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Clearing the Verges and River

I have read the to and fro over the verges etc. John Elliot informed me that it's not Cow Parsley but Water Hemlock which is poisonous to animals if they eat some.

He told me because he knows that I regularly run the dog in the stream to clean/cool him off. He referred to a case that has been in the Echo recently where a dog died in these circumstances.

The waste has been left there for too long now and should be collected before we have another tragedy or it starts to rot and smell. 

I noticed the Environment Agency having a good hard look at it this morning, they have the power to prosecute for non-removal.

I am writing thus because I have seen, in my profession, what can happen when usually placid people go on Facebook and get out of control saying things they normally wouldn't.

Martin Usherwood

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I've been down covering Mothers Respite since the middle of April.  All that period the local farmers have been engaged in tilling & muck spreading locally - from Upwey to Steepleton; Poundbury to Martinstown. 

Putting aside to the obvious obstruction & hazard to road users by overly wide Plant on country roads (normal in farming areas country-wide), there is also all that hazardous dirt, & stones, plastering the surface endangering, particularly, motorcyclists.  Were similar dangers to be perpetrated by any other road user but farmers the 'authorities' would prosecute.  The majority of these vehicle users do not even comply with The Road Traffic Act regarding Construction & Use!  The vehicle shown in the attached photo not having visible registration; rear lights; or using the, compulsory, orange warning beacon.

All of the above were frequent sources of disagreement with my former Father-in-Law & farmer in Buckinghamshire.

G.Palmer. c/o Library Cottage. Martinstown.

Hello there.

I had the pleasure of stopping in Martinstown today and take a stroll through the church gardens.

A nice gentleman was walking through and pointed out Francis Eddison’s grave to me and told us a little bit of history.

It really touched me and I wanted to learn more about him and his family.

I could not find much on google so thought I would ask the locals.

Hope to hear from you soon.


Ben Dickson

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More Snowy Martinstown
A garden visitor we've fondly named Alphonse and the church.
Photos by Peter Wilkinson

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Maiden Castle

In my sweet maidens
castle strong hold,
warm touching hold.
Sweet pink and purple,
playful rise.
Rays of love,
twice as nice.
Healing, sexy,
solstice energy
renewing me.
So mote it be.

The poet of Martinstown

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Manor Grove
Communal Hall


10.30am - 12.00

Entrance: 50p
includes cake & biscuits


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*As at 25th March 2018.

Waste Watch Scheme
- operating in the village.

Although papers can be separated and recycled with the bi-weekly refuse collection this scheme means that the local parish can financially benefit from separate treatment of newspapers.

There are two collection points each located at the Parish Office and the car park of the Village Hall by means of a green bin or box.

Your used newspapers and magazines can be bundled into manageable piles and securely tied with sturdy string. Newspapers and magazines should be bundled separately but can be placed in the same boxes and are regularly collected.

Please use this method of recycling where possible as credit is received via the current scheme to the parish for use towards local matters.


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Mondays and Fridays

Start - Aline Office
1st Stop - Mallards Green
2nd Stop - Manor Grove
3rd Stop - Village Shop
Finish - Aline Office
Leaves the Village Shop at 10.15am

Start - Aline Office
1st Stop - Mallards Green
2nd Stop - Manor Grove
3rd Stop - Village Shop
Finish - Aline Office
Leaves the Village Shop at 13.15am

Visit the Aline Taxis website HERE

Saturday, 23 06 2018

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Winterbourne Valley
CE VA First School
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Recycling, Rubbish & Food collection


Collections take place

APRIL 2018
5 - rubbish and food
12 - recycling and food
19 - rubbish and food
26 - recycling and food

MAY 2018
3 - rubbish and food
10 - recycling and food
17  - rubbish and food
24 - recycling and food
31 - rubbish and food

JUNE 2018
7 - recycling and food
14 - rubbish and food
21 - recycling and food
28 - rubbish and food

JULY 2018
5 - recycling and food
12 - rubbish and food
19 - recycling and food
26 - rubbish and food

2 - recycling and food
9 - rubbish and food
16 - recycling and food
23 - rubbish and food
30 - recycling and food

6 - rubbish and food
13 - recycling and food
20 - rubbish and food
27 - recycling and food

* Except where otherwise stated

The next start date for the garden waste service is 1 December 2017.
Sign up by 31 October.

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