Roger’s Ramblings – July 2015

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No PC Meeting this month but I have been asked by the Council to fill you in on the officers and their roles. Cllr. John Pettifor is my Vice Chairman and is also Chairman of the Peace Tree Lights Sub-Committee and Chairman of the Cade Management Committee. Cllr. Mike Cropley is Chairman of the Allotments and Gardeners Club, I.C. of the Allotments, and shares with me the roles of Tree Warden, Notice Board Monitor and Grass Cutting Co-ordinator. Cllr. Angela Weldon is Footpath Monitor, represents us on the Cade Management Committee, is in charge of Community Transport, and also, with her partner Gordon, is in charge of the Flagpole. Cllr. Julie Herring is a governor of Newton Primary School, Cllr. Sheila Childerley represents us on the Parish Plan Steering Group and for my part, I am Neighbourhood Watch and Speedwatch Co-ordinator, Chair the Parish Plan Steering Group, organise the Village Working Parties and represent the Council at the Police Neighbourhood Panel Meetings and SCDC Planning Forums.

We are all very busy on your behalf, and on that note we generally hold three village working parties each year to maintain the Pocket Park and do odd jobs within the village. It would be easy to call in contractors for these jobs, but by a bit of DIY we save money and keep the precept down. The next working party will be on Saturday 25th July meeting at the bus shelter at 10am. One of the jobs will be to trim the branches of the trees along the footpaths which, when in full leaf, always hang down. We also plan to move one of the dog waste bins from the Pocket Park nearer to the footpath through Manor Farm Drive. Do join us, it is not onerous, we have refreshments, have a chat and usually finish by 12noon.

Plans are well underway for Feast Week and the Village Fete on Saturday 18th July. If you can help on the day ring me or Nichola on 880285, it will be a super day culminating with the Barn Dance and Hog Roast in the evening. Because of Feast Week, and Pat’s Bingo! the next meeting will be at The Newton School on Tuesday, 14th July commencing at 7.30pm please come along.

Do remember that harvest will be starting towards the end of July – about the same time as the school holidays begin. The machinery gets bigger all the time so please keep your children safe, and bear in mind that the concrete road that turns right before the Bridleway to Caxton is a private road for the use of farm traffic.

And finally, would the youngsters (presumably?) who continue to try to dam the brook running through the Woodland Walk and Pocket Park in Caxton End please desist. This is an important watercourse which actually drains the whole village, and whilst I admire your engineering skills, please develop them elsewhere!

As always, praise or problems to me at 45 Caxton End or on 01480 880122 or or our Clerk Jane Bowd on 01480 468451 or

Roger Pinner Chairman Eltisley PC