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Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter - February 2020

on Sat, 25/01/2020 - 10:42am

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Letter from Revd Leonora Hill, 'Signpost' & services - February 2020

on Fri, 24/01/2020 - 3:00pm

Revd Leonora Hill
Tel: 
Email: [email protected]
 

Dear Friends,

Last month Bishop Colin dedicated an altar frontal at St. Andrew, Letcombe Regis in memory of Edgar Boyes. ‘Edgar was committed to the ideal of practical Christianity and he was also a keen supporter of ecumenism’. It is because of Edgar’s generosity that The Revd Andrea Colbrook is now in training with us. Andrea has a heart for rural ministry and has already begun to coordinate a number of initiatives in the benefice. Café Church is one that will begin this month at 11:00am, Sunday 23rd February at Childrey Methodist Church. Look out for posters around our villages over the next couple of weeks. 

‘The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in it branches’. Matthew 13. 31- 32    

Blessings    
Leonora 

Parish Council Planning Minutes - Monday, 6th January 2020

on Thu, 23/01/2020 - 7:06pm

SPARSHOLT PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the Planning Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council held on

Monday 6th January 2020 at Griffin Memorial Hall starting at 7.30pm

Present: Councillors Comyn (Chairman), Caudle and Jones and the Clerk.

 

 

ACTION

1

Apologies:  Cllr Barnes and Jacobs.

 

2

Declaration of Acceptance of Office, Declarations of Interest & Reminder of the Code of Conduct:  Cllr Jones declared a non-prejudicial interest as he voluntarily helps the application with Game keeping duties.

 

3

Planning:

New Applications:

P19/V3176/FUL Broadleaze Farm, Westcot Lane, OX12 9PZ:  Conversion of part of outbuilding/stables to a two-bedroom dwelling.  Cllr Comyn explained that Spasholt and Westcot are considered as “open countryside” according to the adopted Local Plan part 1 and that new development is not supported unless it is supported by other policies.  In part 2 of the Local Plan, Policy 7 states that the re-use, conversion and extension of buildings in open countryside is permitted; if there are no other material considerations to be taken into account.  Cllr Comyn stated that it is a permanent construction, capable of conversion and it respects the character of the landscape in the locality.  Cllr Jones pointed out that there is a small extension in the yard but this is enclosed and will not be seen from outside the property.  Cllr Jones reminded the other Parish Councillors that there is no mains drainage and a number of other dwelling at Broadleaze with sceptic tanks.  Cllr Jones pointed out that Bio-disc would be more appropriate than a sceptic tank as it is cleaner and discharges clean water into a nearby, flowing water source.  Cllr Comyn asked if there was such a source and Cllr Jones responded that there was a flowing ditch nearby.  Cllr Comyn proposed a response of “no objections but wish the following comments to be taken into account; in the absence of mains drainage at Broadleaze and the number of existing dwellings, consideration should be given to the provision of a Bio-disc comprehensive foul water sewage system for the new dwelling or, if practicable, to serve the yard as a whole.  This response was seconded by Cllr Caudle and agreed by Cllr Jones.  Cllr Comyn to submit the response.

Decisions:

P19/V1955/HH & P19/V1956/LB Sparsholt Manor, OX12 9PT:  Removal of existing, linear drive and installation of a new redirected entrance driveway. – Temporary widening of existing gates to facilitate construction traffic.  Granted.

P19/V3100/HH Home Farm, Sparsholt, OX12 9PL:  Proposed extension to create utility and kids room and garage with a bedroom and en suite above in roof space and internal alterations.  Withdrawn.

P19/V1365/FUL Kingston Lisle Park, Kingston Lisle, OX12 9QG:  Polo stick and ball practice field, timber barn and new lake with associated landscape planting.  Withdrawn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cllr Comyn

4

Any other business:

Dog poo bins around the Village to be discussed at the next meeting.

A sum of £104.40 for the replacement defibrillator pads was proposed by Cllr Comyn, seconded by Cllr Jones and agreed by Cllr Caudle.  The Clerk to inform the RFO to make the payment.

 

 

 

Clerk & RFO

5

Date of next Meeting: Wednesday 22nd January 2020 starting at 7.00pm at the Griffin Memorial Hall.

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

 

 

Meeting closed at 7.45pm.  Minutes prepared by Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk

 

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

 

SPC 6th January 2020

Parish Council Minutes - Wednesday, 27th November 2019

on Thu, 23/01/2020 - 7:05pm

SPARSHOLT PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council held on

Wednesday 27th November 2019 at Griffin Memorial Hall starting at 7.00pm

Present: Councillors Barnes, Caudle, Jacobs and Jones, DC Paul Barrow, the RFO and Clerk and ten parishioners.

 

 

ACTION

1

Apologies:  Cllr Comyn.  In the absence of the Chairman Cllr Barnes chaired the meeting.

 

2

Declaration of Acceptance of Office, Declarations of Interest & Reminder of the Code of Conduct:  None.

 

3

Minutes for Approval:

Approve the Minutes of the Sparsholt Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday 18th September 2019:  Cllr Jones proposed acceptance of the minutes, seconded by Cllr Caudle.

Approve the Minutes of the Sparsholt Parish Council Planning meeting held on Wednesday 13th November 2019:  Cllr Jacobs proposed acceptance of the minutes, seconded by Cllr Caudle.

 

4

Matters Arising:

  1. Land registry number for the Cemetery:  No update from Cllr Comyn.
  2. Defibrillator training:  11 parishioners attended the First Aid and defibrillator training.  A sum of £100 donation for the training, under section 137, was proposed by Cllr Jones and seconded by Cllr Barnes, agreed by all.
  3. Triangle Woods:  Cllr Jones spoke to George and he was not aware of St Adrian’s plans to offer access to the wood for parishioners.  George had some questions; why do we need access?  What benefit is it for the village?  How do we protect the asset from children and dogs?  Cllr Jones suggests a short-term lease of a year to see how the arrangement will work for both parties.  George is thinking about the granting of permissive access.  Maybe the village does not want this, one parishioner has concerns about damage to the snowdrops.  Cllr Jones said that a path could be marked out in-expensively by just marking out and strimming.  A tree survey would have to be completed and it would have to be added to the Parish Council Insurance.  Cllr Jones to investigate costs.   
  4. Damaged verges on Days Lane:  Cllr Barnes offered to ask Nick Price if this work has now been completed.
  5. Parking too close to the junction of Church Way:  Cllr Jones spoke to George Chichester about the Camper van that is parking too close to the junction.  Cllr Jones to follow this up but the Camper van has been moved, 
  6. Memorial Oak in Church Way:  Cllr Jones has planted the Oak with a tree guard and the plaque.
  7. Stile repair on the Common:  The footplate of the stile is built into the bridge.  It was constructed by OCC.  Cllr Caudle to contact Arthur McEwan-James to ask for the repairs to be done as the bridge is slippery and weak. 

 

Cllr Comyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cllr Jones

 

Cllr Barnes

 

 

Cllr Jones

 

 

 

 

Cllr Caudle

 

5

Finance:

  1. Review of Financial Procedures and Regulations:  The RFO had forwarded the Financial Procedures prior to the meeting and acceptance was proposed by Cllr Jacobs, seconded by Cllr Barnes and agreed by all.  The RFO had forwarded the Financial Regulations prior to the meeting and acceptance was proposed by Cllr Barnes, seconded by Cllr Jones and agreed by all.
  2. Finance Reports up to the 30th September and 31st October:  Cllr Barnes read out the report and Cllr Jacobs proposed acceptance of it, seconded by Cllr Caudle an agreed by all.
  3. Approval of any payments to be made:  £157.56 Clerks salary for October and November, £94.62 RFO salary for October and November, PAYE £98.60, Grass cutting August to November £60.00, Clerks admin expenses £103.47 and £3.50, a donation of £50 to the Wantage Independent Advice Centre under section 137, these payments were proposed by Cllr Barnes, seconded by Cllr Jacobs and agreed by all.
  4. Precept and Budget:  Cllr Barnes read through the draft budget and proposed acceptance, seconded by Cllr Caudle and agreed by all.  Cllr Barnes proposed setting the Precept at £3,500.00, seconded by Cllr Caudle and agreed by all.
  5. Online banking:  Approved payments to be made online.
  6. Any other finance matters:  Cllr Barnes proposed that Cllr Jones be added as a signatory to bank account, seconded by Cllr Jacobs and agreed by all.

 

6

Planning:

New Applications:  None.

Decisions:

P19/V1955/HH & P19/V1956/LB Sparsholt Manor, OX12 9PT:  Removal of existing, linear drive and installation of a new redirected entrance driveway. – Temporary widening of existing gates to facilitate construction traffic.  No decision.

P19/V3100/HH Home Farm, Sparsholt, OX12 9PL:  Proposed extension to create utility and kids room and garage with a bedroom and en suite above in roof space and internal alterations.  No decision.

P19/V1365/FUL Kingston Lisle Park, Kingston Lisle, OX12 9QG:  Polo stick and ball practice field, timber barn and new lake with associated landscape planting.  Withdrawn.

 

 

 

 

7

Cemetery: 

  1. Cemetery Hedge:  Iain Brown asked that the trimming height of the Cemetery hedge be discussed.  In places the hedge is currently approx. 9ft.  It was suggested that the hedge be reduced in height and width to approx. 7ft, which is where the thick growth starts.  This height gives protection from the wind for parishioners when tending the graves.  The best time to cut the height and width and remove any brambles/elders is August/September and this should be arranged annually. Cllr Jones agreed to ask Matthew Coe for a quote to complete a light trim and remove the brambles and elders now and then another quote to do reduce the height to 7ft and trim the width next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cllr Jones

8

Review of Standing Orders and Code of Conduct:  Cllr Barnes suggested a couple of amendments.  The Clerk to revise and agreement to be proposed at the next meeting.

 

Clerk

9

Defibrillator.

  1. Custodian of the Defibrillator:  Cllr Jacobs agreed to be the custodian of the defibrillator.  The code number to access the cabinet is given by the Emergency Services if they feel it is appropriate.  “My 3 words” app on a mobile phone helps to show the location. 
  2. Defibrillator pads need replacing:  The pads need replacing at a cost of £87 + VAT for 2 packs, this was proposed by Cllr Barnes, seconded by Cllr Jones and agreed by all.   Cllr Jacobs to organize the purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cllr Jacobs

10

Salt and Grit:  Cllrs Caudle and Jones to top up the salt bins.  The salt bin by Pulpit Farm needs emptying, re-filling and re-positioning as it has fallen over.  Cllr Barnes spoke to Nick Price about the salt rota and will speak to volunteers.  A meeting for the volunteers was suggested to discuss the best way to spread the salt, health and safety and to distribute high viz tabards, to be organized by Cllr Barnes.  Cllr Jones to supply the high viz tabards.  Tony Carter to help demonstrate the best way to distribute the salt, with a garden trowel from a bucket.  Dustbins to be supplied to store salt near to the volunteers.     

Cllr Caudle and Jones

 

 

Cllr Jones

11

Correspondence sheet:  No comments.

 

12

District Councillor Barrow Report:  DC Barrow reported that he was a Vale representative of the North Wessex Downs.  There is a Sustainable Development Fund available for projects if Parish Council would like to apply.  The Commissioning Group have been reviewing services at Wantage Hospital but the decision has not been released due to the election purder.  It has been suggested that Minor injuries maybe dealt with by the GP surgeries.  Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire may share more services.  East Challow have a speeding issue on the B4507 and are requesting flashing warning signs.  The visibility coming out of East Challow onto the B4507 is dangerous.  DC Barrow to investigate.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DC Barrow

12

Any Other Business:

  1. Iain Brown has adopted the drain at the back of his house and dug out the grips.
  2. Iain Brown said that a petrol/cordless flymo would be useful for cutting the grass on the banks.  Cllr Barnes will ask Nick to advertise on the website.
  3. The road signs need clearing of foliage.
  4. The grips in Church Way need cutting out.
  5. The hedge on Orchard bend needs cutting back, Cllr Jones to speak to the owner.
  6. There are brambles sticking out of Field View on the left opposite the railings.  Cllr Jones to speak to Sparsholt Manor Farms.
  7. There are brambles along High Street beyond New Farm Cottages, Cllr Jones to speak to Sparsholt Manor Farm.
  8. A parishioner complained about the amount of dog fouling along the footpath and complained about an altercation with an abusive dog owner when challenged about picking up his dogs poo.  The Clerk to put something in the January newsletter and ask Nick to put a reminder on the website.  The Parishioner has spoken to Colin Marshall, Environmental Officer at OCC and he has put a sticker on the field stating ongoing surveillance.  More stickers to be put up along footpaths warning about fines of up to £1,000.  Someone is spraying paint circles around the dog poo.  The parishioner will follow this up with more stickers and ask Colin Marshall for more bins.

 

 

 

Cllr Barnes

 

 

Cllr Jones

 

Cllr Jones

 

 

Cllr Jones

 

 

Clerk

10

Date of next Meeting: Wednesday 22nd January 2020 starting at 7.00pm at the Griffin Memorial Hall.

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

 

Meeting closed at 8.25pm.  Minutes prepared by Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk

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

SPC 27th November 2019

AgeUK's Staying Well This Winter fact sheet

on Thu, 23/01/2020 - 11:04am

AgeUK Oxfordshire have put together a 'Staying Well This Winter' fact sheet, packed full of good advice.

In it you will find lots of handy hints and tips to help you create your own winter plan. Why not take a moment to have a read and check that you, your loved ones and neighbours are as prepared as possible?

It includes:-

  • Top Winter tips
  • Five ways to wellbeing
  • Useful phone numbers
  • Police advice
  • Home fire safety advice and visit information
  • Advice on benefits
  • Boiler tips
  • Travel tips etc

Download a PDF copy by clicking <here>.

Garlands Barn in West Challow available for hire

on Wed, 22/01/2020 - 6:22pm

Garlands Barn in West Challow is available for parties, events, yoga etc.  

It's a unique, light and contemporary venue accommodating 100 + for drinks and sits 50 – including 12 person teaching cookery school - with plenty of parking.

Secluded, private and hidden away, with uninterrupted view of the Ridgeway.

Contact Anna Richards: [email protected]

Byways Open to All Traffic & inappropriate use - a note from Cllr Dr.Paul Barrow

on Wed, 22/01/2020 - 4:29pm

Dear residents,

Between East and West Challow and in the northerly part of Letcombe Regis are Byways Open to All Traffic (BOAT) which are used by walkers and riders all year round, and not only by residents of these parishes. However, they are also used by Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPVs) – mainly 4x4s - for what is effectively joy-riding. These are not locals and come from as far away as Northampton!

With the weather that we have had recently, these churn up and rut these byways such that it becomes almost impossible to walk and ride along them. We have had 4x4s using Cornhill Lane (between the Challows) during the night. Two were trying to force their way up at 2 am on the night of December 28th, disturbing the local residents and causing some distress. Videos have been taken but registration numbers are almost impossible to read.

Yvonne Constance has been moving OCC in the direction of regulating and restricting traffic on these byways to prevent their use by MPVs during the winter months. We need to ensure that those who use/want to use these byways, but are prevented from doing so, complain to add pressure to get them closed to inappropriate traffic.

Please mail Yvonne at [email protected] and Paul Fermer, Assistant Director Highways and Transport Operations ([email protected]) and, if you think of it, copy me in to the mail ([email protected]).

Thanks,

Councillor Dr. Paul Barrow, November 2019

New online tool to help you determine what can & can't be recycled

on Wed, 22/01/2020 - 1:55pm

The Oxfordshire Waste Wizard is your online tool to help you repair, reuse and recycle:-

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Drones - the law in the UK

on Mon, 20/01/2020 - 3:20pm

Drones (aircraft remotely controlled by a person on the ground) are legal, but there are rules and regulations that you must adhere to in order to ensure you are on the right side of the law. 

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has guidance on using drones for both private and commercial use, see <here>.

What are the rules for flying drones in the UK?

  • All drones weighing more than 250g (ie anything but the smallest toys), must be registered with the CAA, labelled with a unique licence number and the drone pilot must complete a safety test; see 'Drone Registration' below.
  • Drones must not weigh more than 20kg
  • You must not fly above 400 feet in altitude or 500 metres from you horizontally
  • You must always keep your drone in sight
  • Always keep away from aircraft, helicopters, airports and airfields
  • Use your common sense and fly your aircraft safely & considerately

If your drone has a camera:-

  • You must not fly within 50 metres of people, vehicles, buildings or vessels
  • Your drone must not be flown within 150 metres of a congested area or any large group of people such as a concert or sporting event as you may be prosecuted.
  • If you intend to record in an area where people are, you must inform them before you start.
  • If you intend to use the drone for commercial purposes you must have permission from the CAA and comply with additional laws governing their use, see <here>.

Drone registration

If want to fly a drone or model aircraft over 250g, you must be registered with the CAA. 

  • Anyone who wishes to fly a drone must pass a theory test to get a flyer ID
  • The person that is responsible for the drone or model aircraft must register to get an operator ID

See the CAA’s website for the latest information and regulations regarding drone use, see <here>.

Police

If you're concerned about the actions of a drone, you can call the Police on the 101 non-emergency number.

This page based on CAA & Police pages <here> & <here>.

Neighbourhood Police Update - January 2020

on Thu, 16/01/2020 - 3:03pm

Here is the latest update from the Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing Team (Sparsholt & Westcot are covered by the Faringdon Team, rather than Wantage).

Priorities

Rural crime: Hare coursing continues to be a priority for the Faringdon Neighbourhood Team. Hare coursing is the pursuit of hares using hounds. Participants spread in a line across a field and disturb the hare from its home. They then release their dogs to give chase. A bet is made on which dog will catch the hare first with large sums of money changing hands. The most obvious sign is a group of vehicles parked in a rural area perhaps by a gateway to farmland, on a grass verge, on a farm track or bridle path. There will usually be estate cars, four wheel drives or vans. They may contain evidence of dogs inside – such as muddy paw prints and dog hair. If you see an event taking place we would advise you not to approach the participants but contact us immediately on 101, or 999 if it is happening at the time.

Fraud and identity theft

Understanding how to keep your personal details and identity safe is one of the best ways to prevent yourself from falling victim to fraud or identity theft. Be cautious of anyone asking for your personal or financial details. Your bank, the police and other reputable companies will never ask for this type of information over email or the phone.

To protect yourself:

  • never give personal details to anyone who contacts you unexpectedly
  • don’t carry documents or bank cards unless you need them
  • always shred unwanted documents such as bills, bank statements and even mail
  • keep personal documents in a secure place
  • report lost or stolen bank cards and personal documents immediately
  • check bank statements as soon as they arrive and always report any unusual activity
  • always keep your card in sight when paying at a shop or restaurant
  • don't respond to unsolicited phone calls or emails

Online:

If you shop, bank or use your card online, it’s important to take a few simple steps to make sure your details are protected. To help keep your details secure:

  • create a strong password and use different ones for different accounts
  • only enter card details on secure websites, look for the padlock icon in the address bar
  • check the address starts with ‘https://’, the letter ‘s’ means it's secure
  • make sure all devices have up-to-date anti-virus software and a firewall installed
  • always use the latest version of your web browser and regularly check for updates
  • never respond to suspicious emails asking for personal information

If you would like any further information on the different types of fraud and advice on what to do please click <here>.

Witness Appeals

There was an incident of criminal damage on Christmas Day (25/12) between 7.45 – 8.15pm in Watchfield/ Shrivenham. A silver 4 x 4 vehicle was seen driving erratically on the Watchfield Recreation Ground which resulted in damage to the field. The vehicle was also seen driving close to the College Farm pub. If anyone has any details of who this could be or any other information please report it on our website, call 101 and quote reference number 43190403650.

Staff Changes

We would like to welcome PC Carly Meads to the team! Carly has joined us as a Neighbourhood Specialist Officer and a permanent replacement for PC Tom Pryor.

Have Your Say!

Come along and speak to PCSO Maralyn Pack about any local concerns on Tuesday 21st January, 10am -11am outside the Co-Op Store, Majors Road, Watchfield.

Please get in touch/follow us using the following:

To report local problems such as graffiti, fly tipping, pot holes and

broken street lights please visit

www.fixmystreet.com

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