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Council of the Week: Wickham Parish Council
This week’s Council of the Week has been brought to our attention via Twitter; nicely exemplifying the power and importance of social media for council communications.
Wickham Parish Council is situated in Hampshire, surrounded by the attractive countryside of the Meon Valley and within easy reach of the towns of Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth.
The Parish Council was formed in 1834 to serve a small rural village; today the parish covers a wide rural area and includes the new village at Knowle, a total of nearly 1,850 households.
This week the council has been drawing our attention to its achievements in the last four year term, at this opportune moment in the run up to the elections.
They have been using Twitter, to share one achievement at a time and at number four, we are already very impressed.
The council has:
Planted 800 new trees in the parish – we all know the benefits of trees. This fantastic achievement will no doubt have been a positive contribution to the village environment and landscape.
Two new floodlit tennis courts and a new club with over 300 members – recreational facilities like this are of huge importance for the health and wellbeing of residents and we’re pleased to see that they are proving popular.
A new village green with six new seats overlooking their 14th Century church – a wonderful accomplishment for the village.
A floodlit all weather football pitch, used for 12 hours every day - another fantastic opportunity to encourage and support locals to engage in sport.
The council must be commended for its efforts to improve life in the village with these achievements; each is significant and the proof of their popularity is in the pudding; the tennis club already has over 300 members and the all-weather football pitch is used all day, every day.
Wickham Parish Council have also started to celebrate the community and vibrancy of the village with the Taste of Wickham Festival, first held last year. Over 4,000 people attended the food festival, which centred around the village’s famous medieval square that was transformed for the event and closed to traffic. Local produce, barbecues, tasters and cookery demonstrations were all on the menu, along with shopping and music – all perfect ingredients for bringing people together.
We would like to congratulate Wickham Parish Council for its continued work to foster a prosperous and healthy community, but also for its effective use of digital communications – as a means of celebrating and publicising the good work that it does.