Write to the top! Mary is the letters queen of Piccotts End

The Daily Mail’s letters column is always crammed full of readers’ views on current affairs. As a regular reader, dating back to when I worked there back in the 70s, I’ve noticed one scribe’s name appearing more regularly than anyone else. Step forward Piccotts End’s very own veteran epistolarian Mary Wiedman! Mary has had her views published on a wide range of topics, ranging from early departing swifts foreboding a harsh winter to her latest suggestion to make Prince Harry our US Ambassador. I remember as a teenager writing several letters to the Daily Telegraph just to see if I could get one published. I never could. I plan to call round to Mary’s home in the grounds of Piccotts End Farm and learn her secret!

Another brick in the wall

Before

After

I’ve heard that the council are planning to put speed bumps in Fletcher Way to prevent drivers cashing into the wall at the bottom. My photos show the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of the latest incident, one of several I’ve noted since moving here. I don’t suppose the council ever pin down the culprits to reclaim the considerable cost of the repair so let’s hope the speed bumps do the trick.

Welcome to the new vintage

Wall Cottage apple juiceIt was a pleasure to meet some of the village’s newest arrivals at a reception organised by Kathryn & Alastair Yexley at 105. Among them were Gerry & Caroline at Church House, Sharon & Nic at 95, Gavin & Sara at 101, Ellie & Chris at The Stables and Kate & Ian at Wall Cottage. The latter have quickly got stuck into village life, producing their very own Wall Cottage apple juice.