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Don't Let The Buggers Grind You Down!

Or you may end up paying out ...

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POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 08/10/2019 @ 8:00AM

Last week, I had a bit of a todo with Anglian Water. We had a leak outside our offices, which was flowing down the road ...

If I had been elderly or of a more agreeable character, they may have frightened me into paying!

If I had been elderly or of a more agreeable character, they may have frightened me into paying!

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All of us at Clickers Yard in Olney contacted them to get something done about it yet Anglian Water insisted that, for some obscure reason, it was my problem and refused to come out.

"The fact that the leak was well outside of my water meter and coming from a road I didn't own seemed of no importance!"

I spoke to them at length at the office, but they were insistent that it was my responsibility and that I needed to get experts out. I said that I could turn off the stop cock at the bottom of the road which would immediately stop the leak, but that it would also stop five other properties from having any water.

They advised me not to do that as it might cause problems. I explained that I wanted to cause problems so as to stop the wastage and to get something done. But they were adamant. Not their problem and they weren't insured to do such work! Also, if I didn't carry out the repair work myself, they could take me to court.

Ok, so it wasn't gushing down the street and washing cars away, but it's the principle of the matter!

So, in the end, I put a photo on twitter and facebook and included the MK Citizen and our local MP. Hey presto, it was my most astounding magic trick of the year as suddenly they became insured to do the work and within two days it was done.

"I must say the people who came out to do it
were excellent and very friendly!"

But the concern here is that had I been elderly or of a more agreeable character, they may have frightened me into paying out a lot of cash to get something fixed that wasn't my responsibility. And that is just wrong.

So, my motto here is 'be polite, but fight'. And don't let the buggers grind you down!

Until next time ...

DAVID PIBWORTH

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David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.

David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.

He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.

He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.

This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.

David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.

He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!



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