Star Count is back! 17-24 February

The annual Star Count organised by CPRE The Countryside Charity is back, and they’d like your help to map out the nation’s view of the night sky. It will take place between 17th and 24th February. Save the dates and sign up to count the stars. It’s a safe, outdoor activity to do as a family or household, from your home, garden, balcony or even bedroom window, and everyone can take part.

Each year, the results from Star Count help them identify where star-spotters are enjoying deep, dark skies and monitor the impact of light pollution across the country. By showing on a map where light pollution is most serious, they can work with local councils and others to decide what to do about it.

For more information, and to sign up to take part click here.

Councillor Vacancy

Lymm Parish Council Needs You…
Current Vacancy on the Parish Council

There is currently a Parish Council vacancy which will be filled by co-option due to Councillor Buckley recently leaving her post. The new Councillor will be selected by current Parish Councillors, not by election.

What is a councillor?
Councillors are elected to represent an individual geographical unit known as a ward or parish and are generally elected by the public every four years unless a vacancy becomes available sooner. Parish Councillors are not paid for their work.

What do councillors do?
Councillors have three main components to their work.

  1. Decision making – Through meetings and attending committees with other elected members, Councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
  2. Monitoring – Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
  3. Getting involved locally – As local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the Council as a whole wants to achieve and how much time is available.

How much time does it take?
It varies. Monthly Full Council meetings are attended by all Councillors but Committees and Working Groups involve fewer numbers of Councillors that can focus on particular issues. Being a Parish Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community and helping to make it a better place to live and work.

As a councillor representing your community you will:

  1. Help keep Lymm a great place to live, work and visit
  2. Undertake training
  3. Have a positive outlook and can-do attitude
  4. Be supported in your role
  5. Be willing to work as part of a team.

If you think you would like to become a Parish Councillor and are over 18 years of age, you need to complete and return an application form. Forms are available in the attachments below. You must also meet certain other criteria to be eligible to apply. Why not come along to one of the up-and-coming meetings to see how it all works?

Please feel free to contact the Clerk if you would like to talk further about becoming a Parish Councillor.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, 7th February 2023.

Trans Pennine Trail Activity Pack – Christmas Edition

Trans Pennine Trail – Christmas Themed Activity Pack

TPT are delighted to launch their Christmas activity pack full of fun activities for children.

The pack will keep you busy over the festive period including; making twig decorations, chocolate orange brownies and so much more! The activity pack is aimed at primary school children but some older ones may enjoy it too.

You can use the activity pack on the go by downloading it to your mobile, or alternatively you can print it at home.
If you don’t have a printer please let TPT know and they will send you out a hard copy.

Download it here: www.transpenninetrail.org.uk/welcome-to-our-childrens-page/

Sponsor A Christmas Tree in Lymm Village

As the festive season approaches, Lymm has continued its tradition of decorating the shops and buildings with brightly lit Christmas Trees, nearly sixty in all.

Now though, Lymm Parish Council is giving residents, business owners and visitors an opportunity to get involved by sponsoring a Christmas Tree.

For £30 per tree, sponsors will receive a window cling for their car, house or shop window and a digital sponsor badge to show their support, as well as a thank you on the Lymm Parish Council website.

This year the trees have been sourced from a local nursery and sponsorship of a tree will contribute to these costs. If you or your family would like to sponsor a tree, please complete the online form on this page; Sponsor a Christmas Tree – Lymm Parish Council

If you are interested in sponsoring one of the large trees in the village, get in touch and we’ll make it happen. Contact Assistant Clerk, Rob Tucker, on 07555 252387 or email

December 2022 Newsletter

Lymm Parish Report – December 2022

Click on the link above to download.

Lymm Carols from The Cross 2022 date change to 24th December 2022

At an Extra Ordinary meeting of Lymm Parish Council held on Thursday 10th November, the Parish Council  voted to move the date of the event for 2022 to Christmas Eve, the 24th of December. The earlier decision to hold Carols on Friday 23rd of December was revisited following a request from several Parish Councillors.

The Carols event will only go ahead when the Parish Council demonstrates to Warrington Borough Council and the Emergency Services that it will be held safely. This must be in accordance with the Event Management Plan. There must be named and qualified individuals from the Parish Council and the local community, signed up to accept responsibility to fulfil key roles before and during the event. This is necessary because Lymm’s Carols from The Cross has become one of Warrington’s largest public events and safety is paramount.

The Events Committee was thanked for its work and it was stressed that the decision to hold the event on the 23rd was correctly and diligently taken on the basis of information available at the time.

The Parish Council looks forward to welcoming the public to Lymm village centre on Christmas Eve.

Cllr Bob Barr OBE
Chairman

Lymm Parish Council statement following the decision to move the date of Carols from The Cross

An Extra Ordinary Meeting of Lymm Parish Council was held on 2nd November, at the request of the Events Committee, to enable the Council to confirm additional budget and authorise expenditure necessary to fund this year’s Christmas decorations, activities and Carols from The Cross.

A lawful Extra Ordinary meeting can be called at the request of the Chairman or two or more Parish Councillors. A meeting needs three clear working days’ notice and the agenda has to be made public at the beginning of that  period. Items not on the agenda cannot be decided upon at the meeting.

The purpose of this meeting was to provide the funding to enable the decision taken by the Events Committee to move the Carols event to the 23rd of December instead of the 24th, and to use local commercial suppliers in place of volunteers.

It was necessary to make these changes for several reasons. At the time of the Committee meeting, there were insufficient volunteers willing to work on Christmas Eve and therefore safely deliver the Event Management Plan approved by Warrington Borough Council. In addition, there were staffing considerations, cost implications and clashes with other organisations’ plans for Christmas Eve. All of these factors contributed to the evidence that the Events Committee took into account when making this decision on behalf of, and at the request of, the Full Parish
Council in a meeting that lasted some three hours.

This decision was properly made taking all the evidence into account. While it came as a surprise to some, it is a valid decision which stands, and steps are being taken to deliver the event as proposed.

The Parish Council had not asked, nor was it required to ask, the Committee to bring their decision back to the Full Council for ratification.

The Parish Council has been negotiating with the leadership, consulting the members, and offering proposals to Lymm’s Festivities Group for several years. These have not led to a satisfactory agreement on how a lawful and safe event can be delivered. It was for this reason that the Events Committee felt it had no choice but to make alternative arrangements for this year.

The Parish Council is very willing to discuss volunteering arrangements for future years with former members of the Lymm Festivities Group and other potential volunteers. However, it is very unlikely that this can be done in time to change the decisions on this year’ events.

It is also notable that there is a great shortage of suitably qualified and willing volunteers to manage a number of village events and organisations, as a result similar crises have occurred over the last few years. The Parish Council is investigating the possibility of recruiting and training a pool of volunteers who can help.

At the time of writing, four Parish Councillors have requested another Extra Ordinary Meeting to revisit the decision taken by the Events Committee on behalf of the Parish Council. The date, agenda and location of that meeting has been made public – November 10th at 8.30pm in the Youth and Community Centre.

Cllr Bob Barr OBE
Chairman, Lymm Parish Council

Eco Friendly Green Christmas Fair

An eco-friendly green Christmas Fair is being held on Saturday 12th November. More information here (opens PDF).

Trans Pennine Trail Activity Pack – Halloween Edition

Trans Pennine Trail – Halloween Themed Activity Pack

TPT have launched their Halloween activity pack full of fun activities for children.

The pack will keep you busy over the Halloween and Autumn period including; making a Mummy Jar, no bake Spider cookies and so much more! The activity pack is aimed at primary school children but some older ones may enjoy it too.

You can use the activity pack on the go by downloading it to your mobile, or alternatively you can print it at home.
If you don’t have a printer please let TPT know and they will send you out a hard copy.

Download it here: www.transpenninetrail.org.uk/welcome-to-our-childrens-page/