Remote Meeting of the Parish Council 20th May 2020
The meeting will be open to residents and other parties with a legitimate interest in speaking or attending. Residents who wish to speak during the open session will be invited to do so by the Chairman. It is requested that comments are brief, relevant and not repetitive
When the meeting begins, as it is protocol for a meeting to be watched with no facility for comments from the floor, all residents will be muted for the duration of the meeting.
In March, reports of online child sexual abuse in the Thames Valley were 146% higher than the number of reports received in March 2019.
With the government restrictions in place, many children are spending more time online to stay in touch with friends and loved ones as well as a way to stay entertained. We are looking to encourage parents and carers to take action in protecting their children from falling victim to online sexual abuse.
Many people, all over the UK, have already turned to gardening to help them deal with the challenges caused by Covid-19. Rekindling the spirit of the Second World War ‘Dig for Victory’ Campaign, they’re finding it’s extremely rewarding to eat food that they’ve grown themselves – and nurturing seeds and being outdoors is also great for mental health too. This week is the Royal Horticultural Society’s National Gardening Week so it’s a good time to get going. Anyone who doesn’t have outdoor space can also join in, as there are many plants that can be grown in pots, indoors.
Parish Council Chairman Steve Walker said “Staying fit and healthy is so important at the moment. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is not only a satisfying achievement but also good for your wellbeing”.
If you are interested in an allotment (Quainton Road) please contact the Clerk. There are none currently available but we will add you to our waiting list.
You may recall, preparations were in hand to celebrate May Day & Victory in Europe with various events at The Cricket Field in Waddesdon on Friday 8th May.
The current pandemic emergency has put paid to any gathering, however……
We are encouraging residents who would have taken part to undertake the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May from the safety of your own home by standing up and raising a glass of refreshment of your choice. Along with thousands of communities across the UK we can undertake the following ‘Toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you“.
Let us use this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today even in these challenging times. It is also a celebration of the beginning of peace across Europe.
Some of you are joining in with street parties from the safety of your front gardens and we would love to see photos of your red, white and blue decorations. You could join our BBC Local Radio station initiative in making your own VE Day Great British Bunting. Download everything you need at bbc.co.uk/makeadifference
The BBC will broadcast special programmes to mark this VE Day milestone occasion, with the monarch’s address to the nation to be aired on BBC One at 9 pm.
An evening programme will feature Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins, actor Adrian Lester and singer Beverley Knight, who will be performing some well-known songs from the 1930s and 40s.
It will culminate in the nation being invited to sing along to a rendition of We’ll Meet Again.
The BBC will also air a pre-recorded video message from Prince Charles, who will read an extract from his grandfather King George VI’s diary from VE Day. Extracts of Sir Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech to the nation announcing the end of the war in Europe will also be broadcast.
Help your children to draw and colour Easter images, rainbows, animals, flowers and smiley faces – and then post them in your windows for passers-by to see. There’s also the ‘Big Bucks Easter Egg Competition’ run by The Clare Foundation. (theclarefoundation.org/big-bucks-easter-egg-competition)
Learn the basics of coding and computer science with Code.org. Their free Code Break program allows anyone with an interest to take part. (code.org/break)
Buckinghamshire Council’s Executive Portfolio Holder for Health and Culture, Cllr Gareth Williams, commented:
“With warm, sunny weather forecast for the bank holiday weekend, there’s bound to be a temptation for people to head for the countryside. However, as per the government’s advice, I would ask people to stay at home to help reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading in our community and overwhelming our NHS. If you need to go outside for reasons like exercise and shopping, please stick to the social-distancing guidelines.
Queens Park Arts Centre’s ‘Live Creatively’ campaign is being launched to encourage people to keep engaging with creative activities through the current self-isolation measures.
They intend to use social media accounts (and a new blog) to share images, videos and text content in celebration of how art and creativity can still thrive as a way of supporting and maintaining people’s emotional well-being in times of uncertainty. Below are the key social media links: