Monthly Archives: December 2015

Neighbourhood Plan: Ready for submission

We have now updated the Plan as a result of the consultation with the village and statutory bodies. All the feedback received was constructive and the few changes made have strengthened the Plan.

We have also prepared two additional reports; one sets out the overall consultation process and the other explains how our plan fits in with the policies of the Vale, UK planning laws and other regulations. These reports will be submitted to the Vale before the end of May and will be available on both the Vale’s website and our own, https://blewburyneighbourhoodplan.org/.

There is then a further 6 week period in which comments and objections to the Plan (if any!) can be registered with the Vale. After this an inspector is appointed and all being well we hope that the final step, a referendum of the village, will take place in late summer or autumn. Assuming a majority vote in favour, the Plan will be “made” and form part the Development Plan for the District, with equivalent status to the VOWH Local Plan.

It is quite a process but we’re nearly there! Thank you once again for your support and encouragement.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Recognition for Pat Mattimore

Congratulations to Pat Mattimore who in recognition of her efforts organising various village events including the Blewbury Festival, recently received a Community Volunteer award from the Vale of White Horse District Council’s chairman Mike Babcock.

We would like to thank her and her team of volunteers for helping to make Blewbury a special place to live!

If you know of someone who could be nominated next year, please contact the Parish Council Clerk.

Thanks to Bernard Mattimore for the photo

Blewbury School breaks award record

The British Council International School Award was started in 1999 to recognise the schools leading the way in instilling and developing a global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people.

Blewbury School has been part of this development continuously since its conception, it encourages and supports schools to develop:

* An international ethos embedded throughout the school
* A majority of pupils within the school impacted by and involved in international work
* Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
* Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects
* Year-round international activity
* Involvement of the wider community

We are really proud to announce that at the British Council presentation in November it was both confirmed and celebrated that we are the only school in the United Kingdom ( or other countries in the world that take part), that have received this award six times.

In the spirit of this award we are hosting two Spanish teachers this week from a school in Cáceres, Spain, which three of us visited during the October break. We are sharing both ethos and the development of learning including a joint staff meeting about mindfulness.