Expired Local News Items from St. Neots

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A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Save Little Paxton Village Hall from Closure

Village Hall faces closure unless new committee can be appointed.

Little Paxton Village Hall which is used by over 14 village groups will close at the end of the August unless residents come forward and join a new Management Committee.


The three remaining members of the Village Hall Management Committee (VHMC) have stood down at the July AGM however there will be a two month hand over period to a new committee.


Earlier in the year the VHMC tried to attract new members which was unsuccessful.


The VHMC has contacted Little Paxton Parish Council for help to attract new members for a new Committee.


The hall will only remain open if residents come along to a public meeting on Saturday 5th August 10.30am-11.30am in the village hall and join the new Management Committee.


Mr. Trevor Herbert outgoing Village Hall Chairman said 'Little Paxton Village Hall is where many village groups and organisations meet on a weekly basis. To close the hall would have such a major impact on the local community'.


The Village Hall Management Committee meets once a month and meetings last approx 1.5 hours. A new committee requires 12 people including a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer as well as ordinary committee members.
The village hall accounts has been outsourced to a local accountancy firm.


Parish Clerk Jenny Gellatly said' Little Paxton needs its village hall. It is an asset to the residents of Little Paxton and provides a meeting place to a large number of village groups spanning all age groups. If the hall were to close this would also affect annual events such as Paxfest, Christmas Bazaar, Presentation evenings, Quiz nights etc.

Cllr Jean Matheson, Parish Council Chairman said' The residents of Little Paxton need a village hall and the village hall needs Little Paxton residents to ensure the hall is to remain open.'

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A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Paxfest and Fun Dog Show 2017

'Bringing the seaside to Little Paxton'

Little Paxton' annual village fete 'Paxfest & Fun Dog Show' will take place on Saturday 8th July. The event is held on the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field and Village Hall, Little Paxton from 12 noon - 4.45pm

This year, Paxfest 2017 will be having a shorts, shade & seaside theme.

Cllr Jean Matheson said 'As part of the seaside theme, there will be two beautiful donkeys providing rides for children on the playing field bringing the seaside to Little Paxton. The donkeys can also be petted. There will also be a free bucket treasure hunt where children can search all the stalls for the buckets and their treasure.'


The cake competition is back with a seaside theme. All cakes to be delivered to the Little Paxton Village Hall between 10.30am & 11.30am. Cakes can be any size, must be edible with no fresh cream. There will be an adult & children classes with fabulous prizes.


Parish Clerk Jenny Gellatly said 'The seaside wouldn't be the same without a stick of rock. So in keeping with the seaside theme there is going to be specially made 'Paxfest 2017' rock. Children can receive a stick of rock if they have a donkey ride, have their face painted, take part in the bucket treasure hunt or try the cricket bowling machine. The face painting, treasure hunt and cricket bowling machine are free activities.'


The Dog Show starts at 1pm with registration opening at 12 noon and is £1.50 per dog per class. There are 15 classes including best small, medium & large dog classes.

New for 2017 - there will be a '30 minute' Community barn Dance' at 3pm in the centre arena when there is a break in the dog show.

There will musical entertainment from Bedford Pipe Band who will open the event, Little Paxton School Choir, Porterhouse Jazz 6, Rushden Town Band and three Mr. Marvel Magic Shows.


Many village groups & organisations have stalls and there will be a beer tent, bbq, refreshments, candy floss and games.


This is a free event with lots of entertainment for all the family.

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A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Annual Report

The Council's Annual Report for 2016-2017 is now available on the community website - document library/Annual Report.

Anyone wishing a hard copy, please contact the Clerk tel 01480 470193.

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A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Council Vacancy

Notice of Vacancy in office of Parish Councillor on the Little Paxton Parish Council

Notice is hereby given pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that due to the resignation of Councillor Katie Potts there is a vacancy on the Little Paxton Parish Council.

If, within 14 statutory days after the date of this notice, a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, Huntingdonshire District Council, Pathfinder House, Huntingdon PE29 3TN by ten electors of the town an election will be held. If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

If any member of the Parish would like to be considered for co-option please contact the Parish Clerk.



Date 26th May 2017 Signed Mrs Jennifer Gellatly, Parish Clerk


Address: 11 Hayling Avenue, Little Paxton PE19 6HG

Deadline 16th June 2017


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A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Council Vacancy

Notice of Vacancy in office of Parish Councillor on the Little Paxton Parish Council


Notice is hereby given pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that due to the resignation of Councillor David Clark there is a vacancy on the Little Paxton Parish Council.

If, within 14 statutory days after the date of this notice, a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, Huntingdonshire District Council, Pathfinder House, Huntingdon PE29 3TN by ten electors of the town an election will be held. If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

If any member of the Parish would like to be considered for co-option please contact the Parish Clerk.

Mrs Jennifer Gellatly
Parish Clerk
3rd May 2017
Deadline for responses 23rd May 2017

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A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Keep Little Paxton Tidy

After the success of the Spring Clean Community Litter Pick, Little Paxton Parish Council organised a Children's 'Keep Little Paxton Tidy' poster competition.

Children were encouraged to design an A4 poster to keep the village clean & tidy and the winning designs would be displayed in the Council Community Notice Boards.

With the help of Little Paxton Primary School, Little Paxton Beavers and Cubs, over 300 entries were received.

Competition judges, Cllr David Clark and Cllr Katie Potts were amazed at the amount of effort that went into the designs.

Cllr David Clark said' The number of competition entries was overwhelming and it was incredibly difficult to decide on the winning entries.'

Cllr Katie Potts, who is an artist, said 'The amount of thought that went into the posters demonstrated how much the children care about keeping Little Paxton tidy for everyone to enjoy. Many of the posters showed how litter affects wildlife such as hedgehogs and fish.'

The winners were

Age group 1(Foundation, Yr1, Yr2)- 1st prize Storme-Maisie Randall, 2nd prize- Miley Barlow, 3rd prize Abigail Brown

Age group 2 (Yr 3, Yr 4) - 1st prize - Sophie Jones, 2nd prize -Jessica Webb
3rd prize Sophia McSeveney

Age group 3 - Yr 5, Yr6, 1st prize - Isobel Warner, 2nd prize -James Jarvis
3rd prize - Lauren Cobey

Prizes were presented at the Little Paxton School Assembly on Thursday 30th March. Each prize-winner received an Easter egg and a Cineworld Gift voucher.

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A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Annual Parish Meeting

Little Paxton Parish Council will be holding its Annual Parish meeting on Thursday 20th April at 7pm- 7.30pm in the back room of the Little Paxton Village Hall.

All residents of Little Paxton and members of the public are most welcome.

The meeting will include reports of the Council's activities during the past twelve months and its plans for the year ahead.

Parish Clerk Jenny Gellatly said 'The Council has had a busy year working on several community projects including Community Led Plan, applying for grant funding for a Petanque pitch, obtaining planning permission for the cemetery extension and progressing the replacement garages.'

Light refreshments will be available.

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A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Children's Free activity sessions

Little Paxton Parish Council has organised three childrens' games & activity sessions on the green open space area at Gatekeeper Walk (opposite the Community Hub) in Little Paxton during the school Easter holidays.


The sessions will be run by Huntingdonshire District Council's Sport & Active Lifestyles Team and will include short tennis, fun crazy golf, football goals and games.


Parish Clerk Jenny Gellatly said, 'The Council is aware that there are no play facilities on Samuel Jones Crescent and strives to make childrens activities more accessible to this area of the village. This will be the fifth year the Parish Council has organised activities for children at Samuel Jones Crescent'.

The sessions are free and there is no need to book.

The Childrens' activities will take place on Tuesday 4th April, Thursday 6th April & Wednesday 12th April from 10am to 12 noon and are for children 7-11years. There is no toilet provision

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A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Petanque for Little Paxton

Little Paxton Parish Council is delighted to announce it has bagged £1000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 - all raised from the 5p bag levy - being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Little Paxton Parish has been awarded £1000.
The Parish Council will now start work to bring a Petanque pitch for Little Paxton project to fruition.

Vice Chairman, Cllr Paul Chapman said, 'The Council is delighted to be awarded a £1000 grant and has now appointed a contractor to install a two lane ( 12m x 7 m) Petanque pitch on the QEII Playing Field. I would like to thank everyone who delivered leaflets to households in Little Paxton to promote the Bags of Help Petanque project and to shoppers for voting for our project at Tesco stores during the month of January'.

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco's Head of Community, said:
"Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.
"We've been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can't wait to see the projects come to life."

Voting ran in stores throughout January with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £27 million across more than 3,500 local projects.
Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco's regions will be awarded funding.

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A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Zebra Crossing- Mill Lane

Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC)
Local Highway Improvement Scheme (LHI)

In Sept 2015, the Parish Council agreed to submit a bid for funding for an improved crossing on Mill Lane between the roundabout and the Great North Road.

In Oct 2015, volunteers helped the Parish Council carry out a traffic survey on Mill Lane. The Council agreed at its meeting on 15th Oct 2015 to contribute £2500 towards the project. The CCC LHI would contribute up to a maximum of £10,000.

11th Jan 2016, the Parish Council gave a presentation to a panel on the CCC Projects team.

1st Mar 16, CCC advised the Parish Council that the funding bid was successful and that the project would be delivered in the 2016/2017 financial year.

Since Mar 16, meetings were held with officers of CCC LHI to agree the best type of crossing. The Parish Council agreed on 6th July for the improved crossing to be a zebra crossing as the road lay out met the highways criteria for a zebra crossing.

9-30th Sept 16 CCC carried out a statutory consultation with notices in the press. A safety audit was carried out by CCC.

The zebra crossing is due to be installed late Feb /early Mar 2017.

The improved crossing on Mill lane is a Little Paxton Parish Council initiative


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