e-Bulletin - May 2021

Welcome to the Parish Council’s e-Bulletin
Fair Oak Parish Council’s e-Bulletin is designed to provide an up to the minute snapshot of current news, reports, developments, opportunities, and events of interest to our residents.  

We hope that the e-bulletin will be viewed as a key resource, fully engaging our residents and driving activities at a community level.

Deliberately short and snappy, the bulletin is provided in electronic format with web links to access further information and downloadable material. The e-bulletin is emailed monthly to all residents who have signed up to receive the bulletins. Older editions of the e-bulletin are also available here.

News & Notices

Parish Office
A phased return to the Parish Office by Admin staff commenced in mid-May.  The Parish Office is open to the public by appointment only. 

Our Grounds team continues to work (socially distanced) maintaining our parks and green spaces.
Parish Meetings

The next Full Council “face-to-face” meeting is on Monday 21 June 2021 at 7 pm.   
Visit our website for more details on the venue.

All residents are welcome to attend any of our meetings which are held via Zoom.  If you would like to be part of the meeting or ask a question, please contact the Clerk by emailing: enquiries@fairoak-pc.gov.uk

The Agenda for the meeting will be posted on our website one week prior to the meeting.  
The meeting will be recorded and can be found on the Council’s YouTube channel

Meetings dates for 2021/2022 can be viewed
Message from the Chairman
A huge thank you to all those people who walk around our villages armed with black sacks and litter pickers. You are so important to us all in keeping the roads clean and free of litter. I bumped into one such gentleman on Mortimers Lane a few weeks ago while I was also collecting rubbish - he had retired and felt this was something positive he could do in our community. His aim is to pick the entire of Mortimers Lane by the summer. The sad thing is once he gets to the end he may well have to start again. If you would like to be one of our occasional litter pickers then do get in touch and we can provide you with all the equipment you need.
Click here for more info

There is also a local group of Fair Oak Litter Pickers see their activities on facebook.
30 Years as Parish Council Chairman
The Parish Council has dedicated a rose bush and plaque to the Chairman, Cllr Helen Douglas for her 30 years’ service as Parish Council Chairman.

Helen shared her diary entry of 30 years ago with us prior to her first meeting as Chairman:
“May 13 1991 - I had a busy day teaching Home Economics at Hardley School - year 9 classes - I had 4 classes, demonstrated 3 meat dishes and took a colleagues class making swiss rolls as she was poorly - but I got home early, 'had a swim while fretting about the evening's council meeting' but 'I was proposed as chairman and the vote was unanimous and the meeting went well and I was pleased'. The following day was a Horton Heath community hall meeting and coincided with fellow councillors Philip Spearey’s 50th birthday and so Roger Smith and I took him out for a drink to celebrate.”
Cllr Douglas said she wishes to see the Parish continue to move forward with enthusiasm, embrace diversity and manage change positively to benefit all our residents.

Some key projects are: 
•    to be the guardian of all parish assets and develop and enhance them creatively for our residents 
•    managing the changes that One Horton will bring to the Parish particularly traffic
•    provide venues for diverse activities for people of all ages and interests - help the Fountain Cafe establish itself
•    manage our land effectively to enable relaxation sport and exercise
•    in conjunction with our police protect people and property from others

Woodland Community Centre
The Woodland Community Centre remains closed for regular users due to the “drying out” process from its recent flood.  We apologise for any inconvenience to our users and hope these issues are addressed speedily. 
Community Café – update
Exciting news as the Community Cafe moves a step closer.  For more details view here
To view the business plan click here on page 73 of the Agenda.

Fair Oak Community Library
When Hampshire County Council decided to close the library, a number of volunteers formed a new organisation, Fair Oak Community Library. It negotiated arrangements with the County Council to take over the library, with the County Council transferring the building to the Parish Council who would then lease it to the new organisation.
The County Council has informed the Parish Council that the completion of the transfer will take place in the next week. Once the Parish has inspected the building, it is hoped that the Library group can move in and open to the public shortly after.  Thank you to everyone that has volunteered.  The volunteer list has now closed for the time being. For updates on the library opening please follow the Council’s facebook page and the Library’s website -  www.fairoakcommunitylibrary.org
Corporate Plan
The Parish Council will consider the formal adoption of the Corporate Action Plan at its next meeting in June. Thank you to all the residents who responded to the consultation. The Council will review progress made against the action plan annually and will undertake regular surveys to ensure our priorities meet residents’ demand.
Councillor Vacancies
The Parish Council has two vacancies. If you are interested in representing your local community and help shape council services, please go to our website for more details on how to apply. The formal co-option will take place at the Council’s meeting on 19 July 2021. 

Parish History 
Copies of “The History of Fair Oak and Horton Heath” book, published by Helen Douglas, are available to purchase.  Click here for more details

Dates for your diary
28 May - 13 June - Great British Spring Clean 
Click here for more information

29 May – 6 June – National Children’s Gardening Week 
Click here for more information

1-30 June - Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Awareness Month
Click here for more information


We urge all residents to regularly check our Facebook page and website
for important updates.
Coronavirus Support via Community Hubs 
If you need support or would like to volunteer to help those in need please go to https://www.eastleigh.gov.uk/coronavirus-support for further details.
Visit our website for more info about the Parish Council
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