Village Christmas Event - 20 December
It was great to see so many villagers at the Piddington Christmas celebrations on 20 December, hosted jointly by the Parish Council and the PVHMC.
There was a good turnout at both the afternoon tea party and the evening get-together. Thanks to everyone who helped make it such a convivial occasion.
If you couldn't make it this time, do come to one of the village events that are currently being planned for next year. If you're new to the village, they're a good way of meeting your neighbours, and if you're a seasoned Piddingtonian, they're a welcome place to meet up with friends and catch up with the gossip. Activities are usually well advertised on the village noticeboards, in Parish Matters magazine, on this website and on the Piddington Facebook page.
And if you have any ideas or suggestions for activities you'd like to see put on in the village hall, please let one of the Management Committee know. The village hall belongs to everyone in Piddington, so please tell us how you'd like to see it being used.
Below is a photograph taken in the evening. There are a few more in the Gallery.
Further links and phone numbers from OCC
Met Office: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/oxford-oxfordshire#?tab=map
EA River Levels http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/default.aspx
Live Flood Warning Map http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/142151.aspx
OCC Public Web Site: http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/news/2013/dec/wet-and-windy-weather-%E2%80%93-take-care-roads-and-be-prepared
Scottish & Southern Electricity Live Updates on Power Cuts: http://www.ssepd.co.uk/CustomerService/PowerCuts/PowerTrack/ Telephone Number 0800 072 72 82.
Western Power Distribution 0800 056 80 90 (North Cherwell Area)
Village Hall news
The village hall has a new (well, revamped) management committee. They are:
Deborah Harman and Lynda Willis (Joint Chairs), Simon Mackenzie-Smith (Treasurer), Martin Brown, Marie-Claire Nixon-Davingoff, Ken Howard, Pam Bridgman, Hazel and Andrew Coleman
This is good news for Piddington, as it means once we again have enough people to keep the village hall open and running as a vibrant part of our community.
We'd love to have more members, though - not only to share the tasks but also to make sure that as many villagers as possible share the decisions taken about how best to use this precious resource.
So if you'd like to join us, even if you don't feel you can spare very much time or commit to regular meetings, we'd be really pleased to hear from you. Please talk to one of the committee members or email me.
Tandem Befriending Service
Tandem Befriending is pleased to announce the launch of its service in Bicester. Already established in Oxford the project offers one to one befriending for people in Bicester and the surrounding villages who are over the age of 18 and who have suffered from a period of mental ill health. Whether they want someone to go for walks with them, have coffee or to help them attend an evening course, we aim to match them with a volunteer with similar interests to help improve rebuild their life.
Volunteers come from all walks of life, and we are keen to hear from anyone over the age of 18 who is willing to volunteer for an hour per week, for a minimum of 6 months. Volunteers need no previous experience and are offered training, ongoing support and supervision from the Development Worker, and expenses. All volunteers are asked to undertake a DBS check (previously a CRB check) and to attend our two day training course which will take place on the 28th September and 5th October.
We would be delighted to hear from anyone who might wish to be befriended or who might like to volunteer with us. For more information please contact Lisa Ward (Development Worker) on 07720 871923 or by firstname.lastname@example.org
MoD Land Management Services (South) and the U.K. Border Agency have informed Piddington Parish Council that recent newspaper reports relating to the sale of ‘A’ Site, part owned by both of the above, and G10 site (MoD LMS), are somewhat erroneous. At this time ‘A’ site is NOT for sale; and G10 will not be on the market until an earlier legal issue is resolved.
Piddington Parish Council 31.1.13