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The Parish Pump team work very hard each month putting together our village news and
appreciate contributions from all. We cannot however be held responsible for inaccuracies,
mistakes or views expressed.
FROM THE EDITOR
A fter a marvellous summer with real and proper sunshine, it finally feels as
though autumn is closing in. This means a return to shuffling around the
house like zombies in dressing gowns, juicing beetroots like there’s no
tomorrow (kitchen looks like massacre as am juicing rather too enthusiastically,
but really good for staving off winter colds), and the dreaded back to school.
This year it’s all change as the twins have started at secondary school, which
makes me feel old, relieved and with butterflies in my tummy all at once
(although that could be something to do with the beetroot….I think I may be
overdoing it slightly).
I remember my own first week at big school many moons ago as completely
terrifying after being in a cosy little primary environment . Thrust into an all girl’s
school with no warning of what that entailed (v scary, do not recommend), our
first maths lesson was all about binary. Totally didn’t get how all these years I’d
been the best counter and times tabler, and now I couldn’t even count up to two
without it going horribly wrong. I went home tearful that my reign as chief maths
genius had been toppled by such a diminutive number. I still think it’s most
unfair and even after my father painstakingly explained it to me umpteen times, I
was horribly confused and to this day don’t quite get it. (it’s ridiculous though,
why not just count up to three or four or ten like normal people, why just lots of
columns of one and two? not impressed)
Anyway, must stop digressing and rehashing childhood trauma, proudest
moment this month was first day back at school, when sitting on the sofa all
bleary eyed and mainlining espressos, trying to beat the summer jet lag. Teenage
daughter was fussing around boys like a little mother hen, tying their ties, getting
their kit ready, and generally doing all the things I should have been doing if I
hadn’t been so zonked. For a brief moment I basked in the glory of successful
parenting, seeing how they were all taking care of each other and being so sweet
and Enid Blyton like ‘Ah,’ I thought, ‘My work here is done’, but my maternal
pride lasted only a brief moment, as my eyes alighted on a bit of pasta on the
floor and a quick calculation (using times tables not flipping binary) made me
realise how long it was since I’d hoovered (we don’t have pasta very often. I just
can’t see the point in pasta. Also it always ends up on the floor. Suspect that is
Toby who jettisons unsuitable pieces in silent food protest. This never happens
with chips). ‘Oh dear and alas!’ I thought, ‘My work is never done, in fact it has
only just started’. Laundry, pasta removal, lunch boxes, beetroot damage
limitation. Complacency is never an option…..but maybe now they are all back to
school I could have a little nap first….just five minutes, lovely!
SHILL VALLEY AND BROADSHIRE BENEFICE SERVICES
6th October - Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity
11.30am Broadwell Harvest Festival Rev Kettle
11.30am Shilton Harvest Festival Rev Spence
4.00pm BradVillage Hall Church@4 Rev Ross/Rev Spence
13th October - Twentieth Sunday after Trinity
9.00am Alvescot Holy Communion Rev Johnson
9.00am Westwell Holy Communion Rev Curtis
10.30am Filkins Parish Communion Rev Ross
10.30am Shilton Parish Communion/Children’s Rev Curtis/Rev Spence
11.00am Lt Faringdon Harvest Festival Rev Johnson
3.00pm Kelmscott Harvest Festival Rev Spence
3.00pm Kencot Evening Prayer/Baptism Rev Ross
6.00pm Black Bourton Harvest Festival Mr Jeremy Lane
20th October - Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity
9.00am Black Bourton Holy Communion Rev Johnson
10.30am Holwell Parish Communion Rev Curtis
10.30am Langford Parish Communion Rev Kettle
11.00am Alvescot Harvest Festival Rev Spence/Rev
6.00pm B Poggs Evensong Rev Kettle
6.00pm Westwell Evensong Rev Spence
27th October - Last Sunday after Trinity
9.00am Kencot Holy Communion Rev McGrath
10.30am Alvescot Parish Communion Rev McGrath
10.30am Broadwell Matins Rev Pierce
10.30am Filkins Family Communion Rev Johnson
11.00am Lt Faringdon Parish Communion Rev Lloyd
6.00pm Holwell Evensong Rev Johnson
6.00pm Langford Evensong Rev Lloyd
3rd November - All Saints’ Day
10.30am Shilton Benefice Communion Rev Kettle
4.00pm Brad Village Hall Church@4 Rev Spence
6.00pm Kencot Benefice Evensong Rev Spence
Wed 9th Oct 10.00am Black Bourton/Holy Communion Rev Johnson
Wed 23rd Oct 10.00am Black Bourton/Holy Communion Rev Johnson
COTSWOLD HOME (Residents Only)
Weds 9th Oct 11.30am Holy Communion Rev Ross
Weds 23rd Oct 11.30am Matins Rev Spence
6th October (Green) Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity
Lamentations 1.1-6 Psalm 137 2 Timothy 1.1-14 Luke 17.5-10
13th October (Green) Twentieth Sunday after Trinity
Jeremiah 29.1,4-7 Psalm 66.1-11 2 Timothy 2.8-15 Luke 17.11-19
20th October (Green) Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity
Jeremiah 31.27-34 Psalm 119.97-104 2 Timothy 3.14 - 4.5 Luke 18.1-8
27th October (Green) Last Sunday after Trinity
Joel 2.23-32 Psalm 65* 2 Timothy 4.6-8,16-18 Luke 18.9-14
3rd November (Gold or White) All Saints’ Day
Daniel 7.1-3,15-18 Psalm 149 Ephesians 1.11-23 Luke 6.20-31
‘Trips to fairly unknown regions should be made twice; once to make mistakes
and once to correct them.’ - John Steinbeck.
When I read this quote this week it made me reflect on our coming to this corner
of West Oxfordshire a fairly (well almost completely!) unknown region. I thought
of the warm welcome that my family and I have received; I thought of the times
we have had which are already special; the mistakes already made; and the grace
of those around who have not minded.
When we make mistakes we are often left desperate to correct them and to
rebuild relationships which may have been damaged. And wonderfully this is also
the desire of God for us and our communities: forgiveness and reconciliation. In
Jesus God went to the length of coming down to earth to suffer and die in our
place to pave the way for our mistakes to be forgiven.
DH Lawrence wrote; ‘If only one could have two lives: the first in which to make
one’s mistakes; which seem as if they have to be made; and the second in which
to profit by them.’ He seems to leave out the possibility of profiting by our
mistakes in this life, but this is a key part of life: learning from our mistakes.
At harvest time we are reminded that there are two aspects to time, the linear and
circular, and the Bible celebrates both. While each moment is an unrepeatable
moment in the story of history, time also goes in cycles of days, weeks, month
and years. We often face the same situations more than once. There are some
mistakes we make which we might make nearly every day, like forgetting to put
the toilet seat down, or more seriously forgetting to express our love and thanks
to family and friends.
Making mistakes is not always a tragedy; we all make mistakes. The real tragedy is
when we do not learn from our mistakes or fail to seek forgiveness and
reconciliation from God and from others.
THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF CS LEWIS
W e are pleased to announce that Alister Mcgrath will be speaking on
‘The Life and Legacy of CS Lewis’ Please do join us at 7:30pm on the
22nd October at Holwell Church. Alister has recently published his
biography on CS Lewis and this promises to be an interesting and informative
talk about this beloved author.
The Rev’d Harry MacInnes, is on sick leave until further notice. We wish him
well and hope he is recovered soon. In his absence, please contact one of the
other clergy team members.
BIBLE STUDY GROUP
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
Meetings are Tuesday afternoons, 2.30pm to 4.00pm, 11 Oakey Close, Alvescot.
SHILTON BAPTIST CHAPEL
I t seems unreal that summer has gone. The
nights are drawing in and I dare say some of
us have already lit our fires. I always know
when we are heading for autumn because the
Last Night of the Proms has passed. It’s Harvest
Time now and it will be followed by Guy Fawkes
Night followed by Remembrance Sunday and
before we know where we are it will be
In August everyone from the Chapel had a great afternoon in Upper Stratton
learning how to play croquet, this was preceded by a pub lunch, the rain held off
and a very enjoyable time was had by all. Our next event is a trip along the
Thames at Lechlade followed by a cream tea.
It will be a busy time at Chapel too. First we have Ride and Stride. This is a great
day when we can visit our unique churches, enjoy the wonderful countryside and
get a bit of exercise into the bargain as well as raising money for the upkeep of
On October 4th we have a quiz night in the Old School; this is to raise money for
Christian Aid. By then we will have started our Soup Days which are very
popular as it gives us time to meet, catch up on local news and enjoy a light
lunch. Again this is held in the Old School where everyone is welcome.
Donations are appreciated and the money raised is given to various charities.
Coffee Morning where Church and Chapel combine is Saturday 2nd November,
here you can enjoy coffee and cakes, browse around various stalls, and hopefully
find a few Christmas presents. Again the money raised goes to charity.
As days get shorter and colder we look forward to welcoming you to the events
that we have coming up.
Preachers for October
October 6th Informal
October 13th David Earl
October 20th Richard Bloomfield
October 27th Bob Hazell
All of our services are now at 3pm and you would be very welcome.
As Paul has written above the Soup Days start on Wednesday 2nd October from
12- 1.30pm. You can be sure of a warm welcome.
ur next meeting will be on Wednesday 2nd October at 3.00pm in the
Methodist Church Schoolroom. The speaker will be Miss Bernice White
of Wantage. All are welcome.
Our Harvest Festival will be on Sunday October 6th at 3.00pm in the Methodist
Church. The preacher will be Mrs Margaret Broadberry of Faringdon.
SUNDAY SERVICE IN THE METHODIST CHURCH
T here will a service at 3.00pm every Sunday in the Methodist Church.
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.
ROUND OUR VILLAGES
The 15 villages that make up the 11 parishes in the Shill &
Broadshire Benefice are lively places. Every month there are
dozens of events organized by the many local organizations that
We are pleased to report on every event that has happened, and
to publicise all those that are to come.
We try to incorporate all the many contributions we receive, but
please accept that we can not always advertise your particular
event in the way you would like.
But please do keep sending us all your Village News.
CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARD, GIFT SALE AND COFFEE
This year Burford’s Charity Christmas card, gift sale and coffee morning is in the
Warwick Hall next to the church on Saturday 12th October from 9.30am to
12.30pm. It’s a good chance to support good causes, many of which are very
local (including St Peter’s Restoration and Development Project, Alvescot) and
get together with folk from the villages around Burford.
TOLSEY ‘HANDMADE’ and VINTAGE SALE
Burford, Saturday 26th October
Do come and see the range of handmade goodies; ideas for gifts and treats with
Christmas in mind! We’ve been busy making jams, jellies, chutneys and other
delicious preserves. Alvescot has some great cooks so there will also be bread,
cakes and home baked delights.
There will be some vintage items and things on a vintage theme, also Christmas
cards, post cards and more wooden items made from St Peter’s Yew and Oak
trees which are always hugely popular. .
The sale will be in Burford under the Tolsey on Saturday 26 th of October from
9.30am to 3.30pm. Proceeds will go to St Peter’s Restoration and Development
Project, Alvescot. If you would like to find out more about the sale, or are able
to offer any donations for us to sell please contact me on 01993 842435.
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
ALVESCOT PARISH PLAN
We hope that everyone received the latest edition of Alvescot Forum with
information about producing a Parish Plan, which will help to shape the future of
the village. So this is just a reminder that the first step to putting forward your
views about what Alvescot should be like in the future is to come along to the
Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 16th October.
ST PETER’S INFANTS SCHOOL
It has been a wonderful start to the new school year at St
Peter’s and lovely to have some sunshine! Staff and
children have returned to school with great excitement
and have settled quickly to the daily routines of school
life. We have welcomed Abigail to Class 1 and our twenty new children who have
enjoyed their first few days in our Foundation Stage Class. We hope that all our
new families soon become fully involved in the life of the school.
This term the children have the opportunity to join a range of after-school clubs
including gardening, iPad, construction and ‘In the cupboard’ as well as our
school choir. These clubs provide the children with opportunities to try new
activities and to work and play alongside children who they might not otherwise.
This year, Children’s Bookweek will take place from 7th to 11th October and there
will be a Scholastic Booksale in school from 1st October until 9 th October in the
school hall from 2.45 until 3.30pm, so if you would like to start your Christmas
shopping early, do come along.
The next family service will be the Harvest Festival service and will be held on
Sunday 20th October at St Peter’s Church at 10.30am.
The school’s Christmas Bazaar with take place on Saturday 23rd November so
make sure you put this date in your diaries!
The Alvescot Ladies Group meet the first Wednesday of each month in the
Village Hall at 7.30pm. The meeting on 2nd October will be a craft evening, and
on 6th November will be a talk by Fiona Farmer entitled ‘Growing Old
Gracefully’ and will be open to gentlemen too. Entry fee £1.50 for guests. This
will be an interesting talk on how to look after our bodies. Everyone welcome.
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, Alvescot, 01993 843593
in aid of St Peter’s Church Restoration Fund. All welcome.
The Parish Council will be meeting on Wednesday 23rd October at 7.30 pm in St
Mary’s Church. We will be pleased to see you.
The Alvescot Ladies Group meet the first Wednesday of each month in the
Village Hall at 7.30pm. The meeting on 2nd October will be a craft evening, and
on 6th November will be a talk by Fiona Farmer entitled ‘Growing Old
Gracefully’ and will be open to gentlemen too. Entry fee £1.50 for guests. This
will be an interesting talk on how to look after our bodies. Everyone welcome.
ST MARY’S CHURCH
Harvest Festival is on Sunday 13th October at 6.00pm. Everyone is welcome. We
will be pleased to see you.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR WWII ALBEMARLE CREW
The RAF Association attended in force along with the Air Cadets of 2267 Sq and
we had the privilege of welcoming Grp Capt Edward Cole, Group Captain
Support at RAF Brize Norton, who laid a wreath on behalf of the Station. Flavia
Dent did a wonderful job helping to organise the tea afterwards and with the
willing help of the Air Cadets everyone was plied with sustenance before their
journeys home. This year we had the joy of being bathed in sunshine, as was just
about everyone who had an outdoor event this summer….bliss. Thanks as always
to the RAF Association, Air Cadets, and those at RAF Brize Norton that ensure
that this event can take place and to all of you who support it.
St Peter & St Paul’s
October 6th (harvest festival) 13th Robina Lockyer
October 20th, 27th Jocelyn Humfrey
Please do come to the Harvest festival service before the lunch, it is at 11.30am.
The harvest this year has been better than expected, after such a difficult start,
but food is expensive and in short supply in so many places, that we must be
grateful for what we have.
We are collecting tins etc for Witney Food Bank, and any fruit and veg also
brought will be auctioned at the lunch afterwards.
CHRISTMAS (OH DEAR, ALREADY)
The Kencot/Broadwell Carol service is with us this year. Probably December
22nd; any ideas or preferences for this service gladly received.
NEWS FROM BROADSHIRES PRESCHOOL
After a Summer clean, with all the toys washed, and the
garden clipped, pruned and mown, we reopened on a lovely
sunny morning. The children eagerly arrived with happy
smiling faces. There was a burst of artistic activity as they
clambered to paint at the easel, and use items off the craft
trolley to make collages.
Our display of photographs showing combine harvesters, and
tractors and trailers busy at work in the fields, caused lots of
discussion. The children handled and weighed grain, and drove toy tractors in
their own fields of compost. After trying to get the flour from inside the grain,
we opened a bag of flour to make scones for snack time. We walked to the field
with the local farmer to see the maize growing, and the children compared their
own heights to the maize, as they wandered in between the plants
Sue (from the Nasio Trust) visited and talked to the children about dental
hygiene. Our new class collected toothbrushes to send to their new baby class.
We have a few places left in our afternoon sessions for two-year olds. If you are
interested in a visit a place, please contact me on 01367 860719.
FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS
FROM A TRIBUTE TO CLIVE GOULD 1936-2013
Clive was born in 1936 in Witney, he was a Witney boy
but he became a Filkins man. He attended Henry Box
School and from a young age showed he was engaged in
enterprises outside school, they were not always
successful. He once brought home a horse which was
never seen again after he confessed he had not tethered it.
On another occasion he brought home pheasants eggs to
have birds for Christmas, but of course the chicks hatched
and were later seen wandering down the lane towards
After he left school he worked on a farm in Cogges and later did national service
for 2 yrs in Germany. By the mid 1950s he started work as a driver for Sidney
Smart in Witney, an occupation he pursued for the rest of his working life.
In 1957 Clive went to a dance in Southrop, there he met Sheila Tanner, a Filkins
girl. Sheila was not immediately smitten with Clive in the way he was with her
and he pursued her for 3 years. She worked at Walkers blanket factory in Witney
at the time and often had to find unusual ways of leaving the premises by
different exits to escape him, but Clive’s perseverance prevailed and they were
married in Filkins in 1960, They lived at Saxons Close for 54 yrs but even so
Clive still referred to himself as an outsider.
In the mid 1960s Clive acquired a small van and he started amassing items behind
the garden wall in Saxons Close, every commodity was on display. It became
known as Steptoe’s yard, Sheila didn’t think much of this enterprise but it did
lead on to his activities as an auctioneer that we came to know. He later acquired
a better class of vehicle; a Ford Thames van, with a green and gold stripe and
gold painted wheels. He got together with Peter Cresswell, helping with house
clearances, he became the porter and display man at auctions in Langford and
Southrop. With his fine Oxfordshire voice and his ready smile, he kept order and
maintained attention and we came to know Clive the auctioneer, particularly at
the Filkins bowls club fete.
One of his most famous auction lots was his own favourite string vest, not many
of you will have known Clive the actor. He appeared in a Filkins Theatre
pantomime in the 1980s, I think it was Bo-Peep. There was a tavern scene, Clive;
Denis Constable, Doug Jackson and Plute Truman were drinking in a corner with
the innkeeper’s wife Moira Truman keeping order. What a
group of iconic Filkins folk, their lives are part of the
fabric of our village! A row developed in the tavern and
Clive’s vest was somehow ripped off him and appeared
on a washing line in a later scene, at the cast party Clive
took to the stage in a surprise move and auctioned his
favourite vest. It was quite a sacrifice but the funds went
to the village hall, one of many Filkins institutions he
supported. It was typical of Clive.
He was a stalwart of Filkins; as well as his village hall
work, he joined Filkins bowls club in the 1960s and
became captain, occasionally bowling in county
competitions. He liked darts and Aunt Sally and frequented The Lamb, and then
The Five Alls to play. He was a founder member of St Filica, an important social
and charitable society, at the recent St Filica summer ball we all stood and toasted
Clive to acknowledge his recent sad death.
There was another enterprise that Clive developed from his work at Aylesbury
Mushrooms. His driving took him to vegetable markets and on Thursdays he
would often return home with a pallet of mixed produce, initially this was to help
elderly people in Filkins, but soon from the shed at the back of Saxons Close a
vegetable business developed that was widely used in Filkins. He was helped by
Denis Constable and the work was said to be popular with the ladies of the
village. On one occasion as his van backed up Rouses Lane, it was opened not to
show vegetable produce but a green Volkswagen beetle that Clive had bought for
To Sheila, Ethel, Angela, Christine, Stephen and the grandchildren and great
grandchild, Clive was a fine man, an important and striking figure in this
wonderful village of ours.
FILKINS AND BROUGHTON POGGS GARDENING CLUB
The ups and downs of growing clematis Thursday, 14 th November 7.30pm in the
Village Hall £4.00 at the door to include a glass of wine
I think that clematis is one of the most popular of our garden plants and yet …
Do you ever wonder why yours is not looking as good as it might? Have you ever
pondered the rights and wrongs of pruning your clematis? Have you ever
wondered why different clematis have different needs? If so, then come along to
the Village Hall and listen to Liz Welch, our wonderful local expert.
For further information or any queries please contact me on 01367 860282 or
FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS PRODUCE SHOW
We would like to say a big thank you to all who participated in this year’s show
on August 31st, both exhibitors and visitors, and especially our judges and
stewards who gave of their time so generously.
The weather was kind so refreshments could be taken outside, the number of
exhibits was up a little on last year and the standard was excellent. The ‘any other
vegetable’ class was a veritable cornucopia, from the shiniest aubergine to a huge
pumpkin the selection was so varied (no duplication at all), that the judge was
really challenged. The ‘vegetable Alien’ models from the children were inventive
and fantastic, and I think the displays were well worth seeing.
Cup winners this year: Vegetable: David Chapman, Flower: Fiona Cowburn,
Cookery: Pauline Care, Floral Art: Diane Blackett, Craft: Ronnie Bailey,
Children’s: Oscar Floyd. The Douglas & Florence Jackson Memorial Trophy:
David Pitcher, and the Museum Silver Cup for most points: Fiona Cowburn.
Well done all, see you next year.
Jane Martin, Diane Blackett & Arlene Moody
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)
1st Oct Lady Allison 860787 3rd Oct Mr C Morley 860777
8th Oct Mr J Langer 860700 10th Oct Mrs A Dossett- 860357*
15th Oct Mrs F Shrouder 860053 17th Oct Mr A Woodford 860319
22nd Oct Mr B Swales 860394 24th Oct Mr W Cox 860250*
29th Oct Mrs A Woodford 860319* 31st Oct Mrs G Cox 860250
5th Nov Mrs H Ward 860430 7th Nov Mr W Cox 860250
12th Nov Lady Allison 860787 14th Nov Mrs A Dossett- 860357
19th Nov Mrs G Cox 860250 21st Nov Mr B Swales 860394
26th Nov Mrs J Geake 860534 28th Nov Mr A Woodford 860319*
* 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 pm on
Tuesdays and Thursdays. All users of the service must be able to make their way
to and from the car unaided. For all hospital runs please contact on me 01367-
GRAND VILLAGE BONFIRE NIGHT AND BBQ
Saturday 2nd November At 6.00pm On Hardcastle’s Field (Tickets not needed)
All proceeds to the upkeep of our beautiful churches and St Filica, join the fun!
IMPORTANT DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!
Filkins Christmas production is here again. Thursday November 28th until
Saturday November 30th. There will also be a matinee performance on the
Saturday. This is always a popular production so write down those dates now to
make sure you get your tickets.
SALE OF CHRISTMAS CARDS,
CALENDARS AND GIFTS
10.00am – 12pm on Friday 11th October
Filkins Village Hall
Please bring your friends and come along to support the important work of Save
the Children. There will be Christmas Cards, calendars, wrapping paper etc. on
sale, a variety of interesting gifts to buy and refreshments to enjoy. Entrance is
free For further information please contact me on 01367 860282 or
FILKINS NURSERY UPDATE
The Autumn term is well under way and our new children have
quickly become familiar with their environment and routine.
We are now delighted to be able to offer weekly Forest School sessions at
nursery and have been busy building dens, painting with mud, constructing bug
homes and making hot-chocolate over a fire. We also have a new mud kitchen
and have been making and cooking mud and conker pies in our little outdoor
oven. The children would be grateful for donations of any old stainless steel
cooking equipment to further enhance their play!
We have recently held an Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Evening for
our parents. Staff talked about the different areas of the curriculum and how
individual activities are planned to develop each child’s next step of learning. We
also invited parents to participate in sensory activities such as gloop, playdough
and spaghetti-play (whilst juggling their wine and nibbles!) in order to explain the
learning value of play and experimentation..
Half-term Holiday Club will run from Monday 28th October-Friday 1st
November. Please contact nursery as soon as possible to make your bookings.
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
Tuesday, 22nd October is a special date for your diary. We are much looking
forward to hosting a talk on the influential twentieth-century Christian, author
and thinker, C.S. Lewis to be given by the Rev’d Dr Alister McGrath whose
biography of him is soon to be published. Whether you have been one of his
younger readers (past if not present) or one of his older ones, or whether ‘The
Screwtape Letters’ and ‘Narnia’ have so far passed you by, this will be a most
interesting evening, 7.30pm at St Mary’s. We hope to see you there.
CHURCH BRASS AND FLOWERS
Church Brass and Flowers Liz Nelson
5th & 12th Oct Anne Dossett-Davies 19th& 26th Oct Gillian Morrison
2nd & 9th Nov Maureen Seale
COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Thank you so much to all the ladies who helped to make a success of the coffee
morning at my home on 15th August. It was good to have the opportunity for us
all to meet. I was pleased that so many of you were able to come. Apologies to
anyone I didn’t manage to contact.
Anne Dossett -Davies
KENCOT VILLAGE DAY
Our first ever Kencot village day was everything we had hoped for and more. A
team of enthusiastic helpers and the gods gave us a lovely summer’s day and
made it a great success.
We had live folk music, a tug of war, rounders, pony rides, a magic show, dog
classes, Aunt Sally and a produce show, no wonder it went well. There was
something for everyone.
The tug of war was between Kencot and the rest of the world. We are pleased to
say that Kencot won – due to a strong team with Alex as our backstop. We look
forward to defending our win next year
There were lots of entries for the dog show so it was a tough job for Laura our
judge. The prize for the
‘most like its owner’ had
to go to John and his
lovely young but well
trained lab Toby, who
was dressed in a flat cap
and scarf alongside John
who was identically
dressed. The dog you
most wanted to take
home was a shared prize
between Molly the
St.Bernard and Zip and
Fleck the springer spaniels. The spaniels had cardboard notices around their
necks saying hungry and homeless and a begging bowl on the floor! Gill Cox
won the dog with the waggiest tail. Best in the show went to Paddy owned by
Ella and Henry
The produce show was well subscribed, and there were some superb specimens
on view. Kencot is known for its gardeners so this was no surprise. There were
classes for the kids as well who more than rose to the occasion.
The rounders match was great fun, especially for the children. We had one
competitor who was only 3 – and in his excitement kept forgetting to throw
down the bat! Luckily we had 2 willing adult fielders - Jimmy and Steve, which
allowed a lot of people to perfect their batting
The raffle was well supported, the prize being a portrait of your choice painted
by Ray our new artist in the village. To tempt us all, which it did, on display was a
portrait of Auntie Ann, a well loved veteran village resident. The likeness was
uncanny and captured everything we know and love about this great lady
The bar went down very well, and Simon and Caroline provided us all with great
burgers. Geraldine our baker supremo with tea and homemade cookies, so no
one went hungry or thirsty.
And what really was the icing on the cake, was the amazing live music
throughout the day. Jay and Ray, relative newcomers to the village play in a folk
band Chalice. They were so good we had trouble ending the day; everyone was
very happy sitting on bales of straw provided by Nigel, drinks in hand chatting
and enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.
Not only did everyone have a fab time but we also made some money for the
village. We really look forward to this being an annual event and hope that next
year we can also include surrounding villages to come along and have as much
fun as we did.
VILLAGE DAY FUNDS:
We made £500.00 profit on the Village Day. £200.00 of this is going to local
funds, and the rest is going towards the purchase of a village marquee for use in
village events and also for private hire for your own functions.
KENCOT BONFIRE BASH
Friday 1st November Asthall Farm 7.30.p.m.
Come and join us for a relaxed evening round a bonfire in Asthall farm. £5.00 a
head will give you live music, food (barbecue plus Geraldine’s cakes!) and
storytelling. If you have a story to read or tell - bring it along! Please bring your
own drinks. Glasses provided. Tickets from:Geraldine: geraldine@
geraldinedavey.co.uk Jay: jaymathews124@ mac.com
October Mrs R Range
ST MATTHEW’S CHURCH
We are pleased to announce that Alister Mcgrath will be speaking on ‘The Life
and Legacy of C. S. Lewis’ in the Benefice. Please do join us at 7.30pm on
Tuesday 22nd October at Holwell Church. Alister has recently published his
biography on C. S. Lewis and this promises to be an interesting, lively and
informative talk about this beloved author.
Could anyone interested in attending the event from Langford contact me on
DATES FOR FORWARD PLANNING
Craft Fayre on Sunday November 17th in the Village Hall. Come along to get
ideas for Christmas.
Christmas Bingo on Friday November 29th in the Village Hall. All the usual fun
with loads of prizes to start the Christmas festivities. Both events raise money for
Langford Village Hall.
Saturday 19th October 2.00 pm Free Entry at the Village Hall. Good Quality
Items, Bric-a-Brac, Book, Nearly New, Cake Stall etc. Raffle & Light
refreshments Available. Hall open 6.00-7.00pm Friday 18th to accept goods.
Please contact Cherry 01367 860304 or Doreen 01367 860060. Proceeds split
50/50 in aid of the Village Hall & St. Matthews Church
Join us for an evening of whist at the Village Hall on Tuesday 1st October. We
start at 7.30pm.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 the Village Hall. If you need any more
information please ring me on 01993 852378
It was an emotional end to the summer term having to say a
number of goodbyes to children moving on to a new stage in
their educational journey. The Year 6 leavers’ service was a very special occasion,
celebrating our eldest children’s time at St. Christopher’s. Although it was sad to
see them move on, I am sure that they will thrive and enjoy their new schools. At
the service the school also had the opportunity to thank the Reverend Wheaton
for his immense contribution to the school, before he moved into his first post
as a vicar. He was an integral part of the school family; school assemblies and
memorable Christingle Services will never be the same!
After a well deserved rest for staff and pupils it was a pleasure to see the children
and their families pour back into school on Wednesday last week. Our sleeping
school became alive once more! It was a privilege to welcome 18 new reception
children to our school and after a few tears from parents, the children have
settled down very quickly to life in school. We were also extremely pleased to
welcome a number of children into year 3 from St Peter’s. I am not sure what
our parents have been feeding their children over the summer holidays, as they all
seem to have grown inches, and are catching me up fast!
Our year 6 children have already undertaken training to become Playground
Leaders and Peer Mediators. They are taking these new responsibilities seriously
and rising to the challenge of being ‘top of the school’. It is super to see them
supporting the younger children through playtimes.
St. Christopher’s Open Day is on Thursday 10th October from 9:30am to
2:30pm. All are welcome to join us during the day- please come and see what
goes on in our school! This is a great opportunity for parents and prospective
parents to see the school in action, but we would also welcome members of the
community who may not have been inside a school for a while.
I look forward to welcoming you all to St. Christopher’s.
October Barbara Browne
Harvest Everyone Please help with the Harvest Festival arrangements!
November Jeanie Pollock
HARVEST FESTIVAL ON 13TH OCTOBER
This special Harvest Festival service will take place at 11.00am on Sunday 13 th
October. Using the same general format as in recent years, it is very much hoped
that our children will be participating again. The church will look even more
beautiful than usual with autumn flowers, fruit and vegetables. Do please come
to what will be an informal and happy service.
PARISH COMMUNION ON 27TH OCTOBER
This is at 11.00am on Sunday 27th October will be led by Canon Ron Lloyd. We
are always delighted to have our former Rector back in our midst. Again, do
please come to be inspired and
better informed through his
infectious Welsh wit!
BONFIRE PARTY ON 1ST
This year’s Bonfire Party will
take place on Friday 1st
November in the paddock
opposite the church. The gates
will open at 6.45pm, when the
bonfire will be lit. The fireworks
will start at 7.45pm. There will
be food and drink to suit young and old. Proceeds will be shared between Helen
and Douglas House Hospice in Oxford, St Christopher’s School, and St
Margaret’s Church. Entry tickets available at the gate cost £5.00 for adults and
£2.50 for children. Do come to what is always a fun evening.
Poppies will be available for this year’s Appeal from 26 th October. Rachel Taylor
will, come round to all houses in the village with an assortment of poppies. Do
please support this major Service charity. A very large number of the nation’s
former servicemen and women and their dependants do need our support.
Please note that this year’s Broadshire villages Remembrance Service will be held
at St Matthew’s Church in Langford on Sunday 10th November.
Still quiet on the Old School committee front but as October commences, the
clocks change and we plummet headlong towards Christmas there are lots of nice
things happening in the village. The monthly soup lunches start again on 2 nd
October, there’s a quiz on 4th October and a Harvest service and lunch on 6th
October. All these things-to-look-forward-to are probably mentioned in more
detail elsewhere in the Pump but if you require further info on anything just give
me a ring on 01993 842404
The last meeting of the year will be on Wednesday 4th December at 7.30pm.
PARISH CLERK SHILTON PARISH COUNCIL
After 10 years, professional obligations and family commitments have meant that
Katherine Robertson has resigned from the post of Parish Clerk. The Parish
Council is therefore looking for someone to take over the role. The job as Parish
Clerk is fairly involved and probably more demanding than the salary would
indicate It is an important and rewarding post of real value to the community
The role is part time and it is to manage all the activities of the Council. These
tasks include general administration, bookkeeping and taking minutes at the
meetings of the Parish Council which are held 6 times a year. The candidate will
need to commit to about 3 hours per week and would suit a male or female
applicant. The clerk will be expected to work from their own home, Laptop and
Wireless Printer are provided Salary Scale £1200 to £1700 per annum.
Please contact: Alex Postan 01993 842740 firstname.lastname@example.org or
Katherine Robertson 01993 840825 email@example.com
We start our Soup Days on Wednesday 2nd October at the usual time of 12noon
until 1.30pm. We shall have homemade soup, crusty bread, savouries, cakes and
tea/coffee. It’s a lovely opportunity to catch up on local news and spend time
chatting to villagers. We hope to see our usual friends plus anyone else who
would like to come.
HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE AND LUNCH
Just a final reminder that our Harvest Service is on Sunday 7th October at 11.30
am. As always any gifts of fruit, veg, flowers, greenery and this year tinned food,
preserves, chutneys etc would be much appreciated. Any store items that are
donated will be taken to the Food Bank in Witney. We will be decorating the
church on the Friday and Saturday so if you would like to give a hand please do
come along and join us. If you have any produce etc. please could you either
leave it in the church porch on the Friday or give me a ring 01993 841194 as I
would be happy to collect.
The Harvest Lunch will follow the service at 1.00pm and I hope that by the time
you read this you will have booked! The church collection and profit from the
lunch will go to the Oxford Branch of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent
Institution and in an effort to raise a good amount for this worthy cause we will
have a raffle so any good quality prizes will be gratefully accepted.
It would be great to have a full church and Old School so do please come along.
The Tidy Up day is planned for Saturday 12th October at 10am. If you can spare
some time that morning please come along bringing your secateurs and gardening
tools. Don’t forget your gloves! Look forward to seeing you on the 12th.
CHAPEL AND CHURCH COFFEE MORNING
Hope you already have this date in your diary, Saturday 2nd November 10.00am
to 12 noon at the Old School! This is always such a happy morning, a jolly good
chance to start your Christmas shopping, enjoy a cup of coffee with homemade
cake and chat to friends.
Any offers of homemade cakes, jams, chutneys and bring and buy items would
be greatly appreciated and of course if anyone wishes to help in any way please
give me a call on 01993 841194 or Elizabeth Harfield on 01993 843444. The
proceeds from the morning will be shared between Shilton Chapel and the
Flower Fund for the Church.
SHILTON HISTORY GROUP
Our talk in October will be on a subject very cose to home, so it will be of
interest not only to all our members but also, I suspect, to many of our friends
locally, so I expect a packed house.
Simon Townley will be talking about ‘The history of the area of Broadwell,
Langford and Kelmscott’ and the setting is the Old School at Shilton, 7.30 p.m.
on the 11th October. Come early to make sure of a seat.
Bradwell’s sub committee on the Footpath to Burford campaign are encouraged
to have the support of newly elected County Councillor Neal Owen. Mr Owen
has pledged to help all he can, saying ‘I think this is a very worthwhile campaign’.
In a recent conversation with David Cameron he said money is available for
such ideas. Bradwell intend to organise a march to Burford in the spring to raise
the profile of the footpath so please give us your support.
Quiz Night in the village hall on Friday 18th October 7.30pm Your Quiz Master
will be Mike Thompson.
Reminder that the Villager Bus to Witney leaves the village hall car park every
Wednesday at approx 9.40am returning approx 12.55 pm
Do you have pre school aged children? Would you like to do
something fun with them on a Monday morning? Well, we would
love to see you at our delightful baby and toddler group. We have
been established for nearly 12 years now and because of a large grant at the time
and our own fund raising, we have an excellent range of play equipment to suit
newborns right through to our pre school children. The group is very relaxed and
we are often told what a lovely atmosphere there is.
However, many of our lovely children have recently started school and we need
you! Our numbers are depleted and as a result our committee is too. Tea and
fresh coffee is available for parents/carers throughout the session and squash,
fresh/dried fruit and biscuits is available for children.
Please do come along-we would love to see you. Please ring Lorraine Ainslie
01993822689 or me on 01367 860890 for enquiries.
First and foremost a very warm welcome to the village to Gemma (Morris) who
has recently moved in to no.2 The Hill.
Thanks to the local council we all have an opportunity to give our viewson how
the remaining emergency repairs budget could be spent to help our local
Please contact Lynne ASAP to give your ideas so that she can collate the
responses and forward them to Clr Handley. The budget will only cover works
that relate to safety issues, not pothole filling etc. Suitable works could be, for
example, repairing existing give way and slow down signs in the road have worn
away and need replacing.
The money will be allocated in October, for works to be carried out from
November onwards, so we need to get our view to him by the end of September,
hopefully this message notice will reach pump readers just in time. It has been
up on David B’s excellent website concerning village matters for some time.
The next pudding club will be on 11 October, 8pm hosted by Pam at the Dower
AROUND THE REGION
A look at events and news from a little further afield.
NEWS FROM BURFORD SCHOOL
Once again students at Burford School have been celebrating
some excellent ‘A’ level and BTec results. Headteacher, Mrs
Kathy Haig said: ‘Our students have achieved outstanding
examination success this year. Congratulations must go to all our
students and their teachers who have worked hard over the last two
years. We were particularly pleased that so many of our students
will be able to take up a place at their first choice University.’
Some individual results of particular note are as follows:
• Hugh Lo achieved 4 A*/A grades, going to Bristol to read Civil Engineering
• 8 students achieved 3 A*/A grades These include Ben Jacobs who will read
Medicine at UCL, Ed Brook who will read Physics at Warwick, Tara Hodgson
who will read English Literature at Sheffield, Flossie Reynolds who is going to
Exeter to read Geography and Oliver George.
• Ed Woolliams, who achieved 3 A* going to Oxford University to read Physics.
Mrs Kathy Haig, Headteacher, said: ‘I am delighted that once again our students
have achieved such outstanding results. The fact that over 80% of our students
achieved grade A* - C in Maths and 81% achieved two grades A* - C at GCSE
Science is exceptional. This strengthens Burford’s long held reputation as a scool
with an outstanding academic record.’
Yasmin Blackwell and Helena George -11 A*/A grades. Alex Beatty, Eliza Cass,
Isobel Haig, Pip Harrison, Chris Holmes, Grace King, Bruce Lo, Joe Lock,
Matilda Pillonel, Naomi Stanhope and Aiden Wagstaffe - 10 A*/A grades.
New Academic Year
Year 7 - Starting a new school can be one of the most stressful things a person
goes through in their life but our new year 7 have made a fantastic start. The
nervous looks of Wednesday morning have already turned to smiles as they've
been meeting many of their teachers for the first time. They now look ahead to
the annual residential at Grosvenor Hall in Ashford, Kent, for 3 days of team
building activities including zip wires, climbing walls and obstacle courses. It's
always one of the highlights of the year.
BONFIRE PARTY ON 1ST
This year’s Bonfire Party will take place
on Friday 1st November in the paddock
opposite the church. The gates will open
at 6.45pm, when the bonfire will be lit.
The fireworks will start at 7.45pm. There
will be food and drink to suit young and
old. Proceeds will be shared between
Helen and Douglas House Hospice in
Oxford, St Christopher’s School, and St
Margaret’s Church. Entry tickets available
at the gate cost £5.00 for adults and £2.50
for children. Do come to what is always a
THAMES VALLEY POLICE
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, in an emergency always call 999
PCSO Colin Davies
ST PETER’S HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE
DECORATION AND CHURCHYARD TIDY-UP
Our harvest festival is an enjoyable seasonal celebration of readings and hymns
suitable for all ages. It’s on Sunday 20th October at 11.00am and will be led by
David Spence and Liz Johnson. It’s a good opportunity to give thanks for all that
we are lucky to have.
The day before at 10.00am on Saturday 19th October the church will be
decorated and cleaned ready for the service. Everyone is very welcome to come
and participate. Gifts of garden flowers, greenery, vegetables, fruit and produce
would be much appreciated.
As there are also lots of jobs to be done in the churchyard there will be a tidy-up
at the same time. If you can spare a couple of hours and prefer working outside
then please do come along, your help is needed. Gardening gloves are useful but
not essential. Coffee and biscuits will be provided.
ALVESCOT VILLAGE LUNCH
Once again our Village Lunch is at Alvescot Lodge due to the special support of
the CWU. It’s from 12 noon on Sunday 20th October and everyone is invited so
we do hope that many Alvescot residents will come and enjoy the house and
gardens and a home cooked lunch with neighbours, friends and fellow villagers.
Tickets cost £8.00 each for adults and £4.00 for children aged 5 - 12 years. Those
aged 4 and under are free. The delicious lunch includes two courses with tea or
coffee to finish. There will be a choice of casseroles (including vegetarian), jacket
potato and salad followed by apple pie and cream or ice cream. Children can
enjoy sausages if preferred. There will be a licensed bar. All profits will support St
Peter's Church Restoration Fund. Tickets are only available in advance, from
Jayne Lewin 842435 or Tessa Farley 841357.
Glinka, Gounod and Puccini Sunday 24th November 7.30pm at St John the
Baptist, Burford Tickets: £17.50, £15 and £10 Available from 29th September
from:The Mad Hatter Bookshop,Burford 01993 822539 Glinka: Overture to
Ruslan and Ludmilla, Gounod: St Cecilia Mass Puccini: Messa di Gloria.
Our autumn concert brings together two of the greatest operatic melody-makers
as they turn their attention to music for the church. Conductor: Brian Kay with
the Cotswold Chamber Orchestra, Leader Kate Bailey Soloists: Mary Bevan,
Soprano Thomas Elwin,Tenor Quentin Hayes, Bass
Booking form http://www.burford-singers.org.uk/booking_form_nov2013.pdf
The next concert in this year’s Lenthall series takes place at 7.30 pm on
Wednesday, November 6th at Burford School, with the locally-based but
internationally acclaimed Carducci Quartet. They will be playing a programme
that includes string quartets by Haydn and Beethoven (op.132) as well as Britten’s
Tickets at the door (£14) or in advance (£12) from Madhatter Bookshop 01993
822539, from Music Stand 01993 774890, or from Lenthall Concerts, 01993
824949. Further details of concerts in the 2013-14 series are available at
EXHIBITION: The Pace of Nature: recent landscapes by Martin Beek
Over the last year, through each season, Martin Beek has braved the
elements to create ‘en plein air’ paintings and iPad drawings. The result is
a body of work that allows viewers to see nature from his perspective, at
the time they were created.
NEWS FROM THE COTSWOLD HOME
Looking around there are so many signs that Autumn is well and truly here.
There are fruits in the hedgerows, birds are having their pre migration meetings
on the high wire and daylight hours are fast becoming lesser. But I think I can say
that we had a wonderful Summer with residents sat out in the garden most days.
One sunny afternoon they all gathered in the Orchard to meet, touch and admire
a most beautiful Eagle Owl named Chloe. She was brought in by her handler
Rob, who also came with a few other smaller birds of prey. They were all a huge
hit. Oh and the wasps came too!
The Dorcan Entertainer arrived on a wet and windy Friday. The choir sang and
entertained us before tucking into scrummy cakes and tea. We enjoyed their
company so much we have asked them to come again in a few months time.
This month’s theme for our special lunch is ‘The Battle of Britain’. Head chef
and his team have put together an interesting menu which will reflect that era.
Teacakes and crumpets for tea, always a favorite, will be served the following
afternoon while we discuss the politics of the day or Downton Abbey!
Alex came one morning and had coffee with residents in the Dulverton.
Afterwards someone remarked, how at ease he was in the company of so many
aged women, the others agreed and everyone chatted over lunch about a nice
He came again this morning to lead our communion service which was
reasonably well attended. We had so many visitors, thank you Alex.
Early next month David will be taking our Harvest Festival when we sing our
thanks for our land of plenty and for all things bright and beautiful. Then it is all
speed ahead towards Christmas. Where does
the time go?
Elizabeth Moulder, a volunteer from Cogges
Farm, is coming to talk about her work there.
She will also demonstrate the making of peg
and lavender dolls and their history.
A VOLUNTEERS TALE
In February this year whilst reading The
Parish Pump I came across an advert from
Kelmscott Manor looking for volunteers.
The advert asked, ‘Do you enjoy meeting
people and want to work in beautiful
surroundings’ and promised ‘travel expenses,
lunch and refreshments and several different roles.’
The Manor was the country home of William Morris (1834-96); designer,
craftsman, poet, conservationist and socialist. It is open to the public between the
beginning of April and the end of October each year. The main role carried out
by the volunteers is that of room steward in the main house and they also
welcome and orientate visitors, sell admission tickets and occasionally provide
shop or tearoom cover.
For the new volunteer there is an induction programme and we sorted out a day
on which I duly turned up and for the next few hours worked my way round the
house and gardens getting a flavour of what each of the roles entailed and where
everything was. On arrival you help yourself to a Room Guide, which gives
details of what is in each of the rooms you will working in and includes the
furniture, paintings and drawings, carpets and curtains and being Morris, even the
wallpaper! It also includes dates and details of the members of the Arts & Craft
movement and how William Morris, his family and Rossetti came to Kelmscott.
You quickly learn just how important these guides are to the novice volunteer as
the questions from the multinational visitors are frequent and varied and also
many of the visitors are experts themselves on the people involved. On one
occasion I was in Jane Morris’s bedroom when I was asked a question about
Rossetti’s wife, Lizzie Siddal, and before I could answer one of the other visitors
gave a very full and informative answer, which resulted in a number of others
joining the discussion.
So, what have I learnt so far? Working at Kelmscott is like joining an exclusive
club with a very welcoming and supportive staff and a knowledgeable and
friendly group of volunteers. A number of the volunteers are experts on the
subject and give lectures and lead tours for the Thursday pre booked visitors, and
it means that if you have any questions you can always find someone to give you
an answer. The more often you volunteer the less you need the Room Guide as
you find your confidence and knowledge of the Turner’s, Morris’s, Rossetti,
Siddal, Burne-Jones, Philip Webb, WAS Benson and others grow.
Each time the Manor opens, 19 volunteers are needed to fully man it and allow it
to function safely and securely.. This is a large number and the more volunteers
there are on the books the easier it is to fill all places without having to call the
staff members in to fill the empty spaces.
So, if this has whetted your appetite to work in what are beautiful and tranquil
surroundings and to have the opportunity to meet and make special the
experience of visitors from all over the world what do you do now? Pick up the
phone and speak to Kathy Haslam on 01367 252486 or email her on
firstname.lastname@example.org and hopefully I will meet you there next
OXFORDSHIRE WOODFUEL PROGRAMME
Be smart when you buy firewood. Please buy from a local supplier, as this
minimises 'fuel miles' and supports local businesses. Ask your supplier whether
they provide OxLogs (www.oxlogs.com) , which are the Oxford quality standard
for woodfuel. Otherwise ask 1. what the moisture content of the wood is (it
should be 25% or less), 2. what volume of wood you are getting (you should
know what weight or volume you are getting, not just ‘a load’), 3. whether it is
soft or hardwood (a hardwood log has more energy than a softwood log of the
same size), and 4. how long the logs are.
Wood with a high moisture content will burn badly, since much of its energy will
first go into turning that moisture into steam before it can heat your house. Last
summer was terrible for drying wood, but this year has been much better. You
can buy a moisture meter for about £15 online. For more information see
LECHLADE FLOWER AND PRODUCE SHOW
Despite the awful conditions this year, particularly for flower and vegetable
growers, the Produce show this year was a huge success with entrants and entries
in each section up from last year. There was a huge increase in the Photography
section and comments overall by the Judges was complimentary to all who took
part. The Lechlade Gardening Club would like to thank all who took part in
producing Flowers/Arrangements, Vegetables both small and enormous, to
those who over the year created some wonderful handicrafts and to those bakers
who fancied themselves as Mary Berry. There were truly some delicious cakes,
breads, jams and wine on show. Thanks also go to the ladies who sent in cakes
for consumption by members of the public during the show.
COSTA RICA – 1st to 16th Feb 2013 DAY 7
We skipped an early morning walk and assembled in the restaurant at 7.00am for
an early breakfast. Birds seen in the hotel complex from 6.00am to 7.00am
included: Ringed Kingfisher, Boat-billed Heron, Black-mandibled Toucan and
Golden-hooded Tanager with the usual vultures overhead.
Our luggage was loaded on to the bus, we said goodbye to the hotel staff and set
off for Braulio Carrillo Nature Reserve. This is a huge swathe of primary forest
under special protection and the second biggest piece of protected land in Costa
Rica, 117,300 acres, 183 square miles, 140 times the size of Central park, NYC.
Because of the park’s large size and its varied climate it is home to several
different life zones. Ranging from high-altitude cloud forest to tropical lowlands
rain forest and boasts one of the highest levels of biodiversity in Costa Rica.
There are some areas with public access that offer some lovely trails to follow.
We spent the rest of the morning on a trail which took us on a circular route up
through the forest, it was indeed dense and wet, a true rainforest. We found our
first new bird within minutes, it was a Dull-mantled Antbird which showed down
to a couple of feet. Next we tracked down a calling Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher
which again showed very well.
We then had a bit of excitement when we found a “mixed flock” of tanagers, we
saw Golden-hooded, Palm, Tawny-crested and Blue and Gold. But there were a
number of other birds with them, in particular: Black-faced Grosbeaks and a
surprising find was the Black-thighed Grosbeak which was feeding alongside the
others, this species is not normally found below 1,000 metres and we were at 400
metres when we found them. A great find which caused excitement in the group.
Also feeding in the same tree were a number of Pale-vented Thrushes, a species
with very subtle difference to the Clay-coloured Thrush.
The best was still to come! We could hear a Black-crowned Antpitta calling in
the forest, the call came closer and then a swarm of ants was discovered crossing
the track, the swarm got wider and covered our shoes and a number of birds
suddenly appeared around us. We saw Spotted Antbird, Fasciated Antbird and
Bicoloured Antbird and then to our great joy the Antpitta came into view. A
superb sighting of this rare bird and, all of us that had stayed with the ants, got
very good views of it.
We then drove to lunch at a roadside restaurant and even then we picked up a
new bird for the list, House Sparrow, how quaint!
From Braulio we set off for San Jose and then on to Cartago before turning off
to Tapanti our next destination. However, after just a few Kilometres we
stopped to view a Bat Falcon which was perched on a regular spot, it was
plucking what looked like a tanager, well it was lunchtime!
We then had a little bit of misfortune when one of the group fell ill, we had to
stop in Cartago for the rest of the afternoon whilst poor Judith had treatment
and tests done. So that curtailed our birding for the day as we arrived at Tapanti
in the dark and just in time for dinner.
Back home this month the summer has continued much in the same vein with
17th August: took a trip to Selborne in Hampshire, the home of 18th century
naturalist, Reverend Gilbert White, who is recognised as being the first ecologist
and environmentalist. His book, ‘The Natural History and Antiquities of
Selborne’ has never been out of print in two hundred years. His house and
garden, village and church make a good day out.
18th August – a first in my garden when a female Redstart paid a brief visit to the
steps outside my patio doors. The last ones I saw were in Upton Lane, Burford
on 16th April and in the Lake District 25th May.
23rd August – saw my first Clouded Yellow butterfly and saw more on
subsequent days in the Holwell area.This is a ‘Clouded Yellow year’, the first seen
in this country for four or five years. They do not overwinter here being one of
the great migratory insects of Europe. Permanent populations occur in southern
half of Europe and North Africa. The same day a Treecreeper appeared on a
Rowan tree outside my conservatory, the first for several years.
24th August , report from a friend of seven Barn Owl eggs in nest box near
Cassington. When I looked this up I see they do have four to seven eggs laid at
two day internals. The breeding period is mid April, May, June, July, sometimes
as early as February, sometimes as late as December.
4th September, saw a Kingfisher which flew in front of me on far side of the river
when taking a Thames Walk at Radcot Bridge
5th September – Hummingbird Hawkmoth on Valerian flowers in my garden at
08.30 and again at 18.00. The first I have seen this year.
7th September, heard Little Owl near Holwell.
8th September, heard Tawny Owl and saw a Raven near Coleshill.
WHAT ARE WE HAVING FOR DINNER?
Baked Rigatoni with Prosciutto and
Yes, it is pasta bake this month but, as I
hope you would expect by now, this is a
most superior pasta bake. It is quite
delicious (and, dare I say, sophisticated)
enough to serve to guests for a kitchen
supper yet simple enough for a mid
week meal for the family. That said, I
have not tested it on children, not
having any to hand, but grown ups, and
dogs, like it. A lot. The beauty of a
baked pasta dish is that you can make it
well ahead of time and just bake it when
you are ready. But this version is also
quick enough to make when you get
home from work as there is no lengthy
tomato/meat sauce to make. I am often
surprised when people say they are
making lasagne for supper but don’t
start preparing it until after 6 pm. A
proper ragú requires several hours to simmer and, ideally, should be allowed to
cool, the fat skimmed off, then re-heated the next day. I am sure that lasagne or
spag bol made in an hour and a half cannot be other than watery and bland. No
such concerns here. No onions to chop either, only one pan to wash up and the
main ingredients can be picked up in any supermarket.
I cut this recipe out of the Times some time ago and cannot remember who
wrote it and therefore cannot credit them with such a simple yet tasty dish. I do
think, though, that the author must be female, skinny and have more willpower
than anyone in the Galione household as there is no way this recipe serves six, as
stated, unless some of them are under six. The first time I made this three of us
polished it of very easily, with a side salad. And we were not being pigs, honestly.
I would say that it serves four normal people. Also, the packs of prosciutto I use
weigh 150g so I put it all in (eating a bit, obviously, just to check it is ok). So, add
this to your repertoire of simple supper dishes; you will not be disappointed.
300g small rigatoni 1 bay leaf
sea salt flakes and black pepper about half a nutmeg
60g butter, plus a few knobs extra 125g Parmesan, grated
2 cloves garlic, crushed 100g prosciutto, Parma ham or similar,
60g plain flour torn into strips
75ml dry white wine 150g baby spinach
1 litre milk
Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, salt it
generously, then add the rigatoni. Return to the boil and cook for two-thirds the
cooking time on the packet. It will cook a little more in the oven. Drain well and
put to one side.
Put 60g butter in the same pan and melt over a gentle heat. Stir in the garlic and
cook without browning for a minute, then add the flour. Using a whisk, beat
together with the butter to form a yellow paste. Let this bubble gently for a
couple of minutes then tip in the wine and whisk it in. Cook for another minute,
then gradually add the milk, whisking all the time. Add the bay leaf and bring to
the boil, stirring to prevent it burning, then turn down the heat and let the sauce
simmer gently for 10 minutes so it becomes thick and smooth.
Remove the bay leaf then mix in the spinach, 100g of the Parmesan, the ham and
salt and pepper to taste. Mix the pasta in with the sauce then pile into a gratin
dish, about 23cm square or the equivalent. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese
and a few knobs of butter. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until browned and
bubbling. Serves 4
A GRAND AFFAIR IN ALVESCOT
While looking for something else, I came across this piece about the re-opening
of Alvescot Church after extensive restoration in 1872. It comes from Jackson’s
Oxford Journal (13th April 1872.) The Bishop who preached the somewhat
convoluted sermon was John Mackarness, whose wife, Alethea, was the grand
niece of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Bishop Mackarness was a liberal by
temperament, and was prominent in a move to allow dissenters to be buried in
churchyards by their own ministers.
Taste has changed in 140 years, and some of the extensive work admired in 1872
might well not get a faculty now. But it is certainly true, as the bishop suggests,
that church fabric had been much neglected and that those years saw a
renaissance of interest that led to churches being generally now in better
condition than they have ever been. (With a major caveat concerning the horrid
habit of removing internal plaster.)
Collectors of such pleasing details will note that the architect of the work was a
Mr Slater, the builder a Mr Plaster, and the rector a Rev Church.
Oh, and of the ‘surpliced clergy’ officiating at the service, 6 are now the same
RE-OPENNG OF ALVESCOTT CHURCH
On Tuesday last the parishioners of Alvescott had the pleasure of witnessing the
re-opening of their Parish Church, after the renovating and restoring processes
had been applied to it with a most becoming effect. During the past few months
the architect and builder have combined their skill in removing from the old
Church much that was unsightly and replacing it with new material, making the
Church as comely a place of worship as could be desired. It was found that the
high-backed seats were totally out of place, and that the rest of the internal
fittings were equally inconvenient, whist the doors and windows were very much
decayed. Consequently, the Rector of the Parish, the Rev. W. M. H. Church, set
himself to work with a view to obtaining the necessary funds, and the result has
been a perfect metamorphosis of the interior of the edifice, which now presents a
most appropriate and light aspect.
The old ceiling of the roof has been removed, the floor has been repaved, open
varnished pine benches have been substituted for the pews all the doors have
bees renewed in English oak, a new pulpit has been substituted for the old one,
and the Church is heated with a warming apparatus. But among the most striking
features of the alterations are the raredos and a new east window. The latter is
filled with stained glass from Munich, and has been erected in memory of the
Rev A Neate, the late Rector.
These alterations have been most satisfactorily carried out from the designs of
Mr. Slater, Architect, Victoria Street, Westminster, by Mr. Plaster of Bampton.
The total cost of the restoration has been between £600 and £700, a very small
amount of which now remains to be collected. The ladies of the parish must have
been exceptionally busy with their needles, and not just busy but skilful. They
have placed in the church some of the finest specimens of needlework that it
seldom falls to one’s lot to see. The altar cloth is exceptionally rich and beautiful.
The ‘antependium’ from the pulpit also deserves the highest praise. These were
presented by Mrs. Nalder, of Alvescott, and some beautifully worked kneelers, by
Miss Nalder, have been placed within the communion rails. This gives an air of
completeness to the general work of restoration and imbues the church with a
comfortable appearance. The ladies have displayed great taste, their colours are
brilliant yet not gaudy, their work beautiful yet most thoroughly becoming the
sacred edifice in which it is placed.
The opening services were held on Tuesday last. As the day was exceptionally
fine large numbers from neighbouring parishes came in. At the morning services
the little church was literally crammed in every part. The clergy and surpliced
choir assembled at the Rectory shortly before 11 o’clock and formed a
procession and walked to the church.
The service was choral, and very effectively rendered; Miss Church presiding at
the harmonium. The Rector (Mr Church) read the morning prayer, and the
Bishop pronounced the absolution. The hymns used were from ‘Hymns Ancient
and Modern’. After the third, the 242nd Hymn was sung, being one of those
appointed for the dedication of a church, and after the sermon the 320th Hymn,
beginning ‘The church’s one foundation’.
The Bishop of Oxford preached the sermon, choosing for his text the following
words from the 21st verse of the 3rd chapter of Ephesians, ‘Unto him be glory in
the church by Jesus Christ’. Having spoken of the glory of God as shown by the
works of nature and by the Church of Christ, his Lordship said most thankful
ought they to be that that day saw the completion of a work by which they would
be able more than ever they had done before by outward and visible service to
set forth the glory of God, and he hoped the feelings of their hearts would
correspond with what they would utter with their lips. Having remarked that not
only must there be a glorifying of God within the walls, but there must be an
energy of life outside the church. The Bishop said the restoration of their church
was an opportunity not to be omitted for asking themselves the serious and
solemn question. What were they doing? Not only must the Church of Christ
generally give glory to God but they must as a body of Christian people do what
they could. Speaking more particularly of the work they were met together to
accomplish, his Lordship said that they should gladly and willingly help them in
their good work; not merely that they might have the outward fabric of the house
of God no longer in a state which provoked observation – that seemed to impute
negligence to those who worshipped in it – but still more to show charity and to
minister kindness to them who tried to help themselves, and so more and more
to realise the great fact that by so doing they were setting forth the glory of God.
At the conclusion of the service luncheon was served in the Schoolroom to a
large number of guests, many being unable to obtain admission.
At the evening service, the church was again crowded, the sermon being
preached by the Rev W.J. Butler, vicar of Wantage.
PLANT A GARDEN
For the garden of your daily living,
Plant three rows of peas
1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul
Four rows of squash
1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness
Plant Four Rows of Lettuce
1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another
No garden is without turnips
1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another
To conclude our garden, we must have thyme
1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends
Water freely with patience and cultivate with love. There is much fruit in your
garden because you reap what you sow.
From Liz Welch
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR THE
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each month for events taking place during the following month
5th Alvescot Quiz Night7.30pm Village Hall Tickets £8 tel 01993 842135
5th Coffee Morning Walnut Cottage, Alvescot 10am -12 tel 01993 843593
12th Shilton churchyard maintenance morning 10am
12th Charity Christmas card sale & coffee morning, Warwick Hall, Burford.
20th Alvescot Village Lunch. Tel 01993 842435 or 841357
27th Tolsey ‘Handmade’ and Vintage sale 9.30 to 3.30 Tel 01993 842435
Mondays - Bradwell Babes 9.30 – 11.30 info 01993 822689.
Thursdays, Chess at The Vines, Black Bourton 6.45pm
Bridge Club, Bradwell Village Hall 1.30-4p.m all welcome 01993 822712/
Sundays First & third Sunday of month Swinford Museum, Filkins open 2-5pm