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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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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!

Factory's 'gourmet' grub back!

DINERS as far away as Freshford are flocking to a unique restaurant in the Airsprung factory at Trowbridge where you can a big eat breakfast for just £2.39 and a beef lunch for as little as £3.49. Nick and Br�nagh Day have taken over the former subsidised canteen which shut earlier this year  amid a storm of protest. It had gained a wide reputation for food of almost gourmet quality at a time when the recession was beginning to bite. The five-strong staff of the new look Food Factory have been determined to uphold that fine tradition � and they are! Full story: Airsprung Beds Cafe 

Could this neglect kill? Freshford Mill bridge damaged in early September 2008! The bridge has now been repaired Feb 2009: that's four months!

How long must we wait till this bridge is made safe? what acceptable explanation is there for not making this bridge safe within a few days? Let alone over three months?  Are the people who are responsible for public safety so ignorant and uncaring as to risk the lives of young children? what stranger would realise, even an adult that there is such a danger? I had to warn a couple with a pushchair and two youngsters who were about to cross over the bridge of the danger. By their reaction I realised that it was not obvious to them that there was such a danger. full story

<H1 align=center>Winsley post office has closed!</H1>
<P>What a nasty surprise. I read in the "Your Letters" page of the Wiltshire Times & Chippenham News that without warning Winsley post office has closed. Apparently without warning not only to the villagers but also the staff behind the counter. Residents will now need to go to Bradford-On-Avon I suppose.  <A href="http://www.freshfordsomerset.co.uk/post_office.php#1230324614" target=_self>Full story</A></P>

VAT spend or save?

The present reduction in VAT which has been introduced to help stimulate the economy by Chancelllor Alasdair Darling is welcome. I plan to bring forward planned purchases. But I wont buy goods that are of inferior quality or that I don't need. In fact I will take care to review my real needs. That comforting thought that one's property is increasing in value is no longer there to cover current expenditure. Link to forum article.

Local pub closure but the music goes on

I regret to report that the Hungerford Arms (at Farleigh Hungerford) has recently closed. I have written before about our local pubs and the necessity to use them or lose them. I was not particularly surprised to learn that the pub needed over a thousand pounds a week to operate. Mind you that's not 100 people spending a tenner its one thousand pounds a week profit and I don't know how much we need to spend in a pub to generate that amount of profit.   Good news though, the Irish music band: Under the Eaves has managed to gain another venue the Fox and Badger at Wellow - same day Sunday evenings. Don't forget some of the best jazz in the West country can be heard every Thursday at our nearest local The Inn at Freshford. As a former visitor to Ronnie Scott's Jazz club in London over several years I have no hesitation in promoting The Inn as a venue for first class Jazz in the UK.

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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.

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