Newton Solney Parish Council

Village Newsletter - December 2019/January 2020

December 2019/January 2020         Registered Charity Number 1000857       Number 427

Christmas Celebrations at the Village Hall on Monday 16th December at 7.00pm
The bad news is that this year the usual shoot will not take place due to health and safety issues with our insurers despite having explained that the shoot has been in existence without incident for 100 years.
However, the good news is that there will be a new bowls game with a good luck target similar to that used for the shoot marked out at one end of the bowling mat with players (including children) having 5 bowls to aim at the target.  The scores will be added up and the higher the score will mean the first pick of the prizes.  The system of "bring a prize to win a prize" will continue as before; remember, if you are bowling (including children), to bring a prize - preferably unwrapped - to be placed on the table.
There will also be games and quizzes plus the 200 Club Draw (1st prize - £100), the Grand Christmas Draw (1st prize - Luxury Christmas Hamper) and excellent refreshments.
Raffle tickets for the Draw will be available on the night or please ring Chris Shean on 701437 if you would like some or are able to sell any.
It is also a good time to renew your Village Hall Supporter’s Card as a donation towards the upkeep of the hall. 
So please come along and support this traditional event and have a go at our new exciting bowling game.    

Sunday Walk - 29th December - Newton Solney - Walk 228
A walk starting at from outside the "Brickmaker's Arms" and finishing inside the pub for a celebration of 20 years of Sunday Walks.  Come with us for 2.5 hours of easy walking on local footpaths and quiet lanes but be prepared, it can be muddy at this time of year.  A short break will be taken, bring yourself a warming drink then join us in the "Brickies" to raise a glass to celebrate our 20 years of walking together. 

Sunday Walk –  26th January  – Ticknall - Walk 229
Starting a 10.00am from Ticknall Village Hall car park on Ingleby Lane we set off via Gorsey Leys towards Melbourne via St Brides.  We return by following the path by Staunton Harold reservoir passing the lime kilns on our way back to the car park.  The ground could be muddy as it follows field paths and grass tracks.  With one stop this walk should take two and a half hours.  A donation of £1 for either walk which goes towards village hall funds would be much appreciated.     

200 Club Winners – November
£50 No. 72   Mr. A. Gardiner  Cricket Close,      £25  No.172 Mrs. C. Steele      Newton Park
Newton Solney Tuesday Club Activities.
Tuesday, 3rd December: Christmas Lunch. 1.00 pm Cost £10.00. Please feel free to bring your own wine etc.
This is our only meeting in December, so the Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members & friends a very Happy Christmas & New Year and to thank you for your support during the past year.
2020 January Programme
Tuesday, 7th January: At 2.30 pm A Business Meeting followed by a selection of Photos taken by Dennis.
Tuesday, 21st January: A trip to Armstrong Mill, Ilkeston: Leaving the Unicorn Inn at 9.30 am
& returning to Newton by approx. 3.00 pm. Cost £12.00
For further information about any of the above activities, please contact our Secretary, Jane on 01283 564520.

Newton Solney Women’s Institute
On November 12th we had an interesting talk by Dr. Catrin Rutland about life in A Vet’s School. The School at Sutton Bonnington has existed for 12 years. She gave us an insider’s view of teaching thousands of students, who might eventually live and work anywhere in the world.  To enable this to happen the school has set up Wikkivet. As a result, vets across the world have access to the animal data base for first class information. The School is also linked to Twycross Zoo which has donated animals for them to examine, learning about their anatomies.  I think we all learned something new that evening
Later in November we are having our Xmas meal at The Dragon so we will be putting on our glad rags. December 10th is our last meeting of the year for our Xmas Social where we will be entertained by ‘Five in Harmony’. This will be held in Newton Solney Village Hall.  We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30 and all are welcome to join us next year.

Newton Solney Fireworks and Bonfire Display 2019
Sadly the bonfire and fireworks this year were cancelled due to the persistent rain and flooding on the common land, and the health and safety issues this caused. We will be back next year!
The bonfire and fireworks raises around £1200 every year for worthy causes and is an important event for the village, providing a safe display.
The remaining materials collected for the bonfire will be dealt with when the floods recede in a safe and approved manner. If anybody is seen adding to this, therefore fly tipping, please report this to myself or phone the police. Help is needed next year for a responsible person to oversee the construction of the bonfire and to control what is being brought down, please contact me if interested.  Jeremy Winter 07831614631

Newton Solney Parish Council (PC) –
Planning – Planning application for an Agricultural Building at The End is still under consideration.
Bonfire – The village bonfire due to be held on 2 November was unfortunately cancelled due to exceptionally inclement weather. The bonfire site was surrounded with water, had prevented its construction and the spectator area was deemed unsafe. It is hoped that the event will take place next year, subject to weather. The materials deposited for the fire will be burned as soon as possible and any help in this will be much appreciated. Please contact a Parish Councillor or Jeremy Winter if you are able to assist. Any further depositing of materials will be considered as fly tipping and subject to prosecution.
Common Land Security – This project is moving forward slowly with further representations being made both to Derbyshire County Council and South Derbyshire District Council. Both Councils have asked for instances of anti social behaviour and fly tipping etc. to be recorded and forwarded to the Parish Council/SDDC which will aide them in granting approval. It is important that this is undertaken by residents and ALL incidents are recorded. This inevitably will delay moving forward with the installation of the barrier and securing the Common Land. The object of this proposed project is to protect the area and make it safe.  A log is to be compiled by Councillor Anne-Louise Sedgwick of any anti-social behaviour and fly tipping. Any photos of anti social behaviour, fly tipping and other incidents should be forwarded to her complete with associated dates ( In addition these should be reported to the Police using the 101 number so that they can be recorded and given an incident number.
Damage to stone pillar on Church Lane – The reinstatement of the stone pillar on Church Lane is in hand and it is hoped that this will be complete in the near future.
Silver birch tree adjacent to 19, Blacksmiths Lane – The petition compiled by a number of residents concerning the silver birch tree has been forwarded to Derbyshire County Council by County Councillor Linda Chilton and their response is awaited.
Transforming Trent Valley – Our South Derbyshire District Councillors are to arrange a joint meeting with other Parish Councils to listen to Nicola Lynnes explain the vision for developing the Trent Valley. Date and location to be advised.
Planters – One of the planters adjacent to the Alms houses has been moved and the Parish Council will restore this planter to its original position.
CEMEX gravel extraction – CEMEX held a “drop in” event at Newton Park Hotel on 23 October 2019 to show their proposal. Planning application will be made in due course. The existing workings will continue for 3 or 4 years and any new extension will take a further 4 years. 
Scamwatch – Derbyshire Scam Watch are offering to talk to members of the community and organisations within the community warning of the dangers of scams that may be taking place and to safeguard individuals. Their web site is Local organisations in the village are to be notified of this service.
Next meeting – The next scheduled Parish Council meeting is due to take place 13 December 2019 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. All are welcome.

St Mary’s Church                                                                                         
The Tuesday Lunch Club are holding their Christmas Lunch in the Village Hall on December 3rd at 1pm. Wine glasses will be provided but please bring your own drinks. The lunches will continue in the New Year, at the usual time, beginning on January 7th.
Christmas Services
Christingle Sevice (with baptism) 8th December 10am
Carols by Candlelight 15th December 4pm
Christmas School Service 20th December 2pm
Midnight Mass 24th December 11.30pm
Christmas Day Service 25th December  10.30am
Sunday 28th December Benefice Service at St Wystans 9.45am
St Mary’s Church – Celebration of Light
Thank you to all who brought their pumpkins to St Marys church Newton Solney, some great carvings and decorations made a great display for the Celebration of light, followed by a wonderful service by Stephen Longden. 

February 2020 Newsletter
 All contributions for the February newsletter by Saturday January 11th please to Wendy Poole, Greenbank Cottage, Bretby Lane, Tel 703228 or e-mail