Boxford

in the Royal County of Berkshire

Author: Sarah Youldon (page 1 of 2)

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.

Parish Council 2021 Meetings

The 2021 Parish Council meetings will be held on a Tuesday evening in the Heritage Centre if Covid-19 restrictions allow or virtually if not. Parishioners are still welcome to attend the virtual meetings, please just contact the clerk (parishcouncil@boxford.org.uk) for log in details.

The meetings are scheduled as follows: 5th January, 2nd March, 4th May – Annual General Meeting, 6th July, 7th September and 2nd November.

Extra Ordinary Planning Meeting

The Parish Council have scheduled an Extra Ordinary planning meeting to discuss the application at Coxedd Farm, Westbrook 20/02472/FUL. The agenda with full details can be downloaded here.

In line with Covid-19 guidance this meeting will be held online via Webex – parishioners are welcome to attend, please contact the Clerk for details: Email: parishcouncil@boxford.org.uk or 07811 322994

Boxford Boars 2020 Cricket

The 2020 Boxford Boars Home Cricket Fixtures will take place:

Sunday 26/07 V Chaddleworth 2pm

Sunday 30/08 V Inkpen 1pm

If you are interested in playing or getting involved please contact Adam Prickett on 07780 991653. New Players, Umpires, Scorers are welcome.

Boxford Playground

Please be aware that the Boxford children’s playground remains closed. The Village Hall Committee are waiting for some necessary repairs to be carried out before this can be re-opened, these have unfortunately been delayed due to COVID-19. Sadly they expect the playground to remain closed throughout July and August, but will post updates as soon as they can.

2019/2020 Accounts

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 2019/20. Please click on the link to download:
Certificate of Exemption 2019/20, Annual Governance Statement, Internal Auditors Report, Annual Accounting Statements, the Bank Reconciliation and the Variation of Expenditure. In addition, we also publish the Parish Council Asset Register, CIL spending and Spending Records for 2019/20.

New E-Bulletin from WB Council to stay up to date with local services and help available

West Berkshire Council, have launched a new e-bulletin to tell you about the help and support that’s available from West Berkshire Council in relation to coronavirus. It will let you know where you can receive advice, where the services we provide are changing and how you can stay safe, protect the NHS and help save lives. 

You can access the bulletin here, and click the link to sign up to the newsletter direct.

Prescription Deliveries

In conjunction with The Downland Practice we can now offer prescription delivery service through our team of volunteers for those that are self-isolating or unable to pick up their medication.

Deliveries start Tuesday 31st March – if you need to use this please contact the Downland Practice via one of the methods listed below to order: Please allow 4 working days, but ideally give the Practice 6 days notice.

1.            Send a request for your medication to be delivered to your home (this need to include your address and Date of Birth so they can identify the patient) into pm.downland@nhs.net – the preferred option.

2.            Send a request for your medication to be delivered to your home (this need to include your address and Date of Birth so they can identify the patient) into the practice via the website – https://www.downlandpractice.nhs.uk/navigator/ask-a-doctor-a-question/

3.            For those patients who do not have access to the to the internet you can send in a written request  (this need to include your address and Date of Birth so they can identify the patient) to the practice.  This can be sent in by post or hand delivered.

COVID-19 Help Within the Parish

In light of the continually changing situation with respect to COVID-19, it is important that we do our best as a community to help those who are most vulnerable at this time, and who may need help from those around them.

As a Parish Council, we will follow guidance from both the Government and West Berkshire Council as circumstances continue to evolve. However, it would be very helpful if each household could reach out to those around them, and let the Parish Council know by return if they are concerned about any of their neighbours. In this way, we can ensure that those that need it the most get the support that they need.

Should circumstances change for an individual or household, for example as a result of a period of self-isolation, if they need shopping, prescriptions collected or other assistance they can contact the Parish Clerk who will then contact relevant local volunteers

This is a situation that is affecting us all, and it is good to see how many of us are coming together as a community and showing our compassion for each other.

Please also be aware that this situation can also bring out the worst in a small minority. Some elderly members of the Parish have already been contacted by people pretending to offer services to the elderly for a small fee. Please let us know if you have been contacted.   
Boxford Parish Council
Clerk Contact Details – parishcouncil@boxford.org.uk / 07811322994

The Downland Practice – we are getting regular updates from the Downland Practice, Chieveley – the latest message being :

As you will be aware the UK is experiencing the COVID-19 Pandemic.  GP appointments at the surgery will be screened by a GP telephone call first and then a decision will be made if the patient needs to attend the surgery.  Repeat medication requests will only be issued for 1 month at a time due to supply concerns.  Telephones will be answered where possible but the surgery is experiencing unplanned staff absences.  Medications can be collected from the Pharmacy.  Requests for non NHS services (requests for medical records/medicals etc) will be dealt with once the surgery is able to return to normal service.  Questions submitted on the website may take longer to receive a reply again this is down to what staff we have available to deal with these requests. On behalf on the GP Partners at the Downland Practice thank you for your patience.

Boxford Railway Shelter

You may have noticed that after months and months of preparation the Boxford Railway Shelter has now been taken away.

We are pleased to report that it has gone to the Restoration & Archiving Trust (charity no. 1083582) who are responsible for saving many historic railway buildings and locating them on the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway. The Trust covered all the costs of the collection and will be managing its restoration.

This is a far better outcome than watching its condition continue to deteriorate. We look forward to seeing photos of the shelter restored back to its former glory, and located where it will be looked after for many years to come. I will share the photos when we get them – Boxford Parish Council Clerk

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