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       Copy date for the                     Issue Number 179
       November issue:                                              October 2012
  Thursday 18th October 2012                 email:

AGGROW update
The Sand and Gravel Plan has been through a number of stages now and it is
expected that it will be presented to the Government at the end of September 2012.
This could lead to a Public Enquiry at the end of the year or in Spring 2013. This plan
concentrates excavation in the present areas and introduces a new quarry in Cholsey
around 2020. It does not include the Clanfield/Bampton area but points out that if
circumstances change radically it will be necessary to revise the plan.
The role of AGGROW now is to keep a careful watch on all relevant matters. Once
the plan has been finally approved by the Government and accepted by Oxfordshire
County Council, if this area is still excluded, AGGROW will stand down.
In the meantime, we have set up a new website that focuses on what is happening
now. So much of the old one is now out of date! Our new web address is


     An Afternoon with Colin Dexter
Come and spend time with the author of the world famous
Inspector Morse books in St. Stephen's Church on Sunday 18th
November at 2.30 pm. An opportunity to buy signed copies of the
books. Tickets, priced £10, will be available soon in aid of the Bell
Restoration Appeal. Contact the bell ringers or Ian Kenworthy on
01367 810577 email:

Royal Correspondence
The pictures / documents below were
received by Mrs Hilda Black from the
Queen in response to Hilda sending her a
watercolour for the occasion of her

Unreliable Bus Service
I am a resident of Clanfield and work in Carterton. I rely on the number
19 bus service on a daily basis. Since August my bus has failed to
turn up on these dates.
       August 6th 10.09am
       August 13th 10.09am
       August 28th 10.09am
       September 22nd 7.27am
       September 22nd 9.10am
       September 22nd 7.56am to Witney
I think this is appalling. I have been many hours late for work, lost
many hours pay and spent many hours sitting in a draughty bus stop. I
am now unreliable at work and feel I could lose my job because of
this. I am not the only person to rely on this service in Clanfield and
the nearby villages, and know other people who have the same
problem. This letter has been forwarded to the County Council, Oxford
Mail, Witney Gazette, R and H buses and local village magazines.
                                                       Paulette Dunsby

Clanfield and Bampton Historical Society
The society's 2012-13 programme begins on Tuesday October 16th when Anthony
Poulton-Smith will talk to us about 'Oxfordshire Place Names'. The meeting will be in
the Carter Institute, Clanfield, starting at 7.30pm. The complete programme for 2012
-13 is as follows, with all meetings starting at 7.30pm and all in the Carter Institute
except for those on March 20 and May 22 which will be in Bampton's Old School
Community Centre.
      Tuesday November 20th         Tim Porter: Matilda, her Fight for the Throne.
      Tuesday February 19th         Tony Hadland: Researching Family History.
      Wednesday March 20th          Muriel Pilkington: The Burford Mutiny.
      Tuesday April 16th            Liz Woolley: Oxfordshire Lodging Houses.
      Wednesday May 22th            Mark Davies: The Joneses of Jesus.

The Clanfield Pumpkin Show will be held at the Carter Institute on the afternoon of
Saturday 27 October from 3.00pm – 4.30pm.
The following competitions will be held: -

•   Carved Pumpkin – turn your pumpkin into
    a monster / character. This will be judged
    in different age groups.
•   Largest Pumpkin by Circumference
•   Haunted house competition – make a
    haunted house out of a cardboard box.
•   Children’s’ Halloween Fancy Dress
•   Adults’ Halloween Fancy Dress,

There will be some fun activities for children to join in with and refreshments will be
Donations of pumpkins, squashes and round courgettes will be gratefully received.
For further information or to make donations of pumpkins please call Melanie -
Helpers are also needed. If you are able to help out on the afternoon then
please contact me. Thank you.

                         PUMPKIN SHOW ENTRY FORM

Please tick classes being entered.
Entry costs £1 per class.

Children’s Carved Pumpkin (please state age)                        _________

Adults Carved Pumpkin

Haunted House (please state age)                                    _________

Children’s Halloween Fancy Dress (please state age)                 _________

Adults Halloween Fancy Dress

Largest Pumpkin by Circumference

Name       ________________________________________________________

Address    ________________________________________________________



Contact Number: __________________________________________________

               Please bring your entry forms with you on the day.

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Clanfield Women’s Institute
Once again the food was the subject of a Clanfield WI meeting
when in August we welcomed Marie-Noelle Witty to talk about
what the French Eat. With an attractive presentation Marie-Noelle
told us what was generally eaten and how it was service at meals
both with the family and when entertaining guests. It was a delicious insight into a
country that is passionate about food. The meeting continued with members
consuming vast quantities of French cheese and bread.
You really did miss a treat if you weren’t at Clanfield WI’s September meeting! Ex-
president, Pauline Burbidge took the meeting in Raena Farley’s absence and hadn’t
lost the technique! Our speaker was Eleanor Greene from the Thames Valley &
Chiltern Air Ambulance Service now known as Air Ambulance Berks, Oxon, Bucks
(BOB). Clanfield speakers are always of a high standard but this was one of the best
presented talks we’ve had recently.
The Air Ambulance service was established in 1999 and has saved hundreds of lives
in our region. The helicopter is based at RAF Benson from where it can reach nearly
all the region in a matter of minutes. It flies seven days a week 365 days a year but
at present doesn’t fly at night. The Air Ambulance is frequently scrambled to attend
equestrian accidents, farm incidents, walking and biking accidents, and is often
tasked to attend major road incidents. Each flight has highly skilled paramedics and
doctors on board. It cost £2000 per mission and the service receives no government
funding. They rely on donations from the general public. Clanfield now hosts one of
the Air Ambulance’s clothing bins in the car park by the Institute. For further details
and suggestions of ways in which you can help, visit their website on
Our meeting on the 9th October is Harvest Supper. On 16th October the Group
Meeting will be held in Carterton to hear John Woolley talk about The Great Train
Robbery. The meeting on 13th November will be open to visitors (male & female!)
– The Grand Canal of China, a talk given by Liam D’arcy Brown.
If you have ever thought of joining WI, don’t delay – as we’ve said before, you don’t
have to be able to bake cakes and make jam, just have a desire to try new things
and to meet new people. All are welcome to join our meetings – for details about
membership please contact Raena Farley on 01367 810604 or visit our website on
                                                                           Liz Stevens

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        QUIZ NIGHT                   Monday Drop – In Lunches
   FISH AND CHIP SUPPER               Are back after the summer
        Friday 12th October                     break.
       in the Carter Institute       Open every Monday during
     7.00pm for 7.30pm start             term time until 10th
            Tickets £12                      December.
   (include great puddings!!!)        12 noon to 1.30pm at the
   Professional Quiz Masters
                                            Carter Institute
   Tickets available from John       Come and join us for a bowl
         Greatrex 810609             of home-made soup, a roll,
     and Peter Farley 810604          coffee, biscuits and good
Profits to Clanfield Village Funds            company.
Organised by the Monday Drop-
       in Lunch Committee               Everyone welcome!

Commerce in Clanfield
Regarding Dorothy Wise and memories from the 1940s, she has got it slightly
wrong with the shop next to The Masons Arms. It was first kept by a Mrs George
Clark, then by Peggy her daughter-in-law, who was married to Howard their son. I
believe Pip Horne took over from Peggy, but by that time I had left Clanfield.
It was in Peggy and Howard’s home that I saw the first televised FA cup final in
1953 with Blackpool v Bolton. Being a Blackpool fan it was great to see my boyhood
heroes on the small screen for the first time. My exercise books were covered in
their names and I can still rattle off those names now. Televisions were few and far
between then. A great place to gather to watch the end of the day’s play of cricket
was in the living room at Jim Eeles’ shop - there could be up to a dozen of us
crowded in there, for Clanfield had a cricket team then and it was well supported.
Just one other note, the foundry also made Hay Loaders which were taken up to
Alvescot Railway Station on the foundry lorry, driven by Victor [Oxo] Godwin. Yes -
like Dorothy I have many memories of Clanfield. I was a former resident of The
Masons Arms 1937 -1954. My parents stayed to 1965.
                                                                       David Osborne

West Ox Arts: Capturing the Essence
Featuring paintings by Michele Tallack and sculpture by Martin Smith
Working in two very different types of media, Michele Tallack and Martin Smith
successfully capture the essence of people, landscape, light, and shadow
respectively in their work, with Michele revealing the impact of culture on
environment in her paintings and Martin revealing the nature of stone in his carvings.
This exhibition will be on show at the West Ox Arts Gallery in Bampton from 21
September – 21 October.

West Ox Arts: Nature and Lore
Featuring works in print by Laura Boswell, Nicky Cooney,
Rosie Fairfax-Cholmeley, Susan Wheeler, and Robin Wilson
Inspired by nature and folklore, this group of printmakers
reveal the beauty in the ordinary through their use of line,
pattern, and colour in alluring hand-crafted prints.
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 The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 10.30 - 4.30 and Sunday 2.00 - 4.00
                        Admission Free & Disabled Access.

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Clanfield 85 Football Club
The Season is now well underway. We had a good Pre-Season and the players are
showing a good level of fitness. The new Management Team of Chris Hurley, Dan
Barry, and Adam Bradley have retained a number of last Season’s players and have
also brought in a number of new players some with Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier
Division experience.
In the Pre-Season Jim Newman Memorial Cup we drew our First Round Match with the
existing holders Abingdon United 2 - 2 but won 2 - 0 on penalties to proceed into the
Semi-Final where we were beaten by 3 - 2 by Headington Amateurs. They in turn were
beaten by newcomers AFC Bibury in the Final.
The Team exited the FA Vase at the first time of asking. We put up a very good
performance at Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division Thame United and took an early lead
but eventually lost 3 - 2. However we have reached the Semi-Final of the Faringdon
Thursday Memorial Cup. In the First Round we beat Letcombe 4 - 2 and in the Second
Round we beat AFC South Marston 8 - 0. This Competition now goes into hibernation
for the winter and our Semi-Final is on April 16th 2013 when we meet Faringdon Town
at Tucker Park, Faringdon. Our League Season got off to an inconsistent start. We lost
at home to Old Woodstock Town in the first game but in the second game beat New
College Swindon 4 - 1. We then lost 4 - 1 at Wootton Bassett Town and 3 - 1 at
Carterton before beating Fairford Town 2 - 1, drawing with League Leaders
Brimscombe & Thrupp 1-1 and beating Wootton Bassett Town 3-1.
The Reserve Team whose very existence was in doubt shortly before the start of the
Season had a traumatic start to the Season losing at home to Cheltenham Saracens
Reserves 7 - 0 and then losing away to Gloucester City Development/Reserves by 14 -
2. However in the third game they were successful and won 2 - 1 at Hook Norton
Sadly the Under 17 Team is no more. Players grow up and take on different interests
and for some who stay on at school Saturday and Sunday is the day to obtain part-time
work. It has been sad for the Management Duo of Phil Harris and Mark Bullock who
have been with the same group of players ever since they were at Under 7 level. A
number of the Under 16 Team of last year have signed and are playing in the Reserve
The Under 14 Team have, at the time of going to press, played just two games winning
their first League match by 3 - 1 against Banbury Irish, a physically stronger side, but
losing at home in their County Cup Competition by 2 - 1 to Tower Hill Stars Wanderers.
Both the Reserve Team and the Under 14 Team have been a little short on numbers
and if there are any players in the area who would like to be considered to play for the
Teams then do not hesitate to get in touch with the Club.
Between now and the next edition of this publication the First Team have a very busy
programme of League Matches and will also play their first games in the Uhlsport
Hellenic League Challenge Cup, the Floodlit Cup, and the Oxfordshire Senior Cup.
Whilst late September and the month of October sees a very busy period for the Club,

footballers like playing matches and we are looking forward to the challenge.
The Reserves will continue with their League fixtures and will also be in action in early
November in the first match of the Chairman’s Reserve Challenge Cup when they
entertain Burnham Reserves.
Social functions continue in the Clubhouse and the regular Monday night Bingo is
especially popular. All are welcome to attend that.
The Club as always appreciate the support for the Team on match days but numbers are
still low for the standard of football which we seek to provide so, as always, Spectators
will be made very welcome at our matches. See the Club Website and local newspapers
for details of forthcoming matches.

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St Stephen’s, Clanfield
We have seen both joyous and sad occasions at St. Stephen’s Church this last
month: over 230 people came to the memorial service for Lisa Marie Smith – spilling
out onto the path outside, with a large collection being taken for the John Radcliffe
Baby Unit and Neuro I.C.U. West Wing. Remembrances have also been held for
Emma Bigg. The beautiful flowers for both young women still adorn the graveyard as
I write, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.
The Driver family celebrated the baptism of their four daughters: Havana, Charlize,
Gracie-May and Isobelle, on 2nd September, and Hilda Black’s daughter, Kathryn,
was married in St. Stephen’s on Saturday 8th September, with both events being
followed by lovely parties for family and friends. Sunday 16th September saw a good
-sized congregation for our Harvest Festival service. The church was looking at its
festive best – many thanks to all our talented flower arrangers – and we all enjoyed
singing the traditional Harvest Festival hymns, giving thanks for what the year has
brought us thus far. Our vicar, David Lloyd, involved the children in a discussion
about chickens and eggs which made us all think about the different things we can
all do and the many different blessings we all have.
Just a reminder that Monday Lunches are every Monday from 12noon – 1.30pm in
the Carter Institute. Delicious home-made soup is on offer each week, with roll,
coffee and biscuits. All welcome.
Also, some exciting news! Monday Drop-in Lunches are organizing a Quiz Night,
with Fish & Chip supper PLUS puddings - bring your own drinks!! This event has
proved to be very popular in previous years, and should be a most enjoyable
evening. Don’t miss out!
            Place: The Carter Institute           Date: Friday 12th October
                Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start            Tickets: £12 each
Tickets available from: John Greatrex on (01367) 810609, and Peter Farley on
(01367) 810604.
Any profit made will be for village amenities (e.g. Bell fund, Carter Institute).
                                                                             Judith Hillier
          MALC NEWMAN                          Parish Council: New Code of Conduct
 FITTER OF BLINDS, CURTAINS POLES,             I am required to advise you that the new
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  VERTICAL ROLLER AND VENETIAN                 Oxfordshire District Council has been
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          TEL: 01367 810558                    members of Clanfield Parish Council with
          MOB: 07984 602093
                                               effect from 1 July 2012. This replaces the
                                               previous code of conduct.
   (ALSO ODD JOBS UNDERTAKEN )                                   Lynda Scott, Parish Clerk

Faringdon Rotary supporting Habitat for Humanity
Around the world, an estimated 1.6 billion people exist in appalling conditions. The
inevitable consequence is a vicious cycle of poor health, poverty and dependency
that continues through the generations. Give a family a decent home and this cycle
can be broken.
Based in Banbury, Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide charity with the hugely
ambitious aim of eradicating housing poverty. It enables volunteers from all over the
world to join with local people to build safe, decent homes where there was squalor
and deprivation. Faringdon Rotary club has been very active in providing disaster
relief particularly in the form of Shelter Boxes but these are only a temporary, if very
necessary, relief. Here is the chance to take this one step further and provide
permanent homes for the future.
So an intrepid band of half a dozen volunteers from the Club, some are from
Clanfield, have signed up to join the Habitat for Humanity Everest Build between the
6th and 14th October. The Club is generously providing the donation to the Charity
but we are all otherwise paying our own way. We will be joining teams from all over
the world and our little group will spend the time working with a family and other
locals to erect one home so that at the end of the week we can have the satisfaction
of knowing that our time and Faringdon Rotary’s donation has made a tangible
difference to lives of one deprived family. On our return we will be better equipped to
understand the true nature of what poverty housing means and pass on the
message about what we at Faringdon Rotary are doing about it.
The Faringdon & District Rotary Club invites anyone who would like to know more
about Rotary, and in particular The Faringdon Club, to please contact our President
Peter Walker on 01367 244616                   See also our web site at
                                                                      John Nightingale

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                     WHAT?’s On in Clanfield
     Clanfield Pre-school                          Monday Drop-in Lunches
For children in the age range 2–5 at the      Drop in at the Carter Institute every
Methodist Church Hall. Open every             Monday 12.00pm - 1.30pm (excluding
Monday to Friday from 8.45am - 2.45pm         Bank Holidays) and you can be assured
during term-time. Call Jane Brown on          of a warm welcome! Homemade soup
01367 860848 (home) or 01367 810365           and a roll, coffee/tea and biscuits.
(pre-school) for details                      Contact John Greatrex - 810609
     Clanfield Baby & Toddlers                     Historical Society
Every Wednesday at the Carter Institute       Monthly meetings between October and
from 10.00am until 11.30am. Contact           May in either Clanfield or Bampton.
Sharon 07776 252314 or Simone 07914           Details from Alan Smith on 01367
539613                                        810245
     Women’s Institute                             Carter Institute
Meetings are held every second                For bookings contact Mrs.                   Kate
Tuesday in the month at 7.30 p.m. in the      O’Donnell on 01367 810440
Carter Institute. Notices giving details of
the meeting will be on display in the Post         Art Classes
Office and village notice boards. All         Tuesdays at the Carter Institute. Further
welcome. Contact Heather Clarke, 12           details contact Maggy Fitzpatrick on
Manor Lane, Clanfield 01367 810655.           810553
     Mobile Library Service
The Mobile Library will visit Clanfield               Logs for Sale
every other Thursdays; by the Church
from 1:00pm to 1:15pm then Queens                  Loose Corded Willow logs
Crescent 2:20pm to 2:35pm                        (suitable for wood burners only)
                                                    £50 per 1¼ cubic m (collection)
     Bell Ringing
                                                    £60 per 1¼ cubic m (delivery *)
Practice night each Wednesday from
7.30 - 9.00 pm at St. Stephen's Church.         Loose Corded Hardwood logs
New ringers always welcome. Contact                 £80 per 1¼ cubic m (collection)
Tower Captain: Ian Kenworthy 01367                  £90 per 1¼ cubic m (delivery *)
810577 or Deputy: Catherine Bernard            * delivery to addresses in Clanfield only and is
01367 810587                                                   subject to access.
      Snooker Club                                  Charles Willmer
7:30pm – 10 pm every Tuesday,                         Friars Court
Thursday & Friday evening, upstairs in                 Clanfield
the Carter Institute. Contact Barrie                     810206
Rawlinson on 01367 810265             

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      Very good condition. £75             Deliver Handwritten Articles to:
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