chapter 60 verse 20 by 0konRa0


I sat down to write this while listening to the 50 overs game against the Kiwis. We
thrashed `em, largely because of Pietersen's brilliant 110. He really is the most
extraordinary chap. I've never met Pietersen, but dislike almost everything I have heard
him say during interviews, and most things I have read about him. Terribly unfair, but
there it is. I don't like Jamie Oliver much either, nor Stephen Fry (apart, of course, from
his Lord Melchett.)
Why do I mention this? Because Fry and Oliver and Pietersen represent a very particular
sort of modern. They are by no means grotesques (Big Brother only famous-for-being-
famous celebrities), but people of real and lasting talent who have themselves decided, or
are persuaded by others, to lightly traduce their
own gifts. These are not the giants who burn and self-destruct because their genius and a
human heart will not live at peace within the same skin. It is simply that F and 0 and P
cannot just go about their business being very, very good at their jobs. They, or their
media managers, insist on them also being very clearly and simplistically defined
`personalities' through which their talent is weakly reflected. Maybe this is how it is
thought we lesser mortals can cope with genius, rather as Perseus coped with Medusa.
As with most things wrong with our world, television works its usual malevolent tricks. It
cannot bear just to show a good cook cooking but must paint him and primp him as some
cavorting jester. Or take Sir Alan Sugar, a heroic manager with interesting things to say
about business: what possesses him to go along with television's Hogarthian romp? `Oh
don't be so boring' I hear you cry. There's the problem: television is not an antidote to
boredom. It recasts good, ordinary things as boring, as pale also-rans to its ridiculous self.
So being rude about Messrs Fry and Oliver up above is not rude, because the Fry and
Oliver one is being rude about is not the real Fry and Oliver at all.
But all of that is completely beside the point. Back to Pietersen, whose public persona I do
not like, but who is undoubtedly touched with genius. As we all know, the other day he
came wrong-handed down the pitch to Styris and wacked him way over the long-off (or
possibly long-on!) boundary. Magnificent. If Roy of the Rovers played cricket, this would
have been right up his alley. Of course this innovation will need to be carefully assessed,
for although cricket has changed with every generation it travels slowly.
But from many quarters the immediate cry went up: `this unorthodoxy must be banned.'
We like to think we live in a free-wheeling, liberal age. Do we hell.
Richard Martin

Sunday 6th July - Trinity VII
10.30am Alvescot      Benefice Service   AM, EJ, HM, NUW
6.00pm Langford       Evensong      AM
Sunday 13th July - Trinity VIII
9.00am Alvescot       Holy Communion     HM
9.00am Broadwell      Holy Communion     NUW
9.00am Westwell/Holwell       Holy Communion   EJ
10.30am Filkins       Parish Communion NUW
10.30am Shilton       Parish Communion EJ & Children's Church
6.00pm B Bourton      Evensong        HM
6.00pm Kencot         Evensong        EJ
Sunday 20th July - Trinity IX
9.00am B Bourton/Alvescot Holy Communion           NUW
9.00am Holwell        Holy Communion        HM
10.30am Broadwell/Kencot Matins MP
10.30am Kelmscott Family Communion HM
10.30am Langford      Parish Communion NUW
6.00pm B Poggs        Evensong        NUW
6.00pm Westwell       Evensong        HM
Sunday 27th July - Trinity X
9.00am Kencot/Broadwell Holy Communion             HM
9.00am Shilton        Holy Communion        NUW
10.30am Alvescot/B Bourton Family Communion & baptism         HM
6.00pm Holwell/Westwell Evensong NUW
4.00pm Filkins        Pet Service HM
6.00pm Langford       Evensong        AP
Sunday 3rd August - Trinity XI
10.30am Holwell       Benefice Service      AM, EJ, HM, NUW
6.00pm Shilton        Evensong        HM
Combined services are held in the first-named church
There is also a Communion Service at Black Bourton every Wednesday at 10.00am

AM     Alister McGrath AP Arthur Pont
EJ     Liz Johnson HM Harry Maclnnes
MP     Martin Pierce NUW Neville Usher-Wilson

The long-awaited refurbishment of St Margaret's, Little Faringdon started in the middle of
June, so there will be no services there during July. We look forward to unveiling the
`new' St Margaret's in due course. See page 26 Jeremy Taylor

Date Benefice service at 10.30am
3rd August    Holwell
7th September Kencot
October       Harvest Festivals 2nd November Westwell
7th December Langford

6th July - Trinity VII (G)
Zechariah 9:9-12        Psalm 145.8-15
Romans 7. 15-25a        Matthew 11. 16-19, 25-end
13th July - Trinity VIII (G)
Isaiah 55.10-13        Psalm 65.8-end
Romans 8.1-11          Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23
20th July - Trinity IX (G)
Isaiah 44.6-8 Psalm 86.11-17
Romans 8.12-25         Matthew 13. 24-30, 36-43
27th July - Trinity X (G)
1 Kings 3.5-12 Psalm 119.129-136
Romans 8.26-end        Matthew 13.31-33,44-52
3rd August - Trinity XI (G)
Isaiah 55.1-5 Psalm 145.8-9, 15-22
Romans 9.1-5 Matthew 14.13-21

The feast day of St Thomas More is celebrated on 6th July. More was chancellor to Henry
VIII, and was executed for refusing to bend to the King's desire to change the succession
in favour of Elizabeth (his daughter by Anne Boleyn) and all the changes in church and
state that follow.
More was a man of zealous, perhaps fanatic, principle, but Robert Bolt (in his A Man for
All Seasons) has him explain to William Roper (his son-in-law) why laws should not be
lightly changed. Sir Thomas More would likely see our inclination to wield legal
sledgehammers to crack nuts, and to batten on the many to get at the few, as cutting a
dangerous road through The Law.
Roper Now you give the Devil benefit of law!
More Yes, what would you do? Cut a road through The Law to get after the Devil? Roper
Yes. I'd cut down every law in England to do that.
More And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned on you, where would you
hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? Do you really think you could stand upright in the
wind that would blow then? I give the Devil benefit of law for my own safety's sake.

Dear Friends
After the flood of reports of teenagers stabbed to death over recent months, I am reminded
of something that happened a few years ago. When Stephen Lawrence lay bleeding to
death, a passer by stopped and held him tenderly, saying again and again `you are loved',
until the ambulance arrived. Words that every one needs to hear and receive.
Equally poignant were the recordings of the telephone conversations on that fateful day of
9/11, by people on the hi-jacked plane who realised that they were about to die. They
were all centred on three words `I love you'.
When those words come as a true expression of attitude and feeling, they are probably the
most important words you will ever hear or say. To be fully human we need to love and to
be loved. That is the secret of all security, satisfaction and fulfillment. Without that, we
are so easily dominated and driven by fear, self interest and unsatisfied longing.
And it is that lack of love which is the source of so many of our social and personal ills.
All of us, children, teenagers and adults, have at some time had the experience of
desperately hoping for someone who really cares, only to be rebuffed, let down, hurt and
disappointed. We look for all kinds of ways to fill the gap with something that can take
the place of love, whether it is money or sport or work or something else. But ultimately
nothing does.
The result is often expressed in defensiveness or aggressiveness. The heart doesn't dare
risk exposure to further hurt and disappointment. So what is the answer?
It is fascinating to turn to the gospels with this in mind. You find that when Jesus began
his work, the Spirit of God came upon him and he heard the words ringing out from
heaven `You are my beloved Son, and I take great delight in you'. He needed to hear that
so much. As he faced a harsh world in which he was going to meet pressures and
criticisms and hatred and threats on his life, he needed to know that he was loved
absolutely, unconditionally, and eternally. All that he was and did flowed from that. It was
the secret of his peace and freedom and unquenchable joy.
What was true for him is true for us. Even the deepest human love is flawed. All of us
need something more. And it is exactly at that point that the message of Jesus has such
relevance today. We don't need religious platitudes; there are enough of them flying
around. But we all, young and old alike, desperately need to hear the words from heaven
`I love you, my child, absolutely, unconditionally and eternally'. That is what sets a person
free to love and serve and give and enjoy this world. And it is that love which is available.
`Seek and you shall find' says Jesus.
Harry Maclnnes

We meet as usual at 2.45pm on Wednesday 2rd July at the Methodist Chapel in Filkins.
Our speaker will be Mrs Sheila Mouna of Lechlade. As always, everyone is welcome.
Marjorie Barstow

Our studies of Mark's Gospel continue, and the last date in our current course is Monday
7th July. All our meetings are held at the Vicarage in Filkins at 7.30pm. If you would like
to join us, you are most welcome. Please phone me on 01367 860846.
Liz Johnson

Children's Church is now heading towards the end of this `Academic Year' as our next
services Sunday 13th July will be the last ones until we re- start on Sunday 14"
September. It is vital that we introduce our Christian faith in a fun but interesting way and
this is the aim of these dynamic Sunday sessions. Children's Church Operates every
second Sunday of the month from the Village Hall in Shilton, we start at 10.15am and the
Family Communion Service starts in the church next door at 10.30am.
The children's ages range from 2 to 11 the younger ones are usually accompanied by an
Services from September
Sunday 14th' of September 10.15am After the bike ride! Sunday 12th`'' of October
Sunday 9th' of November 10.15am.
Sunday 14th of December 10.15 am Christingle Service
Happy summer to you all from all the Team at Children's Church! For more information
please do telephone me on 01993 847 039. Debs Price

As the (not our!) rector's sermon dragged on and on, a little girl became very restless,
squirming about in her seat. Finally, she leaned over to her mother and whispered:
`Mummy, if we give him the money now, will he let us go?'

Now it is well into summer, how time flies, and it could be said, `Everything in the garden
is lovely.'
But it is sad to note, as we think deeper about it, that would only apply in a literal sense to
our gardens, with the excellent
growing weather we've enjoyed this year. As for national and international situations, in
reality we can't say that. And humanly speaking we are a bit helpless about it all.
Nevertheless, as Christians there is something we can do: as Paul exhorts us in 1 Timothy
1, verses 1-2, `Pray, plead God's mercy, and pray for all that are in authority, so that we
can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity.' And for our comfort the
scripture tells us, `The Lord is coming to judge the earth, and the nations with fairness.'
(Psalm 98 verse 9) We look forward to that.
Ray Honeyford
At the time of writing this, I am looking forward to Open Gardens Day and the Open Air
Service, both of which I pray will have been blessed with fine weather. I trust that many
people will have come and enjoyed the beautiful gardens and the service, not forgetting
the delicious cake and tea in the Old School.
I am looking forward to another day, the date I cannot tell you but it will happen. You can
read about it in Isaiah chapter 60 verse 20; `The sun will never set, the moon will not go
down. For the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your day of mourning will come to an
Janet Whitfield
Preachers for July
All of the services are at 6.00pm
6th July         Informal
13`h July Graham Sparrowhawk followed by communion
20`" July Sue Barnes 27th July David Earl
Visitors are always,very welcome

The Catholic priest is Andrew Foster who can be contacted on 01993 842463. Fr Foster
also says mass at St Mary's Church (C of E) in Bampton. St Joseph's Primary School is on
Lawton Avenue.
Mass times
Sunday         9.00am St Mary's, Bampton
11.00am St Joseph's
Tuesday 7.00pm St Joseph's
Wednesday 9.45am St Joseph's
Thursday      9.45am St Joseph's during school holidays
9.30am St Joseph's Primary School during term-time and on some Feast Days. Please
check with Fr Foster.
Friday 9.45am St Joseph's
Saturday      9.45am St Joseph's 6.00pm St Joseph's
Confessions are heard on Saturdays between 10.15 and 10.45am, and at other times by
arrangement with Fr Foster.
Eileen Wojciechowska

Autumn Dinner
The Committee has agreed that, following the success of last year's dinner, we should
hold a similar function this Autumn. Final details are still being discussed but it is hoped
that it will take place on Friday 17t" October. Please note this date in your diary. More
details will be published in next month's Parish Pump.
Branch committee meeting
The next branch committee meeting will take place on Tuesday 8'h July at the Five Alls,
Filkins. Please note the changed date.
Jeremy Taylor

In winter I get up at night                   And does it not seem hard to you,
And dress by yellow candle-light.             When all the sky is clear and blue,
In summer quite the other way,                And I should like so much to play,
I have to go to bed by day.                   To have to go to bed by day?"
I have to go to bed and see                   Robert Louis Stevenson
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

An excerpt from the Declaration of Independence adopted by the congress of the original
13 United States of America on 4th July 1776
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are
endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted
among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever
any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to
alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such
principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to
effect their safety and happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed
for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are
more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing
the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object
evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty,
to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

7th June       Kelmscott       Rachel Simpson & Ben James

19th May       Oxford Crematorium Gladys Pitman
aged 89 years, formerly of Carterton 27th May     Kingsdown Crematorium Patrick
John Law
aged 98 years who died 10th May 28th May Black Bourton Beatrice Keith
aged 64 years who died 18th May 2nd June Broadwell      Michael Chinnery
aged 87 years (Service of thanksgiving) 2nd June Langford      Freda Hewitson
aged 80 years who died 22nd May 4th June Black Bourton Cyril (Tom) Tomlinson
aged 80 years who died 23rd May 5th June Black Bourton Oliver Talbot
aged 82 years who died 1'' June 20th June Shilton Anthony Cronk
aged 90 who died 12th June

St Peter's

What a busy Term this promises to be. We have already enjoyed some sunshine and the
children have been able to take full advantage of our wonderful environment, and
particularly the new `Reading Room'.
Our Walk to School Week' proved to be very successful once again with many parents
parking at The Plough and in the Church car park and walking or indeed, riding their
scooters to school. Several children and families also managed to cycle to school from
Carterton. Let's hope that the sun shines and that more families can leave the car at home.
The children are continuing to enjoy their tennis lessons with Alan Elbourne on the Multi-
Use Games Area and are looking forward to Glenn McCallum from Witney Cricket Club
joining us again for an after-school cricket club.
Our Footsteps training has begun again and this year Mrs Witt, Mrs Corban, Mrs Wilson
and Mrs Jewell are going to be teaching the children about road safety. This year, for the
first time, the children are going to be able to practise crossing our `virtual' road before
stepping out onto the real roadside. This will give them the opportunity to learn about
road safety in a safe, secure environment, away from traffic, before applying their
understanding when faced with the challenges and decisions involved when crossing real
We are now all looking forward to the Partnership Music Festival at Bampton Primary
School and to performing a selection of songs from the musical `Billy No-Buzz' at the
Village Fete.
During the week beginning 16th' June, the school held a Healthy School's Week with lots
of exciting activities for the children to take part in throughout the week, to develop their
understanding of the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. We encouraged every child
to eat their recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables every day and to take part
in a sponsored `Five-a-Day' event. The school visited Millet's Farm Centre for a tour of
the crops and a talk about what fruit and vegetables are grown. Susan Bradshaw from
OCC visited to make smoothies and everyone will have the opportunity to try some.
Rachel Mills, School Sport's Co-ordinator, gave every child the opportunity to learn yoga.
Class 2 visited the Co-op in Carterton, looking at all the different countries that the food
comes from. Ann Whitehead, from the Healthy Oxfordshire School's Team (HOSAS) led
an assembly and the school nurse, Lynda Learney talked to each class about the
importance of a healthy lifestyle.
This will be followed by our Artsweek which will be based on the theme of `My School'.
Work produced will be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art as part of Oxfordshire's
`My' exhibition in September.
Wendy Clifford, a local artist, will be visiting the school to work with all of the children,
producing paper sculptures and making clay pieces. During the week each class will also
have the opportunity to experiment with some other techniques and materials including,
felt making, papermaking, printing, painting, collage and drawing.
After taking part in the St Peter's Family Service at the Church on Sunday 29th`'' June and
there will be a display in Carterton Library window of some of the children's work from
30th`'' June so please do go along and have a look at all their lovely work. We hope that
our Sports' Day will take place on Wednesday 2nd July and our annual family barbecue
will be held on Friday 11th July. Tickets are now available from the school office.
Please join us in bidding farewell to the Class 2 children at our Leaver's Service on 22nd
July at St Peter's Church at 11.00am.
Sam King

St Peter's Infants' School has a vacancy for a school cleaner from September. This
position is for 2.5 hours a day, after school. If you know of anyone who may be interested
in this post and would like to join our team, please contact the school office on 01993
842535 for more details and an application form.

Was it sunny? Did you all have a fabulous time? Who went the fastest on the Formula
One simulator? Due to copy deadlines, I'm writing this before the event itself, so sadly
cannot tell you whether the English weather was kind to us, or how much we raised at the
Fete - but this will be detailed in the next edition of the Pump.
A huge thank you to all those who contributed to the success of our Village Fete, held in
the Playing Field on Saturday 21st June. We just couldn't do it without you all - St. Peter's
Infant School for the wonderful singing (and designing our posters), Ensor Children's
Entertainers, the Bampton Fire Engine, the scale model Traction Engines, all our stall
holders, helpers, and of course the Fete Committee who put the whole thing together; not
to mention the many people who came along and spent their money, raising much needed
funds for our local Village organisations. Thank you once again to one and all.
Ann Cadogan

The Village Show will be held on 6th September. The subjects for the Photography
Competition will be: Doorways, Family Celebrations and Trees.
You have plenty of time... So get snapping. Sandie Morris
IN THE PINK COFFEE MORNING See entry under Black Bourton

St Mary's

The Parish Council held its AGM on 28th May. The Annual Report was read out by the
Chairman. If anyone would like a copy, which gives an account of the year's work of the
Parish Council please contact me on mobile 07810 284751 or Anne Sherriff on 01993
For 2008/9 the Council is as follows:
Anne Sherriff 01993 842273 Chairman
Steve Dickson 01993 840710 Vice-chairman
Doreen Hart 01993 844124 Treasurer
Terry Pope     01993 845998
Lennie Bussell 01993 867610 & 843103
Sue Cartwright 07810 284751 Clerk
We have set up a Flood Action Group to monitor flooding issues and keep in touch with
the surrounding villages who had flooding during the last year. The Group is headed by
Steve Dickson with Terry Pope, Alec Jones (tel: 01367 842184) and Frank Stuart-Wood
(tel: 01367 842513). Please get in touch with any of them if you have concerns regarding
possible flooding etc.
Sue Cartright

Ahdy and Karen are holding a barbeque on Sunday 6th July at 2.00pm, tickets are £7.50
for adults and £5.00 for children. Proceeds will go towards St Mary's Church. Book your
tickets in advance by ringing The Vines on 01993 843559.

Yours for the asking! Jam Jars and Kilner Jars. If you are interested please ring me on
01367 250021.
Liz Welch
["'`' A quotation from one of the best films ever made in Croydon, or anywhere else come
to that. Ed]
Sandi Morris and I are holding a Coffee Morning in Alvescot Village Hall on Saturday
11th' October from 10.00am to 12noon to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. If you
would like to help in anyway you will be very welcome please ring Sandi Morris on
01993 842135 or me on 01993 844124.
Doreen Hart

St Peter & St Paul's

On Monday 2rd June we commemorated the long life of Michael Chinnery
garden. The older generation of us have many warm memories of Michael, such a typical
English gentleman, and we are sad that age has taken him.
June Goodenough

6th July       Susan Crawford
13th', 20th & 27th' July    Annabel Molyneaux

As part of last term's topic of `Growing' the children walked to the nearby wheat field to
see young wheat plants growing. We were kindly met by David Jenkinson of Broadwell
Manor Farm who sliced open one or two plants to show the children the grain forming
The children were very observant during the walk and several keen eyes spotted baby
moorhens on the pond, wild flowers, pheasant feathers, snails, worms and lots of lovely
A surprise large cardboard box came to visit us during the term. It was making strange
noises too. When it was opened the children were delighted to discover that it housed
some newborn chicks and they were able to observe them close-up and touch their soft
downy feathers.
We rounded the term off with a fruit-tasting feast. The children tried lots of different types
of fruit and voted to show whether or not they liked them. Some even discovered that they
did like something that they had previously turned their noses up at. It's amazing to see
what they are willing to try when all their friends are having a taste.
This term's topic is `homes' and we shall be looking at what makes a home a home; what's
inside our houses; who lives there, and other kinds of dwellings around the world. There
have already been several construction projects making good use of den-making branches
and logs kindly provided by Mark and Emma Horner.
Open Afternoon: We will be holding an Open Afternoon on Monday 7th July 1.15 to
2.30pm for children who will be joining our pre-school during the year starting September
There are still places available for September. If you would like further information, or to
arrange a visit, please contact Jackie Overton on 01367 860729.
Fete date: Our annual Pre-school Fete will be held on Sunday 21" September from
10.00am to 12.00noon. Please put the date in your diary now.
Glasses found: Do you know anyone who has lost a brown-framed pair of glasses with a
blue cord? They were discovered on our wall and are waiting for their rightful owner to
re-claim them.

Oh dear! At the time of writing this in mid June, people who live in this village and in
parts of Kencot are bracing themselves for a difficult summer, on account of Main Drains.
It had got to such a point of insalubriousness in wetter weather that Thames water made
this installation one of only three they are doing this year.
Having dug some mighty pits behind the pub, the contractors are about to reach the
village road. These excavations will be very deep in places, and will take a long time,
because of hard rock that we all knew about but they obviously did not.
The road will be closed where they are digging, and we who live and work here can only
hope that we can manage to go about our daily business, and that there are not too many
delays. Courage, mes amis!
June Goodenough

St Peter's

4th & 11th May      Mrs Gidman
18th & 25th"' May Mrs Bristow
1st June      Mrs Cross

The sun shone, the grass was mowed, and the pig well roasted as all gathered on the
paddock in the village. It was good to see friends from neighbouring villages too. We
were entertained by a taste of `Summer' from Richard and Jane Martin and then the Feast
The children were entertained by Timmy the magician and returned from the village hall
with a variety of balloon modelled hats with hearts and eyes on stalks to aliens and koalas
in trees. It was quite a spectacle.
The adults scratched their heads over a Cotswold quiz with the triumphant team claiming
their bottle of wine. The excitement then rose as Timmy organised some games with the
adults and children and we finished off with a raffle. The feasters then returned home as
the sun set. What a day we had.
Cris Hoad

The members of The Gardening Club are delighted that, thanks to everyone's hard work
this year and last with the Plant Sales, we have funds to benefit the villages. We have
decided to pay for an up to date and efficient system to provide hot water for making
drinks in the Village Hall. We are now in discussion with the Village Hall Committee
about what it will be and when it will be
On Friday 6th June, the
members enjoyed a visit to the beautiful six-
acre garden of Baxter's Farm, Fyfield (right).
The underlying hard structure, the imaginative
planting schemes and the colour combinations
all provided a lesson in successful gardening
but, what interested most of us, was the herb
garden. In this large walled area were grown a
huge variety of different herbs which are used
in cooking to provide flavours and textures -
increasingly important as salt and additives
are avoided.
We are looking forward to further visits and
activities this year and can only hope that the
weather continues to be as glorious as now. Although gardeners always say `we need it'
when it rains, we do not want a repeat of last July.
Please look under Leisure on the Filkins website if you would like further information
about the Gardening Club or contact Chris Woodford (01367 860319 ) or me (01367
Lucille Jones

We had an excellent day for the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 1st June, and the
weather was kind to us despite occasionally looking rather ominous: overcast but dry,
comfortably warm and almost windless. 546 tickets were sold, which is a record for our
villages, the previous high being around 520. At total of £2002.38 was sent to the NGS,
and in addition to this, teas at the Village Hall raised £330 for the Church.
Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard, particularly on the extra poster and
publicity effort which must have swelled numbers. There were several first-time gardens,
particularly including Filkins Hall, and the diversity of scale and character was greater
than ever. The teas must as always be mentioned (would anybody come if there wasn't
tea?) and above all the gardeners whose year-round efforts, no doubt increasingly manic
in the last week or so, make it all possible.
Chris Carter

The weather was glorious on Sunday 11th May, perfect for our walk to John's Wood just
outside Filkins. 20 people took part, including six children, some riding up to the wood on
their bikes. After eating lunch (which was remarkably well organised in the case of one
couple!), children and adults followed a treasure map, gathering various nature items
along the way. We were delighted to see newts in the pond and only some of us ended up
with muddy wet feet.
On the way back to the picnic area the children were delighted to discover Easter Eggs
secreted among the trees, which provided amusement for young and not so young. A
happy band of parishioners wended their way back to the village full of food, fun and
Barbara Bristow

Sunday 27th July: Pet Service at 4.00pm
Amid all the fun of Filkins Festival, bring your animals to
church at 4.00pm for a short service which will be
followed by a scrumptious tea. This will be a wonderful
occasion for parishioners of all ages to bring their pets
and join in the fun. Let's see how many different animals
we can muster.

Sunday 5th October: Harvest Festival...
... followed by the Harvest Supper in the evening.

Saturday 15th November: Auction of Promises.
We will be contacting everyone we can think of over the next few weeks to get as many
items as possible for auction. Please contact me (01367 860195) if you have something to
offer, no matter how large or small.
Barbara Bristow

Flood report: The report on the July 2007 flooding is now available to download from the
WODC website at:

The Parish Council and parishioners had considerable input into this report, and very
much hope that it can provide a clear direction for action to alleviate the risk of future
If anyone would like to comment on any aspect of the report, do please contact me.
Minutes etc: 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

This half-term our topics include `Shopping' and `the Olympic Games'. We look forward
to visiting the local shop and making purchases with the children. Our Sports Day takes
place on Thursday 10th July. The children will be opening the event with their
special Olympic opening ceremony!
We are still collecting Sainsburys Active Kids vouchers and are hoping to buy some new
sports equipment. As we are a small nursery, we would welcome any voucher
contributions: the deadline for redemption is the end of July.
Don't forget to look out for us walking our half a mile around the village with our nursery
teddy bear `Big Ted' on Tuesday 15th July at 9.30 am in aid of Barnardos. We will then
be returning to nursery for a teddy bears picnic.
Do remember that we are open throughout the summer, with our Summer Holiday Club
operating from 21st July to 29th August. We welcome all children from 2-11 years.
Indoor activities include table football, pool, craftwork, jewellery making, cooking and
themed days. Outdoor activities include planting, ball games, team challenges, treasure
hunts and much more.
The Nursery will be open for any parent to view on the morning of Filkins Fun Day,
Saturday 12th July, 10am to 12noon. Do come and have a look at the children's wonderful
displays. I will be available should you wish to chat about our care and curriculum. If you
would like more information about the Nursery and the Holiday Club, please give us a
call on 01367 860594 or visit our website
Louise Jenkins

We open 2.30 to 5.00pm each first Sunday in the month until September. If
you belong to a group and would like to visit please arrange for a private opening with a
village history trail (tea could be included). Just telephone Peter Grey (01367860331) or
me (01367-860504) for more information.
Diane Blackett

Did you enjoy yourselves last year? We do hope so because we are delighted that our
reunion this time will be in July, sandwiched between the Feast in June and the Street
Party in August.
How lovely to be living in Filkins now, but don't forget if you lived here fifty years ago,
and would like to meet up with childhood friends, join us for a buffet lunch in the Carter
Institute on 5th July.
If you have any questions please contact one of the following:
Ena Constable 01367 860418 or 01367 860620
Donald Deaney 01993 201442 Trevor Bumford 01793 541291 Or me                  01793 828454
We all look forward to seeing you on 5th July. Frances Clack

                                           Once again we bring you extravagant drama in
                                           the open air, as this year Trollope's (right)
                                           `Barchester Chronicles' are brought to life on
                                           7th', 8th & 9th August. Ring 01367 860491 and
                                           book your tickets now. Oh! The evenings will
                                           be balmy for sure.
                                           Jane Martin
                                           [See the advertisement on page 81 of this issue.
 Covering Filkins, Broughton Poggs, Broadwell, Kencot, Langford and L Faringdon Ft
July Mr A Heath                860129        22nd July Mr A Woodford 860319
3rd July Miss H Squire         860337        24th July Mrs J Higham     860197
8th July       Mrs J Geake 860534            29th July Lady Allison     860787
10th July Mrs M Cover          860302        31st July Mr A Heath       860129
15th July Mrs C Lauzier        860644        (All codes 01367)
17th July Mrs B Bristow        860195
For hospital runs, or with any problems, contact me on 01367 860319 Local surgery runs
Hospitals: Fairford & Witney £5.00 Swindon & Cirencester £8.00 Oxford £10.00 At the
JR, parking charges may have to be paid, and will be added to the bill.

Tony Woodford

There is an eclectic mix of events in July presented under the banner of St Filica. Most of
these events will also be advertised separately by whoever is organizing them, so look out
for details on other pages in this and the next issue of Parish Pump.

Tuesday 8th July
Film Evening at the village hall. Film titles and times to follow. Free entry but donations

Friday 11th July:
Supper with the Book Club at 8.00pm at Cotswold Woollen Weavers or in the Village
Hall (weather dependant). Balloon debate (Who survives the literary crash?), Literary quiz
(Light-hearted? Light-headed!), and (importantly) a jolly good supper and quite a lot of
drinking. An excellent night out!
Tickets are £10. Ring Lindsey Knott for more information on 07711 177659. And see
page 80 of this issue

Saturday 12th July
Filkins Fun Day: on the paddock by the village hall and everyone is invited from all our
surrounding villages.
We are starting at 12noon with a 24' climbing wall that is for young and old alike. Kids
challenge mum and dad to reach the top first. If you dare! This will be open until 5.00pm
but will close while the duck race is on. There will also be a `digger' bouncy castle for the
smaller ones.
We also have the 2nd Village Duck Race. Ducks are on sale at the Village Shop, The Bell,
Langford, Cotswold Woollen Weavers and The Five Alls. Ducks cost £3 each or 2 for £5.
The racing starts at 2.00pm at Broughton Mill...
We will have four heats and the first 10 from each heat will go to the grand final where
they will be racing `Elvis' duck. Come and have a bet on where he will be placed. Cash
prizes are awarded for first place in each heat and the final.
Prize-giving will be held on the paddock and this will be followed by Cream Teas and a
few Gardens Open for you to enjoy.
Come and enjoy the afternoon with us- I am sure you will not be disappointed.
Remember: Swinford Museum Open, Gardens Open and Cream Teas in the Paddock and
Village Hall

Tuesday 15'h July
Have you ever looked up at night and wondered what you are looking at? Is it a star? A
planet? Or just a VC10? Paul Thompson will enlighten us all with his talk What's in the
Sky in the Village Hall at 8.00pm. Free entry but donations welcomed. Wine will be

Saturday 19th July
Be an Artist for a day. Take part in a fun painting day to recreate a well known
masterpiece. An advance ticket for £4.50 will buy you all the necessary materials and a
two hour session to paint your contribution to a large picture to be joined together at the
end of the day (hopefully to be displayed at the Village Street Party the following
Numbers will be limited to about 40. Suitable for all, but children under 12 will need to be
accompanied and aided by a responsible adult. Tickets will be on sale later, but you're
welcome to ring Ronnie & Ian on 01367 860073 now.

Sunday 20th July
Inter-Club Pub Quiz at 8.00pm in The Five Alls for teams of four at £4 per team. Bring
your flippers for the `water' theme. (It had to feature somewhere!) This will be a fun quiz
so please come along and support your club team.

Tuesday 22nd July
What made Filkins & Broughton Poggs, and who were those Cripps anyway? A light-
hearted scamper through the history of our village with Richard Martin at 8.00pm in the
village hall. Free entry. Wine will be served.

Saturday 26th July
Filkins Street Party... Join us for our annual Street Party from 8.00pm outside the Village
Hall. Dance the night away to a great local band `Ouch!'. Pay bar and barbeque.

Sunday 27th July
Pet Service, led by the Rector, Harry Maclnnes at St Peter's Church 4.00pm followed by

It's back by popular demand... A repeat of last year's highly
entertaining and successful event. Do you want the opportunity
to perform live on stage? Would you like to try being Robbie
Williams, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, The
Spice Girls, Kylie Minogue, Lily Alen, Cat Stevens, Take That, Nick Drake, Bob Marley,
Marilyn Monroe, Elton John, Al Jolson, Louis Armstrong, Nick Cave, Pink Floyd, The
Beach Boys, The Sex Pistols, The Beatles or anyone else (even yourself)?
Bring your own music, or go `unplugged'. If you are interested in performing, or in being
a judge, get in touch now. Contact me at 5 The Gassons, Filkins or ring 01367 860730.
The Filkins X Factor will be on 27th September in Filkins Village Hall from 7:30pm. £5
to perform and £5 to watch.
Daniel Porter

Pub Quizzes Sundays 20th July and 3rd, and 17th August. Friendly, light-hearted
quizzes always starting at 8.00pm
Music Festival Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August Sunday 28th. Bank holiday music
festival, bands, barbeques and Pimms.
Call me for more information on 01367 860306, and see our advertisement on page 74, or
look at
Gemma Buckley

This year's produce show and fete starts at 2.00pm on Saturday 23rd August. For more
details telephone me on 01367 860332. Look out for show schedules from the PO and
Cotswold Woollen Weavers. More details next month.
Janet Young

St Mary's

... Well, perhaps not in this case. This is
Jane Holwell, and I do not think she is
particularly famous. But she does come
from a place called Spotted Island, and
that must be worth a mention.
Hang on, I've just found a list of those
buried in the Spotted Island cemetery,
and 12 out of 20 are called Holwell. So
the Holwells are jolly famous at least in
Spotted Island.
Spotted Island, by the by, is between
Indian Tickle and Black Tickle in
Labrador. During a visit in the 1950's
Aaron Thomas described the Spotted
Islanders' diet as evaporated milk, tea,
homemade white bread, fish, and Alexander (a herb cooked like spinach).
I think we are building up a picture here.
[I've just been reading more about these tough fishermen in their spectacular landscape,
and might well return to the Spotted Island Holwells in a future issue, unless someone
from our Holwell would like research the story of these hardy Holwells. Ed/

St George's
No news this month

St George's

5th & 12th July       Rachel Allen
19th & 26th' July     Marjorie Barstow 2nd & 9th August Maureen Seale

The Big Tea Party in aid of Lawrence's Roundabout Wells Appeal will be held at The
Gardens on Thursday 7th August. Virginia has been nominated `Courageous Mum of the
Year' by Tesco.
More about all this excitement in next month's Parish Pump, but please make a now in
your diary now.
[My visit to last year's tea party suggests the quality of both the cakes and the cause are
excellent. Please think of a life without fresh water, and support this event. Ed]

St Matthew's

6th July       Mrs J Pitkin
13'h' & 20th July     Mrs R Range
27th' July     ,Mrs D Lowden

Congratulations to Chris and Lizzie Rowland of Church Row who celebrated their
diamond wedding anniversary on 22nd May.

Congratulations to Chris and Mandy of Church Lane on the birth of their daughter Daisy
Grace Mai on the 31s' May.

We were fortunate to enjoy beautiful warm weather for our National Gardens Open day
on 8th June, which raised a total of £3,707. Many thanks to all the garden openers and to
the multitude of helpers.

There will be no meeting in July as it is our annual outing, any enquiries to me on 01367
Chrissy Tinson

There is an Exercise Class for all ages and abilities in the Village Hall every Thursday
evening from 6.00 to 7.00pm. Simply turn up. A great way to make new friends and
simply have fun. Please do not hesitate to call me for more information on 07887 671956.

Join us for an evening of whist at the village hall on Tuesday 15th July. We start at
7.30pm; however if you would like some tuition please arrive a little earlier than this. We
are a small group and play for fun with small prizes. The entrance fee of £1 includes tea
and biscuits at half time. Profits go to the village hall.
For more information. Do ring me on 01993 852378
Jo Hutchings

The summer terms are flying by as they always do and we are looking forward with
mixed feelings to the end of term. Year 6 children completed the annual Key Stage Two
SATs at the end of May. All children worked so hard and
remained calm and focused throughout the week. I'm sure the
results will do them proud and reflect all the hard work that
both they, Mrs Clements and Mrs Woolaston have put in over
the year.
All children are looking forward to moving on through the school into their next year
groups. We are lucky this year to have such a committed and stable team of staff which
helps the children during this transition time. We are also looking forward to welcoming
children into Year 3 from St Peter's, Alvescot and have already begun their induction
process with a welcome pack including an invitation to a rounders' coaching session and
friendly tournament led by the Year 3 staff Our new Foundation intake will also spend
some time in school getting used to the new routines and expectations. All new children
are invited for an induction day in June and the Foundation Stage children will also be
invited to Cherry Class assembly in July. This is a chance for pre-school children, parents
and staff to see just how far the children have come in a year.
Of course, the Year 6 children will all be moving on to the next stage in their education
too. The majority of our children move on to Burford Community College and are looking
forward to the new challenges there. The term will end with sadness, laughter and
probably tears as they take part in their Leavers' Service and final production. This will be
followed by the now statutory parents and staff versus year 6 Rounders' match which, as
you can imagine, becomes extremely competitive.
As it is Olympic Year Mrs Brownjohn has organised a whole mini-Olympic week for the
whole school. The teams will be named after countries and children will be investigating
their team country in curriculum time. She has done a fantastic job booking professional
tennis, football and dance coaching. We have our whole school swimming gala and we
finish the week with the mini Olympic finals. This should be a great day and all parents
and carers are invited to join in the fun, watching their children and joining in the adult
race. We will also, as usual, be having a whole school family BBQ and picnic prepared by
our delightful cook Tara. During Healthy Living week we will also be looking at our
impact on the environment following the work of the school Eco-Team. We will be
encouraging children to walk, cycle or scoot to school, take the school bus or car-share.
We will be looking at what we eat and encourage healthy lunch boxes. We will also be
having another waste free lunch day where parents and children are asked to look at how
they package their food for minimum waste. This year we will be weighing the waste and
seeing if we can beat a target based on how much waste is normally produced at the end
of a school day.
The developments to our grounds started during half term when our new cycle rack was
put up. We are also expecting a scooter rack shortly. Together with Healthy Living week
this should encourage children and staff who can to cycle or scoot to school as there will
be a safe and secure place to leave their bike or scooter. We are still finalising the plans
for the playground improvements and hope to hold a meeting shortly to share our ideas
with all stakeholders within our school community.
Although the end of the academic year is always a sad time as we say our goodbyes to the
children moving on, we are all looking forward to next year when we have new faces to
meet and such exciting new developments. As always please do not hesitate to contact the
school on 01367 860318 if you have a query or can offer us some support. Please visit our
website at where there is lots of information about our
school, children's work and lots more.
Sarah Nisbett

St Margaret's

The long-awaited repair and refurbishment programme to the church has now started. The
interior is filled with scaffolding to enable the contractors to carry out repairs to the
plaster and to re-limewash the walls and ceiling. It will be impossible, therefore, to hold
services here until the work is completed in early August.
We very much hope that everything will be completed in time for our matins service on
10th August. Please note this date in your diary. During this period, we are very much
encouraged to worship in other churches in the Benefice.

A sincere word of thanks is extended to everyone involved in helping at and supporting
the Church Lunch. We couldn't manage without you.
July No services
August Sylvia Griffiths

`Much Ado about Nothing' at Hulse Ground Farm on 9th August.

`Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more;
Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never;

Then sigh not so, but let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny;
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into hey nonny, nonny.'       See page 33 of this issue for more details

Holy Rood

No news this month as we've all been fully occupied getting ready for Open Gardens and
visiting other village garden open days to gauge the competition and see what good ideas
they have.
Also because the village bike ride planned for the last Bank Holiday Monday was a
complete washout. The weather was appalling and the bike ride was therefore abandoned.
As I write, however, the sun is shining and it appears that it's going to be a gloriously hot
and sunny day so perhaps summer is here, thank goodness. Fingers crossed that it lasts
until at least next weekend.
Shirley Cuthbertson

What a fantastic response we had to the request for helpers to spring-clean the churchyard.
22 people turned up and an amazing job was done in clearing ivy, cutting back elm
suckers, weeding and strimming.
Very many thanks to all who took part and who seemed to enjoy their labours on one of
the best sunny days we had seen. It was a good social event.
David Roberts

In May we had a very enjoyable and informative visit to Burford Priory before the
property is sold to the highest bidder. We even joined the residents for Vespers. It is a
very interesting part of our local history.
After the summer break we resume on Friday 12th`'' September, 7.30 pm in the Village
Hall. Our speaker will be Dr Gillian White whom we know to be very entertaining. Her
subject will be Mary Queen of Scots and this will be a good opportunity to join us if you
are not already a member.
Fred Robertson

Keep-fit every Thursday in Shilton Old School, 7-8pm, £3.50 per session. Further
information is available from me on 01993 706265
Sandie Hunter

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 6th August at 7.30 in the Hobbies
Room at Bradwell Village hall.
Council dates for the rest of the year
Wednesday 6th August            Bradwell 7.30pm (in the Hobbies Room) Wednesday 8th
October Shilton 7.30pm
Wednesday 3rd December Shilton 7.30pm
Katherine Robertson

(part of Shilton Parish)

Many thanks to all those who helped and gave to raise a record £2054.86 from the
Bradwell Village, Burford, Fulbrook and Taynton house-to-house collections and other
fundraising events.
Jan Campbell

10th Birthday Celebrations
We're celebrating the 10th anniversary of Bradwell Village on Saturday 12th July
beginning at 11.00am. At the time of writing the final plans are still being made but we
expect to have a children's fancy dress parade, a mini Crufts competition, an art
exhibition, sideshows, and an exhibition of the development of the village.
The bar will be open and other refreshments will be available and we will end the day
with a buffet meal in the evening, tickets for which will be on sale from BVRA committee
members. We hope as many people as possible will come along and enjoy the day.

The Coffee Shop is open on Friday in term time from 10.30am until 12.30pm in the
Village Hall selling hot and cold drinks and home-made cakes and savouries. This is a
splendid social focus for anyone with an hour or so to spare. For further details telephone
me on 01993 824801.
Sharon Howat
The next meeting is on Tuesday 8th July from 10.00am until 2.30pm. Visitors are most
welcome, at £2 for the day. The half-annual subscription is £10. Please bring along your
latest project to work on. Drinks and biscuits are provided, but please bring a packed
lunch. Telephone me on 01993 824475 for more information.
Marion Ellis

We meet in the Village Hall on Mondays during term time from 9.30am to 11.30am. The
group is open to babies, toddlers & pre-schoolers from 0 to 5 years, and the cost is £1.50
per session per family including playtime, songtime, tea, coffee, juice, biscuits & raisins
We have lots of equipment for both running-about and quiet activities.
We are a friendly group, everyone is welcome, and we would love to see you. Contact
Angela on 01993 823623 or email or me on 01993 822777 or
Miranda Mowbray

UP, 1, 2, 3. DOWN, 1, 2, 3...
New 50+ Exercise Class on behalf of Adult Learning every Tuesday at 9.30am in
Bradwell Village Hall. Give me a ring on 01993 822781.
Sue Hayman

St Mary's

On Sunday June lst Thomas and Anthea Gibson opened their glorious garden for the
National Gardens Scheme, always a huge event for the village because it enables the rest
of us to raise money for our church.
Most of the village is involved in some way, baking cakes, moving tables, serving teas,
manning stalls. This year we had plenty of good plants and embryonic vegetables to sell.
The table of home-made produce was very popular, and there was the chance to buy a
favourite video from Matthew Baldwin. We also had a second-hand book stall for the first
time, to which many people both contributed and bought.
All these efforts were a huge success, and the PCC Treasurer is well pleased. So thank
you everyone for your contribution, and especially the Gibsons for bringing in the crowds,
and Janet Phillips for allowing us to use Barnstorm as the centre of operations.
Judy Third
Georgie Fox adds:
What seemed at 2.00pm like prodigious numbers of books, plants, conserves and cakes
seemed to fly off the tables, and we were extremely pleased with the
resulting £800. The only `person' who was not delighted with the day was a mother bluetit
who had a nest of hungry babies in the wall just beyond our tea tables. We did our best to
work round, and away from her, and hopefully all was well.
Two more dates for the future, both of which are different from last month's Parish Pump.
Harvest Festival is now arranged for 14th`'' September at 6.00pm Evensong and our Carol
Service is now to be on Sunday 21st` December and at 4.00pm.
Chris Fox

Opening Hours
Monday       3.00 to 5.00pm      -
Tuesday      10.00am to 12noon & 3.00 to 5.00pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday     9.00am to 12.00noon & 3.00 to 5.00pm
Friday       3.00 to 5.00pm
Saturday     9.00am to 1.00pm & 3.00 to 5.00pm
Sunday       3.00 to 5.00pm

Halcyon Honey from Charlbury
According to Jeff Burroughs of Halcyon Honey, the right kind of honey can help tackle
allergies. With allergy season fast approaching now is the perfect time to buy your stocks
of this local delicacy.
It's well worth trying since it possesses a heady fragrance and a subtle taste that large-
scale supermarket honeys simply don't have. Created by local bees from local flowers,
heathers and blossoms, Halcyon Honey should be on every kitchen shelf.

We are always on the look out for new volunteers to come and join our friendly team.
Typically working a 2-3 hour shift, you can sign up to do as many or as few as you wish.
It's a great way of meeting people across all the villages and of contributing to this great
community project in Filkins.
Contact me on 01367 860095 for more information. Ann Choyce

Cricket Round Up
The Under 12's won both County Cup matches to date, beating Warriner by 23 runs and
then Bartholomew School by 9 wickets. They play MCS Oxford in the quarter finals.
The Under 13's lost two very close matches to Cotswold and Gosford Hill.
The Under 14's beat Cotswold and Chipping Norton and Kingham and now wait to find
out who they play in the next round of the County Cup.
The Under 15's beat Cotswold, Cokethorpe and Woodgreen. They were beaten by
Warriner in the County Cup.
The 1st XI beat Henry Box and Farmors. They play Cherwell in the Under 17 cup in early
In early July we look forward to entertaining Knox Grammar School from Sydney,
Australia, for cricket against our Under 15s.
On Maneuver with the Army

On 13th May a group
of Year 10 students, and Messrs Hill and Jagger went to St George's Barracks in Bicester
to learn about life in the army. During the course there were a variety of activities
including a paintball range, an assault course and some problem solving tasks. The
solving tasks'
included getting the group of 15 people across of `mine field', using only two planks of
wood and two hanging tyres.
Awards for effort throughout the day went to Freddie Pritchard and Phillip Harper.
Maths Challenge
Following the UK Mathematics Trust Maths Challenge in February, Burford School had
three 3 students (Ann Tivey, Lilli Lock and Kevin Sung) qualify to take part in the
European Round, testing the best 25% of maths students in Europe.
Congratulations go to all three students, but especially to Lilli and Kevin who received a
`Merit' by achieving results in the top 25% of their age group.
Burford School Uganda Link
On 2nd July Burford school students will be welcoming 12 students and four members of
staff from Bishop Dunstan School, Kalangala, Uganda. The Burford School Uganda Link
has now been running for fourteen years and is the longest running reciprocal exchange
link with a school in Eastern Africa.
When the students are here they will visit other local primary schools and churches giving
lessons in drumming, dancing and singing in Lugandan. Their final concert will be in
Burford Parish Church at 7.30pm on Saturday 19th July. Everyone is most welcome to
Festival in the Field
The Ugandan students will also be taking part in the Festival in the Field, an outdoor
concert from 4.00 to 11.00pm on Friday 18th July. The fantastic line-up looks like this:
4.00pm Primary school performance with Uganda students
5.00pm Dance/Gym performance
6.00pm `Rock School' performance
6.45pm `Star for a Night' performance
7.10pm Year 13 soloists
7.30pm Massed Choir performing highlights from `The Armed Man'
8.15pm Jazz Orchestra 9.00pm Training Orchestra 10.00pm Senior Orchestra 10.50pm
Firework display
Tickets are now on sale in school. Please call 01993 823303 for more information.
Mary A/cock

Come to Witney Methodist Church lunchtime recital on Thursday 10th July from 1.30 to
2.30pm to hear our very own Bronwen Mills (soprano) and Annabel Molyneaux (Mezzo)
exploring the class system in classical music.
Unlikely to be entirely serious, and worthwhile just to find which of the title categories
Bronwen and Annabel place themselves. Entrance free.

West Ox Arts Gallery is on the first floor of Bampton Town Hall. The Gallery opening
hours are: Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2.00pm - 4.00pm & Sunday:
2.00pm - 4.00pm. Tel: 01993 850137 or

Summer Ceramics:
12th July to 3rd August 2008
Pottery and ceramics by four
well known Cotswold potters:
John Jelfs, Neil Ions, Liz Teall
(right) and Robin Walden.
Containers in a range of styles,
forms and colours; rich earths,
serene blues and purples... Also
included are animal
sculptures by Neil Ions that
function as ocarinos. Printmaker
Natalie Ellett will show collages
and Gill Salway collagraphs of
ancient pots.
In aid of Help for Heroes and SSAFA, the
acclaimed Festival Players Theatre
Company will be putting on an open air
production of Shakespeare's sparklingly
witty comedy Much Ado About Nothing at
Hulse Ground Farm, Little Faringdon on
Saturday 9th August at 7.30 pm.
Please bring your own seating. Grounds
open at 6.30pm for picnics. Everybody is
welcome. Tickets are £12.50, and can be
obtained from me on 01367 860245 or
07721 358 954.
Or you can email
Caroline Holden

Even in horticultural terms green is very `de
rigueur' at the moment, with plenty of
emphasis having been placed on green
practices and green spaces at this year's Chelsea flower show. The good news for those of
us wishing to emulate the same situation at home is that garden centres have plenty on
offer. Old favourites compete with new pots on the block offering large and small plants
to enhance any border.
Osmanthus are small, medium or large shrubs, some of which resemble holly, but are
related to the Olive. They often produce fragrant flowers and thrive in most soils. They
are hardy and shade tolerant, but prefer shelter
from cold winds. Osmanthus heterophyllus
`variegatus' (right) is one of the larger ones with
striking creamy white variegation on its leaves.
It bears white flowers in late spring. Osmanthus
burkwoodii sports dark-green, serrated
leaves and sweetly fragrant flowers in April and
May. It is a slow growing, medium sized shrub
suitable for most soils.
Common or Cherry Laurel is a large evergreen
hedging shrub or small tree with big mid-green
shiny leaves that are darker on top and paler
underneath. Common Laurel is generally grown
as a hedge plant, but is also an excellent small
specimen tree for a dark corner.
A useful addition to the border for winter interest is Helleborus foetidus. It is brave
enough to flourish during the coldest, shortest days. This handsomely foliated, winter
blooming perennial carries a substantial head of bell-shaped flowers. The green flowers
have maroon-tinted edges and are accompanied by light-green oval leaves. Another
favourite is Helleborus argutifolia. Sturdy clusters of cup-shaped, greenish-white flowers
top this evergreen plant. Its leathery leaves are a dull olive-green and have roughly
serrated edges. Hellebores are rabbit proof and grow best in dappled shade.
Euphorbia Wulfenii is perfect for adding a touch of drama to the border. Bluish-green
foliage looks fresh all year round and in early summer it is joined by large, dome-shaped,
lime-green flowers that tower above it. Wulfenii enjoys a sunny, well-drained spot and
looks stunning when planted with kniphofias.
Gunnera manicata produces huge, rhubarb-like,
prickly leaves up to six feet across, which thrive
in damp sites. This Brazilian plant is hardy and
will make an imposing feature. The crowns are
best shielded from frost in winter.
Hosta Tardiana Halcyon is a medium-sized hosta
with oval, blue-green leaves and lavender flowers.
Alchemilla mollis is a charming perennial, which
is ideal for groundcover or edging paths. It
tolerates a range of adverse conditions including
heavy clay and, once established, is drought
tolerant. Large and prolific grey/green foliage is
topped by huge spreading heads of tiny star-like,
straw textured, yellow flowers in multiple
Fatsia Japonica (left), which despite its tender
appearance is as tough as old boots once established, has gorgeously glossy, deep green
palmate leaves. In autumn, creamy white flowers are produced in large panicles, which
are often followed by round, black fruit. It makes a superb feature in an exotic-style
garden, where the large leaves team well with bamboos and grasses.
Anne Greenwood

David jaunts off again, this time west to Pembrokeshire, little England beyond Wales, and
then west again to Skomer Island
Heading off down the A40 on Monday 2nd June with a couple of friends towards
Haverfordwest I must say was more of a pleasure than heading in the opposite direction
towards Oxford and London. We passed Highnam Woods RSPB Nature Reserve just the
other side of Gloucester where the previous Saturday I had been listening to three
nightingales in full song. Driving down through Abergavenny, Brecon, Llandovery and
Carmarthen it is a beautifully scenic road, with mountains and woods all around and the
odd sighting of red kites and buzzards. I much prefer this road to the busier M4. After
Haverfordwest we headed along side roads for a night's B & B at Marloes, a small village
near the coast.
The next morning was fine and sunny as we drove a mile down the road to a little cove
called Martin's Haven where we dropped all our gear off and parked the car. At 10.00am a
boat came to a jetty on the rocks and picked us up together with fifty others who were day
trippers. We were off to Skomer Island for two nights, just a twenty minute boat trip out
from the coast. The island is managed by the Welsh Wildlife Trust and is one and a half
miles north to south and two miles east to west. It was last inhabited all year round in
1958. As we came close to the island the water was peppered with puffins, guillemots and
razorbills while kittiwakes and fulmers flew overhead.
There are 10,000 puffins (left) nesting on the island, 16,000 guillemots, 5,000 razorbills,
                                                     2,500 pairs of kittiwakes and 725 pairs
                                                     of fulmers but the main thing we had
                                                     come to see were the manx
                                                     shearwaters of which there are
                                                     128,000 pairs. Together with a
                                                     quantity of storm petrols, nesting
                                                     short-eared owls and little owls and
                                                     atlantic grey seals plus hosts of wild
                                                     flowers it makes this a magical island.
                                                     We had to take our own food with us
                                                     plus some extra because it is possible
                                                     to be stranded there if a strong wind in
                                                     northerly quarter blows making it
                                                     impossible for the boat to land.
                                                     The boat nosed its way into the rocks
                                                     and kept its engines running forward
                                                     until we had all disembarked and had
                                                     unloaded our bags. It is then a steep
                                                     climb up the cliff by way of steps until
                                                     we reached an area where a tractor is
                                                     able to pick up the bags. We had a
                                                     short walk of half a mile to a building
                                                     in the centre of the island called The
                                                     Farm. This consists of a ruined farm
                                                     house and rather smart
accommodation for up to fifteen people and which has been built with lottery funding
money just over twelve months ago to replace the original pigsty accommodation used for
so many years before.
The full time warden lives in a purpose built building on the cliff near the landing place.
Several assistant wardens and volunteers live in the Farm building. Our block consisted of
several bedrooms and bathrooms, a lounge and a large communal kitchen, powered by
solar energy with gas cookers.
On our walk to The Farm we were struck by the beauty of the island. Up to a couple of
weeks before the whole of the island was covered in bluebells, a few of these flowers
remained but were bolstered by swathes of foxgloves (darker then ours) and swathes of
red campions, interspersed with white sea campion on the rocky outcrops, lichens and
other wild flowers.
After we had settled in we made the most of the fine weather and headed for the north of
the island to Garland Stone (right). Here there are high cliffs dropping steeply down to a
channel between rocks with the sea breaking over. These had about 15 Atlantic grey seals
basking on them and
swimming in the waves. One of them had a noticeable weal around its neck where it must
have previously been freed from floating fishing tackle.
Looking out to sea we could make out quite clearly another sizeable island about twelve
miles out. This is Grassholm and is the home to 32,000 pairs of gannets. Through our
telescopes we could see the island was white with them and the air above looked like a
snow storm with the flying birds.
Progressing round the island anticlockwise we
passed Bull Hole, Paynes Ledge and Sanders
Fist and nearing Pigstone Bay we watched our
first family of choughs, two fledged young birds
on rocks close to us being fed periodically by
two adults, their scarlet beaks and legs
contrasting with their glossy black feathers.
Progressing round to The Wick we were met by
an inspiring spectacle of birds but I will
continue this in a second instalment next month.
Back home the blackbirds are singing well (only one on the island) and there are numbers
of gold crests (Britain's smallest bird) producing their high pitched sharp rhythmic calls in
the trees around the garden. Swifts are flying all around the sky particularly active in the
It was interesting to hear about Pam's birds, particularly the house martins as we do not
have martins in Shilton, just a few swallows in buildings which return every year to nest
and of course the swifts.
David Roberts

The Sparkler with the Spatula lets rip this month: A sauce which involves milk, double
cream, two sorts of cheese, and wine looks like a winner...
After the frugal, family-friendly offering of last month, I thought we could let our hair
down this month with a sumptuous, yet easy, dish for a celebration or supper party,
particularly where the guests are `normal'
people who like their food. This is food for
both gourmets and
gourmands (a glance at the ingredients will
give you a clue) so not one to choose if you
are on a diet.
If, however, you want to give your guests a
classic treat, then this is the business. There
are no fiddly last minute ministrations, it
will sit quite happily for a few minutes if
you are not quite ready, and needs only a
green salad and new potatoes to serve with
Chicken Savoyarde Ingredients for cooking the chicken
A 2kg chicken
2 onions, peeled and quartered and stuck with 2 or 3 cloves
2 carrots, peeled and sliced in half, lengthways
3 sticks of celery, chopped in half
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs of thyme
Ingredients for the sauce
50g butter
50g flour
400m1 poaching stock
300ml dry white wine
250ml double cream
100g Gruyere cheese, grated (right) ltbs Dijon mustard
50g tarragon leaves, chopped (below) Salt and pepper
50g breadcrumbs
25g Parmesan cheese, grated
Put the chicken in a large pan, add the vegetables, herbs
and salt. Cover with water and poach, very gently for
about an hour and a half, skimming off any scum that
comes to the surface. Once cooked, lift out the bird and
allow to cool. Strain the stock through a sieve and
discard all solids. Leave to settle, then skim off any
surface fat with a spoon, or blot with several sheets of
kitchen paper.
Remove all meat from the carcass (discarding skin and
sinew from the drumsticks) and cut into large, bite-
sized pieces.
To make the sauce, melt the butter in a pan, add the flour and cook for 3 minutes without
browning. Gradually add the hot chicken stock, white wine and cream and stir until
thickened. Stir in the Gruyere, mustard and tarragon, correct the seasoning and simmer
gently for about 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 2302C/4509F/Gas mark 8. Put the chicken in a buttered gratin dish,
pour over the sauce and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 20-
25 minutes until the dish is golden brown and bubbling. Serves 6.

Letters are welcome on any subject. Just email them, post them or drop them in to Parish
Pump: all contact details are on the inside front cover of Parish Pump. Ed
Warning, airguns!
Sir: My little Burmese cat came home the other day with an airgun pellet in his head. The
vet said that he must have been shot from quite a distance away, as it had not penetrated
his skull, but that if it had been in his eye it would have killed him. He had to have the
pellet surgically removed under an anesthetic, and is now, thankfully, making a full
recovery. This must have happened at the top of Shilton village, as `Chip' only goes as far
as the field between the houses in Church Lane and the Alvescot Road.
Pat Daman Shilton
The Bramblings of Bradwell Village
Sir: After my deliberate mistake with regard to the `Red legged Grouse' that should have
been `Red legged Partridge', I felt I should apologise and put the records straight. I was
lucky that we didn't have David and car loads of twitchers on our doorstop, wanting to
view the newly found species!
The partridges have been a lovely couple. They sat together in the sun just outside the
window on a daily basis until disaster struck. I found scattered feathers and presume it
must have been from one of the partridges, as we only saw one on its own, looking lost. I
think the `lovely' buzzard or sparrowhawk must have been the culprit. We have seen
another pair since. We do not know if one of them was one of the originals. Being a
sentimental bird-watcher, I hope our lone partridge has found another mate.
We have only seen a few passing house martins - in spite of us putting out a large tray of
mud for them! We did have a flash of either a house martin or swallow flying at speed in
and out of our living room through the open patio doors. I expect they were looking for a
prospective nesting place. Our lovely little house is certainly not big enough to be
mistaken for a barn but maybe they thought it was a shed.
I would like to record that after all the years I have been in love with birds, I have at last
seen a Bullfinch. What a wonderful sight. It was having a drink and eating the seeds of
Forget-me-nots, ignoring the readily available wild bird seed. Des, who looks after our
estate so well, had told me last year that he had seen one near our Village Hall and I have
kept my eyes open ever since.
I am off now to feed our pair of Robins with cheese and mealy worms, in the hope that
they will produce a second brood in our tiny garden.
Pam Perfect Bradwell Village

Our Great Writing Chain comes to a
glorious finale this month, not
particularly because it has ended in
any meaningful way but because I
can not make head or tail of most of
it now.
Here then, are the A, B and C
segments which have been used to
lead into the last (D) segments. All
First, a re-cap. The Great Writing
Chain kicked off with 200 words of
our deathless prose (Al)..
The morning his first son was
expected, John Harrington noted with some satisfaction the three swans on the Old Lake.
His satisfaction drove partly from their presence as a good omen for the successful
outcome of the events unfolding upstairs, and partly because he was gratified to find that
while the leat to the New Mill drew so much more water from the lake than had been
anticipated that the level had dropped alarmingly, there was still sufficient to entice the
He had glanced up from his breakfast newspaper to look through the window and across
the lawn to the lake at the precise instant that the swans settled on the water, and every
minute or two thereafter he lifted his eyes and mind from the affairs of the day to check
their continued presence.
John hoped very much that the swans would still be on the Old Lake when word came that
his son was born, for swans had swum on the lake as long as Harringtons had lived at
Acklands. The omen could be particularly auspicious at this time of great change, and
particularly in view of the unusual circumstances of the impending birth.
After a while John Harrington folded his paper, checked once more on the swans, and
rang the bell by his coffee cup.
Then we asked Parish Pump readers came up with a continuation in not more than 100
words. Here were originally ten of them (Bl to B10) that all follow Al. Here are B2, B3,
B7 and B8 only, because these are the ones that were used in the next link in the chain...
It was hot in Perth, Western Australia. Natasha lay on the bed, her stomach a huge lump,
her toes invisible to her.
`Oh God! Take this all away' she moaned
`Just steady breathing now Miss MacIntyre.'
Natasha screamed, trying to swim the wave of pain.
There was no time to move her to the delivery room, a kicking, red baby emerged into this
world. Natasha lay back emotionally and physically drained, her dark hair spread in wet
strands against the white pillow.
The nurse said `I think there's another baby still to come.'
`How could that be? We took scans.' Said Dr. Thomas, `that's all we need on this day of
all days!'
Then he got up and rang the bell on the mantelshelf, and then the bell which hung around
his neck. Three swans and three bells, Harrington thought with satisfaction. So long as he
could arrange a visit to the under-gardener's charming triplets in the potting shed before
lunch, all should be well on the omen front.
Swans, then bells, then triplets for a happy birth. Or was it bells first? Or should the
triplets ring the bells? Damn, he thought. And then quite suddenly, for the first time in his
life, John Harrington did not care.
`Blast the omens' he shouted, and...
A l-B7
Five days later, the swans on the Old Lake had flown away and John Harrington sat
before a late autumn fire, having buried his wife and still born son earlier that day.
A woman entered the room, carrying a child in her arms. She bobbed her head and said,
`Excuse me Sir. Would you like to see your daughter before I lay her down?'
Without averting his gaze from the fire, John rasped: `Keep her out of my sight!' The
Nurse departed hurriedly, leaving him to ponder, with foreboding, on the eccentric terms
of his late father's will.
A l-B8
A discreet knock, and an old man with a face like a wrung-out dishcloth shuffled in. he
wore a grubby baize apron and carried a blacking brush.
`Thomas, I have caught you inopportunely, but I wish to go out. Please bring me my
`I be working on `em, and they'm not finished.' The elderly retainer looked put out.
`Never mind, bring them as they are. You have no doubt perceived the swans are back. I
must warn Owens not to loose the dogs as I think the swans may nest soon.'
Thomas retreated, grumbling to himself as he shambled down the stone passage to his

Then came six C segments, and here are the three (Cl, C4, and C5) which led to the next
link in the chain, together with C2 only because it sensibly majors on the textile mill
(albeit with a naked miller.)
A second baby!
Natasha MacIntyre thought briefly of her brother John between contractions. What
uplifting, unnecessary comment would he choose to make at a time like this? 'Be stoic, be
strong: twenty generations of Harringtons can't be wrong!'
How she hated her brother, how she despised his intruding voice, how she had planned for
her firstborn child to be greater than his.
And now an unforeseen twin still to be born - surely twice the opportunity for this next
generation to claim back the Harrington fortune, the Ackland estate that was rightfully
A 1-B3-C2
... kicked open the French windows. 'Blast everything' he shouted, and ran across the lawn
to the lake. He pulled off his clothes, and threw himself forwards. The splash caused the
swans to rise, wheeling away above the trees. Numbing cold left John to the current
pulling him slowly towards the narrow channel that fed water to the New Mill.
His mind muddied beyond reason, his naked body swirled aimlessly under the mill-track
bridge. Old Tom leant on the parapet as John hove into view. Tom spat at the water, and
turned to Blind Pete, 'Master's uncommon early at t'mill this morning.'
A 1-B7-C4
Frankly his wife was just as crazy: only she could have insisted on giving birth in the
distillery, and insisted on a mud bath in this of all weeks. Hosing her down afterwards
under the pump in the yard had given John a chill, and brought on his terrible rasping
throat. But at least his daughter had been kept away.
Then John thought again of the missing rubies, and of that final enigmatic clause in his
father's will: 'B: Wear a vest, a swan in the rum. Pa.' Suddenly Iw leapt again for the bell.
'Quickly', he shouted, 'bring me my tuba.'
Boots eventually retrieved, John reached for his blackthorn on the way out of the garden
door. And lucky he did, for as through the new plantation, he glimpsed a stranger standing
by the lake.
As John shouted at him, he saw the stranger apparently reaching into the air.
'Dammel' John swore' the beggars scaring the birds'. and he ran across the.grass “Whon
are you” he shoutedass he came close,`David Roberts' answered the stranger excitedly,
`and these are the very rare pink-tailed swans... We thought they were extinct!'
'Crikey!' said John `Now there's an omen.' And he raced off to warn the midwife.
'Servants!' But John smiled indulgently even as he said this. Thomas had been at Acklands
if not quite as long as the swans, then almost and was thought of by all as a piece of the
furniture: the comfortable easy chair smelling of boot polish and pipe tobacco.
Mr. Harrington left the house through the West Wing and reveled in the cool breeze that
played across his face upon this most stressful of days.
He was filled with good thoughts of his unborn son and life in general when, to his horror,
he heard the fierce bark of the dogs.
And finally six D segments, some of which lead conclusion-wards, and some teeter on
the proverbial cliff. .
All that day, and half the spinning world away, the drama at Acklands was proving every
bit as great. Lucky swans or no, there was no denying the calamity of what had occurred:
a disaster to send Lady Harrington into a lifelong faint, and John Harrington reeling into
the darkness of his own despair. There was no baby! There was no child! The doctors
were mystified, the consultants consulted, the textbooks ransacked. And there it was, the
rarest of circumstances, the complete phantom pregnancy.
'Rut how could that be? We saw the scans! A boy we were told, a boy!' In vain the
childless father rails against the fates and furies.
And in Australia? In Australia an unforeseen second child is safely delivered. 'Mrs
MacIntyre, you have a baby boy.'
The old butler toppled the gleaming brassware into Harrington's lap.
Harrington again pictured the enigmatic clause B reshaped into 'Beware a vesta's one in
the umpa.' One what? Harrington shook the Upended tuba. A little. Out tell a matchbox.
Harrington opened it and saw the red fire. The missing rubies. Damn his old dad's
Then Harrington smiled. He'd forget the twaddle of the omens, and await his new son in
peace. He lovingly stroked the tuba’s gleaming Flanks and thought of the fun he had had
in harmony with Araminta’s French horn in the past.
And he would again
A 1-B7-C4-D3
In times of crisis - and by golly over the slow unfolding of the years hadn't there been
such times! - it was only the consolation of music making which had enabled the
embattled John Harrington to maintain a steady course through the stormy seas of life's
archipelago of adversities, and the tuba was ever his first instrument of choice. Clasping
the great brass flanks between his elbows now, the player prepared his embouchure,
indrew a copious breath, and sent forth a mighty honk.
In the kitchens and the sculleries, the parterres and potting sheds, a myriad servants raised
their heads at the sound: all was not lost, and the master was not broken, whilst the music
continued to flow. Unto fields and hills the tuba's plaintive, plangent notes went forth: and
then in the far off faraway, the tiniest honk, the merest shadow of an answering cry. A
swan! A swan that might yet return!
A 1-B8-05-D4
John had produced an heir to Acklands, his house and estate were safe.
The swans were on the lake, God was in his heaven, all was right with the world.
He looked at the antique crib with its lace trimmings, then stumbled backwards, hand
clutching his chest, `Bright orange hair! There is no such gene in the family!' He gasped,
terrible pain, wyes turned upwards, he slid to the floor catching his hand in the mullioned
window frame and releasing the catch.
Antonia surveyed him coldly, she punched in some well remembered numbers and spoke:
`Darling come soon, we have everything we wished for.'
The king swan was flying through the open window, beak ready, neck outstretched, strong
wings, black webbed but dangerous feet...
A 1-B8-C6-D5
As John raced round the corner he was confronted by his three mastiffs, Hengist, Horsa &
Horatio straining at their chains, barking and snarling at a woman seemingly rooted to the
driveway in terror. Shouting at the animals, he took in the dowdy clothes and unkempt
nature of this stranger as he beckoned her to walk past the dogs. "Who are you and what
do you want" - "I be the wet nurse" she stammered glowering up at him " and no cause to
set them beasts on me". "They are chained madam and I have no need of your services",
"Oh but you will sir" she replied just as a scream split the air from the open window
A 1-B8-C6-D6
Harrington rushed around the corner of the house with his heart straining to escape from
his chest. The sight before him, he at once saw, could bode nothing but ill for his family.
Strewn across the turf at the edge of the lake
were a heartrending collection of fallen white feathers and on the horizon there limped
through the air four silhouettes of what may have once been magnificent and fierce swans.
On the lawn the five dogs sat back on their haunches looking immeasurably pleased with
themselves and evidently expecting some sort of a reward. Mr. Harrington stood for a
moment nonplussed. He knew it was not the dogs fault of course or their keeper's yet still
he looked for somebody to blame. While he stood in rueful thought, a shrill cry of pain
and...was there? Yes. Anguish.
Well, that's it folks, the chain ends here. It's all a load of bosh of course, but f you read it
all through, there is a sort of `layeredness' which is quite compelling because it is quite
like how real life is... Anything but linear, fairly confusing and then it stops.
For those interested, here is how these stories are connected:

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