Thames flooding

It is difficult to keep up to date with flood news but it is important to remember that this is not a good time to walk the Thames Path.

True it can be fascinating to see a familiar meadow or town under water but it is not always safe to be walking.

Flooded towpaths and meadows are dangerous places.

Now, Tuesday morning  27 November 2012, there are flood warnings from at least Shifford upstream to beyond Lechlade. However there are flood alerts in many other places and water is expected to rise.

London and the source do not appear to be affected.

The latest news can be found on the Environment Agency website.

Caversham helicopter to stay

After setting off upstream from Caversham Bridge there is a chance that walkers will see a helicopter take off from a garden on the far bank.

Former water ski champion Jeremy Paxton has won the right to have a working helipad at the bottom of his riverside garden.

The helicopter has taken off from the garden from time to time over the last few years but following a long planning procedure it is now a permanent feature.

Prince Edward at Rotherhithe

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, was at King’s Stairs Gardens in Rotherhithe today.

He was making  a return visit to the Golden Jubilee stone which he had unveiled with his wife in 2002. He unveiled it again today to reveal the added Diamond Jubilee inscription. The stone is important to the ‘village’ community since the Silver Jubilee stone unveiled by the Queen was lost by the Council during landscaping work.

Today was also the occasion for unveiling a plaque naming the green space as an Elizabeth II Field.

Afterwards his Royal Highness walked upstream along the Thames Path past The Angel to look at the remains of Edward III’s manor house -or palace. The visit was arranged for today, 13 November, as it was King Edward’s birthday.

Many of those present are involved in replacing the stolen statue of Dr Alfred Salter.

See SE16 website for pictures.