Quick, someone call the Neighbourhood Watch!

South Cerney was put on full alert in November when Joanne Oldridge discovered that the trolley she uses to deliver Ripples Community Magazine was missing. Plumbers had apparently emptied the garage to do some work and some light-fingered person had lifted it from her driveway. Yes, someone had nicked a Ripples trolley!

trolley webjpgI was quickly on the scene co-ordinating a full-scale search of the neighbourhood. We mobilised the full Parish Council, the scouts and brownies, the Royal British Legion and the residents of Aitkins Manor to conduct a finger-tip search while armed police with tracker dogs patrolled the streets. By dusk we abandoned the search – the thief had got away. Leaving South Cerney, I drove past 29Rgt Royal Logistics Corps and I wondered, I just wondered… maybe they’d need of a small, weather-resistant, mobile container for logistical purposes?

With a heavy heart I headed home via Fairford. Stopping for a drink I noticed a helicopter hovering overhead. ‘It’s the police chopper,’ I heard a local say. ‘Must be looking for our trolley,’ I replied. She looked bewildered. ‘No,’ she said solemnly, ‘someone, somewhere in Fairford is…
illegally parked.’

Merry Christmas and happy New Year from the Ripples Team to all our readers, except the person who has our trolley.


There is no January Ripples. We’ll see you again in February – deadline Friday 9th January.

Events in the first week of the month do not always tie in with our production timetable. In any case, it is important to be thinking ‘a month ahead’ for publicity because event goers plan many weeks ahead.

Adrian Young, Editor

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