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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!

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
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

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
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.
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.

       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

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
6.00pm       Broadwell           Benefice Evensong              Rev MacInnes

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
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


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.

     here will a service at 3.00pm every Sunday in the Methodist Church.
     Barbara Edwards


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

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
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
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

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

                 St Peter’s

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
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

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
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

                 BLACK BOURTON
                 St Mary’s

There is no meeting in August.
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.
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

                  St Peter & St Paul’s

August 5th, 12th       Susan Crawford
August 19th, 26th      Jenny Lowe
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.

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.
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 !
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
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

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 ( or go online and have a look at
our website :
Rowan Harris

                 FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS
                 St Peter’s

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

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
                              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

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

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 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 or 01367 860020.
Karen Todner
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 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
Charlotte Ashby

                    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

                     St George’s

Church Brass and Flowers           Meriel Derwent
Grass Cutting                      Julian and Emma Cuppage
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
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, or contact me on 01367 253103.
Laura Roberts
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

                   St George’s

28th July & 4th August             Stella Chapman
11th & 18th                        Louise Eustace
 25th August & 1st September       Janette Paine
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
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
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 Tel 01367860217
Gill Cox

                St Matthew’s

August 5th & 12th Mrs D Lowden August 19th & 26th                Mrs S Kirby

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!

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.
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.
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
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

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
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

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

August    Heather John
September Elsa Taylor
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
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

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

          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
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
Shirley Cuthbertson
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
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.

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
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
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
Tony Cripps
Do you have young children aged between 0-5years old? Why
not come along to our baby and toddler group? Weekly craft activity, songtime,
playtime and refreshments included in the £1.50 per family contribution. Come
along to the village hall for a free taster session, you and your children would be

very welcome. Mondays 9.30-11.30am. For more details, please contact me on or Miranda Mowbray 01367 860890 Lorraine Ainslie
on 01993 822689
Abbie Ogden

                 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
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
Repairs to the plasterwork on the East and South walls will hopefully start in the

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

                       NEWS FROM BURFORD SCHOOL
                    On 1st July Burford School successfully converted to become
                    an Academy.
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.
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.
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.
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 for further details.
Jane Edwards

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
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

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
 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
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:
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

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.
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
Danielle Hilton
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

(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
David Roberts

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
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

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
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
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

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.
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
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
Angela Galione

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:
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
Monica Tudor
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
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

company, have shown that Hercules noise, particularly in Black Bourton is very
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 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

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 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 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.
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
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

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
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
Club contact: Peter Mills.
 - 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
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 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

7th Kencot Churchyard tidy 6.00pm, all welcome
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

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


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