Once again there is little to report this week specifically on Covid 19 that most of us do not already know, but there are a few announcements and other items worthy of mention.
Parish Council Meetings
During the current lockdown the Parish Council has not been meeting but has continued to carry on all necessary work on behalf of the Parish using delegated powers. The Parish Council is planning to hold a virtual meeting via video and the first such meeting is likely to be Wednesday 1st July. Anyone wishing to join the meeting will need to download the Zoom application and apply to the Clerk for meeting and password details. A notice about this and the Agenda will be published in the normal way on the notice board in Church Street and on the Parish website.
In view of the pandemic, the Government has put back the requirement to have an Annual Open Meeting of the Parish and an annual Parish Council meeting until 2021.
Clapping for Carers short videos
We have posted two short videos on the website www.strattonaudley.org taken last week of those in Cherry Street, Mill Road and the Manor showing their appreciation for our essential workers. If you have a similar video clip that you would like to post on the Parish website please get in touch. There is a suggestion that the Thursday night doorstep engagement may be coming to an end so now is the time to act.
Household Waste Recycling Centres Ardley
Last week we mentioned about the opening of the household waste centres and so I made a visit to Ardley after they had been open for four days. They are well organised and say that the longest queues are just after 2pm. So here’s the tip. Go as early as you can in the morning. I went at 10am and there were two cars ahead of me waiting to enter. According to one member of staff, other centres have much longer waiting times.
Stratton Audley Barn to re-open
Another piece of good news is that Stratton Audley Barn will be opening again. They plan to open the Barn for takeaway coffee, cake and ice cream from next weekend – that’s this coming Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st. They will be open each weekend from 10-4pm and I am sure will be a very welcome respite when out for some exercise.
Work by Volunteers resumes at back of church
Some of you may have noticed the new short gravel path that has been put down on the footpath leading off Launton Road, by the Pound to the back of the Church. We have now also cleared all the brambles and ivy off the church wall and once again started work on the entrance steps to the back of the graveyard. Thanks go to the land owner for allowing us to put down the gravel and also the church warden for approval to proceed. All the work has been carried out by a small team of residents, namely Stuart Hopkins, Paul Roberts, Adam Willmore and myself on a voluntary basis, with support from Anthony Flack. When finished it will give good, safe access in all weathers, to a short cut into the church and graveyard area.
Top Nepalese Chef joins Momotime tomorrow, Monday 23rd in Church Street
In order to reinvigorate the senses for more Nepalese food and provide something new for residents to try, George has teamed up with top Nepalese chef Bikash, formally with Raymond Blanc’s Michelin Star restaurant and now with Marco Pierre White, to provide a truly traditional tasting vegan Gurkha curry.
As in previous weeks, the wagon will be parked outside the Red Lion taking orders and payment from 3.30pm until 5pm. Pre-orders can be collected between 5pm until 6.30pm. Normal street servings will take place from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. Those collecting pre-orders after 6.30pm will be asked to join the queue if there is one. All cards and cash can now be accepted. Pre-orders can also be made by phone from 3.30pm on 07976 455654.
Come and be served by the man himself!
Message of Thanks for plants outside the Pub
Just to say thank you to whoever has been putting seedlings and plants on the table outside the pub. A number of people have gone out of their way to say what a nice gesture this is.
The Shelswell News is once again not in print but is available on line via the Shelswell News website and also on the Parish Council website in the Church section of the Village sub section. If you don’t normally subscribe, this is probably your last chance to see what this useful local monthly magazine has to offer before it goes back into print.