Gravel Pit Update

At last we have heard officially from the County Council that they have submitted their Minerals & Waste Core Strategy to the Secretary Of State.

So, next stop the Examination in Public in the spring.

I sense a deal of fundraising is also on the way….


We’ve Got Walls…..

……. and the start of a roof!

Anyone who has been in the park in the past few days will have seen the tremendous progress on the Pavilion. Several of the inner walls have been erected and the roof-line is starting to emerge.

Gary the Site Manager tells me progress would have been much greater but for the high winds which have impeded the ability of the crane to pick up the pre-fabricated panels.

I am told that several people have expressed concern in the parish office about the wooden panels, given that the old pavilion was destroyed as a result of arson. The Pavilion Working Party was always aware of the threat of arson so we always planned for the new building to be as fire proof as possible; the wooden wall panels will be clad in brick, all the roof timbers are eight hour fire retardent and the roof will be made of metal.

Daily updates are available from the Cholsey New Pavilion blog run by Bill Nicholls.

Pavilion Update

Progress feels a bit laboured at the moment as the electricity board still hasn’t come to fully disconnect the electricity from the old Pavilion. This is holding up the construction of the “slab” on which the building will stand. rather sadly the completion has had to be put back until late April.

The good news is that the “glu-lam” frame of the building is being delivered tomorrow and is likely to be in situ prior to Christmas.

Doctor’s Letter Written

As I was at work today I hand delivered my letter to Catherine Mountford at the PCT calling for a surgery for Cholsey.

Really pleased to have done it and got it in ahead of their decision on Friday.

There is just about, still time to get a letter in if you have been putting it off.

What’s Going On With The Buses?

I have received a number of comments recently about the miserable state of the various multi-coloured and double decker buses operating through the village since the takeover of Thames Travel by Go-ahead [Oxford Bus Company]

It seems that new Mercedes buses were ordered to replace the original TT fleet and in order to make room for the new buses the old ones were sold off.  Unfortunately there was an unforeseen problem with the new buses. The updated ticket machines wouldn’t work properly in the new buses and delivery had to be delayed. The problem, I understand, has now been solved and the new buses are slowly coming into service. Fingers crossed…..

More Doctor Letters Please!

Val Bolt, George Crockett and I had a good couple of hours outside Tesco this morning handing out leaflets.

We are encouraging people to write letters to the PCT asking them to bring a doctor’s surgery to the space the Parish Council is providing within the new Pavilion.

It is really obvious that many people have already written, but if you would like to add your voice to theirs, please use the attached “crib sheet” to help you write a letter.


It’s Movember!

Please take a moment to read this message from Nick:

It’s Movember and time to make a difference.
Men’s health is a cause I am passionate about but in order to make a difference I need your help. My commitment is to grow a moustache for the month of November and in doing so, raise vital awareness and funds for mens health including prostate and testicular cancer.
I am asking you to help support my personal journey by making a donation. The size of which isn’t important, every little contribution helps Movember to continue its funding of world class programmes.  If you want to know more about what you’ll be helping to fund, you can visit Movember’s Program Overview page.
To highlight the importance of what I am doing, take a look at these statistics: •    1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime •    This year 40,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed in the UK •    47% of testicular cancer cases occur in men under 35 years and over 90% occur in men under 55 years
If you’d like to help change these statistics, please donate to me by: •    Donating online at: •    Writing a cheque payable to ‘Movember’, referencing my Registration ID: 2497444 and mailing it to: Movember Europe PO Box 68600 London EC1P 1EF
For more details, take a look at the Programs We Fund section on the Movember website: you in advance for supporting my efforts to change the face of men’s health.
Nick Griffin