A huge “thank you” to five parishioners who have volunteered to man the Covid-19 helpline number on a rota between the hours of 8am and 6pm every day. They will be able to allocate help from the pool of 140 local volunteers so if you need support or know someone who does, please don’t hesitate to call:
07502 984986 between the hours of 8am – 6pm every day
Coronavirus update – community support plan
In what is undoubtedly going to be a difficult time for everyone, we wanted to make you aware of the action that has been taken by the Parish Council, along with village volunteers, to help residents who are in need over the coming days and weeks.
Over the last couple of days you will have received a leaflet through the door providing contact details of a person from the village who has volunteered to help when needed, including shopping, posting mail, picking up prescriptions or just being around for a chat. Simply get in touch with this person and they will either help you themselves or will arrange for someone from the 120+ village volunteers to help you.
On top of this you can also get information or ask for help on the following Facebook pages:
The Parish Council page: https://www.facebook.com/PannalandBurnBridgeParishCouncil/
Pannal & Burn Bridge Coronavirus Community Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549458929255958/
Local Support Group website: https://www.pannalandburnbridgecovidsupport.co.uk/
If you would like to join over 120 people who have already volunteered to help please contact Jane Marlow, the Parish Clark, either by email email@example.com or by telephone or text on 07966 452224 or by landline 01765 658333.
We wish you all well during the coming days and weeks, and if you need any further information or require assistance please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the above contact details.
Our Parish Council was “born” in the week after local elections on May 5th 2016. This is the first time a council has existed in Pannal since way back before the Second World War. When there was no parish council, Pannal Village Society fought on behalf of residents against unsuitable and sometimes unscrupulous development plans for the past few decades. However, despite its many successes, it didn’t have the teeth or status to fight both developers and bureaucracy. What it did have, was the spirit and initiative to implement the process to get Pannal and Burn Bridge its own parish council. So now we have our own statutory body, approved by Harrogate Borough Council and through due process of consultation and democratic election, we have our council consisting of seven local councillors.
The business conducted in the council is according to a set of nationally accepted rules. This may sound very formal and indeed it has to be, so that democracy can be seen to be done in a consistent manner. However, that does not stop us from being a very approachable group of people. Your councillors come from all walks of life and being volunteers, perform their tasks purely for the good of the parish and without any remuneration. We want to hear from parishioners about things they feel need improving or indeed new suggestions for the benefit of the parish. Parishioners are most welcome at council meetings and indeed some have already been asked, or volunteered, to help out our parish council where they have special areas of expertise. If you have a suggestion, then please email the parish clerk or chairperson with the details. The current chairman is open for face-to-face discussion if you prefer not to put pen to paper or fingers to iPad. Then, it may be possible for your idea to be incorporated into the agenda and discussed in council and you could have the opportunity to promote it yourself.
Being a brand new parish council, we don’t have preconceived ideas and we’re happy to take advice and suggestions that will benefit our parish. As councillors, we have been elected to serve and represent our community. The enthusiasm shown in our Have Your Say, Questionnaire and Community-led Plan showed a real commitment from the village. Now you have got the parish council that an overwhelming majority wanted, please use it. We’re here to do our utmost for Pannal and Burn Bridge.