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Stoke makes the UK City of Culture 2021 shortlist

Posted in News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival, theatre with tags , , , , , , , on July 17, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Coventry, Paisley, Sunderland, Swansea and Stoke-on-Trent will compete to host a year-long celebration of art and performance as UK City of Culture 2021.

The final bid has to be submitted by September and the winning city is announced in November/December time.

Really hope Stoke wins this as it would be amazing for the city and a real boost to the area. Unlike the Garden festival back in 1986, this will have longer term benefits for the area as it is city/area wide and not just focused on one site.

Save Loyd Road Fields – deadline for objections 12 July

Posted in Didcot, News with tags , , , on July 11, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The deadline for your objection letters is the 12th July and you can do so via this link

Do like the Facebook page as they are very active and keep updating on the latest news etc. Good news in that Didcot Town council object to the planning application. A decision on the planning application is due sometime in September.

Save Loyd Road fields Didcot

Posted in Family life, News, Politics with tags , , , , on June 23, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Since moving to Didcot I am amazed at the amount of new housing being built, most driven by the gigantic Great Western Park development which seems to dwarf the town. That seems fairly well planned and logical, however now there is new scheme to build 135 new homes between a designated ‘green break’ between the outskirts of Didcot and the village of East Hagbourne by Catesby Estates.

I am no NIMBY but this scheme appears to trample over South Oxfordshire’s local plan and if you wish to object to the planning application you have until July 12 to lodge your views. There is a Facebook action page here and there is an excellent blog Mind The Green Gap that gives more information on this proposed development.

Fifty Gigs In A Day

Posted in Fundraising, gigs, indie, Melodic rock, metal, Modern rock, pop, Pop rock, rock n roll with tags , , , , on June 16, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I am doing a different idea for my fiftieth birthday next year, combining my loves of music, books & fundraising. You can find out more here

Mr Fish Finger aims to topple Tim Farron

Posted in General Election 2017, News, Politics with tags , , , , on May 30, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake
I do love a good protest vote or fringe candidate. Even despite this ‘snap’ general election on June 8, the campaign has thrown up some individual battles. Step forward a man dressed as a fish finger! Mr Fish Finger is standing against Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and hopes to “put him in his plaice,” in the Westmorland and Lonsdale.  It is a big ask as Farron defends a majority of nearly 9,000 and Farron gained the seat from the Conservatives in the 2005 election.

Donations made to the a crowdfunding page in support of Mr Fish Finger’s nomination have topped £2,300 , which will cover his deposit of £500 to stand in the election. You can follow his campaign on Twitter @MrFishFingerMP

Whatever the result on June 8 one of them will have had their chips…

Save Surrey buses

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

My daughter has started a petition to help save local bus services in Surrey – one of which affects her college route. If you can sign the petition and/or spread the word it would be much appreciated.
Thank you

“If anyone has some spare time, please sign my petition about the possible prevention of cutting bus services in Surrey! 224 signatures so far; thank you to everyone who has already signed it 😀 “

http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/stop-bus-cuts/

More here:
http://www.abellio.co.uk/news/abellio-surrey-service-change-release/

Sparky’s back running for the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre

Posted in Fundraising, Just Giving, News, Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Running with tags , , , , , on April 20, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Yes I was taking a year off fundraising, but then my virtual trainer (they have kept my running going despite actually never having a run with me!) told me how their partner was diagnosed with throat cancer last year. They are coming through that now and hopefully will be okay.

They went through a neck dissection, tonsillectomy, two weeks of chemo and six weeks daily radiotherapy. During this time they used the scanning facilities provided by the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre.

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Any donation is most welcome and even if you can’t donate please do spread the word of the great work done at this centre.

Oh and the Sparky nickname comes from a work colleague who gave me that being a Stoke supporter. I ran the 2014 Ealing Half Marathon in my Sparky top:

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