Compton & Downlands Weekly News – Thursday 15 September 2022

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Friday 15 September 2022

See below for our round-up of local news (including the latest on West Ilsley’s notorious accident black spot), local events and activities and news from your local councils.

Note: due to the period of mourning which will end after the Queen’s funeral on Monday 19 September, a number of events and activities may be postponed or cancelled, perhaps at short notice. We have highlighted those that we are aware of but you are advised to check in advance with the organisers.

This week’s news

• Compton Parish Council wishes to express its “deep sadness at the news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. A life of service and loyalty with a deep respect for service to our nation, for the longest period of the reign of a British Monarch. Rest in peace, Your Majesty.”

On Saturday 8 October the circus is coming to town (in the park outside the village hall) and the preschool will have a stall doing tattoos and  a raffle. They are requesting unopened bottles of booze to create a mega prize. Can you help?That bottle of fizz you don’t like, the gin you got as a gift but aren’t a fan, the bottle of spirits you swore you never drink again – please donate it . Donations to be dropped off inside business hours to preschool. Circus tickets are available at the shop or on parent pay if you have a child at the primary school. Full details here.

• Next Wednesday 21 September there will be a Community Response to the Cost of Living Crisis meeting in Newbury. The aim of the meeting at St John’s Churcho is to coordinate the community response to the looming crisis and develop a network of support hubs across the district. These hubs will provide a warm and comfortable space for residents who are unable to heat their homes as the price of domestic energy spirals, and signpost people to where they can get more support. The meeting will be chaired by a member of the local church community. All welcome. Please book your free place here.

• There is still time adults and children to sign up for swim lessons with Jo in the pool at The Downs School in Compton, Visit swimlessons.co.uk for all details.

• The Greening Compton project has launched and at 7.30 on Monday 26 September all are invited to a meeting in the Village hall. Its aim is to encourage and support local people and organisations to take easy steps to reduce energy consumption  and consequently energy bills. For further information please email greeningcompton@gmail.com.

• An event worth popping into is the Arts, Crafts, Bric-a-Brac & Collectibles Fair in aid St Nicholas Church Beedon on Saturday 17 September from 11am to 4pm in the Beedon Village Hall. Do go along and support local crafters and artists. The event is also raising funds for Parkinsons & The British Heart Foundation.

• Good news that many West Berks busses now offer an all day Connect Group Bus Ticket for up to 4 people (any combination of adults and children) for £10 (urban fare) or £15 (rural fare). These tickets can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• West Berks Council Environment News includes lots to get involved with in September.

• For the latest West Ilsley newsletter please see here.

• For the latest Chaddleworth newsletter please see here.

West Ilsley’s crash bang

There’s an article on p25 of the Newbury Weekly News this week which refers to a story I covered in some detail at the time (see Crash Bang in the 26 May 2022 column in the archive post here). This referred to an accident – by no means the first of its kind – involving fast moving traffic coming down the hill from the A34 into a sudden 30mph speed limit and then being  confronted by a Y-junction with two houses in the arc between the two roads. From time to time, including in May, vehicles don’t handle this very well and plough into one or other of the houses.

I visited the scene after the most recent accident with ward member Carolyne Culver and one of the Parish Councillors. The porch of the house next door was a bit of a mess. One day, someone (in the vehicle or in the houses) is going to get seriously hurt.

The article says that for various legal reasons there isn’t any immediate prospect of any speed-calming measures being put in place. I’ll be looking into this a bit more closely next week as the last information I heard was that WBC was in touch with West Ilsley PC about the traffic data it had connected. So, watch this space (and watch your speed).

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

Note: following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September, some events over the following few days may be cancelled or postponed. Please check with the organisers.

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

• Dates for the diary

• Sat 17 Sep Arts, Crafts, Bric-a-Brac & Collectibles Fair,  Beedon.

• 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 meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 5 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from ward member Alan Law; highways; open spaces; planning matters; financial matters; and defibrillator training.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• 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.
To see the dates, agendas and mintues 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.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see minutes from past meetings please click here.

• 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.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes 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.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click hereYou 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.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click hereTo see minutes from past meetings 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.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes 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.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. To see the minutes click herePlease 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 hereTo see the dates, agendas and minutes 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, agendas and minutes 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.

Archives

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