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June 2022

The deadline for the last issue came just before our 11th April meeting with WDC about their funding commitment for the Y&CC Project, but I can now update you...  The on-line meeting was with WDC's Chief Executive and the Council Leader, and also Cllr Alan Rhead. It went well and we had a good discussion with them. There was clear confirmation of WDC's support for the Y&CC Project and this is expected to mean a significant funding commitment.

To progress that commitment through the Council's governance and budgetary processes, they have asked to receive the updated, detailed QS-prepared costs plan and continued fundraising strategy which are being prepared and submitted in time for the Cabinet meeting in July.

It's good to be making progress with WDC, as this funding commitment is essential in helping to leverage contributions from the grant providers from which we've yet to request funds.

We've just heard from one grant provider, the Norton Foundation, on our application to them and it's good news - they have awarded us £10,000, for which we're very grateful.

The Y&CC Project continues to move forward. The Written Statement of Investigation for the archaeological survey has been completed and will go to WCC for approval; after that, we can go ahead with arranging for the 'dig' to happen and we plan appropriately to involve the Heritage Group and Barford St. Peters School during. There will be two trenches, sited to minimise disruption to the ongoing use of the Hut.

Those of you who have been in the Hut recently will have seen that we now have two air-purifier units, similar to those in the Memorial Hall and provided free-of-charge by WCC. These remove airborne particles and help to prevent spread of viruses/ bacteria.

On local fundraising, our Gold Rush is going well, with several items having been donated by villagers and we've already received just over £1,000 through Howards Jewellers. Many thanks to those who have helped so far and there's still opportunity for people to donate any no longer wanted items made of precious metal - Please ring Julie Crawshaw 07968 351828 to arrange collection.

There's also news of a wonderful event being organised by Hilary Rhead for October (Thank You, Hilary!)

On Saturday 1st October there will be a Community Apple Fest on King George's Field.

Star attraction is a steam-driven Apple Crusher, which will come over from Combrook and then be ready to process any apples anyone wants to bring along! You'll just need to bring your apples (windfalls are fine) and some bottles/containers to take away your delicious apple juice.

We're looking for someone to do a pig roast too and if anyone would like to suggest or set up other stalls, that would be welcome.

More information nearer the time.

Please contact Hilary Rhead if you can help or have some ideas   01926 624416

Before that, there are the music nights in the Memorial Hall: Opera music on Friday 26th August and Cajun Roosters on Saturday 27th August.

Being organised by Debbie Hobbs   07966 252324  - helpers wanted!

.. and before then, we will be holding our BYCC Annual General Meeting on Monday 27th June, at 7:30pm in the Scout Hut.

This is open to everyone and we hope to see you there.


So, some dates for you to note on calendars:

Monday 27th June - BYCC AGM, 7:30pm in the Scout Hut

Friday 26th August - Opera evening  /  Saturday 27th August - Cajun Roosters; in the Memorial Hall

Saturday 1st October - Community Apple Fest, on King George's Field.


With thanks for all your continuing support,

Ian Paterson

Ian Paterson
BYCC Chairman

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BYCC 200 Club :
Thank you to all our existing members and welcome to our new members! Your support makes a big difference to our Community Centre!

For only £12 per year we invite new members to join the BYCC 200 Club. You will be supporting your local Youth & Community Centre while having the chance to win up to £100 four times a year!

To join please pick up a leaflet at Barford Village Shop (in the café area as you are leaving the shop in the current one-way system) or contact Kate on or 624856.

Thank you to all our members - congratulations to our latest winners and good luck to everyone in the next draw.

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