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The training session held on Saturday 31st March 2018 in the Village Hall was a great success and those attending agreed it had been worthwhile attending. 

The Parish Council has arranged a second session which is taking place on Wednesday 30th May 2018 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall. 

This seminar has been arranged for anyone who was unable to attend the previous session.

Whilst it is possible to use the defibrillator with no previous knowledge, some prior experience would clearly be desirable and, as the defibrillator is designed to be used in conjunction with the application of some basic CPR, some experience of what is involved with CPR is also desirable and will be given along with demonstrations of the defibrillator.

Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone of any age so do be prepared!

The meeting will last between 1 ½ hours to 2 hours and light refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome, including children and residents from surrounding villages.

Any queries please contact the Parish Clerk on 01362 667756 or


Following the recent heavy flooding and on behalf of local residents, the Parish Council has been requested to encourage all residents in School Road who have ditches on their property to keep them well maintained. We have set out below some of the responsibilities of residents and ask please that this advice is followed. Thank you to those residents who do currently maintain their ditches.

If you have an ordinary watercourse (or ditch) running through your land or along the boundary of your property you are likely to be the riparian owner or joint riparian owner, unless the watercourse is known to be owned by someone else.

Your responsibilities as a riparian owner

As a riparian owner you have responsibilities in relation to the watercourse flowing through or adjacent to your property.  Your legal duties are to:

  • Pass on flow without obstruction, pollution or diversion affecting the rights of others.
  • Maintain the bed and banks of the watercourse (including trees and shrubs growing on the banks), and for clearing any debris, natural or otherwise, including litter, even if it did not originate from your land. 
  • Keep the bed and banks clear of any matter that could cause an obstruction, either on your land or by being washed away by high flow to obstruct a structure downstream. 
  • Keep clear any structures that you own such as culverts and trash screens.

These are some but not all of your responsibilities, and failure to carry these out could result in possible civil action from others up stream of the water course.

Your responsibilities as a riparian owner are based on the following legislation:Flood and Water Management Act 2010

  • The Land Drainage Acts of 1991 and 1994
  • Water Resources Act 1991
  • National Rivers Authority (now the Environment Agency) Land Drainage byelaws 1981
  • The Public Health Act 1936

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