Chairman’s Blog – June ‘14

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Best Kept Village Competition – First Round of Judging:- Just to refresh your memory, Oxton came runner-up in our category in last year’s competition. This year we have entered with the aim of winning the competition!  The first round of judging takes place between 9th – 27th June. 

A small but perfectly formed group of enthusiastic Oxtonians will be meeting in the Green Dragon at 7:30pm on Thursday 5th June in order to plan “who’s doing what” regarding keeping the village in tip top condition for the judging. Please feel free to come and join in the preparations, it should be fun.  Oxtonians who have said they can’t make the meeting have also offered their help, of which I am very grateful. Most tasks will be of a gentle nature. Mick Brett, the village handyman, will be cleaning the road and highway signs and Robin Aldridge, with his merry team, has completed the summer planting in the planters which are sited around the village.

Just something as simple as collecting rubbish while out walking the family pet could make a difference to winning or losing. Our village is beautiful so wouldn’t it be great if we won the award!

Parish Boundary Footpath Walks:- Thank you to the five people who participated in the annual footpath walks. If I’m being a honest, a rather disappointing turn out but Sunday the 22nd May was a beautiful day, ideal for lazing away in the garden or sharing a BBQ with family and friends…..maybe that’s why so few bothered to take part in the village event.

Flood Relief Channel: Thanks go to Newark & Sherwood District Council for organising a repair to the landslip in the channel. They are now obtaining quotes to carry out further work to prevent the same thing happening again.

Daffodils on the A6097 Roundabout: The Parish Council (PC) has complained to Notts CC regarding the daffodils on the roundabout being mown down before flowering had finished. Some of you may recall that the bulbs were planted as part of a millennium project. It had previously been agreed with Notts County Council that only the edge of the grassed area would be cut until the daffodils had died back. The PC is concerned that the recent early mowing could have damaged the bulbs causing them not to flower again.

Elmcroft/Main Street Hedge: The hedge (which contains the post box) is in a very sorry state. The PC own and is responsible for the “village green” area behind the hedge, the hedge itself and now need to consider how best to deal with the area so it is of a benefit to all villagers. Please contact me if you have any views or suggestions on how the PC can improve the current situation.

Minutes of Meetings:- Full minutes of meetings can be found at www.oxtonpc.org.uk and are now posted on the PC notice board.

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