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.

Ash removed

8:05am Thursday 31st July 2014

Sir, The letter by Dr Lee Upcraft (July 16) described a power station I did not recognise. I was the first test and efficiency engineer, being appointed in July 1969.

Good pubs

8:03am Thursday 31st July 2014

Sir, I won’t be losing much sleep over the closure of The Cross Keys pub in Abingdon.

Wider lesson

8:03am Thursday 31st July 2014

Sir, The demolition of three of Didcot Power Station’s famous cooling towers on Sunday was a very significant event for the residents of Oxfordshire.

'So gullible'

8:26am Thursday 24th July 2014

Sir, Having lived in Didcot in the early 1960s, when plans for Didcot Power Station were being discussed, I find it remarkable how gullible we, the residents of South Oxfordshire and Vale of the White Horse, were when we listened to what I can now best describe as ‘bullshine’.

Hospital beds

8:25am Thursday 24th July 2014

Sir, In response to your article ‘Town’s growth leads to fear over hospital beds’ in the Herald of July 9. The community hospitals in Oxfordshire are staffed by the Oxford Health Foundation Trust nursing and therapy teams with medical support provided by local GPs or Oxford University Hospital Trusts consultant gerentologists. The Trust is commissioned by the Clinical Commissioning Group to provide episodes of care.

Not responsible

8:24am Thursday 24th July 2014

Sir, I wish to refer to the article about me (Herald, July 9) and in particular to the last sentence in that article which read: ‘Veterans and relatives of veterans who have passed away can apply for the clasp as long as they flew one mission during the war’.

Deserves credit

8:22am Thursday 24th July 2014

Sir, Wg Cdr (Rtd) Jim Wright (RAF war hero article, July 9), should be commended for his unstinting crusade for a dedicated full campaign medal for all Second World War Bomber Command (BC) air and essential ground staff veterans.

Nothing new

4:11pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Sir, In my youth, few working class people bought or owned their own houses. Most rented.

Path's location

4:10pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Sir, I would like to point out that the joint cycle/footpath on the B4493 referred to in the letter ‘Bike path useless’ is mainly in Didcot Road, Harwell, and less than a half of the length of it, is in Wantage Road, Didcot.

Fabulous flowers

4:09pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Sir, Over the last years, we have had bad reading in your paper about Abingdon but I think there is good news in Abingdon.

Fusion link

4:08pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Sir, I enjoyed reading about the history of Didcot Power station in Matt Oliver’s article. However, one very important local factor concerning the plant was omitted.

Pothole repairs

4:06pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Sir, You recently allowed me to air my views on the quality of pothole repairs within the confines of the town of Abingdon.

No mooring

1:59pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Sir, I’ve often pondered the reason why (while sat with glass in hand) boats of all types pass under Abingdon bridge heading toward the lock, then turn around and come back, disappear under the bridge again, only to reappear five minutes later and motor on through? The same of boats coming the other way too?

Do 'decent thing'

1:29pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Sir, With reference to the feeble excuses of RWE npower to prevent the public enjoying the spectacle of the demolition of the Didcot A cooling towers by destroying them at 3am, I would like to point out that that these cooling towers have been a part of the local skyline and environment since the 1960s and have no doubt helped to contribute hundreds of millions of pounds in profit to npower.

Entails risk

1:28pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Sir, It seems odd that David Buckle, chief executive of South Oxfordshire District Council, who is a non-elected public servant, should take it upon himself to seek to persuade the contractors to change their plans for demolition of the Didcot A cooling towers.

'Shame on you'

1:24pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Sir, On June 21, they turned out in their thousands for the Wallingford Carnival, another great day for the town. For 51 years, Wallingford has been putting on the carnival on the third Saturday of June, which usually ends with live music on the Kinecroft. The bucket collection goes to local organisations.

No friend

1:23pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Sir, I feel the ‘Firm offers playing field’ PR puff published in the Herald must not go unchallenged. When Ken Dijksman and Linden Homes put in their application for building on the green-field site behind St Michael’s, in Steventon, they had scheduled building up to the school’s current boundary.

Learn from them

Herald Series: British troops on one of the D-Day invasion beaches

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Sir, By coincidence, while watching the D-Day ceremonies in Normandy remembering the gallantry of so many men 70 years ago, I came across a catalogue of the paintings which once adorned the walls of the Victoria Cross Gallery in Wantage from 1900-39.

We remember

Herald Series: Rex Coggan drives his sherman beach recovery vehicle on to the beach at Arromanches, France, during the D-Day celebration (7335437)

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Sir, Last month I returned from a memorable and inspirational few days in Normandy during the 70th D-Day commemorations.

Ugly comments

Herald Series: The castle in the middle of the roundabout

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Sir, I feel compelled to stand up for those council workers who no doubt work under very tight budgets and make valiant efforts to beautify our towns.

Hands off land

Herald Series: Ed Vaizey

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Sir, So the editor of the Herald now favours development of the countryside between Hanney and Steventon. What a turncoat!

Bike path useless

Herald Series: Mobile Send Your News

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Sir, Councillor Margaret Davies is right to call upon Taylor Wimpey to build cycle paths on Great Western Park.

Bike path useless

Herald Series: Margaret Davies

6:32pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

Sir, Councillor Margaret Davies is right to call upon Taylor Wimpey to build cycle paths on Great Western Park.

Solution needed

11:09am Thursday 19th June 2014

Sir, I was interested in your front page story about the proposed Valley Park development of 2,550 homes between Didcot and the A34.

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