Category Archives: Village Activities

Oyez, Oyez!

As John has noted, I have a passing interest in the issue of effective communication within the Parish.

In order to sustain and develop our community we need organised and effective communication, but who is making an effort to improve communication, indeed a better question might be “Who cares?”.

With their websites, John and Jim Williams make sterling efforts to keep people informed but their sites can only begin to be effective if the information is fed to them, and then only really effective if the information is available to every household in the Parish.

In relation to the first requirement, one only has to look at the “Events” section on Jim’s site, close examination reveals that there is nothing happening in the Village Hall in January.  There can only be two possible reasons for this, either there is nothing happening or the Trustees of the Village Hall don’t see the internet as being of any value in communicating with residents.

The second requirement is more difficult to resolve in that there is no simple way to establish who reads the websites and where they are situated, John has been able to obtain limited information about the visitors to his website.  While it is interesting to discover that his site is accessed from places such as Abu Dhabi, Brazil and Rumania it is impossible to determine which households in the Parish access his site.

More importantly, we do not know which households in the Parish have an active internet connection and if they do, whether they visit John or Jim’s sites.

Sadly, I cannot see a way forward and the Parish Council displays no interest in the question.

Graham Williams.

Parish Communications

I sometimes think that the question of communication must be the hardest concept to grasp because everyone has a full understanding of what is meant by the word and assumes that everyone else has the same understanding!

Communication within our parish is, to say the least, fragmented and sporadic.

John maintains this website and there is the official village website maintained by Jim Williams but as we have no knowledge of which households view these sites they can hardly be described as an effective method of communication.

This is no reflection on the people who maintain the websites, they can only display what they receive and as the “Events” section of Jim’s website shows either the Village Hall is totally inactive or the people who run or use the Village Hall see no advantage in using his website to publicise their activities.

There can be no understanding of how much the community makes use of the two websites unless readers indicate that they have visited a site by leaving a simple comment.  I believe that there is reluctance from some residents to let it be known that they make use of the sites, perhaps John and Jim can devise a way for readers to communicate anonymously.

Graham Williams

Beautiful Beacon 2

Following the report and photo’s sent to us by Caroline, Colin Hall has now provided th e following report, with a promise of more photo’s to follow:

The Armistice Day Beacon lit at 7pm on Sunday 11November at Sellet Bank was a tremendous success. Well over 120 guests, after enjoying drinks and barbecue at Sellet Hall made their way to the summit of Sellet Bank to witness both Lady Kimber and Eric Pelter light what can only be described as the most impressive conflagration in the Lune Valley!

Blessed with fine weather the concerted joint effort from the PCC, VH Committee, PC and individuals too numerous to mention more than met expectations with a grand total of £1050 being raised by donations for the Help for Heroes charity

The organisers would like to thank all those involved in contributing so much time and energy to help commemorate such an important occasion

Regards

Colin Hall