Anne Prior, Chair of the Parish Council, writes: 

Street Fayre

As I said last month, the Street Fayre was an enormous success this year and the committee is able to donate £2500 to the WSCC for equipment. This money was raised through the raffle, the chocolate tombola and the generous donations of businesses in the village and district. The support from the business community is invaluable as is the support you all give by buying raffle tickets and coming along on the day.

I do not think that the work the committee puts into this event is always recognised. Without them, the Street Fayre would not happen. They are a dedicated group of people who give their time willingly to the community.

It would be good if we could expand this group. If you would like to help in any way in the future, please contact me.

The Street Fayre will be on June 10th. 2017 but before that is the switching on of the Christmas Lights on Saturday, November 26th. Please come along and support both those community events.

A new group in Wellesbourne

A new action group, representing a range of local organisations, has been set up with the aim of making a positive difference to life for elderly people in Wellesbourne.

The group is looking at ideas to help older people get out and about, feel less isolated, and take up activities they enjoy. It came about after Heather Brown, who recently launched the Memory Café in Wellesbourne, and Heidi Williams, specialist nurse for the elderly at Hastings House, realised that many older people have social and psychological needs that are not being met.

The group is being supported by VASA (Voluntary Action Stratford-on-Avon District), Stratford District Council and carers’ organisations.

It is in the early stages of identifying needs, planning projects and applying for funding. Ideas so far include providing benches in the village, setting up a befriending scheme, signposting people to services already available, organising a lunch club, a Holiday at Home club, and providing support services for carers.

The Parish Council was also invited to the group’s meetings and Cllr Christine Michael was nominated to represent WWPC, to liaise and provide support where possible.

We will keep you updated as the group develops its plans.

Dog fouling

Once again I have to write about this because a small minority of dog owners in the village are continuing to act irresponsibly. As you know the Parish Council spent money replacing signs which were vandalised almost immediately. Dogs have to be on leads on the Mountford Sports Field and playgrounds but owners persistently fail to do this and when asked to put the dog on a lead are often abusive.

I have mentioned before about cricket matches being delayed by dog mess and asked that owners do not allow their dogs inside the cricket and football areas. Unfortunately, this request has again been ignored.

Recently a two-day cricket match between Warwickshire U17’s and Staffordshire U17’s was delayed because dog muck had to be removed from the wicket. What led the owner of that dog(s) to permit it to foul on the cricket wicket? I am certain that most of you are as astounded as I am.

We still have dog owners putting dog muck into bags and then hanging the bags in the hedges or under the bushes. Owners are allowing their dogs to foul the subway onto the Dovehouse and pavements around the village. Dog mess can be put into any bin and there are many bins around the village.

The Parish Council has discussed this matter as many residents have raised it. We will, therefore, be exploring the possibility of a total ban on dogs on the Mountford Sports Field and play area as we already have on the Dovehouse play area.

Graffiti

Again, another persistent issue. Whoever is daubing buildings and fences is at it again. This time we have also had racist slogans painted in the underpass by the Dovehouse. The police have been informed and view this as a very serious matter. If the culprit is found, action will be taken.

This incidence of racist slogans is not who we are in Wellesbourne. If you know who is responsible, please contact the police or the Parish Council.

Meetings in August

2nd August Council Meeting Methodist Church room 7.30pm

9th August Amenities and Highways Committee. Parish Council Offices 7.30pm

16th August Finance Committee Meeting Parish Council Offices 7.30pm.

There may be other meetings. Please keep an eye on notice boards and the Parish Council website.