The Census is here – Sunday 21st March –

The office for National Statistics 2021 census is here. By taking part in the census you will help inform decisions about the things that matter to you and your community.

Please see the link for more information. Census-Poster

Great Easton –  Wildflower Verges Update March 2021 

In 2021 the Parish Council will be continuing with Leicestershire County Council’s Wildflower/Verge initiative in the village.  Currently we have two areas in the village where the verges are only cut once in the summer to encourage wildflowers and other biodiversity instead of having just boring grass!!  The corner of Pitchers Lane and Broadgate is one area, the other is on Church Bank near the shop.

The rest of the verges in the village are cut 6 times a year by Leicestershire County Council with cutting due to start in April. The blue-grey hearts that have been installed by LCC (carefully avoiding any buried cables etc.) at the two locations show these areas are part of LCC’s wildflower verges scheme.  They also help the grass-cutting gangs to know which areas should not be mowed during their regular cut.

The primroses and celandines are already enjoying the sun on Pitcher’s Lane, and although they aren’t wildflowers here, the daffodils planted at the corner with Broadgate and those on Church Bank look lovely too.

LCC arranged for botanical surveys of the two areas in June 2020 by expert volunteers at Naturespot and you can see the results of the surveys on our dedicated parish page on the Naturespot website using these links:

https://www.naturespot.org.uk/great_easton_pitchers_ln_verge

https://www.naturespot.org.uk/great_easton_church_bank_verge

The great news is that there is no need for us to seed the areas with wildflowers as there’s a good range of species there already – all we need to do is to encourage the wildflowers by cutting the long vegetation once in summer after 15th July and removing the cut vegetation. Wildflowers thrive in poorer soils with less nutrients, so removing the cut material helps the wildflowers compete against the grass, which likes lots of compost. Naturespot will do another survey this summer and are happy to have interested volunteers joining them (Covid 19 permitting) – contact Charlotte Johnston if you are interested.

Last summer we had a great response from quite a few folk coordinated by Bob Wilson, who strimmed the area in early August and took away the cuttings for green waste  – so we’ll be looking for volunteers again in the summer when the weather is more encouraging!!  Leah Karibian and Margaret Stamp took photos of the team doing the work.

Eyebrook Bird Feeds (who sell wildflower seed as well as bird seed – see https://www.eyebrookwildbirdfeeds.co.uk/PL.aspx?CatName=Wildlife/Wild_Flowers ) have also offered to provide wildflower seed and sponsor a small wildflower bed at the Village Hall. Volunteers led by Alice Murdock will shortly prepare some of the ground behind the Village Hall ready to be seeded this spring.  We are also planning to establish a strip of wildflower meadow at the recreation ground, aiming for preparation of the ground and seeding in autumn 2021.

If you would like to volunteer and get involved in maintenance, please contact Bob Wilson (at 47 High Street, wilsonrw@btinternet.com or 01536 770912)
If you want more information on the project contact Charlotte Johnston (at 15 Cross Bank, Davies.johnston@gmail.com or 01536 772271)
Anyone with wildflower or insect identification or photography skills who would like to record the plants and insects from these areas is especially encouraged to get involved!

COVID – 19  Coronavirus 

Update from Leicestershire County Council of Household Waste Recycling Centres –

Please see the link below for the latest information on the Household Waste Recycling Centres, they will re-open on Monday 18th May 2020, they will only be taking certain waste streams and anyone wishing to use the centres will need to book a slot.

Information can be found here

COVID SUPPORT –

During this difficult time for everyone, the village has really pulled together to support each other, with a wide variety of formal and informal support networks in place. The Parish Council continues to operate and its priority is to ensure that all villagers have the relevant information and are able to access the variety of help and assistance that is available.

This notice briefly summarises the current advice and support that is available. As we are all aware, the situation is constantly evolving and this is likely to be the case for the immediate future. Whilst we are lucky to be living in a friendly and supportive community, there are still people amongst us who are lonely and vulnerable and need support.

THE PARISH COUNCIL –

New regulations enable the Parish Council to hold meetings remotely – (The Local Authorities (Coronavirus) Flexibility of Local Authority Meetings (England) Regulations 2020. The Parish Council is continuing to maintain the scheduled monthly meetings using Zoom conferencing and the agenda will include details to facilitate public access.

The Parish Council intends to continue to operate as normally as possible, including scheduling the Annual meeting in July, meeting the annual audit requirements and current transparency regulations.

VILLAGE SUPPORT –

Street Coordinators. A named contact person(s) has been publicised for each street within the village,  who has made initial contact with each resident and provides a first point of contact if there is an unmet need.

Prescription collection. A prescription collection service for prescriptions from Uppingham Surgery operates daily using volunteer Collectors, administered by the Clerk – contact: admin@greateaston.org or Tel: 01536 772159.

Nextdoor website. The Nextdoor website, which reaches over 70% of residents, provides a current means of publicising advice and information, with daily updates and interaction.

HARBOROUGH DISTRICT COUNCIL  – Harborough District Council has created a Community Hub and distributed a letter to residents advising that the Community Hub is available to anyone who finds themselves unable to access the necessary support locally. A copy of the letter can be found here which details the various ways to access the Hub. The Hub will then notify a nominated local contact to organise the necessary response. To access, go to: www.harborough.gov.uk/hd-community-hub or call 01858 821232.

THE VILLAGE SHOP/POThe outstanding service provided by Mark and Diane, assisted by Sally in the Village Shop is appreciated throughout the village and surrounding communities. To maintain a well stocked shop with 7 day opening is a vital contribution to daily life in the village and an important focal point for the community.

THE CHURCHAlthough St Andrews Church is officially shut the Rector and Church secretary are communicating using a variety of social media outlets to hold remote services and provide support. A letter giving the various links is attached here.
Contacts are:
Rector: Rev Stephen Bishop .Email: rector@sixsaintscircaholt.org
Tel: 01858 565933
Secretary: Maria Wightman. Email: secretary@sixsaintscircaholt.org
Tel: 07802 246257

If anyone has any questions please email the Parish Council at  admin@greateaston.org.

OTHER NEWS –

Farmers in the village have at various times in the past, raised concerns about walkers and dog walkers passing through Farmland on the designated footpaths/rights of way.
The Parish Council has been asked to remind residents and dog walkers to respect the limits of the various footpaths which pass through Farmland, to keep their dogs under control, particularly in fields of livestock, and to ensure that dog mess, which can be a hazard to livestock, is cleared up in the same way as it is in the village.
It is very shortly lambing time and all residents and dog walkers are asked to be aware of their responsibilities when walking in the countryside.

The landowner of the ‘old railway track’ has informed the Council that the current Agreement allowing public access to the track is to be terminated. As the current Agreement expires on 31 January 2018, access will not be permitted after that date. Residents are asked to note this change to access.

Food Bank – Village Donations to Local Corby Foodbank.

Within the village we are collecting food for the Trussell Foodbank in Corby. The collection will be ongoing throughout the year.

Everyone is invited to give generously from the list of items noted below:

Most Needed Items

  • UHT or powdered milk
  • Sugar
  • Fruit Juice cartons (UHT)
  • Instant coffee
  • Instant mashed potato
  • Tinned items – sponge pudding, rice pudding, meat or fish, fruit

Needed Items –

  • Pasta Sauces
  • Rice
  • Jam
  • Biscuits/ Snack bar
  • Teabags