Welcome to Bampton in Oxfordshire
The home of the fictitious Downton of Downton Abbey fame and Hugh de Singleton Mel Starr's medieval surgeon. This website is now run by the Parish Council and is intended to be a community news site so it will no longer accept commercial advertising. However if you want further details of local opportunities for advertising please see www.bamptonbeam.co.uk. If you find that anything is incorrect or you have any news that you think may be of interest to our readers please let us know by contacting email@example.com
The death of the Duke of Edinburgh
On behalf of Bampton Parish Council, our sincerest condolences on the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His devotion to the Queen, and dedication to this country, will be greatly missed.
If you wish to leave a message of condolence, please do so at the Royal Family's website, the address is www.royal.uk/condolence
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ANNUAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
Wednesday 5th May 2021
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Meeting ID: 931 5791 0648
LOCAL ELECTIONS ON 6 MAY
Registering to vote
Anyone who wishes to vote must be registered on the electoral register. The deadline for those who are not registered to make an application is Monday 19 April. For more information and to register see: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
For anyone interested in voting by post this year they just need to make sure they apply before 20 April 2021. They can request a postal vote application form by visiting https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/about-the-council/elections-and-voting/register-to-vote/
We would encourage people to sign up to do this sooner rather than later.
If a resident is unable to make it to the polling station, then they can nominate someone to be their proxy and cast their vote for them. The proxy needs to be a registered voter and able to attend the voter’s own polling station. Applications for proxy voting need to be sent to the District Council by no later than 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.
More information around the local elections for 2021 can be found at our website: https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/about-the-council/elections-and-voting/current-and-future-elections/
BAMPTON PLAY PARKS
As those who follow Facebook’s Bampton Oxfordshire page will know, there has been some concern in the village about the Parish Council’s decision to close Bampton's play parks following the latest Government advice.
The Parish Council and Bampton Recreation Ground Trust had our monthly meetings on Zoom last Wednesday (January 13th), and as part of those meetings we discussed the playparks. We examined the Government's updated regulations, along with the revised risk assessment report we prepared, and also checked the advice receive from our insurers. In addition, we took into account emails from concerned residents and the willingness of some villagers to help with the practicalities of re-opening.
As a result, the Council decided that with certain reservations, Pembroke Place Play Park could be re-opened and we are working towards that. We have already purchased some new large signs and put additional measures in place to ensure that 2m distancing can be complied with – this does mean some items of equipment will be closed off. Numbers are restricted and children cannot attend the park unaccompanied by an adult. We will carry out random spot checks.
However, we are not able to clean equipment as we have in the past, so would be pleased to hear from any resident prepared to help us with this, as well as manage and monitor usage. It is extremely important to the Council and Trustees that our playparks are not conduits for the spread of Covid 19, particularly now there is a more virulent strain of the virus. If you would like to offer help please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In brief, if we can open Pembroke Place Play park this week, we will. This will provide some additional play space for younger children. IF there is evidence that guidance is not being followed, however, we will be forced to close it in accordance with our revised risk assessment.
Mercury Close Play Park, will remain closed for now. The reason for this is that there is evidence that the Mercury Close Park, despite being fenced, has been accessed when closed, making it impossible to ensure compliance with our risk assessment.
The Council and Recreation Ground Trust also run the Recreation Ground - over 17 acres - which remains open, as does Sandford Field in the centre of the village. Both offer open space where parents and their children can play and exercise together.
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