Editorial

The Whistler – October 2011

Tibetan Monks of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery

Tibetan Monks of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, World Sacred Music Festival 2-16 October

A Christmas Party for West Hill residents is being planned by Vinod and Meena Mashru of Bright News for the second Saturday in December. Look out for more details in the next issue, but in the meantime, save the date.

The Whistler has always attracted regular contributions from a number of local residents and we’re happy to keep the tradition going. David Foot and Deborah Grant offer advice on finance and health, while Steve Percy pursues parking issues. We welcome our new contributors, Peter Batten who writes about his experiences in this town and elsewhere, and Andrew Polmear, who takes over the long-running Love of Wine column. Appropriate for this edition as October derives its name from the place it held in the old Roman calendar, when the year began in March and ended in February. The Old English called October Winmonath, (wine-month or the month of vintage), an allusion to the fact that the treading of the grape took place in this month. Some of our regular writers have moved on this year, Philip Reddaway, Sirena Bergman and Pizza Girl. We thank them for their columns and wish them well.

We also thank our advertisers for their support in making the printing and distribution of The Whistler possible. It’s nice to be able to report when we use the advertisers’ services ourselves. For example, The Whistler office had an extremely slow laptop which has driven the editors mad for years. We called James, the man behind Computer Solutions, and a familiar face to those who use Bright News. We had a super-duper laptop back after a couple of days, with everything explained on a very reasonable invoice. James is the IT manager at Davigdor Infants School so he knows a thing or two about computers.

The West Hill Action Team meets on the first Tuesday of every other month in the West Hill Hall. Local councillors and police attend the meetings which are open to all residents. Recent discussions have covered a local notice board, Home Zones, where the emphasis is on pedestrian use rather than one which accommodates car users at the expense of others, dog fouling, crime levels, Neighbourhood Watch, cycling on the pavement, cars in cycle lanes, green waste and broken street lamps.

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