PARISH PUMP is published every month except January, and should be
distributed to every household in the Shill Valley and Broadshire benefice. If you
do not receive a copy, please contact your pump representative or the editor.
Advertising revenue does not cover all our costs, and we welcome
donations (suggesting at least £5/year) which you can send through your
Parish Pump Correspondent (see inside back cover), the person who
delivers your Parish Pump, or directly to Ellie Maughan. If you have not
already done so, please send your donation to cover 2012’s issues. Cheques
should be made out to ‘Parish Pump’.
We welcome articles, letters, diary items, or just good ideas for future articles [and
criticism, whether good or bad! Ed]. Please submit through your local Parish Pump
Correspondent, or directly to Ros Atkinson. Photographs are also welcome.
Copy should be sent electronically by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All copy for inclusion should reach the editorial office by the 10 th of the month
Advertising enquiries are welcomed, and should be directed to Gill Cox
We are indebted to all the Parish Correspondents, and to all those in all the
parishes who make possible the publication and distribution of Parish Pump
EDITOR Ros Atkinson
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The Parish Pump team work very hard each month putting together our village news and
appreciate contributions from all. We cannot however be held responsible for inaccuracies,
mistakes or views expressed.
FROM THE EDITOR
I’ve been marvelling at teenage daughter recently. More sensible than I’ll ever be
(and I know that doesn’t take much), she was up every night last week, revising
for her exams. I sort of worry that she’s peaked too soon, and by the time she’s
16 she’ll be vodka eyeballing and holding up shop mobility’s, but for now, she
seems to be pretty amazing. I’ve always been slightly in awe of her actually, and
wonder if there’s any wisdom I can pass on, apart from ‘don’t do anything I ever
did’. I think she already knows this however, and has long viewed me as a kind of
inverse role model. I think I’m flattered. But it makes me wonder what advice I
would give to myself if I could revisit my (far less sorted) 14 year old self. Even
now I could do with a few tips, but maybe I need my 80 year old self for that.
Quite apart from the fact that one should never change a thing, merely tweak at
times, I wonder what great insights would have held me in good stead. My life,
though slightly shambolic, is pretty idyllic. Despite the fact that this wasn’t even
my plan b, plan z seems to have turned out fine; I have the most low
maintenance children known to man (sometimes have to check they’re still
breathing, they’re so laid back), the best ex hubby money could buy (good job
he’s free, really as I don’t think I could afford him) friends who can shop like
demons and drag me over life’s little hurdles often simultaneously, and a
collection of shoes that would make Imelda Marcos wave her white flag with
resignation. And horror. And maybe a little bit of awe thrown in.
Still, I’m sure a few pointers would have been helpful. 14 year old me would
definitely have appreciated knowing that 40 year old me doesn’t know much, so
there’s not really much point even trying to acquire wisdom (I have a sneaking
suspicion that no one else knows much either, they’re just better at hiding it).
So then, young me, here are some basics. Lesson number one, make up is a
necessity not a privilege, but honestly, you really do need to take it off before you
go to bed...the panda look will never catch on (and you are a repeat offender).
Ditto the ra-ra skirt (bin it....NOW!).However, and it’s better to learn this early,
you can never have too many shoes. Although you are very good at tearing
ligaments whilst engaging in perfectly innocent activities, so make sure you have
some sensible ones in there somewhere (Along those lines, beware arm wrestling
sailors). Save not spend is a great motto, but that’s never going to get through
your thick skull, so skip that. Do turn the blender off before you stick your finger
in it. In fact, keep away from all rotating blades. Or take out medical insurance or
something. Fund your shoe habit by inventing a thing called Facebook (hmmm).
Above all, 14 year old me, by the time you’re 40 you will have (almost) all you’ve
ever wanted, but, there’s no rush, and as the wise man says, remember that
normal is merely a setting on the washing machine. Oh, and watch out, you’re
about to walk into a wall agai....oh never mind, too late!
MESSAGE FROM THE TREASURER
For those of you who would like to make your donations to the Parish Pump
directly through your bank the BACS details are as follows –
The Parish Pump
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Account No – 30775088
PLEASE will you name your village as the Reference – this will help me to keep
a record of all donations made.
Many thanks – Ellie Maughan
The Benefice website contains the most up to date information on services,
contact details and news and events across our ‘12 Churches’. It also has forms
for baptisms and weddings, as well as links to other useful sites. An excellent
resource when you do not have your Parish Pump to hand. Make sure you look it
up to find out everything that we have going on!
You may know the story of the man who said, ‘My wife and I have what might
be called a good marriage. There is nothing that I wouldn't do for her, and
nothing that she wouldn't do for me. So for the last forty years we have gone
around doing absolutely nothing for each other!'
RD Laing says, ‘We are born into a world where social alienation awaits us. We
have to ask whether personal relationships are even possible in our present
So what is love? Here is a first century answer from the apostle Paul. Love is
patient and inexhaustible, it never runs out; it never gives up; it still goes on and
on regardless of the response or lack of it.
Love is kind or constructive, always looking out for ways to offer practical help.
It anticipates a person’s need in advance. Love is not jealous; it doesn’t mind
when someone else has the limelight and popularity, or is given responsibilities
and privileges. It serves that person.
Love is not boastful; it is not anxious to impress. It is not arrogant; it doesn't
cherish inflated ideas of its own importance. It is not rude, but courteous. It is
not selfish; it doesn’t insist on its own way; it accepts the situation for what it is,
and works within those sometimes painful limitations
Love is not irritable or touchy; it is not easily rubbed up the wrong way.
Love is not resentful; it doesn’t list the faults and failings of another person, not
even those who have really hurt. It forgives.
Love does not rejoice at wrong; it doesn’t gloat over the mistakes of others in
order to stand in a better light itself; it always sees the best in people, and throws
a cloak of silence over what is displeasing and wrong in someone else.
Love trusts that in everything God works for good with those who love him,
even where there is darkness all around.
We admire talent and intellect and leadership ability, and these have their place.
But they can be more highly prized than love. Success is nothing compared to an
unselfish, generous, humble serving love. The number one object, the top
interest, the burning purpose of God for our lives, is that we grow in love.
But we can never do this in our own strength. This is beyond our efforts
however hard we try. We need the Spirit of God. Without the love that he alone
can shed abroad in our hearts, we can never escape the self-centredness which
drags us down. The good news is that the has said ‘If you, being evil know how
to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father
give the Spirit of love to those who ask him.’
SHILL VALLEY AND BROADSHIRE SERVICES MARCH 2013
Sunday 3rd March (Lent III)
9.00am Alvescot Holy Communion Rev MacInnes
9.00am Westwell Holy Communion Rev Wheaton
10.30am Kencot Parish Communion Rev MacInnes
4.00pm Bradwell Village Church@4 Rev Wheaton/Rev
6.00pm Black Bourton Evensong Mr Jeremy Lane
Wednesday 6th March
9.00pm Holwell Compline Rev MacInnes
Sunday 10th March Mothering Sunday (Lent IV)
9.00am Broadwell Holy Communion Rev Wheaton
10.30am Alvescot Mothering Sunday Service Rev Johnson
10.30am Filkins Mothering Sunday Service Rev MacInnes
10.30am Langford Mothering Sunday Service Rev McGrath
10.30am Shilton Parish Communion & Rev Wheaton
10.30am Kelmscott Mothering Sunday Service Rev Kettle
6.00pm Kencot Evensong Rev MacInnes
Wednesday 13 March
9.00pm Kencot Compline Rev Wheaton
Sunday 17th March (Lent V)
9.00am BBourton Holy Communion Rev MacInnes
10.30am Holwell Parish Communion Rev Wheaton/Rev
10.30am Langford Parish Communion Rev Johnson
6.00pm Westwell Evensong Rev MacInnes
Wednesday 20th March
9.00pm BBourton Compline Mr Jeremy Lane
Sunday 24th Palm Sunday
10.00am B Poggs/Filkins Palm Sunday Benefice Rev MacInnes/Rev
Procession to Filkins for Wheaton
Palm Sunday Service
6.00pm Holwell Benefice Evensong Tbc
Thursday 28th Maundy Thursday
7.30pm Shilton Benefice Maundy Rev MacInnes/Rev
Friday 29th Good Friday
10.30am Langford Family Service Rev Wheaton
2.00pm Lt Faringdon Good Friday Service Rev McGrath
Sunday 31st Easter Day
9.00am BBourton Holy Communion Rev Kettle
9.00am Langford Holy Communion Rev Wheaton
9.00am Westwell Holy Communion Rev MacInnes
9.00am Holwell Parish Communion Rev Harrison
10.30am Alvescot Family Communion Tbc
10.30am Broadwell Parish Communion Rev Kettle
10.30am Filkins Family Communion RevWheaton
10.30am Kelmscott Family Communion Rev Harrison
10.30am Kencot Parish Communion Rev MacInnes
10.30am Shilton Parish Communion Rev Johnson
11.00am Little Faringdon Parish Communion Rev Martin
Wed 13th March Black Bourton 10.00am Rev Wheaton
March 3rd (Purple) Third Sunday in Lent
Isaiah 55:1-9 Psalm 63:1-8 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9
March 10th (Purple) Forth Sunday in Lent
Joshua 5:9-12 Psalm 32 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
March 17th (Purple) Fifth Sunday in Lent
Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalm 126 Philippians 3:4b-14 John 12:1-8
March 24th Palm Sunday (Red or Purple)
Luke 19:28-40 Psalm118:1-2, 19-29
March 28th ( Red or Purple) Holy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-
March 29th Good Friday
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Psalm 22 Hebrew 10:16-25 John 18:1-19:42
March 31st (White) Easter Sunday
Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 John 20:1-18 (or
April 7th (White) Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 5:27-32 Psalm 150 Revelation 1:4-8 John 20:19-31
BIBLE STUDY GROUP
The theme of our Lent Course this year is; ‘looking for evidence of God’s
presence and activity in a world beset by so many moral conundrums’.
March 12th The God who calms our fears
Our meetings are on Tuesday afternoons, from 2.00pm to 3.30pm,at 11 Oakey
Close, Alvescot. You are welcome to any or all of them: I look forward to seeing
you! Contact me on 01993 846169 for more information
SHILTON BAPTIST CHAPEL
There is sometimes a column in a magazine which gives a
selection of a celebrity’s books by their bedside. I thought I
would share mine although I am definitely not a celebrity. I have
a Bible plus Bible notes, a novel by Karen Kingsbury, ‘Out of the woods but not
over the hill’ by Gervase Phinn and ‘The path of the King’ by John Buchan. The
reprint of this book was given to me at Christmas 2011, I have read it but like to
dip into it now and again.
I was first introduced to it by my English teacher several years ago. For some
reason she just read a little of the first chapter and mentioned that it had a thread
running through it concerning a certain family. I was fascinated by the story
especially the part where the boy went from the light to the darkest part of the
room. He was commended for doing this as most people would go from the dark
to the light. I often thought that I would like to read this book but could not
remember the author. However one day whilst walking down a corridor flanked
by shelves and shelves of books in a National Trust house I saw it. There was a
whole series of John Buchan books and among them, obviously, was the book.
John Buchan says: ‘To my wife I dedicate these chapters first read by a Cotswold
fire.’ He follows this by a verse from the Bible in Latin, ‘Linum fumigans non
exstinguet; in veritate educet judicum.’ Isaiah XLII.3. ‘The bruised reed he will
not break, a smouldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring
Preachers for March March 3rd David Earl
March 10th Informal
March 17th Andy Robinson
March 24th Andy Robinson
March 31st EASTER Barry Shepherd
All of our services in March including our Easter service will be at 3pm. Our last
Soup Day of the season is on Wednesday 6th March in the Old School from
12noon until 1.30pm. Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported
us last month, hope to see you again in March.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th March at 3.00pm in the Methodist
Church Schoolroom. This will be a business meeting and there will be no
speaker. All members are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.
SUNDAY SERVICE IN THE METHODIST CHURCH
There will a service at 3.00pm every Sunday in the Methodist Church.
ROUND OUR VILLAGES
The 15 villages that make up the 11 parishes in the Shill &
Broadshire Benefice are lively places. Every month there are
dozens of events organized by the many local organizations that
We are pleased to report on every event that has happened, and
to publicise all those that are to come.
We try to incorporate all the many contributions we receive, but
please accept that we can not always advertise your particular
event in the way you would like.
But please do keep sending us all your Village News.
ST. PETER’S CHURCH TALENT SCHEME:
WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH £10.00?
The challenge is this: take £10.00 and use your talents
to multiply it, as in the Parable of the Talents, five times, ten times, or even more!
On Sunday 10th March, at the end of our Mothering Sunday Service, we shall be
handing out £10.00 notes to anyone who would like to take up the challenge.
Use your imagination to think of ideas. You could use the money to buy baking
ingredients, craft materials, or seeds and sell the fruits of your labours; you could
hold a coffee morning or open your garden; you could buy car-cleaning materials
and clean all our cars; you could hire the village hall and give a talk or
demonstration on your favourite subject; you could join others to host a larger
event… the list is endless!
We shall have the whole of the spring and summer months to put our talents and
the money, to work, and the proceeds of our efforts will be gathered in during
our Harvest Festival on September 29th. And of course all the money we have
multiplied will be put towards the St. Peter’s Restoration and Improvement fund.
If you’re not going to be in church on March 10th, you can still take part, just
telephone me on 01993 846169 for more details.
What could you do?
THE ODDFELLAS RETURN
Please make a note in your diary for 23rd March 2013. Lots of people enjoyed the
evening with The Oddfellas last year and they are happy to play for us again next
year. This time we will raise money for Breast and Prostate Cancer Research.
Tickets £8.00 in advance from Terry 01993 842135 or me on 01993 844124.
ST PETER’S INFANTS SCHOOL
The snow caused great excitement at the start of the term.
Many children were delighted to arrive at school by sledge
and enjoyed working together to build snowmen on the
school field. Thanks to all the staff who braved the snow and ice in order that the
school could remain open. To see photographs of the children enjoying the
snow, please go to the Photo Gallery on our school’s website at, www.st-peter-
We were delighted to welcome the Rt. Revd. Colin Fletcher to our school.
Bishop Colin thoroughly enjoyed visiting all the children in their classes and
finding out about what they have been learning. He lead a whole school assembly
in which he dressed in his robes and told the children all about himself and his
job. It was lovely that he was able to meet some parents and to catch up on
developments of the school, over afternoon tea with staff and governors.
On Sunday 10th March the School will be joining together with the Church for a
very special Mothering Sunday Service lead by Rev’d. Johnson. The school’s
choir will be singing and some of the children will be reading during the service.
The children in Class 1 will be attending a Dance Festival at Burford School at
the end of February. This festival provides a wonderful opportunity for the
children to work with children from other school in the Burford Partnership.
The school will be supporting Red Nose Day on Friday 15 th March. Red noses
will be available to buy from school and the children will be ‘doing something
funny’ to raise money for this worthwhile cause.
Some parents of children at the school will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt and
50/50 sale for all the family on Palm Sunday, 24 th March at 2 o’clock, in the
school grounds. This promises to be great fun for both children and adults and a
good opportunity to pick up a bargain so if you would like an afternoon out for
all the family please come along.
Our annual Easter bonnet parade will take place around the village on the
afternoon of Monday 25th March, starting from school at 1.30pm. Our Easter
Service in St Peter’s Church will be held at 1.30pm on the afternoon of
Wednesday 27th March. If you would like to join us in our celebrations then you
would be most welcome.
Our Village show is on Sat.7th September. Categories for the Photos this year are
1. Family Pet/s
The shows schedule will be out in July, for more information ring Wendy on
ALVESCOT FETE – SATURDAY 15TH JUNE
Thank you to those who came to our first planning meeting last month, we’re off
and running, but due to copy deadlines, I can’t give too much away about this
year’s theme – more to follow in April! As always there will be a range of stalls
and entertainment to keep you occupied during the afternoon, raising much
needed funds for our key Village organisations – the Church, School, Playing
Field and Village Hall. It’s never too early to start thinking about putting things
away for our stalls – children’s toys, books, bric-a-brac (no jumble or electrical
items though), bottles, tombola prizes, even a spare cake in the freezer. We are
grateful to the continued support of our stallholders and we’ll be in touch soon,
but if you’re new to the Village, or keen to get involved this year – please do get
in touch. Many thanks in advance….
Ann Cadogan, Fete Chairman
Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, in St Mary’s Church
as 7.30 pm, everyone is welcome. The next meeting will be 27 th March.
THE ODDFELLAS RETURN
Please make a note in your diary for 23rd March 2013. Lots of people enjoyed the
evening with The Oddfellas last year in Alvescot Hall and they are happy to play
for us again. They sing a variety of British and American Folk songs and play a
variety of instruments This time we will raise money for Breast and Prostate
Cancer Research. Tickets £8.00 in advance from Terry Morris 01993 842135 and
Doreen on 01993 844124.
St Peter & St Paul’s
Is anyone able to keep some greenery going ?
None in Lent anyway; Flower rota should be doing the rounds by now, many
thanks to everybody
PCC meeting March 11th, 7.30pm There will be two annual meetings in April;
dates for your diary, Parish Meeting April 22nd, at 7.00pm.
Parish church council (Everyone welcome) April 15th, at 7.30pm Please do come
to these two annual meetings--there are so few of us that all opinions are valuable
LIFE’S RICH TAPESTRY
It was not a lucky day for me when I fell down badly lit steps that had the white
paint mostly worn off, in Oxford Town Hall-----Crashed down and bingo a
smashed hip. Dramatic ambulance to the J.R. Trauma unit, and nine days there
over Christmas. Very high tech but lots of care and helpfulness. Could not stay
too long, because others waiting for bed, and New Year weekend coming up.
So now am half way through regulation TWELVE weeks do not do this or that
for fear of Dislocation.(scary!) Very Boring, have never broken anything before.
Family have been magnificent--how nice to have them living so close at hand.
And at least there is not much urgent gardening to do just now----
Georgina paid all our money due for the Parish
Pump before they went away, so have you
remembered to put an envelope through her
letterbox with your £5.00?
NEW FROM BROADSHIRES PRESCHOOL
On a Monday there is now the opportunity for the morning
children to stay all day at preschool. They have been arriving bright
and early, proudly clutching their lunchboxes, and getting their first
taste of what life might be like for them in September when they
attend ‘Big School’.
A recent story telling session had the children working in groups to
act out three different fairytales using puppets. They were set the
challenge of building something from the story using the wooden blocks. One
group created the cottage of the Three Bears. This was super-deluxe as it even
had an upstairs (well, they would have needed somewhere for the hard, soft and
‘just right’ beds). The second group built the Billy Goat Gruff’s bridge. This was
a truly fine structure as there was even space for a medium sized troll to fit
underneath. I’m not sure it could withstand that much trip-trapping though! The
strongest house of the 3 Little Pigs was created by the third group. Huge
amounts of huffing and puffing was done while the building was being made, but
not a single brick toppled. The Wolf would have been very frustrated!
All the children have enjoyed celebrating the Chinese New Year. Coordination
skills were seriously put to the test when attempts were made to use chopsticks.
Some were successful, which bodes well for future orders from the Chinese
takeaway! Snakes have been decorated, and much fun has been had with first
efforts at writing Chinese. Little red envelopes containing lucky money have been
handed out. I could really do with a good few hundred of those, perhaps this
could become a British New Year tradition?!
As always, if you are interested in booking a place for your child or would like
any further information please contact Jackie Overton. Telephone : 01367
860729 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org.
FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS
March 3rd to 24th Lent no flowers
March 31st flowers for Easter Day
ST FILICA VIENNESE MASKED BALL
SATURDAY 20TH JULY
It’s time to dance the night away with St Filica. To
express an interest in a table for 12 please email Cris
Hoad on email@example.com
BEETLE DRIVE FRIDAY 15TH MARCH
In the Village Hall, 7.30pm In aid of funds for Filkins
& Broughton Poggs Produce Show 2013 Entrance £2.50 to include first game
(subsequent games 50p) Wine/tea/coffee on sale. Grand Raffle. No experience
necessary for this fun and silly game, families welcome, do come along. Ffurther
info contact me on 07793 025687 Please make sure you have it in YOUR diary!
FILKINS POST OFFICE
Telephone: 01367 860620 Opening hours
Day Morning Afternoon
Monday 9.00am to 12.30pm 1.00pm to 5.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am to 12.30pm Closed
Wednesday Closed Closed
Thursday 9.00am to 12.30pm Closed
Friday Closed 1.30pm to 4.30pm
ROSTER FOR VOLUNTARY CAR SERVICE TO LOCAL SURGERIES
FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2013
Covering the villages of Filkins, Broughton Poggs, Langford, Little Faringdon,
Kencot and Broadwell (All telephone codes 01367)
5thMarch Mr A Woodford 860319 7th March Mrs M Cover 860302
12th March Mr J Langer 860700 14th March Mrs A Dossett-Davies 860357
19th March Mrs J Geake 860534 21st March Mrs J Higham 860197
26th March Mrs F Shrouder 860053 28th March Mrs H Ward 860430
Charges: Surgery Runs: Carterton, Lechlade and Burford - £2.50, Fairford and
Witney - £5.50 Hospital Runs: Cirencester and Swindon - £9.00, Cheltenham and
Oxford - £11.00 (plus parking charge if paid)
Patients should notify the nominated driver at least 24 hours in advance of their
appointment. The Surgery Service only covers appointments up to 4.00 pm on
Tuesdays and Thursdays. All users of the service must be able to make their way
to and from the car unaided. For all hospital runs please contact me on 01367-
FILKINS NURSERY UPDATE
We were certainly very fortunate with our ‘winter and cold
countries’ topic during the first half of the Spring term; the
snow brought with it some fantastic first hand experience for the children.
We again joined in National Storytelling week. The children looked in depth at
two of their favourite stories- The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Room on the
Broom and enjoyed related role-play, cooking, and arts and crafts activitiesWe
also enjoyed Chinese New Year celebrations- dragon dancing, tasting different
foods and role-play activities in our Chinese Restaurant.
Our Spring term finishes on Thursday 28th March, but Easter Holiday Club will
be running as usual for the following two weeks.
FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS PARISH COUNCIL
The next proposed meetings of the Parish Council will take place on Monday
18th March at 7.30pm in the committee room in theVillage Hall and the Annual
Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday 16th May in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.
Oh yes seems to be my favourite subject of yours....... dog owners PLEASE clear
up and keep control of your dogs. A resident this month watched as a dog
messed outside their house while on a lead and the owner just walked on. We
don’t want to get heavy handed but there is a fixed penalty fine that can be
THAMES VALLEY POLICE ALERT
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STREET LIGHT AT ANSTRUTHER
We reported this light to Southern Electric as not working in December. They
have sent a quote to us as they have advised us that the light, catenary and box
are all in need of replacement and we are in contact with Oxfordshire County
Council for some support with these works. We will get this working again as
soon as we are able.
RE-USE FACILITIES AT STANFORD
You can now take unwanted items to Stanford Waste recycling Centre for resale.
The re-use areas can store goods that are in reasonable condition, and offer them
to the public for a nominal cost. How it works:-
The re-use areas are run by the site operators, who decide on the pricing
structure. Profits from the sales will help to offset the costs of operating the
Household Waste Recycling Centres in Oxfordshire and sending items to landfill,
which currently costs £64.00 per tonne in tax alone.
Goods must be in reasonable clean working condition, and the site operators will
decide on the suitability of items for resale. Some items that can’t be accepted for
re-use are: electrical goods - because at the moment there are no Portable
Appliance Testing facilities on the sites, toys and furniture without the correct
fire safety labelling
Information: As ever... any thoughts/comments/concerns on anything related to
the Parish Council please speak to the Clerk, Cris Hoad 01367 860388 or e mail
All minutes and agendas are available on the website: filkins.org.uk and a file is
held in the coffee shop at the Cotswold Woollen Weavers.
Members of the Parish Council: Richard Martin (Chairman), Rob Bohm, Jeremy
Irwin Singer, Keith Perry, Charlie Payne and Jude Oliver-Jones.
FILKINS VILLAGE SHOP
Opening hours are changing. Our customers
tell us that later hours would help them use
Filkins Village Shop, so from Monday 25th
February, the hours will be:
THIS MONTH AT THE VILLAGE SHOP.......
10th March Mothers Day
Why not spoil Mum with a few chocolates, a bottle of wine or breakfast in
bed.........Come and see what we have......
29th March-1st April
Easter is early this year. Don’t forget your Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns. In
stock just around the corner from 10th March...
Since we last wrote to everyone in the village, we have had some new volunteers
come forward to help ‘man the till’. We are very grateful to these ‘extra hands’,
and we do hope that they enjoy helping Filkins Village Shop flourish.
However, at the moment the entire management of the shop rests with a
committee of only two people. This is a problem for several reasons. Running a
community shop, even a small one, is a lot of work, and it calls for dependability:
two people just cannot sustain the necessary hours on a volunteer basis.
Secondly, the rules that govern our legal structure insist that the responsibilities
are spread across a management committee of at least three members.
We have tried to find volunteers who want to join the committee, and play an
active and dependable role in the management of Filkins Village Shop. So far our
quest has been unsuccessful, but so many people tell us that the shop is
important to them and to the village, that we still hope to find the active
management help we need.
However, If we do not, I must recommend that the members and owners should
close Filkins Village Shop at the end of its financial year on 31 st August 2013.
If you can help, please telephone, on 0797 6055 308.
For over twenty years, we at Holwell have had the good fortune to claim Donald
Chamberlain as our ‘Official’ Organist, devotedly appearing, come wind come
weather, accompanied by his four-footed friend .We thank him very much for all
his time and care, his music has so enhanced our services and he has encouraged
us all to sing. It is only some time after achieving his four score years that he has
decided to do less, and his last official service here will be on Sunday, March the
17th (though he has kindly said he might on occasion help out.....) The Reverend
Patrick Wheaton is going to lead our 10,30 Holy Communion Service and we
will have a chance afterwards to thank Donald for all his generous work.
CHURCH BRASS AND FLOWERS
Church Brass and Flowers Anne Stephens
No flowers during Lent
A big thank you to everyone who so willingly gave their time to decorate the
church during the last year.It was a busy year too - the Jubilee, the Olympics, the
Carol Service as well as Easter, Harvest Festival and Christmas. It was a great
effort and on each occasion the flowers looked really lovely.
It is time to prepare the Flower Rota for this year, so I will soon be contacting
helpers again. We shall be arranging the flowers for Easter on Friday 29 th and
Saturday 30th March ready for Easter Sunday and of course the fact that the
gardens will be open on Easter Monday so hopefully a large number of members
of the public will be visiting our Church.
We always need new helpers, for the fortnightly stints as well as special
occasions. Please don’t feel you have to be an expert flower arranger. Pretty
flowers from your garden and perhaps greenery from the countryside are all that
is needed. Do contact me, or come along to the Church with flowers if you feel
you can help. If you would like a little advice there is always someone to help, or
telephone me on 01367 860357. I would love to hear from you.
CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL
2013 is a year in which an entirely new church electoral roll must be prepared in
advance of the annual parochial church meeting in every parish in the Church of
England. If you would like to be on the church electoral roll a form needs to be
completed and is available from Jane Fyson Manor Farm, Kencot (860223) and
need to be returned to Jane by 20th March.
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
This will take place on Thursday 11th April 7.30pm at the Village Hall.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING & VILLAGE HALL AGM
This will be held on Thursday 21st March 2013 at 7.30 pm in theVillage Hall,
followed by the Village Hall Annual General Meeting. All are welcome to attend.
We always try to pick up litter on the roadside verges in March to keep Kencot
looking at its best, before the grass begins to grow and covers it over. This is
particularly important before our National Gardens Scheme ‘Gardens Open’ day
on Easter Monday (1st April). Residents are kindly asked to ensure that their own
immediate surroundings or areas that they traditionally maintain are clear. People
may wish to do this at times of their own choosing, but we would like to
complete the pick-up by Saturday 23rd March. If assistance is required with black
bags or other equipment, please get in touch with me, Parish Chairman on 01367
860903 as soon as possible.
GARDENS OPEN - EASTER MONDAY 1ST APRIL
8 gardens and the allotments are open 2.00pm - 6.00pm pm for the National
Garden Scheme. Homemade teas are in the Village Hall. Susan Portergill is in
charge (01367 860217) and would love any volunteers to help for an hour or so.
As always, cakes and biscuits are much needed - they should be taken to the Hall
in the morning. So many visitors come for the teas, with the open gardens as a
plus!.A very good plant stall will be at Manor Farm. Money raised for the teas
and maps is split between the Church and the hall. All other money raised going
to the National Gardens scheme for many different charities to help young and
old, whether starting out in life or needing care in later days.
The usual ask - could everyone please make sure their road frontages are clean
Saturday 16th March in the Village Hall at 2.00pm. Free entry. Good Quality
Items Bric-a-Brac, Book, Nearly New,Cake Stall etc Raffle & Light Refreshments
Available Hall Open 6.00-7.00pm Friday 15th to Accept goods. Contact Cherry
01367 860304 or Doreen 860060 Proceeds split 50/50 in aid of Langford Village
Hall & St Matthews Church
NEWS FROM ST CHRISTOPHER’S
It was a sad start to the term when we heard about the death of
Deborah Price, a much loved former governor and volunteer at St
Christopher’s. Some years ago Debs moved to Shilton with her
family and through contacts came to St Christopher’s as a volunteer
to help and support our children. She later became a Governor and was a much
valued member of the team. Sadly, Debs was forced to give up her work at
school after falling ill. After a five year battle, Debs passed away on the 6th
January this year.
Those who knew, and had the pleasure to work with Debs, will remember what a
vibrant, enthusiastic and fun loving character she was. Our sincere condolences
go to Johnnie, Victoria and the family.
At the Church Service in Burford in was announced that the collection would go
to support the work of St Christopher’s. We are immensely grateful and will
announce how the money collected will be used at a future date.
The family are establishing a new charity which will be dedicated to Debs. This is
due to be launched at a Memorial Service in London on Thursday 14 th March
2013. If anyone would like details of the charity please enquire at the School
Office. Good night Debs and God Bless.
This term has been very productive despite the snow and bouts of sickness
within the school attempting to throw us off course. Our year 5 & 6 indoor
athletics team competed in the local partnership competition. Halfway through
the competition they were in last place, but they continued to support each other
and eventually managed to claw their way back and come first.
Six of our Junior children recently competed in a cross-school Mathematics
competition. What struck me was just how enthusiastic and energised the
children were in attempting some difficult and complex mathematical problems.
When the team were asked what they had enjoyed most one child replied, ‘the
challenge!’ That essence of perseverance coming through loudly once again!
No flowers Lent
ST MARGARET’S DAY SERVICE
We celebrated the Feast Day of St Margaret of England, our Patron Saint, in the
church on Sunday 10th February. Villagers young and old participated in this
special service, which featured key events in St Margaret’s life. A cast of
youngsters from both Cole families (Jasmine, Emily, Finn and Oliver) displayed
their acting skills in period costumes during their re-enactment of these events,
after which the Reverend Harry MacInnes kindly displayed his singing skills!
We’re most grateful to Caroline Holden for reading splendidly during the service
and to son James for providing sound effects! Many thanks to Jeremy Taylor for
ably directing the youngsters, writing the script and performing the narration.
Applause goes to everyone who worked so hard to make this service such a
delight for one and all!
The March services in St Margaret’s Church will be slightly different from a usual
• There will be no service on Mothering Sunday (10th March), but we will host
the Benefice service on Good Friday at 2.00pm.
• Easter Day Communion Service will be at 11.00am.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
29th March Benefice Good Friday service in St Margaret’s at 2.00pm.
31st March Easter Sunday Communion at 11.00am.
28th April Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting (APCCM) in the
church after a short act of worship at 11.00am.
9th June Songs of Praise at 6.00pm.
23rd June Church lunch, which will be kindly hosted by Rupert and
Lucinda de Mauley at Canford.
13th October Harvest Festival at 11.00am.
1st December Benefice Advent Communion at 10.30am.
22nd December Carol Service at 6.00pm.
Hard as it is to believe, another year has whizzed by and it is once again time to
invite everyone to hop along to Shilton on Saturday 30th March to have some fun
at our annual egg rolling, boat and duck races, egg hunt and Easter tea. This year
Easter is about as early as it can be so it could still be a tad chilly for this jolly
event but I can guarantee the welcome will, as always, be warm.
Timings as follows:
2.30pm start at the Old School to purchase your painted eggs for the egg rolling
and your entries for the boat and duck races.
2.45pm Easter hat competition (open to all ages and sexes, prizes to be won)
3.00pm Egg rolling down the hill Followed by duck and boat races on the pond
And finally an Egg Hunt back up the hill to the Old School for an Easter Tea
(£2.00 per adult, children free) With delicious home-made cakes to take home.
Fun for all the family and loads of Easter eggs to be won so do come and join us.
The schedule of meetings for 2013 is as follows:
Wednesday 20th March Shilton
Wednesday 22nd May Shilton (statutory Annual Meeting at 6pm followed by
the Annual Parish meeting, open to all, at 7.30pm)
Wednesday 10th July Bradwell Village
Wednesday 25th Sept Shilton
Wednesday 4th Dec Shilton
All meetings start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Meetings at Bradwell Village
take place in the Dining Room. More details on 01993 840825
Our last Soup Day of the season is on Wednesday March 6th from 12 until
1.30pm in the Old School. Everyone is very welcome to come and share soup
and cakes and to enjoy time to chat to villagers. The food is free but if anyone
wants to give a donation then we give all of it to different charities. Thanks
everyone who supported us last month we were able to send £141.00 to Luther
Street Medical Centre, Oxford, which specifically helps the homeless and
vulnerable. Hope to see you on the 6th.
SHILTON HISTORY GROUP
I think our March talk, on Friday 8th March, 7.30 pm as always, at the Old School
(visitors welcome), may be just up my street! The subject is ‘Drunk and riotous -
Friendly Societies in Oxfordshire’ and our speaker is Shaun Morley. I’m afraid
our friendly group only offers tea or coffee.
A good time was had by all who braved the winter
weather to take part in our skittles evening at The
Plough at Alvescot. Husband and wife Ian & Margaret Booth won the best
players of evening award (show offs)
Diary Dates: Friday March 1st 7.30 in the village hall sees our first Quiz Evening
of the year with best quiz master of the year so far Stephen Price.
Friday 15th March at 7.30 in the village hall sees the early return of our very
popular Horse Racing Evening with the last two races of the evening being
auctioned proceeds going to the wonderful Macmillan Cancer Charity. Your host
for the evening will be Ian Booth.
Look out for details of the first St Georges Day celebration dinner on the village
to be held on Friday 19th of April also May will see the first Scarecrow
Competition on Bradwell. I’m so excited I could crush the proverbial grape.
Do you have young children aged between 0-5years old? Why not
come along to our baby and toddler group? Weekly craft activity,
songtime, playtime and refreshments included in the £1.50 per
family contribution. Come along to the village hall for a free taster session, you
and your children would be very welcome. Mondays 9.30-11.30am. For more
details, please contact me on 01367 860890 or Lorraine Ainslie on 01993 822689
Westwell has gone into hibernation and we aint coming out until
the snow stops falling and the rain stops pouring. Even the most
recent pudding club was cancelled, new date in March tba..
A look at events and news from a little further afield.
NEWS FROM BURFORD
BURFORD SCHOOL RANKED
TOP IN WEST OXFORDSHIRE
We are delighted to report that
Burford School is the top of the rankings in West Oxfordshire for our 2012 ‘A’
level results. The DfE has recently published the finalised results for last
summer which placed Burford School 17th, Bartholomew 18th, Cokethorpe 22nd,
Wood Green 23rd, Henry Box 26th, Chipping Norton 30th, Marlborough 34th,
Kingham Hill 38th, and Abingdon and Witney College 50th. The number
indicates the position each school is in Oxfordshire and includes all state and
GEOGRAPHY ENRICHMENT DAY
In January, talented Geography students took part in our annual Year 7 and Year
8 Geography Enrichment Days. Both events were hosted by the Library. The
Year 7 students were given a challenging problem-solving task to overcome
about the water cycle and the re-development of a plot of land. By working in
small teams they were able to present their arguments to the rest of the group.
The Year 8’s were faced with a simulated disaster situation in Pakistan and were
given roles as part of a charity that supplied crucial life-saving equipment in the
aftermath of a disaster. Again, the task involved working in small teams and
presenting arguments to the rest of the group. It’s fair to say that all the students
had a brilliant time and will be able to share their experiences and expertise with
other students as they try to solve similar dilemmas during lessons.
Since September we have been running Parent Forums; the aim of which is to
give parents the opportunity to find out how they can help further with their
child’s learning. In January the Maths Department organised an evening for
students in Year 11 and their parents to help with their revision. The evening
consisted of a quiz of maths questions to test students and parents alike, as well
as showing a variety of useful revision resources. The event was very well
supported and we hope parents enjoyed getting involved in their children’s
revision. The next Forum is for students in Years 8 and 9 and the focus will be
on learning Modern Foreign Languages.
BURFORD SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MUSIC QUIZ NIGHT
Burford School Association are holding a Music Quiz Night on Friday 8 th March
in Burford School Hall. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are
priced at £8.00 each and include a curry supper and licensed bar. There will be a
maximum team size of 8 so either bring your friends and family or join a team
on the night. Tickets are available from Burford School Reception (Tel: 01993
823303) or on the door on the night. If you require any further information,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW FROM BURFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL
Tolsey Class have been researching food as part of their Topic work. Recently,
they were given the opportunity to experience a ‘hands on’ visit from a local
drinks’ company. The owner, Jonathan, detailed the history of the soda drink, the
scientific elements of taste and the importance of the right ingredients for flavour
in creating carbonated drinks. The associated health issues were also explained.
Children were chosen to make their own lemonade, which involved Mathematics,
in considering ratios of lemon juice, sugar and water. They used machinery to
carbonate their version of the drink - the same piece of machinery had been used
for production just hours earlier! There was definitely a buzz around the school,
as the children enjoyed demonstrations and for some, had hands on experience
in creating their own drinks! Tolsey Class have also been given the task of
deciding on a name for the machine used to carbonate the drinks!
The school is very grateful to Jonathan for sharing such a wealth of knowledge -
the children enjoyed their experience and some hoped to create their own
elderflower cordial with their families at home. We are now looking forward to
our next visitor, Carly Seely, a local dental nurse.
The last concert in this year’s Lenthall series takes place at 7.30 pm on
Wednesday, March 27th at Burford School
Britten’s anniversary will be celebrated in a performance by the Bochmann String
Trio of one of his earliest and freshest works, the Fantasy Quartet in F minor.
This will be flanked by music by Mozart, an enormous influence on Britten’s
composing life: the Trio will be joined by Graeme Adams (oboe) for a
performance of the Oboe Quartet in F (K370).
Tickets are available at the door (£12) or in advance (£10) from The Madhatter
Bookshop, Burford, from Music Stand, , Witney, or from Lenthall Concerts tel
Mr Martin Way, well known local historian, will be speaking on Tuesday 12 th
March at 7.30pm at the WI Hall, Brize Norton Road, Carterton (hall is behind
the bus stops) about Horse Brasses and their history. Visitors £3.00. This will be
the first part of a monthly WI meeting, all are invited to come and hear Martin's
talk, both male and female! Please park in nearby car parks if you are coming,
further details from me on 01993 843650 if you need them.
NEWS FROM THE COTSWOLD HOME
Burr, what a time we had during the snowy days in January. I live quite close by
but when there is snow on the ground and the roads are tricky I might as well be
miles away. I remember a time when most, if not all roads, were gritted!
Staff managed to get into work in the morning but when the afternoon and
evening shifts were due, things changed and a sleepover looked like the only
All beds taken, so we dragged mattresses down from the loft and battened down
the hatches for what might prove to be a long night ahead.
The next day we all helped out where we could, from washing up to cleaning,
feeding or caring. By mid-morning our camaraderie spirit was beginning to wane
and when staff managed to slip or slide their way into work, we the nightshift
made our way home. Our grateful thanks to all.
Any excuse to put the kettle on and ask friends and family round to one of our
themed afternoons. When we travelled through Europe on The Orient Express
and while on board, ate some very dainty sandwiches and fancy cakes covered
with sweet fondant icing. The Winterwarmer, an afternoon enjoying toasted
teacakes and crumpets, hot from the kitchen and spread with butter. Time spent
drinking tea from fine china cups and just chatting, making new friends and
catching up with old.
It is not all tea and cake, there are days when we work quite hard. The artists are
busy painting and drawing for the exhibition in May, when we hope to hold an
open evening, followed by an Artisan Lunch the next day.
One Wednesday morning the gardening group faced with pots and compost
managed to plant eighty bulbs. They were up by the following Monday. No
flowers yet but plenty of greenery!
Carol, our administrator, held a meeting on ‘Dignity’ with many of the residents
and staff. An interesting discussion reminding ourselves that a little
thoughtfulness goes a long way. As one resident said at the end, you only receive
from others what you give yourself.
THAMES VALLEY POLICE
RESIDENTS: As many of you may be aware there have
been recent incidents of theft of donations from some local
churches. Stay vigilant and report any descriptions of
suspicious activity around churches to the police. With the
weather improving and gardening starting again in earnest
ensure that your shed security is up to date and in good
working order and mark all your garden tools where possible with your postcode.
Crime remains very low in all the Shill villages. Thames Valley are actively using
the Crime Alert scheme in West Oxfordshire to be involved in reducing crime
look at the link(www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk) or contact your neighbourhood
team to discuss. Community vigilance remains a high priority so keep an eye on
your neighbour’s properties, and if you see anything suspicious such as vehicles
or people hanging around please report it on the numbers below. In an
emergency always call 999
PCSO Colin Davies
COTSWOLD BABY MASSAGE
Baby massage may appear to be a relatively new concept and yet it has been a
technique thriving for some years in this country; tens of years in others.
Babies have all kinds of ways they want to communicate with you non-verbally
and my classes help you to understand these messages and through massage
further help you to connect with each other. Touch is the first sense we develop
in the womb so gentle massage is a sensation babies will enjoy and understand.
Massage has many benefits aside from one-to-one interaction together. It serves
to stimulate body systems, relieve growing pains and relaxes the baby.
Baby massage classes are a wonderful way for you to build bonds with your baby
through positive nurturing touch in a safe and warm environment. My classes are
an hour-and-a-half and over five weeks teach a full body routine (including a
special method to help relieve colic. Classes are for parents and babies aged 0-1
(newborn to pre-crawling). Classes are very much baby-led so you needn't be
concerned they clash with baby's sleep, feed or changing times, and you are
encouraged to tend to their needs throughout.
I am a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) via the International
Association of Infant Massage (IAIM), already an established massage therapist,
plus Reiki practitioner/teacher. The course – accredited by the Royal College of
Midwives – costs £60, which includes comprehensive handouts and oil, plus the
provision of mats and cushions. Full details of the next course and how to book
can be found at www.head-to-heal.com (Cotswold Baby Massage); email me at
email@example.com or phone me on 07818 440824.
LOSE A STONE BY DRINKING WATER - REALLY ?
Research does suggest that drinking plenty of water may help you lose weight.
Research shows that people who drank two glasses of water 20 to 30 minutes
before every meal lost weight more quickly initially and lost significantly more
weight than those who didn’t.
In other Studies it was found that people who drank water before meals ate an
average of 75 fewer calories at that meal. This may not seem like much, but if you
ate 75 fewer calories at lunch and dinner for the next year, you could lose about
In addition, being even 1 percent dehydrated can cause a significant drop in
metabolism, which can also interfere with weight loss.
Finally, it is very difficult for the body to differentiate hunger from thirst. If you
don’t drink enough water throughout the day, you may mistake thirst for hunger
and eat more than you really need, which can also impair weight loss. So staying
well hydrated is important, particularly if you are trying to lose weight. And don’t
forget to eat lots of water-based foods like soups, vegetables and low-fat dairy,
which are equally important for weight loss, as they lower the calorie density of
meals. This helps you reduce calories without reducing portions so drink water.
GM Fitzsimons Fitfigures Ltd
NEWS FROM COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK
Easter Egg Hunt & Cotswold Falconry
(right: Meerkats enjoying an Easter Treat –
This Easter (29th March- 1st April) the
Park is having an Easter Egg Hunt
where children can win a little
chocolate egg. There will also be Birds
of Prey flying displays from Cotswold
New to the Park are a pair of Six-
Banded Armadillos from South
America and coming shortly are
Crocodile Monitors, one of the world’s largest reptiles. Our Restaurant has been
totally refurbished and on display are the winning entries of our 2012
Keep a look out for details of the 2013 Photography competition on our website
or sign up to our e-newsletter (on our website) to receive news updates, baby
animal photos and ‘what’s on’ at the Park.
ANGLICAN CURSILLO IN THE DIOCESE OF OXFORD
Anglican Cursillo is a movement of the Church providing a method by which
Christians are empowered to grow through prayer, study and action and enabled
to share God’s love with everyone
Oxford Cursillo is organising an event on Saturday 13 th April 10.00am to 3.30pm
for those who have not experienced a Cursillo weekend so that they can find out
more about how it can benefit churches in the Diocese.
If you would be interested in knowing more, please contact the Lay Director,
Peter Watsham, at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT ARE WE HAVING FOR DINNER?
Algerian Lamb Stew with Prunes Laham Lhalou
I cut this recipe out of the Times recently, thank you Lindsey Bareham, because it
looked rather good, and I happened to have pretty much all the ingredients in the
store cupboard. This is the thing about tagines; there may be rather a lot of
ingredients, but they are, in the main, things that you already have. The recipe
itself is simple, the only tricky part, if your eyes are not quite what they were, is
reading the ingredient list. But, once assembled together in the order in which
they are added, it is a doddle. Laham Lhalou is Arabic for ‘sweet meat’ and,
indeed, the prunes, honey and spices make a delicious, sweetly rich stew that
requires only plain couscous to make a rather special supper dish. I found dozens
of variations on this Algerian stew: as with all traditional regional dishes there are
as many versions as there are families who hand down their own particular
variation through the generations (and variations of the Arabic spelling too).
Some had raisins as well as prunes, others replaced the coriander with flaked
almonds. I liked this particular one as I love fresh ginger and coriander and,
indeed, added extra ginger as I like it so much. That is another thing; the recipe is
not prescriptive, consider it as more of a guide. The prunes were in a 250g pack,
so they all went in. The lamb weighted 1kg, so in it all went too. If you don’t
have fresh ginger, dried will work too. Can’t find fresh coriander? Use flat leaf
parsley and perhaps a sprinkling of flaked almonds at the end. Whatever variation
you try, I can guarantee that it will be delicious.
750g boned, trimmed shoulder of lamb 1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp olive oil 1 bay leaf
2 onions, finely sliced 3 tbsp lemon juice
25g fresh ginger, finely chopped generous pinch saffron threads
2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 dsp honey
80g bunch of coriander 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 heaped tsp each ground cumin & 600ml chicken stock
coriander 200g soft ready to eat prunes
1 flat tsp dried chilli flakes 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Method Cut the meat into 5cm strips. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large saucepan and
quickly brown the meat in batches, transferring it to a heavy bottomed, lidded
casserole. While it is browning finely chop the stalks of the coriander, reserving
the leaves for later. When the meat is done, add 1 tbsp oil to the saucepan and
gently soften the onion. After a few minutes add the chopped garlic. Next add
the cumin, ground coriander, chilli, cinnamon stick and bay leaf and stir to cook
the spices. Add the tomatoes, lemon juice, saffron, honey, ginger and the stalks
from the coriander and scrape the spicy residue from the surface of the pan so
that it is all combined. Pour over the lamb, add the stock and heat to a simmer.
Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, giving the odd stir. Reduce the heat to low,
cover and cook for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes add the prunes and balsamic
vinegar and continue to simmer, uncovered for a further 30 minutes. When
tender, check the seasoning and stir in the remaining coriander. Serve with
couscous. Serves 4.
PATIENTS AND GPS CALL FOR BETTER TREATMENT FOR
CHILDREN WITH ME/CFS
There are estimated to be 310 children under 14 with CFS/ME in Oxfordshire,
many of whom have had to put their futures on hold because there are no local
specialist medical services to help them recover.
Patient group OMEGA (Oxfordshire ME Group for Action) recently surveyed
Oxfordshire GPs, with the support of Oxfordshire Local Involvement Network
(LINk), on services for patients with CFS/ME. They found that over two thirds
(68%) of GPs would support a multidisciplinary team for children because they
feel that services for young patients with ME/CFS are even less satisfactory than
those for adults. At present the Oxfordshire Community CFS/ME Team
(OCCMET) is only able to treat children from the age of 14, which leaves
families struggling to manage on their own with an illness that is often
Mark Ellis, father from Oxfordshire, whose daughter has had ME for nine years
‘When Sophie fell ill, although supportive, our GP simply did not have the
knowledge or understanding of the illness to recognise it; they just do not have
enough information or training. Because it took 6 years for her to receive a
confirmed diagnosis of ME, her doctors didn't know how to treat her and her
condition became increasingly worse over time. For the past 3 years she has been
severely affected and has been in hospital for a total of 7 months in the last year
being fed by tube to keep her alive. If ME had been diagnosed when she first
became ill following a gastric virus 9 years ago, and we had received good advice,
there is no doubt that she would not have become so severely ill. Better
education for GP’s and a community service for children like Sophie are vital to
prevent this happening to another child.’
Mrs Kew, a mother from Oxfordshire, whose son was diagnosed with ME seven
years ago, said:
‘We had four different paediatricians over five years, and it was unhelpful to have
to restart with each one. We were sorry we weren’t able to get a referral to
OCCMET as we heard it was helpful to another family of a child over 14 years
Ten years ago, Oxford ME Group for Action (OMEGA) surveyed Oxfordshire
GPs and found that they were unclear about the system for referral and
treatment of adult ME/CFS patients and that a majority were in favour of setting
up a specialist clinic. Findings from this survey helped Oxfordshire PCTs to
secure Department of Health funding for the specialist community treatment
service, the Oxfordshire Community CFS/ME Team (OCCMET)
Despite being classified as a serious neurological illness by the World Health
Organisation, CFS/ME remains much misunderstood. The National Institute for
Clinical Health and Excellence (NICE) stated in 2007 that:
‘The physical symptoms can be as disabling as multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus
erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, congestive heart failure and other chronic
This recent survey shows that a quarter of Oxfordshire GPs still do not know
where to send their adult patients for treatment – the same proportion as found
by OMEGA’s earlier survey. The results of the current survey also revealed that
although the vast majority (93%) recognise CFS/ME as a clinical entity three-
quarters (74%) call for more information to be provided and said there is a need
to clarify and improve the guidance to GPs and improve awareness of CFS/ME
services. Very many (89%) of GP respondents were in favour of a primary care
(community based) single point of access to services for CFS/ME.
Changes are needed to improve services for children and adults with ME/CFS to
enable them to receive the medical support that they need.
Margaret Eaglestone Margaret.email@example.com 01865 883488
3 STEPS TO A GREENER HOME
Holding on to more of the heat you pay for is a sensible way to reduce your
energy bills. In an older home 3 key steps will help to achieve this:
1. Draught-proofing Start by draught-proofing doors, windows, letterboxes,
keyholes and cat flaps. Install extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms so you
don't need to open windows.
2. Insulation You’ve put 270mm in the loft. Now to the walls. If they aren’t
cavity walls which are easily insulated, solid wall insulation may suit. Adding it
externally should be easier following a recent change in planning advice. If not,
internal wall insulation adds real comfort and is best installed just prior to
redecorating. All these approaches are supported by the government’s Green
3. Improved Glazing
Energy efficient glazing is now available to replace single glazing, even in original
sash window frames. If upgrading isn’t affordable, consider removable secondary
glazing. Failing that a thick pair of curtains helps! You can see these and other
improvements in exemplar homes in March and September when SuperHomers
host free events around the country. For more information and to meet a
homeowner who has already had the work done, see www.superhomes.org.uk
CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR THE
Send your event details to Gill Cox (contact details inside front cover) by 10 th of
each month for events taking place during the following month
19th-23rd Burford School presents ‘Grease’ Tickets tel 01993 823303
20th Shilton Parish Council 7.30pm. Details 01993 840825
21st Kencot APM and Hall AGM, 7.30pm, Village Hall. All Welcome
23rd Evening with The Oddfellas Tel 01993 842135 or 841124
27th Black Bourton Parish Council St Mary’s Church, 7.30pm .
Mondays Bradwell Babes 9.30 – 11.30
Thursdays, Chess at The Vines, Black Bourton 6.45pm
Bridge Club, Bradwell Village Hall 1.30-4p.m 01993 822712/ 823582
FREE ADVERTS – SALES AND WANTED (Not trade)
Do you have items you would like to sell?
Do you want any items?
If yes e-mail details to Gill Cox firstname.lastname@example.org
or send by post ( details inside front cover)
IT’S FREE TO ADVERTISE