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Date 23/01/2017 10:14:37 Post reply
Name Charley Ambrose   Email
Comments WE NEED YOU!! Part-time, responsible, doggie person required for family run business in Whitchurch/Goring Heath. Must be: * passionate about all things canine! * Experienced Driver * Confident with dogs of all shapes and sizes * Flexible * Enthusiastic and excited about joining a small but growing business. Please contact Charley on 07771 657359

Date 23/01/2017 10:06:24 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments One spare ticket for Red Shoes at Sadlers Wells, Thursday, 26th January. Coach departs 10.30am. Cost £61.

Date 20/01/2017 19:46:43 Post reply
Name Jean Bull   Email
Comments Well-Loved Sheepskin Rug. Could anybody make use of a well-loved lilac sheepskin rug from John Lewis. It's reasonably clean, but can be washed. It might even make a good bed for a dog or other pet. It's a shame to just throw it away. Free to a good home in the village.

Date 18/01/2017 16:16:37 Post reply
Name Richard Wingfield   Email
Comments Anyone need a TV stand? John Lewis, three glass shelves 60 x 40 cm, height 50 cm. Free to good home in the village.

Date 13/01/2017 10:24:53 Post reply
Name Graham Dednum   Email
Comments VACANCY We currently have a vacancies for part time staff to work in our busy bar and restaurant. If you are interested in this position, please either call in at The Ferryboat or ring on 0118 984 2161 for further information

Date 12/01/2017 11:04:41 Post reply
Name Allan   Email
Comments I have some wall and floor tiling equipment for sale. One hand cutter and one electric bench disk cutter. Also included are a selection of associated tool. £25 0118 9842224

Date 02/01/2017 11:30:49 Post reply
Name Jane Horne   Email
Comments Hello, We are looking for a German speaker to help our 16 year old son to prepare for the speaking element of his German GCSE this summer. Could you help or do you know anyone who could? We are prepared to pay for time and arrangements could be flexible. Please email or call Jane on 07921362704 for more information. Any help would be gratefully received. Thank you very much.

Date 28/12/2016 21:42:18 Post reply
Name Ros Heath   Email
Comments Isobel Heath - responsible teen (almost 20!) available for babysitting and maths tutoring, contact 07788 745978 for more information.

Date 18/12/2016 10:17:06 Post reply
Name Harriet mulrooney   Email
Comments Hello! Hope this is ok to post- we are looking for a local domestic cleaner, is anyone able to recommend someone? Tia!
Date 04/01/2017 14:17:38 Post reply
Name Jane   Email
Comments Hello, I can recommend a local company who have been cleaning for me weekly for 3 years, if you are interested contact Niki for more information. Best wishes 07765 584851 Niki

Date 13/12/2016 10:19:41 Post reply
Name Geoff Weir   Email
Comments Because there are 50 % more households in Goring Heath than Whitchurch-on-Thames, each WoT household will be paying 50 % more than those in GH to support the 143 bus as WoT PC has agreed to pay 50 % of the total costs. Is this fair, especially as most of the costs are incurred by the bus going up the hill?
Date 13/12/2016 16:39:11 Post reply
Name Richard Williams   Email
Comments Geoff, I completely agree and have pointed this out to several people on the PC last month. The package needs to be re-considered imo with each household in the two villages paying the same precept
Date 13/12/2016 18:07:48 Post reply
Name Sarah Hanfrey   Email
Comments How much are we talking per household in WOT versus Goring Heath? This seems very pertinent but after a quick check I cannot find the information.
Date 15/12/2016 17:19:20 Post reply
Name Geoff Weir   Email
Comments We must wait and see the Minutes of the PC meeting on 5th December, but I think it was decided to support the 143 bus up to what is called the Section 137 limit (of the 1972 Local Government Act), which is currently £7.42 per elector per year. The electorate of WoT is 624, so the maximum sum that could be raised is £4,630. The electorate of GH is 977, so the maximum sum they could raise is £7,073. But if GH only pays enough to match WoT (ie so each parish pays 50%), each elector in GH would pay only £4.73 per year. So WoT electors each end up paying more than 50 % more than GH electors to support the 143, which in my view is unfair and poor value for money for WoT council tax payers.
Date 15/12/2016 19:18:24 Post reply
Name John Bradon   Email
Comments Once the bus has got to Pangbourne, crossed the toll bridge and stopped at he bus stop at the top of the high street, I'd have though the extra cost of carrying on up the hill would be small. In fact it's hard to see how else the bus could turn round. It would be good to keep any subsidy as simple as possible.
Date 29/12/2016 10:57:09 Post reply
Name Peter Dragonetti   Email
Comments It’s not as simple as that, as not everyone in Goring Heath who will pay a higher council tax for the bus would be able to use it, as it only serves Whitchurch Hill. It would appear that about 90% of Whitchurch residents are in reach of the bus , whereas only 53% of Goring Heath residents are, in absolute terms that’s 640 in Whitchurch, 523 in Goring Heath. There is never a straight correlation between tax one pays and services received. For example, collectively Goring Heath residents pay through Council Tax £850,000 a year for County Council “services”, £74,000 for SODC, and £111,000 for the police, no doubt Whitchurch pays something close. That excludes education which is funded separately. A band F house in Whitchurch pays over £2000 a year for OCC and SODC, what do you get for that ? The invisible County and District Councillors collect substantial allowances yet have done nothing to help in this matter. The amounts that are now being asked per head to fund the bus service for a year are very modest, about 4p a day per person for each day the bus runs.
Date 03/01/2017 11:22:17 Post reply
Name Stewart House
Comments All possibilities should be considered to enable the community to assess which offers the best service for best value. From memory there are an average of 11 return journeys undertaken per day (55 per week), this works out at a subsidy of £6.50 per return journey which is huge. Maybe introduce a reduced timetable, such as that provided in other rural communities, of 2 return journeys 3 days a week. You could even extend the route to take in those areas of Goring Heath which are currently not serviced. Each possible solution and true costs should be considered before people are asked which option they would prefer

Date 09/12/2016 18:14:56 Post reply
Name Ruth
Comments Hi Is there a public adult swimming pool near the village for lane swimming? All the ones I find online seem to be miles away. Thanks

Date 09/12/2016 13:44:11 Post reply
Name Nick Brazil   Email
Comments I think Jean Bull's suggestion for a walkway through the trees is excellent. Not only will it provide a safe crossing over the river for pedestrians but as we experienced when the bridge was being rebuilt, it will allow people to interact and enjoy an entirely different view of the bridge and river.

Date 09/12/2016 09:10:55 Post reply
Name Sally Woolhouse   Email
Comments Here's another piece of pre-loved furniture looking for a new home! We are clearing out a pine desk with 3 drawers at each end - serviceable and in reasonable order for its age. The dimensions are 142cm width, 68cm height and 44cm deep. Photos on request. Free to a good home but a donation to The Friends of St Marys & St Johns would be well received.

Date 08/12/2016 09:00:25 Post reply
Name Liz Robinson   Email
Comments Storage 'drawer' needs new home. single large drawer - originally base of an old fashioned wardrobe. Brass knobs. 16 inches wide x 47 inches long x 17 inches high. It has a ply top which I always meant to upholster...have a look - it's on the end of my drive - 20 Swanston Field - help yourself if you want it.

Date 03/12/2016 09:43:56 Post reply
Name Nick Brazil   Email
Comments KEYS FOUND. One barrel key and one flat key on Village Green. Contact Nick on 01189841602

Date 30/11/2016 17:06:16 Post reply
Name Nick Brazil   Email
Comments An ideal Christmas present! "The Secret Life of Father Thames - A Journey of Discovery Down the Upper Thames" My 46 minute documentary (PAL Format) on our great river is now available. Attractively packaged and shrink wrapped it makes an ideal Christmas present to send to relatives or as a stocking filler. Special Christmas offer £7:50 per dvd. Normal price £10:00.
Date 06/12/2016 14:08:29 Post reply
Name Jim Donahue   Email
Comments I'll take one Nick!

Date 27/11/2016 18:30:43 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments Playing for Whitchurch-on-Thames CC We field two weekend teams, one on Saturday and one Sunday side drawn from one squad of about 50 players. Some players are regular, some occasional. We're a diverse lot, ranging in age from 14 to about 60; some players are drawn from Whitchurch itself, others from the local area and several commuting players from London, Hampshire and further afield. We play friendly matches against local clubs and touring sides and usually go on tour ourselves. Most games are 35 or 40-over matches, though we do play some "time" games for a change. If you'd like an enjoyable game of cricket, email us at join us come down to the club one afternoon when we have a fixture, or call Jon Steward 0118 3274073 Spectating We're delighted to welcome spectators to our cricket matches. The scenery's beautiful, the atmosphere's relaxed and the cricket's usually entertaining. We often have families enjoying a picnic in front of the pavilion and children can often use the nets for a knockabout.

Date 25/11/2016 16:57:24 Post reply
Name John   Email
Comments Has anyone seen an extra brown waste bin, because our 2nd brown bin went missing after last Thursday's collection.

Date 20/11/2016 15:50:44 Post reply
Name Peter Dragonetti   Email
Comments People who attended at the War Memorial on 13 November will know about the project to restore it to its original 1922 condition, rebuilding the top of the column that was toppled in the 1990 storm. We need to raise about £9000 for this work and to improve the immediate surrounding. We have a grant from the War Memorial Trust of £3450, and with other donations we now need just over £2000. If you would like to contribute, please use this email to tell us how much you you think you could contribute. You can see pictures of the memorial as it was on this web site. This is a joint project between Goring Heath Parish Council and Whitchurch Parish Council

Date 18/11/2016 13:17:29 Post reply
Name Richard Williams   Email
Comments There were break-ins again early this morning. My garage in Hillside was broken with central lock + padlock removed but nothing stolen. Suspect it is the same gang that were around at least twice during the Summer.

Date 17/11/2016 15:20:14 Post reply
Name Mike Scott   Email
Comments For sale. Excellent condition Winter Tyres on 4 steel wheels for pre-2016 BMW X1. Dunlop SP Wintersport 225/50/R17 £400.

Date 15/11/2016 19:37:34 Post reply
Name Keith Brooks   Email
Comments Found in the High Street on Tiesday evening by the bus stop navy blue Cutter and Buck zip jacket. Please contact me if you have lost this item of clothing.

Date 15/11/2016 17:05:34 Post reply
Name Kate Dyer   Email
Comments Anyone know what's happened to the old iron street light (or whatever it was) in the driveway to St Mary's? It was recently sawn off near the base and put aside but now seems to have been removed with only the base remaining. Thanks.

Date 12/11/2016 13:28:34 Post reply
Name Simon Reed   Email
Comments Hello, has anyone got a number for Ian Hogg, tree surgeon? Thanks S
Date 12/11/2016 15:37:43 Post reply
Name James
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Date 11/11/2016 14:17:00 Post reply
Name Hope Fashion   Email
Comments Hope are holding a Christmas Shopping Event on 23rd November in Whitchurch-on-Thames. We've teamed up with Helen Butler Jewellery and Neal's Yard for a great gift shopping day! Email for details X

Date 31/10/2016 09:28:27 Post reply
Name The Ferryboat   Email
Comments Hi everyone, Just a brief note to say tickets for the popular Annual Concert of Christmas Music on 4th December will be available from The Ferryboat from Tuesday 1st November. More details on the concert can be found in the 'What's on' section of this site

Date 20/10/2016 11:33:24 Post reply
Name Esther Robinson Wild   Email
Comments Hello, can anyone recommend a reliable cleaner? Thanks

Date 20/10/2016 10:45:03 Post reply
Name Melanie Hardwick   Email
Comments I think that Jean Bull's idea of a separate raised walkway through the trees on the Pangbourne approach to the bridge is a wonderful solution to the problem of the narrow pavement on that side of the river.
Date 25/10/2016 17:59:22 Post reply
Name Allan   Email
Comments I also think the idea of a walkway (pedestrian only) is a good idea also. The road does still need to be widened though. Perhaps also make a walkway again across the river. The bridge road could be widened also then

Date 20/10/2016 10:38:23 Post reply
Name The Kemps   Email
Comments If you are thinking of selling your 3/4+ bed property in the village we would love to hear from you. We are in a position to proceed immediately having now agreed a sale of our own property on Hardwick Road. Please call Peter on 07825 941073. Thank you.

Date 20/10/2016 10:34:34 Post reply
Name Alison Livesey   Email
Comments Just want to say what an amazing and innovative idea Jean Bull has had for widening the road and providing a safe pedestrian walkway.

Date 30/09/2016 22:33:28 Post reply
Name Graham Dednum   Email
Comments After posting an earlier status regarding our fund raising efforts for MacMillan, I am so very pleased to let all of our friend in the village know that the final total for today's event realised a remarkable figure of £2000. Quite amazing for a relatively small community pub and restaurant. To all who supported in whatever way, a very big THANK YOU

Date 30/09/2016 17:36:45 Post reply
Name graham Dednum   Email
Comments All of us at The Ferryboat are completely overwhelmed by the level of magnificent support we have received today in our effort to raise funds for MacMillan. With donations from the morning coffee, cake, set lunch and raffle, we have raised a magnificent figure of £1600. Thank you every one.

Date 30/09/2016 08:56:50 Post reply
Name Jane Yamamoto   Email
Comments We have looked up the roadworks on and it estimates that the road will be closed until October 5th.

Date 29/09/2016 20:32:27 Post reply
Name Pam Scott
Comments No, it's a water leak.

Date 29/09/2016 13:47:59 Post reply
Name Alison   Email
Comments Does anyone know how long Hardwick Road will be closed for? I cannot find any information on the internet. Diversions are in place so it is not an emergency problem. People in Hardwick Road and Swanston Field have to go out by Path Hill to get to Whitchurch High Street and on to Pangbourne.
Date 29/09/2016 15:14:17 Post reply
Name Melanie
Comments The men digging the hole said that the road would be closed until they find where the leak is coming from. They guessed tomorrow lunchtime, but don't hold your breath!
Date 29/09/2016 20:12:38 Post reply
Name Jim   Email
Comments Depending on what the leak is, it may be advisable to 'hold your breath'?

Date 20/09/2016 22:41:24 Post reply
Name Tracey   Email
Comments We are looking for childcare help Mon, Wed and Fri 3.40pm - 6.30pm term time only (Whitchurch Hill). Happy to throw in extra hours for dog walking, cleaning, ironing etc., Children are 9 and 11 years. Thank you

Date 18/09/2016 09:39:19 Post reply
Name Ray   Email
Comments Here at The Greyhound Inn we are looking for some help. We are looking for happy, enthusiastic people who are reliable and enjoy working as part of a motivated team. If this could be you, or you know someone who might fit the bill, please pop in and have a chat.

Date 17/09/2016 14:43:09 Post reply
Name Nick Brazil   Email
Comments I would be very grateful to anyone who can supply me with the contact details of Doug Grant's family.

Date 16/09/2016 12:03:33 Post reply
Name Ray Cameron   Email
Comments I'm pleased to say that The Greyhound Inn is now in full swing, with a food offer all day Monday to Saturday, and our great Sunday Roast served from 12 until 6pm. I can also confirm that after all this time our credit card machine is due to arrive on Saturday the 17th September! Ray and Andy are looking forward to seeing you soon.
Date 21/09/2016 22:20:49 Post reply
Name Hilary   Email
Comments We all enjoyed our meal in the pub on Wednesday, thank you!

Date 07/09/2016 16:42:14 Post reply
Name Leslie Prater   Email
Comments FOR SALE Labrador Onesey, worn once. Proceeds of sale to Whitchurch Pre-school Group. Phone 01189 845230

Date 06/09/2016 14:46:24 Post reply
Name Jon Steward   Email
Comments I weed killed the High St this morning from Manor road to the Bridge, this evening is the council meeting at the stables we will discuss doing the rest of whitchurch again, it should be done twice a year once in April and once in September.

Date 05/09/2016 18:24:52 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments I have formed a working group called MOWS (Make our Whitchurch Special) the person who will run this working party or if you wish leading this working party will be Leslie Maynerd of Mallards on the high st, the members so far are We have 5 members so far. the idea is to make Whitchurch beautiful and keep it that way. As a start I will be weedkilling in whitchurch again tomorrow
Date 13/09/2016 14:47:44 Post reply
Name Friz   Email
Comments That's jolly great news Mr Steward about the setting up of MOWS. I'm afraid my physical restrictions these days will prevent me from joining you but you have my best wishes in your journey to Make Our Whitchurch Special and I will do what I can in my own way when possible - as I have done for many a year, what! It's unfortunate these days that some people think only about their own home and not the overall environment we are all lucky to live in - there has been some ghastly changes on the High Street among others, with some houses displaying signs for home businesses (which, I was told by a fine gentleman more knowledgable than I, is not permissible in Conservation Areas?) and an ugly proliferation of CCTV cameras filming all and sundry as we potter about our daily business. Along with MAKING Our Whitchurch Special, let's also KEEP Our Whitchurch Special, as it has been for many years and will be for many years to come if we are all considerate of this fine neighbourhood.

Date 01/09/2016 09:40:10 Post reply
Name The Kemps   Email
Comments We are selling our 3 bed cottage on Hardwick Road but wish to remain in the village. If you are thinking of selling your 4+ bed property we would love to hear from you. Please call Peter on 07825 941073. Thank you.

Date 30/08/2016 10:35:20 Post reply
Name Alan   Email
Comments Update on the Rams/Goats: We now think they are sheep with horns and the four of them are still in our garden. (There was a tricky incident yesterday when they escaped and ran across the high street but we managed to round them back up!) Our best lead so far is that they may have come from the house at the end of Eastfield Lane, past the primary school. We have been round to knock but there was no answer. Could anyone confirm our lead or provide us with contact details for the owners of the house? We are worried that if they run out of our garden again there could be chaos!

Date 29/08/2016 11:35:07 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments One more ticket available for Half a Sixpence at Chichester Festival Theatre on Wednesday, 31st August. Cost £60. Coach departs 9.30am from Pangbourne.

Date 29/08/2016 10:03:14 Post reply
Name Alan   Email
Comments This may sound strange but is anyone in the village missing any Rams/Goats?? They have appeared on our lawn this morning! Please get in touch ASAP as we are not quite sure how to approach them!

Date 24/08/2016 16:38:21 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments Two spare tickets for This House at Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre. Tuesday, 15th October. Coach departs 9.45am. Cost £53.

Date 23/08/2016 17:23:22 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments There are spare seats on the coach to Chichester next Wednesday, 31st August. £22 return just to visit the town and no theatre. Coach departs 9.30am

Date 19/08/2016 21:48:59 Post reply
Name Hilary Jensen   Email
Comments Great welcome in the Greyhound tonight from Ray, David and David. Nice to see the pub open again!

Date 19/08/2016 14:41:02 Post reply
Name Layla Tutt   Email
Comments Hello all, My name is Layla Tutt and i am an artist specialising in batik and a musician. I am volunteering at a local farm by Path Hill and currently commuting from Oxford. I have spent a year as a resident artist at a community gardens in Edgbaston, Birmingham, finishing this past July. I am now searching for an art residency in your lovely area- somewhere that i may live and continue to create beautiful batiks and stunning songs whilst working at the nearby farm. (I am particularly inspired by the River!) I am looking to exchange batik paintings and workshops and/or part time work - house/garden/childcare/teaching, etc for accommodation--until December of this year. ( i have taught batik in schools and organisations such as Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery/Children's Hospital/Hippodrome for the past 8 years) I would need electricity and water and a space that is light. I could use a camp stove if there are no facilities- a loo that flushes would be marvellous too!! I am happy to clean and paint any outhouse/old building to be made liveable in and loved again and would be delighted to create bespoke batiks and cards for you. (I am currently exploring plant dyes, weaving, spinning and handmade paper from plants)...Or perhaps there is a nearby National trust house/ stately home/garden/school/museum that may be interested in having a resident artist? Any help/advice would be most welcome and i am happy to supply more information and have a chat about ideas/set-up over a cup of tea! Thank you, Layla Tutt (p.s i am on bike/foot) -07735082696 link

Date 19/08/2016 10:40:27 Post reply
Name Jon Steward   Email
Comments Many congratulations, Graham, on both awards. I appreciate how much Graham and the Ferryboat team do to help the local community. Well Done

Date 10/08/2016 11:35:00 Post reply
Name Graham   Email
Comments MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING -30th September 2016 If anyone in the village is interesting in organising this, we at The Ferryboat would be happy for our building to be used and will donate all the coffee,tea and biscuits that would be consumed. Further, we will be providing a two or three course set lunch on the day with 50% of food sales being donated to the charity. More details will follow, but if anyone is interested in the organisation, please contact me on 0118 984 2161 or call in

Date 09/08/2016 07:02:52 Post reply
Name Denny Baxter-Hill   Email
Comments Stella&Dot summer sample sale at my home this Friday 12th August from 11.00 am till 8.00pm. Drop in and bag a bargain. Lerryn Eastfield Lane ( little lane on right at the bottom of the lane second house on left) All welcome

Date 07/08/2016 19:59:25 Post reply
Name Jon Ashford   Email
Comments Note to all we found an arrow in our Garden this morning that had been indiscriminately released. It is a professional arrow made from Carbon fibre with a metal tip. ( not a child's bow & arrow set) Obviously very dangerous and could have seriously injured a person or animal. We have reported the incident to the police. So please be aware of the risk. Rgds Jon & Sarah Ashford

Date 05/08/2016 19:32:15 Post reply
Name Leslie Prater   Email
Comments What a pleasure to read in this week's Henley Standard of the success of the Ferry Boat. Congratulations Graham to you, your family and staff

Date 04/08/2016 09:15:25 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments The deadline for the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition at Tate Modern on Tuesday, 11th October has been brought back to Friday, 12th September.

Date 04/08/2016 08:57:33 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments One spare ticket for Home at Seven at the Theatre Royal Windsor on Thursday, 15th September at 2.30pm. Cost £40. Coach departs 11.30am.

Date 01/08/2016 17:42:41 Post reply
Name Johnnyo   Email
Comments What a pleasant Sunday we had in the High Street this weekend. No chatter of cyclist conversations at 7 in the morning, or the congestion of middle aged persons in Lycra at the temporary puncture repair station, aka the bench at the end of Manor Rd! It was safe to cross the road without the fear of being scooped up on a cyclist handlebars as they push to brake the speed limit and be taken to the toll booth at speed. I for one wished they had more cycle days like last weekends in London more often, so to attract the dedicated people of the bicycle on a more regular basis rather than risking life and limb to cross the road in our own village.

Date 01/08/2016 08:17:22 Post reply
Name Alison   Email
Comments Many congratulations, Graham, on both awards. It is always a pleasure to visit the Ferryboat. Graham and his staff are always welcoming and attentive and the food is great and freshly prepared. We all appreciate how much Graham and the Ferryboat team do to help the local community.

Date 28/07/2016 11:33:22 Post reply
Name Graham   Email
Comments We continue to be grateful for the continued support we receive from within and outside of the village. We have recently received a certificate of excellence from Trip advisor and a 5 star rating for food hygiene from the environmental health agency, a much sought after accreditation. Of course, we will never be complacent. We can't please everyone all the time but, we will continue to strive to provide a good pub, restaurant and social hub for the community, supporting events as practically as we can. Thank you everyone.

Date 29/07/2016 09:18:05 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments One spare ticket for Half a Sixpence at Chichester Festival Theatre on Wednesday, 31st August. Coach departs 9.30am. Cost £60.

Date 20/07/2016 17:27:00 Post reply
Name graham   Email
Comments It was great to see, and have a few jokes, with councillor hart, her fiancé and son, clearing the weeds, at their own expense, in the lower narrows by the Ferryboat last weekend. Henry received some pocket money from some of the FB clients as a small reward for his efforts. Well done, great effort and it looks good

Date 18/07/2016 10:29:27 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments I was out planting flowers in Whitchurch this morning at my own expense and a member of the public abused me for taking care of the garden under the village signs, surely the abuse should come if I did not care about how whitchurch looks, maybe he should run as a councillor himself next time and actually do something or donate as much time as I do. it seems as though critics are people who actually do nothing to help the village and abuse those who do help, I have asked till I am blue in the face for working parties to help me and not one person has volunteered. If you feel you have to lambast people for doing things in the village like weeding flower planting etc surely that means that you care enough to volunteer to help, if not please do not have a go at those who do! without doing something yourself. I have been down on my hands and knees weeding planting all winter and Summer volutarily, I do not expect praise for this as I do not invite criticism and indeed should not expect it, when you have been planting in the rain winter or summer then you can have a moan.
Date 23/07/2016 09:56:24 Post reply
Name Leslie Prater   Email
Comments Don't take it to heart Jon, many of us would like to see the village remain the With the Greyhound open and the pot-holes filled in.

Date 18/07/2016 10:10:21 Post reply
Name Stewart House   Email
Comments Note: For those interested, Eastfield House care home have put in another planning application I think. Due to the large number of previous and current applications, as well as complexity of issues, it is now rather confusing as to what has been granted and what has been applied for. Is anyone able to post a brief summary, to assist local residents in understanding the current position? Thank you

Date 18/07/2016 09:46:54 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments The log rolls that have protected the plants under the village sign whilst they were establishing have know been removed some of the plants need a little more establishing, once this is done they will be a little more hardy, the rolls were there to protect the plants only they were never a permanent featureover the rest of the summer you will see summer bulbs and rhizomes bloom Enjoy!

Date 16/07/2016 11:15:23 Post reply
Name Alex
Comments Black lab looking for new home as owners moving overseas and can't take with them. 5 and half years old. Classically well mannered and behaved and good looking! Ideally looking for August/September rehome. Contact Alex on 07762 909632

Date 11/07/2016 19:50:51 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments One spare ticket for After Miss Julie at the Theatre Royal Richmond preceded by a visit to Kew Gardens. Coach departs 9.30am. Cost £50.

Date 08/07/2016 11:29:15 Post reply
Name Geoff Weir   Email
Comments Biffa have confirmed that Brown Bins not emptied yesterday will be emptied to-day ie Friday. They had a lorry breakdown.

Date 05/07/2016 11:28:46 Post reply
Name Laura Lucas
Comments Please, please, please if you're having a large lorry delivery and will block Hardwick Road, please can you let people know in advance on here? I've just missed a dental appointment and it's the second time I've been stuck behind a lorry delivery to the same house.
Date 09/07/2016 16:43:19 Post reply
Name Peter Worsley   Email
Comments Try walking via our silky smooth newly paved cut to Eastfield Lane. Save on bridge tolls, cut pollution and be healthy!

Date 02/07/2016 16:02:44 Post reply
Name Neil   Email
Comments We have an unwanted pool table in the garage suitable for teenagers. Free to a good home. If you are interested call 07979 751985.

Date 30/06/2016 14:52:13 Post reply
Name Gillian Rubery   Email
Comments I would like to post an advert as follows: Housekeeper required for couple, live in or out. Start August 9 to 4pm Mon to Fri, but would be flexible. Very friendly environment Please call Gillian Rubery on 01189843800

Date 29/06/2016 21:01:16 Post reply
Name Jane Horne   Email
Comments Hello, I have a large red/black afgan rug - a little faded at one end. Free to a good home if you can come and collect it. Please contact me for more details. Thank you
Date 29/06/2016 22:41:25 Post reply
Name Andy   Email
Comments Hi Jane I would like to take you up on the offer of the Rug and will collect, if you can let me have your address and a time/day which suit I will come and get it thanks Andy

Date 29/06/2016 19:07:13 Post reply
Name Andy Black   Email
Comments Hi if you have any spare bits of carpet that you don't need please get in touch and I will collect its for a garden project, spare decking also can be Collected anytime it suits you thanks

Date 29/06/2016 07:31:06 Post reply
Name Julie   Email
Comments Music lovers: Hyde Park BST -I have 2 Free tickets available for Carol King, Don Henley and various other artists; priority entry. Please message me if you want them. It's this Sunday (3rd July); 2.00 pm till 10.30.
Date 01/07/2016 06:36:13 Post reply
Name Julie   Email
Comments Tickets have now gone.

Date 28/06/2016 17:22:30 Post reply
Name Sally Woolhouse   Email
Comments FREE to a good home! A unique collection of over 200 copies of 'The Old Lady', the Staff magazine for employees of The Bank of England. This collection of quarterly issues covers the years from 1947 until 2007 and form a wonderful historic archive. The magazines include a miscellany of articles relevant to the times. Nearly all of the copies are in very good condition. Anyone interested?
Date 08/07/2016 20:59:26 Post reply
Name Katherine   Email
Comments Sally - The Bank of England have a museum; perhaps they would be interested.

Date 28/06/2016 09:45:59 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments There is one spare ticket for After Miss Julie at the Theatre Royal Richmond with a visit to Kew Gardens on Thursday, 13th July. Cost £50 or £38 without Kew. Coach departs Pangbourne at 9.30am.

Date 20/06/2016 16:36:04 Post reply
Name Helen Willis   Email
Comments FOR SALE - £50 The Australian Barbecue Company triple burner (gas) flat top barbecue in good condition and perfect working order (last used 3 weeks ago). I can email a couple of photo to anyone who'd like to see if it might be something for them. Just email me with your email address and I'll send them.
Date 30/06/2016 10:35:25 Post reply
Name Helen Willis
Comments Barbecue now sold.

Date 11/06/2016 10:28:48 Post reply
Name Allan   Email
Comments Why has the play park in Manor Road only been partly mowed?

Date 09/06/2016 21:39:14 Post reply
Name Mel Taylor   Email
Comments Is anyone else getting annoyed by the cars driving through the narrows continually beeping their horns? It's waking up my children and is anti social!! What can be done?

Date 08/06/2016 11:35:17 Post reply
Name Harriet Mulrooney   Email
Comments We have a vacancy for a part-time salaried live out housekeeper / cleaner 15 hours per week. Hours flexible, salary negotiable, varied duties, in the village, start immediately. Possibility of reduced hours during school holidays. Please get in touch via the e-mail address above if you think this position may suit you.

Date 07/06/2016 10:23:54 Post reply
Name Peter Reeve   Email
Comments Thanks to those who organised the resurfacing of the path from Swanston Field. Very helpful.

Date 05/06/2016 20:32:49 Post reply
Name Lissie Steward   Email
Comments Hi all villagers, This coming Saturday will be the queens birthday celebration on the village green at 3pm, I am asking for a group of volunteers to meet me at the village green from 12.15 onwards, to help set everything up, please respond via my email. Thank you so much Lissie Steward Xxx

Date 05/06/2016 12:07:19 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments One spare ticket for A Midsummer's Night Dream at Stratford on Thursday, 16th June. Coach departs 9.00am. Cost £59.

Date 03/06/2016 08:54:59 Post reply
Name John Gray   Email
Comments A child's green top was handed in at the end of last Saturday's (28 May) Whitchurch Hill Fete. It's labelled 'Adventurers'. If it's yours, mail me - give a few other details if you can, such as brand name and size so we don't give it to the wrong person! John Gray

Date 31/05/2016 12:05:38 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments Whitchurch on Thames Cricket team is looking for players so if you want to get your husband or teenagers busy on Sat/Sun drop us an email it is a great thing to do at weekends and the social side is great for the whole family. email: link

Date 31/05/2016 10:18:51 Post reply
Name whitchurch theatre club   Email
Comments There are a few spare seats on the coach going to Sissinghurst Castle in Kent this Friday 3rd June. Cost £30. Coach departs 9.30am from Pangbourne, opposite the Laundrette. Entry free for NHS members

Date 28/05/2016 18:24:07 Post reply
Name Esther Lay-Sans   Email
Comments Apple mobile phone found on Goring Heath Road 28/05/16 at 5:30. Unfortunately it looks like its been driven over, but still works (password protected). Photos etc should be salvageable. Contact me if its yours and I can arrange to get it back to you.

Date 28/05/2016 18:11:07 Post reply
Name Allan   Email
Comments The bench repair in Manor Road is excellent. Well done Pete. Thank you

Date 26/05/2016 16:42:21 Post reply
Name Esther Lay-Sans   Email
Comments I have noticed on 'net mums' there is a baby and toddler group called 'tots on the hill' running weekly in Whitchurch Hill. The post suggested contacting the group to check its still running but no contact details were given. My family have just moved into the area so any suggestions/info welcome. Many thanks Esther
Date 26/05/2016 23:09:44 Post reply
Name Eleanor Sugrue   Email
Comments They have a Facebook page... Pretty sure it's still going - term time only though. Welcome to the neighbourhood!

Date 21/05/2016 18:42:37 Post reply
Name John Gray   Email
Comments Whitchurch Hill Fete: next Saturday, May 28. Starting at 2pm, at Recreation Ground, Whitchurch Hill. A fun day out for all the family!

Date 20/05/2016 14:16:54 Post reply
Name Richard Williams   Email
Comments I would like to show a picture of the Queen's birthday event on the Village Green on 11th June as the front cover for the following month's Bulletin. So please email me if you take any pictures. They will need to be in portrait format.

Date 16/05/2016 20:12:55 Post reply
Name John Bradon   Email
Comments We are giving away a 14ft Trampoline. It’s in reasonable condition, although there is superficial rust on some of the springs. Please email the above address or ring 9841574.

Date 16/05/2016 19:32:46 Post reply
Name Anne Jones
Comments We've just (19.30) found a lovely chocolate lab wandering along the high street. It has a pinky purple collar with a white bone decoration. Anyone know who it belongs to? 0118 9842455.

Date 13/05/2016 12:20:25 Post reply
Name James Statham   Email
Comments We are looking for a gardener to do regular, general gardening (weeding, hedge cutting etc.). Email me if interested or have someone local to recommend. Thanks.

Date 09/05/2016 10:11:51 Post reply
Name bryan howes   Email
Comments In the early hours of this morning there was 3 youths trying car door handles in manor rd.

Date 07/05/2016 11:32:55 Post reply
Name Claire Alcock   Email
Comments This coming week St Mary's church open all week as part of national week of prayer leading up to Pentecost. 12 noon and 6pm focussed times of prayer. Drop in if you can.

Date 03/05/2016 22:21:18 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments One spare ticket for a concert at Cadogan Hall, SW1 including Tchaikovsky, Borodin and Rachmaninov. Cost £38. Coach departs Pangbourne at 4.00pm.

Date 25/04/2016 18:17:34 Post reply
Name Leslie Prater   Email
Comments I regret that my assumption was wrong and cannot believe what the Parish Council has allowed to be published both in the press and in the minutes. Graham makes a huge contribution to the local community and should be given credit for doing so. There is no reason why the Greyhound could not be successfui run by the right person on similar lines to the Bell at Aldworth.
Date 26/04/2016 08:41:07 Post reply
Name Graham Dednum   Email
Comments In response, I would like to thank everyone who has made contact with me on this unfortunate matter. All of us at The Ferryboat thank you for your support and kind comments. We have sent a detailed response to the Parish Councillors on the subject. This is an open letter and should any require a copy, please let me know. We have similarly spoken directly with The Henley Standard, furnished them with a copy of our letter, inviting them to prepare and print a supplementary article where the true and accurate facts can be stated. We look to the Parish Council for their unequivocal apology and for them to support and promote local businesses within the village not to compromise them in the manner they have done on this occasion.
Date 26/04/2016 15:27:07 Post reply
Name Jim Donahue   Email
Comments The following explanation to Graham is on behalf of the Whitchurch on Thames Parish Council agreed by all members: The Parish Council was very sorry about the wording in the Henley Standard Article and that you took this as an indication of a lack of support for the Ferryboat from the Council. As I'm sure you are aware, the article was about the concerns many villagers have about the loss of one of only two pubs we have in the village, and the action that we are taking to have it classified as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). Unfortunately this is one of the only actions available to us to try to prevent it from being sold as a private residence, thus denying our residents one of the "social hubs' in the communuity, but of course not the only one. We made a similar ACV application in 2014 when the Greyhound was closed, and fortunately another landlord was found to keep the pub open. For the record, it is not the position of the council that the Ferryboat is not an important community hub. Councillor Bowen does not recall making that statement using those words and believes he was misquoted. His point about the Ferryboat being more of an upscale restaurant than the Greyhound was to differentiate the two pubs to help make the case for the ACV application as we do believe there is room in the village for two well-run pubs each catering to a slightly different set of residents and each with different strengths. We feel that there is no reason why both shouldn't be able to thrive. I hope you accept this explanation in the spirit it is intended and as the basis for improved communications going forward. Sincerely, The Whitchurch on Thames Parish Council

Date 23/04/2016 11:48:55 Post reply
Name Leslie Prater   Email
Comments I can only assume that the Parish Council has been mis-quoted in its reference to the Ferry Boat in the Henley Standard
Date 25/04/2016 14:18:26 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments I am not privy to the article but I would say that is the case to a certain degree Graham runs a good pub
Date 25/04/2016 16:47:21 Post reply
Name John Gray   Email
Comments Graham is very supportive of village events. It isn't fair to see his pub being classed as somehow less of a 'village fixture' as part of the effort to save the Greyhound. There's a reason his pub is successful, and I can appreciate his comments.

Date 22/04/2016 18:02:46 Post reply
Name Lissie Steward   Email
Comments I am organizing the Queens Birthday Celebration for our village. We will be having a Jazz band and if everyone can bring food and drink to share, it will be on the 11th of June 3-5pm. I will be requiring a marquee and lots of gazebo's so if you have any can you please send me an email. I also need people to help set up on Friday and on the morning of the event. All help appreciated. Thanks Lissie

Date 17/04/2016 19:56:25 Post reply
Name Eleanor Sugrue   Email
Comments Me again... I have some off cuts of (new) wool carpet. I vaguely remember this can sometimes be useful for gardeners. Anyone have a use for it before it ends up in the bin?

Date 17/04/2016 00:22:22 Post reply
Name Eleanor Sugrue   Email
Comments Regarding the development at The Haven... I suppose it is inevitable that as some of the houses on large plots in the village change hands, people will see an opportunity for further development. Personally, I don't fundamentally oppose this in principle but it does make me think about what we deem to be acceptable parameters. For example, I think the proposal here is too cramped for the site and also that we should challenge any additional development in the village to have outstanding eco credentials. Interested to hear other thoughts? And are there themes here that we should feed into the village plan?

Date 15/04/2016 18:28:31 Post reply
Name Graham   Email
Comments We have part time vacancies available working in our busy kitchen helping to prepare food and assisting with washing up and other duties. Please contact Graham at The Ferryboat 0118 984 2161 for further information

Date 10/04/2016 10:20:34 Post reply
Name Sally Woolhouse   Email
Comments Several people have also reported seeing otters around the bridge but I believe they are more likely to be mink (although there are definitively otters further upstream around Wallingford). If you could get some photos that would help with identification. Good luck!

Date 10/04/2016 08:39:20 Post reply
Name Nick plumridge   Email
Comments Has anyone see the otters that are living around the toll bridge ??
Date 11/04/2016 10:01:50 Post reply
Name Jon Steward   Email
Comments No but I would love too

Date 05/04/2016 09:46:19 Post reply
Name Andy Heaps   Email
Comments The BBC article about flood Re is at link

Date 04/04/2016 10:37:14 Post reply
Name Andy Heaps   Email
Comments James and David were asking about flood insurance this time last year. Flood Re has just come in to effect. For qualifying properties the excess will be capped at £250 and premiums will be significantly lower. I'd provide the link here but this message then gets marked as spam. Search the BBC business web site for further details or contact me for the link.

Date 03/04/2016 19:29:55 Post reply
Name Sarah Hanfrey   Email
Comments I saw a story in the Henley Standard about Whitchurch ('Villagers to dictate growth' published 29/02/16, I cannot link to it as the link makes my post be detected as spam) about a meeting this month to discuss the Neighbourhood Plan regarding where new developments will be allowed in the village. Does anyone know when it will be or anything else about it? The story also mentions a referendum. Is this the same one as mentioned in the Village Pavilion Project or a separate one?
Date 05/04/2016 10:17:35 Post reply
Name Sarah Hanfrey   Email
Comments I can now add links: Villagers to dictate growth link
Date 22/04/2016 18:06:40 Post reply
Name Lissie Steward   Email
Comments Hi Sarah yes I can tell you that the meeting is on 14th May between 11am-3pm at the village hall.

Date 02/04/2016 16:03:13 Post reply
Name Angela Sidhu   Email
Comments Hi Can anyone recommend a kitchen fitter? Thanks Angela

Date 02/04/2016 11:42:20 Post reply
Name Sarah Dixon   Email
Comments Hello neighbours! The council have delivered a new green bin for us - but sadly not to our address. Please can you let me know if you are aware of a lonely green bin that might even have our address "Flint House" on it. Many thanks!

Date 01/04/2016 07:46:03 Post reply
Name Keith Brooks   Email
Comments The question of parking around the junction of Hardwick Road and the High Street can certainly be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting on Tuesday since there is an opportunity for members of the public to speak briefly on issues that concern them. I therefore suggest that this facility be made use of if you want to bring any matters to our attention. I hope this helps and be assured that the Parish Council is constantly working towards resolving problems that arise in Whitchurch on Thames parking being one of them.
Date 01/04/2016 21:26:44 Post reply
Name Terri Lorrimore   Email
Comments Thank you Keith for your reply. I believe that there are a few residents that wish to attend, but also some that due to the short notice are unable to because of childcare, work or simply because they are away on holiday during half term. Is there an opportunity to either postpone this meeting by one week, or would it be acceptable if these people can be included almost by proxy if they send their own written statements to be included on the minutes? Many thanks,

Date 31/03/2016 21:44:19 Post reply
Name ChrisitneMartin   Email
Comments I would like to purchase a travel cot in good condition. If you have one for sale please let me know.
Date 01/04/2016 22:33:39 Post reply
Name Laura Lucas   Email
Comments Are you on Facebook, Christine? The Wallingford Piper group has a great sister group called Piper Children's Sales. I've seen several travel costs listed on there for a very reasonably price locally.

Date 30/03/2016 17:56:01 Post reply
Name Terri Lorrimore   Email
Comments May I please request background information from both the Parish Council and any other concerned residents as to the recent parking tickets issued by PCSO’s at the Hardwick Road junction. I need to appeal my own ticket, which was issued not under the guidelines which seek to restrict parking “opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space”. Instead I received a ticket for “unneccesary obstruction” despite taking photographic evidence that my car was parked well behind the curved white line, away from the junction, and that cars were able to pass in each direction, and turn, without being in proximity to my parked car. Having spoken to the PCSO at the time, he has received direction from Inspector Mark Harling to “crack down” on parking in Whitchurch. It seems this is in response to a number of complaints. I am trying to find out whether these complaints relate to general bad parking or specifically to the area at the corner of Hardwick Road, where the owners of the cottages have for years organised their parking on a first-come-first-served basis in a neighbourly manner without, as far as I am aware, any argument. I accept that there are visitors, delivery men and also residents that abuse the guidelines and park inconsiderately. I’m also aware that the passing traffic is less than considerate when approaching the junction at the Narrows. I’d nevertheless prefer to keep my own car off the High Street as I can’t see that shifting the parking from the wide sweeping corner to the main road, or other residential areas, is either polite or of benefit to anyone. Certainly other residents don’t seem to appreciate it when spaces outside their houses are taken and claims are made as to “ownership” and warning notes are left on windscreens. Can someone advise as to how this problem be added to the next Parish Council meeting Agenda, with the aim of producing a parking plan in conjunction with residents and the PCSO. Perhaps the “good” parking spaces can be identified, and those residents that use the “bad” spaces are aware in advance that the PCSO’s are authorised to ticket them? I don’t think this is asking for too much.

Date 29/03/2016 22:12:52 Post reply
Name Nick plumridge   Email
Comments Can anyone explain why a big pile of turf and mud debris has been dumped in the manor road play area and when will it be removed ? I believe it has been there for at least 3 weeks now and appeared when the new fence was started. Not sure a play area should be used as a dumping ground ??
Date 30/03/2016 11:10:36 Post reply
Name Claire Jury   Email
Comments The owners of Hoptons, to whom the fence belongs, are pleasant and approachable people. Perhaps if you politely requested its removal?

Date 29/03/2016 16:02:55 Post reply
Name Amanda Dyke   Email
Comments PARKING!!! I would like to agree with Mels letter of 11/02/16 that the parking around the High St is becoming ridiculous! Myself and three neighbours received parking tickets late one evening last week after three years of living here and nothing before! One ticket I also think was not even in the so called 10M range from the junction! which I would like to know what line it starts from coming down the narrow! As we expalined to the PCSO now we have to park on the High St blocking even more road when to be honest outside our few houses it is a wide area that blocks noone! Also now anyone else will park there and not get a ticket as the Police only seem to randomly decide when to comer back! sorry very unfair and unhappy residents!!!!
Date 29/03/2016 19:28:18 Post reply
Name Chris Martin   Email
Comments You may have noticed that the side of Peggy Brodie's car has been badly dented. This is because the driver of a pick up lorry coming up the High Street did not stop to let me through as I was coming down, having just gone through The Narrows. He proceeded to push his way through and take the side of Peggy's car off. As a witness, I saw that it was not due to lack of space or because of the parking, but his careless driving. Though he was extremely apologetic to Peggy. This incident may have triggered off an over reaction by the police to parking in the area.

Date 28/03/2016 17:47:28 Post reply
Name John Gray   Email
Comments A Date for your Diaries! Whitchurch Hill Fete - Saturday May 28th. Starting at 2pm at The Recreation Ground, Whitchurch Hill. Stalls, Food & Drink, Children's Entertainment, Fairground Rides, Band, Plants, Dog Show. A Fun Day out for all the Family.

Date 28/03/2016 14:30:57 Post reply
Name Claire Jury   Email
Comments Anyone with a chainsaw fancy joining forces to clear the trees in Muddy Lane?
Date 30/03/2016 13:36:19 Post reply
Name Sally Woolhouse   Email
Comments You will find this clearing job has now been done, Claire, and Muddy Lane is passable again.
Date 12/04/2016 10:46:52 Post reply
Name Claire Jury   Email
Comments Seen, Sally! Thank you to the chainsaw fairy, you are a star, whoever you are!

Date 27/03/2016 22:38:16 Post reply
Name Lucy Worsley   Email
Comments I would like to compliment the editors of the Whitchurch web on an excellent job well done! Both the Webmaster and the Back Page Editor. I would prefer to see more crime stories if possible.
Date 28/03/2016 09:55:42 Post reply
Name Richard Wingfield   Email
Comments Glad you like the Whitchurch web, Lucy, and thanks on behalf of our editorial team for your comment. As well as a page editor (Hilary) and a news editor (me) the team includes our events editor and message moderator (Pam) and IT specialist (Phil). We try to cover local events and we could certainly do with some exciting stories. Perhaps our reporters are not passing on what they know!

Date 26/03/2016 16:05:44 Post reply
Name Nick Brazil   Email
Comments I would like to make three practical suggestions regarding the Proposal to replace the Village Hall with a new pavilion: 1) Contact details for comments are usually included with authorship and publisher details on proposals such as these. There are none on the pdf linked on the website. can this be rectified please? 2) Not everyone in the village uses the website. Such a far reaching proposal should be made available to all residents. 3) The Parish Council should organise a public meeting for this idea to be fully discussed.
Date 26/03/2016 18:04:31 Post reply
Name Sally WOOLHOUSE   Email
Comments I fully support Nick's request for a public meeting before we are invited to vote in a referendum. It is extremely important that all the positive and negative aspects of this proposal are shared and understood by the whole community before committing to such a big undertaking.
Date 30/03/2016 01:07:34 Post reply
Name Jon Steward   Email
Comments I agree too there should be a referendum and each household should be informed properly
Date 05/04/2016 10:57:44 Post reply
Name Jim Donahue   Email
Comments Nick and Sally, We are indeed planning a series of public meetings over the course of the next year (at least 3) prior to any referendum. The date of the first meeting will be published in the next Bulletin coming out towards the end of April.

Date 26/03/2016 13:07:31 Post reply
Name Eleanor Sugrue   Email
Comments Think it's a flipping great plan about the hall / pavilion. Imagine the things we could do on the village green with such good facilities. Where do I sign?!

Date 25/03/2016 08:59:56 Post reply
Name nick plumridge   Email
Comments Usual standard of parking at village hall this Wednesday. Getting pretty sick of it now. Time for direct action ?!?!?

Date 22/03/2016 16:37:27 Post reply
Name Leslie Prater   Email
Comments Two days ago I spent 6 hours at Alicante Airport owing to a strike by the French Air Traffic Controllers. Today at 7am, I walked with my dog across a frosty village green and sat in the maze with the warm sun shining from a clear blue sky on my back, listening to the birds. How privileged I am to live in this lovely village.
Date 24/03/2016 21:08:22 Post reply
Name Laura Lucas   Email
Comments Lovely imagery and so true Leslie.

Date 14/03/2016 19:10:45 Post reply
Name Denny baxter-hill   Email
Comments Hi, I am in need of the services of a surveyor as id like to reconfigure the inside layout of my house and want some walls removed, anyone recommend to me please

Date 11/03/2016 20:50:48 Post reply
Name Melissa Hailey   Email
Comments Im organising this years Whitchurch on Thames preschool fete which will be held on the 3rd sept 2 til 5. We are looking for anyone who would be interested in holding a stall at this fundraising event. We are also looking for sponsors as well to help make this day a great day and to raise money for this excellent preschool. If you are able to offer your services please email myself. Many thanks

Date 08/03/2016 07:21:02 Post reply
Name Katherine Higley   Email
Comments Every week I have to cross the High Street with my twin daughters to take them to the pre-school in Eastfield Lane. Even with them wearing reigns it is a terrifying experience. Must we wait until a children is hurt by a car or worse killed before we do something about the cars parked in our village?
Date 31/03/2016 17:06:34 Post reply
Name Terri Lorrimore   Email
Comments Hello Katherine, I'm waiting for a reply to my own post, and in passing, read yours from early March. It might be useful to know that following the tickets issued on the 22nd to cars parking off the High Street in an unobstructed section of the road, the PCSO instructed myself and neighbours to instead park on the High Street. Since relocating our parked cars to the High Street, other moving vehicles now coming down through the narrows are entering the village at faster speeds, and sweeping through the curve, an area with no pavements, at alarming speeds. Between the 4 small cottages at the corner, Coombeside Cottage and up the narrows to Royal Oak, there are a total of 6 children all aged under 12. All of us are sympathetic to anyone with children here trying to cross the road. It would be great if parking could be resolved so that we can all park and cross safely. I suggest that any residents with concerns join in the debate and ask for answers. Many thanks,

Date 05/03/2016 14:27:53 Post reply
Name Leslie Prater   Email
Comments It would seem that the number of vehicles parked in the High Street has increased since the Toll Bridge re-opened. Sureiy it would be possible to have a "Residents Only" restriction with Permits being issued to those Residents who do not have direct vehicle access

Date 25/02/2016 14:34:37 Post reply
Name Trudi Benzie
Comments Flat for rent - Manor Road, 2 bedrooms, private garden. £850 per calendar month. Available end March. Call Shane on 07831 755007.

Date 19/02/2016 17:01:11 Post reply
Name Helen Willis   Email
Comments People would have the right to park outside their house if residents' permits were issued - for which we, and I'm sure many others, would expect and be happy to pay an annual fee. Other vehicles parked outside roadside houses present a huge problem, not only when returning with home with children/large amount of shopping etc but also if workmen/ removal lorries/elderly visitors are expected. If you don't know who owns the car, you can't ask them to move it. Also, houses with lowish windows right on the road can spend days with restricted light into their properties when someone parks a large car and leaves it there for several days. People living in roadside properties also know how to park sensibly outside them by not parking too far onto a pavement which causes problems for pedestrians or too far into the road which causes problems for other road users. PLEASE can somebody persuade the council to look again at Residents' Permits. I appreciate that it may be difficult to police them, but surely bay 'owners' could issue 'Polite Notices' to 'offenders' pointing out why the residents' bays are there.

Date 11/02/2016 11:41:36 Post reply
Name Mel Taylor   Email
Comments PARKING TICKET!!! I have just received a parking ticket on Hardwick Road. The local parking situation is becoming more and more ridiculous and the parish council and local residents need to sort something out ASAP. I feel hurt that I have been fined for parking close to my property, which is a rarity these days, more often than not I am having to use friends driveway is to park my vehicle!! I appreciate that the police are only doing their job however I have seen many vehicles parked in a similar spot to mine and for closer to the junction!!!
Date 13/02/2016 12:04:10 Post reply
Name Dave Bowen   Email
Comments Unfortunately parking in the village is a problem, particularly on the High Street and Hardwick Road junction for residents. The parking does also affect other road users, particularly lorries and other large vehicles. The junction at Hardwick road can be a problem with so many cars parked there. You are not supposed to park within 10m / 32' of a junction however my understanding is the police have turned a blind eye for a long time regarding this junction. The issue would be if access is restricted to larger vehicles because of the parking then I would suspect that the police would have to act. I know Jon Steward spent some time looking at the parking issue and it seemed one solution would be having some car parks around the village. Other solutions could be using the car park at the Village Green or other roads in the village. Unfortunately with so little parking on the High Street and Hardwick Road there just isn't enough space for everybody to park outside their house. This is further compounded where people have second cars or even third cars when their children learn to drive. It should also be remembered that nobody has a right to park outside their house or to stop somebody else parking there. The PC would welcome any suggestions to help with the parking issues. I know a residents parking scheme has been suggested before but the reality of getting a scheme like this is very remote considering the costs involved and then policing the scheme. What would be ideal is a quick fix if anybody has any suggestions.

Date 10/02/2016 13:26:00 Post reply
Name Whitchurch Theatre Club   Email
Comments There are two spare tickets for Dial M for Murder at the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham on Thursday, 10th March. Total cost £38 each. Coach departs Pangbourne at 9.20am.

Date 01/02/2016 09:56:52 Post reply
Name Geoff Weir -Whitchurch Bridge Company   Email
Comments We may have vacancies coming up for Toll Collectors, with hours by agreement. If you're local and like meeting people please consider us. All ages welcome. Application Forms available from the Toll Booth or the Bridge Manager at the Toll House.

Date 28/01/2016 15:01:53 Post reply
Name Claire Jury   Email
Comments Have you lost something in the Manor Road area this afternoon, between 1.30pm and 2.45pm? Contact me and tell me what you have lost and I will tell you if I have found it!