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KING GEORGE’S PLAYING FIELD – IMPROVEMENT SCHEME

Activity Day - Saturday 7th March

We need villagers to raise at least £12,500 to improve our playing fields. So we’re holding an activity day on Saturday 7th March.

BIG BREAKFAST in Barford Memorial Hall.
Three sittings at 9.00am, 10.15am and 11.30am
£6.00 for adults and £2.50 for children under 13yrs

Choice of Full English or Continental style...

All tickets to be pre-booked at Barford Village Shop.
All selling well so we have now added some extra tickets to cope with demand.

Book yours soon...

SPONSORED WALK
Laps around the village via the Playing Fields

Flexible starting and finishing between 10.00am and 3.30pm

Sponsorship forms have already gone to every house and are available from Barford Village Shop.

Prizes for all categories including kids and pets.

Start and finish at Barford Memorial Hall.

SPONSORED CYCLE RIDE
Barford Cycling Club, headed by Sarah Falkland will lead you round a 10 mile circuit.

All good fun, see how far you can go.

TREASURE HUNT
We will have the treasure hunt available again.

The whole of the Playing Fields area has been divided up and pots of treasure scattered over the area.

The big prize is £200 and second prize is £100 with FOUR Runners up prizes of £50 each.

The board will be at Barford Memorial Hall all day so bag your plot or preferably PLOTS for £5 each and le's hope you are lucky. As a special bonus if we can sell all the plots we can also make a generous donation to support FABS work at our school so that will be Win-Win-Win! Please help us do it.

PROMISES AUCTION at 7.30pm in Barford Memorial Hall. Free drink on arrival and nibbles - bar available and literally dozens of super lots to tempt you - over 50 listed already and they are still being offered daily. Definitely something to suit everyone PLUS there will be a free raffle to everyone attending with lots of smaller prizes. Please see the recent NEWSLETTER for the latest list but there will be even more on the day. Tickets are STRICTLY LIMITED so please get yours ASAP from Barford Village Shop just £5.00 per person to include your first drink. If you cannot attend on the night then you can ask a friend to bid for you or use our advance bid forms included with the recent newsletters.

Just state the maximum you are prepared to pay (Ebay style) for the lot you fancy and the auctioneer will pit you against bidders in the room and the highest bidder gets it - you may well get it for less than your maximum bid. Good Luck but don't forget your chequebook!

SPONSORSHIP
We are lucky in that many local businesses are supporting us either with cash or in kind.

TaylorWimpey who are developing the old nursery site have volunteered as the main sponsor with cash support.

Cooper Solutions and VDL Steelweld at Barford Exchange have also joined us as sponsors along with The Glebe Hotel and the Joseph Arch. Tulip have contributed bacon and sausages for the breakfasts and Barford Village Shop's Coffee, bread and egg suppliers are also supporting the breakfasts with their wares.  All this support makes an enormous contribution towards the totals we need to raise.

And of course many, many individuals and businesses have contributed lots to the promises auction.

Do you know of any other business who would like to support us?

So, we are getting there - our hopes are high and we've all achieved an amazing amount already - but we do need YOUR support to break the back of important funding milestones and makes the proposals a reality.

We all look forward to seeing as many as possible on the day - come along it will be great fun...

Downloads (PDF):

Newsletter 1
Newsletter 2 (showing the proposed play area visual)
Newsletter 3

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M40 JUNCTION 14 ROADWORKS :

Highways improvement works at M40 Junction 14 are due to begin on Monday 2nd March 2015 and finish 20th March 2015. Some disruption will be unavoidable.

Please note that the above works have now been delayed by one week.  The nightly closures will now commence from 9th March 2015. This also applies to the closure of the lay-by.  Please note diversion routes remain the same.

Traffic on M40 to Exit at Junction 14 - Traffic already on the M40 wishing to exit at J14 will be unable to do so and should proceed to J12 (Gaydon) and take the exit, then re-join the M40 (Northbound) and exit at J13; and

Traffic to Join M40 Northbound at Junction 14 - Traffic wanting to join the M40 Northbound at J14 will be unable to do so and should proceed along the A452 Banbury Road, take the slip road at J13, head Southbound on the M40 to J12 (Gaydon) and then re-join the M40 (Northbound).

Click here for full details (PDF)

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF BARFORD ROAD :

Warwickshire County Council proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Order closing C209 Barford Road, Barford, between Hilford House and Barford Hill House, to vehicular traffic.

The closure is required for carriageway resurfacing.

The Order will commence on 23rd March 2015 and will last for a period of 18 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier.  However, it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 25th March 2015.

Pedestrian access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of road to be closed will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained where possible.

An alternative route will be signed and is available via: Charlecote Road, Church Street, High Street, Kineton Road, Newbold Road, Warwick Road, Wellesbourne Bypass, Wellesbourne Road (and in reverse order).

The Contractor dealing with this matter is Paul Kelly for Balfour Beatty (Tel: 01675 467523).

The Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused.  The person dealing with this matter at Warwickshire County Council is Michael Rogers, County Highways (Tel: 01926 412515).

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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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BARFORD CRICKET CLUB QUIZ NIGHT:

Join us for a night of cryptic quizzing on Saturday 14th March at Barford Memorial Hall, 7:00pm for 7:30pm start.

The cost is £8 per person, which includes a two course hot meal.

To enter a team (ideally of 4 people) please contact:
Simon Drage on 07851 122333
Sandy Peirson on 01926 624145
Richard Jones on 01926 624173

Sponsored by Joseph Arch, Barford

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CALLING ALL BRIDGE PLAYERS!

As part of our fund raising effort to raise funds for new chairs for the Memorial Hall, we will be organising a Bridge Lunch on Friday 27th March, starting at 10:00am with morning coffee.

Tickets, priced at £16, also include a two course lunch with a glass of wine. There will also be a raffle.

Tickets are available from Helen Clay 624028 or Philippa Wilson 624779

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COLLECTION FOR THE SALVATION ARMY:

The Way Ahead Project

We will be collecting canned and dried goods for this project during Lent.

If possible donations should be left in church on Saturday mornings If not, please leave by the font or ‘phone 624371 for help. Any excess food will go to the Leamington Food Bank. Many thanks for your support .

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CHURCH ALLOTMENTS:

For the first time for several years, we have church allotments available for new tenants.

Details - Tim Barlow 01926 624296

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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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A BIG THANK YOU FROM THE AIR AMBULANCE

Air AmbulanceThe recent house-to- house collection in Barford raised £830.00. This is an exceptional amount and could not have been achieved without the help of the dedicated collectors and from everyone who gave so generously.

The money will be used to help keep the helicopters flying. Since their launch in October 2003 the Air Ambulance have flown over 12,000 missions. They receive no Government or Lottery funding.

Eileen Field

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BROADBAND PROJECT UPDATE - JANUARY 2015:

Broadband

Whilst there have been numerous 'updates' from WCC, the value and significance of the information to Barford residents was negligible.  Lately, however, there have been some significant and relevant developments:

At last Barford area has now turned pink on the rollout map and cabinet Barford 1 [ Church Street, in front of Barford Memorial Hall] scheduled for upgrade.  Information about the cabinet can be found at http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/where-when/rolling-12-month-plan and the updated map showing the coverage is at http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/the-project/latest-maps/nga-network-coverage-map

Of course, all of the usual caveats apply and nothing is certain until the service actually goes live.  There are a number of factors that can affect the speeds that will be achieved, such as the distance of individual properties from the cabinet.

Engineers are working to carry out a number of tasks, such as installing the new cabinet, running the fibre connection back to the exchange, connecting the new cabinet to the old one so that the final connections to properties can be made through the existing copper network and, of course, provide power to make everything work.

There may be some disruption to road traffic whilst the work is being carried out, and in some cases rolling traffic management may be required which may necessitate the use of traffic lights or other measures to ensure safety.

Rollout Update
126 cabinets in the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire area are now live with fibre broadband and ready to accept orders! As cabinets go live the rolling 12-month plan is being updated: ( http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/where-when/rolling-12-month-plan/).

To keep up to date regarding the cabinet you're connected to, contact WCC with your email address, phone number and/or address.

http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk 

CSW Broadband - Warwickshire County Council
Tel:  01926742026 
Email: broadband@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

Updated Rolling 12-Month Plan
The rolling 12-month plan has been updated with the list of cabinets to be upgraded from January 2015.  This means that the colours on the map will change accordingly, so there will be more green (live) patches! You will find it here: http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/the-project/latest-maps/nga-network-coverage-map/ 

The mapping is generated using postcodes, but the telecoms infrastructure does not follow postcodes as one cabinet may cover many postcode areas or one postcode may contain many cabinets. For a more accurate understanding of what connectivity is available to your own property and to establish which cabinet your property is connected to, use the DSL checker ( www.dslchecker.bt.com). For the best results you will need to be able to enter a BT landline number for your property. If you do not have this then you can use your address, but it may be less accurate. Do not use the postcode checker; it covers too wide an area to be of any use.

For the past couple of updates the map has been out of sync with the rolling 12-month plan, because whilst there has been exchange-level data for the 12-month plan, it was missing postcode information to enable the colours on the map to extend beyond April 2015.

The amber colour still denotes those areas for which information is pending.

Additional funding has been raised and roll-out plans continue to be updated.

Potential voucher scheme to pay for business connections

WCC IS investigating opportunities to make a voucher scheme available throughout Warwickshire to help businesses with the cost of improving their broadband speeds in those areas where cabinets have been upgraded. What would be very helpful would be to have an indication as to the likely demand for such a scheme. If you think your business might benefit from improved broadband connectivity and you would be interested in learning more about a voucher scheme, please email broadband@cswbroadband.org.uk quoting “Voucher Scheme” in the email subject.

You can also join the campaign on Superfast Barford's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BarfordSuperfastBroadband

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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Christmas ChildBarford Collection point had a record collection of 315 boxes. Well done and thanks to all. 7066 shoeboxes in 707 cartons, all from our local area, left the Leamington depot on Dec 4th, destination Azerbaijan.

Barford hopes to be a Collection point again next year.

We have a volunteer to get the rota sorted for the fortnight but we do need an overall co-ordinator; it is not difficult or too time consuming.

Please let Denise (Tel: 496336), David Jessett or a Church Warden know if you are interested.

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BARFORD VILLAGE COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS :

Information evening:
Wednesday 18th March
at 8:00pm in Barford Memorial Hall

Please join us for an informal chat over a cup of coffee and find out what your local First Responders do.

If you have shown an interest in the past as quite a number did at the Fabs Summer Fete, now is your opportunity to come and ask questions.

Look forward to seeing you at 8pm.

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SCOUT HUT CAFE
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 Alex Farr 620117

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SCHOOL GOVERNOR :
BARFORD ST PETER’S C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
Rated “Good” Ofsted, November 2014

Do you have what our Board of Governors need?

Energy, commitment, life experience and spare time?

Have you ever wondered how you could be involved in your community and enjoy a stimulating and interesting voluntary role at the same time?

We want to hear from anyone who is interested in joining a dedicated, cohesive team of Governors who support the Headteacher and staff in continuing to achieve exceptional attitudes to learning. Training is available and no previous experience is required.

If you want to find out more, please speak to either:
Sarah Ransome (Chair) 624573 or Revd David Jessett 624238..

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ENERGY WARWICKSHIRE
top up your oil before prices rise! :

With colder months just around the corner now is the time to think about topping up your oil tank and taking advantage of the lower oil prices that have been enjoyed recently.

We are delighted that for the fourth month running we have managed to achieve a per litre price below 50p. In August our members paid just 49.99pence per litre, saving 4.51 pence per litre against the average. As a charity that works solely for the benefit of rural communities we are delight-ed with these results. If you are reliant on heating oil and would like to join our members in making savings, have a look at our dedicated website

The syndicate is open to households, community groups and businesses across Warwickshire.

Call Sarah on 01789 472611 or

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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 :

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 who are:

John Barrot (Chairman)
Pam Harrison (Secretary)
John Murphy
Mary Peirson (Treasurer)
Alan Rhead
Richard Shotton-Oza

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.

How has the BCC helped the village since Barford Village Shop was launched?

The BCC has now supported many other initiatives including:

  • A disability ramp for Barford Church

  • Two computers for Barford School

  • A flagpole for Barford Village Green

  • A grant towards street lighting improvements in Sherbourne

  • A piano for Barford School via FABS

If you would be interested in becoming a Trustee of the BCC please do let us know, as a vacancy currently exists.

John Barrott
Chairman
Barford Community Charity

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WARWICK HEALTH TRANSPORT SERVICE :

We are a local Community Transport Project using DBS checked volunteer car drivers who provide friendly, low cost transport to and from health related appointments.

If you:-

  • Are an older Person

  • Live in the Warwick District (Warwick, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and surrounding Villages)

  • Have difficulty getting to and from your Medical appointments

  • Can walk unaided

We may be able to help you.

To make a booking phone:
01789 472615
Lines are open 10.00am to 1.00pm, Monday to Friday

Warwick Health Transport Service is part of Back & 4th Community Transport, WRCC (Registered charity no, 1081017)

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AIR AMBULANCE :

Air AmbulanceThe recent collection in Barford raised £753.83.

This house to house collection was the first of its kind that has ever been done anywhere nationally, for the Air Ambulance. The excellent result shows how worthwhile it is to do, and so maybe it will pave the way for more collections in other areas. I certainly hope that we can make this an annual event in Barford. The tell-tale yellow helicopter is often seen near our village and in fact has helped many of us already.

If anyone else would like to be involved another time, then please let me know. In the meantime a very big thank you to all the collectors this year and to everyone who gave so generously.

Eileen Field

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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 MOBILE LIBRARY VISITS BARFORD:

Mobile Library From May 2012 the service was reduced to one central stop for Barford which is located by Beehive Nursery in Church Street which is already well supported.

This month, the library will visit Barford on Friday 13th March 2015 from 9:30am to 10:00am outside the Beehive Nursery.

For further information on the routes and dates of stops of the Mobile Library Service, please call 01926 815031.

Click here for more details.

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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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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.

We need more First Responders. If you feel you might like to help, or would like more information, please contact Ann Starkey, telephone 624372.

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BARFORD TRUST:

Need a bit of support with over-stretched finances? The Barford Trust can help.

It tries to relieve financial strain, old age and sickness and to help with the educational aims of Barford residents, young and not so young. No form-filling. Just an informal visit from one of our trustees to see how best the Trust can help.

Contact: Terry or Barbara Offiler, Clerks to the Trust (624153) or one of the following trustees:

John Barrott (624766),
Reverend David Jessett (624238),
Philippa Mitchell (624940),
Lorraine Sayers (624565),
Phillip Swallow (624479),
Gerard Veness (624576)
Ian Webster (624090)

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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 DancingBarford Scottish Country Dancing Classes on most Fridays at 8.00 pm in The Memorial Hall .

Check What's On page for dates.

Anyone interested in coming along for a trial session will be assured of a warm welcome.

We are a friendly group and fortunate to have expert tuition from Margaret Baker. You don't need to bring a partner as you will find out you hardly dance with the same person twice which makes it more fun!

Any prospective new members wishing to 'have a go', please call Hilary beforehand on 624416 for more details.

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 :

I have recently taken over the co-ordination of the box holder collection for the above Society. The boxes are usually collected annually during the month of June. I have a number of box holders but still have room for more so if you wish to have a box I would be very pleased to hear from you. When a child’s life is going wrong The Children’s Society can make things better. A house collection box filled with silver coins can contain over £25. By donating this change to them you can make lives better for thousands of children who are neglected, living in poverty or in fear of violence. Below is a story of such a child:

Ella ran away from her care home when she was 13 to escape persistent bullying.

While she was on the streets she was targeted for exploitation and one night she was badly beaten.

When she went back to the care home Ella was referred to a project worker from The Children’s Society. They listened to her, recognised how vulnerable she was and helped her report the bullying. Above all, they helped her realise the danger she was putting herself in on the streets, Now, Ella is at college and hasn’t run away for over a year.

Thank you
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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NEW EUROPEAN FUNDING PROGRAMME :

LeaderA new European funding programme has been launched for rural villages in Warwick District and Rugby Borough. This is the LEADER Programme and it will deliver £1.5 million in the period to 2013.

The programme has three themes:

  • community growing projects;

  • community arts projects and events;

  • projects linking communities to land-based rural industries.

A feature of the programme is that applications are encouraged from community groups and voluntary organisations. Further information can be obtained from the programme’s web site: or contact the programme team on 024 7621 77412.

If your local group has a project in mind within the above three themes, the programme team will be able to give you advice on how to apply for funding.

Cllr. Rob. Mulgrue

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FIRST RESPONDERS :

SAVING LIVES IN BARFORD, SHERBOURNE AND WASPERTON

Barford First Responders is a team of local volunteers trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance team arrives.

The Barford scheme, which serves the three parishes, is due to go “live” in the very near future and is keen to attract more members.

This worthwhile role means that you can be first on the scene to help a patient in need, administering vital first aid and often, a much needed second pair of hands for the ambulance crew when they arrive.

Call outs can range from cardiac arrests, to diabetic emergencies and seizures. To become a First Responder you must be:

  • Over the age of 18

  • Have access to a vehicle

  • Be willing to undertake a short training course

  • Be prepared to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check

If you want to become a First Responder and help save lives in our community, Ann Starkey is co-ordinator of Barford First Responders.

Phone number 624372.

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WELLESBOURNE HOUSEHOLD WASTE AND RECYCLING CENTRE :

Opening hours may vary during holiday periods. This recycling centre is closed bank holidays – 18th April, 21st April, 5th May, 26th May and 25th August 2014.

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.

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

Contact for the Church Allotments is Tim Barlow on 01926 624296

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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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