H&V April 2020
A FRUITFUL PROJECT?
How would you like to pick your own apples, pears and plums in a lovely community space that houses owl boxes and encourages the proliferation of wild flowers? A Village Cider press? Super-healthy cider vinegar? Fresh apple juice for all?
The community orchard project is moving up a gear. The planned site is parish land near the mobile phone mast. We can get the twenty to thirty trees we need with complementary fertility cycles and we can prep the ground, but we need some volunteers who can make a solid commitment to nurse the saplings in their early stages, carry out annual pruning and process the crop.
If you are interested, please email the clerk (email@example.com)
Where you park, where you work, the footpaths you use, where you live, where your children play, your favourite green spaces, your favourite valley views, your school, and the shops/businesses you use are all the result of planning. The neighbourhood plan is community-led and that means researched, written and voted on by the people who live and work in Chedworth. We need to identify issues and themes that concern the parish. Here’s your chance to have your say. We will shortly be sending out a questionnaire and it would be great if everyone could fill it in as the Neighbourhood Plan can only be based on the views of the parish as a whole. We will arrange delivery and collection of the questionnaire or alternatively we anticipate that you will be able to fill it in online. Watch this space…
THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST SITE CHEDWORTH WOODS.
The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) is consolidating its sites. As a consequence, it is looking to transfer Chedworth’s Nature Reserve (some 4.8 hectares of land along the old railway line) to a new owner by the end of 2021. The Reserve is home to rare species: including butterflies (the Duke of Burgundy), bat (lesser horseshoe) and the dormouse. Ideally it would like a community organisation to take over the Reserve in order that the footpath that runs along it will remain a footpath open to the public to use. If transferred to a private owner, the GWT cannot guarantee that the Reserve will be retained as a community facility. Private owners have come forward to purchase the Reserve. The National Trust has been approached to see if it could manage the Reserve due to its proximity to the Roman Villa, but the National Trust is unable to do so as Covid-19 has severely drained its resources. The GWT would like Chedworth Parish Council to become the new owner of the Reserve and has stated that it could be transferred to the Parish Council for a peppercorn. The costs for running the site in 2019 amounted to £1,143. The GWT stated that this sum was the most that has been spent in recent years due to some infrastructure (new gates and a fence) and tree work. The GWT has also confirmed that any repairs to the tunnels at either end of the Reserve remain the liability of the railway company. The Parish Council want to hear your views. Do you think the community should take on the responsibility of running the Reserve. Please do get in touch.
VACANCY FOR COUNCILLOR
Mrs Ros Jess has stepped down from the Parish Council. Mrs Jess had been a member of Chedworth Parish Council for some 20 years, initially from 1991 until 2003 and then from 2015 until the present. She served as Chairman of the Council for much of that time. Cotswold District Council have been informed and they will instigate the procedure to fill the vacancy.
The next meeting will be on Monday 17th May at 7.30 pm at the Village Hall as we should be back to face to face meetings. The meeting is a week later than usual to fit in with the scheduled easing of Covid 19 restrictions. We may need to have social distancing, hand sanitising, one way system etc. so please bear with us as we will not have details until the week before the meeting.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
The Annual Parish meeting will be held on Monday 24th April, again at the Village Hall at 7.30 pm. This is a chance for residents to bring up any items they wish which ae relevant to Chedworth and also features charity reports and an annual report from the Parish Council. The Chairman normally allows AOB in addition to items on the formal agenda but it is helpful if people give notice of items they wish to raise or discuss.
Please contact the clerk at:- firstname.lastname@example.org 01285 720313
David Broad (Vice Chairman) 01285 720313
Bella Amory 07808 724972
George Broad 07895 177961
Tony Kingsley 01285 720743
Alan McLellan 01285 720642
Ian Morgan 07778 168822
Elizabeth Broad (Clerk) 01285 720313
21-22 Budget Report
We are in the process of creating a new website so some documents have yet to be uploaded. We ask that you are patient but if you need to see any missing documents please email the clerk at email@example.com or call on 01285 720313