New Wildflower Interpretation Board

Photo of the wildflower interpretation board
Photo of Wildflower Interpretation Board with school pupils and others involved

If you have travelled along Church Road recently you will have noticed a new addition to the landscape opposite the school.  The parish council have been working with a number of local groups to design, build and install a new wildflower interpretation board.

The board has been built by Richard Stradling in collaboration with the scouts. The photographs and text have been provided by the Ashton Wildflower Group and the content design and layout has been completed by the school.

Finally, the two new wildflower patches planted last spring at the bottom of Shay Lane and Grange Road have grown albeit not helped by the weather. Also, the Parish Council has agreed with CWaC that we establish a further wildflower patch along The Meadows. The parish council would like to thank everyone involved in the project.


on Monday 13th March at 6.00pm

in the Parish Rooms

The Parish Meeting is held once a year and provides the opportunity for all the community groups in the area to come together and catch-up on the activities of their groups within the village who contribute to its functioning and wellbeing.

Please come along to share how your group has served the community over the last year and their plans going forward.

Please contact the to confirm your group’s attendance.

The meeting will end on or before 7.15pm to allow the PC meeting to commence.


Following the very popular free training sessions that have been running over the last few weeks, we have managed to secure two further dates for any residents who would like to take part.

The dates are:

  • 1st March 6:30pm – 7:30pm (approx) in the Parish Rooms
  • 8th March 6:30pm – 7:30pm (approx) in the Parish Rooms

The sessions are run by a First Responder and cover basic life support and how to use the defibrillators that we have available around the village.

The feedback from residents who have attended so far has been extremely positive and so if you would like a place on either of these training sessions please contact Jane Colville on

Ukrainian Refugee Support Details

The parish council are investigating what local support mechanisms they can put in place to assist both host families and their Ukrainian guests. To assist us in this process, if you are hosting a Ukrainian family can you please let us know by completing the details below.

Thank you.

Please tell us which agency or charity you have registered with. You can list more than one separated by commas.
How many adult refugees are you looking to accomodate?
How many child refugees are you looking to accommodate? If you know their approximate ages could you indicate that as well e.g. 1, 8-10 years
Please provide an indication of when the refugee(s) will be arriving.
This is where you can provide any additional information that you feel would be useful for the parish council to know at this stage.

Queen’s Jubilee Festival Events Update

The planning teams have been really busy over the last few weeks and some notable milestones are:

  • Confirmation that we have been granted just under £10,000 from the National Lottery
  • Confirmation that the WI will fund the inter-generational audio-visual production
  • Confirmation that the Sands Veterinary Practice will sponsor the dog show
  • Confirmation that a number of other local businesses and residents will provide sponsorship and support in kind

This is all great news but we do still need to complete the jigsaw and would ask that all local businesses, organisations and residents consider supporting the festival of events by pledging support to the Beacon Lighting event:

If we can get at least 20 sponsors CWaC will look to sponsor the event too, making it even easier to reach our overall target. Any size of pledge will be very welcome.

Please help us by getting this message out to as many people as you can.

Let’s make the festival an escape from the negative things all around us and something positive that everyone will remember for a long time to come.

Any surplus income received after all costs have been deducted will be donated to local community projects and charity.

Thank you.

The War in Ukraine and its impact on the people living there

The Parish Council are acutely aware of the desperate plight of those residents of Ukraine who are caught up in this atrocious war and would want to be able to support those people in a meaningful way. The UK Government has set up a website where people can get further information, which is developing on a daily basis, and people and organisations can register their interest in offering housing support to refugee families.

We are also aware that the Council [CWAC] have already offered their support to refugees arriving in this country and we in turn would want to look out for opportunities which will allow our community to contribute to this effort as it becomes clearer how this might best happen.

 There is information available on the CWAC website at and this is an excellent place to start.

If individuals in the parish need any additional assistance in finding out how they can help, please contact a member of the Parish Council and we will do all we can do to help.