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April 2011:

Tintinhull Community Plan for Tintinhull residents

Community Consultation The following article appeared in the April 2011 edition of the Village magazine. Since starting work in February the Steering Committee, formed from volunteers who put themselves forward at the January Open Day, has met 4 times. Charged with developing what is more commonly known as a Parish Plan, the Committee has agreed to title our plan the TINTINHULL COMMUNITY PLAN (TCP). Therefore the Committee will be known as the TCP STEERING COMMITTEE. The purpose of the Plan is to give everyone in our community the opportunity to influence the development of their surroundings. The TCP will evolve and look forward at least 10 years and will also include an action plan to achieve the defined and agreed objectives. Evaluation of the mass of data from January’s Open Day continues. Scheduled to conclude the first round within a few weeks, this will have rationalised all the information and identified the main issues under each of the Open Day headings. It is clear that further consultations within the community will be essential. As an example, with a low level of input at the Open day, the involvement and views of the youth within our community will need specific attention to ensure that they are included. A competition to design a village logo has been carried out within the village school and a winning design has been selected. This logo will be used for all literature pertaining to the Tintinhull Community Plan. A page has been created on the home page Village Web Site for TCP news where information will appear in due course. An initiative from the open day is to establish an Oil Purchase Group. Led by John Gower (Telephone 823521), he would welcome others to join the scheme, as the more that do then potentially the better the deal. Also from the open day there is now a Tintinhull e-mail group up and running, with 102 addresses being used in an 'ex-directory' manner to disseminate urgent and/or important notices. If others would like to join then please use the contact details below. New volunteers to help on the Steering Committee are most welcome, particularly younger villagers. If you can spare a couple of evenings a month to become involved in the future of our community then please contact either David Dalton on 824183 or Mike Eyre on 824550.

May 2011:

Tintinhull Community Plan for Tintinhull residents Tintinhull Community Plan (TCP) The following article appeared in the May 2011 edition of the Village magazine. Two further meetings of the TCP Steering Committee have taken place this month and the first phase of evaluating the data from January’s Open Day is complete. The data has been reduced into 13 major categories, with the 3 most significant being, Environment, Roads & Traffic, Crime / Disorder & Community Safety. However, it is very evident that there are some substantial gaps in the data gathered so far. To achieve a comprehensive set of information a further Community Consultation questionnaire and / or event will be required, in the next few months, to cover topics such as Housing needs, new activities (including support and volunteers for a Coffee shop) and most importantly to generate input from the youth of the village. A Mission Statement has been agreed as follows: “Our vision for the village is to develop a safe and crime free environment in which community projects and activities can thrive. Through the involvement of all generations, families and individuals alike, we will create a progressive village that will encourage sensible growth without losing the close community spirit that is the hallmark of a friendly and welcoming atmosphere” Another initiative that came from the open day is to establish a Baby Sitting Circle, for which further information will appear next month. Volunteers to help on the Steering Committee will be most welcome, particularly younger villagers. If you can spare one or two evenings a month to become involved in the future of our community then please contact either David Dalton on 824183 or Mike Eyre on 824550.

July 2011:

Tintinhull Community Plan for Tintinhull residents Tintinhull Community Plan (TCP) The following article appeared in the July 2011 edition of the Village magazine. Progress by the TCP Steering Committee is focussed on developing actions and solutions for issues raised at the open day and consultation sessions. The intention is to establish a realistic way ahead for all issues and to make that information available to everyone in Tintinhull. Ultimately the outcomes will be formulated into the Community Plan. As mentioned last month a major part of work is to ‘fill gaps’ and complete the information collection about the Community and Village for the future Plan. To achieve this we are working with the Community Council for Somerset to devise a survey which will be delivered and collected from each household in the Parish. The aim is to carry out the survey in September. There will be a further update on the details next month. The initiative to establish a Baby Sitting Circle is being led by Emma O’Donnell (Contact Tel No 829218 or by E-mail. Emma would very much welcome others to join the scheme, with the aim being to help each other. If you know of others who may wish to become involved, then please forward this information to them. The Parish Council is investigating the provision of Notice Board on Montacute Road, an issue raised during the community consultation events In addition to the Oil Purchase scheme detailed in May there has been interested in other Bulk Purchase schemes, eg Pet Food and Wine. If interested, particularly if willing to lead such a scheme, then initially please contact us, see details below. Village Welcome Pack – It is the intention to establish a Welcome Pack for people moving to the village. The contents of which will include a welcome letter, general information about the village, contact details for the many activities (eg swimming pool, Pheonix, Drama group) etc. The village logo, first mentioned in May, is almost finished and it will then be used for future work associated with the TCP. Further volunteers to help on the Steering Committee are still most welcome to join us, particularly younger villagers. If you can spare one or two evenings a month to become involved in the future of our community then please contact either David Dalton on 824183 or Mike Eyre on 824550. As well as this monthly article further information will be available on the Village website at www.tintinhull.org.uk. Amongst other items, the website will eventually contain a monthly update, focus for specific groups eg Baby Sitting circle, Oil Purchase Group etc and The Community Plan.

August 2011:

Tintinhull Community Plan for Tintinhull residents Tintinhull Community Plan (TCP) The following article appeared in the August 2011 edition of the Village magazine. The main focus this month has been developing the Tintinhull Parish Survey questionnaire to provide vital information on the requirements and needs of the village. Predominantly the questionnaire will cover demographics, housing, youth, activities and health & wellbeing. The questionnaire, which will be anonymous, will be delivered to every household in the week commencing the 12 Sep, followed by collection 2 weeks later. The questionnaire is being developed in conjunction with the Community Council for Somerset. Similar questionnaires have been used in other Somerset communities to develop their Community Plans and have proved invaluable. To avoid any confusion with previous questionnaires please note that this one concerns the future requirements of the whole village, including those of all parishioners and what plans need to be developed to achieve them. This is a much broader exercise than that conducted recently on the future of the Village Hall and the potential activities etc which it may provide. The seat being provisioned by the Parish Council for the Rec is expected to be in place by the end of July. Similarly provisioning of the Montacute Road Notice Board is in discussion with the local residents. Provision of the information about the TCP, specific focus groups etc is expected to be included on the Village website www.tintinhull.org.uk by the end of July.

September 2011:

Tintinhull Community Plan for Tintinhull residents Tintinhull Community Plan (TCP) The following article appeared in the September 2011 edition of the Village magazine. The village logo above has been designed by a pupil at St Margaret’s School. It represents a ‘view’ of the village and residents young and old. We hope that the logo will be adopted for use on all village information. Tintinhull Parish Survey questionnaire has now been finalised and will provide vital information on the requirements and needs of the village. It will be delivered to all homes within the village during the first week in October and collected the following week of the 10 October. As mentioned in last month s magazine, the questionnaire will predominantly cover housing, youth, activities and health & wellbeing. The TCP Steering Committee considers your input to be vital for the development of the Tintinhull Community Plan. Your answers will help fill the gaps in the information gathered during the Community Consultation in January.

October 2011:

Tintinhull Community Plan for Tintinhull residents Tintinhull Community Plan (TCP) The following article appeared in the October 2011 edition of the Village magazine. Survey - As detailed last month the Tintinhull Community Plan Survey questionnaire will be delivered to every home within the village during the week beginning the 3 October and collected the following week. Your help by completing the questionnaire will greatly assist with formulating future requirements and needs for our village and inhabitants. Information supplied with the questionnaire will explain the requirement, how to complete it and how to return it once complete. There will also be contact details provided should the proposed collection be inconvenient and for answering any additional questions you may have to assist you with completing the questionnaire. The information gathered will address the information gaps in the previous consultations and will predominantly cover housing, youth, activities and health & wellbeing. Traffic calming measures for Tintinhull have been shortlisted for implementation in Somerset County Council's programme of Local Transport Improvement Schemes for 2011/2012. Information gathered at the village Jan 11 consultation was used to help justify the application by the Parish Council. The Management Company for the Glove Factory on Montacute Road have responded positively to the request by the local residents for a community notice board. Although rather than have a second board on the same site, as there is already a Parish Council one, it has been proposed to replace the existing board with something larger, to serve both purposes. The Parish Council is now trying to source a suitable item. Community help – The TCP committee has launched an initiative to explore the possibility of a Tintinhull "self help" programme for some of the various odd jobs faced by the community as a whole. The Parish Council regularly has to use village funds to tackle seemingly mundane work and over the year it can add up to a sizeable amount. The jobs inevitably are not particularly complex and are the typical handyman jobs we all occur in everyday life. As you are aware the TCP is an all encompassing vehicle to benefit our village environment in the widest possible sense. The purpose of this initiative is to assess the willingness of volunteers to assist with tackling some of the jobs we will encounter. Apart from the financial benefit to us all in minimising Parish Council expenditure, we believe it is a very good opportunity for all areas (and ages) of the village to come together on a social basis when undertaking these tasks and will enhance an already vibrant community spirit. If you have any particular skills you think might be helpful (perhaps you are handy with plumbing and could help fix a tap in the swimming pool toilets for example, or you could assist with picking up materials with a trailer etc) then by all means highlight this. If we get an idea of the skill sets and depth of support for this we will know if it has potential to grow. Please do not feel you will be badgered with endless tasks and phone calls of a DIY nature! It really is a first stab at looking at our own DIY Big Society effort. Our first project is trying to tackle Willey Lane footpath, running from Queen St corner at the bottom of the rec up to Church St. Following the removal of a dilapidated fence years back the path is covered in a deep layer of very slippery mud from late autumn and is a real problem for mums with young children/pushchairs not to mention very dangerous for any older folks trying to navigate it. We would like to dig this back and put some railway sleepers in as a barrier to the mud thereby providing a safe and passable surface for all. If you feel you would like to assist with this please contact either of the following via email, Tim Olivey by EMail or David Dalton by Email, and we will plan the task accordingly. With enough volunteers it is an afternoon’s work and it would be great to complete this before the winter is truly upon us. Thanking you in anticipation of your support.

November 2011:

Tintinhull Community Plan for Tintinhull residents Tintinhull Community Plan (TCP) The following article appeared in the November 2011 edition of the Village magazine. Most of the Tintinhull Parish Survey questionnaires have now been collected and initial indications are that the returns have exceeded 65%, which is very good news. So thank you to all those who made the time and effort to complete the questionnaire and for providing their views and comments on the future needs of our village. Thank you also to those who helped with the delivery, collection and collation of the questionnaires. The information will now be entered into a database and subjected to detailed analysis. As determined by the responses, and analysis, the results will be used to inform on the future requirements and their priorities, which will be used to inform the Tintinhull Community Plan. The collated information will also be made available for all villagers to view. It also appears that a significant number of villagers have volunteered to help with current and future activities, which is particularly promising and bodes well for their future success. The initiative to explore 'self-help' for various odd jobs faced by the community has produced sufficient response to tackle its first project, namely improvements to Willey Lane. The date has yet to be fixed, as there is a need to arrange for the necessary materials to be available. However, it is anticipated that the work will be completed in the next few weeks, and certainly before winter starts.

December 2011:

Tintinhull Community Plan for Tintinhull residents Tintinhull Community Plan (TCP) The following article appeared in the December 2011 edition of the Village magazine. Analysis of the survey returns is well underway and the response rate has been confirmed as 65%, which is considered to be very good rate of return, with the quality of data receiving complementary comments from the Community Council for Somerset. So again thank you to all those who made the effort to complete the questionnaire. The results will form an invaluable source of information for developing our community plan. Some initial points of interest are the strength of feeling for certain things eg: Post Office 74% Coffee shop and café for people of all ages 65% Christmas Fair 60% Youth Club Under 11’s 66% 11-17 age group 62% Activities during school holidays (inc Half Term) 58% Another positive note is that 83 people (18% of respondents) were willing to help with activities in the village. A further 32% replied as ‘Don’t Knows’. The priority now is to consolidate all of the information gathered from the survey into a cohesive plan for comment and publication. Whilst this work is completed, volunteers are asked to bear with us and although they may not be contacted in the very near term they will be as the way forward becomes clearer. The goal being to engage as much of that volunteer effort as possible for the benefit of the whole community, which may encourage many of the ‘don’t knows’ to become actively involved. The analysis of the survey will appear on the Village web site in due course. Oil Purchase Group – As a follow up on a previous item, discussions with the Community Council for Somerset, who have launched their own countywide purchase scheme, has resulted in agreement in principle that interested Tintinhull Oil Purchasers can individually join that scheme. John Gower will act is local coordinator, unless someone else wishes to take on the role. If you want to know more then please go to oil scheme, but in any case, if interested in joining, please contact John (Tel 823521). Funded by Awards for All, it is planned to have a new sound and visual system fitted in the Village Hall by Christmas. Following this achievement it is intended to establish a film club in the New Year. More news next month. Willey Lane – By the time you read this article community volunteers should have completed the work to improve access through the lane. This will be a notable achievement to improve an area, which at this time of year in particular, can be a difficult and dangerous area under foot.

January 2012:

Tintinhull Community Plan for Tintinhull residents Tintinhull Community Plan (TCP) The following article appeared in the January 2012 edition of the Village magazine. Included at the end of last month’s article was a reference to the community effort in November to remedy the access through Willey Lane. This was a notable success when 25 men, women and children gave up their Saturday to clear the entire path of debris, mud and vegetation. In addition, a barrier has been fixed to prevent further ‘run-off’ during adverse weather. Some photos below show the happy workers and the results. Other projects are to be considered for future improvements elsewhere in the village.

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Amalgamation of the survey results and previous data gathering has been completed by the TCP committee and efforts are now being focussed on the development of the Plan. Some quick wins are being taken forward: Ramblers - Peter Touch has arranged a meeting in the Village hall for Friday 27 Jan at 7 pm. All those who expressed an interest, either in the survey or would like to take part, are invited to come along. Noting that 105 parishioners expressed an interest. Gardening Club - Discussions are taking place with Chilthorne, to co-ordinate a way forward, as currently half the Chilthorne Gardening Club members are from Tintinhull and the impact of forming one in Tintinhull could have be a significant impact on Chilthorne. Noting that the number of Tintinhull residents expressing an interest is 103. Youth voice - A significant part of the recent survey was to gain the views of our younger residents. The results have indicated a number of requirements and a need to establish a Youth Voice in the village to focus this input and to ensure full account is taken of it in any future decision making. Addressing youth needs is an important element of the TC Plan and further efforts will be made to ensure they are fully engaged. Anyone interested in exploring this further is asked to contact Tim Olivey by email Sports focus - There was a significant interest in forming a cricket team (92 indicated an interest), plus coaching. Whilst the Village team only folded a few years ago, this was significantly due to volunteer effort required to prepare and maintain the wicket. To alleviate this problem, an investigation is underway to see if it can be included with the playing field ground maintenance contract. Temporary football ground fencing can be removed for cricket matches. Although not achievable in the short-term it is clear that the MUGA, which requires significant investment and work, would satisfy a number of highly popular activities, as indicated in the survey, eg Netball (30 residents expressed an interest). This will be taken forward as a priority by investigating the renovation of the MUGA. The analysis of the survey will be on the website by the end of January, along with other information relevant to the Tintinhull Community Plan, with regular additions thereafter to include news and updates. Efforts to source a combined notice board for Montacute Road are ongoing by the Parish Council. By the time you read this a new sound and vision system should have been fitted in the Village Hall, the week before Christmas. Returns on the village survey indicated 164 people were interested in a Film Club. Once successfully installed and commissioned efforts to start Film Nights will commence.

February 2012:

Tintinhull Community Plan for Tintinhull residents Tintinhull Community Plan (TCP) Through December and January the TCP committee has been taking individual responsibility for specific elements of the survey results, and developing the relevant draft chapter for the Community Plan. This is expected to take a couple of months to complete, prior to a draft plan being presented to the Parish Council. Some further initial observations from the survey: Housing – The desire is for single or small developments of low cost, particularly for those with local ties. Although there was a strong desire for conversion of redundant buildings. Outdoor sports facilities. Not surprisingly there was a greater than 50% desire for more outdoor sports facilities for the under 18’s. There was a greater than 10%, ie > 100 respondents who wanted organised activities for the 11-17 year olds in football, cricket, tennis*, netball and basketball. * For anyone unaware a Tennis Club already exists in the village. Further information, including coaching, is available from either Rupert Horsington – 825978 or John Smeeton – 825627, or on the Village website at Tennis Club All of the above will be reviewed and incorporated into the plans. Whilst many offered their help by supplying their details with the survey, anyone else interested in helping establish the above activities are most welcome and should contact David Dalton, Tel 824183. By the time you read this the full survey results should be on the village website as part of the Tintinhull Community Plan section. This section will eventually include the Plan itself. The new sound and vision system has been completed and commissioned in the Village Hall. It has already been used on several occasions and is available to users as part of hiring of the hall. Briefings on its use will be arranged at the time of booking the hall through Eileen Boucher, Tel 823570. It is now the intention to form a Film Club and those who volunteered in the Survey returns will be contacted to help launch the club.

March 2012:

Tintinhull Community Plan for Tintinhull residents

Tintinhull Community Plan - March 2012 This is the latest Community Plan article to be published in the current edition of Tintinhull Village magazine Development of the Community Plan – Draft chapters Preparation of the chapters together with other information for inclusion in the Plan is progressing well and it is anticipated that the first complete draft will be available for review within four to six weeks and presented to the Parish Council. Carer Support One outcome from the village survey questionnaire was that 47 respondents stated they were carers and 13 stated they would like to join a local support group. It has been established that there is a Carers’ Support Group for Yeovil and the surrounding area which meets on the second Thursday of each month (10.30 am to 12 noon). Refreshments are served and most months there is a guest speaker. The venue has recently changed and meetings from Thursday 9 March will now be held at the Birchfield Hall in Yeovil. You will be made extremely welcome and a Carers’ Support Worker is present to give professional help and advice. The co-ordinator is Malcolm Campbell, Yeovil 478032, who will be very pleased to hear from anyone who may like to come along. Web site The Tintinhull Community Plan element of the village website is now populated and can be accessed via the village web site at www.tintinhull.org.uk/, followed by selecting Tintinhull Community Plan from the Community Plan drop down menu. The site includes various elements of information eg the Oct 11 survey questionnaire results, Community Plan monthly update articles, bulk buying initiatives, who is on the TCP committee etc. So please have a look, although at present moving between pages can be slow, but it is hoped that a remedy will soon be available. Welcome and information pack for new arrivals into the village A pack containing relevant information is being developed and will be delivered to all parish newcomers. It is intended to include general information about the village, activities (including contacts), amenities and what is available locally, be it essentials (newspapers, milk, post office) or local businesses. Any suggestions for inclusion in the Pack would be most welcome and can be forwarded to David Dalton by email Note - The monthly magazine is available by subscription and can be arranged by contacting the Editor - Derek Ford via e mail

April 2012:

Tintinhull Community Plan for Tintinhull residents

Community Consultation The following article appeared in the April 2011 edition of the Village magazine. Since starting work in February the Steering Committee, formed from volunteers who put themselves forward at the January Open Day, has met 4 times. Charged with developing what is more commonly known as a Parish Plan, the Committee has agreed to title our plan the TINTINHULL COMMUNITY PLAN (TCP). Therefore the Committee will be known as the TCP STEERING COMMITTEE. The purpose of the Plan is to give everyone in our community the opportunity to influence the development of their surroundings. The TCP will evolve and look forward at least 10 years and will also include an action plan to achieve the defined and agreed objectives. Evaluation of the mass of data from January’s Open Day continues. Scheduled to conclude the first round within a few weeks, this will have rationalised all the information and identified the main issues under each of the Open Day headings. It is clear that further consultations within the community will be essential. As an example, with a low level of input at the Open day, the involvement and views of the youth within our community will need specific attention to ensure that they are included. A competition to design a village logo has been carried out within the village school and a winning design has been selected. This logo will be used for all literature pertaining to the Tintinhull Community Plan. A page has been created on the home page Village Web Site for TCP news where information will appear in due course. An initiative from the open day is to establish an Oil Purchase Group. Led by John Gower (Telephone 823521), he would welcome others to join the scheme, as the more that do then potentially the better the deal. Also from the open day there is now a Tintinhull e-mail group up and running, with 102 addresses being used in an 'ex-directory' manner to disseminate urgent and/or important notices. If others would like to join then please use the contact details below. New volunteers to help on the Steering Committee are most welcome, particularly younger villagers. If you can spare a couple of evenings a month to become involved in the future of our community then please contact either David Dalton on 824183 or Mike Eyre on 824550.

May 2012:

Tintinhull Community Plan for Tintinhull residents

Tintinhull Community Plan - May 2012 This is the latest Community Plan article to be published in the current edition of Tintinhull Village magazine Development of the Community Plan Three main elements have been the focus this month: 1. The TC Plan, having been adopted by the Parish Council, is now with SSDC for comment. A response is keenly awaited to enable progress towards getting the plan published. The plan will be delivered to each household and Steering Committee developing it anticipate there being a village open meeting at which the plan will be presented, including an opportunity for questions on points of clarification. 2. A flyer is being finalised for delivery to each household in June. This leaflet will answer a specific object identified during the consultations and survey about availability of village information and will include, details about the village website and contents, members of the Parish Council with their respective portfolios, dissemination of information on noticeboards etc. 3. The Village Welcome Pack. From June it is intended to have the Pack available for delivery to new arrivals in the village. The pack will include a complimentary copy of the Village magazine and other relevant information to enable new residents to settle into the village knowing where to get information and help. Gardening Club A successful initial Gardening Club meeting was held on the 13 April with 33 attendees and 7 apologies. A group of 4 volunteers will now work to establish the way forward, including future meetings and a programme of events etc. If there is anyone who did not make the meeting and is interested in joining in then please contact Jo Slade on 823916. Note - The monthly magazine is available by subscription and can be arranged by contacting the Editor - Derek Ford via e mail.

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