Your chance to Help Shape a Better Future for Fairford

Last year Fairford presented a Neighbourhood Development Plan, setting out a vision of how Fairford should develop over the next decade or two. It was not fully accepted, and needs revision to better tie in with district plans and national policies and to include more hard evidence for our recommendations. So, we are tasked with producing a revised plan this year. The main emphasis will be to ensure that the new Plan presents the rationale and supporting evidence more clearly, although some new information is also being gathered.

The re-formed Steering Group invites expressions of interest from local residents or business people to join us in reviewing and finalising a revised Plan over the next few months.  This is part of a wider programme led by the Town Council to make Fairford fully fit for the challenges of the 21st Century.

We are particularly interested in attracting anyone with a keen interest in local wildlife or environment, history/archaeology (there is a rich range from Neolithic to Medieval and more recent in the immediate vicinity) or local business development, or anyone with specialist experience in planning and/or transport matters.

The project will involve working with existing members of the group and some meetings with the Forward Planning team at Cotswold District Council and other relevant organisations.  Times are potentially flexible to suit, although previously most meetings have been held on weekday mornings for practical reasons.

If you are interested – perhaps a longstanding Fairford resident with valuable local knowledge, or maybe have recently moved here and would like to be more actively involved in local affairs; please contact Roz Capps, Deputy Town Clerk (Tel 01285-712344) in the first instance. You are welcome to come along to one of our meetings, to find out more about what is involved.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Local Food Bank Now Open in Fairford Community Centre

We are extremely pleased to welcome the opening of a local food bank distribution point in the community centre.  It is now open in the Heritage room every Wednesday from 1pm – 2.30pm and will be also be open every Wednesday over the Christmas period.

Please come along and meet our friendly team, you will be met with compassion, kindness, a listening ear, as well as a warm drink and a biscuit. Your foodbank voucher will be exchanged for three days of emergency food.

Food bank vouchers are available from Schools, Citizens Advice, Doctor Surgeries, Health care professionals, if you need help in getting a voucher then please contact Rachel Brindley or drop in one Wednesday afternoon to talk to a volunteer.

If you would like to help by donating items of food then please drop off your donations into the FCC office any weekday morning.

Any extra help is always appreciated and if you are interested in helping by volunteering either at the food bank in Fairford or other local ones then please contact Rachel Brindley

Rachel Brindley      Cirencester Foodbank project manager rachel@cirencester.foodbank.org.uk   07506 174373

 

People for You – Your Volunteer Befriending Service in Fairford & Surrounding Villages

People For You

Your Volunteer Befriending Service in Fairford & Surrounding Villages

People are what make our communities vibrant and interesting, so every single person matters.

People for You understands the issues affecting local people – acknowledging that sometimes, through bereavement, ill-health, family moving away, or simply the times we live in; people can feel lonely, isolated and vulnerable, particularly in later life.

We know how important social contact is in making us feel a valued and vibrant part of our community.

People For You has been providing a free volunteer befriending service for nearly ten years.  We cover Fairford, Lechlade, Tetbury, and surrounding villages in the south Cotswolds.

Our volunteer visitors are local people you can rely on. They will visit you on a regular basis, offering companionship, a chance for a chat, or to share a laugh, and a listening ear – everything you need from a valued friend.

We’ll visit you before putting you in touch with a friend in your area, to make sure we match you with someone you’ll get on with.

All our volunteer visitors:-
• are local, reliable people who can bring the community to you
• have a genuine interest in meeting you

Their visits can have a positive impact on your health and well-being; research has shown that social contact makes us healthier as well as happier.

Contact Us
For more information email Sue Black sue.peopleforyou@grcc.org.uk or call her on 07810 630167.

People For You is managed by Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC)  http://www.grcc.org.uk/

“Before I had my visitor, my only companion was the television…….The special quality of the service for me is that now I have something to look forward to every week, whereas before I never knew when I would next have someone to talk to”.

 

 

 

CIRENCESTER FLOOD RESILIENCE PUBLIC MEETING

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

Conservative Member of Parliament for the Cotswolds

CIRENCESTER

FLOOD RESILIENCE

An opportunity for residents of South Cerney, Cerney Wick, Siddington,  Cirencester, Fairford and Lechlade to hear and ask questions of the continued flood resilience work taking place and to speak with officials from the County and District Councils, Parish Council, Thames Water and the Environment Agency about ongoing issues.

PUBLIC MEETING

 Friday 17 November 2017: 1030-1230

Council Chamber, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester GL7 1PX

DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING SESSION

A defibrillator training session will be taking place on Saturday 20th May in the Farmor Room, the Community Centre, High Street, Fairford from 10am to 1pm.

If you would like to attend, please call 01285 713326 or e-mail clerks@fairford-tc.co.uk.

Cllr Stephen Boulton becomes the Mayor of Fairford

We would like to congratulate Cllr Stephen Boulton who, at the Annual Meeting, was chosen by his fellow Councillors to become the Mayor of Fairford. “I am honoured to have been chosen to represent my town in this way. I hope that I will be an effective Mayor and achieve positive changes for Fairford. I would also like to thank Cllr Jennie Sanford who has done an amazing job as Mayor for the last two years – she will be a hard act to follow!”

COTSWOLD DISTRICT COUNCIL – PRESS RELEASE

COUNCIL TAX REFUND SCAM – WARNING!

 

Release date: 9 May 2017

A resident  in the Cotswolds has received a telephone call from a ‘company’ which allegedly works for Cotswold District Council. He was told that he was due to receive a £6,000 council tax refund because his Council Tax banding has been too high in the past.

The telephone number of the bogus company is 03332 123132.

Please be aware that this scam may be targeting many residents in this area and please do not enter into any discussions with the caller.  Most importantly, do not disclose any personal information such as banking details.

The local police have been made aware of this scam.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING – THURSDAY 25th MAY 2017

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
The Annual Town Meeting will be taking place at 7pm on Thursday 25th May in the Farmor Room, The Community Centre, Fairford. Please come along and listen to what the Town, District and County Council has been doing over the past year and to find out what the next developments for Fairford are.

Representatives from the Police and other groups in the Town will also be reporting on their activities. There will be an open session where you will be able to voice any concerns you have to the respective representatives. Please join us for an informal, informative meeting. Refreshments will be available. The Agenda will be published next week.