Youth & Community Co-ordinator

Steph Webb, Cambridgeshire County Council Youth & Community Co-ordinator, made a presentation to the Council at the last meeting with regards to her role and her department which is for 0–19-year-olds. She detailed the two grants currently available, a £500 COVID-enabler grant and the £1000 Community Reach Fund for a longer-term project such as a Youth Club or Youth Council.

The Youth and Community Co-ordinator role is to help build community capacity through liaising, supporting and working collaboratively with a range of community members and agencies in Cambridgeshire. This is carried out with groups who primarily work with 0-19’s and their wider families.

  • We help and support community groups to identify needs in their local area and address these from within the community. This community led service is achieved through a process known as Asset Based Community Development.
  • We guide and support groups to understand the needs, gain skills, tools and assets needed to achieve their aims and support their community.
  • Groups who would like further support can be guided by us, to ensure they have their governance, any training, and processes completed, to ensure safe practice for their projects in their community.
  • We can also help with signposting to funding, linking with other community groups, and sharing relevant information.
  • We also have a small grant called a Community Reach Fund (CRF). This is a great starting point to help a group get started as it can support costs such as DBS, Liability Insurance and some small start-up resources.

Further information can be found on this document: Youth Provider Offer

Hilton Parish Council would like to invite parishioners to come forward if they would like to set up a youth club in the village and the Parish Council will refer them to Steph. If you are interested, please contact the Clerk –

Covid Self Isolation Guidance

Do you know the new guidance on self-isolation?

If you’re fully vaccinated or under 18 you no longer need to self-isolate if you’re a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 (14 days must have passed since your second dose).

But you still need to get a PCR test as soon as possible to check whether you have the virus. Book online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. You don’t need to isolate whilst waiting for the results, but it might be a good idea to take extra precautions.

People who are double vaccinated can still get COVID-19, so wear a mask in public places, limit contact with others and consider those who are more vulnerable.

If you are not vaccinated yet, book online at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 or phone 119. You can also get your vaccine from one of the many walk-in centres and pop up clinics – find out where by visiting www.thevaccinators.co.uk.

Remember, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 you MUST self-isolate and get a PCR test.

This information can also be download as a pdf – Community self Isolate leaflet

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Update

Update from Highways England
“We’re delighted to let you know the new Views Common road in Huntingdon has opened as planned this morning.
The new road provides a connection to the A1307 and creates a link between Hinchingbrooke Park Road and Spittals roundabout
Safe travels.”

Riparian Watercourse Guidance

Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) are in the process of updating their riparian guidance document to make it more useful for those living next to a watercourse. As this document is aimed at residents and landowners, CCC wish to seek their views and get a better understanding of their awareness of riparian issues. CCC have therefore prepared a short survey (5 questions). This survey is to understand the communities awareness about living next to a watercourse (ditch, dyke, stream, river) or water body (lake, reservoir, pond) and gauge their support and suggestions for new guidance proposed as part of the Cambridgeshire Community Flood Action Programme.

Cambridgeshire’s Community Flood Resilience Programme is a one-year county council funded programme to increase the county’s resilience and ability to adapt to flooding through improving access to flood risk management information, improving data quality, and providing guidance on asset management and support for local groups to establish community flood plans.

The programme is intended to deliver the following outcomes:
• Communities can access flood risk information more easily
• Communities can report flooding easily, with efficient back-office data collation.
• Communities in Cambridgeshire have flood groups and flood plans to aid local resilience and ensure increased positive engagement with risk management authorities.
• Improve the county’s data on riparian owned drainage assets
• Riparian owners are more aware of their responsibilities and understand what maintenance of watercourses involves and who to ask for assistance.
• Riparian watercourses that were in poor condition during the Christmas floods are cleansed during 2021/22.

A link to the survey is here: https://forms.office.com/r/5HQbNqGtba

This survey will be open until 30th September.

In addition, they would be grateful of any photos communities may have of watercourses, to include in the guidance document. If anyone would like to submit photos, please email them to , and include the name they would like to be credited as.

 

External Audit Report

The audit of accounts for the year ended March 2021 has been completed and the accounts have been published. No matters were raised by the auditors who stated “On the basis of our review of Sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR), in our opinion the information in Sections 1 and 2 of the AGAR is in accordance with Proper Practices and no other matters have come to our attention giving cause for concern that relevant legislation and regulatory requirements have not been met”.

The Annual Governance and Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of Hilton Parish either on this website (Financial Documents & Audited Accounts) or copies will be provided on request on payment of £2.50 per copy. Please contact the Clerk if you would like a copy – or 830605.

Village Sign Restoration Progress Update

20’s Plenty for Us Campaign

20’s Plenty for Us is ‘not for profit’ with 500 local groups campaigning to make cities, towns and villages around the world better places to be.

“We campaign for a speed limit of 20mph to be normal on residential streets and in town and village centres, unless full consideration of the needs of vulnerable road users allows a higher limit on particular streets.

We believe that communities can decide that “20’s Plenty Where People Live”.

Hilton Parish Council has resolved to support 20’s Plenty for Cambridgeshire’s aim for wide-area, default signed 20mph limits with public engagement for this Parish and across Cambridgeshire’s urban and village settlements.

Hilton Parish Council is in the process of purchasing wheelie bin stickers to advertise this campaign – if you would like one please contact the Clerk at or 830605.

Further information can be found on their website – www.20splenty.org/

Citizens Advice Rural Cambs

Announcing the launch of their updated website

https://www.citizensadviceruralcambs.org.uk

Press release from Citizen’s Advice Rural Cambs:

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have all become used to finding information and services on-line for ourselves. This is equally true regarding quality information that helps us sort out any problems we may have.

As part of our continual improvement programme, we have now invested in upgrading our website to make it even easier for people to find the quality information they need to help with their problems. The updated website went live on the 23rd August.  It has a new user-friendly interface and contains much more up-to-date information about the myriad of issues that people may have to deal with.

It is organised around key topics / articles, and guides you through a number of steps to help you find the relevant information quickly.  In addition, the extensive powerful search capabilities work throughout the site. Information is grouped around the common problem areas of debt, benefits, work, housing, family / relationships, consumer and other.

We advise nearly 10,000 people every year with over 41,000 problems and a further 8,000 people use our SELF-HELP website. 95% of our clients would recommend us to a friend.

With our new upgraded website, we intend to help even more people find the information they need to improve their life situations.”

 

Forfree, independent and impartialadvice and support youcan contact Citizens Advice Rural Cambs:

  • Adviceline: 0808 278 7807

Monday to Friday 09:30 to 15:30

 

  • Universal Credit Help to Claim line:   0800 1448444,  for anyone seeking to make a new claim for Universal Credit

 

 

 

Hilton Community Book Exchange

The Community Book Exchange is now open in Hilton Parish Church. This service is provided free of charge by the people of Hilton, for the people of Hilton (and surrounding villages). You can exchange or just borrow books at any time and keep them for as long as you like. The Church will be open daily from 8am to 4pm, or at other times by calling Rachel Wood on 830866.

Please use the sanitiser provided near the door and respect current social distancing guidelines.

Disclaimer

This facility is open to all and will inevitably include books that are not suitable for children so please be responsible when donating or exchanging. Hilton Parish Council and the Church are not responsible for the content of any books, nor the policing of this exchange.

Welcome Councillor Sarah Suckling

Head and shoulders photo of Cllr Sarah Suckling

Hilton Parish Council is pleased to announce that it has co-opted a new Councillor.

Sarah and her husband moved to Fen Drayton in 2000 and then took the leap across the A14 to Hilton in 2009 when they bought a derelict property on Graveley Way. They spent 12 months renovating before moving in and have lived there ever since.

She started her career in the Health and Fitness industry managing corporate health clubs in London. She then stopped to raise her two children who are now teenagers. She was heavily involved in their primary school in Fen Drayton and was on the board of governors for several years with the last two years as Chair. She is now a project manager for a small development company.

She says “I am pleased to join the Parish Council to preserve the uniqueness of the village but to also bring about change where it is needed for the future.”