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Denstone Village

This page contains various items of news and notices giving information of relevance to Denstone residents.

Road Closure on Stubwood Lane 27-30 August

Stubwood Lane will be closed to through traffic by Lilac Cottage from 27th to 30th August. This is for works by South Staffs Water. The preferred alternative route for traffic is Lady Meadow Lane, New Road, Rocester Bypass, Station Road, Red Hill.

Click this link for a map and more information (opens in a new tab).

Road Closure on College Road 23rd July

College Road in Denstone (part of the stretch between Alton Road and Narrow Lane) will be closed for works on 23rd July 09:30 – 15:30. Traffic will be diverted via Alton Road, Marlpit Lane and Narrow Lane, see this link for details (opens in a new tab).

Volunteers Needed Please

Become a member of the Denstone Volunteer Group

Denstone Parish Council are looking to put together a Volunteer Group to help out with jobs in the village as and when required. 

Jobs could include: litter picking, help with small projects, repair or construction of old and new projects, painting, tidying up – anything really to help keep the village looking fantastic. This could involve all of the family and would be a great way of getting to know all of the people in the village.

You would not be committed, just help out if you are free. What do you think? Do you fancy it !! If so contact the Parish Clerk Julie Sadler js.denstonepc@gmail.com

Reporting a Fault on the Highway to Staffordshire County Council

If you see a fault on the highway, and would like to report it to Staffordshire County Council please use this link. (It opens in a new tab.)

This will help items get reported sooner.


Bus Passes

Bus Passes for older or disabled residents: see details and apply for your concessionary Bus Pass here

Apply for your concessionary Bus Pass at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/BusPasses
Apply for your concessionary Bus Pass at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/BusPasses

Denstone Parish Council Councillor Vacancy

Following the 2023 Local Council Election process and co-option in May there is still one vacancy on Denstone Parish Council.  The Parish Council is seeking to fill this vacancy by co-option at the ordinary meeting of the Parish Council as soon as possible.

COULD THIS BE YOU?

Do you enjoy being a resident of Denstone Village? Do you have ideas for your Parish Council? Would you like to ‘Give back’ and enable your village to continue to improve? If this is you, then we need you. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences to put themselves forward for co-option to the Parish Council.

No special qualification is required to be a councillor.  It is important that all types of people serve as councillors so that all aspects of the community are represented.  Training for new councillors is also available to help you understand the responsibilities of the role.

If you think you’d like to join the Parish Council or would like to know more, please get in touch with the clerk (js.denstonepc@gmail.com) who is happy to talk with you about the role and what’s involved.

If more people indicate their interest in becoming a Parish Councillor than the number of vacancies available, candidates will be asked to give a short statement about why they are interested in the role, and the Parish Council will make their decision by a majority vote.

Notice of Public Rights 2022-2023

Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2023 – Notice of Appointment of date for the exercise of public rights

Visit the Parish Council Finance Page to view Notice of Public Rights and Accounting documents for 2022-2023.

If you need help accessing the documents, please contact Julie Sadler, Clerk to Denstone Parish Council,

Tel: 01335 324692

js.denstonepc@gmail.com

Notice of Uncontested Election

Election of Parish Councillors for Denstone Parish on 4 May 2023
I, Andy O’Brien being the Returning Officer at the above election, report that the persons whose names appear below were duly elected Parish Councillor for Denstone.

Name of CandidateHome AddressDescription (if any)
EDMONDS Edward AlanAddress in East StaffordshireRetired
FLOWER MikeAddress in East Staffordshire
MOUNTNEY JoAddress in East Staffordshire
RATCLIFFE Simon JohnFilkins
Hollis Lane
Denstone
Uttoxeter
Staffs
ST14 5HP
SHERMER Margaret MaryAddress in East Staffordshire
STRATTON Katrina AnnAddress in East Staffordshire
TURNER JessAddress in East Staffordshire
WRIGHT BobDamson Cottage
Alton Road
Denstone
ST14 5DH


Dated:
Andy O’Brien
06 April 2023
Returning Officer
Printed and Published by the Returning Officer, East Staffordshire Borough Council
ESBC PO BOX 8045 Burton upon Trent DE14 9JG

Download pdf of Returning Officer’s Letter

Volunteer for Community Speedwatch

Concerned about Speeding traffic in Denstone?

Fed up with Antisocial Driving in the Village?

IF SO

Why not do something about it and become a member of the  Community Speed Watch Team

AND

 Make Denstone a Safer Village for Everyone.

Have Your Say and Get Involved

Contact Julie Sadler js.denstonepc@gmail.com for more information.

Getting Urgent Medical Help

If you need urgent medical help this winter, whether that be for symptoms you’re worried about, if you or a loved one has fallen or injured themselves, if your child has injured themselves or is unwell, or if you’ve got a dental problem, you can get immediate help by heading over to www.111.nhs.uk. You will answer a few questions about the health need, and get instant support and advice about how you could self-care, or where you need to go to get further support. If you don’t have access to the internet, or if your little one is aged five or under, call ‘111’ for the same help and advice.

If you are told you need to go to an Emergency Department (A&E) and it is not life-threatening, you may not need an ambulance. Think whether a family member or friend can take you, or help you get there.

If you’re trying to get an appointment at your local GP surgery, remember, it might be better to see another member of the qualified team members within your practice – seeing your GP isn’t necessarily always the best option, and might mean you waiting longer. If your practice does not have any appointments available, ask about Enhanced Access appointments. You may be able to visit another practice within a few miles of your own surgery, much sooner.

In life-threatening emergencies, you should always dial 999 immediately.

ESBC Electronic Newsletters

Please click here if you would like to sign up for electronic newsletters from East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Homes for Ukraine – Another Update

Below is a further update (dated 25th March) from Philip Atkins on Ukraine. For information on charitable donations, resettlement and asylum in Staffordshire, etc., see previous posts.

“We have all been horrified by the events that have unfolded in Ukraine and as a county, we stand with all those affected.

“Staffordshire as a place have a proud history of helping those who have had no choice but to flee war or persecution. Only recently we welcomed almost 200 men, women and child evacuees from Afghanistan. We have supported them to find permanent accommodation in Staffordshire and across the country, and many of the children are attending Staffordshire schools as the families rebuild their lives here in the UK.

“The overwhelming offers of support locally for those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine demonstrates once again our tradition of welcome. The county council stands ready to work with partners to support and help Ukrainian evacuees under the government’s Homes for Ukraine Scheme. We are already working with central government to coordinate and ensure that the right help will go to the right people and in the right places.

“As we know from recent experience of the arrival of those fleeing Afghanistan, local coordination is needed to ensure that help reaches those who need it most. To achieve this, a Tactical Coordinating Group [TCG] has been established under the auspices of the Staffordshire Resilience Forum. This will organise and support the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent wide response to this situation.

“In the meantime please be patient as they start to understand and work through the details of the programme.”

Update on Supporting Refugees from Ukraine

Financial Donations:

Residents wishing to make a financial donation can do so through a number of charities providing humanitarian relief in Ukraine. There are some simple steps residents can take to ensure their money is safe and being used effectively, including:

§  Check the charity’s name and registration number using the search the charity register tool

§  Most charities with an income of £5,000 or more must be registered, which means they are regulated by The Charity Commission

§  Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information

§  If in doubt, ask the charity or organisation for more information

Donating Essential Supplies:

One of the best ways to help is by donating cash through trusted charities and aid organisations, rather than donating goods. Cash can be transferred quickly to areas where it is needed and individuals and aid organisations can use it to buy what is most needed. Unsolicited donations of goods, although well-meant, can obstruct supply chains and delay more urgent life-saving assistance from getting through. Organisations across the UK are gathering essential supplies, such as clothes, first aid and sanitary products. Many charities and community groups will have lists of items they need. Charities with experience of responding to disasters are best placed to reach victims on the ground.

Welcoming Refugees:

Ukraine Family Scheme Visa: Guidance for family members of British nationals, UK settled persons and certain others to come to or stay in the UK under the Ukraine Family Scheme can be found here: Apply for a Ukraine Family Scheme visa – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The Ukraine Family Scheme allows family members of British nationals, UK settled persons and certain others to come to or stay in the UK.

Homes for Ukraine Scheme

Extract from letter sent to local authorities by Michael Gove:

… today I am announcing a new sponsorship scheme, ‘Homes for Ukraine’.
This scheme will allow Ukrainians (and their immediate family members) with no family ties to the UK to be sponsored by individuals or organisations who can offer them a home such as a spare room or unoccupied residential self-contained unit. The scheme will be uncapped. Beneficiaries will be able to live and work in the UK for up to three years and also access benefits, healthcare, employment and other support. Our aim, through this route, is to offer a safe, warm welcome to as many arrivals as possible, based on the number of sponsors who come forward.

Read more about this scheme on the Government website, and register your interest.

‘Happy at Home’

A campaign from Staffordshire County Council, designed to help residents across the county lead healthier, independent and happier lives and to support them to be able to live well at home for longer.

“Happy at Home” is an interactive online tool launched as part of a countywide campaign to raise awareness about the massive range of simple and low-cost assistive technology equipment available to people who may be struggling with everyday tasks around the home.

The interactive ‘Happy at Home’ house allows users to visually identify rooms and locations around the home where they may need some help with day to day tasks, and then be presented with a range of ideas and solutions that they can then easily compare and acquire.

(this link opens in a new tab.)

Co-op Community Foundation Grants

Grants are available to organisations across Staffordshire & Shropshire who are supporting people facing food poverty.

The Co-operative run a Co-op Food Fund initiative to help support people across the UK who may be facing food poverty. Grants are available to Community Organisations who are helping local communities with food distribution wherever it is needed.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available. This is restricted funding that can only go towards sustainable food poverty programmes which tackle Co-op’s funding priorities.

Click here for more information about the grants and to find out how to apply. (this link opens in a new tab.)

Volunteering Roles in Staffordshire

Volunteering in Staffordshire has never been so easy!

Do It – Staffordshire enables you to sign up to be a Staffordshire Volunteer and find local volunteering roles that match your interests. (Links open in a new tab.)

Here are some volunteer roles you could register your interest in today:

  • Local Litter Picker- Join a small group of volunteers for organised litter picks to help keep your local area clean.
  • ICT Buddy – Help improve peoples computer skills so they have the skills they need to get ready for employment.
  • Reading Helper – Work on a 1-1 basis with children. Talking, reading and playing games to improve their confidence and self esteem.
  • Volunteer Mentor – This role is for anyone who would like to support children and young people at a difficult point in their lives, to offer support, advice and guidance.

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