For the second time the Parish Council meeting, to be held on 29th July 2020, will be an online meeting using Zoom. Members of the public who wish to listen in or speak should email the clerk so that they receive the email invitation link before the meeting. The agenda is at Council Meetings
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The wicket is being prepared, the outfield is being vigorously mowed and all is set for an Ashburnham Cricket Club match on Sunday 19th July. Teams will come ready dressed in their kit and will not use the changing rooms. Tea will be taken outside. All very unfamiliar but at least it’s a step back to normality. Saturday cricket is also likely to be a regular for the remainder of the season as many local teams do not have their own grounds and are anxious to tackle a backlog of matches.
The AGM should have been held in May but rather than a virtual ‘Zoom’ meeting the committee have waited until it is possible to have a face to face meeting (with suitable social distancing). The AGM is a meeting in public and all are welcome as there is plenty of space in the village hall for everyone to have space around them.
Both venues are back in business in July with the Art Club back at the pavilion and an indoor boot fair at the village hall on Saturday 18th July. Both venues are following similar regimes in terms of extra cleaning routines and protocols for hirers to follow. The changing rooms at the pavilion remain closed, however, so village cricket is unable to start until the government lifts some more restrictions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com.
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