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Many people are not aware that the Hall has an upstairs Snooker Room with a very recently refurbished table. The room can be hired by individuals wanting an occasional or regular chance to play. There are two main Snooker groups which meet on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Please direct enquiries to Judith Gill (07768 096438) in the first instance.
To book the Hall contact June Ruck (01600 890784)

The Hall is home to an Art class, Yoga, Short Mat Bowls, Fitsteps, Table tennis, Puppy training. There is a Good Neighbour Coffee Morning every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 10.30 to 12 noon. All are welcome.

The Hall is a registered charity. www.whitchurch-ganarew-hall.co.uk


Regular activities at the Memorial Hall.

Mondays: Bowls Club 6.45 to 9.30 pm
Tuesdays: Sticky Little Fingers 10 to 12 am
              Art Group 1.30 to 3.30 pm
              Yoga 7 to 8.30pm
Wednesdays: Drop In coffee morning 10.30am to 12 noon, 1st and 3rd of every month
                 Dog Training 7 to 8pm
                 Table Tennis 7 to 9.30pm
Thursdays: Fitsteps 10.30 to 11.30am and 6.45 to 7.45pm
                 Bowls 1.45 to 4.30pm
                 Body Zone 8 to 8.45 pm
Fridays: Flicks in the Sticks monthly between September and May

The Hall also runs Live Jazz nights 4 or 5 times a year.

Snooker: Two groups, Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons and individual players can book by arrangement.

If you would like to join in any of these activities, contact the Booking Clerk Mrs June Ruck 01600 890784 or Judith Gill 07768 096438.


100 Club (No exercise involved!!!)

The Whitchurch and Ganarew Memorial Hall 100 Club supports the Hall by raising money for the Refurbishment Fund. Membership of the 100 Club is by purchase of one or more numbered shares. A share costs £12 per year and every four months a draw of all paid-up shares is held. At the draw, half of the money raised by the shares in the previous four months is transferred to the Refurbishment Fund and the other half is given as prizes to the holders of three shares drawn at random.

Since it was started in 2011, the 100 Club has raised almost £3000 for the Refurbishment Fund. Application forms are available in the Hall or by email from Trevor Nicholson at trevor235@trevor235.plus.com.


C1257 Road Closure Symonds Yat update.

Photograph of vandalised 'Road Closed' sign

 

A resolution has been agreed and work was due to commence in March 2020, COVID-19 willing. Alas the virus wasn't willing, and the work is scuppered.

All notes, letters and map are available on the website. Click the blue buttons to read them.

June 2020 update

April 2020 update March 25th 2020 update

March 11th 2020 letter February 2020 letter

January 2020 update December 2019 update

August 2019 update April 2019 update

March 2019 update January 2019 update

December 2018 update October 2018 update

September 2018 meeting notes

Extent of landslip map

July 2018 meeting notes June 2018 meeting notes


Whitchurch Clock Tower

A statement from Whitchurch and Ganarew Group Parish Council

February 2019

The parish council has become aware that some residents believe that the Whitchurch Clock Tower is owned by the parish council and as such it is their responsibility to maintain and manage this listed building.

The parish council would like to make it clear that they do not own, and never have had ownership of the clock tower, and therefore (confirmed after taking legal advice) have no responsibility for its maintenance, insurance, repairs or any other associated liabilities.

It is not registered with the Land Registry and extensive research by the parish council in the County Records Office have proved fruitless. We have demonstrated that ownership/trusteeship of the building is not available through the normal legal administration.

Should anyone reading this have any evidence to demonstrate the current ownership of the clock tower we would be delighted to hear from you.

The parish council over the past years have paid for the clocks annual service and any repairs that are required, and for the electricity supply and will continue to do so until proper ownership is established.

Following legal advice, the parish council will be writing to Herefordshire Council. As the clock tower is a Grade II listed building, they have a responsibility for its upkeep.

This statement will be updated as more information becomes available.

Policy Towards Churchyard Maintenance Financial Assistance

Background

Over the past years there has been regular debate as to whether a Town or Parish Council can under its powers of the Local Government Acts contribute towards the maintenance of its Church of England graveyards

In 2019 NALC (National Association of Local Councils) issued an advice note that in their opinion the free resource section of the LGA 1972 (Section 137) could not be used towards this use. Their reason for this is that section 8 of the LGA 1894 prohibits expenditure by local Councils on property relating to the affairs of church.

The present situation and alternative legal advice

This view expressed by NALC is not supported by Central Government as they say that section 137 of the LGA 1972 is not overridden by the 1894 Act and the fact that Councils have for many years contributed towards the cost of churchyard maintenance without any apparent challenge or questions by the appointed external auditors to these Councils. Central Government stand that this legislation is valid and further new legislation is not necessary.

Further independent legal advice on this matter is given by Paul Clayden, consultant and author of many reference books relating to law and procedures for Town and Parish Councils. It is his opinion that section 137 of the LGA 1972 gives a very wide power to spend money on matters of general benefit to the inhabitants and it would be strange if that power did not extend to benefiting a church / churchyard maintenance of local importance. He further supports the view that this has not been challenged by the appointed external auditors.

Paul Clayden also gives the view that a Council can contribute to the cost of churchyard maintenance under section 214(6) of the LGA 1972. This provision overrides the provision of section 8 of the LGA 1894. Furthermore it should be considered that if the Parish church be closed then the Parish Council will be required to take over the maintenance of the churchyard LGA 1972 section 215 (2).

The opinion of Whitchurch and Ganarew Group Parish Council

The appointed Finance working group support the opinions of Central Government and that of the independent legal advisor Paul Clayden. They propose to Council members a resolution that the support towards the churchyard maintenance of St Dubricius and St Swithins continues as a budget and payment item in the accounts. Should Central Government issue further advice / guidance on the matter then this would be considered by the Finance working group and resolution by the Council.



Symonds Yat and the River Wye. The Birthplace of Tourism

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