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Notice of Casual Vacancy for Benington Parish Council

Notice is hereby given that by reason of the death of Lloyd Jones a vacancy has occurred among the members of the Parish Council. Any person willing to fill this vacancy should apply to the Clerk in writing on or before 28th April, 2014. The applicant’s name must appear on the current register of the Voters List or the applicant should during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date have resided in or within three miles of the parish or the applicant’s only place of work during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date is in the parish. The applicant must not be debarred from standing as a Councillor.

PUBLIC elections cannot be held until the year 2015 but for the interim period the present sitting Councillors may co-opt to fill the vacancy.

If you are interested in applying, please contact -
Pamela Harrison, Clerk to Benington Parish Council
Meadow House 88 Whempstead Road Benington Herts SG2 7DE Tel: 01438 869664

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It was with great sadness that Benington Parish Council announced the sudden death of Lloyd Jones on Sunday, 9 February 2014.

Lloyd was Chairman of the Council for 11 years and a Councillor for 12 years. He will be very sorely missed for all his hard work, much of it unseen, and his great character. The funeral was held at 1:30pm, Monday 24 February 2014 at St Peter's Church, Benington.

H E Lloyd Jones 1943-2014

It is with great sorrow that we have to report that Lloyd Jones passed away in his sleep on Sunday the 9th of February aged just 70.

As the local builder Lloyd was a well known and respected member of the community. Lloyd had many loves in his life. These included Wales, Rugby, Pubs, Building and Benington. Lloyds father Bert came to Benington from Pembrokeshire in the 1930's. In due course he met and married Milly Pearman.

They had Sybil in 1938 and Lloyd in 1943 both of whom were born in the village. Bert worked for several employers in Benington. During the war he worked at Braceys (now Ernest Doe). He then went on to work on the famous de Havilland Mosquito. After the war Bert began a building business.

After secondary school in Hertford Lloyd began work as an apprentice plumber and could vividly recall being put on the very heavy job of thread cutting steel heating pipe using only hand tools. After his apprenticeship he began work with Bert. As the local builders Bert and Lloyd built many houses in Benington and worked at some point on most of the rest. Until recently both of their names were inscribed in the lead work on the Church tower roof.

Outside of work Lloyd was a keen Cricketer and keyboard player. But his main interest was Rugby. He was a talented full back and he played for Hertford. After retiring from the Hertford Rugby Club first team Lloyd remained fully immersed in HRFC activities. He was a passionate Welsh Rugby supporter and was well known for his regular trips to see Wales play. Often appearing some days later, slightly dishevelled, exultant or philosophical, depending on the Welsh performance.

Lloyd was also a dedicated supporter of Benington and gave freely of his time and resources. This could include repairs to the Methodist Chapel, pouring a base for a new bench or bus stop or helping with building advice. For the past II years he was chairman of the Parish Council and devoted much of his time to its smooth running.

But for many of us Lloyd wiIl be fondly remembered as a lover of life. His happy enjoyment of life's pleasures and keen sense of the ridiculous were an example to everyone. Being in his company was always an uplifting experience. Many of us will have enjoyed a few pints in Lloyds company. His easy, well informed conversation and enjoyable ability to become almost incapacitated with laughter will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts are with Sue, Sybil and the rest of Lloyds' family.

Richard Bott

Benington Village Community Shop

The Development Group for the Village Shop met on 22nd October with a representative from The Plunkett Foundation who gave some very valuable advice concerning the work to be undertaken to establish the shop. She suggested a visit to another community shop in Essex to hear how they managed to establish their community shop in the small village. In the meantime the group are working on designing the shop building and obtaining quotations for the build/installation of a temporary building, subject to obtaining planning permission.

Fundraising: There is a selection of jams, jellies, chutneys and marmalade for sale in the Village Hall to start our fundraising. Ifanyone has any surplus preserves they would be happy to donate for sale please let me know.

If anyone have any surplus fruit to give away to make jams or jellies for sale to start the fundraising for the shop, please give me a call and I will come and collect. 01438 869 468

Christine Brown

Village Diary
1 Benington Whist Club, Village Hall, 2:00pm
1 Mobile Library (see stopping points) (fortnightly Tuesdays)
2 Knit & Craft Group, Village Hall, 1:30pm
8 Annual Parochial Church Meeting, Village Hall, 7:30pm
12 Saturday Club, Village Hall, 2:00pm
15 Benington Whist Club, Village Hall, 2:00pm
15 Mobile Library (see stopping points) (fortnightly Tuesdays)
16 Benington & Walkern Gardening Club, Village Hall, 7:30pm
18 Good Friday Litter Pick, The Green 2:00pm
22 Tuesday Club, Village Hall, 2:00 - 4:00pm
24 Lunch Club, Village Hall, 12:15pm
29 Mobile Library (see stopping points) (fortnightly Tuesdays)
29 Benington Whist Club, Village Hall, 2:00pm
13 Mobile Library (see stopping points) (fortnightly Tuesdays)
14 Annual Parish Council and Annual Parish Meetings, The School 7:30pm
22 Lunch Club, Village Hall, 12:15pm
27 Mobile Library (see stopping points) (fortnightly Tuesdays)
27 Benington Whist Club, Village Hall, 2:00pm

Mobile Library Stopping Points

14.:20 - 14:40
Old School Green

14:50 - 15:20
Ernest Doe

More information
0300 123 4049
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Coffee Drop In
Every Thursday
Parish Hall 9-11.30am

Benington Playgroup
Village Hall 12:30-3pm
2nd and 4th Friday in the month


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