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BARFORD HERITAGE GROUP :

Following our “Barford at War” event last year, the group intend to produce a book containing material gathered for the production from World War 11.

As this year also marks the start of World War 1 we would like to include material from that time.

We would be grateful if village people who have photographs, letters or other items of interest from members of their families who served during that conflict would share this material to be included in the book.

If you have something of interest please contact Maggie Hayward or Carole Whiteley tele 624983 or one of the committee.

Hilary Maynard

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WELLESBOURNE CHORAL SOCIETY

For their Easter concert, the choir will be singing ‘The Crucifixion’ by John Stainer, with invited soloists Barry Juckes and Andrew Parkes.

The performance will be held on Friday 11th April 2014 at 7.30 pm in St Peter’s Church Wellesbourne. Admission will be free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Peter’s church funds.

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DO YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN ENGINEERING?

Could you spare a couple of hours a week to help our budding engineers??? If so, Barford St Peter's Primary School needs your help.

We are looking to set up an Imagineering club at Barford school. The club would run after school on a Tuesday afternoon for 12 of our pupils. The children will work on a series of models and projects, supplied from a central source.

We have teacher support for the sessions and have secured funding, but we really need some help with the engineering part.

If you think you could help we would be really keen to hear from you.

For more information or to volunteer please pop into school or give Mrs Delaney a call on 624244.

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BARFORD HERITAGE GROUP :

Attention all ‘young adults’ who spent their childhood/adolescence in Barford in the 70’s and 80’s.

Barford Heritage Group wants your reminiscences - our future history. Do you have memories of Barford School, church, Scouts, Brownies etc. Do you remember any of the freedoms you had that perhaps children don’t have today? Do you remember getting into trouble!!

Contact me please and we can either get together or you can write down your own memories. I suspect you will all be much better than I am on the computer!

Wendy Barlow
624296


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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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MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT :

A date for your diary - SATURDAY 3rd MAY a fund raising event for new chairs.

An evening with supper followed by musical entertainment from Peter Wilson, Roger Clay and guests. Tickets will be available from the beginning of April.

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CHARITY AUCTION :

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Auction at the Scout Hut on January 11th and to those who donated the items for it. This year we sold out of tickets and so space to breathe was limited – but it was warm and cosy.

Together we have raised £1200 for Syrian Refugees – but the best news is that the government will match any donation received before the end of January. With Gift Aid and the matched funding that takes the amount raised to £2,500

The support we get for this event makes it all worth while.

Rod & Jane Scott Tim & Wendy Barlow

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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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SHOEBOXES 2013 :

ShoeboxesMany, many thanks for everyone who has made this year’s Operation Christmas Child a success.

We have received some wonderful knitting which has been accepted very gratefully, plus lots of donations of time, money and gifts for the boxes. These are going to children in Romania this year.

I would particularly like to thank folk of Barford Church who have kept the ‘Drop Off’ functioning over the fortnight.

Happy Christmas and thanks again

Denise

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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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PLURALITY:

Please note that annual subscriptions for Plurality are now due. It would be helpful to our deliverers if you have the money ready when they call.

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PAST EVENTS IN BARFORD:

Carol Singing :
Thank you very much to all who supported us in any way but especially to those who sang with us. It was a great encouragement to have more singers this year and we were able to visit most of the village. A total of £532.31 was raised. Since then a further £ 71.71 has been raised through donations for coffee in church during December, also for the work of Save the Children Fund in the disaster area of the Philippines.

Collection for the Salvation Army
Thank you once again for leaving canned and dry goods in church for the work of the Salvation Army. They are always extremely thankful for our donations and sent a Christmas card thanking us for our support. We will be collecting again during Lent and in the Harvest season.

Meanwhile donations of tinned or dry goods are still needed for the Fosse Food Bank. There is a list of goods needed at the back of church and all donations will be taken at regular intervals to a collection point. Please leave any donations in church. These food banks are a great help to people who are having a difficult time

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal:
House to House collection £ 973.27
Share of Church collection £ 187.98
Wreaths 60.00
Total £ 1221.25

Many thanks to all who collected or supported this Appeal.

St. Peter’s Church Christmas Fair

The final total stands at £1093.62. Thank you so much to all who worked so hard or supported this event in any way.

Many thanks to all who helped or supported these events.

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BROADBAND PROJECT UPDATE :

Broadband

Superfast broadband: To 91% and beyond . . . !

A £14.57 million project to transform broadband speeds for homes and businesses across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire was announced on 6th June 2013.

CSW Broadband, a partnership of eight local authorities led by Warwickshire County Council, has agreed a deal with BT to help deliver superfast fibre broadband to around 91 per cent of premises by Spring 2016.

The project will build on BT’s on-going commercial investment in fibre across the area, which has already pledged to bring faster fibre broadband to more than 1.7 million homes and businesses across the counties of the West Midlands by the end of Spring 2014 as part of its UK-wide £2.5 billion programme.

As a result of today’s new partnership around a further 40,000 premises should have access to broadband speeds of 24Mbps and above by the end of the project. The project will transform broadband speeds across the partnership areas narrowing the bandwidth gap between urban and rural areas.

BT was awarded the contract following a procurement exercise through the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) framework. Openreach, BT’s local network division, will now begin the work on the ground with engineers surveying locations around the county and analysing the best way to roll out the network across the county. Following initial planning and survey, the CSW Broadband Project should be in a position to connect the first premises in early 2014..

Click here for the latest e-mail from CSW Broadband (PDF).

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

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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 21st March 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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BARFORD COMMUNITY CHARITY :

The Barford Community Charity has been established for 4 years with the aim to help fund community projects for the benefit of the residents of Barford, Wasperton and Sherbourne. The charity is registered with the Charity Commission and the registration number is 1122038.

The charity's aim is to direct its activities to support projects that benefit the whole community. It will use its charitable status to raise money from grant making bodies for the projects it is backing.

The charity assisted the Community Shop in raising funds to enable it to open and be as successful as we all know it has been.

As a registered charity, it is also able to accept individual donations under Gift Aid. This means that for every £100 donated, an extra £28.21p can be reclaimed from the government.

The charity has three trustees:
- John Barrott: Chair
- Kate Moyce: Secretary
- Mary Peirson: Treasurer

Under the terms of the charity's constitution, it is now time for the Trustees to step down and applications are invited from interested residents who wish to become Trustee. Although the charity currently has only three Trustees, there is no reason why there cannot be more and it is suggested that perhaps that number could be as many as six.

If anyone is interested in becoming a Trustee would they please contact the Chair in writing either or by post to 17 Sandy Way, Barford, Warwick CV35 8DY.

The current Trustees will stay on for a period of time after the appointment of new Trustees to enable a successful handover to take place.

John Barrott
Chair
Barford Community Charity

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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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PROPOSED BARFORD/ WASPERTON BOUNDARY CHANGES :

At the request of the JPC, the District has undertaken a review with the following terms of reference:

To review the Barford/ Wasperton parish boundary between points A and B on the attached plan with a suggested amendment to show a revised boundary between points A and C on the plan.

The first stage of the review, a comprehensive consultation exercise, has now been completed and the Council has considered the results of that exercise and has made the following recommendation:

That the parish boundary between Barford and Wasperton Parishes be amended to follow the line between points A and C on the plan attached.

Click here for plan (PDF 791k)

Click here for more information (PDF 37k)

The Council accepted that there has been development over the existing boundary between Barford and Wasperton Parishes and an amendment to the boundary can therefore be justified. In the absence of any comments to the contrary and bearing in mind that the change was requested by the local Joint Parish Council the proposed change of boundary is considered appropriate and reflects the identities and interests of the community in that area and is effective and convenient.

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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

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 resumed on Friday 3rd January at 8:00pm in Barford Memorial Hall and will continue through into the Spring.

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 times from 9th January 2012.
Opening hours may vary during holiday periods.

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 COMMUNITY CHARITY :

Barford Community Charity was established to help fund community projects for the benefit of the residents of Barford, Wasperton and Sherbourne. The charity is registered with the Charity Commission and our registration number is 1122038.

The first project that the charity supported was the Village Shop Campaign. As at the 31 st March 2009 £20,203.92 of donations was secured through the charity. With another £4,491.67 from Gift Aid a total of £24,695.59 was given to the Village Shop Campaign. Our thanks go to all those residents of Barford, Wasperton and Sherbourne who gave generous individual donations to the charity, along with a number of organisations that also gave very generous donations.

The charities accounts have been completed and audited and sent to the Charities Commission. The accounts will be posted on the Barford Community Website..

Barford Community Charity has three trustees, John Barrott (Chair), Kate Moyce (Secretary) and Mary Peirson (Treasurer). The charities constitution states that one of the trustees will step down each year and this year Mary Peirson is stepping down as Secretary. If you are interested in becoming a trustee, then please get in touch with John Barrott on 624766.

Now that the Village Shop is up and running successfully, the charity can turn its attentions to other community projects. If you are involved in a community project that needs additional funds to be secured, then please get in touch with us, outlining your project and financial needs.

John Barrott, Kate Moyce & Mary Peirson

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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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INTERNET SAFETY:

Internet safetyProtect your family online

The internet is fantastic for information and great for communication, but we all need to know how to use it safely. Your children are likely to have internet access in more than one place, so it's important to equip them with the skills to handle this new technology safely.

Click for more information.

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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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