LOCAL EVENTS IN MILCOMBE
SOCIAL & FETE COMMITTEE
On September 18th, we had a very successful medium evening in the village hall with a full house! Mark Wilson gave some excellent messages to people and there was a great atmosphere with people enjoying beverages and buying raffle tickets. It was so lovely to see the community come together yet again for such an enjoyable event.
We raised £256 in profit which will be going towards maintenance and other expenses that the village hall need to pay for. The event sold out and proved very popular so we have decided that we will be putting on a similar event in the New Year.
Keep a look out on the ‘Milcombe Community’ fb page, Milcombe website and newsletter for the date.
MOVIE & HOT DOG NIGHT
On November 17th we are having another Movie and hot dog night. Tickets can be bought in advance which will be cheaper. Please see the poster for more details.
We have lots of exciting plans in place and are also looking at ways to fundraise and obtain grants for improvements to the village park.
If you have any ideas that you would like to contribute, please get in touch if you want to join us in planning social events and 2018 Village Fete please contact us. email@example.com
We want the community to get involved with Milcombe Fete so we will continue to run events in the village. If you would like to help with organising the fete next year please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also advertise through the village website and various others sources.
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.
Caroline Willoughby, Natalie Brady & Sacha Cowley
If you would like to help with organising the fete next year please email email@example.comMilcombe Community Facebook page
The link to Milcombe community Facebook page
Please like and share our fb page ‘Milcombe Community’ which has details of other events in the future. Feel free to use this page as your local community hotspot to ask questions, advertise your own business or general comments.
NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS
MONTHLY COFFEE MORNINGS
Next one is on 3rd NOVEMBER
at 10.30am to 12.00pm
The coffee mornings which have been running on the first Friday of each month have proven successful with a great turn out! It is nice for the village members to get together. There are activities for the little ones to keep them entertained. A big Thank you to Lesley Willoughby and Christine for baking some delicious cakes!
If you have your own business and would like to showcase your products please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
The next one is 7th November so please show your support. Everyone is welcome
Councillor Peter Booth reported that that quotes had been obtained for a new zip wire as well as information on grant funding for the project.
However during the discussion with members of the public, it was felt that quotes should be obtained for new equipment for the whole of the play area, rather than just a new zip wire.
The residents concerned would get in touch with the Clerk to progress this further.
Therefore, it was agreed not to progress the zip wire at the current time.
It was noted that the Parish Council did not have the funds for such a large project and other sources of income would have to be investigated, if the project progressed further.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
THE LINK TO MILCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL FACEBOOK PAGE
Every one is very welcome.
Circuit training fitness classes
Thursday evenings, 7pm at Milcombe village hall
Only £5.00 per person
A class thats suitable for any age or fitness level.
For futher details please contact – email@example.com
Pilates in the Milcombe village hall on a Thursday morning.
Gisela Payne is running the Pilates sessions for any gender or age.
Unfortunately there is no room at the moment, but Gisela has a waiting list if you are interested.
Please contact her on her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or her mobile 07762230043
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
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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 ONE PARISH COUNCILLORS
There are currently one 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
Please come along and meet your Parish Councillors!
Future meetings, all starting at 8.00pm at the Village Hall, Milcombe were as follows:
7 November 2017 – 9th January 2018
All welcome to attend!
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. 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 which 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 refurbishment works to the Dovecote had now been completed. The boundary wall was nearing completion, however the main contractor delivering the project had difficulties with the specialist contractor carrying out the works to boundary wall. The main contractor was currently engaging an alternative contractor to complete the work which would resume shortly.
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
Discover Volunteering Drop-In Days at Upton House
Interested in volunteering with the National Trust? Upton House is holding Discover Volunteering Drop-In Days where you can find out how you can get involved and how rewarding it is to help out!
Chat to current volunteers to find out more about what volunteering is really like, and visit different areas of the property to discover more about the wide range of roles you could be involved with. Volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and chat through all the different forms volunteering can take at Upton. You’ll then be able to set the wheels in motion by applying for any roles that take your interest.
It’s a very exciting time to join the Upton team following the launch of our new project ‘A Made to Measure Home’ in March! Upton has over 300 volunteers and we asked what advice they would give to people considering volunteering:
For Anne-Marie who volunteers as a Catering Host and a House Host, it comes highly recommended: “For anyone thinking of volunteering at Upton I would say – give it a go, you won’t regret it, you’ll meet new people, make new friends and feel appreciated”.
All sorts of roles are available, from helping out in the garden to being a room guide or running our new tearoom. However, if you were after something more specific, come and have a chat with us anyway and we’ll do our best to try and accommodate you.
In 1927 Lord and Lady Bearsted viewed Upton House with ‘the eye of imagination’ and soon set about creating their made-to-measure country home. This year you are invited to a very special house viewing. Purchased in 1927 by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted, Upton had great potential, but needed modernisation. You can follow the renovations and witness the ‘before’ and ‘after’, as the Bearsteds fashioned a made-to-measure family home, fit to showcase a world-class art collection, including works by Bosch, Stubbs, El Greco, as well as fine porcelain. Every ideal home needs a spectacular garden, and Lady Bearsted certainly created one. Her passion for plants bloomed, with early spring bulbs, lavish herbaceous planting and thriving kitchen garden, all reflecting in the Mirror Pool.
November to March: gardens open by winter walk only. 11 February to 29 October: themed tours 11-1pm, timed tickets available on arrival. House timed tickets operate daily. Gardens open at 11am, House at 1pm, closing at 5pm.
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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
Or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/upton-house