Froxfield Community Speedwatch Group finally gets the green light!

After a long hiatus, the Froxfield Community speedwatch group is finally about of get off the ground!

Whilst Covid has caused so many frustrating problems for us all, Wiltshire Police have put the time off to good use and introduced new software, bought a shiny new speed camera van and recruited new staff. From 29th March, the 9 members of Froxfield Community Speedwatch Group will be out and about at 3 loctions in the village to begin recording the speeds of vehicles and the data is then uploaded onto the new Police software. Letters are sent out to persistent speeders and if ignored, further action can and will be taken by the new officers at Wiltshire Police including a visible presence of the speed camera van in the village.

If anyone has a spare hour once of twice a month and would like to join our speedwatch group, then please contact Sarah Whatley on Froxfieldclerk@yahoo.com for more information.

Froxfield Parish Councillor vacancy

Froxfield Parish Council is seeking a new Councillor to join the existing 6 members who are all local residents.

The role is a voluntary one and involves attending an evening meeting (due to Covid restrictions this is currently via Zoom) every other month, having an input on matters and expenditure in the village such as traffic calming measures, the development of the water meadow and planning applications. So if you would like a say in how and what your precept is spent on, the please consider joining us.

The role is not an onerous one and no experience is necessary just a willingness to be involved and help make a difference to your community.

If you would like more information or to apply, please contact the Chairman, Vanya Body by email: v.body@froxfield.org

Community hedge planting day Saturday 5th December 2020

Join us on Saturday 5th December 2020 11am onwards for another hedge planting session along the front edge of the water meadow. This vital work is so the hedge will grow to create screening and a reduction in traffic noise.

Social distancing and the most current Government guidance will be followed. Please bring your own spade/ trowel, gloves and refreshments.

Advanced booking is essential – Please email anna@riverkennet.org

Great turnout for the watermeadow clear up day!

On a damp Saturday 24th October, 14 stalwart villagers donned their gloves and wellies and got stuck in clearing nettles and weeds from the sapling hedge that was planted along the footpath of the water meadow.  Weed membrane was put down and barrowfuls of bark chippings kindly donated from a local tree surgeon were applied as a mulch over the top to supress regrowth of the nettles. The rain held off just long enough to do the whole hedge.  It now looks much tidier and will give the saplings a much better chance to get established.

Thanks to all those who gave their time to help out!


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