Clanfield what for April 202 by davoakey

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New Hanger at RAF Brize Norton
My predecessor and I visited the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)
presentation on the proposed A400 hangar held at Carterton town hall on 7 March.
The A400 will be a new edition to the RAF’s strategic airlift replacing the ageing
Hercules fleet starting late 2012. It is twice as big and will require a maintenance
facility commensurate with its size. We were able to speak with the lead contractors
and a senior member of the RAF about the likely impact of this new arrival and its
support. The hangar will be built on the north-east side of the airfield with a
completion date of late 2014. It is so large that planning permission was required and
the DIO approached WODC who requested detailed reports on the following flooding,
noise, traffic, environment and light pollution.
The flooding report confirmed that, where possible, rainwater would be re-used. A
new containment tank, double the size of the present one which holds 4,700 m2,
would be built and the existing one removed. Further work is required on the issue of
controlling the exit flows – a matter of some concern for Brize Norton and Bampton –
with plans and reports being made available to the Water Management Working
Group. The A400 is ‘state of the art’ and certainly quieter than the Hercules. Engine
testing would be carried out next to the hangar in a pit complete with noise reduction
measures There will not be the need, as with the Hercules, for prolonged engine
running following, for example, propeller replacement.
Throughout the presentation it was very clear that the project team was keen to
ensure good liaison with all affected parishes. Information will be passed on through
this medium as it becomes available.
                                                                   Cllr Chris Scotcher
                                      (with thanks to John Bowler for his contribution)

A Month with “clever” SID
I’m sure a number of residents will have noticed a speed indication device (SID)
deployed around the village through January and early February. This was no
ordinary SID; it was clever too in that it recorded data on traffic volume, speeds. It can
also record vehicle type if suitably programmed. The majority of its deployment was
on the presently determined problem area, Bampton Road but it was also taken, with
the help of a couple of local volunteers, to Main Street and the Radcot Road. The
general conclusions, though not necessarily of statistical significance nor unexpected,
were as follows:
    A significant proportion of the traffic passing through Clanfield is travelling at
    speeds greater than 30mph.
    Nearly 57% of the traffic entering the village on the Bampton Road is travelling at
    speeds greater than 30mph: 11% of the total recorded was travelling at speeds
    greater than 40mph.
    Just over 17% of the vehicles leaving the village on the Bampton Road was
    travelling at speeds greater than 30mph: the SID was placed some 200 yards
    short of the delimiting sign.
    Nearly 18% of the vehicles travelling either way down Main Street were exceeding
    Over 64% of the vehicles travelling either way on the Radcot Road were
    exceeding 30 mph.
Your Parish Council is continuing to press OCC Highways for a traffic calming
measure to be installed at the entry to the village on Bampton Road. It will also be
considering what should best be done elsewhere to ensure that drivers adhere to the
speed limit.
My thanks are due to volunteers John Elsley, Giles Haughton, Paul Dry and Philip
Barnett who offered their help; and to Matt Holdcroft who unravelled the mysteries of
the Palm data collection device and process in order for me to make sense of the
data.                                                             Cllr Chris Scotcher

Amazing Feat of a Figgins
A pair of British rowers have become the first
modern day, independent oarsmen to row non-
stop from Agadir, Morocco to Port St Charles in
Barbados when they crossed the finishing line.
They arrived on 18 February in their 7m rowing
boat Atlantic Calling.
David Whiddon and Lloyd Figgins have used
the adventure to raise money for the RNLI –
and are now the 20th pair to have rowed across the Atlantic East to West as part of the
rowing challenge. Lloyd is Phil Figgins’ son; Phil lives with Joyce on Bampton Road and he
used to organise the Poppy Appeal collection.
The intrepid duo managed the Atlantic crossing in an impressive 60 days and 17 hours,
completing what has been billed as one of the most gruelling endurance challenges on the
planet. Along the way they have had some awe-inspiring moments: sightings of 10 rare
pygmy killer whales, being surrounded by a pod of up to 150 dolphins, and rowing under a
full moon.
Their 3,300 nautical mile journey hasn’t all been plain rowing. The rowers have had to
contend with treacherous storms with 7m waves, a crack in the hull, three near collisions
with tankers, and nosey sharks. In addition, hallucinations and sleep deprivation have been
a common element throughout their journey as the rowers worked on a 2 hour on/2 hour
off rowing shift pattern, so neither has slept for more than an hour and a half at a time
throughout their challenge.
David Whiddon, an Inshore Lifeboat and Sea Survival Trainer for the charity said: 'It has
been a remarkable, once in a lifetime experience and we would like to thank our sponsor
Everyone Active for helping to make it happen. The challenge has been incredibly tough at
times but thoroughly rewarding. We have dedicated this row to all the RNLI’s lifeboat
volunteers and crew past and present, who help to save lives at sea.'
The rowers hope to raise £24,000 for the RNLI’s Train One, Save Many campaign, which
is close to David’s heart as he trains the volunteer crews in boat handling and sea survival.
                                    The Atlantic Calling Team believe that their success is
                                    down to their meticulous planning, specialist advice
                                    and support that they have been given over the last 18
                                    months. Lloyd Figgins, Remote Field Safety and Risk
                                    Management Consultant commented: 'We have been
                                    fortunate that many people have given up their time to
                                    help us prepare for this crossing and we can’t thank
                                    them enough.'
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                                    Lloyd has certainly excelled himself in his charitable
                                    endeavours – WELL DONE for a very worthy cause.

Church Concert
If you weren’t in St. Stephen’s Church on Sunday 11th March, you missed a treat!
The concert given by the Newman Consort, a group of eight very talented young
Oxford singers (including the Vicar’s daughter-in-law) performed music appropriate for
the time of Lent. Pieces by Byrd, Dove, Gibbons, Stainer and others were
interspersed by readings. It is hoped that further concerts will be held to raise money
for the fabric of the church and its bells. Grateful thanks to those who supported this
                                                                             Liz Stevens

         Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
                            The following programme is provisional

Friday June 1st – 7:30 – 11:00 Dance to 50’s music (dance instructor will be
available) – Location Marquee at the Institute
Saturday June 2nd - 10am – 3pm Photograph exhibition & Memorabilia – bring 2
copies of your photo of your family in front of your house to The Tavern Conservatory
(to be confirmed). One copy will be displayed on a large village map the second will
be catalogued and placed in a “time capsule which when completed will be located in
the Church – Memorabilia of the 50’s welcome + pictures of people with Birthdays
weddings Anniversaries in 1952
Saturday June 2nd - 7:30pm - 50’s film show – showing of a family film of the 50’s
with Fish & Chips, see booking form in May’s WHAT? – location Marquee
Sunday June 3rd 3pm – 5pm - Bring Your Own street style tea party, bring Food &
Drink of the 50’s and Dress up in 50’s style, - organised games & races - table &
chairs provided – location Marquee at the Institute
Monday June 4th – 11am - Service of Celebration – Rev David Lloyd – location
Marquee at the Institute
Monday June 4th – 2pm - Milk bar for 10 – 14 year olds, milk shakes, films (Grease)
and music of the fifties Service of Celebration – location Marquee at the Institute
Monday June 4th - 7:30 – 11pm – Youth disco & live music, - location Marquee at
the Institute
    All the above events will be confirmed in the May WHAT?, there will be attendance
    forms available for some of the events in May, in The WHAT?, the Post Office, The
                                  Tavern and The Plough.
    The Clanfield Festival committee is organising these events on behalf of the
    Clanfield Parish Council who are funding the events with the assistance of a
                      grant from the Festival awards committee

Clanfield and Bampton Historical Society
Nothing much changes, it seems, as Shaun Morley told the society’s meeting in
Bampton Village Hall – by chance on Budget Day: Friendly Societies were run by
labourers for labourers, who contributed about 3s 6d. a quarter from an average
wage of 10 shillings a week, as insurance against sickness or to pay for a funeral.
The sick pay was never quite as much as an earned wage, so there was always an
incentive to work.
They were so popular during the 18th and 19th Centuries that, said Mr Morley, ‘almost
every town and village in the country had one, often more than one’. But many had
to close when the majority of the members grew old, and younger workers did not
want to pay to support them, but instead started a new society, leaving the older
men to fend for themselves. I imagine the Chancellor would quite like to be able to
do that on a national scale.
The societies were mostly based on public houses: the first in Oxfordshire was at
the King’s Arms in Witney in 1750, and although many of the pubs are now
closed, Bampton’s societies included one at the Talbot and Clanfield’s at what was
the Masons Arms, now the Tavern. They became the centre of social life in the
towns and villages, and the Club Day was the highlight of the year, with marching
bands, parades with flags designed and produced by the various societies, a great
deal of drinking and eating for the men, and tea and cakes for their womenfolk and
children. In some cases women were allowed to become members, but their votes
had to be cast by their husbands.
The Liberal Reform Act of 1911, which introduced National Insurance and Old Age
Pensions, meant the clubs were no longer needed, though some of the bigger ones
were used to collect NI contributions.
Our next meeting will be in Clanfield’s Carter Institute, at 7.30pm on April 17, when
Kate Tiller’s talk will be the ‘Anatomy of a County: the Oxfordshire Historical Atlas
Project’. Further information from Alan Smith (01367 810245)

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Flood Prevention Measures
or ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’
On 24 February, at the kind invitation of Cllr Keith Glazier (Chairman of Brize Norton
Parish Council), I attended a tour of inspection of the various sites where measures
have been taken to improve drainage in and around RAF Brize Norton. It’s important
to note, from the outset, that some 80% of the water coming from the catchment area
north of Clanfield and the airfield eventually flows through and around Brize Norton
and on to Bampton; the other 20% comes our way.
The tour started at the balancing pond mentioned in the anonymous article in last
month’s “What?” On a 99-year lease from Thames Water to OCC with responsibility
for its maintenance vested with WODC, it is a considerable size (it’s behind the Brize
Norton sports centre). Part of the water course has already been re-worked. As with
many of the flood prevention measures undertaken since 2007, we just have not had
the rainfall to prove the efficacy of provision much to Keith Glazier’s frustration. So
whether this has the equivalent capacity of 40 swimming pools has yet to be seen.
Considerable work to improve the flow off the catchment area to the north-east of the
airfield has also been done in the area of the Mason’s Arms. We were able to witness
two fellows in JCBs finessing the shape of the intersection of waterways in this area.
The final visit outside the wire was to some completed balancing ponds to the north of
Carterton which will, in time, become a pleasant feature once the nearby saplings
have grown somewhat.
Inside the wire, we visited various areas to inspect improvements to the flow of water,
one of which necessitated the removal of a 40 gallon empty oil drum from one of two
pipes of similar diameter; how to double the flow easily. Some impressive work has
been completed in the north-west corner of the airfield improving the flow of the
Shillbrook in that area and thence downstream under the airfield: a cleverly designed
metal grid stops branches and other significant debris from slowing down the flow and
yet permits the flow to continue uninterrupted within a secure area. The grid requires
regular inspection and clearing. The Shillbrook divides south of the airfield, part
coming down the Black Bourton Brook and the remainder flowing to Bampton. It is the
EA’s responsibility to keep the Black Bourton Brook : this has been executed over the
past 4 months with your parish council in receipt of the programme for the
forthcoming year.
The final location visit was to the south east corner of the airfield where there is a
purpose built pond (possibly another 40 swimming pools) designed primarily to catch
any serious spillage of oil on the runway or other hard-standing. Beyond this
construction is a large reed bed, the reeds being there to absorb any unwanted
elements not caught by the pond. Beyond this is a high capacity run off in the general
direction of Bampton. The site manager admitted this area has been the victim of
considerable neglect over the years – the reed bed looked more like a mangrove
swamp - but funds were being made available to bring it up to its design standard.

So what of that 20% run off likely to come towards Clanfield? I have already
mentioned keeping the Black Bourton Brook clear on a regular basis and the same
applies to the Clanfield Brook. Through the combined efforts of the EA, work
commissioned by your parish council, possibly our one-day village partial clearance
exercise and efforts by the responsible riparian owners, it seems that the flow such as
it has been is much improved. Liaison with the EA is good and Mr Ty Edwards’ work
much appreciated.
We should not, though, rest on our laurels. As the visit showed, many of the problems
experienced in 2007 were down to neglect of important waterways and associated
constructions such as balancing ponds by the responsible agencies or companies.
Parish councils in the risk areas will continue to maintain pressure on those agencies
to exercise those responsibilities. I believe, indeed know, there is still work to be done
by riparian owners of ditches within the parish. It would be good to know that this
might be done without undue pressure over the coming months. Whilst present
rainfall doesn’t suggest any possible problem, we should continue to remind
ourselves that extreme events have unwelcome consequences which, with a little,
regular effort, can be mitigated.
                                                                      Cllr Chris Scotcher

Flood Protection Measures - Insurance
This article is, in part, a follow-up to last month’s item from John Bowler on this
subject. WODC has reported that over 20 properties affected by the 2007 flood have
taken advantage of the flood protection measures scheme. In addition to the physical
protection afforded to properties, WODC has also undertaken to write a letter for the
householder that would be useful in the event of home insurance renewals.
On the outcome of the survey initiated some 3 months or so ago, the response was 8
completed forms out of a possible 60 or so. This was a little disappointing.
Conclusions drawn from this survey, and a similar one undertaken in Bampton, were
discussed at a recent local Flood Working Group. The surveys showed a very wide
range of treatment from insurance companies with about 25% of flood victims
receiving small increases in premiums with the remainder experiencing an escalating
range of costs. Quite a number have two excesses, one for general household claims
and a second for flooding, usually in the order of £5000. Many reported difficulties in
trying to change insurers, either for reasons of better customer service or seeking a
more competitive premium, requests coming to nought on answering the question
about flooding.
Please continue to let me know if you have difficulties with obtaining house insurance
because of the 2007 floods: anything that is relevant could well prove useful in the
forthcoming debate when the present agreement between HMG and insurers comes
to an end next year.
                                                                      Cllr Chris Scotcher

Clanfield WI
It is very relaxing being a Clanfield WI member! After the formalities of our Annual
General Meeting during which there was an account of all the activities taken place in
the past year, the appointment of a new committee and the new president, Raena
Farley, who replaces Heather Clark, we were given a most interesting talk about
hypnotherapy. Pippa Shay, from Bampton, uses techniques to help with anything
from a phobia or stress, relationship problems, to breaking bad habits such as over-
eating. At the end of the meeting we were lulled into a tranquil ‘sleep’ while listening to
beautiful music.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 10th April at 7.30 pm in the Carter Institute when the
speaker is Steve Moll - The Incredible World of the Honey Bee. Visitors are always
welcome. Please see our website:
                                                                          Liz Stevens

Clanfield Annual Clean-up Day – 9th June
The date has been set for Saturday 9th June starting at 9am from the green opposite
the Clanfield Tavern. As usual, waders, luminescent jackets, litter pickers, refuse bags
and waterproof gloves will be provided but we will need volunteers to fill them. What’s
to be done has yet to be determined in detail but, for the time being, would those who
would like to help, please put the date in the diary. Further details will appear in
successive editions.
                                                                       Cllr Chris Scotcher

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  The Annual Parish meeting will be held at 7.00pm on
  Monday, 16th April at the Carter Institute, Main Street

   Report by the Chairman of the Parish Council
      Cllr. Anne Harris
   Report by County Councillor
      Cllr. Don Seale
   Report by District Councillor
      Cllr. Mark Booty
   Developments at RAF Brize Norton
      Wing Commander Muir
   Policing in Clanfield
      Thames Valley Police
   Clanfield Primary School Head teacher's report
      Ms Jane Lloyd
           If you wish to add an item to this agenda, please contact
          Lynda Scott, Parish Clerk on 01367 810606 or by email at
         before 9 April.

Clanfield Awards Committee
The Clanfield Awards Committee was set up to give money that has been raised by
Clanfield Festival Events. The committee is made up from representatives of the
Parish Council, The Church, the Festival Committee and the village. The money that
is raised is for use within the village and for the enhancement of the village be it an
amenity or in some other form that enriches the village. Individuals or groups can
apply for money to buy the items by contacting in the first instance the Parish Council,
who will pass on the request to the committee.
                                                                             Ann Harris
                                                          Chairman Awards Committee

                                        Robin Martin-Oliver, who
                                        trained with Northern Opera is
                                        teaching a group of singers who meet in
                                        Bampton Village Hall.
                                        Monday 11.30 – 13:00, £4.00 per
                                        session (contributions for sheet music)
                                        Some of us are novices, never the less,
                                        enthusiastic. At the moment we are
                                        about 20, ideally he would like 50 and
                                        definitely more men!
                                        If you are nervous of your capabilities,
                                        don’t be, it is good fun and a great uplift
                                        to the beginning of the week.
                                        For more details call me, or just turn up
                                                                Angie Bell 810688
                                                (or see Elaine at Bampton Library

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     Clanfield Car Boot Sale
              Sunday 22nd April
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                    10.00am - 1.00pm
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     •   Face painting
     •   Cake stall
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 3rd Annual Clanfield Artists Exhibition 2012
                              Call for Artists
We are looking for artists wishing to take part in our exhibition in June so don’t miss
this opportunity to exhibit with us. If you have not exhibited before why not give it a
go. We would like more artists to join us if they are out there.
The exhibition is a showcase for the talent of Clanfield. The many visitors we had
last year commented on the high quality of work on show.
The work(s) can be in any medium and this year we are also looking for Sculpture
and Ceramics. If you wish to offer them for sale a commission would be charged on
the sale price and this would go to the Clanfield Festival Awards Fund.
We will also be having a children’s section in the exhibition. The theme for the
children’s section will be “Olympics” we would like to see how you interpret it, so get
your thinking caps on children. Further details nearer the time.
The exhibition this year will be June 23rd – 24th and 30th June-1st July
Again visitors are to be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite work of art,
and the artist who created that work will receive a prize.
To give us an idea of the number of artists who would like to take part (last year we
had 15) please get in touch with Peter Farley by 20th April 2012 at the latest, with
your intention to participate.
                Contact Peter Farley on 810604 or email
                                                         Clanfield Festival Committee

Church Dates for your Diary
Thursday 19th April: 7.30pm Annual Parochial Council Meeting for the parish of
Bampton with Clanfield at the Carter Institute, Clanfield.
Services in April
Sunday 1st April,       Palm Sunday: 10.30am Holy Communion Service, led by
                        Rev. David Battersby.
Friday 6th April,       Good Friday: 2.00pm The ‘Last Hour’ service, led by Rev.
                        David Lloyd.
Sunday 8th April,       Easter Sunday: 9.15am Holy Communion Service, led by
                        Rev. David Lloyd.
Sunday 15th April:      10.30am Family Service, led by Ian and Rosemary Smith.
Sunday 22nd April:      10.30am Family Communion, led by Rev. Roger Humphreys.
Sunday 29th April:      10.30am United Parish Eucharist, led by Rev. David Lloyd.
Sunday 6th May:         10.30am Family Service, led by Judith Hillier.
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Rotary Club of Faringdon & District
It is around this time of year, that the purple crocuses should poke
their heads up on Clanfield’s Top and bottom green, these were
planted by Rotary in 2011, to celebrate the Rotary eradication of
Polio campaign that has been running for some years, and the
achievement of no new cases occurring in India for the past year. This was shown in
detail on national television recently.
The Rotary Club of Faringdon & District meet every Wednesday evening, at The Bell
Hotel in Faringdon, we enjoy each other’s company with a meal, and then listen to a
guest speaker. Recent speakers have included the Business manager of Faringdon
School, and a retired circuit judge .
Each year we raise in excess of twelve thousand pounds, some of which has been
collected in Clanfield, and for this we are very grateful. The club then supports various
organisations, local and International charities, this includes The Clanfield C of E
Primary School.
Up and coming events include:-
     A Senior citizens party on April 21st, where our older folk can join us for a tea
     party and sing along with the Kentwood choir, to celebrate the Queens Diamond
     A litter pick in Faringdon on Sat march 31st
     A 10K and 5K fun run at Buscot park on Sunday June 24th, for details of either of
     these events please contact myself, see details below.
In October, two Clanfield Rotarians, myself and Clive Clerk will join 4 other fellow
Faringdon Rotarians, and one Rotarian’s partner to travel to Nepal, with the charity
Habitat for Humanity. We will join a group of over 400 volunteers, who together with
Nepalese people construct 40 sustainable houses. Nepal is one of the poorest
countries in the world with over half a million homeless. You can see what a similar
group achieved in 2010 by looking at the Youtube video:
If you would like to support us then there is a web site where you can make a
If you find what we do interesting and would like to come along to one of our meetings
on a Wednesday evening at The Bell Hotel in Faringdon, then contact me on 01367
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Clanfield Football Club
Having beaten Bracknell Town in the previous round of the Supplementary Cup
Clanfield beat Didcot Town Reserves on penalties in the next round after the match
had finished 0-0. In the next round Clanfield are at home to Tytherington Rocks, who
are currently top of the Division 1 West where they play.
Didcot Town whom Clanfield beat in the last round are in fact old adversaries of
Clanfield. When Clanfield won the Premier Division Cup in 1974 Didcot were one of
the teams they beat along the way, and Didcot were the team who ended Clanfield's
defence of the title in the following season.
In 1985/86 Clanfield beat Didcot Town in the final of the Division 1 Cup, although the
following season Didcot won the same cup, and also pipped Clanfield for one of the
two promotion places, finishing two points above them.
Didcot first team who were the first ever champions of the Hellenic League have gone
on to better things including winning the F A Vase. I do though have memories of
visiting Didcot's old Station Road ground. I reckon that you could watch the whole
game from the edge of the railway platform, although I never personally attempted
this. I also remember as a teenager saving all my pocket money to travel 50 miles to
see Clanfield to play at Didcot, only for the game to be called off when I got there.
It was very sad to see the demise of Clanfield Reserves. My first memories of
Clanfield Reserves relate to the time Aubrey Horne managed the team. Steve Burson
finished top goalscorer in the entire reserves league that season, and the following
season was playing in the first team. I have only seen Clanfield Reserves play twice,
once at Rayners Lane during the 1980's and once at Clanfield in the 1990's.
I hope to be present for the Clanfield v Carterton match on Easter Saturday, so if I can
attend hopefully I will see some of the people who read this magazine at the game.
                                                                        Malcolm Clarke

Can you help please?
The Parish Council have organised the planting of some new willow trees on the Top
Green (Tavern End) and these saplings need ‘a bucket of water’ each, every day!
The current drought conditions are causing a problem and we are looking for help to
ensure that the new trees have a chance of survival. If you live close by the Top
Green and would be prepared to be part of a ‘watering team’ please let me know.
                                                                          Lynda Scott
                                                                  Clerk to the Council
                                                                       01367 810606

The weather has been much improved for football following our last submission which
was blighted by the bad weather and there have been a number of major events in
the Club during the past five weeks or so.
Firstly an extreme shortage of players which had caused a cancellation or two of
Reserve Fixtures caused us to withdraw the Reserve Team from the Uhlsport Hellenic
League Division Two West. The task of getting a side out each week had proved
insurmountable and resulted in the main from players not wanting to travel the
distances that we are required to travel to compete in this League. The Club will be
subject to a disciplinary fine and at the present time the situation is that the Reserve
Team is not likely to run next Season although a final decision on that has yet to be
The second major news is that our Team Manager, Peter Osborne, will be standing
down from his post at the end of this Season having been Team Manager jointly with
Jason Court for five years up to the beginning of this Season and then for a further
Season as sole Manager. Peter has served the Club extremely well from the age of
14 and apart from a few times when he has sought his football fortune elsewhere he
has been with the Club “man and boy” for most of his footballing career. Peter has a
young son and a responsible job as Manager of a local Sports Shop and he was
finding the Team management just too much to fit into his busy life. He will, we hope,
be remaining with the Club in some capacity but one that is slightly less stressful.
Peter will remain in the post until the end of the Season. He informed the Committee
some time ago that he would be standing down and has been instrumental in
assisting the Committee in finding and appointing his replacement. An announcement
about the new managerial team will be made shortly.
The First Team have progressed into the Quarter Finals of the Uhlsport Hellenic
League Supplementary Cup. For last month’s “What” we were just awaiting the match
with Didcot Town Reserves which was due to be played originally on February 4th
2012 but postponed due to the weather until February 21st 2012. We won that match
0 - 0! By way of explanation if a Cup Match is drawn at the full-time of 90 mins the two
Clubs play extra time of 30 mins and then the match is decided on penalties. The
game was goalless after 90 mins and goalless after 120 mins but Clanfield won the
penalty shoot-out by 4 - 2. This put us into the Third Round where we were drawn at
home to Tytherington Rocks who incidentally had just the week before clinched the
Uhlsport Division One West League Championship. Despite going a goal down in the
very first minute of the match the Robins fought back to win 3 - 1 and now await
details of their Quarter Final opponents. There are still some very good teams left in
this Competition.
The Under-16 Team who play in the Oxfordshire Football Association Invitation A
League have one or two League matches left to play. They have had a mixed Season
but have won more games than they have lost andare about to play in the Semi-Final
of the Oxfordshire County Under-16 Cup against Bicester Town Colts.

The Under 13 Team have continued their good form and are well placed in their
League which is the Giles Sports Witney & District Youth Under-13 C League.
On Sunday, April 29th 2012 the Club’s ground at Radcot Road will be the venue for
two Cup Finals from the Giles Sports Witney & District Youth League. The Teams will
be Under-14s and Under-15s and the kick-off times will be announced shortly.
Full details of the Club’s forthcoming fixtures from First Team to Under-13 Team and
other fixtures to be played at Radcot Road can usually be found on a Friday evening
on the Club website.
The regular Monday night Bingo continues and all are welcome to attend. We hope to
have a full programme of social events in the Club in the near future. 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.

West Ox Arts - April Exhibition
Losing the Thread - 7th April to 29th April
Our group was formed in 1992 and now has ten members. We have exhibited widely
in the South of England, in the past few years at; the Greenstede Gallery, East
Grinstead; the Sewell Gallery, Radley College, Oxon; The Allsop Gallery, Bridport
and the Kendrick Street Gallery, Stroud.
Our members have all studied embroidery, art or textiles and some members teach
adults, either regularly or on a freelance basis. The members all pursue their own
themes and ways of working using a variety of media to create embroideries,
collages, sculpture, ceramics, installations, photographic work, drawings paintings
and prints. Inspiration for these works may come from the world around us or from
our own interests and can explore, colour, texture, pattern,
structure, materiality and concept.
            Penny Burnfield             Margaret Charlton
            Mair Edwards                Sue Fenwick
            Sarah Foulkes               Lilian Harris
            Maggie Harris               Alison Hird
            Pat Mummery                 Jane O’Brien
Gallery Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10.30 am to 4.30 pm and 2.00 to 4.00
pm on Sundays. NB This exhibition will be open on the Bank Holiday Monday
        West Ox Arts, Town Hall, Market Square, Bampton, Oxon, OX18 2JH
  01993 850137 or email: or visit Web:

St. Stephen’s Church
A beautiful concert of music and readings for Lent was
given by the Newman Consort in St Stephen’s on Sunday,
11th March. The Newman Consort was founded in 2011 to
sing at Roman Catholic masses and other occasions.
Many of its members are current or former students of
Oxford University who perform to a very high standard
indeed. A range of music, from ancient plainsong to recently-commissioned religious
works, was performed, and the evening was greatly enjoyed by the 70 or so people
who came, and over £300 was raised for St. Stephen’s. If you missed the evening
and would like to hear some of the Consort's recent performances, their website is:
A week or so before, a number of us enjoyed celebrating the International Women’s
Day of Prayer with a service held in St. Mary’s, Bampton, with readings and songs
chosen by Christian women in Malaysia with the theme, “Let justice prevail”. Tessa
Kuin-Lawton gave an interesting and thought-provoking talk and afterwards we all
enjoyed the delicious refreshments provided – thank you very much!
Thank you to everyone who gave up their Saturday for the annual church spring-
clean. Your work is invaluable in making our church and grounds look tidy and well-
maintained ready for all the weddings and Jubilee celebrations that lie in the year
Easter Sunday is, of course, the major event that we as Christians are looking
forward to this month. We will be joining together on Good Friday to commemorate
Jesus’ death on the cross and on Easter Sunday to celebrate his defeat of death.
You are all welcome to come and join us at both services – details are given below.
Do remember that every Monday (except bank holidays), delicious lunches are
available 12noon 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.
Finally, the Clanfield Community Church Council held its A.G.M. on 22nd March
where we said thank you very much to our two churchwardens, Liz Stevens and Ian
Kenworthy, who are both standing down this year. They have both worked very hard
in this role and we are very appreciative of all they have done. We are also very
grateful to the rest of the congregation who work so hard in so many ways to keep
St. Stephen’s Church open as a place of worship and pilgrimage. Thankfully, Bryn
Torrington has agreed to take on the crucial role of churchwarden and we look
forward to him making the job his own in the coming months.
                                                                      Judith Hillier

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                   Mr and Mrs Betterton

This headline appeared in a newspaper dated 25th June 1927.
The article included a photograph of Pete Long’s maternal great
grandparents, Mr and Mrs Betterton.
‘On Wednesday last, June 22nd, sincere congratulations were
given to Daniel Betterton aged 84 and his wife Elizabeth aged
79 on their diamond wedding.
They were married on June 22nd 1867, at Hatherop Church near Fairford. The vicar,
the Rev. H Callender died three days before the wedding but he had prepared a
leather-bound bible as a wedding gift and in addition to their names and date of
marriage had written two texts in it, “Lead me in Thy faith and teach me” (Psalm xxv.
5) and “If ye shall ask anything in My name I will do it” (John xiv. 14).
Daniel Betterton was in the Gloucestershire militia at the time of his marriage. His
family can be traced back to 1690 to some deeds in Queen Elizabeht’s reign,
transferring property to Alexander Betterton of the Leeches, Fairford.
They have had 14 children, 24 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Six sons
have served in the Army.
The worthy couple often speak of the days when their children were little and the
husband as a carter on a farm earned 10shillings (50p) weekly to keep them all. They
are now contented in their thatched cottage, where Mrs Betterton is still able to do the
housework with her husband’s help and together attend the Weslyan Chapel….’

An “appeal” for the bells
Did you know that the last time any major work was done to the bells at St.
Stephen’s Church was in 1905 when three bells were added? The other five bells
were made in the 17th century so have done very well. An inspection of the bells
and their hangings has revealed that work needs to be done. The bells will be lifted
down from the tower and the headstocks and wheels taken away for work at the
church bell hangers – Whites of Appleton. Of course, it goes without saying, this is
going to cost BIG money! Approximately £18,000 plus VAT.
The congregation of St. Stephen’s and all the bell ringers would like to see the
continuation of ringing for services and special occasions, but need your help! An
‘appeal’ has been launched and there will be a number of fundraising activities
organised, but if in the meantime you can suggest sources of funding, we would be
most grateful. Donations can be made to Bryn Torrington (Treasurer) at Isengard,
Bakery Lane, Clanfield, OX18 2SD. Tel: 01367 810510– cheques payable to
Clanfield Community Church Council. Thank you!
                                      Liz Stevens – Church Warden (and bell ringer!)
Wise Memories - Forties Faringdon
Years ago, back in the 1940's, I used to go to Faringdon on market day.
I remember the pens by the side of the Town Hall where the calves and
sheep were knee deep in straw and penned in with hurdles. After the
sales were over the straw was swept away and the place hosed down.
There was also the Town Crier in scarlet cape and he would ring his
huge brass bell vigorously and shout, "Oyez, Oyez, Oyez" very loudly
while standing on the top step of the doorway to Barclays Bank, and
then he would tell about all the forthcoming events.
I was telling my French daughter in law about this and she told me that
"Oyez" came from old French ‘ouïr’ to hear. (she is not wrong – this is
what Wikipedia says - Oyez descends from the Anglo-Norman oyez,
the plural imperative form of oyer, from French ouïr, "to hear"; thus
oyez means "hear ye" and was used as a call for silence and
So many of the shops I remember have long since disappeared .For example, W H
Smith, with their books, magazines and papers, and a fine old grocery shop in the
Square run by the Liddiard family. After the market many of the farmers would meet
in the pub on the corner opposite the church gate. It was called the Salutation.
I once had a small book on the history of Faringdon (unfortunately I’ve mislaid it), but
if I remember correctly it told of a small stream running across the part of the town
where Deacons jewellery shop is, and I believe it is still there but is hidden
underground in a culvert. It also said that King Alfred's son Edgar once had a
fortified house where the Salutation stands, or stood, opposite the Church gate.
I used to enjoy my visits to Faringdon and remember when I first caught sight of
Faringdon Folly, it was on September the 5th, 1939. War had just been declared and
I was cycling from London to Holyhea at least that was my intention, but later that
day I called in at a farmhouse where I met the man I was later to marry and that put
paid to my cycling days.
                                                                      Dorothy Wise

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Bampton Road – Traffic Calming Measures
Good, steady progress is being maintained with this project. Following a meeting with
OCC Highways last month at the Bampton Road entry to the village, a possible
design with cost estimate, for a chicane/build out has been submitted for funding
approval. Cllr Don Seale has now kindly approved provision from locality funds held
under his control and instructed OCC Highways to undertake the work. Bampton
Road residents were advised of progress up to the funding submission by way of a
local newsletter: a further newsletter would be produced if the need arises.
The next steps, which will be under OCC Highways control, will start with a short
consultation exercise with those households likely to be directly affected by the
scheme. This letter was delivered 17 March; I will not comment further on the grounds
of potential conflict of interest leaving recipients to make up their own minds. Once
this hurdle is cleared, there will be a detailed design exercise including a site meeting
(date/time yet to be arranged) to which Bampton Road residents will be invited to be
satisfied that the final construction will be effective and sited so as to avoid any
serious issues of safety. I have been advised that TVP has given informal approval to
the proposal: my target date for completion is the middle of this year.
                                                                     Cllr Chris Scotcher

                     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
                                               JON LODGE & SON
from 1:00pm to 1:15pm then Queens
Crescent 2:20pm to 2:35pm
                                                  General Builders
     Bell Ringing                               Extensions, driveways,
Practice night each Wednesday from               patios, fencing, upvc
7.30 - 9.00 pm at St. Stephen's Church.
New ringers always welcome. Contact             windows + doors, roof
Tower Captain: Ian Kenworthy 01367
810577 or Deputy: Catherine Bernard
                                                   repairs, laminate
01367 810587                                            flooring
      Snooker Club
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7:30pm – 10 pm every Tuesday,
Thursday & Friday evening, upstairs in
the Carter Institute. Contact Barrie
                                                  01367 810189 or
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       Spring into Spring and visit
               The Plough
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     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
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