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News from Radley Parish Council

Members of the parish council were saddened to hear of the deaths last month of two of Radley’s most prominent residents, both of whom had made major contributions to the life of the community over the last half century.

Dick Crabb died suddenly on 19 November, aged 81. Always a keen footballer, Dick and his family played a major part building the Radley Youth Football Club into a successful and flourishing club, and providing it with a permanent home at Gooseacre.  Dick and Sue also ran the youth club for many years. Over more recent years, Dick looked after the village hall, undertaking numerous repair and decoration jobs and ensuring it remained in good condition. At the time of his death Dick was serving as chairman of Radley Retirement Group and Vice-Chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee.

Paddy Dockar Drysdale died of a heart attack on 9 December at the age of 91. Brought up in Radley, he returned to Wick Hall in the early 1980s after a spell abroad. He took a keen interest in the area and was a founding member of Radley History Club. He was always prepared to consider how the land that he owned could contribute to community life. Only last month, we recorded our gratitude to him for granting long-term permissive rights for the public to use footpaths through and around Radley Large Wood, a legacy which will bring pleasure to Radley residents for generations to come.

The parish council sends sympathy to the families of both men.

Free tree giveaway

Many thanks to Harriet Moggridge and Cat Blagrove for their initiative to encourage us all to “plant a tree and help create a greener community”. They distributed 50 hazel tree whips to interested households over the week-end of 12/13 December to be planted in gardens round the village. The whips were paid for by the parish council but all the hard work was down to Harriet and Cat.

The parish council is always delighted to be approached for support with local initiatives of this kind. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Clerk if you have an idea the council might help with.

Radley Lakes Trust

The newly established Radley Lakes Trust was registered with the Charity Commissioners last month, with Richard Dudding (Lower Radley resident), David Fraser (White’s Lane resident), David Guyoncourt (Abingdon Naturalists), Roger Thomas (Friends of Radley Lakes) and Mike Wilson (Thrupp Lane resident) as its founding trustees. In addition, Lynda Crowley (Chair, Radley Parish Council) has been nominated by the parish council to serve as a trustee and a nominee from Abingdon Town Council is awaited.

The job of the Trust is to put the ideas in the Radley Lakes masterplan into effect on the ground. The parish council has provisionally ear-marked £300k from its anticipated £1.5m CIL receipts to support the Trust’s projects over the next 5-10 years. Work which the Trust is hoping to get underway soon includes clearing the orchid glades on the former ash pit area, improving car-parking arrangements and introducing measures to reduce litter and vandalism.

The Trust will be looking for volunteers to help with some of its work. Anyone interested should email lakes@radleyparish.org.

Notice of new vacancy on the Parish Council

The recent resignation of councillor Graham Leonard leaves a second vacancy on the Parish Council.  The Council will fill the vacancy by co-option unless 10 electors of the parish request that it should be filled by election by writing to Democratic Services at the Vale of White Horse District Council, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB democratic.services@southandvale.gov.uk by 8th January 2021.

If you think you might be interested in joining the parish council, please contact the clerk or speak to one of the councillors who will be able to answer any questions you may have. 

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