Santa Is Coming To Hampton!

Christmas is not far away and that means Santa will again be visiting Hampton-in-Arden in his colourful motorised sleigh, bringing seasonal cheer to villagers. As usual, Meriden Rotary Club is organising a Santa Run around Hampton in aid of charity. This year’s run will take place on Wednesday December 11th and Thursday the 12th between 6pm and 8pm.

  • 11th – Santa will start his journey at Lapwing Drive and finish in Old Station Road;
  • 12th – Santa will set off from Engine Mews and make his way via several roads to the top of the village finishing on Solihull Road.

The Rotary Club’s chosen charity is Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund but a number of local charities will also benefit. In 2018, £450 was raised and club officials are hoping to exceed that amount this year. Please give generously!

Airport News

  • The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has recently published its Post Implementation Review of the changes introduced for aircraft taking off and landing on runway 15 which routes planes close to both Hampton-in-Arden and Catherine-de-Barnes. The review gives final approval for the changes already in operation.
  • The new departure procedure for aircraft departing from runway 15 using the northbound turn became effective in May 2019 with the intention of concentrating aircraft on the centreline of the preferred route. Monitoring shows that this change has been successful.
  • Following much consultation the Airport has published its revised 10 Year Master Plan which is grandly called “The Midlands Gateway to the World”. Perhaps the most significant matter in this new Plan is that there is no mention of a second runway with the expectation that all forecast future growth can be achieved using the existing runway.

Speed Watch

A Speed Watch session with a police presence took place on 16th October, 2nd November and 12th November 2019. when six erring motorists were reported for possible action. It is intended to hold further sessions on a regular basis subject to the police and volunteers being available.

Street Watch

With the nights drawing in, Street Watch sessions have restarted after a summer break. More volunteers are urgently required to assist with this important community project. If you are willing to give a couple of hours a week mainly during the evenings please contact Julie Barnes at the Parish Office.

Hampton Community Crafts – New Members Needed!

Hampton Community Crafts (HCC), whose motto is ‘Recreational Activities For All’, is struggling for survival after suffering a number of setbacks in the past year or so. Illness among the organising committee meant that two fundraising events had to be cancelled, which resulted in the group making a loss for 2018. The annual Art, Craft and Photography Exhibition due to take place earlier in the autumn was also called off.

Happily, HCC’s programme of classes for 2019-2000, taking in art and music appreciation classes and learning a foreign language, has remained largely unscathed by the difficulties. Just one class had to be cancelled.   Treasurer Bernice Griffiths told the Newsletter: “We desperately need new blood to help keep this very worthwhile village organisation going. I would ask anyone who is prepared to give us some time to telephone me on 01675 442240.”

Carers Trust – Can You Help?

The Carers Trust Solihull are an independent charity and together they work in a strong partnership to actively promote the wellbeing of family carers of all ages. They believe in a world where the role and contribution of family carers is recognised and they have access to the quality support and services they need to live their own lives. They are currently looking for volunteers to offer 1 to 2 hours per week in various roles within the organisation, at our support groups, helping to fundraise, befriending and on our organised trips. They welcome volunteers who can offer their time as we feel it is important to support the local community. If you would like to enquire please email ehunter@solihullcarers.org or call 0121 788 1143.

HS2 News

As reported nationally the HS2 project is the subject of a major financial review with a decision expected before the end of the year. During this review period advance construction work is continuing particularly around the proposed interchange station. Our application for funding under the Community Fund for traffic calming through the village has been unsuccessful. Whilst this is disappointing news all is not yet lost. HS2 have a Road Safety Fund which has been divided up between the various Local Authorities along the route and, in our case, will be managed by Solihull MBC. We are holding meetings with Solihull MBC officers to discuss and agree the next steps.

We also continue to participate in the Solihull MBC HS2 Implementation committee meetings which are also attended by other parish councils and representatives from HS2.