Boxford

in the Royal County of Berkshire

Author: Sarah Youldon (page 1 of 2)

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.

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Following a resignation, Boxford Parish Council has a vacancy for a Councillor. The council is looking for a dedicated parishioner who will contribute to the decision making of the council and to ways of improving life within the parish

Eligibility For Office: To qualify for election as a Parish Councillor, and to hold such an office, an applicant must be:

A British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of any other member State of the European Union and on the relevant day (the day of nomination or election) have reached 18 years of age or over. In addition, they must meet at least one of these four qualifications.

  • On the relevant day and thereafter they continue to be on the electoral register for the Boxford Parish, or
  • During the whole of the twelve months before that day they have owned or tenanted land or premises in Boxford Parish, or
  • During the whole of the twelve months before that day their principal or only place of work has been in Boxford Parish, or
  • During the whole of the twelve months before that day they have resided in the parish or within 4.8km (3 miles) of the Parish boundary.

If you would like further information please contact the Parish Clerk, Sarah Youldon on 07811 322994 or by email: parishcouncil@boxford.org.uk

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 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.

Parish Clean Up Day – 16th May

Date for your diaries… the Parish Council are planning a Parish Clean Up Day on Saturday 16th May 2020. All help would be much appreciated. Further details on timings and where to meet will follow here and on the Parish email.

Please also note that the Annual Parish and General Meeting will now be held Monday 18th May at 7pm in St Andrew’s Church – all welcome.

Thank you – Boxford Parish Council Clerk.

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

2020 Meeting Dates

The 2020 Parish Council Meetings have been scheduled for:

Wednesday 15th January 7pm in The Heritage Centre

 Monday 2nd March 7pm in The Heritage Centre

Monday 18th May (AGM & APM) 7pm in St Andrew’s Church

Monday 6th July 7pm in The Heritage Centre

Monday 7th September and  7pm in The Heritage Centre

Monday 2nd November 7pm in The Heritage Centre

2018/19 Parish Council 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 2018/19. Please click on the link to download:
Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2018/19 including the Certificate of Exemption, Annual Internal Audit Report, Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements. 
The 2018/19 Bank Reconciliation, Analysis of Variances and Notice of Public Rights. In addition we have also published the Annual Internal Auditors Report, Spending Details and Parish Council Asset Register. 

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