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Community website, www.croughton.org.uk
11th October 2017

The website was set up 14 years ago and has given village organisations the opportunity to promote their events and activities to the wider community.  Since then, social media has strengthened and energized, whilst in May 2016 the new Parish Council website was launched www.croughtonparishcouncil.org.uk

The Parish Council would be very interested to hear your views on the community website. Is there sufficient interest from within the community to keep the site going? Are there any volunteers who would wish to assist in its maintenance and development, with updating and inputting of news and information?

If so, we would like to hear from you.  Please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council.  Thank you.

Annual Return 2016/2017:  Since the Parish Council Meeting the audit for the year 2016/2017 has been concluded with no issues arising. All relevant information has been posted on the Parish Council website.

Future of the history group
1st October 2017

After 15 years I fear we may soon be forced to close down the History Group.

Interest has fallen over the last few years as evidenced in attendance and committee support and now Keith and I will be standing down from the committee at the end of the year.  Other long-standing members of the committee are also wanting to take more of a back seat.

If the group is to continue then volunteers are needed to be Treasurer, to open up the hall for meetings and lay the room out, to organise the tea, coffee and biscuits and help book speakers. This has to be on a sustainable ongoing basis rather than just ad-hoc help. Andrew has some preliminary plans for speakers in 2018 if the other support is forthcoming.  Are there any people who would be interested?
Unless volunteers come forward the committee has decided that in view of falling attendances and lack of support the only option would be to close.

Please can you advise before the October Meeting so that if no one volunteers we can make plans to close the group down at our final meeting in November. 

Leo Coleman

Croughton Village Show
10th September 2017

It was yet another amazing day for our Village Show on August Bank Holiday Saturday. We were once again very well supported by the village; over 120 people attended, so thank you to everyone who came along.  The judges were pleased with the standard of exhibits; we had 270 in total. Thank you for all the donated items, and to all the hard working helpers and the judges on the day; without you all it would not happen. 

The following trophies were awarded:

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The Vegetable Shield – Diane Watts
The Floral Plate – Jean Collins
Homecraft Trophy – June Colley
Photography certificate – Chris Fox
Children up to 8 – Pia Hayward
Children up to 14 –  Brianna Scothern
The trophy for most points in show – Stephen Spencer – 42 points
The Basil Coles Memorial Cup for the allotment holder with the most 1st place certificates was won by Diane Watts for 10
The Paulina Chessum Memorial Vase for the best dahlia exhibit – Stephen Spencer 

Croughton Village Show supported Katharine House Hospice this year and we are pleased to be able to send them £500. We hope to see you all again next year.

Croughton Play Park Project Update
10th September 2017

Current total: £30,081!! 

We are so excited to start phase 1 in September, with renovation of the existing play area. We apologise in advance if the playground is closed when you visit, but the work will be completed within just a few days ready for your children to enjoy.
To complete the project we still need to reach a target of £113,000. This will cover costs to fix the multi-sports tennis court and build an amazing new climbing fort, zip wire and swings on the green. 

Upcoming events:

Saturday16th September: Croughton Family Beer Festival.

Sunday 24th September 10am – 1pm. Croughton Jumble Trail - Back by popular demand. 

What is a Jumble Trail? A jumble trail is like a car boot sale, only it’s on your street and throughout your village, co-ordinated on the same day. Individuals set up stalls on their driveway, in their front garden or garage to sell toys, bric-a-brac, clothes, used sporting goods, home-made cakes, crafts, plants or whatever they like. 

Registration in advance means that maps will be available on the day, helping foragers find your stall. We will also advertise the event in local papers and online. A small donation of £4 per household stall supports the Play Park Project. 

Contact 01869 810033 or go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Croughtonparkplayproject/ to register a stall. 

Don’t forget to recycle your unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, bedding and fabric in the green bin at the Village Hall. Every time the recycling bin is emptied the play park project shares profit with the Salvation Army on clothing and fabric they recycle.

South Northamptonshire Council Job Clubs

A Job Club designed for anybody looking to return to employment, training or education (part time or full time). For more information visit http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/jobclub

Or download one of the leaflets:

Which way to work?
Job match service
Parent pathways into work

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Our local MP is Andrea Leadsom.

www.andrealeadsom.com

email: andrea.leadsom.mp@parliament.uk

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