UNICORN FOLK CLUB: The Unicorn Folk Club can be found in the upstairs function room at the Bradford Arms, Ivetsey Bank, Wheaton Aston, next to the A5, every Friday. Tomorrow Pro Tempore will be performing with a great mix of popular songs and styles featuring the fine voice of Marilyn from Folk at the Oak. For further details, please telephone Vicky Evans on 01785 841274 or visit the website www.unicornfolkclub.co.uk.
AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND LAUGHTER: On Saturday April 5, the parish action group will be presenting an evening of music and laughter in Wheaton Aston village hall, starring Miss Marie Lloyd. The doors will open at 7.45pm for an 8.00pm start. Tickets cost £5.00 and are available from Sue Whittingham, Sharon Whittingham, and Wheaton Aston post office.
WALKS BOOKLET: A booklet entitled ‘Walks and Rambles in our Parish’ has been produced detailing lots of different walks of varying lengths in the area, that could suit everyone. The walks are circular and start from either St Mary’s church or All Saints’ church. The booklets cost £5.00 and are available from both churches, Wheaton Aston post office, and committee members. All proceeds are to go to the Lapley Church Restoration Fund.
PARISH COUNCIL REPORT: There were no questions raised by members of the public at the start of the full parish council meeting for March.
The parish council manager gave a report. She had been dealing with a family bereavement so had taken time off for this so therefore the report was very similar to the previous month. Research concerning ownership of land at Stretton was continuing; a meeting was to take place with Tedstone Solicitors regarding the registration of two plots of land owned by the parish council; the meeting with the village agent and the chairperson of Our Village Our Plan to discuss progress, would be rescheduled; a parish council facebook page was being used to promote the parish council work and raise awareness of local issues; a list of dates for work priorities, future meetings and News & Views deadlines, was distributed. Sam Gould, a parish councillor for Stretton, had resigned from the Best Kept Village working group, so Ted Noblett along with Doreen Wildman, offered to take over the work she had covered previously in Stretton.
PC Peter Clarke attended the meeting to introduce himself to those present and to give a report on current events in the area. He outlined his background in the police force and said that he would be covering the area along with Brewood and Coven. There had been two burglaries, one in Ashleigh Crescent where property including cash, jewellery, and medals, had been stolen, and one in Marston Road where an untidy search had occurred but nothing had been taken. Both properties had been accessed through a downstairs window. There had been five incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area and four local youths had been identified and spoken to about the incidents. He had also provided a crime summary covering Wheaton Aston, Brewood and Coven. PC Clarke was told that the three top priorities for the area were anti-social behaviour, speeding, and dog fowling.
Mark Sutton from the county council, said that a review of the libraries was taking place, a consultation concerning the provision of youth services had occurred and that the local members’ fund was now open for grant applications again.
Roy Wright gave a report from the district council. He said that the budget had been approved; the district council was working jointly with other councils where possible to save money; the council tax bills would be sent out soon and the rate would be the same as last year; a public consultation concerning the housing allocations was to be held in the village hall on March 27 from 2.00pm – 7.00pm.
A revised planning application for an extension at 1 Caspian Way had been received for which no objections were raised but a condition would be attached that the contractors’ vehicles should be parked away from the site in order to prevent traffic congestion. It was agreed that in future, all planning applications and housing issues would be discussed at 7.00pm and any members of the public who wished, could come to listen to the discussions, before the start of the full parish council meeting which would begin at 7.30pm.
The neighbourhood highways team are due to visit the area from March 18 – 25 and a list of work items has been sent to them.
Reports from other meetings were given. The village hall management committee had decided to replace the main hall chairs as some had been found to be faulty; the next area to be refurbished was the stage and the back room so quotes were being sought and then grant money would be applied for; the lighting in the small committee room needed to be changed; the storage of the tables was to be considered in order to improve and simplify the current situation. The sports and social club had got bookings in the spring; the accountant had completed the audit work up to February 2012 and was now working on the period up to February 2013. The First Responders were losing a responder who was moving on to be a paramedic. The parish action group was fund raising for the memorial; a charity old time music evening was to be held on Saturday April 5; a carnival meeting was to take place on March 11 in the village hall.
A letter and photographs of damaged grass verges in the area had been received from a local resident. It was pointed out that the parish council was aware of all the damaged areas and had been trying to address the problems for many months, in particular the roadside along Leeke Way which could only be improved by widening the road but so far the county council had not agreed to do the work necessary.
The next full parish council meeting will take place on Thursday April 3, starting at 7.30pm in the village hall. A short meeting to discuss planning and housing matters will start at 7.00pm beforehand.
ZION CHAPEL: On Sunday, the Annual Church meeting will take place at 5.00pm followed by the evening service at 6.15pm when the preacher will be our Pastor Colin Haywood. A warm welcome to you all.
SERVICES: On Sunday 9.00am Holy Communion All Saints’; 10.30am Holy Communion St Mary’s. On Tuesday, the internet cafe drop-in session runs from 10.00am – 12.00 noon in St Mary’s church. On Wednesday, there is a prayer meeting from 8.00am – 8.30am in St Mary’s; at 9.00am, there will be a bible study session in St Mary’s; the weekly drop-in takes place in St Mary’s church from 10.30am – 12.00 noon (and internet facilities will also be available); the J Team will meet at St Mary’s First School at 3.15pm.
BEETLE DRIVE: There will be a beetle drive held on Friday, starting at 7.30pm prompt, in the village hall. Tickets cost £3.50 for adults and £1.50 for children and this includes tea, coffee or squash and a piece of cake, and are available on the door on the night. All proceeds are to go to the Blymhill and Weston church funds.