ASHTAV Summer Party – an opportunity to meet again with Jo Rose. Her work has recently involved her in bringing the Pewsey Vale Quiet Lane project to fruition. Paige Mitchell of Transport 2000 will also attend to speak on the SSI – Slower Speed Initiative – and the varied means they employ to persuade drivers to cut their speed, including the villager-manned radar gun!! Following a buffet unch we will walk a few steps to the entrance to Abbey House Gardens (perhaps you glimpsed these on an archaeology programme a few years back). The Pollards, a flamboyant couple who, I have been told, have had a marked effect upon Malmesbury’s tourist trade, have worked tirelessly to recreate this historic garden, the walls of the Abbey and Abbey House itself, a stunning backdrop. Do book for this event as soon as possible – perhaps invite friends or other members of your Society or Council – a day to enjoy – steeped in history.
Do visit the Abbey House Garden Web site for a fascinating virtual tour.
A mid-week Conference is in course of preparation – to take place in Oxford in September – our peakers the renowned – David Lock and Andrew Blower – who will address the uncertain future for small towns and villages in an evolving situation as the new arrangements for community and spatial planning are introduced. How best can members prepare to play their part in the new development frameworks, local studies and community based nitiatives, set against the changing backdrop where regional spatial plans are to replace County Structure Plans?
Our programme of events for the year is now all but finalised and we hope you will write the dates in your diary and persuade others to attend with you. Please copy and give it as wide a circulation within your Society, Councilor neighbourhood as possible. After the success of our afternoon event in London, two of the meetings have been arranged to commence at 2.00 pm, one in March and the other in July. On both occasions it will be our intention to nominate a pub with a casual dining room where delegates may enjoy chatting with fellow members and hearing of their latest concerns over a light lunch of their choice prior to the event.
Wednesday July 7th- Wallingford Town Hall, Oxfordshire
PROF. MALCOLM AIRS, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD DEPARTMENT OF CONTINUING EDUCATION –
“THE ROLE OF CONSERVATION IN THE REGENERATION OF WALLINGFORD”
|SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH – WESTONBIRT NATIONAL ARBORETUM, TETBURY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE GUIDED WALK AND OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF GARDENS
|SATURDAY OCTOBER 9 TH – AGM AND STUDY OF THE PROBLEMS SURROUNDING VILLAGE OR TOWN CENTRE PARKING CONFLICTS – VENUE AND SPEAKERS SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED