SODC – Spring copy of OUTLOOK – Please note, after more than 20 years of production, we have taken the decision to stop printing and delivering a paper copy of Outlook to every house in South Oxfordshire. This move will pave the way for us to provide a new online news centre, which we will launch alongside a new council website later this year.
Be Water Aware this summer
With the weather warming up, long sunny days and the summer holidays in sight, there is a temptation to cool off in one of Oxfordshire’s many rivers and inland waterways. And while there may not be any river monsters waiting down there, unfortunately rivers and waterways can be very dangerous places – 255 people accidentally drowned in 2017 in the UK.
That’s why, at this time of year, Oxfordshire’s Fire and Rescue Service is reminding all residents to Be Water Aware to help everyone stay safe this summer.
Would you know what to do?
Knowing what to do when someone gets into trouble in the water could help save someone’s life:
Float: tell them to float on their back
Throw: something that floats
… and don’t jump in yourself
Find out more at www.365alive.co.uk/BeWaterAware
Keeping informed with Health Matters
You may be healthy but would still like to hear about what is happening at Sonning Common Health Centre.
SCHC NEWSLETTER ONLINE Did you know that you can receive a copy of our newsletter online, sent to your email address? To do this, you need to subscribe via our website. Click on www.sonningcommonhealthcentre.co.uk and scroll down to the bottom of the homepage and click on the button ‘subscribe to our newsletters’ and we will take care of the rest! If the surgery has your mobile phone number you can also have a reminder that the newsletter is available online.
Rotherfield Parish – New Pavilion Improvement Plan
You will shortly be receiving an on-line ‘SurveyMonkey’ questionnaire to complete concerning our new Pavilion Improvement Plan. It should take less than 2 minutes to complete.
Our good news for parish residents is that our grant application to South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) is progressing extremely well – we hope to be able to make an announcement in 7-10 days.
Parish Council contribution
You may recall that we conducted an Open Weekend on the 3/4th July on plans for the modernisation- we explained during the presentation that your parish Council (RPPC) would be organising a loan to the parish of £50,000. RPPC’s full contribution (including this loan and a £24,000 contribution from the Sports Pavilion and Field Charity) will be £74,000. One of the conditions of this Government loan is that we ‘poll’ residents to ensure they are aware of this loan and agree to the small increase in annual Council tax. Hence the request to complete the on-line questionnaire.
In Rotherfield Peppard for a Band ‘D’ residence this represents an annual Council Tax increase of approximately £4.68* per annum per household.
Gift Aid and donations
The Parish Council and Sports Pavilion and Field Charity are currently setting-up a Gift Aid account for private donations. As soon as this is complete (early August) we will advise everyone through the village email. We have a record of those who have already expressed their intention of making a pledge, but if you have not completed a form (PEPPARD PAVILION REFURBISHMENT & EXPANSION – LOCAL COMMUNITY PLEDGE FORM) – please let me know if you would like to receive one by email.
Should any Parishioner prefer to pledge an amount (say £300) but cannot manage that amount in one payment, we should welcome a pledge of £100 per year over 3 years.
(Out of interest, our Cricket Club is also working hard to raise funds – they have approximately £30,000 committed so far to add to the above fund.)
We would be very grateful to receive your completed survey .