My Life in a Freezer – Mark Wood
An inspirational evening My Life in a Freezer
The Steering Group recently engaged Avon Planning Serviceshttp://www.avonplanning.co.uk/ to provide support in advancing the Neighbourhood Plan. Neal Pearce of APS attended the Steering Group of 24 February and presented the Project Plan Ettington NDP Master Spreadsheet – v2 which outlines stages and timescales. APS are very experienced in Neighbourhood Planning and are currently supporting 14 Parish Councils at various stages in development of their plans.
Parish Council Grants
The Parish Council recently purchased children’s tables for the community centre which will bring benefit to events such as private parties (see picture below of a rather gory Halloween event!) and the Village Breakfast and private parties
Speed Check – Volunteers Needed – find out more speed check volunteers needed
Ettington Parish Fund
Ettington Parish Fund is a registered Charity (Registered Charity Number 254957) “for the general benefit of the inhabitants of Ettington for which provision is not made out of rates, taxes or other public funds”.
The Parish Council, as Trustee of the Charity, resolved that the fund should be made available for the benefit of individuals resident in the Parish and more specifically for:
- Educational expenditure, for example course fees, additional school activities, uniforms, educational books and equipment;
- Membership fees and/or uniform costs for attending recognised organisations such as Cub Scouts, Brownies etc;
- Training or associated costs to be incurred by an individual in support of work with voluntary organisations or charities, especially those benefiting the local community.
If you would be interested in applying for a grant then contact Sarah Furniss, Clerk to the Parish Council on 01789 295827, 07786938072 or firstname.lastname@example.org who will provide you with guidelines and an application form.
Sign Up For E-Mail Notifications
You can now sign up for e-mail updates on specific issues including planning, events and news. We will shortly be adding neighbourhood plan to the list. Just go to the relevant tab and on the right hand side of the screen you will see a box in which to put your e-mail address. Once submitted you will receive an e-mail from which you can activate the process.
Read the News page to find out about this damage!
Assisted Waste Collection
An assisted waste collection service is provided to elderly and disabled residents and those with a medical condition who cannot take their waste and recycling receptacles (wheeled bins or sacks / recycling boxes) to the edge of the property boundary.
If a member of the houshold can move the receptables to the normal collection point then the property does not qualify for an assisted collection.
If an assisted collection is appropriate, receptacles will be collected from an agreed point on the property. Please note: access must be granted to collection crews to ensure this service can be carried out effectively.
We routinely review the assisted collection service list to establish if circumstances have changed and whether households still qualify for the service.
If you feel that you qualify and would benefit from this service, please contact us.
If you would like more information or wish to speak to a member of the Council’s Streetscene team, please contact us:
Telephone: 01789 260616
Fax on 01789 260607, or
The Parish Council is concerned regarding dog fouling through the village and are considering what could be done to ensure that owners clear up after their dogs. As a first step the Stratford upon Avon Dog Warden has been asked to include the playing field on her rota of “patrols”. Below is information which the Dog Warden has supplied and we would ask for cooperation from residents to combat this problem.
SAFER STRATFORD – Tackling Dog Fouling
One of the biggest environmental issues for residents in the district is dog fouling. Sadly, a number of dog-owners continue to let us all down. Parish Councils are now working in partnership with Stratford District Council Dog Warden Services in a bid to tackle the issue and clamp down on culprits.
THE LAW Failure to clean up after your dog is a criminal offence and could result in a £75 on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notice. Non-payment could lead to a court fine of £1,000. There is no defence to claim ignorance of your dog’s actions and only registered blind owners of guide dogs are exempt.
Dog fouling carries a RISK TO PUBLIC HEALTH and the environment. Dog faeces carry harmful infections, the most widely known being Toxocariasis. This potentially serious infection is usually transmitted via hands, but can also be spread through the dogs themselves, along with belongings such as pushchair wheels and soles of shoes.
TOXOCARIASIS is mainly found in children between the age of 18 months and five years and can cause aches, dizziness, nausea, asthma and epileptic fits. Toxocariasis can even trigger blindness. There are about 120 recorded cases per year within the UK, very few of which are serious. Nevertheless, just one case is one case too many and is easily preventable.
There is a SIMPLE SOLUTION. Dog mess only contaminates the soil when left on the ground for around 2-3 weeks, as this is when the Toxocara eggs mature and become infectious. By ‘scooping the poop’ immediately, the threat of Toxocariasis is eliminated.
DOG FOULING STINKS! Not only is it a health hazard, but dog mess is an eyesore and a blight on our local environment. Footpaths, school playing fields, parks and other recreational areas are all compromised. By following these SIMPLE STEPS we can all work together to turn the tide on dog fouling.
- Where possible, set aside a designated area within your garden for your dog to use before you go out
- Carry disposable bags to pick up after your dog
- Avoid places where children play
- Worm your dog at least every six months
SCOOP IT, BAG IT, BIN IT!
Please leave only pawprints; obey the law and pick that dog poo off the floor.
If you see somebody failing to pick up after their dog and you know who they are or where they live, you can report it to the District Council (01789 267575 email@example.com) so that they can take enforcement action. We need the eyes and ears of local residents to help us tackle this problem.
The Neighbourhood Plan team have now received the analysis of the recently conducted village questionniare. At the latest meeting of the team it was decided to request that Stratford District Council conduct further in depth analysis of the responses of three of the main salient questions. The team have now begun to shape the format of the draft Neighbourhood Plan and individual members have been tasked with drafting their allocated section(s) by the end of June.
Our small team certainly doesn’t have all the expertise and knowledge necessary to produce the final Plan and when we have finished the draft there are bound to be gaps. At that point we will have to call upon other villagers to help fill those gaps with their own local knowledge. We will be flagging up topics where we need help on this website and hope we will be able to count on you to help out.
We will keep you informed of progress.
See previous updates by clicking on “Neighbourhood Plan” tab and then the “Updates”. Other information can be found – for instance the results of the Questionnaire can be found under “Evidence”.
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have commissioned a Biodiversity Survey which can be found by clicking on the Evidence tab under Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan will be funded from a grant from “Groundworks” which has recently been granted to the Parish Council for the purpose of advancing the Neighbourhood Plan. The Grant, of £999 will also be used to fund publicity materials.
One man’s lazy, hazy, crazy early morning
So we did. Find more pictures here.
Laurence brings out the beauty of the landscape
If you missed the annual Ettington exhibition of paintings by Laurence Dingley, don’t worry: console yourself by reading our feature about the work of this acclaimed artist, and his quest to bring out the beauty of the south Warwickshire countryside. He’s even taken to paddling a canoe down the River Stour in search of inspiration.
Laurence’s studio in the village is always open to visitors. Read more
Rovers are red…
It must have one of the best views of any in Warwickshire, but the players might have other things on their minds.
And today’s reading is on the web
Ettington’s parish church has gone live on the web, along with the other five parishes that make up the Stourdene Benefice. Click on our news page for a piece by webmaster Neil Clarke on all the riches to be found on the new benefice website, www.stourdene.org.
Neil has kindly agreed to look after the church pages on ettington.org as well.
You can sign up at twitter.com, the micro-blogging website, for concise pearls of wisdom from our vicar, Cath. Follow @stourdene. Cath also has a blog on the benefice website, which includes a recent post on an animal service.
If the website is to continue growing, we need help from more people. One enjoyable job would be to go through the village archives to pluck out insights into Ettington’s recent past – and perhaps even gather the stories of people who remember what went on in decades gone by. We already have a page on Ettington’s more distant history, here.
Help from photographers is welcome too. If you haven’t seen the photographs of Ettington’s brilliant Jubilee celebrations, you’re missing out. Find them here.
This website is published by Ettington Parish Council with National Lottery funding. It has started modestly, but the hope is that it will grow to become an important part of community life. If you’d like to help in any way, please get in touch. You don’t need great technical or literary skills.