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.

 

Parish Council Meeting 9th September 2019

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.

It’s a hat trick for Froxfield!

After much hard work over recent months, Froxfield Parish Council is delighted to announce that we have been lucky enough to secure three awards:

1. A £5000 pocket parks grant for works on the water meadow

2. A £10,000 lottery grant for the proposed boardwalk on the water meadow

3. Froxfield has won Best Newcomer category in the Best Kept Village Competition meaning a cash prizes of £150.

And two more pieces of good news………………….

We have at long last been granted the planning permission to start the work on the water meadow.  Also, after 5 years of battling to get the issue to the top of Wiltshire Council’s priority list, we will finally see some traffic calming works taking place at either end of the village in the coming months.

 

ARK stream dipping event a great success!

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.

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.

Letter from The Rt Hon Claire Perry

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.