Save Lower Shaw Farm in Wiltshire

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Mon Nov 20 19:25:53 GMT 2006

From: "Andrea" <andrea at>
From: "Adrian" <adrian at>

Dear Friend of LSF

Without any pressure or persuasion from us but lots of letters and calls 
from wonderful people (possibly you x) who like LSF, the Swindon 
Advertiser has decided to mount a HANDS OFF LSF campaign. Bless them.

Voting Online:  we think this is open to corruption, as there are ways 
of putting many votes in from the same computer, by clearing the 
Temporary Internet files and cookies, and refreshing the page. 
Apparently the newspaper is looking into this, and has already 
discovered the 'no' people have done it in quite a big way!

THE Swindon Advertiser is calling on Swindon Council to think again 
about plans to sell off Lower Shaw Farm.

Three weeks ago the town was stunned when the council announced it 
wanted to sell the farm for housing to make £2m.

Next week at a full meeting of the council, a motion will be put forward 
calling on councillors to vote to support Lower Shaw Farm as a place to 
provide education for the people of Swindon. If this is voted through, 
it will become council policy and would send out a strong message to the 
ruling Conservative cabinet.

So the Adver is asking the councillors to listen to the people of 
Swindon and those from elsewhere who have shouted out their support for 
the farm. It is a far greater asset to Swindon than the amount it 
provides in annual rent. It is the centre for arts and education and has 
helped place the Swindon Festival of Literature firmly on the map.

We want you to make your feelings known. Together, let's save Lower Shaw.

Make your voice heard. Email the newsdesk and tell us your views. Add 
your name to our on-line petition here.

Tel: 01793 771080

	Debate rages over Lower Shaw Farm	
2:50pm today	
Our call to action over this centre has provided a big debate in our 
newspaper and on our website. Here is a selection of the comments we 
have received.	

	I am heartened by support for farm	
11:01am Fri 17 Nov 06	
LOWER Shaw Farm co-ordinator Matt Holland said everyone involved at the 
farm was heartened by the Adver campaign and by the efforts of people 
who have already rallied round.	
Reader comments (2)	

	Council leader put on the spot by farm protesters	
11:00am Fri 17 Nov 06	
THE best thing for Lower Shaw Farm would be for it to survive outside of 
council control, says Coun Rod Bluh.	

	Keep Lower Shaw open for the people of Swindon	
10:57am Fri 17 Nov 06	
TODAY the Advertiser calls on the decision-makers in Swindon to think 
again about plans to sell off Lower Shaw Farm.	

	Speak up for Lower Shaw	
8:59am Thu 16 Nov 06	
THE Advertiser wants you to make your voices heard in protest at plans 
to sell Lower Shaw Farm.	
Reader comments (33)	

	'Don't pick on this easy target'	
2:58pm Wed 15 Nov 06	
LOWER Shaw Farm is an easy target and the Tories are riding roughshod 
over what local people want, claims South Swindon MP Anne Snelgrove.	

	Farm closure is a step closer	
2:53pm Tue 14 Nov 06	
SWINDON Council is to push on with its plans to sell Lower Shaw Farm 
after facing down the opposition of more than 60 residents at a public 
meeting last night.	

	Is there a ray of hope for farm?	
2:51pm Thu 9 Nov 06	
LOWER Shaw Farm is not doomed and Swindon Council has not ruled out 
reviewing its sale.	

	Hope on horizon for future of farm	
2:49pm Wed 8 Nov 06	
LOWER Shaw Farm could be saved if the council tweaked its schools 
budget, South Swindon MP Anne Snelgrove says.	

	'We never knew so many cared'	
2:47pm Mon 6 Nov 06	
MATT Holland, who runs Lower Shaw Farm, was thrilled with the turn-out 
for the open day.	

	Hands off our farm!	
2:44pm Mon 6 Nov 06	
FOUR hundred people turned out to show their support for the 
under-threat Lower Shaw Farm.

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