"December Parish Pump"
PARISH PUMP is published every month except January, and should be distributed to every household in the Shill Valley and Broadshire benefice. If you do not receive a copy, please contact Jane Brylewski on 01993 822479. Advertising revenue does not cover all our costs, and we welcome donations (suggesting at least £5/year) which you can send through your Parish Pump Correspondent (see inside back cover), the person who delivers your Parish Pump, or directly to Ellie Maughan. If you have not already done so, please send your donation to cover 2011’s issues. Cheques should be made out to ‘Parish Pump’. We welcome articles, letters, diary items, or just good ideas for future articles [and criticism, whether good or bad! Ed]. Please submit through your local Parish Pump Correspondent, or directly to Ros Atkinson. Photographs are also welcome. Copy should be sent electronically by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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EDITOR Ros Atkinson Cross Tree Cottage, Cross Tree Lane, Filkins, Nr Lechlade, Glos GL7 3JL Tel: 01367 860859 Email: email@example.com TREASURER Ellie Maughan Home Farm, Kelmscott, Lechlade, Glos GL7 3HD Tel: 01367 252220 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING Gill Cox Ivy Nook, Kencot, Lechlade, Glos Tel: 01367 860250 Email: email@example.com ADVERTISING RATES No of ads 1 6 11 Full Page £38 £198 £308 Half Page £26 £156 £198 Quarter Page £17 £84 £121 Any views expressed in Parish Pump are not necessarily those of the Parish Pump editorial team, nor of the benefice clergy. 1 FROM THE EDITOR 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 presents....you 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. Ros (Many thanks to Steve Findlay Wilson for the cover photograph of St Matthew’s church, Langford) 2 RECTOR’S LETTER 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 3 SHILL VALLEY AND BROADSHIRE SERVICES DECEMBER Sunday 4th December (Advent II) 10.30am Langford Benefice Communion Rev McGrath & Rev MacInnes 12 noon Westwell Family Communion & Rev MacInnes Baptism 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 4 LECTIONARY 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 end 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 st 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 5 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 MacInnes 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 LECTIONARY st 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 6 ALPHA 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Patrick Wheaton BIBLE STUDY GROUP - HIGHLIGHTS FROM HEBREWS 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 details. Liz Johnson CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 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. SUNDAY SERVICE IN THE METHODIST CHURCH There will a service at 3.00pm every Sunday in the Methodist Church. Barbara Edwards SHILTON BAPTIST CHAPEL 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, 7 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 BENEFICE CHOIR 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 8 ROUND OUR VILLAGES 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. ALVESCOT St Peter’s CHRISTMAS AT 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. ALVESCOT FUN QUIZ 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 9 ST PETER’S INFANTS SCHOOL 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 10 ALVESCOT CHARITIES 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 OXFORD TOURING THEATRE COMPANY 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 CAROLS, MINCEPIES AND MULLED WINE 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 grateful. 11 PCC 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. PARISH COUNCIL There is no meeting in December, the next meeting will be on 25th January 2012 at 7.30 in the Church. Doreen Hart SPECIAL BIRTHDAY Doris Busby would like to thank everybody for their greetings, gifts and good wishes on the occasion of her 90th Birthday. BROADWELL St Peter & St Paul’s ALTAR FLOWERS December 4th, 11th Annabel Molyneaux December 18th, 25th Georgina Lewis CAROL SERVICE 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! CAROL SINGING 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 NEWS FROM BROADSHIRES PRESCHOOL 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 12 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 generosity. 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 FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS St Peter’s CHRISTMAS CAROLS IN THE CHURCH 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 13 FILKINS NURSERY UPDATE 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) FILKINS CRAFT FAYRE SUNDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 3.00-6.00PM. Jewellery Patchwork gifts Body Shop goodies Massage Therapist Watercolours Portrait Photography Hand painted tiles For more details, contact Helen on email@example.com PARISH COUNCIL 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 14 ROSTER FOR VOLUNTARY CAR SERVICE TO LOCAL SURGERIES - DECEMBER 2011, JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2012 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 Davies 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 15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 16 FILKINS POST OFFICE 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 RIDE AND STRIDE 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 HOLWELL St Mary’s TIM ROCK 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 17 CAROL SERVICE 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. KELMSCOTT St George’s CHURCH BRASS AND FLOWERS Ellie Maughan CAROL SERVICE 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 KELMSCOTT CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR 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, www.kelmscott.org.uk JUNGLE BOOK AT KELMSCOTT 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 18 KENCOT St George’s CHURCH FLOWERS 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 HARVEST FESTIVAL CHURCH FLOWERS 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 appreciated. 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 CAROL SINGING 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. CHRISTMAS DAY The service in St George’s Church will be at 10.30am. All are welcome. The collection will be for Helen and Douglas House. 19 EILEEN LAMBURN 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 internment) Gill Cox LANGFORD St Matthew’s LANGFORD PARISH COUNCIL 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. 20 JUMBLE SALE 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. WHIST 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 NEWS FROM ST CHRISTOPHER’S 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 21 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 LOST HAT! Found: Ribbed Brora adult’s hat. Found near the Langford allotments. Please call 01367 860302. LITTLE FARINGDON St Margaret’s A MARVELLOUS BONFIRE PARTY IN THE VILLAGE 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. THREE DECEMBER SERVICES AT ST MARGARET’S 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. CALLING ALL READERS & SINGERS FOR CAROL 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. CHURCH FLOWERS 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 22 SHILTON 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 www.shilton.info. 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 LOADS AND LOADS OF THANK YOU’S 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 23 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. CHRISTMAS SERVICES 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 SHILTON HISTORY GROUP 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 BRADWELL VILLAGE 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 24 BRADWELL BABES 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 WESTWELL 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 25 THANK YOU 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 AROUND THE REGION A look at events and news from a little further afield. NEWS FROM BURFORD SCHOOL YOUNG ENTERPRISE 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. 26 TEXTILES AT THE V&A 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. CONCERTS AND MISCELLANEY PERFORMANCES 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: email@example.com or for up- to-date information on all school matters please go to our website: www.burford.oxon.sch.uk 6TH FORM INFORMATION EVENING 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 LENTHALL CONCERT REPORT TRIO ORION 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 27 BURFORD SINGERS 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 ‘REFLECTION IN BLUE’ BY DAVID HODGES 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 BURFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL 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 TO READ? 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 www.archoxfordshire.org.uk Or telephone us on 01869 320380 28 THE COTSWOLD VOICES ON TOUR! 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 www.thecotswoldvoices.com or come along to one of our rehearsals at St Christopher’s on Tuesdays from 7.30-9pm during term times. Sarah Nisbett WEST OX ARTS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.westoxarts.com 01993 850137 Alice Saunders CARTERTON PANTO! Family pantomime: The 12...er....5 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 www.actingcommunitythingumybogs.btck.co.uk Sue James 29 CHEQS GARDENING CLUB 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 & GOWER JAZZ AND BLUES 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. KKGband@gmail.com,Phone 01367 252635 /mob 0775 2555654 LIVE ‘N’ DEADLY LIVE FROM COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK! 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 audience. 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!) 30 NATURE NOTES 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 ERRATUM. Following last month’s Parish People article, Jonathan Fyson would like to point out that Manor Farm is owned by the National Trust. 31 WHAT ARE WE HAVING FOR (CHRISTMAS) DINNER? 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 … Ingredients 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 Method 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 32 PARISH PEOPLE SAM KING: TEACHER. HEADMISTRESS, ST PETER’S, ALVESCOT. 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 33 C HRISTMAS CHEER AT COTSWOLD WOOLLEN WEAVERS 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 December 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) 34 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 ADVERTISE IN THIS SPACE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR YOURSELF, YOUR CHARITY, OR CHURCH 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 ono 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 house 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 35 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 36