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EDITORIAL . 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 happiness: 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. Richard Martin 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 CELEBRANTS AP Arthur Pont EJ Liz Johnson HM Harry MacInnes JL John Leach NUW Neville Usher-Wilson BENEFICE SERVICES The Benefices services for the remainder of 2006 are 3rd' December 10.30am Langford THE LECTIONARY 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 13.1-8 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 . 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. Debs Price THE RECTOR'S LETTER . Dear Friends 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 past. 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 our lives, is not only a duty, it is I believe a necessity. And supremely it is to remember the source of the values and power that has transformed countless men and women down the centuries. To remember that at the heart of the Christian 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! Harry MacInnes 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. Liz Johnson CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 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. Marjorie Barstow 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. Joy Ralph 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 Elizabeth Harfield FILKINS & DISTRICT ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Poppy Appeal 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 Christopher's School. 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. Remembrance Service 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. Newsletter This was circulated during October. Please contact the secretary, Andy Hoad (860388), if you have not received a copy. Jeremy Taylor REMEMBRANCE 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 be detected 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 The Cenotaph Not yet will those measureless fields be green again Where only yesterday the wild sweet blood of wonderful youth was shed; 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 column's head. And over the stairway, at the foot - oh! here, leave desolate, passionate hands to spread Violets, roses, and laurel, with the small, sweet, tinkling country things 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 face. Charlotte Mew (Written as the Cenotaph in Whitehall was built in 1919) 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 comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children. 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 Eve. `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. But finally: 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 children'. CALENDAR GIRL 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. Diane Blackett FROM THE REGISTERS HOLY BAPTISM 24th September Shilton Thomas Andrew Shaw 24th September Alvescot Kieran Oakey HOLY MARRIAGE 16th September Filkins James Maclay to Allison Steers 16`th September Langford James Andrew Hubbard to Anna Marie Milburn HOLY BURIAL 22nd September Oxford Crematorium Cecelia Menday of The Cotswold Home, aged 9l years 2nd October Alvescot Burial of Ashes of Vera (Gwen) Bevis aged 86 years ALVESCOT . St Peter's QUIZ 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 helped. Terry Morris FIREWORKS PARTY 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. Robert Lewin CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 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. Sue Morris THE FIREBIRD 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 the perfect producion for anyone and everyone over six years old. Prepare to be dazzled! 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. Liz Savage 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: 8th November 22nd November 13th December 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. Sharon Waters PILATES 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 Alma Tumilowicz 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. Sam King 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. Melanie Bryant BLACK BOURTON . St Mary's CHURCH FLOWERS 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. Christine Pope 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 mincepies. Doreen Hart 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. Marjorie Worth 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 be informed. Ann Sherriff BROADWELL . St Peter C- St Paul's FLOWER ROTA 5"' November June Goodenough 12`'' November June Goodenough After this, dried flowers for the weeks up to Christmas ANDREW AUGER 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 usual delicious. 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 grateful. June Goodenough 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! Anna Coull FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS . St Peter's 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. Sue Ashforth-Smith CINEMA 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 1927. Would anyone interested in opening their garden next June please contact me on 01367 60020. Karen Jobling SWINFORD MUSEUM 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 from you. Diane Blackett CONGRATULATIONS, LUVVIE! 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 summer school. 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. Barbara Bristow WI NEWS 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 serious. 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. Hilary Ward 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 year. Elizabeth Gidman ROSTER FOR VOLUNTARY CAR SERVICE TO SURGERIES Covering Filkins, Broughton Poggs, Broadwell, Kencot, Langford and L Faringdon 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 860319 Local surgery runs £2.00 Hospitals: Fairford & witney £6.00 Swindon & Cirencester £8.00 Oxford £10.00 At the JR, additional parking charges may have to be paid. New volunteers are always welcome, particularly for hospital runs. Tony Woodford PARISH COUNCIL Next Meeting 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 and comments. Cris Hoad HOLWELL . St Mary's 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 watercolour. 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. KELMSCOTT . St George's THE FIREBIRD 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). Laura Roberts 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 Jane Mime KENCOT . St George's 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. Jonathan Fyson CHURCH FLOWERS 4th & 11th' November Lesley Metcalfe 15th & 25th November Jenny Smith Advent No flowers HARVEST FESTIVAL 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). John Barstow ARRIVALS We welcome Ken & Gill Morrison and Allie Tweedale to Well Cottage and hope that they will have a long and happy stay with us. John Barstow 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. Bill Gasson 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. MA Barstow LANGFORD . St Matthew's CHURCH FLOWERS 5th & 12th November Mrs R Range 19th & 26th November Mrs D Lowden 30th November Advent (no flowers) CHURCH CLEANING Chancel & Porch Mr & Mrs D Range Nave Mrs C Macdonald & Mrs J Pitkin Brass Mrs S Herbert LANGFORD LADIES 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 November). 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 860294. Chrissy Tinson VILLAGE HALL 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 860811.) Jane Stevens WHIST 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. PRIZE BINGO 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 representative. Chrissy Tinson 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 parents. 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. Sarah Nisbett LITTLE FARINGDON . St Margaret's ORGANIST 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 on occasion. 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 (01367 252205). Jamie Abdy Collins HARVEST FLOWERS 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. SUPER SOIREE 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. BONFIRE PARTY 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 (Advent) 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. Barbara jobnson-Browne SHILTON . Holy Rood REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 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 service. 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. Jean Roberts 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. Jean Roberts 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!. Jean Roberts 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 841194. 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. Shirley Cuthbertson ... 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 service. Suggestions and ideas for other events always welcome. PARISH COUNCIL The last 2006 Parish Council meeting will take place on Wednesday 13"' December in Shilton. KEEP FIT 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. Lorna Walker. 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. Alan Lewis 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 824801. Sharon Howat 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 Ellis 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. Refreshments Available 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 email@example.com Kate Wakley THE FIREBIRD 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. Marion Ellis WESTWELL . St Mary's 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 Ranges... 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 season. 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`" December. 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 Christmas gifts. 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 growing project. 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 Helen Holden 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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`" December. 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 David Jones 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. Christine Pope [More about Terry and Graham's journey in the next issue of Parish Pump. Ed/. 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 raffle) • 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 advance. • For more details, or to book a stall, please call me now: 01993 822284. Kate Wakley NATURE NOTES . 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 things. 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 have proved 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 and other high city buildings. David Roberts 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 Potted Prawns This is a garlic rich Indian inspired version of potted prawns , this is delicious served hot or cold with a mango and watercress salad. 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 Salad 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 until needed 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 Clarified Butter 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 Kate Morley LETTERS . 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 welcome. 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 Bibilcal Trees 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 Andrew Augur. 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 Broadwell [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, Seigneur, 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 of winter. 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 onwards. 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. Anne Greenwood HAND (AND VOICES) ACROSS THE OCEAN . `Open your mouth, and throw yourself into it' says choirmaster Mike Clark... 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 carried away. 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 Worcester, Massachusetts. 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 thy might. 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 continue. 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 more: 11 Thou shalt follow the lead of the organ and choir and try to sing on pitch. 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. Mike Clark CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS (free for private ads) . Two Father Christmas outfits, including wigs and beards. Perfect condition. Extra large size. £40 each. 01993 824741 (l0am - 7pm) Motor cycle helmet. As new. Size XL.62. MDS coloured. £60. 01993 824741 Pair of curtains, each 90" drop 106" wide. Red and dark green with gold decoration. Lined and in good condition. A discretionary donation to Broadwell Church and they are yours for the asking. Ring Bronwen Mills on 01367 860086. Pony Saddle (141/2") deep seat, medium fit. Very good condition. £170.00 ono Tel 01367 860222 after 5.00 pm ADSL Voice Router. BT Broadband `Voyager 220v' router. Condition, as new. Was £25, now £18. Tel 01367 860339 .
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