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EDITOR Ros Atkinson Cross Tree Cottage, Cross Tree Lane, Filkins, Nr Lechlade, Glos GL7 3JL Tel: 01367 860859 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org TREASURER Ellie Maughan Home Farm, Kelmscott, Lechlade, Glos GL7 3HD Tel: 01367 252220 Email: email@example.com ADVERTISING Gill Cox Ivy Nook, Kencot, Lechlade, Glos Tel: 01367 860250 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING RATES 1 Issue 3 issues 6 issues 11 issues Full page £38 £105 £198 £308 Half page £26 £70.50 £132 £198 Quarter Page £17 £45 £84 £121 Small adverts £10 £28.50 £52.50 --- 20 words only The Parish Pump team work very hard each month putting together our village news and appreciate contributions from all. We cannot however be held responsible for inaccuracies, mistakes or views expressed. 1 FROM THE EDITOR I’ve just been reading the boy’s school reports....always a worrying moment. Having had a daughter who is a model pupil (she’ll kill me if she reads this), two boys is a bit of a come down (the words pride and fall-from-a-great-height-land- on-something-soft-only-to-get-hit-by-a-ten-tonne-truck spring to mind here) Takes me back to my own school days of ‘Rosalind’s grade reflects the lack of interest she shows in this subject’ which always stuck in my mind (it was Latin) These days, they like to do a bit of self assessment, surely a foolhardy idea? For maths Ludo wrote ‘This is my most hated subject. I need help. I like addition and séances’ Séances?!! Is that why his times tables are so other worldly? Surely there is more terrestrial help out there? (I am hoping that this is a typo....or a write-o whatever they call it these days, although with Ludo, you can never be sure.) Daughter meanwhile has been attempting to record one of our conversations for her English project. She’s tried three times and each one has to be discarded because we sound too silly.(I would have thought by now she’d know she’s onto a non starter with us) Today she tried to record us when we were chatting about what we all want to do when we grow up (it must be noted here that I am not considered to be grown up by my children.....or anyone else for that matter) I told them how I always dreamed of being an ambulance driver (in a tally-ho kind of a way) until it dawned on me that I can’t cope with the sight of blood, am absolutely rubbish in a crisis, hate overtaking, and quite often am only capable of turning left at roundabouts (I can be there a long time).....aside from these few minor technical issues, I’d be a totally awesome ambulance driver.(children look a bit skeptical. And worried) My other career plans were to be an actuary (something financial....obv a non starter) because I thought it would be funny to say to people ‘Actually, I’m an actuary....actually’(that wouldn’t even have been funny the first time, actually) and I wondered about being a chemist because I was quite convinced my knees would look rather fetching in a white coat (WHAT?). It’s quite apparent that my career trajectory was and is wildly erratic. Which is probably why I am here, turning an infinite number of lefts at roundabouts and getting nowhere v...e...r...y slowly. Luckily the children are much more sensible. Ludo has progressed from early ambitions of working on a hot dog stall. Now he wants to be a doughnut taster. I say progressed. I think there is another word. Toby has always wanted to be a big hotshot lawyer, but to be honest, that’s just because he wants to see anyone who destroys his Lego behind bars. Yeah, good luck with that Lego messing guys Toby will suck his thumb at you until you quake in your grown up shoes. And bitterly rue the day you dissed his Harry Potter night bus. Teenage daughter is looking despondent. I think project is doomed. Bit like the summer, really! Ros 2 RECTOR’S LETTER Dear friends In the light of recent news coming from scientists at Cerne, I have asked The Rev’d Dr Alister McGrath to write a short article for this month’s Rector’s letter. Alister is a professor and Anglican priest. He was formerly an atheist and has a very interesting background in both science and theology. He was has an Oxford D.Phil for his research in molecular biophysics and is one of the most published and well-known theologians in the world today. We are enormously privileged to have Alister serving with us in this Benefice, regularly taking services on Sundays. Harry MacInnes Alister writes…. T he ‘Higgs boson’ has been seen! Or at least, the physicists huddled around the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva think they may have seen it, or something very like it. So what’s all the fuss about? If you’re a physicist, you’ll understand what this is all about without me needing to tell you. The Higgs boson is the mysterious particle proposed by physicist Peter Higgs and others back in the 1960s to explain the origin of mass. If its existence has indeed be confirmed, another piece of the jigsaw puzzle of our understanding of the universe has fallen into place. But why has the media become so fascinated with this? The answer lies in the nickname given to the Higgs boson back in 1994 by the Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman. came up with a nickname for the Higgs boson - the ‘God particle’. Journalists loved the nickname. Most scientists hated it, considering it misleading and simplistic. Maybe so. But it certainly got people talking about physics. And they’re still talking about it today. And maybe it’s not such a bad nickname after all. Lederman invented the name the ‘God particle’ because it was ‘so central to the state of physics today, so crucial to our understanding of the structure of matter, yet so elusive.’ Nobody had seen it back in 1994. And some are still not sure quite whether they’ve really seen it today. It has become, I would say, a ‘particle of faith’. Some tell us that science is about what can be proved. Yet it’s not that simple. Science often proposes the existence of invisible (and often undetectable) things , such as dark matter, to explain what can be seen. The reason why the Higgs boson is taken so seriously in science is not because its existence has been proved, but because it makes so much sense of scientific observations that its existence seems assured. In other words, its power to explain is seen as an indicator of its truth. As G. K. Chesteron pointed out back in 1903, a good theory is to be judged by the amount of light it casts on what we see in the world around us and experience within us. ‘With this idea once inside our heads, a million things 3 become transparent as if a lamp were lit behind them.’ And Chesterton took this further, pointing out how God makes a lot of sense of what we see and experience. ‘The phenomenon does not prove religion, but religion explains the phenomenon.’ There’s an obvious and important parallel with the way religious believers think about God. While some demand proof that God exists, most see this as unrealistic. Believers argue that the existence of God gives the best framework for making sense of the world. God is like a lens, which brings things into clearer focus. As the Harvard psychologist William James pointed out years ago, religious faith is about inferring ‘the existence of an unseen order’ in which the ‘riddles of the natural order’ can be explained. There’s more to God than making sense of things. But for religious believers, it’s a great start. Alister McGrath For those interested in exploring this further, you may be interested in a book Alister had published last year. ‘SURPRISED BY MEANING: SCIENCE, FAITH AND HOW WE MAKE SENSE OF THINGS.’ Synopsis We live in an age when the growth of the Internet has made it easier than ever to gain access to information and accumulate knowledge. But information is not the same as meaning, nor is knowledge identical with wisdom. Many people feel engulfed by a tsunami of facts in which they can find no meaning. In thirteen short, accessible chapters McGrath, author of the bestselling The Dawkins Delusion, leads the reader through a nontechnical discussion of science and faith. How do we make sense of the world around us? Are belief in science and the Christian faith compatible? Does the structure of the universe point toward the existence of God? McGrath’s goal is to help readers see that science is neither anathema to faith, nor does it supersede faith. Both science and faith help with the overriding human desire to make sense of things. Faith is a complex idea. It is not a blind leap into the dark but a joyful discovery of a bigger picture of wondrous things of which we are all a part. CONFIRMATION B Wheaton ishop Colin will be coming to the Benefice in the evening of the 14 th October in order to conduct a service of Confirmation. If anyone is interested in being confirmed, please contact either myself of Rev Patrick Harry MacInnes 4 SHILL VALLEY AND BROADSHIRE SERVICES AUGUST 2012 1st Sunday 5th August 9th Sunday After Trinity 10.30am Kencot Benefice Communion Rev MacInnes 6.00pm Black Bourton Benefice Evensong Rev MacInnes 2nd Sunday 12th August 10th Sunday After Trinity 9.00am Alvescot Holy Communion Rev Wheaton 10.30am Filkins Parish Communion Rev Wheaton 11.00am Little Faringdon Parish Communion Rev Kettle 6.00pm Black Bourton Evensong Rev Wheaton 3rd Sunday 19th August 11th Sunday After Trinity 9.00am Holwell Holy Communion Rev Wheaton 10.30am Langford Parish Communion Rev Kettle 10.30am Kelmscott Family Communion Rev Wheaton 6.00pm Broughton Poggs Evensong Rev Wheaton 6.00pm Westwell Evensong Mr Jeremy Lane 4th Sunday 26th August 12th Sunday After Trinity 9.00am Shilton Holy Communion Rev Wheaton 9.00am Kencot Holy Communion Rev Lloyd 10.30am Broadwell Matins Arthur Pont 10.30am Filkins Family Communion & Baptism Rev Wheaton 11.00am Lt Faringdon Matins Rev Lloyd 6.00pm Holwell Evensong Rev Wheaton 1st Sunday 2nd September 13th Sunday After Trinity 10.30am Langford Benefice Communion Rev Wheaton/ Rev MacInnes 6.00pm Broadwell Benefice Evensong Rev MacInnes LECTIONARY August 5th , 9th Sunday after Trinity (Green) Exodus 16.2-4, 9-15 Psalm 8.23-29 Ephesians 4.1-16 John 6.24-35 August 12th , 10th Sunday after Trinity (Green) 1 Kings 19.4-8 Psalm 34.1-8 Ephesians 4.25-5 John 6.35, 41-51 August 19th , 11th Sunday after Trinity (Green) Proverbs 9.1-6 Psalm 34.9-14 Ephesians 5.15-20 John 6.51-58 August 26th , 12th Sunday after Trinity (Green) Joshua 24.1-2a, 14- Psalm 34, 15-end Ephesians 6.10-20 John 6.56-69 18 September 2nd, 13th Sunday after Trinity (Green) Deuteronomy 4.1- Psalm 15 James 1.17-end Mark 7.1-8, 14-15, 2,6-9 21-23 5 CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP O ur next meeting will be on Wednesday 1st August at 3.00pm in the Methodist Church Schoolroom. The speaker will be Mrs Jan Taylor of Lechlade, talking about her work as a magistrate. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. SUNDAY SERVICE IN THE METHODIST CHURCH T here will a service at 3.00pm every Sunday in the Methodist Church. Barbara Edwards SHILTON BAPTIST CHAPEL L ast Sunday at Chapel we heard a sermon based on the Good Samaritan and the preacher ended it by saying, ‘What kind of neighbour are you?’ He then told us a little about a group of people called the Dalits, at first I misheard and thought he was talking about Daleks and expected something about Dr Who though I couldn’t see quite how it would tie in with the sermon! However it seems Dalits is the name the people have given themselves who are the untouchables, those below the lowest caste in India, some 250 million of them! He first heard of them two years ago and their dreadful, hopeless situation where they are condemned to remain in that social position unless they get outside help. It seemed an overwhelming problem and too much for one man to make any difference but God really touched him, so last year he organised a sponsored football match which raised £45,000 and this year he has taken a sponsored group on the Three Peaks challenge and raised over £30,000. This money has gone towards building an educational establishment which will enable Dalit children to continue education and hopefully go on to university. Added to that he has been out and seen some of the problems and some of the solutions himself. It certainly made us wonder what kind of neighbours we are. Preachers for August 5th August Informal 12th August Bob Hazell 19th August John Parmenter 26th August Vili Tava All of our services are at 6.00pm and visitors are always very welcome. Elizabeth Harfield 6 In the Autumn we are launching a new music initiative in our Benefice services in conjunction with the Majic of Music awards organised by Barbara Browne. This is a wonderful way to encourage music amongst our younger generation. Do come and join us for what will be a very special service on the first Sunday in September at St Matthew’s Langford. Harry MacInnes ‘MAJIC OF MUSIC’ Instrumental and vocal music performances will again become a regular part of the monthly Benefice Communion services, thanks to the generosity of all those individuals who supported last November’s ‘MAJIC of Music’ memorial concert at St Margaret’s Church in Little Faringdon. The concert proceeds have provided funds for two MAJIC of Music Awards, which are being given to aspiring young musicians who will perform at various Benefice Communion services over the coming year. • Edward Baldwin from Burford School will be presented with the first MAJIC Award in the Benefice. Edward is an A-level pupil who has achieved grade 8 with distinction on both the oboe and alto saxophone. He will receive his award and perform at the Benefice Communion service on Sunday 2nd September at 10.30am in St Matthew’s Church in Langford. • The MAJIC Award recipient from Farmor’s School in Fairford will be announced shortly, and this young musician will also perform at Benefice Communion services. • At St Christopher’s C of E School in Langford, MAJIC has offered to support a Year 5 pupil who wishes to take musical instrument lessons in the ‘Play On’ Programme. Free instrument tuition is provided in Year 4 by the Vocal and Instrumental Programme (VIP) through the Oxfordshire Music Service. However, there is a fee for follow-on lessons in Year 5, which is where MAJIC can play a supporting role. • Other musicians (young and not so young!) who would like to perform at Benefice Communion services are asked to please contact Barbara Browne (07803 061626). Donations to the MAJIC of Music will be used to fund your performances! The goal of the MAJIC of Music is to encourage the musical pursuits of performers in the UK and USA. Last year’s MAJIC memorial concert was an evening of remembrance and music celebrating the lives of the departed loved ones of everyone who attended. We plan to hold a memorial concert each year to continue to fund more music in the Benefice. Barbara Browne 7 ROUND OUR VILLAGES The 15 villages that make up the 11 parishes in the Shill & Broadshire Benefice are lively places. Every month there are dozens of events organized by the many local organizations that flourish here. We are pleased to report on every event that has happened, and to publicise all those that are to come. We try to incorporate all the many contributions we receive, but please accept that we can not always advertise your particular event in the way you would like. But please do keep sending us all your Village News. ALVESCOT St Peter’s ALVESCOT FETE 2012 By the time we are reading our August editions of Parish Pump, the excitement of Euro 2012 and Wimbledon will be over, and we will no doubt be in the grip of Olympic and Paralympic fever. But the precursor of all this year’s fun and gamesfor many of us was Alvescot Fete As well as familiar attractions, the sporty theme saw several demonstrations, including the children of St Peter’s showing off their prowess at a variety of physical fitness exercises. And guess what? It didn’t rain! Well, not until the evening anyway. Strong winds made it quite exciting ensuring we lost none of the tents though. As well as providing a hugely enjoyable afternoon for all who came, the Fete raised over £4,000 for the village: a fabulous result! Many thanks to everyone who helped to organise the event and to those who gave so generously. Watch this space early next year for how to get involved in Alvescot Fete 2013. Richard Munro PINK AND BLUE COFFEE MORNING Sandie and Doreen will be holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 22 nd September from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm in aid of Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Research. If you wish to help in any way please contact Sandie on 01993 842135 or Doreen on 01993 844124. Doreen Hart 8 ST PETER’S INFANTS SCHOOL This year’s ‘Olympic-themed’ Village Fete was a great success, despite the weather forecast! Thankfully it stayed dry for most of the afternoon and everyone was able to enjoy the many stalls, games and sporting demonstrations. The children of St Peter’s performed the opening ceremony, in dramatic style, carrying the Olympic torch to the music of ‘Chariots of Fire’. The afternoon continued with current and past pupils from St Peter’s demonstrating their tennis skills, thanks to Chris Hand from Colston Tennis Club, and tag rugby, thanks to Mr and Mrs Wilson from Faringdon Rugby Club, as well as gymnastics and kuk sool! Thanks to everyone who supported this event and helped towards raising a magnificent total of just over £4000 for the School, Church, Playing Field and Village Hall. This month, the children had a wonderful opportunity to work with Miss Allsop, a science teacher from Burford School. All the children made their own Rainbow Fish using Chromatography and the children in Classes 1 and 2 learnt all about how to test for acids and alkalis, watching some exciting science experiments using milk and food colouring. Mrs Neame’s recorder players performed a concert for parents, staff and children. All children, regardless of how long they have been learning to play or their ability, performed with confidence and great pride in their success. Many thanks to Mrs Neame who works so hard with these children and gives then so much confidence in their first experience of playing a musical instrument. We were very grateful to a dry afternoon for our annual Sport’s Day. The children all took part in running, egg and spoon and ball in the bucket races and, of course, the Year 2 dressing up race! All the children participated with great enthusiasm and wonderful team spirit. All the Year 2 children have made visits to their new schools this month and the rest of the school visited their new classes for the day. We welcomed our new children and families who will be starting at St Peter’s in September and all the new children enjoyed a busy morning in the Foundation Stage Class. I would like to wish everyone a very happy summer holiday, on behalf of the governors, staff and children at St Peter’s. We look forward to welcoming our new families at the start of the new school year which begins on Wednesday 5 th September for children in Years 1 and 2 and on Monday 10 th September for new children starting in the Foundation Stage Class. Sam King VILLAGE SHOW Our Village Show is on Saturday 1st September. Our photographic classes this year will be 1.Landscape 2. Sunrise/Sunset 3. Insect/Insects Sandie Morris 9 BLACK BOURTON St Mary’s PARISH COUNCIL There is no meeting in August. PINK AND BLUE COFFEE MORNING Sandie and Doreen will be holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 22 nd September from 10.00am to 1.00pm in aid of Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Research. There will be a Cake Stall, Bring and Buy, Raffle, Tombola, Lucky Dip and other attractions. Your support will be greatly appreciated and if you wish to help in any way please contact Sandie on 01993 842135 or me on 01993 844124. SPONSORED BIKE RIDE The Church Sponsored bike Ride will take place on Saturday 8 th September, if you feel fit enough to cycle or would prefer to man the Church please contact me on 01993 844124. Doreen Hart BROADWELL St Peter & St Paul’s ALTAR FLOWERS August 5th, 12th Susan Crawford August 19th, 26th Jenny Lowe FARM OPEN SUNDAY We were almost swamped by the number of visitors on Farm Open Sunday; it was lovely that so many people were keen to come, to what is a very real and self supporting farm. We had many letters of thanks, which showed how much the visitors appreciated the way they were welcomed and shown round. What is important to understand about the way this farm is run, is that we are members of L.E.A.F. This is actually ‘Linking the Environment And Farming’ which means that we aim to farm in such a way that wildlife and wildflowers are encouraged, and the use of chemicals is cut to a minimum (very expensive and liable to leak into waterways) And crops are rotated, to keep the land in the best possible condition. Our milk goes to a supermarket chain that is very particular about the welfare of animals, and so are we. All this is expensive in the short run, but in the long run pays off in all ways. 10 HARVEST LUNCH This is planned for Sunday September 30th. It will be the usual cheerful occasion, and hopefully the date is underlined in every diary. More information later. SCHOOL FARM VISITS These provide a context for teaching the National Curriculum in many subject areas. We can cater for Playgroups, Foundation stage, key stages 1,2,3and 4, and AS/A levels, and we welcome children with special educational needs and disabilities. For more information contact David Jenkinson on 07774 433 333 And now for something completely different ! STORMY WEATHER IN JUNE There are probably not very many left around who can remember ‘D’ Day, when our troops made landing back in France to beat the German army, So most will not know that the very weather which messed up a lot of festivities over the Jubilee weekend, happened that year also. The invasion was planned for June 5 th, when tides, waves, moonlight, and hours of daylight were all perfect. Up till then it had been glorious summer weather, and all was prepared, thousands of troops embarking in small flat bottomed landing craft all along the south coast. But then our weather forecasters saw with horror that one of those vicious low pressure storms was coming exactly up the channel, and high winds were going to arrive just when the fleet was to set forth, which would have wrecked the landing craft. The plans appeared to be scuppered, because the next favourable date for the conditions was a fortnight away. Things were put on hold (not pleasant for seasick troops already embarked and waiting) However, a Navy ship off Iceland picked up a rise in pressure for June 6th and British weather forecasters predicted a brief window of opportunity for acceptable conditions. General Eisenhower took the chance, and the invasion did happen on that day. The Germans did not have our information, and had stood down many troops along the coast, not believing we would do such a crazy thing. More storms followed D Day, and destroyed one of the Mulberry floating harbours we had installed; and it was a summer just like the one we are having now, But our brave soldiers fought on and the rest is history. June Goodenough NEWS FROM BROADSHIRES PRESCHOOL Never before has a baked product caused such discussion in the Harris household as the packaged offering that my middle son, Aidan, recently brought home. He confidently informed me that he had baked some delicious banana cakes which looked suspiciously like chocolate cakes to me. After a heated debate about who would be brave enough to try them first, as neither I or my eldest like banana cake, the latter decided to take the 11 plunge. Phew! He did not end up binning anything as the cakes were in fact a delicious chocolate flavour. Crisis over…although slightly unfortunate as Aidan doesn’t like chocolate cake!! I should be reporting about all the lovely outdoor activities the children have been partaking in during the glorious summer, but sadly the weather has been particularly ‘British’ this year and trips outdoors have been squeezed in between the numerous downpours. The children never let the miserable weather dampen their spirits though and have been having a great time zooming around on the new balance bikes that the Tesco vouchers have bought for pre-school. We are keeping everything firmly crossed that a miracle may occur and the sun will be shining for our Sports Day at St. Christopher’s School. There may be some adaptations of events if the rain continues with awards perhaps being given for ‘Biggest Puddle Splash’ or ‘Muddiest T-shirt’! The Foundation Stage teachers paid a lovely visit to Broadshires recently and had a great time meeting some of their pupils for September. Tissues will be at the ready when the morning children leave at the end of next week. We’d like to wish them all huge happiness and good fortune as they start out on their journey through primary school. We will miss them all. As always, if you would like any further information please contact Jackie Overton (email@example.com) or go online and have a look at our website : www.broadshires-preschool.org.uk. Rowan Harris FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS St Peter’s BROUGHTON POGGS AND FILKINS GARDENS By 2012 standards, Sunday 1st July was a brilliant day: it only rained a bit in the morning, and the afternoon was increasingly sunny, if rather windy. So our 342 paying visitors had an excellent afternoon and their comments on the gardens and allotments, the teas, the scarecrow trail, the museum, the plant stall and the villages as a whole were very complimentary. The National Gardens Scheme and its charities benefited to the tune of £1759.80. Particular thanks are due once again to Filkins Nursery and to Angela Pringle at the School House for allowing use for the occasion of the short cut to the Carterton road. Chris Carter 12 ROSTER FOR VOLUNTARY CAR SERVICE TO LOCAL SURGERIES FOR AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2012 Covering the villages of Filkins, Broughton Poggs, Langford, Little Faringdon, Kencot and Broadwell (All telephone codes 01367) Tuesdays Thursdays 2nd Aug Lady Allison 860787 7th Aug Mrs K Morley 860777 9th Aug Mr A Woodford 860319 14th Aug Mrs F Shrouder 860053 16th Aug Miss H Squire 860337 21st Aug Mr C Morley 860777 23rd Aug Mrs C Woodford 860319 28th Aug Mr J Langer 860700 30th Aug Mrs A Dossett-Davies 860357 4th Sept Mr J Langer 860700 6th Sept Lady Allison 860787 11th Sept Mrs M Cover 860302 13th Sept Mrs M Cover 860302 18th Sept Mr C Morley 860777 20th Sept Mrs J Higham 860197 25th Sept Miss H Squire 860337 27th Sept Mrs A Dossett-Davies 860357 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 4.00 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 me on 01367860319. Tony Woodford FILKINS NURSERY UPDATE As the busy summer term finished and we said a sad goodbye to our pre-school children, we have been able to reflect on some happy memories for our leavers. Our outing to Hill End Outdoor Centre was a resounding success, particularly as we chose one of the very few sunny days of July! Swinging from branches, climbing high up into trees, making dens, and playing in the thick squelchy mud were just some of the activities we all enjoyed. A very tired group of children returned to nursery after a full-on day outdoors! We have also celebrated 10 years of The Old Station Nursery with a lunch party and fabulous birthday cake. Faringdon was Sarah Steel’s first nursery, established in 2002. 10 years on, there are now 13 sites, 11 nurseries, 1 creche (Stoke Park) and 1 stand alone out of school club (WASPS) and nearly 200 staff. Holiday Club continues all summer for children aged 2-11yrs. Please ring for details of activities and themed days. Louise Jenkins 13 FILKINS POST OFFICE Telephone: 01367 860620 Opening hours Day Morning Afternoon Monday 9.00am to 12.30pm 1.00pm to 5.00pm Tuesday 8.30am to 12.30pm Closed Wednesday Closed Closed Thursday 9.00am to 12.30pm Closed Friday Closed 1.30pm to 4.30pm 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 GOOD NEWS FROM THE FIVE ALLS! After a very successful 4 years at The Swan at Southrop , Sebastian and Lana Snow and their team have acquired a long lease at the Five Alls, Filkins. Extensive refurbishment will take place over the next few weeks and we hope to be open towards the end of August. We are looking forward to welcoming you and hope to re-establish the Five Alls at the heart of the community. CHAMPAGNE OPERA Champagne Opera is at Broughton Hall on 29th July 2012, please bring a blanket and a picnic and be entertained by operatic singers. Drinks will be available to purchase. Tickets from firstname.lastname@example.org or 01367 860020. Karen Todner PARISH COUNCIL Do please remember that minutes and notices of meetings are displayed on the notice boards in the bus shelter, in Broughton Poggs in the Village Shop, and in the Post Office. There is a more comprehensive file of Parish Council bumph in the Cotswold Woollen Weavers Coffee Shop. Cris Hoad 14 OXFORDSHIRE RIDE & STRIDE This year’s Ride and Stride event will take place on Saturday 8th September, 10.00am til 6.00pm. This is the 27th sponsored Ride and Stride, which raises valuable funds for your church. Grab a pair of walking boots, bicycle, pony or any other means of transport that could vaguely be described as riding or striding. As usual, we will be asking villagers to man the churches for a one hour stint, so please volunteer if you can. If you would like to take part and need a sponsorship form, or if you are able to man one of the churches for an hour, please contact me on 07884430863 or email@example.com. Charlotte Ashby HOLWELL St Mary’s O n the second Saturday in September, the 8th this year, tradition has it that the Sheriff rides out with his posse to the aid of Oxfordshire’s historic churches. Half the money raised goes to the Preservation Trust and half to our own Parish church, St Mary’s. So if anyone would like to join the posse, get in touch with Reggie; there will be something to refresh you afterwards, even if it is soup to save you from hypothermia. The Church will be busy that day and looking its best, with a wedding in the afternoon. Welcome to Klaus and Brandon Goldenbott who have moved in with their black-and-white Great Dane (and it is truly great) Bradley and chocolate Labrador Benson. It is so nice to have the Manor lived in again, the garden is waking up and they are full of ideas for the future. Corinna Rock 15 KELMSCOTT St George’s Church Brass and Flowers Meriel Derwent Grass Cutting Julian and Emma Cuppage KELMSCOTT CRAFT FAIRS Held every Wednesday and this month, we are also open on Saturday 11th August. All fairs are held in the Morris Memorial Hall in Kelmscott and run from 12 noon until 5pm with free admission and parking. We are a traditional craft fair offering individual hand crafted wares which make superb gifts for friends and family or just a treat for yourself. Please call in to see us if you've not yet done so. Cash or cheque purchases only please: unfortunately, we don’t have credit card facilities. MORRIS MEMORIAL HALL EXHIBITION To coincide with craft fair opening times, we are pleased to offer an informative and interesting exhibition demonstrating the history of the Morris Memorial Hall in Kelmscott. Our illustrated story boards provide a fascinating insight into this historic Grade II listed building. For information on either the craft fairs or the exhibition, please visit our village website, www.kelmscott.org.uk or contact me on 01367 253103. Laura Roberts THANK YOU Having lived in Kelmscott for 21 years (nearly 22) I am moving to Norfolk to be near my family. It is with a very heavy heart and many tears that I depart this special place. Since my husband David died last year I really have no option. If he was still alive I know we would have remained but as I am a non driver I cannot expect my wonderful neighbours to chauffeur me about forever, for although Kelmscott is near to paradise, I do have to get to the shops, doctors, dentists etc now and again. Twenty two years is a long time, although in a way it doesn’t seem like five minutes, and many people have come and gone in that time. We have had open gardens (hard work) fetes and family to visit and I have many happy memories. My heartfelt thanks to everyone in Kelmscott for their love and wonderful support after David’s sudden death. I shall miss you, I will never forget you. I wish you all a very happy and peaceful life in lovely, mucky dreamy Kelmscott. How I wish I could put back the clock and do it all again. But Norfolk, here I come! (very flat in Norfolk, better for older legs!!) Daphne Ryden 16 KENCOT St George’s CHURCH FLOWERS 28th July & 4th August Stella Chapman 11th & 18th Louise Eustace 25th August & 1st September Janette Paine ANNUAL CHURCHYARD TIDY The annual churchyard tidy will take place on Tuesday 7 th August at 6.00pm. Thank you to our regular mowers. We hope others will join us for an hour or so for an annual clear up. Please bring shears, secateurs, loppers etc. Gill Cox RIDE & STRIDE 8TH SEPTEMBER The annual ride and stride in aid of Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust (OHCT) will take place on Saturday 8th September. All modes of unmotorised transport are welcome. The aim is to get friends to sponsor you to visit as many or few churches as you feel able. Half of the proceeds will go to your own church of St George’s. Sponsor forms are available for those that would like to take part from Jonathan Fyson at Manor Farm, 01993 860223. We also need volunteers to sit in the church to welcome participants and dish out refreshments. Jonathan Fyson CORRECTION RE KENCOT VILLAGE HALL HIRE Previous information re hall hire fees in The Parish Pump were incorrect and should have read - Private hire - Kencot/Broadshire residents £12.00 per day. £20.00 for people outside Kencot /Broadshire . Meetings etc - Kencot/Broadshire £6.00 . For further information contact David Portergill firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 01367860217 Gill Cox LANGFORD St Matthew’s CHURCH FLOWERS August 5th & 12th Mrs D Lowden August 19th & 26th Mrs S Kirby 17 LANGFORD GARDENS OPEN Langford Gardens Open Day was held on Sunday June 17 th, when 26 village gardens opened in support of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS), under which gardens open for charity. The weather leading up to the day was dreadful and many an anxious eye was cast on lawns and flower beds. In the event we were blessed as the day was warm, not too windy, and mercifully the rain held off. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone in the village who gave so much time and effort to make the occasion such a success. There are too many people who helped for me to be able to name everyone individually, but whether as gardener, stall holder, tea provider, raffle ticket seller, publicist, florist, evening drinks host or car part attendant, they were all magnificent on the day. The gardens were spectacular, with the roses this year particularly beautiful. More than 500 paying visitors were generous in their praises of the gardens. How lucky we are to live in such a lovely place. In total the day raised a magnificent £4500. All the profits from the teas, raffle, and the sales of donated cakes, produce and plants (amounting to £2300) go to help the upkeep of our church, which on the day, with its beautiful flowers, looked and smelt wonderful. All the garden entrance money collected goes to the NGS for distribution to its charities (which are Macmillan Cancer Support, Help the Hospices, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Cross Road Care, the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Perennial and the National Trust). Thank you so much to everyone who helped to put on such a delightful occasion. It is a wonderful way of fostering our community spirit whilst raising money for very worthy charities. Denise Kemp NEIL RAY 1949 TO 2012 Gone but not forgotten It was with great sadness that Neil Ray died on 18th April 2012 in the London Clinic. I would just like to say a big thank you to all his friends and work colleagues that attended his funeral at St. Matthews in Langford. To the Rector, Rev’d Harry MacInnes for giving a beautiful service that really touched everyone that attended. A special thank you to David Freeman, Nicky Marshall, Denise Kemp for their help in organising the event during the day and a special thank you to Sharron Emery, Richard Kemp and Emily Flashman for their readings and tributes. Neil and I moved into 5 Church Lane, Langford in the spring of 1991 and we said at the time we’d give it a few years then move on! Of course in the early days we were the dreaded weekenders but we travelled down every weekend, rain or shine and slowly made Langford our base! We did move eventually but we lived in 5 Church Lane for 18 years and when we moved it was 1 mile down the road to Grafton! 18 Neil loved the village, our neighbours and friends but most of all being part of a community. When Neil semi retired a few years ago and he had more time on his hands he volunteered to be the Langford Parish ‘clerk and last year he was financial adviser for AGGROW and was a member of a team that successfully ended the threat of gravel extraction in the area. Our garden in Church Lane was opened to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme and he was always eager to attend or get involved with any event that helped support the village and the local community. Which always meant meeting in the pub on a Friday night for supper! He was loved and respected by everyone in the community and will be sadly missed by all. Thank you all for your continued support. David LANGFORD PARISH COUNCIL - PLAYGROUND Langford Playground was opened on Monday 16th July. Following successful funding from Langford Parish Council, West Oxfordshire Community Facilities, Cottsway Welcommunity Fund, Oxfordshire Community Fund and the Lottery, Awards for All, we have been able to construct the play equipment. Further development is planned in the way of benches, landscaping and hopefully a hangout space for teenagers, watch this space. We hope it becomes a great asset to the village. WHIST Join us for an evening of whist at Langford Village Hall on Tuesday 7 th August. 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 need any more information please ring me on 01993 852378 Jo Hutchings NEWS FROM ST CHRISTOPHER’S This month’s article marks the end of my short spell as acting Headteacher at St. Christopher’s CE Primary school in Langford. It has been a year of personal growth and achievement, and I hope, a positive year for the staff, children and families of St. Christopher’s. I started at St. Christopher’s 7 years ago and spent that first year teaching Foundation Stage children in Cherry class. This summer 19 some of those children whom I first met at 4 years old will be leaving to move to secondary school. It has been a privilege to be a part of their growing up. I shall leave with many fond memories and will enjoy remaining part of the Burford partnership in my new role as Headteacher of Bampton CE Primary School from September. I would like to thank Kirsty Reed for her service to the school as a lunchtime supervisor and as cycle proficiency trainer. We wish her well as she takes time to enjoy her other interests. Two of our teachers are also leaving. I would like to thank both Mr Cornish and Mrs Wargent for the contributions they have made to St. Christopher’s and to wish them every success as they start in their new roles. Below are some reflections by Mr Cornish: Leaving Langford I joined St Christopher’s as a Newly Qualified Teacher in September 2006. I couldn’t claim to be young, even then, but I was probably naïve, with little real idea of what life as a primary teacher was going to be like! In my previous career I had travelled to interesting parts of the world studying water management in irrigation systems large and small, so teaching at St Christopher’s was certainly a new venture for me. So what is life like as a teacher? I am frequently drawn to the image of the hamster on a wheel, only this wheel is not controlled by the hamster. Once you’re on it you have to keep running and if you try to stop you may lose a leg! Of course, it has also been hugely rewarding, building relationships with children over time, seeing them grow and gain new skills and hopefully equipping them in some small way to better interpret and understand the world around them. That’s the high ideal, and then there are the days when you wonder if they’ll ever get the hang of punctuating direct speech or dividing a number by 10! I will miss the friendship of the really good staff team at St Christopher’s, not to mention the friendship and support offered by parents and the sometimes unspoken affirmation of the children themselves, but I would mislead you if I didn’t admit that I’m eagerly looking forward to getting off this wheel and getting onto one which I naively (again!) hope may leave me time to get out on my own two wheels in the stunning beauty of the Yorkshire Dales! If all goes well I shall, in due course, write more within the pages of the Parish Pump as a brazen marketing ploy to encourage you all to come and holiday in Richmond, so watch this space; but meanwhile thank you to all those children and families who have enriched my life over these last six years at St Christopher’s, it has been a true pleasure. Gez Cornish 20 For me some of the highlights of this year have been working with the school council on the Langford playground project and the refurbishment of the schools toilets, the special and rather emotional leavers’ events and seeing the excitement of learning at Forest school. Finally I would like to say a big thank you; to the staff who have been a fantastic team to work with, the governors who have supported me through this exciting year and the families who have made it such a pleasure to work at St. Christopher’s. I extend a warm welcome to Mrs Rachael Long, Mrs Maria Penn and Mr Shaw Goodwin along with all the new families who will start at St. Christopher’s in September. Best wishes, Carol Phillips LITTLE FARINGDON St Margaret’s CHURCH FLOWERS August Heather John September Elsa Taylor RIDE AND STRIDE This year's sponsored Ride and Stride will take place on Saturday 8 th September. Sponsorship forms and full details are at the back of the church. Jeremy Taylor also has copies and can fill in the details. It would be marvellous if we had some participants this year for what is an enjoyable day out ‘in the sun’! All that is required is to cycle or walk to (any number of) local churches. Sponsorship can be by the number of churches visited or a sum for merely ‘participating’. Remember our proceeds are shared between the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust and St Margaret’s. We have directly benefitted from the Trust in recent years by obtaining grants in support of our repair and refurbishment programme. Jeremy Taylor ‘MAJIC OF MUSIC’ TO BRING MORE MUSIC TO THE BENEFICE The proceeds from last November’s ‘MAJIC of Music’ concert at St Margaret’s Church will bring instrumental and vocal music to the monthly Benefice Communion services during the coming year. Edward Baldwin from Burford School will receive the first MAJIC of Music Award to be presented in the Benefice. Edward will receive his award and play his oboe at the Benefice Communion service on Sunday 2nd September at St Matthew’s Church in Langford (please see the full announcement in the front section of this issue of the Parish Pump). We also look forward to announcing the names of the MAJIC 21 Award recipients from Farmor’s School in Fairford and from St Christopher’s C of E School in Langford. A huge vote of thanks goes to all the individuals from the village and beyond who helped with last autumn’s memorial concert, which was an evening of remembrance and music celebrating the lives of those we have loved and lost. The generous donations to the MAJIC Awards were much appreciated and will support aspiring young musicians in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. Barbara Browne SHILTON Holy Rood In Shilton the highlight of the month, if not the whole year, was the organ concert held in the church on 7th July. The organist, David Bednall, certainly lived up to expectations and was extraordinarily good. I’m sure the whole audience, including any organists past or present, will agree we are unlikely to ever hear our Allen organ played better any time soon. It was superb. And the choice of music was also inspired, covering several centuries of composers from Bach to Walton and several lesser-known but equally enjoyable pieces in between, with the most wonderful encore of Widor’s Toccata. For more information on David Bednall see www.davidbednall.com. After the concert the audience enjoyed a buffet supper in the Old School … and started coming up with ideas for the next event! It was a superb evening, and not only did we enjoy ourselves greatly but we raised £472.84 for OASIS, an Oxfordshire organisation which helps parents and carers of children with Autistic Spectrum disorders (see www.oasisonline.org.uk) Shirley Cuthbertson PARISH COUNCIL 3rd October Shilton 5th December Shilton All meetings start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Meetings at Bradwell Village will take place in the Hobbies Room. Katherine Robertson SHILTON HISTORY GROUP In June a goodly number of us went by coach to Uxbridge to visit the Battle of Britain Bunker which has been preserved just as it was during the Battle of Britain in 1940 when it was visited by King George and Queen Elizabeth, and famously by Winston Chuchill who later paid tribute to the few. It was a fascinating visit, seeing the huge table with the map of South East England on which, as many of you must have seen on television, the girls from the W.A.A.F. 22 moved around blocks indicating the position of the enemy's and our own aircraft as the battle progressed. We were able to stand where Churchill and the King and Queen had stood overlooking the operations room, and we also saw many interesting items in the museum. The whole visit had been organised by Don Harfield's son who also provided us with a sumptuous tea. We are really grateful to him and he wouldn’t even let us do the washing-up! We ended by having our photograph taken under a Spitfire which stands outside along with a Hurricane. Fred Robertson RIDE AND STRIDE DAY As I write this on 10th July, we are still waiting for summer to begin but surely by 8th September, the Bike Ride Day, we will be enjoying sunny days? This is our annual opportunity to raise funds for the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust and a church of your choice. A few years ago the church here received a generous grant from the Trust. Please do give some thought about taking part (it really is a good day out) so give us a ring and between us we could plan a short or even long circuit to cycle and visit churches on the way. The sponsorship papers have now arrived so please call us to have a chat about the day. 01993 841194 Jean and David Roberts BRADWELL VILLAGE DIARY NOTES The Bradwell Village Residents Association AGM was on Friday 6 th July in the village hall. A well attended meeting voted for change with Tony Cripps replacing long serving Valerie Kent as Chairperson. Mr Cripps stated that the village had changed in the last two or three years with more and more young people living on the village, he saw his role as ‘minding the shop for a couple of years’ in the hope that the younger generation would take up the mantle. The committee has now got four very keen youngsters willing to work hard with three more well respected people joining the committee for the first time, not forgetting stalwarts who are the backbone of the village serving again, the village is in very good hands. The raffle held at our Diamond Jubilee Day raised £140.00 for the Oxfordshire Air Ambulance. The committee are now busy planning a year of exciting social events. Tony Cripps BRADWELL BABES 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 23 very welcome. Mondays 9.30-11.30am. For more details, please contact me on email@example.com or Miranda Mowbray 01367 860890 Lorraine Ainslie on 01993 822689 Abbie Ogden WESTWELL St Mary’s After a high level summit meeting at Lynne and Sam’s Pudding Club is due to ‘go live’ Friday 13th July, expect unlucky pavlovas and ghoulish crumbles! For those interested, who could not attend the founders meeting, it was decided that Fridays were the best night and we’d aim for once a month. Enquiries to Lynne for the August date. The gardens at Westwell Manor were open to the public on Sunday 1 st July, despite much local and well advertised competition there was a solid turnout of just under 300. ‘Better than Hidcote and Highgrove’ was the feedback from several green fingered cognoscenti. The immaculate level at which the gardens are maintained was also frequently commented upon - a testament to David, Gary and Simon’s skill and hard graft in preserving the vision and high standards of Anthea Gibson. For news from the other side of the pond see below... Miles Gibson WESTWELL MANOR GARDEN OPENING TEAS We were so lucky with the weather. It was a dull damp start during the morning when a hearty few turned up to set out tables and chairs in readiness for the afternoon’s event. The temperature dropped, the wind blew and the rain joined in too. Well it has been a constant companion this season but we carried on reassuring ourselves that all would fine. Then during the afternoon the sun came out and so too did the many visitors who helped us raise a fantastic £632 on teas and a other stalls selling produce, books, jewellery and bags. Adding this to the sale of plants from the open garden, making a total of £881 for the church. To all the cake bakers, the people who donated so many books, bags, bangles, baublesand bundles of produce from your gardens, to all the generous hard working time givers, thank you all so much. With an extra special thank you to Janet who allowed us to use her beautiful garden for the teas and for the celebratory drink after all the hard work. Annette Baldwin CHURCH NEWS Repairs to the plasterwork on the East and South walls will hopefully start in the Autumn. 24 AROUND THE REGION A look at events and news from a little further afield. NEWS FROM BURFORD SCHOOL ACADEMY On 1st July Burford School successfully converted to become an Academy. EXAMS All the external exams were completed in May and June and the results are now eagerly awaited. A Level results will be available in school on Thursday 16 th August, and GCSE results will be available on Thursday 23rd August, both from 9.30am to 12pm in the Main Hall. OLYMPIC THEMED SPORTS DAY On Wednesday 27th June, the weather was kind and we managed to host our Olympic Themed Sports Day. The ‘games’ began with a parade around the track with our very own Year 9 Olympic Torch bearer, Katy Bennett and visiting Olympic high jump athlete, Matt Roberts, leading the procession (pictured). As each event was completed, the top three placed students were presented with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals by Matt. The BSA provided traditional cream teas and the whole atmosphere was one of excitement and celebration. HEAD BOY AND HEAD GIRL Voting took place in June and the following students were successful with their campaigns to become Head Boy and Head Girl. Ryan Beckett will become Head Boy and Ashleigh Wozencroft will be Head Girl. Oliver George will become Deputy Head Boy with Jojo Taylor becoming Deputy Head Girl. We wish them luck in their new roles. OPEN EVENING On Thursday 20th September we will be hosting our annual Open Evening from 4.30pm -7.30pm in the Main Hall. Potential students and families are welcome to come along and meet some of the staff and students who make our school so popular and successful. We offer an excellent range of GCSEs, AS and A2 levels and a wide range of extra curricular and social activities. If you are unable to come on this day, the Headteacher, Mrs Haig, would be pleased to show you around at a later date. Please call school reception on 01993 823303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Jane Edwards 25 NEWS FROM THE COTSWOLD HOME Summer did arrive yesterday, only for the day this week but it did feel good, residents sat in the garden and made the most of it. Someone did mention that they thought it had been raining for months, they could be right. Our special lunch this month takes us on ‘Holiday’. We are planning a day at the seaside come rain or shine! In spite of the relentless rain, our trip to Lechlade Garden Centre for tea still went ahead. The bus was fully booked and on our journey home space was rather limited due to the purchased plants and bags full of goodies. Our next jolly will be a mystery drive through the wonderful countryside. Finding occupation for fifty-one people can be a bit of a challenge and none more so than this season. Having two weeks of Wimbledon helps. Like many people not lucky enough to acquire tickets to Centre court we managed to enjoy the game on screen. Chef baked some delicious shortbread to accompany the strawberries and cream for tea and we pretended we were there. Annette Baldwin BURFORD SINGERS SUMMER CONCERT AN EXQUISITE REQUIEM BY SIR PHILIP LEDGER The Burford Singers, under Brian Kay, gave their summer concert in Burford Church on Midsummer Day and the sun shone through the stained glass in merciful release from the relentless rain. The concert started with one of the many works which Handel wrote to celebrate the royal occasions of the Hanoverian dynasty, in this case, ‘Sing unto God’ for the marriage of George 2nd’s detested eldest son, the Prince of Wales, in 1736. The choir and the soloists were able to show their talents in this celebratory work with its marked use of the brass section. The last half of the programme was devoted to Mozart. The Cotswold Chamber orchestra, led by Kate Bailey, had their own item and played the lively, tuneful Divertimento for Strings K138, with some panache. The concert ended with an early work composed when Mozart was just 21, the Missa Brevis in B flat, with its simple melodic writing for soloists and choir. The tour de force of the evening was undoubtedly the Requiem - A Thanksgiving for Life- by Sir Philip Ledger, President of the Burford Singers. Sir Philip was to have conducted, but unfortunately was not well enough to do so, and Brian Kay took his place. The work was commissioned from the USA and received its first performance in Delaware in 2007 followed by its first UK performance in Kings College Chapel Cambridge. The text brings together words by the 17 th century mystical poet, Thomas Traherne and the conventional words of the Requiem. Traherne’s words on life begin the work with the birth of the soul and end with its final journey to Paradise. It is somewhat invidious to select individual movements in this most beautiful work, but the opening soprano solo with the 26 harp was spiritually moving as was the Pie Jesu. The whole of the orchestra gave good backing to the singers and the flautist in the Requiem, Chris Britton, was outstanding. I always listen to the sound of the Burford Singers with some admiration and it must be wonderful to sing in such an assembly. As for the conductor Brian Kay, we are quite simply fortunate to have him and his deep musical knowledge, to prepare and conduct these concerts. This was a concert to remember and I look forward to listening to the CD, recorded by the Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge, of Sir Philip’s work. The next concert will be on 25th November 2012 when the Burford Singers will be performing the ‘Nelson’ Mass by Haydn, and Jonathan Willcocks’ ‘A great and Glorious Victory’. Donalde Chamberlain Diary dates Saturday October 20th 2012, 9.30am - 4.15pm, Burford School, Cheltenham Road, Burford OX18 4PL Choral Workshop with BRIAN KAY Britten’s War Requiem Booking now open. Details from Jan Campbell 01993 822412 or visit www.burford-singers.org.uk LECHLADE GARDENING CLUB In June we were supposed to have a talk on June Flowers but unfortunately, due to a family bereavement in respect of the speaker, the talk had to be postponed. Fortunately the chairpersons wife, Liz Payne, was able to step in at a moments notice and gave a real insight into the progression of the development of the canal restoration from Lechlade to Stroud. There are still many years of hard work by volunteers of the Canal Trust ahead, but there is a real feeling of finishing the project which will give a fantastic boost to Lechlade. July’s meeting will be for members only, when they are invited to attend a local garden. The next major event for all, is the Flower and Produce Show in the Memorial Hall, Lechlade on Saturday 1st September 2012. Despite the atrocious weather conditions for flower and veg growers we are hopeful of many entries this year.. Tim Yeoman RAF BRIZE NORTON Local Consultation Working Group The Minutes for the most recent meeting (25th April ) are posted on the RAF Brize Norton website and can be viewed at: http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafbrizenorton/flyinginfo/workinggroups.cfm To highlight the reason for the article in May’s issue of The Parish Pump, I would like to quote from the Minutes (point 2/10) He (Air Cdre J. Ager, Representative from Air Command) again stressed the importance of feedback from our neighbours as it was helping to inform the decision making at Headquarters Air Command. Monica Tudor 27 WEST OX ARTS On Exhibition 11th August - 2nd September: Annual Members’ Exhibition A lively exhibition of paintings, original prints, sculpture, photography and crafts by around 60 talented and enthusiastic WOA members. A wide range of media, styles, and techniques will be on show. Join West Ox Arts for the Opening Reception of this exhibition from 12.00-2.00pm on Saturday 11th August. All are welcome. Free entry. COMMUNITY POLICE NEWS Neighbourhood Officer PC Rich Barnes brings this month’s update: It has been a busy month. On Friday 22nd June Prime Minister David Cameron made a special visit with the Burmese Peace Campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi to Aston Pottery. Later that afternoon he officially opened the Allendale youth centre in Carterton. The event was well attended and shows the effort put in by numerous agencies. The centre continues to attract many young people which is testament to the hard work of the youth workers. Joint foot patrols have been conducted with the MOD community beat officers in and around the Carterton area. Wycombe Way in Carterton was the subject of a speeding operation with our Roads Policing colleagues. Tickets were issued for speeding and for not wearing seat belts. We have assisted with the repatriations over the last month ensuring a police presence in both Carterton and Brize Norton. The Memorial Bell has been unveiled and is a fitting testament to the servicemen that have died serving their country. Danielle Hilton NATURE NOTES A MOROCCAN ADVENTURE- PART 4 Half way through our Moroccan ten day tour and into day six an early start found us in the dry lake area of the grounds of Café Yasmina where we watched the Desert Sparrows for a while and then watched the ringing group handle several species that they had captured in their ringing nets. These birds were all migrants passing through from Africa to move up into Europe for the new breeding season. They included Common Nightingale, Common Redstart, Woodchat Shrike and Eurasion Chiffchaff and it was great to see them close to, in the hand, before they were recorded, ringed and released to continue their long journey. The rest of the day was spent visiting several areas in and around Rissani, along the way we saw Bar-tailed Desert Lark, many Brown-necked Ravens, Short-toed Larks and Trumpeter Finches. The first area we visited at Rissani had small cultivated fields surrounded by palm groves and as we passed through this area we saw a group of Fulvous Babblers 28 (wonderful descriptive name). After jumping off the bus we all had prolonged views of this special bird, another prize in the bag. The next landscape we encountered consisted of large section of sloping rock stretching up to over fifty metres in height, these rocky slopes were surrounded by areas of open sand. It was in this rock face that we located our second target bird, the Pharoah Eagle Owl. After searching the long cliff face with our telescopes we eventually spotted one, well camouflaged in a crevice. This is considerably smaller than the Eagle Owl, only 75% of its size. While looking for this bird we also spotted an African Sand Fox staring down at us from the entrance to a small cave; how on earth it had got up there is a mystery. We drove back through the centre of Rissani where we picked up supplies for lunch. After we drove to the River Ghriz for a picnic. Unfortunately the river was almost dry so not many birds were found there. We did see Little Egret, Moroccan Wagtail and several other species. The rest of the afternoon was spent searching other rocky areas for Barbary and Lanner Falcons but we only fund Peregrine Falcon which was eating what looked like a Blue Rock Thrush. We also spent some time searching the open scrub areas for Sandgrouse and we saw both Spotted and Crowned Sandgrouse. The Spotted variety numbered thirteen and required quite a walk in the heat of the afternoon, they wouldn’t allow close approach. However, the Crowned Sandgrouse was much easier on our feet. We drove to another area of scrub and as we arrived we found nine Crowned Sandgrouse by the side of the track, they were within ten metres of the bus and we all enjoyed superb views of them. We even crept out of the bus and took some good close photos of them. It was now getting late so we set off back to Café Yasmina and as we passed through Rissani we added Little Owl to our list as we saw three of them perched on old buildings. Back home this month it has hardly stopped raining so there have been very few butterflies, just a Red Admiral on some valerian in the sun and a few Meadow Browns and one Comma. A large frog appeared by the back door possibly waiting to shelter from the rain! A lovely marked male Siskin has appeared twice on my feeders and a fox came strolling down Church Lane into the garden to take a drink from the bird bath in broad daylight. It is good to have Swallows nesting in a new nest in the bus shelter after a break of two years. The Song Thrush is singing well early mornings and evenings and several Black Caps are still singing well, they seem to have increased in numbers in recent years. David Roberts 29 A HEARTWARMING STORY OF VILLAGE LIFE 3mnths ago we purchased 3 chickens for Easter one for each of the girls and one for the parents to share. Our oldest daughter aged 6 has seen been up every morning with welllies on waiting to let them out and feed them so imagine our horror when returning from work this week 6 yr olds chicken was missing! Whilst they have escaped their enclosure several times by jumping onto garden furniture etc usually if one escapes then its partner in crime escapes too. But no, two chickens remained safely in their enclosure and Minnie mouse was absent. So several hours of searching the hedgerows and neighbours’ gardens a very upset 6yr reluctantly went to bed in the hope it would return before dark. Even after 6yr old had gone to bed I still was checking the garden every 20 minutes and hoping she would indeed return knowing for well that if she wasn’t back by dust then she would surely succumb to a fox. So after a very restless night’s sleep and a 6 yr old up at 5.30 eagerly wanting to know if her chicken had returned we got ready for school as normal. 07.45 a knock at the door and our neighbour said I think I know what happened to your chicken (thoughts that he had found her remains on his land entered my head and I was preparing for the floods of tears) when he said I was on Facebook last night and I saw your chicken it turns out some of the children at one of the houses in the village had found Minnie Mouse and assumed she belonged to the local farm as they have 200 odd chickens which are always escaping. We quickly ate breakfast in order to try and identify 6 yr olds chicken before we had to get to school. But how were we going to identify our chicken amongst 200 others ?? Thankfully the first enclosure we looked in had 16 chickens in and straight away we found Minnie Mouse Well the relief !!! So with Minnie mouse on her lap we rushed home returned the chicken to her fingers crossed now escape proof enclosure and then headed straight to school I would like to pass our sincere thanks to all those who worried with us for that one night and were involved in the safe return of Minnie Mouse and one very happy 6 yr old Samantha MacIntyre PARISH PEOPLE Lynda Walker: Polo Club Owner. One of Lynda Walker’s early memories is watching the three Kennedy boys (who lived next door) being scrubbed in a tin bath in the yard. She was living with her parents and two brothers just outside Chipping Norton at the time, and the houses had no indoor bathrooms. The family ran the local milk business and from the age of five Lynda would go out on the float to help with deliveries. At school age she was sent to Kitebrook near Moreton-in-Marsh, which she describes as the ‘best thing ever’. The couple that ran it encouraged the children to learn about nature, sending their charges 30 into the great outdoors and plonking them on horses to teach them to ride. Lynda loved it - even when she came off a large Irish steed and was off school with concussion for two months. After Kitebrook she was sent to St Vincent’s, a boarding school near Leamington Spa that was not only very strict (you could get expelled if your cardigan was undone three times in one term) but also academically hopeless. She passed the time pushing boundaries and drinking sherry in the pool at midnight. Having managed to leave, she did O’Levels at Banbury Grammar and then went to the technical college to study business. Thereafter she drifted into the insurance industry, working for a manager who realized that although she was a poor secretary, she was a good communicator and promoted her to Insurance Inspector. In 1985, Lynda married John Bryce, whom she’d met through work, and they moved to Malaysia. It was here that she first played polo, primarily in order to avoid the ex-pat wives scene, opting instead for the jostle of the Selangor polo club, which had a very broad social mix. When John was posted to India, she went too but was soon back in Malyasia, this time teaching as well as playing polo. She was also newly single. After fifteen years abroad, Lynda then decided to come home. She settled in Somerset, but found rural life too isolating and so when offered a cottage in Brize Norton by friends, she took it. A little later, she met her second husband, Nigel Walker who had impressed her by telling tales of driving his Land Rover up the Swin brook as a youth. Nigel inherited Asthall Farm in Kencot from his father in 2000 and they started the polo school there in 2003. Having loved the unstuffy Malaysian attitude to the sport, Lynda’s vision was to provide ‘affordable polo’. She encourages experienced and new players to rub along together and insists that you don’t have to own a string of ponies to play. A lot of the club members are locals and there are always drinks in the cabin after matches. Lynda herself teaches but after three back operations, hardly plays. Her nephew Matthew is becoming a serious player and is helping her run the club. But whether in the saddle, in the commentary box or in the bar, it’s clear that Lynda’s spirit is what makes the club what it is; welcoming, slightly maverick and great fun. Julie-anne Edwards WHAT ARE WE HAVING FOR DINNER? Chicken, Wild Rice and Blueberry Salad I do not lean naturally towards salad. I cannot shake those memories of salad from the seventies that routinely comprised soft lettuce, radishes (yuk!), cucumber, tomato, beetroot and cress all from the garden and therefore non- negotiable, with cold meat leftovers or hard boiled egg. They were unutterably dull. Even copious amounts of mayonnaise could do little to make them 31 appetising. The salads I tend to like are, not surprisingly, the more interesting, and calorific, ones with lots of dressing and lots of flavour. This month’s recipe is one such. So tasty is it that I could happily eat this on a weekly basis and even serve it to guests for lunch or as part of a cold buffet. It looks pretty too. It comes from a wonderful book, ‘Food from Plenty’ by Diana Henry, which celebrates ‘good food made from the plentiful, the seasonal and the leftover’. This salad comes from a chapter of wonderful roasts and equally wonderful dishes made with the leftovers. As she says, leftover dishes do not have to be mundane and life’s too short to turn leftovers into the kind of food that feels puritan and austere. Indeed, I like this salad so much I have made it with ingredients bought for the purpose, and cut corners buying ready roasted chicken. If you can find Camargue red rice to add to the wild and basmati rice then the finished dish will look even better, but it tastes just fine without it. Ingredients 300g (10oz) wild, red and basmati rice spinach mixture 4 handfuls blueberries (about 2 600ml (1 pint) chicken stock punnets) salt and pepper For the Dressing 750g (1lb 10oz) cooked chicken, cut 1 tbsp cider vinegar into broad strips ½ tbsp Dijon mustard 60g (2oz) toasted, flaked almonds, or 1 tbsp runny honey chopped, unsalted pistachios 4 tbsp groundnut oil 4 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 200g (7oz) rocket, watercress or baby Method Put the rice into a saucepan and cover with the stock. Bring to the boil, season, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until all the stock has been absorbed and the rice is tender. If it gets too dry, add a little water. It will take 25-30 minutes. Remember, wild rice never goes soft; it remains firm and nutty. Meanwhile, make the dressing by simply whisking everything together. Taste for seasoning. To toast flaked almonds, place in a single layer in a dry saucepan over a medium heat. Toss every few seconds until desired colour is reached, it takes only a matter of seconds for them to burn. As soon as the rice is ready, pour on half the dressing and mix well so it absorbs the dressing while still warm. Leave to cool to room temperature. Toss the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, add the rice and the remaining dressing. Taste for seasoning; rice dishes need a lot. Serves 6-8. Variations: You can make a version of this salad with dried apricots and pistachios or substitute dried cranberries and chopped pecans for fresh blueberries. Angela Galione 32 ALICE’S DAY Join a cast of colourful characters to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first telling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Fabulous fun in Oxford’s historic locations - with storytelling, promenade performance, arts and crafts, --talks, walks…talking flowers, and many other happenings. Special events include a ten- minute Alice musical, an all-day reading of Alice, tales from the Storytelling Laureate Katrice Horsley, a flotilla on the Thames, flamingo croquet and Tea with Alice - an exhibition of illustrations of Alice from around the world. A brillig, free (mostly) day out for all ages. Dress up if you can. Coordinated by The Story Museum. Date and time: Saturday 7th July 10.00am - late Place: historic and popular venues across Oxford. Tickets: most events are free. More info: www.storymuseum.org.uk/alice ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE BLACK BOURTON The annual memorial service for the crew of Albemarle V1782 who were killed when their plane crashed on 27th August, 1944 on their return to RAF Brize Norton after a mission to France, will this year be held on the anniversary which is the August Bank Holiday Monday. The RAF Association will hold a small service at the cairn at the bottom of the drive to Mill Farm, Black Bourton on Monday 27 th August at 2.00pm. Everyone is welcome and there will be tea and cakes at Mill Farmhouse afterwards. Monica Tudor BLACK AND WHITE CAT PLUS 3 KITTENS REQUIRE HOME. Arrived mid June on a very stormy night. Cat is all black white front white tips on paws. She is very loving, gentle and passive natured. She is about 9 months old. Kittens 1 black and white female, 1 black femail with chocolate stripes and a long haired black male. All born early June approx. Ring 07854731061 LETTERS An article in June’s Parish Pump suggested that it was perhaps insensitive, in- appropriate, and unpatriotic to complain about aircraft noise in our community. This is absolutely not the case. Constructive feedback from residents affected by the Future Brize Programme to senior politicians, senior RAF officers and MoD officials continues to be highly effective. Recently, Air Commodore Ager, as the Headquarters Air Command Representative on Noise Issues at RAF Brize Norton explained that “Headquarters Air Command is extremely concerned that the noise of operations at RAF Brize Norton is creating serious disturbance for local residents in the vicinity of the Station. Headquarters Air Command accepts there is a problem with the level of noise experienced by local residents and is working hard to address the issue. It is acknowledged that the interim noise results, provided to RAF Brize Norton in draft form by the noise survey 33 company, have shown that Hercules noise, particularly in Black Bourton is very disruptive”. Headquarters Air Command is actively encouraging community feedback, in order to support the longer-term measures that need to be taken. Some measures have already been implemented, and I have to say from my Black Bourton perspective, the effects are both effective and very welcome. I hope they are not just short-term! Of course, there needs to be a balance between the operational needs of the Base and the effect these have on the community. As a MoD Delegated Engineering Authority for the Typhoon (Eurofighter) aircraft, I am fully aware of operational imperatives, the pressure on Defence budgets, and the effects of jet noise. I have also lived close to the Base for 30 years, so I think I have a good sense of what an acceptable balance feels like. I provide feedback (a phone call) to the Base whenever I feel that there is a sustained and/or significant disturbance. You may wish to do the same. Lastly, I would like to thank Group Captain Stamp and Wing Commander Muir from RAF Brize Norton for their efforts in visiting the community, understanding the issues, and supporting the need for change. They want RAF Brize Norton to live in harmony with the local community as much as we do. Richard Betteridge Veteran, Falkland Islands Campaign (Ground), 1982. Officers’ Mess Member, RAF Brize Norton. CRIMESTOPPERS Crimestoppers urges the public to ‘nail’ metal thieves Thames Valley Crimestoppers has joined forces with colleagues in Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey and Sussex to tackle metal theft crime head on in the South East. Theft of metal is a huge risk to the UK and whilst prices remain high and global demand for metal continues to rise, this crime is big business and an international problem that will not disappear on its own. Costs to the UK economy are estimated at £770m each year. The summer holiday season will see many buildings, particularly schools and offices, left vulnerable to both the organized and opportunistic thief. Thieves are not invisible unless we choose to ignore them. Metal theft is the hot topic today. We read about incidents in the papers and many of us may well have felt the impact of metal theft on our day to day lives; train cancellations from cable and track theft, loss of phone and internet 34 connection, school closures. However, awareness of metal theft is only part of the battle. In order to stop criminals continuing to disrupt our lives we all need to be proactive, vigilant and to report our suspicions quickly. Crimestoppers offers the public a safe and anonymous way to stop the thieves, simply call 0800 555 111 or use the secure online form direct at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. But remember, Crimestoppers can only be effective if you make that call. Police Forces in the South East very recently introduced a new scheme named Operation Tornado. This will make it easier to trace any person who sells metal to Scrap Metal Merchants and will help to remove and prosecute dealers of stolen metal. Crimestoppers will be working throughout the year to further enhance and support this initiative. Thames Valley Police are committed to reducing metal theft. Operation Tornado aims to target unscrupulous dealers rather than inhibit legitimate businesses. However they still need intelligence from the public to tackle this crime from all angles and the Crimestoppers anonymous service provides a valuable tool to enable communities to provide information safely and free from fear. To pass on information about metal theft or any crime anonymously, Crimestoppers can be contacted online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org through your mobile phone or computer, or by calling the 24/7 anonymous 0800 555 111 number. Whichever form of communication chosen, anonymity is guaranteed. Who’s stealing metal from homes, schools and churches? Cable from railways? Who’s a crooked metal dealer? Tell Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. CARTERTON FOOTBALL CLUB Calling all 6 year olds. Recruiting now for next season’s U7’s. Looking for players with date of births between 01/08/05 and 31/08/06. All abilities welcome to come and train, play other local teams home and away and have a lots of fun. Qualified FA coach, CRB checked. If you require any other information please contact Richard Brooke the U7’s manager email@example.com LOUNGE & FUNCTION ROOM The club has appointed a Club Steward, Mr John Dunton The club hopes that he will quickly settle into this new & exciting post & we look forward to seeing him behind the bar; welcome. Hire for the main function room which holds up to 150 with or without bar and also with or without catering. The upstairs smaller lounge bar is also for hire for private functions and available on nights when the club is not hosting matches (after matches if normally closed, available for private hire). Please contact the club during opening hours to discuss your specific needs and / or go the main web site for booking details etc. Army of Angels Charity to be our charity partner for the season 2012/13 Carterton FC is proud to announce that the charity’ Army of Angels’ will be our 35 nominated charity partner for the season 2012/13 The ‘Army of Angels' mission is to support former members of the British Armed Forces and those leaving the services, who have suffered physical or psychological injury in conflicts past or present. The charity also aims to assist the families of those service personnel who have been killed serving their country. In addition to raising funds for the charity, we are planning to run a programme of football events for disabled former service personnel. For more information on the charity go to http://www.armyofangels.org.uk/ Club contact: Peter Mills. Peter.firstname.lastname@example.org FA CHANGES TO YOUTH FOOTBALL - The structure of English youth football will be changing from the start of the 2013/14 season. That is when the FA’s new youth development proposals will start to become a reality. The changes have two main strands: (i) a revised player pathway (ii) a flexible, child-centered approach to competitive football CORRECTION RE KENCOT VILLAGE HALL HIRE Previous information re hall hire fees in The Parish Pump were incorrect and should have read - Private hire - Kencot/Broadshire residents £12.00 per day. £20.00 for people outside Kencot /Broadshire . Meetings etc - Kencot/Broadshire £6.00 . For further information contact David Portergill email@example.com Tel 01367860217 Gill Cox CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR THE FORTHCOMING MONTH Send your event details to Gill Cox (contact details inside front cover) by 10 th of each month for events taking place during the following month August 7th Kencot Churchyard tidy 6.00pm, all welcome Weekly Mondays Bradwell Babes 9.30am - 11.30am info 01993 823623. Wednesdays Kelmscott craft fairs at the Morris Memorial Hall, Kelmscott, 12 noon - 5pm Thursdays, Chess at The Vines, Black Bourton 6.45pm Bridge Club, Bradwell Village Hall 1.30-4p.m 01993 822712/ 823582 36 September 1st Alvescot Village Show 1st Filkins & Broughton Poggs Produce Show 8th Historic Churches Trust sponsored cycle ride. OLYMPIAN HEROES IN TIME? Through the opaque glass windows There they stand Three vast terracotta men Grasping their giant racquets In huge hands. In the gloom someone asks Are they Chinese Warriors Come to invade our land? It’s only when you go outside And touch them That reality dawns For they cannot answer you The silent threesome. Indeed they are colossus figures Watched by us in awe For who are these immortal men? Conquerors in fearsome combat Each knows the other’s game One a friend And one a foe Staring into an unknown future Where none can say Who will wear the victor’s wreath One Olympian day? Allan Ledger 37
"Parish Pump for August 2012"