Woodnewton News August 2018 Web Edition

No Print Edition This Month

There is no printed version of Woodnewton News for this month (August 2018) but there have been some submissions and there is some information that you may find useful. We decided that we would make this content available here on the Woodnewton Hub.

Woodnewton Parish Council

Parish Council Report – July 2018

The Parish Council met on 2nd July


The Council agreed the GDPR policy and that Minutes of all Council meetings would be available on the website for 12 months.

Local Government Reorganisation.

The Council agreed that a representative would attend a meeting giving more information on the planned re-organisation of local government. Under the current proposed plan, the County Council and all District councils in Northamptonshire would be dissolved and replaced with two unitary authorities. More information next month.

Playing Field

The annual ROSPA safety inspection of the playground equipment has been completed and the results reported back to the Council. The Council noted the comments raised, and agreed that any rectifications required would be completed as part of the ongoing maintenance programme.

Wildflower Meadow

The turf cutting for the new wildflower meadow has been postponed because of the dry weather.

Street Lighting

If 75% of the project costs could be met from grant funding it would leave £2,881 to find from other sources. The Council agreed to apply for the grant funding and to look at options for funding the remaining 25%.  The Council would decide when to discontinue the current maintenance contract, when it is known if grant funding has been given.

Call Connect Bus

There was no official update, but Councillors were advised that one of the larger parishes asked to contribute had pulled out. ENC will not increase their contribution so unless the money was raised by the other parishes, the scheme would fall.

Regulations & Procedures

The Council has recently reviewed and updated numerous procedures around financial regulations, Risk Assessments and Freedom of Information.

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Monday 6th August at 8.00pm

Andrew Hansford - Parish Council Chairman

St Mary's Church

 A huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the success of our wonderful Flower Festival. The arrangements in St. Mary’s were quite outstanding, and I think that all of us who are not flower arrangers were in awe of the creativity and imagination on display! So many people came to enjoy the skill and artistry in the arrangements and they received a very warm welcome from everyone in the church. Thank you, also, to all those of our church who provided refreshments and for the lovely things to purchase. Over a year ago, Marilyn Jenner proposed the idea of a combined Flower Festival and it was very uplifting to see her vision come to fruition. Thank you, Marilyn! Across the churches in our benefice, there was a real “buzz” and the whole weekend was a great success. Thank you everyone!

August Services

5th August 9.30 a.m. Sung Holy Communion (Modern Language)
12th August 9.30 a.m. Said Holy Communion (Modern language)
19th August 11.00 a.m.. Sung Morning Praise for all the family, with Baptism. Please note the later service time.
26th August 8.30 a.m. Said Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

Ice Cream Sundae

St Mary’s Fund Raising team are hosting this event on August 26th, at the church from 2 ‑4.30pm.

SO WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT? Children and the young at heart will be able to create their own ice cream sundae from all the toppings and sauces that will be on offer. For those who prefer something a little less icy, cakes and teas will also be served. Sit and enjoy your refreshments whilst listening to the live music that will be provided at intervals during the afternoon.

There will be various stalls – plants, books, jams and cakes and side shows for the children – a mini fete. They will also be able to take part in a treasure hunt; there is something for everyone. So if you are avoiding the traffic and staying at home this holiday weekend, why not come along and spend a penny and help us raise money for the toilet project.

More dates for your diary

6th October - A Race Night at the Village Hall
10th November - Northern Soul Disco


The social group will be taking another day trip this month on Wednesday August 15th to Stratford-upon-Avon. This is a popular destination with our regulars as there is plenty to see and do – nice shops to browse, pleasant eating places or perhaps a trip on the river. For further details please contact Clare on 01780 470437 email: superfoguk@aol.com. Please note that there is no coffee morning in August – next one will be on Friday 21st September.

Advance notice:

We shall be holding our AGM on Wednesday 12th September at Wansford surgery at 6.30pm. In view of the business content of the meeting there will not be a guest speaker but all patients will be most welcome to come along and hear about the group’s activities over the past twelve months. Surgery staff will also be attending to give a practice update and news of any future plans. 
Due to lack of interest from patients at previous AGMs in taking on an active role within the group, the current officials have now been in post for several years – in order to ensure the future of the group it is becoming increasingly important for new people to put themselves forward to join the committee – this would give them the opportunity to learn about the group’s business activities and finances with a view to being elected to an official post at a later stage. Without being dramatic, but bearing in mind that several patient groups around the Peterborough area have recently disbanded due to lack of support and willingness of patients to become officials, unless we can attract some additional members to the committee, this same fate could be on the horizon for our own group. As one of the oldest PPGs in the country and after 38 years of dedication which has benefited both patients and practice, it would be very sad to lose this local and much respected asset.

Peterborough Dragon Boat Race - £38,000 raised for Sue Ryder

The Wansford and Kings Cliffe Surgery staff entered two boats in the recent Peterborough Dragon Boat Race at Ferry Meadows - patients had been asked to make donations at each surgery towards the benefiting charity - Sue Ryder.
I am sure that people would be delighted to hear that the event raised in excess of £38,000 - all the available boats were taken and sponsored and the whole day as well as being bathed in glorious sunshine, was a wonderful success.
Well done to everyone involved.

What's On

Woodnewton Cinema

‘The Greatest Showman’ will be screened on September 8th. There will be a licenced bar for pre- and post film drinks. Tickets will be available from Gary from 1st August onwards on 470593.

For your information we also hope to screen ‘Finding your Feet’ later in the year, keep an eye on future newsletters for details of cinema dates and ticket details.

We look forward to seeing you at the next cinema night.

Nene Valley Railway

Win Flying Scotsman tickets at the Nene Valley Railway

Didn’t get tickets for the Flying Scotsman visit? All is not lost. Any person buying an Adult or Senior or family rover ticket to ride on the Nene Valley railway this July or August will be entered into a draw for tickets to ride behind the Flying Scotsman when it visits the railway at the end of September.. It’s a simple as that

First prize.... 4 tickets

Second Prize.... 2 Tickets

The Nene Valley railway is on the look-out for a children’s character

The NVR needs a central character to feature on a ‘welcome aboard’ leaflet that will be given free of charge to all children coming to ride on the rails.

The Railway though it might be mutually beneficiary to give the opportunity to artists, designers and Illustrators living in the area.
They have no preconceived ideas about what the character might be either ... Teddy, a cat, dog... or whatever, they are perfectly prepared to leave this up to the creator who is completely a liberty to create something that they think is appropriate and of course course come up with a suitable name.

A spokesman for the NVR said: "Hopefully this will be a great opportunity for a budding artist be they professional or amateur to showcase their talent, we intend to adopt the character for keeps and of course the creator will be credited. Who knows it could springboard a career while also giving to the wider community as the NVR is a registered educational charity."

Those who wish to have a go can send their creation to the NVR at admin@nvr.org.uk or post it to one of the Railways social media pages.

All characters sent will receive an airing via the railways social media pages before one is chosen for permanent stardom.

Nene Valley Railway - Wansford Station - Stibbington - Peterborough - PE8 6LR T: 01780 784444 www.nvr.org.uk

Nassington School

Nassington School Ofsted Report

The local primary school in Nassington had just had a report from Ofsted showing great improvements since the last report. Sally Gunning, Bursar at the school asked for us to publish the highlights of the report.

The Summary is included below copied directly from the report, but you can access the 12 page full report by clicking the link.

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Nassington Primary School
Church Street, Nassington, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE8 6QG

Inspection dates 12-13 June 2018
Overall effectiveness Good
Effectiveness of Leadership and Management Good
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good
Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good
Outcomes for pupils Good
Early years provision Good
Overall effectiveness at previous inspection Requires Improvement

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school

Leaders and governors have successfully addressed the actions from the last inspection. They have ensured that the standard of education at the school is securely good. Standards of attainment and rates of progress in reading, writing and mathematics have improved in almost all year groups. Progress is especially strong in the current Year 6.
The governing body has undergone significant improvement. Governors provide effective challenge and support for leaders. The teaching of phonics has improved recently. An increasing proportion of pupils is on track to achieve at the expected standard in the Year 1 phonics screening check.
The curriculum is broad and balanced. Parents and carers appreciate the wide range of extra- curricular activities provided for their children. The presentation of pupils’ work in their books, and their standards of handwriting, are not consistently good.
Leaders and staff promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively. The leadership and teaching in early years are securely good. Some of the outdoor resources are becoming worn and part of the area cannot currently be accessed by the children.
The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good. Teachers provide thought-provoking activities which are well matched to pupils’ interests and abilities. Leaders’ plans for school improvement are not sufficiently precise. It is not clear how and when the plans are reviewed.
Safeguarding is effective. Pupils say that they feel safe at the school and have confidence in staff to look after them.