"Clanfield What for November 2012"
What? Copy date for the Issue Number 180 December 2012 & January 2013 issue: November 2012 Thursday 22nd November 2012 email: email@example.com Clanfield and Bampton Historical Society Anthony Poulton-Smith has, he told us, written some 15 books on place names, and he needed constant reference to them and others at the society’s October meeting. His talk, though entitled ‘Oxfordshire Place Names’, made reference to just three, including that Clanfield means ‘clean (i.e. without trees and shrubs) field’. Grandmothers and sucking eggs comes to mind. Though the Pelican in Christ Church quad features on the cover of his book on Oxfordshire, and in his section on Eynsham, it was left to one of the society’s members to make him aware – discreetly, after the talk - of its Christian significance. After just 30 minutes, during which we learned that he ‘hated the Romans’ and his erstwhile history teacher, and rather more than we needed to know of his own marital status – he added the surname of his first wife to give him the hyphenated Poulton because he did ‘not want to be just ‘A Smith’ (which went down well with the Society’s chairman) and kept it when she left him – he then asked for questions, which members, polite and well-mannered as ever, dutifully supplied: few were answered without recourse to his reference books and there was a general relief when it ground to a halt. More wine than usual was drunk afterwards. After such a start to the 2012-13 season, there can only be improvement, which looks assured when Tim Porter will talk to the society on ‘Matilda, her Fight for the Throne’ on November 20th, at 7.30pm in the Carter Institute, Clanfield. Matilda, of course, had strong connections with Oxfordshire – she escaped in dramatic fashion from Oxford Castle when it was besieged by the army of Stephen, her rival for the throne – and especially in this part of the county. She had a castle in Bampton and also one as part of the garrison at Radcot, on land owned by society members Tom and Pippa Freeman, which was the subject of a televised Time Team dig in 2008. Alan Smith 1 1,000+ house estate nearby? As most will know, West Oxfordshire District Council has been working on housing plans for West Oxfordshire for nearly 6 years now! This has led to many plans and public consultations, the outcome of which have been thwarted by changes of circumstances outside WODC’s control. The latest of these has been the rejection of OCC’s plans for the Witney Cogges Link Road and the release of land for private housing by the MOD in the centre of Carterton. This has led to a further revised plan and another Public Consultation! The previous plan included a possible 1000+ housing estate on the prominent Alvescot Downs to the West of Carterton, only a little more than 2 miles from Clanfield and other villages and bordering on Alvescot. A vigorous ‘Stop Carterton West’ campaign has been waged and many of you helped in various ways, thank you. Now a new plan has been tabled and recently approved by the WODC Cabinet. This plan no longer includes what we call ‘Carterton West’ and you will shortly be invited by WODC to comment on this over a six-week period. We are not out of the woods yet for we need to demonstrate to WODC, its officers, Councillors and the Government Inspector the strength of feeling against Carterton West and the reasons for this. In many cases it will be a repeat of arguments previously presented but we need to do this to ensure we don’t lose by default. It only needs one of the areas that have been chosen for housing to show strong reasons for its exclusion for Carterton West to return as a proposition. The reasons we don’t want an estate of 1000+ houses half a mile from Alvescot are:- 1. Landscape impact. This is high prominent land. Not only is it a natural ‘edge’ to Carterton but it would be impossible to cloak an estate of this size. There is talk of trees but the topsoil is shallow and it is on top of rock! 2. Traffic. Such an estate would generate a large amount of traffic for the neighbouring villages. In Clanfield we are experiencing a 50% increase over 5 years. We do not want/need any more! 3. Risk of flooding. The site already has a high water table and it is a well-accepted fact that extra concrete and housing dramatically redirects and increases the speed of flooding water. No study of the problems that will be caused downstream has been carried out and the developer has been unable to supply a convincing plan for the site itself. An estate could well have a major impact on Clanfield flooding, it is 22 metres higher than Clanfield. 4. An estate of this magnitude with 35% affordable housing is far too large for this area and will produce ‘ghettos’. It is a totally flawed concept in an agricultural countryside. 5. In design terms this new estate, which will require complex bridging over the Shill Brook, is too far away from Carterton centre to be anything other than a satellite town. 2 6. Even the people of Carterton think it is wrong. A petition in Carterton last summer against Carterton West was, in a broad sample, signed by 93% of those approached leading to 1,748 signatures. Another recent petition against Carterton West in neighbouring villages, including Clanfield, was signed by 909 residents. Do please help us to stop urban sprawl from impacting on our beautiful village. Do please act by e-mailing or writing to support the exclusion of Carterton West once you receive the plan briefing from WODC. The ‘Stop Carterton West’ team may also ask for help in other ways. More information: The WODC plan is on the WODC website. Go to WODC Home and follow the links to the Draft Local Plan. Lynda Scott and John Bowler are leading the Clanfield fight and if you have any questions or wish to talk with either of them about it, their phone numbers are 810606 for Lynda and 810622 for John. Clanfield Festival Committee The festival committee has now been running for four years, over that time we have organised various events. We have always been an open committee, and we still are. We need volunteers to bring their ideas along to a meeting, to bring their help along to events, if you are interested in helping out, drop your e-mail address to me and we will send you an e-mail reminder of the next meeting The next meeting is Tuesday 13th November @ the Haven, Manor Lane, A Christmas Fayre at the Institute on Saturday 24th November 4pm The committee AGM on 7th February 2013 7:30pm venue tba So put your hands up, come along and help Glyn James Chairman 0136781056 or email firstname.lastname@example.org CHRIS DUXBURY DOMESTIC SERVICES APPLIANCE REPAIRS & SERVICE A PHONE CALL AWAY ELECTRICAL/PLUMBING WORKS FOR LOCAL CLIENTS CLANFIELD 01367 810512 MOBILE 07711 427497 QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN WITH 25 YEARS INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE 3 St. Stephen’s Church The Quiz Night organised by the Monday Drop-in Lunches on Friday 12th October was a great success. The food was delicious, the questions interesting and a good time was had by all. Thank you to the Monday Lunches Committee for organising the event. All profits are for village amenities (e.g. Bell fund, Carter Institute). 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. There will be a Remembrance Day service at 10am at St. Stephen’s on Sunday 11th November, followed by a short service at the War Memorial, with prayers, wreath laying and time of silence, and look forward to being joined by many in the village. Although Christmas still seems a long way off, as I write this, there are only 68 big sleeps to go (and no I haven’t told our children that!), so it is time to start publicising our Christmas events. Our popular Carols by Candlelight service will take place on Sunday 16th December at 6pm in St. Stephen’s Church. On Monday 17th December the Village Christmas Carols around the Christmas Tree will take place from 6.30pm at the Carter Institute. Our Christingle service will be on Thursday 19th December at 1.30pm at St. Stephen’s. There will be a Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, starting at 11.30pm, at St. Stephen’s Church – a wonderful way to start Christmas Day! We hope to welcome you to as many of these events as possible as we celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmastide. Services in November Sunday 4th November: 10.30am Family Service, led by Judith Hillier. Sunday 11th November: 10am Remembrance Day Service, led by Rev. Roger Humpheys. Sunday 18th November: 10.30am Holy Communion Service, led by Rev. David Lloyd. Sunday 25th November: 10.30am Family Service, led by Ian and Rosemary Smith. Judith Hillier 4 SALLY COLGAN 1940 - 2012 Sally Colgan, retired Accountant to the Rhodes Trust, Oxford, who had lived in Clanfield since 1973, died peacefully in the Churchill Hospital, Oxford, on October 1, aged 72. Sally was diagnosed with lung cancer in March, 2011, but refused to let her illness stop her whole-hearted enjoyment of life. Her funeral service was held at the Memorial Woodlands, Alveston, near Bristol, on Wednesday, October 10, and was attended by over 90 relatives and friends. Sally’s partner, Peter, and her family would like to thank friends and neighbours for their kind messages of condolence, which have been greatly appreciated. A website has been created for Sally – www.sallycolgan.com – and memories and images can be submitted to be shared by others. Christmas Craft Exhibition & Sale Featuring beautifully, handcrafted art and craft by local artists From 24th November until 23rd December 2012 Opening Reception: Friday 23rd November 6.00pm - 9.00pm West Ox Arts Gallery will once again be hosting its popular Christmas Craft sale this year. 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 is on Friday 23rd November from 6.00pm - 9.00pm. Free Admission Disabled Access Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm and Sundays 2.00pm - 4.00pm West Ox Arts Gallery, Town Hall, Market Square, Bampton, Oxon, OX18 2JH 01993 850137 www.westoxarts.com gallery @ westoxarts.com 5 Planning a Party, or maybe you would just like to have friends or family to stay and are short of space; why not book a room at your local B & B? WHEELGATE HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST Elizabeth Gooddy, Wheelgate House, Market Square, Bampton, Oxfordshire, OX18 2JH Tel: 01993 851151 / 07747 466151 email: email@example.com Website: www.wheelgatehouse.co.uk PATRICK STRAINGE QUALITY MEAT FROM OUR FAMILY FARMS National Finalist Sausage Voted Best Sausages in South Of Championships England as seen on National TV Bridge Street, Bampton, Oxon, OX18 2HA Tel 01993 850350 6 CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING The Christmas Shopping evening will be held at the Carter Institute on Saturday 24 November from 4pm - 6pm. There will be the following at the event: Gift / Craft stalls. Santa’s Grotto. Chocolate Tombola Raffle Refreshments If you would like to have a table at the shopping evening to sell your gifts then please contact Karina on 01367 810397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If your child would like to visit Santa in his grotto then could you let us know in advance so that Santa knows how many presents to bring. Donations of raffle prizes would be greatly received. All proceeds go to the Clanfield Festival Fund which provides funds for use within the village. A C Smart Tiling Reliable and Professional Service Nick Rowland from 18 years experience. CARPENTRY For the fixing of Ceramic, Porcelain, Mosaic, Terracotta, & Slate, Marble, Natural Stone and Glass Tiles. JOINERY All work guaranteed. Kitchens etc Free quotes, tile quantity made to individual calculations and advice available requirements with no obligation. FREE ESTIMATES 01993 851694 Tel: 01993 840347 Adrian Smart Mobile: 07971 514540 1 Primrose Cottage, Weald, Bampton 7 LINDSEY ALLAN Quality Cordon Bleu Cuisine I provide a flexible service tailored to meet all your requirements, from the simple supper party to the more formal dinner. My other services include – Business Lunches Cocktail parties Weddings CLOVERLEIGH, 4 THE GREEN, CLANFIELD, BAMPTON, OXFORDSHIRE, OX18 2SR Telephone 01367 810340 mobile 07799 777107 8 Monday Drop-in Lunches Now that it ‘s the time of mists and mellow fruitfulness why not come along to the Monday Drop-in Lunches for a warming bowl of delicious homemade soup. We are open every Monday from 12noon to 1.30pm at the Carter Institute. You are sure of a warm welcome, soup, a roll, coffee, biscuits and good company. MALC NEWMAN WHAT? To Trade FITTER OF BLINDS, CURTAINS POLES, TRACKS ETC Advertise for FREE anything VERTICAL ROLLER AND VENETIAN you’d like to sell or give away - BLINDS SUPPLIED ON REQUEST TEL: 01367 810558 from children’s clothes & toys MOB: 07984 602093 to books & DVDs; furniture to E-MAIL email@example.com OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE surplus garden plants. (ALSO ODD JOBS UNDERTAKEN ) 9 10 Letter to the WHAT? Dear Editor, In November last year my eldest son, Mark, died and is buried at St Stephen’s Church, Clanfield. I visit his grave every Saturday and stand at the church gate looking up the path and the beauty of the church is stunning. It is just like a picture postcard, and while my husband is mowing the grass I often sit in church trying to make sense of all that has happened. I also think of people past and present, the late Mr Fred Farmer, Philip Horne and Billy Edwards who all gave a great deal of their time to the church. And in the present of Susan Morris who has played the organ for many years and Sue who cleans the church. I don’t know the others who help keep things running as I left Clanfield 41 years ago. Last Saturday October 6th I was placing flowers on Mark’s grave when the bells were being rung – it was beautiful – we are so lucky to have them. When I turn and leave Mark’s grave, amongst the sadness I am so grateful – he is in such a beautiful spot and when the time comes I will be cremated and return to Clanfield with him. Yours sincerely, Ann Haines AN AUDIENCE WITH COLIN DEXTER (Creator of Inspector Morse) at St. Stephen’s Church, Clanfield, OX18 2PA on Sunday 18 November at 2.30 pm Signed copies of books will be available Tickets priced £10 available from Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone 01367 810577 or contact any bell ringer In aid of the Bell Restoration Appeal 11 Faringdon Rotary In Action In Nepal Six Faringdon & District Rotarians have rolled up their sleeves, donned wellies and hard hats, and happily prepared to get filthy as they help to build sustainable homes in poverty stricken Nepal. It is believed that the key catalyst in helping to permanently break the cycle of poverty is a safe and decent place to live. They are there as part of a team of volunteers organised by the charity ‘Habitat for Humanity’, no Travis Perkins around the corner in Nepal! They had to make the bricks and the plaster for rendering from local natural ingredients that would surprise, indeed disgust today’s builders, and mixed by ‘treading’ - wellies were provided! Three layers of mud render required and completed before starting on the roof. Those who willingly ventured on this unenviable task were Rotarians, Peter Walker, better known for extracting teeth! and his wife Lynda from Faringdon, Bjorn Watson from Shrivenham, Glyn James and Clive Clark from Clanfield, and Alyson and Nigel Lee from Fernham. Upon their return, a presentation evening at The Clanfield Tavern is planned when video’s will be used to illustrate what has been achieved. More pictures and info on ‘Habitat for Humanity’ can be found on our website, under ‘Our Projects’. We are also holding another of our ‘Information Coffee Mornings’ at Sadlers in Market Place, Faringdon on Saturday 10th November, 10 – 12 noon. A warm welcome and coffee awaits anyone interested in Rotary, please just call in. For more information about these and other activities undertaken by The Faringdon & District Rotary Club, please go to www.faringdonrotaryclub.com and on Facebook, or call our President Peter Walker on 01367 244616. John Nightingale Fuelling your community home heating oil fuels for agriculture and industry monthly payments scheme boiler servicing Brize Norton www.watsonfuels.co.uk 01993 851122 12 Body Talk Hair and Beauty Salons 11 High Street, Eynsham. Tel: 01865 880820 Harvest View, Buckland Marsh. Tel: 01367 870444 bodytalkhairandbeauty.co.uk Body Talk is an established business since May 2000. We pride ourselves with our excellent customer service and commitment to our clients At ‘Body Talk’, we promise that our treatments are the best available locally. At either one of our salons, the friendly and professional staff guarantee you will receive a calm, restful, soothing and relaxing treatment. 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As many of you will know, signal boxes wherever they are look pretty much alike, but "our" signal box was different in that it was "alight" with a display of red geraniums. There were three signal men who took it in turns to run the box, Mr Hughes, Mr Dawson and Mr Ben Davis, and it was Ben who was responsible for the geraniums. Of the three I liked Ben the best. He took an interest in me and tried to teach me a little Welsh. When he saw me coming to catch the school train, he would lock the small side gate that gave access to the platform until I had asked him politely in Welsh to open it! Ben was a good gardener, one of his gardens ran alongside the railway embankment and here he grew vegetables - peas and beans and potatoes - which he loved to show off. Once, a moorhen made its nest in a small pool nearby and Ben would give me an egg to take home to eat, he knew when she was ready to sit on them. He grew the most beautiful tall rows of sweet peas I have ever seen and he always picked me a bunch of these sweet- smelling colourful flowers to take home. Apart from trying to teach me a little Welsh, he taught me how to draw a bird in a few simple lines using the blue slate edge of the station and a stone picked up from between the railway tracks. This may sound a bit dangerous but Ben, being a signalman, knew when the trains were due. Ben was married and he had one daughter who lived with her parents, she never married which was sad because Ben would have been a wonderful Grandad. Dorothy Wise FREE ESTIMATES GUTTER REPAIRS ANYWHERE NO OBLIGATION ALUMINIUM SEAMLESS GUTTERING LEAD/ASBESTOS/CAST IRON GUTTERING CLANFIELD (01367) 810380 & DOWN PIPES FOR HOUSES/FACTORIES. 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Contact Monthly meetings between October and Sharon 07776 252314 or Simone 07914 May in either Clanfield or Bampton. 539613 Details from Alan Smith on 01367 Women’s Institute 810245 Meetings are held every second Carter Institute Tuesday in the month at 7.30 p.m. in the For bookings contact Mrs. Kate Carter Institute. Notices giving details of O’Donnell on 01367 810440 the meeting will be on display in the Post Office and village notice boards. All Art Classes welcome. Contact Raena Farley Tuesdays at the Carter Institute. Further Brookside Main St, Clanfield 01367 details contact Maggy Fitzpatrick on 810604 810553 Mobile Library Service The Mobile Library will visit Clanfield every other Thursdays; by the Church Logs for Sale from 1:00pm to 1:15pm then Queens Crescent 2:20pm to 2:35pm Loose Corded Willow logs Bell Ringing (suitable for wood burners only) £50 per 1¼ cubic m (collection) Practice night each Wednesday from £60 per 1¼ cubic m (delivery *) 7.30 - 9.00 pm at St. Stephen's Church. New ringers always welcome. Contact Loose Corded Hardwood logs Tower Captain: Ian Kenworthy 01367 £80 per 1¼ cubic m (collection) 810577 or Deputy: Catherine Bernard £90 per 1¼ cubic m (delivery *) 01367 810587 * delivery to addresses in Clanfield only and is Snooker Club subject to access. 7:30pm – 10 pm every Tuesday, 01367 810206 Thursday & Friday evening, upstairs in the Carter Institute. 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