HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

We are deeply saddened to learn that His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully this morning.

On behalf of Aston Rowant Parish Council and the parishioners, we offer our heart-felt condolences and sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen and all members of The Royal Family.

We extend those condolences to everybody touched by this sad and solemn occasion and we join the people of the United Kingdom in this period of mourning.

We will observe a minute’s silence at the start of our Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 14 April as a mark of respect.

Peter Tinson

Chairman of Aston Rowant Parish Council

 

Report it!

Residents with concerns relating to the likes of anti-social matters such as abandoned vehicles, graffiti and dog fouling, or issues relating to the street scene including overflowing bins, potholes or road markings, should make a report to SODC directly via it’s Report It webpage.

The page is here.

The page gives access to request a wide range of issues, not just the obvious.

A new issue of the Parish Notes is out

The latest issue of the Parish Notes is out and should be put through letter boxes any day now. In the meantime, it’s also available on this website. Navigate to Your Community > Parish Notes.

Changes to waste collections over Easter 

As with previous Easters, bin crews will be emptying bins on a different day because of the public holidays.

See more on the SODC waste collection calendar page.

FTTP – update

The parish is doing well in capturing expressions of interest for FTTP.

It took Airband a year to get just 26 expressions. With Openreach there are now 102 – 53 in Aston Rowant, 40 in Kingston Blount and 9 in Crowell. There are also 33 businesses being run from homes.

However, it’s important to get more as it’ll help the cause in the eyes of Openreach. Further, OCC has a pot which the parish might be able to tap into to get top-up funding to make the project more viable.

So, if you have any hint of interest, register it with .  There are around 380 homes in the parish, and around a quarter have registered so far.

Please tell all you know in the parish.

Remember:

  • This is only an expression of interest.
  • There is no commitment or obligation at this point.
  • There should be no need to change internet provider.
  • You may think that you have fibre now, but you only have fibre to the cabinet… it’s copper from the cabinet to the house…
  • FTTP isn’t perfect, but it will offer much faster speeds – upto 1GB… around 20 times faster – and greater reliability.
  • Copper is going from the network (around 2025) and will be replaced for new installs and repairs with aluminium which isn’t as good as copper.
  • The pot of funding from OCC won’t last forever and it may harm our cause if it’s not available to the parish.

This is an opportunity, so let’s grab it.

Parish Walk

Aston Rowant Parish Council Footpath and Amenities Group is organising a parish walk on Sunday 27 June, starting at 10.00am.

Meet in Lewknor. Park roadside in the village on the left side of the road near the Leathern Bottel. Please do not park on the pub forecourt.

It’s a 5.5 mile circular walk at a moderate pace taking in Hill Road, Ridgeway, Aston Rowant Nature Reserve, Bald Hill, Cowleaze Wood, Wormsley Estate, Linkey Down before returning to Lewknor by 13.00.

Please bring a snack and water. The walk will comply with Covid rules as they apply at the time. Boots or  walking shoes please. Book a place by phoning 07767 647714.

New Five-Ways movies

There are six new movies of the wildlife at Five-Ways corner; the vole, duck, owl and blackbird make for interesting watching.

To view, navigation to Your community > Five-ways corner.

Daffodils in full flower at Five-ways.

English and Welsh Daffodils in full flower at Fiveways. Best they have ever been!

The River Thame Catchment: Identifying Important Freshwater Areas

Three bodies – Thames Water, River Thame Conservation Trust and Freshwater Habitats Trust – have recently published a report on the River Thame and freshwater areas.

The document can be downloaded here and also read on this website under Parish Council > Footpaths and Amenities Group.

£50 voucher to repair a bike

The third tranche of £50 vouchers from the government under the Fix Your Bike Scheme are now available online.

See here.

How the scheme works
Apply for a voucher of up to £50 on the Fix Your Bike website.
Find a Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme-registered bike mechanic to repair your bike using the list of participating bike shops and mechanics.
Take your bike and voucher code to your nominated bike repair business, and receive £50 off the cost of the repair. You should be able to book an appointment online or over the phone so you can avoid making unnecessary trips in person, but check this with your chosen repairer.
Enjoy cycling again!

Be quick – the vouchers go quickly.