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Nia Day (31/10/2019 12:38:35)


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05/04/2020 17:17:43Post reply
Name
Paul H  Email
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We live in Whitchurch and walked the dog up Hardwick Road this morning. Plenty of groups of cyclists clearly avoiding the instructions to stay at home. Picked up a guy off the floor who’d fallen (no choice, broken collar bone I think). Should we be saying something to them?
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06/04/2020 11:54:32Post reply
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Jim Donahue  Email
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I would encourage people to question groups playing together whether it is cycling, football, or any other social gathering. Best to talk to people at the time. I think people will understand being questioned under the circumstances. A lot of people were out Sunday due to the weekend and weather. From what I saw nearly everyone was respecting the rules, but it is hard to know for sure. Like anything else, people should use their judgement.
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03/04/2020 06:28:22Post reply
Name
Diana Smith Message from SODC  Email
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Support for individuals - council tax Hardship fund for people on Council Tax Reduction The government has confirmed details of a £500 million hardship fund. Under this scheme, people in receipt of Council Tax Reduction will receive a minimum of £150 off their council tax bill for 2020/2021, unless their bill is less than £150, in which case their bill will be reduced to zero. This is in addition to any support they already receive. The councils are now working to confirm the amount each individual qualifying household will receive off their bill - as soon as this is complete, revised bills will be issued. Council tax payments
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01/04/2020 12:13:07Post reply
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Diana Smith  Email
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Would anyone like a set of Minecraft/Lego cake decorations? They were delivered too late to be used for my Grandsons birthday cake. I did not unwrap them so they are still in the cardboard box in which they were posted to me. If I know that someone will collect them I will leave them in the porch.
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31/03/2020 15:46:29Post reply
Name
Chris Martin  Email
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The Woodcote Garden Centre is open for business.
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28/03/2020 21:55:52Post reply
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Robin Giddings   Email
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The Freezer is now Defrosted and sat at the end of Eastfield Lane under the big tree by the school entrance awaiting collection by whoever wants it - Perfect working order. Perhaps the Village Hall or the Art Cafe people could use, or someone collecting groceries for later delivery to isolated people?There will also be a normal sized Fridge with no freezer compartment available before Wednesday if anyone wants it. I have a van so could deliver, but would struggle to load/unload on my own so collection by whomsoever preferred unless you're brave enough to help me. There are also a huge quantity of black flower pots medium to large size up for grabs + other bits n bobs as available...
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28/03/2020 10:38:16Post reply
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Hilary Jensen  Email
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Just wondering if these can be of use to anyone, at these times of staying at home and perhaps gardening. We have a brand new 700W Gardenline cultivator sitting unused in the garage if anyone can make use of it. Also, some (about a dozen) miscellaneous large old plastic flower pots and some smaller terracotta pots are free to a good home! If anyone is interested. I can put them out for collection. And I would like to reiterate thanks to all those in the community that are helping and supporting us all.
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28/03/2020 10:35:39Post reply
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Robin  Email
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I am moving over the next few days and will have a lot of stuff to give away since the dumps are closed. To start with, in case anyone feels the need for extra Freezer space, I have a 5ft 6 drawer upright Freezer which will be outside my house available for collection from Sunday onwards. I will list other items as and when they are available and upon receipt of an email will reply with address. ps: you will need a large vehicle and two people to move the Freezer.
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27/03/2020 14:34:03Post reply
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Jim Donahue  Email
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I'm pleased to say that we now have 45 Emergency Team volunteers signed up in the village. There have been a dozen requests for support logged via the WotVolunteers@gmail.com email so far, but I know there are many more activities of support going on outside this. Requests to check in on people periodically, get groceries and prescriptions. if you need to pick up a prescription for someone, volunteers will need the persons’ name, address, whether they pick up from the Boathouse Surgery or the Chemist, whether they pay for prescriptions. (If they do not pay, you will need to know the reason - some people may have exemption cards.) There are long queues for the chemist at present but, despite asking we have not been able to agree a process to consolidate collections other than have one person go into the chemists with a list. This is only the beginning, I'm sure this will grow but it seems we are well placed to handle the demand for now.
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27/03/2020 15:16:36Post reply
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Mr J Donah  Email
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I'd like to add that John Bradon, Matilda Oppenheimer, and her daughter Lily have been instrumental in getting this process set up, and are still the key people managing the task receipt and allocation process right now. This is enabling many others to get involved in supporting residents and the number of people getting involved is growing daily.
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27/03/2020 09:48:33Post reply
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Allan Scriven  Email
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How good it was last night to stand outside at 8pm and to hear and join in the applause and cheers for the NHS, that went all around Manor Road. Very moving.
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25/03/2020 17:39:51Post reply
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Nick Brazil  Email
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The way Whitchurch has come to together as a community during the corona crisis is both overwhelming and humbling. I have lost count of the neighbours and friends who have offered to do my shopping and ensure I am ok.I count myself extremely fortunate to live in such a caring community. What else can I say except Thank you Whitchurch!
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25/03/2020 17:38:36Post reply
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Jonathan Steward  Email
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Anybody who is in Manor Road just Contact Me if you are self isolating and need anything as I am Coordinating on behalf of the PC in Manor Road to try and get what you need. just contact me via my email cllrsteward.whitchurchonthames@gmail.com
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25/03/2020 15:07:08Post reply
Name
Jonathan Steward  Email
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I am really sad today last night we lost 3 Lambs and over all this year we have lost 5 so far, I would like to asl respectfully that people do not feed foxes as it just attracts them to the area, the way foxes work is that they go to areas if people are feeding them, foxes do not kill only to eat they will kill as many as possible because that is what is instinctive to them, we do not breed Sheep for food we breed them and use them as conservation grazers, we breed them and people buy them because it is their hobby i.e they show them at Newbury and other shows, they are bought as lawn mowers for large estates etc so our Sheep live a full life and we would like to keep it that way, they are rare breeds bred to keep the breeds alive etc, so please do not feed Foxes and various other wildlife Badgers etc because they kill for fun and instinct. THANK YOU
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19/03/2020 09:07:00Post reply
Name
alex  Email
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Lovely 2 bedroom, first floor flat in Woodcote coming up for rent in April. short drive to Whitchurch. flexible on tenancy duration. Please email me for more information. thanks
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18/03/2020 11:37:12Post reply
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Graham Dednum  Email
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FREE GARDEN TABLES AND CHAIRS We are about to 'spruce up' our courtyard garden and wish to dispose of the existing tables and chairs. there are a number of tables, mostly 600x600 with chairs. They are in need of some TLC but if sanded down and re-varnished or painted will be fine. We don't want any money, just come in and take away!!!!
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20/03/2020 13:56:28Post reply
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Mike Marshall  Email
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A big’ Thank you’ on behalf of Wallingford Petanque Club and Whitchurch Allotments for the old garden furniture from the Ferryboat. As I am self isolating until safe to mix again, I will have plenty of time to refurbish the chairs and tables. Strong and weatherproof they will give many more years of useful service. At a time when all hospitality businesses are under enormous pressure I wish you and your team the very best.
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18/03/2020 08:37:01Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
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Morning all, Due to Covid-19 and the Governments social distancing policy this weekends Green Team working parties have been postponed until further notice. I'll be working on possible options for how we can carry out tasks in the village individually in the mean time and I'll update everyone when I can. Wishing everyone in the village health and happiness :)
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19/03/2020 08:36:53Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
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Just to confirm, these cancellations also impact the litter pick this weekend. Thanks, Alexa
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17/03/2020 12:48:29Post reply
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Elizabeth  Email
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hi - I am willing to get shopping from True Food Co-operative in Emmer Green - you can see what is available on the website - www.truefood.coop I will be going there this Friday as I have a meeting there. I generally go every week. Email to me is fine.
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15/03/2020 12:50:17Post reply
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Jim Donahue  Email
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Hi everyone, A quick update on the activities of the Emergency Team response to the Corona-virus situation. The contacts in the Emergency plan telephone tree have been alerted and are discussing a statement that should be issued in the next 24 hours. In general, the response is that contacts will be provided throughout the village for those who may be in need of help with shopping or other support. This will be posted on the web-site and Facebook page and the plan is to issue copies of this to all households. I know that some members are already contacting neighbours who may be in need. I would like to encourage all residents, and not just those listed in the official emergency team to reach out to neighbors that they may be aware of who may need some support during this difficult time. This sentiment was also support by the Parish Council at last week’s meeting. Please note that I am currently travelling to support family in the USA, and but am still working on line and via phone. I am grateful that John Bradon has stepped up to coordinate the emergency team response until my return.
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14/03/2020 18:38:14Post reply
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whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
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In view of the crisis with the Coronavirus the Whitchurch Theatre Club is in a state of dormancy for the foreseeable future. Only those bookings already made for October and next January will be going ahead at present.
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13/03/2020 18:51:54Post reply
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Mel Taylor  Email
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With the Coronavirus on the rise, I thought it would be a good idea to post on here if anyone was stuck indoors and were unable to get essentials. Those that are healthy could check to see if someone in the village needed milk, bread etc and can leave it in their doorstep. I know lots of people use online deliveries but many don’t and could be in need.
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13/03/2020 22:34:18Post reply
Name
Kirsty  Email
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Great idea Mel - happy to help In anyway I can - contact me on this email if any help is needed
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14/03/2020 13:33:14Post reply
Name
Lily King  Email
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Great idea. It would be great to know if the Parish Council is coordinating anything? I’d like to be part of a coordinated effort.
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15/03/2020 07:20:01Post reply
Name
Eleanor Sugrue  Email
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Brilliant idea Mel. We do weekly online shops so happy to help
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15/03/2020 08:07:03Post reply
Name
Matilda Oppenheimer  Email
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Thank you so much for raising this. Would the Parish Council be best placed to help coordinate this so the village can reach out to all at need and not just those who use the internet. Shopping and phone support for those who are isolated could be offered. I sounds as if there are many willing helpers.
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15/03/2020 12:37:04Post reply
Name
Annie Jones
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Yes I wonder if the Parish Council could work with villagers to identify anyone at risk due to age or being immuno-compromised so that a co-ordinated support response can be put in place if needed in coming weeks. This might include a volunteer register of those willing to help with essentials, but also possibly to check in online if face to face contact is not an option e.g. over Skype to help with feelings of isolation/loneliness/anxiety. I am very happy to offer both forms of support as I'm sure are many others in the village.
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12/03/2020 21:11:34Post reply
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Dave Bowen  Email
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Can I ask if the Parish Council have convened a meeting as yet of the emergency plan members to formulate a plan for the Corona Virus Pandemic and if minutes are available ? The emergency plan clearly has those steps as part of the "Low Probability" risk of a spread of epidemic yet we are facing a pandemic of biblical proportions and no word. With the reality of around 10,000 people already having C19 without possibly knowing as yet it is likely it is already in the village or heading this way. I am aware of local groups and Parish Council are already looking at measures and am curious as to what the PC ? Emergency plan team have in place to deal with those in isolation and mitigating the spread.
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13/03/2020 07:58:42Post reply
Name
Philip Weir
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As of 09:00 on the 12th March 2020 there were 590 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK. Official figures are available from Public Health England link
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14/03/2020 12:42:37Post reply
Name
Jonathan Steward  Email
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I tried to address it Dave but the answer was, basically neighbors should help neighbors, I wanted to make sure that their was no limit to what we could spend on helping people, but that brick wall I keep hitting seems to still be there.
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15/03/2020 07:44:34Post reply
Name
Dave Bowen  Email
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Thanks for trying Jon. It's been clear for some time, particular from what had been fed back through my job that the governments strategy was for "Herd Immunity" and that they almost wanted it to spread through those who were healthy. Although the figure of 590 confirmed cases being quoted this is far from there reality. That figure doubled in 24 hours, as the modelling suggested yet the government are no longer testing everyone now and just saying, yes you have it and to self isolate. I'm aware of at least 4 people who have it and yet only 1 has a positive test result, others have just been told, yes.
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15/03/2020 11:54:23Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
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I think it would be good if we kept the Village Message Board for local issues, so yes to Mel’s topic above, but no to this topic which has now strayed into people’s views on how the Government is dealing with it.
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12/03/2020 09:08:58Post reply
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Allan Scriven  Email
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The road closure is a bit of a surprise. There seemed to be no warning.
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05/03/2020 19:18:26Post reply
Name
Jonathan Steward  Email
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The government takes war pensions off of Veterans if you could sign this I would appreciate it as it is disadvantaging thousands off Veterans in the UK and I am going to present this petition to the Veterans minister Johnny Mercer we have 750+ signers in ten days please read sign and share the link on facebook, you will be doing a good thing link
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04/03/2020 10:57:42Post reply
Name
Sue  Email
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Can anyone recommend someone who does ironing locally? It will be mainly men’s shirts. Thanks.
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04/03/2020 17:59:13Post reply
Name
Keith Brooks  Email
Comments
We have a fridge that needs a good home. It is clean and is free to collector. Depth 49cm x Width 47cm x height 83cm. Salad drawer and 3 shelves but no freezer section. Appears to be in working order, including working interior light.
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05/03/2020 13:59:19Post reply
Name
graham  Email
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Hello, Interested in said fridge, can you tell me if it is still available, the brand name and where you are located. Regards, Graham.
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06/03/2020 18:34:14Post reply
Name
Keith Brooks  Email
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Hello the fridge has found a good home.
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03/03/2020 15:02:04Post reply
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Geoff  Email
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All day parking in the High Street is easy to solve, just ban parking between 12:00 and 13:00.
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03/03/2020 18:48:12Post reply
Name
Laura Lucas  Email
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That was my suggestion too Geoff: restrict for an hour a day, but there must have been a reason why it wasn’t feasible.
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04/03/2020 10:12:19Post reply
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Geoff Weir  Email
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I would not support the parking restriction idea posted by the other Geoff (not me!) for the reasons TAPAG have given in the past.
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01/03/2020 14:12:00Post reply
Name
Elizabeth  Email
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Can anyone recommend a good chiropodist or whatever they call themselves these days?? Thanks
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03/03/2020 12:19:08Post reply
Name
Dave Bowen  Email
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Hello Elizabeth, Lloyd Clark-Morris at Theale Wellbeing Centre is excellent. He does all mater of Chiropody and Podiatry. Their number is 0118 930 3535
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28/02/2020 18:14:32Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
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Ikea High Chair £8 and Maxi Cosi car seat £15 for sale Contact Leslie email leslie@aromatherpycaversham.co.uk or tel 9845513
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27/02/2020 11:15:14Post reply
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Sarah Hanfrey  Email
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The Narrows outside the Ferryboat: a car drove on the pavement and missed us by less than 10 cm this morning going at speed. Pedestrians need a curb.
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01/03/2020 10:19:11Post reply
Name
Hanna Ferguson
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Hi Sarah, this is an on-going concern. The putting in place of a raised pavement in front of the the Ferryboat is included in the new village plan and is something that the PC is actively working towards. Definitely much needed.
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02/03/2020 08:46:33Post reply
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Graham Dednum  Email
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Sarah, unfortunately the experience you had happens numerous times each day. A raised paved area would I believe have the effect of slowing traffic but as there are so many inconsiderate motorists I fear they would mount the pavement in any event and there additional measures, such a dumb bells or posts should be considered. It is only time before an accident happens which would likely involve pedestrians. My personal view is that the raised paved area is a priority and should be addressed outside of the other traffic measures under discussion and as soon as is practically possible.
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02/03/2020 16:40:25Post reply
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Sarah Hanfrey  Email
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Oh and by the way, a couple of months ago Tim was hit by a car while on a zebra crossing in Pangbourne (the one near the station) due to driver's vision being obscured by low sun. He was sore and had problems walking any distance for about 1 month. There appears to be no lasting damage but someone much older or younger would have come off significantly worse. I cannot fathom why sorting the main pedestrian route out of the village is not a priority. It seems like a 'no brainer' as encouraging those who can to walk to do so, helps drivers as well. Is there any potential downside? Any complexity? And if not, why are we maintaining a dangerous situation in our village?
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26/02/2020 21:12:50Post reply
Name
alex  Email
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Lovely 2 bedroom, first floor flat in Woodcote coming up for rent in April. Walking distance to Langtree school, short drive to Whitchurch. Please email me for more information. thanks
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24/02/2020 08:30:59Post reply
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Jon Ashford  Email
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Got to say I agree with the comments of both Nick Plumridge 20/02 and Stewart House 18/02. There needs to significant deterrent to Stop non-residents abusing the constrained parking in WOT. If the redevelopment of Eastfield House happens as a care home this will only compound the issue. One unintended consequence of the suggested Lamppost EV charging proposal is extending the time people remained park in a particular space due to the charging rate KWs/hr will be very low. Plus who will pay for the electricity no doubt it will end up on everyone’s Council Tax Bill. The current system is obviously being abused by some and impacting residents needs to change!!
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27/02/2020 13:44:59Post reply
Name
Marc Cresswell  Email
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Hi Jon, the public EV charging system I am proposing is always paid for by the user via smart charging and/or Smart Phone app technology. Rest assured this would not increase anyone's Council tax bill due to increased electricity costs. Also it is a demand based service, so the most cost efficient time to charge is overnight but the charger can be 3.6kW or 7.2kW depending on the electrical infrastructure available. However, the idea would be to make this available to residents only (in conjunction with residents parking in one of the designated bays), so this wont increase demand for parking, it would just allow some residents with no off-road parking who are already parking here to consider switching from a dirty diesel or petrol vehicle to a more environmentally friendly (PHEV) Plug in hybrid or fully electric car. Would you prefer they run loose electrical cables for a 100's of meters across the roads and pavements and into their houses so they can charge them? Beyond that the govt has already announced no more gas guzzlers from 2035 and possibly are now considering bringing this forward to 2032, so this is a problem we MUST address at some point in the very near future. It makes logical sense to at least plan for it now in conjunction with the traffic flow/parking plan for the High Street, so that we could perhaps install one or two chargers down the line. However, this number in itself is nowhere near enough, TAPAG believe there are on average 24 vehicles parking on the high street, personally I think its considerably more when you take into account Hardwick & Manor Road. In 12-15 years time it will be a massive problem for the village and the country as a whole, and lets face it, 12 years is a blink of an eye in street planning terms.
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21/02/2020 11:31:05Post reply
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Elizabeth Robinson  Email
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Just a quick reply to thank everyone who responded to my e-mail. I have every sympathy with Whitchurch-on-Thames residents needing to park. My issue is to please park at a safe distance from the junctions. Residents parking permits - as Stewart suggests - sounds like the fairest way; there is also a 'rent a drive' scheme if anyone has space....
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18/02/2020 10:48:32Post reply
Name
Stewart House
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With regard to the traffic proposals, why not future proof and make all of Whitchurch residents parking only. At least this will prevent commuters parking all day or those outside of the village parking and walking into Pangbourne to avoid a 50p car park cost plus toll.
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19/02/2020 13:44:48Post reply
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Carrie  Email
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Good idea 😊 Also electric car charging points would seem a sensible thing to future proof as petrol/diesel cars will be rapidly disappearing (which will be nice for the air quality). And maybe a big ‘Give Way’ sign or temporary traffic lights by the lower narrows might be a positive (and easily reversible) solution to traffic flow out of the village - rather than getting rid of parking and having double Ellie lines painted the length of the High Street?
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20/02/2020 14:29:13Post reply
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Nick Plumridge  Email
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The issues with parking and particularly the parking issues on the High Street can be split into 2 separate sections ; 1. People who drive down from Woodcote, the Hill etc park all day and walk to the station. A rough estimate this saves 80p a day told and £4.80 a day parking. Multiply that by 300 days a year and that equates to £1680 per annum net. Its obvious that unless there is a proper deterrent and a block on this type of parking then it will continue. 2. Residents who either have no parking or choose not to use it. This is different but actually there a only a few houses that physically can not have a drive installed. We would all like a bigger front garden but sometimes sacrifices have to be made to ensure parking is available. There is currently an area by the church opposite which lies empty opposite The Greyhound which can accommodate 20 plus cars if parked properly. Has this been investigated ? The restrictions on parking on The High Street are correct in my view however I feel this will massively increase parking in Eastfield Lane, Manor Road and Hardwick Road as commuters will simply park there. While wouldnt when the other option is to pay nearly £1700 NET a year. For me the solutions posed by the Village Plan will only move the problem elsewhere. I am happy to be proved wrong but I doubt it
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22/02/2020 09:49:26Post reply
Name
Allan  Email
Comments
The idea suggest about charging points on lamp posts may not be possible as the posts are on the inside of the pavements. Charging points will need to be time limited for parking, otherwise one vehicle could park there all day and possibly night. I have also suggested that Stop signs should replace Give Way signs at the narrows, with an additional sign saying single file traffic only. Traffic lights at the narrows could cause big problems on build up of traffic.
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12/03/2020 10:40:12Post reply
Name
Lawrie  Email
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I totally agree, restrictions on the High Street will simply move the issue to Eastfield Lane, Hardwick Road & Swanston Fields. We have experience of two vehicles being parked in front of our houses on Hardwick Road for 3-4 weeks while, we assume, drivers took holidays. A similar situation occurred on the High Street I understand. As regards the potential for houses on the High Street creating drive spaces on their front gardens, The highways officer would I'm sure have major issues with this suggestion. Vehicles would have to either reverse onto or off of these drives creating danger to both pedestrians & vehicles & slowing vehicle progress along the High Street. The number of properties along the High Street that could have a drive is also limited.
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17/02/2020 20:21:49Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
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Hi everyone, I had a look at the web-site and I can see it is a bit tricky to find contacts for TAPAG but it can be found under points of contacts under the Parish Council here: link It's fine to make comments or objections to the current proposal, but please be respectful of the members of TAPAG who I consider to be first rate and have done a very professional job getting us to this point. Most of them have been volunteering their time for over 3 years to develop this proposal and I assure you that they are all happy to receive your feedback on it. Many comments were received at last week's Open Day, and another session will be arranged if required to address further concerns or questions about it. TAPAG also have regular meetings and are always welcoming new members if this is something you are interested in. They can't address every traffic related issue and I agree with Laura's recommendation that parking violations be raised to Thames Valley Police directly.
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17/02/2020 09:49:43Post reply
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Elizabeth Robinson  Email
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Is there a link to contact anyone from TAPAG ? I have searched around the website but can't see one. Altho seeing Nick L-H mail not sure if it will be worth my while contacting them....my gripe is people who park too close to a junction - there is someone who parks at night at the top of Swanston Field just above 32 - too close to the junction with Hardwick so turning into Swanston Field at night there is a dark stationary car - we often have a taxi late at night and many a time a near miss - the car will get written off - there is the whole of the road to park further down - can the driver not walk an extra few yards for goodness sake? The other place is opposite the art gallery right on the give way lines, which is illegal - shame a few parking fines are not handed out.
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17/02/2020 14:12:31Post reply
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Marc Cresswell  Email
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Yep, Elizabeth I agree, the parking in this area is only getting worse for all of us but unfortunately, if you feel the parking is already a problem, wait until the ‘traffic flow scheme’ is implemented in its current form. Many of the cars that park at the top of the High St will be displaced, they cannot move to Hardwick as this junction is already rammed (and parking here will probably be badly restricted next and push more your way!). As there will be no guarantee of parking anywhere on the High St and not enough bays, the ONLY feasible ‘fine free’ location for residents to park in the future is that area of Hardwick/Swanston and this will only exacerbate your current issue (if it’s not planned properly). If the scheme comes into place it’s certainly where I will then choose to park in the future and I have a black Kombi van! So, just giving you a heads up and I promise that I’ll do my utmost not to get in the way. However, I wouldn’t wish parking fines on anyone. TAPAG this isn’t a ‘scenario’ it’s just one of the many blindingly obvious ‘Day 1/Phase 1’ knock on effects that surely everyone, ‘with or without’ off-road parking can foresee and predict with relative certainty. We all want better traffic, the same as you, but the plan is not acceptable without some proper amendments and more joined up thinking.
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17/02/2020 18:12:46Post reply
Name
Laura  Email
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Hi Elizabeth, I think the best thing to do about any illegal parking is to contact PC Taylor with photos, then she may pay a visit: Barbara.Taylor@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
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16/02/2020 19:46:52Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
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One ticket for King John at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford. Wednesday, 19th February. Coach departs 9.00am. Cost £58
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16/02/2020 17:32:44Post reply
Name
Nick Leadbeater-Hart  Email
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"TAPAG replies to comments on parking scheme" I am getting really frustrated here with the TAPAG team. We (some of the residents most effected by the proposals) have made repeated attempts to reach out to the team and offer our concerns. These emails and offers of meetings are falling on deaf ears, and we are not getting any feedback or respect from the TAPAG team. To say ""All the points raised in the objectors’ posts can be countered with a logical response"" is pretty condescending. We are really keen to understand what these logical responses are... yet in repeated attempts to speak with the team we have had no response thus far. We are starting to feel like we are being deliberately ignored..... any genuine response to our questions will be welcomed. We have also offered multiple positive suggestions on how the proposal can be improved, these are also falling on deaf ears. With regards to "residents parking", I feel that we are being hoodwinked here. Realistically OCC does not currently have a resident parking scheme for Whitchurch, so the TAPAG team cannot offer is as a phase 2 with and with any certainty or guarantee in the future. We need the TAPAG team to honest about this, and not give a cooperate response to stating that we are working towards residents parking. Residents parking could realistically never happen, or could even be 10 years away... We are setting up an opposition working group due to the tone and attitude displayed in the post by the TAPAG team. I can assure you there a lot more than 5 objections. Nick
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16/02/2020 14:15:06Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
Where can I find information about the proposed parking scheme? I have seen the comments on the noticeboard so decided to look at the topic further. I can find very little about it on this website. I have used google search, read the last 4 months available PC minutes (Jan and Feb are not available yet) and found out that TAPAG minutes are not generally available for the village and still dont feel any wiser on the topic beyond seeing the plan itself The types of information I am looking for: 1) What is the total cost of the proposed scheme from inception to completion? 2) What are the downsides to the current proposal? e.g. improving the flow of traffic through the village might mean we get more traffic than we do at the moment. That not a reason not to make this change as it could still be better than doing nothing but we need to go into this with our eyes open and be realistic about the changes it will bring. 3) What risks have been identified and mitigated in the proposed design? I would really rather we did not have the boat saga repeated acted out through traffic and parking(!!) and being able to understand the rational behind the proposed changes would help us to make informed decisions.
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15/02/2020 13:48:42Post reply
Name
Michelle McMurray  Email
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We are looking for a family home to buy in the village. We currently rent in the village, are chain free, and ready to move. We would love to continue living here as our son attends the primary school. Anyone thinking about selling without incurring agent charges, please do get in touch. Thank you.
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15/02/2020 10:39:20Post reply
Name
Lissie Steward   Email
Comments
Morning everyone has anybody lost or had stolen a ladies mountain bike please let me know thank you
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14/02/2020 10:34:21Post reply
Name
John Chambers  Email
Comments
Milk and More left 3 pints of milk near The Hive, Hardwick Road this morniing. Anyone missing a deleivery?
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13/02/2020 11:36:25Post reply
Name
Carrie Leadbeater-Hart  Email
Comments
A really disingenuous article on the Village Parking Proposal. To say that it has ‘passed’ its first milestone is just not true. There is a lot of anger and concern from residents. Oxfordshire County Council do not intend to ever implement Residents Parking in Whitchurch, now or in the future. So if the Parish Council mange to force the yellow lines through all the residents who don’t have the luxury of their own parking will not have anywhere to park. The likely impact is that parking will be forced on to Eastfield Lane, Hardwick Road and in front of the Toll Bridge - not solving anything apart from speeding up the High Street and making the school Road used by lots of small pedestrians very dangerous.
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14/02/2020 11:56:01Post reply
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Adrian Dixon  Email
Comments
When we first came to Whitchurch everyone complained about the suspension bashing state of the pot-holed road surface in Hardwick Road. The council resurfaced it ... and then everyone complained about the speed of the traffic in Hardwick Road! We should be very careful about the unintended consequences of "freeing-up" the traffic in the High Street. I know a 20 MPH limit is proposed (maybe one day), but there's nothing slows traffic like a physical obstruction and the parked cars do this admirably.
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14/02/2020 17:19:07Post reply
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Marc Cresswell  Email
Comments
I agree with you both and unfortunately the new parking scheme does not take into account of any of the ‘un-intended consequences’ because it is only tackling the High Street and it begs the question; where is the wide ranging ‘Village Plan’ and vision that we were all promised? The current proposal is also mistakenly based on the fundamental misconception that there is 'plenty of parking' in the village and that residents parking is somehow almost assured in the very near future. The substantial obstacles in the way of successfully implementing residents parking make this goal highly unlikely and the PC should aim to be much more transparent about the complex processes involved and aim to provide more accurate information about the timescales and costs. For me, the proposal needs to undergo significant amendment before it’s allowed to proceed any further and waste anymore of all our village budget. It is not acceptable that the number of designated parking places is being significantly reduced and that the demand for resident parking is being significantly underestimated. Incredulously, the scheme does not even solve the considerable issue that TAPAG and the PC themselves have identified - the ‘out of village parking commuter’. Subsequently, a whole swathe of residents, who do not have the luxury of off-road parking, are being ignored and will suffer the most. The only way to comprehensively tackle the combined issues of parking, traffic flow and traffic speed/safety is to provide a wide ranging and strategic plan that covers the ALL the key pinch points in the village from day one. The plan must also seriously consider (and attempt to resolve) all the potential & foreseeable knock on effects which currently it does not even attempt to do. Therefore, as an absolute minimum the traffic/parking plan should also include (in addition to the current proposals); Eastfield Lane, Hardwick Road, Manor Road, designated parking bays based on empirical data for resident demand (as well as traffic flow), improved pedestrian safety and the guaranteed implementation of residents parking within a workable and acceptable timescale. I understand that from a pragmatic and logistical viewpoint that some elements may need to be rolled out in phases and you cant please 'all the people all the time', but it cannot and must not be planned in this piecemeal and disjointed manner. I'm also disappointed to see that the PC has not taken this opportunity to investigate the implementation of electrical charging bays from existing street furniture (such as lamp posts), which is a relatively simple and cost-effective green solution that usually requires no planning. Even just one village charge point would be better than none. However, I am certain that the current plan is being done with the best of intentions but in its current form it’s going to cause more issues than it solves and I think that collectively we can, and should, do a much better and more comprehensive job.
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09/02/2020 15:07:58Post reply
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Eleanor Sugrue  Email
Comments
Hello all. We’ve quietly put our house on the market and are waiting to see what might come up for sale in the village. We’re looking for 4 beds, with a good sized garden, parking and a double garage (or room to build one). If you happen to be thinking of selling sometime soon, do let us know... Thanks!
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31/01/2020 10:23:15Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
Woman in Black, Kings Theatre Portsmouth on Wednesday, 5th February at 2.30pm. Two spare tickets. Coach departs 9.30am. Cost £45.
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27/01/2020 14:55:30Post reply
Name
Helma Beelen  Email
Comments
🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️ If anyone would like to try my yoga class this evening I have spaces available in my 7pm class. It’s a nice gentle stretchy class suitable for all at the Whitchurch village hall. Hope to see some new faces 😀 Best Wishes Helma 😀
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19/01/2020 18:00:11Post reply
Name
Elizabeth  Email
Comments
Has anyone lost a pair of prescription glasses on the cricket field? There is a post on the Wonderful Whitchurch Facebook group about the glasses going back a week or so. I found them in the grass under the bench this evening - I have them at my house.
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18/01/2020 20:06:47Post reply
Name
Eric  Email
Comments
Our mystery plate (pote) problem has just been solved. It was made bu a friend’s daughter in Wivenhoe and left as a gift by her brother who lives locally - so it is ours!
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17/01/2020 10:41:12Post reply
Name
Melanie  Email
Comments
Can anyone recommend a local oven cleaning service? Many thanks!
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17/01/2020 13:30:59Post reply
Name
Kate Dyer  Email
Comments
I can thoroughly recommend David at Oven Clean Direct, locally based at Upper Basildon. 07517 781513 / 01491 672142 / link / info@ovencleandirectthamesvalley.co.uk
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15/01/2020 15:21:59Post reply
Name
Eric  Email
Comments
Oops - a typo, for pale read ‘plate’! Eric
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15/01/2020 12:27:34Post reply
Name
graham streak  Email
Comments
Balsan 3 Hydrotherapy bath massage kit never used £25 o.n.o. Proceeds to cancer research.
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14/01/2020 14:41:51Post reply
Name
Eric  Email
Comments
We found a lovely ‘green’ earthenware pale wrapped in black and white paper on our doorstep yesterday with no ID. Was it intended for us at 28 Swanston Field? Eric
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13/01/2020 06:05:23Post reply
Name
Helma Beelen   Email
Comments
Good morning all Just to say I’m sorry I’m cancelling my classes today at the stables and Whitchurch village hall as I have the flu. So much for having the flu jab!! Hope to see you all next week Best Wishes Helma 😀
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10/01/2020 06:40:31Post reply
Name
Nick Brazil  Email
Comments
I would like to congratulate Jean-Marc Grosfort on his imaginative initiative in creating the afternoon teas at the Village Hall. Not only is the tea excellent but the cakes are both unusual and delicious. Eat your heart out Savoy!
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07/01/2020 12:19:55Post reply
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Elizabeth  Email
Comments
I have a card delivered today for Roger Crawford if somone could please tell me which number he lives at I will drop it in.
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07/01/2020 17:55:36Post reply
Name
neil  Email
Comments
Number 30 SF.
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07/01/2020 11:13:27Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
Two spare tickets for My Cousin Rachel at Cambridge Arts Theatre on Thursday, 16th January. Coach departs 9.00am. Cost £61. Or just a day trip out to Cambridge without the theatre £21.
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06/01/2020 20:08:53Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
COMPETENT BAG PIPER REQUIRE EVENING 25th JANUARY To enhance our Burns Night at The Ferryboat, I am looking for one who can provide a short performance of music suitable for the evening. If you are able to help, or know of someone who can, please get in contact with me to discuss this further please. Thank you
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06/01/2020 14:51:18Post reply
Name
Sara Wood  Email
Comments
Hi I am currently seeking a 3/4 bedroomed rental property in Whitchurch on Thames or Whitchurch Hill - is anyone aware of any? Thanks
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05/01/2020 18:39:16Post reply
Name
Jonathan Steward  Email
Comments
I would just like to draw peoples attention to the link below which explains that you would be helping a lot of people in the world in when you buy product made from wood you check the wood is sustainable a lot of wood like for instance African teak is just too unsustainable to ever be used but companies still harvest it because people still buy it, Thank you, please follow the link if you have a minute or two you will find it below it will surprise some people not all but some link
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31/12/2019 09:57:33Post reply
Name
Jane   Email
Comments
Hello, I have a 3 bedroom house in Manor Road which will be coming up for rent in February. Just thought I'd start the ball rolling now before the agent gets the advert up together! Please email me for more information.
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06/01/2020 14:53:45Post reply
Name
Sara Wood  Email
Comments
Hi Jane, I might be interested, I've emailed you and look forward to hearing from you. Kind Regards, Sara Wood
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30/12/2019 09:05:29Post reply
Name
Linda Gray  Email
Comments
Apologies to neighbours disturbed by building work at Hope Cottage (formerly Mowcop). I didn't expect it to be as extensive either! It should be finished in the next two months.
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29/12/2019 14:35:40Post reply
Name
Angela  Email
Comments
I have about 15 lever arch files (used but in good condition) and a lot of plastic pocket file inserts. Are there any students who could make use of them?
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28/12/2019 17:38:18Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
The WTC has a booking for Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre, W1 on Thursday, 8th October, 2.30pm. Coach departs 11.00am. Total cost £85. Deadline end of January.
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27/12/2019 10:40:45Post reply
Name
Elizabeth  Email
Comments
6 surplus eggs, daily, from my garden hens. If interested please get in touch by email or 07462532716
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21/12/2019 16:17:29Post reply
Name
Leslie Prater  Email
Comments
I would like to pay tribute to the many parents who take their young children to play football each Saturday morning irrespective of the weather to the top of the Village Green. It is a privilege to watch them from my bedroom window. Happy Christmas, Leslie
Date
18/12/2019 20:25:25Post reply
Name
Chris Martin  Email
Comments
Caroline Perkins' phone number is 07922472139.
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18/12/2019 09:57:01Post reply
Name
Kate Preston  Email
Comments
I’m looking for a (paid!) dog-sitter for New Year’s Eve for my lovely spaniel Sidney. He just needs company and cuddles! Please get in touch if you’re interested or could recommend someone. Thank you!
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18/12/2019 10:56:20Post reply
Name
Chris Martin  Email
Comments
Caroline Perkins perkinscaroline@hotmail.com. Caroline lives locally and I recommend her.
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17/12/2019 12:32:39Post reply
Name
Vera Parham  Email
Comments
Basildon Park have now been told that the closure of the A329 at the Skew bridge will be from 23.00 on December24th to the 28th.
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05/12/2019 05:33:28Post reply
Name
Helma Beelen  Email
Comments
YOGA BEGINNERS CLASS My Monday morning beginners yoga class is up and running again at the Art Cafe in Whitchurch. It’s a small friendly group perfect for beginners or those wanting to take it steady. It starts at 9.30am all welcome, £7 just turn up. I’m also teaching at the Art Cafe on a Wednesday evening from 7pm to 8pm Please call me for more info on 07810425593 many thanks Helma 🧘‍♀️
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02/12/2019 13:13:13Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
CONCERT OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC I would just like to thank the many who attended this year’s concert, also to our church wardens, help from Richard at the village hall in providing extra seating and to our ‘stars’, the children of the primary school, Lucy Lombos their conductor, the parents of the children and headmistress for allowing them to take part. Equal thanks to Nick Brazil for taking photographs of the event that can be viewed from within this site. Looking forward to a great evening of Community Carol singing on the 21st. Usual venue, brass ensemble with mulled wine and beer on tap!
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02/12/2019 18:37:54Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
Thank you Graham for your work. It's the biggest annual event in the village and raises much needed money for our school and preschool. It would not happen without you!
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01/12/2019 20:48:07Post reply
Name
Vivien Chambers  Email
Comments
Our neighbour has had a parcel to Stephen Burns delivered to her (with RG8 7HW postcode).She does not know this person. Does anyone else?
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12/12/2019 18:05:06Post reply
Name
Elizabeth Robinson  Email
Comments
Hi - Stephen lives at Melifont last but one house before Muddy Lane along Hardwick Rd - probably too late now.
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28/11/2019 12:52:51Post reply
Name
whitchurch theatre club  Email
Comments
Two spare tickets for The Magic of Christmas at Cadogan Hall on Thursday, 5th December at 7.30pm. Coach departs Pangbourne at 3.30pm. Cost £43 each
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30/11/2019 13:56:09Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
I read the comment from Leslie with great concern. Many have contributed much to this village, not least of all Leslie with her dedication to our village. To use a slogan, “our village is for the many, not the few”, some put a lot into trying to make it a good village in which to live. Some, do little but make a lot of negative comments. Quite unhelpful and demoralising. Folks of the village, wake up, get behind those that go the extra mile, make this place a really special village, fully support the two village pubs, both with offerings to suit the many, and those who, as said, work for the good of the village
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30/11/2019 17:24:15Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I agree with Graham
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29/11/2019 20:18:25Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
It has been brought to my attention that someone in the village has arranged for the raised beds by the church entrance to be demolished on Dec 17th Apparently the Whitchurch society are going to create a new area there! If you don't want our village to be ruled by a few bullies who can just wantonly vandalise an area which has had a considerable amount of money spent on it, plants donated and lovingly nurtured which are now well established, an area which so many have enjoyed to sit on the bench there (donated by Stan Remington in memory of his wife and who also has paid for many of the shrubs in the beds) then please come to the next council meeting on Dec 9th and stand up for what is right!
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30/11/2019 15:28:01Post reply
Name
Laura  Email
Comments
Leslie, I’m the Chairman of the Whitchurch Society and haven’t even heard anything about December 17th. The Society has offered to hold donated funds for any work done on the Bell-mouth area, just like it does at the Maze. We are not organising or arranging any work done in either area, or any other for that matter. Please pay me the courtesy of contacting me directly in future if you have heard any alarming village gossip regarding the Society, rather than insulting our hard-working, volunteer Committee in public, thank-you.
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30/11/2019 16:55:03Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
It appears I have upset a few people from the Whitchurch Society - in no way should my email have read that I was referring to them as 'bullies' - just unfortunate that that comment followed reference to them creating a new area there So apologies to those who have felt upset
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28/11/2019 12:53:30Post reply
Name
whitchurch theatre club  Email
Comments
Two spare tickets for My Cousin Rachel at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on Thursday, 18th January at 2.30pm. Tickets £61 each. Coach departs from Pangbourne at 9.00am.
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28/11/2019 12:52:51Post reply
Name
whitchurch theatre club  Email
Comments
Two spare tickets for The Magic of Christmas at Cadogan Hall on Thursday, 5th December at 7.30pm. Coach departs Pangbourne at 3.30pm. Cost £43 each
Date
27/11/2019 20:57:04Post reply
Name
Whitchurch Pre-School  Email
Comments
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27/11/2019 18:09:30Post reply
Name
Diana Smith  Email
Comments
At noon today (27.11.19) a large vehicle with what looked like a vast pipe on its trailer caused a certain amount of mayhem in the High Street. It had to turn round on our side of the bridge and go back up the High Street. I was able to take a picture of the 40t vehicle and contacted the owner. Mr Wells sends the village his apologies on behalf his company and the driver. A delivery from Manchester was made at a site in Goring Heath, the driver whose high performance S7000 Snooper sat nav had gone wrong was directed from the site down Goring Heath Lane and turned left instead of right. The rest is history! We may need a sign at that junction.
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27/11/2019 12:17:07Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
Comments
Your final opportunity to help with the Green Team this year! Join us this Sunday (1st December) at 11am to sweep and tidy Muddy Lane now most of the leaves have fallen. Everyone is welcome, including children, just turn up on the day. Wear gardening gloves and, if you can, bring a rake, broom or loppers/secateurs. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of faces there :D
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22/11/2019 20:56:38Post reply
Name
Alexa   Email
Comments
Join the Green Team on Saturday 23rd November at 11am to clean equipment and trim back trees at the Manor Road playground. Being washing your or garden gloves. If you can tree loppers, washing up cloths etc would be handy too! Looking forward to seeing lots of people there
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20/11/2019 16:50:01Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
THE BOAT - John, accept your apology, thank you. If those in the village would wish, I am more than prepared to provide the location of The Ferryboat to provide a new home for the boat. As said, it would be fully maintained, planted with seasonal plants and appropriate themed decoration at the expense of my business. Obstacles are unfortunately being aired via email to me, not least by the PC, which may, as a consequence, lead to me effectively “parking” my plan. My business within the village is simply to provide one of two venues for villagers and those of surrounding areas to visit, enjoy a drink, food and pleasant place to relax etc. Dealing with unnecessary and unwelcoming hassle trying to facilitate the relocation of a boat is not on my agenda. Do you as villagers want the boat back? Two answers, “Yes” or “No”. Email me please with your answer.
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20/11/2019 18:57:34Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
yes
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21/11/2019 19:46:39Post reply
Name
Elizabeth Robinson  Email
Comments
No
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23/11/2019 11:34:15Post reply
Name
Alison Livesey  Email
Comments
Yes
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20/11/2019 12:19:51Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
With my councillor head on I realise what a popular choice it would be to put the boat outside the Ferryboat and it should go there and apologise to the Ferryboat if my comment upset the owner it was meant to be about the positioning not the Pub because it is a beautiful Pub I just never envisaged it being a pub decoration but that is fine
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18/11/2019 16:57:26Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
THE BOAT The offer to have the boat relocated to front of The Ferryboat was a genuine offer. As you say Geoff it does seem to be a suitable place and would of course be fully maintained by The Ferryboat. My offer does appear to have created the usual over-reaction from one so far. Pity really but if the ultimate decision makers do not take up my offer, no problem as the original donor of the boat has today offered me another. And, just to clarify, I have received an encouraging email from Lesley on my offer!
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18/11/2019 13:56:16Post reply
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Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I did it for the people of the village and to attract business to the whole village and to make the village look good not for any single business it would be wrong for the village to give the boat to any one business especially as the people who looked after it have not been asked politely or thanked officially by anybody I will be so angry if it goes to a business
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22/11/2019 21:37:18Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I have never commented on any business in the village before so how can it be an over reaction as usual, in fact the only thing I have ever done in the village is plant bulbs seeds etc and talk positively about any business and plant seeds and bulbs for them for free, as I will enjoy doing in the future so if anybody has a bit of the high St they think is bare I would love to plant it, I am starting with the bank on the upper narrows as a few years ago I asked permission to do it so look out in the spring for new bulbs in the village
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17/11/2019 15:50:49Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
THE BOAT. if a new home is required we could remove the benches at the frontage of The Ferryboat and it could be relocated, decorated as needs be and many I know would be happy to see it back. We have a great village and I for one am proud to be the landlord for over 7 years of one of the pubs frequently used to raise money for the benefit of many within the community.
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18/11/2019 09:20:35Post reply
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Jon Steward  Email
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Mark has asked already and will get it if any pub does. sorry first come first serve remember I painted it and I did not do it for it to be given to a pub and will object to it being used in the ferryboat strongly you have enough planters Mark should have it if any pub
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18/11/2019 10:54:14Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
I think this a great idea. There is some rationale in having a boat in front of a pub called The Ferryboat rather than in front of wall on the High Street, and it is in my view a better location than before. It would also (presumably) be looked after by Graham, and not by the Parish Council with ratepayers’ money. There maybe some Planning or Highways issues that need to settled, but it could be a way forward from what has not been a well-handled matter.
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18/11/2019 13:51:43Post reply
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Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I paid for the paint and the Varnish and painted and varnished it I do not want it going in front of any Pub I put so much work into it I do not want it put as an advertisement anywhere it is meant to be a stand alone thing for the village not a way to get business into a Pub the Ferryboat and the Greyhound are lovely Pubs and a credit to the Village but I painted it for the Village not a Pub Garden
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19/11/2019 16:40:24Post reply
Name
Mark Lovett   Email
Comments
Graham if you would like to take the boat you are more than welcome, in my option as long as it stays in the village it is a good thing
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19/11/2019 17:07:58Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
THE BOAT Mark, I appreciate your comment and will, subject to approval by the present owner, who at this time I am unaware of, and planning consent IF it is required, be very happy for it to be given “pride of place” on our forecourt to be viewed by those who enter our lovely village. It will be fully maintained by the business and, again subject to willingness of those who have decorated it in the past, have a revolving theme of plantation and decoration. Via this media, if the “owner” can make contact, this would be appreciated
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17/11/2019 10:53:58Post reply
Name
Eric Hartley  Email
Comments
Advice please - our splendid Carpet Ckeaner for many years has retired - any local recommendations? Eric
Date
16/11/2019 18:14:29Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
I would like to personally thank Leslie Maynerd and the many others in the village who worked so hard on the boat and the area in front of the Church bellmouth over the past 2 to 3 years. This includes, amongst many others, Dave Maynerd, Sally and Pete Woolhouse, Keith Brooks, as well all the creative work done by Gill Williamson and the Crafty Knit & Stitch group. Their effort was done with the best of intentions to improve the appearance of the High Street and was fully supported by the Parish Council. I also respect the right of the owner of the land to have the boat removed and I would like to thank them for use of their land up until now. The Parish Council had wanted a smooth transition to whatever the new landscaping will be and we will consider supporting this once we are made aware of the plans there. We were not aware that the boat would be moved this week, and unfortunately it happened in a week where Leslie’s car was written off once again in an accident while parked in front of her house on the High Street. While this was obviously not intentional, she is not feeling particularly welcomed by the village at the moment. Please join me in thanking Leslie for all of work she has done for the High Street and in the many other community activities she has been involved in.
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16/11/2019 21:36:08Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
Thanks Jim for those kind words - I have actually had a lot of support for both my car being smashed into and the boat being removed so abruptly - there are many nice people in our village thankfully I'd also like to personally thank those who have helped with planting and weeding and making the boat look so smart and a big thank you to Gill and her team for the amazing displays they have done to enhance the boat What a shame we won't have a Christmas one!
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17/11/2019 12:21:53Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
Thank you Leslie you have done a brilliant job and I consider the way this has been handled very upsetting and rude, the Parish Council were not informed before this happened and I for one am very sad at the ungracious way it has been done you are brilliant for the village and please do not consider that you are not thanked because the village over all loved the boat and I have the petition to prove it, you did your best and Dave and I apprieciate it very much.
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19/11/2019 17:02:43Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
Comments
I'd like to add my thanks to Leslie for looking after the boat and spending so much time and energy making it look so special. I've only recently got involved with the volunteers who have been spending huge amounts of their time looking after our village and it's green spaces but it's clear to me how passionate Leslie is about our village and how much work she's done to make it the wonderful place it it. Many thanks Leslie!
Date
16/11/2019 15:48:27Post reply
Name
Pete  Email
Comments
Does anyone know on what date extra garden waste is collected with brown bins please? Thanks
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16/11/2019 21:24:21Post reply
Name
Laura  Email
Comments
Hi Pete, it’s this week (23rd).
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17/11/2019 10:50:27Post reply
Name
Laura  Email
Comments
Sorry, I meant 21st!
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17/11/2019 14:31:17Post reply
Name
Pete   Email
Comments
Thanks!
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16/11/2019 11:42:12Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
The Parish Council did not know the boat was going to be removed when it was it just disappeared so this is not a Parish Council decision it was somebody else that removed it without the knowledge of the Council
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16/11/2019 10:45:22Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
Well the boat is gone sadly but there is nothing we can do about it so we move on, the Bellmouth will now be cared for by the Whitchurch society the very famous designer of the Bellmouth is Sir John Soane, I have been told that it will be restored to its former glory and if it is not I I will be on it like a limpet to a boat hull. Please have a look at the very famous designer of the Bellmouth below he was a very interesting man and we are lucky to have this great architectural piece in our village so lets concentrate on making it a focal point by bringing it back to life and showing off our lovely High St. In the Summer next year I am hoping to get hanging baskets on the Bridge and need support by people hanging out baskets of their own, I hope I can make it happen, please find below the link to Architect Sir John Soane Museum he was a fantastic Architect link
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15/11/2019 13:00:59Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
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I take your point Sarah but it would have been nice to have been informed of the removal of the boat - I have spent countless hours trying to make it look attractive and enhance the look of what was previously an unkempt area and I am deeply upset that no-one thought tl let me know if was being removed I would have thought that that was just common courtesy - obviously I have misguided standards
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15/11/2019 20:42:07Post reply
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Hayley Bowen  Email
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Thank you to Leslie and all those who looked after the boat giving your time up and made it so attractive over the years. Thank you to the Art and Craft group for their contributions to decorate the boat. I am appalled that you were not informed by somebody from the Parish Council before its removal. Its just common common courtesy.
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16/11/2019 01:32:50Post reply
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Mark Lovett  Email
Comments
I would also like thank Leslie for all her hard work on the boat, it lifted my spirit every time I walked passed it. I believe I was the first person Leslie met after she had seen the boat had been taken away and I could see she was very distressed that all her hard work and dedication had just been removed with out any notice! unfortunately I'm not a huggy person and I'm not sure Leslie is really the type of person to take a hug but occasionally I wish we were not quite so English!
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16/11/2019 11:46:35Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I helped a lot with the Boat and if I had known as a Parish Councillor I would have told you Leslie the Parish Council had no part in removing it without telling people it was a private decision by a private individual not the Council
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12/11/2019 11:22:46Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
Welsh National Opera's Carmen at the New Theatre Oxford on Saturday, 23rd November at 7.00pm. One spare ticket. Cost £70. Coach departs Pangbourne at 4.00pm.
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11/11/2019 08:45:26Post reply
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Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
I am very uncomfortable with the village website being used to comment on what one villager choose to have on their own land. The boat is on private land which the landowner kindly let the village use. The landowner now wants her land back which she is perfectly entitled to do. The comments have been going on and on, on and off, for months/years. This is a COMMUNITY website. The only appropriate thing to do is thank the landowner, the crafters and gardeners who have contributed to the project. We are all entitled to have a different opinion about what looks nice or not, but focusing on just one person is awful.
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16/11/2019 00:39:35Post reply
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Mark Lovett  Email
Comments
I would strongly disagree, surely the village message board IS the place to comment on what is obviously a contentious village issue, where else do you consider the IS right place to discuss this issue? Yes It is privately owned land but at no point have In this long running discussion have I seen the land owner been vilified or even identified.
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16/11/2019 12:31:13Post reply
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Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
Ok but surely the consequence of doing that, is discouraging people, whether donating property or time, from getting involved in the future? I don't think anyone landowner/gardeners/crafters is winning from the current situation.
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17/11/2019 22:01:55Post reply
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Nick Plumridge  Email
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I have tp 100% agree with the comments ref the removal of the boat without the common decency of informing those that looked after it. The plants look as if they have just been dumped against the wall !!! As Mark says the owners have not had muc,h if anything to say publically instead seemingly hiding behind the name of a spokesperson. Lets hope the boat can.be found a more permanent home and certainly in fron of either local pub seems to be the perfect place.
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24/11/2019 17:16:50Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
What a lovely thing to say
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10/11/2019 22:27:27Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
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The service today was great it was so respectful the last post was perfect as was the service and respect shown the service was lovely and the respect in the air was tangible well done Peter Dragonetti and his wife Sarah and also Jim Donahue for organising and the team at ST Johns and everybody involved with the hard work organising it
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13/11/2019 00:48:41Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
Put that way Sarah I must agree and I have made an error in judgement by not thinking about the effect it would have on a personal level to the land owner.
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13/11/2019 09:42:00Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
Thanks Jon, that's a first class response.
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10/11/2019 12:25:13Post reply
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Doreen Gow  Email
Comments
I love the boat with plants in it. As we ha e the river Thames running between Whitchurch and Pangbourne it is apt for the setting. Before the boat was placed, that area was quite grubby looking. I do hope that people do not want the boat removed.
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09/11/2019 11:39:21Post reply
Name
graham  Email
Comments
Can any one recommend a reasonably priced locksmith who serves the surrounding area? Regards Graham.
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12/11/2019 08:05:06Post reply
Name
Jane MacCaw  Email
Comments
Mr Bonner of Woodcote is an excellent Locksmith, he is not cheap but I can highly recommend him. His number is 07887 510024
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07/11/2019 21:14:47Post reply
Name
peter Worsley  Email
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I think the boat is wonderful and fully support Jon Steward. It ads character to the village especially in a location where polluting road traffic is simply uncivilised. The council wisely spent precept money to ensure that the cobble surround was geologically appropriate for the locality.
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07/11/2019 20:16:04Post reply
Name
Nia Day  Email
Comments
Thank you everyone for your kind words re Mary. I have had many queries re flowers or donations. Donations in memory of Mary for Hillside Animal Sanctuary or St Mungo’s Community Housing Association would be very welcome and can be made via www.abwalker.co.uk. Enquiries to A.B. Walker, 40 The Broadway, Thatcham. RG19 3HP Tel: 01635 873672. Thank you everyone.
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07/11/2019 17:48:32Post reply
Name
Eric Hartley  Email
Comments
Keys found - thank you all for your expressed concern - I win the wine! Eric
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06/11/2019 20:44:58Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
please sign this petition it is important that council funds do no go towards removing the boat and repatriating the land that is not what the precept is for the precept it is meant to improve Whitchurch and the people in its lives and most people like the boat as far as I know it is beautiful and liked, just copy and paste the below link and sign if that is your choice my army friends say thank you for this and I am looking forward to the Christmas decoration of it where ever it may be link
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07/11/2019 09:06:19Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
Jon, the land the boat is on belongs to a private landowner, so it is up to them and not the Parish Council as to whether or not the boat remains. Also, there are many of us who would prefer it if the boat was not there - I do not know the basis of your assertion that most people like it.
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07/11/2019 19:22:05Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
yes the land belongs to a private land owner, I just do not agree with public funds being wasted on returning it to the way it was horrible, it is a fact that most of the people I have spoken to love the boat, the designs on the boat are beautiful and I think that the boat being draped in poppies as an ex serviceman is a stunning tribute to soldiers past and present, my petition will show how many love the boat, but I digress my point is a lot of money was spent to get people involved in making our village lovely you included and they have done a lovely job on the boat and the other side of the bell mouth. I would support bringing the bell mouth back to its former glory and the parish council being involved financially in that, but returning the land to being an eyesore would be stupid and short sighted, when Sir John Soane designed the bell mouth for the Simeon family the Village objected to it being built surely that is a lesson we should learn managed change is good If change was not good we would not have two stunning bell mouths I think rather than fighting about it I think we should manage change and carry out maintenance to the brick work on the bell mouth and maintain the bell mouth into the future with council funds for a few compromises and manage the change to the mouth itself this would be of great service to the people of the village because they could be returned to being spectacular with the use of the volunteers that people in the village seem determined to upset, these volunteers are very important and they love what they do we should be respectful to them they are willing to work hard. I sincerely believe that if people do not like what has been done come up with a good compromise do not just be critical of our volunteers people should get their hands dirty and come up with other options and "I do not like it" is not very helpful and frankly it is upsetting and disrespectful to many people
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08/11/2019 11:02:50Post reply
Name
Laura Lucas  Email
Comments
Hi Jon, I believe this is an agenda item for the PC meeting on the 14th. It seems you don't have full information and have jumped the gun, so to speak. The Whitchurch Society is helping Sally by holding funds for the restoration of the Bellmouth area, which is what this project is, rather than some campaign to get rid of the boat (which was already going), so I presume it will therefore get your full support.
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08/11/2019 14:27:19Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I think the boat is lovely, it is a credit to the village and at the moment to servicemen and servicewomen it is brilliant, yes I will fully support the regeneration of the bell mouth, what I will not support is the boat being removed and the piece of land being returned to the horrible state it was in before with council funds< I think the bell mouth is superb but I think we have to take notice of villagers who support the boat being there as well, sure it is going but I would like to make it clear that the statement that the boat is unpopular is not true it is popular, I do not like the Idea of people with the loudest voices can get something done against the wishes of the majority, I wish to make that clear for the future and that we learn the lesson for the future that change is good in some cases and we need to compromise sometimes, as I said the bell mouths would not be there if in the past somebody had not forced change through, the village needs to support managed change so walkers, children and people who pass through the village will talk about it and that will increase revenue for the businesses in the village when they revisit Whitchurch in the summer months and indeed our kids will and do enjoy the boat. So in short I do not want to see the boat go, I would like to see it moved to manor road and yes I will support the regeneration of the Bell mouth and agree to it being supported by the Parish Council but in the future we need to support the people who want to make our village beautiful and not be critical and upset people who are interested in how it looks, for instance I have spoken to the new bridge owner and will some more to get hanging baskets on the bridge an idea goring have acted on and it is lovely, but why should I if all I am going to get is a headache as I did when planting bulbs in the high st and under the sign, a member of the public was extremely rude to me as I had put something around the garden under the sign to protect it until it had matured, it ended up I had to remove the guard and then people just walked over it some even drove their cars over it which was so disrespectful to my efforts and those of mows.
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14/11/2019 19:16:59Post reply
Name
Nick Plumridge  Email
Comments
Jons main point is that Council funds and hence villagers council tax should not be used to "restore" the land post boat removal and I have to agree with him. The land previously was not looked after so I personally object to any of my money being spent on it. If the owners dont want the boat on it then that is up to them but no money should be spent on the land itself and that is the main point I believe Jon is objecting to.
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15/11/2019 09:48:02Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
The area has already had over £1000 of parish council money spent on it. Its all in the council minutes.
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16/11/2019 01:07:29Post reply
Name
Mark Lovett  Email
Comments
So what you are saying is the parish council spent £1000 doing up someones private land not to mention many villagers time, effort and personal money for them to decide meeh Don't like it?
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17/11/2019 22:07:49Post reply
Name
Nick Plumridge  Email
Comments
Presumably in historic Parish Council minutes will be photgraphs to show what the area was like prior to the boat being installed so that it can be restored to its original condition and NOT an enhanced condition as previously it was akin to wasteland !!!
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06/11/2019 20:08:10Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
Have to congratulate Gill Williamson and her team on the tasteful decoration of the boat. Looking forward to the Christmas theme decor in a few weeks in time for the Annual Christmas Concert on 1st December at St Mary’s
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06/11/2019 08:36:50Post reply
Name
Laura Lucas  Email
Comments
Please would the residents celebrating Guy Fawkes last night, consider some quieter fireworks next year? It would be very much appreciated.
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06/11/2019 18:00:45Post reply
Name
Jack  Email
Comments
Barely heard any tbh and I was home all night, it’s once a year, twice if you include new year when some people set them off. Fireworks are made to go bang 🤷🏻‍♂️
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07/11/2019 13:45:57Post reply
Name
Laura  Email
Comments
I'm glad you barely heard any, Jack, I can assure you that it was very different where my house is, hence the message, and a great number of my neighbours felt the same. My windows were shaking (as was the dog). There have been fireworks on at least 3 nights in the past week with more to come this weekend, no doubt, and we even had some on Armistice Day last year. I am simply making a polite request.
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21/11/2019 19:55:42Post reply
Name
liz robinson  Email
Comments
I live some 3 doors from Laura - I have to disagree - our house was not shaking and we did not find the noise unacceptable.
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05/11/2019 20:06:40Post reply
Name
Nia Day  Email
Comments
Update: Mary Madgwick, formally of Avoca Farm, Whitchurch passed away peacefully on 26th October 2019 aged 90 years. Funeral service to be held at St Mary the Virgin Church, Whitchurch and afterwards at The Ferry Boat Inn on Friday 15th November at 12 Noon. All very welcome.
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05/11/2019 11:22:28Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
PLEASE BE SYMPATHETIC TO LIVESTOCK TODAY AND INFORM ME IF YOU ARE SETTING FIREWORKS OFF NEAR WALLISCOTE FARM SO I CAN SHUT THEM AWAY THANK YOU
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05/11/2019 10:56:19Post reply
Name
David Robinson  Email
Comments
Does anyone have two or three demijohns please? I have a second batch of cider that needs racking off the lees but the first batch is still bubbling away in the demijohns I do have.
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03/11/2019 18:33:43Post reply
Name
Abi Goodwin  Email
Comments
Hi Can anyone recommend someone to prune trees? Thanks Abi
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04/11/2019 09:05:29Post reply
Name
Sally Woolhouse  Email
Comments
You could try Ian Hogg on 07714 165840 - he is local and will tackle most jobs, big & small !
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03/11/2019 15:01:17Post reply
Name
Elizabeth Robinson  Email
Comments
Does anyone have a cot and a high chair (and toys) I could borrow for 10 days please? We have visitors coming from the USA with a small child (15 months) and although I would willingly buy baby equipment the child will most likely need different items next visit!
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03/11/2019 21:09:47Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
I have high chair and toys you can borrow
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21/11/2019 20:10:23Post reply
Name
liz robinson  Email
Comments
Dear Leslie - thank you so much for your kind offer re high chair and cot and I apologise for not responding to your email until now - I did not see your reply and had another offer from someone in the village, so we are now all set up and our visitors have arrived. Thanks again.
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31/10/2019 15:18:41Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
Two spare tickets for Carmen with the Welsh National Opera at the New Theatre Oxford. Saturday, 23rd November. Cost £62. Coach departs Pangbourne, opposite the Laundrette, at 4.00pm.
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31/10/2019 12:38:35Post reply
Name
Nia Day  Email
Comments
Mary Madgwick, formally of Avoca Farm, Whitchurch passed away peacefully on 26th October 2019 aged 90 years. Funeral service to be held at St Mary the Virgin Church, Whitchurch and afterwards at The Ferry Boat Inn on a date to be advised shortly but expected to be 14th November at 13:30. All very welcome.
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01/11/2019 10:10:19Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
Very Sad to hear this what a nice lady
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29/10/2019 11:20:16Post reply
Name
Esther Robinson Wild  Email
Comments
If anyone has cardboard boxes (for a house move) that they would like to get rid of, we will gladly take them off your hands.
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30/10/2019 16:30:11Post reply
Name
John Chambers  Email
Comments
We have 2 or 3 cardboard boxes at The Hive, Hardwick Road
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29/10/2019 11:13:05Post reply
Name
Whitchurch Pre-School Group  Email
Comments
Play assistant required link
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26/10/2019 14:40:37Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
At the beginning of each Parish Council meeting, one of our Councillors reads the following mission statement: ‘As a Parish Council, along with the members of the public here today, we have volunteered our time because we care about our village. Our meeting today is to make decisions as a team and share progress on our joint mission to continually improve and look after our village.’ I am very proud of the hard work our existing councillors are doing for the village: Rachel Hatcher, Katherine Higley and Jon Steward. This also applies to the many volunteers from the village that are supporting related efforts through working groups, committees and other volunteer activities. Warren Beard, Dave Bowen, Keith Brooks and Sarah Hanfrey and many others also worked hard for the village in their time as councillors. While turnover of councillors can be distracting, it does ensure fresh ideas keep coming into the council. We will be filling two of the vacancies shortly and the third will be advertised following the November meeting. With any luck we will also have a new qualified Clerk soon as well. At all times, my top priority is that the council stays focused on delivering results for our community, and not be distracted by any criticisms that are inevitable in this role. If you are interested in finding out more about the Parish Council, I encourage you to come along to a meeting and see for yourself. At our next meeting on 14th November we will be getting an update on exciting plans to address traffic and parking issues, progress on the new pavilion, and many other issues that could affect you as a resident.
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01/11/2019 10:05:33Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
My name is used here also without my permission
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25/10/2019 18:16:48Post reply
Name
Laura Lucas  Email
Comments
For those feeling a little confused by the article "Council loses third member" in this week's Henley Standard, I would just like to reassure you that it's simply a case of James Burton's usual standards of journalism. I am NOT the Clerk that resigned from the PC recently, I've never even met the lady. With regard to my resignation from the PC as a Councillor in 2015, I actually emailed my resignation letter, and reasons for doing, so to James himself (who acknowledged their receipt) on 13th May 2015.
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24/10/2019 19:49:08Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
Has anybody got windfalls they do not want? if so we wil clear them off you lawn and take them away our Sheep love them. we are in Whitchurch so not far to collect them from Pangbourne or Whitchurch, our hungry sheep would love to eat them happy Sheep make great Lambs
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25/10/2019 09:57:07Post reply
Name
Allan Scriven  Email
Comments
there are plenty by the village hall
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25/10/2019 10:46:36Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
Hi Jon, there is a large wild apple tree on Eastfield Lane just past my house, on the far side of the road. I have not checked it recently but usually it has lots of apples. You might need a step ladder.
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01/11/2019 10:22:44Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
Thanks Allan got most of them
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21/10/2019 12:59:19Post reply
Name
Dave Bowen  Email
Comments
I read the chairmans report and update around the village with great interest. It is very disappointing that the village has lost yet another good Councillor and also a very good Clerk who would have undoubtedly been a huge benefit to the village with her experience and professionally clerk training. Since joining the Council in 2015 we have had 4 Clerks resign. Both Jenny Welham and now Laura were both very experienced and were clerks for other Parish Councils. Felipa was an amazing clerk who gave so much to village above and beyond what was required. Ina, also a Parish Councillor in her own village had a lot of experience and was dedicated. Unlike Councillors, this was their day job and source of income so for four councillors to resign begs the question as to what is going on to make them resign, particularly after such a short period of time and in other cases the timing of their resignations. Also concerning is the turnover of excellent Councillors at the moment. The village should be seeking answers to this. In respect of the report of what's going on around the village, I am somewhat shocked at the chair taking some credit, on behalf of the village hall team for the roof maintenance. Keith had been trying for months to get this work done yet was constantly blocked and ultimately when a motion for a payment of the roof maintenance was submitted the chair chose to bamboozle his way through getting the motion dropped to prevent a payment being authorised. This was for vital maintenance of a village asset. In terms of the Villages finances, some of you may be thinking that it was right to be putting off or being sceptical about repairs to the village. The latest figures from August show a balance sheet of £61k in the Councils coffers. The Hall repair was around £1000. For those not aware, the Parish Council receives around £25k per year from Council Tax for work around the village. This is not for Highway Maintenance etc, this is for open spaces, allotments, Grass cutting, weed killing Village Halls and general things like this around the village. ie not highways, refuse or similar. The PC its currently sitting on over twice the annual precept / budget which is going up and not being spent. Whilst it's prudent to have some reserves, its both unethical and potentially unlawful to have such extensive reserves without an adequate reserves policy, as per the Local Government Act. I would question as to whether the PC will be formalising and publishing a Reserves Policy as per the Local Government Act and in fact many other Parish Councils who are stockpiling funds for a rainy day. Perhaps the Parish Council are going to reduce the PC element of the Council Tax next year to compensate for the excessive reserves that are not being spent around the village. In respect of the above, its good to see Jon Steward pursuing the replacement of the benches around the village and ensuring that Weedkilling is in place more regularly. These are very minor expenses in the grand scheme of things that should just happen. Likewise in taking credit, with the road repairs I had been battling the county council for some considerable time over what can only be described as their falsification of the fix my street app to get repairs done. In essence, OCC were marking off work that had been recorded by villagers as being done when it had not. I pursued this for a second time earlier this year having previously highlighted their errors using the Freedom of Information Act. This time around, rather than disclose their way of dealing with things, the head of Highways wanted to meet with me to resolve this amicably within the village. We had tied this in to a visit already arranged in May with the local highways inspector and chair. This meeting was cancelled at the last moment by the chair and put off. Whilst its good to see the work done now, its disappointing to see credit being taken when attempts to prevent a previous meeting at a much higher level were cancelled by the chair. It's very sad to see the Parish Council fall into such dysfunctionality with clerks resigning alongside councillors and I would question what has changed so drastically in the past few years to cause this.
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24/10/2019 12:18:01Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
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I don’t always agree with Dave’s views but on this occasion I think he is absolutely right to raise the issues he has. Particularly concerning is the turnover of Clerks - the PC needs an experienced Clerk to ensure that it operates legally and that actions are properly discussed and authorised. It may be that a fresh approach by a new Chairman is needed.
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31/10/2019 10:25:51Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
My name in this report is used without my permission
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01/11/2019 10:21:11Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
You are right nobody should be taking credit we are just doing our jobs, if we had not got it done we should have been ashamed but getting it done was doing our job, I wish people would stop trying to get credit full stop
Date
20/10/2019 11:51:39Post reply
Name
Ben Wild  Email
Comments
Toyota Yaris for sale. 2004 VVT-i Blue, 96k miles. MOT until October 2020. Very cheap to run (48.5 MPG average since new) and reliable. Very good condition inside and out. £900. Eastfield Lane.
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18/10/2019 17:45:57Post reply
Name
Dianne Brooks  Email
Comments
Three pet mice FREE to good home. 4 months old, one white, one light brown and white and one dark brown and white; complete with cage etc. For more details please contact me.
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20/10/2019 17:11:00Post reply
Name
Dianne Brooks  Email
Comments
Pleased to announce the mice now have a new home!
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15/10/2019 17:26:17Post reply
Name
Nick Brazil  Email
Comments
I am putting together a village Christmas greetings video with an international flavour that reflects the diverse nature of our residents. If you originate from a country other than England and your first language is not English please contact me. My e-mail address is nicholasbrazil@btinternet.com.
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23/10/2019 22:15:56Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
Hi Nick, I know most people don't consider American proper English :-) Happy to throw in a "Merry Christmas!"
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13/10/2019 11:41:02Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
The Benches on the Village Green will be replaced with stronger more appropriate benches towards the end of next month we are just deciding what type of bench it will be sturdy and a lot stronger but in keeping with the character of the Cricket field
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13/10/2019 12:58:38Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
If anyone would like about 10 or so mature lavender plants please help yourself from those growing behind the raised Mows beds on the Rhs of church path - they'll need digging out They don't work there as its too shady so I am replacing with something more suitable Leslie
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11/10/2019 10:20:26Post reply
Name
Anna  Email
Comments
Used paving slabs needing recycling.Free to anyone who can collect.
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09/10/2019 18:32:10Post reply
Name
Nick Plumridge  Email
Comments
Anyone lost a Graco baby changing bag on Whitchurch Hill ? Blue top inside. Message me if this is yours Thanks Nick
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01/10/2019 08:10:07Post reply
Name
Olwen Moss  Email
Comments
White wood cots, two, reasonable condition and fairly new, to give away
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27/09/2019 07:16:56Post reply
Name
Nick Brazil  Email
Comments
The wave of senseless and destructive vandalism that is currently sweeping our village fills me with disgust and despair. I am at a total loss to understand the mentality of someone who destroys a beautiful amenity free for everyone to use such as the wooden seats in the Village Green or attempt to destroy the allotments. More importantly how are we going to stop it?
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01/10/2019 13:40:59Post reply
Name
Helen Willis  Email
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I agree, Nick. The rear windscreen of my car was smashed last night (30 Sept) outside our house. Nothing taken as there was nothing in the car, so totally senseless. If anyone saw or heard anything, please let me know.
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13/10/2019 11:33:22Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I fear the only answer is not a popular one and not one I would like and that is Cameras
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24/09/2019 21:04:13Post reply
Name
Bryan Haddock  Email
Comments
I’m in the area for this years Remembrance Sunday, and I would like to attend the parade, is there any information on timings and locations? Any help is massively appreciated
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27/09/2019 22:59:08Post reply
Name
Sally Woolhouse  Email
Comments
The short service for Remembrance Sunday in Whitchurch is planned for 10.45am at the war memorial halfway up Whitchurch Hill. This will be preceded by a service at 9.30am at St Johns at Whitchurch Hill. There is no parade but I believe there is normally one in Pangbourne.
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22/09/2019 09:17:04Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
It would be good if the “under new management” Whitchurch Society held an AGM. It would allow the members (ie all of us) to ratify the new committee (who are probably unknown to many in the village), and also provide an opportunity for views and discussion on the Society’s activities and in particular how the new Whitchurch Award scheme should operate.
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22/09/2019 23:37:48Post reply
Name
Laura Lucas  Email
Comments
Hello Geoff, Thank-you for your comments. So far, there are no changes to the activities the Whitchurch Society is involved in, but thank-you for your suggestion of an AGM: I shall discuss it with the rest of the Committee. I believe the Whitchurch Award winner will be nominated by the villagers and voted for by the villagers, but the Whitchurch Award Committee aren't quite the same as The Whitchurch Society so they would need to confirm. Best regards, Laura
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21/09/2019 05:58:28Post reply
Name
Anna Szczeponek  Email
Comments
Unwanted hardcore. Free to anyone who can collect.
Date
18/09/2019 11:46:29Post reply
Name
Alexa Duckworth-Briggs  Email
Comments
Hi everyone, Myself and Keith are organising a working party for this Sunday, the 22nd September, to carry out a few tasks on the list for our wonderful village, your help would be appreciated! We are trimming some vegetation on Hardwick Road and the narrows as well as clearing weeds on the High Street etc. We’d love for you to join us at 10am on the junction between the upper exit of Swanston Fields and Hardwick Road. Bring gardening gloves and, if you can; - anything that can be used to trim or cut back vegetation - containers or large bags to remove the items we clear Looking forward to seeing you there! Kind Regards, Alexa
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15/09/2019 10:52:36Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
I’m very sorry that Keith Brooks has resigned from the Parish Council. I do hope that we will soon get a stable and settled team of councillors who can work effectively together and deliver on those items that the village wants and needs.
Date
10/09/2019 15:15:11Post reply
Name
ANDREA JOUBERT  Email
Comments
1st Goring Heath Scouts open evening The 1st Goring Heath Scout group is holding an open evening on October 3rd from 18.15 to 19.45 at the Scout Headquarters, Crays Pond. RG8 7QE (150m from the crossroads towards Goring on the left) Anybody is invited to come along, whether parents of current members, prospective parents of young people or just interested to see what the Scouting movement provides. See the young people learning different Scouting Skills, ranging from Beavers (6 -8), Cubs (8 - 10½) to Scouts (10½ -14 years). Come for the session or just pop in for a while. Thank you Andrea
Date
06/09/2019 11:51:58Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
Comments
Polish Church Site Work Yesterday Doreen, John (Brandon) and I spent an hour and a half clearing the remains of burnt rubbish from the Polish Church site off Manor Road. The biggest part of the rubbish was an old mattress that had been burnt and left there with wildlife reclaiming parts of it and springs and wire all over the place! The area was also checked for loose rubble and other litter so it should be safe to mow in future without damaging equipment. Thank you to the refuse collection team for taking some of the waste away in their lorry and to John for taking the rest to the tip in his car. We are planning future sessions in the garden to mow, clear and tidy. If you’d like to join us or would like to talk about future plans for the area drop Alexa a line via the email link next to this post.
Date
06/09/2019 09:21:30Post reply
Name
Kate Preston  Email
Comments
Happy back-to-school folks! If you've been thinking about piano lessons for your child, I currently have two after-school vacancies available, plus one 8am slot for the early risers! My friendly and fun lessons are on my beautiful grand piano in Whitchurch. Do get in touch if you'd like further information.
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04/09/2019 20:23:09Post reply
Name
Kathleen Barrow  Email
Comments
Can you help Whitchurch Preschool? Does anyone have any of the following that they could donate please? Wooden cable reels and crates, small logs, cardboard boxes, a vintage typewriter, picture frames, small animal & house ornaments, old saucepans, spoons, kitchen utensils, small suitcases, unwanted handbags or similar clothing items. Plants and plant pots would be really appreciated too please!
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09/09/2019 14:45:06Post reply
Name
Diana Smith  Email
Comments
Kathleen, I live near the School and have a large number of plastic plant pots, some ceramic pot holders, and some picture frames which I would be delighted to donate. Would you like to come and have a look at them? Diana
Date
01/09/2019 17:09:16Post reply
Name
graham   Email
Comments
Recliner chair colour green ,surplus to requirements, hardly used, funds to go to cancer care, Buyer to collect.
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28/08/2019 19:31:31Post reply
Name
Sophie Warren  Email
Comments
I have an 8' John Lewis Blue Spruce Christmas Tree circa 1960 that I inherited from this site about 4 years ago. It's fiddly to put up, but great when up and decorated. I would like to offer it back to anyone who would enjoy it? Please contact me.
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17/08/2019 14:09:26Post reply
Name
colin goldman  Email
Comments
Thank you Nick (Brazil) for your words about the boat where the road narrows just before the bridge. I really like it and what I feel is the relaxed slightly disheveled friendly feeling it brings - I also hope maybe a rethink is possible and maybe the choice of what is planted within the boat might sway those who do not currently enjoy it - Colin
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12/08/2019 16:39:14Post reply
Name
Pam Scott  Email
Comments
FOUND - a door key on the pavement outside the Ferry Boat.
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09/08/2019 20:31:00Post reply
Name
Allan Scriven  Email
Comments
The minutes from June and July council meetings have yet to be posted onto the website.
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14/08/2019 11:34:03Post reply
Name
Hilary Jensen  Email
Comments
I have now received the draft June minutes and posted these onto the website. The July PC meeting was cancelled.
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08/08/2019 21:38:39Post reply
Name
Eleanor Sugrue  Email
Comments
Ok... super nosey question... but what is the plan for Coombe Park? Why the need for such massive fences?
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14/08/2019 08:10:59Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
I understand is just going to be a family house but they want to increase security. Of course they could have positioned the fencing away from the perimeter....
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07/08/2019 12:07:19Post reply
Name
Linda Gray  Email
Comments
Does anyone know what's going in place of the boat?
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08/08/2019 17:23:42Post reply
Name
Nick Brazil  Email
Comments
Probably some refuse wheelie bins or something equally appropriate.
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08/08/2019 22:18:33Post reply
Name
Stewart House
Comments
I thought the majority of local residents wanted to keep the boat? If the Parish Council have agreed to remove it, for what reason? Is it classified as dangerous or something?
Date
09/08/2019 08:22:26Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
In case anyone is not already aware, the land the boat is on is privately owned, not council land.
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09/08/2019 22:03:31Post reply
Name
Stewart House
Comments
Ah, so the owner does not like the boat and wants it removed. Fair enough, I did not realise that. A shame though, as it will just be an empty space ....
Date
07/08/2019 08:29:36Post reply
Name
Mike Marshall  Email
Comments
“Greenhouses on the Whitchurch Allotments adjacent to Muddy Lane have been badly damaged by missiles thrown from Muddy lane over the last couple of weeks. Large stones, a fence post and a wooden chair have been used to smash the glass panes in two greenhouses. One of the greenhouses, very close and exposed to the lane, has been targeted twice. Most of the glass in one side of this greenhouse was broken in the last incident - probably Sunday or Monday night. Please let us know if you have seen anything. Our contact info is on our Allotments page of this website under the Village Groups section. Thank you”
Date
06/08/2019 04:11:39Post reply
Name
Anna  Email
Comments
The Going Forward 142 bus timetable which serves Whitchurch, is due to be revised shortly. The Tuesday service will continue to run but the Saturday service will cease. PLEASE, PLEASE support the service which a few remaining faithful people, who no longer drive use regularly and without which would be stranded and unable to go shopping, go to doctors/hospital appointments etc. Leave that car at home, hop on the bus and enjoy a nice ride through the countryside, from Whitchurch, via Mapledurham and Caversham. Thank you.
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23/07/2019 22:56:21Post reply
Name
Bryan Howes  Email
Comments
I am not impressed the way people are parking there cars from manor road to the art gallery. My neice had to walk on the road with a double buggy around these cars. Haven't these people got common sense not to park on the path or are they just to lazy .
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26/07/2019 21:13:08Post reply
Name
liz  Email
Comments
I don't know why fines are not imposed as a deterrent - bad parking is not limited to the current road works - how many times has a hazard occurred when cars are parked on the give way line Hardwick Road/High St junction (opposite the art gallery) or parked on the left at the junction of Hardwick Rd/ Swanston Field.
Date
21/07/2019 07:32:06Post reply
Name
Nick Brazil  Email
Comments
I was very pleased to see the installation of the boat just at the narrows entrance to the village.With its many decorations and flowers over the months it has provided a beautiful and valuable addition to the village infrastructure. All due credit to the hard work by those who initiated the project especially Leslie Maynerd and to Sally Howard the owner of the land who generously allowed the boat to be placed there.It is very sad that the boat is now going to be removed. I am sure I speak on behalf of many residents in asking those responsible for this decision to please think again and leave the Whitchurch Boat where it is to welcome visitors to our beautiful Thameside village.
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21/07/2019 19:50:38Post reply
Name
Karen Dalman  Email
Comments
I agree Nick, it is a lovely boat and should be allowed to stay. Im sire many others agree - what can we do to help keep it?
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22/07/2019 07:22:41Post reply
Name
Eleanor Sugrue  Email
Comments
I agree Nick. It regularly makes me smile and I love how lots of children have been involved in the seasonal displays. The poppies were especially moving. It also seems to be really popular with the walkers through the village. I know we all have different tastes but it’s hard to see what’s so bad about something that is essentially a giant flower pot. Hope minds will change and it can stay.
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19/07/2019 13:12:26Post reply
Name
Richard Williams  Email
Comments
The Path Hill route is getting a fair bit of extra traffic now that Hardwick Road is closed. I have found that some vehicles are driving at high speed presumably on the assumption that the driver doesn't expect to encounter any other traffic. Can we all drive a bit more sensibly, especially at those points where passing another vehicle is difficult and at the two blind bends. Thanks
Date
17/07/2019 19:29:35Post reply
Name
Rita  Email
Comments
Hello, our brown bin has disappeared since the last collection and we are wondering if any of the neighbours might have it? We are on Hardwick Rd (Woodlea) and the bin is labelled. They could be in Swanson field too. I’d appreciate it if anyone has any idea of where it might have ended up at? Thanks, Rita
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12/07/2019 08:10:30Post reply
Name
Helma beelen  Email
Comments
HI All Just to say i have a spare day ticket for the world yoga festival at beale park next weekend.It cost £83 but would accept £50. let me know if anyones interested many thanks Helma
Date
09/07/2019 16:28:06Post reply
Name
David Robinson  Email
Comments
Glazing putty free to anyone who needs it. I bought this tub of putty to repair some putty before painting a window. I've only used a small amount of it and don't have a use for the rest of it. Date of manufacture is 23/04/2019 and on the tub, it says it is usable up to 6 months from that date, although this can be extended by adding some linseed oil.
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09/07/2019 13:17:18Post reply
Name
David Robinson  Email
Comments
Back and abdominal training bench available free to a good home. With this bench you can strengthen your back, abdomen and buttocks muscles. The 5 position height-adjustable leg bar and its soft padding ensure a comfortable workout. The bench has been little used and is in excellent condition.
Date
08/07/2019 14:55:45Post reply
Name
Jean Bull  Email
Comments
Two toddler beds available, free to a good home. Both have mattresses and bedding and are in good condition. Also available, a wooden playpen, free to a good home too. Email if interested.
Date
01/07/2019 10:54:37Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
The Theatre Club has a trip in June 2020 for 5 days from Thursday, 4th June The Historic Houses and Heritage of Norfolk including Sandringham, Cromer and a trip on the Norfolk Broads.
Date
29/06/2019 09:51:02Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
Thanks to Leslie and Dave Maynerd for replacing the bark with slate stones by the planters in from of the church entrance. All the flowers are in peak form now thanks to Leslie's care for the area. It's just one more thing to be proud of living in our lovely village on a beautiful summer's day.
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28/06/2019 14:08:00Post reply
Name
Allan Scriven  Email
Comments
Two bicycles for sale. A 26in wheel ladies cycle £50. A 24in wheel gents cycle with many extra's £50. Contact 0118 9842224
Date
28/06/2019 11:38:48Post reply
Name
Alistair Aitchison   Email
Comments
Found a purse on the High Street this morning belonging to Mrs M S Edge. Please let me know if you have a contact for her?
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26/06/2019 23:10:10Post reply
Name
Carrie L-Hart  Email
Comments
Good work Parish Council on the Proposed Village plan - it looks well thought out and presented! I was particularly interested in the residents parking proposal, which I think would be a massive benefit. Also, good news on the moving the Pavilion forward. It would be great to get to get a kerb installed outside the Ferryboat as soon as possible, it seems like a no-brainer.
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29/06/2019 09:59:11Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
Thanks so much for your positive words Carrie. I know that you were involved in the early stages of the Village Plan. I hope everyone takes a chance to look at the draft. In the meantime the Parish Council has committed to working toward implementing all the the recommendations and has started work in most areas. We are not waiting for the final plan to be issued, but that will come in due course.
Date
25/06/2019 10:27:18Post reply
Name
Dave Bowen  Email
Comments
Do you know any local charities that would welcome the support of local business's ? We are a group of local business owners that meet once a week on a Tuesday morning between 6.30 and 8.30am and are looking for a local charity to join us who we would be able to support. We are having a visitors event on the 9th July from 6.30am and would welcome you along, and in fact any local business owners who might also be interested in joining us. If you are interested or know a charity who might be ask them to email me, David.bowen@honeylegal.co.uk
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24/06/2019 08:15:18Post reply
Name
Lawrie  Email
Comments
Gas main works Hardwick road. OMJ have dug up some of our gardens on Hillside without any prior warning. On complaining residents were told they “should have received a letter” To our knowledge no one received any prior advice. Does the WPC have any method statements or timelines for the works? If so could they be distributed? At the moment no one seems to be fully aware of what may or may not be closed off, where safe parking might be available etc etc
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29/06/2019 10:07:18Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
Hi Lawrie, just saw this. The best description of the Road Works is the information Richard has been posting on the web-site. As a Hillside resident my front garden was dug up too. I must admit that while I saw the plans that our gas pipes to the house would be replaced, they didn't specifically say that our front gardens would be dug up. We need to ensure everything is made good. I see that they have done a good job at repairing the pavements at least on Hillside.
Date
23/06/2019 14:46:12Post reply
Name
Simon Reed  Email
Comments
Greetings. Would anyone recommend a tradesman to refit and tile a small bathroom? Many thanks in anticipation. S
Date
24/06/2019 14:07:45Post reply
Name
Sally Woolhouse  Email
Comments
Hi Simon, We would thoroughly recommend PBR Bathrooms (based in Wallingford) - run by Pete Risk. He is now semi-retired but still advertising in Round & About magazine. mob# 07789 513314. He made a fabulous job of our bathroom 2 years ago.
Date
22/06/2019 12:47:32Post reply
Name
Keith Brooks   Email
Comments
We seem to have acquired an extra green bin. If anyone would like to use it for the recycling of waste material could they please let me know.
Date
17/06/2019 12:07:26Post reply
Name
Jonathan Steward  Email
Comments
I am looking for opinions about a Dog DNA register in the village so we can Identify the small organic messages that our four legged friends kindly leave on the Village Green and our Streets. It is run by a company called Poo Prints and has been very successful in other Villages like ours. The scheme reduced the Dog Mess by 90 percent making it safer for our kids and saving people a fortune in shoes, also stopping it from being walked in the house the Schools, Village Hall also making mowing the grass more pleasant, also stopping responsible dog owners from having to pick up after less responsible owners, anyway I have been asked to look into the idea what do you think?
Date
16/06/2019 17:44:23Post reply
Name
Helma beelen  Email
Comments
Hi all Im now running two yoga classses at the art cafe in whitchurch. Yoga can help to improve posture and core/body strength as well as guided relaxation to calm the mind and body. £7 per session just turn up, all welcome. enquiries please call Helma on 07810425593 thanks
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16/06/2019 05:44:18Post reply
Name
graham   Email
Comments
Hello all, Can any one point me in the direction of a reasonable priced plumber/handyman that can fix a leaky internal stopcock. We are based at whitchurch hill. Regards, Graham.
Date
16/06/2019 15:03:49Post reply
Name
Dave Bowen  Email
Comments
I can thoroughly recommend Harry Denison, very reliable and reasonably priced. He is in Goring so very local. His number is 07552040905. link
Date
15/06/2019 12:08:21Post reply
Name
John  Email
Comments
Last night (fri) our car fuel tank was drilled from underneath and the fuel emptied while parked on Manor Road. Unsure if anyone else has been targeted? I will report to the Police, but please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity around parked cars in the area.
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24/06/2019 08:08:55Post reply
Name
Lawrie  Email
Comments
Two petrol vehicles were targeted a few weeks ago in Hardwick road. Police were advised
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26/06/2019 15:10:58Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
John - very sorry to hear this. Can you please email me the police report once it is raised? As mentioned, it has indeed occurred at least twice before on Hardwick Road.
Date
13/06/2019 09:26:42Post reply
Name
Caroline Perkins  Email
Comments
Dog walker available. Do you work all day? Do you need someone to walk your dog while you’re not there? Reliable, mature dog walker available. Please call 07922 472139.
Date
09/06/2019 14:11:40Post reply
Name
whitchurch theatre club  Email
Comments
One spare ticket for Oklahoma at Chichester Festival Theatre on Thursday, 21st August. Coach departs 10.00am. Cost £59.
Date
09/06/2019 13:59:30Post reply
Name
whitchurch theatre club  Email
Comments
Three spare tickets for the Hampton Court Flower Show on Thursday, 4th July. Coach departs 9.00am. Cost £45.
Date
08/06/2019 20:39:52Post reply
Name
Hilary Jensen  Email
Comments
Gas Mains work. A bit concerned about the fact that we might have to park our car elsewhere for the duration of the work. Living in the "narrows" of Hardwick Road, I was assuming we could at the very least get the car back on the forecourt every night. If not, this will presumably mean informing our insurance company that the car is not parked on the forecourt when we are at home.
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16/06/2019 18:02:00Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I addressed this problem, but nobody took any notice I suggested the village green car park for the duration of the road works should be used but as usual nothing came of an issue raised by a resident of the village in fact I do not think my email was even read if it was? well what can I say
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06/06/2019 18:37:23Post reply
Name
Stewart House
Comments
Gas mains work. I do hope they make a decent job of repairing the road when completed. The current repair from last road dig was terrible and is very dangerous, with a ‘trench’ now opening up.
Date
07/06/2019 14:42:34Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
Hi Stewart, This is one of the questions that we have raised to OCC and the contractor. We don't have a response yet, but we have had the same feedback from other's in the village so will certainly be pushing for this. A full resurfacing would be ideal, but as a minimum we should not accept work that leaves the road worse off.
Date
03/06/2019 14:37:56Post reply
Name
John   Email
Comments
Two used brass curtain poles available, both fairly ‘heavy duty’ One is straight, about 4 metres long (cen be reduced). The other is for a Bay Window, three pieces with bendable connectors to form angles. Good condition, complete with fixings and rings. £30 for the two. In nearby Whitchurch Hill if you want to have a look, collect, etc.
Date
01/06/2019 19:37:27Post reply
Name
Valerie Ochonski  Email
Comments
Does anyone know anybody prepared to prune ( drastically reduce ) shrubs and conifers and remove the cuttings. Good pay
Date
30/05/2019 14:39:28Post reply
Name
James  Email
Comments
Hi. We’re having a clear out and have four leatherette bar stools and an HP Photosmart Premium printer / scanner / copier (with some spare cartridges). Free to a good home locally. Email if interested
Date
31/05/2019 08:19:05Post reply
Name
graham  Email
Comments
Hello, I am interested in particularly the scanner/copier printer and cartridges. I am based in whitchurch hill. I am a carer thus my time is short. Regards, Graham.
Date
30/05/2019 09:18:37Post reply
Name
Eleanor Sugrue  Email
Comments
Hello. I’ve got about 8 (random, mismatched) mugs to rehome. Before I charity shop them, would they be of any use to the village hall / stables / something else? Let me know!
Date
27/05/2019 18:50:17Post reply
Name
John  Email
Comments
My wife and I were walking through Whitchurch this morning (May 27) when she tripped and fell, slightly concussing herself. I would like to thank everyone who helped us - it was quite a distressing experience, and the kindness of the people who stopped, and took a huge amount of their time to help, was greatly appreciated. I didn’t get all of your names, but if you are reading this, thank you. I do recall Paul (who works with pianos) and was superb, and if someone who knows him sees this, please pass on my thanks. Also thanks to Lori, who sat with my wife for ages and reassured her all would be well. By way of update an ambulance took her to A&E, she’s been tested and examined, and is now back home feeling much better, albeit a bit grazed and bruised. So, to those who helped us, thank you so much.
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28/05/2019 08:16:23Post reply
Name
Alix Lynch  Email
Comments
Hi John. My other half Paul helped you and your wife yesterday. He was worried about both of you so seeing this message has put a big smile on his face. We are so glad that she is doing better now. Sending well wishes. Alix and Paul xx
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29/05/2019 08:55:56Post reply
Name
John  Email
Comments
Thanks Alix. I’m really pleased you saw my message here as I wanted to let Paul know how grateful we are, and also that she is now ok.
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30/05/2019 21:34:36Post reply
Name
Rob
Comments
Hi so glad she is ok, myself and my wife stopped and I rang the ambulance for you, we wondered how she was so it’s good to know she is back home.
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31/05/2019 22:54:32Post reply
Name
John  Email
Comments
Rob, my thanks to you and your wife. I’m pleased to have been able to make contact with you all. Thanks again for your time and your help.
Date
07/06/2019 14:49:01Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
John - that does sound distressing, I hope she's OK. Well done to Alix, Lori, and Paul and anyone else who helped out. Great to hear a positive story like that on our village.
Date
21/05/2019 20:53:54Post reply
Name
Yoga By Helma  Email
Comments
Hi all If anyone would like to try some yoga tomorrow evening i will be at the Art Cafe from 7PM- 8PM all welcome. my class is suitable for beginners and works on strength and flexibility also relaxation through breathwork and meditation. I am a level 3 Qualified instructor and fully insured. also available for personal instruction.
Date
20/05/2019 19:48:45Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
One spare ticket for Remains of the Day at the Bristol Old Vic, Saturday, 25th May. Coach departs 9.30am. Cost £45.
Date
16/05/2019 07:56:18Post reply
Name
graham strerak  Email
Comments
For sale; Solid oak wood coffee table perfect condition. Size 3 ft 6 inches in length 1 ft 9 inches in width and i ft 8 inches in height. Offers considered. telephone; 0118 9842053
Date
14/05/2019 11:52:31Post reply
Name
whitchurch theatre club  Email
Comments
Two spare tickets for RHS Hampton Court Flower Show on Thursday, 4th July. Cost £45. Coach departs Pangbourne at 10.30am.
Date
13/05/2019 08:43:23Post reply
Name
Alistair Aitchison   Email
Comments
One of my boys was playing football on the green on Saturday afternoon and lost a gold necklace that I was given by my parents for my 21st birthday. If anyone have come across it I would be very grateful.
Date
23/05/2019 21:29:48Post reply
Name
Mark Weedon  Email
Comments
I found this necklace near the goal. Please ring me on01189845520. Very pleased to have found the owner. Mark
Date
26/05/2019 07:43:02Post reply
Name
Alistair Aitchison   Email
Comments
Thank you once again Mark for finding the necklace. It is so lovely to live in a village with people like yourself who have such integrity. Much appreciated.
Date
09/05/2019 11:01:26Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
VACANCY We have a vacancy for a kitchen porter, 20 hours per week, Tuesday to Friday lunch times from 11am - 3pm. Anyone interested should make contact either by calling in or by telephone 0118 984 2161
Date
09/05/2019 14:04:04Post reply
Name
graham streak  Email
Comments
Hello, Please can you inform me of the hourly rate of pay. Regards, Graham.
Date
08/05/2019 16:23:24Post reply
Name
Liz Robinson  Email
Comments
VW Golf for sale. It has been well looked after. 1 year MOT.
Date
06/05/2019 17:28:53Post reply
Name
Kate Preston  Email
Comments
I have a 4'6" double iron bed for sale, for £200 ONO. It's really solid and sturdy, being around 20 years old (not a squeaky old Victorian one!). It was from the Iron Bed Company, which is now Feather & Black. I also have a very comfortable latex mattress for it (brand is Waterlatex), which is in very good condition, having always been used with a thick mattress protector, but it doesn't have to be taken with the bed frame! I have pictures available - just ask. The bed is being dismantled on Friday 10 May, and can be picked up any time from then.
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25/04/2019 18:48:24Post reply
Name
Tracey Smith
Comments
At some point between last Saturday evening and Monday morning our car parked on Hardwick Road alongside Hillside had its fuel tank ripped open and the petrol stolen. We heard today that a neighbours’ car parked in the lay-by at the other end of Hillside suffered the same fate more recently. The crime has been reported to Thames Valley police who would be interested to hear from anyone that saw anything suspicious or who have CCTV that may cover those areas. Diesel cars parked in the vicinity were untouched so petrol was specifically the target and anyone with a petrol car should be vigilant. The cost to repair the damage is significant due to the very high insurance policy excess applicable to malicious damage claims.
Date
22/04/2019 08:48:46Post reply
Name
Anna  Email
Comments
Hi Geoff. I may have put in my email address incorrectly so repeating my message. Do you still have the cloches? Anna
Date
20/04/2019 11:24:35Post reply
Name
Pam Scott  Email
Comments
Many thanks to whoever tied my scarf to the barrier at the Swanston Field end of the cut. It's a favourite and I found it today.
Date
19/04/2019 10:57:30Post reply
Name
Pam Scott  Email
Comments
Four teak G-Plan dining chairs and two wicker and chrome bar stools. Free to anyone who can collect.
Date
19/04/2019 10:02:38Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
We have 6 clear perspex oblong cloches, each 26L X 6W X 5.5H (inches, not cms!). Free to anyone in WoT.
Date
13/04/2019 17:04:22Post reply
Name
Chris Martin  Email
Comments
Two Labradors need to be taken for walks for the next month. Would suit student on Easter holiday or similar looking for holiday job.
Date
08/04/2019 12:53:22Post reply
Name
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This is My Family at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre. Wednesday, 8th May at 2.45pm. Cost £60. Two spare tickets. Coach departs at 10.00am.