Boxford

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West Berkshire Council June Update

The June update from our Ward Councillors can be downloaded below. In this edition you can find news from across the district, events and links to West Berkshire Council consultations.

Hungerford & Kintbury Ward Update – June 2021

The Parish Council has also been asked to share that WBC will be continuing to offer free school meals through the holidays via the Activities and Food Programme, more information can be accessed on the West Berkshire Council website

Also the Public Protection Partnership Animal Wardens will be out and about meeting people this summer. They are there for advice and can check pet microchip details. Information on dates and venues can be found here – PPP Animal Warden Summer Events

 

Extra Ordinary Parish Council Meeting

An extra ordinary Parish Council meeting was held on Tuesday 22nd June to discuss a proposal received asking if the PC would support in principle, the proposition to be part of a syndicate of organisations, to secure and preserve a site known as Houlders Meadow, in Boxford as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) of exceptional ecological value.

Houlders Meadow Outline Proposal

Draft Parish Council Meeting Minutes

Parish Councillors all voted in favour to support the idea in principle and agreed to discuss further once the conversations had been held with relevant government department. If following these discussions, it looked possible that the site could be secured, a full proposal with syndicate formation and details on how it would be managed and funded would then be provided. Once further information is available the Parish Council will look to hold a village meeting to get input from the village and to make this a community project.

Parish Council Accounts 2020-21

In Line with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, the Local Audit Regulations 2015, and the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities please find below the Boxford Parish Council Accounts for 2020-21. Please click on the link to download:

Accounting Statements, Certificate of Exemption & Auditors Review

Bank Reconciliation and Explanation of Differences

Internal Auditors Report

Breakdown of Expenditure & Income

Parish Council Asset List

CIL Reporting 2020-21

Notice of Public Inspection Rights

Boxford Masques Update

We are absolutely delighted to tell you that the Boxford Masques is going ahead this summer!

Following our recent AGM and Organising Committee meeting we decided that subject to the continued easing of lockdown we can put on a truly great show for everyone end of July this year. We believe we can make this a true community effort, with wide support and participation from all over our area; at a time when, let’s face it, we all want to get out again and have some fun!

We have a play ready, a huge tent to shelter us, the Boxford Rec booked and local council support…..but there are still a few things we need help with to better manage budgets:

Equipment: Local bands The Migz and The Station are generously loaning us sound equipment but we still need more microphones, particularly radio and rifle mics. We also need Par Cans and other types of lighting, plus a couple of generators.

Volunteers: We need help with front of house, chaperoning and costume making. We also need people to direct in the car park and to sell programmes,

Musical: We have a band and if you have any particular instrumental skills which can add something, please step up.
If you can help or know someone who can, please let us know; all help, no matter how small, is so important to us.

Email info@boxfordmasques.org.uk if you would like further information

After the year we have all had, we really hope to make this show, on our 21st birthday, a stunning community celebration of joy, fun and life!
Showtime! 28th July – 1st August 2021 Our 21st Birthday! 

Boxford Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held online on Tuesday 4th May at 7pm. All Parishioners are welcome to join via Webex; It is a good opportunity to hear what the Parish Council is working on and put forward your own ideas and requests. The Parish Council Annual General Meeting will follow.

For the meeting link please contact the clerk – parishcouncil@boxford.org.uk or 07811 322994.

Parish Meeting Agenda

Annual General Meeting Agenda

Ministry of Defence Police Patrolling Locally

The Ministry of Defence Police now operates a small armed policing team every day and night at RAF Welford. You might see us patrolling across the Lambourn Valley and the Vale of the White Horse. If you’ve seen anything suspicious please speak to our officers when you see them, or email us at matthew.callinicos100@mod.gov.uk or ian.colin100@mod.gov.uk .

Your information, no matter how small, could make a big difference to keeping our communities safe or preventing crime. Your information is always in the strictest confidence and will only be shared with our policing partners at Thames Valley Police. In an emergency please always dial 999. It is an emergency when a crime is being committed, someone is at risk of being injured, or there is a risk of serious damage to property.

West Berkshire Council Active Travel Scheme Consultation

West Berkshire Council Active Travel Scheme Consultation opens 22nd February 2021 

Have your say on our ‘Active Travel’ schemes in West Berkshire

West Berkshire Council is committed to encouraging active travel by introducing more walking and cycling opportunities throughout the district.

The council is taking action to help the public safely make walking or cycling trips part of their daily travel choices. Below is the link to take part and find out more on the schemes already identified:  https://westberksatschemes.commonplace.is/

If you have suggestions on other schemes you can help WBC identify suitable locations in your neighbourhood to create more accessible streets for active travel, including better public spaces, secure cycle parking and provide high quality environments suitable for cycling and walking.

Your feedback will help the Council plan effectively, when budgets become available, and make improvements that are most important to you.https://westberksactivestreets.commonplace.is/proposals/have-your-say-on-the-west-berkshire-active-travel-heat-map

Tier 4 & Help for Residents

West Berkshire Council have released the following guidance for on the latest restrictions – please see the attached poster on the Tier 4 restrictions. Further details can be found on the Gov.uk website:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home.

As set up with volunteers in the Spring, should you be self- isolating or unable to get out and need assistance with essential shopping etc. please get in touch with the Parish Clerk – parishcouncil@boxford.org.uk or 07811 322994

Parish Plan Update 2021

Work has started to update the Boxford Parish Plan, this will be driven by the Parish Council with the assistance of a committee. If you are interested in being part of the committee please contact the Parish Council Clerk (parishcouncil@boxford.org.uk)

The initial stage is to build the new parishioners questionnaires, we hope to get these out to all households Spring 2021, from this we can then start to review, consult and start to put together the plan.

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