On behalf of our residents, Great Coxwell Parish Council offers its deepest sympathies to the Royal family on the passing today of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 – 2022.
Queen Elizabeth ll, was the longest-serving monarch in British history, serving our country with dedication and devotion for 70 years. She was also a much-loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and the Parish Council sends its sincere condolences to The King and the entire Royal Family.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the news earlier today, in a statement saying:
“ The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.“
A book of condolence will be available for signing in the Church from 9:30am tomorrow.
The Church bell will be tolled 96 times, one of each year of the Queen’s life, at 10am tomorrow (Friday 9th September).
The Vicar will hold a short prayer vigil after the tolling of the bell at 10am.
Flowers may be left (unwrapped) on the grass to the left and right of the main doors into the Church. (Please note flowers will be removed the day after the state funeral and composted).
This week’s Sunday Service (10:30am) will be dedicated to the memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Councils bring back their FREE Litter Bug activity trails competition for the school summer holidays
From Saturday 6 August to Sunday 4 September South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils are once again running FREE Litter Bug Detectives activity trails for children in villages and towns across the districts.
Those taking part have a chance to win £20 vouchers for themselves and a rainbow-coloured bench – made from recycled plastic – for their school.
The trails average just over 2km on marked routes around local parks and recreation grounds. There are 14 stops on each route with questions on waste and recycling. The answers to the questions give letter clues to make up a three-word answer at the end.
Local town and parish councils are managing the trails using materials from the councils’ waste team. The activities follow a successful scheme run during the school holidays last year.
The trails are aimed at primary school children (under-12s) to promote recycling and reuse messages and explain the damage litter does to our environment.
Each child, who sends in the correct answer, can request a personalised Litter Bug Detectives certificate. They are also entered into a prize draw – one draw for each council – for £20 vouchers for themselves and a bench for their school.
Cllr Sue Cooper South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for said: “This was very popular last year, with lots of entries and lots of parents telling us how nice it was that the councils provided something fun and free to do during the school holidays. For us, it’s also a great way to promote recycling and reuse to primary school children – and their parents.”
Cllr Sally Povolotsky, Vale of White Horse District Council cabinet member for Climate Emergency and the environment, said: “The trails are fun, free and local. Hopefully many families can just walk to their nearest trail. In addition to some exercise, the children get a chance to win a prize for themselves and their school, and also learn some interesting facts about waste!”
How to take part
Notes to editors
The trails will be available from 6 August at the following sites:
Please put your bins out the night before they’re due to be emptied this week. Biffa will begin waste collections at 5am on Monday 18 July and Tuesday 19 July due to the expected heatwave. This should help their crews avoid being out at the hottest part of the day.
Even with the early start, it’s possible Biffa’s waste collection crews may not be able to complete their rounds. If this happens and your bins are not emptied, please leave them out for two days after your scheduled collection day and the crews will aim to catch up later in the week. More information is on our missed bins page
Communications and Engagement Team
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
The Parish Council has received a notice from the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils pledging their support for No Mow May, a national campaign to encourage people not to mow gardens and public areas during May. We intend to include Great Coxwell in this and will postpone the cutting of verges, footpaths and the Park until June with the following caveats:
The campaign is intended to encourage people to let grass grow long to help boost biodiversity and provide a refuge for wildflower blossom, increasing the supply of nectar for bees. Not cutting lawns for a month will encourage more wildflowers to grow with May being the time at which grass grows fastest.
At the end of May, people are asked to take part in Every Flower Counts (https://www.plantlife.org.uk/everyflowercounts/), a survey to show how many bees the UK’s lawns can feed and for the councils to assess how the trial has impacted each area.
More information on how the VWHDC will carry out grass cutting can be found at http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/NoMowMay.
Verge cutting in Great Coxwell
Attached are maps showing the areas of verge that our contractor BGG will be cutting and those verges which will be maintained by property owners. This information is based on information held by the Parish Council last year and we are asking anyone who wishes to make any changes to this to please notify the Clerk, Jo Farrant at email@example.com. We would be grateful if this message could be passed on to anyone who does not receive the Newsletter.
Clerk to Great Coxwell Parish Council
Tel: 079 89 75 1950
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