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A small part of a magnificent stone wall Freshford Somerset

A Freshford wall -a masterpiece

 

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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

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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 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!

Freshford Community shop: thieves strike

Hardly as the lead for the roof been expertly fitted -I have not even managed to post photos of recent progress yet - than thieves took the lead away. Hopefully, villagers will  keep a watchful eye on people that are coming and going and phone the police if they see anything suspicious. And perhaps forestall further thefts from our new community shop before it is even completed.

Perhaps it's also time for a video surveillance camera to be mounted on the Freshford Memorial Hall?

Rubbish Not collected! Not our fault!

Rubbish: what we can't recycle. But the fortnightly collection is NOT working. Even the West Wiltshire Councy Council is confused!! rubbish collection at a price!

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 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

Links:

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
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freshford

Freshford Aerial Map (courtesy of Google)

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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.

Go to the Freshford Village Forum

 

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