Held in the Village Hall All Cannings on Wednesday 30 May 2012


PRESENT:       Cllr. T. Daw, (in the chair)

Cllr. C Butcher, Cllr. S. Butcher, Cllr. D. Tilley, Cllr. K. Warman,

Cllr. A. Gray.



APOLOGIES:  Cllr. L. Grundy, (WC).





Forwarded to members of the Parish Council. (See below)


After giving the chairman’s report Cllr. Daw resigned as chairman and parish councillor. Cllr. Butcher took the chair for the rest of the meeting. 




Minutes of the Annual Parish Council meeting, held on Wednesday 27 April 2011, having been circulated were confirmed as a true record and signed by the chairman.








Bank Balances 31 March 2012


Lloyds Bank Treasurers Account:                  0019780                      £10877.37

Lloyds Bank Business Account:                     7404484                      £5947.27

NSB Investment Account:                             137921791                  £1443.37

              Total:          £18268.01



An approximate forecast for receipts and payments had been given for the financial year 2011 – 2012. The annual financial return for accounts for the year ending 31 March 2012 will be presented for approval by the council as directed by Mazars, appointed External Auditors on behalf of the Audit Commission. The annual financial return to be approved by the PC by 30 June 2012.



There being no further business the meeting closed at 7.30pm.



                                                Chairman                                           Date   

 Chairman's Report:-

It's great to see so many here.  The agenda for this meeting is that I get to have a self indulgent few minutes presenting the chairman's report before we throw the meeting open.

I've happily served as councillor and chairman for more years than I can remember. A year or so ago, and I'm keeping it deliberately vague, I endured a meeting where an old buffer was boring on about his years of service as the chaired the meeting.  So I told the PC earlier this year I was going to step down as chairman at this meeting.  We've got a fantastic bunch of councillors now, and I'm really pleased with people who have volunteered for the last year and so I can hand over confident that the PC is in safe hands, and hopefully before I completely bore everyone to death.

My father was Chairman for many years during some of the most important years for this village; And he also knew when to call it a day. Against fierce opposition he pushed growth and housebuilding in the village.  He said without growth we would lose the school, the shop, the pub and the church.  At the time all the other villages in the vale also had these facilities but the old duffers who ran those villages prevented their growth. Look at them now and  celebrate the great facilities we have. (And all on a precept less than it was two years ago.)

Our wonderful school, 11th best in the country. Our allotments.  Our shop, fantastic work by volunteers.  And the pub, I think the wonderful charity concert last weekend is a credit those who gave their time, effort and money.  As a council I think we should thank them on behalf of the village.

Let me also thank the parish councillors on behalf of the village.  Not only do they give up their time coming to meetings they also quietly and without hope of any recognition do many other small jobs of volunteering to  make this a better village to live in.

I know many of you are here tonight to learn more about the actions in the churchyard.  The parish council had requested reports from Wiltshire council and Diocese.  Once those reports have been received and digested the council will be able to say more. My advice is to say nothing until we are in possession of all the facts and opinions.  I'll just say I'm a much happier facing a few disgruntled parishioners rather be facing the grieving family of a child that been killed by a falling stone.
Before I handover to Jim let me thank the councillors and clerk for the fantastic support they have given me recently and for all the years I have served. With that I stand down as chairman and resigned with immediate effect as councillor. Goodnight.

Tim Daw