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M           ost mornings see me and the boys huddled under blanket on the sofa,
            grunting in the manner of hapless Neanderthals. I siphon caffeine into
            my system, the boys Weetabix and gradually we raise ourselves,
moaning and staggering a bit with the weightiness of the morning routine.
Teenage daughter, on the other hand, seems immune to the horrors of
impending dawn and appears, gleaming and immaculate with her tea and healthy
fruit, looking at us in concerned distaste, as though we were the recycling the bin
men left behind. Conversely weekends and holidays she will sleep in until
lunchtime and barely make it out of her pyjamas all day. This apparently is
normal teenage behaviour and I am not allowed to say anything. Ever.
We were in our usual position on the sofa the other morning, when Toby (not a
great one for words at the best of times; thumb usually occupies talking slot)
piped up with ‘Mama, do you know what a time paradox is?’ (Toby has a bit of a
lisp, so it actually came out as time powerdox, sounds much more fun and
punchy, don’t you think?)
‘Uuuh-uuh?’ I replied, in time honoured ‘no consonants before 8 o’ clock’
‘It means’ says Toby thoughtfully ‘that if you could go back in time, and change
anything you wanted, then the present you have created would be very different
and you might not even exist. But if it was all perfect you wouldn’t have to go
back and change anything, and if you hadn’t changed it, it wouldn’t be perfect.’
(my mind is reeling already) ‘So, you would have to start again and go backwards
in time to change it. And that’ he announces grandly ‘Is a time powerdox’ (like I
say, Toby is a boy of few words, but when he does say something, it’s always a
‘So,’ I say, struggling not only to comprehend, but also to speak in real words
without dribbling. ‘That means you’d just be running round in circles, not getting
anywhere?’ Toby nods proudly, having thought this all in minute and perplexing
detail. ‘Yup’.
Hmmmm, now I come to think of it, (and yes, you can hear the cog wheels this
early) it all sounds oddly familiar. There I am feeling totally inefficient, spending
most of my life in headless chicken mode, running around in ever decreasing
circles and achieving not very much really, when in actual fact, I am just in one
big time paradox and it’s all out of my control. Hurrah. I might as well have
another coffee and stay under the blanket a bit longer then.
Huh, no such luck, in this time zone the packed lunches don’t make themselves.
(Cover photopraph of cherry blossom in Langford, many thanks to Chrissie Tinson)

Dear friends

I      always love the story of the Vicar whose car ran out of petrol a few hundred
      yards from a filling station. He searched for a receptacle that he could use to
      fetch some fuel, and found only a child’s potty. However, on returning, he
began to pour the petrol in when a car drew up beside him, and a Muslim Imam
leaned out and said ‘Vicar, I don’t share your religion, but I do admire your faith!’
Contrary to the way many think, faith is common to everybody. It is not
confined to those who are ‘religious’. Everybody believes something. Some have
reasoned out what they really believe. Others have a pick and mix selection.
Some have thought through their convictions. Others have simply muddled
along. We all have some view of life on earth, and it helps to shape how we live.
It is impossible to be neutral. We can’t avoid having faith, even if it is the belief
that we are no more than the product of millions of years of evolution, who just
live and die, and that's all there is to it! Whatever it is, it will affect our behaviour.
In June 2007 the Dalai Lama stood in Sydney’s Domain gardens, a small man in
orange and red robes and spoke to a huge crowd for an hour in pouring rain.
When he finished there was prolonged applause. Then came a time for questions,
and the first one was ‘What is the meaning of life?’ There was a pause, and then
the reply ‘The precise answer,’ he said ‘is - I don’t know’. Many would share his
response, and say ‘we can’t know.’
But human beings are meaning seekers. Having dreams, setting goals, pursuing
relationships, actualising our potential are the things often suggested. One T-shirt
has the slogan ‘The meaning of life is to make life meaningful’. That is all good.
The trouble is that suffering and death intervene, and the cry goes up ‘what is the
value of anything in the light of this basic human experience?’ It is exactly here
that faith in Christ is so significant.
At the heart of the historical account of Jesus is a cross and a resurrection. It is
something that couldn’t have been invented. And it throws light on all the most
important issues, on suffering and death and evil and love and violence and so
on. Once you have begun to see it, it elicits faith. You almost can’t help trusting
The only difficulty is that Jesus challenges our independence, and that makes
many run away
Harry MacInnes
Bishop Colin will be coming to the Benefice in the evening of 14 th October in
order to conduct a service of confirmation. If anybody is interested in being
confirmed, please contact either Rev Harry MacInnes or Rev Patrick Wheaton

1st Sunday May 6th (Fifth Sunday of Easter)
10.30am    Westwell           Benefice Communion              Rev MacInnes &
                                                              Rev McGrath
6.00pm    Lt Faringdon        Benefice Evensong               Rev Wheaton
2nd Sunday May 13th (Sixth Sunday of Easter)
9.00am     Alvescot           Holy Communion                  Rev Kettle
9.00am     Broadwell          Holy Communion                  Rev MacInnes
9.00am     Westwell           Holy Communion                  Rev Wheaton
10.30am    Filkins            Parish Communion & Laying up    Rev Johnson
                              of RBL Standard
10.30am    Shilton            Parish Communion & Children’s   Rev Wheaton &
                              Church                          Rev Ross
10.30am    Kencot             Parish Communion & Baptism      Rev MacInnes
6.00pm     BBourton           Evensong                        Rev Johnson
6.00pm     Kencot             Evensong                        Rev Wheaton
3rd Sunday May 20th (Ascension)
9.00am     Black Bourton      Holy Communion                  Rev Wheaton
9.00am     Holwell            Holy Communion                  Rev MacInnes
10.30am    Langford           Parish Communion                Rev Wheaton
10.30am    Kelmscott          Family Communion                Rev MacInnes
6.00pm     B Poggs            Evensong                        Rev MacInnes
6.00pm     Westwell           Evensong                        Mr Jeremy Lane
4th Sunday May 27th (Pentecost)
9.00am     Shilton             Holy Communion                 Rev Johnson
9.00am     Kencot              Holy Communion                 Rev MacInnes
10.30am    Alvescot            Parish Communion               Rev MacInnes
10.30am    Filkins             Family Communion               Rev Wheaton
10.30am    Broadwell           Matins                         Rev Kettle
11am       Lt Faringdon        Parish Communion               Rev Johnson
6.00pm     Holwell/Westwell Evensong                          Rev Wheaton
6.00pm     Langford            Evensong                       Rev MacInnes
1st Sunday June 3rd (Trinity Sunday)
10.30am    Broadwell          Jubilee Service                 Rev MacInnes &
                                                              Rev Ross
6.00pm     Holwell            Benefice Evensong &             Rev MacInnes

                       MIDWEEK SERVICES
Wed 9thMay       BBourton            10.00am                  Rev Johnson
Wed 23rd May     BBourton            10.00am                  Rev MacInnes

COTSWOLD HOME (a private service for residents only)
Friday 4th May                11.30am                    Holy Communion
Wednesday 9th May             11.30am                    Holy Communion
Friday 18th May               11.30am                    Holy Communion
Wednesday 23rd May            11.30am                    Holy Communion
Friday 1st June               11.30am                    Holy Communion
Sunday 6th May (Easter V White)
Acts 8.26-end      Psalm 22.25-end      1John 4.7-end       John 15.1-8
Sunday 13th May (Easter VI White)
Acts 10.44-end     Psalm 98             1 John 5.1-6        John 15.9-17
Sunday 20th May (Ascension - White)
Acts 1.15-17&21-end Psalm 1             1 John 5.9-13       John 17.6-19
Sunday 27th May (Pentecost- Red)
Acts 2.1-21       Psalm 104.26-36       Romans 8.22-27      John 15.26-27&16.4-15
Sunday 3rd June (Trinity Sunday - Gold)
Isaiah 6.1-8       Psalm 29             Romans 8.12-17      John 3.1-17
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 2nd May at 3.00pm in the Methodist
Church Schoolroom. The speaker will be Mr David Tee of Long Handborough.
He will be showing slides of his walk in Belarus with victims of the Chernobyl
disaster. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.
There will a service at 3.00pm every Sunday in the Methodist Church.
Barbara Edwards
Jesus made some extraordinary claims about himself. In the words of C. S. Lewis,
‘a man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be
a great moral teacher.’ He was either mad, bad or God. In our studies this term
we shall be exploring some of Jesus’ sayings from John’s Gospel:
May 14th ‘I am the light of the world’ (John 9:1-41)
May 28th ‘I am the good shepherd’ (John 10:1-42)
June 11th ‘I am the resurrection and the life’ (John 11:1-44)
June 25th ‘I am the way and the truth and the life’ (John 14:1-31)
July 9th     ‘I am the true vine’ (John 15:1-27)
We meet on Monday afternoons at 11 Oakey Close, Alvescot, from 2.00pm to
3.30pm. You are most welcome to join us. Call 01993 846169 for more details.
Liz Johnson


S      ome of us joined the Anglicans for their Good
       Friday service, it was good to see the church full
       and what a wonderful service it was!
On Saturday it was nice to join in with the villagers for
their fun time; egg rolling, duck racing and Easter
bonnets etc., it was not the best of weather but all had
a good time. Many thanks to all of those who put in
the hard work behind the scenes; it was really appreciated.
Easter Sunday, the church was full again with a return visit by the previous vicar,
Rev Richard Harrison, taking the service. We at the chapel had a full house and a
great service with some hearty singing followed by a tea and cakes in the Old
School. It is at times like this that you realise how important community is. Sadly
this is something we have lost sight of in our busy modern age.
With the Diamond Jubilee shortly upon us, it will be time for communities to
join together to celebrate our Britishness and give thanks for the stability we so
enjoy in this great country of ours.
However, on a wider note, we will be hosting the Olympic Games, when not
only communities can join together but countries and cultures far different from
ours can compete, enjoy friendship and learn to make our world a safer, fairer
and happier place. Jesus said, ‘I have come to bring Life and Life in all its
fullness’. Perhaps over Easter you might have thought maybe there is more to
this Jesus than I had ever realised before. Over to you.
Preachers for May
6th May      Informal
13th May Dan Steel
20th May John Fenning
27th May David Earl
All our services are at 6.00pm and visitors are always very welcome.
Elizabeth Harfield


T       he SCMTC is running a Taster Day in Burford on Saturday 5 th May in St
        John the Baptist church in Burford. Come and be enthused about
        studying the Bible, applying the Bible and finding God in the Bible on this
taster day. For more details email us on scmtctasterday@gmail.com
Maria Toman

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

                 St Peter’s

Your village fete needs you! Organisers are asking for offers of help with this
year´s event on Saturday 16th June. In particular they would like hear from
anyone prepared to run a stall for part of the afternoon. And now is the time to
be setting aside good quality jumble, planting extra garden produce for sale, or
buying the odd contribution to the bottle stall.
There is an Olympic theme to the 2012 Fete, with opportunities for all the family
to watch and take part in various sports.
Anyone prepared to help with preparations or on the day should kindly contact
Ann on 01993 841522 or Tessa on 01993 841357.
Richard Munro
Please note Sandie Morris and Doreen Hart will be holding a Coffee Morning on
Saturday 22nd September from 10.00am to 1.00pm in aid of Breast Cancer and
Prostrate Cancer. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Watch this space for further details or ring Sandie on 01993 842135 or Doreen
on 01993 844124 if you wish to help.
Doreen Hart
The Village Hall AGM will be on 9th May at 7.30pm Anyone who would like to
get involved will be most welcome.

The Village Quiz on Sat 12th May starts 7.30pm. £7.50 gets you an evening’s
entertainment and a Supper. For Tickets for this enjoyable evening ring Sandie
on 01993 842135 or Sharon on 01993 845610
Our Village Show is on Sat 1st September. Our photographic classes this year will
be 1. Landscape 2. Sunrise/Sunset 3. Insect/Insects. Classes for Children are 1.
Picture of a Palace for the Queen (any medium) 2. Make a crown for the Queen
3. Decorate a Cup Cake for the Queen. The baking class is Banana Bread. The
schedule will be out in July
Sandie Morris
The Mothering Sunday Service was a
wonderful occasion with the school
and Church coming together to
celebrate. The children read their
poems about their mummies
beautifully and enjoyed hearing
Reverend Lloyd’s story which made
us all think about a mother’s love for her children.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed this term’s science project and we are
extremely grateful to our forensic scientist who has worked with Classes 1 and 2
for an afternoon, every week, to help to solve the crime. Having looked at all the
evidence including fingerprints, hair samples, footprints, lipstick found on a mug
and articles of clothing left at the crime scene, together with interview notes, the
children deduced that Mrs Pearce was our culprit! She has shown great remorse
for her crime and provided chocolate fingers for everyone, by way of saying
sorry. We are very pleased that the staff and children have forgiven her and she
will be returning to school at the start of the new term!
This term, as part of their work on ‘Transport’, the Foundation Stage Class
visited RAF Brize Norton where they had a wonderful morning, going on a fire
engine and an aeroplane! Many thanks to Mr Ballinger for organising this and to
Mr Bedford and all at Brize Norton who gave the children such a memorable
The children, staff, grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters completed their
mile walk around the village for Sports Relief and £74.00 was raised. Many
thanks to everyone who contributed to this on the day!
The children’s Easter bonnets were, yet again, a marvellous sight. On a glorious
afternoon, the children paraded around the village displaying their bonnets for all
to see and returned to school for an Easter chocolate treat. Thanks to all those
who joined us as well as everyone in the village who came out to see the children.

On another glorious afternoon, this year’s Easter service at St Peter’s Church was
extremely well attended. For the first time, the children were able to use our new
amplifier system and this really made a difference to how well they could be
heard. The children gave readings from the Bible and read their own acrostic
poems about Easter. The collection of £34.00, made at the end of the service,
was shared between the Church and Brain Tumour Research.
Thank you to the children in Class 2 and Mrs Morris for the lovely Easter display
in the Church. I do hope that many people have had the chance to see the
wonderful artwork, based on Gauguin’s ‘Yellow Christ’ and read the Easter
poems written by the children.
Again, this year, all the children took part in the Easter tradition of decorating
eggs and rolling them down the field as well as an Easter Egg Hunt, led by our
very own Easter Bunny!
Please do look at the school’s website for photographs in the Photo Gallery of
the Children’s Pages of the Foundation Stage Class visit to RAF Brize Norton
and all our Easter Celebrations at www.st-peters-inf.oxon.sch.uk.
We look forward to an exciting term ahead with tennis lessons with Chris Hand
from Colston Tennis Club, storytelling with the Storytelling Laureate, Katrice
Horsley, the annual Ultra Olympics as well as celebrating the Queen’s Diamond
Sam King

                    BLACK BOURTON
                    St Mary’s

Please note Sandie Morris and Doreen Hart will be holding a Coffee Morning on
Saturday 22nd September from 10.00am to 1.00pm in aid of Breast Cancer and
Prostrate Cancer. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Watch this space for further details or ring Sandie on 01993 842135 or Doreen
on 01993 844124 if you wish to help.
Black Bourton PC will be holding their AGM in St Mary’s Church on Wednesday
16th May at 7.30 pm.Everyone welcome.
Doreen Hart

                   St Peter & St Paul’s

May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th       Jocelyn Humfrey (thank you !)
Will be at Broadwell, on June 3rd. We hope for a large congregation for this
exceptional occasion. More news later, but do put the date down.
Don’t forget, it is June 5th, in Broadwell,and includes fundraising fun for the
This year is on June 17th...fingers crossed for a nice day (rain needed, but not
Readers may like to know that at the time of writing (April 9th) nearly all our
sheep have had their lambs, it was an anxious time because of the dreaded
Schellenberg disease hanging over the nation’s flock, but so far all normal with
us. Very many thanks to Peter and Pauline Meyer, who have cared so well for the
girls, and been there at 3.30 am, which seems to be the usual time for giving
birth. We still have to worry about calves, as cattle can get it too.
And for those who can’t imagine why we have chopped up a whole row of lovely
willows, here is the explanation. If left alone, willows grow up and up, until they
are tall and slender. Then they inevitably crack and fall, probably on a fence, so
the animals get out, possibly on a sheep, and even on a person. So what has been
done over the years is to cut them off just high enough so that animals can't eat
the new shoots, and let them form the classic pollard. These can be kept from
getting too big by cutting every 20 years or so, and they will still give shade where
it is needed. Doesn’t look very special now, but in two years, all will be well.
June Goodenough
The topic of Transport has continued in earnest this month. The
morning children have taken a trip to the farm to have a close-up
encounter with a tractor. Any farm vehicle that drives past
preschool is always greeted with great excitement, so the chance to
pull on their wellies and pretend that they were the driver for the
day was an opportunity not to be missed.

As if the tractor weren’t enough, several lambs were also treated to many ‘aaahs’
and ‘ooohs’ as the children met many of the spring arrivals.
The recent sunny weather (where did that go?) has allowed many happy hours
spent playing outside. The afternoon children have loved making obstacle
courses and are particularly enjoying climbing over the new tractor tyres. It won’t
be long before they are planning team events to rival those of the ultimate
obstacle courses from ‘It’s a Knockout’!
Thankfully the ambulance that may have been seen, and heard, outside
Broadshires recently was there just to visit. The children were allowed an insight
into the job of a paramedic (thank you, Angela) and were able to look inside the
ambulance. Much fun was had whilst checking everyone’s heart rates, a few being
raised significantly when the siren was switched on!
An easter egg hunt was enjoyed by all. The Easter Bunny is a generous soul and
made sure that all the children went home with smiling faces, clutching their
Please don’t forget to pay a visit to our fayre on May 20th. We would love to see
as many visitors as possible.
As always, if you’d like any more information or wish to enquire about a place,
please call Jackie Overton on 01367 860729 or email jackie@broadshires-
Rowan Harris
Please see Kencot page for further information

                 FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS
                 St Peter’s

6th & 13th May  Jane Martin
20th & 27th May Fiona Cowburn
The Parochial Church Council are holding their AGM on Monday 16th April at
7.30pm in Filkins Church. All are welcome to attend Our churches are wonderful
old buildings and an important part of our community
Jackie Cullum

We will be holding our annual plant sale on Saturday, 19th May from 10.00am –
12.00pm in the Village Hall
Welcome We are always pleased to welcome visitors
from Filkins and Broughton Poggs and, of course,
from the other Broadshire parishes.
For sale There will be a wide range of plants for sale;
interesting ‘green elephant’ objects to buy and coffee
& refreshments to enjoy. Children
This year there will be the chance for children to have
hands-on gardening experiences to encourage their interest in growing things.
Entrance Entrance is free to everyone and the doors open at 10.00am.
I am often asked about membership of this informal Gardening Club which is
restricted to people living in Filkins and Broughton Poggs. For further
information please look on the Filkins website under ‘Leisure’.
Happy gardening
Lucille Jones
Covering the villages of Filkins, Broughton Poggs, Langford, Little Faringdon,
Kencot and Broadwell (All telephone codes 01367)
Tuesdays                                 Thursdays
1stMay      Mrs K Morley      860777     3rd May     Mrs J Higham      860197
8thMay      Mrs F Shrouder    860053     10th May    Mr A Woodford     860319
15th May    Mr C Morley       860777     17th May    Mrs M Cover       860302
22nd May    Mrs A Dossett-    860357     24th May    Lady Allison      860787
29th May    Mr J Langer       860700     31st May    Miss H Squire     860337
5th June    Mrs K Morley      860777     7th June    Mrs J Higham      860197
12th June   Mr J Langer       860700     14th June   Lady Allison      860787
19th June   Mrs J Geake       860534     21st June   Miss H Squire     860337
26th June   Mrs F Shrouder    860053     28th June   Mrs M Cover       860302

Charges: Surgery Runs: Carterton, Lechlade and Burford - £2.50, Fairford and
Witney - £5.50 Hospital Runs: Cirencester and Swindon - £9.00, Cheltenham and
Oxford - £11.00 (plus parking charge if paid) Patients should notify the
nominated driver at least 24 hours in advance of their appointment. The Surgery
Service only covers appointments up to 4 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All
users of the service must be able to make their way to and from the car unaided.
For all hospital runs please contact Tony Woodford on 01367-860319.
Tony Woodford

Mystery Alert: after last year’s very successful Murder Mystery, once again we
look forward to seeing you all at the Village Hall on May 5th for a 1930’s country
house themed event. We’ll be displaying posters and selling tickets very soon in
all the usual places.
Lynne Savege

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

Day                  Morning                                     Afternoon
Monday               10.00am- 12 noon                            3.00-7.00pm
Tuesday              10.00am-12 noon                             3.00-7.00pm
Wednesday            10.00am - 12 noon                           3.00-7.00pm
Thursday             10.00am-12 noon                             3.00-7.00pm
Friday               10.00am - 12 noon                           3.00-7.00pm
Saturday             10.00am-12 noon                             3.00-7.00pm
Sunday               closed                                      3.00-5.00pm

Filkins Village Shop continues to go from strength to strength and has even
more new products for customers to try. We now have a new local ice cream
from Winstones near Stroud and of course our old favourites, l Chilly Billy Ice
Pops from Bensons. Now we just need the weather so why not give them a try.
We have also been operating our new trial extended hours (see above) for the last
few weeks so we have made it even easier for everyone to shop with us.
So don’t forget whatever you need, Filkins Village Shop has it or will get it. Just
ask. Keep shopping
Trish Poole
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

We have a Coffee Morning planned for Tuesday 15 th May, 10am-
11.30am. If you may be interested in your child joining us in September, do let
me know and come along to join in our morning’s activities and meet staff,
existing parents and children. Don’t forget if your 3yr old child is eligible for
Nursery Funding, he/she can attend our nursery for 3 morning or afternoon
sessions completely free of charge.
We are again embarking on our annual Barnardos Toddle on Friday 18 th May.
This is a sponsored walk around the village and this year’s theme is Superheros!
I am delighted to say that we have been selected as a South of England finalist
for the National Day Nurseries Association Nursery of the Year 2012. The next
stage involves a judge coming to nursery to see us in action and to talk to parents.
The finalists will be told by 18th May and the winners will be announced on 21st
June. This nomination means so much to us as it was judged solely on parental
opinion; thank you so much to every parent who filled in a nomination form-
fingers are now firmly crossed!
The first half of this term ends Friday 1st June (Nursery is closed Monday 7th May
Bank Holiday). Half-term Holiday Club runs from Wednesday 6th June (Monday
4th June, Tuesday 5th June are Bank Holidays, Nursery is closed) to Friday 8 th
June. Places are limited, so book early. Primary school age children are welcome.
 Louise Jenkins
Saturday 9th June          Filkins & Broughton Poggs Duck Race
Once again this popular event returns to Broughton Poggs Mill. An afternoon of
pimms and duck biscuits cheering on your duck and of course the special duck
will also be appearing, this year by Royal Command. Ducks on sale from The
Five Alls, FilkinsVillage Shop or the Cotswold Woollen Weavers £3.00 each or
£5.00 for two.
Saturday 30th June         Filkins celebrates the Olympicks
A day of individual and team games around the village including
Aunt Sally, goal shooting, target bowls, tug of war, wheelbarrow
race, etc all competing for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
A Scarecrow Competition organized by the Gardening Club and an Olympick
Quiz by the Swinford Museum. Entry is required in advance for these so please
collect your entry forms from the Cotswold Woollen Weavers or Village Shop.
There will be special games for children 5yrs and under on the paddock and
refreshments will be available from the Five Alls including morning coffee, BBQ
lunch and special themed menu in the restaurant. Full details next month!
Mary Bohm

Another very successful litter pick was completed in Filkins and its surrounds on
Saturday March 24th in glorious weather as well. A great turnout of around 30
people spent a few hours each combing the verges for all kinds of detritus. After
more than 5 years of annual litter picks, especially along the Filkins A361 bypass,
we feel we have almost enough parts to build our own Ford Fiesta now with
multiple spare bumpers and wheel trims.

The afternoon finished with tea and cakes in the village hall, kindly organised by
Lorraine Chitty, which made for a great community get together.
Thanks to go to WODC for all the litter picking equipment loaned and the
speedy collection of the rubbish.
Roger Chitty

                St Mary’s

A spring day for a spring Christening; and on March 18th Aubrey David Morgan
was welcomed into the Church, responding with the smiles and sounds
appropriate to his great age of 8 months
Plans are being laid for the village to meet up and drink the Queen’s health on
her Diamond Jubilee weekend. A carrier pigeon will be doing the rounds with
Corinna Rock

                 St George’s

Church Brass and Flowers - Jane Milne
We are pleased to announce the return of our popular craft fairs beginning on
Wednesday May 9th and being held every Wednesday thereafter up to and
including Wednesday 26th September. The fairs are held in the Morris Memorial
Hall in Kelmscott from 12 noon until 5.00pm. As always, we are proud to
continue with our tradition of offering hand crafted goods with a wide selection
of unique items including artwork, cards, textiles, jewellery, aromatherapy,
clothing, ceramics, soaps and turned wood. Please note that all purchases must
be cash or cheque only; unfortunately, we do not have credit card facilities. For
more information please look at our website www.kelmscott.org.uk or contact
me, Laura Roberts on 01367 253103.
Laura Roberts

                   St George’s

28th April & 5th May       Rachel Allen
12th & 19th May            Jane Fyson
26th May                   Anne Dossett-Davies
2nd June Queens Jubilee    All welcome to help
A well-attended Parish meeting was held on 29th March 2012. Usual matters were
covered including re-election of Ian Morrison as Parish Meeting Chairman for
the coming year, and Gill Cox as the Meeting representative on the Village Hall
committee. A variety of topics were reported and discussed as other business:
planning issues featured strongly and there was discussion of the current situation
on possible housing at Carterton and clarification of the village position. Also on
the planning theme, news of a proposed large solar farm at Kencot Hill Farm
was also discussed although a formal planning application is still to be made.
Over the past year some progress has been made in flood relief measures: further
work is planned by West Oxfordshire District Council to manage flows at the
north end of Kencot and ease restrictions in streams downstream. Amongst

other matters covered, Wally Cox explained the ORCC oil buying scheme (see
further below) which is likely to be taken up jointly with Broadwell. Wally also
reported on a meeting he attended with representatives of other communities at
RAF Brize Norton on aircraft noise: it seems that there have been some changes
to training flight routines but noise nuisance from C130 engine running is not
completely resolved. It was also queried whether the implications of building new
housing at Carterton subject to aircraft noise had been adequately considered.
In conclusion plans for the joint Broadwell and Kencot Jubilee Lunch on 5 th June
2012 were described. This is set to be well-supported, being a Pig Roast Lunch
combined with a Porter Recreation Charity Funday with various activities for
families. Each house in both villages will receive information by the end of April.
Ian Morrison
The AGM of the Kencot Village Hall took place on 29 th March after the Parish
Meeting. The Annual Report and accounts were circulated. Changes to the
Charity scheme were agreed. The following were elected to the Committee of
Management David Chapman, Anne Dossett-Davies, David Portergill and Tim
Stockford. Representative members Gill Cox - Kencot Parish Meeting, Louise
Eustace- St. George’s Church PCC, Kath Scourfield-Porter Bowls Club.
Gill Cox
Virginia Prifti, nee Barstow, has been selected to carry the Olympic Torch for a
stretch in South Wales in recognition of her work in Africa with her charity,
Lawrence’s Roundabout Wells, in memory of our grandson. To date she has
organised more than 80 wells in the villages which previously had no access to
water. Needless to say, we are very proud of our daughter and are very grateful to
those of you who have contributed to her charity. For further information or to
donate go to www.lawrencesroundaboutwellappeal.org
John and Marjorie Barstow (formerly of The Gardens)
Despite the weather forecast being absolutely correct - rain and gusty winds - the
weather wasn’t as bad as expected. 266 intrepid gardeners, plus some children,
braved the elements. A total of £1136 was sent to the NGS, which included a
few small donations and 10% of Caroline Cox’s plant sales - £66.00. She always
has a stock of unusual plants which she sells at Manor Farm every Easter
Monday. Susan Portergill and her ‘ tea ladies’ raised £332.60 which will be
divided between the Village Hall Fund and St. George’s Church. Very many
thanks to everyone who baked cakes and helped serve teas in the Hall. And huge
thanks to the garden openers without whom this couldn’t happen!
Jane Fyson

The charity provides funds for the upkeep of the village hall. It is also there to
give small grants to anyone in the parish of Kencot with a particular need. The
trustees would like to be told of any deserving cases or apply directly to Jonathan
Fyson on 01367 860223 or Gill Cox on 01367 860250.
Jonathan Fyson
About two years ago Oxfordshire Rural Community Council (ORCC)set up a
trading company, ORR Trading Limited, to bulk buy oil on a county-wide basis.
Over the last few months members have saved around £50.00 compared with
the market average price for 1000 litres of heating oil (a staggering £120 against
the highest prices). That is the power of bulk oil buying.
All you need to do to take advantage of the scheme is to pay an annual
membership fee of £20.00, which will cover as many oil orders as you need
during the course of the year. This is how it works.
1. Contact your local co-ordinator and let them know how much oil you want to
order. Please allow up to a maximum of two weeks for delivery of oil from the
monthly bulk oil order date. (In most cases delivery will be sooner.)
2. Once a month your co-ordinator lets ORCC know the total oil needed from
your area. The minimum order is 500 litres.
3. At the end of each month, the bulk oil purchase is negotiated by ORCC oil
4. ORCC then tells your co-ordinator when to expect delivery and how much it
will cost, and he or she passes the information on to you.
5. You pay the supplier direct for the oil they deliver.
I am happy to act as the co-ordinator for both Kencott and Broadwell and to
help with communication I have registered the email address
brokeoil@btinternet.com For further information go to
http://www.oxonrcc.org.uk/home/bulk-oil-buying-scheme or give me a ring on
01367 860250
Wally Cox

              St Matthew’s

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Village Hall
on Wednesday 9th May at 7.00pm.

May 6th             Mrs M Webb
May 13   th & 20th  Mrs J Edwards
May 27   th         Mrs C Tinson
The Langford Duck race on the brook was a great success, fine weather, a cleared
brook, and swimming ducks given a helping hand down the course by Mark
Hewlett. The winning duck arrived at the Thatched Cottage Bridge, with its head
under water, but this did not prevent its owner, Lyn Austin winning first prize.
Breakfast was served to over 60 customers who kept the kitchen helpers fully
occupied. Thanks go to Richard Kirby who organised the hall and the
provisioning, and all the ladies who cooked and served a delicious breakfast.
Cherry and Doreen would like to thank everybody who helped with the Jumble
sale in March, it was a great success raising £510; £255 for the church and the
Village Hall. We may have had less to sell but the quality was obviously good!
Rachel Range
Join us for an evening of whist at Langford Village Hall on Tuesday 2nd May.
We start at 7.30pm; however if you would like some tuition please arrive a little
earlier than this. You do not require a partner, but are very welcome to come
with one. The entrance fee of £1.00 includes tea and biscuits at half time.
Everyone is welcome. All profits to Langford Village Hall. If you would like to
know any more or even get a lift please call me on (01993) 852378
Jo Hutchings
The summer term is welcomed with the anticipation of sunshine
and the opportunities to get out and make the most of learning
outside. At the end of last term our Y6 children spent a week at
the Pioneer outdoor residential centre and faced personal
challenges as they tackled a range of exciting outdoor tasks. Our
younger children have been experiencing learning across the curriculum at Forest
School sessions run by Ernest Cook Trust. In our final celebration assembly of
last term we thanked God for the wonderful environment around us and finished
our assembly by planting a Royal Oak tree on the mound in our field; a fitting
selection for the Queen’s jubilee year.
Along with many other schools we have chosen to use the theme of Olympics
for this terms topic work and will be holding our own Olympic and Paralympic
games at the end of our Healthy Living Week on Friday 29 th June. It will be an
action packed day and our St. Christopher’s Parent Association will be providing

refreshments through the day while Food for Thought will be taking orders for
their Barbeque lunch. I hope many of our families and friends will be able to join
us for this special event.
We will also be learning more about the Queen and her role as monarch as we
move towards celebrating her Jubilee anniversary. We are fortunate to be
receiving a visit from one of the Queen’s Deputy Lord Lieutenants who will be
sharing her presentation with our Key Stage two children. This will be a fantastic
opportunity for the children to ask questions about the Queen and learn more
about what she does.
As always if you would be able to support the school by sharing your skills or
knowledge with us then we would encourage you to contact the school office on
01367 860318.
Carol Phillips

                  LITTLE FARINGDON
                 St Margaret’s

May  Barbara Browne June                Val Richardson
It was marvellous to see a full church on Easter Day. We were most fortunate to
have the Rev Alex Ross leading the service. His thoughtful message was much
appreciated by everyone present. A big ‘thank you’ to the ladies who decorated
the church so beautifully. Despite the chilly weather, we really felt that spring had
arrived with the resplendent blossoms and flowers.
You will note from the list of services in the front of the Parish Pump that the
services in May are different to a normal month. We will host a Benefice
Evensong on Sunday 6th May at 6.00pm. It would be great to see a full church for
this service. As a result of this Evensong, we will not have the usual Matins
service on the second Sunday (13th May). Instead, there will be a special service at
St Peter’s Church in Filkins where, in addition to Parish Communion, the Royal
British Legion’s Filkins and District Branch standard will be laid up to mark the
closure of this Branch after some 60 years.
Jeremy Taylor
Everything is well underway to make Little Faringdon’s Diamond Jubilee picnic a
really fun village event on bank holiday Tuesday 5 th June, from 1.00pm onwards.

The Jubilee mugs have been purchased, so please advise either Nigel Dixon
(fedned@btinternet.com) or Kate Henderson (kateyippee@yahoo.co.uk) of the
names and ages of your children who are under 18 years old and living in the
village. The mugs will be handed out at the picnic. There will be tents in the
event of bad weather, but please bring towels for the children.
Fun and Games: We are hoping to have a duck race, pony rides, a tug of war and
games for children, but we are at this stage still looking for volunteers who are
willing to organise a game. Please contact Fiona Dixon (fedned@btinternet.com)
if you are happy to help with the games or if you have any bright ideas at all!
Directions: From the centre of the village, take the Kelmscott road for about half
a mile as far as Crossing Cottage, and turn immediately right down the track
adjoining Crossing Cottage. There will be parking available at the end of the
track, with plenty of space to set up your picnic by the riverbank.
Insurance: No insurance is provided! This is a joint picnic, and everyone who
attends must be entirely responsible for themselves, their children and animals.
Nigel Dixon
The ‘Music, Mirth & Murder’ soiree in March was well attended. Everyone
enjoyed the diverse evening of entertainment. Ross Mallock made a welcome
return to St Margaret’s. He demonstrated, once again, that he has an abundance
of talent! On this occasion, he showed his skill on the French horn. His wit and
story-telling provided a light-hearted insight into the history of that instrument.
Richard Martin told us the shocking story of 1893, when two young girls from
the village were killed here. We hope to mark this tragic incident in some way, in
addition to their gravestone in the churchyard. The evening’s fund-raising event
helped to provide much-needed church funds.
A special Jubilee service is planned for Sunday 10 th June in St Margaret’s Church.
This service will take the form of our village’s own ‘Songs of Praise’, similar to
that seen each week on television. Hymns, songs and readings, specially chosen
by children and adults in the village, will help make this an enjoyable occasion.
Jeremy Taylor will approach people to come up with their inputs in the near
future. Please let him know if you have any particular hymns or readings that
might have relevance to you, especially if these link in with the Queen’s reign.
This year’s Church Lunch will take place on Sunday 24th June. This always lovely
event is being hosted, very kindly, by George and Millie Ponsonby at Great
Lemhill. Invitations will be sent out by early May. Proceeds from the lunch will
benefit the upkeep of our village’s beautiful 800-year-old church!
Jeremy Taylor

Sunday 6th May Benefice Evensong at 6.00pm in St Margaret’s Church.
Tuesday 5th June Village’s Jubilee picnic by the river, starting at 1.00pm.
Sunday 10th June Our ‘Songs of Praise’ Jubilee service in the church.
Sunday 24th June Annual Church Lunch.
Sunday 14th Oct Harvest Festival.
Sunday 16th Dec Carol Service.
Barbara Browne

                 Holy Rood

As I write this we are enjoying traditional Bank
Holiday Monday weather in the form of chilly
winds and dampening drizzle, probably brought
on by the hosepipe ban coming into force. The
nasty weather having put the kibosh on all other
forms of more interesting outdoor activity today,
at least it will force us PP contributors back to the
grindstone to get a few words on paper before the
looming deadline date.
Actually we Shiltonians enjoyed our usual weatherly good fortune on Saturday 7th
April for the annual eggy frolics. There was a goodly turnout to watch the egg
races and a record number of Easter hat entrants, some 27 stunning creations
being paraded this year. There were also duck and boat races on the pond and an
egg hunt, all rounded off by a gargantuan Easter tea in the Old School and much
munching of Easter egg prizes.
Thank you all for coming, for making the amazing Easter hats, for providing all
the scrumptious tea things, and for helping behind the scenes. It was a
thoroughly enjoyable day, as usual, with the added bonus that it raised £246.93
for Old School funds.
The Saturday 26th May ‘litter pick’ advertised in last month’s PP will in fact be a
general tidy up of the village and Old School maintenance day. If you’d like to
help please come along to the Old School at 11.00am. For more information,
please contact me on 01993 842404
Shirley Cuthbertson

23rd May Shilton - Statutory Annual meeting at 6.00pm followed by the Annual
             Parish meeting at 7.30pm
18th July Bradwell Village
3rd Oct      Shilton
5th Dec      Shilton
All meetings start at 7.30 unless otherwise stated. Meetings at Bradwell Village
will take place in the Hobbies Room.
Katherine Robertson
On Friday 11th May we shall have the first of our summer outings. We are visiting
Sulgrave Manor, leaving by coach from Shilton Pond at 12.30 p.m. Most
members will have already booked their places at the A.G.M. but any of our
readers who would like to join us should ring Elizabeth Harfield on 01993
843444 to find if there are places available. The total cost of the trip, including
guided tour and tea and cake (and the cost of the coach) is £17.00
 Fred Robertson
(For news from Carterton Football Club please see under the general section)
We are busy preparing for the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, details later.
 Isolation of Bradwell Village - Footpath to Burford
 The BVRA have completed the petition. Of the people asked an overwhelming
majority are in favour of a Foot path / cycle path to Burford. We had a small
number of undecided and a few more happy with the isolation of the village.
 We are thrilled to have the full support of our friends in Signet along with the
Caravan Club. We are also greatly encouraged to have the support of Mr Reggie
Heyworth from the Cotswold Wildlife Park.
 It has to be said that some of the young couples with children on the village are
worried that Bradwell would loose the School Bus service. On initial enquiries
that would be the case. It is hoped that common sense from the authorities
would prevail. With the lovely lady Rosemary who drives the bus living on the
village and as a consequence the bus being parked in the village car park, it would
be churlish in the extreme to remove the service.
 The other great concern to the villagers is a lack of public transport in the area.
Iris Brand has been investigating the possibility of a charity bus company
‘Villager Bus’ coming on to the village once a week. We will be presenting our
findings to David Cameron.
Tony Cripps

It was a sunny Good Friday morning
that welcomed in the Easter
weekend and we were lucky to have
a Children’s Easter service at our
local village hall in Bradwell Village .
We arrived soon after 10.30 and the
hall was a hive of activity with
residents from the village and
families from the local area.
 The first thing that caught our eye
was the pile of turf in the corner
where children were creating an
Easter garden. Then Rev Patrick
Wheaton called the ‘congregation’
together to engage us all in the Easter story and sing a Easter hymn that even
included actions. Patrick’s energy and enthusiasm shone through and he then
explained that all the activities around the hall were there to encourage both
children and adults to reconnect with the Easter message and story. The activities
included make your own hot cross bun, decorate an egg, painted footprints,
making a chocolate nest and a flower to place on the cross. It was a lovely
community atmosphere and everyone seemed to enjoy this start to the Easter
 The morning’s activities were finished off with an Easter egg hunt around the
village hall where all the children managed to find some chocolate treasure and
adults had the chance to ‘sup’ a nice cup of tea and have a chat. Many thanks to
all those who organised the service, it was a great success.
 Jon Thrower
Do you have young children aged
between 0-5years old? Why not come
along to our 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. For more details, please contact me on
abigailogden@yahoo.co.uk or Miranda Mowbray 01367 860890.
Abbie Ogden

                 St Mary’s

We will all miss Arthur Hemming, the village’s oldest inhabitant, who died on
18th March, aged 90.
Arthur was born in Westwell at 1 The Hill, where he lived for his whole life: his
father had worked on Freelands farm before him, and when he died Arthur had
to leave school and start work on the farm, at the age of 14, or the family would
have been homeless. That was how it was 80 years ago!
When I came to Westwell in 1965, Arthur was by then Farm Foreman and our
top tractor driver, he did the responsible jobs on the farm and was very proud of
his drilling in particular, which was always dead straight, he also drove the
combine and was forever anxious not to leave anything behind. He looked after
the gamekeeping, and provided some excellent sport for the guns. When he
retired from the farm at 65, he immediately started work part time looking after
Douglas Hurd’s garden, which he did until last year.
His wife, Renee, came down from Liverpool as a landgirl,and we heard it was
quite a culture shock for Arthur when in January 1948 he went up to Liverpool
to get married, sadly Renee died 21 years ago, and he has been nearly on his own
ever since. They had two children Jeannie and David, who both live in Burford,
and are a strong part of the community in the area, there were then four
grandchildren and since four great grandchildren, who are all a credit to him and
His joy in life was fox hunting, and seeing hounds follow a scent; he has followed
all the local hunts, and often went down to Devon or Exmoor to finish the
season. In all he was a complete countryman, a rare thing these days.
He had a very large number of friends in the area, and our Church was full up
and overflowing, as there were at least 50 who heard the service and tribute to
him on loudspeakers outside in the sunshine. I have never seen so many people
gathered together at Westwell Church, and they all came to give thanks for his
example in life.
We send our best wishes to his family and also to his friend Iris, another ex
landgirl, who did so much for him recently.
Chris Fox
Many thanks to Rev Mcgrath for his wonderful Easter Service
Chris Fox

A superb Spring day and 15 or so volunteers met at the pond to begin a
productive morning of strimming, pruning, cutting, raking, scrubbing and litter
picking in and around Westwell. Thomas Gibson polished the brass on the war
memorial and christened the village waders pulling reeds in the pond helped by
Pamela Carter-Moore. Care was taken not to disturb a bumper hatching of
tadpoles brought on by the warm weather. Nigel Gray reached parts of the village
ordinary mortals couldn’t reach, cleaning signposts, strimming a stretch of verge
and collecting car tyres dumped along the Eastleach Road.

Chris Fox oversaw work in the Churchyard together with Bob Stow and Pete
Robinson where a large pile of brash was collected and removed. Charles and
Denzil Verey scrubbed the village benches and exterior woodwork. Earlier in the
week Paul Moore kindly got his team to prune the limes and strim the banks of
the Shill Brook. The professionals from the Manor, David Baldwin and Gary
Marsh, helped by George Bonas cleared and burnt the resulting debris. Several
teams of litter pickers: Betty Stow and her grandson, Douglas Hurd and Cathy,
Tom Robinson and David Blondel scoured the lanes and returned triumphant
with several bulging bags. The latter also did useful work around the pond. In all
8 large bags of rubbish, assorted car parts, 5 car tyres and numerous unidentified
rusty objets were collected. This was both gratifying and yet a sad indictment on
the rubbish dumped in our countryside. Jolly drinks and eats were held
afterwards at 2 Mitford Cottages and warm thanks are due to all those who
turned out (including those not mentioned) to give the village environs a timely
Spring clean.
Moray Angus

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


T       he Lenthall Concert on Tuesday April 3rd brought 21 young string players
        of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London, to Burford School with their
        conductor Nic Pendlebury, for an all-Russian programme: Prokofiev’s
sparkling Visions Fugitives; Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, arranged for orchestra and
solo violin, the solo part superbly realised by Tadasuke Iijima, and Tchaikovsky’s
gorgeous Serenade for Strings. An extra treat was the appearance of three more
players from the Conservatoire, the Amabile Piano Trio, who gave an
accomplished performance of the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s only work in
this genre.
The Trinity Laban Conservatoire came about in 2005 by the affiliation of Trinity
College of Music and the nearby dance academy, Laban, making it the UK’s first
conservatoire of music and dance. The Lenthall Concerts’ contacts with this and
other London music colleges give us valuable access to musical resources, and
hence repertoire, that would otherwise be economically unfeasible. We hope to
host more such groups in the future.
The Lenthall 2011-12 season has now ended. If you would like to be kept up to
date with plans for future concerts ask to be put on the mailing list by ringing the
Chairman, David Woolley, on 01993 822279 or mandwoolley@btcinternet.com.
The AGM of the Lenthall Concert Society will be held at 7.00pm on Monday 9th
July at Burford School and anyone interested is warmly invited to attend.
Chris Yapp
It is with great excitement and pride that I write to let you all know that the
children of Burford Primary School raised a tremendous £1,203 by doing the
Sport Relief Mile Run on Friday 23rd March. It was a fabulous sight, around 100
children all dressed in red and white, and silhouetted against a brilliant blue sky,
running two laps of Burford Playing fields to complete their mile run.
Taking part in the Sport Relief Mile allowed the children to learn a little about the
work of the Comic Relief Charity both in the UK and overseas, as well as
providing a fun, healthy activity which brought the whole school together.
Sue Newport

Action delivers results on scrap metal thefts
Scrap metal thieves are being targeted in a series of multi-agency enforcement
operations in West Oxfordshire.
Thames Valley Police officers and West Oxfordshire District Council’s
Environmental Enforcement Team regularly hold operations to stop and check
suspicious vehicles in West Oxfordshire. The team also visits local scrap dealers
to check on their working practices.
Detective Inspector Rob France of local CID said: ‘Metal theft is a national issue
due to the increasing scrap metal prices. My team is responsible for tackling metal
thefts and our priority is making it clear to the offenders that they won’t get an
easy ride in West Oxfordshire. We work with a number of partners including the
Environment Agency and HM Customs to ensure we are covering all bases and
cracking down hard. For the last two years we have had over 90 thefts of metal in
West Oxfordshire, ranging from lead and copper to catalytic convertors and
batteries which are stolen for their metal content.
We use the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system to stop
suspicious vehicles and the Environmental Enforcement Team checks for the
driver’s waste carrier license. If they don’t have one then they are given a £300
on-the-spot fine; this has happened several times recently in our area. We also
check over items they may be transporting to ensure they are not stolen or about
to be fly tipped.
Scrap dealers register with the District Council so enforcement officers can visit
these premises to check their recording standards and issue warnings where
necessary. We will always try and work with these businesses to offer them
support but if our advice is ignored then we will take action.
On top of the operations residents are being encouraged to report suspicious
people or vehicles in their street who appear to be, or who are, taking scrap metal
from properties.
This month the team has been concentrating on anti social behaviour and there
have been instances on Shilton Park, at the Co-op and the Aldi Store in
Carterton. The behaviour generally involves large groups of youths hanging
around outside the front entrance to the stores. This causes unnessary
intimidation to customers and when the youths are spoken to they understand
our point of view and move on. We will continue with our high visibility patrols.
A worrying trend that has occurred over the last week of March is the setting of
fires at the far end of the Carterton Community College field. On two separate
occasions the Fire Service have been called to put them out. The fireman stated
that had there been any sort of breeze then there could have been a major fire. If

anyone has information about these fires then please call 101 or speak to a
member of the neighbourhood team.
There have also been some instances of vehicles being spray painted yellow. This
is along the whole length of the vehicle and seems to be on the side which is
facing the road, possibly by somebody in a car driving past. Again, if anyone has
any information please call.
The Outreach Workers from the Allendale Youth Centre joined the team on
patrol during March and this worked very well as they knew the youths we were
talking to which assisted the team in getting to know additional faces. This joint
venture will continue.
Danielle Hilton
CFC have launched their new club website. The site
which still has the domain name of
www.cartertonfc.co.uk was launched this week with a
fresh new, up and coming image and already has a
considerable number of members. Boasting video and
photo capability, the site will be a showcase for talent
and the first port of call for club and team information.
One of the main aims of the new site is to encourage
online participation, by enabling any club member to
post their reviews, comments, video footage or
photographs of the teams in action.
May 27th Party on the Pitch 2.00pm - 8.00pm. Tickets
entry only, now available from the club - £1.00 which
includes your entry raffle ticket to the draw which you will need to bring on the
day and leave at the gate (completed) - 1st Prize £200.00 cash with many other
There will be a Coldplay tribute band and back by popular demand are Million
Faces. Also Mike Finley & Nikki Peatherick will be playing the acoustic interludes
throughout the event to keep the music flowing.
Parking available opposite the Manor Estate £2.00 per vehicle with a short walk
to the event. Side Stalls which will include Go karting for 4 - 9 year olds, Face
painting artist, Caricature sketches & more.
No animals. No unaccompanied children, 12 yr + to have own ticket entry
If you are interested in assisting with this event or having a stall please contact
the club (phone number below) where they will pass on your details to the POTP
Janey Slader

For those of you who are being impacted by the increased noise and activity
resulting from the above, especially from the Hercules, and who feel it is above
and beyond what is acceptable, please find below contact details for complaints.
We acknowledge that the personnel on the Base are trying to work with their
neighbours, however the level of operations and activity often make it impossible
for them to accommodate our interests and it is essential that we register our
objections. Noise tests were carried out in October 2011 and the results of these
have yet to be published but it is understood that the MoD are looking at the
recommendations before releasing them. Letters to our MP, Secretary of State
for Defence etc are advised.
All complaints to the Base are logged. If you are put through to an answer
phone, please leave a message. On all communications leave your name, address,
reason for complaint, time and date.
Tel: 01993 896342 – Media and Communications Office. Katie Zasada and Anita
Jack Email: bzn-mco@mod.uk or bzn-dmco@mod.uk Or Tel: 01993896500 –
Duty Operations Controller. For info on night training exercises/low-
flying/working groups etc):
www.raf.mod.uk/rafbrizenorton/flyinginfo/index.cfm (once logged on, click on
link on left hand side of page for Flying Complaints then the links on the left will
lead you to various others)
Monica Tudor
WEST OX ARTS Artweeks at WOA - Oxford Arts Society
The Oxford Art Society was founded in 1891 and is an umbrella organisation for
accomplished artists with diverse and exciting styles, living in Oxfordshire, many
of whom also exhibit nationally and internationally. A selection of OAS members
are exhibiting at West Ox Arts from 5th – 27th May as part of Oxfordshire
Artweeks, a period of three weeks in which Oxfordshire artists and craftspeople
open their studios to the public for the county’s most important arts festival.
The Private View is being held from 12.00-2.00pm on Saturday 5th May. Opening
Times: Tue to Sat 10.30 am to 4.40 pm. 2.00-4.00pm on Sunday
Susie Henry
Kencot Village Hall is available for hire for children and family parties, meetings,
classes, etc. The hall can accommodate approx 50 people seated at tables.
There is a well equipped kitchen, tables and chairs, secure outside area, and the
building is wheelchair accessible. Cost to residents from Shill Valley and
Broadshire Benefice £6.00 a day. To those outside the area £12. 00For further
information contact me on djportergill@gmail.com or 01367860217
David Portergill

 Dr Keith Ferguson gave a talk on the growing and storing of vegetables in our
April meeting Dr Ferguson, a former employee of Kew Gardens, gave an
innovative talk about the types of vegetables he has found most successful to
grow in his garden, which is mainly clay based.
The 7th Lechlade Flower and Produce Show schedule is now available for you to
collect from the Lechlade Newsagent and Moore Allens Estate Agents.
Encourage your children to enter this year in the many categories available as well
as yourselves. It’s fun and a goal for September 1st .
The choir will be holding their 11th International Concert in Steam, Outlet
Centre, Swindon on Saturday 16th June 2012 at 7.30pm. They will be hosting the
70 strong University of Kentucky Ladies Choir who are completing a visit to
various parts of Great Britain. Details of the concert and where you can get
tickets are being published on their website www.wessexmalechoir.co.uk. This
will be a spetacular event involving over 110 choristers between both choirs and
Wessex Male Choir hope that many of you will support the event.
Tim Yeoman

T       he National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs is one of the largest rural
        youth organisations in the UK. In Oxfordshire we have 6 clubs dedicated
        to supporting young people in agriculture and the countryside. Led by
young people for young people, YFCs provide members aged between 10 & 26
with a unique opportunity to develop skills, work within their local community,
travel abroad, take part in a varied competitions programme and enjoy a dynamic
social life, and you don’t have to be a farmer to join.
Each year one of the clubs host the Oxfordshire County Show & Rally, and this
year it is the turn of Witney, whose Chairman is Eleanor Martin from Filkins.
This event is a celebration of all things rural and offers a grand day out for all the
family. Competitions between the clubs on the day range through cookery, craft,
brick laying, tractor handling to tug o’ war and decorated floats. Main arena
attractions include Sheep Dog, Falconry and machinery displays, there will be a
countryside area, trade stands, craft and food market, dog agility and clay pigeon
shooting and more, together with food, live music and a bar. Funds raised
support our chosen charities. Make a note to come along.
Further information on the Rally or to join Witney Young Farmers Club, contact
Eleanor on 07793 007856
Oxfordshire County Show & Rally Sunday 3rd June at Ducklington, Witney
(A451) Gates open 10.00am
Jane Martin

Other Worlds is an exhibition of intriguing new storytelling collaborations
between pairs of writers and other creative artists, which turns an atmospheric,
dilapidated building in the heart of historic Oxford into a giant storytelling
compendium. The building was once Oxford’s main post office and telephone
exchange and is soon to be transformed into The Story Museum. Before this
takes place, Other Worlds is an introduction to the Museum’s potential and a
celebration of the power of storytelling in many different forms, from the written
word to sound, film, video - and even plants.
Twenty-five partnerships will put stories into the Museum, taking their cues from
the evocative environment and creating intriguing and playful installations in 25
different spaces, with a surprise around every corner. Oxford is a magical city of
stories, with authors such as Lewis Carroll, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis and Philip
Pullman taking us on wonderful imaginary journeys. Other Worlds continues the
Opening times: May 1st - 27th (inclusive) 2012: Thurs 1.00pm-7.00pm; Fri
1.00pm-7.00pm, Sat 10.00am - 5.00pm, Sun 10.00am – 4.00pm.Special May Day
opening 9.00am – 3.00pm.Admission: £3.00 entry for adults and children. Under
2s free. Tickets on the door. More info and times
Cath Nightingale
Yellow Submarine is a Fulbrook based charity that was named ‘Best new
voluntary group set up in the past two years’ at the Oxfordshire Charity awards
last October. Our aim is to support people with learning disabilities and their
families. We have two main goals. One is to provide what is consistently the
most requested (yet often unmet) service by carers, a short break from caring and
a chance to recharge batteries. The other is to help the people with learning
disabilities that we support to learn new skills, build friendships and become
more independent.
From March we will be restarting our monthly ‘gardening club’ in Fulbrook,
taking place between 11am and 2pm on the first Friday of each month. The club
which includes lunch tends to be more a social event than intense gardening, with
individuals participating according to ability. We are looking for volunteers who
might be able to help out as befrienders. No experience or expertise is necessary.
Previous volunteers have said it’s both fun and rewarding. We’re also very keen
to find a kind individual who might be able to help as a volunteer driver and pick
up participants from Witney and local areas in our people carrier so they can
attend the club. If you would like to learn more please visit
www.yellowsubmarine.org.uk or call on 01993 822098.
Lucy Staveley


I     don’t quite know what it is about polo that makes
     me come over all Jilly Cooper, maybe it’s that
     teenage girl thing I never managed to shake off.
Anyway, my first thought when I was asked to write
about Asthall Farm’s polo season was that I should
have a little sit down for half an hour with some
leftover chocolate button Easter egg and a copy of Polo. Research, obviously.
Instead, I settle down with a copy of the Polo Times (the Easter egg by my side)
and read about the polo at Asthall Farm, in Kencot.
Founded by Lynda Walker, who had a bit of a misspent youth playing polo hard
and fast in Malaysia, the club offers a relaxed game for all levels. Noone takes
themselves too seriously, and they play for the love of the sport rather than from
any overwhelming competitive urges (think the princes can rest on their laurels a
wee bit longer). The social side is also a big part of Asthall, with après polo an
important part of the whole experience.
This year, the annual Iris Walker polo tournament takes place on the weekend of
the 16th and 17th of June. The proceeds will be divided between Cancer Research
and the Air Ambulance (apparently horses are one of their most frequent call
outs....I am getting a very strange picture of a horse in a helicopter here)
This is a great day out for all the family, so fetch a blanket and a picnic*. There is
also food from White’s Trailer so you can just trot off Kencot to watch the fun.
Entry is free but donations to the charities are a must. Who knows, you might
even want to join in!
*Obligatory copy of la Cooper well hidden beneath copy of the FT, Dostoevsky
or some such intellectual decoy
I must be mad to be picked up from home at an uncivilised 2.00am to join a
group of friends for our annual birding expedition. The flight leaves promptly at
7.30 and three and a half hours later we are basking in sunshine in Marrakech.
Our friendly driver and Mr Fixit, Ahmed, is there to greet us and our first bird
sighting is a House Bunting, rusty brown with a grey and black streaked head and
throat, singing to us from the roof of the terminal building. Other birds seen
around the airport were Common Bulbul, White Wagtail and Palid Swift, so we
are off to a good start.
A quick fifteen minutes book in to our first hotel, an hour’s drive away in the
heart of the country and we are whisked off again on another hour’s drive up a
spectacular narrow mountain road spiralling up into the High Atlas Mountains to

Oukaimedan, sheer drops down one side and towering rocky snow covered peaks
on the other. Stopping along the way we watched Moussier’s Redstarts,
unmistakable compact birds with rufus red underparts and rump, black
upperparts with white wing patch and white band running from front of head,
over the eye and down the side of the neck, Long-Legged Buzzard, Rock Bunting
and African Chaffinches.
A stop in a small pine copse where there were still piles of snow on the ground
and the air was a lot cooler, produced Coal Tit, Mistle Thrush and African Blue
Tits. The sound of hammer tapping turned out to be men high on the rocks
above us breaking open stones in search of fossils and minerals which we saw for
sale in many places along the roadside.
Further up we stopped again to view a flock of sociable Red Billed Chough
probing the ground with their long down curved red bills and displaying their
matching red legs, birds about jackdaw size, acrobating around the sky like old
biplanes. My favourite member of the crow family.
The next stop was to search a tumbling brook, we were now above the snow-line
and the temperature had plummeted. We soon spotted our target bird, the
Dipper, flying from boulder to boulder and wading in the fast flowing water.
We drove up as far as Oukaimedan, about 3,000 metres and it began to snow,
just a little, but it was very cold and the light was failing. We walked further up
searching for a couple of hours for the illusive Crimson-winged Finch but finding
Rock Sparrow and a fleeting glimpse of Barbary Partridge. We eventually caught
up with the Crimson winged Finch and another difficult one the Horned Lark,
both handsome birds, hanging out by the ski-lift.
It seemed incongruous to have our first of many views of camels here.
O at first light at 6.15 a.m. and a walk down from the hotel through some pasture
and tree lined ditches, listening to the dawn chorus and picking up new birds as
we went. A Tawny Owl called, African Chaffinches, Blackbirds, Bulbuls, Robins,
a Serin, Blackcap and a Greenfinch, much brighter and yellower than ours. A
Great Spotted Woodpecker drummed and a Levaillant’s Green Woodpecker
called from a perch on the trunk of a nearby tree. A Cetti’s Warbler called and
Grey Wagtails were in the shallow edges of the rock strewn river. Cattle Egrets
flew by and joy of joy my first ever view of several feeding Hawfinches high up
in the canopy of a tree. On the way back we heard Common Nightingale, Cirl
Bunting, Song Thrush and many African blue tits. Another thirty minutes in the
hotel grounds picked up a singing House Bunting , Rock Bunting sitting on a
wire, Sardinian Warbler, Common Kestrel and a pair of Little Swifts visiting their
nest in the eaves of the hotel, not bad for a foray before breakfast! After a
delicious breakfast we set off for a long journey to Boumaine Dades.
David Roberts


I     t is a somewhat flushed chef that comes rushing out of the kitchen of the
      Bell at Langford to greet me. Having just finished a very busy lunch service,
      he has only an hour or so of downtime before starting to prep for the
evening. He closes just one day a week and doesn’t really do holidays, so the pace
of life in the Wynne household is pretty brisk. But he says he wouldn’t want to
do anything else or work for anyone but himself. He still loves what he describes
as ‘the theatre’ of producing plates of good food for happy customers.
Paul knew at the age of fourteen that he wanted to cook and pursued his career
single-mindedly. His interest came from his family; not only were his maternal
grandparents hoteliers, but his aunt and uncle also ran a catering company in
Coventry where he grew up and he often helped them. At home his mother
cooked from scratch and the family (he has a brother and sister) sat down to eat
together every evening. Having left school he went straight to catering college
where he spent two years learning the skills he says are the foundations of good
cooking. He laments the fact that these days the same course is only a year long
and feels that the youngsters entering the industry today are disadvantaged
because of it. He always has apprentices in his kitchen and clearly feels a
responsibility to make sure they really learn as they pass through his hands. For
his birthday this year he and his wife Jackie went to the Michelin-starred Galvin
at Windows on Park Lane in London. They took their apprentices with them so
that they could taste food of the highest calibre. He even arranged a tour of the
kitchens; surely an experience they’ll never forget.
His career has taken him around the world. He’s cooked in New Zealand,
Australia and the Channel islands as well as all over the UK. His experience
ranges from small country house hotels to vast resorts. Indeed, he once found
himself serving three thousand breakfasts a day. But being classically trained, the
first place he and Jackie bought together was a fine dining restaurant in Devon.
Five years later and with two small boys they moved to Langford, having been
tempted by the possibilities they saw in The Bell.
Here they welcome regulars and visitors alike and whilst it’s very much about the
food, they still host weekly darts and Aunt Sally competitions.
The menu ranges from sausages to scallops and, like his Mum, he prepares
everything from scratch. Meanwhile Jackie is front of house. When I ask Paul
what he thinks the most important quality is in a good chef he says patience. And
then laughs and admits it’s not something he always has. But that aside, this is a
man who likes to do things properly and has commitment in spades. He could
shorten his menu and serve standard accompaniments to his dishes. But he
Julie-anne Edwards

Chicken with Garlic Pollo all’aglio
                                   These days people tend to regard chicken as the
                                   staple, fall back on, quick and economical meat
                                   for cooking after work. Slow-cooked shoulder
                                   of lamb or roast beef are perfect for weekends
                                   when there is more time but, when you have an
                                   hour to get supper ready, chicken, or pasta, it is.
                                   The trouble is that often factory-farmed chicken
                                   is watery and rather tasteless ‘free range’ chicken
                                   is little better. It smells lovely roasting in the
                                   oven, or being browned in oil, but when you
                                   come to eat it the flavour can be disappointing.
                                   This recipe, I think, does not disappoint. It
comes from Anna del Conte’s Amaretto, Apple Cake & Artichokes and is very
simple and cheap to make. What makes it different from other garlic chicken
dishes is the addition of the
garlic toasts. These look and
taste wonderful and make an
everyday chicken supper a little
bit special. Do not be put off
by having to peel the garlic
cloves after they have been
cooked: the skins slip off easily
and it takes only a minute or so.
And the time it takes to cook
the garlic breads is just what you
need to cook some vegetables,
tidy up and lay the table, or
drink some of the wine you
opened earlier. Perfect.
10 chicken thighs, skin on, or a 3½ lb chicken, cut into 10 pieces
4 tbsp olive oil
2 sprigs rosemary
2 large heads or garlic
¼ pt dry white wine
1½ oz butter
1 French bread stick, cut into ½’ slices
3 tbsp chopped flat-leaved parsley
Heat the oil with the rosemary in a large sauté pan that can hold the chicken

pieces in a single layer. When the oil is hot add the chicken, skin side down, and
cook over a fairly high heat until brown, then turn the pieces over and brown the
other side. Season with salt and pepper. While the chicken is browning, remove
the outer skin from the garlic heads, separate the cloves and add them to the
chicken. When the chicken pieces are nicely brown all over, pour over the wine
and turn down the heat. Cook gently for about 20 minutes, turning once or twice
during cooking. Leave the pan uncovered so that the water in the chicken can
evaporate. However, if the liquid has dried up, add a couple of tablespoons of
hot water.
When the chicken is done, transfer to a warm serving dish. Fish out the garlic
with a slotted spoon and reserve. Pour the juices over the chicken, cover with foil
and keep warm. Heat the oven to 200ºC (400ºF) Gas mark 6. Slip the skins off
the garlic cloves then purée them in a food processor or food mill. Add the
butter and salt and pepper and blend again. Spread the mixture over the bread
slices. Place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 8 minutes. Sprinkle the
parsley over the chicken and serve, surrounded by the garlic toasts. Serves 4-6.
Angela Galione

            FREE ADS – SALES AND WANTED (Not trade)
                            (Subject to space availability)
     Send to Gill Cox (details inside front cover) before 10th of each month


FOR SALE .Baby/Child's Bicycle           FOR SALE. Professionally-made
Seat for Sale: Suitable for age nine     wooden garden gate. w 940mm;
months to 6 years                        h1050mm. Posts included. £50 Tel
(9-22kg), full instructions included.    01367 860001
£30.00. Tel 01993 846562.
FOR SALE. John Lewis Hanging             FOR SALE. John Lewis Corner Desk
Clothes Rail with castors. Chrome        Beech finish. H74 x W137 x D80cm
finish. w1200mm;                         £50 ono
 h1600 mm £25 Tel: 01367 860001          Tel 01367 860001
FOR SALE. Beautiful vintage style        FOR SALE Via Aqua AR620 Fish
Wedding Dress. Approx Size 10.           Tank Rounded corner glass aquarium.
Gold/Cream in colour. Any questions      Height inc hood 52 x Width 39 x
or request to view to Tel 07977          Length 62cm, 90 litres
477120                                   (21gallons)Includes, filter, heater, Selling
                                         as moved house £20 ono Tel 01367

FOR SALE Challenge ultrasonic                  FOR SALE Nearly new Soda Stream
humidifier 3.5 lt still under guarantee.       Jet fizzy drinks maker complete with 3
£15.00 cost £34.99 . Folding bar               gas cylinders each worth £7.99. Only
stool. Brand new. Seat height 29"              £15.00, please phone 01367 860700
(74cm). £10.00
 Tel: 01993 822580 (Bradwell Village)

                              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

9th    Langford Annual Parish Council meeting 7pm Village Hall
9th    Alvescot Village Hall AGM 7.30pm at the Village Hall.
9th    Langford Parish Council AGM 7pm at the Village Hall
12th   Alvescot Village Quiz 7.30pm for tickets tel 01993 842135 or 845610
13th   British Legion Laying up of the Standard in Filkins after church service.
15th   Talk ‘Writing Fiction for Children’ by Ray Murray 7.30pm Burford Library
16th   Black Bourton Parish Council AGM 6.30pm. All Welcome.
19th   Filkins & Broughton Poggs Gardening Club Plant sale 10-12 Village Hall
20th   Broadshire Pre-school fete
23rd   Shilton Statutory Annual Meeting 6.00pm, Annual Parish Meeting 7.30pm
26th   Shilton Village tidy up. Meet at Old Schoolhouse at 11.00am

Mondays        Bradwell Babes 9.30 – 11.30 info 01993 823623.
Wednesdays     Kelmscott craft fairs at the Memorial Hall, 12 noon 5.00pm
Thursdays      Chess at The Vines, Black Bourton 6.45pm
Thursdays      Bridge Club, Bradwell Village Hall 1.30-4.00pm 01993 822712


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