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15/10/2017 12:44:41Post reply
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jon steward  Email
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Well done to the council for making the sensible decicion of using the 2009 village plan as a template for the new village plan, very sensible to use the knowledge collated by the previous council it will save a lot of time as those guys did a good job on it
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14/10/2017 21:26:43Post reply
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Will Ferguson
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Hi, I'm looking to borrow a steam wall paper stripper for a few days. If anyone is able to lend me one it would be much appreciated. Contact me on 07393351159.
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14/10/2017 20:36:33Post reply
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jon steward  Email
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I see that a MUGA is still being discussed for the village green, can we keep it as a nice green space please it is beautiful as it is, thank you
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16/10/2017 13:34:24Post reply
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Clare  Email
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Agreed. It's a nice green space and we should leave it alone.
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13/10/2017 09:08:02Post reply
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whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
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One spare ticket for Follies at the National Theatre on Thursday, 26th October. Cost £60. Coach departs 10.30am.
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09/10/2017 19:55:25Post reply
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Graham  Email
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WEEKDAY LUNCH TIME STAFF REQUIRED We are looking for a staff member to work on Tuesday -Friday to assist service in our busy bar and restaurant. If you are interested in this vacancy, please contact me on 0118 9842161 or via email.
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07/10/2017 08:01:28Post reply
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Andy   Email
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Hello my New Website is now Live Andy2Know.com I am a Local Painter and Handyman , Can I also ask that nobody rings 07933 266874 for Hermes Parcel Collections as I no Longer do that, thanks however to all my kind customers, I offer Discount for OAP's for Small Jobs if you just need a Hand thanks
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01/10/2017 11:44:37Post reply
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Andrew C  Email
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Hello I am looking for a spring summer mooring for a 20 foot slipper launch. If anyone can direct me to an available mooring I'd be very grateful. Andrew 07773800603
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24/09/2017 15:26:18Post reply
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Frances Parkes  Email
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We have a supply of wood laminate flooring that is surplus to requirements. Samples outside The Little House, High Street. If you can make use of it and can shift it it's yours! Please call Frances on 0786 700 9614 to arrange collection.
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30/09/2017 18:53:34Post reply
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Jim Donahue  Email
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Well done MOWS volunteers for clearing the area in front of the church! It looks so much better - can't wait to see what comes next!
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24/09/2017 14:59:19Post reply
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Geoff Weir  Email
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I have some ink cartridges for Brother printers which are no longer needed - unopened LC125XL (3 X 13.1 ml colour) and LC123BK (13.4 ml Black). Free for donation to Ferryboat Macmillan Coffee Morning.
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18/09/2017 20:00:21Post reply
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The Ferryboat  Email
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MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING - FRIDAY 29th SEPTEMBER FROM 10AM Looking for donations of cakes, raffle prizes and of course, your attendance at this fund raising event. All proceeds from coffee, cake sales, raffle and lunch sales will be donated to this great cause. Please help us as a village to make this a great fund raising event in any way practically possible Thanks
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14/09/2017 14:50:49Post reply
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Philip Wise  Email
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Damaged Walls in our Village - Following the recent spate of damaged walls in the village, I would just like to take this opportunity to remind people that I am a QUALIFIED BRICK AND FLINT SPECIALIST, and also an expert in LIME WORK. I take a great deal of pride in my work, and match up to existing bricks and pointing. I can provide recommendations and photographs from existing Villagers that I have worked for. I would be only too pleased to come and have a look at anything you need building. I get extremely upset when jobs are done badly by "builders" who obviously do not know how to do this specialised work. Pangbourne Church Wall being a particular "bug bear"! It will always look awful with this sub-standard work. We should be taking pride in our lovely old buildings and try to keep them as authentic as possible. If you would like to contact me, please do, my home phone number is 01189 844318. I live in Whitchurch Hill, so really local!
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14/09/2017 10:46:02Post reply
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Lindsay Austin  Email
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CALLING ALL FOOTBALLERS AFC Whitchurch are a small, friendly club based in Whitchurch on Thames. We welcome players from Whitchurch and surrounding areas and have 5 strong teams plus our blossoming Academy section. We are a parent-run club and are all extremely passionate about football, encouraging our children into regular exercise and promoting healthy team spirit. We are looking for footballers for our Academy section, boys and girls who are currently in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 at school, who want to come along and learn a bit more about football while having fun! Training starts on Saturday 23rd September at 9.30am on the Village Green, Eastfield Lane, Whitchurch on Thames, RG8 7EJ, no need to book just come along and give it a try. For more information please contact afcwhitchurch@yahoo.co.uk We look forward to seeing you on the pitch!
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12/09/2017 16:47:49Post reply
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Nayna McIntosh  Email
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We are a local business based on Whitchurch Hill called Hope Fashion and we're celebrating our second birthday on Thursday 14th September. We'd love for the residents of Whitchurch to join us at our Hope at Home event to browse our new Autumn Winter Collection with a glass of Prosecco and a cupcake. For more details and to let us know you're coming, email events@hopefashion.co.uk.
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10/09/2017 18:31:38Post reply
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C Hoath  Email
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Hi, please could anyone recommend a cleaner in the area? I would really appreciate a personal recommendation. Many thanks
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10/09/2017 18:06:22Post reply
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Jon Ashford  Email
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We have 10 adorable Doberman puppies for sale. Blacks plus Browns. Both Mum & Dad are owned by us and full Kc registerd with exceptional ancestry. You may have seen them in the village. If you are interested they are 4 weeks old on Monday 11th September and available to see from then onwards. Please drop us a mail or call at the house Jon & Sarah Ashford Mayflower Eastfiled Lane.
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05/09/2017 14:58:21Post reply
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Geoff Weir  Email
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Twice recently I've posted letters (both large A4, first class) in the letter box by the Church Drive, but they haven't arrived. Has anyone else had problems with this letter box?
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14/09/2017 16:55:19Post reply
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Frances Parkes  Email
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Hi Geoff, I haven't had problems with that post box but I have had issues with things posted from the one on the corner of Hardwick Road. Perhaps I will contact the office in Pangbourne.
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03/09/2017 08:21:41Post reply
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Jonathan Steward  Email
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Hi I just wondered if anybody had any old furniture in their garages or sheds the reason is that I am upcycling furniture as a hobby and to help handle PTSD as it keeps my mind focused I will sell it afterwards but I will donate the profits of those t that have been donated to me to help the heroes who have helped me so much and many of the the HM forces servicenen
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10/09/2017 14:10:56Post reply
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John long  Email
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I have some bedroom furniture in my garage which you are welcome to have. Regards John
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28/09/2017 16:48:10Post reply
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Julie Weedon  Email
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We have a modern blue sofa which we do not need.
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29/08/2017 19:24:32Post reply
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jon steward  Email
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What a shame about that lovely wall idiots should not drive that is a beautiful and very historic wall they need to pay for it and not be allowed to get away with it, I hope they think about the harm they have caused the the beautiful walled garden that has loads more yellow flowers now.
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29/08/2017 16:43:30Post reply
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Sylvia  Email
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Please do not cross the police cordon opposite the greyhound or move/ drive over the cones until the wall has been dismantled and rebuilt. This is to prevent anyone coming to harm from falling masonry. I have replaced the cones 5 times today already, they are there for your safety not decoration. We apologise for the iconvenience caused by the idiot that knocked it down even if they don't come forward and apologise themselves. Thank you
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29/08/2017 17:46:02Post reply
Name
Tim
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"According to unconfirmed local reports the vehicle was the same yellow Range Rover" Can't be too many of those about...
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31/08/2017 09:20:14Post reply
Name
Allan  Email
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If it is the same car, their insurance company wont be too pleased
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23/08/2017 16:30:06Post reply
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Harriet Daniels  Email
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Admin understand if this is not OK to post as it's business related but I think that this part-time job opportunity will be of interest to local people. Tigermoth Lighting in Pangbourne has just listed a great part-time job opportunity for an administrator - visit our website for more. link
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18/08/2017 20:38:23Post reply
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jon steward  Email
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I would like to say I am very dissappointed that the grass on the village green is disappontinly long and our Cricket Match has had to be rearraged to another location could the concil investigate why please Thank you guys
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19/08/2017 10:43:53Post reply
Name
Keith Brooks  Email
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The grass was cut on Saturday morning ready for your match on Sunday.
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16/08/2017 10:15:56Post reply
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Cormac Neeson  Email
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There was a break-in at the Cricket Club on Eastfield Lane a few weekends ago. As I understand it, the culprits were apprehended by the local police who had been called earlier to a break-in at the old peoples home down the lane (probably by the same pair). They vandalised the CC buildings and contents and tried to remove some of the groundsmans equipment as well. They were disturbed by some local residents working on the allotments and ran off..... into the arms of the police.
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14/08/2017 13:28:25Post reply
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Lucie-Anne   Email
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Hello all! My name is Lucie-Anne and I am new to area along with my fiancé. I am 22 years old and I have no friends, so wanted to put this message on here to see if there was anybody around my age group or perhaps older to be friends with as it can be quite isolating. Thanks!
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11/08/2017 12:33:51Post reply
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Sally WOOLHOUSE  Email
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Well done, Keith, for stepping in to drive the community bus for a whole day. Your generous volunteering just reinforces the old saying of "'If you want something done, ask a busy person!" I hope that the new extended timetable encourages more people to use this great service.
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02/08/2017 17:16:15Post reply
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ESTHER MOFFETT  Email
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We haev just moved to the area and through the mound of boxes I am looking for a recommended carpenter/joiner. painter/decorator and a cleaner. Can anyone pass on recommendations? I would be most grateful!
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01/08/2017 16:23:23Post reply
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Laura Lucas  Email
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I've only just seen Thursday's news item. Presumably the culprits escaped through our garden primarily as it is adjacent to Eastfield House and the site is completely insecure. I'm very disappointed that the police haven't been in contact with us since Wednesday's incident as I have spoken to Mark Bell and Majesticare (who always promise the builder will secure) the site (and never do) several times. There have been two further break-ins that I am aware of: 22nd April and 9th July. No-one seems to care a great deal! At least one of those groups of teenagers were from the village. Please, please let your children know that this type of behaviour is really worrying for the neighbours of the property and is also illegal!
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01/08/2017 12:20:34Post reply
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pauline  Email
Comments
For sale; one pine wooden coffee table mint condition brown in colour size 42 inch width 21 inch length 20 inch height. offers welcome proceeds going to good cause.
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26/07/2017 15:57:16Post reply
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Leslie Maynerd  Email
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If anyone wants some parsley for cooking there are some healthy clumps in the LH raised bed next to the church entrance Also does anyone have an old rowing boat they would like to donate for the next Mows project to be planted up with herbs/plants Thanks, Leslie
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24/07/2017 18:31:08Post reply
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whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
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Two spare tickets for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Wednesday, 2nd August. Non members welcome. Coach departs Pangbourne at 9.30am for 12.30pm slot. Cost £30.
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21/07/2017 14:59:01Post reply
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Terri Lorrimore  Email
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Can anyone offer any insight into cars being scratched on the corner to Hardwick Road. I'm told it looks deliberate, and is kerbside, so not a passing car. I'm aware of one car that has been targeted twice, any information that could be passed to the police would be useful please. I'm not aware of local vandalism ever being a problem but I see another recent post mentions it also.
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21/07/2017 08:49:49Post reply
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James  Email
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Bin news - If your garden waste bin collection was missed yesterday, Biffa contacted me this morning and said they have had vehicle breakdowns, so leave the bin out and it will be collected.
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17/07/2017 06:41:03Post reply
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Anna  Email
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As the 143 bus services has ceased coming through Whitchurch, here is your chance to use and support the new 142 Bus service. If you do not have access to the Internet to download a time table, there is one on the Whitchurch notice board at the entrance to Manor Road. Some of the drivers are volunteers and after all the efforts to set up the service, PLEASE USE IT OR WE WILL LOSE IT. Additional services are being introduced (on a trial basis) and as from Sunday 30th July, there will be a service on Sunday running from Goring Station, Lower Basildon, through Pangbourne and onto Reading. So leave that car at home, pack a picnic, hop on the bus and go out for the day eg. Basildon Park, Beale Park. You can even have a drink at some nice pub and not worry about having to drive home. There are various concessions and offers so bear that in mind when you pay the atrocious car parking charges.
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17/07/2017 06:23:12Post reply
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Anna  Email
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I did not know we have someone looking after the trees in the childrens' play area! Or have we? I walked past at the weekend and branches had been "ripped off" one of the cherry trees and thrown onto the grass. If whoever did this damage has nothing better to do, maybe they could go around the village and pick up the rubbish, broken bottles etc., which are being thrown around the village. Please have some respect for people using the play area and walking along through the village, even if whoever did the damage doesn't.
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12/07/2017 16:22:36Post reply
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Louisa Devismes  Email
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Parcel Force have delivered a parcel for me, signed for by Mrs Brooke on 8th July but left no calling card to say where Mrs Brooke lives! The parcel was addressed to Hill Bottom Close. Does anybody know a Mrs Brooke? Thank you.
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11/07/2017 14:47:02Post reply
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Geoff Weir - Whitchurch Bridge Company  Email
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The Whitchurch Bridge Company would like to offer a contactless payment option for paying Tolls and for Bridge Card top-ups. We envisage a system based on Sumup or something similar, but we need a developer - preferably local - to help us make it simple to use for our particular application. Please email us if you have the expertise we're looking for.
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11/07/2017 09:42:05Post reply
Name
Allan  Email
Comments
No minutes for June parish council meeting posted yet.
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07/07/2017 10:23:59Post reply
Name
Stewart House
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Theft and vandalism in the village seems to have increased considerably over the past year. Car and shed break-in's in particular. Are the police aware of an increase in reported minor crime within the village?
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05/07/2017 09:26:34Post reply
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Sabina Reed  Email
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We had a bit of an instance on Sunday morning. We were driving through the high street towards pangebourne on our way home when an ambulance came whizzing by with lights on from over the bridge. We had no other option but to speed up and pull in to the greyhound due to the amount of parked cars on the right hand side. This was a very dangerous and scary incident, as had somebody stepped out or a child run out it could have been very serious.
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29/06/2017 11:57:29Post reply
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Andy   Email
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Hi Just to Let you know that I can Collect All Hermes Return Parcels .. rather than you take them to Lower Basildon .. Just Ring or Text me for a Pick up on 07933 266874 or Email me Via this System. Also if you are Expecting a Hermes Delivery and Won't be at Home Just let me have Details of where it can be left or Who with and I will happily Deliver it for you. Glad to Help and if any Elderly Residence in Whitchurch, Whitchurch Hill or Hill Bottom area need any small Jobs done just get in Touch, Thanks Andy
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25/06/2017 13:58:30Post reply
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Adrian Dixon  Email
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Reminded by Dave Bowen's comments below on Village Green planning permissions, I think it's worth relating for those new to the village that the Cricket Field was at one time under threat of a whole development, not just one house. SODC's website seems to be down at the moment, so I can't look up the date, but it was towards the end of the 90's I think. The then owners of the land together with a developer submitted a plan to build around a dozen houses. The plan was rejected by SODC and opposed, of course, by locals. The decision was appealed by the developers and went to a public enquiry which was held in the Village Hall. It was by no means a foregone conclusion that the application would be rejected and many arguments for and against were raised. A good deal of time was put in by both the residents of Whitchurch (you know who you are!) and council officials and the application was rejected. Many share the belief that it was this rejection which directly led to the eventual quid pro quo of permission to build one house in return for selling the remaining land to the Parish. Of course, we will never know whether permission would at some point have been granted to build on the land, but now we don't have to worry about it at all.
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26/06/2017 17:01:36Post reply
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whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
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Whitchurch Theatre Club has a coach going to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on Wednesday, 2nd August. Coach departs 10.00am from Pangbourne. Non members welcome. Cost £30.
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23/06/2017 11:21:48Post reply
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Dave Bowen  Email
Comments
Firstly, thank you for all the comments and emails regarding Skate Park and Basketball Hoop. We have not considered the response to this as yet and will be discussing and voting on this at some point. It has been very clear that the Skate Park would not be popular so we are looking at other options for the children. One option is something called a "Pump Track" which is a small cycle track with bumps and hills for the children to ride around. This could also be used for scooters and skateboards if the children wanted to. This could be made out of the mound of earth dumped after the house was built and would be much more environmentally friendly than the concrete ramps. On a purely personal note and not as a Councillor, I wanted to add something regards the Village Green and dispel some myths that have cropped up numerous times in the emails. I would reiterate that this goes back some time prior to me being a councillor. Back when the planning permission for the new house was being sought I did a Freedom of Information Act request, as there were a number of decisions being made at that time that seemed unusual. As a part of that request I was provided with all the data in relation to the planning application along with the numerous historic applications going back decades that had been made to build houses on the village green. It is very clear from the data that any attempt to build on the Village green would have been thwarted by SODC Planning and in fact every application had been refused on robust grounds including flooding and being built beyond the constraints of the village boundary. The current house was refused permission by SODC Planners. The plan was then pushed through on the basis that the village would be given the remainder of the field to use as a cricket pitch and for Leisure and Recreation purposes. Both the contract and the planning decision both stipulate the condition that the green is also to be used for leisure and recreation, such as a basketball hoop or similar. I note from some of the emails that it is perceived that the Whitlock family passed the green on purely for the cricket. From both the planning decision and contract it specifically states it is to be used for cricket, Leisure and recreation purposes. I would also add that one of the planning applications made in the 90's also included Tennis Court for the village roughly where the car park is now. This again would indicate that the Whitlocks wanted the green to be used for leisure and recreation purposes as well as the cricket. Whilst I am aware that the Whitlocks donated the green to the village, the Whitlocks would have benefited considerably from being able to build and subsequently sell the house that is on the village green. I would doubt very much that any permission then or in the future would have been granted to build on the land, as such it is very likely the green would have remained as is, regardless of the village owning it.
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22/06/2017 18:40:07Post reply
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Pam Scott  Email
Comments
There was a reminder on the website until around 3.00 pm after which time it was removed automatically. The bins have usually been emptied well before that time.
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22/06/2017 17:57:50Post reply
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Nick Brazil  Email
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Can anyone throw a light on why our rubbish was not collected today? There is also not the usual reminder of what bins to put out in the What's On section of the website for any day this week.
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22/06/2017 21:54:44Post reply
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James Statham  Email
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SODC's website says they've had issues with broken down lorries this week. It says that if not collected on normal day, then leave out and it will be collected the next day. I've emailed them in any case this evening.
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23/06/2017 08:10:12Post reply
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James  Email
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I got this email from Biffa this morning: 'Due to severe vehicle breakdowns this week, we are working a day behind on all collections. We will be due with you today. If your bin/s still have not been collected by Sunday, please respond back to this email.'
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22/06/2017 18:08:52Post reply
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whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
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The Theatre Club has a coach going to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on Wednesday, 2nd August. Non members welcome. Cost £30. Coach departs 10.00am from Pangbourne. Deadline Wednesday, 19th July.
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22/06/2017 11:35:03Post reply
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Gill Goodwin  Email
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About the plan for the pavilion: I agree with the points made by Cormac and Peter that there should be shower and toilet facilities with cubicles for males and females. The scale of the proposed building, if it is to fit the footprint of the two current buildings added together, seems to make this difficult to achieve. Although the categorisation of the development proposed remains the same, for Assembly and Leisure, the proposed occupants and users are envisaged as extending to Youth Groups, Pilates and Yoga Groups - the kinds of activity which tend to require more space, which is what the Village Hall provides. I believe that an increase in the footprint of the building, to embrace the somewhat wider usage proposed, undermines the principle of a pavilion for sports on a Village Green: that is, for sports played there specifically because the Village Green is a green space.
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23/06/2017 19:11:41Post reply
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Jon Steward  Email
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I agree too showers are very important, I suffered heat exhaustion at a game the other day the showers helped me a lot at the ground we were at, I may have ended up in hospitals A&E but the showers cooled me down very fast, so it is a safety issue as well
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05/07/2017 13:59:45Post reply
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Carrie Hart  Email
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Hi Gll, Jon, Cormac and all others interested in the Village Green Pavilion! Thanks for the comments. The floorplan of the proposed Pavilion is totally open for discussion - and we (The village) have a great deal of flexibility on how its laid out. The tricky thing, is the age old problem of trying to support lots of different sports users, whilst being constrained by foot print size, budget, and modern regulations regarding provision for disabled users etc... The layout is posted on the News section. If anyone would like to have a play around with a pen and paper and offer an alternative layout, that would be great. The changing rooms/toilet facilities need to be male/female home/away and we must provide one ambulatory disabled loo (I've also included a baby changing table in the disabled WC). We can add showers - no problem, but this would mean the changing rooms would be smaller...so its a case of what is preferred by most people? All comments gratefully received! caroline.78@btinternet.com NB I've pushed the envelope of the footprint size, so it is approx 5% larger than the three existing buildings combined (included the WC hut) I think we will struggle to get permission for anything larger.
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20/06/2017 20:58:34Post reply
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The Kemps  Email
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Apologies to our neighbours at the top of Swanston Fields for any inconvenience caused - we are currently using your road for overflow parking (Mini & Discovery) whilst our driveway on Hardwick Road is out of action due to building works. If at any time our cars need moving please let us know. Many thanks Pete & Helen
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17/06/2017 07:10:59Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
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Well done Whitchurch Parish council the grass in manor road looks lovely nice to see it neat and tidy
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16/06/2017 17:35:56Post reply
Name
Helen Willis  Email
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Does anyone know where I can donate several bags of used (but clean and in good condition) soft toys? I don't want to overwhelm a charity shop - or bin them as they were much loved and deserve a second chance with other children! Either email or phone me on 984 3620. Thanks
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16/06/2017 17:05:31Post reply
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Claire Scott  Email
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Hello, I am a local RHS trained gardener with nine years of professional experience. If your garden needs some tlc, I currently have some time available . My website is www.gardenpixie.co.uk. Email gardenpixie@outlook.com
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15/06/2017 15:37:56Post reply
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Jim Donahue  Email
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Well done to Jamie and everyone involved in removing the graffiti!
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14/06/2017 09:55:11Post reply
Name
Claire Jury  Email
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Re. The Portuguese Wine Tasting event at The Greyhound (See listings) - Mark has asked if those interested in attending could please call or call in to the pub to put their names down by 11pm this Saturday 17th June, he would be grateful. Thank you!
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13/06/2017 21:42:26Post reply
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Richard Scearce  Email
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Thank you to Jamie Friend for removing the graffiti on the side of the village hall. Also thanks to my son Chris for painting over the graffiti on the side of the air ambulance collection station.
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13/06/2017 20:58:41Post reply
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Graham Dednum  Email
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FUND RAISING EVENT ----- THURSDAY 22nd JUNE The Ferryboat are hosting a quiz evening commencing at 7.30 to raise funds for the Thames Valley Ambulance Service. All are welcome. Teams of 4 will cost £5.00 or those of 6 will cost £7.00. Please come along to take part and support this vital emergency service in the area
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12/06/2017 08:28:10Post reply
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Cormac Neeson  Email
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I notice that the proposed new changing facility on the village green will have no shower. The CC cannot support this as it would be a retrograde step. Taking us back to 1950's standard facilities.
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14/06/2017 14:19:09Post reply
Name
Allan  Email
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I have also noticed, if I understand the drawing right, that the gents toilet has three entrance doors, with no privacy and no cubical.
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20/06/2017 12:03:45Post reply
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Peter Smith  Email
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Cormac Neeson is unfair to the cricket facilities of the 1950s. Even then, as I recall, any half- decent pavilion had a shower. More to the point though, does the design countenance the possibility of mixed teams? My wife tells me that mixed cricket flourishes in Borsetshire.
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21/06/2017 09:46:00Post reply
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Dave Bowen  Email
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We would love to have an all singing all dancing facility on the village green however we are very much limited by funding. The current plans are likely to be around £100,000. If funding becomes available for a grander scheme then we have already discussed making the pavilion larger. What we desperately need are people to get involved in the fundraising aspects of this project. The last PC meeting had an agenda item to discuss funding and I did have 2 sources of funding to discuss but sadly, due to personal reasons I was unable to attend the meeting.
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09/06/2017 12:39:42Post reply
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Michael Scanlon  Email
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It is with sadness that I report the passing of my mother, Anna, this week. Details of the service date and venue will be supplied in due course.
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23/06/2017 09:39:54Post reply
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Paul Scanlon  Email
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Update on Funeral Arrangements for Anna Scanlon... A committal at West Berkshire Crematorium will be followed by a memorial service to celebrate her life at St Mary’s Church on Tuesday the 4th July at 3.15pm. Everyone that knew her is welcome to attend, especially if you bring your singing voices, and it would be helpful if anyone planning to attend could let us know via email so we can gauge numbers. Funeral arrangements are being handled by A B Walker (Reading) and donations in lieu of flowers can be made to The British Red Cross via www.memorygiving.com/annarossscanlon We look forward to seeing you on the 4th July. Patsy, Fiona, Mike and Paul
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07/06/2017 15:45:18Post reply
Name
Gill Goodwin  Email
Comments
We should maintain those aspects of Whitchurch which are consistent with AONB status. I am not in favour of the proposal to install a skateboarding facility on the VG. In this connection please note: 2007-2008 the Parish Council lodged objections to the installation of the synthetic play surface at Whitchurch Primary School. Nonetheless the plan was pushed through by a narrow majority of the governors in February 2008, including the Head, who then left Whitchurch anyway. in October 2015, feedback by respondents to a Consultation Document prepared by the VGWG (Village Green Working Group) indicated that a majority of residents were not in favour of installing a skateboard facility at the Village Green. Jim, Vice Chair on the PC and Chair of the Steering Group, will be able to show you what their objections were. I think it is a bad idea for many reasons: unneighbourly , e.g. noise levels - unavoidable with skateboarding, and potential to encourage vandalism with the attendant problems: damaged seats, damage to the 'new' pavilion or the building in progress; possibly safety issues, as it would not normally be a supervised activity as the VG is open to all. Also ecological considerations and a failure to appreciate the value the VG has to many people who enjoy the place for its peace and beauty as well as for the many sporting activities now enjoyed there. It's the Village Green, for goodness sake. Why build on it more than you really need to?
Date
08/06/2017 07:10:33Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I completely agree Gill, the Council should read the minutes of the meeting in 2008 to have a bit of background knowledge before making their minds up on anything, it is a shame they do not look at the histororical meetings of the council just to gain knowledge, because they are going over and over the same things that the last council found were not popular in villagers eyes.
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11/06/2017 21:33:00Post reply
Name
Graham Morfey  Email
Comments
Has anybody asked the most important group (The 7 to 17 year olds) what they want at the Village Green?
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12/06/2017 13:38:19Post reply
Name
stewart House
Comments
Why are 7 - 17 year olds the most important group? The village green facilities are equally relevant regardless of age.
Date
05/07/2017 11:57:56Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
The Parish Council is indeed discussing this with the teenagers, led by Mia Stovell, who is Maureen's daughter that raised the skateboard park proposal in the first place. Please see the draft minutes from our June PC meeting: "Mia Stovell explained that she and her friends had carried out a survey outside the school for 2 days, obtaining 60 signatures from pupils; parents supporting the skate park project. Her father, Gary Stovell was concerned that the skate park idea had been shelved, having seen comments on the village website and wondered where the idea of a MUGA/pump track had come from. Cllr. Donahue explained some of the objections that the Council had received concerning the skate park; the fact that the last village survey had not supported such an idea. Gary asked to see the survey, as well as more objective views and evidence from those objecting to the skatepark. Cllr. Leadbeater-Hart mentioned that the skate park would need a permeable surface, due to the village green being a flood zone, which would limit its size. More natural surfaces would therefore be required. She also asked whether Mia and her friends would be interested in a MUGA/pump track or whether it was only a skate park they wanted as there was no point building something that would not be used. The Council asked the Stovells whether they could return at a later meeting with some revised designs or a compromise. They said they would think about the options.
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07/07/2017 10:08:11Post reply
Name
Stewart House
Comments
A skatepark is a very unpopular idea, as shown in the village survey (was the least popular idea for the green) and should indeed be shelved.. A survey of pupils from the school in Woodcote, or even views from those in Whitchurch Hill, is no more relevant than obtaining views from people in Pangbourne or Reading. We live in a quiet village and it is clear the feeling is that the majority wish to keep it this way. Continuing to obtain quotes is not relevant as the idea is not popular with the majority of those that live in the village.
Date
07/06/2017 11:24:28Post reply
Name
Peter Kemp  Email
Comments
Just an FYI, thieves about - our garage was broken in to over night on Hardwick Road.
Date
04/06/2017 08:47:20Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I forgot to say also the weeds in the village are getting very large surely some of our council tax could be spent on a weedkilling service the areas I am talking about are Manor Road, High St, Swanston Fields and Hardwick road, for the amount of Council Tax we pay the weeds should be treated. Many Thanks Jon Steward
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04/06/2017 08:19:04Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
On the thoughts of what we should put on the Village Green maybe a Roller Coaster or a outdoor Ski slope or the best Idea of the lot something like the Hollywood Bowl and then we could get the best Heavy Metal Bands to make people happy sometrhing like Reading Rock:-) LOL
Date
31/05/2017 10:03:08Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
VACANCIES - we are currently recruiting part time waiting staff for weekend duties in our busy bar and restaurant. We are also looking for a weekend pot washer in our kitchen. Anyone interested should make contact via telephone (0118 984 2161) or email.
Date
28/05/2017 13:41:38Post reply
Name
John Gray  Email
Comments
Camera found at Whitchurch Hill Fete, May 27. Owner's name on a label on the camera...first name Amelia. If it's YOU mail us your second name and we will arrange to reunite you and your camera,
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05/06/2017 20:35:20Post reply
Name
John Gray  Email
Comments
Owner located, camera returned.
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25/05/2017 12:31:12Post reply
Name
bryan howes  Email
Comments
Why don't are dustman put the bins back where they come from. They take the bins to one point empty them then don't return them to where they come from. Every week is the same.
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31/05/2017 06:27:34Post reply
Name
Allan  Email
Comments
Its a recent thing so it must be a new crew. I also notice they leave a lot of litter also.
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25/05/2017 05:30:13Post reply
Name
Anna Szczeponek  Email
Comments
WHITCHURCH HILL FETE SATURDAY 27TH MAY. There will be a stall at the Fete which will be manned by one of the bus drivers of the new 142 Bus service. Please go and have a chat and pick up a timetable. A Saturday service will start on 3rd June. PLEASE SUPPORT THE 142 BUS.
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23/05/2017 21:18:50Post reply
Name
Jim Davis  Email
Comments
I would like to see an Olympic size swimming pool built
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31/05/2017 06:36:03Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
Where would that go?
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31/05/2017 06:37:37Post reply
Name
Jim David  Email
Comments
The details, granted, need to be thought through. But in theory it would fit nicely on the village green. The plans, however, would need to ensure there is a anti-clockwise lane for capable swimmers.
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31/05/2017 07:53:01Post reply
Name
Stewart House
Comments
Also add an indoor cycling velodrome to the plans please. That would compliment the swimming pool nicely.
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31/05/2017 16:15:09Post reply
Name
Jim Davis
Comments
I would support that. It would also allow for cost savings as there would be architectural synergies.
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22/05/2017 13:38:21Post reply
Name
John Gray  Email
Comments
Whitchurch Hill Fete. Saturday 2-5 pm. Recreation Ground, Whitchurch Hill. We look forward to seeing you there for a Fun Day!
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22/05/2017 06:48:15Post reply
Name
Anna Szczeponek  Email
Comments
PLEASE SUPPORT THE NEW 142 BUS SERVICE. I have used the new Mini bus service a few times and have been the only one on the bus, to my destination and back. The times may not suit you, but if you able to walk to Pangbourne, catch the 143 bus, then come back on the 142 you can "bus hop", not having to carry your shopping from Pangbourne. The journey may take longer but it is a nice ride through the countryside . The bus stops at Waitrose in Caversham and at Tesco in Napier Road giving you time to do your food shopping and catch the Bus back. PLEASE USE IT OR WE WLL LOSE IT!
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16/05/2017 08:57:16Post reply
Name
Jon steward  Email
Comments
I think it is an appauling waste of tax payers money to pay for the old stables for the council to meet in instead of the building owned by the council the village hall, why are you wasting our money, please act responsibly with our money and as for payiny three thousand odd pounds to mow the village when I offered to do it for cost price that is a criminal waste of resources that could be spent on various things to help our community,
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16/05/2017 08:52:00Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I would like to ask the council this the council voted to buy 10 dog fouling signs three months ago but they seem to have not turned up can I as that the council buy them please surely it does not take three months to buy them
Date
31/05/2017 06:27:40Post reply
Name
Dave Bowen  Email
Comments
The dog signs were purchased some time ago and put up around the village. Unfortunately we had a complaint that they should not have been put up on telegraph / lamp posts and were subsequently taken down again. If you live in a prominent location in the village and are happy to have one on you gate or fence then I am sure this could be arranged.
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05/06/2017 14:34:45Post reply
Name
Lissie Steward  Email
Comments
Hi there I have had complaints from residents in manor road of people having their dogs in the playground, surely putting 'no dog' signs on the two entrances of the playground would be a good idea, as they would replace the ones that were there previously.
Date
15/05/2017 09:59:20Post reply
Name
Laurie  Email
Comments
Having attended the latest Parish Council meeting and also having read in the Henley Standard the proposed plans to build a mini skate park and a tarmac ballcourt I am writing to express my serious concerns with regard to the proposals. I totally agree with everything that Nick Brazil has written. On Wednesday evening I watched cricket on the green. At one end a group of lads were playing football ( without the aid of a tarmac area ). A group of men were practising bowling in the nets. A group of children were having cricket coaching and there was an assortment of dog walkers and owners chatting away. The school also use it regularly for some of their sports activities. This is what the 'Whitlocks' wanted - to keep the green as a beautiful area free of developement. Pangbourne refused to build a skate park and Sonning Common has experienced problems such as vandleism and gravity. The maze has already fallen fowl to vandles and that is without any outside attraction. I do not wish to offend anyone with my comments - I just want to keep our village as special as it is !
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31/05/2017 06:34:33Post reply
Name
Laurie   Email
Comments
Apologies for not spell checking ! Graffiti and fallen foul !
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31/05/2017 06:34:45Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I completely agree Laurie
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06/06/2017 17:06:21Post reply
Name
Clare  Email
Comments
I agree with Laurie too. Let's keep the Village Green - green.
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11/05/2017 11:44:23Post reply
Name
Diana Smith  Email
Comments
Wanted. Volunteers for St Mary's Church Flower Rota. You do not have to be an expert flower arranger to do a simple arrangement by the Altar. Please contact Diana Smith 9843340
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08/05/2017 12:17:52Post reply
Name
Allan  Email
Comments
I would like to say a big thank you to all those involved in the Whitchurch Bridge project.Each time Shirley and I cross the bridge we find something we missed before. What with the weather allowing time to take in everything I would say its a huge success. Once again thank you to everyone involved.
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07/05/2017 20:26:57Post reply
Name
Nick Plumridge  Email
Comments
Hello im looking for someone who could advise me on some electrical wiring in the garden. Your help is appreciated. Thanks Nick
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02/05/2017 19:32:38Post reply
Name
Louise  Email
Comments
Boys watch found on the pavement in Swanston Field this morning. Hoping to reunite it with it's owner.
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02/05/2017 17:45:35Post reply
Name
PamWilkinson  Email
Comments
THE HANDICRAFT AFTERNOON is on this coming Thursday 4th May 2 - 4pm. This will be my last one. I am joining forces with Gill and we will be called CRAFTY KNIT AND STITCH. We will start on 18th May and be there every Thursday from 1.30 - 3.30 pm and 7.0 - 9.0 pm. Hope to see you there. Pam Wilkinson
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01/05/2017 11:57:24Post reply
Name
Leslie Prater  Email
Comments
Congratulations and many thanks to Gill,Alison and all their helpers for "bombing the bridge". Such a novel and welcoming venture which has clearly been a huge success
Date
28/04/2017 06:29:28Post reply
Name
The family of the late Tony Voysey
Comments
To all of the villagers of Whitchurch on Thames Just a brief but most heartfelt thank-you from all of us to all of you. It was a warming experience to see so many of you attending Dad's funeral. We were already fully aware of the esteem in which he was held in the village and of course, it is a source of great pride to us but at the same time we are fully aware that these things rarely work only the one way. It is to all of you that we owe so much gratitude for the wonderful life that Mum and Dad had together in your village for twenty two years and even more so for the strength that Dad found to come to terms with his grief over losing Mum and be able to lead a fulfilling and purposeful life in your community over the last eighteen years. Mum's passing hit Dad very hard but he eventually found a way to deal with her absence thanks to the friendship, support and love given to him by so many of you. We cannot thank you enough. We wish you all the very best of futures in Whitchurch. The Voysey Family
Date
27/04/2017 12:00:19Post reply
Name
Jonathan Steward  Email
Comments
I have just had a common sense discussion with a wildlife expert from a cornwall falconry centre, he said that Red Kites only become a pest when they learn that humans can be a source of food i.e feeding Red Kites and not sealing rubbish containers properly, if we do not feed them they will find food in other areas not ones occupied by humans, people think of the Red Kites as pests they are not, we are the pests by leaving food out for them their numbers are growing hugely because we are a massive food source, so please think before you feed these beautiful birds before a government department decides to cull them which would be a tragedy "but it is on the cards and there is talk of it, please let them die naturally and stop feeding them (same with badgers and foxes) they are thriving due to us creating a food source
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27/04/2017 08:46:21Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
Developments on the Village Green Hi Dave, thank you for posting the information about the sports area ideas for the village green. Please can you update the information to include dimensions (including heights) as knowing the size and height is really important to the visual impact to the rest of the green. I also note that there is a possibility of the new cricket pavilion being larger, with a bar, and suitable for community use and private hire for wedding venues etc. Can you please include the various sizes of the different pavilion proposals and the current buildings sizes as the substantial changes proposed to our green space need to be considered as a whole. Many Thanks, Sarah
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31/05/2017 06:32:31Post reply
Name
Elisabeth Steward  Email
Comments
Re:- Skate park or Muga on the cricket field. Unfortunatley I believe this is a badly thought out idea, for a start we already we have unwelcome guests frequenting the football pitch and car park, as people I have talked to feel extremely threatened by these people. Sorry Bad Idea
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31/05/2017 06:33:03Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
A couple of new stories about local skate parks: Setback over cost of CCTV at skate park recreation ground link Vandals target skate park just weeks after opening link Also looking at youtube videos of local skate parks shows (1) its quite a noisy activity and (2) the other ones are situated much further away from the nearest house e.g. Sonning Common link There are loads like this. I will post some more next week. [there is light swearing so turn the sound off if you don't want to hear it!]
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31/05/2017 06:34:18Post reply
Name
Nick Brazil  Email
Comments
I would like to add my voice to those residents expressing concern at the various proposals for recreational developments on the Village Green. As I understand it, proposals for a concrete skateboard and a tarmac ballcourt are currently being considered. As one of the many residents who played a small but active part in securing the area which is now The Village Green I would like to express my strong opposition to both of these developments. This area was secured through the generosity of the then owner - a member of the Whitelock family after many failed attempts to gain permission to build houses on this field. Responding to an overwhelming consensus within the village that this field was protected from development both in the present and future, the owner agreed to donate the Green to the village provided he could build a house for himself on the edge of the field. He also wished to see cricket continue to be played there as it had done for over a century. The creation of the Village Green was to provide an open recreation area for everyone from dog walkers to cricketers completely free of any development with the exception of the replacement of the cricket pavilion. It was certainly not saved for tarmac and concrete structures of any description to be built there. Unfortunately, as the experience in Sonning Common has shown, skateparks and similar recreational facilities tend to be magnets for vandalism and anti-social behaviour such as littering. Having recently collected a small mountain of plastic bottles, cans and sandwich wrappings from around the goalposts at the upper end of The Village Green I can personally testify that this has become a problem here. You have Leslie Prater to thank for the removal of my litter mountain by the way.
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31/05/2017 06:35:11Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I totally agree with you Sarah noisy and problem strewn
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31/05/2017 06:35:54Post reply
Name
Mikaela Shelton  Email
Comments
In response to sports for young people on the village green I would like to see a concrete mini skatepark.
Date
16/04/2017 08:58:50Post reply
Name
Leslie Prater  Email
Comments
Those of us who are involved in working on the Maze each month will be encouraged to read the Henley Standard, 14 April,with a picture of over 20 children from the School, Willow Class, who ran over a mile round the Maze to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer..
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31/05/2017 06:30:48Post reply
Name
Pete & Sally Woolhouse  Email
Comments
Thank you for drawing our attention to this imaginative use of the Maze area, Leslie! Really rewarding to know that the young are enjoying this special village open space and for a very good cause indeed.
Date
15/04/2017 13:36:51Post reply
Name
Alan Docherty  Email
Comments
Hello, I'm looking for a secure summer mooring in the Whitchurch area for my 34 foot boat. I would plan to stay on board for 3 nights a week (it would not be my permanent residence). The boat is clean, well-maintained, fully insured and has a current Boat Safety Certificate. I am willing to pay the going rate for a mooring in the area. Thanks for reading this. regards Alan (m) 07767 235 601
Date
11/04/2017 08:29:49Post reply
Name
Keith Brooks  Email
Comments
Parish Council meeting tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 8pm in the Old Stables. The agenda is on the Parish Council section of this web site.
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09/04/2017 12:41:04Post reply
Name
Leslie Prater  Email
Comments
A large amount of rubbish has been left on the Village Green near the seat by the Football Pitch. Would the culprit(s) please refrain.
Date
05/04/2017 20:58:06Post reply
Name
Amanda Holland  Email
Comments
Pangbourne Tennis Club News It’s the start of a new season!! Pangbourne Tennis club are looking for new members. We are a small and friendly club with an active programme of coaching and a regular Tuesday Club Night. We have teams in the local leagues, and really lovely clubhouse! All levels and abilities very welcome. Please contact Louise on 0118 984 5265 for further details. Our popular 10 Week Junior Coaching Course with Damian Lane begins on Friday 28th April 2017. Please apply quickly as spaces are limited! Please contact Claire on Claire@familywoods.net for further details. We will also be running an Adult Coaching Course with Damian Lane on Tuesdays from the 2nd May 2017. This popular course will be followed by Club Night every Tuesday evening for all members, new and prospective members particularly welcome. Please contact Claire or Louise as above, or check on the Tennis Club Notice Board next to the courts. Looking forward to seeing you!!
Date
04/04/2017 16:56:17Post reply
Name
Peter Kemp  Email
Comments
FOR SALE garden strimmer. Model: Tanaka TCG22EAB - 2-stroke petrol. Bought from BSB Garden Machinery, Sulham in 2012 for £190, to buy new today they're £200. It's in excellent working order so open to offers before it goes onto eBay. Please call Peter on 07825 94107.
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04/04/2017 12:08:04Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
Seats are available on the coach going to the Malvern Spring Show on Friday, 12th May. Coach departs 9.00am from Pangbourne. Cost £36.
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04/04/2017 16:56:17Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
One spare ticket for the ballet Mayerling at the Royal Opera House on Monday, 1st May at 12.00pm. Coach departs 9.30am. Cost £74.
Date
03/04/2017 08:07:29Post reply
Name
graham streak  Email
Comments
Hello, I would like to offer a ten pound donation for the cambridge audio dvd player if you can endeavour to tell me the make and condition of it. Regards, Graham streak
Date
03/04/2017 06:33:47Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
SODC is working on a new Local Plan that will control planning in South Oxfordshire until 2033. The latest draft states 'smaller villages [including Whitchurch] are likely to deliver 5%-10% growth.' If you would like to learn more about SODC's Local Plan, there is an event on Friday 7 April (see link). SODC is running a consultation period on this plan until Wednesday 17 May 2017 so now is the time to let them know what you think (link).
Date
02/04/2017 11:14:54Post reply
Name
Adrian Dixon  Email
Comments
We have the following available in return for a donation to Whitchurch Primary. For more information about any of these, please email. Professional quality Optoma EP755 computer / DVD player projector. Projects a large, bright image, works with any computer with suitable cable and adaptor, including latest models with DisplayPort. Great for home use, a club or similar. Suggested donation £50. Cambridge Audio DVD89 all-region DVD player. Also plays CDs, MP3 CDs etc. Suggested donation £10. HP 2009v 20" computer monitor. VGA style input, built in speakers. Suggested donation £10. Sapphire petrol lawnmower, about 18" blade. Reliable but would probably benefit from service. Suggested donation £25. Ladies bicycle. Some rusty parts, but not difficult to fix. Suggested donation - what it's worth to you HP Laserjet 1010 black and white laser printer. Works well with Windows 7 or below, but we can't get it to work with Windows 8 or 10. Suggested donation - what it's worth to you
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01/04/2017 09:07:24Post reply
Name
Jonathan Steward  Email
Comments
I am a gardener in need of work, I am the gardener who planted all the bulbs down the high st I am very experienced and also a parish councillor I say this because I do a fair amount of mowing for the council and am set up for small gardens and grounds maintenance of any size I have 10 million pounds worth of insurance and can do any job that is required , etc and I am a whitchurch resident, if you need a gardener just call me, Whitchurch&Pangbourne residents get it cheaper as they are closer and like to work in these areas many thanks Jon Steward
Date
31/03/2017 15:11:37Post reply
Name
James  Email
Comments
We have two children's bikes, one boy's (Apollo Police) and one girl's (Raleigh Molly) that are now too small for our guys. Both have 14" wheels and stabilisers. In good cosmetic condition, tyres etc., but need a service. If interested, get in touch.
Date
29/03/2017 12:13:30Post reply
Name
Anna  Email
Comments
Did you leave some things on the bench in Manor Road play area on either the 27th or 28th March? Please contact Anna on 01189 841234
Date
27/03/2017 10:47:46Post reply
Name
whitchurchtehatreclub  Email
Comments
Two spare tickets for Mayerling, the ballet, at the Royal Opera House on Monday, 1st May at 6.00pm. Cost £73. Coach departs 9.30am. Seats are in the Orchestra Stalls.
Date
23/03/2017 16:00:16Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
We have a group booking with a good discount for L'elisir d'amore, an opera by Donizetti at the Royal Opera House. This is on Sunday, 11th June at 6.00pm. Cost will be in the region of £95. Coach will depart at 9.30am from Pangbourne, opposite the Laundrette.
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22/03/2017 17:28:08Post reply
Name
Allan Scriven  Email
Comments
We have for a sale a faux black leather swivel chair, as new, £40. Three seater leather sofa, £40. The sofa will be available towards the end of May. 9842224
Date
21/03/2017 16:39:42Post reply
Name
Whitchurch Hill Fete Team  Email
Comments
A date for your diaries! Saturday May 27th - Whitchurch Hill Fete. A fun day out for all the family.
Date
19/03/2017 13:40:47Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
Three spare tickets for La Strada at the Bristol Old Vic on Saturday, 15th April at 2.30pm. Cost £47. Coach departs 9.30am.
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16/03/2017 14:59:32Post reply
Name
Peter Kemp  Email
Comments
700+ insulated disposable cups (12oz) with lids FREE for anyone who wants them. t. 07825 941073
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16/03/2017 08:40:37Post reply
Name
Jonathan Steward  Email
Comments
I am looking for volunteers to help change the Polish church site into a superb natural garden with Hazel groves and many other natural features, the garden will be in the honour of the Polish community Past and present and a memorial will be placed there, it will be a quiet place with hopefully a lovely peaceful atmosphere, anyway I need volunteers to help develop this project
Date
14/03/2017 22:29:46Post reply
Name
Mark Reynolds  Email
Comments
12 foot Outdoor Trampoline looking for a new home Some wear and tear but still fully functional FREE to anyone who can come and take it down
Date
14/03/2017 18:43:38Post reply
Name
Helen Willis  Email
Comments
Does anyone have a car seat for a 5 month old baby (estimated weight 5kg) that I could borrow from the end of April to mid June? Happy to make a contribution to a charity of your choice. If you do, please email or call me on 984 3620. Thank you.
Date
14/03/2017 15:10:48Post reply
Name
Peter Kemp  Email
Comments
FOR SALE John Deere R43RS Petrol Rear Roller Lawnmower. Bought new locally in May 2011 for £470 so offers invited before she goes on eBay. Please call Peter on 07825 941073
Date
14/03/2017 13:35:25Post reply
Name
Peter Kemp  Email
Comments
FREE to a good home - old-ish ladies mountain bike (red) ideal for commuting to & from the train station. Please call Peter on 07825 941073
Date
14/03/2017 09:01:58Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
One spare ticket for the concert at Cadogan Hall tonight. Coach departs 4.00pm. Cost £43. Programme includes Elgar's cello concerto and Beethoven Symphony no.7.
Date
13/03/2017 11:27:05Post reply
Name
Claire Jury  Email
Comments
Hi! Message from Andy at The Greyhound to all his customers/neighbours:- "Thank you to all our customers for their patience over the weekend. We have a very bad water leak behind an asbestos wall. The asbestos has now been safely and professionally removed and we await a plumber to fix the leak. Unfortunately we have no water until the plumber has been! We anticipate being open for business Tuesday evening and will obviously keep everyone posted if this is not the case."
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11/03/2017 19:16:02Post reply
Name
Jonathan Steward  Email
Comments
We have just become the tenants of the Polish Church area which we plan to turn into a lovely garden for the village can we please get some volunteers to help who can bring Spades Forks etc to Volunteer for a local Group MOWS TO TRANSFORM THIS AREA INTO A GARDEN, it is being done so the residents of the area have a nice place to sit and read,have picnics or just walk round, the design and various other things to do with it are being discussed at present, when we get all the designs and decisions made we will let you know all about it
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09/03/2017 15:15:06Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
One spare ticket for Thoroughly Modern Millie at Kings Theatre, Portsmouth on Wednesday, 22nd March. Coach departs 9.30am. Cost £45.
Date
06/03/2017 19:23:49Post reply
Name
Nick Kohl  Email
Comments
Hoping this post is suitable for your website? My late parents-in-law lived in Whitchurch and I found some framed Whitchurch pictures in my loft - a Glyn Martin limited edition print and 2 x 1910 Frith photographs. These are now listed on eBay under Whitchurch on Thames should you be interested.
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27/02/2017 10:48:51Post reply
Name
Melanie Hardwick  Email
Comments
Would anyone like old upright piano that is no longer played? Going for free, but it will need a couple of strong people and a van to move it. If not it will be dismantled and disposed of.
Date
20/02/2017 12:06:43Post reply
Name
Hilary Jensen  Email
Comments
I have a much loved Canon Pixma 190 printer/scanner/copier which I no longer use. It is good for all printing including excellent photo printing. Free to good home. It is in its box with all instructions, but will need new cartridges (Canon 40 and 41).
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21/02/2017 10:11:26Post reply
Name
Hilary  Email
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The printer now has a good home! Thank you.
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19/02/2017 18:39:16Post reply
Name
Jonathan Steward  Email
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Just to let everybody Know I am putting the log rolls up under the Whitchurch on Thames sign near the toll booth the reason for this is to protect the flowers that have been trodden on, just to give the flowers and plants a time to mature, I would also like to thank Mr William Barclay for his staunch and very verbal support the last time I did this it was very much apprieciated.
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15/02/2017 15:00:44Post reply
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Len Deadfield  Email
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in a 1900 map there is a Deadfields clump whitch was up the hill & on the right, any onformation on it & the family going back to1740 Len Deadfield
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23/02/2017 18:05:08Post reply
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Sue Matthews  Email
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There is still a small copse in the middle of a field to the south of Great Oaks School. In 1740 the field would have been in Goring Parish - it was part of Goring Heath. The history society don't have any information, perhaps the Goring Gap History Society has.
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13/02/2017 11:06:51Post reply
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David Mattimoe  Email
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Recently I have had rugby tickets stolen from a signed for envelope prior to delivery, and a credit card never arrive. I have reported these incidents to Royal Mail. It is important that anyone else who has experienced such problems report them too. The relevant telephone number is 03457 740 740
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12/02/2017 13:12:48Post reply
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whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
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One spare ticket for a concert at Cadogan Hall on Tuesday, 14th March. Coach departs 4.00pm Cost £43. Concert includes Elgar Cello Concerto and Beethoven Symphony No.7.
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11/02/2017 13:53:32Post reply
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Leslie Maynerd  Email
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If anyone found an earring after the wine tasting on Friday night at the Stables please contact me by email or tel 9845513 Thanks!
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10/02/2017 09:06:39Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
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Feb 10th Mows project cancelled due to cold weather and lack of volunteers! Thanks to those who were interested in helping - Lissie Geoff Andy - watch this space for another date
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06/02/2017 15:15:54Post reply
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whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
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A single room has become available for our trip to Bologna, Italy. 10th-14th July. Please let me know if you are interested and I will send you details.
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05/02/2017 16:33:30Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
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If you are or know Oliver Mace, please contact me as I have something he's lost.
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04/02/2017 17:53:38Post reply
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Leslie Maynerd Mows group  Email
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Feb 11th 10.30 working party to clear small area by church gates please let me know if you can help -
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03/02/2017 20:32:57Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
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One spare ticket for Thoroughly Modern Millie at Kings Theatre Portsmouth on Wednesday, 22nd March at 2.30pm. Cost £45. Coach departs Pangbourne at 9.30am.
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29/01/2017 20:58:31Post reply
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Charles Norman  Email
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Responsible and hardworking year 11 student looking for jobs such as dog walking/babysitting. Happy to work either weekends or evenings. Please email or text 07710242269 for any further queries!
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23/01/2017 10:14:37Post reply
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Charley Ambrose  Email
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WE NEED YOU!! Part-time, responsible, doggie person required for family run business in Whitchurch/Goring Heath. Must be: * passionate about all things canine! * Experienced Driver * Confident with dogs of all shapes and sizes * Flexible * Enthusiastic and excited about joining a small but growing business. Please contact Charley on 07771 657359
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23/01/2017 10:06:24Post reply
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whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
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One spare ticket for Red Shoes at Sadlers Wells, Thursday, 26th January. Coach departs 10.30am. Cost £61.
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20/01/2017 19:46:43Post reply
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Jean Bull  Email
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Well-Loved Sheepskin Rug. Could anybody make use of a well-loved lilac sheepskin rug from John Lewis. It's reasonably clean, but can be washed. It might even make a good bed for a dog or other pet. It's a shame to just throw it away. Free to a good home in the village.
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18/01/2017 16:16:37Post reply
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Richard Wingfield  Email
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Anyone need a TV stand? John Lewis, three glass shelves 60 x 40 cm, height 50 cm. Free to good home in the village.
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13/01/2017 10:24:53Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
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VACANCY We currently have a vacancies for part time staff to work in our busy bar and restaurant. If you are interested in this position, please either call in at The Ferryboat or ring on 0118 984 2161 for further information
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12/01/2017 11:04:41Post reply
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Allan  Email
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I have some wall and floor tiling equipment for sale. One hand cutter and one electric bench disk cutter. Also included are a selection of associated tool. £25 0118 9842224
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02/01/2017 11:30:49Post reply
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Jane Horne  Email
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Hello, We are looking for a German speaker to help our 16 year old son to prepare for the speaking element of his German GCSE this summer. Could you help or do you know anyone who could? We are prepared to pay for time and arrangements could be flexible. Please email or call Jane on 07921362704 for more information. Any help would be gratefully received. Thank you very much.
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28/12/2016 21:42:18Post reply
Name
Ros Heath  Email
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Isobel Heath - responsible teen (almost 20!) available for babysitting and maths tutoring, contact 07788 745978 for more information.
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18/12/2016 10:17:06Post reply
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Harriet mulrooney  Email
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Hello! Hope this is ok to post- we are looking for a local domestic cleaner, is anyone able to recommend someone? Tia!
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04/01/2017 14:17:38Post reply
Name
Jane   Email
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Hello, I can recommend a local company who have been cleaning for me weekly for 3 years, if you are interested contact Niki for more information. Best wishes 07765 584851 Niki
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13/12/2016 10:19:41Post reply
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Geoff Weir  Email
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Because there are 50 % more households in Goring Heath than Whitchurch-on-Thames, each WoT household will be paying 50 % more than those in GH to support the 143 bus as WoT PC has agreed to pay 50 % of the total costs. Is this fair, especially as most of the costs are incurred by the bus going up the hill?
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13/12/2016 16:39:11Post reply
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Richard Williams  Email
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Geoff, I completely agree and have pointed this out to several people on the PC last month. The package needs to be re-considered imo with each household in the two villages paying the same precept
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13/12/2016 18:07:48Post reply
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Sarah Hanfrey  Email
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How much are we talking per household in WOT versus Goring Heath? This seems very pertinent but after a quick check I cannot find the information.
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15/12/2016 17:19:20Post reply
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Geoff Weir  Email
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We must wait and see the Minutes of the PC meeting on 5th December, but I think it was decided to support the 143 bus up to what is called the Section 137 limit (of the 1972 Local Government Act), which is currently £7.42 per elector per year. The electorate of WoT is 624, so the maximum sum that could be raised is £4,630. The electorate of GH is 977, so the maximum sum they could raise is £7,073. But if GH only pays enough to match WoT (ie so each parish pays 50%), each elector in GH would pay only £4.73 per year. So WoT electors each end up paying more than 50 % more than GH electors to support the 143, which in my view is unfair and poor value for money for WoT council tax payers.
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15/12/2016 19:18:24Post reply
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John Bradon  Email
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Once the bus has got to Pangbourne, crossed the toll bridge and stopped at he bus stop at the top of the high street, I'd have though the extra cost of carrying on up the hill would be small. In fact it's hard to see how else the bus could turn round. It would be good to keep any subsidy as simple as possible.
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29/12/2016 10:57:09Post reply
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Peter Dragonetti  Email
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It’s not as simple as that, as not everyone in Goring Heath who will pay a higher council tax for the bus would be able to use it, as it only serves Whitchurch Hill. It would appear that about 90% of Whitchurch residents are in reach of the bus , whereas only 53% of Goring Heath residents are, in absolute terms that’s 640 in Whitchurch, 523 in Goring Heath. There is never a straight correlation between tax one pays and services received. For example, collectively Goring Heath residents pay through Council Tax £850,000 a year for County Council “services”, £74,000 for SODC, and £111,000 for the police, no doubt Whitchurch pays something close. That excludes education which is funded separately. A band F house in Whitchurch pays over £2000 a year for OCC and SODC, what do you get for that ? The invisible County and District Councillors collect substantial allowances yet have done nothing to help in this matter. The amounts that are now being asked per head to fund the bus service for a year are very modest, about 4p a day per person for each day the bus runs.
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03/01/2017 11:22:17Post reply
Name
Stewart House
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All possibilities should be considered to enable the community to assess which offers the best service for best value. From memory there are an average of 11 return journeys undertaken per day (55 per week), this works out at a subsidy of £6.50 per return journey which is huge. Maybe introduce a reduced timetable, such as that provided in other rural communities, of 2 return journeys 3 days a week. You could even extend the route to take in those areas of Goring Heath which are currently not serviced. Each possible solution and true costs should be considered before people are asked which option they would prefer
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09/12/2016 18:14:56Post reply
Name
Ruth
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Hi Is there a public adult swimming pool near the village for lane swimming? All the ones I find online seem to be miles away. Thanks
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09/12/2016 13:44:11Post reply
Name
Nick Brazil  Email
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I think Jean Bull's suggestion for a walkway through the trees is excellent. Not only will it provide a safe crossing over the river for pedestrians but as we experienced when the bridge was being rebuilt, it will allow people to interact and enjoy an entirely different view of the bridge and river.
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09/12/2016 09:10:55Post reply
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Sally Woolhouse  Email
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Here's another piece of pre-loved furniture looking for a new home! We are clearing out a pine desk with 3 drawers at each end - serviceable and in reasonable order for its age. The dimensions are 142cm width, 68cm height and 44cm deep. Photos on request. Free to a good home but a donation to The Friends of St Marys & St Johns would be well received.
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08/12/2016 09:00:25Post reply
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Liz Robinson  Email
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Storage 'drawer' needs new home. single large drawer - originally base of an old fashioned wardrobe. Brass knobs. 16 inches wide x 47 inches long x 17 inches high. It has a ply top which I always meant to upholster...have a look - it's on the end of my drive - 20 Swanston Field - help yourself if you want it.
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03/12/2016 09:43:56Post reply
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Nick Brazil  Email
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KEYS FOUND. One barrel key and one flat key on Village Green. Contact Nick on 01189841602
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30/11/2016 17:06:16Post reply
Name
Nick Brazil  Email
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An ideal Christmas present! "The Secret Life of Father Thames - A Journey of Discovery Down the Upper Thames" My 46 minute documentary (PAL Format) on our great river is now available. Attractively packaged and shrink wrapped it makes an ideal Christmas present to send to relatives or as a stocking filler. Special Christmas offer £7:50 per dvd. Normal price £10:00.
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06/12/2016 14:08:29Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
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I'll take one Nick!
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27/11/2016 18:30:43Post reply
Name
Jonathan Steward  Email
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Playing for Whitchurch-on-Thames CC We field two weekend teams, one on Saturday and one Sunday side drawn from one squad of about 50 players. Some players are regular, some occasional. We're a diverse lot, ranging in age from 14 to about 60; some players are drawn from Whitchurch itself, others from the local area and several commuting players from London, Hampshire and further afield. We play friendly matches against local clubs and touring sides and usually go on tour ourselves. Most games are 35 or 40-over matches, though we do play some "time" games for a change. If you'd like an enjoyable game of cricket, email us at join us come down to the club one afternoon when we have a fixture, or call Jon Steward 0118 3274073 Spectating We're delighted to welcome spectators to our cricket matches. The scenery's beautiful, the atmosphere's relaxed and the cricket's usually entertaining. We often have families enjoying a picnic in front of the pavilion and children can often use the nets for a knockabout.
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25/11/2016 16:57:24Post reply
Name
John  Email
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Has anyone seen an extra brown waste bin, because our 2nd brown bin went missing after last Thursday's collection.
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20/11/2016 15:50:44Post reply
Name
Peter Dragonetti  Email
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People who attended at the War Memorial on 13 November will know about the project to restore it to its original 1922 condition, rebuilding the top of the column that was toppled in the 1990 storm. We need to raise about £9000 for this work and to improve the immediate surrounding. We have a grant from the War Memorial Trust of £3450, and with other donations we now need just over £2000. If you would like to contribute, please use this email to tell us how much you you think you could contribute. You can see pictures of the memorial as it was on this web site. This is a joint project between Goring Heath Parish Council and Whitchurch Parish Council
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18/11/2016 13:17:29Post reply
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Richard Williams  Email
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There were break-ins again early this morning. My garage in Hillside was broken with central lock + padlock removed but nothing stolen. Suspect it is the same gang that were around at least twice during the Summer.
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17/11/2016 15:20:14Post reply
Name
Mike Scott  Email
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For sale. Excellent condition Winter Tyres on 4 steel wheels for pre-2016 BMW X1. Dunlop SP Wintersport 225/50/R17 £400.
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15/11/2016 19:37:34Post reply
Name
Keith Brooks  Email
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Found in the High Street on Tiesday evening by the bus stop navy blue Cutter and Buck zip jacket. Please contact me if you have lost this item of clothing.
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15/11/2016 17:05:34Post reply
Name
Kate Dyer  Email
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Anyone know what's happened to the old iron street light (or whatever it was) in the driveway to St Mary's? It was recently sawn off near the base and put aside but now seems to have been removed with only the base remaining. Thanks.
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12/11/2016 13:28:34Post reply
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Simon Reed  Email
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Hello, has anyone got a number for Ian Hogg, tree surgeon? Thanks S
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12/11/2016 15:37:43Post reply
Name
James
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11/11/2016 14:17:00Post reply
Name
Hope Fashion  Email
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Hope are holding a Christmas Shopping Event on 23rd November in Whitchurch-on-Thames. We've teamed up with Helen Butler Jewellery and Neal's Yard for a great gift shopping day! Email for details X www.hopefashion.co.uk
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31/10/2016 09:28:27Post reply
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The Ferryboat  Email
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Hi everyone, Just a brief note to say tickets for the popular Annual Concert of Christmas Music on 4th December will be available from The Ferryboat from Tuesday 1st November. More details on the concert can be found in the 'What's on' section of this site
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20/10/2016 10:33:24Post reply
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Esther Robinson Wild  Email
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Hello, can anyone recommend a reliable cleaner? Thanks
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20/10/2016 09:45:03Post reply
Name
Melanie Hardwick  Email
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I think that Jean Bull's idea of a separate raised walkway through the trees on the Pangbourne approach to the bridge is a wonderful solution to the problem of the narrow pavement on that side of the river.
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25/10/2016 16:59:22Post reply
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Allan  Email
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I also think the idea of a walkway (pedestrian only) is a good idea also. The road does still need to be widened though. Perhaps also make a walkway again across the river. The bridge road could be widened also then
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20/10/2016 09:38:23Post reply
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The Kemps  Email
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If you are thinking of selling your 3/4+ bed property in the village we would love to hear from you. We are in a position to proceed immediately having now agreed a sale of our own property on Hardwick Road. Please call Peter on 07825 941073. Thank you.
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20/10/2016 09:34:34Post reply
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Alison Livesey  Email
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Just want to say what an amazing and innovative idea Jean Bull has had for widening the road and providing a safe pedestrian walkway.