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.
The Falcon Motor Club is planning to run its March Hare Classic Trial, this year on Sunday 5th March 2017. The start and finish will be at the Chequers Inn St. Albans Road, Redbourn. There will be up to 50 entrants driving cars ranging in age from the 1920’s to recent times. The first car will be leaving at 0830 and should return at around 16.00. The route leaves the Chequers Inn via the A5183 and the B487 towards Harpenden. The route returns along the B487 from Hemel Hempstead and thence to the start venue. The cars will approach from Wigginton and leave on the road to Bellingdon between the hours of 14.30 and 16.30.
The event is being organised in accordance with the Motor Vehicles (Competitions and Trials) regulations and the General Regulations of the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association Ltd. Motor rallies and trials are permitted through provisions contained in section 13 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and detailed in the Motor Vehicles (Competitions and Trial ) Regulations. In seeking authorisation the relevant Police Authorities, Route Liaison Officers and County Councils Rights of Way Departments have been informed and approval for the event has been requested.
Chartridge Parish Council has agreed to undertake a Housing Needs Survey of our Parish in order to identify if there are any local people in need of affordable homes. In addition, the survey will help us to gauge resident support for development of affordable homes for local people.
The survey will be carried out by Arlene Kersley, the Rural Housing Enabler at the Community Council for Berkshire (CCB). Survey forms are being delivered to all households in Chartridge, Asheridge and Bellingdon during early February.
Alternatively the survey can be completed online at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Chartridge
Your views are important, please make sure you respond! The survey closes on the 6th March 2017
Chartridge Parish Council is promoting “Love my village”, a scheme which encourages residents to look after their patch, including picking up litter outside their property and exposing any overgrown road signs – all small things to keep our village tidy.
The Parish council is taking on the grass verge/hedge trimming as part of CDC devolved services. Having this done by local contractors we feel we can provide a better job as this was done so poorly in the past. The Parish council will need to increase the precept to cover costs but will ensure money is spent locally.
Other things under review are our own speed posts similar to the ones in Wigginton. For more information go to Chartridge Parish Council web site.
There is still a vacancy for a councillor to represent the Bellingdon ward. If you live in Bellingdon, have a genuine interest in the local community and how it is serviced, and can dedicate one evening each month to meet plus a small amount of your spare time to considering a range of issues (planning, highway maintenance, footpaths and bridleways, county and district council consultations to name but a few) please contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance.
The Bull Pub, Bellingdon
New plans for the future of the pub were presented by the owners at a public meeting organised by the “Save The Bull” group at Bellingdon & Asheridge Village Hall on Thursday, Jan. 12th.
A brief history of the campaign to reopen our village pub can be found here.