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Earlier this month my father stopped by on the way from Cornwall to do some
very important stuff in up north. After a few coffees and a catch up he
mentioned he’d got some of my old things for me to sort through. ‘Some’ turned
out to be three massive boxes which took over the entire sitting room and which
took both of us to lift.
This was all stuff which I had packed away when I was 18; mostly diaries, photo
albums and an awful lot of teatowels (I don’t know why). Honestly the 80’s were
shocking a shocking decade, weren’t they? Possibly the most cringeworthy
picture is me aged fourteen with my friend’s puppy and we both have identical
corkscrew curls. The puppy’s locks a result of meticulous breeding and
grooming; mine a perm which went horribly wrong.
One of the best ones, however is a photograph of me on my
last day at primary school. Clasping onto my satchel for dear
life, I’m running out of the school scowling at my mother,
who’s snapping away grimly determined to get a shot of me
that doesn’t look like I’ve swallowed a lemon. Imagine a
raincloud with a face on it, that’s how I looked, but more
stabby. In fact, will heroically brave ridicule, here it is...see?
Such a contrast with my twins, who next week will be leaving
their primary school. Having stormed their SATS and had a
thoroughly jolly time at St Christopher’s, they are happily looking forward to
life’s next challenge, whilst plotting how to send their old school uniform to
outer space to amuse the aliens. Describing what they’ve most enjoyed this year,
Ludo, in a flawless moment of tact that he certainly didn’t get from either of his
parents stated that he enjoyed ‘reading the variety of books the school has to
offer because I can enjoy reading whilst learning’. Toby’s best bit were his SATS
because he loves tests (actually, he gets that from his father, but I still think that’s
weird). If I hadn’t been present at the birth, I would wonder if they were mine.
Still, it’s the end of an era. After eleven years of hanging around school gates, I
need be there no more .No more pretending to have forgotten the cupcakes (I
lost the will to ice fairy cakes after about five years, sorry), no more hanging
around in all weathers wondering if the teachers can actually tell the time because
surely the children should be out by now, no more parking rage, no more pride
that your child has come out of school wearing a smiley sticker on his jumper.
Until I realise they’ve got the wrong jumper by mistake.
However, when one door shuts and all that. Although I do tend to think that
sometimes the force of the door slamming tends to blow open a hole in the
opposite wall. We’ll be off for our hols, way down south and down the road to
the pool, and hopefully with the odd spectacular thrown in. Happy holidays!

Dear friends
I’ve often felt that John Betjeman had a point when he wrote the short poem:
                       When things go wrong its rather tame,
                         To find we are ourselves to blame,
                           It gets the trouble over quicker
                          To go and blame it on the Vicar.
                               The Vicar after all is paid
                         To keep us bright and undismayed!
That is how the clergy are sometimes regarded. But those who are ordained to
the service of the Church are being invited to do something infinitely more
sublime than keeping people ‘bright and undismayed’.
When the Bishop of Oxford prayed for our gifted new curate, David Spence,
when he ordained him as a Deacon at the end of June, he was affirming the fact
that Christ had given him an incredibly high calling. He has been personally
chosen for a particular work, and comes to us with an awareness that this is not
just a job that he thought might be interesting to do, however much he may have
liked the idea. It is a vocation. If a Rugby player is chosen to represent his
country, his attitude will be different from someone who just comes to watch.
There is a sense of dedication, of responsibility, of commitment. In this way
David is to be a model, a pattern of what every Christian is called to be. Those
who follow Jesus do so, not just because they think it is a good way to live, or
simply because they have decided to join a church. It is because they have a sense
of being called, chosen, forgiven, and set apart by God. The Christian life is a
calling, and the ordained person is there to encourage and foster that calling, and
help others through the times of trial and doubt and difficulty. Amongst many
thing one of the wonderful lines from the David’s ordination service is that he is
to work with fellow members of the church in searching out the poor and weak,
the sick and lonely and those who are oppressed and powerless reaching into the
forgotten corners of the world that the love of God may be made visible, and so
draw people into an experience of the love of Christ.
I hope you will be able to join me in welcoming David, Elly and the children to
our Benefice and praying for God’s blessing on them as they settle into life here
in the Cotswolds and enjoying all that God has for them all.
Harry Macinnes

T     he 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, and information on memorials in our
church yards as well as links to other useful sites.

4th August Tenth Sunday after Trinity
10.30am Langford               Benefice Communion               Rev Kettle
4.00pm Bradwell Village Hall   Church@4                         Rev Ross
11th August Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
9.00am   Westwell              Holy Communion                   Rev Kettle
10.30am Filkins                Parish Communion                 Rev Kettle
11.00am Little Faringdon       Matins                           Rev Spence
6.00pm Black Bourton           Evensong                         Mr Jeremy Lane
6.00pm Kencot                  Evensong                         Rev Spence
18th August Twelfth Sunday after Trinity
9.00am   Black Bourton         Holy Communion                   Rev Johnson
10.30am Alvescot               Family Service/Baptism           Rev Johnson
10.30am Kelmscott              Family Service                   Rev Spence
6.00pm Broughton Poggs         Evensong                         Rev Spence
25th August Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity
9.00am    Kencot              Holy Communion                    Rev Ross
9.00am    Shilton             Holy Communion                    Rev MacInnes
10.30am Alvescot              Parish Communion                  Rev MacInnes
10.30am Broadwell             Matins                            Mr Jeremy Lane
11.00am Lt Faringdon          Parish Communion                  Rev Ross
6.00pm Holwell                Evensong                          Rev MacInnes
6.00pm Langford               Evensong                          Mr Jeremy Lane
1st September Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
10.30am   Holwell                 Benefice Communion Service    Rev MacInnes/McGrath
4.00pm    Bradwell Village Hall   Church@4                      Rev Ross/ Spence/
6.00pm    Broughton Poggs         Benefice Evensong             Rev Spence
14th August          11.30am                 Matins             Rev Spence
28th August          11.30am                 Communion          Rev Ross
August 4th (Green) Tenth Sunday after Trinity
Hosea 11:1-11       Psalm 107: 1-9, 43    Colossians 3:1-11            Luke 12:13-21
August 11th (Green) Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20   Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23   Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16         Luke 12:32-40
August 18th (Green) Twelfth Sunday after Trinity
Isaiah 5:1-7  Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19           Hebrews 11:29-12:2         Luke 12:49-56
August 25th (Green) Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity
Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6             Hebrews 12:18-29              Luke 13:10-17
September 1st (Green) Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
Jeremiah 2:4-13   Psalm 81:1, 10-16           Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16    Luke 14:1, 7-14

Forgiveness - Matthew chapter 18, verses 21 - 35.
Modern day life can seem a lot like going on bumper-cars at
the fairground at times. You climb into your dodgem car
knowing that you will get hit, despite the notices around the sides saying that
bumping is not allowed. When you do get hit you then step on the accelerator
pedal to chase the car that hit you. You line them up and try to bump them even
harder than they hit you. That may be a ‘fun’ strategy for the fairground
dodgems, but it is a terrible strategy for life!
When you get ‘bumped’ in life, ‘bumping’ people back who have hurt you with
horrible words or actions only escalates matters to the point where you soon lose
control of the situation, and everyone suffers damage in the end! Jesus has a
much better strategy; to forgive those who have bumped us! Like Peter we may
wonder how many times we have to forgive others, up to seven times? ‘No,
Peter! Up to seventy times seven’, Jesus replied. In other words there are no
limits to grace according to Jesus. As Christians we should always extend a spirit
of forgiveness, especially if someone seems to have gone out of their way to be
unpleasant to us, or tell lies about us, or deliberately hurt us. Jesus not only
taught frequently about the importance of forgiveness, but He also demonstrated
His own willingness to forgive. He forgave
a) The paralyzed man lowered down on a stretcher through the roof.
b) The woman caught in adultery ... ‘let him who has never sinned throw the
first stone’.
c) His disciple Peter for denying he even knew Him.
d) The thief on the cross next to Him when He was crucified.
e) He even forgave the people who crucified Him ... ‘Father forgive them, for
they know not what they do’ He said.
. Whenever we ask God to forgive us for things we know we have done wrong
we should be asking ourselves, ‘Have I forgiven the person, people who have
hurt or wronged me?’ Our human instinct is to turn away in hatred or
resentment, or even seek revenge, because we want to get our own back! In
contrast Jesus teaches that we should go to that person first, however difficult it
may be, and we should forgive them as often as they need to be forgiven. By
doing it His way it gives us a much better chance of restoring a broken
relationship. He even tells us that we must not even keep a record of how many
times we forgive!
So my friends, when you get ‘bumped’ in life, remember that ‘bumping back’
only makes matters worse. Instead jump out of that ‘bumper car’ before you
really hurt someone. God bless you.
Mike Barrett

Preachers for August
August 4th      Informal
August 11th     Tony Gibson
August 18th     Mike and Chris Barrett
August 25th     David Earl
Our services are all at 6.00pm and visitors will be very welcome.
Elizabeth Harfield

O        ur next meeting will be on Wednesday 7th August at Filkins Hall at
         3.00pm. The speaker will be Mrs Jean Smith of Witney. Her talks are
         always fascinating. All are welcome, refreshments will be provided.

       here will a service at 3.00pm every Sunday in the Methodist Church.
       Barbara Edwards

We are delighted to welcome our new
curate David Spence who has joined the
Benefice.David and Elly have just moved
into Filkins with their two boys and we
look forward to his ministry with us as
they settle into life here in the Cotswolds.
On Saturday 29th June David was
ordained at Christ Church Oxford as a
                         FAREWELL TO
                         THE REV'D
                         On 23rd of July we
                         had a wonderful
                         family service in Filkins. Violet Wheaton was baptised
                         during the service and this was the last service that Patrick
                         took. It has been wonderful to have Patrick and the
                         Wheaton family with us and we wish them every blessing
                         as they move to St Matthews in Cheltenham where Patrick
                         will be the assistant Vicar.
                         Harry MacInnes (pictured with Patrick, Louise and Violet
                         Wheaton, his new goddaughter)

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
flourish here.
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

Some of you will have seen signs of activity on the church land and in the
churchyard over the past months. We are pleased to be starting to implement the
first stages of our project to restore and improve our 900 year old listed church
building. We have worked hard to obtain some grant funding for this project but
much of the costs still have to be met from our local fundraising.
In recent weeks there have been some very big pieces of plant working here! This
has linked to the drilling of our ground source heat pump - which will power the
future new heating system for the church. We are grateful to BRE with the Big
Lottery Funding for their financial support. We are also drilling our own water
supply for the church making our community building as self sufficient and cost
effective as possible.
In March we used the Department of Culture, Media and Sport grant ( through
Oxford Diocese) to pay for part of the foundations for the small new extension.
We are now using grants from West Oxfordshire District Council and The
Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust to start building this extension to provide
the plant room and a disabled toilet facility. We thank our local village
community for your support, but our fundraising must continue to enable us to
cover all the costs involved in this work.
By the start of 2014 we hope to begin more work on repairing the roof,
stonework and drainage around the church. This will then solve most of the

damp problems. This will in part be funded by an English Heritage grant. All
major grants like this are now linked to a percentage of local fundraising which
has to be used to meet the total costs. We are currently having the preparatory
surveys done which are required for this work - including bats, tower access,
timber quality, foundation depth and overall building access survey.
Once all this ongoing work is paid for we hope to move into the final stages of
the project in 2014, when we will have raised enough funds to replace the floor
and install the underfloor heating in the church.
 This will completely solve our problems with damp and ..... can you imagine it...
create a warm St Peter’s Church? We dream about it!
As we wrote in February this year ...we look forward to the end of 2014 when
our church building will be more structurally sound, dry, warm and comfortable,
and more readily usable by the whole community, including the school, for a
range of activities.
Please continue to support the fundraising to preserve this very special ancient
Alvescot building so that it remains standing and viable for centuries to come.
Tessa Farley and Jayne Lewin and Alvescot Church Council
Writing the day after the Fete, we were able to report in last month’s Parish
Pump the good news that, despite a damp start, it had been well-attended with a
good time had by all. Now that there's been a chance to take stock the even
better news is that over £5,000 was raised, slightly more than last year. As a
result, the main beneficiaries in the village (the school, the village hall, the playing
field and the church) will each receive a donation of £1,150. A further small
donation will be made to the Alvescot Ladies, and the remainder will be put aside
for new equipment for future Fetes.
New and popular highlights this year were the silent auction and the Alvescot
Has Talent show, including the ‘celebrity’ show jumping.
Enormous thanks are due to the Fete Committee (Carol Clark, Tessa Farley,
Janet Gervers, Sam King, Jayne Lewin, Richard Munro and Janey Slader) under
the chairmanship of Ann Cadogan, as well as to the many villagers who
supported the event through donations, giving of their time, and coming along
and joining in this important community celebration.
Anyone interested in helping plan the 2014 Alvescot Fete will be welcomed with
open arms. You can contact Ann now on 01993 841522, or watch out for the
announcement in February's Parish Pump of the first meeting of the new year.
Richard Munro
This is on Saturday 7th September, for more details ring Wendy on 01993 841459

This term the school underwent its Statutory Inspection
of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) and we are delighted to inform you
that we have now received our report and that St Peter’s has been judged to be
an Outstanding Church School! The full report will be published soon and will
be available at:
Thank you to the parents, governors and children who were interviewed by the
inspector, and to all the staff who worked so hard for this marvellous result.
We are very proud of our success and would like to share just a few of the lovely
things that were said about our school:
‘Strong relationships built upon Christian values are at the heart of this church
school and result in a passion and drive to ensure the all-round development of
the children. The school’s mission statement of ‘Belonging, Believing and
Building a Future’ is evident in all the work of the whole school enabling
coherent practice. This secures high academic achievement and attainment and
strong spiritual development by all children. The impact of these Christian values
is shown in the exemplary behaviour of the children and their growing empathy
and compassion for others. One parent stated that, ‘this school gives children an
excellent foundation as a person, and in that regard I don’t think we could have a
better school than St Peter’s.’
Mrs Neame’s recorder players performed a concert for parents, staff and
children. All children, regardless of how long they have been learning to play or
their ability, performed with confidence and great pride in their success. Many
thanks to Mrs Neame who works so hard with these children and gives then so
much confidence in their first experience of playing a musical instrument.
All the Year 2 children have made visits to their new schools this month and the
rest of the school visited their new classes for the day. We welcomed our new
children and families who will be starting at St Peter’s in September and all the
new children enjoyed a busy morning in the Foundation Stage Class.
It has been a busy term at St Peter’s and it is not over yet. We are looking
forward to trip to The Ridgeway and a residential trip for the Year 2’s at The
Court Hill Centre, our whole school trip to the Cotswold Farm Park at Guiting
Power, the annual Family Barbeque, the Leaver’s Service and Family Picnic.
I would like to wish everyone a very happy summer holiday, on behalf of the
governors, staff and children at St Peter’s. We look forward to welcoming our
new families at the start of the new school year which begins on Wednesday 4th
September for children in Years 1 and 2 and on Monday 9 th September for new
children starting in the Foundation Stage Class.
Sam King

A Car Boot Sale will be held in Gassons Field, Alvescot on Saturday 21st
September 10.00am - 3.00pm by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Johnson. If you
book a pitch and pay in advance it will be £10.00, otherwise if you come on the
day it will be £15.00, proceeds to Cancer Research. Refreshments will be
available. If you are interested please contact Terry Morris on 01993 842135 or
me on 01993 844124
Doreen Hart

               BLACK BOURTON
               St Mary’s

The BBVA put on another successful wine tasting evening in St Mary’s Church
in July. This time we sampled South African wines and Darren of Vincisive
Wines gave a very informative talk covering the area the grapes were grown and
details of how long they spent in the oak and many other facts which I had never
considered. The wines were delicious as were the refreshments supplied by the
BBVA. Selecting and drinking wine will take on a new aspect in the future. A
very enjoyable evening.
The Parish Council do not hold a meeting in August. The next meeting will be
25th September in St Mary’s Church at 7.30. Everyone welcome.
Calling all cyclists, walkers and horse riders. Saturday 14 th September is the day
you could raise money for our lovely St Mary’s Church and the Oxfordhsire
Historic Churches Trust by visiting Churches in this area. If you are interested
please contact me for a sponsor form or if you would like to sit at the Church for
a while and welcome the visitors it would be greatly appreciated. Call me on
01993 844124 for more details.
Gassons Field, Alvescot on Saturday 21st September 10.00am - 3.00pm by kind
permission of Mr and Mrs Johnson. If you book a pitch and pay in advance it
will be £10.00, otherwise if you come on the day it will be £15.00, proceeds to
Cancer Research. Refreshments will be available. If you are interested please
contact Terry Morris on 01993 842135 or me on 01993 844124
Doreen Hart

On the 18th June 2013 a
simple tree planting
ceremony was held on
the Village Green to
commemorate the
Queen’s Diamond
Jubilee of 2012.
Carterton Lions very
generously made us the
gift of a dark red maple,
Acer campestre
‘Crimson King’ and
their president, Mr Don
Rouse, and Lions
members, Jeff Knight
and John Radburn came along to officially plant the tree. Cllr Steve Dickson who
organised the gift through his contacts with the Lions, Mrs Christine Dickson,
Mr Alec Jones, Mrs Sue Cartwright and myself represented Black Bourton. Mr
and Mrs Jones have volunteered to water the tree, as necessary, to make sure it
thrives on the Village Green for many years to come.
Anne Sherriff, BBPC
The service at the cairn at the bottom of the drive to Mill Farm, will be held on
Tuesday 27th August at 2.00pm. Tea afterwards at Mill Farmhouse. It is always a
wonderful event and you are most welcome to come. Please contact me on
01993 842849 if you would like any further details
Monica Tudor

                  St Peter & St Paul’s
August 4th, 11th                 Vivien Godfrey
August 18th, 25th                June Goodenough
Don’t forget, the harvest lunch is on October 6th. We have not yet had
notification that we can have the church Harvest Festival on that new date, but
we hope so. Information leaflets about the lunch will be put through letterboxes
early August

This is a quiet village, but we are getting down to forming a Village Plan. Much
needed, because apart from four barn conversions, nothing has been newly built
since 1937, and the population gets less and less. In living memory there were
two cottages condemned just this side of the Lower Manor Farmhouse; but over
the past two centuries the population was steady at around 220, Now it is around
90, give or take some who are here only at weekends, which shows how large
families were living in very small cottages. Roger Goodenough, who was born in
thus village in 1927, can remember barefoot children in cottages with earth floors
And the way one knew a car was on the road from Carterton to Filkins by the
cloud of white dust rising up from the unmade road surface.
Things are so different now, but we do need more people, to keep us alive, so
support for the Plan is essential
June Goodenough
The children of Broadshires have turned scientific
investigators in recent weeks as they have been learning
about how water can affect the growth of plants. They
observed how the 1st bean that was not watered didn’t grow
at all, the 2nd, with water, grew to about 18 inches tall, and
the 3rd which had inconsistent bouts of water grew but then
withered and died. The latter was to demonstrate to the
children the effects that droughts in Kenya can have. All the
children can confidently explain the results and, you never know, there could be a
young Einstein somewhere amongst them!
Our two work experience students have had a fantastic week. They’ve worked
hard and had lots of fun with the children.
The recent good weather has meant that there is an even greater attraction for
water! No need for the children of Broadshires to go to the seaside, they’ve just
created their own beach. Sunhats firmly on, sun lotion applied, you would be
hard pushed to know the difference between this and the Med (well, okay, that
might be a slight exaggeration!!) Lunch and snacks have been enjoyed in the
shady spots. Long may the sunshine continue!
Our nineteen oldest children will be leaving us to move on to their next big
adventure. They are all very excited to be going to school and we wish them all
the very best as they set out on the next leg of their journey.
We have a few spaces left for our afternoon sessions. These run from 12.30-
3.00pm. If you think you might be interested in a place take a look at our website
to see what we get up to or contact Jackie Overton by email :
Rowan Harris

             St Peter’s

Marion Ruth Hicks was born 29th October 1942 in the village of Kelmscott. She
was the younger sister, by 12 years, for Dorothy. Marion lived her whole life in
this beautiful part of West Oxfordshire and became a loved, appreciated and
always recognised figure within her community. One resident has recalled that
from her first meeting Marion always met her with a smiling face and welcome as
she biked through the village. In recent years the bike was often replaced with a
pram but the same smiling face is a an image etched on the memories of those in
Filkins and Broughton-Poggs where Marion and Brian made their home and
raised the family for the last 40 years.
Brian and Marion married 46 years ago in St George’s church, Kelmscott, when
Marion was 24. They lived for a while at Langford Downs before moving to
Manor Farm in Broughton-Poggs. This was the house that became home to the
family as children started to arrive - first Nicholas, then Liz and John, and finally
Susan. A short while after Susan was born the family moved to what is now
Church Cottage. Marion was immensely proud of her family, a devoted wife,
mother and grandmother. But she was equally devoted to her community. She
worked for a number of landlords at the Five Alls and then also at the nursery
behind the cottage. Furthermore, she was a tireless and faithful servant of both
churches in the village. She did the flowers and always ensured Filkins church
was open and available from dawn ‘til dusk for visitors and those seeking a quiet
place to pray. Marion’s passing is an immense loss to both her family and the
whole community.
Marion’s appetite for hard work meant she was always busy and there was
forever something else to be done. Brian might nag her to sit down and rest, but
to no avail. Only for ‘Emmerdale’ would she put her feet up. Her hardworking
and loving nature meant she was always willing to help out with hospitality.
Whether at the side of the cricket field for Brian’s team, or subsequently, when
Brian sought more sedate sporting activities, at the skittles, Marion would be
present serving and preparing food. Marion did like it to be done ‘proper’
though. Even when going on a journey tea had to be served in a china cup, with a
saucer. And there were special cups for the occasion, along with a sugar bowl,
and jug for the milk. Other road users might have stared in bemusement at the
car on the motorway with passengers sipping from bone china and saucers.
With such a love of things ‘just so’ it is no wonder that Marion enjoyed the
Jubilee last year. And to cap it the family went to London for Marion’s 70 th and

Daisy’s 5th birthdays. It was a highlight for them all as they visited Buckingham
Palace, and other sights such as the London Eye and Hyde Park.
However, Marion wasn’t afraid to let her hair down a little. She was quite partial
to a gin and orange at a party and dance; more than a bit partial to a trip to the
dogs; and full on and passionate about Weds night Bingo. Marion was always
there for the family, just perhaps not on Wednesday nights. And Marion let loose
the same level of passion when watching sport on the TV. She was never afraid
to let her feelings and emotions be known towards commentators, officials and
participants alike.
Equally Marion loved her garden. And she made sure Brian worked hard at
keeping it just how she wanted it. No passer-by would fail to smile at seeing the
family sat out in the sunshine in the garden, enjoying each other’s company, with
children running around. Perhaps this image goes some way to encapsulating
Marion. Family and community, loving, caring and serving people, these are the
things she will be remembered for. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandma
and friend, her loss to us all is great and although we can give thanks her passing
was peaceful, she will be missed most greatly.
Patrick Wheaton
Filkins Theatre are holding a moroccan evening on Saturday September 21st.
Enjoy a moroccan meal and entertainment by the belly dancer Nicky Livermore.
See next month for more details.
Coming up……Filkins Pantomime time is here again. Auditions will be held on
Sunday September 15th - more details to follow. All are welcome. We are also
interested in anyone who would like to get involved with the sound side of the
production. Thank you
Julia Neame
Once more Appletree Theatre come to gallivant in Cotswold Woollen Weavers’
courtyard. This year Young Pip, and Estella, and Miss Havisham, and Herbert
Pocket, and all their friends and relations will set before us Mr Charles Dickens
‘Great Expectations’. If you've been to an Appletree production before, no need
to say more. If you haven't, ask someone who has. And then everyone buy their
tickets now at Cotswold Woollen Weavers, or telephone 01367 860660 or 0771
3636 415 at any time. Thursday 8th, Friday 9th, Saturday 10th August at 7.30pm
each night. In Cotswold Woollen Weavers' courtyard if dry and warm, in Filkins
Church if not. Adults £8.00, children £4.00. Wine and woollen rugs available.
Come and enjoy a great entertainment.
Richard Martin

Saturday 31st August 2013 Filkins Village Hall, 2.30pm - 4.30pm
A timely reminder that the Produce Show Schedule is now available in Filkins;
from Cotswold Woollen Weavers, the Village Shop and the Post Office. Do pick
one up and DO take part in the show, classes for fruit, flower and vegetable
growers, floral artists, photographers, crafters, jam and chutney makers, lots of
children’s classes and even a one for poultry keepers (of which there are many).
This show has a long tradition in Filkins, and the ‘new management’ is hoping to
improve on last year (and iron out a few glitches), do encourage your children
and neighbours to take part, competition is healthy and friendly, and hey, there
are prizes and cups to be won!
Competing or not do support us, come along and see what a talented bunch our
residents are. Buy a raffle ticket and be enthused, village life is great so be a part
of it. For further information please call me on 07793 025687
Jane Martin
Covering the villages of Filkins, Broughton Poggs, Langford, Little Faringdon,
Kencot and Broadwell (All telephone codes 01367)
Tuesdays                                        Thursdays
                                                1st August    Lady Allison        860787
6thAugust        Mrs G Cox          860250      8th August    Mr W Cox            860250
13th August      Mr J Langer        860700      15th August   Mrs H Ward          860430
20th August      Mrs A Dossett-     860357      22nd August   Mr A Woodford       860319
27th August      Mr A Woodford      860319*     29th August   Mrs J Higham        860197
3rd Sept         Mrs G Cox          860250      5th Sept      Mr W Cox            860250
10th Sept        Mr J Langer        860700      12th Sept     Mr C Morley         860777
17th Sept        Mr B Swales        860394      19th Sept     Mrs K Morley        860777
24th Sept        Mrs J Geake        860534       26th Sept    Mrs M Cover         860302
* Denotes change.
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 hospital runs please contact me on 01367
860319. Otherwise contact Mrs Anne Dossett-Davies 01367 860357
Tony Woodford

As the busy summer term finished, we said goodbye to our pre-
school children with our annual Sports Day and family picnic. A beautiful sunny
day brought out a tremendous number of supporters- family, friends, previous
nursery children and children preparing to join us in September.
The proceedings started with the children’s presentation of songs and dance, and
was followed by traditional races with medals for all participants. Thank you so
much to all our parents for your support over the last 12 months and for being
such good sports in our parent races.
Holiday Club continues all summer for children aged 2-11yrs. Please ring for
details of activities and themed days. Term-time children return to Nursery on
Monday 2nd September.
Louise Jenkins
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

Monday                         3.00-6.00pm
Tuesday                        3.00-6.00pm
Wednesday                      3.00-6.00pm
Thursday                       3.00-6.00pm
Friday                         3.00-6.00pm
Saturday                       3.00-6.00pm
Sunday                         3.00-5.00pm

                 St Mary’s

Rounders vs Westwell An Epic battle for heart and minds
On one rather rainy Sunday morning in June, Holwell awoke to find that

Westwell had parked a large tent on our lawn. Rallying to a cry to arms, our
doughty residents took up bats, racquets and the odd stick and sallied forth. The
gauntlet had been thrown down; the two villages were to face each other in
intense combat; a rounders match. The prize? A chocolate medal and the honour
of our people.....but first, lunch and a couple of drinks (obvs).
The feast that had been gathered by the two villages was simply delicious and
there was more than enough food to feed our two armies. With lashings of wine
and a delicious (but relaxing) raspberry cup concocted by Mr Gibson on offer, it
was a wonder that we ever got to the rounders quite frankly. But, despite the rain,
the two teams emerged from the tent, tossed and took their places on the field.
Did I mention that it was raining?
The age span of our squads was vast, with everyone from the very young to the
old (and even some middle-aged and infirm) striding valiantly up to the stump.
We swished, we swoshed and sometimes we even hit the ball. And the rain did its
darndest and made the field more slippery than a vaselined eel so that even our
most finely honed athletes found themselves face-down on the sodden sod
(Richard Scoulding). After two innings apiece the scores were pretty even, which
led to some desperate tactics from the oppo; body-checking, curly bowling and
even stumping teeny tiny little girls out at first base. Outrageous.
And so our weary, wet warriors returned to the tent beaten but unbowed and we
sat happily sipping prosecco and eating cake until it was time to go home to
bathe our wounds and rest our tired heads.
As we left the field of battle as the sun set, one small Holwellian was heard to
mutter defiantly ‘We’ll be back’. Westwell, you have been warned.
Julie-ann Edwards

                     St George’s

Church Brass and Flowers Meriel Derwent
If you’re not sure what to do on a Wednesday afternoon and haven’t yet called in
to see us, our exhibition and craft fair each week is not to be missed! The event
is held in the Morris Memorial Hall in Kelmscott, from 12 noon until 5.00pm
and parking and entry are free. The exhibition illustrates the history of the hall,
revealing the fascinating story behind this beautiful Grade II listed Arts & Crafts
building bequeathed to Kelmscott by May Morris in memory of her father

William Morris. The craft fair provides an opportunity to purchase beautiful
handmade items by local crafters (all purchases cash or cheque only please).
Both events support the hall, a registered charity and if you need any further
information, please visit our village website, or telephone
me on 01367 253103.
Laura Roberts
Learn how to make felt pictures using sheep’s wool with expert tuition and
guidance by Lindsay Viner, a fibre
artist. Lindsay will show your
children how to create beautiful felt
pictures which they get to take home
afterwards. The price of £8.00 per
child includes all materials and light
refreshments. Please note that all
under 10s must be accompanied by
an adult. The workshop is being held
in the Morris Memorial Hall Kelmscott, 2.30pm til 4.30pm. Advance booking is
essential, please contact me for further details on 01367 253103.
Laura Roberts

                     St George’s

3rd & 10th August Stella Chapman 17th & 24th August Anne Dossett-Davies
31st August & 7th September            Janette Paine
The annual ride and stride in aid of Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust
(OHCT) will take place on Saturday 12th September. All modes of unmotorised
transport are welcome. The aim is to get friends to sponsor you to visit as many
or few churches as you feel able. Half of the proceeds will go to your own church
of St George’s. Sponsor forms are available for those that would like to take part
from me at Manor Farm, 01993 860223. We also need volunteers to sit in the
church to welcome participants if you would like to do an hour please contact
Gill Cox 860250.
Jonathan Fyson

The annual churchyard tidy will take place on Tuesday 6 th August at 6.00pm.
Thank you to our regular mowers. We hope others will join us for an hour or so
for an annual clear up. Please bring shears, secateurs, loppers etc.
Gill Cox
Thank you to David Chapman for treating the weeds on the road side through
the village with weed killer and then removing the dead weeds. It would be
appreciated if people could keep the verges/ areas outside their properties tidy.
Gill Cox

              St Matthew’s

August 5th         Mrs J Edwards
August 11th & 18th Mrs D Lowden
August 25th        Mrs S Kirby
Join us for an evening of whist at Langford Village Hall on Tuesday 6th August.
We start at 7.30pm; however if you would like some tuition please arrive a little
earlier than this. You do not require a partner, but are very welcome to come
with one. The entrance fee of £1.00 includes tea and biscuits at half time.
Everyone is welcome. All profits to Langford Village Hall. If you need any more
information please ring me on (01993) 852378
Jo Hutchings
This past month has seen us celebrate St Christopher’s 80th
academic year. Working in mixed age groups, to promote
supportive and cooperative working, the children had the
opportunity throughout the week to take part in variety of
different activities. Each activity focused on different aspects of
the last 80 years.
The children looked at how the food we eat has changed through the decades
and competed in a quiz based on when different foods were introduced to the
UK. They had a great time looking at fashion from the 1930s and had their hair
‘made up’; lots of hair clips for the girls! In the technology activity children
investigated how methods of communication have changed. It’s hard to believe

that our children will not have known the old rotary telephones! .
Friday saw a true sports day, a whole day of sport! It was great to see the children
all active at the same time participating in such a range of athletic activities. My
abiding memory will be of the great teamwork shown by each of the groups.
Support from parents, carers and extended family was fantastic and helped keep
everyone’s morale up as the rain tried to thwart our plans! The afternoon saw
the sun shine on the righteous and fun was had by all whilst participating in a
                                               range of traditional playground
                                               games and activities. The day was
                                               rounded off with the very
                                               competitive sprint races,including
                                               both the mums and dads races!
                                               The culmination of the week saw the
                                               summer fete. A great deal of
                                               preparation had been done by SCAP
                                               and there was a wide range of stalls
                                               and activities. Cotswold Choir were
                                               in fine voice; wellies were wanged;
                                               prizes were won on the tombola and
some poor headteacher was assaulted by children and adults using saturated
sponges! It was a very good week!
 Shaw Goodwin
We have just passed the
one year anniversary of
our taking ownership of
Cordilleras House in
Richmond, and what a
year it has been.
Fitting bathrooms,
sweeping chimneys,
commissioning a web
site, designing a sign,
setting up an accounts
system, all that is now
receding into the past. The first paying guests crossed our threshold on 26th
September and we nervously held our breath, wondering if everything would
work, would the breakfast be good and the bed comfortable. A slightly more
objective measure is the loved or hated TripAdvisor review and ranking; amongst
46 B&Bs and hotels we have risen to a heady 8th position in our 10 months of

trading so we feel we are getting it broadly right. The ‘Word Cloud’ is drawn
from entries in our visitors’ book which generally points in the same direction, so
once in a while we can sit and feel foolishly smug, until the next large bill comes
in! Maybe together Liz and I have used our wit like a pitch fork and driven the
brute off! We are not yet faced with warming ourselves from a fire in a bucket or
eating windfalls and tinned sardines (Philip Larkin, 1955, Toads) but the project
is yet young and who knows where the road will end? We don’t know, but we
are certainly enjoying travelling the road.
We would still love to see more of you up here. We are only 10 minutes from
the A1 at Scotch Corner, so an ideal break on that long pull up to Scotland, or
just come to discover the beauty of the Dales, Whitby, York, Ripon, Fountains
Abbey, The Ribblehead viaduct, there really is so much here.
Look us up at , we’re even offering discounts on
bookings of 3 nights or more.
Gez & Liz

                LITTLE FARINGDON
               St Margaret’s

August Heather John             September Sophie Cole
A trillion thanks go out to all
the villagers who put their
shoulders to the wheel to
make our annual Church
Lunch such a success on 23rd
June. Despite raindrops
falling on the marquee (and a
few on our heads!), the
festivities went extremely
well. From the salmon to the
strawberries, the lunch was
delicious. A ‘full house’ of
attendees enjoyed the
youthful jazz band and the always lyrical words of the Canon Ron Lloyd, who
returned to address and amuse his former flock. We are most grateful to Rupert

and Lucinda de Mauley for graciously hosting this year’s lunch in their gorgeous
garden at Canford. Without everyone’s help we could not achieve this event’s aim
of generating funds for the upkeep of St Margaret’s Church. The auction and
champers raffle did extremely well, thanks to the kind donors, the enthusiastic
bidders, and our resident auctioneer and stand-up comedian, Sam Butler, who
really should be on the stage!
Barbara Browne
This month, the only service at St Margaret’s Church will take place on 11 th
August at 11.00am. There will be no service on the fourth Sunday because of the
summer holiday.
The annual Ride and Stride around the churches in the area will take place on
Saturday 14th September. You may cycle or walk, choose your own route, and
start and finish at times of your choosing. Participants of any age are welcome! St
Margaret's Church benefits by receiving half the sponsorship money raised. The
other half goes to the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust, from which we have
received grants. Please let me know if you would like the sponsorship forms, list
of churches or other information.
Jeremy Taylor
At the Little Faringdon Church Lunch, it is quite difficult to keep all the drinks at
the right temperature. As a result, we are looking for a used refrigerator that
someone might otherwise throw away. It doesn’t have to look good or be in its
first flush, it just needs to be working! Almost any type, make or size would do
well and would be a great help. Please contact Nigel Dixon on 01367 252413.
Nigel Dixon

            Holy Rood

What a splendid evening we had on 6th July. The church was beautifully
decorated and packed with an audience eager to hear more from the multi-
talented organ player David Bednall. We all enjoyed his playing last year, but this
time was even more of a treat as he was accompanied by an equally talented
young soprano, Naomi MacLeod-Jones, and the two of them entertained us right
royally with a wide range of music particularly suited to a summer evening. And
what a superb summer evening it was. Nothing but balmy breezes, blue sky and
screaming swifts enjoying the evening with us, and probably the music too!

The proceeds from the concert, a total of £608.02, will be donated, via the Debs
Price Foundation, to St. Christopher’s School, Langford. More information on
the Debs Price Foundation and the projects it supports can be found on
We are indebted to impresario Donald Chamberlain for organising the concert.
Donald’s energy and enthusiasm is such that he is already starting work on
another concert planned for 26th October!
Thanks also to the brilliant flower arrangers responsible for making the church
look even more lovely, and to the generous and talented cooks who provided the
amazing array of supper dishes.
And of course to everyone who attended the concert, and to those who couldn’t
attend but still made contributions.
Oh yes, a call from the local community support policeman as I write this
reminds me that the only downside to our concert evening was the theft of a
rather handsome ‘peanut’ bench from the Old School grounds some time after
the guests departed on Saturday night and 10.00am on Sunday morning when the
clearing up party arrived. This bench had recently been donated to the Old
School by some generous villagers. I wonder what sort of low-life could stoop so
low as to steal from a registered charity? If anyone sees such a bench appear
anywhere we, and the police, would be very interested to hear about it.
Shirley Cuthbertson
The Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride is on Saturday 14th
September and as always you can cycle, walk or ride a horse for the event. It’s
such a good day as you can choose which churches you visit and also how long
you wish to cycle, walk or ride. If you don’t wish to Ride or Stride you can
always help by sitting at the church for a while welcoming cyclists or walkers.
Welcomers now have their own sponsor form and so can help collect money for
the Trust and for a church of their own choice. If you would like to help in this
way do please give me a ring.
The sponsor forms have arrived so please contact me on 01993 841194 if you
have any queries. I will also put a few forms in the church porch.
Jean Roberts
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
Katherine Robertson

Our two trips this summer, to Fairford Church and on the Mitford trail, were
very successful and we are indebted to Jane and Muriel for their efforts.
Our next session starts on Friday 13th September (I hope our members aren't
superstitious!) at 7.30 pm as usual in the Old School. Our speakers are Andrew
Long and Martin Bowley, and their subject is The History of Chimney. I hope to
see lots of ‘old’ faces, new members and visitors will be most welcome.
Fred Robertson
When you get to read this the new Bradwell Village Residents Association will be
hard at work preparing social events for the coming year. If you have any ideas
for social events please let any member of the committee know. I’m delighted to
say the committee were able to donate a total of £452.00 this year to two
wonderful causes namely MacMillan Cancer Trust and Sobell House. If you have
a worthy cause please submit it for consideration to the committee.
Tony Cripps
The movers and shakers of the village had planned a lovely family event that
aimed to attract all the residents. The Residents’ Association had thought of
everything; scarecrow competition, fun & games for the kids, a large sprinkle of
magic and a smorgasbord of tasty treats with a succulent hog roast at the centre.
The winner of the scare crow competition was a very realistic member of the
local constabulary and was positioned at the entrance to the village with a speed
gun directed at passing traffic. Not only did it win the competition hands down,
the local council have expressed an interest in using it at speeding hot spots
around the county as part of their austerity measures.
The children of the village took part in a Mini Olympics in the village hall. They
competed in teams at activities that included skittles, hurling balls over the net
and guide your blindfolded team mate through an obstacle course.
After much needed refreshments, the children were then enthralled and
entertained by ‘Uncle Wiggy’ and his magic show.
Now came the main event… bring on the HOG! The pig was expertly cooked
by Derek Pilkington and he was even willing to share his secrets on how to
produce the very best crackling, duck fat! We all tucked in and enjoyed the pork
and the lovely side dishes. I can confidently declare that all appetites and taste
buds were very much satisfied!. A big thank you to all those involved with the
running of the afternoon and evening, a job well done and a lovely evening was
had by all.
Jon Thrower

We are holding a coffee morning in the village hall on Wednesday 7 th August in
aid of Maggie’s Cancer Care from 10.00am until 12.30pm. Everybody welcome
Pat Adams
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
Miranda Mowbray

                 St Mary’s

Westwell news this month begins and ends with the great Rounders challenge.
Flouting recent tradition it was decided that this year's summer event should be
both sporty and neighbourly. A crack unit from Westwell was duly despatched up
the hill to Holwell on a reccy. We found the natives to be friendly, a plan was
hatched and Sunday June 16th became a hotly anticipated date.
As dawn broke beneath another leaden June sky (remember those!?) it looked
sure that Westwell’s new marquee would come into its own and so it proved.
Each participant brought a plate of food to share, this bounty was spread out
under cover. If the quality of the Rounders was to match the quality of the
cuisine we were in for some Herculean feats.
Team captains Julie-Ann and Miles agreed on some version of the rules and as
the drizzle began the tough of the Wellses got going. If skill and athleticism were
not always to the forefront during the match no sheep in the next door field nor
any of the passing MAMILs could fail to be impressed by the commitment. With
scores tied at the halfway point, would it simply come down to who wanted it
more? Perhaps it did, as Westwell pulled clear to take the victory. Man of the
match: Gray jr. Young player award: John Bonas.
Many thanks to everyone who helped make it happen, the marquee erectors, field
clearers, and multitude of chefs. Let’s do it all again next year, with us as hosts.
Miles Gibson

A look at events and news from a little further afield.

                     NEWS FROM BURFORD
                   NEW TO BURFORD SCHOOL –
                   HORSE-HOUSE COMPETITION!
                   Mrs Brown (Head of Science) and
                   enthusiastic horsewoman, runs a very successful equestrian
team as an extracurricular activity at Burford School. She decided that one way to
reflect the school’s links with the rural community was to have a house
competition involving horses. The first ever!’
30 students, horses and ponies took part in the events ranging from Best Turned
Out to Dressage and Show Jumping. The whole school enjoyed the day, visiting
                                                         the field throughout the
                                                         day to support their
                                                         house team members in
                                                         each class. Talitha
                                                         Johnson said, ‘The day
                                                         was brilliant. Everyone
                                                         enjoyed themselves and
                                                         Mrs Brown was really
                                                         good at educating all the
                                                         spectators between each
                                                         class.’ Mrs Haig and Mrs
                                                         Steward judged the Best
                                                         Turned Out class and
                                                         both agreed that the
                                                         standard was really high,
                                                         obviously students had
                                                         been preparing for the
event very early in the morning to be turned out so beautifully.
The day was rounded off when Charlie Hutton from Talland Equitation Centre,
near Cirencester joined the day to hand out the rosettes and cup to the winning
team, Wysdom.
Thanks go to Mrs Brown and her team of Parents and helpers including Mrs
Carpenter and staff from the Blue Cross Centre, who kindly gave up their day to
judge the dressage classes.

During the Spring Term, the Art Department was approached by the Cotswold
Decorative and Fine Arts Society to draw attention to a series of lectures that our
Sixth Form students may be interested in which would help with their
understanding of art.
Chris King, the Head of the Art department met with Jenny Bywater, the Young
Arts representative of the CDFAS, and discussed a range of involvements and
curriculum projects that the Sixth form students were involved with. At this time
Jenny Bywater forwarded the idea that the CDFAS were intending to introduce a
bursary to assist a student during a further Art Educational course for a year.
Following a series of meetings at school and the committee meetings of the
CDFAS, it was agreed that Burford School Art student Lauren Waller would be
the recipient of the bursary to be called the ‘Anne Stevens Bursary’.
Lauren will be attending Oxford and Cherwell College to undertake a Foundation
Course before applying for a B.A.(Hons) course. Lauren intends to show some
work to the CDFAS at the end of the year.
Burford School is proud of its link with the Cotswold Decorative and Fine Arts
Society and the Youth Arts representative Jenny Bywater, and hopefully over the
coming months this link will be strengthened and further developed.
Mary Alcock
Father Christmas needs YOUR help!
I know it’s still summer, but the PTA are always busy looking ahead to the future
events that will raise much needed funds for the school. So…plans are afoot for
our Christmas Bazaar!
Each year we have a lovely mix of stands and stalls and Father Christmas has a
beautiful grotto where the children can come and meet him. Unfortunately, as
Father Christmas loves to hand out a book to each and every child, his budget is
really rather stretched!
That is where YOU come in! FOBPS (the PTA) would be extremely grateful if
any local businesses, or even a resident, felt they were able to sponsor Father
Christmas’s Grotto! We were hoping for perhaps a donation of £50 to cover the
cost of the books, which would mean we only need to charge a nominal so that
all the children can experience the grotto this year.
If you feel this is something you would like to be involved with, please feel free
to contact the school on 01993 822159 or call in, we’d love to hear from you!
Thank you for taking the time to read our request…and Happy Christmas!
Sally Hunt

Exhibition: On Common Ground: textile and stitch by Fiona
                    Robertson & assemblages and drawings by
                    Douglas Robertson
                    Dates: 3 – 25 August 2013
                    Opening Reception: Saturday 3 August, 12
                    – 2pm
                    Location: West Ox Arts Gallery, Market
                    Square, Bampton
                    Open Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays 10.30 – 4.30pm &
                    Sundays 2 – 4pm
                    Although working in very different forms of media, artists
                    Douglas and Fiona Robertson share a passion for digging
                    deep into their subject matter to create works rich in colour,
                    line and texture. Childhood memories of a landscape rich in
                    folklore and tradition, where the footprints and legacy of
                    people who’ve passed over the land previously were not only
                    a memory but part of everyday life, inspire Douglas to dig
                    deep into the environment and experiences of his past to
                    create wood assemblages that resemble museum relics and
atmospheric drawings that pay homage to coastal life. Meanwhile, Fiona digs
deep into the sumptuousness of landscape, exploring how light can make nature’s
colours appear soft and muted, or sharp and exaggerated.She then painstakingly
transforms that landscape imagery into stunning works of art that incorporate
hand dyed silk, cotton scrim and stitch, reading more like paintings than textiles.
The home now has a bar!
It was such good fun the day John White, Mayor of Burford, came to cut the
ribbon and declare the bar open. Lots of bubbly and delicious eats were enjoyed
by a remarkably large gathering seeing there was a riveting game at Wimbledon to
watch and it was so hot and sunny.
The sun made a second guest appearance the next day when we sipped Pimms
on the terrace before going in to lunch.
Next week we are having a barbeque and later our annual garden party. Would it
be too greedy to ask for more Summery weather?
Today Harry came to take the communion service and brought with him his new
curate David, the residents gave him a warm welcome. We hope David and his
family will be very happy living at Filkins and we look forward to his next visit.
  Annette Baldwin

What a privilege it is to be able to walk into one’s local Parish Church on
summer’s evenings to be overwhelmed by three exceptional concerts by an
international group of highly experienced, young professional instrumentalists
gathered together, again, by Sholto Kynoch, director of the prestigious Oxford
Lieder Festival.
The first concert in the church was a mixture of pieces, some familiar to the
audience others not so familiar. The first movement from Mozart’s delightful
Duo in G for Violin and Viola, written in 1783 to help out Michael Haydn who
had run out of time in completing a commission, opened the evening, skilfully
played by Laura Lutke and Nicholas Bootiman. This was followed by the first
movement of Swedish composer Elfrida Andrée’s Piano Trio in G minor which
was almost certainly new to all of us and left many wanting more. Martin Sturfält,
the pianist of this trio, had unearthed this romantic gem, which he, together with
Laura Lutke, violin, and Christoph Richter, ‘cello, performed with warmth of
both tone and feeling.
 Kodaly’s rarely performed, Duo for Violin and ‘Cello, ‘tricky but brilliantly
played’ was showcased by Florence Cooke and Christoph Richter, who were
delighted to be asked to play the piece, as the repertoire for the two instruments
is small, drawing to a thought provoking close the first half.
The second half was devoted entirely to Beethoven’s well-known Piano Trio in B
flat major ‘The Archduke’, performed by The Phoenix Piano Trio, Jonathan
Stone, violin, Marie Macleod, cello and Sholto Kynoch, piano. The rapport
between the players was particularly demonstrated in the passages requiring
delicate interplay between the instruments. Their obvious enjoyment
communicated to the audience who left anticipating another brilliant experience
on the next day. …and we were not disappointed! Set in the smaller venue of the
Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Sherborne, the programme opened with Robert
Schumann’s Phantasiestücke (Op 88) performed by the Phoenix Piano Trio.
Once again the trio played with body and soul and absolute mastery of their
instruments holding the audience spell-bound by this delightful work.
Mendelssohn’s ‘Cello Sonata No 2 in D major played by Marie Macleod, ‘cello,
and Martin Sturfält, piano, followed. This is a work of great contrasts, vigorously
bursting into life with a surging cello theme and repeated chords from the piano
to be followed by a gentler section. The 3rd movement is reminiscent of J. S.
Bach’s St. John Passion and the piece ends with a tremendous burst of speed.
The second half was devoted to Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor. This piece
started life as a string quintet, with two ‘cellos, then became a sonata for two
pianos before settling in its present format. The first movement is powerful,
majestic and serious, the second tender. The scherzo has swift changes of mood,
whilst the finale opens sombrely and ends with a great passionate climax. The

players gave it their all. The audience was enthralled.
The first half of Sunday evening’s concertwas devoted to works by the French
composer Ernest Chausson. Ciara Hendrick, mezzo, joined five of the
instrumentalists to sing, beautifully, Chanson Perpétuelle, a gloomy sad song,
which was followed by Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet. The soloists
here were Jonathan Stone and Martin Sturfält. It has a bold, rich beginning,
leading to a lyrical section. The gentler second movement and slow third
movement contrast with the lively finale. ‘An educational first half’ as someone
commented to me at the interval.
These gifted musicians had displayed real enjoyment during all their previous
performances, but the final part of this festival turned into a real musicale. They
all produced their ‘party pieces’ ranging from Handel to Horowitz, the majority
of which were opera related, much to the delight and, in some cases, amusement
of the audience. Martin Sturfält’s rendition of Horowitz’s transcription of themes
from Carmen brought the house down. This preceded the Habanera from the
same opera, the finale in which, traditionally, all performers participate. A
brilliant end to yet another stunning Chamber Music Festival. Does this festival’s
success have anything to do with the fact that these supremely accomplished
musicians gather together, totally unpaid, to make music for sheer pleasure? We
eagerly await the Fifth Windrush Chamber Music Festival.
Jan Campbell
The 14th annual Forest Fair will be held on Sunday 1st September
2013, on the Wychwood Projects’ land at Foxburrow Wood,
Crawley Road, Witney .
Over 160 stands promoting local products and services, local
suppliers of food and drink, entertainers from Morris Dancers to ferret racing
and a Rural Craft area , ‘All the Fun of a Rural Fair’ For further details please
contact Michael Drew, 01993 702624, or visit the Wychwood Project website at
We are looking for a new administrator to support the clergy team and
churchwardens in the Benefice. The main elements of the role are to deal with
the administration for weddings, funerals and baptisms and to co-ordinate the
planning of our Sunday services.
The position is for five hours a week, including a monthly staff planning meeting.
Other than that, most of the work is done by e-mail or telephone, and the hours
are flexible. If you have the relevant administrative skills and enjoy varied work
liaising with a wide range of people, please contact The Rev’d Harry MacInnes
for more details 01993 845954

In this diamond Jubilee
year, when our
thoughts turn to the
long reign of our
Queen, I would like to
share with you my
memories of her
Majesty’s Coronation in
Westminster abbey, on
Tuesday 2nd June
At the time I was a young chorister of St George’s Chapel, Windsor castle.
During the previous month of May, three exciting rehearsals were held at the
Abbey, alongside many other prestigious choirs, in preparation for the great day.
When June 2nd finally dawned, we were roused in the middle of the night, in
order to be at the Abbey well before 6.00am. Our iron rations included
sandwiches and Horlick tablets, as well as a small bottle of mild. Our Headmaster
told us that once we had drunk the milk we should keep the empty bottle, as it
might well be required for another use over the next eight hours.
As we lined up in the South Cloisters, the exciting news travelled down the line
that Mount Everest had been conquered. An auspicious start to our day. We
choir boys were situated high up above her Majesty and all the nobility of the
realm, in specially erected scaffolded galleries, which ran the length of the whole
choir and to a small boy seemed nearly as high as Mount Everest.
Ours was the orchestra Gallery and my seat was no 214, so it was a bird’s eye
view that we saw all the great pageantry unfold before our young eyes.
During the anointing with the holy oil and for the crowning moment of the
ceremony by Archbishop Fisher, Her Majesty sat on her golden throne, with the
Stone of Scone, under it, underneath a vast canopy.
Another unforgettable moment was when the Queen’s Scholars of Westminster
school shouted out the Vivat to her Majesty, this sent shivers down one’s spine.
Well after the ceremony had come to its final closure, we were escorted to an
extremely late buffet luncheon, where a delightful sight greeted us, of many tables
loaded with food.
By the time we had finished the vast crowds near the Abbey had mainly gone and
soon we were in the coach, on the way back to our boarding school life. Back at
school, the Headmaster’s relief was quite visible in that all the boys had behaved
themselves and the day had gone smoothly.

Fortunately my parents proudly and carefully treasured all their young son’s
coronation memorabilia, including the silver coronation medal to which my
mother added her own miniature coronation coach!

Today whenever I hear Handel’s wonderful music of Zadok the Priest ,my mind
returns to that most memorable day. During my time at St George’s school as a
chorister, there were many more royal occasions, including the Garter Service of
sir Winston Churchill.
The choir boys of St George’s Chapel, as are the Westminster boys are known as
Royal Perculiars, as they are under the authority of Her Majesty.
Luckily for us boys, we had all behaved ourselves, thus escaping the prospect of a
spell, courtesy of Her Majesty, in the Tower of London, according to our
Allan Ledger
The choir held its 12th International Choral Concert at the Steam Museum in
Swindon and were joined by the Colla Voce Youth Choir from South Africa, and
Cor Meibion Pontarddulais from South Wales on Saturday 6 th July 2013.
Wessex started proceedings with a variety of well-known and cherished numbers,
all of which were delivered in their own, highly professional and entertaining
They were followed by the Youth Choir, ably conducted by Henk Barnard, and it
performed with great aplomb, despite the fact the youngsters had had very little
sleep since leaving South Africa the previous afternoon. They received a
rapturous reception from the audience and it clearly lifted their spirits, and their
Cor Meibion, conducted by Clive Phillips, sang five numbers, four in Welsh, and,
purely by coincidence, as they had no idea the youth choir were also in the

concert, a fifth called African Prayer.
The second half saw Cor Meibion return to the stage with a really enjoyable
selection of popular and well-presented numbers, but their rendition of ‘You
raise me up’ really made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up!
Colla Voce followed and, not to be outdone, their delivery of “World in Union”
was quite superb, as were their other songs. The choir's appearance in this
concert was a precursor to their participation in the International Eisteddfod at
Llangollen, later this month.
Wessex rounded off a fantastic evening of entertainment with a selection of
melodies, which the audience really appreciated and enjoyed.
Wessex Male Choir will be performing in Lechlade on 16 th November 2013 at St
Lawrence’s Church to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. Details will
follow in due course so keep your eyes open for posters advertising the event.
They will also be holding their Christmas concert in Holyrood Church Old
Town, Swindon on Friday 13th December 2013.
If you are male, over 18yrs old and would like to sing with Wessex Male Choir
please visit their website where you will find details
about the choir, where they practice and who to contact.
Tim Yeoman
Nestled in their well planted aviary at the bottom of the walled garden lives one
of our lower profile, but extremely
beautiful species. The Prevost or
Tricolour squirrel is native to the warm
forests of South East Asia where it lives
on a catholic diet of fruits, seeds, berries
and the occasional insect and birds egg.
Our pair have been prolific breeders over
the past few years and we have sent many
of their offspring to other zoos
throughout the UK. Their scientific name
‘Calloscirius’ can be translated literally as
‘beautiful squirrel’ which is apt for a
mammal dressed in shades of white, black
and red.
Although generally silent, they can emit a shrill whistle when excited and despite
their innocent appearance, are quite capable of inflicting a nasty bite on unwary
keepers! If you are lucky, you may see them with their next batch of young –
essentially mini versions of the glamorous adults.

I’m taking part in the Stonehenge to Avebury Challenge on 07/09/2013 to raise
money for Alzheimer's Society and I’d really appreciate your support.
Donating to my JustGiving page is easy - just follow this link and click Donate:
JustGiving sends your donation straight to Alzheimer's Society so it’s a quick and
safe way to donate. Thank you
Veronica Barry
The Oxfordshire Woodfuel Programme has launched a woodfuel standard,
OxLogs, which aims to improve woodfuel quality in Oxfordshire, and counter
the uncertainty of what is meant by ‘a load of seasoned wood’. OxLogs suppliers
will specify the volume, moisture content, type of wood (hard or soft) and length
of the wood. When you buy logs, ask for OxLogs!
 If you own a woodfuel boiler, chip, pellet, log batch or wood burning stove with
back boiler, please fill out a short survey at The results will help others who are
thinking about installing similar boilers.
If you own a woodland that needs managing, or are interested in working outside
in return for logs, do join the programme’s Logs for Labour scheme as either a
‘log offer’ or a ‘labour offer.
The woodfuel programme will have a stall at the Elder Stubbs festival on 17 th
August; and the Wychwood Fair on 1st September. Do come along! For more
information on any of these please see
1st - 16th February COSTA RICA – DAY 5
We spent all day in the hotel complex and surrounding forest. It was a bit of a
rest day really before we headed off into the cloud forest on Friday.
Our day began at dawn when we met up in the hotel foyer at 6.00am. We then
spent two hours walking along the approach to the hotel watching new birds and
plenty of them. An Egret roost was found over one of the pools and a host of
Snowy Egrets, Great Whites and Little Blue Herons came streaming out of it.
We crossed the river on the suspended road-bridge and walked the track which
passed open pasture and clumps of forest. A White-Collared Manakin was very
nice to see as was a variety of Tanagers, the Black-Faced Tanager was a new
species for us. Along the approach track to the hotel on the other side of the
foot-bridge was very good for birds. It took us an hour to walk the one hundred
metres because there were so many birds to look at. Lots of Seedeaters and

Grassquits were flitting in and out of the long grasses and plenty of flycatchers
were seen in the trees. We added a new Tanager to our list when we found the
Dusky-Faced variety and not much later a Plain Tanager. One of the highlights
was finding the Barred Antshrike, a beautifully marked little bird.
We returned to the hotel for breakfast at 8am and decided to spend the rest of
the morning relaxing. Some of us went for a swim in the pool and then we sat
on our terraces overlooking a large lake with islands and trees and vegetation. A
pair of Boat-Billed Herons were roosting just along from our rooms, several
large Iguanas up to two metres in length were basking in the sun up in the
branches of trees, very primeval looking. A Caiman, like a small slim crocodile
was swimming in our lake, a Green Ibis dropped in for a spot of fishing and
Ringed and Amazon Kingfishers fished in the lake also. A single Osprey flew
over ending a very interesting morning
We took an early lunch at 12 noon and then went for a birding walk at 1.00pm.
The walk led through open meadows and into a forest passing a large pool of
water and a stream. Before we even left the hotel complex we made a couple of
exciting finds, first a Dusky-Capped Flycatcher appeared then a beautiful
Gartered Trogan. This is about the size of a dove with metallic violet blue head,
yellow orbital eye ring, upper body parts bluish green, a bright yellow chest and
long tail barred black and white.
The large pool also held a lot of species such as Northern Jacana, Purple
Gallinule, Pied-Billed Grebe and Grey Hawk. It was also strange to see a real
wild Muscovy Duck which we are used to seeing in farmyards.
Returning through the grounds our last finds of the day were a flock of six Black-
Bill Aracaris and a single Green Kingfisher perched on a branch over the lake.
Back home on 10th, 11th and 12th June it was good to see numbers of Swifts flying
over the conservatory roof, a couple of Corn Buntings singing over the first field.
Also skylarks and yellowhammers were singing well. Groups of young Starlings
were clamouring for food.
A week in Burgundy in mid June produced Grey Wagtails and a Dipper in the
Millstream at the back of our house and a nice male Hen Harrier was seen during
one of our drives around the countryside.
Yesterday, Sunday 7th July, a small group of us met up with Dr Tim King on the
steep slopes of Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve to find out about the
ecology of the yellow meadow ants and the plants associated with their mounds
found in this area. He was able to point out the diverse flora in the Bald Hill area
including Frog Orchids, Pyramidal Orchids, Large Butterfly Orchids, Spotted
Orchids and Bee Orchids, a great show!
David Roberts

Elderflower and Almond Cake
Another cake this month, but this one is so exquisite I simply had to share it with
you. It was in the Times a few weeks ago in a piece on afternoon tea by Lucas
Hollweg. I had planned to make an almond cake that week for a tea party so
when I saw this, and realised that I had all the ingredients already, I made it
instead of my usual recipe. And I am very glad I did, for it is simply heavenly and
received the highest praise from the ladies at my French conversation group, for
whom it was intended. The addition of elderflower compliments the almond
amazingly well, the syrup makes the cake deliciously moist and the whole thing
just tastes of summer. It would make perfect centre piece to a summer tea party
and would be equally good as pudding after an al fresco lunch. Yes, I am giving it
high praise, but it really is one of the nicest cakes I have ever had. Don’t just take
my word for it; the ladies at French loved it too, and asked me to write it up for
the Pump so that they could have the recipe. So here it is.
Ingredients. For the cake
225g softened butter                         225g caster sugar
50g self-raising flour                       Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1 level tsp baking powder                    4 medium eggs, lightly beaten
200g ground almonds
For the syrup and icing
160ml undiluted elderflower cordial          150ml mascarpone
(the type that needs diluting about 1:10) 150ml double cream
Juice of 1 lemon                             A handful of chopped pistachios
1 tbsp caster sugar
Method: Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan). Grease a 23cm springform tin
and line the base with baking parchment. Mix together the flour, baking powder
and ground almonds. Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the
lemon rind then gradually beat in the eggs, a little at a time, making sure each
addition is incorporated before adding the next. Quickly stir in the flour and
almonds then spoon into the prepared tin and smooth over the top. Bake for 40-
45 minutes until risen and golden.
While the cake is cooking, stir 100ml of the elderflower cordial with the lemon
juice and sugar and heat very gently to dissolve the sugar. When the cake is
cooked, prick it all over with a skewer and spoon the syrup over the surface so
that it soaks evenly into the cake. Leave to in the tin until completely cold.
To make the icing, in a small bowl whisk the mascarpone with the remaining
elderflower cordial then add the cream and continue to whisk to make a softly
spreadable icing. Spread over the cake and scatter with chopped pistachios.
Serves 8-10
Angela Galione

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