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Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor

 PARISH OF DENSTONE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 9 May 2022 (14 days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 14 July 2022.

Dated 14 April 2022

Andy O’Brien

Returning Officer, ESBC, PO BOX 8045, Burton upon Trent, DE14 9JG

Vacancy for New Parish Councillor

Do you have any opinions about what happens in your area?

We currently have a vacancy on Denstone Parish Council which covers Denstone, Stubwood and Prestwood. We would welcome anyone who lives or works within the Parish. We meet in the Village Hall every month apart from August – if you are interested in joining the Parish Council, please contact the Clerk by 30th April 2022.

Julie Sadler,

Clerk to Denstone Parish Council

Corner Cottage, Wootton Road, Ellastone, DE6 2HA

01335 324692 js.denstonepc@gmail.com

Annual Parish Meeting

TO ALL ELECTORS of Denstone Parish – You are all invited to attend the Annual Parish Meeting at Denstone Village Hall on Thursday 7th April 2022 at 7.00pm

If you would like any further information regarding the meeting then please contact me on 01335 324692

Julie Sadler

Parish Clerk

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

This is an update (from Philip Atkins) on Ukraine, and some information on charitable donations, resettlement and asylum in Staffordshire. See also previous post about “Homes for Ukraine Scheme”.

Financial Donations:

Residents wishing to make a financial donation can do so through a number of charities providing humanitarian relief in Ukraine. Residents can donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal by visiting: Donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal. Residents donating to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal will help DEC charities provide food, water, shelter and healthcare to refugees and displaced families. The Government has so far matched, pound-for-pound, £25 million of public donations to this appeal.

There are lots of other organisations across the UK and internationally who have launched appeals, and residents may wish to donate through these organisations instead of the Disasters Emergency Committee. 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.

Handy Person Required

Denstone Parish Council are looking for a Handy Person to carry out some work in the village.

If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Julie Sadler on

js.denstonepc@gmail.com or 01335 324692

European Social Fund Community Grants

The European Social Fund Community Grants scheme aims to support community organisations across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent who are working with local people to improve their employability. Grants of up to £20,000 are available.  Click here to see details and to apply. Please note that applications are required by Friday 25th February 2022!

Covid-19 Update: 18th February 2022

Coronavirus COVID-19 Briefing from County Councillor Philip Atkins

With the stabilisation of the Covid-19 situation, the Update will be reviewed and unless required will no longer be circulated fortnightly as the country moves towards ‘business as usual’.

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Staffordshire as at 1600hrs 18 February 2022 was 249,888, a rate per 100,000 people of 28,294.40. The latest fiures for Staffordshire, including a district breakdown, are available here.

Best Kept Village Community Competition

The Community Foundation for Staffordshire took over running the Best Kept Village (BKV) competition after the closure of the Community Council of Staffordshire in August 2018. The competition has been renamed “Richard Winterton Auctioneer’s Best Kept Village Community Competition” after Richard Winterton Auctioneers of Lichfield has announced their countywide sponsorship of the competition with a focus on the community aspect of village life. Click here for more details.

If anyone in Denstone would be interested in setting up a BKV co-ordinating group, please could you contact Julie, the Parish Council Clerk, before  the end of February so that this can be discussed at the March PC meeting.

Covid-19 Update: 4th February 2022

Coronavirus COVID-19 Briefing from County Councillor Philip Atkins

This briefing contains updated information and important links. Please note that it contains tables. Click here to view briefing.

Covid-19 Update: 14th January 2022

Coronavirus COVID-19 Briefing from County Councillor Philip Atkins

This briefing contains useful information and important links. Click here to view briefing.

Hollington Road Closure Notice

Temporary prohibition of traffic on Hollington Road, Croxden – the order will come into operation on 28 January 2022 and it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 18 February 2022. Click here for more details.

Defibrillator Training

Denstone Parish Council have organised some Defibrillator Training, which will take place in Denstone Village Hall on the 29th January 2022 at 10am – 12pm

 There are limited spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment  

If you would like to book a place on the course  please contact Julie Sadler on 01335 324692 or js.denstonepc@gmail.com

Parish Council Meeting Cancelled

The Parish Council meeting scheduled for Thursday 6 January 2022 has unfortunately had to be CANCELLED because of illness.

Surviving Winter 2021

Surviving Winter is a campaign run by community foundations across the UK to help to combat fuel poverty, loneliness, isolation and holiday hunger. The programme raises money to help vulnerable people to stay warm and well over winter. Fuel costs are rising, and many people will have to face a choice between heating and eating.  Many people who were ‘just about managing’ last year will now face hard choices.

We need your support to help those who are most at risk this winter.

Click here for more information.

Covid-19 Update: 26th November 2021

Coronavirus COVID-19 Briefing from County Councillor Philip Atkins

This briefing summarises the key points around Staffordshire County Council’s response and recovery to the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to view briefing.

Climate Action fund

Message from County Councillor Philip Atkins

In July 2019 Staffordshire County Council declared a climate change emergency to demonstrate a commitment to reduce climate change impacts. We are putting in place measures to reduce our carbon emissions and to adapt and build local resilience to the impacts of climate change.

This is the second round of the county council’s community climate change action fund, offering funding assistance to local communities to build resilience and reduce Staffordshire’s contributions to climate change. Please circulate in your communities.

Each councillor has £1,500 to allocate. This is the weblink for applications and further details:

Climate Action Fund – Staffordshire County Council

Funding must deliver against at least one of the following four categories.  Examples are given below of what would be considered a good project under each category:

Category 1 – Reducing carbon impact or adapting to our changing climate

Energy efficiency

Reducing our demand for energy, through:

– Use of more efficient appliances, lighting and heating.

– Improving thermal efficiency of buildings by reducing heat loss, for example improving insulation and reducing draught

Building resilience to climate change impacts

Creating local resilience to extreme local weather events such heat waves, drought and heavy rain events.

Category 2 – Improving air quality

Reduced pollution

Encouraging alternatives to car use such as walking and cycling initiatives.

Category 3 – Natural environment

Enhancing local green spaces

Greening urban spaces and the local environment for example through tree planting.

Category 4 – Reducing waste

Waste reduction and reuse

Introducing measures to minimise waste creation

For example repair initiatives or food waste reduction through Community Fridges and Reuse and Repair initiatives

Composting

Encouraging on site composting of garden waste and fruit and vegetable food waste.

I look forward to applications.

Regards

Philip

Denstone Art Group Restarts

The Denstone Art Group is running its Art sessions again from September 7th for 12 weeks. It will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. The aim of the group is to promote an environment where people can share, create and explore thoughts and ideas in a friendly, informal manner. An experienced Art teacher will be on hand to give advice if needed. The total price to attend the sessions for 12 weeks is £30. Please contact 07388025075 if you are interested.

Still one or two places left if anyone would like to join in!

Community Foundation For Staffordshire

Jeremy Lefroy and Jeremy Pert are walking the 92-mile route of the Staffordshire Way across the summer of 2021 to raise funds for the Stafford Together Fund. This is a place-based community fund that supports charities, community and voluntary groups in the borough of Stafford, who are working on a grassroots level to support disadvantaged people in their local area.

Please find out more and support this here. (opens in new tab)

The European Social Fund

European Social Fund (ESF) Community Grants are financed through the European Union and are designed to develop the capacity of the community and to meet local needs. Part of this strategy is to help people increase their chances of finding work. Applications are open to organisations based or working within the county of Staffordshire. Full criteria can be found at this link along with a breakdown of the grants application process, which must be read and fully understood before making your application.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available.

Parish Council Meeting Dates

From now on, the council will normally meet monthly on the first Thursday of every month at 7.00pm in the main room of the Village Hall.

Staffordshire 2021 Community Fund

Each county councillor has up to £2,500 to allocate for:

• Projects to get Staffordshire’s voluntary and community sector back to thriving, including initiatives that will help groups to develop or restart their own fundraising

• Projects to help paused community activities get going again in a safe way


• Projects looking to build on the community energy of the past year and keep it going, e.g. by transitioning new community networks into more formal community groups or Good Neighbour schemes


To find out more and apply, visit this link (opens in new tab)


Let’s Beat Loneliness Together

Loneliness can affect anyone at any point in their lives and can have an impact on our health, wellbeing, productivity and self-esteem. In a recent survey 35% of Staffordshire residents reported that loneliness and isolation was a concern to them and 80% were worried about not seeing family and friends – due to the impact of Coronavirus.

To see more, visit this link at Staffordshire.gov.uk (opens in new tab):


New, Accessible Website

As you see, we have a new website! This should be easier to use on small tablet and phone screens and should also be easier for people with limited vision or other disabilities. Please tell us if you find any problems that we should know about! There’s a lot still to do, and we’ll be developing and changing it, so if there’s anything you’d like to see added, please let us know.


Introducing ‘Happy at Home’

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

From today (Monday 16th November) a new interactive online tool has 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.)


Community Foundation – Surviving Winter

Surviving Winter is a campaign run by several community foundations across the UK to combat Holiday Hunger and fuel poverty. The programme raises money to help children and older vulnerable people to stay warm and well over winter. With the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns affecting our communities there is more need for it this year than ever. For the first time Surviving Winter will also be available to communities across Shropshire, and Telford & the Wrekin.

We need your support to help those who are most at risk this winter.

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


Stafford Borough Sports Grants

The Stafford Borough Sports Grants scheme allocates funds to talented sports performers, local sports clubs and local sports coaches. They have three different pots available for people to apply to, depending on their requirements. This fund will award grants to organisations who provide facilities or services for people in the geographical area covered by Stafford Borough Council.

Click here for more information about the grants and to find out how to apply. (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 have launched their new Co-op Food Fund initiative to help support people across the UK who may be facing food poverty. Grants are now 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.)


An update on the restarting of NHS dental services in the Midlands

Almost all dental practices are now open to provide face to face care and 90% are able also to offer aerosol-generating (AGP) procedures (anything involving the use of powered instruments like drills or scalers). There are also currently 93 Urgent Dental Care Centres across the Midlands providing urgent care for those patients who do not have access to a regular dentist or whose dentist is not yet offering the full range of services.

Read more…


New 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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