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Village Quiz - Keyworth Allotments prevail in nail biting final

The 40th Keyworth Quiz ended after seven weeks, twenty-seven matches and over 1500 questions, with Keyworth Allotments beating Keyworth Primary and Nursery School in the first ever final to go to play-off questions and a sudden death final question. Click here for further details. Congratulations to the allotments team, and also to the organisers for once again making this annual event such a resounding success.

Missed appointments - an appeal from the Council chairman

I recently had to visit Keyworth Surgery and, while waiting to see the doctor, I read a notice which I found quite shocking. During January this year, 180 appointments were missed and, in February, the figure was 156. I made some enquiries and found that, over the last year, the amount of missed appointments per month was always about the same.

Now, I know that some of these were for medical or other good reasons; however, this still leaves a large amount of appointments that were not attended by the patient, probably because they were no longer needed. These missed appointments could have been used by people who really needed to see a doctor, with the knock-on effect that, if these unwanted appointments had been cancelled, waiting times to see a doctor would be considerably reduced. The reason I bring this to your attention is to ask that if, having made an appointment you no longer need or cannot keep, you please let the surgery know as soon as possible. The appointment can then be reassigned to another patient who needs it. Imagine what a difference over a 100 extra appointments each month could make to would-be patients...one of which could be you!

Tony Grice (chairman Keyworth Parish Council)

Are you on it?

A message from Rushcliffe Borough Council: Your vote matters – but can you vote? Only if you're on the register. You must get on the electoral register by Monday, 20th April. Three elections take place on Thursday, 7th May – General, Borough and Parish. The 2015 elections are the biggest since 1979.

The way you register changed in 2014 under Individual Electoral registration (IER) – individuals now have to register themselves, rather than under the old system where a household was registered. Register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Don't leave it to the deadline to register, as more information may be needed to prove your identity, before you are registered.

All the information you need - deadlines, what to do, how to do it, whether you are on the register, postal and proxy voting and more - can be found online or by calling the Borough Council. You can also find out who is standing for election, your nearest polling station and a FAQ which should answer most common questions.

Find out at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/elections or call the Borough Council on 0115 9819911.

Fencing for Rectory field

No access to turning circle

Over the last few years, the Parish Council and local residents have had noise and nuisance problems during afternoons, late evening and early hours at the turning circle on the Rectory field near the Centenary Lounge; the Police have attended numerous times, but the problem still persists; it has been so bad that one of the local residents felt the need to move away. We have also had problems with people driving cars on the field, churning up the grass.

In an effort to solve these incidents of anti-social behaviour, the Parish Council has decided to erect discreet fencing all along the Elm Avenue side of the Rectory field, ending just short of the turning circle; a locked barrier gate will then prevent access to the turning circle. Users of the Village Hall complex will still be able to turn vehicles using the original turning point at the side of the Centenary Lounge.

Note: the fencing would incorporate sections which could be removed when necessary, e.g. for the Keyworth Show.

Tony Grice, Parish Council Chairman

No increase in Parish portion of council tax

The Parish Council finalised its 2015/16 budget at a meeting on 26th January, and set the precept at such a level as to ensure no increase in the Parish Council element of the council tax for the year.

Village Hall - revised hire charges for 2015/16

The Council's Facilities committee has agreed revised hire charges for the Village Hall complex with effect from 1st April 2015. Click here to see the current and revised tariffs.

Want to know more about the Village Hall?

Want to hire the Village Hall, Centenary Lounge of Feignies Room?

Click here for hire charges and other information.

Click here for photographs of the premises.

Defibrillator in Village Hall

A defibrillator, donated by East Midlands Ambulance Service, can be found in the Village Hall foyer. If hiring the premises, please make sure that you know where it is, and how it should be used in case of emergency. If hiring the Centenary Lounge, please make sure that you know how to access to the defibrillator via the connecting doors. Click here for further details.

Keyworth Advice Centre - Tuesday afternoons in the Feignies Room with effect from 3rd February. Click here for details.

Keyworth Conservation Area Census

Can you assist with a survey about our heritage? If so, the Conservation Area Advisory Group would be interested to hear from you.

Click here for further details.

Electoral review of Nottinghamshire

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is conducting an electoral review of Nottinghamshire County Council. Click here for details or here to have your say.

County & Borough Councils join forces at Centenary Lounge on Friday mornings

Nottinghamshire County Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council have joined forces with a Customer Service Point in the Centenary Lounge at the Village Hall (Fridays from 9am to 1pm).

Please come along and have a word with the Councils' representatives if there's anything you need to discuss, including:

Police liaison meetings - anything you want us to raise?

Parish Councillors meet with the local beat officer every month or so, to discuss crime trends and policing issues affecting Keyworth. If there are any issues you would like raised at these meetings, please feel free to email us...your emails will be passed on to the relevant Councillors, and discussed at the next meeting. If you would like someone to contact you with feedback from the meeting, please make that clear in your email. Click here for more about local policing. N.B. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss policing issues in general. Individual crimes should always be reported to the police in the first instance, through the normal channels (click here for details).

Neighbourhood Plan - Latest

The seven-week public consultation period on the Keyworth Draft Neighbourhood Plan came to a close on 24th January. Thanks to all who participated. Click here for an update from Cllr Linda Abbey, chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, or here for background details. Please watch this space for news of further developments.

Activity park - funding setback

We understand that the Village Plan Group's bid for funding for an activity park on the Rectory field has been turned down. We understand that the Group is exploring other avenues, and we wish it well in its endeavours. Turn to Page 2 for background items.

Previous items

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