Compton & Downlands Weekly News – Thursday 8 September 2022

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Friday 7 September 2022

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

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.”

GreenFest in Hampstead Norreys on Saturday 10 September have made this statement: “Given that we are a community based event and organised by so many local communities, we have made the careful decision to go ahead tomorrow so that all the different communities involved can meet and share together. However, in respect for the Queen and her passing, we will be adapting the day to include spaces where the community can gather and also to remember and reflect.”

The event is 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. You can even get rid of a whole range of stuff that is cluttering your home in their Waste Not, Want Not bins.

• 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 contact  by email  at greeningcompton@gmail.com.

• Each year Compton Parish Council provides grants to community or charity organisations that benefit the community. The closing date is Tuesday 15 September and will be reviewed at the PC’s meeting on Monday 3 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.

Thames Water is undertaking ongoing sewer lining work and manhole sealing in Compton over the summer to help prevent the ingress of surface/groundwater into sewers which in wet winters has led to sewer flooding. They are sealing 19 manholes in School Road, 5 in Horn Street, 4 in Hight Street, 1 manhole in both Wallingford Road and Illsley Road. 69 metres of sewage pipe has needed lining on Illsely Road, 119m on Hight Street and 124m on Horn Street. This inevitably causes disruption but lets hope it prevents flooding during the winter. See more on Compton Parish Council website here.

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.

Calling local golfers: you can still enter a team into the The Downs Open Golf Tournament on Sunday 18 September in aid of The Downs School.

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).

• Quick reminder about the hosepipe ban that was introduced this week as whatever rain we now have still isn’t enough to replenish the low water levels in reservoirs and rivers. You can still use mains water to fill watering cans and buckets, and gardeners say this is a more efficient way to the water the garden so please make every drop count. There are exemptions for Blue Badge holders, or those on Thames Water’s Priority Register with restricted mobility, who find carrying a bucket or watering can difficult. And while the temporary ban does not cover businesses, Thames Water is asking businesses across its area to be mindful of the drought and to use water wisely, for example, by not washing commercial vehicles or turning off water features on their properties. See more details here.

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.

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 10 Sep GreenFest, Hampstead Norreys.

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 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 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.
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. 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 meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 4 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 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, 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.

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