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May Chair Letter: Mike, parking, new patio space and gin!

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith, Breighton and Willitoft

I do hope this finds you well and not too depressed with this incessant rain, sunny times are just around the corner in time for our May Public Holiday Season. If you need cheering up in the interim you might like to call in at the All Saints Church coffee mornings on a Wednesday morning between 10 and 12 noon. I hear their bacon buttys and sausage sandwiches are amazing and the company is pretty good too! 

Just a few things for me to highlight this month: 

Firstly, one of our Parish Councillors, Mike Suddaby has been having some pretty serious surgery recently but thankfully is now back home and on the mend. Mike and his wife Sheila are well-known and well-regarded within our community. Both are extremely committed to supporting community events and people. I’m sure like me you’ll wish Mike a speedy recovery when he is taking a gentle walk around the village.

Parking is always a challenge in Bubwith village but recently it has become worse. Some people were concerned about poor parking on the roadside and pavement when an event was held at the Leisure  Centre recently (Sunday 14th April). Unfortunately, due to the weather parking on the field wasn’t possible. Volunteers were out all day marshalling the parking but there were examples of thoughtless parking. The BLSC has apologized and will be seeking to prevent further occurrences. A more enduring parking problem in the village is around the area of Morrisons Store in the centre. In their haste, people are parking across entrances to people’s homes and blocking access in and out of the Jug & Bottle car park. Visibility is also limited at this pinch point and the risk for pedestrians, especially children is heightened. The Parish Council are exploring with East Riding Council what other preventative measures can be applied to address this frustrating situation. 

We appreciate people’s lives are extremely busy and everyone thinks they will only be a minute or two in the shop. In reality, it is more likely to be 15 minutes and other people are inconvenienced as a consequence. Please Park with care and consideration, that will work for everyone concerned. Breighton also suffers roadside issues – at every Parish Council meeting, we discuss the verges on Clay  Lane and just about every month Steve Young is in touch with ERYC regarding the state of repair and road cleaning. Sadly a permanent solution is not on the horizon but we will continue to agitate. The Gin Festival – On a brighter note this recent event has been deemed a success, with lots of positive and some constructive feedback and a definite request to repeat the event next year. The event raised just short of £800 all of which goes to sustain the Leisure and Sports Centre which as you will know is a charity. Any ideas for future events are always welcomed as are volunteers interested in getting involved. 

Speaking of volunteers! I mentioned last month that we have been successful in getting a grant for a new patio area at the leisure centre and work is due to commence in June and take about 3 weeks.  Part of the development is to enhance the green space surrounding the patio sadly the grant won’t cover this but I’m hoping we can get some volunteers engaged in the working party to do this work,  either donating their time or some shrubs. If you are interested in this short-term project please get in touch, thank you. 

Finally, a reminder, the Spalding Windfarm Community Grant Scheme is open for applications until the 17th May with decisions being made on the 12th June. There is approx. £23K available this year and  I encourage any groups to consider putting forward an application

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/ council/grants-and-funding/rural-funding/spaldington-wind-farm-community-fund/

 

Best wishes. Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council  

Email: Mob : 07748965779

https://www.facebook.com/BubwithParishCouncil

 

 

 

December Chair Letter: Festive season events!

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith, Breighton and Willitoft

 

As we hurtle towards the festive season there are a number of events to note for your diary, particularly if you have children or grandchildren. 

The Friends of Bubwith School Christmas Fayre will take place on Sunday 26th November and it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun with great stalls and a great raffle.  A children’s quiz night is planned to take place at the Leisure Centre on Friday the 8th December, this is a recent venture to add to the social events for children in the village, for details see the Leisure Centre website  

www.bubwithleisureandsportscentre.org  

 

A Christmas Santa Run for Children and Adults has been organised to take place at the leisure centre track on Sunday the 17th December at 1pm. All profits will go towards the new playground. The bar will be open and there will be mulled wine and other refreshments on sale. I’m really looking forward to seeing how creative people are with their Christmas themed running outfits.

Carols around the Christmas tree will take place on the green on the evening of the  17th of December with a welcome invitation from Richard and Shirley Moore to all to have mince pies and mulled wine at Chain Bar House after the carols. 

Finally, there will be a quiz night on Christmas Eve at the leisure centre when all are welcome. 

Our community is blessed with many volunteers who give up their time to support others, they organise village events, run groups and fundraise to gain improvements and new assets and facilities for our village. The Bubwith Leisure and Sports Centre  Committee has agreed to run an event on the afternoon of Sunday, 7th January to celebrate and thank the many volunteers within our community. The tricky bit of arranging such an event is identifying who our volunteers are and I hope to gain your help with this. Volunteers don’t always blow their own trumpet so if you know of anyone you believe we should invite or if you’d like to come along please do drop me a line on my email below. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Thank you for your kind attention.  

Best wishes. 

Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council 

I’m always glad to hear of concerns and issues.

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October Chair Letter: Lots of activities as we welcome in Autumn

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith, Breighton and Willitoft

Given the current weather patterns (mostly watermarks) I think I can safely say summer has now passed and autumn is firmly established. 

Summer was busy and challenging for businesses in our community, as they have had to work harder and smarter to keep their businesses afloat during the bridge closure. They have appreciated the way the community has got behind them by buying locally but there is still a month to go so please continue to frequent and support our local businesses to safeguard their future.

The distribution of the information booklet, “Your Guide for Supporting Local” has now commenced and is being rolled out in adjacent villages. Early responses have been very complimentary, Paula Clark has done a cracking job on the design and people are very appreciative of East  Riding of Yorkshire Council commissioning this work, now we just need people to use it. 

Work on the bridge is progressing well and on schedule, the bulletins have been excellent and I  note there are a few history buffs that are really enjoying seeing the historical guts of the bridge.  

The summer has also been busy for young people. If like me you have enjoyed the floral displays next to our benches in the parish then please join me in thanking the young people of Bubwith who have organized and maintained the tubs as part of Humberside Police’s Lifestyle Project for  Youth Engagement. You have truly brought some joy and benefit to our community. Thank you

Overall, it seems to me that in recent months many people’s sense of community has shifted up a  gear. There’s a willingness to not only engage but to actually take the initiative on creating and supporting community benefits.  

As a consequence activities and events are coming at us thick and fast and sometimes it’s hard to know what’s what, particularly when they are abbreviated down to BAM or BAD! There are a  whole host of interesting and fun things for people to take part in and hopefully something for you and your family to enjoy. 

A taster of what’s going on and what’s on the way includes: 

A New Playgroup opened its doors this week. It runs from 09.15 until 11am on Monday  mornings at Bubwith Leisure Centre – £2.50 for one child and 50p for additional children to cover venue and refreshment costs. Run by volunteers it is a real bonus for parents and younger children, please just turn up

Bubwith Arts Movement – got off the starting blocks on the 10th September – initiated by Friends of Bubwith School (FOBS) who have been awarded a grant to create 3 murals in the village, engaging children and young people. For more information contact Paula  Clark, email:  

Bubwith Amateur Dramatics had its first meeting on the 22nd September. Working towards a local production of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood early next year. All ages, all abilities welcome. Led by Jenny Bourke, email:  

Bubwith Film Club – Ame Codling has volunteered to get this off the ground with 2 films planned for the winter schedule. Mrs Harris Goes to Paris on Friday 20th October (film starts at 8pm) and Toy Story (1995) on Friday 17th November (film starts at 4.30pm).  

Bubwith Sports and Leisure Committee and the Social Team have revamped the bar (including the prices) and refreshed favourites like the quiz nights and bingo also bringing some new additions to support entertainment for families on Friday evenings, including a children’s quiz planned for early December. Families feedback has been excellent. 

Paul Oliver, Studio Manager from Highfield Grange Studios has reached out to the Parish Council with a view to doing some voluntary work with local young people in the parish. An early suggestion being to teach illustration workshops and then moving on to other skills workshops associated with the film/theatre industry. We will be promoting those connections with groups in the community in the coming weeks. 

Loathe as I am to mention Christmas, things are also gearing up for the festive season, firstly with the FOBS Bubwith Christmas Fayre at 12.00 in the Leisure Centre on Sunday 26 November – Table bookings now via: . Secondly, a  new initiative of a Christmas Charity run on the afternoon of Sunday 17th December thanks to Camilla Sergeant for this great idea.  More information on how to take part next month but I just wanted to give everyone the heads up for the ‘Couch to 5K’ training,  I’ll look out for you on Intake Lane! 

On that festive note, and as we head to the season of celebrations, I hope you won’t mind if I mention noise in our community.  This month the Parish Council has received a number of complaints of noise late at night. Some of the noise emanates from the airfield and as this has been a recurrent issue the Parish Council is initiating some action via ERYC officials to track down the cause and have the culprits desist. Other noise appears to be more local and linked to celebrations, perhaps it is timely to remind us all to consider noise disturbance as no one wishes to be a party pooper or a sleep disturber when playing host. 

Finally, if you haven’t had a chance to respond to the ‘New Second River Derwent Bridge in Bubwith’ article in the August Bugle there is still time. We have received a number of views both for and against but the timeline for comment is the end of September. Please forward your opinion to either Steve Young or me  

Thank you for your kind attention. Best wishes. Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council PS. I’m always glad to hear of concerns and issues. . https://www.facebook.com/BubwithParishCouncil

August Chair Letter : Bubwith Businesses, Hedgehogs & Hedges

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith & Breighton

 

I hope this finds you well.  They say be careful what you wish for, so my apologies for complaining about the dry garden last month, we seem to have been blessed with a lot of rain as a consequence.

 

Let me begin with Bubwith Bridge.  Work has now commenced although I note that there is a concern that there is little sign of major activities at the moment.  I shall be raising this with ERYC to see if there is an explanation.  Don’t forget there is a contact email: to direct questions to individual officers simply mark ‘for the attention of’ and it will get to them.  

 

There is also the Bubwith Bridge Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/188447323849759 for updates and for those not on Facebook a regular update can be emailed or a printed version posted.  Please either call the council call centre 01482 39 39 39, or email your name and address to and request regular updates by post.

 

Locally, businesses in the village are definitely already feeling the impact and are very actively mitigating against reduced business due the closure.  Mounfields have introduced an order and delivery service for their customers over the bridge, contact Mounfields on 01757 288339.

The White Swan has introduced Quiz night Thursdays, £5 pp including supper, 7pm for 7.30 start, this enjoyable event got off to a great start so get there early and don’t miss out! All our businesses need our local support to see them through this time.  I bumped into someone the other day that had only just tried the fruit and veg room at the Jug & Bottle and were bowled over by the selection, if you don’t go in you won’t know what you are missing until it’s too late!

 

Bubwith Leisure & Sport Centre has a new Social Team of volunteers.  Their goal is to run social events at the centre to support for local people.  The team is planning events for next year including a Gin Festival & Bubwith Big Bash. Currently they have reinstated the monthly Bingo and are holding a Family Fiesta evening on 9th September (tickets £10 adult £5 child including supper and a soft drink or Sangria, tickets available Alison Craven mob: 07738609711 or ).  If you would like to get involved with the Social Team as a volunteer, as a group in the village, or have suggestions please contact Alison.

 

ERYC Business Development lead Dawn Hall has offered to support the development of a marketing booklet outlining all the businesses within our community and I’ve recently been in touch with most to see if they’d like to be involved. Paula Clark (a professional also local to the village) is being commissioned to design and produce the booklet. If I haven’t contacted you please contact me if you’d like to be involved.  It’s intended the booklet will encourage people to use our services now but also signpost newcomers in the future and encourage us all to reduce our carbon footprint by buying local.

The bridge is not the only story of the moment.  We have been fortunate to have some successful bids from the Spaldington Wind farm Community Fund.  Thanks to those in our community who put some great bids together.  Our successes include; funding our Youth club Workers (we are the only village in the immediate area to have one, supporting the repair of the metal bridge from the Leisure Centre Field to the PRW along Southfield Drain and FoBS application for a Children & Young Peoples’ art project.  Every year people make the effort to put in bids to enhance our community assets and every year their effort has paid off, thank you!

 

This month I’d like to give a mention to hedges and hedgehogs.  August is approaching and from the birds perspective it’s safe to cut your hedge (if you haven’t already).  The Parish Council has been inundated with request for action on cutting back hedges as some are sticking out so far it is impossible to operate a pram/buggie or mobility scooter safely on the pavement.  There are some  where even a single pedestrian ends up on the road to avoid them, not to mention reduced visibility for motorists.  Please be considerate to your community by keeping your hedge in check.  If you have a problem getting your hedge cut please get in touch we may be able to assist you.

 

As for hedgehogs, did you know they are an endangered species in the UK?  Did you also know that they could walk about 3 miles per night foraging for food?  Hedgehogs R Us a local charity contacted our PC to raise awareness of their highway project.  All it requires is to leave a 5-inch (12.7 cm) gap in your fence to enable our spikey friends to access your garden and help themselves to your slugs, snails, beetles and earthworms.

 

Finally and very importantly, a request has been made to site a waste bin in Breighton to assist dog walkers to deposit their dogs’ deposits.  Steve Young is on the case and hopefully it will be with you very soon.

 

Thank you for your kind attention.  If there is anything arising from my Chair’s piece today please get in touch.

 

Best wishes.

Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council   

I’m always glad to hear of concerns and issues.  .

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March Chair Letter : Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith & Breighton

 

I’ve always thought Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community and some of my very best experiences and achievements in my professional life have been where volunteers have been involved.  

 

There are as many reasons for being a volunteer as there are volunteers.  Some want to change the status quo because their experience and outlook on life is different to that of others, (it frequently is when you are on the receiving end of a service rather than designing it) and others just want to make things happen.

 

For some volunteering is a vehicle to gain experience or to raise their profile and get positive feedback.  For others it’s to quietly get on with something because they feel it is important or they get an inner glow from making other peoples lives easier or happier.  Bubwith and Breighton is blessed with a full range, some you’ll know and others will be invisible but all of them, formal and informal, bringing a contribution that makes our community a better place to live.

 

My focus this month is on just some of the volunteering and events that are currently going on in our community.  It isn’t a comprehensive list as there are many more that I don’t have time to cover today.

 

Firstly, Bubwith Leisure and Sports Centre Charity Committee.  The AGM saw some changes with Barry Carpus stepping down as secretary, a big thank you to him for his hard work over the years.  Shaun Thompson has stepped up as the new Chair and Adrienne Richards a new committee member as Secretary. Alison Craven has also joined the committee and is one of the organisers of the reinstated Bingo nights.

Other volunteer opportunities exist within the charity as Treasurer and more general volunteers are always welcome.

 

The Table Top sale went reasonably well thanks to the many people who ran a table or attended.  We listened and learned from the feedback we got and are planning another Table Top and Plant Sale for the morning of Monday the 8th May (Coronation Public Holiday).  This is a shout out to all would be stall holders and gardeners if you are interested please get in touch with me or 07748965779.

 

An Easter Sunday Egg Run has been arranged at the Leisure Centre from 2 to 4pm on Sunday 9th April.  This fundraiser is for a new playground and promises to be great family fun.  The children’s egg and spoon run will be on the new track and a raffle, cakes, tea and coffee will be for sale.  Organisers of this event are a volunteer group of parents and grandparents keen to expand facilities for small and young people.  Our primary goal is a new playground and temporary refresh of the old one. We are keen to explore how the centre can expand its offer, such as being open for play days in school holidays or running a playgroup. We welcome new members, as we need ideas and views as well as volunteers.

 

After the success of the Fashion Show in October a second one has been organized for 7pm on 21st April to raise funds for the Bubwith Leisure Centre.  Tickets available from Steve Johnston Tel: 07551338080. Thanks to Steve and the band of volunteers who work hard to organize this enjoyable social event.

 

My last volunteer group mention is the Parish Council itself, although people don’t always think of the Parish Councillors as volunteers. 

The term of office for our current Parish Councillors is almost at an end with elections/re-elections taking place on the 4th May. Sadly, one of our current PCs is unable to stand again; our thanks go to Paula Clark for the contribution she has made during her time with us she will be sorely missed.

 

In the lead up to elections the Parish Council are holding a Wine & Cheese Event in the Bubwith Leisure Centre Bar from 7pm on Monday 27th March.  All are welcome to come along to meet Councillors, discuss issues of importance and maybe consider standing as a Councillor themselves.  A similar event was held in 2022 where a large number of issues were raised and subsequently addressed by the PC. 

I look forward to welcoming you but if you can’t make it and you have an issue please let me know.

The event is being sponsored by personal contribution of the PCs.

 

Finally, can I remind you of the Spaldington Wind Farm Community Fund this year the fund will open from the 13th March to 19th May; decisions will be made on the 14th June. 

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/council/grants-and-funding/spaldington-wind-farm-community-fund/ 

I would encourage groups to apply for either a small grant up to £500 or larger.  All details on the East Riding website above.

 

Take care to stay dry.  

Best wishes.

 

Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council

I’m always glad to hear of concerns and issues.  .

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February Chair Letter : February is full of activity!

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith & Breighton

 

February may be the shortest month of the year but what it lacks in length it seems to make up for with activity!

 

The Parish Council continue to pursue the issues that are raised as concerns by people; contact is being made on a daily basis with EYCC regarding the bridge repair, signage and impact on local businesses and residents, similarly the state of the roads in Breighton and Bubwith with emphasis on some of the worst such as Church Street.  We are now asking residents to bring additional pressure to bear through individual emailed complaints.  Steve Young has been advising the email address to send to.

 

I attended a meeting of the Spaldington Wind Farm Community Fund Panel recently.  Our community has a brilliant record of successful applications over the years including funding a youth club leader, our mini bookcase, benches, defibrillators, outdoor furniture for the school and a variety of amenities for the Leisure Centre.   This year the fund will open from the 13th March to 19th May, decisions will be made on the 14th June. https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/council/grants-and-funding/spaldington-wind-farm-community-fund/ 

I would encourage groups to apply for either a small grant up to £500 or larger.  All details on the East Riding website above.

 

Our Youth Club goes from strength to strength thanks to our staff and volunteers.  Recently 47 members attained a certificate in First Aid.  Well done Youth Club!

 

Bubwith Leisure and Sports Centre – Thanks to our increased volunteers there are two events coming up that I’d like to flag: 

 

The return of Bingo to the Leisure Centre at 7pm on the 24th February which promises to be good fun with £150 jackpot too!

 

The Table Top Sale from 10am to 3pm on Sunday 26th February.  Over 25 tables booked. A range of items including children’s clothing (various ages), sports equipment, silver jewelry, general household goods, craft yarns and much more.  Teas, Coffees, Bacon Sandwiches and baked goods will be on offer and the Bar will be open and remain open for the Rugby after the event.  

There are still a number of tables available at £5 per table.

Entry will be 50p at the door.  A great opportunity to bag a bargain or meet for a natter!  All proceeds to Community Projects.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING CASH.

If you are interested in booking a table or volunteering for this or future events please drop me an email or telephone 07748965779.  I will be delighted to hear from you and book you a stall.

 

Finally, I had an interesting chat with a senior member of our parish recently who advised me there are still a lot of people who don’t have the internet or mobile phones and who rely on the Bugle and notice boards to get their information.  They feel a little disconnected from what is going on.  PC discussed this at our recent meeting and will be seeking to include more information on ‘what’s on’ locally and also to have a notice board at the road end of the Leisure Centre to highlight activities.  

 

Take care to enjoy this mild weather.  

Best wishes.

 

Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council

I’m always glad to hear of concerns and issues.  .

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January Chair Letter : Reflections & Decluttering

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith & Breighton

 

For many of us January is the month for reflection.  A quick check back over all of the events of the previous year, the resolutions we could, should or would have achieved and a renewed resolve for the coming year.

 

As PC Chair, January is also the time to say thank you to those individuals who give of themselves to make our parish an enjoyable place to live.  

Christmas is a high point and thanks go to FOBs for the Christmas Fayre, the Elves and Parish Councillors for the wonderful display on the green ( I note this was highlighted in the media), Mother Christmas for keeping the magic alive for children,  All Saints Church and Bubwith Community Primary for all of the Nativity activities and services and Richard and Shirley for once again playing hosts for mince pies and mulled wine following Carols around the Christmas Tree. 

 

Thanks also go to our local businesses that work extremely hard over the festive period to supply us with food and services to ensure an enjoyable time.

 

Sadly, I missed most of it, I’ve just returned from a long trip to the Australia and New Zealand, I won’t bore you with the details of catching up with 47 members of my husband’s family or my ham salad Christmas dinner. However, seeing many community’s amenities, particularly in NZ has renewed my commitment and I am raring to go with the theme of fundraising and engagement that I mentioned in the November Bugle. This is my major New Year resolution for our Parish and community.

 

To ‘kick off’, I’d like to remind you of the goal of regular Table Top sales at the Leisure Centre with the first planned for Sunday 26th February.  Akin to a Car Boot Sale but indoors, we hope to generate some interest from people to sell or buy or both and of course there will be food and drinks.  Doors open at 8am for stalls to set up, bargain hunters admitted at 10am and close at 3pm. The price of a table will be £5 and entrance 50p with all proceeds to BLSC projects.  

 

I feel sure there will be a number of people with a resolution to ‘declutter’ and find new homes for unwanted treasures and gifts.  Now is your chance to try your hand at sales or to bag a bargain!  If you are interested in booking a table or volunteering to run the event please drop me an email or telephone 07748965779.  I will be delighted to hear from you and book you a stall.

 

May I take this opportunity to wish you a Happy and Prosperous 2023 from the Parish Council.

 

Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council

I’m always glad to hear of concerns and issues.  .

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November Chair Letter : Benches, BOOM Power, & Cycle Track

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith & Breighton

I do hope this finds you well and more importantly dry!!!!

 

It’s just as well our beautiful new benches (see below) that have finally been sited in Bubwith and Breighton are recycled plastic to withstand this weather.  I hope you are as delighted as I am to see them and more importantly use them on your walks.  My grateful thanks to Steve Young and Malcolm Henson who have worked tirelessly to apply for funds, source the benches, lay the concrete plinths and finally site them.  Thanks too to those individuals who have given their blessings to siting them near their homes. Apparently the suggestion for benches began almost 20 years ago (thank you Bunty) and got it’s final push over the finishing line earlier this year (thank you Paula and fellow PCs), so all that remains to say is, “take a pew”.

 

I attended a very interesting Bubwith Leisure and Sport Centre (BLSC) meeting this month.  It was great to see some of our new volunteers and to get their contributions into supporting this brilliant asset.  The Bubwith Mile progresses although rain has caused some delays to laying the final surface.  The suggestions for the playground were also discussed and how we can take this forward together with the planned Cycle Track.

The elephant in the room was of course money!  In order to achieve these two ambitious projects and just as importantly continue to address some of the urgent maintenance  (leaks in the roof to name just one) it is estimated we probably need to raise approx. £450K and in order to fundraise via grant applications and local means we need support and engagement from our community.

 

It would seem the theme for 2023 has to be fundraising and engagement.  To ‘kick off’ I’m working with 2 of our new volunteers (Kay and Carol) to establish regular Table Top sales at the Leisure Centre with the first planned for Sunday 26th February.  Akin to a Car Boot Sale but indoors, we hope to generate some interest from people to sell or buy or both and of course there will be food and drinks.  The price of a table will be £5 and entrance 50p with all proceeds to BLSC projects.  If you are interested in booking a table or volunteering to run the event please drop me an email .

 

Money is probably preying on many people’s minds at the moment and the Parish Council is no different.  Over the course of the past few years we have worked towards improving facilities and services for local people and in particular for our young folk with our very successful youth club ensuring they have outlets for their energy beyond simply getting into mischief! We have also recently agreed to support the cost of a part time role for the leisure centre to deal with bookings, statutory/legal requirements and facilitating opening up for groups and events (currently reliant on a volunteer) as we would like to get more use from this valuable asset. 

The discussion of the level precept is always an energized agenda item and this year is no different.  After much heartfelt debate we have agreed to set 2023/24s precept at an increase of 17%.  I know this sounds significant but it equates to £5.36 pa or 10p per week for band D council tax payers and by comparison with other local parishes we bench mark as low to average.  Our rationale is to sustain the facilities and services we have in our community and ensure we maintain our parish as a good place to live.

 

Quick update – informal consultation on proposed BOOM Energy solar farm.  I attended a meeting of Parish and Town Council Chairs this week to discuss and agree the key questions we need to get answered by BOOM in preparation for a meeting with BOOM planned for early December. Our representative at that meeting will be Councillor Liz Hayes.  We will continue to update on this as we progress to formal consultation in Spring 2023

 

Finally, good luck to FOBs for their upcoming Christmas Fayre on Sunday 27th Nov, 2pm at the Leisure Centre.  Enormous effort has gone into the planning and it promises to be great fun, so please don’t miss it!

 

Best wishes

 

 

Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council

I’m always glad to hear of concerns and issues.  .

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October Chair Letter : Christmas is coming

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith & Breighton

 

The year is passing quickly; here we are nearing the end of October with Christmas just around the corner.  The village Christmas tree is on order and the 3rd December has been set as the date for it to be erected together with other decorations on the green.  Carols around the Christmas tree on Sunday 22nd Dec is also a date for your diary.

October has been a very busy month with many activities related to the Bubwith Sport and Leisure Centre including progress on groundwork for the running track.  Bubwith Playground project group has been established and a Visioning Consultation coffee morning was held on Sunday 9th October.   Demand for a new playground has been growing for some time now and some very helpful ideas and views came forward about what people want.  We are keen to get as many views as possible so if you are interested in getting involved or giving your views on the plans so far please contact me or mob: 07748965779.  I’d be happy to share our initial thought and capture any comments you would like to make.

 

This month the Parish Council has also been involved in the recent Non-statutory Consultation by BOOM Energy related to a proposed Solar Farm spanning some 3000 acres of land in the local area with the intention of generating 400 megawatts of electricity.  Most people have received a consultation booklet about the proposal and some have attended public consultation events in the area.  There are clearly many unanswered questions about the proposals that are at a very early phase.  The Parish Council will respond to this non-statutory consultation and urge any interested individuals to do likewise to inform and influence the final plans.

 

The process for formal consultation prior to the Secretary of State decision will take place over a number of months in early 2023.  Parish Council Chairs in those parishes affected are working together to ensure there will be a process for wide consultation and public response in that formal consultation phase.  Further information of how to engage will be made available in the coming months.

 

Finally, congratulations to the Bubwith Sport and Leisure Centre and in particular Steve Johnston for organizing the recent Fashion Show fundraiser at the centre.  The event was very well attended and was deemed to be a very successful and enjoyable social event that people would like to see repeated.  Thank you to all involved in organizing the event and the wonderful models who sashayed down the catwalk modeling the clothes.  

 

Best wishes

 

 

Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council

I’m always glad to hear of concerns and issues.  .

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August Chair Letter : Bubwith Bash & Leisure Centre Volunteers

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith & Breighton

 

Sadly I’m against the clock today as my family will be descending on me this weekend and I’m ill prepared.  However, I have long enough to mention events that have been and some that are coming up.

 

The Big Bash, what can I say! A truly wonderful day with lots of people volunteering and assisting to setup and clear up, lend their prized marquees for shade, run the bar, man stalls, sort the bins and flog raffle tickets.  The sense of community was palpable and if my emotional quotient radar was working correctly, people were having an enjoyable time.  Thank you to all who contributed their time and also to those who brought their families along and took part, there would be no Bash without you all.  

 

My particular thanks to all those generous people who donated raffle prizes and bought raffle tickets (despite my over zealous sales pitch at the queue for the bar), we generated £310 for community projects with a focus on our local children.

 

Last month I spoke about exploring the parish becoming a Community Energy Co-operative and our aims to reduce energy costs and carbon through local energy generation. We made a start at our first meeting and have decided to push ahead a bit further.  We meet again at 7pm on Wednesday 7th September at the Leisure Centre. If we are to stand a chance of success we will need to demonstrate community buy in, so if you are at all interested please come along. 

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Finally, there was recently a post box drop to all houses on behalf of Bubwith Leisure and Sports Centre (BLSC) seeking volunteers and influencers to get involved.  I’m pleased to say some people will be coming along to the next Committee meeting.  We’d love there to be more so please feel free to get in touch to find out what it entails.  Mob: 07748965779.  In September a meeting is being planned to discuss how we get a new children’s play park, I have contact details for some interested  parents/grandparents but would welcome more.  

 

On that note, sorry but I must dash, a dirty bathroom is calling and I have a rendezvous with some apples and pastry. Enjoy the remainder of August.

 

Best wishes

 

Sandra Hills

Chair of Bubwith Parish Council   

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