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
The EDITOR of the letter is John McKenzie on 772788.
This web site holds the three most recent monthly editions.
THRUXTON TIMES - JULY 2017
Dates for your Diary
Sat July 15 School FETE from 10am ( para.)
Wed July 19 Gardening Club supper ( para)
Wed Aug 30 Gardening Club ( see para)
Wed Sept 6 Parish Council. Hall 7.30pm
Sun Sept 10 Flower & Produce Show (para.)
Wed Sept 13 Community Club ( see para.)
Fri Sept 29 Thruxton Cinema ( see para.)
The FETE (Amanda Harvey) The sun shone brightly on us this year, and brought around 600 visitors. There were all the popular stalls, and some new ones too. We held the very popular dog show, and were pleased to welcome a dance display from the School, and also Barbara the school sheep. There was music, dancing, a very busy beer tent, much merriment, and lovely tea & cake in the Hall. The Fete is our main fund-raising activity, enabling us to make healthy donations to our local organisations.
I would like to thank all those who worked so hard on the day, and in the run up, to make it such a success. A special thanks to our sponsors, but most of all to YOU for supporting us. A couple of calls for your help please
We need to track down Prize Draw winner “M.Carr” on ticket no. 00384: secondly we need people to join the
V.A. cttee involving just a couple of hours or so a month, just to help us deliver the Fete. We needed outside help this year ! Please contact Amanda or Martin on 773203, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can explain different ways you could help.
The School (Margaret Rome)We are looking for a caretaker. The role involves 2 hours each morning to open the school & ensure it is ready for the pupils, and 1 hour each day after school. There are general responsibilities, and being an approved key-holder. If interested, please contact Mrs. Browne, Senior Admin Officer on 772297 for more info and salary details.
The School is holding its Summer Fete on Sat 15th July from 10 am until 2pm. This is organised by the PTA. Everyone is welcome and your support will be much appreciated.
Thruxton Cinema ( Nigel Beck) There will be no films for July&August. It is expected that the next Film Show will be Fri. 29 Sept. Details will be announced when available, & the Hall Cttee thank all our filmgoers for their
excellent support since we embarked on this new community project in Dec. 2015. We aim to continue choosing high quality films of interest to all. We look forward to seeing you on 29thSep (last Fri. of the month) 772993
Flower & Produce Show 10th Sept ( John Davis) Although late frosts seem to have set back fruit trees, there are still plenty of items of produce & craft work that can be entered in the Show. You will recall that we had to
Cancel last year because of lack of entries at the closing date although many of you had entries available.The Schedule is on the web -site, or I can send you soft copy by email. We don’t want to cancel again, do we ! !
Community Club Tea Party ( John Davis )
We are planning the next one in the Hall on Wed. 13th Sept., at which we will have a talk by the Hampshire Air Ambulance. Please note the date. You will be contacted nearer the time by a member of our team.
Another First for the Village (CharlesM-W)
Many congratulations to Pauline Broomhead of Robins Roost on the award of a CBE in the Birthday Honours List. This was awarded for services to Charity Management and children. Pauline, whose whole working life has been
In the charity field, said “ I am hugely honoured and I feel this is more a recognition of the work done by the smaller charities.”
Gardening Club ( Gill Bally )
We had a most enjoyable trip to Compton Acres Garden last week, and found the Poole air much fresher than at Thruxton ! The gardens are worth a visit and a good time was had by all.
July sees the members’ supper on the 19th July, and August the fuschia judging and AGM on the 30th.
Don’t forget your plants must be presented in a six-inch pot.
People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.
(Anton Chekhov )
Parish Council 5.7.17 The Council meeting was preceded by a presentation concerning a potential Development on the land to the east of Lambourne Close. This was led by Aaron Smith with the assistance of David Wiseman. Maps were shown giving the ten houses, or twenty houses, envisaged. Approximately 30 villagers had come along and posed many questions, often relating to traffic, and to the concept of “affordable homes”.
The small bridge at Lambourne Close will still be the only way in, and there were informed ( or uninformed) guesses at the number of additional vehicles using the central way through the village. The Chairman noting that we are near to three Industrial estates, and have become “a thoroughfare” wondered if we need yet more traffic coming through our narrow roads.
The Council meeting then convened, with Charles Milner-Williams in the chair, and Cllrs. John Davis, Janet Graham, Mike Windsor, and Ray Bradbury. Also present were County Cllr. Zilliah Brooks and TVBC Cllr. Pam Mutton.
It was observed that the notice board in Lambourne Way was in need of care, and Cllr Graham was willing to take this on. Trees were discussed, with particular reference to those on the Green in the vicinity of cottages. What precisely were the Council’s duties ? Apparently, unless the trees are actually dangerous, the Council, while having sympathy for the residents, does not have to take action.
The Clerk reported that she had contacted the owners of The George and urged that something be done about the deteriorating state of the surrounding area.
On a similar theme Jason Bailey was thanked for good work on the hedge flanking the Jubilee Walk
Mike Windsor,talking about Neighbourhood Plan said that the stall at the Fete had been well attended.
The proposed Ward Boundary Changes were discussed including a NAME for our new entity. Charles had written to the Boundaries Commission that we should be named Bellinger
It was hoped, for example that all of Dauntsey Lane would be in with us.
There were still worries around the gated entrance signs , not least the likely COST thereof. Zilliah Brooks promised to look into this. She also spoke about the County Council “having to save several millions !”
We were asked to mention a Tesco scheme which is titled “Bags of Help “. This operates at their two smaller in-town branches and at the big River Way store. The 5p price of carrier bags is used to give Grants. Shoppers are asked to vote by placing a disc in a voting box. We have asked for a grant to enhance the PLAY AREA. Can you please “vote “ for it. Thanks
John Davis referred to 3 planning matters : Tree work at 15 Beech Close, a proposed extension at Lovell close, and an extension at Racedown Cottages. No objections The vexed question of the “School Car Park“ got its umpteenth airing. Charles had approached both Fyfield and Kimpton Councils for financial input, likewise the School, but “tight budgets” is the general problem. The £45,000 apparently needed, to put it all right seems well out of reach ! On a ( much ) happier note we have had a reply from the Palace thanking for our letter and extending “warm wishes” from the Queen. The question of access to and visibility of Mullens pond, being very difficult is an issue that will be pursued.
Next meeting is on 6th Sept usual time/place
“Thruxton in 1917” Please note that on Sat. 28th October Revd Ann McKenzie will give a talk on the above subject in the Church in the afternoon. There will be refreshments, and donations for the Church will be welcomed. There will be more details in our next issue.
And our next issue (hopefully) will be on Thursday 7th September following a long tradition of getting a rest in August. On behalf of the Parish Council we wish all our loyal readers a great Summer, and once again extend thanks to our Delivery Team.
THRUXTON TIMES - MAY 2017
Dates for your Diary
Sat May 6 Dog show etc etc Green 1-4 pm
May 10 & May 14 Neighbourhood Plan.Hall.(flyer
Wed May 10 The Hall AGM at 7pm (see para )
May 13 &14 Project Workshops OPEN. Quarley.
Sat May 20 Progressive Dinner Party.
Fri May 26 Film “ Sully “ (12 A ) ( see para )
Wed May 31 Gardening Club ( see para )
Wed June 7 Parish Council in Hall 7.30pm.
Sat June 17 FETE on Green ( see para.)
Flower Festival. The Churchwardens, Christine & Sue, would like to thank all who supported this event. A great success, which raised over £500 towards essential safety & restoration work at the church. There were beautiful arrangements from many villagers, & 3 of the other churches were represented too. The church smelt of spring & the famous brass knight in front of the altar was uncovered for visitors to see. A very pretty Easter garden graced the entrance, on the old bier which had not seen the light of day for some years. Cream teas, cakes, & refreshments went down well, & children enjoyed 2 Easter egg hunts. The stunning raffle prize, donated by Carolyn Currie was won by Marion Hoskins.
Grateful thanks to all who helped us in any way, and to all those who came to enjoy it.
Hall AGM (Margaret Milner-Williams) This event will be held at 7pm on Wed 10th May
at 7pm. All villagers are most welcome. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.
Dogs Letter from Judy Fowler (Lambourne Close) I walk my dog on the playing field, how lucky we are to have this facility for the village. Why then is it so abused. Every time I go there I make sure I am armed with lots of poo-bags because there is always evidence that a number of people
do not clean up after their dogs and they must be big dogs too !....you know what I mean. Two lots today right by the swings & the picnic table. Just where the children play.. There’s NO EXCUSE for it , as there are always bags by the gate….I know because I put them there. We have all
experienced our dogs rolling in something unsavoury. Imagine a parent finding their child covered in dog poo. It’s disgusting and potentially dangerous too. Whoever is responsible please dig deep and find your moral conscience
Neighbourhood Plan (Kate Phillipson).We need your input again this month, but hopefully it will be more fun than filling in another form ! Come to the Hall on 10th or 14th May, find out more about what we are doing and tell us which green spaces you think we should try to protect.
Refreshments will be provided. Please see flyer for details, and please do come along.
Community Club Autumn Tea Party (John Davis) Although a long way ahead, please make
a note for the date of the next Community Tea Party on Wed. 13th Sept. at which we hope to have a talk by the HAMPSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE, based here at Thruxton.
Encouraging ! Following our appeal last month for someone to take over the Dauntsey Lane delivery round it was wonderful to get no fewer than FIVE OFFERS to help. First up was Alistair
Currie of George Cottage so he has got the job but the other offers will be remembered.THANKS
Thruxton Cinema ( Nigel Beck). The next one will be on Fri 26 May …..”SULLY” (12 A) directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks. The film tells the true tale of quiet unfussy heroism :of
highly trained professionals doing their job in the most challenging of circumstances imaginable.
Best to get your ticket in advance. £6, via Nigel on 773993 , Carolyn 773048 or Margaret 773546
Cash bar from 7 pm ; film starts at 7.30 pm.
Gardening Club (Gill Bally) What an inspirational talk Steve Austin gave us on the subject of “Winter Jewels” last week. Although it is hard to think of planting for winter, now is the time to buy your plants and trees. Our next meeting is on 31st May and our speaker is Kelvin Mason who is going to talk of growing plants for flower arranging so, even if you are not into gardening, this should be interesting. We charge £4 for non-members and £2 for members: meetings are open to all. Compton Acres coach on 21st June still has one vacancy. Book now !
A small boy and girl were standing in front of a
picture of ADAM AND EVE.. “Which is which ? the girl asked. “I don’t rightly know” replied the boy “ but I think I could tell if they had their clothes on”.
FETE ( Amanda Harvey). The Fete will be held on the Green on Sat.17th June. We are looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks to help make the day a success; please contact Amanda or Martin on 773203 or email@example.com if you are able to help : you’d be very welcomed
This could be on the day (eg.manning a stall) or leading up to the event (e.g. selling prize draw tickets). We are also looking for pledges of “village made” items e.g. jams, chutneys,honey, eggs, apple juice, cut flowers , CONTINUED
Parish Council 3.5.17 This was deemed to be the Annual Council meeting hence it was necessary to appoint Chairman and Vice-Chairman for the coming year. Charles Milner-Williams and John Davis were re-elected to these positions nem con. The other councillors, Janet Graham
Ray Bradbury, and Mike Windsor will continue. The point was made that there is vacancy for Two additional councillors. Also at the meeting were County Cllr. Zilliah Brooks, and TVBC Cllr. Pam Mutton.
Matters discussed / continued included internet banking ( no probs) : the gated entrance signs…..agreed in principle . John Davis expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the HGV signs that have gone up being “not what we asked for “ He has seen “decent size notices“ e.g Unsuitable for HGV’S.
There had been a possible sighting of the dreaded Japanese Knotweed. This may not be correct but the Chairman will follow up and confirm ……or refute.
Mike Windsor spoke about trees, Curlew Cottage area for example. He will talk to residents. In general Trees on Village Street need attention; possibly some reduction in size would be desirable, and in that regard how much, if any, contribution to the cost could we get from the Borough.
It is known that some residents have said they “would be prepared to contribute” directly to these costs.
The Chairman spoke about changes to boundaries proposed, which will affect our areas of direct concern and also about a proposed Village Working Party to deal with among other things, rampant ivy. Date for this was agreed as Sat. 20th May.
The meeting then became The Annual Parish Assembly, to which approximately twenty parishioners had come along, adding to the number already in the hall. Charles, warmly welcomed them all, includ-ing guest speakers. Reviewing the year he spoke “with great sadness” of the death of Canon Tomlinson “who served us well for nearly 38 years”. Villagers mentioned for their services to the village included Sue&Martin King, Pete Watson, Jane & Bob Higgins, Cllrs Graham and Bradbury, Jason Bailey, Ann McKenzie, the Prices , the Chamberlains, Geoff Bourner, and more.
He commended Kate Phillipson for her “ tireless leadership” in the creation of our Neighbourhood Development Plan: “sterling work”
He accepted all was not perfect ; potholes, car park, careless dog owners, heavy lorries still Thruxton is a wonderful place to live.
Margaret Rome, chair of governors, spoke in upbeat manner about the School
Henry Pelham spoke about matters at the Circuit..new buildings, safety work at Church Corner, AirAmbulance facilities, flood control
Connie Moss complained about Helicopters coming too low and too near the village.
Margaret Milner-Williams spoke about the Hall and urged attendance at next Wed’s
Annual general meeting at 7pm.
Martin King, now Footpath Warden, spoke about his job. There are 8 footpaths in area.
Sue King, Churchwarden, spoke about our Grade I listed 13th C. church. Now open all day every day. She thanked the volunteers. Urged all those present to come along.
Cllr.Bradbury paid tribute to Pam Mutton and Zilliah Brooks for their work, for us as
Borough and County Councillors.
Charles then closed the meeting, thanking all who had come along, and inviting them
to share in some “Chairman’s hospitality”.
FETE (contd.) …….or craft
items that we can sell on our new stall for this year. Clearly some of these could be donated in advance, whilst others might need to be brought along on the day. It would be great if we could share ( and show off ! ) the hidden talents in our beautiful village. We’ll share the programme for the day in the next edition, and on the village notice boards over the next month.
Book Club ? Pat Counsell has a very interesting piece on this subject which space, lack of, enforces carry over to June issue. Look out for it.
Mini-extract from our May 1990 issue;-
“Mrs. Gillson, on behalf of the Hall Cttee wishes to express further thanks to the Country & Western Club for yet more interior decorating at the Hall. It’s made a huge difference.”
Enough ! see you with next issue on June 8th……we hope ! !
THRUXTON TIMES - APRIL 2017
Dates for your Diary
Sun/Mon April 16/17 Flower Festival at Church
Sat April 22 Jumble Sale at Hall ( see para.)
Wed April 26 Gardening Club ( see para. )
Fri. April 28 Film “ A United Kingdom “
Wed May 3 Parish Council in Hall, 7.30 pm
Thurs May 4 County Council Election. Hall.
Sat May 6 “Humankind” show on the Green 1pm
May 10 & May 14 Neighbourhood Plan Hall.
Sat May 20 Progressive Dinner Party (see para.)
Craig Boardman – Olympian in the making. The Boardman family (an Army family) have lived in Thruxton since 2012 . In 2006 Craig was run over by an Army lorry in Yorkshire and had to beresuscitated 3 times at the scene. At the age of 6 Craig had already won a football scholarship to Middlesbrough. His injuries were so severe that he needed a wheelchair, but being an active lad tried many sports and after 10 years discovered
wheelchair racing. He won his first medal in May 2015, winning the Vitality Westminster Mile in record time. In March this year he won two gold medals in the World Para-Olympics Championships against world-class competition. Paula Dunn, Head Coach for Team GB, then & there offered him a place ready for the 2020 Para -lympics in Tokyo. He is competing in the London Marathon this year and desperately needs Sponsorship. This is Thruxton’s first ever Olympian and is worthy of your support. Please help him if you can : he and his hugely supportive family would be most grateful. Contact Kelly on 07754463196 or David on 07746948540.
Neighbourhood Plan ( Kate Phillipson)
Many, many thanks to all of you who completed and returned the Objectives questionnaire last month. We had a 50% return rate, which was fantastic, and a lot of people took up the chance to comment, which is really helpful. We are now looking at the responses .and moving on.
There is no “homework” this month but please put on your calendars that we are having sessions in the Hall on the 10th May (evening) and 14th May ( during the day.) More details next month.
Jumble Sale. This is in aid of the upkeep of the Hall and is on Sat. 22 April from 2-4 pm. Adults 50p, children free. Please bring items donated to the sale, to the Hall which will be open from 10am on the day, or contact Carolyn on 773048 to arrange for items to be collected.
Death Gerry Stafford of 19 Stanbury Road died on March 4th after a long illness.
Village Assocn. A progressive dinner party is planned for Sat .20th May. If you have enjoyed these in the past, or would like to find out a bit more contact Steve Davis on 773715. These are
great fun and hugely enjoyable - a great way to meet fellow Thruxtonians if you are new to the village. Please mark the date in your diary now if you are interested in joining in. The Fete will be held on the Green on Sat. 17th June. Lots of new ideas and smoothing of wrinkles. More to follow, and as ever we need lots of volunteers.
Finally, Charles Milner-Williams has been succeeded as Chairman of the V.A. by Amanda Harvey of Lovell Close ; she will introduce herself shortly and share her ideas for the Fete and for future activities- she’s some good ones in mind.
Gardening Club ( Gill Bally )
I think that, despite a lot of chat, we learnt a lot from Ted and Keith when they answered our gardening problems at our last meeting.
Our next get together will be in the Hall at 7.30 on the 26th April, when Steve Austin will talk on
“ WINTER JEWELS “. Please note that all are welcome – non-members are charged £4 , and members £2.
We still have places on the bus for our trip to Compton Acres on the 21st June. Please book now to Gill on 772896. The cost has still to be worked out, but the entrance fee for concessions is £7.45 and the bus will be extra.
With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown. Chinese proverb
HELP NEEDED ! The Delivery Round centred on Dauntsey Lane needs a volunteer or volunteers. This was looked after for many years by Donald and Doreen Anderson, and more recently by Sue Farrar and family.
We are profoundly grateful to them, but a combination of circumstances leads to a position where, after this month’s delivery, they will no longer be able to do it. There are 28 addresses on the round. If you feel able to consider taking on this monthly job perhaps you could talk to Sue Farrar or, alternatively contact Editor, yours truly John McKenzie , on 772788. Thank you.
Film Show. This month’s one is “ A United Kingdom”(12A). ..”love that shook an empire”
Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940’s. Fri 28 April at 7.30 pm in the Hall. Doors open at 7pm.Tickets £6 from Nigel Beck 01264 773993 or from Carolyn Head 01264 773048.
Parish Council 5.4.17
The meeting was chaired by Charles Milner-Williams, with Cllrs. Janet Graham, John Davis, Ray Bradbury and Mike Windsor in support.. Also present were Borough Cllrs.Pam Mutton and Pat West. The prospect / threat of development to the East of Lambourne Close had brought a greatly enhanced attendance to the meeting
( possibly an extra forty ?) . Mr. Aaron Smith of Fowler Architectural Planning Ltd. made it clear that there was no formal planning application yet, but that what was envisaged was a scheme to build 20 – 25 homes of 2,3,4,5, bedroom size on what could be seen as “ a logical extension” to the east.
Mr. Smith accepted a barrage of questions from Steve Counsell, George Fox, Bill Brewer, Connie Moss, Ray Bradbury, Pat Counsell, Jan Lawrence, Chris Rome……to name but a few. A common theme was worry about ACCESS, assuming that EVERYTHING WOULD HAVE TO COME into the site via the LITTLE BRIDGE at the entrance to Lambourne Way. There were already worries about the strength of that bridge, expressed particularly by those living near to it. The Chairman thanked Mr.Smith but said that , clearly, there were many un-answered questions about the whole thing. Mr.Smith said there would be an Exhibition locally, before proceeding to planning application. Asked what sort of price range was envisaged, a figure of £375,000 was mentioned. Mr. Smith was again thanked and commended for coming along, but there was no doubting the strong sense of disquiet felt, by those present, about the whole thing.
Returning to regular agenda item : the Clerk said that a new grit bin is on order to replace the one at Halcyon Drive. Ray Bradbury , returning to the SPORTS FIELD theme, spoke about a figure of £45,000 being needed to deal with the badly needed re-surfacing. On this topic Drivers are asked to be aware of the bad surface and to use caution when driving in the area
CllrDavis referred to another recent incident where a large lorry had got stuck in the middle of the village, echoing the incident described in our February issue. John said this just emphasised the need for the special warning signs at the Village entrances, which, as already reported, are on order, and he would chase this up.
The Chairman was pleased to announce that Martin King of Beech Close has taken on the job of Footpaths Officer for the Parish
Looking ahead to the Parish Assembly ( on May 3rd in conjunction with Council meeting). It was decided to ask speakers for The Hall, The Church, The Circuit, The School, and Neighbourhood Plan, to participate.
On Planning, there were no worries about an extension to the bungalow “Rosewall” ( next to Lovell Close) and interest in, and support for the Church’s idea of an outside toilet etc. The Clerk was commended for the good clear Accounts figures which ( unaudited) had been presented, and showed a nice surplus of over £2,000 on the year’s working.
Heather then left the room while Councillors considered her work, and whether she might be moved to a higher point on remuneration scale. There was unanimous, and whole-hearted appreciation and approval.
Next meeting, with ANNUAL ASSEMBLY, will be on May 3rd, Hall, from 7.30 pm.
The Hall ( Margaret Milner-Williams) The Hall is 200 years old this year, and the Trustees have recently carried out essential work to maintain it for the village to use for the foreseeable future. We need New Trustees to assist in this aim. All villagers are eligible. If you are interested please phone Margaret 773546 to learn more.
Flower & Produce Show ( John Davis ) We now have the date of Sun. 10th Sept.for this year’s show. You will recall that we had to cancel last year because of lackof support at the closing date, so please start growing,
photographing, and cake-making ( perhaps a little early for cakes ! ! ) so we can have a good turnout. Full details will be on Website.
THRUXTON TIMES - MARCH 2017
Dates for your Diary
Tues Mar 7 Singing for fun 2pm (fortnightly)
Tues Mar 7 Tuesday Teas 3pm (fortnightly )
Wed Mar 8 Community Club lunch in Hall
Tues Mar 21 Annual Church meeting 7.30 pm
Wed Mar 29 Gardening Club (see para. )
Fri Mar 31 Film “ ALLIED” in Hall (see para.)
Wed Apr 5 Parish Council , Hall, 7.30 pm.
Sun Apr 16 / Mon 17 Flower Festival ( para.)
Neighbourhood Plan Kate Phillipson772875
As promised, we do have something for you to do this month. Please read the note and
Objectives document that has been delivered with your Thruxton Times. PLEASE do help us by taking a little time to feedback on what we are suggesting. We will be carrying out a
HOUSE TO HOUSE COLLECTION ON THE 12TH MARCH , and there are opportunities to
drop it off too, if that is better for you.
Thank you for your support.
Mothering Sunday (Pam Simpson)
At Church on Mothering Sunday 26th March at 9.30 we’ll be having a Messy Mothering Sunday, which will involve some fun activities and a “feast” (refreshments) at the end. The service is for children of ALL ages – the more the messier! – and everyone is welcome whether they have children or not. Also, there is a child’s table and chairs in the entrance to church now. Children now have their own space to sit and read or colour in pictures when they visit church.
Bus Passes If yours expires at the end of March 2017, and provided your circumstan-
ces ( eg your address) have not changed, you should receive a new one in the post by the end of the month, but contact points, if any problems, are 0300 555 1376 , or
Thruxton Table Tennis Club (Marion Hoskins) We need some more players !
We play every Thursday evening at Kimpton Hall from 7.30pm to 9.30 pm. Come along and give it a try.
Please contact Mr.Ron Shaddick on 01264 324 389 for more details.
Springtime in Thruxton ( Sue King )
An Easter Flower Festival in the Church on Easter Sunday and Monday……16th and 17th April. If you would like to contribute a flower arrangement please contact Christine, 517029, as soon as possible. The Church will be open from 10.30 to 4pm on both days for visitors to enjoy the flowers and the churchyard. Refreshments and Cream Teas (please book in advance if possible, via Sue
772872) will be available both days.
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at 11.30 am and 2.30pm on Easter Monday. Please come and support with family and friends over Easter. Donations in aid of Thruxton Church.
Gardening Club (Gill Bally )
Our talk on BEES was a great success, and although I don’t think anyone will be setting us a colony, we came away with a lot of interesting facts.
Our next meeting will be on the 29th March when we will stage our annual Gardeners’
Question Time with Ted Perren and Keith Boxall answering your queries, so please
think of questions to ask. This meeting will also have Fuschia plants for you to buy and grow on to enter our competition to be judged in August.
Gardening definitions -
Perennial- This year possibly ; next year unlikely.
Seed Catalogue - a work of fiction with fantasy photos.
The next one is on Fri. 31st March in the Hall. It is “ALLIED” (15) with Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt. In 1942 a Canadian Intelligence Officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they re-unite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.
Start 7.30 pm ; doors open from 7.00pm. Tickets £6 from Nigel Beck 01264 773993
and Carolyn Head 01264 773048.
Parish Council 1.3.17
The meeting was chaired by Charles Milner-Williams, who recognised St David’s Day by greeting the assembly in Welsh ! Also present were Cllrs. Mike Windsor, Janet Graham, Ray Bradbury and John Davis; and our TVBC Cllr. Pam Mutton. It was regretted that health problems were again afflicting Cllr. Phil Lashbrook.
There were continuing worries about Tree problems….overhanging branches, general mess not being dealt with. Mike Windsor talked on the subject and it was felt that the Borough could be more helpful in this area..
There was also concern about the increasing amount of Traffic coming off the 303, and “using the village as a rat run “.
On the traffic subject , John Davis said that provision of four new signs had been agreed and these should be sited by the middle of the year.
On Neighbourhood Plan, the document to be circulated was approved. It had come from “hours and hours of work” and the Chairman warmly commended it as “super” and “spot on “ . He “strongly commends it to our people” and thanks the committee for a “ brilliant piece of work “.
There was discussion led by Ray Bradbury of the continuing matter of Gated Entry Signs. On the question of the not insubstantial cost of these, Ray said that all the villages in Wiltshire have them at NO COST to those villages. John Davis said we would have another go at County about this, and
Charles said this has been going on for four years ( ! ) We will push them hard.
Our reserve money, how to get a decent interest on it……a perennial problem these days. John Davis said NS& I have a 1% investment account, but could we possibly get 2%. He will investigate before the April Meeting, and report.
Pam Mutton, first confirming increase in Council Tax, then spoke about Boundary Changes . For example, “bits of Penton” will go into Charlton, as also Ragged Appleshaw It looks as though we remain comfortably in the group with Kimpton Fyfield and Shipton.
Of course on the Parliamentary side we seem to be going into Romsey constituency.
On PLANNING matters John Davis returned to issues with Trees, and also it was noted that in relation to 9 Halcyon Drive there were suggested plans to enlarge it . John said that Council has no problems with these.
The Chairman has specially asked that we high-light HERE the following, in his words
It was noted that a revised proposal for the development of land at the EASTERN END OF LAMBOURNE CLOSE WILL BE AIRED , BY THE DEVELOPER AT THE NEXT MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL.
We have also been asked to preview the fact that A VILLAGE WORKING PARTY is to be called for, to deal with problems connected to the prolific growths of IVY. In our April issue we should be able to announce dates and times for this work. Please “watch this space “.
In relation to general tidiness of our area,
Charles was in favour of getting the “Community Payback” people to come again and deal with problem areas, as they had so effectively done some time ago.
John Davis had attended a meeting at which the Head of Planning talked about “planning
enforcement” and the concept of HARM. The principle being that if a development has not done “harm” to any person or thing, they would be tolerant.
The next meeting is on Wednesday April 5th at 7.30 pm in the Hall. Could be particularly
important ; see special notice above. Do come along if you can.
The Fish‘n’Chip Lunch
If you intend to come next Wednesday (8th)
and have NOT already booked in, please ensure that you get in touch with John Davis ( 772711) by this Sunday Evening at latest : orders have to be in.
A look back 15 years to March 2002 reveals that we had regretfully to announce the death of Tony Battye who died suddenly on 22nd Feb at Chilbolton He had been Head of the School since its inception in 1966 until his retirement in 1992.
Finally an appeal : that the associated paperwork gets the full attention that it so much deserves. Thank you. Back in April.