Already this year the Trustees have been working hard on your behalf, to keep pace with the rigours of life in the 21st Century and comply with all the rules and regulations imposed upon us from the powers that be. This has involved many hours of research and innumerable emails and drafts and redrafts but we have managed to produce a Health and Safety dossier to be proud of! All that remains now is to ensure general compliance and this, dear readers, is down to you, or at least to those of you who kindly hire the Pavilion for all the many and varied activities it hosts and supports. We are very aware that all this red tape can seem very irritating but unfortunately it is a necessary evil these days and your co-operation will be much appreciated.
Newcomers to the village might like to know that the Pavilion plays host to a number of Clubs and Groups; there is a Bridge Club, a Carpet Bowls Club and three Art Groups and a Drop-In meeting on the first Wednesday of the month. Michelle’s fun-packed Moves Fitness Class on Saturday mornings is a great way to start the weekend and the super-fit could complete the week with an Hour of Power on Friday mornings. Full details are on the last page of the magazine.
It can’t have escaped anyone’s notice that this year Her Majesty the Queen is celebrating her 90th Birthday and Ashley is beginning to gear up to put together a memorable event on Sunday 12 June and play its part. Ashley Fundraisers are planning to hold a Fundraising event to help meet the costs.
The Village Fête will be held at the Recreation Ground as usual on Sunday 7 August and we hear that plans are already afoot for (quote) “making this the best Fête yet” and the Village Quiz Nights are unmissable, great fun and well-attended. The first will be held on Saturday 4 June and as always, it is wise to book a table at the first opportunity. Following on from the success of last year’s event, there are rumours of a repeat Apple Pressing Day later in the year (date to be advised).
We were sorry that the enjoyable children’s messy play sessions were short-lived due to conflicting family commitments. Anyone wishing to start up another such group would be made welcome. We’re here for the community.
A couple of reminders for you:
To book an event at the Pavilion please contact Debbie Garrity on 01638 730263 or e.mail her on: email@example.com
Ashley 100 Club, the village lottery, always welcomes new members and those new to the village might like to know that the annual subscription is still only £12 per member!! To join the 100 Club and have a chance of winning £30, £20 or £10 in the monthly draw, contact me on 01638 731013 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org As a bonus, 100 Club Members receive a one-off £5.00 reduction from the fee when hiring the Pavilion. What’s not to like? We are very grateful to all our faithful members for their continued support.
With the Easter bank holiday fast approaching it may be useful to know the Waste & Recycling collection dates.
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SATURDAY 19TH MARCH at 7.30 pm
St. Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 0HP
The Cantilena Singers
Lux aeterna: Renaissance and Romantics
An evening of unaccompanied choral music, sacred and secular, on the theme of eternal light, from the Renaissance to the Romantics, and beyond.
Proceeds to the Church
Director Daniel Spreadbury
Tickets £10 (free admission for under 18s)
Available from Janet Ramsay-Helie Phone: 01638 603489
Email: email@example.com. or on the door
The Council is aware that a number of hedges bordering public footpaths in Ashley are overgrown and encroach public footpaths. The test of whether or not the hedge is overgrown is whether a member of the public with a wheelchair or push chair would have to step onto the road or verge to avoid contact with the hedge. In such cases, residents are asked to trim back their hedges on the grounds of public safety. In cases where residents are unable or unwilling to carry our this work, the Parish Council can arrange for it to be undertaken on their behalf in conjunction with the Highways Department. However, in the event, the cost of carrying out this work would be chargeable directly to the householder.
Whilst there is no law against bonfires, the fact is that the law expects due consideration to be given to neighbours. The burning of garden and other waste produces smoke, especially if damp and smouldering. Burning plastic, rubber or painted materials creates an unpleasant smell and also produces a range of poisonous compounds. Smoke, smuts and smell from bonfires can prevent neighbours from enjoying their gardens, opening windows or hanging out washing. The Environmental Health Department (EHD) at ECDC is responsible about nuisance caused by garden fires. Further complaints about frequent and noxious smelling fires will be passed to EHD for their further investigation.
The Parish Council is currently looking at ways to improve road safety for both motorists and pedestrians in Church Street, between Mill Road and the junction with Newmarket Road, and is concerned about the hazard to traffic when cars are parked behind the pavement build out, (near the Crown pub) which reduces the width of the road to a single lane shared by traffic from both directions.
The Council has been advised that safety at this junction might be improved if parking was to be restricted between the “build out” and Mill Road. However in considering this matter the Council is keen to hear the views of Church Street residents and others that may be affected if such a scheme were to be introduced.
If you have views on parking and what might be done to improve road safety at this junction, please come to the next Parish Council meeting at the Ashley Pavilion on Monday 12th October at 7.30pm and have your say.
If you would prefer to express your views in writing please forward these to Chris Lewis (Parish Clerk), 2 Silhalls Close, Ashley or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before 12th October.
These works, centered on the recreation ground, closed churchyard and part of Footpath no 2 were completed at the end of October. The Council has since acknowledged concerns about the width of the hedge between the recreation ground car park and the main B1063 road, and agreed provision for a reduction would be included in next year’s contract.
The County Council’s review group for the south Newmarket villages, Area J, met on 1st October to review proposals to revise the existing subsidised routes. Proposed changes to service 47 envisage an earlier start time, (7.17) and a later return service from Newmarket (18.05), the purpose being to link eith bus services to and from Cambridge. Services no. 901 and no. 902 could be withdraen and replaced with a single service (Mon – sat excluding Weds) ofering two jouneys to Newmarket at 9.52 and 11.17 with only one return jouney at 12.10!
The Counci has concluded that the proposed cuts would significantly sidadvantage those residents without cars who had no alternative but to use publuc transport. These concerns have since been reported to the County Council’s Review Team.
Sadly, the Christmas tree donated to the parish at the beginning of the year and planted near the Wavier Pond, did not survive the summer and has since been removed. The council has also arranged for the removal of a dead alder tree. The resulting empty space is soon to be filled by moving a young Rowan tree from its present position on the Chapel Row side. The Council was advised that the new position would benefit the Rowan in the longer term and would also give the area a more balanced look.
The County Council’s decision on our bid for funds to improve the traffic calming scheme in the High Street is expected early in the new year. If the bid is successful the most likely outcome would be a “build out” from the kerb or some kind of speed cushion, to be sited close to the junction with Silhalls Close.