Thursday, 26 January 2012

Village Plan 2011

Many thanks to over 200 residents who returned their Village Plan Questionnaire - a great result. Your responses have been collated and councillors are now working on analysing the results. We will be putting together an action plan based on your responses and this will be the focus of the council's work over coming years.
You can see the summary of the responses by clicking the link on the 'What We Do' page on the website.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Parish Council Notes - Jan 2012

Unfortunately, the December meeting of the Parish Council had to be cancelled at short notice and by the time you read this, the next meeting on 19th January will have been held. Luckily, there were no matters deemed as urgent.

2012 is seen as an important year for the country with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics and the Councillors are keen to organise events to coincide. No firm plans have been agreed on as yet regarding the Diamond Jubilee, but hopefully a “mini” Olympics will be held in Ovingham before the main event! Watch this space.

Both Ovingham and Ovington Parish Councils have agreed to fund the purchase of a wooden bench to be placed in the churchyard, by the entrance. It is hoped it will be used by both residents and visitors alike as a place for quiet reflection.

A reminder that more news as well as minutes of previous meetings etc. can be obtained from the Parish Council website on and you can e-mail them on .

Margaret Davenport

Monday, 16 January 2012

Ovingham Allotments Association

An association of villagers was formed in about 1980 by Ian Heslop to acquire land for allotment gardening. Over the next two years negotiations were entered into with the Parish Council. There were many problems and obstacles to overcome but in April 1982, the Council acquired land near the 'Goose Fair' field and a tenancy agreement was signed. Since these early days more land has been acquired to meet the rising popularity and demand for allotments.

At present there are 36 plots with 9 members on the waiting list. Members are of all ages and come from all parts of the village. In 1982 there was only one lady member but today ladies are in the majority. Just as the composition of the membership has changed so have the gardening practices. Today, raised beds are common with flowers competing with vegetables. Fruit bushes and small fruit trees are widely planted and small ponds are present on several plots.

Committee meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month in the Bridge End Inn. All members are classed as committee members which affords them the right to vote at committee meetings. The present chairman is Godfrey Good and the treasurer is Mike Broadhurst. Jackie Scrowther is the minutes secretary. Minutes from meetings, the current waiting list and other information is regularly displayed on the notice board in the allotments.

Godfrey Good.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Recycle and Win Prizes!

As a resident of Ovingham you might win prizes worth £250 a month for simply putting a little label on the plastic bottles and aerosols that you chuck in your re-cycling bin.
Look up this site,
When you register, you will be sent a load of sticky labels. Stick one on each of the plastic bottles and aerosols you recycle. If your bottle or can gets pulled out of the junk, then you could win £250 worth of prizes - or donate the prize to your favourite charity.
Look up the site for more details and to register.