Greenham in Bloom Photography Competition
Greenham In Bloom Photographic Competition Winners
The entries are all in for the Greenham in Bloom Photographic competition and the winners have been chosen. Prizes to be awarded for the winners in each category and age categories. There will also be a prize for the overall winner.
Date: 25th September 2021
Venue: Greenham Control Tower
New Road Footpath - Greenham
New Footpath - New Road, Greenham
Pressure from your Parish council has secured a commitment and confirmation from the West Berkshire Planning Authority that in the future, there will be a new off-road footpath linking New Road and Pyle Hill between St Mary’s church and The Willows School, created initially by the two new housing developments and also linking to the existing path through West Wood, which was the work of former parish council Chair Diane Smith.
The development of the footpaths will be phased as the consented development work takes place over the next couple of years.
When the other recently consented development goes ahead linking Pyle Hill to Pinchington Lane next to the retail park, it will provide a pleasant, almost level, traffic free ‘active travel’ route for everyone in the parish living at the top of the hill.
Updte on the John Mellow Playing field
Following a request from one of our councillors and with
the strong backing of a group of interested local residents, Greenham Parish
Council applied for the Diamond (aka the John Mello Playing Field) on Pigeon’s
Farm Road to be listed as an Asset of Community Value. We are delighted to
announced that this application has been successful and the Diamond and the
structures on it are now included on the Local Register. In practical terms,
this means that if there were a proposal to sell this land - or grant a long
lease to a third party, the landowner (in this case West Berkshire
Council) would have to notify GPC as a
representative of the local community. If the community wished to purchase the
land, the procedure confers a Community Right to Bid, where the sale is delayed
to give the community time to consider whether they wish to buy it and to raise
the necessary funds.
For more information on this process, please see here: https://mycommunity.org.uk/what-are-assets-of-community-value-acv
The Parish Council is continuing to explore ways in which we can further protect this space for the local community. If you would lie to be involved in this process, please contact the Parish Clerk.
Greenham Parish Council is seeking your views on allotments
Greenham Parish Council does not currently have an allotment site. The Parish Council is exploring the possibility of creating allotments within the parish for residents. A suitable site would need to be found; funding sourced for the purchase/rent of the land, legal fees, water supply and formation of an allotment association.
If you are a Greenham parishioner and would be interested in having an allotment or have any comments to make regarding the idea then please complete the Council's survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RPXQJLZ or contact the Clerk via the Contact us page.
BBOWT issue new guidance for dog walking on Greenham and Crookham Commons
Our local wildlife trust, BBOWT, has updated the guidance for users of Greenham & Crookham Commons to protect birds that are starting to nest on the commons at this time of year.
The commons are home to a number of rare species including nightingales and skylarks. To avoid disturbing the birds from 1 March to 31 July all users are asked to keep to the main paths marked on the map. There are 3 green zones were owners are encouraged to exercise their dogs, these are marked on the map and can be identified on site by short green posts. Dogs should be kept on leads and under close control.
More information about the work of the Wildlife Trust at Greenham & Crookham Commons can be found online at www.bbowt.org.uk/nature-reserves/greenham-and-crookham-commons
Exciting news of an archaeological site in Greenham being excavated by Thames Valley Archaeological Services with Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman features!
There this a new housing development building built to the west of New Road, Greenham. Thames Valley Archaeological Services have been contracted to carry out excavations onsite and a wide range of finds have been discovered.
Further information will be added to the webpage http://tvas.co.uk/news/post036-Greenham.html as the work progresses, but there are already several round houses as well as the tantalising edges of two ring ditches on the eastern boundary, which could represent the remains of Bronze Age round barrows, but which cannot be fully investigated at this time. A very Late Iron Age or early Roman burial has also been found, with an unusual flagon. There are also features which are likely to be medieval, or post-medieval.
Many of the pottery and samples have been taken back for analysis by the finds experts, to be written up in a final report, with the archive eventually deposited in West Berkshire Museum. We therefore won’t get the whole picture for a while, but it’s an exciting glimpse into the lives of people who lived in our ward, from over 3,000 years ago up to more recent times.
Community Support Hub update 19 January 2021
West Berkshire Council's Superfast Berkshire Broadband Team announces new scheme
We would like to make you aware government funding is available to help people living in rural areas get better broadband. There are two schemes currently available, Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme and Universal Service Obligation.
Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme
Up to £1,500 per home and up to £3,500 for each small to medium size business (SME) is available to support the costs of installing gigabit-capable broadband. Funding is provided through the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. Gigabit-capable broadband offers the fastest and most reliable speeds available – of up to 1000Mbps or 1Gbps. Final speeds depend on the package purchased, but the aim is to provide enough capacity for now and for the future.
To qualify for the scheme, you must live in a rural area, be unable to get broadband speeds of 100Mbps or more and apply as a group of two or more premises.
Check your eligibility for the scheme by completing the postcode check at www.gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk and then follow our simple step-by-step guide located on our website www.superfastberkshire.org.uk
Universal Service Obligation
If you’re receiving 10Mbps or less, you may be eligible for the Universal Service Scheme. For more details and to check your postcode for eligibility go to www.bt.com/broadband/USO
Greenham Parish Council - Councillor Vacancy
Would you like to get involved with your local community more? Greenham Parish Council currently has one vacancy for a Parish Councillor. If you would like more information about applying to be a Parish Councillor please get in touch with Lisa Blake at email@example.com, or give us a call on 01635 43534.