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Oil Co-op deadline

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Order deadline is Wednesday the 7th of March 2018

To order send

1. Name
2. Phone number
3. Address & postcode
4. Any special instructions
5. Number of litres (minimum 500)


Three Rivers Community Car Scheme 

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Did you know – the car scheme will be eight years old in July 2017?

In its first six months there were a total of 9 journeys covering 282 miles.

Now in the last six months of 2016 there were 264 journeys covering almost 5000 miles.

In eight years our volunteer drivers have given almost 2000 lifts.

When you no longer drive or live with someone who does, the number of appointments you have doesn’t suddenly decrease. Getting to appointments does, however, become more difficult. Even if there is a bus stop near by, using the bus isn’t always either possible or easy and the bus timing doesn’t necessarily fit in with the arrangements you are offered.

The aim of the car scheme is to assist those who have difficulty in getting to a doctor appointment or visiting a friend.

Volunteers give their time willingly and freely to support the community.

If we have enough volunteer drivers it means no one will find it takes up too much time and no one who requests a lift will be refused because there’s no driver.

It’s a friendly service, there’s time for a chat in the car.

A journey by car we all know can be brief. The same journey by bus can take half a day.

At present, the passenger pays 25 pence per mile from the driver’s home and back and the scheme is subsidised by Cambridge City Council.

The requests for lifts are increasing and comments from passengers are always of appreciation.


Needed. – a Car Scheme volunteer.

Can you spare a little time to take someone to an appointment who would otherwise find it difficult to get there?

If you would like more information and to speak to someone who is already a volunteer please phone 07549 892 322 .

Allotment Plots Available

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Full and half plots available in Chippenham 

For all enquiries, please contact Jeremy Gibb on 01223 346644 or

Planning Application

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Proposal: proposed replacement of room in the roof first floor with a full storey height first floor with a full storey height first floor, porch extension to front, replacement roof covering, replacement windows and rendering of building at first floor level

Location: 4 Palace Lane

Reference: 17/00142/FUL

Planning Application

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Proposal: single storey link between detached garage and house.  Installation of aquarium.

Location: 9 Scotland End

Reference: 17/00140/FUL

Play Area Hazards

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1. It has been brought to the council’s attention that people are exercising their dogs in the large play area.  We have had reports of children falling into dog mess at the play area and as you can imagine this is not only unhygienic but a health and safety concern too.

The play area is strictly no dogs allowed.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

2. Please do not dispose of your dog waste in the bins in the play areas.  There are dog bins at either end of the allotment path.

3. Finally, there has also been reports of broken glass in the grass in the large play area.  We have tried to clear up all that we can see but please be vigilant.

Neighbourhood Watch

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There is a common misconception that Neighbourhood Watch was of yesteryear and is no longer relevant. This is not the case. The Home Office lists it as the largest voluntary organisation in the country with a membership that covers more than 3.7 million households in England and Wales. In East Cambs in 2010 there were fewer than 100 neighbourhood watch schemes and in 2016 there are now just over 160 such schemes.

Is this increase in numbers reflected in Chippenham; no, unfortunately, it is not, Chippenham is one of the villages that is under-represented.

You might wonder whether this is important to which the answer must be YES. We are in a period of cuts which is resulting in a reduction of staff within the police and local authority support services. It may not be admitted by the authorities, but reduced staff numbers invariable result in a reduced service. Neighbourhood Watch is in some way filling the gap.

Neighbourhood Watch was established to work with the local police force to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and also the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour. This support to the police force is as important now as it ever was. The police need the support of residents if crime and disorder is to be contained, and even more so if it is to be reduced.

In addition to supporting the police, Neighbourhood Watch is there to encourage neighbourliness and improve the quality of life for local residents and tenants. Many of the unwanted goings-on that occur in a neighbourhood are not police matters but matters for the local authority; these would include graffiti, fly tipping, dog fouling, abandoned cars, noisy dogs or noisy neighbours and numerous more. Many residents, particularly the elderly fight shy of contacting faceless officials on such matters, but a neighbourhood watch coordinator would be there to fight your corner.

You might ask who this coordinator might be; it is the person designated to oversee a neighbourhood watch scheme usually of about 20 to 50 houses. Might you be such a person?

It is also worth noting that the majority of home insurance companies give a reduction on insurance premiums for residents in a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Such reductions are always welcome, but it also serves as a strong endorsement of the benefit of Neighbourhood Watch – large insurance companies are not renowned for giving something for nothing, so they obviously see the benefit.

If you want to keep your neighbourhood safe, or improve safety and security in your neighbourhood, find out how Neighbourhood Watch can help. Phone Kevin Evans on 01353 614892.



Recycling Survey

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East Cambridgeshire District Council is currently running a survey asking for feedback on the existing recycling service and how it may change in future.

The survey shown on the front page of the Councils website ( or you can go directly to the survey using this link (

An update from the Parish Council Chairman

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East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) local plan and potential development sites in Chippenham 

I am pleased to announce that two potential development sites within our Parish have not been put forward as part of East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Local Plan.  The Parish Council was first made aware of the potential sites in June, one on land adjacent to Scotland End ( approximately 16 houses) and the other on the boundary with Red Lodge (approximately 400 houses). We discussed the matter at our June and July council meetings with further discussion with ECDC councillors at our August meeting. As part of ECDC consultations with Parish Councils we submitted our comments and objections within the required timeframe.  We understood at that stage that the final choice of sites would be made by the Council in November and would then be subject to usual scrutiny and  public consultation.  If the sites in Chippenham had been selected,  we had plans in place to hold public meetings in the village during January and February.

ECDC will consider the Local Plan and potential development sites at the next full council meeting and the list of sites to be taken forward will confirmed. A period of public consultation will follow and it may be that the final list of sites changes. At this point however, the two Chippenham sites are not being put forward.

This means that any new building within the Parish will most likely be developed on suitable “in-fill sites” but there can be little doubt that,  in line with current Government policy, we will be under pressure to consider development within the village in the coming years.

If you have any question or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Sally Hughes (our Clerk) or one of the Parish Councillors.


It is with great regret that I have to announce that Kevin Pallant will be retiring as the village “Master of Fireworks”. Kevin has over the last sixteen years or so provided some fantastic displays for the village,  whatever the weather conditions, and always with health and safety at the forefront of his mind.  Kevin’s first performance, following  a course with Kimbolton Fireworks, was for the Millennium celebrations and since then he has fired over 25 displays including bonfire nights, weddings and birthday celebrations. I am sure you will agree that his last show was a spectacular finale to his career as the village “Pyro-technician” I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Kevin (and all his helpers over the years including Terry Cross  – assistant pyro-technician ; James Broad – funding : Steve Procter – bonfires,  and many others, too many to mention ) for all his hard work,  and for the pleasure and excitement he has given the whole village over the years.  Thank you Kevin – you can now put away your” lighting stick”, relax, and put your feet up in November !

At this point we are unclear if we will be able to continue with the annual village fireworks as the costs have been escalating in recent years. The cost of the fireworks for this year’s display was over £1600, although over £500 was recouped through the collection buckets on the night. Whilst the Parish Council also makes a sizeable contribution, it is becoming increasing difficult to fund the event.

If anyone has any ideas or proposals on how we might continue with the annual fireworks, in a sustainable way, we would be delighted to hear from you either directly to Sally Hughes or alternatively  to James Broad.

And finally…

As the festive season approaches, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year on behalf of the Parish Council.   I would also like to offer my personal thanks to Sally, our clerk, all our councillors ( Fiona, Nick, Nick, Paul, Len and Wendy), our newsletter editor, Lauren, all our various newsletter distributors, and finally our webmaster, Andrew, for their help and support over the last year. There is lot of hard work and effort that goes on behind the scenes.

Nick Parsons

Chairman of Chippenham Parish

100 Club Winners

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Winners for September 2016:

  • 1st          Natalia Doyle                       £40
  • 2nd        Terry Cross                           £20
  • 3rd         Andy Warburton                 £10

Winners for October 2016:

  • 1st          Graham Colbert                 £40
  • 2nd        Scott Blazey                        £20
  • 3rd         Fiona Maxwell                   £10
  • Bonus    Bridget Miller                    £60
  • Bonus    Elaine Brown                     £60