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Radway Village June newsletter 2019


JUNE 2019

Parish Council Information

Following the Parish Council elections on 2nd May, John Feilding, Tim Smith-Vincent, Sophie Stephens and Peter Wilkins have taken up their places as your new Parish Councillors.

At the first meeting since the elections Tim Smith-Vincent was elected as Chair and Peter Wilkins as Vice-Chair. Peter is also currently acting as Clerk to the Council as the previous clerk resigned her post last month.


As the departing Chair, Michele Johnson sent her apologies for the meeting, but in a letter she thanked all the previous councillors for their hard work last year and noted her satisfaction for the completed parking spaces on Langdon Lane which were funded by a specific donation. She also thanked Tim Phillips for his work on the website, Chris Williams and John Feilding for their work as County and District councillors respectively, Puffin Pocock for her role as editor of the village newsletter, Sophie Stephens and Rosie Bampton for spearheading the successful Playground Project and Bob Manwaring for mowing the grass areas and keeping the village neat and tidy.

In his position as the new Chair of the Parish Council, Tim thanked Michele and all the councillors for their work in previous years and spoke of looking forward to working with residents on matters that are of importance to them.

Playground Project Update

At the Parish Council meeting held on 11th April the design for the toddler play area (known as phase one) was approved. The plan drawing has been up on the notice board for the last month so we hope everyone has had a chance to see it. 

Fundraising is ongoing. The latest grant to be successfully approved is for £1,000 from The Rank Foundation, and we have also received a very kind donation with other offers of support from David and Karen Richards. Lastly, the blue token ‘Bags of help’ voting scheme in the three Banbury Tesco stores is underway. Please do all you can up until 30th June to get as many tokens into our project’s box as possible! 

Final quotes for the work required and pieces of equipment are now being sought, and the necessary planning application to the council for the groundworks required is being submitted.

The Parish Council is looking for a location around the centre of the village for the mower to be stored when not in use. If you can offer space in a   shed, barn or garage, please let one of the Councillors know.

Councillors’ contact details are on the back page of this newsletter.

REG (Radway Events Group)

The History talk by David Freke on May 4th was a huge success, thanks in part to the excellent tea and cakes provided by so many generous people.

We are looking forward to the talk on the Battle of Edgehill on October 26th and plans for the day are being confirmed. There will be a Battlefield Walk in the morning, lunches available to buy in the village hall, and a talk and presentation in the church in the afternoon, given by Simon Marsh, Chair of the Mercia Region of the Battlefields Trust.

The Progressive supper on May 18th was also a huge success and another one is planned for the autumn. Hungry diners gathered in the village hall for starters and a complimentary drink, then moved to different houses for their main course. Each diner then moved on to a different place for pudding/dessert and we all joined up again at the hall for coffee and chocolates to wind up the evening. Anyone who offered to cook only had to provide one course, and all expenses were repaid. We hope more people will take part next time, so if you want to know more, just ask Sandra, Clare or Puffin.

The next event will be the Midsummer Bash on June 22nd. This will be a community event rather than a fundraiser, so ticket prices will be low, just enough to cover costs of hiring the hall and providing live music.

Apart from the music, there will be games and activities, face- painting, a bar and “cook your own” barbecues. Salads, bread and ices will be provided, so just bring your own meat (or veggie option) to cook.

Tickets will be available from Rob (670534), Clare (670703), and Lilian (670767). They will cost £2 per adult, £1 per child (12-16) and under 12s free.

Village Hall News

Thank you Liz.

After many years of loyal support for the Village Hall, Liz Manwaring has decided to tender her resignation as a Village Hall Trustee and Chair. Liz has worked tirelessly for the hall, helping to secure Lottery Funding for its refurbishment and has been Booking Clerk for many years. She, and her work for the hall, will be greatly missed. We wish her well in her “retirement”. We now need to find a new voluntary booking clerk (or clerks) by the end of July. For more information about what is involved please contact Mike Trotman (678384) or Rob Cooper (670534).

Church News

“Tea Chat and Play” on a Wednesday afternoon has started well. Following consultation and discussion, we have decided to change the timing to between 3 and 5 pm to enable the children to come and mingle after school. This will take effect from Wednesday 5th June.

We also discussed some people’s desire to make a monetary contribution, but Alex has managed to secure a grant for this year and so it is open to everyone as a gift from the church community.

We still have spaces on the rota for volunteers to help with sessions, and you are welcome to claim for any cakes and biscuits you provide, so if you would like to offer to help please contact Michele on 670770.

In last month’s newsletter, we mentioned a proposed “Celebration of Marriage service”. After further discussion we feel there is an opportunity here to broaden this to a celebration of the life of the church in the community, to include weddings, baptisms and other celebrations. So, at and after the service at 10.30 am on 21st July there will be an event (yet to be named) as part of which we will encourage people to bring photos of life stages celebrated in the church to display on boards or a table.

Good News from Radway Cricket Club

After 4 Saturday league matches (25th May) Radway are top of their Division having won 3 games and narrowly lost a close high-scoring match.

The U11's have also won both their league matches played so far.