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Initial concept design for the Wheelbarrow Castle field

The initial concept design for the Wheelbarrow Castle field was launched at the village meeting and the field committee has also consulted with the primary school on the initial design.  The design incorporates some traditional play equipment along with Wildwood UK dens and trails.  There are planted areas and a perimeter track around the whole field.

Click image for high resolution view of initial concept design for Wheelbarrow Castle field.


The feedback we have received has been positive and we have received some suggestions – lavatories, a kiosk and some kind of swing all of which are looking into.  If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments please do email holly@easebourne.org.

The field committee is working towards producing a final design and will consult with the Parish again on the final design.

Speedwatch Volunteers

With the days getting longer we are on a mission to establish a greater Speedwatch presence within the village. The most recent session logged over 40 drivers exceeding the speed limit in under an hour! However we need more volunteers. It’s an interesting role, you’ll always be working with another volunteer and for no more than an hour at a time. Some simple training on using a Speedgun is provided. If you can help please contact our Parish Clerk or complete the volunteer form, click here, for more information.

It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it

A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the village litter pick on Saturday.  With a good number of helpers we were able to cover most of the village.  It is always surprising that so many bags are filled and then always slightly depressing when a few days later the litter returns.  The Parish Council is looking at the viability of installing bins in some of the litter hotspots.

Playground equipment to be removed end of January

The equipment on the existing playground is being removed at the end of January 2017 to give the Parish Council time to carry out remedial work to the playground site before handing the field back when the lease of the existing playground comes to an end.

Plans for the new playground are underway and the field committee is speaking to a number of contractors and are waiting for some initial design ideas which the field committee can discuss and progress in the early part of next month.

Burial Ground ‘Tidy-up’ – Many hands make light work

It was fantastic to see a merry band of willing volunteers wanting to do their bit for the village and getting stuck into the burial ground tidy up tasks this morning.  We even had two children lending a hand.   Over four hours, the group has raked up the leaves, trimmed the hedges, removed overhanging and loose tree branches, strimmed between the grave stones, mowed as much of the ground as we could bearing in mind how wet the grass was and disposed of all the cuttings and rubbish.  We even went as far as trimming back the overgrowing bushes running along the footpath at the bottom of Wheelbarrow Castle field towards the steps.  The only rewards, the opportunity to meet new people, a cup of tea and cake and the satisfaction of putting something back into the community.  Thank you very much to all those involved.

If you are interested in other volunteer projects please do go to the Parish Council website to register your details.

Let it snow!

The Parish Council has a winter management plan in place in the event it snows.  The salt bin in Henley has been filled and West Sussex County Council has delivered salt and hippo bags for the rest of the Parish.  The Parish Council will liaise with the relevant contractors who help with gritting and clearance of roads and footpaths.  If you have any queries or concerns on clearance if the weather does worsen please contact Jose Galego 07702 315830 at the Parish Council in the first instance.

Click here for the Met Office latest warning update

Burial Ground ‘Tidy-up’

Saturday, 14th January 2017 from 9.00am and throughout the morning.

The main tasks will be to cut back the perimeter hedge, neaten around some of the graves and clear out the newly repaired shed.

Please come along for the morning or just an hour dressed for gardening (gloves, strong footwear, safety glasses/goggles if you are strimming) and please bring any tools you have such pruning shears, loppers, petrol strimmers, or any tools that you consider would be helpful to complete the tasks above.

PLEASE NOTE: if the weather is particularly wet or icy it may be necessary to postpone this event, so do please check the Easebourne Parish Council website (home page) before leaving home.

 

For further information, please contact the Parish Clerk at parishclerk@easebourne.org or on 07950 185 507

Get involved in 2017 – Speedwatch

From the fantastic reaction to the village gates and to conversations with residents we know that speed through the village is a major concern.  With all Parish Council initiatives for roads in our village we need to collect data to submit with any road proposals to West Sussex.  Speedwatch is one way which we can do this but it does rely on volunteers.  If you want to get involved there would be a short training session which we will provide and you can then join the list of volunteers and get Speedwatching.  If you are interested in learning more please contact us by clicking the button below…

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Easebourne Village installs gates

Mike Noble, the head of the Parish Council’s highways committee met up with a band of volunteers from West Sussex County Council as well as a volunteer from the village and a parish council volunteer to dig holes and install the village gates.  The gates were funded through the New Homes Bonus and thanks to the hardy volunteers who turned up on a frosty morning there were no labour costs.  The gates have been installed on the A286 village entrance as well as the A272 entrance and will hopefully act as a reminder to drivers that they are entering a village and encourage drivers to slow down.  A great example of what can be achieved through volunteering whether on the Parish Council or otherwise.  Thank you to all involved.

The next village volunteer project is the burial ground tidy up on 14 January and if you are interested in joining the list of volunteers for this project please contact the parish clerk.

Easebourne Parish Council to start a news feed

Easebourne Parish Council are embracing technology as a medium for keeping our community in the know. News, projects and general information cascades will be added to the websites and shared over social media.