The Length of the Road
Death of Mr T W Craddock, Manor Farm
Sale of The Capital Farm
Sale of Home Farm
Pusey Estate Sale
Charney Bassett Novices Chase 5 March 1996
Emily Hayden’s 100th Birthday
Play ‘n’ Pray
The Smithy and The Chequers
The Chequers for ‘Sale’
Sale of Rectory Farm, Sept 24th 1940
and John has since made an Oak replacement bench in 2017 replacing the elm one which lasted 14 years.
The (Faringdon) Archery Club
The Archery Club 1962
1962: Faringdon was set to be put on the map by one of its youngest organisations – the Archery Club. The club was started in 1961 and now hoped to host the National Archery Championships at Charney Bassett where the club holds its outdoor shoots. The club had about 30 members.
From the papers of Vic Hodgkins [courtesy of Rachel Townsend-Green (Née Hodgkins)]
Sir, – The war, even though it has been a grim and lasting business, has some consolations, and one of these, I am sure, is our wider view of life. In some cases a keen interest have been aroused in subjects which before seemed to be of no importance, or of no personal concern to us.
One thing which should be of a concern to every individual, and I feel, will be of greater interest to a lot of us who have had a little opportunity to see for ourselves and realise how valuable it is. is our democratic way of life. Great strides have already been taken in our country during this war of which we as Britains are justly proud, and I, as a Berkshire man, have I followed in this paper and others the noble way in which my county is tackling, and sometimes taking the lead in, some of the major post-war issues. But as a citizen of the Faringdon rural district, and who – for a certain length of time. at least will be obliged to return to reside at my present home in Charney Bassett, which incidentally is more than 50 per cent. -the property of the County Council, I am very far from proud or satisfied.
While I do appreciate all the difficulties caused by the war, both now and in the years immediately following the cecsation of hostilities, I have hoped for a long time to find somewhere in your columns that the Councillor for this apparently forgotten village, who I believe happens to be a lady. had at last remembered it and spoken out on its behalf. But silence continue to reign.
And, so as far as Faringdon Rural District Council are concerned it appears that Charney Bassett is to remain a village without any sanitation or drainage and solely dependant on oil for lighting etc., as the Electricity Company have never been encouraged to bring their, power any nearer than 2 ½ miles.
Although the Council are now in possession of an adequate water system, the extetion of it to it to Charney seems to be an impossibility, as the matter, as far as seems to have been made public, has never even been proposed let alone reiected. It will be a distance of only three or four mile away when the supply to Longworth is completed.
All this is without mentioning the national topic of housing. Nothing has been done in this direction, to my knowledge for the past quarter of a century, and goodness knows how long before that!
So I hope the Rural District Council, and particularly the representative of the peaceful parish of Charney Bassett will realise that a lot of the younger generation have successfully taken -part in a victorious fight, and when we return some of us are going to be willing to take on a new fight for the service and betterment of our community. -Yours, etc..
“IDEALIST,” H.M. Forces.