ASTON INGHAM NEWS
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ASTON INGHAM NDP UPDATE
It has been a busy couple of months, in September we had the Call for Sites Report from our planning consultant in which he narrowed the site options for Aston Ingham from 7 sites to 2 potential sites. These 2 potential sites were then presented in a Drop In consultation at the village hall on September 11th for residents of the parish to express their opinions and preferences. We had a reasonable level of footfall over the 4 hours, particularly from those who live near to the prospective sites. There was a lot of lively discussion, and we received a lot of comments on the two sites. From the data entered on the comments sheets, the Results Report has been prepared by our consultant and the Steering group has met for an initial review of this and to agree the next steps which will likely be a dialogue with the landowner to understand the scope and type of development envisaged. Meanwhile our consultant will begin work on the first draft of the plan itself. The Housing Assessment Report and the Drop In Results and Comments are all available to view on the Parish Council Website. Go to www.astoninghampc.org/ndp Julia Askew (Chair of the Aston Ingham NDP Steering Group)
ASTON INGHAM WI
The next meeting is Tuesday, 9th November in the Village Hall. This will be our Christmas meeting. A month early I know, but we've found that in previous years that numbers are always down because of so much else going on in December. The meeting will start at 11am with sherry and business, followed by a Bring and Share lunch. All welcome. For more details contact Janet click here to contact
LADIES SOCIAL GROUP
We hope to start with a cheese and wine tasting early in the New Year. If you're interested in joining us please contact Janet click here to contact
BOOK CLUB CHARITY COFFEE MORNING
Will be held on Friday, 26th November at10.30am, it will be a Charity Coffee Morning in aid of Cancer Research and will include a raffle. If you would like to donate a prize or would like more Information please contact Janet click here to contact
CARDS, PUZZLES AND BOOKS
Books and jigsaw puzzles are available to borrow from the Village Hall, also cards to buy. Just get in contact with me and I will arrange to open the hall for you. Janet click here to contact
KNIT & NATTER
The next Knit & Natter is on Tuesday, 16th November at 2pm in the Village Hall. All welcome, you don't have to knit just come along and join in the natter.
ASTON INGHAM KEEP FIT
Mature ladies and gents - are you interested in improving your: Fitness; Balance; Strength; Mobility? If so, come along to Michaela's Aston Ingham keep fit classes! First session free! 9.30am - 10.30am on Mondays at Aston Ingham Village Hall (HR9 7LS) For further details please contact Michaela click here to contact
VILLAGE HALL AGM
Is on Tuesday, 23rd November at 7pm. The Village Hall Committee comprises of representatives from the different organisations that use the hall and other interested Parishioners. We need new members with new ideas and would love to see you. To book the hall please contact Sue Harding click here to contact
CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT AT THE VILLAGE HALL
On Saturday, 11th December at 7pm. Seasonal singing, table games and a Christmas quiz. Complimentary mulled wine and mince pies on arrival. Bring and share supper. Bring your own bottle. Cost £5. To book your place please contact Janet click here to contact
Many thanks to Jane Mann and Martyn, path AG1 and John and Dawn Bennet, path AG11 for keeping these paths clear. They used to be impassable at times but now they are two of the best paths in the Parish. It's much appreciated by all walkers. Any problems please contact Richard Potter click here to contact
HONEY FOR SALE
For just £5 you can buy a 1lb jar of local honey! If you are interested please contact Marilyn Wheeler on click here to contact
CHURCH INFORMATION - ASTON INGHAM CHURCH
Vicar - David Howell; Church Wardens - Allison Oastler and James Harding click here to contact We are here to help if you need information regarding Weddings, Christenings, Thanksgiving and Memorial Services. The Church is now open every day should you need a quiet time.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICE
On Sunday, 14th November at 10.50am. The service will be taken by Rev. Michael Fass and there will be a collection for the Royal British Legion
We were blessed with a warm and sunny day for our Harvest Festival. The Church, as always on these occasions was cheerfully decorated with produce and flowers and with a very creative harvest-themed display in the porch to welcome everyone. Thank you to all the ladies and gentlemen who helped with the setting up of the Village Hall, and the buying and providing of a most delicious and satisfying ploughman's lunch. It was so good to meet up with friends old and new
On Sunday, 19th September 2021, Lulu Florence Sayce daughter of Joanne Gooch and Richard Sayce was welcomed into our Church Family.
For more than sixty years local people have walked the lanes knocking on doors for a donation to the Royal British Legion and we thank
them for their time and commitment. Special thanks to Jean Par-sons who for so many years was the organiser for our area. Sadly following recent events house-to-house collections are no longer possible. However poppies will be available at local shops and in pub-lic houses for your donations
ASTON INGHAM CHURCH CHRISTMAS LUNCH
Will be held on Friday, 3rd December at 12.30 pm at the Village Hall. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Please book no later than Tuesday, 23rd November. Please contact Sue Harding or Janet Potter click here to contact to book your place
ROSS COMMUNITY LARDER
Thank you for all your donations every week. During Harvest time food will be shared between local food banks.
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. The more helpers the less work for everyone.
SPEEDING- A HEARTFELT PLEA!
If you live in any of the villages in the Chimes area, then I am sure you will have noticed speeding traffic. For Aston Ingham where I live, we have statistics collected over several years now to show how bad the problem is, I won't bore you with numbers, but a high percentage of car drivers chose to ignore the limits. This is not a minor issue, it blights the lives of people who live along the road trying to get out from drives and side roads, it increases traffic noise, it is very dangerous for pedestrians walking in many cases without pavements, there are blind bends and narrowing of roads, all situations where drivers need to take extra care. Traffic calming initiatives may have been put in; SIDs and signs and white lines, but this all takes time, effort and money and even then, many drivers ignore these initiatives. The biggest change needed is in people's attitude when they are driving and as this magazine goes to everyone in our area, this is a heartfelt plea to all of you to check your speed as you enter villages and roads with speed limits, and even on those with the national limit, going faster than 30 or 40 may not be appropriate. It is so easy to forget to slow down at the change of speed limit. If we, the locals support each other and our communities and stick to the limits it would be a great move in the right direction, increase road safety for all users and have the added bonus of slowing down other traffic behind us. Travelling half a mile through a village at 30mph takes 1 minute and at 40mph it takes 45 seconds. Is it worth saving 15 seconds of time for all of the impacts mentioned? For all our sakes, let's please slow down and enjoy the views. And if you never speed, then a big Thank You! It is appreciated. Julia Askew
ASTON INGHAM PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
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OCTOBER MEETING ATTENDED BY Mr J. Whatley (Chairman), Mrs J. Askew, Mr D. Hardwick, Mr C.Tormey (councillors), and 5 parishioners.
APOLOGIES WERE RECEIVED & ACCEPTED FROM Mr Harding and Mr Smith
The issue of speeding was raised yet again. Mrs Askew explained the enhancements which had been made to the road signs and markings. It was pointed out that the Parish Council had borne the cost of this, and not Herefordshire Council. There were mixed feelings as to whether the changes had been effective. The Speed Indicator Device is presently at the church end of the village. The Parish Council will be looking into purchasing their own SID.
Simon Hall, (Ross-on-Wye police) will be meeting with the Council to look for ways to improve the situation & will try to give some police presence in the village.
HIGHWAYS & FLOODING UPDATE
Mr Whatley offered to cut the hedge by the churchyard, as it was still causing
a problem. Mr Hardwick asked if we could employ a contractor to do jobs like this and Mr Whatley explained the restrictions which apply to engaging contractors to undertake work on the B4222. The Parish Council will be applying to join the Lengthsman Scheme next year. Clerk to contact the Locality Steward to request that the ‘ratholes’ be jetted and to see if there is any possibility of the roadside weeds being cleared.
Balfour Beatty have stated their intention of no longer filling the grit bins, but delivering a bag of grit/salt to a designated place in the parish for the Parish Council to distribute. This raised a number of logistical and liability issues which Mr Whatley will raise at the forthcoming District Councillor’s forum.
On flooding issues, the contractor working for Mr Stallard who had excavated the ditch in the field behind Aston Bank had done an excellent job. Clerk to write to Mr Stallard and thank him, and remind him of the other outstanding flooding issues.
Severn Trent now needs to complete its outstanding works.
It is hoped that the forthcoming meeting with Richard Perkins of Balfour Beatty will give some insight into options for reducing flooding issues in the village, particularly as regards Aston Court, which the Parish Council can then pursue.
Clerk to invite William Wilding (District Councillor)
Proposed Public Path Diversion Order. Footpath AG15 at Aston Crews. T he Parish Council supports the proposed diversion.
NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN
There was a good response to the consultation event for the Settlement Boundary, with a lot of dialogue and feedback. The consultant, David Nicholson, has produced a report and recommendations, which will be published shortly.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING - Monday 1st November.