Ashley Parish Council has an immediate vacancy for a Parish Clerk

9 hours per week, home based.

Ashley is a relatively small village with 485 voters on the electoral register. The precept currently stands at £16830.

The Clerk works from home and attends monthly council meetings which are generally in the evening. Own transport is essential if the Clerk is not a village resident. Motor mileage allowance and travel time would be paid where own transport is used.

Further details about the post including salary etc., are attached.

Applications, accompanied by CV may be sent in writing to Clllr Olive Oakervee, Chair, Ashley Parish Council, Ashley Hall, 25 The Green, Ashley, Newmarket, CB8 9EB. Applications may also be sent by e-mail to

Closing date for applications: 23 June 2016

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Could you be Special?

Do you want to do something special for yourself, your community and your employer?

Do you want to gain invaluable experience and training to achieve your personal or professional goals?

Why not join the Special Constabulary and find out just how much you are capable of?

Your employer may even give you time off to volunteer under the employer supported policing scheme.

What do Specials do?

As a Special Constable you will work with us to help keep the people within your community safe, ensuring that your community, and the wider Cambridgeshire area, is a place that people feel proud to call home. In return we will provide you with invaluable experience and training to achieve your personal or professional goals.

Special Constables provide vital support to a whole range of policing activities and have the same powers and equipment as regular police officers.

Have you got what it takes?

The Special Constabulary welcomes applications from people from all walks of life and backgrounds. The kind of people we need have good life skills and experience, plus strong community awareness.

How to apply

For more information about becoming a Special, or to apply, visit or email

Special Constable Kayleigh Minor’s story

“I work alongside a regular officer on every shift. I go to every incident with them no matter whether it be a domestic, a collision or a call to an animal in the road.

“I love the feeling at the end of a shift knowing that I have made a difference to someone’s life or I have helped take someone who isn’t so nice off the streets. I also love the adrenaline of the job and having to think on my feet.

“I highly recommend volunteering as a Special. It gives you an insight into the police force and the role of an officer but it also gives you the ability to deal with different situations and to learn new skills.

“If you have some spare time and are wondering what to do with it I would absolutely recommend joining the Specials.”

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Ashley Pavilion Trust March 2016

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:

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: 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.

Alison Pascoe

The Cantilena Singers

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: or on the door

Does your hedge pass the test?

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.

Parking along Church Street

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 before 12th October.

Annual Hedge Cutting and Tree Works

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.