John Piper exhibition, Dorchester Abbey

This afternoon we went to the pictures. No, not at The Corn Exchange but the new John Piper exhibition at Dorchester Abbey.

This is our second Piper exhibition this year, having enjoyed the current show at The River and Rowing Museum in Henley.

This new show is an eye-catching selection of Piper’s work in several media – paint, stained glass, textiles, ceramics to name but four. The space devoted to the collection within the abbey was thronged and we were further entertained by a marvellous orchestra and choir who were practising nearby.

To round off the afternoon we had a marvellous tea in The Abbey’s famous tea rooms.


Consultation Nightmare

I have recently learned that the future progress of the Minerals Core Strategy (“where gravel pits go” for most of us!) will require not one, but two rounds of public consultation. A huge amount of work for those of us involved in the fight against the pit. This is particularly galling when you consider that the County Council seem to have taken not one jot of notice of the many hundreds of submissions to the last consultation.

However, we must press on as we need to persuade the Government Inspector that we care about our village and that Cholsey is the wrong place for this pit.

It is likely that the inspector will hold his enquiry into the soundness of the Core Strategy in the early autumn.

A new supermarket

Just spoke to a rep from Morrisons Supermarkets who says they have put together a plan to bring a branch to Hithercroft.

Could be good news for Wallingford as we have no budget supermarket in the town. and one has been wanted for a long time. Morrisons also concentrate on food – they describe themselves as a grocer – not things that will compete with existing town businesses.

We will watch this space with interest.

Good news about Winterbrook

SODC have undertaken to proceed with the Winterbrook Conservation Area consultation.

Good news for the folks there as it could help to overturn the bad Core Strategy decision made by the Inspector in November.

The pressure we put on them must have done some good.

Well done Adam too, as I hear your questioning at Cabinet ramped up the pressure.


Village Hall Update

Tonight at Parish Council we decided on the final two contractors to build the new Village Hall. Over the next few weeks our Project Manager will ask the two companies to “sharpen their pencils” to come up with a final bid.

The two companies have come up with very different exterior designs for the building based on the drawings from our original architect.

We aim to start the build in July.