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Volunteers needed to plant young trees at Ashdown Woodlands

on Fri, 02/12/2022 - 12:18pm

The National Trust at Ashdown Woodlands has a tree planting project happening in December led by NT Ranger and local resident, Andy Foley. Andy is looking for volunteers from the local area to help with the planting. The saplings will replace those lost and removed as a result of ash die back. There are 1200 saplings that need to be planted in December to ensure they have the best chance of survival in 2023 and beyond. Andy has some volunteer support during the week but would love more help at the weekends to make sure the saplings are all in before Christmas.
 
This would make a fabulous family activity supporting local conservation of green spaces or simply an opportunity to do something practical in the open air. Why not get a group together or bring the family along – children welcome.  We are looking for groups of 5 to 10 people but smaller groups are good too.  The dates and time slots are as follows:

  • Saturday 3rd December               10am – 12noon
  • Saturday 3rd December               1pm – 3pm
  • Sunday 11th December                10am – 12noon
  • Sunday 11th December                1pm – 3pm
  • Saturday 17th December`            10am – 12noon
  • Saturday 17th December             1pm – 3pm

Please contact Sarah Hannis at [email protected] with your preferred date and time and the number in your group. What to wear and bring:  Warm, layers and waterproofs, stout boots or wellies, a drink might be useful. Tree planting spades are provided by National Trust. As the activity will be in a woodland area, there are no toilet facilities.
 
Should we need to cancel due to bad weather, volunteers will be contacted by email on the Friday before and a notice will be posted on Ashbury (UK) Community News & Events (Facebook)

Oxfordshire County Council budget proposals - Have your say

on Thu, 01/12/2022 - 3:05pm

Oxfordshire County Council are facing tough choices, with a funding shortfall of at least £44 million in 2023/24.

Your views on their budget proposals count. 

Have your say on their budget here:-

Celebrate Christmas at The Greyhound - 1st to 24th December

on Thu, 01/12/2022 - 6:44am


More info:-

Christmas at The Greyhound (click)

The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis (click)

Contact details:-

Parish Council Planning Minutes - Wednesday, 2nd November 2022

on Wed, 30/11/2022 - 7:24pm

SPARSHOLT PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the Planning Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council held on

Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at Griffin Memorial Hall starting at 7.00pm

Present: Councillors Comyn, French and Jones, the Clerk, DCllr Barrow and 1 parishioner.

 

 

ACTION

1

Apologies:  Cllrs Corfield and Jacobs.

 

2

Declaration of Interests:  None.

 

3

Planning:

 

New Applications:

P22/V2303/HH Home Farm, Sparsholt, OX12 9QA:  Single storey modular building with apex roof to be used as a motorbike garage/store for householders use.  Cllr French proposed a response of “no objections”, seconded by Cllr Comyn and agreed by Cllr Jones. The Clerk to submit the response.

 

P22/V2552/DIS Westcot Farm, Westcot:  Discharge of conditions 3 (off-site highway works), 6 (surface water drainage) & 7 (foul water drainage) on application P20/V0526/FUL Application for planning permission for conversion of existing farm buildings to form seven family homes with associated parking, amenity areas, landscaping and associated works.  This application was not added to the published Agenda so will be discussed fully at the next meeting on the 22nd November.    

 

Decisions INFORMATION ONLY:

P22/V1996/DIS Westcot Farm House, OX12 9QA:  Discharge of conditions 5 – biodiversity mitigation and enhancement strategy, 8 – landscaping scheme & 9 – landscaping scheme on application ref. P20/V0526/FUL Application for planning permission for conversion of existing farm buildings to form seen family homes with associated parking, amenity areas, landscaping and associated works.  Fully discharged.

P22/PV1475/HH and P22/V1476/LB Sparsholt Manor, OX12 9PT:  Refurbishment and extension of Sparsholt Manor, within its association parkland.  Installation of solar PV. Demolition and replacement of stable yard.  Removal of 20th Century additions to the Manor and provision of additional incidental structures.  Removal and re-modelling of elements of parkland (resubmission of previously approved application P18/V2371/HH & P18/V2372/LB) – PART RETROSPECTIVE.  Granted.

 

 

 

 

 

Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Date of next meeting:  The next meeting will include discussing the budget and setting the Precept and will be held on TUESDAY 22nd November 2022 starting at 7.30pm in Griffin Memorial Hall, Sparsholt.

The Parish Council may need to change this date as necessary.

 

Meeting closed at 7.20pm.

Minutes prepared by Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk

 

Signed........................................................................................Date.................................................

SPC 2nd November 2022

Parish Council Minutes - Wednesday, 12th October 2022

on Wed, 30/11/2022 - 7:22pm

SPARSHOLT PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council held on

Wednesday 12th October 2022 at Griffin Memorial Hall starting at 7.30pm

Present: Councillors Comyn, Jacobs and Jones, the RFO and Clerk and 2 parishioners.

 

 

ACTION

1

Apologies:  Cllr Corfield and DCllr Barrow.

 

2

Declaration of Interests:  None.

 

3

Minutes of the Sparsholt Council Meeting held on Wednesday 31st August starting at 7.30pm:  The minutes were proposed as a true record by the Chairman, Cllr Comyn and seconded by Cllr French and agreed unanimously.

 

4

Matters Arising: 

  1. The change of styles to kissing gates:  Cllr Comyn has spoken to Simon Jenkins from Uffington Parish Council and they have already converted 13 and have another 3 to do.  It is a costly exercise, 16 is costing approx. £13,000.  Rachel Sanderson from the Trust for Oxford Environment (TOE) helped Uffington PC with their project and gave them a £3,500 grant.  It was unanimously decided to remove this items from the Agenda and revisit in the future if requested to do so. 
  2. Lost Footpaths:  DCllr Barrow has sent a link to the Teams meeting on the 12th December 2022.
  3. Vegetation on Orchard Bend:  Cllr Comyn to chase Lee Turner at OCC Highways about this.
  4. Data Protection Officer:  Cllr French has investigated the definition of this position on behalf of the Parish Council.  Cllr Comyn proposed that Cllr French take on the responsibility of Data Protection Officer, seconded by Cllr Jones and agreed unanimously.  Cllr French will compose a Data inventory and ask for input from all Parish Councillors, the Clerk and RFO.  The inventory to be reviewed at the Annual Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council.
  5. Two Trustees for the two Village Trusts and separate Bank Accounts:  Update next meeting.
  6. Cracked slabs on Westcot Green:  Cllr Jones has inspected the damaged slabs and it was agreed that the slabs were not causing any danger, remove from Agenda.

One parishioner left the meeting 8.10pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cllr Comyn

 

 

 

 

Cllr French

All PC’s, Clerk and RFO

 

 

5

Finance:

  1. Approval of the Financial Report up to 30th September 2022:  Cllr Comyn proposed acceptance, seconded by Cllr Jacobs and agreed unanimously.
  2. Approval of payments:  Cllr Comyn proposed the payment of £744.00 inclusive of VAT to AVI Ltd for the hire of equipment to hire the equipment to stream the funeral of Her Majesty the Queen, seconded by Cllr French.  Due to the time sensitivity this payment has already been made.  The expenditure was unanimously agreed by email. 

Cllr Comyn proposed payments for HMRC PAYE £98.80, the Clerk’s salary for October £82.38, the RFO’s salary for October (including the extra hours awarded for the Audit) £98.60, seconded by Cllr Jacobs and agreed unanimously.

  1. RFO and Clerk pay increase:  Next Meeting. 
  2. Queen’s Memorial Bus Shelter:  Cllr Comyn has been given the specification and will obtain the quotes for discussion at the next meeting.
  3. Any other finance matters:  Interim cash flow was discussed and amended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RFO

 

Cllr Comyn

 

 

6

Planning:

 

New Applications:  None.

 

Decisions INFORMATION ONLY:

P22/V1996/DIS Westcot Farm House, OX12 9QA:  Discharge of conditions 5 – biodiversity mitigation and enhancement strategy, 8 – landscaping scheme & 9 – landscaping scheme on application ref. P20/V0526/FUL Application for planning permission for conversion of existing farm buildings to form seen family homes with associated parking, amenity areas, landscaping and associated works.  No decision.

P22/PV1475/HH and P22/V1476/LB Sparsholt Manor, OX12 9PT:  Refurbishment and extension of Sparsholt Manor, within its association parkland.  Installation of solar PV. Demolition and replacement of stable yard.  Removal of 20th Century additions to the Manor and provision of additional incidental structures.  Removal and re-modelling of elements of parkland (resubmission of previously approved application P18/V2371/HH & P18/V2372/LB) – PART RETROSPECTIVE.  No decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Highways:  No issues reported.

 

8

DCllr Barrow Report:  See attached.

 

9

Correspondence Sheet:  No comments.

 

10

Any other Business:

Website:  Cllrs Comyn and Jones to discuss with Nick Price what is involved.

Deep Cleanse Service:  Cllr Jones to send a location map to the Clerk and the Clerk to ask for the footpath on Orchard bend to be cleared of vegetation.

Cllr Jones suggested approaching the Griffin Memorial Hall Committee about a key safe box to make key collection easier, all agreed and Cllr Comyn agreed to write to the Village Hall Committee.

Cllr Comyn gave the Clerk the signed lease from Anthony Lee and £30 advance payment (£10 a year for the next three years) was given to the RFO to bank.

 

Cllrs Comyn and Jones

 

 

 

 

Cllr Comyn

11

Date of next meeting:  Planning meeting Wednesday 2nd November 2022 starting at 7.00pm and the next ordinary meeting will include discussing the budget and setting the Precept and will be held on TUESDAY 22nd November 2022 starting at 7.30pm in Griffin Memorial Hall, Sparsholt.

The Parish Council may need to change this date as necessary.

 

Meeting closed at 8.50pm.

Minutes prepared by Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk

Signed........................................................................................Date.......................................................

SPC 12th October 2022

Cllrs Comyn and Jones held a brief meeting starting at 8.50pm to discuss and agree the signing of a letter pre prepared by the RFO agreeing to open the second Community Instant Access account and to remove Cllr Ian Barnes as a signatory from all the Parish Council accounts held with Metro Bank.  Metro Bank had requested this procedure due to a lapse of over three months between the Parish Council Meeting held on the 25th May 2022 in which both these actions had been unanimously agreed and the acceptance and signing on the Minutes of that meeting on the 31st August 2022.   Cllrs Comyn and Jones agreed to these actions and signed the letter for the RFO to email to Metro bank.

Meeting closed at 9.00pm

Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter - December 2022

on Sun, 27/11/2022 - 3:27pm

Download a PDF copy of the current Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter by using the link below.

Contact for Childrey & Sparsholt printed newsletter articles:

Cost of Living support information

on Sat, 26/11/2022 - 6:27pm

If you’re struggling with the increased cost of living, the Vale have put together a handy leaflet that explains what support you can get from the council and advice on other local and national organisations that may also be able to help.  

There’s more information on their website - whitehorsedc.gov.uk/costofliving


Residents Asked For Views on Policing and Crime

on Sat, 26/11/2022 - 6:23pm

The Police & Crime Commissioner has launched an anonymous online survey, giving residents an opportunity to share their views and experiences of policing and crime.

The survey asks for views about how safe residents feel in their local area, their experience of both crime and the police as well as questions on the future funding of policing.

Matthew Barber said: “Part of my role is to ensure there is a clear focus on the priorities that matter most to the public. I want to gain a real understanding of how crime is affecting communities, whether it is direct experiences of crime or issues that may be causing you concern in your local area. I also want to hear your feedback, whether good or bad, on policing; what the police are doing well and areas you think could be improved.

“To help me build up a picture across the Thames Valley, the survey will be available on my website all year round. It will provide an ongoing mechanism for people to share their views and keep me informed. Whether or not you have directly experienced a crime, I would encourage you to use the survey to share your feedback and tell me what is important to you. Your views will help shape the future of policing in the Thames Valley.”

To complete the survey, please visit the PCC webpage (click).
 
If you are not able to complete the survey online or need support in doing so, please call the Office of the PCC on 01865 541957 or email [email protected].

The survey will remain open for responses throughout the year. Responses will remain anonymous and confidential.

New Challows and Childrey Hedge Group

on Sat, 26/11/2022 - 6:07pm

A new cross-parish hedges group is being set up covering East and West Challow and Childrey. The long-term goal will be to restore the lost hedges that bordered so many of our fields and roads. We aim to encourage landowners and farmers to plant and restore hedges but we also intend to do much of this ourselves supported by Oxfordshire Treescapes and Wild Oxfordshire.

We are looking to identify interested residents to form a group to begin planning our work using currently available software. Planting is best done during autumn and we are hoping to start in earnest in autumn 2023.

If you are interested in restoring our local landscape and biodiversity please feel free to contact either of us.

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