Watercress & Winterbournes – 6 August

pillhill comic poster

The event is on Monday 6th August at 7pm, meeting at Abbotts Ann Village shop. Numbers are limited and booking is essential.

The objective is for me to generate awareness and also to recruit some interested people onto the Pillhill Brook Community Catchment Group (CCG). This CCG would decide the projects to be written into our Heritage Lottery Bid, which if it is successful, will release the 5 years’ worth of funding.

 

Community Hub Consultation

You may have seen the small exhibition we had at the recent village fete – starting the consultation process to ask what residents would like for their community for the future.

The second consultation exhibition is on Thursday 19 July in Monxton & Amport Village Hall from 10am to midday. The third exhibition is on Thursday 16 August from 6pm-8pm.

The Monxton and Amport Village Hall Committee (MAVH) once again seeks your help to ensure we have the best possible community asset well into the 21st century.  We have been approached by many locals concerned about the lack of an appealing community meeting place now that the Black Swan has been sold to a property developer.

Three years ago we canvassed villagers as to what you might want from a village hall.   The outcome of this was planning permission to renovate the current hall (16/01869/FULLN).  To finance this, you have supported fundraising events and our project fund stands around £35,000.  Build costs for this renovation are estimated to be in the region of £350,000 with eligible grant funding around £200,000-250,000 and the hall would be closed for 4-6 months during renovations.  Another option might be to build a purpose-built hall on the current site.

The recent sale of the Black Swan pub, including the car park and village green, has presented us with a unique opportunity.  Following initial discussions with the new owners and TVBC, there exists a potential option to build a purpose-built village hall on the existing car park in conjunction with two small roadside cottages; the initial site suggestion was for a small housing development.  Build costs for a new community hub are estimated to be in the region of £400,000 with eligible grant funding around £250,000-300,000; new builds attract additional grants as part of TVBC’s drive to create community assets fit for the future. The current hall would remain open until the new build was completed.

In order to determine the best course of action, we invite you to have your say by responding to the short survey that was emailed to all residents on 10 July (download a PDF copy here – Survey 2018).  All responses will be treated in confidence and used to inform the decision-making process. Please return hard copies to Penny Kitson at Sherborne Lodge, Furzedown Lane, Amport or email monxtonmatters@gmail.com

Monxton Matters (https://monxton.org.uk/) and The Amport Village and Parish website (http://amportvillage.co.uk/) will be the primary interfaces to keep you informed of developments and we will be holding the following open days at the Village Hall:

Thursday 19th July 1000 – 1200
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Thursday 16th August 1800 – 2000

Hot Dogs Die in Cars

Soaring temperatures prompt vets and animal welfare groups to issue ‘Dogs Die in Hot Cars’ warning

With temperatures set to touch the mid-twenties this week, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has teamed up with a coalition of rescue and rehoming charities, police, and welfare organisations to launch this year’s Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign to highlight the dangers that warm weather can pose to dogs.

On a hot day, even when it’s cloudy, the temperatures inside a vehicle can quickly reach over double those felt outside. For example, when it’s 22°C outside, the temperature inside a car can become 47°C within an hour, which can result in death for any dog trapped inside.

The most obvious sign of heatstroke in dogs is excessive panting and drooling. Other signs include overly red or purple gums; a rapid pulse; lack of co-ordination; reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing, seizures, vomiting or diarrhoea and in extreme circumstances coma or death.

If anyone sees a dog in a car displaying any signs of heatstroke, they should call 999 immediately and report a dog in a hot car to police. You can call the RSPCA’s 24-hour emergency cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 for advice but, if a dog is in danger, dialling 999 should always be the first step.

Owners who fear their dog may be suffering from heatstroke should quickly move it to a cooler spot, pour small amounts of room-temperature water over its body and allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water. Once the dog is cool, rush it to the nearest vet for treatment.

Alpine & Penchard – Manor Farm Residential Development

As many villagers are aware, there have been ongoing discussions with Alpine Group and Penchard for some time regarding their move from Manor Farm, Abbotts Ann to new premises.

We are hopefully moving towards a potential solution. This involves the removal of the existing industrial uses and replacement by a modest amount of residential development which recognises the sites rural location whilst is sufficient to fund the necessary relocation.

Monxton Parish Council has received a request from Alpine to share their evolving thoughts, and seek comments on key issues and approach at the next Parish Council meeting on the 10th April at the village hall (starts at 7.30pm), which has been accepted. At this stage the discussion is likely to focus on issues of principle rather than scheme detail.

We, therefore, invite all villagers to attend this meeting to hear first-hand from the Alpine team and ask any questions regarding their plans.

Monxton Parish Council will be supporting the proposal as it currently stands, however, we are very interested in the views of villagers especially those most affected and we urge you to attend the meeting.

Mike Cleugh
Chairman
Monxton Parish Council