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Didcot Diary March 2017

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Didcot Town Council

Didcot Diary— March 2017 NEWS Welcome to the March issue of Didcot Diary. The Town Council has had several events this last quarter. On 4th March we had the Annual Litter Pick and the Mayor’s Charity Dinner. To celebrate Commonwealth Day on 13th March the Civic Hall hosted a pop-up café with all proceeds going to the Commonwealth Foundation. The Town Council has also seen a number of staff changes with two retirements and two new-joiners coming into the team.

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News Ladygrove Lakes Spring Bulbs Play Areas Litter pick & Easter Refuse collections Mayor’s Charity Dinner Commonwealth Day pop up food café Staff Changes Grant Aid Events in Civic Hall Community Items

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Ladygrove Lakes The Ladygrove Fishing Association have organised a spring clean around the lakes for Sunday 23rd April between 9.30am and 1pm. There will be a litter pick and cutting back of shrubs overhanging the fishing staging and removal of all fishing tackle snagged on branches. As much rubbish as possible including floating wood will be removed from the water’s margins. If you would like to help, come along and join in preparing the site for spring. This month we have had some repairs completed to the erosion areas on the lake’s edge. The worn areas were backfilled with soil with a nicospan barrier secured with wooden stakes. These margins were topped off with planted coir rolls using native species plants. As these plants grow they will anchor the soil below stabilising the lake edge. A micromesh fish curtain has been installed under the boardwalk to separate the main body of water from the shallows. This has been done to help encourage amphibians to develop and thrive without predation from the fish. Hopefully more dragonfly nymphs will also be able to make it to adulthood. These beautiful insects are a sight to see when they settle close by on the reeds in that small lake. The fishing club is also funding new fully planted up fish refuges for both lakes. These have worked well in the past but now need updating. Originally it was an experiment to see if the cormorants would be deterred from feeding on our fish stocks as they had decimated many other local lakes. The fish shoal up under the fish refuges and the cormorants can’t spear them and feed on them – they lose interest and go on to another water to feed. The new refuges are due imminently. Last year we suffered massive blue-green algae blooms which posed a danger to people and dogs near to the water, and closed the lakes for 8 weeks on the recommendation of the Environment Agency. Since then we have looked at various methods to stop the algae from forming and to look at keeping the dissolved oxygen levels buoyant in order to sustain the aquatic wildlife.

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Didcot Town Council Lakes continued We looked at aerators, ultrasonic treatments and also at bacterial control within the lakes. Having looked at the initial start-up prices and the maintenance costs the Council have decided to use a natural method to change the conditions within the lake that encourages the algae growth. This bacterial treatment has been used extensively in Australia and is now being used in this country. We will dose the lakes with eco tablets in March and for another subsequent 3 months. During the first 6 weeks we should see the water clear naturally and be free of algae for the coming year. We are looking forward to seeing these results. Spring Bulbs The Council decided in the autumn to complete bulb planting within its land and other public areas. Around 7,000 English Bluebells were planted in the Millennium Wood to bring that classic rich blue colour to life in spring. Some of the bulbs will flower this year but others will flower in coming years and spread their seed. In time that blue haze will fill the wood in spring. Bluebells were also planted with dwarf bulbs in the verge outside the Hospital along Wantage Road to be the harbingers of spring. Mixed varieties of tulips were planted along the Broadway Garden beds including crocus. At the Civic Hall we have planted various colourways of tulips plus dwarf narcissi with grape hyacinths. In the raised beds along Broadway by the shops we have planted tulips, hyacinth, narcissi and anemones. We hope these mixed bulbs will introduce bright spring colour along Broadway plus a little scent. Council Offices, Britwell Road Didcot Oxon OX11 7HN

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Didcot Town Council Play Areas Marsh Rec play area refurbishment is a step closer to construction later this month. We have exchanged contracts and await contractors on site to remove the old kit and install new equipment which will include: a toddler area with small multi-unit complete with slide. 2 new cradle swings, a seesaw and roundabout, sensory talk tubes, a spinner and climbing rope. The older age group have a multi-unit with slide and 2 swings and a group swing. The added bonus is a zip wire which is new for this site. We hope this mix of different kit will provide hours of fun for local families of all ages. Ladygrove Park play kit will have a refit to parts of the play area where items are worn. The popular pedal roundabout will have a completely new top as this piece of kit has been well used over the years. The zip wire will be re-tensioned and a new joint put in the multipondo stand up seesaw. The large multi-unit with the tower will have all its net bridges replaced with new ones. The dented stainless steel tunnel link on the unit will be replaced. The small toddler multi-unit will have replacement panels and a new roof fitted. 2 springers will also be replaced with repairs to the wet pour. Mendip Heights – the play area there is due for removal as it has come to the end of its service. The larger play area at Great Western Park which is just 100metres down the road now serves this catchment area. The land will be returned to a level space seeded with grass.

March Rec as it is now

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Didcot Town Council Litter Pick—4th March 2017 The Town Council Annual Litter pick took place on Ladygrove Park this year. Approximately 60 people joined in, including groups from Didcot Rugby Club, the 2410 Air Cadet squadron and Didcot Parkrun. The total amount of rubbish cleared filled the Council’s bigger truck, so well done to all involved in helping to ensure Ladygrove remains a great asset for the community.

Easter Refuse Collections Please note the revised collections over the Easter Holidays. Normal Collection Day

Revised Collection Day

Which Bin

Friday 14th April 2017

Saturday 15th April 2017*

Green bin, brown bin & food waste

Friday 21st April 2017

Saturday 22nd April 2017*

Grey bin and food waste

*Collections start at 6am so put bins out the night before

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Didcot Town Council Mayor’s Charity Dinner—Saturday 4th March 2017 A lot of people don't know but every year it is customary for the Mayor of Didcot to hold a dinner/ball and the 4th of March it was my turn. Traditionally the events are full of people in tuxedos, being served food whilst they listen to speeches, but me being me I wanted to do something different. So this year I told my guests to 'come dressed for a party' and I think we delivered. We had senior dignitaries wearing pirate hats in the photo-booth, Mayors eating marshmallows which had been dipped in the chocolate fountain and people smiling non stop whilst listening to a local young musician play sweet child of mine and the theme to game of thrones on her electric harp. Then the night really kicked off when we had one of the UK's leading entertainers Albie Jay sing everything from the rat pack through to Bruno Mars, before finally finishing with a full disco. But it wasn't just about having a good time. Through the generosity of the people who turned up we also managed to raise over £1,600 for my two charities. The Tuberous Sclerosis Association and Be Free Young Carers (formerly South and Vale Carers). The TSA are a charity which almost no-one knows about, but who are also a group which helped my family tremendously when my parents found out that my brother had Tuberous Sclerosis. TS is a complex genetic disorder which causes tumours to grow in all the major organs in the body and its effects can include severe mental problems, regular seizures, blindness and even death. We were lucky in that my brother has a milder version of it, but without the TSA's assistance and their research I am certain that he wouldn't be able to live the life he currently is.

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Mayor’s Charity Dinner continued Be Free Young Carers focus not on the sick person, but on the child standing beside or behind them. One of the main things they do is give the 'young carers' a chance to just be kids for a while, whether that's ice skating, going to the cinema or even just for a pizza. All the things most people take for granted and the best part is they are around people their own age going through the same thing so they are never nervous of being judged. I would also like to say thank you to everyone who donated prizes for the raffles, without there selfless acts we would not have been able to raise nearly as much as we did: Courtney's Secret Santa Ladygrove Pub Tesco's Vogue Hair and Beauty Photo shoot from Barrett & Co in Caversham Rainbow Star Waxes Play2Give Time2Bounce Thank you.

Cllr Steve Connel

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Commonwealth Day—13th March 2017 On Monday 13th March 2017 Didcot Civic Hall hosted a pop up cafÊ to celebrate Commonwealth Day. Various foods from around the Commonwealth was served between 8.30pm and 4.30pm For breakfast we had Canadian Waffles with maple syrup and blueberries, muffins and good old English Bacon rolls. Lunch was a selection of Asian soups; Hot and Sour soup, Chicken Noodle soup or Welsh Leak and Potato soup accompanied by crusty bread and butter. Mid afternoon was High tea with finger sandwiches, cakes and scones with cream and jam along with tea. Thank you to all involved in providing and cooking the food, it was very tasty.

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Staff Changes The Town Council is undergoing a number of changes due to the retirements of a number of staff members. Sue Atkins On Tuesday 13th February 2017 we said goodbye to Sue Atkins, the Information Centre Manager after nearly 17 years service. Sue has been a valued member of our team, especially with her knowledge of local services and the services offered by South Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council. Sue will be missed by all her colleagues. We will especially miss her friendly witty personality. We wish Sue all the best for her retirement. In Sue’s place we have Beth Gillham, who is taking on Sue’s role of Information Centre Manager. You can find a little more about her overleaf. Forthcoming Retirements We have two other members of staff who are retiring shortly. Brenda Andrews the Outdoor Services Manager of over 24 years service and Paul Copley Grounds Supervisor of 28 years service. Paul Watts has come in to take over the Outdoor Services Manager position. Our new grounds supervisor will be appointed later this month – watch this space.

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New Members of Staff Beth Gillham With the departure of Sue, our Information Centre Manger, we have a new member of staff Beth Gillham. Beth is not quite Didcot born-and bred, but not far off having moved from Yorkshire during primary school. Beth’s previous roles include; Volunteer/ Trainee Youth Worker, Sales Assistant at Next, Lead Worker at Ladygrove Youth Club. Beth likes to make her own jewellery which she sells under the name of Fae Lioness Jewellery. Beth can also read hieroglyphics.

Paul Watts Paul is our new Outdoor Services Manager assuming sole responsibility when Brenda retires on 31st March 2017. Paul has worked within the realms of open space management for many years. He worked for The National Trust in the mid-eighties, diversifying his knowledge he moved into the field of arboriculture (tree management) in the late eighties within contractual and local government roles. He qualified over a three year period, in land based management during the early nineties and worked in Europe. This was followed up when he gained a post graduate qualification in biological identification. He has worked within local government for Town, District, County and Borough Council Departments.

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UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CIVIC HALL: THREE LITTLE PIGS SUNDAY 9TH APRIL 2017

BLOOD DONOR SESSION FRIDAY 28TH APRIL 2017

SUPERSTARS OF WRESTLING WEDNESDAY 31ST MAY 2017

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