The Parish Council is delighted to announce that the Allotment Competition will run again in 2021, with judging taking place in July.
The Council is proud of the three blooming allotment and leisure garden sites within the parish, and will be awarding a first, second and third prize for each of the sites: Rose Walk, Goodearl and Ventnor Close. In keeping with last years judging themes, additional points will be awarded to plots which have beneficial environmental features.
More details will be added shortly, so keep an eye on our social media and like our Facebook page for more details. For more information regarding our allotment sites or join our waiting list, please click here.
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The Council has signed up to the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean that runs from 28th May – 13th June 2021.
As we already have a wonderful army of volunteer litter pickers, the Council has suggested that we could easily reach a target of 20 participants throughout the week giving just one hour each of their time. Which would mean that we would have contributed 1,200 minutes of litter picking and covered 60 miles (which is an incredible 24 times around our parish!).
Please help us with our mission. Equipment can be provided. Who knows, we may even exceed our pledge!
For more details, or to make your own pledge with friends & family, please visit the Keep Britain Tidy website here.
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Can you grow Haydon Wick’s largest sunflower?
Enjoy some friendly competition and fun with family, friends and neighbours this summer.
How to get involved:
Pop along to the community sunflower planting event on Monday 19 April from 4.30pm – 5.30pm, at the Council Offices on Thames Avenue, opposite Morrisons (outside, socially distanced – face masks are mandatory unless exempt). Please note: children must not be left unattended.
Get growing! …and feel free to name them!
Keep us updated on your progress and keep an eye on your competition by sharing your pictures on Facebook @HaydonWickParishCouncil and Instagram #haydonwickcouncil – use the #thegreathaydonwickgrowoff
Measure your sunflower and send your results (and pictures) to email@example.com by Monday 30 August. The tallest sunflower winner(s) in our Parish will be announced on social media and receive a prize!
Bring your children, grandchildren, get your neighbours involved or challenge your friends and colleagues!
Anyone is welcome to participate – you just need somewhere to plant and grow your beautiful sunflowers.
Local Artists & Decorators come together to add a touch of colour and bring some character back to Thyme Close Play Areahttps://haydonwick.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/image-croc-thyme-play-park.jpg19001200Caroline HuntCaroline Hunthttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/4b8e1dae33e0cf3b3becf1e6facab2e9?s=96&d=mm&r=g
The Council called out for artistic and creative volunteers to help recreate the much loved, unique, wooden play area nestled just off Thamesdown Drive. Due to several wooden creatures in the play area becoming faded and worn, the repainting required some skill and patience to restore the creatures and bring them back to life.
The project began on Friday 19th March 2021 whereby local artists Marilyn Trew and Jo Garton, braved the wet and windy weather to repaint the creatures. Marilyn said “I was very happy to be invited to refurbish this lovely nature based play park. Myself and Jo Garton set to work on the Frog and Cricket bouncers and the Green Man Totem Pole. It didn’t take long before they looked great again and I received lots of compliments from users afterwards. That’s the beauty of being community artists!”. This is not the first time that Marilyn & Friends have helped the Parish Council with various projects, such as the Remembrance Day artwork for 2019 and 2020 and working on a map of Seven Fields which the Parish Council will be purchasing for the Seven Fields Conservation Group.
The redecoration project finished on Monday 23rd March 2021 with a team from Prime Handyman Services, a newly established company that began at the beginning of the pandemic. Understandably proud of the company’s achievements throughout the pandemic and growing from strength to strength, owner of the company Reg, advised that he wanted to give something back to his local community and saw this as a great opportunity. The team repainted the large snake and the crocodile see saw. Born and bred Swindonian Reg said “we were really happy to support our local community in this way. We have been delighted by the local support for our business, and this was a great opportunity for us to give back – and now we are looking to recruit within the local area too. We know how important it is to invest back into your local community”. Reg has kindly offered the company’s assistance in future projects and has loved working with the Parish Council.
The Play Area is now very vibrant with primary colours of green, red and yellow. The enhancement has been very well received by residents who have been contacting the Parish Council with their comments of appreciation. The Play Area will also benefit from a slide being installed next to the swing unit within the next couple of weeks. The slide due to be installed has been recycled from King George V Play Area following the recent resurfacing work.
Now that spring has arrived, the grass cutting schedule for 2021 has commenced. The team is currently cutting in Abbey Meads and will be moving on to Greenmeadow, Haydon Wick, Woodhall Park, Western Moredon, Haydon End, Taw Hill, Mouldon Hill and finishing up in Oakhurst. A complete schedule should take approximately 3 weeks from start to finish, but as always this is weather dependent.
If you see our two mowers supported by our strimmer operative in action, please give them a friendly wave from a safe distance and be mindful of social distancing. If you notice any areas that they may have missed please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You may notice that in order to protect the daffodils, crocuses and wildflowers will be mown around – so there may be a tuft of left uncut in the middle.
Please note that the large open spaces are cut by our contractors Countrywide Grounds Maintenance fortnightly from the middle of April until October.
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