Art Exhibition – Jane Fox

The forth coming exhibition is the result of an enjoyable ten months of printmaking, collaging, and painting.The creative process has been exciting and I hope that anyone visiting the exhibition will find it as rewarding to view as it has been for me to create. If you have the time and the curiosity, please come along. You will find the gallery in the wonderful, independent, White Horse Book Shop on Marlborough High Street.
Jane
 

Warm & Safe Wiltshire

Don’t suffer a cold home

Living in a cold home can be bad for your health.  Consistently low temperatures in your home may exacerbate existing health issues (particularly respiratory and cardiovascular conditions) and make it harder for you to recover from illnesses.  It can cause you and your family to feel miserable at home, affecting concentration, dexterity and mental health.

Wiltshire Council has been working to address these issues and make it easier for people struggling to heat their home to a healthy, comfortable temperature to access free advice and support.

Residents can now contact Warm & Safe Wiltshire – a one stop shop for all cold home and energy queries.  The service aims to provide free, impartial advice about keeping your home warm, understanding your heating system and energy bills, switching energy supplier and making energy saving improvements. The service also aims to prevent isolation worry by signing residents up to the Priority Services Register so that in the event of a power cut, they have the support that they need. Energy advice can be given through home visits as well as over the phone.  Fire safety alarm and appliance checks can also be organised in partnership with Fire and Rescue for eligible residents.

Warm and Safe Wiltshire will also be working closely with relevant organisations to ensure that the team are able to refer and signpost residents for additional support. This could include ensuring you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to or support in making essential improvements to your home. Insulation is one of the best ways of lowering your energy bills as well as replacing old, inefficient heating systems. Warm and Safe Wiltshire can let you know if you’re eligible for funding to help towards the cost of making your home warmer and more comfortable.

Please contact the team if you would like any advice or you know anyone who would benefit from a referral.

Call 0800 038 5722 email warmandsafe@cse.org.uk Web www.warmandsafewiltshire.org.uk

Warm and Safe Wiltshire is a service provided by Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service.

 

 

War Memorial is Grade II Listed

Historic England has advised that the Ogbourne St Andrew War Memorial has been added to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The memorial is now listed at Grade II. Made of granite with a Latin cross, the memorial is an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community.

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.  One such memorial was raised in Ogbourne St Andrew in 1922 as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 13 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. Following the Second World War a plaque was added to the memorial recording the names of the two local servicemen who died in that conflict.

 

Parish Council Election Results

A parish council election was held on 22nd June 2017. There were 75 votes cast. The successful candidates were:

Alan Brown, John Edmunds, Steven Heaven, John Hetherington, Nick Parsons, Yvonne Parsons and Sid Vincent. Jenni Clarke remains the clerk to the parish council. To find out more about your councillors and what they do, click on http://osa.org.uk/the-parish-council/

Thank you to everyone who stood for election and to everyone who voted

Parish Charity

A charity exists within the parish, which is aimed at helping parishioners. It was originally set up to provide fuel for those in need in the village, but has been used for a variety of purposes in recent years. These have included contributions towards travel costs of a student studying in Swindon, providing books for student study and providing bibles for each leaver from Ogbourne Primary School. The total sum available for an award this year is about £100.

If you wish to apply for a grant, please contact Revd Roger Powell at any time on 01793 740369 or e-mail revd.rpowell@btopenworld.com.

If you would be interested in joining the Parish Charity committee,  we would be delighted to hear from you. We would especially welcome a new member who could provide a youthful input. Again, please contact Revd Roger Powell (contact details above).