Last Parish Council Meeting of 2021

Agenda November 2021
It’s our last meeting of the year, and the last meeting on our usual Tuesday evening!
From January 2022, we will be meeting the LAST WEDNESDAY of the month unless otherwise posted.  All are welcome to attend the meeting; however, members of the community are asked to contact the clerk a minimum of five days prior to the meeting to add an item to the agenda.
All attendees must abide by our Standing Orders.

Following the UK government guidelines on COVID, and in light of the newly discovered Omicron variant, we will kindly ask all attendees to wear protective face coverings and remain at a social distance.

Meeting agenda:
Agenda November 2021

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme

Registration for the winter Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme, funded with £1.39m from the Department for Education for children eligible for benefits-related free school meals, is now open.
Using grant funding, the council is also once again able to offer local holiday activities which are available to all children and young people across the county.
The winter programme will run for 4 days between 20 and 23 December 2021.
Families who registered in the summer will be automatically enrolled and do not need to sign up again.
Gloucestershire’s summer Holiday Activity and Food programme was a great success, reaching 57 per cent of children and young people eligible for Free Schools Meals.
Funding of £1.3m from the COVID-19 Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) meant the council was able to extend a wide range of enriching activities to all children and young people.
The council worked with district councils and partners to deliver 16 days of activity to:
9,069 children and young people eligible for Free School Meals
546 children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
18,500 activity sessions were enjoyed, with over 150 providers
18,581 meals delivered and 3,622 food boxes distributed
Feedback from families has been used to improve the winter programme and build upon the success of the summer.

You will be able to sign up to our Children Activities Booking System (CABS) from November.

Bookings for the free activities and food provision will be available to book from 1 December.

May 2021 Parish Council Meeting

Our first in-person meeting since early 2020 was held on May 19th in Miserden Village Hall with a full council present, as well as Julie Job from Stroud District Council and our new County Councillor, Sue Williams.
All government-mandated COVID guidelines were observed, including sign-in for COVID tracing,  facility sanitation and risk assessment, and chairs at 2m apart or greater.
This was our first meeting since the election, where our Parish Council Chair, Martin Ractliffe, accepted his nomination, as well as our Vice-Chair, Russ Coles-Jones accepting his nomination.  Other Parish Councillors accepting their elected positions were Kevin Allin, Gideon Duberley and Richard Dangerfield.
As Clerk of the Parish Council, I have to say this is the nicest group of people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, and I look forward to my first year as clerk under more relaxed pandemic circumstances!
Our Annual Assembly followed on the 27th outside the village hall. We were gifted with a lovely spring evening, and had a very nice time socialising in the evening sunshine with the parishioners and Council members who were able to attend.
We hope the Annual Assembly for 2022 can be our usual well-planned event
in the Colony Hall at Whiteway, with music and food along with our other Council matters.

Our next meeting is scheduled for June 29th at 7:30 pm in Miserden Village Hall.  Our meeting will be open to the public, but we ask you observe social distancing measures and wear a mask.  If you have any questions about the COVID restrictions for local council meetings, please see the following guidelines which we are following:
https://www.nalc.gov.uk/coronavirus#preparing-for-the-return-to-face-to-face-meetings

Gwen Pearshouse,
Parish Council Clerk