What next for the triangle?

Villagers relaxing after raking up grass cuttings


Stanford North residents will have noticed the grass triangle at the entrance to the village was not mown short this summer.  Only the edges were cut in an experiment to see if we can encourage more variety of plants to grow there, especially to help pollinators find what they like.  Many thanks to Sîan Vranken who was the one who got this going before she moved out of the village.

We think it went quite well, given no actual planting was done – Sîan reported a long list of species that would not have been there if the grass had all been cut.

The long grass has now been rough cut (thanks to Alastair Holt) and the cuttings raked away (thanks to a flash-mob of villagers – pictured) as recommended to encourage new growth of flowers next season.

The Council now needs to decide whether to do more before next spring – harrowing and planting of wildflowers could make this area look really good and enhance biodiversity. But it will need some money spending.

If anyone has any views, or maybe suggestions for funding/sponsorship, have a word with any parish councillor or Debbie Burton (first left in the picture above) who has taken over from Sîan as mastermind for the project.

We thank Dorothy for her hard work

Geoff presents clock to Dorothy

Chairman Cllr Geoff Colledge presents an engraved clock to Dorothy

On Sunday evening at a small gathering (invitation only due to Covid restrictions) we celebrated Dorothy Bultitude’s two decades’ service as Parish Clerk.  Geoff Colledge presented her with an engraved clock and Alison Morris handed over the proceeds of a ‘whip round’ with several hundred pounds, reflecting the considerable respect villagers have for Dorothy.

In a short speech, Dorothy said she was pleased to have been able to continue with many of the things husband Ken started but was unable to complete because of his untimely death.  She is especially pleased there is finally movement on the Village Hall!

She is looking forward to retirement in her new house in Hythe.

Farewell to Dorothy

Dorothy Bultitude retired this week after the best part of 20 years as our Parish Clerk.

Geoff Colledge, Council Chair said:

“We as a Parish owe a great deal of thanks to Dorothy for the dedication and devotion she showed to our Parish.

“We wish her a very long and happy retirement.”

Councillors and Clerk receive the award

Cllr Ken Bultitude, Dorothy at his side, accepting the Quality Award from Cllr Terry Preston, Chair Shepway District Council, January 2007

We will be announcing a retirement function in the near future to wish Dorothy a fond farewell and give all of her friends in the village an opportunity to join us.

Welcome to our new Clerk

Cathy Skinner faceOur new Parish Clerk, Cathy Skinner, takes office today, 1 August.  Cathy comes to us with great credentials as she already looks after two other parish councils and also served as a councillor in her own parish.

Cathy sat in at our last parish council meeting and has already taken possession of a drawerful of our files, neatly bundled up and indexed by Dorothy.

Although living in Shepherdswell, she is very familiar with our area and we are all looking forward to working with her.