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Welcome to your village website, here you'll find information about Cosgrove and the community. Use the menu above to find news on what's happening in the village, where to eat, drink & stay, local businesses and our country walks. Spend some time to meander through our gallery of village views, both present and yesteryear.

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Poppy Appeal 2020

With the threat of Covid-19, unfortunately it's not permitted to make door to door collections for the poppy appeal this year. The aid provided by the Royal British Legion still goes on and with your support this can be maintained during this difficult time. Donations can be made on-line by visiting the Royal British Legion's website

Every poppy makes a difference to the lives of our Armed Forces community.

Our village organiser David Smith, has poppies, pin badges, wrist bands, small wooden crosses, and dog collar reflectors from the local Royal British Legion. If you wish to request any of these, please let him know. Cash donations can be made in standard collection pot or by cheque placed in a sealed envelope made payable to The Royal British Legion. Arrangement can be made for a socially distanced collection or delivery.

Email David Smith to let him know your preference.

From Sunday 25th October poppies will be available at our church. Donations can be placed safely and securely in the wallbox near the font. From this date through to Sunday 8th November, all donations placed in the wallbox will go to the Poppy Appeal and not the church. The church is open on Wednesday and Sunday each week, from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

Additional lamp post display poppies have been purchased this year. Jeff and Wendy plan to enhance the display and commemorate more parishioners who served our country during wartime. Interesting facts will be posted on lamp posts alongside the poppies. It will be well worth a walk around the village to discover all those that gave so much to ensure we have freedom and can all live in peace.  

Cosgrove Parish Council Update

Village Litter Pick - Sunday 1st November at 10.45am, meet by flagpole at crossroads

Our village volunteers invite you to join them for a litter pick around the village. All equipment, gloves, hi-viz vests and black sacks will be available, so if you have an hour spare, please come along and help keep our village tidy. Wear suitable clothing for the weather and sensible footwear.

If you can make it, please let Jeff Proctor know, so that he can ensure you are covered on the Parish Council Insurance for this voluntary event.

Bonfire guidelines

Advice to minimise the impact that bonfires can have on neighbouring properties. With the current Coronavirus pandemic, we stress that bonfires are not lit at this time. Coronavirus is a respiratory disease and people’s breathing could be impaired due to smoke inhalation. We are asking people to support their neighbours by not lighting bonfires while the pandemic continues. Smoke can pose a risk to people’s health, so avoiding fires will reduce the chance of people having their airways affected and ease the heavy burden on the NHS.

If a bonfire is a necessity then please follow the guidelines:

When lighting a bonfire, only burn dry material. Damp vegetation does not burn well as it produces large volumes of smoke and smoulders for long periods of time. The burning of this type of waste causes the most complaints and so it should be disposed of in other ways.

Before having a bonfire, let your neighbours know. This gives them an opportunity to shut their windows and bring any washing indoors.

Never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres, anything containing plastic, painted materials, plywood and chipboard, foam or paint.

Never use old engine oil, meths or petrol to light the fire or encourage it.

Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions - smoke hangs in the air on damp, still days and in the evening. If it is windy, smoke may be blown into neighbours gardens and across roads.

Never leave the fire unattended or leave it to smoulder - put it out.

If a bonfire held on commercial or industrial premises gives rise to dark smoke an offence is committed. The occupier of the land and the person who caused or permitted the smoke can be taken to court and may be fined.

Traffic

Concern continues to be raised over vehicles driving through the village at unacceptable speeds. Drivers are reminded that our village roads are congested at this time of year, requiring vehicles to reduce speeds and make allowance for young & old pedestrians, cyclists, parked cars, uneven roads and faded road markings. Please remember that speed restrictions apply when entering and leaving the village. Our speed indication devices are in place to remind drivers, please take notice and keep speed below the limit.

Playing field equipment

The playing field and equipment are open for use, but users are must take extra precautions to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Parents are reminded that the play area is not supervised, there is no provision for sanitising equipment and no hand washing facilities. Please ensure that extreme caution is taken when using the equipment. The Parish Council strongly recommend that the Risk Assessment, attached below, is read by all parents before their children use the play equipment.

Planters & Bench Seats

The two new planters placed on the verge next to the flag pole at the crossroads are now displaying a fine variety of plants. Anyone available to assist with watering during dry and warmer weather, please let a Parish Councillor know.

A memorial bench seat has been ordered and will be located next to the flagpole and village sign at the crossroads in the near future. The area will make a focal point for the village.

Allotments 

After further consideration by a landowner, there is currently now only one small plot of land available to  provide allotments for interested Cosgrove residents. If you wish to register your interest in an allotment plot, please speak to, or email Jeff Proctor. Residents living close to the two plots have been consulted by letter and responses to concerns raised, have been communicated. Developments will be posted as they materialise.

COVID-19

For government, Public Health England and information on what you are allowed and not allowed to do, view our Covid-19 page.

Neighbourly support is encouraged to assist people who are advised to self isolate. The Parish Council has organised a community support group to help members of the community who need help with shopping or collecting medication from local chemists. For details visit our Covid-19 page.

Parish Council Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, unless notice is posted in advance of a change.

Parish Council Meetings are held each month as open video conference meetings, using Zoom. Members of the public are welcome to join the meetings over the internet and observe the proceedings. 

For details on how to join meetings visit the Parish Council page.

Have your say on Village Matters

It’s always a good time to let the Parish Council know about issues that matter to you.  Email your concerns or thoughts to clerk@cosgroveparishcouncil.org.uk or discuss with your nearest Parish Councillor.

Volunteer Working Party

Our community is blessed with people who wish to maintain the appearance of our village. Projects are being planned for when the lockdown is eased, so please let us know if you can volunteer to join us for a couple of hours in the near future. Email: cosgrovevillage@gmail.com