VWHDC Update 14/1/21

Vale of White Horse – town and parish update – 14 January 2021

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PC Meeting Wednesday 13th January

The next Council meeting will be convened around 7.15 pm for a start at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 13th January 2021. The meeting will be a ‘virtual’ meeting held over SKYPE.

Residents of the Village are welcome to join by SKYPE. Please can they contact the Parish Clerk in advance for joining instructions, as indicated in the agenda.

Carols, Bells and Cheers

Wednesday 23rd December from 7.30 pm – travelling carols and readings in Charney. Full information with location and timings can be found on the web site here plus the carol sheet is also available for those who wish to sing along.

Thursday 24th December at 6 pm – come out on your doorsteps and ring bells (or tinkle glasses, improvise as you will) and ring in the festive season together.

St Peter’s Church bells will be joining in this national community ring.

Friday 25th December at noon – if you want, why not step outside your door, raise a glass and wish your neighbours a happy Christmas.

Charney’s Advent Calendar

 

For a little creative cheer at this season, St Peter’s Church is making a Living Advent Calendar of artwork for each day from 1st to 25th December.

SEE IT HERE!

Our Advent themes are light, peace, hope, joy, thanks, shepherds, stars, angels … and of course as we reach Christmas, the nativity.  If you would like to join in, please take a photo of something that inspires you as you are out and about, or get creative.  Please would you send your photos to Lucy at gildersleeveslucy@gmail.com. Thank you, and have fun.

December’s Charney Chatter

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Charney Chatter

From your local MP

I was pleased to hold my first adjournment debate, where a backbench MP can raise any issue and require a minister to respond, in the House of Commons recently. My subject was safety and littering on the A420 and the A34 and I laid out in detail the safety problems we know exist on both roads. In the last 6 years there have been 1057 accidents on the total stretch of the A420 and 2593 on the A34; these are just the ones that involved injury to people – it doesn’t include the accidents involving vehicle damage alone. I also wanted to raise litter issues as I regularly receive complaints about that, too. I will now sit down with the relevant minister to discuss how to improve both matters on both roads.
I took the opportunity to get in yet another plug for my bid for Grove Station, which the ministers at the Department are very used to be raising! I was pleased to hear there should be a decision soon about whether we will get money to explore how it could reopen. You can watch the debate on my Facebook page. In other transport news, the Government has just given the County another £3 million for cycle paths and footpaths.
Like I’m sure most of you, I did not want to be in another lockdown now. As some of you will know, the Oxfordshire Conservative MPs had not supported the request of Council Leaders for us to go into Tier 2 in October as we felt it was premature and would have a detrimental effect on mental health, other health conditions and on our local businesses. The cases in Oxfordshire remain much lower than in other parts of the country and I hoping this will be the final lockdown and we can re-emerge into Tier 1, rather than Tier 2, but as always it will be the analysis of the Chief Medical Officer and Joint Biosecurity Centre that is crucial here.
The thoughts of all of us are of course on whether we will get to see our families in the way we like to at Christmas. I know the Prime Minister and the rest of the Government are keen that we will get to and I am hopeful this will be the case. The Government has set a window for university students to return home in time and is currently exploring what can safely be allowed. I think this may be my last message before it, so Merry Christmas when it arrives.

David Johnston

PC Meeting Wednesday 11th November

The next Council meeting will be convened around 7.15 pm for a start at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 11th November 2020. The meeting will be a ‘virtual’ meeting held over SKYPE.

Residents of the Village are welcome to join by SKYPE. Please can they contact the Parish Clerk in advance for joining instructions, as indicated in the agenda.

November’s Charney Chatter is here!

November’s Charney Chatter

October’s Charney Chatter is here!

October’s Charney Chatter is here!