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October 2011
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By Jonathan Batten

Autumn is upon us – the transition from summer to winter, a feast of red, orange and yellow leaf colours and the tail end of the bountiful crops we have had from our fruit trees this year.

Interestingly the weather this summer has been awful for people and events (the fête and the flower show were both drenched), but not for fruit. So what does this tell us? If you want apples and gages then don’t expect to have a barbecue!

Looking forward to what’s happening in The Lee this month, here is a roundup of what’s in the Newsletter.

You may have done your HS2 consultation papers but don’t think that’s an end of it. CRAG meetings are still convening once a month in the Parish Hall and on 13th October there will be a full parliamentary debate – MPs need to be written to.

There may be something to be made of Philip Hammond’s recent admissions to the Transport Select Committee, where he said that “people who use the railway on average have significantly higher incomes than the population as whole – simple fact” and “trains are a rich man’s toy”. At an earlier hearing anti-HS2 protesters were out in force, with local faces to the fore.
The present Chiltern District Council planning policy is examined by Elizabeth Stacey; Mike Senior updates us on the progress of The LeeWay; there’s the latest WI report and an encouragement to get on your bikes and explore Rudi Kalvek’s latest cycle route.

The History of The Lee is approaching its end; this month we are in the period running up to 1952. Arabella Norton tells us what’s happening at Lee Common School and Justin Lewis is not keen on the choice of background music in a local supermarket. There is word on local beavers and badgers and letters to the editor to bring a smile to your face.

Reina Free has been out and about looking for things Neolithic in Kings Lane; Pat Lea is ready to sell you tickets for the Roving Supper; I simply had to include a few lines about the flower show and as usual we have church news in our centre page spread.

Worm your way into John Andrews’s book world; read the review of the choral concert at the church by the Cordialis choir and check through Dear Diary to make sure those important future dates are in your diaries.
Lastly a seasonal song you all should know – hum it while you read:
The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold....
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sunburned hands, I used to hold

Since you went away, the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall.

The editor for next month’s edition is Gilbert Nockles. Please send your contributions to him by email at or hard copy to Mapleton, Potter Row, by 12th October.
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