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Help at Hand’s Cream Tea a couple of weeks ago was well attended but there could have been more people there to enjoy the home made scones . . . but having said that, there were a few who were able to purchase the left over scones for their own tea, so maybe it was a ‘win/win’ situation all round! Please, if you do have time on your hands or are stuck indoors due to disability or just not able to get out as much as you’d like, Help at Hand could do with your help. They need volunteers to man the phones to help match those needing a lift to an appointment to a driver; they also have a need for more drivers, all of whom can claim up to 45p per mile towards their motoring costs. If this is of interest and you would like to learn more, Ian Ratcliffe is the person to talk to on 400763.

The meeting of the Neighbourhood Planning Committee last week was attended by a few members of the public which was nice to see; the Committee does appreciate the support. It was interesting to hear how things are going and I’m sure there are many who are wondering what is happening with regard to the Hyde/Hallam development and the Warren Cottage Field proposal. It would appear that this is something that the Parish Council is working on due to various technicalities and legalities that need to be resolved before they and this Committee can reach the point where they can go to the parish as whole for the public consultation on the Plan as a whole to move everything on. As I have said many times, this is something that the parish needs to get in place as soon as possible to ensure we are protected as much as possible so please, keep reading this and looking out for posters around the village or newsletters through your letter box so that you know what is happening and when and how you can cast your vote.

I mentioned above getting involved with Help at Hand if you have time on your hands; another local organisation that would appreciate your support is the Community Bus Committee. If you feel you have some experience of a similar organisation, the Committee would value your help; they have an exciting time ahead with changes to the routes (it’s not all outings, it does provide a regular, timetabled bus service) and, fingers crossed, funding for a new bus! If you would like to join them or would like to discuss the possibility of joining, please contact Peter Humphrey the Chairman on 400943, Nigel Tarr on 461353 or Christina either in the Hardware Shop or call her on 400212. If you are not so keen on helping this way, they are always looking for more drivers and any of the above named will be able to discuss how you can do this and ladies, there is no reason why you can’t drive the bus so don’t be shy!

Finally, don’t forget the Parish Council meets this evening, Thursday, in the Pavilion from 7.30 pm followed by the Planning Committee’s meeting. As always, these meetings are open to the public and there is always the opportunity to ask questions or comment on any item on the agenda at either meeting. I believe there might still be vacancies on the Council, if you are interested, either go along to the meeting this evening or contact Sally Mclean, the Parish Clerk on 01403 733881 or by email clerk@slaughampc.co.uk. I would mention that the full Council doesn’t meet in August so the next meeting will be on the last Thursday in September, ie 24 September, however the Planning Committee will be meeting in August on the 27th I believe but I will confirm this nearer the time.

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