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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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 – email@example.com or 07811 322994.
Parish Meeting Agenda
Annual General Meeting Agenda
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
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 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org or 07811 322994
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com – 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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org / 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.
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