AGM – 20 October
Many thanks to everyone who attended our AGM. It’s great to know that we’re on track as far as our activities are concerned.
It was a very good year again in financial terms too. Total income for 2010/11 was £5,172 compared to last year’s £4,529 – particularly due to the success of the Fete, the BAFTAs film event last October, and a repeat of that film event on a Sunday afternoon last Spring.
This meant we had extra income to support village organisations this year – and made record grants of £4,985, compared with £4,182 in 2009/2010. We also jointly funded the purchase of Christmas hampers for the elderly in the village with Fairthorne Trust.
Copy deadline for the last Villager edition meant we couldn’t include details of grants, so here they are now:
|Brightwell Church extension
|Youth Football Club
We record our sincere thanks to Jim and Madeline Sanger, who last year lent us their garden for the Fete – yet again. Jim is also our esteemed auditor for this year, many years past, and for many years to come we hope.
Amanda Potter and Frank Farquharson stood down from the Committee this year, after giving us unstinting support. We were delighted to welcome Graham Adlard, Mike and Charlotte Woods (as a ‘joint member’), and Laura Evans to the Committee. Current members Helen Baines, John Burdass, Julie Carr, David Fox, Andy Lewis, Ann Linton, Susannah Mangion and Kelly Sherwood were re-elected, as were the Chairman, Secretary (Sue Booth) and Treasurer (James Davys).
Traffic Survey A4130 (Didcot to Wallingford Road)
Following a request from the Parish Council, I agreed to organise a traffic survey. The purpose of the survey was to provide additional information relating to the proposed development near Slade End – Site B.
The survey was undertaken on Thursday 22 September from 7am – 7pm. The survey site was situated about 150 metres west of the entrance to Root One, on the opposite side of the road.. 24 volunteers undertook the survey. The count took the form of the 2 people at a time, one counting traffic travelling to Wallingford and the other traffic travelling to Didcot. Vehicles were categorised as either, cars, light vans, small lorries, HGV, buses, motorbikes or bicycles.
We all know that this is a busy road, but the actual number of vehicles might be a surprise. During the 12 hour period a total of around 12,000 were counted. The peak time was between 8 and 9am, when 1457 were counted of which 1204 were cars. There was a previous survey in 1999 and when the results are compared some surprising facts emerge.
Apart from the bald statistics I was very encouraged to notice very little excessive speed during this period – perhaps this is one crumb of comfort from the increase in the traffic.
Finally a big thank you to all the people that took part in the survey – we were very fortunate to have a beautiful late September day.
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