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
Photographs taken by Lesley Pemberton
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.
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.