Compton & Downlands Weekly News, Thursday 6 October 2022

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Thursday 6 October 2022

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

This week’s news

• The wait nearly over as the circus is coming to town this Saturday 8 October (in the park outside the village hall). The preschool will have a stall doing tattoos and a raffle. Circus tickets are available at the shop or on parent pay if you have a child at the primary school.

• You have probably received your new food waste caddies by now. We have spoken to the team behind the scheme and lay to rest some of the concerns about the planned new weekly collection of food waste by West Berkshire Council. See more details here.

• Last chance for Compton residents, businesses and groups to enter the Compton Scarecrow Trail which will run from 24 October to 30 October. There is a £100 prize for the best scarecrow and also a prize for the most eco friendly. See here for more details.

• On Saturday 15 October, Messy Church will be back at Compton Village Hall from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Food, puppets, songs and activities all with a Christian theme. Free Entry.

The monthly Chuckles Playgroup is back at the Hampstead Norreys Village Hall 10am to 11.30am on Friday 30 September, Friday 14 October and Friday 28 October. No pre-booking required and a fee of £2 will be charged. See here.

• On Thursday 20 October at 11:30am Thatcham Refillable will bring their mobile shop to Compton Village Hall and Wilkins Centre, Burrell Road, Compton so you can refill your household, workplace, cleaning and body care products. From stain remover to surface cleaners and deodorants, every aspect of household products are catered for. A more ethical way to shop that is kinder to the planet.

• Quick reminder that scammers are taking advantage of the cost-of-living crisis to defraud people who are under financial pressure.  See here for more information on how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught. Above all don’t feel ashamed, this is what the scammers rely on so you don’t warn others. Penny got caught once. You need to tell family, friends and report it to protect others.

• Compton Players‘ next production Happy Acres will be on 26 to 29 October, written by and very slightly featuring H Connolly. Curtain up at 7:30 – tickets at £9 with £8 concessions (all at £8 on Saturday) – plus a licensed bar before the play and in the interval. Book and pay for your seats on line at comptonplayers.co.uk or by phone on 07554 842207.

• 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.

•Friends of Brightwalton school (PTA) are organising Wintery Christmas Fair on Saturday November 25 from 3.15 to 6pm and are looking for stall holders to join our homemade/artisan afternoon.  No matter how big or small, come sell your goods whilst fundraising for the village School.  Get in touch if you’d like a stall or would like more information. The email address is friendsofbrightwalton@outlook.com.

• 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.

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 8 Oct Happy’s Circus, Compton.

Mon 24 to Sun 30 Oct Compton Scarecrow Trail will run from

• Wed 26 to Sat 29 Oct Compton Players Happy Acres

• 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

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.

Many councils do not hold meetings in August and many postponed their September meeting following the Queen’s death. 

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 26 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered include: aggressive dogs; the Village Hall; the Village Working Party; Dunmore Pond; the phone box; financial matters; highways; and trees.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: road verges; speeding; no planning applications (for there were none to consider); financial matters; the Section 106 agreement at St Andrew’s Close; dangerous nightlines; the continuing saga of Norris Lane; repairs and maintenance; the defibrillator; and dog bins.
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 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 Compton Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 5 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report by ward member Carolyne Culver; the Greening project; reports from the working parties; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; repairs and maintenance work; and the Recreation Ground.
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 Beedon Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 September and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from ward member Clive Hooker; planning matters; a proposed hardship fund; speeding; the telephone box; repairs and maintenance; and financial matters.
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 Hampstead Norreys Council for which minutes are available took place on 28 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 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 Peasemore Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 19 January 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

• 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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