Next Year at a Glance
Posted by Ian Shipton
If you have any events you would like posted please e-mail the details to me and I will post them as soon as possible.
Saturday 5th March Village Verge Clean
The following events for 2016 have already been arranged - details will follow in due course but please put the dates in your diaries now, particularly if you are planning an event of your own:
Saturday 5th March Village Verge Clean
Saturday 2nd April Spring Book Sale
Sunday 8th May Village Fete
Monday 13th June ‘La Bohême’ at Melhuish Farm
Tuesday 14th June Charity Bridge Drive at Melhuish Farm
Sunday 10th July NGS Open Gardens
Sunday 24th July Summer Lunchtime Garden Party
28th - 31st July Beer & Cricket Festival
The new village cycle group had its second ride out today. We had beautiful weather and a great ride out to Abingdon led by Roger with coffee at the Nags Head. Total mileage was 19 miles. Next ride is planned for Thursday 3rd March. Meet outside village hall 10am.
Your Help Please with Village Verge cleaning on Saturday 5th March:
We will meet at the grass triangle in Long Wittenham Road from 10.00 a.m. to help clear all the accumulated rubbish from the hedgerows and verges before the nettles take over.
Bin bags, pick-sticks and fluorescent jackets and rubbish bags will be provided but garden gloves and wellies recommended.
Once again, excellent exercise for all ages! Just half an hour of your help would be very much appreciated.
Muir and Maggie Parker
Local Bus service update
Sustainable Blewbury wrote a Stop Press about bus cuts towards the end of January, saying that Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) subsidies were very likely to be withdrawn from all the buses that serve Blewbury, Hagbournes, Astons, Upton and Moretons. That will probably still happen.
But much has happened since then to try to salvage at least some – and perhaps all – of our current bus services. A meeting was held on January 31st of Parish Transport Representatives (PTRs), Chairmen of three local Parish Councils and several regular bus users, and set up the Downland Villages Transport Group. We decided that even if OCC does remove its subsidies completely, we should do all we can to find a way of keeping the buses going.
Fortunately, Thames Travel have stated that they want to try to keep some 94/95 buses running and possibly divert an enhanced Wallingford to Didcot X2 service through The Moretons, and are considering commercially viable methods of doing so. We are backing them up in various ways: writing to County Councillors to question whether they have considered the social impacts of their proposed cuts (this has been helped by recent stories in the press and on TV), and asking our councillors to join with those who are pressing central government to consider ways of helping rural services to become more commercially viable.
There is no way Parish Councils can replace all the current OCC subsidy of £88,000 per year, but they are exploring what, if any, support they might be able to provide. Also, for a commercial service Thames Travel will be able to reclaim part of the fares from concessionary bus-pass journeys, and obtain revenue from the Bus Service Operators Grant.
Another bus serving The Moretons is the OCC-run 131 to Wallingford via The Moretons on Wednesdays and Fridays. This is a relatively cheap minibus service, and the general feeling is that it may well be possible to save it.
We realise that commercial viability for the 94/95 might need some consideration of fares. We have talked to some full-fare paying bus customers, and many are willing to accept an increase in fares if it helps save the buses, given that alternatives are far more expensive. It also looks possible that some concessionary pass users would be willing to contribute by paying instead of using their passes.
We hope to have another meeting with Thames Travel after the OCC decision is made in mid-February. This has to be a brief summary, but we will attempt to keep you up to date, and remember .....................
If we want to keep our buses for all in the community, we must use them. Even if you are not a regular bus user, please consider using the service occasionally as a way of helping to maintain the service for all. People with bus passes will also be able to help by making more use of their passes.
Downland Villages Transport Group
Posted by Nora Haycock
A reminder that copy for the March issue of NMNews is due by 20th February!
The North Moreton News summarises what has been happening in and around North Moreton and any up coming events. Click on the corresponding attachment to launch a pdf version of the news delivered quarterly to the residents of North Moreton.
Please send any articles for inclusion to Nora Haycock (email@example.com)
If you would like to post information on this web site please email the web site administrator at the following link - Contact Administrator