EDITORIAL HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO OUR READERS AND ADVERTISERS FROM THE EDITORIAL STAFF Summer! A few weeks in April and a little in September, sadly the bad weather took its toll on the many shows and occasions which are held to fund charities. Some were i cancelled and others battled on with low turnouts of customers. I attended the Battle Proms at Blenheim Palace with downpours of rain, mud up to the knees and water in the sandwiches. British to the core the soggy field was packed out and everyone cheerful and not giving up, brollies held high as our spirits. At least some charities benefitted. We were very sad to hear of the death of our longest living resident, Jack Timms, who came here as a babe in arms of six months and was 103 years old when he passed away. Our condolences to his wife and family. We publish our obituary to him on a following page. Last date for contributions for the MARCH 2013 issue is JANUARY 25TH 2013 Please send at least a week before that date to ensure inclusion. I get correspondence before the-previous magazine has been printed! Send to The Editor, 6 Butlers Drive, Carterton, Oxon OX18 3QU. EDITORIAL STAFF. WENDY MORGAN, Editor. MARGARET MILLINGTON, Treasurer CHRIS MORGAN, Distribution. FRED ROBERTSON, ROB MARSH, Proof Readers. All enquiries 01993 842663. Email email@example.com This email address is only for sending in articles for publication or adverts. New advertisers, please phone first for information. We hold a waiting list. Any other correspondence or queries please phone or write to the address above. ADVERTISERS. PLEASE pay your bill within 30 days of receiving it. Your payments pay our printer so not paying until three months later does not help keep this magazine in production. We are a voluntary organisation and these payments are our only means of financial help. For BACS payments contact the Treasurer for details. CLUBS & ORGANISATIONS PAGES. Please let us know of any change in contacts names, times and venues etc. More importantly let us know if your organisation/club is no longer running. Lately we have had to withdraw some when enquirers could no longer contact them. We leave it to you to inform us of changes. DELIVERING THIS MAGAZINE We always need volunteers to deliver this magazine in the town. If you are interested we advertise vacant rounds on this page each edition. Volunteers needed now for Dove Court, Dovetrees, Bovingdon Road, Kaye Close, Kestrel Close, Teasel Way (Shilton Park). If you are interested in delivering the magazine four times a year near where you live, contact Chris Morgan 01993 842663. THANK YOU to Kelly Benfield who has delivered the magazine for some time but has given up her round. Your help was appreciated. CARTERTON TOWN CRIER NEWSLETTER. There will be copies available at the Town Hall, the Carterton Community Centre, Allandale Youth House and the Library. They will be circulated to various shops, Health Centres, the Leisure Centre and anywhere else that will accept. Copies will also be given to local groups such as U3A, Over 60s and the WI. In this way we hope to cover as much of the town as possible. They will not be delivered to individual homes. The available„ the Town Hall website - wwwcarterton-tc_gov.uk JOHN (JACK) GEORGE JONES TIMMS 1908-2012 I was pleased to have met Jack Timms when I interviewed him for an account of his life in Carterton, he was then 90 years old and his memory was clear and concise and what stories he had to tell! He was especially proud at what his father had achieved in those early days of Carterton. Jack Timms was our longest living resident having come here with his family when he was just 6 months old in 1909. His Grandfather, Arthur, was a member of the Timms family in Brize Norton and after he died his Grandmother moved to Shilton with his father John, who married there and Jack was born in December 1908. The family moved to Carterton where the rest of Jack's brothers and sisters were born. His father bought 2 plots of land in Shilton Road from John Carter's firm Homesteads and built the house that Jack lived in all his life. Jack's father was one of our first settlers and he became first a carter transporting rock from a nearby quarry; these when crushed made former farm tracks into our first roads. He was also a water diviner, searching out underground sources of water, digging and building wells for the residents. Afterwards he became a market gardener, growing the famous Carterton tomatoes and delivering them by bicycle to his customers and built his own greenhouses, one still to be seen. Jack Timms helped his father in his work both before and after school, which was at Brize Norton, where he walked to with his friends, the Richens, Ivens, Davis and Baldwin boys. Jack was apprenticed to a carpenter and in 1925 joined Carterton Football team and continued playing for them up to the World War II. During the war he built radio and radar masts travelling all over Britain and while in Dumfries met his future wife, Peggy. After the War he took over the management of the Football Reserve Team, was also a committee member and at the age of 71 he decided to retire. Jack had seen many changes in Carterton from that small settlement to a market garden village, to the change into a vastly growing town, the coming of a small airfield that developed into a large RAF station, small shops replaced by Supermarkets, large gardens developed into housing and fields disappearing into an extension of the town with Shilton Park. He died at the grand old age of 103 years. It was our privilege to have known him as a link to our first pioneers and as a well loved resident. WENDY MORGAN GOOD SAMARITANS STILL EXIST The one I am thinking of lives in Stirling Close. That is all I know of her. She was walking her dog around the perimeter fence near The Crescent when I had an accident with my bike and she came to my rescue. I do not know how long I would have been there had she not helped as I never saw another person while I was on the footpath. Please accept my heartfelt thanks. You know who you are. I would also like to thank all of my friends who have been taxi drivers while I have been unable to drive. A special mention goes to Kathy who really has gone out of her way to chauffeur me around. Thank you one and all. MARGARET MILLINGTON. Carterton Community Magazine Treasurer. CHURCH SERVICES. SUNDAYS. CARTERTON TIMES CHURCH OF ENGLAND 8am. 10.30am. ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST, BURFORD ROAD ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 11am. (Saturdays, Vigil Mass 6pm). ST JOSEPHS, LAWTON AVENUE METHODIST CHURCH 10.30am. BURFORD ROAD COMMUNITY CHURCH, 10.30am. COMMUNITY CENTRE,SHILTON PARK ST BRITIUS CHURCH, BRIZE 9.15am NORTON Please note we only publish SUNDAY services. The churches noted above also hold services during the week and information on those will be on the notice boards at the churches concerned. See also the church websites for more information. ST BRITIUS, BRIZE NORTON www.brizenorton.org.uk/brize_norton/bnchurch ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH www.stjohnschurchcarterton.org.uk ST JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC CHURCH. www.communigate.co.uk/oxford/rcchurch/page2 METHODIST CHURCH. www.findachurch.co.uk COMMUNITY CHURCH www.occ.org.uk/carterton CHRISTMAS CHURCH SERVICES IN CARTERTON ST JOHN'S CHURCH December 16th. 4pm. Christingle Service with carols and children's performance. December 23rd. 6pm. Traditional Carol Service. Christmas Eve. 5.30pm. Children's Nativity Play. 11.30pm Midnight Communion. Christmas Day. 8am. Holy Communion (Prayer Book). 10am. Celebration Service and Communion. Further information on church website. ST JOSEPHS R.C. CHURCH. Monday. Dec 24th. Family Mass 6pm. Midnight Mass 11.45pm. Christmas Day. Mass 9am Bampton. Mass 11am Carterton. METHODIST CHURCH December 19th. Candlelit Service 6.30pm. For other services over Christmas telephone 01367 240227. COMMUNITY CHURCH, CARTERTON COMMUNITY CENTRE, SHILTON PARK Sunday December 16th. Christmas Family Service. 10.30am. Sunday December 23rd. Community Carol Singing in the Square. 4pm. Tuesday Christmas Day. Christmas Family Service 10am. FROM THE LIONS DEN A RIGHT ROYAL OCCASION. It is not often that the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire has to visit one of the furthest points of his territory, but on a lovely evening in early September Mr Tim Stevenson came out to Carterton for a very special occasion. Dressed in his full regalia, and complete with his ceremonial sword, he was here to present Carterton Lions with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The QAVS is described by the Cabinet Office as the MBE for voluntary groups and Carterton is the first Lions Club to receive it. The citation for the award read "for providing a broad spectrum of service and support activities supported by appropriate fund-raising in Carterton and the surrounding towns and villages." Our pictures show Lion Mike Lowe with our President, Lion Don Rouse chatting to Mr Stevenson Lion Pete Norgrove with the lovely crystal tablet and the scroll, signed personally by Her Majesty the Queen. All twenty-six members of Carterton Lions are deeply aware of the fact that we can only do what we do with the strong help and support of the Town and local villages. We would like to say Thank You to you all. And the work goes on! Yes – this is one of our busiest times of the year with Father Christmas himself visiting the town to talk to the children – and probably some of the grown-ups too! His schedule will be ready shortly and hung up in the local shops and on our newsletter. However, you will understand that it is subject to weather conditions and to manpower as he does need some elves to help him on his rounds. (See page 25) CARTERTON UNIVERSITY OF THE 3RD AGE With Carterton U3A now well into our fourth year, we have a record membership approaching 200. The 50+ 2012 Awards were presented at a Gala Reception in July at London Olympia's Pillar Hall. These awards showcase the best that life has to offer for those who are 50+ and only people in this age-group can vote for the winners. In the "Education" category, the U3A was already shortlisted and finally took second place to the Open University – no mean achievement! The basic aim of the U3A is to stimulate and interest its members without using formal educational techniques, exams or "swotting" and we offer many painless ways of achieving this via our special interest groups covering many subjects, both cerebral and physical!! However, there is no obligation whatsoever to join a group as there are many other activities, talks and social gatherings available. Carterton U3A currently has about 21 groups, with new ones frequently added, often requested by members. We are currently exploring the possibility of starting Science & Technology, Darts, Table Tennis, Golf and "Walking Football"(!) The new Sunday Lunch Club hopes to arrange a lunch once a month during the winter months, Beginners Whist started recently with fortnightly afternoon meetings at Carterton Town Hall, and Indoor Bowls has re-commenced for the winter, meeting every fortnight at Carterton Bowls Club with a mixture of beginners and experienced players. We held a very successful "Last Night of the Proms" evening with a shared supper accompanied by TV coverage of the Diamond Jubilee Concert and River Pageant, followed by a large-screen live transmission of the Proms with enthusiastic sing-along and flag- waving! Autumn visits included Malvern Show, very much enjoyed by all who went, and our monthly talks programme this year has been excellent with high attendance figures. Recent much- appreciated talks have included "Witney Blanket Factory" and "Medical Detection Dogs". If you would like further information, do not hesitate to contact Martin McBride (01993- 845169), Pat Ward (01993-843832), visit our Website at www.carterton-u3a.info., or come to one of our monthly meetings at Carterton Community Centre on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. where you can be assured of a warm welcome – we look forward to seeing you! JANICE WALLER CARTERTON LIBRARY, ALVESCOT ROAD. OPENING HOURS MONDAY 9.30 - TUESDAY 9.30 - 7.00 WEDNESDAY – 5.00 CLOSED THURSDAY 9.30 5.00 FRIDAY 10.00 – 7.00 SATURDAY 9.30 – 1.00 LOCAL WEBSITES TOWN HALL, CARTERTON. -tc.gov.uk CARTERTON. (including local villages). www www.carterton.ox18.com RAF BRIZE NORTON. www.raf.mod.uk/rafbrizenorton Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds? Why is abbreviation such a long word? THE YOUNG ANGLERS CLUB The Young Anglers Club was set up to cater for the needs of our future young anglers. In order to make the club viable and to target as many youngsters in the West Oxfordshire area a range of projects were undertaken. Firstly, working with local secondary schools the angling club offers National Open College Network (NOCN) angling course work for students that struggle in a classroom environment. Year ten and eleven students are offered work experience at a local fishery with the supervision and guidance of our team. This project has been well received as a key link to getting children back to school and sets the foundation for further education in the fishery management industry. Secondly, young offenders can take time out with a qualified coach and mentor in the hope we can convince them to change their life and be respectable citizens. Our young offenders programme also offers NOCN and ASDAN angling course work to keep them on track and potentially full-time employment. We work closely with organisations such as Connexions and social service to offer families fun fishing trips and chill-out time. With funding available from the Angling Trust and the Environment Agency we have also been able to offer scout groups the opportunity to earn their Angling badge on a Clubmarked fishery. Finally we have a Wednesday Club that meets at Newlands Angling Club every week, 5-7pm, to coach youngsters between the ages of ten and fifteen. These sessions cover setting up their tackle, casting lessons, fish and environment care, knot tying and different angling techniques. Dads, mums and kids can book a private coaching session. All our coaches are trained and licenced through the Angling Trust, have a full CRB check, a first aid and child protection certificate and are covered by public liability insurance. We offer both course and fly fishing lessons and will provide all the equipment and bait. We are proud to be a part of the National Angling Month programme organised by the Angling Trust once a year during the summer holidays. We have close ties with angling related charities supporting disabled, injured military personnel and special needs. ANGUS CAMPBELL. Tel: 07599892967. o n n firstname.lastname@example.org CARTERTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SHELTERBOX ShelterBox is an emergency disaster support project supported by Rotary which puts together boxes of vital survival equipment to be sent to locations anywhere in the world should something like an earthquake or tsunami devastate communities. Just one ShelterBox can mean the difference between life and death for 12 people until lives and communities are rebuilt. Our Community Champions raised £716 which will pay for one Box and part of another. What's more, each one has a number, so when it is used, we will know when it has gone and how it has been used. At a Rotary) Club lunch on 8th October, Rosie Herridge, the new ly elected President of the Community Champions presented a cheque of £450 for ShelterBox, which was added to a first cheque of £266 presented earlier in the year. The photograph shows Rosie presented the cheque to Grace Noble, President of the Rotary) Club of Witney. CARTERTON TIMES CHURCH OF ENGLAND 8am. 10.30am. ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST, BURFORD ROAD ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 11am. (Saturdays, Vigil Mass 6pm). ST JOSEPHS, LAWTON AVENUE METHODIST CHURCH 10.30am. BURFORD ROAD COMMUNITY CHURCH, I0.30am. COMMUNITY CENTRE SHILTON PARK CHRISTMAS IN CARTERTON December 8th. SONGSTERS CAROL CONCERT.. 7.30. St John's Church. CARTERTON'S LANTERN PROCESSION Come and join in! All welcome. Friday 14th December. Departing at 6.30pm from Carterton Community Centre we will be walking to St John's Church where refreshments will be available and where Father Christmas will be waiting to meet the children. This is a joint effort between the District and Town Councils, the Lions, the Churches, the schools and Allandale House. Look out for posters and information in the town CAROL CONCERT WITH WITNEY TOWN BAND. December 15th. 5 – 6pm. St John's Church. FATHER CHRISTMAS IS COMING TO TOWN! Carterton Lions are delighted that Father Christmas has agreed to visit Carterton again this year. Subject to manpower and weather conditions he will be in the Carterton area as follows: 30 Nov Switching on Carterton Lights 1 Dec Glenmore Road and surrounding roads 3 Dec Garner Close, Stoneleigh Drive, roads off Swinbrook Road 5 Dec Foxcroft Drive, Oakfield Road, Clarkston Road 9 Dec Burford Garden Centre 11 Dec Scholars Acre, Connolly Drive, roads off Burford Road 14 Dec Town's Torchlight Procession 16 Dec BP. Garage, Carterton Road 18 Dec Upavon Way, Robinson Close, Faulder Avenue, Carr Avenue 19 Dec Queens Road, Pampas Close, Campion Close, Netheravon Close. 22 Dec Aldi Supermarket 24 Dec Co-op Supermarket PANTOMIME TIME IN CARTERTON Christmas is nearly upon us and that can mean only one thing.... pantomime!!! This year Carterton's amateur dramatic group, Acting Community Thingumybogs, present `ALADDIN: Because That's His Name' Come along and boo, hiss, clap, cheer and laugh as we watch the wicked Abenezer try and seek the magic lamp that contains the all powerful Genie! Is all hope lost? No! We will follow Aladdin as he tries to foil Abenezer's plan, will he win the heart of the princess? What will he use his 3 wishes for? Will Widow Twanky find a man? Packed with songs, slapstick and silliness for the whole family and all the fairytale magic of a traditional pantomime! Performances are at Carterton Community College on Fri 14th December at 7pm, Sat 15th December at 2pm & 7pm and Sun 16th December at 2pm.Tickets are on sale now priced at £5 each from Giles Sports in Carterton Town centre. All profits from this event will go to Save the Children, to help disadvantaged children in this country and abroad. More information can be found on our website: www.actingcommunitythingumybogs.btck.co.uk GO-AHEAD FOR CARTERTON SUPERSTORE A food store planning application which is being seen as a catalyst for town centre growth in Carterton has been unanimously approved by West Oxfordshire District Council's planning committee. Councillors felt that the proposed development would help improve the town's retail offer, create new jobs and attract further investment in Carterton town centre. The application, made on behalf of Morrisons, is to build a 40,000 sq ft superstore, a new 219 space car park, and ten flats in Butlers Drive, with associated landscaping and access. The superstore, which is just off the Black Bourton Road, will be on a redundant former market site and the site of a nursing home, which is soon to be re-located to a purpose built facility on Milestone Road. The opportunity to redevelop Carterton town centre was key to determining the planning application and developer funds were also negotiated by council planners for a number of significant town centre improvements, under a S106 (planning gain) agreement. Conditions and planning gain for the new superstore development will therefore include the following: • A new Market Square around the Town Hall and re-location of the market to this location. • Attractive pedestrian access from the store to link up with the new market square and other shops and amenities in the town. • Improved vehicular access for delivery vehicles. • Noise control conditions to be in place including limiting deliveries to the store to between 7am and 11pm. • Landscaping and additional tree planting along Black Bourton Road and within the new cal park. • New signs and improved lighting. • Public art CARTERTON WOMEN'S INSTITUTE HAPPY BIRTHDAY Carterton WI members, along with many former members and guests, celebrated their branch's 90th Birthday on 9th October with a traditional tea party held in the WI Hall In 1922, when the WI branch was formed in Carterton, the then village was a small collection of rural houses with few amenities and the RAF station was yet to be built. The President, Lynn Enston, amused the gathering with some of her findings about the management of the WI Hall - the centre of the village's social life - taken from the minutes of early meetings. The Wragg Barn singers entertained with a collection of songs through the decades, including one written in 1922, Toot Toot Tootsie, immortalised by Al Jolson. A splendid Birthday Cake, made by member Anne Jones, was cut by Mrs Pam Edwards who is the daughter of one of the founder members from 1922. Mrs Edwards then spoke very fondly and with obvious enthusiasm about those redoubtable ladies of a bygone age. The afternoon ended, as it would have done in 1922, with a rendition of God Save the Queen and the President's hope that we should all meet again in 2022 to celebrate our centenary. LYNN ENSTONE HOW IT ALL BEGAN...In 1922 three pioneering women established Carterton Women's Institute. They were the Vicar's wife, Jessie Offley-Shore, Mrs Annie Clarke and Mrs Gladys Hammett. Women from Carterton, Black Bourton, Alvescot and Shilton came together, meeting in the room over the Co-op store (later the Golden Eagle pub). The first President was Jessie Offley-Shore and Annie Clarke personally took out a loan, with her home as security, in order to purchase their own Hall. Land was purchased – for £25 - and the WI Hall opened W.M. THURSDAY MORNINGS IN CARTERTON'S FRIENDLIEST PLACE Open the door, you can come in! The place is lively, colourful chairs and table covers, small vases of flowers on each table. Is there a seat? "Who is sitting on OUR table?" It is Thursday morning and we are back in the friendliest place in Carterton. Here we find laughter and care for our problems from people who have plenty of their own. Grandparents meet up with the newest members of their families and toddlers encounter grown-ups they have never seen before, showing them the friendly face of the world. The age range is vast, from a few weeks to the mid-nineties, all smiling or chatting and enjoying the atmosphere. Laughter peels across the floor and the decibel levels generated from the chatter is amazing. Through the door come young men with trays and a list of the delicious cakes that they have come to collect for coffee time in their offices. Yes, we are in the Carterton Women's Institute Hall, the ladies are waiting to serve us with all sorts of home-made, lovely fattening things and to ask if we would like, tea or coffee, milky or black, cup or mug? We choose with difficulty, which cake shall we have or shall we have more than one? Shall we buy some to take home? An hour sitting with friends, chatting about this and that, putting the world to rights and knowing from our advancing years that we have the experience to put things back into their proper order, IF ONLY THEY WOULD LISTEN! We leave somewhat reluctantly, feeling better, knowing someone has listened and that we have listened to someone. Better than all the tonic are Carterton Women's Institute Coffee Mornings. Long may they continue. MARY JOHNSON CLARKE. PLOTTERS ENJOY SEASONAL BBQ DESPITE POOR SUMMER 30 Carterton allotment holders enjoyed their annual BBQ and produce show at the Swinbrook Road Allotments on Saturday 1st September. Although this season has not been great, with such variable weather, plotters have yielded some good results. We may not have produced the largest vegetables in the county, but what we have grown is worth the effort, for nothing beats the flavour of freshly grown vegetables and fruits. This years' "Best Kept Allotment" Competition was judged in July by Mr Dave Stock. First "full plot" prize was won by Mr Richard Gardner closely followed by Mr John Bailey who came second, and Mrs Veronica Collicutt who came third. The half plot winners were Mr Colin Green 1st , (also best newcomer), Miss Steph Murray 2nd, Mrs Jean MacDonald 3rd. Mr Stock presented the "Bob Stock Memorial Cup" in remembrance of his father who was a popular allotment gardener in Carterton. Carterton allotments were created in 1976 when local people appealed to the Town Council for a piece of land to create the current site. Today there is a long waiting list for plots as allotment gardening has soared in popularity again. The Swinbrook road site is a valuable resource in Carterton. Unfortunately we are the target of mindless vandalism from time to time, the most recent incident was three weeks ago (September) when thieves broke into 24 sheds causing damage to locks and property. STEPH MURRAY OUR FEET These are one of the most important parts of our anatomy as they carry our whole body weight on them. Everybody should spend plenty of good well- earned money on sensible, comfortable shoes according to your job in life. Neglecting your feet and toenails leads to misery, pain and sole searching for bunions. Soul searching of a religious kind came into my mind, Christ's feet on the cross, He wore sandals in everyday life, maybe even went barefoot. With the Olympics very fresh in our conversations it makes a person think how they take care of their feet; daily washing and careful drying, soaking when tired, using recommended foot products from the chemist, regular clipping of toenails. If you are still agile then go to a chiropodist or they can come to your home nowadays. Think of all the feet movements we do, watch a child as they are so agile on their feet but it is so easy to trip over your own feet. As an old age pensioner it is important not to walk so fast and to pace one's self steadily. STELLA FOX WRITE ABOUT YOUR CLUB OR ORGANISATION TO THE CARTERTON COMMUNITY MAGAZINE. PHONE 01993 842663 CARTERTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE EASTER ACTIVITIES IN CARTERTON Exciting things to do in Carterton over Easter 2013 Looking for something which is fun, challenging and exciting when the Easter holiday starts and the weather gets better? Carterton Community College is planning some good stuff for young people of all ages during the week 1st – 5th April 2013, which is the first week of the school holidays. The types of activity on offer are: A Rocket Technology Day (it was great last year) so you can reach for the stars ! A High Ropes course – you can get a head for heights! Swimming – a splashing day! A Theatre Day – have you got the "X Factor? More information will be available in the New Year through school newsletters and information points in the town or you can go directly to our website for a booking form – www.cartertoncc.oxon.sch.uk G SPEKE. Community Director CHAMPIONS AT WORK IN CARTERTON AND AROUND THE WORLD! The Community Champions at Carterton Community College are a group of energetic young leaders who are working hard to make a difference to their community. Last year they raised a staggering total of £4000 for a variety of causes. These included the Repatriation Bell, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Fund and ShelterBox. They also supported a large number of events, including the recent opening of the Faulder Avenue play park, where they met our local MP and Prime Minister, David Cameron. The Community Champions are supported by the Rotary Club of Witney and are a fully constituted Interact Club. The Champions are also actively supported by Carterton's Town Council, with Deputy Mayor Mrs Lynn Little giving encouragement, advice and lots of ideas! New members are now being interviewed and in late October there will be 15-20 members. The President is Rosie Herridge, Vice President is Eleanor Wheeler, Secretary is Yasmin Cammish and Treasurer, Bronwyn Peatman. If you would like to know more about the work of the Community Champions, please contact Mr G Speke at the Community College Manager Wanted !, Carterton race Team , Season 2013 The Carterton Race Team is looking for a new manager for the season which starts in January 2013. The Race Team is for young people and families and currently runs on a Tuesday evening. If you might be interested in getting involved in this great activity, please get in touch with Mr G Speke on 01993 867269 or email@example.com GOODBYE `QUEEN OF THE SKIES' At the end of August three VC 10's took to the skies in a flypast formation and then took part in a refuelling exercise in Scotland with flights over various RAF stations. This flypast over Carterton was part of celebrations at RAF Brize Norton for the Golden Anniversary of the VC 10. Built as the world's first intercontinental jet, designed by Vickers-Armstrong, it first took to the skies in 1962 and a number were bought for the RAF for refuelling purposes and named after Victoria Cross holders. They first came to RAF Brize Norton in 1966. The VC10 was one of the fastest airliners built and still holds the record for the fastest subsonic flight between London and New York and because she was graceful, fast and smooth to fly was given the nickname of `Queen of the Skies'. For us on the ground because of its distinctive noise we could give it another name! At its peak the RAF had 27 of these most iconic planes which has seen conflicts from the Falklands War (1982) to last year's Libya crisis. The last remaining 8 planes are due for decommissioning next year and will be replaced by the new Voyager tanker and transport planes. The VC 10's are operated by 101 Squadron who will also be celebrating its 95th Anniversary this year. For the anniversary the plane was given special markings on its tail celebrating Squadron 101 anniversary -1917-2012 and the 50 years of the VC10 flying -1962-2012. We shall miss the old girl. RIP. READY FOR TAKE OFF. One foreign civilian pilot misunderstood military terminology at an RAF airfield (you know where) and had a near miss collision so orders went out to change RAF flying instructions so it wouldn't happen again. I would have thought that when you pilot a plane you make sure you do understand instructions before you set off. Note also if you are flying from an RAF airfield, not Heathrow, that they use their own military language. MORE TO REMEMBER. Following publication of the list of 2nd World War servicemen buried in Commonwealth War Graves in Black Bourton in the September edition, I add two others in nearby villages. Cpl D. E. Price RASC 1941 age 23 in Brize Norton 1941 and Sgt A F Warby, RAF, 1945 age 20 in Shilton. I did not mention any 1st World War burials as I was concentrating on those who were from RAF Brize Norton, which of course was not built until the 1930's. There were of course many other service casualties from RAF Brize Norton who were buried in their own local burial grounds. THE CO-OPERATIVE HOME MAGAZINE – OCTOBER 1946. `Now it can be told' Fortune was indeed kind to our society one Friday afternoon in August 1940 with the distance of 100 yards and a 3001b. German bomb which failed to explode, states H. J. Jelleyman (branch manager at Carterton), to record a very near miss. This branch, which is situated beside what we expect in those days was an important German target, was indeed lucky to escape serious damage during this short but heavy raid in the late afternoon. Except for broken windows and a fall of ceiling and shrapnel everywhere, all was well but we tremble to think what might have happened if the bomb, which in those days was considered a big one, had gone off. Instead we saw it taken away, after being rendered quite harmless by a bomb disposal unit. Obituary. By the death of Mr Herbert Whiting, at Carterton, the society has lost one of its most enthusiastic members, who at one time served on the committee of the Carterton Society before it was taken over by Oxford. As a truly co-operative gentleman , insisting always on C.W.S. goods, his pride was his garden planted with C.W.S. seeds direct from Derby. The very fine Cotswold stone arch on our Carterton branch, built by Mr Whiting, is, we feel sure, a fine example of this gentleman's character and a firm and lasting memorial to a very great member of our society. H. J. J. Both submitted by ANNE RANSOME. Co-operative Heritage Project. AND THERE'S MORE... Following on from the article in the September issue, written by a member of the Co-op Heritage Project, one of our oldest residents Ken Southam reminded me how important the Carterton Egg Club was. This was situated in Burford Road (where the chemist is now). By the time of the 1911 census there were 10 poultry farmers and 3 Egg Merchants and after the 1st world war St Dunstans, the society for the blind, had bought four plots in Carterton with houses to be set up as poultry farms for blind servicemen, William Megstone and Henry Hammett were two of these who made a good living. Setting up this Egg Club, where the local poultry farmers sold their eggs which were then transported to customers, helped to put Carterton on the map. Miss Pritchard was at one time the Secretary and she was awarded the MBE for her work. For more information on Airplay groups and activities, contact James Leverton, Station Youth Worker, on 07423 283241, email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into the Allandale, Burford Road, Carterton, during a session. All activities are open to all young people in the Carterton area. ALLANDALE HOUSE, BURFORD ROAD. OPENING TIMES Monday Night Juniors. Mondays 4.30–6.30 pm. 8-12 yrs of age Inters Club. Wednesdays 6.30-8.30 pm. School Years 7-9years. Seniors Club Thursdays. 7.30-9.30 pm. School Year 10 upwards. Cost: 50p per session. PRICKLY TALES HEDGEHOG RESCUE Hedgehogs are now seriously in decline and studies show that without our help they could be extinct within the next 10-15 years. They are unfortunate in that they seem to be prone to many parasites and also dangers when coming into contact with humans; on roads, gardens and poisons. The nearest wildlife hospitals are many miles away and people will not drive long distances with a sick or injured hedgehog. Paulene Struthers runs a hedgehog rescue centre from her home here in Carterton and receives the sick and injured from all over the county. When she first started the rescue she took in just a few from friends and neighbours but over the years it has grown to such an extent that she takes them from all over the county and all her cages and incubators are soon full. She never turns any away but after assessing, administering first aid, weighing and feeding them she takes them to the Tewkesbury Wildlife Hospital as soon as they are stabilised. To buy essential equipment, food and medication she has to pay most of this herself which amounts to £250 a month. Some funds are raised through boot sales, donations and collection tins but she is desperately in need of regular funding in order to keep going. She relies on voluntary help looking after the hedgehogs over the weekends. If you would like to help out in any way contact Paulene Struthers 01993 841005 or email email@example.com For emergencies phone 07884341149 and please look at the website www.pricklytales.co.uk WHAT THE HECK IS THAT! I can't believe you really meant it, I honestly think that aliens sent it, It looks as though a plumber bent it. Please take it down! To deface that spot is just a sin, They're paying quite a price for tin, Get the local Steptoe in. Please take it down! Planning left us in a fix, Once more up to their old tricks, Must have mislaid the white sticks. Please take it down! As charismatic as `The Dome', As out of place as Ancient Rome, Enough to make E.T. phone home. Please take it down! Visitors will take the Mick, Bear with me for half a tick, Thinking of it makes me sick. Please take it down! B. W. BLOOMFIELD TOWN TEAM PARTNERS Carterton and Chipping Norton have been invited to join the national Town Team partners programme, which came out of the Portas Review. Carterton will receive £10,000 funding and access to a Town Teams partners' support package. Both towns qualified as Town Team partners because of their enthusiasm for the Portas Pilot scheme, which drew in 326 applicants. Carterton will be using their £10,000, along with other funding from the Design Council and S106 from the new Morrisons store, for town centre improvements including the creation of a new market square in front of the Town Hall. The plans also involve a Town Hall extension for a downstairs reception and Job Search area and improved pedestrian links throughout the town. For more details contact Catherine Chater, firstname.lastname@example.org tel 01993 842156. TOWN TALK. SILENCE PLEASE! There have been reports of anti-social behaviour in the Factory Shop (Alvescot Road) car park at night and too much noise from the Hercules play park in Faulder Avenue and the basket ball court in Carr Avenue/Richens Drive. Little children do make lots of noise when playing as do large children on motor bikes, boy racers and juvenile drivers playing loud music. But they all grow up and become responsible adults. Or they join the RAF and pilot noisy planes! PRESERVING TRADITION. `Elf and Safety of Brussels have been at it again and banned charity organisations, including the Women's Institute, from using re-usable jars to place their jams and preserves in and putting them up for sale at the risk of poisoning the public with unclean jars. On the other hand it is OK to give them to friends and relatives! The helpful Eurocrats do give us housewives detailed instructions on how to sterilise jam jars except, young man, we all learnt that at our mother's knee as she did from hers. Unbelievable. MORRISON'S FUTURE PLANS When an architect amends his work it should be for the better. Houses that are to be built in Butlers Drive, as part of the Morrison's store plan on the old market site, were shown on the original plans to be attractive and in keeping with other houses in the road. The plans have been `amended' or rather completely changed and now there will be blocks of flats of concrete and glass, flat roofed with no redeeming features. A child could make a similar construction with Lego. A blot on the landscape of a road of attractive houses. Planning permission has been granted. NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING. Looking after the interests of Carterton and surrounding villages are - PC Claire Sadler, PC Rich Barnes, PC Tony Miles, PCSO Colin Davies, PCSO Darryn Moulding, PCSO Saul Keates-Jones. PCSO Ross Windsor. Inspector Graham Dix. NOVEMBER 30TH. SWITCHING ON TOWN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND FAIR. There will be an Open Church Event in St John's Church 5-8pm with games and crafts.