Compton & Downlands Weekly News, Thursday 27 October 2022

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Thursday 27 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

• Downe House School in Cold Ash is offering term time Swimming Lessons on Mondays & Thursdays from 4pm and on Saturday from 9am. Non-swimmers and improvers from 3 1/2 years are invited to enjoy the 25 metre pool to hone this valuable life skill. Call 07788 427227 asap. There will only be 6 children per class so places are limited .

Compton C of E Primary School has two vacancies for learning support assistants. The advert here is for five days a week but there is also a vacancy for four days a week. If you would like a tour of the school please phone the office from Monday 31 October.

• There will be a fascinating ‘Behind the Scenes’ talk by Richard Anderson on Who was Wallace Simpson? on Tuesday 1 November  at 7.30pm by Hampstead Norreys WI at Hampstead Norreys Village Hall

Quick reminder about the new kerbside food waste collection starting next week (see here for a reminder of how it works and why it is being introduced). Over 100 local primary school children submitted name suggestions for the new food waste collection vehicles and the winners to look out for are: The Hungry Recycler, Composter Clemmie, Sir Andy Curry, Betty Banana, Food Feaster 2.0, Garbage Gobbler, Pikachew and Eva Egg Shell.

 Compton Pre-school is urgently seeking a Committee Chair. This would suit a proactive, business-minded, family-focused individual with some spare time. The ideal candidate would be a retiree – who doesn’t want to be retired.You do not need to have children in the setting. Unfortunately if a candidate can’t be found the Pre-school will close. Meeting details here.

• Have you heard of the ‘HallowClean’? It’s a week long initiative set by Tidy Up Britain to help keep or communities clean and tidy. The idea of the HallowClean is that you dress up in your scariest costume and go litter picking with your friends. Kind of like trick or treating but the real treat is a cleaner environment. You can even post #HallowClean with pictures in your costumes to let people know what you’re doing and maybe even more of your friends will want to get involved. Happy HallowClean.

• Quick reminder about support available to get you through the Cost of Living crisis, including tips on how to reduce your home energy bills. And please watch out for any scams that ask you to click to apply for energy rebates – they all happen automatically.

• Compton Players‘ next production Happy Acres will be on 26 to 29 October, written by and very slightly featuring H Connolly. Curtain up at 7:30pm and 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

Until Sun 30 Oct Compton Scarecrow Trail

• 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.

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

• 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 West Ilsley Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 10 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: grant funding for the play area; a report from ward member Carolyne Culver; planning matters; financial matters; web hosting; the Village Hall; speeding; and dog bins.
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 4 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a new gate; civility and respect; financial matters; speeding; the courtesy lights; trees and hedge planting; playground equipment; an update from the floor warden; and overgrown vegetation
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 3 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the digital working party; planning matters; the grassed area near Gordon Crescent; financial matters; grants awarded to 1st Compton Guides (£285); 1st Compton Scout Group (£285); Compton Parochial Church Council (£285); and  Compton Pre-School (£285); a jubilee tree and bench; councillor training; and a dog show.
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 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.
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.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• 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.
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 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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