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KING GEORGE’S FIELD - A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE :

The sun came out to welcome hundreds of villagers to our Celebration Day and the official opening by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent. Local school children were in their element using the new play and sports facilities and many had the chance to meet our royal guest proudly wearing their commemorative medals presented to them earlier that day.

The Working Group would like to express their appreciation to every-one who has helped contributed to this project in whatever way over the past two and a half years.

We are especially grateful to all residents in Church Lane for their significant support and cooperation during the construction which saw heavier traffic and noise from our working teams. That support is much appreciated by all of the community so thanks to you all.

Please assist us by:

Avoiding using vehicles whenever possible to access King George’s Field – bikes or on foot are much better (and healthi-er!). Vehicles are not to access or park down the track (which is a Public Footpath) except when authorised for service and/or allotment access.

Using the booking system on www.barfordplayingfields.org to book your court/slot.

Respecting the privacy of neighbours living near King George’s Field especially on light evenings.

We are always keen to hear your views or comments - please email to info@barfordplayingfields.org

Details of news, updates and pictures of our historic week can be found on our website on www.barfordplayingfields.org which is regularly updated with images and blogs. This website is now the official communication tool via which information will be shared about the facilities.

ENJOY YOUR FIELD and get fit for free this Summer!

The first few weeks at the Field have seen a high level of bookings with the Tennis Courts and MUGA in use for a range of activities. We have social clubs and groups already underway with people enjoying playing tennis, bowls and netball, all in pre-arranged sessions. Local residents are welcome to attend, so contact us to find out more as there is lots going on and we invite folk to join in.

Family Fun in the Field (FFF) sessions – ‘free family fun’ with use of equipment for games and recreation (including cricket, rounders, netball and football) EVERY Saturday and Sunday between 3-4.30pm throughout the summer. No need to book, children and adults all welcome to turn up at the MUGA and join the fun.

Celebration medals – any child living in Barford, Wasperton or Sherbourne under the age of 16 is entitled to receive one of the wonderful commemorative King George’s Field medals. These can be collected from the Barford Sports Club stand at the School Summer fete on Saturday 9th July. All children who have not yet had theirs are encouraged to come along and receive their free momento.

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BARFORD VILLAGE SHOW :
A one day Village Show will be held in aid of the Youth and Community Centre (New Scout Hut) on Sunday August 28th 2016 at the Scout Hut and surrounding land

Activities this year will include:
- Flower Fruit and Vegetable Show
- Heritage Quilt Raffle
- Allotment tours
- Refreshments
- Cakes
- Crafts
- Art
- Outside games

Entry forms and detailed information will be available at the beginning of August in the Village Shop.

Watch out for posters and flyers and look for more information on the website.

If you are interested in volunteering to help out on the day, please call Jan Bradley 624433 or .

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John MurphyCONGRATULATIONS TO
COUNCILLOR JOHN MURPHY BEM :
Congratulations are due to John Murphy who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the recent Queen’s birthday honours “for services to the community in Barford, Sherbourne and Wasperton, Warwickshire”.

This well-deserved award recognises the untiring work that John has carried out over many years for the benefit of our community. Well done John!

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Remi HarrisJAZZ in JULY:
‘The Remi Harris Project in Concert’ on Sunday 17th July 2016 in Sherbourne Village Hall at 7:30pm

Come and join us for an evening of amazing gypsy jazz, swing and blues by one of the UK's leading guitar entertainers and his brilliant trio.

Remi Harris and his band will perform traditional gypsy jazz and swing, infused with influences from bebop, blues, rock and world music.

'An incredible guitarist... I'm absolutely blown away by his talent… amazing.' Jamie Cullum

Tickets: £8.50 (£6.50 concessions and under 18s) available from:
Antoinette 01926 624344
Helen 01926 624681
Nicky 07803 243430

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LAND OFF BREMRIDGE CLOSE :
Taylor Wimpey are currently drawing up proposals for a new development of approximately 70 homes on land off Bremridge Close in Barford.

They are holding a public exhibition at the Glebe Hotel, on Monday 11th July from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

Click here for more information.

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Christian AidCHRISTIAN AID WEEK:
Garden Tea Party at Ivy House on May 18th.

A big thank you to Liz and Giles Harrison-Hall for hosting this very enjoyable afternoon. Thanks also to everyone who came, made cakes and donated money. A magnificent total of £749.18 was raised for Christian Aid.

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CHARITY PLANT SALE :
Westham Lodge, 36 Wellesbourne Road, Barford

I am dividing all proceeds from my plant sales this year equally between two charities, Barford Community Hall (Scout Hut) project and Kids at School in Nepal (KASIN)

Please give generously to two very worthwhile appeals.

Barford Scout Hut is in a very dilapidated state of repair and there is an ongoing project to raise funds for a new Community Hall. 50% of my plant sales will go this local project.

KASIN is run by people based in the UK with fantastic credentials for building schools in Nepal. Having spent a little time in Nepal last year I know that any aid is desperately needed. 50% of my funds raised will go to this very worthwhile charity.

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FANCY A GAME OF BOWLS? :

Now that the regeneration of King George’s field is complete and the possibility of playing bowls on a low maintenance (not grass) surface a reality I fancy having a go.

I have mentioned this to several people who have shown some interest. Anyone interested please drop me an email including contact details.

If there is a reasonable response, I will call a meeting to explain my thoughts and investigate further the possibility of forming a bowls section on the Barford Sports Club.

The emphasis will be on having some fun!

I can be contacted on 01926 624407 or .

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FACEBOOK GROUP :

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

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

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

Stu Barbs

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SHAKESPEARE HOSPICE :

Shakespeare HospiceSUMMER FETE
The annual Shakespeare Hospice Summer Fete will be held in the grounds of the Hospice on Saturday 30 July.

There is something for all the family at the Fete. Children can get their face painted and have a giggle at Punch & Judy while their adults win on the bottle tombola and 'ooh' over the Classic Cars. Our new retail section includes stalls with jewellery and accessories, books, and bric a brac, plus we will be upcycling items of furniture. If you get peckish, enjoy a burger from the BBQ, a cream tea or even treat yourself to an ice cream.

If you are a stallholder who would like a stall at the Fete please get in touch. Stalls are £20 plus 10% of takings on the day.

For more information or to book your stall please contact Tal on 01789 266852, visit www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk or call Fundraising on 01789 266852.

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BEATING THE BOUNDARIES :

Thanks to all those who turned out on a rather grey Bank Holiday Monday for this annual event.

Everyone enjoyed the walk by the river and the spectacular bluebells in Hampton Wood.

A total of £400 was raised for church funds.

 

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PACE :

On 21st May, father of two, Tom Williams from Keytes Lane, Barford set off from Barra in the Outer Hebrides on a 30mile, self organised, kayak trip to raise money for charity.

Tom is fundraising for PACE, a charity that supports children with Cerebral Palsy. Tom’s motivation to make a difference for these kids came after his own son, Bertie, contracted a viral infection at 9 days old which damaged his brain. Bertie spent 2 weeks in Birmingham Children’s hospital. He was discharged after overcoming the acute infection but with a very uncertain future. Despite all the odds, Bertie has recently had his second birthday and shows no sign of having development issues.

“The hardest thing was not knowing what impact the brain damage would have on Bertie’s development... we thought he would have some disability and feared he would go on to be diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy” Tom explains. “Now felt the right time to do something for those families whose children have had very different outcomes”.

To support Tom in his fundraising efforts for PACE: Text “PANG70” and the amount you want to donate to 70070 or click here to donate online.

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ALYCE MARKHAM IS CLIMBING KILIMANJARO! :

Why? - To raise money for Childreach International, to build facilities in a local school and a personal challenge.

When? - August 2016.
How? – By raising funds, £2895 is the target.

If you would like to donate, text UNLOCK 181360 to 70007 to donate £3, or donate directly to my online page.

If you would like to find out more, you can contact me on 07584906019.

Thank you for your support!

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ECO WORKSHOP :

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

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

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

Many thanks

Hilary Rhead

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FOR A SAFER HOME :

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

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

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

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

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

Supported by Government and RoSPA.

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BARFORD AUDIO BOOKS :

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

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

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

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BRUNSWICK DEMENTIA CAFÉ :

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

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

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

COST: Free of charge

For more information, please contact Hilary on 01926 422123

Click here for the website.

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BARFORD SEWING GROUP :

Due to increasing numbers, this friendly group is now holding sessions in the village hall. We meet fortnightly on the first and third Monday of each month between 10.45 am and 12.45 pm

As well as working on our own individual sewing projects, we are also currently making a range of craft items to sell at St Peter’s Church Christmas Fair, in aid of church funds.

If you would like to join us or find out more, please call Ann on 624959.

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WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL COMMUNITY SAFETY TEAM :

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

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

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

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OLDHAM’S BANK
RIVERSIDE WALK AND COMMUNITY ORCHARD :

A very big thank-you to the noble band of workers who maintain this beautiful area - mowing the grass, cutting back the brambles, clearing the nettles etc. - so we can all enjoy it. If you haven’t yet explored this little haven you are missing a treat!

A grateful dog walker.

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BARFORD BEGINNERS PLAYGROUP :

Barford Memorial Hall on Thursday mornings at 9.30am – 11.30am (term time only)

A friendly playgroup from bump to school age.
£3.00 per family to include drinks and snacks (first session free)

Contact Barford Beginners on 07921 083142 for more information.

Click here for webpage.

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ACTIVITIES, ADVICE OR SERVICES? :

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

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

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

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

Do you run a local activity or service?

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

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

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BARFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN :

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

Click here for full details. .

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CALLING ALL DRIVERS… :

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

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

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

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

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COME AND JOIN US :

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

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

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LEAMINGTON AND DISTRICT PARKINSON'S SOCIETY :

We would like to thank the Ladies Church Guild and all the people in Barford who made us so welcome at the Spring Lunch on the 30th April. As usual the food was superb and the puddings to die for. We are especially grateful, as apart from providing us with a nice sociable meal out, the proceeds will again be used to help provide monthly Speech Therapy sessions for our members .

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

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

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

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BARFORD POST OFFICE :

There are now six trained personnel, in the Post Office team which should mean we will be able to cover holidays more easily.

The services the Post Office operates are very varied and some transactions only occur once or twice a year so you will realise it is very difficult to train fully to cover these – please be patient.

The Post Office closes at 5.15pm prompt to enable us to prepare for the post collection at 5.30pm so be aware of this. Try not to leave it until the last minute if you have several parcels to post.

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BARFORD VILLAGE PLANNING DIARY:

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

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

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

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

www.barford.org.uk/diary

Ken Hope

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BARFORD SEWING GROUP:

Have you heard about ……?

BARFORD SEWING GROUP

This friendly group has now been running for over a year and meets fortnightly on Monday mornings to work on various sewing projects and to exchange ideas, tips and patterns.

As well as working on our own individual projects, we have been involved in group activities, such as making ‘Pillow Case’ dresses and shorts to send to disadvantaged children in Peru through ‘Evelyn’s Charity’ in Warwick. We are currently working on a range of craft items to sell at the end of the year in aid of St Peter’s Church.

If you would like to join us or find out more, please call Ann on 624959.

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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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SUPERFAST BROADBAND FOR BARFORD
PROJECT UPDATE - JULY 2015:

Broadband

Barford is Superfast!

Check out new advice regarding improving your Broadband and let us know how good / bad your broadband is now compared with your previous experience at Facebook.

Thank you all for your continuing support!

The cabinets have all been upgraded and over the last few weeks the exchange has finally been upgraded too.

Existing BT customers should already be seeing an improvement in the quality, reliability and the speed of their broadband service and internet connection.

My Download speed has increased from 5 to 17Mbs, Upload has doubled to 600Kbs. http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/4492353106

You should now have a more reliable broadband connection. Where possible, you will also notice increased speed.

Your line needs time to settle down

It might take up to ten days because the network's finding the best possible speed for your line. You can help it along by leaving your BT Home Hub on and using your broadband as much as you can.

If your broadband isn't working, try turning your BT Home Hub off for 2 minutes, and on again.

If you still have problems, go to bt.com/help/broadband or call us on 0800 111 4567 (or 0330 123 4567 from a mobile).

Looking for more?

Your line speed can be affected by electrical equipment in your home. The BT Broadband Accelerator filters out this interference to help improve your broadband speed by up to 1.5Mb. As a BT Broadband customer, you can order one free on-line – all you pay is the £1.30 postage (one per household). Order yours or find out more at bt.com/accelerator

Many more frequently asked broadband questions can be found on our website at: http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/faq

Thank you all for your continuing support!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 :

The charity exists to support projects which benefit the communities of Barford, Wasperton and Sherborne. It does this by donating money (although larger projects should explore funding opportunities outside the village first) and by acting as a fund-raising vehicle for the project itself. During the last year we have taken both these approaches.

Firstly, we have donated £62,000 to support the playing fields development. This money came to us from the Village Shop, for which many thanks.

Secondly, we have also applied to other charities and funding organisations on behalf of the playing fields development and enabled them to access additional funding. In this way, the playing fields have received funding from National Grid and the Garfield Weston Foundation. Also, we have been able to claim gift aid on personal donations increasing the value of their donation by 25%.

Apart from supporting the playing fields we have paid for the printing of the village directory which is given to all new residents.

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

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


What is the Barford Community Charity (BCC)?

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

How is the Charity run?

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

How do I apply for assistance from the BCC?

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

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

If we need further information we will contact the applicant.

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

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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WRCC COMMUNITY CARS :

Do you have a few hours to spare each week?

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

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

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

To find out more please phone 01789 471595

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NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN:

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

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

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

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WARWICKSHIRE 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 Fridays 8th and 29th July 2016 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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LOVEBALLET DANCE COMPANY :

Lessons in Barford

Dance classes for children from 3yrs + are available in Barford on Wednesday evenings and Saturday’s at Barford Memorial Hall. We are a leading dance school in Warwickshire and we are delighted to be providing more classes for children in Barford.

Classes are on offer are Ballet, Tap, Modern, Funky Dance and Gymnastics plus a new Musical Theatre Class on Wednesdays (4.45pm – 5.45pm) .

A fully qualified teacher runs all classes and there are opportunities to take exams and take part in shows, which is a great experience. Why not join in the fun and come along for a free trial.

For more information and to enrol contact Miss Claire – 07774 518949 – or

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

Saturdays
9.00am – 9.45am – Prima Ballerinas & Little Tappers (3-5yrs) 9.45am – 10.30am – Pre-Syllabus Ballet and Tap (5-6yrs) 10.30am – 11.00am – Gymnastics (3-7yrs)
11.0am – 11.30am – Funky Dance (3-7yrs)
11.30am – 12.30pm – Pre-Primary Ballet & Tap (7-8yrs)
12.00pm – 1.15pm – Pre-Primary Tap & Primary Ballet (7-9yrs)
1.15pm – 2.45pm – LoveDance Class (Combination of Ballet, Tap, Modern, Gymnastics & Street Dance for 8yrs+)

Wednesdays

4.00pm – 4.45pm – Prima Ballerinas & Little Tappers (3-5yrs)
4.45pm – 5.45pm – Musical Theatre (all ages)
5.45pm – 6.30pm – Grade 1 Ballet (9yrs+)

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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 DancingWe meet every Friday in the village hall from 8pm - 10pm It would be lovely to welcome some new faces to our happy & informal classes.

Check What's On page for dates.

If you have a desire to work off all those mince pies and chocolates & enjoy dancing why not come along for a free trial. No experience necessary we have a wonderful teacher who will have you doing everything from a jig to a Strathspey in no time.

Any prospective new members wishing to 'have a go', 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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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS -
ADVICE FROM WARWICKSHIRE TRADING STANDARDS:

Take Care When Switching Energy Suppliers

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

New rules introduced this year to protect consumers state that:

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

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

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

Trading Standards advises:

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

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

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

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THE CHILDREN'S SOCIETY :

Calling all box holders! June is the month for your boxes to be emptied. Please contact me to agree a convenient time for to call and collect your box.

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

If you would like to contribute to this worthy cause by putting your loose change in a collecting box that you keep at home, then please call me and I will be happy to provide one.

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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WELLESBOURNE HOUSEHOLD WASTE AND RECYCLING CENTRE :

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

Day

Winter

Summer

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

9.30 - 15.15

9.30 - 15.15

Wednesday

9.30 - 15.15

9.30 - 18.15

Saturday and Sunday

8.30 - 16.15

8.30 - 17.15

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LEAMINGTON & DISTRICT PARKINSON'S DISEASE SOCIETY :

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

Contact Secretary 01926 853023
Freephone Helpline 0808 800 0303

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BARFORD ALLOTMENTS :

Allotments Can you dig it?

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

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

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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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