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Due to Tier 4 regulations, the maximum number permitted to attend an ashes burial is now 6.
SOUTHERN WATER PRIORITY SERVICES REGISTER
Southern water have a register for those who may need help either with reading their bills, their meter, or just being able to contact someone at Southern Water.
If you would benefit from large print or braille bills, talking bills, nominating someone to receive bills for you, help reading your meter, minicom, type talk, home visits or simply having your bill explained then you can register for these services.
Full information can be found here.
There is an online form to complete which can be found here.
Or if you prefer you can call the freephone helpline on 0800 027 0800 between 8am and 7pm from Monday to Friday.
ARMISTICE DAY 2020
Thank you to all those who took part in acts of remembrance on both Remembrance Sunday and on Armistice Day.
The Parish Council was honoured to be part of the wreath laying at Bishopstoke War Memorial, where Cllr Sue Toher, Chair of the Parish Council, laid a wreath on behalf of Bishopstoke Parish Council.
It was a solemn occasion this year, not just because of the tradition of honouring our fallen heroes, but also because of the current situation in the country and the world.
This year was also marked by the appearance of painted "Poppy Stones" which were a beautiful addition to the wreaths and the Parish Council would like to thank anyone who painted and placed one of these stones.
To see larger versions of any of the images, please just click on them.
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All Parish Council meetings are currently being held virtually. Members of the public are still welcome to attend and can do so either online, or by phone. It is also possible to have a statement read out on your behalf at the relevant meeting.
For more details on how to attend or have a statement read please contact the Clerk by either emailing or calling 07387 683675.
For more information on how the online meetings are being run please visit www.bishopstokepc.org/virtual-meetings
SEARCH FOR RELATIVES - ST MARYS
The Parish Council is attempting to contact anyone related to one of two separate memorials in St Mary's Churchyard.
The first is for anyone related to Richard Henry Griffiths (1877 - 1955) or Mabel Rose Griffiths (1897 - 1989), memorialised by a seat located to the left as you approach the Church entrance.
The second is for a recently uncovered memorial with the surname Apps. This memorial was found during recent works in the churchyard and is located near the border edge at the boundary at the back of 74 and 76 Church Road. The memorial is for Arthur Apps who died in December 1915 aged 68. A census search indicates that other relatives may include a wife named Annie, and others named Frederick John Apps, Mary Elizabeth Apps, Agnes Louise Apps, Florence Apps and Maria Apps.
If anyone has any information regarding either search, please contact Asst Clerk Mrs Cheryl Taylor by phone (07521 735539) or email (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
Bishopstoke Parish Council is pleased to announce that the financial audit for 2019-2020, conducted by PKF Littlejohn, has been passed with no issues being raised.
The full audit document, including the signed return from the external auditors can be seen by clicking here.
A message from the Chair, Cllr Toher
Bishopstoke has a fantastic community spirit, and in these difficult times we’ve often seen neighbour helping neighbour.
The Parish Council is pleased to play its part, and at its November meeting agreed to use its Covid emergency fund to help families with free school meal children at Stoke Park Infant and Junior schools over the Christmas period.
Following consultation with each school, those eligible received a Sainsburys voucher, and the supermarket chain also donated a bag of chocolate coins for each free school meal child.
Chair of the Parish Council, Sue Toher, and Clerk, David Wheal, delivered the vouchers and all important chocolate coins to each school for distribution.
We hope the vouchers will be of some help to those families who receive them.
Officers and Councillors would like to wish all Bishopstoke residents a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
For further information
12th and 13th September 2020
Carnival - CANCELLED
Clerk - Mr David Wheal
Assistant Clerk - Mrs Jen Wilkie
Cemeteries and Closed Churchyards
Assistant Clerk - Mrs Sophie Thorogood
Bishopstoke Memorial Hall
Assistant Clerk - Mrs Cheryl Taylor