The idea is for members to bulk buy heating oil so as to reduce costs and to reduce the carbon footprint by encouraging the oil company to route one full tanker of Kerosene to our area.

The syndicate embraces all of the Abingers also Coldharbour, Holmbury St Mary and Wotton. So far there are about 90 members and it is certainly the case that we welcome many more.

Membership is free, and to join the syndicate is very straight forward. Simply request a joining form by email to Fill in the form and return it, my address is on the form. I need your original signature so please send the form by post.

We ask that you let us have your order by the last day of the month or sooner if you can (that is the month preceding the delivery month). I aim to place order by 1st Monday of each month but not always, depends on best price. Usually delivery is pretty quick, the oil distributors are always anxious to get orders out. The orders are collated by me and placed by David Cole once he has phoned round to find the best price.

The Oil Company phones you to ask for prepayment if you are not an existing customer so David and I have nothing to do with the money side of things.

We don’t place an order in December as so often have all sorts of chaos caused by icy roads and the rest of the country panic buying, so please note well last delivery month November and first January.

Mandy Woods (Oily Rag)