I am delighted to report that the Mayor Stapleford Cllr Chris Rice and his wife Kath have accepted an invitation to attend the fundraising barbecue on 26 August. Many thanks to the Town Clerk, Margaret Downie for arranging this.
Now that I am retired I have taken up several charitable appointments and currently I am helping raise funds for two of these. I chair the SW Notts Scouts Executive Committee which is raising funds to help Scouts attend the International Scout Jamboree that will be held in the USA in 2019. I am also the lay-chair of the St Michael and All Angels (Bramcote Parish Church) Parochial Church Council which is raising funds for a number of commitments, repairs and projects that will benefit the church and the local community. I would really love it if you could help me support both of these causes.
On Saturday 26 August I will walk with my dog Charlie from my home in Bramcote to Langley Mill and back. We will use part of the Erewash Valley Trail along the Nottingham Canal Nature Reserve. After we return (at around 4pm if all goes well) I will be hosting a barbecue at my home.
Would you please consider sponsoring me and Charlie for the walk, and/or come to the barbecue and make a donation towards these two worthy causes? I would be very grateful indeed.
All donations that are made out to Stan Heptinstall will be put in a special account and then the whole will be split 50/50 between the two charities. Alternatively you can donate directly to either SW Notts Scouts or Bramcote PCC if that is your wish.
Please send donations to my home address which is:
8 Cranston Road
Also please let me know if you are coming to the barbecue (this is for catering purposes).
I can be contacted on 07792987890 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for considering this.
Photo: Stan and Charlie after a practice walk
County councillors are able to give a short speech at the meetings of the County Council on constituency matters, and the text of the speech I delivered today is reproduced below:
Our consideration of Rights of Way issues in Nottinghamshire is not fit for purpose. We have a situation in Bramcote where a long-established Right of Way has been closed. The Right of Way is on Moss Drive in Bramcote. The closure has the effect of denying pedestrian access to a scout camp and other parts of Bramcote that local people like to visit.
Literally hundreds of people have protested and have filled in the Rights of Way forms confirming that the route has been used consistently for many, many years. Our MP has also written to the County Council asking for action. But we are told that the current capacity of the County Council for dealing with Rights of Way issues is such that it will take many years before this matter can be dealt with. In the meantime, many people are being inconvenienced.
There is also a safety issue. When the owners were requested to open the way to ensure emergency access to a firework display on the scout campsite on November 5th this year, the owners refused to do so. This was despite some 3000 people attending the event.
Please, please, can we find a way of dealing with this issue more rapidly?
The Scouts' Fireworks and Bonfire is on the Scout Campsite on Common Lane Bramcote on Saturday 5th November. The flyer is below. I will be helping out on the night and look forward to seeing you there.