Compton & Downlands Weekly News, Thursday 23 November 2023

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Thursday 23 November 2023

Our usual round-up of  local news includes: shenanigans, mystery, buses, members’ bids and sporting success – plus a peek in the in-box of a local ward member, with particular reference to speeding and lighting. See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Compton area events include: A Christmas market a musical extravaganza and a murder mystery See below for details, plus regular events and group activities

This week’s news

• Ridgeway district councillor Carolyne Culver has submitted a match-funding bid to WBC for new windows for the West Ilsley Village Hall and it will be will known by the end of this month whether this has been successful.

• On behalf of Compton Parish Council, she has also bid for match funding from WBC for the Compton Sports Building Improvement Project. This will provide a new and safer surface for the sports building floor, which is currently just painted concrete. The new surface will be non-slip, make the floor less cold for users, and assist with heat retention. As with West Ilsley’s (see above), it should be known in December whether the bid has been successful. East Ilsley parish council did not bid for any match funding this year.

• Carolyne Culver has also been asked by West Ilsley Parish Council to get Bury Lane added to the WBC winter road salting schedule. “WBC has said ‘no’ in the past,” she told us, “but I will try to persuade them…”

• West Berkshire Council is pleased to announce that there will once again be free bus travel this festive season on Saturday 18 and Saturday 23 December. On these days, you can travel all day, any time, completely free (do check the timetables) within West Berkshire. The free travel even extends beyond West Berkshire to our neighbouring areas such as Reading, Basingstoke, and Swindon. If you start your journey in West Berkshire, your return journey is also free. To learn more click here.

• Massive congratulations to The Downs School First XV rugby team who succeed in getting through to the County Cup Semi-Finals by beating Pangbourne 39-7. All the very best for the next challenge guys.

• Compton Players invite you to their one night only, fundraising Victorian Christmas Murder Mystery Evening in Compton Village Hall on Friday 15 December. The audience will be seated at tables with the action taking place around them so it sounds like an evening not to be missed. Tickets cost £15 and include food. Book here.

• FC Cougars currently have spaces for footballers U6s, U7s and Under 16s. If you are interested contact graham on graham@fccougars.com

• For road closures and other news visit Hampstead Norreys Parish Council‘s facebook page.

• The December edition of Chaddleworth News will go to print on Monday 27 November. Please provide your contributions by 11am on Sunday 26 November to David at chaddnews@gmail.com. The next edition will be for February 2024, so please include any content you would like to also cover January. 

• From the ward member’s in-box

Carolyne Culver represents Ridgeway ward which contains six parishes (Clive Hooker, in Downlands immediately to the west, has nine). It must sometime stake some concentration from both of them to remember which meeting they’re actually at. You’re never really off duty in that job, either. Any any time of day or night the phone could ring and it could be anything from a complaint about a sewage leak to a recent to visit a local school. In these one-member wards, there’s no one else to ask to share the work.

Here are a couple of samples of what Carolyne Culver has recently been up to, mainly with regard to Hampstead Norreys. These will also be featuring in her newsletters: email Carolyne.Culver1@westberks.gov.uk if you’d like to be added to the circulation list for these.

“I continue to receive complaints about vehicles speeding through our villages. I welcome the efforts of volunteers in Hampstead Norreys and Yattendon who are collecting data about vehicle speeds and submitting it to WBC, following the purchase of a speed indicator device (SID).

“I attended a meeting about Community Speed Watch at WBC in October, along with members of Hampstead Norreys Parish Council and many other parishes.The WBC Road Safety team is working with Thames Valley Police on a new scheme to tackle speeding. The CSW scheme sees volunteers operate equipment that measures speeding, and collect the number plate details of speeding cars, whose owners then receive a letter from the police. There are currently 16 Community Speed Watch groups in West Berkshire and they are looking for more volunteers. If you have any spare time and would like to get involved, please email CSW@westberks.gov.uk. If you live in Hampstead Norreys please copy in rosmaskell@hampsteadnorreysparishcouncil.org

“On behalf of Hampstead Norreys, I have bid for match funding to replace an old lighting system with LED lighting bollards. There are currently two lighting bollards in the village hall car park, two along the footpath between the village hall and The Close, with a third bollard in this area completely removed due to damage. These lighting bollards are old and in a poor state of repair. The intention is to replace all five bollards with new LED lighting bollards to improve the system and improve the safety and visibility for residents of the parish along these routes.”

• Have your say

Have your say on current consultations being run by West Berkshire Council:

Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

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Community notices

Have your say on current consulations by West Berkshire Council. Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

• See Compton Parish Council’s website for a list of current scams going around in the area that you should be aware of.

Drop-in café at St Mary & St Nicholas, Compton on the last Wednesday afternoon of the month at Compton Village Hall. Refreshments and friendly chit-chat. Open to anyone.

• Compton Parish Council is keen to remind residents to please take rubbish home with them if litter bins are full.

• 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. There is no shame if you do get caught out by scammers (Penny has) and you must seek help and warn others.


Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Sun 3 Dec Christmas Market, The Swan, Compton

• Thu 7 Dec Winter Music Celebration, The Downs School

Fri 15 Dec Murder Mystery Fundraiser Evening Compton Village Hall

• 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 Handybus service to Wantage picks up Chaddleworth and Leckhamstead residents from their homes on the second and fourth Tuesday morning. The round trip will cost £4. See here for more details and how to book.

• Marcham Cricket Club welcomes new cricket players and officials.

• All are welcome to enjoy Tea and a Chat on Mondays from 9.30am to 11am at the Wilkins Centre in Compton.

Wellbeing and mental health free one hour introduction session with Recovery in Mind and The Downland Practice. Please contact pm.downland@nhs.net to book your place.

• Drop Off/Drop In Coffee Morning every Wednesday during term time at Brightwalton Church from 8.45 to 10am.

Free coffee and cake morning at The Wilkins Centre in Compton from 9.30 am to 11 am every Monday.

• The Aldworth Saturday Market at Aldworth Village Hall, RG8 9SE from 10.30am to midday sells fresh fruit and vegetables, groceries, stamps and cards; tea and coffee. Contact Kathy on 01635 578090 or e-mail kathyneville@outlook.com

Brightwalton footballers on the field next to Brightwalton Village Hall on Wednesday evenings. Kick off at 7pm for all players over 15 years old.

• 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.

• Compton Tots 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).

• 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 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 Compton Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: The Downs School; the allotments; the Sports Pavilion; planning matters; and financial matters.
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 12 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 Aldworth Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 11 September and you can download 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 Brightwalton Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 11 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 25 October 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 Peasemore Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 25 October and you can download 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 28 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 West Ilsley 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 East Ilsley 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.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 22 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.

• 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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