Aug 02

July 2018

Meetings: Tuesday and Thursday 2.00pm, Wednesday 7.00pm.
All welcome. No equipment needed. Please wear flat soft shoes.
Mick Carson 831507

Aug 02

Village Hall Update May 2018

We had a well-attended AGM on 21st May, followed by the first committee meeting of the new year to appoint officers. Those elected at the AGM and their new roles are as follows:
Chairperson Wendy Griffiths
Vice Chair Janie Jones
Treasurer Jackie Brundrett
Secretary Matthew Brundrett
Bookings Sec & )
Asst Treasurer ) Carole Froggatt
Other elected members are: David Brundrett, Liz Kelly, David Parry, Penny Parry, Katy Rose & Ishbel Yellowley (Honorary President). Maureen Round represents the PCC and Mike Thompson the Parish Council.
Planning permission for the committee / meeting room, to be built onto the bar end of the Hall, has been received and we are now focusing on grant applications to fund the project. As you will know, the northern half of the Sports Field has been purchased by the Village Hall, thanks to the amazing generosity of villagers. A celebration to mark this milestone is to be held on 21st July – please see the notice elsewhere in the magazine for details. There will also be the welcome return of the annual Car Boot Sale on 2nd September. For the hungry, please note Pizza Night on Friday 24th August.
Best wishes
Village Hall Committee

Aug 02

May 2018

ASHFORD CARBONELL PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk: Mr C E Williams, 2 Jockeyfields, Ludlow, Shropshire SY81PU
Telephone 01584 874661 Email: cewilliams1@btinternet.com Website: www.ashfordcarbonellpc.org.uk
The Minutes of the Annual Public and Annual Meeting of the Parish Council Meeting held at Ashford Carbonell Village Hall on Wednesday 15th May 2018 commencing 7.00pm
1. Present:
Councillors: Mr N Tilt (Chairman), Mr J Hawkins, Mr M Bowden
2. Apologies:
Mrs C Bicker-Caarten and Mr M Thompson
Annual Public Meeting
3. Chairman’s Report:
The Chairman Mr N Tilt reported on the items that the Parish Council have considered during the last year which included Planning, Highways, Amenity items and Grant applications.
The Chairman paid tribute to the work undertaken by the Village Hall Committee with the Village Hall being the centre for the hub of activities that took place in the village.
The Village Hall Committee had also completed the purchase of the Playing Fields with the funds having been raised from the local community.
The Chairman thanked fellow Councillors and the Clerk for work undertaken on behalf of the Local Community.
4. Financial Report:
The Clerk had produced a summary of the Income and Expenditure for the Year 2017/18 and reported that the Parish Council held balances of £7,908 at the 31st March 2018. The Precept for 2018/19 was £8,076.
5. Ashford Carbonell Village Hall Committee:
A report was made by the Village Hall Committee on the various activities that took place at the Hall with regular bookings being made and the bar making a profit. £58,000 had been donated towards the cost of purchasing the field with the balance being met from Village Hall Funds.
The Village Hall Committee is planning a summer celebration event and project for the future will include the War memorial and the Car Park area.
6. Members of the Public:
There were no items from members of the Public
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL
7. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman for the Year:
Mr N Tilt elected Chairman and Mr M Thompson was elected Vice Chairman for the Year
8. Representatives to Outside Organisations:
Ludlow and Clee Hill Area local Joint Committee – Chairman
Ashford Carbonell Village Hall Committee – Mrs C Bicker-Caarten
Footpaths Officer – Mr D Bicker-Caarten
9. Declarations of Interest:
Nil
10. To approve the Minutes of the Previous Meeting:
The minutes of the meetings dated the 25th March 2018 were approved by the council and signed as a correct record by the Chairman.
11. Matters Arising from the Minutes:
No Matters arising from the minutes
12. Chairman’s Communications
No items to report.
13. Planning Items:
Planning application 18//01774/Ful – Erection of an extension to existing Village hall to provide conservatory and meeting room – Ashford Carbonell Village Hall – No Objection.
Planning Application 18/0611/Ful – Erection of two storey side and single storey rear extensions and replacement windows – No Objection although there were concerns about possible damage to the mature trees.
14. Highway/Amenity Items:
The Clerk to report the damaged Manhole Cover by Ashford Bridge.
15. Financial Items:
a) The Parish Council approved the following accounts for payment;
K Adams – Internal Audit Fee – £90
SALC – Annual subscription – ££178.36
Came and Co – Annual Insurance – £344.11
b) The Parish Council approved the Certificate of Exemption in respect of External Audit of the Financial Accounts for the year 2017/18 because the Gross Expenditure and Income did not exceed £25,000.
The Parish Council approved the Internal Audit Report and the Annual Financial and Governance Statement.
16. Data Protection Act 2018:
The Clerk updated the meeting on the implications of the Data Protection Regulations 2018 with it now being agreed by the Government that although Parish and Town Councils are required to register with the Data Protection Officer as Data Controllers they will not be required to employ a Data Protection Officer.
17. Next Meetings:
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th July 2018
Future meetings – Wednesday 19th September 2018, Wednesday 21st November 2018, Wednesday 16th January 2019, Wednesday 6th March 2019, Wednesday 22nd May 2019.
Chairman

Aug 02

Car boot 2 September 11:00-2:00pm

Sunday 2nd September
11am – 2pm
(Gates open at 10.30 for Sellers)
Ashford Carbonell
Village Hall Sports Field
Entrance and Car Parking FREE
Sellers’ Cars £6, Vans & Trailers £8
ha Refreshments ‘_’_’
Donation of goods welcome
Please bring fresh produce on the day to the
Village Hall other items can be left on Saturday
1st September between 10 and 12 am or by prior
arrangement with Janie Jones 831322

Aug 02

Foodie Friday 24 Aug @ 7:45pm

Pizzas and Salads

Ashford Village Hall

£7 sign up at the bar by Sunday 19 August or call 831322

Bar opens 7:30

 

Aug 02

June 2018

Chris opened the meeting and said how lovely it was to see so many members present. For the evening we changed the usual format so that our speaker Sandy Cale could start the proceedings with her talk on Elegant Georgian Worcester. Sally played the part and wore an elegant costume including a very fetching bonnet. As well as giving talks she is also a tour guide for Worcester Walks and told us that on one occasion, whilst wearing her outfit and leading a tour through the city, an old gentleman, in a thick Worcester accent, commented that one of her sheep was missing, obviously he had mistaken her for Little Bo Peep rather than Elizabeth Bennett! Her presentation was accompanied by excellent slides, snippets of history, and stories of Worcester past. Sally is very proud of her heritage, and her humour, knowledge and enthusiasm made for a really enjoyable talk. After refreshments we got on with the business of the evening. Details were given for both Summer outings to Jackfield Tile Museum in Ironbridge and also The Royal Mint. It was very interesting and reassuring to hear that 88 new WIs were set up last year and there are now 222,000 members. 2018 is Caynham Ashford’s 95th anniversary year so it was decided that if all members each embellished three triangles of fabric they could then all be strung together, (the fabric, not the members), and used later in the year to provide bunting for our birthday celebration, this would then be a real group effort…..just to say that NOBODY was allowed to leave the meeting without picking up their ‘homework’. Five of our members went to the NFWI Annual Meeting in Cardiff where they all had a thoroughly enjoyable day. The Resolution ‘Mental Health Matters’ was passed with 98% of the vote. A report of the proceedings was read out at our meeting.
Our next meeting is on 11th July in Caynham and the speaker will be David Hart who will tell us about the Air Ambulance. The competition is to bring a piece of medical equipment most often used. Should you wish to come along and join us you would be made most welcome.

Aug 02

Ludlow Garden Club – July 2018

On Wednesday 15th August there is an opportunity to visit the Hereford Cathedral Gardens. Led by a team of volunteers and gardeners at the Cathedral, the “Secret Gardens ” tour explores the environs of the Cathedral site from medieval times to the present day with behind the scenes access to gardens not normally open to the public. I have seen the hidden area !! and it is well worth a visit. We shall leave by car from the Eco Park at 12.45 pm (10p per mile for driver). Tour and Tea £10.00 for members ( £11:00 for visitors) with an extra option of £1.50 for a Cream Tea . Any further information please contact me, Susannah 711006

Aug 02

Malta: On the Buses

Malta is a relatively small island, about 16 miles long (including Gozo) and 9 at its widest, but it has quite a large population for its size, around 450,000. Perhaps because of this density of people, a most amazing bus service has developed over the years and one of the joys of visiting Malta is playing on the buses. To this day there are over 90 bus routes on the main island and a further 16 on Gozo. Unfortunately, today’s service doesn’t have quite the same character as that pre-2011 but compared to our own meagre apology of a transport system it is still an experience to be experienced, in part because it is so comprehensive but mainly because it is still wonderfully eccentric. The service really got going in the 1920s and 30s, all the buses privately owned by a multitude of individuals. Each ‘route’ had its own bus with the owner taking such pride in his vehicle that they all became ‘customized’, not just in basic colour scheme but in all sorts of decoration and facilities. They also did all their own maintenance, which is slightly worrying. The upshot was that buses were kept long after their sell-by date and the healthy(?) competition for routes resulted, not only in one bus owner trying to out-do another (usually in speed) but also complete chaos. There were still 50s era buses operating in 2011 when the fleet was effectively nationalized. [In 2009 there were 508 owner/operator buses with an average vehicle age of 35 years]. The old service was completely idiosyncratic and the pollution from the old vehicles was becoming extreme. You can’t help feeling sorry for Arriva, who were contracted to run the new service. On the first day 70 of the previously independent drivers failed to turn up for work. Mayhem ensued – a bit like Northern Rail. Arriva only lasted three years but did, sadly(?), achieve the introduction of a relatively modern bus fleet. Many people thought the old buses were a safety hazard but after three of Arriva’s ‘bendy’ buses caught fire in 48 hours the Luddites were partially vindicated. Probably best not to ask how they caught fire.
The island ‘terminus’ is just outside the main gate into old Valletta, basically a street with lots of bus stops. It is packed with people (and the occasional bus) at all hours of the day. For visitors, the myriad of available routes can be a little confusing – unless you have a main frame computer in your handbag to work out the itinerary. It is a wonderfully exciting challenge getting from A to B as there are often intriguing variants to the route that you could try. It is a bit like playing the Underground in London (Mornington Crescent) except far more complex. And there is a wild card. To this day, the drivers remain stubbornly eccentric and self-willed. They seem to vary their route at random and drive with a total disregard for anybody else on the road (mind you, so do the car drivers). I have seen passengers, dismayed at apparently going the wrong way, being unceremoniously dumped on a highway slip road into the teeth of oncoming traffic. But it is great fun and you can get to almost anywhere on the island in a very reasonable time – nearly all services are hourly or better.
Matthew Brundrett

Aug 02

July 2018

The group now has its summer closure, so there will be no meeting during July, August or September. The next meeting will be on the 3rd Monday of October.
Next meeting: Monday 15 October 2–4pm at Ashford Carbonel village hall.
Everyone welcome.
Janice Forsyth

Aug 02

Garden Tea Party – 26th Aug @ 3:00pm

Tinkers Hill Garden Party with teas , bar and musical entertainment, Sun-day 26th August 3.00pm – 6.00pm. More details nearer the time.
Norman & Lynda Tudge, tel. 01584 831243

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