The best way to catch up on what's happening in Ketton is to follow us on our social media channels which can be accessed at the top of the page. The following is an overview from Ketton Parish Council of what has been going on in the village over the last month.
Latest Parish Council News -November
Wonderful news! Ketton's very own Joyce Bird received the most well deserved Leicestershire and Rutland Rural Community Unsung Hero Award last month at a celebration dinner - many congratulations to Joyce, described as 'a lady that just keeps giving'.
Our one-to-one IT training sessions with Berni on Mondays between 1.30 and 4.30pm are still running - no problem too trivial; book a session with Sarah, our Parish Clerk, using the contact details above. For more about what is going on in Ketton visit www.ketton.org.uk and 'Ketton News' Facebook (updated daily), although much can be learned by dropping in at the Community Hub (library) for tea, coffee, biscuits and chat on Tuesday or Thursday, 9.30 to 11.45 !
Nicola Eastwood has sadly decided to resign as a Parish Councillor - we thank her for her support and efforts, especially on the PR&M committee, and for her sterling work with the Smoothie Bike on the Parish Council stall at the PTA fete. We now have vacancies for 2 Parish Councillors, and for a temporary village handyman - if you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Sarah at the Parish Office, Stocks Hill Lane, open Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to 4pm (or use the phone/email as above ). Also, more volunteer snow wardens would be welcome, to join Dave Parry and Brian Pick who are prepared and standing by; please let Sarah know if any of the grit bins need topping up.
RCC recently carried out a speed survey in Pit Lane; on average there were 972 vehicles per day, but the majority were compliant with the 20mph speed limit as the average speed recorded was 18mph. Alerted by concerns from the parish council, RCC will now undertake an assessment of the junction between Pit Lane and the A6121; the results will be on RCC's website when complete (ref: ITCO-2019-27). Our local police will be out and about in the villages with a speed laser gun as part of their vehicle enforcement campaign on speeding and anti social driving; Twitter and Facebook on www.leics.police.uk will be updated with the results.
Finally, RCC has published its annual report for 2018/2019 www.rutland.gov.uk/annualreport which makes interesting reading. Despite a loss of £4m in government funding and a £10.5m increase in costs, they have met or exceeded 41 of their 48 targets. Any comments or feedback on the report can be sent to email@example.com
Dates for your diary: Friday Nov 1st Ketton Showtime at the Northwick Arms Hall; Sat Nov 2nd County Councillors' Surgery, 10.15 to 11.15 in the library; Tues Nov 5th lunch at Carver Court; Wed Nov 6th Open Mic at the Railway; Sun Nov 10th Remembrance Service 10.25 at St Mary's; Thurs Nov 14th copy deadline for Chatterbox; Fri Nov 15th Traditional French Music and Dancing, 8pm in the Northwick Arms Hall; 1940s Dance with the Rutland Big Band at KSCC; Wed Nov 20th soup lunch, midday at the Methodist Hall; Ketton Horticultural Society AGM and supper 7.30pm at the Northwick; Sat Nov 23rd to Sat Dec 1st National Tree Week; Thurs Nov 28th film club (Red Joan) 7.30pm in the Northwick Arms Hall; Sat Nov 30th Ketton School PTA Xmas wreath making workshops; Sat Jan 25th 2020 Ketton Wassail in Hall Close
New RCC Website
Rutland County Council has a new website (same address www.rutland.gov.uk ), with an improved layout and structure, and designed to work better on smartphones and tablets. Some new functions are 'find my nearest' online map to locate services and report problems, 'my bills and benefits' to view Council Tax or Business rates bills and instalments, 'adult and social care self-assessment' for information and advice on choosing the best care and support.
IT Training Sessions
If you are struggling with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop then why not sign up with Sarah at the Parish Office for free one-to-one IT training sessions on a Monday between 1.30pm and 4,30pm ? Since the scheme started in late January almost 20 villagers have had at least one session with Berni, our very patient and dedicated volunteer trainer.
Proposed safe pedestrian access to school
The below plan shows a new safe pedestrian access to the school which would create a new secure and lit path which would run to the right of the Library, along the boundary with the old School House, and into the school playground. It would solve the current and potentially dangerous problem of pedestrians and cars mixing at the school entrance. It is suggested that the car park is also improved and tarmacked with increased car parking spaces.
Following the presentation at the school, organisers received eleven declarations in favour and two against the proposal. Thus at the December Ketton Parish Council meeting, councillors voted and approved, in principle, the proposal to install a secure pedestrian footpath (to the right of the Library), which would ensure that pedestrians are isolated from moving vehicles, and to resurface the car park behind the Library. County Councillor Diana MacDuff will liaise with Rutland County Council regarding possible funding for the project. The meeting agreed that Cllrs McGilvray and Cade will act as Parish Council representatives in further discussions with the other parties involved in the project.
Currently, no other proposals have progressed to the same level as the ones presented at the meeting, and are therefore not under consideration by KPC.
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone currently applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England. Anyone who keeps poultry or birds must adhere to strict biosecurity requirements, whether they have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a garden flock.
The prevention zone means bird keepers across the country must:
• Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources
• Feed and water your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds
• Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures
• Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy
• Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas
Further information about Defra’s biosecurity requirements can be found on the GOV.UK website.
If anyone suspects disease in their flock or finds dead wild birds such as wild ducks, wild geese, swans, gulls or birds of prey, they must report this to Defra.
You can contact Defra’s helpline by calling: 03459 33 55 77
Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from avian influenza is very low.
As a precaution, people should avoid contact with sick, dying or dead poultry or wild birds, avoid contact with surfaces contaminated with bird faeces and avoid untreated feathers.
Further updates on avian influenza in England can be found online