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W           e had a bit of a lucky escape with Christmas last year. Well, I say we;
            actually it was the cat. The cat has a slight tendency to lie in the middle
            of the road, sunbathing, scaring cars or suchlike, and just before
Christmas last year, she got a weensy bit splatted by a passing vehicle. Luckily,
she was kindly stitched back together by the nice vet who charged us 400 quid
for the privilege. Now, as you may imagine, 400 pounds is a bit of a rarity in our
house. Especially at Christmas, so we were faced with a terrible dilemma. Cat or
Christmas (is was very dramatic, I must say, I felt like a gameshow host ‘Now
children, do you choose the cat’s leg.....or a really lovely Christmas with lots of
nice can phone a friend....’). The children, in a sudden fit of
felinitarianism chose the cat. (thank goodness for there was no plan B) We
bravely wheeled in last year’s Christmas tree (how shocking I forgot to throw it
away for a whole twelve months), which was a bit of a sorry affair, with strands
hanging off it (rather like the cat). Luckily Santa (mother) saved the day (cat) and
paid off the vet (grrr) so I could get back to the extremely important job of
buying tat for the kids (all discarded/broken by Boxing day). All in all, I felt they
learned a very valuable lesson about the meaning of Christmas. Sort of.
This year, I was hoping my work was done; children would be everlastingly
grateful and kind and loving, thinking solely of others and not of material gain.
So when Ludo gave my mother (cat saviour and bill payer) a big hug and said
‘you are the best grandmother ever’ I was suffused with maternal pride and
immediately told a friend how caring he was. Ludo, who was present (if not
politically correct) protested ‘But I only said that to get stuff’ adding ‘and I didn’t
even get anything’ bottom lip stuck out in the manner of child thwarted, thus
exposing me as hideous and boastful parent and outing himself as greedy
offspring. This is not turning out as planned. I have to do something drastic to
save Christmas.
Short of tying the cat to the road and going through the whole experience again
(the cat is giving me really shifty looks as I type this, in an ‘oh no you don’t’ kind
of way) I’m not quite sure how I can infuse any meaning into the festive time;
Baby Jesus would be turning in his crib.
On the plus side, I was most heartened the other day when the children let me
cheat at Monopoly because I was getting so grouchy....maybe there is hope.
There was certainly peace and joy and love(ly coffee) when they let me win……I
think this is a very encouraging start……..
Merry Christmas and we’ll be back in February.
(Many thanks to Steve Findlay Wilson for the cover photograph of St Matthew’s church,

Dear friends
To say it’s been an interesting year is an understatement. As someone said ‘with
riots, earthquakes, economic crises and the Eurozone in meltdown, if the
pessimists aren’t satisfied they never will be’ No doubt we will be hearing more
about that in the New Year, but as Christmas approaches, it’s not a bad thing to
reflect on our own spiritual state to see whether it is in a better condition than
the general state of the world.
The peasant girl, Mary, from Nazareth is a good starting point. Not an athlete, an
intellectual, a writer, an economist or even the wife of a prominent figure, she has
remained one of the most famous women in the world for two millennia. What
makes her so special? She was far from perfect. No one was so thankful for
forgiveness as she (Luke 1:47). She didn’t have some unique spiritual gene that
somehow wired her for holiness. But from the few references in the New
Testament, several truths emerge. Here are three.
She was prepared to listen to God. Some never do that. They even deny that it is
possible. Others are less dogmatic, but are so saturated with the voices of the TV,
newspapers, journals, books, chatter and gossip, that there is no space in their
lives to tune into a different wave length. Probably if an angel did show up, they
would apologise profusely that they hadn’t got time at the moment.. Perhaps
later...! But Mary listened, not only to the angel, but to the words God spoke
through her cousin Elizabeth, the shepherds, the wise men, and the old priest
Simeon. To hear God was life-giving to her. It lifted her above the traumas and
the crises in her life.
Moreover, she was prepared to respond to God. She had a receptive heart in a
society where many were hardened. Hardening happens so easily. A world full of
cynicism, sneers and sarcasm puts a tough shell around many people’s hearts. In
contrast there was a softness in Mary as well as huge strength. She was open to a
bigger world than that inhabited by so many of the reductionists of our day. A
world where there is unvarnished truth and unconditional love. She was not
deterred by the prospect of pain and misunderstanding. It was GK Chesterton
who said ‘Christianity has not been tried and found wanting, but found hard and
not tried.’ It is so much easier to retreat into a comfortable agnosticism or a
fashionable atheism, than to respond wholeheartedly to God.
She took it as a supreme privilege to be the means by which God could enter his
own world. It meant discomfort, misunderstanding, abuse, fear and terrible
suffering; but also joy unspeakable, a peace that passes understanding, and a love
that is beyond words to describe. If we can learn from Mary, it would help to lift
the clouds of pessimism and provide us with the inner strength to ride the crises
and the pressures and the fears with a new confidence and a sure hope.
Harry MacInnes

Sunday 4th December (Advent II)
10.30am     Langford              Benefice Communion   Rev McGrath &
                                                       Rev MacInnes
12 noon     Westwell           Family Communion &      Rev MacInnes
6.00pm      Broadwell          Benefice Evensong       Rev Wheaton
Sunday 11th December (Advent III)
9.00am      Westwell/Holwell      Holy Communion       Rev McGrath
10.30am     Shilton               Parish Communion &   Rev MacInnes
                                  Children’s Church
11.00am    Little Faringdon       Advent Service       Rev McGrath
4.00pm     Alvescot               Christingle          Rev Johnson
4.00pm     Langford               Christingle          Rev MacInnes
6.00pm     Holwell                Carol Service        Rev Johnson
6.00pm     Broughton-Poggs        Advent Carols        Rev MacInnes
6.00pm     Kencot                 Evensong             Mr Jeremy Lane
Thursday 15th December
7.00pm      Filkins            Carol Service           Rev MacInnes
Sunday 18th December (Advent IV)
9.00am      Holwell               Holy Communion       Rev MacInnes
10.30am     Langford              Parish Communion     Rev Johnson
4.00pm      Westwell              Carol Service        Rev McGrath
6.00pm      Broadwell/Kencot      Carol Service        Rev McGrath
6.00pm      Alvescot              Carol Service        Rev Ross
6.00pm      Little Faringdon      Carol Service        Rev MacInnes
6.00pm      Shilton               Carol Service        Rev Johnson
6.00pm      Black Bourton         Village Carols       Mr Jeremy Lane
Tuesday 20th December
6.30pm      Kelmscott           Carol Service          Rev MacInnes
Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
4.00pm      Filkins            Crib Service            Rev Wheaton
11.30pm     Shilton            Midnight Communion      Rev MacInnes
11.30pm     Black Bourton      Midnight Communion      Rev Harrison
11.30pm     Langford           Midnight Communion      Rev Ross
Sunday 25th December (Christmas Day)
9.00am      Westwell              Holy Communion       Rev Harrison
9.00am      Kelmscott             Family Communion     Rev MacInnes
10.30am     Broadwell             Parish Communion     Rev MacInnes
10.30am     Filkins               Family Communion     Rev Wheaton
10.30am     Holwell               Parish Communion     Rev Pierce
10.30am     Alvescot              Family Communion     Rev Johnson
10.30am     Kencot                Parish Communion     Rev Harrison
11.00am     Little Faringdon      Parish Communion     Rev Martin

Sunday 4th December (Advent II) Purple
Isaiah 40.1-11  Psalm 85.1-2, 8-end     2 Peter 3.8-15a                   Mark 1.1-8
Sunday 11th December (Advent III) Purple
Isaiah 61.1-4, 8- Psalm 126            1 Thessalonians                    John 1.6-8, 19-28
end                                    5.16-24
Sunday 18th December (Advent IV) Purple
2 Samuel 7.1-11 Psalm 89.1-4            Romans 16.25-end   Luke 1.26-38
Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve) & Sunday 25th December (Christmas
Day) Gold/White
Isaiah 9.2–7     Psalm 96                         Titus 2.11–14           Luke 2.1–14
Sunday 1st January (Christmas I) White
Numbers 6.22–       Psalm 8                       Galatians 4.4–7         Luke 2.15–21
                          MIDWEEK SERVICES
Wed 7thDecember                Black Bourton         10.00am              HM
Wed 14th December              Black Bourton         10.00am              EJ
Wed 21st December              Black Bourton         10.00am              HM

                              COTSWOLD HOME
                           (a private service for residents only)
Wednesday 7th Dec. 11.30am PW              Wednesday 21st December HM
                        SERVICES JANUARY 2012
Sunday 1 January (Christmas I)
10.30am       Black Bourton               Benefice Communion            Rev Wheaton
Sunday 8th January (Epiphany I)
9.00am         Alvescot         Holy Communion                      Rev Wheaton
9.00am         Broadwell        Holy Communion                      Rev MacInnes
9.00am         Westwell/Holwell Holy Communion                      Rev McGrath
10.30am        Filkins          Parish Communion                    Rev Johnson
10.30am        Shilton          Parish Communion &                  Rev MacInnes &Rev
                                Children’s Church                   Wheaton
11.00am    Little Faringdon     Matins                              Rev McGrath
6.00pm     Black Bourton        Evensong                            Rev MacInnes
6.00pm     Kencot               Evensong                            Rev Johnson
Sunday 15th January (Epiphany II)
9.00am         BBourton/Alvescot      Holy Communion                Rev Wheaton
9.00am         Holwell                Holy Communion                Rev MacInnes
10.30am        Langford               Parish Communion              Rev MacInnes
10.30am        Kelmscott              Family Communion              Rev Wheaton
6.00pm         Filkins                Evensong                      Rev MacInnes

6.00pm     Westwell             Evensong                                 Rev Wheaton
Sunday 22nd January (Epiphany III)
9.00am         Shilton                    Holy Communion                 Rev Wheaton
9.00am         Kencot                     Holy Communion                 Rev McGrath
10.30am        Alvescot/BBourton          Parish Communion               Rev Johnson
10.30am        Filkins                    Family Communion               Rev Wheaton&Rev
10.30am    Broadwell            Matins                                   Mr Jeremy Lane
11am       Lt Faringdon         Parish Communion                         Rev McGrath
6.00pm     Holwell/Westwell     Evensong                                 Rev Johnson
6.00pm     Langford             Evensong                                 Rev Ross
Sunday 29th January (Epiphany IV)
9.00am      Langford              Holy Communion                         Rev Wheaton
10.30am     Kencot/Broadwell      Parish Communion                       Rev Wheaton
10.30am     Shilton               Parish Communion                       Rev MacInnes
6.00pm      Alvescot/B Bourton    Evensong                               Rev MacInnes
Sunday 5th February (3rd before Lent)
10.30am        Alvescot                   Benefice Communion             Rev MacInnes/Rev Ross
6.00pm         Langford                   Benefice Evensong              Rev Ross
Sunday 1 January (Christmas I) White
Numbers 6.22–end    Psalm 8           Galatians 4.4–7                          Luke 2.15–21
Sunday 8th January (Epiphany I) Gold/White
Isaiah 60.1–6       Psalm 72.1–9      Ephesians 3.1–12                         Matthew 2.1–12
Sunday 15th January (Epiphany II) White
1 Samuel 3.1-10    Psalm 139.1-9      Revelation 5.1-10                        John 1.43-end
Sunday 22nd January (Epiphany III) White
Genesis 14.17-20    Psalm 128         Revelation 19.6-10                       John 2.1-11
Sunday 29th January (Epiphany IV) Gold/White
Malachi 3.1–5       Psalm 24.1-6       Hebrews 2.14–end                        Luke 2.22–40
Sunday 5th February (3rd before Lent) Gold
Isaiah 40.21-end          Psalm 147.1-12           1 Corinthians 9.16-23       Mark 1.29-39
                            MIDWEEK SERVICES
Wed 11th January           Black Bourton                10.00am                     PW
Wed 18th January           Black Bourton                10.00am                     EJ
Wed 25th January           Black Bourton                10.00am                     HM
Wed 1st February           Black Bourton                10.00am                     PW
                              COTSWOLD HOME
                                (a private service for residents only)
Wednesday 11th 11.30 PW               Wednesday 25th 11.30am              HM


A       t the end of January 2012 we will be running
        another Alpha course in the Benefice. Alpha is
        a great way to consider the basics of the
Christian faith in an informal, non-churchy
environment. lt is particularly suited for anyone new or
coming back to church, those considering baptism or
confirmation, or simply those wanting to brush up on
the basics.
The course will be starting at the end of January, and
run for 5 weeks. We will meet at the Vicarage in Filkins, on either a Weds or
Thurs evening, beginning at 8pm and finishing by 9.30pm.
lf you want to know more, or to express an interest in joining the course, contact
me on 01367 860846 or via email
Patrick Wheaton

O     ur last meeting this year is on December 5th, from 2.00pm to 3.30pm, at
      11 Oakey Close, Alvescot. Contact me on 01993 846169 for more
Liz Johnson

O     ur next meeting will be on Wednesday December 7th at 3.00pm in the
      Methodist Church Schoolroom. The speaker will be Dr Helen Squire of
      Kencot. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

There will a service at 3.00pm every Sunday in the Methodist Church.
Barbara Edwards

W          e at Shilton Baptist Chapel have all been so shocked and very, very sad
           to hear that our dear pastor Graham
           Sparrowhawk passed away on November 7th.
It’s hard to articulate what a wonderful man he was
and how much we shall miss him but the head teacher
of the primary school in the village where he lived
summed it up by saying ‘he was the epitome of a
Christian gentleman’. If I had to try to describe
Graham I would say he was above everything else
compassionate, always there when there was a need,

always understanding and never judging. He was wise too and at Chapel we shall
really miss that wisdom and guiding advice which was always available yet never
forced on us. Although he was so humble, or probably because he was so
humble, he was someone who was an exceptional man and we can honestly say
that at Chapel we really loved and appreciated him and will never forget him.
Services for December:
December 4th Informal
December 11th Carol Service Barry Shepherd
December 23rd Carols by the Pond
Thank you to everyone who helped or came to the first Soup day on November
1st. Our December Soup day is WEDNESDAY 7th December in the Old School
from 12 - 1.30pm. All are welcome.
Thank you too to everyone who helped and supported the Coffee Morning and
especially to Jean Roberts who did so much. We raised £92.50 on the Helping
Hands stall and Jean has details of the rest of the money raised. The Chapel share
will also go to Helping Hands.
Our Carol Service is early this year on 11th December and again everyone would
be very warmly welcomed.
Finally the Carols by the Pond will be on 23rd December from 6.30pm - 7.15pm.
If the weather is atrocious and you think it may be cancelled give me a ring on
01993 843444 after midday on that Friday.
Elizabeth Harfield

I    t is a long time since I wrote an article in the Pump with information about
     the choir.
     It is with a feeling of melancholy that I write now to announce that I have
decided to give up my position as Benefice Choirmaster. The choir has for a
while been gradually declining in numbers as we have seen a number of members
move on, almost always out of the area! Those that are left, are faithful members,
who are all hugely supportive, and I would like to take this chance of thanking
everyone,both past and present, for their backing and support.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as choir leader, and this in turn has lead to
other things happening in my life, which I now continue to follow. It would be
nice to think that there might be someone out there who might think of taking
the role on in their own direction, but time will tell on this one. In the meantime,
another huge thank you to everyone involved. Being a member of a choir
involves team work to its highest extremes; we would not have achieved what we
have without this over the years (six I believe!).
David New

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

Our Advent services leading up to Christmas this year begin when we join with
St Peter’s Infants’ at 4.00pm on December 11th for our popular candlelit service
to celebrate Christingle. Another favourite, our service of readings and carols is at
6.00pm on 18th December and will be followed by seasonal refreshments. On
Christmas morning we celebrate Christ’s birth with a parish communion
beginning at 10.30 am. Everyone is welcome to all our services.
Do join us for carol singing around the village on Monday 19th December from
6.00pm, meeting at the village notice board, the more the merrier and louder!
In preparation for Christmas we will be cleaning and decorating St Peter’s at
10.00 am on Saturday 17th December. Come and join us, refreshments provided.
We’ll be using seasonal foliage and flowers with a green, red and gold theme so
any you are able to bring will be gratefully received. Call 01993 842435 for details.
It began as our 900th centenary quiz and was such fun that we’re now announcing
the date for our third! It will be on Saturday 28th January and will include a two
course supper with a hot main dish.
Bring your friends and neighbours to represent different parts of Alvescot or
other benefice parishes! There’s a broad range of questions, something for
everyone and good company on a dark winter’s night! Tickets priced £7.50 are
available from me on 01993 842435.
Jayne Lewin

Congratulations to Mrs Hookham who gave birth
to a baby boy, named Otto, weighing 8lb 9oz on
21st October! Everyone at St Peter’s enjoyed
meeting baby Otto and send Mr and Mrs
Hookham and Maisie their good wishes.
A big thank you to Mrs Morris for her kind donation of the outside painting
easel, which she purchased for school, with gifts of money given to her by
friends and family for her 60th birthday.
Many families turned out on a glorious Saturday afternoon in October for the
school’s Treasure Hunt. Many of our children and families enjoyed a lovely stroll
around the village, even managing to answer a few of the questions on route!
Many thanks to the Honours who allowed us access to their land and to all the
organisers of this event.
Our school’s Harvest Festival took place on 17th October at St Peter’s Church,
led by Reverend Harry MacInnes. The Church looked wonderful with displays of
children’s work. Thank you to all those who were able to join us in our
celebration, to the children for their singing, reading and prayers and Class 2 for
the delicious harvest biscuits!
This year, the school held an Open Afternoon at which the children ran a Bring
and Buy Sale with tea and cakes. Families and friends enjoyed having the
opportunity to look around the school and to see some of the wonderful displays
of children’s work.
This year, St Peter’s has once again supported ‘Operation Christmas Child’.
Children and parents have been busily filling their shoeboxes with gifts, which
will be given to disadvantaged children all over the world this Christmas time.
We will be looking forward to our traditional Nativity in December. Colin
Newlands is helping the children to learn the songs and we are all practising hard
for our performances on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December. If you
would like to join us for our Nativity, please do come along at 9.30 on the
morning of Wednesday 7th December or at 1.30 on the afternoon of Thursday
8th. We do ask that parents with babies and younger children attend the morning
performance on Wednesday 7th December at 9.30.
Our Christingle Service at St Peter’s Church will be held on Sunday 11 th
December at 4.00pm. This will be in aid of The Children’s Society and everyone
is welcome.
From all the governors, staff and children of St Peter’s, we would like to wish all
the readers of The Parish Pump a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Sam King

The Alvescot Charities Trustees administer funds from Charitable Bequests and
Charitable Allotments made in the last three centuries, and which are designated
for the relief of hardship. The Trustees make modest monetary grants to those
who qualify, usually at Christmas but, given the current economic crisis, at other
times if the need is pressing.
The Trustees would welcome confidential approaches from Alvescot residents to
apply for a grant provided that they meet the following conditions which meet
the requirements of the original bequests and the Charities Act:
• That they are resident in Alvescot
• That they are 65 years of age or older
• That they are in receipt of one or more means-tested State benefits.
If you feel you may be eligible for a grant from the Alvescot Charities, please
approach one of the Trustees above or contact the Clerk to the Trustees.
All correspondence and information will be treated in the strictest confidence
unless the Trustees are required to do otherwise by Law.
Nigel Williams
Don’t forget your tickets for Oxford Touring Theatre Company’s Jungle Book at
Alvescot Village Hall on Thursday 15th December 2011, at 7.00pm. A great way
to start the Christmas festivities. Tickets £8.50, £6.50 and £20.00 per family from
Kay Bennett on 01993 842312.
Nikki Shaw

                 BLACK BOURTON
                 St Mary’s

We are heading for Christmas once again. Please
lubricate the throats and join us on Sunday 18th
December at 6.00pm in St Mary’s Church for Carols,
Mincepies and Mulled Wine. The Carols will be led by
Jeremy Lane. Everyone is welcome, it is a lovely time to
get together. Mincepies will be welcome from all you
wonderful cooks, thank you.
Anyone wishing to make a donation towards our Christmas trees that light up the
path to our Church please contact Doreen on 01993 844124. We will be very

The PCC would like to say A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who cleans the
Church during the year and makes it so welcoming and Bill Taylor for keeping
the Churchyard so tidy also those who have made donations during the year, it is
all very much appreciated.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year to you all.
There is no meeting in December, the next meeting will be on 25th January 2012
at 7.30 in the Church.
Doreen Hart
Doris Busby would like to thank everybody for their greetings, gifts and good
wishes on the occasion of her 90th Birthday.
                St Peter & St Paul’s

December 4th, 11th Annabel Molyneaux
December 18th, 25th Georgina Lewis
The joint Kencot-Broadwell Carol Service this year is
in Broadwell Church, on Sunday December 18th at
6.00pm. These carol services are always a lovely way
for the two villages to join in celebration. We look
forward to another happy occasion-------don't forget
to bring a torch!
At the time of writing the date for Broadwell is Tuesday December 20th meet
under the tree at 7.00 as usual. There will be warming refreshments afterwards,
for those who stay the course.
June Goodenough
The children of Broadshires are already looking forward to a
colourful Spring, due to an extremely kind donation of daffodil
bulbs from Suzanne and Miles. The children have planted
them all around the garden and as warmer weather returns (a
while yet, I know!) will be eagerly anticipating the first signs of

life while playing outside.
Learning about number and size has been a key objective for this term. This has
been approached through stories such as ‘Ten in a Bed’ and ‘Goldilocks and the
Three Bears’. The former has been used to encourage the development of
subtraction skills as each poor animal is rolled out of its sleeping place.
Understanding the difference in sizes has been taught through Daddy, Mummy
and Baby Bear. Families across the parish can expect to be lined up in height
order as their children try to work out their size. Let’s just hope they don’t focus
too much on weight as well!!
An alternative ‘Clarks’ has been set up in the role play corner of preschool. Next
time you are in, kick off your shoes and let the experts measure your feet. This
‘shop’ has been inspired by the story of ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. It’s just a
shame the little elves haven’t managed to leave any sparkly new Jimmy Choos yet
for us all to try on!
Preparations will soon begin for Christmas and the Broadshires nativity will take
place on the 12th December. Excitement will reach a peak with the Christmas
parties due to take place at the end of that week. Hopefully much tinsel and
multiple Santa hats will be adorned to get everyone into the spirit.
Thank you to all who donated a filled and wrapped shoebox for Operation
Christmas Child. There will be many smiles brought to many faces thanks to your
We’d like to wish all the families and friends of Broadshires preschool a fantastic
Christmas and a very happy New Year. We look forward to hearing all about
what Santa brings.
Rowan Harris

                St Peter’s

Do join us for a traditional evening of Christmas
carols and miscellaneous readings in the Church on
Thursday 15th December at 7.00pm if you have a
favourite carol or seasonal reading/poem you would
like included let us know in good time! For more
details, please call Diane Blackett 01367 860504 or me
on 01367 860719
Jackie Cullum

Rehearsals for this year’s Nativity are well under way. The
performance will take place on Tuesday 13th December at
11.00am and will once again be held in Filkins Village Hall.
This will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies for parents/carers back in
the nursery. Our Christmas party will take place on Thursday 15th December
during the morning session; the children will have party food followed by
traditional games and a visit from Father Christmas.
Following a most fantastic storytelling workshop for staff a couple of weeks ago
by Neil Griffiths, we are full of new and stimulating ideas for our book corner!
We would like children to have access to magazines and comics and would be
grateful if parents and local residents could bring some in once they are finished
with. Some suggestions would be any children’s magazines/comics, adult
magazines that may be of interest to the children eg cars, diggers, farm
machinery, horses, fishing and trains - the possibilities are endless!
The chickens have also been a resounding success; it is lovely to know that if we
want to do some spur-of-the-moment cooking, we now have eggs to hand!
Filkins Nursery is open everyday from 8.00am-6.00pm except for Bank Holidays
and Christmas. We will be following the Gloucestershire Schools 2011-2012
term-time calendar, with a couple of exceptions, but the immediate dates for
term-time children are: Autumn Term finishes Friday 16th December.Holiday
Club will run from Monday 19th December to Friday 23rd December.
Nursery will reopen for the Spring Term on Tuesday 3rd January 2012. Wishing
everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year
Louise Jenkins
(Apologies for forgetting this last month. If you get your parish pump before the beginning of
December, pop over to Filkins and take a look at this! Ed)
                         Jewellery          Patchwork gifts
                         Body Shop goodies Massage Therapist
                         Watercolours       Portrait Photography
                         Hand painted tiles

                         For more details, contact Helen on
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 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
3rd Jan    Mr C Morley           860777    5th Jan     Mrs A Dossett-Davies    860357
10th Jan   Mrs F Shrouder        860053    12th Jan    Miss H Squire           860337
17th Jan   Mrs C Woodford        860319    19th Jan    Mr A Woodford           860319
24th Jan   Lady Allison          860787    26th Jan    Mrs J Higham            860197
                                           2nd Feb     Mrs C Woodford          860319
7th Feb    Mrs F Shrouder        860053    9th Feb     Miss H Squire           860337
14th Feb   Lady Allison          860787    16th Feb    Mr C Morley             860777
21st Feb   Mrs M Cover           860302    23rd Feb    Mrs J Higham            860197
28th Feb   Mrs A Dossett-        860357
   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 4.00 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

  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

This month, the Village Shop brings you literally everything you need for the
perfect Christmas lunch, including the most delicious Free Range turkeys from
Cutlers and Bayliss and wine from Vin Est, Lechlade.
Avoid the queues and have your Christmas turkey and trimmings delivered to the
Village Shop! We have a choice of festive meat boxes to suit your family. We are
offering a £50.00 box, which feeds 7-8 people, a £75.00 box for up to 10 people,
or for smaller gatherings, a turkey crown at £4.95/lb. The two larger festive meat
boxes contain a Free Range turkey, Chipolata sausages, streaky bacon, sausage
meat and homemade stuffing (choice of sage & onion, apple & walnut, chestnut,
cranberry or apricot). Orders must be in by December 12th and the boxes will be
available for collection at The Shop on Christmas Eve. Pick up an order form
from the Shop or contact us by email or phone, see below for contact details.
Don’t delay, order your Christmas wines now! You can either choose our
Christmas selection case, superb value at £56.95, which includes one of each or
feel free to choose your own selection from the wines listed below. As usual,
there is a minimum order of six bottles and you can place your order by phone
07976 055308 or email
The whites include: Domaine d’Antugnac Rosé, Vin de Pays de la Haute Vallee
de l’Aude - £7.25 Grown in the high valley of the Aude river, 90 miles away from
the south of Carcassonne. Pale pink colour with complex nose of red fruits,
peach and flowers. Ample, fruity and fresh! Les Roucas Sauvignon Blanc 2010 -
£7.95 and Domaine d’Antugnac Chardonnay, Vin de Pays de la Haute Vallee de
l’Aude - £8.67 Burgundian in style, but without the Burgundian price tag! Pale
gold colour with green highlights. Notes of white fruits and white flowers. Drink
on its own or with salmon, goats cheese or seafood.
This month, the reds are Franc Cardinal 2002, Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux - £9.99
Chateau Jaumard 2009, Bordeaux - £8.23 Well-structured Bordeaux with good,
upfront fruit and just a hint of spice. and Selak Winemakers Favourite Central
Otago Pinot Noir 2008 - £14.80 Marino Selak was one of the founding fathers of
the NZ Wine Industry and this is his favourite Pinot Noir..
We think we have found you the best value Christmas bubbles around… this
Prosecco can also be ordered by the case or chosen as part of your Christmas
wine case. Ermes Mansue ITA Spumante Prosecco DOC - £11.90
Don’t forget that if you are hosting a Christmas Party, you can hire glasses from
the Village Shop. Free if you buy our wine or £5 if not.
We will be open on Christmas Eve 10-12 and 2-4, for all those last minute,
forgotten items and we then reopen December 28th as usual 10.00am-12 noon
and 3.00pm-5.00pm. Plans are also afoot to bring you a credit and debit card
facility in the Shop in the very near future, watch this space. Have a very happy
festive season!
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

On September 10th, I again put on my walking shoes and strode around our
village churches. I raised £406.00, half of which goes to the Methodist Church in
Filkins and half to the Historic Churches Trust. Thanks to all who sponsored me.
A special thank you to the kind gentleman who gave me a lift home, saving me a
further four mile walk. (I do not know his name)
Barbara Edwards
              St Mary’s

On 10th November, Holwell Church was packed with friends and family of
Corinna Rock, including many Holwellians past and present, for the funeral of
Corinna’s husband Tim.
Tim and Corinna’s two sons gave the most affectionate, funny and moving
tributes to their adored father, whose creativity, imagination and natural
exuberance had given them all an exceptional foundation for life. Tim and
Corinna moved to Holwell twelve years ago, and in such a small village Tim’s
great height, benign energy and occasional eccentricity became a rich part of
Holwell’s tapestry.
Tim’s last two years have been in residential care, as Alzheimer’s disease
tightened its grip. The gathering of so many family and friends for Tim’s funeral
and the party afterwards was, however, a chance for Corinna and her family to
put the sadness and loss of the last years behind them, and celebrate the happy
times. Tim himself would have been surprised and delighted by the whole
occasion. He now rests in a sunny spot in Holwell’s church-yard.
Reggie Heyworth

Holwell’s carol service will be on Sunday the 11 th December at 6.00pm. You are
warmly invited to Holwell House by Harriet and Colin Morgan for drinks after
the service.

                      St George’s

Ellie Maughan
This year Kelmscott's Carol Service is on Tuesday
20th December at 6.30 pm. Please come and join us
for traditional carols and readings and stay for mulled wine and mince pies after
the service. We look forward to seeing you!!
Ellie Maughan
Saturday 3rd December, 11.00am - 3.30pm. Avoid the High
Street and shop for original, unique, hand crafted presents at our
Christmas shopping event in the Morris Memorial Hall. This
year, we have crafts including ceramics, soaps, jewellery, artwork,
papier mache, clothing, textiles, wood turning, cards and
cushions. Everything is handmade, truly beautiful and individual.
Refreshments will be available with free admission and parking. Please bring cash
or cheques; unfortunately, we are unable to accept credit cards. If you need
further information, please call me on 01367 253103 or visit our village website,
Saturday 17th December, 7.30pm at the Morris Memorial Hall. Don’t miss the
thrilling and heart-warming story of Mowgli the boy brought up by wolves,
presented by Oxfordshire Theatre Company. Adapted by award winning
playwright Neil Duffield, this production is packed with all the drama, excitement
and fun of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story, inventively staged and performed by
one of the UK’s leading touring companies. A dazzling blend of theatre, songs,
puppetry and movement make a very special play for children and the young at
heart. Suitable for the whole family. Tickets at £8.50 adults, £6.50 concessions
and £26.00 family available from me on 01367 253103.
Laura Roberts

                   St George’s

26th November 24th December           No Flowers - Advent
24th December                         Decorating the church for Christmas. If
                                      you would like to help please contact Anne
                                      Dossett-Davies 01367 860357
26th December to 31st January         Anne Dossett-Davis

Many thanks to those who came so willingly to help arrange the flowers for
Harvest Festival. The church looked lovely and your efforts were greatly
Also grateful thanks to those on the flower rota for the year and their inspiring
creations. If there is anyone else out there who would like to help please do let
me know on 01367 860357.
Anne Dossett-Davies
Don’t forget, Carol Singing around the villages of Kencot and Broadwell will take
place on:-Wednesday 21st December - Broadwell
meet by the bridge at 7.00pm, Friday 23rd
December - Kencot meet at the bridge at
7.00pm. We finish at The Village Hall for
refreshments and more singing. If you can't
manage all the walking, please join us at the Hall.
This is a tradition that has taken place for over 50
years with the collection going to Cancer Research. All are welcome to join the
singers including children. This is a fun event for all ages so please do come and
join us.
The last two years we have had to cancel one or both evenings due to freezing
conditions. If this occurs this year please contact Gill Cox 01367 860250 or
07889607020 to see if the Carol Singing is taking place.
The service in St George’s Church will be at 10.30am. All are welcome. The
collection will be for Helen and Douglas House.

Eileen passed away on 6th October 2011 at The Cotswold Home. Eileen was
born in Ismalia in 1923. Her father was in the Services serving in Egypt so she
spent her early childhood there, moving to the Plymouth area when he was
posted there.
Initially Eileen trained as a nurse at the Middlesex Hospital. She then spent some
time at Southport General before the highlight of working for a pioneering team
of plastic surgeons in London. They worked to rebuild the faces of injured
servicemen, mostly pilots, work she found fascinating and rewarding
After the war Eileen joined the then Foreign Service working initially at our
Embassy in Helsinki. She was then posted to Athens. Eileen met Alan whilst on
leave staying with her Aunt in the Cotswolds. They quickly decided to marry and
met in Rome, halfway between Athens and the UK, and married at a registry
office, dragging 2 strangers off the street to act as witnesses.
Alan bought The Old Rectory in Kencot and they moved to the village in 1956.
The house had been neglected and was run down and like many old buildings
remained an ongoing work in progress as they spent their entire married life
together in the house, enjoying the garden and the tranquillity of the village.
Alan died suddenly in 1994 and a couple of years later Eileen moved to a
bungalow in Witney but still keeping in touch with long term friends from
Kencot. Following a stroke in 2008 she moved to the Cotswold Home. Those
who knew Eileen will be aware of her calm common sense, sometimes
mischievous wit and her warmth.
Eileen’s ashes were interred at Kencot in her parents-in-law grave, alongside
those of her husband Alan and his sister Peggy (adapted from tribute read at the
Gill Cox

                 St Matthew’s

We hope that you have noticed that the War Memorial has been cleaned! The
War Memorial Trust has funded £642.00 (50%) of the cleaning and repair of the
Langford War Memorial, with the balance to be paid from Parish funds. The
initial cleaning work has been carried out with the mortar and stone repairs to be
carried out before the end of November.

Thank you to everyone who kindly helped raise £518.00 on Saturday 15 th
October, a simply splendid sum the best ever This money is split 50/50 between
the Village Hall and St. Matthew’s Church.
Queen’s Jubilee Celebration Lunch It is suggested that we hold a Celebration
Lunch on Sunday 3rd June next year for the Queen’s Jubilee, possibly closing off
some roads around the War Memorial (so it would be close to the Village Hall if
it rained!). Please put this date in your diaries, details of the event will follow.
Join us for an evening of whist at the Village Hall on Tuesday 6th December. We
start at 7.30pm; however if you would like 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
Last month was a time for remembering and here at St. Christopher’s
the children have remembered others by supporting the shoe box
appeal run by Operation Christmas child. Thank you to the families
who sent in boxes, we have managed to send off about 50 this year.
As promised here is an update on our new Forest School venture. The year one
children have now joined the year 2 children on the weekly visit to Lea Wood
and are equally delighted by the outdoor learning experiences. We are very
grateful to our parent volunteers who make this venture sustainable. Mrs
Cookson went with the children the other week and came back full of both
enthusiasm for outdoor learning and toasted marshmallows!!
On Thursday Mr Cornish too the year 6 class to Forest School in Lea Wood,
near Fairford. ‘We went for the whole day and did orienteering before lunch and
then built dens after lunch. For about 30 minutes after that we toasted
marshmallows by a campfire. Our favourite part was orienteering because we got
lost and another group had to come and find us!’ (Scarlet and Annabel)
‘The orienteering was on a bigger scale and it was really exciting running through
the forest trying to read a map at the same time. I liked the den building because
I have never built a den like that before and I liked making it homely. It was fun
working in teams and working together, especially putting ideas together to make
a better den.’ (Eleanor)
We are heading towards the end of term and Christmas is approaching. Cherry
Class will be taking part in a Forest School nativity to which their parents are
invited and after which they will enjoy toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate

before heading back to school. Maple and Ginkgo Class will be performing a
nativity story in school and Oak and Willow class will be treating us to an evening
of singing Christmas hymns and songs from around the World. So on behalf of
the staff and children at St. Christopher’s I would like to wish you all a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Carol Phillips
Found: Ribbed Brora adult’s hat. Found near the Langford allotments. Please call
01367 860302.

               LITTLE FARINGDON
               St Margaret’s

Fortunately, the rain stopped shortly before the evening's activities began at the
Little Faringdon Bonfire and Fireworks Party on 4th November. A gratifying
number of visitors from neighbouring villages joined us to enjoy a marvellous
bonfire, superb fireworks, delicious food and flowing mulled wine. Thanks go to
everyone who helped make the evening a success. Our chosen charities, Helen &
Douglas House Hospice, St Christopher’s School and St Margaret’s Church, will
all benefit from the proceeds from the evening.
There will be three services at St Margaret’s Church during Advent and
Christmas-time. It would be lovely to see our church full during this special time
of year.
11th December (11.00am)        Advent Service.
18th December (6.00pm)         Candlelit Carol Service, followed by mulled wine
                               and mince pies.
25th December (11.00am         Christmas Day Parish Communion Service.
The more the merrier for our Candlelit Carol Service on 18 th December at
6.00pm! Anyone who would like to join in as a singer, musician and/or reader is
very welcome. Please call me on 01367 252772 if you would like to participate.
December Advent no flowers.
Christmas Day          help with floral arrangements would be greatly appreciated.
January                Sophie Cole.
A very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year to all!
Barbara Browne

                 Holy Rood

It’s hard to believe this is the last Pump of the year, but fortunately there are still
lots of things to look forward to in December. There will be carols by the pond,
services in the church and chapel and supper in the Old School after the church
carol service on 18th December, not to mention the many and varied Christmas
and New Year festivities. It’s good to have something to look forward to as the
afternoons get progressively shorter.
Shilton’s bonfire and firework display was even more spectacular than usual, and
loads of people turned up for it. Because we’d raised enough money at the barn
dance to pay for the fireworks, this year the firework display was free of charge
to those who came to watch but we rattled a bucket at the gate and asked for
donations to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Center at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.
We were amazed to find that we’d collected £200.86, you’re such a generous lot!
Thank you so much. A cheque for this sum is being forwarded to Maggie’s
Oxford this week.
By the way, if anyone is missing a very attractive, heavy-duty check shirt after the
barn dance, I have it and would love to reunite it with it’s owner. I found it whilst
clearing up the village lock-up, in a box with some shredded plastic and a
squashed mouse, but I have washed it (the shirt that is, not the mouse).
Shilton also now has, thanks to Steven Jenkins and some chums, a fantastic new
website. Do have a look at It looks very professional indeed
and contains a great deal of information on Shilton past and present, the Parish
Council, Church, Chapel and the Old School village hall. A copy of the latest
village newsletter can also be found there, together with details of all forthcoming
events. I’m sure it will in no time at all become an invaluable source of
information. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and see you in February!
Shirley Cuthbertson
I really am so sorry about being so late with all my thank you’s but I assure you
they are just as sincere.
Firstly, a big thank you to Guy Richmond for cycling on behalf of our Church of
the Holy Rood and also to everyone who manned the Church and welcomed the
cyclists. Next year, Guy, you may well have company as David and I plan to
cycle (we will be more careful not to book a holiday around Bike Ride day!)
My next loads of thanks go to everyone who helped towards our Harvest
celebrations. Our church looked glorious adorned with flowers, lovely greenery
and berries from the hedgerows, fruit and vegetables. The service was very

meaningful and full of praise from beginning to end. This year we changed from
an evening service to morning and so we all continued with the festivities and
enjoyed a wonderful lunch across the road at the Old School. Here again we have
an amazing team and so my heartfelt thanks go out to all who helped. There’s an
awful lot of work in putting together a lunch for fifty folk! The profit from the
lunch of £281.14 together with the church collection of £137.20 has been
donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, £418.34 in total.
My last thank you’s go to everyone who helped make our annual Chapel and
Church Coffee Morning possible. I haven’t got a final figure yet but £92.50 was
collected for the charity Helping Hands in Uganda and £249.37 was raised from
our bring and buy, cakes, jams, chutneys etc. This will be divided between Shilton
Chapel and the Flower Fund for the Parish Church. We were busy all morning
with visitors and so I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and once again my
thanks to all the helpers, contributors and of course our visitors.
Our Carol Service will take place on Sunday, 18th December at 6.00pm and the
congregation have been invited to join the Old School Committee for supper
following the service. Do please put this date in your diary and come along for a
traditional service of carols and then supper.
We are again having a midnight service on Christmas Eve, so this is another date
for your diary. A full church for both services would be nice. The midnight
service will start at 11.30pm.
Jean Roberts
The final 2011 Parish Council meeting will take place on 7th December in
Shilton Old School at 7.30pm. Call me on 01993 840825 for more details.
Katherine Robertson
On December 9th we will learn about A Tudor Christmas from Martin Sirot-
Smith. We shall also, somewhat early, celebrate the Christmas season with
appropriate refreshments.
In the new year, on 13th January, Tim Porter will talk about Saints and Shrines of
Medieval Oxfordshire. May I wish all our members and friends a Merry Xmas
and a Happy New Year.
Fred Robertson
Saturday 10th December. Bradwell Village Chrismas Party 6.30pm. Seasonal
Buffet with children’s menu Bar, Party Games, Christmas Fayre Raffle, A very
special guest! Tickets £12.50 adults £2.50 children from any committee member.
Tony Cripps

Do you have young children aged between 0-5years old? Why
not come along to Bradwell Babes baby and toddler group?
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.
Our baby and toddler group has had a fantastic term and we have welcomed lots
of new grown ups and ‘babes’, thank you to all who support us and attend our
sessions. Our voluntary rota system for setting up gives our helpers the chance to
choose the craft/table activity and our little ones have enjoyed sticking, autumn
leaf rubbing.. The children were treated to a glitter extravaganza which they
thoroughly enjoyed - not so sure Patrick enjoyed the clearing up afterwards so
much. Samm from Ecofun provided a lovely craft activity where the children put
together a gift parcel for Operation Christmas Child and decorated the box
together. We will have our final session on Monday 12 th December and we hope
to have a very special visitor, along with Christmas songs and activities. Our first
session back in the new year will be Monday 9th January.
We would all like to take this opportunity to thank Angela Forrester for all her
hard work and commitment to the group over the last few years as chairperson.
Thank you!
Abbie Ogden & Lori Ainslie

                    St Mary’s

W          estwell is awash with community action! The church mowers had a
           social, joined by the congregation from evensong, to celebrate a
           successful season of cutting and strimming, toasting one another in
homemade booze. Again a big thank you to everyone for doing such a good job,
including those not able to make the party.
 Pam kindly hosted a village meeting at which many dynamic plans were laid,
including a heavy snow policy, the barbecue fund and how to spend it - marquee
and waders, two dates for a village tidy up, the revival of the roving carol singing
tradition, monitoring of noise pollution from RAF Brize Norton, and even ideas
for corporate sponsorship of the village pond! An incomplete and exhausting
sounding list, but the mood at the meeting was very upbeat. It looks like
Westwell will be the place to be in the coming year!
Miles Gibson

I think that most of you in will know that Chris has resigned Churchwarden in
Westwell, an office he has held with distinction for nearly 25 years. Latterly
without the customary help of a second warden. He has also been treasurer of
the PCC and still is and has now volunteered to act as secretary too, which, I fear
is a poor reflection on the rest of us! As well as all this he has organised and
often done all the grass cutting in the churchyard. At times in the past he has also
been our member in the WODC, chairing that as well and has been a ‘behind the
scenes helper’ to many people in the village.
Georgie has been a stalwart helper and lieutenant as well as organising the flower
rota in the church, doing a great deal of that herself. She has served on the West
Oxon Citizens’ Advice Bureau too.
All these offices and activities have been unpaid and time consuming and often
unnoticed and taken for granted by the rest of us. So I should like just to take
this opportunity publically in The Pump, to say ‘Thank You!’
Neville Usher Wilson

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

Young Enterprise is a not-for-profit business and enterprise education
charity in the UK. Their mission statement is ‘to inspire and equip
young people to learn and succeed through enterprise’.
On 14th September, Burford School’s new Young Enterprise company
had its first board meeting. Directors were appointed and the Managing Director,
Ryan Beckett, was elected. The company Directors attended the Young
Enterprise event at Tudor Hall School on 22nd September. The directors agreed
on the company name, Vision, and then went on to discuss suggestions for
products and services that they could develop and sell in the forthcoming year.
The Sales and Marketing Directors will also be attending Young Enterprise
seminars and trade fairs to keep themselves motivated and to gain ideas.
We are pleased to say that Anna Cleland will once again be our Young Enterprise
Business Adviser for this year. Good Luck ‘Vision’, we look forward to following
your progress throughout the year.

Year 9 pupils have been lucky enough to study armour and tapestries in the
Renaissance gallery at the V&A. The pupils sketched and made paper models
which they took back to the workshop for design inspiration. Pupils then used
their drawings and paper models to design garments on the mannequins.
After the workshop, pupils explored permanent displays at the museum and
visited the ‘Power of Making’ exhibition, before returning home.
Year 12 BTEC students were able to use cameras and sketchbooks to collect
research material at the museum which will be used as inspiration in their BTEC
assignments. The trip was an opportunity for them to see examples of a wide
range of work from around the world and from ancient to modern.
Burford School will be hosting an ‘All That Jazz’ Concert on Saturday 10 th
December and our Miscellaney Performances will be held in the evening on
Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th December. For further details please
Telephone: 01993 823303, Email: or for up-
to-date information on all school matters please go to our website:
Burford School will be holding a 6th Form Information Evening on Wednesday
11th January 2012 at 7.00pm in the School Hall. There will be a presentation,
followed by an opportunity for students and their parents to talk to teaching staff
about the subjects and courses offered. We look forward to welcoming you.
Jane Edwards
It was back to the normal venue of Burford School for the Lenthall Concert on
November 1st. The novelty was that the recital was given, for the first time in
this series, by an all-French group: Trio Orion, a piano trio whose members have
all studied at the Royal College of Music in London but are now all active in the
musical scene in their homeland. They brought a youthful exuberance to their
programme, in which two passionate piano trios, Beethoven’s op.1 no.3 in C
minor and Brahms’ no.1 in B, sandwiched an attractive novelty: Martinu’s Piano
Trio no.1, also known as ‘Cinq Pièces Brèves’, an effervescent work from the
Twenties, when Martinu was living in Paris and absorbing its musical
atmosphere. The Trio obviously revelled in this, but their treatment of the more
staple parts of the repertoire was no less assured. The policy of the Lenthall
Concerts to bring young artists into the season alongside more established
musicians continues to please a growing audience.
Jan Campbell

The Burford Singers are very grateful to the Madhatter Bookshop, 122 High
Street, Burford, OX18 4QJ for agreeing to be the base for The Burford Singers
Box Office for future concerts. Postal Booking for Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius
opens on February 4th 2012.
Jan Campbell
Some people may remember David Hodges who was a Policeman covering this
area of West Oxfordshire in the late 1960’s. David has now written an
autobiography and two paragraphs of the book talk about his time living in
Kencot and of people he met. The book is titled Reflections In Blue and is
Published by Pharaoh Press, £7.99, ISBN:9781901442335.
After leaving Kencot David went on to serve across the Thames Valley area
retiring as a Superintendent after 30 years service. On retirement David put his
passion for writing to good use and has also published four crime novels, some
of which are available from Oxfordshire Library Service
Gill Cox
We have had two children reach the final of the Oxfordshire Trading Standards
Firework Poster Competition and both won runner-up prizes, of which we are
very proud.
We particularly enjoyed producing autumn accessories as part of our Fashion and
Costume topic, spending a beautiful Autumn afternoon, in the sun, making
conker bracelets, leaf brooches, holly hair bands and autumnal belts and
experimenting with natural materials.
We are currently writing lyrics to our song for the Christmas production and
preparing other music ensembles to perform. Many of the children play
instruments such as violin, piano and recorder and will be given the opportunity
to take part in our festive concert.
Mrs Joanne Brierle
Would you like to help a child and change their life forever?All it
takes is one and a half hours twice a week during the school day
as an ARCh volunteer in a primary school near you! You don’t
need any qualifications, just patience, enthusiasm and kindness.
We have schools waiting for volunteers.
Full training is given and we provide ongoing support and reimburse travel
expenses. To find out more about joining our team of volunteers:Visit our
website Or telephone us on 01869 320380

The fabulous Cotswold Voices are on tour this winter around the towns and
villages of Oxfordshire! As you know, we are a fairly recently formed choir led by
local teacher and musician
Joe Moore. We meet on
Tuesdays at St
Christopher’s CE Primary
School and sing rock and
pop classics in 5 part
harmony. We really enjoy
our singing and would love
you to come and see us!
On Friday 2nd December
we are holding ‘Christmas
with the Cotswold Voices’
at Faringdon Junior School
at 7.30pm. This is a fundraising event for the NSPCC so please do come along
and start the festive season with us and help to raise some money for this
wonderful charity.
If you would like to find out more about us do visit the website at or come along to one of our rehearsals at St
Christopher’s on Tuesdays from 7.30-9pm during term times.
Sarah Nisbett
26th Nov – 18th Dec 2011
Christmas gifts that are not available on the high street. This high quality display
of beautifully hand crafted items includes contemporary jewellery, ceramics,
textiles, glass, woodwork, handmade books and original prints.
OPEN TUE TO SAT 10.30 AM TO 4.30 PM SUN 2 -4 PM
West Ox Arts, Town Hall, Market Square, Bampton, Oxon, OX18 2JH              01993 850137
Alice Saunders
Family pantomime: The labours of Hercules will be performed by
Acting Community Thingumybogs at Carterton Community College on Friday
16th December 7.00pm, Saturday 17th December 2.00pm and 7.00pm and Sunday
18th December 2.00pm and 7.00pm Tickets £5.00 available from Giles Sports, or
reserve tickets via website
 Sue James

We meet the 2nd Tuesday in the month in the Village Hall, Southrop at 7.30pm.
The 2012 Programme starts onJanuary 10th AGM with wine and a Photographic
Exhibition of My Favourite Garden.
Do come along and ‘sign up’ for the year and see what is in store for 2012.
Annual Subscriptions are: £9.00 Joint or £5.00 Single. Visitors: £3.00 Any
enquiries to: Jenny Huggett on 01367 860146 or me on 01993 841731
Liz Welch
Kingslake Keegan and Gower are a local group who enjoy playing music from
our own music collections, mainly well known jazz standards and acoustic blues
from the Thirties and Forties, but with a few more modern numbers for variety.
Astrid sings and plays the Bodhran (Irish drum) and Mike and Peter play acoustic
and jazz guitars and ukulele. Mike and Peter and the occasional fourth member
Katy sometimes also add their voices in close harmony to popular songs which
shouldn’t be forgotten such as ‘Is You Is Or Is You Ain`t My Baby’, ‘It’s Only A
Paper Moon’ and ‘Sentimental Journey’. We play songs by Eric Bibb, Bessie
Smith, and Ella Fitzgerald.
We are happy to play for a reasonable fee for private functions, shoot dinners
and Christmas parties. Contact us and we can send you a sample of our music.,Phone 01367 252635 /mob 0775 2555654
BBC’s flagship children’s television show,
Live ‘n’ Deadly, broadcasted live from
Cotswold Wildlife Park on Saturday 5th
November, much to the delight of
children from Brize Norton Primary
School, who were invited to be in the live
The show kicked off with hosts Steve
Backshall and Naomi Wilkinson
measuring Barney, the Park’s longest
snake. Steve and Naomi were joined by British Triathlete and triple World
Ironman Champion, Chrissie Wellington, who, along with several keepers,
attempted to measure the gargantuan reticulated python (pictured top left). No
mean feat considering Barney is over twenty four feet in length and doesn’t stay
still for a second. It took eight people in total to hold Barney for the task!
Other highlights included CBBC stars Chris and Hacker broadcasting live from
the Park throughout the morning. After the show, Steve and Naomi met the
children from Brize Norton Primary School for a photo and signing session,
which truly delighted their fans (both children and adult alike!)

Bird of the month definitely goes to Little Owls. While in my garden I heard the
call of a Little Owl on the afternoon of 17th October and fetched my binoculars.
It was partially visible in the Rectory mulberry tree and moved position a couple
of times before settling in the crook of a branch near the top. I was able to set up
my telescope on the lawn and have a marvellous view as it had settled down there
for a couple of hours or more right into the dusk of evening. Every now and
then it would close both eyes but any noise would immediately cause both eyes to
open. At times it was looking directly at me and gave me chance to see in detail
its yellow eyes with black irises and staring from under white eyebrows did,
indeed, give it a slightly fierce expression.
The smallest of our owls, small and plump, not much bigger than a starling it was
introduced to Britain in the 19th century. Being partially diurnal and often
perching fully exposed means that it can often be seen. However, this is the first
I have seen this year and without first being alerted by the call it is well
camouflaged and can easily blend into the background when on the branch of a
tree. The Little Owl does not migrate and seldom travels very far. In the
following days I heard it around and about the churchyard and saw it once more.
This being a first for me from my garden, however, I do regularly have tawny
owls and often hear them calling during the day but very often during the night.
At the end of October a day trip down to Farlington Marshes and Langstone
Harbour near Portsmouth was a treat. The marshes cover three hundred acres of
rough grassland and reed-fringed lagoons and scrub and jut into Langstone
Harbour. Protected by a sea wall, which was erected in 1773 by the Lord of the
Manor of Farlington this provides an ideal path for viewing the harbour and
marshes. On arrival there were many birds scattered around on the mud busily
feeding but on a rising tide the mud rapidly became flooded and the birds were
pushed onto ever decreasing areas of land. Flocks of thousands of Knot, Dunlin
and various waders could be seen flying. There were wonderful views of large
numbers of Oyster Catchers, Grey Plovers and Black Tailed Godwits.
Approaching high tide there was one small island which was covered in birds and
still more were landing amongst them. Eventually even this was covered and all
the birds took to the air and came inland or flew to the far shore and islands
around the harbour. A wonderful spectacle to be enhanced by good numbers of
Dark Bellied Brent Geese which had migrated from Russia and Western Siberia.
David Roberts

Following last month’s Parish People article, Jonathan Fyson would like to point
out that Manor Farm is owned by the National Trust.

Old Fashioned Rock Cakes
Home baking is having a moment, and not before time. Whereas cooking supper
on a daily basis can be a bit of a chore after a long day, thank goodness for
today’s ready-prepared dishes which can be really rather good, baking a cake,
scones or biscuits is actually rather therapeutic when you set aside a bit of time
on, say, a Saturday afternoon. And the smell of a cake in the oven is just
wonderful. Then when the family come in after a walk or gardening, or
something similarly bracing, you can sit down to tea. Lovely. And when friends
drop in it is so much nicer to get something homemade out of a tin than to open
a packet of biscuits, however posh they are. I had rather forgotten about rock
cakes until recently; indeed I wasn’t sure that I had a recipe for them, so
unfashionable are they. But having rediscovered them I am making them
whenever I can find an excuse (the diet has rather gone to pot as a result though).
They are a doddle to make - you can have them on the table within 30 minutes.
Also, unlike scones, which really should be eaten the day they are made, these
taste good the next day, although in this house they rarely last that long and, of
course, they are nicest eaten when fresh. This recipe comes from Mary Berry’s
Aga Book. She is also having a moment, thanks to a certain television
programme, and quite right too. I think she should be up there with St Delia. Oh,
and for the benefit of younger readers, they are called rock cakes because they
look a bit like rocks, not because they are hard as …
8 oz self-raising flour
1 good teaspoon baking powder
½ level teaspoon mixed spice
4 oz butter or soft margarine
2 oz Demerara sugar
4 oz mixed dried fruit
1 egg, beaten
about 1 tablespoon milk
Topping: a little extra Demerara sugar
Measure the flour, baking powder and mixed spice into a bowl and rub in the
butter or margarine until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar
and fruit and mix with a wooden spoon to a stiff dough with the beaten egg and
a little milk. (Too runny a mixture will make the cakes spread too much, so it
should be quite stiff.) Spoon the mixture onto a greased baking sheet using two
teaspoons then sprinkle with a little Demerara sugar. Bake in a hot oven for
about 10 minutes, turning once, until they are just beginning to turn golden
brown. Cool on a wire rack. Makes about 15.
Angela Galione

Imagine being seven years old and having absolute clarity about what you want to
be. At an age when most little girls are still opting for ‘Princess’ as career choice,
Sam King was practicing being a teacher; arranging her teddies to sit quietly and
listen. When we meet, she talks about her work in terms bordering on vocational.
She says she just knew she would never do anything else.
Her own education took place at The Kingsley School in Leamington Spa, which
she loved. Her husband had been at the local grammar and they met when just
thirteen. At fifteen she remembers a discussion that he should go into teaching as
well. He’s now Director of Studies at The Manor School in Abingdon.
Even her mother took up the baton and with all three children having flown the
nest did a BEd, graduating aged fifty going on to teach in a variety of schools.
So make no mistake, teaching goes right to the heart of who Mrs King is. She
now has over twenty years of experience under her belt. Having completed her
own BEd at Westminster College in Oxford, she taught in a range of schools
before staying for ten years at Faringdon Infants. When the Headship of St
Peter’s came up, her erstwhile boss suggested she was ready for it, despite being
just thirty-one at the time. Since then, she’s not only produced a thriving and
successful school, but is also bringing up two children and even finds time to go
to the theatre. She and her husband return regularly to Stratford and visits to see
the Creation Theatre in Oxford have become part of family life.
But her husband and children apart, it’s the teaching that really matters. When
she talks about how fascinating it is to see the different ways in which children
learn, how it’s not good enough just to pour knowledge in and step back, her
whole face lights up. We talk about why target-driven education can miss the
point and why small schools like St Peter’s are so important; she believes they’re
good at making children feel safe, confident and valued, thus setting them up to
embrace learning. Schools like this are also at the heart of small communities and
knit them together. She has children coming here whose great, great grandparents
were pupils when it opened in 1896.
One gets the feeling that Sam King is one of those teachers who change lives. I
doubt that those who pass through her hands do so indifferently. She tells me
how proud she is of the pupils who return to see her years later, to show her how
well they’ve done.
And what of her own children? Do they have the teaching gene? Well, Benjamin
and Lydia both go to Burford School and are without published career paths as
such, although Lydia apparently enjoys helping around St Peter’s whenever she
can… so watch this space.
Julie-anne Edwards

Cotswold Woollen Weavers in Filkins is, of course, open every day to visitors
looking for Christmas presents, and for that matter a bowl of good home-made
soup. But we specially invite all our neighbours and
friends from the Pump Parishes to call in on us on Sunday
11th December from 2.00pm to catch up on what
Cotswold Woollen Weavers is up to. Please join us for a
little live music, a mince pie and a drink or two (tea or
                       something stronger), at any time in
                       the afternoon, and see the changes
                       we are making. So, see you on 11th
                       December, and a Happy Christmas,
                       one and all.
                        Richard Martin
                       (the one with the beard….ed)

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

2nd    Festive songs with Ha’penny Bridge Singers 7pm Bradwell Village Hall.
3rd    Christmas Craft Fair, Morris Memorial Hall, Kelmscott 11am - 3.30pm.
 7th   Shilton Parish Council meeting 7.30-pm at Shilton Old School.
10th   Bradwell Village Christmas Party 6.30pm see Bradwell Village page.
14th   Lechlade Gardening Club Trug making. 7.30pm Lechlade Memorial Hall.
15th   Christmas Carol Concert 7pm, St Peters Church, Filkins.
15th   Oxford Theatre Jungle Book Alvescot Hall 7pm Enq 01993 842312.
17th   Jungle Book, Morris Memorial Hall, Kelmscott 7.30pm.
19th   Carol singing around Alvescot. Meet by the village noticeboard at 6pm
21st   Carol Singing around Broadwell meet at the bridge 7pm see Kencot page.
22nd   Bradwell Village Carol Service 7.30pm in the village hall.
23rd   Carol Singing around Kencot meet at the bridge 7pm see Kencot page.
28th     Fun quiz in Alvescot village hall at 7.30pm. Tickets, 01993 842435.
         Every Monday Bradwell Babes 9.30 – 11.30 info 01993 823623.

(a couple of dates for November: Christmas Fayre Filkins, 27 th Nov, see Filkins
Memorial Concert in Little Faringdon 26th Nov 01367 252772 for details)

                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


FOR SALE -Polished pine table 6ft         FOR SALE. Breezy Electric
x 3ft. and 6 matching chairs from         Wheelchair for indoor or garden use
John Lewis - £125 Buyer to collect        . In working order with charger. £50
   01367 860203                           - 01993 841507

FOR SALE – Full Size Brand New            FOR SALE Via Aqua AR620 Fish
Ladies Bicycle -with bell, basket and     Tank Rounded corner glass
side mirror.                              aquarium. Height inc hood 52 x
£80.00 ono :Liz Welch. 01993              Width 39 x Length 62cm, 90 litres
841731                                    (21gallons)Includes, filter, heater,
                                          gravel. Selling as moved house £25
                                            Tel 01367 860250

                              Christmas quotes
       Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay
        for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and
        their kids pay for it. ~Richard Lamm
       Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel
        in our hearts at Christmas. ~Pope John XXIII
       Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the
        Not a creature was stirring, - not even a mouse:
        The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
        In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there....
     ~Clement Clarke Moore
     Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special
      day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.
      ~Margaret Thatcher

                 To all our readers,
       A merry Christmas from the Parish Pump

                FIREWOOD FOR SALE

Local, Sustainably-sourced Firewood and Kindling for sale.
    Seasoned hardwood firewood including oak, thorn, ash
  delivered in 1 cubic metre bags. Kindling bagged separately
      if requested. Free delivery within 5 miles of Filkins

                        07771 867 767


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