OUR VILLAGE: When strangers have come to our village in the past they have often described it as a ‘lovely, laid-back peaceful sort of place where I would like to live’. Indeed, several have done just that. Yet, lately, ‘old Pidd’noo’ has gathered something of an unwanted reputation as well. There have been dark deeds committed, although not actually in the village but just outside, which have rightly caught the attention of this newspaper and shocked the many who come off the Downs to visit the area for a pleasant interlude at weekends. It must be admitted, too, that a couple of unattractive ‘building sites’ near the village centre, are still having a detrimental effect, too. The rubble and the broken fencing have overstayed their welcome and it needs those responsible to start clearing them. Even so, there are still many who are proud to reside here and join in the social events and sheer neighbourly friendliness which has been more typical in my time here. We all hope for and believe in a return of that philosophy before too long.