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Pirbright Parish Council

Corona Virus

Corona Virus

Cllr Steve Fidgett

04 May 2020 15:35

Notice from Cllr Steve Fidgett, Chairman of Pirbright Parish Council

At times of adversity we always seem to find rays of light and a kindred spirit that help bind people together.  So it is with the current Corona virus crisis.  The human stories relayed though the news reinforce our sense of gratitude to those people in our community who selflessly go about their work and, in so doing, help us to get through the challenges it presents. 

In such times and afterwards, we must all look to help in whatever way we can, whether it’s staying home and safe, making a regular phone call to someone we know who may be on their own or vulnerable or just in need of a friendly chat, or whether it’s those who can help with prescriptions, food deliveries, the food bank or other essentials.  That’s what communities do. 

PeriAid is one way for neighbours to get in touch, but whether you are alone, or worried, need some provisions or just want to find out what is happening locally, don’t feel afraid to pick up the phone.  There is a community of people here to help.  There are useful telephone numbers in the May issue of the newsletter.

This year we have been unable to hold our Annual Parish Meeting to outline what the Parish Council has been doing over the course of the last year and to hear from residents or our representatives in Parliament, Guildford or Surrey Councils.  We will post a resume of the year’s activities online in due course.  In the meantime, we are holding Parish meetings online to ensure essential business continues.  It has been a busy year and now is an exciting period of change for the Parish. 

After 18 years of unstinting service to the Parish, Lindsay Graham has announced her retirement as Clerk to Pirbright Parish Council.  Over this period Lindsay has selflessly given her time and energy to supporting the community through her work with the Parish, Lord Pirbright’s Hall and the many events and activities which make village life such a colourful and wonderful experience.  We are indebted to Lindsay and extend our sincere thanks for all her help and guidance over the years.

We are also delighted to announce the appointment of Helen Myers as the new Clerk to the Parish Council.  Helen started in April and will work with Lindsay over the next couple of months as part of a handover and will take up her responsibilities in May.  Helen lives in Fox Corner and has a long history in the village and we are confident that with her help, the Parish Council’s work will go from strength to strength. 

Lindsay will still be involved in village life, as the Parish Council have split the role of Parish Clerk from that of Secretary to Lord Pirbright’s Hall Charity and Lindsay will for the next few months continue to support the Hall Charity until a successor for that role is appointed later in the year.

Wishing you all good health and happiness in these troubled times.