A sunny day for the BKVC presentation!

On Wednesday 16th October, Froxfield was finally presented with the engraved shield and framed certificate for winning the ‘Best Newcomer’ category in Wiltshire’s Best Kept Village Competition which was judged back in June this year.  Among those present were Peter Cook the Kennet Co-ordinator of the BKVC, Froxfield Chairman Pat Adams and Councillors Vanya Body and Steve Heppenstall, Richard Fradgley representing the War Memorial Hall as well as our County Councillor James Sheppard and some residents of The College.

Froxfield won £150 cash prize which will be used to purchase more flowers for the planters for next year’s competition.  The shield, which we keep for the year, will be displayed in the trophy cabinet at the hall.

 

 

Join us for live music, quiz and curry at The Pelican 27th October – proceeds to MIND charity

On Sunday 27th October, the Pelican are holding a charity day in aid of MIND, a very worthy mental health charity.  There will be a live band – The Busketeers – from 4-6pm with activities to keep the kids amused whilst you enjoy the music.

After there will be a pub quiz with curry supper and a raffle with some amazing prizes up for grabs.  Please click on the links below for more details or contact Georgia Hawkins at The Pelican for tickets.

poster – 27th October

Quiz poster

 

Water meadow work to start 30th September 2019

Now that planning has finally been granted, Anna Forbes and her team from ARK (Action for the River Kennet) will shortly be starting work on the Water Meadow to transform it from the ugly nettle patch to an attractive little nature reserve.
The Community Payback team will begin to strim back the nettles and on 30th September diggers will be on site to start the levelling of the bank near the road and create the dipping pond and space for the boardwalk  Please bear with us for this necessary part of the process, it won’t look pretty just yet!
A boardwalk made of very durable recycled plastic will also be installed and a hedge planted along the outer perimeter nearest the road as well as lots of marginal and native plants around the new pond to attract insects and wildlife.
There will be a community planting day on October 20th for which we are seeking volunteers.  We hope as many of you as possible would like to be involved in creating this little legacy for our village and future generations, so please see attached poster or contact Anna Forbes from ARK – anna@riverkennet.org  07780381709 to sign up and be part of it.

Parish Council meeting on Monday 11th November 2019

The next Parish Council meeting is on Monday 11th November 2019 in the village hall.  The meeting officially starts at 7.30pm but Councillors are in the hall from 7pm if you have any matters you wish to discuss prior to the meeting. Free tea and coffee will be available.

Please also see the ‘Council Members’ tab on the website for their contact details or email Froxfieldclerk@yahoo.com

 

Community weekend a huge success

Our recent community weekend was a great success.  Starting with the community market and events including morris dancing, pimms stall and bar on the village green.  On the evening of 7th September, there was a barn dance and curry supper (superbly cooked by Claire and Henry Morris) which was very well attended and great fun for all ages.

A beautiful sunny Sunday 8th dawned and shone through the stained glass windows of the church illuminating the stunning floral displays which were courtesy of the Head Gardner at Littlecote and Claire Wilson. Normandy Barcelo decorated the exterior with hedgerow finds of conifer, ivy and rosehips.

In the evening there was a musical concert with Phoenix Brass band and local residents playing some beautiful pieces.

 

Footpath to The Pelican cleared

Our very obliging steward, Will, who visits Froxfield one day per month, has very kindly hired a special machine and cleared the footpath from The Lodge towards The Pelican.  It was very overgrown and narrow making it quite a hazard with the traffic rushing past so close.  He’s done a great job.

Froxfield is entering the Best Kept Village Competition

We’re taking the plunge and entering this free competition for the first time and we hope as many of you as possible will help to ‘do your bit’ be it picking up any stray litter, adopting one of the new planters or helping to do a bit of weeding or tidying.

The competition is being run by Wiltshire County Council and there are a few small cash prizes, but at the end of the day, it’s all about us taking some pride in our little corner of Wiltshire!

Community speedwatch & road improvements

Froxfield has signed up to the community speedwatch programme and volunteers are being sought.  Could you spare an hour or two a month to help keep our village safe?

Training will be provided and you will be working in pairs or groups at designated sites throughout the village to log motorists doing in excess of 46mph.

A recent article in the national press about a CSW group in Staplehurst saw them log 133,000 motorists speeding through their village in JUST ONE WEEK, some of whom were doing 70mph in a 30mph zone!!

We are currently working hard with Wiltshire Council to get some road improvments for the A4 to try to cut down the speed of drivers.  Unfortunately we do not fit the criteria for a further reduction to 30mph but they have agreed to move and improve the 40mph signs and zones through the village and create road markings which will give the illusion of a narrower road which are are told encourages drivers to slow down.  Coupled with some Community Speedwatch sessions, we are hoping to see improvements in the coming months.

If you are interested in joing the scheme, then please contact Sarah Owens the Parish clerk at Froxfieldclerk@yahoo.com

Water Meadow

Work has started on restoring the water meadow and creating a new community space and nature reserve.

We were able to secure the help of the Community Payback team who strimmed alot of the weeds, nettles and brambles in November and December 2018.  Once this was done, it enabled the tree surgeons access to assess the trees.

Some of the more urgent work to the trees, some of which were quite diseased and others very overgrown was completed in January 2019.

Action for the River Kennet (ARK) brought their volunteers and a few residents from the village helped with restoring the banks of the stream on 3 Saturdays in January/February 2019.  This was done to improve the flow of the stream, which in turn cleans the silt and improves the quality of the water allowing invertebrates to establish and spawn.  Wooden stakes were driven into the river bed to allow bundles of hazel branches known as faggotts to be placed in between them  along the banks.  These were then infilled with branches which channels the water creating a better and more sinuous flow.

The next step on Saturday 30th March 2019 is the exciting bit…………….. the planting of the marginal species such as sedge and flag iris which will soon take hold and cover the faggotts.  This will create a lush bank of flowers to attract insects, bees, butterflies and other pollinators.  There has already been sightings of a kingfisher, egrets and yellow wagtails.

As the year progresses, there will be more work including the creation of a dipping pond for children with a boardwalk and platform plus screening along the roadside with hedging.  It might look a bit barren now, but hopefully this time next year, it will be a place to wander through and admire.

Work on getting the stakes and faggotts in place

Faggotts going in

 

An example of how the stream will look once planted up

ARK Froxfield Design Statement