Village improvement projects
Voting has taken place on the four projects identified by your council – the clear winner was adult gym equipment.
Best kept village competition
Stewkley wins the 2016 Best Kept Village Tindall Cup and is also awarded the Community Trophy.
The Tindall Cup is just for winners from the previous year, which in 2015 included, Stoke Goldington, Cuddington, Marlow and Haddenham.
Wildlife reserve report
By Alan Dickens
The warm spring of 2015 began another encouraging year for the Wildlife Reserve. The flora of the Reserve is its most important and valuable feature. The reason for its status. The management of the Reserve to enhance that component by trying to increase the flower spectacle in existing, established grassland can be a time consuming, mysterious and sometimes frustrating and disappointing procedure.
Airport Monument and Spinney
Back in the 1960s, Stewkley was to be totally destroyed to make way for what was planned as Britain’s biggest airport. The battle to defeat the plan, a two-and-a-half year campaign that involved three separate debates in Parliament, was eventually won. To mark the momentous time in Stewkley’s history, and the determined efforts of villagers, the Airport Monument was created in the shape of Concorde, then the fastest of passenger aircraft, and trees planted to create a spinney.
Pride in our village
More and more services that used to be handled by the county council, such as grass verges and hedges, litter bins and dog waste, war memorial and village pumps are now being devolved to the local parish council.