by Angela Cotton, 8 Summerfield Gardens
Residents might be interested in a book published by the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership. It’s called Station Walks and has 38 walks of various distances and difficulties, starting and finishing at railway stations in the local area, including several from Swaythling. The idea is to encourage sustainable travel by rail to a new destination from where a circular or linear walk can take you back to your station or on to another one. At the same time, the walks encourage people to find out about local areas, which may not have been over-explored up to now. It costs £5 and for details email firstname.lastname@example.org or I can get copies, if people contact me on 8055 6817.
Over 80 people enjoyed the HCERA Midsummer Party on 4th July. Our veteran BBQ cook, Ken Hickling was joined by Mark Wakeling. We must also thank Ruth Hopgood for running the children’s games and Charlotte Plant for doing some really professional face painting. This year the ever popular the tug of war was back.
We have been told that the solar panels on the side roof-slope of a house in Bassett Green Road are going to be removed.
by Gaye Seeley
My husband’s 60th birthday party on 7th February obviously upset someone in Ethelburt Avenue. We would like to address this by saying that we did not realise how far in the road we needed to inform people of a party. Friends from the top green and neighbours both sides and opposite were at the party. We have been here 9 years in June and feel one noisy party could have been tolerated rather than put on the front page of the Newsletter, chastising us like naughty children. Far better to have knocked on the door and discussed any problems like adults.
The gate leading to the path around St George’s School is being locked between 8.30am and 3.30pm on school days and open at other times. Email us if your routine has been disrupted by this development.
Selfish and inconsiderate behaviour by users has led to this development. Some children are very fearful of dogs; so a dog which has not been kept on a lead will cause alarm if it runs on to a playing pitch and disgust, as well as hygiene problems, if it then fouls the ground.
This is a sad loss of something so long enjoyed.
The £4 annual subscriptions have already been collected in some parts of the Conservation Area, but in others, the street rep has yet to call. In Ethelburt Avenue, £30 will also be collected for the Repair and Maintenance Fund. This is the same for each house as a contribution for the benefit of the community as a whole. It is not based on the amount of use a household makes of the roadway. If it were, we should no doubt be confronted with numerous ingenious arguments as to why someone’s contribution should be less than other people’s.
Recent users of Swaythling Railway Station will have seen the display on “The Swaythling Remount Depot 1914-1919″ with cut-out horses made by pupils of Cantell School. This was constructed in mid-June and accompanied by an explanatory plaque on the station building.
Several times in this Newsletter, we have proposed a memorial to the Swaythling Remount Depot which could take the form of an information board telling the story of the depot. A good place for this would be somewhere on the verge in Bassett Green Road where it ran through the South Camp of the Remount Depot. See www.swaythling.org.uk/the-site.html
Barbara Cooke, the Community Development Officer of Radian (formerly the Swaythling Housing Society) will be concentrating on Richard Willis Fleming and the Remount Depot next year. (Richard was the son of the owners of the North Stoneham Estate and was killed in Egypt on 4th August 1916. She is looking to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund in the very near future.
We are proposing to hold the AGM in October before the clocks are put back. Residents will receive notices two weeks in advance.
Short Walk Number 5 (see www.herbertcollins.co.uk/pages/short-walk-5/) started at North Stoneham Church and went through Home Wood to Bracken Hall (formerly Fred Woolley House). If you try to repeat this walk today, where the path enters the grounds of Bracken Hall, you will find your way blocked by a fence and an unfriendly notice asserting that this is not a public right of way.
Please email us, if you have ever walked this route.