September 2013 Community Magazine for Carterton

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At one time seasons were clearly defined by the weather. This year has been confusing with
the wrong weather at the wrong time. When shows, outdoor activities and public occasions
are organised we do not expect snow in Spring and we do want a bit of sun in Summer, then
in July an unexpected heatwave. I hope whatever the weather was you turned out to support
what has been organised in Carterton. In June Radio Oxford came to Carterton for a week,
broadcasting residents' views on their town - myself included - and 2,500 motor bikers roared
in from Abingdon to the Memorial Garden in Carterton for an annual Ride of Respect for our
servicemen and women. Now we look forward to a new Superstore opening, a new Market
Place, the extension to the Town Hall providing extra room and who knows what else! Well,
the baptism of a future King for instance, making three Kings in waiting! Have you got
something to report on your club or organisation? Have you a grumble or a word of praise
about our town and community? This is your magazine. Use it!
               Send to The Editor, 6 Butlers Drive, Carterton, Oxon OX18 3QU.
                                      EDITORIAL STAFF.
             WENDY MORGAN, Editor. MARGARET MILLINGTON, Treasurer
                                CHRIS MORGAN, Distribution.
                      FRED ROBERTSON, ROB MARSH, Proof Readers.
                                   All enquiries 01993 842663.
This email address is only for sending in articles for publication or adverts. New advertisers,
please phone first for information. We hold a waiting list. Any other correspondence or
queries please phone or write to the address above.
PLEASE pay your bill within 30 days of receiving it. All advertisements with payment arrears
will be removed. Your payments pay our printer so not paying until three months later does
not help keep this magazine in production. We are a voluntary organisation and these
payments are our only means of financial help. For BACS payments regular advertisers can
contact the Treasurer for details.
Please let us know of any change in contacts names, times and venues etc. More importantly
let us know if your organisation/club is no longer running. We leave it to you to inform us of
We always need volunteers to deliver this magazine in the town. If you are interested we
advertise vacant rounds on this page each edition. Volunteers needed now for Bovingdon
Road, Owen Place,Trinder Way. Cedar Road & Teasel Way (Shilton Park). If you are
interested in delivering the magazine four times a year near where you live, contact Chris
Morgan 01993 842663.
                               TOWN HALL NOTICE BOARD
Janet Eustace, who has been Clerk to Carterton Town Council for over 12 years, retired at the
end of August. Janet, who moved to her role in Carterton after a career in the Civil Service in
London, has guided the Council through a time of significant growth and change. In addition
to offering legal and financial advice to the Council her experience and expertise have been
fundamental in the successful conclusion of a wide range of projects including the building of
Carterton Community Centre and the purchase of Allandale House which secured the future
of the youth club. Janet has also overseen the construction of a number of new recreational
facilities including the play area and performance space on the Alvescot Road Recreation
Ground. She has also been closely involved in the discussions to bring Morrisons to the town
and in supporting the Repatriation of fallen service personnel. In addition, she has secured
more than £500,000 in grants supporting a wide of projects. Respect for Janet is widespread.
Apart from Councillors she has a close working relationship with WODC and the RAF, and
also advises other Town Clerks. Apart from her work for the Council Janet has also served for
a number of years as a school governor, a Board member of a local housing association and
trustee of a nursery. On behalf of the Council, residents and others with whom she has come
into contact we would like to thank Janet for her significant contribution to our town and wish
her a long and enjoyable retirement.
                CLLR ASHLEY FARMER on behalf of Carterton Town Council
The new Town Clerk is Caroline Ramsey. Caroline is currently working for Wiltshire Council
but lived in Carterton as a girl and has family in the area. She takes on the role from 1
September and is very much looking forward to getting involved in many aspects of life in the
In May Councillor Mrs L. Little was elected as Carterton Town Mayor and Councillor Mrs
M. Crossland was appointed as Deputy Mayor. Our good wishes to both in the coming year.
The Christmas Lights Street Fair will be held on Friday 29 November. If you would like to
book a stall to raise funds for your charity or as a commercial venture, please contact the
Town Hall. Tel: 01993 842156.
The Town Council receives a large number of complaints at this time of the year about
hedges that desperately need cutting back, especially this year with the somewhat freak
weather conditions we have experienced. We are well aware of the problem, but would quote
from the RSPB website. It is recommended that cutting hedges and trees is avoided between
March and August as this is the main breeding season for nesting birds. It is an offence under
Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 to intentionally take, damage or destroy
the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built. This will include an intentional act,
for example, if anyone knows there is an active nest in a hedge and still cuts the hedge,
damaging or destroying the nest in the process. It is for this reason that the Town Council is
unable to attend to hedges in the town in the summer months which are very overgrown.
Please rest assured that these will be attended to as soon as possible
                         REPATRIATION FAMILIES ROOM OPENS.
When repatriations for fallen service personnel came to RAF Brize Norton a memorial garden
was installed on Monahan Way and the sports pavilion was opened for refreshments and a
place for the families to gather. The Royal British Legion noted that the pavilion was not a
private place for families to grieve, away from spectators and supporters who also used the
facilities. To solve the problem Carterton Town Council and the West Oxfordshire District
Council set up a fund-raising drive with donations coming from many charitable
organisations and over £60,000 was raised to convert a part of the pavilion to a special centre
set aside for bereaved families who needed a quiet place away from the crowds. This was
opened in May in time for the repatriation of two soldiers.

                                      RIDE OF RESPECT
On Sunday, June 26th the village of Brize Norton and Carterton resounded to the roar of
motorcycles as 2,500 bikers rode, at intervals, the 24 miles from Abingdon to Carterton's
Memorial Garden on Monahan Way. Organised by the Royal British Legion they rode to
honour the armed forces and raising money for forces charities with their own donations and
those gathered by volunteers along the route. Road closures were made for a short time along
the way enabling those waiting to watch a variety of vehicles, many sporting flags and
acknowledging the crowds with cheerful waving. This was the annual Ride of Respect to
Carterton, first held in 2000, and previously going through Royal Wootton Bassett.

                                 BATTLE OF BRITAIN SERVICE
The Annual Civic and Battle of Britain Service will be held at St John's Church on Sunday 15
September starting at 10.30. It will be preceded by a civic parade from the Town Hall.
Everyone is welcome to attend
                              CARTERTON BANDSTAND CONCERT
There will be music on the Carterton Recreation Ground on September 15th given by the
Kidlington Concert Band on our bandstand. Bring your own
chairs. More details are given on the Town Council web site
                             CARTERTON ARTIFICIAL TURF PITCH
Carterton's new artificial turf pitch will replace one that was laid down in 1998 and has
deteriorated and reached the end of its useful life. Located at Carterton Community College, it
is a dual-use pitch between the community
and the school, the same as Eynsham. Its new 3G surface will be suitable for teams to play
football, hockey and tag rugby. Replacing the pitch is costing West Oxfordshire District
Council over £167k and is part of the Council's capital investment expenditure on leisure
facilities for the district. To book the Carterton pitch contact Rob Gunn at the Carterton
Leisure Centre on 01993 840933. Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for the Local
Economy and Communities , said, "Encouraging people to be active and stay healthy, is one
of the Council's top priorities and so we are pleased to be investing in a new high-quality
pitch for Carterton." Further information about West Oxfordshire's leisure facilities, including
its all-weather pitches can be found at

GETTING OLDER. The older you get the better you get –unless you are a banana.

A short while ago, Radio Oxford devoted its morning call-in programme to the subject of
"Retirement". The first listener to call was the Chairman of one of the U3As in the north of
Oxfordshire who spent an excellent ten minutes or so talking about some of the advantages
the U3A is able to offer those who are retired or semi-retired. During the rest of the
programme, two more callers phoned in to endorse what he had said and to add some very
encouraging words about their own experiences of other U3As in our County. I am sure that
the vast majority of the members of our U3A in Carterton would identify with everything that
was said and agree that the "U3A experience" is of great benefit to very many retired and
semi-retired people. Some retirees do not miss work at all, but there are many others who
quickly find time on their hands and are unsure how to go about filling it. The U3A offers
many options for developing new interests and making new friends. Here in Carterton, we
have a general monthly meeting held on the fourth Tuesday of the month in Carterton
Community Centre, where we listen to an invariably good and interesting talk by a carefully
chosen speaker. Future talks for this year include "Adventures In A Career Writing for
Theatre & Television", "Famous Spies" and "The Red Arrows". Our Speakers Committee
works hard to cater for all tastes and the meetings are extremely well-attended. We also put
on a slide-show giving details of all up-and-coming events. We offer well over twenty interest
groups covering a variety of subjects and occurring at various intervals – usually weekly or
fortnightly. These groups consist of like-minded people meeting together to enjoy their topic,
hobby or activity and generally learn more about it from each other. There is no limit to the
number of groups you can join and they range from the physical (walking, cycling, bowls,
etc.) to the more cerebral (e.g. computing, digital photography, bridge, scrabble) to pure
enjoyment with little effort (Fun With Wine, Lunch Club, Outings, etc.) The afternoon ends
with time for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat with other members. All this is included in a
basic annual fee of £17 although a few groups do have to make a small extra charge to cover
room-hire, entrance fees or transport costs . A recent very successful trip was to the Thames
Barrier, The Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory. Sometimes two or three night breaks
away are organized. So, if you have time to spare and want to meet new people and do
something different and interesting, why not come along to one of our monthly meetings (2
pm start – no obligation to join) or `phone our Membership Secretary, Pat Ward on 01993-
843832. If you have internet access, you can find all the details on our website at We hope to see you soon! JANICE WALLER
                                   NEW HEALING CONCEPT
NES MiHealth was originally invented and designed by top scientists in NASA for the use of
astronauts in space. Now it has taken several steps further to incorporate energy fields,
acupuncture, Reiki, Chinese medicine and much more. This non-invasive machine delivers
bio electrical and magnetic energy directly to the body's own cells and feeds information into
the system. This enhances healing and speeds up the process. The MiHealth can also boost the
immune system and recharge energy levels. Auto-immune diseases such as, fibromyalgia and
ME as well as chronic fatigue have been treated very successfully with MiHealth, which can
be used on or off the body. Top sport performers and physios are using Mihealth to enhance
performance and treat sports injuries much more efficiently. Whether for injury, joint
problems or well being NES MiHealth is the way forward. Try it today at 17a Carterton
Manor or call 07976880349 for an appointment at the introductory offer.
                                   SUNDAY 9TH JUNE 2013
Last year Brize Norton and Carterton District Girlguiding planted saplings at Willow
Meadow, Carterton to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. On Sunday, June 9th, we
gathered to unveil a plaque and to see how the saplings were growing. Most of them were
growing well. We took clippers and cut the grass from round them and then our youngest
member Mya Farbrother, who is a Rainbow, unveiled the plaque and Rev. Bill Blakey, Rector
of Carterton, said a prayer for us all. We would like to thank Cllr Roger Crapper and Mrs Gill
Crapper for their help with this project.

If you would like to become a member of Guiding then please contact
Pam Howard on 01993 844631 — there is something for everyone
from 5 years old.

Amongst adults there is nowadays a sad lack of PLEASE and THANKYOU. These two
words should be taught by parents to their children and, once at school, teachers should
emphasize the facts. Regional manners of speech should be noted, starting a greeting or a
conversation with `please' is more pleasant. `Hello' would suffice occasionally. A new
generation of `Please, can I....' is needed.
STELLA ARMSTRONG FOX. A retired teacher of children and adults.
                           FROM THE CARTERTON LIONS DEN
As ever, the Lions have been working hard to ensure that local needs are met. Did you know
that the Lions sponsored the trees by the children's play areas on the Recreation Ground? Also
that we have also planted a new tree in each of our local villages – doing our bit for the future
of the planet and making everywhere look good too. One of our largest donations was given
to the Cancer Day Care Unit at the Churchill where they needed funds to refurbish the rooms
where patients and relatives can go to talk quietly and absorb information. An important need
met by your Lions Club - Hi-Viz vests for a local primary school, books for the College, a
projector for Bampton Youth Club! But we couldn't do it without your help!
for pitches down Browne's Lane beside Aldi: easy parking for buyers in the town car parks!
Pitches £5 single - £10 double/trade.
NEW TIMES: Pitches from 9 am. Buyers from 10 am. All until 1 pm. FREE ENTRY for
buyers with a collection in aid of a different charity each month.
              On last Saturday of these months - 28th September & 26th October.
This event is going from strength to strength and is a highlight on the West Oxfordshire Arts
calendar. It will be open on Thursday 31st October and Friday 1st November (both 11am to
5pm). On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd it will include an exhibition of work from the local
schools – which is always a joy (open from 10am on both days). Time to relax, and admire,
the amazing work from our own local talented community. How about buying up some early
Christmas presents? Entry is free and a catalogue will be available for a small charge:
refreshments will be on hand – so come and enjoy! And if you are an artist then contact Lion
Maddy (as below) who can send you the entry details.
MORE INFO on any of the events or how you could join Carterton Lions – the only Lions
club with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service! Then just contact Lion Maddy on 01993
772241 or SEE YOU SOON!
                                     OPENING HOURS
MONDAY 9.30 - 5.00.           TUESDAY 9.30 - 7.00.          WEDNESDAY – CLOSED
THURSDAY 9.30 - 5.00.         FRIDAY 10.00 – 7.00.          SATURDAY 9.30 – 1.00.

CARTERTON. (including local villages).

                              CARTERTON IN THE NEWS 1967
A plan was put forward for a ring road around Carterton to serve the new RAF estate. The
centre of Carterton will then be defined as an area of comprehensive development. The
crossroads will cease to be a major junction when the Alvescot road is closed at the western
boundary. In the centre area will be shops, local government buildings, health clinic, branch
library, and a police station with six police houses, with the present two police houses
Carterton will then have a sergeant and seven constables.

Well, that was the plan!
CHURCH SERVICES. SUNDAYS.                       tnI

CARTERTON                              TIMES
CHURCH OF ENGLAND                      8am. 10.30am.
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH                  11am. (Saturdays, Vigil Mass
ST JOSEPHS, LAWTON AVENUE              6pm).
METHODIST CHURCH                       I0.30am.
COMMUNITY CHURCH,                      10.30am.

ST BRITIUS CHURCH, BRIZE              9.15am
Please note we only publish SUNDAY services. The churches noted above also hold services
during the week and information on those will be on the notice boards at the churches
concerned. See also the church websites for more information.

                                     CHRISTMAS ALONE
Christmas is usually one of the happiest times of the year, but if you find yourself alone it can
be a very isolating experience. Last year the four churches in Carterton joined forces to try
and tackle the loneliness and seclusion for some Carterton residents at Christmas. We ran our
first "Christmas Alone" event, including a three course meal and entertainment with a
collecting and dropping off service for those who needed it. The C-CELL-G (Carterton
Churches Ecumenical Lay Liaison Group) working for Churches Together in Carterton, is
intending to hold Christmas Alone 2013 following the success of the 2012 event. This year
we would like to build on our success and offer more places to people in the community who
would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day. Application forms for "Christmas Alone"
2013 will be available from each of the four churches from November. Would people
expecting to spend Christmas on their own* and who would be interested in attending a
Christmas Lunch and entertainment please contact Phil Mansell on 01993-841786 (or a
Church rep). Please contact Phil if you would like to know more about the event, or to offer
your support.
*This is the only "qualification" to attend, except residence in Greater Carterton
                       CONCERT FOR ST JOHN'S CHURCH FUNDS
Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir and friends are giving a concert to raise funds for St John
the Evangelist Church on Saturday 5 October at 7.30 pm. Tickets £5 (under 12s free)
available from the Town Hall, or on Sundays from St John's Church.
                                      WE, THE BOMBERS
                          We have no graceful form, no flashing shape
                          To flicker, fish- like, in the dome of the sky;
                            No famous whine of motor, glint of light
                            Proclaims us to the earthling's ear or eye.
                           Darkly we go, unseen, by friends unsped,
                          Leaving the homely fields that are our own,
                           Up to the heights where sunset's early red
                           Changes to blackness. We are there alone.

                         No heat of battle warms our chilling blood;
                            No friendly soil beneath us if we fall;
                         Our only light the stars, whose fickle mood
                          Will lead them to desert us when we call.
                        Death down below or stealing through the dark
                            Awaits our coming with a silent grin.
                        Bellona's fireworks, curtained round our mark,
                        Form doors of fire through which we enter in.

                       Flame,smoke and noise surround us for a while;
                      A shuddered jerk - the load goes screaming down;
                         Cold hands and feet move levers to escape;
                         A chain of fire bespatters through the town.
                        Back to the darkness, friendly now, we speed
                       To count our wounds and set a course for home,
                           Speaking to Base, attentive to our need,
                         Watching for that far friendly line of foam.

                                               long-drawn journey runs;
                          Hour upon hour the long
                         Fighters and searchlights still our road proclaim.
                                -eyed, we watch the heavens for Huns,
                                                  heaven-splitting flame.
                           Weary, we dodge the heaven
                              Then, with no certain vict'r to impart,
                           Out of the dawn we drop from frosty height.
                            Welcomed alone by those who saw us start
                        And watched and waited for us through the night.
                            January 1942. P. HEATH. A Bomber pilot
RAF Bomber Command was formed in 1936 and was composed of all national    nationalities. During
World War 11 12,000 aircraft were shot down and. 55,500 aircrew were killed. The average
age of aircrew was 22 years old. The survivors were never awarded a medal after the war, as
others in the RAF had; like the fighter pilots. After 67 years those veterans still alive were
awarded their medal this year. Only recently a memorial was built in memory of those in
Bomber Command who had died in the war.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM. Service of Remembrance, Sunday November 1 0th
                            EXCLUSIVE EVENT AT WILLIA    WILLIAMS Fl
Save the Children in association with the Williams F1 Team, are holding a GALA DINNER
DANCE on Saturday 28th September 2013, from 6.00pm to 1.00am, at the Williams
Conference Centre, Grove, Oxfordshire, OX12 ODQ.   O
Put yourself in pole position for a place at this exclusive Black Tie/ Lounge Suit event at the
home of the Williams F1 Team.
On Saturday, 28th September 2013, the Grove based team will be opening its doors for a
glittering event for international charity, Save the Children.
From 6pm, attendees will hear a presentation by Kirsty Andrew, Head of Commercial
Operations, have an opportunity to visit the Williams Grand Prix Collection, and experience
driving a F1 Simulator (at extra cost). In addition they will enjoy a Sparkling Wine Reception
and a Gourmet 3-course Fine Dining Dinner, including wines.
There will be an Auction overseen by Jonty Heamden, the BBC Celebrity Auctioneer for two
sets of two tickets for Williams Race Days, and other valuable lots. There will also be a
Raffle of many prestigious prizes.
Tickets priced at £120 each, (10% discount on 10 or more tickets), are on sale; just call 01993
842983 or email to make sure that you are on the grid.

                                    FOR FORTY YEARS.
The local Branch of this charity was founded in November 1973 and has to date raised over £
1.2million, although this does include a fairly substantial legacy.
I wanted the opportunity to thank the generosity of the people of Carterton and surrounding
area; it has been a privilege to be a part of such a caring community
Over the past forty years members of the Branch have seen where your donations have been
spent e.g. in India, Bosnia, South Africa, Croatia, Wales, Birmingham, Oxford etc. Very
recently I returned from an eight-day visit to Liberia, where I saw the amazing work being
done in that extremely poor country, and I am offering to talk to groups about my
If you are interested in knowing more about what the Branch gets up to, then do please get in
touch with me. PAULINE EVANS Branch Secretary, 01993 842983

Helping older people improve their quality of life. A free friendly service for people in
Oxfordshire. We can help you find out about local services and support, such
as:- activities in your locality, organising a lift if you    w need it, help caring for a loved
one, feeling safer at home. You can
talk to us by phone, email or invite us to visit. .JUST ASK! Tel: 01608 648099
communityconnect@, or www.communityconnectoxon•org
We work in strict confidence. Managed by West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau. Local
link: Tessa Farley 07780 437865

Budding sports stars and inspirational club staff were honoured at the annual West
Oxfordshire Sports Awards on May 23rd. The ceremony, held at Witney Lakes Resort,
acknowledged the District talented athletes as well as the valuable work carried out by the
sports clubs, coaches and unsung heroes. West Oxfordshire District Council runs the awards
in partnership with GL1, Sports Foundation. The awards cover a wide spectrum of sports and
leisure activities, and fly the flag for this District in county, national, international and world
events. Twenty-one individual awards were handed out to local athletes and special awards
were also given: Sports Club of the Year, Coach of the Year and Unsung Hero
Sports Club of the Year. Carterton Gymnastics Club was crowned Sports Club
of the Year in recognition of its achievements and links with the local
community. The Club provides coaching for all ages and has 100 children
participating at all levels. Last year they coached an elite squad to county and
regional level and coached a veteran gymnast to national level, achieving second place in the
GB veteran competition. The club shares facilities with the local community college,
providing an excellent model of sporting opportunities for the students and actively encourage
students participating in GCSE, A level and Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Head Coach, Debra
Courtney Crane, received the award on behalf of the Club and said, "This is a fantastic
achievement for the Club and all the volunteers who give up so much of their time. This is
why the Club is such a success. I have 12 volunteer coaches helping me and I couldn't do it
without them. "

                            CARTERTON COMMUNITY CENTRE,
     & Car Hoot Sale to be held at the Carterton Community Centre from 9am – 12noon on
  Saturday 14th September & 12th October. Please call Gill on 01993 842807 to book a table
/pitch. Cafe will be open, admission is free so pop along to get yourselves a bargain then relax
 in our friendly cafe with a drink & something to eat. We will then take a short break & return
 in 2014 starting on Saturday 8th February . Subsequent dates will be: 8th March, 12th April,
                                         10th May 2014.
Christmas       Craft & Gift Fair with Santa's Grotto. Saturday 30th November 10am – 4pm.
Admission is free & the Cafe will be open. We have a fantastic variety of over 30 stalls with
handmade crafts & lots of other great Christmas gift ideas. Plus bring the family along to visit
Santa's grotto (money raised from this will go towards RAFA Calendar Girls). So this should
be a great opportunity to pop along to the Centre buy yourself some lovely gifts, see Santa
then relax in our friendly cafe with a drink & something to eat! ! Please come along &
support our events. We look forward to seeing you.
>No matter how low or high it flies an aeroplane's shadow is always the same size
> Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, was afraid of the dark. Only 4% of the
energy put out by an ordinary light bulb is light. The rest is heat.
>The Queen can disobey the laws of the land as they are her laws, refuse to give evidence in
court as they are her courts. As the armed forces are under her command she can declare
war on another country, disband the army and sell the navy ships and air force planes. She
can dismiss the Government and get rid of the Civil Service. So don 't annoy her
                                       HARVEST HOME
                                 To be sung to the familiar tune
                                Come, ye faithful people, come,
                                Sing the song of Harvest Home.
                                Bring your tins of soups and peas
                                 Packets of rice, tea and cheese.
                                   Supermarkets doth provide
                                   All our food to be supplied.
                                Come, with two for one, do come
                                 Let us sing our Harvest Home.

                                We no longer reap the field
                             Shops and stores they now do yield.
                              We don't work throughout the day
                               Bringing in the wheat and hay.
                              Now we queue with cash or card
                                Buying bread, milk and lard,
                              Fruit and veg. we haven't grown.
                             Why we praise our Harvest Home?

                                  Come ye to the altar, come
                                Let us share our Harvest Home.
                                 We have plenty, others none
                               Bring your food, your duty done,
                               Boxes and bags, packets and jars
                                Bottles, tins and chocolate bars!
                               Give to the poor and those alone,
                               Sing the hymns of Harvest Home
Rev. Robert Hawker, the Vicar of Morwenstow, Cornwall, on Sunday, October 151 1843,held
a service to thank God for the harvest, an innovation that the Church of England picked up as
 a good idea! Harvest is from the Old English word for Autumn and thanks for a harvest has
    been given since Pagan times. Until the 20th century farmers raced each other to get the
 harvest in and at the end gave a Harvest Supper on the farm to all those who took part. Old
   traditions died out with celebrations on the farm after mechanisation came to farming but
celebrating harvest continues in the church. Many churches today still give a Harvest Supper
  to their parishioners. The Harvest Festival service in church, where produce is brought for
    decoration and later distribution, occurs on a Sunday nearest the Harvest Moon — about
September 23rd. It is not a church festival but is part of the church calendar and tins, packets,
boxes and bottles take the place of fresh produce and are donated to charitable organisations.
                                       WENDY MORGAN.

                           FROM THE THAMES VALLEY POLICE
Vehicle Crime: Unfortunately we have had a report of a number plate being stolen from a
vehicle in Carterton. The theft of number plates often results in further crimes being
committed. just. a reminder, there are several garages in the West Oxford area that provide
"tamper Proof Screws" for your number plates, free of charge. This will not only save you
money, if you happen to have yours stolen, but will reduce the amount of crime committed
from having false number plates on offending vehicles.
It's a Scam Please be aware that if new mobile phones and/or laptops are delivered to you and
you are NOT expecting them please ring TVP straight away on 101. In Tackley recently we
have had persons unknown in fluorescent vests calling on residents who have had them
delivered, saying that they have been sent to them by mistake and will take them back.
Keep_your sheds locked. A reminder to all of the risks of burglary from any outbuilding or
sheds that you have on your property. Although this crime is still very low in the area there
has been a recent crime that has been taken from a secure outbuilding, this equipment was
expensive and desirable. This is a timely reminder to mark all property that you have with
your postcode and explore the possibilities of Smart Water DNA kits that are a unique way of
marking your items. Be vigilant at this time of year to keep your sheds closed and all items
securely locked away or out of sight regardless of how long they are left. If you would like
any crime prevention advice please contact your Neighbourhood Policing Team for more
                              COUNCIL TAX SCAM WARNING
Residents are warned to be on their guard against bogus callers advising them that their
Council Tax bands may be too high. These callers are offering to work on your behalf for a
fee to obtain a reduction.
This is a scam, which is operating across the country, and the District Council is currently
receiving reports of callers contacting residents in West Oxfordshire.
If you wish to appeal against your council tax banding, you can do this yourself very easily by
contacting the District Valuation Office on 03000 501 501. It is not a complicated procedure,
there is no requirement whatsoever for a third party to intervene and it will not cost you
anything. If you receive one of these calls, do not give out any personal information and end
the call as quickly as possible. The fraudsters can get aggressive and ring back if you put the
phone down but this is all part of the scam to make you act as they want.
To report a suspected scam, contact Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards on 0845
CARYS DAVIES. Communications Manager. WODC.
                                      YOU MISSED IT!
If you wanted to know what is going on in Carterton such as the Town Council plans,
policing in Carterton, update on the new market place and extension to the Town Hall,
parking problems in Shilton Park, ask questions, praise or grumble about anything in the town
– well, you are too late for the Annual Town Meeting took place on May 9th at St John's
Church. Although it was well attended, for a town of our size it should have been packed as it
was an Open Meeting for all residents. You could have met the Town, District and County
councillors who represent you or the local police but you didn't. A 12 page report on the year
2012-13 would have given you all the news, reports and future ideas for the town but you
never read it. Perhaps you were just not interested.

You have an appointment at the John Radcliffe Hospital, the difficulty then is getting there. If
you have a car or a friend has a car-no problem. There are many though without private
transport, mainly elderly, who rely on getting to the hospital by bus. This will take about an
hour and a half or more, with a bus from Carterton, a wait for the bus to the hospital at
Oxford, another bus journey and no doubt a long wait in their waiting room; once your
appointment is over then a long journey back. If you felt unwell beforehand you would feel
worse on return. There is a plan for a bus service direct from Carterton to the hospital. The
County Council (the members probably all have cars or are never ill) have turned down
funding for this.
This is the question we ask when the County Council (in their wisdom?) makes a highway
alteration; single line traffic, one way only, t -junction and roundabout. At the entrance of
Shillbrook Road and Brizewood, two minor roads only used by residents, they have put a
roundabout where they meet up with the main Burford Road. Local residents have named it
an `accident waiting to happen'. What was the reason behind placing it there?
Since 1900, when Carterton became inhabited, the crossroads has been the shopping centre,
our first shops were situated on the four corners and were the focus as a meeting place and
commercial centre. There is a great danger that with the opening of Morrisons this might all
end unless we, the residents, continue to shop and support our local shops. They give a
personal service that you never get in Superstores with assistants behind counters ready on
hand to help. They rely on you for their livelihood. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHOPS
It appears that after 102 years of the Girl Guides vowing to serve Queen, God and country
they are now dispensing with God and country but at least still serving the Queen. This is to
appease atheists and those who hold our country in low regard. Now the girls vow to `be true
to myself and develop my beliefs'. I was in the brownies and guides and took my vow very
seriously, as Queen, God and country was very important to us then (the 1950's). I don't think
that vowing to be true to myself and developing my beliefs would have meant anything to me
as a young girl.

I like writing but I also think it is a bit boring and I think teachers should mack it a bit more
I don't like writing because it hurts my hand.
I find writing really hard.

1 dont like reading decause reading is doring.
I dont realy like reading because I dont know lots of words like how to spell.

I don't like numarcy because its dificauld
I don't like it because is relly hard and sortov boring to me.
Spelling as written and copied from actual school papers

                                   GET READY FOR WINTER
You may not be ready to think about dark winter evenings during warm autumnal days, but
why not use this time to make sure you are prepared for winter by following Oxfordshire
County Council Fire and Rescue Service top five tips.
1. Get your chimney swept
If you haven't already had your chimney swept, get it cleaned this autumn before you lightligh
your first fire of the winter. Poorly maintained chimneys increase the risk of fire breaking out
in your home.
2. Home fire risk check
How fire safe are you? Go online at and complete a quick
questionnaire to find out. If you would like a paper copy of the questionnaire, or you have any
fire safety concerns call the Community Safety Helpline on 08000 3259993.
3. Working smoke alarms
Working smoke alarms are the best way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you and your
family precious time to escape. Make sure you have working smoke alarms and get into the
`Test it Tuesday' routine by pushing the button to check your smoke alarm works, every
4. Have an escape plan
It can be difficult to think clearly in a crisis. Having and practicing an escape plan will help
you and your family in an emergency. When making your plan involve everyone who lives in
your home. If you need help visit: for advice.
5. Get your vehicle ready for winter
Check your tyres, the minimum depth of tread is 1.6mm, however in rain, ice and heavy snow
the more grip you have the better. Make sure your lights are clean and working, check the
battery is fully charged, and the condition of front and rear windscreen wipers.
                        Website: Twitter: @OxonFireRescue
                     Facebook: Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service (Official)

THE GOLDEN EAGLE PUB Built in 1910 as a general
store, by Robert Irving, was named the Emporium but
later it was closed down and neglected until 1916 when
the Carterton & District Agricultural & Industrial Co-op
took it over with the room above used for social
occasions and library. In 1933 it merged with the Oxford & District Co-op who built an extra
store next to it for clothing and a butchery (seen to the right of it in the photograph). In 1954 it
was sold to Clinch's Brewery, turned into a pub and named the Golden Eagle. A newly built
Co--op continued business by the side of it. In 1996 the pub was strangely renamed Ye Olde
Aviator but now it is back to its original name.

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