Thursday 19 May 2022

Scroll down for the Lambourn’s NDP consultations, 23 months of reports from a ward member, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• This week 4LEGS Community Radio presented Julie Blogg from the Lambourn Junction with a cheque for £560, raised from the radio station’s charity Valentine request-a-thon. Radio presenter Chris Capel said “with the difficulties many families are experiencing due to the significant cost of living increases we felt it was appropriate to donate the money to The Lambourn Junction for the incredible work they are doing to help put food on people’s tables.”

• The date for this year’s Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete has recently been released as Sunday 21 August at Lambourn Sports Club. The schedule of flower, craft and produce classes will be coming soon.

• Queens Arms owners Freddie and Sue Tulloch are applying for planning permission to convert a field near the pub, between the stream and the bottom road, into a cricket field. This idea makes sense to us. About 50 years ago there was a cricket pitch on the field which is very flat, unlike the sloping Milennium Field which has proved challenging for the game in recent years. See here for the planning application details.

• As mentioned last week, Goodie’s Cafe on Lambourn High Street is opening a second cafe at Trindledown on Tuesday 7 June. They are appealing to anyone who is having a clear out of toys or games to donate them to the cafe’s play room. To get in contact, see here and you can message them on the Facebook page.

• Women from all walks of life across the county are invited to join West Berkshire Council’s Women in Politics webinar on Wednesday 1 June to find out how to get involved in local decision-making panels or becoming a Councillor. WBC also would like to invite any and all local residents interested in what happens behind the scenes at the Council or how decisions are made, to join them for this event. Details can be found on the council website.

• The Lambourn British Legion is hosting an afternoon of Vintage Tea for 55s and over between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday 24 May. The afternoon tea is £3.50 a head, and more information can be found here.

• The Friends of Lambourn Library is running an art and craft competition to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee on the theme of “All the Queen’s Horses”. There are many ways to take part, and prizes to be won.  Please see more details here and set your imagination free. Entry forms are in the library and the entry deadline is Friday 27 May.

• Keep your eyes on the skies on Thursday 2 June for the spectacular military flyby in celebration of the Jubilee. Over 70 aircraft will be participating, including the Red Arrows, Spitfires and Hurricanes, taking off in the east of the country, flying over Buckingham Palace, London and then heading the South and West. If all goes according to plan, Berkshire should see the aircraft overhead roughly between 12:50pm and 1:30pm – so keep your eyes peeled. More information can be found here.

• If you would like to support Ukraine appeals from Eliska Vyskocova in Lambourn for the grassroots Staryi Sambir Ukraine Support Group that she supports (as it is run by an old university friend of hers), please see details here of the new charity bank account they have set up to accept financial as well as humanitarian donations.

Nutwood Organics market garden at Sheepdrove invites anyone to pick their own or enjoy a therapeutic gardening session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact Kasia on nutwoodorganics@gmail.com for details or contact them on facebook.

Lambourn’s Jubilee celebrations will be on Friday 3 June with a picnic at the Lambourn Sports Club from noon with a BBQ, music, bouncy castle, buck and bronco. There will also be a best gazebo/picnic blanket competition and some displays by some local organisations Everyone is welcome. See more here on Lambourn Community facebook group.

The latest blog from Chaddleworth St. Andrew and Shefford Headteacher Mrs Stephenson includes top tips for children and adults wanting to combat loneliness.

Lambourn’s neighbourhood development plan

See below for the remaining dates in the public consultation process on this important local matter.

A Neighbourhood Development Plan is a method by which a community, typically a parish, works in conjunction with the planning authority (West Berkshire Council in this case) to co-author that part of the local plan. Once adopted – and it needs to go through a number of stages including and external examination and a referendum – it becomes as much part of the local plan as if the planning authority had written it all itself. The local plan and the policies that flow from it constitute the ultimate authority and reference point for all planning decisions. It cannot prevent development in the parish but it can help pre-define where this does or doesn’t take place and establish a number of principles and policies which must then be followed. It needs to be refreshed every 15 years when the local plan is but the doing the first one is the most time-consuming (taking three or four years). It therefore represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for a community to influence how it changes and develops.

To quote from the Gov.uk website, “Neighbourhood plans can support the provision of affordable homes for sale that meet the needs of local people by including relevant policies and site allocations. Depending on the content of relevant strategic policies in the local plan or spatial development strategy, neighbourhood plans may be able to vary the types of affordable housing that will be expected, or to allocate additional sites that will provide affordable housing, where this will better meet the needs of the neighbourhood area.”

These cannot be made without public input and support: the external examiners can reject a plan if they feel that consultation has been inadequate. The Lambourn NDP is now at the stage of the process when engagement with parishioners is particularly important. Informal public update and feedback sessions are taking place in May, at which details of potential policies and design codes will be on display for comment. The remaining ones are as follows:

  • Upper Lambourn Jockey Club Estate offices: Wed 25 May (5pm to 7pm*);
  • Lambourn Memorial Hall: Fri 27 May (9am to 11am and 5pm to 7pm*)
  • Lambourn Memorial Hall: Sat 28 May (10am to noon*)

(Ones marked * will also have an opportunity for parishioners to talk to District Councillor Howard Woollaston.)

Eight policy areas have been identified, based on public consultations, the Residents’ Questionnaire and other surveys. Examples of policies under consideration include: ways to provide a balanced housing supply; promoting and maintaining public rights of way; encouraging infrastructure for electric cars; addressing allflooding issues; and providing support for businesses offering apprenticeships and other training schemes.

A Steering Group spokesperson told Penny Post that “we hope these displays will give everyone an opportunity to attend, gain an understanding of what is possible and contribute ideas, especially your views on what and where development could be suggested. Members of the Steering Group will be available to answer questions. We look forward to seeing you at one of the sessions.”

But what do they do?

Anyone who wants to know what a district councillor (also known as a ward member) does could do a lot worse than look at the monthly ward updates from Lambourn’s ward member Howard Woollaston. For nearly two years now he’s been providing us with monthly updates of the local issues in his in-box every month. These can be found in this post, with the most recent one at the top.

As even the briefest of glances will show, a few themes tend to dominate. Planning, speeding, water and sewage issues, the B4000 and the Membury Industrial Estate crop up most often and it would be hard to find a month when at that three of these weren’t mentioned. Other ward members would, if they did similarly detailed reports (I’m unaware that any do), probably have planning and speeding pretty high up their list and a lot of them would be writing about water and sewage quite a lot too.

A ward member can’t fix everything but, like your MP, they can direct residents to where they can get the answer or can ask questions of officers. If you have a problem which you think your ward member can help sort out, get in touch with them: it’s what you elected them for.

Community notices

Used foil, inkjet cartridge and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Priscilla’s Coffee Shop is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for tea, coffee and light lunches. They also sell organic bread and almond croissants from Aston’s Bakery in Inkpen and free-range Beechwood Eggs.

For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

Local events and activities

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

• Dates for the diary

Tue 24 May Vintage Afternoon Tea at Lambourn British Legion.

Fri 3 June Lambourn Jubliee Picnic at Lambourn Sports Club

Tue 7 June East Garston Film Night: Oscar award-winning ‘Parasite’

• Regular events

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square. For future events please click here.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

• Fun pottery classes with Elé van Schoor Ceramics in Great Shefford.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Tennis Table Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Lambourn Growers Facebook group hosts seed and plant swaps in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a retirement; planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; committee reports; the jubilee; bee protection; and streetlights. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council took place on 7 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; financial matters; an access gate at Spring meadows; the jubilee; repairs at the Recreation Ground; the flood alleviation scheme (no further news); and the proposed Lambourn Valley Trail cycle path from Lambourn to Great Shefford. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council took place on 3 March and the minutes can be downloaded here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council took place on 2 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.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford 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; Newbury area; Thatchamarea; Compton and DownlandsTheale area; Wantage area; Marlborough area; Swindon area.

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

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