At the recent 50th AGM of the Fairford Preservation Trust it was agreed that the Trust will merge with Fairford Planning Watch and the Fairford Environmental Society to form Fairford Community Voice (FCV). Members of the FCV committee are already working closely with the Fairford Town Council to create a Fairford Neighbourhood Plan, to ensure that Fairford's continued development is sustainable for both existing and future residents and is in keeping with its character as a small historic Cotswold market town. On local planning issues Fairford Planning Watch, as part of Fairford Community Voice, will continue to keep residents informed of any relevant planning applications effecting the town and coordinate the necessary response and/or action. FCV has also been active in reinstating Fairford's membership of the national 'Walkers are Welcome' website and is now working to improve local walks, signage and publicity to meet the needs of both local and visiting walkers.

Unfortunately Mrs Betty Shaw, wife of Dr Charlton Shaw the founder of FPT was unable to attend and sent her regrets and good wishes. The FPT president David Perry cut the cake.

We would welcome hearing from local residents who have observations and ideas which can help FCV meet its objectives. The FCV committee is also seeking a secretary and would be pleased to hear from anyone who is interested in assisting with this, non too onerous but very important, position. Please contact Malcolm Cutler on 01285 712173 or at