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Graham Dednum (18/03/2020 11:37:12)


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15/10/2020 12:45:48Post reply
Name
Diana Smith  Email
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A Tree for Pam A Bramley Apple tree has been ordered and should arrive around mid-November and we hope to plant it as soon as possible after delivery. The tree will be planted in the Maze. Because of Cov-id restrictions we cannot have an organised planting group of more than six but the date will be publicized before hand on this message board. Shirley, Sally and Diana
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15/10/2020 08:10:08Post reply
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Alexa  Email
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Join us this Saturday at 10am for a working party at the village green to trim hedges. Meet in the car park off Eastfield Lane. If you have a petrol or battery powered hedge trimmer or chain saw that would be very useful, or loppers, secateurs and bags to take trimmings away 😃
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12/10/2020 22:19:57Post reply
Name
Euan Aitchison  Email
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Does anyone know of a source of locally produced honey?
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13/10/2020 09:57:17Post reply
Name
alex  Email
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Just guessing, but maybe its locally grown flowers ? :)
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13/10/2020 19:52:29Post reply
Name
Karen
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Try Tim, the Woodman on the Hardwick Estate he produces very good honey.
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12/10/2020 10:53:20Post reply
Name
Sally Harris  Email
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Melba’s Face Masks made locally. Reversible, 3 layers (as recommended by WHO) cotton, washable for repeated use with adjustable ear loops and nose bridge. Attractive fabrics in different colours and patterns, different sizes for adults, teenagers and children. A great gift. link / sally31@hotmail.com. Thank you. Sally
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08/10/2020 09:10:04Post reply
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Alexa  Email
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Good morning all! Last weekends Maze working party, which had to be postponed due to the heavy rain is going ahead this weekend instead - with a rather better forecast of a cool sunny autumnal morning! Join us at 10am on Saturday 10th, bring gardening gloves.
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07/10/2020 09:54:55Post reply
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Alistair Aitchison   Email
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Does anyone have a petrol lawn scarifier that I could borrow on Saturday afternoon (2pm-4pm) to reseed the village green football pitch? Many thanks Alistair 07802 356983
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05/10/2020 22:49:45Post reply
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Sally Woolhouse  Email
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We are breathing a huge sigh of relief to hear that the Hill is now open again. The traffic past our house on Hardwick Road has been nightmarish and the further serious damage to the verges is heartbreaking. I hope that this episode will be a spur for the revival of our WoTHabs Hardwick Road Restoration project, especially because since March we have noticed a big increase in numbers of walkers, runners and cyclists enjoying our local countryside.
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06/10/2020 07:59:25Post reply
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Alexa
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Absolutely Sally, as I’ve been walking out of the village on Hardwick road over the last four weeks with the dog you can see almost daily new areas of damage. Let me know how I can help with the restoration project!
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05/10/2020 14:55:39Post reply
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Eric Hartley  Email
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Has anyone any experience of choosing and fitting a solenoid operated safety shut off gas valve?
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04/10/2020 17:30:36Post reply
Name
Julie  Email
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Hello, Does anyone have a current address for Mr P Thynne, formerly of Eastfield Cottage. We have some important mail we would like to forward to him. Thank you.
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02/10/2020 07:49:32Post reply
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Alexa   Email
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Good morning everyone! We have a working party at the Maze scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am and we’d love to see you there. If the weather is as windy and rainy as currently forecast though it will be postponed! I’ll comment on this post with whether or not it’s going ahead tomorrow morning :)
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03/10/2020 09:39:08Post reply
Name
Alexa
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Just to confirm the postponement of today’s working party!
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01/10/2020 08:28:47Post reply
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Sarah D  Email
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I've got six IKEA cushions, three red and three blue, going spare, clean and in good condition. Email me if you're interested
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07/10/2020 18:19:00Post reply
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Sarah D  Email
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Cushions have found a new home
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27/09/2020 14:29:53Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
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I’ve got spare medium size terracota plant pots, lots of plastic pots and a square dark great pot (again medium) free to a good home after an end of summer garden clear out! Email me using the link and I’ll confirm address and leave outside for a socially distanced pick up :)
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27/09/2020 09:05:24Post reply
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Pete  Email
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Has the PC or anyone else investigated the availability of ultra fast (>1gbps) broadband for the village? Pangbourne has Gigaclear and now the school has a dedicated line. What would it take for the rest of the village to be connected up? Cheers, Pete
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27/09/2020 14:28:13Post reply
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Eleanor Sugrue  Email
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Hi Pete - I looked a year or so ago but computer said no. We’re on hardwick Road and would be very up for getting involved.
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30/09/2020 07:16:44Post reply
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Pete  Email
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I’m guessing there are other interested. Could anyone from the parish council comment - do we know if there are plans under the better broadband for Oxfordshire scheme or similar? Thanks!
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30/09/2020 22:01:06Post reply
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Jim Donahue  Email
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Hi Pete, I am not aware of any specific plan other than what BT is communicating. This is not something that the Parish Council has looked into. I have seen to giga fibre work in Pangbourne and would love to have it here as well. This is something we could look into but we are busy with a number of other priorities at the moment so can't commit to getting information by a specific time. If a resident wants to lead this for the village with our help as required that could also be an option.
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08/10/2020 07:57:45Post reply
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Pete  Email
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Hi Jim, thanks for the reply. Happy to follow up and have emailed you. Any other comments welcome! Thanks, Pete
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08/10/2020 20:44:46Post reply
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James  Email
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There is a new provider in the area, airband.co.uk. They are supported by SODC and are in the process of hooking up Whitchurch Hill. I actually spoke to the guy managing the project today, Andrew Roberts (07495 543046). He is very helpful. They are looking to actively market fibre to property in Whitchurch in the new year, subject to enough interest. They are planning either 150MB or 250MB services at 29.99 / 39.99 a month. I registered interest already and he is keen to get people interested even though they aren't actively marketing yet.
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10/10/2020 08:21:06Post reply
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Pete  Email
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Hi James, that’s great to hear, thanks. I’ll follow up. A couple of us are checking out options with other providers and will report back. Pete
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24/09/2020 09:29:32Post reply
Name
Alexa
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Good to see the start of the work to replace/fix the pavements on Hardwick Road today - although I suspect traffic chaos whilst the road to Whitchurch Hill is closed as it's been very busy with traffic the last 2-3 weeks...! Does anyone have any details on how long the Hardwick Road pavement work will be going on for?
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24/09/2020 12:11:24Post reply
Name
Laura  Email
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Hi Alexa, 2 weeks in total apparently (with various sections being paved during that time).
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24/09/2020 12:37:22Post reply
Name
Alexa
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Thank you!
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24/09/2020 21:01:51Post reply
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Eleanor Sugrue  Email
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Also the road by Basildon Park is going to close next week. So getting to Goring will see more people going up Path Hill...
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27/09/2020 11:37:08Post reply
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Eleanor Sugrue  Email
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We’ve just driven past and all the signs have gone. Panic over!
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22/09/2020 19:03:40Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
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CANCELLATION OF PLANNED FAREWELL TO SALLY TRINDER AT THE FERRYBOAT It is with much regret that due to recent changes announced by The Government affecting the normal operation of The Ferryboat, it is not now possible to host the event planned this coming Thursday for Sally. We are disappointed in having to make this decision but, everyone’s safety is of prime importance at this time
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22/09/2020 17:26:47Post reply
Name
Allan Scriven  Email
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The replacement fence along the Thames Path is looking good.
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18/09/2020 20:10:26Post reply
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Eric Hartley  Email
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Those of you who told me about the culinary uses for our local wild garlic may also use quince. Our tree is laden this year so I have put a box of the fruit out at the top of our drive - please help yourself and, again, tell me of its culinary uses. I remember quince jelly and I think quince jam but it is an acquired taste. Eric, 28 SF
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19/09/2020 01:03:35Post reply
Name
Robin
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Wotcha Eric, We have had numerous requests for your walks booklet at the Greyhound Pub - PLEASE could you either reprint a few or, if you prefer, I could rejig your files into a pdf for download. If you'd like, I could even draw/update some maps to compliment the content... Any proceeds would go to your chosen charity (including "The Eric Hartley Beer Fund" if desired... PLEASE get in touch, Robin at the Greyhound ;D
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19/09/2020 14:21:47Post reply
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Robin  Email
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Delighted to note the interest and thank you. I will drop the updated blurb for each walk and a copy of the new but draft map in for you. I know that i should have revised it earlier in the year but my priorities have been elsewhere. Eric
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19/09/2020 14:35:15Post reply
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Vera Parham  Email
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Jane Grigson has a quince and apple soufflé that works well. Violet Stevenson uses quince and apple plus spice for a pie filling.
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20/09/2020 02:05:18Post reply
Name
Robin
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Thanks Eric - with so many new walkers passing thru in the last couple of months the demand is rampant!! There have also been several new residents from Pangbourne that specifically requested your booklet - it seems it's mentioned on a website or two - you're famous old fruit!! ;D
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18/09/2020 20:00:41Post reply
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Caroline Leadbeater-Hart  Email
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Hello, Thank you to all the villagers who have shown an interest in the proposed Traffic and Parking Plan. Following two well attended informal public consultations the Council has listened to the many and varied comments and suggestions to the proposed plan put forward by TAPAG (the Traffic and Parking Group). There will be an extraordinary council meeting held on Thursday 1st October 8.00-10.00pm via zoom where comments both for and against (and all those in between!) will be discussed. Best wishes Carrie
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18/09/2020 19:53:53Post reply
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Leslie Maynerd  Email
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Furniture now sold!
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18/09/2020 14:47:33Post reply
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Jane MacCaw  Email
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All quiet on the drone front, the small plane acrobatics and the traffic in the High Street! It's a pleasure today to live in this wonderful village!
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15/09/2020 16:24:50Post reply
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Peter Kemp  Email
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FOUND - if you've been sitting on the bench nearest to the nets on the cricket field and have lost some house keys, I've just found a set. Call me on 07825 941073.
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15/09/2020 14:01:37Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
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FOR SALE Double sofa bed and matching chair in yellow fabric -20 yrs old but in good condition £100 for both or would split - open to offers! Leslie 07788710732 or 9845513
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18/09/2020 14:46:35Post reply
Name
Alexa
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Just a heads up that tomorrow working party at the Village Green is cancelled. We'll be getting together there again in October. Many thanks!
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17/09/2020 14:13:39Post reply
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Geoff Weir  Email
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We have some unwanted A4 lever arch files, ring files, dividers and plastic wallets. Used, but good condition and free. They’ll be outside our front door Fri, Sat & Sun 9 am - 6 pm. Please help yourself to whatever items you want. Wells House, High Street, next to Ferryboat car park.
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13/09/2020 15:19:50Post reply
Name
Alexa
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Thank you to everyone who helped with the litter pick throughout today! If you have any litter bags you don’t want to dispose of at home drop them at 28 hillside. As the council are coming to pick things up on Monday morning (14th)
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10/09/2020 14:06:54Post reply
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Pete   Email
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I have a few wheelbarrow worth of mostly dry logs suitable for firewood, stripped of bark. Anyone want it? Free to someone who wants to collect from Swanston Field. Pete
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11/09/2020 10:29:52Post reply
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Laura  Email
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We will take them please Pete!
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10/09/2020 09:22:43Post reply
Name
Operator  Email
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In relation to the UAV operations. These are test runs fully CAA compliant. The flight patch is not within or above 100m of any other persons house, or adjoining roads. They only fly a single path, dont carry any cameras, and really aren't interested in anything happening in the village. The local police who attended are more than happy. To add this is not a operation of ATR. We will be in contact with the parish council to redact any information incorrectly published.
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10/09/2020 10:35:08Post reply
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Laura Lucas  Email
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Article 95 of the ANO states that it's illegal for this drone to be flown within 150m (height or distance) of a residential area, but it seems the police were not aware of the full legislation until today.
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10/09/2020 10:46:16Post reply
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Operator  Email
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Indeed. Unless you have a PfCO, which is the case, thereby bringing it down to 50m. However the closest point of these flights is more than 200m from any area classed as residential.
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10/09/2020 11:50:07Post reply
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Laura  Email
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A PfCO still has conditions attached. Please supply the company name so I can confirm with the CAA's SUA Operators list, thank-you.
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11/09/2020 08:42:54Post reply
Name
Dave  Email
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The CAA refer to it as a 'congested area' not solely a residential area, and a congested area is defined as ' 'in relation to a city, town or settlement, any area which is substantially used for residential, commercial, industrial or recreational purposes'. This would include the BP Tech Centre which you are flying closer than 50m to. As a CAA qualified pilot myself I know that if flying legally then there is no reason not to provide details of the named pilot/company who is the holder of the PfCO, so please do so.
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11/09/2020 09:36:05Post reply
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Sally Woolhouse  Email
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May I urge you in future to be upfront about any planned courses of this type, so that everyone is aware of what is happening? If you had had the courtesy of giving advance notification of who, why, when and where the drone flights would be, this would have saved a huge amount of concern, controversy and very bad feeling - let alone wasting valuable police time. You assure us that these training flights meet all legal requirements - why not be neighbourly and tell us beforehand? This is a classic example of terrible PR - your next training sessions should include this unhappy episode as how NOT to treat your local community?!
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11/09/2020 14:23:22Post reply
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Annie  Email
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I have had the following response from SODC regarding the noise nuisance of the drone: Many thanks for contacting us about the drone complaint. Unfortunately, we do not have enforcement powers where it comes to aircraft of this nature. The people to contact for these types of complaint are the Civil Aviation Authority who can be contacted via the following link. link Regards Martin Morgan MCIEH CEnvH Grad IOSH Environmental Health Officer Environmental Protection South Oxfordshire District Council 135 Eastern Avenue Milton Park Abingdon Oxfordshire OX14 4SB Tel: 01235 422155 Mob:07801203526 Admin: 01235 422403 Visit us at: www.southoxon.gov.uk Please note the council collect personal information in order to perform services which we provide as part of our statutory functions. Where services are not part of our statutory functions we may seek your consent to collect and process personal information. For the full privacy statement please visit our website: www.southoxon.gov.uk/about-us/contact-us/requesting-information/data-protection.
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10/09/2020 07:30:55Post reply
Name
Alexa
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There are two opportunities to get involved with the Green Team this weekend! First on Saturday 12th at 10am weeding and replanting annuals at the entrance to Wallingscote Drive (bring gloves and, if you can, trowel or secateurs) Then on Sunday 13th at 2pm doing a little pick round the village; meet at 2pm outside the Greyhound, bring gloves, bags and pockets provided, and household groups can cover different parts of the village!
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09/09/2020 15:30:59Post reply
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Diana Smith  Email
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Could anyone use a suitcase size 72x50x21? It has wheels and although a number of years old is in in good condition and is dark green in colour.
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08/09/2020 16:14:20Post reply
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Graham Dednum   Email
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ROAD CLOSURE SIGNAGE BY THE GEORGE I have realise the issue of the positioning of the signage by the George leading to virtually closing off one lane of traffic leading to confusion and evasive action having to be taken by drivers coming into Pangbourne from Whitchurch. I’m no expert in the field of road signage but it does seem to me these could be repositioned thus avoiding the obstacle. Equally, businesses has suffered enough from the effects of Covid so, why is there no signage stating ‘Whitchurch businesses open as normal’ or something similar. The road closure is some distance from where the road is actually close. West Berks Council have agreed to look into the issue.
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08/09/2020 12:23:49Post reply
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Claire  Email
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Does anyone know anything about the drone that is being flown around the top of hardwick Road (Hardwick House/iron age hill fort end) Thanks.
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08/09/2020 14:03:24Post reply
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Sally Woolhouse  Email
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This commercial drone activity has been getting increasingly annoying and frequent for the past fortnight. I have reported it to the police and so have my neighbours and other residents. I personally cannot prove where it is coming from but I have a shrewd idea. The police have been given all the details and we desperately hope it can be stopped asap. The peace and quiet of lockdown is long gone I'm afraid!
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08/09/2020 15:27:32Post reply
Name
Stewart
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If anyone thought a few planes from White Waltham were annoying, it has nothing on this! The noise has been terrible today!! Is this for commercial reasons? Or just someone with nothing better to do than fly a toy in the sky for hours on end? Do they all make this noise or can the sound be decreased if wanted by the user?
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08/09/2020 15:32:49Post reply
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Claire  Email
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Thanks Sally. What number did you use to report it please, so that I can do the same? Have you any idea what commercial activity it is? It has annoyed me for the past fortnight too, as it flies near my allotment, over the maze. It is so loud that people can hear it in Manor Road.
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08/09/2020 17:36:39Post reply
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Geoff Weir  Email
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I think the best way of dealing with the drone is to regard it as a “noise nuisance”, which would be dealt with by the SODC Health Protection team. Just search for “noise” on the SODC website and take it from there. Probably worth keeping a noise diary as from now.
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08/09/2020 19:43:51Post reply
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Claire  Email
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Thanks Geoff. I've reported it.
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08/09/2020 21:28:15Post reply
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Michelle McMurray   Email
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Thank you for reporting the drone. For the last few days it's been particularly active at school pickup, flying over Muddy Lane and Hardwick Road. It's like it's watching the children leaving school. Very creepy.
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09/09/2020 09:34:12Post reply
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Claire  Email
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Happy to help Michelle. SODC will be phoning me about it, so when they do I'll tell them what you have observed. It's very easy to report it on the website, if you would like to talk to them yourself.
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09/09/2020 10:11:40Post reply
Name
Stewart
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Drone is back flying again now.
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09/09/2020 10:36:08Post reply
Name
Claire  Email
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Yes, thanks, I'm keeping a record of the times.
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09/09/2020 13:44:02Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
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SODC are more likely to take action if as many people as possible report the noise nuisance. As Claire says above, it's very easy to report it.
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09/09/2020 22:18:48Post reply
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Annie  Email
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We need to make sure this field is not rehired as the sound of this drone is completely unacceptable in an AONB. Pls publicise any steps residents can take to ensure this doesn't continue. It is like living next to Brands Hatch.
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10/09/2020 02:36:49Post reply
Name
Robin
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Fire Sky Rockets at it - it's worked in the past! :D
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07/09/2020 19:56:14Post reply
Name
Alistair Aitchison  Email
Comments
I hired a 3.5T dropside flatbed transit truck for the day to pick up a shed and am done. I don’t need to take it back until 4pm on Tuesday. If anybody needs something local moving happy to help with it while I have it. Call me on my mobile 07802 356983.
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07/09/2020 15:20:24Post reply
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Sarah Hanfrey  Email
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Thank you to the Parish Council and clerk for posting the agenda for the next PC meeting on the website. Please can the attachment documents also be included as its hard to understand the agenda without them.
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04/09/2020 06:47:08Post reply
Name
Alexa
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Don’t forget the working party at the Maze on Saturday 5th 10am. Bring your own gloves and, if you can, a broom and/or lawn edging tool. See you there!
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03/09/2020 13:44:55Post reply
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Sally Woolhouse  Email
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I am confused by the yellow signs that have appeared on Hardwick Road (near Muddy Lane and at the Veg Shed corner), warning drivers about the runners on the Thames Path 100 at the weekend. The official course map shows the route sticking to the Thames Path i.e. along Pangbourne Meadow and then crossing the bridge and through Hartslock to Goring. Either the signage is wrong or there will be a lot of disorientated runners!!
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03/09/2020 17:44:22Post reply
Name
Alexa
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Hi Sally, I've seen the sign by Muddy Lane (not the veg shed) and it's a different race organising company to the Thames Path 100. A company and race I've not heard of before to be honest! The Thames Path 100 is on it's usual route, I checked this week as I have a runner running it :) they don't usually mark up the route until the day and it's with tape, not signs. Sad to see the aid station is no longer in the village hall but at the Dolphin Centre instead...
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03/09/2020 20:31:09Post reply
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Chris Sumner  Email
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Racesolutions (Whitchurch Hill) are organising the run, it’s very low density (similar to TP100) based at Mapledurham House and we put the signs up as part of our safety planning. We are in touch with Centurion organisers of TP100 and we are aware of each other’s timings. The event has been through Safety Advisory Group consultation with SODC, Reading And West Berkshire. Signs will be removed Monday morning if not sooner, hope that helps explain
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03/09/2020 22:12:44Post reply
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Sally Woolhouse  Email
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Thanks to Alexa & Chris for their clarifications, but it's no wonder I'm confused! Two races through Whitchurch on the same day!
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04/09/2020 13:48:46Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
The 100 mile trail race starts in Richmond and runners will be coming through Whitchurch on Saturday evening and through the night. We shouldn’t see any on Sunday as they have to drop out if they don’t get to Pangbourne by 0410 hrs. The other race - a half marathon starting and finishing at Mapledurham House - is on Sunday: they set off towards Caversham, and return across Pangboune Meadow, then over the Bridge, High Street, Eastfield Lane, Muddy Lane, Hardwick Road and on to the finish at Mapledurham House. The first runners should be here at about 1015 hrs.
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02/09/2020 07:25:44Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
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Good morning everyone :) The WoT Green Team (volunteers who help look after the green spaces in our village) have been working to list the green spaces and get people interested in being guardians/maintainers of the spaces we have. These maintainers would do some ad hoc work to look after the spaces, and work with me and the rest of the team to draw up a schedule of care for them including what working parties are needed for each space. This is the list of spaces we've created so far are on the Green Team website page Do let me know if you are interested in helping to look after an area you care about by clicking the email button on this post or phoning 07557 852600
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30/08/2020 10:54:57Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
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The yellow biplane that was doing aerobatics close to the village at around 1645 hrs yesterday has been identified It belongs to a commercial aerobatics company based at White Waltham airfield. I have reported it to the airfield: they are investigating and will let me know the outcome on Tuesday.
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01/09/2020 12:46:00Post reply
Name
Lawrie  Email
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I note that youve been in conversation with White Waltham airfield on this subject for which I thank you. I drew the PC attention to the possible dangers following the tragic air crash a few years ago & have been concerned these planes could pose a danger particularly when flying so close to the primary school. While you have received assurances from the airfield, as you mention, already there has been a rogue plane over the village. Can we assume that these pilots have completed regular medical checks & that the planes are all fit for purpose before they fly?
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02/09/2020 09:20:26Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
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Yes. These standards are laid down by the Civil Aviation Authority: the details are on their website.
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26/08/2020 15:46:03Post reply
Name
Diana Smith  Email
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A Tree for Pam Wilkinson A big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the fund. We had a good sum;although it is not too late to contribute. Now that Autumn is nearing and nurseries are open we will start looking for a suitable tree to plant in Pam's memory. The planting site well probably be the Maze but we will post a message when our plan and the date are finalised. Shirley, Sally and Diana
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12/09/2020 13:13:07Post reply
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Susie Wilkinson  Email
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Thank you Diana, it is approaching 5 months since our darling Mum Pam passed after her horrid illness. We and look forward to the tree being planted in her memory. Sue, Roger and Tom Wilkinson xxx
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26/08/2020 14:29:36Post reply
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Nicola Chester  Email
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Trying again, sorry, got too excited about response that my fingers flew too quickly across the keyboard! Yvette - thank you so much for your reply re Beech Farm and Carmen's Riding School - exactly as I remember! I must've been there around 1979-81 I think and remember all the horses/ ponies you mention. I did ride Abba sometimes, so wonder if that was me - but Worcester was a favourite - though he was so grumpy and yes, kicked! I also remember Pickles, Jimmy James and Emma. I loved it there - so many happy memories. I was whisked away without saying goodbye to anyone and it broke my heart! My parents moved to Newbury, six weeks before I was due to start Secondary School and (with my best interests at heart) they tried to protect me by not telling me we were going until the week we moved! I remember the riding school featuring in a copy of Pony Magazine not long after we left and I treasured it! Thanks so much for replying - I should have checked here earlier .. all best, Nicola
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13/10/2020 21:25:20Post reply
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Elisabeth Steward  Email
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Hi Nicolas do you remember Beaulieu as well she was a little grey the same size as Worcester I started with Carmen when I was 6 in 1978 until mid 80's I am so sad to hear your experience of your move but at least you have your fond memories of the ponies
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26/08/2020 10:59:29Post reply
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Alexa  Email
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I've just emailed out this months village Green Team newsletter! If you'd like a copy straight to your inbox please email me using the link. It covers thank yous, future plans and how to get involved :)
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26/08/2020 22:26:40Post reply
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Carrie  Email
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You are fab alexa - thanks for all your hard work!
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28/08/2020 13:26:20Post reply
Name
Alexa
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Thank you! :)
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28/08/2020 18:40:35Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
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It's a very impressive set of activities that Alexa and the Team have outlined in their newsletter. Everything from maintenance of the Maze, to the Village Green, Manor Road Verge, lower High Street Bell Mouth, to the new Polish Church Garden. If you have any inclination to help out from time to time, I would encourage you to at contact Alexa and at least get on the mailing list. There is bound to be at lest one activity that fits your schedule.
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29/08/2020 08:02:19Post reply
Name
Alexa
Comments
Thanks Jim!
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25/08/2020 08:51:59Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
The High Street Traffic and Parking Scheme was launched at a consultation event at The Stables on 8th February 2020. The Bulletin reported that 50 out of 55 attendees supported the Scheme. Please would the PC confirm that the outcome of the Zoom event on 3rd September will not in any way supersede the outcome of the original event, and that those who have already indicated their support need not do so again.
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26/08/2020 16:45:12Post reply
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Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
Hi Geoff - you are correct, the second Open Day on the 3rd at 7pm is open to everyone, but is targeted primarily at those who were unable to to attend the first session. It will build on the outcome of the first session. There is an information pack on the web-site which states "A surprisingly large number of villagers attended and support for the scheme mirrored the same levels as the village plan outcomes. However, some villagers were not able to attend this session, and some have raised objections following the meeting. Before moving to formal consultation the Parish Council has decided to give residents another opportunity to discuss any concerns or show their support. "
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25/08/2020 16:57:45Post reply
Name
John Chambers  Email
Comments
Muddy Lane is blocked by a fallen tree 30m north of the allotment gate.
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25/08/2020 19:36:51Post reply
Name
Neil  Email
Comments
Hi John, thank you, I am happy to confirm that access has been restored.
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24/08/2020 18:26:23Post reply
Name
Lawrie  Email
Comments
We seem to be getting a lot of mail for 5 Hardwick Road (not Hillside), I've tried searching for it but cannot seem to locate it. Anyone know where it is?
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25/08/2020 07:39:48Post reply
Name
Sarah Dixon  Email
Comments
Could it be Flat 5, The Mount?
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25/08/2020 18:00:06Post reply
Name
Alexa
Comments
There is a 5 Hardwick road in tilehurst, in case there are other errors in the address. I think all the houses on Hardwick road itself have names not numbers.
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01/09/2020 12:36:21Post reply
Name
Lawrie  Email
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Thank you to all that replied to my question. I beleive that the post in question was meant for 5 The Mount as suggested by my neighbour. THank you again
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22/08/2020 13:57:57Post reply
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Adrian Dixon  Email
Comments
Saw a cyclist crash into the "deep gulley opposite Jubilee Walk" this morning. She she said she wasn't hurt, but she was very wet and muddy. Given the sharp edges of the gulley this could have been a life-changing injury. I know this repair is in hand, but can it be expedited in any way?
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22/08/2020 19:58:19Post reply
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Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
I'll check on it Monday Adrian
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28/08/2020 08:57:09Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
I met with the OCC inspector this morning and he replaced the cones with 4 large ones that should keep people safe until it is repaired. Some people have been on holiday the past couple of weeks and it has been raised to a department that will also handle the hedge trimming but he assured me he would ensure it gets done.
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28/08/2020 12:00:31Post reply
Name
Adrian Dixon  Email
Comments
Thanks for bringing it to OCC's attention Jim
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21/08/2020 16:10:09Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
Comments
We are giving away a light wood effect King Size (just over) bed frame, pick up from Hillside. If anyone is interested pleased reply via the email link.
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21/08/2020 10:25:07Post reply
Name
alex   Email
Comments
Is there any update on the WoT pavement resurfacing. From then news items a few weeks ago it stated "They have committed to a complete resurfacing of the Hardwick Road pavement in time for school drop-offs in September", there is now less than 2 weeks before School starts again..
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20/08/2020 08:45:57Post reply
Name
Wendy Blow  Email
Comments
Living up the Hill can anyone tell me what exactly is going to happen re gas works from 24 August to 21 September since the bus has changed its route due to road closure. Is the High Street going to close completely so we cannot drive to the doctors or use the bridge?
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20/08/2020 10:04:14Post reply
Name
Alexa
Comments
I believe the road will be closed from just above Hartslock Bridleway and Up for a few weeks. Full details are on the website here; link Hardwick Road via Path Hill is the diversion to get to the bridge/doctors/Pangbourne etc
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20/08/2020 21:52:46Post reply
Name
Sally Woolhouse  Email
Comments
I would just like to add to Alexa's comments on the diversion. The official diversion which will be signposted by OCC Highways is to take traffic via Goring and Crays Pond NOT along Hardwick Road and Path Hill. Obviously local residents will use the much shorter route but if too many vehicles do this, chaos arises with jams on the narrows and hairpin bends. The already damaged verges also suffer further serious erosion. Please can I urge everyone to only make essential journeys via Path Hill during the Hill closure.
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16/08/2020 14:11:33Post reply
Name
Frances Parkes  Email
Comments
Etherington upright piano needs a new home. Would suit beginner or novice. Photos available on request. If you can shift it you can have it (we are on the High Street).
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15/08/2020 19:13:47Post reply
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Jean Bull  Email
Comments
Is anything going to be done about the deep gulley opposite Jubilee Walk? There is a very steep sharp edge which could very likely cause an accident or at least damage to anyone’s vehicle should they drive over it in the dark.
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15/08/2020 20:53:12Post reply
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Sally Woolhouse  Email
Comments
I reported this serious problem on Fix My Street several weeks ago. A highways engineer came out to examine it last week and put the 3 cones in the gully. You are right, Jean, it is likely to cause an accident if not repaired soon, especially when the hill is closed for the gas works.
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17/08/2020 18:14:05Post reply
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Jim Donahue  Email
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Hi Jean and Sally, A number of people are concerned about this. We have been following up on this with OCC, and I had conformation last week stating "currently we are arranging repairs, I believe the hedge has been added to the Hatter list and will also be cut back soon."
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18/08/2020 17:13:26Post reply
Name
Jean Bull  Email
Comments
Thank you, Jim. That’s very good news!
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15/08/2020 17:52:55Post reply
Name
Martin Hardcastle  Email
Comments
Porsche key owner reunited with key :) Message left with toll bridge operator Mel did the trick.
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13/08/2020 16:57:01Post reply
Name
Martin Hardcastle  Email
Comments
Porsche key now with Pangbourne Police Station.
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13/08/2020 08:39:44Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
Comments
More details about the village green working party this weekend! Bring suitable tools (shears, loppers, secateurs...) thick gloves and large garden refuse bags and/or brown bins if available. Also your own refreshments. Within wild area: clear away brambles, hollies and sycamores (use stump-killer where possible) and any thistles and ragwort. (objective to open up the area and encourage more diverse growth) Near Car Park Access: remove intruding plants and trim holly hedge Holly hedge north west CP edge: trim Beech hedge: Road Side: remove troublesome plants (nettles, brambles, thistles...) from where they obstruct pathway.
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12/08/2020 10:51:51Post reply
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Martin Hardcastle  Email
Comments
FOUND - Porsche Key on WoT bridge footpath near Dr's surgery @ 12/08/20 1000Hrs. Please contact me via martinhardcastle@hotmail.com
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11/08/2020 13:02:54Post reply
Name
alex  Email
Comments
FREE: starter bikes 12" and 14" wheels. Several to choose, missing some parts and been in shed for too long. Outside 2 Swanston Field. If you can make use of any/all of them please just take away..
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10/08/2020 18:16:09Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
Comments
A heads up about some of the up-coming Green Team dates for volunteering around the village, more dates and locations will be added as we go into Autumn! The next one is at the Village Green this Saturday, meet at 10am in the car park off Eastfield Land. Bring your own gardening gloves and, if you have any, secateurs and loppers. We'd love to see you there or at any of the other dates to help look after our wonderful village :D All on Saturdays at 10am; Maze 1st Aug Village Green 15th Aug Manor Road North Verge 22nd Aug Maze 5th Sept Village Green 19th Sept Maze 3rd Oct Village Green 17th Oct Maze 7th Nov
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10/08/2020 14:48:35Post reply
Name
Elizabeth  Email
Comments
Has anyone had a ground source heating system installed? We would be interested to hear from you - we are thinking about our options as we have a very old but working, gas boiler which should be replaced for something more efficient.
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10/08/2020 08:36:51Post reply
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Phil Scott  Email
Comments
Hi all, Hoping for any recommendations please for childcare for our 16month old between 9-4 on Thursdays and Fridays. Many thanks, Phil
Date
09/08/2020 22:40:03Post reply
Name
Amanda   Email
Comments
Hi just wondering if anyone knows of any short term rentals in the area with minimum two bedrooms thanks
Date
09/08/2020 08:29:11Post reply
Name
Chris & Alison  Email
Comments
Hello, We are looking for a 2-4 bedroom property with a garden. We have recently bid on one of the properties in Manor Road, only missing out as the sellers knew the other bidding party. We are first time buyers who would like to start a family and really like what the area has to offer. We are also cash buyers and can move quickly or slowly depending on the sellers needs. If you are considering selling, we would be very interested in hearing from you. Thank you! Chris & Alison
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07/08/2020 20:12:12Post reply
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Lydi  Email
Comments
Hello, We have really fallen for Whitchurch on Thames and would love to find a house to buy to grow our family. We are looking for a minimum of three bedrooms and missed out on the properties on Manor Road. If you are looking to sell I would be really interested in speaking with you. We have someone to buy our flat so are ready to go before the stamp duty holiday ends in March! Thank you
Date
07/08/2020 13:16:33Post reply
Name
Helen  Email
Comments
Doll’s house needs a new home. Condition not bad considering it’s been played with on and off for the last 30 years! Lots of furniture included. Free to anyone who’d like it.
Date
05/08/2020 13:22:59Post reply
Name
Peter Kemp  Email
Comments
Teak garden table 8’ x 4’ (extends to 10’) in need of a new home. In good nick after 8yrs of use. Don’t want anything for it but would appreciate a donation please to www.projecthospicenepal.org.uk instead. Collect from Hardwick Road - can be taken apart. Call 07825 941073
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05/08/2020 09:29:41Post reply
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Hilary Jensen  Email
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Apologies to our Hardwick Road and Swanston Field neighbours for all the comings and goings and removal trucks over last couple of days. We will be living in Pangbourne so will see you around and good wishes to the new residents!
Date
02/08/2020 13:09:00Post reply
Name
Phil Scott  Email
Comments
Hi all, We’re moving to the village next week and looking for any recommendations for a cleaner or gardener please? Many thanks, Phil
Date
14/08/2020 10:03:13Post reply
Name
Lissie Steward   Email
Comments
Hi I have an amazing cleaner whose name is Ginny her telephone number is 07918806459
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02/08/2020 12:20:35Post reply
Name
David Robinson  Email
Comments
Can anyone recommend a roofer to re-bed my roof verge?
Date
02/08/2020 14:12:57Post reply
Name
louise   Email
Comments
O neils based in Thatcham, worth a go
Date
09/08/2020 19:22:04Post reply
Name
Dave Bowen  Email
Comments
Hi David Gary Saunders at GS Roofing is fantastic. He has a lot of experience and can't recommend him highly enough. Give him a call on 07949 069 317 or visit his website. Let him know I recommended him as well. link
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30/07/2020 21:34:30Post reply
Name
Nicola Chester  Email
Comments
Hello there, can anyone help? I am a Nature Writer and am writing a book (a sort of memoir) that includes memories of a small Riding School that we called 'The Babes' in Whitchurch in the 1970/80s. I spent many childhood weekends there, and would like to be able to identify it on a map. I don't even know if The Babes was its real name. It had about 7 horses and ponies and was run by a woman called Carmen James (I think, who must have rented the yard). I lived in Pangbourne and walked or got a lift part-way. I'd love to find out where it was and its (possible) real name. It was beside a bridleway, accessed by a long, private lane. The farmhouse was old, and the stable yard had a high wall around it, with gates onto an orchard, down a steep slope at one end. There was also an old barn. There were fields bordered by woods. This is all I can remember - though I do remember almost every one of the horses' names! I'd be very grateful for any leads, thank you! Such fond memories of Whitchurch! Thank you, Nicola. .
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31/07/2020 14:39:36Post reply
Name
Yvette Marshall  Email
Comments
Hi My sister Lynn and I used to ride at Carmen's riding school, I don't know what the name of the school was. We also lived in Pangbourne and would go to Carmen's house in Eastfield Lane, Whitchurch, where Carmen would give us a lift in her Land Rover, up the hill to the riding school at Beech Farm, Whitchurch Hill. Vehicle access to the farm is down the track next to Goring Heath Parish Hall, which is on the left hand side of the road opposite the church in Whitchurch Hill. We sometimes used to ride from Carmen's house to the stables, and there is a bridle path that goes straight to Beech Farm just past the War Memorial half way up Whitchurch Hill. On a Saturday morning there would be a 1 hour lesson followed by a 1 hour hack. Lynn and I would do either of these each week and I never knew which until we got there. I loved the fact that we were involved with the ponies, we would groom them before tacking up, so we really got to know them well. Lynn used to ride Napoleon and I used to ride Emma or Babycham. Were you the Nicola who rode Abba? The only other pony I remember was Worcester, who was the smallest and grumpiest, he always had to be at the back as he used to kick anyone behind him. If we were going out on a hack we would help with the lesson, leading the ponies. I remember doing a lot of running in wellies! If we had a lesson we would spend the rest of the time mucking out the stables, polishing tack etc. The lessons were in the field next to the Farm Yard which was triangular in shape. The hacks went all around the woods and farms, up to Crays Pond and along to Goring Heath. Although the school is not there anymore all the buildings are, and the layout is the same. You can still see it all on Google maps/satelite, but the Google man hasn't been down to the Farm. I hope this helps, Yvette Marshall (nee Randall)
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30/07/2020 15:21:13Post reply
Name
Whitchurch Primary School  Email
Comments
We are expecting a large lorry to make a delivery on Friday 31st - some time around 10am. If Anyone is able to help us keep the parking opposite Eastfield lane clear ( maybe by parking and moving when it arrives?) we’d be very grateful. Thanks Dawn Chesters
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29/07/2020 16:25:42Post reply
Name
alex   Email
Comments
Does anyone recognise the name: Anna Vowe Peake, she had a connection with Redbourn St Albans. We have found a collection of family photos, dating from maybe 1850's to 1940's with her name. We would like to reunite them with the family, but have no leads.
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30/07/2020 20:23:46Post reply
Name
Nick Plumridge  Email
Comments
have you googled it ? It comes up with quite a bit of info. Churchwarden in Redbourn near St Albans in Herts apparently. Might be worth some social media posts in that area ?
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23/08/2020 20:13:00Post reply
Name
Hugh Vowe Peake  Email
Comments
Hi Alex! Anna Vowe Peake was my great aunt and she lived in Redbourn, Hertfordshire. She died in 1981 or thereabouts and I would be delighted to see these photos you mention!
Date
28/07/2020 14:03:03Post reply
Name
Ajmal  Email
Comments
Ikea high chair free to a good home. Will be going to the charity shop if I have no takers by the weekend.
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27/07/2020 13:23:45Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
Comments
Hi everyone! Just a reminder that the monthly volunteer working party at the Maze is this Saturday at 10am. Due to covid guidelines please bring your own gardening gloves, and a broom or lawn edging tool if you have one. Let me know if you are planning to come along so I can manage numbers and pop any questions you have over via email :)
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23/07/2020 15:44:16Post reply
Name
Alistair Aitchison  Email
Comments
Free to a Good Home Lonsdale Punchbag and boxing gloves Contact Alistair 07802 356983
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23/07/2020 09:21:16Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
For Sale: Maxum 2700 4 berth motor cruiser with possible mooring at Pangbourne surgery £24,500 ono Contact David on 07831884474
Date
23/07/2020 15:05:12Post reply
Name
Robin  Email
Comments
Hello Leslie, would like to know a few more details about the boat, perhaps you could pop into the Greyhound tonight, tomorrow or weekend for a quick chat? - Robin at the Greyhound
Date
21/07/2020 12:24:21Post reply
Name
Anna Szczeponek
Comments
FOR SALE unused, Redwood 2.7m wind up green garden parasol with steel shaft. £45 ono. Please phone 01189841234.
Date
19/07/2020 09:33:02Post reply
Name
Carolyn Jervis  Email
Comments
We are looking to rent a house with a minimum of 3 bedrooms in Whitchurch or Whitchurch Hill. Please let us k ow if you are considering renting your house. We are a professional couple with a nine year old son. Thanks, Carolyn
Date
16/07/2020 17:35:32Post reply
Name
Vicky Willcock   Email
Comments
Wallet found by the maze. If you think it may be yours please contact me. A description will be required as there is cash in it
Date
14/07/2020 19:53:19Post reply
Name
summer hardy  Email
Comments
Hi there I just thought I'd let you know that I'm offering my services for baby sitting and/or dog walking and running. I am fourteen years old and have two dogs that I look after regularly. I have some experience in looking after younger children and can cook. Please email me if interested. Thank you very much
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14/07/2020 20:46:12Post reply
Name
Siobhan Smith  Email
Comments
Talking to a man on Whitchurch Road today who said there is a new high pressure oil or gas line being built from next week up the main road. He said there is a smaller one there already but it’s leaking badly. Went home and thought about this, surely we would have been notified about this?
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19/07/2020 17:48:12Post reply
Name
Laura  Email
Comments
Hi Siobhan, the One Network site is showing gas pipe replacements works by SGN (with traffic lights) on the B471 between us and Whitchurch Hill. Current dates shown are 27th July to 21st September.
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13/07/2020 19:14:42Post reply
Name
Lissie Steward   Email
Comments
Hi there I just thought I would let you know that the incident with the cars being sprayed in Manor Road happened before 11.15pm on the night in question as one of the residents gets back from work at 11.30pm and his car was the only one not sprayed just thought I would let you know
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13/07/2020 09:01:34Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
Fed up with the noise of light aircraft flying in circles in the skies above Whitchurch? Well I am, so I’ve decided to launch a campaign to stop it. I will engage with White Waltham airfield where they’re based, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Chiltern AONB Board and anyone else who can help. Everyone has the freedom to spending their time and money as they wish, but it must be unacceptable for I pilot to be able to fly in a way that maximises the noise they make (which is probably part of what they enjoy) and to disturb the peace and quiet of the 4,000 or so people in Pangbourne and Whitchurch. Campaign will be called SNOW - Stop Noise Over Whitchurch.
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14/07/2020 13:07:59Post reply
Name
Jane MacCaw  Email
Comments
I quite agree with you Geoff, well done for trying to get something done about it.
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14/07/2020 19:56:12Post reply
Name
Larissa Hardy  Email
Comments
Thank you for bringing this up Geoff. We have found it very disturbing for a while, particularly towards the end of lockdown, when the quiet skies have otherwise been a joy!
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15/07/2020 07:50:40Post reply
Name
Karen  Email
Comments
I totally agree Geoff and find it annoying too, would be pleased to sign a petition if that's any help.
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15/07/2020 09:19:09Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
Jane, Larissa, Karen thank you for your support. I'm emailing you and others who have contacted me SNOW's first Progress Report, which sets out the background research and an action plan. I'm happy to send a copy to anyone else who is interested.
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16/07/2020 09:46:58Post reply
Name
John Gray  Email
Comments
From your neighbouring village in Whitchurch Hill. Well done Geoff. I’ve mailed you some additional comment,
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16/07/2020 10:28:08Post reply
Name
Michael Scott  Email
Comments
Is the White Waltham airfield the one that was given planning permission to erect an additional hangar a few years ago. If so, the owner said at the time that no stunt planes flew from his airfield. I, too am concerned about the noise - it only occurs in good weather when the largest number of residents will be outside trying to enjoy their gardens. However, I am even more concerned about the possibility of an accident. The plane flies over densely populated parts of Greater Reading, not just Whitchurch, and although one assumes the pilot is experienced, well qualified and has permission to carry out his potentially dangerous manoeuvres, something could go wrong. Remember the accident at an air show in Shoreham (?) a few years ago in which a number of people were killed and injured? The pilot was a very experienced former RAF fighter pilot but he still made a mistake. If something similar happened over Whitchurch, Purley or Tilehurst, the result could be a terrible loss of life. Perhaps the pilot could be required only to practise his stunts over farmland?
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16/07/2020 15:32:25Post reply
Name
John Gray   Email
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Farmland usually has farmhouses, farm workers, and other potential ‘targets’ for an out of control airplane, which is just as likely to veer towards nearby housing. The only safe place for stunt flying is over the sea - or a desert.
Date
13/07/2020 07:46:46Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
Comments
I have some small tomato and basil plants to give away as I have rather too many for my small garden. Available to pick up off Hardwick Road. Drop me a line in advance so I can let you know address and I can leave than out at the right time
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14/07/2020 19:48:50Post reply
Name
Larissa Hardy  Email
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Pls could I pick up the basil plants tomorrow morning at 9am?
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15/07/2020 19:02:43Post reply
Name
Alexa
Comments
All gone now, thank you for your emails
Date
10/07/2020 17:04:32Post reply
Name
Matt Bignold  Email
Comments
We are looking to rent a family home. If anyone is considering letting, or knows someone that is, in or around the village within the next month or two please get in touch. Thanks in advance.
Date
06/07/2020 11:42:51Post reply
Name
Jon steward  Email
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I would just like to thank Allan Scriven for such a lovely job repainting the phone box great job
Date
06/07/2020 10:45:22Post reply
Name
Pam Scott  Email
Comments
Can anyone recommend a good local electrician please?
Date
09/07/2020 04:54:44Post reply
Name
Dave Bowen  Email
Comments
Micky at MM Electrical comes highly recommended. Mention that I recommended him to you. 07512 311 459 link
Date
03/07/2020 09:31:46Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
Comments
Green Team volunteering this weekend! Thanks so much to everyone who's got in touch so far about helping at the working parties this weekend. Saturday, 10am, the Maze; looks like we have the 6 people we are permitted under gov rules. If you are coming along please bring your own gardening gloves and, if you have them, a broom and lawn edging tool. Sunday, 10am, the Village Green; we have a couple of spaces left, contact me if you can join us to help! If you are coming along please bring your own gardening gloves and, if you have them, secateurs, loppers and garden refuse bags. We have to adhere to government guidelines for these working parties, including social distancing; you can find those guidelines on the what else is new section of this website! Please contact me if you'd like to help!
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01/07/2020 21:17:01Post reply
Name
Michelle McMurray  Email
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We are looking for a family home to buy in the village. We currently rent in the village, are chain free, and we're ready to move. We would love to continue living here as our son attends the primary school. Anyone thinking about selling without incurring agent charges, please do get in touch. Thank you.
Date
01/07/2020 08:23:24Post reply
Name
John  Email
Comments
Hello, I am very pleased to say that our cat has been found alive and well. Sorry to trouble you all.
Date
01/07/2020 06:13:08Post reply
Name
John Turtle  Email
Comments
Hello, our black cat who is 6 years old has gone missing. Please can everyone check their sheds/garages/gardens. The cat is on medication so will become ill quickly without it. Loves food, if you can coax him we will collect him. Many thanks
Date
30/06/2020 22:54:55Post reply
Name
Angela Sims  Email
Comments
Has anyone else seen the green Kawasaki or Suzuki motor bike traveling through the village most nights at about 50-60 miles an hour.As it happens most nights I cannot t understand why he has not been stopped by the police.Are they doing speed checks at the moment.
Date
27/06/2020 10:22:29Post reply
Name
Kate
Comments
Hello, Does the Whitchurch bridge company have the option to top up bridge card payments online? Thank you
Date
26/06/2020 12:40:01Post reply
Name
alex  Email
Comments
Offered: Single divan base (with draw under) free to good home. also headboard if required. Not new but clean.Can deliver is required locally.
Date
25/06/2020 13:53:08Post reply
Name
Anna  Email
Comments
Although I was not personally affected by the "incident of orange spraying" of cars parked in Manor Road, a big thank you should go out to a group of people in Manor Road, who armed with uckets, sponges etc.,managed to remove the paint. You are heroes. We can but hope it was a "one off" incident. If whoever committed the offence are bored, struggling, as a lot of people are during these troubled times and have nothing better to do, then I am sure there are a lot of things they could do to help people who really need help. Need I say more?
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25/06/2020 19:53:07Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
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Thanks for this note Anna. This was an awful incident and seemingly senseless like all acts of vandalism. I join you in thanking those who helped to clean off the paint off the cars and am grateful that it seems it could all be removed. I am supportive of a reinvigorated Neighbourhood Watch activity, but this depends on volunteers, so I would encourage people to come forward.
Date
22/06/2020 14:39:02Post reply
Name
Tim Hardwick  Email
Comments
Does anyone have a golf trolley for sale or hire? I can collect.
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22/06/2020 08:07:24Post reply
Name
alex  Email
Comments
Wanted: 180 ohm resistors. Is there any electronics hobbyists out there who could help me with my lock down project. I need 4 x 180 ohm resistors. I'm happy to remove them from their existing circuit board if necessary, all good soldering iron practice for me as I come to grips with a new skill.(180 ohm = Brown, Grey, Brown, Gold- I think). Thanks.
Date
20/06/2020 10:12:03Post reply
Name
Ajmal  Email
Comments
Hello fellow villagers. If anyone is interested in buying a 2011 Audi A3 then please message me for more details. I also have an old PC which is free to a good home. Comes with power chord only. Good for browsing or word processing. Thanks
Date
18/06/2020 11:07:48Post reply
Name
Dave Bowen  Email
Comments
It is awful to see the damage the recent flood water has caused to the village. We know only too well the effects of flooding with our proximity to the river. However, in this case it would seem the drains were not able to cope with such a torrential downpour. I have been told by OCC that they do routine drain cleaning only once every FOUR years. Here is the OCC response in April this year to my Freedom of Information request: “I can confirm to you that, in fact, there has been no change in policy. The Council’s arrangements have been and remain as follows: All gullies, catch-pits and offlets are emptied once every four years. Each FixMyStreet enquiry is assessed based on several factors, one such factor being the potential for property flooding, while recognising that there is not enough budget to be able to resolve all the drainage defects we have on the network, which therefore require prioritisation.” If I was one of the residents or businesses flooded I would be rightly seeking answers and compensation from OCC given the lack of preventative maintenance in this area.
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08/06/2020 13:14:29Post reply
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PEGGY BRODIE  Email
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Stolen in Whitchurch on Thames In the very early hours of Monday morning. Stolen from behind the art gallery. Anybody having any ccctv info. maybe between Sunday 11pm - Monday 6am. The car: Red and Gold Mark 1 Escort Replica. would have been on a trailer possibly.. Reward given for any information given towards the recovery.Thank you Peggy and David Brodie
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06/06/2020 13:58:01Post reply
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Sally and Pete Woolhouse  Email
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Thank you Whitchurch! We were really pleased to be chosen for The Whitchurch Award this year, and would like to express our thanks to The Whitchurch Society for sponsoring this award and to the Parish Council for selecting us. We are very fortunate to live in and be part of such a friendly community.
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04/06/2020 18:27:08Post reply
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Summer Hardy  Email
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Hi! I hope everyone's keeping safe during this hard time. I've just recently turned 14 so am looking to make some extra pocket money. I am happy to dog walk as we have two dogs at home & would walk them along Hartslock Bridleway for as long as you want. During the week I could do from 7.30am to 8.30am, 6.15pm to 7pm in the evenings & anytime at weekends. If interested please email me @ hardysummer@icloud.com . I'd like to charge £7.50 an hour.
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04/06/2020 13:35:24Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
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Does anyone have any spare small/medium plastic plant pots they don't need that I could pick up? I have rather more seedlings to pot on than I'd imagined and have run out!
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04/06/2020 15:40:38Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
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Looks like I'll be picking up all I need tomorrow - many thanks!
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02/06/2020 20:44:57Post reply
Name
Elizabeth  Email
Comments
Telegraph cucumber seedlings seek new home in a greenhouse
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02/06/2020 20:42:01Post reply
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Elizabeth  Email
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Second attempt as first chucked off as spam!! What a cheek. In response to the piece re litter on green. I picked up an amount of rubbish including a dog waste bag complete with waste and picnic debris on Monday morning. Also noted the.burnt grass.by the goals - shame people can't BBQ without causing unnecessary damage.
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01/06/2020 21:05:55Post reply
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Hilary Jensen  Email
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I have some tomato plants (8) if anyone wants them (some or all!). They will need repotting and daily watering, but there will be lots of tomatoes by August.
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02/06/2020 08:31:04Post reply
Name
Hilary Jensen  Email
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All gone to young Whitchurch gardeners!
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02/06/2020 09:20:06Post reply
Name
Hilary Jensen  Email
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All gone! Thank you for the interest!
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01/06/2020 11:22:30Post reply
Name
Victoria   Email
Comments
The Whitchurch toll bridge will be re opening on Monday 8th June
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30/05/2020 14:26:04Post reply
Name
Allan Scriven  Email
Comments
FOR SALE Cantilever sun shade. Cream colour. Approximately eight feet across. The. base needs a firm fixing or can be weighted. £50. Phone 9842224
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29/05/2020 22:31:25Post reply
Name
Felipa House  Email
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For sale: Ladies' small Raleigh 'Mantis' mountain bike. Good condition. £50. Photo & further details from Felipa (fmthouse@waitrose.com).
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26/05/2020 17:21:04Post reply
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Jim Donahue  Email
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Anyone interested in little self-isolation work painting the phonebox on the High Street? The Parish Council has been trying to get this painted for some time and things haven't worked out with the weather and then lockdown. We have budget approved for this, just need a willing painter. We would also like to get the old mail storage box next to it removed as it has not served a function for several years other than being an eyesore on the High Street. Know anyone that might be interested in this job?
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21/06/2020 21:34:17Post reply
Name
Emma  Email
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Well done to the volunteer who did this. The phone box is looking very smart now!
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23/06/2020 11:31:23Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
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You can thanks Allan Scriven for this. He volunteered his time and even the paint. He also did this about 6 years ago.
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26/05/2020 15:38:28Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
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I just wanted to let everyone know that representatives from a company call Asset Heritage Consulting will be making an initial visit to the village on Wednesday 27th May as part of the Conservation Area Appraisal we have hired them to work on. An up to date, detailed CAA will allow us to record the historic buildings, walls, and trees, etc that we value in the village as part of the Conservation Area. This will help inform future planning applications to help us better manage change in the village. They wanted someone to let everyone know they are coming as they have had complaints in the past where people thought they were burglars, checking out buildings.
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23/05/2020 18:27:48Post reply
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Hilary Jensen  Email
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I have four jigsaws to give away. If anyone wants them, let me know and I will reply directly to you with my address and leave outside - carefully wiped with sanitizer cloth!
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23/05/2020 22:44:49Post reply
Name
Hilary Jensen  Email
Comments
They have all gone already!
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19/05/2020 11:57:51Post reply
Name
alex  Email
Comments
Wanted: Broken large screen LED/LCD TV (not the old massive CRT boxes). If anyone has such a TV I would be happy to take away. I want to use it for a diy project to break the lock-down boredom. I don't need any of the electrics, its only the frame I need.
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12/05/2020 16:21:48Post reply
Name
Anna
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HAVE YOU LOST SOME KEYS and/or A MOBILE PHONE?? Two keys on a key ring found on Whitchurch Toll Bridge. Mobile phone found by the railway bridge by the Working Mens' club on Sunday. Please phone 01189 841234.
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12/05/2020 11:42:25Post reply
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Alexa  Email
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Hi everyone, at this time of year the plants are growing fast and the Green Team would usually be holding regular working parties to keep our green spaces looking good. Individual volunteers are working when they can on different tasks across the village, but we need your help! If you can help with any of these tasks whilst sticking to current government guidance it would be much appreciated - just let me know what you are doing so we don't duplicate :) The flower beds at the entrance to Wallingscote Drive (where the boat used to be) need weeding. If anyone has the time to pick out the wild geranium in the beds by the walls it would be much appreciated. I can provide pictures so you know which ones to pick! You may have noticed that the West side of the High Street and also Swanston Field have had weed killer applied by the council contractor a couple of weeks ago. If you are able to pull up any of the weeds that have died back that would be brilliant. If you can help with any part of this it would be much appreciated!
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09/05/2020 20:32:34Post reply
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Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
THANK YOU All at the FB, not on furlough, want to thank villagers for their tremendous support since we introduced our takeaway food offering. We recognise there is significant competition but supporting the village businesses is of vital importance to all owners and helps to ensure we will be here for all after this pandemic is at a controlled level enabling a re-opening. We will continue to offer Pizza and Burgers on a Friday and Saturday evening but may well introduce some additional dishes. Again, thank you to all for your support, greatly appreciated.
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09/05/2020 10:10:41Post reply
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Tess and Scarlet Higley  Email
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We are writing a project on V.E. day for school. We would like to ask if anyone has any newspapers from Thursday or Friday they no longer need that we could have. Our mummy is happy to pick these up. Thank you.
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08/05/2020 15:38:49Post reply
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Roy pople  Email
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I have some rare old maps for sale. One shows Pangbourne ( incl southern tip of Whichurch ) in 1912 and the other is the northern part of Whitchurch . They are both 42"x27" and framed . They show individual houses and gardens but what makes them totally unique is that they have hand written govt land/plot sales with dates and prices . I am looking for £125 each for these one off maps. I do have many others ( unframed and less detail ) around that area and Oxfordshire they will sell from £30 plus p&p Please contact me if you would like further details .
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08/05/2020 13:12:41Post reply
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Jerry Cockeram  Email
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A VE Day memory: "We did not have a street party but all the children were given an ice cream from a shop, my first ever ice cream and afterwards. we went to the Odeon cinema to see Mickey Mouse and Cowboys and Indians films, it was wonderful.” Thanks to Bob Payne for sending this to us. The British Modern Military History Society is raising funds for the Blind Veterans UK charity by publishing a book of wartime memories. If you would like to contribute a story or article of a family memory to the book, contact us on info@bmmhs.org More details can be found on the BMMHS website under Operation Bookworm on www.bmmhs.org
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07/05/2020 13:24:18Post reply
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Sasha Gibson  Email
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Some flowers were delivered accidentally to an address in Hardwick Road, twice (!) by a friend of mine who had the wrong address. The address she sent them to is The Gatehouse, RG8 7HW. Let me know if this is you. My number is 07411935314.
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07/05/2020 12:48:18Post reply
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Nicholas Rawls  Email
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My dad, Eddie Rawls and his wife Betty kept the Ferryboat pub in the early 60s when it was a Simmonds pub. Love to hear from anyone who remembers them and Bill Fall the postman/barman.
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06/05/2020 19:10:35Post reply
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James  Email
Comments
We have an old Miele cylinder vacuum that is free to anyone who can collect. It’s in working order, although the tools hatch doesn’t have a catch anymore and there is some tape required to hold the hose together. Comes with tools and Turbo head. Maybe useful for someone as a back up or for spares. Email if of interest.
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05/05/2020 16:11:01Post reply
Name
Hilary Jensen  Email
Comments
Would any local society be interested in a large portable projector screen? It is 2 metre wide. It might be useful in one of the village halls around, though I understand WOT has a large screen. Free to a good home.
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05/05/2020 09:08:16Post reply
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Leslie Maynerd  Email
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Very sad to hear that Pam Wilkinson had died - I didn't know her very well but she came over as a very dear kind lady So good that the family were with her when she died
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03/05/2020 10:29:52Post reply
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Karen  Email
Comments
Please could I request that dog owners pick up their dog's mess from footpaths and don't just leave it for walkers with their familys to step in. More people are enjoying our beautiful countryside at this time, don't spoil it for others. This goes out to the man that let his dog mess on the footpath outside Bozedon Farm yesterday as I was driving by at around 5 pm, despite my hard stare you just left it there. I hope the family following a little way behind with their children didn't step in it.
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23/08/2020 11:46:07Post reply
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Pete  Email
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Can I kindly request the same for people walking dogs along Swanston Field to the cut. There is a pile of dogs mess on our lawn for the 2nd time in a week.
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24/08/2020 09:52:49Post reply
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Mel Taylor  Email
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I am constantly picking up other dogs mess whilst walking my dog. It’s shocking how much I pick up.
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02/05/2020 20:00:45Post reply
Name
Eric Hartley  Email
Comments
Is there any culinary use today for the wild garlic growing profusely alongside Muddy Lane? Many years ago when I walked my first dog down the lane late at night she often scented a badger and disappeared. I would then hear the scurrying of claws heading towards me, the badger, the dog or the dog and the badger? The side of the path would be illuminated by glow worms in late summer as was the bank opposite on Hardwick Road. Sadly now there is too much artificial light. Eric
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03/05/2020 19:33:03Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
Yes - I made some nice wild garlic pesto. Easy to make!
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03/05/2020 20:01:50Post reply
Name
Laura Lucas  Email
Comments
We made some wild garlic pesto too, it also makes lovely garlic bread. We see glow worms at the end of the garden, they are a wonderful sight!
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04/05/2020 07:29:01Post reply
Name
Katherine Higley
Comments
Wild garlic risotto.
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05/05/2020 09:10:50Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
Wild garlic risotto sounds wonderful - can we have recipe please! Thanks
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05/05/2020 14:47:23Post reply
Name
Katherine Higley
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Date
07/05/2020 16:48:44Post reply
Name
Sue Christmas  Email
Comments
We just chopped some up and sprinkled over crisp roast potatoes. Delicious.
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08/05/2020 11:39:16Post reply
Name
David Hartley   Email
Comments
Just had some garlic in my pasta! Shipped over some wild garlic from Muddy Lane to Australia.
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10/05/2020 12:01:19Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
Thanks for recipe Katherine - I'll try it, as just found lots of wild garlic nearby!
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01/05/2020 02:26:25Post reply
Name
Robin  Email
Comments
So sorry to hear of Pam's passing, she was Joan's best friend and a very gentle lady. Pam was a true Whitchurch person and will be sadly missed. My sincere condolences to her relatives and friends. Robin.
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01/05/2020 11:36:38Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
Yes Pam's passing is very sad. A real loss to the community. She was such a lovely lady. I would appreciate it if someone could pass on my condolences to her family.
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03/05/2020 19:13:47Post reply
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Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
Very sad news to hear of the passing of Pam. A great organiser and supporter of events at the Ferryboat over the seven years of my tenure. She will be sadly missed.
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03/05/2020 20:03:59Post reply
Name
Laura  Email
Comments
I'm also very sad to hear this news: Pam was such a lovely lady, always smiling and will be very missed in the village.
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28/04/2020 16:48:14Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
PIZZA TAKE-A-WAY RESUMES AT THE FERRYBOAT Following a good number of enquiries, we have reviewed how we can safely provide the above and can now announce we will be providing this service on a FRIDAY and SATURDAY evening between 6-9pm. For more information and to view our menu, please visit our web-site www.theferryboatwhitchurch.com We look forward to providing this service for those who require it.
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27/04/2020 17:30:43Post reply
Name
Katherine Higley
Comments
Sadly over the last few weeks I have noticed an increase in litter in the village which I have been doing my best to pick up. On Sunday I found a pile of rubbish left at the picnic tables at the maze. Fortunately, I had a pair of gloves with me so I was able to clean this up and recycle/dispose of it appropriately. If it was you who left this behind; please in future take your rubbish home with you and recycle/dispose of it appropriately. Similarly, if you are responsible for dumping the bicycle along Hardwick please can you go and retrieve it and recycle it appropriately once the current restrictions have been lifted.
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26/04/2020 16:11:17Post reply
Name
Neil Huntington  Email
Comments
WANTED: wood planks My daughter attempting to build a weight frame and unfortunately, we have run out of materials! If anyone has any spare wooden planks we would really appreciate rehoming them Many thanks. Neil
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26/04/2020 07:41:04Post reply
Name
Katherine Higley
Comments
Two thank yous. Firstly, thank you to the wonderful person who has set up the book swap in the telephone box at the corner of Manor Road. I now have somewhere to take my books. Secondly, thank you the lovely person who created the fairy tableau. Its lovely. I will leave its location a secret so that others can make the same discovery I did.
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29/04/2020 22:37:48Post reply
Name
Carrie L-H  Email
Comments
Hear hear! Both are lovely.
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30/04/2020 09:48:42Post reply
Name
Elizabeth  Email
Comments
Indeed the fairy grotto is delightful. Thanks for the tip off re books.
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25/04/2020 18:29:41Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
Comments
Dyson upright hoover free to anyone who wants it! The piece that connects the accessories to the flexible pull out tube is broken, probably an easy fix. But it works really well aside from that!
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26/04/2020 06:41:39Post reply
Name
Alexa
Comments
Taken already!
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25/04/2020 14:28:28Post reply
Name
Sally Woolhouse  Email
Comments
Free to a new home - a compact fridge in working order, with an icebox compartment. Dimensions - 52cm (H) 53cm (W) 64cm (D). Happy to deliver locally. Would make a useful extra fridge for the summer beers!
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25/04/2020 10:02:41Post reply
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Elizabeth  Email
Comments
This is a message for the person who took out a noise abatement order against my cockerel. I have no idea who you are because although you are entitled to send the council round to me, I am not entitled to know by whom. Had you the courtesy to come and speak with me or drop a note into my door I could have told you I was aware the cockerel was noisy and that I was tying to find a new home for him. Instead I now feel that you are watching me and listening. I find that quite shocking. Everyone says what a nice village this is - it was for me until you did this. I would move away but after 34 years I am rather settled here.
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25/04/2020 23:14:32Post reply
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Carrie  Email
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Poor you Elizabeth, that’s rotten. You’re so right, a brief chat usually solves most things. I hope your cockerel finds a new home soon 😊
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29/04/2020 19:56:36Post reply
Name
Elizabeth  Email
Comments
Yes thank you - he went to a new home near Bicester.
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23/04/2020 12:17:10Post reply
Name
Helen Willis  Email
Comments
The superheroes stories were a great success this morning and Blake and his mum have asked me to pass on their thanks to everyone. They're looking forward to hearing the next ones on Sunday. Several people have said they don't need their books returned but if you would like them back, please could you pop a note in the bag of books with your name and address so that I know where to drop them back to. A delivery this morning had two books which look as if they are family treasures and it would be sad for them not to be reunited with the family and enjoyed by future generations. Many thanks again. Helen
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21/04/2020 20:26:13Post reply
Name
Helen Willis  Email
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Thank you so much to the superhero who has given me books to read to my grandson. You’re a star xx
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21/04/2020 18:40:35Post reply
Name
Helen Willis  Email
Comments
Can anyone help me get out of a granny pickle. I’m reading stories three times a week to my 3 year old grandson in Dubai. I foolishly asked him this morning what sort of book he’d like at our next session on Thursday. His reply - about a superhero. I don’t have one in my cache of books kept over the years and I can’t pop out to buy one. If anyone has something that would fit the bill that I could borrow for a day or two (which I would return suitably disinfected) I’d be hugely grateful. I can either pick up from your doorstep or if you’d prefer to drop it off I’m at Primrose Cottage (next to the art gallery). Here’s hoping. Helen 984 3620
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21/04/2020 21:20:55Post reply
Name
Beth  Email
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Hi Helen, we can lend you somebooks- I’ll take a look and drop some on your doorstep tomorrow. Beth, Myrtle Cottage
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22/04/2020 10:42:36Post reply
Name
Helen Willis  Email
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A huge thank you to everyone who's offered me superhero books to read tomorrow. I'll be able to keep the theme going for a good few sessions. The UAE have extended their ban on all but repatriation flights until July - at which point it'll be reviewed again so there's no guarantee I can go there or they can come here for quite some time. So that's a lot of stories to read - luckily 3 year olds are happy to hear ones they really like read over and over again - so I may well be asking for more help in the future if that's OK. Keep safe everyone and thanks again. Helen
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21/04/2020 10:24:03Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
Comments
Hi everyone, you may have read the update on the planned work in the Polish Church Garden in the village Bulletin. Sadly the preparation for the work itself has been paused due to Covid19, but we are looking for people to get involved with sharing any photos of or information about the church and site. It would be great to bring people together (virtually!) to contribute to the information board, help plan the design of the cross or to plan and organise the celebration to "open" the site. To find out more, get involved or share history and memories please get in touch with me on via the email linked to this post or or 07557 852600 You can find out more about the project at it's dedicated page on this website, linked from the Green Team page
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20/04/2020 12:02:55Post reply
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The Aitchison Family  Email
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We have been clearing bookshelves that our boys have outgrown and have the following free to a good home: 1. David Walliams children’s books - 4 hardback, 4 paperback including: The Ice Monster, Bad Dad,Awful Auntie, The Midnight Gang, Grampa’s Great Eacape, Billionare Boy, gangsta Granny and Deamon Dentist. 2. Usborne Spotters Guides - set of 10 including flowers, butterflies, bugs, birds, rocks, flags, shells, trees, seashore 3. Horrible Science - boxed set of 10 Happy to drop off in village.
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20/04/2020 11:14:38Post reply
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LINDA BISHOP  Email
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good morning , use to be resident years ago ,my inlaws had the greyhound pub ,Maurice and peggy bishop I all so knew the Aldridge family well jeff was my sons god father , I have lost my contacts of Vincent Aldridge and Geraldine , can any one help , if you don't want to give details to me , may be you can contact them and say I was asking , thank you , hope you all keep safe linda bishop
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20/04/2020 12:09:07Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
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Linda, I've sent you an email with the last address I have for Vincent.
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20/04/2020 14:59:55Post reply
Name
Eric Hartley  Email
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Linda, Your message evoked happy memories of drinking in the `Greyhound under the stewardship of Maurice and Peggy. My memory tells me that I was trusted and allowed behind the bar to assist Peggy in changing the barrels! Take care, Eric
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16/04/2020 13:45:07Post reply
Name
Anna and neighbours in Manor Road   Email
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Hello one and all and I hope you are all keeping safe, well and as cheerful as you can. I can only reiterate Nick Brazil's comments how humbling and overwhelmed he felt, with the support in Whitchurch at this time of crisis. We have a "mini market/swapping/offers to shop for the housebound", in Manor Road. As for the secret Bunny, as opposed to Secret Santa, what a surprise when some of us opened our front doors on Easter Sunday to find an Easter egg on our doorsteps. Thank you for the donor - the choccie is going down slowly but surely! With best wishes to you all and stay strong. Anna..
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16/04/2020 13:12:27Post reply
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joyce horsley  Email
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Wanted.A kitten (moggy) femail black or tabby if there is a choise. Good home offered. someone to love. Please help.
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14/04/2020 11:24:41Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
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This is the process that the Parish Council would need to follow to create a bylaw, if it has the right to create the bylaw. link This process has not been followed, so no bylaw has been created related to dogs on the village green or indeed any other topic. It is completely inappropriate and undemocratic for the Parish Council to claim powers it does not have. The government has put in place sensible laws unpinned by an act of parliament which we should all be following and in any case have a legal duty to. Legal overreach undermines these efforts, creates confusion and damages goodwill. The guidance Jim refers to, was produced by the government for open spaces throughout the whole country. Obviously a central London park can easily contain thousands of people. Lucky for us, at our village green you can easily be 100m away from other visitors or the only visitor. So some common sense is required when considering this guidance. We all have a duty to remain at least 2m away from people outside our household and that's the rule I have and will be following. I would ask that our PC acts only within its lawful powers and considers whether making lives harder for people in this already difficult time is a sensible thing to do.
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14/04/2020 13:40:48Post reply
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Sarah Hanfrey  Email
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I have looked at this again and the only legal instrument I can find to invoke this change is a 'Public Spaces Protection Orders' which would have to come from SODC (not the PC) and a case would have to be made that dogs not on leads 'had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality'. link I am not aware of any reasonable evidence that this test could be met. And the change is outside of WOTPC's powers. So questions around legal overreach and appropriateness of the measure remain.
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13/04/2020 22:55:30Post reply
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alex  Email
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Free King size bed, If required, I can deliver to front door keeping 2m distance. Divan type base with draw at end. Very comfy mattress (but does squeak a little when you move). Comes with modern metal head board. If not take by Thursday 16th, I will break up as tip not open. Mail me if you want to see photos
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13/04/2020 14:19:08Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
Hi everyone, The Parish Council had its first virtual meeting on Thursday night via Zoom. This meeting and any future virtual meetings are still available for residents to attend. One decision we made was to post messages on the Village Green to ensure residents were aware of the latest guidelines for Green Spaces which can be found here. link The Parish Council understands that this guidance applies to the Village Green, which is a common space used by residents frequently, so we request dog owners keep their dogs on a lead while these guidelines are in place. I have also received concerns about groups playing football on the Village Green so want to reiterate the message that exercise should be in household groups only. Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns.
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13/04/2020 20:41:33Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
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it is very sad that some of the signs about dogs on leads were removed as it is the legal right of Parish Councils to make by bylaws and the government has asked them to do so in recent communications, dogs touch people and do not respect the 2 metre rule as a Dog owner I know this all to well Covid19 can travel on Dogs Coats and in their Saliva and it is very disappointing that people would rip down signs designed to help save lives.
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14/04/2020 07:59:03Post reply
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Nick Brazil  Email
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To the best of my knowledge letting dogs off leads on the Village Green or anywhere else for that matter does not lead to the spread of coronavirus. So what on earth is the point of it apart from being officious for the sake of it?
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14/04/2020 11:32:20Post reply
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Laura Lucas  Email
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I agree with you, Nick. I find it very odd that the PC has gone further than the government guidelines regarding dogs, yet is keeping the football pitch open in direct contravention of them.
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10/04/2020 12:05:12Post reply
Name
Elizabeth  Email
Comments
Does anyone have an old pram or pram chassis I could borrow or buy? This is not to put a baby or child in !!
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10/04/2020 08:47:46Post reply
Name
robin  Email
Comments
Please does anyone have an unwanted digital Flatscreen telly they no longer need? My 27 year old CRT analogue telly doesn't work at my new home so am unable to watch anything at all - my computer is 10 years old and cannot stream either so am televisually deprived. I have a van so can collect - don't need anything fancy at all, just a simple telly please. Many thanks, robin :D
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11/04/2020 16:51:47Post reply
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Elizabeth  Email
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Hi has anyone offered you a TV yet? I have a small Grunding 19 inch flat screen TV that I don't use. The only thing is the remote has been lost so you would need to get a universal remote for it. If you want to stream you would need a dongle.
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05/04/2020 17:17:43Post reply
Name
Paul H  Email
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We live in Whitchurch and walked the dog up Hardwick Road this morning. Plenty of groups of cyclists clearly avoiding the instructions to stay at home. Picked up a guy off the floor who’d fallen (no choice, broken collar bone I think). Should we be saying something to them?
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06/04/2020 11:54:32Post reply
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Jim Donahue  Email
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I would encourage people to question groups playing together whether it is cycling, football, or any other social gathering. Best to talk to people at the time. I think people will understand being questioned under the circumstances. A lot of people were out Sunday due to the weekend and weather. From what I saw nearly everyone was respecting the rules, but it is hard to know for sure. Like anything else, people should use their judgement.
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11/04/2020 19:13:28Post reply
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Jon Stewsrd  Email
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I would from a distance of a long way away told them to go home if they did not live with this cyclist, and called an Ambulance, a collar bone is very painful but only a doctor can help with this so them gathering round the cyclist is thoughtless and dangerous to all key workers especially the NHS
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03/04/2020 06:28:22Post reply
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Diana Smith Message from SODC  Email
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Support for individuals - council tax Hardship fund for people on Council Tax Reduction The government has confirmed details of a £500 million hardship fund. Under this scheme, people in receipt of Council Tax Reduction will receive a minimum of £150 off their council tax bill for 2020/2021, unless their bill is less than £150, in which case their bill will be reduced to zero. This is in addition to any support they already receive. The councils are now working to confirm the amount each individual qualifying household will receive off their bill - as soon as this is complete, revised bills will be issued. Council tax payments
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01/04/2020 12:13:07Post reply
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Diana Smith  Email
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Would anyone like a set of Minecraft/Lego cake decorations? They were delivered too late to be used for my Grandsons birthday cake. I did not unwrap them so they are still in the cardboard box in which they were posted to me. If I know that someone will collect them I will leave them in the porch.
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31/03/2020 15:46:29Post reply
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Chris Martin  Email
Comments
The Woodcote Garden Centre is open for business.
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28/03/2020 21:55:52Post reply
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Robin Giddings   Email
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The Freezer is now Defrosted and sat at the end of Eastfield Lane under the big tree by the school entrance awaiting collection by whoever wants it - Perfect working order. Perhaps the Village Hall or the Art Cafe people could use, or someone collecting groceries for later delivery to isolated people?There will also be a normal sized Fridge with no freezer compartment available before Wednesday if anyone wants it. I have a van so could deliver, but would struggle to load/unload on my own so collection by whomsoever preferred unless you're brave enough to help me. There are also a huge quantity of black flower pots medium to large size up for grabs + other bits n bobs as available...
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28/03/2020 10:38:16Post reply
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Hilary Jensen  Email
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Just wondering if these can be of use to anyone, at these times of staying at home and perhaps gardening. We have a brand new 700W Gardenline cultivator sitting unused in the garage if anyone can make use of it. Also, some (about a dozen) miscellaneous large old plastic flower pots and some smaller terracotta pots are free to a good home! If anyone is interested. I can put them out for collection. And I would like to reiterate thanks to all those in the community that are helping and supporting us all.
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28/03/2020 10:35:39Post reply
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Robin  Email
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I am moving over the next few days and will have a lot of stuff to give away since the dumps are closed. To start with, in case anyone feels the need for extra Freezer space, I have a 5ft 6 drawer upright Freezer which will be outside my house available for collection from Sunday onwards. I will list other items as and when they are available and upon receipt of an email will reply with address. ps: you will need a large vehicle and two people to move the Freezer.
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27/03/2020 14:34:03Post reply
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Jim Donahue  Email
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I'm pleased to say that we now have 45 Emergency Team volunteers signed up in the village. There have been a dozen requests for support logged via the WotVolunteers@gmail.com email so far, but I know there are many more activities of support going on outside this. Requests to check in on people periodically, get groceries and prescriptions. if you need to pick up a prescription for someone, volunteers will need the persons’ name, address, whether they pick up from the Boathouse Surgery or the Chemist, whether they pay for prescriptions. (If they do not pay, you will need to know the reason - some people may have exemption cards.) There are long queues for the chemist at present but, despite asking we have not been able to agree a process to consolidate collections other than have one person go into the chemists with a list. This is only the beginning, I'm sure this will grow but it seems we are well placed to handle the demand for now.
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27/03/2020 15:16:36Post reply
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Mr J Donah  Email
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I'd like to add that John Bradon, Matilda Oppenheimer, and her daughter Lily have been instrumental in getting this process set up, and are still the key people managing the task receipt and allocation process right now. This is enabling many others to get involved in supporting residents and the number of people getting involved is growing daily.
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27/03/2020 09:48:33Post reply
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Allan Scriven  Email
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How good it was last night to stand outside at 8pm and to hear and join in the applause and cheers for the NHS, that went all around Manor Road. Very moving.
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25/03/2020 17:39:51Post reply
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Nick Brazil  Email
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The way Whitchurch has come to together as a community during the corona crisis is both overwhelming and humbling. I have lost count of the neighbours and friends who have offered to do my shopping and ensure I am ok.I count myself extremely fortunate to live in such a caring community. What else can I say except Thank you Whitchurch!
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25/03/2020 17:38:36Post reply
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Jonathan Steward  Email
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Anybody who is in Manor Road just Contact Me if you are self isolating and need anything as I am Coordinating on behalf of the PC in Manor Road to try and get what you need. just contact me via my email cllrsteward.whitchurchonthames@gmail.com
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25/03/2020 15:07:08Post reply
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Jonathan Steward  Email
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I am really sad today last night we lost 3 Lambs and over all this year we have lost 5 so far, I would like to asl respectfully that people do not feed foxes as it just attracts them to the area, the way foxes work is that they go to areas if people are feeding them, foxes do not kill only to eat they will kill as many as possible because that is what is instinctive to them, we do not breed Sheep for food we breed them and use them as conservation grazers, we breed them and people buy them because it is their hobby i.e they show them at Newbury and other shows, they are bought as lawn mowers for large estates etc so our Sheep live a full life and we would like to keep it that way, they are rare breeds bred to keep the breeds alive etc, so please do not feed Foxes and various other wildlife Badgers etc because they kill for fun and instinct. THANK YOU
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19/03/2020 09:07:00Post reply
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alex  Email
Comments
Lovely 2 bedroom, first floor flat in Woodcote coming up for rent in April. short drive to Whitchurch. flexible on tenancy duration. Please email me for more information. thanks
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18/03/2020 11:37:12Post reply
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Graham Dednum  Email
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FREE GARDEN TABLES AND CHAIRS We are about to 'spruce up' our courtyard garden and wish to dispose of the existing tables and chairs. there are a number of tables, mostly 600x600 with chairs. They are in need of some TLC but if sanded down and re-varnished or painted will be fine. We don't want any money, just come in and take away!!!!
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20/03/2020 13:56:28Post reply
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Mike Marshall  Email
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A big’ Thank you’ on behalf of Wallingford Petanque Club and Whitchurch Allotments for the old garden furniture from the Ferryboat. As I am self isolating until safe to mix again, I will have plenty of time to refurbish the chairs and tables. Strong and weatherproof they will give many more years of useful service. At a time when all hospitality businesses are under enormous pressure I wish you and your team the very best.
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18/03/2020 08:37:01Post reply
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Alexa  Email
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Morning all, Due to Covid-19 and the Governments social distancing policy this weekends Green Team working parties have been postponed until further notice. I'll be working on possible options for how we can carry out tasks in the village individually in the mean time and I'll update everyone when I can. Wishing everyone in the village health and happiness :)
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19/03/2020 08:36:53Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
Comments
Just to confirm, these cancellations also impact the litter pick this weekend. Thanks, Alexa
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17/03/2020 12:48:29Post reply
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Elizabeth  Email
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hi - I am willing to get shopping from True Food Co-operative in Emmer Green - you can see what is available on the website - www.truefood.coop I will be going there this Friday as I have a meeting there. I generally go every week. Email to me is fine.
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15/03/2020 12:50:17Post reply
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Jim Donahue  Email
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Hi everyone, A quick update on the activities of the Emergency Team response to the Corona-virus situation. The contacts in the Emergency plan telephone tree have been alerted and are discussing a statement that should be issued in the next 24 hours. In general, the response is that contacts will be provided throughout the village for those who may be in need of help with shopping or other support. This will be posted on the web-site and Facebook page and the plan is to issue copies of this to all households. I know that some members are already contacting neighbours who may be in need. I would like to encourage all residents, and not just those listed in the official emergency team to reach out to neighbors that they may be aware of who may need some support during this difficult time. This sentiment was also support by the Parish Council at last week’s meeting. Please note that I am currently travelling to support family in the USA, and but am still working on line and via phone. I am grateful that John Bradon has stepped up to coordinate the emergency team response until my return.
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14/03/2020 18:38:14Post reply
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whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
In view of the crisis with the Coronavirus the Whitchurch Theatre Club is in a state of dormancy for the foreseeable future. Only those bookings already made for October and next January will be going ahead at present.
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13/03/2020 18:51:54Post reply
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Mel Taylor  Email
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With the Coronavirus on the rise, I thought it would be a good idea to post on here if anyone was stuck indoors and were unable to get essentials. Those that are healthy could check to see if someone in the village needed milk, bread etc and can leave it in their doorstep. I know lots of people use online deliveries but many don’t and could be in need.
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13/03/2020 22:34:18Post reply
Name
Kirsty  Email
Comments
Great idea Mel - happy to help In anyway I can - contact me on this email if any help is needed
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14/03/2020 13:33:14Post reply
Name
Lily King  Email
Comments
Great idea. It would be great to know if the Parish Council is coordinating anything? I’d like to be part of a coordinated effort.
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15/03/2020 07:20:01Post reply
Name
Eleanor Sugrue  Email
Comments
Brilliant idea Mel. We do weekly online shops so happy to help
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15/03/2020 08:07:03Post reply
Name
Matilda Oppenheimer  Email
Comments
Thank you so much for raising this. Would the Parish Council be best placed to help coordinate this so the village can reach out to all at need and not just those who use the internet. Shopping and phone support for those who are isolated could be offered. I sounds as if there are many willing helpers.
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15/03/2020 12:37:04Post reply
Name
Annie Jones
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Yes I wonder if the Parish Council could work with villagers to identify anyone at risk due to age or being immuno-compromised so that a co-ordinated support response can be put in place if needed in coming weeks. This might include a volunteer register of those willing to help with essentials, but also possibly to check in online if face to face contact is not an option e.g. over Skype to help with feelings of isolation/loneliness/anxiety. I am very happy to offer both forms of support as I'm sure are many others in the village.
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12/03/2020 21:11:34Post reply
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Dave Bowen  Email
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Can I ask if the Parish Council have convened a meeting as yet of the emergency plan members to formulate a plan for the Corona Virus Pandemic and if minutes are available ? The emergency plan clearly has those steps as part of the "Low Probability" risk of a spread of epidemic yet we are facing a pandemic of biblical proportions and no word. With the reality of around 10,000 people already having C19 without possibly knowing as yet it is likely it is already in the village or heading this way. I am aware of local groups and Parish Council are already looking at measures and am curious as to what the PC ? Emergency plan team have in place to deal with those in isolation and mitigating the spread.
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13/03/2020 07:58:42Post reply
Name
Philip Weir
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As of 09:00 on the 12th March 2020 there were 590 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK. Official figures are available from Public Health England link
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14/03/2020 12:42:37Post reply
Name
Jonathan Steward  Email
Comments
I tried to address it Dave but the answer was, basically neighbors should help neighbors, I wanted to make sure that their was no limit to what we could spend on helping people, but that brick wall I keep hitting seems to still be there.
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15/03/2020 07:44:34Post reply
Name
Dave Bowen  Email
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Thanks for trying Jon. It's been clear for some time, particular from what had been fed back through my job that the governments strategy was for "Herd Immunity" and that they almost wanted it to spread through those who were healthy. Although the figure of 590 confirmed cases being quoted this is far from there reality. That figure doubled in 24 hours, as the modelling suggested yet the government are no longer testing everyone now and just saying, yes you have it and to self isolate. I'm aware of at least 4 people who have it and yet only 1 has a positive test result, others have just been told, yes.
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15/03/2020 11:54:23Post reply
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Geoff Weir  Email
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I think it would be good if we kept the Village Message Board for local issues, so yes to Mel’s topic above, but no to this topic which has now strayed into people’s views on how the Government is dealing with it.
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12/03/2020 09:08:58Post reply
Name
Allan Scriven  Email
Comments
The road closure is a bit of a surprise. There seemed to be no warning.
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05/03/2020 19:18:26Post reply
Name
Jonathan Steward  Email
Comments
The government takes war pensions off of Veterans if you could sign this I would appreciate it as it is disadvantaging thousands off Veterans in the UK and I am going to present this petition to the Veterans minister Johnny Mercer we have 750+ signers in ten days please read sign and share the link on facebook, you will be doing a good thing link
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04/03/2020 10:57:42Post reply
Name
Sue  Email
Comments
Can anyone recommend someone who does ironing locally? It will be mainly men’s shirts. Thanks.
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04/03/2020 17:59:13Post reply
Name
Keith Brooks  Email
Comments
We have a fridge that needs a good home. It is clean and is free to collector. Depth 49cm x Width 47cm x height 83cm. Salad drawer and 3 shelves but no freezer section. Appears to be in working order, including working interior light.
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05/03/2020 13:59:19Post reply
Name
graham  Email
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Hello, Interested in said fridge, can you tell me if it is still available, the brand name and where you are located. Regards, Graham.
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06/03/2020 18:34:14Post reply
Name
Keith Brooks  Email
Comments
Hello the fridge has found a good home.
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03/03/2020 15:02:04Post reply
Name
Geoff  Email
Comments
All day parking in the High Street is easy to solve, just ban parking between 12:00 and 13:00.
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03/03/2020 18:48:12Post reply
Name
Laura Lucas  Email
Comments
That was my suggestion too Geoff: restrict for an hour a day, but there must have been a reason why it wasn’t feasible.
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04/03/2020 10:12:19Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
I would not support the parking restriction idea posted by the other Geoff (not me!) for the reasons TAPAG have given in the past.
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01/03/2020 14:12:00Post reply
Name
Elizabeth  Email
Comments
Can anyone recommend a good chiropodist or whatever they call themselves these days?? Thanks
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03/03/2020 12:19:08Post reply
Name
Dave Bowen  Email
Comments
Hello Elizabeth, Lloyd Clark-Morris at Theale Wellbeing Centre is excellent. He does all mater of Chiropody and Podiatry. Their number is 0118 930 3535
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28/02/2020 18:14:32Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
Ikea High Chair £8 and Maxi Cosi car seat £15 for sale Contact Leslie email leslie@aromatherpycaversham.co.uk or tel 9845513
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27/02/2020 11:15:14Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
The Narrows outside the Ferryboat: a car drove on the pavement and missed us by less than 10 cm this morning going at speed. Pedestrians need a curb.
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01/03/2020 10:19:11Post reply
Name
Hanna Ferguson
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Hi Sarah, this is an on-going concern. The putting in place of a raised pavement in front of the the Ferryboat is included in the new village plan and is something that the PC is actively working towards. Definitely much needed.
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02/03/2020 08:46:33Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
Sarah, unfortunately the experience you had happens numerous times each day. A raised paved area would I believe have the effect of slowing traffic but as there are so many inconsiderate motorists I fear they would mount the pavement in any event and there additional measures, such a dumb bells or posts should be considered. It is only time before an accident happens which would likely involve pedestrians. My personal view is that the raised paved area is a priority and should be addressed outside of the other traffic measures under discussion and as soon as is practically possible.
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02/03/2020 16:40:25Post reply
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Sarah Hanfrey  Email
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Oh and by the way, a couple of months ago Tim was hit by a car while on a zebra crossing in Pangbourne (the one near the station) due to driver's vision being obscured by low sun. He was sore and had problems walking any distance for about 1 month. There appears to be no lasting damage but someone much older or younger would have come off significantly worse. I cannot fathom why sorting the main pedestrian route out of the village is not a priority. It seems like a 'no brainer' as encouraging those who can to walk to do so, helps drivers as well. Is there any potential downside? Any complexity? And if not, why are we maintaining a dangerous situation in our village?
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26/02/2020 21:12:50Post reply
Name
alex  Email
Comments
Lovely 2 bedroom, first floor flat in Woodcote coming up for rent in April. Walking distance to Langtree school, short drive to Whitchurch. Please email me for more information. thanks
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24/02/2020 08:30:59Post reply
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Jon Ashford  Email
Comments
Got to say I agree with the comments of both Nick Plumridge 20/02 and Stewart House 18/02. There needs to significant deterrent to Stop non-residents abusing the constrained parking in WOT. If the redevelopment of Eastfield House happens as a care home this will only compound the issue. One unintended consequence of the suggested Lamppost EV charging proposal is extending the time people remained park in a particular space due to the charging rate KWs/hr will be very low. Plus who will pay for the electricity no doubt it will end up on everyone’s Council Tax Bill. The current system is obviously being abused by some and impacting residents needs to change!!
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27/02/2020 13:44:59Post reply
Name
Marc Cresswell  Email
Comments
Hi Jon, the public EV charging system I am proposing is always paid for by the user via smart charging and/or Smart Phone app technology. Rest assured this would not increase anyone's Council tax bill due to increased electricity costs. Also it is a demand based service, so the most cost efficient time to charge is overnight but the charger can be 3.6kW or 7.2kW depending on the electrical infrastructure available. However, the idea would be to make this available to residents only (in conjunction with residents parking in one of the designated bays), so this wont increase demand for parking, it would just allow some residents with no off-road parking who are already parking here to consider switching from a dirty diesel or petrol vehicle to a more environmentally friendly (PHEV) Plug in hybrid or fully electric car. Would you prefer they run loose electrical cables for a 100's of meters across the roads and pavements and into their houses so they can charge them? Beyond that the govt has already announced no more gas guzzlers from 2035 and possibly are now considering bringing this forward to 2032, so this is a problem we MUST address at some point in the very near future. It makes logical sense to at least plan for it now in conjunction with the traffic flow/parking plan for the High Street, so that we could perhaps install one or two chargers down the line. However, this number in itself is nowhere near enough, TAPAG believe there are on average 24 vehicles parking on the high street, personally I think its considerably more when you take into account Hardwick & Manor Road. In 12-15 years time it will be a massive problem for the village and the country as a whole, and lets face it, 12 years is a blink of an eye in street planning terms.
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21/02/2020 11:31:05Post reply
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Elizabeth Robinson  Email
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Just a quick reply to thank everyone who responded to my e-mail. I have every sympathy with Whitchurch-on-Thames residents needing to park. My issue is to please park at a safe distance from the junctions. Residents parking permits - as Stewart suggests - sounds like the fairest way; there is also a 'rent a drive' scheme if anyone has space....
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18/02/2020 10:48:32Post reply
Name
Stewart House
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With regard to the traffic proposals, why not future proof and make all of Whitchurch residents parking only. At least this will prevent commuters parking all day or those outside of the village parking and walking into Pangbourne to avoid a 50p car park cost plus toll.
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19/02/2020 13:44:48Post reply
Name
Carrie  Email
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Good idea 😊 Also electric car charging points would seem a sensible thing to future proof as petrol/diesel cars will be rapidly disappearing (which will be nice for the air quality). And maybe a big ‘Give Way’ sign or temporary traffic lights by the lower narrows might be a positive (and easily reversible) solution to traffic flow out of the village - rather than getting rid of parking and having double Ellie lines painted the length of the High Street?
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20/02/2020 14:29:13Post reply
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Nick Plumridge  Email
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The issues with parking and particularly the parking issues on the High Street can be split into 2 separate sections ; 1. People who drive down from Woodcote, the Hill etc park all day and walk to the station. A rough estimate this saves 80p a day told and £4.80 a day parking. Multiply that by 300 days a year and that equates to £1680 per annum net. Its obvious that unless there is a proper deterrent and a block on this type of parking then it will continue. 2. Residents who either have no parking or choose not to use it. This is different but actually there a only a few houses that physically can not have a drive installed. We would all like a bigger front garden but sometimes sacrifices have to be made to ensure parking is available. There is currently an area by the church opposite which lies empty opposite The Greyhound which can accommodate 20 plus cars if parked properly. Has this been investigated ? The restrictions on parking on The High Street are correct in my view however I feel this will massively increase parking in Eastfield Lane, Manor Road and Hardwick Road as commuters will simply park there. While wouldnt when the other option is to pay nearly £1700 NET a year. For me the solutions posed by the Village Plan will only move the problem elsewhere. I am happy to be proved wrong but I doubt it
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22/02/2020 09:49:26Post reply
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Allan  Email
Comments
The idea suggest about charging points on lamp posts may not be possible as the posts are on the inside of the pavements. Charging points will need to be time limited for parking, otherwise one vehicle could park there all day and possibly night. I have also suggested that Stop signs should replace Give Way signs at the narrows, with an additional sign saying single file traffic only. Traffic lights at the narrows could cause big problems on build up of traffic.
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12/03/2020 10:40:12Post reply
Name
Lawrie  Email
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I totally agree, restrictions on the High Street will simply move the issue to Eastfield Lane, Hardwick Road & Swanston Fields. We have experience of two vehicles being parked in front of our houses on Hardwick Road for 3-4 weeks while, we assume, drivers took holidays. A similar situation occurred on the High Street I understand. As regards the potential for houses on the High Street creating drive spaces on their front gardens, The highways officer would I'm sure have major issues with this suggestion. Vehicles would have to either reverse onto or off of these drives creating danger to both pedestrians & vehicles & slowing vehicle progress along the High Street. The number of properties along the High Street that could have a drive is also limited.
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17/02/2020 20:21:49Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
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Hi everyone, I had a look at the web-site and I can see it is a bit tricky to find contacts for TAPAG but it can be found under points of contacts under the Parish Council here: link It's fine to make comments or objections to the current proposal, but please be respectful of the members of TAPAG who I consider to be first rate and have done a very professional job getting us to this point. Most of them have been volunteering their time for over 3 years to develop this proposal and I assure you that they are all happy to receive your feedback on it. Many comments were received at last week's Open Day, and another session will be arranged if required to address further concerns or questions about it. TAPAG also have regular meetings and are always welcoming new members if this is something you are interested in. They can't address every traffic related issue and I agree with Laura's recommendation that parking violations be raised to Thames Valley Police directly.
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17/02/2020 09:49:43Post reply
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Elizabeth Robinson  Email
Comments
Is there a link to contact anyone from TAPAG ? I have searched around the website but can't see one. Altho seeing Nick L-H mail not sure if it will be worth my while contacting them....my gripe is people who park too close to a junction - there is someone who parks at night at the top of Swanston Field just above 32 - too close to the junction with Hardwick so turning into Swanston Field at night there is a dark stationary car - we often have a taxi late at night and many a time a near miss - the car will get written off - there is the whole of the road to park further down - can the driver not walk an extra few yards for goodness sake? The other place is opposite the art gallery right on the give way lines, which is illegal - shame a few parking fines are not handed out.
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17/02/2020 14:12:31Post reply
Name
Marc Cresswell  Email
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Yep, Elizabeth I agree, the parking in this area is only getting worse for all of us but unfortunately, if you feel the parking is already a problem, wait until the ‘traffic flow scheme’ is implemented in its current form. Many of the cars that park at the top of the High St will be displaced, they cannot move to Hardwick as this junction is already rammed (and parking here will probably be badly restricted next and push more your way!). As there will be no guarantee of parking anywhere on the High St and not enough bays, the ONLY feasible ‘fine free’ location for residents to park in the future is that area of Hardwick/Swanston and this will only exacerbate your current issue (if it’s not planned properly). If the scheme comes into place it’s certainly where I will then choose to park in the future and I have a black Kombi van! So, just giving you a heads up and I promise that I’ll do my utmost not to get in the way. However, I wouldn’t wish parking fines on anyone. TAPAG this isn’t a ‘scenario’ it’s just one of the many blindingly obvious ‘Day 1/Phase 1’ knock on effects that surely everyone, ‘with or without’ off-road parking can foresee and predict with relative certainty. We all want better traffic, the same as you, but the plan is not acceptable without some proper amendments and more joined up thinking.
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17/02/2020 18:12:46Post reply
Name
Laura  Email
Comments
Hi Elizabeth, I think the best thing to do about any illegal parking is to contact PC Taylor with photos, then she may pay a visit: Barbara.Taylor@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
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16/02/2020 19:46:52Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
One ticket for King John at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford. Wednesday, 19th February. Coach departs 9.00am. Cost £58
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16/02/2020 17:32:44Post reply
Name
Nick Leadbeater-Hart  Email
Comments
"TAPAG replies to comments on parking scheme" I am getting really frustrated here with the TAPAG team. We (some of the residents most effected by the proposals) have made repeated attempts to reach out to the team and offer our concerns. These emails and offers of meetings are falling on deaf ears, and we are not getting any feedback or respect from the TAPAG team. To say ""All the points raised in the objectors’ posts can be countered with a logical response"" is pretty condescending. We are really keen to understand what these logical responses are... yet in repeated attempts to speak with the team we have had no response thus far. We are starting to feel like we are being deliberately ignored..... any genuine response to our questions will be welcomed. We have also offered multiple positive suggestions on how the proposal can be improved, these are also falling on deaf ears. With regards to "residents parking", I feel that we are being hoodwinked here. Realistically OCC does not currently have a resident parking scheme for Whitchurch, so the TAPAG team cannot offer is as a phase 2 with and with any certainty or guarantee in the future. We need the TAPAG team to honest about this, and not give a cooperate response to stating that we are working towards residents parking. Residents parking could realistically never happen, or could even be 10 years away... We are setting up an opposition working group due to the tone and attitude displayed in the post by the TAPAG team. I can assure you there a lot more than 5 objections. Nick
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16/02/2020 14:15:06Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
Where can I find information about the proposed parking scheme? I have seen the comments on the noticeboard so decided to look at the topic further. I can find very little about it on this website. I have used google search, read the last 4 months available PC minutes (Jan and Feb are not available yet) and found out that TAPAG minutes are not generally available for the village and still dont feel any wiser on the topic beyond seeing the plan itself The types of information I am looking for: 1) What is the total cost of the proposed scheme from inception to completion? 2) What are the downsides to the current proposal? e.g. improving the flow of traffic through the village might mean we get more traffic than we do at the moment. That not a reason not to make this change as it could still be better than doing nothing but we need to go into this with our eyes open and be realistic about the changes it will bring. 3) What risks have been identified and mitigated in the proposed design? I would really rather we did not have the boat saga repeated acted out through traffic and parking(!!) and being able to understand the rational behind the proposed changes would help us to make informed decisions.
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15/02/2020 13:48:42Post reply
Name
Michelle McMurray  Email
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We are looking for a family home to buy in the village. We currently rent in the village, are chain free, and ready to move. We would love to continue living here as our son attends the primary school. Anyone thinking about selling without incurring agent charges, please do get in touch. Thank you.
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15/02/2020 10:39:20Post reply
Name
Lissie Steward   Email
Comments
Morning everyone has anybody lost or had stolen a ladies mountain bike please let me know thank you
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14/02/2020 10:34:21Post reply
Name
John Chambers  Email
Comments
Milk and More left 3 pints of milk near The Hive, Hardwick Road this morniing. Anyone missing a deleivery?
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13/02/2020 11:36:25Post reply
Name
Carrie Leadbeater-Hart  Email
Comments
A really disingenuous article on the Village Parking Proposal. To say that it has ‘passed’ its first milestone is just not true. There is a lot of anger and concern from residents. Oxfordshire County Council do not intend to ever implement Residents Parking in Whitchurch, now or in the future. So if the Parish Council mange to force the yellow lines through all the residents who don’t have the luxury of their own parking will not have anywhere to park. The likely impact is that parking will be forced on to Eastfield Lane, Hardwick Road and in front of the Toll Bridge - not solving anything apart from speeding up the High Street and making the school Road used by lots of small pedestrians very dangerous.
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14/02/2020 11:56:01Post reply
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Adrian Dixon  Email
Comments
When we first came to Whitchurch everyone complained about the suspension bashing state of the pot-holed road surface in Hardwick Road. The council resurfaced it ... and then everyone complained about the speed of the traffic in Hardwick Road! We should be very careful about the unintended consequences of "freeing-up" the traffic in the High Street. I know a 20 MPH limit is proposed (maybe one day), but there's nothing slows traffic like a physical obstruction and the parked cars do this admirably.
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14/02/2020 17:19:07Post reply
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Marc Cresswell  Email
Comments
I agree with you both and unfortunately the new parking scheme does not take into account of any of the ‘un-intended consequences’ because it is only tackling the High Street and it begs the question; where is the wide ranging ‘Village Plan’ and vision that we were all promised? The current proposal is also mistakenly based on the fundamental misconception that there is 'plenty of parking' in the village and that residents parking is somehow almost assured in the very near future. The substantial obstacles in the way of successfully implementing residents parking make this goal highly unlikely and the PC should aim to be much more transparent about the complex processes involved and aim to provide more accurate information about the timescales and costs. For me, the proposal needs to undergo significant amendment before it’s allowed to proceed any further and waste anymore of all our village budget. It is not acceptable that the number of designated parking places is being significantly reduced and that the demand for resident parking is being significantly underestimated. Incredulously, the scheme does not even solve the considerable issue that TAPAG and the PC themselves have identified - the ‘out of village parking commuter’. Subsequently, a whole swathe of residents, who do not have the luxury of off-road parking, are being ignored and will suffer the most. The only way to comprehensively tackle the combined issues of parking, traffic flow and traffic speed/safety is to provide a wide ranging and strategic plan that covers the ALL the key pinch points in the village from day one. The plan must also seriously consider (and attempt to resolve) all the potential & foreseeable knock on effects which currently it does not even attempt to do. Therefore, as an absolute minimum the traffic/parking plan should also include (in addition to the current proposals); Eastfield Lane, Hardwick Road, Manor Road, designated parking bays based on empirical data for resident demand (as well as traffic flow), improved pedestrian safety and the guaranteed implementation of residents parking within a workable and acceptable timescale. I understand that from a pragmatic and logistical viewpoint that some elements may need to be rolled out in phases and you cant please 'all the people all the time', but it cannot and must not be planned in this piecemeal and disjointed manner. I'm also disappointed to see that the PC has not taken this opportunity to investigate the implementation of electrical charging bays from existing street furniture (such as lamp posts), which is a relatively simple and cost-effective green solution that usually requires no planning. Even just one village charge point would be better than none. However, I am certain that the current plan is being done with the best of intentions but in its current form it’s going to cause more issues than it solves and I think that collectively we can, and should, do a much better and more comprehensive job.
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09/02/2020 15:07:58Post reply
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Eleanor Sugrue  Email
Comments
Hello all. We’ve quietly put our house on the market and are waiting to see what might come up for sale in the village. We’re looking for 4 beds, with a good sized garden, parking and a double garage (or room to build one). If you happen to be thinking of selling sometime soon, do let us know... Thanks!
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31/01/2020 10:23:15Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
Woman in Black, Kings Theatre Portsmouth on Wednesday, 5th February at 2.30pm. Two spare tickets. Coach departs 9.30am. Cost £45.
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27/01/2020 14:55:30Post reply
Name
Helma Beelen  Email
Comments
🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️ If anyone would like to try my yoga class this evening I have spaces available in my 7pm class. It’s a nice gentle stretchy class suitable for all at the Whitchurch village hall. Hope to see some new faces 😀 Best Wishes Helma 😀
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19/01/2020 18:00:11Post reply
Name
Elizabeth  Email
Comments
Has anyone lost a pair of prescription glasses on the cricket field? There is a post on the Wonderful Whitchurch Facebook group about the glasses going back a week or so. I found them in the grass under the bench this evening - I have them at my house.
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18/01/2020 20:06:47Post reply
Name
Eric  Email
Comments
Our mystery plate (pote) problem has just been solved. It was made bu a friend’s daughter in Wivenhoe and left as a gift by her brother who lives locally - so it is ours!
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17/01/2020 10:41:12Post reply
Name
Melanie  Email
Comments
Can anyone recommend a local oven cleaning service? Many thanks!
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17/01/2020 13:30:59Post reply
Name
Kate Dyer  Email
Comments
I can thoroughly recommend David at Oven Clean Direct, locally based at Upper Basildon. 07517 781513 / 01491 672142 / link / info@ovencleandirectthamesvalley.co.uk
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15/01/2020 15:21:59Post reply
Name
Eric  Email
Comments
Oops - a typo, for pale read ‘plate’! Eric
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15/01/2020 12:27:34Post reply
Name
graham streak  Email
Comments
Balsan 3 Hydrotherapy bath massage kit never used £25 o.n.o. Proceeds to cancer research.
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14/01/2020 14:41:51Post reply
Name
Eric  Email
Comments
We found a lovely ‘green’ earthenware pale wrapped in black and white paper on our doorstep yesterday with no ID. Was it intended for us at 28 Swanston Field? Eric
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13/01/2020 06:05:23Post reply
Name
Helma Beelen   Email
Comments
Good morning all Just to say I’m sorry I’m cancelling my classes today at the stables and Whitchurch village hall as I have the flu. So much for having the flu jab!! Hope to see you all next week Best Wishes Helma 😀
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10/01/2020 06:40:31Post reply
Name
Nick Brazil  Email
Comments
I would like to congratulate Jean-Marc Grosfort on his imaginative initiative in creating the afternoon teas at the Village Hall. Not only is the tea excellent but the cakes are both unusual and delicious. Eat your heart out Savoy!
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07/01/2020 12:19:55Post reply
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Elizabeth  Email
Comments
I have a card delivered today for Roger Crawford if somone could please tell me which number he lives at I will drop it in.
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07/01/2020 17:55:36Post reply
Name
neil  Email
Comments
Number 30 SF.
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07/01/2020 11:13:27Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
Two spare tickets for My Cousin Rachel at Cambridge Arts Theatre on Thursday, 16th January. Coach departs 9.00am. Cost £61. Or just a day trip out to Cambridge without the theatre £21.
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06/01/2020 20:08:53Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
COMPETENT BAG PIPER REQUIRE EVENING 25th JANUARY To enhance our Burns Night at The Ferryboat, I am looking for one who can provide a short performance of music suitable for the evening. If you are able to help, or know of someone who can, please get in contact with me to discuss this further please. Thank you
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06/01/2020 14:51:18Post reply
Name
Sara Wood  Email
Comments
Hi I am currently seeking a 3/4 bedroomed rental property in Whitchurch on Thames or Whitchurch Hill - is anyone aware of any? Thanks
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05/01/2020 18:39:16Post reply
Name
Jonathan Steward  Email
Comments
I would just like to draw peoples attention to the link below which explains that you would be helping a lot of people in the world in when you buy product made from wood you check the wood is sustainable a lot of wood like for instance African teak is just too unsustainable to ever be used but companies still harvest it because people still buy it, Thank you, please follow the link if you have a minute or two you will find it below it will surprise some people not all but some link
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31/12/2019 09:57:33Post reply
Name
Jane   Email
Comments
Hello, I have a 3 bedroom house in Manor Road which will be coming up for rent in February. Just thought I'd start the ball rolling now before the agent gets the advert up together! Please email me for more information.
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06/01/2020 14:53:45Post reply
Name
Sara Wood  Email
Comments
Hi Jane, I might be interested, I've emailed you and look forward to hearing from you. Kind Regards, Sara Wood
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30/12/2019 09:05:29Post reply
Name
Linda Gray  Email
Comments
Apologies to neighbours disturbed by building work at Hope Cottage (formerly Mowcop). I didn't expect it to be as extensive either! It should be finished in the next two months.
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29/12/2019 14:35:40Post reply
Name
Angela  Email
Comments
I have about 15 lever arch files (used but in good condition) and a lot of plastic pocket file inserts. Are there any students who could make use of them?
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28/12/2019 17:38:18Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
The WTC has a booking for Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre, W1 on Thursday, 8th October, 2.30pm. Coach departs 11.00am. Total cost £85. Deadline end of January.
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27/12/2019 10:40:45Post reply
Name
Elizabeth  Email
Comments
6 surplus eggs, daily, from my garden hens. If interested please get in touch by email or 07462532716
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21/12/2019 16:17:29Post reply
Name
Leslie Prater  Email
Comments
I would like to pay tribute to the many parents who take their young children to play football each Saturday morning irrespective of the weather to the top of the Village Green. It is a privilege to watch them from my bedroom window. Happy Christmas, Leslie
Date
18/12/2019 20:25:25Post reply
Name
Chris Martin  Email
Comments
Caroline Perkins' phone number is 07922472139.
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18/12/2019 09:57:01Post reply
Name
Kate Preston  Email
Comments
I’m looking for a (paid!) dog-sitter for New Year’s Eve for my lovely spaniel Sidney. He just needs company and cuddles! Please get in touch if you’re interested or could recommend someone. Thank you!
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18/12/2019 10:56:20Post reply
Name
Chris Martin  Email
Comments
Caroline Perkins perkinscaroline@hotmail.com. Caroline lives locally and I recommend her.
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17/12/2019 12:32:39Post reply
Name
Vera Parham  Email
Comments
Basildon Park have now been told that the closure of the A329 at the Skew bridge will be from 23.00 on December24th to the 28th.
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05/12/2019 05:33:28Post reply
Name
Helma Beelen  Email
Comments
YOGA BEGINNERS CLASS My Monday morning beginners yoga class is up and running again at the Art Cafe in Whitchurch. It’s a small friendly group perfect for beginners or those wanting to take it steady. It starts at 9.30am all welcome, £7 just turn up. I’m also teaching at the Art Cafe on a Wednesday evening from 7pm to 8pm Please call me for more info on 07810425593 many thanks Helma 🧘‍♀️
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02/12/2019 13:13:13Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
CONCERT OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC I would just like to thank the many who attended this year’s concert, also to our church wardens, help from Richard at the village hall in providing extra seating and to our ‘stars’, the children of the primary school, Lucy Lombos their conductor, the parents of the children and headmistress for allowing them to take part. Equal thanks to Nick Brazil for taking photographs of the event that can be viewed from within this site. Looking forward to a great evening of Community Carol singing on the 21st. Usual venue, brass ensemble with mulled wine and beer on tap!
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02/12/2019 18:37:54Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
Thank you Graham for your work. It's the biggest annual event in the village and raises much needed money for our school and preschool. It would not happen without you!
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01/12/2019 20:48:07Post reply
Name
Vivien Chambers  Email
Comments
Our neighbour has had a parcel to Stephen Burns delivered to her (with RG8 7HW postcode).She does not know this person. Does anyone else?
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12/12/2019 18:05:06Post reply
Name
Elizabeth Robinson  Email
Comments
Hi - Stephen lives at Melifont last but one house before Muddy Lane along Hardwick Rd - probably too late now.
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28/11/2019 12:52:51Post reply
Name
whitchurch theatre club  Email
Comments
Two spare tickets for The Magic of Christmas at Cadogan Hall on Thursday, 5th December at 7.30pm. Coach departs Pangbourne at 3.30pm. Cost £43 each
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30/11/2019 13:56:09Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
I read the comment from Leslie with great concern. Many have contributed much to this village, not least of all Leslie with her dedication to our village. To use a slogan, “our village is for the many, not the few”, some put a lot into trying to make it a good village in which to live. Some, do little but make a lot of negative comments. Quite unhelpful and demoralising. Folks of the village, wake up, get behind those that go the extra mile, make this place a really special village, fully support the two village pubs, both with offerings to suit the many, and those who, as said, work for the good of the village
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30/11/2019 17:24:15Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I agree with Graham
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29/11/2019 20:18:25Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
It has been brought to my attention that someone in the village has arranged for the raised beds by the church entrance to be demolished on Dec 17th Apparently the Whitchurch society are going to create a new area there! If you don't want our village to be ruled by a few bullies who can just wantonly vandalise an area which has had a considerable amount of money spent on it, plants donated and lovingly nurtured which are now well established, an area which so many have enjoyed to sit on the bench there (donated by Stan Remington in memory of his wife and who also has paid for many of the shrubs in the beds) then please come to the next council meeting on Dec 9th and stand up for what is right!
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30/11/2019 15:28:01Post reply
Name
Laura  Email
Comments
Leslie, I’m the Chairman of the Whitchurch Society and haven’t even heard anything about December 17th. The Society has offered to hold donated funds for any work done on the Bell-mouth area, just like it does at the Maze. We are not organising or arranging any work done in either area, or any other for that matter. Please pay me the courtesy of contacting me directly in future if you have heard any alarming village gossip regarding the Society, rather than insulting our hard-working, volunteer Committee in public, thank-you.
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30/11/2019 16:55:03Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
It appears I have upset a few people from the Whitchurch Society - in no way should my email have read that I was referring to them as 'bullies' - just unfortunate that that comment followed reference to them creating a new area there So apologies to those who have felt upset
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28/11/2019 12:53:30Post reply
Name
whitchurch theatre club  Email
Comments
Two spare tickets for My Cousin Rachel at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on Thursday, 18th January at 2.30pm. Tickets £61 each. Coach departs from Pangbourne at 9.00am.
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28/11/2019 12:52:51Post reply
Name
whitchurch theatre club  Email
Comments
Two spare tickets for The Magic of Christmas at Cadogan Hall on Thursday, 5th December at 7.30pm. Coach departs Pangbourne at 3.30pm. Cost £43 each
Date
27/11/2019 20:57:04Post reply
Name
Whitchurch Pre-School  Email
Comments
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27/11/2019 18:09:30Post reply
Name
Diana Smith  Email
Comments
At noon today (27.11.19) a large vehicle with what looked like a vast pipe on its trailer caused a certain amount of mayhem in the High Street. It had to turn round on our side of the bridge and go back up the High Street. I was able to take a picture of the 40t vehicle and contacted the owner. Mr Wells sends the village his apologies on behalf his company and the driver. A delivery from Manchester was made at a site in Goring Heath, the driver whose high performance S7000 Snooper sat nav had gone wrong was directed from the site down Goring Heath Lane and turned left instead of right. The rest is history! We may need a sign at that junction.
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27/11/2019 12:17:07Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
Comments
Your final opportunity to help with the Green Team this year! Join us this Sunday (1st December) at 11am to sweep and tidy Muddy Lane now most of the leaves have fallen. Everyone is welcome, including children, just turn up on the day. Wear gardening gloves and, if you can, bring a rake, broom or loppers/secateurs. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of faces there :D
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22/11/2019 20:56:38Post reply
Name
Alexa   Email
Comments
Join the Green Team on Saturday 23rd November at 11am to clean equipment and trim back trees at the Manor Road playground. Being washing your or garden gloves. If you can tree loppers, washing up cloths etc would be handy too! Looking forward to seeing lots of people there
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20/11/2019 16:50:01Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
THE BOAT - John, accept your apology, thank you. If those in the village would wish, I am more than prepared to provide the location of The Ferryboat to provide a new home for the boat. As said, it would be fully maintained, planted with seasonal plants and appropriate themed decoration at the expense of my business. Obstacles are unfortunately being aired via email to me, not least by the PC, which may, as a consequence, lead to me effectively “parking” my plan. My business within the village is simply to provide one of two venues for villagers and those of surrounding areas to visit, enjoy a drink, food and pleasant place to relax etc. Dealing with unnecessary and unwelcoming hassle trying to facilitate the relocation of a boat is not on my agenda. Do you as villagers want the boat back? Two answers, “Yes” or “No”. Email me please with your answer.
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20/11/2019 18:57:34Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
yes
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21/11/2019 19:46:39Post reply
Name
Elizabeth Robinson  Email
Comments
No
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23/11/2019 11:34:15Post reply
Name
Alison Livesey  Email
Comments
Yes
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20/11/2019 12:19:51Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
With my councillor head on I realise what a popular choice it would be to put the boat outside the Ferryboat and it should go there and apologise to the Ferryboat if my comment upset the owner it was meant to be about the positioning not the Pub because it is a beautiful Pub I just never envisaged it being a pub decoration but that is fine
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18/11/2019 16:57:26Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
THE BOAT The offer to have the boat relocated to front of The Ferryboat was a genuine offer. As you say Geoff it does seem to be a suitable place and would of course be fully maintained by The Ferryboat. My offer does appear to have created the usual over-reaction from one so far. Pity really but if the ultimate decision makers do not take up my offer, no problem as the original donor of the boat has today offered me another. And, just to clarify, I have received an encouraging email from Lesley on my offer!
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18/11/2019 13:56:16Post reply
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Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I did it for the people of the village and to attract business to the whole village and to make the village look good not for any single business it would be wrong for the village to give the boat to any one business especially as the people who looked after it have not been asked politely or thanked officially by anybody I will be so angry if it goes to a business
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22/11/2019 21:37:18Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I have never commented on any business in the village before so how can it be an over reaction as usual, in fact the only thing I have ever done in the village is plant bulbs seeds etc and talk positively about any business and plant seeds and bulbs for them for free, as I will enjoy doing in the future so if anybody has a bit of the high St they think is bare I would love to plant it, I am starting with the bank on the upper narrows as a few years ago I asked permission to do it so look out in the spring for new bulbs in the village
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17/11/2019 15:50:49Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
THE BOAT. if a new home is required we could remove the benches at the frontage of The Ferryboat and it could be relocated, decorated as needs be and many I know would be happy to see it back. We have a great village and I for one am proud to be the landlord for over 7 years of one of the pubs frequently used to raise money for the benefit of many within the community.
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18/11/2019 09:20:35Post reply
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Jon Steward  Email
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Mark has asked already and will get it if any pub does. sorry first come first serve remember I painted it and I did not do it for it to be given to a pub and will object to it being used in the ferryboat strongly you have enough planters Mark should have it if any pub
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18/11/2019 10:54:14Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
I think this a great idea. There is some rationale in having a boat in front of a pub called The Ferryboat rather than in front of wall on the High Street, and it is in my view a better location than before. It would also (presumably) be looked after by Graham, and not by the Parish Council with ratepayers’ money. There maybe some Planning or Highways issues that need to settled, but it could be a way forward from what has not been a well-handled matter.
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18/11/2019 13:51:43Post reply
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Jon Steward  Email
Comments
I paid for the paint and the Varnish and painted and varnished it I do not want it going in front of any Pub I put so much work into it I do not want it put as an advertisement anywhere it is meant to be a stand alone thing for the village not a way to get business into a Pub the Ferryboat and the Greyhound are lovely Pubs and a credit to the Village but I painted it for the Village not a Pub Garden
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19/11/2019 16:40:24Post reply
Name
Mark Lovett   Email
Comments
Graham if you would like to take the boat you are more than welcome, in my option as long as it stays in the village it is a good thing
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19/11/2019 17:07:58Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
THE BOAT Mark, I appreciate your comment and will, subject to approval by the present owner, who at this time I am unaware of, and planning consent IF it is required, be very happy for it to be given “pride of place” on our forecourt to be viewed by those who enter our lovely village. It will be fully maintained by the business and, again subject to willingness of those who have decorated it in the past, have a revolving theme of plantation and decoration. Via this media, if the “owner” can make contact, this would be appreciated
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17/11/2019 10:53:58Post reply
Name
Eric Hartley  Email
Comments
Advice please - our splendid Carpet Ckeaner for many years has retired - any local recommendations? Eric
Date
16/11/2019 18:14:29Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
I would like to personally thank Leslie Maynerd and the many others in the village who worked so hard on the boat and the area in front of the Church bellmouth over the past 2 to 3 years. This includes, amongst many others, Dave Maynerd, Sally and Pete Woolhouse, Keith Brooks, as well all the creative work done by Gill Williamson and the Crafty Knit & Stitch group. Their effort was done with the best of intentions to improve the appearance of the High Street and was fully supported by the Parish Council. I also respect the right of the owner of the land to have the boat removed and I would like to thank them for use of their land up until now. The Parish Council had wanted a smooth transition to whatever the new landscaping will be and we will consider supporting this once we are made aware of the plans there. We were not aware that the boat would be moved this week, and unfortunately it happened in a week where Leslie’s car was written off once again in an accident while parked in front of her house on the High Street. While this was obviously not intentional, she is not feeling particularly welcomed by the village at the moment. Please join me in thanking Leslie for all of work she has done for the High Street and in the many other community activities she has been involved in.
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16/11/2019 21:36:08Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
Thanks Jim for those kind words - I have actually had a lot of support for both my car being smashed into and the boat being removed so abruptly - there are many nice people in our village thankfully I'd also like to personally thank those who have helped with planting and weeding and making the boat look so smart and a big thank you to Gill and her team for the amazing displays they have done to enhance the boat What a shame we won't have a Christmas one!
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17/11/2019 12:21:53Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
Thank you Leslie you have done a brilliant job and I consider the way this has been handled very upsetting and rude, the Parish Council were not informed before this happened and I for one am very sad at the ungracious way it has been done you are brilliant for the village and please do not consider that you are not thanked because the village over all loved the boat and I have the petition to prove it, you did your best and Dave and I apprieciate it very much.
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19/11/2019 17:02:43Post reply
Name
Alexa  Email
Comments
I'd like to add my thanks to Leslie for looking after the boat and spending so much time and energy making it look so special. I've only recently got involved with the volunteers who have been spending huge amounts of their time looking after our village and it's green spaces but it's clear to me how passionate Leslie is about our village and how much work she's done to make it the wonderful place it it. Many thanks Leslie!
Date
16/11/2019 15:48:27Post reply
Name
Pete  Email
Comments
Does anyone know on what date extra garden waste is collected with brown bins please? Thanks
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16/11/2019 21:24:21Post reply
Name
Laura  Email
Comments
Hi Pete, it’s this week (23rd).
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17/11/2019 10:50:27Post reply
Name
Laura  Email
Comments
Sorry, I meant 21st!
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17/11/2019 14:31:17Post reply
Name
Pete   Email
Comments
Thanks!
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16/11/2019 11:42:12Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
The Parish Council did not know the boat was going to be removed when it was it just disappeared so this is not a Parish Council decision it was somebody else that removed it without the knowledge of the Council
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16/11/2019 10:45:22Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
Well the boat is gone sadly but there is nothing we can do about it so we move on, the Bellmouth will now be cared for by the Whitchurch society the very famous designer of the Bellmouth is Sir John Soane, I have been told that it will be restored to its former glory and if it is not I I will be on it like a limpet to a boat hull. Please have a look at the very famous designer of the Bellmouth below he was a very interesting man and we are lucky to have this great architectural piece in our village so lets concentrate on making it a focal point by bringing it back to life and showing off our lovely High St. In the Summer next year I am hoping to get hanging baskets on the Bridge and need support by people hanging out baskets of their own, I hope I can make it happen, please find below the link to Architect Sir John Soane Museum he was a fantastic Architect link
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15/11/2019 13:00:59Post reply
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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
Comments
I helped a lot with the Boat and if I had known as a Parish Councillor I would have told you Leslie the Parish Council had no part in removing it without telling people it was a private decision by a private individual not the Council
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12/11/2019 11:22:46Post reply
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whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
Welsh National Opera's Carmen at the New Theatre Oxford on Saturday, 23rd November at 7.00pm. One spare ticket. Cost £70. Coach departs Pangbourne at 4.00pm.
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11/11/2019 08:45:26Post reply
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Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
I am very uncomfortable with the village website being used to comment on what one villager choose to have on their own land. The boat is on private land which the landowner kindly let the village use. The landowner now wants her land back which she is perfectly entitled to do. The comments have been going on and on, on and off, for months/years. This is a COMMUNITY website. The only appropriate thing to do is thank the landowner, the crafters and gardeners who have contributed to the project. We are all entitled to have a different opinion about what looks nice or not, but focusing on just one person is awful.
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16/11/2019 00:39:35Post reply
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Mark Lovett  Email
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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
Comments
What a lovely thing to say
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10/11/2019 22:27:27Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
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The service today was great it was so respectful the last post was perfect as was the service and respect shown the service was lovely and the respect in the air was tangible well done Peter Dragonetti and his wife Sarah and also Jim Donahue for organising and the team at ST Johns and everybody involved with the hard work organising it
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13/11/2019 00:48:41Post reply
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Jon Steward  Email
Comments
Put that way Sarah I must agree and I have made an error in judgement by not thinking about the effect it would have on a personal level to the land owner.
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13/11/2019 09:42:00Post reply
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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
Comments
Can any one recommend a reasonably priced locksmith who serves the surrounding area? Regards Graham.
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12/11/2019 08:05:06Post reply
Name
Jane MacCaw  Email
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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
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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
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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
Comments
Keys found - thank you all for your expressed concern - I win the wine! Eric
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06/11/2019 20:44:58Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
please sign this petition it is important that council funds do no go towards removing the boat and repatriating the land that is not what the precept is for the precept it is meant to improve Whitchurch and the people in its lives and most people like the boat as far as I know it is beautiful and liked, just copy and paste the below link and sign if that is your choice my army friends say thank you for this and I am looking forward to the Christmas decoration of it where ever it may be link
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07/11/2019 09:06:19Post reply
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Geoff Weir  Email
Comments
Jon, the land the boat is on belongs to a private landowner, so it is up to them and not the Parish Council as to whether or not the boat remains. Also, there are many of us who would prefer it if the boat was not there - I do not know the basis of your assertion that most people like it.
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07/11/2019 19:22:05Post reply
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Jon Steward  Email
Comments
yes the land belongs to a private land owner, I just do not agree with public funds being wasted on returning it to the way it was horrible, it is a fact that most of the people I have spoken to love the boat, the designs on the boat are beautiful and I think that the boat being draped in poppies as an ex serviceman is a stunning tribute to soldiers past and present, my petition will show how many love the boat, but I digress my point is a lot of money was spent to get people involved in making our village lovely you included and they have done a lovely job on the boat and the other side of the bell mouth. I would support bringing the bell mouth back to its former glory and the parish council being involved financially in that, but returning the land to being an eyesore would be stupid and short sighted, when Sir John Soane designed the bell mouth for the Simeon family the Village objected to it being built surely that is a lesson we should learn managed change is good If change was not good we would not have two stunning bell mouths I think rather than fighting about it I think we should manage change and carry out maintenance to the brick work on the bell mouth and maintain the bell mouth into the future with council funds for a few compromises and manage the change to the mouth itself this would be of great service to the people of the village because they could be returned to being spectacular with the use of the volunteers that people in the village seem determined to upset, these volunteers are very important and they love what they do we should be respectful to them they are willing to work hard. I sincerely believe that if people do not like what has been done come up with a good compromise do not just be critical of our volunteers people should get their hands dirty and come up with other options and "I do not like it" is not very helpful and frankly it is upsetting and disrespectful to many people
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08/11/2019 11:02:50Post reply
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Laura Lucas  Email
Comments
Hi Jon, I believe this is an agenda item for the PC meeting on the 14th. It seems you don't have full information and have jumped the gun, so to speak. The Whitchurch Society is helping Sally by holding funds for the restoration of the Bellmouth area, which is what this project is, rather than some campaign to get rid of the boat (which was already going), so I presume it will therefore get your full support.
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08/11/2019 14:27:19Post reply
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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
Comments
Jons main point is that Council funds and hence villagers council tax should not be used to "restore" the land post boat removal and I have to agree with him. The land previously was not looked after so I personally object to any of my money being spent on it. If the owners dont want the boat on it then that is up to them but no money should be spent on the land itself and that is the main point I believe Jon is objecting to.
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15/11/2019 09:48:02Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
The area has already had over £1000 of parish council money spent on it. Its all in the council minutes.
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16/11/2019 01:07:29Post reply
Name
Mark Lovett  Email
Comments
So what you are saying is the parish council spent £1000 doing up someones private land not to mention many villagers time, effort and personal money for them to decide meeh Don't like it?
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17/11/2019 22:07:49Post reply
Name
Nick Plumridge  Email
Comments
Presumably in historic Parish Council minutes will be photgraphs to show what the area was like prior to the boat being installed so that it can be restored to its original condition and NOT an enhanced condition as previously it was akin to wasteland !!!
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06/11/2019 20:08:10Post reply
Name
Graham Dednum  Email
Comments
Have to congratulate Gill Williamson and her team on the tasteful decoration of the boat. Looking forward to the Christmas theme decor in a few weeks in time for the Annual Christmas Concert on 1st December at St Mary’s
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06/11/2019 08:36:50Post reply
Name
Laura Lucas  Email
Comments
Please would the residents celebrating Guy Fawkes last night, consider some quieter fireworks next year? It would be very much appreciated.
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06/11/2019 18:00:45Post reply
Name
Jack  Email
Comments
Barely heard any tbh and I was home all night, it’s once a year, twice if you include new year when some people set them off. Fireworks are made to go bang 🤷🏻‍♂️
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07/11/2019 13:45:57Post reply
Name
Laura  Email
Comments
I'm glad you barely heard any, Jack, I can assure you that it was very different where my house is, hence the message, and a great number of my neighbours felt the same. My windows were shaking (as was the dog). There have been fireworks on at least 3 nights in the past week with more to come this weekend, no doubt, and we even had some on Armistice Day last year. I am simply making a polite request.
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21/11/2019 19:55:42Post reply
Name
liz robinson  Email
Comments
I live some 3 doors from Laura - I have to disagree - our house was not shaking and we did not find the noise unacceptable.
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05/11/2019 20:06:40Post reply
Name
Nia Day  Email
Comments
Update: Mary Madgwick, formally of Avoca Farm, Whitchurch passed away peacefully on 26th October 2019 aged 90 years. Funeral service to be held at St Mary the Virgin Church, Whitchurch and afterwards at The Ferry Boat Inn on Friday 15th November at 12 Noon. All very welcome.
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05/11/2019 11:22:28Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
PLEASE BE SYMPATHETIC TO LIVESTOCK TODAY AND INFORM ME IF YOU ARE SETTING FIREWORKS OFF NEAR WALLISCOTE FARM SO I CAN SHUT THEM AWAY THANK YOU
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05/11/2019 10:56:19Post reply
Name
David Robinson  Email
Comments
Does anyone have two or three demijohns please? I have a second batch of cider that needs racking off the lees but the first batch is still bubbling away in the demijohns I do have.
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03/11/2019 18:33:43Post reply
Name
Abi Goodwin  Email
Comments
Hi Can anyone recommend someone to prune trees? Thanks Abi
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04/11/2019 09:05:29Post reply
Name
Sally Woolhouse  Email
Comments
You could try Ian Hogg on 07714 165840 - he is local and will tackle most jobs, big & small !
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03/11/2019 15:01:17Post reply
Name
Elizabeth Robinson  Email
Comments
Does anyone have a cot and a high chair (and toys) I could borrow for 10 days please? We have visitors coming from the USA with a small child (15 months) and although I would willingly buy baby equipment the child will most likely need different items next visit!
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03/11/2019 21:09:47Post reply
Name
Leslie Maynerd  Email
Comments
I have high chair and toys you can borrow
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21/11/2019 20:10:23Post reply
Name
liz robinson  Email
Comments
Dear Leslie - thank you so much for your kind offer re high chair and cot and I apologise for not responding to your email until now - I did not see your reply and had another offer from someone in the village, so we are now all set up and our visitors have arrived. Thanks again.
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31/10/2019 15:18:41Post reply
Name
whitchurchtheatreclub  Email
Comments
Two spare tickets for Carmen with the Welsh National Opera at the New Theatre Oxford. Saturday, 23rd November. Cost £62. Coach departs Pangbourne, opposite the Laundrette, at 4.00pm.
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31/10/2019 12:38:35Post reply
Name
Nia Day  Email
Comments
Mary Madgwick, formally of Avoca Farm, Whitchurch passed away peacefully on 26th October 2019 aged 90 years. Funeral service to be held at St Mary the Virgin Church, Whitchurch and afterwards at The Ferry Boat Inn on a date to be advised shortly but expected to be 14th November at 13:30. All very welcome.
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01/11/2019 10:10:19Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
Very Sad to hear this what a nice lady
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29/10/2019 11:20:16Post reply
Name
Esther Robinson Wild  Email
Comments
If anyone has cardboard boxes (for a house move) that they would like to get rid of, we will gladly take them off your hands.
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30/10/2019 16:30:11Post reply
Name
John Chambers  Email
Comments
We have 2 or 3 cardboard boxes at The Hive, Hardwick Road
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29/10/2019 11:13:05Post reply
Name
Whitchurch Pre-School Group  Email
Comments
Play assistant required link
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26/10/2019 14:40:37Post reply
Name
Jim Donahue  Email
Comments
At the beginning of each Parish Council meeting, one of our Councillors reads the following mission statement: ‘As a Parish Council, along with the members of the public here today, we have volunteered our time because we care about our village. Our meeting today is to make decisions as a team and share progress on our joint mission to continually improve and look after our village.’ I am very proud of the hard work our existing councillors are doing for the village: Rachel Hatcher, Katherine Higley and Jon Steward. This also applies to the many volunteers from the village that are supporting related efforts through working groups, committees and other volunteer activities. Warren Beard, Dave Bowen, Keith Brooks and Sarah Hanfrey and many others also worked hard for the village in their time as councillors. While turnover of councillors can be distracting, it does ensure fresh ideas keep coming into the council. We will be filling two of the vacancies shortly and the third will be advertised following the November meeting. With any luck we will also have a new qualified Clerk soon as well. At all times, my top priority is that the council stays focused on delivering results for our community, and not be distracted by any criticisms that are inevitable in this role. If you are interested in finding out more about the Parish Council, I encourage you to come along to a meeting and see for yourself. At our next meeting on 14th November we will be getting an update on exciting plans to address traffic and parking issues, progress on the new pavilion, and many other issues that could affect you as a resident.
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01/11/2019 10:05:33Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
My name is used here also without my permission
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25/10/2019 18:16:48Post reply
Name
Laura Lucas  Email
Comments
For those feeling a little confused by the article "Council loses third member" in this week's Henley Standard, I would just like to reassure you that it's simply a case of James Burton's usual standards of journalism. I am NOT the Clerk that resigned from the PC recently, I've never even met the lady. With regard to my resignation from the PC as a Councillor in 2015, I actually emailed my resignation letter, and reasons for doing, so to James himself (who acknowledged their receipt) on 13th May 2015.
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24/10/2019 19:49:08Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
Has anybody got windfalls they do not want? if so we wil clear them off you lawn and take them away our Sheep love them. we are in Whitchurch so not far to collect them from Pangbourne or Whitchurch, our hungry sheep would love to eat them happy Sheep make great Lambs
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25/10/2019 09:57:07Post reply
Name
Allan Scriven  Email
Comments
there are plenty by the village hall
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25/10/2019 10:46:36Post reply
Name
Sarah Hanfrey  Email
Comments
Hi Jon, there is a large wild apple tree on Eastfield Lane just past my house, on the far side of the road. I have not checked it recently but usually it has lots of apples. You might need a step ladder.
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01/11/2019 10:22:44Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
Thanks Allan got most of them
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21/10/2019 12:59:19Post reply
Name
Dave Bowen  Email
Comments
I read the chairmans report and update around the village with great interest. It is very disappointing that the village has lost yet another good Councillor and also a very good Clerk who would have undoubtedly been a huge benefit to the village with her experience and professionally clerk training. Since joining the Council in 2015 we have had 4 Clerks resign. Both Jenny Welham and now Laura were both very experienced and were clerks for other Parish Councils. Felipa was an amazing clerk who gave so much to village above and beyond what was required. Ina, also a Parish Councillor in her own village had a lot of experience and was dedicated. Unlike Councillors, this was their day job and source of income so for four councillors to resign begs the question as to what is going on to make them resign, particularly after such a short period of time and in other cases the timing of their resignations. Also concerning is the turnover of excellent Councillors at the moment. The village should be seeking answers to this. In respect of the report of what's going on around the village, I am somewhat shocked at the chair taking some credit, on behalf of the village hall team for the roof maintenance. Keith had been trying for months to get this work done yet was constantly blocked and ultimately when a motion for a payment of the roof maintenance was submitted the chair chose to bamboozle his way through getting the motion dropped to prevent a payment being authorised. This was for vital maintenance of a village asset. In terms of the Villages finances, some of you may be thinking that it was right to be putting off or being sceptical about repairs to the village. The latest figures from August show a balance sheet of £61k in the Councils coffers. The Hall repair was around £1000. For those not aware, the Parish Council receives around £25k per year from Council Tax for work around the village. This is not for Highway Maintenance etc, this is for open spaces, allotments, Grass cutting, weed killing Village Halls and general things like this around the village. ie not highways, refuse or similar. The PC its currently sitting on over twice the annual precept / budget which is going up and not being spent. Whilst it's prudent to have some reserves, its both unethical and potentially unlawful to have such extensive reserves without an adequate reserves policy, as per the Local Government Act. I would question as to whether the PC will be formalising and publishing a Reserves Policy as per the Local Government Act and in fact many other Parish Councils who are stockpiling funds for a rainy day. Perhaps the Parish Council are going to reduce the PC element of the Council Tax next year to compensate for the excessive reserves that are not being spent around the village. In respect of the above, its good to see Jon Steward pursuing the replacement of the benches around the village and ensuring that Weedkilling is in place more regularly. These are very minor expenses in the grand scheme of things that should just happen. Likewise in taking credit, with the road repairs I had been battling the county council for some considerable time over what can only be described as their falsification of the fix my street app to get repairs done. In essence, OCC were marking off work that had been recorded by villagers as being done when it had not. I pursued this for a second time earlier this year having previously highlighted their errors using the Freedom of Information Act. This time around, rather than disclose their way of dealing with things, the head of Highways wanted to meet with me to resolve this amicably within the village. We had tied this in to a visit already arranged in May with the local highways inspector and chair. This meeting was cancelled at the last moment by the chair and put off. Whilst its good to see the work done now, its disappointing to see credit being taken when attempts to prevent a previous meeting at a much higher level were cancelled by the chair. It's very sad to see the Parish Council fall into such dysfunctionality with clerks resigning alongside councillors and I would question what has changed so drastically in the past few years to cause this.
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24/10/2019 12:18:01Post reply
Name
Geoff Weir  Email
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I don’t always agree with Dave’s views but on this occasion I think he is absolutely right to raise the issues he has. Particularly concerning is the turnover of Clerks - the PC needs an experienced Clerk to ensure that it operates legally and that actions are properly discussed and authorised. It may be that a fresh approach by a new Chairman is needed.
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31/10/2019 10:25:51Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
My name in this report is used without my permission
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01/11/2019 10:21:11Post reply
Name
Jon Steward  Email
Comments
You are right nobody should be taking credit we are just doing our jobs, if we had not got it done we should have been ashamed but getting it done was doing our job, I wish people would stop trying to get credit full stop