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EVENTS & NEWS :
Completion of external audit 16/17
To view the Annual Governance and Accountability Return for the year ended 31st March 2018, click on Council Finance in the menu tree.
Winter Salt Scheme
Due to lack of volunteers, the Parish Council are unable to take part in the winter salt scheme this winter. The scheme was introduced by Essex County Council whereby volunteers would clear snow and spread salt along the pathway of priority areas in the parish.
Thank you to those volunteers who have taken part in the scheme over the last 5 years.
Change of location for the mobile library
Essex County Council have received safety concerns from members of the public regarding the location for the mobile library stop at the Victory Inn, Ashingdon Road. As a result the stop has been moved further down Albert Road to Albert Close.
The first date at this new location will be Friday 20th July 2018. The day and time has not changed. The stop information has been updated on the Essex County Council website which can be found at http://libraries.essex.gov.uk/mobile-library-service/.
We currently have three vacancies in the Ashingdon ward and one vacancy in the Ashingdon south west ward. Please contact the Clerk for more information.
Rochford and District Old People's Welfare Day Centre are looking for two temporary part time cooks for the Rochford Day Centre, 33a Back Lane, Rochford. The post is an immediate start for two days per week from 7.30am - 12.30am with competitive rates. Experience is preferred but training will be given. For more information, please contact Myra Weir on 01702 207764.
Did you know that Essex Police have a Facebook page where regular updates are posted? You can also email the local community team directly from the page too. The Police are keen for residents to report all types of crime (inlcuding Anti Social Behaviour) as the statistics are used to try to get extra resources.
Permanent Skate Park
The Parish Council are looking for volunteers to join a working group to look into providing a permanent skate park in King George's Field, Ashingdon Road.
To volunteer or for more information contact the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Glen Dryhurst attended an event on Superfast Broadband in July 2017, the information from the event can be found by clicking here.
District Councillor Surgery
Cllr Terry Cutmore will be holding a regular surgery on the first Saturday of the month from 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. and also by appointment on a Wednesday morning from 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. at the Faith Hope and Charity Shop on Rectory Road, Ashingdon. To book an appointment call 01702 544511.
The Environment Agency has issued a 24/7 Hotline to try and gain intelligence to combat the illegal dumping of rubbish also known as flytipping.
If you witness or find fly-tipping or have any information about it you can now report it to the Environment Agency 0800 807060.
Reports should include as many details about the incident and type/amount of waste as possible.
Some key points about if you witness such activity:
* Witnesses are vitally important in enabling action to be taken against people who fly-tip waste, so please do not hesitate to report any incident that you witness as soon as possible.
* Do not put yourself in danger by approaching anyone you see dumping waste; they are criminals, who may be involved in other criminal activities, and as such are unlikely to respond well to being challenged. If it is possible to observe them safely, the more information you are able to provide, the better the chances of an investigation.
Information that is useful includes the following:
1. Time and date of incident;
2. Description of person(s) dumping waste;
3. Description of vehicle(s) involved, including registration numbers;
4. Description of the waste dumped;
5. Photographs can also be very useful, but only if it is possible to obtain them safely.
Please be reassured that any information supplied in connection to any such incident is treated in strictest confidence. If you make notes please keep them, even if they are scribbled notes on the back of an envelope. Actual notes taken at the time can be very valuable as evidence.
Do not try to rummage through the waste yourself to look for evidence, as there may be hazardous or sharp items hidden among the waste.
The Parish Council is responsible for some of the street lights within the parish. Please contact the Clerk to report any faulty street lights.
Battle of Assandun Celebrations
2016 marked the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Assandun and the Parish Council in conjunction with Ashingdon Primary Academy, held a re-enactment event to celebrate. The event was held on 25th June 2016, photos can be viewed in the Photo Album.
In addition, the Parish Council arranged for a local historian, Steve Pollington, to hold a historical talk about the Battle on 10th June 2016.
The Parish Council commissioned local historian, Ian Yearsley and local artist, Graham Larwood to produce a keepsake booklet to commemorate the Battle.
As part of the celebrations, the Parish Council arranged for a local historian to visit both Ashingdon Primary Academy and Canewdon Endowed Primary School to talk about the battle. In addition, the Council arranged a week long programme where the children learnt about Viking life which included holding real weapons. The majority of funding for this was received from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Parish Council have received a thank you letter from Canewdon Endowed Primary School, click here to view the letter.
The Parish Council have also secured funding for a wooden information board in commemoration of the Battle. This will be installed at St Andrews Minster later in the year.
The Community Agents scheme is a new partnership that supports older people and their carers in their home. Click here for more information.
Ways to Wellness Project
Castle Point Association of Coluntary Services have a new project called 'Ways to Wellness'. The aim of the project is to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and to reduce or prevent the use of primary care services, where appropriate, by offering a service that can offer one to one discussions to explore individuals social support needs.
The service is available to any resident in Castle Point & Rochfordover the age of 18. Click here for more information.
The new Volunteer Essex website (www.volunteeressex.org) has now been up and running for a few months. This website holds details of more than 2,100 unique volunteering roles available to residents of Essex and promotes the work of over 1,000 community groups and charities active in the county. The site is a one stop shop for anyone interested in finding out about volunteering.
Rochford and Castle Point Ramblers
The leaders of Rochford and Castle Point Ramblers are well-acquainted with the footpaths of the Rochford Hundred and the attractive countryside they traverse, and are keen to attract new walkers who might appreciate the views and share our interest in them.
The Parish Council now have a Facebook page, visit our page to keep up to date with new and events.
River Crouch Celebrations
27th June - 4th July 2015
The River Crouch Celebrations brought together eight locations, ten artists, over 200 children and 100 adults, district and town councils, culminating in eight days of walking to each community – reconnecting through walking and river crossings – reflecting the river’s historic role in connecting people and the local economy.
Developing the concept over a year, Ali Pretty and Richard White, walking artists, worked with Rochford District Council and Kinetika to design and lead the series of walks and create a set of individually designed large scale silk flags, in collaboration with local people and school children. This formed an overarching narrative with 8 individual pieces of work created by the schoolchildren in each location, focused on the arrival and welcoming of the walkers as they reconnected the villages and communities through the walks.
With funding in place, artists began residencies and research phases in their paired locations, including community and school workshops on flag design, and four day residencies in Burnham and Hullbridge, which were open to all, encouraging people to paint the flags they had helped to design.
Around 500 people saw the Flags at some point during the 8 days, and the stories and images generated interest from as far away as New York!
Images from the eight days can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/mikejohnston/5802N0
Essex Community Messaging (ECM)
Keep informed about the kind of police and community issues which affect you.
By taking a few minutes to complete a simple form you can select what information you would like to receive based on where you live, work, go to school or on issues you have a particular interest in.
Click here to be directed to the Essex Police website which gives more information.
Rochford District Council - Pay for parking by mobile phone
Rochford District Council is currently promoting its pay by mobile phone facility, which was introduced last year at the same time the new pay and display machines where installed in all the car parks.
There are now various options for paying to park in the Council’s pay and display car parks, motorists can pay at the machines by using cash, credit or debit card or by wave and pay. There is a further option to pay by mobile phone, it is very quick and easy to use when paying to park.
The added benefits for using this option is that the motorist needs no cash or credit card to pay (once they have registered with Metric Mobile). There is no ticket to display on the vehicle and a text receipt will be sent to confirm the transaction has been accepted. A text reminder in also sent when the parking session is due to expire and gives the motorist the option of extending their parking session, this is ideal if delayed at the Doctors or hairdressers etc. as there is no need to return to the car to purchase a ticket.
Click here for further information.
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