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Dear Aynho

The Parish Council had its first meeting of 2021 on Monday 1st February via Zoom and we’re very pleased to announce that, although there was plenty of debate as always, in comparison to Handforth Parish Council it was rather dull and we didn’t require the services of Jackie Weaver to referee. 

That said, there is some Parish Council specific news to share here.  We said a sad farewell to our Vice Chair Fi Burge who has moved out of the area and therefore had to resign.  We wish her well and would like to thank her for all her hard work.

This means we have a vacancy and we are keen to hear from villagers who would like to get involved in the Parish Council.  It’s a great way to get to know people in the village and we have a diverse mix of ages and genders especially for such a small PC.  Anyone applying should note however that official elections to the PC are due to be held this May having been delayed by a year because of Covid.  These happen every four years, but in-between time people leave and join via the co-opt system.  Aynho Parish Council ordinarily consists of nine Parish Councillors in total along with the Parish Clerk and the RFO.
Aynho Park Club Draw - Supporting An Important Village Facility
The Aynho Park Club Draw – for anyone who doesn’t know - is our official village lottery whose proceeds support the maintenance of the sports field and pavilion.  After 18 years at the helm, Valery Taylor of Blacksmiths Hill has decided to retire from the role and the Parish Council has decided to take it on as a group.  It should not be underestimated how much work Valery has put into this over the years, literally pounding the pavements, cajoling residents to help and to play and she has overseen the raising of approximately £30k over this period.  Many thanks Valery!!!
 
Because the PC is new to running the lottery and because the current situation with Covid makes collecting money door to door unwise at the moment, we are pausing the lottery until April when we will re-start.  If you have already paid your subscription, rest assured it will take you for a full 12 months from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.  Next year we plan to increase the subscription from £12 to £18.  As the current subscription has been in place for over 20 years now, it seems reasonable to do this and we hope everyone will continue to play.  The facilities up at the sports field are a major village asset and there are running costs in order to maintain them.  We will be sending out details of how to play and pay in March.
 
Outdoor Gym & Playground open Up!
As more and more people receive the Covid19 vaccination, some of the restrictions are being lifted and we can now re-open the outdoor gym equipment up at the sports field.  Users are reminded to keep a 2m distance from other users at all time and to wipe down the equipment before and after use.  The playground is also officially allowed to be used again, but with the same provisos.
 

Keep Aynho Beautiful!

Our twice yearly effort to make sure no rubbish has built up around the village is having to run as an independent initiative again.  We will be providing litter-pickers, hi-vis vests and black rubbish bags at the sports pavilion for volunteers who can devote half an hour or so for litter picking around the village.  We will be asking villagers to do this on Saturday 27-March. Any rubbish collected should be left at the sports field vehicle gate where it will be collected by the council.  The village looks as good as it does because everyone really makes the effort and we all appreciate the results.

Keep Footpaths Clear and Safe, Please

As winter is shortly to release its icy grip (we hope), then spring will come rushing in and along with it a lot of new growth.  Residents are reminded that they are responsible for any hedges or trees that overhang the public footpaths around the village and for any damage they might cause. 

Parish Council Charitable Donations

Finally, the Parish Council voted to make charitable donations for 2021 to Aynho Parish Church, the Air Ambulance and Brackley Community Hospital.

If you know a neighbour or others that doesn't use email and would like a hard copy of this newsletter or St Michael's newsletter please email (on their behalf) to 'newsletter@aynho.org' or call Chris Wilson (the Clerk to the Parish Council) on 07887 548774. Thanks.

Finally, in these strange times, don’t forget that if you need help, you only have to reach out.  Aynho has willing volunteers ready to help out.  

 
Remember
Stay Positive, Stay Kind and Stay Safe.
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