Best Kept Village 2017

Hello All!

It’s Best Kept Village time again! The paperwork has come through….

Does anyone object to us taking part, or are the majority happy to be entered again this year? We are hoping so!

Would anyone like to organise it this year? Myself and Ena organised it last year and would be happy to do so again, but if anyone else would like a go, do shout! Make a comment here or send a message through the contact form…

Organising includes filling out some paperwork, leaflet drops, holding a community meeting to share tasks out for communal jobs and joining in whilst persuading others.

Let us know your thoughts. Looking forward to catching up with a number of you as the weather warms up.

Best wishes,

Jo Clarke

 

 

Fundraising for Signs!

Haunton is a beautiful quiet village that competes annually in the Best Kept Village awards. This year we’d like to raise funds to increase our chances and purchase new Village Signs…

The company who produced signage recently for a neighbouring village, say the total cost including; two signs, two sets of posts, and two planters would come to £2667.08 + delivery and VAT. This does not include fitting which is an additional £850 per day. We could potentially save on fitting and carriage, by arranging this ourselves, the only other additional cost is that the crowdfunding site charges 5%. This has been accounted for in the funding target.

Please donate what you can. Villagers are invited to join us over on Haunton Village Facebook group to get involved in fundraising conversations and activities.

You can donate here:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/HauntonVillageSigns

Fingers crossed we can make this happen 😊

Dog Poop

A few of us have noticed that dog poop is not being picked up. Kicking 💩 into the road, leaving it in grass verges and turning a blind eye, leaves a health hazard for others to manage. Please can those amongst us with four-legged friends remember to take bags out.

It is an offence not to clean up after your dog. Thank You.

Clifton Campville with Thorpe Constantine Parish Council Newsletter

DECEMBER 2016 ISSUE 33

WE WISH YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR

Welcome to the thirty-third edition of the Clifton Campville with Thorpe Constantine Parish Council Newsletter.
The newsletter is now available on the websites http://www.cliftoncampville.com, http://www.hauntonvillage.co.uk and on the Parish Council notice boards. Alternatively if you wish to receive the newsletter electronically please send an email quoting your email address and house address to helen.elliott4@btinternet.com

Parish Councillor Vacancies
There are currently two vacancies for parish councillors, if you are interested please contact Helen Elliott – details on back page.
The Parish Council would also like to extend thanks and gratitude to Penny Bennett and particularly to Tony Bryan for all the time and hard work given to the Parish Council during their time as Parish Councillors.

Scrap Metal
A note of caution to residents, please do not leave any unwanted items outside your property in hope that the scrap man will come and collect it. This looks untidy and encourages scrap metal dealers to visit the parish who may not be registered or have a licence to do this.

Staffordshire Smart Alert
Neighbourhood watch has now moved to an online basis, if you are interested in receiving email alerts of suspicious activities within the local and wider community register on the below web site address http://www.staffordshiresmartalert.uk/staffs/
There have been recent reports of people trespassing in gardens and sheds. This is a timely reminder that now the nights are drawing in to keep valuables safely locked away.

Best Kept Allotment
The annual allotment dinner took place on 17th November 2016, thanks to Ron James for organising the event. The Green Man Cup was awarded to Catriona Smith and Richard Ratcliffe who won 1st place. In 2nd place was Dave Timms and 3rd place was awarded to Mr Chalmers. Congratulations to the winners for all their hard work.

Armistice Day 2016

Thank you to Cllr. Starkey for attending the service in Tamworth and laying a wreath on behalf of the Parish Council.

Clifton Campville Village Hall
Although the Village Hall has had a fairly successful 2016 with events, they have had to cancel a number due to lack of response/support. The Village Hall Management Committee would like to seek the views from Clifton Campville Residents as to what type of events they would like to see held at the village hall and would support. They are looking to improve the current facilities and are preparing plans; the support of the village is essential to this. Anyone with any comments can contact Steve Riley Tel: 373494
There will be a Burns Supper on Saturday 21st January 2017 at the Village Hall, which will be advertised in the New Year.

Getting ready for Christmas at St Andrew’s Church
2-4 December – Christmas Tree Festival including; 3 December Church Cafe lunches, Special Evening Opening 7.00-9.00 pm with Grand Christmas Draw 4 December Festival Family Service at 10.15 am; Concert 4.00 pm with Cantabile and Brass Ensemble (in aid of Chilcote church roof)
(for poster, visit Village website diary; for more details, contact Margaret on 373533 or email mbrowne526@aol.com )
Saturday 17 December – Clifton’s Christmas Cracker – 7.00 pm
Supporting Clifton’s Millennium Green, Village Hall and St Andrew’s Church Saturday 24 December – Family Crib Service at 4.00 pm, Holy Communion at 9.00 pm (Bethlehem Midnight time) Sunday 25 December – Christmas Family Communion 10.15 am at Clifton Campville Christmas Communion at Thorpe Constantine 11.00 am Sunday 25 December -There is an invitation to share a Traditional Festive Christmas Lunch for those spending Christmas on their own, or as a couple; please contact 373998 or 373533.

Potholes around the Parish – Contact the Highways Team – The easiest way to report an issue on the roads is to use the online reporting system… https://apps2.staffordshire.gov.uk/web/reportfault/#top
Phone: 0300 111 8000 Mon – Thurs 8am – 8pm, Fri 8am – 6pm, Sat 9am – 5pm Calls charged at a local rate. Email: highways@staffordshire.gov.uk

News and Update from the Millennium Green Trustees
Firstly ‘Thank You’ to everyone who helped us with our Autumn tasks at the recent Working Party and a special thanks to the individuals known as our ‘Phantom Strimmers’ who selflessly give their time helping keep the area neat and tidy.
Secondly, some of you may have seen an individual undertaking metal detecting on the Green. He is an experienced detector undertaking this with the full approval of the Trustees and has the latest high spec detector. If anyone wishes to seek approval for the use of a metal detector on the Green please contact one of the Trustees.
At our request, we have recently had a visit from the Arboriculture Officer from Lichfield District Council. He noted a number of trees that need some work including one of the horse chestnuts in the copse that needs to be removed, some saplings requiring removal, hazels in need of coppicing, and cherry trees needing thinning and suckers removed. The work will be undertaken in phases over a period of time and a planned programme of coppicing developed.
We have also recently had a detailed and very positive report on the state of the pond. The water quality is good with no signs of any ammonia build up (dead animals, breakdown of fertilizers, etc). This is part of a regular monitoring programme that has been put into place and over the next few years will enable us to look for trends and changes. We are hoping that more water birds will be attracted including duck, moorhens, coots, etc.
The Annual Inspection of the Play Equipment by Lichfield District Council was undertaken in October with no concerns being raised.
In the next couple of months we will be taking delivery of a native oak tree which will be planted to commemorate the Queen’s birthday. Keep an eye out for details of this.
For more information about the Trust and its work please speak to one of the Millennium Green Trustees. The current Trustees are:
John Bainbridge, Clive Boydell, Steve Bradley, Liz Ellis, Debbie Fulbrook, David Lodge, Bob Patchett, Steve Plimmer, Lorna Robinson, Sue Wadham

Parish Councillors and contact details 2016/17

Pam Bostock 373272 Robert Leedham 830240
Robert Pugh 63968 Douglas Clarke 373737
Debbie Fulbrook 07463 702847 Tim Starkey 07740 84063
Nick Ingram 07841 426354

The Parish Council meeting dates are 10th January, 14th March, 9th May, 11th July, 12th September & 14th November 2017 starting at 8pm at Clifton Campville Village Hall. Full details are always on the parish notice boards in the week before the meetings. Members of the public are very welcome to attend and a part of each meeting is set aside for you to have your say and ask questions. We welcome your feedback and comments about this newsletter or any other matter you wish to raise. Anyone that has any parish information/news to go in the newsletter can contact the parish clerk.
Please address them to: Clerk to Parish Council, Helen Elliott, 85 Main Street, Clifton Campville, Tamworth, Staffs, B79 0AX Tel: 373697
Email: helen.elliott4@btinternet.com

Parish Plan
The updated Parish Plan can be viewed on the Parish web site.
Please have a look at http://www.cliftoncampville.com

Mobile Library (Tuesdays)
Dates of Visits 2016 – 2017
Green Man Clifton Campville 11.30 – 12.30

29th November, 20th December 2016, 10th January, 31 January,
21st February, 14th March & 4th April 2017

Mease Valley Parish News
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From our local PC…

Please see message from costas our local police officer, shared by Ian on our Facebook group page…

http://www.staffordshiresmartalert.uk/staffs/

Hello Ian, above is a link for Staffordshire smart alert, it is the new re-branded neighbourhood watch or OWL. People can register themselves and receive alerts (what’s happening in the area) and the odd message from myself etc.
Years ago, before everybody had an e-mail address, Neighbourhood Watch scheme’s and/or Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators would receive messages from the police and they would spread the word amongst fellow residents. Now most people have an e-mail address so they get the messages directly, which pretty much eliminates the need for a ‘Watch’.
However, as there is a Haunton facebook page, whoever has received a message via Staffordshire Smart Alert is more than welcome to post it onto the Facebook page.
Perhaps a message on the Haunton Facebook page asking residents them to register on the above link? I would be very grateful as the more people to receive the messages the better, in fact I was hoping to increase the number of people receiving our Alerts in the area, and was going to try and promote it.
As regards to the Burglary in Haunton, has this been reported to the police? As I have just searched our database and cannot find a burglary in Haunton?

Regards
PCSO 17017 Costas Karpi
Costas.Karpi@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

Village Signs

img_0928Hi All,

There has been some discussion over on our Facebook group about the super new signs at the entrances to Harlaston Village. Some parishioners have suggested we fund raise between us to get similar signs for Haunton. If anyone has any thoughts on how we could raise funds, please share your ideas and comments.

Thanks!

Jo Clarke, Admin

Saving our village phone box

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BT have given notice, stating that due to the limited use of Clifton and Haunton village phone boxes, they are no longer viable to keep. Unfortunately BT have provided no option for leaving the phone boxes in service, and have posted notices inside of each phone box, advising plans to completely remove them, unless village residents want to adopt them for their own use.

Although not used often, the phone boxes have become village features, I feel it would be a shame to see these removed.

Fortunately, the parish council have stepped in and are liaising to review adoption options. Although the phones themselves will be removed, the phone boxes will remain allowing parishioners to decide on new and innovative uses for them.

Douglas Clarke