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 on: July 17, 2018, 03:47:06 PM 
Started by CLIPPER - Last post by CLIPPER
I just could not believe that an entire cocktail stick was attached to two pieces of sausage and dropped.

I only noticed it as my dog lunged forward to grab it. It really would of been a nasty accident, a cocktail stick stuck in the throat... and to find another left further up the road, I am starting to think now if it was done on purpose?

Also.. not safe for kids to be walking along with cocktail sticks... eyes / throats....

I just wanted to post to make people aware, and with the hope that perhaps - another 'sampling tool' could be used... like tongs into a paper beaker to sample with ?

 on: July 17, 2018, 03:11:11 PM 
Started by CLIPPER - Last post by Paris
Perhaps they could put the sausages on the sticks inside the shop?  If they have to go in to get them it might put off the chancers who just take the sausages with no intention of buying any and potentially put off children from just taking them.  (I bet some of these people are the same ones that 'double dip' sample sauces at food fairs and hand samples of anything to the kids as a snack!!)

I do agree though, it's not really Cowdery's problem, by putting the bowl out for used sticks they are trying to avoid mess, litter and encourage good behaviour.  It's not really their fault that their customers can't behave themselves.

 on: July 17, 2018, 12:16:27 PM 
Started by CLIPPER - Last post by Roger
I get several magazines just with a label on the back page and NO wrapping. I suppose sent by email is even better, but not quite the same somehow. It seems people are going back to buying books rather than using a Kindle version so they prefer paper to a screen.

 on: July 17, 2018, 10:49:53 AM 
Started by CLIPPER - Last post by Birdman
As a society we have a long way top go of course to control the amount of non-recyclable material we dispose of, but I was encouraged to receive my RSPB magazine today which was delivered in a fully-compostable potato starch wrapper. If one distributor can do it, they all can, if the will is there!

 on: July 16, 2018, 09:06:21 PM 
Started by CLIPPER - Last post by parasol
Incidentally, I suspect that Cowdrey’s would respond favourably to your suggestion - I believe they are trying to use more paper bags to minimise the use of plastics following customer feedback as an example  - it just saddens me that rather than trying to educate kids (and adults) that littering is wrong (and potentially dangerous to animals) we resort to adding cost and inconvenience to businesses.

 on: July 16, 2018, 08:50:17 PM 
Started by CLIPPER - Last post by parasol
Cowdrey’s won’t say it as they have a business to run, but I feel that you should direct the criticism at parents failing to teach their children basic civil behaviour.  By putting the onus on the butcher you run the very real risk that they will simply respond by saying they can’t afford the risk of being sued by a dog owner and withdrawing the service leaving us all worse off.  There is a bowl left for used sticks which all customers should be capable of using.

 on: July 16, 2018, 04:41:23 PM 
Started by CLIPPER - Last post by BurtieBurton
Seems a sensible suggestion - what did Cowdrey's say?

 on: July 16, 2018, 04:41:09 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
Roads across the borough could benefit from a further investment worth more than £1.7m over the next year.

The new funding would come on top of the £7.7m already invested into improving the highway network as part of the 2018/19 budget.

Council will be asked to agree the funding on Thursday 19 July after cabinet recommended it for approval. The additional investment would enable more roads to be treated, such as those in residential areas, while also ensuring improvements on the primary road network continue at pace.

Part of the extra £1.7m will to go towards a pilot scheme called ‘Find and Fix’, which is designed to shorten response times and allow us to complete minor repairs and act on issues such as overgrown highway verges and flytipping more quickly.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and Windsor, said: “We want to invest further in improving our entire road network to help keep the borough moving.

“If approved, the extra funding will further improve the quality of road surfaces right across the borough and allow us to extend the project to include roads off the main network, ensuring that all residents benefit.”

The Royal Borough is currently ranked in the top ten councils for satisfaction with highway maintenance of 113 local authorities in the National Highways and Transport Benchmarking Survey.

The ‘Find and Fix’ scheme would see a dedicated, additional team of officers deal with issues across the borough where the network has visually deteriorated.

Safety related work would continue to be picked up by regular assessment while the new team would ensure work which would not be highlighted as a priority can still be undertaken. They would also ensure issues identified by residents are picked up quicker than is currently possible.

If you ever spot a defect on the road or issue in the borough you can report it quickly and easily online at

 on: July 16, 2018, 03:35:39 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
13/7 - 14/7  Friday 11 p.m. / Saturday 10.25 a.m.  Restaurant, High Street.  Entry via a forced side fire door.  Office and restaurant searched.  Bottles stolen from the bar area - bottle of rum, 4 bottles of red Chianti, amaretto, Jonny Walker whiskey and a bottle of tequila.  The float was also stolen from the till along with a safe from the office.  If you are out and about can you keep your eyes open for a discarded safe ?
13/7  Friday 10.30 a.m. / 4 p.m.  Car Park, Broadway.  Motorbike stolen.  A grey, Honda 125 cc.  Index RE ** PGF
13/7  Friday 8 p.m.  Leisure Pool Car Park, St. Cloud Way.  Bike locked in a bike rack stolen.  Apparently 2 lads were seen on CCTV behaving suspiciously and several bikes were stolen.
13/7  Friday 10.50 p.m. / 11 p.m.  Brambling way.  Bike locked at front door stolen.  A light blue, Giant racing bike.  With frame number.
13/7  1.15 p.m. / 2 p.m.  Clare Road.  Car front and rear index plates stolen.
14/7  Saturday 3.50 a.m.  Heynes Green.  CCTV sows a man walking along the road, trying car door handles and then walking onto the aggrieved’s driveway to open his car doors and search the car.  Loose change stolen.  Can everyone take this as a warning - and - lock their cars !
Was this a scam as haven’t heard this one before.
I had a call this morning from someone who said they were connected to the NHS. They seemed to know I take medications and said I could have these free of charge, delivered to my house. The man had an accent and sounded like he was in a call centre.  I said I didn’t need this service and put the phone down. It worries me that if someone frail and elderly were to receive a call like this they may give over valuable information which could lead to financial loss to them.
Hi Angie, I will ask and find out !  Anything like this with a cold call, should be considered suspicious and no ‘personal information given.
Eyes and ears.....................and brain

 on: July 16, 2018, 02:28:02 PM 
Started by CLIPPER - Last post by Archimedes
Very well put Clipper. I do find it sad when people throw any rubbish on the ground as someone will have to clean it up after them. Not only are cocktail sticks possibly dangerous for animals, why are people so selfish as to think that others should clean up after them?

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