We will remember them
WW1 casualties this month
100 years ago
1st JULY 1917
Private Arthur Percy Beevor, aged 20, 1st Sherwood Foresters
Son of Eliza Annie Beevor, Church Street, Ruddington
Buried: Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, West Flanders
9th JULY 1917
Private Archibald Chamberlain, 10th Sherwood Foresters
Buried: Sunken Road Cemetery, Fampoux
12th JULY 1917
Private William Cripwell, aged 41, 15th Sherwood Foresters
Husband of Catherine Cripwell, Easthorpe Street, Ruddington
Buried: Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery, Somme
31st July 1917
Private Fred Dalby, aged 29, 18th Kings Royal Rifle Corps.
Son of Arthur and Mary Ann Dalby, Easthorpe Street, Ruddington and husband of Elizabeth Beatrice Dalby
Remembered on: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Flanders
The May 2017 traffic patrol stats for the village were:
- 288 visits
- 609 observations
- 40 penalty charge notices
The figures for observations and PCNs are roughly in line with April’s figures. However, traffic enforcement officers made 80 more visits to the village than in April.
Did you know what a Parish Councillor does?
Parish Councillors are no different to you and me, except that they have made the decision to “get involved” and are fortunate enough to have been elected or co-opted on to the Parish Council.
The Parish Council is made up of 16 Councillors, 4 to represent each ‘ward’, or area, in the village. They come on to the Parish Council in a number of different ways, but mainly at election time, which takes place every 4 years, or if there is a casual vacancy (se below).
Councillors are all ages and come with a very diverse range of life experiences – from nursing, accounting, private enterprise, teaching, the legal profession, home-making and more. Some are single, some are parents or grandparents, and whilst some have lived in the village for more than 25 years, others are new residents. More importantly, although most have no experience of committees they bring life experience and enthusiasm. The one thing they all have in common is that they are all committed to ensuring that Ruddington gets the best value for money it can afford.
So, how do you get on the Parish Council other than at election time?
Occasionally, a Councillor resigns due to personal circumstances and a casual vacancy is advertised. If Rushcliffe Borough Council receives 10 or more requests for an election, one may be held but if this doesn’t happen, the Parish Council can co-opt instead. This means that the vacancy will be advertised and eligible members of the public invited to apply within a specific timescale. A Working Group from the Parish Council then sits down with the candidate/s, and after a chat and a few questions, votes to fill the vacancy with the most suitable candidate at that time. All very painless, straight forward and friendly!
Once you’re a Councillor, you’ll be asked to join either the Amenities or Environment & Policy Committee, as well as attending Parish Council meetings. Each committee meets 6 times a year, as does the full Parish Council, and there are occasional planning meetings as well. Members of the public are encouraged to attend these meetings so that they can see the Councillors at work and make sure their views are heard. Smaller Working Groups are often formed to look deeper into specific issues and then report back to the appropriate committee in greater depth; this is an opportunity to really get your teeth in to something you feel strongly about.
Being a Parish Councillor can be a very rewarding and interesting role – keep your eyes open for a vacancy and get involved!
Claire Dorans, Clerk to the Council
Ruddington hit by green-fingered thieves…
…Or should that be “light-fingered gardeners”? Either way, the village has recently been hit by a string of floral thefts. Items taken including a hanging basket from Packman Drive, more hanging baskets and plant pots from the Pasture Lane estate – and two large box trees, complete with planters. The trees in particular would have been extremely heavy, with police officers believing that the thieves would have needed a van or lorry to transport the planters. The thefts seem to have taken place overnight.
Whilst these crimes might seem relatively trivial, it’s worth remembering that some people put hours of time and effort into nurturing their plants and flowers, and making their outdoor spaces look attractive. Having the results of their hard work stolen is naturally devastating. With that in mind, our local PCSO, Tony Davies, is taking the matter seriously and has issued the following advice:
“The best way to report this is by dialling 101 and getting an incident created which in turn will generate a crime number. Letting us know about any new thefts gives us more of an idea of what is happening and when. There have been several similar incidents which we have been made aware of.
As for crime prevention measures, you could think about a CCTV system to cover your property which might help identify intruders and also act as a deterrent. You could also consider signing up to Nottinghamshire Alert which is a crime messaging system that we use to advise residents of criminal activity in their area. We also use social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
Along with reporting crime you can also contact us, via 101, if you see any suspicious activity. It is best done as soon as possible and if you can include as much detail as possible, such as descriptions of persons seen and vehicles involved, that would be very helpful. Please, under no circumstances place yourself at any risk and if there is a crime in progress or life is in danger, please dial 999. “
Did you know?
This is the latest in our series of articles to help spread the word about Parish Council services, or activities taking place at St Peter’s Rooms, which you may not be aware of. This month, we take a look at the Coffee & Lunch Club which takes place in the Lounge at St Peter’s Rooms every Thursday, from 10:30am to 1:15pm.
The Club gives older people in the village the chance to get together for a chat over a cup of coffee and/or a hot lunch. If you’d like to attend, please give plenty of notice as meals are ordered weekly in advance. Call Muriel Woodhead on 0115 984 5666.
There’s also an over 55s Coffee Club at St Peter’s Rooms every Wednesday from 10am to 11am. Free transport is available on the Community Bus – call Lorna McCullough on 0115 921 4975 for details.
Report a fault or problem online
Did you know that it’s now possible to report a wide range of faults or problems, or make certain types of enquiry, online? Both the Rushcliffe Borough Council and Nottinghamshire County Council websites now offer this facility.
Here are the web addresses to get you started:
- Rushcliffe Borough Council – rushcliffe.gov.uk
- Nottinghamshire County Council – nottinghamshire.gov.uk
You can also report certain faults via an independent website, www.fixmystreet.co.uk. This service liaises with the relevant council on your behalf, making life easier for you, whilst also helping ease the administrative burden faced by councils. Visit the website to find out more.
We’ve now updated the Parish Council’s own site to make it easier for you to ascertain which fault or problem is the responsibility of which council, so you can get in touch with the right people more quickly. Click here to find out more.
Recycling your batteries only takes a moment, but helps protect our environment from the effects of dumping them in a landfill site. Rushcliffe Borough Council provides free battery bags which you can leave on top of any coloured wheelie bin on your refuse collection day. The batteries will be recycled and you should be left a replacement bag.
If you don’t have a bag, you can request one by calling the Borough Council on 0115 981 9911. Or, why not pop your used batteries into the Parish Council office next time you’re passing? There’s a box on the table in the entrance hall where you can leave them. Please note that car batteries and any batteries with acid or gel inside them can’t be accepted.
Noise nuisance app
Rushcliffe Borough Council will take action against a noisy neighbour or event – but only if there’s proof of the problem. To help you report noise nuisance, Rushcliffe have recently introduced the “Noise App,” which is an electronic noise diary for smartphones and tablets. You can use the app to make recordings of the noise and add notes about the disturbance, which can then be sent to Rushcliffe for use as an evidence base for action to follow.
For more information about what the Borough Council can do about noise nuisance, and to download the Noise App, please visit rushcliffe.gov.uk/noise. If you’re not sure how to do this, just ask your Rushcliffe Borough Councillor to help.
Ruddington Medical Centre online services available
All registered patients are now able to access the following services online:
- Request repeat prescriptions
- Book routine GP appointments
- Cancel appointmentshttp://www.theruddingtonmedicalcentre.co.uk/. Click on the relevant icon at the bottom of the home page.
- Using Patient Access via our websiteRegistering for the online service allows you to manage your appointments and request repeat prescriptions 24/7.
“If you see something, do something…..”
I used to be guilty of just that but now I turn myself into that “someone” and report it. What you see dictates who you need to contact. All have website reporting systems or they can be phoned. They do actually appreciate people letting them know as at least if they know about a problem they can deal with it. Nottinghamshire County Council for faulty street lights and traffic lights, excessive weeds or plant growth on pavements , damaged pavements, flooding or drainage problems on roads.Severn Trent for water leaks. Tel 0800 783 44 44
Run out of medicine at the weekend?
Your pharmacist may be able to help with an emergency supply.
Did you know if you run out of medicines at the weekend, you may not need to wait for an out of hours’ doctor to write you a prescription?
“Five days’ supply of most medicines can be issued by your community pharmacist at weekends when your doctor’s surgery is closed,” says pharmacist Emma Anderson, who is based at Manor Pharmacy on the High Street. “If you do not pay for your prescriptions this service is free of charge.
“To give you an emergency supply of your medicines, we need you to come to the pharmacy in person. It is helpful if you bring an empty medicine box or a repeat prescription request form with you. Unfortunately ‘controlled drugs’, which include strong analgesics and some sleeping tablets, are not included in the scheme.
“We may also be able to supply patients who have had medicines prescribed by doctors in other parts of the UK.”