LOCAL EVENTS IN MILCOMBE
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
TEDDY BEARS PICNIC
Milcombe social and fete committee invite you to our teddy bears picnic.
Monday 8th May starts at 12pm
At Milcombe Park – By the Dovecote
Bring a lunch and your favourite teddy to have a teddyrific time!
Please click on the link – Teddy Bears Picnic
The Milcombe Summer Village Fete
Saturday 26th August 2017.
We have some very exciting news … We are having a fete this year.
There will be a meeting for anyone in the village who will be willing to volunteer for help before or help on the day.
“We want the community to get involved so that this can be a success and we can continue to run events similar to this making it an enjoyable experience for all. I know there are many families that are not yet added to this group so please add if possible. We will also advertise through the village website and various others sources. If you can help and would like to help just pop me a message and I will put your name down. (as some people are not on the internet), which are already in place! Thank you!!”
To keep in touch and watch for announcements in FACEBOOK – name MILCOMBE COMMUNITY, the Milcombe Website and the Newsletter.
Remember that all this effort is to ensure that village facilities, such as the Church and Village Hall, are here for future generations so any help we can all give will be appreciated by the new committee.
We want the community to get involved so that this can be a success and we can continue to run events similar to this, making it an enjoyable experience for all. I know there are many families that are not yet added to this group, so please add your name as soon as possible.
OXFORDSHIRE ARTWEEKS 2017
Sarah B Smith
I will be in my studio during this years’ Oxfordshire Artweeks Open Studio
Open from Saturday 13th – 14th May – 11.00am to 5.00pm
Tuesday 16th to Sunday 21st May from 11.00 am to 5.00pm
Please look on the Oxfordshire Artweeks website: https://www.artweeks.org/festivale
or go to my website www.sarahbsmith.com
TABLE TOP SALE
SATURDAY 20th MAY 2017
From 10.00 -12.00 am MILCOMBE VILLAGE HALL.
Have a clear out and get rid of your clutter that you don’t need anymore.
£5.00 per table
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A TABLE TO SELL YOUR UNWANTED ITEMS
Caroline Willoughby, Nathalie Brady or Sacha Cowley
Any money raised will go towards the Milcombe Summer Fete.
Protect the birds of Milcombe
Many of us have been feeding our feathery friends throughout the winter. Now is the time for nest making and soon bringing up the
young. It is vital we keep the garden visitors safe from disease so please spend a minute or two and give your feeders a good wash it hot soapy water. Take them fully apart so no bugs or fungus can hide.
PROTECT THE SERVICES AT THE HORTON GENERAL HOSPITAL
As part of our fight to protect services at the Horton General Hospital, I have launched the campaign, #Banbury2JR.
The campaign will encourage people in and around Banbury to fill out a form (attached) about journey times to the JR in Oxford, and post their travel times on social media using the hashtag #Banbury2JR. My office will then collate the information and pass it onto the Oxford University Hospitals Trust and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
With a consultation on health care expected to begin this month, information on journey times will be vital to establish the true effect of any changes to the Horton.
It is hoped that the form will be published in the Banbury Guardian, but I would be most grateful if you could also share this campaign with local people.
Best wishes Victoria
Victoria Prentis MP
Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire
Heyford Park House, Upper Heyford, Bicester, OX25 5HD | 01869 233 685
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA | 020 7219 8756
www.facebook.com/ victoriaprentis | Twitter: @VictoriaPrentis
Safe and Well visits from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue
Did you know that Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service offer free Safe and Well Visits? Our firefighters will visit you at home to see what they can do to help you reduce the risk of fire. What does a visit cover? It combines a Home Safety Check to help reduce the risk of fire in your home, such as checking and fitting smoke alarms and helping you make a fire escape plan.
During the visit firefighters are able to provide advice and support to reduce any immediate risk from falls, fire, flood or power cuts. They can also provide advice on health and crime prevention too.
You can request a visit online at www.365alive. co.uk/safewell or call our Community Safety Helpline on 08000 325 999.
If a loved one or friend would benefit from a visit please let them know about our Safe and Well visits. Do you have a fire safety concern or question? There’s lots of great tips and advice to help keep you and your family safer at home on www.365alive.
co.uk. Or you can call our Community Safety Helpline on 08000 325 999
NEW YOGA CLASS IN MILCOMBE
A new class to enjoy the experience of yoga.
To keep the costs down we are going to start the class at
Farnell Fields Paradise Lane, Milcombe, Banbury, Oxon OX15 4RF
Contact JANE HAZEL 01295 722957 or 07763775493
Cost £12 or £50 for the block sessions
Arrival time from 7.00pm class starts prompt
Please bring water, yoga mat, ware lose clothes.
Once we have more than 8 hardcore yoga fans, we will move to the village hall. Hope this explains our plans. Please feel free to contact me again should you need more information.
Regards Jane Hazel
VACANCIES FOR TWO PARISH COUNCILLORS
There are currently two vacancies for Councillors on Milcombe Parish Council.
The Parish Council has seven seats and there currently are five Councillors who make up the Council.
Being a Parish Councillor in Milcombe gives you a real opportunity to make a difference to the community and it gives you a chance to help make Milcombe an even better place to live.
If you wish to become a Councillor, you do not need any previous experience, you just need enthusiasm to make a difference in the community, be able work as part of a team and be willing to give up seven evenings per year to attend the Parish Council meetings.
In-between Parish Council meetings, the Clerk to the Parish Council keeps Councillors up to date with information on matters affecting the village and occasionally Councillors are asked to complete tasks to assist the Clerk with the efficient running of the Council.
Councillors can commit as much time or as little time as they are able and anyone living in the village, over the age of 18 years old is very welcome to apply.
If you would like to attend a Parish Council meeting before committing to the role, the next meeting is being held on Tuesday 9 May 2017 at 8pm at the Village Hall, Milcombe. The Parish Council would welcome any residents who wished to attend the meeting to get a feel for how the Parish Council works before making an application.
To find out more about joining Milcombe Parish Council, please call the Clerk to the Parish Council, Theresa Goss, on 01295 710965 or email HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org Or, to apply to be co-opted to the vacancy, just write a brief summary about you and your skills and why you would like to be a Parish Councillor and send it to Theresa at 3 Tanners Close, Middleton Cheney, OX17 2GD or email to HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, the Milcombe Annual Parish Meeting is being held on Tuesday 2 May 2017 at 8pm at the Village Hall and all residents are invited to attend to hear what the Parish Council has been doing for the village in the past 12 month.
Please come along and meet your Parish Councillors!
Future meetings, all starting at 8.00pm at the Village Hall, Milcombe were as follows:
• 9 May 2017 • 4 July 2017 • 5 September 2017 • 7 November 2017
All welcome to attend!
Cherwell District Council
Residents have the opportunity to let Cherwell District Council know what they think of its services by completing the annual satisfaction survey this spring.
From early May, residents and businesses will have six weeks to complete a short questionnaire allowing them to give feedback on the council’s services, whether it provides value for money and the quality of its day-to-day operations.
The information provided will be used to help the council prioritise its budgets and service provision for future years and make improvements in areas where people have reported concerns.
Cllr Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “We want to hear from the people we are working to serve how they feel about the services we offer. This is their chance to tell us what works well, what could be improved and what they think of Cherwell overall.
“At Cherwell we work hard all year round to deliver what we think are the most important services for the best value for money but we don’t profess to always getting it right and if there are improvements that can be made, we want to hear about them. Equally, we want to know what people are happy with so we can ensure those teams get the feedback they deserve and we can learn from their best practice.”
This year, the survey has been shortened to encourage more people to take part. The survey will be available to complete online and hard copies will be available in Cherwell’s offices, Link Points and in local libraries.
A number of hard copies will also be distributed to selected addresses across the district with a pre-paid envelope for people to return their completed survey.
Cllr Wood said: “This is the chance for people to really feedback their views; if people don’t tell us what they think then we may not be aware to address any issues. We would encourage as many people as possible to have their say to ensure the service they receive is the best we can possibly provide.”
As last year, the survey will once again be conducted by an external market research organisation, Marketing Means, to ensure all information returned remains entirely confidential.
The survey will be available to complete online from the beginning of May. You can access it by logging on to Cherwell District Council’s website or clicking on www.marketingmeans.co.uk/ cherwell2017.
Alternatively those who would prefer a hard copy can request one by calling 01295 227001.
Bloxham Primary School
As you may know we recently had our OFSTED inspection which describes us as a Good school. In March were also inspected as part of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) that graded our school as outstanding.
These are some of the comments from the reports:
• Bloxham is an inclusive school … which ensures rapid progress in learning by all pupils.
• Warm, open and supportive culture that enables staff and pupils to develop confidence and succeed in their work.
• The distinctive Christian values are actively encouraged by inspirational leadership from the head teacher and senior leaders, resulting in very high standards of behaviour and high quality relationships across the school.
• The school’s relationship with parents, St. Mary’s Church and the community are outstanding.
• High expectations of staff and pupils and you (headteacher) demonstrate a clear commitment to further improving the quality of provision.
These inspections follow on from our excellent results in 2016 (and previous years) showing that we are consistently in the top 10% of schools in the country.
You may also know that we have recently been awarded the prestigious Artsmark Gold Award in recognition of the outstanding work in art and culture. We are extremely lucky to have both specialist music and sports teachers at our school, who support our success in these areas.
However you may not know that we have spaces in many year groups, so if you live in or close to Bloxham, or are planning on doing so, please do contact us for further information. It would be my pleasure to show you our school. Please see www.bloxhamprimary.co.uk for further details.
Ballroom & Latin for Beginners
Jubilee Park Hall, Bloxham
Bloxham Bowls Club
Bloxham Bowls Club is starting its new and 60th anniversary season in May. The anniversary is being celebrated with some special fixtures including a mixed Bowls England match andone against our oldest opponent, Adderbury Bowls Club. Other events, both social and playing, are also being arranged. Throughout the season – May to September – the Club will be competing in the Oxfordshire Mens League and the West Oxfordshire Mixed Triple League as well as many friendlies with local sides. Members are reminded that the club joining night is Friday 21st April. Anyone who is interested in joining can come along that night or to the club on any Monday night when club evenings are held for members to come along and practice or just meet up outside of matches.
For further information take a look at the clubs web site, bloxhambowls.org.uk or contact The Secretary, Rod Ostler, 01295 720531.
Please keep our village clean and pick up your dogs poo as there is no dog poo fairy.
Bag that poo and put it in a bin please.
BLOXHAM ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
I’m writing on behalf of the Bloxham branch of the Bristish Legion. Our branch covers the surrounding villages and this year we’re trying to spread our wings and help people in the villages and make sure they know we exist ! We have regular meetings in Bloxham, South Newington and Milcombe and would like to advertise these and other events we do , both to raise maoney and to help people who need the RBL.
Western Power Distribution
The new, free, three digit 105 telephone number to call in a power cut has now gone live!
Many thanks to many of you for indicating your support of the 105 service. We hope that this service, which is a free, easy to remember number to call in a power cut, will be of great use to the public.
Michael Clarke Corporate Communications Officer
Corporate Communications Team (Midlands)
Western Power Distribution
Herald Way, Pegasus Business Park, Castle Donington, Derbyshire, DE74 2TU
488 BUS SERVICE FOR MILCOMBE
This is expected to remain unchanged – at least for the present.
THE DOVECOTE RENOVATIONS
Planning application (16/00935/LB) – CDC has withdrawn its planning application to renovate the Dovecote whilst in consultation with Historic England as the Dovecote is both a Listed Building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument w hich apparently is quite an unusual circumstance. The criteria for Scheduled Ancient Monument consent is stricter than that of LB consent. It is understood that the works to ‘repair’ the wall do not need LB consent subject to the contractors being in discussion with the Conservation officer. The Parish Council has therefore requested that repairs to the perimeter wall be carried out as soon as possible on the grounds of Health & Safety
Planning application 16/00935/LB issued by Cherwell District Council Conservation works to walls and roof of Dovecote. Works to include repointing sections of the external walls in lime mortar; repairs to lime render to dormer window cheeks; replace isolated missing/slipped stone roof slates; repairs to lime mortar hip ridges; refixing of timber lintel details to joist ends; repairs to timber latticework to dormer windows; replace pigeon netting to roof top lantern light. The works also include the erection of a scaffold tower internally to allow a close inspection of the roof timbers. Repairs to the perimeter wall to the open land are also included in the project; clearing vegetation, replacing missing stones. The Parish Council has not been given any indication as to when these works are likely to proceed.
MILCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL FACEBOOK PAGE.
Facebook has very unhelpfully blocked the MPC account, so I have had to set up another MPC page from my own personal FB account.
Therefore, if you are on FB, could you search for the new page please and ‘like’ it and then let anyone else know who might be interested. The new page is called the same as the old account ‘Milcombe Parish Council’.
Thanks, Theresa Goss.
Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to Milcombe Parish Council
Follow Milcombe Parish Council on Facebook
GRASS CUTTING OF HIGHWAY VERGES IN RURAL AREAS
Some years ago MPC took over the responsibility from OCC of cutting the grass verges within the 30mph signs in the village. A grant was provided by OCC to cover two cuts during the summer. This has since been cut by 50% for the current season and may well cease altogether in the future. Grass cutting is one of the biggest outlays which the PC pays from its Precept and additional cuts are being made during the summer months.
OCC has decided that there will probably be only one cut per season on the grass verges outside of the parishes due to lack of funds. To this end, the PC is looking into arranging cutting back the most hazardous areas, such as the bends on the Bloxham road where the reflective posts are now completely covered by the long grass.
Please cut back any branches or hedges growing on property which may be overhanging or encroaching on public footpaths.
COMMUNITY First OXFORDSHIRE
Helping communities help themselves
Please note that Cabinet have decided to withdraw all bus subsidies and the funds to the Dial a Ride. If your community feels strongly about this, then we suggest you contact your County Councillor – there may be scope to influence the decision before the final February budget is agreed.
Please see the link to their website http://mycouncil.oxfordshire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=115&MId=4344
Emily Lewis-Edwards Senior Business Manager email@example.com
Please Note My Normal Office Hours: 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday.
The email address for contributions will be MNL2015@outlook.com
The Newsletter is available at the Church; Village Hall; Horse and Groom and Village Shop.
Should any resident still wish to receive a delivered copy. Please call 01295 721158.
David Charles Contact: MNL2015@outlook.com
MILCOMBE WOMEN’S GROUP
NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME
For details of further meetings please contact Hazel Davis 01295 722936
To a hedgehog, a pile of Autumn leaves and bits of wood is a nice home – this can be fatal if it is a bonfire. Hedgehogs love running through Autumn leaves – they love the rustling sound. This is why sometimes hedgehogs try to make nests out of plastic bags and crisp packets (and suffocate).
During October, as temperatures fall at night, hedgehogs will start to think about hibernating. If they are below 600-650g, then they probably won’t survive hibernation as they won’t have enough fat stored. In the early part of October, it is a good idea to check if any of your hedgehog visitors are small, and to make sure food (such as kitten biscuits) and water is available. When the cold weather comes and especially when night time temperatures start to fall below 5 or 6 degrees Celsius, then any SMALL hedgehogs you have visiting AT NIGHT need to be brought inside and immediately taken to a rescue (contact Lis at Huxley Hogspital 07870 516587). If in doubt, call a rescue – but catch hedgehog first before calling a rescue. Bring into the warm and place in a high-sided box with something to snuggle under, water to drink (NEVER milk) and a hot water bottle if possible. Contact Lis quickly – hedgehogs can deteriorate rapidly once brought into captivity.
A hedgehog out in the day at any time of year is usually in trouble and needs help. Hedgehogs out in broad daylight are susceptible to fly strike.
You can help hedgehogs too by submitting any sightings of them (and other wildlife) to Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (www.tverc.org) and The Oxfordshire Mammals Group (www.oxonmammals.org).
Listen out for hedgehogs huffing in the night and remember a hedgehog out in broad daylight needs your help immediately – call Lis or British Hedgehog Preservation Society 01584 890801. Thank you!
Please take the hedgehog to the vet or call Lis at Huxley Hogspital on 07870516587.
Please look at British Hedgehog Preservation Society webpage for further information.
Helen Cregan on behalf of Lis Penhearow of Huxley Hogspital
COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS
The Parish Council would like to seek volunteers who would be interested to be St John’s Ambulance trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives.
Volunteers can arrive at an emergency scene in a matter of minutes, as they are sent to calls in their local area. Having someone in the community who has been trained in first aid and can reach the patient quickly makes all the difference. Volunteers operate as part of a rota system from their own home. They are dispatched at the same time as the ambulance via ambulance control to attend Category A “immediately life threatening” calls. These calls can include: cardiac arrest, diabetic emergency, unconscious patient, breathing difficulties, seizures. If you are 18 years old or over and are interested in volunteering your time please contact—Theresa Goss to firstname.lastname@example.org
MILCOMBE NEWS—BANBURY GUARDIAN COUNTRY COLUMN
Hazel Davis is regularly writing the Milcombe Column in the Banbury Guardian (Guardian Country section) each week or most weeks. If you want to advertise anything happening within Milcombe, just send to her at – email@example.com (Email Address on Contact List). Send to Hazel by Friday morning for the following Thursdays’ issue. If you miss the deadline for the Dove or your news arrives after The Dove has gone out, then it can be included in the column instead.
Hazel will look forward to receiving your news
Faulty Street Lights – Please report on freephone 0800 317802 giving exact destination and pole number if possible.
UPTON HOUSE & GARDENS
For information about your visit and our opening hours please visit our
website on https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/upton-house-and-gardens
Upton House and Gardens, Banbury, OX15 6HT
Tel: 01295 671 122
Follow us @UptonHouseNT
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