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Parish Council news article - July 2017   ()


July sees the resignation of 3 people who have contributed much to our community in recent years and we say a heartfelt thank you to them for all their efforts. County Councillor Diana Macduff has been asked to take on a full time role with her main employer, and so is unable to continue as our County Councillor. She has been very supportive of our Parish Council, attended most of our meetings and has been most diligent in following up our questions and queries with RCC. She was also instrumental in initiating investigations into a new safer entrance into the school. Until a new councillor for our ward is elected, Gary Conde is your main contact for any queries for RCC garyconde@hotmail.com
Martin Smith has been a Parish Councillor for the past 2 years, but is shortly to move, with his family, out of the area. In the relatively short time that he has lived in Ketton, Martin has made a huge contribution to village life, and to the Parish Council. He was instrumental in setting up the new village website www.ketton.org.uk , Facebook page 'Ketton News' and Twitter account. He also organised music events like the Wytchley Warren festival at the Northwick Arms, and the artists at the KSCC Beer and Music Festival. He served on the Parish Plan Group, the Ketton Showtime committee, and memorably has led our Wassail Celebrations for the past 2 years.
Gordon Alderson is retiring from the editorial committee of Chatterbox, after the summer edition, following many years of dedicated involvement with our village magazine, including several spells as 'fill in ' editor in John Collier's absences.
The summer edition of Chatterbox is due to be published by the end of this month, with a copy date of July 10th, so there is just about enough time to contribute, write a 'letter to the editor' or perhaps approach one of the new reporters (John Sharp or Lyn Powell) with an idea for a piece.
July is a great time to explore the Ketton Old Quarry Nature Reserve as it is abundant with flowers, including orchids, and with insects, especially butterflies, at this time of year. But don't be alarmed to see that footpath E231 from the Home Farm track off to the right up to the wood has been repositioned somewhat to the west. The repositioning, and the secure stock-proof fencing is to keep you and your dog at a safe distance from the new working quarry edge.
If you want to learn more about the amazing wildlife in the Old Quarry then Jenny Harris, conservation officer with the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, will be leading guided walks there on Thursday 6th July, 6.45 for 7pm, and Saturday 15th July, 1.45 for 2pm, meeting at  Pit Lane car park. As places are limited,  it will be necessary to sign up in advance with Sarah our Parish Clerk (contact details at the top of this page). Walking boots or stout shoes are advisable.
Other dates for your diary: Ketton School fete Saturday July 8th 2pm to 4pm  - something for everyone – raffle, tombola, BBQ, Pimms, Bouncy castle, Bake-Off, Penalty Shoot-Out, bike-powered smoothie maker, and more!; Beer and Music Festival at KSCC on 18th/19th August; village fete at KSCC on Saturday September 16th.