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CHAFT AGM Wednesday 5th June

CHARNEY HALL AND FIELD TRUST (CHAFT)
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday 5th June 2019, Village Hall 7.30 pm
ALL WELCOME!

The CHAFT AGM is an opportunity for all members of the Charney community to come and hear what the Managing Trustees have been doing over the last year to enhance and care for the Village Hall and Charney Field – two vital community assets managed by CHAFT on your behalf.

The Chair – Lucy Gildersleeves – and the Treasurer – Christine Trotman – will provide brief summaries of the activities and finances of the Trust. This is your chance to ask questions and tell us what you think, and to participate in the election of three Elected Village Trustees. If YOU are interested in becoming a Trustee and involved in the management of the hall and the field, please contact Peter Busby – the Secretary.

We will also be welcoming the five Representative Trustees appointed by village organisations.

There are two important changes to the format this year.

Firstly, we will present an update on the tree project and our re-planting plans, with, hopefully, a representative from our contractor to answer your questions. We would like the children in the village to be involved in the re-planting, so if they’re still awake, they would be most welcome.

Secondly, and most importantly, we will spend a moment to thank, and share a glass of wine, with the many volunteers who help to make Charney the special place it is today.

We hope that you will make the time to join us, and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 5th June.

Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter May 2019

Here is the latest Faringdon NH newsletter May 2019.

Ed Vaizey Parish Newsletters Column

The local elections saw the Conservatives lose our majority on both the Vale of White Horse District Council and South Oxfordshire District Council. I was very sad indeed to see so many hard working local councillors lose their seats, and new candidates who had been hoping to serve fail to achieve their goal.

The newly elected councillors will face similar challenges to those they are replacing, and there are no easy answers. I have always worked with politicians of all parties to get the answers we need locally, and will continue to lobby central government for the support that we need.

Many councillors who lost their seats will rightly blame Westminster. While local issues are very important, there is no doubt that voters use them to send a message to government. I will be taking the message of frustration felt on the doorstep of the campaign and at the ballot box back to Westminster: it is wrong that local politicians who have worked tirelessly for their local communities should bear the brunt of a Westminster failure.

I am working with the AEA Technology Pension Campaign is to secure the pension rights of scheme members that may be otherwise lost because AEA Technology entered a pre-pack administration. If you are a member of the AEA Technology pension scheme, please do contact my office for more info.

In Parliament this month I was delighted to see Fitzwaryn School from the constituency at PMQs and have the opportunity to meet staff and pupils afterwards. Fitzwaryn School is an Outstanding school for SEN pupils in Oxfordshire and I asked Theresa May to support more high needs funding in rural areas.

In the constituency this month I was delighted to welcome HRH The Duke of York to the constituency to open Wave Optics New HQ at Milton Park, Oxfordshire.

On other constituency visits I met GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood at Didcot Station, 6th Formers from Didcot with an interest in Politics, I attended a meeting of Didcot First at the New Marriott Courtyard hotel in Milton, I was interviewed by a local 6th form student as part of her International Baccalaureate project, and met with local residents and senior management of FirstPort at Alfredston Place in Wantage to discuss issues there.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with. Either myself or one of my team will get back to you as soon as possible and do what we can to assist. You can contact me on any matter at the House of Commons, SW1A 0AA, dicksonce@parliament.uk or 01235 768 888. Email is the quickest and most reliable way to get in touch, as I keep a very close eye on my emails and can reply very quickly. Details of my activities in Parliament can be read on my website, https://www.vaizey.com. I also send out occasional general interest emails about developments in the Wantage and Didcot Constituency. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please complete the online form at http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP

David Leigh-Pemberton

Parliamentary Assistant to The Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP

Member of Parliament for Wantage and Didcot

david.leighpemberton@parliament.uk

Tel: 0207 219 6350

www.vaizey.com

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Parish Council Meeting

The next Council meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 8th May 2019 in the Village Hall.

Members of the Public are welcome and the agenda can be viewed here

Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter April 2019

Here is the latest Faringdon NH newsletter April 2019.

Ed Vaizey Parish News April 2019

Some very good news – the Government have announced a £218million investment in roads and bridges for southern Oxfordshire. This is not only great news for South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse but for the whole of Oxfordshire. This is a great example of how councils working together with MPs, local businesses, community groups and residents can submit a significant bid to the Government resulting in success.

A number of constituents have contacted me with their concerns about the proposed change in Scanning services available at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford: the service was previously provided by Oxford University Hospital Trust but it was recently announced that NHS England had accepted a tender from a private provider InHealth to run the services. Whilst in principle I do not oppose competitive tendering for medical services I am concerned about the handling of this tender process by NHS England. I wrote to NHS England to ask for an explanation and I am pleased the decision is now under review. No changes will be made to the current PET-CT service at the Churchill while this process is ongoing.

In Parliament Brexit continues to be the issue that dominates both the headlines and Parliamentary time. As I write this column some weeks in advance of its publication it is difficult to predict where we will be when you read this. I will continue to support the Prime Minister’s efforts to secure a workable withdrawal agreement and, if need be, vote to increase Parliamentary control of the process to avoid a no deal exit. I provide regular Brexit updates via email so please do contact my office if you would like to be added to that list.

In the constituency I have enjoyed visiting the Didcot Railway Centre for the unveiling of their new train (by none other than Prue Leith), Wallingford Museum, and the reopening of the recently renovated The Extraordinary Hare Pub in West Hendred. I have also met with GPs in Didcot, taken a walking tour along the A420 to see first-hand residents’ concerns, and been campaigning alongside local colleagues for the Council elections.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with. Either myself or one of my team will get back to you as soon as possible and do what we can to assist. You can contact me on any matter at the House of Commons, SW1A 0AA, dicksonce@parliament.uk or 01235 768 888. Email is the quickest and most reliable way to get in touch, as I keep a very close eye on my emails and can reply very quickly. Details of my activities in Parliament can be read on my website, https://www.vaizey.com. I also send out occasional general interest emails about developments in the Wantage and Didcot Constituency. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please complete the online form at http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP.

Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter March 2019

Here is the latest Faringdon NH newsletter March 2019.

Ed Vaizey Parish News March 2019

This month I have met with Ministers in Westminster to discuss two important local issues: Health care and rail links.

 I met with Andrew Jones the Rail Minister, alongside his officials  and Network Rail and Great Western. The Minister and I led discussions focussing on improvements along the Great Western Railway line, the potential for reopening Grove Station as part of a strategic project to develop commuter stations between Oxford and Bristol, and improved connectivity between Heathrow Airport and stations to the west, so one might travel direct to Heathrow from Reading for example rather than having to into London and then back out to Heathrow. I will be looking at the East West Rail scheme and the Cotswold Line Promotion Group for inspiration in how to build a business case for improvements to commuter services between Oxford & Bristol and hope that colleagues in Parliament with stations along that route might join me.

I also met with Health Minister Caroline Dinenage. Alongside colleagues from Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissing Group, Oxford Health and Vale of White Horse District Council the Minister and I led discussions on how we could improve Primary Care provision in the constituency. We discussed the ongoing situation in Wantage as well as our plans to develop new health hubs, both at an improved Health Centre in Wantage and plans for a new health hub in Didcot

In the constituency I have met with a number of residents and local businesses this month, including meeting with GPs in Wantage, The Thames Valley Police Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner, Residents of Alfredston Place in Wantage who are receiving poor service from their managing agent, and a visit to the Environmental Education Centre in Sutton Courtenay hosted by the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust. I was also delighted to join local charity Mission Motorsport at Royal Hospital Chelsea to celebrate the launch of their new initiative Mission Automotive.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with. You can contact me on any matter at the House of Commons, SW1A 0AA, dicksonce@parliament.uk or 01235 768 888. Email is the quickest and most reliable way to get in touch, as I keep a very close eye on my emails and can reply very quickly. Details of my activities in Parliament can be read on my website, https://www.vaizey.com. I also send out occasional general interest emails about developments in the Wantage and Didcot Constituency. You can sign up here: http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP.

Parish Council Meeting

The next Council meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 13th March 2019 in the Village Hall.

Members of the Public are welcome and the agenda can be viewed here

Ed Vaizey Parish News February 2019

Highways England and the Secretary of State for Transport have been examining options for the location of the new Oxford-Cambridge Expressway, and have narrowed it down to one broad corridor. Within this, there are up to one hundred specific routes the road could take. Highways England will be engaging with communities and local organisations along the corridor throughout 2019 and 2020 before announcing their preferred route in Autumn 2020.

There is also an opportunity here to include the A420 in the plans, which would take the route to the West of Oxford and add connectivity to Swindon, a considerable bonus. I also hope that this road can help relieve pressure on the A34, which is not currently fit for purpose and badly needs better infrastructure to support it.

I’ve no doubt that like me many of you were shocked and surprised to see an article in the 6th February edition of the Herald titled ‘Oxfordshire physiotherapy private contract fiasco exposed in full.’ I have been trying for some time to lead efforts to coordinate between the different health care managers and providers, hosting roundtable meetings and leading discussions on how to move forward in providing the correct services that residents require. Therefore I’ll continue to lobby hard locally and in Parliament for better healthcare. I am meeting Ministers in the Department of Health and Social care to discuss these important issues and will continue to engage locally as well.

Constituency Visits

It was a great pleasure to plant a tree as part of the Woodlands Trust Commonwealth Canopy Project at the Sylva Foundation and receive a tour of their fantastic establishment. I’ve also met recently with a delegation from local parish councils to discuss improvements to the A420, and attended a working session of ‘Didcot First’ at Milton Park to hear updates about the local economy, businesses and community actions.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with. You can contact me on any matter at the House of Commons, SW1A 0AA, dicksonce@parliament.uk or 01235 768 888. Email is the quickest and most reliable way to get in touch, as I keep a very close eye on my emails and can reply very quickly. Details of my activities in Parliament can be read on my website, https://www.vaizey.com. I also send out occasional general interest emails about developments in the Wantage and Didcot Constituency. You can sign up here: http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP