Compton & Downlands Weekly News – Thursday 11 August 2022

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Thursday 11 August 2022

See below for our round-up of local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• Quick reminder that Compton Parish Council invites applications from local organisations, community or charity groups for grants. The deadline for grant applications is 15 September and they will be considered at the council meeting on the first Monday in October. With a maximum grant allowance of £285, community organisations can apply for the grant here. The allocation policy is also available to read here for those who want more information.

• Never has the state of our warming planet made the conversation about green issues more pertinent.  As we roast in unparalleled temperatures in our singed gardens, or witness cliff falls on our summer holidays on the coast, it is clear that we really have to have an active conversation about our environment, which is exactly what GreenFest is offering in Hampstead Norreys on Saturday 10 September from 10am to 5.30 pm.

It’s free to enter, with free hands-on activities, free workshops, free talks and free entertainment – all day. With crafting for all ages, street vendors selling a variety of refreshments, a forest school and panel discussions to enjoy, this is an immersive experience to lift the whole family. With a driving desire to enable communities to make a difference, GreenFest is assured to start conversations.

As soon as crops are harvested, there is a risk that hare coursing will start on local farmland. Hopefully new legislation passed at the beginning of August will help police crack down on it. We have done a quick summary of the problem and what you should do if you witness it.

• Attention all stargazers: the peak of the Perseids meteor shower over the UK will be this Friday night, into the small hours of Saturday morning. With the warm weather we’ve been having, there’s a good chance of great viewing conditions, unobstructed by clouds or rain. However it will be competing with the light of a full moon, which may affect visibility. The best place to view the showers are wide open spaces, away from the light pollution of towns and urban areas. According to Steve from Newbury Astronomical Society, the meteors will appear to radiate from a point in the sky in the north. They will radiate across the whole sky from this point. So look anywhere except towards the full moon.

• The next fixture of Compton Football Club, affectionately known as ‘The Green Army’,  is away against Drayton Reserves FC on Thursday 18 August.

• Quick reminder about The Downs School Trust’s appeal to raise £18,000 for a much needed space for sixth form area and also a Community Cafe for the residents of Compton. Currently £4,203 has been raised which is a great start but every effort is being made to devise ways in which to boost this. Please see how to donate here.

Compton motorists don’t need any reminding that three roads in the village are being closed for maintenance and manhole cover repair. According to one.network, sections of The High Street, School Road and Aldworth Road are being closed in three stages on weekdays until Friday 2 September. Residential access will be maintained throughout but blue light access will not be permitted.

• Exciting news that the circus is coming to Compton on Saturday 8 October but don’t leave it too long to get tickets from Compton Village Shop as it is sure to sell out. Organised by Compton Primary School and Friends of CPC, Happy’s Circus guarantee a fun afternoon for the whole family.

• For the latest West Ilsley newsletter please see here.

• For the latest Chaddleworth newsletter please see here.

Community notices

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

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

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

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

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

Local events and activities

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

• Dates for the diary

Sat 10 Sep GreenFest, Hampstead Norreys.

Sun 18 Sep The Downs Open Golf Tournament, Donnington Valley.

Sat 8 Oct Happy’s Circus, Compton.

• Regular events and groups

Stay, Play and Learn at Compton Village Hall on Thursday mornings during term for children 0-4 years to socialise with others, exploring a variety of play activities and crafts. Book online with West Berkshire Council here.

Quiz night at The Crown and Horns in East Ilsley every Thursday from 7pm with prizes to be won. You can reserve a table by calling 01635281545 and see more information here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 14 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: greenFest 2022; actions from previous meetings; financial matters; dog bins; disability access to the Village Hall and cricket ground; and roadsigns obscured by vegetation. 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 for which minutes are available took place on 12 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from ward member Carolyne Culver; member’s bids; planning matters; financial matters; the play area; speeding; and a lifebuoy for Hunter’s Pond. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. You can also click here to read the minutes of the annual parish meeting which took place on 16 May.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 12 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; funding for new litter bins thanks to the recent member’s bid; a report from ward member Carolyne Culver; and the Pen Meadow development. 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 for which minutes are available took place on 11 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the Village Hall, repairs, broadband, financial matters, trees and highways. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. You can also click here to read the minutes of the annual parish meeting which took place on 16 May.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can read the minutes here.  `items covered included: a review of the jubilee; reports from ward member Clive Hooker and the Clerk; planning matters; rights of ways; repairs and maintenance; and financial matters. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. Please click here for details of the planning applications currently active in the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 5 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; the continuing saga of Norris Lane; speeding; playground equipment; village maintenance issues; and a report from ward member Clive Hooker. 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 for which minutes are available took place on 4 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; financial matters; a successful members’ bid; street lights; the Pavilion; the allotments; rights of way; communications; and the greening project. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. Please click here for the latest on Compton’s neighbourhood development plan (which has now been ratified).

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council for which minutes are available took place on 26 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.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 16 May and you can read the minutes here. (This was preceded by the annual parish assembly, the minutes for which are in the same document.) Items covered included: the election of a Chair and Deputy; and formal matters. 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 for which minutes are available took place on 19 January and you can read the minutes hereTo see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• Compton & Downlands area council contacts

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

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

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

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

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