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BBQ
In most years, we have been very lucky with the weather, but not this year. Short dry periods were interrupted by heavy showers. Fortunately, it was not cold and people kept dry under gazebos. Just as last year, our barbecue chefs were again Ken Hickling and Mark Wakeling. Josephine Wakeling supplied and cooked the vegetarian meals. Rain did not deter the children from the bouncy castle but face painting was forgotten. All the children’s games and the tug-of-war were fitted into a fine weather interlude, marshalled by Ruth Hopgood. As is so often the way, when the party drew to a conclusion, it turned into a nice fine evening.

sack race

tug of war females
tug of war males

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Our email address has changed to

hcera@herbertcollins.co.uk

Originally our talk21 mailbox was free. It is now owned by BT, who introduced a modest charge. The price was recently increased by over a factor of three. This prompted us to take some action. Our webmaster Nic Monks has set up an email address for us which looks more in keeping with the name of the association.

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by Ray George

Does anyone have a suggestion to explain why the current Southampton A-Z Street Atlas shows the middle square in Ethelburt Avenue as “Agatha Place”? I thought that perhaps the name had got misplaced from somewhere nearby but the only Agatha Place that Google tells me about is in Australia. Another thought, perhaps it was originally called Agatha Place before the remainder of the odd-numbered houses were built. I have found not a whiff of evidence to support this. If you have a solution to this puzzle, please tell me using our new email address.

One change of name did take place on the estate. About 1964, 26 – 40 Bassett Green Road became Field Close and there was a renumbering of the even numbered houses in Bassett Green Road.

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The Association’s AGM has been scheduled for Tuesday 15th November at St George’s School. We hope to have an illustrated talk on the Swaythling Remount Depot by John Fish. Residents will be sent notices confirming the meeting about two weeks in advance.

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The Autumn Newsletter last year brought residents up to date with the lack of progress in obtaining village green status for the fields beside Monks Brook. The land is partly in Southampton City and partly in Hampshire County. Hampshire County Council is now moving ahead with the part in the county. A notice has been put up inviting the landowners, and whoever else it may concern, to make their objections to registering the land as a village green on or before 12th August 2016.

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Of the various designs produced by Nic Monks for the frame of the proposed information board, the one shown below has gained a lot of support.
remount sign & board_v1
The image of horses pulling a gun carriage will need reworking because, for authenticity, there should be a soldier riding on the left hand horse of each pair.

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by Ray George

On 7th June there was the second public meeting on the plan to set up a Southampton Common Forum, with the aim to be a focal point for issues affecting The Common. It is hoped that as wide and diverse a range as possible of organised groups and individuals will be associated with the Forum. In a presentation, the Leader of the City Council, Simon Letts said he welcomed the establishment of the Forum.

The next public meeting will be on Tuesday 27th September at Richard Taunton College with tea/coffee from 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. This meeting will consider the next stages towards preparing a management plan for The Common.

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Bob Painton will be leading summer walks on Saturday 20th August and Sunday 21st August starting from Swaythling Railway Station at 11.00am and ending about 2.00pm.

The walks will take in St Mary’s Church at South Stoneham, Monks Brook, The Grange, The Greenway and Monks Brook Meadows. Dogs are welcome, but on a lead at all times, except in the meadow.

There are also autumn walks from Swaythling Railway Station on October 22nd and 23rd at 11.00 and then a bat walk along the river Itchen, Friday 28 October from the White Swan at 7pm.

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Southern Water is planning to lay a new water pipeline from Mill Gardens, across the road from Haskins Garden Centre, along Mansbridge Road to the junction with Wide Lane. This is to transfer up to 15 million litres of treated water a day from Portsmouth Water. The work is due to start at the end of July and the highway work is expect to take 6 months.

You may wish to plan your journey to avoid going along Mansbridge Road.

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