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JPC PLAYING FIELDS :

JPC Playing Fields Working Party is making progress - Come and see the latest detail proposals for your new leisure facility!

We now have plans for the children’s play area Saturday 5th July – Barford School Fête - 12:00 noon til 4:00pm and/or Sunday 6th July – Barford Memorial Hall - 9:00am til 12:00 noon

Work has begun on fundraising with some initial grant applications for the project already submitted by the JPC.

In previous drop-ins, we were pleased to be able to assure those who had any reservations that their concerns had already been incorporated into the proposals.

The main function of the Playing Fields will remain general recreation with specific inclusion of walkers and dog owners.

We are keen to only push forward those things for which there is a good level of interest and support, whilst retaining options to make additions or changes at a later stag. All elements of the initial proposal received majority support. One element that received 100% support was the proposed improvement to the track alongside the playing field and this is at the core of the proposals and we are looking to improve the track to ensure safe and clean access for all, both to and past the playing fields.

Come and see what’s on offer and help us make the final choices for the children’s play area part of the project.

We hope to see you there.

There will also be a chance to see and comment on the exciting emerging Barford Neighbourhood Plan too...

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GARDEN OPEN :

Mary and David Stenning are opening their garden to help raise funds for The Shakespeare Hospice – to support a new unit for children and young people.

They look forward to seeing you on Sunday 13th July between 2.00 and 6.00 pm at 5 Carter Drive, Barford.

Refreshments (tea and cakes) - Plant Stall - White Elephant Stall - Raffle

Entry £3.00 - children go free.

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CHEESE, WINE AND PATÉ EVENING :

Saturday 2nd August, at 7:30pm
Tall Pines, 27 High Street, Barford

Raffle & Bar in aid of church funds

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN GARDEN CHAIR.

Tickets available from Chris Murphy 624421 or Hilary Rhead 624416

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BARFORD RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION (BRA)

Thanks to everyone who signed the petition to oppose the selection of site GT 12 (north of Westham Lane) as a Preferred Option for a Gypsy & Traveller Site. We collected over 450 names which is a fantastic response in less than a week.

Thanks also to Barford Shop for allowing us to collect signatures there – and to the volunteers who brought it to everyone’s attention! Many of you also made individual responses to WDC on this issue and are to be commended for working your way through their web-site system.

BRA still has plenty to do in its aim of conserving the village of Barford, its environment and the rural character of the area. There is an appeal pending by Sharba against the refusal of their Planning Application for building 50 houses on the land behind Barford House and another Planning Application by Taylor Wimpey for building 60 houses on the Nursery land. The New Local Plan is now published in Draft form and it is available for public comment until the end of June.

If you would like regular information on matters that affect the village please call Rod Scott on 624434 requesting to be added to the BRA e-mail list and make sure BRA is representing your views.

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SCALEXTRIC RACE NIGHT?? :

Guy and I have been asked to run a track again at the Village Show on Monday 25th August.

As it takes a lot of setting up, we wondered about having a ‘grown up’s only and ticket only race night on the Saturday or Sunday evening. Tickets would be limited to 15 or 20 maximum and would be perhaps about £15 (?) with proceeds going to Church funds.

It would be a fully scenic track like last year and we could run six cars per race so everyone should get a decent amount of driving.

If you are at all interested please . At this stage I am just gauging interest.

David Jessett

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LUNCH TIME SUPERVISOR VACANCY :
BARFORD ST PETER’S C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL

We currently have a vacancy for a Lunch Time Supervisor. If you are interested please contact the school on 01926 624244 for more information.

An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required.

The vacancy is for Monday through to Friday 12:00 until 1:15 pm to start asap.

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A TRIBUTE TO AN INSPIRATIONAL LADY :

Brenda Barber, who died on May 31st , was a person like no other. Diminutive and always elegant she was a very private individual.

Members of the Heritage Group have been privileged to have known her both as a friend and as one of the key members of the team. Drawing on her many years as a professional theatre designer, Brenda provided invaluable creative input into all of the group’s exhibitions, dramatic presentations (such as ‘A Living History’, ‘The War Years’, ‘It happened in Barford’), events such as the Edwardian Tea Party, publications (including the trail leaflet), the heritage map ‘tree’ on the village green and many exquisite displays for the iconic Telephone Box.

She is irreplaceable and will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

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BARFORD VILLAGE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN GROUP :

The Neighbourhood Plan will be an important document in guiding local planning decisions in the next 15 years.

A group has been working on the structure of this for some time and it is now time for Barford Residents to have their say.

There will be a stall at the School Fete on July 5th. Come along and talk to us – find out what a Neighbourhood Plan is and let us know how you want Barford to evolve.

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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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TRADING STANDARDS ISSUE SUMMER CARBON MONOXIDE WARNING :

Summer has arrived and Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service is warning campers not to take barbecues inside their tents because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas which is produced when fossil fuels or wood burn without enough oxygen. The gas can’t be tasted, smelt or seen and can build up quickly to potentially fatal levels in enclosed spaces such as tents or caravans.

Campers are reminded never to light, use or leave smouldering barbeques inside tents, awnings or other enclosed spaces because of the risks.

When you have finished with the barbecue, dispose of it carefully and ensure the ashes are fully extinguished to prevent a fire risk.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, chest pains, nausea and vomiting. At high levels, carbon monoxide poisoning can cause sudden collapse, loss of consciousness and death.

Anyone who suspects they are suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning should go outside and seek medical help from a qualified healthcare professional or call NHS on 111.

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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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DO YOU HAVE A DEEP FREEZE? :
DO YOU LIKE TASTY BEEF?
DO YOU LIKE TO KNOW WHERE YOUR BEEF COMES FROM?

If you answer yes to all the above questions, you might like to read on.

On our small-holding over the hill at the back of Barford, we slowly grow our own grass–only fed beef from our small herd of pedigree Dexters. We are registered with the national Dexter Society and comply with their husbandry standards.

Our farm is one of the few farms to be selected to be part of the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme which is a Government supervised European Union initiative to encourage the promotion of endangered species of plants and animals, especially birds and insects.

We do not use hormones or intensive feeding to grow our beef – they feed on the grass in summer and the haylage we make from the wild flowers and traditional meadow grasses in winter. This, together with the rare breed that it is, gives the beef a unique flavor.

We do not use artificial fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides on our grass fields and wild flower meadows.

You are invited to join us for an informal guided farm walk in August/September.

Malcolm Eykyn
Watchbury Dexters
01926 624772

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CHRISTIAN AID WEEK :

The door-to-door collection in Barford raised a splendid total of £930.81 for Christian Aid.

A big thank you to the collectors and to all who gave.

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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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BROADBAND PROJECT UPDATE :

Broadband

The CSW Broadband project has now released a new map and the first rolling 12-month plan on the project website: http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk

The map shows current and future areas for survey, whilst the 12-month plan shows cabinets that are due for upgrade in phase one of the project, and exchange areas for the following three phases.

The team are working hard to escalate the rollout so that even more areas can be connected to superfast broadband in the coming months. Both the map and the plan will be updated regularly to reflect the latest position as this is a rapidly moving project. In the meantime, the project team are looking forward to announcing the first cabinets to go live over the next few weeks.

Work is also progressing on bringing additional funding to the project, with an application due to be submitted to government in June for funds to extend the rollout to cover 95% of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire premises by 2017.

It is recognised that the current project is a stepping stone to the EU targets for 2020 of all Europeans having access to broadband above 30 Mbps (which is above the current upper threshold) and 50% connected to and using 100 Mbps.

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

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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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COMMUNITY OIL SYNDICATE:

Would you like to save £74.90 per 1000 litres of heating oil?

Butler Fuels won the November order negotiated with local suppliers by Warwickshire Community Oil Syndicate and members saved a huge 7.49pence per litre against the average market price (and a massive 23pence saving against the market high). What a result!

Our members paid only 53.8pence per litre – what did your supplier charge?

In addition our LPG cylinder prices haven’t risen for seven consecutive months whilst our LPG bulk is still being offered at 43p per litre despite rises across the industry. As a charity that works exclusively in Warwickshire’s rural communities we are delighted with these results and hope you might be tempted to join us.

Call Sarah on 01789 472611 or

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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.

The library will visit Barford on Friday 4th and Friday 25th July 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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POST OFFICE - OPENING TIMES :

 

Post Office Do you know that the Post Office offers more than just selling stamps and sending mail?

There is a large range of banking services – withdrawal and depositing of cash – depositing cheques etc available for most banks. You can pay many utility bills, council tax, - even fishing licences – through the post office. This could save you a trip into Warwick or Leamington and be more convenient (and cheaper!) than posting.

You can also get foreign exchange at the Post Office– Euros are held in stock and other currencies can be ordered either over the counter or on-line and rates are very competitive.

We also hold stocks of Passport forms and driving licence and car tax renewals.

Opening the Post Office 5 days a week gives the village a much better service, but it does give our small team of volunteers a problem covering sickness and holidays.

If you would like to help and can spare a few hours one afternoon a week then we would love to hear from you.

If you want to find out more then ask one of us at the counter or telephone me on 624434.

The Post Office is open 3.00 pm - 5.15 pm Monday to Friday in the village shop.

Rod Scott

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SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING :

Scottish Country DancingBarford Scottish Country Dancing Classes continue through to June.

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!

Please call Hilary 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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DO YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN LOCAL HISTORY? :

Chedham's Yard restoration project in Wellesbourne is looking for an enthusiatic team of volunteers to carry out historic research.

Click here for poster (PDF 449k)

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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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High Street, Barford

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