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 LEA NEWS 

NEWS FROM LEA CHURCH
Hello everyone, by the time you read this, Easter will probably have been and gone!  I do hope you had a good one and didn't eat too many Easter Eggs! 
Easter always gives me the feeling of new beginnings, plants starting to sprout, trees in bud, if not flower, and the first bees and baby birds around, singing and tweeting their little hearts out! We are so lucky to live where we do with Nature in all its glory at this time of year! 
Thanks to all who came along to our Pancake Day Races and the Jigsaw Jiggle, both events enjoyed by all who came along and took part!
Our future fundraising events include a Quiz Night at the Village Hall on 12th April, doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start. There will be a licensed bar and free nibbles. Tables are for up to 6 at a cost of £5 per person.
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If a quiz night isn't your thing, why not come along on Saturday morning 13th April for a coffee morning at the Village Hall from 10-12 noon.  Free admission, produce stall and traders’ stalls, raffle. Why not come along and have a chat and a cuppa with your fellow villagers!
A Date for your diary - Sunday 9th June we are having a return visit from Forest Baroque! An afternoon tea will be served. Keep an eye out for more details nearer the date!
Just a reminder that our services are shown in the Chimes, but any queries
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We will be holding our APCM in May, if you would like to join our PCC - please ring me! Keep safe everyone and God Bless!  Marion Martin   Churchwarden

NEWS FROM GATEWAY LODGE NURSERY (part of Lea C of E Primary School)
New Outdoor apparatus
Everyone at Gateway Lodge Nursery has been so lucky and enjoying our new outdoor equipment and structures. The children have thoroughly immersed themselves with playing in their new covered sandpit, wooden playhouse on a rubber mulching surface, a digging pit, mud kitchen and water table. Children at Gateway Nursery have free flow play to explore their outdoor area during the day, and these new additions really enhance their play and learning experiences. We are really fortunate to be able to have access to such a large, beautiful play space and we cannot wait to continue to improve it further.


This term, we have been learning all about 'Traditional Tales' and have been focusing on a different book every week. We have enjoyed looking at 'Three Little Pigs' and 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' so far. Not only have we looked at the story in great depth, but we have enjoyed taking part in activities, such as making pigs’ faces and sequencing the stories independently. 
After Easter, the children going up to Lea C of E Primary School will begin their weekly induction sessions for the whole of the summer term. Our very close link with the school is something we are very proud of, and we know that it really benefits the children with a smooth transition into school ready for September.

LEA GARDEN ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION
Would you like to grow some of your own produce? At the Allotment site in Lea we have a part plot available, empty and ready to use, come and join our small group of local gardeners and be eating your own produce by later in the year. Please contact Dawn or Graham
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LEA VILLAGE HALL 
Here we are, it’s Springtime! By the time you read this I hope the grass seed has grown on the play area and the children are making good use of it. I’m sure you all agree that it’s a lovely addition to the hall.
We had our AGM recently and it was agreed by the small committee that attended that we should really try and recruit new members to be involved in the running of the hall. We are a friendly crowd and it’s not an onerous task. If you feel that you would like to be involved in what is an integral part of village life, please give me a call
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For hall bookings please visit our website leavillagehall.com or call Anne Vaudin, our booking secretary Detail on PDF copy on home page.     Jacky Hopkins

LEA CAFÉ 
Great to see how many of you made it to the March coffee morning, despite the late change of date.  The next one will be back to the first Wednesday of the month as usual, so it's Wednesday 3rd April, 10-11.30am and Peggy, Chris, Yvonne and Rosie will be holding the fort.   It will also be your last opportunity to vote on where we'll go for our annual trip out (which is on 5th June).  So far, the top choice seems to be A Tour of the Royal Mint, followed by Cardiff for shopping/castle/freetime, with Black Country Museum in second place and Blenheim Palace in third.  
Gill Davis
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Lea’s resident poet, Bob Choulerton, wrote a lovely poem, following a recent visit to Lea Café. It gives the reader a delightful, humorous and very well observed view of this popular village event.  Here are some extracts below, but to read the complete poem contact Gill on the number above.

‘With apologies to the coffee, which is as
Good as any you may find, I doubt it is
The coffee, as I doubt it is the cakes that
Volunteers generously bake – which on
The first Wednesday of every month
Draws people here, to the Lea Village Hall.’
‘Incidental, are coffee and cakes; they surely 
Are the welcoming pretext for something 
More – for community gathering, company 
And belonging.’

‘So many community events, these
Days, have to scale down, or be abandoned,
For want of volunteers – as very likely 
Would these coffee-mornings, were it not
For the likes of Gill and Nigel.’

‘What gratitude we owe to such as they:
The Dynamic Davis Duo – Gill will fulfil,
While Nige will oblige; Gill the provider,
With Nigel beside her.’

LEA LUNCH CLUB
Takes place on the last Wednesday of the month (except July and August) 12.30 – 2.30pm.  The April Lunch Club will be on Wednesday 24th April. To book your place please contact Nicky
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LEA PLAY AND CHAT
At Play and Chat we have celebrated St David's day by making daffodils and enjoying Welsh cakes! We have welcomed new families and enjoyed bubbles and parachute games and lots of toys. We have enjoyed another Animal Interactive session handling snakes, rabbits, guinea pigs and lots more animals. So, if you’re free, we meet Friday Mornings 9.00 - 10.30am in Lea Primary School Hall. Drop in for tea/coffee and snacks, everyone welcome.

LEA ART GROUP
The Friday Painters meet each Friday at 9.30 am in the village hall. All abilities welcome. Contact Di Brice
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Parish Council Website: Visit www.theleaparishcouncil.gov.uk for up-to-date information. Contact: clerk@theleaparishcouncil.gov.uk

The Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday 6th March at Lea Village Hall. All councillors were present, supported by the Clerk, with one local resident in attendance.  The following issues were discussed:
Collapsed Access Cover on A40
Of significant concern is traffic control around the collapsed access cover outside the filling station. An investigation by the Locality Steward established that the cover gives access to a surface water removal facility and not a sewer. Thus, it is a Herefordshire Council asset and the authority is currently establishing how best to deal with the problem. The plan is to seek to ensure that the structure under the access cover is fully restored to avoid a repeat of the problems experienced over the past few years.
Walkers are Welcome Project
Lea is benefitting from the good work and generosity of ‘Walkers are Welcome’ (WaW), who are supported by grant from DEFRA and the Wye Valley AONB. Four self-closing gates are replacing four stiles to create an attractive walking route within the village. These are all on land at Moor Farm and enable WaW to publish a stile-free walking route in the village.
During research for the project, a footpaths inspector found that a concrete stile next to the former railway line is in the ‘wrong’ place by some 60m, due to errors in a 1950s map. The current route uses the concrete stile and always has done. The official, legal, route has never been used. The Parish Council is seeking to get the error corrected – but this is anticipated to be a lengthy process.
Street Watch is now active in The Lea. Local resident John Roberts, in his capacity as a Street Watch volunteer, completed a tour round the village with a PCSO, visiting the shop and garage and spoke to several people, one of whom expressed an interest in joining up as a volunteer.
Speed Check 
Recently the West Mercia Police undertook a traffic speed check in the village, reporting a maximum speed of 31mph within the 30mph area
Annual Parish Meeting
Every English parish must hold an Annual Parish Meeting, consisting of the local government electors within the parish and normally chaired by the chairman of the Parish Council (note: the meeting is entirely separate from the Parish Council). This year the Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Wednesday 15th May at Lea Village Hall at 7pm. An agenda for the meeting will be published early in May. .

The next Lea Parish Council meeting is due is be held on Wednesday 3rd April.
The Parish Council plans to obtain at least one Speed Indicator Device (SID) for use within the village. 

 

It is intended to provide two or three bases at locations agreed with Herefordshire Council. An appropriate SID has been selected and is due to be purchased as soon as the bases are ready.

Flooding 
The recent heavy rainfall has gone a long way towards proving the effectiveness of the Lea Flood Alleviation Scheme. There are known to have been minor road flooding issues and very soggy fields, but nothing more in the village. More information will be released in due course by Herefordshire Council about how any eligible flood-hit property owners can apply for up to £5000 to help make homes and businesses more resilient to future flooding. 

 

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