Enough about worrying about other peoples ICT Technology Strategy.

I think I will get back to concentrating on my own ICT Strategy.

Always check who you are sending emails to before you hit the send button. I failed miserably today at work and sent the right email to the wrong person.

Just a gentle reminder to all that sometimes when your in a rush things can go pear shaped.

I decided to have a clear out of my Twitter account yesterday as I felt I may just be following the wrong people and left those that I am genuinely interested in and those that have something interesting to say about their Local Communities and Business.

I have also had updated About my blog as I don't feel some of it is relevant any more.

Broadband appears to be being addressed by County Council as does the Warwickshire Police presence on Social Media.

So all I am left with is what I started off with in the first place.

My own pondering s and rambling
Our own Local Community

Oh and a few good blogging reads

http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/corporate/pages.nsf/Links/0B0606330470230F8025713B003DF212/$file/ICTStrategy2007-2012.pdf


Anyone passing by might just be interested. 


Blimey its like finding a needle in a haystack, Phew at long last.


Perhaps after reading it I may understand a little bit more.



OMG I am so slow off the mark which is more than can be said about my next topic of conversation.

I was only to pleased to hear that Warwickshire Police had delivered a crushing blow to the Street Racers in the Hams Hall area.

I picked it up on Twitter and then went and read the report provided and look at the video provided.

It scared me just watching the video then I got even more scared when I looked at the list and how far some of these videos dated back and to be honest I was horrified. Some of these videos go back as far as 2000/2001!

I have a question?

Why has it taken 10/11 years for authorities to deliver a crushing blow to such anti social driving behaviour in this area? I would hardly call it a crushing blow after so many years.

Well I tried doing a whats on Calendar on my Blog but must admit the responsibility of administrating it was a bit off putting as specially if things were cancelled or postponed In anycase why reinvent the wheel it was already  available Warwickshire County Council had provided such a tool for event organisers. Some of you may find the below useful for publising events in Warwickshire.

Please be advised this is as close as it gets to Forshaw Heath and Earlswood


Henley and Studley Community Forum


Published on behalf of Stratford District Council By Warwickshire Police

http://onlinenews.warwickshire.police.uk/wpnews_pressrelease/rss/13483


The next Henley and Studley Community Forum takes place on on Thursday 7 July at 7pm at The Dorothea Mitchell Hall, Station Road, Claverdon, CV35 8PH.


There is also a local surgery that takes place between 6.30pm to 7pm prior to the forum, where you can speak to your local policing Safer Neighbourhoods Team.


Items on the agenda include:


·Parking in High Street, Henley-in-Arden – a multi-partner approach to the continuing problem’ and


·a Public Sector budget update including the Library Service Review and the Transformation of the Youth Service.


Come along, have your say, take part in the debate and find out what is happening to local services in your area.


The Community Forum of Henley and Studley includes the parishes of Beaudesert, Henley-in-Arden, Tanworth-in-Arden, Ullenhall, Wootton Wawen, Coughton, Mappleborough Greeen, Morton Bagot, Oldberrow, Sambourne, Spernall, Studley, Bearley, Claverdon, Langley, Preston Bagot, Snitterfield and Wolverton.


If you would like further information about the Community Forum meeting please contact the WCC Stratford Area Office on 01789 260133 or email stratford@warwickshire.gov.uk

I just have to share this with you all.





I decided to pop up links to surrounding Parish Councils as Earlswood & Forshaw Heath is on the outskirts of Stratford Up On Avon and is part of the Tanworth In Arden Ward. 


It borders on Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Bromsgrove District Council.

In fact they are all so close I could walk to any one of them and to all intents and purposes what ever they do on the outskirts of their Parishes  could well affect what happens on the edge of our Parish.

I must admit I am impressed with the quality of the websites clean easy to navigate, professional,informative and mostly up to date.
http://revjayne.blogspot.com

I have a soft spot for Earlswood Methodist Church.



This little fellow or fellowess crossed my path and really didn't take much notice of me. I am not sure if s/he had a brief encounter with the cat. 

S/He wasn't marked in any way I didn't really know what to do with it. I couldn't leave it where it was as it was easy cat fodder

My decision was to pick it up and tuck out the cat's way in the undergrowth where it appeared to be heading. Fingers crossed I hope s/he catches its breath and finds its way home. 
Well here I am almost back to normal and scribbling away quite happily. It's wedding season and the noise has started again. 

Which p**** gave a B&B permission to have an entertainment licence in the middle of no where. 

Last Saturday the noise slowly got louder and louder and by 11 ish I was once again hearing the awful racket and the bloke on his microphone

I obviously don't begrudge people getting married and having their evening celebrations, I don't begrudge a local business trying to make a living. 

What I do begrudge is the noise and wonder why permission was granted for a local business to make money to the detrimental affect of the quality of life to those living close by.

I am expecting the same tonight,


LOL It worse than the Women grunting at Wimbledon they have a noise machine to measure their grunts
Sometimes you just have to share something with someone. 

I work for a small organisation that appears to have accumulated  a fair amount of redundant IT equipment. It all works it just never got disposed of when upgrades etc happened . 

Circumstances dictate that we are moving and we didn't want to take all those things we had saved over the past few years with us. 

We have not got the right Bins at work to just throw the stuff in a Bin. 

I was left wondering how much it would cost for the removal of our redundant IT equipment. 

A quick Google search provided me with the solution to my problem. Let me introduce you to a Free Of Charge Green Disposal Service.


They did exactly what they said they were going to do. 

What's more in our case they did it within 24hrs no hassle, great customer service from the initial phone call to the collection of our homeless IT.

I think we may have been lucky and called at the right time for the 24 hr collection but it was an added bonus and it worked for us.

I just thought I would share it with you.


The only advice I would give is to have the IT equipment you don't want gathered together before calling. The reasons being
  • Knowing exactly what you have and the quantities
  • If it is a short notice collection it's there ready to go without delving in corners and wasting time.
I do not know if there is a minimum or maximum collection limit and we did not dispose of CPU's





I don't quite know what to write in this post although I know I want to write something. 

I haven't been on Twitter very long anyone reading back through my blog will find I had real issues with using it or even finding a use for it in the beginning. 

I am willing to back track and say I find Twitter really useful in delivering short messages and raising awareness. 

I am willing to say I think it has it's uses. 

I have also as of Sunday learn't that tweeting on a mobile could be be useful

Obviously it's not a discussion forum but it is a platform for raising awareness what ever your interest may be.

  • Local Community
  • Local Business
  • Socialising
  • Events
  • Just Fun
  • News
I feel and I may be wrong Twitter is for spreading a message quickly and raising awareness and connecting like minded people.


What they do with a connection is up to them. But what is really good is just for once knowing there are like minded people out there that have similar issues and concerns and I don't feel like I am the only one.

Now this little gem was introduced to me quite a while ago it is totally free and I have used it for several years. 


Once again mainly for training on software systems for my small team and reporting back to the IT department on any blips. I love Jing.


This little tool allows me to take screen shots, write on screen shots, it allows me to build quick how to examples and it all lives in a little tool that lives at the to of my screen.


I can commentate whilst trying to show someone how to do something on a computer.


There is a small download to your PC but after 4 years of using it I have never encountered any problems.


So if you just want to build an interactive manual for users or record errors for an IT department instead of a long winded email. If you want to give IT lessons this tool is fantastic.


I love it and have had Jing at work and at home.


Great piece of free reliable software 


http://www.techsmith.com/jing/



By Dan Essex Of Shilton Click Here For Blog



The poor broadband line speeds that are being experienced by too many people in the county (including in Shilton and Barnacle) mean that we are increasingly being left behind as more and more public services, as well as social/leisure services, are being delivered on websites that need highspeed broadband availability to make full the use of.

Questionnaires need to be completed by 30 June. Click hereto complete the questionnaire if you a a business, or here
if you're completing it as a local resident. I would urge everyone to do this, as it all helps in getting the evidence needed to securing funding to improve line speeds.


Police Message
Posted with Permission
We have had 3 incidents reported in the past week in the Forshaw Heath area of Earlswood.
Incidents were;
A shed being entered on 2 nights but nothing was taken.
A garage door forced and a Petrol Mower and Chainsaw taken as well as a power drill.
Insecure car entered and bag removed from boot. Bag and contents were recovered with exception of wallet and its contents.
All offences are believed to have happened late on Monday or early Tuesday last week.
Similar offences have been reported in surrounding areas also. It may be worthwhile to check sheds and garages to ensure they have not been entered and items removed. It has been reported that sheds have been entered but nothing taken, this also needs reporting as a crime.
On a positive note, following a burglary in Forshaw Heath at the end of May, a male has been arrested on suspicion of burglary, and investigations are continuing.
There is to be a trial run of mobile Police surgeries over the summer, to engage the community as efficiently as possible, if anybody has suggestions of best locations, please let me know. Full details of times and dates will be circulated soon.
Warwickshire Police     
01789 444816            
Work Mobile 0792 3288641 


Please note this is the Report Of The Meeting as provided via email  and are not the minutes- I am not quite sure of the difference!

The Parish Council met on Thursday 19th May 2011 at 19.30 hours in Tanworth Village Hall.
One member of the public was present, together with County Councillor Perry.
County Councillor Perry gave the following report:
Councillor Perry confirmed that Simon Prescott had contacted Clerk White regarding the proposed improvements to the crossroads at the junction of Valley Road and Shutt Lane. Clerk White confirmed his attendance at the next meeting on June 2nd to present the proposed improvements. Councillor Perry suggested holding a public meeting following on from the meeting on June 2nd, Councillor Willmott confirmed that this could be arranged and made a suggestion that the information regarding the plans be displayed in Earlswood Village Hall for a time and to have Parish Councillors, Councillor Perry and tree officials on hand to answer any queries (as the proposal would include the felling of a mature tree). Councillor Perry confirmed that he had been investigating the ownership of the land in Valley Road that the tree stands on and no-one appears to know who the land belongs to.
Councillor Perry gave an update on current crime figures and was able to reassure the Council that Dave Martin, PCSO was to stay in our area. He confirmed there is a new structure in place and we will still receive a patrolling officer. The way forward for officers is to have either a computer in the car or a handheld device allowing them to spend more time in the community without needing to return to the office to do paperwork.
Councillor Perry stressed the difficulties faced by Councils due to cut backs, as identified in a recent TV programme about a housing estate who took over the purse strings from their local council.
Tom Hill is temporarily closed.
The speed limit in Forshaw Heath Road is in line with national guidelines; however the issue of speeding will be raised at the next Community Forum meeting. Councillor Perry confirmed that Councillor Atkinson had recently attended a meeting with West Mercia Police regarding Alderhanger Lane lay-by. At present there are no signs of it being closed and so Councillors Perry and Atkinson are looking at other ways of addressing the problem of the undesirable activities.
Councillor Perry along with a number of Parish Councillors commented on the very good quality of work to repair potholes in the Parish, especially those in Penn Lane which were particular dangerous.
Councillor Willmott opened the meeting and received apologies from Councillor Jones, Councillor Oakley, Councillor Waters, Councillor Instone and Councillor Ross.
The correspondence list was noted and the following item was highlighted:
Councillor Willmott confirmed that the Parish Council had erected a boundary fence to clearly show our land behind a property in Malthouse Lane and the wildlife area. Councillor Willmott confirmed that the new owner of the property in Malthouse Lane is now fully aware of the ownership of the land. Councillor Stanton requested that the area be left unattended as a wildlife meadow. Councillor O’Brien expressed his concern that the wildlife area and the park in Malthouse Lane are frequented late in the evening by youths holding evening parties and they leave a considerable amount of rubbish in the area. Councillor O’Brien also raised concerns over the rubbish left in the woods next to The Reservoir. Councillor Willmott confirmed that the Punch Tavern had recently agreed to secure and clear the area.
The following Planning Applications were considered: 10/01522/FUL (amendment), Claybank Bungalow, 11/00651/FUL Spring Cottage, 11/00649/FUL (amendment)Woodlands Farm, 11/01094/FUL Earlswood Nurseries, 11/00993/ADV Earlswood Nurseries and 11/00985/FUL Alderhanger Farm.
The Police surgeries were discussed and due to the poor attendance, it was thought that PCSO Martin would make better use of his time if residents should contact the Parish Office with any issues and we will ask PCSO Martin to contact them.
The Earlswood Village Fete on June 23rd 2012 was discussed and Councillor Willmott confirmed that the Parish Council give permission to restrict access to the park. Councillor O’Brien confirmed that the Earlswood Fete Committee will notify all concerned parties about the closure e.g. British Waterways.
Items which were reported as requiring attention were:
  1. Ivy Stores – a new step which appears to be encroaching on to the pavement.
  2. Cut Throat Lane, junction at Dyers Lane – tall grass needs cutting back
  3. Japanese knotweed - Cloweswood Lane
The full minutes are available on our website www.tanworth-pc.org.uk or from the Parish Office in Earlswood Craft Centre, Wood Lane. The next meeting is on July 21st at Tanworth Village Hall and August 18th at Earlswood Village Hall. If anyone would like us to start e-mailing a Parish Newsletter to them, then please just e-mail the parish office at office@tanworth-pc.org.uk


I really can't make my mind up how many posts to have on a page! should I do 1 post per page or should I do one days posts as there may be more than one post per day, what a conundrum. Or do I just let them run on to infinity  there are so many choices and I really do not know which one to make. 

I Must admit I'm pleased today I have at long last got one of my photos to be the background to my blog that's a bonus. The photo of the daisies was taken at Earlswood Station on the mobile.

I have also managed to add a contact me button for email which I am quite pleased about.

One day I may just be happy with my blog and stop tinkering with it. I have said it before and I often mutter to myself when my favourite websites change their layout. Here I am doing exactly the same.

I am now debating whether to have the comments box open. I am not sure if anyone would really want to comment on my ramblings. I suppose I could give it a go.

I am also still playing with the idea of using a different blog to this for my musings leaving this blog for community type things.


I have had a little re-organisation of the blog. 


People may wonder why I follow some of the blogs I do. I suppose it is because they are like minded people in Warwickshire and I am interested in what they have to say.


There is some argument as to whether Earlswood is in Warwickshire. 


Here is my view my dustbins are collected by SDC my council tax is paid to SDC, SDC decides who builds what next door to me, SDC is in Warwickshire therefore it stands to reason that parts of Forshaw Heath and Earlswood are also in Warwickshire.


Is it me or does it just seem to happen all the time. Decent weather whilst at work in an office and then come the weekend it rains and is chilly its getting boring now because it i so predictable.

Tweeting not Twitching – Neighbourhood Watch unveil plans for a new future | Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch Network | The only official national Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch website

I just love this Blogger button now all I need is our NHW to participate I am not to sure if they will like the idea. It can't hurt to mention it to them
Blogger Buzz: Blog This!

Just trying out the blogger button for Chrome. I have decided I like the blogger button and am going to keep it. A useful little tool read about it in the link above
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting was held at Earlswood Village Hall on Monday 16th May. Chairman Ron Hill reported on the workshops (mammals / butterflies and moths / wildflower), walks (dawn chorus / autumn / bluebell) and the activity nights (moths and bats) which have taken place since the last AGM and which were well attended  - 23 at the last bat night which was enjoyed by all! He also reported on the progress made with the tern raft project and the installation of 70+ bat boxes.
A presentation was given by Chris Redstall of Keep Britain Tidy (Waterside Care Project Officer) who spoke about the urgent need to clean up the lake feeder streams and remove the invasive Himalayan Balsam. If you would be prepared to help in this project please let us know and working parties can then be arranged in conjunction with Chris and the Residents Association.
Moth Traps
As you may know EWP have 5 Moth Traps and identification books, supplied from the funding secured for us by Izumi Segawa of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.
These traps have been loaned out to members since March this year and have provided a fascinating insight into the moths that can be found in the Earlswood area. Cheryl and I have run the trap overnight in our garden on 8 occasions and have identified over 30 different species to date (see photos below). Identifying some of the species has been at times challenging but fascinating and Izumi is always willing to help!
If you would be interested in the loan of a moth trap in the future please get in touch and let us know. They are easy to set up and all you need is a suitable electric point (we run an extension lead through the cat flap!) - as always we can be contacted at ewp2010@btinternet.com
Forthcoming Events
Saturday 18th June 11am – 5 pm – Visit Notcutts Meadow
Sunday 19th June 11am – 4pm - Visit Notcutts Meadow
A chance to visit an orchid filled ancient meadow.
Entrance at the rear of Notcutts Garden Centre
(No charge but donations to WWT welcome)

Saturday 2nd July 8:30pm until 1:00am - Moth Night in Clowes Woods
(No charge but donations to WWT welcome) meet at Wood Lane car park

Sunday 10th July at 10am to 1pm – “Balsam Bashing” at Clowes Wood
Meet at Wood Lane car park.
Please wear working clothes, boots or wellies and gloves.
Bob
(Bob Roberts – Membership Secretary)

First of all I have to admit I thought I had met our Local Policeman, he is a very nice person and well liked within our community. 

I went to a Police surgery to find out why Warwickshire Police appeared not to be participating or engaging in Social Media like many of our neighbouring Police Forces. 

Poor guy must of thought I was a member of the public from hell. 

What I didn't realise was our Local Policeman was a PCSO. I have absolutely nothing against that, he is visible, approachable, informative and helpful. 


In fact I didn't realise he was a PCSO until having read our Parish Council Minutes.

I am also guilty and I hold my hands up of not knowing what the responsibilities of a PCSO were. Call it ignorance and I am sorry to all PCSOs.

I suppose my question is this person is doing exactly what is required of him, but who supports him?

Can anyone answer the question?

  1. What is the difference between a Special Constable and a PCSO?
and if everywhere is full of PCSOs and Special Constables all doing front line work. Where are all the fully trained Policemen/Women. Please don't tell me behind a desk doing paperwork. Because if so its all the wrong way around.


Once again no offence to our PCSOs you do a good job!


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The first two follow on from the bluebells and then the Buttercups now I have Daisies in abundance



The second two taken this morning 5am taking the Dog a walk if you look hard you may be able to see him




I just love the last photo and it gave me a stark reminder of the web and how it works

As always photos taken by me please feel free to use if required

I am not quite sure what the difference between a report and Minutes are but this is a Report.


The Parish Council met on Thursday 19th May 2011 at 19.30 hours in Tanworth Village Hall.
One member of the public was present, together with County Councillor Perry.
County Councillor Perry gave the following report:
Councillor Perry confirmed that Simon Prescott had contacted Clerk White regarding the proposed improvements to the crossroads at the junction of Valley Road and Shutt Lane. Clerk White confirmed his attendance at the next meeting on June 2nd to present the proposed improvements. Councillor Perry suggested holding a public meeting following on from the meeting on June 2nd, Councillor Willmott confirmed that this could be arranged and made a suggestion that the information regarding the plans be displayed in Earlswood Village Hall for a time and to have Parish Councillors, Councillor Perry and tree officials on hand to answer any queries (as the proposal would include the felling of a mature tree). Councillor Perry confirmed that he had been investigating the ownership of the land in Valley Road that the tree stands on and no-one appears to know who the land belongs to.
Councillor Perry gave an update on current crime figures and was able to reassure the Council that Dave Martin, PCSO was to stay in our area. He confirmed there is a new structure in place and we will still receive a patrolling officer. The way forward for officers is to have either a computer in the car or a handheld device allowing them to spend more time in the community without needing to return to the office to do paperwork.
Councillor Perry stressed the difficulties faced by Councils due to cut backs, as identified in a recent TV programme about a housing estate who took over the purse strings from their local council.
Tom Hill is temporarily closed.
The speed limit in Forshaw Heath Road is in line with national guidelines; however the issue of speeding will be raised at the next Community Forum meeting. Councillor Perry confirmed that Councillor Atkinson had recently attended a meeting with West Mercia Police regarding Alderhanger Lane lay-by. At present there are no signs of it being closed and so Councillors Perry and Atkinson are looking at other ways of addressing the problem of the undesirable activities.
Councillor Perry along with a number of Parish Councillors commented on the very good quality of work to repair potholes in the Parish, especially those in Penn Lane which were particular dangerous.

Councillor Willmott opened the meeting and received apologies from Councillor Jones, Councillor Oakley, Councillor Waters, Councillor Instone and Councillor Ross.

The correspondence list was noted and the following item was highlighted:
Councillor Willmott confirmed that the Parish Council had erected a boundary fence to clearly show our land behind a property in Malthouse Lane and the wildlife area. Councillor Willmott confirmed that the new owner of the property in Malthouse Lane is now fully aware of the ownership of the land. Councillor Stanton requested that the area be left unattended as a wildlife meadow. Councillor O’Brien expressed his concern that the wildlife area and the park in Malthouse Lane are frequented late in the evening by youths holding evening parties and they leave a considerable amount of rubbish in the area. Councillor O’Brien also raised concerns over the rubbish left in the woods next to The Reservoir. Councillor Willmott confirmed that the Punch Tavern had recently agreed to secure and clear the area.

The following Planning Applications were considered: 10/01522/FUL (amendment), Claybank Bungalow, 11/00651/FUL Spring Cottage, 11/00649/FUL (amendment) Woodlands Farm, 11/01094/FUL Earlswood Nurseries, 11/00993/ADV Earlswood Nurseries and 11/00985/FUL Alderhanger Farm.

The Police surgeries were discussed and due to the poor attendance, it was thought that PCSO Martin would make better use of his time if residents should contact the Parish Office with any issues and we will ask PCSO Martin to contact them.

The Earlswood Village Fete on June 23rd 2012 was discussed and Councillor Willmott confirmed that the Parish Council give permission to restrict access to the park. Councillor O’Brien confirmed that the Earlswood Fete Committee will notify all concerned parties about the closure e.g. British Waterways.

Items which were reported as requiring attention were:

Ivy Stores – a new step which appears to be encroaching on to the pavement.
Cut Throat Lane, junction at Dyers Lane – tall grass needs cutting back
Japanese knotweed - Cloweswood Lane

The full minutes are available on our website www.tanworth-pc.org.uk or from the Parish Office in Earlswood Craft Centre, Wood Lane. 

People like this look after us! I for one am very proud and very thankful.



Update from Twitter Natasha found and on her way home


Dear All I picked this up on Twitter This morning. If you are out and about please can you keep your eyes peeled and call the Police on 0345 113 500 should you see Natasha.

Click Screen Shot to enlarge

I often wonder if I should reinvent myself on the web. I am finding it increasingly more difficult to comment on those things that really hack me off! 

Political Correctness is stiffling me. I actually feel like I can't write anything that is a Personal Opinion as you can guarentee someone somewhere will get the hump. Sometimes it is that bad in real life as well as. Then when you try to be PC you are often classed as patronising once again not just on line but in real life.


Personal Opinion Only

I went to a Parish Assembly the other day the turn out was very good which is great news. The Bad news was I would imadgine I was one of the youngest there and I am not young. It was like Ground Hog day and all the things being discussed were being discussed a few years back when I could class myself as youngish.

I got really annoyed when the CEO of SDC announced he was concerned that the local people had written to their MP with reference to the possible sale of site and land identified as no longer wanted by SDC. He actually referred to such letters as confetti letters. I was also concerned when he said the BIG Society is not all about grouping together and opposing things that wern't wanted.However he failed to tell us what it was about. He missed a trick there and showed his colours. The Big Society is about finding the best solution to the problem and for our Council to listen to us. I nearly fell off my chair when the CEO announced that planning came down on the side of the person who wanted to build and we had to find a reasonable reason why they shouldn't build or words to that effect. Why the hell have we got planning laws is my question? I am off to build the foundations of a six story block of flats in my Garden now!

I was equally as fedup when I heard our County Councillor tell us how much had been done in Henley, Stratford everywhere but Flipping Earlswood and Forshaw Heath. I am led to understand he is Local but then promptly told us the people of the community there was not a problem with speed on our lanes. Well of course there is not a problem with speed on our lanes the majority is set at the National Speed Limit. What there is a problem with is unreasonable driving standards and consideration for the conditions and surroundings.

I was even more surprised when it was announce T-I-A had not got a Parish Plan having had a little look on the some of the surrounding Parishes have a Plan and guess what they all come towards Earlswood. How short sighted can a Parish be. 

Have a plan instead of having someone buy a peice of land and impose development on us.

Our District Councillor could actually see alll this and possible problems he took the time to explain.. I give credit where credit is due the bloke appeared to be on the ball.

I was absolutely appalled that older members of the community that attended chose chastise those that wanted to say something or ask a question with the excuse it was going on to long. Well I am sorry I we had the CEO of SDC our County Councillor our District Councillor our Parish Chairman all in one room all at the same time. I for one won't miss the opportunity to ask a question?

I am also annoyed our Local PCSO didn't give his report first and then allowed to go. In this day and age with limited resources making him wait until almost last was not the best use of resources. He is a highly thought of Policeman and is liked by the community but making him wait in a village hall to give a report is very short sighted. 


All in all Parish Assembly was like ground hog day. Time we all found something different to talk about.
I am all for making the best of resources that are freely available on the web as long as they do what they say they do and don't bombard me with junk mail.I have pinched WiK catch phrase Find Of The Day




I did try something similar way back when on this blog. It seems to me so many people are paying so much money to communicate when in fact it can mostly all be done Free Of Charge with equally as effective results.

Here is my Find of the day please be aware this is a default survey however you can design your own collect and analyse results.

It's called survey Monkey


Here is an example 


Community Survey




So why would I use Survey Monkey?

I use it at work for feedback on projects and events. It's uncomplicated and so easy to create a survey then anyalse results.

How Could It Be Used By Hyper Local?

The list and ideas are endless 

Survey Monkey has a thumbs up from me.

  • Uncomplicated
  • Free
  • Easy to Sign Up
  • No downloads needed
  • Analyse results
  • No stamps or envelopes required!












This week I have had two strange things happen to me. I obviously knew Rain stopped and started somewhere but the other day one side of my home was bright sunshine and the other side it was tipping down with rain. 



The other half brought a box of large eggs every single one of them had a double yolk.


I saw another Chinook fly over Earlswood Woods. Well I suppose they have to fly somewhere!


The extended car park at Whitlocks end station is well on the way - Another field gone.


The pot hole in Rumbush Lane is getting worse and worse. My little car may well disappear down it.


Silent protest - I have decided I will go no faster than 40mph down Forshaw Heath lane and Road a self imposed speed limit.


BT Broadband is worse at work than it is at home our organisation is being given the run around by BT Open Reach and the land line department. 
Its good to see the web site is back up and running after someone hacked it. Tab added back to the blog.

http://www.stratford.gov.uk/

Police Message
Posted with Permission

Inc 40 06/06/2011 
Theft from motor vehicle and garage on Bell Field Tanworth in Arden. Overnight Sunday into Monday offenders have gained entry into a secure garage and van and taken a large quantity of power tools. Dog was heard to bark 0250hrs, and a vehicle made off away from village towards Broad lane.
Inc 62 & 158 06/06/2011 
Burglary other at a section of garages on Pig Trot Lane Danzey Green. Overnight Sunday into Monday offenders have entered 2 sets of garages and taken a quantity of petrol driven gardening equipment, as well as a pushbike and airgun and other items before making off in an unknown direction.
Inc 143 07/06/2011 
Theft from a motor vehicle in Aspley Heath Lane Tanworth. Overnight Sunday into Monday morning offenders have entered an insecure vehicle and removed a Tom Tom sat nav from the glove box, and taken a large quantity of cd's.
It is possible that these incidents are connected, there has been a number of reports of vehicles acting suspiciously in the area. There was also a Porsche stolen from Wootton Wawen on Monday that was recovered in Bell Field Tanworth yesterday.
Please if possible obtain any registration plates of vehicles in your area acting in a suspicious manner and report them either to myself or by calling 999 if the vehicle is involved in a crime in progress.
Checks will be made by local officers on insecure vehicles in the area, there has been an increase across the area in thefts from vehicles, and many of these thefts are from vehicles with open windows and doors that have not been locked.
Ensure that all valuable items are removed, and items that are unable to be removed are secured and hidden so they do not attract attention of opportunists. The glove box is an area checked by offenders so if you are able to lock it please do so, but most importantly please ensure the vehicle itself is secure when you leave it.



Alcester North 
Safer Neighbourhood Team 
Warwickshire Police     
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