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BUSINESS GRANT FUND :

A letter has recently gone out from the District Council to many businesses but it can be downloaded by clicking the link below in case there are other local businesses who might qualify. 

Business Grant Fund letter. Click here to download PDF

Cllr Alan Rhead

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KING GEORGE'S FIELD :

LATEST NEWS

Barford United Moves On

Here follows a précis of a communication from Barford United FC…

Barford United FC was founded in November 2016 to accommodate an Under 11 team that was left in turmoil, half way through the season due to no fault of its own. This team had been managed by Chris Lee and Mark Edwards for the previous 2 seasons, building a fantastic support base and a successful and happy football team, and so BUFC was formed in a matter of weeks! Since then more teams and coaches have been added over the last few seasons due to the local demand. However, very sadly, in June or July BUFC will be formally disbanded. This is for various reasons as outlined below.

Child Welfare Officer and Treasurer Roles are absolutely vital in junior football and have been particularly hard to fill and the club has been struggling of late.

Facilities & Training - The area is saturated with football and rugby clubs and this makes it extremely hard to find suitable winter, floodlit training facilities in the area, on the specific night that suits all of our current teams. With more teams the facilities at Barford have become less than adequate. This will become more of an issue as the teams require more space as they get older. Difficulties in attracting and retaining players have increased as players have become older.

BUFC has had talks with some larger local clubs that are much better established in terms of size and reputation and it was eventually decided that Racing Club Warwick would be the preferred choice. The main reasons are as follows:

  • Considerable funding available to develop facilities

  • Some cost savings

  • Teams will receive a brand new kit

  • Training nights and times will try to be matched to what they are currently

  • Excellent parking facilities

  • They have agreed that their child welfare officer will fill our club role to help us finish the season without any issues.

  • The teams would not be broken up or affected at all, but more players should be available to join our teams as and when we do need more players

  • Racing Club are looking to expand and become even more established in the area.

  • Youth, reserve and main men’s team offers a direct route to the players that would like to pursue a higher level once they come of age.

  • Racing Club have a new committee setup and an extremely active, driven chairman who runs the club with a similar ethos to BUFC.

Nothing will change between now and the end of the season. BUFC will continue as before and, in or around June time during close season, teams will be issued a new kit, be called Racing Club Warwick and play games on a different pitch (potentially with stands for parents and full clubhouse)

All of the current players are welcome to move with us and as such nothing should change there. Same coaches, same players.

BUFC staff have deliberated a lot over this decision and fully feel that is in the best interests of the players going forward.

BUFC are in a healthy financial position as a club and as BUFC are not reliant upon the monthly fees up until the move it is proposed that NO SUB FEES ARE TO BE PAID AFTER FEBRUARY 2020. The rest of the season will be FREE to all.

The Barford United Committee

Bookings - We have recently been reviewing the booking system and have cleared out a few rogue bookings which could obstruct users in busy periods. Please remember that if you wish to ensure your access to tennis, or netball or the MUGA you do need to make a booking to take priority over any casual users. To make a booking go to barfordplayingfields.org where you can register as a user and booking is then straightforward. Casual users can book up to two weeks ahead. Organised groups can make reservations further into the future if appropriate.

Maintenance Sessions - These are still in full swing again, mostly dealing with leaves which have started to fall heavily after the first frosts. If you can spare an hour or so every few weeks (usually Fridays and Saturdays) then please contact Harry Gadsden our chair and working party coordinator.

Play Area Repairs - The skip is still waiting for dry weather to be collected.

Netball News - ‘Free February’
Barford Netball Group are running their usual sessions free for the entirety of February, why not get involved?

Contact Ellie Lees on 07796 150 286 for more details.


If you would like to receive regular email updates about the Field, including a summary of what’s going on, then we can add you to our database which is growing fast. It’s easy to start receiving this information – simply email your name, email address, postal address and contact telephone number to info@barfordplayingfields.org. This is a great way to receive free regular news about YOUR Field.

If you would like to find out more about football, netball, tennis, bowls, children’s play and other activities taking place at the Field then log on today to www.barfordplayingfields.org. There are more and more groups of local people getting together to take part in recreational activities at the Field. Plus, if you are new to the village, then we want to hear from you as well, as joining in activities at the Field would be a great way to meet new people and enjoy some recreation at the same time.

For all KGF/BSC related matters please contact:
info@barfordplayingfields.org
Cllr Harry Gadsden – 01926 624863, 07810503779 or harrygadsden@me.com
Cllr John Murphy – 01926 624421, 07710 033444 or jvm@jvmurphy.co.uk
JPC Clerk – James Johnson – 01926 419300 or johnson.jfgm@gmail.com

ENJOY YOUR FIELD!

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CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY AND REFERENDUM :

Here is some information received from Warwick District Council (WDC) about their Climate Emergency actions together with information about a Referendum on Council Tax.

WDC All Party statement - click here to download PDF
Council Tax Referendum - click here to download PDF

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Safer Roads PartnershipBARFORD COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH:
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED

Are you concerned about vehicle speed in Barford?

Could you spare a few hours of your time onvce or twice a month?

If the answer is yes, please contact Gerard Veness on 01926 624576 for more information.

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BAR ZERO :

Repair Café 1st Sunday every month
CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Our popular Repair Café is running monthly. Rather than throw out broken items, bring them along to the café and we will see if they can be repaired. Our skilled and resourceful volunteers have repaired bikes, rucksacks, clocks, toys, lamps and a coffee machine and are willing to try their hand at anything! Even if you don’t have anything to repair, come for a chat and enjoy our delicious homemade cake and sausage rolls.

April Focus
Have you thought of growing your own veg or cut flowers but don’t know where to start? Have a walk round the allotments and you’ll get loads of ideas, and people are very happy to chat. We will have a regular ‘grow your own’ slot at our monthly meetings. Plastic-free produce, no food miles and healthy outdoor exercise.

Get a compost bin for your lawn mowings, food waste and paper bags. Save the fossil fuel the council uses to collect your green bin. Check on WCC website for cheap compost bins..

Use hand soap instead of bottles. It’s been shown to be just as effective at cleaning. But make sure you scrub for long enough (See Trust me I’m a Doctor).

Don’t miss out!
If you’d like to join our ‘keep in touch’ list, email barzerogroup@gmail.com

.Mary Peirson, Kirsty Healey, and Liz Harrison-Hall

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CARE HOME PROPOSAL :

Here is more information (PDF files) regarding the recent Care Home proposal exhibition boards and comment forms.

Click here to download the proposal.

Click here to download the comments form.

John Murphy

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WARWICKSHIRE LIFT SHARE :

Warwickshire County Council are linked to the national Lift Share scheme which is open to everyone. You need to join online and if you can offer a lift, you post details and a passenger might reply.

Alternatively if you are seeking transport you can search to see if anyone is going your way. The more people that join the more rides that can be shared. It is suitable for one off or regular journeys.

Have a look at the link if you are interested:
www.liftshare.com/carsharewarwickshire

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DENE VALLEY U3A :

St Peter's Church, Wellesbourne, on Tuesday 10th March at 2.30pm

On the 2nd Tuesday of every month our organisation hosts a presentation on a topic of general interest starting at 2.30pm in St Peter's Church, Wellesbourne. Non members are always welcome to attend at a nominal charge of £2 which includes refreshments.

On Tuesday 10th March , we will will host a presentation by Roy Smart on 'The Life and Times of Wallis Simpson'. This will cover the early years when Wallis first met the man that was destined to become King Edward VIII and the ensuing constitutional crisis of his subsequent abdication. Roy will also tell us about her later life as the wife of the Duke of Windsor and her final years in which she was kept a virtual prisoner by her obsessive lawyer and died a sad and lonely woman.

If you would like to know more about our organisation and possibly also consider joining, then please visit our website at http://www.denevalleyu3a.btck.co.uk or visit our Facebook page.

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COMMUNITY BREAKFAST AND ECO-WALK :
Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday)

Celebrate VE Day with some fresh air and exercise!
More details shortly.

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CPR TRAINING :

Do you know what to do if someone collapses and stops breathing? Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation SAVES LIVES, by keeping patients alive long enough for ambulances and paramedics to arrive – or for someone to fetch the Public Access defibrillator.

Given that activity areas might well be a likely location for a “heart event” we have made contacts and are able to arrange some CPR training sessions. These sessions are for everyone – no previous experience is needed, and you never know where the next person you could help will come from – it could just as easily be family, neighbours or someone in the street.

Do you know what to do? If not please contact Harry Gadsden to secure a place on a training session.

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CARICE SINGERS CONCERT :

Saturday 14th March, St Peter ad Vincula Church, Hampton Lucy at 7:30pm.
"Tis Nature's Voice"

Pre-concert talk at 6:45pm

The Carice Singers - named after Edward Elgar's daughter - are professional performers who are known for a pure sound and an imaginative approach to a wide spectrum of choral music. Under its Director, George Parris, the ensemble has recorded no fewer than three discs for Naxos, which feature music by English twentieth-century composers, and which have been highly praised by reviewers

Tickets £15 - with a glass of wine at the interval.

For tickets, call 01789 470911 or 01789 840375

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TWO DAY INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING COURSE :

Run by Shipston Beekeepers - a branch of Warwickshire Beekeeping Association, Saturday 25th April, 9.30 - 16.00 at Brailes Village Hall OX15 5AS.

Theory - How a honeybee colony works; the beekeeping year; how to get started; essential equipment; harvesting your honey and wax.

Sunday 26th April, 10.30 - 14.30. Practical at club apiary OX15 5HZ - Siting an apiary; assembling hive parts; apiary safety; inspecting a honeybee colony / handling bees (weather permitting) Bee suits provided.

Light lunch and refreshments provided both days. Gift Voucher available.

Enrolment: www.sbka.org.uk/training
Enquiries: secretary@sbka.org.uk

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CRICKET
New season, same great sponsor!

As the 2020 season is fast approaching we are extremely excited and grateful for the continued support of our local pub The Joseph Arch.

This year they have helped us buy both new equipment and also new club kit. As a small village club that only plays friendly games, their support is a vital help with running the club and goes a long way to making it great for everyone. We hold all committee meetings at The Joseph Arch, always receiving great service with our drinks, so why not go and try it for yourselves?

Or why not come and try the game with us at Barford Cricket Club - we welcome all players regardless of of age, ability and we can provide all the kit you will need.

For more information visit our website - www.barfordcc.org.uk

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BARFORD ST PETER'S PRE-SCHOOL
SPACES AVAILABLE :

We have some spaces available at Barford St Peter's 'Outstanding' Pre-School. We provide up to 15 free hours entitlement each week.

If you are interested, please phone and speak to Mrs Katie Fox regarding availability on 01926 624 244.

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COFFEE MORNING:

The Sherbourne Village Coffee Morning will be on Thursday 12th March 11.00 am to 1.00pm, at the Village Hall. Do join us - you will be most welcome.

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NEW GROUP? :

Are you an expectant Mum or new Mum with a baby under a year old? We are hoping to set up a group for chat and tea at the Youth and Community Centre (current Scout Hut). Open also to Dads who care for babies.

Our new Baby Group dates going forward are
• 3rd March 2pm - 3.30pm and
• 10th March 2pm - 3.30pm

(A small charge of £2.00 to help cover room hire and refreshments).

As the group develops, we aim to provide sensory items to stimulate baby development but to also offer a safe environment for babies to socialise and for mums to be, new mums and dads to come together and have a natter!

We look forward to seeing you.
Give Lorraine a ring on 07977 998140

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SHERBOURNE FETE :
Saturday 13th June

If you would like to have a stall, either retail or fun, please contact John Wheeler on 01789293604 or wheelerjohn801@gmail.com

SHERBOURNE VE DAY, 75th ANNIVERSARY :

We hope to make a display in church over the weekend of 8/9th May. If you have any photographs or memorabilia, please e-mail Carol Wheeler at wheelerjohn801@gmail.com

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CUBS PAID A VISIT TO BARFORD VILLAGE SHOP :

One dark evening towards the end of 2019, a group of eager Cubs paid a visit to Barford Village Shop. They wanted to find out more about how the shop is run, as they were working towards their Community Services badge. It was really encouraging to see how much they already knew about the shop and the staff were impressed with their enthusiasm and excellent questioning.

They explored the shop to find the answers to a quiz and had a go at working on the till, before going home with a special treat as a reward for their excellent behaviour.

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BOARD OF GOVERNOR VACANCIES:

Are you ready to make a difference at Barford St Peter’s Primary School?

“The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Yours is a school with a very clear culture and ethos. You have high expectations of pupils, of their attendance, their conduct and their work ethic. Pupils rise to these high expectations. The school is very much part of, and serves, its local community, with close links to village organisations and the parish church’"
HMI Short Inspection February 2019

If you have a passion for improving the life chances of children and can offer supportive challenge to the leadership of our school to help us to fulfil our vision, please contact the school to arrange a meeting and informal discussion with the Head teacher and Chair of Governors and join the Board.

The Inspector’s full report can be found on the school website:

www.barfordschool.org/Statutory-Information/Latest-Inspection-Report

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ARE YOU A GOOD DOG OWNER? :

Please don’t be the type of dog owner that spoils our green and pleasant land. Our playing fields and footpaths are for the enjoyment of everyone but sadly some dog owners are not picking up after their beloved pets. We know you love them but not everyone else does!

We received an especially sad message from a resident who found dog mess close to a family grave; this was very distressing.

Please remember this can result in a £1000 fine but don’t let it come to this. Just pick it up and put it in one of the many bins in the village.

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THE ARTS SOCIETY, ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA

Members of The Arts Society, Royal Leamington Spa, have started work on a church record at All Saints, Sherbourne. A church record is a detailed inventory of the church furnishings complete with drawings and photographs. It is set out in nine different sections: memorials, metalwork, stonework, woodwork, textiles, paintings, library, windows and miscellaneous. Recording usually takes place once a fortnight for about a couple of hours, which is quite long enough particularly in the winter. The average length of time to complete a record is three years.

All Saints is a wonderful George Gilbert Scott church and is highly regarded by Pevsner. Three members of the group live in Barford so do not have far to travel.

If you would be interested in learning more about this project, or even volunteering to help, please contact Angela Watkins on 01926 624758.

For more infromation, visit the Society's website:
www.tasrls.org.uk

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Air AMbulanceAIR AMBULANCE COLLECTION :

Thank you so much to everyone in Barford who has helped in any way to raise the magnificent sum of £1,276.40.

This is another record amount this year and has been very gratefully received by the Air Ambulance charity which has helped so many people in our village.

Despite the fact that they save so many lives they receive no government funding.

Eileen Field

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NOTICE BOARD:

Some of you may have noticed that the church notice board next to the War Memorial is looking rather tatty!

The good news is that a new fully weatherproof board has now been ordered and is expected to arrive and be erected during March. Watch that space!

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SALVATION ARMY - WAY AHEAD PROJECT:
March 2020

Just a reminder that we will be collecting tins, dried goods and toiletries during Lent. Just add a few items to your weekly shopping list and it will all help to maintain their supplies through the spring and summer.

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WARWICKSHIRE MOBILE LIBRARY:

Mobile LibraryThe Mobile Library visits Barford once every three weeks.   

Sorry, there will be no visit in April.

For further information on the Mobile Library Service, please call 01926 851031.

Click here for more details.

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WARWICKSHIRE HOME LIBRARY SERVICE:

There is also a Home Library Service which is offered across the whole of Warwickshire. This is a free Warwickshire County Council service to those who are unable to visit or use their local library or Mobile Library due to ill health or infirmity.

We deliver library books to people in their homes/ nursing homes/ residential complexes once every four weeks, based on their personal preferences.  Click here for a copy of the leaflet or watch our promotional video via our website:
www.warwickshire.gov.uk/homelibraryservice

We can provide books in Large Print or on compact disc if required.

Don’t forget that your library card also gives access to free Ebooks, EAudio, ENewspapers and EMagazines and much more all from the comfort of your Home;
go to: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/library

For further information on the Mobile Library Service, please call 01926 851031.

Or email us on: mobilelibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk and we will be happy to speak to you.

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BROADBAND ON NEW DEVELOPMENTS :

We are seeing almost daily enquiries from owners of properties on new developments asking when we will be going to their areas. The simple answer, generally speaking, is that we won’t!

Before CSW Broadband went out to tender in 2017 for Contract 3, we carried out an Open Market Review in 2016. Under this process, suppliers were sent lists of premises that appeared at that time on the Ordnance Survey Address Base. The data for this originates from the District or Borough Authorities, who enter the information into the Property Gazeteer. Therefore, the data can only include homes that have been built and registered, and is only as up-to-date as the District or Borough Authority data at that time.

If a property had not yet been built, or was not registered, then it could not be included in the data that was sent to suppliers.

It is not unreasonable to expect the developers to include broadband in their on-site infrastructure, and many do. However many people buy homes and expect that broadband will be provided, only to be disappointed once they move in. To complicate the issue, there is an EU standard that required newer homes to be built as “internet ready”, so they will have network wiring around the property. However, that does not necessarily mean that there will be any connectivity from the property to the fibre network.

Buyers of any property, new or old, are strongly recommended to check the broadband connectivity situation, if it is important to them, before they buy. Don’t just take the salesperson’s word for it!

CSW Broadband Warwickshire County Council Email:broadband@cswbroadband.org.uk

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THE HEWITT CONNECTION TO BARFORD :

Some of you may have read about the Hewitt family on the Heritage Group website. This is a fascinating and inspiring story about a very strong minded woman, Miss Caroline Hewitt who was born in Barford in 1872. After a very eventful start in life she established the much valued Hewitt School in New York in 1920. The Heritage Group has been in contact with the school to find out more about their principal’s life.

On her visit to Barford in 1928, Caroline founded a scholarship at secondary school for a promising pupil of Barford school whose parent’s circumstances precluded the expense of a higher education. The gift was in affectionate memory of her mother, Harriet. The only condition of the trust was that the scholar, for the time they had the scholarship, would place a wreath of primroses on Mrs Hewitt’s grave on the 23rd of April each year.

As a result of this and other research, our school Barford St. Peter’s, has decided to re-establish the annual placing of a posy of primroses on the grave of Harriet Hewitt in Barford churchyard. Miss Hewitt returned from America each year to visit her mother (another amazing, determined, intelligent woman).

Caroline died in 1961 having given so many pupils a great love of the theatre and particularly of Shakespeare; she is buried alongside her mother in St Peter's churchyard.

The whole story is on the website www.barfordheritage.org.uk

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BARFORD HERITAGE GROUP:

Barford Heritage Group have produced a leaflet detailing the history of the Hadley Family

The Hadleys have lived in Barford continuously since 1802. Originally living in Bridge Street where they ran the butchers shop and post office, part of the family then started farming in Wasperton Lane.

The leaflet refers to Census records but what makes it more interesting are the reminiscences of various Hadley family members, giving a fascinating insight into their family life. It starts with George Hadley, recorded in 1929 when was aged 93, referring to memories of what life was like in Barford. Then follows Tony Hadley describing how the farm was developed, as well as his wartime memories. The farm is still run by part of the family today and they helped with some of the details. Finally another family descendent, Jan Bradley who still lives in the village, brings the family history up to date with her own reminiscences.

A worthwhile read about life in the Hadley family over the last two centuries.

Copies can be purchased from Doug Warne for £1
Telephone: 01926 624206

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BARFORD POST OFFICE:

The Post office is open from 2.45pm to 5.15pm every weekday.

BANKING :
Has your bank closed? You will find many banking facilities at the Post Office:

• Withdraw money
• Get change
• Pay in cash/cheques
• Pay bills
• Collect foreign currency

Try out your LOCAL Banking Service!

Rod Scott
Sub-Postmaster
01926 624434

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THE CHILDREN'S SOCIETY :

A big thank you to the eight Children’s Society’s collection box holders who contributed a total of £120.97 towards the Society this year.

Funds raised are vital in helping towards the society’s mission of supporting disadvantaged children and young people. Last year they worked with over 18,000 vulnerable children and young people, bringing life-changing support through their services around the country. This includes helping families trapped in poverty and debt, providing support to young carers and combating the evils of child sexual exploitation.

I have a number of spare boxes so if anyone would like to contribute their loose change to this worthwhile cause, do please let me know.

Jo Burman

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BARFORD LUNCH CLUB :

Lunch Club takes place in Barford Memorial Hall every month, on the 4th Monday (unless it falls on a Bank Holiday).

There are a number of regular members but it is open to anyone (male or female) and new members will always be most welcome. It is an opportunity to meet other people and share news and views whist enjoying a delicious meal prepared by members and friends of the Ladies Guild.

The two course lunch costs £3.50 per person with a hot main course in the winter and cold in the summer with the addition of a bowl of soup.

Why not give it a try?

The next lunch club wil be on Monday 24th February 2020.

Call Ann on 624371 for further details

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FACEBOOK GROUP :

I have set up a community forum page for people to discuss local issues and celebrate what the village offers. It is purely for fun and utility. There is no commercial angle to this.

I have seen it elsewhere and it helps strengthen a community if done well.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/barford1/?fref=ts

Stu Barbs

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SILVER LINE :

The Silver Line is a helpline for older people that offers information, friendship and advice 24 hours day, 365 days a year.

Originally founded by Dame Esther Rantzen, it is the only national, free and confidential helpline for older people in the UK. The Silver Line also offers telephone and letter befriending by matching up a Silver Liner to a volunteer for regular conversation. So if anyone is lying awake at night, feeling lonely at anytime or is worried about a problem that they have and think that a chat with someone friendly who cares might help, please call The Silver Line on 0800 4 70 80 90

Click here for the Silver Liner website.

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ECO WORKSHOP :

Thank you to all who kindly drop off items for our workshop in my porch at 27 High Street.

Important Notice :
We no longer require any plastic bottles or white envelopes. But we do want:-

- Coloured envelopes with or without stamps.
- Drink cans
- Printer cartridges
- Round or square tea bags (dried)

Many thanks

Hilary Rhead

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FOR A SAFER HOME :

For a safer home, Warwickshire Trading Standards is urging consumers to register their fridges, washing machines and other white goods with the new domestic appliance registration scheme.

Domestic appliances have never been safer. However, as appliances become older, unforeseen faults can appear and these sometimes require the manufacturer to repair or recall the product.

A new web portal now provides access to the registration pages of 47 leading brands of domestic appliances: www.registermyappliance.org.uk

If then a manufacturer identifies a fault with a product which requires a repair or product recall, consumers can be quickly contacted.

The information consumers provide will only be used to notify them of product recalls and safety notices. The information cannot be shared or used for marketing purposes without their express consent.

Supported by Government and RoSPA.

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BARFORD AUDIO BOOKS :

Barford Audio Books is a non-commercial, non-profit and ad-free project; providing a small quantity of high quality free audio books for anyone to listen to on their computer, MP3 player etc., or to download and burn to a CD so that you can listen to them whenever you wish, at absolutely no cost to you. Our books have been recorded mainly by volunteers from the Barford Drama Group, which enables us to provide totally free audio books. You don’t even have to register, but please do join the Library so we can advise you of our latest recording.

We do have access to over 50,000 eBooks from Project Gutenberg and we are always looking for suggestions so if you would like us to record a specific Project Gutenberg eBook then please do suggest it using the form on the Contacts page, we look forward to hearing from you; although we obviously can’t guarantee recording it for you.

We generally only use Project Gutenberg eBooks as our source material as all their books are in the public domain and are no longer covered by copyright law, i.e., the copyright has expired. We believe therefore that all our recordings are also no longer covered by copyright law, however because of the nature of the internet, please do check before listening to or downloading or redistributing our audio books that they are out of copyright in your country. Please join this free library by visiting: Barford Audio Books.

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BRUNSWICK DEMENTIA CAFÉ :

A friendly, relaxed and supportive group for people with Dementia and their Carers to enjoy together. Refreshments and fun activities to share. Meet people who understand your experiences. Trained volunteers on hand to chat and provide support. Information and advice available.

WHERE: Brunswick Hub, 98-100 Shrubland Street, Leamington Spa CV31 3BD

WHEN: Fortnightly on Wednesdays, 11:00am to 1:00pm.

COST: Free of charge

For more information, please contact Hilary on 01926 422123

Click here for the website.

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BARFORD SEWING/ KNITTING GROUP :

If you were walking along Wellesbourne Road in Barford in December, you may have looked in the old phone box and noticed a lovely festive display created by members of the Barford Sewing and Knitting Group

This friendly group meets on alternate Monday mornings during term time, from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon in Barford Scout Hut.

Members bring along their own projects to work on from dress making, embroidery, tapestry and patchwork, to fabulous knitting designs. We share lots of ideas and tips!

The group also embarks on joint work, creating items for local community groups and charities. This year we hope to join with the WI to make a selection of hats and scarves for the homeless.

Can you sew or knit?

We always welcome new members and would be pleased to see you at one of our Monday sessions. For more details please email Ann at abmmcdermott@gmail.com

If you would like to join us or find out more, please

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WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL COMMUNITY SAFETY TEAM :

Beware of offenders targeting homes of elderly residents saying that there is a problem with damp and drains. 

We have received information from other UK Police Forces about incidents, which have occurred across their areas, whereby white male offenders have targeted the homes of elderly residents. The males have typically called at the homes of elderly and vulnerable people and have told them that they have a problem with damp in their house, or with their drains. They then say that they will need to hire equipment, such as a dehumidifier or pump, to rectify the problem and ask for payment up front for the hire of this equipment.

There have been no recorded incidents of this happening in Warwickshire so far but we are making you aware in case it does spread this way. Please make elderly relatives and neighbours aware that this is happening and ask them to turn the callers away empty handed and contact Police on 101 if they are approached in this way. Warn them never to hand over any cash to strangers at the door and, if possible, not to answer the door to anyone they do not know or are not expecting.

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OLDHAM’S BANK
RIVERSIDE WALK AND COMMUNITY ORCHARD :

In 2011 the Community Orchard was planted up on Oldham’s Bank by some enthusiastic villagers. Under the watchful eye of Gareth Davies, working for the LEADER programme, we planted 25 fruit trees. These were important in that they were chosen as local historic varieties and have great names such as the Warwickshire Drooper plum, Blenheim Orange apple, Meeches Prolific Quince, Winter Nellis Pear and a Mulberry (species unknown).

We have lost a number of these over time but have managed to keep a good selection growing. Last year’s quinces were amazing and this year the mulberry has been prolific. Like all crops, so much depends on weather and conditions. You never know!! We have recently had a very kind offer from Margaret and Neville Woods to prune them over the year and we hope our new bees will keep up the pollination. Do walk there when you have the chance.

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BARFORD BEGINNERS PLAYGROUP :

Barford Memorial Hall on Thursday mornings at 9.30am – 11.00am (term time only)

A friendly village playgroup.

Great selection of toddler toys and ride-ons.
Special baby area.
Regular craft activities.
Healthy snack for little ones.
Tea, coffee and biscuits for grown-ups.
Fun action song session at the end.

£3.00 per family per session.

Come and join us!

Every Thursday morning during term time.

Contact Barford Beginners on 07921 083142 for more information.

Click here for webpage.

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KEEP FIT FOR LADIES :

A small but enthusiastic band of ladies meet on Monday mornings at 9.30am in Barford Memorial Hall to do a gentle keep fit class which last for about 30 minutes.

If you would like to join us please contact Helen Clay 624028 for more information.

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ACTIVITIES, ADVICE OR SERVICES? :

The Warwickshire Directory is aimed at helping people find information about local organisations, groups and agencies that provide activities, advice, services and support.

Information and advice is an essential part to enabling people, carers and families to take control of, and make well-informed choices about, their care and support.

Please visit the Directory online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/directory.

We are committed to continually improving the range of information, advice and services available to people online.

Do you run a local activity or service?

Are you listed on the Warwickshire Directory? If not, we want to hear from you. The Directory could be a great way of promoting your service to a wider audience for free.

To get listed, please contact the Directory Team by emailing directory@warwickshire.gov.uk or by calling us on 01926 742604.

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BARFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN :

The submission version of the Plan has been completed and can be downloaded from the BNDP webpage.

Click here for full details. .

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CALLING ALL DRIVERS… :

Back & 4th Community Transport is based at Warwick University Campus (HRI), Wellesbourne and provides minibus hire for residents of South Warwickshire. We are looking for extra volunteer drivers to take our passengers out and about in the local area and further afield, so if you have some time to spare and are interested in joining our team please give us a call.

You need to be between 25 and 70 years of age and we ask that volunteers complete a minimum of one drive per month for us. Apart from that our requirements are flexible to suit your availability.

Full training to MiDAS (Minibus Drivers’ Awareness Standards) is provided as well as all out of pocket expenses. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check is completed for all volunteer drivers.

We also need volunteers to help out with other tasks including assisting people on a journey and with their supermarket shopping so if you have some spare time and would like to help the local community, please contact Kate Skinner on 01789 471595 for further information.

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LEAMINGTON AND DISTRICT PARKINSON'S SOCIETY :

Together with donations from Barford Ladies Guild and other sources, and money raising that we do ourselves, we can also offer three weekly sessions of Physiotherapy on a Monday and also Hydrotherapy twice a month. These are all with specialist therapists who can target the main problems.

As a Society we provide monthly meetings for information, companionship and entertainment. We also have social outings and an annual holiday.

If anyone would like to know anything further, or know of anyone we could help, please contact Eileen Field 01926 624431.

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BARFORD VILLAGE PLANNING DIARY:

For those of you organising events in advance you might not be aware that there is an on-line Village Diary that you can use to see if there is already an event planned in the village at the time you have chosen. It also provides a 'What's On' diary visible to everyone.

The diary is accessible from the home page of the Barford Community Website (barford.org.uk) via the red button 'Planning Diary' on the left side..

OBVIOUSLY it will only work if every event organiser tells me the date of their event as soon it is fixed !!

New entries can be made by sending me an email ::kenhope@barford.org.uk or via

www.barford.org.uk/diary

Ken Hope

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ECO WORKSHOP :

ECO (Enterprise Community Opportunity) Workshop, a Stratford-based organisation that helps adults with autism and learning disabilities get valuable work experience and gain new skills, need greeting card envelopes, postage stamps, empty drinks cans, old gardening hand tools, empty plastic Coca Cola bottles, empty printer cartridges.

Items can be left in separate bags please in the porch at 27 High Street, Barford.

Click here for flyer (PDF)

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HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND FOR BARFORD
PROJECT UPDATE - OCTOBER 2017:
Broadband

Contract 3 now awarded:
Following a rigorous procurement process, the CSW Broadband partnership has awarded all three Lots that comprise Contract 3, Part 1, to BT Openreach.

The Contract will deliver high-speed fibre broadband to more than 15,000 additional premises in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire. Most of these homes and businesses will get Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology capable of delivering ultrafast download speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) and upload speeds of up to 220Mbps.

As with Contract 2, the CSW Broadband team has built headroom into the contract, meaning that if additional funding is secured then this can be rolled into the current contract without the need to go through a lengthy procurement process.

As the fibre broadband network is being installed by Openreach, households and businesses will have a wide choice of fibre broadband providers. Upgrades do not happen automatically. Residents and businesses wanting to benefit from the upgrade will need to place an order with their chosen fibre broadband provider once the work has been completed.
Openreach will use its existing underground ducting wherever possible, minimising disruption and the need to dig up roads and pavements.

The first locations to benefit are expected to be announced in early October. We are working on a new mapping system that will go live with the announcement of Contract 2, Wave 8. The Contract 3, Part 1, areas will also be shown on that map. As with previous contracts, details for Contract 3, Part 1, will be announced in Waves at 3-monthly intervals.

Updates on the roll-out are available from: www.cswbroadband.org.uk

Social Media:
SFBarford on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarfordSuperfastBroadband

CSW on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CSWSuperfastBroadband 
Twitter -  https://twitter.com#!/cswbroadband 
Linkedin -  http://www.linkedin.com/groups/CSW-Superfast-Broadband-4403473

You can also view Superfast Barford's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BarfordSuperfastBroadband

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SCOUT HUT CAFÉ
(Almost) every Tuesday morning
10:30am to 12:00 noon
At the Scout Hut, Wasperton Lane

Drop in for a cup of coffee (or tea) with (homemade) cake or biscuits and a chance to chat.

All welcome, no charge (voluntary donations to cover costs welcome).

For more information, contact Wendy Barlow 624296 or Chris and Alex Farr 620117

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HELP NEEDED :

As many of you who walk the Oldhams bank, Millennium Walk and Community Orchard know, it takes a bit of maintenance to keep it open and free from brambles etc.

If there are any villagers out there who could help with this a few times a year I would love to hear from you. The small group who are currently doing it are getting no younger though we would like to think we are mere striplings!

Please contact Wendy Barlow on 01926624296 or .

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COULD YOU GIVE A HOME TO A GUIDE DOG PUPPY? :

Could you give a home to a Guide Dog Puppy and be part of something amazing?

Guide Dogs are urgently looking for new volunteers to help train and socialize some of their puppies, a role known as Puppy Walking.

These crucial volunteers provide the full-time care and education of a puppy from seven weeks of age until they are between 12 and 14 months old, when the puppies return to Guide Dogs to begin their formal training.

Penny Hefferan, Volunteer Consultant for Guide Dogs and herself a Guide dog owner says, “Our puppy walkers play an essential role - if we don’t have puppy walkers, we don’t have Guide Dogs. “The role is challenging and it’s a real commitment to take a puppy into your home for a year, but it’s extremely enjoyable, rewarding and worthwhile in raising a dog who regain their independence and rebuild their lives.

Puppy Walkers need to be at home for the majority of the day so that the pup is not left alone for long periods of time. Alternatively, individuals provide joint care with a family member or friend, or take the puppy with them to a suitable work environment. Access to a car is required, plus suitable accommodation with a securely fenced yard or garden. Guide Dogs provides full training and support, supplies basic equipment and pays all veterinary and feeding expenses.

Lyn is a volunteer for Guide dogs and is currently looking after her second puppy Isaac. She says, “I have really enjoyed being a puppy walker and have loved all the new experiences it has given me. Both my puppies have been very different and it’s been wonderful to watch them grow and gain in confidence. I’d recommend it to anyone who has the time to care for a dog but wants to do something special at the same time”.

For further information about this and other volunteering opportunities with Guide Dogs, please call Penny Hefferan on 07881 269586 or

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COMMUNITY TRANSPORT :

Back and 4th Transport provides accessible transport to the community and not for profit groups in the South Warwickshire area.

We are always looking to recruit volunteer minibus drivers for our community transport projects.

Volunteers will be subject to a satisfactory DBS check and will be based at our offices in Wellesbourne. Full training will be provided and all out of pocket expenses will be paid

If you are a friendly and sociable person with some spare time and enjoy helping others, please contact Gareth Jones on 01789 471595 or click here to visit our website

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BARFORD COMMUNITY CHARITY :

Barford Community Charity exists to provide financial assistance to projects which develop the villages of Barford, Sherbourne and Wasperton for the benefit of the whole community. This can be for the provision, improvement or maintenance of public amenities or recreational facilities, to provide training or employment opportunities, or to make provision for groups with a particular need. Since its inception in 2008, the Charity has provided financial support totalling almost £100,000 for the following projects:

King George's Field, Piano for Barford Primary School, Barford Community Shop, flagpole on village green, new chairs and disabled ramp for St. Peter's Church, street lighting for Sherbourne, Barford football team match kit, Village Directory printing.

The Charity can also be used as a temporary repository for charitable funds raised in the villages. As a Charity we are usually able to reclaim Gift Aid on these funds.

The trustees are always keen to help projects in the villages on receipt of an application form. The current Trustees are:

John Barrott (Chair), Alison Gadsden, Liz Harrison Hall, Sue Jessett, John Murphy, Sue Partridge and Alan Rhead.

What is the Barford Community Charity (BCC)?

A Charity established in 2007 to facilitate the development and launch of Barford Village Shop. The underlying focus of the BCC is to promote village cohesion, by raising and administering funds for projects and initiatives that will bring an element of regeneration to the village.

How is the Charity run?

We rely on the support and generosity of others through bequests, donations and fund-raising. The BCC also benefits from profits derived from Barford Village Shop. Applications are considered by the Trustees of the BCC.

How do I apply for assistance from the BCC?

In writing, using our standardised application form, available from any of the Trustees.

If we are satisfied that the project will benefit the local community, we may be able to award funds.

If we need further information we will contact the applicant.

We always try to help where we can, but if we feel unable to assist we will explain why.

John Barrott
Chairman
Barford Community Charity

Contact details for Barford Charities:
BARFORD ST PETER’S SCHOOL TRUST - The contact is Mr Bill Worrall, 624407.

BARFORD RELIEF IN NEED CHARITY TRUST The contact is Mr Terry Offiler, 624153.

BARFORD COMMUNITY CHARITY . The contact is Mr John Murphy, 624421.

Please be assured that all enquires to any of these charities are treated with complete discretion and confidentiality.

Remember they are there to help!

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WRCC COMMUNITY CARS :

Do you have a few hours to spare each week?

WRCC Community Cars (formerly Warwick Health Transport) need some help in their Wellesbourne office on a Wednesday morning between 10.00h and 13.00h (Other days possible).

We are looking for an organised and patient person with a pleasant telephone manner who is comfortable using a computer to take bookings from users of our volunteer car scheme.

This is a voluntary role but mileage expenses to and from home will be paid (currently 45p per mile).

To find out more please phone 01789 471595

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NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN:

A Neighbourhood Plan is a new type of plan introduced in the Localism Act. It will be the result of a community working together to decide how their local area should develop and grow in the future.

Barford, Sherbourne & Wasperton Joint Parish Council has applied to Warwick District Council for designation of a Neighbourhood Plan Area under Part 2 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 for the area of Barford parish only.

Information about Barford's Neighbourhood Plan can be found on the Warwick District Council website.

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WARWICKSHIRE DIRECT WEBSITE :

I would like to draw your attention to the following webpage at the Warwickshire Direct website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams

This regularly updated webpage provides information about current scams in operation, alongside advice on what to do if you think you come across a scam. If you are particularly concerned about scams, please do visit the website for information on how to protect yourself.

Anita Kendall
Area Support Officer
Community Partnership Team

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"BECOMING BARFORD" :

Becoming BarfordBarford Heritage Group’s book, "Becoming Barford - The story of a Warwickshire Village".

The full colour publication traces the development of the village from a small Anglo-Saxon settlement to the 1960s using over 200 pictures and many reminiscences.

The book is now on sale in Barford Village Shop, price was £12.99, now £9.99.

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PLAYBOX THEATRE :

Playbox TheatrePlaybox Theatre is one of the UK's leading theatre companies working exclusively with, and for, children and young people aged between 3-19 yrs. The home of Playbox is a beautiful arts complex, The Dream Factory, in Warwick and it is here that workshops, holiday courses and productions take place.

Playbox also has centres across the region, including Stratford-upon-Avon, at Cox's Yard by The River Avon. The company's mission is to develop the imagination, confidence and self-esteem of every young person we work with. Our members have the opportunity to explore a range of performing arts, including mime, movement, voice, film, circus, dance, musical theatre and Shakespeare.

All members take part in weekly training workshops, and every young person has regular opportunities to appear in major productions.

If you would like to know more about Playbox Theatre, please call Emily on 01926 419555 ext.3 or . Lots more information can be found on our website.

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LOVEBALLET DANCE COMPANY :

LoveBallet's Show raises thousands for local charities

Over 250 pupils from the leading dance school LoveBallet Dance Company have recently danced their socks off to raise over £3000 for 2 wonderful local charities in their dance show "Peter Pan" which was held in July in Leamington Spa. Children and adults from 3 yrs to 70 yrs danced in the show to raise funds for Dogs for Good (Banbury) and the Children’s Air Ambulance (Based in Warwickshire).

LoveBallet Dance Company offers lessons across Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire, with their own purpose built studios in Southam, but also other venues across the county too.

We look forward to a seeing our pupils and welcoming new faces too into our LoveBallet Family in September after the summer break. We have exams in the Autumn coming up and a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London next year too, exciting time.

Details of all our classes are on our website www.loveballet.co.uk

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EMAIL UPDATES FROM THE JPC :

Chairman’s Chatter can often send out timely reminders, updates and notices direct to your in boxes. If you do not already receive these from John Murphy AND WOULD LIKE TO DO SO so that you can be added to the circulation list.

The list will not be shared with others, will be sent out as Bcc (so not revealing your email) and will only be used for matters which should reasonably interest/ concern you.

It’s free, easy and just occasionally is the only way to get urgent things out to a wider audience – and you can always hit DELETE or ask to be unsubscribed.

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FINANCIAL HELP FOR LOCAL STUDENTS :

The Hampton Lucy Grammar School Foundation is an educational charity which provides grants to young people under 25 years of age who live in the parishes of Hampton Lucy, Charlecote, Wasperton and Alveston and who may be at school or in further or higher education or other training programs.

The Trustees consider applications very carefully and, as well as assisting individuals in meeting educational costs, make grants to local schools.

The Trustees would like to hear from parents and from young people who may be in financial need. Provided applicants meet the relevant criteria, the Trustees may award a grant or a series of grants towards the provision of education, training, additional classes or equipment e.g. for music, art, dance, or sports, as well as help towards college or university.

Requests for Grant Application Forms and other enquiries should be sent to the Clerk to the Trustees, Hampton Lucy Grammar School Foundation, Highdown House, 11 Highdown Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 1XT.

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VILLAGE PUBLIC ACCESS DEFIBRILLATOR :

Thanks to the generosity of Barford Parish Council, a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) was installed in the car park of the Village Shop late in 2011.

This PAD is for use by people who have not been trained in CPR or other first aid procedures when it seems that a person’s heart has stopped, and it complements the work of our trained First Responders. The PAD provides step-by-step vocal prompts so that it can be used by any responsible person.

Should there be an emergency you should still dial 999 and, if there is no First Responder on duty, you will be directed by the emergency services to the PAD with instructions on how to access it. Don’t worry that you won’t know what to do or may do harm; when you open the box a voice gives you clear verbal instructions. If it is not a cardiac arrest, the machine will prompt you not to deliver any shocks.

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BARFORD RELIEF IN NEED TRUST:

Don’t be put off by our name (it’s an historical title that we’ve inherited!). We are a local charity who serve the residents of Barford, Sherbourne and Wasperton and we are here to help in times of unexpected financial demands. This could occur as a result of ill-health, education or retraining fees or many other situations.

Are you finding it a bit of a struggle to make ends meet at the moment? The Barford Trust can help in all sorts of situations, including stretched finances, ill-health or old age expenses, and the cost of improving life chances through education and retraining.

To make an application for help from the Trust you need to reside in Barford, Sherbourne or Wasperton and apply to The Clerk to the Trust, Terry Offiler, at 14, Dugard Place, Barford (Tel. 624153).

Your application will be passed to one of the Trustees who will seek a very informal meeting with you to explore your need and situation on the basis of which the application would then be decided by a meeting of the trustee body.

Please be assured that all enquires are treated with complete discretion and confidentiality.

With thanks
Terry Offiler

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WHP CHARITABLE TRUST:

Barford, Sherbourne and Wasperton residents living with ill health or injury are being urged to apply for financial assistance to help alleviate their pain and discomfort.

The call comes from the WPH Charitable Trust – a Warwickshire-based body of trustees made up of medical and non-medical professionals – which distributes some £250,000 of financial aid across Coventry and Warwickshire every year.

Individuals and organisations who work towards preventing, relieving and curing ill health are also among those urged to apply.

Grants are also given to community and private projects in the area which aim to improve the lives or quality of life of people battling ill health or injury.

Recent grants include £1,500 for a mobility scooter for a 51-year-old mother who would otherwise find it difficult to get out and about, and £2,000 to a 73-year-old pensioner for a stairlift in his own home. Also, £1,500 towards a project teaching people with mental health issues how to cook and eat healthily, and £1,500 towards a recycling social enterprise project which creates volunteering opportunities for people with learning difficulties or disabilities, who may otherwise find it difficult to find employment.

The criteria for eligibility for a wide range of needs, from research into new technologies to the provision of equipment for personal need. The Trust supports new buildings for hospitals and schools helping with provision of special educational facilities, disabled funding, and access improvements.

David Holt is Chairman of the WPH Charitable Trust trustees. He said: “Whether your application is for an amount large or small, the aim of the WPH Charitable Trust is to offer financial assistance towards projects and equipment which are of benefit to the lives of people.

“If you think you may qualify for assistance, the WPH Charitable Trust actively encourages you to get in touch.”

The Trust was established in 1994 and since then thousands of people across the area have benefited directly or indirectly from Trust funds. For further information, or to make an application, visit the WPH Charitable Trust website :

http://www.warwickshirehealthcharity.org.uk/

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RAMBLERS :

When you are out walking have you ever come across an obstructed path, a broken stile or even a sign saying ‘keep out’?

These types of problem should first be reported to the Rights of Way Officer at either the county or unitary council  responsible for the place where the problem occurred. These officers should then take action to ensure that the problem is rectified.

But you can also report these problems to us, either by using our  path problem report form  or via our facebook tool. We will pass the information you provide onto a local Ramblers volunteer who will investigate further.

Many thanks,

Rachel Alcock
Campaigns Officer

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BOOKS AT HOME :

Are you an avid reader but unable to visit your local Library or Mobile Library due to long term ill health or infirmity?

Are you a full-time carer and unable to access a Library?

If you fit these criteria you may benefit from this Service.

The Home Library Delivery Service offers a service directly to your door using Age UK volunteers in all areas of the County.

We can supply books in both ordinary print and Large Print, books on cassette or cd and jigsaws.

If you would be interested in receiving this service, please contact the Home Delivery and Mobile Library Service on (01926) 851031.

Click here for more details.

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SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING :

Scottish Country DancingAfter almost 20 years of Barford Scottish Country Dancing in the Memorial Hall, we have decided to end our meetings on Friday evenings due to falling numbers. This was extremely frustrating for our wonderful and patient teacher Margaret Baker who over the years has been our guiding light.

I would like to thank all the Barford, Warwick & Leamington dancers for their support over the years. Some from the early years to those who joined more recently. We have had tremendous fun and the trips north to Crieff on several occasions were memorable.

Please note anyone who wishes to continue their skills with Scottish Country Dancing with Margaret’s expert tuition can do so on Thursday evenings in Leamington Spa. Please contact me for further details and we might be able to arrange a car rota.

Hilary Rhead

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RIVER AVON –WASPERTON :

Whilst walking my dog recently near the river in Wasperton, I noticed a swan, which looked very unwell and I wanted to do something to help it.

After a little research online I discovered Wychbold Swan Rescue, a registered charity, and called them to see if they could help.

They came along and rescued the stricken swan and I have now heard that they have managed to dislodge the fishing hook and line, which was stuck in the poor creature’s throat and the swan is making a good recovery at their Sanctuary near Droitwich. Once it is well enough they will release it back to its natural habitat.

They have given permission for their contact details to be published, should anyone else need to contact them.

Click here for their website.

Angela Chambers

A resident from Sherbourne reports:

We found a swan with a broken wing on the Avon near Sherbourne. Thanks to the information on the website and in Plurality we were able to ring Wychbold Swan Rescue and they came to collect the injured pen and also took her mate. She has now had the infected wing removed and is doing well; her mate is very attentive to her!

Thank you to the Wasperton resident who alerted readers to the Wychbold Swan Rescue.

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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS -
ADVICE FROM WARWICKSHIRE TRADING STANDARDS:

Take Care When Switching Energy Suppliers

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards has had reports of "rogue" energy sellers operating locally who will say anything to gain access to your property. One claimed to be a "council home energy surveyor"; another claimed that he had been sent out to check meters in the area because of a report of "overcharging on tariffs" and carried a device similar to those used to record meter readings; a third claimed that the gas and electricity meter had been mis-calibrated.

New rules introduced this year to protect consumers state that:

  • Salespeople must carry a badge giving their name and that of the company

  • They must give you a written quotation before the sale goes through

  • If you have a pre payment meter you can now owe up to £200 and be able to switch

Trading Standards advises:

If you really want to do business on the doorstep, do not switch on the first visit - get the written quotation and then check out whether it really is a better deal by using a price comparison website e.g. TheEnergyShop.com

If it really is better for you, arrange for the agent to call back at a later date to suit you.

For more advice on problems with shopping or buying services, contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

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THE CHILDREN'S SOCIETY :

Calling all box holders!

June is the time for The Children’s Society Boxes to be emptied so could all those with a box let me know when would be a convenient time for me to collect them. I am most grateful for your continuing support and do hope that you are able to carry on with filling your box with all your small change as it is such a tremendous help to the Society.

Should anyone else be interested in having a box please do not hesitate to contact me when I would be delighted to provide one.

Thank you for your continuing support. The Children’s Society mission is “to fight child poverty and neglect, and help all children have a better chance in life”.

Jo Burman (624292)

Click here for The Children's Society website.

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NEED A BREAK FROM CARING? :

Caring for older people is often rewarding – but it can be tiring too. Whether you are a live-in carer or whether you just keep an eye on an elderly relative, you cannot do it 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Jephson Plus, Sheltered Housing Service offer short term respite care (not nursing or personal care) in Huntley Lodge, a sheltered housing scheme in Leamington Spa. A stay here can be a good way to find out what it is like to live in sheltered housing.

The charge for a week at Huntley Lodge is £299. This includes all meals, electricity, heating, hot water and social activities.

To find out more or arrange a visit, please call Liz on 01926 313838.

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IT’S YOUR STORY PROJECT :

I am writing to you from Heritage Education, the education arm of the Warwickshire County Council Museum Service. We are looking for five villages within Warwickshire to take part in our ‘It's Your Story’ project. We would bring our Museum on the move bus to your village (currently themed around ‘memory’), and using the onboard recording equipment, record conversations between willing participants, such as fathers and sons, children and grandparents etc, as they talk about the treasured memories they have. The conversation would be informal, but the sharing of these memories would hopefully really bring people together and also store these stories for future generations. Furthermore, we will be taking these stories and in conjunction with Playbox Theatre Company in Warwick, we will be devising a show, which would then return to the villages to give a performance.

We are only at the early raising funds stage, so we are looking for expressions of interest only. There is no commitment on your part at the moment, but the more who are interested the more likely we are to get this exciting project off the ground. The bus could come to any of your summer events, fetes etc, or run on into the autumn, and there would be no charge. I'm sure many of your villagers have a story to tell. If you are interested please let me know as soon as possible.

Simon Startin
Audience Development Officer for Schools LLC,
Adult, Health & Community Services.
Tel: 01926 412034

Click here for the website.

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WELLESBOURNE HOUSEHOLD WASTE AND RECYCLING CENTRE :

Opening hours may vary during holiday periods. This recycling centre is closed bank holidays.

Day

Winter

Summer

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

9.30 - 15.15

9.30 - 15.15

Wednesday

9.30 - 15.15

9.30 - 18.15

Saturday and Sunday

8.30 - 16.15

8.30 - 17.15

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LEAMINGTON & DISTRICT PARKINSON'S DISEASE SOCIETY :

Meetings on the second Monday of the month 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Sydni Centre, Marloes Walk, Sydenham.

Contact Secretary 01926 853023
Freephone Helpline 0808 800 0303

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BARFORD ALLOTMENTS :

Allotments Can you dig it?

Allotments are proving extremely popular these days, and Barford is fortunate in having two allotment areas.

Unusually, we have a small number of our allotments available at the moment. Initially we are offering these to new tenants. If you are interested please contact Jane Stamp (624084). Rents are £30 per year per unit payable in advance.

Contact for the Parish Council allotments is Roger Clay on    01926 624028

Contact for the Church Allotments is Jane Stamp on 01926 624084.

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VOLUNTARY DRIVERS SCHEME :

A small number of people have generously offered to act as drivers for those in the three parishes who find themselves in difficulty in reaching hospital, doctors, dentists, chemists and in emergency situations.

Should you need some help, please telephone me and we will try very hard to find someone who is able to offer transport. It may not always be possible but we will do our best.

Barbara Winstone 624595

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COMPOST AT HOME :

Compost BinWarwickshire County Council is part of a nationwide "Compost at Home" campaign. The campaign encourages residents to transform their kitchen and garden waste into nutrient-rich compost for a blooming garden.

Residents are being encouraged to put their compostable kitchen and garden waste to good use by ordering one of the scheme’s subsidised compost bins. The Council have teamed up with WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) to provide the bins — along with a free guide to composting and a handy sticker highlighting what can and can’t go in — delivered direct to people’s doors. The Warwickshire scheme will play its part in the nation-wide drive covering 6.5 million households across England and Scotland to promote the recycling of kitchen and garden waste and reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.

Nearly two thirds of kitchen and garden waste can be tipped straight in the compost bin. You might be surprised to discover that it’s not just fruit and vegetable peelings and prunings that can go in either — cardboard, eggshells and teabags make for great compost too. Composting means hugely cutting down on the amount of waste we put out for collection — not to mention a beautiful garden to enjoy as well.

WRAP is helping to provide Warwickshire residents with compost bins starting from £5, including delivery. People eager to start home composting should call 0845 073 2001 to order their bin.

A Home Composting Advisor is working closely with Warwickshire County Council. Local residents can call 0845 600 0323 for advice and information on home composting, or click to visit their website.

For further information contact: Penny Holmes, WRAP 07985 953184 or

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BARFORD BEGINNERS

Parent Baby and Toddler Group

Friendly group meets at Barford Scout Hut 10.00 – 11.30 am every Thursday during school term time.

For more information, call Catherine Steed on 419770 or just drop in on a Thursday.

Click here for more information.

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HEALTH & SAFETY: PEST CONTROL

The following services are provided by the Environmental Health Department at Warwick District Council:

Rats: treated free of charge

Bedbugs, fleas, cockroaches, wasps, mice: there is a charge made for these treatments with the exception of those who claim income based benefits, or half price for those receiving state pensions, proof of which will need to be seen by the Pest Control Operator.

Pests not treated: bees, bats, squirrels, wild cats, rabbits, foxes, ants and other insect pests. However, advice can be given.

For further information, telephone 01926 450000 for service or 01926 456705 for advice, or log onto www.warwickdc.gov.uk

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BARFORD E-MAIL ADDRESS

Did you know you could have your own Barford e-mail address, for example johnsmith@barford.org.uk

The cost is a very reasonable £10 for two years.

E-mails received at your Barford e-mail address can be forwarded on to any existing e-mail address that you already have, and this forwarding can be changed at any time at no cost. This would give you the flexibility to change your internet service provider (ISP) without needing to change your e-mail address. Alternatively, you can use the Barford e-mail address directly, by setting up an e-mail account in Outlook for example.

The website has recently moved to a new hosting service, and we can provide an improved service with effective spam protection.

Phone Keith Roberts on (07748) 644515, or e-mail the Website Group via the Contact Us page, for full details.

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HELPLINE NUMBERS

The following phone numbers may be useful:

Environmental Crime Hotline, for reporting abandoned vehicles, fly tipping, refuse and recycling issues:

Phone: (01926) 456339
Fax: (01926) 456753

Click here to email environmental problems to Warwick District Council.

Reporting fly-posting on street furniture (lampposts, benches etc): (01926) 412525
Reporting fly-posting on WDC property: (01926) 416523
Reporting graffiti on WDC property: (01926) 456031

Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111


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THE RURAL HOUSEBOUND SERVICE:

The Rural Housebound Service is a partnership between the Warwickshire Library and Information Service and Age Concern Warwickshire. It offers a free library service to housebound people living in rural areas of the county. A team of thirty volunteers assist with the selection of books and their delivery to readers throughout the county.

If you live within rural Warwickshire, do not have access to transport or do not have family or friends who can regularly exchange library books for you and you are unable to visit your local library or mobile library, you will qualify for this service. Two volunteers will visit your home once a month, bringing a selection of books, stories on tape, music cassettes or jigsaws. You may request any item free of charge and we can also help you with any information enquiries.

This is a free service. If you think you are eligible for this service or know of someone who might benefit from receiving it, please contact: Debbie Sly, Rural Housebound Service, Kenilworth Library, 11 Smalley Place, Kenilworth CV8 1QG, call (01926) 851031 or click here for the website.

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