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News of the Community Greenspace project

The project aimed at creating a new community green space for Chilton made some good progress in 2023; an options appraisal for the which site to select was completed, the Parish Council then secured a new lease arrangement from Chilton Home Farms Ltd. for the land on Thame Road (opposite Princes Close which had previously served as a playground in the 1990s), a village survey was completed to gather views on what residents would like to see in the green space and, finally, in December 2023 the overgrown vegetation on the land was cleared. Please visit the site and view its great potential to act as a future community asset for the village.

So, what’s next for 2024? It has started off well with a New Year’s Day litter clearance of the site. Here is one resident, Emilia (aged 7), after collecting four full rubbish bags of mostly cans and bottles (with many of these pre-dating this century!).

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The remaining Winter and Spring months will see a focus on clearing some of the overgrown hedges & dying trees in front of the land to improve sightlines for both the crossing and to the green space itself, continue to work with Buckinghamshire Council on other traffic safety measure options for the crossing, levelling the land and raising further funds through a range of routes including grants.

There are various phases to this project with the exact timelines, in part, being dictated by the available resources (both in terms of active volunteers and finance).

If you would like to volunteer to join the Project Group and support its further development in 2024, please contact Stephen Pinel (07818 822478 or email  ). We’re particularly interested to hear from anyone with landscape design expertise!

 

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Chilton Community Green Space Survey – Have Your Say

We are pushing forward with our Community Greenspace project and need to hear from you.
We want to know exactly what you want the Greenspace to be and need to hear your suggestions.
Would you mind taking two minutes to complete this online form?
It would be great if you could submit your response by Sunday, 8th October 2023. 
 
Thank you!
 
 
If you would prefer to complete a paper copy, please visit the noticeboard in the Chilton bus shelter and return to Frances Stacey (14 Thame Road, Chilton).
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Let’s set up an Environment Group

Volunteers Wanted for the Chilton Environment Team

Chilton Parish Council is setting up a team of volunteer residents to support the PC in enhancing the appearance and environment of Chilton & Easington.

This Environment Team would;

  • Organise the village clean-up events and working parties for specific projects.
  • Organise village participation initiatives – for example, a spring bulb planting project.
  • Monitor and maintain the footpaths and stiles around the parish. Maintenance would be carried out by landowners, sub-contractors and village volunteers.
  • Report maintenance issues of village infrastructure, trees and verges to the Parish Council.
  • Suggest investments and projects that improve the aesthetics of our village.

A community-led Environment Team has worked well in neighbouring villages, making a real difference to their village centres and surroundings, so let’s replicate the model.

To do this, we need the help of the community itself, so if you care about Chilton and want to see how you can help improve the village, please get in touch.

Nick Wasey

Chair – Chilton PC

Nick Wasey

Chair – Chilton PC

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Do you have any spare apples?

Chilton is blessed with an abundance of apples, yet unfortunately, a significant portion of these apples end up going to waste. To tackle this issue, Philippa Green has devised a plan to transform the surplus apples into Chilton Apple Juice that will help in financing projects like our Community Green Space Project.

To participate in this project, register your interest, and we will quickly get in touch with you to gather the apples and transport them for juicing. The resultant juice will then be sold both online and at various village events, with all proceeds being utilised for the betterment of the village.

If you desire more information regarding this project, Philippa will be available at this week’s Chilton Social (Friday, 5:30 p.m., St Mary’s Church) and will be delighted to explain more.

So, if you’re willing and able to lend a hand, we would appreciate you registering for this exciting and worthwhile project.

 

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Parish Council Meeting Tonight

Don’t forget our Parish Council Meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Bruern Abbey Senior School.

The meeting will be held in the left-hand classroom at the top of the church car park.

Everyone is welcome and don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbours.

You can download a copy of the agenda from https://www.chiltonpc.org.uk/agendas-minutes

 

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Parish Council Meeting

There will be a Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 7th September at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

The meeting will be held at Bruern School in the left-hand classroom at the top of the church car park.

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Members of the public are invited to submit additional items for inclusion on the agenda no later than Tuesday 5th September @ 5 p.m. to The Clerk via – https://www.chiltonpc.org.uk/meeting-requests or by contacting the Clerk direct by email

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Please note: Members of the public cannot comment during the meeting until they are invited to do so by the Chair. Comments can only be made in relation to published Agenda items. Any new items raised on the evening will be noted and added to the Agenda for the following meeting.
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Full minutes of meetings will be available on www.chiltonpc.org.uk

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Fix My Street Does Work

The road defects in Chapel Lane were repaired in June after Duncan Parker registered all the potholes on Buckinghamshire Fix-My-Street, proving that the system does work.

Thank you to Duncan and all the other residents who have reported road defects and other street maintenance issues this year. Most have now been fixed, but there are plenty of faults to register! With a new Local Area Technician for Buckinghamshire Roads (who has visited Chilton and met with councillors) and a new roads maintenance contractor in Balfour Beatty, we are promised an improved level of service.

Issues will be prioritised if more people register a fault, so if you would like to see something fixed, don’t leave it to others to register the problem. Just go on to our website and visit www.chiltonpc.org.uk/fix-my-street  (You’ll find it under Useful Numbers in the menu) and take five minutes to log the fault.

Also, please encourage neighbours to do the same.

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More news about this month’s Chilton Social

As promised, I have now got more news about this month’s Chilton Social which will take place on Friday 21st July,

The social will take place, weather permitting, at the Cart Wash in front of Chilton House between 6 and 8:30pm.

We plan to take two groups of people down to the farm where they will be able to see the robotic milking taking place. There will be a small charge of £2 per person to take the trip down to the farm with the proceeds going to our lovely church.

We will also have a BBQ for everyone back at the Cart Wash with burgers at only £3., and of course, drinks will be available.

However, it is vital that we can plan ahead and so we need to know how many are coming and whether you wish to take the trip to the farm to see the milking. So we do need you to send me an email to tell me you are coming. Please email me here.

We do hope you can come for what I am sure will be a fascinating evening.

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Join us tonight for our Chilton Social

Join us, and our guest Greg Smith MP, for a drink and pleasant chat tonight between 6 and 8 pm

Our church, being at the heart of the village, acts as the hub that brings the community together, combating loneliness, improving mental health and helping people live life in all its fullness!

Bring your friends, your neighbours, your family and most importantly your cash :-)

Do come along and support this event, make new friends and catch up with old ones.

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Parish Council AGM

Chilton Parish Council
Annual General Meeting

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Thursday 25th May 2023, 7:00 pm

**The meeting will be held at Bruern School in the left hand classroom at the top of the church carpark**
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Members of the public are invited to submit additional items for inclusion on the agenda no later than Monday 22nd May @ 5pm to The Clerk via –  https://chiltonpc.org.uk/meeting-requests

or use the contact details below
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Please note: Members of the public cannot comment during the meeting until invited to do so by the Chair. Comments can only be made in relation to published Agenda items. Any new items raised on the evening will be noted and added to the Agenda for the following meeting.
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Full minutes of meetings are available on from www.chiltonpc.org.uk

 

Chair Nick Wasey : Vice-Chair Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher : Councillors : Jonathan Cartwright: Stephen Pinel,
Diana Bird

Clerk: Bobs Damerell: :  07759 114722