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The Kemps (20/06/2017 20:58:34)


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13/04/2018 10:05:24Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
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One spare ticket for the Festival Hall tomorrow. Coach departs 4.00pm. Cost £61. The Planets and Elgar's Cello Concerto are included in the concert.
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09/04/2018 10:14:46Post reply
Name
Alexa Duckworth-Briggs  Email
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Hi everyone, I'm new to Whitchurch and I work as a running coach, sports massage therapist and outdoor leader. I have set up a running group, meeting at the Adventure Dolphin Car Park just across the river, starting on Monday 16th April at 9am. I'd love to meet some of you there. link If there is anything else I can do to help you, your sport or aches and pains with coaching or massage just let me know! Alexa
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03/04/2018 17:48:34Post reply
Name
John Gray  Email
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Whitchurch Hill Fete - a date for your diary! Saturday, May 26th. 2-5pm at the Recreation Ground, Whitchurch Hill.
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17/04/2018 17:52:43Post reply
Name
Fiona Witts   Email
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Who do I contact about having a table at the Whitchurch Hill fete
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18/04/2018 08:04:35Post reply
Name
Sally Woolhouse  Email
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John Gray is the organiser of the Whitchurch Hill fete and you can get in touch with him at whitchurchhillfete@gmail.com or phone 01189 841093.
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19/04/2018 11:51:58Post reply
Name
Fiona Witts   Email
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Thank you Sally 😀
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03/04/2018 15:25:15Post reply
Name
Hilary Jensen  Email
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The current course of Wednesday Keep-Fit/Circuits classes, run by Jo in the Village Hall, will finish on April 25th, so still chance to come - we are a small group and have a good work-out. Jo would like to continue this class starting again on May 23rd, and will be open to all ages, as long as there are enough of us! It is so convenient and we all enjoy ourselves there; Jo caters for all our levels of fitness!
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04/04/2018 14:35:47Post reply
Name
Ben Gosling  Email
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Hi. What time do these classes take place?
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05/04/2018 10:30:29Post reply
Name
Hilary  Email
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Hello! Class starts at 10:00am and finishes at 11:00am.
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02/04/2018 09:27:05Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
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Boat Clearing Sat April 7th - I am going to be clearing out all the debris from 'The Boat' next Saturday from about 9.15am - if anyone would like to come and give a hand it would be much appreciated Message to 'The Artist' - You are obviously a very good artist - are you also artistic with plants as would be glad to have some ideas for planting the Boat up in an attractive way Thanks, Leslie
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31/03/2018 10:30:05Post reply
Name
Kate Preston  Email
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Thinking about piano lessons? I have four after-school vacancies and one 8am vacancy available from the summer term - do contact me if you'd like to know more. For those of you who don't know me, I'm a friendly, fun and supportive teacher in Whitchurch (I also teach at Elstree School) with 10 years' experience and a 100% ABRSM pass rate, mostly with Merits and Distinctions. Tel: 0780 969 6304.
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26/03/2018 18:06:17Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
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The Theatre Club has a trip going to the RHS Malvern Spring Show on Thursday, 10th May. Cost £49. Coach departs 10.00am. Deadline 20th April.
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17/03/2018 17:20:00Post reply
Name
jon steward  Email
Comments
Some brilliant decisions are being made by the council recently WELL DONE! -:) I wont mention what but we have a council making good decisions and the future looks bright BRILLIANT!
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17/03/2018 11:48:17Post reply
Name
Hilary Jensen  Email
Comments
I have a really nice Mamas and Papas oak (beech?) cot, used for the odd visit by grandchildren, but not required now. We have travel cots instead. I am happy to give this away to someone in Whitchurch if they require a cot for their family's use.
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10/03/2018 09:31:29Post reply
Name
Melanie Hardwick  Email
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We have a good quality brown leather armchair bought from House of Fraser that we no longer need. It's in very good condition and free to anyone willing to collect.
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06/03/2018 09:19:59Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
Any questions or comments for Majesticare regarding their plan to demolish and replace Eastfield House from anyone who cannot attend in person? I will be going to see them at the village hall exhibition on Thursday. Any questions or comments for the Parish Council? Feel free to contact me here or email me at sarah_hanfrey@hotmail.com.
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03/03/2018 10:27:17Post reply
Name
Abi Goodwin   Email
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Hi We've recently moved into the village and have quite a few removal flat pack boxes left over in most sizes including the wardrobe ones. Free to anyone who is happy to collect. We're just off the High Street near the Greyhound pub. Thanks Abi
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01/03/2018 21:06:45Post reply
Name
Eleanor Sugrue  Email
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Wanted to say a public THANK YOU to our lovely neighbour Jim Donahue who was out first thing this morning gritting Hillside. You made it a piece of cake to get out and about today.
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03/03/2018 10:51:44Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
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My pleasure Ellie! I know a number of people had problems on Hardwick Road on "the hill" leading up to the narrows - BMWs in particular ;-) It would be great if one or more people could be designated as volunteers to shovel grit from the bin that is located near there. I'm not sure if people are aware that the salt and grit bins are there for us villagers to use as we see fit. They get filled up automatically every year by OCC so may as well use them. If you'd like to volunteer, I can make a note of it, or just do it when you feel it needs it.
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27/02/2018 15:03:07Post reply
Name
Anna  Email
Comments
Come and join the Senior Circuit sessions, Wednesdays, from 10am to 11am at Whitchurch village hall at only £3.50 per session. Work out at your own pace, to improve bone density, balance and fitness.
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20/02/2018 12:06:02Post reply
Name
Peter Ferguson  Email
Comments
CALL FOR HANDBELL RINGERS We are calling for anyone interested to ring handbells. We meet on Friday evenings at 21 Swanston Field, Whitchurch on Thames, RG8 7HP. Practices last for about an hour and a half. If you are a beginner please don’t worry. We usually ring with two bells each and from music, but if you have never rung before or cannot read music that is no problem. We encourage all ages including children. These bells were fabricated by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London and are of three octaves although we presently play with 12 bells to start off with. We are currently practising Christmas carols for next Christmas! But will enlarge our repertoire. If you require further information, please call Peter Ferguson: 07557 383634.
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17/02/2018 16:39:35Post reply
Name
Helen  Email
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If anyone with rabbits/guinea pigs/chickens can make use of a bag of clean straw (used for a nativity scene at Christmas) please get in touch and we can arrange a convenient time for you to collect it.
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16/02/2018 12:54:22Post reply
Name
David Green  Email
Comments
Can anyone recommend a good reliable window cleaner.
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17/02/2018 13:47:46Post reply
Name
Arthur Sleep
Comments
Use a White Wine Vinegar spray - it doesn’t smear.
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15/02/2018 15:51:25Post reply
Name
Graham Morfey  Email
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Dear Sir, We are very concerned at the way the village is changing, which to us illustrates a severe decline in the quality of the village. First we had a boat installed at the entrance to the church. Could I remind the perpetrators that boats are for carrying goods and people on the water, not to act as flower pots. For some of us this action is sacrilege. This has now been followed by a sign “The Love Boat”. Perhaps the editor of the Bulletin could arrange for a dog to sit in the boat and be interviewed, to discover its views! Yours sincerely Margaret and Graham Morfey
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16/02/2018 08:18:20Post reply
Name
Richard Williams  Email
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Highly appropriate as it is year of the Dog.
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16/02/2018 14:15:49Post reply
Name
David
Comments
Graham, As you can see below, part of the "Make Our Whitchurch Special (MOWS)" Requested the boat below and one was donated to Whitchurch on Thames for the very reason. Perhaps you should make your views heard directly to the "Group formed in the summer of 2016 with the aim of making Whitchurch a more attractive and tidy village, primarily by weeding and planting in public areas." David 26/07/2017 15:57:16Post reply Name Leslie Maynerd Email Comments 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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17/02/2018 08:55:05Post reply
Name
Mary Kernan  Email
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I think that the planting in front of the church is a vast improvement on the weed-infested waste ground that preceded it. I was initially sceptical of the black plastic and railway sleepers, but that scepticism was unfounded. I'm willing to wait and see how the boat develops before passing judgement.
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17/02/2018 18:20:51Post reply
Name
Liz  Email
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Graham - I have to agree - I was not impressed with "Love Boat" and hope that the sign has gone now we are past the 14th. Presumably a juvenile prank ? It would be nice to have plants in the boat, and the other raised bed, that created a visual impact - which sadly is not achieved by a 'one of everything' planting - block planting can be very effective.
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18/02/2018 08:18:30Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
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I'd like to post my support for the work David and Leslie Maynerd are doing for the Village as part of MOWS. They have formed a group a villagers who are passionate about the look of our High Street to do something about it to make improvements. They are aware that not everyone is a fan of the boat, but I understand that they are open minded to potentially removing it if it doesn't work after the first season. But lets give it a chance as it clear isn't finished yet. Please contact them or another MOWS member directly with any feedback.
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18/02/2018 19:37:37Post reply
Name
Eleanor Sugrue  Email
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I echo Jim’s comments. I think it’s lovely what MOWS are trying to do and I’m looking forward to seeing the effect when the boat is planted up (I’m no gardener but I assume it’s not great planting season right now). If we don’t try new things then we’ll never know...
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26/02/2018 15:02:06Post reply
Name
Kate Dyer  Email
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I think people may have missed the point of the ‘The Love Boat’ Valentine’s message and balloon, along with Theresa May’s ‘Strong and Stable’ message before it. Could both of these have been installations by the mischievous and anonymous artist, Impro? Either way, they made me smile.
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09/02/2018 22:38:13Post reply
Name
Ajmal  Email
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Hello fellow villagers, I have a couple of things needing a good home. Wicker trunk Small wicker basket Brand new bicycle wicker basket with additional support bracket Dulux paint pod (used once and paint brush missing but everything else present and still in box with instructions) Free to a good home and can be collected from Hillside. Thanks
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29/01/2018 18:04:58Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
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The Club has a trip organised to go to Northumbria for five days, 19-23 June. This will include Hadrians Wall, Durham, Newcastle, Chester's Roman Fort, LIndisfarne Castle etc. If interested please contact Chris at the above email address. Coach will depart from Pangbourne.
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27/01/2018 18:17:12Post reply
Name
Shelley Jones  Email
Comments
Hi please could I put on advert on your message board as I have started my own cleaning business and started a clean in Whitchurch every week. We have a couple of satisfied customers already in Whitchurch and would like to see if anybody else would like a cleaner. My company is called Shimmer & Shine and my number is 07585800962. Kind regards Shelley Jones Shimmer & Shine
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25/01/2018 18:49:37Post reply
Name
James  Email
Comments
Can anyone recommend a good local electrician to identify and fix an electrical fault? Thanks
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31/01/2018 07:21:45Post reply
Name
Claire Jury  Email
Comments
I can thoroughly recommend link Very knowledgeable, reliable and efficient.
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17/01/2018 15:14:31Post reply
Name
graham streak  Email
Comments
For sale 2 bags of Multi mortar sand cement mix 25kg per bag £10 o.n.o. Proceeds to go to Macmillan Cancer Trust contact 0118 984 2053 or above email
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17/01/2018 16:47:48Post reply
Name
Andy Black   Email
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Hi Graham if not already gone I will collect them for £10 ? Thanks Andy
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16/01/2018 11:24:42Post reply
Name
Nick Brazil  Email
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I would like to warmly congratulate Gerry Huxtable on his Oscar. The whole of Whitchurch must be very proud to have such a talented winner of one of the most historic and prestigious motion picture awards in our midst.
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16/01/2018 19:21:52Post reply
Name
Jean Bull  Email
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Hear! Hear! A fantastic achievement!
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17/01/2018 17:51:20Post reply
Name
Adrian Dixon
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Indeed - well done Gerry! Very impressive, and all involved are to be congratulated. You can see a show reel of work done using Nuke here: link
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15/01/2018 12:21:34Post reply
Name
Harriet Daniels  Email
Comments
Please let me know if this is OK to post as it is business related: Tigermoth Lighting is looking for local talent! Visit link for more information.
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14/01/2018 08:48:51Post reply
Name
Claire Jury  Email
Comments
Posted on behalf of Peter Hawley: Secretarial/administrative support required for a couple of hours, one day a week/every other week, on a casual basis. Tasks include taking dictation, formatting documents (MS Word), research, tweaking images and occasionally (not too techy) IT support. If you know the Hawleys, please do speak with them in the first instance. Or email me and I will pass your details on.
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12/01/2018 12:33:11Post reply
Name
alex  Email
Comments
New ink cartridges available for free. 3 boxes each containing black (E-T1281), Cyan (E-T1282), Magenta (E-T1283), Yellow (E-T1284). Fits many different (mainly Epson) printers. Worth checking if they fit your printer to save the landfill.
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11/01/2018 20:34:24Post reply
Name
Beth Baxter  Email
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If anybody has a garage they’d like to rent I’d be interested- please give me a call on 07871 598162 or email me beth.baxterggm@gmail.com. Thanks!
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07/01/2018 15:30:57Post reply
Name
Jean Bull  Email
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Re: The beech hedge that got away. What a shame! I'll miss walking past the lovely trees.
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07/01/2018 09:12:14Post reply
Name
Leslie Prater  Email
Comments
A child's Mini Scooter has been left near the top of Muddy Lane
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04/01/2018 19:34:39Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
We have a permanent part time staff vacancy available to assist in the bar and restaurant service at The Ferryboat from Tuesday -Friday each week from noon until 3pm. Anyone interested should make contact either in person or calling into The Ferryboat for more information. 0118 984 2161
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30/12/2017 13:01:06Post reply
Name
Anna  Email
Comments
Ladies purple framed glasses (Karen Millen brand name), found at the entrance to Manor Road. If you have lost them please ring 9841234.
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29/12/2017 17:52:01Post reply
Name
Donna Thomson  Email
Comments
Hi. I have an appointment with Harriet Daniels this evening but have unfortunately mislaid her number and am unable to confirm which house she lives at. I think she lives in Hardwick Road but I need to know the house. Is anyone able to help? My number is 07956 256189 if you prefer to pass my number on to her. She’s expecting me at 7. Thank you.
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22/12/2017 07:55:56Post reply
Name
Alison  Email
Comments
Does anyone know Emily, Liam and Evelyn in Swanston Field? I have received a card for them without a surname, and would love to deliver it to the correct address.
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23/12/2017 12:05:34Post reply
Name
Alex  Email
Comments
They live at no 3.
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21/12/2017 15:31:41Post reply
Name
Jack Sparrow
Comments
I am an occasional visitor to your website (particularly at this time of year) and I was tickled pink to read about the “retired” dinghy being brought back to life as a floral centre piece for the village. Warm memories came flooding back to me of lazy summers spent splashing about with my friend Roger on the mill pond in a similar vessel. Festive Greetings from Chunda Bay, Queensland, Australia.
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23/12/2017 19:06:23Post reply
Name
Laura Lucas  Email
Comments
How lovely!
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24/12/2017 13:17:33Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
Amy relation to Captain Jack?
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28/12/2017 16:18:49Post reply
Name
Arthur Sleep
Comments
Captain Jack Sparrow is a fictional character, so highly unlikely.
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21/12/2017 13:10:25Post reply
Name
Trisha H  Email
Comments
Is there a Gran and Grandad in Swanston Field who have Grandchildren called Hannah And David,? They did remember to send a Christmas card! just wrote the wrong house number. I am looking after it til I find the correct Grandparents.
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20/12/2017 12:45:11Post reply
Name
Allan  Email
Comments
I have some soil spare if any is required for the boat planter. It wont fill it but could be some help.
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15/12/2017 11:17:36Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
The new 8 car electric trains start running from Pangbourne on Monday 1st January. There are some changes to train times particularly in the morning peak, so may be worth checking before travelling.
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12/12/2017 13:38:40Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
One spare ticket for Choral Christmas at the Cadogan Hall, SW1. Cost £50. Coach departs 4.00pm.
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08/12/2017 20:44:56Post reply
Name
Jane Horne  Email
Comments
I have a single mattress and single divan (2 drawer) too good to throw away, free if you can collect from Whitchurch, call 07921 362704 for more info.
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08/12/2017 12:22:23Post reply
Name
Lissie Steward  Email
Comments
Hi has anybody got a windows 7 reboot disk but not necessarily just a windows 7 disk as my computer has completely shut down and my son needs the computer to do and send in his college work desperate Thanks Lissie Xxx
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07/12/2017 18:14:20Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir - Bridge Company Secretary  Email
Comments
We've decided to dispense with the green and flashing red lights which came with the new barriers from our suppliers. We'll keep just the fixed red lights as a safety feature, and look into dimming them at night if they are perceived to be too bright. Hope everyone is happy with this.
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13/12/2017 10:52:57Post reply
Name
Carrie Leadbeater-Hart  Email
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Hi Geoff, This seems a really good compromise....although I know most of my chums think the lights were very festive!
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18/12/2017 18:28:03Post reply
Name
Brian  Email
Comments
Good compromise on the barriers. Any chance that the Bridge Co could introduce contactless payment? You see so many people scrabbling for change. Could just tap and go with contactless terminals. And it would give one less reason for not paying the toll!
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19/12/2017 15:54:11Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir - Bridge Company Secretary  Email
Comments
Re barrier lights, the green lights have gone for good. The red lights are still flashing slowly as we’ve had 2 barrier drive-throughs which cost the driver (or their insurers) several hundred pounds, and if we stop the lights flashing such drivers could claim that we have removed a safety feature and thus incurred some liability. We’re still mulling over this. We’ve been pressing our suppliers for contactless payment and also for online top ups, as both would be good for drivers and ourselves. We need to have a system that involves the very minimum of keying by the Toll Collector - we don’t want drivers being charged 6p or £60. We sought a local developer a few months ago, but without success. We’re still open to proposals from local developers with expertise in contactless payment systems.
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06/12/2017 19:29:35Post reply
Name
Annie Jones  Email
Comments
The barrier lights are not in keeping with an AONB and are not appropriate for a conservation area. They could also cause issues for epileptics or others for whom they could trigger a seizure. In my view the lights should be turned off for the above reasons as well as for aesthetic reasons.
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05/12/2017 16:46:47Post reply
Name
Martin  Email
Comments
Barriers are a no from me, too but ok for Christmas! If you can't see a red and a white boom, then you shouldn't be driving. I don't think that's the issue though, it's impatience not visibility. Swipe > Look > and > move S.L.A.M., not Swipe > Move
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05/12/2017 14:14:49Post reply
Name
Claire  Email
Comments
re. the toll bridge lights, they hurt my eyes. I am concerned they will cause problems for people who suffer from migraines and epilepsy. This could be rather dangerous if an attack was triggered whilst driving.
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05/12/2017 09:43:10Post reply
Name
Trudi Benzie  Email
Comments
Toll bridge barrier lights ... it's a no from me!
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05/12/2017 08:38:53Post reply
Name
James Hebblethwaite  Email
Comments
Regarding the lights on the toll bridge, I believe this should be limited to the red lights (not flashing) when the barrier is in the down position. This seems a good balance of enhancing safety whilst retaining the rural feel of the village.
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04/12/2017 21:20:10Post reply
Name
Graham  Email
Comments
I just wanted to use this medium to thank you all in and around the village for your tremendous support of the concert last evening. A capacity audience, if not an overflowing one! The children of the village were magnificent as was our local resident Clare Donahue.with her performance. The event raised around £3,000 which will be distributed between the church and our two local schools. We need to add to this total and so, I want to invite as many are as fit, able and free to come down to The Ferryboat on the evening of 23rd December to join us in Community Carol singing for around an hour from 6pm. Bring you loose change, folded stuff, old or new, and help us to increase the fund for distribution this year as well as joining in singing along to the carols and enjoying a glass or two of mulled wine. Hope to see many of you
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04/12/2017 20:49:03Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
Toll bridge lights: turning the green lights off sounds sensible as when the barrier is in the up position no one is going to drive into it anyway.
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05/12/2017 09:07:49Post reply
Name
Laura Lucas  Email
Comments
I think the barrier lights are simply awful. The entrance to a Conservation Area and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is now like entering and exiting a multi-storey car park. The misses and near-misses of the barrier that I've seen (latest one yesterday morning about 10am) have been when the driver thinks their card has worked and it hasn't (barrier is above them so they can't see it, lit up or not), driver is simply not looking at all (searching for change?), or seems to be intentionally trying to jump through after the previous vehicle. Doesn't the Bridge Company's CCTV mean the driver's insurance covers any costs anyway? I understand that a broken barrier is an inconvenience for the Bridge Company but must we all suffer an eyesore as a result? This makes for a relevant read: link
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30/11/2017 10:09:19Post reply
Name
Sally Woolhouse  Email
Comments
There is a man's jacket (with umbrella and gloves) left behind in the Village Hall, after the Art and Craft Exhibition - let me know if you think it is yours, or contact Richard Scearce, the Hall Manager. Whoever it belongs to must be feeling chilly in this weather!
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26/11/2017 17:39:37Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
One spare ticket for the opera Die Fledermaus at the New Theatre Oxford. Saturday, 2nd December. Cost £50. Coach departs 12.00pm.
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26/11/2017 09:35:44Post reply
Name
Eleanor Sugrue  Email
Comments
Do you have 4 - 6 hours free a month? Are you looking to meet new people and make use of your skills to give something back to the village? Then why not be a school governor at Whitchurch Primary? We are a friendly team looking to expand our skillset to support the school. You don't need to have any experience of working in education or being a governor. In fact we are most interested in attracting a diverse mix of experiences! If successful, you'll need to attend approx. 4 governors meetings per term and make some time to get to know the staff and the pupils. Interested? Then please contact me or the school office.
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09/11/2017 16:49:41Post reply
Name
Allan  Email
Comments
Be aware that the tip near Crowmarsh now charges for certain items. Hardcore is one, D I Y timber is another, such as fence panels, wooden windows. I am not sure if other items are also charged for.
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10/11/2017 07:10:36Post reply
Name
Dave Bowen  Email
Comments
This started on 1st October but does not seem to have been publicised very well. As you may recall, we were at risk of losing some of the recycling centres as a result of the drastic cuts from the Government to the County Council. This seems to be one of the measures introduced to save money and hopefully keep the centres open. All "Household" waste is still free, the fee's are for non household waste which would not seem to include DIY wast such as rubble, bathroom suites, fence panels and even tyres ! Here is a link to the OCC Webpage for this. link
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01/11/2017 11:49:43Post reply
Name
Cormac Neeson  Email
Comments
On behalf of the cricket club, we welcome the new design and positioning. Maybe the building could be pushed back a little into the space where the existing cricket nets are. As these could be removed and replaced with a mobile net which could be rolled out and used on the cricket square (when required). And stored away when not required.
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13/12/2017 10:55:23Post reply
Name
Carrie  Email
Comments
Cormac....your wish is my command! I think you're right, it seems to fit well a little further back. Carrie
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30/10/2017 11:26:19Post reply
Name
Tim Suiter  Email
Comments
New Cricket Pavilion- I made these comments to the PC today. In general I am in support of the investment in a new pavilion and I think the building itself is a good design and would be useful for different groups and for different purposes. I understand that originally it was designed to occupy the same amount of space as the existing buildings and then this was enlarged to accommodate showers for the cricket club (and presumably other users). The resulting design is i think attractive and largely in keeping with the local area, however it is a considerably larger building than is currently on the green and comparable in size to a small bungalow, with a height of almost 5.5 m (18 feet). This means (if it has to be this size) the placing of the building is very important. My preference would be for it to be roughly where the existing build is. I understand though this has been advised against due to trees nearby with tree protection orders. Proposed Location I think the new proposed location is far too far forwards and will have negative impact on the appearance of the green space. The planned location means the building is visible from the road and car park, comes out quite far into the field in front of the cut through path to the school and quite close to the cricket boundary (less than 9m). From the plans the location proposed seems to be determined by the nearby trees. In particular the tree on the corner of the car park from which a 9 m radius has been drawn. I have checked the TPO records and this young tree does not have a TPO. I also note the plans leave quite a lot of space behind in the place where a skate park / MUGA / pump track was discussed previously, is this the reason why the building is placed so far forward into the green? If so this should be considered as a single scheme. If not I would ask the PC to reconsider the location so that it can be moved further back away from the cricket boundary (taking up more of the cricket nets area).
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25/10/2017 20:03:10Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
There is a meeting to re-launch the process of updating the Village Plan at 8pm on Wednesday the 8th of November at the Old Stables. If you would like to get involved we hope you will come along. We are looking for anyone who wants to help in the development of the Village Plan over the course of the next year. No specific experience is required other than being a resident of Whitchurch and a willingness to get involved. We need people for the overall Steering Committee and for workstreams to develop recommendations in specific areas. Or perhaps you could provide us with specific finance, publicity, legal, technical writing, or graphics skills. We have identified the following workstreams and will need workstream leaders and members for each: · Community Facilities · Open Spaces · Community Groups and Activities · Traffic and Parking (led by Rachel Hatcher with TAPAG) · Pavements and Walking · Built Environment Please contact me for more information at jimdonahue7@gmail.com or any member of the current Village Plan team: Dave Bowen, John Bradon, Keith Brooks, Charles Cotgreave, Peter Ferguson, Jean-Marc Grosfort,· Sarah Hanfrey or Emily Williamson. The resulting Village Plan update will update the 2009 Village Plan and provide a vision to guide development of improvements to our community for the next several years. We need your help!
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23/10/2017 18:54:40Post reply
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whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
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Two spare tickets for Choral Christmas carol concert at Cadogan Hall, SW1 on Wednesday, 13th December at 7.00pm. Coach departs 4.00pm from Pangbourne. Cost £50.
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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
Name
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
Name
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
Name
Graham  Email
Comments
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
Name
Andy   Email
Comments
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
Name
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
Comments
Hi, please could anyone recommend a cleaner in the area? I would really appreciate a personal recommendation. Many thanks
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17/10/2017 11:39:28Post reply
Name
Deborah mcintyre  Email
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Excellent references ..cleaner ..o7969144744
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10/09/2017 18:06:22Post reply
Name
Jon Ashford  Email
Comments
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
Comments
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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19/11/2017 18:12:02Post reply
Name
Nikki
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Hi both I have now had 3 letters go missing from the postbox on Hardwick Road. I will contact Royal Mail and note others have had similar issues too.
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20/11/2017 16:14:08Post reply
Name
Brandon Foulkes
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A postal carrier collects your letter from the box along with the rest of the mail and takes it to the post office. There, all of the mail is placed on a truck and taken to a mail processing plant.
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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
Name
Julie Weedon  Email
Comments
We have a modern blue sofa which we do not need.
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29/08/2017 19:24:32Post reply
Name
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
Comments
If it is the same car, their insurance company wont be too pleased
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23/08/2017 16:30:06Post reply
Name
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
Comments
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
Comments
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
Name
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
Comments
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
Comments
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
Name
Anna  Email
Comments
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
Name
Andy   Email
Comments
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
Comments
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
Name
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
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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
Comments
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
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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
Name
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
Name
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
Comments
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
Name
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
Name
Dave Bowen  Email
Comments
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
Name
Michael Scanlon  Email
Comments
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.
Date
23/06/2017 09:39:54Post reply
Name
Paul Scanlon  Email
Comments
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
Date
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?
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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?
Date
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
Date
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,
Date
05/06/2017 20:35:20Post reply
Name
John Gray  Email
Comments
Owner located, camera returned.
Date
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.
Date
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.
Date
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.
Date
23/05/2017 21:18:50Post reply
Name
Jim Davis  Email
Comments
I would like to see an Olympic size swimming pool built
Date
31/05/2017 06:36:03Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
Where would that go?
Date
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!
Date
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!
Date
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,
Date
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.
Date
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
Date
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
Date
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.
Date
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
Date
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
Date
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.
Date
31/05/2017 06:35:11Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I totally agree with you Sarah noisy and problem strewn
Date
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.