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Reducing traffic on the A36

When the Port of Bristol's Deep Sea Container comes into operation there will be a significant reduction of freight by road. The A36 and other roads that connect directly to the south coast ports will benefit from reduced traffic to Bristol and other areas of the country that freight goes to at present. This is because freight transported by ship is a lot cheaper than by road. We will benefit by reduced traffic, and benefit by continuing lower prices for imports from other countries.

 Unfortunately, Wiltshire has produced its document:  Wiltshire Local transport PLan 2011-2026: Freight Strategy [pdf] that plays down the benefits. read more

How many portions of healthy food are you eating?

I have added the government's recommended number of portions of fruit and vegetables a day to my spreadsheet. The new version records how many of the recommended portions of fruit and vegetables you are consuming free download: Diet Weekly sheet

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A small part of a magnificent stone wall Freshford Somerset

A Freshford wall -a masterpiece



Freshford rainfall and Freshford Mill

Freshford Mill is situated in a flood plain. Since the floods of 2008 I have measured rainfall close by. The rainfall chart to date does not indicate more rainfall but does indicate greater variation in rainfall read more

HGV banned new EURO sign

HGV curbs mean peace returns to Freshford

THE battle to ban HGVs from tiny lanes in Freshford is paying off at last.
Ashes Lane and even steeper Rosemary Lane have been almost free of lorries since new Euro-signs went up in April and Navteq deleted the roads as satnav "routes of choice" through the village.
The return to peace was welcomed by Alan Cunningham, of Ashes Lane, who had campaigned for years against the HGVs.
But he said the satnav makers would still need to "refine" their devices to keep lorries out of all small lanes and HGV owners needed to ensure that satnavs in their cabs were regularly updated. (published 2010)

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Never mind global warming - after oil is the critical factor

Unless you're well off you will agree that the basics of life: fuel for home heating and travel, materials, food etc. are getting more expensive. Maybe when there is a recession there is less demand and prices drop, but not for long. Is there a solution for the fact that modern civilisation depends on digging up materials that took millions and millions of years to create? Perhaps Read more

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Freshford Somerset: an Introduction

Freshford is in 2011 a village dating back a thousand years or more.  Some of the property in the village is located in Wiltshire and some in Bath and North-East Somerset (known as BANES). This affects the choice of secondary school for parents, and splits up children who have grown up together in their primary school.

 The children should be able to continue their education together when they leave the primary school where they have grown up together.  Unfortunately, this division of Freshford between Wiltshire and Somerset (B&NES) is not the result of some recent skulduggery, yet its affects extend into the 21st Century. The ghosts continue to extend their influence into the time when people are free to use their intelligence, rather than witchcraft or be bound by land divisions created by the church, or the Normans. And guess what; it is the ghosts that rule. Why can't parents choose the nearest school to where they live? Parental Choice of School  Apart from the educational issues which are important to Freshford, the village is arguably the finest village in this part of the west country. This website includes many photographs that record the attractive nature not only of the village but also its beautiful setting. The parish website is: Freshford Village The new village shop and post office has its own website: Galleries Shop

B&NES have published an excellent appraisal of Freshford and the neighbouring hamlet of Sharpstone. Appraisal


Nuisance phone calls beware new scam

Anyone calling from a "withheld" number offering to stop nuisance calls is a nuisance caller! If they had half a brain they would realise that "withheld" numbers are the ones that people don't answer. The people offering a "service" to stop calls for a fee, usually can do no more than TPS, which is free. They cannot stop International calls, Withheld calls, or Unavailable numbers, which are the bulk of callS these days. Those offering a unit which you can used to stop calls, again for a fee, are slightly better, but you have to watch out for hidden annual fees. There is also now a 'phone on the market, the BT6500 which, at about the same price as a call blocker, does an extremely good job of stopping the above mentioned calls, plus 10 individual numbers. With the blocked calls, the 'phone doesn't ring and they can't leave a message. source of article


Bradford on Avon town bridge video survey of traffic

The essential problem for the beautiful mediaeval market town of Bradford on Avon is the amount of traffic that goes through the town. I have filmed two minutes of traffic on a Thursday night at 9:30pm. view video

A36 to A46 link road is not necessary

Once again we read mention of the A36 to A46 link road as being a solution to through traffic in the World Heritage City of Bath.  Traffic from the south coast ports will be comsiderably reduced when The Port of Bristol's  Deep Sea Container terminal (DSCT) is completed. The reason being is that it will be far cheaper to ship the containers to Bristol than transport them by road from the south coast. The full argument can be read at: complete article: A36 Link road to A46 is unnecessary  

Is it sustainable to buy non-stick pans?

Gender-bending chemicals found in non-stick pans and food packaging are linked to early menopause, scientists say.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1369366/Gender-bending-chemicals-saucepans-linked-early-menopause.html#ixzz1HWEQqAgH

I think that it is not a good idea to buy non-stick pans as they don't last very long. Once the pan is failing people usually buy another one. The existing pan is either shoved to the back of a cupboard or hopefully recycled. I decided to stick to, excuse the pun, cast iron enamelled cookware. My pride of joy is a cast iron wok from Lecreuset that has a flat bottom and so can be used on any cooker, including induction hobs. Unless I drop it, it will last for hundreds of years :)  It is expensive, costing over £100, but is a pleasure to use and will pay for itself in time.  The article in the Daily Mail is another very good reason to avoid non-stick pans. Sustainable is safe!  Geoff Edwards


Are car drivers mugs?

Looking at sustainable transport and the use of the car vs the train I have not found any reference to the fact that all public tranport is subsidised by the taxpayer. Read more

Road safety? Cyclists and the car 30 mph limit but 21 deaths in London!

London had 21 deaths in 2008 and over 350 cyclists were seriously injured. London is subject to a 30 mph limit and either that limit is ignored or more likely it does not make any difference a three quarter ton car will kill at less than 30 mph there is also a problem with HGVs seeing cyclists who are stopped at traffic lights or turning .  So what can we do? spend millions on road signs and painting the road, in London's case blue?  Read more?

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nature's response to a death

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Delivery Route Map to Freshford


Diesel UK £1.47 a litre diesel USA $4.12 a gallon, USA $1.09 a litre: Rip-off UK!

Using the current exchange for the GB pound and the US dollar ($1.60 =£1) we are paying £6.27 a gallon. In US dollars this would be equivalent to $10.03! (Except that one UK gallon is 1.2 US gallons.) So the USD price equivalent to what we are paying for our diesel is $8.36 a gallon. We are paying twice what US drivers pay for their fuel.  Published date 6h July 2011 Headline updated  17th march 2012 The price differential is almost constant so no updates needed

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Web design and hosting: Bath & South West England: XYZWeb Limited

Xyzweb hosted websites nearly a third of a million visits to December 2012

This website, is now almost seven years old. It is still growing. Although the website is provided for the use of residents of Freshford Somerset, or to give it its full address Freshford Bath & North East Somerset it has grown to include not only the local area but national and international issues in its news and comment.  The English village is not isolated from the rest of the country. We are receiving over 1,000 visitors a month now from over twenty countries. That's the website not the village.

There is little to write on issues that only affect the English village. The village is close to other villages and towns,  in the case of Freshford we are close to the Royal City of Bath and our nearest supermarket is in Bradford on Avon. This means that changes outside of Freshford could affect us. FreshfordSomerset  is a community type of website. the other different types of websites we have designed include:

  • A swimming pool club website
  • Violin maker & restorer
  • flooring contractor
  • property for sale
  • community website 
  • holiday cottage
  • parish council
  • artist
  • musician

Unique personally designed websites

Our rates are highly competitive and annual costs are considerably lower than other companies. Our websites are unique. They are not based on some template that limits the use of page layout and space.

Unbeatable website costs

Why can we offer first class websites at such affordable prices?  It is because we provide hosting as well as website design and also we do not need to rent office space. We are an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and as a limited company can offer security of service into the far future. There are two company websites: www.xyzweb.co.uk and www.pcwebsites.org.uk 

CEO: Geoff Edwards MPhil, ATC, BA hons Fine Art, City & Guilds III AutoCAD

"Designed for people who want it all
Windows 7 Ultimate gives you everything Home Premium and Professional offers plus added security features and the flexibility to work in multiple languages. Create a home network and share all of your favourite photos, videos and music. You can even watch TV programs for free, whenever and wherever you want."

 I think that Microsoft has slipped up here. Surely one can't view TV without a license in the UK?

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 Freshford Roads: Photos & Videos

Photographs and video films of the roads and road junctions in and linking Freshford village to the A36 trunk road to Bristol and Bath and east to Warminster for the A350 linking the M4 to Poole and the channel ferries have been created by Geoff Edwards a local resident.. The A36 also provides a route to Southampton via Salisbury and the  A303 London to the West country. The road junctions which can be accessed via an interactive map of the village can be viewed here: Photographic Survey of Every Road Junction in Freshford to the A36

The video films of the roads can also be viewed here: Video Survey of Road Systems in Freshford

Horse Traffic in Rosemary Lane Freshford Somerset


www.freshfordvillage.co.uk  The official website containing Parish Council Minutes and regularly updated news
www.freshford.com A website that provides historical information about Freshford and surrounding villages and towns
www.freshfordmill.co.uk A campaign website to deter building dwellings on the Freshford Mill land

Freshford Aerial Map (courtesy of Google)


Freshford Village Forum

Traditionally, democratic decisions are made after consultation with residents by means of meetings and questionnaires. The Internet now provides a means for residents and others to discuss ideas and comment on proposals in the comfort of their own homes and at a time that suites them. Freshfordvillage website provides a forum for residents to contribute news and comments.

Introduction to Internet Forums

An Internet forum is a web application for holding discussions and posting user generated content. Internet forums are also commonly referred to as web forums, message boards, discussion boards, (electronic) discussion groups, discussion forums, bulletin boards, fora (the Latin plural) or simply forums. The terms "forum" and "board" may refer to the entire community or to a specific sub-forum dealing with a distinct topic. Messages within these sub-forums are then displayed either in chronological order or as threaded discussions.

Such forums perform a function similar to that of Usenet newsgroups and the dial-up bulletin board systems that were numerous in the 1980s and 1990s. [1] Early web-based forums such as UBB.classic date back as far as 1996. A sense of virtual community often develops around forums that have regular users. Technology, computer games and/or video games, fashion, religion, and politics are popular areas for forum themes, but there are forums for a huge number of different topics. Internet slang and image macros popular across the internet are abundant and most widely used in internet forums.

Note. The first two paragraphs above are copied from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_forum

The Freshford Forum allows residents to contribute news and ideas as well as comment on that news, ideas, and comments.

Go to the Freshford Village Forum


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