Community Play Ranger Sessions-Northleach

Dear all,

Northleach with Eastington Town Council are delighted to announce a programme of activities for youths and
young people over the Summer holidays. These will include Play Ranger sessions, activities at Far Peak plus dance and skills workshops! All of these are being funded by grants we applied for last year from the Youth Activities fund at Cotswold District Council.     

The activities begin next week with the Play Ranger sessions on Monday 22nd July and Monday 5th
August from 10 – 4pm. Aimed at age 7 – 14 years, under 7’s are welcome if accompanied.

Details of the events can be found here 
https://www.northleach.gov.uk/event/summer-play-sessions-in-northleach/

Please find below information for parents and carers.

Information for Parents/Carers

Our Community Play Rangers activities target 7-14 year olds. Under 7’s are welcome and should be accompanied by a parent or carer. We love families to join us at all our sessions.

Community based activities are free and open access. This means there is no formal registration – children can leave the site at any
time. Our Play Rangers will not stop them and will not know they have left.

We encourage children to take responsibilities for their own actions. We think this is good for them. They will be encouraged to resolve
disagreement and conflict amongst themselves. We will intervene if absolutely necessary.

Play Gloucestershire believe that children need and want to take risks when they play. Our Play Rangers aim to respond to these needs by offering children stimulating, challenging environments for exploring and developing their abilities. In doing this, we aim to manage
the level of risk so that children are not exposed to unacceptable risks. Our experience tells us that whilst children play outdoors they
are likely to have accidents. We promote adventurous play whilst trying to prevent children taking unacceptable risks. If this causes
concern please come along and speak to us.

Our range of activities include active play, den building, fires, arts and crafts, informal sports and games. We encourage children to play freely and choose what they do. They do not have to do anything if they don’t want to.

Children will get wet, hot, cold, smelly (from wood smoke) muddy and dirty and need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Better
to wear old play clothes than ruin your best!

Our Play Rangers will provide drinking water at all sessions. We promote healthy eating and sometimes will provide free fruit.

We believe all children have the right to play. Please talk to us if your child needs additional support to enjoy Play Rangers. We
welcome disabled children & their families.

Councillor Vacancies – Can you help?

Dear all,

The Town Council have 2 vacancies for Councillors and are really keen to fill these as soon as possible.

The Council has wide ranging responsibilities, making decisions for residents on a very local level. Responsibilities include The Westwoods Centre, the Pavilion and playing field, play areas and water meadow, most of the Town’s grass cutting, the Cemetery and the allotments. In addition we spend a lot of our time liaising with Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire County Council.

We also have ad hoc sub committees or working groups. Over the last few years these have included the Community Litter Pick, Staffing Group, Play Area project, MUGA working Group and Winter Planning.

There are certain criteria in order to apply:
1) The minimum age for councillors and candidates is 18 – this has changed from 21
2) All members are required to complete a Register of Interests document for the website
3) Anyone being co-opted should be able to confirm at least one of the following reasons (a –d).
a. I am registered as a local government elector for the area of the parish/town named above in respect of (qualifying address in full):
b. I have during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day or those days occupied as owner or tenant the following land or other premises in the parish/town (description and address of land or premises):
c. my principal or only place of work during those 12 months has been in that parish/town at (give address of place of work and, where appropriate, name of employer):
d. I have during the whole of the last 12 months resided in that parish/town or within 4.8 kilometres of it at (give address in full):
If you would like more information please contact me or one of the Councillors whose details are on the boards or www.northleach.gov.uk or myself on clerk@northleach.gov.uk.

Kind regards,
Cat

Blocked Gullies/Drains – Weather Related

Dear all,

Due to the exceptional weather earlier today we have had reports about blocked gullies across Town particularly in Mill End. 

I have reported these to Gloucestershire Highways on reference 11228111. You can contact Highways direct to report any issues with the roads, pavement including blocked drains.  Contact details are:
08000 514 514 or through the website https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/highways/roads/report-it/    

Highways have a clearance programme but most gullies are only cleaned once a year. If specific gullies are reported more often then their cleaning rate will be increased. Please keep an eye on gullies outside your homes and if they are blocked please report them direct using the details above.

Kind regards
Cat

Chairman’s Letter June 2019

Hello Everyone. 
 
This is a quick note about what went on at the Town Council meeting this month. You can read all of the detail in the formal minutes when they’re published but I thought it might be useful to give you some highlights:
 
We elected a new Chairman for the year in May – that’s me, Rob Platts, and I am looking forward to working with you to help Northleach continue to develop for everyone in the town. Alan Wellman was elected as Vice Chairman and so we have some good experience working together.
 
We were informed of some roadworks in the area. It’s worth checking on the County Council website for details but, as a heads-up, the A429 around Fossebridge will have some overnight closures (7pm – 7pm) from 28th June to 11th July . . . so watch out!
 
Now that we have completed the main play area on the King George V Playing Field, we are kicking-off two projects in the town: The Ward Road Play Area and an Adult Exercise Area. The leaders of each of these projects will be reporting back to us all on their progress in the coming months.
 
We are installing the latest defibrillator on the Pavilion on the King George V Playing Field and have started a project to fund a further unit for the Market Square. I think this should now cover us for this type of emergency in the town – let us know if you think we need more.
 
Also, following your requests, we are progressing a new seat and a new rubbish bin on the King George V Playing Field between the zip wire and the playground – hopefully useful to parents with kids on both things.
 
We will continue to attend a Councillor Surgery each month for people to come and meet us in an informal setting to share any comments or issues. We have had mixed attendance at these sessions but we will offer this opportunity to meet for the next few months– please come along if you are interested – The next one is on Saturday July 6th at the Westwoods Centre from 11:00 to 12:00.
 
All formal meeting minutes and other information are on the Town Council website www.northleach.gov.uk – please get in touch with the Clerk if you have any issues or concerns either by email on clerk@northleach.gov.uk, or you could come to the next monthly Councillor Surgery meeting first Saturday each month or the next Town Council meeting on Wednesday 24th July 2019 – 7 pm at the Westwoods Centre. Until then, I hope this brief update is useful.
Cllr Rob Platts