More Doctor Letters Needed

You probably already know about the fact that the Primary Care Trust (PCT) are looking into the possibility of bringing a doctor to Cholsey.

The Parish Council is running a campaign to encourage as many people as possible to write to the PCT in support of a surgery in the village. We are so keen to get a doctor in the village that we have built space for a surgery into the New Pavilion.

We know that many people have already written, but as is the case with all these campaigns, the more the merrier…..

Crib sheets with ideas for letters are available from the Community Library, the Post Office, the chemist and The Four Teas Cafe.

Letters should be sent to:

Catherine Mountford, Chair. Infrastructure and Management Group, NHS Oxfordshire, Jubilee House, 5510 John Smith Drive, Oxford Business Park South, Cowley, OXFORD, OX4 2LH.


Core Strategy Inspector Chooses Site B

The Core Strategy inspector, Mr Foster, has come down in favour of Site B – Slade End Farm –  as the site of the new homes for Wallingford. This should mean that Winterbrook is safe from the developers for the next fifteen to twenty years.

This means that the 550 new homes will not now be built in Winterbrook. A real relief for the people who live there, especially after the inspector’s earlier pronouncement in favour of Winterbrook.

We all think that getting SODC to class Winterbrook as a Conservation Area really helped to swing the inspector in our favour.

At Parish Council we have come under fire for supporting and helping the Save Winterbrook campaign financially. I think this excellent result exonerates our decision to support this and other community based campaigns.

Let’s hope the CAGE “Stop The Gravel Pit” campaign will have a similar result.

It has been a pleasure to work with and support the Save Winterbrook campaign.

Fabulous Cholsey History Facts

Just home from the Cholsey 1000+ AGM and a fantastic historical talk by Judy Dewey about the history of Cholsey.

The most amazing fact is that the first royal train journey took place from the old Moulsford Station. Apparently in 1842 Queen Adelaide, mother of Victoria, travelled from there to Swindon of all places!

We also learned that in the 1600s Little Lane – where I live – was one of the major village thoroughfares. remarkable when you consider how narrow it is now.

Booker Shortlist Arrives At Library

Cholsey Community Library now has a complete set of the books short-listed for the MAN Booker Prize.

The books are:

  • Umbrella – Will Self
  • Bring up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel
  • The Lighthouse – Alison Moore
  • Swimming Home – Deborah Levy
  • Narcopolis – Jeet Thayil
  • The Garden of Evening Mists –  Tan Twan Eng

The library is situated behind the Free Church in Honey Lane and membership is free.

“A Doctor For Cholsey” Letter Writing Campaign Launched

To further the Parish Council campaign to encourage the Primary care Trust to bring a doctor’s surgery to the village, we have launched a letter writing campaign.

Leaflets with advice on what to write and where to send your letter are available from the chemist, Post Office and The Four Teas cafe. If you would like me to e-mail you a copy please contact me via the comments section of my blog.


£250,000 for Cholsey Confirmed by SODC

At tonight’s full council meeting SODC agreed to give Cholsey Parish Council £250,000 of New Homes Bonus money. The first time the SODC has allocated any of this money. It was also the first time I have had to leave a council meeting as I was judged to have a pecuniary interest.

The money comes from Central Government and is aimed at communities that are taking new homes.

Cholsey PC will use the money towards construction of the New Pavilion.

Don’t Forget The Doctor

The Parish Council is holding a public meeting this coming Tuesday (16th) to help people respond to the Primary Care Trust’s consultation into whether there is a need for greater provision of GP services in the village.

As I have said before, 85% of people who responded to the 2006 Village Plan were very keen to see a doctor’s surgery here in Cholsey.

The meeting is in the Laurence Hall and will start at 7.30. If you would like to contribute and can’t make the meeting, please call me on 07971 805416.