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You can find out what Save the Golden Harp was all about here. The FPAG was successful in lessening the impact of the conversion of the Golden Harp to a Tesco Express. The current planning laws made it impossible to prevent the conversion from going ahead. However, we are pleased that thanks to our campaign, and the campaigning of others, the first steps have been taken to change the planning laws to help protect pubs in the future. We are still urging people to get involved in local issues and:

  1. Sign our petition calling on the government to save our pubs – Publicise by downloading our leaflet
  2. Help protect your local pubs by supporting CAMRA and registering your pub as an Asset of Community Value
  3. Boycott Tesco – don’t shop at any of their stores or online.  Remember, Tesco also owns or part-owns Giraffe restaurants, Harris+Hoole coffee shops, One Stop convenience stores and Dobbies garden centres. Write to the Chairman and CEO of Tesco telling them why you’re boycotting them. Contact details are here

The Golden Harp Memorial Service

Ladies and Gentlemen you are cordially invited to attend the Golden Harp Memorial Service on Wednesday 2nd July 2014.

We will be meeting for drinks at the Bear Hotel between 5:30 and 6:00pm. The entourage will then proceed to the Town Hall where members of the Maidenhead District Control Panel and Planning Officers will be able to pay their last respects.

The service will have a New Orleans Funeral March feel with live music so please dress accordingly. This is likely to be the last organised FPAG event of our successful campaign so please come along, show that you care about local democracy and have some fun!

Please sign this petition if you agree and share it with as many friends, colleagues and groups as you can via facebook, twitter (#saveourpubs), emails etc.

Treasurer’s Report – 02.06.14

There have been comments made recently on Facebook regarding the funds raised by the Furze Platt Action Group (FPAG). As the Treasurer of the FPAG I would like to put to rest the minds of those who have generously donated.

Since the FPAG was founded in April 2013 the funds raised amounts to £4,700 and expenses so far amount to around £4,000, the most expensive of which was a payment of £3,000 for legal advice. The current bank balance is £692.66. Anyone who wishes may contact the FPAG via the website and a member of the committee will be happy to take them through the accounts.

As a qualified accountant I can assure everyone concerned that all donations are accounted for and all expenses are agreed by the members of the FPAG committee.

Yours sincerely,

Steven K Pritchard ACMA CGMA BA
Treasurer FPAG

Gravity Grand Prix

The eighth Gravity Grand Prix will be held in Cookham Dean on Sunday 31st August 2014 the week after the bank holiday.  It is a fun event run by The Kaffirs of Cookham Dean to raise money for charity, traditionally, The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance.

The course will be from the junction of Church Road and Spring Lane to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  Up to thirty karts will compete for a variety of prizes.

The FPAG have entered the competition and are now looking to put together a team to design and build our themed racer.  If anyone has a chassis or parts that can be used please get in contact.  We will need designers and technicians to build the kart and a garage in which to develop and test the kart.

If you would like to get involved please get in touch.

Chairman’s New Year Report

Now that the festivities are well and truly over I feel it is time to reflect on our achievements and plan for the year ahead.

Tesco have always been able to open a shop as they have had a twenty year lease in place since December 2012. To change the pub to a shop is permitted development.

We have managed to delay them for a year and have successfully prevented them from opening a car park entrance in Furze Platt Road.

This will severely affect the throughput of the store and will make it a lot less profitable and more difficult to service. We are still working to convince Tesco that they should cut their losses and withdraw their plans to open a shop. However much of a long shot, it remains an option. A huge thank you to everyone involved for their enthusiastic support and hard work over the past year.

Little has changed as far as the Golden Harp site is concerned, apart from the fact that someone has removed all the FPAG posters from the blue hoarding. The Clubcard Wonderwall and SAY NO TO TESCO pub sign still remains in situ.

The Steering Committee reconvened on Tuesday night and various proposals were put forward to increase the momentum of the BOYCOTT campaign.

I have not had a reply from Sir Richard Broadbent or Philip Clarke to my letters and the 1500 strong boycott petition. Theresa May did acknowledge receipt of the petition and wrote “I think you have done the right thing in sending this to Tesco as I am already aware of the strength of feeling on this issue.”

Having corresponded with fellow campaigners in Reading West and Goring, who are fighting similar campaigns against Tesco, I am convinced that some sort of national day of protest should be high on our agenda.

Another important area is to ensure that the conditions outlined in the Appeal Decision are understood and enforced.

We are working in conjunction with the council to try and restrict parking around the site and ensure the safety of road users and pedestrians.

The FPAG will be conducting a survey of the local households to see what traffic calming measures the residents are happy to support. They are the people who will be most affected by the increased traffic should the shop open.

Once again I thank you for you ongoing support……….…SAVE the HARP!

Mark Newcombe
Chaiman FPAG

Urban gardening!

The Urban Gardening on 6th August went really well. Over thirty FPAG supporters turned up and gave the Golden Harp a much needed make-over!

A big thank you to all the organisers, the contributors and the willing workers, young and old, for making such a fantastic idea come true!

It really felt like a community coming together to create something positive, a marvellous feeling indeed.

Keep up the good work, keep writing those letters and don’t forget to sign the petition.





Getting our hands dirty:

Getting our hands dirty

The whole team:

The whole team

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