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              Copy date for the                Issue Number 172
                March issue:                                         February 2012
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More than 1000 letters, emails and reports were received by OCC from the Public
Consultation on its draft Minerals Plan. Around 500 of them were related to Cholsey,
one of the selected sites scheduled to be included for gravel extraction in 2020.
We expect that the Planning Department will present its views to the OCC Working
Group on 24 February and, subject to agreement, to Cabinet and ultimately to the full
Council. The recommended plan will then come forward for further Public Consulta-
tion followed by a Government Inquiry.
There are however, two matters that might cause a delay to the process:
    •     A major change to the plan
    •     If a decision is taken not to include Cholsey, another location will be chosen
So, we are not ‘out of the woods’ just yet. We remain active and vigilant and will keep
you up to date as matters progress.
                                                                        Lynda Scott
                                            On behalf of the AGGROW Steering Group.

Your Flooding Insurance
In June of this year the insurance companies agreement with the Government to offer
flood insurance at a reasonable cost will come to an end. The Government instead
has increased the payment towards flood protection measures to £2.1 billion.
Although ‘discussions’ are still taking place, the insurance industry has said officially
that flood insurance ‘is no longer affordable’.
This may produce major problems for those seeking insurance cover.
My own experience reflects this. Last June I decided to check the market and
approached 14 companies. 2 brokers tried very hard to find me a quotation and failed,
the remaining 12 companies did not want to know once I mentioned I had been
flooded in 2007 and gave them my post code.
WODC are doing trojan work in their ‘Property Level Protection Scheme’ financed with
Government money from DEFRA. This year it is Clanfield’s turn and I understand
some 30 householders have applied. The scheme involves an inspection, a flood
protection scheme, non-contributory work and a final certificate/letter of protection. It
is likely that 15 houses will be dealt with in this round and maybe more next year.
Householders whose houses have been dealt with in this way will have a sound case
to make to insurers.
Another aspect that may help parishioners is the knowledge of the work carried out in
Clanfield over the last 5 years to protect the Parish and I have produced a 3-page
report setting out everything that has been done. If you would like a copy, just let me
know (810 622, e-mail: If you added this report to the
information you have of your own work and defences you will probably have a strong
Anybody who is troubled by the thought of future flooding (and it is most unwise to
think it won’t happen again) should register for the free flood warnings from the
Environment Agency. In 2007 most of the flooding occurred in the middle of the night
and people found themselves ‘paddling’ when they came down in the morning.
The EA Floodline service is on 0845 988 1188 and you have to phone them to
register. They offer two warnings. These are a flood ‘Alert’ when there is a possibility
of flooding and a Flood ‘Warning’ when flooding is expected. You can register for both
or just the ‘Warning’. There is a notification of when the risk is over.
This service is based on a measuring device the EA has installed in the Clanfield
Brook and is a 24-hour service. The Flood line number of 0845 988 1188 is also
manned for 24 hours. This excellent service is best handled through the landline
telephone but it can be to a mobile phone, or e-mail, text or fax. Also, if you wish, they
will notify a friend or relative at the same time. Most valuable if you are elderly or

There are only 35 households registered in Clanfield and more than 62 were flooded
in 2007. To make certain you are included call the EA Floodline number – 0845 988
1188. There is more information on their website
Finally, it is a good point to tell the insurance company that you are registered with the
EA for local flood warnings. Those registered are clearly a better risk than those who
are not.
The Councillor now responsible for keeping the waterways clear and watching over
flooding matters is Chris Scotcher (810 455).
                                                                            John Bowler

Local Police Contact Details
The new non–Emergency number for Thames Valley Police is 101, this is now used
widely across the UK police forces: Dial 101, then ask for extension 7633952. When
you dial this number the system is part automated and knows the area that you live in.
Colin Davies is the new PCSO covering Bampton area including Clanfield. His details
            PCSO Colin Davies 6584              Carterton Police Station

St. Stephen’s Church
It seems a very long time since we were celebrating Christmas, but 2012 is still only a
few weeks old. The usual Christmas services all went well and the Christmas tree
event on Monday 19th December raised over £100 for Macmillan and Helen &
Douglas House. Our thanks go to the staff and children of Clanfield Primary School
for making such beautiful Christingles for our Christingle service on 17th December.
We are now looking ahead to what many are anticipating to be a momentous year
with the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Each event offers opportunity
for celebration in our community, so if you have any ideas about what St Stephen’s
could do this summer, then let us know!
Also this month, the season of Lent is about to start – the time when Christians
prepare to celebrate Easter. Traditionally, it is a time of spiritual reflection and
discipline – thinking about God and trying to build a better relationship with him in our
daily lives. Many people find this rather daunting and prefer to concentrate on the
more physical, yet still challenging, task of giving up chocolate or wine or biscuits or
sugar in tea: the idea being that the physical discipline will help you develop spiritual
discipline as well. Whatever your choice, becoming more disciplined in our lives is
beneficial, but it is the means to an end – our closer relationship with God – not the
end in itself.
Finally, Friday 2nd March is the annual Women’s World Day of Prayer. This year the
theme is “Let justice prevail” and the readings and songs have been chosen by
Christian women from Malaysia. Special services will be happening that day
worldwide and our local one is at St. Mary’s, Bampton, at 7.30pm. Please contact Liz
Stevens (01367 810255) or Judith Hillier (01367 810474) if you would like a lift.
Dates for your diary
Mondays: Delicious lunches available 12 noon to 1.30pm every week at the Carter
Institute, Clanfield. Come along and enjoy a bowl of home-made soup and a roll,
followed by tea/coffee and biscuits. If you are interested in making soup or helping to
serve, please contact John or Nancie Greatrex on (01367) 810609 for more details.
Services in February
Sunday 5th February: 10.30am Family Service, led by Judith Hillier
Sunday 12th February: 9.15am Holy Communion Service, led by Rev. David Lloyd.
Sunday 19th February: 10.30am Family Service, led by Arthur Pont
Wednesday 22nd February: 9.15am Ash Wednesday Holy Communion led by Rev.
David Lloyd.
Sunday 26th February: 10.30am Family Service, led by Ian & Rosemary Smith (TBC).
Sunday 4th March: 10.30am Family Service, led by Judith Hillier.
                                                                            Judith Hillier

Fly tipping in Clanfield
I am sure that you are aware of the regular fly tipping that has
been taking place down Marsh Lane....!! Here is the latest
example from a Thursday in December.
Normally there is little clue as to who did it or where it came from, but this time we
have an excellent opportunity to catch the sleaze bag who did this. The material
contains items from a swimming pool that seems to be being renovated. There are
pool chemicals and old filters plus some very, very distinctive tiles (images below).
Surely somebody knows of someone locally who is
either a) working on renovating a pool or b) having their
pool renovated?
                              The local council are
                              aware and have probably
                              already cleared away the
                              mess, but if you have
                              any information that may
                              help, why not report it to the Council at 01993 861020
                              or the local police on 0845 850 5505?
                              Hopefully we can stop this happening yet again!

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Red Sandstone
I was interested in the photograph showing the entrance to Mill Lane and the two red
sandstones. Mollie King told me ages ago that there were two. Am I right in thinking
that now there is just one?
Anyway, a while back you may remember I wrote a piece in the WHAT? about the red
stones in this area. Their use goes back a long, long way. There is one outside
Bampton church wall, one outside Langford Church, just inside the farm yard there.
I believe that they are possibly prehistoric way markers. Red sandstone stands out in
a limestone area. At one time, geologically, there was a layer of red sandstone on top
of the limestone. It broke up and lay on the surface of the limestone in chunks. A
neighbour who used to live in the Pound, whilst travelling across the Berkshire
Downs, picked up a piece and put it in their garden. He took it away with him when he
moved house.
                                                                        Dorothy Wise

Clanfield and
Bampton Historical
A gentle reminder that, after what has
been, I hope, a pleasant Christmas
and New Year, the Society's season
resumes on February 21st when
prominent local historian Tony Hadland
will talk to us about 'Catholic
Recusancy in Oxfordshire' at 7.30pm
at the Carter Institute, Clanfield.
The first of this season's talks in
Bampton, at the Village Hall on
Wednesday, March 21st, again at
7.30pm, will be by Shaun Morley,
entitled 'The Wise in Heart Should Be
Called Prudent: Oxfordshire Friendly
Any queries, please phone Alan Smith
on 01367 810245.

Wise Memories - Who needs to go shopping?
About 70 years ago I lived on a farm and was happily coming to terms with being a
farmer's wife. We had many and varied callers, who usually knocked at my kitchen
door. The regular ones were the baker - Mr Skuse from Clanfield; the fishmonger - a
Mr Deakin from Lechlade; and Major Iles - a retired Army officer with his mobile
grocery van who also sold greengrocery.
One of my cats, Felix, usually did a bit of shopping for himself. It seemed that for
some reason he had a passion for cucumbers and he soon discovered that these
were onboard the mobile grocery van. One day while ordering what I required and
talking to Major Illes about the state of the world, as we regularly did, we became
conscious of the sound of steady munching. It was Felix, who had crept on board and
was happily crunching away at the bitter end of a cucumber! So naturally I had to buy
it, the first of many. Fortunately my family liked cucumbers as much as Felix.
On Thursdays Mr Deakin the fishmonger called. He was a good friend to Felix, well
he had to be - Felix was all over him and in self-defence he threw Felix a piece of fish
just to keep him out of his van while I chose what I wanted.
I remember too, Sarah and her mother Adelaide, who once a year drove their horse
and flat-cart laden with block salt and rock salt. The block salt came in very large
blocks about 9 inches square and 18 inches long. In those days we kept pigs and
always had one for ourselves which we preserved with salt. Our old farmhouse had a
salting cellar which contained a large stone trough just the right size for the sides of
bacon. The rock salt came in large lumps and was a pretty pink in colour. This was
put out in the cow pastures for the cows to lick.
Another caller was an Indian gentleman who wore a colourful turban and a great
smile! He would arrive on a bike with a large brown suitcase strapped on the back. In
this suitcase he carried his stock, which was an array of tablecloths, silk scarves and
Then there was the travelling lady who sold pegs made of two pieces of wood bound
at the top with a strip of tin. My husband swore that the wood came from one of our
fences! One day she arrived swathed in a shawl and, as she tried to persuade me to
buy yet more pegs, I realised that she had a baby tucked up in the shawl. "Have you
got a baby there ?" I asked. "Yes m'lady" she replied and drew back the shawl to
reveal a very pretty little face. "Is it a girl?" I asked, "Yes" came the reply, "and what is
she called?" "Rose Polly" came the reply. Rose Polly, if she has survived, will be
about seventy years old now.
Last, but not least, the piano tuner called once a year. After he had finished tuning he
would always play me a tune, usually a waltz. One of my regrets in life is that I gave
up piano lessons because I hated having to practice. My mother always said I would
regret it and she was right. She was a very good pianist and I still have her piano, a
Broadwood. It stands mute in my sitting room - a constant reminder of how silly I was.
                                                                              Dorothy Wise
Clanfield Football Club
I saw Clanfield play for the first time this season, and witnessed their 3-2 win at
Headington Amateurs on the 27th December. Geography and other commitments limit
the number of times I can see Clanfield play, but it was a good win against the team
that won the division last season.
At the time of writing Clanfield had won six league games, all away from home, and at
the time of writing even though I am limited to seeing Clanfield play twice a year, I
have seen both their most recent home league win and their most recent league away
win, but I hope that they have recorded further victories by the time you read this.
I know of one non-league football manager who when his team's away form was
better than their home form he decided to make the home fixture seem like an away
fixture by ordering a team coach. I am not suggesting Clanfield try something similar,
but I am sure they will work hard to rectify this.
Looking at the opponents Clanfield have already played in the league and
supplementary cup this season. Rayners Lane who beat Clanfield 3-2 have spent a
total of 28 years in the Hellenic League in two spells have only been in the same
division as Clanfield five seasons during this spell, the most recent of these being in
1995/96 season. This season Rayners Lane have signed Lawrence Yaku, who for
each of the last four seasons had been playing for Hampton And Richmond in the
Blue Square Bet Conference South, and not surprisingly he scored one of the goals
that beat Clanfield.
Clanfield's other match in this competition saw them record their first home win of the
season when they beat Bracknell Town, but this is believed to be the first meeting
between the clubs.
                                                                        Malcolm Clarke

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The Ridgeway Military & Aviation Research
Recently Peter Long lent me some RMAR magazines, which make fascinating
reading. This group was formed in 1991 to collect, record and preserve WW2 history
from the area, together with other military & aviation matters.
The Group hold lectures and conduct archaeological surveys at nearby Coleshill
which was used to train the ‘auxiliaries’. Peter knew I had an interest in Churchill’s
secret army. I have visited a bunker in Usk which has been restored and appears in
the British film – Resistance – based on a novel written by Owen Sheers. The story
focuses on the lives of the fictional wives of members of an auxiliary unit. Its plot
presupposes that the Germans defeated the Normandy landings of 1944, and counter
-attacked so powerfully that they soon occupied almost the whole of Britain. It
certainly makes you think about ‘what if we had lost the war?’.
RMAR can be contacted c/o Mark Bailey at 1, Glenn Miller Close in Chaddleworth,
Berkshire RG20 8HF (what an address!). There is also a Museum of the British
Resistance Organisation in Suffolk which opens in April after its winter break. The
website is if you wish to check on opening times.
                                                                       Caroline Crisp

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Time For Marmalade
Marmalade was originally made from quinces. It takes its name from marmelo, the
Portuguese word for quince. Significant quantities of marmalade were imported during
the 15th century but it was a couple of centuries later when people started to make it
with the bitter Seville oranges that its popularity soared.
According to Wikipedia “A Roman cookbook attributed to Apicius gives a recipe for
preserving whole quinces, stems and leaves attached, in a bath of honey diluted with
defurtum - Roman marmalade.”
It goes on to dispel certain myths about its origin which I hadn’t heard but find rather
appealing (no pun intended)!
“There is no truth to a folk etymology that claims the word derives from "Ma'am est
malade" (French for "Madam is ill"), referring to Mary, Queen of Scots, because she
used it as a medicine for a headache or upset stomach—or that during a bout of
seasickness when sailing from France to Scotland, she turned to the sugary
substance made of quinces by her French chef to ease her queasiness.”
Anyway here is a recipe for that golden breakfast staple which can be made whilst
Seville oranges are available. Do not delay because the season is very short. Other
varieties of citrus fruit can be used but this is the classic.
         •    1.5 kg (3lbs) washed Seville oranges
         •    Juice of 2 lemons
         •    3.6 litres(6 pints) water
         •    3 kg (6 lbs) sugar
Halve the oranges and squeeze out the juice and pips. Tie the pips and any extra
membrane that has come away in the squeezing process in a piece of muslin or thin
cotton. Slice the orange peel thinly or thickly as preferred and put in a preserving pan
with the fruit juices, water and muslin bag. Simmer gently for two hours until the peel
is soft and the liquid reduced by half. Remove the muslin bag and squeeze it well
allowing these juices to run back into the pan. You can then discard it into your ‘waste
food bin’. Add the sugar, stirring until dissolved then boil the mixture rapidly for about
15 minutes. Test for a set and remove from heat when reached. Remove any scum
with a slotted spoon. Adding a good knob of butter helps to dispel the scummy froth in
a very ‘magical’ way which I always marvel at. Pot and cover in the usual way.
A couple of options that work well are adding about 100 ml of whisky at the end
before potting or adding a tablespoon of crushed corainder seed to the pips in the
muslin bag. If you want dark marmalade use demerara sugar or stir in 2 tablespoons
of black treacle.
Don’t forget to keep a pot for the Produce Show on the 1st September
                                                                          Caroline Crisp
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Clanfield 85 Football Club
The Club remains in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Supplementary Cup which is a
Competition for Clubs eliminated from the Uhlsport Hellenic League Blue Fin
Insurance Brokers Challenge Cup. Just for a change we secured a home draw. We
played Bracknell Town from the League’s Premier Division on November 26th 2011
and went through to the next round with a fine 3 - 1 win with goals scored by Dan
Bishop (2) and Lee Keyes. After our misfortune in being drawn away in all of the other
Competitions that we have entered this Season we have again been pleasantly
surprised by a home draw for the second round. This will be against Didcot Town
Reserve Team on Saturday, February 4th, kick-off 3 p.m. It may be that there is some
surprise that Reserve Teams should be playing in our League but in fact Didcot
Town’s First Team play in what is known as the Southern League which is two grades
higher than the League in which we play and their Reserve Team are therefore
entitled to play at our level.
Unfortunately the Reserve Team were not able to make further progress in the
Oxfordshire Intermediate Cup when they were beaten 1 - 0 away to Broughton &
North Newington in a very fractious match in which our goalkeeper Jordan Day was
rather unluckily sent off. As a result he has to serve a three match suspension.
The First Team League form has been rather like the Curate’s Egg. Unfortunately our
fortunes are not assisted by the way in which the League in which we play organise
their fixtures. We as a Club have spent some £56,000 of hard earned money
supplemented by Grant Aid from the Local Authority and the Football Association and
this enables all of our home games through the Season to kick-off at 3 p.m.
Unfortunately the same does not apply to all Clubs and a number do not have
floodlights. This means that in the months of December and January the kick-offs at
grounds where there are no floodlights have to be at 2 p.m. in December and 2.15
p.m. in January. The result is that we have travelled to a number of games without
players who might otherwise be in the team as those players have been unable to get
time off work. We went to bottom of the table Trowbridge Town in the first Saturday in
December and had enormous team raising difficulties. As a result we conceded the
only goal to lose 0 - 1. The following week we were again on the road, this time to
Lydney Town but they have floodlights. We kicked off at 3 p.m. and we won 2 - 1. The
following week we were at home to Malmesbury Victoria and gave a poor
performance to lose 2 - 0. On Bank Holiday Tuesday, December 27th we went to last
Season’s League winners and won 3 - 2 and the following Friday we drew 1 - 1 at
home to Hook Norton. Our games in January so far have involved 2.15 p.m. kick-offs
and we have lost 1 - 3 at Purton and 1 - 6 at Tytherington Rocks. Including the game
against Didcot Town Reserves we have four home games on the trot. In fact we have
just 5 away games to play in the League and 10 (including the Cup Match) at home.
Hardly a fair apportionment of fixtures.
Unfortunately the Reserve Teams fortunes have been somewhat dictated by the calls
of the First Team. Manager Chris Boot has gone for a much younger team and in

consequence they will take some time to gel together but it is significant to note that a
number of players have been brought into the First Team and when that has
happened they have not been found wanting.
The Under-16 Team who play in the Oxfordshire Football Association Invitation A
League have had a blank period of time over Christmas and have not fulfilled their
early promise. Despite their young age one or two of the Under-16 Team have been
associated with the First Team and Reserves and Yassin El-Ouhabi has made his
First Team debut.
The Under-13 Team have been playing extremely well and are well placed in their
League which is the Giles Sport Witney & District Youth C League.
Full details of the Club’s forthcoming fixtures from First Team to Under-13 Team can
usually be found on a Friday evening on the Club website. Information relating to the
Club’s fortunes can also be found on the Uhlsport Hellenic League website.
As to functions in the Clubhouse the regular Monday Night Bingo continues and all
are welcome to attend. There is also a regular monthly Quiz Night but at the time of
going to press the date for the next one has not been decided.
Spectators for matches at all levels will be very welcome and a very warm welcome
awaits anyone who wants to come along either to matches or to the Club functions in
the Clubhouse.
                                                                            Trevor Cuss

Carterton Neighbourhood Management Update
– January
The Allendale Youth Centre refurbishment continues at a good pace. It’s hoped the
official opening will be at the end of January with several dignitaries attending. The
attendance at the temporary youth club behind the Esso Garage continues to attract
good support and the team works closely with the Outreach Workers.
There have been few instances of anti social behaviour from the young people in
Carterton and most areas seem relatively quiet. There have a few occasions where
vehicles are being used anti-socially and the people involved have been warned
about possible seizure of vehicles.
We have carried out speed checks on the Bampton to Clanfield Road and Upavon
Way. Speed checks were also carried out on the Burford Road in Burford. In addition
to these a local operation was undertaken to find drivers using their mobile phones or
not wearing a seatbelt. Several tickets were issued during this operation.
Some residents have been into the police station to complain about dog fouling so we
repeat our request to clear it up.
We also discovered some cannabis plants being grown within a local property, while
searching for a missing person. If you have any information concerning drugs in your
community please tell us on the non-emergency number, 101. If you prefer to remain
anonymous then call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
On Thursday 19 January there will be a road safety roadshow taking place in the Co-
Op car park in Carterton. This is a multi-agency event to provide tips on safer winter
driving, seatbelt checks etc. The Carterton neighbourhood police team will be there so
please drop by and say hello. We will also be welcoming a new Special Constable,
Sean Packham, this month.

Fuelling your community
home heating oil
fuels for agriculture and industry
monthly payments scheme
boiler servicing                                           Brize Norton                                      01993 851122

Fly-tipper and illegal waste carrier prosecuted
A man has been sentenced and ordered to pay £2,190 for carrying waste away
without a licence and for fly-tipping it in a West Oxfordshire bridleway.
Tomasz Medrek, age 36 of Tudor Walk, Swindon, pleaded guilty at Banbury
Magistrates Court on Friday 25 November to dumping a large quantity of rubbish in a
bridleway off the A361, between Burford and Filkins. He had also been paid as a
waste carrier to remove the rubbish, but was not licensed to carry out this work.
The rubbish, dumped in June 2011, included a large quantity of builders' waste from a
house renovation in the village of Windrush, Gloucestershire.
Environmental Enforcement Officers working for West Oxfordshire District Council
traced the rubbish back to the address in Windrush village and enquiries showed that
Mr Medrek had removed all the rubbish from the site.
When interviewed, Mr Medrek admitted to both dumping the rubbish in the bridleway
and not being registered with the Environment Agency as an authorised Waste
Every reported case of fly-tipping is investigated and this includes the use of covert
surveillance at fly-tipping 'hot spots' in the district, as well as close working with
Thames Valley Police, Trading Standards and the Environment Agency. Since 2006/7
fly-tipping has reduced by more than 22%.
Anyone using a waste removal company should always check that they have a waste
carrier licence number and this can be done by contacting the Environment Agency
on 08708 506506.
Last year alone, the Council cleared up 573 fly-tips in West Oxfordshire at a cost of
Fly-tipping can be reported online at or by calling
01993 861060.

                                APPLIANCE REPAIRS & SERVICE
           A PHONE CALL
               AWAY             ELECTRICAL/PLUMBING WORKS
                                CLANFIELD                01367 810512
                                MOBILE                   07711 427497

                     WHAT?’s On in Clanfield
     Clanfield Pre-school                         Monday Drop-in Lunches
For children in the age range 2–5 at the      Drop in at the Carter Institute every
Methodist Church Hall. Open every             Monday 12.00pm - 1.30pm (excluding
Monday to Friday from 8.45am - 2.45pm         Bank Holidays) and you can be assured
during term-time. Call Jane Brown on          of a warm welcome! Homemade soup
01367 860848 (home) or 01367 810365           and a roll, coffee/tea and biscuits.
(pre-school) for details                      Contact John Greatrex - 810609
     Clanfield Baby & Toddlers                    Historical Society
Every Wednesday at the Carter Institute       Monthly meetings between October and
from 10.00am until 11.30am. Contact           May in either Clanfield or Bampton.
Sharon 07776 252314 or Simone 07914           Details from Alan Smith on 01367
539613                                        810245
     Women’s Institute                            Carter Institute
Meetings are held every second                For bookings contact Mrs.           Kate
Tuesday in the month at 7.30 p.m. in the      O’Donnell on 01367 810440
Carter Institute. Notices giving details of
the meeting will be on display in the Post        Art Classes
Office and village notice boards. All         Tuesdays at the Carter Institute. Further
welcome. Contact Heather Clarke, 12           details contact Maggy Fitzpatrick on
Manor Lane, Clanfield 01367 810655.           810553
     Mobile Library Service
The Mobile Library will visit Clanfield
every other Thursdays; by the Church
from 1:00pm to 1:15pm then Queens
Crescent 2:20pm to 2:35pm
     Bell Ringing
Practice night each Wednesday from
7.30 - 9.00 pm at St. Stephen's Church.
New ringers always welcome. Contact
Tower Captain: Ian Kenworthy 01367
810577 or Deputy: Catherine Bernard
01367 810587
      Snooker Club
7:30pm – 10 pm every Tuesday,
Thursday & Friday evening, upstairs in
the Carter Institute. Contact Barrie
Rawlinson on 01367 810265

                                                          Advertising Rates
WHAT? To Trade                                              (as from April 2006)
Advertise for FREE anything you’d like to     Full page   (128 x 190 mm) £24.00
sell or give away - from children’s clothes   ½ page      (128 x 85 mm)    £12.00
& toys to books & DVDs; furniture to          ¼ page      (128 x 40 mm) OR
surplus garden plants.                                    (60 x 85 mm)     £10.00
  Mamas and Papas large cot / junior          Eighth page (58 x 40 mm)     £6.00
  bed in light oak effect. Suitable from          Adverts can be sent by email in either
   birth up to 4 years old. Very good             MS Word, MS Publisher or as a JPEG.
     condition. £50.00 Tel: 810226
                                                Email letters and articles to:
                       For all your 
                    repairs & sewing &
                        alterations            Deliver Handwritten Articles to:
                                               Caroline Crisp, The Grange, Bourton Road,
                                                Clanfield OX18 2PB Tel: 01367 810452
                                              (all handwritten articles must have a contact
                       01367 0113                     name and telephone number)
                        0                                    Jan Smith,
                                                    12 High House Close, Clanfield
                                                          For general queries
                   Clanfield                                please contact:
                                                    Liz Gaertner    01367 810465
                  Pre-school                        Caroline Hudson 01367 810452
                                                    Charles Willmer 01367 810206
 Small and friendly pre-school,               The WHAT? would like to remind
providing learning through play               readers that it does not accept
    in a fun environment for                  responsibility for the content of
                                              any article printed. Views printed
   children aged 2 – 5 years.                 are solely those of the contributor.
Open 8.45am-2.45pm offering a range           The WHAT? will publish all
           of sessions.                       contributors’ names unless
       ‘Good’ OFSTED report                   anonymity is specifically
                                              requested. Anonymous articles
  We are a Forest School and offer a
                                              and or letters will not be printed.
        summer play scheme.
                                              The WHAT? reserves the right to
For further details contact Jane Brown
                                              edit any article, where
          on 01367 860848
                                              appropriate, according to the              available space.
       Spring into Spring and visit
               The Plough
                    Gin Pantry
     22 different Gins (and growing) with lots of
                  interesting tonics.

         Why not try them all (not at once of course)

         Bar and Restaurant menu available
        From casual dining to private dining
              Children’s menu available
        Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner

             The Plough Hotel and Restaurant
                 Bourton Road, Clanfield
                     01367 810222


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