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Parish Council update for August

‘Take your litter home’ poster competition

Parish councillors were delighted to receive many colourful and creative entries to our poster competition from primary school children in the village. We are very grateful to all the children who took the trouble to prepare and submit a poster.

Five of the most striking entries have been selected for display around the village. They were from:

Niamh McB, Year 5/6

Flora W, Year 3/4

Ayla Y, Year 3/4

Elinor, Year 1/2

Freddie B, Reception

Many congratulations to these five children. Each has been presented with a £20 book token.

Look out for their work appearing at strategic spots around the village shortly. Let’s hope everyone takes the message to heart!

 

Church Road closures

Readers will be only too well aware that the top end of Church Road has been closed to vehicular through traffic since 19 July. This is for sewer improvement works related to the new development. The contractors are hoping to complete this phase of the sewer work by 7 August. Further sewer works requiring full road closure will be needed in a short section of Church Road to the east of the St James Road junction. This is currently planned to start on 16 August.

Work in Church Road to create an access road to the new Pye estate, move the car park vehicle and pedestrian entrances and erect a new pedestrian crossing is at present expected to start on 9 August. The contractors say that temporary traffic lights allowing through traffic may be possible for some of the time while these works are going on but cannot be sure of that at this stage. In the meantime, they are doing what they can to accommodate the particular requirements of school and church users and the local farmer over the period.

Clearly the carpark will need to be closed off completely for a period. We will publish information on the village website when timing details are known.

All the work is planned to be completed by 3 September before the start of school term.

The Oxford Bus Company website advises that the bus stops in Church Road by the church will be out of use until 2 September. They advise passengers to use the alternative stops further down Church Road or close to the Radley College entrance in Kennington Road over that period.

Grace Slater’s retirement

Grace Slater, head teacher at Radley Primary School for the last 8 years, retired at the end of the summer term. The Parish Council would like to express their thanks to her for her contribution to the life of the Radley community through her work at the school, and to wish her a very happy retirement.

Past and present parents have commented on the sense of calm within the school under her leadership, her quiet strength and her setting a tone of kindness and respect. One parent commented that she has made the school ‘a wonderful community’. From a parish council perspective, she has always been a pleasure to deal with – courteous, welcoming, competent, quick to get back to you. The parish council’s agreement to share the cost of extending the school hall with Radley College is down in large part to Grace’s quiet but effective promotion of the school’s needs.

The parish council is planning to purchase a simple bench for the pond area – another project owing much to Grace’s support – to mark her important contribution to the life of our community.

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