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 ASTON INGHAM NEWS 

For up to date information on our village and community please go to the website www.astoningham.wix.com/village  

FOOTPATH REPORT

The bridge on the footpath which runs from Mill Lane to Lanx Cottage, on the Aston Ingham road has become dangerous due to erosion of the bank of the Ell Brook. The ford adjacent to the bridge can be used but it is best to wear wellies. It will remain out of use for some considerable period as repairs will be carried out by Balfour Beatty when resources become available. Any problems please contact Richard Potter click here to contact

CONGRATULATIONS

To Matt and Rachel Cran-Cromby of Barrel Farm, on the birth of their daughter Georgina, a sister for Elliot.

OUR CONDOLENCES

To the family of Vera Leggett who passed away just before Christmas.

FIRST BENEFICE SERVICE

It was lovely to see everyone from the Benefice on Sunday, 12th January at Aston Ingham Church for our first Plough Sunday Service. Thank you to our Rector David for leading our service and blessing the Ferguson Tractor and Plough.

Ferguson Tractor and Plough.

QUIZ NIGHT

At The Alma Inn, Linton on Monday 10th February, 8pm start. Entry is £2.50 per person with teams of up to 4 people. Licensed bar & raffle. Team bookings to Rose Savidge or Anthea Hamilton click here to contact. Proceeds from this event will go to Aston Ingham Scout Group.

VILLAGE MUNCHES
The next lunch is on Friday, 14th February, please note the change of date. Our Christmas lunch made a profit of £340 and this was donated to the Churches charities. Due to several last minute cancellations we have decided to charge for your lunch if not cancelled by the Wednesday prior to the Friday. We hope you understand but we hate waste and we are always willing to do a takeaway for you. To book your place at this lunch please contact Janet click here to contact

ASTON INGHAM WI 
The next meeting is on Tuesday, 11th February at 2pm in the Village Hall.  The speaker is Carl Sadler and the subject is ‘How to make a trug.’  Our New Year lunch is on Friday 7th February at Orles Barn, Wilton, Ross-on-Wye.  The Programme Planning Meeting is on Tuesday, 18th February in the Village Hall at 2pm.  Please come along with all your ideas!  For more details please contact Janet click here to contact  Visitors are always welcome.

WHIST DRIVES
Our next Whist Drive will be on Saturday, 15th February. For more information please contact Val Aubrey click here to contact.

KNIT AND NATTER
Our next ‘get-together’ is on Tuesday, 25th February at 2pm.  It is open to everyone, you don’t have to knit or natter but if you’d just like an afternoon in the cosy warmth of the Village Hall Committee Room, then please come along, you will be most welcome. For more details please contact Barbara click here to contact.

FRIENDLY FRIDAYS COFFEE MORNING
Our Friendly Fridays Coffee Morning is on Friday, 28th February at 10.30am, meet friends old and new. Books, cards and puzzles will be available. Cost £2 which includes coffee and biscuits

COUNTRY DANCING
Our next dance is on Friday, 21st February at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. It’s always a fun evening led by Ken Boon. Everyone is welcome whatever your age, gender or ability and there is no need to have a partner. Cost £2. For more details contact Janet click here to contact

POPPY COLLECTION 
Thank you to Mary Weller, Janet Potter, Liz Gwynn and Sue Harding who between them collected £572 from Aston Ingham and Kilcot for the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

SOUTH HEREFORDSHIRE DOWSERS

February heralds the start of a new and exciting year for South Herefordshire Dowsers. Malcolm J. Watkins will be giving a lavishly illustrated account of childbirth and child rearing around four hundred years ago in Stuart and Tudor times. His talk, ‘Boil a Mouse in Urine’ may not be for the faint-hearted! The humorous, and sometimes horrific insight into this fascinating subject, draws on contemporary literature and images, along with items associated with the topic. Malcolm spent a third of a century in local government, specialising in archaeology, museums and heritage protection. He is professionally qualified as a museum curator and as an archaeologist. Now retired, Malcolm lectures, writes, and takes part in English Civil War re-enactments.  The intriguing title of the talk is taken from a childcare remedy of the period. The full recipe and the purpose of the remedy will be revealed at the talk that takes place on Thursday, 6th February, 7.30pm, at Aston Ingham Village Hall, HR9 7LS. Visitors and prospective new members are very welcome to attend. Entry on the door, Visitors £5; Members £3; including tea, coffee and biscuits. Website www.shd.org.uk

ADVANCE NOTICE
On Sunday, 9th February a Benefice Service will be held at Lea Church at 10.30 am and will be based around ‘Love.’  On Sunday, 1st March at 11am the Garold Bread Service will be held at Aston Ingham Church followed by bread and cheese in the Village Hall.  All are welcome so please come and join us for these very special services.

CHURCH ROTA – February
Flowers: 1 M Cook; 8 B Butcher; 15 M Minett; 22 A Oastler; 29 S Harding; March 7 J Green
Readers:  2 A Oastler; 9TBC; 16 D Minett; 23 J Potter; March 1 S Harding
Welcomers: 2 D Martyn; 9TBC; 16 J Harding; 23 F Bach; March 1 JH Whatley
Openers: 2 D Minett; 9 J Potter; 16 J Harding; 23 B Butcher; March K Davies

CHURCH OPENING TIMES

The Church is usually open during daylight hours. For future services please check notice boards. Prayers are said on Mondays at 5.30pm with our Rector David Howell.


ALTAR FLOWERS

If anyone would like to join our flower rota or provide flowers please contact Sue click here to contact. You don`t need to be an expert at arranging flowers and they can be from the garden, hedgerow or shop. Any help would be most welcome.

CHURCHYARD MAINTENANCE AND CHURCH CLEANING

If you would like to help with this in any way, please contact John Whatley, Churchwarden on click here to contact. If anyone would like to join our cleaning rota please contact Janet click here to contact. To make the job easier we split the Church into sections so no one person has too much to do, obviously the more helpers the less work for everybody.

COMMUNITY LARDER

At the back of Church is a box for tins/jars/cartons, so next time you fill your trolley pop in something for those less fortunate than ourselves it will be so appreciated. Donations must have at least three months left of their use by date. Most needed items are tins of meat, vegetables and long life milk.
A donation point is now in Aston Ingham Village Hall as well as the Church. Items most needed include milk, breakfast cereal, sugar, tins of rice pudding and custard

ASTON INGHAM SCOUT GROUP - OPEN TO ALL PARISHES AND BEYOND

Cubs Great News! Cubs Is on Wednesday evenings at 18:15 in the Hut. The Cubs are getting on well with their new Pack and have an exciting programme organised for the Autumn Term. There are still vacancies for Boys and Girls aged 8 -10½ so we look forward to seeing you there.   Join the adventure!

Scouts We are also keen to re-establish the Scout Troop so would love to hear from young people between 10½ and 14 years who are interested in joining.

Beavers Finally to make full use of our superb Hut across all ages, we are looking for willing adult volunteers to lead a Beaver Colony for boys and girls between 6 and 8 years old. Just to highlight what Beavers are about, here is an extract from the Scout website. ‘Beavers are our youngest members, and generally meet for an hour per week. They enjoy all that Scouting has to offer; being introduced to outdoor activities, having the opportunity to be creative, explore their local community and experience the excitement of a Beaver Scout Sleepover with their friends.’ Please get in touch if you feel you could help in this. Email click here to contact

 

ASTON INGHAM PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE

Why not visit www.astoninghampc.org for up-to-date news on community issues?

CONTACT:

Email astoninghampc@gmail.com

The below notes are an abbreviation of the unconfirmed minutes. For a more detailed account and complete minutes when approved, see the website.

JANUARY MEETING ATTENDED BY Mr J. Whatley (Chairman), Mr C. Tormey, Mrs J. Askew, Mr J. Harding, (councillors), Mr D. Hardwick (parishioner)

APOLOGIES WERE RECEIVED AND ACCEPTED FROM Mr N. Smith

MINUTES OF DECEMBER MEETING were approved and signed.

ACTION POINTS all addressed
Defibrillator is now installed in the cabinet on the wall of the Village Hall. Thanks were sent to Richard Potter for his help with this.

HIGHWAYS UPDATE
Mr K. Stephens had complained to Herefordshire Council about the stretch of the B4222 between village hall and Old Rectory (potholes and drainage channels). Clerk to reinforce. Potholes on UC70222 & U70218 to be reported.
Mrs Askew had been in touch with Balfour Beatty regarding traffic calming and Ray Wallace had visited the parish. A number of options were put forward and quotations for works would be provided. Proposals included extra 30 m.p.h. repeaters and a painted ‘30’ on the road with yellow backing. To be discussed at next meeting. Mrs Askew had contacted Linton Parish Council regarding Speed Indicator Devices and they had expressed an interest in working with Aston Ingham.Closure of footpath AG8 probably for 6 months because of bridge collapse.

NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Both prospective consultants, David Nicholson and Bill Bloxsome/ Maxine Bassett have attended meetings and given their presentations. Appointment of a consultant to be discussed at next NDP meeting. Mrs Askew circulated the budget sheet, which was agreed. Individual items of expenditure to be authorised as they arise.  It was agreed that the parish council would apply to Awards for All for an additional grant. The Open Day has been scheduled for Saturday 28th March, from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. in the Village Hall, and we hope that as many parishioners as possible will support this event and come along and give their views.

FINANCE
The precept was for 2020/2021 was agreed at £7400 (2019/2020 was £7388)

DATES OF NEXT MEETINGS - Monday 3rd February, Monday 2nd March