Bachport's Giles Baxter gave an excellent update on the battle against the proposed gravel pit at the village open meeting. You can see the presentation slides on the Council Business page along with a summary in the open meeting minutes.
The village open meeting minutes are now available. From the recreation ground to the village hall, the bronze age to fusion future, the WI and speeding, villagers were brought up to date with all the activities currently going on in, around and for the parish. There were were presentations from the chairman, Chris Neill, as well as on traffic, the gravel campaign, the tennis and cricket clubs, the science centre, the school, the scouts, and more. The full minutes and notes from the meeting can also be viewed on the Council Business page.
The Parish Council has applied for and received permission to increase its membership to seven with two more members required right now. This is a very busy time for the Parish and it would not be too much of an exaggeration to say that, were it not for all the volunteers on the various groups both unsung (you know who you are) and high profile, the volume of work would be overwhelming.
So, the message is: your Council – your village – needs you!No particular expertise required, just enthusiasm and a desire to help. If you are interested please see Chris Neill in the Post Office or email the Clerk, Anne Davies at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clifton Hampden's next home game is this Saturday, 23 May, against a mystery team of all stars (ok, it's "a touring side from Gloucestershire" apparently). More importantly, there's going to be a barbecue. Which means beer and stuff. Mainly beer. The bit that's not the cricket (beer, barbecue, stuff) kicks of at 1pm.
They would like to know numbers so, if interested, please email: email@example.com.
Wednesday 20 May 2015 at 7.30
(Drinks from 7.00)
CH&B Parish Council invites you to have your say and hear from the various groups in the parish. These include brief updates from BACHPORT, the village plan questionnaire, the recreation ground and more.
Clifton Hampden and Burcot are besieged by all sorts of nonsense at the moment; we’re having to man the barricades against the gravel extraction application for a start. The ones in the picture above are most welcome, however. They represent progress, you see, because BT fibre is coming to town. This means superfast broadband – well, faster than we’ve got anyway.
Two months ago, Openreach (BT’s wholesale operation) installed a new distribution point – for the technically minded, this is a grey slab covering a hole in the ground – next to the existing green BT cabinet outside the school. Now they are putting in the foundations for the new fibre cabinet; a visible sign that Clifton Hampden is set to have zippy broadband speeds by the end of the year, the promised deadline. The “ready for service” date also applies to Burcot, who will have their own cabinet.
When FTTC becomes operational, residents’ actual speeds will depend on the distance they live from their new cabinet since this part of the connection will still be copper wire. Even so, even at 1,000 metres, down- and upload rates (24 and 8 Mbps respectively) will be considerably faster than at present. Those less then 100 metres from the cabinet will be shooting for the moon.
The accelerated project has been funded by Oxfordshire County Council as we would normally be fry so small as to receive FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) shortly before the end of the century or the second coming, whichever is sooner.
Nick Caw is stepping down as Chair of the Parish Council, and from the Council itself. We would like to express our gratitude for all the work that he has put in over the past few years. He’s moving to pastures new in both career and home – the latter, all things being well, being Long Wittenham. If he has the time and inclination, LWPC could do a lot worse than to co-opt Nick at the earliest opportunity – they won’t regret it.
In the meantime, Chris Neill, the manager of Clifton Hampden Post Office and Stores, has agreed to step into Nick’s ruggedly-cobbled brogues. In saying “agreed,” it was actually more of the traditional Army “volunteer” manoeuvre (ie he had no choice in the matter). This is something Chris that will be familiar with from his service days and which he accepted with weary grace.