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After a day away I returned to our village and found it to be a complete mess. Mud on road, stream verges run over by farm vehicles wheels and the residential area of the track up to Stevens farm a sea of mud and muck. I found out slurry spreading was the culprit. Am I alone in wondering why this mess was left and not cleaned up and why spread slurry on fields after recent snow and wet. 

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We live in a farming area and until now have largely accepted the large number of tractor movements as part of life. Leaving the village in the state shown in these pictures changes that dynamic for me.

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Patrick Jeffery

Land at the corner of the road going up to Dorchester

I am wondering whether others share my concern about what is being done to this land?

Several trees have been cut down and the land filled with rubble. It is unsightly/an eyesore, and an unfortunate introduction to the village, being in a prominent position. At one time there was a pond (it is shown on maps) on that land, a village amenity.

If anyone else is unhappy about this I suggest we raise it at the Parish Council meeting on January 28th (7.00 pm).

Tony Seigal

Regarding a recent Facebook post

A recent post on Facebook I've Lived in Martinstown has caused much anguish and upset in my household and as I don't have access to the Facebook page I feel I need to make a statement here.

A recent post showed a poo bag lying on the verge on Grove Hill with an allusion to it having been dumped by a lazy dog walker. Nothing could be further from the truth. The bag was left by my wife who was struggling with two dogs and a bad knee. Needing both hands she placed the bag on the verge so she could handle the leads in each hand. The bag was collected 20 minutes later and disposed of in our own bin. Had the photographer, who must travel up and down regularly passed by later then he could have photographed the empty space. I could understand his point if the bag had been there for a few days but 20 minutes?

However what is worse is that certain people felt that they had to comment on something that they did not have any knowledge of.

One commented on my wife's mental stability which at the least was a totally unacceptable and disgusting thing to say about someone he doesn't know. If trolling people is his pastime then he is the one with an issue. Another suggested that she was in the 1% which give everyone a bad name. I would say that my wife and I are among the most responsible dog owners in the village. Unfortunately others felt they had to like these incorrect and inflammatory statements.

This really shows how dangerous it is to use social media to air views and grievances about which you don't have the full facts. A single photo posted is not all it seems.
I thought this was a community?

A community helps cares and understands, it does not find reasons to snipe and criticise.

Thank you for your time
Timothy D. Pedder

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Photographs taken by Lesley Pemberton

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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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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

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Recycling, Rubbish & Food collection


Collections take place

5 Saturday - recycling and food
11 Friday - rubbish and food
17 - recycling and food
24 - rubbish and food
31 - recycling and food

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

MARCH 2019
7 - rubbish and food
14 - recycling and food
21 - rubbish and food
28 - recycling and food

APRIL 2019
4 - rubbish and food
11 - recycling and food
18 - rubbish and food
25 - recycling and food

MAY 2019
2 - rubbish and food
9 - recycling and food
16 - rubbish and food
23 - recycling and food
30 - rubbish and food

JUNE 2019
6 - recycling and food
13 - rubbish and food
20 - recycling and food
27 - rubbish and food

JULY 2019
4 - recycling and food
11 - rubbish and food
18 - recycling and food
25 - rubbish and food

1 - recycling and food
8 - rubbish and food
15 - recycling and food
22 - rubbish and food
29 - recycling and food

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

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The next start date for the garden waste service is 01/12/2018 – sign up by 31st October 2018.If you miss this deadline the next opportunity to start collections will be 1st April 2019.

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