Save on your energy bills!

Act before 1st Feb deadline

This month, Buckinghamshire County Council will again be working with the four District Councils, to invite residents to see if they can make savings on their energy bills through the Government’s Collective Switching Scheme and we need your help to spread the message.

It is a national scheme, which will join our residents, families and friends with other people from around the country in a large pool and then invite energy suppliers to bid in an auction to provide energy to this pool of people at a preferential lower rate. Once the supplier has been confirmed they will write to everyone with a personalised quote. There is no obligation to switch.

In the last round of auctions, that took place in November 2015:

• 100 percent of people who registered in Buckinghamshire were able to make a saving

• The average savings in the county have been around £295 per year – higher than the national average.

We have a website www.buckscc.gov.uk/switchedon where people can find out more and also register their interest.

We really need everyone’s help getting the message out to people. I would be grateful if you could pass this email on to residents in your area, spread the message via your social media accounts, or use any other communication channel you feel is suitable ahead of the deadline at the end of this month.

The deadline is 1st February 2016 and the auction for suppliers will take place on 2nd February. Please note that residents will need their existing energy bill(s) to complete your registration.

Pantomime wrong dates in Crier

The Variety Club will be performing Five Go to Treasure Island on 18th, 19th and 20th February, which as you may have realised already is half term, not the week after as publicised. Gary got it wrong again! Sorry Kathy

Tickets go on sale from 1st Feb from  Kathy Parish

Orchard Ground joins the Vale Lottery

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING UP TO £20,000?
If the answer is yes, then don’t miss this opportunity to sign up for the Vale Lottery and at the same time raise additional funding for the Orchard Ground Association.
The Vale Lottery is a new initiative that has just been launched to support Aylesbury based causes and give anyone in the UK the opportunity to win £20,000.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?
All supporters will get the chance to win prizes for just £1 per week.
Every ticket has a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize every week!
The draw will take place every Saturday night. The first draw took place on Saturday 28th November 2015.
Winners will be advised directly, so if you don’t have the time to check if you’ve won, the Vale Lottery will let you know! Importantly Orchard Ground Association will receive 50% of all ticket sales from our supporters that sign up!

HOW DO I SIGN UP?
All you have to do to sign up by visiting our Vale Lottery page at (click on the link below)
www.valelottery.co.uk/support/orchard-ground-association and follow the instructions.
Supporters have several options on how to pay, either by Direct Debit or Card payment and can sign up to both recurring monthly payments (which can be stopped at any time) or fixed periods of 13, 26 or 52 weeks payable in advance via a card.
Don’t miss the chance to win £20,000 and support the Orchard Ground Association!
Feel free to pass on the details to any friends and family as the more people that sign up, the more money raised for our facilities.

Thank you for your continued support and good luck to everyone who enters the draw!

Vacancy Parish Clerk, Cublington Parish Council

A vacancy will arise at the beginning of the next financial year ie 1st April 2016 for a part-time Parish Clerk. If you are interested in being involved in the village community and learning more about local government contact Julie for an informal chat about the duties and remuneration on 681709 or email cublingtonpc.clerk@gmail.com

Christmas Bin Collections

Changes to bin collection days at Christmas
www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/bins

Normal collection day Revised collection day
Friday 25 Dec Tuesday 29 Dec
Tuesday 29 Dec Wednesday 30 Dec
Wednesday 30 Dec Thursday 31 Dec
Thursday 31 Dec Saturday 2 Jan
Friday 1 Jan Monday 4 Jan
Please take a note of these date changes – all days are affected.

Mike Waples Memorial Walk Lecturn

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Just 16 days to go of crowdfunding

It is now over a year since Mike Waples passed away. He was a well known local character, always happy and liked by everyone who knew him.

He was also a keen walker and with the local group (The RAMS), he and they walked hundreds of miles together. Partly for this reason it has been decided to create a village walk in his memory. Set on a steel lecturn, there will be a map, of the local area with the route marked out for anyone to follow. The walk will be 1-2 miles long. Subject to permission being granted from the Parish Council, the lecturn will be placed on the Nob. There may also be a commemorative tree planted alongside.
If anyone who knew him would like to contribute to the cost, it would be very gratefully received. There is also a jar on the bar in The Unicorn should you wish to donate by more conventional means.
https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Mike-Waples

Pump hunt for sewage station owners

  • Thames Water to take on the responsibility of 4,000 sewage pumping stations from property owners and managers
  • Utility will take over electricity and maintenance costs under new legislation, potentially saving customers thousands of pounds
  • Firm appeals for help tracking 1,800 ‘missing’ stations

Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations.
The utility, which serves 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley, will take responsibility for around 4,000 pumping in October 2016, but needs to track down 1,800 currently off its radar.

New legislation means sewage pumping stations, which power wastewater away from properties and out into the public sewer pipe network, currently owned and maintained by customers will become legally owned and operated by the local water company.

The pumping stations are found in all shapes and sizes, and can be in places where there are a number of properties needing to connect to the public sewer network. Customers will know they have one as they’ll be paying to maintain and power them.

Jerry White, of Thames Water, said: “This is really good news for customers. We’d urge anyone who thinks they may have one to get in touch so we can check they are eligible for the transfer of ownership. In some cases, as well as electricity savings, maintaining and replacing pumps can cost thousands of pounds so it’s an excellent deal for them.

“We believe we know where approximately half of the stations we need to take over are, but really need help to find the other 1,800. Please get in touch if you think this applies to you and we can take on the responsibility forever.”

Anyone with a private pumping station can make Thames Water aware at thameswater.co.uk/pumphunt

Note:
A sewer pumping station is likely to be ‘adopted’ by Thames Water if it:

  • was in use before July 2011 (and)
  • serve a single property, and is outside the property boundary (or)
  • serves two or more properties

More information: www.thameswater.co.uk/pumphunt

Best Kept Village Competition

CATEGORY – GURNEY CUP

The winners: Stoke Goldington

Joint Runners-up: Little Marlow & Little Missenden

These are the judges’ comments on Cublington:

“The graveyard was well maintained and the Unicorn pub was tidy and litter free. The pump is a nice retained feature but had weeds around the base. The children’s play area has modern equipment but the safety surfaces need improving. The village is obviously very proud of the cricket ground and pavilion which is well maintained predominantly by volunteers showing community involvement, and the Cublington Community Growers Group is a good sign of a community pulling together. The area around the pond needs some attention to clear the growth at the edges. The village hall was being used for play nursery and we were told that several activities take place there but these were not indicated on the hall notice board. The carved village sign is a very attractive feature to the village. The bus shelter was tidy and the village was litter free. The schedule of features was most helpful.”

The marks awarded were 74 out of 100.