Village News & Notices
Friends of Blakedown Playground AGM
(15 Oct 05)
The AGM will be held at Blakedown Scout Hut, behind the Parish Rooms, at 8 pm. This is a Public meeting where comittee members may be elected.
BENEFICE AWAY-DAY 2005
(05 Oct 05)
Following the success of last year's away-day, another has been arranged for Saturday, 22nd October at the Franciscan Retreat House, Glasshampton, near Great Witley. This should prove to be an exciting and interesting day for members of all three congregations.
Please let Gerry (700748) or Mary (700776) know as soon as possible if you are able to come.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY, 13TH NOVEMBER
(05 Oct 05)
This year the United Service Remembrance Day Service will be attended by the Royal British Legion and take place at Blakedown Church. Members of the community are invited to join with the Legion at the railway station at 10.30 a.m. and parade to the church for the service starting at 10.50 a.m.
There will be no 11.00 a.m. service at Broome this year.
Mark Jones has been appointed the new Village Handyman for Churchill and Blakedown Parish, working one day per week, under the direction of the Parish Council.
Proposals for Low Cost Housing & Parking
Following the Parish Council meeting held
the 13th July 2005, I invited Mr Griffiths
to write a short piece for the Village Website
that would clearly state the intentions for
the land off Station Drive and provide a
response to the Express & Star Newspaper report linked to in earlier versions of this site.
After reading the article below I would like to invite all comments to be sent to the Webmaster. I will collate all responses and pass them on to the Parish Council.
And now for Mr Griffiths statement.......
As a number of you may already know Marmaris
Investments own the land off Station Drive
next to the railway station. Representatives
of Marmaris (Colin Griffiths of Satnam Investments)
had the pleasure of speaking to the Parish
Council and a number of local residents recently
in respect of our initial thoughts for the
Clearly, we accept from the outset that the site is within the greenbelt and that without an "exceptional" need for the release of the site, probably nothing will happen. That having been said, we are aware of the problems associated with vehicles parked on the grass verges and roads in the vicinity of the station, which is causing problems locally and (via the Local Authority) the lack of affordable housing within the rural areas and villages of Wyre Forest, including Blakedown.
We wish to investigate therefore, with the village and its residents, whether there is a desire and a need locally to bring forward a limited development scheme on the land at Station Drive to provide the following:
1) a car park for users of Blakedown Station (circa 30 spaces)
2) approximately 20 affordable houses - a mixture of rented and shared equity purchase - via a housing association for those in local housing need
3) a limited amount (again circa 20) of a range of houses for sale, which will provide the finance for the above elements of the scheme
The scheme would, of course, be properly planned, landscaped and carried out, so that visually it was an asset to the village.
In association with the railway car park (which we would hope would then be transferred to the Parish Council with an appropriate sum for its future maintenance) we would propose road traffic orders to bring in residents parking schemes on the roads in the vicinity of the railway station to reduce the amount of on street car parking.
The affordable housing would be provided by a housing association and a legal agreement would prevent its extension and limit the resale of the shared equity homes to prevent resale at full market value in the future.
Clearly, the proposal would conform with all relevant technical and highway requirements, including any financial contributions to local facilities, such as schools and open space.
We would appreciate the views of as many local residents as possible so that we may then consider whether there is, in principle, sufficient support for us to move to the next stage of preparing detailed plans and working with the Parish Council on a local housing needs survey, to establish what form of affordable housing (if any) is required in the village.
We would be grateful for your views by September 1st 2005. You can email your response,if you wish, to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to :
Satnam Investments Limited
17 Imperial Square
Announcing a new local history publication,
Schoolday Memories From Blakedown
It began as a makeshift school in a temporary building. But in 1885, Blakedown School was officially founded on a plot of donated land next to the village church. Over the decades thousands of children have passed through its doors. For many, in the earlier days, it was the only education they would receive. For others, it was the important foundation that prepared them for secondary school.
Read the full article here.
Blakedown Children's Playground
The Friends of Blakedown Playground, a small group set up to maintain and improve the children's playground on the Sports Field behind Blakedown School, is asking for some practical help this month.
They're organising a Work Party on Saturday 9th April from 1pm to do some light maintenance work at the playground eg painting, ground levelling and general maintenance.
Offers of help would be very much appreciated, to smarten up this much-used village facility. If you can spare an hour or so, please contact one of the group (numbers are below).
Please note that for safety reasons the playground will be closed during the afternoon, and volunteers are asked not to bring young children with them.
Contact numbers: Jim 700994, Vince 700540, Trish 701208, Stuart 700874
Old House at Home
One of our Village pubs has recently been sold by Spirit Group.
This change of ownership though does not appear to have a detrimental effect upon our amenities in that the Old House at Home has a new licensee with strong ambitions to provide a good local service for villagers and other visitors.
There have been some changes already with a different range of beers and a new menu.
Churchill and Blakedown Website wish them success.
Sent in by A. Cairns
New Bush Shelter
The new bus shelter has been built and installed!