Compton & Downlands Weekly News, Thursday 15 December 2022

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Thursday 15 December 2022

This week we check out festive events, shows, knights, toys and bingo. We also and take a look back at some of the stories we’ve covered in the area over the last 12 months (many of which are unfinished business) – plus our round-up of local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news
Community notices
Local events & activities

This week’s news

• Anybody who will be alone and wants a bit of company at this special time of year is invited to join a community Christmas Lunch on Sunday 25 December from 9am to 12pm at Wilkins Centre, Burrell Road, Compton. Santa will be visiting and joining us in our after-lunch games.There is no charge and transport can be arranged. To book a place contact: Patricia 07786 85 64 40 or Joan 07818 292 322.

• Enjoy Christmas Bingo at Compton Village Hall on Saturday 17 December. Doors open at 7pm eyes down at 7.30pm and there is a prize for the best dressed.

• ABC to read, have vacancies for new volunteers to take part in their January training to help more children from Compton and surrounding villages who struggle with literacy. Contact ABC at info@abctoread.org.uk and you too can also benefit from boosting your self esteem and life satisfaction.

• There is festive fun with a Christmas show at Oakingham Stud on Sunday 18 December with cross poles poles up to 90cm and a fancy dress pairs competition. All class entries will close on Friday 17 or when they are full.

On Thursday 22 December at 7.30pm there is Carol Singing in the Foinavon with minced pies and mulled wine.

• Cold Ash Knights Under 12s teams (Year 7 Secondary School) are looking for new experienced players boys or girls to bolster their current footballteam. Drop an email orcall for a chat.· Lee Clark clarkylee1@hotmail.com 07899845439 or Karl Turner karlturner14@hotmail.co.uk 07809154735

• Do you know anyone who goes that extra mile? Please nominate them for the West Berks Community Champion Awards. The categories are Community Group of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, The Pat Eastop Junior Citizen of the Year Award and Volunteer of the Year. The deadline is Monday 2 January 2022.

The new cost of living support hub on West Berkshire Council website explains the different types of support available if you are struggling with rising living costs and are concerned about paying your household bills. You can also click here to read this article we’ve recently published about the Hub and what help and support you can expect from it.

Latest news from Healthwatch West Berkshire includes what to do if you are worried your child has scarlet fever or Strep A and new Urgent Treatment Centre at Great Western Hospital. Click here for full details.

• The West Berkshire Toy Appeal 2022, organised by the Swift Group requests donations of new unwrapped gifts for local underprivileged children. Click here to see a full list of drop-off points and click here for more details about how you can get involved.

• 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.

• 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.

Christmas

See above.

A look back…

Over the last year we’ve published a large number of stories about this area. Some have been referred to many, many times: that’s not because we feel the need to re-cycle copy or go over old ground but because the issues themselves have not gone away, have re-surfaced or have, like a mutating virus, acquired new features which need considering.

At the foot of this post you’ll see a link to our archive section for this area. For the last few months, these have been provided as separate posts for each week: prior to that, there’s a harmonised archive.

The two main things that tend to crop up are planning and flooding and/or sewage. These are the kind of things that normally people don’t think about at all: when they’re directly affecting us, however, it’s almost impossible to think about anything else. We’ve lost count of the number of times these have cropped up in our coverage (a few of the major ones are referred to below). Whenever we cover these, and other issues, we try to present as many points of view as possible, explain the issues and provide links for further information.

Matters such as speeding, rights of way, dog mess,, jubilee and coronation festivities and defibrillators are, amongst a host of other things, dealt with by town and parish councils. We provide information on their activities and link to  the most recently available minutes, and provide a summary of these if they are reasonably recent.

We’ll be continuing to cover as many aspects of life in this area as we can in 2023 and beyond, seeking always to inform, explain, comment and (where appropriate) entertain. If there’s anything you’d like to see covered, or if you have anything to say about anything we’ve covered already, please email brian@pennypost.org.uk.

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.

• 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 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

 see Christmas section above

• 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 14 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: public bins; committee reports; first-and training; broadband; the phone box; tree planting; repairs and maintenance work; planning matters; financial matters; and the SSE power outage in September.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes 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 14 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from ward member Carolyne Culver; planning matters; financial matters; the Village Hall; refuse disposal; financial matters; and speeding.
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 Beedon Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 9 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from ward member Clive Hooker; planning matters; rights of war; the phone box; the Victoria Pocock bequest; speeding; 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 Aldworth Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 9 November and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: potholes; contributions to the WBC Library Service and to WBC’s Cost of Living Crisis fund; planning matters; the defibrillator; footpaths; financial matters; silhouette soldiers; repairs and maintenance issues.
To see the dates, agendas and mintues for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 8 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: vegetation and speed sign on Abingdon Road; a report from ward member Carolyne Culver; planning matters; financial matters; play equipment; repairs and maintenance; waste management; the pond; the future of the parish magazine.
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 7 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the defibrillator training course; planning matters; open spaces; CIL funds; and financial matters.
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 7 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from ward member Carolyne Culver; working-party reports; planning matters; member’s bids; financial matters; the civility and respect pledge; streetlights; and the Recreation Ground.
There was also a shorter meeting on 26 October, the minutes for which you can read here, which was almost entirely concerned with the S106 agreements relating to the development at the former Animal Research Centre.
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 Chaddleworth Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 November 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 Hampstead Norreys Council for which minutes are available took place on 29 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 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.

Archives

To see earlier Compton & Downlands & Surrounding Area Weekly News columns, please click here.

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