Compton & Downlands Area Weekly News sections – archive 1

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Thursday 5 May 2022

This week’s news

• The Compton Annual Parish Council meeting is taking place on Monday 9 May and all are invited. See here for more information.

Aldworth Road in Ashampstead will be closed this Friday 6 May between 8am and 5pm for a drainage investigation.

Beedon held its annual parish assembly on 21 April and you can click here to read the minutes, which includes the full text of the Chairman’s address.

• The Crown and Horns in East Ilsley is now hosting a Quiz Night every Thursday from 7pm with prizes to be won. You can reserve a table by calling 01635 281545 and see more information here.

• Do you have young children under four years? Stay, Play and Learn at Compton Village Hall on Thursday mornings during term time is an opportunity for you and your child aged from 0-4 years to socialise with others, exploring a variety of play activities and crafts to support your child’s early learning. Book online with West Berkshire Council here.

• Hampstead Norreys WI is hosting a Plant and Cake stall, boasting plants, vegetables and homemade cakes on Saturday 21 May from 10am to noon and it will be situated on the grassy area outside St. Mary’s Church.

See here for the latest Chaddleworth Newsletter. Please contact chaddnews@gmail.com if you want to be added to the circulation list for the digital edition.

• A request to those in the West Ilsley area, from the Council is to refrain from feeding the ducks. There are a lot of ducks breeding and unfortunately, rats and other vermin are likely to kill the young if the ducks are being fed as they are drawn to the food. This advice presumably applies to any areas with ducks.

• Details for Hampstead Norreys local celebrations from 2 to 5 June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are available to view online and include community lunches, parties, choirs, parades and a barn dance. Please keep an eye on the Hampstead Norreys village website and Hampstead Norreys Community Facebook page for future event details.

West Ilsley’s April Newsletter has been released and you can read it here.

Community notices

• See Compton Parish Council’s website for a list of current scams going around in the area that you should be aware of.

• Recovery in Mind and The Downland Practice host a free one hour introduction session for local adults wishing to further their knowledge on wellbeing and mental health. Please contact pm.downland@nhs.net to book your place.

• Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day is looking for volunteer first aiders for their 2022 event on 26 June. Please contact Lyn on 07774 257539 or email yattendonclassicvehicle@outlook.com.

• Compton Karate based at Aldworth Village Hall is a small and friendly dojo that welcomes new members.

• Aldworth Parish Council would still like to hear from any residents who may have ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. An online survey can be answered.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

•  Mon 9 May Compton Annual Parish Council meeting.

Sat 21 May Hampstead Norreys WI Plant and Cake Stall at St. Mary’s Church.

• Regular events and groups

• The Crown and Horns is now hosting a Quiz Night every Thursday from 7pm with prizes to be won. You can reserve a table by calling 01635281545 and see more information here.

Brickleton Babes Baby and Toddler Group in Brightwalton Village Hall. Join their facebook group for details.

Autumn Group regular meetings include the Hobbies Club at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. Visit their facebook page for details. Anyone from surrounding villages very welcome.

• Aldworth Art/Painting Group at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. Details on the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Village Hall club and event information is on Hampstead Norreys Community website.

• Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please join their Facebook group  or a see details here.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 5 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; financial matters; further attempts to resolve the land ownership issue at Norris Lane; blocked drains; road verges; the jubilee; the annual parish meeting (3 May); and the Downland Surgery Patients’ Participation Group. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 4 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: reports from CPC’s working parties; the jubilee; planning matters; confirmation of a grant for CCTV for Thames Valley Police; financial matters; a tree survey; a proposed 20mph speed limit; and rights of way. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. Please click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan (which has now been ratified).

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 17 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from District Councillor Clive Hooker; planning matters; the parish’s emergency plan; the jubilee; parish council assets; dog bins; cherry trees; financial matters; a possible youth club; and the annual assembly (Thursday 21 April). To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. Please click here for details of the planning applications currently active in the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: potential measures to make the B4009 through Westridge Green safer (see also separate section above); potholes (ditto); planning matters; the playground inspection; the Pangbourne Neighbourhood Action Group; the jubilee; financial matters; and the risk assessment. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 7 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 31 March and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council took place on 19 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Lambourn ValleyNewburyarea; Thatcham area; Theale area; Wantage area; Marlborough area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 28 April 2022

This week’s news

• We mentioned last week about East Ilsley’s Crown and Horns retrospective planning application, however, on a brighter note they are hosting a great Bank Holiday weekend with live music this Friday 29 April from 7pm. For more information, see here.

• The popular Brightwalton Village Fete is on Sunday 1 May with a mix of stalls, a barbecue and bar, a dog show and much more. You can find more information here.

• This week’s Newbury Weekly News reports, on p14, on the classic car and motorbike show in Aldworth. There are several photos which will appeal to petrol-heads and one for electric-heads: this is of a 1939 auto-electric carriage. I bet there weren’t many EV charge points around the country in those days.

• The Compton Annual Parish Council meeting is taking place on Monday 9 May and all are invited. See here for more information.

• Do you have young children under four years? Stay, Play and Learn at Compton Village Hall on Thursday mornings in termtime is an opportunity for you and your child aged from 0-4 years to socialise with others, exploring a variety of play activities and crafts to support your child’s early learning. Book online with West Berkshire Council here.

• The next Inspiring Women meeting is taking place at Hampstead Norreys Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 May. Sue Walsh will be leading the talk about her work with refugees and emergency management. Everyone welcome.

• Hampstead Norreys WI is hosting a Plant and Cake stall, boasting plants, vegetables and home-made cakes on Saturday 21 May from 10am to noon and it will be situated on the grassy area outside St. Mary’s Church.

• April Chaddleworth News includes local history, the jubilee, cricket and the Lent lunch fundraiser as well as news and event details from the village’s organisations. Please contact chaddnews@gmail.com if you want to be added to the circulation list for the digital edition.

• A request to those in the West Ilsley area, from the Council is to refrain from feeding the ducks. There are a lot of ducks breeding and unfortunately, rats and other vermin are likely to kill the young if the ducks are being fed as they are drawn to the food. This advice presumably applies to any areas with ducks.

• Details for Hampstead Norreys local celebrations from 2 to 5 June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are available to view online and include community lunches, parties, choirs, parades and a barn dance. Please keep an eye on the Hampstead Norreys village website and Hampstead Norreys Community Facebook page for future event details.

West Ilsley’s April Newsletter has been released and you can read it here.

Community notices

• See Compton Parish Council’s website for a list of current scams going around in the area that you should be aware of.

• Recovery in Mind and The Downland Practice host a free one hour introduction session for local adults wishing to further their knowledge on wellbeing and mental health. Please contact pm.downland@nhs.net to book your place.

• Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day is looking for volunteer first aiders for their 2022 event on 26 June. Please contact Lyn on 07774 257539 or email yattendonclassicvehicle@outlook.com.

• Compton Karate based at Aldworth Village Hall is a small and friendly dojo that welcomes new members.

• Aldworth Parish Council would still like to hear from any residents who may have ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. An online survey can be answered.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sat 30 Apr, 7pm, Pre-Fete pop up party at the Brightwalton playing field.

Sunday 1 May Brightwalton Fete at the Village Hall.

• Regular events and groups

Brickleton Babes Baby and Toddler Group in Brightwalton Village Hall. Join their facebook group for details.

Autumn Group regular meetings include the Hobbies Club at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. Visit their facebook page for details. Anyone from surrounding villages very welcome.

• Aldworth Art/Painting Group at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. Details on the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Village Hall club and event information is on Hampstead Norreys Community website.

• Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please join their Facebook group  or a see details here.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 5 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; financial matters; further attempts to resolve the land ownership issue at Norris Lane; blocked drains; road verges; the jubilee; the annual parish meeting (3 May); and the Downland Surgery Patients’ Participation Group. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 17 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from District Councillor Clive Hooker; planning matters; the parish’s emergency plan; the jubilee; parish council assets; dog bins; cherry trees; financial matters; a possible youth club; and the annual assembly (Thursday 21 April). To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. Please click here for details of the planning applications currently active in the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: potential measures to make the B4009 through Westridge Green safer (see also separate section above); potholes (ditto); planning matters; the playground inspection; the Pangbourne Neighbourhood Action Group; the jubilee; financial matters; and the risk assessment. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the SID; the wildflower meadow; planning matters; financial matters; the closure of the WIPC Trust; the Village Hall; and a reminder of riparian responsibilities. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the ASPIRE project; the Village Hall; superfast broadband; the cricket nets; wildflowers; the jubilee; the playing field; planning matters; and financial matters. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 7 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 March and you can read the minutes here.There was also a two-minute Zoom meeting on 28 March to conduct some formal business, the minutes of which you can see here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. Please click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan (which has now been ratified).

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 27 January and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council took place on 19 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Lambourn ValleyNewbury area; Thatcham area; Theale area; Wantage area; Marlborough area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 21 April 2022

This week’s news

For several weeks now Sam Tillotson from Peasemore has been driving donations to the Ukraine donation collection hub in Southampton from where it is transported directly to the people who need it in most. Every week there is a specific request list. See here for how you can support this ongoing appeal.

• I understand that the Crown and Horns in East Ilsley has submitted a retrospective planning application for a wooden extension on the side of the pub. I’ve not heard anyone say it’s an eyesore or dangerous and hospitality venues need all the help they can get at present: but rules are rules. I’m not sure if planning officers take a different view of a case where there was a genuine oversight or misunderstand compared to where they know or suspect suspect that – as with partygate – the matter has only become official because someone’s reported a genuine attempt to cheat the system. I can understand this deception happening in a secluded private house but surely not in a popular local pub. The system will decide…

• The April Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here. Items covered include history, the jubilee, cricket and the Lent lunch fundraiser as well as news and event details from the village’s organisations. Please contact chaddnews@gmail.com if you want to be added to the circulation list for the digital edition.

• The next Inspiring Women meeting is taking place at Hampstead Norreys Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 May. Sue Walsh will be leading the talk about her work with refugees and emergency management. Everyone welcome.

• A request to those in the West Ilsley area, from the Council is to refrain from feeding the ducks. There are a lot of ducks breeding and unfortunately, rats and other vermin are likely to kill the young if the ducks are being fed as they are drawn to the food. This advice presumably applies to any areas with ducks.

• Details for Hampstead Norreys local celebrations from 2 to 5 June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are available to view online and include community lunches, parties, choirs, parades and a barn dance. Please keep an eye on the Hampstead Norreys village website and Hampstead Norreys Community Facebook page for future event details.

West Ilsley’s April Newsletter has been released and you can read it here.

Community notices

• See Compton Parish Council’s website for a list of current scams going around in the area that you should be aware of.

• Recovery in Mind and The Downland Practice host a free one hour introduction session for local adults wishing to further their knowledge on wellbeing and mental health. Please contact pm.downland@nhs.net to book your place.

• Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day is looking for volunteer first aiders for their 2022 event on 26 June. Please contact Lyn on 07774 257539 or email yattendonclassicvehicle@outlook.com.

• Compton Karate based at Aldworth Village Hall is a small and friendly dojo that welcomes new members.

• Aldworth Parish Council would still like to hear from any residents who may have ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. An online survey can be answered.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sat 23 and Sun 24 Apr Bluebell Walk at Rushall Farm.

Sat 30 and Sun 1 May Bluebell Walk at Rushall Farm.

Sat 30 Apr, 7pm, Pre-Fete pop up party at the Brightwalton playing field.

Sunday 1 May Brightwalton Fete at the Village Hall.

• Regular events and groups

Brickleton Babes Baby and Toddler Group in Brightwalton Village Hall. Join their facebook group for details.

Autumn Group regular meetings include the Hobbies Club at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. Visit their facebook page for details. Anyone from surrounding villages very welcome.

• Aldworth Art/Painting Group at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. Details on the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Village Hall club and event information is on Hampstead Norreys Community website.

• Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please join their Facebook group  or a see details here.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 17 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from District Councillor Clive Hooker; planning matters; the parish’s emergency plan; the jubilee; parish council assets; dog bins; cherry trees; financial matters; a possible youth club; and the annual assembly (Thursday 21 April). To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. Please click here for details of the planning applications currently active in the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: potential measures to make the B4009 through Westridge Green safer (see also separate section above); potholes (ditto); planning matters; the playground inspection; the Pangbourne Neighbourhood Action Group; the jubilee; financial matters; and the risk assessment. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the SID; the wildflower meadow; planning matters; financial matters; the closure of the WIPC Trust; the Village Hall; and a reminder of riparian responsibilities. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the ASPIRE project; the Village Hall; superfast broadband; the cricket nets; wildflowers; the jubilee; the playing field; planning matters; and financial matters. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 7 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 March and you can read the minutes here.There was also a two-minute Zoom meeting on 28 March to conduct some formal business, the minutes of which you can see here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. Please click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan (which has now been ratified).

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 27 January and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council took place on 19 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Lambourn ValleyNewbury area; Thatcham area; Theale area; Wantage area; Marlborough area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 14 April 2022

This week’s news

• The April Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here. Items covered include history, the jubilee, cricket and the Lent lunch fundraiser as well as news and event details from the village’s organisations. Please contact chaddnews@gmail.com if you want to be added to the circulation list for the digital edition.

• A notice from Compton’s Village Store as they have released the opening hours for the Easter weekend. Have a look here for the full notice.

• St Mary & St Nicholas Church are hosting a Good Friday Easter trail, exploring the real Easter story. There will be a pop-up cafe with Easter treats and an Easter Egg hunt. See here for more information.

• A request to those in the West Ilsley area, from the Council is to refrain from feeding the ducks. There are a lot of ducks that are soon to breed and unfortunately, rats and other vermin are likely to kill the young if the ducks are being fed as they are drawn to the food. This advice presumably applies to any areas with ducks.

• Details for Hampstead Norreys local celebrations from 2 to 5 June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are available to view online and include community lunches, parties, choirs, parades and a barn dance. Please keep an eye on the Hampstead Norreys village website and Hampstead Norreys Community Facebook page for future event details.

West Ilsley’s April Newsletter has been released and you can read it here.

Community notices

• See Compton Parish Council’s website for a list of current scams going around in the area that you should be aware of.

• Recovery in Mind and The Downland Practice host a free one hour introduction session for local adults wishing to further their knowledge on wellbeing and mental health. Please contact pm.downland@nhs.net to book your place.

• Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day is looking for volunteer first aiders for their 2022 event on 26 June. Please contact Lyn on 07774 257539 or email yattendonclassicvehicle@outlook.com.

• Compton Karate based at Aldworth Village Hall is a small and friendly dojo that welcomes new members.

• Aldworth Parish Council would still like to hear from any residents who may have ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. An online survey can be answered.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Fri 15 Apr Easter Egg Hunt at St Mary & St Nicholas Church.

Sat 30 Apr, 7pm, Pre-Fete pop up party at the Brightwalton playing field.

Sunday 1 May Brightwalton Fete at the Village Hall.

• Regular events and groups

Brickleton Babes Baby and Toddler Group in Brightwalton Village Hall. Join their facebook group for details.

Autumn Group regular meetings include the Hobbies Club at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. Visit their facebook page for details. Anyone from surrounding villages very welcome.

• Aldworth Art/Painting Group at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. Details on the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Village Hall club and event information is on Hampstead Norreys Community website.

• Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please join their Facebook group  or a see details here.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 17 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from District Councillor Clive Hooker; planning matters; the parish’s emergency plan; the jubilee; parish council assets; dog bins; cherry trees; financial matters; a possible youth club; and the annual assembly (Thursday 21 April). To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. Please click here for details of the planning applications currently active in the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: potential measures to make the B4009 through Westridge Green safer (see also separate section above); potholes (ditto); planning matters; the playground inspection; the Pangbourne Neighbourhood Action Group; the jubilee; financial matters; and the risk assessment. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the SID; the wildflower meadow; planning matters; financial matters; the closure of the WIPC Trust; the Village Hall; and a reminder of riparian responsibilities. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the ASPIRE project; the Village Hall; superfast broadband; the cricket nets; wildflowers; the jubilee; the playing field; planning matters; and financial matters. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; the playground inspection; the Friends of the Ridgeway charity; the jubilee; the risk assessment; financial matters; the East Ilsley Communicator; the BT phone cable at Broad Street; trimming the hornbeam trees; and chipping a fallen ash tree. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 7 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: nothing to report from the police; footpaths and byways; speeding; road maintenance; planning matters; the open spaces review; financial matters; the jubilee; and the annual parish meeting (16 May 2022). To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 March and you can read the minutes here. (Note: this still links to the agenda, despite the weblink saying it’ll take you to the minutes the minutes, a glitch that will doubtless soon be fixed). Items covered included: reports from working parties; planning matters; financial matters; trees; CCTVs; a proposed greening campaign; a proposed 20mph speed limit; vandalism and ASB. There was also a two-minute Zoom meeting on 28 March to conduct some formal business, the minutes of which you can see here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. Please click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan (which has now been ratified).

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 27 January and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council took place on 19 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford areaMarlborough areaNewbury areaThatcham areaCompton and DownlandsTheale areaWantage areaSwindon area.

 

Thursday 7 April 2022

This week’s news

• The April Chaddleworth News has just been published and you can read it here. Items covered include history, the jubilee, cricket and the Lent lunch fundraiser as well as news and event details from the village’s organisations. Please contact chaddnews@gmail.com if you want to be added to the circulation list for the digital edition. You can see the March issue here.

Newbury Today reports here of what has been described as a garden-grabbing planning application in Compton. The application itself would see a two-bed house just north of Horn Street that will affect the street within the conservation area and have a “detrimental impact” on the neighbours’ gardens. With traffic congestion and over-development claims when the Pirbright Animal Research Centre is developed into housing, this decision is dividing the Compton community. Some claim the Horn Street property is ideal for younger people who wish to get a headstart on the property ladder. WBC’s Western Area Planning Committee recommended the approval of the plans and work is expected to start soon.

• A request to those in the West Ilsley area, and I suppose most areas with ducks, from the Council is to refrain from feeding the ducks. There are a lot of ducks that are soon to breed and unfortunately rats and other vermin are likely to kill the young if the ducks are being fed as they are drawn to the food.

• Compton Parish Council was awarded £3,713 from the Community Fund at Thames Valley Police and the Parish Council is delighted. The money is to be put towards a CCTV system that will cover the Recreation Ground which will help tackle anti-social behaviour. A great bit of news here, congratulations to those involved.

• Details for Hampstead Norreys local celebrations from 2 to 5 June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are available to view online and include community lunches, parties, choirs, parades and a barn dance. Please keep an eye on the Hampstead Norreys village website and Hampstead Norreys Community Facebook page for future event details.

• The Upstream Spring 2022 Newsletter is out now and can be viewed here. Items covered include Volunteer Dates, Local farmer updates, The Annual Green Meeting of the West Berkshire Countryside Society, The History of the Holies, and some walking routes.

West Ilsley’s April Newsletter has been released and you can read it here.

Compton’s clean-up

As mentioned in detail in the 24 February entry for this column, the application by Homes England for the redevelopment of the Pirbright Institute was approved at the Western Area Planning Committee on 23 February. The tight vote reflected reservations about certain aspects of the scheme. One was that the number of homes was greater than that specified in the recently-adopted Compton NDP, which quickly sparked a rebuke from the Parish Council (quoted in full in the above-mentioned post). Other comments expressed concerns about the proposals to de-contaminate the site. Opinion was divided on the grounds of the concern. I spoke to two committee members after the meeting. One said that they were confident that this work would be done properly because of Homes England’s involvement; the other said that they felt no confidence, for exactly the same reason.

I said on 24 February that “this may not be the end of the matter. Following the committee’s approval, it seems that an unnamed person has said they will recommend the matter be called in for the Secretary of State to decide.” It’s still not clear who this person is; nor on what grounds their appeal is based; nor whether it has actually been launched. However, I do wonder if – should it go ahead – it might seek to de-couple the two aspects of this hybrid application and regard de-contamination as a pre-requisite of any application, to be performed as a wholly independent process before any building work is even considered.

The Animal Research Centre closed in 2015 and all seem to agree that it didn’t leave a pristine landscape as its local legacy. Newbury Today reported in February that site might include residue as serious as radioactive waste and anthrax and I’ve not seen that refuted. In retrospect, I’m surprised that the owners weren’t compelled to do a thorough clean-up before moving on, or pay for that to be done by others. That not having happened, this responsibility surely passes to Homes England. As no one seems certain what exactly is there – though all seem to agree that it may be a bit nasty – any of this stuff could have been leeching into the water table, the sewage system or up to the surface. Again, this cleansing should surely have happened as soon as possible rather than waiting until there was a commercialmopportunity to re-develop the site.

To link the de-contamination with a planning consent seems slightly like a homeowner deciding to re-decorate their bathroom at the same time as having a troublesome toilet blockage investigated: surely you sort the latter problem out first. I don’t imagine this exact issue comes before planning committees very often. It did in February and perhaps was missed. Let’s see if a call-in to Michael Gove will come up with a different view.

Community notices

• See Compton Parish Council’s website for a list of current scams going around in the area that you should be aware of.

• Recovery in Mind and The Downland Practice host a free one hour introduction session for local adults wishing to further their knowledge on wellbeing and mental health. Please contact pm.downland@nhs.net to book your place.

• Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day is looking for volunteer first aiders for their 2022 event on 26 June. Please contact Lyn on 07774 257539 or email yattendonclassicvehicle@outlook.com.

• Compton Karate based at Aldworth Village Hall is a small and friendly dojo that welcomes new members.

• Aldworth Parish Council would still like to hear from any residents who may have ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. An online survey can be answered.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sat 30 Apr, 7pm, Pre-Fete pop up party at the Brightwalton playing field.

Sunday 1 May Brightwalton Fete at the Village Hall.

• Regular events and groups

Brickleton Babes Baby and Toddler Group in Brightwalton Village Hall. Join their facebook group for details.

Autumn Group regular meetings include the Hobbies Club at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. Visit their facebook page for details. Anyone from surrounding villages very welcome.

• Aldworth Art/Painting Group at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. Details on the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Village Hall club and event information is on Hampstead Norreys Community website.

• Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please join their Facebook group  or a see details here.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 17 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from District Councillor Clive Hooker; planning matters; the parish’s emergency plan; the jubilee; parish council assets; dog bins; cherry trees; financial matters; a possible youth club; and the annual assembly (Thursday 21 April). To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. Please click here for details of the planning applications currently active in the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: potential measures to make the B4009 through Westridge Green safer (see also separate section above); potholes (ditto); planning matters; the playground inspection; the Pangbourne Neighbourhood Action Group; the jubilee; financial matters; and the risk assessment. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the SID; the wildflower meadow; planning matters; financial matters; the closure of the WIPC Trust; the Village Hall; and a reminder of riparian responsibilities. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the ASPIRE project; the Village Hall; superfast broadband; the cricket nets; wildflowers; the jubilee; the playing field; planning matters; and financial matters. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; the playground inspection; the Friends of the Ridgeway charity; the jubilee; the risk assessment; financial matters; the East Ilsley Communicator; the BT phone cable at Broad Street; trimming the hornbeam trees; and chipping a fallen ash tree. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 7 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: nothing to report from the police; footpaths and byways; speeding; road maintenance; planning matters; the open spaces review; financial matters; the jubilee; and the annual parish meeting (16 May 2022). To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 March and you can read the minutes here. (Note: this still links to the agenda, despite the weblink saying it’ll take you to the minutes the minutes, a glitch that will doubtless soon be fixed). Items covered included: reports from working parties; planning matters; financial matters; trees; CCTVs; a proposed greening campaign; a proposed 20mph speed limit; vandalism and ASB. There was also a two-minute Zoom meeting on 28 March to conduct some formal business, the minutes of which you can see here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. Please click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan (which has now been ratified).

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 27 January and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

Thursday 31 March 2022

This week’s news

• The April Chaddleworth News has just been published and you can read it here. Items covered include history, the jubilee, cricket, the Lent much fundraiser and news and event details from the village’s organisations. Please contact chaddnews@gmail.com if you want to be added to the circulation list for the digital edition. You can see the March issue here.

• Compton Preschool is hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza which will host a disco, Easter crafts and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny on 1 April between 4 and 6pm. Entry is £2 per child and includes an Easter Egg. For more information, visit the website here or call them on 01635 579 171 and email them at info@comptonpreschool.co.uk.

• Details for Hampstead Norreys local celebrations from 2 to 5 June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are available to view online and include community lunches, parties, choirs, parades and a barn dance. Please keep an eye on the Hampstead Norreys village website and Hampstead Norreys Community Facebook page for future event details.

• The March 2022 issue of the Brickleton Newsletter has been released and contains information about Easter celebrations, Parish Council updates and Parish Council minutes from the Meeting held on 14 March. Read the newsletter here.

• The Upstream Spring 2022 Newsletter is out now and can be viewed here. Items covered include Volunteer Dates, Local farmer updates, The Annual Green Meeting of the West Berkshire Countryside Society, The History of the Holies, and some walking routes.

West Ilsley’s March Newsletter has been released and you can read that here. Items covered include deadhead flower collections, the Queen’s Jubilee plans, The preloved Boutique, Ilsley Evergreens, The Autumn Group and an Easter Family Bingo.

Speeding and potholes in Westridge Green

I’m not directly familiar with this issue which was raised most recently at the meeting of Aldworth Parish Council on 16 March. I am, however, aware that many other parishes across the Penny Post area are experiencing various problems with speeding and related matters and some feel that they are not getting the support or reaction the situation merits from their parent authority. The item was addressed in the above-mentioned minutes and has been used here verbatim.

“After what was thought to be a successful meeting with Chris Vidler from West Berkshire Council (Senior Highways Engineer) about improving road safety on the B4009 through Westridge Green, we were all disappointed to receive an email stating that a speed limit review would not be entertained.

“Concerns were raised that other promises had not been fulfilled, such as the speed monitoring devices and the review of signage from Aldworth to Westridge Green. It was agreed to write to Chris Vidler, Councillor. Alan Law and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber, with evidence of the recent accidents, the promises made and the lack of support we have received. The clerk will prepare a draft letter and circulate via email for amendments to be made before final submission.”

Aldworth PC’s displeasure with WBC’s highways team did not end there. Later in the meeting, this further observation was recorded:

“Potholes continue to be a problem, particularly along the B4009, near the Four Points (trenches at the edge of the road) and between Westridge Green and Aldworth. It was agreed that we are continuously being ignored and all potholes will be re-logged on the WBC portal.”

If anyone from WBC’s Highways Department is reading this, they might want to get in touch with Aldworth Parish council before it declares UDI.

Community notices

• See Compton Parish Council’s website for a list of current scams going around in the area that you should be aware of.

• Recovery in Mind and The Downland Practice host a free one hour introduction session for local adults wishing to further their knowledge on wellbeing and mental health. Please contact pm.downland@nhs.net to book your place.

• Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day is looking for volunteer first aiders for their 2022 event on 26 June. Please contact Lyn on 07774 257539 or email yattendonclassicvehicle@outlook.com.

• Compton Karate based at Aldworth Village Hall is a small and friendly dojo that welcomes new members.

• Aldworth Parish Council would still like to hear from any residents who may have ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. An online survey can be answered.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sat 30 Apr, 7pm, Pre-Fete pop up party at the Brightwalton playing field.

Sunday 1 May Brightwalton Fete at the Village Hall.

• Regular events and groups

Brickleton Babes Baby and Toddler Group in Brightwalton Village Hall. Join their facebook group for details.

Autumn Group regular meetings include the Hobbies Club at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. Visit their facebook page for details. Anyone from surrounding villages very welcome.

• Aldworth Art/Painting Group at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. Details on the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Village Hall club and event information is on Hampstead Norreys Community website.

• Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please join their Facebook group  or a see details here.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: potential measures to make the B4009 through Westridge Green safer (see also separate section above); potholes (ditto); planning matters; the playground inspection; the Pangbourne Neighbourhood Action Group; the jubilee; financial matters; and the risk assessment. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the SID; the wildflower meadow; planning matters; financial matters; the closure of the WIPC Trust; the Village Hall; and a reminder of riparian responsibilities. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the ASPIRE project; the Village Hall; superfast broadband; the cricket nets; wildflowers; the jubilee; the playing field; planning matters; and financial matters. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; the playground inspection; the Friends of the Ridgeway charity; the jubilee; the risk assessment; financial matters; the East Ilsley Communicator; the BT phone cable at Broad Street; trimming the hornbeam trees; and chipping a fallen ash tree. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 7 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: nothing to report from the police; footpaths and byways; speeding; road maintenance; planning matters; the open spaces review; financial matters; the jubilee; and the annual parish meeting (16 May 2022). To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 March and you can read the minutes here. (Note: this still links to the agenda, despite the weblink saying it’ll take you to the minutes the minutes, a glitch that will doubtless soon be fixed). Items covered included: reports from working parties; planning matters; financial matters; trees; CCTVs; a proposed greening campaign; a proposed 20mph speed limit; vandalism and ASB. There was also a two-minute Zoom meeting on 28 March to conduct some formal business, the minutes of which you can see here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. Please click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan (which has now been ratified).

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the Baker’s Trust; planning matters; financial matters; the continuing saga of Norris Lane; verges and drainage; the jubilee; the defibrillator; the annual parish meeting (3 May); various maintenance tasks; colour in the newsletter; the jubilee beacon; and the co-option of a new member. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 27 January and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 13 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. Please click here for details of the planning applications currently active in the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

Archive

Thursday 24 March 2022

This week’s news

• It all seems to be as you we’re regarding the pipe upgrade works that were planned in East Ilsley. On 22 March, East Ilsley PC sent out an update that answers all of our questions anyway. The work is no longer going ahead and a new date is yet to be scheduled. The Council has confirmed that the subcontractor Morrisons will be working closely with the Parish Council when planning road closures, diversions and temporary traffic lights so that they can keep the village updated.

• Details for Hampstead Norreys local celebrations from 2 to 5 June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are available to view online and include community lunches, parties, choirs, parades and a barn dance. Please keep an eye on the Hampstead Norreys village website and Hampstead Norreys Community Facebook page for future event details.

• The March 2022 issue of the Brickleton Newsletter has been released and contains information about Easter celebrations, Parish Council updates and Parish Council minutes from the Meeting held on 14 March. Read the newsletter here.

• The Upstream Spring 2022 Newsletter is out now and can be viewed here. Items covered include Volunteer Dates, Local farmer updates, The Annual Green Meeting of the West Berkshire Countryside Society, The History of the Holies, and some walking routes.

West Ilsley’s March Newsletter has been released and you can read that here. Items covered include deadhead flower collections, the Queen’s Jubilee plans, The preloved Boutique, Ilsley Evergreens, The Autumn Group and an Easter Family Bingo.

• The April Chaddleworth News will be published early next month: please contact chaddnews@gmail.com if you want to be added to the circulation list for the digital edition. You can see the March issue here.

Community notices

• A notice from The Downland Practice of unplanned absences in the nursing team for the whole of March. Some nursing clinics will be cancelled until April and dates may be changed. The Practice apologises for any inconvenience caused by this.

• See Compton Parish Council’s website for a list of current scams going around in the area that you should be aware of.

• Recovery in Mind and The Downland Practice host a free one hour introduction session for local adults wishing to further their knowledge on wellbeing and mental health. Please contact pm.downland@nhs.net to book your place.

• Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day is looking for volunteer first aiders for their 2022 event on 26 June. Please contact Lyn on 07774 257539 or email yattendonclassicvehicle@outlook.com.

• Compton Karate based at Aldworth Village Hall is a small and friendly dojo that welcomes new members.

• Aldworth Parish Council would still like to hear from any residents who may have ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. An online survey can be answered.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sat 30 Apr, 7pm, Pre-Fete pop up party at the Brightwalton playing field.

Sunday 1 May Brightwalton Fete at the Village Hall.

• Regular events and groups

Brickleton Babes Baby and Toddler Group in Brightwalton Village Hall. Join their facebook group for details.

Autumn Group regular meetings include the Hobbies Club at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. Visit their facebook page for details. Anyone from surrounding villages very welcome.

• Aldworth Art/Painting Group at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. Details on the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Village Hall club and event information is on Hampstead Norreys Community website.

• Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please join their Facebook group  or a see details here.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the SID; the wildflower meadow; planning matters; financial matters; the closure of the WIPC Trust; the Village Hall; and a reminder of riparian responsibilities. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the ASPIRE project; the Village Hall; superfast broadband; the cricket nets; wildflowers; the jubilee; the playing field; planning matters; and financial matters. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; the playground inspection; the Friends of the Ridgeway charity; the jubilee; the risk assessment; financial matters; the East Ilsley Communicator; the BT phone cable at Broad Street; trimming the hornbeam trees; and chipping a fallen ash tree. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 7 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: nothing to report from the police; footpaths and byways; speeding; road maintenance; planning matters; the open spaces review; financial matters; the jubilee; and the annual parish meeting (16 May 2022). To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 March and you can read the minutes here. (Note: this currently links to the agenda, despite the weblink saying it’ll take you to the minutes the minutes, a glitch that will doubtless soon be fixed). Items covered included: reports from working parties; planning matters; financial matters; trees; CCTVs; a proposed greening campaign; a proposed 20mph speed limit; vandalism and ASB;  To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. Please click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan (which has now been ratified).

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the Baker’s Trust; planning matters; financial matters; the continuing saga of Norris Lane; verges and drainage; the jubilee; the defibrillator; the annual parish meeting (3 May); various maintenance tasks; colour in the newsletter; the jubilee beacon; and the co-option of a new member. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 27 January and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 13 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. Please click here for details of the planning applications currently active in the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 12 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford areaMarlborough areaNewbury areaThatcham areaCompton and DownlandsTheale areaWantage areaSwindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 17 March 2022

This week’s news

• As mentioned last week, due to the recent vandalism of speed cameras in Beedon, the Parish Council is now considering what its next move should be. I spoke to the PC’s Chair on 10 March who confirmed that a trial was currently taking place involving a camera that was “covert” and merely recorded speeds for a week. This is then supplemented by a more visible one a bit further on after which an assessment is made as to whether speeds have been reduced. If people keep taking potshots at them, however, this can’t happen. Should Beedon decide to get its own then any future damage will be covered by insurance but, as we all know, there comes a point when either the insurers refuse to pay out for repeat claims or the premiums go up to stratospheric levels. The decision to install permanent speed cameras will be in the next meeting on 17 March. Even if the draft minutes haven’t been published by then, I’ll try to have a word with the BPC Chair and see what was decided.

• East Isley PC has issued a notice about pipe upgrades that Thames Water will be doing between 28 March and 7 July. The works will cause significant traffic issues in the village, specifically access into the village from Compton and access to School and Church. The Council has asked for further information and we will cover this next week.

• Details for Hampstead Norreys local celebrations from 2 to 5 June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are available to view online and include community lunches, parties, choirs, parades and a barn dance. Please keep an eye on the Hampstead Norreys village website and Hampstead Norreys Community Facebook page for future event details.

• The Upstream Spring 2022 Newsletter is out now and can be viewed here. Items covered include Volunteer Dates, Local farmer updates, The Annual Green Meeting of the West Berkshire Countryside Society, The History of the Holies, and some walking routes.

West Ilsley’s March Newsletter has been released and you can read that here. Items covered include deadhead flower collections, the Queen’s Jubilee plans, The preloved Boutique, Ilsley Evergreens, The Autumn Group and an Easter Family Bingo.

• The April Chaddleworth News will be published early next month: please contact chaddnews@gmail.com if you want to be added to the circulation list for the digital edition. You can see the March issue here.

Community notices

• A notice from The Downland Practice of unplanned absences in the nursing team for the whole of March. Some nursing clinics will be cancelled until April and dates may be changed. The Practice apologises for any inconvenience caused by this.

• See Compton Parish Council’s website for a list of current scams going around in the area that you should be aware of.

• Recovery in Mind and The Downland Practice host a free one hour introduction session for local adults wishing to further their knowledge on wellbeing and mental health. Please contact pm.downland@nhs.net to book your place.

• Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day is looking for volunteer first aiders for their 2022 event on 26 June. Please contact Lyn on 07774 257539 or email yattendonclassicvehicle@outlook.com.

• Compton Karate based at Aldworth Village Hall is a small and friendly dojo that welcomes new members.

• Aldworth Parish Council would still like to hear from any residents who may have ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. An online survey can be answered.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Wed 23 Mar Adult Wellbeing Free Help Session 6pm Compton Surgery.

• Thu 24 Mar Pamper Evening Market 6pm The Downs School, Compton.

• Regular events and groups

Brickleton Babes Baby and Toddler Group in Brightwalton Village Hall. Join their facebook group for details.

Autumn Group regular meetings include the Hobbies Club at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. Visit their facebook page for details. Anyone from surrounding villages very welcome.

• Aldworth Art/Painting Group at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. Details on the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Village Hall club and event information is on Hampstead Norreys Community website.

• Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please join their Facebook group  or a see details here.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the ASPIRE project; the Village Hall; superfast broadband; the cricket nets; wildflowers; the jubilee; the playing field; planning matters; and financial matters. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; the playground inspection; the Friends of the Ridgeway charity; the jubilee; the risk assessment; financial matters; the East Ilsley Communicator; the BT phone cable at Broad Street; trimming the hornbeam trees; and chipping a fallen ash tree. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 February and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: reports from working parties; the planning application at the former Pirbright Institute (see also above); other planning matters; the jubilee; financial matters; speed limits; anti-social behaviour; Covid memorial trees; and the allotments. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. Please click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan (which has now been ratified).

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 1 February and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 27 January and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 17 January and you can read the minutes here.  To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 13 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. Please click here for details of the planning applications currently active in the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 12 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

Thursday 10 March 2022

This week’s news

• Due to the recent vandalism of speed cameras in Beedon, the Parish Council is now considering what its next move should. I spoke to the PC’s Chair on 10 March who confirmed that a trial was currently taking place involving a camera that was “covert” and merely recorded speeds for a week. This is then supplemented by a more visible one a bit further on after which an assessment is made as to whether speeds have been reduced. If people keep taking pot shots at them, however, this can’t happen. Should Beedon decide to get its own then any future damage will be covered by insurance but, as we all know, there comes a point when either the insurers refuse to pay out for repeat claims or the premiums go up to stratospheric levels. The decision to install permanent speed cameras will be in the next meeting on 17 March.

The last thing the PC wants to do is also to install a CCTV to keep an eye on the speed camera. Maybe I’ve watched too many police procedurals but I suppose it’s possible that at this very moment the air-rifle pellet is being subjected to detailed forensic analysis which might provide a DNA match. In the meantime don’t please shoot any cameras, they’re there to save lives…

The Bell Inn at Aldworth has been granted permission to create its own microbrewery after West Berkshire Council agreed the plans would help reduce the carbon footprint of the pub and benefit the local community. The microbrewery will be situated in the building attached to the pub. See full story on Newbury Today.

• Details for Hampstead Norreys local celebrations from 2 to 5 June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are available to view online and include community lunches, parties, choirs, parades and a barn dance. Please keep an eye on the Hampstead Norreys village website and Hampstead Norreys Community Facebook page for future event details.

• A notice from The Downland Practice of unplanned absences in the nursing team for the whole of March. Some nursing clinics will be cancelled until April and dates may be changed. The Practice apologises for any inconvenience caused by this.

• March’s Chaddleworth News has recently been published and you can read it here. Items covered include cricket, an obituary, an old school photo, the Sloley Cup, memories of the ’77 jubilee, the ’22 jubilee, a circus, Trindledown, the parish council, the school and news from the village’s societies and clubs.

• Various byway closures have been announced in East Ilsley which will be in effect until 15 March. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

Community notices

• See Compton Parish Council’s website for a list of current scams going around in the area that you should be aware of.

• Recovery in Mind and The Downland Practice host a free one hour introduction session for local adults wishing to further their knowledge on wellbeing and mental health. Please contact pm.downland@nhs.net to book your place.

• Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day is looking for volunteer first aiders for their 2022 event on 26 June. Please contact Lyn on 07774 257539 or email yattendonclassicvehicle@outlook.com.

• Compton Karate based at Aldworth Village Hall is a small and friendly dojo that welcomes new members.

• Aldworth Parish Council would still like to hear from any residents who may have ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. An online survey can be answered.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Tue 15 Mar 2pm – 4pm Hamstead Norrey’s Handbells at Community Hall.

• Wed 23 Mar Adult Wellbeing Free Help Session 6pm Compton Surgery.

• Thu 24 Mar Pamper Evening Market 6pm The Downs School, Compton.

• Regular events and groups

Brickleton Babes Baby and Toddler Group in Brightwalton Village Hall. Join their facebook group for details.

Autumn Group regular meetings include the Hobbies Club at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. Visit their facebook page for details. Anyone from surrounding villages very welcome.

• Aldworth Art/Painting Group at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. Details on the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Village Hall club and event information is on Hampstead Norreys Community website.

• Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please join their Facebook group  or a see details here.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 February and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: reports from working parties; the planning application at the former Pirbright Institute (see also above); other planning matters; the jubilee; financial matters; speed limits; anti-social behaviour; Covid memorial trees; and the allotments. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. Please click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan (which has now been ratified).

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 1 February and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a presentation from a representative from Greenham Trust; no planning matters (for there were no applications to consider); extending the playground/football field; Norris Lane; road verges; the jubilee; the defibrillator; the annual parish meeting (3 May 2022); overgrown road signs; fencing; maintenance tasks around the parish; speeding; a new noticeboard; and tree planting. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 27 January and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 17 January and you can read the minutes here.  To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 13 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. Please click here for details of the planning applications currently active in the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 12 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 11 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

Thursday 3 March 2022

This week’s news

• Dates for Hampstead Norreys local celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are now available to view online. The free events will take place from 2 to 5 June across the village, with activities ranging from community lunches and parties to choirs, parades and a barn dance. Please keep an eye on Hampstead Norreys village website and Hampstead Norreys Community Facebook page for future event details.

• There has been a considerable outpouring of support for Ukraine. Here is our summary of local and national appeals to support.

• A notice from The Downland Practice of unplanned absences in the nursing team for the whole of March. Some nursing clinics will be cancelled until April and dates may be changed. The Practice apologises for any inconvenience caused by this.

• March’s Chaddleworth News has recently been published and you can read it here. Items covered include cricket, an obituary, an old school photo, the Sloley Cup, memories of the ’77 jubilee, the ’22 jubilee, a circus, Trindledown, the parish council, the school and news from the village’s societies and clubs.

• Various byway closures have been announced in East Ilsley which will be in effect until 15 March. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

Heating the homes

As mentioned last week, this application was recently approved although the details were not entirely to the liking of Compton Parish Council and the team which had so very recently completed work on the parish’s neighbourhood development plan.

One aspect of the scheme didn’t meet the NDP’s conditions for what appears to be a very strange reason. The NDP policy C4 encouraged incorporation of infrastructure required for a local district heating network. The applicant, however, said that “the relatively modest scale and low density of the development is such that it would not be possible for the development to provide a local district heating network.” This was confirmed by a WBC planning officer the meeting who said that only developments like the Racecourse and Sandleford are big enough for such schemes. This makes one wonder  why WBC and the independent examiner did not recommend the removal of this policy from the NDP as no development of this scale could ever exit in the parish. It also makes one wonder what else might be in the NDP that might not be relevant or applicable, the consideration of which would therefore be a waste of time for all concerned.

There’s better news for in condition 32. This says that “no phase of the development hereby granted outline planning permission shall take place until a strategy on the measures to be provided and calculations demonstrating that the residential development shall achieve zero carbon in line with policy CS15 of the WB Core Strategy 2006-2026 has been submitted and approved in writing by the LPA. No dwelling shall be occupied until the measures have been provided in accordance with the approved strategy.” Fine words: but, as with all conditions, their effectiveness comes down to how many officers there are to enforce them. As is widely accepted, West Berkshire currently has too few.

Community notices

• See Compton Parish Council’s website for a list of current scams going around in the area that you should be aware of.

• Recovery in Mind and The Downland Practice host a free one hour introduction session for local adults wishing to further their knowledge on wellbeing and mental health. Please contact pm.downland@nhs.net to book your place.

• Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day is looking for volunteer first aiders for their 2022 event on 26 June. Please contact Lyn on 07774 257539 or email yattendonclassicvehicle@outlook.com.

• Compton Karate based at Aldworth Village Hall is a small and friendly dojo that welcomes new members.

• Aldworth Parish Council would still like to hear from any residents who may have ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. An online survey can be answered.

• Hampstead Norreys Community Shop is providing customers with free pancake recipes ahead of Pancake Day on Tuesday 1 March. Sugar and lemon, Nutella, a mix of berries and fruits or any other pancake toppings will be down to your choice. Maybe not all of those combined together though…

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Wed 23 Mar Adult Wellbeing Free Help Session 6pm Compton Surgery.

• Thu 24 Mar Pamper Evening Market 6pm The Downs School, Compton.

• Regular events

Autumn Group regular meetings include the Hobbies Club at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. Visit their facebook page for details. Anyone from surrounding villages very welcome.

• Aldworth Art/Painting Group at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. Details on the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Village Hall club and event information is on Hampstead Norreys Community website.

• Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please join their Facebook group  or a see details here.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 February and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: reports from working parties; the planning application at the former Pirbright Institute (see also above); other planning matters; the jubilee; financial matters; speed limits; anti-social behaviour; Covid memorial trees; and the allotments. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan (which has now been ratified).

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 1 February and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a presentation from a representative from Greenham Trust; no planning matters (for there were no applications to consider); extending the playground/football field; Norris Lane; road verges; the jubilee; the defibrillator; the annual parish meeting (3 May 2022); overgrown road signs; fencing; maintenance tasks around the parish; speeding; a new noticeboard; and tree planting. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 27 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from the district councillor Carolyne Culver; planning matters including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being set at £25,908; financial matters; the jubilee; lighting repairs; a possible new noticeboard; speeding; future roadworks; and a drain on the appropriately-named Water Street which has, for some reason, got tarmac-ed over. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 17 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the pond; a possible wildflower meadow at Rowles Paddock; planning matters; financial matters; the co-option of a new councillor; speeding; a donation to WiFi costs but not to the Scout Hut; and fencing. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 13 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 12 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 11 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

Thursday 24 February 2022

This week’s news

• Dates for Hampstead Norreys local celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are now available to view online. The planned events will take place between 2 to 5 June across the village, with activities ranging from community lunches and parties to choirs, parades and a barn dance. All events will be free for attendees. Please keep an eye out for March’s The Broadsheet and on Hampstead Norreys Community Facebook page for future announcements on time and date confirmations.

• Local residents may have spotted some scary posters around East Ilsley, which have been placed around the village by the Parish Council to deter dog walkers from not cleaning up their pet’s waste. The dog fouling campaign from East Ilsley Parish Council saw them team up with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy in its “crusade against irresponsible dog owners” as Newbury Today puts it. Six glow in the dark signs have appeared around the village in dog fouling hotspots to scare the ‘you-know-what’ out from passers-by, although that probably would create a much bigger fouling issue…

• The February 2022 edition of Chaddleworth News is now available to read online. This month’s edition includes; The Ibex Inn events, Chaddleworth Coal Shed, and updates from local groups across the local area. The months spin round (particularly short ones like this) so if you have anything for the March edition please get it to chaddnews@gmail.com by Friday 25 February.

• An open community meeting about this year’s Greenfest is being held at The White Hart Pub, Hampstead Norreys at 6.30pm on Thursday 3 March. Come along and give us your ideas and opinions – how can we build on the success of GreenFest 2019 Stronger together (especially over a pint!) Regular updates and further information can be found on the group’s website and Facebook page.

• Various byway closures have been announced in East Ilsley which will be in effect until 15 March. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

The first test for Compton’s plan

We mentioned last week (see Compton’s plan below) that Compton had finally completed the marathon of its neighbourhood development plan which passed its referendum almost unanimously. In this I suggested that “the benefits should be felt for some time as relations between the parish and the district on planning matters, which can be difficult, are as a result likely to be more harmonious: after all, the policy they’re looking at in each case is one they’ve jointly drafted.” The meeting of WBC’s Western Area Planning Committee (WAPC) earlier this week seems to suggest, however, that this hope might have been a bit misplaced.

One of the main reasons why the Compton NDP was done at all was to ensure that local needs were taken into account with the long-awaited development of the Pirbright site in the village. As mentioned, these included a limit of 140 homes, a business hub and the retention of two existing building for community use. Although many aspects demanded by the NDP such as 19% improvement in energy efficiency were followed, others (including the three points mentioned above) were not. After much discussion, the application was passed by four votes to three. You can see the agenda for the meeting here which includes, from p9 onwards, the planning officer’s rationale for why approval was recommended, in some cases despite the provisions in the NDP. (Now that the NDP has been made, it perhaps makes more sense to refer not to “the NDP” but to “WBC’s policy” as, once adopted, its provisions become as much part of WBC’s plan as it it had written them itself.)

I spoke to ward member Carolyne Culver (who voted against the application) on 24 February. She told me that she felt it was “hypocritical” for WBC’s councillors to have given so much encouragement to the NDP process and then reach a decision which in several respects seemed to ignore it. She was, however, gratified that she had been able to secure some extra conditions, including the stipulation that no homes would be occupied until Thames Water had performed all the necessary upgrade works.

Lib Dem Councillor Adrian Abbs also voted against the application. “I did this for two main reasons,” he told Penny Post, also on 24 February. “Firstly, the increase from “approximately” 140 to 160 homes seemed a rather more than the word “approximately” suggested. I also felt more detail was needed on how, and by whom, the considerable de-contamination work would be done.” The site does indeed seem to be pretty filthy, with this article in Newbury Today referring to a legacy that might include radioactive waste and anthrax.

He also added that he felt that it was “very valuable” to have had the NDP in place and it gave a lot of clarity to the discussion. The effort was, he stressed, by no means a waste of time. As well as reducing the housing numbers from the 200+ originally proposed (something which WBC”s existing policies may have done anyway), it also drew attention to the extent of the clean-up work and ensured that there was a long list of detailed conditions, some of which were added at the meeting.

Compton PC issued the following statement on 25 February:

“Compton Parish Council (CPC) is disappointed that the WAPC decision did not support its own Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the Pirbright Institute site, nor the Compton NDP, which the residents of Compton had so overwhelming voted for and which is the formal reference for the future evolution of the village as it sits within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

“While WAPC members were quick to congratulate Compton residents on their success in delivering the NDP (with a higher than national average turn-out at its referendum), the committee ultimately voted to take the Planning Officers’ recommendation to approve the Homes England application for 160 homes. This goes against several of the policies within the NDP. The development site is approximately seven hectares and will have a houses per hectare density greater than the rest of the village. The outline planning design favours four and five bed homes.

“The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is very clear on the definition of major development, as it is on the protection and enhancement of the AONB. Understanding this, Compton residents, backed by CPC, have been focussed through the NDP on sympathetic redevelopment of the brownfield site within the village settlement; in particular, for a diverse design of housing, community assets and employment opportunity that would ensure a continued connected community.

“CPC was astonished by the admission of one WAPC member that they had not read the NDP yet then proceeded to vote against it. The government’s introduction of the Neighbourhood Planning regime was to shift away from top-down planning that excluded local people and communities. Sadly the WAPC did not deliver on the government’s vision.

“Furthermore, CPC remains concerned over the accountability of the safety of the total village, which includes a primary and secondary school, during what will be a prolonged period of decontamination of a site known to be used for biological and radiological research.”

One bright spot is that at least, as the application was passed after the NDP was approved, Compton PC will receive a bigger slice of the developer funds. I mentioned this aspect to someone who has been much involved in another NDP in West Berkshire. “That’s true,” I was told, “but the extra CIL revenue is merely a bonus – no parish starts doing an NDP just to get some extra cash.” Despite the extra money, Compton’s NDP team members could be excused for feeling aggrieved that the aspects of the document that were not implemented, particularly given how little time elapsed between its adoption and its being sent into battle for the first time. However, the considerable time spent on this was far from wasted: without this in place, the outcome could have been a good deal worse.

This may not be the end of the matter. Following the committee’s approval, it seems that an unnamed person has said they will recommend the matter be called in for the Secretary of State to decide. If this request is accepted, there may be a considerable delay. The SoS does not normally consider applications of this size: however one factor that might weigh in favour of intervention is the level of contamination. It’s possible Micael Gove may decide that, as Adrian Abbs suggested, a more thorough approach should be taken to dealing with what lurks beneath the surface at the former animal research centre.

Community notices

• See here for a list of current scams going around in the area that you should be aware of on the Compton Parish Council website.

• Recovery in Mind and The Downland Practice host a free one hour introduction session for local adults wishing to further their knowledge on wellbeing and mental health. Please contact pm.downland@nhs.net to book your place.

• Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day is looking for volunteer first aiders for their 2022 event on 26 June. Please contact Lyn on 07774 257539 or email yattendonclassicvehicle@outlook.com.

• Compton Karate based at Aldworth Village Hall is a small and friendly dojo that welcomes new members.

• Aldworth Parish Council would still like to hear from any residents who may have ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. An online survey can be answered.

• Hampstead Norreys Community Shop is providing customers with free pancake recipes ahead of Pancake Day on Tuesday 1 March. Sugar and lemon, Nutella, a mix of berries and fruits or any other pancake toppings will be down to your choice. Maybe not all of those combined together though…

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Sat 26 Feb Traditional Wassail Family Fun 1.30pm to 4.30pm Hampstead Norreys Shop Orchard.

• Thu 3 Mar GreenFest 2022 Open Meeting 6.30pm to 8pm The White Hart, Hampstead Norreys.

Wed 16 Mar Charity Pamper Night 7.30pm to 9.30pm Great Shefford Village Hall.

• Wed 23 Mar Adult Wellbeing Free Help Session 6pm Compton Surgery.

Thu 24 Mar Pamper Evening Market 6pm The Downs School, Compton.

• Regular events

• The Autumn Group holds regular meetings, including its Hobbies Club, at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. If you are interested in getting involved, then click here to visit the Facebook page for more information on future events.

Aldworth Art/Painting Group at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. Details on the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Village Hall club and event information is on Hampstead Norreys Community website.

• Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please join their Facebook group  or a see details here.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 25 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the ratification of the December meeting of the Planning Committee; the co-option of two new members; and the approval of the 2022-23 budget, the precept being set at £51,000. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 27 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from the district councillor Carolyne Culver; planning matters including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being set at £25,908; financial matters; the jubilee; lighting repairs; a possible new noticeboard; speeding; future roadworks; and a drain on the appropriately-named Water Street which has, for some reason, got tarmac-ed over. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 17 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the pond; a possible wildflower meadow at Rowles Paddock; planning matters; financial matters; the co-option of a new councillor; speeding; a donation to WiFi costs but not to the Scout Hut; and fencing. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 13 January and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 12 January and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 11 January and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 4 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

Thursday 17 February 2022

This week’s news

• The February 2022 edition of Chaddleworth News is now available to read online. This month’s edition includes; The Ibex Inn events, Chaddleworth Coal Shed, and updates from local groups across the local area. The months spin round (particularly short ones like this) so if you have anything for the March edition please get it to chaddnews@gmail.com by Friday 25 February.

• The Crown & Horns pub in East Ilsley celebrated its two year opening anniversary on 12 February. A Facebook photo album collects many of the memories and events throughout the two years, which (like others in the service industry) they have battled through lockdowns and pandemic restrictions to keep the pub alive.

• More pub news, as The Fox at Peasemore received the visit of children’s author Nick Butterworth in early February. Nick arrived for lunch with some friends and left a delightful note and illustration upon a napkin, which has subsequently been framed by the owners of the pub.

• Greenfest will be back in Hampstead Norreys for 2022 on Saturday 10 September. The organisers are now accepting all applications for stalls at this year’s event. An open community meeting is being held from The White Hart Pub, Hampstead Norreys between 6.30pm to 8pm on Thursday 3 March, for any locals with queries or questions regarding the event. Regular updates and further information can be found on the group’s website and Facebook page.

East Ilsley Parish Council has provided an update regarding their pond excavation work back in 2021, which removed tonnes of excess silt from the village pond. Despite the wet and windy winter storms recently, the silt has now dried enough to be removed from its current location to be recycled. The council has warned locals that heavy plant machinery will arrive in the village on Tuesday 22 February to clear the silt on 23 and 24 February, with the work potentially finishing on Friday 25 February. Locals have been alerted to the dangers of walking down Haydon Lane because of the heavy machinery in operation between 8am to 3pm.

• Various byway closures have been announced in East Ilsley which will be in effect until 15 March. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

• January 2022 edition of West Ilsley News includes plenty of updates regarding funds raised at various Christmas events held in 2021, an update from the Autumn Group, and much more.

Compton’s plan

A neighbourhood development plan is, as this separate article explains, the process by which a parish (or, less commonly, a group of parishes) works with the local planning authority to create a shared view of what kind of development will take place in the the area. A number of stages have to be gone through culminating in an independent examination and, finally, a local referendum. Compton has just completed this marathon, the poll having taken place last week. On a turnout of close to 50%, 588 voted “yes” and nine “no.” This has to go down as a pretty comprehensive endorsement. Although several other communities are working on theirs, this is only the second in West Berkshire (after Stratfield Mortimer) to make it across the line.

Doing an NDP isn’t just a matter of a few people jotting down that “we don’t want homes built here or here but we don’t mind them there” and sending this off to West Berkshire Council. Compton’s took the best part of four years. This isn’t unusual. Some take longer. There’s a lot to do. Most NDP groups set up their own websites, a big enough task in itself (here is Compton’s). Consultants need to be appointed, mountains of documents waded through, site visits arranged,  volunteers recruited and public consultations organised. Once adopted (“made” is the technical term) all this work is crystallised and becomes as much a part of the local plan as if the planning authority had created it itself.

Many NDPs are conducted to address future planning issues. As Chris Smith, a member of Compton’s NDP Steering Group, pointed out to me on 17 February, Compton had a more immediate and far from hypothetical issue to deal with. This large and restless elephant in the middle of the room was, of course, the Pirbright Institute, the redevelopment of which has been discussed since the site closed in early 2016. Homes England, effectively the landowner, wanted to build 250 dwellings, which would have increased the village’s population by nearly 40%. There was a lot of pushback on this, a figure of 140 being recommended by WBC. Moving ahead with the NDP therefore became all the more important. The development proposals also included the complete razing of the site but the NDP team identified some parts which could be re-purposed for community use. This, and the provision for 140 homes there, found its way into the final document. As the plan was progressing well, WBC decided to defer its decision until the NDP was ratified. The result is a piece of new policy with which the developers will surely have to accept. Without an NDP these protections wouldn’t have existed.

This is a practical and topical example of a community helping to shape its own destiny. The benefits should be felt for some time as relations between the parish and the district on planning matters, which can be difficult, are as a result likely to be more harmonious: after all, the policy they’re looking at in each case is one they’ve jointly drafted.

Another very tangible advantage is that the parish’s share of any CIL money from developers increases from 15% capped to 25% uncapped. With 140 homes waiting to be built, this could make a significant difference to kind of projects the PC can support.

“NDPs are definitely worth doing,” Chris Smith told me, “but no one should underestimate the amount of work involved.” Much of this needs to be spent on ensuring and demonstrating wide local engagement and feedback. This is one of the things the examiner looks at and, if it’s lacking, the plan is thrown out. In fact, Compton’s got a glowing report from the examiner: “we were told,” Chris Smith added with justified pride, “that it is rare was to see an NDP which required so few changes. Given the amount of effort we put in, the observation was very welcome.” With this pat on the back, a major planning issue resolved, policy alignment with WBC ensured and the prospect of extra CIL revenue for years to come, Compton has clearly had a good result. Other communities like Hungerford, Lambourn, Cold Ash and Newbury (which is about to begin its own) will be hoping that they can achieve similar benefits.

Community notices

• See here for a list of current scams going around in the area that you should be aware of on the Compton Parish Council website.

• Recovery in Mind and The Downland Practice host a free one hour introduction session for local adults wishing to further their knowledge on wellbeing and mental health. Booking is required and places are limited, so please contact pm.downland@nhs.net to book your place.

• Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day is looking for volunteer first aiders for their 2022 event on 26 June. Please contact Lyn on 07774 257539 or email yattendonclassicvehicle@outlook.com.

• Compton Karate based at Aldworth Village Hall is a small and friendly dojo that welcomes new members.

• Aldworth Parish Council would still like to hear from any residents who may have ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the bank holiday weekend starting on 2 June. An online survey can be answered for anyone who would be interested in attending or organising any events.

• Hampstead Norreys Community Shop is providing customers with free pancake recipes ahead of Pancake Cake on Tuesday 1 March. Sugar and lemon, Nutella, a mix of berries and fruits or any other pancake toppings will be down to your choice. Maybe not all of those combined together though…

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sat 26 Feb Traditional Wassail Family Fun 1.30pm to 4.30pm Hampstead Norreys Shop Orchard.

Thu 3 Mar GreenFest 2022 Open Meeting 6.30pm to 8pm The White Hart, Hampstead Norreys.

Wed 23 Mar Adult Wellbeing Free Help Session 6pm Compton Surgery.

• Regular events

• The Autumn Group holds regular meetings, including its Hobbies Club, at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. If you are interested in getting involved, then click here to visit the Facebook page for more information on future events.

• The Aldworth Art/Painting Group is at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. To learn more about the group and see future dates, download the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Community website displays a calendar full of all the future clubs and events being held at Hampstead Norreys Village Hall.

• Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please see their Facebook group (which is a private group, so access will be given upon asking to join the group) or a promotional poster from Crown & Horns, East Ilsley.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 25 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the ratification of the December meeting of the Planning Committee; the co-option of two new members; and the approval of the 2022-23 budget, the precept being set at £51,000. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 27 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from the district councillor Carolyne Culver; planning matters including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being set at £25,908; financial matters; the jubilee; lighting repairs; a possible new noticeboard; speeding; future roadworks; and a drain on the appropriately-named Water Street which has, for some reason, got tarmac-ed over. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 17 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the pond; a possible wildflower meadow at Rowles Paddock; planning matters; financial matters; the co-option of a new councillor; speeding; a donation to WiFi costs but not to the Scout Hut; and fencing. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 13 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant for the Village Hall; the one-way system; planning matters; speeding; the replacement bench; financial matters; and the 2022 annual parish meeting.To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 12 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being fixed at £8,620; a grant application for hedge cutting ditch clearing; a proposed new litter bin and two new salt bins; planning matters; a temporary schemer of delegation; and fading white lines. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 11 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters (including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being fixed at £19,024); a grant request; planning matters; the proposed jubilee copse; a report from the flood warden; grit bins; insurance; and proposed Easter activities. If there were any complaints about how cold they all must have been by 8.31pm when the meeting closed, these are not recorded in the minutes. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a failed call-in; Police reports; footpaths and byways; salt bins; planning matters; the open spaces review; CIL utilisation; there defibrillator; financial matters (including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being set at £6,910); and a donation to the West Berkshire Library Service. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: an apology from the ward member; the Village Hall; the Aspire project; dog fouling; salt bins; and the cricket nets. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 4 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford areaMarlborough areaNewbury areaThatcham areaCompton and DownlandsTheale areaWantage areaSwindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 10 February 2022

This week’s news

• The February 2022 edition of Chaddleworth News is now available to read online. This month’s edition includes; The Ibex Inn events, Chaddleworth Coal Shed, and updates from local groups across the local area.

• Good news from The Downs School in Compton. The school has received £2,000 West Berkshire Lottery Fund for a high jump bed for its PE activities. See here for more on the Newbury Today page.

• This week will see Compton residents head to the polls to vote on the village’s Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) referendum. Voting will take place on as of today’s newsletter release between 7am till 10pm at Wilkins Centre, Compton. The NDP can be accessed online, along with further information from Compton Parish Council and a NewburyToday article on the referendum.

• January 2022 edition of West Ilsley News includes plenty of updates regarding funds raised at various Christmas events held in 2021, an update from the Autumn Group, and much more.

• Various byway closures have been announced in East Ilsley which will be in effect until 15 March. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

• Greenfest will be back in Hampstead Norreys for 2022 on Saturday 10 September. The organisers are now accepting all applications for stalls at this year’s event. Regular updates and further information can be found on the group’s website and Facebook page.

Community notices

• See here for a list of current scams going around in the area that you should be aware of on the Compton Parish Council website.

• Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day is looking for volunteer first aiders for their 2022 event on 26 June. Please contact Lyn on 07774 257539 or email yattendonclassicvehicle@outlook.com.

• Compton Karate based at Aldworth Village Hall is a small and friendly dojo that welcomes new members.

• Aldworth Parish Council would still like to hear from any residents who may have ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the bank holiday weekend starting on 2 June. An online survey can be answered for anyone who would be interested in attending or organising any events.

• Hampstead Norreys Community Shop is still looking for any suggestions, from customers and locals, as to what products should be added to the shop’s range of stocked items. Any comments can be sent via Facebook, underneath a post asking for the helpful advice.

• Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking for opinions and survey responses from Berkshire residents, as they wish to learn more about how they can respond to Automatic Fire Alarms alerts to help reduce the burden of false alarms on the service. Please respond to their online survey and see an informational video regarding the consultation.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Sat 12 Feb Two Year Celebration 7pm Crown & Horns, East Ilsley.

• Regular events

• The Autumn Group holds regular meetings, including its Hobbies Club, at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. If you are interested in getting involved, then click here to visit the Facebook page for more information on future events.

• The Aldworth Art/Painting Group is at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. To learn more about the group and see future dates, download the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Community website displays a calendar full of all the future clubs and events being held at Hampstead Norreys Village Hall.

• Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please see their Facebook group (which is a private group, so access will be given upon asking to join the group) or a promotional poster from Crown & Horns, East Ilsley.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 25 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the ratification of the December meeting of the Planning Committee; the co-option of two new members; and the approval of the 2022-23 budget, the precept being set at £51,000. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 27 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from the district councillor Carolyne Culver; planning matters including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being set at £25,908; financial matters; the jubilee; lighting repairs; a possible new noticeboard; speeding; future roadworks; and a drain on the appropriately-named Water Street which has, for some reason, got tarmac-ed over. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 17 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the pond; a possible wildflower meadow at Rowles Paddock; planning matters; financial matters; the co-option of a new councillor; speeding; a donation to WiFi costs but not to the Scout Hut; and fencing. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 13 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant for the Village Hall; the one-way system; planning matters; speeding; the replacement bench; financial matters; and the 2022 annual parish meeting.To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 12 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being fixed at £8,620; a grant application for hedge cutting ditch clearing; a proposed new litter bin and two new salt bins; planning matters; a temporary schemer of delegation; and fading white lines. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 11 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters (including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being fixed at £19,024); a grant request; planning matters; the proposed jubilee copse; a report from the flood warden; grit bins; insurance; and proposed Easter activities. If there were any complaints about how cold they all must have been by 8.31pm when the meeting closed, these are not recorded in the minutes. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a failed call-in; Police reports; footpaths and byways; salt bins; planning matters; the open spaces review; CIL utilisation; there defibrillator; financial matters (including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being set at £6,910); and a donation to the West Berkshire Library Service. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: an apology from the ward member; the Village Hall; the Aspire project; dog fouling; salt bins; and the cricket nets. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 4 January and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

Thursday 3 February 2022

This week’s news

• The February 2022 edition of Chaddleworth News is now available to read online. This month’s edition includes; The Ibex Inn events, Chaddleworth Coal Shed, and updates from local groups across the local area.

• Congratulations to Hampstead Norreys local Katy Lee who has been awarded a military MBE, and was listed on the New Year Honours list, for her professional, voluntary and charity achievements with RAF Air Cadets and the charity Pilots Together. As mentioned by NewburyToday, Katy initially joined the air cadets as a civilian instructor and has worked her way up the ladder to find herself as one of the seven regional aerospace officer, of which she is currently the only female in that position. Also her work with Pilots Together has helped pilots who lost their jobs during this current pandemic, especially with providing mental health support for any pilots struggling during difficult times.

• Next week will see Compton residents head to the polls to vote on the village’s Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) referendum. Voting will take place on Thursday 10 February between 7am till 10pm at Wilkins Centre, Compton. A presentation of the NDP for interested locals will also be held at Wilkins Centre on Tuesday 8 February, starting at 1.30pm. The NDP can be accessed online, along with further information from Compton Parish Council and a NewburyToday article on the referendum.

BerkshireLive reports that shareholders for Yattendon’s West Berkshire Brewery have lost all shares with the company, with the former non-executive chairman David Bruce OBE describing how it had “finally succumbed to the devastating effects of Covid-19”. According to the article, West Berkshire Brewery had 1,667 investors who could have invested anything from £500 to £10,000. Despite the brewery’s attempts at crowdfunding (which raised £3 million) and hosting BBC TV series The Apprentice, the difficulties provided by the current pandemic for the hospitality sector resulted in the company going into administration. Since then Yattendon Estates had purchased the brewery but, as BerkshireLive mentions, has still left shareholders with no holding within the company.

East Ilsley Parish Council planted their three new cherry trees, which were gifted to them by West Berkshire Council as a part of their ‘Blossom Into Spring’ campaign. Councillors Stephen Meadows, Mike Pembroke and Nick Watkins planted the trees on 30 January and further trees will be added to the growing copse at the Recreation Ground in East Ilsley in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer.

• Further news from East Ilsley Parish Council, as they have reminded any farmers working in or around the village to clear up any mud they may have left on the highways. The reminder comes as incidents of car skidding and a few ‘near misses’ have been recently reported. Winter provides further dangers for muddy roads, because freezing temperatures will cause any mud left on top of roads to freeze and put any road-users at risk of crashes or accidents.

Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day are looking for volunteers to provide first aid support for their 2022 event on 26 June. Anyone that would be able to volunteer, please contact Lyn on 07774 257539 or email yattendonclassicvehicle@outlook.com.

• Chaddleworth pub The Ibex Inn held its sloe gin competition on 30 January which saw locals bring their homemade sloe gin for a blind tasting test to find the winner of The Sloely Cup. Sunday’s winner was Charlie, with another Charlie finishing in second place, followed by Shane who took third place.

• Aldworth Parish Council would still like to hear from any residents who may have ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the bank holiday weekend starting on 2 June. An online survey can be answered for anyone who would be interested in attending or organising any events.

• Hampstead Norreys Community Shop is still looking for any suggestions, from customers and locals, as to what products should be added to the shop’s range of stocked items. Any comments can be sent via Facebook, underneath a post asking for the helpful advice.

• As mentioned last week, bin collection days are changing next week (commencing Monday 7 February) to accommodate for the impacts of both the nationwide HGV driver shortage and Covid-19. Visit West Berkshire Council’s website here to check how your street is affected.

• There’s less than one week left for Compton locals to register to vote in the 10 February public referendum on the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). For more on how to register to vote, please click here. Also the NDP, along with further information on the referendum, can be found online too.

• Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking for opinions and survey responses from Berkshire residents, as they wish to learn more about how they can respond to Automatic Fire Alarms alerts to help reduce the burden of false alarms on the service. Please respond to their online survey and see an informational video regarding the consultation.

• Greenfest will be back in Hampstead Norreys for 2022 on Saturday 10 September. The organisers are now accepting all applications for stalls at this year’s event. Regular updates and further information can be found on the group’s website and Facebook page.

• January 2022 edition of West Ilsley News includes plenty of updates regarding funds raised at various Christmas events held in 2021, an update from the Autumn Group, and much more.

• Various byway closures have been announced in East Ilsley which will be in effect until 15 March. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Fri 4 Feb Charity Racing Night 8pm The Foinavon, Compton.

• Tue 8 Feb Presentation of the Compton NDP 1.30pm Wilkins Centre, Compton.

• Thu 10 Feb Compton NDP Vote 7am to 10pm Wilkins Centre, Compton.

• Sat 12 Feb Two Year Celebration 7pm Crown & Horns, East Ilsley.

Tue 22 Feb Two’sDay Fundraising Event Chaddleworth St Andrew’s and Shefford CE Primary School.

• Regular events

• The Autumn Group holds regular meetings, including its Hobbies Club, at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. If you are interested in getting involved, then click here to visit the Facebook page for more information on future events.

• The Aldworth Art/Painting Group is at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. To learn more about the group and see future dates, download the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Community website displays a calendar full of all the future clubs and events being held at Hampstead Norreys Village Hall.

• Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please see their Facebook group (which is a private group, so access will be given upon asking to join the group) or a promotional poster from Crown & Horns, East Ilsley.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 25 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the ratification of the December meeting of the Planning Committee; the co-option of two new members; and the approval of the 2022-23 budget, the precept being set at £51,000. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 13 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant for the Village Hall; the one-way system; planning matters; speeding; the replacement bench; financial matters; and the 2022 annual parish meeting.To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 12 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being fixed at £8,620; a grant application for hedge cutting ditch clearing; a proposed new litter bin and two new salt bins; planning matters; a temporary schemer of delegation; and fading white lines. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 11 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters (including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being fixed at £19,024); a grant request; planning matters; the proposed jubilee copse; a report from the flood warden; grit bins; insurance; and proposed Easter activities. If there were any complaints about how cold they all must have been by 8.31pm when the meeting closed, these are not recorded in the minutes. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a failed call-in; Police reports; footpaths and byways; salt bins; planning matters; the open spaces review; CIL utilisation; there defibrillator; financial matters (including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being set at £6,910); and a donation to the West Berkshire Library Service. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: an apology from the ward member; the Village Hall; the Aspire project; dog fouling; salt bins; and the cricket nets. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 4 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters, including the 2022-23 budget (the precept was fixed at £19,500, no change from the previous year); the possible extension of the football and playground field; a jubilee beacon; tree planting; Norris Lane; road verges; the jubilee; and the Saunders and Wynn Educational Foundation Trust. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 November and you can read the minutes here.  To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

Thursday 27 January 2022

This week’s news

• Congratulations to 15 year old Cara Herman from Hampstead Norreys for co-winning West Berkshire’s Junior Citizen of the Year Award 2021. Cara has helped set up the ‘All Yours Period Box’ to tackle period poverty, helping to distribute 3,000 period boxes and raise over £27,000 for the community, ensuring that those who do not have access to these or cannot afford the products will be able to use them.

• Aldworth Parish Council would like to hear from residents who have any ideas or wishes for what the parish can do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the bank holiday weekend starting on 2 June. An online survey can be answered for anyone who would be interested in attending or organising any events.

• Last week, we saw ducks skating on ice in East Ilsley. Clearly the parish council are looking to demolish those duck’s dreams of performing for Team GB in future Winter Olympics, as they have introduced new road salt bins across the village to deal with icy pavements and roads this winter. Fantastic news for us humans, but the birds think it’s ducking mad

• Hampstead Norreys Community Shop is still looking for any suggestions, from customers and locals, as to what products should be added to the shop’s range of stocked items. Any comments can be sent via Facebook, underneath a post asking for the helpful advice.

• Further suggestions are being asked for, this time by St Mary’s Church in Hampstead Norreys, as they would like to hear local’s favourite hymns which will be sung at their Songs of Praise event on 30 January. Song nominations must be made in advance for it to be included.

• Further congratulations from ourselves go to The Ibex Inn, Chaddleworth who are celebrating their booking.com Traveller Review Award 2022.

• West Berkshire Council have notified local residents that (as of Monday 7 February) bin collection dates will be changing in order to accommodate for the impacts of both the nationwide HGV driver shortage and Covid-19. Again, further information and FAQs regarding the changes can be read on the council’s website including a new bin-day finder page which was added on 25 January.

• There’s less than one week left for Compton locals to register to vote in the 10 February public referendum on theNeighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). For more on how to register to vote, please click here. Also the NDP, along with further information on the referendum, can be found online too.

• This week will be your final chance to provide any thoughts and opinions to Royal Berkshire Fire Authority regarding its funding from council tax for the next financial year. You can respond by completing this online survey before 5pm on Tuesday 1 February or ask for more information by emailing precepting@rbfrs.co.uk. Further details can be found via the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service website and Facebook page.

• Another chance to voice any opinions towards Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, as they wish to learn more about how they can respond to Automatic Fire Alarms alerts to help reduce the burden of false alarms on the service. Please respond to the online survey and see an informational video regarding the consultation.

• Greenfest will be back in Hampstead Norreys for 2022 on Saturday 10 September. The organisers are now accepting all applications for stalls at this year’s event. Regular updates and further information can be found on the group’s website and Facebook page.

• January 2022 edition of West Ilsley News includes plenty of updates regarding funds raised at various Christmas events held in 2021, an update from the Autumn Group, and much more.

• Various byway closures have been announced in East Ilsley which will be in effect until 15 March. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

Orcs and goblins

The most recent (December) Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here. Items included events past and future) at the Ibex; a “bright start” to the new year at the schools and the church; a look back at the days of coal; and the usual round-up of news and information from the various community groups in and around the village.

My eye was also caught by the news that “vile orcs and goblins” had been battling with “a semi-Renaissance-era human army, with wizards” in, of all places, Chaddleworth Village Hall with the victors, perhaps, then having nothing to prevent from storming one of Europe’s largest munition dumps at nearby RAF Welford. It seemed extraordinary that such an incident hadn’t achieved wider publicity; still more so that this only merited coverage on p16 of the magazine. It turned out, of course – and I’m sure you saw this coming – that it was in fact a report on a war-game event that was held there recently. Well, that’s a relief.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sun 30 Jan Songs of Praise St Mary’s Church, Hampstead Norreys.

Fri 4 Feb Charity Racing Night 8pm The Foinavon, Compton.

Tue 8 Feb Presentation of the Compton NDP 1.30pm Wilkins Centre, Compton.

Thu 10 Feb Compton NDP Vote 7am to 10pm Wilkins Centre, Compton.

Sat 12 Feb Two Year Celebration 7pm Crown & Horns, East Ilsley.

• Regular events

• The Autumn Group holds regular meetings, including its Hobbies Club, at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. If you are interested in getting involved, then click here to visit the Facebook page for more information on future events.

• The Aldworth Art/Painting Group is at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. To learn more about the group and see future dates, download the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. More details in the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Community website displays a calendar full of all the future clubs and events being held at Hampstead Norreys Village Hall.

Ilsley Under Fives meet every Wednesday between 10am to 11.30am at various locations throughout the Ilsley villages. Please see their Facebook group (which is a private group, so access will be given upon asking to join the group) or a promotional poster from Crown & Horns, East Ilsley.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 12 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being fixed at £8,620; a grant application for hedge cutting ditch clearing; a proposed new litter bin and two new salt bins; planning matters; a temporary schemer of delegation; and fading white lines. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 11 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters (including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being fixed at £19,024); a grant request; planning matters; the proposed jubilee copse; a report from the flood warden; grit bins; insurance; and proposed Easter activities. If there were any complaints about how cold they all must have been by 8.31pm when the meeting closed, these are not recorded in the minutes. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the greening campaign; planning matters; financial matters; the allotments; the draft budget; and the neighbourhood development plan. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a failed call-in; Police reports; footpaths and byways; salt bins; planning matters; the open spaces review; CIL utilisation; there defibrillator; financial matters (including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being set at £6,910); and a donation to the West Berkshire Library Service. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: an apology from the ward member; the Village Hall; the Aspire project; dog fouling; salt bins; and the cricket nets. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 4 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters, including the 2022-23 budget (the precept was fixed at £19,500, no change from the previous year); the possible extension of the football and playground field; a jubilee beacon; tree planting; Norris Lane; road verges; the jubilee; and the Saunders and Wynn Educational Foundation Trust. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 November and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 18 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 November and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Marlborough area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and Downlands; Theale area; Wantage area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 20 January 2022

This week’s news

• Last chance to enter our Penny Post New Year Quiz, to win a very generous prize from The Ibex Inn in Chaddleworth. Entry deadline is 10pm this Sunday 23 January. There are 19 questions but you don’t have to answer all of them to win…

• Staying with The Ibex Inn, their Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2021 will be held on Thursday 27 January. Booking is required for all teams wishing to enter the event, with a maximum team size of 6 people. Half of the prize pot will be donated to Thames Valley Air Ambulance and the other half will be given to the quiz winners. For booking inquiries, please email Nathan@theibexinn.com or see a promotional Facebook post from the pub.

• Grace Muir, who runs North Farm Stud in Fawley, has refused to pay a £16,000 water bill to Castle Water which resulted from the damage caused by a rat chewing through a buried pipe. BBC News reports that Ms Muir has refused to pay her outstanding bill until it is reduced to something that she deems to be reasonable, as “between 2013/14 and 2016/17, she paid an average of £4,600 for her bills, but that jumped to an average of £8,625 between 2017/18 and 2020/21″ with an eye-watering (probably not the best pun to use…) sum of nearly £16,000 demanded by Castle Water for 2021/22.” She also had to spend £15,000 to hire a private investigation company to locate where the leak was on her 200 acre (81 hectare) site back in October 2021. Although the water provider has declared it is “sympathetic” to Grace’s current predicament, it has also said “if it’s your side of the meter, it’s your problem”. The issue is still ‘unresolved for North Farm Stud as Castle Water said it is still yet to receive all the information it needs to be able to cut the price of the water bill, a claim that Grace Muir has disputed.

• Any fans of the BBC TV show The Apprentice may have spotted that Yattendon-based West Berkshire Brewery played host to one of the teams in the episode first broadcast on Thursday 20 January. A team of hopeful candidates were challenged to create and brand a new non-alcoholic drink, then host a launch event where they had to pitch and sell the drink to leading retailers (as mentioned by NewburyToday). The episode will be available on BBC iPlayer soon after it’s broadcast for those who wish to see how the team got on.

Hampstead Norreys Community Shop are asking for suggestions, from customers and locals, as to what products they should add to the shop’s shelves. Any comments can be sent via Facebook, underneath a post asking for the helpful advice.

• We’ve been having some brutal January weather, however the recent frosty snaps won’t be a problem for The Living Rainforest’s tortoises Mitzy, Shackleton and Nelson as they were seen relaxing in their Jacuzzi on 18 January. It’s alright for some, isn’t it…

• More of our animal friends have been seen spotted enjoying themselves during this winter weather, as East Ilsley Parish Council tweeted out photos of ducks skating on top of the village’s pond. They must be practising for the new series of Dancing on Ice.

• Headteacher of Compton’s The Downs School, Mr Prosser, released an update on recent events at the school via his blog on the school’s website. The 14 January update focuses on COVID mass testing of students, past and upcoming sports fixtures, and Year 13 mock exams.

• As reported last week, Thursday 10 February will be the date when Compton residents will be able to vote in a public referendum to say yes or no to the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), as announced by Compton Parish Council. The question to be answered by the referendum is “Do you want West Berkshire District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Compton to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” More information on the NDP can be found via the parish council’s website and Facebook page.

Greenfest will be back in Hampstead Norreys for 2022 on Saturday 10 September. The organisers are now accepting all applications for stalls at this year’s event. Regular updates and further information can be found on the group’s website and Facebook page.

• Also, Royal Berkshire Fire Authority is asking for Berkshire’s thoughts and opinions on their funding coming through council tax for the next financial year. You can respond by completing this online survey before 5pm on Tuesday 1 February, or ask for more information by emailing precepting@rbfrs.co.uk. Further details can be found via the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service website and Facebook page.

• January 2022 edition of West Ilsley News includes plenty of updates regarding funds raised at various Christmas events held in 2021, an update from the Autumn Group, and much more.

• The most recent (December) Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• Various byway closures have been announced in East Ilsley which will be in effect until 15 March. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Tue 25 Jan Talk and Demonstration by Mindset-Massage 2pm Wilkins Centre, Compton.

• Regular events

• The Autumn Group holds regular meetings, including its Hobbies Club, at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. If you are interested in getting involved, then click here to visit the Facebook page for more information on future events.

• The Aldworth Art/Painting Group is at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. To learn more about the group and see future dates, download the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. To learn more about how you can take part see details on the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Community website displays a calendar full of all the future clubs and events being held at Hampstead Norreys Village Hall.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 11 January and you can read the minutes here. (This was the meeting that forced to take place in the car park of The Swan: see “Out in the cold” section from last week’s column below). Items covered included: financial matters (including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being fixed at £19,024); a grant request; planning matters; the proposed jubilee copse; a report from the flood warden; grit bins; insurance; and proposed Easter activities. If there were any complaints about how cold they all must have been by 8.31pm when the meeting closed, these are not recorded in the minutes. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the greening campaign; planning matters; financial matters; the allotments; the draft budget; and the neighbourhood development plan. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a failed call-in; Police reports; footpaths and byways; salt bins; planning matters; the open spaces review; CIL utilisation; there defibrillator; financial matters (including the 2022-23 budget, the precept being set at £6,910); and a donation to the West Berkshire Library Service. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: an apology from the ward member; the Village Hall; the Aspire project; dog fouling; salt bins; and the cricket nets. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 4 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters, including the 2022-23 budget (the precept was fixed at £19,500, no change from the previous year); the possible extension of the football and playground field; a jubilee beacon; tree planting; Norris Lane; road verges; the jubilee; and the Saunders and Wynn Educational Foundation Trust. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: one planning application; planning decisions by WBC; financial matters; the purchase of new football goals; traffic and speeding; and fencing repairs near the Well House. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 24 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 18 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

Thursday 13 January 2022

This week’s news

• There is still time to enter our Penny Post Christmas and New Year Quiz, to win a very generous prize from The Ibex. Entry deadline 28 January. There are 19 questions but you don’t have to answer all of them to win.

• Thursday 10 February will be the date when Compton residents will be able to vote in a public referendum to say yes or no to the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), as announced by Compton Parish Council. The question to be answered by the referendum is “Do you want West Berkshire District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Compton to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” More information on the NDP can be found via the parish council’s website and Facebook page.

• Another date announcement, as Greenfest will be back in Hampstead Norreys for 2022 on Saturday 10 September. The organisers are now accepting all applications for stalls at this year’s event. Regular updates and further information can be found on the group’s website and Facebook page.

• It has been an enjoyable week for our animal friends across the Compton and Downlands area, as Newbury RDA ponies (who are based in Hampstead Norreys) were seen out enjoying the snow we had during the weekend. The Living Rainforest, also in Hampstead Norreys, shared a video of its armadillo Harry enjoying a newly donated toy. Further donations were also made to the Living Rainforest via its Amazon Wish List, which is open for anyone to make any sized donation.

• As mentioned last week, Yattendon’s West Berkshire Brewery will be under new management for 2022, as Yattendon Group Plc has acquired the assets of the brewery. The group’s chief executive Edward Iliffe was quoted by Newbury Today, in which he says “we were excited to be more involved in the West Berkshire Brewery, who produce a great product based at the Renegade Brewery in the heart of the village of Yattendon. We saw the acquisition as an opportunity to add to the range of quality products owned and produced on the Estate.” Interestingly Mr Iliffe also headed a consortium that purchased Newbury Weekly News back in 2019. The sale of the brewery will hopefully stop the business from entering administration as was feared in late-2021.

• On the theme of pubs and breweries, The Bell Inn, Aldworth re-opened on 8 January. The pub was closed over the New Year period due to a positive Covid test on 28 December 2021 from its staff.

• Thames Valley Police and Crimes Commissioner, Matthew Barber, is asking residents across the Thames Valley area for their opinions for the 2022/23 Police Budget. An online survey can be responded to before the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 18 January. Matthew Barber has stated the importance of any responses by saying “giving us your feedback, you can help shape decisions about police funding and how Thames Valley Police can continue to work to keep us all safe.”

• Also, Royal Berkshire Fire Authority is asking for Berkshire’s thoughts and opinions on their funding coming through council tax for the next financial year. You can respond by completing this online survey before 5pm on Tuesday 1 February, or ask for more information by emailing precepting@rbfrs.co.uk. Further details can be found via the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service website and Facebook page.

• January 2022 edition of West Ilsley News includes plenty of updates regarding funds raised at various Christmas events held in 2021, an update from the Autumn Group, and much more.

• The most recent (December) Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• Various byway closures have been announced in East Ilsley which will be in effect until 15 March. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

Out in the cold

It was bound to happen sooner or later, a council being forced to conduct a meeting outdoors as a result of being caught between the two millstones of rising Covid rates and the government’s flat refusal to permit meetings to take place virtually. This week, East Ilsley Parish Council was, as reported in this week’s Newbury Weekly News, forced to meet in a pub car park (the kind of venue where differences of opinion are sometimes thrashed out in a more direct manner come closing time). The village has no hall and for various reasons using the school, the only other suitable building, is difficult. The weather on this occasion was cold but, fortunately, dry. If it turns wetter in future months they may be reduced to staying in their cars and shouting at each other through megaphones or conducting their discussions in Morse Case by flashing their headlights.

I spoke to Fennel Woods, East Ilsley PC’s Clerk and RFO, who confirmed that there was no other viable indoor option if the meeting was going to be safe and legally binding. The PC has now introduced a temporary scheme of delegation under which most decisions are made by her as the Clerk. This is not, however, a development she welcomes. As well as not being how the system is meant to work it is, she told me, “far from ideal – more work and an extra burden of responsibility.” Even this solution, however, provides only a partial respite. There are half a dozen things which cannot be done under such delegated powers including setting a precept (one of the tasks at this meeting), appointing a new Chair and Vice Chair (which must happen at the annual meeting in May) and signing off the annual governance statement (in June). The only small comfort is that, unless sense prevails in Whitehall, the weather in May and June might be warmer for these al fresco gatherings, though nothing can be guaranteed in this country. She also said that the PC had, individually and in partnership with others in the area, made representations to the government to get the regulation changed, including signing this petition on Change.org.

Lest anyone feels that Parish Councils do nothing of any particular use – a misapprehension which surely their response to the pandemic would have dispelled – one of the actions conducted at this torchlit event was to agree to purchase and keep topped up a grit bin near the school following recent reports that two people had recently slipped an injured themselves. WBC takes responsibility for roads but not the pavements:. If you want those to be gritted, that’s something your parish council needs to do, even if the councillors get frostbitten as a result of discussing it.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Tue 18 Jan ‘The lesser known aspects of the Lloyd’s Insurance Market’ Talk 2pm Wilkins Centre, Compton.

Tue 25 Jan Talk and Demonstration by Mindset-Massage 2pm Wilkins Centre, Compton.

• Regular events

• The Autumn Group holds regular meetings, including its Hobbies Club, at the Wilkins Centre, Compton. If you are interested in getting involved, then click here to visit the Facebook page for more information on future events.

• The Aldworth Art/Painting Group is at the Aldworth Village Hall on first and third Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to noon. To learn more about the group and see future dates, download the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 21) here.

 Aldworth Craft Group meet at Aldworth Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month (within the school term time) from 10am to noon. To learn more about how you can take part see details on the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p 16), which you can download here.

• Hampstead Norreys Community website displays a calendar full of all the future clubs and events being held at Hampstead Norreys Village Hall.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 6 December and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: the neighbourhood development plan referendum (provisionally on 10 February 2022); street lighting; planning matters; two councillor vacancies; financial matters; a request that “the Clerk write to Laura Farris, MP, and Kemi Badenoch, Minister for Levelling Up Communities, to highlight their support for legislation enabling the use of virtual and hybrid council meetings”; membership of external bodies; the Burial Ground; three cherry trees; and the allotments. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 7 December and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a possible community garden; donations from the Saunders Wynn Education Trust; no planning applications (for there were none to consider); financial matters; the Downland Volunteer Group; the defibrillator; extending the playground field; the ownership of and responsibility for Norris Lane; a proposed reduction in the speed limit; the 2022-23 budget; the jubilee; the Village Hall; an overgrown hedge; and eight bags of grit salt. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 24 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 18 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 15 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 7 December and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: one planning application; planning decisions by WBC; financial matters; the purchase of new football goals; traffic and speeding; and fencing repairs near the Well House. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

Parishes: Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilPeasemore Parish Council, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

Thursday 6 January 2022

This week’s news

• The most recent (December) Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• And still in Chaddleworth, click here for our Penny Post Christmas and New Year Quiz, to win a very generous prize from The Ibex.

• Yattendon’s West Berkshire Brewery will be under new management for 2022, as Yattendon Group Plc has “acquired the assets of the brewery”. The group’s chief executive Edward Iliffe was quoted by Newbury Today, in which he says “we were excited to be more involved in the West Berkshire Brewery, who produce a great product based at the Renegade Brewery in the heart of the village of Yattendon. We saw the acquisition as an opportunity to add to the range of quality products owned and produced on the Estate.” Interestingly Mr Iliffe also headed a consortium that purchased Newbury Weekly News back in 2019. The sale of the brewery will hopefully stop the business from entering administration as was feared in late-2021.

Thames Valley Police and Crimes Commissioner, Matthew Barber, is asking residents across the Thames Valley area for their opinions for the 2022/23 Police Budget. An online survey can be responded to before the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 18 January. Matthew Barber has stated the importance of any responses by saying “giving us your feedback, you can help shape decisions about police funding and how Thames Valley Police can continue to work to keep us all safe.”

• Green bin (garden and food waste) collection service has been temporarily suspended by West Berkshire Council until 8 January, with resumption of the services starting again from Monday 10 January.

January 2022 edition of West Ilsley News includes plenty of updates regarding funds raised at various Christmas events held in 2021, an update from the Autumn Group, and much more.

• If any of our readers have children who wish to learn about computer programming and coding, then they can sign up for a free 12 week online course with West Berkshire Libraries. Applications to attend the course must be sent before Monday 10 January.

• As previously mentioned, Compton residents will be able to vote in a public referendum to be held in early February where they will vote to share their thoughts on the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), as reported by Newbury Today. West Berkshire Council voted unanimously for the plan to be proposed to the public. This will be the culmination of many years of work: if passed at the referendum (as generally happens) the plan will be adopted by West Berkshire Council and will become as much a part of its own local plan, which is the governing document for the district’s planning policy, as if WBC’s staff had written it themselves. Please see the full NDP document, as well as Compton Parish Council Facebook page, for future updates and further information.

With temperatures dropping again, Aldworth Parish Council’s Winter Preparedness information is useful on the parish council’s website.

• Various byway closures have been announced in East Ilsley which will be in effect until 15 March. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 6 December and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: the neighbourhood development plan referendum (provisionally on 10 February 2022); street lighting; planning matters; two councillor vacancies; financial matters; a request that “the Clerk write to Laura Farris, MP, and Kemi Badenoch, Minister for Levelling Up Communities, to highlight their support for legislation enabling the use of virtual and hybrid council meetings”; membership of external bodies; the Burial Ground; three cherry trees; and the allotments. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 7 December and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a possible community garden; donations from the Saunders Wynn Education Trust; no planning applications (for there were none to consider); financial matters; the Downland Volunteer Group; the defibrillator; extending the playground field; the ownership of and responsibility for Norris Lane; a proposed reduction in the speed limit; the 2022-23 budget; the jubilee; the Village Hall; an overgrown hedge; and eight bags of grit salt. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 24 November and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 18 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 15 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 7 December and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: one planning application; planning decisions by WBC; financial matters; the purchase of new football goals; traffic and speeding; and fencing repairs near the Well House. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 November and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

To see earlier Compton & Downlands & Surrounding Area Weekly News columns, please click here.

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