This article was published in May 2015. Please see News & Campaigns for more recent information.

John Parker

The Parish Council is very saddened at the loss of John Parker. He will be sorely missed by the Parish. He provided invaluable support to the Parish Council through all the years that Sue was the Clerk and for many years afterwards. His knowledge and recall were extensive. Even in the last year or two we've had to call on John for advice on such things as where to find the stopcock for the water supply to the allotments etc. He could always be relied upon to help and the village will be a much poorer place without him.

New Pavilion

Edlesborough Parish Council is pleased to announce that AVDC have granted permission for the demolition of the existing sports pavilion and construction of a new two storey community sports pavilion and extension to parking area.

The Parish Council thanks the Edlesborough Community Sports Club for all their hard work and dedication to the project so far.

Thames Valley Police Report 2014/15

PC Joanne Newton forwarded the following information which was shared at the Annual Parish Council meeting:


  • 2 x Burglary dwelling
    1. November 2014 where the rear French doors were smashed, cash was stolen (Filed no suspects)
    2. March 2015 a downstairs window was forced and Cash and Jewellery was stolen (This is still being investigated)
  • Burglary Non Dwelling
    1. Garden broken into – many items disturbed
    2. Garage broken into – Drill stolen
    3. McCann Homes site hut broken into – Possibly tools taken
  • Theft from Motor Vehicles
    1. June 2014 – Spare Wheel cut from vehicle over night
    2. August 2014 – Rear lock on van damaged
    3. December 2014 – Number plates were stolen from a vehicle
  • Violence against the person
    0 offences


  • Burglary Dwelling
    1. July 2014 – Window Forced, jewellery taken and was later recovered leading to the arrest and charge of suspects.
    2. December 2014 – Front door forced and cash was taken – no suspects so filed.
  • Burglary non dwelling
  • May 2014 – Sewage works – Machinery stolen
  • October 2014 – Sewage works Machinery stolen
  • Feb 2015 – Garage door taken from hinges – nothing taken.
    No suspects for any of the above.
  • Violence against the person
    1. There is one offence which is currently ongoing in its investigation.
  • Theft from Motor Vehicles
    0 theft from motor vehicle offences
  • Theft of Motor Vehicles
    1. 1 x Dec 2014 Van stolen without keys
    2. 1 x May 2014 Audi stolen from outside its house


  • Burglary Dwelling
    No offences
  • Burglary Non Dwelling
    1. Farm Building – Machinery taken
    2. Shed Break – Tools taken
    3. Shed Break – Tools taken
  • Violence against the person
    2 offences have been reported
  • Theft from motor vehicles
    0 offences reported
  • Theft
    1. 1 x July 2014 - Car stolen without keys.

Chairman’s Report for the Annual Meeting

The Chairman gave a ‘PowerPoint’ presentation of the Council’s various activities during the year.

This included:

  • Major Projects – Streetlights, New Pavilion, BCC Services Devolution and Neighbourhood Planning
  • EDaN - Church Floodlighting, A4146 downgrading, Community Car Scheme, Tree Planting proposal
  • New Housing developments

A copy of the presentation will be posted on and a more detailed written version in this edition of Focus.

Edlesborough Parish Council Cemetery

Work has commenced on the levelling and seeding of the graves in the Cemetery. Parishioners are reminded that Edlesborough Cemetery is a lawn cemetery and the planting of graves is not permitted. Any items contravening these rules will be removed. A full copy of the rules and regulations of the cemetery can be obtained from the Parish Clerk.

Parish Council Elections

All councillors with the exception of Cllr Holt (Dagnall Ward) stood again for the elections and were unopposed. There are currently two vacancies on the Parish Council one for the Ward of Edlesborough and one for the Ward of Dagnall. Any person wishing to be considered for the role of Councillor should contact the Parish Clerk for more information.

Cllr Holt will formally resign from his position on the Council at the May meeting. He was thanked by the Chairman and District Cllr Chris Poll for his years of dedication and hard work to the role.

Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish Council are currently looking into the option of developing a neighbourhood plan.

Parish Council Website

The Parish Council are currently experiencing technical issues with their website. It is hoped that these issues will be rectified before this report is published. If however the issues continue and any persons wishes to see a full copy of the minutes for the Parish Council meetings please contact the Clerk who will be happy to assist.

Edlesborough Parish Council Meetings

The next Edlesborough Parish Council Meeting will take in All Saints Church, Dagnall on Thursday 18th June 2015. The meeting will commence at 7:30pm. All Parishioners are welcome to attend and may ask questions, raise issues and give suggestions during the Open Forum. The full minutes of the Parish Council meetings are available to view on the website.

Contact Information


Clerk to Edlesborough Parish Council: Penny Pataky, 01525 229 358 or email: [email protected]
Please note office hours are Monday-Friday 10.30am-2.30pm. Messages may be left on an answer phone outside of these hours.