Compton & Downlands Weekly News, Thursday 18 January 2024

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Thursday 18 January 2024

Our usual round-up of  local news includes: ice, an exhibition, a closure, distribution, football and smiley faces. See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Compton area events include: coffee mornings and quiz nights. See below for details, plus regular events and group activities

This week’s news

West Berks Council have put signs up near Flood Cottage, Compton warning of ice. Please continue to report specific problems with drainage and flooding here by zooming in and pinpointing on the map.

• The Pang Valley Flood Protection Exhibition this Saturday 20 January, from 1pm to 6pm at the Hampstead Norreys Village Hall offers free support and advice for anyone with flooding issues. Discover local projects, meet experts from the Pang Valley Flood Forum, West Berkshire Council, Project Groundwater, Environment Agency and Thames Water. Innovative flood protection devices will be in action and as well as the ‘Floodmobile’, a flood house on wheels equipped with around 50 different property flood protection measures. Full details here.

Compton Parish Council is looking for volunteers to distribute issues of Compilations. If you are able to coordinate the volunteers and spare some time every other month to count out the correct number of issues for each volunteer to collect, please contact comptonparish@gmail.com

Compton Parish Council reminds residents that Cow Lane will be closed between 9.30am and 3.30pm on Tuesday 30 January from outside the water pumping station between its junction with Warnham Lane, known as Cheseridge Road, and its junction with Dennisford Road. Residential and blue light access will be maintained throughout, and the diversion will be signed on site. All enquiries should be directed to Sunbelt Rentals on 03700 500792. A plan of the closure can be found here.

• The Rural Business Grant Scheme is now open for applications and it’s aimed at providing funding to micro and small businesses located in rural areas across West Berkshire to help facilitate growth, diversify, and support the rural economy. See details here and how to apply.

Refill your household and personal cleaning products at the Thatcham Refillable mobile shop outside Compton Village Hall Thursday 18 January, 12pm to 1pm. Deliveries can also be arranged. Contact Jenny and Tom at Thatcham Refillable for details. They are also collecting plastic sweet and cracker tubs until 30 January.

• 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.

• Local information

The following was received from local ward member Carolyne Culver on the evening of 19 January and mainly concerns water-related issues:

• Smiley faces

I’m talking here not about emojis or an undiscovered John Le Carré manuscript but those roadside vehicle activated signs (VAS) that change their colour and expression depending on whether you’re going above or below the speed limit. There’s one on the A338 going down the hill into Hungerford. Every time I pass it, I want to get the happy green expression and a small but perceptible endorphin rush is triggered as a result. There’s also the suspicion, which can sometimes prove to be true, that any such sign is likely to be accompanied by a camera. Having been given such a clear warning it seems wise not to ignore it.

This is a fixed sign (at least, it’s been there for a good few years) but others can be moved around. There are now three mobile ones in this area. East Ilsley has had one for some time; one shared between Yattendon and Hampstead Norreys was delivered last year; and a third, shared between Compton and East Ilsley, will be going live quite soon. The last two were partly funded by a member’s bid by local district councillor Carolyne Culver.

As a triggering endorphins in compliant motorists, these devices can also gather data about vehicle speeds which are an essential part of any review of speed limits. West Berkshire Council is currently in the process of reviewing its policy with regard to creating 20mph zones and any information the VASs generate will be used for that. It also may become clear that the VASs on their own are having the desired result in which there might be a case for obtaining more, some of which might be permanently sited.

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.

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

• 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.

Tea and a Chat on Mondays from 9.30am to 11am at the Wilkins Centre in Compton: all welcome

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.

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. If the link is scored through this may be because draft minutes have been replaced by approved ones and the drafts file deleted. If so, please follow the links provided to the council’s website.

.• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 18 December and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; financial matters; the Village Hall; and a report from the ward member.
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 4 December and you can read the minutes here.
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 14 November 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 Aldworth Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 13 November 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 Chaddleworth Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 November and you can read the minutes here. (There was also a meeting on 19 December to consider one planning application, the minutes of which you can read 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 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 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.


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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