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Thakeham Pre-School move into new building

It’s all go here!  After the handover of the new Pre-School, work has resumed on the other new Abingworth community buildings; with the cricket and football facilities rising and the new Village Hall due to be delivered in mid-summer.  We are discussing with the owner what ‘offerings’ might work best within the new shop building.  A scheme is also emerging to create an attractive setting by the new Abingworth pond for the Penn Stone (associated with William Penn, the prominent local 18C Quaker after whom the US state of Pennsylvania is named).

Village Hall activites

The Village Hall management group want to know what activities residents would like to see in the new hall, and are offering drop-in sessions in the current Village Hall on Thursday 1 March (11am-4pm) and Saturday 10 March (10am-4pm) to meet the current team and give your input.  They are also seeking volunteers to help run the new facility – contact John Bearma: 01903 744971 or johnbearman47@hotmail.com.

Glebe Field

Amongst other work in progress, the PC is seeking to lease the Glebe Field (adjacent to The Street) from Chichester Diocese, to keep it as a communal green space. The project to upgrade play equipment at High Bar Lane is moving forward, although we have needed to apply for additional funding; we will confirm what we think we can deliver, and when, in our April newsletter.

Councillor vacancy

The PC currently has a vacancy for co-opted Councillor and this is a great time to get involved. We would particularly welcome anyone interested in community events and communications. The deadline to apply is 9 March 2018.

Minibus scheme

We also need help with a project to expand the existing (Storrington-based) West Sussex Community Minibus scheme into Thakeham. Contact me to find out more!

By Owen Richards, Thakeham Parish Clerk. For more information please visit: www.thakehamparish.co.uk