The meeting of the parish council on Wednesday 27th May 2020 at 7.30pm will be a ‘virtual’ meeting online. It is still a meeting held in public and any member of the public wishing to ‘attend’ should email the clerk at email@example.com and ask to be sent the invitation link by email about 10 minutes before the start of the meeting. The agenda for the meeting is available on the parish council meetings page.
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0800 246 5591 is the chat line known as the Parish Pump. It opens on Monday 20th April for five hours per day, six days a week from noon to 4pm and in the evening from 7 – 8pm for anyone who fancies some conversation to help pass the time.
More volunteers willing to take calls would be welcome so that the opening hours could be extended either during the day or in the evening or just as back up cover for an existing slot. If you’d like to know more about becoming involved call the hotline on 07836 716723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the parish council met for the last face-to-face time on Friday it was decided to have weekly ‘virtual’ meetings on line on Mondays at 7.30pm. This is in recognition of the fact that we are in a very dynamic situation and the council wants to make sure that it is (as best it can) supporting with help to address the needs of the community as it deals with the challenges of staying at home, as directed by our Government.
The first virtual meeting was last Monday. House to house deliveries of a help leaflet having been completed, ideas for future support were discussed. Among these are help with people who need to get some cash but are unable to follow their usual route and help for people who just need someone to talk to by setting up an 0800 number which will patch through to a rota of volunteers willing to lend a listening ear.
In the meantime, the number of people volunteering to run errands or shop continues to grow and several requests for help have been successfully met.
The scheduled meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 25th March 2020 has been brought forward to this Friday 20th March at 7pm in the sports pavilion. The council will be considering what steps it can take in order to add a layer of protection to the more vulnerable members of our community during the Coronavirus pandemic. It also needs to make provision for the conduct of normal business if it is unable to keep to its schedule of meetings. An agenda will be posted here online and on the village notice board later today. A further news item will be released after the meeting.
A number of milestones have been passed or are imminent. Planning conditions relating to roof tiles, cladding and exterior lighting have been discharged. A new lease for the playing field from the Ashburnham Estate is due to be signed in January. Finally, a start on construction will be signed off by mid February. See more here
A section of the road C18 outside Thornden Farm, Red Barn, Ashburnham is due to be closed from 14th to 18th October for works by UK Power Networks. Diversions will be signed but are lengthy and are via Windmill Hill. At a guess would take 15-20 minutes. Read more to download the map download the map. Savvy locals will know that a far quicker deviation is via Farthing Lane. Early indications from UK Power Networks are that the road will be closed 24 x 7.
The Flower Show, Country Fair and Dog Show on 27th July raised a record amount. The weather forecast deterred many stall holders from attending but the forecast was correct and the rain cleared around mid-day. Attendance was probably similar to last year but there was more to spend your money on and you did just that – thank you!
Coming on the back of the catering the events team provided for the Vintage Motor Cycle Club annual show a fortnight earlier more than £5,000 has been raised for the new hall so far this year and bonfire night is still to come. Full details at New Hall Fundraising Events