Burton Overy Newsletter #61
News from the Parish Council
This summer has seen two applications for large wind turbines in our area. The Parish Council objected to both applications. The first, on land owned by the Hospital Estates Trust close to Burton Brook, was refused by Harborough District Council on the grounds that the turbine would appear as a dominant and visually intrusive feature on the landscape and would detrimentally affect the character of the local High Leicestershire landscape. The proposed development was therefore contrary to policies CS9, CS11 and CS17 of the Harborough District Core Strategy. In addition the proposal did not demonstrate that it would not harm habitats or species which are protected or which are important to biodiversity and was therefore contrary to policy CS8 of the Core Strategy. The second application on Grange Farm was due to be heard by the planning committee on 10 September 2013 but was withdrawn by the applicant on that date. The planning officer had made a recommendation for refusal because of the impact on the landscape and because the applicant had not shown that the proposal would not cause any detrimental impact upon the air traffic zone of Leicester Airport. Although not part of the recommendation for refusal, the Leicestershire County Council Highways Authority had reservations regarding the position of the turbine and its subsequent impact on highway safety.
There is now an application for yet another 77m wind turbine being considered by Harborough District Council under planning ref: 13/01394/FUL. The site is on Wistow Road, Kibworth Harcourt and although not in this parish it is very close. The Parish Council will be lodging an objection for similar reasons as those given for the previous applications. We are particularly concerned that Harborough District Council has no plan for the most appropriate siting of these turbines in the Harborough District and allowing this application may set a precedent for this area.
The Co-op has now put in a planning application for a crematorium on London Road, Great Glen. You can view or comment on the application on the planning website under ref: 13/01523/FUL.
You can view and make any comments on local planning applications at: www.harborough.gov.uk/planning.
Donation to the village hall
The Parish Council gives a donation annually to the village hall. You may be aware that there are a number of maintenance and repair issues facing the village hall and in view of this and in recognition of the fact that the hall is an important community building, for this year the donation will be £1,000.
Wind of change in local government
I mentioned in the previous newsletter how the Localism Act is beginning to impact on Parish Councils. Now our District and County Council are required to make efficiency savings as part of the Government's drive to reduce public debt. Leicestershire County Council needs to save £100 million over the next 5 years and some of its services will be axed and others will be drastically reduced. Both District and County Council are looking closely at new and different ways to save money on the delivery of services including closer working with, or devolving to, other public service agencies including parish councils.
This change to the public service landscape is unlike anything experienced in living memory and Parish Councils like ours will need to consider what role they play in local service delivery. Over the next year we, as parish councilors, will be attending events and courses aimed at informing us about the changes. Hopefully this will help us come to terms with what is happening and decide how this Parish Council should continue to operate.
You will appreciate from the above that there is a lot of work and time involved and of course the councillors are volunteers. The Council has been without a clerk since February. Traditionally the parish clerk has been a volunteer. Most parish councils are now employing a clerk to deal with the ever increasing workload. I am pleased to say that Kate Barker has agreed to trial a system with us over the next year whereby she undertakes the clerking job on a self- employed basis. This will give us time to see how this system works and how the Council will be involved in the process of change affecting local government.
Another consequence of the changes taking place is that consideration will need to be given to the amount of the precept that we request from the District Council. This money is a grant to the parish to enable it to carry on its work and it is raised through the council tax. Over a number of years the Parish Council has maintained the precept at £2,500 p. a. We will be considering the amount of precept we need to meet the demands now being made on Parish Councils and the likelihood is we will be requesting an increased precept for next year. I will let you have more details of this in due course.
There are a number of issues in the village relating to the state of the roads and drains. Scotland Lane is in a particularly bad way. All issues of which we are aware have been reported to Leicestershire County Council Highways Department and action has been agreed. It is not clear when the necessary work will be carried out as the Council are prioritising areas more seriously affected by flooding problems. We will, however, continue to press the Council for action.
Fran Brown (Chairman)
Village Hall News
We can start with good news that before winter sets in we have changed the boiler system in the Hall and if you have been to any recent event, you will appreciate that it is very efficient.
A simple control panel is now in the main hall with one button for heating and one for hot water.
We had a very successful Midsummer Ball in June and our next Ball will be on New Year's Eve.
Watch out for details which will be circulated in November. Our entertainment for the evening will be provided by our very own Phil King! This event will be very popular and the best way to book will be to get a group together and book a table.
Before then Jane Chandler will once again be organising the popular Christmas lunch. This will take place on Sunday 15th December and once again full details will be circulated in November.
The committee are now preparing a plan for events next year and if you have any ideas or would like to be involved then drop an e-mail to email@example.com.
As the year draws to a close it's once again time for us to contact you about the 100 club. This simple draw has now almost raised £5000 for Hall funds.
If you want to renew your numbers then please make a cheque payable to BOVH for £24 per number. If you are not a subscriber then there are spare numbers available. A reminder notice with a list of numbers will be circulated.
The £60, £30 and £10 draws for Oct, Nov and Dec will be made at the Hall committee meeting in November and the winning numbers are always available in the Village Hall section of the Burton Overy website where you will also see the calendar of Hall events.
After many years of loyal service Pauline Wells has now closed the diary for the last time and handed over the bookings to Norma Hillas. Sincere thanks to Pauline for all her efforts from the committee and a big thank you to Norma for taking over. The bookings number is 259 3309.
St Andrew's, Burton Overy - Church News
The Bridge Afternoon held recently raised over £700 for the Death Watch Beetle Fund. Thank you very much indeed to Jo and Julian Swain for organising this event in the Village Hall.
In the last newsletter we were anticipating the fund raising activities of the summer. Those events were all a success and as you know from the churchwardens' letter sent to each household we raised the target sum needed and the first stage of the work is now underway. This stage is where the architects strip the roof and examine in detail and set the exact terms of the work and the cost for the second stage. We will keep the whole village fully updated as events develop. The second stage, which will be the works of repair, will not commence until the Spring of 2014.
Scaffolding has been erected inside the Church in an area declared unsafe by the initial detailed inspection of the roof. The church was unsafe to use throughout September until supporting this scaffolding was all erected. We hope this does not add to the overall cost, but are continuing with our fund raising with the Christmas Tree Festival until we have a final figure from the architects.
We re-opened the church with a very happy and well attended Harvest Festival on 6th October, with the church beautifully decorated by the flower club. At the service Sue Richerby from Uplands School in Leicester, thanked us for giving the children the opportunity to come and see life on a farm. The collection will be used to pay for transport for the children to come again next spring. For many of them it is the highlight of the school year and far removed from their lives in the middle of Leicester. A delicious hot lunch was served in the Village Hall – thank you to Rebecca, Fran, Nicola and Sarah. The harvest produce was taken to the Salvation Army.
The church will now remain open at all times throughout the remaining work and we can look forward to our usual busy Autumn and Christmas programme of events.
Congratulations to Nicola Gilford and Michael Bateman on their recent marriage in Burton Overy Church.
Baptism – Archie Jackson is to be baptised at the 10.30 service on Sunday, 24th November. Nick and Sarah (nee Gilford) were married in St Andrew's so this will be another happy family occasion for them. The service will be taken by Canon John Tonkin, former Vicar of Oadby, whose other claim to fame is that he has an allotment very near to Jo Taylor of Rectory End!
Some other dates for your diaries:
10th November – 6.30pm – Remembrance Service
6th-8th December – Christmas Tree Festival. The Festival will end with a short service in Church at 5.30pm. Come and sing a few carols among the Christmas trees. The Revd Barry Hill from the Leicester Diocese Mission Team, is looking forward to being with us for this service.
18th December – Mosaic will be performing a festive concert in the church as they did last year. A completely new programme. Tickets available soon.
19th December – Carols at St Mary's, Carlton Curlieu at 7.00pm – Spectaculars to perform
24th December – Carols by Candlelight in St Andrews at 4.00pm with Nativity
Please see elsewhere in this magazine and on the village website for more details of these events and the full list of church services.
Thank you to all those who serve on the various rotas that are so necessary to enable us to keep our church clean, open and secure. Also to the many people who offer to assist in some way during services. These rotas on posted on the notice board in the church vestry.
We are now 6 months into our interregnum. We have no news as yet on our efforts to secure a new priest, but we can assure you that meetings are occurring and we are proceeding as quickly as possible. The interregnum is likely to last at least 12 months. We are being very well served by visiting preachers and our own readers, Roger and Angela.
Robert Brown and Richard Bloor (church wardens)
Mosaic Returning to St Andrews on Wednesday 18th December
I am delighted to say that Mosaic will be returning to give us another festive concert this December. Those of you who attended last year will, I'm sure, remember this choir.
They are eight voices, all highly accomplished, who sang a beautiful repertoire of music written for vocal ensembles from the 16th century through to the present day.
They are preparing an entirely new programme for this Christmas and as soon as I have details you will hear more. Tickets will be available at £8.00 with profits to DWB church funds.
Please mark the date (18th Dec.) in your diary. It will be a delightful way to enter the final week before Christmas.
Refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies will be served.
Robert Brown (church warden)
The Burton Overy Village Show for 2013 took place on Saturday September 7th 2013
The cup winners were:
Best in Show Trophy - Margaret Lee
Aggregate Cup - John Pollard
Glebe Garden Trophy - Helen Foster
Tom Cooper Shield - Gerald Welch
Johnson Cup - Geoffrey Grant
Flora James Rose Bowl - Helen Foster
Bert Ashby Trophy - Patrick McArragher
Childrens' Cup - Lottie King
Winners in all categories and recipes from this and the last few years are on the village website at: burtonovery/burton-overy-village-show.html
Christmas Tree Festival 2013. December 6, 7 & 8.
Planning for our 14th Christmas Tree Festival is now well under way and everyone in the village should already have received the invitation, Christmas tree entry form and appeal for help with various aspects of the Festival, plus an A5 size flier/poster.
Invitations and tree entry forms have also been e-mailed/posted to everyone on the Festival invitation list, including people who have entered trees in the past,
The unwelcome presence of Death Watch Beetle in the church roof and the need to finance substantial repairs means that fund raising is essential, and a successful Christmas Tree Festival is more important than ever. Hence the Death Watch Beetle Fund will receive the major part of the proceeds from the 2013 Festival, with a smaller share going to the Village Hall.
Please help! Everyone turned up trumps for the Scarecrow Festival, which was a triumph of imagination and ingenuity and another Burton Overy success story.
We need those skills again – in the form of lots of tree entries so that we can put on our usual spectacular show in the church. Judy Rollin and her team are determined the presence of scaffolding in church will be no deterrent to their decorating skills or to the size and number of trees to be accommodated.
We also need help both in church and the village hall over the three-day period of the Festival. So please fill in those forms and help to make our 14th Festival yet another resounding success.
Note: a leaflet appealing for cakes, mince pies, and help in the kitchen will be circulated round the village around mid-November.
Help Form Deadline: Friday 15 Nov
Tree Entry Deadline: Sunday 1 Dec
Tree Set up: Tues, 3 Dec (3.30-8.00pm) & Wed 4 Dec (10.00am - 6.00pm)
Christmas Tree Festival: Fri 6 - Sun 8 Dec (see above)
Tree Collection: Monday 9 Dec (10.00 am -6.00 pm)
All forms and information are available on the village website: www.leicestershirevillages.com/burtonovery/christmas-tree-festival
Burton Overy Friendship Club
The club continues to thrive with a mix of coffee mornings, lunch and teas at various venues around the village and beyond.
In June we went for a summer lunch at the Shires Inn – Peatling Parva and in July the strawberry cream tea was kindly hosted by Vicky Ryall.
The November meeting is at "The Springs" the home of Richard & Ann Bloor and the Christmas Lunch is planned for December 12th at the Foxton Locks Inn
In the New Year we start 2014 on 15th January at Jo & Julian Swain house
The Club welcomes new members. It is open to all villagers past and present or indeed friends of the village and all will be made very welcome!
We meet monthly, normally on the third Thursday of each month
So if you can spare an hour, do please come and join us for Tea/coffee and a chat.
We would love to see you and you will be made to feel most at home!
For full details ring Thelma Short on 259 2137, or Jean Harris on 259 2251
Burton Over Women's Institute
After an enjoyable summer of meetings – in July members visited Glebe Garden Centre ending their outing with afternoon tea there, and the August meeting was held at the home of Phyllis Hallam, this included a faith supper - September was a busy month.
Members entered the village show and at the September meeting, the following week, President Margaret Pollard presented the WI trophies for achievements at the show. The cup for the Highest WI aggregate score was awarded to Pauline Wells who also was presented with the Craft Thimble and Photograph frame. The Flower Goblet was given to Beryl Connolly for her flower arrangement. The Cookery Spoon was awarded to Margaret Pollard. Alison Tasker then delighted us with her slides and talk about her visit to Japan. In October Michael Boyce showed slides of Rockingham Castle and told us of its' history. Also in October, WI hosted a county walk. Anne Bloor led the walk, and members provided home made soup and rolls and fruit crumbles with cream for the walkers.
November will be our AGM and at this meeting we will be celebrating Burton Overy WI's 95th birthday. In December, the village choir, The Spectaculars will be singing to us. There will be mince pies and carols for all to end the evening.
WI members are greatly appreciating our lovely warm village hall!
Burton Overy Dancers
The club resumed Wednesday evening dancing at the beginning of September. Membership is satisfyingly high, most Wednesday evenings there are upwards of 40 people attending. Each month we have a visiting caller who organises the dances for that evening. Other evenings are arranged by club members.
Plans are being made for a party night in December, and a walk from Heather MacDermid's home with lunch to follow on New Year's Day.
We are holding a tea dance (ticket only) on January 5th to celebrate the New Year and several January birthdays. Our annual dance is booked for 1st March.
The Spectaculars Community Choir event dates:
Wednesday 27th November – Glen Gorse Golf Club, Great Glen
Sunday 1st December – Leicestershire Golf Club, Evington (3pm)
Tuesday 10th December – Burton Overy Village Hall
Thursday 19th December – Carols by Candlelight, Carlton Curlieu (6.30pm)
Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Service, Burton Overy (4pm)
Burton Overy Village Website (burtonover)
The Village website now attracts over 300 hits per week most weeks. Not bad for a village of less than 150 households. During the Scarecrow Festival this figure rose to almost 1000 per week and it climbed to well over the thousand mark for last year's Christmas Tree Festival.
In the non-festival weeks the most visited page is usually The Bell Inn, but the Family History, Village Photos and Christmas Tree (even in the summer) pages often run it close.
Burton Overy Author Reaches Finals Of National Awards
Burton Overy author Adrienne Vaughan has been shortlisted for a prestigious award at the Festival of Romance. The Festival is the UK's only literary festival dedicated to romantic fiction, the biggest selling literary genre.
Adrienne has been nominated for the Reader Award for Best Author Published Read for her debut novel 'The Hollow Heart', part one of a Celtic Trilogy, together with another Leicester writer Lizzie Lamb, who has been shortlisted for The New Talent award for her second novel Boot Camp Bride, a romantic suspense set in the Norfolk marshes. Both writers are members of the Romantic Novelists' Association, new writers' scheme and founder members of The New Romantics 4 (www.newromantics4.com) an independent publishing group which launched in Leicester in 2012.
Adrienne says: "From a standing start last year we've been overwhelmed by the fantastic support of our lovely home city and county. To be recognised at such a prestigious event, rubbing shoulders with many bestselling novelists is a real thrill for us."
Lizzie added: "Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the success we've enjoyed in such a short space of time. Rest assured we will keep our feet on the ground and work hard to produce novels we hope our readers will continue to enjoy."
The Festival of Romance takes place 8th - 10th of November in Bedford. http://festivalofromance.co.uk/home/4545424235
Adrienne's new novel A Change of Heart and Lizzie's romantic comedy Boot Camp Bride will be available for pre-order on Amazon in November.
Adrienne and Lizzie will be joined by the other New Romantics 4, June Kearns and Mags Cullingford as the four bring their new books direct to readers with a series of Books & Bubbly launches. The first of these takes place right here in the village:
The BellBurton Overy, Tuesday 12th November, 7pm – 9pm
The authors will also be appearing at:
St Thomas Moore, Knighton, Wednesday 13th November, 7pm – 9pm
The Belmont Hotel, Thursday 21st November, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
The Cock Inn, Peatling Magna, Monday 25th November, 7pm – 9pm.
For ticket details and further information contact:
The four new titles are:
Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb; A Change of Heart by Adrienne Vaughan; Twins of a Gazelle by Mags Cullingford and 20's Girl, the Ghost and All that Jazz by June Kearns...all available from Amazon and on Kindle.
PR contact: AVA PR tel 01455 558005 or Adrienne Vaughan on firstname.lastname@example.org