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The Thruxton Times is the village newsletter and is published monthly.  It is delivered in hard copy by volunteers to all households and                                                                  is sponsored by the Parish Council

                                                    This web site holds the three most recent  monthly editions.

                                       

                                        THRUXTON  TIMES - JULY 2018                                   

                                                   Editor: Rick Smart – 07786246291 / richard.smart@infor.com.                                                                                                                              Published by Thruxton Parish Council

Dates for your Diary

WORLD CUP - ENGLAND V SWEDEN

Sat 7th July 3.00pm White Horse Pub               

Wednesday August 29th       Gardening Club AGM

Sunday 9th Sept                    Flower/Produce Show

Wednesday 11th Sept           Community Club Tea

Friday 28th Sept                    Thruxton Cinema

Saturday 20th Oct                 Safari Supper

 

Breaking News

1. World Cup Quarter Final England vs Sweden will be shown in the White Horse Pub at 3pm on Saturday 7th #cominghome.

2. #cominghome part 2 – welcome home Lucy Milligan who has just returned to Hamble House after a gap year in Australia – g’day Lucy!!

3. Skydive – well done Jess and George Thomson of Lovell Close who completed a Sky dive for the Air Ambulance and raised over £1200 – epic!!

4. Welcome to Thruxton Emma Gallagher and Tom Gibbs and well done to your adorable puppy Otis for scooping Judges Favourite at the Fete x

Table Tennis Club

Did you know that there was a Thruxton Table Tennis Club that meet every Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Kimpton Village Hall? Well there is and they are looking for new players of all abilities to come along and have some fun. The cost is £2.50 a week. If you are interested either just turn up or please contact Ron Shaddick on 01264 324389.

Flower and Produce Show

This year the Flower and Produce Show will be held on Sunday 9 September in the Memorial Hall.  Now is the time to get planting, sowing or photographing.  This year’s schedule is on the Village Website so look and see what categories you can enter – lots of photography and cooking as well.  The Website cannot currently accommodate the Entry Form, but you can get one from John (772711).  Forms will be available in the Hall and possibly in the Church in due course.

Competition Time

Ok folks I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that the blistering heat in June impacted your ability to take photos. As such I am running the Photography Competition again this month. The theme is simply ‘Summer in Thruxton’ and you can enter as many photos as you like. There is a Bottle of Wine for the best Adult Entry and £10 for best child entry. Come on folks send in your snaps. Email entries to Richard.smart@infor.com or text 0786246291.          

Neighbourhood Plan Update

Many thanks to all those Parishioners who took the time to respond to the NDP pre-submission document. The Steering Group are now reviewing all the comments from Parishioners and other Consultees. They will meet in September to formalise a response and review the pre-submission document in light of the comments received.

This process will take a little time, but with the help of our consultants, we would hope to have a Submission Document ready in the Autumn to go forward for formal review.

Note from Editor – On behalf of the residents of Thruxton I would like to thank Kate, Louisa and the Steering Group for all their hard work on the plan. The Draft Document was outstanding and we are grateful for all your hard work on behalf of the village.

Ricks Rambles

June saw two big events take place in Thruxton. Firstly, there was the Charity Ball which raised £1300 in aid of Andover Young Carers and secondly the Village Fete which is detailed overleaf. I went to both events and had a fab time!

Whilst we have lots of Clubs and Societies in Thruxton to keep you entertained the Village Association and myself are still keen to hear if there are any other specific Events or Clubs that you think the residents might be interested in. For example, I see Amport have ‘Supper on the Green’ this Saturday – maybe we should do something similar next year. Likewise, I see Cyclists and Runners in the Village – perhaps form a club? If you have any ideas I would love to hear them so, please email me.

I’d also like it if residents could send in articles for the Times. I’d love to share achievements of the Villagers, stories, recommendations etc. Let’s make the Times the most positive press in the area!! Enjoy the heatwave and let’s cheer on our boys in Russia #threelions.

Safari Supper

The next Safari Supper will be held on Saturday 20th October. This is an excellent chance to meet new people in the Village as well as socialise with old friends. Everyone are welcome – couples, singles, cooks, non-cooks etc. More details will be published in the September edition of the Times.

If you would like to be sent details regarding either the Safari Supper or the Thruxton Cinema (Moviola) then please contact Margaret on 773546.

Gardening Club

Those who went to Andy McIndoe's garden on Wednesday really enjoyed it.  There was a tour of his garden followed by afternoon tea and cake which was also thoroughly enjoyed.  Thank you to those who went and to Nigel for taking over the organisation of the trip.

Just a reminder that we have no meeting in July but will be back on Wednesday August 29th for our AGM and Geranium judging.  Enjoy your gardens and the lovely summer weather.  Louise Cushine - louise.cushine@hotmail.co.uk.         

Parish Council Meeting 6/6/18

Present:  Councillors Charles Milner-Williams (Chairman) John Davis, Ray Bradbury, Janet Graham, Roger Oliver, Mike Windsor, and Mrs Heather Bourner. County Councillor Mrs Zilliah Brooks, Borough Councillors Lashbrook and Mutton and one member of the public.

  • New Projector Purchased for use by Parish Council and Village Organizations.
  • Cllr Bradbury reported there was no date set for the repair of the remainder of village roads.
  • Cllr Lashbrook promised the new speeding signs for wheelie bins will arrive shortly.
  • Thruxton has been identified as an area where Water Voles who are a protected species have been seen. Consequently, at the request of Environmental Department of Test Valley the stream has been allowed to grow to allow a full ecological survey to be carried out. Villagers please do not clear any areas of the stream until the survey is complete.
  • Tree applications were reviewed and work at The Rectory approved.
  • Please pass any issues regarding footpaths to Martin King who is the registered warden.
  • The Mandy Garden fence has been repaired.
  • The scale of environmental nuisance caused by the earth works on the circuit had been reported to Test Valley and HCC and was out of the Parish Councils hands.
  • Cllr Mrs Brooks reported that the County Council would have to introduce even greater cost cutting measures. TVBC’s Highways Engineer, Ray Alborough has retired and the Parish Council wish him well.
  • A planning application for Tarvers has been withdrawn and will be resubmitted.
  • The allotment hedge had been cut back but remained untidy at ground level.  The County Council was considering closing off the lay-by opposite the allotments on grounds of safety, and replacing with a raised kerb footpath.
  • On public transport Cllr Davis reported that HCC is conducting a survey on use of buses, services, passes and schedules. The survey is on the Council website and villagers are urged to share their views. Villagers views on street lighting restrictions were also being sought.
  • The composition of the new Advisory Committee was agreed. The opportunities for expanding the range of recreational activity on the Sports Field was welcomed. The money raised thus far for a new pavilion has been transferred to the Parish Council while a plan is defined.
  • The NDP Steering Group is reviewing feedback and major points referred to Consultants.                                         

 

What a Great Fete!

The sun shone again this year and made perfect for merry-making on the Green.  We had something in the region of 500 human visitors and a very healthy turn out of our 4-legged friends too, making the Dog Show very entertaining.  We were joined by the Police and very briefly, the Fire Brigade but I’m glad to say, for the right reasons!

As usual the Bottle Stall, Plants (thank you Gardening Club) and Bric-a-Brac were very popular and this year the Teas joined us back on the Green.  The Bar was kept busy throughout and the BBQ as replaced by a Hog Roast this year which seemed to go down very well!  We had the lovely singer, Maddison Douch, getting us in the festive mood in the main arena, followed by the Dog Show with its usual comical elements (particularly when we had an escapee during the best-behaved class!) and the entertainment was rounded off with the ever-popular Tug-O-War, this year enhanced by Rick Smart’s fabulous commentary!

There are numerous people to thank.  The Village Association (VA) Committee for making sure the Fete happened again this year and for their endless hard work before, during and after.  We also had some additional helpers at the set-up, set-down, manning stalls and other impromptu help, not members of the VA Committee but nevertheless super helpful and very welcome.  All those who made things for the Village Made stall, which was brimming with goodies produced in Thruxton.  Super donations from generous sponsors which provided an array of prizes for the draw and finally, thank you to all those, from Thruxton and beyond, who came along to enjoy the afternoon.

I’m delighted to report that despite the bold decision not to charge an entrance fee this year, we took £3090.61 (slightly up on 2017) and made a net profit of £1,862.16 (slightly down on 2017).

Note from Editor – the fete was indeed a resounding success. Seeing my nephews working together on Martin and Sues teamwork challenge was a sight to behold! Of course, Lily dogs third place rosette for waggiest tail is now proudly on display and I can’t wait for my beauty treatment at Truly Scrumptious!

The biggest thank you goes to Amanda Harvey who as Chairwoman of the Village Association is the driving force behind the fete. A great fete does not happen by chance and Amanda devotes a huge amount of time to the Thruxton fete to ensure that the villagers can have fun and community projects can be funded. On behalf of the village I would like to thank Amanda and Martin for all their hard work and dedication – we appreciate your efforts xx.

Executive Members – Andover Young Carers

Have you a desire to provide help for a few hours per week? Andover Young Carers is a locally based independent Charity which provides services for young people between the ages of 5 –18. We are looking for committed individuals to join our existing management board. Members are responsible for the Charity’s strategic direction and setting and monitoring overall policy performance, whilst ensuring effective and efficient administration and our continuing financial stability. We are seeking dynamic and motivated people who are sympathetic to our aims and objectives to help us fulfill these voluntary duties.

Applications from people with senior management level experience and professional skills across a wide spectrum of careers would very much be welcomed.

If you are interested and wish to know more of the role and responsibilities, please email:

suzie.mcgann@andoveryoungcarers.co.uk or call 01264 333788

 

 

                                THRUXTON TIMES - JUNE 2018             

Editor: Rick Smart – 07786246291 / richard.smart@infor.com. Published by Thruxton Parish Council

  1. World Famous Thruxton Fete -23June 2018  Village Green 2-4.30pm
  2. White Horse Pub –new management. Pop and see Janet & John
  3. 2nd Andover Sea Scouts Fete - 10th June Amport Green 12-3pm

Dates for Diary

Saturday 9th June Messy Church

Sunday 10th June     2nd Andover Sea Scout Fete

Friday 22nd June Charity Event

Saturday 23rd June Thruxton Fete

Weds 27th June Gardening Club

Friday 29th June Thruxton Cinema

Saturday 30th June Soccer Aid / Charity Skydive

Weds August 29th Gardening Club AGM

Sunday 9th Sept Flower/Produce Show

Wednesday 11th Sept Community Club Tea

 

Charity Skydive for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

On 30th June, Jess (23) and George (19) Thomson of Lovell Close, will be completing a charity sky dive for the Air Ambulance where their dad is a pilot. It costs £9000 / day to fund this vital service with no government funding. You can donate by phone 0777 6491118 or pop in to 1 Lovell Close for more details or go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/george-thomson5

Dog Show and Bake Sale

At the start of May Natasha Richardson from Elm Close arranged a Dog Show and Bake Sale on the Village Green in aid of the Humanimal Trust. The sun was shining and the tails were wagging as a procession of gorgeous canines paraded around the Green. There were several categories with Tilikum winning most handsome dog and Ellie winning prettiest bitch and scooping the coveted Best in Show Award. There were also a variety of stalls including snake and spider handling – not for me thank you!

The cakes were delicious and the doggie treats were eagerly gobbled up by our four-legged friends. In total Natasha raised £591 which is a terrific amount and one she should be very proud of. It’s great to see a youngster working so hard and being so passionate about a cause. Well done Natasha xx Same time next year!

Competition Time

Photography Competition with the simple theme ‘Summer in Thruxton’ and you can enter as many photos as you like. Bottle of Wine for the best Adult Entry and £10 for best child entry. Email entries to Richard.smart@infor.com or text 0786246291.

Memorial Hall AGM

On 9th May several villagers attended the Hall AGM to hear of the work of the Trustees over the past year.  A copy of the Annual Report has been placed on the village website.  As the Hall is increasingly needing repairs and refurbishment due to its age there was a loss in the last financial year.  Apart from a small increase in charges, the Hall needs regular support from all villagers through attending events such as Moviola and the Remembrance Lunch to make ends meet.  The existing Trustees were re-elected to serve for the year 2018/19.

Thruxton Soccer Aid

Thruxton Soccer Aid in aid of Unicef is on Saturday 30th June 4pm. Adults, kids, boys, girls just turn up to the Sports Field at 4pm and we will arrange teams and have a fun tournament! Entry is £5 per family by either by going to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-smart17 or Texting PTST99 and amount in £ to 70070, or bringing cash on the day. For every £ we donate the Government will match it!! Squash and hot dogs will be provided for the kids and adults why not bring along a post tournament picnic! Contact Rick Smart if you are interested – 07786246291.  

Messy Church

Our next Messy Church will take place on Saturday 9th June, 1030 - 1230, at Kimpton Primary School. We'll be celebrating the Queen’s birthday. Everyone is welcome, although children must be accompanied by an adult. We have great fun and always finish with a 'meal' (sandwiches and cake).

Parish Council Meeting 6/6/18

Present:  Councillors Charles Milner-Williams (Chairman) John Davis, Ray Bradbury, Janet Graham, Roger Oliver, Mike Windsor, and Mrs Heather Bourner County Councillor Mrs Zilliah Brooks and five members of the public.

  • The schedule of the road works in the village remained a mystery but there was hope that Stanbury Rd would be mended in the next 2 weeks.  The letter stating works would occur in the early hours of the morning was a mistake!
  • The fencing around the Mandy Garden will be fixed and a full programme of work is in hand.
  • Roger Oliver reported on four trees that were causing concern.  Dermott Cox, TVBC Arboreal Officer will be visiting to give his expert opinion.
  • The Neighbourhood Development Plan had attracted a response rate of 20% which was disappointing. On the positive side, some constructive ideas had been put forward and the responses from villagers, Test Valley etc. would now be considered. 98% of respondents congratulated the Steering Group and were largely in favour of the draft plan.
  • Having received a grant of £1250 from the National Assoc. of Local Councils towards the website (please use it!) it was agreed to buy parish computer equipment for the Clerk.
  • There was concern about overgrown footpaths in the village and the Lengsthmen would be asked to address this.
  • The new Springers for the children’s' Play area would be fitted in early July.
  • Following Mr Pelham's gifting of the Sports Field to the village it was agreed that a new steering group comprising the current Trustees of the 3 Villages Sports Trust would run the football fixtures and other sports. The Trust would be wound up and the Parish Council would assume financial responsibility for the maintenance of the pitches. Thruxton would be eligible for grants from Fields in Trust.
  • The finances were in good form, with the reserves of £11,000 earning interest at 1.6%, Cllr Davis was congratulated on finding this generous yield.  The audit report had been favourable and the Clerk was congratulated.
  • For the County Council Cllr Mrs Brooks reported that the 20 is Plenty speed trials had shown that in fact more accidents happened at slower speeds due to people taking less care.
  • On planning, some largely cosmetic changes to George House were considered and the Parish Council had no objection.
  • The Chairman reported that he had been re-elected as Chairman of the Test Valley Association of Parish and Town Councils.
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Flower and Produce Show

This will be held on Sunday 9th Sept.  Now is the time to get planting, sowing etc. This year’s schedule is on the Village Website so look and see what categories you can enter – lots of photography and cooking as well.  Entry Forms, available from John Davis (772711). 

Gardening Club

In May, Roger Hirons gave us a fabulous talk on ‘Roses with a Twist’.  He was so knowledgeable and so enthusiastic that we nearly forgot to go home!  Thank you to those who attended - we will certainly be inviting him back. On 27th June, we have our visit to Andy McIndoe’s garden which should be very interesting. Just a reminder that we have no meeting in July but will be back on 29th August for our AGM and the geranium competition. Have a fabulous summer – enjoy the weather. Contact Louise Cushine on louise.cushine@hotmail.co.uk / 07894 543 965 for details.      

Neighbourhood Plan

Thank you to everyone who responded to our consultation. The Steering Group will be spending the next couple of months going through all the responses and looking at how the draft may need to be amended. We are hoping to be at the Fete and will update you again in the Thruxton Times over the summer.

Thruxton Cinema

On FRIDAY 29th JUNE Thruxton Village Cinema will, for the Summer Season, show "THE POST" (12A) - a historical political Thriller and Suspense Drama - directed by Steven Spielberg with Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Bob Odenkirk. The film tells the story of the first female publisher of a major American newspaper (Meryl Streep) and depicts the true story of the attempts by The Washington Post in the 1970's to publish the Pentagon Papers, classified documents regarding the 30-year involvement of the US government in the Vietnam War. This film had very positive reviews with critics praising the performances in the film. "The Post" was chosen by the National Board of review as the best film of 2017. Tickets £6. Cash Bar from 7.00pm. Film starts at 7.30pm. Contact – Carolyn 773048 / Nigel 773993 or Margaret 773546. We are taking a break in July and August and will be back in September 2018.                         Thank you for supporting Thruxton Cinema.                                         

 

Thruxton Village Fete

Saturday 23rd June 2018

2pm - 4.30pm

Come and join us for an afternoon of family fun on the Village Green for:

  • BBQ, Beer, Pimms & Prosecco
  • Dog Show including dog fancy dress with a Football World Cup Theme
  • Games including Football Shoot Out, Tug of War, Crockery Smash, and many more
  • Grand Draw, Bottle Stall, Children’s Tombola 
  • Plants, Books, Bric-a-Brac & lovely items made in Thruxton

There are lots of ways you can help make this day a success, we need your donations for the following stalls please:

  • Books
  • Plants
  • Bottles (alcoholic or not)
  • Bric-a-Brac

We need items made or produced by you e.g. cakes, cupcakes, biscuits, pies, jams, chutneys, honey, eggs, fruit juices pressed at Kimpton, chocolate, sweets, art, candles, cards, pictures and other craft items

 

You can supply your donation in one of the following ways:

1. Collection – contact Rick Smart 07786246291 and he will arrange to collect your donation from you.

2. Drop Off – you can drop your donation to either Scholars House, Stanbury Road from 10th June or to George House (former pub) on Friday 22nd June.

Please do not drop off items to the Village Hall.

3. At the Fete – simply bring your item(s) along on the day to the Fete.

To purchase Prize Draw Tickets, or pledge your help, please contact Rick on 0786246291 or Amanda on 773203  

 

 

                                    THRUXTON TIMES - MAY 2018

Thruxton Times – April 2018    Editor: Rick Smart – 07786246291 / richard.smart@infor.com. Published by Thruxton Parish Council

Breaking News

  •  Sadly, the Children’s Royal Wedding Tea Party has been cancelled.
  •  The full minutes of Parish AGM & Assembly will soon be on the website
  •  Thanks Katrina Vessey – new TT Distributor for upper Stanbury Road

Dates for Diary

Saturday 5th May Dog Show & Bake Sale

Wednesday 9th May Hall AGM

Sunday 13th May Craft Fair

Wednesday 30th May Gardening Club

Wednesday 6th June Parish Council Mtg

Saturday 9th June Messy Church

Sunday 10th June     2nd Andover Sea Scout Fete

Friday 22nd June Charity Event

Saturday 23rd June Thruxton Fete

Friday 29th June Thruxton Cinema

Sunday 9th Sept Flower/Produce Show

Shout out for Future Events

I promised a shout out for the 2nd Andover Sea Scouts Fete on 10th June Amport Green 12-3pm. Also, there is a Charity Function on 22nd June in the Hall in aid of Andover Young Carers. There is music, a bar, buffet, auction etc. - £25 per ticket. Contact Tyler Phillips or Janet Ledingham.

Messy Church

Our next Messy Church will take place on Saturday 9th June, 1030 - 1230, at Kimpton Primary School. We'll be celebrating the Queen’s birthday. Everyone is welcome, although children must be accompanied by an adult. We have great fun and always finish with a 'meal' (sandwiches and cake).

Natasha’s Bake Sale and Dog Show

Following her phenomenal success last year Natasha Richardson aged 13 is once again organising a Bake Sale and Dog Show on the Village Green. The date is Saturday 5th May from 2pm-4pm. This promises to be even bigger than last year with a Grand Raffle, Stalls selling Pet Products, Cakes and lots of dog competition. All proceeds are going to the Humanimal Trust -  http://www.humanimaltrust.org.uk who will also be attending the event.

Please come along and support Natasha. It’s fabulous that one of our youngsters is showing such great initiative and working so hard for others.

Craft Fair

We are running a Craft Fair on Sunday 13th May 2.30pm in the Hall, in aid of the Thruxton Church renovation fund.  There are a few Tables left which are available to hire for £10 each so that you can sell your own crafts (no cakes please).  Refreshments will be available.

To book a table or for further information contact Sue King 01264 772872 or Christine Barrett 01264 571029.

Thruxton Cinema

The next date for your diaries is Friday 29th June when we will show "The Post" (12A) based on a true story with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

Hall AGM 9th May

The Hall is maintained by a board of Trustees for the benefit of everyone living in the parish of Thruxton.  The Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 9th May at 7.30p.m. This is your chance to hear what has happened in the past year and listen to the future plans to ensure it continues to provide the major meeting place for the village. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Additional Trustees are always needed so please offer your services if you are interested. Please contact Margaret on 773546.

 Fete Makes with Gill

Are you good with your hands? Do you have a creative streak? Then why not come along to a weekly Craft Morning on Wednesdays 10 am at George House (the old George Pub). We shall be making items to sell at the Thruxton Fete on 23rd June. Please call Gill on 07789 145817

Village Fete

The Village Fete is on Saturday 23rd June 2pm-4.30pm and we really need the folowing:

  • Volunteers to help at the Fete – set-up, run a stall, clear up after etc.
  • Empty, clean Jam Jars, bags of jam, preserving, or light brown sugar & tins of condensed milk so can make fete treats.
  • Items for our ‘Village Made’ Stall such as Jam, Chutney, Cakes, Biscuits, Sweets, Craft items, Candles etc.
  • Books, Bric-a-Brac, bottles (alcoholic or otherwise).

There is a “collection box” for donations in the Hall or we can come and collect items from you. Contact mindymorton25@gmail.com (Amanda Harvey) or Rick Smart if you can help and / or have items for collection.

Please help us ensure we have a great Fete!!

Neighbourhood Plan

Thank you to those who have already filled in the feedback form on the draft plan. For those who haven’t yet, please do try to squeeze in the time to do it. We need your feedback. The plan can be seen on www.thruxtonvillage.com and you can download the feedback form if you have lost yours. You can also look at a hardcopy (we have 5) in the Hall on the 20th May between 2 – 4pm      or by contacting John Davis on 772711.  We are doing a house to house form collection on the 28th May. The consultation ends on the 4th June. Please support us with this. Thank you.

Gardening Club

We had yet another very good attendance for Charlotte Popescu's talk on 'Foraging for Wild Food' this month.  Thank you to all who came. Next month we have the Plant Doctor, Roger Hirons who will be giving a talk on 'Roses with a Twist'.  He is an expert on plants and garden design with over 20 years of horticultural experience, stemming from formal training at Pershore College of Horticulture and years of working in the industry.  Roger says: “In a nutshell, I want to help people get their gardens to work for them by a combination of the right features and the right plants and trees in their best positions.” 

Come along on May 30th and join us for another very interesting evening. Contact Louise Cushine on louise.cushine@hotmail.co.uk for details.         

 

Parish Council Annual Meeting 2/5/18

  • Charles Milner-Williams was re-elected as Chairman and John Davis was re-elected as Vice Chairman of the Parish Council.
  • Parish Clerk Heather Bourner confirmed that the Calendar of Meetings has been published.
  • Charles announced the great news that Henry Pelham has kindly GIVEN the Sports Field to the Village! This is a fabulous gesture and once all official we will be able to apply for grants etc. to improve the Sports facilities.
  • Heather advised that we have 50 hours with the Lengthsman Scheme (traditional term for workers who maintain parts of village) this year. In May, they will be strimming areas of the Sports Field, September they will ensure clear visibility around car park – more to follow.
  • Charles expressed his dismay that despite signs being posted no work has begun on the Village Roads. Cllr. Brooks stated that due to bad weather there was a backlog. Charles asked that she chase up for us and specified that the issue of surface water at bottom Halcyon Drive needed to be resolved first.
  • John Davis advised there was nothing to report regarding Planning.
  • Charles advised that he had attended a meeting in which he was told that due to drug / criminal offences in Andover more uniformed officers would be required. Charles said that he had informed them in no uncertain terms that this should not impact the excellent work PCSO Donna Whelan does for the Village.
  • Heather confirmed that the Finances were in good order. She’s a wonder wonder woman!!
  • Parking at the Hall was discussed and Charles asked that I remind you that it is illegal to park across and block a Public Footpath as some people have been doing by the Hall.
  • Next meeting Wednesday June 6th.
  • Full minutes on Website / Facebook Page

Flower and Produce Show

This year the Flower and Produce Show will be held on Sunday 9th September in the Memorial Hall.  Now is the time to get planting, sowing or photographing.  This year’s schedule is on the Village Website so look and see what categories you can enter – lots of photography and cooking as well.  The Website cannot currently accommodate the Entry Form, but you can get one from John (772711).  Forms will be available in the Hall and possibly in the Church in due course                                            

 

Thruxton Annual Parish Assembly May 2nd 2018

Chairman’s Report - Chairman Charles Milner-Williams welcomed everyone and thanked all those villagers who help to keep Thruxton a clean, tidy, safe and fun place to live. He offered praise to Natasha Richardson (13) for her Dog Show / Cake Sale initiative that raised £700. He thanked and praised all the Village Organizations (Allotments – Geoff Bourner, Gardening Club – Louise Cushine, Community Club – General Hodges & John Davies, Film Club – Nigel Beck, Ladies Choir – Clare Minting). He welcomed Revd. Sandra Williams our new Priest in Charge and thanked Church Wardens Christine Barrett and Sue King for all their hard work. Charles thanked John Mckenzie for his 38 years as editor of the Thruxton Times and welcomed new editor Rick Smart. Charles also thanked John Davis for getting the new village website up and running and asked people to provide content.

Charles praised Mrs Kate Phillipson and Mrs Louisa Chamberlain who along with a parish wide group of talented and dedicated villagers have brought our Neighbourhood Development Plan to the formal consultation stage.  This is probably the most important document in the history of Thruxton so please make your views known.  Charles thanked the Councillors who serve us at County and Borough level and thanked Cllr Mrs Mutton for all she has done for Thruxton, the Ward, Test Valley and the County over the years. Cllr Lashbrook will be standing again in May 2019 and has already been adopted as the candidate. At parish level Charles said that he could not ask for a better team of Parish Councillors and that our Clerk remains the envy of the Borough! There is now only one Parish Council vacancy following the welcome return of Roger Oliver as Tree Warden.

On the negative side Charles commented that despite endless reporting our roads and road edges are only partially repaired. He went on to comment that a few wilfully careless dog owners continue to be an annoyance / health hazard and that there are still too many heavy lorries going through the village (the Assembly discussed speeding in detail and more discussion is required). Charles commented that despite some improvements the car park still needs £45k to get it up to standard. Charles closed by thanking everyone for making Thruxton such a wonderful and happy place to live with bags of activities.

Planning – John Davis advised we had 19 applications last year 10 or which were for tree work. There was a change of use for George Pub, and the application for 2 houses at Eastfield House withdrawn.

School – Margaret Rome advised there are 191 pupils with 32% are service children and a welcome increase in pupils from KTF. There is more variety in Curriculum with more sports and class trips. Head Zoe Newton encourages love, courage, respect and an inclusive environment. More Development of Boundary Wood and a new fun Forest School. School awarded Outstanding on SIAMS inspection. School received £10000 MOD Grant to develop a Community Kitchen. Finally, plans are afoot to raise money to install a stain glassed window in memory of Canon Ian Tomlinson.

Circuit / Airfield – Henry Pelham confirmed his gift of the Sports Field. A query was raised from the floor regarding the flightpath taken by helicopters – Mr Pelham to investigate. Mr Coombes confirmed that the circuit is a thriving commercial business (Karting, Skid Pan, Track etc.) and he is looking forward to opening new Hospitality Building. In answer to a query from the floor he confirmed that the circuit will not be hosting ‘Carfest’ as rumoured or any other such festivals.

Finance – Heather Bourner explained the reasoning for the cash reserve held by the Council and advised that the Finances are in good order.

Neighbourhood Plan – Louisa Chamberlain spoke of the plan and its availability to review on the Website, Hard Copy etc. (see TT). Please, please provide feedback by the end of May.

Councillor Reports - Cllr. Brooks and Lashbrook reported on Council funding matters, Cllr. Brooks said she will look into the road works but confirmed she had finally managed to get approval for the flooding issue under Fyfield Bridge to be resolved once and for all!

When the meeting closed, everyone enjoyed the kind hospitality of the Chairman.

 

 

Sombre Note the ashes of Mary and Barry Lay, long term residents of Lambourne Close were interred in the graveyard at our village church. Together for many years they ran the very successful Thruxton Bridge Club, before moving to a retirement home in Surrey. May they rest in peace.

 

 

                              THRUXTON  TIMES - APRIL 2018

Thruxton Times – April 2018    Editor: Rick Smart – 07786246291 / richard.smart@infor.com. Published by Thruxton Parish Council

Dates for Diary

Friday 13th April     Film Victoria & Abdul

Wednesday 18th April Community Club  

Saturday 21st April Progressive Dinner

Wednesday 25th April Gardening Club

Friday 27th April    Thruxton Cinema

Wednesday 2nd May Parish Council AGM

Saturday 5th May Dog Show & Bake Sale

Wednesday 9th May Hall AGM

Sunday 13th May Craft Fair

Wednesday 30th May Gardening Club

Saturday 9th June Messy Church

 

Breaking News

Easter Competition Winners – Jack Sargeant and Livi Durant – well donex

Thruxton Phone Box Library – thanks to your donations the library has a complete range of new titles available for your enjoyment.

 

Neighbourhood Plan Ready for Review

I am delighted to advise you that after 2 years work by the Steering Group and the Parish Council, the first draft of the Thruxton Parish Neighbourhood Plan is ready for review. We now start the first of the formal consultation exercises that are required. Please read the flyer that has been delivered with this newsletter as it contains everything you need to know about how to respond to the consultation.

We have done our bit – it is YOUR PARISH, YOUR PLAN and YOUR TURN to contribute. Please take some time to read the flyer, look at the draft and tell us what you think.

Massive thanks to Kate Phillipson and her team for all their hard work.

 

New Website

The www.thruxtonvillage.com website is now live! John Davis has worked very hard to get the site live but It is still in its infancy and so John now needs feedback and content from the villagers to further develop the site. John can be contacted on 772711 or you can email me.  Please take a few minutes to review and feedback. After all the site is there for our benefit.

 Royal Wedding Fancy Dress Tea Party

To celebrate the Royal Wedding the Trustees are planning a Children’s Fancy Dress competition and Tea Party on 19th May on the village green.  We have had limited response so far which is a shame as I am sure that the kids would love this. If you are interested, please contact Margaret on 773546 or Rick Smart.

We just need to know the following please: 

1. Would your child like to take part?   

2. Could you help on the day and / or provide refreshments? 

3. Could you donate a prize for best Fancy Dress / Games?

I know weekends are precious for people but a couple of hours with the kids dressed up eating food must surely be worth considering!                                       

Natasha’s Bake Sale and Dog Show

Following her phenomenal success last year Natasha Richardson aged 12 is once again organising a Bake Sale and Dog Show on the Village Green. The date is Saturday 5th May from 2pm-4pm. This promises to be even bigger than last year with a Grand Raffle, Stalls selling Pet Products, Cakes and lots of dog competition. All proceeds are going to the Humanimal Trust -  http://www.humanimaltrust.org.uk who will also be attending the event.

Please come along and support Natasha. It’s fabulous that one of our youngsters is showing such great initiative and working so hard for others.

Craft Fair

We are running a Craft Fair on Sunday 13th May 2.30pm in the Hall, in aid of the Thruxton Church renovation fund.  Tables are available to hire for £10 each so that you can sell your own crafts (no cakes please).  Refreshments will be available. Book early to avoid disappointment. To book a table or for further information contact Sue King 01264 772872 or Christine Barrett 01264 571029.

 

Gardening Club

We had another very good attendance for Ted & Keith this month, thank you to them and all who came along to ask them questions. They were very interesting.  We still have a small number of Geraniums left for our competition, if anyone is interested please contact me.  Charlotte Fyfe will be our speaker on Wednesday 25th April and she will be talking about 'Foraging for Wild Food'. This will be another fascinating talk so please come along.

Next meetings:                            Wednesday 30th May                                    Weds 27th June - trip to Andy McIndoe's garden

Memorial Hall AGM

The Memorial Hall AGM Hall is on Wednesday, 9th May at 7.30p.m. and all villagers are invited. If anyone is interested in becoming a Trustee of the Hall, then you are free to nominate yourself. Please contact Margaret 773546 to discuss what the role involves if you are interested.

Thruxton Cinema

Victoria & Abdul – has been rescheduled for Friday 13th April due to bad weather. Original Tickets will be honoured and new are available for purchase.       

Murder on the Orient Express (PG-13) 2017 film - What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, "Murder on the Orient Express" tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad. -  Friday 27th April.

Tickets £6. Cash Bar from 7.00pm. Film starts at 7.30pm. Contact – Carolyn 773048 / Nigel 773993 or Margaret 773546.

There will not be a film in May and the next date for your diaries is Friday 29th June when we will show "The Post" (12A) based on a true story directed by Steven Spielberg with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

Parish Council Meeting 11/4/18

•           Councillors Charles Milner - Williams (in the chair), John Davis, Vice Chairman, Ray Bradbury, Janet Graham, Mike Windsor and later Cllr Roger Oliver.  County Councillor Mrs Zilliah Brooks and three members of the public.

•           The meeting stood in silent tribute to Richard Beswick Parish Clerk 2000 to 2004 who had died on Sunday.  The Chairman would send condolences from the parish to Mrs Beswick who had been Clerk from 2004 until 2008

•           In public discussion the standard of road repairs was criticised, why had the parish council done nothing about speeding vehicles. The Chairman acknowledged a lack of progress but refuted lack of effort.  The recent road repairs were quite inadequate.  Cllr Mrs Brooks would take this up with HCC

•           Roger Oliver, a villager for 40 years and a previous member of the Hall Trustees and Parish Council offered his services to fill a vacancy.  After a mild grilling, he was duly co-opted and warmly welcomed onto the Parish Council.

•           It was agreed that the next stage of the Neighbourhood Development Plan should go ahead and the draft plan will go out for public consultation on the 16th April.  See the Thruxton Times.

•           The impact and requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations were noted and observed and the Clerk's additional efforts were recognised.

•           The possibility of buying a speed camera was considered and it was agreed to test parish opinion at the Annual Parish Assembly. It was agreed to get the new "springer" installed in the Play Area, using the Tesco grant money.

•           The yearly accounts were agreed and it was noted that there was a healthy reserve in hand.

•           Cllr Mrs Brooks reported that Hampshire County Council had been given an extra £3million to mend the road.  This wasn't nearly enough.  Road repairs in Thruxton would again be raised with the Senior Engineer.  Demarcation between Highways England and HCC led to some massive potholes being left untouched.  This was the case at the western end of Village Street.

•           The next meeting will be on Wed 2nd May.                                          

Competition Time

This month’s competition is the older more tech savvy youngsters in Thruxton. The competition is to simply create a short video of 2 minutes or less of something that interests you. It can be with or without music or commentary and be on a subject of your choice. Simply email your video to me and so long as it is suitable for publication I will post to the Thruxton Times Facebook Page. To encourage you to get your creative juices flowing there will be a £10 prize for the winner.

Ricks Rambles

I hope you all had a great Easter – certainly the Smart family could have given Willy Wonka a run for his money. However along with some other villagers we did at least manage to burn some calories off during the KTF Stepathon in aid of Sport Relief. We managed to raise £200 so many thanks to those who took part and supported us.

There are lots of things happening this month not least the Neighbourhood Plan which I would urge you all to review and feedback on. Those dog / cake lovers amongst you (that must pretty much be everyone!) should mark the 5th May in your diary for Natasha’s Dog Show and Bake Sale. This was a great event last year and Natasha hopes this one will be even better.

Please note the promotional discount offer to residents for Afternoon Tea at Rosebourne. Finally, I still have a few advertising spaces left if you would like to promote your business. Thanks, Rick.

 Vilage Fete   The World Famous Thruxton Village Fete is on Saturday 23rd June 2pm-4pm. We really need as many helpers as possible to make this as successful as ever. If you can help set up / run a stall / clear up please contact Amanda Harvey ( mindymorton25@gmail.com) or Rick Smart. Right now, you could help by making donations of the following items so we can get busy making fete goodies:

  • Empty, clean jam jars
  • Bags of jam sugar, preserving sugar or soft light brown sugar
  • Tins of sweetened condensed milk                                     There is a “collection box” for donations in the Hall.

 

A Note from the Chairman Charles

Each year, the Parish Council is obliged by law to hold two meetings.  The first, the Annual Parish Meeting, is when a Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Clerk are elected, appointments to groups like the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group and the Planning Group are agreed and tree wardens, footpath officers etc. are appointed.  Accounts are agreed, and all documents held by the Parish Council are confirmed to be safe and sound.  That meeting will take place at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 2nd of May in the Hall and like all Parish Council meetings is open to the public.

Immediately following that meeting, and starting at 8.00 pm is the Annual Parish Assembly.  This is the Chairman's and Clerk's formal annual report to all villagers in the civil parish of Thruxton.  This meeting has traditionally included reports from local groups such as the Church, the School, the Police and the Circuit.  This year there will also be a report on the progress towards Thruxton having its own Neighbourhood Development Plan.  This is arguably the most important document ever in the history of Thruxton as, once adopted it becomes the legal reflection of how the parishioners see our village developing over the years until 2029. Do please play a full part in the consultation process which runs from 16th April until the 4th of June. At Annual Parish Assemblies in the past we have had as many as eleven speakers from all our lively groups, clubs and societies but the feeling was that took too long and prevented you the villagers from having your say, which is the most important part of the meeting and that it also detracted from the enjoyment of the hospitality that traditionally follows the meeting.  Many a promising conversation and plan has followed that part of what is an informative and enjoyable evening.  Do come along to listen, criticise if you wish, suggest and enjoy

In other News

Community Club Lunch – 18th April.  We now have around 40 booked to come to the Fish ‘n Chip lunch in the Hall on Wednesday 18th April.  We can accept further requests to come until Sunday 15th April.  Regrettably we will need money in advance, £6 / head, to pay for the meal, so please drop this amount in to Bob Hodges or John Davis as soon as possible.  See you there