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              The Clanfield What for May 2008

Issue Number 135

Copy Date for the June Issue:

Thursday 22nd May

A Little Out of Time
The radio controlled clock, so proudly erected on the north face of
the Carter Institute tower to mark the Millennium, was expected to
correct itself automatically keeping up with the change from
wintertime to summertime and vice versa.
Unfortunately relocation of the transmitter from the Midlands to
Cumbria has meant that the signal is now not powerful enough to
switch the time shown on the clock for receivers in some parts of
the country. The firm we used were warned that this might be true
for some areas but it seems the advice went unheeded as far as
„little ole Clanfield‟s is concerned. It means that our clock has been
giving us a „radio-controlled time‟ which is one hour adrift. Steve
Fletcher of Witney Clock Repair is looking into it for us and will
report in a few days time.
What this space.

What has been happening about the Flooding?
A good question. The answer is much paddling below the surface
but little to show at the moment.
The Councillors have held many meetings, written many letters
and been in regular touch with the District Council, 6 departments
of Oxfordshire County Council, the Oxfordshire Association of
Local Parishes, Thames Water, the Environment Agency, the
parishes of Black Bourton, Bampton, Brize Norton, the RAF, the
local farmers, other local landowners, Government researchers,
and our local MP and Government Ministers.
We had to understand what happened, why it happened and then
decide what needed to be done to stop it happening again, finally
get something done. The first points took quite a lot of time. The
Environment Agency has produced a poor report on Clanfield and
emphasise we are low priority compared with cities. The District
Council is producing a parish report in which we have had a major
input but they then have to put all their different parish reports
together, discuss them with the County Council, the Environment
Agency and others and agree priorities. Then they have to find
some money. This last point is a serious problem for there is no
extra Government money being made available. The £250
received by individual flooded householders and the £75,000
received by WODC to increase the number of their engineers and
develop a ditching team is all that has come from the Government.
The EU money looks to have so many strings attached to it it is
unlikely to help us. Our District Council says we shouldn‟t expect
project help from them until 2010-11! The Environment Agency say
their field workers clearing waterways in the area which includes
us have dropped from 25 to 9 over the last 6-7 years and there is
talk of further cuts.
This is the background against which we have been fighting.
Added to this is the Environment Agency bureaucracy of
environmental reports required to identify great crested newts,
voles and other minor species followed by detailed plans of what is
to be done, paid for permissions to proceed, 3 months‟ time span
and many forms, the threat of £20,000 fines, refusal to use
approved weed killers to cut out reeds and weeds etc.
So what has been achieved, what will happen?
The Environment Agency has said they will only clear the Clanfield
Brook once a year, so we will clear it at other times. Volunteers
wanted. Please put your name forward if you haven‟t done so.
The problem of the flooding of the Black Bourton Road bends must
be solved. We have had site meetings with Oxfordshire Highways,
Highway drainage, Countryside systems, Oxfordshire Bridges,
WODC and others. Everybody agrees the plan but where is the
money coming from? Something will happen but we‟re not sure
The Environment Agency said originally they would only clear out
the important Black Bourton Brook from the A4095 south to the
Thames flood plains. After much pressure they have agreed to
clear the whole Brook in May.
Many farmers have done wonders with their waterways, more
about that later.
What about the water that came down the Bampton Road, you
ask? Quite right. We have an agreed plan to help this but are
waiting for a local farmer to carry out his promise. More about this
later, hopefully.
The final point is that the Parish Council increased the precept in
the Local Rates this year (April 2008-9) to produce around £3,000
that will be ring-fenced and used to help, or carry out, flood
defence schemes in Clanfield.
As soon as we know something constructive is going to happen we
will put it in „WHAT?‟.
Parish Council.

Clanfield Woman’s Institute
The April meeting of Clanfield WI enjoyed an interesting and
stimulating talk by one of our own members, Kari Beardsall, on
Garden Design. Kari took up garden design following a move to a
house with a large garden and has now made it her second career.
Her knowledge and skills have advanced at such a pace that she
has had a garden design plan accepted for this year‟s prestigious
RHS Hampton Court Garden Show in July. Kari explained how her
design is inspired by the colours of the rainbow, and described the
evolution of her design through line drawings and computer
generated diagrams. It is fitting therefore that the nominated
charity for her design is the Rainbow Trust.
We also learned from Kari the importance of balance and
proportion when planning a garden as well as ensuring that the
garden harmonises with the house. Kari gave us many tips on how
optical illusions can be created through careful planning and use of
colour and illustrated her talk with many examples of wonderful
gardens by famous designers, including the local garden at Buscot
Park by Harold Peto. We all came away with great plans for our
own gardens and wish Kari every success in her bid for the Tudor
Rose award at the Show.
Now spring and, hopefully, the better weather is here, the daytime
walks start again, beginning with a walk through the bluebells on
Thursday 17 April. We will meet at the Clanfield Institute at
10:30am. The biannual group meeting is held that same evening at
Windmill Barn beginning at 7:30pm.
Our next meeting will be a super party to celebrate Clanfield WI‟s
90th birthday. This is being held on the anniversary date of Friday
9th May. Because of this, the usual meeting on the second Tuesday
in May has been cancelled.
Kathlyn Slack

St. Stephen’s Church
There have been changes at St. Stephen‟s in the last month: you
will probably have noticed one of them as the gateway has been
widened. This has been done so that it is easier to park on the
grassy ground between the road and the graveyard – which is the
church‟s “car-park”. A more significant change is that John
Greatrex has retired as churchwarden. We have been greatly
blessed by all his hard work for us over the years and are
extremely grateful to him. We are fortunate to have a capable
replacement in Liz Stevens and wish her all the best as she starts
her new role – I am sure that we will all support her as much as we
We would like to invite you all to join us for the Flower Festival on
Saturday 28th June in St. Stephen‟s. The theme will be nursery
rhymes and there will be activities for the children (and the
children-at-heart) and teas will also be available. More details in
the next issue!
Finally, if anyone would like to come to the drop-in lunch on a
Monday, but isn‟t able to get to Windmill Barn, please contact John
Greatrex (810609) who will organise a lift for you.

Services in May
Thursday 1st May:      Ascension Day 9.15am Holy Communion
                       Service led by our vicar David Lloyd.
Sunday 4th May:        10.30am Family Service led by Judith
Sunday 11th May:        9.15am Holy Communion service led by
                        our vicar, Rev. David Lloyd.
Sunday 18th May:        10.30am Holy Communion service led by
                        our vicar, Rev. David Lloyd – this is a
                        United Anglican and Methodist service,
                        celebrating the anniversary of the signing of
                        our covenant.
Sunday 25th May:        10.30am Family Service led by            the
                        Methodist minister, Rev. Ian Duffy.

Dates for your diary
28th – 29th June: Flower Festival weekend at St. Stephen‟s.
Bible study/prayer group: Meets every second Thursday at 2pm
at the Hilliers‟ (6 Busby‟s Close). Contact Judith (810474) for more
Every Monday: Monday lunches continue in the new location of
Windmill Barn (many thanks to Rosemary Pocock). Soup and a roll
available 12 noon – 1.30pm. Come along and make some new
friends! If you are able to help make soup or to serve lunch, please
come along and speak to one of the helpers – many hands make
light work!

Artweeks 2008
Artweeks, the annual visual arts festival for Oxfordshire, starts
again this month, now in its 27th year. There are exhibitions
throughout the county with free entry to all of them. It is a unique
opportunity to meet artists and craftsmen and talk about their work,
watch demonstrations and even have a go!
The county is split into three areas:
            South Oxfordshire       3rd ~11th May,
            North Oxfordshire       10th ~ 18th May
            City of Oxford          17th ~ 26th May.
Sites‟ opening times vary so detailed information on artists,
locations and opening times are available in the free Artweeks
Guide or see the website
We have four Artweeks sites local to us in Clanfield:
Site 97 Peter Farley painter, Brookside Cottage Clanfield
Site 98 Neville Crowson painter, Blomfield House Cote
Site 99 The West Ox Arts Gallery, Market Square Bampton is
holding an exhibition of seven distinguished artists work.
Site 100 Lesley Williams and Anna Lever ceramics and pottery, at
Stenton Cottage, 3 Bridge Street, Bampton.
At my site I am putting on an exhibition of paintings from a painting
trip I made to the Puglia region of Italy last August. I will be open
from 12.00pm -6.00pm every day from 10th - 18th May. Watch out
for the Artweek Flag, which shows when a venue is open. I hope
that many of you will come along and visit, not just my site, but
some of the other varied and interesting sites open during
Artweeks. The great thing is not to be intimidated by ART but come
and enjoy looking at what people have created - meeting artists in
their homes is a wonderful way to find out how they tick.
Peter Farley
Clanfield Emergency Plan
The first stage of this plan, to identify those who might be
vulnerable in the case of an emergency, is now well advanced and
the Chairman of the Parish Council, Glyn James, has the names of
some parishioners who would need help. If there are any others
please forward their names and details to Glyn at The Haven,
Manor Lane.
Other aspects of the plan are now being worked on. One of those
is that we wish to gather a list of volunteer helpers who would be
willing to help out in an emergency - whatever it may be and with
the usual provisos of availability. At the July flood there was an
enormous amount of help given by many outstanding people.
Could we include you on our volunteer list? Would you be willing to
help in times of need? Would all volunteers let me have their
names and phone numbers.
John Bowler.
The Old Barn, Bampton Road, Clanfield
Tel: 810622.
Dog Fouling
Unfortunately it is necessary to remind people in Clanfield about
their responsibilities for cleaning up the mess left by their dogs.
Recently there has been a large number of incidents of dog fouling
in the village, particularly alongside the footpath from the top green
through to the bottom green, past the pond and along the first part
of Marsh Lane. The grass verge outside the school has been
particularly badly affected as shown by the marker labels.
All of these areas are where people walk and children play. Two
years ago Clanfield won the last „Best Kept Village‟ competition,
with the judges commenting on how clean the village was. I‟m sure
everyone in the village
wants to keep it that way. If you are new to village with dogs, or
you‟ve recently acquired a dog please clean up after them and use
the bins provided. These are positioned regularly around the
Thank you in anticipation of a cleaner Clanfield.
Clanfield Parish Council
Clanfield CE Primary School
Welcome to Term 5; I hope you all had a restful break. This term is
a busy term with SAT Tests and school reports. Please remember
to check that you have the latest dates written in your diaries.
Easter Homework
– I would like to congratulate the children on their wonderful Easter
Gardens. We had 53 entries and the winners were: -
            Class 1:    Evie Gardener
            Class 2:    Mollie Kilfoyle
            Class 3:    Wilf Holdcroft
            Family:     Thomas + Lewis Jones
Easter Tombola – we sold 113 tickets and raised £98.00. Thank
you to everyone who contributed.
Parking – We still receive complaints about inconsiderate parking
along Main Street. One of the residents from Wicks Close recently
wrote an article in the „WHAT highlighting this problem. Please
park and walk from either the lorry park or from the Tavern. A short
brisk walk in the morning is not only a healthier option but it also
helps to clear the mind. Thank you.
Urgent Request - A parent has asked me to appeal to EVERY
FAMILY to check their children‟s hair for lice and/or nits. The family
have been battling to rid themselves of headlice for most of the
year. This seems to be a bigger problem currently in Classes 2 and
3. We are at the start of the term and if everyone checked their
children this week and treated any infected heads over the
weekend we could be a NIT FREE school by Monday! Please,
please, please be a responsible parent and check your family‟s
hair. Thank you.

School Vacancies
Relief Lunchtime Supervisor - We are looking to appoint someone
to cover the very occasional absence of either of our lunchtime
supervisors. Most of the cover will be planned in advance. The
duties will involve supervising the children while they eat their
lunch and enjoy their playtime. Salary will be Grade1 on the pay
scale. The hours are 12 noon to 1pm. £6.72 – 6.96 hourly rate
Caretaker (5 hours p/week) Term Time Only - We are looking to
appoint a practical person from 1st June 2008. Daily duties will
include unlocking the premises, testing the fire alarm system,
replenishing hand towels/toilet rolls, etc. In addition to the daily
routine the Caretaker is also responsible for the occasional
unlocking/locking of the premises for contractors during school
holidays – overtime will be paid for any holiday work. Salary will be
Grade 3 on the pay scale. 5 hours p/week before school opens.
£7.48 – 8.13 hourly rate
Please call 01367 810257 for more details and an application form.
PTA News & Events
On behalf of the PTA I would like to thank everyone for their Gift
Aid contributions over the period 01/04/07 – 31/03/08. The amount
we are able to reclaim is £4304.72.
As you know we are able to reclaim 28% of all donations received
for trips, etc. over the last 3 years parents have been very
supportive and our claims have increased as follows: -
             2005/06             £809.77
             2006/07             £2416.61
             2007/08             £4304.72
Thank you for your continued support.
In addition to your Gift Aid donations you can help support our
school in TWO simple steps: -
1) Make your homepage and raise money for
   CLANFIELD PTA whenever you search the web.
   ( It doesn’t
   cost you or us a penny, so it is a great way to help
   CLANFIELD PTA every day. What’s more, Everyclick is
   supported by the National Confederation of Parent Teacher
   Associations (NCPTA).
2) Add the school web shop to your favourites
   ( The school web shop is a
   great way to get some fantastic online bargains, find cheaper
   gas and electricity services and even book a holiday.
   Remember, anything you buy through our webshop will help
   towards our fundraising targets. You pay exactly the same
   price as on the retailers main sites, often lower than on the
   high street. The commission earned comes out of the retailers
   profit margin - it is their marketing spend.
WOW – Walk Once a Week - To build on the success of our Walk
to School Weeks we have joined the WOW initiative. We would like
as many children in the school as possible to take part. If the whole
school could commit to walk just once a week this would be a huge
step towards achieving our Green Flag.
What do you need to do?
You need to choose a day in the week which will be your family
Walk to School Day. If you walk everyday we will mark your card
on a Wednesday.
Complete this slip to say that you are committed to Walk Once a
Week (or more if you are able)
Get walking and make sure your teacher completes your card
when you have walked to school. At the end of the month those
children who have walked each week will receive a special badge.
There are 3 to collect before the end of the school year!
Good Luck and Good Health!
Please check the school            site   on    a    regular   basis

Primary School Forthcoming Events
Quiz Night
            The Plough, Clanfield (9th May at 7.30pm)
                     Teams of up to 6 adults
   Tickets cost £7.50 per person and include a 2-course dinner
The winning team will each get a complimentary lunch at the
Plough and a bottle of wine. Please do try to make time in your
busy schedule for what promises to be a great evenings

End of Year Social
   The Plough, Clanfield (Sun 20th July from 4.30pm onwards)
           Tickets include a buffet meal comprising: -
         BBQ – Sausages, Steaks, Burger and Salads
   Selection of salads, new potatoes, and roasted vegetables
                          plus a dessert
                     Tickets are priced at: -
                         £8.50 per adult
         £2.00 (Clanfield E Primary School pupils only)
               £4.50 all other children aged 6-12yrs
                           Under 5s free.

Spring may be in the air but with our British weather winter can still
unexpectedly pop up every now and then. Whilst it‟s always nice to
see the dull grey days replaced with longer evenings, more
sunlight, extra warmth in the air, blossom and new leaves on the
trees, for some of us there‟s nothing like a bit of snow to bring out
the inner child in us all…..

Following the underage drinking operations, there has been a
significant reduction in the number of teenagers with alcohol on the
streets and the neighbourhood teams will be continuing to clamp
down on this. The district has also been suffering from lead thefts,
which is on the rise nationally as the cost of scrap metal increases.
This month has seen a slight increase in tension between young
children in Bampton. There seems to be some bullying going on
which we now believe we have a grip of. However if it starts up
again then please let us know.
We heard of some tensions arising between rival groups of youths
between Carterton and Bampton. This came to light the weekend
before Easter and rumour told us that a fight would take place in
Carterton over the Easter weekend. I am pleased to say the main
ringleaders were spoken to before the weekend and nothing
occurred. However, we would like to take this opportunity to warn
individuals that if they do get involved in this type of behaviour they
will find themselves arrested and sitting in a police cell. This
behaviour will not be tolerated in any of our towns or villages.
PCSO Angela Alford holds a regular surgery in Bampton now, not
just for the residents of Bampton but for all surrounding villages.
Angela is only too pleased to have people pop in for a chat and
discuss any concerns that they may have.
If you have information or queries related to anything in this update
then please contact the neighbourhood team on 08458 505 505 or

New Loo’s
Major refurbishment of the public conveniences in Bampton are
now complete.
The two new modern facilities are unisex and include self-
contained cubicles and baby changing facilities. One of the units
has access for those with disabilities and is fully compliant with the
Disability Discrimination Act. They are both coin-operated in a bid
to cut down on vandalism and misuse.
Refurbishing the Bampton public conveniences has cost £65,000
and is part of a major refurbishment programme across the district
costing a total of £819,000. Better cleaning and maintenance of
the toilets was also highlighted, and more frequent cleaning now
takes place.

Property marking with a difference
A DNA marking system that helps to deter distraction burglars is
being offered to residents by the West Oxfordshire Community
Safety Partnership.
The Selecta DNA kits, manufactured by Selectamark Security
Systems, can be used to mark items from war medals, jewellery
and pictures to passports and birth certificates. Unique microdot
codes, which can only be viewed with an ultra-violet lamp once dry,
are pasted onto the item. The code of numbers and letters can
then be detected and cross-checked on a database held by the
police if the items are found after being stolen. The microdots can
only be removed by severely damaging or destroying the item but
if the microdots should be destroyed the property‟s owner can still
be traced as the solution has a unique synthetic DNA strand.
Some kits have already been provided free to residents that have
been identified as most vulnerable but the Community Safety
Partnership is now making them available to anyone. They come
with full instructions and are very easy to use. They usually sell for
£49 each but are on offer for £15. Each kit can security mark up to
100 items. Window stickers, similar to the Neighbourhood Watch
stickers, are provided to display and deter potential burglars.
Anyone interested in purchasing a kit should contact Bill Butcher
on 01993 861638.
Bus Timetables
Clanfield Pre-school
For children in the age range 2½–5 at the Methodist Church Hall.
Open every Monday to Friday from 8.45am - 2.45pm during term-
time. You can still phone either Jane Brown or Karen Cahill on
01367 810365

Clanfield Baby & Toddlers
At Friars Court, Clanfield from 9.30 until 11.30am. Contact Karina
01367 810397

Women’s Institute
Meetings are held every second Tuesday in the month at 7.30 p.m.
in the Carter Institute. Notices giving details of the meeting will be
on display in the Post Office and village notice boards. All
welcome. Contact Ann Irvin, Thistle Dew, Bushey Drive Tel: 01367

Mobile Library Service
The Mobile Library will visit Clanfield every other Thursdays; by the
Church from 1:00pm to 1:15pm then Queens Crescent 2:20pm to

Bell Ringing
Practice night each Wednesday from 7.30 - 9.00 pm at St.
Stephen‟s Church.
New ringers always welcome. Contact Tower Captain: Catherine
Bernard 01367 810587 or Deputy: Ian Kenworthy 01367 810577
Snooker Club
6 pm – 10 pm every Tuesday, Thursday & Friday evening, upstairs
in the Carter Institute. Contact Tony Harrison on 810449.

Belly Dancing
Every Sunday evening in the Clanfield Football Club from 7.30-
8.30pm – exercise with a difference! Suitable for all abilities; bring
soft shoes and a sense of humour!! Call Karen on 810680
    Monday Drop-in Lunches
Drop in to Windmill Barn every Monday 12.00pm - 1.30pm
(excluding Bank Holidays) and you can be assured of a warm
welcome! Homemade soup and a roll, coffee/tea and biscuits.
Contact John Greatrex - 810609
    Historical Society
Meets on the third Tuesday of the month between October and
May at 7.30 pm at Windmill Barn.
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