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A small part of a magnificent stone wall Freshford Somerset

A Freshford wall -a masterpiece



Never mind global warming - after oil is the critical factor

Unless you're well off you will agree that the basics of life: fuel for home heating and travel, materials, food etc. are getting more expensive. Maybe when there is a recession there is less demand and prices drop, but not for long. Is there a solution for the fact that modern civilisation depends on digging up materials that took millions and millions of years to create? Perhaps Read more

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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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Is it sustainable to buy non-stick pans?

Gender-bending chemicals found in non-stick pans and food packaging are linked to early menopause, scientists say.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1369366/Gender-bending-chemicals-saucepans-linked-early-menopause.html#ixzz1HWEQqAgH

I think that it is not a good idea to buy non-stick pans as they don't last very long. Once the pan is failing people usually buy another one. The existing pan is either shoved to the back of a cupboard or hopefully recycled. I decided to stick to, excuse the pun, cast iron enamelled cookware. My pride of joy is a cast iron wok from Lecreuset that has a flat bottom and so can be used on any cooker, including induction hobs. Unless I drop it, it will last for hundreds of years :)  It is expensive, costing over £100, but is a pleasure to use and will pay for itself in time.  The article in the Daily Mail is another very good reason to avoid non-stick pans. Sustainable is safe!  Geoff Edwards


Are car drivers mugs?

Looking at sustainable transport and the use of the car vs the train I have not found any reference to the fact that all public tranport is subsidised by the taxpayer. Read more

Road safety? Cyclists and the car 30 mph limit but 21 deaths in London!

London had 21 deaths in 2008 and over 350 cyclists were seriously injured. London is subject to a 30 mph limit and either that limit is ignored or more likely it does not make any difference a three quarter ton car will kill at less than 30 mph there is also a problem with HGVs seeing cyclists who are stopped at traffic lights or turning .  So what can we do? spend millions on road signs and painting the road, in London's case blue?  Read more?

Swindon scraps speed cameras. The result? Drivers speed

Swindon has decided to scrap�its speed cameras, primarily due to lack of funding from the government.��I was driving along the A419, the Circencester road, last night in Swindon heading towards The District Centre.� At least three cars shot by me ignoring�the 40 mph speed limit. I estimate that the speed of the cars was 60 mph or more. Exactly what one would expect after�speed cameras have been switched off.� Whilst the majority of drivers will drive sensibly�there are those that will not.

One could ask why do these speed cameras cost so much to install and operate? Apparently, the cheapest road sign costs about £500. Geoff Edwards (I'll add this news to the Speed Limits category on the forum for anyone who wants to comment)

Wilts Council threat to shut Bradford on Avon pool

As part of a review of Leisure services (ie cuts) Wiltshire Council is threatening to close our swimming pool. A petition has been started which can be accessed here:�Save Bradford on Avon Swimming Pool�

Joint Local Transport Plan: have your say

The West of England is a prosperous area with an excellent quality of life and a growing national and international profile. However, rapid growth means that the sub-region faces increasing pressure on its infrastructure, and it is still the case that there are too many neighbourhoods that do not share in its prosperity.

The Partnership was formed in response to these opportunities and challenges. It consists of four unitary authorities: Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire; and a range of social, economic and environmental partners.

The public are invited to complete a short questionnaire expressing their concern for the priorities that have been indentified for the Joint Local Transport Plan No 3 (JLTP3). I live in Wiltshire, but live just a few miles from the city of Bath, closer in fact than many residents of some parts of the four unitary authorites that form the West of England Partnership. I feel quite entitled to add my comments on the JLTP3 which is at present in draft form and would encourage other Wiltshire, as well as BANES residents to do the same. The JLTP3 is an important document that will affect anyone living in the area for years to come.� The questionaire is online and there are also sections of the JLTP3 that can also be accessed from the website with opportunites for the public to comment online.


Geoff Edwards

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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


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.

Go to the Freshford Village Forum


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