Meeting – Monday 14th April 2014



A meeting of the above will be held in Sydling St Nicholas village hall on

Monday, 14 April 2014, at 7.00pm.

The meeting will begin with a Democratic Half Hour.


1. Apologies for absence

2. Declarations of Interest

3. Minutes of last meeting (3/2/14)

4. Matters arising from the minutes

5. Graham’s Yard proposed development

6. Recycling and rubbish collections

7. Revised Standing Orders (draft attached)

8. Finance

8.1 Bank balances

8.2 Invoices and receipts

9. Planning Matters

9.1 Solar park proposal, land adjacent to Southern Counties

9.2 Application No. WD/D/14/000745 Sherrins Farm

10. Consultation on draft Transparency Code

11. Correspondence

12. Any Other Business

13. Date of next meeting – Parish Council AGM and Annual Parish Meeting

9.1 Solar park proposal, land adjacent to Southern Counties

9.2 Application No. WD/D/14/000745 Sherrins Farm

10. Consultation on draft Transparency Code

11. Correspondence

12. Any Other Business

13. Date of next meeting – Parish Council AGM and Annual Parish Meeting

Parish Clerk




Sydling – Open Gardens 2104 – Sunday 25th/Monday 26th May

Clear skies, warm sunny days and our gardens rapidly coming back to life?

Yes – its that time of year when we look forward to welcoming visitors, both old and new to our annual Open Gardens event over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Gardens will be open to the public between  2.00 p.m. & 6.00 p.m. on both days. We have some new gardens (and of course a lot of the old ones) for people to enjoy.

We will, as usual, have our well stocked plant  stall in the village hall where you to buy those interesting additions for your garden!  There will be teas cakes and other lite bites (home made) available in the main hall throughout, with plenty of seating for all.

We hope to see you!




 Minutes of the Meeting held on 3 February 2014

 Members Present: Mr C Legg (Chairman), Mr D Wareham (Vice Chairman), Mrs P Davies, Mr C Fowler,

Mr M Hole, Mrs L Percy, Mrs D Tucker.

Mrs M Penfold, District Councillor, was also in attendance

There was 1 member of the public present

 During the Democratic Half Hour Item 7 (Graham’s Yard) was raised  and there was a very useful input by both the member of the public, who raised the issue, and the District Councillor.  Having discussed the email sent by the Graham’s property developer, it was agreed that further information was needed before a response to the email could be given.  It was agreed that the Clerk would contact WDDC, to arrange a meeting with the appropriate Planning Officer.

 1. Apologies for Absence

There were no apologies for absence

 Declarations of Interest

There were no declarations of interest

 Minutes of Last Meeting

The minutes of the meeting held on 2/12/14 were agreed and signed by the Chairman.

 Matters arising from the Minutes

(item 4.2) The grit bins had now been filled. A quote for necessary work to the Cross Tree had been received.  It was agreed that the Clerk would obtain two other quotes.

(item 7) The Clerk reported that there appeared to be no legal restrictions regarding the levelling and grassing of the uncompleted boules pitch in the play area.  It was agreed that she should obtain quotes for the work to be undertaken.


5.1 Bank balances

  • Treasurer’s account: £5816.59 (9/1/14)
  • Business account: £223.68
  • Play area account: £826.59

5.2 Precept for 2014/2015

The Clerk had submitted the Precept request of £4452 to WDDC on 14/1/14.

5.3 Invoices / receipts

The following cheques were approved / signed at the meeting:

  • hire of village hall: £20.00
  • stationery: £5.99
  • website domain fee: At the meeting held on 2/12/13 a cheque had been made out to the incorrect payee.  This cheque had been returned and cancelled and another cheque for the fee of £33.60 was approved.

 Flood Issues

It was agreed that the village had done very well during the recent floods in clearing drains and providing sandbags to residents.  A letter of thanks from a member of the public was particularly appreciated and the Chairman also wished to thank to Patricia Davies and John Plumer, who had ensured that drains throughout the village were kept clear on an almost daily basis.

Due to the recent very high workload placed upon the Environment Agency by the recent floods,the Clerk had not yet contacted them regarding a visit to the village by the Agency’s public awareness campaign.  She would do this once the weather conditions had settled down.

The clerk would also research previous correspondence regarding ditch clearance along the Dorchester Road.

 Graham’s Yard proposed development

This item was discussed following the Democratic Half Hour.


A number of letters had been received by the Chairman regarding the large number of potholes in the village, which had had a severe impact upon the safety of cars and pedestrians. The Chairman had advised the correspondents to contact the County Council directly and it was agreed that the Clerk would also write to express the Parish Council’s concern and to ask for emergency work to be undertaken.  It was felt that the worst areas were along East Street, the High Street by Dollens Farm, and just past the ford, towards Cerne Abbas.

 9. Any Other Business

  • There had recently been an ongoing electrical fault affecting houses around the Green and the company responsible for repairing the fault, SSE, had been unable to effect a proper repair, due to severe flooding of the holes they had dug.  In order to ensure that properties did not suffer any further power cuts, especially those that relied on an electricity supply to pump water from their properties, SSE contacted the Chairman to request that new cabling could be laid under the Green.  In consultation with other Members, this was agreed and SSE had now supplied the Parish Council with the necessary Wayleave Consent, Plan and Schedule of Payments.
  • There had been a request from a member of the public to reduce the length of the hedge at the edge of the Green by 8 – 10 feet.  Having carefully considered the reasons for this request, the majority of the Council felt that the length should be left as it is, but that it would be trimmed in height once the weather improved.

 Date of next meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Monday, 14 April 2014, at 7.00pm, in the Village

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