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The A36 to A46 link road update April 2017

Recently Ben Howlett, MP for Bath, presented to the House of Commons a petition in support of an A36/A46 link road to ease the flow of traffic from the south coast to the M4.

Mr Howlett said that the petition was signed by 2846 concerned residents. These signatories - an unimpressive number given the population of Bath - are of course residents of Bath, not of the area that would be blighted by any new link road.

Freshford Parish Council, along with neighbouring councils in the Valley Parishes Alliance, is firmly opposed to plans for an A36/A46 link. The idea has been considered and rejected at intervals over recent years as it would not solve Baths traffic issues but would create significant additional problems.

Avon Valley Action Group

The Valley Parishes Alliance has set up The Avon Valley Action Group whose website gives full background on why a link road has been rejected in the past and why it should be again.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had an ice rink near Bath or Trowbridge!   full story

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November 2018 Rainfall

The total rainfall for November2018 is low at 67mm. For details see: Freshford Mill

Excel Healthy Diet Tool 2018 v25

I have updated the Healthy diet Tool:  Link to update  Geoff Edwards 24/08/2018

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A small part of a magnificent stone wall Freshford Somerset

A Freshford wall -a masterpiece



Healthy Diet Update 2018v23

I have amended my spreadsheet to include Cider and Custom Percentage Beer entries.Link

Geoff Edwards

Excel Chutney Calculator

I have produced an Excel based chutney calculator. Chutneys often have several ingredients and it is time consuming to work out the quantities required for a larger quantity than the recipe. I have allowed for the cook's pan size and for very large quanitites I have allowed for the calculation of batches. Calculator

Excel Healthy Diet Calculator

I have been using my Healthy Diet Calculator since 2008. The calculator has been published under forums Local Food and Healthy Diet: Calculator

The calculator which is a Microsoft Excel workbook will calculate your weight and whether you are eating enough food that has enough protein and fat content. The calculator will also work out how many Portions of your Five a Day a day you are getting. It is very easy to use and could be used for meal planning.

The calculator also calculates alcohol consumption in units. A pie chart provides an easy assessment of the variety of food consumed.

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Freshford Somerset: an Introduction

Freshford is in 2011 a village dating back a thousand years or more.  Some of the property in the village is located in Wiltshire and some in Bath and North-East Somerset (known as BANES). This affects the choice of secondary school for parents, and splits up children who have grown up together in their primary school.

 The children should be able to continue their education together when they leave the primary school where they have grown up together.  Unfortunately, this division of Freshford between Wiltshire and Somerset (B&NES) is not the result of some recent skulduggery, yet its affects extend into the 21st Century. The ghosts continue to extend their influence into the time when people are free to use their intelligence, rather than witchcraft or be bound by land divisions created by the church, or the Normans. And guess what; it is the ghosts that rule. Why can't parents choose the nearest school to where they live? Parental Choice of School  Apart from the educational issues which are important to Freshford, the village is arguably the finest village in this part of the west country. This website includes many photographs that record the attractive nature not only of the village but also its beautiful setting. The parish website is: Freshford Village The new village shop and post office has its own website: Galleries Shop

B&NES have published an excellent appraisal of Freshford and the neighbouring hamlet of Sharpstone. Appraisal


Road safety: the countryside

Whilst Westwood Parish Council were debating road safety in the village a young police officer was tragically dying. He had apparently left the road at the "S" bend (double bend or Z bend)along Westwood road. Whilst there was some frost and ice that evening the road in the village itself was free of ice. The S bend  is in a hollow and may have had black ice. Westwood Road should not be mistaken for Lower Westwood Road which goes through the village. Westwood road is some distance from the village.

The road safety issue that the parish council was discussing arose out of the formation of Westwood Community Road Safety Committee (WCRSC) which was formed last year to investigate residents concerns with the speed of vehicles through the village. The WCRSC have suggested 20 mph limits for both Lower and Upper Westwood Roads and soft cushion type speed control humps. The WCRSC petitioned residents and gained a lot of support for the proposals. 

As a result of the meeting Councillors decided to ask Wiltshire Council to undertake a traffic study of the village. Until minutes are approved and Westwood residents are informed via the Westwood Update I have nothing more to say about the meeting  (I am now a Westwood PC Councillor) However, I have decided to add my opinion, based on research where possible, on traffic management locally and in the UK.  I intend to do this through a series of articles on the Freshford Somerset forum. Readers are free to add their comment to what I have written, subject to registering on the forum. Geoff Edwards  Speed Limits

One million pounds for a footbridge!

I understand from an article published on www.bradfordonavon.com that the town council is prepared to spend the best part of a million pounds on a new cycle/footbridge. The bridge will cross the Avon from the Kingston Mills development to the town library. Whilst I cannot claim to represent the residents of Bradford and surrounding districts I can contribute my views and suggestions. Let's start with a numbered list.

1. I agree that the present bridge is most unfriendly to pedestrians

2. If cyclists don't like to use the bridge  it is because they don't have enough confidence to use our roads. Cyclists are entitled to their own space on our roads and drivers should respect the right of cyclists to use the roads. I do not think that we should be making planning decisions based on the fears of cyclists to use our roads. 

3. Why should the character of this wonderful town be further diminished by pressure from motor vehicles, particularly heavy good vehicles? The existing bridge's character must not be damaged by the addition of a modern bridge erected nearby. I doubt whether people will use the new bridge anyway if it means going out of their way. There are other places in Bradford on Avon that are worse, for example, there are no pavements at all when pedestrians cross over the bridge to enter the town centre. 

4. Pedestrians could be protected by two measures: adding railings to separate the road from the pavement and increasing the width (an the height) of the pavement which is little more than a footpath (about 1 metre wide). To increase the width of the pavements must mean  traffic lights as the road width will be reduced to a single track.

My view is that since we can't easily change vehicle driver's behaviour railings could be installed and the pavements raised. These measures would cost a few or possibly several thousand pounds but certainly not a million pounds! The alterations would hardly detract from the character of the bridge and would provide protection from vehicles. Possibly only the pavement needs raising -drivers are very wary of damage to their tyres.

6. However, if the existing bridge cannot be changed as suggested above then at least the pavements could be made wider and traffic lights used to control the narrowing of the road.

7. There is of course an existing footbridge over the river by St. Margarets hall that many people do use.

(this article has been added to the forum (Wiltshire) and comments will be welcome)

Geoff Edwards (Editor)

Hungerford Arms

I have heard that the Hungerford Arms has re-opened. I have not been there yet but here is a review taken from the Beer in the Evening website, I don't think they'll mind:

 "Good news - it has reopened as of July 2009. dropped by at the weekend and they were doing really well with overspill from the Pump festival. New owners seem really enthusiastic and the menu looked really good. We tried the homemade pork pie ploughmans and fair play it was all home made, even down to the chutney and it was fantastic tasting too plus great value. Its great to see pubs opening rather than closing, something all too common these days and I will be back over the next week or so to see how they have settled in. The pub has loads of parking; two lovely terraces with views over Iford valley to the manor house plus a good selection of drinks and proper homemade food."

It is nice to know that after a lovely walk along the Frome valley to Farley Castle one may now be able to buy a drink and have a nice meal again.

Geoff Edwards

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had an ice rink near Bath or Trowbridge!

Well, we will NOT have that opportunity unless we can challenge a report by a Scottish consultant who carried out a secret survey for Wiltshire sorry, West Wiltshire that rejects a need for an ice rink in West Wiltshire. Did you know about this report? No? I am not surprised. I'm involved in ice skating, (National Adult skater Bronze medal 2002) and even I didn't know! Full story

Back Phil Packer and help to raise £1 million for Help for Heroes

MAJOR Phil Packer was injured in an incident following a rocket attack in Basra in February 2008. Sadly, as a result of the accident he lost the use of his legs and is now a paraplegic with what are classed as catastrophic injuries.
At first, he was told he would never walk again. However, there were positive improvements and it was his dream to walk the Flora London Marathon in April this year over a two-week period on crutches. He successfully did just that and every other month he attends Headley Court where the Medical Team assists him in physical rehabilitation. Read more

Sat Nav: unwanted traffic problem and its solution

SURELY, if a company instructs an HGV to follow a route which leads through Freshford or another village, this must involve the driver in committing an offence? And that company whether it's Tele Atlas, TomTom, Garmin, NAVTEQ or any other other Sat Nav mapping company must be guilty of incitement? If not, then at least they are morally guilty because they have an obligation to devise a means to warn the driver. read more Another article The Extent of the SATNAV Problem has been updated [May 1, 2009] and will be further updated as more information comes to light.

Nokia was given the green light by the European Commission to buy NAVTEQ in July last year. It paid more than eight billion US dollars for it!

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nature's response to a death

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Delivery Route Map to Freshford


Diesel UK £1.47 a litre diesel USA $4.12 a gallon, USA $1.09 a litre: Rip-off UK!

Using the current exchange for the GB pound and the US dollar ($1.60 =£1) we are paying £6.27 a gallon. In US dollars this would be equivalent to $10.03! (Except that one UK gallon is 1.2 US gallons.) So the USD price equivalent to what we are paying for our diesel is $8.36 a gallon. We are paying twice what US drivers pay for their fuel.  Published date 6h July 2011 Headline updated  17th march 2012 The price differential is almost constant so no updates needed

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Find that book! Search Biblio.com

I have found that I can find out of print, and other books by using biblio.com. Biblio is a Worldwide service for bookselllers and book buyers Biblio enables a user to find a book that is for sale from several thousand  second hand booksellers and private sellers Worldwide.  If  I need to buy  a book then I will use Biblio to find that book.

Also, there are many books that can be bought second hand that are still in print. Save trees buy secondhand first if you can. You can also sell your own books on Biblio.com.

This may or may not be a cheap service! I paid over £45 for one book but also bought a classic technical book (dated 1949) for almost less than it cost to post from the USA -which was not expensive anyway! But if you would like to buy a book that is out of print then go for this service.

And this is for real, don't waste time! As others may be looking for the same book.




Web Window is a new column to report on what is going on somewhere on the Internet. Occasionally the space may be used to refer to an article or post on FreshfordSomerset.


 Freshford Roads: Photos & Videos

Photographs and video films of the roads and road junctions in and linking Freshford village to the A36 trunk road to Bristol and Bath and east to Warminster for the A350 linking the M4 to Poole and the channel ferries have been created by Geoff Edwards a local resident.. The A36 also provides a route to Southampton via Salisbury and the  A303 London to the West country. The road junctions which can be accessed via an interactive map of the village can be viewed here: Photographic Survey of Every Road Junction in Freshford to the A36

The video films of the roads can also be viewed here: Video Survey of Road Systems in Freshford

Horse Traffic in Rosemary Lane Freshford Somerset


www.freshfordvillage.co.uk  The official website containing Parish Council Minutes and regularly updated news
www.freshford.com A website that provides historical information about Freshford and surrounding villages and towns
www.freshfordmill.co.uk A campaign website to deter building dwellings on the Freshford Mill land

Freshford Aerial Map (courtesy of Google)


Freshford Village Forum

Traditionally, democratic decisions are made after consultation with residents by means of meetings and questionnaires. The Internet now provides a means for residents and others to discuss ideas and comment on proposals in the comfort of their own homes and at a time that suites them. Freshfordvillage website provides a forum for residents to contribute news and comments.

Introduction to Internet Forums

An Internet forum is a web application for holding discussions and posting user generated content. Internet forums are also commonly referred to as web forums, message boards, discussion boards, (electronic) discussion groups, discussion forums, bulletin boards, fora (the Latin plural) or simply forums. The terms "forum" and "board" may refer to the entire community or to a specific sub-forum dealing with a distinct topic. Messages within these sub-forums are then displayed either in chronological order or as threaded discussions.

Such forums perform a function similar to that of Usenet newsgroups and the dial-up bulletin board systems that were numerous in the 1980s and 1990s. [1] Early web-based forums such as UBB.classic date back as far as 1996. A sense of virtual community often develops around forums that have regular users. Technology, computer games and/or video games, fashion, religion, and politics are popular areas for forum themes, but there are forums for a huge number of different topics. Internet slang and image macros popular across the internet are abundant and most widely used in internet forums.

Note. The first two paragraphs above are copied from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_forum

The Freshford Forum allows residents to contribute news and ideas as well as comment on that news, ideas, and comments.

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