Mrs Overalls latest play – The Farce which is Anston parish council

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JOTTINGS FROM “A QUALITY PARISH COUNCIL!!”

Tell the children that the pantomime season is now well and truly over.

Our theatrical performers have now moved into a new genre. THE FARCE.

THE FARCE – which is – Anston Parish Council

Scene 1. Act 1

Question: Why did Cllr.Liz O’Brian do a cover up job for Iain St.John?
Answer: Maybe she practising to be a magician!

Question: Did she blush beetroot red whilst telling her very elaborate story – That Iain St.John did leave the room after he declared “An Interest!?”
Answer: YES – BRIGHT RED

Question: Did she turn round 180 degrees to see him leave the room?
Answer: NO: she had her back to the door.

Question: Did Iain St.John leave the room?
Answer: NO NO NO – Members of the public emphatically state – He walked over and stood looking at the map which is by the door but in the meeting room.

See Pantomime post of December 2011.

Lying, covering up, dissembling? – All part of the tatty tapestry that is Anston Parish Council.

Scene 1. Act 2

TOO MUCH INTEREST Councillor Joyce Brindley

Question: When did it become acceptable for a parish councillor to comment, in a meeting, about the private life of a member of the public, who was present?
Answer: Never – Cllr Joyce Brindley’s behaviour has in the past, been less than professional and she continues her spleen venting, this time on a member of the public.

Question: Should Cllr Joyce Brindley avail herself of some standards?
Answer: Yes she should – and that goes for the majority of this less than trustworthy lot.

She has been buying into false information – She should ask for a refund!

Scene 1. Act 3

Anston Village Green:

Question: Did a member of the public ask when the track on the south side was going to be repaired?
Answer: Yes

Queston: Did The Clerk, say it had been repaired?
Answer: Yes he did

Question: Was this contested?
Answer: Vehemently

Question: Did Anston Parish Council allow this track to be deliberately damaged & destroyed?
Answer: Oh yes, despite being advised, repeatedly.

Question: In the past did Robin Stonebridge say that he personally would not do any repairs on the village green until hell froze over?
Answer: Absolutely he did – discrimination again.

Question: Has not the Clerk, said in the past, the council have no obligation to repair this track?
Answer: Oh yes he has.

Question: Does Anston Parish Council have a duty to protect & maintain the Village Green which is vested in them?
Answer: Most certainly they do

Question: Then why did they allow a resident of Anston Village Green to systematically destroy the area?
Answer: Good question.

Watch this space good people and learn much more.

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This is Anston Parish Council’s repair!

End of Scene 1.

Scramble to the bar. We need a drink to fortify ourselves for what is to come.

Lights down, Curtain up.

Scene 2. Act.1

Litter:

Question: Did The Clerk say the Green had been litter picked that day?
Answer: Yes he did

Question: Then why is there still a substantial amount of litter on the perimeter that has been there for a very long time?
Answer: Because we are waiting for the wind of change! This then will blow it away!

Question: Did Chairman John Ireland say to the effect “There’s more to Anston than the Village Green. Would that be the Loyal Trooper public house by any chance?
Answer: Make up your own mind audience.

Scene 2. Act.2

Boy Wonder – Booming Beck

Question: Who is this young person trying to impress by booming out unimpressively loudly and aggressively?
Answer: Probably Iain St.John, It does appear he has donned his mantle, shame it’s not the cloak of invisibility.

Question: Does this boy not realise he is emulating Yesterday’s Men?
Answer: Does not care?

Question: Is it appropriate for Booming Beck and Judy Dalton (Vice Chair) to sit sniggering in a pathetic congratulatory way when Booming Beck has delivered one of his tirades?
Answer: NO – but then who cares about decorum – it is Anston Parish Council!

Scene 2. Act.3

The Hapless & Hopeless Chairman Ireland

Question: What on earth or moreover what planet, any planet, is he on?
Answer: Who knows – the only hope for Anston is that he will be sucked into a black hole!

Questions: Did he remain in his seat as Chair during a complaint against him?
Did a member of the public point out his error?
Did the Chairman refuse to take note of correct procedure?
Did he fail to ask for a seconder before evicting Cllr Thornton?
Did he say he didn’t need to?
Did he then realise he should have done so?
Did he then say he already had – and it was Joyce Brindley!!!?
Did he then over look Joyce Brindley “co-operating” with Iain St.John to say she had?
Did he then………………

Oh well – you get the picture

Answers: YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES & YES

Question: Who had planned the ambush?
Answer: Surely not Iain St.John!

Question: Did Joyce Brindley just happen to have her Standing Orders before her and open at Section 50?
Answer: Oh yes – You bet she did

And why – Because Cllr.Thornton was, yet again, pointing out the errors under which Anston Parish Council was operating.

To quote Corporal Jones – “They don’t like it up em sir.” Should that be cur?

SO HERE WE GO AGAIN – YES WE DO – YET AGAIN – yawn – and again

Voting to evict Cllr.Thornton from the meeting.

Question: Did Iain St.John turn in his chair to face Cllr Thornton as he was leaving?
Answer: Yes

Question: Was he grinning and gloating?
Answer: As a child might after a playground spat.

Question: Did Cllr St.John then become very full of himself and start showing off in the meeting?
Answer: Well what do you think

Question: Do we need to know he has been out on his bike?
Answer: Don’t give a twopenny toss – Not relevant to the meeting, like so much of what comes out of his mouth.

(Fado would have had endless material from this lot of “under” performers!)

HOW VERSATILE THIS LOT ARE! Now from Farce to Tragedy

THE TRAGEDY

That Anston has this majority of under performers, playing to and for benefit of The Master Puppeteer.

Question: Has Chairman Ireland admitted to being Ian St.John’s puppet?
Answer: Oh yes, on a number of occasions.

Well we will see how Anston Parish Council is themed at it’s next performance. Come, come and see, if you can stand it. Why should we suffer alone? A good night out! Entrance free.

Lights up – curtain down – NO THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE AND PLEEEEZE NO ENCORE

To paraphrase Rogerson:

If drama were a person (St.John)
He would be a stern and noble fellow (Not)
If it was a comedy (St.John)
He would be a jovial chap (Not)
But if it were a tragedy (Most definitely)
He would be like a solemn girl. (Sure thing)

If drama were a tree (St.John)
He would be a grand old oak. (What a joke)
If it were a comedy (St.John)
He would be the merry beech (Nut)
But if it were tragedy (Most definitely)
He would be a weeping willow. (Surely Twisted Willow!)

Goodnight All

Mrs Overall

The Players:
Michael Gazur – clerk
Martin Crowther
Joyce Brindley
Liz Bridges
Liz O Brien
Clive Jepson
John Ireland
Judy Dalton
Dominic Beck
Steve Baker
Gordon Jarvis
Stuart Thornton
Iain St John

Supporting Cast:
Mr D Smith and his Professional Heckler Mr Brian Lewis – Dave Smith did not speak.
Bill Brindley husband of Joyce Brindley. At odds/verbally aggressive/confrontational with Brian Lewis.
The Chairman allowed Bill Brindley to speak at will, despite not being a parish councillor, his status at the meeting was that of a member of the public. He certainly should not have had a go at Stuart Thornton.
The Chairman – Ireland, as you might expect, did bugger all about it!

Representatives of The Brethren were there!! But did not speak!

In Anston the pantomime season lasts all year!

Acorn Antiques January 2012

Reflections on Meetings of Anston Parish Council by Mrs Overall.

4th January Charity Meeting

It was a calm night – no wind blowing.

It was calm at the Parish Charity Meeting – no hot air!

In fact there seems to have been a lot of charity at this meeting!

Question: Is this their New Year’s Resolution?

Answer: We will have to wait and see

Question: Or – was it because Cllr.St.John was absent

Answer: Damned sure it was.

16th January Finance Meeting – Democracy in Action!

Agenda Item: 7a

To discuss allowing the public to query parish business, by asking questions at Wednesday Finance Meetings.

Cllr Beck – Strongly & loudly against the public asking questions regarding items on the Agenda.

Question: Why is he so against receiving verbal questions from the electorate he is supposed to represent?

Answer: He wants the public to write a letter to the clerk within 4 working days from the publication of the Agenda –

Question: Do all the public have access to a computer?

Answer: No

Question: What was the solution Cllr Beck came up with?

Answer: Oh! Truck on down to the Recourse Centre (Dinnington – next village)

Doesn’t matter if you are aged, disabled etc this 19 year old boy/young man, obviously has no thought for those parishioners.

Agenda Item: 7b

Cllr Beck – Strongly & loudlyTrying to allow councillors to speak and express a view on items they have a prejudicial interest in, at the beginning of the meeting

Question: Has he not read the Model Code of Conduct 2007 which clearly states Members are not allowed to speak unless the public are so allowed?

Answer: Code of Conduct – Why bother? None of the other Labour councillors do –

AND THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE COULD NOT CARE LESS.

Councillor Beck – Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

Another pleasant Meeting!

Question: Who was absent

Answer: Iain St.John

Arrived @ 7.20pm – Robin Stonebridge!

Parish Council Meeting: 16 January 2012

Litter: On the Village Green

Question: When is this going to be addressed along with other matters on the Village Green?

Answer: Reader – We will keep you posted, don’t hold your breath – it took 25 years to get a wall repaired. However we are on the case!

Tra La – Enter Iain St.John @ 7.45pm –

Question: Why did he not take the empty chair next to Cllr Thornton

Answer: Preferred to find a chair and squash up to Cllrs Beck & Stonebridge

3 Wise Monkeys? (Hear all, see all, say nowt! Perhaps?)

A chill now enters the room – Charity leaves by the window.

Dangerous parking near Hillcrest School

Well done new Cllr Gordon Jarvis for taking a pro-active stance, showing concern for the people you represent. Not so well done Borough Cllr. Dalton for trying to hijack the issue.

Cllr. Thornton proposed the Parish Council send a letter to RMBC Highways

Voted in favour unanimously.

Dangerous pavement at Church Farm development South Anston

Well done again new Councillor Gordon Jarvis

Question: Did Cllr Dalton try to hijack this subject as well?

Answer: Yes and backed up by Iain St.John.

Cllr. Thornton proposed the Parish Council write to Highways.

Question: Was this defeated.

Answer: Oh yes it was!

Question: Why did Four (4) Labour councillors look at each other and hesitantly raise their hands to vote this proposal down.

Comment – Nothing like voting for the Labour Party said Cllr. Thornton

(Great Uproar from Labour)

Question: Why did Chairman Ireland say he found the remark offensive?

Answer: Who knows and would Chairman Ireland know!

Cllr Thornton said “Because you find it offensive does not mean it is.”

Wait for it – Here we go again………………….

So what did Cllr St.John say next – Comes in from the sidelines saying AGAIN – We have rules to evict councillors from meetings if they constantly disagree with the chairman.

Unprompted!!! Chairman Ireland picks up the rule book says “I would like someone to propose that Mr Thornton leaves the meeting.

THE SILENCE WAS DEAFENING

Question: Why did we have, yet again, all this nonsense about evicting Cllr Thornton?

Answer: Chairman Ireland does as he is told/prompted!

Final comment from Cllr St.John – “I am not personally rude to people”

Sharp intake of collective breath – Oh yeeeeeer

Poor Mr Lewis – it caused him to have a severe coughing bout!

Well although relatively quiet & civil (up until a certain point!)

Let us see how long the New Year’s Resolution lasts.

Goodnight All – Mrs Overall

South Anston by-election results and congratulations

THE SOUTH WARD OF ANSTON PARISH COUNCIL

GORDON JARVIS  –  INDEPENDENT  –  CONGRATULATIONS

Many Congratulations Gordon Jarvis on winning the seat in the South Anston Ward.

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Congratulations to the people of South Anston for voting in:

An honest, reliable, committed and totally independent candidate.

Number of Votes:
GEE, Anthony            Independent        78 votes
JARVIS, Gordon        Independent       460 votes

A resounding victory.

We are sure Gordon will represent us, the people of South Anston with all his skill and integrity

All Best Wishes & Regards

Monica & Peter Barnes
South Anston