We really are a miserable lot. Nothing is ever good enough. Take
food. I love food, and I love eating. (Be quiet in the back row!) Over
my lifetime things have improved tremendously. I remember eating
out with my dad in the early `60s at The Wedgwood, one of the
`better' restaurants in Northampton. The highlight of the pudding
menu was a knickerbocker glory made from some sort of white
plastic material. Fresh cream? Forget it.
Now you can eat merry as a grig in any village in the land. If you
want to cook, supermarkets bulge with choice ingredients. And if
you don't like the supermarkets' aseptic charms, countless farmer-
artisans (like our very own Christopher Maughan in Kelmscott) offer
hams and sausages at their gates.
If you want to eat out, curling ham sandwiches and crisps have
given way to Food with a capital `F', and from every capital in the
world to boot. Regional English, Indian, Thai, Chinese, Moroccan...
The world truly is our oyster.
Denizens of any other age would wonder at our good fortune. But
are we happy? No we are not. We sneer at `convenience' foods, for
instance, as though not starting with raw ingredients is a sin. Which
is odd because if I want to read a book, I am encouraged to go and
buy one written and printed by others. I am not expected to start
with a blank sheet of paper and a pen. We also unthinkingly value-
load certain food labels, and demonise others. Put the words `pie'
and `salad' into food-faddist order. It seems straightforward, but
suppose it's a crap salad and a great pie?
Years ago the mark of a good cook was his or her ability to rustle
up something tasty from whatever was in the store cupboard.
Nowadays a cook who does not rush out specially to buy organic
carrots is a poisoner.
Of course I would not deny that there seem to be a lot of fat people
around, and I speak as someone who is told that his Body Mass
Index is 29.75 which hovers at the very portal of Obese. But are we
put off gobbling by government nannies and TV cooks yapping on
about whatever is the terror-ingredient of the moment, or labels
that tell us that `drinking wine can make you drunk'?
No we are not! Instead I offer my three laws of food, health and
1 Trust to your senses: if it tastes nice, eat it. If it doesn't, don't.
2 If the mirror says you're fat, eat less and run about more.
3 Be thankful for living in an age of plenty.
PARISH & BENEFICE SERVICES
5th November - IV before Advent
10.30am Kelmscott Benefice Eucharist Service HM, EJ, NUW
6.00pm B Bourton Evensong HM
12th November - Remembrance Sunday
9.00am Kencot Holy Communion (no sermon) HM
10.30am Shilton Children's Church (Old School) EJ
10.50am Alvescot Remembrance Service HM
10.50am B Bourton Remembrance Service AP
10.50am Filkins Broadshire Remembrance Service NUW
10.50am Westwell Remembrance Service JL
10.50am Shilton Remembrance Service . EJ
6.00pm L Faringdon Evensong HM
19th November- It before Advent
9.00am B Bourton/Alvescot Combined Holy Communion EJ 9.00am
Holwell Holy Communion HM 10.30am Broadwell/Kencot Combined
Matins HM 10.30am Langford Morning Prayer EJ 6.OOpm Filkins
Evensong HM 6.OOpm Westwell Evensong EJ
26`h November - I before Advent (Christ the King)
9.00am Kencot Holy Communion (no sermon) EJ
9.00am Shilton Holy Communion HM
10.30am Alvescot/B Bourton Combined Parish Communion HM
10.30am Filkins Family Communion EJ
11.00am L Faringdon Parish Communion NUW
4.00pm Langford Evensong NUW
6.OOpm Holwell/Westwell Combined Evensong HM
There is also a Communion Service at Black Bourton every
Wednesday at 10.00am
AP Arthur Pont
EJ Liz Johnson
HM Harry MacInnes
JL John Leach
NUW Neville Usher-Wilson
The Benefices services for the remainder of 2006 are
3rd' December 10.30am Langford
5th November - IV before Advent (R/G)
Deuteronomy 6.1-9 Psalm 119.1-8
Hebrews 9.11-14 Mark 12.28-34
12th November - Remembrance Sunday (R/G)
Jonah 3.1-5, 10 Psalm 62.5-end
Hebrews 9.24-end Mark 1.14-20
19th November - II before Advent (R/G)
Daniel 12.1-3 Psalm 16 Hebrews 10.11-14 [15-18] 19-25 Mark
26th November - I before Advent (Christ the King) (R/W)
Daniel 7.9-10, 13-14 Psalm 93
Revelation 1.4b-8 John 18.33-37
Children's Church started again on the second Sunday in
September. It was wonderful to see everyone looking so well after
the summer holidays, and you all had so much to tell.
There are various exciting dates coming up for you to make note of,
with lots of fun activities. So here it goes, and remember that on
some of the dates you will need to bring some things with you. We
look forward to seeing you.
Sunday 12' November. 10.15am at the Old School Hall, Shilton.
This session will be choreographed slightly differently; we will meet
at the time specified and we will be planting a tree in the garden for
Remembrance Day. We will then go into the school and have our
usual session, the mummies and daddies can then join the
scheduled service down at the ford and then church.
We will not be going into church as the nature of the service is too
serious, but when its finished those in church can come and join us
for refreshments at the school afterwards. Please can you bring
some photos of people, pets or friends that you like to always
remember as we will be doing a lovely collage!
The next date in our calendar is:
Sunday 10' December. 10.15am, at the Old School Hall, Shilton.
This is our Christingle Service, and like last year we will have a
procession into the church. There will be a Christening as well, so
it's all action.
Dates for 2007: 14`'' January, 11`h February, 11`h March, No
Children's Church At Easter, 13`h May, 10`h June, and 8`h July.
THE RECTOR'S LETTER
Memory is a gift which we too easily take for granted. Some people
seem to have a prodigious capacity for absorbing and retaining all
kinds of fascinating information, while others like myself have a
marvellous capacity for forgetting things. I rather like the story of
the absentminded professor, whose wife used to say to him
whenever he left the house: `Goodbye, my darling, are you sure
you have forgotten everything?
But memory is a vitally important faculty, and
November is a month when we are particularly
encouraged to make use of it. The children's nursery
rhyme `Remember, remember, the 5th of November' is
an interesting one which raises a number of questions. Why has
poor old Guy Fawkes (right) been put on the national memory list
for a failed terrorist attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in
1605? There are probably a good many reasons that can be cited
(not least the fun of bonfires and fireworks as the winter evenings
close in); but both 9/11 (or in the British calendar 11/9) as well as
7/7, suddenly bring home something of the shock waves that
washed through the nation four hundred years ago.
It is important to remember the things that have gone on in the
past. They can prepare us for the future. No wonder Cromwell said
to his son's tutor `I would have him learn a little history'.
And here is a health warning about memory too. We have a
disturbing way of carefully filing away in the archives of our minds
all the hurts, resentments, wrongs and evils that we have
encountered, and forgetting the many acts of kindness, love and
positive good that we have received. Memory has a great power for
both good and evil, and needs to be watched over for our own inner
wellbeing. I love the account of the old lady, whose friend reminded
her of a cruel remark that had been made to her some weeks
before. She professed complete ignorance. After being pressed to
admit that she must remember, she replied `No, I don't. In fact I
distinctly remember forgetting it'.
To forget the wrongs and remember the blessings seems to be part
of the road to inner peace. More than that, remembering people and
forgetting one self, is a stepping stone to a better world. The
ceremony at the Cenotaph on 11`h November, and the many
remembrance services that we will hold across our question. Why
has poor Guy Fawkes (above, with all his mates been put
Benefice are much more than an opportunity for old soldier
sentimentality and patriotic pomp. It is an institutionalised form of
thanksgiving for a present made possible by men and women of the
It has peculiar poignancy at the moment, when British soldiers are
risking their lives daily in Afghanistan and Iraq. How easily they are
forgotten, while we enjoy a comfortable affluence? Never has there
been a greater need for us not only to remember, but to pray.
To remember what we owe to countless people during the course of
is not only a duty, it is I believe a necessity. And supremely it is to
the source of the values and power that has transformed countless
women down the centuries. To remember that at the heart of the
faith, and underlying the values of this nation, is a demonstration of
ultimate self-sacrifice. A self-sacrifice made by Jesus to create
rather than to destroy life, and an appeal to his followers to use
their memories regularly. He told them to break bread and drink
wine in memory of what he had done for them on the Cross. A way
of remembering that I believe is the ultimate key to true peace.
So remember, remember, not only in November!
THE PASTORAL TEAM
The Benefice Pastoral Team met at the end of September to look
back over our first two years and to look forward to the future.
Something that still amazes me, coming to a rural area after
working in a city, is the way people in our villages routinely look out
for their neighbours' welfare and offer help whenever they see a
need. For those who have always lived in the country, this might
seem unremarkable, but for many city dwellers, even speaking to a
neighbour is unusual. A huge amount is done here to give practical
support wherever it is needed.
The role of the pastoral team has been to be part of that support
network, and to be a link between the villages and the clergy, so
that we are aware of situations where we may be able to help. One
thing we are finding increasingly is that many people just need
someone to talk to; maybe about a particular problem, or because
they are finding life difficult. It is often easier to confide in someone
who is not part of the situation, and because of this some members
of the team have offered to be available outside their own village.
This means that they will be able to supplement what the clergy are
already doing, and will of course continue to do.
So if you would like to speak to someone in confidence about
anything that is troubling you, please telephone one of the benefice
clergy, and we will put you in touch with someone who can offer a
listening ear. My telephone number is 01367 860846.
The Fellowship will meet again in Filkins Methodist Church
Schoolroom on Wednesday 15` November at 2.45pm. We welcome
as our speaker David Northcote, son-in-law of Jessie Burdon, who
left China recently, having been a missionary there for many years.
SHILTON BAPTIST CHAPEL
Here we are again, another Sponsored Cycle Ride behind us. I was
sponsored for being a Welcomer for three hours. It was very
interesting and we had people from Stroud and from all
around Oxfordshire. It is for a good cause, to support
the Historic Churches Trust. Our next event was the
Harvest Festival and I had the pleasure of helping to
decorate the Chapel.
Lord I thank you for the kindness of strangers. May I
recognise your presence in their lives.
Services and events in November
4`th November Coffee Morning
5ttyh November Informal
12`th November Graham Sparrowhawk (Communion)
19`'thNovember Mike and Chris Barrett
26th November Andy Robinson
Visitors are always most welcome to any of our meetings
FILKINS & DISTRICT ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
This year's Poppy Appeal will take place from Saturday 28`h
October until Saturday 11`h November. Collectors will
be making house-tohouse collections throughout the
Broadshire villages during this period. Boxes will also
be available in the Five Alls, Filkins, the Bell, Langford,
the Plough, Kelmscott and Chilli Pepper, Broadwell as
well as at the Cotswold Woollen Weavers and St
Please give generously to this essential fund raising appeal that
supports the welfare of exservicemen and their dependants. If
anything, the need for help increases as many WWII veterans are
becoming frail with advancing years and many younger ex-
servicemen, who have incurred injuries during the many conflicts
over recent years, require assistance in their rehabilitation.
This will be held at St Peter's Church Filkins on Sunday 12th
November immediately after a short Act of Remembrance at the
Filkins War Memorial. Please assemble at the Memorial
by 10.55 am. Members are asked to encourage as
many people as possible to attend both the Act of
Remembrance and the service itself.
Field Of Remembrance
A small area will be marked out in St Peter's graveyard
from Thursday 9`' October to act as a Field Of
Remembrance. Anyone, who would like to place a small wooden
cross in this area, will be most welcome to do so. Crosses will be
available from village Poppy Collectors.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held at the Five Alls Filkins on Tuesday 7``
November. All members will be most welcome to attend.
This was circulated during October. Please contact the secretary,
Andy Hoad (860388), if you have not received a copy.
The first Two Minute Silence in 1919
The first stroke of eleven produced a magical effect.
The tram cars glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and
fume, and stopped dead, and the mighty-limbed dray horses
hunched back upon their
loads and stopped also, seeming to do it of their own volition.
Someone took off his hat, and with a nervous hesitancy the rest of
the men bowed their heads also. Here and there an old soldier could
slipping unconsciously into the posture of 'attention'. An elderly
woman, not far away, wiped her eyes, and the man beside her
looked white and stern.
Everyone stood very still ... The hush deepened. It had spread over
the whole city and become so pronounced as to impress one with a
sense of audibility.
It was a silence which was almost pain ... And the spirit of memory
brooded over it all.
From the Manchester Guardian, 12th November 1919
Not yet will those measureless fields be green again
Where only yesterday the wild sweet blood of wonderful youth was
There is a grave whose earth must hold too long, too deep a stain,
Though for ever over it we may speak as proudly as we may tread.
But here, where the watchers by lonely hearths from the thrust of
an inward sword
have more slowly bled,
We shall build the Cenotaph: Victory, winged, with Peace, winged
too, at the
And over the stairway, at the foot - oh! here, leave desolate,
passionate hands to
Violets, roses, and laurel, with the small, sweet, tinkling country
Speaking so wistfully of other Springs,
From the little gardens of little places where son or sweetheart was
born and bred.
In splendid sleep, with a thousand brothers To lovers - to mothers
Here, too, lies he: Under the purple, the green, the red,
It is all young life: it must break some women's hearts to see Such
a brave, gay coverlet to such a bed! Only, when all is done and
said, God is not mocked and neither are the dead For this will stand
in our Market-place - Who'll sell, who'll buy?
(Will you or I lie each to each with the better grace?) While looking
into every busy whore's and huckster's face As they drive their
bargains, is the Face Of God: and some young, piteous, murdered
Charlotte Mew (Written as the Cenotaph in Whitehall was built in
GOD CREATED CHILDREN
Neville Usher-Wilson received from a friend in Kenya this somewhat
tongue-in-cheek guide to child-rearing, used it as the basis of a
sermon, and has been asked if Parish
Pump could give it a wider distribution...
To those of us who have children in our lives (or grandchildren,
nieces, nephews, students...) here is something to make you
chuckle. Whenever your children are out of control, you can take
the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own
After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.
And the first thing he said was: `DON'T!' `Don't what?' Adam
replied. `Don't eat the forbidden fruit.' God said.
`Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve, we have
forbidden fruit!' `No Way!'
`Do NOT eat the fruit!' said God again 'Why?'
`Because I am your Father and I said so!' God replied, wondering
why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants.
A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break
and He was annoyed.
`Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?' God asked. 'Uh huh,' Adam
replied. `Then why did you?' said the Father. `I don't know,' said
`She started it!' Adam said. `Did not!'
`Did too!' `DID NOT!'
Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that
Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern
was set and it has never changed.
But there is some reassurance...
If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom
and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself. If God had
trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of
cake for you?
So, some lessons to be learned...
1 You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk
and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down
and shut up.
2 Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.
3 Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.
4 Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word
for word what you shouldn't have said.
5 The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind
yourself that there are children more awful than your own.
6 We child-proofed our homes, but they are still getting in.
And some advice...
Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home one day.
If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it says
on the aspirin bottle: `Take two tablets and keep away from
Many Parish Pump readers will remember Bonnie, Ken Reeves' dog
who now lives with us. Bonnie is to be a star! She is going to appear
in the Oxfordshire branch of the RSPCA's 2007 calendar.
We submitted Bonnie's photo along with many others and were
pleased to learn that she has been chosen to appear in the
calendar. The calendars can be obtained from local vets in
Oxfordshire priced £4.99.
FROM THE REGISTERS
24th September Shilton Thomas Andrew Shaw
24th September Alvescot Kieran Oakey
16th September Filkins James Maclay to Allison Steers
16`th September Langford James Andrew Hubbard to Anna Marie
22nd September Oxford Crematorium Cecelia Menday of The
Home, aged 9l years
2nd October Alvescot Burial of Ashes of Vera (Gwen) Bevis aged 86
The quiz evening at the Village Hall was enjoyed by all who came.
Many thanks to Simon Garrett for acting as Quiz master and
controlling the enthusiastic teams, Ann & Frank Hudson for keeping
the scores, Anna Savage for collecting answers, Simon & Katherine
for collecting over £130 in the raffle.
A most enjoyable supper was provided by the talented members of
the committee (when is the bakery being opened Liz) The evening
raised well over £500 for Hall funds Thanks to all who came and
Once again the Parish Council is hosting a Bonfire and Fireworks
party on the Playing Field. Don't miss the lighting of the bonfire at
6.30pm on Sunday 5`}' November.
This event is free to everyone to come and enjoy although any
donations will be gratefully received at the gate to go towards the
cost of the spectacular fireworks. St Peter's PCC will be serving
tasty hot dogs and warming mulled wine and all are welcome to this
truly village event.
If you have any wood that could be used to build the bonfire please
bring it along to the playing field on Saturday 4`" November.
St Peters School will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on 25`"
November at 2.00pm. There will be lots of exiting stalls and a very
special visitor will be having a break from making all the toys for
the children and popping into school for the afternoon. Do come and
visit on this happy afternoon.
The Firebird, OTTC's exciting, enchanting new play for
family audiences is based on the classic Russian folk
tale about Ivan, a poor stable boy and his adventures
with a captive princess, an evil magician, a toothless
wolf and the fabled, fantastic bird of flame.
A magical story full of charm, fantasy, music and fun, The Firebird is
producion for anyone and everyone over six years old. Prepare to
The place to see the opening night of this fantastic tale is the Village
Hall on Tuesday 14`" November 2006. Tickets are available from
Terry Morris (01993 942135) or me (01993-842832). Tickets are
£7.50 (£6.50 concessions), or alternatively take advatage of our
Group ticket Cost £23.00 (admits two adults and two children)
The OTTC provide a professional performance every time, last years
production of Beauty and the Beast evoked such comments as
`Having seen the RSC production of Beauty and the Beast last year
I was totally enthralled by your performance. Absolutely captivating
and imaginative. Thank you for a memorable production.'
The Firebird is a production not to be missed. Space is limited so be
sure to reserve your tickets now.
THE YOUTH CLUB RISES!
The Youth Club has started again! We meet in the Village Hall on
the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7.00 to
9.00pm during term time.
It is open to children of Alvescot & Black Bourton aged from 10-16
years (school years 6-12). Entry is £1 per child and 50p for each
subsequent child of the same family.
There is a tuck shop and various activities including table tennis,
snooker, music, board games and outdoor games in the Village's
Multi-use Games Area (weather permitting). We also have different
activity evenings from time to time and have held film nights. So,
do come along and make some new friends. The club will run this
term on the following dates:
We also welcome any adults who would be willing to help out, but
any volunteers need to be CRB checked. Please ring me on 01993
845610, if you want more details.
Pilates classes will be starting in the Village Hall in November. The
cost will be £28 for 4 weeks. If you are interested, please call me on
01993 846230. For more general information about Pilates, visit
www.laurajpilates.co.uk. or contact Laura Jones on 01367 244162
or 07913 597221, or email her at enquirielaurajpilates.co.uk
ST PETER'S INFANT SCHOOL
St Peter's welcomed twenty-two new children and their
families in September and already, they have settled
well into the life of the school.
At St Peter's we continue to embrace opportunities to extend the
curriculum that we offer the children. This year we have continued
to employ Julia Neame as a specialist music
teacher, teaching both class
music and recorder lessons. Bob Morris from Witney Rugby Club has
provided lessons for Classes 1 and 2 and Alan Elbourne has
provided an after
school tennis club.
In addition, this term we have provided French after-school clubs
for both Classes 1 and 2 and a very popular gardening club. Thanks
go to all the staff and volunteers who run and support these clubs.
The County's Cultural Loans Service provided a workshop for Class
1 entitled `Making Faces'. The children produced some wonderful
artwork based on multicultural masks.
Bernice Smurthwaite and Chrissie Spring provided a highly
entertaining an informative evening for parents, staff and governors
on managing children's behaviour.
The Revd Harry MacInnes visited the school along with his new
puppy, Milka at the start of the term. Milka was very well behaved,
as were the children and great friendships were made. We all hope
to see Milka again in the not too distant future. The Revd. MacInnes
also led a Harvest assembly for the children and staff at St Peter's
Church in preparation for our Harvest Festival Service which will
take place at the end of October. Class 2 have been responsible for
producing some wonderful work which is displayed in the church. If
you haven't seen it yet then it is well worth a visit.
Sandie Morris's jumble sale was a great success and raised well
over two hundred pounds towards the new play equipment. Many
thanks to all those who helped on the day and supported this event.
Bill Russell, the County's adviser for drugs education provided an
extremely informative talk for parents on the misuse of drugs.
Many thanks to everyone who turned out to remove the old play
equipment and prepare the top field for the installation of the new
equipment on 15t November. Particular thanks to Mike Honour
without whom this would not have been possible.
The next event is the Gift Evening on Friday 10`" November at the
school so don't miss the chance of doing your Christmas shopping
early this year. This is always a very enjoyable evening. If you don't
already have a ticket, then do drop into the school office.
On Saturday 25`' November the school will be holding its annual
Christmas Bazaar. This is always a great afternoon that is enjoyed
by children and adults and is always highly successful in raising
money for school funds.
SHILL VALLEY WI
Shill Valley WI meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the
Village Hall at 7.30pm. Visitors are always very welcome (£1.50
includes refreshments, raffle 20p).
If you would like more details about any of our activities, please feel
free to contact me on 01993 214107.
Come on ladies, or men, we need you! Anyone interested in joining
the flower rota for St Mary's Church please ring me on 01993
844124. Any help would be much appreciated.
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
St Mary's Church will be holding a Chirstmas Tree Festival on a
theme of Chirstmas Carols. Please visit our Church from Saturday
16`'' December bringing children, friends and everyone who loves
the magic of the Chirstmas Tree. At 6.OOpm on Christmas Eve join
us for a few carols round the trees and enjoy mulled wine and
PARISH PUMP DELIVERIES
For the last few years I have been distributing the Parish Pump
magazine to those that deliver in the village as well as delivering to
my own patch. I have enjoyed doing this and meeting freinds
throughout the village each month.
The Parish Pump magazine is such a good link for all the villages. I
shall soon be leaving the village and Susie Betteridge has very
kindly offered to take over the deliveries from the end of October.
I.- and thank you Marjorie from Parish Pump. Ed/
AIR POLLUTION: NOISE AND FUMES
We have received comments (complaints) about periods of
excessive noise, and fumes coming from RAF Brize Norton. If you
are aware of excessive noise or aviation/kerosene fuel fumes at any
time of the day from aircraft you should report it to Neil Shellard on
01993 861 374 or Fax 01993 861054 or email:
email@example.com giving time, place and wind direction
The RAF Station Environmental Officer is Mr Alan Wood should also
St Peter C- St Paul's
5"' November June Goodenough
12`'' November June Goodenough
After this, dried flowers for the weeks up to Christmas
The whole of Broadwell (and- half of Kencot) have been indebted to
Andrew Auger for longer than most of us can remember, because
for over twenty years he has wound the church clock every week. It
is a heavy job, winding two great weights up half the height of the
steeple, and at times he has had to contend with jackdaws and
pigeons that think they own the clock loft.
Andrew has stepped down from this responsibility now, and we
must all thank him very much indeed for all those evenings up the
tower. It is so nice to hear the chimes, especially after dark, and
the old mechanism goes well when it goes.
VILLAGE HARVEST LUNCH
This was held on Sunday 1S` October after the Harvest Festival, as
usual by kind permission of Paul and Annabel in their barn. It was a
lovely happy occasion and we ate scrumptious food provided by all
of us. The pig roast was organised and watched over by the Wordie
family (this includes getting up at 4.00am to light it) and it was as
We have to thank most especially two people who did such a lot of
work beforehand. Vivien Godfrey kept all the many strands
together, and Georgina Lewis bravely tramped around the houses to
collect money for the tickets. Without this effort nothing much
would have happened. A draw for a magnum of champagne and a
bottle of malt whisky, and the chocolate lucky dip, between them
made £200 for the church funds, and churchwardens are most
RIDE AND STRIDE
Many thanks to all those who very kindly manned the church to
welcome this year's `StRiders' on 9"' September. We were much
luckier with the weather this year, the 42°`' year of the scheme.
The aim is to walk, cycle, or ride anything with four legs [so, no
ostriches. Ed], around as many churches as possible and to raise
sponsorship, 50% of which goes to our church, and 50% the
Oxfordshire Historic Churches Fund.
Thanks also to everyone who sponsored me, we raised £90.00. I
will be looking for more riders or sponsors to join me next year!
FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS
WATCH THE WITCH
Filkins Junior Theatre will be performing three sketches
from David Wood's adaptation of The Witches by Roald
Dahl at 7.30pm on 17`h November and at 2.30pm on
18`h November in the Village Hall.
Tickets (£3.50 adults and £2.00 children) are
obtainable from Filkins Shop, PostOffice and Cotswold
Woollen Weavers. Further information can be obtained
from me on 01367 860229.
The next Monthly Film will be `The White Countess on 14th
November at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Tickets £2.50 on the door.
`Set in 1930s Shanghai, a blind American diplomat develops a
curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who undertakes
strange, and sometimes illicit, tasks to support members of her
dead husband's aristocratic family. An exotic, mysterious and
exciting tale from James Ivory.'
Starring Ralph Feinnes and Natasha Richardson. 135 minutes,
Certificate PG. John Hayes
NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME
This is a really worthwhile charity. Money raised from garden
openings in 2005 has enabled the National Gardens Scheme to
donate over £1.8 million to its beneficiaries in 2005, and more than
£20 million has been donated to charity since the NGS began in
Would anyone interested in opening their garden next June please
contact me on 01367 60020.
The museum has closed for 2006 but we are already preparing for
the 2007 season with exhibitions of. 100 years of Scouting; Filkins
Bowls Club; 150 years celebration of St Peter's Church, Filkins; and
Sir Stafford Cripps in Filkins.
If you have anything we can display for the season please let either
Ann Cripps (03167 860209) or me (01367 860504) know. Maybe
you have a story or item relating to your scouting or Girl guide
days. Were you married, baptized or confirmed in Filkins church? Do
you still have that cup you won at Bowls? We will be pleased to hear
Our congratulations to Sam Greenhalgh, who not only played a
wonderful Lorenzo in the Arcadians' production of `A Merchant of
Venice' during the summer, but was also chosen from among 2000
applicants to attend the two weeks of the National Youth Theatre
One to watch. Remember the name, Sam Greenhalgh.
FIRST JAM JARS, NOW BOTTLES...
I am sure many of you remember Dot Stephenson's wonderful
beeswax and turpentine polish. Her family have generously given
me her recipe and I would like to carry on Dot's tradition. I now
have all the ingredients but lack one thing... bottles to put it in.
I would be very grateful for any small bottles (mixer drink size)
which would be suitable for the polish. Please call me (01367
860195) or leave them at Filkins Farmhouse. Hopefully you will
soon be seeing Mrs Stephenson's polish for sale again.
At our September meeting we welcomed Mr and Mrs Gee. They
have supported a village project in Malawi for many years, raising
money and overseeing projects such as building a new church hall
(to also house a school - uniforms provided) and providing wells for
clean water to the village. They visit Malawi often and it was
interesting to hear their stories and how much difference they have
made to the lives in just one village.
Some of our members went to Oxford to see Pam Ayres along with
900 WI members from around Oxfordshire. They all enjoyed the
very amusing evening very much.
Unfortunately our monthly walk was a`wash out', cancelled due to
the worst rain we have had for some time. The walk in October will
be the last one until the spring. In the winter we will be re-instating
Scrabble evenings hosted
in member's homes. Watch for details, it will be fun and not too
On a final note we now have our very own Darts team. Please do
come and support them at practice in the Five Alls - or even have a
go, you may have unknown talents.
The WI President adds...
In August, following the success of last year, twenty five members
and guests thoroughly enjoyed another Safari Supper. For the
uninitiated (like myself) this meal consists of several courses, each
one to be consumed at a different venue. As it happened, we had
chosen the one wet evening of the summer - nevertheless our
spirits were revived by aperitifs and canapes at the Vicarage.
We then splashed our way down to Broughton Poggs, where a
splendid main meal awaited us at the Coach House and Glebe
Cottage. A variety of puddings were later enjoyed at Filkins Moor
and Manor Farm. Back to the Vicarage for a spot of WI business and
coffee. By this time the rain had been forgotten and everyone
agreed it had been a super evening.
Thank you to everyone who came and supported us: the cooks,
hostesses for their hospitality and especial thanks to Hilary Ward
and Allison Papworth, the organisers. Do come and join us next
ROSTER FOR VOLUNTARY CAR SERVICE TO SURGERIES
Covering Filkins, Broughton Poggs, Broadwell, Kencot, Langford and
2nd November Mrs K Morley 860420
7th November Mr J Moir 860031
9th November Mrs P Clark 860500
14athNovember Mr A Woodford 860319
16th November Mrs V Godfrey 860498
21st November Mrs J Geake 860534
23rd November Miss H Squire 860337
28th November Lady Cripps 860209
30th November Mrs M Cover 860302
(All codes 01367)
For hospital runs, or with any problems, contact me on 01367
Local surgery runs £2.00
Hospitals: Fairford & witney £6.00 Swindon & Cirencester £8.00
At the JR, additional parking charges may have to be paid.
New volunteers are always welcome, particularly for hospital runs.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 14`''
November 7.30pm in Filkins Village Hall Committee room. All
parishioners are invited to attend.
Thames Valley Police
Whosmybobby.co.uk is a unique website launched by Thames Valley
Police where members of the public are able to find the latest news
in the form of press releases, and monthly updates written by the
Neighbourhood Manager. You can also find out the name of the
Officer dedicated to policing your area and email him.
Public Transport Guide
We have been furnished with a copy of the Public Transport Guide
for Oxfordshire. This has been posted in the Village Shop and shows
all the bus routes and frequencies for each service in the County.
Swimming Club AGM
This will be held on Wednesday 8`" November 2006 in the Village
Hall at 7.30pm. The club has had a great season and for once the
weather was good to us, we hope you enjoyed the New look at the
pool and would welcome everyone to the AGM to hear your views
ANTHONY STEADMAN TILL (TIM)
This obituary is drawn from the address given by Joe Smith, a
surgical colleague of Tim's in Oxford, at the memorial service in the
village held on on 11"' September.
Tim was educated at Marlborough and Gonville and
Caius College, Cambridge, where he was a scholar,
before he went onto the Middlesex Hospital as a
University Scholar. There he was successively student,
house surgeon, registrar and private assistant to Sir
Gordon Gordon-Taylor. He wrote an interesting account
of his time as a medical student when most medicines
were ineffective. It was perhaps that that directed Tim - always a
practical man into surgery.
After the outbreak of war part of the Middlesex Hospital was
relocated to Aylesbury and it was there that he met his wife Joan,
who as a member of the WVS was given the task of finding
accommodation for nurses from the Middlesex.
They had only met a few times socially when Tim asked her out on
a trip to London in his smart car and Joan jumped at the chance. It
was the first time that they had been alone together when Tim
proposed on London Bridge and Joan accepted. This began 66 years
of married happiness.
Tim enlisted in the RAMC shortly after their marriage in April 1940.
He was sent to the Middle East and shortly afterwards to the Island
of Cos where he was taken prisoner. He was then flown to Athens
and taken on a two week train journey in a cattle truck to Stalag 7.
He operated not only on fellow prisoners but also on the local
population as, following a spell in Heidelberg before the war he was
fluent in German.
In 1944 he was repatriated to the UK with a group of sick and
wounded, but only when his suggestion that some ill person should
go in his place was refused.
After a brief glimpse of his wife however he was soon back on the
continent and crossed the Rhine as part of the 181st Field
Ambulance and was a member of the first group to enter Belsen.
The sights he saw there, among the worst ever to be seen by
human eyes must have had a great effect on him for the existence
of the holocaust camps was unknown to the outside world.
After demobilization he achieved his long held hope of a job in
Oxford, first as registrar and then consultant. Arriving there 20
years later as a new consultant when Tim was the Senior Surgeon,
Joe Smith found him quite outstanding as a man of total honesty
and integrity, with help and advice (when asked for) which was
always sound and willingly given. He was a superb general surgeon
with a special interest in thyroid surgery. A real leader in surgery he
was elected President of the section of Surgery of the Royal Society
of Medicine and President of the Association of Surgeons of Great
Britain and Ireland. He was also a member of the Court of
examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons.
Surgery was, however, only one facet of this remarkable man's life.
He was always interested in field sports and was a good shot and
superb fly fisherman for both salmon and trout. He hunted with the
Heythrop for many years occasionally appearing on the ward in
hunting kit and accompanied by several terriers. He was even
rumoured to have operated on Heythrop hounds in the Radcliffe
Infirmary. What would health and safety say now?
After his retirement in 1973 they moved to Holwell and Tim took on
the onerous job of District Commissioner of the Pony Club. His
ability to get on with the young was a great asset. The kids were
great but some of the mums were tricky. He also held office in the
St. John's Ambulance Unit and when he gave up hunting at the age
of 80 he bought a mountain bike. He also took to painting in oil and
At Holwell Tim and Joan enjoyed a long and happy retirement with
four daughters and an increasing number of grandchildren and
great grandchildren and a huge circle of friends. Joan celebrated her
90th birthday in October.
A strong supporter of the Church, Tim was treasurer for several
years and together with Norman Jones the Holwell born organist
surveyed the Churchyard and its graves and established the areas
in which cottagers from different cottages were buried. Nor was he
above cleaning the Church to save on Church funds!
Tim was fortunate to end his life at home in Holwell. Made possible
by the support of Joan and a series of carers.
We pay tribute to a man who was truly `a man for all seasons' a
true Christian gentleman, a humble man devoid of arrogance, a
wonderful family man and most excellent friend and colleague.
Oxfordshire Touring Theatre Company present The Firebird in the
Morris Memorial Hall on Friday 15`h December at 7.30pm. This
exciting play is based on the classic Russian folk tale about a poor
boy, a captive princess, an evil magician, a talking wolf and the
fabled, fantastic bird of flame, the Firebird.
The play is suitable for a family audience including children of 6
years and over. Tickets (price to be confirmed) will be available
from Jake Nelson (01367 252607) or me (01367 253103).
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Events planned and for which details will follow later include:
Friday 22nd December Christmas party for the whole family in the
Morris Memorial Hall
Saturday 23`d June 2007 Summer Ball
Sunday 15` July 2007 Open Gardens
All enquiries to me on 01367 252908
ELVIRA TERESINA PARTRIDGE 1919 - 30TH JULY 2006
Terry, as she was known to family and friends and Mrs P to our
family, had lived in Kencot for the last 30 years. Her father was
Danish but she was born and brought up in Reading. During the
War she worked in London as a Secretary in the Civil Service before
moving on the south coast, where she met her husband, David, a
draughtsman with Brighton Borough Council. They lived with three
small children on a houseboat in Shoreham-on-Sea before moving
to Stroud and then to Kencot.
And so began a long association with our family as she helped my
Mother at Manor Farm and later at Manor Farm Cottage, and also
us, when we moved to Manor Farm. She also worked at Alvescot
College where she made some close friendships. She was a familiar
sight on her bicycle going to and from work and making shopping
trips to Carterton, often returning heavily laden.
She had a fondness for animals, especially her cat, Billy, and was a
supporter of animal welfare organizations. She certainly had a way
with our fearsome hound, Wilfred, who was putty in her hands,
mainly because they were full of treats!
Coy about disclosing her age, she surprised us all by being happy to
carry on working until early this year aged 87. In her funeral
address, her friend, Jo Marsh said that she had never heard her say
an unkind word about another person. A lesson to us all.
4th & 11th' November Lesley Metcalfe
15th & 25th November Jenny Smith
Advent No flowers
Our thanks to those who decorated the church so beautifully; one
visitor remarked that she had never seen a church look so good.
Also to those who donated produce, to those who donated to the
collection and those who
supported the auction of produce afterwards.
As a result of your efforts it was possible to send the sum of
£262.50 to PACT (Parents & Children Together).
We welcome Ken & Gill Morrison and Allie Tweedale to Well Cottage
and hope that they will have a long and happy stay with us.
RIDE AND STRIDE
Our thanks to those who took part, to those who sponsored them
and those who checked in the riders. The sum of £395 was raised,
of which half goes to our own church.
SAVE THE CHILDREN
I regret that the Annual Christmas Sale will not take place in Kencot
in future. I have plenty of catalogues for Christmas cards and gifts,
which I will distribute to regular supporters. Anyone else who would
like one should ring me on 01367 860312 or call at The Gardens to
pick one up. Orders will be delivered. Otherwise sales will take place
at The Tolsey in Burford on Saturdays 18 November and 2nd & 9th
December. Please do support this splendid charity.
5th & 12th November Mrs R Range
19th & 26th November Mrs D Lowden
30th November Advent (no flowers)
Chancel & Porch Mr & Mrs D Range
Nave Mrs C Macdonald & Mrs J Pitkin
Brass Mrs S Herbert
We welcomed one of our own members, Jean Austin for our
September meeting. Jean showed us her gift bag that was made
from a flannel and a bar of soap, and gave a short history on how
the item had come about, with her daughter making them for the
charity shops. After Jean had shown the ladies how to make a bag,
everyone then had a go themselves, there were many
different variations but every one was pleased with the end result.
These make great presents for anyone ill in hospital or at Christmas
(watch out for some of them on the Christmas Bazaar at the end of
We welcomed back Doreen Lowden in October meeting to show us
what uses ribbons could be put to. We were shown how to tie
wonderful bows and how to tie them onto a present, to pretty up a
plain card and even to use as a choker around the neck. The finale
of the evening was to make a flower using ribbon with three
different colours and then to add that into the arrangement
members had completed using leaves, berries and twigs. At the end
of the evening all the arrangements were displayed (what a
wonderful autumn sight), and judged by Doreen. The winners, Liz
and Mahala, received a prize.
Next month's meeting on 9th November at 7.30pm will be a
members social event with nibbles, wine and a members craft
session: bring along some sewing, needlepoint or card making.
Visitors are most welcome; £1.50, a raffle
and refreshments will be available. Enquiries to me on 01367
We have a wonderful hall set in the middle of the
village, this was a completely new building erected in
December 2000. After many fund-raising events from
everyone in and around Langford we now have a good
workable kitchen that includes a cooker.
There are many regular events
such as Whist, Langford Ladies, Sewing Group, Yoga and The Happy
Circle. There is
sufficient crockery and chairs to cater for large parties, weddings
and other events, although no ball sports are allowed in the hall.
If you would like to know more please call 01367 860514, or to
book the hall please call me (the bookings secretary on 01367
Join us for an evening of Whist at Langford Village Hall on Tuesday
7th November. We start at 7.30pm; however if you would like some
tuition please arrive a little earlier than this. The entrance fee of £1
includes tea and biscuits. We play for the enjoyment of the game
and the company with small prizes for the winners and losers!
Everyone is welcome. Enquiries on 01993 852378.
ST MATTHEW'S CHURCH
A very successful exhibition of wedding dresses from
past to present, was held in St Matthews church over
the weekend of 23`d & 24`'' September.
Our ancient church was looking beautiful with the flowers from the
most recent wedding of James and Anna, and 12 brides young and
not so young enjoyed seeing their dresses displayed in all their
finery once again.
The dresses ranged from two worn by post-war brides that were
bought with the help of ration coupons. One of these
was worn by both mother and daughter, as was
another example of a dress from the `60's. The oldest
item on display was a top hat, shown in a photo in the
exhibition worn by a great great Grandfather. This
same hat was worn many times afterwards, and finally
worn two years ago by the father of a bride.
The most up to date wear for the groom was also shown a chocolate
suit with gold waistcoat and cravat. The hat and gloves of the
bride's mother from the 60's was on display. Photographs
accompanied most of the exhibits. These were a wonderful
illustration of how wedding styles in St. Matthew's have changed
over the years. £200 was raised for the church.
QUIZ AND AUCTION
There will be a quiz and auction on Friday 10`'' November in the
Village Hall the entry fee will be £5 to include refreshments. The
evening will commence at 7pm with the 30 question Quiz. Players
will compete in pairs for a 1st prize of £30.
Refreshments will follow and then the Auction, for which many
interesting items have been donated. These include Weekend
breaks, fishing, pictures and many Christmas items such as a
hamper. Proceeds from the evening will go to St Matthew's church.
There will be a Prize Bingo in the Village Hall on Thursday 16"'
November in aid of Village Hall funds. Doors open at 7.00pm and
eyes down at 7.30pm. Excellent prizes, raffle and refreshments. If
you would like to help with donations please call Cherry on 01367
860304, me on 01367 860514, or any other Village Hall
ST CHRISTOPHER'S NEWS
Another busy term is nearly at an end at St
Christopher's. The children have been studying
`Festivals' focussing on Harvest and moving on to Christmas after
the half term break. This theme has really been enriched by both
visits out and visitors to our school to share expert knowledge and
resources. One of the most unusual visitors was Martin Way who
came to help the children `age' a hedge! Key Stage 2 went down to
the far corners of our field and Martin talked the children through
how to tell how old a hedgerow is. To our great surprise, one of the
hedges dated back at least 500 years.
We are now in the midst of our Harvest festival celebrations. As last
year, the children are all going down to St Matthew's Church to
celebrate Harvest with a very special Service led by the Revd
MacInnes. This `Children's Service' proved very popular last year
and is a lovely way for the children to enjoy a Church Service. The
Service will be repeated in the school hall for all the parents to
share. As always, our children enjoy performing and sharing their
enjoyment with others and are looking forward to singing to their
As Christmas approaches we are looking forward to more
fundraising activities by our PTA. The next event will be a Christmas
Craft and Gift Fayre held at Bradwell Village Hall on 11"' November.
Please contact Kate Wakley on 01993 822284 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Also in November is
another of our popular quiz nights. This will be on 24th November
at 7.30pm in the school hall. For tickets or to order your `fish and
chip supper' please contact the school office or Pam Watt in Cherry
Class. It should be another good evening and we are looking
forward to seeing lots of parents and friends there.
We held our first ever `Open Day' at the beginning of October which
was a resounding success! We had a constant stream of visitors
throughout the day sampling some of the activities available at St
Christopher's. Amongst these were basketball club, recorder club,
school lunch, assembly and regular classroom lessons.
It was great to meet so many people, both current and prospective
parents and other interested parties, and show them around our
lovely school. I would like to say a big Thank You to all the year 6
children who diligently showed all the visitors around and were all
polite, helpful and gave incredibly detailed tours! After such a
success I am sure we will repeat this next year.
As part of our commitment to the wider community we held our
annual `Jeans for Genes' non-uniform day in October. The children
love to come to school in home clothes and we all enjoy supporting
this worthwhile event. We will also be taking part in `Operation
Christmas Child' this year. This is a really practical way for our
children to help and support those in less fortunate circumstances
by sending a shoe box full of small gifts and essentials to send
abroad. Any donations of shoe boxes will be passed on to a local co-
ordinator if dropped off at the school.
As part of our enrichment activities we are holding one of our
regular `focus weeks' at the beginning of November. This will be on
`Art in the Environment' and I'm sure the children will really enjoy
being outside in their wellies enjoying the fresh air and linking
nature with art.
If anyone has any old tyres, tubing, or anything they think we
would find useful for this project please contact the school office. If
you feel inspired by nature as I'm sure our children will be and feel
you could support us with your time or ideas you would be most
welcome to join us over the week.
As always, please do contact us if you feel you have any time or
expertise to offer. It is always gratefully received.
We have heard recently that Jim Caldwell has finally decided that he
must retire after some 20 years of loyal service to our church. His
playing and friendship to us all will be sorely missed. We wish him
well for the future and hope that he will be able to worship with us
Jim's retirement leaves us with an urgent need to find a
replacement organist. If anyone is aware of someone who can play
a simple keyboard and might be prepared to play for two services a
month, please contact either me (01367 252155) or Jeremy Taylor
Jamie Abdy Collins
Thank you to everyone who helped decorate the church for the
Harvest Festival service on 8"' October. Autumn splendour was very
much the theme, and the church looked absolutely beautiful.
Likewise, our thanks to those who helped make the soiree on 30"'
September a tremendous success, be they performers or back-room
assistants. A super-size `thank you' goes to Jeremy Taylor, who
worked tirelessly organising this evening of entertainment ...and
whose portrayal of an orthodontically challenged vicar proved to be
a role he could really get his teeth into!
Rapturous applause was deservedly given to the sparkling sopranos
Annabel Molyneaux and Bronwen Mills, to the comedic musicians
Ross Mallock and Ant Stephens, and to that amazing lady on the
keyboard, Sue Cave.
The evening raised some £700 for the church repair fund.
Little Faringdon's annual Guy Fawkes party will take place on Friday
3`a November, starting at 6.OOpm. The bonfire will be lit at
6.15pm, and fireworks will start at 7.00pm. Suggested donations at
the gate are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.
Join us at this always exciting event and enjoy an amazing array of
food and drink, ranging from mulled wine and hot chocolate to
burgers, corn on the cob and toffee apples. There will even be
chestnuts roasting on the open fire!
CHURCH FLOWERS November Jeanie Pollock December No flowers
DATES FOR THE DIARY Sunday 17th December Carol service
Saturday 3rd March
A talk in the church, `From here to eternity (almost)'. An illustrated
travelogue about a two-year sailing trip around the world with an
unusual twist... the tsunami.
Our Remembrance Sunday Service will begin at Shilton War
Memorial by the village pond at 10.50am on 12"' November. We will
then walk/drive to the Parish Church for the remainder of the
HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE & SUPPER
It was good to have a full church for our Harvest Festival Service
and to have children and parishioners bringing along their offerings
of produce and flowers. Following the Service we then had a`full
house' in the Old School for our Harvest Supper where we all
enjoyed a delicious meal. The church and Old School were
beautifully decorated: many thanks to everyone who gave produce,
flowers and a lot of time to make it all possible. Many thanks also to
all the cooks, waiters and helpers in the kitchen. The Service and
Supper resulted in a very happy evening.
The fruit and vegetables were gratefully accepted by Witney
Community Hospital and the profit made from the Supper which
amounted to £253 will go to church funds.
COFFEE MORNING/BRING & BUY
We are holding a coffee morning/bring and buy at Little Viners,
Church Lane, Shilton on Saturday 4`'' November from l0am to 12
noon. We will be selling Christmas cards, books, tapes and CD's
from the Christian Bookshop at Highworth, also homemade cakes,
jams, chutneys and other new books for children and adults. There
will also be a bring & buy. So please make a note in your diary to
come along and start your Christmas shopping and at the same
time enjoy a cup of coffee and biscuits. The proceeds are to be
divided between Shilton Church and Baptist Chapel.
If anyone would care to make a cake (or even two) or preserves
etc. I would be very pleased to hear from them on 01993 841194.
FESTIVE FOOD AND FLOWER DEMONSTRATION
Just a last minute reminder about our cookery and flower arranging
demonstration by Steven Jenkins and Paul Hawkins to be held on
Saturday 18"' November in the Old School. This promises to be a
real fun day, with events starting at 11.00am with coffee followed
by Steven's cookery demonstration. After this we will break for
lunch and of course a glass of wine.
Paul will commence his festive flower demonstration around 1.30pm
and following this (2.30pm approximately) we shall be auctioning
Paul's creations. The cost of tickets for this action packed day is £15
and the proceeds will go towards the Church Flower Fund.
Our closing date is Friday 3`d November so if you haven't booked
your ticket yet please give me a ring on 01993 841194. As always
numbers are limited so please hurry up and pick up the phone!.
OLD SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
October was a comparatively quiet month in the village, the only
event held in the Old School being the Harvest Supper on 1st
October, which was a well attended and very pleasant occasion.
Plans for the rest of the year are as follows:
4th' November Coffee morning/Bring & Buy at Little Viners 18`''
November Cookery Day
Enquiries concerning both the above to Jean Roberts on 01993
2°a December A Christmas race night and supper. We are aiming to
make this fun for children and adults alike and booking forms will be
delivered to your door. Enquiries to me on 01993 842404.
22°a December Carol singing around the village (everybody
welcome) followed by a soup and sandwich supper in the Old School
for the carolsinging party.
... AND IN 2007
At a recent meeting the Old School Committee came up with the
following preliminary list of events for 2007:
• Danish Evening, some time in Feb/March.
• Egg rolling etc. Saturday 7`" April
• Open Gardens Sunday 17`'' June
• BBQJuIy (date to be decided, around school end of term)
• Autumn Show in August/September
• Sunday, 16"' December non-Christmas lunch followed by the carol
Suggestions and ideas for other events always welcome.
The last 2006 Parish Council meeting will take place on Wednesday
13"' December in Shilton.
Sandie holds classes every Thursday at 7.00pm in the Old School.
£3.00 per session. All ages and abilities welcome.
SHILTON HISTORY GROUP
All meetings are at 7.30pm in the Old School, Shilton. On 10"'
November Muriel Pilkington will be giving a talk on the Saltways.
Visitors and new members are always welcome.
BRADWELL VILLAGE (part of Shilton Parish)
MOVIES ON THE MOVE
Our next film show will be on Wednesday 8`'' November at 7.30pm
in the Village Hall. We will be showing 'Goodnight and Good Luck'.
Entrance is reduced to £3. The doors open 7.00pm. The bar will be
open and refreshments available. Telephone me (01993 824137)
for further information.
VILLAGE COFFEE SHOP
The Coffee Shop is open on Fridays in term time from 10:30am to
2:30pm in the Village Hall selling hot and cold drinks and home-
made cakes and savouries. This is a splendid social focus for anyone
with an hour or so to spare. For further details contact me on 01993
BRADWELL VILLAGE STITCHERS
We meet on the Second Tuesday of each month, usually from
10.00am until 2.30pm in the village hall, and welcome members
from the surrounding area. You are encouraged to bring along your
latest project to work on. There is normally no formal teaching but
plenty of enthusiasts to encourage beginners or help out with a
problem. The half-annual subscription is £10. Visitors are most
welcome at £2 for the day.
For further information please contact me on 01993 824475. Marion
BRADWELL VILLAGE CHRISTMAS PARTY
This will be held in early December in the Village Hall - further
details next month.
BRADWELL VILLAGE CAROL SERVICE
Our annual Carol Service will be held on Thursday 14`'' December
at 7.30pm in the village hall. We look forward to welcoming people
from the surrounding area. Mince pies and mulled wine will be
served as always. Further details next month.
SHOP EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS...
The Cotswold Home Christmas Fair will be held on 4th November in
the Village Hall from 10.00am to 3.00mm
Delicious Eats, Produce, Books, Cards & Gift Wrap, Jewellery,
Handbags, Handmade Gifts, Creative Toys & Games, Clay Pots,
Plants, Raffle and much much more... Entrance £1.00.
For more details or to book a table please telephone 01993 824225
.AND ANOTHER CHANCE...
A Christmas Craft and Gift Fair in aid of St Christopher's School will
be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 11"' November from
11.00am to 4.00pm. Many hand made gifts, Craft and Gift stalls,
and Refreshments. All pitch/stall enquiries and further information
please contact me on 01993 822284 or email
We are delighted to present the Oxfordshire Touring Theatre
Company in 'The Firebird' by Jane Buckler on Friday 5`'' January
2007 at 7.00pm in Bradwell Village Hall. The OTTC production last
January was a complete sellout, so reserve your tickets in advance
by calling me on 01993 824475.
No news this month
LOOK OUT, THIEVES ARE ABOUT
Prevent them from invading your home... Update your defences.
1 Service home alarms, and
2 Fix bars and bolts
3 Lock your doors, hide the keys
4 Set clock timers to switch on lights
5 Screen your treasures with shutters, nets & blinds
6 Let neighbours know if you go away
7 Don't let strangers or salespersons in
8 Band together with Neighbourhood Watch
9 Take the registration number of unfamiliar vehicles
10 Ring Police if you have suspicions
Parish Pump reader, and recent burglary victim
NEWS FROM OUR DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Continuing the theme of recycling, West Oxfordshire District Council
is delighted that almost 2600 households have signed
up to the Green Waste scheme. Garden waste is
collected once a fortnight. As the grass cutting season
extends and autumn pruning can fill the bin, if you
don't have one, why not sign up at a cost from October
2006 - March 207 of £21.00 which includes the bin
hire? Just telephone 01993 861000 or go to www.westoxon.gov.uk
and book and pay online.
If you would like to contact me, telephone 01993 846033
Mary Neale ,
FILKINS VILLAGE SHOP
Winter Opening Hours
(from 30th' October) ° -
Monday 3.00 to 5.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am to 12noon & 3.00 to 5.00pm Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10.00am to 12.00noon & 2.00 to 5.00pm
Friday 2.00 to 5.00pm
Saturday 9.00am to 1.OOpm & 2.00 to 5.00pm
Sunday 3.00 to 5.00pm
Christmas is just around the corner and the committee have been
hard at work on our `seasonal aisle' and we will soon have a range
of Christmas items for your delectation. Here are some of the things
we will have on offer...
Tantalisingly tasty tasters at The Five Alls...
We have joined forces with Hellaby Foods, who supply our some of
our more interesting frozen foods - their "Salmon Shanties" simply
fly out of the freezer - to allow you to taste some of their Christmas
ranges. Come and join us at The Five Alls on the evening of
Thursday 16th November at 7.30PM in order to see what you could
be serving up for your family and friends over the Christmas
The tasters will be free of charge with The Five Alls providing a
normal pay bar service. If you would like to join the tasting session
please call either Mandy on 860 470 or Helen, on 860 159, this will
help us to prepare the right amount of tasters.
Turkey Ordering Service
This year we have also teamed up with Cutlers of Lechlade so you
can avoid the crush when you collect your turkey. We will be
offering a number of
different turkey boxes and any orders made via the shop will be
delivered to the shop ready to be collected early on 23`d December
- so you won't have to trudge into Lechlade and queue with the
masses! Further details about the different boxes will be available in
the shop from 1st November and orders can be placed up until 10`"
Cards and Gifts
If you want to send something unique to a friend or family member
this Christmas, then look no further than Our Village Shop. We will
soon have an exclusive range of Christmas gifts and cards, including
small multi-packs of cards for those special people in your life. If
you liked our range of Easter gifts, then you will love the special
Look out for other seasonal items
We will of course have mince pies, back by popular demand from
both the Co-Op and Palace Cuisine. Some of our other ranges will
also have a Christmas flavour - keep your eyes open for special
cheeses, biscuits, alcohol and of course Brussels sprouts (If you
listen to Radio 2, I am sure Terry Wogan would say that we are
already too late to have them cooked in time, but you can try.) We
will also have gift vouchers on sale in case you are not quite sure
what to get someone this year.
`Share' the Christmas Spirit
After a very successful first year of trading, don't forget that you
can still buy a share in Our Village Shop. Priced at just £10 per
share they are a great way to support and help to sustain this
The committee would also like to take this opportunity to thank
David Bristow who has helped us out during the busy summer
period and wish him well as he returns to his studies. All the
volunteers make the shop a fun and pleasant place to be and
without their participation the shop would not be able to operate.
Don't forget you can also get...
• Sweets, crisps, drinks and chocolate
• A wide range of chilled and frozen food
• Local pork, beef, trout and smoked salmon
• Locally sourced cheese and butter
• Local honey
• Fresh produce
• Wine and Beer
• Handmade greetings cards
• Dry cleaning service (collection/return each Tuesday)
• General groceries
• And fresh bread and pastries every Saturday morning
WEST OX ARTS
West Ox Arts Gallery is on the first floor of Bampton Town Hall. The
Gallery opening hours are: Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30am -
12.30pm and 2.00pm - 4.00pm & Sunday: 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Tel:
01993 850137 or email: email@example.com.
By Lantern Light
26th November to 17th December
Join us for a beautiful show of West Ox Arts members' work on the
theme of light. Artists will interpret this theme in the widest sense
to suit their medium. This exhibition will also include lanterns made
by children at West Ox Arts workshops in Bampton Primary School
on Saturdays throughout the autumn term, to be taken out of the
show and carried in The Lantern Arts Magical Pageant on 16`"
ART EXHIBITION IN FILKINS
ee back cover for details of the exhibition of traditional oil and
watercolour paintings at Cotswold Woollen Weavers.
BRITISH RED CROSS BAZAAR
November 4th at the Warwick Hall in Burford 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Gifts, Jewellery, Books, Cards and Wrapping, Produce, Cakes,
Tombola, Raffle, Refreshments; £1 entrance. Get further details
from me on 01235 552680
MISSION FOR MIND... TERRY'S DEXTA RUN
Following their trip from John O'Groats to Land's end on vintage
Fordson Dexta tractors Terry and The Mill (Oxfordshire Mind) would
like to say a huge thank you to everyone who gave donations and
offered help and support to make the Dexta run go so well. Apart
from very minor problems the two tractors behaved beautifully...
not so sure about the drivers!
Both Terry Pope from Black Bourton and fellow traclodyte Graham
Dell from Wing in Buckinghamshire met with wonderful hospitality
and help on their journey, and even slept in proper beds on some
occasions, an added bonus for the old bones of vintage drivers on
their vintage tractors. To date Mind has received £3378.82 and one
Chinese yuan from this adventure, the
www.justgiving.com/terrypope site is still open so we will give a
firm total on its closure. Again many thanks for all the support.
[More about Terry and Graham's journey in the next issue of Parish
GRAND CRAFT & GIFT FAIR
es, this is the Big One, on Saturday 11"' November at Bradwell
Village Hall, and you still have the opportunity to reserve a stall. If
you are a
hobbyist or craftsman wishing to sell your makes or if you hold
party plan and have saleable Christmas gifts or cards then please
do not miss out on this fabulous opportunity. Funds raised from the
hire of stalls and pitches will benefit St Christopher's school. So why
not make a little money for yourself and at the same time raise
some funds for the school.
• Stalls are available priced at £15.00 (plus an item donated for
• Parents of children attending the school receive a SO% discount.
• Stalls are limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.
• If you are unable to attend but would like the opportunity of
advertising your business at the event, a table will be available for a
selection of business cards for a small fee of £3.00 payable in
• For more details, or to book a stall, please call me now: 01993
822284. Kate Wakley
Working in the garden on Monday I was kept company by a busy
flock of long tailed tits. One of our smallest birds and
yet this is made up for by its very long tail. I was made
aware of their presence by the continuous zee-zee-zee
as the small flock moved busily through the trees, their
'contact call keeping them together.
They are purely insectivorous birds which generally feed on tiny
insects in the higher branches of trees and bushes using their
pointed narrow beaks to good effect and rarely feeding on the
ground. Due to our recent mild winters these tiny birds have kept
up good populations whereas during prolonged cold spells their
numbers can drop dramatically by as much as 90%. Hence one of
the reasons for large clutches of between 8 - 12 eggs being laid.
During the autumn and winter they roost communally in powder-
puff balls with their tails protruding. '
There were good numbers of red admirals feeding on windfall apples
rotting on the ground and on the ivy flowers when the sun was out.
I have seen more red admirals this year than any other butterfly.
Tortoiseshell butterflies seem to have been scarce and I have not
seen so many peacock butterflies on the buddleias.
This year I grew heliotrope or cherry pie from seed for the garden
and the long lasting very sweet smelling flowers are still proving an
attraction to the odd humming-bird hawk-moth as are the late
blooms on the buddleias.
The rooks have been busy raiding the bumper crops of walnuts on
our local trees and they sound quite quarrelsome as they try to
twist off nuts from the branches and fly off with them. I have not
yet seen them breaking open the nuts but this should prove to be
no problem for the rooks power bill
What an influx of daddy-long-legs or craneflies we had
this year - it was fatal to read in bed at night with the
window open as the electric light attracted scores of the
I have seen more lesser black-backed gulls on freshly turned farm
land soil at home than I saw on my recent trip to the North Cornish
Coast. They spend the day on the land and fly in V formations in the
early evening to roost on the water of the gravel pits and
reservoirs. They even nest on the flat roofs of high buildings and
a pest in places like Gloucester in recent years where they are
attracted to the
local rubbish dumps by day and nest on the multi-storey car park
high city buildings.
COOKING WITH KATE
Now that autumn is in full swing, we need to spice up our lives! So
here is a recipe for a starter or a light lunch dish... Hot Masala
This is a garlic rich Indian inspired version of potted prawns , this is
delicious served hot or cold with a mango and
3 oz clarified butter (see below)
1 level tsp green masala curry paste a good pinch of garam masala
a good pinch of ground fenugreek
'/z clove of garlic peeled and finely chopped lib shelled prawns
lemon juice to taste
1 large or 2 medium ripe mangos peeled and sliced
1 small bunch of watercress or salad rocket walnut sized piece of
creamed coconut 4 tbsp double cream
finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime 1 to 2 tbsp sun flower oil salt
and crushed green pepper corns
Melt the clarified butter in a pan, stir in the spices and cook for one
minute. Add the garlic and cook together stirring all the time for 2
to 3 minutes, until the garlic is soft. Add the prawns and stir over a
moderate heat until heated through and well coated with the butter,
do not over heat or the texture of the prawns will be spoiled.
Remove the pan from the heat and add salt and lemon juice to
taste. Spoon into four small dishes and serve straight away, or chill
To make the salad arrange the sliced mango and watercress or
rocket on four small plates melt the cream coconut in a small pan
with the double cream and stir until dissolved, remove from the
heat and gradually beat in the zest, juice of lime and sunflower oil.
Season to taste with salt and crushed green pepper corns and
spoon over the salad
Place 4oz unsalted butter in a small heavy pan or in a dish in the
microwave and melt slowly. Line a nylon sieve with kitchen roll and
place over a bowl gently pour the butter into the sieve and allow to
drain through undisturbed , remove the sieve and set aside to cool,
cool until needed it will set as it cools. It makes 3oz
Letters are welcome on any subject. Just email them, post them or
drop them in to Parish Pump all contact details are on the inside
front cover of Parish Pump. Ed
Protect our cats
Sir: Thank you very much for running the article on West
Oxfordshire Cats Protection in September's Parish Pump. The article
looks great, and I'm so glad that you were able to use the
photographs of Woodstock and Mackie. It has been a difficult year
for WOCP, one way and another, and your publicity was especially
I have recently had to stand down as Publicity Officer for WOCP, but
if anyone would like to know more about us, please contact the
branch coordinator Lou Tyack on 01993 831350.
Many thanks again for your support for West Oxfordshire Cats
Protection. Yours sincerely
Alison Felstead Witney
Sir: I enjoyed Mike Clark's excellent article Flora Bibliensis in
October's Parish Pump, and I enclose a cutting from the Guardian
newspaper. It seems that in parts of the world trees are still
believed to have magic powers, but
United Islam Youth are willing to take the risk to prove the Banyan
tree is not in fact a health hazard.
`Police have had to place a protective cordon around a banyan tree
after it was attacked by a Muslim youth group who were intent on
proving that the tree had no magic powers. The 100-year-old tree,
on a traffic island in central Jakarta, was spared during recent
roadworks when it was decided that a new bus lane could easily be
routed round it. This led to rumours, however, that the city had
been unable to fell the tree be-cause it had special powers.
While Indonesia is predominately Muslim, old animist beliefs that
predate Islam's arrival have proved hard to dispel, and as people
began to leave offerings at the tree's base, the group United Islam
Youth dispatched a contingent to hack away at it with cleavers.
`It is not a matter of chopping down the tree,' said the group's
chairman, Jeje Zainudin, `but this is to counter a popular belief
such as if you touch it you will get sick or your cleaver will break.'
By the time they had proved their point, however, there wasn't
much left of the tree but the trunk.'
Suzanne Dore Broughton Poggs
We still all love Paul Molyneaux
Sir: The ladies of Broadwell would consider it to be Quite Delightful,
if Paul Molyneaux were to join the flower rota. But horrors! Perhaps
he would ask us to help him in his new job, which is Clock Winder
In Chief, taking over from
Think of those old spiral stairs, full of cobwebs and spiders. And it's
creepy at night up there. No, regretfully, let's have some feminism
and leave him the Man's job and be grateful that our village clock
will continue to keep time.
The Flower Arrangers
[Look's like you are off the hook, Paul! Ed]
How good is your French?
Sir: I bring a message `Priere d'evangile', to the benefice faithful
from St Nikolaus Kirche in Brussels, where there are services in
Flemish, French and English:
C'est toi, Seigneur, qui as fait sortir du pays d'Egypte les enfants
d'Abraham, d'Isaac et de Jacob. Tu les as conduits a travers to
desert pour les eprouver et leur apprendre la pauvrete.
Jour apres jour, tu leur offrais la marine,
ce don du del qui leur fit decouvrir
que 1'homme ne vit pas seulement de pain,
mais de chacune de tes paroles de vie.
En Jesus, ton Fils, tu nous donnes aujourd'hui la vraie nourriture qui
sauve le monde.
C'est le corps du Christ: nous 1'accueillons darts la foi en meme
temps que nous 1'edifions parmi les hommes. Apprends-nous,
a puiser clans le memorial de la Cene le gout et la force de partager
avec les plus demunis
les fruits de la terre et de notre travail commun.
JH Turnbull Alvescott
POTTERING IN THE POTTING SHED
This month, Anne has some good ideas about planting bulbs... •
For gardeners who like showy displays, but don't necessarily think
they have the expertise or the time to spare, this is the time of year
to get busy. Apart from knowing how deep to go there is very little
other information required when planting bulbs. Their planting time
varies broadly according to their flowering time, but the majority of
bulbs need planting in the autumn. Springflowering bulbs should be
planted from early
autumn, so they have time to produce new roots before the onset
Tulip bulbs are the main exception to this rule because they can be
planted in late autumn or even early winter without adversely
affecting the flowering for the following season. Summer-flowering
bulbs, such as tigridia and gladioli, and autumn-flowering bulbs,
such as colchicums and nerines, are best planted from late spring
Bulbs should be planted with the 'nose' (the pointed bit where the
shoot comes out) at the top and the 'basal plate' (the flat bit where
the roots are produced) at the bottom. One exception to this rule is
the crown imperial, which is hollow and should be planted on its
side to prevent rotting.
To achieve a natural-looking swathe of bulbs, plant in irregular
blocks. If you find this difficult, try standing with your back to an
area that you would like to see swathed in colour, with two hands
full of bulbs and throw them over your shoulder thus scattering the
bulbs. Then plant them exactly where they land.
When you only plant a few bulbs, use a strong trowel or one of the
special cylindrical bulb planters to make the hole. For larger
swathes, use a spade to dig out a plantine block to the correct
denth_ nncitinn the bulb, and then replace the excavated soil. Some
recommend planting bulbs on a layer of sharp grit to aid drainage
and help prevent rotting, but this is only of benefit on heavy soils
and the value of this technique is not certain.
When planting in lawns, carefully peel back the turf, then dig out
the soil and plant the bulbs. Once the soil has been replaced and
consolidated by treading lightly, the turf may be replaced and any
gaps filled with sieved garden soil. Under trees, the best option is to
plant bulbs singly because large excavations will cause more
damage to tree roots and may encourage suckering.
Problems with rodents such as mice and squirrels digging up and
eating bulbs may be combated by covering the planted area with a
layer of chicken wire buried just below the surface. To avoid
damaging bulbs that need to be lifted each year, try planting in
cages. This is a particularly useful technique for temporary displays
of hardy (or tender) bulbs that will need lifting and storing
somewhere that is frost-free over the winter.
Make simple cages out of chicken wire and bury them out of sight
so that the bulbs are at the correct planting depth. Then, at the
appropriate time the cage may be lifted complete with bulbs.
HAND (AND VOICES) ACROSS THE OCEAN
`Open your mouth, and throw yourself into it' says choirmaster
A recent contributor to a gratifyingly international church music
internet blog reflected on some criticism that the music he played at
various religious rituals was said to be too loud. He ruminated about
whether this impression was caused by the lack of carpets and
tapestries in churches in which he played, which might have helped
to muffle sound, the lack of buffering on brick and
stone walls, the mixing and the speakers being
imperfectly managed (the musician was evidently at
least partly dependent on electronic assistance), or
whether it was simply a case of he himself getting
The eventual conclusion of an extended discussion was that the
problem was not the acoustic inadequacies of the buildings in which
we gather, but something to do with the expectations of the role
that music plays in the service of worship
The primary instrument used in worship is the gathered voices of
the congregation. The church's history has been punctuated through
the ages with arguments about whether music is a kind of
evangelical marketing tool in the form of entertainment or whether
it is a natural part of both the joy and the form of worship.
At different times and in different denominations, different opinions
have held sway. In Puritan times there were occasional campaigns
of destruction of church organs in the name of theological purity,
but a hundred years or more later the Methodists, whose image is
often one of sober severity in matters of religion, produced arguably
the greatest of the English hymn writers, Wesley.
Today, it is said that the so-called happy-clappy churches in which
music is absolutely central to the proceedings are the only ones
showing significant increases in the sizes of their' congregations.
For the rest of us, particularly those in the more conservative rural
parishes of Britain, whatever happened to the spirit of the Venite?
0 come let us sing unto the Lord!
Perhaps, as Professor Watson at Durham University believes, we
have come to take hymns for granted: to regard them as being `on
the whole rather poor verse, sung somewhat mechanically by
people who choose to go to church and monotonously ground out,
Sunday by Sunday, to the same old familiar tunes.'
There may be a grain of truth in this, but perhaps we forget that the
hymn book, with its six or eight hundred hymns,
contains some of the greatest riches of Christianity:
thoughts and hopes and prayers written down to the
rhythms of peoples hearts and interwoven with simple,
pleasant, and sometimes moving music. Surely it deserves better
than bored consignment to a dusty rack at the back of the church.
A friend at the Church of the Ascension and St Agnes in Washington
DC has drawn my attention to a delightful sermon given some years
ago by Hazzan Devin Goldenberg of Congregation Beth Israel in
The rabbi framed his thoughts as the Ten Commandments of
Congregational Singing as follows:
1 Thou shalt sing!
2 Thou shalt sing with all they heart, with all thy soul and with all
3 Thou shalt sing fearlessly, striving to ignore the possible
wondering glances of thy neighbours.
Thou shalt know in thy heart that they would like to sing with thee,
if only they had the
nerve. Never lose faith that they will sing with thee if only thou do
4 Thou shalt sing joyfully, as it is written by the prophet Isaiah:
Sing, 0 Heaven, be joyful, 0
Earth, and break forth into singing, 0 Mountains.'
5 Thou shalt sing reverently, for music is prayer.
6 Thou shalt sing without hesitation, for though an individual may
pray in a whisper or even
in wordless silence, a congregation must sing.
7 Thou shalt not resist new melodies, for we have been taught
never to let our prayer become
rigid. Seek to fulfil the words of the Psalmist: 'Let us sing a new
song unto the Lord.'
8 Thou shalt never mumble, but sing out loud. Never be deterred by
an occasional mistake.
9 Thou shalt not hesitate to sing with the choir for they fervently
want you to join with them. 10 Thou shalt never forget the words of
the Psalmist: 1 will sing unto the Lord as long as I
live.' True and certain it is that God loves us when we work, but He
loves us all the more
when we sing.
The Rector at St Agnes, clearly convinced, has helpfully added two
11 Thou shalt follow the lead of the organ and choir and try to sing
12 Thou shalt sing with other worshippers, trying not to sing faster
or slower or louder than the choir, organ and everyone else.
One cannot help thinking that, whilst three thousand years ago non-
verbal communications from the Lord tended to take the form of
letters chiselled deep into large lumps of rock, the twenty-first
century equivalent might be referred to as the Tablets of Tone.
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