Compton & Downlands Weekly News, Thursday 25 January 2024

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Thursday 25 January 2024

Our usual round-up of  local news includes: budgets, donations, a closure, distribution, football and a visit to the flood forum. See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Compton area events include: lots of regular community groups. See below for details, plus regular events and group activities

• Exciting new HandeBus

The Downland Volunteer Group (DVG) is pleased to announce the launch of their new 100% electric fully accessible HandeBus. To celebrate this significant achievement in being one of the first electric minibuses for community transport in West Berkshire, and one of a handful across the UK, they have renamed the Handybus to HandeBus – highlighting it’s electric whilst remaining ‘handy’ for those that use it.

The HandeBus offers a bespoke service to residents in the Downland villages, through the help of volunteer drivers. Passengers contact us and are collected from their homes and driven to the shops, appointments, or other venues. Our friendly drivers will help load shopping on and off the vehicle and, if required, carry shopping to your front door.

But a vehicle without a driver is of very little use…so if you have a clean driving licence with a D1 entitlement category included and would like to help residents in the Downland villages, even if it’s just a few hours a month, please do call 07713 813 523.

• Pang Valley Flood Forum

Local ward member Carolyne Culver reports that “the well-timed Pang Valley Flood Forum event on Saturday was very well attended. Jon Winstanley, Carolyn Richardson (who runs the Joint Emergency Unit on behalf of WBC and two other councils) and Paul Bacchus (Principal Engineer, Drainage and Flood Risk) ran a stall on behalf of WBC. Thames Water, the Environment Agency and Action for the River Kennet also had stalls. The Floodmobile outside provided examples of pumps, materials you can build your kitchen with that will withstand flood damage. ”

If you missed the event, there is a lot of information on the Pang Valley Flood Forum’s website.

• Other news

•  Compton Parish Council has outlined its Annual Parish Council 2024/25 budget, explaining where the £86,534 total comes from and how it will be spent. See details here.

The Living Rainforest in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for donations to help with the rocketing cost of energy this winter. They report that they are struggling to cover electricity and heating costs, which they need maintain at a certain level for the animals and plants that live there. No support is available from government sources so they reply on public support to help. All donations are hugely appreciated, whether large or small, as well as actually visiting. Click here to learn more or donate.

•  Compton Parish Council informs residents that Cow Lane will be closed between 9.30am and 3.30pm on 30 January, from outside the water pumping station between its junction with Warnham Lane, known as Cheseridge Road, and its junction with Dennisford Road. The purpose of this closure is to enable Openreach to replace a damaged pole in the verge. 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. 

• Compton Pre-School are very grateful to have been  donated a wooden dolls house and furniture from Peter Addison and family. They are still on the look out for a wooden car garage and a wooden castle if you know anyone who would be willing to donate either to them please contact them via their facebook page.

West Berkshire Council will not be collecting sandbags resulting from the recent floods. The Council will, however, accept them at its Padworth and Newbury Household Waste Recycling Centres as follows: sand to Area 1 Soil and Hardcore Bin and empty bags to the Energy Recovery Bin in Area 2 (Padworth) or Area 3 (Newbury).

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

• 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.

• 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.

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

• 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 01635 281545 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 Brightwalton Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 15 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: Community co-ordinator; the Church; a new clerk needed; planning matters; financial matters; and the Millennium Green Trust.
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 8 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from the ward member; planning matters; financial matters; dog bins; D-day; and a litter pick planned for April or May.
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 West Ilsley Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 18 December 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 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 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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