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Virtual Ashton Open Gardens

Virtual Ashton Open Gardens

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FTTP Broadband update

Thank you to those who have pledged so far. Please remember that, other than contract costs when FTTP is completed (estimated not to be very much different to average contract costs now), pledging will cost you nothing. Every pledge becomes a voucher that is funded by the government and this is the running total you see on the website.

Funding is limited and there has been a big uptake in applications for FTTP during lockdown, where people having to work from home or those doing home schooling, have been realising how poor their connection is. We really need to get pledging quickly and ideally within the next month. We are hoping that if we are successful, the village could be up and running with fibre approx a year from submission of pledges.

Remember also that a superfast fibre broadband connection will not only benefit all of us but will add value to properties for those intending to sell in the future. Even if you currently have a decent connection, please, please still pledge. We think even the best connections in the village get nowhere near 100mbps, so fibre can only be a good thing for everyone who use the internet.

The web address is Connect My Community
Any other questions contact:
Nikki at CllrMcIntyreAUH@outlook.com.

Thank you again and we will keep you updated.

Parish Council

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Ashton Harvest Festival

Ashton Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday 4th October 10.30am. Service in St Barbara’s Church, numbers limited to 30. All welcome but please check on 882087 to help with seating.

Village collection of harvest goods for Caring Hands food bank charity. The church will be open to receive items on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October from 10am to 12noon both days.

Dried, tinned or packet goods with long use-by dates are ideal.

The Caring Hands centre is very much up and running and is grateful for our support.

PS All SD precautions will be observed!

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Broadband News

Broadband News

As you may have read in the newsletter, we have been investigating the opportunity of getting FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) with help from government funding.

Either as a resident or business owner (if your home is your registered business address), there is no cost beyond signing to any given supplier, for usually 12/18 months.

To enable work to start with OpenReach we all need to pledge our interest. Without your pledges, OpenReach can not access government funding and we can’t install FTTP. The community pledging website is now set up (address below) and the community can start voucher pledges.

* On the website click on ‘Find out how’
* When asked if your current speed is less than 100mb, tick ‘yes’
* On the next page enter your post code
* Click the search icon
* Make sure you put a tick in the ‘I am not a robot box’
* You will then be taken to the Community page where you can pledge your voucher.

The web address is https://www.openreach.com/connectmycommunity.
Any other questions contact Nikki at CllrMcIntyreAUH@outlook.com.

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Telephone box renovation

Telephone box renovation

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Cricket Club appeal

Cricket Club appeal

Ashton Cricket club needs your support! The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the club as it has meant putting the 2020 season on complete hold.

Until very recently, we were unable to practice or play cricket at all. Of equal importance is the fact that we have had no money coming in to cover our ongoing costs.

Cricket activity has finally started to return in a limited way for a much-shortened season. But we need to take action to try to cover some of our lost income for the 2020 season. We estimate the loss to be around £8,000.

We need to close as much of this gap as we can to ensure we are in a good position to carry on as a club into next season.

We have set up a Crowdfunder page with the aim of raising at least £4,000 over the next 8 weeks. If we are successful in hitting this target, the great news is that we will be eligible to receive up to £2,000 in additional funding from Sport England.

We need the support of club members past and present and the local community in general. There are a variety of ways people can help us achieve our target, including purchasing a range of “rewards” which vary from a Sunday lunch at The Star to a portrait of your favourite pet. The rewards have been kindly donated by people connected with the Club. If you have ideas for additional rewards you could offer to help our cause, please get in touch as we are free to add more items during the campaign.

As a social member, you can also buy vouchers for use against future bar purchases at the Club.

Please go to the Crowdfunder page via the link below, read more about our campaign and help us reach our target, if your circumstances allow you to.

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Village vandalism

Village vandalism

We are very sorry to report that there have been several incidents of vandalism of the cricket clubhouse and surrounding area. As you can see from the pictures, this has included breaking the railings, removing tiles from the roof and leaving broken bottles, cans and cigarette stubs scattered around the place. A motorbike was also being driven around the cricket pitch last night.
 
Please could everyone be extra vigilant, especially evenings if at all possible. If you see any further incidents in progress, please don’t attempt to deal with them yourself but instead dial 999. Any other related incidents please call 101. You can also contact the Cricket Club chair, Ed Spires on 07977 011198 or email ashtonuhillcommunity@gmail.com.
 
Thank you everyone for your support in looking after an important village facility that everyone can enjoy. The clubhouse is used not only by the cricket team, but as a venue for village and private events and classes.
 
Ashton under Hill Cricket Club, Social Centre & Parish Council

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Ashton VE Day is a roaring success!

Ashton VE Day is a roaring success!

What an amazing time we all had on VE Day! Lockdown is tough and unwelcome; but it gave us a unique opportunity to have the whole village together, albeit in our front gardens, drives and verges, to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Andy Cooke has posted lots of photographs on the Ashton Noticeboard facebook page (sorry, we can’t share here) and as soon as we can, these and others will be posted in a gallery on the village website.

In the meantime, here is a photograph of one of our oldest residents, William Shead, with his WW2 medals. We will try to get more information on Bill when we write the VE Day Report for the website. He had a great afternoon meeting people and singing along to ‘We’ll Meet Again’. There was also a round of applause for Bill’s two NHS carers, obviously!

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