EMBERTON NEWS AND EVENTS
VALUABLE LOCAL AMENITY UNDER THREAT
EMBERTON PLAYING FIELD COMMITTEE AND EMBERTON SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB – USE IT OR LOSE IT!
This letter is being circulated to inform residents of the current problems being experienced by Emberton Playing Field Committee and Emberton Sports and Social Club.
The volunteer management team is solely responsible for the running costs of the pavilion, estimated at £5,500 per year, which is sourced from fund raising events and commercial hire. The playing field is financed by a maintenance grant from the parish council to the sum of £4,750 which forms part of the parish precept paid by residents. Therefore, each household currently pays £17.90 per year for this fantastic facility and as such, they are all members of the Emberton Sports and Social Club and stakeholders in its future.
In 2017, this valuable local amenity played host to the following local events Grand National Lunch, Burn’s Night Super, History Society talks, Friends of All Saints curry lunch, Ladies’ shopping night, UK Astronomy talks and commercial events, namely two weddings, 9 children’s birthday parties, 2 Wakes, Olney Runner’s quiz night, First aid courses, Drury coffee mornings, a christening, 40th birthday party, 12 tea dances (in aid of Willen Hospice), 25th Wedding anniversary party, yoga and an exercise class! The award winning sports field played host to three local football teams and two adult cricket teams and a girl’s cricket team.
Apart from the fund raising activities, the beautifully groomed sports field and playground is enjoyed on a daily basis by children and dog walkers and the pavilion is open to all residents for a quiet drink on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
In the recent past, the committees have experienced problems, leading to a high turnover in committee members and an inability to attract and keep younger members from the community of Emberton. The team had become seriously over stretched and approached Emberton Parish Council for assistance.
Emberton Parish Council held an Extraordinary Meeting to consider the current status of both committees where it was decided that the current committees would continue in place with an interim Chairman whist Emberton Parish Council established and ran a process to attract a new management team and/or additional volunteers.
We would very much like to hear from any local residents who would like to:
. Either organise a new management team and put forward an expression of interest
. Or join the current management team either as a volunteer or a committee member.
. Or would like to run an activity on the premises such as a Cinema
Club or Youth Club.
If no management teams come forward, the pavilion and playing field will revert to the ownership of the parish council. If this does happen, the parish council would have to fund the pavilion running costs as well as the playing field costs and increase the precept considerably to allow for paid staff and running costs. It would be a great pity if the amenities currently available to the local community had to be curtailed due to a lack of volunteers.
All expressions of interest; either from management teams or individuals should be addressed to Councillor Stephen Gibson, 49 Olney Road, Emberton, firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 2nd March 2018
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS from the February 2018 Meeting
SMART WATER - In conjunction with Thames Valley Police, the parish council are able to offer Smart Water at a reduced cost of £8.95 per bottle. The product is enough solution to mark around 25-30 items. Each bottle of Smart Water has a unique forensic code making marked valuables identifiable. Smart Water is only visible under UV light. It is easy to apply and almost impossible to remove. The kit comes with 12 property labels and 2 window labels. Recognised by criminals, the “Smart Water thieves beware” signage sends out a warning to any would be thieves. The parish council has purchased 20 bottles of Smart Water and they will be available to residents on a first come, first served basis. Please contact the clerk to order a bottle.
COMMUNITY FORUMS – The Rual East and North Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) has combined with the Community Forum and the meetings are open to not just the parish council but to anybody. Members of the public can ask questions relating to the NAG or bring up other questions. The NAG has always had speeding on the agenda but other issues such as fly tipping and rural crime including the recent burglaries were covered at the last meeting held in February. The meetings are held quarterly and the next meeting will be held at Emberton Sports & Social Club on Wednesday 16th May at 7.30pm. All residents are welcome to attend.
A509 LITTER PICKING – Following a request from an Emberton resident, a litter pick was undertaken on the A509 as the recent road improvements had revealed a vast amount of rubbish. A litter pick was undertaken on the 30th January which resulted in 185 bags of rubbish being collected.
DEFIBRILLATOR – The parish council would like to thank Sandy Palmer and Glenda Logsdail for undertaking a number of emergency first aid training sessions at the pavilion, kindly organised by Graham Orin. The defibrillator in Emberton is registered with the South Central Ambulance Service and is located in the outside recess of The Institute. It is checked on a regular basis and the pads and battery have recently been replaced under the warranty.
MOTORBIKE TRAINING COURSE - Motorbike training sessions
are being held in March, April, May, June and July at Great Holm Fire Station subsidised by Milton Keynes Council at a cost of £20 per day. Please see here
for more information.