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FROM THE EDITOR
T he summer seems to have raced by and we are well on our way to autumn.
I think we’ve just about got over our summer holiday style jet lag; six
whole weeks of teenage sleeping patterns where we we rise and retire only
when the hour is in double figures. It’s a bit of a culture shock having to launch
oneself out of bed at some unearthly hour when only owls are awake. In the
space of what seems like 5 minutes I go from lovely snooze straight into making
packed lunches and trying to piece together enough clothes for one whole PE kit,
whilst checking we have done homework and consuming valuable caffeine. I
would say this is an achievement but when I asked Toby this morning if he could
manage to put his coat on whilst sucking his thumb (surely a tricky combination)
he looked at me rather condescendingly it must be said and told me: ‘I’m multi
tasking’ Oh, well ok then, that told me!
Still, we seem to have acclimatised and are enjoying the change of season. I think
we might have peaked a bit too early though, as the annual Grand Unveiling of
the Hot Water Bottles seems to have happened sooner than usual.
Autumn is always a beautiful time, when you don’t have to sweep up leaves as it
might disrupt hedgehogs, you can eat lots of leftover cougette-turned-into-
marrow soup, and drag out the woolly jumpers (if they haven’t been moth
chomped that is!).
Another popular autumnal pastime is running around trying to find some nice
plonkers. However rude this might sound, it is merely our favourite new word
for the fruit of the horse chestnut tree. One of our smaller Filkins residents
introduced us to the term last year and it has stuck. The possibilities for funny
sentences are endless, and do make me chuckle on a cold day.
I’m looking forward to the fireworks and Harvest Festivals, and sitting in front of
the stove watching the fire. Makes such a change from the telly, and often a lot
Parish and Benefice Services 4
Around the Villages 10
Around the Region 30
A Decorative Life 35
Growing Older 40
Very Important Notices 41
(Cover Illustration by Richard Heywood Coyle who can be reached on 01562 882748)
THE RECTOR’S LETTER
I did enjoy hearing Alister McGrath talking to Jon Snow on Channel 4 news last
month, and felt very privileged that he gives us three Sundays a month in this
Benefice. On the 23rd November at 6.30pm, Alister is giving a lecture at
Broadwell Church with the title ‘Why God won't go away: Reflections on Richard
Dawkins’s God Delusion’. As Alister is both a very good scientist and an erudite
theologian, he speaks with immense authority on the current debate about
Science and Faith. Himself a former atheist, far from being intimidated by some
of the recent claims made by Stephen Hawking, or for that matter by Richard
Dawkins, he revels in exposing the weakness of some of their arguments. He
loves showing that it is not quite as easy to get rid of God as some of them seem
I'm glad that he can do it, because, not being a scientist, I can't. But there are so
many things that leave me convinced, not only that there is a wonderful God
behind all or creation, but that he continues to love us in a way which is stunning.
Looking again at the much loved Psalm 23 that is often used at funerals and
weddings, I become aware that even three thousand years ago, a man had realised
that the love and commitment to his sheep that he had as a Shepherd, was a tiny
picture of the passion and care our Creator has for each of us. It soothed his
anxieties. ‘I shall not be in want’ he says ‘because the Lord is my Shepherd’. As
Jesus was to say to his disciples ‘Stop worrying about the necessities of life; the
flowers of the field and the birds of the air live by the generosity of their creator,
and you are so much more valuable to him than they’!
‘He restores my soul’ he goes on. When he was tense and tired, he was brought
to a place of rest and refreshment, ‘He leads me in the paths of righteousness’. In
a society in which there were so many lies and immoralities, he was given an
honesty and integrity of life that shone out. In the worst that life could bring ‘I
walk through the valley of the shadow of death... I know that you are with me’
The worst thing that the denial of God brings is a sense of the futility of life.
That ultimately there is no future, no point, no meaning, no purpose, however
much we try to live as if there were. There was a time when Spain stamped on
her coins the Pillars of Hercules with the inscription ‘Ne Plus Ultra’, meaning No
More Beyond. That is what many people think, nothing on the other side of the
blank wall of death and if the end of life is nothing, then life itself is nothing. But
the picture can change. In Spain it did. Columbus discovered a new world far
beyond the pillars of Hercules. So the government deleted the Ne, and left the
Plus Ultra, meaning More Beyond. There is so much more beyond all that the
scientists can say, and beyond this Universe itself, there is this: God is Love.
PARISH AND BENEFICE SERVICES OCTOBER
1st Sunday 3rd October Trinity XVIII
10.30am Langford Harvest Festival HM
11.30am Broadwell Harvest Festival PW
6.00pm Shilton Harvest Festival HM
2nd Sunday 10th October Trinity XIX
9.00am Alvescot Holy Communion PW
9.00am Broadwell Holy Communion NUW
9.00am Westwell/Holwell Holy Communion HM
10.00am Filkins Harvest Thanksgiving Family Service PW
10.30am Shilton Parish Communion & Children’s EJ
11.00am Little Faringdon Harvest Festival HM
6.00pm Black Bourton Harvest Festival with Choir HM
6.00pm Kencot Evensong NUW
3rd Sunday 17th October Trinity XX
9.00am BBourton/Alvescot Holy Communion NUW
9.00am Holwell Holy Communion AM
10.30am Alvescot Celebration of Baptism incl. Baptism HM
10.30am Langford Parish Communion AM
10.30am Kelmscott Harvest Festival PW
6.00pm Broughton Poggs Evensong HM
6.00pm Westwell Evensong PW
4th Sunday 24th October Bible Sunday
9.00am Shilton Holy Communion AM
9.00am Kencot Holy Communion HM
10.30am Alvescot/BBourton Family Communion & Baptism AM
10.30am Filkins Family Communion & Baptism HM
10.30am Broadwell Matins EJ
11am Lt Faringdon Parish Communion PW
6.00pm Holwell/Westwell Evensong PW
6.00pm Langford Evensong HM
5th Sunday 31st October All Saints Day
9.00am Langford Holy Communion PW
10.30am Kencot Parish Communion AM
10.30am Broadwell Family Service PW
6.00pm Alvescot/BBourton Thanksgiving Service/All Saints EJ
1st Sunday 7th November Third before Advent
10.30am Westwell Benefice Communion & Choir HM/AM
6.00pm Kencot Benefice Evensong PW
Weds 6th October Black Bourton Holy Communion EJ
Weds 13th October Black Bourton Holy Communion HM
Weds 20th October Black Bourton Holy Communion EJ
Weds 27th October Black Bourton Holy Communion PW
Weds 3rd November Black Bourton Holy Communion HM
1st Sunday 3rd October Trinity XVIII (Green)
Habakuk 1.1-4 & Psalm 37.1-9 2 Timothy 2.8-15 Luke 17.5-10
2nd Sunday 10th October Trinity XIX (Green)
2 Kings 5.1-3,7-15 Psalm 111 2 Timothy 2.8-15 Luke 17.11-19
3rd Sunday 17th October Trinity XX (Green)
Genesis 32.22-31 Psalm 121 2 Timothy 3.14-4.5 Luke 18.1-8
4th Sunday 24th October Bible Sunday (Green)
Psalm 119.1-16 Jeremiah 36.9-32 Romans 10.5-17 Matthew 22.34-40
5th Sunday 31st October All Saints Day (Gold/White)
Daniel 7. 1-3, 15-18 Psalm 149 Ephesians 1.11-23 Luke 6.20-31
1st Sunday 7th November Third before Advent (Green)
Job 19.23-27 Psalm 17.1-9 2 Thessalonians 2.1-5, 13-17 Luke 20.27-38
FROM THE REGISTERS
26th Sept Alvescot Samuel Ainslie (born 28th March 2004)
Finnian Ainslie (born 19th March 2008)
14th Sept Langford Mr Sidney Reynolds
(died 3rd September 2010, aged 84)
18th Sept Black Bourton Luke Viner & Natasha Cantwell
25th Sept Holwell Andrew Spriggle & Kelly Durnin
Black Bourton Darrell Mitchell & Claire Monahan
Alvescot Mark Baker & Shelley Simmons
Filkins Keith Crothers & Sarah Hamling
If you have children between the ages of 3 and 12 and would like to come along,
we meet every second Sunday of the month at 10.15am in the Village Hall in
Shilton for about 40 minutes of fun and creative Christian based activities before
we join the main body of the church for the Parish Communion Service. Give
me a call on 01993 847049 or The Rev’d Harry MacInnes on 01993 845954.
SUNDAY SERVICE IN THE METHODIST CHURCH
There is a service every Sunday at 3.00pm in the Methodist Church.
BIBLE STUDY GROUP
WOMEN OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
September 20th A sinful woman Forgiveness (Luke 7:36-50)
October 4th The Canaanite woman Prayer (Matthew 15:21-28)
October 18 th Mary and Martha Grief (John 11:1-44)
November 1 st Lydia Faith (Acts 16:6-15)
November 15 th Priscilla Leadership (Acts18:1-4, 18-28)
November 29 th Elizabeth Promise (Luke 1:5-25, 39-45)
December 13 th Mary Trust (Luke 1:26-38, 45-56)
We shall be meeting on Monday afternoons from 2.00pm to 3.30pm at 11 Oakey
Close, Alvescot. You are most welcome to join us call 01993 846169
SHILTON BAPTIST CHAPEL
Judge Not Romans chapter 2 verses 1-4
Remember that just going to church does not make you a
Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car!
A Christian friend of mine asked me to share this poem:
I was shocked, confused, bewildered,
As I entered Heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights, or its decor,
But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me splutter and gasp –
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics and the ‘trash’.
There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch box twice,
Next to him was my old neighbour
Who never said anything nice.
Bob, who I always thought
Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine
And looking incredibly well!
I nudged Jesus, ‘What’s the deal?
I would love to hear Your take –
How’d all these sinners get up here?
God must have made a mistake!
And why is everyone so quiet,
So sombre? – give me a clue.’
‘Hush, child,’ He said,
‘They’re all in shock –
No-one thought they’d be seeing YOU!!’
Something else to remember: Every saint has a PAST. Every sinner has a
FUTURE. Aristotle once said: It is possible to fail in many ways...while to
succeed is possible only in one way.I finish with another poem:
If your lips would keep from slips,
Five things observe with care:
Of whom you speak,
To whom you speak,
And how, and when and where.
Make your words sweet , you never know when you may have to eat them!
Preachers for October
3rd October Informal service
10th October Graham Sparrowhawk followed by communion
17th October Mike & Chris Barrett
24th October Barry Shepherd
31st October Sue Barnes
We would be very pleased to see visitors at any of our services.
We are starting our Souper Tuesdays again on 5th October in the Old School
from 12.00 noon until 1.30pm. You would be very welcome.
O ur next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th October in the Methodist
Church Schoolroom at 3.00pm. The speaker will be Mrs Janet Mansell
of Carterton. Refreshments will be provided as usual. All are welcome.
BENEFICE COUNCIL MEETING
Wednesday 3rd November at 6.30pm at the Wildlife Park. Do join us for drinks
and nibbles from 6.00pm. Any items for the agenda need to be received before
the standing committee meeting at 12 noon on 5th October at Shilton Rectory.
FILKINS AND DISTRICT ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
T his will be held at St Peter’s Church Filkins on
Sunday 14th November. The Act of
Remembrance and laying of wreaths will take
place at the village memorial prior to the service.
Further details will be included in the next issue of the
Parish Pump. As has been the case in recent years, a
Field of Remembrance will be set up at the village
memorial to enable individuals to remember those who
were known to them who have died as a result of war.
Small wooden crosses will be available from village
Poppy Appeal representatives and at the Memorial
before the Act of Remembrance.
Branch Committee Meeting
The next meeting will be held at the 5 Alls on Tuesday 5th October at 7.30pm.
This will be held on Tuesday 2nd November in the 5 Alls Filkins. All members
will be most welcome to attend.
T his year’s Poppy Appeal will take
place from Saturday 30th October
until Saturday 13th November.
Village collectors will be making house-to
house collections during this period. Please
give them every support as they brave the
elements on behalf of this essential fund-
raising appeal that supports the welfare of
ex-servicemen and their dependants. Last
year the Broadshire villages donated almost
£2,500 towards this Appeal. It would be
marvellous if we can raise even more this
year as the demands for help increase with an ageing population that served in
the Second World War and the large number of more recent servicemen, who
have been casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Many of them, or
their families, require considerable help during these difficult times. Boxes will
also be available at the usual static points in the villages.
Rachel Taylor (Poppy Appeal Organizer)
ROUND OUR VILLAGES
The 15 villages that make up the 11 parishes in the Shill
& Broadshire Benefice are lively places. Every month
there are dozens of events organized by the many local
organizations that flourish here.
We are pleased to report on every event that has happened,
and to publicise all those that are to come.
We try to incorporate all the many contributions we
receive, but please accept that we can not always advertise
your particular event in the way you would like.
But please do keep sending us all your Village News.
We have two special Church services planned for this month, both celebrating
common services and use of the church as part of our Alvescot 900 celebrations.
A Celebration of Baptism - Sunday 17th October at 10.30 This also includes a
baptism of a village family. We will re-affirm our own baptism, and remember
those who have been baptised in St Peter’s in the past and in recent years.
A Thanksgiving Service for those we have loved and have lost. Sunday 31st
October at 6.00 pm. Come along to remember those you have lost; a partner,
parent, child, family member or friend. Individuals can be named or remembered
privately. This will be a gentle, informal service of poems, prayers and songs.
FUNDRAISING FOR ST PETER’S CHURCH
St Peter’s is raising money for damp and renovation work and is selling
Christmas cards and preserves and chutneys etc on two days in October. On the
morning of the 9th there is the annual charity card sale in the hall under the
Methodist Church in Burford and on Saturday 23rd we will be having a stall under
the Tolsey in Burford.If you would like to find out more about the sales or our
Christmas cards please contact me on 01993 842435.
This year we had over 200 entries to our show, including several new exhibitors.
Congratulations to Mr Tony Lewis of Alvescot for winning the overall prize for
the exhibitor with the most points.
Our thanks to all the Alvescot Ladies who helped run this successful event and
to Mrs Ellen Parker for making us a delicious lunch, also our two judges who
return each year to support us. Our raffle made a marvellous total of £175.00 for
Helen & Douglas House. Thanks to those who supported this worthy cause.
VILLAGE HALL QUIZ
There is a quiz in the village Hall on Saturday 2 nd October in the Village Hall so
book this date in your diary. Calling Terry 01993 842135 can reserve tickets. The
£7.00 Ticket price includes a delicious supper and there will be a Bar. The
evening will start at 7.30pm
On Wed 6th October I will be giving a Flower arranging demonstration, anybody
who would like to come will be very welcome (entrance £1.50) please ring me on
01993 842135 for more information.
ST PETER’S INFANTS SCHOOL
It has been a lovely start to the new
school year at St Peter’s. Staff and
children have returned to school with
great excitement and have settled quickly
to the daily routines of school life. We
have welcomed 23 children, who have
started school in our Foundation Stage
Class, and we hope that they and their families soon become fully involved in the
life of the school.
The building works have progressed well during the Summer; children and staff
are delighted with their newly refurbished classroom. The development of the
original school building to create a hall space and new classroom is going well
and we are on schedule for the Year 2 children to move into their new classroom
at the end of October. We are hoping to hold an official opening of the new
building and would like to invite anyone who would like to come and see the new
building to drop in on the afternoon of 19th November, from 2.00pm.
The school will hold its annual Harvest Festival service at St Peter’s Church on
Wednesday 13th October at 1.30 and all are welcome to join us. On Friday 15 th
October the school will be holding a Harvest Lunch with soup and bread,
available for £1.00, to raise money for ‘Feed the Children’ so if you would like to
drop in for lunch, please do so, between 12.30 and 1.00pm.
The Gift Evening this year will be on Friday 12 th November, so don’t miss the
chance of getting your Christmas shopping done early and avoiding the
Christmas rush. Tickets will be available from the school office. The school’s
annual Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday 4 th December from 2.00pm.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ALBEMARLE V1782
This year, the date for the RAF Association’s annual Memorial Service at Mill
Farm, fell on the Friday of the August Bank Holiday, never a great day to be on
the roads especially when so many of those attending make long journeys to be
here. But they were not going to be put off, and there was enormous support this
year, on the 66th anniversary, which was wonderful for those family members and
friends of the crew that did attend. Station Commander, Group Captain D.A.
Stamp MA RAF of RAF Brize Norton took the salute and Squadron Leader Nick
Lilley of 99 Sqn. also attended, along with members of 2267 Sqn Air Cadets. It
was a very simple but profoundly moving occasion and to hear the young bugler
from the Air Cadets playing the Last Post and then Reveille was very stirring. Tea
afterwards is an opportunity for the fascinating exchange of memories and
stories. Huge thanks always to the organisers and those that attend.
IN THE PINK
Sandie Morris and I would like to thank all the helpers and everyone who
supported a very happy Coffee Morning, including donations. We will be sending
£476.00 to Breast Cancer Research. Many, many thanks.
There will be a Harvest Lunch of soups, bread, fruit and cheeses at the Church
on Saturday 9th October noon to 2.00pm. Everyone welcome, donations to the
fabric fund. The Harvest Service will be at 6.00pm Sunday 10th October.
St Peter & St Paul’s
October 3rd (harvest) Robina Lockyer
October 10th Robina Lockyer
October 17th, 24th, 31st Julia Munsey
All systems GO for the harvest lunch Sunday Oct 3rd hope lots will come and it
should be the usual great success!
‘WHY GOD WON'T GO AWAY’
Reflections on Richard Dawkins’s God Delusion
Lecture by The Rev’d Dr Alister McGrath 23rd November will take place in the
Church at 6.30pm The Lecture will last for an hour and a quarter, which will
include time for questions.
We have been sent this account of some very successful fundraising for the
Kencot/Broadwell playground. It goes like this....
The average inhabitant of Vatican City drinks 88 bottles of wine per year; this is
the highest consumption per capita, of the world. Britain comes in 34 th place,
with a rather weak 40 bottles per head. The Wine Tasting and Quiz at Manor
Barn on Sunday 29th August did its bit to boost the national average. For
charitable reasons also the evening was declared a great success, all of the
£540.00 raised goes to the Porter Trust, whose aim is to keep the Kencot and
Broadwell playground in good order. The money will cover annual insurance and
maintenance costs and, together with last year's fundraising, will contribute
towards the imminent installation of a roundabout. The cost of this is huge, and
would not have been possible without also a grant from the Oxfordshire
Community Foundation, which is most welcome.
Thank you to all who worked to prepare for the tasting, to Waitrose for giving
the cheese, to all who came, and to those who could not come but very
generously donated. Also for the use of Manor Barn, which is so good for these
occasions. It was a fun evening, and will help to keep the playground swinging
and spinning (and your heads by the sound of it….Ed)
NEWS FROM BROADSHIRES PRESCHOOL
Welcome to the start of the Autumn Term at
Broadshires Pre-School and to all the many new families
joining us for the first time. We are now open five
mornings a week for the older children, who will have an
opportunity to stay for an extended session on Mondays
after Christmas. There are also four sessions running
Tuesday-Friday for the younger children. As a result of
our increased hours we are pleased to introduce Michelle
Baldry, our new member of staff who has joined our
team, a big welcome to you too!
There has been much activity at the pre-school over the summer holiday. The
interior of the school has been refurbished including extra sinks, new toilet
facilities and a new lick of paint! We would like to thank all the parents who
helped to clear the furniture in preparation for the work and those who helped to
return and set up the resources in time for the start of term. The more observant
of you will have noticed some wooden posts erected in our garden these form
part of our new covered sandpit which was also installed over the summer. The
children can't wait to explore in their wellies and enjoy our fabulous outdoor area
as much as possible. Another thank you to parents who have volunteered to
mow, prune, weed and keep our garden in check this year, your help is very much
Our topic this term is called Shape and Colour. This theme will be reflected in
our activities including traditional stories, counting songs, art and craft and
outdoor play. In art the children will be mixing paint, exploring various painting
techniques, printing and collage. In our home corner we have an interesting
display of concave and convex plastic mirrors set in brightly coloured sponge
frames. these were purchased along with a giant tray for sand and gravel play and
cooking utensils, with the Sainsbury's vouchers.
For further information about Broadshires Pre-School or to enquire about a
place for your child, please contact Jackie Overton(supervisor) on 01367 860729.
The Parish Pump would like to offer sincere apologies to those who were
offended by the article in last month’s Pump entitled ‘Broadwell at War’ and for
any inaccuracies therein. It is noted that any inconsideration to villagers during
the film was not intentional, and was the responsibility of the film crew, not of
the household who provided the location for the film.
FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS
Oct 3rd Mary Cover Oct 24th Michele Heath
Oct 10th Harvest Oct 31st Michele Heath
Oct 17th Mary Cover
HARVEST BREAKFAST & THANKSGIVING FAMILY SERVICE
Do come and join us for a Harvest Breakfast at St. Peter’s Church, Filkins on
Sunday 10th October at 9.00am. Following the breakfast there will be a Harvest
Thanksgiving Family Service at 10.00am. All are welcome. Tickets for the
breakfast are available from the Post Office, Village Shop and Woollen Weavers.
Adults £6.00 & children £3.00. All proceeds raised will go towards ‘Farm Africa’.
STILL WEARING YOUR LEG
WARMERS AND SHOULDER
If not want somewhere to go in them?
Fab 80’s disco in the Village Hall from
8.00pm til late. Mid November (date TBA
in next issue) Tickets will be available from
mid October. Pay Bar
St Filica Society
FILKINS BOWLS CLUB
A huge thank you from the members of the Bowls Club to everyone who
supported this year’s Flower and Vegetable Show. 54 competitors and 361 entries
made it a most enjoyable day. The cup winners are:
Flower Cup Kathy Scourfield
Vegetable Cup David Chapman
Cookery Cup Patricia Barber
The game of bowls is an established tradition in Filkins. If you think you may like
to become a member next year then please contact Ronnie Morris on 01993
212889 and we will be in touch next spring.
FILKINS NURSERY UPDATE
The Autumn term is well under way and our new
children have quickly become familiar with their new
environment and routine. French is now taking place
every Monday afternoon, with dance/yoga on
Thursday afternoons fortnightly and Saltbox Music on
Tuesday afternoons fortnightly. We have an ever-increasing After-School Club
this term, with 3 new children joining us from St Peter’s School, Alvescot, it is so
nice to remain in contact with our pre-school leavers as they return for after-
We have a photographer visiting nursery during the mornings of Thursday 21st
October and Friday 22nd October. Ian Taylor has been photographing pre-school
and nursery school children since 1997 and has considerable experience in getting
good photographs of 0-5 year olds. With no change to the normal nursery
routine he photographs the children while they are playing, working and
interacting. These black & white, relaxed, candid photographs of the children in
the safe school environment can then be viewed as contact prints and orders
placed accordingly. We look forward to seeing these more informal photographs.
We continue to promote the professional development of our staff. This month
we are travelling all over the county to update our knowledge in First Aid,
Safeguarding Children, Equality and Diversity, Speech and Language
Development, English as an Additional Language, to name but a few.
October half-term begins on Monday 25th October when Holiday Club will be
open between 8.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Do ring well in advance on
01367 860594 to book a place or to enquire as to the holiday activities.
ROSTER FOR VOLUNTARY CAR SERVICE TO LOCAL SURGERIES
Covering the villages of Filkins, Brougton Poggs, Langford, Little Faringdon,
Kencot and Broadwell (All telephone codes 01367)
5th Oct Mrs M Cover 860302 7th Oct Mrs A Dossett- 860357
12th Oct Mrs F Shrouder 860053 14th Oct Miss H Squire 860337
19th Oct Mrs J Geake 860534 21st Oct Lady Allison 860787
26th Oct Mr A Woodford 860319 28th Oct Mr A Woodford 860319
2nd Nov Mrs A Dossett- 860357 4th Nov Mrs M Cover 860302
9th Nov Mrs C Woodford 860319 11th Nov Miss H Squire 860357
16th Nov Mrs F Shrouder 860053 18th Nov Mr A Woodford 860319
23rd Nov Lady Allison 860787 25th Nov Miss H Squire 860337
30th Nov Mrs J Geake 860534
Charges: Surgery Runs: Carterton, Lechlade and Burford - £2.00. Fairford &
Witney - £5.00. Hospital Runs: Cirencester and Swindon - £8.00, Cheltenham
and Oxford - £10.00)(plus Parking Charge if paid)
Patients should notify the nominated driver at least 24 hours in advance of their
appointment. The Surgery service only covers appointments up to 4 pm on
Tuesdays and Thursday. All users of the service must be able to make their way
to and from the car unaided. For all runs other than those to Carterton, Burford
and Lechlade please contact 01367 860319.
FILKINS POST OFFICE
Telephone: 01367 860620 Opening hours
Day Morning Afternoon
Monday 9.00am to 12.30pm 1.00pm to 5.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am to 12.30pm Closed
Wednesday Closed Closed
Thursday 9.00am to 12.30pm Closed
Friday Closed 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Do please remember that minutes and notices of meetings are displayed on the
notice boards in the bus shelter, in Broughton Poggs in the Village Shop, and in
the Post Office. There is a more comprehensive file of Parish Council bumph in
the Cotswold Woollen Weavers Coffee Shop.
Many of us have a copy of Norman James’ ‘Recollections of Holwell and
Bradwell Grove’, a wonderful memoir by a lovely man who spent all his working
life at Bradwell Grove and lived in Pear Tree Cottage in Holwell, until his death
Norman and his wife Doris had two sons, Geoff and Des, who always remained
very close. Recently Geoff rang with the sad news that Des had died on 4 th
September 2010, aged 75, after a long battle with asbestos-related lung disease.
Born in 1935, Des spent his early life in Holwell and after National Service in
North Africa (delayed because of his apprenticeship), he worked for Pethers at
Burford for many years. He moved to Ducklington and married Christine in 1965
and they had four children, all of whom survive him. Des frequently visited
Holwell, where his parents are buried as you approach the Church door, and he
always loved Holwell as the scene of his happy childhood, and the foundation of
his full and happy life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Des’s family, especially
Christine and the children.
WELL, WELL, WELL
Holwell What’s in a name? A village name, a lot of information when it’s
Holwell, H-O-L-Y-W-E-L-L. It’s the reason for our village’s existence. People
have lived here for many centuries, there are earth circles on two sides and a
perfect flint arrowhead was dug up in one of the cottage gardens.
In his local history, Stanley Fisher describes the band of clay, running through
the village, which accounts for the existence of many wells and springs. Some of
these came unexpectedly to light in 2007, flooding cottages after the summer
rains. And we have a pond.... almost invisible behind a forest of saplings and
brambles. The water seal is broken and alien irises choke what is left of the basin,
while the Pumphouse is almost in ruins.
Each time new residents move in, they ask ‘why don’t ‘we’ do something about
the pond?’ A touch of local apathy, and fear of it becoming the prettiest place for
picnics around, means that it is left to vegetate. However Richard and Philippa
Barder, newcomers who live opposite the pond, have once again taken up the
challenge. Their enthusiasm and determination means that we now have a plan to
restore it, backed by the villagers and, most importantly, by our landlords, John
and Reggie Heyworth. Indeed, some of the greenery has been cleared, fodder for
the newly arrived giraffes at the park, a timely benefit!
Richard has now completed the application for a Lottery grant, so, hopefully, in
due course he will be able to report progress and finally success!
Church Brass and Flowers Liz Nelson Harvest Festival 17th October
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Saturday 27th November Christmas shopping in the Morris Memorial Hall with
our Christmas special craft fair! Full details in next month’s Parish Pump.
Saturday 18th December, Oxfordshire Theatre Company perform Alice in
Wonderland in the Morris Memorial Hall. Further information is available from
me on 01367 253103.
Did you know that Kelmscott has its very own website? If you’ve not yet visited
it, why not have a look on www.kelmscott.org.uk.
2nd & 9th Oct Anne Dossett-Davies 16th & 23rd Oct Stella Chapman
30th Oct to 20th Nov Lesley Metcalfe
MIRIAM ETHEL FOSTER - MOLLY
Molly died on 5th August in her 97th year peacefully at her home in Kencot.
Molly was born on 15th September 1913 at the Bakehouse in Woodstock, her
father, Edward Gasson was a master baker and her mother Frances was a nurse.
Her father died of Meningitis in 1919 and to support the family, which now
included Bill, Molly’s Mother returned to nursing. This brought the family to
Kencot in 1926 when a nursing post with a house became available.
Molly completed her education at Filkins School and became a pupil teacher.
From 1932 to 1934 she attended Salisbury Diocese Teacher Training College and
after qualifying she began work as a Primary teacher at Kirtlington. She took a
temporary post at Langford school and remained there for 24 years! In 1973 she
retired having spent her last teaching years at Edith Moorhouse in Carterton.
Molly enjoyed dancing and at a dance in Southrop met her husband George.
They married in 1943 at St George’s Church. Brian was born a few years later.
Molly was very involved in the local community. She was in the Special
Constabulary, treasurer of the Colston Tennis Club and a trustee until her death.
From 1977 to 1990 she was treasurer of the Kencot Carter Institute and also
organised the village fetes. Between 1973 and 1986 Molly was a member of the
Burford Hospital Comforts Committee, helping to run the Autumn for 23 years.
She raised thousands of pounds for the Comforts Fund by growing and selling
plants. Molly loved her flower garden and cultivated borders on the road side
opposite her house and around the war memorial. She opened her garden for the
National Gardens Scheme and arranged flowers in the church. Another hobby of
Molly’s was calligraphy and her work can be seen in the Church and Village Hall.
Although for the last few years not physically active Molly had an active mind
and enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. She was often seen with her son
Brain being taken in her wheelchair for a walk in the village.
Molly’s funeral took place in St George’s Church on 11th August. John Eustace
recalled his experiences of being taught by her ‘The two years spent in her class
were not only the most educational but the most enjoyable of my school career’ I
can endorse this. Molly was my Aunt and I was also taught by her. A few days
before her death we talked about her nature lessons and each day taking it in
turns to name the wild flowers which were placed around the classroom.
KENCOT PARISH MEETING NOTES
A Parish Meeting was held on 26th August covering a number of topics.
Proposals for two new seats in the village were described: one to be positioned
by the Village Hall and arranged by Anne Dossett-Davies in accordance with the
bequest of her late husband, and the second on Church Green offered by Gill
Cox in memory of her parents Bill and Mavis Gasson. The proposals were
warmly welcomed and we look forward to their installation in months to come.
Concerns over the possible future extraction of sand and gravel in the area were
discussed: the meeting was united in its opposition to any such plan, fearing the
effect on road traffic as well as blighting of the landscape, and confirmed its
support for the AGGROW campaign. Similarly, the possibility of new housing at
West Carterton is very much opposed by Kencot in view of the implication of
increased traffic passing the top end of the village. It was noted that the change
of government has removed the need to meet specific targets but this means that
WODC is free to pursue plans to construct housing according to its own
Bearing in mind the experience of some residents in 2007, it has been
encouraging to learn recently that West Oxfordshire DC is committed to carry
out work in Kencot to reduce the possibility of flooding in the future. The work
was discussed, which involves studying the two small watercourses which enter
Kencot and arranging some means of controlling the rate of the flow in times of
extreme storms, thereby protecting the residential area.
A final sensitive issue which was aired in the meeting was the concern of some
Kencot residents over the speed of vehicles in the village. The problem, although
not new, is perceived to be mainly a result of traffic, commuters, school run,
delivery vans and trades people - passing through Kencot en route to and from
Broadwell and Langford.
Although it is difficult to be sure of true speeds, residents feel that even 30mph is
too fast in a narrow village road with many gate accesses, horse riders and dog
walkers. By means of this message, can we please ask that all concerned be as
considerate as possible? Meanwhile arrangements are being made with
Oxfordshire Highways to install a traffic recorder which will measure actual
speeds, and provide additional signage.
ST GEORGES PCC
The next meeting of the PCC will be held on Wednesday 10 th November at
7.30pm. If you have any items for the agenda please contact Jonathan Fyson
01367 860223 or me on 078889607020 e-mail email@example.com
October 3rd HARVEST FESTIVAL DECORATION
October10th Mrs R. Range
October 17th, 24th & 31st Mrs D Lowden
ST. MATTHEW’S CHURCH
Harvest Festival & Lunch. The lunch will be held in the village hall following the
Harvest Festival at 10.30 on Sunday 3rd October. The lunch starts at 12 for 12.30.
Tickets are £8.00 per head (children ½ price) and are available from Gerry
Austin, Richard Kirby (01367 860205) and Jenny Pitkin.
Dog Fun DayThe Dog Fun Day on August 21st was a most enjoyable afternoon.
Ricky Maloney and friend Richard gave a very impressive display of dog
discipline with some well behaved dogs.
They then judged some entertaining classes with some keen competition and
some happy children. Many thanks to all those who came and supported. The
afternoon raised £164.00 for St. Matthew’s church.
There will be a Craft Sale in the
Village Hall on Friday 22nd October
from 7.00-9.00pm. Tables pre booked
£5.00. Tables still free at the time of
going to press, please contact Chrissy
(01367 860514) or Tracey (01367
860721) if you would like to book a
to the Village
Hall. There will
be a Raffle and
This is an ideal time to come and purchase those early
Christmas presents, or birthday presents. Commissions are
taken on some stalls. Please note this is a Craft evening
and not a table top sale.
There will be a Jumble Sale in the Village Hall at 2.00pm on Saturday 9 th
October. The hall will be open from 6.00-7.00pm on Friday 8th to accept goods,
contact Cherry on (01367 860304) or Doreen for more information. There will
be a Raffle and light refreshments will be available.
Do join us for an evening of whist at the Village Hall on Tuesday 5 th October.
We start at 7.30pm; however if you would like some tuition please arrive a little
earlier than this. You do not require a partner, but are very welcome to come
with one. The entrance fee of £1.00 includes tea and biscuits at half time.
Everyone is welcome. All profits to Langford Village Hall. If you need any more
information please ring me on 01993 852378
Doreen, our local florist celebrity made two wonderful flower demonstrations at
our September meeting, members then had a go making their own arrangements.
as you see we have some hidden talents
14th October we
Lew, who will be
Don is a local
celebrity and a
caller for Barn
Dances who has
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should be a very
We meet at Langford Village Hall at 7.30pm every 2 nd Thursday of the month,
visitors most welcome at £1.50, refreshments and raffle also available.
If you have wondered what it’s like to be a member please give me a call, or any
The Village Hall belongs to the people of Langford and is run by a small
volunteered committee who generously give their time free. However, we are
always in need of extra volunteers. It has been pointed out that there have been
several items of crockery missing and the hall not always left in a tidy state, could
we please ask that if anything is broken please report it when returning the key.
Do you like to sing along to Abba and Take That? The Cotswold Voices are a
local, friendly, adult choir that meets at St Christopher’s School, Langford on a
Tuesday evening in term time from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. We sing well known
songs arranged by musician and choir leader, Joe Moore. No previous experience
or auditions required. Please come along and give us a try.
For more information contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01367
243583 or visit our website at www.thecotswoldvoices.com
NEWS FROM ST CHRISTOPHER’S
The first week of term passed in a blur at St Christopher’s at
the beginning of September. We welcomed new families
across the school and children in all classes quickly settled
into the routines. We have had quite a change around in the holidays with Maple
and Oak classes swapping classrooms. This puts our year 2 and 3 children next
door to our year 3 and 4 children so they are able to share resources easily.
The builders started work at the beginning of term on the next phase of our
outdoor learning area. This is at the back of the art bay in between Maple and
Ginkgo classes. We are also having new doors put into both Ginkgo and Oak
Classes so children can more easily access the outdoor learning areas during
curriculum time. The new area has a massive shelter wrapping right around the
building, decking, a sand and water area for both play and curriculum
investigations. There is also a patio area to enable to children to work at a table
outdoors and storage sheds. We can’t wait to see the end results!
Another change is our new reward system. We always strive to find ways of
increasing children’s independence and build responsibility through our pastoral
care and reward systems. This year we are trying out a ‘Privilege Card’ system for
our year 5 and 6 children. At the end of the summer terms we worked with the
children to develop the system with them. They came up with fantastic ideas
about the criteria needed to achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and the
privileges which would then be awarded. There is a very high baseline
expectation to achieve Bronze level; good manners, good work ethic, being
supportive and respectful of others. This increases to Silver and Gold level, as do
the privileges awarded. These start at being at the front of the dinner queue,
sitting on chairs in assembly and move onto being able to use the laptops at
lunchtimes, having dinner in a room with your friends and much more! As the
children were really involved in developing the system they are really keen to
achieve gold level and access all the privileges on offer.
Playground leaders are already in action at lunch times. Three times a week our
year 6 children take it in turns to plan and lead playground games so that all our
children have a positive and rewarding experience at playtimes. As always, a big
thank you to Mrs Brownjohn for training the children and supporting them with
ideas throughout the year. The playground leaders’ scheme is an accredited
scheme through OCC and children can then carry this on through secondary
education to become Young Sports’ Leaders.
Our annual Open Day is on Thursday 7th October form 9.30am to 2.30pm. This
is a chance to see the school in action. Our year 6 children will be giving guided
tours of the school while lessons run as normal. If you would like to find out
more about this please contact the school on 01367 860318 or visit our website
October Barbara Browne November Pip Cantwell
Help from all with the Harvest Festival on 10th October would be greatly
HARVEST FESTIVAL ON 10TH OCTOBER
Our village Harvest Festival service will take place at 11.00am on Sunday 10 th
October at St Margaret’s Church. Everyone is invited to help decorate the church
by bringing contributions of harvest produce and flowers (ideally by Saturday,
but shortly before the service would also be fine).The donated items will be
available for purchase following the service. All proceeds will benefit St
EVENING CAROL SERVICE ON 12TH DECEMBER
This year, the village Carol Service will be held by candlelight on the evening of
Sunday 12th December at St Margaret’s Church. We hope to fill the church with
singers, musicians and readers (of any age!), so please ring me on 01367 252772 if
you would like to participate.
BONFIRE PARTY ON 5TH NOVEMBER
The annual Bonfire and Fireworks Party will take place on Friday
5th November in the paddock opposite the Church. This
spectacular event is always a highlight of the village calendar and
attracts many visitors from far and wide. Details will be
distributed soon with times and further information about the festivities, which
will include fabulous food and drinks, plus an impressive fireworks display.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
10th Oct Harvest Festival Service in Little Faringdon
5th Nov Little Faringdon Bonfire and Fireworks Party
14th Nov Broadshire Remembrance Service at St Peter’s Church in Filkins
12th Dec Carol Service at St Margaret’s Church (evening)
Once again, Shilton beat the August Bank Holiday weather odds and managed to
select a dry and sunny day for the village fete and fun dog show on 28 th August
after a week of monsoon-like rains. It was all doom and gloom in the run up to
our event, with much weather forecast watching, wringing of hands and dire
predictions, but preparations went ahead despite the inauspicious omens and we
were rewarded for our optimistic perseverance.
As well as old favourite attractions like tombola and wellie whanging*, produce,
bottle and bric a brac stalls, this year we had the added attraction of an amazing
array of Supercars and Classics, including a Pagani Zonda, a Ferrari 550
Barchetta, a Lotus 340R and a 1964 Anglia, a la Harry Potter, to name but a few.
A ride in the car of the winner’s choice was raffled, and a few days later Ron
Dartnell had the ride of his life in the Zonda.
The dog show was also a great draw and many local canines trotted home
proudly bearing their rosettes and a big grin.
*The Tots Boys class in the Wellie Whanging was won by a young man called
Dillon but we don’t have a contact number for him. If anyone can help with his
full name and number, do let me know so that his prize can be awarded to him.
The fete raised the magnificent sum of £2,727.26 for Old School funds and we
are very grateful indeed to everyone who helped with the organisation, came to
the fete and spent their money, or who sponsored us in many and varied ways.
Chris Burton will be holding an Autumn Art & Christmas Gift Fair at The
Chestnuts in Shilton (opposite the pub) from 29th-31st October, 12 noon to
9.00pm on Friday 29th and 12 noon to 6.00pm on 30th and 31st. Amongst the
goodies available will be hand crafted cards, gifts, art, glass pieces for home and
garden. Ten per cent of the sum raised will be donated to charity.
HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE AND SUPPER
Our Harvest Festival Service is on Sunday 3rd October at 6.00pm and any gifts of
fruit, vegetables, flowers and greenery would be very much appreciated for
decorating the church. Also we will be doing the decorating on the Saturday so if
you would like to give a hand please do come along and join us. If you do have
any produce etc please either leave it in the church porch on Friday 1st October
or give me a ring on 01993 841194 as I would be happy to collect.
Following the Service we are having a Supper in the Old School and by the time
you read this you will have received a village newsletter and hopefully completed
the application form because space is limited and sadly in previous years we have
had to disappoint people. Please do try and come to both, if you are not able to
do that you are very welcome to come along for the service or the supper.
6th October Shilton 1st December Shilton
All meetings start at 7.30 unless otherwise stated. Meetings at Bradwell Village
will take place in the Hobbies Room. I can be reached on 01993 840825
Sadly, numbers attending Thursday keep fit sessions in Shilton have dwindled so
the class is being discontinued for the time being. Anyone interested in Sandie
Hunter’s other local classes can contact her on 01993 706265.
CHAPEL AND CHURCH COFFEE MORNING
Our annual Chapel/Church coffee morning this year will be held at The Old
School, Church Lane on Saturday 6th November. This is always a jolly good
chance to start your Christmas shopping, enjoy a cup of coffee and homemade
cake and chat to friends.
Any offers of homemade cakes, jams, chutneys and bring and buy items would
be greatly appreciated. Please do come along and join us on the 6 th November.
QUARRIES AREN’T ALWAYS BAD
Shilton Old School wins COMMA Grant
Having a working quarry right on its’ doorstep is not what any village would vote
for, and The Shilton Parish Council, supported by Oxfordshire County Council
and WODC, opposed plans for expansion of Stonelands quarry back in 2002.
However, since that date, and a change of ownership of the quarry, there has
been closer liaison between the village and new owners, Smiths of Bletchington.
It was Smiths who alerted the village to the existence of the Community
Aggregates Fund (COMMA), established to compensate communities affected by
quarrying by supporting community-based projects in their area. The Old School
Committee, whose responsibility includes maintaining the fabric of the Old
School, which now serves as the village hall, decided this was too good an
opportunity to miss. An application was made in April of this year through
Oxfordshire Rural Community Council (ORCC), which is a member of the Rural
Communities Action Network (RCAN), to Action with Communities in Rural
England (ACRE), which acts under the aegis of the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
All those initials are a clue to the complexity of the application. However, it was
highly worthwhile as our application for £8,515 to repair the failing dry-stone
wall around the Old School and the embankment was successful. The money is
already in our bank and we are committed to completing the work by April 2011.
In the process we have learned how much support is available to rural
communities through the various organisations referred to above, and also that
quarry owners are responsible and active members of the community too!
We are having our Souper Tuesdays which are open to everyone, on the first
Tuesday of each month from October through to March starting on 5 th October.
We shall be in the Old School from 12.00 - 1.30pm.
As usual we shall be serving homemade soup, fresh crusty bread, cakes and tea
and coffee. Last February and March we thoroughly enjoyed our times together,
(even when they were a bit hectic!), so we look forward to welcoming you back
again this month.
CHURCHYARD MAINTENANCE MORNING
Just a gentle reminder! Don’t forget our churchyard tidy up morning on Saturday
9th October starting at 10.00am.
SHILTON HISTORY GROUP
At our meeting on Friday 8th October (7.30 p.m. in the Old School, visitors
welcome) our good friend Carol Anderson from Woodstock will talk about the
Great Exhibition of 1851: strongly recommended!
BRADWELL VILLAGE COFFEE SHOP
This has now re-opened every Friday in Term Time from 10:30 - 12:30 serving
hot and cold drinks and biscuits. It provides a wonderful opportunity to get to
know your neighbours and is a splendid social focus. Further details from Sharon
Howat (01993 824801). Volunteer helpers are needed please.
BRADWELL VILLAGE STITCHERS
The next meeting is on Tuesday 12th October from 10.00am until 2.30pm.
Visitors are most welcome, at £2.00 for the day. The half-annual subscription is
£10. 00. Please bring along your latest project to work on. Drinks and biscuits are
provided, but please bring a packed lunch. Do get in touch on 01993 824475
Established in 2002 the group has
been running successfully with a huge
range of equipment suitable for new
borns through to pre schoolers.
Weekly craft activity, songtime,
playtime and refreshments included in
the £1.50 per family contribution. Come along to the village hall for a free taster
session, you and your children would be very welcome. Mondays 9.30-11.30am.
Any queries contact Angela on 01993 823623 or me on 01993 837296
No news this month
AROUND THE REGION
A look at events and news from a little further afield.
BURFORD SCHOOL NEWS
A’ LEVEL RESULTS
Our 99% pass rate makes us the fourth best performing
school in Oxfordshire, and 49% of grades achieved being
A*-B puts the school sixth in Oxfordshire. Individual
• Chris Lowe 5 A’ levels at A*/A in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry
and Geography. Chris is going to read Theoretical Physics at Durham.
• Victoria Honour 4 A’ levels at A*/A in Maths, Economics, Physics and
Geography. Victoria is going to Oxford University to read Earth Sciences.
• Joe Dyakowski 3 A’ levels at A*/A in History, Maths and Physics. Joe is going
to UCL to read Physics.
• Barney Iley-Williamson 3 A’ levels at A*/A in English, Art and History. He is
working for a year on the World Food Programme and plans going to Cambridge
in September 2011.
I am particularly pleased with this year’s GCSE results. There are many statistics
which schools circulate relating to their results, the number of students who
achieve 5 or more A*-C passes has been the traditional measure. However as
more schools have introduced vocational courses, BTECs and GCSE
‘equivalents’ it is not possible to use the figure reliably. Due to this the only figure
that OFSTED requires is the number of students who achieve 5 A*-C passes
including English and Maths. On both measures Burford school students
perform well above national and county averages. From next September the
government is suggesting that schools publish actual GCSE results separately to
equivalent qualifications. This certainly would enable a clearer picture to emerge.
• 19 students gained 8 or more A*/A grades
• 53% of students achieved 8 or more A* - C passes
• 22% of all GCSE grades were A*/A (21% 2009)
• 99.4% of all GCSE grades were A* - G, exceeding the FFTD target (98.6%
• Emma Bailey and Alina Klukowski each achieved 12 A*/A grades
CRICKET DOUBLE SUCCESS
Burford School U14 Cricket XI secured the Oxfordshire League Trophy on
Wednesday at Shipton Cricket Club, a match held over from last term. As a result
of their 24 run victory over St Brinus School from Didcot, they added the title to
the Lords Tavener’s Cup which they won in June. Captain Ted Landray top-
scored with 67 not out and also took 2 for 11 off two overs.
This has been an outstanding season for Burford who have beaten Abingdon,
MCS Oxford and Bloxham along the way.
NEWS FROM BURFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL
W elcome to Burford Primary School! As the new head teacher, I am
delighted to bring you news of our school.
The children have returned after the holidays, eager to begin their new
topic ‘Festivals and Celebrations’, as part of the whole school creative curriculum
and looking forward to visiting different places of worship in the City of Oxford.
In Warwick Class (Early Years Foundation Stage), the children have been
reflecting on the summer holidays and talking about their families; they have also
started their phonics programme and addition strategies.
Windrush Class (Year 1 & 2) have settled to their routines and are learning about
the festivals Advent, Hanukkah, Diwali and Ramadan; they have also made Rakhi
bracelets and decorations for their birthday party role play area.
Tolsey Class (Year 3 & 4)are working with number partitioning in Mathematics,
looking at paragraphs and verbs in literacy and working upon the learning
platform as part of their topic ICT.
Following refurbishment and decoration in Priory Class (Year 5 & 6), the
children are delighted to be in their new classroom and have helped to organise
the space. They have been learning about Ramadan, and created Eid cards.
W ednesday October 13th 2010 7.30pm Burford School Lenthall Concert
100 with the English String Orchestra, director Michael Bochmann in a
For info visit www.lenthallconcerts.org.uk or for tickets (£10.00 full) telephone
Future Dates: Wednesday November 3rd: Klangllust, German String ensemble
7.30pm. Wednesday December 1st Amael Piano Trio 7.30pm.
S aturday October 16th 10am to 6.00pm. All voices welcome to join the
Burford Singers and BRIAN KAY for a Choral Workshop preparing
Handel’s Israel in Egypt. A few places remaining. For full details visit
www.burford-singers.org.uk or telephone 01993 822412
‘BONJOUR’ TO BURFORD’S FRENCH MARKET!
O n Sunday 10th October Burford is hosting its traditional French market
selling a wide range of top quality products.
The stallholders, coming mostly from
Normandy belong to the Traders’ Association in Rouen
‘France at Home’ which creates a typically French
atmosphere selling a variety of goods including regional
cheeses, freshly baked bread, patisserie products, olives,
dried fruits, pancakes, saucisson, pate, leather handbags,
jewellery, Provencal soaps, wooden toys, basketwork.
The market will be in Priory Lane, between 10.00am
WEST OX ARTS GALLERY
Town Hall, Market Square, Bampton OX18 2JH. Open: Tues- Sat 10.30am-12.30pm,2-
4pm. Sun 2- 4pm. Contact 01993 850137 or email@example.com www.westoxarts.org
ECHOES OF STONE 2ND – 24TH OCTOBER
T he exhibition is about human encounter with the built environment.
Emmie van Biervliet travels to diverse cultures around the world and
records in her mixed-media paintings the colourful ambience of crumbling
Cuban buildings or the sensory kaleidoscope of India. Helen Colling’s mysterious
multilayered images of shadowy figures standing in the streets of European cities.
These textile collages explore the transitory nature of human presence in the city.
Katherine Shock is inspired by the beauty of cities like Paris and Oxford; she
captures the evocative qualities of light on mellow coloured stone, the narrow
alleys and the magnificent set-pieces of architecture. Nicola Jenkin also paints the
iconic buildings of Oxford and the surrounding area using oil, watercolour and
mixed media. Mary Robinson’s photographs focus on abandoned interiors and
the simultaneous sense of presence and absence in empty buildings.
Kerry von Zschock’s new range of hand painted pottery features architectural
designs. Sculptor Emma Ablitt carves into stone to reveal figures that express the
human feelings that we all share, such as attachment, protection and loss.
N HS Oxfordshire is calling on people in the county who have something
to say about their community to become part of Oxfordshire Voice.
Have you ever commented on a story on a newspaper or radio website?
Do you want the opportunity to regularly comment where it can make a real
difference to your area? If you answered yes to these questions then you might be
Oxfordshire Voice is a citizen’s panel made up of Oxfordshire residents who
have volunteered to give up some of their time to answer four questionnaires a
year created in partnership between NHS Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire County
The panel is carefully recruited to be representative of the population of
Oxfordshire but there are some areas where we need to recruit more people
• people, particularly men, aged 16 to 34
• people in full time work
• people who live in the area covered by Cherwell District Council
• people who live in the area covered by Oxford City Council
• people from Black and other minority ethnic groups living in Oxfordshire.
You can have your say on line or by post, whichever you prefer. You could be
invited to take part in other activities like online discussion forums or group
discussions if this is something you are interested in.
Previous topics the panel have answered questions on include: where people
think the council and NHS should save money and what the priorities should be,
alcohol and drinking patterns, whether the police and other public services are
successfully dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour and people’s
experiences of local health services and transport issues.
What the panel says is used by the Council and NHS to help develop services and
change the way things are done. For example, one set of results asked for more
support for pregnant women and as a result NHS Oxfordshire developed a
service for new mums just out of hospital with their babies, to provide
breastfeeding support. Feedback about transport issues has been used in the
council’s transport plan.
So, if you want to be part of Oxfordshire Voice and tell us what you think and
make a real difference to your county, all you need to do is complete a short
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THE COTSWOLD CHURCHES FESTIVAL 2011
F ollowing widespread consultation at the start of this year, both with
parishes and potential partners, it became clear that there was real energy
around for running a Cotswold Churches Festival in 2011 that could then
become an annual event (possibly with a ‘Royal’ focus in 2012, the year of the
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee).
The 2011 Festival will take place on two weekends in May (14/15 May and 21/22
May). These avoid clashes with other events (e.g. Ride and Stride in September)
but are well positioned in terms of the tourist/visitor trade.
It will be up to parishes/benefices to decide what they want to put on. As a
minimum, there will need to be some sort of ‘friendly welcome’ but, judging
from other similar festivals, there are a huge variety of possibilities (e.g. tours,
teas, flower festivals, concerts, art displays, workshops, etc). It will be important
to note that, whilst the advertising and administration will be handled centrally
(via David Gambier at firstname.lastname@example.org) at no cost to
participating churches, it will be each church’s responsibility to fund and organise
their own events. They will also reap any profits from them, but a positive
balance sheet cannot be guaranteed!
In that connection, no guarantees can be made about numbers of visitors but we
will do everything we can to make sure that it is well advertised.
Centrally, we will work with other organisations (e.g. Cotswolds Conservation
Board, Oxford Inspires, Tourist Bodies, County and District Councils) to give it
strong support more generally.
The Festival will be fully ecumenical and open to churches of every tradition.
The initial event will be a morning at Burford Parish Church on Saturday, 9 th
October, focusing on the theme of ‘Making our Churches more Welcoming to
Visitors’ with updates on how the Festival is taking shape and the support it is
receiving in the Cotswolds as a whole. So what are we asking you to do?
1. Fill in the form (from the Diocesan website) as an expression of interest for
being part of the Festival. (NB It may make sense in some Benefices/Deaneries
to have only some of the churches actively involved in the Festival but those
decisions will have to be made at a local level.) This form should be returned to
David Gambier, as indicated.
2. Sign up for the initial event on 9th October.
3. Begin to plan what you would like to contribute to the Festival and then liaise
with David Gambier about it in order to ensure that plans are complementary
rather than duplicated.
I look forward to seeing many of you signed up to be involved.
Rt Rev’d Colin Fletcher
BURFORD LIBRARY SERVICES
Our opening times are:-
Tuesday 1.00pm-5.00pm 6.00pm-7.00pm
Friday 10.00am-1.00pm 2.00pm-5.30pm
Please telephone 01993 823377 for more information.
W e are holding auditions for William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (to be
performed at Hatherop Castle in Gloucestershire from Monday 18 th to
Saturday 23rd July 2011)
Following on from the resounding success of their presentation of Shakespeare's
Cymbeline, King of Britain at Hatherop Castle in July (where over 90% of all the
available seats were sold) the Cotswold Arcadians are now preparing for their 21 st
Anniversary production of his Macbeth. Auditions for this will be held on
Sunday 7th and Saturday 13th November from 1.00pm to 5.00pm at the
Quenington Village Institute (Church Road; GL7 5BN). They are open to all (but
please note that this is an amateur production and no fees are paid). For an
outline of each of the characters and indications of their appropriate playing ages
(we are looking for actors and actresses from as young as 10 years old) please
look at the ‘Auditions’ page (under the ‘Current’ tab) on our website
www.arcadians.org. This also includes all the audition pieces as PDFs and
recommendations of texts and commentaries you may wish to study.
A DECORATIVE LIFE
I can’t believe we’re already in the midst of autumn glory! I am certainly NOT
complaining as it really is one of my favourite times of year. Heavenly hot
colours and golden hues abound. All that season of mellow fruitfulness
business...can’t get enough of it!!
We are SO lucky to have the seasons in Britain. When people ask one ‘which is
your favourite season?’...I can never answer as they all bring such loveliness.
As a florist, people ask me which is my favourite flower...it’s impossible as every
season brings such a variety I think it’s impossible to put your finger on it. But
this time of year, it really is more about foliage than flowers. I always say, when
doing a floral decoration, if you get the shape of your foliage right, then the
flowers will follow through and you’ll end up with a pleasing result. Well, actually
it was my inspirational boss at Moyses Stevens who used to say this, the late
Jennifer d’Abo. Irrepressible and fabulous.
This time of year, I like to go a bit ‘hedgerow’ in my floral decorations. Masses of
wonderful foliages ‘on the turn’, berries, dried seedheads and twigs with anything
that takes your fancy in the garden (or your neighbours!). Not that I am
condoning trespassing and thievery. I merely meant that if one has swathes of
beautiful orange Chinese lanterns and your neighbour has some lovely pearlesque
dried Honesty in abundance...why not have a flowery swap?
I sadly had to hack down a lovely old cotoneaster last year so that wonderful
Coopers builders could get one of their big lorries in the garden and I waited till
the aforementioned doomed tree was in its full glory and just as it was in the
rapturous vigour of its swansong...out came the chainsaw! Tragic as it was, those
boughs certainly looked sensational in an enormous vase with nothing else. Just
HUGE great branches of endless bright shiney berries and pretty dainty leaves.
What fabulous impact it had.
In these times of austerity, one doesn’t have to go and spend a fortune on
flowers (what am I saying!?) as the wonders of the natural garden/hedgerow
perform just as wonderfully as some farmed Dutch roses from a supermarket. A
vase of foliages on their own can look stunning. Nature’s wonderful palette. So
Talking of vases of flowers, friends always ask me for tips on how to make their
flowers last longer. For instance, roses. Correctly conditioned and looked after,
they can go on for ages in your vase. Firstly, if you can have a surreptitious
squeeze of a rose bud before you buy them, then you are on the right road. The
bud should be very firm... like a bullet and the leaves should be fresh and green.
When you get them home, strip off nearly all the foliage and de-thorn them. Cut
the woody stems at a good slanty angle and then snip UP the stems to increase
their water absorbing capacity and bingo! Your roses are ready to be artfully flung
into a vase with some lovely garden foliage.
How to sustain their perkiness... Coco Chanel always insisted her butler changed
the vase water of her white roses every day. If your butler has gone awal, then the
next best thing for keeping the water fresh looking is to pop a touch of bleach in
it. Sainsbury’s own is perfectly fine....don’t get that blue stuff unless you’re going
for a funky look!! Just remember to add it very carefully as the potential for
bleach induced calamities is endless. (Carpets, clothes etc)! This will keep the
water crystal clear for days.
But I am afraid old Coco had the right idea. Clean fresh water and re cutting the
stems is the best way to sustain your blooms.
The star performers of the season are gladioli and dahlias. In recent years these
poor blooms were regarded naff by the taste police. How wrong!!! They really are
magnificent. Slightly kitsch and groovy in appearance they can cheer up a border
or vase in a flash. Dahlias come in endless delicious hot colours/shapes and sizes
and continue flowering well into Autumn when most other things have totally
Don’t forget to lift the tubers in the winter. Or if you’re lazy, perhaps plant them
quite deeply and put a big heavy compost much on them during the winter
months and they should hopefully make it through til next summer. Just
remember where you’ve planted them!
This time of year really brings so many unexpected treats. Windfalls carpeting the
lawn, bonfire smoke spiralling, dewy cobwebs on dried decorative seedheads
lurking in the border, seeking out your favourite big jumper, a crunchy leafed
walk, lovely jams and chutneys made by our hugely talented Shilton ladies. All
these things make Autumn very special. But for me the most special is the
splendid sunlight. It’s wonderful. I was doing the flowers in a church for a
wedding recently in a ridiculously beautiful church in Sussex and the sun was
flooding through a stained glass windows. Indian summer sunshine...Just so
uplifting. Simple pleasures.
I wonder if poor old Coco’s butler ever had the chance to enjoy it!
I have just been around checking on the twenty bird boxes that I now have in
Shilton, with varying rates of success. Eight of these are placed in various
positions around the periphery of a small field.
No 1 is an open fronted blackbird box set low down on the back of a fence post
within a good covering of undergrowth. There was a small amount of nesting
material in the base but I think the box was not used, last year it was empty.
No 2 Another open fronted blackbird box low down on a tree with covering
undergrowth was not used although some bird droppings were found inside.
No 3 A treecreeper box which is shaped like a wedge of cheese with a small
access hole in the top corner close in to the tree trunk was not used.
No 4 A robin/wren diamond shaped box was lined with a small amount of moss
and possibly used for roosting.
No 5 A conventional blue tit box about five feet up a tree trunk with moss was
much pecked on the inside of the roof and the
base under the nesting material. This was no
doubt used successfully this year. Last year it was
abandoned with four eggs. It is fascinating I have
heard blue tits pecking away for days inside a box
before actually building the nest.
No 6 Third open fronted blackbird box was
No 7 A tit box which was taken over by wasps last year when they built a paper
nest all around it and made an entrance route up to the entrance hole. This year
only the back remained on the tree trunk the remainder of the box had
disappeared. I guess this was vandalised and I must replace it next year in a better
No 8 Another diamond shaped box had a lovely nest inside of moss, sheep’s
wool and hair with six abandoned wren’s eggs, smaller than your little finger nail,
with a few fine rusty brown spots on a white background.
No 9 which I relocated this year had a nest inside with one long dead nearly
fledged youngster. I presume all the others fledged. Blue tits lay 7 - 14 eggs and
can have up to two broods from the end of April to July.
Also close by to the field I have two swift boxes up under the eaves of a house.
This is the first year for these and one was taken over by a starling, which
surprisingly is an endangered breeding bird in this country now. A triple house
sparrow box on a cottage wall (they like to breed colonially) was used in all three
chambers (see picture).
On my garage wall another triple sparrow box was taken over by blue tits and a
mossy nest built in each chamber but I believe only one chamber was actually
used successfully and one unhatched egg was left in this one.
Great tits took over a box I have had in my garden for eight years and has been
used by blue tits every previous year. This year great tits had two broods by
building another nest on top of the first.
A box in the churchyard was successfully used by tits this year and I have
emptied the box out because it was infested with over one hundred earwigs
which had taken over after the birds had fledged.
Finally, I see that the Great Bustard project on Salisbury Plain, now in its sixth
year of reintroducing young birds from Russia has had a second successful year
with at least four chicks known to have hatched in the wild. This large species
whose males can stand over a metre tall and have a 2.4 m wingspan disappeared
from the U.K. by 1832 after being hunted to extinction.
WHAT ARE WE HAVING FOR DINNER?
This month Angela ponders pasta; a penne for her thoughts?
A fter last month’s frankly Puritan offering I thought we could do with a
few carbs and calories. This is the perfect recipe for parties as it can be
prepared ahead of time and only needs a green salad to go with it. Okay,
it is really just pasta bake, but it is a very superior pasta bake. It comes from
another new (to me) recipe book, Anna del Conte’s Amaretto, Apple Cake and
Artichokes (publ. Vintage £12.99 in paperback). It has lots of super-sounding
recipes which I have yet to try, but just reading it makes me long to cook, and
eat, her lovely Italian food. This one I have tried and it is jolly nice. What’s more,
you don’t spend ages sautéing onions, tomatoes etc, indeed it contains neither,
and all the flavour comes from the Toulouse sausage. But you don’t need to tell
your guests how easy it is to make. Let them think you spent ages slaving away in
the kitchen. Actually, you do have to peel two heads of garlic, but if you sit down
at the kitchen table with the radio on it doesn’t seem too arduous a chore.
You will need your biggest lasagne dish or baking tin, or two medium-sized ones,
as the quantities, for 12, are quite large.
Baked Macaroni with Sausage and Garlic Maccheroni gratinati con la luganega e l’aglio
2 heads of garlic, peeled
1 kg (2 lbs) luganega or other coarse-grained, pork sausage, such as Toulouse
2 tbsp oil, vegetable or olive
1 dozen fresh sage leaves
A sprig of fresh rosemary
A thin béchamel sauce made with: 2.25 litres (4 pints) milk
180 g (6 oz) butter
150 g (3 ½ oz) flour
100 g (3 ½ oz) grated Parmesan
100 g (3 ½ oz) grated Gruyère
¼ nutmeg, grated
salt & pepper
1 kg (2 lb) penne, macaroni or similar pasta
45 g (1 ½ oz) butter
Put the peeled garlic cloves in a small saucepan, cover with about 300 mls (1/2
pint) water, bring to the boil, cover the pan and cook very gently for about 1
hour. Check that there is always water in the pan, adding more boiling water if
necessary. At the end there should be no more than 3 or 4 tablespoons of water
left. Purée the contents of the pan in a food processor, or simply mash with a
fork and set aside.
While the garlic is cooking, skin the sausage, crumble or chop it into fairly small
chunks and put in a non-stick frying pan with the oil. Chop the herbs and add
them to the pan. Fry over a low heat until the fat runs out, then turn the heat up
to medium and fry until the meat is lightly golden brown. Remove the meat with
a slotted spoon, or strain through a sieve, leaving the fat behind.*
Make the béchamel sauce in the usual way. Season with lots of pepper and some
salt, bearing in mind that the sausage may well be on the salty side and stir in the
garlic purée. Generously butter a large oven dish or lasagne tin. Cook the pasta
in plenty of boiling, salted water (you may need to do this in two batches). Drain
it when still slightly undercooked and dress it immediately with the sausage and
three-quarters of the sauce. Turn into the prepared dish and spread the remaining
sauce over the top. Dot with butter.
Cook in a hot oven (200°C (gas mark 6) until heated through, about an hour or
longer if cooking from cold. It can be made up to a day in advance and can be
frozen. Serves 12.
*Don’t throw this fat away. Keep it in a container in the fridge and use it next
time you are frying mince, or some similar savoury dish. It will impart lots of
flavour to your next shepherd’s pie.
D id you know that we old folk are worth a fortune? We have silver in our
hair, gold in our teeth, stones in our kidneys, and lead in our feet.
I have become older since I last saw you and a few changes have come
into my life. I have become a frivolous old woman. I am seeing five old
gentlemen everyday…..as soon as I wake up Will Power helps me out of bed, I
have breakfast with Mr. Kellogg, followed closely by the refreshing company of
Mr. Tetley or my other friend who I only know by his initials- P.G. then comes
someone I don’t like at all, Arthur Ritis, he knows he is not welcome but insists
on being here, and what is more, he stays for the rest of the day. Even then he
does not like to stay in one place, so he takes me from joint to joint.
After such a hectic day, I am glad to get to bed (and with Johnny Walker too) –
what a hectic life. Oh yes, I am also flirting with Al Zheimer!!
The vicar came to call the other day and said that at my age I should be thinking
of the hereafter, so I told him I did that all the time. No matter where I am, the
bedroom, the kitchen or the garden, I ask myself ‘now what am I here after?’
Well, I close now and I hope that Will Power is your constant companion too
but do watch out for the crafty one…..Gerry Atric.
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2nd Quiz at Alvescot Village Hall 7.30 Contact Terry Morris 01993 842135
2nd Live music from FLY ON THE WALL Filkins Village Hall
Tickets Post Office, Village Shop and Woollen Weavers.
6 Shilton Parish Council Meeting 7.30
9th Jumble Sale at Langford Village Hall 2.00 p.m.
Contact Cherry 01367 860304 or Doreen 860060
9th Shilton Churchyard ‘tidy up’ 10.00 David Roberts 01993 841194
10th Harvest Breakfast at St. Peter’s Church Filkins – tickets from
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12 th Bradwell Village Stitchers – 10 – 2.30 p.m. Marion Ellis 824475
16th Burford Singers– The Second Choral Workshop with Brian Kay
Preparing Israel in Egypt by G.F. Handel
22 nd Craft Sale at Langford Village Hall – Tables £5.00 pre booked
Chrissy Tinson 01367 860514
29th Autumn Art and Christmas Gift Fair at The Chestnuts in Shilton
31st(opposite the pub) Friday 29th 12 - 9 p.m. and 12- 6 pm on 30th and 31st.
30 th Halloween Party in Aid of AGGROW in Langford Village Hall.
ALTERNATIVE CHURCH BULLETINS
These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins
or were announced in church services:
• The Fasting and Prayer Conference includes meals.
• The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water.’ The sermon tonight:
‘Searching for Jesus.’
• Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things
not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
• Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at
someone who is hard to love. Say ‘Hell’ to someone who doesn’t care much
• Don’t let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
• Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious
pleasure to the congregation.
• For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery
• Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they
• Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So
ends a friendship that began in their school days.
• A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will
• At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come
early and listen to our choir practice.
• Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new
members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
• Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled.
Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
• Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you
• The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and
gracious hostility. Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to
• The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen
in the basement on Friday afternoon.
• This evening at 7.00 pm there will be a hymn singing in the park across from
the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.