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Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Latest Notices

LOVE CLEAN STREETS APP

The Parish Council is providing you with a new facility to report local issues such as litter, pot holes, fly tipping, street lights, etc. All you have to do is:

  1. Download the Love Clean Streets app from the Apple app store or the Google Play store.
  2. Install the app.
  3. Open the app and let it initialise – if done within the Bidford geographical area it will display the Home Authority selection screen.
  4. Select ‘Yes’ and then the app will be branded as Bidford with Local Information from Bidford PC.

If you happen not to be in Bidford when you open the app then it will brand as LCS. When you then open it in Bidford to raise a report it will offer that screen.

The Parish Council hopes this will make it easier for you to report your concerns.

CLERK ANNUAL LEAVE NOTICE

The Parish Clerk will be away on annual leave from Fri 30 August to Mon 16 September 2019, both dates inclusive.

If necessary, you can contact the Clerk by email or by sending a text message. A list of Councillors and their contact details can be found here.

During her absence, anyone wishing to look at building plans may do so at:

  • The Planning Applications page on this web site
  • Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street
  • The next Planning Committee Meeting is on Monday 9 September 2019.

ALCESTER SOUTH SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM

Did you know, you can follow our activities via:

Contact us via:

If you wish to report an incident, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

For further information on your SNT please visit: www.warwickshire.police.uk (external link)

MOODMASTER WEEKLY WELLBEING SESSIONS

MoodMaster is an upbeat approach to physical and emotional well being.

Are you depressed, anxious, irritable, angry? Do you have trouble sleeping, have difficulty concentrating, problems in controlling your emotions, or is life just losing its sparkle? MoodMaster can help!

We are planning weekly groups in your area to help you deal with troublesome emotions and give positive, structured sessions to help make your life more enjoyable.

Every Thursday at 11.00am (for 12 weeks) starting Thursday 3rd October 2019 at the Crawford Memorial Hall, Salford Road, Bidford-on-Avon, B50 4EZ.

For further information contact Paul on 07850950150 or email paul.thompson@springfieldmind.org.uk

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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)

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.