This is a celebration of hay making on one of England’s finest series of hay meadows with activities for all the family. Come and enjoy displays, rural crafts, guided walks, and children’s activities. Refreshments will be available. Local M.P., Jeremy Lefroy, is making a visit during the afternoon. Natural England purchased this field from the Weate family in recent years, to add to those already owned at Mottey Meadows and the festival site will be here. Parking will be available at St Mary’s school and transport to the festival site which is down at the end of Broadholes Lane will be provided from the school via tractor rides. Entry is free. For further details, please contact Mel Brown on 01952 812111.
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 is singers’ night. This is an open mic night where everyone is welcome to come and join in. To guarantee a slot, please telephone Vicky on 01952 810355. For further details, please telephone Vicky Evans on 01785 841274 or visit the website www.unicornfolkclub.co.uk.
PIGEON RACING RESULTS: The starting point for the eighth race of the season for the Bell Flying Club, was from East Prawle, where fifty three racing pigeons were released at 1.30pm into a light south-westerly wind. The first four birds home were to John Whittingham’s loft, with the first bird arriving after taking only 3 hours and 46 seconds to fly just over 183 miles. Results (in yards per minute) for the first 6 places: John Whittingham 1788.73, 1782.32, 1771.25, 1770.28; J. Edwards 1765.57, 1764.90.
AN EVENING OF SONGS: On Friday, there will be an evening of songs in St Mary’s church, starting at 7.30pm, where Kathryn Sharratt will once again be singing. Tickets are available from Dave and Barbara Sharratt on 01785 840725 and cost £10 which includes a glass of wine or fruit juice, and a finger buffet. All proceeds are to be divided between cancer research and general church funds.
CHURCH FETE: The annual church fete held recently at St Mary’s school, raised £1662, in spite of the inclement weather. All proceeds are to go to church funds.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: At the recent parish council meeting, during the public participation session, a resident told all those present of the problems caused by the changes and reductions to the bus services, especially for those living in Lapley. She said the connect bus was regularly already booked up when she rang to book a place, the early bus was full of school children, and on reaching her destination how she could be waiting for a return bus for up to 2 hours as the buses came every 3 hours. Mark Sutton from the County Council, said he would look at the problems to see if anything could be done but he could not promise to improve the situation.
There had been one application from Alan Richardson for the vacancy of a parish councillor in the Wheaton Aston ward. Mr Richardson attended the meeting to answer any questions from the members present. It was agreed by all to co-opt Mr Richardson onto the parish council so he joined in with the meeting.
The parish council manager gave a report. She had been having problems with the office photocopier for some time and so had been obtaining quotes for a new one that would have improved features and also network to the computer so it could be used as a printer; she had got the paperwork ready for transferring the bank account to Unity Trust as agreed previously; she was attending training to deal with the new responsibilities with regard to staff pensions; she gave lists of deadlines for future issues of News and Views, future dates for meetings and her work priorities.
No-one from the police had been available to attend the meeting but a report had sent in; a dwelling in Stretton had been broken into but nothing had been taken; a front number plate had been stolen from a car in High Street; warning letters had been sent to some youths in Wheaton Aston who had been revving engines and beeping horns; a new PCSO, Mark Griffiths, had been allocated to our area and he hoped to visit the area soon and leave some business cards with his contact details on.
Roy Wright gave a report on district council issues; he said that the local plans had been approved by the government; work had started on the Swindon marina which would eventually accommodate 170 boats; all the suggestions for the housing allocations had now been received so the district council would now consider setting up further consultations. The end of year financial statements were considered and approved so these could now be submitted for audit.
A renewal of an application for outline planning permission for a new dwelling at 25 Springfield Drive had been received and no objections were raised. The application for retention of polytunnels at Lapley Wood Farm had been approved by the district planners. A request had been received for an official numbering and naming scheme for the new 8 dwellings at Ivetsey Road, so after considering several suggestions, the name of Honey Grove was chosen, as a previous occupant of the land, Mr Preece, had kept bee hives there.
Mark Keeling from the county highways division is coming to visit on June 18 so the parish council manager was going to show him areas of concern so that these could possibly be put right in the future. On the Marston Road playing field, further vandalism had taken place; tree branches had been broken off, bark stripped off, and some fires had been lit - these had all been reported to the police; a sign saying ‘No Dogs’ is to be put up; it was agreed to have an annual contract set up to deal with the moles; Roy Wright would check with planning as to whether we could use waste clay from the housing development towards the BMX track; the problem with the loose gate post and improvements to the entrance are being looked at.
Some maintenance work had been done on the Broadholes Lane play garden; holes with be forked into the puddling clay to allow the water that has collected to drain away after which the area will reopen to everyone. The issue of Birchenshaw Lane was considered. The parish council wish to clear the land, register it as an official path, and apply for ownership of the land so the parish council manager has been working towards these objectives. It was agreed that neighbouring properties be written to, to give 28 days’ notice to provide of ownership, to give notice of intention to clear the land unless ownership is provided within 28 days, and then clear the land.
Reports from meetings at which a parish council representative was present, were given. For the sports and social - the accounts from one of the years outstanding had been completed; Mark Sutton had given £750 from his local initiative scheme for bowls equipment; the ground was very wet at present. For the Old People’s Welfare – the AGM and a committee meeting had taken place; at the AGM, a summary of events during the past year was given and everyone thanked for all their hard work and efforts; £664.28 had been spent during the year resulting in a loss of £101.36 but there was still £2503.67 in the bank; the cost of meals provided at the day centre on Mondays had risen by 50p due to rising costs; the leisure club had submitted a report giving a summary of the outings and the financial position which showed a healthy position; at the committee meeting, it was reported that a coffee morning was to take place again at Joy Machin’s house, The Blades, Pinfold Lane, on Thursday July 31; the recent trip to Webb’s of Wychbold had been very successful and enjoyed by those who went; an autumn event is planned to take place during November, which will probably be a meal in the village hall; the visits by the German student who recently came and helped with the Monday meals had been very successful and he is to visit again next year. The village hall management committee had received £750 from Mark Sutton from his local initiative scheme towards refurbishment of the stage area, for which he was thanked.
It was reported that the hay festival run by the Friends of Mottey Meadows in association with Natural England, was due to take place on Saturday June 21 at Weate’s meadow, and transport would be provided from St Mary’s school via a tractor and trailer. The next parish council meeting is due to take on Thursday July 3 in Wheaton Aston village hall, starting at 7.30pm.
WESTON PARK: To celebrate 50 years of opening to visitors, on Tuesday, admission will be just 50p for admission to the house, park, and gardens. Gates open at 10.30am – 6.00pm with the last admission at 4.30pm. The house is open from 1.00pm – 5.00pm with the last admission at 4.30pm. For further information, please telephone 01952 852100.
ZION CHAPEL: On Sunday, there will be a service stating at 6.15 pm. A warm welcome to 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; 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.
QUIET GARDEN DAY: There will be a Quiet Garden Day held on Friday at Gatherwynd, Blymhill Common, which is at the home of Pam and David Pritchard. This will run from 10.30am – 3.30pm which offers space for prayer, silence, reflection, and the appreciation of the beauty of nature in a lovely garden. For more information or to book (as numbers are limited), please telephone Pam Pritchard on 01952 691253 or Hilary Bates on 01785 840728 or take a leaflet from the back of the churches.
ST LEONARDS FIRST SCHOOL: Sports day is being held tomorrow from 1.15pm onwards. The PTFA will be serving strawberries and cream.
OPEN GARDENS: Seven gardens in Bradley and one in Shredicote will be open to the public from 12 noon to 5pm across the weekend of Saturday and Sunday June 28 and 29. Priory Farm will also be open from 11am to 5pm. There will be refreshments and plant sales in the village hall and barbecue food at the farm. Entrance to all gardens is by programme costing £3 per day, accompanied children are free. No dogs allowed. The event will close on Sunday at 5.30pm with an open air service by the lake at the farm, or in the barn if wet weather.
MOBILE LIBRARY: The library van will be in the area on Wednesday starting at Leese Lane from 10am to 10.35am, then on to Bednall village centre at 10.45am, Little Acorns Day Nursery at 11.10am, The Vaughan Arms at Lapley from 1.25pm and Church Close in Dunston from 2.30pm to 4pm.
ALL SAINTS' CHURCH: Howard Jefferies is hosting a church fundraising event at his home on Thursday June 26 from 11.30am onwards. After morning coffee Mike Taylor will be giving a talk and a ploughman’s lunch will be served afterwards. Tickets cost £7.50 available from Pom on 01785 712575 or Val on 01785 712540. All proceeds to the church.
ST MARY’S RC CHURCH: Margaret Parlane is holding a garden party at home on Saturday June 28, from 2pm to 5pm to raise funds for the Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust, the charity which funds pilgrimages for children with special needs to Lourdes in France. There is no admission fee but donations are welcome.
PARISH COUNCIL: Members of the council are meeting next Thursday at 7.30pm in the Council Chambers at 35 Stafford Street. Parishioners are welcome to attend and there will be a short public session to discuss any issues they may have.
ST MARY & ST CHAD’S CHURCH: The recent collection by Shirley Snow of coins and notes from all over the world has been sent to the dealers and a cheque for £153.20 received back to add to church funds. Anyone who has any old coins, British or foreign, to donate can telephone Shirley on 01902 851533.
FIRST RESPONDERS: A recent evening with Doug Parker and Steve Ashcroft raised over £1500 for the Brewood and District Community First Responders. Included were a tombola and a bottle of change donated by Mr & Mrs Powell which totalled £115.83. The closest guess to this amount was by Ralph Richardson.
LIBRARY: A craft work shop when participants will learn how to make personalised gift bags and material broaches is being offered by South Staffs College tomorrow from 2pm to 4pm. Free session, telephone the enrolment team on 01827 304433 to book or further details.