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We continue to receive reports across the district of burglaries, sadly this time of the year we have historically seen the numbers of offences increase in the run up to Christmas, with around 200 offences force wide in the month of December 2017.
Our burglary team are investigating all reported offences, and both highly-visible and plain-clothed patrols are taking place across our area. In some offences, we are seeing a small hole made in glass doors in order to reach and unlock the door from inside. Burglars will usually gain access to properties to the rear.
Help protect your home from being a targeted by:-
1. Removing keys from the inside of the door (note that not doing so could invalidate your insurance, or reduce the value of a claim paid out). Lock all doors and windows, even if you only intend to be away from home for a short time
2. Ensure all security lighting is operational during the hours of darkness
3. If you have a burglary alarm, make sure that it is set
4. Watch out for items around your property being moved around the exterior of your property - this is sometimes done by burglars to help to try and identify properties where the residents are away from home.
5. Collect wheelie bins in as soon after collection time as possible. To see your collections times over the festive period, visit http://ow.ly/P4Xy30hks8M
As the weather has turned cold and wintry, there will be a break in the Thursday afternoon petanque sessions until the spring.
Look out for the posters around the village and FB posts with the spring start date.
Please take care when walking on the paved footpath area outside the village hall as there are uneven surfaces and cracked paving slabs.
As the weather is starting to turn colder and there has been a few frosty mornings, the Parish Council gritting programme is to grit
Entrance from the QEII PLaying Field, High Street to the Doctors Surgery
The rookery Steps and ramp
Footpath through St. James' Churchyard
Gritting will only take place on the days the Council's groundsman works i.e. Monday- Friday
(mornings). There will be no gritting carried out at weekends.
The quarterly magazine Village Views is being distributed in the village this week. There is an article advising The Hub at Samuel Jones Crescent is due to open on 21st October. The opening has been delayed. Will add the new date as a news item when known.
'Have a Field day' is a Little Paxton Parish Council community event to showcase the sport activities available on the QEII Playing Field, Little Paxton.
The event is free and will take place on Saturday 16th September 2pm - 4pm.
Cllr Kathy Bishop said,' This is a great opportunity to come along and try the new Petanque pitch, netball on the multi use games area, football , walking football, cricket, the outdoor gym equipment and DM Fitness boot camp.
Little Paxton Football Club and Little Paxton Cricket Club will be running the football and cricket activities.
Parish Clerk Jenny Gellatly said 'The community Petanque pitch and netball are new additions to the QEII Playing Field. An added extra to the afternoon is Little Paxton Indoor Bowling Club will have the indoor bowls set up in the village hall for residents to try bowling. The Council will also be planting two oak trees on the playing field'.
Refreshments will be available in the village hall. Parking is very limited in the village hall car park and Little Paxton residents are encouraged to leave their cars at home and walk to the playing field.
The Council has received a request from residents for an improved crossing on Mill Lane near Marble White Court. This is near the lock end of Mill Lane and some distance from the zebra crossing at the roundabout at Gordon Road.
Due to the large volume of traffic using Mill Lane it is very difficult to cross the road safely, especially if residents are elderly, infirm or families with prams and buggies.
In order to support a funding application to the Cambridgeshire County Council Local Highway Improvement Scheme 2018, the Parish Council is looking for volunteers to help with a traffic count on Monday 11th, Wednesday 13th & Friday 15th September from 8 am - 11.30 am and 2pm - 5.30 pm. It is hoped to have a Rota with one hour slots with two volunteers per slot -one on each side of the road. The traffic survey will be carried out on Mill Lane near Marble White Court.
All volunteers will be provided with high viz jackets and will covered by the Councils insurance.
If you can spare an hour, please contact the Clerk Tel 01480 470193 e-mail littlepaxton@ hotmail.com. or send fb message.
Letters of Support from residents will also help add more weight to the funding application. If you support this project, please send a letter or e-mail to the Clerk ( littlepaxton@ hotmail.com).
The deadline for the Parish Council to submit its funding application is 30th September.
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.'
'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.
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.