December 2018 Rainfall
The total rainfall for December 2018 is quite high at 83mm. A new graph for 2019 will be visible at the end of February. For details see: Freshford Mill
A Freshford wall -a masterpiece
Healthy Diet Update 2018v23
I have amended my spreadsheet to include Cider and Custom Percentage Beer entries.Link
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:
B&NES have published an excellent appraisal of Freshford and the
neighbouring hamlet of Sharpstone.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
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.
A36 Link road unnecessary
Whilst it is not at all difficult to understand why the city of Bath wants to divert through traffic from the A36 to the M46 without traffic going through the town. The resurrection of the proposed link road is not necessary. It is not necessary because most of the HGV traffic should not be using the A36 to reach the M4. Read more
What can we do to slow speeding motorists?
I have been adding documents on Speed Limits to the forum. Locally we are concerned by the speed at which motorists are going through our villages. Freshford already has a 20mph limit and Limpley Stoke is going to have a 20mph trial limit, there is agitation in Westwood for a reduction in the speed limit as well. Whilst these villages do not have alarming accident statistics many residents feel at risk from inconsiderate drivers. The trouble with Freshford is that the 20mph limit does not apply to Sharpstone and Park Corner. By what stretch of the imagination does the highway authority think that The Tyning, for example, merits a 30mph speed limit? I think on review the speed limit should be extended to Abbey lane's junction with Rosemary lane.
Drive at no more than your desired speed limit for your village?
This is what I think we can do as motorists we can drive slowly and those that approach from behind will have to lower their speed. The posted speed limit is the absolute maximum that a vehicle may drive at and is no guarantee of safety, so if I want to amble along I am entitled to do so, fuel is not going to get cheaper either. If anyone decides to tailgate me, I drive slower, sometimes they recover use of their brain and drop back.
Increase the NI stamp - it's obvious
Of course there may have been some changes made by the present and past governments but my belief is that the NHS is still funded by the NI stamp.
The UK NHS is the largest employer, except for Indian Railways and the Chinese Army in the World! To fund continuing health care it is pretty obvious that the NI contribution needs to be increased or, either service has to be cut or the service has to be run better. How much bureaucracy is there? Well according to the Times Online article surprisingly not to the extent one might think. However, that was in 2004. Andrew Gilligan's recent article April 2010 in the Telegraph discusses the alarming rise in the level of bureaucracry. The present government has caused this increase in bureaucracy.
Stop smoking, drink less alcohol and reduce weight, and of course spend more time on physical activity rather than watching TV or computer based work.
If people were able to follow a healthier lifestyle then the demand for health care would reduce and the cost of the NI stamp could be reduced.
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What more can we say?
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
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.