Compton & Downlands Weekly News, Thursday 6 June 2024

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Thursday 6 June 2024 

Our usual round-up of  local news includes a fundraiser, a pool, bees, library services, guides and a sponsor.  See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Compton area events include Dance Night and Sheep Fair. See below for details, plus regular events and group activities.

• This week’s news

Compton FC is holding a fundraiser for the 2024-2025 season,with a mixed game between Compton FC v Compton FC old boys , on Saturday 22 June at 2pm. Refreshments and a barbecue will be available.

The Downs School & Sixth Form are looking for a sponsor for its Summer Fete. This community fete is one of their biggest fundraising events of the year . If you are interested please email contact@thedownsschool.org.

• Keep an eye out for some lovely rocks that the 1st Compton Squirrels have painted and hidden about the village. Let them know if you find any on their facebook page.

Compton Parish Council reports news from Thames Valley Police that between Wednesday 29 May at 8am and 7.30am on Monday 3 June at 7.30 am there was a theft at Lowbury Gardens, Compton of Stihl multi tool, strimmer, hedge cutter, leaf blower, pressure washer and attachments, with a value of between £2,000 – £3,000. If you have any information, please contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 101 (ref 43240258231).

• The Downs School Trust is in urgent need of funds to refurbish the popular community pool at the school.  The current pool, while a major resource for both local children and adults alike, is suffering from an ageing pump system, which frequently fails. In order to maintain this vital educational and well-being facility the Trustees are appealing for donations. For more information  and to make a donation, visit The Good Exchange website here.

West Berkshire Museum is working on a series of exhibitions focusing on towns, villages and parishes in the region, and would like to hear from Compton residents. If you have any interesting items which represent Compton’s history that you would like to loan for the exhibition, contact Museum Curator Janine Fox by email Janine.fox1@westberks.gov.uk or phone 01635 519532 / 07787 828189

• 1st Compton Guides part of Girlguiding West Berkshire  needs your help. They are looking for new volunteers to join their enthusiastic leadership team. If you are interested in finding out more, please drop in to a taster session after half term. For more details click here.

• As the weather warms up we get into the swarming season for honey bees. If you see a swarm of honeybees please do not try to move them on by squirting them with a hose or throwing things at them.They may sound scary when there is such a large amount of them but, they are quite placid. They gorge themselves on honey before leaving the hive and are just resting while looking for a new home. Please don’t kill them, just call your local swarm collector who will remove them. See more details here.

West Berkshire Council is still assisting the local community through the Household Support Fund until autumn 2024. This could help if you’re struggling to afford energy and water bills, food or other essential items. They also offer food vouchers to families during the school holidays.Don’t suffer in silence, reach out for assistance if they need it.You can find out more by following this link.

• A reminder for those of you with felines in the family, that from Monday 10 June, your cat must be microchipped. This new law cites that if you do not microchip and register your cat on a database by the time they are twenty weeks old, you can be fined up to £500. See full details here.

• If you know someone who finds it difficult to visit the library, through age, disability or other special circumstances, they may be able to come to you. Contact West Berks Libraries’  ‘At Home’ service by phoning 01635 519827 or email library@westberks.gov.uk

• Would you like to help inspire the future workforce? Education Business Partnership helps prepare our local young people for the world of work, and to do this EBP relies on the support of local businesses and professionals. If you would like to volunteer your expertise please see here for more details.

• The Rural Business Grant Scheme funds 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.

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

• 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.

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.

• Downland Volunteer Group has a new electric HandeBus. For those wishing to use the HandeBus or volunteer to help the DVG’s work, contact 07713 813 523; dvg.handebus@btinternet.com; or at www.downlandvolgroup.org. More information can also be found here.

U6, U7 and U16 footballers are welcome at FC Cougars. Please contact graham on graham@fccougars.com.

• 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.

• 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

• Fri 7 Jun Friday Night Dance  East Ilsley Sheepfair

• Sun 9 Jun East Ilsley Sheep Fair, East Ilsley

• Sat 22 Jun Compton FC Old Boys Fundraiser Compton Rec.

• Sat 6 Jul Compton Fete Recreation Ground.

• Sat 13 Jul Beer, Cider & Ale Festival The Swan, Compton.

• 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.

Downland Practice – Social Prescribing reminds patients that Hillier’s Garden Centre is delighted to be able to host the Ladies Breakfast Club on the second Wednesday of every month.

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 Aldworth Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 20 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: roadworks; financial matters; footpath works; and grant applications.
To see the dates, agendas and mintues 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 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of a the Chair and Deputy; financial matters; the Village Hall; speeding; the closure of the West Ilsley Parish Trust; and repairs and maintenance.
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 13 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: an update of the Community Co-ordinator; the telephone box; housing; repairs and maintenance; planning matters; financial matters; and trees.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes 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 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of the Chair and Deputy; planning matters; financial matters; reports from Councillors; the Clerk’s reports; and bin emptying schedules.
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 March 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 27 March 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 4 March 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 Compton Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 4 March 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 Beedon Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 March and you can read the minutes here.
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. Please click here for details of the planning applications currently active in the parish.

• 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.


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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