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.

A Beacon is lit in Ashton Hayes …

On Thursday 2nd June, Ashton Hayes will be hosting one of the official Queen’s Jubilee Beacons. Read all about them at

To help us take part in this once in a lifetime event we are asking for donations to help us fund the event. We are urging everyone to pledge their support at

We look forward to seeing you on 2nd June!

Queen’s Jubilee Celebration Preparations

As you will know it is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration on the weekend of 2nd – 5th June 2022. Local communities are being asked to arrange events as part of the celebrations. This would potentially include taking part in the national beacon lighting event on the evening of 2nd June as well as a multi-organisation community event which, thanks to AHSRA, is likely to be held on the recreation field on Sunday 5th June.

If you are a local resident or local organisation/group and you are interested in being on the organising committee for one or both of these events the parish council would love to hear from you. Please email us at with your details and we will be in touch.

You can also use this address to let us know of any ideas you may have for these and possibly other events over the weekend, even if you don’t want to help organise them. We cannot promise to take all suggestions forward but they will be considered.

Thank you

School Poster Competition Winners

Isobel, Nathan and Penny – Worthy Winners

The school has been working in partnership with the Parish Council to promote responsible dog ownership.

The children took part in a competition to design posters on the importance of picking up your dog poo. The winners were presented with their prizes at an assembly last week and the winning designs have been made into large A3 posters that are now on display around the village.

The children are really keen for all us adults to act responsibly and look after the environment that they will inherit from us. Let’s all do our bit not to disappoint them.

Congratulations to Isobel, Nathan and Penny on their designs and to all the children for taking the time to enter the competition. It was lovely to see such wonderful efforts.


In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched our PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign. 

The campaign will run on social media from 17th – 30th May but those who do not use social media can support the campaign by displaying this poster in their community, or attending our online Dog Theft webinar on the 27th May at 5pm.  The webinar will be led by Neighbourhood Watch Network with speakers from the Met Police and Crimestoppers, as well as special guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. To book your place, click here.

The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE, and to HELP MAKE PET THEFT A SPECIFIC CRIMINAL OFFENCE.  The Met Police and Crimestoppers are backing our SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE message.  More information on the campaign can be found on

You can support the campaign by acting on our advice and sharing our messages in the following ways:
1) Follow us on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn and share our campaign posts
  2) Print this poster and display it in your community
  3) Share this campaign image on your local Whatsapp groups
  4) Help make pet theft a specific criminal offence by signing a petition or writing to your MP.
5) Find out more on
  6) Attend our online Dog Theft webinar on 27th May, 5pm. Book your place here.

About guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex
Katy Bourne is in her third term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and again in 2021.  The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Force; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to deliver community safety initiatives including Restorative Justice and crime reduction grants, along with commissioning support services for victims of crime.

Her genuine passion and commitment to making a difference has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers and in June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

For anybody who wishes to have a PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign pack, please email

Keep safe,

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