Issue 106 - September 2020 
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Exterior of Haddenham Village Hall

First Phase of Village Hall Refurbishment Begins

During the creation of Haddenham’s Neighbourhood Plan, public consultation identified the redevelopment of the Banks Park site as a modernised village hub as a top priority for residents. After several years of planning by the Parish Council and the Village Hall Management Committee, we are pleased to announce that work on the first phase of the project is due to start.

The first phase will focus on the refurbishment of the disused and dilapidated day care centre and will address urgent maintenance issues highlighted in a recent roof survey as well as the removal of asbestos. 

Following the work, the building will be better suited to serving the needs of the community with a modern, fit-for-purpose meeting room available for local groups to hire and a larger Parish Council office to accommodate growing numbers of staff in a safer working environment, as well as a reception area for visitors.

The work to the day centre will begin on 14th September 2020 and is due to be completed in Spring 2021.

Further information on the projects being undertaken by the Parish Council can be found on our website

New Retailers Join Haddenham Hamper!

We are pleased to announce that two new local businesses have joined Haddenham Hamper. Welcome to The Butchery Box and Penns Flowers!

The Haddenham Hamper website has been set up by the Parish Council to help residents place orders with retailers in the local area by providing information about local shops and what they have on offer in a single place.

For retailers, it provides an opportunity to add value for their existing customers and expand their customer base in the local area.

To see what is available, why not visit the Haddenham Hamper website now?

Any retailers who wish to be included on the website should contact the Parish Council on clerk@haddenham-bucks-pc.gov.uk

collection of school equipment, school building and school bus
Haddenham Educational Charity Grant

Applications are still open for grants from the Haddenham Educational Charity. The charity provides small grants to support residents of Haddenham who need help with the costs associated with education. All forms of study, from Reception to Post Graduate, will be considered, including arts, sports and apprenticeships.

More information can be found on the Parish Council website, including the grant awarding policy and application form, or by contacting the Parish Clerk.

The next meeting of the charity will take place on 28 September 2020. Those who would like their application to be considered should submit a completed application form to clerk@haddenham-bucks-pc.gov.uk or the Parish Council Office by Monday 21 September 2020.
New Access Box for Wheelchair Swing Installed

A new access box has been installed for the safe keeping of the instructions, key and safety restraints needed for the Wheelchair Swing at Woodways Playground. This will allow users to swing whenever they choose.  

The box is secured to the playground fence behind the swing and can be accessed via a code, available from the Parish Council office staff. To contact the Parish Council for the code, please call 01844 292411. 
2 electric cars connected to roadside charger
Electric Car Club Survey

Zero-Carbon Haddenham is currently carrying out a survey to gauge the level of interest within the village for an Electric Car Club. Car Clubs allow users to access a car when they need it, be it a for an hour or a month, without having to purchase or maintain a car themselves. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please take a few minutes to fill in the below survey: 
lawnmower cutting grass

Community Gardening Scheme 

Haddenham Parish Council and Aspire, our village maintenance partners, are re-launching a pilot scheme to assist residents who need help with garden maintenance. The service will initially run on a pilot basis to test demand and will consist of basic garden maintenance aimed at keeping gardens green and tidy.

The service is intended to support residents who are unable to manage their gardens and have nobody to help them, whether this is on a temporary or permanent basis. No charges will be made for the service but donations are welcomed from those who can afford it. Any donations will help support Aspire, a community business, to run the scheme on behalf of the Council.
If you wish to apply for the scheme, or you would like to refer someone with their consent, submit a completed garden maintenance application form to Aspire at works@aspirecommunityworks.com. Aspire will then be in touch to discuss your application in more detail.  

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Introducing Haddenham and Waddesdon Community Board

What is a Community Board?

Community boards have been set up by Buckinghamshire Council to help people work with the Council, local agencies and other community organisations to make a difference in their communities. They take over from the Local Area Forums that existed under the former AVDC. 

 The main focus of Community Boards is to:

  • represent the voices of local people;
  • capture thoughts, ideas and suggestions in new ways;
  • enable local conversations about priorities;
  • identify needs within local communities and work to produce creative solutions;
  • explore areas of interest;
  • influence how decisions are made, and public services are delivered.
At the first meeting of Haddenham and Waddesdon Community Board on 22nd July 2020, 5 initial areas were agreed as priorities:
  • Covid Recovery
  •  Environment and Green Spaces
  •  Highways and Road Safety (incorporating speeding issues)
  •  Freight Steering Group
  •  Cycling and Walking

Getting involved

The Community Board will feature a mixture of public meetings and working groups, who will focus on a specific issue or local project. Five public meetings will be held each year. At these meetings, funding is allocated and feedback will be shared on the plan of action. 

Those who want to get involved don’t need to attend every session. Agendas and minutes for the Haddenham and Waddesdon Board can be viewed online, so people are able to get involved with the topics that they feel most passionate about. This may be by joining meetings or taking part in a specific project working group, or by completing surveys and polls to share their views. 

The next meeting of the Haddenham and Waddesdon Community Board will be held online on 24th September 2020 at 7pm. The meeting is open to the wider community to join in.

If you’d like to get involved with the board, email localities@buckinghamshire.gov.uk  or visit Buckinghamshire Council's website for more information.
Meetings and Minutes:
All upcoming meetings will be held remotely by zoom.
Planning Committee - 28th September 2020
Finance & General Purposes Committee - 28th September 2020
Haddenham Educational Charity - 28th September 2020
Latest Minutes:
Planning Committee -  10th August 2020
Environment Committee (draft) - 10th August 2020
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