News

Playground improvements, June 2013

Hopefully you already know that there have been some major improvements to the playground behind the Village Hall. Paul Leader and Mike Cook have removed and replaced the broken woodwork on the swing and slide. These are now repaired, and are back in full working order.

Slide

Swing

The parish council is very grateful for Paul and Mike’s kind and generous action. Both have freely donated their own weekend time and effort. Thanks also to Councillors Ineke Scott (for organising suppliers, materials etc) and Michelle Cook (for organising Mike). The result is an improvement for all our children to enjoy.

Bank Holiday Beer Festival 2013

The Inn with the Well in Ogbourne St. George is holding a beer festival, 24th - 27th May 2013

The events so far:

Friday 24th May@ 8.30pm- ‘Bullseye’ Darts Competition

Saturday 25th May@ 8pm - ‘Sing for your Supper’ - (It is what it says in the title)

Monday 27th May- The Culinary Competition returns
3 p.m. - Pasties
4 p.m. - Afternoon Tea
Prizes on offer for the winning pasty and cake

Questions? Call Megan and Mike on (01672) 841445

Bottom Lane traffic, Consultation With Parishioners

Regarding the proposed changes to Bottom Lane.

Following the recent production of the report for the Traffic in Villages Initiative, members of the Parish Council met with Wiltshire Highways to discuss the main issues such as speeding through the village and parking. One of the problems raised was the concerns of residents in Bottom Lane who have for some time complained about the speed of traffic along the lane particularly from the direction of Aldbourne.

Highways suggested that it might be acceptable for Bottom Lane to become one way, with entry only from the village alongside the Parklands and with no entry from the Aldbourne direction. There would continue to be contra flow for cyclists. This is clearly a significant change and it can only go ahead after consultation and with the approval of the village.

The Parish Council want to hear from villagers whether
- A one way system should be introduced or
- Whether the current system should remain in place

Please can you let the Parish Council have your views either for or against by May 13th 2013 by email to the Parish Clerk or telephone 841270, or leave a message here on the village website.

Telephone Box Competition

Now that so many people use mobile phones, British Telecom is disposing of its telephone boxes. The two boxes in the village are now a Village Asset, and we can do what we like with them!

What would you like?
Flowers?
Information?
Maps?

If you have any creative suggestions, please email the Parish Council.

Church News

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK

Christian Aid Week starts on 12 May. The focus this year is on food security among the poorest societies. There will be a house-to-house collection in the village. Any money you feel able to put into one of those red envelopes will be put to excellent use. Thank you. Timothy George (841278).

SONGS OF PRAISE

On Sunday 26 May at 6.00 pm we shall be holding a Songs of Praise service in the village church. Do please feel free to come and lift your voices to sing well-known hymns. If you have a favourite hymn that you want to see included please give me a call (8421278) or send me an email (tjbg@martlets.wanadoo.co.uk) - in time for us to warn the organist! If you feel like saying why you particularly like the hymn, so much the better. Timothy George

Marlborough Downs Nature Improvement Area - events news

Ogbourne St.George is inside the boundary of the new Marlborough Downs Nature Improvement Area.

The MDNIA Events Programme 2013 has some exciting events planned - like the International Dawn Chorus Day 2013 and the Bat Night at Avebury.

Many more events are here: Diary of events for 2013

Fix My Street

Fix My Street is a useful way to report local problems to Wiltshire Council (like pot holes in roads, fly tipping, or broken paving slabs).

Wiltshire Council subscribes to it. See http://www.fixmystreet.com/reports/Wiltshire

Traffic Action Group - updated plans

The latest traffic action plans are now attached to the Parish Plan page.

http://ogbournestgeorge.org.uk/community-section/parish-plan-20112012/

Recycling bicycles

Recycles Swindon is a Salvation Army initiative in Swindon that is doing great work, and helping people rebuild their lives. Please contact them if you have any unwanted bicycles. They also professionally repair or service your bicycles at competitive rates or sell you a quality refurbished model ready to go.

Tel: 01793 401 834
http://www.recycles-swindon.co.uk/

Parish Council Elections, May 2013

The Parish Council Elections are in May 2013, and approaching fast.

Nomination packs

Ogbourne St.George Parish Council has seats for seven councillors. If you want to be one of the new councillors, the time to get nominated is now.

Nomination packs will be available from Friday 1 March 2013. Nomination papers are now available on the election pages of the Wiltshire Council website. In the interests of the environment, candidates are urged to obtain them electronically where possible.

Parish details
Ogbourne St.George Nomination pack
Guidance and forms for election expenses

Hard copies can be obtained by phoning 0300 456 0112.


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