VILLAGE TIDY UP – Be Part of the Great British Spring Clean On 4th April 2020

This year the Parish Council are going to do the Village Tidy Up a little differently! We are going to take part in the Great British Spring Clean, a nationwide campaign to keep Britain tidy. In 2019, over 563,163 people volunteered their time to take part in the campaign – the biggest ever! Cleaning up streets, parks and beaches, people across the country have made big improvements to the environment on their doorstep. In 2019, 17,097 clean-ups were held and 957,377 bags of litter collected- that’s 239,344 wheelie bins full of rubbish or 4,308 tonnes worth.

Please note that the date of the Spring Clean is Saturday 4th April 2020 between 9.30am and 11.30am. Please meet at the George Fentham Meeting Room (next to the Beeches).

We would be grateful for any volunteers willing to come and lend a hand and take part in this fantastic initiative. All equipment will be provided and there will be refreshments for all those who help out.


The Annual Parish Meeting will be held at 8.00 pm on Tuesday 14th April 2020 in Fentham Hall.   The annual meeting is an ideal opportunity to hear about the work of your Parish Council over the past year, to peruse the accounts, ask your Councillors questions and to make comments relating to the Parish. Complimentary wine and soft drinks will be available from 7.30pm.

VE75 Celebrations: Weekend of 8th May

The early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

VE Day (or Victory in Europe Day) marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe. The holiday will form part of a three-day weekend of national commemorative events to enable as many towns, parishes, district, community and other councils along with individuals, voluntary organisations, the holiday and hospitality industry (including pubs, clubs and hotels) to join in the VE Day 75 celebrations.   A number of local organisations are coming together to arrange events and we will ensure that residents are kept informed about the arrangement.

Traffic Calming and Road Safety

We have now received the results from the temporary traffic counters that were installed on Lugtrout Lane and Hampton Lane in Catherine de Barnes.   The figures make both interesting and alarming reading. Traffic flows (vehicles per day) are high for single carriageway roads and are likely to increase with both HS2, M42 Junction 6 and the MSA schemes on the horizon. Traffic speeds are also high and justify action with around 70% of drivers exceeding the speed limit, but are not unrepresentative of other similar roads in the area. However, the results do provide us with the backup data to support our road safety and traffic calming plans.

Final thoughts – none of these proposed measures would be needed if everyone obeyed the speed limits and the money could then be better spent on other projects. It is after all better to be late in this world than early in the next!