Kennington Village http://kennington.org The village of Kennington, its people, activities and opportunities Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:55:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8 Parish News – November 2013 http://kennington.org/parish-news-november-2013/ http://kennington.org/parish-news-november-2013/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:50:58 +0000 http://kennington.org/?p=2141

Continue reading »]]> Preparations are underway for the Carols around the tree – with the mulled wine being mulled and the mince pies and sausage rolls ordered.  The Council hope you can come along on Sunday 8 December at 6:00pm.

 

The waste recycling centre’s Christmas opening hours will be as follows:

Christmas Eve 08:00 – 15:00
Christmas Day CLOSED
Boxing Day CLOSED
Friday 27 Dec to Monday 30 Dec 08:00 – 17:00
New Year’s Eve 08:00 – 15:00
New Year’s Day CLOSED
Thursday 2 January Back to normal opening hours
08:00 – 17:00

 

The Parish Council considered two grant requests at its November meeting: Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB) was awarded £150 Oxfordshire South and Vale Citizens Advice Bureau £425.

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind’s small staff team and many volunteers provide a range of services for local blind and partially sighted people, including telephone counselling service and advice with equipment and visual aids. OAB’s new resource centre, The Campoli Centre along the Abingdon Road, means that the local visually impaired people will be able to benefit from a range of new services including computer courses and kitchen skills.

Oxfordshire South and Vale Citizens Advice Bureau, provides free, confidential and independent advice for all members of the local community.  It provides drop-in, telephone and appointment services from its premises on High Street Abingdon. The major enquiry areas remain consistent over time with the most numerous being: welfare benefits; debt; employment; housing and relationships.  It takes 12 months to become a Citizens Advice Adviser.

 

xmastreeOn behalf of the Parish Council may I wish everyone a healthy and happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.

 

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History Society Report – November 2013 http://kennington.org/history-society-report-november-2013/ http://kennington.org/history-society-report-november-2013/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:55:11 +0000 http://kennington.org/?p=2132

Continue reading »]]> At the October meeting the Society had its latest visit from popular Warwickshire Speaker, Graham Sutherland, who gave an interesting illustrated talk entitled ’Women at Work’. As usual Graham laced his Talk with many amusing anecdotes. Perhaps the most disturbing part of the evening was the information that the groups of young children sent up chimneys in Victorian times to sweep them, were commonly run by women. Graham also told us about the complicated political structure which operated in large households which had to be enjoured by the many women that worked in service.

As we go to press Society members are looking forward to the November visit of another of their favourite speakers, Local Historian Liz Woolley, who will be giving an illustrated talk entitled ’The Late Victorian and Edwardian Buildings of Oxford’

‘this month’

booksOn Monday the 16th December 2013 in the Methodist Church starting at 7:45pm there will be a ’Book Browse’ when Graham Kirby ACIB will be bringing 3 crates of books which are recommended for researching and recalling Local and General History. This event is a bit of a departure for the Society but given the season it should be interesting to see a good selection of useful books which could make appropriate Christmas presents.
 

 

 

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100_1639100_2245The first event of 2014 will be on Monday the 20th January 2014 at 7:45pm in the Methodist Church when Martin Way will give an illustrated talk entitled ’Britain Under the Eagles’ : The Story of Roman Britain

 

 

 

 

Kennington History Society talks are free to members with visitors welcome @ £2:50. Click here for further details and a membership application form.

George Ross
Chairman Kennington History Society

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Community Governance Review http://kennington.org/community-governance-review/ http://kennington.org/community-governance-review/#comments Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:12:36 +0000 http://kennington.org/?p=2104

Continue reading »]]> VWHDC logoVale of White Horse District Council has commenced a Community Governance Review of the whole of the district. The purpose of this review is to enable the council to consider what changes, if any, are needed to the existing parish arrangements within the district.

 

The council is now conducting the first stage of the review process and is inviting residents and interested organisations to submit their views on the parish matters set out in the terms of reference.

 

The Terms of Reference include, as far as directly affecting Kennington:

 

Amending the boundary of the parish to include land south of Sandford Lane, currently in Radley parish.

 

The Notice of the Review, with contact addresses and website hyperlinks, can be downloaded here.

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A 4183 Oxford Road through Bagley Wood – update http://kennington.org/a-4183-oxford-road-through-bagley-wood-update/ http://kennington.org/a-4183-oxford-road-through-bagley-wood-update/#comments Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:05:02 +0000 http://kennington.org/?p=2098

Continue reading »]]> The following notice, with the two attachments hyperlinked, has been received from Oxfordshire County Council.

 


 

TEMPORARY ROAD TRAFFIC ORDER – S14(2) ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 TEMPORARY 40MPH SPEED LIMIT: OXFORD ROAD (BAGLEY WOOD) KENNINGTON

A temporary 40mph speed limit has been arranged to apply to part of the Oxford Road (through Bagley Wood) whilst roadside safety improvement works are carried out.

A temporary Notice has been made to implement the temporary restriction and will operate from 17 November 2013. The estimated duration of the works is 18 months.

A copy drawing showing the extent of the temporary restriction is enclosed.

If you require further information or have any queries please contact Mark McCappin at Oxfordshire County Council on 0845 310 11 11.

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Parish News – October 2013 http://kennington.org/parish-news-october-2013/ http://kennington.org/parish-news-october-2013/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:09:40 +0000 http://kennington.org/?p=2083

Continue reading »]]> Kennington logoThe Council is very pleased to report that the Vale of White Horse District Council successfully prosecuted a flytipper, who dumped a one tonne builder’s bag full of rubbish on Upper Road.

Fly-tipping can be reported by visiting www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/flytipping or by calling 03000 610610 (local rate).

 

The price of collection and disposal of dog waste has increased dramatically recently, with the effect that the red bins are being removed and replaced, where necessary, with general litter bins.  It is now in these bins that dog waste can be deposited.  The reason behind this move is, apparently, that dog waste on its own is treated as ‘clinical waste’ but when it is deposited in a general litter bin, it is classed as ‘mixed waste’ and can be successfully disposed of more cheaply.

You will notice during the following months, the disappearance of the red dog bins – please remember to use the general litter bins, which, are all emptied weekly.

 

The Council hope it won’t be too much longer before the roof is replaced on the bus shelter outside St Swithun’s Church (going towards Abingdon).  Someone stripped the aluminium off the roof and made it unsafe.

 

The Parish Council considered two grant requests at its October meeting: South and Vale Carers Centre was awarded £300 and Helen and Douglas House £50.

South and Vale Carers Centre operates throughout the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire districts.  It improves the well-being and quality of life of unpaid carers of all ages, which includes young carers aged between 8 and 17, helping carers cope with the emotional demands of being an unpaid carer.

Helen and Douglas House have the opportunity to upgrade Helen House and improve the space it has.  It has received some money from the Department of Health that will allow it to carry out some of the work.

 

At September’s meeting, the Council awarded £500 to the Kennington Village to go towards replacement Stage Curtains in the Hall. The Curtains have been up since the hall opened in 1989 and are showing serious signs of wear.

 

Finally, the Council is arranging a further meeting with Vale of White Horse District and Oxford City Councils regarding Red Bridge Hollow.  As, although the District Council has fulfilled its promise to tidy up the front bank of the site, the fencing promised by Oxford City is still to be erected.

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History Society Report – October 2013 http://kennington.org/history-society-report-october-2013/ http://kennington.org/history-society-report-october-2013/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:24:33 +0000 http://kennington.org/?p=2022

Continue reading »]]> 100_2200In late September almost fifty History Society members and friends made their planned visit to Portsmouth and its Historic Dockyard. Whilst the weather was not quite as good as in previous years it was fine and dry and there were many interesting things to see. Top of the list was the newly opened £35,000,000 Mary Rose Museum and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The Museum featured a series of galleries positioned opposite each deck of the original hull and these galleries displayed thousands of treasures found with the Mary Rose. Many of these unique artefacts showed  how the ship was equipped and armed  but perhaps the most fascinating ones were those which illustrated various aspects of Tudor life. So whilst the salvaged cannons were impressive the skeleton of the ship’s 100_2201dog, Hatch, was equally interesting.  Members of the group also visited the numerous other attractions of the Dockyard and City with some taking the opportunity of going to the top of the famous Spinnaker Tower.

 

 

 

 

Women Work on an Early Ford Assembly Line

 

As we go to press Society members are looking forward to the latest visit of popular speaker Graham Sutherland who is to give an illustrated talk entitled ’Women at Work’.

‘this month’

100_0837The Society’s next event will be held on Monday the 18th November 2013 at 7:45pm in the Methodist Church when one of our members favourites, Local Historian  Liz Woolley, will be giving an illustrated talk entitled ’The Late Victorian and Edwardian Buildings of Oxford’
 

 

 

 ‘next month’

On Monday the 16th December 2013 in the Methodist Church starting at 7:45pm there will be a ’Book Browse’ when Graham Kirby ACIB will be bringing 3 crates of books which are recommended for researching and recalling Local and General History. This event is a bit of a departure for the Society but given the season it should be interesting to see a good selection of useful books which could make appropriate Christmas presents. 

 

Kennington History Society talks are free to members with visitors welcome @ £2:50. Click here for further details and a membership application form.
             

George Ross

Chairman Kennington History Society

 

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Weekend caretaker http://kennington.org/weekend-caretaker/ http://kennington.org/weekend-caretaker/#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:30:46 +0000 http://kennington.org/?p=2020 The Village Hall are looking for a Weekend Caretaker

For more information contact Peter Biggs on 01865 730353

or peterrbiggs@virginmedia.com

 

Village centre details

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Parish News – September 2013 http://kennington.org/parish-news-september-2013/ http://kennington.org/parish-news-september-2013/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:02:48 +0000 http://kennington.org/?p=2081

Continue reading »]]> Kennington logoThe inspection of the line of leylandii at the top of Forest Side playing field has identified the trees to be showing signs of branch failure.  It has been recommended that the Council reduce the height of these trees by 30%.  As this work is classed as urgent, by the time this article goes to print the tree works will be completed.  As occupiers of this playing field, the Council is responsible for these trees and when hazardous trees are identified, suitable remedial action must be taken to reduce risk.

The row of cypress trees at the rear of the pavilion at Forest Side playing field has also been inspected and a similar recommendation to reduce the height of the trees has been made. However, this is not seen as such an urgent job so will be carried out within the next two years.

 

The Council is on the lookout for a replacement Village Warden to continue the good work Mr Pope has carried out around the village over the past 12 years. If you have 6 or 7 hours a week to spare and would like to contribute to village life by keeping the streets of Kennington and the area around the village hall and car park free from litter please contact me.

 

The Vale of White Horse District Council expect work to take place shortly on clearing and planting grass seed on the bank adjacent to the road verge by the entrance to Red Bridge Hollow.  The Vale is in communication with both the City and County Councils with regard to the 3m fence planned to be erected along the back of Red Bridge Hollow to stop anyone gaining access onto the field beyond to dump rubbish. The Parish Council is disappointed that this is not already in place as it was promised by the end of August.  A further meeting will take place, if no progress is made by end of September.

 

Sustrans has cut back the vegetation along the cycle track/ pathway both to the north and south of the Tandem Bridge enabling people to pass one another and a request has been put in to see whether a gate or equivalent can be reinstated at Sandford Lane, as apparently originally there was a gate at the end of the track.

 

Finally, the Council is very pleased to report that the BMX track has been refurbished, (work carried out 16 September) including the start hill re-alignment and the corner re-shaping.  This should make it more exciting for the enthusiasts using this track which has always been well frequented.

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History Society Report – September 2013 http://kennington.org/history-society-report-september-2013/ http://kennington.org/history-society-report-september-2013/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:38:19 +0000 http://kennington.org/?p=2010

Continue reading »]]> Sulgrave3The History Society’s first meeting following the customary Summer Break was a delightful illustrated talk by Cymon Snow, the General Manager of Sulgrave Manor (who replaced the published speaker, Thea Young who has now left Sulgrave) entitled ‘Cousins in War’ subtitled The Priest, The Farmer and The Soldier. Once again members enjoyed an outstanding evening with Cymon recounting the incredible story of three Washington  Cousins from around the time of the English Civil War ending with the youngest establishing the family in America  resulting in George Washington becoming the first President of the United States.

 

100_2105Later in September the Society members and friends are to make their visit to Portsmouth and its Historic Dockyard. A report of the trip will feature in next month’s Report.

 

 

 

‘this month’

Women at workWomen Work on an Early Ford Assembly LineOn Monday the 21st October 2013 at 7:45pm in the Methodist Church popular speaker Graham Sutherland will give an illustrated talk entitled ’Women at Work’.

 

 

 

 

‘next month’

100_0837069AThe Society’s next event will be held on Monday the 18th November 2013 at 7:45pm in the Methodist Church when one of our members favourites Local Historian Liz Woolley will be giving an illustrated talk entitled ’The Late Victorian and Edwardian Buildings of Oxford’

 

 

Kennington History Society talks are free to members with visitors welcome @ £2:50. Click here for further details and a membership application form.

George Ross
Kennington History Society

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Badminton Club – new schedule http://kennington.org/badminton-club-new-schedule/ http://kennington.org/badminton-club-new-schedule/#comments Sat, 14 Sep 2013 08:58:25 +0000 http://kennington.org/?p=2005 badmintonWe re-started on Monday 9th September 2013 and will play until Monday 9th December before breaking for Christmas.

 

See the club’s page.

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