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What's in a name?

CLOSED Parish Council Chairman's Blog

Author: John Downe

Published: Friday, 29th July 2011

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" said Shakespeare's Juliet.

But what about YOUR Parish Council's name?

As you hopefully already know, West Hoathly Parish Council's mandate since the late 1890s covers not only West Hoathly Village but also Sharpthorne Village, Highbrook, Selsfield and the other sparser settlements within the parish boundary. Also in this context "Parish" refers to a local government area rather than anything related to the churches.

For a few years now Councils such as ours have been able to change their geographic name and type of name with options such as Village, Community, or Neighbourhood Council; some Parish Councils have taken these options.

At the Parish Council meeting on 25th July we discussed whether residents outside West Hoathly village might feel the Parish Council's activities were not relevant to them due to the Council's current name, and whether a name change to something less village-specific might stimulate a more inclusive identity.

We also considered the Council's current stylised Swan logo and how important or not that was, and whether an alternative logo could be more encompassing to all parishioners.

We would really like to hear your views and ideas so do please SPEAK OUT! The Parish Council will gauge Community opinion based at least in part on comments posted here!


PS In case you are wondering, this wasn't all we covered at the meeting! You can read the rest in the full formal minutes.

NB West Hoathly Parish Council's decisions and other minutes of the Parish Council which are recorded in the Clerk's minutes of the statutory meetings of the Council are the complete and formal record. This article is intended to give an informal narrative for residents of what has been happening in your Parish Council.
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7 Nov 2011
Friend of the Parish

On 31st October at the Parish Council's meeting the Council returned to the topic of inclusiveness and the Council's name and logo. The variou... [please sign-in to read more]


30 Sep 2011
Resident of Sharpthorne

17. I cannot see the point in wasting time & resources to come up with a meaningless name. As one of your contributors has pointed out, it has been good ... [please sign-in to read more]


24 Oct 2011
Resident of Sharpthorne

Some people believed that the WH Parish name was not sufficiently inclusive, so the object of this discussion forum was just to glean views from resid... [please sign-in to read more]


1 Oct 2011
Friend of the Parish

Just to clarify, this topic started from a genuine concern expressed by a resident from an outlying area of the parish at the Parish Assembly in April... [please sign-in to read more]


25 Sep 2011
Resident of Sharpthorne

16. As a resident of Sharpthorne we do feel excluded sometimes - the village shop for instance at the garage should be supported by all rather than settin... [please sign-in to read more]


22 Aug 2011
No longer a member

15. Comment numbers 12 and 14, were made by my daughter and not me, so don't ask me :)


22 Aug 2011
No longer a member

14. Regarding the logo, I was lead to believe that the swan covered the entire parish, not just West Hoathly! Hence the parish school and bowls club using... [please sign-in to read more]


21 Aug 2011
Resident of West Hoathly

13. The "logo" idea is to identify with all communities that make up the Parish Council area - not linked to one village in particular. The swan is very ... [please sign-in to read more]


17 Aug 2011
No longer a member

12. Regarding changing the logo/emblem. Someone suggested that we use a black cat. Clearly they don't know the history (or are ignoring the it) linking ... [please sign-in to read more]


17 Aug 2011
Resident of West Hoathly

11. At the Parish Assembly earlier this year residents outside West Hoathly expressed an opinion that they felt "excluded" from the Parish to due to the n... [please sign-in to read more]


15 Aug 2011
Resident of Sharpthorne

10. I think a black cat wd be a much better logo for the villages. Also ... [please sign-in to read more]


13 Aug 2011
Resident of Highbrook

9. Our parish tax was the only part of the council tax that was increased this year. So if this is where the extra money is going, the council is not gi... [please sign-in to read more]


13 Aug 2011
Friend of the Parish

The Parish precept did rise for this year and full details of the budgeted expenses are shown on the Parish Council’s website. The rise was 3.11% or... [please sign-in to read more]


2 Aug 2011
Resident of Highbrook

8. I'm not one for change and as has been said 'West Hoathly Parish Council has a friendly ring to it'. Am wondering if to clarify things it could be We... [please sign-in to read more]


2 Aug 2011
Friend of the Parish

7. Please keep in mind that the origins of this topic stem from the 2009 Parish Futures Survey and the desire to find ways to strengthen the Pa... [please sign-in to read more]


1 Aug 2011
Resident of Highbrook

6. West Hoathly Parish Council has a nice friendly ring to it, see no reason to change it.... [please sign-in to read more]


29 Jul 2011
Resident of Highbrook

5. I think something more inclusive would be a good idea. The Swan is not recognizably connected with the area - who has seen a swan recently anywhere i... [please sign-in to read more]


29 Jul 2011
Resident of Highbrook

4. Until the appointment of the current Chairman, there have, from time to time over the 36 years we have lived in an "outlying community", been repeated... [please sign-in to read more]


29 Jul 2011
Resident of Highbrook


29 Jul 2011
Resident of Sharpthorne

2. The Manor of the Rectory of West Hoathly was part of Anne of Cleves settlement. The White Swan was her family crest. See www.sussexpast.co.uk.


29 Jul 2011
No longer a member

1. I can see no point in changing something just 'for the sake of change'. This is a Civil Parish and as such should continue with a Parish Council - it ... [please sign-in to read more]


1 Aug 2011
Resident of Selsfield

The current council would like to see a vision of perhaps including all parts of the parish.


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