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Festive Greetings Aynho!

As we approach the end of an extraordinary year, Aynho Parish Council would like to wish all villagers and their family and friends the happiest Christmas and New Year possible.

We should definitely all be proud of how we’ve pulled together as a village and adapted to the changing times.  Although we sadly were not able to hold our village fete in the usual fashion, the fete ‘pop ups’ that operated throughout the summer still managed to raise over £2,000 for St Michael’s Church.  The fruit and veg show also operated as a socially distanced event up at the pavilion and brought a number of villagers together in the sunshine.

The Car Boot Sale actually managed to operate almost as normal and raised approximately £700 for the sports field and pavilion.  The sports field has seen a number of improvements as well including a new shipping container to provide secure storage and improvements to the car track thanks to a large number of scalpings being put down.  Neither of these would have been possible without the generosity and help of Dawn and Ray Willis in particular, so many thanks to them.

Village Hall - Your Views Needed

The Village Hall is an amazing facility at the heart of the village.  It exists for the benefit of the villagers of Aynho.  So, to allow it to continue carrying out this mission, it would be great to hear your views on what you need or would like to see in the Hall to encourage your use.  Some ideas already expressed include:

- a permanent overhead projector and screen for showing events,
- comfortable furnishings to make it more welcoming.
 
Any ideas will be collated with views already expressed in the Village Survey, with the aim of producing a plan for consideration by the village in due course.
 
Please let me know if you have any thoughts by 31 January 2021 at cdcoopman@gmail.com

Covid19 Vaccinations

About the only really good news regarding the virus came earlier this month when the UK became the first country to approve Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and start rolling it out.  We understand that some villagers over the age of 85 have started to receive  their first doses and will return to Chipping Norton shortly to receive the second and final dose.  This is truly amazing news and one we should all be singing about.
 
Finally Vice Chairman of the Parish Council, Fi Burge will be leaving the Parish Council early in the New Year as she is moving out of the area.  The Parish Council would like to thank her for all her hard work and she will be sorely missed.  At the moment we are not able to co-opt anyone to replace her as there are due to be elections to the PC in May.  We will keep you abreast of that situation in the coming months.

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.  Stay Positive, Stay Alert, Stay Kind.

 
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR, AYNHO!
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