Sunday, 14 August 2011

Green Thought of the Week

The UK's first fatal car accident was in 1896, 115 years ago on Monday 17th August.   A woman was killed by a vehicle travelling at 4mph.

The coroner told her inquest that he hoped hers would be the last death in this sort of accident.

Since then more than 550,000 people have been killed on Britain's roads and almost 4,000 people are killed on the world's roads every day.

Friday, 17 June 2011


Friday - end of the week, a relaxing day before the weekend.   What's in the diary?    Blimey - got to pick up Mrs. ........ for the Vol. Car Scheme and take her to the hospital for a small operation.   What time?   pick up at 7am to be there for 7.30am  - AM????    Swallow rice crispies, no time for a pikelet!    quick slug of tea and off to pick up our client.   Arrived at her house at bang on 7am and she was ready and waiting.   Into the car and off we went.   Traffic starting to build up but no serious problems and we arrived on time.  Arranged that client would get hospital to phone me when ready to come home.  I then drove back to Penkridge and was home before 8am to sit down to pikelets and coffee.   Checked greenhouse and watered a few plants.  Phone call at just gone 11am to say Mrs. ..... ready for collection.   Off again and collected and returned her home. 

Back just before 1pm to hear from my wife that PENKRIDGE HAD HAD A BANK ROBBERY.   Well organised by the sound of it - obviously a team had been watching and waiting for the Security Van to arrive at Crown Bridge and then hey presto, the car nipped into a parking space (conveniently made available),  one of the occupants jumped out with knife and within a very short time left an empty container in the middle of the pavement as they drove off south with ..........    Getaway car discovered on a local estate.  Police are asking for any witnesses to come forward from the incident in the village centre or or any other suspicious vehicles or people seen around.   Lets hope the Street Cameras we have around the village can help identify and catch the robbers.   Anyone take any photos with their Phone cameras?

Then a visit by Bob Maddocks with proof copies of a new book that Great Marsh Publications will be selling shortly (still secret but an important historical publication that all those elderly people who went to Penkridge schools will want to acquire).   Then my plan was to take a trip round Penkridge to deliver a few items to people.   But first another check in the greenhouse but it was interrupted by my wife who said there was a man at the door asking to see me.

It was a salesman, who insisted to my wife that he speak to the head of the household otherwise he might be breaking the Data Protection Act (that’s a new selling point!).   It turned out that he was selling for Scottish and Southern Electric whereupon I said that they were not exactly my most favourite Energy Company in the country.   He didn’t ask me why but immediately said I was confusing his firm with Scottish Electricity – which I hadn’t of course.   I then got the usual speel that all my neighbours had signed up to his firm and then began actually showing me the copies of their Agreements and giving me their names.  So much for confidentiality and the Data Protection Act!   I must make a point of telling all my neighbours that this man is going round breaking their confidential agreements and they can take the necessary action.  

I have actually just signed up to Co-operative Energy and have been checking my meter readings and working out whether I am in fact making the savings I was hoping I would.   Still not done all the comparisons with other suppliers yet though, but it looks like I can beat SSE, especially if one takes into account the dividend/points that one gets as well.  (I am a part owner of the Co-op movement and all their profits are shared with their members).   Check them out if you are considering changing your energy suppliers.   Incidentally, I am also considering Solar Panels for my south facing roof.  More of that in the future but if anyone in Penkridge has already got them I would be pleased to hear of their experience.

Well, the weather today hasn't been all that I had hoped but there have been some surprises.   I wonder what tomorrow will bring!   Or even later today - the day is not over yet!


Thursday, 14 April 2011


BT have announced that homes and businesses in two more Staffordshire communities will have access to super-fast fibre broadband by the end of next year at the latest.

More than 13,000 homes and businesses in Cannock and more than 4,000 in PENKRIDGE are the latest to benefit from BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out plans for super-fast broadband. They are among 13 communities in the West Midlands and 156 across the UK included in the announcement.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011


A LARGE BROWN ENVELOPE ARRIVED TODAY (1 MARCH 2011) - ON OPENING, IT REVEALED THE DECISION BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO THE APPEAL - EXTRACT FROM THE NOTICE APPEARS BELOW.  The full letter and Report to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government can be viewed at South Staffordshire Council and at the offices of Penkridge Parish Council and on the Penkridge website.
FORMAL DECISION (Extract from an 11 page decision letter from Secretary of State dated 28 February 2011, sent to Mr Philip Brown, Philip Brown Associates, 74 Park Road, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 2QX)

33. Accordingly, for the reasons given above, the Secretary of State hereby partially allows your clients' appeal and grants temporary planning permission for 7 pitches, subject to conditions. The permission is granted for a period up to 31 December 2014, and is given on a personal basis to the appellants named at condition 11 of Annex B to this letter and their resident dependants, for a change of use of land to use as a residential caravan site, including the stationing of 19 caravans, erection of two amenity blocks, laying of hardstanding and improvement of access at New Acre Stables, Wolverhampton Road, Penkridge, Staffordshire in accordance with application number 09/00809/FUL, dated 29 October 2009, subject to the conditions set out in the schedule at Annex B to this letter.

Monday, 28 February 2011


Two emails tonight, one from Sean Flynn saying he is leaving us for a few days and the other from Richard telling us of some Bird Visitors to Penkridge.
Sean is off on one of his fun and fund raising ventures in the 4x4 - read all about it by clicking on the link at the top of the Penkridge Website.

And Richard tells me that the new Bird visitors to Penkridge are:
Waxwings at Pillaton, South of the hall.
A pair of Goosanders and probably 4 in total at the confluence of the Penk and Whiston Brook over the weekend.
The Little Egret was seen on the Penk on Friday last.
A Pair of Bewicks Swans in flight over Micklewood Cottages recently.
And Tree Sparrows are coming and going from three of his seven bird boxes.

To add to the above  - Redpolls are turning up in my garden quite regularly at the moment in small numbers.  Song Thrush was singing recently as are several other garden species.    A brief view of a Blackcap (overwintering bird) in the garden recently too.

And finally, the Hazel Catkins are fully out, lots of other buds appearing and today I noticed that the Snakeshead Fritillaries have sent their leaves into the air on my front lawn.   A sad event to mark this last day of February is that the Monkey Puzzle Tree in Haling Road (The Marsh) has been felled as it had died gradually over the last twelve months.   Can anyone tell me whether we have any others in Penkridge and if so, where they are?