Newsletter September 2011
Pride of Shropshire Award:
As you are probably all aware by now, Withington won a ‘Pride of Shropshire’ award (promoted by the Shropshire Star and sponsored by Denso), in the Environmental Project category. Jon Scutt put the village forward, for the community involvement in the Village Green and its development, the new Church roof and heating, work on the Parish Room, and the Village website. He went to the award ceremony at the Football Ground with Marion Hillaby and Ron Lucas. There is a trophy (to be seen in the Hare and Hounds) and £500 for the village.
Dogs in the Village:
The Dog warden, Jane Salisbury, attended the last Parish Council meeting. She reminded us that it is against the law for dogs to be off the lead on any public road, and that she can collect them as strays. There is then a fee for returning the dog. It is also not acceptable to ‘flick’ dog dirt off the road, or put it down gullies. In recreational areas, dogs can be requested to be kept on leads, and dog dirt must be removed. Bags of dog dirt must be disposed of in proper waste bins – if left around they are litter.
Community Tree Scheme:
This is running again this year, for trees and hedging, to be planted where they are visible to the public. Deadline for applications – 2nd December, and delivery - February 2012. There is also the national tree planting campaign, providing larger trees for public spaces. Any requests or suggestions to the tree warden, Alan Stone on 709105, or email@example.com.
Litter on the Village Green (and elsewhere):
Rubbish, including bottles and cans, is being left on the Village Green, which makes it less pleasant for others to use. Please put it in the bin at the entrance opposite the pub, or take it home and dispose of it properly – some may be recyclable.
The Shropshire Link bus can now take you to Shrewsbury High Street, or the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. You do have to register for the service, and trips have to be arranged in advance, by phoning 0345 678 9068. From Withington, journeys can be arranged for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, between 9.30am and 2.30pm (term time). The buses are wheelchair and pushchair friendly, and free if you have a bus pass – adult return fare otherwise £3.00. Some recent trips have been going on a Monday starting 9.30am at the Hare and Hounds, returning from Shrewsbury at 1.30pm. You can, however, arrange your own times and pick up points. Any queries, contact Lesley Stone (709105). ‘Use it or lose it’
Domestic Heating Oil Purchase Scheme:
Would you be interested in saving money on your domestic heating oil? It may be possible to set up a bulk purchase scheme, say 3 or 4 times per year. If you are interested, please contact Lesley Stone, or another Councillor, AND come to the next Parish Council meeting (5th October)
Friday 9th September: 7.30pm: Harvest Auction and BBQ: Hare and Hounds.
Wednesday 21st September: 6.30pm: Churchyard Grass Cutting.
Saturday 1st October: 7.30pm: Village Supper Party at the Old Hall.
Wednesday 5th October: 10.30am: free Coffee Morning: Parish Room.
Wednesday 5th October: 6.30pm: Churchyard Grass Cutting.
Wednesday 5th October: 7.30pm: Withington Parish Council meeting: Parish Room.
Saturday 15th October: 7.30pm: Flicks in the Sticks: ‘Inspector Drake: The Movie’ Parish Room
Wednesday 2nd November: 10.30am: free Coffee Morning: Parish Room.
Saturday 5th November: 6.30pm: Bonfire and Fireworks: Village Green.
Saturday 3rd December: 2.30pm: Christmas Fayre: Parish Room.
Wednesday 7th December: 10.30am: free Coffee Morning: Parish Room.
Wednesday 21st December: Evening: Carols round the Tree: Village Green.
Know Your Council:
Chairman Lesley Stone 709105
Treasurer Alan Williams 709282
Councillors Ron Lucas 709665
Shirley Davies 709641
Phil Heath 709430
Clerk Tom Taylor 709676
The easiest and quickest way of passing information is by email. The Clerk now has some of your addresses, but it would be helpful to have more. Please send them to the address above. Thank you.
Don’t forget to keep checking the Withington Website, www.withingtonshropshire.co.uk for up-to-date information.