Summer is coming to a close, so why not have a clear out and make some money in time for Christmas. There will be a car boot and table top sale at Froxfield War Memorial Hall on Sunday 6th October. Pitches and stalls are available, so please contact Marilyn Mason on 01672 512634 or Betty Walley on 07760 158984.
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
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.
The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 9th September at 7.30pm in the Memorial hall. The Councillors will be on hand from 7pm if you wish to come and speak to them about any issues prior to the meeting.
ARK will be there to explain more about the work due to start in September on the water meadow to install the boardwalk and dipping pond.
The Froxfield stream dipping event organised by ARK on Saturday 18th May 2019 was a great success. It was lovely to see a good turn out of children as well as adults who all enjoyed learning about the creatures found in our little chalk stream and their part in the eco system.
It was very pleasing that 5 ‘indicator species’ of invertebrates were found which means the stream is healthy and thriving after the recent work done in January and February by ARK volunteers and villagers to improve the flow and quality of the water.
The new planting of 1700 marginal plants that was completed in March to create the new stream bank is really starting to grow; the flag iris especially are shooting up and will look wonderful when they flower.
It is hoped that the remaining work to create the nature reserve with the boardwalk and dipping pond will soon be taking place as funding has been secured from a Pocket Parks grant and also a Lottery grant.
The annual Parish & Annual General meeting will be held at the village hall on Monday 13th May at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend. Agendas can be found under the ‘Document’ tab.
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.
We have had a lovely letter to congratulate us on being awarded £5000 towards our refurbishment of the Water Meadow from The Right Honorable Claire Perry.
Our chairlady, Pat Adams, completed the long application form for the ‘Pocket Parks’ grant scheme in January but didn’t hold out much hope of being successful. However she was delighted to be informed that we had been awarded the money last month. The National scheme helps Parish Councils create or refurbish community areas within their towns and villages so will be a big contribution towards the costs of refurbishing the water meadow.