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I‟m not sure if I‟ve ever really been all that much of an animal-ly person. I did
want to be a horse when I was little, and recall having quite an enormous tantrum
when my grandfather failed to bring me a live koala from Australia, but other
than that, I‟m not all that bothered. We have a cat, the famous rabbit killing beast
of Filkins, but she‟s not all that bothered about us either. So the fact that I‟ve
been dog sitting is somewhat out of character and a bit of an eye-opener to the
ways of man‟s best friend.
To my uneducated mind, dogs fall into three categories: snappy, yappy and
happy. The first two we look after are jumping spaniels who belong firmly in a
sub- category of happy called totally bonkers. I have never known such
enthusiasm. Absolutely everything I do for them is the BEST THING EVER! I
give them leftover bits of burnt pizza for breakfast, (rejected the night before by
children due to slight burnage). Dogs are thrilled and go into raptures....wagging
their tails and knocking over a broom in the process. Oh wow! That is the best
thing EVER! After school run (late as throwing burnt pizza around) I take dogs
outside for some Throwing sticky tennis ball, (very slimy need rubber gloves).
Wow...that‟s like the best idea....EVER! On a bit of a roll, I suggest a walk. Me
and cat are flattened against the wall as the dogs whirl around like furry dervishes
in hysteric excitement....A walk....yeah! that‟s got to be the best EVER!
I am a genius! This is such a welcome change from my children, who invariably
think I am boring, and mean for not buying sweets.
Cat, and teenage daughter are mildly curious about dogs, yet treat like the small
boys; with disdain and mild annoyance. Teenage daughter says, sniffily „I don‟t
really like dogs, they invade my personal space.‟
Suffused with my new found enthusiasm for waggy tailed dogs, I gladly accept
the charge of looking after another dog. This one I feel sure could be rented out
to Brize Norton if they ever need a spare harrier jump jet. Instead of going along
at ground level, he rises vertically, before flying through the air with the greatest
of ease, taking us along with him, pausing only for a sniff or a poo.
Ah yes, dog poo; man‟s best friend is definitely shoe‟s worst enemy. Incidentally,
I have worked out that tossing the little black messy bag around and around like
a bag of sweets is NOT a good idea if you don‟t want to end up covered in....ew!
I am bereft when all the dog owners come back, however. I have got quite used
to walking, an activity I abandoned long time ago. In vain I attempt to enthuse
the children in outdoor pursuits „What on earth do you need to walk for?‟ they
say incredulous. „ We‟ve got a car, haven‟t we?‟. Huh. Well, maybe I‟ll just go for
a walk on my own then. After a nice cup of coffee though, it‟s looking cold out
(thanks to Derek Cotterill for front cover photo)

Dear friends
I always find that there is
something ominous about
reaching the month of November.
It reminds me that the long dark
days of winter are now really
beginning heralded by the
ghoulish costumes that come out
in the shops for Halloween. And
that's a strange custom. Halloween
was originally the Eve of All
Hallows, which was a day to celebrate genuine goodness in the lives of
outstandingly saintly people like Mother Theresa in our time. Somehow its
purpose has got lost in celebrating ghosts and skeletons and things that go bump
in the night.
So what‟s good about November? There have been plenty of interesting things
that have happened in the past. The first motor bike was ridden in November
1885, the first helicopter took off in November 1907, the Church of England
relaxed its rule about women wearing hats in church in November 1942 and
perhaps more exciting, the Berlin wall came down in November 1989. But I‟m
not sure that any of these historic events make me any less gloomy about the
date, which the Anglo Saxons called the „Wind Monath‟ because of the cold
northerly winds or „blod monath‟ because it was the time that cattle were
slaughtered for winter food.
However, I have been encouraged to think again by the words of St Paul „Rejoice
in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice‟. It comes as a challenge not to allow
the weather or circumstances or the trials and stresses of life to get us down. It is
saying „lift up your eyes‟. There are eternal things that are so good that we can
find joy and peace in our hearts even in the most dire of situations. It was Jesus
who warned „In this world you will have trials and trouble but rejoice, I have
overcome the world‟. He talked about a joy that no one can take from you.
I heard of a Japanese businessman who said „When you look at the world, God
seems so very, very small. But when you look at God, the world seems so very,
very small‟. What a wonderful insight.
Perhaps November could be a time to revisit those words expressed by Charles
Wesley in his hymn:
    „Thine eye diffused a quickening ray, I rose, the dungeon flamed with light,
     My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose went forth and followed thee‟
Harry MacInnes


 1st Sunday 6th November 3rd Sunday before Advent
 10.30am       Black Bourton            Benefice CommunionRev MacInnes &
                                                          Rev Wheaton
 6.00pm         Kencot              Benefice Evensong     Rev Wheaton
 2nd Sunday 13th November 2nd Sunday before Advent Remembrance Sunday
 9.00am        Filkins                  Holy Communion          Rev Wheaton
 10.30am       Shilton                  Children‟s Church       Rev Wheaton
 10.50am       Shilton                  Remembrance Day         Mr Lane
               Alvescot                                         Rev McGrath
               Black Bourton                                    Rev Ross
               Holwell/Westwell                                 Rev Martin
               Broadwell            Broadshires                 Rev MacInnes
                                    Remembrance Service
 3rd Sunday 20th November Sunday next before Advent
 9.00am        BBourton/Alvescot     Holy Communion             Rev Wheaton
 9.00am        Holwell               Holy Communion             Rev MacInnes
 10.30am       Langford              Parish Communion           Rev McGrath
 10.30am       Kelmscott             Family Communion           Rev Wheaton
 10.30am       Alvescot              Family Communion &         Rev MacInnes
 6.00pm          Broughton Poggs     Evensong                   Rev Wheaton
 6.00pm          Westwell            Evensong                   Rev MacInnes
 4th Sunday 27th November first Sunday of Advent
 9.00am        Shilton               Holy Communion             Rev MacInnes
 9.00am        Kencot                Holy Communion             Rev Wheaton
 10.30am       Filkins               Family Communion           Rev Wheaton
 10.30am       Broadwell             Advent Service             Rev Johnson
 11am          Lt Faringdon          Parish Communion &         Rev MacInnes
 4.00pm          Langford            Evensong                   Rev Johnson
 6.00pm          Holwell/Westwell    Evensong                   Rev MacInnes
 1st Sunday 4th December second Sunday of Advent
 10.30am       Langford                 Benefice Communion      Rev MacInnes &
                                                                Rev McGrath
 12 noon       Westwell                 Family Communion &      Rev MacInnes
 6.00pm        Broadwell                Benefice Evensong       Rev Wheaton

9th November 11.30am     Rev MacInnes   23rd November 11.30am   Rev Wheaton

                            MIDWEEK SERVICES
 Wednesday 2nd November             Black Bourton      10.00am      Rev Johnson
 Wednesday 9th November             Black Bourton      10.00am      Rev Wheaton
 Wednesday 16th November            Black Bourton      10.00am      Rev MacInnes
 Wednesday 23rd November            Black Bourton      10.00am      Rev Wheaton
 Wednesday 30th November            Black Bourton      10.00am      Rev Johnson

              th       rd
 Sunday 6 November 3 Sunday before Advent (Red/Green)
 Wisdom of        Psalm 70       1 Thessalonians 4.13-end Matthew 25.1-13
 Solomon 6.12-16
 Sunday 13th November 2nd Sunday before Advent (Red/Green)
 Zephaniah 1.7, 12- Psalm 90.1-8 1 Thessalonians 5.1-11 Matthew 25.14-30
 Sunday 20th November Sunday next before Advent (Red/White)
 Ezekiel 34.11-16, Psalm 95.1-7 Ephesians 1.15-end               Matthew 25.31-
 20-24                                                           end
 Sunday 27th November first Sunday of Advent (Purple)
 Isaiah 64.1-9     Psalm 80.1-8 1 Corinthians 1.3-9              Mark 13.24-37
 Sunday 4th December second Sunday of Advent (Purple)
 Isaiah 40.1-11     Psalm 85.1-     2 Peter 3.18-15a             Mark 1.1-8
You may have noticed a couple of new names have appeared on the rota for
services within the last few months; Rev Alex Ross & Mr Jeremy Lane. Alex, and
his wife Lynne, have recently moved into Bradwell Village, following Alex‟s
retirement from full-time ministry. They have served at parishes in London and
the south coast, but now look forward to learning about rural life.
Jeremy is a Licensed Lay Reader, meaning he is approved by the Bishop of
Oxford to preach and lead services in the Benefice, but does not lead
Communion. Jeremy and his wife Catherine have lived in Black Bourton for 28
years, and are active members of St Mary‟s Church and the village community.
Whilst dwelling on clergy news, you may be interested to know that Radio 4
Sunday Morning Worship on Nov. 6th at 8.10am will be broadcast from Lancing
College Chapel, Rev Richard Harrison, previous rector of the Benefice, will be
leading the service.
Our meetings are on Monday afternoons, from 2.00pm to 3.30pm, at 11 Oakey
Close, Alvescot. Contact me on 01993 846169 for more details.
November 21st Hebrews 11:1-39           Faith to stand firm
December 5th      Hebrews12:1-29        Courage to persevere
Liz Johnson

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday November 2nd at 3.00pm in the
Methodist Church Schoolroom. The speaker will be Rosemary Frame from
Oxford. She will be talking about her job as Assistant Bursar at Jesus College,
Oxford. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.
There will a service at 3.00pm every Sunday in the Methodist Church.
Barbara Edwards
In the middle of September Debbie Newman, the
founder of Helping Hands in Uganda, came to speak
to us at Chapel. The work the charity is doing is not
just practical medical help and provision of food but
also sharing with the children and adults just how
precious each one is to God. As usual Debbie was
inspiring and challenging when she spoke and we were
left wondering if perhaps our lives here are too
comfortable and in a bit of a rut.
The following week was our Harvest Festival and as usual we sent the collection
to the Baptist Missionary Society for their Operation Agri; helping people in the
third world as they try to earn a living from the land. The week after that we saw
a short DVD of Operation Christmas Child, the shoeboxes for children in the
world, and especially in Europe, who otherwise would not receive anything for
Christmas. Finally we had a Quiz in the village hall in aid of Christian Aid, it was
an enjoyable, fun evening.
We didn‟t intentionally set out to have charity appeals each week and in fact it
didn‟t feel like that at all but it did make us think about how rich we are
compared with so many others in the world and of all the different ways we can
help, just by giving money, by enjoying ourselves at a quiz, by buying from the
Helping Hands stall at the Coffee Morning, by packing up a shoebox of little
things for a child and most importantly by praying.
We are only a tiny chapel and there are not many of us but we are reminded of
the saying by Edward Everett Hall which has been quoted so often before:
                                       I am only one
                                     But still I am one.
                                  I cannot do everything,
                               But still I can do something.
                          And because I cannot do everything
                  I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

Preachers for November
November 6th        Informal
November 13th       Mike and Chris Barrett
November 20th       Tim Welch
November 27th       David Earl
All of our services are now at 3.00pm and visitors are always very welcome. Also
in November we are starting our soup lunches, the first will be held on Tuesday
1st from 12.00 - 1.30pm. Then on Saturday 5th we are having our usual Coffee
Morning with the Church in the Old School, more details under the Shilton
section. You would be warmly welcomed at both these events.
Elizabeth Harfield
Remembrance Service. This year‟s service will be held at St Peter and St Paul‟s
Church Broadwell on Sunday 13th November. The Act of Remembrance and
laying of wreaths will take place at the village memorial prior to the service.
Please assemble by 10.55 am. Medals should be worn. As has been the case in
recent years, a Field of Remembrance will be set up to enable individuals to
remember those who were known to them who have died as a result of war.
Small wooden crosses will be available from village Poppy Appeal representatives
prior to the day or at the church. The service will be led by the Rector, the
Reverend Harry MacInnes.
Branch AGM. This will be held on Tuesday 1st November in the 5 Alls Filkins.
Amongst other topics the future of the Branch will be discussed. All members
are most welcome to attend.
Jeremy Taylor
This year‟s Poppy Appeal will take place from Saturday
29th October until Saturday 12th November. Village
collectors will be making house-to house collections
during this period. Please give them every support as
they brave the elements on behalf of this essential fund-
raising appeal that supports the welfare of ex-servicemen and their families. Last
year the Broadshire villages donated some £2,100 towards this Appeal. It would
be marvellous if we can raise even more this year as the demands for help
increase with an ageing population that served in the Second World War and the
large number of more recent servicemen, who have been casualties in the Iraq
and Afghanistan conflicts. Many of them, or their families, require considerable
help during these difficult times. Boxes will also be available at the usual static
points in the Broadshire villages.
Rachel Taylor

The 15 villages that make up the 11 parishes in the Shill
& Broadshire Benefice are lively places. Every month
there are dozens of events organized by the many local
organizations that flourish here.
We are pleased to report on every event that has happened,
and to publicise all those that are to come.
We try to incorporate all the many contributions we
receive, but please accept that we can not always advertise
your particular event in the way you would like.
But please do keep sending us all your Village News.

                   St Peter’s

Remember, Remember, to join us for the 5th of November. Come and enjoy our
village bonfire and fireworks party on Saturday 5th November. It‟s on the playing
field and is being hosted by the Parish Council so don‟t miss the bonfire lighting
at approximately 6.30pm. Hot dogs, delicious mulled wine to keep you warm and
beer will be served by the PCC and friends of St Peter‟s from about 6.15pm.
Do come and enjoy the fun and get together, it‟s free to everyone from the local
community however there will be a collection at the gate to help offset the cost
of the fireworks. Proceeds from the refreshments will go towards the upkeep of
St Peter‟s Church.
The Woodland Trust is celebrating Queen Elizabeth‟s Jubilee by planting 60 new
very special Diamond Woods, one for each year of her majesty‟s reign which will
cover at least 60 acres. Alongside this it is aiming for communities, schools and
organisations to come together and plant another 6 million trees! Britain only has
4% native woodland cover and this project is aiming to double it.
St Peter‟s Church has been chosen to receive a pack of 420 hedgerow trees;
Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Elder and Dog Rose. They will be planted around the
area outside the church and churchyard, along the drive, car park and field. We‟d

like our friends and neighbours from Alvescot, the school and village
organisations to join us in planting our Jubilee trees at the church at 10.00am on
Saturday 19th November. Call 01993 842435 for more information.
Jayne Lewin
 Thank you to everyone from across the benefice and the village for supporting
St Peter's Vintage Stall at the Ploughing Match particularly those who gave of
items, time, support and manning the stall. We seemed to be a popular venue for
the many folks attending the event at Black Bourton and at the end of the day
found we had raised £480.00 towards much needed funds to rectify the damp etc
in our medieval building.
Someone left a pair of plastic amber framed swept back style sunglasses on the
stall (much missed in the sunny days later that week I suspect) if they were yours
please contact me on 01993 843650 to claim.
Gwen Bamford
Oxford Touring Theatre Company will be returning to Alvescot Village Hall on
Thursday 15th December, at 7.00pm with their production of The Jungle Book. A
great way to start the Christmas festivities and suitable for all the family (age 5+).
Tickets are £8.50 (adults); £6.50 (children) and £26 (family).For further
information contact Kay Bennett on 01993 842312.
Saturday November 12th. Featuring tunes and songs from the British Isles and
America on Banjo, Bodhran, Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Mandola, Spoons
and Recorder, as played by Oddfellas. Tickets £8.00 in advance from Terry 01993
842135 or Doreen 01993 844124
Terry Morris
An enjoyable evening was had by all; we raised £595 for Hall funds.Many thanks
to Adrian, Jackie, Janie and Dion for Asking, Marking and setting the Questions
and all committee members for the delicious food.
Terry Morris
This years Christmas bazaar is on 26th November and will start at 2.00pm. As
well as our usual stalls of cakes, gifts, tom bola and bottle stalls there will be
some exiting new ones. As usual a very special guest will be attending in his own
special grotto. We look forward to welcoming past present and future pupils and
friends of our lovely little school
Sandie Morris

Bookweek this year has been a very exciting week. The
focus of the week was „Storytelling‟. All the children
made a puppet of a story character at home and throughout the week, worked
together to create story settings and stories to tell, using their puppets. The week
ended with a visit from Oxfordshire Storyteller, Chris Smith. Chris inspired the
children with his own storytelling and helped the children to develop their
storytelling skills. Please do take a look at photographs of all the wonderful
puppets on the school‟s website:
The staff held a „Reading Evening‟ for parents to share how reading is taught in
school and to help parents understand how they can support their children to
learn to read, at home. The evening was very well attended and many have
commented that they now feel very much more confident in supporting their
child‟s reading which is a great result.
The children produced some lovely work that has been displayed in both
Carterton Library and St Peter‟s Church this term. The children are always very
proud to share their work, so please do go along and see their displays in the
children‟s chapel.
Many thanks to the Wardlaw family who allowed all the children in Classes 1 and
2 to „go down to the woods‟ for a wonderful Autumn walk. The children
thoroughly enjoyed this and are looking forward to their next visit!
At St Peter‟s we continue to embrace opportunities to extend the curriculum that
we offer the children. This term Julia Neame continues to provide recorder
lessons and Neil Gubbins from „PremierSport‟ is running a tag rugby club, after
school. In addition, this term we provide Gardening, Art and Drama clubs.
Thanks go to all the staff who run and support these clubs..
On Saturday 26th November the school will be holding its annual Christmas
Bazaar. This is always a great afternoon and always highly successful in raising
money for school funds.
Sam King

             BLACK BOURTON
             St Mary’s

On Saturday November 12th there will be a concert with tunes and songs from
the British Isles and America on Banjo, Bodhran, Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin,
Mandola, Spoons and Recorder, as played by Oddfellas. Tickets £8.00 in advance
from either me on 01993 842135 or Doreen on 01993 844124
Terry Morris

We were incredibly lucky with the weather this year, as, in the middle of what was
a truly foul day we had an hour's reprieve and were all able to gather by the cairn
in the dry and listen while Padre Geoffrey Firth from RAF Brize Norton lead the
prayers for the crew. The Carterton and Brize Norton Branch of the RAF
Association did a wonderful job, as ever, in organising a very fitting tribute and
once again Station Commander Group Captain Dom Stamp laid a wreath on
behalf of the Station. My thanks go to those that give their time every year, from
the members of the RAF Association to the Air Cadets of 2267 Sq who always
take part (in particular Helen Huckin who played the bugle beautifully) and Katie
Zasada who does a lot behind the scenes. Once we were all safely inside with a
cup of coffee the heavens opened again so perhaps I should be thanking others
A big thank you to Pete Miles and Duncan Ockendon for cycling on behalf of St
Mary‟s Church. Pete always tries to beat his last attempt. This was Duncan‟s first
go and he is now hooked. He really enjoyed himself and will be training ready for
next year! Many thanks too for those who manned the Church and welcomed the
There is one thing Black Bourton has in abundance and that is brilliant cake
makers, the table was heaving with delicious cakes and jars of wonderful jams
and chutneys. Many thanks to all those contributed and to all those who
supported the Church by popping in for a coffee, having a chat with neighbours
and purchasing all the goodies and buying raffle tickets. It was good to meet
some new faces to the village, welcome and hope you will be very happy here.
We raised £170 for the fabric of the Church. We must not forget to thank all
those who decorated the Church for harvest, the Church looked beautiful.
Doreen Hart
               St Peter & St Paul’s

November 6th, 13th, 20th       June Goodenough
November 27th                  Annabel Molyneaux

Over the previous week there was a gathering crescendo of activity, and it all
culminated in a well attended Church service and a splendidly bucolic village

lunch. It was a pleasure to welcome the new addition to the Benefice team, Rev
Alex Ross, who conducted the service for us; ably assisted by some extremely
competent children. All who could manage it came to the church, so there was a
good congregation; and afterwards we repaired to the Molyneaux barn to sample
some wondrous dishes and the traditional hog roast. It all went so smoothly, but
below the surface was Organisation of Great Quality. It is difficult to thank
individually, but it can be said that the barn (which is usually a garage) was
cleared, and swept, tables and chairs fetched, laid, and garnished, the hog roast
arrived on time, and someone lit it at 6.00am, dishes of food turned up as
promised, and in that brilliant weather the Good Lord blessed us with, we all had
a splendid time. (And raised a substantial and much needed sum of money for
the church.) To crown all, after most people had gone home, a small band stayed
on, and cleared the whole thing away in half an hour.
So, representing everyone who worked so hard, Thank you, Georgina, what
would we have done without you?
We will all be gathering at our War Memorial for this year‟s service of
remembrance, and then in the church. Hope to fill all the seats.
There is plenty of parking space in the usual field next to the church. Better to go
there, as the road is a bit narrow. It will be signposted.
We are planning that the service on Sunday November 27th will have an Advent
theme---so there is a search for suitable readings or poems; any suggestions?
June Goodenough
Broadshires has welcomed many new faces this term who have all
happily settled into the daily routine. The topic has been Harvest
and Growing, an ideal one considering the neighbouring farms and
mooing cows over the back wall!
The Co-op and Sainsburys had better watch out as they have some competition
from the vegetable shop set up by the children. They have been using it to
practise weighing and counting, so all should be a real use to Mummy and Daddy
next time the supermarket shop is done!
Children used the vegetables to make soup which they then ate. Fortunately the
recent heatwave had just finished so everyone was in need of warming.
Jackie brought in a carrot from her garden which inspired a lengthy discussion
about how they grow and also an alternative version of the song „5 currant buns
in a baker‟s shop‟. Parents who arrived early to collect their young ones may have
caught the strains of the following :
                       5 orange carrots in the brown soil grew

                         Long and juicy, with green on top
                               Along came ________
                               With a penny one day
                       Bought a juicy carrot and took it away.
Once in your head it‟s tricky to get out, but it‟s a fun accompaniment to
chopping your Sunday roast veg!
Buckets were at the ready to collect various creepy crawlies when the afternoon
children went on a bug hunt. Not a log or stone was left unturned in the quest to
find the biggest and the best. Slugs, spiders and woodlice were closely examined
then returned to the peace and quiet of their hideaways.
Walking past Broadshires may have started a few tummies rumbling when the
children made apple scones. The whole of preschool was overtaken with the
smell of baking and the general consensus was that the scones were „yummy‟!
For further information about preschool, or to enquire about a place for your
child, please contact Jackie Overton (supervisor) on 01367 860729.
Rowan Harris

                St Peter’s

For most of her life Dorki was one half of a double-act: „Dorki and Reggie‟ or
„Mummy and Daddy‟. She met Reggie through her cousin Geoffrey to whom she
said she rather liked „that blond brewer‟. When Reggie proposed to her, she asked
him to drink only orange juice for a week, then ask her again. They married
during the war and while he was in Burma, Reggie made sure that Dorki received
a dozen red roses on each anniversary of their marriage - a practise he continued
throughout the almost 50 years they were together.
They often had spectacular rows. I remember those that were to do with Caggy‟s
maths prep: neither of them, nor Caggy, could do it. For this reason it was
decided Caggy should go away to boarding school and Dorki was left to choose a
suitable one. She decided upon the one that had daffodils round the front lawn
on the day she visited.
With Caggy away at school, I had Dorki to myself. Jennie by now was a student
of drama in London. Before I too went off to board, how marvellous it was
when, coming home, leaping off the school bus, running down the country lane
and swerving into the drive of our house I‟d see Dorki waiting with tea all ready -
her arms open wide.
Our childhood advanced as did Reggie‟s successes in the brewing industry and

often he was too busy to attend school occasions. I remember leaning out of the
dormitory on the last day of term as we waited for our parents‟ arrival. A huge,
gleaming, chauffeur-driven car appeared and we all squirmed with disgust at it.
 „Err, whose car is that?‟ asked my friends. Imagine my sinking feeling when out
of the back appeared - Dorki. She was dressed in a neat little outfit: a white
brocade dress with sprigs of orange flowers, a fitted coat and a pert little pillbox
hat, also orange, on the side of her head. She loved dressing up. Sometimes,
when they were going out to dinner, I would sit in their bedroom and watch as
Dorki prepared herself. It was like being in the presence of Cinderella.
Dorki had a great love of dogs and was amused when the Kennel Club declared
her to be a fine breeder of basset hounds. This was a fluke, she declared. When
her beloved basset Thisbe was about to give birth, Dorki installed herself in the
kennel with a bottle of brandy and a pile of theatre magazines, in this way
devoting herself to the safe arrival of every puppy.
When Reggie retired, a different life began for them. They were not to be quiet,
stay-at-homes and after some years in Sussex, they came to Filkins. Little did they
know that here awaited them - a stage.
Dorki‟s theatrical pedigree went back certainly to the early years of the 19 th
century and possibly to the time when strolling players wandered the country
looking for a barn, a hall, an open field - anywhere to perform to a willing public.
Dorki had followed in her parents‟ footsteps to be an actress, playing in „Thank
you Mr. Pepys‟ in the West End and as a member of ENSA during the war,
playing to the soldiers in Northern France. She was also on television as the
frightened young flapper girl in Noël Coward‟s „Hay Fever‟. The first production
of Filkins Theatre was that same play only this time Dorki played a part far more
suitable for her - Judith Bliss, the matriarch of a dotty, theatrical family. Reggie
played her husband - appallingly - writing his words on props, even on his hands,
and playing to the audience. Together they went on play in „Bo Peep‟ when they
sang their memorable „Shopping in Carterton‟. Dorki was the White Queen in
„Alice‟ and directed „Night Must Fall‟. It was in Filkins that she became friends
with another „pro‟ - Eileen de Brandt, who, like her, had studied at RADA. two
of them were often to be seen in Filkins‟ productions and were able to gently and
amusedly mock the amateurishnish of their fellow players. Filkins, therefore,
provided Dorki with endless entertainment Dorki was in her own well-loved
garden when she died. Here, during the last hour of her life, she talked to Gill,
her most consistent visitor. Carol, whose care of her was outstanding, took
several pictures of her. In one she is looking over at the Bowls Club - she loved
to hear the games being played. In another she is looking up at the sun that she
loved to warm her face. And in another she looks cheekily up - straight into the
camera. Dorki has played her final curtain call. She was a warm, gracious,
generous-hearted, lovely lady.
Juliet Heslewood

Doreen „Jane‟ Langer passed away in the John Radcliffe Hospital on the 29 th
September 2011. She was born in Long Marston, Warwickshire on the 23 rd
October 1926. She was a talented singer, dancer and actress. Her career on stage
started with performances at village concert parties at the age of 4 and her first
professional appearance was as „Mustard Seed‟, one of the fairies in a production
of a „Midsummer Night‟s Dream‟, which opened at the Shakespeare Memorial
Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon in 1932. She played a part at the theatre every
year until 1938.
As well as acting she recorded two songs „Little Yellow Dog‟ and „Me and my
dog - lost in a fog‟ which were broadcast by the BBC. During the war she joined
Donald Worfit‟s Troupe of Players which took Shakespeare to units of the
Armed Forces at home and abroad to Paris, Brussels and Cairo.
After the was she appeared in London‟s West End notably in „Old Chelsea‟ with
Richard Tauber, in pantomime with Arthur Askey and as Violet Elizabeth Bott in
„Just William‟ at the London Palladium. In 1948 she met Flt. Lt. Johnny Langer
whom she married in 1951. They had three children: Hilary (an architect) Marcus
(a vet) and Karen (a ballet mistress). She loved being an RAF wife, especially the
overseas tours in France, Holland, Germany and Singapore (twice). The family
moved to Filkins in 1993. She will be sadly missed. A service was held in St
Peter‟s Church on 26th October.
Johnny Langer
You are invited to come to an open meeting of the Gardening Club when Chris
Carter will talk about the work of Brenda Colvin. The talk will be followed by tea
Brenda Colvin was an accomplished garden designer and one of the pioneers of
the modern landscape profession in Britain. She was highly influential in the
establishment of the profession of Landscape Architecture and was a founder
member of the Landscape Institute. The company „Colvin & Moggridge‟ are
chartered landscape architects with offices in Filkins and London. The company
undertakes commissions in the UK and continental Europe which range in scale
from domestic gardens to large landscapes.
If you would like further information about the talk please contact Chris
Woodford on 01367 860319.
Lucille Jones
There will be a Christmas Carol Concert in the church Church on 15th December
at 7.00pm. More details in December issue
Jackie Cullum

  Do please remember that minutes and notices of meetings are displayed on the
  notice boards in the bus shelter, in Broughton Poggs in the Village Shop, and in
  the Post Office. There is a more comprehensive file of Parish Council bumph in
  the Cotswold Woollen Weavers Coffee Shop.
  Cris Hoad
   Covering the villages of Filkins, Broughton Poggs, Langford, Little Faringdon,
  Kencot and Broadwell (All telephone codes 01367)
Tuesdays                                      Thursdays
1st Nov    Mr C Morley             860777     3rd Nov     Miss H Squire           860337
8th Nov    Mrs M Cover             860302     10th Nov    Mrs K Morley            860777*
15th Nov   Mrs A Dossett-Davies     860357    17th Nov    Lady Allison            860787
22nd Nov   Mrs J Geake             860534     24th Nov    Mr A Woodford           860319*
29th Nov   Mr A Woodford           860319     1st Dec     Mrs A Dossett-Davies    860357
6th Dec    Mrs M Cover             860302     8th Dec     Mrs J Geake             860534
13th Dec   Lady Allison            860787     15th Dec    Mrs J Higham            860197
20th Dec   Mrs F Shrouder          860053     22nd Dec    Miss H Squire           860337
27th Dec   NO SERVICE                         29th Dec    NO SERVICE
  Charges: Surgery Runs: Carterton, Lechlade and Burford - £2.00. Witney &
  Fairford - £5.00.
  Hospital Runs: Cirencester and Swindon - £8.00, Cheltenham and Oxford -
  £10.00 - plus parking charge if applicable. Charges are for a single return journey.
   Patients should notify the nominated driver at least 24 hours in advance of their
  appointment. The Surgery service only covers appointments up to 4 pm on
  Tuesdays and Thursday. All users of the service must be able to make their way
  to and from the car unaided.
  Tony Woodford
  The Autumn term is now well under way. During our Harvest
  celebrations, we walked to the Church and were joined by Patrick
  Wheaton and one of his chickens! We all had a fantastic time during our Africa
  Week celebrations last month. We had some fabulous artefacts lent to us by
  parents and friends and spent the week exploring African culture- making
  necklaces, enjoying African music, making instruments, decorating shields, tasting
  African food, plaiting and braiding hair, making clay pots and wearing tribal war
  paint! The festivities culminated in our fundraising Coffee Morning, where, on a
  beautiful sunny morning, we all dressed up in African costume, held a cake raffle
  and made tie-dye t-shirts which we sold to parents. We are delighted to be
  sending £130 to the Kajiado Childcare Centre in Kenya.

We have lots of exciting plans during the latter part of the term getting out and
about around the village looking for autumnal artefacts. Preparations are also
underway for our nativity play which takes place during the last week of term
along with the traditional Christmas party.
I am also very proud to say that I have been selected as one of 5 managers
nationwide to be interviewed for the „Nursery Manager of the Year‟. The results
are being announced later this month at a gala dinner in London. Following
Lynda Bon‟s recognition earlier this year as runner-up to „Nursery Practitioner of
the Year‟, I am needless to say a little apprehensive!
Louise Jenkins

Day                  Morning                                     Afternoon
Monday               10.00am- 12 noon                            3.00-5.00pm
Tuesday              10.00am-12 noon                             3.00-5.00pm
Wednesday            10.00am - 12 noon                           3.00-5.00pm
Thursday             10.00am-12 noon                             3.00-5.00pm
Friday               10.00am - 12 noon                           3.00-5.00pm
Saturday             10.00am-12 noon                             3.00-5.00pm
Sunday               closed                                      3.00-5.00pm

Many thanks to all of you who attended our recent AGM and contributed some
excellent suggestions. We were delighted to report our first year in profit since
launch. This is great news and means that we can develop the shop further,
offering new services and products. The first new service we are looking at is
payment by debit card and should be available soon.
This month we will be hosting a „Vintage to Vogue‟ exhibition above the Shop.
There will displays of vintage accessories, handbags and jewellery, with some
items for sale. The Exhibition is open during shop hours and starts on October
13th. Do drop in and take a look!
Some cheering news for the wine lovers among you - we have teamed up with
Vin Est and the Filkins Village Shop wine offer is back. As usual, there is a
minimum order of six bottles and you can place your order by phone 01367
860239 or email
The Whites…Marques de Caza Airen, Tierra de Castilla, Spain - aromas of
apricot, melon, lime, minerals and a hint of pineapple - £6.50
Fleur de Cros 2008, Loupiac, Bordeaux, France - with aromatic hints of hazelnuts

and lemon, goes wonderfully with fish, - £7.65
Chateau Haut-Mayne 2010, Graves, Bordeaux, France, astonishingly good with
cheeses, shellfish, fish and pork dishes - £8.99
The Reds…Marques de Caza Tempranillo, Tierra de Castilla, Spain – „enticingly
quaffable‟, with bags of cherry and plum fruits and vanilla hints - £6.50.
Chateau Franc-Cardinal 2002, Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France – „a rare and
exquisite appellation‟ – this wine is feminine, seductive…delicious! - £8.31.
Chateau Saint Andre Corbin 2007, St Emilion, Bordeaux, France - a hidden gem,
the vintage has a deep and dense purple colour. „Brings together the characters of
the best vintages.‟ - £12.69
The Bubbles…Cava Puigmolto Brut NV, Emendis, Penedes, Spain - a 14
month bottle age. Aromas of citrus and a hint of bay with long-lasting, fine
bubbles - £11.25.
Traditionalle Methode Rosé, Pascal Delbeck, Bordeaux, France - a lovely
sparkling rosé wine, made in the traditional champagne method, £13.99.
Joseph Perrier Cuvee Royale Brut, Champagne, France - aged in Roman Cellars
for 3 years with a full, round body, pale golden colour and fine mousse- £29.99.
Thanks and keep shopping locally!
Trish Poole
Telephone: 01367 860620 Opening hours
Day           Morning                 Afternoon

Monday        9.00am to 12.30pm        1.00pm to 5.00pm
Tuesday       8.30am to 12.30pm        Closed
Wednesday     Closed                   Closed
Thursday      9.00am to 12.30pm        Closed
Friday        Closed                   1.30pm to 4.30pm

Saturday 19th November will see this year‟s Filkins Theatre Christmas production,
The Twelve Days of Christmas. Written and directed by Jeremy Irwin-Singer,
there will be two performances, a matinee at 2.30pm and an evening performance
at 7.30pm. Adults £6.00, Children under 12 £3.00. More details of when tickets
will be on sale in next month‟s edition.
Sally Peach

                    St Mary’s

Harvest Festival was celebrated with a lovely
service led by Liz and followed by a chance
meet and catch up over refreshments.
Everyone had joined in to make the Church
look its best, with a fine variety of
flowers,berries and produce. This decoration
was the creation of Michael Grimwade,
Holwell‟s own Arcimboldo
Corinna Rock

                      St George’s

Lucinda and Honor McFarlane
Saturday 3rd December, Christmas shopping in the Morris Memorial Hall. An
opportunity to find all your Christmas gifts from our wide range of beautifully
handcrafted, unique goods including artwork, ceramics, textiles, clothing, turned
wood, cards and jewellery.
Saturday 17th December, Oxfordshire Theatre Company return to the Memorial
Hall with their presentation of Rudyard Kipling‟s Jungle Book. This show is
suitable for the whole family.
Don‟t miss out, please make a note of both of these events on your calendar now
and more details will appear in next month‟s Parish Pump or from me on 01367
Laura Roberts

                   St George’s

5th Nov Gillian Morrison 12th & 19th Nov Maureen Seale
 26th Nov & 3rd Dec Advent- no flowers
Thanks to all those who took part in this year‟s event to raise funds for OHCT
(Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust ) and to those who so generously
sponsored them. Thanks also to those who did their stint of sitting in the church
to welcome and sign in participants. It has been a record year with £1600 raised
to date, half of which benefits St George‟s.
Jonathan Fyson
The collection at the Harvest Festival raised £170.00 which has been sent to
PACT (Parents and Children Together). The auction of produce raised £233.00
for the church funds.
St Georges Church have received a donation of two nights self catering
accommodation at Meadow Cottage, Kencot to auction for church funds. This
has been kindly donated by Lynda and Nigel Walker.
Meadow Cottage sleeps 3 - 4 people and 1 pet. Full details of the cottage can be
seen at Ref NR2.
Bids to start at £75.00 (normal cost £214.00 to £253.00 depending on the time of
year). This is subject to availability (not available over Christmas period or during
peak times). Sealed bids to be sent to Gill Cox, Ivy Nook Kencot, Lechlade.
Glos, GL7 3QU by 30th November 2011. Please include name, telephone
number, address and mark top left of envelope „Auction‟.
An ideal opportunity for visitors you are unable to accommodate!
Carol singing around Kencot and Broadwell has been a traditional event taking
place for over 50 years and the collection has always been for Cancer Research.
This normally takes place on two nights the week before Christmas.
Unfortunately it was cancelled last year and one night the year before due to
weather conditions. It is hoped it will take place this year, dates will be in the
December Parish Pump and on the village notice boards. All are welcome to join
in the singing.
Gill Cox.

                 St Matthew’s

New Housing to West of Carterton. There is a proposal to build on 100
hectares of arable land between Carterton and Alvescot/Broadwell. Our council,
together with parishes throughout the Broadshire villages, have written to express
their opposition to such a development, on the grounds of unsustainablity, traffic
congestion, flood risk, and the fact that much better solutions exist in more
dispersed sites throughout West Oxfordshire.
More than 40 speakers, including a representative from Langford, spoke before
the West Oxfordshire District Councillors at the Corn Exchange Witney on
Wednesday 14th September. More than 90% of the speakers opposed the West
Carterton scheme, which has nevertheless had the support of Carterton Town
Councillors (despite the fact that some 93% of those town residents who were
polled were in opposition). The meeting was an opportunity for local voices to
be heard, and was a great example of local democracy in action. It remains to be
seen what next steps will be taken by West Oxfordshire. The Parish Council will
remain vigilant, and will maintain a strong and well co-ordinated public campaign
if we are to prevent an erosion of our beautiful local countryside.
Rod Stewart
Excessive Aircraft Noise. A representative attended a meeting at Brize Norton
about excessive aircraft noise over the villages. Problems had arisen by Hercules
crews flying at 1000ft, instead of the 1500ft laid down in the Brize Regulations.
This has now stopped. The Regulations also state that wherever possible, crews
are to plan their Visual Circuits to avoid overflight of local villages; the Station
Commander stated that he would be most displeased if he discovered that his
crews were not observing this requirement, and encouraged villagers to complain
if this continued to happen. It was explained that that the overflight problem was
particularly a C17 and Hercules issue.
This meeting seems to have achieved some good results for us, the lengthy C17
Circuit detail recently always stayed clear of Langford, though we have been
overflown by a C17 once and on a number of occasions by some Hercules
(though now they are up at 1500ft, their noise impact has been substantially
reduced. The bottom line is that they should not be repeatedly overflying the
villages, and if they do, we are encouraged to complain so that the individuals
concerned can be brought to book. We hope to have an email address /
telephone number for any future noise complaints, and will let the Parish know
in due course.
Hugh Davis.

Village Playground Update. During the summer the Parish Council circulated
questionnaires to canvas opinion for its plan to reinstate the village playground.
We have now reviewed the responses.
80% or the returned questionnaires were from villagers and we received an
overall 97% support to rebuild the playground. All agreed that the village needs
something to keep the younger members entertained and that outside play is a
good activity. Prizes were awarded to Jamie and Poppy Wehrle for their colourful
designs which are displayed on the Parish notice board at the village hall. We
have now instructed a Landscape Architect to pull together a fully costed scheme
that will be used to obtain any grant funding. Further consultation is ongoing
with the school children and it is hoped to have ideas in place during November.
From then we will be looking to raise funds from grants and local activities.
If you have any suggestions for fund raising or ideas for the playground then
please email the Parish Council. Potential grant funding is not going to be easy so
we would be interested if you could offer any help. Do you have a big machine
that could clear the site or do you have any landscaping materials that can be
donated, like sleepers of stone boulders? Or perhaps you have an old vintage
tractor that could be used as a climbing feature similar to that at Bibury Trout
Farm. Our email address is
Mark Harris
Free Electric Blanket Testing. Residents are being encouraged to sign up to
get their electric blankets tested for free. This need to be booked in advance to
attend the session being held in Chipping Norton on Wednesday 19th October.
To book a place, please complete an online blanket testing form available online
at or call 01993 861060.
Bingo date for your diary, Friday 25th November at 7.30pm (doors open at
7.00pm). Excellent prizes. Any help with prizes gratefully received by Chrissy on
01367 860514 or Cherry on 01367 860304.
Join us for an evening of whist at Langford Village Hall on Tuesday 4 th October.
We start at 7.30pm; however if you would like some tuition please arrive a little
earlier than this. You do not require a partner, but are very welcome to come
with one.
The entrance fee of £1.00 includes tea and biscuits at half time. Everyone is
welcome. All profits to Langford Village Hall. If you need any more information
please ring me on (01993) 852378
Jo Hutchings

                               CRAFT FAYRE
                  Sunday 13th November 2.00pm to 5.00pm
                       LANGFORD VILLAGE HALL
  We hope to have the following: Ceramics, Jewellery, Mosaics, Bags, Stained
                  Glass, Linen, Scarves and many more items.
  Quality & Unique Items, Some Commissions Taken Ideal for Birthday and
   Christmas Presents Enquiries to Chrissy (01367) 860514/ Tracey 860721
  Tables paid in advance £5.00, on the day £7.00 „Langford Postcard‟ on sale
Raffle & Light Refreshments Available Proceeds in aid of Langford Village Hall
                                FREE ENTRY

The Cotswold Voices was formed in January 2010 by local teacher and musician
Joe Moore. We meet every Tuesday from 7.30-9.00pm during term time at St
Christopher‟s CE Primary School in Langford. The aims of the choir are to sing
popular songs in complex arrangements. There is no need to be able to read
music, just to enjoy singing.
This year The Cotswold Voices are „on tour!‟ We started with an open rehearsal
at St Mary‟s Church in Black Bourton at the beginning of October. This was a
chance to for us to sing in the beautiful Church but also for people to hear how
the arrangements are put together and join in. We have another of these
occasions at St Matthew‟s Church in Langford on Tuesday 22 nd November so
please come along at any time between 7.30pm and 9.00pm if you would like to
hear what we get up to.
If you would like to find out about our Choir or other events please do visit the
website on
Sarah Nisbett
Our walk to St. Matthew‟s to celebrate Harvest was blessed by
glorious sunshine. Reverend Wheaton led a celebratory service
which the children contributed to with songs, prayers and
reflections. Our harvest collection for The Besom, a local charity who supports
families in need with food parcels, reflected the generosity and compassion of
our school community. Thank you to all who contributed to this good cause.
The glorious September weather has been appreciated by the children and adults
attending Forest School. It has been an exciting start to this venture with Y2
children learning all about the Forest and how to have fun and stay safe whilst
learning outdoors. During November year 1 children are going to join the year 2
children in their weekly outdoor learning session in the Forest. Watch out for
more news next month!

Our October Open Day started with a morning of maths where children moved
around the different classes to learn more about maths through different
focussed activities. It was great to see all the children engaged in their learning.
Some of the comments recorded were:
„I really found that interesting. I understand the problem solving.‟
„It has really helped me to estimate‟
„This activity helped my thinking really well.‟
In the afternoon children were involved in literacy and science activities in their
classrooms and the Y4 children participated in their group violin lessons. Thank
you to all who attended the day, engaged in the learning activities, and
commented on the beautiful autumn displays around school.
We are delighted to welcome another new member of staff to our team. Mrs Jo
Brindle has been appointed as our new Breakfast Club Supervisor and has settled
quickly into her new role. During our French Focus week she is running a French
Breakfast Café which the children will visit and practise ordering food in French,
a great end to our first term of topic work focussing on „Where in the World?‟
Finally a note for your diaries; St. Christopher‟s Christmas Fair is on Friday 9th
December starting at 2.30pm. Please come along and join in the seasonal
festivities and take the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping, everybody
Carol Phillips

               LITTLE FARINGDON
               St Margaret’s

The Little Faringdon annual Bonfire and Fireworks Party will take place on
Friday 4th November in the paddock opposite the church. The gates will open at
6.45pm along with the lighting of the bonfire, and the fireworks will start at
7.45pm. This spectacular event attracts visitors from far and wide. Do join in the
festivities and enjoy hot dogs, burgers, hot chocolate, beer and mulled wine. All
proceeds will benefit St Margaret‟s Church in Little Faringdon, St Christopher‟s
School in Langford, and Helen & Douglas House (hospice for children and
young adults).
There will be only one service at St Margaret‟s Church this month, Parish
Communion on Sunday 27th November. However, please note that the
Remembrance Service for all the Broadshire villages will take place on 13 th
November at Broadwell Church.

It was such a joy to see so many families and children celebrating Harvest
Festival at the village service on Sunday 9th October. Our thanks go to all the
children who brought harvest gifts to the altar and joined in with the lively
singing! We are also most grateful to everyone who helped decorate the church
with harvest produce and flower arrangements.
Advent No flowers

                   Holy Rood
Anyone having a sense of déjà vu whilst reading this part of the Shilton section in
last month‟s mag is probably more alert than most as they may have realised it
was in fact a repeat of September‟s meagre offering. And I have to admit it was
all my fault as, having carefully prepared my October edition copy, I
inadvertently managed to resend September‟s to Ros (who isn’t very observant
either…Ed). But not to worry, the October copy was deadly dull and not worth
reading anyway. The only interesting snippet it did contain was notice of the
Quizaid organised by Shilton Chapel on Friday 7th October, which I had been
tasked with advertising far and wide and which I failed miserably to do, for which
I am very sorry and have apologised profusely. Mind you, scuppering any
competition from neighbouring villages did result in the team I was part of
winning the quiz (which made me feel very guilty)!
If you‟re reading this it means that at least I sent the right copy this month so
fingers crossed.
Our barn dance on 24th September was a really enjoyable evening. Even some of
the most adamantly no-way-am-I-dancing types ended the evening flinging
themselves about with gay abandon in an attempt to master the intricacies of
eightsome reels, Weavers Knots and suchlike, well all but a hardened few in
Grumpy Corner. I can thoroughly recommend The Cat‟s Whiskers to anyone
looking for a barn dance band. Not only were the musicians very talented but the
caller was brilliant and extremely good fun to boot. It was a very jolly evening
and netted us £842.00 for the Old School firework fund, which should make 5 th
November go with a bigger bang than usual.
I‟d forgotten just how strenuous these country dances are. A few sets used up a
great many more calories than the average keep-fit session! It was great.
For more information, contact me on 01993 842404
Shirley Cuthbertson

The final 2011 Parish Council meeting will take place on 7th December in
Shilton Old School at 7.30pm. 01993 840825 for more details.
Katherine Robertson
We are holding our first Soup Lunch of the winter on Tuesday 1 st November in
the Old School from 12.00 - 1.30pm. It‟s always a good time to catch up with
friends while also having soup and cakes. You would be very welcome.
Elizabeth Harfield
 I must apologise to our regular members who had hoped to hear Bill King in
October: Bill unfortunately was unable to come, and as a last resort we had to
find a substitute speaker so that our audience had to endure a talk on the King
James Bible from none other than yours truly, Fred Robertson. Sorry to
disappoint you all.
We have real local history in November (Friday 11th at 7.30 pm,) when some of
the „old‟ residents of Shilton will regale us with their memories. This promises to
be interesting, so I hope we have a good turn-out.
 Fred Robertson
Please come along and support our annual chapel/church coffee morning at The
Old School in Church Lane on Saturday 5th November from 10.00am to 12
noon. We will be selling Christmas cards, books, and CD‟s from the Christian
Bookshop at Highworth, lovely Scottish soaps, African crafts and other goodies
from the charity Helping Hands, homemade cakes, jams and chutneys.
This really is a lovely opportunity to get together with friends and neighbours to
have a chat, enjoy a cup of coffee, sample homemade cake and make a start to
Christmas shopping.
Any offers of homemade cakes, jams, chutneys and bring and buy items will be
gratefully received by me or Elizabeth Harfield. Do please come along and join
us for the morning. Any profit will be divided between Shilton Baptist Church
and Shilton Church Flower Fund.
Our Remembrance Sunday Service on 13th November will begin at the War
Memorial by the village pond at 10.50 am. We will then walk/drive to the Parish
Church for the remainder of the service.
There will also be Children‟s Church that day and this will start at the usual time
of 10.30am at the Old School Village Hall just across the road from the church.
Jean Roberts

ECOfun annual fundraiser! Ladies, Ask a car-full of friends if they would join
you to pop over to Bradwell Village Hall (next to Cotswold Wildlife Park) on
Saturday 3rd December! After Tea from 530pm - 730pm. There will be a stall to
suit everyone and you will be surprised at the very sweet Christmas gift ideas you
can try! Also, an amazing bring and take stall. bring something you know longer
need.. take something you can put to good use! There will be a free reflexology
session for everyone who puts their name down too! Any stall holders, helpers
on the day or suggestions warmly welcomed. Please call 07977 477120 to see how
you can help or find out more about the event! See you there!
Samm Price
We are a group of needlecraft enthusiasts who meet on the second Tuesday of
each month in the Village Hall from 10.00am until 3.00pm. We bring our
embroidery, quilting, knitting, crochet, lacemaking, beadwork, or whatever we are
working on. We love visitors, you are welcome to pop in and take a look. We also
usually bring a packed lunch, however, sometimes we treat ourselves to a pub
lunch. On November 8th we plan to hold a workshop, the subject of which is yet
to be decided and on December 13th a „bring and share‟ seasonal buffet. So it‟s
not all work! Drinks and biscuits are provided and included in the half-annual
subscription of £10.00. Day visitors £3.00. You are assured of a warm welcome.
Marion Ellis
Bradwell Village Carol Service will be on Thursday 22 nd December this year at
7.30pm in the Village Hall. Please join us and stay awhile afterwards for seasonal
Marion Ellis
Friday 2nd December 7.00pm in the Village Hall.Festive Songs, Music and Carols
with Ha‟penny Bridge Singers from Lechlade. £2.00 on the door. Mulled punch
and minces pies. Collection for the singer‟s favorite charity. Not to be missed
This will be held on Saturday 10th December at 6.30pm. more details next month.
The Bradwell Village Quiz Night on the 30th September was won by „Bradwell
Brains‟ many thanks to our Quiz master John Ellis dressed in cap and gown not
forgetting his cane. WHACKO!! The excellent evening concluded with a Meat
Draw the first ever in the Village Hall.
 Tony Cripps

Do you have young children aged between 0-5years old? Why
not come along to BRADWELL BABES BABY AND
TODDLER GROUP? The hall is divided in to safe areas and
the older children can choose from a wooden kitchen, complete with food, to the
dressing up corner, or the „hairdressing salon‟. Weekly craft activity, songtime,
playtime and refreshments included in the £1.50 per family contribution. Come
along to the village hall for a free taster session, you and your children would be
very welcome. Mondays 9.30-11.30am. Any queries contact Angela on 01993
823623 or me on 01367 860890.
Miranda Mowbray

                 St Mary’s

'Westwell held a parish meeting in St Mary‟s at the end of September and much
ground was covered including decisions around repairs to the path, discussion
around internal alterations to the church, what to do with a generous bequest
from Ken and Diana Matthews and who or what to replace Donald‟s skills at the
organ with. We are thrilled that David Austin has volunteered his services for
organ duty beating off stiff competition from the other shortlisted local
candidates, Stevie Winwood and Gary Barlow.
 Perhaps most significantly the meeting also saw the resignation of Chris Fox as
church warden after nearly 25 years of dedicated work in this role. We are
grateful that he is continuing his staunch work as Treasurer. Thanks are also due
to Pam for her work as Secretary, a role she formally gave up in the same
 The month also saw the christening of Phoebe Imogen Phyllis Gibson, which
was a happy occasion for all involved, even if Phoebe seemed to be of the
opinion that Harry was over-generous with the water on her head! She soon
dried off in autumn warmth. If 28C in October becomes the norm it will need to
be known as a Cotswold summer rather than an Indian one
 Miles Gibson
Nobody has worked harder than Chris in looking after the church, churchyard
and the village over the last 40 years, ably helped by his wife Georgie. Many
thanks and best wishes to you both.
Janet Phillips

A look at events and news from a little further afield.

German Exchange
On Sunday 23rd July, a group of 14 students from Years 9 and
10 from Burford School and Year 6 from the Cotswold School
headed off to Miesbach in Germany for a week. Miesbach is
near Munich in Bavaria.
It was an extremely busy week with the
students spending some time in lessons,
which they found to be very, very
different from lessons at Burford. They
also got to meet the Mayoress of
Miesbach and had a guided tour of the
local town.
The entire week was spent travelling by
public transport which proved to be quite
entertaining at times!
A visit to the Bavarian film studios saw
some students (and staff) fly on the
Dream Dragon, take part in a mini-film
or get put on the rack used in the Asterix
One of the highlights of the week was the
cake at Café Winkerlstübl (above),
although the walk on the sunniest day of the trip helped build up an appetite.
There was also a visit to the Salzbergerwerk (salt mine) in Berchtesgaden and an
afternoon spent in Salzburg in Austria. The final trip of the week was a day spent
in Munich which finished with numerous students going in the fountain.
Everyone really enjoyed the many trips and the Bavarian food, especially the
Spaghetti Eis at Tegernsee.
We are looking forward to their return visit and some students are already asking
to go again next year.
Jane Edwards

The 2011-12 Lenthall Concerts season opened on Tuesday October 4th in the
Church of St John the Baptist, Burford, a change of venue from the normal
Lenthall Concerts venue (Burford School), the better to fit in the larger-than-
usual forces of the English String Orchestra, directed by David el Kabir.
programme mostly devoted to Mozart nevertheless opened with a sprightly
account of Handel‟s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, followed by Mozart‟s
Divertimento in B flat K137. After these appetisers came the Violin Concerto in
D K218, in which the soloist was Michael Bochmann: soloist, orchestra and
audience all obviously relishing this charming early (or maybe one should say
mid-period, Mozart was all of 18!) work.
After the interval came a novelty: David el Kabir‟s own setting of Constantine
Cavafy‟s, „The Town‟, a poem of disillusionment with a piano accompaniment
that reflected its spare elegance. Difficult to take in at a first hearing, the
composer and singer, Sarah Verney Caird, explained its construction and the
piece was then repeated, a great help to new ears.
Then back to Mozart, and the Symphony no.29 in A, delivered with by David el
Kabir with a panache that belied the fact that his working life has been devoted
to medicine and working for the homeless, he is Chairman of Wytham Hall, as
well as Tutor in medicine at St Peter‟s Hall, Oxford.
The concert was made possible by the support of Oxford Violins. Other
sponsors of the season are the Burford Garden Company and the Cotswold
Wildlife Park and Gardens.
Lenthall Concerts…..ticket selling out fast, book now!
Tuesday 1st November Lenthall Concert 7 30pm Burford School with Trio
Orion, a young piano trio from France. Programme includes works by
Beethoven, Brahms and Martinu. Tickets unreserved, £10 in advance from
Lenthall Concerts 01993 822279, Music Stand, 62 High St. Witney or £12.00 at
the door. Student concessions.
Sunday 20th November Burford Singers Concert 7 30pm Burford Parish
Church. Rossini‟s Petite Messe Solennelle and William Tell Overture, conducted
by Brian Kay with David Nettle and Richard Markham piano, Julian Elloway
harmonium, Martene Grimson - soprano, Stephanie Lewis- mezzo, Ben Thappa
tenor, Michel da Souza- bass. Tickets from £10.00 from Jan Campbell 01993
Tuesday 29th November Lenthall Concert 7 30pm Burford School with Michael
Bochmann- violin and Adam Khan- guitar, with music by J S Bach, Schubert,
Gonzalez, Millet, Goss and Piazzolla. Tickets unreserved £10.00 in advance from
Lenthall Concerts 01993 822279, or £12.00 at the door. Student concessions.
Jan Campbell

The Carterton Neighbourhood Policing Team has undergone some changes over
the past few months. I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the
make up of the revised Carterton Neighbourhood Policing Team. The team work
out of Carterton Police Station and is split into two teams, with Police Officers
and Police Community Support Officers working side by side. The team is
managed by Inspector Graham Dix who works out of Witney Police Station. At
Carterton the teams are run by Sgt Mags Turner and Sgt Nicole James. The two
teams consist of the following officers: PC Claire Sadler, PC Tony Miles, PCSO
Colin Davies (Bampton) and PCSO Sara Holmes (Carterton). The other team
consists of PC Rich Barnes, PCSO Ross Windsor (Carterton) and PCSO Darryn
Moulding (Burford). The teams work separate shift patterns to allow better
coverage of the area. At the time of writing there is also a Bike Team working
out of Carterton, they are managed by Sgt Colin James and the consist of PC‟s
Lorna Hatton Kim Durrant. Whilst they work out of Carterton Police Station
they are a West Oxfordshire resource and can be deployed around the West
Oxfordshire area. If you wish to talk to any of the above officers then please call
0845 8 505 505 and leave a message for them to contact you.
PC 4623 Rich Barnes
We meet every 2nd Wednesday in the month in the Clarke Pierce Room,
Lechlade Memorial Hall, Lechlade at 7.30pmThe programme for the following
few months is as follows;
9th November AGM with nibbles
14th December - Trug Making by Carl Sadler. This is an unusual talk giving
opportunity to buy an unusual Christmas present.
11th January - A talk on Clematis
8th February - Valentine ideas for Flower arranging by Caroline McShane
14th March - The importance of Bees by Chris Wells
Further talks will include the Royal Parks,Umbellifers,Planting for June,
Conifers,and Lawn Care. All are welcome to join or attend for a talk of interest
Tim Yeoman
Brien O‟Rourke 29th October - 20th November
Travel, Myth and Second Thoughts
A wide-ranging exhibition with plenty to please and
interest the viewer. Most paintings reflect O‟Rourke‟s
travels and his response to sea and landscape from the
Arctic to the southern hemisphere.
Alice Saunders

Kingswood Residential Trip by
Priory Class
Children from Priory Class at
Burford Primary School led a school
assembly last Thursday, sharing
experiences of their residential trip at
Kingswood Activity Centre in West
Runton, Norfolk, with parents and
the rest of the school.
The children led their own learning
whilst preparing for the assembly and
within groups they decided what they
wanted to do and how to present their work. They were brilliant team workers,
listening to each other within their groups and putting good ideas together; they
were enthusiastic and shared ideas constructively. Experiences were shared in a
number of ways, through the use of drama, ICT and film and these was greatly
enjoyed by the audience.
The residential took place at the start of September and all of the children had a
fantastic time, participating in a number of activities such as go karting, climbing,
quad biking, problem solving, fencing, creating animation, investigating rock
pools, habitats and much more.
All of the children learnt new skills, experienced activities they had not done
before and bonded together as a class. They would recommend the experience to
other children and look forward to going on a residential trip again when they
start secondary school.
Mrs Latton
Follow up re September and Octobers Parish Pump information on Septic Tank
Registration. The Environment Agency have been contacted and have said that
they are in a consultation period re Septic Tank registration.
They state that there is a Position Statement, Regulation of existing small
domestic sewage discharges -on their website which those with Septic Tanks
should refer to. Go to http://www.environment- then go to „Regulation of existing
small domestic sewage discharges in Source Protection Zone 1 during the current
review period in England‟ Or Tel 03708 506 506 There will be a further review in
December 2012
Gill Cox

A group of us travelled to Gibraltar Point late September for a two night stay at
the Wash Study Centre. A National Nature Reserve, it covers over one thousand
acres along three miles of the coast from Skegness to the Wash and is run
exceedingly well, we found, by members of the Lincolnshire Wild Life Trust.
It contains almost every type of habitat a discerning bird could wish for: scrub
full of seabuckthorn, sand dunes held secure with marram grass,saltmarsh rich
with colonising plants, woodland and pasture near old farm buildings, shingle
spits, winding muddy creeks and inland lagoons and ponds. Cattle and sheep are
used to graze the marsh grassland in summer and the invasive buckthorn scrub is
removed in winter months.
The sea still covers the marsh on the higher tides and we experienced this on our
visit when high water of over seven metres covered a lot of the area and vast
flocks of waders entertained us performing complicated patterns and manouvers
in an aerial ballet in the near distant sky on the two mornings of our visit. Our
cars had to be moved to the highest part of the car park just in case. The area
was hauntingly beautiful in the light of dawn when the sun rose as a red ball and
suffused the sky with its glow and accentuated the many aircraft vapour trails.
We were extremely lucky with three perfect summer days.
The field station consists of a modern annexe built on to the old coastguard
station. As is the way of coastguard stations, it once had waves lapping at its
doorstep. But, over the last one hundred years, acres of accumulated land, have
built up and it is now a good trek from the station to the sea.
Far across the other side of the Wash, during a clear unhazy spell we could pick
out the white cliffs of Hunstanton and the North Norfolk coast. While clearly
visible in the sea off Skegness is the ever increasing army of wind turbines, a
controversial and intrusive newcomer to the seascape. In closer view on the
exposed sand banks at low tide a group of grey seals were basking in the sun and
waving a casual flipper from time to time.
Along the intervening strips of water an Arctic Skua gave chase to a Sandwich
Tern in an exciting skirmish.
Perennial Glasswort covered areas of the saltmarsh and some stems of Sea-
Lavender remained in flower indicating what a spectacular show it must have
been earlier in the year.
Back home yesterday I saw five Mistle Thrushes on overhead cables in the field
over the churchyard stile together with three cornbuntings, two skylarks and a
small flock of linnets. Rooks are still flying off with walnuts in their beaks from
the two walnut trees just over my garden wall and local tawny owls are calling
well most nights around the village.
David Roberts

Jonathan Fyson: Antiques Dealer. Alpaca Wrangler.
Jonathan‟s „boys‟ are called Roberto and Ricardo. They‟re Alpacas, bought to
graze a small field at the back of his house in Kencot. He is fond of them, despite
their distain for his efforts to lure them for a closer inspection. Apparently they
rode out the floods with nothing more than a flare of the nostrils.
The Fyson‟s home is the one Jonathan grew up in; his father having inherited it
in 1949. It was passed down by an uncle; Jack Furley, a classics master at
Winchester College with a passion for furniture making. He left the house to
Jonathan‟s father because he too had a love of woodworking and the workshop
in the yard would not go unused.
The feeling of family in the house is unmistakable. And although there are lovely
pieces in every room, one gets the feeling that the Fysons do not stand on
ceremony. Their own boys have grown up and gone, but the grandchildren still
use the zip wire in the garden and generally clamber about. At the bottom of the
really charming garden there is an avenue of trees that is a famous Fyson
climbing course.
The kitchen table was hewn by his father from a vast piece of walnut he found in
Italy whilst serving as a Naval Officer during the war. Commander Fyson in fact
specialised in church furniture and fittings; he even made the alter piece in the
village church. Other family pieces, some made by forebears, are scattered
throughout the house – much used, much loved.
Jonathan dismisses his own life in antiques as “not a proper job” and is thankful
that he doesn‟t have to be on the 6.42am to London. Instead he is to be found in
his shop in Burford, at sales or giving valuations and visiting dealers. In reality his
knowledge is vast and his eye wonderful. Not surprisingly he has a particular feel
for wood. He and his wife Jane work together, she specializing in antique and
vintage jewellery whilst he concentrates mainly on furniture. They met at Philips
(the London auctioneers) where they both worked before they married
Jonathan is the eldest of five. He went to Langford primary school and, aged
eight, to boarding school in Dorset. He left at sixteen and joined the police force
as a cadet in London, which he really didn‟t like at all (too much rough stuff for
this callow youth) so he went to the States for a year. Upon his return he became
a porter at Sotheby‟s and then leapt at the chance of a opening at Philips, where,
he says, he learnt so much.
He and Jane have had the shop in Burford for some forty years. When they
started there were twelve antique dealers in town (as well as two ironmongers,
three grocers and a wet fish shop). Long may Fyson‟s remain because that depth
of experience, that feel for antiques, part learned, part inherited, is becoming a
rare thing indeed.
Julie-Anne Edwards

Little Faringdon‟s annual Bonfire and Fireworks Party will take place on Friday
4th November in the paddock opposite St Margaret‟s Church. As always, this
exciting event will feature spectacular fireworks, as well as fabulous food and

ORCC Trading is urging everyone with oil central heating to buy their oil early
this winter so they avoid last year‟s huge December spike in the price. The cost
per litre rocketed from around 45p per litre to more like 70p per litre in just a few
short days, and early buying is essential if people are to save money.
Since it started last year, the ORCC bulk oil buying scheme has meant savings of
around 4p per litre or more for its members (compared to average oil prices on
the day of purchase). And if you‟re buying 1,000 litres this is a significant saving –
twice the annual membership cost! Nearly 30 local communities have now got
volunteer co-ordinators in place and the more members there are, the more
negotiating power we have.
So if you haven‟t yet joined, and haven‟t yet thought about your winter oil order,
DON‟T DELAY! You can join by going to where you will
find an application form and payment details, plus information about all the
monthly prices and savings to date.

Angela takes stock and makes a really good……Risotto
Risotto really is not difficult. In fact, there is nothing to it, but people tend to shy
away from it as if there is some mystery to it. There isn‟t. Risotto just requires
good stock, not a cube, and you will emerge from the stove looking rather shiny
with limp hair, so not to be recommended if you wish to impress your dining
companion with your beauty as well as cooking skills. This recipe is from Giorgio
Locatelli, and it is the classic, basic recipe on which all variations are based.
Admittedly, he does take 3½ pages of A4 to tell you how to do it, but this is not
because it is tricky but because he explains why doing each stage a certain way is
important. I have précised it down to a couple of paragraphs, but it is all here in
essence. I am always amazed by just how much stock a small amount of rice will
absorb, huge amounts, so this is a great way to use up stock which has been
taking up space in the freezer since you last had roast chicken. This basic recipe is
also very inexpensive to make and yet tastes sublime, the better the stock, the
tastier the risotto. You can add whatever you wish to the basic recipe. I like
mushrooms, fried in olive oil with a bit of garlic, which are stirred in at the end
with some chopped parsley. Or, in summer, add cooked peas, asparagus, broad
beans and chopped mint, again at the end. Whatever you like, really.You will find,
once you can make it like an Italian,that you become very critical of risotto in
restaurants, both in terms of flavour and what they charge for it, and chunter that
you can do it so much better at home. Or is that just me?
2.5 litres chicken stock
50g butter
1 onion, very finely chopped
400g superfino carnaroli rice, or Arborio rice
125ml dry white wine, or vermouth
salt & pepper
For the mantecatura (finishing off)
75g fridge-cold butter, cut into small dice
100g finely grated Grana Padano or Parmesan
Put the stock in a pan, bring to the boil then reduce the heat so it is barely
simmering. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large, heavy-based pan, add the onion
and cook, very slowly for about 5 minutes so it becomes translucent, not brown.
Turn up the heat to medium, add the rice and stir with a wooden spoon to coat
all the grains with onion and heat up the rice. Add the wine, stir and cook until
the wine has reduced and all but disappeared, the mixture should be almost dry.
Add the stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring and scraping the sides of the pan with
the spoon. Let each ladleful be absorbed before adding the next. Keep the risotto
bubbling steadily & keep moving the rice around so that it absorbs evenly. Start

tasting the rice after 15 minutes to see if it is cooked; that is, plump and tender
but still with a slight firmness to the bite. When you are almost there, add less
stock at a time. You want it to be nice and moist but not soupy. When ready,
remove the pan from the heat and leave for a minute without stirring. Then
quickly beat in the cold butter, followed by the cheese, as energetically as you can
which will make the risotto creamy and emulsify the butter as it blends in. Now
check the seasoning. It may not need any seasoning at all. Serve at once. Locatelli
describes the consistency of the finished risotto as „rippling like the waves of the
sea when you tilt the bowl‟. Serves 4
Angela Galione
               FREE ADS – SALES AND WANTED (Not trade)
                               (Subject to space availability)
      Send to Gill Cox (details inside front cover) before 10 th of each month

at The Forge, Langford, on Saturday 12th       self catering at Meadow Cottage
November , 10.00 am – 3.00pm. Variety          Kencot. See Kencot page for full
of items available in Patrick Coleman‟s        details. Proceeds to St Georges
former house, including 2 double beds, 1       Church.
single bed, washing machine, tumble
dryer, microwave, freezer, electric            FOR SALE Via Aqua AR620 Fish
keyboard, wardrobe, chairs and tables,         Tank Rounded corner glass aquarium.
china and glass, lamps and paintings. No       Height inc hood 52 x Width 39 x
set prices: pay what you like.                 Length 62cm, 90 litres
Refreshments provided. All welcome: just       (21gallons)Includes, filter, heater,
drop in for a chat with Danielle and           gravel. Selling as moved house £50.00
family. 25% of proceeds to Kate‟s Home         ono
Nursing                                          Tel 01367 860250

FOR SALE –Baby Dan Premier Avantgarde Stairgate to fit an opening from 71 -
78cms. Beech and steel finish. Extensions included to fit width up to approx.
118cms. Instruction booklet also included. £30.00 ono
Mamas & Papas Pliko Pram/Pushchair Excellent condition. Easily converts from
pram to pushchair. Apron, rain cover and instruction book included: £75.00 ono
  01367 860 001

For sale: Small red 2-seater sofa available for collection and a very modest donation
to Holwell church, 01993 824 607

                             CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR THE
                                FORTHCOMING MONTH
                  Send your event details to Gill Cox (contact details inside front cover) by 10 th of
                         each month for events taking place during the following month

1st  Fikins & Dist Royal British Legion AGM 7.30 at Five Alls Filkins
4th  Little Faringdon Bonfire Party opposite St Margaret‟s Church.
5th  Shilton Chapel & Church coffee morning 10 to 12 noon.
9th  Lechlade Gardening Club Memorial Hall, 7.30pm Details 01367 253121
12th Clearance Sale at The Forge, Langford 10 - 3pm see Free Adverts 12th
     Concert in aid of St Peters & St Mary‟s Churches details 01993 842135
13th Royal British Legion Remembrance Service St Peter and St Paul‟s Broadwell
20th Burford Singers concert 7.30 Burford Parish Church. tel 01993 822412
23rd Black Bourton Parish Council meeting St Mary‟s church 7.30pm.
26th Wessex Mail Choir Concert,Lechlade for details 01793 853753
29th October to 12th November Poppy Appeal collection around the villages.
Every Monday Bradwell Babes 9.30 – 11.30 info 01993 823623.

    Dear School: Please excuse John from being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30,
     31, 32, and also 33.
    Please excuse Dianne from being absent yesterday. She was in bed with
    Please excuse Johnnie for being. It was his father‟s fault.
    Chris will not be in school because he has an acre in his side.
    John has been absent because he had two teeth taken off his face.
    My son is under the doctor‟s care and should not take fizical ed. Please
     execute him.
    Please excuse Joyce from P.E. for a few days. Yesterday she fell off a
     tree and misplaced her hip.
    Please excuse Ray Friday from school. He has very loose vowels.
    Ralph was absent yesterday because he had a sore trout.


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