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WOOD SCULPTURES IN OAKE CHURCHYARD
Oake churchyard lost a 150 year old cedar tree during the night of the storm on 14th February 2014.
We have been planning a permanent reminder of this part of our village landscape and with the help of the children at the school who came up with some ideas, we now have a sculptured cedar log with a fox, a badger, a hare, a hedgehog and a church mouse. The children came up to see the sculptor at work just before half term. Please take a look as it well worth a visit.
Part of this majestic tree has become a very fine seat - see lower on this page.
OAKE FETE 2016
A lovely day, lots of happy people and more than £2000 raised to be shared by the Primary School and the hall.
OAKE PLANT SALE 2016
Many thanks to all those who donated plants, bought them or helped to sell them for this annual event. Particular thanks to Ford Nursery for supplying a wonderful array of flowers and vegetables and for giving excellent advice to growers, and to Sue Davies for organising the morning. We raised over £435 for hall funds and the cakes tea and coffee served in aid of the community shop made another £50. It was a great community event and we are sure your gardens will look lovely!
SOMERSET MOBILE LIBRARY
Our Library Van now comes from Taunton and we are Route L. The mobile library now visits Hillfarrance
every 4 weeks on a Tuesday and stops near the church between 12.10 and 12.30.
Dates for 2016 15 November and 13 December
CHAIRMAN'S AWARD FOR SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY 2015
WELL DONE FERN - CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE WHOLE COMMUNITY
Fern Dunn is Secretary to the Community Benefit Society that runs Oake Shop & Post Office for you.
She has just been given the ‘Chairman’s Award for Service to the Community’ which recognises
people who have devoted their time and energy to others.
A working mum, Fern is also very active in the Oake W I, and is vice chairman of Oake Parish Council
Photo shows Fern with the Chairman of Somerset County Council Councillor Christine Lawrence at the ceremony at Taunton Rugby Club
(we would have loved to have a better picture for the website but Somerset Gazette do not offer one)
CEDAR TREE AT OAKE CHURCH
Nearly two years ago, you might remember that the Oake landmark cedar tree was up rooted in the winter storms
- part of it's massive trunk has been transformed into this lovely bench situated in the church yard.
TAUNTON DEANE MAYOR'S FUND
Earlier in 2015 the Hall management committee applied for a grant from the Mayor's fund for a project to benefit the whole community. We are pleased to report that we were successful in our bid and £500 has been awarded to us to purchase two outside tables, both with integral seating for eight people. We hope that villagers will be able to enjoy al fresco picnics on the field, in the play area, in comfort. Below is a picture of the pair of tables which should be assembled in early June.
Thanks to Kirsten, village hall secretary for preparing our bid.
(Somerset Counrt Gazette 13 October 2015)
LONG-SERVING COUNCILLOR ENTERS HALL OF FAME
(Somerset County Gazette 22 October 2014)
We hope to be able to include some pictures of this event shortly.
ONE of the longest serving councillors in the country has been honoured by being admitted as a Freeman of the Borough of Taunton Deane.
Cllr Cliff Bishop, aged 90, joins fellow councillor John Meikle in being awarded the rare honour – between them they have racked up an incredible 106 years in local government.
Mr Bishop, who represents the Bradford-on-Tone ward, was educated at Oake County School and the former Huish’s Grammar School, in Taunton.
He began his long service in local government 50 years ago, when he was elected to Oake Parish Council and Wellington Rural District Council.
Mr Bishop has always taken a keen interest in planning from since his time on the rural district council and chaired the Taunton Deane’s planning committee from 1974 to 1991 and 2010 to 12. He was also executive councillor for planning policy and transportation for four years. When local government was reorganised in 1973-74 he was voted onto Taunton Deane Council.
He still sits on the planning committee as well as corporate scrutiny, the Project Taunton Steering Group and Local Development Framework Steering Group.
In 1994 he was elected to represent the South-West on the national executive committee of the National Housing and Town Planning Council and continued to serve when the organisation merged with the Royal Town Planning Institute .The Freedom was awarded at a special meeting of Taunton Deane on Tuesday, when it was proposed by Mr Meikle and seconded by Cllr Mark Edwards, who succeeded Mr Bishop in his executive role.
Mr Bishop, who attended the ceremony with his wife Bettie, said: “I am deeply honoured by being admitted as a Freeman of Taunton. I would like to thank everyone sincerely – I am overwhelmed.”
Mr Edwards, who is deputy leader of the council, said: “Cllr Bishop has been more than a fellow councillor to me - more of a mentor. His understanding of planning and planning policy has been invaluable.“I was delighted to second this proposal and I want to congratulate him on being awarded this honour by the council - it’s well deserved and, on a personal note, I would like to thank him for his support and advice - it has been and will continue to be invaluable.”