"Parish Pump for Sept 2013"
PARISH PUMP is published every month except January, and should be distributed to every household in the Shill Valley and Broadshire benefice. If you do not receive a copy, please contact your pump representative or the editor. Advertising revenue does not cover all our costs, and we welcome donations (suggesting at least £5/year) which you can send through your Parish Pump Correspondent (see inside back cover), the person who delivers your Parish Pump, or directly to Ellie Maughan. You can also pay by BACS, The Parish Pump, Barclays Bank Sort Code 20-97-48 Account number 30775088. If you have not already done so, please send your donation to cover 2013’s issues. Cheques to ‘Parish Pump’. We welcome articles, letters, diary items, or just good ideas for future articles [and criticism, whether good or bad! Ed]. Please submit through your local Parish Pump Correspondent, or directly to Ros Atkinson. Photographs are also welcome. 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EDITOR Ros Atkinson Cross Tree Cottage, Cross Tree Lane, Filkins, Nr Lechlade, Glos GL7 3JL Tel: 01367 860859 Email: email@example.com TREASURER Ellie Maughan Home Farm, Kelmscott, Lechlade, Glos GL7 3HD Tel: 01367 252220 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING Gill Cox Ivy Nook, Kencot, Lechlade, Glos Tel: 01367 860250 Email: email@example.com ADVERTISING RATES 1 Issue 3 issues 6 issues 11 issues Full page £38 £105 £198 £308 Half page £26 £70.50 £132 £198 Quarter Page £17 £45 £84 £121 Small adverts £10 £28.50 £52.50 --- 20 words only The Parish Pump team work very hard each month putting together our village news and appreciate contributions from all. We cannot however be held responsible for inaccuracies, mistakes or views expressed. 1 FROM THE EDITOR E very year we take the long trip to Cornwall, land of my youth, home of my fathers and mothers (I have a lot) which has gone from being a pasty infested backwater to Cotswolds on Sea. Instead of being grounded with carb loaded, greasy indigestion, weighed down by gristle and lard we now sully forth into the waves buoyantly aided by gluten free chick pea patties and organic rocket. And where once was coffee made from seaweed dregs, we are now served freshly ground fair trade espresso, straight from the coffee plantations of, er....Padstow. I tend to get a bit confused, as I bump into more people I know down there, than I sometimes do up here. It’s a kind of a home from home from home. This year, highlights included wriggling up to the edge of the crumbly, heather infused cliff edge with my daughter, lying on our tummies and watching the seals play (I’ve since seen the footage of the next bit of cliff crumbling away so might not be doing that again). This was followed by Ludo moaning he had repetitive strain injury from digging in the sand all day (see also keeping a straight face when eating stepfathers’ beef casserole, flavoured with so much chilli even he couldn’t eat it). When my sister and I were little and we went on holiday, my poor mother and father had no in car dvd players, iPads, CDs or other electronic au pairs to keep us quiet. Even the radio didn’t work. We would sit, mournfully in the back seat, bottoms aching, singing tonelessly from our hymn books. I quite honestly don’t know how my parents coped with seven hours of ‘Lord of the Dance’ occasionally stifled by pushing a plastic cheese sandwich through our opened mouths, thus earning a few minutes respite whilst we tried to swallow. The worst trip I remember was driving to France with my sister’s head strapped onto my lap. She had eaten too many cherries and was violently ill, and every so often would turn her head to purple sick into the bowl that was wedged between my feet. Oh happy days! I, however, spend my journeys saluting magpies, mooing at cow lorries or hitting my passenger whenever I see a mini or a yellow car in our new fun roadtime game called Mini bash. The children taught it me and fervently wish they hadn’t. They are silent throughout the journey, as if deep in prayer, playing on whatever gadget still has some power, occasionally yelping when I shriek ‘yellow mini bash bash moooooo’ or shrugging when I say ‘You’ll have spinal curvature and bad eyesight if you don’t sit up straight’. I love the summer holidays, and wish they could go on forever. When the nights start to encroach just that little bit earlier, I feel so sad that summer is soon to be over for another year. Ros (Thanks to Chrissie Tinson for her photo of St Christopher’s mosaic) 2 RECTOR’S LETTER Dear friends I heard a story recently, and I cannot vouch for its truth. It was of a woman who told her husband of a dream she had had in which he gave her a pearl necklace for Valentine’s Day!! ‘What do you think it means?’ she asked. ‘You’ll know tonight’ he assured her. That evening he came home with a parcel which she opened excitedly, to find a book entitled ‘The meaning of dreams’! We use the word ‘dream’' in at least two senses. In the first place it is used of the things that we see in our sleep, which sometimes vanish with the dawn, and sometimes remain vividly in our consciousness. They have been a source of fascination down the centuries, and the attempt to discover whether they reveal secrets about the future, or about what is going on in our subconscious has been the subject of psychiatrist's theories and a host of ‘do it yourself’ interpretations. It is an area that needs to be ventured on with caution, as there are countless cranks in the field. At the same time, the biblical record speaks of those to whom God has spoken in dreams. The most familiar are probably the stories of the Joseph in the Old Testament with his coat of many colours and the Joseph in the Christmas story who was betrothed to Mary. But the other use of the word ‘dream’ is to describe the seeing of what is possible in a situation that is unjust or wrong. It was in this sense that Martin Luther King gave his stirring address at the Lincoln Memorial ‘I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true nature of its creed....I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character’. It is my hope prayer, as we move into the autumn period, that we will begin to dream of what might be possible in our lives and communities, and in our country as a whole. I dream of people breaking free of the paralysing cynicism that so often dominates our contemporary culture, so that once again we may acknowledge the wonder of God’s presence shedding a liberating light on the human condition; that we get our priorities right so that money is seen as a means of blessing not just providing for ourselves; that we challenge evil with good, that we respond to hurt with forgiveness and hate with love. Abraham Lincoln once said ‘I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.’ How encouraging it will be if we can all learn to look up to the heavens and learn to dream of what might be possible in our world here on earth. Harry Macinnes 3 SHILL VALLEY AND BROADSHIRE BENEFICE SERVICES SEPTEMBER 2013 1st September Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity 10.30am Holwell Benefice Communion Service Rev MacInnes/Rev Spence 4.00pm Bradwell Village Church@4 Rev Ross/ Spence/ Hall MacInnes 6.00pm B Poggs Benefice Evensong Rev Spence 8th September Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity 9.00am Alvescot Holy Communion Rev Lloyd 9.00am Broadwell Holy Communion Rev MacInnes 9.00am Westwell Holy Communion Rev McGrath 10.30am Filkins Parish Communion Rev Lloyd 10.30am Shilton Parish Communion/Children’s Rev McGrath/Rev Church Spence 11.00am Little Faringdon Family Communion and Rev MacInnes Baptism 6.00pm BBourton Evensong Rev Spence 6.00pm Kencot Evensong Rev MacInnes 15th September Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity 9.00am Black Bourton Holy Communion Rev McGrath 10.30am Holwell Harvest Festival Rev McGrath 10.30am Kelmscott Family Communion Rev MacInnes 10.30am Langford Harvest Festival/Family Service Rev Spence 6.00pm BPoggs Evensong Mr Jeremy Lane 6.00pm Westwell Harvest Festival/Evensong Rev Spence 22nd September Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity 9.00am Kencot Holy Communion Rev Kettle 9.00am Shilton Holy Communion Rev MacInnes 10.30am Alvescot Parish Communion Rev MacInnes 10.30am Broadwell Matins Rev Lloyd 10.30am Filkins Harvest Festival/Family Service Rev Spence 11.00am Lt Faringdon Matins Rev Kettle 6.00pm Holwell Evensong Rev Spence 6.00pm Langford Evensong Rev MacInnes 29th September Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity 9.00am Langford Holy Communion Rev Johnson 10.30am Shilton Parish Communion Rev Johnson 10.30am Alvescot Family Service Rev Spence 6.00pm Kencot Harvest Festival Rev Spence 6th October Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity 11.30am Broadwell Harvest Festival Rev MacInnes 11.30am Shilton Harvest Festival Rev Spence 4.00pm Bradwell Hall Church@4 Rev Ross/ Spence 4 MIDWEEK SERVICES Wed 11th Sept 10.00am Black Bourton/Holy Communion Rev MacInnes Wed 25th Sept 10.00am Black Bourton/Holy Communion Rev Johnson COTSWOLD HOME (Residents Only) Wed 11th Sept 11.30am Holy Communion Rev MacInnes Wed 25th Sept 11.30am Matins Rev Spence LECTIONARY 1st September (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 8th September (Green) Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity Jeremiah 18.1-11 Psalm 139.1-5, 12-18 Philemon 1-21 Luke 14.25-33 15th September (Green) Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity Jeremiah 4.11-12, 22- Psalm 14 1 Timothy 1.12-17 Luke 15.1-10 28 22nd September (Green) Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity Jeremiah 8.18 - 9.1 Psalm 79.1-9 1 Timothy 2.1-7 Luke 16.1-13 29th September (Green) Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity Jeremiah 32.1-3a, 6-15 Psalm 91.1-6, 14-16 1 Timothy 6.6-19 Luke 16.19-31 6th October (Green) Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity Lamentations 1.1-6 Psalm 137 2 Timothy 1.1-14 Luke 17.5-10 BIBLE STUDY GROUP Living Faithfully The Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard, has written a very practical book on Christian discipleship: ‘Living Faithfully, Following Christ in Everyday Life’. This autumn we are exploring some of the issues he raises in his book: September 24th Facing God October 8th Facing Myself October 22nd Facing the World (1) November 5th Facing the World (2) November 19th Facing Others December 3rd Facing the Future Our meetings are on Tuesday afternoons, from 2.30pm to 4.00pm, at 11 Oakey Close, Alvescot. (Please note the slightly later times, for more details call 01993 846169. You are welcome to any or all of them: I look forward to seeing you! Liz Johnson 5 SHILTON BAPTIST CHAPEL I enjoy all the seasons but I do particularly like early autumn when there are blackberries to pick, the fields are briefly golden with stubble before they are ploughed, and there is a freshness in the air which is often lacking in the humidity of summer days. I especially enjoy Harvest Festival at the end of September; the smell after the Chapel is decorated with chrysanthemums and vegetables and bread. Above all of course it’s a wonderful opportunity to thank God for His provision, and the farmers for all their hard work. We’ve got half an allotment and even that small patch needs so much effort to produce anything, yet even with all our work unless God causes it all to grow then we are wasting our time. So I thank God for the harvest and for His faithfulness to us for another year. PREACHERS FOR SEPTEMBER September 1st Informal September 8th Vili Tava September 15th Bob Hazell September 22nd Richard Bloomfield September 29th David Earl HARVEST FESTIVAL All of our services are at 6.00pm and visitors would be very welcome particularly to our Harvest Festival on the 29th and at the sale of produce the following day. Our first Soup Day of the season will be on Wednesday 2 nd October at the usual time of 12- 1.30pm. I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! Elizabeth Harfield CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP O ur next meeting will be on Wednesday 4th September at 3.00pm. We will be meeting at the home of Mrs Shiela Moona in Lechlade. Transport is available. All are welcome. SUNDAY SERVICE IN THE METHODIST CHURCH T here will a service at 3.00pm every Sunday in the Methodist Church. Barbara Edwards WWW.12CHURCHES.ORG.UK 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. 6 ROUND OUR VILLAGES The 15 villages that make up the 11 parishes in the Shill & Broadshire Benefice are lively places. Every month there are dozens of events organized by the many local organizations that 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. ALVESCOT St Peter’s ALVESCOT VILLAGE WELCOME PACK Over the last few months I have been working with the Parish Council and other organisations in the village to produce a welcome pack which we aim to give to newcomers as they move into the village. The pack comprises a folder with sheets giving all sorts of local information, ranging from village hall activities to refuse collections, and the idea is to keep it regularly updated. If you are aware of people moving in, if you would like to add some information to the pack, or if you would like a copy for yourself, please let me know. Thank you. Liz Johnson 01993 846169 QUIZ NIGHT We will be holding a Quiz on Saturday 5th October at 7.30pm in the Village Hall in aid of Village Hall Funds. Tickets £8.00 (including supper) on 01993 842135 Terry Morris VILLAGE SHOW This is on Saturday 7th September, for more details ring Wendy on 01993 841459 ST PETER’S INFANTS SCHOOL This term the children in Class 2 were set a challenge by Reverend Johnson. Reverend Johnson visited the Class and told them the Parable of the Talents. She then gave the class £10.00 and challenged them to put their money to work to raise money towards the development of St Peter’s Church. The children organised a 7 sponsored run and spent their £10.00 on ice-lollies to encourage everyone to complete the course. They made a sponsor form and wrote letters to parents explaining the scheme. On a very hot day all the children completed the course on the Village Playing Field and raised an incredible total of £500! Reverend Johnson joined the final assembly of the school year at which the children proudly presented her with the money raised. At the Harvest Festival Service at t Peter’s Church in October, the results of everyone’s efforts in the Talents Scheme will be celebrated. This year, the Year 2 children enjoyed a wonderful morning on The Ridgeway, walking up to Wayland’s Smithy and then travelled to The Court Hill Centre where they stayed the night. This was enormously exciting for the children and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the friendships that they have forged during their time at St Peter’s. This is what the children said about the visit: ‘First we went to White Horse Hill. It was a scorching hot day so we all had to have suncream on and wear our hats. We walked along The Ridgeway to Wayland’s Smithy. On the way we hid in the ditches and jumped out at the teachers and scared them. It was really funny! When we got to Wayland’s Smithy, we went under the rocks, into the dungeon. Some people put coins in the cracks in the rocks to get a new horseshoe from the blacksmith for their horse. We were really hungry so we had some crumpets and fruit bread for tea. It was delicious! We sang songs around the campfire. We watched the sun go down and then we had hot chocolate. Then we went inside and got our pyjamas on and Mrs King read us a bedtime story. In the morning we all got up very early, except for Jamie! We all had a brilliant time and we were really sad to leave. We wanted to stay for a week!’ On a glorious summer’s evening many of our families came together for the annual family barbecue. This year we celebrated the contribution that Mrs Savage had made to the school as Chair of Governors over the past 14 years and presented her with a gift. It was a lovely evening with wonderful food and a great atmosphere. Many thanks to everyone who contributed and supported this event and to ‘Simon Says Magic’ who provided wonderful entertainment for the children. Sam King CAR BOOT SALE FOR CANCER RESEARCH A Car Boot Sale will be held in Gassons Field, Alvescot on Saturday 21 st 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 8 COFFEE MORNING I am holding Coffee Morning with a Bring and Buy Sale and Book Swap table (just bring any good books and swap for others). The date is Saturday 5th October from 10.00 am to 12 noon at Walnut Cottage, Lower End, Alvescot - 01993 843593 in aid of St Peter’s Church Restoration Fund. All welcome. Janet Gervers BLACK BOURTON St Mary’s PARISH COUNCIL Our next meeting will be in St Mary’s Church on Wednesday 25 th September at 7.30pm. We will be pleased to see you. RIDE AND STRIDE 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. CAR BOOT SALE FOR CANCER RESEARCH 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 BROADWELL St Peter & St Paul’s ALTAR FLOWERS August 25th, September 1st June Goodenough September 8th, 15th, 22nd Kristina Wordie September 29th Robina Lockyer 9 HARVEST FESTIVAL (at time of writing still don’t know whether it will be Sept 29 th or Oct 6th) Following on from my idea in last month’s Pump, I have found where the Foodbank is in Witney. It is in the Elim Chapel, West End , Witney. They have a website www.oxonwestfoodbank.co.uk. You can find out what they need there. I intend to decorate the pulpit with tinned foods, and hope that others will do the same. And will take anything to Witney the next day. They do hope to have a foodbank in Carterton by Christmas, as there is a real need for this here too. I have heard that the Langford school also does this sort of thing. HARVEST LUNCH Hope everyone has remembered--------book your place at Village Harvest Lunch, October 6th. Need to do this by September 15th, so numbers will be known. Should be the usual cheerful get-together, so don't forget ! June Goodenough NEWS FROM BROADSHIRES PRESCHOOL no news this month FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS St Peter’s FILKINS THEATRE PRESENTS… A MOROCCAN EVENING ‘of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine’ Well, aren’t we the lucky ones? For it’s our own gin joint at the Village Hall, and she is the great Nikki Livermore, ex -Filkins resident and doyen of the shimmering trade. Yes folks, she’s back, the Bestest Belly Dancer in the West returns to Filkins for one night only. And not just Nikki herself to quiver for our delight, but with drumming by John Sleiman, her Middle Eastern percussionist. There is an authentic Moroccan supper, and a chance to join in. All for £12.00 plus a pay bar to wash the evening nicely along.Put the date in your diaries now... Saturday, 21st September.Get your tickets (£12.00) from Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Filkins Village Shop or Filkins Post Office. Julia Neame 10 FILKINS THEATRE CHRISTMAS SHOW Filkins Theatre will again be presenting an original Christmas Show on 28 th, 29th and 30th November in Filkins Village Hall. Auditions / general get together for all those interested in taking part, on or off stage, will be held at the Hall on Sunday 15th September, time to be confirmed (ring meon 01367 860129 for details). We are particularly keen to hear from people who can help with the sound and/or music for the show. Experience helpful but enthusiasm more important, if you’ve not been involved before it’s great fun, give it a try ! Alan Heath DOES ANYONE NEED SOME CROCKERY? Are you setting up home? Or else going away to college? Or running a local community group? If so, Filkins Village Hall Committee has 45 place settings of crockery to give away free to good homes. Each setting consists of a two sizes of plate, a bowl, a cup and a saucer (sorry, no cutlery). Available individually or in sets of six. Please contact the Hall Secretary Charlie Payne on 01367 860529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ROSTER FOR VOLUNTARY CAR SERVICE TO LOCAL SURGERIES Covering the villages of Filkins, Broughton Poggs, Langford, Little Faringdon, Kencot and Broadwell (All telephone codes 01367) Tuesdays Thursdays 3rdSept 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 Mr J Langer 860700* * 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 FILKINS NURSERY UPDATE Children attending this summer’s Holiday Club enjoyed a variety of topics, including fun at the seaside, with camping and barbecues, a pirate tea party, popcorn and PJ party, a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory week with chocolate facials, and a treasure hunt for that all-important golden ticket, various local 11 outings and a week of sports to finish off the holidays. Sessions were extremely well attended; do start planning ahead if you are interested in childcare for October half-term. We welcome 15 new children to nursery this term. Our new method of planning for ‘right here, right now’ is proving to be a great success, allowing us to be completely flexible and develop the children’s daily interests This term, French will take place on Wednesday mornings weekly, Saltbox music will be Tuesday afternoon, and Tatty Bumpkin yoga will be Thursday afternoon, the latter two being fortnightly. We are also looking forward to starting our Forest School sessions this term. Half-term: Monday 28th October-Friday 1st November. Holiday Club will run as normal for this week. Louise Jenkins FILKINS POST OFFICE Telephone: 01367 860620 Opening hours Day Morning Afternoon Monday 9.00am to 12.30pm 1.00pm to 5.00pm Tuesday 8.30am to 12.30pm Closed Wednesday Closed Closed Thursday 9.00am to 12.30pm Closed Friday Closed 1.30pm to 4.30pm FILKINS VILLAGE SHOP 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 12 HOLWELL St Mary’s September brings us two important Services, on the 1st of the month the Rector will be here to celebrate the Benefice Communion at 10.30am and we hope you may get this copy of the ‘Pump’ in time to join us. It is always a pleasure for our small community to welcome friends from the far flung outer reaches of the Benefice so, if you can’t come then, why not come to our Harvest Festival on September 15th at 10.30 which will be taken by the Rev Dr Alister McGrath? As people return from their holidays, the thoughts of some are turning towards the Ride and Stride and Pedal, on Saturday 14th, Team Holwell will be taking to the tarmac and at least one member has even been on a training sprint.More participants to help raise money for the Oxfordshire Churches’ Preservation Trust most welcome! Corinna Rock KELMSCOTT St George’s CHURCH BRASS AND FLOWERS Church Brass and Flowers Millie Mitchell MORRIS MEMORIAL HALL EXHIBITION & CRAFT FAIRS Our weekly craft fairs and exhibition finish on the 25 th September so if you’ve not yet called in, please do so! The hall is open every Wednesday from 12 noon until 5.00pm and parking and entry are free. The exhibition provides a factual account of the history of the hall, revealing the story behind this beautiful Grade II listed Arts & Crafts building. The craft fair provides an opportunity to purchase beautiful handmade items by local crafters (all purchases cash or cheque only please). We have a wide range of crafts and also offer craft demonstrations, (subject to change and availability of crafters) including spinning, glass design, woodworking or jewellery making. Both the fair and the exhibition support the hall, a registered charity. If you need any further information, please visit our village website, www.kelmscott.org.uk or telephone me on 01367 253103. Laura Roberts 13 KENCOT St George’s CHURCH FLOWERS 31st Aug & 7th Sept Janette Paine 14th & 21st Sep Lizzie Snow 28th September Harvest Festival all invited to help decorate the church HARVEST FESTIVAL The Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday 29 th September 6.00pm. If you have any flowers, fruit, vegetables or preserves they would be most welcome. Please bring them to the church on Saturday 28th September when the church will be decorated. All are very welcome to the service after which the produce will be auctioned accompanied by wine and nibbles. Proceeds from the auction will be for church funds. The collection will go to PACT (Parents and Children Together), a Diocese charity. CHURCHYARD TIDY The churchyard was already looking tidy due to those who regularly mow and keep it generally tidy. Despite this we still found plenty to do. Thank you to the 13 people who turned up to tidy the churchyard. Gill Cox DON’T FORGET RIDE AND STRIDE The annual ride and stride, in aid of Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust ‘OHCT’, will take place on Saturday 14th September between 10.00am and 6.00pm.You can join in this event by cycling, walking or horse riding from church to church. For further information contact me on 01367 860223 We also need volunteers to do stints of sitting in the church to sign in participants. For further information contact Gill 01367 860250. Jonathan Fyson KENCOT VILLAGE DAY A big thank you to the committee who organised the first Village Day on 10 th August. It was a very enjoyable event with produce and cake competitions, dog show, barbeque, live music, pony rides and rounders. There will be a full write up in the October Parish Pump. Gill Cox 14 LANGFORD St Matthew’s CHURCH FLOWERS Sept 1st Mrs S Kirby Sept 8th & 15th Mrs. C. Tinson Sept 22nd & 29th Mrs. C. Johnston ST MATTHEW’S CHURCH – RIDE AND STRIDE The 27th Sponsored Ride and Stride is taking place on Saturday 14 th September, from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. All that is required is to cycle, walk or ride to our local churches. All the proceeds from sponsorship are used to support our ancient Parish Churches, half going to the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust and half to St. Matthew’s. LANGFORD PARISH COUNCIL www.langfordGL7.co.uk SPEED SIGN You may have noticed that the speed warning light sign at the entrance to the village on the Filkins Road is now operating. The council considers that the next priority for installing a speed warning light sign should be on the Grafton Road entrance to the village. We would welcome any thoughts on where the sign might best be located. If the signs are judged to be effective and further funding is then available we can look at whether signs on the other two entrance roads would be a good idea. STRATEGIC PLANNING ISSUES Two pieces of disappointing news on the WODC and OCC strategic plans RE. CARTERTON WEST In their recently completed draft plan West Oxfordshire District Council had decided against the Carterton West housing development. However, WODC have decided not to submit their plan as they have been advised that they have underestimated the number of new houses required in our area. This means that Carterton West may come back into consideration in any new WODC plan. GRAVEL EXTRACTION Oxfordshire County Council’s recently drawn up strategic plan had focused new gravel extraction in areas of existing gravel sites, and away from Langford and nearby parishes. However, OCC has been told that in drawing up its plan it had failed to consult properly with surrounding councils. Thus it will need to start the strategic planning plan process afresh. Our hope is that this will not mean a change in thinking on areas for new gravel extraction. We should know more about the timescale for the process in February. Meanwhile the council will keep a watching brief on both these issues, and will once again express our views forcefully when we have the opportunity. 15 PLAYGROUND The development of the playground is now complete, and we hope that it will prove a lasting asset to the village. We do need to make sure that the equipment is looked after and properly maintained. So if you notice anything that you think might require attention so please let the Parish Council know. Richard Kemp WHIST Tuesday 3rd September. 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 CLIVE GOULD Sheila, Christine and Stephen would like to thank everyone who attended Clive’s funeral, also for all the cards and letters; this was a great comfort to us. Christine Tinson LITTLE FARINGDON St Margaret’s CHURCH FLOWERS September Sophie Cole October Barbara Browne SEPTEMBER SERVICES Please note that our usual second Sunday service (8th September) will be a combined communion and Baptism service. The service on 22 nd September will, therefore, be Matins. RIDE AND STRIDE The annual Ride and Stride fund-raising event to support the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust draws nigh. It will take place on Saturday 14 th September. It would be lovely to have a number of people from the village supporting this worthwhile charity. St Margaret’s Church will receive back half the total raised in Little Faringdon. Please get sponsorship forms and other details from Jeremy Taylor. It would also be most helpful if one or two people could act as welcomers to the church on that day. Again, please let Jeremy know if you are prepared to help. 16 FIREWORKS! This year’s Guy Fawkes Party will take place on Friday 1st November in the paddock opposite the church. Gates open at 6.45 pm when the bonfire will be lit. The fireworks start at 7.45 pm. There will be food and drink galore to suit young and old. Proceeds will be divided between Helen & Douglas House Hospice, St Christopher’s School in Langford, and St Margaret’s Church. Do put this date in your diary and spread the word. A fun evening is guaranteed! Further details will be published next month. Jeremy Taylor SHILTON Holy Rood Absolutely nothing to report this month as far as the Old School committee is concerned. In fact we’ve been so remiss we didn’t even get round to organising the annual village barbeque, sorry, we’ll try harder next year. I think the heatwave must have caused this total lethargy. Well, that’s my excuse and I’ll stick to it for the time being, until I can think of a better one. Shirley Cuthbertson A DAY OUT ON YOUR BICYCLES! Just another little reminder that the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride day is on Saturday 14th September. It’s a great day out around our beautiful villages of the Benefice (or further afield if you wish) and as always you can cycle, walk or ride a horse for the event. You can choose your own route and cycle, walk or ride for as long as you wish. If you don’t want to Ride or Stride you can always help by sitting at the church for a while welcoming cyclists and 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 sit at the church for an hour please do give me a ring. Sponsor forms are in the church porch or I am happy to deliver to anyone. My number is 01993 841194. Look forward to hearing from you! CHAPEL AND CHURCH COFFEE MORNING Our annual coffee morning will be held again in the Old School in Church Lane here in Shilton on Saturday 2nd November. More details will appear in next month’s Pump but in the meantime do make a note of the date in your diaries. 17 HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE AND LUNCH Oh dear its rather depressing to think that this glorious summer will not go on and on and autumn will be here soon (perhaps the autumn will be just as glorious) which means we must make arrangements to give thanks for the harvest of crops, fruit and vegetables. So our Harvest Festival Service has been arranged for 6th October at 11.30 am and following the service we will have our usual lunch in the Old School. A village newsletter will be put together at the end of August/early September giving details of the lunch and as always space is limited and so to avoid disappointment please do make sure you book early! Our collection at the Service and any profit from the lunch will go to RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution). Please try to come to both but if you are not able to do that you are very welcome to attend the Service or the Lunch. If you have any flowers, greenery, fruit, vegetables, or would like to help decorate the church please do get in touch. I’ve also come across one or two other churches asking for tinned food, preserves, chutneys and these could go to a local food bank. I feel this is a jolly good idea so if you would like to contribute in this way please do. I know of the North Cotswold Food Bank but will make enquiries as to whether there is a more local one. My telephone number is 01993 841194. Jean Roberts CHURCHYARD MAINTENANCE MORNING Its time for our annual churchyard tidy up and this has been planned for Saturday 12th October starting at 10 am. If you can spare some time to help maintain the grounds of our beautiful church you will be warmly welcomed so do please come along bringing with you secateurs, cutting tools and garden implements. Please let me know on 01993 841194 or, of course, alternatively, just turn up! Look forward to seeing you there! David Roberts A DAY OUT ON YOUR BICYCLES! The Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride is on Saturday 14 th 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 18 PARISH COUNCIL 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 SHILTON HISTORY GROUP Just a reminder. Our new session begins on Friday 13th September at 7.30 pm. in the Old School when Andrew Long and Martin Bowley will talk about the History of Chimney. For new members this would be a good time to join, but of course visitors are always welcome. Fred Robertson BRADWELL VILLAGE July 11th saw the AGM of the resident association, the meeting was very well attended. Tony Cripps was reelected as chairman for another year. In his annual report Mr Cripps thanked everyone for they support over a busy year but made the point that it would be good to see more people from Bradwell making more use of the wonderful village hall. Concluding the chairman paid a special tribute to two long standing committee members who have decided to step down. Stephen & Jane Price have been the very back bone of Bradwell for many years adding an argument could be made that without their hard work the association would have folded. Other business discussed was the setting up of a Boules Piste also looking again at the possibility of a Childrens Play Area.The meeting closed at 8.25pm. Diary Date Saturday 28th September a special coffee morning in support of The MacMillan Cancer Trust with Tea Coffee and Bacon Rolls being served. Starting at 11am in the village hall. Tony Cripps BRADWELL BABES 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 19 WESTWELL St Mary’s There was great drama in Westwell on July 11th as a crop fire raged in the corn field just behind Mitford cottages. Large plumes of smoke could be seen as far away as Stow on the Wold, (from where the Westwell correspondent first spotted them on return from his summer holidays.) Closer to the action it was fortunate that Moray spotted the problem and promptly called the fire brigade. The smoke was very thick, the noise of the fire extremely loud and the flames very close to the nearby woods.. The firemen were on the scene quickly and in the main, used beaters to control the fire. A trench was then ploughed around the field perimeter once it was safe enough. At its peak, there were six fire engines in the lane, an ambulance and two fire chiefs, but fortunately no injuries.The problem was apparently caused by the filter on the combine harvester blocking and over heating, but remarkably the combine was up and running again in a matter of hours, the field will take a little longer to recover. Rather less dramatically Pam C-M and Miles G again represented Colston LTC in a mixed tennis match against Wantage. The Westell pair were victorious in all their 3 matches but unfortunately the other Colston pairs did not fair so well. The narrow loss was, however, soon forgotten during a convivial gathering in the Wantage club house afterwards. Miles Gibson PUDDING CLUB The last pudding club was kindly hosted by Moray and Manal at No. 2 Mitford Cottages. As there were slightly less attendees than usual, it was decided to have only 2 puds, without any scoring, just a sort of get together with pud and wine really! It was also the eve of Andy Murray's semi final at Wimbledon, which Moray kindly put on, so the evening ended with us all in the snug willing Andy on. The next pud club is 6th September and is being hosted by Pam. Lynne Chard. 20 AROUND THE REGION A look at events and news from a little further afield. NEWS FROM BURFORD SCHOOL BURFORD SCHOOL OPEN EVENING Thursday 19th September 4.30 - 7.00pm Potential students and families are welcome to attend and meet members of staff and students who make our school so popular and successful. We offer an excellent range of GCSEs, AS and A2 levels and a wide range of extracurricular and social activities. If you are unable to come on this day, call 01993 823303 or email email@example.com for further details. On 11th July the Design & Technology held their 9th annual exhibition featuring work by GCSE and A’Level students. We were pleased to welcome back Jonathan Eddolls who is now a Race Engineer for Valteri Botta of Williams Formula 1 Team and is the voice Valteri hears as he drives. BURFORD SCHOOL MEDIEVAL WEEK The week started with a visit from the Globe Theatre who ran a workshop for the cast of The Canterbury Tales. The pupils carried out warm-up exercises, voice projection and status games to get them ready for a punishing week of rehearsals, followed by seven performances on Friday, a play in a week! There was also a very special guest lecturer: Robert Hardy. He kindly gave up his Wednesday afternoon to come and talk in the school library to the pupils, about the history and importance of the longbow. Mr Hardy is an expert in this field, and it was fascinating to hear him discuss the power of both the weapon and the men behind it. He also added some real relish to the lecture, with facts about the young Henry V and the salvaging of the longbows from the Mary Rose. The children were particularly fascinated by the discovery of the archers (now skeletons) still clutching their bows in death. The climax of the week was the performance of The Canterbury Tales and a jousting tournament from The Knights of Arkley. The performers had a busy schedule, but all the players worked hard under the direction of Gary Nielsen (Head of Drama) and her team. The three tales performed were: The Wife of Bath’s, The Pardoner’s and The Knight’s. The Knights of Arkley were an inspiration. The knights sweltered in the shimmering heat as they charged at each other in the school playing fields. Needless to say, it was Sir Richard of Burford who won, beating the malevolent French knight into submission with his mace. The week was enjoyed by all Mary Alcock 21 THAMES VALLEY POLICE The summer months have been good in the Shill Villages and crime remains very low. There has been some reports of Anti Social behaviour around the swimming pool in Filkins with the warm weather. Remember to check the levels on your heating oil tanks and continue to be vigilant with house security, keep windows doors and sheds locked when you go out. Most crime is opportunistic so take away the easy crime by simple home security. Thames Valley are actively using the Crime Alert scheme in West Oxfordshire many of you have already signed up. To be involved in reducing crime look at the below link(www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk) or contact your neighbourhood team to discuss. Community vigilance remains a high priority so keep an eye on your neighbour’s properties, and if you see anything suspicious such as vehicles or people hanging around please report it on the numbers below. In an emergency always call 999 PCSO Colin Davies WHAT IS OXFORDSHIRE ADVOCACY? We are looking for volunteers to attend our next training course to become an advocate for Oxfordshire Advocacy. It is an independent, confidential free service that supports adults living in Oxfordshire people to get their voice heard and their wishes taken into account. Our volunteer advocates work with people who need support in a meeting, writing a letter or making a complaint, or making sure that correct procedures are followed. Recently we have provided advocates for • A man with severe depression to attend a medical assessment to check his eligibility for benefits • The wife of a man with dementia who is struggling to access enough support so that she can continue to look after him at home Our next training course for new volunteers is in Banbury on 14 th 15th and 22nd November and Oxford on 3rd 4th and 11th October. If you would like to find out more please contact us on:Tel: 01865 741200, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or look at our website on www.gettingheard.org LECHLADE FLOWER AND PRODUCE SHOW Lechlade Gardening Club are putting on their 8th Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 7th September in the Lechlade Memorial Hall. Schedules from Lechlade Newsagents, Moore Allen and Innocent Estate Agents or, if you are a techno freak, why not go to our website on www.lehladegardeningclub.org where the full schedule is shown. We hope you will encourage your children to enter, especially the Allcourt photographic cup and there are challenges for men and women alike Tim Yeoman 22 WEST OX ARTS DOWNTON ABBEY COSTUME EXHIBITION West Ox Arts Gallery in association with Carnival Films, presents a costume exhibition featuring 10 of the costumes used in the filming of Series 3, and artwork by Pip Shuckburgh and Esther Hepworth. From 2.00pm Saturday 31st August to Sunday 29th September Adult admission £5.00 (Children 12 years and under £3.00) Children must be accompanied by an adult Due to the popularity of Downton Abbey, the outdoor filming of which takes place in Bampton, entry will be by timed tickets only See website for details of our opening times www.westoxarts.com LUNCHTIME RECITALS High Street Methodist Church, Witney from 12.30 - 1.30pm on a Thursday. Come and sit for as long as you like, entrance free. Thursday September 12th, Schumann and Britten Archie Bott (tenor), Annabel Molyneaux (mezzo) and Peter Cowdrey (piano) Thursday September 26th, Bedtime Stories and Dreams Bronwen Mills, Annabel Molyneaux (mezzo) and Peter Cowdrey (piano) Thurs October 31st St James Singers, 10-man ‘a cappella’ choir Paul Molyneaux Thursday November 28th, Celtic music with Liz Cowdrey (violin), Jub (double bass), Annabel Molyneaux (mezzo) and Peter Cowdrey (piano). Please ring 01367 860 056 for further details VINTAGE APPEAL Once again Alvescot Church is running a Vintage Stall at the local Ploughing Match, which this year is being held on Saturday 28th September on the Great Barrington Estate near Burford. All the profit made on the day will be donated towards the ongoing heating refurbishment in what must surely be the coldest church in the benefice - how we look forward to a warm building! If you are able to donate any items, such as jewellery, books, ceramics, small tools, badges, jigsaws, glass etc we would much appreciate it. I am willing to collect items from now onwards so please either ring me on 01993 843650 or email email@example.com in the first instance Gwen Bamford 23 LENTHALL CONCERT The first of six Lenthall concerts for the September 2013 to March 2014 season takes place at 7.30pm on September 25th at Burford School, with a welcome return of the Turkish pianist, Deniz Gelenbe, who joins Michael Bochmann (violin) and the Bochmann Quartet’s cellist, Peter Adams, to play three classic piano trios by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorak. A subscription for all 6 concerts costs £50 (transferable to someone else if you cannot attend) from www.lenthallconcerts.org.uk where details of all concerts can also be found. Tickets for individual concerts are available at the door (£14) or in advance (£12) from Madhatter Bookshop, Burford, 01993 822539, from Music Stand, Witney, 01993 774890 or from Lenthall Concerts 01993 824949. Martin Pippard QUAKER WEEK 2013 Every year the first week in October is designated ‘Quaker Week’ and Quaker meetings around the country put on special events to encourage people to visit their local meeting house. This year it runs from Friday 27th September to Sunday 6th October and we hope that anyone interested in finding out more about Quakers will join us on Sunday 29th September or Sunday 6th October for our meeting for worship at 11 o’clock at the meeting house in Pytts Lane or just for coffee and a chat after meeting at 12 o’clock. Of course that offer is open every Sunday in the year and we would always be happy to see you and talk. The fundamental shared experience of the Quaker way is the silent meeting for worship during which one or two may be moved to make a spoken contribution. David Day. ONE DAY ENDURANCE EVENT A team from Lechlade in Gloustershire were among 384 participants who competed in Scotland’s toughest endurance event in July to help raise nearly £850,000 (with match funding) for charity. Husband and wife, Rachel and Charlie Stanley Evans, and friend Justin Wateridge were among a record number of people who competed in this year’s Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon. Billed as Scotland’s toughest one day endurance event, participants are required to swim to the North shore of Loch Tay, run or walk 7 munros, kayak 7 miles and cycle 34 miles to the finish line. Scottish adventurer and round the world cyclist, Mark Beaumont and his team- mate, Bruce Duncan, completed the course in the fastest time, in just 8 hours and 37 minutes. Rachel, Charlie and Justin completed the course in 12 hours 24 minutes and 11 seconds. Risking their marriage for the sake of charity, Rachel and Charlie Stanley-Evans fitted irregular training around work and parenting. Setting up their first home 24 together in Malawi in 1999 Rachel and Charlie are all too aware of the need for charities such as Mary’s Meals and Mercy Corps. Commenting Rachel said ‘We are delighted to have completed the challenge and to have done our little bit to help two remarkable charities.’ The Artemis Great Kindrochit supports two charities: Mercy Corps’ work to improve the lives of those living in the city slums in Indonesia; and Mary’s Meals work to feed 755,000 children in schools around the world. Since the event was launched 13 years ago by Perthshire,based outdoor adventure challenges company WildFox Events, almost £6 million has been raised for charity. Jen Nash NEWS FROM THE COTSWOLD HOME The day of our annual migration to the Cotswold Wildlife Park began rather early. I got up and went out to feed a very vocal moggy at the back door, not even ours, and noticed a slight chill in the air. Would we need rugs or sun bonnets, should I put on a vest or not, is the sun going to shine? All this going around in my head and the day had hardly started. You would think it was easy; you put up a notice, ‘Trip to the Wildlife Park’, staff and residents add their names to it, the day arrives and we all set off on our adventure. Well, once it might have been easy but in today’s world forms have to be filled and signed and duplicated. First we stopped to see the giant tortoise and then the rhinos. The baby rhino was so entertaining, his large feet moving in comical fashion, trying to keep up with mother who seemed interested in eating and when little one caught up he would lie down for a quick nap before realising that mother had moved on and he was off again. The camels next where a large crowd had gathered and we spotted a baby camel, only born two days ago, at it’s mother’s feet. She kept prodding it with her large foot. After several protests from the baby he attempted to stand. We all held our breath while this wobbly, woolly animal tried to gain his balance. And then we all witnessed something we have never seen before; one by one three other camels came out of their house, walked over to see baby, gave it a sniff at both ends and then they all shielded the baby and escorted it into the house, out of the afternoon sun. Ahh.. We continued around the park until it was time for tea. Thank you everyone for such an enjoyable afternoon, nothing was too much trouble and thank you for your kindness too. Extra thanks to Tracey and her team, the tea was delicious. David came to the home this morning and took Matins, a service we do not often have and it made such a nice change. Thank you David, we did enjoy your sermon too, just the right length!! Annette Baldwin 25 ORCC NEWS ORCC Trading Limited – Bulk Oil Scheme Vacancy Christine Bartle, known to oil scheme members as the ever helpful and efficient person on the end of the phone/email, is retiring at the end of the month and will be much missed. To fill her shoes, ORCC Trading is looking for someone equally methodical, this time on a self-employed basis. The work will normally require 2.5 days per week in the winter and 1.5 days per week in the summer, at £15 per hour. Full details will appear on the website www.oxonrcc.org.uk in the next few days so keep your eyes peeled if you are interested. 26 COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK ANNOUNCES NAME OF FIRST BABY RHINO On 1st July, Cotswold Wildlife Park announced the birth of the first White Rhino calf to be born in its forty-three year history. At the time, it was too early to determine the sex of the newborn, but now Cotswold Wildlife Park is delighted to reveal that mother Nancy and father Monty produced a beautiful girl which has been named Astrid. One month on, Astrid has grown both in size and personality. Deputy Assistant Curator, Mark Godwin, commented: “We are very happy with her progress and she is showing all the signs of being a healthy Rhino. Nancy is an exceptional first-time mother and the two have bonded perfectly. Astrid is growing more confident by the day, charging around the paddock, much to the delight of our visitors. She’s quite a character and a great addition to our Rhino family. We’re hoping Nancy will have another calf in the future and judging by her first experience of motherhood, we’re very optimistic and are keeping our fingers crossed. NATURE NOTES COSTA RICA – 1st to 16th Feb 2013 DAY 6 We met at the restaurant at 6.30 am and took an early breakfast and by 7.30 am were on the road to make the short journey to La Selva. We connected with our guide for the day once we had assembled at the reception area. La Selva is a Biological Station founded in 1968 and covers over 1600 hectares, it consists of primary forest, secondary forest and areas of open grassland. We wandered around the Visitor’s Centre and walking some of the trails nearby. We had memorable sightings throughout the day but the morning’s highlights consisted of sightings of: Pied Puffbird, Crested Owl, Slaty-tailed Trogan, Cinnamon Becard, Black-headed Tody, Great Tinamou, Stripe-throated Hermit and many others. We also saw our first Pecary (a large wild pig), Howler Monkeys (one of my favourites, as their amazing calls were the first sounds we heard most mornings and can be heard several miles away), Jesus Christ Lizard (a 27 large lizard with a crest which continues as a frill all along its back, this spectacular creature can run across water) Brown-wood Turtle and Black River Turtle and plenty of new butterflies. We ate lunch at the restaurant and went at 1.00 pm for a second walk. This time we stayed in the secondary forest on wide trails. One of the first things we stood and watched was a Hoffman’s-Two-Toed Sloth looking down at us from a nearby tree, a very strange creature indeed with its long hair, large eyes and long claws enabling it to wrap its long arms around branches and tree trunks where it spends most of its time being lazy. We included a short stop by the river, where within a couple of minutes we found a Sunbittern and a Sungrebe. What a great find, the Bittern was standing within three metres of us and when it finally flew across the river we all had views of ‘sun’ on each wing, fantastic! La Selva Biological Station is home to more than 2,000 species of plants, 400 species of trees, 466 species of birds, approximately 500 species of ants and is so unique that over 3500 publications have resulted from studies conducted there. We left at 4.00 pm but stopped just outside the boundary fence to look over some open fields which support some mature trees. We looked for the Great Green Macaw in the high canopy and after a few minutes three of these gems flew over us and landed not too far away. The light was bad and gave us only silhouette so we drove around to another track where we could skope the birds in great light, wow what a superbly coloured bird! Before we returned to our hotel we made a stop along the way at a small hotel complex on Heliconia Island which is well known for having Spectacled Owls in the garden. Sure enough there were two of them showing well. We sat on the terrace of the restaurant and watched over the river where we saw lots of Cattle Egret flying to roost. We also saw a Wedge-billed Woodcreeper (our fourth woodcreeper of the day) and we heard a Common Pauraque (nightjar). We drove back in the dark hoping to see a nightjar and as we approached the hotel we saw two Common Pauraques, a great find to end the day. We also stopped to pick up a Cane Toad caught in our headlights at the side of the road. These are a real pest in parts of Australia. Back home this month there have been lots of good things to see in the hot sunny weather. Good views of Red Kites over the village as they gracefully coast over head. On the 13th July I had a lovely White Swallow-tailed Moth in my greenhouse. 14th July a pair of Whitethroats giving their buzzing call near to their nest across the fields, a good number of Tortoiseshell butterflies around the fields. 15th saw a Water Vole swimming in the Windrush at Crawley Bridge. 16th watched a Kingfisher on a branch ten feet in front of me on the Shillbrook. 28 One Skylark singing, one Cornbunting calling, two Linnets on an overhead wire. 17th a beautiful summer’s day and at 9 pm about thirty Swifts were flying around the village screaming just as they do in Spain. 18th saw a Kingfisher fly off from Windrush Bridge at Asthall. 20th moth traps which had been set overnight at Worsham caught many different species, notably Elephant, Poplar and Privet Hawkmoths. 23rd Marbled White butterflies over the fields and a lovely Barn Owl near Stow- on-the-Wold, caught in my headlights at night. The next few days there have been wonderful numbers of butterflies on the wild flowers. 28th Silver Washed Fritillaries in Guiting Woods. 4th Aug. On a walk back from Holwell to Shilton over the fields saw a Raven and Linnets and about thirty Swifts in the air in the evening. They will soon be leaving us for their long journey back to South Africa, but it has been a good breeding season for them this year. 5th Aug. Saw three Weasels run across the road, one behind the other near Eastleach and heard a Nuthatch. David Roberts WHAT ARE WE HAVING FOR DINNER? Chocolate Malteser Tiffin First, an apology for a howler. Last month, I wrote, ‘The addition of elderflower compliments the almond amazingly well’. Obviously I did not mean that the elderflower told the almond how well it looked and that colour really suits it. I should have written ‘complements’. I know better. Mea culpa. Second, as I am on a diet (actually, supposed to be – it has not really got going yet) I really ought to have invented a recipe that turns lettuce and celery into a delicious feast that has under 50 calories, yet tastes better than toast and honey. And if I were the Rumpelstiltskin of cooking, I would be a size 10 and the resulting book would sell more copies than Fifty Shades. Rich! And thin! Instead, here is a recipe that is wicked, sinful, calorie-laden and utterly yummy and I am none of the above. I made it for a very good reason. I have recently read a novel called The Hive by Gill Hornby about cliquey, bitchy mums at the school gate and how they are willingly bullied into submission by the Queen Bee of the fundraising committee, so keen are they to be in her group. Anyway, in the book, a car boot sale is rescued from imminent mutiny by the hungry mob by a tray of chocolate Malteser tiffin. It mollifies the hoards, who devour it in moments. Later in the novel it appears again at a coffee morning and is pronounced sheer heaven. 29 Well, obviously I had to find the recipe. After much diligent research, ok, a Google search, I found the best of those on offer, and here it is. I admit that I was a bit sceptical. I did not think that it could taste particularly special; after all, it is only chocolate refrigerator cake with added Maltesers. But it does. The version I found specifies good quality milk chocolate; the author recommends Lindt. I went one better by popping into Aldi and buying their best quality chocolate. It costs half the price and tastes just as good. So here it is. Best ever chocolate tiffin. Not suitable for people on diets. I am now considering how to do clever things with lettuce and celery... Ingredients 200g good milk chocolate For the topping: 100g unsalted butter 200g good milk chocolate 2 tbsp golden syrup 25g unsalted butter 125g digestive biscuits 1 tbsp golden syrup 135g pack Maltesers Method Line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment. Place 200g of the chocolate, butter and golden syrup in a heat-proof bowl and sit it over a pan of simmering water until melted. Allow to cool a little. Meanwhile place the biscuits in a freezer bag and crush with a rolling pin. You want mainly crumbs, but a few small chunks of biscuit are fine. Tip the crushed biscuits into the melted chocolate mixture and stir. Fold in the Maltesers then press into the prepared tin. Chill in in the fridge while you make the topping. For the topping, melt the remaining chocolate, butter and syrup as before then smooth over the biscuit base. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving. Cut into 16 squares. Angela Galione CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR THE FORTHCOMING MONTH Send your event details to Gill Cox (contact details inside front cover) by 10 th of each month for events taking place during the following month September 7th Alvescot Village Show details Wendy 01993 841459 13th Shilton History Group meeting 7.30pm , History of the Chimney. 14th Ride and Stride 15th Filkins Pantomime auditions. 21st Car Boot Sale, Gassons Field Alvescot 10.30-3pm,.tel 01993 842135 21st Filkins Theatre Maroccan Evening see Filkins & BPoggs page for details. 25th Black Bourton Parish Council meeting 7.30 St Marys Church. 30 25th Shilton Parish Council meeting 7.30pm. Details 01993 840825. Weekly Mondays Bradwell Babes 9.30 – 11.30 info 01993 822689. Wednesdays Exhibition & Craft Fair 12- 5pm Kelmscott Hall. 01367 253103 Thursdays Chess at The Vines, Black Bourton 6.45pm Bridge Club, Bradwell Village Hall 1.30-4pm 01993 822712/ 823582 Sundays First & third Sunday of month Swinford Museum, Filkins open 2-5pm FREE ADS – SALES AND WANTED (Not trade) (Subject to space availability) Send to Gill Cox (details inside front cover) before 10 th of each month ADVERTISE IN THIS SPACE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR YOURSELF, YOUR CHARITY, OR CHURCH FOR SALE: Lindam Flexiguard Travel Stairgate with carry case - £15 Collapsible, twist and fold mechanism Adjusts to fit openings between 71cm and 92cm -Tel 01367 860 001 FOR SALE: NEW Baba Bing Day Tripper Changing Bag Satchel Style (Green) - £10 Tel 01367 860 001 FOR SALE Boys bike 12" with stabilisers, (Raleigh mini) good condition £10 - Tel 01367 860202 FOR SALE: Trail gator (towbar). £20 Tel 01367 860202 FOR SALE: HP Photosmart Plus Wireless Printer with instruction book - £45 - Tel 01367 860 001 SMALL ADS JAG TIMBER FIREWOOD Quality Seasoned Hardwood Logs, Kindling & Stacking Service Order at www.jagtimber.co.uk Tel 01993 868001 31