Archive for the “2018 Newsletters” Category

by Ray George

The North Southampton Community Forum had their AGM on 17th October. The meeting was quite informative.

PCSO Scott Walker said there were a lot of garage and shed break-ins in the Bassett Area, mainly evenings. The thieves were particularly interested in high value cycles. Police Community Support Officers were now not being replaced at all. The change since 2007 had been enormous.

Stephen Harrison, the Council’s Development Manager said there were 3 planning enforcement officers. They tried to find a satisfactory solution and needed to decide if the development was harmful. They had been following the Council’s Planning Enforcement Policy since 2014.

He said that currently the Council is employing a conservation officer Alison Davidson for one day a week. They wish to engage a full time conservation officer, but the advertisement produced no suitable candidates. The post is being readvertised and it is unlikely that anyone will be in post until April.

Roger Brown gave a progress report on the Common Forum. It is all on their website:southamptoncommonforum.org/strategicplan.html

We learnt that at last, the University is working on schemes for replacing the South Stoneham tower.

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The dates for the next three road maintenance working parties are as follows:
Upper Team: 24th November 2018 (Houses 58 to 102 and 67 to 111)
Middle Team: 16th February 2019 (Houses 30 to 56 and 41 to 65)
Lower Team: 11th May 2019 (Houses 2 to 28 and 1 to 39 ).

Reminders will be sent out for each team a week beforehand. If you are not on the current mailing list and wish to be so, please contact John Dixon at 34 Ethelburt Avenue.

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Ethelburt Avenue residents who have still to make the 2018 road repair and subscription payments (£30+£4) are invited to do so. If they wish, they may pay into the HCERA Bank Account. Be sure to provide your name and address.

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It looked to be a really terrible choice of day for the party with England in the World Cup Quarter Finals. But this overlooked the enterprising person who set up a TV screen in front of the BBQ. The barbecue chefs were again Ken Hickling and Mark Wakeling. Josephine Wakeling supplied the vegetarian meals and Richard Ross helped with the cooking. Chris Bull ran the children’s games and Liz Cox continued her career of face painting.

Richard Ross brought along a display about the Swaythling Remount Depot. By a remarkable coincidence, Richard wrote an undergraduate thesis on the British Remount Service, little knowing that he would come to live in Swaythling.

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by Sandie Dixon, 34 Ethelburt Avenue

We first found horseshoes in our garden when digging the foundations for the kitchen extension in 1980. We didn’t know about the Remount Depot back then, so we just kept them, hoping they might bring us good luck. Over the years, mainly when digging the vegetable plot, I have found a lot of other stuff, which I now know has (probably) come from the Depot.

The finds include lots of broken glass bottles and jars, china and pottery and also metal items: horse and possibly mule shoes or boot heels, tools, nails, a flat iron, a lump of once molten metal fused with ash and an enamel potty. Of course, I can’t be certain that these items relate to the Depot but the potty was under a dead apple tree (believed to be one of the original ones planted by Herbert Collins when the house was built) so we can be fairly sure that it dates from the time of the Depot. Also, one of the pottery jar bases has W.Adams &Co 1916 written on it – so that fits. Our garden is where the southernmost boundary of the camp was, just beyond where the line of huts stood.

I know that other residents have found horseshoes and horse hair in gardens nearby, but quite why there is so much stuff in our garden intrigues me. Now that the story of our War Horses and their servicemen has become better known, I think of what went on in my garden all those years ago, each time I make a new find.

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Twelve residents opened their gardens on our Open Gardens Day, Sunday 3rd June. A cheque for £200.50 has been sent to Tools for Self Reliance. Visitors were able to stop for Pimm’s in Field Close and see beehives, learn a little of beekeeping and perhaps gain a desire to take up this fascinating hobby. Peggy Gow was surprised at the number of people who came to visit her garden. She organised a game for the children to find her hidden garden ornaments of frogs, fishes, turtles, beavers, rabbits etc. At the end of the route, tea and cake was offered by Angela Cotton in Summerfield Gardens.

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by Ray George

In the last Newsletter, we said that the land would first be registered by Woodhill Properties Ltd’s solicitor before transfer to the Company. Progress has been so incredibly slow that we can only conclude it is at the bottom of their to-do list. We still await the outcome of the official search of the Land Registry Index Map.

Recently, the directors decided they needed to broaden the expertise at the top of the Company, so they short-listed two candidates and after interviewing them both, appointed John Green. Many of you will know John from the Swaythling Lawn Tennis Club, and we welcome his experience as a former director of an education trust.

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by Ray George

Attention to even a small detail can enhance the appearance of a group of properties.

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The Association’s AGM has been provisionally scheduled for Tuesday 30th October at St George’s School. Residents will be sent notices confirming the meeting about two weeks in advance. The meeting may decide to appoint a director of Herbert Collins Estates Limited. So that it can be included in the notice of the meeting, nominations must be emailed to HCERA by Monday 1st October. Nominations must include the name of a proposer and a seconder and a statement that the nominee is willing to serve, if elected. Please ensure that you receive an acknowledgment of your email.

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