Vacancy for a Parish Clerk – Chartridge Parish Council

The Parish Clerk for Chartridge Parish Council will be leaving in April/May 2017. The job takes about 10 hours per week, working from home and is a salaried position.

Remuneration is in accordance with agreed local government scales and there is an allowance to cover the costs of working from home. The Council meets about every six weeks on Wednesday evenings. The Clerk is responsible for agendas, minutes, finance, and general administration and would be expected to study for a basic qualification in local government administration. Therefore existing qualification(s) in local government procedures would be an advantage but not essential. Good IT skills with working knowledge of website maintenance also an advantage. The Council is an equal opportunities employer.

Anyone interested in the position should contact the current clerk, Elizabeth van Hullen via –
Email: elizabeth@vanhullen.org
Telephone: 01494 758800 during office hours (Mondays -Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Application form

60+ and looking for interesting outings?

Elayne Hughes, Community Sports Manager GLL, Chilltern District Council, has organised a series of monthly outings for Chiltern and South Bucks 60+ Club. Eligible Hilltop Villagers are invited to join them. Pick up for all the trips is at Chesham Leisure Centre.

The visits Include Didcot Railway Centre on 9th May (£31.50), Leckford Estate Water Gardens (£28.00) on 27th June, and a Narrow Boat Trip on 6th July, The Olympic Park and several more

For more information, cost and booking please contact Elayne by email: Elayne.hughes@gll.org or call 07889 975100

Village Fete 2017

24th June 2017 is the date, folks, so put it in your diary now.

All and any assistance either before the fete or on the day is very much appreciated and we couldn’t do it without you. The next meeting is on 5th April at the Blue Ball in Asheridge.

Anyone with raffle prizes to donate, please send details to fete@bellingdon.com.

If you’d like a stall, or to advertise in the programme, please let us know on the above email address as soon as you can to avoid missing out.

Community book swap

We launched the community book swap at the well-attended pub night on Friday. Any hall user is welcome to borrow a book then swap it for another once they’ve finished it.

The books are located in blue wheeled trolleys in the corner of the hall close to the emergency exit out to the playground.

Litter pick 

Despite a slightly disappointing turnout a band of hardy volunteers braved the chilly wind to scour the village for litter. 

We collected a good (or bad, depending on your viewpoint) amount but veterans of previous years noted there was less to collect, which bodes well. 
The next working party will be a couple of weekends before the village fete in June. 

Great British Spring Clean aka village litter pick – 19th March

While most of the country is doing this on March 3-5th, we chose a slightly later date in the hope that it will be a bit warmer. The idea is to blitz as much of the village as we can and do our bit to make it all a bit more pleasant.

Clearly not dropping litter in the first place would also help…

Join us from 9:30am at the Village Hall, wearing suitable clothing and footwear, high visibility if you have it and protective gloves. Bacon sarnies provided at the end.

Community pub night – 17th March

Yes, we know its St Patrick’s day so come on down to the village hall on Friday 17th and celebrate with your friends and neighbours. All the usuals – food, drinks, games and chat. Green clothing/fancy dress optional…

Also we’re going to debut the community book swap and there will be more information about the village fete as well as the opportunity to sign up to help.

6:30-10:30pm, all welcome!

Village Fete Planning Meeting: 5th April 8pm

**New Date**

The planning goes on for this year’s (sure to be) epic fete on 24th June – get it in your diaries now! We’ll be at the Blue Ball in Asheridge from 8pm on 5th April to continue hammering out the details.

Any offers of help either on the day or before are always welcome – we’ll also be at the pub night on Friday 17th if you’d like to chat with one of the committee about how you can help.

Bird ‘flu latest

New guidelines 28th Feb 2017

There have now been a number of outbreaks of the H5N8 strain in the UK (found in both small back yard flocks as well as wild birds and commercial farms). Stay up to date on the NFU and DEFRA websites.

In summary: all domestic birds including ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys and quail must be kept indoors or completely separate in either a sufficiently covered run (with a solid roof) or polytunnel or similar  and that biosecurity steps such as foot dips etc are put in place. DEFRA and the APHA are cracking down on those that are ignoring the requirements and are able to fine noncompliant keepers £5,000.