JUMBLEMANIA: Rush on down to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) when our local churches will be holding a sale that will offer all the usual bargains that are expected at our village sales. There will also be a cake stall, tombola and refreshments available when folk can sit down and gloat over their treasure trove. That feature also provides a chance to have a general chat with fellow bargain hunters and make new friends and acquaintances. If you have unwanted items to donate, please take them along to the hall during the morning. The serious business starts at 2pm when the referee’s whistle will be blown. There will not be another sale until June 27, so if you need some summer clothes or other items this will be the chance.

RACECOURSE DRAMA: A new Chief Executive recently took up post, but I now gather that she has already resigned. Hopefully a new appointment can soon be made in order to preserve the current success of the course.

SPORTS PAVILION: An urgent review of the proposal to build a new pavilion at the playing field is underway. This is an area for the entire community to enjoy for sporting and recreational facilities. A new woodland walk, funded by totally outside resources, is underway for the benefit of young and old alike and hopefully there are even more facilities that can be opened up to make this great village asset available for folk to enjoy sport (as a participant or onlooker) and recreation. The play area provides terrific opportunities for youngsters of varying ages to enjoy healthy, outdoor exercise, the various clubs provide opportunities for young and old to participate in competitive sport and the venue provides facilities for other activities. Long may this continue and be expanded for our community.

PARISH COUNCIL: As has been noted, the parish council membership changed dramatically following the May election, when only three members of the former council remained. To ensure that new members are aware of the duties and responsibilities that they have undertaken in an entirely voluntary capacity, an induction evening was held earlier this week. The council in fact has few powers but is expected by residents to protect their interests. This duty is seriously undertaken by the elected representatives to the best of their ability and it is very time consuming. Do please stop, think, listen and understand the protocol before launching into any form of attack on volunteers who have offered their time to represent the majority opinion in the parish.

MY RANTINGS: Last week I rattled off about issues within the village and I was surprised at the totally positive feedback that I have received from a number of sources. Hopefully common sense will prevail and something positive may result. Many solutions to problems are totally in the hands of people behaving responsibly. Policing capabilities come very much in the frame in relation to problems relating to crime in its various forms. However, after listening to various senior police officers I can only conclude that the service will in future be totally reactive rather than proactive. The police service appears to be offering a quick response to crimes that it considers urgent, but will ignore other matters if it thinks fit. Crime numbers will be issued willy nilly to satisfy insurance companies. Will this enable you to sleep soundly? Paying a Crime Commissioner and a vast entourage large salaries will hardly help the cause.

JENNY WREN: Oft times we hear about the demise of wildlife but last week it was a delight to see a mother wren and her brood of three sunning themselves in my garden. In the same area I have also witnessed a bird of prey grabbing a jackdaw for supper, but it is all part of nature and illustrates what has to happen for various species to survive. Currently buzzards are also to be frequently seen circling above. It is not only man that seeks meat for sustenance.

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