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Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Latest Notices

WARWICKSHIRE LOCAL WELFARE SCHOOL HOLIDAY LUNCH SCHEME

Are you finding it hard to make ends meet over the school summer holiday? You may be able to get food vouchers to help!

You may be eligible for the Warwickshire Local Welfare Summer Support Scheme if your children were registered for free school meals before 19th July 2019.

Funds for this scheme are limited and applications will be considered on a first come first served basis. Applications will be accepted between Monday 22nd July and Friday 30th August.

To apply please call us on 0800 408 1448 or 01926 359182

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT TO INSPECT PARISH COUNCIL ACCOUNTS

Each year the Parish Council's annual return is audited by an external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounts and make copies of the annual return, etc.

For the year ended 31 March 2019, these documents will be available between Tue 25 June and Thu 8 August on reasonable notice by application to the Parish Clerk during parish office hours.

PERKINS' EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION AWARDS FOR 2019/20

The Governors of this charity invite applications for awards from young people under the age of 25. Grants are available to help with expenses in courses of study in further and higher education, vocational training such as apprenticeships, and in some circumstances, structured programmes of personal development such as overseas visits.

Applicants must be resident in Salford Priors, Bidford, Kings Broom, Cleve Prior or Harvington.

Applications must be received prior to 15 October 2019.

WARWICKSHIRE VISION SUPPORT: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Are you friendly, social and a good listener? Can you spare one or two hours a week?

If so, volunteer and make a difference today in your local community.

Our new Home Visitor Service needs you!

Interested? Or for more information, please call 01926 411331.

FREE MOBILE LIBRARY AT BROOM VILLAGE HALL

A free mobile library service, offered by Warwickshire Mobile Library Service and Warwickshire County Council, will be available on various Fridays throughout 2019, from 2.00 to 2.45pm.

See the flyer below for all dates and services on offer.

BIDFORD BANNERS 2019

Funded through Warwickshire Together

This project showed that it doesn't take a fortune to creatively spruce up a village high street and make people feel proud about their area.

The Bidford Banners project drew on the area's history and legends to create a series of banners to hang from high street businesses and residences.

With £400 coming from the Warwickshire Placemaking Fund, another 29 backers contributed towards their £864 target with time to spare.

Well done to all involved.

Bidford Banners on display

YOUTH AND COMMUNITY PROVISION IN BIDFORD REPORT

Enhancing and improving community facilities in Bidford on Avon

As a follow-on to the Neighbourhood Development Plan 2017, Bidford Parish Council asked WCAVA to conduct a scoping exercise and survey regarding youth and community provision in Bidford.

The report stemming from the consultation can be read below.

BIG MEADOW OPENING 2019

The Parish Council is pleased to announce that The Big Meadow will open on Saturday 13 April 2019.

The Parish Council decided to postpone the opening for Health and Safety reasons, whilst the refurbishment of the toilets and the bringing of the electricity to the Big Meadow is completed.

Until 13 April, the Big Meadow is open to users, just not for vehicles.

ALLEGATIONS OF BAD DRIVING

The form below can be used to report bad driving (not road traffic collisions) to the Warwickshire and West Mercia Police.

The information provided on the form will help the police decide if there is sufficient evidence of an offence having been committed. All allegations must be received within seven days of the incident occurring.

BIDFORD SENIOR CITIZENS ANNUAL PARTY

There is an Annual Party, usually held in January/February each year. This party is held for the Senior Citizens of the Bidford Parish and has been running for over 60 years.

The criteria to be eligible for the party is simple, must be pension age of 65 years and have lived in Bidford Parish for at least two years.

We have two lists running - one for the 'even' years and one for the 'odd' years. This is because there are too many to cater for and The Crawford Hall cannot hold the numbers if we invited all each year (like we used to until many years ago when we had to divide the village).

Over the past few years our lists have dwindled slightly due to various reasons which have left us with a few gaps to fill.

If you would like to be put on the waiting list, or you know of somebody that would like to go on the waiting list, please contact either Pete and Libby Batacanin on 01789 773874 or Richard and Eve Willoughby on 01789 773209 and give your details.

You will then be put on one of the waiting lists, depending on where you live, and as soon as a place becomes free, we will contact you to invite you.

PUBLIC OPEN SPACES (POS) AND PLAY AREAS

The Parish Council maintains the majority of the play areas and Public Open Spaces within the parish such as:

  • Big Meadow/Monie Meadow
  • Sports fields of Dugdale Avenue
  • Jubilee Close
  • Kings Lane, Broom
  • Marleigh Park
  • Millers Bank, Broom
  • The Leys
  • Wards Lane
  • Two Cemeteries and the closed St Laurence Churchyard
  • The grass verges, trees and hedges (that are not the responsibility of home owners).

It will take over the following areas once they are up to the required standard and the commuted sum for its maintenance is transferred:

  • Jacksons Meadow (this is currently in process, as of February 2019)
  • Persimmons Development (south of Salford Road)
  • Russet Way.

However, there are some areas the Parish Council is not responsible for, namely:

  • The three POS on St Laurence
  • Taylor Wimpey Estate off Waterloo Road
  • Bovis Development North of Salford Road

You can read this notice as a list below:

PERKINS' EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

Awards to Assist Young People

In furtherance of its charitable remit, the Perkins Educational Foundation invites applications from schools and other bodies working with young people under the age of 25 living in Salford Priors, Bidford-on-Avon and Broom, Harvington and Cleeve Prior.

Applications by organisations for financial assistance from the Foundation should be made by 31 March each year.

SUPERFAST BROADBAND COVERAGE IN BIDFORD

Did you know that superfast broadband might already be available to you?

The CSW Broadband Project has already completed the upgrades to various communities within your area. See the document below to find out which areas are served by the upgrade, and how to find out if you can get superfast broadband.

CAFE WRAP: HELP WITH LOOKING AFTER A LOVED ONE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

Are you looking after a loved one living with dementia? If so we are here to help. Pop along to one of our FREE Cafe WRAP's. Bring your loved one with you.

Meet our volunteers and guest speakers. Join us for refreshments. Come along to chat and relax, in either Bishopton or Wellesbourne:

  • Wednesdays 2.00 to 4.00pm at Wellesbourne Village Hall, School Road, Wellesbourne, CV35 9NH
  • Fridays 2.00 to 4.00pm at Bishopton Community Centre, Bishopton Primary School, Drayton Avenue, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 9PB

Telephone 01789 261061 for more information. Charity No: 1135981

NEW SURVEY: YOUTH AND COMMUNITY PROVISION IN BIDFORD

Enhancing and improving community facilities in Bidford on Avon

As a follow-on to the Neighbourhood Development Plan 2017, Bidford Parish Council have asked WCAVA to conduct a scoping exercise around how the Bidford Youth Centre may be redeveloped into a more modern space; and the potential for adding new community activities and groups along with facilities to broaden the current range.

The scoping exercise is also asking if there is a requirement for a full or part time Youth and Community Worker to help develop and improve facilities and their promotion within the parish.

Your feedback will give an invaluable insight and highlight any gaps and identify further clubs or community group/activities; as well as how existing facilities might be enhanced and better connected.

Please complete the survey (below) by Fri 21 December 2018. Many thanks for your help.

We are planning an event to continue this consultation on Saturday 16 February 2019. If you are interested in attending please contact jholdsworth@wcava.org.uk or phone 01789 333767.

NB. Please note any future development will be subject to planning and fundraising and at this time there are no confirmed timescales.

PROPOSED 30MPH SPEED LIMIT EXTENSION ON SALFORD ROAD

Warwickshire County Council is proposing to extend a 30mph speed limit on B439 Salford Road Bidford-on-Avon coming off the A46.

The proposed 30 mph speed limit is being implemented for highway safety reasons and to allow safer transition in speed to the already existing 30mph speed limit.

The consultation lasts for four weeks to allow comments and objections.

Full details below:

FREE DIGITAL BUSINESS SKILLS FOR RETAILERS

Warwickshire Towns Network is offering free training courses, consisting of four sessions over a four-week period with additional support in between.

  • Bedworth Library - Thursdays 6.00 to 9.00pm - 8 Nov, 22 Nov, 29 Nov and 6 Dec 2018.
  • Kenilworth Centre - 10.00am to 1.00pm - Fri 9 Nov, Weds 21 Nov, 28 Nov and 5 Dec 2018.

Full details in the notices below:

PARISH COUNCIL CONCERNS ABOUT POSSIBLE LLOYDS BANK CLOSURE

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council and the local community it represents, is extremely concerned about the possible closure of the Lloyds branch in the village.

The Council has written to Lloyds Bank expressing our concerns, and stressing how important the Bank is to the village. The Council requests that the Bidford branch of the bank remains open.

The full letter can be read below:

BROOM VILLAGE HALL CARETAKER/BOOKING CLERK VACANCY

We are currently looking for a Caretaker for our much loved Village Hall. Duties will include opening the hall for casual hirers (regulars have key access), taking enquiries and bookings, updating the website calendar (training will be given – but very simple), and general caretaking duties (cleaning is done by others).

If you are interesting in the full description, want to ask for more information or to apply for the position please contact: Cheryl Hendey 07775 903042 or call at Baymount, High Street, Broom.

COME AND JOIN THE FUN AT BIDFORD CRICKET CLUB

New players are wanted at Biford-on-Avon Cricket Club.

Junior Cricket:

  • Practice Friday Nights from 13 April to mid-July (6.30 to 8.00pm)
  • Under 9’s/11’s games played on a Sunday
  • Under 15’s games played on a Tuesday
  • Contact Ian Dyde On 07860 961416 or just turn up to a practice session

Seniors:

  • Contact Ben Cooper on 07890 843667

We’ve got lots of exciting events coming up! Follow us on our Facebook page (external link).

For general enquiries contact Chairman Ian Dyde on 07860 961416.

PROPOSED PUFFIN CROSSING ON SALFORD ROAD NEAR BIDFORD MEADOWS

Warwickshire County Council hereby gives notice of its intention to install a Puffin Crossing on Salford Road near Bidford Meadows, Bidford-on-Avon in accordance with the planning condition for a Persimmon Homes housing development.

Further details can be read below:

UBUS COMMUNITY TRANSPORT SERVICE

UBUS is a ring and ride community transport service operating within Stratford District.

The UBUS community transport service has been running for 3 years now. Previously known as Community Links, UBUS came into effect in June 2014 and since then an amazing 30,000 journeys have been made across the district by over 800 registered users.

Read more about UBUS in the information sheet below:

STATE OF THE DISTRICT REPORT

The State of the District report gives a 'picture' of the current state of Stratford on Avon district by delivering a number of statistics in respect of population, housing, employment, businesses, life expectancy, residents' views, etc.

This information is then considered by SDC when considering its budget for 2018/19.

HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY REPORT

The report from the Housing Needs Survey commissioned in September 2017 can be read below:

HOME TO SCHOOL TRANSPORT POLICY CONSULTATION

7 September to 2 November 2017

Tell WCC what you think. Take the online consultation survey, send an email, post a letter or attend one of the public consultation events to be held between 13 September and 20 October in various locations around the county.

Full details below:

CONTACT THE ELDERLY

This is a national organisation which aims to reach out to elderly housebound and lonely folk by providing a monthly tea party in various homes. Volunteers agree to host such parties in their own homes, and guests are collected and returned by volunteer drivers.

The tea parties have been running for several years now, and have proved so very successful in the Stratford upon Avon area, that a new group is being set up around Bidford and Welford.

Tea parties will be on the second Sunday every month. Guests are picked up at about 3pm and return home around 5.30pm.

We need:

  • Hosts – the commitment would be to host a tea party once or twice a year. The home should have a downstairs loo, and easy access for elderly folk. The usual number of guests is up to 12, plus drivers.
  • Drivers – the commitment is to drive people to and from the venue every month (depending on availability). The car should have easy access for elderly people and drivers will need to be DRB checked.
  • Guests – people who are over 75 and living alone generally form the basis of the group.

Further details and application forms for guests and volunteers may be obtained from: Linda Horrocks. Tel 01789 750971, email: peterhorrocks@doctors.net.uk

WARWICKSHIRE COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY ACTION (CAVA)

Are you interested in volunteering and making a difference in Stratford on Avon District?

If you would like advice please text/call our Volunteering Coordinator on 07966 380288 or email stratfordinfo@wcava.org.uk

GENEROUS DONATION FROM VINTAGE GATHERING

Mr Mark Smith, organiser of the Annual Vintage Gathering in Bidford-on-Avon, has donated £800 to each of the selected local organisations for this year’s event: Bidford Cricket Club and Bidford Juniors FC.

BIDFORD CRICKET CLUB

The 2017 season is starting in May. We are looking for new families to join our club and enjoy some great local sport and social events.

We have an adults team who play on Saturdays in the Cotswold Hills League. Our under 15s team in the juniors league, under 9s taking part in local cricket festivals, and we welcome children of all ages to the Big Meadow for lots of fun and different activities.

Practice Night is Fridays from 6.30 to 8.00pm. The bar is open for the grown-ups, too.

See our Facebook page for more information.

BETTER BROADBAND SUBSIDY SCHEME

The UK government is committed to providing every home and business across the country with access to a basic broadband service.

If you can’t get a broadband speed of at least 2Mb per second, you could qualify for a subsidised connection worth up to £350 to boost your internet speed.

Visit the Government's Basic Broadband Checker website (external link) to find out if you are eligible for a subsidy.

WCC PUBLIC HEALTH AWARDS COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR FUNDING 2016

Warwickshire Council Council, Public Health offered community and voluntary sector organisations the opportunity to bid for funding, with the aim to kick-start small projects across all of Warwickshire that pilot new ideas focussing on:

  • Using and improving green spaces for exercise and/or health;
  • Reducing Loneliness and Social Isolation;
  • Reducing the harm caused by drugs and alcohol;
  • Mental health and wellbeing.

A total of £60,000 was awarded to 10 projects throughout Warwickshire, including Age UK, Bidford on Avon Parish Council, Harbury Parish Council, Coleshill Town Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Healthy Living Network, Outreach and Community Action Project, Parkinsons UK Rugby, Warwickshire Reminiscence, WREP and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

The Parish Council has been awarded funding for outdoor gym equipment to be installed on the Big Meadow in Bidford-on-Avon.

To find out more about the projects visit the Warwickshire News Blog (external link)

PARISH COUNCIL RESPONSE TO SITE 8, BROOM COURT FARM

Having carefully considered the site assessment carried out by WCC, Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council resolved to OBJECT to the inclusion of this site on the following grounds:

  • Air pollution - the small dust particles, which are the inevitable consequences of sand and gravel extractions, will be carried by the prevailing southwesterly winds towards to village and having serious impact on the health of the 13% of the adults over the age of 34 with respiratory issues. Furthermore, there is also the potential increase in the risk of harming the health of young children, which may result in long-term respiratory problems.
  • Adverse visual impact on the large recreational area known as the Big Meadow, which is to the east of the site. The Parish Council has invested heavily in making this an attractive area for families to enjoy bringing their children to play on the various pieces of play equipment and is investing in outdoor gym equipment. It is also a popular Heart of England walk, as well as offering fishing opportunities for anglers. These activities will be seriously endangered if sand and gravel extraction at Broom Court Farm were to take place.
  • The proximity of the east of the site to Salford Road cemetery.
  • The proximity of the east of the site to Bidford Riverside Allotments.

The Parish Council trust you will give due consideration to the objections raised and remove this site from the Preferred Options.

TAYLOR WIMPEY STATEMENT ON PUBLIC OPEN SPACE AT FRIDAY FURLONG

The statement below is from Taylor Wimpey, who are currently developing Friday Furlong, regarding an application from Cranbrook Homes Ltd to develop land appointed as 'Public Open Space' (POS). Whilst Cranbrook Homes Ltd are free by law to submit a planning application, Taylor Wimpey do not intend to sell the POS land.

FOSTER CARERS NEEDED

Can you make time to care for someone else's child? We always need more foster carers and we now offer:

  • Payment for skills
  • Good allowances
  • Comprehensive training leading to an QCF Diploma
  • Excellent support
  • Foster care helpline.

Interested? Telephone 0800 408 1556
Or see more at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering (external link)

BIDFORD HEALTH CENTRE PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP (PPG)

The Patient Participation Group is a selection of patients and practice staff who meet at regular intervals to consider ways of making a positive contribution to the services and facilities offered by the practice to patients.

This is a real opportunity for patients to influence decisions about which services are provided and how.

We would like to hear from anyone who feels they can contribute. There are usually around 6 to 8 meetings per year, however if you are unable to attend due to work/life commitments you could join our Virtual PPG and still be involved in surveys and feedback via email.

If you would like further information, or would like to join us, please contact Sarah Baker on 01789 773372 or by email: virtual.ppg@bidfordhc.nhs.uk

WHY NOT CONSIDER HOLDING YOUR EVENT ON THE BIG MEADOW?

The Parish Council is keen to encourage use of The Big Meadow as a summer venue for events.

See the guide and booking form below for more information on the available sites, any applicable charges, and special conditions of use.

Scams and Warnings

See our separate Scams and Warnings page for information about scams, rogue traders and other alerts in our area.

Copies of Notices

Notices are also posted on the Parish Council's Notice Boards.

Featured Notices

Burial Charges

The document below lists the Parish Council's burial charges, effective from 1 April 2019:

Bidford Parish Council Burial Charges (pdf)

Hold Your Event on The Big Meadow

See the notice in the main body of this page for more information and an application form.