Marton Village, Warwickshire

MPC Meeting 9 March 2021 Minutes

Minutes from the Marton Parish Council Meeting held via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 9th March 2021.

Please note these are draft minutes, formal approval of the minutes takes place at the next MPC meeting.

Wildflower Identification Guide

Marton Parish Council led a project in 2020 to introduce areas of wildflower meadows to the playing fields and surrounding areas.

The seed mix was chosen to provide a variety of species over following years, which can be identified with this guide.

Thank you to residents Dr Joan Sherratt for producing the guide and Dr Nick Steggall for overseeing the seed choices and sowing.

Thanks also to the funders, Severn Trent Community Fund and Warwickshire Councillors’ Grant Fund and the many volunteers who gave time and energy to the project.

We hope you enjoy the improved biodiversity of the area. If you need to report any related issues, please email clerk@martonvillage.com.

St Esprit Church notices – February 2021

EXTRACTS FROM A LETTER FROM REVD JANE & TIM EVERITT

I am writing to let you know that Tim and I will soon be saying goodbye and leaving the Long Itchington Vicarage.  It has been my joy and privilege to work and walk alongside the two villages as the ‘Priest-in-Charge’ of both Holy Trinity and St Esprit Churches since 8th January 2018. However, following a cancer diagnosis in February of last year, I am retiring early on ill-health grounds on the 28th February 2021 and we will be moving back to the Fylde Coast, Lancashire, to be near family.

Memories of time spent with the LI Primary School and pre-school families, Bizzy Tots, the Long Itchington WI, the Scouting and Guiding uniform groups, WARMLI (& the dedication of the village war memorial), the Memorial Hall in Marton, Carnival and Sports Days in the villages, time enjoyed at the local village pubs and restaurants, along with all the time we spent together in a church context, will be remembered and treasured.

Both Tim and I have thoroughly enjoyed village life, but with my continuing health problems, we feel that we now need to take a step back and spend our time with family, making new and treasured memories, especially with our three grandchildren.

I am hoping to zoom in to the online church service on Sunday 28th February, which I feel, will enable me to say a fond farewell, with the promise that once the vaccinations are completed, the lockdown and restrictions lifted, Tim and I will be able to come back for a visit and say our goodbyes in person.

CHURCH BUILDING REMAINS CLOSED

As we cannot meet the social distancing / safety guidelines in our small church we regret that the church building must still remain closed. Please contact either of the churchwardens with any queries or requests for pastoral support.

CHURCH SERVICES
As we move towards becoming an Eco-Church, we will be using Marton Village email, our St Esprit Marton Facebook page and our noticeboards for church notices and information about services, if anyone would like information through their letterbox, please get in touch.

Revd Rob Rogers continues to support us with two on line services of Holy Communion each month and a talk for our service on the third Sunday of the month.  We also share deanery resources with worship, prayers and reflections on other Sundays.

Please contact Joe Walsh if you wish to be included on our Church mailing list (email or posted) t:01926 632547, m:07399 480966 e:joe.a.walsh@btinternet.com


GOODBYE to REVD JANE and TIM – SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY
You will see from her letter that Revd Jane and Tim are moving to the Fylde Coast at the end of this month as Jane begins her retirement.  She is hoping to join us via Zoom for our Benefice service of Holy Communion at 9:15am on Sunday 28 February, please get in touch if you want to join.

We are hoping that we will have an opportunity later in the year for Jane to visit us in person for a celebration of her ministry in Long Itchington and Marton.

Marton 200 Club

Thinking of becoming a member?
This is how it works
What is the 200 Club?
The Village Hall committee runs a ‘200 Club’ as part of ongoing fundraising efforts for the upkeep and maintenance of the hall. It has played an important part over the years and particularly during these challenging times when we have been unable to hold events and private bookings.
Why should you join?
To help raise money for our Village Hall and to give yourself a chance of winning one of the monthly cash prizes £40, £20 & 2 x £10.
How much does it cost?
Each number in the monthly draw costs £12 per annum and there’s no limit to how many numbers you can buy.
How do I become a member?
Download the attached form or contact Dyan Hewett dyanh@btinternet.com or 01926 633243 for further details and payment options

We look forward to welcoming both new and current members

St Esprit Church, Notices for December 2020

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
This has been a strange and difficult year, Christmas will be unlike any other and the New Year will hold new challenges.
More than 80 years ago, King George VI quoted from a poem by Minnie Louise Haskins in his Christmas broadcast. The words still seem appropriate for today;

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”


And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

Although this poem is much quoted, so often the last line is omitted, but the last line makes all the difference!
We wish you all every blessing of the Christmas Season and look forward to when we can meet and worship together again.

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Growing Healthier Together (project report)

willow dome care

Despite obvious Covid-19 set-backs, in 2020 Marton Parish Council succeeded in creating living willow sculptures and community edible gardens with grants from Severn Trent and Warwickshire County Council.

These provided the local community with transferable skills for employment, quality volunteering opportunities, fresh community-grown food, a focus for working in the outdoors (with its wellbeing benefits) and a much-needed sense of purpose and positivity during a very difficult year.

The WCC Councillor’s Grant funding was for £1050 and the Parish Council was successful in securing £5597 additional funding from the Severn Trent Community Fund to extend the project’s wildlife improvements and community involvement.

All Marton residents – more than 450 people in about 200 households – were invited to apply for willow sculpture training (three were funded to attend) and to volunteer with planting (52 generously gave many hours). Volunteer numbers were lower than might have been in an ordinary year as we had to manage very small and safely distanced groups and couldn’t hold any open events, but the project still created a much-needed sense of cohesion and activity at an otherwise lonely and anxious time.

During the work, volunteers spoke about how good it felt to ease out of lockdown by helping the community and safely working outdoors with others again. Residents also commented on how uplifting it was to see activity after lockdown had hushed the village.

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Covid-19 New National Restrictions from 5 November

The following covid-19 update is taken from www.gov.uk
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Closing certain businesses and venues.

These new measures have been carefully judged to achieve the maximum reduction in growth in the number of cases, preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed, whilst ensuring that schools, colleges and universities stay open and that as many people as possible continue to work.

Until Thursday 5 November, the relevant Local Covid Alert Level measures will continue to apply in the area where you live. From Thursday the national restrictions replace the local restrictions in your area. No new areas will move in the LCAL Very High restrictions between now and Thursday.

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, we will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.

Complying with the new measures will help limit the spread of coronavirus, reduce the impact on the NHS and save lives. They will be underpinned by law which will make clear about what you must and must not do from 5 November. The relevant authorities, including the police, will have powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

Protect your loved ones. Download the App.

Please download the NHS App to keep updated on the latest guidance from Thursday 5 November

There is separate additional guidance for households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection

Contents

1. Stay at home
2. Staying safe outside the home (Social Distancing)
3. Meeting with family and friends
4. Businesses and venues
5. Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals
6. Going to work
7. Going to school, college and university
8. Childcare and children’s activities
9. Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus
10. Visiting relatives in care homes
11. Travel
12. Financial support