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PARISH COUNCIL: A leaflet distributed around the parish commented the parish council had no intention of consulting parishioners until the phase 2 study is completed. This is quite true as Sitlington Parish Council has nothing further to report. The study will not be done unless grants are found for it and it will not cost the parish council anything. If the study shows that there is little value in having wind turbines the scheme will be abandoned so there will be no need for a consultation. However, if the scheme is viable, the income to the parish council will be considerable, and all the facts will be presented to the parishioners during a consultation period. Parish council meetings, anyway, are open to the public, advertised on the parish notice boards, and residents can attend and listen to the discussions and the decisions made. People who did so would also know about how much the parish council is likely to pay for Netherton Sports and Social Club and how it is projected to run as a self-financing community centre.

NETHERTON J&I: The pyjama day at school raised more than £300 for Children in Need and the collections at the various Christmas concerts raised over £400, which will be used to support music and drama in the school. The school is one of the few schools in the district to be accepted as a member of the Get Set network, the official London 2012 education programme. Children have already been learning about the games and the Olympic and Paralympic values. Over the coming months more work will be linked to the games. Hopefully the school will be visited by a number of top athletes.

BUSES: December is always a dodgy month for punctuality and in total I travelled on 46 buses of which 35 were on time (76 per cent). Five buses were only five minutes late (11 per cent) and the worst bus was 20 minutes late. All the late buses were from Centrebus but the one bus that did not turn up at all was from Arriva. Most of the buses I travelled on were Centrebus (35 in total) and 25 were on time (71 per cent).

BOWLS: The bowling section of Denby Grange Sports and Social Club is holding its annual meeting on Tuesday January 17 at 8pm at the Black Swan, Overton.

ST LUKE’S TINY TOTS: This parent and toddler group meets in term-time on Tuesday and Friday, 9.30am-11.30am, at St Luke’s Church Hall, Old Road, Middlestown. The £1.50 charge includes tea, toast, biscuits and juice. For further details contact Suzanne on 07949 029032. Help is always wanted and donations of unwanted games and toys are always welcome.