No lifeguard at Sandybanks
The fine and hot weather last week made Sandybanks a very popular place for the young and the not-so-young as they swam and picnicked in this riverside location. The water quality is not up to EU standards and reluctantly the County Council has had to de-list this very popular area as a suitable swimming facility. This has also been the fate of almost all river swimming locations and this means no lifeguard is on duty. Parents may not be aware of this danger and if they had visited and read the signs they would have been advised. The future use for this riverside area could lie in the fishing and boating recreation area and this will require an evaluation of the type of maintenance required. At present it is used for Civil Defence and river rescue training and has a slipway for launching and retrieving boats. In the meantime the normal work of cleaning rubbish and grass cutting will continue until new plans are agreed for its use.
New plants stolen
The village gardening crew has been busy with forks and trowels digging and planting throughout the village. The boxes have been planted from the top of the hill to the village cross. The circular beds around the trees have their necklaces of marigolds and the sweep beds at the Marlfield House entrance have also been planted. Imagine their surprise when they checked the following day to find many of the plants had been stolen. What kind of individual is so mean as to lift plants and bring them away for their own use. The gaps have been re-planted and the committee is keeping an eye on the plants at all times.