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by Daniel Leech-Wilkinson

Ethelburt Avenue is being troubled by speed?merchants again. A simple solution would be for a few residents on both sides of the main artery to park their cars at right?angles to the verge. It sounds mad, but as a traffic calming measure it would work and it would be free.

What does the Highway Code say?
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A perfect summer=s day contributed to making the Association=s party a most enjoyable event.

Ken Hickling was a very able BBQ chef and was assisted by Angela Gilbert.
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Following the item in the last Newsletter about vandalism on the estate, we invited one of the community police officers to a HCERA Committee meeting. A resident brought along photos of youths believed to be responsible for breaking a conservatory window and also in the act of putting graffiti on a lamp post.

PC Thompson told us that we are in Beat 5 which covers Swaythling and Mansbridge. Beat 5 used to have five beat officers, but now there are only two. As well as patrolling in a police car they also use an unmarked car. When the police receive a call, the incidents are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Incidents graded 1 or 2 should receive immediate response, but grades 4 and 5 would be passed to beat officers to deal with.

The Conservation Area is regarded as quiet compared with the Flower Roads or the Mansbridge Estate. So PC Thompson stressed that if they are to launch an initiative or patrol the area they need more incidents to be reported. Incidents which are not emergencies should be reported by ringing 0845 0454545.
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The 2003 AGM of the Association will be on Monday 15th September at 8 pm (note the later time) in the Hardmoor Early Years Centre, Leaside Way. After the formal business we expect to have someone from the local police with whom members can discuss their concerns.
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There will be a meeting about Ethelburt Avenue repair on Monday 15th September at 7.15 pm in the Hardmoor Early Years Centre, Leaside Way.
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Tree surgeons residents have used, both Council recommended and both did excellent work:

Fosters Tree Surgeons 023 8039 6018
Mellor Tree Surgeons 023 8033 8831

Pilgrim Electrical and Property Services who carried out electrical work for me very efficiently. They specialise in electrical work but do general property repairs also. Contact : Peter Drew IEng, MIIE Tel 023 8036 0349 Mobile 07919 597397

Quality building work, heating and plumbing, John O=Sullivan, Tel: 023 8070 1531, Mobile: 07787 122634.

If you can add to this list, please let us have your recommendations.
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by Steve MacKenzie, HCERA Secretary

Have you suffered from vandalism to your property recently? Did you think it was pointless phoning the police? Informing the police does at least show them the scale of the problem. Providing a photo of the culprits can lead to some action.

The HCERA is aware of some incidents of vandalism by local children, but we don’t know how widespread the problem is. If you have had any problems recently, particularly with stones being thrown, please get in touch with us so that we can collectively take this issue up with the police. Tell your street rep, send us an email, or ring me on 8055 5701.

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by Alan Twigg, Ethelburt Avenue

No doubt other long term residents like myself were surprised by the inaccurate and misleading letter published under this heading in the January Newsletter.

For the sake of accuracy I will restrict my comments to the lower green/square about which I have personal knowledge.

I can appreciate your contributor may be unaware of any broken branches but I should have thought that a short walk and a few minutes inspection would have revealed the missing bark on the trunk of the smallest tree in the clump by the main avenue ( the tree did not shed its bark) and the grass and earth scuffed away under the silver birch and under the pine tree in the opposite corner.

How or why Mrs Wydenbach makes an erroneous assumption as to Herbert Collins ideals, I do not know. The green was for ornament only, and the playing of games was not allowed. Until at least the late 196O’s there was an oblong timber board on wooden posts notifying everyone of that fact. In that bygone era we children were not allowed to play on the green and if any of us did go there we were (rightly) told to get off. So, where did we play on those lovely summer days? Believe it or not we had back gardens.

Newer residents may be interested to learn that in those good old days not only was the main green cut with more regularity than these days but the lawns in front of the houses around the square were also done and when necessary weeding was carried out.
One memory of childhood was learning to ride a bike and subsequently practising by riding around the square on the road.
One resident complained to my mother that my going by her window made her dizzy. I often wonder how that retired school mistress would have coped nowadays.

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After a successful winter season we are all eager to get back on the grass courts.

Our season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, 26th April with a working party to tidy up the courts and clubhouse. Play itself will probably begin the following day, weather permitting!
New members are always welcome and we shall be holding an Open Day and Plant and Cake Sale on Saturday, 10th May when we hope to see lots of visitors.

Further details can be obtained from Claire Buckley (8055 3448).
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Make a note in your diary of this great annual event. Our midsummer party will be held on Saturday 21st June from 3pm onwards on the Lower Green, Ethelburt Avenue. Children’s games and a barbecue are planned. There will be a collection box for voluntary contributions to help defray expenses.

If you would like to help with children’s games please contact Susie Mellett, tel 8055 3212 or email Susiejmellett(at)aol.com

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