Welcome to the first Birlingham News of the year. We hope you all had a relaxing Christmas and we wish you a prosperous New Year.
 
In this issue:
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1. Parish Council Meeting, Wednesday 18th January
 
The next meeting of Birlingham Parish Council takes place on Wednesday 18th January at 7.00pm in Birlingham Village Hall. Among other items on the agenda, there will be a discussion about speeding in the village, repairs to the Millennium bench and an update on the progress of the Village Design Statement. During the meeting there will be an opportunity to express your views on local issues, so please come along.
 
The agenda for the meeting will shortly be available at www.birlingham.org/pc_info/pc_agenda_2017-01-18.pdf and the minutes of the previous Parish Council meeting on 16th November will be available at www.birlingham.org/pc_info/pc_minutes_2016-11-16.pdf.
 
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Adrianne Woodward writes:
The Snowdrop Season is nearly upon us. The snowdrops have started to emerge and hopefully will start to be seen in all their glory by the end of January.
 
Weekend Teas will be on sale from 11 00am to 4 00pm, starting on Saturday 28th January, and continuing until the end of February, as long as the snowdrops are still blooming. (There will be no teas on Sunday 5th February as the Village Hall and Church are not available.) Please come and visit, and encourage your friends and neighbours to come as well, to show support for St James and also to enjoy a cup of tea and a delicious slice of homemade cake.
 
We would like the churchyard to look its best for the visitors to enjoy on this occasion, and throughout the year, so  would remind those of you who tend graves of loved ones to remove dead and dying flowers and pot plants on a regular basis please.
 
There will a church cleaning party on Monday 30th January to make the church look its best for Bulb Sunday. It will start at 10:00am and refreshments will be provided.
 
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The new Birlingham Bystander Editorial Committee met last week for the first time and began planning the Spring Edition. Responsibility for the Bystander now rests with the Jubilee Committee and the new Editorial Committee includes members of the Jubilee Committee, members of the former Bystander Committee and additional residents who are keen to be involved in the production of the Bystander.
 
It has been decided to produce the Bystander more evenly during the year, so the Spring Edition will be published in April/May and the Autumn Edition in October/November. This means that the copy date for the next edition has moved to 30th March.
 
The Editorial Committee is now looking for articles for the next edition. If you would like to write something for that edition – a report of an event or an organisation, a personal story or anything else of interest to residents – please let us know as soon as possible at bystander@birlingham.org. We hope that many more people will want to be involved at this exciting point in the Bystander’s life and look forward to receiving your ideas for articles.
 
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