great success. We also gave a grant to the Local History Group to purchase a microphone for theirpresentations.This year we have considered 103 planning applications, most for small extensions and the like. TheFinance & Resources Ccommittee meet quarterly and work with the internal auditor, Mr Hayes, tomonitor the council’s finances and prepare the budget.We are pleased that we were able to reduce the precept this year and this is partly due to prudentmanagement and partly due to the grants that have been sourced for projects and fundraising thatcouncillors and volunteers have worked on.The Environment & Leisure Committee organise our fundraising events which were very wellattended and supported last year and once again I must thank our volunteers without whom we wouldnot be able to put these things on. The day of the Garden Safari was very hot, this saw a small dropin the number of people attending and those who did attend were not able to view as many gardens,indeed some gave up after a couple of hours in the heat. Despite this it was a good day and we wereable to donate £662 to Kent Air Ambulance, the remainder being earmarked for community projects.In 2006 the parish council entered a float in the Herne Bay carnival for the first time. What a day,wet windy and cold, traditional English weather for August. The float was awarded 2 nd prize andthose who took part should be congratulated, especially considering the terrible weather conditions.All being well a float will be entered this year.In August we put on our third Family Fun Day. This was well supported with over 3,000 attending.Volunteers once again manned the car park, acted as marshals and helped out on stalls and with thechildren’s races, etc. We are grateful to Strode Park for allowing us to use their Car Park and to oursponsors. This event and the Crazy Golf competition enabled us to give Strode Park a donation of£849.50. Cllr Davis once again organised an excellent Wine & Wisdom evening which raised £250for community projects.We will be running the events again this year and volunteers are always welcome. So if you fancyjoining in the fun and helping at one of them please contact Monica, the parish clerk.Hanging baskets brightened up the parish and as we are now involved in Herne Bay’s bid for theBritain in Bloom Competition, we would like to see even more this year. There are prizes for the bestbaskets and it is free to enter. I would like to thank the judges, Herne Horticultural Society and oursponsors, Vincent Nursery, for supplying the prize vouchers for this and for sponsoring theprogrammes for the Garden Safari in 2006. Both have agreed to do the same for this year.The Green PEAS youth club is going strong and youth workers are always pleased to see new facesso if you have a youngster who is over 10 send them along. The club meets on every second andfourth Wednesday in the month at St Paul’s Hall School Lane. We would like to thank all thevolunteers for their dedication.Some of you will no doubt be aware that the parish council got into the top six in the ‘Council of theYear awards’ and our clerk, was awarded 3 rd place in the ‘Clerk of the Year’.Councillors and clerk regularly attend training days and also represent the Parish Council on outsidebodies like the Kent Association of Parish Councils, Local Transports Board etc.