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St Barbara’s Easter Service

St Barbara’s Easter Service

Helping Ukrainian refugees

Please see details from the Guides on how you can help Ukrainian refugees. Thank you all.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1v2B6Rc2bSPUMGDx0Au1kUg7Kbh3M5CBu/view?usp=sharing

A46 safety campaign update

A46 safety campaign update

As you know, Ashton and Sedgeberrow PCs have been campaigning on behalf of seven other PCs, and all our parishioners, for urgent safety measures to be implemented along the A46 between Evesham and Teddington Hands. We have had several meetings with MPs, West Mercia Police Commissioner, National Highways, Safer Roads Partnership and Worcestershire & Wychavon councillors. The attached roadworks notification are the first round of improvements which will include new cautionary signage, chevrons, high visibility bollards and road markings. We are also awaiting, hopefully in the next few months, a specially designed vehicle activated sign (VAS) for the dangerous bend just before the Childswickham/Broadway Rd junction. A speed limit consultation is also under way and police seem to support a speed reduction at Hinton Cross. The latter will take longer, possibly a year. There are other measures under discussion. 

More posts to follow this from Harriet Baldwin MP (an article) and Elizabeth Eyre, county councillor, both of whom have been extremely supportive of our campaign, have lobbied hard for us all and to whom we are really grateful. Thanks also to Lucy Fletcher for starting her petition and for bringing media attention to the campaign. We will update you all further once we have more information on the speed limit consultation and any other measures. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a safer local A46 for everyone!

A46 Roadworks

Liz Eyre A46 update fb post

Harriet Baldwin A46 article

St Barbara’s Mother’s Day Service

St Barbara’s Mother’s Day Service

Revamped footpath stile!

Revamped footpath stile!

Evening everyone. We just wanted to say a very BIG thank you to the footpath team and Jamie Smith who did an amazing job of sorting out the stile on Little Hill; which is often almost impassable whenever we have a lot of rain. They dug a trench, put in a drainage pipe and then laid impermeable membrane, hardcore and crushed stone. The land around the stile looks a bit raw, naturally, but the vegetation will soon grow back. Special thanks to Jamie for giving up his time and machinery to help; all walkers will be grateful to you, Jamie! The team are also hoping that a wooden kissing gate might be installed, but this has not yet been confirmed. (Picture: Martyn, FT member, hard at work!)
Beckford Gardening Club update!

Beckford Gardening Club update!

BECKFORD AND DISTRICT GARDEN CLUB
We meet in Beckford Village Hall at 7.30pm
Our next meeting is Wednesday 23rd Feb
Darren Rudge will talk about;
Teabags; Bras and Tights. This promises to be fun but also a garden friendly talk with tips and advice.
Darren is an experienced garden designer and landscaper who also hosts BBC Coventry’s garden radio show.
Everybody is welcome, it’s £2 for guests or £7.50 to join our club.
There is ample parking, although a torch is advisable if you park beyond the hall.
Tea and coffee will be available at 7.15pm
There will be tea and coffee at 7.15pm
Contact Jude if you need more information at jude.templeton@gmail.com
The village fete is back!

The village fete is back!

There has been no Autumn Fete & Produce Show in Ashton since 2018! Hopefully this year it will return; but the organisers will really need your help, either leading up to, on the day or afterwards. If you are new to the village it’s a great event to be involved with and you’ll meet lots of people; something that’s not been possible recently! Please see message below from the organisers.
 
⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ 2022 ASHTON FETE AND PRODUCE SHOW⭐️⭐️⭐️
Is anyone interested in joining the Fete team? Please let us know, we can hold a meeting for those who would like to know more👍
Contact Jane on 07557 022839. (Pictures from previous Fetes)
80’s disco coming to Ashton!

80’s disco coming to Ashton!

Attention all disco queens and kings. An 80s disco frenzy is coming to Ashton, and we hear all ages are welcome, so dust off those rara skirts and big shoulder pads in readiness! Details on the poster

Official Soapbox Report

Official Soapbox Report

Here is the official Soapbox Race report (as seen in the Evesham Journal!) along with pictures and the race results. Thanks to Matt Cyphus, David Wood, Andy Cooke..oh and Novus the Dalek…😊

Soapbox Race Report

Village Burglary

We have had literally a daylight robbery in the village. Jackie Locke has had most of her jewellery, including items belonging to her late father, stolen by an opportunist thief who entered the house whilst the Lockes were in.
They think the burglary happened some time between 8.30 and 1pm and that the thief or thieves might have made their escape down Back Lane and onto the A46.
If anyone finds anything or has seen anything suspicious, please could you let the Lockes know (email address above). They tried to report the burglary to the police but sadly they were too busy to answer the phone and they have had to file an online report.
We live in a village and as such are used to leaving our houses unlocked whilst we are at home; sadly it looks like we will need to be more vigilant, or perhaps consider keeping doors locked.
Thank you and best wishes to Jackie and Andrew, a horrible thing to happen over Christmas.
Soapbox Race information

Soapbox Race information

FROM SOAPBOX RACE ORGANISERS

Dear Resident,

Re: Ashton under Hill Go-Kart Race – 1st January 2022

We’re writing to invite you to join us at Ashton Soapbox Races on 1st January 2022. We’re returning after a successful event in 2020 to raise money to help the Leaver family whose daughter, Nicola, is undergoing cancer treatment.

The other reason we’re writing is to let you know that we will be managing traffic on Elmley Road from 9.00am until about 1.00pm on the day of the races. We will control the traffic from Hillside to opposite The Star Inn. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this will cause, but it’s the best way to keep the event safe for everyone.

We appreciate that you may need to get out during those times, so, if possible, please park outside the controlled areas so you can walk to your cars in the morning. We also appreciate that may not be an option for some, so we will try and let any cars though as quickly as possible when it’s safe to do so.

If you normally park your car on Elmley Road within the controlled section, we would be grateful if you could please park outside the area on the day of the races. This would help us to keep your car and our competitors safe.

During the event, we’ll be providing refreshments and the pub will be open, so please join us to support Nicola and her family – we would love to see you there.

Many thanks

Police Budget Consultation- your views requested

Police Budget Consultation- your views requested

Your Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion wants to hear from you ahead of setting next year’s policing budget.  

As part of the PCC’s ongoing commitment to take feedback from communities and use it to shape his decision making, he is seeking your views for his 2022 budget. Over the next four weeks, you will have the chance to have your say via a public survey. 

The survey will ask you about your priorities, what concerns you have where you live and how much you would be willing to pay for the policing element of your council tax. 

The PCC is urging you to take the time to have your say, as this is about your police force and this is your money. 

To complete the survey, click on the following link:

https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90409334/Budget-consultation 

The consultation closes on Monday 3rd January 2022. 

Village Hall bookings

Village Hall bookings

Please contact Richard Close
Email – richard@murray-close.comcreate new email
Mobile – 07799 403205

Louise ‘Braves the Shave’ for Macmillan again!

Louise ‘Braves the Shave’ for Macmillan again!

❄️☃️❄️☃️ Brrrrhhh, feel very sorry for Louise Jarman! Lou is about to repeat her head shaving fundraiser of five years ago when she raised £2k for MacMillan. Louise’s lovely locks will be donated to the Princess Trust to make wigs for children who have lost their hair through illness. Louise would be grateful for donations of any size. You can do this and see the ‘before’ ( and soon the ‘after’!) picture of Lou by clicking on the link below. https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/louise-jaram
Village Christmas Fair

Village Christmas Fair

The Christmas Fair is back and the team would really welcome your support. See details on the poster below and please spread the word, it will be great to see a much loved event return. ps the mince pies are great!
Calling all gardeners

Calling all gardeners

Reg Moule, gardening expert from BBC Radio and the Three Counties Show, is giving a talk this tuesday at the village hall, hosted by the WI. You don’t have to be a member to attend and it looks like a great evening to bring your gardening questions for Reg to answer (maybe as preparation for Open Gardens next year!).
Please see attached poster for further information.
The WI would really appreciate your support in spreading the word and getting good attendance at the event. Refreshments available.
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