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Jon Steward (16/11/2019 10:45:22)


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05/12/2019 05:33:28Post reply
Name
Helma Beelen  Email
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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
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Graham Dednum  Email
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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
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Sarah Hanfrey  Email
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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
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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
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Elizabeth Robinson  Email
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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
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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
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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
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I agree with Graham
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29/11/2019 20:18:25Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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27/11/2019 20:57:04Post reply
Name
Whitchurch Pre-School  Email
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27/11/2019 18:09:30Post reply
Name
Diana Smith  Email
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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
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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
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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
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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
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yes
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21/11/2019 19:46:39Post reply
Name
Elizabeth Robinson  Email
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No
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23/11/2019 11:34:15Post reply
Name
Alison Livesey  Email
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Yes
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20/11/2019 12:19:51Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
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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
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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
Name
Jon Steward  Email
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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
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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
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Graham Dednum  Email
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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16/11/2019 18:14:29Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
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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
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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
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Jon Steward  Email
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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
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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!
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16/11/2019 15:48:27Post reply
Name
Pete  Email
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Jon Steward  Email
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Jon Steward  Email
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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
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Jon Steward  Email
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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
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Sarah Hanfrey  Email
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Geoff Weir  Email
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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
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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
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Laura Lucas  Email
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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
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Jon Steward  Email
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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
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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
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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
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Nick Plumridge  Email
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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
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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 🤷🏻‍♂️
Date
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.
Date
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
Date
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.
Date
03/11/2019 18:33:43Post reply
Name
Abi Goodwin  Email
Comments
Hi Can anyone recommend someone to prune trees? Thanks Abi
Date
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 !
Date
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!
Date
03/11/2019 21:09:47Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
I have high chair and toys you can borrow
Date
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.
Date
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
Date
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.
Date
30/10/2019 16:30:11Post reply
Name
John Chambers  Email
Comments
We have 2 or 3 cardboard boxes at The Hive, Hardwick Road
Date
29/10/2019 11:13:05Post reply
Name
Whitchurch Pre-School Group  Email
Comments
Play assistant required link
Date
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.
Date
01/11/2019 10:05:33Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
My name is used here also without my permission
Date
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.
Date
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
Date
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.
Date
01/11/2019 10:22:44Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
Thanks Allan got most of them
Date
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.
Date
24/10/2019 12:18:01Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
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.
Date
31/10/2019 10:25:51Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
My name in this report is used without my permission
Date
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.
Date
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.
Date
20/10/2019 17:11:00Post reply
Name
Dianne Brooks  Email
Comments
Pleased to announce the mice now have a new home!
Date
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.
Date
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!"
Date
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
Date
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
Date
11/10/2019 10:20:26Post reply
Name
Anna  Email
Comments
Used paving slabs needing recycling.Free to anyone who can collect.
Date
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
Date
01/10/2019 08:10:07Post reply
Name
Olwen Moss  Email
Comments
White wood cots, two, reasonable condition and fairly new, to give away
Date
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?
Date
01/10/2019 13:40:59Post reply
Name
Helen Willis  Email
Comments
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.
Date
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
Date
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
Date
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.
Date
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.
Date
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
Date
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
Date
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.
Date
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!
Date
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.
Date
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.
Date
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
Date
12/08/2019 16:39:14Post reply
Name
Pam Scott  Email
Comments
FOUND - a door key on the pavement outside the Ferry Boat.
Date
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.
Date
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.
Date
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?
Date
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....
Date
07/08/2019 12:07:19Post reply
Name
Linda Gray  Email
Comments
Does anyone know what's going in place of the boat?
Date
08/08/2019 17:23:42Post reply
Name
Nick Brazil  Email
Comments
Probably some refuse wheelie bins or something equally appropriate.
Date
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.
Date
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.
Date
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 .
Date
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?
Date
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.
Date
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
Date
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.
Date
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.
Date
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?
Date
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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
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.
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04/04/2019 12:42:54Post reply
Name
Laura Lucas  Email
Comments
Dear villagers, regarding the planning application at Number 9 Swanston Field, it's very easy to think of this as one house and that it doesn't affect most of the village, however, there are over 20 other houses in Swanston Field with gardens just as large who could then build a second house on their land. SODC has recognised that Whitchurch doesn't have the infrastructure to support new housing development, yet this gradual garden-grabbing could raise our population by 10% or more. Please consider the traffic, parking and other implications and consider making an objection even if it doesn't seem, at first, that you would be directly affected by this application. Thank-you.
Date
09/05/2019 11:46:27Post reply
Name
Lawrie Gatherum  Email
Comments
A post has been made with regards to the proposed development at 9 Swanston Field which appears to be trying to generate objections. The post asks villagers to consider that this type of development could increase our population by 10%, In fact the real danger I would suggest is the development of existing 2 & 3 bedroom properties into 6+ bedroom properties by developers that have no consideration toward the villages future. It is suggested that this proposal could set a precedent, however it would be difficult for the other properties in Swanston Field to develop their rear gardens due to limited access. Increased parking concerns & traffic management are also cited as potential points of objection to the development, however this clearly is ridiculous as the proposal has adequate parking within the boundary of the proposal & if traffic management is such a concern, which I fully appreciate it is, this is a wider issue that will require much more consideration & should not affect the development of this one property as others have been approved over the past few years to which similar concerns could have been raised but were not.
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09/05/2019 13:16:04Post reply
Name
Laura Lucas  Email
Comments
Are you the agent please? So you do recognise a second danger that leads to increased population, but as there are 2, we should ignore 1 of them? Besides, I think you'll find 2 x 3 bedroom houses tend to have more occupants that 1x 6 bedroom house. Additionally, I don't know of any 6 bedroom houses in Swanston Field: any extensions tend to be from 4 beds to 5 at the most and it doesn't mean people fill the extra bedrooms with children. Furthermore, these rooms are usually used as studies and playrooms as they tend to be downstairs due to the chalet nature of most of the housing. More housing on the other hand does, in absolute certainty, causes an increase in population. To correct you, there are ways for all of the 20 plus SF houses that could also build in there back gardens to get access: either through driveways that lead off of the High Street to the west, Eastfield Lane to the south, Hardwick road to the North, the paddocks to the east. Furthermore, some of those houses have enough space to the side for vehicular access to the rear already and this is even more achievable if the next-door neighbour is a joint developer. It's a fact that some of these owners have already been approached and people are very keenly watching the outcome of this planning application because it will set a precedent for building at the rear of SF. I hope I'm not in a position to say I told you so in the future, but if this development goes through, I am absolutely certain that I would be.
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24/03/2019 20:26:03Post reply
Name
jon steward  Email
Comments
Needed more grazing for rare breed sheep and their new lambs, we have lots of Ewes and lambs afoot that need grazing in the whitchurch area if you have a empty unused paddock these sheep are great lawn mowers, also if you have any overgrown disused areas they are great foragers and if our sheep are on the land we are more than happy to stock fence it and renovate the grazing, you do not have to do anything but look at beautiful sheep and Lambs
Date
21/03/2019 22:46:44Post reply
Name
Nathan Hart  Email
Comments
Hello Villiage of Whitchurch-on-Thames, I am researching my father's family and have run into a dead end that appears to center on your village. I have traced my family to John and Elizabeth Williscot, who are supposedly buried at St. Mary's. I have found approximate birth years of 1684 and 1689 respectively. I also noted that in the 1800s map located in the contact page of this site, there is a parcel of land west of the Church labelled Willis Scot. Does anyone have any knowledge regarding this piece of land, and whether Willis Scot is a surname label, or if it may have another meaning? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I apologize if this message does not belong on this message board, but I thought it was worth a try. Thank you again, Nathan Hart
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23/03/2019 19:36:31Post reply
Name
Laura Lucas  Email
Comments
Hi Nathan, the map on the Contacts page reads Wallis Cot because John Wallis bought the village's Manor House and grounds on that site on 2nd July 1712. Cot basically meant a small cottage in Old English. If you'd like to email me, I have some more information that will interest you, I believe. Laura.C.Lucas@hotmail.co.uk. Kind regards, Laura
Date
06/03/2019 09:42:35Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
Need some more hanging file pockets for your filing cabinet? I have about 40 - free to anyone in WoT
Date
03/03/2019 10:28:29Post reply
Name
Dave Harney  Email
Comments
Hello .... If anyone needs a BICYCLE REPAIRING or WOOD CHOPPING .... for a wood burner please contact me on camelyak5@hotmail.com or text me on 07766693905. I've worked both as a bicycle mechanic, and as a woodsman. I 'm local to .... live in Whitchurch. Thank you ... Dave
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27/02/2019 15:07:09Post reply
Name
Mike Scott  Email
Comments
I note that the Company of Proprietors of Whitchurch Bridge have decided to sell the bridge to what appears to be another private limited company. Geoff Weir gives two reasons for the sale. One is that neither of the two local authorities was willing to take over the bridge. This is a pity because at least then its management would have been subject to democratic accountability. However, one is grateful that the Company investigated this option first. The second of Geoff's reasons is that the present directors are all approaching retirement. This seems a little disingenuous since organisations frequently have to replace retiring directors but they don't find it necessary to sell the concern. The composition of a board may change completely within a short time. However, this can be managed without disruption if appropriate procedures have been agreed. In the present case the directors could have taken the opportunity to identify members of the local community who would have been willing to replace some of the retiring directors. It is not clear what Mike Beckley means by "prudent family ownership". However, one hopes the new owners will find ways to reach out to the local community and genuinely take account of their needs and concerns. Mike Scott
Date
08/03/2019 15:24:35Post reply
Name
Linda Gay  Email
Comments
Any chance the parish council could negotiate a free pass for Whitchurch residents with the new owners?
Date
27/02/2019 11:40:39Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
I have a Rexel T20 Thermal binder and a few covers which are no longer required. Free to a good home.
Date
27/02/2019 11:12:24Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
Two tickets for A Lady Vanishes - Wednesday, 13th March - Theatre Royal Richmond with a visit to Kew Gardens beforehand. Coach departs 9.30am from Pangbourne. Cost £46, £60 with Kew. They have two spare buggies free of charge for anyone who would like to use them.
Date
21/02/2019 22:31:41Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
Wotjammers who play Jazz on a Friday morning at the Old Stables are in need of a bassist - if you play or know someone who does please contact Leslie by email
Date
09/02/2019 16:53:29Post reply
Name
Louise  Email
Comments
Two single mattresses need new home. Perfect condition. Used for visitors for a week and then stored away. Please email if interested. Thanks.
Date
07/02/2019 11:48:42Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
One spare ticket for A Song at Twilight on Saturday, 16th February at Theatre Royal Bath. Coach departs 10.30am from Pangbourne. Cost £48.
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06/02/2019 22:29:19Post reply
Name
Helma Beelen   Email
Comments
If anyone is interested I have a daytime yoga class at the George hotel in Pangbourne starting at 9.30 to 10.30am every Monday. It’s £7 and you can just turn up. All welcome Kind regards Helma
Date
09/02/2019 10:00:53Post reply
Name
Meryl Weir  Email
Comments
I have been to this class. Helma is a friendly and encouraging teacher. I find her class very enjoyable
Date
06/02/2019 12:38:14Post reply
Name
Nick Brazil  Email
Comments
I was very pleased that one of my Whitchurch People videos was picked up by a relative of Stan Remington in Cambridgeshire who is researching Stan's family. This is why I am so keen to record as many residents' stories as possible since family and social history is such an important part of the lifeblood of our nation's story.
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04/02/2019 16:45:55Post reply
Name
Neil   Email
Comments
A man knocked on our door today and stated he was doing work for a neighbour and did I want a tree to be cut back. I checked with our neighbour and the claim was false. He stated he did work for SODC, including trees with a TPO status. This is a reminder that residents should take care when receiving unsolicited approaches.
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02/02/2019 22:24:28Post reply
Name
Mark Parish  Email
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Hi I watched the video of Stan Remington, and would like to get in touch. I have been researching our family tree, and he is my Grandfather's nephew. Can anyone help me get in touch somehow, as I wonder as he is nearly 90 whether he may have some interesting memories. Thanks Mark Parish
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01/02/2019 08:37:44Post reply
Name
Helen Willis  Email
Comments
Does anyone know of a carpet fitter who would be happy refit a carpet in a room that has shrunk slightly after being replastered? If you can recommend anyone you think might be prepared to do such a small job, please email or phone me on 984 3620. Many thanks
Date
29/01/2019 13:54:14Post reply
Name
Theresa Elsome  Email
Comments
The fence is totally unsuitable for an AONB and apparently does not follow the line of the original fence. Mr Pain should also think again about planting laurel just because it is fast growing, along any fence and should use a selection of other native plants such as Blackthorn, Holly, Hawthorn, Dog Rose or any of many other native hedging plants, please!
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30/01/2019 16:50:29Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
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Theresa, thanks for your feedback. The comment that you make about the laurel is the same comment that SODC has made. We will ensure it is included in feedback once the application is submitted.
Date
26/01/2019 15:38:23Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
Two spare tickets for A Song at Twilight by Noel Coward at Theatre Royal Bath on Saturday, 16th February. Cost £48 each. Coach departs 10.30am.
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12/01/2019 18:39:59Post reply
Name
jon steward  Email
Comments
Between feb and april my sheep will be lambing in goring any kids in the area of whitchurch whitchurch hill woodcote and goring are welcome to see the lambs, bring them up and have a look you are all welcome, just check with me to make sure that we have had some births;
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08/01/2019 14:50:52Post reply
Name
Eric Hartley  Email
Comments
Spring Clean! We have a very good cleaner who assists us but the house, and particularly the kitchen, needs a thorough in depth and high surface clean. Can anyone recommend a company or group to carry out this cleaning? Eric
Date
04/01/2019 22:10:57Post reply
Name
Christy Riordan  Email
Comments
Mindful Massage Workshops are available at venues around Whitchurch including the Stables. Learn safe practical seated massage techniques to use at home on friends and family. For more information visit workshops and courses at www.chrysalis-wellbeing.com
Date
03/01/2019 21:17:13Post reply
Name
Helma Beelen  Email
Comments
New morning yoga class starting at the George Hotel in Pangbourne on Monday 7th Jan. Working on body strength and flexibility, relaxation , breathwork and meditation. A warm welcome awaits.
Date
08/01/2019 10:29:41Post reply
Name
Tim Suiter  Email
Comments
Hi Helma, what time is your class please?
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14/01/2019 21:20:03Post reply
Name
Helma Beelen  Email
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Hi Tim and my apologies for not answering sooner,Ive only just come across your message. my class starts at 9.30.Hope to see you soon.
Date
20/12/2018 19:27:34Post reply
Name
Nick Plumridge   Email
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Just wondering if there is a need for anyone offering gardening and general maintenance in the area. Im local and thinking of setting up business in the New Year so canvassing as to whether there is enough demand to make this worthwhile. Ideally looking at garden maintenance, tidying etc but also available for clearance and odd jobs. I would welcome some feedback as to whether this is something the village, the Hill and surrounding areas is looking for ? Many thanks, Nick.
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12/01/2019 18:34:52Post reply
Name
jon steward  Email
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There is loads of work around here Nick the only reason I gave it up was bad knees, go for it you will get loads of wor at the beginning of March, but charge the going rate £ 15.00 per hour if you need any tools just ask and I will lend you them no probs
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05/02/2019 21:08:06Post reply
Name
Nick Plumridge  Email
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Thanks Jon appreciate your thoughts. Nick
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19/03/2019 15:33:39Post reply
Name
Lynn Curtis  Email
Comments
Nick, just seen your message on the Whitchurch board.... are you still considering undertaking some general garden maintenance in the local area? I hoping someone can help me with some digging (light weeding) in a couple of flower beds. Happy to show you .... I live in Coldharbour (lane opposite entrance to Oratory Prep School) Kind regards. Lynn