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Didcot Diary September 2017

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Didcot Town Council

Didcot Diary— September 2017 NEWS Welcome to the September issue of Didcot Diary. The Town Council has had several events this last quarter including the unveiling of the new WW1 Memorial bench in the Garden of Remembrance, a special 25th anniversary John Eldridge Awards for voluntary service evening and the launch of the newly refurbished Marsh Rec play area. We also have a number of new staff members on board, including Outdoor Services Manager, Tony Rudge and Interim Town Clerk, Julie Perrin.

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News New Bench John Eldridge Awards evening Writing Competition Winning Entries Staff changes Committee Dates Marsh Rec Refurbishment New Councillors Ladygrove Lakes Korf Ball Tournaments News from South Oxfordshire County Council Community Events

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Didcot Town Council Memorial Bench On Friday 28th June 2017 members of the Royal British Legion, children, staff and governors of Stephen Freeman school, and Didcot Town Councillors paid tribute to the memory of those who died in the Passchendaele offensive of 1917. A memorial bench was unveiled in the Garden of Remembrance in Smallbones Rec with readings, and special commemoration of: 

Private George Beck (aged 28) from Station Road in Didcot who lost his life on 16th August 1917

Private Percival George Fisher (aged 23) who lived in Lydalls road, who lost his life on 17th September 1917

Private Hugh Robert Dixon (aged 29) from Wessex Road who lost his life on 18th August 1917

Private Walter Frederick Keep (aged 25) from Station Road, who lost his life on 6th November 1917 After the readings the bench was unveiled by Didcot Mayor, Councillor Jackie Billington.

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Didcot Town Council John Eldridge Awards Night On Friday 30th June we held the annual Didcot Awards Night, including the John Eldridge Award for voluntary service. The Mayor, Councillor Jackie Billington welcomed everybody then we had a performance from the Bernadine School of Dance. This year is the 25th year of the John Eldridge Awards so the Town Council decided to hold a writing competition for the children of Didcot. The theme was ‘Didcot in 25 years time’.

Dancers from Bernadine Such School of Dance

The junior winner was Freddie Finch from Stephen Freeman School and the runner up was Ryan Blake also from Stephen Freeman School. The senior winner was Torran Dodd from and the runner up was Henry Kinara both from St Birinus School Junior Winner

All the winners received an engraved pen and a gift voucher for WH Smiths .We have a copy of their entries overleaf, but also on our Facebook page. We also gave a Didcot Town Council pen to all the children that entered the competition. Council Offices, Britwell Road Didcot Oxon OX11 7HN

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Senior Winner

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Didcot Town Council Following the writing competition, the annual allotment winners were announced: Mr Phillips—overall allotment winner Mr Pocock—overall crops winner After a short break for a finger buffet the winner of John Eldridge award for 2016/17 was announced. This years’ winner was Keith Hughes for his work with the Royal British Legion for over 23 years and for being a Volunteer for The Poppy Appeal for the last 10 years. Thank you Keith for all your hard work which is greatly appreciated by all.

Allotment Winner

Cake by Glorious Bakeshop

Roger Hunt accepted the John Eldridge Award on behalf of Keith Hughes who was unable to attend the evening along with Mrs Jean Eldridge

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Didcot Town Council These are the winning ‘Didcot in 25 years’ entries

Senior Winning Entry

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Senior Runner Up Entry

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Didcot Town Council These are the winning ‘Didcot in 25 years’ entries

Junior Winning Entry

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Junior Runner Up Entry

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Didcot Town Council Staff Changes New Interim Town Clerk—Julie Perrin On Monday 11th September 2017 we welcomed Julie as our new Interim Town Clerk. Julie joins us from Burbage Parish Council where she was the Town Clerk for several years. She has recently moved to the area and is due to be with the Town Council for the next year. Waving Goodbye to Brenda Andrews and Welcoming Tony Rudge After over 24 years service we said goodbye to Brenda Andrews, the Outdoor Services Manager. This role is responsible for overseeing the management of the Town Council’s open spaces—from allotments and the cemetery to trees in our parks, football pitches to Christmas lights and a lot more. We will miss Brenda’s expertise and knowledge and wish her a long and happy retirement. Stepping into Brenda’s shoes (she could never be replaced!) as Outdoor Services Manager is Tony Rudge, who joins us from working in the private sector. Tony has many years experience as a Grounds Maintenance Manager so Brenda can be assured she is leaving us in good hands. Good luck to Tony in his new job.

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Didcot Town Council

Question

How do I raise a matter with the Council? If you want to raise a concern with the Council you can either: 

send a letter/email to Council as a whole (details at the foot of the page)

via a Town Councillor raising it for you

or in person at one of the general public meetings

Schedule of Council and Committee Meetings until end of 2017: 25th September 2017

Finance & General Purposes

27th September 2017

Planning & Development

16th October 2017

Extraordinary Meeting

17th October 2017

Planning & Development

23rd October 2017

Finance & General Purposes

6th November 2017

Council

8th November 2017

Planning & Development

20th November 2017

Finance & General Purposes

27th November 2017

Environment

29th November 2017

Planning & Development

4th December 2017

Personnel & Administration

11th December 2017

Finance & General Purposes

20th December 2017

Planning & Development

All meetings are held in The Civic Hall and commence at 7.30pm

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Didcot Town Council Marsh Rec The town Mayor – Cllr Jackie Billington officially opened the newly refurbished play park at Marsh Rec on Thursday 17th August. Many local children were on site making good use of the new play equipment and having lots of fun. The Mayor said “ It’s great to see so many families with their children enjoying themselves in the newly refurbished play park. There is easy access for the disabled along with some fully accessible play equipment as part of the design. We were awarded £49,992 grant from WREN which was fantastic and gratefully received. This along with £32,000 from DTC’s Environment Committee made it possible to provide this modern and versatile play area.” The site now provides a toddler area with cradle swings, a small sized multiunit with slide, a spinner and roundabout plus a seesaw. There is a fitness item of a rope pull up which is fixed to the mound on site and helps to strengthen those muscles. There are also talk tubes – a sensory piece of kit. The older juniors have a bigger multi-unit along with slide plus 2 flat swings and a group swing and the ever popular cable ride. There is new seating, fencing and litterbins plus signage. The basketball and footy court have new goals along with new court markings. Overall a great improvement. Over the years we have been very fortunate to receive substantial grants from WREN. Their money comes from the Landfill Tax – everything that goes to landfill as it can’t be reused or recycled, there is a tax on every tonne of rubbish buried. There is a landfill site just outside Didcot and as we are within the 10 mile radius of such a site we qualify to apply for grants using Landfill tax credits to upgrade our play areas and amongst other things – in the past WREN has helped fund the boardwalk at Ladygrove Lakes, along with Edmonds Park Outdoor Gym and play area, Great Western Drive Rec play area and Loyd Rec play area. They also helped pay for signage at the Millennium Wood. So a big thank you to WREN in being so generous and helping the council provide in partnership quality play and recreation for everyone who lives in the town. Council Offices, Britwell Road Didcot Oxon OX11 7HN

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Didcot Town Council New Councillors On Thursday 13th July and 7th September elections were held for 6 seats on the Didcot Town Council. The new councillors elected are as follows:

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Didcot Town Council Ladygrove Lakes This season we have benefitted from the Eco-tablet treatment of the lakes: this is a natural bacterial treatment which breaks down the silt and organic waste which accumulates on the lake bottom. This build up is the result of aquatic/ bird waste and also undigested bread – all of this adversely affects the water quality as it rots it takes up oxygen out of the water. When dissolved oxygen levels drop too low then fish and other aquatic life will die. In the local area there have been many lakes that have suffered with low oxygen levels this summer and had to have aerators on site. In the past we have used one on the small lake to keep our fish stocks alive, but this year our oxygen levels have been good as a result of this Eco-tablet treatment. You may have noticed that the in the large lake the colour of the water is a soft grey green which shows there is next to no suspended algae in the water. This is a major improvement on last year when we had to close the lakes for 8 weeks as a result of the algae problems. The small lake is starting to colour up with suspended algae and this will receive another dose of Eco-tablets in September to help stabilise the oxygen levels and improve water quality. The treatment is expensive but we need to manage the lakes to benefit the eco-system as if we do nothing we would suffer more algal blooms and this would seriously put all aquatic life at risk. It is shocking to see fish in distress when an ecosystem collapses when oxygen levels crash: the treatment we are currently using will counter silt and waste build up in the lakes. We would also like to ask the public not to feed the wildfowl in the water as increased waste and undigested bread do adversely affect water quality. Please feed them on the land use birdseed or they are also partial to corn, oats and chopped lettuce.

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Didcot Town Council Korfball Tournament On 19th August, Didcot Dragons Korfball club hosted their annual tournament at Edmonds Park in Didcot. They had 16 teams playing, and approximately 160 people present, with teams travelling from all over the country to take part. This year (unlike last year) the weather was great, which always helps to make it a great day! Didcot Dragons train 8-10pm every Tuesday at Willowbrook Leisure Centre, on the Ladygrove estate. We welcome all people of all abilities. Check out www.didcot-korfball.co.uk for more information.

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Didcot Town Council NEWS from South Oxfordshire District Council Assisted waste collections If you or someone you know has difficulties putting rubbish and recycling out, due to illness or infirmity, you may qualify for an assisted collection. To find out more, call 0300 610610 or for advise. Plastic bags can now be used to line food bins You can now use plastic bags to line your food waste bins and caddies. Any thin plastic bag, such as a carrier bag, can be used except for black bin liners. You can also continue to use compostable liners, newspaper or simply put food waste into your food bin - the choice is yours! Last year, more than 10,000 tonnes of food waste was collected across Southern Oxfordshire and recycled into gas for electricity and fertiliser for local farmland. This is great news, but we can do more! New waste and recycling trucks coming soon New waste and recycling trucks are being introduced across the district in the autumn to replace old vehicles that have become unreliable. Unfortunately, there has been some recent disruption to collection services in some areas caused by vehicle breakdowns. SODC are working hard with our contractor Biffa to resolve any issues, including drafting in extra vehicles and calling on the crews to work extra hours. For more information see the South Oxfordshire District Council website.

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Didcot Citizens Advice Session Times Drop in Sessions and short assessment interview: Monday 10am—1pm & 1.30pm—4pm Tuesday 10am—1pm Wednesday 10am—1pm Thursday 10am—1pm Thursday 1pm—6.30pm Friday 10am—1pm & 1.30pm—4pm Telephone advice times: Monday 10am—6pm Tuesday 10am—6pm Wednesday 10am—6pm Thursday 10am—6.30pm Friday 10am—4pm Tel: 03444 111 444 Address: ‘Dales’ 9-15 High Street, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8EQ

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