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A very strange thing happened to me the other day. A friend had just popped
round to discuss what shoes to wear to the supermarket (important stuff, people)
when a snail fell through the door.
It was totally spooky as I had just been confessing to another friend one of my
deepest traumas, and seeing as not much else is going on at the mo, I’ll share it
with you here. This is the terrible story of Bertie.......
When I was about 5, my sister and I kept pet snails which we found in the
garden. We housed them in upside down plastic sieves and fed them lettuce, bits
of cabbage and sometimes cauliflower on a Sunday. Our best ever thing was the
snail races, boy was it exciting to see those snail hurtle very slowly along the big
step. Quite often we would go off for a few hours and play something else before
coming back for the grand finale. It was gripping stuff.
My favourite snail was called Bertie, he was fast (ish) and delicate. I was more
than a bit in love with him, and if I had been a girl snail it would have been
perfect. One day I took him out for a walk on the big step. I sat down and
considered the world around me, in a very serious way only 5 year olds can do.
After a while I looked back to the big step to see how Bertie was getting on. But
he was nowhere to be seen. Could he have had a burst of speed and raced off? If
so I would definitely win the snail racing world championships. I got up to look
for him. And there was a squelching sound underneath me.
It was Bertie. I had killed him with my bottom.
Where I had been sitting was a slimy patch and some bits of shell. My favourite
hand me down cordrouy trousers had the rest of him stuck to the backside. I
cannot tell you of the agony of peeling him off me, bit by Bertie bit.
We put his broken shell into a matchbox and buried him with true reverence in
the veg garden next to a cabbage. I think that’s what he would have wanted.
Noone said anything, but I know everyone blamed me. We found another snail
and I called him Bertie 2 but my heart wasn’t in it. I let the rest of the herd go
and gave up on my hopes of winning the snail racing world championships.
I never kept a snail again.
I have lived with the shame ever since. I killed a snail. But not just any snail. The
snail I would have married if I had been a lady snail. We would have munched on
cabbage leaves together and possibly had snail babies but I’m not sure how snails
reproduce, so maybe not.
Please do know, though, I never meant to squash Bertie with my bottom and I
never felt the same about those trousers again. I like to think the snail that fell
through the door was a sign. Possibly that I need some slug pellets.
Ros (thanks to David Roberts for cover photograph of black crowned tchagra)

Dear friends

I     t may not be your experience, but I have always found the approach of
      November mildly depressing. I associate it with a period of relentlessly
      unrelieved grey skies, darkness closing in, and drizzling rain. It is not
something that I look forward to.
It is always true that the future exerts a profound effect on the present.
Happiness is greatly dependent on what we have to look forward to. And for
many today, the future is distinctly November-ish without much that is
After the delights of the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, the darkness is
closing in again. The press is cataloguing the economic, political and personal
crises across the globe, and there are plenty of them.
It was Woody Allen who remarked ‘the future isn't what it used to be’, and that is
a common sentiment.
The truth is we can’t live without hope. To attempt to do so is like playing
football without any goal posts. You might play with skill, energy and enthusiasm
- but if you could never score a goal - what is the point? Would the football
terraces be crowded? Would the fans turn out in their thousands? And unless
there is some purpose and objective and goal in our lives the whole thing
becomes a horrendous farce. Bernard Levin once wrote ‘To put it bluntly, have I
time to discover why I was born before I die? I haven't managed to answer that
question yet, and however many years I have before me, they are certainly not as
many as are behind.’ We need hope to discover meaning.
The trouble is that our hopes are often so short-lived, fixed on the next thrill, the
next purchase, the next holiday, the next party, the next experience, the next
challenge. And the question is ‘What then?’ It was CS Lewis who wrote ‘I think
that all would agree with me if I said that though Christianity seems at first to be
all about morality, all about duties and rules and guilt and virtue, yet it leads you
out of all that into something beyond. One has a glimpse of a country where they
don't talk about those things except as a joke. Everyone there is filled with what
we would call goodness as a mirror is filled with light; but they do not call it
goodness; they do not call it anything. They are not thinking of it. They are
looking at the source from which it comes.’
Jesus called it Eternal Life, not something that only starts at death. It is an
experience that begins here and now, and brings a taste of the even better
country which is yet in store……where there is no November!
Harry MacInnes

 1st Sunday November 4th, 4th Sunday before Advent
 10.30am     Little           Benefice Communion              Rev MacInnes/Rev
             Faringdon                                        Wheaton
 6.00pm      Filkins          Benefice Evensong               Rev Wheaton
 2nd Sunday November 11th, Remembrance Sunday
 9.00am      Filkins          Holy Communion                  Rev McGrath
 10.30am     Shilton          Childrens church                Rev McGrath
 10.50am     Shilton          Remembrance Service             Rev McGrath
 10.50am     Alvescot         Remembrance Service             Rev MacInnes
 10.50am     Black Bourton    Remembrance Service             Rev Kettle
 10.50am     Westwell         Remembrance Service             Rev Johnson
 10.50am     Kencot           Broadshires Remembrance         Rev Ross
 3rd Sunday November 18th, 2nd Sunday before Advent
 9.00am      Black Bourton   Holy Communion&Baptism           Rev Kettle
 9.00am      Holwell         Holy Communion                   Rev MacInnes
 10.30am     Langford        Parish Communion                 Rev Kettle
 10.30am     Kelmscott       Family Communion                 Rev MacInnes
 6.00pm      Filkins         Evensong                         Rev MacInnes
 6.00pm      Westwell        Evensong                         Rev Wheaton
 4th Sunday November 25th, Christ the King
 9.00am      Shilton         Holy Communion                   Rev McGrath
 9.00am      Kencot          Holy Communion                   Rev Wheaton
 10.30am     Alvescot        Parish Communion                 Rev McGrath
 10.30am     Filkins         Family Communion                 Rev Wheaton
 10.30am     Broadwell       Matins                           Rev Ross
 11am        Lt Faringdon    Parish Communion                 Rev Johnson
 6.00pm      Holwell         Evensong                         Rev Johnson
 6.00pm      Langford        Evensong                         Rev Wheaton
 2nd Sunday December 1st Advent
 10.30am        Shilton            Benefice Advent            Rev McGrath
 6.00           Westwell           Benefice Evensong          Rev Wheaton

 Wed 14th Nov      10.00am     Black Bourton Holy Communion        Rev Wheaton
 Wed 28th Nov      10.00am     Black Bourton Holy Communion        Rev Johnson

November 4th, 4th Sunday before Advent (Gold/White)
Deuteronomy 6.1-9          Psalm 119.1-8         Hebrews 9.11-14
Mark 12.28-34

November 11th, 3rd Sunday before Advent (Red/Green)
Jonah 3.1-5, 10       Psalm 62.5-end        Hebrews 9.24-end
Mark 1.14-20
November 18th, 2nd Sunday before Advent (Red/ Green)
Daniel 12.1-3          Psalm 16                     Hebrews 10.11-14 [15-18] 19-25
Mark 13.1-8
November 25th, Christ the King (Red/ White)
Daniel 7.9-10, 13-14     Psalm 93                  Revelations 1.4b-8
John 18.33-37

In the summer of 2013 Patrick Wheaton our current curate will moving on to
pastures new. I am delighted to announce that we will have a new curate to join
us in the benefice next summer called David Spence. David is married to Elly
and has two lovely young children and I am sure they will be a wonderful
addition to the things here. David has been training at Trinity Bristol, and he and
Elly are very much looking forward to moving out of the city and into the
countryside. If you would like to come and meet David and Elly, they will joining
us for our Benefice service at 10.30am on 4th November at Little Faringdon.
Harry MacInnes
We all get one life to live. And so often we find ourselves asking one simple
                             question, ‘What’s it all about?’
                              Christianity Explored is a course designed to answer
                             that one big question by looking at the life and
                             character of Jesus Christ. Over 6 weeks we will read
                             and think about the gospel of Mark and what it tells us
                             about the ‘good news’ of Jesus.
                              Everything is informal and relaxed. Nobody will be
                             asked to read out loud, sing or pray. You can ask any
                             question that is on your mind. But also you need not
                             say anything at all if you would rather just sit and listen.
 We will be meeting in Bradwell Village Hall starting on Wednesday 7th
November. There will be a meal served at 7.30pm followed by a short talk or
video at 8.15pm, and a chance to ask questions in small groups. The evening will
finish by 9.30pm. If you would like to know more please do get in touch on
01367 860846 or Whatever questions you find
yourself asking, it would be lovely to have you with us.
Rev’d Patrick Wheaton

‘The Sermon on the Mount is probably the best-known part of the teaching of
Jesus, though arguably it is the least understood, and certainly it is the least
obeyed.’ (John Stott) In our studies this autumn, we shall be exploring how we
can apply this teaching in today’s culture, and in our own everyday lives:
November 6th         ‘Do not worry’ (Matthew 6:19-34)
November 20th        ‘Do not judge’ (Matthew 7:1-12)
December 4th         ‘Enter through the narrow gate’ (Matthew 7:13-29)
Our meetings are on Tuesday afternoons at 11 Oakey Close, Alvescot, from
2.00pm to 3.30pm. You are most welcome to any or all of them: please contact
me on 01993 846169 if you would like more details.
Liz Johnson
He is Gone...
It is so hard to lose someone you love, who has been
such a special part of your life and your world! When
you lose someone very precious, no one else can really
know all that you feel. I was absolutely devastated
when first my father and then, three years later, my
mother, passed away. The words printed on one of the
many cards that were kindly sent to me at the time
really helped me to come through the overwhelming feelings of sadness and
despair that I was experiencing. I took the liberty of copying them down into the
front of my bible:
He is Gone...
You can shed tears that he has gone
Or you can smile because he has lived!
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all he has left!
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
Or you can be full of the love you shared!
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday!
You can remember him and only that he has gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on!
You can cry and close your mind;
Be empty, and turn your back
Or you can do what he would want:
Smile, open your eyes, love and go on!!

When we see others struggling with a loss, are we willing to shed tears with them,
put our arms around them and offer help?
Look around you! Do you see anyone going through a difficult loss? Go beyond
feeling sad for them reach out with compassion and God’s love!
Mike Barrett
November 4th        Rob Burns
November 11th       Andy Robinson
November 18th       David Earl
November 25th       David Earl
All of our services are at 3.00pm and everyone would be very welcome. Thank
you to everyone who came to the Christian Aid Quiz evening - it was a time of
good food, good company and fun. We were able to send £158.17 to Christian
The Church/Chapel coffee morning is on the 3rd November in the Old School.
More details in the Shilton section but I hope lots of you will be able to come
again. Part of the money raised goes to Helping Hands in Uganda.
We are also starting our monthly winter Soup Days on Wednesday 7th November
in the Old School from 12 noon - 1.30pm. As usual there will be homemade
soup, crusty bread, savouries, cakes, tea and coffee. The food is good and the
company even better, a good chance to catch up with old friends and make new
ones. It’s open to everyone and you can be sure of a warm welcome.
Finally some dates for your diaries
5th December             next Soup Day
16th December            Carol Service
22nd December            Carols by the Pond
Elizabeth Harfield

O        ur next meeting will be on Wednesday 7th November at 3.00pm in the
         Methodist Church Schoolroom. Our speaker will be Tracy Garwood.
         Tracy will be telling us about her work at ‘the Homestead’ in Carterton.
All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

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

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

Many thanks to all who made this a successful evening. Dion for setting the
questions, Dave our quizmaster, Janey & Sharon for marking, all who made the
food especially Sandie for coordinating the food, running the raffle and helping
behind the Bar. Thank you to all who came to support us, the evening raised just
over £700.00 for Hall funds
Terry Morris
Please make a note in your diary for 23rd March 2013. Lots of people enjoyed the
evening with The Oddfellas in November 2011 in Alvescot Hall and they are
happy to play for us again next year. This time we will raise money for Breast and
Prostate Cancer Research. Tickets £8.00 in advance from Terry Morris 01993
842135 or me on 01993 844124.
Thank you very much to all who supported the Alvescot Autumn Show on 1st
September. Through your generosity we were able to send £150.00 to the Air
Ambulance Trust.
The judges were very impressed with the number of entries overall and especially
with the quality of the cakes entered by five gentlemen. Categories for the photos
next year are Family Pet/s, Celebrations and Farming
Terry Morris

Remember, Remember, to join us for the 5th of November,
Come and enjoy our village bonfire and fireworks party on Monday 5 th
November. It’s on the playing field and is being hosted by the Parish Council so
don’t miss the bonfire lighting at approximately 6.30pm. Tasty hot dogs,
delicious mulled wine to keep you warm and beer will be served by the PCC and
friends of St Peter’s from about 6.15pm.
Do come and enjoy the fun and get together, it’s free to everyone from the local
community however there will be a collection at the gate to help offset the cost
of the fireworks. Proceeds from the refreshments will go towards the upkeep and
restoration of St Peter’s Church.
and support St Peter’s Restoration and Development Project
Give yourself (or someone else) the best this Christmas! We are delighted to be
offering Gold Great Taste Award winning puddings specially labelled just for us.
Made by a small (but fully accredited) craft company you won’t find them in the
supermarkets. This exceptionally light Christmas pudding uses absolutely top of
the range products - brandy, sherry, almonds, walnuts, stem ginger, apricots,
cherries and the best juicy alcoholic raisins and sultanas. Enjoyed by many who
‘don’t like Christmas puddings’ they come nicely wrapped in shiny foil.
Deliciously good sense - calories don't count in a good cause! They cost £5.75
each and serve 4 generously. Please ring me on 01993 842435 if you would like to
make an order.
 Jayne Lewin
The rain held off for the School’s Treasure Hunt when
twenty-five families came together on an Autumnal
Sunday afternoon for a walk around the Village, finished off with hot dogs for
tea! Well done to so many families for answering all of the questions correctly
and to the Krouwel family who were our winners.
Bookweek this year has been a very exciting week. The focus of the week was
'Traditional Tales'. All the children made a scene from a traditional tale in a shoe
box at home and throughout the week, worked together to make puppets of
different characters and use their puppets to retell the stories. The week began
with a return visit from Storyteller, Katrice Horsley. Katrice worked with the
children to make shadow puppets and inspired the children with her own
storytelling, helping the children to develop their storytelling skills.
Please do take a look at photographs of some of the events of the week on the
school’s website:
Once again the staff held a ‘Reading Evening’ for parents, to share how reading

is taught in school and to help parents understand how they can support their
children to learn to read, at home. The evening was very well attended and many
parents commented on how helpful the evening had been.
Many thanks to the Wardlaw family who continue to welcome the children to
visit their woods. The children thoroughly enjoy this wonderful opportunity and
are looking forward to their next visit!
We continue to embrace opportunities to extend the curriculum that we offer the
children. This term Julia Neame continues to provide recorder lessons and this
term we have Gardening, Choir and Tag Rugby Club after school.
On Saturday 24th November the school will be holding its annual Christmas
Bazaar. This is always a great afternoon and helps to raise money for school
funds. Please do come along and join us for afternoon of fun, games and of
course to meet Father Christmas!
Sam King
St Peters School will hold its Christmas Bazaar on 24 th November at 2.00pm.
Come and join us for this happy event. We have our usual cakes, gifts, bottle and
raffle stalls and a few new surprises. Our usual surprise guest will be coming
(minus his reindeers we hear) We look forward to seeing you there.
Sandie Morris

               BLACK BOURTON
               St Mary’s

                Harvest Evensong at St. Mary’s was led by our resident Lay
Reader Jeremy Lane.
We had the usual traditional hymns like We Plough the fields and Scatter which
everyone enjoys singing, but there was something a bit different about it too. It
was low key, charming and informal. A service everyone could relate to, open
their hearts and just sing!
Jeremy gave a fascinating account of how this annual festival came about. Did
you know for instance that Harvest is from the Old English word ‘haefest’,
meaning ‘autumn’? It then came to refer to the season for reaping and gathering
grain and the grown products.The full moon nearest the autumnal equinox is the
harvest moon. So in ancient traditions Harvest Festivals were traditionally held
on or near the Sunday of the harvest moon.
A big thank you to everyone in the village who contributed in various ways to
decorate the church so beautifully, it looks absolutely glorious!
Liz Welch

Thank you to everyone who sponsored Pete Miles, Duncan Ockendon and me
so generously for the Ride and Stride, which helps towards maintaining our
church building. Our church boiler broke down at the weekend, and this is just
one small area that vital funds and support from the village is needed.
St Mary’s looked wonderful for the harvest celebration. Many thanks to all the
busy flower arrangers, who gave their time and expertise. A very lucky bride and
groom were surrounded by beautiful flower arrangements in glorious autumn
colours (and lots of fruit and vegetables) at their wedding.
The harvest service of celebration and thanksgiving Jeremy Lane had prepared
for us all, was the icing on the cake!
Jane Jones
Crew of Albemarle V1782 of 297Sq crashed 27th August 1944 in Black Bourton
There was a wonderful turnout this year, 45 approx! There were lots of familiar
faces and also some new ones, which was lovely. Members of three of the crew’s
families were able to attend which
reminded us all that these are not
five faceless men from a time we
can’t remember, but brothers and
uncles that are still deeply grieved
for. This year The Rev Ian Duffy
of the Faringdon United Church
led the prayers and Wg Cdr Dan
James of 10 Squadron represented
RAF Brize Norton. Flt Lt Kevin
Booth also attended as did Flt Lt
Burrell accompanied by Air Cadets of 2267 Squadron who are always a real credit
to their superiors and their families. Once again Cadet Sgt Helen Huckin played
the Last Post beautifully for us which was no mean feat on a very gusty day.
Standards were paraded by the RAFA, SSFA and ATC 2267 Squadron and
wreaths were laid on behalf of families, RAF Brize Norton and local branches of
the RAF Association and the Royal British Legion. Tea afterwards is always an
enjoyable opportunity to relax after the emotions of the service and to share
stories and memories. Thanks to Alice Buck, who did a fantastic job with the
help of the Air Cadets, everyone’s cups were full!
Phil Shaw and the Committee of the Carterton and Brize Norton branch of the
RAF Association, who, along with Anita Jack at RAF Brize Norton, ensures that
this service continues annually. A big Thank You to all those who gave up their
Bank Holiday afternoon to take part!
Monica Tudor

Sandie Morris and Doreen Hart would like to thank everyone who supported the
Coffee Morning on 22nd September in Alvescot Hall. It was a very happy and
busy morning. We appreciated all those who ran a stall and made the coffee,
everyone who donated prizes and made cakes or crafts and all those who came to
take part and make it a jolly event. We must also thank our families for their
support, they put up with the stress beforehand and spend weeks stepping over
boxes and bottles. We raised £1,090 to send to Breast and Prostate Cancer
Research. Many, many thanks.
Please make a note in your diary for 23rd March 2013. Lots of people enjoyed the
evening with The Oddfellas in November 2011 in Alvescot Hall and they are
happy to play for us again next year. This time we will raise money for Breast and
Prostate Cancer Research. Tickets £8.00 in advance from Terry Morris 01993
842135 or me on 01993 844124.
 Christmas seems to come round more quickly every year. For the past few years
we have enjoyed Christmas Trees lighting up the path to the Church during the
festive season. These do not come cheaply and this year we have to ask if anyone
feels they could make a donation towards the trees it would be greatly
appreciated, please contact me on 01993 844124
Doreen Hart

               St Peter & St Paul’s

November 4th,11th              June Goodenough
November 18th,25th             Alison Goldingham
Luckily, everything was all gathered in, although it was a near thing; so we could
enjoy singing the usual hymns. And it was quite a sizeable congregation that
heard Harry preach a thoughtful sermon. Four good walloping hymns and a
psalm, so we were all ready for our village lunch. This enterprise always seems
like the swan on the Manor pond, all calm above the waterline, but a lot of
paddling going on out of sight !
 Weather forecasts were anxiously studied, but miraculously it turned out much
better than most of this ‘summer.’ By the Friday, Paul and Annabel’s barn was
tidied and swept, and the carpets rolled out (mostly done in the middle of the
night) half way through Saturday morning saw the tables laid, and by mid

afternoon the flowers and lights added. Sunday morning saw a most impressive
barbecue cauldron lit and Roderick finishing off some delectable pork lamb
sausages and foil wrapped onions.
All sorts of salads, baked potatoes, and puddings arrived, and so did all of us,
from the church. It was a really good occasion, and HUGE thanks are due to
Alison and Jenny, who got the whole thing together, giving up so much of their
time, and making it look a lot easier than it must have been. AND, it was all
cleared away in no time afterwards, so Paul could put back his useful tools, two
cars, and three motor bikes.
The church is very grateful to have a profit of over three hundred pounds, and
the village very grateful to have had such a good time.
June Goodenough
It was like entering Pizza Express when I went to collect Aidan from
preschool a couple of weeks ago. The scent of freshly made pizza had
greeted me at the gate .The pizzas were beautifully cut circles as the
children have been learning lots about shape. I’m now hoping for some triangular
sandwiches and rectangular brownies when I next collect. I think practising
shapes could be a brilliant excuse for making all sorts of yummy goodies over the
next few weeks in our kitchen.
Our walk to school to collect Aidan’s older brother was made much more
entertaining recently as we were accompanied by the kite that Aidan had made
that morning at preschool. Not only did it speed us up as we had to run to get
height to the kite, but it was also highly useful on arrival at school as Aidan was
easily spotted in the crowd of children, as the kite turned him into a kind of tour
guide making him visible to all tourists and mothers. A great result all round!
Bob the Builder would have been impressed by the woodwork done this month
by the children. If you have any shelves that need putting up the preschoolers
will soon be able to assist as they have practised hammering nails into wood, and
not a single finger or thumb suffered. They must all be experts!
Our link with the school in Kenya has continued to be a much enjoyed focus.
The Kenyan school has a greenhouse on site in which they grow tomatoes that
they sell. So instead of our traditional ‘10 Green Bottles’ song we altered the
words to ‘10 red tomatoes hanging on a vine’ and suggested this as a song to be
sung using the number cards and tomatoes as a visual aid. We look forward to
hearing how this was received!
As always if you are interested in booking a place for your child or would like any
further information please contact Jackie Overton (email : jackie@broadshires- ).
Rowan Harris

                St Peter’s

NOVEMBER 25th 2012
Free entry
A great selection of crafts, gifts and local businesses coming
     together to make your Christmas shopping easy!
 For more information contact Helen Dunmall on
                          or call 01367 860795

Covering the villages of Filkins, Broughton Poggs, Langford, Little Faringdon,
Kencot and Broadwell (All telephone codes 01367)
Two announcements: 1.I am glad to say that I now have enough volunteers to
cover all of the dates for the next six months. 2. Miss Helen Squire has decided
after many years of volunteer driving to ‘retire’.We all owe her a great debt of
Tuesdays                                Thursdays
                                        1st Nov     Mrs J Geake          860534
 6th Nov   Lady Allison       860787    8th Nov     Mr A Woodford        860319
13th Nov   Mr J Langer        860700    15th Nov    Mrs J Higham         860197
20th Nov   Mrs A Dossett-     860357    22nd Nov    Mr A Woodford        860319
27th Nov   Mrs M Cover        860302    29th Nov    Mr A Woodford        860319

4th Dec    Mrs G Cox          860250    6th Dec     Mrs K Morley         860777
11th Dec   Mrs H Ward         860430    13th Dec    Mrs G Cox            860250
18th Dec   Mrs F Shrouder     860053    20th Dec    Mr C Morley          860777

 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 01367
Tony Woodford
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

The Autumn term is now well under way. During our Harvest
celebrations, we walked to Filkins Church and were joined by
Patrick Wheaton. He read us a harvest story and we sang our
Harvest song to him.
Our pre-schoolers are enjoying their fortnightly visit to the library van. ‘Library
Bill’ reads them a short story and we all sing
songs and rhymes. We are delighted that we are
able to support the Oxfordshire Mobile Library
Service. We will be joining in with national
Road Safety Week during the week of 19th
November, walking around Filkins village
undertaking simple transport surveys and also
looking at in-car safety.
We have lots of exciting plans during the latter
part of the term getting out and about around
the village looking for autumnal artefacts. Preparations are also underway for our
Christingle which will take place during the last week of term along with the
traditional Christmas party.
Louise Jenkins

On Sunday 14th October 2012 on a lovely sunny typically autumn day which was
particularly welcome after the showers the Filkins and Broughton Poggs Harvest
lunch was held in
Filkins Village Hall.
We started with nibbles
of courgette and
mushroom with
parmesan followed by
Lasagne, salad and garlic
bread, then home made
crumble with cream and
cheese with celery and
grapes and finished with
coffee/tea and
Wine and drinks were
provided by the village
Entertainment was provided by Filkins Theatre and included renditions of poems
from Betjeman, Keats, Hughes, Hopkins, Shakespeare sonnets, and a short play
reading. We ended with readings of the highly amusing Bustle by Patrick
An altogether typical Filkins and Broughton Poggs ‘do’ enjoyed by everybody.
My particular thanks to all those who helped make the day extremely successful
and enjoyable:-
Martin Kettle for saying the Grace and also Patrick Wheaton our vicar.
The Crumble making ladies, Mary, Jackie, Gill, Chris, Theo, Anne, Michelle,
Alison, and Hilary and Diane and also particularly to Arlene for her calm and
quiet professionalism in the kitchen.
To our Filkins players Alan, Sue, Michelle and Lynne and her partner and
To Richard for the posters.
To Trish and the Village Shop for providing the wine and drinks.
And last but not least to everyone who attended there were about 55 of us in
total and we managed to make a contribution to the PCC for Farm Africa in the
sum of £366.17.Thank you
Lorraine Chitty

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

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

                  St Mary’s

A pause this month, after the excitements of September. Probably still looking
for the rounders ball.
Corinna Rock

                 St George’s

Lucinda and Honor McFarlane
Saturday 8th December, 11.00am - 3.30pm. Make a note in your diary to come
along to Kelmscott and shop for original and beautiful hand crafted presents at
our Christmas shopping event in the Morris Memorial Hall. Crafts on offer
include ceramics, glass, soap, jewellery, artwork, papier mache, clothing, textiles
and turned wood. Homemade refreshments will also be available. and admission
and parking are free! Please bring cash or cheques since we are unable to accept
credit cards. If you need further information, please call me on 01367 253103 or
visit our village website,
Laura Roberts

                    St George’s

3rd & 10th November Maureen Seale 24th November            Advent- no flowers
Thanks to all those who took part in this year’s Ride and Stride in aid of the
Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust. It was a perfect day to be out in the lovely
lanes of our countryside.
 Thanks also to those who manned the church to welcome and give refreshment
to the riders. And, of course, to our generous sponsers who helped raise a total
of £1100.00 half of which benefits our own church of St. George’s.
 Jonathan Fyson
The collection at the Harvest Festival raised £78.50 which has been sent to
PACT ( Parents and Children Together). The auction of produce raised £236.50
for the church funds. Thank you to those who donated produce, jams etc. Also
to Anne Dossett- Davies and her team for the excellent flower displays.
Helen (Squire) has been awarded The Fellowship of St Birinus. This is an
honorary fellowship awarded by the Bishop of Dorchester to individuals who
have made an outstanding contribution to church life either on a special and
particular occasion or over a period of time. Helen attended a ceremony at
Dorchester Abbey on 30th September. Helen had been Churchwarden for 36
years and made a great contribution to St Georges Church and the village.
Congratulations Helen
This years Broadshire Remembrance Service will be held on Sunday 11 th
November at Kencot. The service will start by the War Memorial at 10.50am
and then continue with in the church.
It is hoped that the traditional Carol Singing around Kencot and Broadwell will
take place this year. Last year it only took place around Kencot. Provisional dates
of Tuesday 18th December (Broadwell) and Thursday 20th (Kencot) have been
suggested. Confirmation will be in the December Parish Pump. The collection
for over 50 years has gone to Cancer Research. All are welcome to join in the
Gill Cox

Complaints have been received that there has been repeated dog fouling in the
playground. Could dog owners please act responsibly and ensure that any dog
mess is removed. Dogs carry Toxocara which can cause eye disorders in humans.
There has also been dog fouling on the road. Please take a plastic bag or scoop
with you and clear up after your dog.
Gill Cox

                 St Matthew’s

November Mrs D Lowden
The Harvest lunch which took place in the Village Hall on Sunday 7th October
was a great feast! A good display of meats, salads and potatoes was followed by
many puddings s and then a cheese board. The writer will remember the
wonderful smell of the best bread and butter pudding in Langford cooking as we
met and mingled in a decorated village hall, with fresh flowers on all the tables.
Thank you to all those who organised the event, setting out tables, arranging
flowers, laying the buffet, serving and then finally washing up and putting away.
A most enjoyable lunch.
The Jumble Sale held in Langford Village Hall last month raised £276.00 to be
shared by the Village Hall and St. Matthew’s Church. Thanks go to the organisers
of the sale, and all the helpers both before and on the day.
Bingo will be held on Friday 23rd November in the Village Hall. Doors open at
7.00pm and eyes down is timed for 7.30pm. There will be excellent prizes, a
raffle and light refreshments will be served. Proceeds in aid of the Village Hall,
for more information contact Chrissy on 01367 860514 or Cherry 01367 860304.
Join us for whist at the Village Hall on Tuesday 6th November. We start at
7.30pm; however if you require tuition please arrive 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. All profits to the Village Hall. If you
need any more information please ring me on (01993) 852378
Jo Hutchings

                             LANGFORD QUIZ
                     Fund Raising for St Matthew’s Church
                    1st December 2012 Langford Village Hall
                 Doors open 7.00pm and Quiz starts at 7.30pm
           Tickets £15 per person (including curry supper from Bilash)
     Enter a team of 6 or buy a single ticket and we shall add you to a team
 Tickets from Jim Johnston 07966 280117 or
Well, we are now in full swing! Children have started to become
accustomed to the rhythm and pace of school life and there is evidence
everywhere you look of the children’s learning and development. In all
schools, but particularly primary schools, there are many opportunities
to celebrate notable secular and religious events and incorporate them
into our learning opportunities.
Early in September Mrs Cookson kindly organised a Roald Dahl themed day.
What a sight I was presented with as I walked out to meet the children in the
morning, fantastic foxes, green Oompa-Loompas, some frightening witches and
even big friendly giants. On one level this was pure fun, but on another it
provided practical opportunities for children to understand how authors bring
characters to life through their vivid descriptions. Some of the older children also
had the chance to research aspects of the author’s life.
In our daily acts of worship we have begun to investigate some of the key
Christian values that underpin and make St Christopher’s School such a special
place. This term we have been exploring, through different biblical characters and
stories, the meaning of Hope. During his regular visits the Rev Wheaton has
developed this theme through the use of the old testament story of Ruth. Firstly
the hope Ruth gave to Naomi through her loyalty to her mother-in-law and then
the hope Boaz gave to Ruth through his charity.
This story has dovetailed so well with our celebration of Harvest. In addition to
giving thanks for the different types of harvest; harvest of the sea, harvest of the
earth, harvest of the seed, harvest of the flock and harvest of the garden, we have
looked at helping others less fortunate than ourselves through our charity. It was
a delight to hear of the amazing work The Besom do and through the generosity
of our school family we were able to send them a large donation of food for
distribution to those in need.
The Christmas Fair is taking place on Saturday 8th December 11:00-3:00. Please
come along and join in the seasonal festivities and take the opportunity to do
some Christmas shopping, everybody welcome.
Shaw Goodwin

             St Margaret’s

November Rachel Taylor
December No flowers - Advent.
There will be a different pattern of church services in November:
4th November. We will host the Benefice Service at 10.30am.
Our next curate David Spence, who will succeed Patrick Wheaton during 2013 -
will be attending this service at St Margaret’s with his family. This will be an ideal
opportunity to welcome him to both the Benefice and Little Faringdon. Edward
Baldwin from Burford School, the Benefice’s first recipient of the MAJIC of
Music Award, will be playing his oboe during the service. Do come and hear
Edward’s debut at St Margaret’s, especially as the Benefice MAJIC of Music
initiative was launched in Little Faringdon.
11th November - Remembrance Sunday.
There will be no service in St Margaret's on this day. The Broadshires’ service will
be held in Kencot this year. There will be a short Act of Remembrance at the
village memorial at 11.00am.
25th November - Normal 4th Sunday Parish Communion at 11.00 am.
It was lovely to see a full church for Ben Hooper’s baptism on 23 rd September.
His perfect behaviour was a wonderful example to us all!
The annual Little Faringdon Bonfire and Fireworks
party will be held on Friday 2nd November in the
paddock opposite the church. The gates will open at
6.45pm. The fireworks will start at 7.45pm. Tickets will
be available at the gate at £5 for adults and £2.50 for
children (suggested donation). There will be mulled
wine, beer, hotdogs and burgers, hot chocolate and more! This is always an
exciting event with spectacular fireworks. Please do come and invite friends from
near and far to join in the fun. The proceeds will be divided between the Helen &
Douglas House hospice, St Margaret’s Church in Little Faringdon and St
Christopher’s School in Langford.
Jeremy Taylor

              Holy Rood

               Something did happen in Shilton this month, as in probably every
other village in the benefice, if not the land, in the form of the celebration of
harvest home and all that entails, about which you’ll find a separate report from
Jean Roberts next month. Suffice to say it was well attended and a very jolly
In October we are also having a churchyard tidy-up morning, as well as our very
own Prom Concert, and then at the beginning of November there will be a
Coffee morning and Bring & Buy, to which everyone is very welcome. You’ll
find a separate entry on this too, but if you miss that I’ll just repeat that it takes
place on Saturday 3rd November between 10.00-12.00 in the Old School.
Shirley Cuthbertson
The last meeting for 2012 takes place on 5th December in Shilton’s Old School,
starting at 7.30pm. Call 01993 840825 for further information.
Katherine Robertson
SHILTON SOUP DAYS are here again but this time instead of Souper
Tuesdays it’s going to be Souper Wednesdays. For the next five months we will
be having a Soup Day on the first Wednesday of each month from 12.00 to
1.30pm. As usual there will be a choice of homemade soups, crusty bread,
savouries, cakes and tea and coffee plus the real bonus of meeting villagers and
having time to sit and chat. It’s free but if you would like to give a donation all
the money goes to different charities. Everyone can be sure of a very warm
Elizabeth Harfield
Have you ever heard of the ‘Paper House’ in Oxford? I certainly haven't and I'm
looking forward to hearing all about it at our meeting on Friday, 9 th November,
(7.30 pm as usual at the Old School). Our speaker is Christiane Jeuckens, her
subject ‘The history of the ‘Paper House’ in Oxford, a unique building with a
very intriguing story’ Sounds interesting.
Fred Robertson
Please come along and support our annual chapel/church coffee morning at The
Old School in Church Lane on Saturday 3rd November from 10.00 am to 12

We will be selling Christmas cards, books, and CD’s from the Christian
Bookshop at Highworth as well as homemade cakes and jams.
This really is a lovely opportunity to get together with friends and neighbours to
have a chat, enjoy a cup of coffee, sample homemade cake and make a start to
Christmas shopping.
Any offers of homemade cakes, jams, chutneys and bring and buy items will be
gratefully received by me or Elizabeth Harfield. Do please come along and join
us for the morning. Any profit will be divided between Shilton Baptist Church
and the Flower Fund for the Church.
Jean Roberts
Our Remembrance Sunday Service on 11th November will begin at the War
Memorial by the village pond at 10.50 am. We will then walk/drive to the Parish
Church for the remainder of the service.
There will also be Children’s Church that day and this will start at the usual time
of 10.30 a.m. at the Old School Village Hall just across the road from the church.
Jean Roberts
The inaugural Villager Bus service to Witney got off to a flying start on
Wednesday 10th October when over a dozen took advantage of the new service,
some going to shop others just to have a wander round the shops and have a
 The Macmillan Coffee Morning held in the Village Hall on Saturday 29 th
September raised an incredible £252.00 for this wonderful cause .Thank you all
for your generosity.
 Pig Racing Evening with raffle 7.30 Friday 16th November in the village hall..
Sadly Betty Appleby passed away recently our thoughts are with her husband
George and family at this sad time.
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 01367 860890 or Lorraine Ainslie on 01993 822689
Miranda Mowbray

                St Mary’s

              On a beautiful September day a crack team of pond weeders
assembled to liberate the waters from a jungle state. The going got too tough in
the middle of the pond but a sizeable tonnage of reeds were removed from
nearer the edge. All participants were handsomely rewarded with tea and cakes by
David and Tom. There is a plan yet to be realised of using a digger to remove the
rest. Lynne and Moray have also been looking into getting assistance from the
county council. Watch this space, watch out reeds....!
Another successful season of mowing the church yard has been achieved and all
who have helped are invited for late autumn cocktails on Sunday November 18th
Thanks to webmaster David, Westwell has now also entered the 21 st Century and
has its own website with all the latest news and events
Miles Gibson

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


S     unday November 25th 2012 at 7.30pm in St. John’s Parish Church, Burford.
      conductor Brian Kay with The Cotswold Chamber Orchestra and soloists
      Ruth Jenkins soprano, Claire Bradshaw mezzo, Ben Thapa tenor and
Duncan Ross bass. The programme includes works by Haydn, Elgar & Jonathan
Willcocks. Booking in person and by telephone from The Madhatter Bookshop,
122 High St. Burford OX18 4QJ, tel 01993 822539. Tickets, all reserved, at
£17.50, £15 & £10. Tickets are also available at £5.00, in advance, for the Public
Rehearsal at 2.30pm on the Sunday afternoon. Evening ticket holders free. Full
details from
Jan Campbell

Wednesday, November 28th at 7.30pm Burford School, Michael Bochmann
(violin) and Deniz Gelenbe (piano) in a definitive programme of duos by
Dvorak, Mozart and Beethoven. Tickets available at the door (£12.00) or in
advance (£10) from The Madhatter Bookshop or the Music Stand, Witney.
Lenthall Concerts tel 01993 824949. Further details of the 2012-13 concert
season are available at
Martin Pippard
The new Lenthall Concert season opened at Burford School on Wednesday
October 3rd (Lenthall Concerts have now reverted to a regular Wednesday slot)
with a concert by a young string quartet formed at the Royal Northern College of
Music and spotted by Michael Bochmann, Artistic Director of the Lenthall
Concerts as something out of the run of young groups.
The Zelkova Quartet is, as far as memory serves, the first all-female group to
have appeared in a Lenthall concert, but there was nothing feminine about their
performance. Fine, red-blooded playing marked their performance of Dvorak’s
11th Quartet, and performing to an audience in the round intensified the listening
experience. Even more drama was to come after the interval, with the rapid
fluctuations of Schubert’s one-movement Quartettsatz fizzingly negotiated. But
the highlight of the concert was Shostakovich’s 8th quartet, his lament for the
destruction of Dresden in WWII. Its mixture of sorrow and rage was tellingly
expressed by these precise but passionate young musicians.
The next Lenthall concerts are on October 31st, when Klanglust!, the young
string orchestra from Bavaria, return for a programme of Purcell, JS Bach,
Mozart and Grieg in Burford Church, and November 28th, when Michael
Bochmann will be joined by the Turkish pianist Deniz Gelenbe, playing Dvorak,
Mozart and Beethoven at Burford School.
Christopher Yapp
Christmas Craft Exhibition & Sale
Featuring beautifully, handcrafted art and craft by local artists 24 th November -
23rd December Showcasing an exciting array of unique Christmas gifts not
available on the high street, this high-quality display of beautifully handcrafted
items created by our carefully chosen artists is bursting with a large variety of
gifts, including contemporary jewellery, ceramics, textiles, handmade books &
much more! Please join us for mince pies and wine during the special late night
Opening Reception for this vibrant exhibition on Friday 23rd November from
6.00pm - 9.00pm. Open Tue-Sat 10.30am to 4.30pm Sundays 2.00-4.00pm West
Ox Arts Gallery, Market Square, Bampton 01993 850137


S     pecial Winter Tennis Club Membership for
      readers of the Parish Pump. Membership until the
      end of April 2013 Adults £30.00 Family £35.00
with no joining fee For an application form please ring
the Club Secretary Ann Cadogan on 01993 841522
We are a historic, beautiful and friendly tennis club at
the far end of Broaadwell Village with 6 macadam
courts (3 with floodlights). We offer social and
competitive tennis in the Oxford LTA leagues and have 2 LTA approved
coaches offering group and individual coaching to adults and children
Arthur Marment

S     adly we are saying goodbye to two members of staff this month. Sarah
      Baker came to the home as a shy fledgling on work experience. She later
      joined the catering team doing various jobs and while continuing with her
studies she worked as a weekend hostess in the dining room. Always cheery and
willing and nothing was too much trouble.
Abi McCalman has done her trainee chef apprenticeship, her cakes are scrummy,
she accomplishes her tasks with ease and to the end, a very talented young
At 21 and 18 years of age they are sailing off to new lands. We wish them luck
and hope that from time to time they will let us know how they weather. It was
so nice having these two young people around.
Our Harvest Festival was well attended, Abi fashioned the harvest loaf, many
thanks to Harry for taking the service and to Stuart for playing the piano.
A minibus of residents and staff travelled one sunny day from Rush Court, a
sister home, to have lunch with us. We did have fun, they were such a nice group
and have invited us to their home next month. Something to look forward to.
Annette Baldwin

L      echlade Gardening Club meet in the Memorial Hall, Lechlade at 7.30pm
       on the second Wednesday in the month.The following meetings include in
       November - A Social evening and AGM and in December - A talk by
Laura Thornton of the Bloom Room, Lechlade on the creation of a Christmas
wreath. Her work will be available for purchase on the evening. We hope to see
you there and enjoy a yuletide meeting to get you in the mood.
Tim Yeoman


Y        ou receive a phone call ‘Microsoft have detected a problem with your
         computer, you need to download some remote-assistance software in
         order to fix the problem’
If you agreed to the proposal and downloaded the software, you will now be
seeing line after line of indecipherable code running across your screen, the caller
will be advising you they can remove the ‘virus’ but only if you are prepared to
pay them £185.00
This week someone I know who had a current problem with their computer
received a call from ‘Microsoft’ offering to help. This coincidence was almost
enough to convince the lady to follow the instructions she was being given but
she thought better of it and called me instead.
This is not an isolated incident, and I am aware of a number of local people have
received unsolicited calls like this offering to fix computer problems.
NEVER reveal any personal details over the telephone or grant access to your
computer, unless you know who you are speaking to
Never give anyone access to your computer, unless you have initiated the request
in the first instance, and make sure your computer is protected with an up to date
antivirus and anti-spyware product
Unsure? Please call me on 01993 402050 if you have any concerns about calls
claiming to be able to fix your computer (see my advert in the back section).
If you have an IT question you want answered in future editions of the magazine,
please call or email
Colin Pitt

O          n Monday 17th September a 70 year old woman was robbed in Burford
           High Street. The suspect was caught and detained by members of the
           public prior to police arrival. A 21 year old man from Warwickshire has
been charged with one count of robbery and one count of driving without
We would like to thank the individuals who assisted with the capture of this man
and their community spirit.
The area has seen a slight rise in burglaries so we have increased our high
visibility patrols. We would ask all residents to be vigilant and to report any
suspicious individuals or vehicles.
Ensure you secure your property when you leave it - a burglary can take only
Danielle Hilton


          lan ahead for oil deliveries over the Festive Season
          Horrifying as it is, the nights are already starting to draw in and there’s a
          distinct chill in the air in the mornings. Time to fill your oil tanks!
          Existing members of the ORCC Trading bulk oil buying scheme will
know that the annual membership fee (£20 + VAT) is well worth it and you will
probably recoup it in your first oil order. Savings have typically been about 5p
per litre compared to average prices.
The next order date for oil is Wednesday 24th October, with delivery due during
the first two weeks of November. The minimum order is 500 litres and the
negotiated price will be posted on ORCC's website at the beginning of each
The last oil delivery of the year will be at the beginning of December. After that
there will not be another delivery until mid-January. This is an unusually long gap
between deliveries, so if you think you will need oil to tide you over the Festive
Season, please plan ahead and make sure you place an order in November so that
it can be delivered in plenty of time for Christmas. The order deadline will be
Wednesday 21st November. Any orders placed after that date will not be
delivered until mid-January 2013

F       ootball in Carterton is now secured for the future It has been some
        months since the Carterton Football Club Chair informed the Club he
        would not be standing for re-election. A new replacement for 2012/13 did
not materialise, which was understandable in the light of the challenges the Club
faced. However, there has been a strong will to keep football alive in a growing
town such as this.
The passion of all the Carterton managers and officials has shone through during
this difficult time. Rob King has been accepted as the Chair of CTFC with the
current existing committee also signed up. Some new people have also taken on
new posts and have shown their support to ensure that football continues in the
town. As the season of 2012/13 is already under way, fixtures, pitches and
matches will all stay as programed.
The Web Site & News Letter will remain for all the teams of CFC & CTFC.
New options will be made available through this existing medium to ensure all of
Carterton and beyond hear about what is happening at the new Clubs on and off
the pitches.
Janey Slader


I    n the 20th Century the childrens’ illustrator Arthur Mee put together ‘The
     King’s England’ a new Doomsday book of some 10 000 towns and villages
     published by counties.
This spring until September an Exhibition celebrating the restoration of the Hall,
which was completed this year took place at Filkins Museum. (The Hall was
restored in 1910/12 by Alfred Coroves, the celebrated Cotswold builder for Col
Fenwick Bulmer de Sales la Terriere Exon Yeoman of the Guard for King
Edward V111) The timeline was set up by curator Diane Blackett who should be
congratulated for the most interesting and well received history of the Hall.
Ambrose Sheppard, who with his wife Elizabeth, formerly owned the Yelford
Estate near Bampton, built the original Hall in 1646. There had been three halls
on the site and some features remain within the present building.
Filkins Hall was largely destroyed by fire in May 1876 whilst the Smith family
were resident tenants.
Permission was granted by the joint archivists Prof Michael Bracken and John
Twitchett FRSA for the Museum to escort parties around the grounds and the
Hall. These were enjoyed by various local and other groups. Again Diane expertly
lead these parties in the months of late spring and summer.
John Twitchett
Shortly after arriving at our hotel on the outskirts of Agadir at 2.30pm we set off
for the nearby Oued Sous. Great disappointment greeted us as we approached
the river, hundreds of cars were parked along the road and we soon found out
that a major golf tournament was taking place on the new golf course next to the
King’s Palace, much worse news was to come, the track to the Oued Sous nature
trail was closed for security purposes so we couldn’t even see the river mouth.
Nevertheless we stayed up river and spent a couple of hours finding several
species of waders, as the tide went out more mud appeared and hence more
birds, we logged Redshank, Greenshank and Spotted Redshank, Kentish and
Grey Plovers, Black-winged Stilt, Greater Flamingo, Spoonbill and White Stork
to name but a few and our best find were five Stone Curlew so it wasn’t so bad
after all but as the sun went down the breeze became a cold wind so we beat a
hasty retreat and headed for the hotel and a nice hot dinner (not tagine for a
Day 9 proved to be our best birding day so far, the weather was beautiful and we
saw several new birds, the total for the day was 86 species. We ate breakfast at
6.30 a.m. and set off for the hour long journey southward to Souss Massa.
Common Bubuls were calling loudly in the hotel grounds as we left and along the

way we noted Great Grey Shrike, Spotless Starling, Moroccan Magpie, Little
Swift, Laughing Dove and Crested Lark. We stopped just before the entrance to
the national park to span the heathland and found Moussier’s Redstart, European
Bee-eater and several others. Our first walk began just inside the reserve
perimeter, we were situated on a track high above the river and we could see for
miles across fields and farmland. The birding was so good that it took us 90
minutes to walk a few hundred metres. We added several new species to our trip
list: Marbled Duck , a flock of about twenty birds flying up river (a bird I had
been looking for for five years!). Glossy Ibis were down in the reeds on the far
bank and my first Mongoose which was a lot bigger than I had imagined it to be
was just below on a log and disappeared into undergrowth.
After about one hundred metres we
heard our first Black-crowned
Tchagra, a very distinctive call. It
moved very close to us and we all
had superb views of this must-see
Back home this month the garden
birdfeeders have been full of birds.
On 27th September a Little Owl was
calling from the hedge at the
bottom of the first field. House
Martins were still feeding young in a nest under the eaves of a house in Burford
High Street.
4th October, two or three Swallows still flying around over Shilton and a lovely
male Wheatear on newly cultivated ground in the second field from the church.
5th October, Red Kite at 8.30am flying over the first field. One hundred Lapwing
and forty Golden Plover in a field at the end of Broadwell airfield runway, a
nostalgic sight as these birds were once common and have become fewer and
fewer over the years.
A rabbit close by walked over my feet, it was riddled with myxomatosis. When
gathering greenery for the Harvest Festival I noticed a great shortage of conkers
and walnuts this year. The rooks have not been carrying any off this year and the
squirrels are not burying them.
7th October, a misty morning, 6 degrees at 7am and thousands of dew covered
cobwebs covered the first field on the newly cultivated soil and stretched over
the remaining stubble at the edges, an amazing sight. Some trees have already
turned a beautiful autumn colour of varying shades of yellow and orangey sunset
David Roberts

John Harwood-Stevenson. Teacher. Barrister. Lexiophile.
In John’s downstairs loo there’s a notepad filled with meticulously scribed Italian
verbs. That’s because at the age of seventy-nine, he’s decided to learn a new
language to add to French, Spanish, Russian and Latin. He loves words and also
writes charming poems.
Born the son of a doctor in London in 1933, John remembers air raids and the
chilling chug-chug of doodlebugs. He spent several of his childhood years in
calipers to straighten crooked legs and also had chronic asthma. But he says he
never dwelt upon these difficulties; there were other things to worry about then,
the sky being full of Nazi bombers.
His was a religious family and his Catholic faith remains tremendously important
to him. He was educated by monks at Ampleforth and one of his most powerful
childhood memories was taking part in the Latin Tenebrae Service on Good
Friday. Seven candles were lit at the altar, to be extinguished one by one as
monks sang the seven penitential psalms. Then the Abbey was in darkness. The
boys in their wooden pews, started by the Head Monitor, began a rhythmic
beating of their hands on the wood, softly at first but rising to a huge crescendo,
then dying down; the sound symbolized the earthquake at Jesus’s death. It was
heady stuff.
Having won a scholarship to Christchurch, Oxford in French and Spanish he
swapped the latter for Russian (he felt that given the cold war, this was a
pragmatic move). He loved university, saying that there he felt ‘the freedom to be
me’. Indeed he changed his name to Francis to mark a new beginning.
The lure of Ampleforth was strong however, and after Oxford he returned for
ten years to teach, enjoying stretching the minds of the older boys.
But by 1967, he wanted a change and joined the Russian Service at the BBC.
After a while he found this disappointing, so he read for the Bar and describes
his new found passion for the law as a ‘depth charge’ in his life.
Not only did he love practicing criminal law, he was also very good at it. His
colleagues described him as ‘a superb and thorough advocate’. He believes that
barristers can have a pastoral role and persuaded some of his criminal clients to
change their lives. He’s still in contact with a few and recalls telling a man
acquitted of assault to ‘Go and be a good man; there is so much good in you’.
Having been married once before (and with three children), John met his wife
Brigitte 1996. She was born in Berlin in 1940 and they share the awful irony of
John having watched the thousand bomber raids on their way to bomb it. They
retired to Alvescot in 2006 where Brigitte cooks wonderfully and John, when not
learning languages, reads, writes and attends St. Joseph’s Church in Carterton.
Julie-anne Edwards

This month, Angela bakes a bakewell well!
Raspberry Bakewell Cake
Yes, we’re back to cake this month. And it is a particularly nice cake, pudding
even. I cut it out of the Times recently and just had to make it as it as it contains
ground almonds, which I love, as well as fresh raspberries, and looked dense, rich
and ‘puddingy’ which, obviously, I also love. It did not disappoint. Indeed, my
guinea pigs here in Holwell agreed that it is rather lovely and deserves its place in
the Pump. Also, the raspberries counter-balance the sugar in the cake so it does
not taste too sweet, never a problem for me as I have a sweet tooth but a
positive factor for many. It can be eaten on its own, or with whipped cream. I
suspect that it is rather scrumptious served warm too, but have not tried that yet,
I will. The recipe is by Rachel Allen and is taken from her new cookery book,
Cake. I have not seen her television programme as it is on Sky, but as it is called
Cake Diaries I rather think that we are on the same wavelength. A good friend,
you know who you are, gave me a mug a while ago with the inscription ‘Cake is
for life not just for Christmas’. So true.
150g butter, softened
150g caster sugar
2 eggs
A few drops (not more than 1/8 tsp) almond essence or extract
50ml milk
150g self-raising flour
150g ground almonds
150g fresh or frozen (and defrosted) raspberries
25g flaked almonds
Icing sugar for dusting
Method: Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/*gas 4 and butter the sides of a 20cm cake
tin and line the base. Cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and
fluffly. Beat the eggs with the almond essence, then gradually add to the mixture,
beating well between each addition and adding a dash of the flour each time to
prevent it curdling. Next beat in the milk, then fold in the flour and ground
almonds. Finally add the raspberries, carefully folding them in so as not to break
them up too much. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, level the top then
scatter with flaked almonds. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted
into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before loosening
the edges with a knife and releasing the sides if it is a spring-form tin. If using a
solid cake tin it is easier to turn out if left till cool. To serve, dust with icing sugar
and, if wished, serve with a few fresh raspberries and whipped cream. Serves 6-8.
*If using a fan oven decrease the temperature by 20°.
Angela Galione

                   Send your event details to Gill Cox (contact details inside front cover) by 10th of
                          each month for events taking place during the following month

2nd     Little Faringdon Fireworks party 6.45pm , paddock opposite the church.
3rd     Shilton annual Chapel & Church coffee morning 10am -12. Old School.
5th     Alvescot bonfire and fireworks party, from 6.15pm, bonfire 6.30pm.
25th    Burford Singers performance 7.30pm, St Johns Church. 01993 822539
28th    Black Bourton Parish Council meeting 7.30pm St Mary’s all welcome.
Mondays Bradwell Babes 9.30 – 11.30 info 01367 860890
Thursdays, Chess at The Vines, Black Bourton 6.45pm

Pumpians, Pumpers, Pumpkins and fellow Parishoners!
It appears that the 100th edition of the Parish Pump has slipped through our
letterboxes without trumpets sounding or Congratulations given to the editors
past and present (oh well, we’re such a modest lot!!....ed)
We were obviously all glued to the telly and absorbed by the Olympians’ feats
and have missed the milestone.
However, it is not too late, now in edition number 102 to say thank you to them
and to all the contributors for our great parish magazine.
But I wonder what do you read first?
The Rector’s thoughts of the month? The Editor’s latest family saga which must
make most households feel exceedingly dull (or sane….ed), or our cook’s delicious
recipe, the Nature Notes or the recent carryings on in the villages. Whichever, it
is a splendid and informative read.
The advertisers should have a mention too for subsidizing the publication and
for notifying us of many local and reliable services. Please carry on coming!
Well done and thank you parish pump!
Absolutely Annonymouse!


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