Thursday 22 July 2021

• The Pirbright Institute in Compton was an animal-research centre that closed in 2016. The 15.8 hectare site has since been ripe for development. Homes England lodged an application for 250 dwellings in June 2020, the details of which you can see here on WBC’s planning portal. Any comments need to be made by 29 July. So far, there are more letters of objection than I can easily count (probably about 400); and, in fairness, one letter of support. One of the objections lists 12 reasons for refusal which range from the familiar ones of sewage, traffic and the scale of the development to the slightly less usual issues of rats and, most alarming of all, radioactive contamination. Another objection points out that the development is likely to increase the population of the village by 38% (this is accurate as the average number of people per household is 2.4 and Compton currently has about 1,570 inhabitants. The Chair of the Parish Council “strongly objected” and listed nine reasons. Another correspondent, Dr Peter McGeehan, pointed out in a letter, which was also published on p16 of they week’s NWN, that the site would be ideal for air-source heat pumps to be installed (though the developers would probably need to be compelled to do anything which incurred more costs and was not absolutely demanded by WBC’s policy). 10 objections (or a call in by the ward member) is sufficient for an application to go to committee so it’s fair to say that, with 400-odd, this threshold has already been passed.

Click here for information about lateral flow tests available in West Berkshire.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service is pleased to be re-starting in August – click here for details.

• In preparation for schools wanting to take their disabled children back to riding lessons in September, Newbury RDA based at Wyld Court (next to The Living Rainforest) in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for new volunteers. No previous experience required and it is very rewarding. If you can help please call Clare on 07748 654208.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 29 June and you can read the minutes here.items covered included: a vacancy for a councillor; dog fouling; financial matters; undergrowth streaming; overgrown verges; and litter.

Click here for the July edition of Chaddleworth News which includes: the return of the pub quiz; action and events led by the community; worthy causes to support; recipes; more on the village’s history; cricket (and some more cricket); and regular news and information.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 12 July and you can read the draft minutes here. items covered included: the Village Hall; the Village Community Co-ordinator; the Old Churchyard wall; playground inspections; Brightwalton Hill Planting in Memory of Sir Philip Wroughton; the Queens Green Canopy; Dunmore Pond; broadband; the cricket nets; planning matters; financial matters; defibrillator training; and a proposed wildflower area in the playing field.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 5 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the temporary scheme of delegation for decision-making; one planning application; planning decisions by WBC; parish repairs; equipment for the Sports Pavilion; financial matters; a possible new play surface; new goalposts at the Rec; fencing at Gordon Crescent; the War memorial; a proposed flower garden at the School Road allotments; anti-social behaviour; and the establishment of an allotments working party.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 5 July and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: footpaths and byways; the litter pick; planning matters; the open spaces review; CIL expenditure; and financial matters.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 1 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog fouling; financial matters; and one planning application.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 27 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 19 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes, from p4, information on the new proposal by Manor Oak Homes for a development of 12 dwellings at Pen Meadow. The publication also has lots of news from local organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

Compton & Downland area council news

Parishes: click here for Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilThe Peasemore Village website, 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 Valley; Marlborough area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Theale area; Wantage area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 15 July 2021

Click here for information about lateral flow tests available in West Berkshire.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service is pleased to be re-starting in August – click here fordetails.

• If you’re getting fed up of working from home, there’s a new co-working space just opened in Hampstead Norreys  called the Good Life Hub, next to the Community Shop. See here for details.

• In preparation for schools wanting to take their disabled children back to riding lessons in September, Newbury RDA based at Wyld Court (next to The Living Rainforest) in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for new volunteers. No previous experience required and it is very rewarding. If you can help please call Clare on 07748 654208

• Residents of Compton can collect free lateral-flow home-testing kits from the car park by Compton Village Hall/Wilkins Centre between 9am and 9.45am every Thursday.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 29 June and you can read the minutes here.items covered included: a vacancy for a councillor; dog fouling; financial matters; undergrowth streaming; overgrown verges; and litter.

Click here for the July edition of Chaddleworth News which includes: the return of the pub quiz; action and events led by the community; worthy causes to support; recipes; more on the village’s history; cricket (and some more cricket); and regular news and information.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the continuation of using delegated powers until face-to-face meetings were resumed; recommendations from committees and working parties; planning matters; the co-option of two new members; plaques for the picnic benches; dog-waste bins; hire charges for and improvements to the sports pavilion;  rights of way; and the Clerk’s hours of work. There was also a shorter meeting on 21 June mainly concerned with governance matters, the minutes of which you can read here.

• Compton Parish Council submitted the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), to West Berkshire District Council on 6 May 2021. After submission, responsibility for taking the plan forward lies with the local planning authority. For more more information and to comment on this (which must happen by 16 July, so very soon now), please visit WBC’s website. An article on p27 of this week’s NWN looks at some of the main aspects of the proposed plan.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the village survey; financial matters; a donation to the Village Hall; and various repair and maintenance issues around the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 27 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 19 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 5 July and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: footpaths and byways; the litter pick; planning matters; the open spaces review; CIL expenditure; and financial matters.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes, from p4, information on the new proposal by Manor Oak Homes for a development of 12 dwellings at Pen Meadow. The publication also has lots of news from local organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

Thursday 8 July 2021

Click here for information about lateral flow tests available in West Berkshire.

• This week’s NWN reports on p14 on the event, organised by the parish council, at The Crown and Horns in East Ilsley on 4 July to celebrate Thank You Day in support of volunteers and essential workers during the pandemic.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service is pleased to be re-starting in August – click here fordetails.

• If you’re getting fed up of working from home, there’s a new co-working space just opened in Hampstead Norreys  called the Good Life Hub, next to the Community Shop. See here for details.

• In preparation for schools wanting to take their disabled children back to riding lessons in September, Newbury RDA based at Wyld Court (next to The Living Rainforest) in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for new volunteers. No previous experience required and it is very rewarding. If you can help please call Clare on 07748 654208

• Residents of Compton can collect free lateral-flow home-testing kits from the car park by Compton Village Hall/Wilkins Centre between 9am and 9.45am every Thursday.

• I don’t think there’s any immediate cause for concern but I’ve just been told that RAF Welford is capable of holding up to 29 million tonnes of explosives in its 800-acre site. That seems like an absurd amount; almost more than any army would ever need. I don’t know how many tonnes are actually there. I can’t visualise what 29 million tonnes of anything would look like; or sound like if the explosives went up. Let’s not go there…

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the continuation of using delegated powers until face-to-face meetings were resumed; recommendations from committees and working parties; planning matters; the co-option of two new members; plaques for the picnic benches; dog-waste bins; hire charges for and improvements to the sports pavilion;  rights of way; and the Clerk’s hours of work.

• Compton Parish Council submitted the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), to West Berkshire District Council on 6 May 2021. After submission, responsibility for taking the plan forward lies with the local planning authority. For more more information and to comment on this (which must happen by 16 July), please visit WBC’s website.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the village survey; financial matters; a donation to the Village Hall; and various repair and maintenance issues around the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 27 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 19 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council (the annual assembly, the annual parish meeting and an ordinary parish meeting) took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes, from p4, information on the new proposal by Manor Oak Homes for a development of 12 dwellings at Pen Meadow. The publication also has lots of news from local organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the July edition of Chaddleworth News which includes: the return of the pub quiz; action and events led by the community; worthy causes to support; recipes; more on the village’s history; cricket (and some more cricket); and regular news and information.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

Thursday 1 July 2021

Click here for information about lateral flow tests available in West Berkshire.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service is pleased to be re-starting in August – click here for details.

• If you’re getting fed up of working from home, there’s a new co-working space just opened in Hampstead Norreys  called the Good Life Hub, next to the Community Shop. See here for details.

• In preparation for schools wanting to take their disabled children back to riding lessons in September, Newbury RDA based at Wyld Court (next to The Living Rainforest) in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for new volunteers. No previous experience required and it is very rewarding. If you can help please call Clare on 07748 654208

• And also karate sessions with Compton Dojo are re-starting in Compton and Aldworth Village Halls. The first one is free so do see here for more details.

• Residents of Compton can collect free lateral-flow home-testing kits from the car park by Compton Village Hall/Wilkins Centre between 9am and 9.45am every Thursday.

• Laura Farris MP is holding a surgery at Beedon Village Hall on Friday 2 July.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the continuation of using delegated powers until face-to-face meetings were resumed; recommendations from committees and working parties; planning matters; the co-option of two new members; plaques for the picnic benches; dog-waste bins; hire charges for and improvements to the sports pavilion;  rights of way; and the Clerk’s hours of work.

• Compton Parish Council submitted the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), to West Berkshire District Council on 6 May 2021. After submission, responsibility for taking the plan forward lies with the local planning authority. For more more information and to comment on this (which must happen by 16 July), please visit WBC’s website.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the village survey; financial matters; a donation to the Village Hall; and various repair and maintenance issues around the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 27 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 19 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council (the annual assembly, the annual parish meeting and an ordinary parish meeting) took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June issue of the East Ilsley Communicator which includes, from p4, information on the new proposal by Manor Oak Homes for a development of 12 dwellings at Pen Meadow. The publication also has lots of news from local organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the July edition of Chaddleworth News which includes: the return of the pub quiz; action and events led by the community; worthy causes to support; recipes; more on the village’s history; cricket (and some more cricket); and regular news and information.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

Thursday 24 June 2021

• Laura Farris MP’s next in-person surgery is on Saturday 26 June in Hampstead Norreys. See here for how to make an appointment.

• Timetables for the West Berkshire Council’s mobile community collect service for lateral-flow tests – details can be found here.

Click here for information about lateral flow tests available in West Berkshire.

• Compton Parish Council submitted the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), to West Berkshire District Council on 6 May 2021. After submission, responsibility for taking the plan forward lies with the local planning authority. For more more information and to comment on this (which must happen by 16 July), please visit WBC’s website.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service is pleased to be re-starting – click here for details.

• Getting fed up of working from home? There’s a new co-working space in Hampstead Norreys just opened called the Good Life Hub, next to the Community Shop. See here for details.

• In preparation for schools wanting to take their disabled children back to riding lessons in September, Newbury RDA based at Wyld Court (next to The Living Rainforest) in Hampstead Norreys is appealing for new volunteers. No previous experience required and it is very rewarding. If you can help please call Clare on 07748 654208

• Great news that the outdoor summer market organised by Hampstead Norreys Community Shop is going ahead this Saturday 26 June with full covid measures. See here for stalls and times.

• And also karate sessions with Compton Dojo are re-starting in Compton and Aldworth Village Halls. The first one is free so do see here for more details.

• Residents of Compton can collect free lateral-flow home-testing kits from the car park by Compton Village Hall/Wilkins Centre between 9am and 9.45am every Thursday.

• Laura Farris MP is holding a surgery at Beedon Village Hall on Friday 2 July.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 7 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the continuation of using delegated powers until face-to-face meetings were resumed; recommendations from committees and working parties; planning matters; the co-option of two new members; plaques for the picnic benches; dog-waste bins; hire charges for and improvements to the sports pavilion;  rights of way; and the Clerk’s hours of work.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the village survey; financial matters; a donation to the Village Hall; and various repair and maintenance issues around the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 27 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council (the annual assembly, the annual parish meeting and an ordinary parish meeting) took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June edition of Chaddleworth News which includes updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council for which minutes are available was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 17 June 2021

• The timetables for the West Berkshire Council’s mobile community collect service for lateral-flow tests have recently changed – details can be found here.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service will re-start in June 2021 – click here for more.

• Compton Parish Council submitted the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), to West Berkshire District Council on 6 May 2021. After submission, responsibility for taking the plan forward lies with the local planning authority. For more more information and to comment on this (which must happen by 16 July), please visit WBC’s website.

•  The Compton Players‘ Zoom play The Covid Inspector is now available to watch on YouTube.

• Residents of Compton can collect free lateral-flow home-testing kits from the car park by Compton Village Hall/Wilkins Centre between 9am and 9.45am every Thursday.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 27 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: formal year-end matters; planning applications; councillors’ responsibilities and committee membership;

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the temporary scheme of delegation; the village survey; the ownership of the netball equipment; insurance policies; the future of the playhouse; West Isley News; funding for the Village Hall; speeding; and flooding.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 6 May and was almost entirely concerned with electing a chairman and vice chairman, lasting all of three minutes, and you can read the minutes here (neatly, there were three minuted items). The meeting then continued on 10 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council (the annual assembly, the annual parish meeting and an ordinary parish meeting) took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here. The first mainly comprised the Chairman’s report. The second mainly involved the re-election of the Chairman and the Vice Chairman and various financial and year-end matters. Matter covered in the third included: planning applications; footpaths and byways; waste bins; the CIL reserves; donations to local groups; and the open spaces review.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June edition of Chaddleworth News which includes updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council for which minutes are available was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 10 June 2021

• The timetables for the West Berkshire Council’s mobile community collect service for lateral-flow tests have recently changed – details can be found here.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service will re-start in June 2021 – click here for more.

• The Great British Spring Clean takes place between 28 May and 13 June and many events will be organised by local councils. Click on the relevant link below to see how you can get involved with what’s happening in your town or village.

• A reminder that the West Berkshire Councillor for the Ridgeway ward, Carolyne Culver, will be contesting the Chesham and Amersham by-election for the Green Party on Thursday 17 June.

• Compton Parish Council submitted the Compton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), to West Berkshire District Council on 6 May 2021. After submission, responsibility for taking the plan forward lies with the local planning authority. For more more information and to comment on this (which must happen by 16 July), please visit WBC’s website.

•  The Compton Players‘ Zoom play The Covid Inspector is now available to watch on YouTube.

• Residents of Compton can collect free lateral-flow home-testing kits from the car park by Compton Village Hall/Wilkins Centre between 9am and 9.45am every Thursday.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the temporary scheme of delegation; the village survey; the ownership of the netball equipment; insurance policies; the future of the playhouse; West Isley News; funding for the Village Hall; speeding; and flooding.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 6 May and was almost entirely concerned with electing a chairman and vice chairman, lasting all of three minutes, and you can read the minutes here (neatly, there were three minuted items). The meeting then continued on 10 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council (the annual assembly, the annual parish meeting and an ordinary parish meeting) took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here. The first mainly comprised the Chairman’s report. The second mainly involved the re-election of the Chairman and the Vice Chairman and various financial and year-end matters. Matter covered in the third included: planning applications; footpaths and byways; waste bins; the CIL reserves; donations to local groups; and the open spaces review.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial and annual-governance matters; subscriptions to outside bodies; the asset register; council policies; replacing the noticeboard on the Well Green; dog-waste bins; flooding in Ambury Road; and litter.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the June edition of Chaddleworth News which includes updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 29 April and you can read the minutes here. There was also a short (12-minutes) annual PC meeting on 5 May which was mainly concerned with the election of the Chair and Vice-chair.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council for which minutes are available was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 3 June 2021

• The timetables for the West Berkshire Council’s mobile community collect service for lateral-flow tests have recently changed – details can be found here.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service will re-start in June 2021 – click here for more.

• The Great British Spring Clean takes place between 28 May and 13 June and many events will be organised by local councils. Click on the relevant link below to see how you can get involved with what’s happening in your town or village.

• A reminder that the West Berkshire Councillor for the Ridgeway ward, Carolyne Culver, will be contesting the Chesham and Amersham by-election for the Green Party on Thursday 17 June. There will also be another mention of “Green” on the ballot papers as that’s the surname of the Lib Dem candidate. Sure that won’t cause any confusion…

•  The Compton Players‘ Zoom play The Covid Inspector is now available to watch on YouTube.

• Residents of Compton can collect free lateral-flow home-testing kits from the car park by Compton Village Hall/Wilkins Centre between 9am and 9.45am every Thursday.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 6 May and was almost entirely concerned with electing a chairman and vice chairman, lasting all of three minutes, and you can read the minutes here (neatly, there were three minuted items). The meeting then continued on 10 May: as the preamble stated, “a temporary scheme of delegation would be put in place in order to allow the Clerk to enable decisions to be taken under the direction of Councillors until face-to-face meetings recommence. This meeting is therefore not a formal meeting, but an advisory Full Council Meeting. All recommendations made at this meeting will be enacted by the Clerk where appropriate and ratified at the next face-to-face Full Council Meeting.” This is another example of the absurd contortions that council have been forced to jump through as a result of the government’s decision to insist that all meetings revert to in-person at a time when Corvid cases are rising and social-distancing measures are still in place. Items covered included: planning applications; the neighbourhood development plan; fthe co-option of a new member; committee appointments; various year-end and financial matters; dog waste bins and signage to encourage the use of these; anti-social behaviour; repairs around the parish; the recreation ground; and fly tipping.

• The most recent meetings of Ashampstead Parish Council (the annual assembly, the annual parish meeting and an ordinary parish meeting) took place on 17 May and you can read the minutes here. The first mainly comprised the Chairman’s report. The second mainly involved the re-election of the Chairman and the Vice Chairman and various financial and year-end matters. Matter covered in the third included: planning applications; footpaths and byways; waste bins; the CIL reserves; donations to local groups; and the open spaces review.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of a Chairman and Vice Chairman; West Berkshire Council members’ bids; various year-end formalities; the inability of EIPC to adopt general powers of competence (not through any lack of qualification of the Clerk, one criteria, but because fewer than two thirds of the members were elected, uncontested or otherwise); a review of the the PC’s policies and procedures; councillors’ responsibilities; the Covid memorial bench at the Downland Practice; financial matters; the Pen Meadow housing development; and speeding in the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the re-election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman; EV charge points; financial matters; the Village Hall; the asset register; the defibrillator; the village newsletter; and low-cost housing in the parish.

Click here for the May edition of Chaddleworth News which includes RAF Welford news and history, updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial and annual-governance matters; subscriptions to outside bodies; the asset register; council policies; replacing the noticeboard on the Well Green; dog-waste bins; flooding in Ambury Road; and litter.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here. This mainly took the form of reports from the Chairman, the Village Hall and ASPIRE and regarding broadband, footpaths and dog bins. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the re-appointment of the Chair and the appointment of the Vice-chair; the co-option of a new councillor; various formal year-end matters; footpaths; the dog bin; repainting the phonebook; repairing the bus stop; the Tommy figures on the memorial bench; planning matters; finances; and the need for a new Clerk.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 29 April and you can read the minutes here. There was also a short (12-minutes) annual PC meeting on 5 May which was mainly concerned with the election of the Chair and Vice-chair.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included; publicising councillor contact details; speeding; financial matters; the temporary delegation of decision-making to the Clerk from 7 May; repairs to the Village Hall; and future spending priorities. There was also an annual parish meeting on 6 May the main business of which was the re-election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman, the minutes of which you can read here. (The minutes say that District Councillor Clive Hooker joined the meeting at 8.12pm, eight minutes after it finished, but I presume that’s a typo. Slightly surreal if not.)

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council for which minutes are available was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 27 May 2021

• The timetables for the West Berkshire Council’s mobile community collect service for lateral-flow tests have recently changed – details can be found here.

• The Downland Volunteer Group’s Handybus service will re-start in June 2021 – click here for more.

• The Great British Spring Clean takes place between 28 May and 13 June and many events will be organised by local councils. Click on the relevant link below to see how you can get involved with what’s happening in your town or village.

• A reminder that the West Berkshire Councillor for the Ridgeway ward, Carolyne Culver, will be contesting the Chesham and Amersham by-election for the Green Party. This takes place on Thursday 17 June and the HS2 line, which passes through the constituency is expected to play a prominent role in the various campaigns.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of a Chairman and Vice Chairman; West Berkshire Council members’ bids; various year-end formalities; the inability of EIPC to adopt general powers of competence (not through any lack of qualification of the Clerk, one criteria, but because fewer than two thirds of the members were elected, uncontested or otherwise); a review of the the PC’s policies and procedures; councillors’ responsibilities; the Covid memorial bench at the Downland Practice; financial matters; the Pen Meadow housing development; and speeding in the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the re-election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman; EV charge points; financial matters; the Village Hall; the asset register; the defibrillator; the village newsletter; and low-cost housing in the parish.

Click here for the May edition of Chaddleworth News which includes RAF Welford news and history, updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial and annual-governance matters; subscriptions to outside bodies; the asset register; council policies; replacing the noticeboard on the Well Green; dog-waste bins; flooding in Ambury Road; and litter.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here. This mainly took the form of reports from the Chairman, the Village Hall and ASPIRE and regarding broadband, footpaths and dog bins. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the re-appointment of the Chair and the appointment of the Vice-chair; the co-option of a new councillor; various formal year-end matters; footpaths; the dog bin; repainting the phonebook; repairing the bus stop; the Tommy figures on the memorial bench; planning matters; finances; and the need for a new Clerk.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 29 April and you can read the minutes here. There was also a short (12-minutes) annual PC meeting on 5 May which was mainly concerned with the election of the Chair and Vice-chair.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included; publicising councillor contact details; speeding; financial matters; the temporary delegation of decision-making to the Clerk from 7 May; repairs to the Village Hall; and future spending priorities. There was also an annual parish meeting on 6 May the main business of which was the re-election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman, the minutes of which you can read here. (The minutes say that District Councillor Clive Hooker joined the meeting at 8.12pm, eight minutes after it finished, but I presume that’s a typo. Slightly surreal if not.)

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 26 April and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: reports from the working parties; one planning application; the vacancy for a councillor; financial matters; the neighbourhood development plan; the speed limit at Mayfield/Warnham Lane; the immediate consequence of the return to face-to-face meetings; dog mess; the Sports Pavilion; and legal costs at the allotments. There was also a brief annual meeting on 6 May, the main business of which was the re-election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman, the minutes of which you can read here.

Compton Parish Council currently has two vacancies – click here for details.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 20 May 2021

• The timetables for the West Berkshire Council’s mobile community collect service for lateral-flow tests is changing from Monday 24 May – details can be found here.

• The West Berkshire Councillor for the Ridgeway ward, Carolyne Culver, will be contesting the Chesham and Amersham by-election for the Green Party. This takes place on Thursday 17 June and the HS2 line, which passes through the constituency is expected to play a prominent role in the various campaigns.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 26 April and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: reports from the working parties; one planning application; the vacancy for a councillor; financial matters; the neighbourhood development plan; the speed limit at Mayfield/Warnham Lane; the immediate consequence of the return to face-to-face meetings; dog mess; the Sports Pavilion; and legal costs at the allotments.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here.

• I also learn from Chaddleworth PC that, according to a newspaper article on display in the Village Hall, only two other places in England contributed per capita more soldiers to WW1 than did Chaddleworth. I’m not sure what the number-one and number-two places were. Anyone know?

Click here for the May edition of Chaddleworth News which includes RAF Welford news and history, updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 15 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial and annual-governance matters; subscriptions to outside bodies; the asset register; council policies; replacing the noticeboard on the Well Green; dog-waste bins; flooding in Ambury Road; and litter.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the re-appointment of the Chair and the appointment of the Vice-chair; the co-option of a new councillor; various formal year-end matters; footpaths; the dog bin; repainting the phonebook; repairing the bus stop; the Tommy figures on the memorial bench; planning matters; finances; and the need for a new Clerk.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here. This mainly took the form of reports from the Chairman, the Village Hall and ASPIRE and regarding broadband, footpaths and dog bins. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the results of the housing needs survey and questions from the public arising from this; grounds-maintenance costs; the pond excavation; the settlement boundary; the parish’s proposal for a member’s bid; the EI Local History Society; a new quince tree; resolving the problem of a commercial vehicle in St Patrick’s Close; animals at Prestwell Field; and news from the Downland Practice.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 29 April and you can read the minutes here. There was also a short (12-minutes) annual PC meeting on 5 May which was mainly concerned with the election of the Chair and Vice-chair.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included; publicising councillor contact details; speeding; financial matters; the temporary delegation of decision-making to the Clerk from 7 May; repairs to the Village Hall; and future spending priorities.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Thursday 13 May 2021

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 26 April and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: reports from the working parties; one planning application; the vacancy for a councillor; financial matters; the neighbourhood development plan; the speed limit at Mayfield/Warnham Lane; the immediate consequence of the return to face-to-face meetings; dog mess; the Sports Pavilion; and legal costs at the allotments.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the May edition of Chaddleworth News which includes RAF Welford news and history, updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the results of the housing needs survey and questions from the public arising from this; grounds-maintenance costs; the pond excavation; the settlement boundary; the parish’s proposal for a member’s bid; the EI Local History Society; a new quince tree; resolving the problem of a commercial vehicle in St Patrick’s Close; animals at Prestwell Field; and news from the Downland Practice.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog bins; a blocked footpath; the Village Hall’s finances; financial matters; plans for a memorial bench; planning applications; the parish’s settlement boundaries; proposals for the phone box; and possible alternative uses for the allotments.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council for which minutes are available took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included; publicising councillor contact details; speeding; financial matters; the temporary delegation of decision-making to the Clerk from 7 May; repairs to the Village Hall; and future spending priorities.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here. This mainly took the form of reports from the Chairman, the Village Hall and ASPIRE and regarding broadband, footpaths and dog bins. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on15 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial and annual-governance matters; subscriptions to outside bodies; the asset register; council policies; replacing the noticeboard on the Well Green; dog-waste bins; flooding in Ambury Road; and litter.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Click here for details of Covid lateral flow tests, which are available at four sites across the district (Hungerford, Newbury, Thatcham and Burghfield), and home-testing kits.

Thursday 6 May 2021

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 26 April and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: reports from the working parties; one planning application; the vacancy for a councillor; financial matters; the neighbourhood development plan; the speed limit at Mayfield/Warnham Lane; the immediate consequence of the return to face-to-face meetings; dog mess; the Sports Pavilion; and legal costs at the allotments.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; printing the parish newsletter; the proposed settlement boundary (the parish has never had one and sees no need to change that); the work at the Memorial Garden; WBC’s non-adoption of Norris Lane; the question of dog bins (which echoes the points made by the the Chair of Beedon PC which were reported on last week – see below); a footpath diversion; a grant request from the Chaddleworth and Shefford Primary School’s PTFA; the consequences of reverting to in-person meetings; and various maintenance tasks around the parish.

Click here for the May edition of Chaddleworth News which includes RAF Welford news and history, updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the results of the housing needs survey and questions from the public arising from this; grounds-maintenance costs; the pond excavation; the settlement boundary; the parish’s proposal for a member’s bid; the EI Local History Society; a new quince tree; resolving the problem of a commercial vehicle in St Patrick’s Close; animals at Prestwell Field; and news from the Downland Practice.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog bins; a blocked footpath; the Village Hall’s finances; financial matters; plans for a memorial bench; planning applications; the parish’s settlement boundaries; proposals for the phone box; and possible alternative uses for the allotments.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 15 March and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Click here for details of Covid lateral flow tests, which are available at four sites across the district (Hungerford, Newbury, Thatcham and Burghfield), and home-testing kits.

Thursday 29 April 2021

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; printing the parish newsletter; the proposed settlement boundary (the parish has never had one and sees no need to change that); the work at the Memorial Garden; WBC’s non-adoption of Norris Lane; the question of dog bins (which echoes the points made by the the Chair of Beedon PC which were reported on last week – see below); a footpath diversion; a grant request from the Chaddleworth and Shefford Primary School’s PTFA; the consequences of reverting to in-person meetings; and various maintenance tasks around the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog bins; a blocked footpath; the Village Hall’s finances; financial matters; plans for a memorial bench; planning applications; the parish’s settlement boundaries; proposals for the phone box; possible alternative uses for the allotments; and confirmation of the date of the annual assembly (4 May).

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a missing piece of pavement on Forge Hill; the member’s bid for the CCTV project; financial matters; the grounds maintenance quote; the frequency of litter- and dog-bin collections; and possible changes to the bylaws for Dean Meadow.

• West Berkshire Council reports here that the carbon-reduction project at The Downs School in Compton has been completed ahead of schedule.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. The annual meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 May.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Thursday 22 April 2021

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog bins; a blocked footpath; the Village Hall’s finances; financial matters; plans for a memorial bench; planning applications; the parish’s settlement boundaries; proposals for the phone box; possible alternative uses for the allotments; and confirmation of the date of the annual assembly (4 May).

• When I do my weekly prowl around the various PC websites, I can be about 90% sure that the topic of dog bins is going to come up in the minutes. The problems seem to be that there aren’t enough or that they’re not emptied often enough (or both). Steve Price, the Chair of Beedon Parish Council wrote a letter to NWN this week suggesting that the charges WBC make for the service are not high enough to make then efficient or viable and that parishes may need to brace themselves to pay a little bit more. After all, if you have a service like this it’s pointless if the bins are not where you need them or are full. Specifically, this times like a sensible thing to look at: so too is his more general point that every service needs to be paid for and the trick is to make sure that it’s providing what people want at a reasonable price. It may seem odd for a PC Chair to be suggesting that the district council isn’t charging his parish enough but I suspect he is not the only one.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a missing piece of pavement on Forge Hill; the member’s bid for the CCTV project; financial matters; the grounds maintenance quote; the frequency of litter- and dog-bin collections; and possible changes to the bylaws for Dean Meadow.

• West Berkshire Council reports here that the carbon-reduction project at The Downs School in Compton has been completed ahead of schedule.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. The annual meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 May.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Thursday 15 April 2021

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: parish land; the adoption of the code of conduct; financial regulation; the playground; the settlement boundary; the re-opening of the Pavilion and the Village Hall; replacement windows at the Village Hall; the Palmer Close footpath; and the date of the annual parish meeting and the AGM (17 May).

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a missing piece of pavement on Forge Hill; the member’s bid for the CCTV project; financial matters; the grounds maintenance quote; the frequency of litter- and dog-bin collections; and possible changes to the bylaws for Dean Meadow.

• West Berkshire Council reports here that the carbon-reduction project at The Downs School in Compton has been completed ahead of schedule.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 1 February and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Thursday 8 April 2021

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here. Items covered include: signs of our return to normality from local schools; the new-look Hadland Memorial Garden; Easter events; the return of cricket; and updates from local people and organisations.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: three questions that were raised with local MP Laura Farris who attended part of the meeting – concerning the Institute site, the resumption of face-to-face meetings and the burial ground – although the minutes are silent on what her  thoughts on these matters were; three new planning applications; financial matters; and the possible purchase of additional rubbish bins.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 1 February and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 20 January and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Councillor which minutes are available took place on 28 January and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 1 April 2021

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here. Items covered include: signs of our return to normality from local schools; the new-look Hadland Memorial Garden; Easter events; the return of cricket; and updates from local people and organisations.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 1 February and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 20 January and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Councillor which minutes are available took place on 28 January and you can read the minutes here.

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