A New Event for Clanfield
For a number of years the Clanfield Churches have been raising
money by running the Gardens Open Day but this year we have
decided to try something different.
We are planning a
Village-wide Garage Sale
To take place in September (final date to be announced)
This will be your chance to get involved, sell some of the things
you have been hoarding away and raise some money for your
local church and your favourite cause.
You could plan your own garage or driveway stall or group
together with neighbours or friends.
The Carter Institute will be open as usual for teas and snacks.
There will be maps produced, competitions running and additional
Watch out in future editions of the WHAT? for more details.
Are you interested in taking part? If so please let us know - we
need an initial idea of how many sales we might get. Please
contact Ian Kenworthy (810577) email@example.com or
Colin Fowler (810288)
The April meeting of the Clanfield W.I. saw its members given a
real treat when Sarah James gave a fantastic display of her
innovative floristry skills.
Sarah demonstrated how to make a hand-tied bouquet and a
striking upright arrangement in a shallow bowl. We were shown a
variety of techniques including how to use floristry adhesive to
attach individual flowers wherever you want them, and Sarah told
us about some of the latest materials and trends.
Her grasp of traditional methods coupled with her ability to
incorporate contemporary ideas may explain why Sarah came 7th
in a recent national competition at the N.E.C.
The next events are a group meeting at Windmill Barn on April
26th, a walk around Badbury Clumps on May 2nd (meet at the
Carter Institute at 11am) and on May 8th a discussion on the W.I.
We are holding a cake sale at the Motorbike event at the
Football club on Saturday 12th May.
Come and buy some cakes and have a chat!
at Clanfield Primary School on
15th June at 7.00pm.
A range of treatments available, bar, chocolate raffle and lots
more. For tickets or to include your business in the treatment
rooms please call 01367 810365 or contact us through our
District brings home Shrievalty
A West Oxfordshire team set up to pilot Neighbourhood Policing,
which is aimed at improving the relationship between police and
local communities, has received a prestigious Shrievalty Merit
Award from Thames Valley Police.
The West Oxfordshire Neighbourhood Policing Implementation
Team recently attended a presentation ceremony to receive their
award from the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire. The award recognises
the significant and positive impact of the Team‟s work as part of
the rollout of Neighbourhood Policing in the district.
The Team is led by West Oxfordshire Community Safety
Partnership, which involves Police, West Oxfordshire District
Council, Oxfordshire County Council and other agencies.
As the pilot district, the Team had to identify 15 neighbourhoods
and establish five Neighbourhood Policing Teams to cover these
areas. Sitting alongside these are five Neighbourhood Action
Groups, led by members of the public to tackle local priorities
identified by residents. The Award recognises that the NAGs have
increased the level of public engagement and the dedicated
website - www.whosmybobby.co.uk - has provided a valuable
communications tool for local people to keep informed of police
issues in their areas. The site also includes Neighbourhood Team
posters which Parish Councils can download and print off to
display in communities and monthly updates from the
Neighbourhood Specialist Officers.
The Shrievalty Awards were founded over 25 years ago by the
three High Sheriffs of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
to recognise the good work of a group or individual judged to have
brought greatest credit to Thames Valley Police
Clanfield Progressive Supper
If you have ever been to a progressive supper you will know what
a good social occasion it is, with the opportunity to meet people
from all parts of the village and enjoy a meal and the odd glass of
wine along the way. If you have never been to one it is simply
having your meal split into 3 locations: starter in one house, then
move on and have your main in another and your pudding in a
We are looking at the possibility of running one in Clanfield in
September with the aim of having some fun and hopefully making
some money for village charities. We would love to hear from
anyone who would be happy to be involved in the organisation of
such an event. Please would you call either Linda Cowling on
810218 or Heather Clark on 810655 if you are interested in coming
to an exploratory meeting on the evening of 22nd May.
St Stephen’s Church
Mothering Sunday A United Service with our Methodist friends at
St. Stephen‟s church where Revd. David Battersby took the
service. He spoke to us about the difference between „Mothers
Day‟ and „Mothering Sunday‟. Mothers Day is an American,
commercially orientated day, where we buy presents for our
Mothers - flowers, chocolates and Sunday lunch out to show them
how much we appreciate and care for them. Mothering Sunday is
a church custom going back many decades, when young
apprentices and those „in service‟ at the big houses went home to
their Mothers bearing small gifts. At the end of the service the
children – young or adult - gave posies of spring flowers to all
The collection during the service was for „Harry‟s Fund‟, which
came to just over £100 and the church made that up to £250. We
prayed for Harry and his family. He is having so much treatment
but remains very brave and positive and made a short visit to his
school on „Red Nose Day‟ to see his friends. After the service
coffee and biscuits were served and a social time was enjoyed.
Sunday 25th March - We were pleased to welcome Revd. Penny
Joyce to lead our Family service. Unfortunately the clocks went
forward this weekend and judging by our very diminished
congregation there were a lot of sleepy heads in Clanfield!
However the quality of the service made up for the lack of
numbers. We ended with coffee, biscuits and a great deal of
Parish A.G. M - Held at Windmill Barn on Monday 26th March.
Interesting to listen to the reports from the other churches in the
parish, we all have very similar problems namely the Parish Share,
Bells/Bell Towers, Roofs and Kitchens and Toilets all competing
for our revenue and needing ever much more! Everyone present
thanked vicar David for all the help and support he gives to each of
the five churches in the parish and wished him well on his
forthcoming pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella. We shall look
forward to hearing all about his travels when he returns.
Sunday 1st April - Palm Sunday, Katy Bell leading the service and
our usual group of music makers Lucy, James and Elizabeth who
were joined by David Bell on Drums! Katy spoke about the highs
and lows of the coming days. Holy Week began with the people
waving palms and singing „Hosanna‟ acclaiming Jesus as the long
awaited Messiah but by the Friday they called for the release of a
thief and murderer and the crucifixion of Jesus. We were all given
a sheet of coloured paper from which we had to make a palm leaf
and we had to write one word on the „palm leaf‟ that said what God
meant to us in our lives. Holly had strewn all the leaves up the
Aisle and we then put our paper palm leaves amongst them.
Anyone visiting our church could not fail to see the statements we
had made! Coffee and biscuits completed a very happy service.
Good Friday - „The Last Hour‟ a time of quiet meditation and
prayer remembering the sacrifice Jesus made for each one of us
dying on the cross. This is always a very moving service and
always quite well attended.
Easter Saturday - our church was a hive of industry as the „flower
ladies‟ set about decorating the church. After the flowerless weeks
of Lent it was a joy to see everywhere filled with daffodils, tulips
and blossom. The Easter Garden was particularly beautiful,
wherever you looked the message was clear, rejoice and be
Easter Day - A beautiful morning to celebrate and be happy –
Easter Sunday and Christ has risen and we were ready to
celebrate. In spite of there being no bells to „call the faithful‟ from
the village and surrounding area as it was an early start at 9.15am,
we had a good congregation. Vicar David took the service - the
last in St Stephen‟s for a few months as he starts his pilgrimage to
Santiago de Compostella on the following Tuesday. There was a
beautiful Parish Evensong service at St James Aston when the
congregation took part in the „Blessing of Pilgrims‟ holding up first
the Shell, followed by the Rucksack and finally the Staff as each
Third Sunday - A united service at the Methodist Church. The talk
was about „Doubting Thomas‟ and how we should not condemn
him as we are all guilty of doubt at times but as long as our faith
grows like Thomas‟ did we will be better Christians in the long run.
Monday Drop-in-Lunch - We have been able to make a donation
to the „Harry‟ fund of £200 from donations to the luncheon „kitty‟.
There are no charges for lunch but if people like to make a small
donation it covers our costs and with any monies left we are able
to make small purchases and help where needed within the
village. It goes without question that we wanted to support young
Harry and his family.
Anyone who still doesn‟t know what the Monday gathering is about
here goes! We meet at the Carter Institute on every Monday (NOT
Bank Holidays) between 12 noon and 1:30pm (last orders). It is
very informal, for young and elderly to enjoy a bowl of homemade
soup and roll, coffee/tea and biscuits and a good chatter. We are
always pleased to welcome newcomers and also glad to take up
any offers of help! Do NOT be put off we are NOT a „soup kitchen‟
as is thought by some. This is a social time for the people of
Clanfield and their families organised by „Churches Together‟ in
Clanfield. We have a lot of fun, meet and make new friends so be
brave – give it a try!
Christian Aid - On Thursday 10th May 10am – 12 noon
Coffee Morning - at Cobb House (rear of St Mary‟s Church
Bampton), Entrance and Coffee £1, Fair Trade Goods, Plants,
Cakes and Raffle. Please come and enjoy yourself while helping to
raise money for those less fortunate than us.
Artweeks - the annual visual arts festival for Oxfordshire - starts
this month, with over 400 exhibitions throughout the county with
free entry to all of them. It is a unique opportunity to meet artists
and craftsmen and talk about their work, watch demonstrations
and even have a go!
The county is split into three areas City of Oxford from 12th –20th
May, South Oxfordshire 19th-27th May and North Oxfordshire 26th
May-3rdJune. Sites opening times vary so detailed information on
artists, locations and opening times are available in the free
Artweeks Guide or see the website www.artweeks.org.
We have four Artweeks sites local to us in Clanfield:
Site 391 The West Ox Arts Gallery in Bampton is holding an exhibition of
Site 392 Lesley Williams, a potter, at Stenton Cottage, 3 Bridge Street, Bampton.
Site 393 Libby Calvert, Patchwork, Janet Gervers, Painting and Tessa Milne-
Site 394 Peter Farley, Painting, Brookside Cottage, Clanfield.
Following my successful exhibition „Souvenirs of Summer‟ at the
Plough I will be showing a group of new paintings. The exhibition is
entitled “La Rebblica Veneziana” an exhibition of paintings made
from sketches done on a trip to Venice and towns of the Venetian
Republic, from Venice in the west to Rovinj in the east. I will be
open from 12-6pm on 26,27,31st May and 2nd-3rd June. Watch out
for the Artweek Flag, which shows when a venue is open. I hope
that many of you will come along and visit not just my site, but
some of the other varied and interesting sites open during
Letter to the WHAT?
The building of five houses in Mill Lane near the footpath to the
Playing Field, dare I say is progressing very slowly.
I wonder if we local people have been told the whole story or are
we actually going to have a new estate of perhaps 50 houses? I
say this as an observation, not just for putting five houses up, but a
hedge has been planted right across the middle of the field. This
leaves a lot of room for more housing methinks. Anyway when the
rape is cut, no doubt the young hedge saplings will be cut at the
same time as they are only 18 inches high.
A few years ago I wrote about rape being planted too close to the
old people‟s bungalows and houses and the effect it has on
breathing, also the smell. There again we have a different land
owner now that doesn‟t obviously read the WHAT?
Wise Bird Watch
I am an armchair BIRD WATCHER. Even so I see a great many
birds and during the cold spell a month or so ago, when we had a
brief snowfall, I was delighted to see a song thrush busy on the ivy
enjoying the ivy berries. I have seen him or her again,many
times,coming to my bird table along with a couple of blackbirds to
eat the seeds and the soaked stale bread crusts I put out. As I
write there are two robins on the table enjoying the crumbs.
Blue tits, Great and Small, come for the nuts and for the mixed bird
seed I put into containers. My greatest delight are the goldfinches,
sometimes as many as ten or more, who come not only to eat the
birdseed but the niger seed. They are stolid little birds. They do not
flutter and fuss, but sit quietly and eat their fill and seemingly
editate! The greenfinches, on the other hand, flutter a lot but for
some reason, probably loss of habitat, there are far less of them
than there used to be. In fact I have only seen one or two so far
I have a couple of chaffinches too, a Mr and Mrs. I am hoping to
see more long tailed tits as the weather warms up, they are such
attractive little birds and usually feed in clusters. Wood pigeons are
so beautifully coloured and like the thrush they love the ivy berries
and as they sit, usually a pair of them on the ivy, I cannot help
thinking they would make a super pigeon pie!
It is now early April and I am looking forward to the return of the
martins. The pair that built a new nest two years ago over half of
my bathroom window returned last year and raised at least two
broods. If you are lucky enough to have martins visit your house,
please don‟t knock their nests down, they have come so many
thousands of miles to visit us, and as I have mentioned before, my
old father in law always said they brought good luck with them.
Want to help your community in your spare time?
Then why not consider joining one of the
Thames Valley Police Watch Schemes
What schemes are available?
Neighbourhood Watch, Country Watch, Horse Watch, Business
Watch, Pub Watch
You will receive crime alerts including witness appeals, and crime
reduction advice tailored to your locality. You will also be part of a
scheme that brings members together to share any concerns.
How do I receive messages?
The new system delivers messages via email, text, fax or as a
recorded voice to a phone.
How do I apply?
The service has been extended to enable online registrations at
www.tvpcommunitymessaging.org . Alternatively, you can request
information packs including an application form by telephoning the
administrator Danielle Hanton on 01993 861640.
8th Abingdon Air & Country Show
Planning is now well underway for the 8th in the series of
successful Abingdon Air & Country Shows. Our latest event will
take place at Abingdon airfield, Dalton Barracks, Abingdon,
Oxfordshire on May 6th 2007. A major feature of the day will be a
2½ hour flying display, hopefully featuring historic aircraft as well
as participation from the British armed forces. Invitations have also
been sent out to overseas air forces in the hope that we can build
on previous years‟ International content.
Ground attractions for all the family are being planned including a
wide range of vintage/classic vehicles, live music, static aircraft, a
craft marquee and a wide variety of trade and club/society stalls.
Our 2007 event will be officially opened by globe-trotting local
aviatrix, Polly Vacher, who we hope will also be flying in with her
well-travelled Piper Dakota aircraft.
Visitors to Show will be able to enter the site from 1000hrs.
Discount price tickets will be available in advance from Abingdon
Town Council Offices in the Guild Hall, Abingdon, via our web-site
www.abingdonfayre.com and by post from 12 Austin Place,
Abingdon, Oxfordshire. These tickets will be available from 31st
January 2007 at the following rates; Adults £7, OAP/Child
£3.50.On the day admission charges will be Adults £8, OAP/Child
£5, Under-5s FREE.
Proceeds from the day will go to the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air
Ambulance Trust...a vital but woefully under funded asset to the
local emergency services