CHURCHDOWN PARISH COUNCIL CLERK’S NEWSLETTER
May 2017

The Parish Council is pleased to announce its exciting programme of events for Summer 2017.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS –
The day in the Park has been confirmed as Tuesday 15th August 2017 with an emphasis on FUN!!
Some of the attractions that have confirmed their attendance are as follows:

Falconry display; Pony rides (small charge applicable); Circus skills; marvel at the wonders of pond life and be involved in finding different species; visit the Community Orchard and learn about various orchard fruits; sing-along with Robin, Punch & Judy; Sock Puppets (new this year); willow weaving; fairground attractions; bouncy castles, a tea tent and much, much more.

We look forward to you all enjoying yourselves at our special event. Remember Free entry but some stalls/rides may incur a charge

SUMMER DAY TRIPS
The Parish Council organise 4 day trips during late July and early August to coincide with School’s Summer Break.

Following feedback from parents and children last year, we have been asked for a variation to the current venues (Bristol Zoo, Drayton Manor, Swindon Oasis; West Midlands Safari Park).

To this end, after consultation, we will be arranging the following tips:
• Cotswold Wildlife Park (Burford)
• Cattle Country (Berkeley)
• Drayton Manor Theme Park (Tamworth)
• Day at the Beach (Weston Super Mare)

Confirmed dates are: 27th July; 3rd August 10th August and 17th August 2017.

The Parish Offices will be open on Saturday, 8th July 2017 between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm for those wishing to book any of the four coach trips.

WORLD WAR 1 MEMORIAL SEAT
Churchdown Parish Council have recently funded and commissioned the erection of a beautiful memorial seat within our Parish.

The seat itself is a World War 1 Memorial seat to mark the centenary of the Great War. It also serves as a memorial to the late Cllr Bill Whelan who served our Parish for many years.

It is hoped that the location of the seat will provide a place to rest for many walking and using public transport on Innsworth Lane…

2017 PRECEPT
Churchdown Parish council are pleased to announce that the precept requirement for 2017 and 2018 represents a nominal reduction from the 2016 -2017 figure.

The full calculation can be found on the Churchdown Website under the documents/ finance/budgets tab.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
The draft Neighbourhood Plan has been approved by Innsworth Parish Council to be sent to Tewkesbury Borough Council for Strategic Environmental Assessment and subsequent public consultation.

The Plan was considered by Churchdown Parish Council at the Annual Parish Council Meeting on 10th May 2017 – Members of the Council have made observations and proposed amendments to the Plan, which has now been sent back to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group for amendment. It is hoped in due course that the amended Plan will be approved and then submitted to the Borough.

The Steering Group are looking forward to presenting the Plan to the public and doing consultation, which, it is hoped will take place in July and August.

For any enquiries on the Plan please contact the Neighbourhood Coordinator, Ruth Warne, on projects@churchdown-pc.gov.uk”.

Clerk’s News Letter November December 2017

CHURCHDOWN PARISH COUNCIL CLERK’S NEWSLETTER
November – December 2017

FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA. I am very pleased to advise that this will go ahead on Friday, 3rd November, with fireworks provided by Star fireworks and funfair by Morris Amusements. This has become something of a Churchdown tradition which I know many people look forward to. Advance tickets [ at a reduced rate] available on line and at various venues around the village – please check our website for details www.churchdown-pc.gov.uk.

BUDGET SETTING. The Council will soon be preparing draft revenue estimates in order to set the Precept for next financial year. One item of the budget is grants to local groups and charities; therefore, applications are now invited. If you think you may like to apply for a grant, please contact the Office for further information and a copy of the application form. All applications must be received by no later than 31st October 2017

VACANCIES ON THE COUNCIL. There is currently one vacancy on the Council, for St John’s Ward. Councillors do get involved in many interesting projects, so if you are interested in serving on the Council, or just want to find out a bit more please contact the office and we will be pleased to advise what is involved.

CHURCHDOWN & INNSWORTH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN. As most residents are already aware, a great deal of work has already been undertaken on the Plan. A draft has been produced containing planning policies and a list of community actions – all based on information gathered during the Community Engagement in 2014 together with research by the Steering Group and reports from specialist consultants. In addition, the Council wants to ensure that concerns regarding traffic/road infrastructure, flooding and housing are addressed as fully as possible and is currently considering the way forward with this. The Council would particularly appreciate receiving any photographs of flooding which has occurred in the last 12 years, whether this be a small-scale event (even including pooling of water on roads) or the larger events of 2007 and 2009. Please email these to Ruth Warne, Neighbourhood Plan Coordinator on projects@churchdown-pc.gov.uk.

NEW PLAY PARKS AND NEW EQUIPMENT. The Council are delighted to confirm the refurbishment of all our local parks is now under way. These are: Churchdown Play Park, Chapel Hay Park, St. John’s, John Daniels, Tudor Mead and Zinnia Play Park.
In addition, Churchdown Parish Council will be taking responsibility for Shamrock Close Play Park and Oakhurst Park in the very near future – any suggestions for improvements to these amenities including ideas for new play equipment would be welcome!!

ORNAMENTAL GARDENS /POCKET PARK. Many of you will have noticed the huge amount of tree and overgrowth clearance undertaken in the Pocket Park and Ornamental Gardens – this has vastly improved light and visibility in this area and will greatly enhance the safety of all children who play there.

SKATEPARK AND CHURCHDOWN PARK PONDS AREA: FIRES AND DAMAGE. We are sad to report that several fires have been set in both the ponds area and on the Skatepark. This is STRICTLY PROHIBITED and the Parish Council WILL PROSECUTE those responsible for any fires set and damage caused.

LAND WANTED. The Parish Council are seeking to acquire a plot of land to accommodate a new burial ground. The plot should be level and approximately 2 acres in size. Please contact the Parish Office with details of any suitable land for sale.

Geraldine Connor
Clerk to the Council
Council Offices, Parton Road www.churchdown-pc.gov.uk
Tel: 01452 713528 email: clerk@churchdown-pc.gov.uk

Accounts for year ended 31st March 2017

Please find attached Notices in relation to the Commencement of the Period for the Exercise of Public Rights for the Accounts Period ended March 2017, in accordance with  The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

Accounting Statement – Section 2.pdf

Accounts for year ending March 2017

Annual Governance Statement

Annual Internal Audit Report March 2017

Declaration of Status – Public Accounts March 2017

Local Audit & Accoutability Act 2014

 

Geraldine Connor

Clerk

Memorial Seat

CHURCHDOWN PARISH

WORLD WAR 1 MEMORIAL SEAT

This beautiful memorial seat was erected by Churchdown Parish Council this year, in honour of all veterans of the great war – and subsequent conflicts.

Pictured on the left is Mr Ken Plowman who served 18 years from 1942 to 1960. Ken was just 16 when the Second World War broke out. Ken trained and was based in Canada for a year. He trained as a Fighter Pilot and Army Glider Pilot; he now lives in Churchdown.

In the centre is Lt. Col Bernard Barton – Ancliffe. Bernard served from 1969 to 2006 in the Royal Signals and served in operations all over the world including Northern Ireland, Iraq and the former Yugoslavia. Bernard was posted to Churchdown [ Imjin barracks] and liked it so much he decided to stay here! Bernard is now in his second year of serving as the Chairman to the Churchdown Parish Council.

On the right is Roger Western – Roger was just 11 years and 11 days old when the Second World War broke out. Roger left school on a Saturday and joined the Fleet Air Corps on the following Monday! Roger served from November 1944 till January 1947 but was never old enough, in service to draw his tot of rum…..!

Churchdown Parish Council would like to thank Ken, Bernard and Roger for taking the time to allow us to take a picture with those servicemen who remind of us all, of the great service, dedication and ultimate sacrifice paid by all Members of our Armed Services

COOPTION OF COUNCILLOR

NOTICE OF VACANCIES IN THE OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

PARISH OF CHURCHDOWN

(ST JOHN’S WARD, CHURCHDOWN)

CO-OPTION OF COUNCILLOR

Following the recent advertisement for two Parish Councillors in St John’s Ward, notice is now given that the Parish Council will be co-opting two members at its next Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday, 13th June 2017.

To be eligible candidates must be aged 21 or older, and must in addition

  • either be on the Electoral Roll of the Parish
  • or during the whole of the past 12 months have either lived in the parish, owned or leased land in the parish, worked in the Parish, or lived within three miles of it.

Candidates have been invited to the Council meeting at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 13th June 2017 and invited if they so wish, to address Council for not more than 5 minutes.  Following all the addresses, Council will make a resolution co-opting the successful candidate, who will be required to sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and Register of Interests immediately and join the meeting as a Councillor.  Also, the Register of Members Interests must be completed and returned within 28 days the successful candidate will then serve until the elections in May 2018.

For copies of this notice and for further information please contact: –

Miss Geraldine Connor, Clerk to the Council, Parish Council Offices, Parton Road, Churchdown, Gloucester GL3 2JH.  Tel: 01452 713528, email:  clerk@churchdown-pc.gov.uk.

 

 

Churchdown Firework Extravaganza 2017

Churchdown Firework Extravaganza returns on Friday 3rd November 2017. Final arrangements are yet to be confirmed but it is likely that the gates will open at 17:30 with fireworks scheduled to begin at approximately 19:30.

Tickets

Advance tickets will be available to purchase at discount through local outlets -to be confirmed –  and on line. On the gate tickets will be available on the night at the full rate.

Family tickets will also be available again this year  – *A Family Ticket consists of 2 Adults & 2 Children (Discount Applied At Checkout When 2 Adult & 2 Child Tickets are in the basket) Child Prices are for ages 3 – 16. Under 3’s are Free (No Ticket Required)

Price to be confirmed.

We look forward to seeing you again this year for anther fantastic event !

Terms & Conditions:

You may not use our products for any illegal or unauthorized purpose nor may you, in the use of the Service, violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright laws). E-Ticketing software is developed by Jack Vockins / Webterior. MyChurchdown is the promoter for the Firework Extravaganza event which is organised by Churchdown Parish Council. Ticket Validation is in use. In the event of cancellation due to circumstances beyond our control, we will endeavour to reschedule the event. If unable to do so, we will issue a full refund.

A breach or violation of any of the Terms will result in an immediate termination of your Services.

Clerk’s Newsletter May 2017

CHURCHDOWN PARISH COUNCIL CLERK’S NEWSLETTER

May  2017

The Parish Council is pleased to announce its exciting programme of events for Summer 2017.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The day in the Park has been confirmed as Tuesday 15th August 2017 with an emphasis on FUN!!

Some of the attractions that have confirmed their attendance are as follows:

Falconry display; Pony rides (small charge applicable); Circus skills; marvel at the wonders of pond life and be involved in finding different species; visit the Community Orchard and learn about various orchard fruits; sing-along with Robin, Punch & Judy; Sock Puppets (new this year); willow weaving; fairground attractions; bouncy castles, a tea tent and much, much more.

We look forward to you all enjoying yourselves at our special event.  Remember Free entry but some stalls/rides may incur a charge

SUMMER DAY TRIPS

The Parish Council organise 4 day trips during late July and early August to coincide with School’s Summer Break.

Following feedback from parents and children last year, we have been asked for a variation to the current venues (Bristol Zoo, Drayton Manor, Swindon Oasis; West Midlands Safari Park).

To this end, after consultation, we will be arranging the following tips:

  • Cotswold Wildlife Park (Burford)
  • Cattle Country (Berkeley)
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park (Tamworth)
  • Day at the Beach (Weston Super Mare)

Confirmed dates are: 27th July; 3rd August 10th August and 17th August 2017

The Parish Offices will be open on Saturday, 8th July 2017 between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm for those wishing to book any of the four coach trips.

WORLD WAR 1 MEMORIAL SEAT

Churchdown Parish Council have recently funded and commissioned the erection of a beautiful memorial seat within our Parish.

The seat itself is a World War 1 Memorial seat to mark the centenary of the Great War. It also serves as a memorial to the late Cllr Bill Whelan who served our Parish for many years.

It is hoped that the location of the seat will provide a place to rest for many walking and using public transport on Innsworth Lane…

2017 PRECEPT

Churchdown Parish council are pleased to announce that the precept requirement for 2017 and 2018 represents a nominal reduction from the 2016 -2017 figure.

The full calculation can be found on the Churchdown Website under the documents/ finance/budgets tab.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

The draft Neighbourhood Plan has been approved by Innsworth Parish Council to be sent to Tewkesbury Borough Council for Strategic Environmental Assessment and subsequent public consultation.

The Plan was considered by Churchdown Parish Council at the Annual Parish Council Meeting on 10th May 2017 – Members of the Council have made observations and proposed amendments to the Plan, which has now been sent back to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group for amendment. It is hoped in due course that the amended Plan will be approved and then submitted to the Borough.

The Steering Group are looking forward to presenting the Plan to the public and doing consultation, which, it is hoped will take place in July and August

For any enquiries on the Plan please contact the Neighbourhood Coordinator, Ruth Warne, on projects@churchdown-pc.gov.uk”.

 

 

 

Taxi Voucher Scheme

The scheme is open to the vulnerable, elderly and disabled who are unable to access public or private transport. Successful applicants will receive £60 worth of vouchers to use for medical appointments, social visits etc.

Please phone the Parish Council office for an application form. Vouchers will be sent out at the beginning of April.

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