Be more open

6:48pm Friday 24th October 2014

Sir, The recent letter from Theresa Jordan detailing the closure of St Alban’s Court sheltered accommodation in Wallingford highlights the shocking insensitivity of SOHA in looking after its vulnerable residents.


6:47pm Friday 24th October 2014

Sir, Terry Knight put it very clearly in his letter and many people that I know agree with his veiws on the ridiculous scale of development planned for Wantage and Grove. We are supposed to live in a democracy — whatever has happened to that?

Shame on you

6:46pm Friday 24th October 2014

Sir, May I through your paper shame Oxford Bus Company and their driver on the X1 bus to Wantage with six passengers.

Thank you all

6:45pm Friday 24th October 2014

Sir, I went out to Oxford on a Saturday a couple of weeks ago to see a show. Coming back on the late bus that arrived in Didcot at 11.10am I walked over to the taxi rank. I saw a taxi and went to get in only to be told it had been booked. Coming away, I saw a long queue of young people waiting for taxis. They all laughed and said as I was old I could go the front.

French honour

6:44pm Friday 24th October 2014

Sir, Your readers may be interested to learn that earlier this year France offered to award the much admired Legion d’Honneur to surviving soldiers, sailors and airmen for their participation in 1944 in the D-Day assault on the Normandy beaches or on targets thereafter from June 6 to August 31, 1944.

Planning 'mess'

6:43pm Friday 24th October 2014

Sir, Planning in Oxfordshire is in a mess. There are two fundamental issues: 1. Can, and should, Oxfordshire take the vast amount of new housing which the Government, SHMA and the LEP are undemocratically trying to impose on us?

A big dormitory

6:42pm Friday 24th October 2014

Sir, I have noted with pleasure Wantage success in the current High Street awards competition, and Ed Vaizey’s praise for our town. However I regret that Mr Vaizey, as our MP, doesn’t seem to care if the Vale planners turn the town into a massive dormitory.

Traffic chaos outside Wantage Primary School

10:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Sir, Once again I feel the need to write to the Herald with regard to the traffic at Wantage C of E Primary School in Manor Road.

Abingdon Street Fair needs a re-think

10:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Sir, So, once again it was the annual nonsense of the Abingdon Street Fair. What a great idea, plonk some serious obstructions into a town that already has some of the worst traffic delays for many miles!

Thanks to a Good Samaritan

10:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Sir, On Monday, October 6, I returned to Redbridge park-and-ride to travel home via Woodstock (A44). Unfortunately I do not possess a sat-nav and was at a loss about how to get to the A44.

Shock at talk of swimming charge increase

10:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Sir, I was just climbing out of the water at the Wantage swimming pool puffing and blowing after my half-mile swim when I was approached by a regular female OAP coming for her swim in the fast lane.

Drivers should slow down

10:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Sir, I write in response to the ‘Fatality likely’ letter in the Herald two weeks ago. While I agree with the comments raised, I am a driver who has been forced to use these country lanes to travel to and from work.

Fatality likely

6:31pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Sir, Life with the bridge works at Challow has created a new and dangerous sport, dog walking.

Echo comments

6:31pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Sir, After living in north Abingdon for 25 years, we recently moved to live in the centre of our delightful town. What an eye-opener it has been, living so close to the shops, pubs and restaurants, yet still being able to enjoy on foot the attractions of the River Thames and the Ock Valley, and Albert and Victoria parks.

Thanks to all

6:30pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Sir, On Monday evening two weeks ago, I lost my black and white whippet on the top of Boars Hill. I was told by passers-by that she was heading down Hinksey Hill towards the A34. And she did, indeed, go on to the dual carriageway.

Dogs fear

6:29pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Sir, I am extremely concerned about the number of rescue dogs coming into the UK from abroad, especially Romania.

Music service

6:28pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Sir, Recently the national media highlighted a report from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music indicating a dramatic increase, over the last few years, of the number of children becoming proficient in playing musical instruments.

Well done

6:27pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Sir, I would like to place on record how much it was appreciated the hard work and organisation that went into arranging the Heritage Days in Abingdon and also the First World War tribute.

Not needed

6:26pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Sir, If a child was trapped in a burning building would you immediately run in and try to save him? Or would you not act at all, for fear of being blamed if the rescue does not go to plan?

Help needed

6:22pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Sir, The Abingdon Community Hospital League of Friends needs help from the citizens of Abingdon. The hospital was in danger of closing some years ago, but the same citizens saved their hospital, which has since developed into an even more useful service for Abingdon and the surrounding areas.


6:21pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Sir, Congratulations to whoever organised the quite wonderful exhibition, displays, various stalls and gatherings for the First World War Heritage Day in the Market Place earlier this month.

'Hidden away'

6:20pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Sir, Last week’s Abingdon Herald made me wonder whether you really want the Abingdon town centre redevelopment to succeed?

Our concern

6:18pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Sir, The Friends of Abingdon Civic Society is extremely concerned about the way in which large developers are using the planning process.

Pub in guide

6:17pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Sir, As a lover of real ale, I was pleased to see you refer to the new edition of the Good Beer Guide in last week’s paper.

Shop PO box

10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, It was a great disappointment to all of us to lose the convenience of the post office box in Sainsbury’s supermarket.

Bid to persuade

10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, I used those same sports fields, back in the 1950/60s, that Jack Loftin refers to in his letters regarding the use of the ‘Letcombe Fields’ name, but unless a developer seeks advice, neither the district, town or parish councils have any control over the use of a name for marketing purposes. The councils do have control over the naming of streets and roads within a development.

Looking back

10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, On September 10, 1928, (86 years ago), Wantage Church of England Boys’ School received its first pupils at the new school in Manor Road, Wantage, although it had been opened officially in July by Canon Archer Houblon, a former Vicar, who had contributed “a goodly sum” towards the building built on land given by Mr Edward B Ormond, who had given the land for the adjacent War Memorial Recreation Ground, venue for after-school games until it acquired its own on the slope at the rear.

War memorial

10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, With reference to the interesting article (Wantage and Grove Herald, September 3) on Wantage and the First World War, I have been researching the part played by the men (and women) from Wantage in the Great War and am gradually writing a book for publication. The actual war memorial for Wantage is the recreation ground in Manor Road and how this came about is as follows.

Naming of estate

12:26pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir, In this centenary year of the First World War, the Herald brings to life the heroism of those who fought in that catastrophe.

Historic flight

12:26pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir, On Pathfinder Sunday, August 17, at RAF Wyton this year, we surviving Bomber Command veterans, our carers and next of kin of former Pathfinders, were disappointed to learn that the promised flypast of two Lancasters (one British and one Canadian) would have to be cancelled due to bad weather.

Obscured signs

12:25pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir, Until recently, we are told, money has not been available to repair potholes etc in our roads. Is that also the case with road signs? All around our area there are many examples of speed limits, direction indicators and other signs which cannot be read because they are obscured by branches of trees and overgrown hedges. In many cases these have not been trimmed for years.

Hive of activity

12:24pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir, We were pleased to see your article last month outlining initiatives by Oxfordshire councillors to promote beekeeping in our area. I would like to draw readers’ attention to the fact that we have a thriving beekeeping association based in and around Wantage, and we run training and mentoring courses for beginners and novices, and open evenings at our association apiary for anyone who is interested in finding out more about beekeeping.

Naval reunion

12:23pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir, Thank you again for printing my letters about reuniting those who have served together in the Royal Navy. I am pleased that over the years I have managed to reunite lots who have served together, much with the co-operation of the local newspaper. My letters are often cut out and sent to someone who has served.

Crossings move

12:21pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir, I read with dismay that, following a cynical legal challenge, Oxfordshire County Council is to reconsider the decision not to approve the installation of pelican crossings in Marcham Road and Ock Street — a decision which has prevented the development of land off Drayton Road.

Welcome reminder

12:20pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir, Your article ‘Celebrating centenary of car magnate’s home’ (August 20) was a welcome reminder of the extraordinary philanthropy of William Morris, Lord Nuffield.

Worth a visit

12:19pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir, For years I regarded Facebook as a best-avoided, online site devoted to frivolous, self-centred and, sometimes, downright nasty contributions, but I had a Damascene moment of enlightenment when I became a member of the Old Wantage Group created, initially, as a personal site on which to post his memorabilia, by Garry While.

Village shop

12:19pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir, I am wholeheartedly behind the Hanney residents trying to save The Plough in West Hanney, a lovely, very old thatched building and the last of four pubs in the villages.

Not accurate

12:18pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir, Like most of the “technical” mandates which emerge from our EU masters, the latest one regarding the power consumption of domestic appliances follows the usual pattern of being devoid of technical accuracy.

What service!

12:17pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir, I applied by post recently for an Indian visa via an agent. The agent received my application at midday on September 1. It was checked and sent to the Indian Embassy on the following day.

Speed limit

6:10pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Sir, Whenever I have been in Los Angeles driving around through both residential and commercial areas, I have always been tremendously impressed by the requirements imposed on vehicles when in the near locality of schools.

Topsy turvy?

6:09pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Sir, I can visit one pub and drink myself into a coma. I can purchase 200 cigarettes and smoke the lot in one day (if I so choose).

Policy failure

6:08pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Sir, I am at a loss to understand the opening remarks of Peter Todd’s letter of July 30 in which he claims to not understand the power station I described in my earlier letter of July 16. In my own letter I made no attempt to describe the power station; I merely pointed out its pivotal involvement in the efforts to strive for clean nuclear energy.

No dormitory

6:07pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Sir, “Having made a mess of planning Wantage-Grove in the past by allowing appeals, the Department now has a duty to take action to help rectify the imbalance (housing/jobs/services).”

Not a clue

6:04pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Sir, I read the letter “Utter contempt” in last week’s Herald, first with amusement then with dismay. Does Mr Loftin really believe that the three councils he mentions have nothing better to do than have meetings about what name a new housing estate can or cannot be called?

Complete mess

6:55pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, As a Didcot resident for the past 22 years, I too was saddened by the demolition of Didcot Power Station towers.

Utter contempt

6:54pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, Can nothing shame, nor any of our three councils — Wantage Town, Vale of White Horse District, Oxfordshire County — do anything to stop outsiders purloining the ancient name of Letcombe Fields between Wantage and Letcombe Regis and applying it to a totally unassociated Stockham area housing development.

River eyesore

6:53pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, We have lived in south Abingdon for nearly 50 years and until recently it was a very pleasant walk in to town via Wilsham Road. Now the riverside between Preston Road and Caldecott Road is a disgusting eyesore — weeds everywhere and the grass hasn’t been cut for ages.

Reject SMHA

6:52pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, The Strategic Housing Market Assessment threatens us with a massive increase in housing.

County history

6:51pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, Following your article “Records of war dead go online” (Herald, July 23), this information has been online for many years and includes both First and Second World Wars and is available free of charge on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s website at: As this is the 40th year of the new Oxfordshire, perhaps it is important to those who have moved into the county since 1974 — or were born after that date — to know that until the unceremonious relocation of North Berkshire to Oxfordshire, Didcot, Abingdon, Wantage, Faringdon and Wallingford, and indeed all up to Wytham and the Hinkseys, were part of the Royal County.

Bridge travesty

8:05am Thursday 31st July 2014

Sir, On September 6, we are to be cut off from Faringdon, Swindon and places north-west when Network Rail, a Government entity, takes “approximately” four months to put a higher railway bridge in place on the A417 at Challow.

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