Sunday, 28 May 2017


To: JAS.  You got it!  Was it like that when you were a Parish Councillor in C

Hemingbrough Parish History Society “falling apart” according to one its Directors, fails to win Lottery bid, needs money, Society Director looks elsewhere for money, ‘offers’ Memorial Garden to Parish Council with dodgy, diesel tanks below, without Council financial risk assessment, after all, HE is the Parish Council Chairman, some keep schtum, some bleat, three talk in Council but don’t have Chairman’s authority, they are all giving the finger to the Council Standing Orders, ‘the three’ are openly concerned about rush to transfer ownership and financial risks to Council, but don’t take action.  One Councillor already says she is not taking any of the blame!  

Personally, I would like the Council to own the Memorial Gardens IF its formal Risk Assessment says it is worth it for the residents. 

In the spotlight, under the microscope, whatever, they are all caught on Video cam for the inevitable complaint and post mortem.  Who said what, who took action, who kept schtum and what the Clerk and Vice-chairman did and didn’t do!

WE didn’t vote for this, and THEY pledged “Openness and Honesty” and to “work together for the benefit of the community and put the interests of the residents first - written by Procter, the Vice-chairman , I think!           

**** the Standing Orders!

Will the Parish Council Chairman, a shaker and mover in the Hemingbrough Parish History Society that failed in a Heritage Lottery fund bid and is “currently looking at other sources of funding”, transfer the ownership of the Memorial Garden to the Parish Council despite the Council defying its own Standing Orders for the “assessment and management of risks faced by the Council” to protect residents?


Serious Row! Parish Council v Parish History Society


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

WOULD, not WILL, ACCORDING TO THE MINUTES

WHAT IS THE RUSH?

WHY IS THE LEADER OF THE PARISH HISTORY SOCIETY CHAIRING PARISH COUNCIL SESSIONS WHEN THAT SOCIETY WANTS TO TRANSFER A POTENTIAL LIABILITY TO THE PUBLIC PURSE?  

DID STRELCZENIE GO TO THE COUNCIL SOLICITOR AS THE PARISH CHAIRMAN OR THE PARISH HISTORY SOCIETY DIRECTOR, OR BOTH?  

WHY DID THE CLERK ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN?  

WHY DIDN’T THE VICE-CHAIR TAKE OVER THE CHAIR FOR THE DISCUSSIONS?  

THE COUNCIL NEEDS PROFESSIONAL AND LEGAL ADVICE, NOW!

Highlighted Comment from Council Discussions.  A full recording is available. 


Chairman Jan Strelczenie.  Memorial Garden.  I went to see Solicitors with Julie (the Parish Clerk)  

Parish Clerk. The Solicitor was happy to proceed with the transfer.  She sent me a letter detailing the charges which were a bit more than Jan anticipated.  The fee for them to do the transfer from PHHHS to the Council ….

Cllr. Terry.  Should we be concerned, we’ve already voted,  …. I’ve read there are ongoing issues with the diesel tanks, the three diesel tanks, they still haven’t been fully rendered,

Are we prepared as a Parish Council to cover the costs. Is there are a certain amount of work to properly fill these tanks if they need doing?  What sort of issues are we letting ourselves in for?  We are effectively taking on the responsibility of these three tanks. Do we have to insure the site for public liability if something collapses

Parish Clerk. Yes, we would have to add it on to our insurance policy.    

Cllr. Terry.  Do we need to let them know (Insurers) there are ongoing issues with these tanks?  Will it be exorbitant costs?

Chairman Strelczenie (talking on behalf of the Parish History Society while chairing the Parish Council)  When it’s handed over to the Parish Council, when it’s teken over, the insurance will be negligible, I believe, but she (Parish Clerk) needs to mek enquiries about that.
The Society are still in the process of filling up putting concrete slurry into the tanks but it’s just a bit awkward at the moment.  There won’t be any costs to the Parish Council with regards to filling the tanks.

Cllr. Terry.  So, can we actually look into what the cost are likely to be?  Has anybody done any real investigation?     

Chairman Strelczenie.  We are working on the assumption (garbled) … petrol tank when that was filled, it was £3,400.   There are three, ten thousand diesel litre tanks.

Vice-chairman Bob Procter.  The tanks are completely safe and it’s unlikely there will be any deterioration in them for forty years and beyond, but it was suggested …..

Cllr. Chilvers.  Mr. Chairman, The danger is of water now getting in through the tank tops and lifting the whole tank into the Garden. The last day I was there,  … lifted a manhole about a yard square and it was full of water and we put a pole down it and couldn’t reach the bottom and we concluded it was from the run-off from the site before it ran into the Town Drain.  So what they did, the guys …. they said were going to leave it and cover it up, So, that’s there as well.  We ought to be looking at sites plans.

Chairman Strelczenie.  You have had an email (getting hot under the collar) from the Society.  You will see there that the site was bought after it was teken in escheat (The power of the State to acquire title to property for which there is no owner, maybe bankruptcy, for example).   There is no record of the tanks or anything. When we purchased it, WE, as a Society did all the necessary searches, so when we talked about transferring the register over to the Parish Council,  ….. …. she (the Solicitor) did say the searches were out of date.  

Cllr. Chilvers.  Mr. Chairman, There must be some plans at Selby District Council.  I know there were plans.  I worked to them.   

Cllr. Harrison.  My concern is if we take it over we are spending money of The Village People.  It’s not our  money.  It’s the village. How many people in the village know whether it’s safe or not?  If something goes wrong in ten years and we’ve got a great big bill, who then says to them, the people, the money’s spent because this society has totally gone wrong?  People say it look nice, which is fair enough.  I have got to admit I did not know this site was going to be passed over to the Parish Council.  I don’t particularly agree with it, because I don’t know enough what’s underneath …..

Cllr.  DrewThe thing is, the Parish Council has already taken over this plan.         

Chairman Strelczenie.  The fact is last month the Parish Council agreed to tek on the site.  The Solicitor is in the process of transferring the site to the Parish Council


COUNCILLOR CHILVERS THEN FORMALLY OBJECTED TO THAT STATEMENT, SAYING HIS BELIEVE WAS THE COUNCIL DID NOT DISCUSS THE PROPOSAL AN AGENDA ITEM (FOR WHICH COUNCILLORS HAVE A STATUTORY RIGHT TO THREE DAYS TO PREPARE FOR THE DISCUSSION), IT CAME UP ONLY  IN “CORRESPONDENCE” AND THE COUNCIL AGREED TO TAKE ON THE SITE IN PRINCIPLE ONLY! (PRESUMABLY AFTER DUE DILIGENCE IS COMPLETED AND DISCUSSED)      

HIS VIEW IS CONFIRMED BY THE PARISH CLERK WHO WRITES IN THE MINUTES:

“ Approved Minutes.  It was proposed by Councillor F Davidson, seconded by Councillor J Sedman and agreed with one abstention that the Parish Council would (NOT WILL) take over the site and cover any costs incurred with regards to the transfer of ownership.“  


Many middle-ranking, office-bound Council workers ….

.... with guaranteed employment, wages and pensions are frequently and reasonably criticised as bored, lazy, time-wasting, politically correct drones resisting change in an unaccountable, blame culture that serves themselves instead of the public 

so it is a pleasure to highlight 

Daniel Maguire of Selby District Council Democratic Services as a breath of fresh air with a pleasant, knowledgeable, friendly, obliging attitude towards helping the public make sense of and navigate through Council procedures.

Credit where credit’s due.

Very well done, Mr. Maguire. 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Early bailout for a private organisation using Hemingbrough public funds?


Dear Parish Clerk

Ref: Parish of Hemingbrough Historical Heritage Society – Receipt of letter regarding future of the Memorial Garden

At last Thursday’s Parish Council, Councillor Drew spoke about the subject matter as if the Council has agreed to take the Memorial Garden into public ownership subject only to the completion of transfer paperwork.  Most Councillors concurred.

Your minutes state the Parish Council “would take over the site and cover any costs” without stating under what conditions.  Councillor Procter called for all costs to be identified and the Parish History Society (PHHHS) check all conditions relating to the site.

I request that the Parish Council, not the PHHHS, completes appropriate due diligence including a risk assessment noting especially the risk posed by the flooded, old diesel tanks beneath the former Service Station, and the findings be debated as an agenda item under full public scrutiny.  

I object to any leading Council role being taken by Council Chairman Jan Strelczenie as he acts for and leads the PHHHS.  

I note that the Parish History Society failed in a recent appeal for funds.  This sounds to me like an early bailout for a private organisation using public funds.  

I also object to such a potentially risky and costly topic being listed under correspondence and discussed at the very end of the Parish Council.  Earlier in the meeting, the Chairman castigated a member for failing to define fully an agenda topic.

I request your early response, please, including the conditions under which the Council MAY in future take over the site.  I have recorded a recent example of you ignoring a request that may not have suited Chairman Strelczenie.

22 May 2017. 

BUT, DOES IT MATTER? (Read or skip to the end)

Bulging eyes and red face.  The diminutive Parish Chairman was in a filthy mood even before the Parish Council started last Thursday evening.

It was raining.  He was locked out of the Methodist Church Hall.  The Annual Parish Meeting was scheduled for 6:30, half an hour before the monthly Parish Council.  He was on the phone trying to contact the caretaker.  The Parish Clerk hadn’t told the caretaker about the earlier start.  She came in for some choice words.  I was the only other person there.  He had to talk to me until another Councillor arrived.  That unleashed a torrent. 

The Council vacancy will be filled by an election, not by co-option of mates!  The Residents will decide!  Strelczenie will not get to browbeat the Vegetables to co-opt his choice.  

Maybe he was thinking about the time his wife was up for co-option.  The proper Parish Clerk back then, Brian Hopper, told Strelczenie he should not take part in the co-option.  That didn’t bother the little Napoleon.  He ignored the Clerk so she was co-opted on to the Council.  Four of the eleven Council seats occupied by two friendly families - until residents kicked two of them off.   

In his agitated state, maybe ‘Gobby’ was thinking of the village grapevine.  Months ago, the village grapevine alleged the Parish History Gang had done a dirty deal with the Village Hall Gang.  Chairman Strelczenie wouldn’t be challenged by Vice-chairman Procter in the annual appointment of Parish Chairman.  Not like last year, then.  A Councillor was about to resign.  As reward for not challenging the Chair, a Village Hall Gang Member would be slid on to the Council.  The chosen ‘candidate’ was collecting names already in support.  That person hadn’t taken any visible interest in Council before.  

Anyway, that would be a better deal than having a Hagg Lane Green Gang Member back on the Council.  They had lost three of their seats at the last election after four year of buggering about and doing very little.  Unless you think banking the precept at no interest to be an achievement.  The Council auditor didn’t think so!  Neither did the residents.

Maybe Strelczenie had been spitting blood all day.  The Clerk got an email earlier that day telling her there will be an election.  Residents will decide.  Gobby doesn’t get to fill the vacancy by co-option. 

Thwarted Gobby was enraged.  He words about an election were made before the meeting started, so I won’t record them.  He was reminded about “The Costs of Democracy” built into every Council budget to pay for residents to decide whom they want.        

To pump up the pressure further, the Annual Meeting started in high farce.  Strelczenie started reading the minutes of last year’s Annual Meeting in his usual, faltering style.  He reported it had been a short meeting with no Public present. 

Councillors sat there like ‘rabbits in the headlights’ – physically present, but disinclined to contradict livid Gobby.  Where are their brains?  The Parish Clerk, who had arrived two minutes before the meeting started, just sat there. 

The Chairman’s saw a raised hand in the public gallery.  Questions and comments at the end, he said.  

It wasn’t a Parish Council meeting; the rules are different. YOU ARE WRONG!  Residents WERE at last year’s annual meeting.  I have it on film!  Do you remember when ………!  Another resident chipped in.  The evidence was overwhelming.  Gobby and the Clerk had completely messed up, even getting the location of the meeting wrong.  Gobby doesn’t take embarrassment very well.

What’s wrong with the vegetable-like Councillors?  Why did ceiling-staring Vice-chairman Bob Procter just sit there?  What’s so interesting for him on the ceiling?  Are most Councillors so concerned by only their vested interests they don’t know what’s going on under their noses?  If Gobby had said ‘Elvis is alive and living in Hemingbrough’, they would say nothing, unless he was said to be living on Hagg Lane Green.

Anyway, back to the forthcoming parish election.  It can’t be held on General Election day.  If Eddie had resigned a month earlier, it could have been, but that’s life.  Selby District Council prefers residents should vote to fill a vacancy.  Co-option is a device for those Parishes where there are not enough candidates to fill council seats and co-opting mates is the only way to get a council.  

A parish needs only ten residents to trigger an election.  It had taken the vastly experienced, independent Councillor Chilvers less than an hour to gather the signatures.  One of them was from the independent Councillor Keith Terry.   

BUT, DOES IT MATTER?

How do you feel about the potential diesel tanks risks and costs ‘time-bomb’ under the Memorial Gardens being transferred from the Parish History Gang (leader Jan Strelczenie and his wife) to the Parish Council (leader Jan Strelczenie) without a full debate as an ‘Agenda’ item in Council?  

The Council needs independent Councillors.   

The potential costs could bankrupt the Council, suggests one Councillor.  Some Councillors are already getting cold feet about their late night sneaky session vote for residents to take ownership of the Gardens, and the tanks!

DUE DILIGENCE?  Gobby probably doesn’t know the phrase - reasonable steps, such as a survey or risk assessment, taken to avoid being neglectful or just plain stupid. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Seeing is believing!

A picture is a worth a thousand words, but a YouTube video is far better, especially for those who need to see something before they will accept that it really existed or occurred.

I wonder how long it will take for Ms. Gillian Marshall, Monitoring Officer and Solicitor to Selby District Council to act on the evidence before her eyes – wonderful thing, YouTube and the law allowing residents and others see what happens at Council Meetings.     



Dear Councillors, 

Bullying and insulting colleagues are unacceptable.  When they happen in formal Parish Council meetings, in front of the public, they are shameful.  The perpetrator displays an utter disregard for rules and consequences when knowingly captured on film. 

Looking at your papers, the ceiling or your fingernails during such behaviour betrays your scant knowledge of or contempt for the national Councillors Code of Conduct and the Hemingbrough Parish Council Standing Orders.  They require you to take action: look them up!

Your failure to do your duty also brings Hemingbrough Parish Council into disrepute.

Here is an open letter to your Chairman, Councillor Strelczenie.

Honour your election pledges, get informed and take action at next week’s Annual General Meeting in the Methodist Church Hall.

Open Letter to Councillor Strelczenie

I allege your frequent remarks to and about Councillor Roland Chilvers, captured on my webcam at Hemingbrough Parish Council meetings, constitute bullying in the workplace* in contravention of the Councillors Code of Conduct and the Council’s Standing Orders.  

“You’re a Councillor; you’re supposed to do these things, Roland (Councillor Chilvers).  All you seem to do is pass the buck on to somebody else.  You just don’t want to do anything.  You just tell everybody else what to do.”
“This is something that Roland’s (Councillor Chilvers) asked for again. ….. I find this hard to understand he’s been a Councillor for thirty odd years and he doesn’t know how to put an item forward for ‘agenda” 
“Just hold it there!  Can somebody tell me what he’s (Councillor Chilvers) talking about?  Can somebody please tell me what’s he talking about?”
“Roland, you have been in’t Parish Council for thirty years, and you’ve done nothing about it.  Why? (Chilvers - Because I only got these documents recently.) You’ve only just got it recently?  Well, you need to ungot (sic) it, then”
You must apologise to him fully, in front of his peers and the public and cease your disreputable behaviour that brings the Council into disrepute.  

Residents did not vote for this behaviour that marks you as unfit to lead the Council.

* Workplace Bullying is repeated, abusive, belligerent, humiliating conduct by one or more people.


Behind our Backs


The irritatingly Silent Councillor Glenis Harrison blurted out the truth at the May Council Meeting as she lambasted the leadership of Jan Strelczenie and Bob Procter, now into its third year.  

She is mostly Silent until anything interfering with the interests of Hagg Lane Green Conservation Society is mentioned.  Why did the three deteriorating diesel fuel tanks under the Memorial Garden get her knickers knotted?  Why did she vote for the Council to take the Gardens into public ownership? (More about That, later.  Much more!)   

What have the fuel tanks got do to with Hagg Lane Green?  

Presumably, at the monthly Conservation Society’s meeting on Tuesday, timed to formulate their Parish Council strategy, they talked about their letter to the Land Registry that may interfere with the Council’s application to take Hagg Lane Green into public ownership.  Can the Society try making another case to interfere with the Council’s plan and preserve their private interests?

One again, the Council is beset by issues outside the Council.  Strelczenie’s ‘Parish History’ Gang (can we get the Villagers to take on the risks and costs of the Memorial Gardenunknowingly?), Procter’s ‘Village Hall’ Gang (can we get another Director of the ‘Village Hall Gang’ on to the Council to make a bloc of 4?) and the Conservation Group (can we get another of our Steering Group Members on to the Council to make a voting bloc of 3 or4?)

Councillors Chilvers and Terry remain independent of the inter-gang rivalries and try their best. 

Councillor Sedman?  Who knows?  If he doesn’t speak, why does he bother turning up?      

Bugger the residents! 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Saturday, 13 May 2017

COUNCILLORS! Explain your behaviour to your kids, partners, friends, neighbours, electors, colleagues ….

Let them see you at the Parish Council meeting where you spend our money!

Caught on YouTube ‘Candid Camera’





Which is worse?  The Bullying and Insults, or staring at the ceiling trying to ignore it?

Open Letter to Parish Councillors

Dear Councillors, 

When I resumed filming your council meetings last January after a lengthy break, I thought I was watching two old stags locking antlers.  In February, I dismissed Chairman Strelczenie’s haranguing of Councillor Chilvers as a passing abnormality.  After none of you intervened, I penned a mildly favourable blog post about his role of leading an elected group of vegetables.  After recording you in March and April, I believed I was watching a calculated, bullying campaign and you were scared to intervene at the meetings or even behind the scenes.        

Bullying and insulting colleagues are unacceptable.  When they happen in formal Parish Council meetings, in front of the public, they are shameful.  The perpetrator displays an utter disregard for rules and consequences when knowingly captured on film. 

Looking at your papers, the ceiling or your fingernails during such behaviour betrays your scant knowledge of or contempt for the national Councillors Code of Conduct and the Hemingbrough Parish Council Standing Orders.  They require you to take action: read them now!

Your failure to do your duty also brings Hemingbrough Parish Council into disrepute.

Overleaf is an open letter to your Chairman, Councillor Strelczenie.

Honour your election pledges, get informed and take action at next week’s Annual General Meeting in the Methodist Church Hall, 18 May 2017 at 6:30pm.


Open Letter to Councillor Strelczenie

I allege your frequent remarks to and about Councillor Roland Chilvers, captured on my webcam at Hemingbrough Parish Council meetings, constitute bullying in the workplace* in contravention of the Councillors Code of Conduct and the Council’s Standing Orders. 
 
“You’re a Councillor; you’re supposed to do these things, Roland (Councillor Chilvers).  All you seem to do is pass the buck on to somebody else.  You just don’t want to do anything.  You just tell everybody else what to do.”
“This is something that Roland’s (Councillor Chilvers) asked for again. ….. I find this hard to understand he’s been a Councillor for thirty odd years and he doesn’t know how to put an item forward for ‘agenda” 
“Just hold it there!  Can somebody tell me what he’s (Councillor Chilvers) talking about?  Can somebody please tell me what’s he talking about?”
“Roland, you have been in’t Parish Council for thirty years, and you’ve done nothing about it.  Why? (Chilvers - Because I only got these documents recently.) You’ve only just got it recently?  Well, you need to ungot (sic) it, then”
You must apologise to him fully, in front of his peers and the public and cease your disreputable behaviour that brings the Council into disrepute.  

Residents did not vote for the behaviour that marks you as unfit to lead the Council.

* Workplace Bullying is repeated, abusive, belligerent, humiliating conduct by one or more people.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sides Lawyer-up in stupid pissing contest!

Crombie Wilkinson for the Hagg Lane Green Conservation Society and Elmhirst Parker for Hemingbrough Parish Council.

Yorkshire Blockheads battle over Preposterous Proposition

The Hagg Lane Green Conservation Society, a small group of ageing, private individuals, wants either to prevent the Parish Council, which has occupied land at Hagg Lane since before the 1939/1945 War, taking possession of the registered village green under the laws of Adverse Possession so it can be protected for residents in perpetuity (as one of their Steering Group member put it in the vernacular outside a Parish Council meeting early in 2017) or to ensure the Group’s unfettered rights of access and scope to manage that village green, as it alone sees fit, without payment or permission (as the Society’s Secretary may describe their “Caution against first registration” dated 25 October 2016), while the astute and experienced Parish Councillor Roland Chilvers advocates in Council a licence for a qualified party such as the Conservation Society to develop the green under a degree of Parish Council control that could, for example, have stopped the recent spreading of conifer clippings from a commercial operation on the green by a member of the Society when conifer trees are not native to the green and surrounding land, and could have more rapidly stopped the pollution of the green and ponds by rats gorging on waste food on land adjacent to the green, and a degree of public scrutiny.

Public scrutiny seems to be essential for projects where substantial amounts of money are involved.  

Such scrutiny has unearthed grant application forms claiming “Hagg Lane Green Conservation Project.  The land is owned by the Parish Council”, “What is your ownership of the property … Freehold, or other type of outright ownership.” and “Who owns the land that you plan to work on?  Hemingbrough Parish Council”!!!     

I imagine Councillor Chilvers and Denis Hails from the Society, both reasonable people, could agree a compromise without the need for expensive solicitors as long as they keep their volatile, smart-mouthed members obsessed with vendettas and villages feuds out of the main talks.   


The Conservation Society filed a “Caution against first registration” with the land Registry on 25th October 2016 and did not send a copy to the Parish Council “because we didn’t have to! 

The “Caution”, available to the public from the Land Registry for £7.00, has been in the village since before Christmas, according to the Grapevine, and probably was the reason the Parish Council went into a sudden, private session in December to stop the press and public knowing what was happening. 

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Hemingbrough United Charities Constitution

Thanks JAS for your enquiry.

The Parish Council has the sole right to appoint Trustees for four-year terms.  It can appoint anybody it wants, regardless of the wishes of the remaining Trustees.

An efficient, interested Parish Council with lawful sole right of appointment should know when the four-year terms expire and ask why the remaining Trustees have issued no notices.   

I don't know why this crop of Councillors is so lackadaisical.  Councillor Keith Terry is a descendant of one of the Trustees responsible for uniting the original charities.
      
Trustees shall hold at least two ordinary meetings in each year.  Any person who is absent from all ordinary meetings during a period one year shall thereupon cease to be a Trustee.

Trustees cease to be Trustees as soon as they notify the Secretary they have resigned.

Upon the occurrence of a vacancy, the Trustees “shall cause a notice thereof to be given as soon as possible to the said Parish Council.”

The Charity Secretary could have notified the Parish Council of a vacancy by now.

Ask the ‘Borthwick Institute’ in York, the Parish Council or Charity Secretary (K. McCann) for a copy of the constitution.  The Charity Commission website spells out the DUTIES of the Trustees.
  

Friday, 28 April 2017

The effing “A” Word

It was uttered in Hemingbrough, again.  At the April Council Parishioners’ Forum, two residents, one of them the exceedingly knowledgeable Parish Councillor from Cliffe, David McSherry, talked about “Allotments” for parish residents.


Out of our remit” whined Chairman Jan Strelczenie, in response. The Council’s Proper Officer did not correct him.  So, here goes:-  

THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALLOTMENTS WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE PARISH LIES WITH THE PARISH COUNCIL.

Both Strelczenie and the Clerk sat through the prolonged, lacklustre and unsuccessful efforts of the previous Vice-chairman, Ken McCann to find allotments for Hemingbrough residents.  They know Allotments are NOT out of the remit of the Parish Council.   

Strelczenie moved on to the next topic with a mighty sigh and a muttered comment “Unless it’s pushed”.

If five or more residents want Allotments, I suggest they push Strelczenie and the Vegetables to do something about them. 

Could the local field owned by the Hemingbrough United Charities, of which McCann is the Secretary, be converted into Allotments to produce a better yield for the lawful beneficiaries?  There seems to have been only one beneficiary of that charity since former Councillors McCann and Senior took over the reins of the Charity more than four years ago - the person renting it. 


‘Hemingbrough United Charities’ was formed in 1916 with the approval of the Charity Commission.  Three local Farmers, A. Kelsey, F. Armitage and G. C. Terry, acting as Trustees of the individual charities that each had an income of less than £50 applied to have them amalgamated.  They were ‘William Widhouse 14th March 1624’,  ‘Sharrow 1824’ and ‘Unknown Donors 1824’.

The intended recipients of the Charity funds do not seem to have received very much at all.  The Parish Council agreed to support the charity as soon as it was run in accordance with its constitution and charity law. 

When was the last time the Charity Chairman or Secretary asked the Parish Council for money?  How much longer will those two individuals take to notify the Council of a vacancy so the Parish Council can recruit a third Trustee as it is empowered to do?  They didn't tell the Council in April. The problem with that may be the new Trustee could be from a different village Gang. (See Post below)

Maybe I should write more about that Charity’s constitution, the lawful duties of the Trustees, terms of office and the number of formal minuted meetings all Trustees must attend every year.  

Messrs. Sharrow and Widhouse must be turning in their graves at the neglect.