Compton & Downlands Weekly News, Thursday 2 March 2023

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Thursday 2 March 2023

This week we cover dogs, tots, surveys, buses and karate – plus our round-up of local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

Volunteers are urgently required at Hampstead Norreys Community Café and Shop. If you can help, please contact Avril Mason on 07796 985218 0r 01635 201307. For more about the shop, please follow them on facebook here.

Now we are officially in spring, dog walkers need to be mindful of their impact on ground-nesting birds. Of course dogs love to romp but skylarks and nightjars are endangered species and if an adult is disturbed they will not return to their nest, leaving their chicks to die. Dog walkers are requested to keep dogs on leads less than 2 metres long when walking in potential bird nesting areas. Please see more details here about national requirements for dog walkers between 1 March and 31 July.

• A quick reminder that Compton Tots are back. Running on the first and third Thursday of every month at Compton Village Hall from 9.30am to 11am. Providing a safe, fun and educational space, in partnership will Compton Pre-school for 0-5 years and costs £2 per family (cash only).

• Quick reminder for Chaddleworth and Leckhamstead residents, the Handybus is re-launching their service to Wantage, picking up residents from their homes every other Tuesday morning starting in March. The first two trips on 14 and 28 March will be free and then the round trip will cost £4. See here for more details and how to book.

The Downland Practice – Social Prescribing encourages you to go down to The Red Lion which has had a huge makeover for the monthly Gents Breakfast Club on the first Wednesday of the month at 10.30am.

• On Thursday 9 March from 6pm onwards, The Downs School are hosting a Pamper Evening in the school hall, just in time for Mothers Day. £7.50 entrance fee, with free goodie bags, book via the School Gateway or call 01635 270 000.

Compton Parish Council is asking residents to complete a survey to help create a picture of the experience of rural communities. If you know someone that is unable to get online that may want to fill in a paper copy, please download the form here.

• West Berkshire residents are invited to take part in the draft Local Transport Plan survey about priorities and objectives to improve transport facilities and travel options. As a Local Authority, West Berks has a statutory duty to publish a Local Transport Plan (LTP), which contains a strategy and an intervention plan. Have your say on the LTP survey page here by midnight on Wednesday 22 March. If you have any questions or require a different version of the survey, please email Transport Policy Team on: ltp@westberks.gov.uk.

• Quick reminder there will be no trains between Reading and Westbury until 3 March due to extensive planned engineering works at various locations. Bus replacement details can be found at gwr.com/travel-information

Would you like to share your skills? There is an opportunity to train the next generation at Newbury College and get all the support and benefits you need for a secure future. Click here to find out more.

• Who is striking and when? Find out about the strikes this month and how they will affect you with the UK Strike Action Calendar which lists all currently planned regional and country-wide strikes.

 Compton Parish Council Project Groundwater is seeking residents of the Pang Valley to complete their survey so they can find out the best way to support the community. Please complete the survey here.

West Berkshire Council has published the draft of its Council Strategy 2023-27 and want feedback from members of the community. The document sets out what the Council intends to prioritise and improve, as well as how it will deliver core services over the next four years. Click here to read the draft council strategy and click here to give your feedback via the survey. The deadline to have your say on our draft proposals by Sunday 26 February. You can read my thoughts about the document in this separate post.

The 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 about the Hub and what help and support you can expect from it.

• 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.

• 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.

St Mary & St Nicholas, Compton has a drop-in café from 2.30pm to 4pm on the last Wednesday of every month at the Village Hall in Compton on the last Wednesday of every month. Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits are on offer and the chance for a friendly chit-chat. Open to anyone.

• 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.

• Free tea, coffee, cake and biscuits at The Wilkins Centre in Compton from 9.30 am to 11 am every Monday.

• 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.

• 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

Thur 9 Mar Pamper Evening at The Downs School

• 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.

• The Gents Breakfast Club created by The Downland Practice – Social Prescribing is proving popular. If you would like more information please contact nicky.ager@nhs.net.

• 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.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 February and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the recent resignation of three councillors including Chair; planning matters; financial matters; the 2023-24 precept (£16,000); the Winter Club; the Clerk’s report; and a report from ward member Clive Hooker.
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 6 February and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: parking issues; a report from ward member Carolyne Culver; planning matters; financial matters; repairs and maintenance; CCTV; speeding; and the allotments.
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 East Ilsley Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 23 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from ward member Carolyne Culver; the 2023-24 budget and precept (£21,000); the hurricane swing; coronation plans; the Clerks report; The Swin pub; and speeding.
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 19 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: parking at The Downs School; planning matters; financial matters; maintenance and repairs; speeding; the 2023-24 precept (set at £26,167, an increase of 1%); football goals; thanks to the West Berkshire Countryside Society; and the Pang Valley Flood Forum.
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 16 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: Hunter’s Pond; planning matters; financial matters; the Village Hall; a donation to the West Berkshire Library Service; and the 2023-24 precept (unchanged at £10,700).
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 Brightwalton Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 16 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; the 2023 fete; the Village Hall; the playing field; first-aid training; highways; financial matters; the 2023-24 precept (a 4% increase to £7,753); and repairs and maintenance work.
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 11 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; the Village Hall footpath; the defibrillator; the 2023-24 budget and precept (£13,500); the coronation; financial matters; and litter.
To see the dates, agendas and mintues 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 11 January 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 meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 9 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.

• 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

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