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Next Meeting of Ipsden Parish Council

The next meeting of the Ipsden Parish Council will be on Tuesday 4th December. The meeting will be at 6pm in the village hall.

The agenda will be available approximately one week prior to the meeting.

All villagers are welcome to attend.

If you wish to advise any formal village matter that you would like raised at the Council Meeting, please contact the Parish Clerk.

For questions, please email our helpful Clerk,
Mrs Amanda McCrea or ‘ipsdenpc@gmail.com’

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Highways Maintenance Briefing - from OCC

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Click here for the Highway Maintenance Factsheet - Summer 2018 from OCC
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RIVERSIDE OUTDOOR POOL REOPENS
The heated outdoor swimming pool by Wallingford Bridge will open for the summer season on 25 May.  

Riverside Outdoor Pool will be open from 7am - 8pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7am - 6pms on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 9am - 6pm at weekends - until Monday 3 September.  Jubilee Splash Park is already open on site for younger children to enjoy. 
Riverside Park and Pools, located on the bank of the River Thames, is the perfect place to spend a lazy summer day.  The site features a 23 metre pool, changing rooms, refreshments and a campsite.

A swim costs just £4.50 for adults, £2.90 for junior/seniors or £13.05 for a family swim (two adults and two children).  Regular swimmers are also able to take advantage of a season pass for £71 for adults and £35 for juniors and seniors.
For more information about Riverside Park and Pools please visit 
the Riverside website  or call 01491 835232.
PopUp Business School aims to start over 50 new businesses in Didcot

Revolutionary start-up training company, PopUp Business School aims to start over 50 new businesses in Didcot. 

The PopUp Business School will be popping up at The Orchard Shopping Centre next month and are inviting aspiring entrepreneurs to attend the sessions to learn how to start or grown their own business.

The school is working in partnership with and are co-funded by Hammerson Plc (owners of the shopping centre), Soha Housing, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils and The European Social Fund.

The week-long, free workshop, which starts on Monday 19 March at The Orchard Shopping Centre, will teach local residents from around the South Oxfordshire area everything they need to know from; how to start a business without any money, how to generate sales from social media to making a website without any technical skills. 

Soha’s Chief Exec Richard Peacock said, “I’m really proud that Soha is a community based social business. This is a great step forward for our Launchpad project, which has already supported many local people to gain valuable experience and skills.”

Councillor John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said, “We are enthusiastic partners in this innovative project.  The PopUp school is part of our ongoing commitment to help new and existing businesses in and round Didcot Garden Town and Science Vale to grow and succeed.”

Since 2011, PopUp Business School has been travelling around the United Kingdom teaching aspiring entrepreneurs how to start their own businesses. However, unlike other enterprise support companies their advice is the polar opposite of the status quo. They don’t believe in business plans, financial projections or loans. Instead they get their stu-dents starting off with sales and proving a demand in their businesses first. 

To sign up to the free workshop and to find out more information, you can visit www.popupbusinessschool.co.uk

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Residents in southern Oxfordshire concerned about keeping warm and managing their energy bills are being encouraged to contact an advice service for help.
 
The Better Housing Better Health (BHBH) service, funded by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils alongside the county’s other district councils and Oxfordshire County Council, helps people who are vulnerable to the effects of living in cold homes over the winter period.
 
The advice service offers free, impartial advice on staying warm and managing energy bills. Residents can find out if they qualify for a grant to install energy saving improvements to their homes or a free home energy visit to look at ways to save energy to bring their bills down.
 
The service is run by the Affordable Warmth Network, which all local councils are part of.  It offers direct referrals to a growing network of support organisations, including the fire service, falls prevention service and befriending and advice services.  All of which aims to ease the pressure on other health services during the winter months. 
 
If you or someone you know is struggling to keep warm and well this winter call the free BHBH hotline on 0800 107 0044 or visit the website www.bhbh.org.uk.
South Central Ambulance Charity (SCAC)
SCAC has launched a campaign to raise £1m by Christmas 2019. Their service covers Ipsden and surrounding villages. Our lives depend on SCAC in emergencies, so please consider supporting this worthy charity.
Click here for SCAC's poster
Click here for SCAC's website giving further information
Southern Electric Priority Services offers support for the seriously ill or vulnerable during a power cut.
Click here to view the 8 page leaflet
Click here to register for the scheme on-line or Telephone SSE Priority Services on - 0800 294 3259
A4074 Petition
The Parish Council organised a village wide petition to Oxfordshire County Council in an attempt to improve the dangerous village junctions with the A4074.

Grateful thanks are expressed to the 301 villagers and visitors who participated, and special thanks are offered to the following for their hard work in hosting and circulating forms:-

Alan and Nicki at The King William
Emma at Blue Tin Farm Shop
Shirley at The Village Store and Post Office
Alexander at Alexander's Interiors
Nicola at Early Days Nursery School
Mark at Brazier's Park
Joyce Hands, Amanda McCrea, and Parish Councillors.

The petition was presented to Oxfordshire County Councillor Mr Mark Gray at the Parish Council's formal meeting on 1st September 2016. Also in attendance at the presentation was OCC's Local Area Steward, Mr Keith Stenning. Both Mr Gray and Mr Stenning offered support, as well as liaison with Mr Nimmo-Smith, the OCC Cabinet Member ultimately responsible for working with the roads and traffic officers.

A road speed survey has been carried out in order to provide statistics and parish council members have met with county council traffic officers and Thames Valley Police to discuss the issue.

For the latest news on the A4074 problems, please see the recent Council minutes together with the attached notes by
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Village Group Email - Please subscribe
The Parish Council has put together a village group email in order to notify parishioners of County, District and Parish forums, notices and consultations that may be of interest. Emails will be sent out by "blind copy" in order to ensure data protection, i.e. email addresses and names will not be seen by others, they will be known to and held by the Parish Clerk only.

To sign up, all you need to do is email
ipsdenpc@gmail.com stating Village Group Email in the subject line.
RAF Benson Flying Activity
Following last year's meeting and update about flying at Benson Airfield, the RAF now kindly make available all activity on a daily and weekly basis.
Click here for the section of the RAF Benson website which details the weekly flying program, as well as the planned first take off and last landing times.
Neighbourhood Watch
Steve English is the village's Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator. He has a wealth of experience from the Police Force and excellent contacts with the local Police.

Any resident concerned about criminal activity should click on the link below to see the latest information.

Click here for the Ipsden Watch blog
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