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3720Melksham ATC - freedom of the town
Pictures from this morning in Melksham - Melksham ATC is awarded freedom of the town ...
2012-05-12
 
3646Exploring Melksham with a film maker
Ginkgo Projects have selected film maker Verity-Jane Keefe to make a film relating to the new development on the land to the East of Melksham - [details]. Verity-Jane was in Melksham today, and I joined her for a walk around some of the new housing area. Here's a selection of the pictures taken: Verity-Jane ...
2012-03-09
 
3467Charities v Charitable. The cost of collecting your donation.
Many "Charities" worry me, though I applaud being charitable. And the cost of money raising and administering that money raising as a business - even before you look at the efficiency of the charity itself in targetting and spending its income - means that of each pound you hand over only a proportion ...
2011-10-06
 
3385Do university courses teach the right things for life at work later on?
I'm so glad I'm not a teacher - or at least a school teacher or University lecturer. For in these jobs, I feel that I would be spending far more of my time preparing my students to pass exams than I would spend preparing them for what life was going to bring them beyond the educational establishment. Bruce ...
2011-08-10
 
3357Business, priorities, and volunteering
Lisa entitled this picture "Another day at the office; negotiating a new course date for Xxx", and entitled the picture "Business as Usual". It was taken yesterday ... in Cascais, Portugal, where we were on an excursion to see some of the areas around Lisbon ... and it's an area I would very much ...
2011-07-14
 
3347The Anthony trial - Orange County, Florida. Thoughts on conclusion
Over the past few weeks, the Casey Anthony trial has been underway in Orange Counry, Florida. Casey, now aged 25, was on trial for the first degree murder of her daughter, who was 2 years old when she died 3 years ago, and for two alternative lesser charges on the death (a lesser murder charge, and ...
2011-07-06
 
3282The future of canal management and charities - Kennet and Avon Canal bias
The Canal network in this country - or most of it - came into Government ownership several generations ago. In those days, the canals were used for the carriage of goods, but were something of a failling industry; whilst a necessary part of the nation's infrastructure, they were a financial burden to ...
2011-05-08
 
3265Alternative Vote (AV) - cutting the crap
If you're looking for an explanation of AV, and an example of how it might have worked had it been in play in the Chippenham constituency, see [here]. Now - what are the arguments for and against? Cost It's said that AV would cost £130 million to bring in. I don't the figures at my fingertips, ...
2011-04-25
 
3231Footpath, Bridleway, Byway, Road used as Public Path
It's often a surprise to me which posts generate informed and useful additional feedback, comment, information, and so forth. My recent post about a public footpath, and what is allowed on there, was one that rather took off on Facebook. [link - original article] Phil writes: I am certain that pushing ...
2011-04-04
 
3228What can you take on a public footpath? Pram? Wheelbarrow? Dog? Shopping Trolley? Horse? Cycle?
Beside our house runs a public footpath ... and we have a gate to the side through which we can walk onto it. Goodness knows how old the gate is - many years for sure; I suspect it dates back to the 1920s or 1930s. We use the path from time to time, via the gate - it's a convenient way for Gypsy and ...
2011-04-04
 
3183Redevelopment on the banks of the Avon in Melksham
Conigre Mead is safe - and was intact at 07:30 this morning. So is the river frontage to the North of the reserve, and the churchyard. About 70% of the heavily overgrown brownfield area between the current Sainsbury's store and nature reserve - including derelict drainage ponds that became redundant ...
2011-02-25
 
3126Car Parking in Melksham - thoughts on the proposed scheme, and wider thoughts too
The local newspaper headlines a rise in parking charges in Melksham from April, and my email contains statements of how charge rises in another town in Wiltshire will kill that town centre, and a degree of disquiet from elsewhere too. I've also been out and about in the town - looking and listening. What ...
2011-01-13
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3030Liquorice allsorts and Dolly Mixtures
A series of snippets / thoughts ... on such a variety of subjects that they can't be equated to any one type of sweet selection! Votes for prisoners The press is full of public outrage at the potential of prisoners being given the vote, and the convenient excuse of "Europe" is being used to pass off ...
2010-11-07
 
3028VAT rise in January - it is really up 14% not just 2.5%
On 4th January, "the VAT rate goes up by 2.5%". With a typical annual inflation rate of between 3% and 4%, you may consider that to be a not-very-large increase - after all, it's only 8 or 9 months of inflation. But hang on a minute. If I charge someone a 1000 pounds for something, and add on VAT, ...
2010-11-03
 
2995A river in Melksham is not just for boaters.
How many boats will the link canal ... the river through the town ... and the ongoing Wilts and Berks canal bring to Melksham? Not as many as you might think - I've seen it written somewhere that out of every 100 people visiting the river in such a scheme, only 4 will arrive by boat - and as there's ...
2010-10-12
 
2982Travel, Transport and Tourism - A vision for Melksham, 2026
This is a seed document that I've prepared as a pump-priming exercise to help the Community Area Partnership (at the request of the vicechair of the steering group) and other associated organisations think ahead towards what they would like to see in the 2026 area plan. It comes in three main sections: a) ...
2010-10-03
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2904Melksham Area Board meeting of last week
Another overdue report - Wednesday of last week! Melksham's area board is a group of the six unitary area ("county") councilors who meet every couple of months to listen to and vote on issues relating to six wards that make up Melksham and the "surrounding" countryside. They also have some funding ...
2010-08-05
 
2852Atworth Village Fete - on the Melksham Community Area Partnership stand
"Would you like to buy some fairy cakes for tea?" - "How should Atworth village and the areas around develop up to the year 2026?" "Toss the wellie, sir? How far can you throw it?" - "What are your major unitary controlled concerns about living in this area at the moment?" "Can I have 30p please Dad ...
2010-07-30
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2776Regional Spatial Strategy and the next 20 years - Whence Wiltshire under the new government?
The new government isn't as keen on the "Regional Spatial Strategy" that so much effort went into putting together ... they may pass much responsibility back to the (Unitary) council. But then the Unitary council may not vary very much from the plans anyway. Consultations on the Core strategy are now ...
2010-05-26
 
2666Random thoughts on Melksham Town Planning and development
On Friday evening, I attended the Mayor's reception in Melksham Assembly Hall, and on Saturday I traveled to Taunton to attend TravelWatch SouthWest. At one of those meetings (and I'm ashamed to say I can't recall which) someone made the poignant comment that, for the most part, Town Planners don't actually ...
2010-03-08
 
2602East of Melksham - Building Work Starts
The extension of houses to the East of Melksham started off the Sandridge Road at the tail end of last year, but the fields at the end of Snowberry Lane (the section to the south of Snarleton Lane) hadn't really got underway - this first picture is a Christmas one, showing just a few stakes inthe ground. By ...
2010-01-28
 
2574Summary of Wiltshire Core Strategy responses
At the tail end of 2009, I was involved in responding to consultation being run by Wiltshire Council on the future deveopment of Wiltshire, and the towns and villages therein. The headline presentation from Wiltshire Council picked out three places - Chippenham, Trowbridge and "West of Swindon" as places ...
2010-01-14
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2289pre-Inaugural briefing - Melksham Community Area Partnership
14th July, Semington Village Hall - the sort of inaugural meeting of the Melksham Community Area Partnership (see about CAPs and about Wiltshire's new structures). I wondered why Semington Village Hall for a "Melksham" meeting - Semington Village has been made an awkward place to drive to due to road ...
2009-12-19
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2514The road show has been - where now?
Yesterday Wiltshire Council's "Road Show" came to town - showing their core strategy plans for the next 20 years. Rather than allowing haphazard and undirected growth and development there is sense if the unitary council providing a degree of 'steer' ... making sure that any new housing is built in ...
2009-12-09
 
2508Community Area Partnership - inaugural AGM
This evening was the public meeting and first AGM of the new Melksham Community Area Partnership. The CAP is an independent (there's an interesting word!) body that mirrors the area covered by the Melksham Area Board of Wiltshire Council, and is (I understand) the last such CAP to be set up of 20, ...
2009-11-21
 
2128Wiltshire - where everybody matters
On 1st April, Wiltshire went Unitary, combining four district councils and a county into a single unitary authority with a population a shade under 450,000. And from buildings to dust carts, the labels and logos have changed: "Wiltshire - Where Everybody Matters" ... and I'm very glad to have that ...
2009-04-17
 
2112Whatever next ... the joys of being an employer
A teacher in Cambridge has been disciplined for misconduct after her pictures in a 'Racy' pose appeared on a website. 'A school insider reports "the maximum penalty Ms X faces is a final warning - the step before summary dismissal"' according to the Daily Mail today. The report states that the action ...
2009-04-03
 
1987One Cheer for Local Democracy - Asda in Melksham
On Thursday evening, Lisa and I attended the Planning Committee Meeting of West Wiltshire District Council. Sounds boring, doesn't it? Well - it wasn't; a big decision to be made with regard to a new Asda supermarket to share a site on the edge of the town with Countrywide Farmers. There were two ...
2009-01-11
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1960Christmas Survivors
There's a genre of TV shows - the post-catastrophe ones - where small group(s) of people from many walks of life are all that are left after some event. Be it from a world-shattering physical disaster, a virus or an aircraft crash, we see and learn about people and how they learn about each other, mix, ...
2008-12-26
 
1275Incident in Melksham
I don't often write too much personal family stuff here. I love and care for - very much - all my folks but I also respect their privacy and so I don't shout about them too loudly and proudly even though in my heart I might like to. However, I'm making a brief exception here. Have a look at this story ...
2007-07-26
 
1214New Serieses for the summer on TV
On Wednesday evening I watched a succession of exotic females entering the "Big Brother" house and I have that sinking feeling that I'm looking forward to a summer of hearing, from all and sundry sources, about the latest antics of Charley and Chanelle, and or Sam and Shabnam. There's something abou ...
2007-06-07
 
614News in Ireland
Dublin, Ireland, 07:30. The security guard greets me like a long lost friend and asks after the Taxi that I used to drive with a big Well House Consultants logo on the side. I've arrived early for a course - the ferry from Liverpool docked half an hour early at 05:30 and there's - how do I put it - ...
2006-06-09
 
377A Strengthened City
Central London. Soho. I'm running a Python course here in the sweltering heat of summer in a modern office above the streetside shops and businesses of the area - step out of the front door and you're into an area of streetside cafes and shops selling - well - things that you wouldn't expect to find ...
2006-06-05
 
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