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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. Melissahailey@hotmail.co.uk. 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!


Date 22/01/2016 15:49:00 Post reply
Name Graham Dednum   Email
Comments In response to numerous requests, The Ferryboat will remain open during the evening of February 14th, Valentine's Day, to give opportunity for local residents to celebrate this day with a special four course dinner and live music from the duo of David and Simon Mortlock (piano and flute).Both have featured in the annual Christmas concert. Full details can be found on the website www.theferryboatwhitchurch.com


Date 21/01/2016 09:37:02 Post reply
Name Whitchurch Primary School   Email
Comments First direct card found near school. Contact school office if you have lost it.


Date 15/01/2016 11:34:04 Post reply
Name Graham Dednum   Email
Comments We have a vacancy for a part time kitchen assistant to work in our busy kitchen and also to provide holiday cover. For more information, please contact Graham on 0118 984 2161


Date 12/01/2016 18:19:47 Post reply
Name Denny Baxter-Hill   Email
Comments I have a huge sample sale of my Stella&Dot jewellery bags and scarves at home this saturday the 16th at 11.00am till4.30pm Please drop in and bag a bargain. Lerryn Eastfield Lane ( down the bottom and turn right towards the river. This is to make way for all my new spring collection samples. Happy for you to bring a friend


Date 12/01/2016 15:16:38 Post reply
Name Lilly Tegg   Email
Comments Hello, Can anyone with local history knowledge please help with information on the FLOWER families who lived in and around Whitchurch? I am interested in the years 1400-c1700 particularly Thomas bn 1608 to Francis & Agnes. I believe the grandfather of Thomas was also named Francis. I do have available parish transcripts from c1595 but nothing previously. I have located a book 'The History of Whitchurch' which gives early details of parish accounts and lists a Francis Flower in 1601. Any help would be most appreciated as I can longer travel in person to lovely Whitchurch. Regards, Lilly


Date 08/01/2016 11:15:12 Post reply
Name Kate Dyer   Email
Comments I found a Barclays Visa Debit bank card (almost new) this morning at Hillside, Hardwick Road. email me if you've lost yours. I'm in Pangbourne but will be walking in Whitchurch again on Monday morning - I could pop it through your door then.
Date 12/01/2016 10:12:49 Post reply
Name Kate Dyer   Email
Comments Have had no response to this so have now posted the card to Barclays.


Date 01/01/2016 13:22:02 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments There are two spare tickets for Deathtrap at The Salisbury Playhouse on Thursday, 11th February at 2.30pm. Cost £30. Coach departs 9.00am.


Date 26/12/2015 11:52:22 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments We are starting a farmers market in whitchurch it will be bi weekly and on a different day to Pangbournes I am looking for contacts/businesses that would be interested in selling their goods on stalls all the profits will go to charity at the start it will go to the church roof fund and then in the future it will go to other deserving causes just message me if you are interested


Date 26/12/2015 10:18:20 Post reply
Name Richard Williams   Email
Comments Disappointing to see that the owners of Eastfield House have now lodged a 30 page appeal on 23rd Dec. The timing looks like a deliberate ploy to effectively restrict the period of consultation. Deadline for responses is 27th Jan


Date 19/12/2015 10:23:09 Post reply
Name Allan   Email
Comments Thank you for the card and I do enjoy visiting the site.
Date 19/12/2015 14:37:09 Post reply
Name Pam Scott
Comments Many thanks Allan. It's good to know our efforts are appreciated!


Date 15/12/2015 10:40:27 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments The Landlord of the Greyhound has agreed we can hold a farmers market in the greyhound once every 2 weeks anybody interested message me


Date 14/12/2015 08:14:39 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments in the new year I will be planting bulbs and plants in the high st I would like the permission of residents on the high st to plant bulbs and plants outside their houses to beautify our high st as I do not want to upset anybody so if you own a high st property please message me


Date 12/12/2015 12:05:15 Post reply
Name James   Email
Comments Three brushed steel curtain poles with rings. £10 to charity (?) - if anyone wants. Sizes: c160cm c220cm c280cm


Date 12/12/2015 08:31:07 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments I have created a facebook page to find out what support there is for a village shop and would like your comments here as well if you want to see the page just copy and paste the address below link


Date 11/12/2015 17:43:28 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments I would like to remind everybody in Whitchurch we have a wonderful PublicHouse called the Greyhound run By our new landlord Nick with somew great staff a fantastic team with a great atmosphere that as the new landlord says if we do not use it we will lose it so lets give this Pub a bit of support as it is a lovely pub. I it is reun by a professional and very friendly team so please give them some support and start using it as it should be the hub of the community along with the ferryboat. I recent years it has struggled, if we take advantage as a community of this great commodity it will thrive and it will be the start of a thriving bussling community in our wonderful village. "SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL PUB" it is a very important part of our community that needs support now!!!
Date 11/12/2015 20:54:49 Post reply
Name Hilary Jensen   Email
Comments We had an excellent evening meal there a couple of weeks ago. The beers are good too!
Date 28/01/2016 15:05:07 Post reply
Name Claire Jury   Email
Comments I understand they have a new menu too, including a senior citizens' lunchtime menu


Date 08/12/2015 15:38:59 Post reply
Name Sarah Ashford   Email
Comments Found yesterday by football post on cricket field set of keys please email if they belong to you.


Date 06/12/2015 20:42:19 Post reply
Name Graham Dednum   Email
Comments I am most grateful to all who helped in the arrangements for the concert and for the fantastic support from the village in attending in what has become an annual event. The children of the primary school were magnificent and a credit to the hard work of Lucy Lombos. Remember to make a date for community Carol singing at the FB on 19th at 6.30
Date 07/12/2015 16:19:31 Post reply
Name Leslie Prater   Email
Comments Graham it is we who should be thanking you for such a memorable evening.....again.


Date 23/11/2015 10:34:09 Post reply
Name whitchurch theatre club   Email
Comments Tickets are still available for Gangsta Granny at the New Theatre Oxford on Saturday, 16th January, matinee performance. A substantial family discount is offered.


Date 17/11/2015 18:57:22 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments The Whitchurch Theatre Club is in need of an auditor as our present auditor, Tony Voysey is retiring. Year end is the end of January. AGM March. If interested please contact Chris Martin at the above email.


Date 17/11/2015 14:03:49 Post reply
Name Sue Evans   Email
Comments Stuck for a Christmas gift idea? Why not give the gift of wellbeing - Sue Evans is a local therapist who travels to local homes in Whitchurch to offer wellbeing, such as massage, reflexology, reiki, facials and birth workshops. Please contact 07799411994 to solve your gift list.


Date 09/11/2015 12:50:03 Post reply
Name Beth Baxter   Email
Comments Having a clear out and want to earn some money for Christmas presents? The pre-school can help. We’ll sell your items for you online and give you 50% of the earnings for doing absolutely nothing. We have a long way to go to break even this year and have come up with this business idea that’s a win-win for everyone. If you have old toys, furniture, bikes, electrical items or anything saleable please contact us and we’ll come round to collect the items and discuss a suitable target price. Contact whitchurchpreschool@me.com or phone Kathleen on 0118 9844516


Date 08/11/2015 10:17:39 Post reply
Name Action for Pangbourne Toilets   Email
Comments Dear all, There will a public meeting on Tuesday 24th November at 7.30pm to discuss the future of the public toilets in Pangbourne. The residents campaign group has amassed a wealth of information to show that keeping the current toilets open will cost a lot less money than we were told. We had many signatures on our petition from Whitchurch villagers so please come along on 24th, and have your say. Many thanks! Mike, Ron, Ant, Lyn, Alyson, Ange & Dave The Action for Pangbourne Toilets campaign team


Date 07/11/2015 13:15:56 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments There is one spare ticket for Christmas Classic Carols at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday, 15th December at 7.30pm Cost £50. Coach departs 4.00pm.


Date 24/10/2015 20:28:17 Post reply
Name john curtis
Comments Following on from Geoffrey weirs statement about the bridge being strong enough to allow hgvs to cross over, then why would the staff not allow the Higgins lorry to cross over so it could turn around in say the working mens club and prevent the carnage that occurred when the village was brought to a standstill at 3pm two weeks ago???
Date 24/10/2015 22:46:42 Post reply
Name Eleanor   Email
Comments I don't think it's wide enough at the toll booth to fit HGVs through. Could be wrong of course!
Date 26/10/2015 10:21:06 Post reply
Name Geoff Weir - Whitchurch Bridge Company   Email
Comments John raises a reasonable point as to where’s the best place to turn HGV’s when they arrive in the village, and I confirm that there is space on the southbound side for HGV’s to pass the Toll Booth if necessary. I’ve talked to Keith Brooks about the 2 recent incidents - Keith confirms that WoT PC is working on ideas to stop HGV’s arriving here in the first place, and will also look at ways of reducing disruption – including where to turn - when they do arrive. The Bridge Company will continue to engage with WoT PC on HGV problems and will support whatever plans are agreed to minimise the disruption caused.
Date 27/10/2015 08:24:30 Post reply
Name alison   Email
Comments Many, if not most, of these HGVs are on their way to Castrol in Whitchurch Hill. The sign-post (to Technology Centre) is not very obvious, especially to non-British truck drivers. Surely the first step should be to have better signage in Whitchurch Hill, perhaps including the icon of a lorry on a clearer sign to Castrol. I don't think the Toll Bridge is wide enough for HGVs to pass oncoming traffic. Finally, the problems of HGVs having to reverse and turn round to go back up the hill is greatly exacerbated by the ever increasing number of cars parking in the High Street (very few of them relating to the neighbouring houses). Nick Brazil's photos of the Higgins lorry highlight this problem very clearly.
Date 27/10/2015 09:06:36 Post reply
Name Allan   Email
Comments A few weeks ago I contacted a local councillor regarding signage saying Castrol at the top of the hill. I was told that the problem is a planning thing regarding the signage and that they are looking into it. Taking the lorries to the Working Mens Club to turn might be easier and quicker. But as I see it, all the traffic will have to be stopped first. At least by the railway bridge and Whichurch High Street to allow the lorries to get over the bridge and back due to their widths.


Date 22/10/2015 14:47:42 Post reply
Name Richard Wingfield, News Editor   Email
Comments Thank you Barbara for pointing that out - we will arrange for a new photo. We do have an up-to-date profile and photo of each councillor - links are on the Parish Council page.


Date 21/10/2015 10:02:43 Post reply
Name Barbara Robinson   Email
Comments I would like to suggest we have a new parish council photo on the parish council file.


Date 20/10/2015 16:40:01 Post reply
Name Alix Lynch   Email
Comments Hello, I was wondering if anyone could recommend a local window cleaner (preferably from the village or Pangbourne). Thank you in advance Alix


Date 19/10/2015 17:25:10 Post reply
Name Kathleen Barrow   Email
Comments Job vacancy for an unqualified play assistant at Whitchurch on Thames pre school. Minimum three sessions per week. Term time only. Please see website or call 0118 9984 4516 for more information.


Date 18/10/2015 17:52:49 Post reply
Name Lissie Steward   Email
Comments This Friday 23rd of October is:- The Rugby World Cup Quiz at the Ferryboat Starting at 7.30pm Come along and show off your Rugby World Cup Knowledge Teams of 4 Please contact me Lissie Steward on 07751789107 to book your place.


Date 16/10/2015 20:21:14 Post reply
Name Allan Scriven   Email
Comments I am wondering why, that in the bends at the top of the hill, out of two large potholes by the side of the road only one was marked for and repaired.


Date 16/10/2015 09:44:14 Post reply
Name Geoff Weir   Email
Comments Has anyone got BT Infinity working yet? I was given an activation date of 6th Oct, then they put it back to 13th Oct, to-day I’ve been told (only after I complained that it hadn’t been activated) that the order “failed” and it’s back to placing an order again. Maybe it’s called “Infinity” because of how long it takes to get it…..
Date 16/10/2015 11:35:00 Post reply
Name Jim Donahue   Email
Comments Yes - I got it this week - and was getting 50 Mbps on the speedchecker.
Date 16/10/2015 12:37:42 Post reply
Name Dave Bowen   Email
Comments We have had it around a week or so now. Installed on the correct date but don't get too excited, we're only getting around 26 mb.
Date 16/10/2015 14:11:33 Post reply
Name Marc Cresswell   Email
Comments Yep, it was activated without too much fuss on the 7th Oct. Getting 48Mbps download & 18Mbps upload speeds over wifi which isn't too shabby, although BT were originally forecasting a minimum 68Mbps. But overall very pleased with it.
Date 16/10/2015 14:56:57 Post reply
Name James   Email
Comments Yes - working well since 6th October. If using BT don't forget to claim free Sainsbury's voucher for £125.
Date 18/10/2015 10:57:17 Post reply
Name Adrian Dixon
Comments Had it since 7th October. It's running at about 15Mbits download and 10Mbits upload. That's three times faster than we had before, but nowhere near the advertised speed, of course.
Date 20/10/2015 18:11:02 Post reply
Name Dave Bowen   Email
Comments We've had BT Engineers out today as it seemed there was a fault on the line with our download speeds, however there is no fault. As we are 1000m from the Green Box we should only expect around 25Mbps. Not quite what I was expecting from their estimate of 60Mbps !


Date 15/10/2015 11:20:23 Post reply
Name Warren   Email
Comments I have found and taken a deceased cat from the side of the road near the bottom of Path HIll (not far from the gates of Hardwick). The unfortunate moggy is now at Pangbourne Vet to check for microchip or owner. The cat is black on top and tail, with white chest and legs. I have a picture if you think it may be yours or ring the vet.


Date 14/10/2015 14:48:13 Post reply
Name Angela Sidhu   Email
Comments Please can anyone recommend a plasterer? Thanks, Angela


Date 12/10/2015 19:07:26 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments The Club is going to see Gangsta Granny at the New Theatre Oxford on Saturday, 16th January at 2.30pm Suitable for children aged 5+. Non members are welcome if they would like to bring their children and/or grandchildren. Cost £34. Coach departs Pangbourne at 12.00pm.


Date 04/10/2015 19:03:31 Post reply
Name Adrian Coultas-Pitman   Email
Comments I am a local resident in Whitchurch and have had a Liquid Trek 55 full suspension stolen from me. The bike is 10 years old yet in mint condition, and strangely has road tyres on it as I recently road a canal path on it and have not changed the tyres. If this bike is offered to you or you can post this message elsewhere, please do so. I can you please call me on 07796940300 Thanks Ade


Date 01/10/2015 17:40:57 Post reply
Name Leslie Prater   Email
Comments Having been away for two weeks I was amazed to seethe rustic seating which has been put in the maze. I don't know who should receive the credit but congratulations and thanks are due.
Date 03/10/2015 10:12:57 Post reply
Name Sally Woolhouse   Email
Comments Brilliant isn't it?! This was installed by Tim Sheldon (from Hardwick Estate) and James Norman and was co-ordinated by Jim Donahue - it was ready in time for the Apple Juicing Day last Sunday (27th). It is very practical but sculptural too - a very welcome place to enjoy a picnic!


Date 29/09/2015 23:12:06 Post reply
Name Arife Vural   Email
Comments Free kids sandpit in a good conditions, needs a new home. Anybody interested in?


Date 26/09/2015 13:50:16 Post reply
Name Neil   Email
Comments I have found an item of value this week on the route to the railway station. Send me an email if you think it is yours or call 07979 751985.


Date 25/09/2015 10:21:18 Post reply
Name Peter Kemp   Email
Comments If you're not already aware, fibre broadband is at last available in the village!


Date 04/09/2015 08:28:30 Post reply
Name Will Skewes   Email
Comments I am looking for a garage to rent in Whitchurch for the storage only of a classic vehicle. Will be accessed occasionally and within social hours.... If any one has a garage/workshop/storage they are willing to rent please give me Will a call on 07590 681878. Thanks.


Date 30/08/2015 11:01:49 Post reply
Name Dida Kennedy   Email
Comments Gold bracelet found on Hardwick Road yesterday (29th Aug). Do please get in touch if you have lost one, or know someone who has.
Date 08/09/2015 13:46:08 Post reply
Name Valerie ledger   Email
Comments I have lost a small gold watch. I know you said a gold bracelet, so I am clutching at straws,but am trying all avenues to try to find this watch as it had belonged to my mother and therefore has sentiment attachments.. Many thanks, Valerie Ledger


Date 21/08/2015 14:25:41 Post reply
Name Sheridan Myers   Email
Comments We are currently recruiting for a local owner driver for the delivery of school meals in Whitchurch-on-Thames. Monday to Friday, in School Term Time only. Excellent Rate of Pay Approx 1 - 2 hours daily Between 11.25 and 1.30pm Please contact 0844 984 0330 if you are interested in applying for this position.


Date 21/08/2015 06:43:00 Post reply
Name Nick Brazil   Email
Comments Copies of "Billy Biscuit - The Colourful Life and Times of Sir William Curtis" from a new limited print run are now available for those who missed out last time. Price £16 per copy from Nick Brazil 01189841602


Date 20/08/2015 11:56:21 Post reply
Name Felipa   Email
Comments Free to a good home... - Light brown wood effect desk with pull-out shelf - Canon Pixma MP210 all-in-one photo printer Please contact Felipa on 07419 118449 if interested


Date 19/08/2015 12:04:06 Post reply
Name Graham Dednum   Email
Comments We have a Whirlpool heavy duty series 8 top loading washing machine in working order to give away on a 'first come' basis. Please contact Graham at the Ferryboat if you are interested.


Date 14/08/2015 12:41:51 Post reply
Name hugh cumming   Email
Comments I am a teacher who is starting a job at St Joseph's College in Reading in September. I used to teach at St Helen's Abingdon. I am looking for somewhere to rent in Whitchurch or the surrounding area (because I like it) preferably self-contained and detached, but I would also be interested in anything unusual like a barn, loft or houseboat etc. I have a permanent post but if there was something for a few months that would interest me too. If anyone has anything suitable or that they might think would be of interest I would be delighted if you would contact me. I currently live in my cottage in Wales but can easily come and see anything when convenient. Many thanks. Hugh Cumming.


Date 12/08/2015 20:10:55 Post reply
Name Alison   Email
Comments We're looking for a Graphic Designer; part time (@ 3 days per week) who has experience of both print and digital media. A recent grad looking for a 6-12 month (paid) placement would also be considered. Please email me if you know anyone or this is you - or you have any questions. Many thanks


Date 12/08/2015 14:18:13 Post reply
Name Whitchurch Primary   Email
Comments The School Lunch Company is seeking to recruit a Chef Manager for the Whitchurch Primary School. Hours per week 27.5 Monday–Friday, term time only. Enthusiasm essential, experience desirable, Training will be provided. Subject to an enhanced DBS check. For more details please contact: Les Redhead 07825344437


Date 11/08/2015 19:17:59 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments The theatre club has a trip going to Krakow in Poland next May for four days. Please contact us if you are interested in joining us.


Date 11/08/2015 14:22:45 Post reply
Name whitchurch theatre club   Email
Comments One spare ticket for The Merchant of Venice on Wednesday, 2nd September at Stratford. Cost £55. Coach departs 9.00am.


Date 11/08/2015 08:15:05 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments I have been tasked to form a working group for lack of a better word to beautify Whitchurch and am after Volunteers to join the working group, the tasks I envisage would include Flower Baskets (not this year but next year) ridding our streets of weeds and scrub areas, Maybe as well having a competition for the best Flower basket judged by a representative from the bridge company? which will have baskets on it as well, also best Flower Tubs and the most attractive Property/Business front. The suggestions I have made plus other suggestions gained from the first meeting of the working group which we could include in our remit would form the basis of a group that looks after the lovely village we live in and enhance our surroundings which would make life better for all who use or live in this area of outstanding natural beauty. So in short I would ask if anybody would like to join this group could you email me and we can get the ball rolling and make our already beautiful Village outstanding for the good of all. Many Regards Jonathan Steward
Date 11/08/2015 12:35:03 Post reply
Name Geoff Weir - Whitchurch Bridge Company   Email
Comments Good idea to beautify the village, but please be assured that any judging will definitely not be done by the Whitchurch Bridge Company, not least because we have no floral expertise. Also, it may not be possible to hang flower baskets on our parapet lights for structural reasons
Date 12/08/2015 08:42:37 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments Yes no problem Geoff I posted this before your email I will ask WOTHABS rep to judge the baskets in the future


Date 07/08/2015 23:23:39 Post reply
Name Claire Jury on behalf of The Greyhound   Email
Comments STAFF URGENTLY REQUIRED at The Greyhound Fantastic rates for fantastic staff. Requirements: Experience, reliability and loyalty. Call: 0118 996 8947 or pop in during open hours.


Date 03/08/2015 20:49:44 Post reply
Name Ali Reeve   Email
Comments I'd be very grateful if somebody could recommend a trustworthy and reliable cleaner to do general housework and some ironing.
Date 04/08/2015 09:41:43 Post reply
Name Sabina Reed   Email
Comments Hi Ali I have sent you an email regarding your post for a cleaner and ironing. Please let me know if you don't receive it


Date 29/07/2015 16:00:01 Post reply
Name Elizabeth Crowley   Email
Comments We are currently recruiting for a local owner driver for the delivery of school meals in Whitchurch-on-Thames. Monday to Friday, in School Term Time only. Excellent Rate of Pay Approx 1 - 2 hours daily Between 11.25 and 1.30pm Please contact 0844 984 0330 if you are interested in applying for this position.


Date 29/07/2015 17:07:46 Post reply
Name James   Email
Comments I'm after a painter / decorator to paint window frames (exterior) and not afraid of heights (townhouse)!. Any recommendations welcome, please. Thanks. James.


Date 29/07/2015 10:14:26 Post reply
Name John Curtis   Email
Comments Following on from johns request for issues there needs to be some form of residents parking badges to limit the carnage through the high street, as I'm sure we are all aware this is going to get much worse when the price hike to cross the bridge comes into force and people decide to park and walk from the high street!!, also cars parking at the high street end of manor road cause a huge obstruction and a danger by parking around the bend which I'm sure is probably in contravention to the highway code yet because we never see traffic enforcement officers it has become "open house" for people to park as they please... it's up to us as residents to set the ball rolling to sort this.
Date 07/08/2015 23:28:23 Post reply
Name Claire Jury   Email
Comments Some solution/compromise does need to be considered. Residents only will not help local businesses, but a time limit for non-residents may help (thinking of Meadowside Road/Horseshoe Road in Pangbourne)? And a low-loader was stuck recently, wanting to turn into Manor Road to deliver to the STW, because cars had parked too close to the end of Manor Road. Not sure what the solution is, but it does need to become a high priority with the PC before there is damage to parked vehicles.


Date 28/07/2015 19:38:52 Post reply
Name Peter Worsley   Email
Comments In response to Jonathan Steward's email. It is high time that the drains in the High street are emptied. They are full so all the sediment washed down accumulated at the junction with Manor Road. Worse, when it rains a lagoon forms making it very difficult for pedestrians. Note this is a crossing of a National Trail and the Whitchurch section is a disgrace.
Date 03/08/2015 11:09:28 Post reply
Name Melanie Hardwick   Email
Comments To add to Peter's request: if a visit by the council drain clearing team is arranged, please could they also clear the drains in Hardwick Road, as they are full to the top with debris and useless when it rains. I notified the council several months ago, but nothing has been done.


Date 25/07/2015 18:21:21 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments Over the past few weeks I have been trying to find out issues that need to be addressed on Manor road,If anybody has any issues they feel I can help with please email me and I will put my councillor hat on and try my best to deal with whatever issues you throw my way.


Date 23/07/2015 13:36:59 Post reply
Name Alison   Email
Comments Can anyone please recommend a Bookeeper? We're looking for someone 2 or 3 days a month with experience of cloud based accounting systems and preferably familiar with Xero accounting software. Please email me if you can help! Many thanks Alison
Date 23/07/2015 20:50:05 Post reply
Name Alison   Email
Comments Nothing to do with ghosts or spooking people... I mean bookkeeper !


Date 20/07/2015 21:45:24 Post reply
Name Keith Brooks   Email
Comments You may have noticed a picture on the cover of the latest edition of The Bulletin, this is of Stephen Trinder who sadly recently passed away. Stephen did so much for the Village; not least Chairing the Village Plan Committee and more recently donating a new bench and defibrillator for the Village to use. Stephen and I carried out many jobs together around the village and I will miss his enthusiasm and company very much. When I arranged for his picture to be placed on the cover, I omitted to refer to him in the text of the Bulletin and this has caused some confusion. Since I was the editor I have to hold up my hands and say sorry. Please accept my profound apology for any upset I have caused to anyone.


Date 15/07/2015 17:23:41 Post reply
Name Geoff Weir   Email
Comments The annual Swan Upping Ceremony will pass under Whitchurch Bridge at about 1230 pm on Thursday 23rd July. The Queen’s Swan Marker, the Queen’s Swan Warden and the Swan Uppers of the Vintners’ and Dyers’ livery companies, all in their traditional scarlet uniforms in six traditional Thames rowing skiffs, will be looking out for this year’s cygnets which are then caught, weighed, marked and released. This historic ceremony dates from the 12th Century, when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans – so they could be eaten at royal feasts and banquets! Nowadays Swan Upping provides useful information to help with the welfare and conservation of the swan population.


Date 11/07/2015 16:05:30 Post reply
Name whitchurchtheatreclub   Email
Comments There are also a few spare seats on the coach to Chichester on Wednesday, 19th August for anyone who would like a day out.


Date 09/07/2015 12:57:24 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments Please be aware that there is a big problem with dog mess in whitchurch, which is dangerous to children and everybody else if anybody has any ideas of how to stop this please email me
Date 11/07/2015 10:36:32 Post reply
Name Sally Woolhouse   Email
Comments We completely agreed with you, Jon - Pete removes mess from the Maze area on a daily basis, as well as bagged-up poo which is thrown in bushes and dangling from branches - disgusting!!! You only have to read the letters page in the Henley Standard to realise this is a very widespread problem. One idea used is to shame the culprits (or more precisely, their owners) by spraying the poo with bright spray paint. I'm not sure how effective this is. Another approach would be to enforce the fines but that of course needs proof and action by SODC.


Date 09/07/2015 11:30:59 Post reply
Name WhitchurchTheatreClub   Email
Comments There are some spaces on the coach going to the Imperial War Museum on Wednesday, 22nd July if anyone would like to join us.


Date 06/07/2015 19:24:41 Post reply
Name Helen Willis   Email
Comments Dark red specs are still waiting to be collected. I believe someone called round to get them but I was out and hadn't told the other occupants of Primrose Cottage where I'd put them. Sorry! If you call me first on 984 3620 we can arrange a convenient time for you to come to pick them up.


Date 06/07/2015 09:14:20 Post reply
Name Geoff Weir   Email
Comments FOUND in our front garden: men's shirt and trousers, clean and in good condition.


Date 29/06/2015 21:40:18 Post reply
Name catherine   Email
Comments Hi, does anyone have or no of any stables/grazing to rent for 2-4 well behaved ponies? Many thanks


Date 26/06/2015 08:29:52 Post reply
Name Allan   Email
Comments I have a 6 string (steel) acoustic guitar for sale. £20 9842224


Date 24/06/2015 22:52:05 Post reply
Name nick plumridge   Email
Comments I just wanted to comment on how appalling and inconsiderate the parking was tonight by people attending the council meeting at the village hall in manor road. The owner of the black 4x4 parked at a ridiculous angle partly blocking the road just by the park should be ashamed. Next time i will publish number plates of offenders. If an emergency vehicle had to attend manor road tonight it would not have been able to squeeze through !!! Do you want the guilt of that on your mind ?? Please just park considerately thats all is asked. Thank you
Date 25/06/2015 13:05:04 Post reply
Name Jane Goodey   Email
Comments It was awful wasn't it, I couldn't believe that anyone in their right mind would leave their vehicle like that. It was the Camera Club last night I think.
Date 26/06/2015 05:54:53 Post reply
Name David Bowen   Email
Comments Yes, it was the camera club. We had a meeting in the small room however had to adjourn elsewhere as the camera club seemed to take over. I believe they were expecting a large group hence the large amount of cars.
Date 26/06/2015 08:27:48 Post reply
Name Allan Scriven   Email
Comments I wish to add to the complaints about the parked 4x4. I used my horn an few times, but to no avail.I drive a transit and could not get through on the road and had to back up and use the pavement and grass verge opposite.


Date 24/06/2015 18:51:16 Post reply
Name Helen Willis   Email
Comments I've just found a pair of dark red specs with 'diamonds' down the side of the frame and the arms on a windowsill at Primrose Cottage (next door to the Modern Art Gallery). Please come and collect them if they're yours.


Date 23/06/2015 14:38:14 Post reply
Name Laura Lucas   Email
Comments The article in this week's Henley Standard regarding Village Green charges seems to suggest that the issue will just be put to the sports clubs and then the "full council". Aren't we getting the public consultation we were promised by the Parish Council please?


Date 21/06/2015 10:51:56 Post reply
Name Geoff Hird   Email
Comments Has anyone in Whitchurch got fast broadband? There was a News article on this website in February about a cabinet on the High St opposite the Greyhound, but every time I contact BT they say it's not available.
Date 22/06/2015 16:33:52 Post reply
Name Peter Reeve   Email
Comments Currently due to be ready by end of sept. www.betterbroadbandoxfordshire.org.uk


Date 15/06/2015 10:29:05 Post reply
Name Jane Maccaw   Email
Comments Expected pandemonium in the High Street! As I write, traffic lights are about to be erected at the junction of Hardwick Road for what looks like major road digging up for Gas. As there are quite a few parked cars there, plus scaffolding due at the cottage near The Art Gallery, I think we had better prepare for organised chaos! Does anyone know how long this work is scheduled to last?


Date 14/06/2015 17:46:42 Post reply
Name Sarah Dixon   Email
Comments We have been having a huge clear out of old filing and have a selection of empty box files and lever arch files - about 10 of each at the moment and counting! Would anyone like them?


Date 10/06/2015 10:17:38 Post reply
Name Warren   Email
Comments Missing Cat Update Unfortunately Sylvester has still not returned, nor has there been any sightings since he went missing. Please may I thank everyone who has helped in searching for him so far and also for putting up with our leaflets in their letterboxes and the posters around the village. Sylvester's last known location was a week ago in the garden of Svartisen House not too far along Hardwick Road. If anybody around the immediate area could please please double check their sheds, alleys, hedges, trees or pools etc, it would be much appreciated. He is never away from home for more than a couple of hours so a week is worrying for an older cat to be gone. There is a photo and poster link on the News part of the website. There is no evidence of anything bad yet, so we remain hopeful he may be found or return.
Date 10/06/2015 16:40:35 Post reply
Name Warren   Email
Comments Oh, and if you have any neighbours you know are away or on holiday the last week, keep an ear out to their garages. Thanks!


Date 08/06/2015 19:22:18 Post reply
Name Inez Kemp   Email
Comments On my way to school I found £5 on Hardwick Road today. If you think its yours give me a call on 01189845382 or else I will give it to Whitchurch school to buy something for the whole school.


Date 31/05/2015 17:37:22 Post reply
Name Martin Hardcaste   Email
Comments Rent me a garage please? I'm looking to rent a garage for a VW Golf. Long term or short term, can adapt to suit. Direct Debit with deposit if required. Preferably near the Hillside Properties on Hardwick Road, but will consider others. Thank you, Martin - 8 Hillside martinhardcastle@btinternet.com m. 07800 022007


Date 31/05/2015 09:55:52 Post reply
Name James Statham   Email
Comments Hi. Does anyone have, or know of someone in the village or nearby that has a Canadian canoe that is looking for a new home? If so, we're looking for one to buy for family use this summer. Thanks.


Date 28/05/2015 09:37:59 Post reply
Name Harry Butterworth   Email
Comments Although I do understand, and agree with, Richard William's point, I have to comment that both the existing yellow paving and the "refuge" outside the Meetings Room only happened as a result of long drawn out pressure from the Parish Council. The argument then was that the risk to pedestrians was unacceptable. Things are a little tricky when you consider such things as surface water run-off, but maybe an increase in both traffic numbers and vehicle size could persuade OCC to move. In the current environment it would need a substantial campaign to shift it. In the meantime, re-painting the dummy pavement lines would make the road look like a single track again. In the past we have found such things to be surprisingly effective. Recently getting OCC to do even that has been difficult.


Date 27/05/2015 14:22:51 Post reply
Name Jonathan Steward   Email
Comments I want to make all the pensioners in the village and carers and the people they care for aware that on tuesdays at 10.30 till 12 their is a coffee morning at the old stables hall nearley opposite the ferryboat, lots of village people use it so instead of sitting at home on your own why not go down and enjoy coffee and a biscuit, they would love to see you if you need help to get there just phone me on 07857948026 and I will see if I can get you some help to get there


Date 26/05/2015 10:35:46 Post reply
Name Harry Butterworth   Email
Comments Over the years I have attended several NAG meetings, usually in Pangbourne. The Neighbourhood Action Group meetings are gatherings of representatives from the near-by Parish Councils to discuss common problems. As might be expected, the police presence is always important. One thing that did keep cropping up at the meetings I attended was the question of what to do about teenagers, often as groups, with nothing to do and time to kill. As the old saying goes, the Devil will find use for idle hands. The water meadows, for example, with the play area and playing fields alongside, does not have any items specifically intended to be attractive to teenagers. Nevertheless, the police are called there frequently. The sort of thing is that a group will collect on the water meadows and while there is a police presence will behave immaculately. When the police have to move on to other duties the restraint is removed. It has been known for a group to light a fire in the middle of the meadow. The “Blackberry Grape Vine” can bring a couple of hundred together from all over Berkshire in minutes, especially when there is no ticket collector on Pangbourne station. I have encountered such a group on the South side of the bridge. The particular crowd was very well behaved and it was a pleasure to meet them as individuals. But in that atmosphere the combination of a few lads with a little too much alcohol on board and a couple of young ladies wearing very short skirts can be the trigger for all sorts of nonsense. My point is simply that before you wake up one morning to find a bonfire scar in the middle of our Village Green cricket pitch, please make sure that all the consequences are understood and evaluated before suggestions for any changes at the Village Green are put forward. Particularly if they involve items which would be attractive to teenagers.


Date 25/05/2015 15:27:24 Post reply
Name Graham Dednum   Email
Comments The traffic calming measures, such as they are, at the lower narrows are proving insufficient to cope with the inconsiderate motorists who pass through the village. On a daily basis you can witness many swerving onto the paved area to avoid a potential collision and listen to very 'colourful' language as drivers accuse each other of ignoring the give way signage. The increase of traffic since the Reading Bridge has been closed may be filling the coffers of the bridge company but, realistically, with or without the increased level of traffic, my view is that unless some improved calming measures are introduced, it's only a matter of time before an accident will happen. Maybe the Parish Council,will address this situation
Date 27/05/2015 17:25:23 Post reply
Name Richard Williams   Email
Comments There is a particular problem at the lower narrows that you don't see in the upper narrows where there is an obvious physical barrier discouraging opportunist drivers from taking a chance. My view is that a number of drivers see the "neutral zone" outside the Pub as fair game especially if they are proceeding north into the village whereby the vehicle going south would be the one forced onto the pedestrian area even if they were first into the zone. Seen this a number of times and indeed happened to me on Bank Hol Monday when I was half way across before a vehicle failed to give way. Unfortunately, this the attitude these days and the only way to stop this would be to build a kerb outside the pub with just a small opening for the car-park.