Pyke Quarry Household Recycling Centre, near Horsley, will be temporarily closed from Monday June 4 to Friday 22 June inclusive. During the closure, the county council will be carrying out important improvement work at the site.
Gloucestershire Association of Parish & Town Councils organised a competition for photos that depict local council life. Eastington Parish Council submitted a range of photos and we came runner-up with the phone box library. Thank you to our many volunteers that made the phone box library the wonderful success it is. Here is the photo (thank you Amanda Salisbury for posting the photo to Facebook).
The annual audit for 2016-17 has been completed by the external auditor. Please see the Accounts page for the certificate and report. Only one issue identified, figures were accidentally transposed in the Accounting Statement and read “£35903” instead of “£35093”.
Electors and their representatives have the right to inspect the statement of accounts – please contact the Clerk to make an appointment.
Sadly it looks like rain overnight so a decision was taken to postpone the skate jam planned for 29th July, as the concrete ramps become very slippery when wet.
New date to be announced soon.
To celebrate the completion of the new skate area in Eastington (at the Owen Harris Memorial Ground), we are having a “Skate Jam”. This will be a free drop-in event from 10am until 3pm following this timetable:
10am to 11am – those with little or no experience riding scooters at skate parks. This can look more in to safety and key skill development.
11am to 12pm – experienced scooter riders. Trick based riding.
1pm to 2pm – those with little or no experience riding skateboards at skate parks. Again this can look more in to safety and key skill development.
2pm to 3pm – experienced skateboarders. Trick based riding.
There is limited car parking available and request that local visitors walk to the skate area rather than drive please.
The agenda and meeting papers for the next Full Council meeting are available on the “Meetings” page – we are back in our usual venue at the village hall.
Due to the General Election on 8th June, the parish council is unable to use its usual meeting venue (the village hall) as it will be a polling station for the day; instead we will be using the Sue Jones Room at Eastington Community Centre. There’s plenty of parking next to the playing field, and to access the room go to the right of the building and in the door about half-way down. We will be upstairs in the room on the left. We’ll be back to the village hall in July as usual.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) has joined other services around the country to urge residents to stop using white goods that have been recalled.
GFRS attends more than two incidents every month involving defective white goods and, as part of their Safe and Well campaign, carry out free checks of all white goods in the home.
Trained teams will visit, free of charge, and carry a full safety check for residents. You can book a visit by calling free on 0800 180 41 40 or visiting www.glosfire.gov.uk.
White goods fire safety tips:
- Be sure to register your appliances so you can be contacted if a safety repair is ever needed. It’s easier than you think! Visit http://www.registermyappliance.org.uk/
- You can also use the free “self service” model checker on the following websites or call 0800 151 0905 to confirm if your appliance is affected and for details on the next steps should your model require corrective action.
- Don’t leave appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers running overnight or when the house is empty.
- Good housekeeping can reduce the risk of fire – dusty vents on fridges should be cleaned and lint filters cleaned regularly.
- If your tumble dryer is taking longer to dry your clothes, the vent hose may need cleaning out.
- Research reveals that 32% of people would continue to use white goods even if they started making strange noises. It’s never wise to ignore strange appliance noises – turn the appliance off and call an electrician.
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan.
Visit www.glosfire.gov.uk for more tips and advice about electrical safety
The Parish Council has ordered 5 sets of village gateways to be installed around the parish (Grove Lane either side of Westend, Claypits Road, Bath Road, Spring Hill). These are to be delivered today to Highways ready for installation next month. Most of the gateways will have a flower planter attached to create a pleasant welcome to the parish. The picture shows an example, some of the signs will include the speed limit. The gateways have been funded through a variety of grants (Gloucestershire Highways, Local Highway Offer, Police & Crime Commissioner) and Eastington Parish Council finances. Please get in touch if you’d like to help look after the flower planters.
Sunday 12th March saw a number of us learning how to use a defibrillator and having a refresher on CPR techniques. We also had a look at our own defibrillator stored on the external wall of the Community Centre at OHMG. It was a worthwhile couple of hours with tea and biscuits to keep us sustained! Another session has been arranged for Saturday 16th September at 1pm, please come along.