Chippenham had its first ever River Festival at the weekend. On Saturday there was dragon boat racing. About 8 local teams took part, two at at a time and over 3 rounds. There was raft racing and a Viking fire boat on Sunday.
There were various watery related stalls, plus The Black Farmer sausages to try. The Black Farmer – I’ve forgotten his name – is standing to be Chippenham’s MP at the next general election when Chippenham will have its own MP – instead of being lumped in with the rest of North Wiltshire – for the first time since the Rotten Borough constituencies were removed from parliament.
I really wanted this festival to work as it’s about improving the river and life in Chippenham. There was something of interest on some of the stalls, especially the one showing the history of the river in Chippenham. However, the space in Monkton Park hadn’t been used that well and everything was too spread out. There didn’t seem to be that many people there on Saturday either – the Bank Holiday effect?
I hope they were successful enough to have another one next year and can learn some lessons to make improvements for next time.
Seeing these cheered me up whilst walking down Chippenham’s rainy high street on Thursday.
I used to see this message quite often in the 1980s and 1990s in computer manuals at work. It was a bit of light relief in what was usually quite a tedious read.
But today it’s made me quite cross.
Early last Saturday at Chippenham station, on the way to see the Banksy exhibition in Bristol.
I’m still puzzling over where this fits into a DIY business strategy…
…and also how Chippenham with a population of just over 30,000 can support 4 stores of this type.
This is the nearest shop to where I live – just a few minutes walk away. In view of what’s sold there, I thought it’d be ironic to photograph it when it was closed.
However, it doesn’t seem to be open during the day either. We need some new doors for downstairs, and wanting to support our nearest and local business popped along there to see what they have on offer. No-one was there when we went in apart from a man working in the adjacent workshop. Although we made ourselves known to him, he didn’t come into the shop to help us make a choice.
So we took our choice elsewhere to the not so local, national business in Swindon – B & Q – where a most helpful man who specialises in doors soon ordered just what we wanted.
I think these are for the smokers on their fag break. I believe a lot more benches have cropped up outside pubs since the no smoking ban inside public premises came in. The window boxes might also be new.
A good way of getting the message across. Some councils are experimenting with greener buses, such as using LPG or electricity as fuel.
Seen in Lacock Bakery window 3/7/2009.
It’s over 40 years since steam trains formed our regular train services…