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One Hour, fifty one minutes and fifty four seconds into the PC meeting. This MUST stop. The issue was NOT council business – just used as a platform to produce more venom.
This meeting was not a good meeting although it had its lighter moments. Slightly scary when one councillor demonstrated how magnets work by waving a baking tray around whilst clicking a magnet on and off it. (21:44) I looked round the table to try and spot which of the councillors may not know that principle of physics and needed to have it demonstrated in such a way. I’m still trying to work that one out as I am sure most would have understood the concept of magnetism from quite a young age. However if he could learn to play a tune on the baking tray, well I’m up for that rendition.
Far more worrying was the attitude certain councillors seem to have towards the disabled. It’s not that they don’t care but more that they don’t seem to think. How does a wheelchair user use a notice board 2’ by 5’ – that’s 61cms by 152cms if you’re under 45? (21:44) How does a wheelchair user cope with the pebbles on the newly laid pebble cemetery path (1:09:10) and why should public funds not be used to replace as quickly as possible the bench in the centre of the village? (38:20) Public funds don’t just come from the able bodied. By not providing for our disabled neighbours we could be accused of discrimination. At the end of the session a cheque for £2000 was paid to the High School for lights to enable sport to be played during the winter nights. I would argue that the High School has a far healthier budget than the PC and no debt and that in future maybe public funds would be better spent making life more bearable and equal for those members of our community who may be struggling.
Now I know that this is uncomfortable reading and will put some councillors backs up. That is not the intention. In a democracy we really must be free to challenge without fear of reprisals and hopefully…Continue
We welcomed Andrea Davies, our area advisor, to our September meeting. She explained
the role of the committee and urged members to consider putting themselves forward for
election at the AGM in November.
Our speaker for the evening was Peter Banham, who’s topic was “Old Sayings and Origins”.
He gave each member one or two cards with well known sayings on and asked us to read
them out in turn, give the meaning and then asked us to guess the origin. Did you know, for
example, that “putting a spanner in the works” came from the early days of car production
by Ford in America? Apparently, the coffee breaks were infrequent and, when the workers
on the line wanted a rest, someone would “accidentally” drop a spanner into the machinery,
causing a halt in proceedings until a mechanic had located the problem! “Money for old
rope” had us all puzzled. Peter explained that many years ago, when sailors were due to go
on leave, the old frayed pieces of rope that had been replaced were handed out, so that…Continue