Bid for a new front door

Ickford School PTA is auctioning off a brand new, latest spec front door in the design of your choice, with fitting, to help raise funds for the school.

The door, including fitting, has been kindly donated by Boardman Windows based in the village and is worth nearly £1000. All proceeds from this auction will go towards funding new interactive teaching screens for the school, which we hope will go in over the summer holidays.

You can find out more about the doors available and place your bid here: https://bensayer2.wixsite.com/10kchallenge/front-door

MOBILE LIBRARY NEWS MAY 2018

 

Following the recent public consultation, I am writing to let you know that Buckinghamshire County Council decided on 20th April 2018 to end the Mobile Library service, with the final visits being due on 31st May 2018.  Details of the decision can be found at: https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?Id=7999

Over the past week we have emailed mobile library customers to inform them of the cessation of the service and also to give information about alternative ways to continue to access library services.  We are posting letters this week to those customers without email.

If you are able to help inform your residents and signpost people to the further information given in the Appendix below it would be appreciated.  Should you have residents who may be interested in becoming Home Library Service volunteers they can apply online using the link at the bottom of this page https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/libraries/community/home-library-service/ .

I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise for the inconvenience caused to your residents on the many occasions recently where we been unable to visit due to vehicle breakdowns or driver sickness.  We have extended outstanding loans to avoid anyone incurring overdue charges as a result and we will also extend any mobile loans still outstanding at the end of this month for a further two weeks to allow people time to make decisions about future library use.

If you have any queries please get in touch with us at library@buckscc.gov.uk.

Kind regards

David Jones

Head of Community Focus

Buckinghamshire County Council

www.buckscc.gov.uk

Ickford Village Shop

As everyone will be aware the shop has been closed since the 17th April as Vina is unwell and unable to work.

I would also advise that owing to personal and health reasons she has decided to give up the shop and post office so it may be some time before the shop will reopen.

The Ickford Village Shop Association is doing all it can to assist Vina in leaving the shop as quickly as possible and are working hard to find a replacement. Discussions are already in place to find a new owner and post master or mistress and we hope to find someone suitable very shortly but the likelihood is that the shop will be closed for a number of weeks but we hope the interruption can be kept to a minimum.

I have also been asked to let people know that certain items which may have been given to Vina for the post office prior to the 17th April have only been collected by the post office on the 26th April owing to the shop being closed but they are now in the system.

We will update everyone as soon as we know more.

Paul Farrell, Chairman
Ickford Village Shop Association

Ickford School Clearance Sale & Super Soup Day

This coming Saturday 10 March at 10am Ickford School PTA is holding a clearance sale in the school hall. If you have any goods such as bikes, scooters, toys, games, sports equipment, clothes, tools almost anything you no longer need and would like to donate it to the school, then we will sell it and use the money raised to help fund new interactive teaching screens for every classroom.

Ickford’s St Nicholas Church will also be holding their Souper Soup Day at the same time, to raise funds for Christian Aid, so you can grab some delicious soup and take a wander around the sale at the same time.

If you have anything you would like to clear out and donate email: ben.sayer@hotmail.co.uk and we’ll come and collect it.

Ickford School Race Night

Ickford School was 19th in the recent primary school league tables for the whole of the country, putting it top in Buckinghamshire and in the top 1% of all schools in England. It is an amazing achievement for such a small village school and is a sharp turnaround to just eight years ago when it was in the bottom 20%.

We want to ensure these standards can be maintained, which is why the Ickford School PTA is aiming to raise £10,000 by the end of this school year to fund the latest interactive screens for each of the five classrooms. The screens are used in every lesson and are a vital teaching aid.

On Friday March 16 we are holding a fundraising race night in the village hall, which is open to all Ickford residents. Tickets are just £8 and this includes a meal. You can buy your tickets from the school office or email: ben.sayer@hotmail.co.uk and we’ll drop them off.

We hope you can support us for what is sure to be a fun-filled evening (and it’s Cheltenham Gold Cup day too!).

Neighbourhood Plan Update – January 2018

As many of you will know by now ( I hope!) we are embarking on preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for Ickford. This plan will set out the policies in relation to the development and use of land within the Parish, and will be developed in accordance with the policies within AVDC and the views and opinions of YOU – i.e. residents of Ickford. Once it has successfully passed a referendum in the Village, it will be used by AVDC in making planning decisions – it is enforceable, and carries considerable weight in planning terms. A good plan will protect the Village going forward. So we need to consult widely with everyone. We have an excellent start given the Parish Council questionnaire undertaken last year. Long Crendon have recently approved their plan, and the Worminghall plan is nearing completion. A grant has been applied for to meet the costs, and expert advice.

We have now established an excellent group of volunteers to assist with the preparation of the INP, and have held two meetings – the first involving the Neighbourhood Plan Officer from AVDC who provided the team with an excellent briefing on the tasks and challenges ahead; and the second as a proper kick off meeting to start the process of allocating tasks and starting on the information gathering.
We are looking for more volunteers to join us – partially because we want as many people to be involved as possible, we want to be as representative of the community as we can be, and also because( as we probably by and large represent a more mature element of the village population) we need some youthful help with social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in particular; so if anyone in the village would like to join us please do make contact with me.

One of the starting points of the INP is to analyse what we currently have within the Village, and also to try and update the 2011 census information so as to try and get a more accurate profile of our community. The INP team will shortly be knocking on doors, going from house to house to build this profile – for example analysing the existing housing stock by type, age, number of bedrooms, number of occupants etc. We have decided to undertake this part of the exercise this way, rather than by questionnaire, so that we can also engage with everyone in the village personally and explain what we are doing, why and answer any questions. Please do co-operate and assist with this as it will ultimately form a major part of the foundation of the INP.

Each member of the team will spearhead an element of the plan covering such areas as Heritage and the natural environment; flooding, sewerage and infrastructure generally; businesses, clubs and societies; Community facilities; Housing; transportation; liaison with neighbouring parishes etc. So all in all it promises to be a far reaching document which will we hope create a framework for the village for the next 25 years or so.

Our aim is not only to get as many involved as possible, but to keep everyone well informed throughout by regular updates in the Ickford Informer, social media and so on.

For more information or if you would like to help with this exciting project please contact me martin.armitstead@gmail.com

Martin Armitstead

January 2018

Ickford Neighbourhood Plan

With the three planning applications within the Village still pending a decision, it is apparent that Ickford should have a Neighbourhood Plan. These plans carry weight and are as a consequence of the Government wanting people to have more say in how their communities might be protected and develop in the future. The plan would deal with land use and environmental qualities of Ickford, that have been identified by the Parish and as a result of the questionnaire circulated earlier this year. The process involves research, consultation and then the preparation and adoption of the plan by the villagers through a referendum. In short the plan would:

· Set out a vision for Ickford

· List the issues to be tacked and resolved during the next 25 year period

· Contain policies to protect our village and to enable appropriate development, to meet the needs for houses and jobs.

· The plan would also include maps of the village showing areas protected for various reasons, and areas directly affected by any adopted policies.

Worminghall has a plan in progress and Long Crendon, Marsh Gibbon and Ivinghoe (amongst others) have recently completed their plans.

I have agreed with the Parish Council to set up a working group to prepare the Ickford Plan. Though the group will be independent of the Parish Council, funds for the preparation of the plan will be diverted through the PC for administrative purposes. It is likely that the process of preparing, consulting, approving and adopting the plan may well take up to 18 months. For this to be successful we need a team of volunteers to assist with the process – experience is not necessary, but enthusiasm and a commitment to Ickford are!

If you are interested then please let me know. I will be arranging a meeting, probably early in the New Year for the appropriate officer from AVDC to come and explain the process and brief us all, so we can then get started. Please feel free to contact me – martin.armitstead@gmail.com or 07768 114020

Many thanks

Martin Armitstead