Bill Heine – May he Rest in Peace and give St Peter some chuckles

I am so sorry to learn of the death of Bill Heine after his battle with leukaemia.  He was a lovely man and a good friend.

He was a real professional as a journalist and broadcaster; always well prepared and on top of his brief.  He had a lovely sense of humour which occasionally got him into trouble but he always survived, mainly because he was such a nice man.  To many, he was Radio Oxford and he had a great following of people who loved, hated and feared him in equal measure.

I had some grand times with Bill in the Oxford studio, debating many issues.  Bill as presenter and me as Leader of Oxfordshire County Council.  You could always rely on Bill to bowl a googly during the interview but with a twinkle in his eye.

Bill loved Oxford and Oxfordshire.  Born an American and, I think, remaining one, he studied at Oxford University, made his home here and gave 30 years of his life to Radio Oxford. 

He was more than a journalist to me.  He was a good friend and companion.  He came to our parties at Nell Bridge and entertained others with his knowledge and humour.  We also had some interesting times at his home, with his partner, Jane.

Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine et lux perpetua luceam eis.



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Here we go again …..

I see Adderbury is being threatened with the holding of another Parish Poll.  You may remember the last one, instigated by residents from Horn Hill Road and the surrounding area and which sought to oppose the development of recreation and community facilities at Milton Road but it failed when a majority of villagers voted in support of developing Milton Road.  The cost of holding a Parish Poll falls to the parish which means it comes out of our council tax.  The last one cost all of us £984.80 but cost is clearly not a concern for the instigators who are equally capable of forcing a by-election at a cost of nearly £3,000 when there is a parish council vacancy which could have been filled by co-option and who appear to be less than enthusiastic that the parish council has been able to recover the £6,100 costs in fighting the two failed judicial reviews.

The threatened new parish poll is about traffic calming, a debate which seems to have been started with publication of a totally erroneous statistic claiming a 141% increase in traffic volume on Horn Hill Road.  While there are people who are concerned about traffic speed and volume and across the whole village rather than only the western section, they need to remember that the type of calming measures being promoted by the sponsors of another parish poll will require build-outs, speed bumps, paint on the road and other measures that may prove less than welcome to those living near them.

The parish council environment committee is working hard on the issue of traffic calming across the whole village.  It has been given delegated powers by the parish council to spend the traffic calming budget without the need to refer decisions up to the parish council and this means calming measures can be implemented more quickly.

The threat of another parish poll has been issued by an outfit calling itself WARA (West Adderbury Residents Association).  Here is a link to their web site.  You will see they are pretty anonymous and less than forthcoming about their leading members, their constitution or their manner of conducting business and reaching decisions.

I have to say it comes to something when a dissident minority on a locally elected public body seeks to impose costs on all of us through a parish poll which aims to specify a course of action which a majority on the same locally elected public body has decided against.  So much for democracy!

On the subject of democracy, Adderbury Parish Council will be up for election in May 2020. I see there are 50 electors in Horn Hill Road and twelve places on the parish council. perhaps we shall find ourselves with a new parish council comprised of only residents of Horn Hill Road after 2020!  Now that will be an interesting outturn although not good for representative democracy, I think.



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New 50 pence Brexit coin

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A view from across the water …..

I had this from a good friend and thought it worth sharing …..

Donald R. “Dick” Ivey, PhD, is a minister, educator, technology executive, entrepreneur,  Marine Corp Veteran and straight-shooting Republican Patriot from Celina, Texas, who is Fed up!  Here’s what he has to say today.

I am now in my 70’s.  Recently I received a questionnaire and request for money from the Republican Party and strongly agree with every question, as I have ever since Obama was elected.  Unfortunately, the one question that was missing is:

What have the Republicans done for the American people?

We gave you a majority in the House and Senate, and you never listened to us.

Now you want our money, my money, more money. You should be more concerned about our votes, not our money.  You are the establishment which means all you want is to save your jobs and line your pockets. Well guess what? It’s not going to happen.

So far, TRUMP hasn’t asked for a dime.

You might think we are fools because you feel Trump is on a self-destruct course but look beyond Washington and listen to the masses. Nobody has achieved what he has, especially in the state of New York.

Here’s why I wanted Trump. Yes, he’s a bit of an ass; yes, he’s an egomaniac; but I don’t care.

The country is a mess because politicians suck.
The Republican Party is two-faced and gutless, and illegals are everywhere. I want it all fixed!

I don’t care that Trump is crude.
I don’t care that he insults people..
I don’t care that he has changed positions.
I don’t care that he’s been married 3 times.
I don’t care that he fights with Megan Kelly and Rosé O’Donnell.
I don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of some Muslim terrorist.

Our country has become weak and bankrupt. Our enemies are making fun of us. We are being invaded by illega’s.

We are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hessian is a group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in, “AND I JUST WANT IT FIXED.”

And Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what We, The People, want and need.

I’m sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic Party, the Republican Party and sick of illegals. I just want this thing fixed!

Trump may not be a saint but he doesn’t have lobbyist money controlling him;
he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him; all you know is that he has
been very successful;  a good negotiator; he has built a lot of things; and he’s also not a politician.

I don’t care if the guy has bad hair and, like John Bennett said, “sometimes a country needs a Mother Teresa and sometimes it needs a Dirty Harry”.

Oh and by the way, I don’t care if Sheriff Joe didn’t obey a zealot judge; he upheld the law on illegal immigration. So, I’m glad Trump pardoned him.
You are welcome to pass this on or not.

Thought for the Day:  “No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive!”

Sincerely, Donald R. “Dick” Ivey, PhD,  Celina, TX

Anything reflecting our politics in the UK?  Any sign of a UK Donald Trump?

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Adderbury Parish Council By-Election RESULT








Voting for:

  • Iain Corcoran           266

  • Vicky Head               329

Declared elected:   Vicky Head

Majority:                         63

Turnout:                         25.1%

Well done Vicky!



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Adderbury Parish Council By-Election

I hope you will be going to vote on Thursday in the by-election for Adderbury Parish Council  following the resignation of Chris Shallis.  If you want to assess the two candidates who are standing, you could do no better than look at the Adderbury News web site.  This will give you a very clear indication of the relative styles and aims of the two candidates.  I will make no comment.  I think the manner in which they have answered questions speaks volumes …..

Voting is at the Methodist Church hall from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.  You do not need to take your polling card but it can speed things up if you have it with you.  I hope to publish the result late on Thursday evening.

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Work starts on Milton Road land

If  you have noticed machinery on the Milton Road land between the Henge Close estate and Ball-Colegrave, you are probably wondering what is happening.  This is the archaeological digging that is required by Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council as a condition for granting planning permission for the field to be used for sporting and community uses.  The work will take a few days and the results will then be examined by the county archaeologists.  If nothing of significance is found, work can then proceed with the necessary drainage works for the field to be suitable for sports activities such as badminton, cricket, football, netball and running (all in alphabetical order to deny any precedence or priority!).  If an ancient Roman fortress or something similar is thought to lie beneath, further exploration will be required.  Of course, certain individuals living not a million miles from Milton Road might be hoping for this but we shall have to wait and see!

At the same time, I hope the parish council will agree to commission architects to examine the evidence of need found through village surveys and start the work of designing a community centre that will meet the growing needs of Adderbury for indoor sporting and community facilities and also satisfy the exacting stylistic requirements expected of an ironstone village of this quality.  Needless to say, access to the site will need to be considered together with the traffic implications of a sports and community facility in this location.

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