Sedlescombe Street

Sedlescombe Parish Council

Minutes 1936-1944 extracts

  

15.06.1936

Col. W E Hume-Spray DSO to attend a meeting to explain details on Air Raid Precautions.

19.04.1937

Parish Council asked to select person to be in charge of Air Raid Precautions in the Parish.  Major Briggs put forward.

17.01.1938

Booklet received from Medical Officer of Health “The Protection of Foodstuffs against Poison Gas”.

18.07.1938

Major Briggs gave up appointment re Air Raid Precautions and nominated Mr W F Thomas.

17.10.1938

from Home Office re “Billeting of Children” – unsatisfactory arrangements made locally during the crisis last year.

19.01.1939

Letter to be sent to Mr W F Thomas expressing appreciation of the work done re Air Raid Precautions during the recent crisis.

19.01.1939

Chairman outlined government scheme whereby it was necessary to appoint a Chief Billeter and 8 visitors to ascertain how many children could be conveniently accommodated.

16.10.1939

Because of war conditions, Council considered whether work on kerbing the Village Green should continue.

16.10.1939

No telephone for communications with Mr W F Thomas, The Chief Warden, at night.  Authorities to be asked to provide an extension from Mr Thomas’s business premises to his private home.

25.04.1940

Battle Rural District Council suggested in interests of economy that a nearby house should receive messages at night and pass them on to Mr Thomas but no house conveniently placed to take messages.

25.04.1940

Half gallon petrol/month allowed for the motor mower.

15.07.1940

Parish Council asked by WI to arrange disposal of surplus garden produce.  Refused as no-one in position to give their whole time to the organisation of the scheme.

15.07.1940

Chairman agreed to organise disposal of scrap metal.  Mr Hill offered ground at his premises for a dump.  Large quantities of scrap metal had been left at various points in the centre of the Village for road barriers.  Local Defence Volunteer Force to be asked if it could be removed to the Village dump.

15.07.1940

Letter received re placing obstructions in fields to prevent enemy aircraft landing.  Chairman had replied that he knew of no fields in the Parish where it would be possible for aircraft to land.

26,04.1941

Battle RDC to be asked about Parish Council’s financial responsibility in respect of any local emergency due to enemy action.

26.04.1941

As result of War Weapons Week in Rural District Council area, total of £144,712-5s-10d collected, £2,862 from Sedlescombe.  Parchment to be framed and placed in Village Hall.

28.07.1941

Pamphlet “Help for the Homeless” received explaining position which might arise locally as a result of enemy action.

28.07.1941

Home Guard occupying Brickwall House.

28.10.1941

Danger to public from barbed wire on Village Green.

19.01.1942

Home Guard to erect protective barrier to protect road users from barbed wire on Village Green.

30.03.1942

Damage done to Village Green by Military Authorities during exercises.

30.03.1942

Chairman asked if parish Council had any say in election of members to the Food Committee or Invasion Committee and could Parish Council make enquiries about provision of a Communal Feeding Centre at the Tithe Barn.

25.01.1943

Mr Thomas unable to repair Powdermill footbridge as all his men taken away to carry out war work in other places.

25.01.1943

Zone Command of Home Guard to be asked if barbed wire obstacles could be removed by the Village Green.

22.03.1943

Adjutant 22nd Battalion Sussex Home Guard regretted not being able to moved barbed wire obstacles as they would be required in event of enemy action.

26.7.1943

Mr Thomas’s men again withdrawn for bomb damage clearance.

25.10.1943

Barbed wire could not be removed from Village Green as required for protection of Battalion Headquarters.

24.01.1944

Mr W Thomas, ARP organiser, thanked for the vast amount of work which he had undertaken.

27.03.1944

Clerk reported barbed wire obstacles had at last been removed from Village Green by Military Authorities.

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