The Annual Accounts for the Parish Council for the year 2016/17 were approved at its May meeting and presented to the Annual Parish Meeting on May 11th. Total expenditure of £65,563 (previous year £51,016) exceeded income by £3,480 taking account of VAT adjustments. At the end of the financial year the Council held reserves of £50,000. The budget for 2017/18 can be seen here.
Local photographer Clint Aversa took advantage of the sunshine on Saturday, April 1st to take pictures of the village using a quadcopter. See more of his pictures here.
Following the success of the packs of walk leaflets published last year, a new full-colour book has been produced with nine new walks and updates on the 11 original walks.
All walks start and finish in the centre of Timsbury and distances range from 0.8 to 7.7 miles. Clear, easy-to-follow route descriptions are given and interesting background information is provided.
Available from April 3rd from ‘Connies’ and ‘Health & More’ priced £4. All proceeds will go to the Parish Council and be used for the benefit of the village.
More details about this and Walks around the village are shown here.
Maintenance of the Cemetery is the responsibility of St Mary’s Church and volunteer helpers, since the land it uses was donated by the Sambourne family early in the last century.
In recent years the Parish Council has contributed £1,500 a year from the Parish Precept towards the maintenance of the site.
From April 2017 this contribution has been increased up to £2,380 a year specifically to cover the costs of grass cutting.
It is expected that the cemetery will be full and closed to further burials in 5-10 years time.
The B&NES Revised Core Strategy from 2018 is seeking to provide for 1,285 houses in addition to those currently planned for the Rural Area villages such as Timsbury and the Somer Valley. A call for potential sites and the assessment of suitability is expected soon. More details
A further planning application to build 20 houses has been withdrawn by the developer on a field alongside Loves Hill. This follows the Planning Inspector’s rejection of an appeal that would have permitted the building of 45 houses on the site which is part of the lovely rural landscape around the village. The decision was confirmed by B&NES Council on February 3rd. The efforts by many residents and the Parish Council have contributed to this over the last year.
Timsbury Cricket Club stalwart and Life Member, Malcolm Tucker, was thanked for 50 seasons of unbroken service at the clubs AGM.
Club Chairman, Austin Sage presented Malcolm with a piece of engraved glassware from the club and an autographed cricket bat from Somerset County Cricket Club,
During the past half century Malcolm captained just about every team in the Club, was Chairman for 11 years and fixtures secretary for many more. In recent summers he has served in the score box and as press officer.
When thanking everyone for their support Malcolm identified the pinnacle of his time with the Club as being the team’s appearance at Lords, 10 years ago, in the final of the National Village Knock Out during his tenure as Chairman.