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Autism Speaks, Magdelen College & Wind Turbines...

PUBLISHED: 16:49 13 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:14 20 February 2013

Lady Astor

Lady Astor

Lady Astor of Hever will be the guest speaker at a very special luncheon at Cliveden in aid of Autism Speaks - the Henley-based charity dedicated to funding research into this mysterious condition...

Lady Astor at Cliveden

Lady Astor of Hever will be the guest speaker at a very special luncheon at Cliveden in aid of Autism Speaks - the Henley-based charity dedicated to funding research into this mysterious condition.

As the mother of an autistic child herself, Lady Astor will be talking about her own experiences and signing copies of her book, Loving Olivia. She will also talking about her family's connections with Cliveden, which was the home of the Astor family from 1893 to 1942 and is now one of the world's finest luxury hotels.

Tickets for the lunch cost £95 and are available by calling Lynn Hart on 01491 411569.


Flag flies over College barge at Streatley

Residents of Goring and Streatley will be very familiar with the delightful former Magdelen College barge moored on the Thames by the Swan at Streatley.

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, Magdalen College Boat Club held a dinner on board, and for the first time in 50 years, hoisted a flag.

Seen here, from left to right, are the Revd Jock Fletcher-Campbell, who rowed for the College between 1934-9134, Mark Blandford-Baker, of Magdalen College, Professor David Clary and Karl Bentley of The Swan at Streatley, who was presented with a commemorative plaque.


Wind turbines

The April edition of Berkshire Life aired some views on wind turbines. Wind, in spite of its power on a human scale, is a very dilute source of power, much, much, less than the fossil fuels which replaced it the Industrial revolution.

Nuclear power is an even more compact source. One atom of carbon burns to produce one unit of heat: but "fission" one atom of uranium, and produce 100,000,000 units of heat. And this is on demand.


Yours sincerely

Richard Phillips, Hungerford



Open gardens for air ambulance

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance have just launched their Open Gardens Scheme 2008. The brochures are now available at several Wyevale Garden Centres in the area.

Last year the Garden Scheme helped raise over £14,500 for the Trust. Pictured at the launch of the brochure at Wyevale Garden Centre, Hare Hatch, is TVAA's CEO Lyn Paver and volunteers Susan Thomas and Karen Steward.

LAST WORD

With BBC Radio Berkshire's
Nicki Whiteman
95.4FM - 94.6FM


We moved to Berkshire over fifteen years ago now, and from day one I fell in love with the countryside.

That first summer was spent picnicking on the banks of the Pang, running through cornfields, or marvelling at the views over the Downs above Aldworth.

Over the years the towns have got bigger, even the villages seem to be expanding rapidly. Of course it is a case of supply and demand, and we have a responsibility to support the provision of the necessary housing, but hand in hand with that comes a responsibility to cherish our wildlife.

So, this summer I'll be making certain I visit as many of the places of outstanding natural beauty as I can, thinking how lucky we are to have so many on our door step.



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