News items from Hunstanton Town Council.
Syrian Refugee Befriending Working Party
The Syrian Refugees Befriending Working Party has one sole aim – and that it is to extend the hand of friendship to those 50 refugees coming to live in Norfolk over the next eighteen months, under the Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.
The Working Party is looking to work with local charitable organisations within the town to befriend first cohort of 15-20 refugees arriving in Norfolk early in 2017.
The initial plan is to arrange a day out for the 15-20 new residents of Norfolk. Transport will be arranged, a meal at lunchtime and tea before departure. It is hoped that generous benefactors will come forward to help fund the outing. The idea is to show them the coast, the town itself, its wonderful seafront and for them to meet people in the town who may be willing to offer befriending support.
The Working Party has held one meeting in December 2016 and will hold a further meeting in January 2017.
In Memory of Jo Cox MP
Hunstanton Town Council have placed a Condolence Book in the Tourist Information Centre for all to express their thoughts at this sad time.
The Tourist Information Centre is open from 9.30am until 4pm until the 27th June when it changes closing time to 5pm.
Hunstanton Has New Mayor
Cllr James Johnson was unanimously voted in as the new Mayor of Hunstanton on Friday 20th May with Cllr Adrian Winnington being voted in as his Deputy. Mrs James Johnson will act as the Mayoress with Kathrine Winnington being Deputy Mayoress. Cllr Johnson has been Deputy Mayor for two years so is used to the role, in accepting the chain of office he said he gave thanks for the great honour that had been bestowed upon him and that he will do his utmost to uphold the very high standards that the office demands. He looks forward to working with all Councillors as a team in promoting the wonderful Town of Hunstanton. He gave thanks for the hard work of Lisa Powell (Clerk), Jan Roomes (Deputy Clerk) and for their support and assured them they would have his support throughout his term in office.
Town Council Surgeries – New Time
Hunstanton Town Council now holds its surgery in the High Street from 11am until 12noon on the first Monday of each month. (In the case of inclement weather it is held in the Town Hall Basement). Please come along and air your views, say what you are happy with and what you are unhappy with. Let your voice be heard.
HM Queen Elizabeth II 90TH Birthday Commemorative Medal
Hunstanton Tourist Information Centre are proud to offer these limited edition Commemorative Medals to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday. The 32mm solid gilding medal is presented in a bespoke royal blue gold embossed card surround within a protective Perspex case. These are sure to be popular with collectors of royal memorabilia so do not miss out and get yours now for the excellent price of only £6.99.
Hunstanton Heritage Gardens
There is now a page on the Council website about the Heritage Gardens, with links to all the plans and documents which support the application. The link below should take you there:
Town Council Aims to Organise Youth Clubs
Hunstanton Town Council currently runs disco’s for children aged 7 to 11 years which have proved very successful. In 2016 it would like to organise a regular Youth Club for older children. Here they would play games, be taught valuable life skills and generally have a good time. In order to be successful, volunteers are required to help man the youth clubs. If you think you could spare some time and would be willing to help out, please get in touch with the Town Clerk, Lisa Powell, on 01485 532402. (All helpers will need to be DBS checked)
Town Council Lowers Precept
Hunstanton Town Council is pleased to announce that it has lowered its annual precept for 2016/17 to £135,000 this is a reduction on the previous year of £13,000. It has several projects it would like to carry out this year and will look for part funding to assist with these.
As a cold and snowy winter is forecast, please use this link to check the gritting routes in Hunstanton and where the grit bins are placed.