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Platinum Meadows

This picture was taken from the air in the summer, and is of Cookhill Parish Council’s, newly named, ‘Platinum Meadows’. The photo shows the meadow from the north and was kindly supplied by local resident, Sandy Peach.

The photograph shows the widely used footpath in the foreground, leading from the A441 across to Botany Bay, which is lined with a variety of 100 new saplings.

The pattern of the Union Flag has been mown into the grass meadow, using a mower set at different heights. The path has been created to form a new walk around the meadow, and across the centre, for members of the public to enjoy. The footpath has disabled and wheelchair access on both the east and west sides.

The Parish Council will be planting 4 fruit trees – a Cox’s Orange Pippin, a Braeburn and 2 Conference Pears – in the corner of the meadow, to form a small orchard, along with crocuses and daffodils along the paths. A 6ft oak tree has now been planted in the centre of the field and a circular bench will follow in the next few weeks.

Following an extremely hot and dry summer some of the saplings planted in the early spring were lost to the weather, but the Council are delighted to have secured a further 150 trees from The Conservation Volunteers, and these will be arriving in early December.

With the assistance of local resident, John Hughes, 4000 crocus bulbs will be planted around the centre of the meadow in conjunction with the Rotary Club, monies raised from the purchase of the bulbs will go towards a programme to eradicate Polio across the world. Mr Hughes has kindly sponsored the purchase of the bulbs himself, and has organised for children from the Ridgeway school to visit the meadow to plant them to form the letters ELIZABETH II.

The ongoing work at Platinum Meadows is to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, and her sad passing on September 8th 2022.

The meadow is owned by Cookhill Parish Council and is in the process of being legally protected, to ensure that it remains for the enjoyment of parishioners and members of the public in perpetuity.

The Platinum Meadows Team is headed up by PC Chairman, Bob Pinfield, Allotment Association Chairman, David Claydon and local resident, John Hughes. The Parish Council would like to thank all the volunteers who have helped to make this project possible, and for the donation of the 6ft oak tree and the 250 Saplings from The Community Volunteers.


 

On the 14th June 2022, at the meeting of Cookhill Parish Council, the councillors voted unanimously in favour of supporting the 20’s Plenty for Worcestershire campaign. It was agreed that they would write to Worcestershire County Council to request 20mph speed limits on streets throughout Worcestershire where people live, work, shop, play or learn, with 30mph as the exception on those roads, where full consideration of the needs of vulnerable road users allows a higher limit.

Cookhill Parish Council

  • Supports the 20’s Plenty for Worcestershire campaign;
  • Calls on Worcestershire County Council to implement 20mph in Cookhill

20’s Plenty for Us is ‘not for profit’ with over 600 local groups campaigning to make cities, towns and villages around the world better places to be.

We would love to hear from you!

The local Highway Authority sets local speed limits, erects signs and changes road features via a Traffic Regulation Order. But demonstrating widespread local community support is critical to implementing 20mph across the county. Please get in touch to let us know what you think if the proposals. 

To learn more about the campaign you can visit the website 20’s Plenty website.


New planters in Cookhill

Cyclists in Cookhill can now lock up their bikes safely at a number of locations around the Parish. The new PlantLock planters have been distributed to locations, including Cookhill Baptist Church, the Village Hall, the Nevill Arms and The Why Not.

The planters were sourced from the Front Yard Company based in London.

PlantLock are high quality products, that have been designed thoughtfully in regard of their use. Environmental and social considerations are always at the heart of our thinking. Some products specifically use materials previously destined to be waste; others are chosen for their longevity. All can be re-used, adapted or recycled.

The Parish Council would like to extend their thanks to Wychavon District Council, who were instrumental in obtaining the Section 106 funding required to purchase the planters and who also provided the vital research in finding something suitable! Special thanks to Botany Bay Nurseries for their invaluable advice and assistance with planting up the planters onsite.


Plant a Tree for the Jubilee

The Queen’s Green Canopy

On a sunny Saturday in March 2022 the Parish Council got together with volunteers from the Cookhill Allotments to plant one hundred trees for the Jubilee.

The trees, supplied by The Conservation Volunteers and their initiative ‘I Dig Trees’, comprised of 32 English Oak, 20 Silver Birch, 18 Aspen, 10 Green Beech, 6 Common Alder, 6 Hornbeam, 4 Rowan and 4 Goat Willow.

The Conservation Volunteers say:

We are delighted to be running I Dig Trees for the seventh year during the 2021/2022 planting season with OVO Energy. This fantastic partnership programme goes from strength to strength and is a great opportunity for any community group or volunteer to join in, feel good and make a difference.

By the end of this season, you will have helped to plant over 2 million trees!

The trees have been planted on Parish Council land behind Ridgeway Meadows, to create an avenue along the footpath leading from the Ridgeway to Botany Bay Nurseries, and will continue on around the edge of the field.

The Parish Council have big future plans for the meadow with further trees scheduled to be planted in the autumn. A small orchard in the centre of the field and some wildflowers to attract the bees will complete the vision.

The Parish Council would like to express their thanks to everyone who came out on that Saturday morning to help, to Paul Davis from SE Davis, who worked on the planting plan with Ragley Hall forestry experts and also The Conservation Volunteers for the trees, planting instructions and tree supports.

 

 

 


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Public Access Defibrillators in Cookhill

Did you know that there are four public access defibrillators in the Parish?

The only way to access the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which it contains, is to dial 999 (or 112). … Remember, when someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without defibrillation and CPR reduces their chances of recovery by 10%.

The Cookhill Defibrillators are contained within locked cabinets and require a numerical code to unlock the door. The ambulance service will give this code to the person who makes the initial 999 call, once they have confirmed that they are dealing with a cardiac arrest.

To learn more about the Cookhill defibrillators and their locations click here.

Make the Right Call

Is it an emergency? Does it feel like the situation could get heated or violent very soon? Is someone in immediate danger? Do you need support right away? If so, please call 999.

If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, use the West Mercia Police textphone service 18000 or text on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.

As an alternative to calling 101, in order to help people contact the right service first time, there are pages on the West Mercia Police website advising who would be the best agency to contact for a number of issues including:

·  fly-tipping

·  noise complaints

·  nuisance parking

·  abuse on social media

·  fireworks

·  civil disputes

·  annoying phone calls and unwanted visits

Make The Right Call | West Mercia Police

Litter Picking in Cookhill

 

The Parish Council would like to thank the volunteers who are still collecting litter in and around Cookhill.


The Countryside Code

Respect other people
* Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
* Park carefully so access to gateways and driveways is clear
* Leave gates and property as you find them
* Follow paths but give way to others where it’s narrow

Protect the natural environment
* Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home
* Don’t have BBQs or fires
* Keep dogs under effective control
* Dog poo – bag it and bin it

Enjoy the outdoors
* Plan ahead, check what facilities are open, be prepared
* Follow advice and local signs and obey social distancing measures

Click here to learn more about respecting our beautiful countryside when you are out and about.


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COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Update from Cookhill Parish Council – Wednesday 18th May 2022

Worcester County Council – Here2Help & Here2Help Business

Here2Help is a community action response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There are many vulnerable people in our community who still have to self-isolate. This dedicated site provides a central location for the vulnerable who are unable to seek help from family, friends and neighbours. You can request help, volunteer to help and find useful resources.

For local businesses looking for guidance you can access resources via the Here2Help Business page.

As always should you be concerned about yourself or a neighbour, or require medical assistance, please phone 111 for non emergencies and 999 in an emergency.

Please refer to the Government website for the current guidelines regarding the symptoms of Covid-19 and what you should do to protect yourself, and others. Click here for new guidance regarding symptoms and self-isolating – Stay home, stay safe!


SCAM CALLERS!

There has been an increase in the number of scam callers in the area over the last few months.

One of the scam calls doing the rounds requests access to your computer remotely, claiming that BT will shut down your connection if you do not do this. Another reports that your internet connection will be terminated if you do not click through to another department.

Please remember that if a caller asks to access your computer remotely, or asks for personal information and bank details, you should end the call immediately and use another method to verify the request.

For more information on how to stay safe online, and to report fraud and cyber crime, please visit the Action Fraud website.


Cookhill Neighbourhood Watch

If you would like to report any suspicious behaviour in and around Cookhill you can either contact the clerk, on 07584 687 283, or the Neighbourhood Watch representative – details below.

Cookhill Neighbourhood Watch – Contact Cllr Terry Bennett on 07765 447997


Cookhill Cricket Club

Cookhill CC will again be running All Stars Cricket for a 3rd year. All Stars Cricket is the England and Wales Cricket Board’s entry level participation programme, aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket.

Every child that registers will receive a backpack full of goodies including a cricket bat, ball, activity book, personalised shirt and cap.

For more information please contact Kenny Hirst at Cookhill Cricket Club on email cookhillchairman@gmail.com You can also visit the club’s website here or visit the Facebook page.
Further information about the National All Stars Programme can also be found on their website.

ON THE COOKHILL PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE

You can also find links to  other services supplied by Worcestershire County Council and Wychavon District, as well as organisations and groups that help bring you the everyday things we need and enjoy.