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Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

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RESURFACING OF A46 ALCESTER ROAD

Highways England will be planning to resurface the A46 between the A46/A422 Shottery roundabout, and ‘The Stag’ at Redhill, Stratford-upon-Avon.

The work will take place from 8 June to 3 July 2020, Monday to Friday, 8.00pm to 6.00am. Access to frontages will be maintained at all times.

During closures, a fully signed diversion route will be provided.

Full details of the closure, including diversion mapts, can be read below:

WARWICKSHIRE LIBRARY SERVICE VE DAY 75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

On Friday 8 May 2020 we commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day - Victory in Europe Day (fighting would continue until 15 August in Japan).

Commemorations for the anniversary were due to be spectacular and would have brought people together in shared celebration, commemoration and to recognise the many who lived, fought and died during the conflict.

As we're all #StayingAtHome, such celebrations won't be happening but there are still plenty of ways to commemorate the anniversary. We've bought together some ideas on our VE Day page (external link) along with some resources to help if studying the events of the day are on the agenda for 'Home School' this week (you'll find other resources for all subjects on our 'Home Learning' page too)

PERKINS' EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION AWARDS FOR 2020/21

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 have been resident in Salford Priors, Bidford, Kings Broom, Cleve Prior or Harvington for not less than two years immediately prior to their application.

Applications must be received prior to 15 October 2020.

DISTRICT COUNCIL SURVEY ON PROPOSED CCTV CAMERA FOR THE BIG MEADOW

The Community Safety service at Stratford-on-Avon District Council is proposing to install a public space CCTV camera in the Big Meadow in Bidford-on-Avon. The purpose of this camera is to detect and prevent crime and provide community reassurance.

It is important that we listen to the views of residents and businesses within the immediate locality of the intended camera site to inform the scheme and considerations around privacy impact. Please find a link to a survey below to give us your views on the proposal.

The survey will close on Friday 22 May 2020.

The CCTV camera is proposed to be pole mounted at the entrance to the Big Meadow off the Honeybourne Road. The CCTV camera would be Pan/Tilt/Zoom enabled and will be monitored 24 hours per day by the British Standard 7958 accredited CCTV Department at Stratford on Avon District Council. The team have direct contact with Warwickshire Police Control room and police officers on the ground.

Attached to the survey is a map showing where the proposed camera would be installed subject to planning permission.

More information about the Stratford-on-Avon District Council CCTV scheme and how it is run can be found on the Council’s website (external link). You can also read about the CCTV Scheme Upgrade and Consultation (external link).

You can find out more information about crime in your area by looking at the police.co.uk website (external link).

For further information about the CCTV Upgrade or Consultation please contact the Community Safety Team on 01789 267575 or by email: CCTV.Consultation@stratford-dc.gov.uk

REPORT ON PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT WATERLOO ROAD

Below is the report from the Independent Transport Consultant, instructed by the Parish Council, in respect of planning application 19/00731/FUL.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT BIDFORD: COLOURING PICTURES

When schools closed, ex Bidford on Avon resident (and daughter of Cllr Meredith) Chloe Print-Lambert decided to help young children whilst they had to be indoors, by opening a Bidford on Avon Children’s Colouring Competition.

The title of the competition was 'What I Love about Bidford' – and the responses were heart warming. A copy of the pictures will be included in each food/essentials delivery made by the Parish Council Volunteers and they will surely bring a bit of warmth and cheer to the recipients.

See the children's lovely artwork below:

DISTRICT COUNCIL SURVEY ON GREEN eCARGO BIKE SCHEME

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is considered submitting a bid to the Department of Transport for funding to purchase a number of eCargo bikes and/or trailers to support local businesses transition to their use and encourage green last mile deliveries.

Further information on the funding opportunity is available on the Energy Saving Trust website (external link).

An eCargo bike is essentially any electric bike, tricycle or four wheeler that is designed specifically to carry a load – large or small. eTrailers are electric trailers that can be attached to the rear of electric bikes that enable larger loads to be transported.

An eCargo bike scheme run by the Local Authority would enable local businesses to trial the use of eCargo bikes and/or trailers to see whether they could be successfully incorporated into their organisation. They can improve air quality and reduce CO2 emissions, while lowering fuel costs and congestion and realising the benefits of active travel as an alternative to car and van use.

To inform the bid the Council is seeking views from local businesses within Stratford-on-Avon District, to get an idea of the level of interest and demand for eCargo bikes and inform what type of bikes would be most appropriate to bid for.

We would be very grateful if you could spend up to 10 minutes completing our questionnaire to help us better understand the interest in using eCargo bikes and trailers within the District.

The deadline for responses is Sunday 15 March 2020. Please feel free to pass this on to any other businesses in the District as the more responses we get the better!

Any individual information provided is strictly confidential and will not be passed on to anyone else. No personal information is collected. The Council will only use this data in association with the consultation on eCargo bikes.

If you have any questions regarding this consultation, please email Jo Bozdoganli, the Council’s Development Planning and Policy Team Leader at joanne.bozdoganli@stratford-dc.gov.uk or contact her on 01789 260473.

VE DAY CHILDREN'S TEA PARTY - APPLY FOR PLACES

The Parish Council is organising a Street Party on Friday 8 May to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. As part of this event, there will be a Children's Tea Party for village residents aged 7 to 11 years.

There will be a limit on numbers so we are holding a ballot for places. If you would like your child(ren) to enter the ballot please fill in the reply slip below and send to the Parish Council by Monday 23 March 2020 at the latest.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HIGH STREET, BIDFORD

Warwickshire County Council has made a Temporary Traffic Order closing C101 High Street, Bidford. The closure is required to safely facilitate the removal of a concrete street-lighting column.

The Order is effective from 26 March 2020 and will last for a period of 18 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier.

An alternative route will be signed and is available via Tower Hill, Honeybourne Road, High Street and vice versa. Vehicular access and egress will be maintained where possible.

Further details of the closure can be read 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.

CONSULTATION ON CITIZENS ADVICE SOUTH WARWICKSHIRE (CASW) OUTREACH PROGRAMME

Citizens Advice South Warwickshire (CASW) and the Parish Council are trying to find ways of improving the Outreach Service currently available ON the third Friday of the month in the Parish Council Small Meeting Room at the back of the library, which offers complete privacy.

In order to ensure the Outreach Service provided addresses the requirements of the local community, we have prepared a short survey which we woul dask as many people to complete as possible.

The consultation period will run from Monday 27 January to Friday 28 February 2020.

The survey, which is only six questions, is available via the link below:

SOLE CATERING RIGHTS FOR THE BIG MEADOW

The Parish Council invites offers for the Sole Catering Rights (excluding iced products) for The Big Meadow Recreational Area, Bidford-on-Avon, for the 2020 season (1 April to 30 September 2020).

All offers to be received by the Clerk no later than Friday 20 March 2020.

Full details of the offer, what is expected of the successful bidder and how to apply can be read below:

SOLE ICE CREAM RIGHTS FOR THE BIG MEADOW

The Parish Council invites offers for the Sole Ice Cream Selling Rights for The Big Meadow Recreational Area, Bidford-on-Avon, for the 2020 season (1 April to 30 September 2020).

All offers to be received by the Clerk no later than Friday 20 March 2020.

Full details of the offer, what is expected of the successful bidder and how to apply can be read below:

CLIMATE CHANGE PLANNING GUIDANCE CONSULTATION

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is consulting on new planning guidance which focuses on Climate Change.

This guidance will be used when submitting planning applications, to ensure that new development addresses the effects of Climate Change through suitable adaptation and mitigation measures.

Take a look at the full document online: www.stratford.gov.uk/climatechangespd (external link)

Take part in the public consultation at the website above, or by emailing policy.consultation@stratford-dc.gov.uk between 9 January and 21 February 2020.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL WINNERS

The winners and runners-up of the various classes in December 2019's Christmas Tree Festival at St Laurence Church were as follows:

Groups/Organisations

  • Winner: Bidford Dementia Café (The Memory Tree)
  • Runner-Up: Rubbish Friends Bidford-on-Avon (Upcycled Christmas)

Businesses

  • Winner: The Village Café (The Village Café)
  • Runner-Up: Bidford Fire Station (Smokey)

Families/Individuals

  • Winner: Elizabeth Folkes (The Blanket Tree)
  • Runner-Up: Mandy Stanley (It looks like rein, again, deer!)

Children’s Groups

  • Winner: Bidford-on-Avon Church of England Primary School (Reindeers and Robins)
  • Runner-Up: 1st Bidford Brownies (Rockin’ Robins)

Unassisted Children under 12

  • Joint Winner: Mabel Folkes (Hama Christmas)
  • Joint Winner: Cleo and Logan Hodgetts (That Naughty Elf!)
  • Joint Winner: Gemma Ilsley (The Polar Express)

Overall Winner and Winner of the Christmas Tree Cup

  • Bidford-on-Avon Church of England Primary School (Reindeers and Robins)

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.

BIDFORD AREA COMMUNITY YOUTH CHOIR

Open to anyone aged 11 to 18, the Youth Choir is an ideal opportunity to sing, perform, have fun and make friends.

Weekly rehearsals take place every Tuesday during term time, starting 5 November 2019 from 7.00 to 7.30pm at the Methodist Hall, Bidford, B50 4QB.

Cost is just £5 termly per family.

For more information please see our page on this website.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WELFORD ROAD, BIDFORD

Warwickshire County Council has made a Temporary Traffic Order closing Welford Road, Bidford. The closure is required for the installation of high voltage cabling.

The Order is effective from 11 November 2019 and will last for a period of 18 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier. Due to inclement weather and flooding the works could not proceed as originally planned and have now been rescheduled to commence 13 January 2020 with anticipation of completion by 17 January 2020.

Vehicular access and egress will be maintained where possible.

Further details of the closure can be read below:

PEST CONTROL FOR YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS

Do you need help with a pest problem in your home or business?

Stratford-on-Avon District Council offers a comprehensive pest control service with qualified, friendly and professional officers.

Read more in the leaflet below:

DOG FOULING - CLEAN IT UP

No one likes putting their foot in it!

Dog fouling or dog mess is a nuisance, unsightly, unpleasant and can spread diseases to other animals and people. Dog owners, and dog walkers, have a responsibility to clean up after their dog in public places. Failing to do so can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 or prosecution.

  • Always carry a poop scoop, which is a specially designed plastic shovel, or a bag to pick up your dog’s mess.
  • Place the dog mess to a dog bin or normal on-street litter bin.
  • If there isn’t a dog mess bin, please take it home and dispose of it in your grey bin. Dog mess should not be put in your green bin.

More information in the leaflet below:

ROOMS WANTED FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS (SHORT TERM ONLY)

Do you have a spare room? Would you like an additional income? Why not become an occasional host family to a foreign student?

An appeal is being made to local people by Voyage UK, a local language trip organisation, to host school children and their teachers from France while on short trips to visit our region.

Families living within reach of Alcester or Redditch can earn £152 for four nights for hosting two students, with the option of hosting more if they have additional rooms, or students are happy to share their room with another.

In exchange, host families are asked to provide a bedroom, full board – breakfast, packed lunch and dinner. Families are also required to vehicle the students from and to their local meeting point (Redditch or Alcester, whichever is the nearest to them), and the students will be on all day excursions from 8 till 18.30, or later, depending where they have been during the day. Hosting on school trips is very suitable for working families, or indeed retired people who may have empty rooms and are looking to supplement their income.

The trips normally take place Monday to Friday for three or four nights during the months of March, April, May and June. There are many trips taking place each year.

Besides the financial benefit, host families enjoy enriching and rewarding experiences as they learn about another country and culture; have the chance to help young people develop their language skills; and even form a lasting bond, with many hosts keeping in contact with their students long after they leave.

This is what some of our local host families say about their hosting experience:

  • Mr Spencer (Redditch): For anyone out there who thinks they might be suitable for hosting international students, I strongly recommend it. We found the whole experience highly rewarding.
  • Mrs Philip (Redditch): An enjoyable experience. Looking forward to next year.
  • Mrs Warren (Studley): It’s fun seeing the students ‘confidence grow as they try to speak English over the days. The extra money is a bonus too!

Anyone who is interested in hosting should call Céline on 07753 840056.

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.

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

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:

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 2020:

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.