CHOKO Beer Festival

Nick and I have just done our stint behind the bar at the CHOKO Beer Festival. We had a really enjoyable time and his birthday was celebrated by the assembled throng with a chorus of “Happy Birthday”.

The festival runs until late evening and I am told that they have ordered more beer than ever before!

Remarkably, today’s Festival is likely to take the total raised by CHOKO in excess of £100,000. What a fantastic achievement for a relatively young organisation.


Local Connection To Prime-time Telly

I don’t know how many of you know Alec Hayton, a well known Wallingfordian and Town Councillor.

Alec has told me that his daughter-in-law is presenting a documentary on BBC2 tonight. The programme “Servants – The True Story Of Life Below Stairs” is on at 9pm.

I suspect the story she tells may not be quite as rosy as Downton Abbey.

Alec describes himself as “a proud father-in-law”.

Victim Support Public Meeting with Police Commissioner Candidates

Victim Support have organised a public meeting at which victims and witnesses of crime and the people who work to support them will have the opportunity to meet and question those who are standing for election as Police & Crime Commissioners.

Anthony Stansfeld (Conservative) Tim Starkey (Labour) and Prof. John Howson (Liberal Democrat) have all confirmed their attendance.

The event is taking place at Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot, OX11 7JN, on Thursday 11th October 2012. Reception begins at 6.30pm for a prompt 7pm start. The meeting will close at 8pm. As this should be a popular event, please ensure that you book your place by contacting Daniel Sullivan on 01344 309388 or email

New road safety schemes in the village

Just in from a very positive meeting with the County Council.

Following pressure from the Parish council and the Cholsey Green travel Group the County Council have come up with a partial solution to the parking problems at the school. They propose traffic lights on the Church Road bridge (these will have the added advantage of slowing traffic entering and leaving the village) and a footway connecting the church car park to the school. These plans have still to be approved, but they appear to be fully funded. Thanks are due to County Councillor, Patrick Green, for a £10,000 contribution from his locality transport fund.

Our proposal to provide a cycle path connecting the top end of Ilges Lane to the Reading Road has also been worked up and is feasible. Unfortunately there is no guaranteed funding for this project, but officers will attempt to obtain the money from a variety of sources.

It’s All In A Name…..

The New Pavilion Management Group has decided on the name for our new building…….. The New Pavilion, Cholsey.

Work is continuing apace and the contractors should start the footings in day or two.

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Library Produce Sale Success

Tables groaning with cakes, preserves and fresh produce along with the beautiful weather helped the Community Library to a bumper result at this morning’s Annual Produce Sale on The Forty.

The sale raised £170, which will be used towards the library’s move into larger premises at the New Pavilion in the spring.

The new library will have a much larger book stock, computers and a dedicated children’s section

Feedback From Morrisons Consultation

More than 650 people attended.

79% say Wallingford needs more food retail choice, with a further 16% saying “yes with reservations”.

When asked about the potential site 69% “fully support” the proposal and a further 20% expressed support “with reservations”.

Initial analysis indicates the need for more retail choice and competition, with a desire for another petrol station in the town. Many people said they would no longer need to travel out of town to buy food.

Visitors to the exhibition also raised traffic issues, public transport links to the new store and what can be done to ensure the store complements the town centre.

Proposals are available to view at