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Community Tree Planting Success!

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🌳🌳🌳 We wanted to say a big #thankyou to everyone that joined us throughout the weekend to help us plant trees at at Tadpole Field.
 
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Chairman’s Statement: Support for Ukraine

Chairman’s Statement: Support for Ukraine 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

I am immensely troubled by the horrific devastation and illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, and the escalating humanitarian crisis facing the Country.

Haydon Wick Parish Council has a proud history of supporting those in most need regardless of crisis. The Government has not asked local authorities to receive refugees from Ukraine as things stand. But we will be ready to support those fleeing Ukraine however we can.

This Council extends its thoughts and prayers to members of the Ukrainian community and pays tribute to the incredible generosity the people of Swindon have shown in their personal efforts to support the humanitarian response to this crisis.

Here just some of the ways residents can show their support for Ukraine:

Donations

The easiest and most effective way to support the humanitarian situation in Ukraine is to make a donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine appeal. The UK Government has also said that it will match every £ donated.

Donate safely on the DEC website https://www.dec.org.uk/

The DEC and other major charities are asking for donations of money rather than goods. Donating money allows international charities such as the DEC to procure what’s required on the ground, so it can be delivered to people more quickly rather than trying to transport goods from the UK to Ukraine.

 

Homes for Ukraine scheme

This bespoke scheme will offer a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home. It will enable individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians, and their immediate family members, forced to escape their homeland.

Sponsors should provide accommodation for as long as they are able, but there is a minimum expectation of 6 months.

https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/

 

If you are worried about family members or relatives

See advice for British nationals who are in Ukraine on Gov.uk https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ukraine

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine have an emergency helpline number for anyone concerned about Ukrainian citizens: 07553 483628

Temporary visa concessions have been introduced for family members of British nationals who usually live in Ukraine. See UK visa support for Ukrainian nationals on Gov.uk.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support-for-family-members-of-british-nationals-in-ukraine-and-ukrainian-nationals-in-ukraine-and-the-uk

 

Cllr Vinay Manro

Haydon Wick Parish Council – Chairman

vinaymanro@haydonwick.gov.uk

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Council invites residents to influence the future of Haydon Wick

Council invites residents to influence the future of Haydon Wick 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

Following the successful launch of the ‘@HaydonWick Your Community Matters’ survey, Haydon Wick Parish Council will be hosting a public consultation workshop on Wednesday 6th April 2022, to ask residents how they would like to influence the future of their community.

Leaflets advertising the survey and what the results will mean to the future of the community were delivered to over 10,000 homes across Haydon Wick at the start of the year. The survey was also available online, at community collection points and from the Parish Council Office.

With nearly 300 responses to the survey, the Council is now keen to meet with residents to delve deeper into what the priorities are, how they can influence the future and develop Haydon Wick together.

Chairman of the Council, Vinay Manro said:

“The next step is to review the results of the survey, discuss the priorities together and decide on the actions we need to take to make a difference. We want to turn those aspirations into actions on the ground.  We are going to need the residents to help us. By attending our public consultation residents will be influencing the future for Haydon Wick and working alongside the Parish Council and other partners to bring about the changes we all want to see.

We have designed an innovative, fast-paced, action-planning workshop and by the end of the evening, we hope to have the foundation of a strategy for our community that will deliver real, lasting and positive change for the future.

I really do hope you can spare just two hours to attend this landmark event”.

To book your space at the community workshop event please CLICK HERE

Parish Council Announces Colossal Community Tree Planting Project

Parish Council Announces Colossal Community Tree Planting Project 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

🌳🌳🌳 We have 1,300 trees to plant as part of the #treesforclimate project, and we need your help! 🌳🌳🌳

Join us on:
🌱 Saturday 19th March
🌱 Sunday 20th March
🌱 Saturday 26th March
🌱 Sunday 27th March
 
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Haydon Wick Parish Council’s youth programme continues to build…

Haydon Wick Parish Council’s youth programme continues to build… 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

‘Haydon Wick Parish Council’s youth programme continues to build, offering many opportunities for local young people to develop skills’

Haydon Wick Parish Council ran two fully inclusive youth activities during the February half-term holiday, both of which enabled the younger adults in the parish to participate in free, skill improving workshops.

The first was a trip to Ninja Warrior in Gloucester. The group enjoyed an opportunity to test their ninja skills, working in teams to scale obstacles and testing their nerve with free-falling challenges. The group worked as a team to overcome physical challenges, encouraging each other to take risks and compete in time trials.

Chair of the Parish Council’s Community Development Committee, Councillor Ellen Baker Lee had this to say about the programme:
“We are delighted that our new youth programme is going from strength to strength. We have learnt a lot in the last year by developing an extensive youth engagement programme, and we continue to learn and build on our successes. We were delighted with the response we received to the varied activities that took place during half-term, and we are really excited about the summer programme which seems to have something for everyone.

Last year we launched our Community Choices Project – in which we asked our community to vote for a community project to be delivered in this current financial year – to the end of March 2022. Our community voted for increased youth engagement, and I think we have done just that, and will continue to do so.

We continue to build working partnerships to deliver these varied, high quality youth activities and look forward to offering more skill developing workshops in the future’.

Also, available this year has been Youth Graffiti Design Workshops providing children and younger adults a safe space in which to explore their creativity by designing ambitious urban artworks.

The Parish Council also offered a free training afternoon with BEST – Be A Better You for local young people. This inclusive training session provided children and younger adults aged between 7 and 16 years a safe, fun and positive environment to develop essential life skills such as leadership and communication development. The programme has also offered a platform for increased socialisation, friendship building, and confidence making using sports activities such as boxing as a focus.

More events will be offered this summer. Details will be published on the Parish Council’s Youth Forum page on their website: https://haydonwick.gov.uk/youth-forum/ or follow news on Facebook and Instagram @haydonwickcouncil

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Council sets budget to enhance open spaces management and community development programmes

Council sets budget to enhance open spaces management and community development programmes 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

Council sets budget to enhance open spaces management and community development programmes

Haydon Wick Parish Council has created a considered, balanced, and careful budget which puts community’s needs at the forefront.

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent increased community use of the 24 parks and green open spaces within the parish has helped to shape the direction of budget setting. Recognising the mental and physical wellbeing these outside spaces provide for residents, the Council has committed to improved maintenance, enhancements and effective management of the playparks, allotments, and open spaces.

Building on a successful year which saw the refurbishment and opening of the skatepark and two large-scale complete refurbishments of accessible playparks, the Council has committed to ensuring employee training, equipment, and a new Grounds Maintenance Facility will enhance operational efficiency. It is hoped that the continued investment in the play parks and open spaces of Haydon Wick will offer residents the opportunity to maximise the health benefits for generations to come.

Chairman Councillor Vinay Manro said:

“We continue to improve our community activities, such as with the introduction of a Memory Café, a popular youth development programme and mental health provision. This year we will also see more events taking place to encourage all generations of our community to move towards a life without restrictions. Going forward we want to continue to support all our residents and we have carefully considered the cost of future activities when setting the budget and precept this year.

The budget has arrived from Councillors, who have asked and listened to residents, our Officers and robustly scrutinised by all members of the Council. To deliver everything the Council want to achieve, it was important to create a budget, which not only took account of the aspirations, but balanced the rising costs of living such as personnel cost of living rises, utilities, fuel and insurances.

Fortunately, prudent management of previous budgets stood us in good stead. The financial uncertainty that many of our residents’ face has been at the forefront of our minds as we set this year’s precept. At the Full Council meeting on 25th January 2022 the precept was agreed to be £98.88 per year which is an increase of £4.37 per year for a Band D property.”

The Parish Council hopes that residents recognise the value for money the precept of £98.88 per year represents, and the services this offers to all sectors of the community it represents. Through the expansion of service provision, increased community and youth development programmes, continued enhancement of the play parks and open spaces the Council continues to serve and develop the community.

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Haydon Wick Parish Council celebrates community volunteers in style

Haydon Wick Parish Council celebrates community volunteers in style 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

On Saturday 19th February, Haydon Wick Parish Council held an afternoon tea party to thank the wonderful residents of the Parish who have volunteered in or contributed to the local community in the past year. The invitation list was exclusive, and included community bus drivers, litter pickers, community event organisers and Memory Café volunteers.

Haydon Wick Parish Council welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate it’s appreciation of the volunteers time, hard work and dedication that is put into improving the environment and developing community spirit.

Council host successful Superhero Youth Litter Picking Event

Council host successful Superhero Youth Litter Picking Event 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

The Council was delighted with the turn-out of brilliant superhero youth litter pickers! A great morning was had cleaning up the area surrounding the Haydon Wick skate park.

Our litter pickers all withstood the elements to keep Haydon Wick tidy and safe. With over 15 bags of litter collected from paths and hedgerows in the area, we had some shivering superheroes who needed to regain their strength with cake and juice. Each superhero left with a certificate thanking them for their hard work and amazing help. We would like to say a huge thank you to all our litter pickers and their parents/carers for showing up and taking part. The World needs more Superheroes like you!

 

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Parish Council launches largest ever community survey

Parish Council launches largest ever community survey 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

@Haydon Wick Your Community Matters Consultation launches

One of the largest consultation events ever launched by Haydon Wick Parish Council has commenced, and all residents have been invited to have their say.

Leaflets advertising the survey to help shape the future community plan for the parish and what the results will mean to the community are being delivered to homes across the Parish this January.

The survey is available online, at community collection points such as Morrisons and from the Parish Council Office on Thames Avenue.

The Chairman of Haydon Wick Parish Council, Councillor Vinay Manro said “we want to hear everyone’s views and make sure the community is in the driving seat and shaping its own future.  This is such an important moment for our community for the residents to tell us what they want What do they value most about the community of Haydon Wick? What do we need to improve? That’s what we need to know – so we can make these our priorities for the future. I really do hope that everyone gets involved and has their say”.

The survey is now available online at: https://forms.office.com/r/mx5msgeWi5.  All responses are completely confidential.

For more information, keep an eye out for the leaflet heading to your doormat soon.

For more information, please contact the Parish Council Office on 01793 722446 or email admin@haydonwick.gov.uk

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Parish Council spreads festive cheer throughout the community

Parish Council spreads festive cheer throughout the community 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

Haydon Wick Parish Council successfully delivered the traditional Christmas Parcel Scheme this year, and spread festive cheer and goodwill to residents in need across the Parish. Staff, Councillors and volunteers worked hard to overcome any logistical challenges presented by social distancing requirements and ensured that the community project continued to help those that live alone, aged over 70 and live within the Parish.

Chairman of the Council, Councillor Vinay Manro told us: “This winter has continued to bring challenges for many, we were delighted to be able to continue with a 30+ year tradition in bringing some festive cheer and goodwill to some of those most in need within the parish.

Our community Christmas project delivered over 160 parcels to residents across the parish who live alone and are aged over 70. The packages included festive food and treats to help them enjoy the season.

I am very grateful to our Councillors, Staff and volunteers who banded together to pack the bags and deliver them out to our residents, along with all those who donated items.

This annual project is more than just delivering a Christmas parcel, It is another way for us to check in on some of our most vulnerable, have a chat, address any concerns, and most of all ensure they know there is a friendly face available should they need additional support”.

The Council is as always humbled by the generosity of its volunteers and community groups who come together every year to help with this project and would like to pass on their thanks to: Morrisons, ASDA, and the Redeemed Christian Church of God for their very generous donations.

The Council has received many welcome notes of thanks from recipients, including ‘To Haydon Wick Parish Council plus helpers, for the Christmas Parcel plus making Haydon Wick a ‘super’ place to live. A big thank you!’.

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