Regarding the Levenson Report and suppression of the freedom of the press; what is `The
Press'? Is it just the national dailies or every publication that is printed on a press at a printers;
such as regional weeklies and magazines. Does he mean us? As I write (January) the country
is snowbound, cold and icy. We have had a lot of mild winters lately so we are not used to
winter conditions such as these. Can we expect an unusually hot summer for a change?
Last date for contributions in the JUNE 2013 issue is APRIL 25TH'" 2013. Please send at
least a week before that date to ensure inclusion. I get correspondence before the previous
magazine has been printed! So send early in order to be included. Send to The Editor, 6
Butlers Drive, Carterton, Oxon OX 18 3QU.
WENDY MORGAN, Editor. MARGARET MILLINGTON, Treasurer
CHRIS MORGAN, Distribution.
FRED ROBERTSON, ROB MARSH, Proof Readers.
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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. We leave it to you to inform us of
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 Wychwoods,
Wychwood Close, Bovingdon Road, Kestrel Close, Carters Close, Home Close. Cedar Road
& 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.
Save the Children
The Carterton May Day Fair, in aid of Save the Children, will take place on Bank Holiday
Monday, May 6'h, on Carterton Recreation Ground and in the Browne's Hall (Social Centre),
Alvescot Road. It commences at 11am. Attractions this year include a large Dog Show,
(organised by Medical-Detection Dogs), a display of old classic cars and a Fun Fair. There
will be lots of side shows and stalls including books, a barbecue, refreshments and a Grand
Draw. In addition there will be a massive Car Boot Sale, an Animal Corner, Bouncy Castle
and lots more!! Free Admission. For further information contact:-
Graham Evans, Save the Children Branch Press Officer Tel: 01993 842983.
WANTED. Organist, either permanent or on an available list, for the village church in Brize
Norton. Contact Chris Morgan 01993 842663.
FROM THE CARTERTON LIONS DEN
First of all a Huge THANK YOU to everyone in Carterton and the surrounding villages who
came out to meet Father Christmas and his sleigh. What a lot of really polite children he met:
so much so that we hope he will be back next year. In addition, he was invited to local
schools to help at their Christmas events and to the Care Homes where he met every resident
to ensure that they were not forgotten. Alongside, we were able to raise much needed funds
which will enable us to help so many local organisations and people in the
year ahead. Thank You – each and every one.
THE FRIENDLY CAR BOOT SALES RETURN!
Yes – Saturday 30th March will herald the start of the Lions Boot sales which from now on
will be held on the Recreation Ground, Alvescot Road, (thanks to the Town Council). The
gates will open for pitches at 7.30 am – so clear out the attic and/or be ready to come and
Our fourth annual Art Exhibition is going to be held later this year – and will be at the
Community Centre from the 31st October to the 3rd November. The talent of local people
never fails to amaze us – so get your paintbrushes out and get to work. Full details will be
available from our Secretary later in the year. To register your interest e-mail or ring now
OLD GLASSES AND HEARING AIDS
The Lions are collecting old spectacles and hearing aids in the Carterton Opticians and at the
Community Centre, as well as at our Boot Sales. If you are wondering what to do with some
you don't use, then please pop them in the boxes provided. They are refurbished through the
Lions organisation and sent out to countries where these essentials are not usually available.
We shall be around and about in Carterton and the surrounding villages doing as much as we
can to help our local Community. Want to know more about the Lions? Then please contact
our secretary, Maddy, on 01993 772241 or email@example.com
LIONS - ORDINARY PEOPLE DOING AMAZING THINGS!
FREE ENGLISH AND MATHS CLASSES - CARTERTON ADULTS ONLY!
Did you know that you can study for a nationally recognised qualification in English and
Maths here in Carterton? Oxfordshire County Councils Skills and Learning Service offer
FREE classes for adults who want to improve their skills up to, and including, GCSE level.
Our classes are small and friendly and our tutors are specially trained to work with adults.
Classes can help you write a letter, improve your spelling, get to grips with fractions and
percentages and lots more. Brushing up on these skills could also boost your employment
prospects too. Most people are a bit nervous about coming along for the first time, so we like
to meet everybody for a chat before their first class. We use this time to answer any questions
or worries that you might have and to work out whether we have the right class for you.
We are based at The William Carter Centre on the campus at Carterton Community College
and are there on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings if you would like to drop in for a chat to
find out about our classes. You can also telephone us on 0845 351 0646 or email
CARTERTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRIME MINISTERS AND POLAR BEARS!
Community Champions in action_ HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT VISIT
As always the Community Champions at
Carterton Community College have been
more than busy. In December they visited the
Houses of Parliament with a guided tour and a
special visit to David Cameron's Prime
Minister's Office! Thanks to the Champions'
mentor, Councillor Lynn Little who arranged
the day as a special reward for all their work
during the year.
Champion POLAR BEAR IN THE
WINTER LIGHTS PROCESSION
The Champions were also a big part of the
Carterton Christmas Winter Lights Procession
held on Monday 17th December. Helping to
raise funds for the Carterton Lions, they built
an amazing – and glowing - polar bear using
willow and tissue paper under the guidance of
professional artist Emma Reynard. Emma was
working with West Oxfordshire District
Council in this Carterton based project which
involved community groups
and individuals making lanterns of
different shapes and sizes The parade was a big. success our polar hear is still alive and well
and enjoying thr january snow at the Community College GRAHAM SPEKE. Community
CARTERTON LIBRARY, ALVESCOT ROAD.
MONDAY 9.30 5.00 Tuesday 9.30 - 7.00 WEDNESDAY – CLOSED
THURSDAY 9.30 5.00 FRIDAY 10.00–7.00 SATURDAY 9.30– 1.00
CHURCH SERVICES. SUNDAYS. TIMES
CHURCH OF ENGLAND 8am. 10.30am.
ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST,
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 11am. (Saturdays, Vigil Mass
ST JOSEPHS, LAWTON AVENUE 6pm).
METHODIST CHURCH 10.30am.
COMMUNITY CHURCH, 10.30am.
ST BRITIUS CHURCH, BRIZE NORTON 9.15am
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 BR IT! US, BRIM NORTON www.brizenorton.org.uk/community.bnchurch
ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH www.stjohnschurchcarterton.org.uk
ST JOSEPHS CATHOLIC CHURCH. www.communigate.co.uk/oxford/rcchurch/page2
METHODIST CHURCHwww.findachurch.co.uk COMMUNITY CHURCH
EAST OR WEST? WHICH IS BEST?
There are plans proposed by the West Oxfordshire District Council for building a housing
estate either east or west of Carterton. By the time this magazine is published we may know
the results of the planning application for both sites. Either way the final decision will not be
in favour with either of the parish councils of Brize Norton (the East site) or Alv
West site). Those in Alvescot and surrounding villages are against the West development,
being worried about heavy traffic on roads through villages, loss of footpaths and bridlepaths
that are an access to the countryside for villagers, flooding and lack of public transport. Brize
Norton has a history of flooding after Shilton Park was built and still has, the proposed new
estate will be opposite a busy airfield with associated noise and traffic and will limit the
expansion of RAF Brize Norton, and there are also concerns about increased traffic and
closing the gap between town and village. The parish of Brize Norton has already had land
taken from them to build Shilton Park. Residents in all the villages have sent in petitions to
the WODC. Our Town Council are also against the East Carterton plan, prefer the West
Carterton one but really need land for employment rather than housing. Many Carterton
residents would rather not have more housing at all! The plans are labelled Carterton East and
Carterton West yet the sites are not in the parish of Carterton. A member of the District
Council's cabinet said The sites were thoroughly evaluated, using sequential, sustainable
tests against the parameters and framework of the national planning policy'. (We came, we
saw, we want the land'. As Julius Caesar might have said in translation.)
2013 marks the fifth year of Carterton U3A and, at the time of
writing, we have just enrolled our 200th member! Our
organisation goes from strength to strength with continuous
efforts to fulfil the needs and requirements of our members. The
basic purpose of the University of the Third Age – set up originally in France and migrating
to the UK in 1981 – is to provide retired or non working people with the opportunity to learn
more about a subject (or subjects) which interests them, while at the same time meeting new
friends and attending various outings, talks and social gatherings if they so wish. Knowledge
is gained through attending groups on different topics co nd
co-ordinated and led by members
themselves – no pressure, no exams, but great satisfaction at what can be achieved in a
relaxed and non-threatening situation.
Carterton U3A currently has 29 groups ranging from Local History, Science & Technology
and Crafts, to Scrabble and Bowling. In the planning stages are "Real Ale Appreciation"
(with some interesting and tasty ideas for future meetings!) and "Walking Football", which is
less flippant than it may sound and has been featured quite a bit in the media recently. So, any
member wishing to join one or more groups has quite a choice (the full list is on our excellent
website at www.cartert_ on-u3a.info.) There is, of course, no obligation to join a group as we
have much more to offer. We also have weekends away, outings to theatres and places of
interest, and our social events range from Christmas lunch, Last Night of the Proms
Celebration to Beetle Drives and Skittles Nights. There are always Regional and National
Events too, full details of which are available at our monthly meetings and on the website.
On the fourth Tuesday of each month at 2 pm at Carterton Community Centre we have a
guest speaker, followed by a screen-show of all our forthcoming activities, ending in an
opportunity to socialise over a cup of tea or coffee. Our Speakers Committee deserves a
special accolade for the many extremely interesting talks they have arranged for us, ensuring
a high attendance at all our meetings. Among the topics for this year are "The Crop Circle
Mystery", "The Shakers" and "The Red Arrows" – (full list on the website).
Our subscription year begins in March and costs £17 per person. Monthly meetings and most
groups are free (there might be a small donation if premises have to be rented for a group)
and outings and social activities are extremely reasonably priced. To learn more (and there is
a lot more!) why not come along to one of our monthly meetings at the Community Centre or
`phone either Martin McBride (01993-845169) or Pat Ward (01993-843832)?
ACTING COMMUNITY THINGUMYBOGS
A massive thank-you to everyone who supported our family pantomime of
'Aladdin: Because That's His Name!' We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and
hope you did too! There were lots of corny jokes, silly costumes,
outrageous make-up, audience participation, harmonic singing, energetic
dancing and even a flash mob! We donate all our profits to Save the
Children Fund and are delighted to gift £2,200 to the local branch which shall go to help
disadvantaged children in this country and abroad. Rehearsals for our spring production are
underway, so please look out for more details that shall be revealed soon! If you are
interested in taking part in our 2013 pantomime (we are particularly short of adults-especially
men!) then please send us a message via our website:
CARTERTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE CELEBRATES A
"GOOD" OFSTED JUDGEMENT
The Community College was visited by Ofsted on 10-11 January 2013.
After two days of rigorous inspection we are very pleased to report that Ofsted judged the
College to be a good school. Our previous inspection in December 2010 resulted in a
Ofsted looks at four aspects of a school's work – achievement of pupils; quality of teaching;
behaviour & safety of pupils and leadership & management. In each of these the College
received a "Good", resulting in a judgement of "Good" for the Overall effectiveness of the
The Inspectors praised the good teaching and the continuing improvement in results,
especially the number of students gaining 5 A*-C GCSE grades including English and
mathematics. This was supported by the development in students' literacy and numeracy in
which most students make at least good progress. The Inspectors also praised the behaviour
of students and the pride they have in the College along with the variety of activities available
to them. They were also impressed by the leadership and governance of the College and the
aspirations and commitment which exist to make further improvements to teaching and
The College recognises that this is a platform for further improvements, making sure that we
are consistent in all that we do for the young people of our College and community. Our
College seeks to enrich the lives of our students and we were pleased that the Inspectors saw
a ".range of experiences available to students contributing to their spiritual, moral, cultural
and social education" and there was effective work in "fostering good relationships within
and beyond the school community".
We would like to thank the students, parents and community of Carterton for their continuing
commitment and support for the College. Our aim is to make the College an outstanding
school and this report gives us the platform to achieve this. Please read the full report on our
website, on the Ofsted website or of course by requesting a copy from the College.
NIALL MCWILLIAMS. Head teacher.
EASTER HOLIDAY ACTIVITES AT CARTERTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Tuesday 2nd Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th April 2013
There will be a three day programme of activities for families and young people of all ages
during the first week of the Easter holiday. We are planning to run sports and recreational
activities, including some archery, football and a high ropes course. We will also offer
another Reach for the Stars rocket technology day with the Starchaser Space Project coming
to us from Manchester as well as a Robot Challenge session where you can build your own
robot using computer technology and electronics.
All the details will be in the Carterton schools from late February/early March as well as at
the Community Centre, Town Hall and Library. Please apply as early as you can as all places
will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.
For further enquiries contact Mr G Speke at Carterton Community College – 01993 867269
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stoke City was the first football club to pay their players. They got 12 1/2p a game. Today
every established Premier League player is a millionaire.
OUR FIRST PUB. Built in 1932 by
the Burford Brewery of Game & Son
on land sold
to them by Frederick Kennett (it was
later found out he did not own it but it
resolved with payment back to the
owner who had
Australia!) The first landlord was
Charles Smith and was a meeting
place after matches of bowls, football
and cricket. Outside hung a sign of a
beehive with the words `Within this hive you'll find good cheer, The best of friends, the best
of beer, Our purpose is to serve the best, And give our friends the perfect rest'.
Here is another view looking
towards the crossroads and up
Burford Road. The only
vehicles seen are a delivery
lorry outside the pub and a
lone car on the road! Note the
grass verges to the pavements
and no road markings.
Another view of the Beehive
Pub about 1948 when Harold
and Wyn Fletcher ran the pub
with the help of Charlie and
Thanks to Mrs Ann Hall for the lower
TOWN HALL NOTICE BOARD
EXCEPTIONAL CITIZEN AWARDS
The Town Council invites nominations for this year's Exceptional Citizen Awards. Any
resident or former resident of Carterton over the age of 18 is eligible for consideration. The
criteria for awards are for any one of the following:-
1. A single exceptional act. 2. Sustained success at national or international level in sport or
the arts. 3. Active support for a local or national charity or voluntary organisation over a
period of many years. 4. Substantial contribution to public life in the town over a period of
YOUNG PERSON'S AWARDS
The Town Mayor invites nominations for this year's Young Person's Award and anyone
under the age of 18 is eligible for consideration. The Mayor is looking for evidence of the
following: bravery; kindness in helping others; improving the community; a voice for young
people; creativity and innovation.
Full details and nomination forms for both these awards are available from the Town Hall, or
can be sent by email. Contact email@example.com. Nominations must be received
by the end of March for consideration by the Town Council in April 2013.
TOWN CENTRE PROBLEMS.
The Town Council continually strives to improve the Town Centre, even though the recession
has reduced budgets across the board. We have a carefully considered long term tree planting
programme in place and annually fill the planters with a variety of bulbs and flowers. It is
very dispiriting, particularly for our contractors who work so hard to keep the town centre
neat and tidy, to have flowers and shrubs pulled up for no apparent reason. So, for the tiny
minority who pull up plants or drop litter, please stop for a second, think about the person
who has to clear up after you, take your rubbish home and leave the plants where they should
SCOOP THE POOP!
A message to the small number of people who do not clear up dog mess, when exercising
their dogs on the Alvescot Road Recreation Ground. The Recreation Ground is also used as a
football pitch. Would you really want your child, sibling or grandchild to be running around
in the dog mess? The WODC Warden does visit the Recreation Ground and will issue fines if
she catches you, so please, please be considerate and clear up after your dog.
ST GEORGE'S DAY CELEBRATIONS IN CARTERTON
Carterton Town Council will be holding a St George's Day Celebration on
Saturday 20 April 2013 at the Carterton Community Centre. The buffet
menu will be traditional English fare and there will be a pay bar.
Entertainment will be provided by local young performers and The
Songsters, and there will be an Auction, a Raffle and a Poetry Reading. All
proceeds will go to the Town Mayor's Charity, the MS Society. Contact the
Town Hall – 01993 842156 – or email firstname.lastname@example.org – for
further details and for tickets.
NEW MARKET SQUARE PLANNED
A Public Meeting was held on November 22nd at the Town Hall to consult on plan improve
the town centre. There were about 50 members of the public present with s standin in the
foyer due to lack of space. Adrian Coomber chaired the meeting and B Crossland, Chair of
the Town Centre Working Group, outlined the work that has been gi on since 2003 with
explanations regarding delays with the market site and that funding development has now
been awarded. Ashley Farmer outlined plans for the extension of Town Hall, to the south,
which will provide a downstairs Reception area, a place for Seekers and a new retail unit.
Catherine Chater explained that the main focus of the prc was to create a new market square
outside the Town Hall, to replace the site used by Thursday market, with the repositioning of
the War Memorial closer to the Town Hall the demolishing of the Bungalow now used by a
vet's surgery. The meeting then openec general discussion with points made regarding
increased traffic, pressure on car parking worries about relocating the war memorial again. A
representative of the market traders concerned over enough accommmodation for stall
holders in the market area, their access the setting up and taking down of their stalls and with
parking for their vehicles.
Here is the plan of the proposed new Market Square, in front of the Town Hall which also
have an extension (not shown). On Thursdays market stalls will be set up in the cei This is all
part of the plan connected with the Morrison's Store which should be erected( the end of this
AIRSPEED OXFORD PLANES 1939 1939-1946
RAF Brize Norton was formerly opened on
August 13th`" 1937 on Brize Norton farmland,
ideal as it was flat, not wooded, a nearby good
water supply and near a railway station. Its
main purpose was for the training of RAF
pilots on bi-planes such as the Swordfish,
Gladiator and the Fury. By September 1939
these were replaced by the Airspeed Oxford
planes. The pilots were now to train for
warfare as illustrated here, at RAF Brize
Norton, on a grassed airfield. Not until 1942
were concrete runways laid down.
.SEPTEMBER 1947. PILOTLESS PLANE FLIES THE ATLANTIC!
A Skymaster plane took off from Newfoundland and landed 10 hours 15 minutes later at
RAF Brize Norton. Why did it make the news? The f engine
four-engine plane flew 2,400 miles
without a single human hand touching the controls, when the planes `mechanical brain' took
control from take off to when it landed then switched off the throttle, braked and taxied into a
hangar! The Skymaster was geared to radio beams transmitted from two ships in the Atlantic
and on a lorry on the Brize Norton runway. The passengers included observers and, not
surprisingly, an emergency crew.
JUNE 1952, TWENTY ONE AMERICAN B36'S BOMBERS ARRIVE.
Twenty one six-engine heavy bombers were on a training mission on long range flying and
navigation to the crews. They touched down on the airfield at intervals of a few minutes.
After a rest the pilots flew back the following week. The noise of these aircraft to the
villagers in Carterton and surrounding villages must have been earth shattering.
Picture and donated newspaper articles (edited) by William Vincent, then a RAF Cadet in
When a Ground Radio
Technician's friends were a
screwdriver and a soldering
iron and he had years of
experience and no computer!
2SU. RAF Bampton Castle.
SHILTON PARK REPORT
THANK YOU! As residents of Shilton Park we would like, on behalf of our
community, to extend a HUGE vote of thanks to the gentleman who, every mornin come
rain or shine, picks up the litter around the Co Op, school and other shops in Marigold
Square. We would like him to know that such dedication to our Community is very much
appreciated, so, please, next time you are in Marigold Square in the morning say Hello and
Thank You to this
man, and thank him for his efforts.
ROSES PLANTED IN THE MEMORIAL GARDEN The Lady
Volunteers who provide refreshments at the Repatriations used their
modest profits to purchase l Standard White Roses for the Memorial
Garden this autumn West Oxfordshire District Council Grounds
people organise the planting and staking for us and we hope the roses
will give great pleasure to people attending the Repatriations ; well as
visitors to the town.
EVENTS AT CARTERTON COMMUNITY CENTRE,
MARIGOLD SQUARE, SHILTON PARK OXON OX18 1JZ.
A Table Top & Car Boot Sale to be held at the Carterton Community Centre from 9am –
12noon on Saturday 9th March. Please call Gill on 01993 842807 to book a table /pitch. Cafe
will be open, admission is free so pop along to get yourself a bargain then relax in our
friendly cafe with a drink & something to eat.
Future Dates for table top & car boot sales:
Saturday 13thApril, 11th" May, 13th July, 10th" August, 14th September, 12th" October.
Carterton Wedding Fayre:
Sunday 24th March 11am – 3pm. A perfect opportunity for anyone planning a wedding to
visit and discuss your wedding requirements with local exhibitors to help make your big day
even more special. Free entry and information pack will be available for all visitors.
Summer Craft & Gift Fair:
Saturday 29th" June 10am – 4pm. Admission is free & the Cafe will be open. We have over
30 fantastic stalls with handmade crafts & lots of other great gift ideas. At the same time
outside on Marigold Square we are hoping to have an Italian Market but yet to be confirmed!!
So this should be a great opportunity to pop along to the Centre buy yourself some lovely
gifts or Italian food then relax in our friendly cafe with a drink & something to eat!! Plea
come along & support our events. We look forward to seeing you there.
We can provide a regular page for Shilton Park news. Can anyone think of an appropriate
heading for one?
THANK YOU TO REPATRIATIONS VOLUNTEERS
In September 2012 a reception was held for 87 Repatriations volunteers and RAF staff to
mark a year of work in ensuring returning Repatriations to RAF Brize Norton went smoothly.
Hosted by Oxfordshire County Council with the RAF Brize Norton Repatriation Team the
event was attended by the Prime Minister and the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. Local
volunteers were the Royal British Legion members who organise events outside the Station,
Carterton Lions who organise the car parking and other help and also ladies of the University
of the Third Age who provide all the refreshments and, if needed, comfort to bereaved
families. Unlike their colleagues in Wootton Bassett, for whom Repatriations organisation
evolved over a period of time, Carterton had to start from scratch to organise a big event that
involved a lot of planning and thought to ensure that the day went smoothly, compassion for
the bereaved and co-ordination with others who use the roads; all by volunteers from our
town. As we all know sometimes the Repatriations come weekly and some with more than
one returning victim but those volunteers are always ready.
THANK YOU FROM US ALL
It is not only Britain who has a public showing of repatriations of those killed in Afghanistan.
Canada also has the custom of honouring their fallen military personnel with a highway
cortege. Like Wootton Basset it began as a spontaneous gesture by local people turning out
on the overpasses and streets where the cortege passed. Their route between Trenton (a Royal
Canadian Air Force Base) and Toronto has been named the Highway of Heroes. In previous
wars and peace keeping missions the dead had no recognition when they came home, No
heed of their sacrifice and no one cared. Today it is different there is sympathy for the fallen
and pride of the job they were doing. In Canada they come home singly or in small numbers
–as ours do - but America do not honour their returning dead because their numbers are so
much greater and public homage is actively discouraged. Weekly or monthly our heroes
return home and we give them and their families our sympathy, pride and sorrow as they pass
through village and town. We ought to remember that in other countries other casualties are
also returning home but very few have the privilege of public mourning as we do and as they
also do in Canada.
Information on the Canadian Repatriations edited from the Toronto Sun newspaper.
March Unless otherwise stated all indoor meetings are held in the
1". Upper Hall, Methodist Church, High St, Witney. Fridays
10th. Indoor meeting. AGM Talk by Dr Graham Lenton. Birds of
April the Seychelles.
5th. 2pm. Walk. Nether Westcote.
April Indoor Meeting. Talk by Keith Webb. Reminiscences
21st. of a Lock Keeper.
May 3rd. North Meadow, Cricklade. 10.30am. National Nature
12th. Indoor Meeting. Talk by Peter Barker. An Otmoor
4am. Rushy Common, near Witney for the Dawn Chorus.
Further enquiries to Anthony Florey, 43 B High St, Witney or phone
TOWN HALL, CARTERTON www.carterton__tc.gov.uk
CARTERTON. (including local villages). www.ox18.com
RAF BRIZE NORTON. www.raf.mod.uk/rafbrizenorton
POLICE FILE. FRAUD & SCAMS
FRAUD REPORTING. From 3 December 2012, all reports of fraud in the Thames
Valley will be recorded by Action Fraud and individual police forces in the south
east will no longer take any fraud reports. They will now be recorded centrally by
Action Fraud. If you want to report a fraud, please call this number 0300 123 2040, or visit
the Action Fraud website at www.actionfraud.police.uk Thames Valley Police will continue
to respond to reports of frauds in progress, but any other calls to report a fraud, including
financially motivated e-crime, will be referred to Action Fraud. When a person calls to report
a fraud, they will be provided with the Action Fraud phone number or website address. The
new process will have a number of benefits for victims of crime, including having a central
point of contact to report all fraud; an effective and efficient way to bulk report fraud; and an
increased chance of identifying repeat and vulnerable victims. The scheme has already been
piloted successfully in five forces, and will be rolled-out nationwide by March 2013.
SCAMS. Fraud costs the British economy £73 billion a year and criminals use a number of
sophisticated scams to try and snare victims. To ensure the public are informed about these
scams and to allow them to spot them, Thames Valley Police has produced a booklet which
aims to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of fraud. `The Little Book of Big Scams', which
includes a foreword from Esther Rantzen, includes sections on identity fraud, scam mail, door
to door scams and internet scams. The booklet also gives details on where to go to get help
and how to report fraud if you do become a victim. The booklet is available to download
from the website, www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk where you can find more crime reduction
THE FOUR CARTERTONS.
CARTERTON, OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND. Established 1900 by William Carter as a
settlement for people to buy land and work it as market gardeners, fruit and flower growers,
chicken farmers etc. It thrived into a town of great proportions. It is our town but is not the
only one with our name. There are three others established by a Mr Carter, but no relation to
one another, in Canada, America and New Zealand.
CARTERTON, ST JOSEPHS ISLAND, ONTARIO, CANADA. Established like us on a
crossroads, by the first family there named Carter, but in the middle of nowhere where the
only vegetation in that Carterton are trees planted by the few houses that make up this
settlement. It is described as `a tract of land without homogeneous character or boundaries.'
Languages spoken on the island are mainly English, French, Inuktitut or Cree. St Josephs
Island is sparsely populated with scattered housing in isolated places. Carterton seems to be
the only place more populated than others.
CARTERTON, VIRGINIA, USA. Like its Canadian cousin this Carterton is also isolated but
surrounded by lush vegetation, high in the mountains and connected to civilisation by roads
such as County Road 614 and the State Route 665. There is a long road named Trail of the
Lonesome Pine (Laurel & Hardy memories!) not far away and towns of Abingdon and
Bristol! Carterton is just a collection of scattered dwellings around a railway track.
CARTERTON, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND. This is a town that prospered like our
own and this was because of the early English settlers who bought and set up sheep runs and
small farms on land bought from the Maoris. Later settlers arrived from Scotland, Wales,
Ireland, Sweden, China and Poland and their descendents live there now. Our town keep a
connection with Carterton, New Zealand and residents from both towns have visited each
OUR FRIEND –THE ONION
Sometimes Old Wives Tales are very true and one of them is regarding the humble
but Very Interesting onion. In 1919 when the Spanish Flu was killing thousands a
country doctor in America was visiting a farm where everyone was healthy. What the
farmer's wife did was to place an unpeeled onion in all the rooms and that was the reason
they said nobody ever caught the virus. The Doctor took one of the onions back to his home,
placed it under a microscope and found the flu virus in the onion, it had absorbed the virus
bacteria! Another story was of someone contracting pneumonia who had heard of this story,
she cut off both ends of the onion, placed it in a jar by her bedside and in the morning it was
black with germs and she felt better. So is a co-incidence or does it work? On the other hand
onions can make you ill. Food poisoning can be traced back to an uncooked onion. We read
how it attracts germs but it also attracts bacteria as soon as it is cut. It is said never save a half
a sliced onion for as soon as the air hits the onion it will attract and grow bacteria. No time to
get it to the fridge! So do not put uncooked onions in a salad, in a sandwich or on a hotdog.
Cook it to be safe. An onion can be a life saver and also a poison – so they say.
SNIPPETS FROM THE CARTERTON & WITNEY GAZETTE.
1926 Bampton West Petty Sessions. Dangerous Driving (edited report).
Frank Chapman of Dorchester was summoned for driving a motor car at Carterton to the
danger of the public. He pleaded Not Guilty. P.C. Sweetman said that about 7.30pm, April
22"d he was on duty at the crossroads when he saw Mr Chapman driving a motor car on the
Burford Road at a very fast speed and his attention was called to the speed of the car and it
did not slacken speed nearing the crossroads. He put his hand up to stop the car when it was
about 150 yards from him. He asked Chapman why he was driving so fast; especially through
a village and past crossroads. He replied `I thought you were beckoning me on'. It was a two-
seater private car. Francis Cornish, nurseryman of Carterton, said he was on the crossroads
when he noticed a car coming over the brow of the hill from the direction of Burford towards
Faringdon. P.C.Sweetman stepped into the road and put his hand up and the car pulled up
about 10 yards past the crossroads and he estimated the speed roughly at 40 miles an hour.
Aubrey Rose, market gardener of Carterton, said he was at the crossroads when he saw a car
coming in the direction of Faringdon at a very fast speed about 35-40 miles an hour. He
noticed P.C. Sweetman put his hand up to stop the car and it took 60 yards to pull up and
stopped about 8 yards past the crossroads. Mr Bartrum, Chapman's solicitor, said he regretted
his client could not be present and hoped the Bench would take into account that there was no
endorsement on Mr Chapman's licence and that he had been driving a car for 10 years. The
Bench retired and on their return the Chairman said Mr Chapman would be fined £1 and 28/-
1968. Chaplain-in-Chief, RAF the Venerable W.E.G. Paynton, preached at RAF Brize
Norton station church. After the service he presented the RAF Trophy, which the station
donated, to Carterton's `Walk for a Well' (part of the Christian Aid programme) to the
winners the Clergy team, who collected over £70. 2nd prize winners were St Joseph's
Catholic Church team with £56, 3rd Carterton Youth Club (£53) and 4th St John's Ladies
(£52). He also presented Mrs Norah Pearman with the medal for an individual winner who
collected £25, Mr Tom Southam was 2"d with £23 and Miss Gillian Gasson with over £22.
Prior to sending the latest copy of the magazine to the printers the editorial staff reads
through the Editor's typed efforts to check spelling, punctuation and accuracy. Each page is
read and scrutinised thoroughly by the five people on the staff and sometimes something slips
through which we call a `howler'. We are not the only ones as even the professionals get it
Western Mail. `After his cremation the funeral party drank to his health'.
Nursing Times. `It is a time of great uncertainty in nursing, there's a lot more cannibalisation
of the work force'.
Shropshire Star. `Contrary to legend there are no records of the knife being used to get boy
scouts out of horses hooves'.
Newsletter of Voluntary Euthanasia Society. `Life membership is no longer available' Oxford
Mail. For Sale. Garden Shed 8 inches by 5.
Herefordshire W.I. County News. Our Speaker being ill, members were given a short trip
around the world.
Dorset Evening Echo. Portland's Verne Prison is going to fit three of its blocks with escape
Forest of Wye County News. 82% said they believed in God. 9% were unsure and 9% were
Carrolton Chronicle, Ohio, USA. It is proposed to use this donation to purchase new wenches
for our park as the present old ones are in a very delapidated state.
A hiker named `The Naked Rambler' was arrested walking naked through Carterton. Many
residents were extremely annoyed and disgusted – for not being there at the time
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