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Our next village event will be Bible Study Series on 23rd October 2017 at 2:00 PM in The Old Manor, Landkey

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This image comes from a scan of a calendar page contributed by visitors to Landkey (on 10th August 2017) who had recently purchased a house in South Devon. On exploring their loft, they came across a calendar for 1964 and discovered this scene of St Paul's Church and Landkey Town bridge for July-August of that year. The house below the church, which is visible in the picture, was occupied by Mr and Mrs Mills with their daughters. Mr Mills was the Church Warden for many years and they left Landkey to live in Plymouth. Their house was demolished in 1964. We are grateful to the visitors for letting us have this picture and for Betty Parker for submitting it to be included on the village website. Image courtesy of Betty Parker (uploaded by C Waldron) 11th August 2017.
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From Charles Waldron on 8th October 2017:Subject: Remembrance

On Sunday 12th November, St Paul's church will, on behalf of the village, be holding the annual service to remember all those men and women who have died while serving in the defence of our nation.

In a break with tradition, though, the service this year will be held in the village hall rather than in the church. This change has been made to make it more convenient for those attending the service to then be present at the Act of Remembrance at the war memorial at 11:00 am by avoiding the need to make the long walk up from the church after the service ends.

We hope that as many parish residents as possible will feel welcome to join us at this important time.

From Richard Prowse on 2nd August 2017:Subject: Neighbourhood Plan

A well-attended meeting on July 18th in the Village Hall discussed the possibility of the village setting up a Neighbourhood Plan Group.  An explanation of the process was given by Graham Townsend of North Devon District Council.  Frank Benbow from Bratton Fleming related his experiences of leading the process in his village, explaining that it was hard work and very time-consuming, but worthwhile.  There was much discussion and many questions asked and eventually several people volunteered to be part of a Steering Group to take the process forward.   This Group will meet during August - date to be confirmed-  and once it has been formally constituted we will publish the list of members, but it is still be open for others to join the if they feel they have something to contribute.  At each stage it will be important to consult widely and let everyone know what is being discussed.  It is vital that the whole Community is involved as the ultimate aim is to produce a Plan which commands the support of everyone and is approved by public referendum.   More news will be posted as we move forward.

From Richard Prowse on 13th July 2017:Subject: Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish Council has decided that we should try and agree a Neighbourhood Plan to sustain and improve our local services, and to develop our community.

We need to seek the views of local people with the intention of producing and implementing measures that will keep our community vibrant for the next 15 years.

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led plan, produced by the village itself, which has to be adopted by local referendum. It becomes a legal framework used by the Local Planning Authority to determine the future development of an area. Producing it is a long and difficult process, but there is plenty of help available.

The main thrust of the Plan will be to support and develop our assets such as the Primary School and our flourishing community groups. Another core aim will be to ensure the future of a village shop and Post Office facilities as well as other valued local services. The Parish Council is also keen to protect and enhance our open spaces and to celebrate the beautiful rural setting of the village, ensuring that it does not become merely a suburb of Barnstaple. As Landkey grows, the needs of our community may change - we need to capture these issues and include practical ideas and solutions in our Plan.

We are keen to involve a full range of village residents, but will hugely welcome young people and those with families, as it is in these people that our future lies. So, please join us!

From Charles Waldron on 26th June 2017:Subject: Recycle More trial - feedback

Following the introduction by North Devon Council of the recycling trial featuring three-weekly black bin collections, there will be a meeting in the village hall on 11th July at which village residents can comment on their experience of the new routine and ask further questions, if required.

As a reminder, the Recycle More trial introduces these changes:

  • Three-weekly black bin collections instead of two-weekly.
  • Unlimited recycling with the option to have an additional box and bags at no extra charge.
  • Food waste to be placed in kerbside caddy and emptied on recycling day.
  • Garden waste to be collected every two weeks (except in winter) but a  £36 annual fee applies to this service.

The meeting will be at 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

From Charles Waldron on 19th May 2017:Subject: Recycling trial in Landkey

The meeting held in the village hall on Wednesday 17th May 2017 to discuss plans by North Devon Council to undertake a trial change to the way in which they recycle and dispose of household waste was well attended, with as many as 40 village residents coming along to hear the plans for themselves and to voice their concerns.

Landkey has been selected as one of several communities in North Devon in which the trial will take place, with our village being chosen because it should, according to a scientific analysis of communities in the area, give a representative impression of the likely success (or otherwise) of the new system were it to be extended to all parts of the region.

The main changes which will feature in the trial will be

  • 3-weekly black bin collection
  • weekly waste food collection (by means of a new kerbside caddy)
  • unlimited collection of items which can be recycled
  • a £36 annual charge for green bin (garden waste) collection

These changes were generally well received by those present, although a few were concerned about the new charge for the green bin, fearing that it would just be adding to the Council's income. They were assured, though, that North Devon Council does not make money from green bin collection and that this is a service which was once, but is no longer, subsidised by the Government.

Others were concerned that 3-weekly black bin collection would be insufficient to prevent overfilling of bins with potential for vermin to be attracted. Experience from other areas of the country in which 3, or even 4-weekly bin collections had been trialled proved that this was not a major problem, given that waste food would be collected weekly.

The trial is due to begin on 5th June 2017 and should run for about 6 months before a decision is made whether to implement it generally.

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