Compton & Downlands Area Weekly News sections – archive 2

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Thursday 23 December 2021

A look back at 2021

We’ve covered a lot of stories in this area in 2021, several on more than one occasion as things have changed or new facts come to light. We’ve listed and summarised a handful of these below. More information can be found by searching for the respective phrases in this post (and any for coverage of this area for earlier periods, which will be linked to at the foot of the post). 

Stories covered this year include: several awards won by Hampstead Norreys’ community shop, a brewery for sale, pond excavations in East Ilsley, cameras at the Rainforest, classic vehicles return to Yattendon, a possible land trust in Chaddleworth, the future of the Pirbright Institute site and Compton’s neighbourhood development plan reaches its final hurdle.

This week’s news

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

• Chaddleworth News includes a ‘Dates for your Diaries’ section (p9) highlighting the many United Benefice December Services through the Christmas period.

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

• Green bin (garden and food waste) collection service has been temporarily suspended by West Berkshire Council between 28 December till 8 January, with resumption of the services starting again from Monday 10 January. The council explained the reasoning behind the suspension as needing to “free up more drivers and operatives to ensure your rubbish (black bin) and recycling (green boxes and bag) service continues as scheduled throughout the busy Christmas period and into the New Year.”

• Please also see the updated dates for bin collections (posted by Aldworth Parish Council) between 27 December 2021 to 8 January 2022.

• Both Aldworth and East Ilsley Parish Council offices are closed for the Christmas period and will both re-open on Tuesday 4 January.

• Hampstead Norreys Community Shop started its Charity Christmas Appeal where customers can “choose a tree (from 50p to £20, your choice) and hand it in at the till with your shopping”. All funds that are raised from the appeal will be split between three local charities; West Berks Food Bank, All Yours, and West Berkshire Baby Bank.

• Hampstead Norreys Community Shop‘s opening times over the festive period have recently been amended.

• Staying in Hampstead Norreys, the horses and ponies of Newbury RDA received a donation of potatoes from Sainsburys. This kind gesture was clearly very well appreciated by their horses, who seem to like their veg at Christmas just like all of us.

• East Ilsley’s Crown and Horns pub uploaded a sneak-peak photo of Santa’s sleigh that will be used for the village’s Charity Santa tour. Further details and links to the event can be found below in our ‘dates for the diary’ section.

• Various Christmas services are being held throughout the Compton and Downlands area, and beyond, which you can find further details about via The Hermitage Team Ministry website.

• As previously mentioned, Compton residents will be able to vote in a public referendum to be held in early Februarynwhere 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.

• Most West Berkshire residents have seen snow and storms these the last few weeks and many councils, including Aldworth, have issued locals with their Winter Preparedness information. Further information and documentation can be found 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 Aldworth Parish Council took place on 24 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from District Councillor Alan Law; HGVs in the parish; the draft budget and other financial matters; the case of the vanishing software; the case of the two replacement roadsigns; the case of the large puddle; the playground; maintenance work; and wildflowers. 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 here. 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 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 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 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 4 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 Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 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 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.

Thursday 16 December 2021

This week’s news

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

• Chaddleworth News includes a ‘Dates for your Diaries’ section (p9) highlighting the many United Benefice December Services through the Christmas period.

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

• As reported last week, East Ilsley Parish Council have provided further updates regarding Downland Practice which mentions that Dr Haider is leaving in mid-December, how Dr Haider’s GP list will be divided, information regarding a “number of requests to change GP” and online blood test appointment booking.

• 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. Please see the full NDP document, as well as Compton Parish Council Facebook page, for future updates and further information.

• Saturday 18 December is the last day of West Berkshire Council’s free bus travel days, in association with Reading Buses, Stagecoach Hampshire and Thames Travel. Please see further details, which include what bus routes within West Berks are applicable with the offer.

• We all produce a lot of waste over the festive period, and not just after eating Christmas lunch… As such, please see the updated dates for bin collections (posted by Aldworth Parish Council) between 27 December 2021 to 8 January 2022.

• Hampstead Norreys Community Shop‘s opening times over the festive period.

The Fox at Peasemore Christmas and New Year opening times are also now available to see.

• Most West Berkshire residents have seen snow and storms throughout the last few weeks, as such Aldworth Parish Council have issued locals with their “Winter Preparedness information”. Further information and documentation can be found on the parish council’s website.

• The Crown & Horns pub in East Ilsley is still asking for donations of toys, plus other Christmas gifts, for children and teenagers to be collected for Swift Couriers Louise Purton Toy Appeal. The toys will be given to children within West Berkshire who are in “deprived or financially challenged backgrounds during the Christmas period” and may face a difficult holiday period ahead. The pub has asked for all toys to be brand new (not second-hand or pre-owned) and not to be gift wrapped, so that they can be easily identified. The appeal ends on Thursday 23 December.

 East Ilsley Parish Council has posted this update on The Downland Practice including the third primary dose for the Covid-19 vaccine, changes to the practice’s GPs, plus their success in recruiting a paramedic who can “deal with patients who have on-the-day concerns”.

• 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 Aldworth Parish Council took place on 24 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from District Councillor Alan Law; HGVs in the parish; the draft budget and other financial matters; the case of the vanishing software; the case of the two replacement roadsigns; the case of the large puddle; the playground; maintenance work; and wildflowers. 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 here. Items covered included: the co-option of a new councillor; a report from District Councillor Clive Hooker; proposed solar panels on the Village Hall; the allotments; planning matters; speeding; rights of way; fly tipping; the phone box; financial matters; and the 2022-23 draft budget. 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 15 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the Aspire project; tree planting; the recent village working party; the Christmas tree; broadband; the cricket nets; financial matters; dog fouling; the 2022-23 budget; drainage problems; and broken roadsigns. 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 9 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: questions about the Pond an issue which recurred several times during the meeting);  the Pen Meadow development; a report from District Councillor Carolyne Culver; seed and bulb planting; financial matters and the draft 2022-23 budget; historical research; an archaeological find; and glow-in-the-dark dog-waste bin signs. 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 here. Items covered included: speeding; a deep-water sign; soil sampling at the pond; the jubilee; the new noticeboard; planning applications; financial matters; the 2022-23 budget; repairs and maintenance work around the parish; tree planting; and a possible wildflower meadow. 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 4 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 Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 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 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.

Thursday 9 December 2021

This week’s news

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

Chaddleworth News includes a ‘Dates for your Diaries’ section (p9) highlighting the many United Benefice December Services through the Christmas period.

• And still in Chaddleworth, click here for our Christmas and New Year Quiz, the prize for which has kindly been donated by The Ibex.

• East Ilsley Parish Council provided further updates regarding Downland Practice which mentions that Dr Haider is leaving in mid-December, how Dr Haider’s GP list will be divided, information regarding a “number of requests to change GP” and online blood test appointment booking.

• A public referendum will be held “in early February” for Compton residents, 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.

• Mum and daughter duo from Hampstead Norreys, Caroline Herman and daughter Cara, have received two national awards for their charitable work trying to help local women and girls suffering from period poverty. As mentioned in a Newbury Today article, Caroline received her Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year ‘Change Leader Award’ in a “star-studded ceremony at Claridges, in London”. Her daughter Cara also received praise for her tireless voluntary work when she was given the “Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award for her volunteering”.

• As reported last week, West Berkshire Brewery in Yattendon released its first brew in 1995 and its beers have won over 40 awards since. Now it is for sale and they have a “number of interested third parties” regarding the brewery’s sale, as reported by Newbury Today.  The brewery “is not currently in administration” however “the company filed a further ‘Notice of Intention to Appoint’ administrators at court this morning (30 November), but said it was to allow the directors more time to speak to those interested in buying the business and assets of the company and to attempt to conclude a sale.”

• Hampstead Norreys Community Shop‘s opening times over the festive period.

• Most West Berkshire residents have seen snow and storms throughout the last few weeks, as such Aldworth Parish Council have issued locals with their “Winter Preparedness information”. Further information and documentation can be found on the parish council’s website.

• The Crown & Horns pub in East Ilsley is still asking for donations of toys, plus other Christmas gifts, for children and teenagers to be collected for Swift Couriers Louise Purton Toy Appeal. The toys will be given to children within West Berkshire who are in “deprived or financially challenged backgrounds during the Christmas period” and may face a difficult holiday period ahead. The pub has asked for all toys to be brand new (not second-hand or pre-owned) and not to be gift wrapped, so that they can be easily identified. The appeal ends on Thursday 23 December.

 East Ilsley Parish Council has posted this update on The Downland Practice including the third primary dose for the Covid-19 vaccine, changes to the practice’s GPs, plus their success in recruiting a paramedic who can “deal with patients who have on-the-day concerns”.

• 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 16 November and you can read the minutes here. This was hardly a marathon event, lasting all of either minutes, and was mainly concerned with ratifying reports from the committees and “noting that no response had been received from West Berkshire Council in response to the letter sent by the solicitor regarding the Environmental Impact Assessment and Financial Viability for planning application 20/01336/OUTMAJ Institute For Animal Health, High Street, Compton.” 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 Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 15 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the Aspire project; tree planting; the recent village working party; the Christmas tree; broadband; the cricket nets; financial matters; dog fouling; the 2022-23 budget; drainage problems; and broken roadsigns. 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 here. Items covered included: speeding; a deep-water sign; soil sampling at the pond; the jubilee; the new noticeboard; planning applications; financial matters; the 2022-23 budget; repairs and maintenance work around the parish; tree planting; and a possible wildflower meadow. 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 4 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 Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 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 meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 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.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 22 September and you can read the minutes here.  Click here for the agenda for the meeting on 24 November. 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 14 September 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 2 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Thursday 2 December 2021

This week’s news

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

• And still in Chaddleworth, click here for our Christmas and New Year quiz, the prize for which has kindly been donated by The Ibex.

West Berkshire Brewery in Yattendon released its first brew in 1995 and its beers have won over 40 awards since. Now it is for sale and they have a “number of interested third parties” regarding the brewery’s sale, as reported by Newbury Today.  The brewery “is not currently in administration” however “the company filed a further ‘Notice of Intention to Appoint’ administrators at court this morning (30 November), but said it was to allow the directors more time to speak to those interested in buying the business and assets of the company and to attempt to conclude a sale.”

• Compton residents could have the opportunity to vote in a referendum, proposed to be on Thursday 10 February 2022, asking for their thoughts and opinions on future plans for the village. Newbury Today (NT) reports that “If the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan is then successful at the local referendum, it will be immediately adopted as part of the wider development plan – known as the Local Plan – for West Berkshire.” The ‘Local Plan’ (which NT points out is currently only a draft document) would “allocate the former Pirbright Institute for Animal Health site as a residential-led mixed-use.”

Hampstead Norreys Community Shop and The White Hart, Hampstead Norreys have announced their schedules over the festive period. These include events, as well as opening and closing times for the businesses right up to 2 January 2022.

• As mentioned last week, East Ilsley Parish Council has a “casual vacancy” open due to the resignation of councillor Tracey Murray. According to East Ilsley Parish Council’s Facebook page, the outcome of the vacancy will be announced in early December 2021.

• Most West Berkshire residents have seen snow and storms throughout the last few weeks, as such Aldworth Parish Council have issued locals with their “Winter Preparedness information”. Further information and documentation can be found on the parish council’s website.

• The Crown & Horns pub in East Ilsley is still asking for donations of toys, plus other Christmas gifts, for children and teenagers to be collected for Swift Couriers Louise Purton Toy Appeal. The toys will be given to children within West Berkshire who are in “deprived or financially challenged backgrounds during the Christmas period” and may face a difficult holiday period ahead. The pub has asked for all toys to be brand new (not second-hand or pre-owned) and not to be gift wrapped, so that they can be easily identified. The appeal ends on Thursday 23 December.

 Beedon CE Primary School has opened school tour spaces for parents and carers looking to enrol reception age children for 2022-23 school terms. Tour times can be booked by contacting the school office at office@beedon.w-berks.sch.uk or 01635 248284.

 East Ilsley Parish Council has posted this update on The Downland Practice including the third primary dose for the Covid-19 vaccine, changes to the practice’s GPs, plus their success in recruiting a Paramedic who can “deal with patients who have on the day concerns”.

• 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 16 November and you can read the minutes here. This was hardly a marathon event, lasting all of either minutes, and was mainly concerned with ratifying reports from the committees and “noting that no response had been received from West Berkshire Council in response to the letter sent by the solicitor regarding the Environmental Impact Assessment and Financial Viability for planning application 20/01336/OUTMAJ Institute For Animal Health, High Street, Compton.” 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 Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 15 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the Aspire project; tree planting; the recent village working party; the Christmas tree; broadband; the cricket nets; financial matters; dog fouling; the 2022-23 budget; drainage problems; and broken roadsigns. 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 here. Items covered included: speeding; a deep-water sign; soil sampling at the pond; the jubilee; the new noticeboard; planning applications; financial matters; the 2022-23 budget; repairs and maintenance work around the parish; tree planting; and a possible wildflower meadow. 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 4 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 Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: using the Handybus; two planning applications; financial matters; the 2022-23 budget; repairs and new equipment at the playground; the jubilee; grit bins; repair and maintenance work across the parish; and EV charge points. 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 here.  Items covered included: a “detailed report” from ward member Alan Law; a report from the Police; footpaths and byways; the highways winter-service plan; planning applications; the open spaces review; CIL funds from the Redwood development; financial matters; and the draft 2022-23 budget. 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.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 22 September and you can read the minutes here.  Click here for the agenda for the meeting on 24 November. 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 14 September 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 2 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Thursday 25 November 2021

This week’s news

• East Ilsley Parish Council has a “casual vacancy” open due to the resignation of councillor Tracey Murray. According to East Ilsley Parish Council’s Facebook page, the outcome of the vacancy will be announced in early December 2021.

• Temperatures are expected to drop significantly within the next few weeks, so Aldworth Parish Council have issued locals with their “Winter Preparedness information”. Further information and documentation can be found on the parish council’s website.

• As reported last week, Yattendon Parish Council is asking locals for their opinions on potential renovations to the village’s Grade 2 listed Well House. The full history of the building can be found in a post (9 November) on Facebook, which starts with the construction of the well house in 1878. With Grade 2 listing comes restrictions as to what work can be done, but the parish council have asked for any local residents to fill out this short survey to gauge the public’s opinion.

• Congratulations to Hampstead Norreys Community Shop for the success of their Candlelit Market on 20 November. Here are memories of this wonderful community event. See below for future festive events organised by the community shop.

• Anyone eager to get into the festive spirit will be glad to know that Yattendon Estates’ Christmas Barn is now open (as of 19 November). It might be still too early for Christmas decorations to be put up, but that’s probably my inner Scrooge coming out…

• The Crown & Horns pub in East Ilsley is still asking for donations of toys, plus other Christmas gifts, for children and teenagers to be collected for Swift Couriers Louise Purton Toy Appeal. The toys will be given to children within West Berkshire who are in “deprived or financially challenged backgrounds during the Christmas period” and may face a difficult holiday period ahead. The pub has asked for all toys to be brand new (not second-hand or pre-owned) and not to be gift wrapped, so that they can be easily identified.

• Essential carriageway road-surfacing works to Worlds End, Beedon Hill and Oxford Road will require road closures in Beedon and traffic diversions on weekdays between until 26 November from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

 Beedon CE Primary School has opened school tour spaces for parents and carers looking to enrol reception age children for 2022-23 school terms. Tour times can be booked by contacting the school office at office@beedon.w-berks.sch.uk or 01635 248284.

 East Ilsley Parish Council has posted this update on The Downland Practice including the third primary dose for the Covid-19 vaccine, changes to the practice’s GPs, plus their success in recruiting a Paramedic who can “deal with patients who have on the day concerns”.

• 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 Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 15 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the Aspire project; tree planting; the recent village working party; the Christmas tree; broadband; the cricket nets; financial matters; dog fouling; the 2022-23 budget; drainage problems; and broken roadsigns. 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 2 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: using the Handybus; two planning applications; financial matters; the 2022-23 budget; repairs and new equipment at the playground; the jubilee; grit bins; repair and maintenance work across the parish; and EV charge points. 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 1 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: street lighting; the outdoor gym; one new planning application; planning decisions; councillor vacancies; financial matters; the neighbourhood development plan; and actions to be taken relating to Newbury Lane 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 meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 November and you can read the minutes here.  Items covered included: a “detailed report” from ward member Alan Law; a report from the Police; footpaths and byways; the highways winter-service plan; planning applications; the open spaces review; CIL funds from the Redwood development; financial matters; and the draft 2022-23 budget. 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 30 September 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.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 22 September and you can read the minutes here.  Click here for the agenda for the meeting on 24 November. 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 14 September 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 13 September 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 2 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Thursday 18 November 2021

This week’s news

Yattendon Parish Council is asking locals for their opinions on potential renovations to the village’s Grade 2 listed well house. The full history of the building can be found in a post (9 November 2021) on Facebook, which starts with the construction of the well house in 1878. With Grade 2 listing comes restrictions as to what work can be done, but the parish council have asked for any local residents to fill out this short survey to gauge the public’s opinion.

Aldworth Parish Council has announced that its meeting planned for 17 November has been moved to Wednesday 24 November at 7.30pm due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

The Downland Practice‘s recently appointed Health Care Assistant has resigned from their role because of “a family changing experience”, which will lead to “a large number of booked blood test appointments being cancelled” due to the assistant’s role in those appointments. The parish council has advised anyone affected “to book their blood test at the West Berkshire Community Hospital in Newbury” and apologised for any inconvenience created, plus reassured residents that a new Health Care Assistant will be recruited “very soon”.

• The International Beer Challenge 2021 has awarded two of its Gold Awards and a further two ‘Silver Awards’ to Yattendon’s West Berkshire Brewery. You can see the alcoholic and alcohol-free drinks that won the awards in this tweet from the brewery.

• There will be no parking on-site at Hampstead Norreys Community Shop’s Candlelit Market on Saturday 20 November. Anyone parking on streets local to the shop has been asked to “please park thoughtfully and, wherever you park, take care in the dark” and reminded that “torches are recommended as there are no street lights in Hampstead Norreys.”

• Congratulations to The Foinavon in Compton for the successful Poppy Appeal Meat Draw on 14 November which raised £209 for their Poppy Appeal.

• The Crown & Horns pub in East Ilsley is asking for donations of toys, plus other Christmas gifts, for children and teenagers which will be collected for Swift Couriers Louise Purton Toy Appeal. The toys will be given to children within West Berkshire who are in “deprived or financially challenged backgrounds during the Christmas period” and may face a difficult holiday period ahead. The pub has asked for all toys to be brand new (not second-hand or pre-owned) and not to be gift wrapped, so that they can be easily identified.

• Essential carriageway road-surfacing works to Worlds End, Beedon Hill and Oxford Road will require road closures in Beedon and traffic diversions on weekdays between until 26 November from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

 Beedon CE Primary School have opened school tour spaces for parents and carers looking to enrol reception age children for 2022-23 school terms. Tour times can be booked by contacting the school office at office@beedon.w-berks.sch.uk or 01635 248284.

 East Ilsley Parish Council has posted this update on The Downland Practice including the third primary dose for the Covid-19 vaccine, changes to the practice’s GPs, plus their success in recruiting a Paramedic who can “deal with patients who have on the day concerns”.

• 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 Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 15 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the Aspire project; tree planting; the recent village working party; the Christmas tree; broadband; the cricket nets; financial matters; dog fouling; the 2022-23 budget; drainage problems; and broken roadsigns. 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 2 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: using the Handybus; two planning applications; financial matters; the 2022-23 budget; repairs and new equipment at the playground; the jubilee; grit bins; repair and maintenance work across the parish; and EV charge points. 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 1 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: street lighting; the outdoor gym; one new planning application; planning decisions; councillor vacancies; financial matters; the neighbourhood development plan; and actions to be taken relating to Newbury Lane 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 meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 November and you can read the minutes here.  Items covered included: a “detailed report” from ward member Alan Law; a report from the Police; footpaths and byways; the highways winter-service plan; planning applications; the open spaces review; CIL funds from the Redwood development; financial matters; and the draft 2022-23 budget. 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 30 September 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.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 22 September 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 14 September 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 13 September 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 2 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Thursday 11 November 2021

This week’s news

• Work on the orchard of Hampstead Norreys Community Shop will hopefully stop hungry caterpillars from eating their trees’ fruit buds when they start to grow in spring 2022. Anyone who wishes to provide voluntary help grease-branding the trees can join the shop’s work party on the morning of Saturday 13 November 2021.

• A senior spokesperson from Greenham Trust will be making a short presentation at the start of the Beedon PC meeting on 18 November, which parishioners are as ever welcome to attend. This will provide information about Greenham Trust’s 25th anniversary in 2022, its events and campaigns and, in particular, how its grant funding can help support local charities and voluntary groups.

• East Ilsley Parish Council has recently excavated the village pond and surrounding area for flood alleviation purposes and discovered that the pond was much larger and deeper than originally thought. This was due to the pond “harbouring 45 tonnes of excess silt and material (two times the original estimate).” Added public safety measures are currently being explored by EIPC and, as a result, people visiting the area should remain “cautious and vigilant” with large groups being discouraged from congregating near the pond. Unfortunately, this also means that EIPC has regrettably announced: “this year it will not be possible to allow the pond area to be decorated for Christmas.” See EIPC’s full statement on the pond here.

• Hampstead Norreys Community Shop is looking for chocolate donations for a Chocolate Tombola at its upcoming Candlelit market on Saturday 20 November 2021. To stay up to date with the shop’s events, please see their Facebook page.

• The Crown & Horns pub in East Ilsley is asking for donations of toys, plus other Christmas gifts, for children and teenagers which will be collected for Swift Couriers Louise Purton Toy Appeal. The toys will be given to children within West Berkshire who are in “deprived or financially challenged backgrounds during the Christmas period” and may face a difficult holiday period ahead. The pub has asked for all toys to be brand new (not second-hand or pre-owned) and not to be gift wrapped, so that they can be easily identifies.

• Staying with the Crown & Horns, their Halloween Murder Mystery event raised £300, which has been donated equally to three local causes; The Sheep Fair Committee, The Ilsleys Primary School and East Ilsley St Mary’s Church.

• Essential carriageway road-surfacing works to Worlds End, Beedon Hill and Oxford Road will require road closures in Beedon and traffic diversions on weekdays between 15 to 26 November 2021 from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Beedon CE Primary School have opened school tour spaces for parents and carers looking to enrol reception age children for 2022-23 school terms. Tour times can be booked by contacting the school office at office@beedon.w-berks.sch.uk or 01635 248284.

• Chaddleworth Afternoon Club’s Macmillan Tea Party raised £567 for Macmillan Cancer Support, £200 more than previous year’s charity tea parties. Many thanks were given towards helpers of the event in Chaddleworth News (November 2021 Edition, pg. 2) who provided a platform of success for the fundraising.

East Ilsley Parish Council has posted this update on The Downland Practice including the third primary dose for the Covid-19 vaccine, changes to the practice’s GPs, plus their success in recruiting a Paramedic who can “deal with patients who have on the day concerns”.

• The Foinavon, Compton has a Poppy Appeal Meat Draw running for 2021. The draw will take place on Sunday 14 November, to take part in the draw please see this Facebook post for further details.

• Various byway closures have been announced in East Ilsley which will be in effect until 15 March 2022. 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 1 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included:  street lighting; the outdoor gym; one new planning application; planning decisions; councillor vacancies; financial matters; the neighbourhood development plan; and actions to be taken relating to Newbury Lane 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 meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 November and you can read the minutes here.  Items covered included: a “detailed report” from ward member Alan Law; a report from the Police; footpaths and byways; the highways winter-service plan; planning applications; the open spaces review; CIL funds from the Redwood development; financial matters; and the draft 2022-23 budget. 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 5 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; the 2022-23 budget; a new noticeboard; low-cost housing and the proposed land trust; roses in the memorial garden; the possible extension of the football field; a possible footpath booklet; a possible joint village co-ordinator (in conjunction with Brighwalton); EV charge points; and the jubilee. 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 30 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.

• 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.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 22 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.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 20 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.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 14 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.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 13 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.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 2 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.

Thursday 4 November 2021

This week’s news

• The November Chaddleworth News has just been published and you can read it here. Items covered include the new A5 format of the print edition, the Chaddleworth Afternoon Club, the welcome return of the Wednesday Wanderers offering local and sociable walking, Chaddleworth’s part in the history of Reliance Coaches and news, information and advertising from the people and organisations local to the parish.

• A senior spokesperson from Greenham Trust will be making a short presentation at the start of the Beedon PC meeting on 18 November, which parishioners are as ever welcome to attend. This will provide information about Greenham Trust’s 25th anniversary in 2022, its events and campaigns and, in particular, how its grant funding can help support local charities and voluntary groups.

• Please see East Ilsley Parish Council’s  Pen Meadow Development update here and respond to their survey regarding the development “to help make a decision at the next parish council meeting” at The Ilsleys Primary School Hall on Tuesday 9 November 2021 starting from 7.30pm. Please see here for further information.

• Amanda Dee is running the Save Pen Meadow campaign objecting to the development as she believes it to be contrary to the Core Strategy Development Plan set out by West Berkshire Council (2006-2026). For more details see her Facebook group here.

The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys sadly announced that their oldest Goeldi’s monkey ‘Sooty’ passed away on 22 September 2021. Sooty was the oldest Goeldi’s monkey in the UK, at 28 years old, and due to “deteriorating health issues caused by old age” she was euthanised by her keepers. She is survived by her male that she was paired up with at the Living Rainforest called Meeko, as well as their two sons Sam and Fred. Sooty was also the second oldest of her species ever recorded in the International Studbook.

• Staying within the greenhouse walls of The Living Rainforest, they hosted ITV Meridan News on 2 November 2021 for a special live news broadcast within their rainforest enclosure, which provided the perfect setting for a COP26 and climate change focused episode. As this tweet shows, the ITV team believed that TLR was located in Thatcham, something that several people were quick to correct. (Sadly it is unavailable to re-watch as ITV inexplicably only keeps news broadcasts on ITV Hub for 24 hours after they have been aired.) So, by way of a partial replacement, you can click here to see an overview of the show, here to see a hissing cockroach and here to see the results of an unfortunate incident for one of the cameramen.

• Hampstead Norrys Community Shop is looking for chocolate donations for a Chocolate Tombola at its upcoming Candlelit market on Saturday 20 November 2021. To stay up to date with the shop’s events, please see their Facebook page.

• Chaddleworth Afternoon Club’s Macmillan Tea Party raised £567 for Macmillan Cancer Support, £200 more than previous year’s charity tea parties. Many thanks were given towards helpers of the event in Chaddleworth News (November 2021 Edition, pg. 2) who provided a platform of success for the fundraising.

• East Ilsley Parish Council has posted this update on The Downland Practice including the third primary dose for the Covid-19 vaccine, changes to the practice’s GPs, plus their success in recruiting a Paramedic who can “deal with patients who have on the day concerns”.

• The Foinavon, Compton has a Poppy Appeal Meat Draw running for 2021. The draw will take place on Sunday 14 November, to take part in the draw please see this Facebook post for further details.

• Various byway closures have been announced in East Ilsley which will be in effect until 15 March 2022. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 5 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; the 2022-23 budget; a new noticeboard; low-cost housing and the proposed land trust; roses in the memorial garden; the possible extension of the football field; a possible footpath booklet; a possible joint village co-ordinator (in conjunction with Brighwalton); EV charge points; and the jubilee. 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 October and you can read the minutes here. (At least, I think they’re the 4 October ones but they say 6 September at the top.) Items covered included: a grant request from the Scouts; the new sports hall at The Downs School; street lighting; planning decisions; financial matters; social media and communications; outdoor gym equipment; the NDP; 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 Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 30 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.

• 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.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 22 September 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 20 September 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 14 September 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 13 September 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 6 September 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 2 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Thursday 28 October 2021

This week’s news

• The November Chaddleworth News has just been published and you can read it here. Items covered include the new A5 format of the print edition, the Chaddleworth Afternoon Club, the welcome return of the Wednesday Wanderers offering local and sociable walking, Chaddleworth’s part in the history of Reliance Coaches and news, information and advertising from the people and organisations local to the parish. The Editor adds that “the printed edition is just being distributed so, if you are looking out for that too, you should get it soon. Thank you to the distributors and also thank you to the printers for including some pages in colour in this edition.”

• As reported on 21 October 2021 (please see below), East Ilsley Parish Council has published an update regarding the Pen Meadow Development and have produced a fact sheet which can be downloaded here. It is also asking for responses to a survey regarding the development “to help make a decision at the next parish council meeting” at The Ilsleys Primary School Hall on Tuesday 9 November 2021 starting from 7.30pm. Please see here for further information.

• Amanda Dee is running the Save Pen Meadow campaign objecting to the development as she believes it to be contrary to the Core Strategy Development Plan set out by West Berkshire Council (2006-2026). For more details see her facebook group here.

• East Ilsley Parish Council have posted this update on The Downland Practice including the third primary dose for the Covid-19 vaccine, changes to the practice’s GPs, plus their success in recruiting a Paramedic who can “deal with patients who have on the day concerns”.

• Aldworth’s new noticeboard has arrived and is already at work.

• The Foinavon, Compton has a Poppy Appeal Meat Draw running for 2021. The draw will take place on Sunday 14 November, to take part in the draw please see this Facebook post for further details.

• A YouTube video was posted on 25 October 2021 which gives a brief tour and information on the village of Peasemore. Click here to watch the video.

• Various byway closures have been announced in East Ilsley which will be in effect until 15 March 2022. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

• October’s Chaddleworth News can be downloaded here. It includes news and information about local organisations, a Halloween ghost story, a history of the Saunders Wynn and Coventry Educational Foundation (just explaining a name like that would be a job in itself) and the return of the Downland Gardening Club.

• The same publication has reminded anyone with anything to contribute to November’s issue of Chaddleworth News to contact chaddnews@gmail.com by Friday 22 October.

• For the latest news, fixtures and results from Compton FC (the ‘Green Army’) follow them on Facebook here.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 5 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; the 2022-23 budget; a new noticeboard; low-cost housing and the proposed land trust; roses in the memorial garden; the possible extension of the football field; a possible footpath booklet; a possible joint village co-ordinator (in conjunction with Brighwalton); EV charge points; and the jubilee. 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 30 September and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: a review of the recent planning committee meeting; planning decisions from WBC; financial matters; a budget for a bench; and traffic and speeding. 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 here. Items covered included: the uncertain ownership of the pond; a proposed new PC website; volunteers needed for the Village Hall Committee; and two planning applications. 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 22 September 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 20 September 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 14 September 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 13 September 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 Compton Parish Council took place on 6 September and you can read the minutes hereTo 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 6 September 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 2 September and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Thursday 21 October 202

This week’s news

• East Ilsley Parish Council has published an update regarding the Pen Meadow Development and have produced a fact sheet which can be downloaded here. It is also asking for responses to a survey regarding the development  “to help make a decision at the next parish council meeting” at The Ilsleys Primary School Hall on Tuesday 9 November 2021 starting from 7.30pm. Please see here for further information.

• Amanda Dee is running the Save Pen Meadow campaign objecting to the development as she believes it to be contrary to the Core Strategy Development Plan set out by West Berkshire Council (2006-2026). For more details see her facebook group here.

The Bell Inn, Aldworth have appeared on CBS’s feature on British pubs which can be watched here. Keep an eye out for the pub at around 10 minutes 30 seconds into the video.

East Ilsley byway closures for “all mechanically propelled vehicles from proceeding in any direction over these byways: EILS12/1 (path beyond Windmill House on the way to West Ilsley) & EILS1/4 (under the bridge, off Ball Pit Road)” will be in effect until 15 March 2022. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

• October’s Chaddleworth News can be downloaded here. It includes news and information about local organisations, a Halloween ghost story, a history of the Saunders Wynn and Coventry Educational Foundation (just explaining a name like that would be a job in itself) and the return of the Downland Gardening Club.

• The same publication has reminded anyone with anything to contribute to November’s issue of Chaddleworth News to contact chaddnews@gmail.com by Friday 22 October.

• Nominations for West Berkshire Council’s 2021 Community Champion Awards are now open. If you know anyone whose hard work within the community should be highlighted and rewarded, then you can click here to see how you can nominate a West Berks resident. All nominations close on Monday 1 November 2021.

• For the latest news, fixtures and results from Compton FC (the ‘Green Army’) follow them on Facebook here.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the uncertain ownership of the pond; a proposed new PC website; volunteers needed for the Village Hall Committee; and two planning applications. 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 22 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.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 20 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.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 14 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.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 13 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.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 7 September 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 Compton Parish Council took place on 6 September and you can read the minutes hereTo 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 6 September 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 2 September 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 29 July and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Thursday 14 October 2021

This week’s news

• As reported last week (see 7 October post below) Aldworth Parish Council (APC) shared this post on its Facebook page asking local residents and keen walkers whether they often use a path shown by a red dashed line on the map posted. In this later post, they announced, “We have now submitted a request for a definitive map modification order with West Berkshire Council (WBC)”. Anyone who wants to support the protection of the path can contact APC with evidence of use (such as photos, videos, and maps) to clerk@aldworth-pc.gov.uk. You can also click here to view the APC Facebook page where further updates will be posted. You might also be interested in seeing this post which we wrote with WBC’s Definitive Map Officer Stuart Higgins on the subject of establishing rights of way.

East Ilsley Parish Council posted an update on its Facebook page on 7 September 2021 regarding the byway closures for “all mechanically propelled vehicles from proceeding in any direction over these byways: EILS12/1 (path beyond Windmill House on the way to West Ilsley) & EILS1/4 (under the bridge, off Ball Pit Road).” This will be in effect until 15 March 2022. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

• October’s Chaddleworth News has recently been published and you can click here to download it. It includes news and information about local organisations, a Halloween ghost story, a history of the Saunders Wynn and Coventry Educational Foundation (just explaining a name like that would be a job in itself) and the return of the Downland Gardening Club.

• It seems that the M4 closures are not yet over. Work has not finished on the eastern carriageway so this will closed between J14 and J13 from 9pm on Friday 15 October to 6am on Monday 18 October. See more here in Newbury Today.

• Nominations for West Berkshire Council’s 2021 Community Champion Awards are now open. If you know anyone whose hard work within the community should be highlighted and rewarded, then you can click here to see how you can nominate a West Berks resident. All nominations close on Monday 1 November 2021.

• For the latest news, fixtures and results from Compton FC (the ‘Green Army’) follow them on Facebook here.

• Amanda Dee is running the Save Pen Meadow campaign objecting to the development of 12 dwellings by Manor Oak Homes on Pen Meadow in East Ilsley as she believes this development to be contrary to the Core Strategy Development Plan set out by West Berkshire Council (2006-2026). For more details see here.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the uncertain ownership of the pond; a proposed new PC website; volunteers needed for the Village Hall Committee; and two planning applications. 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 22 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; a new dog-waste bin; the repair of the Well House roof; the fingerpost sign at Pibworth; cherry trees; speed indicator devices; a donation to the West Berkshire Library Service of £100; footpaths; financial matters; and questions and concerns concerning the application relating to the Old School. 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 20 September and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: the lack of minutes in Brickleton News; the Village Hall; the Aspire project; tree planting; the autumn working party; broadband; the Christmas tree; defibrillator training; wildflowers; one planning application; financial matters; CIL funds; the Clerk’s appraisal; and plans for the jubilee. 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 14 September and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: an update from District Councillor Carolyne Culver; the co-option of a new member; the pond excavation; the “courtesy lights” (not quite sure what those are but then I don’t live there); maintenance and environmental projects; a proposed mirror at Sun Rise Hill; 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 West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 13 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the parish plan; funding for the pond; the jubilee; one planning application; financial matters; the West Ilsley PC Trust; cherry trees; funding requests; rights of way; parking; 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 7 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.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 6 September and you can read the minutes hereTo 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 6 September 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 2 September 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 29 July and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Thursday 7 October 2021

This week’s news

Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day announced in this post on its Facebook page that the total amount raised on its 2021 event on 19 September was £1,753.55. The proceeds will be donated to Thames Valley Air Ambulance and other local charities.

Aldworth Parish Council (APC) shared this post on its Facebook page asking local residents and keen walkers whether they often use a path shown by a red dashed line on the map posted. In this later post, they announced, “We have now submitted a request for a definitive map modification order with West Berkshire Council (WBC)”. Anyone who wants to support the protection of the path can contact APC with evidence of use (such as photos, videos, and maps) to clerk@aldworth-pc.gov.uk. You can also click here to view the APC Facebook page where further updates will be posted. You might also be interested in seeing this post which we wrote with WBC’s Definitive Map Officer Stuart Higgins on the subject of establishing rights of way.

• East Ilsley Parish Council posted an update on its Facebook page on 7 September 2021 regarding the byway closures for “all mechanically propelled vehicles from proceeding in any direction over these byways: EILS12/1 (path beyond Windmill House on the way to West Ilsley) & EILS1/4 (under the bridge, off Ball Pit Road).” This will be in effect until 15 March 2022. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

• October’s Chaddleworth News has recently been published and you can click here to download it. It includes news and information about local organisations, a Halloween ghost story, a history of the Saunders Wynn and Coventry Educational Foundation (just explaining a name like that would be a job in itself) and the return of the Downland Gardening Club.

• Nominations for West Berkshire Council’s 2021 Community Champion Awards are now open. If you know anyone whose hard work within the community should be highlighted and rewarded, then you can click here to see how you can nominate a West Berks resident. All nominations close on Monday 1 November 2021.

• For the latest news, fixtures and results from Compton FC (the ‘Green Army’) follow them on Facebook here.

• Amanda Dee is running the Save Pen Meadow campaign objecting to the development of 12 dwellings by Manor Oak Homes on Pen Meadow in East Ilsley as she believes this development to be contrary to the Core Strategy Development Plan set out by West Berkshire Council (2006-2026). For more details see here.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (an extraordinary one) took place on 29 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the uncertain ownership of the pond; a proposed new PC website; volunteers needed for the Village Hall Committee; and two planning applications. 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 22 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; a new dog-waste bin; the repair of the Well House roof; the fingerpost sign at Pibworth; cherry trees; speed indicator devices; a donation to the West Berkshire Library Service of £100; footpaths; financial matters; and questions and concerns concerning the application relating to the Old School. 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 20 September and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: the lack of minutes in Brickleton News; the Village Hall; the Aspire project; tree planting; the autumn working party; broadband; the Christmas tree; defibrillator training; wildflowers; one planning application; financial matters; CIL funds; the Clerk’s appraisal; and plans for the jubilee. 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 14 September and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: an update from District Councillor Carolyne Culver; the co-option of a new member; the pond excavation; the “courtesy lights” (not quite sure what those are but then I don’t live there); maintenance and environmental projects; a proposed mirror at Sun Rise Hill; 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 West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 13 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the parish plan; funding for the pond; the jubilee; one planning application; financial matters; the West Ilsley PC Trust; cherry trees; funding requests; rights of way; parking; 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 7 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; no planning applications; the Skittle Alley footpath; an update on the Chairman’s attendance at the Connecting Communities in Berkshire (CCB) on Setting up a community land trust (see below, a9 August); a proposed footpath extension; tree planting; and overgrowth at the Sheephouse junction. 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 6 September and you can read the minutes here. 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 6 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.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 2 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.

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

Thursday 30 September 2021

This week’s news

• Last week (see 23 September 2021 post below) East Ilsley Parish Council (ELPC) updated us on the pond excavation work that was happening in the village, as well as a goldfish rescue that resulted in the fish finding a new home. In this post on their Facebook page, ELPC announced that the work had been completed on 23 September 2021. The ‘pond’ is, for now, just an empty crater but ELPC has predicted that East Ilsley will, hopefully, be pond-less no more by the spring 2022.

The Autumn Group returned with regular meetings at the Wilkins Centre, Compton which started on 21 September 2021. Their Hobbies Club, also at the Wilkins Centre, started on 27 September 2021. If you are interested in getting involved, then click here to visit their Facebook page for more information on future events.

• Compton is also hosting a Crafters Market at Compton Village Hall on Saturday 2 October 2021 between 1pm and 3pm. See further details on this Facebook post.

• This week’s NWN reports on p12 that over 1,300 pupils from The Downs School in Compton took part in the annual 1okm walk on the Ridgeway to raise money for the school. At paper reported that previous walks have raised over £20,000 and that the organisers were confident they’d exceed this. Penny Post contacted the school on 30 September but was told that “we’re still counting it” (which seems like a good sign). More information and photos can be found here.

The next meeting for the Aldworth Craft Group at the Aldworth Village Hall will be on Monday 11 October 2021. 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.

• Still in Aldworth, the Art/Painting Group is back at the Aldworth Village Hall on Tuesday 5 October 2021 from 9.30am till noon. To learn more about the group and see future dates, download the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p21) here.

• See the Lambourn Valley Weekly News section for the latest on the knacker’s yard between Shefford and Chaddleworth.

• Click here for the September 2021 edition of Chaddleworth News.

• East Ilsley Parish Council posted an update on their Facebook page on 7 September 2021 regarding the byway closures for “all mechanically propelled vehicles from proceeding in any direction over these byways: EILS12/1 (path beyond Windmill House on the way to West Ilsley) & EILS1/4 (under the bridge, off Ball Pit Road).” This will be in effect until 15 March 2022. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

• The most October Chaddleworth News has just been published and you can click here to read it. It includes news and information about local organisations, a Halloween ghost story, a history of the Saunders Wynn and Coventry Educational Foundation (just explaining a name like that would be a job in itself) and the return of the Downland Gardening Club.

• For the latest news, fixtures and results from Compton FC (the ‘Green Army’) follow them on facebook here.

• Amanda Dee is running the Save Pen Meadow campaign objecting to the development of 12 dwellings by Manor Oak Homes on Pen Meadow in East Ilsley as she believes this development to be contrary to the Core Strategy Development Plan set out by West Berkshire Council (2006-2026). For more details see here.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 22 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; a new dog-waste bin; the repair of the Well House roof; the fingerpost sign at Pibworth; cherry trees; speed indicator devices; a donation to the West Berkshire Library Service of £100; footpaths; financial matters; and questions and concerns concerning the application relating to the Old School. 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 20 September and you can read the draft minutes here. items covered included: the lack of minutes in Brickleton News; the Village Hall; the Aspire project; tree planting; the autumn working party; broadband; the Christmas tree; defibrillator training; wildflowers; one planning application; financial matters; CIL funds; the Clerk’s appraisal; and plans for the jubilee. 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 14 September and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: an update from District Councillor Carolyne Culver; the co-option of a new member; the pond excavation; the “courtesy lights” (not quite sure what those are but then I don’t live there); maintenance and environmental projects; a proposed mirror at Sun Rise Hill; 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 Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 7 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; no planning applications; the Skittle Alley footpath; an update on the Chairman’s attendance at the Connecting Communities in Berkshire (CCB) on Setting up a community land trust (see below, a9 August); a proposed footpath extension; tree planting; and overgrowth at the Sheephouse junction. 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 6 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: an update from District Councillor Carolyne Culver; planning decisions; financial matters; benches for the sports pavilion; the recreation ground; the NDP; fences; the allotments; and street lighting. 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 6 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: police matters; footpaths and byways; speeding; road maintenance; planning applications; the open spaces review; funding for the proposed community orchard and pond; 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 Beedon Parish Council took place on 2 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the co-option of a new councillor; the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee; a “fallen” bus stop sign; rights of way; the phone box; the memorial bench; a possible youth club; dog bins; financial matters; planning applications; and some wildflower seeds from BBOWT. 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 29 July 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 took place on 21 July 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 12 July and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Thursday 23 September 2021

This week’s news

• The Autumn Group returned with a meeting at Wilkins Centre, Compton on 21 September 2021. Their Hobbies Club will also be at the Wilkins Centre on Monday 27 September 2021 starting at 1pm. If you are interested in getting involved, then click here to visit their Facebook page for more information on future events.

• The next meeting for the Aldworth Craft Group at the Aldworth Village Hall will be on Sunday 26 September 2021. 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.

• Pond excavation work started on 20 September 2021 in East Ilsley: a few goldfish were rescued from the pond and given new homes. To stay updated on the excavation work, click here to visit the East Ilsley Parish Council Facebook page.

West Ilsley Village Hall will be holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 24 September 2021 from 9.30 to 11.30am. To learn more about the event, click here.

• Another Macmillan Coffee Morning is being held in Frilsham at the Clubroom (Frilsham Village Hall) also on Friday 24 September 2021 between 10:30am to noon. Visit this link on the Frilsham community website for more details.

• If you wish to view The Downs School’s plans for its new Sports Centre, you can do so on Tuesday 28 September 2021 in the school hall. Anyone can arrive any time between 5.30 and 7pm but have been asked by the school to “enter via Gate 3”. Click here to read the letter posted on The Downs School Facebook page regarding the event.

• 19 September 2021 saw the return of Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day (YCVD). You can view photos of the many different vehicles on display at the event by visiting the YCVD Facebook page, or read about the day in this Newbury Today article.

• See the Lambourn Valley Weekly News section for the latest on the knacker’s yard between Shefford and Chaddleworth.

Click here for the September 2021 edition of Chaddleworth News.

• East Ilsley Parish Council posted an update on their Facebook page on 7 September 2021 regarding the byway closures for “all mechanically propelled vehicles from proceeding in any direction over these byways: EILS12/1 (path beyond Windmill House on the way to West Ilsley) & EILS1/4 (under the bridge, off Ball Pit Road).” This will be in effect from 15 September 2021 to 15 March 2022. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

Compton FC (the ‘Green Army’) is raising funds. If you would like to support your local grassroots football club pick a team for £10 for the chance of winning £150. Drop them a message on their facebook page if you would like to enter.

• Amanda Dee is running the Save Pen Meadow campaign objecting to the development of 12 dwellings by Manor Oak Homes on Pen Meadow in East Ilsley as she believes this development to be contrary to the Core Strategy Development Plan set out by West Berkshire Council (2006-2026). For more details see here.

News from your local council

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 6 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: police matters; footpaths and byways; speeding; road maintenance; planning applications; the open spaces review; funding for the proposed community orchard and pond; 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 Beedon Parish Council took place on 2 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the co-option of a new councillor; the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee; a “fallen” bus stop sign (I presume this means “fallen” in a physical rather than a moral sense: the minutes do not specify, only that it’s to be replaced); rights of way; the phone box; the memorial bench; a possible youth club; dog bins; financial matters; planning applications; and some wildflower seeds from BBOWT. 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 August and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a legionella inspection at the Sports Pavilion which resulted in damage to the roof; planning applications; CIL funding grants; the neighbourhood development plan; and the Newbury Lane 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 Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 29 July 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 21 July 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 21 July 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 13 July 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 Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 12 July and you can read the draft 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 12 July 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 6 July and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Thursday 16 September 2021

• The Autumn Group will return with regular meetings at the Wilkins Centre, Compton starting on Tuesday 21 September 2021 at 2pm. Their Hobbies Club will also be at the Wilkins Centre on Monday 27 September 2021 starting at 1pm. If you are interested in getting involved, then click here to visit their Facebook page for more information on future events.

• The slightly sinisterly-named Hangman’s Stone Lane in Chaddleworth has, it seems, been closed recently but it’s not sure for how long. Chaddleworth PC’s Chairman has been trying to find out more information from WBC but so far without any success.

• See the Lambourn Valley Weekly News section for the latest on the knacker’s yard between Shefford and Chaddleworth.

After an 18 month wait, Yattendon Classic Vehicle Day returns on Sunday 19 September 2021. The gates open to the public for viewing at 11am and close at 4pm and if you wish to bring your own classic vehicle along to the event then it has been advised by the organisers that “you will guarantee getting in if you arrive between 9am and 10am”. The website reveals that the is held at “the display field is between the church and the school, on the opposite side of the road. Postcode to use for the display field is RG18 0UR”. The event seems to be as popular, if not even more so, than ever and the organisers have warned that “the feeling is that we have probably reached capacity in the field so please just be aware that we might get full pretty soon after we open the gate.” To follow updates of the event, please click here to visit their Facebook page.

• Congratulations to Yattendon’s West Berkshire Brewery which has been named as one of the 50 CAMRA ‘Pints’ Golden Award winners, in celebration of the organisation’s (CAMRA) 50 year history. Click here to view the full list of winners.

Click here for the September 2021 edition of Chaddleworth News. Items covered include the handyabus, village societies and clubs, a bit of history, the Village Hall, some photos of the village in bygone times, bees, the Downland Practice and local charitable grants.

• Hampstead Norreys Community Shop had a volunteer team help to water their orchard on 5 September 2021 and will be having another shop orchard watering session on Sunday 19 September 2021 from 10am till noon. For more details on how you can help volunteer, please click this link.

• And in the same parish, there’ll be a bellringing open morning at St Mary’s Church in Hampstead Norreys for local residents who fancy a go at bellringing on Saturday 18 September between 10am and 12pm. Please bring a mask as the space is confined. Children over 10 very welcome. For further information please call Tessa or Marcus on 01635 204044.

• East Ilsley Parish Council posted an update on their Facebook page on 7 September 2021 regarding the byway closures for “all mechanically propelled vehicles from proceeding in any direction over these byways: EILS12/1 (path beyond Windmill House on the way to West Ilsley) & EILS1/4 (under the bridge, off Ball Pit Road).” This will be in effect from 15 September 2021 to 15 March 2022. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

• Last week saw the return of the Aldworth Craft Group to the Aldworth Village Hall on 13 September 2021. The next meeting will be on Sunday 26 September 2021. 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.

• Still in Aldworth, the Art/Painting Group is back at the Aldworth Village Hall on Tuesday 21 September 2021 from 9:30am till noon. To learn more about the group and see future dates, download the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p21)  here.

Compton FC (the ‘Green Army’) is raising funds. If you would like to support your local grassroots football club pick a team for £10 for the chance of winning £150. Drop them a message on their facebook page if you would like to enter.

• Amanda Dee is running the Save Pen Meadow campaign objecting to the development of 12 dwellings by Manor Oak Homes on Pen Meadow in East Ilsley as she believes this development to be contrary to the Core Strategy Development Plan set out by West Berkshire Council (2006-2026). For more details see here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 6 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: police matters; footpaths and byways; speeding; road maintenance; planning applications; the open spaces review; funding for the proposed community orchard and pond; 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 Beedon Parish Council took place on 2 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the co-option of a new councillor; the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee; a “fallen” bus stop sign (I presume this means “fallen” in a physical rather than a moral sense: the minutes do not specify, only that it’s to be replaced); rights of way; the phone box; the memorial bench; a possible youth club; dog bins; financial matters; planning applications; and some wildflower seeds from BBOWT. 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 August and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a legionella inspection at the Sports Pavilion which resulted in damage to the roof; planning applications; CIL funding grants; the neighbourhood development plan; and the Newbury Lane 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 to see details of the proposed development at the Pirbright Institute in Compton.  See the 22 July section (below) for a summary of a few of the points that opponents have already raised.

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

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 29 July 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 21 July 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 21 July 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 13 July 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 Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 12 July and you can read the draft 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 12 July 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 6 July and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Thursday 9 September 2021

Click here for the September 2021 edition of Chaddleworth News. Items covered include the handyabus, village societies and clubs, a bit of history, the Village Hall, some photos of the village in bygone times, bees, the Downland Practice and local charitable grants.

• Congratulations are in order for The Fox at Peasemore and their staff, as they won Newbury MP Laura Farris’ West Berkshire Pub of the Year award on 3 September 2021. Not only did they win the prize for ‘Best All-Round Pub’ but also every other category in the competition. To read the results of 2021’s competition please click here and to view the Fox at Peasemore receiving their award click here.

• Hampstead Norreys Community Shop had a volunteer team help to water their orchard on 5 September 2021 and will be having another shop orchard watering session on Sunday 19 September 2021 from 10am till noon. For more details on how you can help volunteer, please click this link.

• East Ilsley Parish Council posted an update on their Facebook page on 7 September 2021 regarding the byway closures for “all mechanically propelled vehicles from proceeding in any direction over these byways: EILS12/1 (path beyond Windmill House on the way to West Ilsley) & EILS1/4 (under the bridge, off Ball Pit Road).” This will be in effect from 15 September 2021 to 15 March 2022. To view a map of the closures, suggested alternate routes and more information, click this link.

• Next week sees the return of the Aldworth Craft Group to the Aldworth Village Hall on Monday 13 September 2021 from 10am till 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.

• Still in Aldworth, the Art/Painting Group is back at the Aldworth Village Hall on Tuesday 21 September 2021 from 9:30am till noon. To learn more about the group and see future dates, download the East Ilsley Communicator (issue 105, p21)  here.

Compton FC (the ‘Green Army’) is raising funds. If you would like to support your local grassroots football club pick a team for £10 for the chance of winning £150. Drop them a message on their facebook page if you would like to enter.

• Amanda Dee is running the Save Pen Meadow campaign objecting to the development of 12 dwellings by Manor Oak Homes on Pen Meadow in East Ilsley as she believes this development to be contrary to the Core Strategy Development Plan set out by West Berkshire Council (2006-2026). For more details see here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 29 July 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 21 July 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 Compton Parish Council took place on 21 July and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

Click here to see details of the proposed development at the Pirbright Institute in Compton.  See the 22 July section (below) for a summary of a few of the points that opponents have already raised.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council took place on 21 July 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 13 July 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 Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 12 July and you can read the draft 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 12 July 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 6 July 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 5 July and you can read the minutes here. The next meeting will take place on Monday 6 September and you can read the agenda here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Click here for the Summer issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes news from local organisations and community groups.

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

Thursday 2 September 2021

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• Ashampstead’s Pub Night is being hosted by David and Patricia Mountain on Saturday 4 September 2021 at the Ashampstead Arms (aka the Village Hall) from 7pm till 11pm. To see the event poster on the Ashampstead events page please click here.

• See last week’s post (below) for the Chairman of Chaddleworth Parish Council’s thoughts on the possibility of setting up a land trust to build affordable homes in the village.

Compton FC (the ‘Green Army’) is raising funds. If you would like to support your local grassroots football club pick a team for £10 for the chance of winning £150. Drop them a message on their facebook page if you would like to enter.

• Amanda Dee is running the Save Pen Meadow campaign objecting to the development of 12 dwellings by Manor Oak Homes on Pen Meadow in East Ilsley as she believes this development to be contrary to the Core Strategy Development Plan set out by West Berkshire Council (2006-2026). For more details see here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 29 July 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 21 July 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 Compton Parish Council took place on 21 July and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

Click here to see details of the proposed development at the Pirbright Institute in Compton.  See the 22 July section (below) for a summary of a few of the points that opponents have already raised.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council took place on 21 July 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 13 July 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 Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 12 July and you can read the draft 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 12 July 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 6 July 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 5 July and you can read the minutes here. The next meeting will take place on Monday 6 September and you can read the agenda here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Click here for the Summer issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes news from local organisations and community groups.

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

Thursday 26 August 2021

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• See last week’s post (below) for the Chairman of Chaddleworth Parish Council’s thoughts on the possibility of setting up a land trust to build affordable homes in the village.

• Compton FC (the ‘Green Army’) is raising funds. If you would like to support your local grassroots football club pick a team for £10 for the chance of winning £150. Drop them a message on their facebook page if you would like to enter.

• Amanda Dee is running the Save Pen Meadow campaign objecting to the development of 12 dwellings by Manor Oak Homes on Pen Meadow in East Ilsely as she believes this development to be contrary to the Core Strategy Development Plan set out by West Berkshire Council (2006-2026). For more details see here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 29 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: governance matters; planning matters; financial matters; funding for the goal posts; the toddler swing; Dean Meadow; traffic and speeding; a shrinking parking space; blocked sight-lines; and damaged railings. 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 21 July 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 Compton Parish Council took place on 21 July and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

Click here to see details of the proposed development at the Pirbright Institute in Compton.  See the 22 July section (below) for a summary of a few of the points that opponents have already raised.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council took place on 21 July 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 13 July 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 Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 12 July and you can read the draft 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 12 July 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 6 July 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 5 July and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Click here for the Summer issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes news from local organisations and community groups.

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

Thursday 19 August 2021

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• I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that Chaddleworth PC Chairman Grahame Murphy recently attended a seminar on setting up a community land trust which will enable parishes to help provide social housing in their areas. “The meeting started with an explanation of what one land trust had had to do to achieve a development of 32 houses on a site of just over an acre,” he told Penny Post. “The first thing we would need to get is support including from the National Community Land Trust itself. We would also, of course, need some land. We could approach local landowners to see if we could get land gifted in trust in return for tangible recognition of their community legacy (such as having the plot named after them). There is a route for buying land but we don’t have that sort of money and I don’t think we could raise it.

The houses would be built under the Section 106 provision for low-cost, affordable-rent or shared equity dwellings. These would be held in trust and could not be sold or dispersed outside of the scheme. There would be the chance of shared equity and any increase in the value of the houses would be shared by the Trust and the occupier if they decided to move on. However, the houses could not be sold except to a person with the right criteria (such as being a Chaddleworth Parish resident). That way the Parish Council would always have the final say on who would go into these houses. It was stressed at the meeting that ‘you need to maintain control’.”

This seems like an interesting scheme for parishes that are prepared to devote the time and energy and which have a willing landowner. I think it’s beyond all doubt (i) that every community needs properties such as these and (ii) that the private sector is unable to provide them. It will be interesting to see how this develops. If any landowners in Chaddleworth fancy an enduring legacy in this way, contact the PC. If any other parishes have embarked on similar schemes, please get in touch so we can share your story.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service has re-started – click here for details.

• In preparation for schools wanting to take their disabled children back to riding lessons in September, Newbury RDA based at Wyld Court (next to The Living Rainforest) in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for new volunteers. No previous experience required and it is very rewarding. If you can help please call Clare on 07748 654208.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 21 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: wildflowers at Westridge Green (and the possible effect this would have on the current maintenance contract for the land); the minutes of the planning meeting on 16 June; no report from District Councillor Alan Law; a successful members’ bid for a new noticeboard; a new dog-waste bin; maintenance and repair work; the local Flood Risk Management Plan; comments on the proposed parliamentary boundary changes, which would see the parish moved into a new Mid Berkshire constituency with Tilehurst and Reading West; and financial matters.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 21 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: several planning applications (including the Pirbright one mentioned in the next paragraph); financial matters; CPC’s response to the Parliamentary Constituency Boundary Review; and the neighbourhood development plan.

• As mentioned last week, you can click here to see details of the proposed development at the Pirbright Institute in Compton.  See the 22 July section (below) for a summary of a few of the points that opponents have already raised.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council took place on 21 July and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: playing field access; power outages; the Village Hall; the uncertain ownership of the pond; parking; speeding; street naming; the Pavillion roof replacement; tree works; village maintenance issues; planning applications; financial matters; verge protection; and wildflower seeds.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 13 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a resignation; a successful member’s bid funding for the fencing at Prestwell Field and the upgrade of the school’s wi-fi; the Pirbright and Maxted Farms planning applications; the wildflowers at Sunrise Hill; a new scrubland maintenance team (a small flock of sheep); financial matters; overgrown vegetation; and purchase of some new Gaelic football nets and posts. 

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 12 July and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 12 July and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 5 July and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 17 June and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the Summer issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes news from local organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 12 August 2021

Click here for information about lateral flow tests available in West Berkshire.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service has re-started – click here for details.

• In preparation for schools wanting to take their disabled children back to riding lessons in September, Newbury RDA based at Wyld Court (next to The Living Rainforest) in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for new volunteers. No previous experience required and it is very rewarding. If you can help please call Clare on 07748 654208.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 21 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: wildflowers at Westridge Green (and the possible effect this would have on the current maintenance contract for the land); the minutes of the planning meeting on 16 June; no report from District Councillor Alan Law; a successful members’ bid for a new noticeboard; a new dog-waste bin; maintenance and repair work; the local Flood Risk Management Plan; comments on the proposed parliamentary boundary changes, which would see the parish moved into a new Mid Berkshire constituency with Tilehurst and Reading West; and financial matters.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council took place on 21 July and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: playing field access; power outages; the Village Hall; the uncertain ownership of the pond; parking; speeding; street naming; the Pavillion roof replacement; tree works; village maintenance issues; planning applications; financial matters; verge protection; and wildflower seeds.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 12 July and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.

• At the above meeting, the Chairman said he was attending an event hosted by Connecting Communities in Berkshire (CCB) on the 15 July 2021 on ‘Setting up a Community Land Trust.’ He promised to provide a report for the September meeting of CPC (we’ll try to get something from him before then).

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 21 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: several planning applications (including the Pirbright one mentioned in the next paragraph); financial matters; CPC’s response to the Parliamentary Constituency Boundary Review; and the neighbourhood development plan.

• As mentioned last week, you can click here to see details of the proposed development at the Pirbright Institute in Compton.  See the 22 July section (below) for a summary of a few of the points that opponents have already raised.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 5 July and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 1 July and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 17 June and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the Summer issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes news from local organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 5 August 2021

• As mentioned last week, you can click here to see details of the proposed development at the Pirbright Institute in Compton.  See the 22 July section (below) for a summary of a few of the points that opponents have already raised.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

Click here for information about lateral flow tests available in West Berkshire.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service has re-started – click here for details.

• See p26 of this week’s NWN for coverage of the opening of new public indoor venue, Furze Hall, in Hermitage with local MP Laura Farris being snapped snipping the ribbon.

• In preparation for schools wanting to take their disabled children back to riding lessons in September, Newbury RDA based at Wyld Court (next to The Living Rainforest) in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for new volunteers. No previous experience required and it is very rewarding. If you can help please call Clare on 07748 654208.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 21 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: wildflowers at Westridge Green (and the possible effect this would have on the current maintenance contract for the land); the minutes of the planning meeting on 16 June; no report from District Councillor Alan Law; a successful members’ bid for a new noticeboard; a new dog-waste bin; maintenance and repair work; the local Flood Risk Management Plan; comments on the proposed parliamentary boundary changes, which would see the parish moved into a new Mid Berkshire constituency with Tilehurst and Reading West; and financial matters.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council took place on 21 July and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: playing field access; power outages; the Village Hall; the uncertain ownership of the pond; parking; speeding; street naming; the Pavillion roof replacement; tree works; village maintenance issues; planning applications; financial matters; verge protection; and wildflower seeds.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 12 July and you can read the draft minutes here. items covered included: the Village Hall; the Village Community Co-ordinator; the Old Churchyard wall; playground inspections; Brightwalton Hill Planting in Memory of Sir Philip Wroughton; the Queens Green Canopy; Dunmore Pond; broadband; the cricket nets; planning matters; financial matters; defibrillator training; and a proposed wildflower area in the playing field.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; approval of the Standing Documents; the PC’s noticeboard; EV charging points in the parish; the PC’s response to the Governments Green Industrial Strategy; low-cost housing (see paragraph below); verge damager; Skittle Alley; CIL Community Bids; and the playground inspection.

• At the above meeting, the Chairman said he was attending an event hosted by Connecting Communities in Berkshire (CCB) on the 15 July 2021 on ‘Setting up a Community Land Trust.’ He quoted some details of the workshop as follows: “Many communities are seeing their young people and essential workers priced out of local homes. Even where there is housing development it often does not meet the needs of local people. Some communities are taking back control and developing their own housing to meet the needs of their own communities, which will be protected as affordable housing for future generations. This online workshop will provide a hands-on guide to starting up as a Community Land Trust and demonstrate how you might go about developing a project, hearing from successful local schemes. It will take you through the 5 key stages of forming a group, finding land, getting planning permission, building out the scheme and letting and managing the homes.” he promised to provide a report for the September meeting of CPC (we’ll try to get something from him before then).

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 5 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the temporary scheme of delegation for decision-making; one planning application; planning decisions by WBC; parish repairs; equipment for the Sports Pavilion; financial matters; a possible new play surface; new goalposts at the Rec; fencing at Gordon Crescent; the War memorial; a proposed flower garden at the School Road allotments; anti-social behaviour; and the establishment of an allotments working party.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 5 July and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 1 July and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 17 June and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes, from p4, information on the new proposal by Manor Oak Homes for a development of 12 dwellings at Pen Meadow. The publication also has lots of news from local organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 29 July 2021

• As mentioned last week, you can click here to see details Pirbright Institute in Compton. Any comments need to be made by 29 July (though as the matter is going to committee it may be possible to make them after this date). There are, however more letters of objection than I can easily count so the chances are what you wanted to say has already been said by someone else. See last week’s section (below) for a summary of a few of these.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

Click here for information about lateral flow tests available in West Berkshire.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service is pleased to be re-starting in August – click here fordetails.

• In preparation for schools wanting to take their disabled children back to riding lessons in September, Newbury RDA based at Wyld Court (next to The Living Rainforest) in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for new volunteers. No previous experience required and it is very rewarding. If you can help please call Clare on 07748 654208.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 21 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: wildflowers at Westridge Green (and the possible effect this would have on the current maintenance contract for the land); the minutes of the planning meeting on 16 June; no report from District Councillor Alan Law; a successful members’ bid for a new noticeboard; a new dog-waste bin; maintenance and repair work; the local Flood Risk Management Plan; comments on the proposed parliamentary boundary changes, which would see the parish moved into a new Mid Berkshire constituency with Tilehurst and Reading West; and financial matters.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council took place on 21 July and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: playing field access; power outages; the Village Hall; the uncertain ownership of the pond; parking; speeding; street naming; the Pavillion roof replacement; tree works; village maintenance issues; planning applications; financial matters; verge protection; and wildflower seeds.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 12 July and you can read the draft minutes here. items covered included: the Village Hall; the Village Community Co-ordinator; the Old Churchyard wall; playground inspections; Brightwalton Hill Planting in Memory of Sir Philip Wroughton; the Queens Green Canopy; Dunmore Pond; broadband; the cricket nets; planning matters; financial matters; defibrillator training; and a proposed wildflower area in the playing field.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 5 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the temporary scheme of delegation for decision-making; one planning application; planning decisions by WBC; parish repairs; equipment for the Sports Pavilion; financial matters; a possible new play surface; new goalposts at the Rec; fencing at Gordon Crescent; the War memorial; a proposed flower garden at the School Road allotments; anti-social behaviour; and the establishment of an allotments working party.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 5 July and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: footpaths and byways; the litter pick; planning matters; the open spaces review; CIL expenditure; and financial matters.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 1 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog fouling; financial matters; and one planning application.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 29 June and you can read the minutes here.items covered included: a vacancy for a councillor; dog fouling; financial matters; undergrowth streaming; overgrown verges; and litter.

Click here for the July edition of Chaddleworth News which includes: the return of the pub quiz; action and events led by the community; worthy causes to support; recipes; more on the village’s history; cricket (and some more cricket); and regular news and information.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 17 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included; regulatory and financial matters; the report from the internal auditors; a contribution of £1,620 towards CCTV at the Village Hall; traffic and speeding; a damaged dog bin (possibly caused by the weight of its contents, so infrequently have some of the dog bins across the district been being emptied); fencing repairs; and verge cutting.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes, from p4, information on the new proposal by Manor Oak Homes for a development of 12 dwellings at Pen Meadow. The publication also has lots of news from local organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 22 July 2021

• The Pirbright Institute in Compton was an animal-research centre that closed in 2016. The 15.8 hectare site has since been ripe for development. Homes England lodged an application for 250 dwellings in June 2020, the details of which you can see here on WBC’s planning portal. Any comments need to be made by 29 July. So far, there are more letters of objection than I can easily count (probably about 400); and, in fairness, one letter of support. One of the objections lists 12 reasons for refusal which range from the familiar ones of sewage, traffic and the scale of the development to the slightly less usual issues of rats and, most alarming of all, radioactive contamination. Another objection points out that the development is likely to increase the population of the village by 38% (this is accurate as the average number of people per household is 2.4 and Compton currently has about 1,570 inhabitants. The Chair of the Parish Council “strongly objected” and listed nine reasons. Another correspondent, Dr Peter McGeehan, pointed out in a letter, which was also published on p16 of they week’s NWN, that the site would be ideal for air-source heat pumps to be installed (though the developers would probably need to be compelled to do anything which incurred more costs and was not absolutely demanded by WBC’s policy). 10 objections (or a call in by the ward member) is sufficient for an application to go to committee so it’s fair to say that, with 400-odd, this threshold has already been passed.

Click here for information about lateral flow tests available in West Berkshire.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service is pleased to be re-starting in August – click here for details.

• In preparation for schools wanting to take their disabled children back to riding lessons in September, Newbury RDA based at Wyld Court (next to The Living Rainforest) in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for new volunteers. No previous experience required and it is very rewarding. If you can help please call Clare on 07748 654208.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 29 June and you can read the minutes here.items covered included: a vacancy for a councillor; dog fouling; financial matters; undergrowth streaming; overgrown verges; and litter.

Click here for the July edition of Chaddleworth News which includes: the return of the pub quiz; action and events led by the community; worthy causes to support; recipes; more on the village’s history; cricket (and some more cricket); and regular news and information.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 12 July and you can read the draft minutes here. items covered included: the Village Hall; the Village Community Co-ordinator; the Old Churchyard wall; playground inspections; Brightwalton Hill Planting in Memory of Sir Philip Wroughton; the Queens Green Canopy; Dunmore Pond; broadband; the cricket nets; planning matters; financial matters; defibrillator training; and a proposed wildflower area in the playing field.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 5 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the temporary scheme of delegation for decision-making; one planning application; planning decisions by WBC; parish repairs; equipment for the Sports Pavilion; financial matters; a possible new play surface; new goalposts at the Rec; fencing at Gordon Crescent; the War memorial; a proposed flower garden at the School Road allotments; anti-social behaviour; and the establishment of an allotments working party.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 5 July and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: footpaths and byways; the litter pick; planning matters; the open spaces review; CIL expenditure; and financial matters.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 1 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog fouling; financial matters; and one planning application.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 27 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 19 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes, from p4, information on the new proposal by Manor Oak Homes for a development of 12 dwellings at Pen Meadow. The publication also has lots of news from local organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

Thursday 15 July 2021

Click here for information about lateral flow tests available in West Berkshire.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service is pleased to be re-starting in August – click here fordetails.

• If you’re getting fed up of working from home, there’s a new co-working space just opened in Hampstead Norreys  called the Good Life Hub, next to the Community Shop. See here for details.

• In preparation for schools wanting to take their disabled children back to riding lessons in September, Newbury RDA based at Wyld Court (next to The Living Rainforest) in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for new volunteers. No previous experience required and it is very rewarding. If you can help please call Clare on 07748 654208

• Residents of Compton can collect free lateral-flow home-testing kits from the car park by Compton Village Hall/Wilkins Centre between 9am and 9.45am every Thursday.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 29 June and you can read the minutes here.items covered included: a vacancy for a councillor; dog fouling; financial matters; undergrowth streaming; overgrown verges; and litter.

Click here for the July edition of Chaddleworth News which includes: the return of the pub quiz; action and events led by the community; worthy causes to support; recipes; more on the village’s history; cricket (and some more cricket); and regular news and information.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the continuation of using delegated powers until face-to-face meetings were resumed; recommendations from committees and working parties; planning matters; the co-option of two new members; plaques for the picnic benches; dog-waste bins; hire charges for and improvements to the sports pavilion;  rights of way; and the Clerk’s hours of work. There was also a shorter meeting on 21 June mainly concerned with governance matters, the minutes of which you can read here.

• Compton Parish Council submitted the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), to West Berkshire District Council on 6 May 2021. After submission, responsibility for taking the plan forward lies with the local planning authority. For more more information and to comment on this (which must happen by 16 July, so very soon now), please visit WBC’s website. An article on p27 of this week’s NWN looks at some of the main aspects of the proposed plan.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the village survey; financial matters; a donation to the Village Hall; and various repair and maintenance issues around the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 27 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 19 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 5 July and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: footpaths and byways; the litter pick; planning matters; the open spaces review; CIL expenditure; and financial matters.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes, from p4, information on the new proposal by Manor Oak Homes for a development of 12 dwellings at Pen Meadow. The publication also has lots of news from local organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

Thursday 8 July 2021

Click here for information about lateral flow tests available in West Berkshire.

• This week’s NWN reports on p14 on the event, organised by the parish council, at The Crown and Horns in East Ilsley on 4 July to celebrate Thank You Day in support of volunteers and essential workers during the pandemic.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service is pleased to be re-starting in August – click here fordetails.

• If you’re getting fed up of working from home, there’s a new co-working space just opened in Hampstead Norreys  called the Good Life Hub, next to the Community Shop. See here for details.

• In preparation for schools wanting to take their disabled children back to riding lessons in September, Newbury RDA based at Wyld Court (next to The Living Rainforest) in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for new volunteers. No previous experience required and it is very rewarding. If you can help please call Clare on 07748 654208

• Residents of Compton can collect free lateral-flow home-testing kits from the car park by Compton Village Hall/Wilkins Centre between 9am and 9.45am every Thursday.

• I don’t think there’s any immediate cause for concern but I’ve just been told that RAF Welford is capable of holding up to 29 million tonnes of explosives in its 800-acre site. That seems like an absurd amount; almost more than any army would ever need. I don’t know how many tonnes are actually there. I can’t visualise what 29 million tonnes of anything would look like; or sound like if the explosives went up. Let’s not go there…

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the continuation of using delegated powers until face-to-face meetings were resumed; recommendations from committees and working parties; planning matters; the co-option of two new members; plaques for the picnic benches; dog-waste bins; hire charges for and improvements to the sports pavilion;  rights of way; and the Clerk’s hours of work.

• Compton Parish Council submitted the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), to West Berkshire District Council on 6 May 2021. After submission, responsibility for taking the plan forward lies with the local planning authority. For more more information and to comment on this (which must happen by 16 July), please visit WBC’s website.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the village survey; financial matters; a donation to the Village Hall; and various repair and maintenance issues around the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 27 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 19 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council (the annual assembly, the annual parish meeting and an ordinary parish meeting) took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes, from p4, information on the new proposal by Manor Oak Homes for a development of 12 dwellings at Pen Meadow. The publication also has lots of news from local organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the July edition of Chaddleworth News which includes: the return of the pub quiz; action and events led by the community; worthy causes to support; recipes; more on the village’s history; cricket (and some more cricket); and regular news and information.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

Thursday 1 July 2021

Click here for information about lateral flow tests available in West Berkshire.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service is pleased to be re-starting in August – click here for details.

• If you’re getting fed up of working from home, there’s a new co-working space just opened in Hampstead Norreys  called the Good Life Hub, next to the Community Shop. See here for details.

• In preparation for schools wanting to take their disabled children back to riding lessons in September, Newbury RDA based at Wyld Court (next to The Living Rainforest) in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for new volunteers. No previous experience required and it is very rewarding. If you can help please call Clare on 07748 654208

• And also karate sessions with Compton Dojo are re-starting in Compton and Aldworth Village Halls. The first one is free so do see here for more details.

• Residents of Compton can collect free lateral-flow home-testing kits from the car park by Compton Village Hall/Wilkins Centre between 9am and 9.45am every Thursday.

• Laura Farris MP is holding a surgery at Beedon Village Hall on Friday 2 July.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the continuation of using delegated powers until face-to-face meetings were resumed; recommendations from committees and working parties; planning matters; the co-option of two new members; plaques for the picnic benches; dog-waste bins; hire charges for and improvements to the sports pavilion;  rights of way; and the Clerk’s hours of work.

• Compton Parish Council submitted the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), to West Berkshire District Council on 6 May 2021. After submission, responsibility for taking the plan forward lies with the local planning authority. For more more information and to comment on this (which must happen by 16 July), please visit WBC’s website.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the village survey; financial matters; a donation to the Village Hall; and various repair and maintenance issues around the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 27 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 19 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council (the annual assembly, the annual parish meeting and an ordinary parish meeting) took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes, from p4, information on the new proposal by Manor Oak Homes for a development of 12 dwellings at Pen Meadow. The publication also has lots of news from local organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the July edition of Chaddleworth News which includes: the return of the pub quiz; action and events led by the community; worthy causes to support; recipes; more on the village’s history; cricket (and some more cricket); and regular news and information.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

Thursday 24 June 2021

• Laura Farris MP’s next in-person surgery is on Saturday 26 June in Hampstead Norreys. See here for how to make an appointment.

• Timetables for the West Berkshire Council’s mobile community collect service for lateral-flow tests – details can be found here.

Click here for information about lateral flow tests available in West Berkshire.

• Compton Parish Council submitted the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), to West Berkshire District Council on 6 May 2021. After submission, responsibility for taking the plan forward lies with the local planning authority. For more more information and to comment on this (which must happen by 16 July), please visit WBC’s website.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service is pleased to be re-starting – click here for details.

• Getting fed up of working from home? There’s a new co-working space in Hampstead Norreys just opened called the Good Life Hub, next to the Community Shop. See here for details.

• In preparation for schools wanting to take their disabled children back to riding lessons in September, Newbury RDA based at Wyld Court (next to The Living Rainforest) in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for new volunteers. No previous experience required and it is very rewarding. If you can help please call Clare on 07748 654208

• Great news that the outdoor summer market organised by Hampstead Norreys Community Shop is going ahead this Saturday 26 June with full covid measures. See here for stalls and times.

• And also karate sessions with Compton Dojo are re-starting in Compton and Aldworth Village Halls. The first one is free so do see here for more details.

• Residents of Compton can collect free lateral-flow home-testing kits from the car park by Compton Village Hall/Wilkins Centre between 9am and 9.45am every Thursday.

• Laura Farris MP is holding a surgery at Beedon Village Hall on Friday 2 July.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the continuation of using delegated powers until face-to-face meetings were resumed; recommendations from committees and working parties; planning matters; the co-option of two new members; plaques for the picnic benches; dog-waste bins; hire charges for and improvements to the sports pavilion;  rights of way; and the Clerk’s hours of work.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the village survey; financial matters; a donation to the Village Hall; and various repair and maintenance issues around the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 27 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council (the annual assembly, the annual parish meeting and an ordinary parish meeting) took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June edition of Chaddleworth News which includes updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council for which minutes are available was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 17 June 2021

• The timetables for the West Berkshire Council’s mobile community collect service for lateral-flow tests have recently changed – details can be found here.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service will re-start in June 2021 – click here for more.

• Compton Parish Council submitted the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), to West Berkshire District Council on 6 May 2021. After submission, responsibility for taking the plan forward lies with the local planning authority. For more more information and to comment on this (which must happen by 16 July), please visit WBC’s website.

•  The Compton Players‘ Zoom play The Covid Inspector is now available to watch on YouTube.

• Residents of Compton can collect free lateral-flow home-testing kits from the car park by Compton Village Hall/Wilkins Centre between 9am and 9.45am every Thursday.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 27 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: formal year-end matters; planning applications; councillors’ responsibilities and committee membership;

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the temporary scheme of delegation; the village survey; the ownership of the netball equipment; insurance policies; the future of the playhouse; West Isley News; funding for the Village Hall; speeding; and flooding.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 6 May and was almost entirely concerned with electing a chairman and vice chairman, lasting all of three minutes, and you can read the minutes here (neatly, there were three minuted items). The meeting then continued on 10 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council (the annual assembly, the annual parish meeting and an ordinary parish meeting) took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here. The first mainly comprised the Chairman’s report. The second mainly involved the re-election of the Chairman and the Vice Chairman and various financial and year-end matters. Matter covered in the third included: planning applications; footpaths and byways; waste bins; the CIL reserves; donations to local groups; and the open spaces review.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June edition of Chaddleworth News which includes updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council for which minutes are available was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 10 June 2021

• The timetables for the West Berkshire Council’s mobile community collect service for lateral-flow tests have recently changed – details can be found here.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service will re-start in June 2021 – click here for more.

• The Great British Spring Clean takes place between 28 May and 13 June and many events will be organised by local councils. Click on the relevant link below to see how you can get involved with what’s happening in your town or village.

• A reminder that the West Berkshire Councillor for the Ridgeway ward, Carolyne Culver, will be contesting the Chesham and Amersham by-election for the Green Party on Thursday 17 June.

• Compton Parish Council submitted the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), to West Berkshire District Council on 6 May 2021. After submission, responsibility for taking the plan forward lies with the local planning authority. For more more information and to comment on this (which must happen by 16 July), please visit WBC’s website.

•  The Compton Players‘ Zoom play The Covid Inspector is now available to watch on YouTube.

• Residents of Compton can collect free lateral-flow home-testing kits from the car park by Compton Village Hall/Wilkins Centre between 9am and 9.45am every Thursday.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the temporary scheme of delegation; the village survey; the ownership of the netball equipment; insurance policies; the future of the playhouse; West Isley News; funding for the Village Hall; speeding; and flooding.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 6 May and was almost entirely concerned with electing a chairman and vice chairman, lasting all of three minutes, and you can read the minutes here (neatly, there were three minuted items). The meeting then continued on 10 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council (the annual assembly, the annual parish meeting and an ordinary parish meeting) took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here. The first mainly comprised the Chairman’s report. The second mainly involved the re-election of the Chairman and the Vice Chairman and various financial and year-end matters. Matter covered in the third included: planning applications; footpaths and byways; waste bins; the CIL reserves; donations to local groups; and the open spaces review.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial and annual-governance matters; subscriptions to outside bodies; the asset register; council policies; replacing the noticeboard on the Well Green; dog-waste bins; flooding in Ambury Road; and litter.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June edition of Chaddleworth News which includes updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 29 April and you can read the minutes here. There was also a short (12-minutes) annual PC meeting on 5 May which was mainly concerned with the election of the Chair and Vice-chair.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council for which minutes are available was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 3 June 2021

• The timetables for the West Berkshire Council’s mobile community collect service for lateral-flow tests have recently changed – details can be found here.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service will re-start in June 2021 – click here for more.

• The Great British Spring Clean takes place between 28 May and 13 June and many events will be organised by local councils. Click on the relevant link below to see how you can get involved with what’s happening in your town or village.

• A reminder that the West Berkshire Councillor for the Ridgeway ward, Carolyne Culver, will be contesting the Chesham and Amersham by-election for the Green Party on Thursday 17 June. There will also be another mention of “Green” on the ballot papers as that’s the surname of the Lib Dem candidate. Sure that won’t cause any confusion…

•  The Compton Players‘ Zoom play The Covid Inspector is now available to watch on YouTube.

• Residents of Compton can collect free lateral-flow home-testing kits from the car park by Compton Village Hall/Wilkins Centre between 9am and 9.45am every Thursday.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 6 May and was almost entirely concerned with electing a chairman and vice chairman, lasting all of three minutes, and you can read the minutes here (neatly, there were three minuted items). The meeting then continued on 10 May: as the preamble stated, “a temporary scheme of delegation would be put in place in order to allow the Clerk to enable decisions to be taken under the direction of Councillors until face-to-face meetings recommence. This meeting is therefore not a formal meeting, but an advisory Full Council Meeting. All recommendations made at this meeting will be enacted by the Clerk where appropriate and ratified at the next face-to-face Full Council Meeting.” This is another example of the absurd contortions that council have been forced to jump through as a result of the government’s decision to insist that all meetings revert to in-person at a time when Corvid cases are rising and social-distancing measures are still in place. Items covered included: planning applications; the neighbourhood development plan; fthe co-option of a new member; committee appointments; various year-end and financial matters; dog waste bins and signage to encourage the use of these; anti-social behaviour; repairs around the parish; the recreation ground; and fly tipping.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council (the annual assembly, the annual parish meeting and an ordinary parish meeting) took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here. The first mainly comprised the Chairman’s report. The second mainly involved the re-election of the Chairman and the Vice Chairman and various financial and year-end matters. Matter covered in the third included: planning applications; footpaths and byways; waste bins; the CIL reserves; donations to local groups; and the open spaces review.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of a Chairman and Vice Chairman; West Berkshire Council members’ bids; various year-end formalities; the inability of EIPC to adopt general powers of competence (not through any lack of qualification of the Clerk, one criteria, but because fewer than two thirds of the members were elected, uncontested or otherwise); a review of the the PC’s policies and procedures; councillors’ responsibilities; the Covid memorial bench at the Downland Practice; financial matters; the Pen Meadow housing development; and speeding in the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the re-election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman; EV charge points; financial matters; the Village Hall; the asset register; the defibrillator; the village newsletter; and low-cost housing in the parish.

Click here for the May edition of Chaddleworth News which includes RAF Welford news and history, updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial and annual-governance matters; subscriptions to outside bodies; the asset register; council policies; replacing the noticeboard on the Well Green; dog-waste bins; flooding in Ambury Road; and litter.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here. This mainly took the form of reports from the Chairman, the Village Hall and ASPIRE and regarding broadband, footpaths and dog bins. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the re-appointment of the Chair and the appointment of the Vice-chair; the co-option of a new councillor; various formal year-end matters; footpaths; the dog bin; repainting the phonebook; repairing the bus stop; the Tommy figures on the memorial bench; planning matters; finances; and the need for a new Clerk.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 29 April and you can read the minutes here. There was also a short (12-minutes) annual PC meeting on 5 May which was mainly concerned with the election of the Chair and Vice-chair.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included; publicising councillor contact details; speeding; financial matters; the temporary delegation of decision-making to the Clerk from 7 May; repairs to the Village Hall; and future spending priorities. There was also an annual parish meeting on 6 May the main business of which was the re-election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman, the minutes of which you can read here. (The minutes say that District Councillor Clive Hooker joined the meeting at 8.12pm, eight minutes after it finished, but I presume that’s a typo. Slightly surreal if not.)

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council for which minutes are available was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 27 May 2021

• The timetables for the West Berkshire Council’s mobile community collect service for lateral-flow tests have recently changed – details can be found here.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service will re-start in June 2021 – click here for more.

• The Great British Spring Clean takes place between 28 May and 13 June and many events will be organised by local councils. Click on the relevant link below to see how you can get involved with what’s happening in your town or village.

• A reminder that the West Berkshire Councillor for the Ridgeway ward, Carolyne Culver, will be contesting the Chesham and Amersham by-election for the Green Party. This takes place on Thursday 17 June and the HS2 line, which passes through the constituency is expected to play a prominent role in the various campaigns.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of a Chairman and Vice Chairman; West Berkshire Council members’ bids; various year-end formalities; the inability of EIPC to adopt general powers of competence (not through any lack of qualification of the Clerk, one criteria, but because fewer than two thirds of the members were elected, uncontested or otherwise); a review of the the PC’s policies and procedures; councillors’ responsibilities; the Covid memorial bench at the Downland Practice; financial matters; the Pen Meadow housing development; and speeding in the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the re-election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman; EV charge points; financial matters; the Village Hall; the asset register; the defibrillator; the village newsletter; and low-cost housing in the parish.

Click here for the May edition of Chaddleworth News which includes RAF Welford news and history, updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial and annual-governance matters; subscriptions to outside bodies; the asset register; council policies; replacing the noticeboard on the Well Green; dog-waste bins; flooding in Ambury Road; and litter.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here. This mainly took the form of reports from the Chairman, the Village Hall and ASPIRE and regarding broadband, footpaths and dog bins. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the re-appointment of the Chair and the appointment of the Vice-chair; the co-option of a new councillor; various formal year-end matters; footpaths; the dog bin; repainting the phonebook; repairing the bus stop; the Tommy figures on the memorial bench; planning matters; finances; and the need for a new Clerk.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 29 April and you can read the minutes here. There was also a short (12-minutes) annual PC meeting on 5 May which was mainly concerned with the election of the Chair and Vice-chair.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included; publicising councillor contact details; speeding; financial matters; the temporary delegation of decision-making to the Clerk from 7 May; repairs to the Village Hall; and future spending priorities. There was also an annual parish meeting on 6 May the main business of which was the re-election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman, the minutes of which you can read here. (The minutes say that District Councillor Clive Hooker joined the meeting at 8.12pm, eight minutes after it finished, but I presume that’s a typo. Slightly surreal if not.)

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 26 April and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: reports from the working parties; one planning application; the vacancy for a councillor; financial matters; the neighbourhood development plan; the speed limit at Mayfield/Warnham Lane; the immediate consequence of the return to face-to-face meetings; dog mess; the Sports Pavilion; and legal costs at the allotments. There was also a brief annual meeting on 6 May, the main business of which was the re-election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman, the minutes of which you can read here.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 20 May 2021

• The timetables for the West Berkshire Council’s mobile community collect service for lateral-flow tests is changing from Monday 24 May – details can be found here.

• The West Berkshire Councillor for the Ridgeway ward, Carolyne Culver, will be contesting the Chesham and Amersham by-election for the Green Party. This takes place on Thursday 17 June and the HS2 line, which passes through the constituency is expected to play a prominent role in the various campaigns.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 26 April and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: reports from the working parties; one planning application; the vacancy for a councillor; financial matters; the neighbourhood development plan; the speed limit at Mayfield/Warnham Lane; the immediate consequence of the return to face-to-face meetings; dog mess; the Sports Pavilion; and legal costs at the allotments.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here.

• I also learn from Chaddleworth PC that, according to a newspaper article on display in the Village Hall, only two other places in England contributed per capita more soldiers to WW1 than did Chaddleworth. I’m not sure what the number-one and number-two places were. Anyone know?

Click here for the May edition of Chaddleworth News which includes RAF Welford news and history, updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial and annual-governance matters; subscriptions to outside bodies; the asset register; council policies; replacing the noticeboard on the Well Green; dog-waste bins; flooding in Ambury Road; and litter.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the re-appointment of the Chair and the appointment of the Vice-chair; the co-option of a new councillor; various formal year-end matters; footpaths; the dog bin; repainting the phonebook; repairing the bus stop; the Tommy figures on the memorial bench; planning matters; finances; and the need for a new Clerk.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here. This mainly took the form of reports from the Chairman, the Village Hall and ASPIRE and regarding broadband, footpaths and dog bins. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the results of the housing needs survey and questions from the public arising from this; grounds-maintenance costs; the pond excavation; the settlement boundary; the parish’s proposal for a member’s bid; the EI Local History Society; a new quince tree; resolving the problem of a commercial vehicle in St Patrick’s Close; animals at Prestwell Field; and news from the Downland Practice.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 29 April and you can read the minutes here. There was also a short (12-minutes) annual PC meeting on 5 May which was mainly concerned with the election of the Chair and Vice-chair.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included; publicising councillor contact details; speeding; financial matters; the temporary delegation of decision-making to the Clerk from 7 May; repairs to the Village Hall; and future spending priorities.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Thursday 13 May 2021

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 26 April and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: reports from the working parties; one planning application; the vacancy for a councillor; financial matters; the neighbourhood development plan; the speed limit at Mayfield/Warnham Lane; the immediate consequence of the return to face-to-face meetings; dog mess; the Sports Pavilion; and legal costs at the allotments.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the May edition of Chaddleworth News which includes RAF Welford news and history, updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the results of the housing needs survey and questions from the public arising from this; grounds-maintenance costs; the pond excavation; the settlement boundary; the parish’s proposal for a member’s bid; the EI Local History Society; a new quince tree; resolving the problem of a commercial vehicle in St Patrick’s Close; animals at Prestwell Field; and news from the Downland Practice.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog bins; a blocked footpath; the Village Hall’s finances; financial matters; plans for a memorial bench; planning applications; the parish’s settlement boundaries; proposals for the phone box; and possible alternative uses for the allotments.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council for which minutes are available took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included; publicising councillor contact details; speeding; financial matters; the temporary delegation of decision-making to the Clerk from 7 May; repairs to the Village Hall; and future spending priorities.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here. This mainly took the form of reports from the Chairman, the Village Hall and ASPIRE and regarding broadband, footpaths and dog bins. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on15 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial and annual-governance matters; subscriptions to outside bodies; the asset register; council policies; replacing the noticeboard on the Well Green; dog-waste bins; flooding in Ambury Road; and litter.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Click here for details of Covid lateral flow tests, which are available at four sites across the district (Hungerford, Newbury, Thatcham and Burghfield), and home-testing kits.

Thursday 6 May 2021

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 26 April and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: reports from the working parties; one planning application; the vacancy for a councillor; financial matters; the neighbourhood development plan; the speed limit at Mayfield/Warnham Lane; the immediate consequence of the return to face-to-face meetings; dog mess; the Sports Pavilion; and legal costs at the allotments.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; printing the parish newsletter; the proposed settlement boundary (the parish has never had one and sees no need to change that); the work at the Memorial Garden; WBC’s non-adoption of Norris Lane; the question of dog bins (which echoes the points made by the the Chair of Beedon PC which were reported on last week – see below); a footpath diversion; a grant request from the Chaddleworth and Shefford Primary School’s PTFA; the consequences of reverting to in-person meetings; and various maintenance tasks around the parish.

Click here for the May edition of Chaddleworth News which includes RAF Welford news and history, updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the results of the housing needs survey and questions from the public arising from this; grounds-maintenance costs; the pond excavation; the settlement boundary; the parish’s proposal for a member’s bid; the EI Local History Society; a new quince tree; resolving the problem of a commercial vehicle in St Patrick’s Close; animals at Prestwell Field; and news from the Downland Practice.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog bins; a blocked footpath; the Village Hall’s finances; financial matters; plans for a memorial bench; planning applications; the parish’s settlement boundaries; proposals for the phone box; and possible alternative uses for the allotments.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 15 March and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Click here for details of Covid lateral flow tests, which are available at four sites across the district (Hungerford, Newbury, Thatcham and Burghfield), and home-testing kits.

Thursday 29 April 2021

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; printing the parish newsletter; the proposed settlement boundary (the parish has never had one and sees no need to change that); the work at the Memorial Garden; WBC’s non-adoption of Norris Lane; the question of dog bins (which echoes the points made by the the Chair of Beedon PC which were reported on last week – see below); a footpath diversion; a grant request from the Chaddleworth and Shefford Primary School’s PTFA; the consequences of reverting to in-person meetings; and various maintenance tasks around the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog bins; a blocked footpath; the Village Hall’s finances; financial matters; plans for a memorial bench; planning applications; the parish’s settlement boundaries; proposals for the phone box; possible alternative uses for the allotments; and confirmation of the date of the annual assembly (4 May).

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a missing piece of pavement on Forge Hill; the member’s bid for the CCTV project; financial matters; the grounds maintenance quote; the frequency of litter- and dog-bin collections; and possible changes to the bylaws for Dean Meadow.

• West Berkshire Council reports here that the carbon-reduction project at The Downs School in Compton has been completed ahead of schedule.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. The annual meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 May.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Thursday 22 April 2021

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog bins; a blocked footpath; the Village Hall’s finances; financial matters; plans for a memorial bench; planning applications; the parish’s settlement boundaries; proposals for the phone box; possible alternative uses for the allotments; and confirmation of the date of the annual assembly (4 May).

• When I do my weekly prowl around the various PC websites, I can be about 90% sure that the topic of dog bins is going to come up in the minutes. The problems seem to be that there aren’t enough or that they’re not emptied often enough (or both). Steve Price, the Chair of Beedon Parish Council wrote a letter to NWN this week suggesting that the charges WBC make for the service are not high enough to make then efficient or viable and that parishes may need to brace themselves to pay a little bit more. After all, if you have a service like this it’s pointless if the bins are not where you need them or are full. Specifically, this times like a sensible thing to look at: so too is his more general point that every service needs to be paid for and the trick is to make sure that it’s providing what people want at a reasonable price. It may seem odd for a PC Chair to be suggesting that the district council isn’t charging his parish enough but I suspect he is not the only one.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a missing piece of pavement on Forge Hill; the member’s bid for the CCTV project; financial matters; the grounds maintenance quote; the frequency of litter- and dog-bin collections; and possible changes to the bylaws for Dean Meadow.

• West Berkshire Council reports here that the carbon-reduction project at The Downs School in Compton has been completed ahead of schedule.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. The annual meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 May.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Thursday 15 April 2021

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: parish land; the adoption of the code of conduct; financial regulation; the playground; the settlement boundary; the re-opening of the Pavilion and the Village Hall; replacement windows at the Village Hall; the Palmer Close footpath; and the date of the annual parish meeting and the AGM (17 May).

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a missing piece of pavement on Forge Hill; the member’s bid for the CCTV project; financial matters; the grounds maintenance quote; the frequency of litter- and dog-bin collections; and possible changes to the bylaws for Dean Meadow.

• West Berkshire Council reports here that the carbon-reduction project at The Downs School in Compton has been completed ahead of schedule.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 1 February and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Thursday 8 April 2021

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here. Items covered include: signs of our return to normality from local schools; the new-look Hadland Memorial Garden; Easter events; the return of cricket; and updates from local people and organisations.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: three questions that were raised with local MP Laura Farris who attended part of the meeting – concerning the Institute site, the resumption of face-to-face meetings and the burial ground – although the minutes are silent on what her  thoughts on these matters were; three new planning applications; financial matters; and the possible purchase of additional rubbish bins.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 1 February and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 20 January and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Councillor which minutes are available took place on 28 January and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 1 April 2021

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here. Items covered include: signs of our return to normality from local schools; the new-look Hadland Memorial Garden; Easter events; the return of cricket; and updates from local people and organisations.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 1 February and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 20 January and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Councillor which minutes are available took place on 28 January and you can read the minutes here.

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