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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 – this weekend 27-29 Jan

Posted in Family life, News, wildlife with tags , , , , on January 26, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Get involved in this weekend and you can download a free pack here. You don’t have to have a garden and it is only an hour of your time.

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Paul Lambert named new Stoke manager

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on January 15, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have appointed Paul Lambert as the new manager on a 2 1/2 year contract. He has previously managed at Norwich, Aston Villa and Wolves amongst others.

Not a choice I would have liked, however I will get behind the manager and the squad as I support Stoke City the club and want us to stay up as a priority. Once we are safe we can then look at the squad and longer term.

Bauer signs for Stoke and the search for a new manager continues…

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Derby County boss Gary Rowett signed a new extended contract with Derby quashing any rumours linking him with the Stoke manager’s job. Seems like good work by his agents as looking at various press reports Rowett was not top of the shortlist.

One manager who is now seemingly getting attention is former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores. Currently managing Espanyol he has an impressive managerial record and keen on defence, something we desperately need! Martin O’Neill is also thought to have been contacted by the club and presumably he would be a short term appointment until the summer due to his commitments as Ireland manager.

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(Image copyright of Stoke City FC)

Austrian international right back Mortiz Bauer has signed for a fee of £5.5m from Rabin Kazan on a 4 1/2 year contract. He looks like a starter for the Man Utd game on Monday and seemingly Tom Edwards will give way after an impressive run in the first team.

Nice touch and statement from Mark Hughes via the LMA (League Managers Association)

“I wish to thank the Coates family and the Board, for all of their support during my four and a half memorable years at Stoke City.“Together, we have enjoyed four successful campaigns including three consecutive ninth placed finishes; the highest position the club has reached since 1975. I will always be very proud of this achievement and I’d like to thank my coaching staff, the players and everyone at Stoke City for their hard work during my time as manager.

“Although so far this season we haven’t matched the high standards set in previous years, I remain confident that performances and results will improve in the second half of the season.

“Finally, I’d like to wish the club and its loyal supporters success and good fortune in the future.

“I look forward to the next challenge in my management career.”

New Stoke manager hunt is on

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on January 8, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Eddie Niedzwiecki takes charge as caretaker manager until a permanent replacement is appointed.

Current names being linked include current Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (with presumably Roy Keane) until the summer as a short-term fix. Derby’s Gary Rowett is another leading candidate although would hinge if he wants to leave and how much Derby wanted as compensation. Former West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is popping up on a few bookies shortlists, as is Ryan Giggs – although he is unlikely due to lack of managerial experience.

Former Norwich/Swansea boss Paul Lambert has put himself forward as a short term appointment until the summer and former player Graham Potter, making waves in Sweden, is another rumoured to be interested in the job.

Mark Hughes sacked by Stoke City

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , on January 6, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Club statement here –

http://www.stokecityfc.com/news/club-statement-14

STOKE CITY can confirm that the contract of manager Mark Hughes has been terminated with immediate effect.

We would like to thank Mark for all he has achieved for the Club over the last four and a half years, notably in guiding us to three successive ninth places finishes in the Premier League, and we wish him every success for the future.

The Club will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time.

Save Loyd Fields update

Posted in Didcot, News with tags , , , , , on December 8, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Although the planning permission for the proposed housing development on Loyd Fields was turned down by South Oxfordshire Council, the developer has appealed. You can get more updates at their Facebook page Save Loyd Fields 

More proposed development this time by Taylor Wimpey at Hagbourne Fields. There is a campaign page here Hands Off Hagbourne Fields to keep up to date.

On a more local level, we have a lovely little bit of hedgerow next to a local footpath which has just been closed Taylor Wimpey as part of their ongoing GWP development.

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They used a digger to move a small pile of earth and in the process removed some hedgerow – sledgehammer to crack a nut springs to mind! This patch of hedgerow/brambles is home to nesting wood pigeons, a pair of magpies and we have regular visits from sparrows, starlings, blue tits, wrens, dunocks and great tits. Hopefully it will survive Taylor Wimpey’s construction although understandably it will disturb the local bird life and wildlife.

Save Loyd Road fields Didcot – update

Posted in Didcot, News with tags , , , , on October 2, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Update from the Save Loyd Fields Facebook page –

“Our planning committee meeting date has been confirmed and we need you! – October 9th, 18:00 at the Fountain Conference Centre, Crowmarsh, OX10 8BA.

We are looking for as many of you to attend as possible, this is where we show the South Oxfordshire District Council how strongly we object to these plans by coming together as one.

We’ll be designing, printing and laminating posters for people to use on the day, but nothing says protest like a bunch of homemade signs, (no pitchforks please!) so if you can design your own that would be excellent.”

You can get more details at the Facebook page here.

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