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FROM THE EDITOR
I was asked a VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION one day this week at breakfast
(currently a revolting delicious mixture invented by a twin and with the name
„frosty-pops‟-you can pretty much guess what it‟s made of). The question, and it
really was too early for such monumental debates, was this „If the earth is flat,
what would happen if you fly over the edge in an aeroplane?‟
Now, bear in mind, it is seven o‟clock in the morning. I have only had the first of
my coffees. I am at a loss as to how to explain that the earth has not been flat for
at least 400 years and when it was last flat aeroplanes were just a twinkle in
Leonardo da Vinci‟s eye.
Still, with all the enthusiasm of a parent who is trying it‟s best to educate their
children about subjects around which their knowledge is decidedly shaky, I
hastily down my tar-like nectar and try to explain that the earth is actually a ball
and the aeroplane goes around the earth in a bendy way but you can‟t feel it.
„Actually, the earth is a Sophia‟ pipes up Toby, the font of all knowledge in our
household, who has read about spheres but is pronouncing it phonetically. It
takes me a little while to work this out; at first I think he‟s talking about someone
in his class who I‟ve never heard of before. (Oh, Sophia, she‟s the one who‟s like
the earth?). He goes on solemnly „And in about five billion years it will turn into a
red giant and there will be no more Christmas‟ How do they know these things?
How? How? Why can‟t they ask me normal questions that I can answer, like
„What is flavoured water?‟ (well, squash, obviously) What colour bin week is it?
(grey, grey, grey....I have been chanting it in the car all week like a little mantra) or
how much does an average woman spend on shoes in a lifetime (£31,000....it said
so on the shampoo bottle and was devastated as I consider myself to be way
above average in the shoe department, how will I ever afford this?). Instead they
leave me flummoxed, perplexed by asking me questions like „if you had to give
something up forever that you really really like, what would it be?‟ Not shoes,
obviously. I have a way to go if I‟m even to be average. Not coffee, it is my liquid
oxygen. Maybe my recycling food bin? I really like the idea of said bin, very much
so, but the colour doesn‟t really go with the kitchen. It sort of lurks in the corner
like a bonsai dalek. Now, if they had drafted in Cath Kidston to design it with a
faded floral chintzy-ness, I could grow to like it on top of the dishwasher by the
toaster. Or if they went the Cotswold way and Farrow and Ball-ed the whole bin
regalia. Wouldn‟t that be lovely? The food bin could be painted dead salmon.
Wholly appropriate as we like fish and a nice colour association. And how much
more elegant my mantra if I were to chant „French grey week, French grey week,
French grey week‟? I am just going to look for the Farrow and Ball colour chart
to design a range of recycling bins, when the children remind me crossly that it‟s
time for school and I‟m going to make them late again. Huh!
Ros


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RECTOR’S LETTER
Dear friends
I always enjoy the rather silly jokes of the „Why did the chicken cross the road?‟
variety, to which I have heard of at least 150 answers ranging from „Because
some turkey said he was too chicken to do so‟, to „Because it wanted it show off
its guts!‟ They are what you can call „fowl‟ jokes (if you don‟t mind the groans
that follow). The „Why‟ question is to do with what drives a creature to act in a
certain way, what motivates them. What is it that can motivate a person to give
themselves in the service of others when they are not going to gain anything
themselves financially or socially or in any other way. Why do they do it?
Last month we were privileged to have Tom Benyon, a former MP and the
founder and director of the charity Zane to speak at our benefice service in
Alvescot. Many were amazed to hear that he should take it upon himself to walk
the 452 miles from Edinburgh to London last September, in often appalling
weather, to raise money for the charity, at a stage in life (he is 68) when most
people would feel that they could leave that kind of thing to younger people.
Part of the answer is that he has a heart that can be moved by the plight of so
many ex-pats and Africans who have been left totally destitute and starving by
Mugabe‟s cruel regime. Instead of just feeling sorry for them, he has taken action,
and collected a team of equally dedicated and fine people who risk their lives
bringing practical and financial relief to both Black and White sufferers. I have
asked Tom to include details of the work of Zane in this month‟s issue, and I
would encourage you to read about the tremendous work they are doing.
But the compassion that motivates these folk has a source that is deeper than
either a guilt at living in an affluent country (comparatively) when others are deep
in poverty, or simply a degree of real goodwill. Tom and his wife Jane, and the
whole team that is working with them are motivated through their Christian faith.
They are motivated by a profound gratitude. The events of the life and death and
resurrection of Jesus that we will mark this month in Holy week and Easter are
not just historical events. They are not only a turning point in history. They are
what God has done to break the power of self-centredness which is at the root of
all the problems we face in the world today. On the Cross Jesus took the blame
for, and consequences of, all the pride and greed and selfishness that mess up the
lives of every single person who has ever lived. He made it possible for us to start
again with a clean sheet, the past forgiven. He provided a power that has made a
new future possible. And those who have not only heard about this but entered
into that experience can never be the same again. They will be eternally grateful.
And that gratitude becomes the motivating force in their lives. My prayer is that
we will be able to grasp the truth of this afresh this Easter and see how God can
transform our lives and redeem more of the mess in this world.
Harry MacInnes


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PARISH AND BENEFICE SERVICES APRIL
1st Sunday 3rd April 4th Sunday of Lent Mothering Sunday
9.00am         Westwell             Holy Commumion                             PW
10.30am        Langford             Mothering Sunday Service                   PW
10.30am        Broadwell            Parish Communion                           MP
10.30am        Alvescot BBourton    Mothering Sunday Service                   EJ
10.30am        Filkins              Mothering Sunday Service                   HM
6.00pm         Shilton              Evensong                                   HM
2nd Sunday 10th April
9.00am         Alvescot             Holy Communion                             NUW
10.30          Shilton              Parish Communion & Children‟s Church       HM/PW
11.00am        Little Faringdon     Matins                                     NUW
6.00pm         Kencot               Evensong                                   PW
6.00pm         Black Bourton        Evensong                                   HM
3rd Sunday 17th April Palm Sunday
10.30am        Holwell              Palm Sunday Service (crossroads 10.15am)   HM/PW
6.00pm         Broughton Poggs      Evensong                                   PW
21st April Maundy Thursday
7.30pm         Shilton              Parish Communion                           HM/AM
22nd April Good Friday
10.30am        Alvescot             Children‟s Church                          PW
2.00pm         Kencot               Good Friday Service                        AM
4th Sunday 24th April Easter Day
9.00am         Black Bourton        Parish Communion                           HM
9.00am         Shilton              Parish Communion                           PW
9.00am         Westwell             Parish Communion                           RH
10.30am        Langford             Parish Communion                           NUW
10.30am        Alvescot             Parish Communion                           Tbc
10.30am        Filkins              Family Communion                           LJ
10.30am        Broadwell            Family Communion                           HM
10.30am        Kelmscot             Family Communion                           PW
10.30am        Kencot               Family Communion                           AM
10.30am        Holwell              Parish Communion                           RH
11.00am        Little Faringdon     Parish Communion                           Tbc
1st Sunday 1st May 2nd Sunday of Easter
10.30am        Filkins              Benefice Communion                         NUW
6.00pm         Westwell             Benefice Evensong                          NUW
Complines
Wed 6th        Shilton              Compline                                   HM
Wed 13th       Westwell             Compline                                   NUW
Midweek Services
6th April      Black Bourton        Holy Communion                             EJ
13th April     Black Bourton        Holy Communion                             HM
20th April     Black Bourton        Holy Communion                             PW


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                                LECTIONARY
1stSunday    3rd    4th
                April    Sunday of Lent Mothering Sunday (purple)
1 Samuel 16. 1 -      Psalm 23                Ephesians 5. 8 – 14       John 9
13
2nd Sunday 10th April 5th Sunday of Lent (purple)
Ezekiel 37. 1 - 14    Psalm 130               Romans 8. 6 - 11          John 11. 1 – 45
3rd Sunday 17th April Palm Sunday (red)
Matthew 21. 1 -       Psalm 118. 1 - 2, 19-   Philippians 2. 5 - 11     Matthew 26. 14 -
11                    end                                               end of 27
21st April Maundy Thursday (white)
Exodus 12. 1 - 4      Psalm 116. 1, 10 - end  1 Corinthians 11. 23 -    John 13. 1 - 17, 31b
[5 - 10], 11 – 14     [or 116. 9 - end]       26                        – 35
22nd April Good Friday
Isaiah 52. 13 - end Psalm 22 or 22. 1 - 11 [  \hebrews 10. 16 - 25      John 18. 1 - end of
of 53               or 1 - 21]                or 4. 14 - 16; 5. 7 – 9   19
4th Sunday 24th April Easter Day (gold or white)
Acts 10. 34 - 43 or Psalm 118. 1 - 2, 14 - 24 Colossians 3. 1 - 4 or    John 20. 1 - 18
Jeremiah 31. 1 – 6 [14 - 24]                  Acts 10. 34 – 43

LENT GROUP : MAKING SENSE OF FAITH

M       any of us were inspired by Professor Alister McGrath‟s lecture in
        Broadwell Church last November on „Why God won‟t go away‟. He
        challenged us to think more deeply about the reasons for our faith and
how we engage with current cultural concerns. In response to his challenge, our
Lent Group this year will be exploring some of the issues he raised:

4th April                                       Faith and Suffering
11th April                                      Faith and …….?
All the sessions will be on Monday afternoons, from 2.00pm to 3.30pm, at my
home in Alvescot. You are welcome to any or all of them; a phone call to me on
01993 846169 beforehand would help me know how many people to expect. I
look forward to seeing you!
Liz Johnson
CHILDREN’S CHURCH

I   f 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 Service. Call me on 01993 847049 or The
Rev‟d Harry MacInnes on 01993 845954.
Debs Price


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SHILTON BAPTIST CHAPEL
Jesus had to endure the horrific ordeal of the cross so that you
can have free access to God, so that your sins could be washed
away, all of them, with no exceptions. Do not ignore this
situation. Jesus Christ died for you. Please do not believe that He only died for
others (those who go to church, or for pastors, or clergy or bishops etc.). Accept
the reality, the truth, that Jesus is the only salvation for the world.
In Matthew 10 verses 32 and 33 Jesus said „Everyone who acknowledges me
before others I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven, but whosoever
denies me before others I will also deny before my Father in heaven‟. May God
bless you richly.
Mike Barrett
Preachers for April
  3rd April       Informal
  10th April      Graham Sparrowhawk followed by communion
  17th April      Sue Barnes
  24th April      EASTER David Earl followed by tea and cakes in the Old School
Visitors are always very welcome at any of our services and especially at our
Easter service. All the services will be at 6.00pm.
The Souper Tuesdays have finished now for the summer. Thank you to
everyone who helped and all those who came.
Elizabeth Harfield

SUNDAY SERVICE IN THE METHODIST CHURCH
There will a service at 3.00pm every Sunday in the Methodist Church.
CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Our next meeting will be at 3.00pm on Wednesday 6th April in the Methodist
Church Schoolroom. Our speaker will be Rev‟d Peter Goodhall. Refreshments
will be served. All are welcome.
Barbara Edwards
COTSWOLD CHURCHES FESTIVAL
This will take place on the 21st and the 22nd May 2011 between 10.00am and
4.00pm. WELCOME to the 3 CHURCHES in FILKINS and BROUGHTON
Poggs. See exhibition of wedding gowns and baptism robes, children‟ art work,
floral decorations and take part in churches trail. Refreshments will be available.
For more information contact Diane on 01367 860504, Gill 01367 860787 or me
on 01367 860719
Jackie Cullum

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WHY GOD WONT GO AWAY

T        he New Atheism of Richard
         Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens
         burst onto the western cultural
scene in 2006, full of energy and vitality. Its
turbocharged soundbites mesmerised the
media. Entranced by breezy simplistic
slogans – such as “religion kills” or “God is
a delusion” – many drew the conclusion
that religion was dead. God was just about
to be pensioned off – this time, for good.
It was time to clear out the junk in our
attics. Belief in God was just a curious and
obsolete relic from the past. Let‟s start all
over again! The novelty value of the New
Atheism ensured its high media profile.
Older forms of atheism, which appealed to
evidence-based arguments and insisted on
respect for religious belief, were swept
aside. As atheist blogger P. Z. Myers
pointed out, „the old school of atheism is
really, really boring.‟ I agree with him
entirely. Atheism had got itself stuck in the
mud. No wonder so many people had
written it off as dull and plodding. For Myers, atheism had to capture media
attention. The more outrageous the message, the better. That‟s the only way it
could get noticed.
If the „New Atheism‟ wanted to get a debate under way, it certainly succeeded.
Suddenly, everyone wanted to talk about God. In Britain, the influential
Economist magazine, which had been „so confident of the Almighty‟s demise
that we published His obituary in our millennium issue‟, rather inconveniently
found itself obliged to issue a correction in 2007. Religion was so obviously back
in public life and public debate. Two journalists from this same Economist went
on to publish a bestseller in 2009. Its title? God Is Back: How the Global Revival
of Faith Is Changing the World.
I and many others have welcomed this debate. The New Atheism has raised
questions of fundamental importance, such as the rationality of faith, the relation
of religion and science, the possible links between faith and violence, and the
place of religion in western society. They‟ve begun a fascinating conversation.
And it‟s a conversation that still has a long way to go.
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at how the debate has moved on since 2006. My main conclusion is simple: the
New Atheism has generated a huge appetite to discussion religion and issues of
faith. But people aren‟t satisfied with the answers they offer. The conversation is
moving on. In my new book, I try to explore why people have found the New
Atheist answers unsatisfactory, and offer some reflections on where we go from
here.
This book won‟t end the conversation, but it engages lots of questions that
people are asking, and tries to give some helpful answers. I hope you‟ll enjoy
reading it!
Alister McGrath
When he‟s not taking services in the benefice, Alister McGrath is Professor of
Theology, Ministry and Education at King‟s College, London, and Head of its
Centre for Theology, Religion, and Culture.

FAMILY SERVICES
The „12 Churches‟ of the Shill Valley & Broadshire Benefice are keen to see all
ages worship together at our services on Sunday mornings. Of
course, parents and children are very welcome at any of our
services, but those below have a particular family focus, with a
more casual atmosphere.
1st Sunday 3rd April
10.30am    Mother‟s Day Service               Langford
10.30am    Mother‟s Day Service               Alvescot
10.30am    Mother‟s Day Service               Filkins
2nd Sunday 10th April
10.15am    Children‟s Church                  Shilton
22nd April Good Friday
10.30am    Children& Families Service         Alvescot
4th Sunday 24th April
10.30am    Family Communion                   Broadwell
Easter Day
10.30am    Family Communion                   Filkins
10.30am    Family Communion                   Kelmscott
10.30am    Family Communion                   Kencot

CONFIRMATION 17TH JULY
Bishop Colin will be coming to the Benefice on the morning of 17 th July in order
to conduct a service of confirmation. If anybody is interested in being confirmed,
please contact either Rev‟d Harry MacInnes 01993 845954, or me on 01367
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EXPERIENCE EASTER ST PETER’S, ALVESCOT
                       Experience Easter is a way of exploring the Easter story
                       through a series of interactive displays. It is suitable for
                       young and old alike, and can be enjoyed on one‟s own, or
                       as part of a group. The displays will be in Alvescot
                       Church during Holy Week (18th-24th April), and also the
                       week after Easter. There will be a special
                       Children&Family Service on Good Friday at 10.30am in
                       St. Peter‟s Church, and children from the school will be
                       visiting the displays during the week after Easter.
                       Anybody wanting a led tour through the displays,
                       whether individually or as a group, please contact me on
                       01367 860846
Patrick Wheaton

FILKINS & DISTRICT BRANCH
THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
RBL 90th Anniversary
Members will have received information about
the Legion‟s 90th Anniversary celebrations.
These include several fundraising initiatives
aimed at raising £90M this year. One, in
particular, The Members‟ Million, invites
members to fill a home collection box with
loose change throughout the year. The
intention being to raise £1M in a relatively
painless way. Boxes were sent out earlier this
year. I am more than happy to centralise this
effort by counting and banking the proceeds
from these boxes when full. Please let me have
these in due course.
Remembrance Service 2011 This year‟s
Remembrance Service will be held at St Peter
and St Paul‟s Church Broadwell on Sunday 13th November. The Legion‟s 90th
Anniversary will be reflected during the service. Full details will be included in
the November Parish Pump.
Branch Committee Meeting The next Committee Meeting will be held at the 5
Alls on Tuesday 4th October at 7.30pm.
Jeremy Taylor


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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.



                   ALVESCOT
                   St Peter’s




VILLAGE HALL AGM
This will take place on Wednesday April 27th 7.30pm. Anyone interested in the
Village Hall will be welcome. All Hall users should be represented.
WITH THANKS
Pam Barling and family send sincere thanks to all those who have been so kind
and helpful whilst Pam has been poorly. Your prayers and good wishes have
been much appreciated.
ST PETER’S INFANTS SCHOOL
As the daffodils come into bloom,
Alvescot once again hosts the glorious
display of colour that signals that we are
leaving the cold, dark days of Winter
behind us and can look forward to Spring.
With the occasional blue sky, the children are quick to abandon their coats and
enjoy the sunshine, however cold the weather may be! It is at this time of year,
when it seems that the seasons are almost changing in front of our very eyes, that
the children learn most about this wonderful world in which we live. It is with
such delight that they watch the frogs and spot the frogspawn on the pond, they

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notice the primroses and rescue the ladybirds from the classrooms. The children
remind us that school is about so much more than the curriculum that we plan
and deliver and that taking a little time to appreciate the beauty of our world is
one of the most valuable lessons we can ever teach.
This term we have been exploring the meaning of The Lord‟s Prayer in our
assemblies and all the children are now able to join in with the prayer as we say it
together. We have welcomed Rev‟d Wheaton and Rev‟d Johnson to our
assemblies. Rev‟d Johnson joined us on Shrove Tuesday and enjoyed sharing
pancakes with the children. All the children have been thinking about some of
the things that they can do during Lent to make their own lives and those of
others, better.
As the season of Lent continues, we are looking forward to our Easter
celebrations. Our Easter Bonnet Parade will take place around the village on the
afternoon of 6th April and our Easter Service in St Peter‟s Church will be held at
the start of Term 5, at 1.30 on the afternoon of Thursday 28 th April. If you would
like to join us in our celebrations then we would love to see you. Term 4 ends at
1.15pm on 8th April.
Sam King
AN ALVESCOT TRADITIONAL COUNTRY FETE
This year, on Saturday 18th June,
we will be holding a truly
traditional Country Village Fete in
the village of Alvescot, on our
playing field.
Do please put the date of the Fete
in your diaries and the timing,
namely 12.30pm to 4.00pm.
We also hope that you will start to
grow extra vegetables, herbs and
flowers, put away interesting bric-a
brac, bottles and unwanted gifts for use and sale on the day. Watch for further
details in the Pump as the day draws closer.
James Gervers

                  BLACK BOURTON
                  St Mary’s

                  No news this month




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                BROADWELL
                St Peter & St Paul’s

ALTAR FLOWERS
April 3rd,10th,17th.......Lent, so no flowers
April 24th, Easter Sunday....t.b.a.
Annual General Meetings happen in April, Church, and Parish Meeting. Please
do come to these, everyone is welcome to voice their opinion on what goes on in
Broadwell.
Here are the dates----Parochial Church Council April 11th at 6.30, and Parish
Meeting April 18th at 7.30, both in the Old School

 JOHN SMITH 1922-2011
Long term residents of Broadwell and Kencot will have many memories of John
Smith, who lived for a long time at Broadwell Mill with his wife Edie and all his
family. Some years ago he moved over into Gloucestershire to be near his
children and grandchildren. Since then ill health gradually took its toll, and now
sadly he has passed away. His son Neville has arranged that there will be a
Memorial Service for John in Broadwell church on May 3 rd at 11.00in the
morning, so that those who remember him can give thanks for the life of a real
countryman of the old sort. Which was happy for him, as he was born in East
London, and might never have found his passion for where wild creatures go and
what they do unseen by most of us, had it not been that he found he was good
with horses, and there were good jobs to be had here. He worked in Eastleach
and then was taken on as Stable Lad at an early age at Filkins Hall. He lodged
with the Beckinsale family, and then met and married Edie Parker, whose parents
worked the farm at Broadwell Mill. This was a long and happy marriage of 65
years. We all send our deepest sympathies to Edie, who is not in very good
health, and to Neville his son, who has faced a double tragedy because his son
had a fatal car crash only a fortnight before John slipped away.
June Goodenough
NEWS FROM BROADSHIRES PRESCHOOL
Another busy month has passed at Broadshires. As our
topic continues with „Ourselves‟ we have been looking at
feelings and touching on the subject of disability. We have
been talking about what makes us happy, sad, angry,
jealous, and frightened. One of the many things that make
our children happy (and us of course) is going on holiday.
Much discussion has been centred around going on

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„happy holidays‟. The children were eager to draw the contents of what they
would pack in a suitcase, and to cut it out carefully. Following on from that,
much role-play focusing on buying a ticket and boarding an aeroplane in the
garden to jet off to exciting, far-flung destinations around the world, including
Carterton(!) was undertaken.
In our home corner, the cafe has been inundated with demands for pizza and
other scrumptious foods on the menu. Many customers have been attracted to
the cafe, eager to spend their plastic money.
On one occasion, some children took home a tasty meal of tissue paper peas and
tomatoes, netting potatoes and furry carrots. (Yum, yum!).
The children have had a wonderful time, using their sense of smell, too. They
have had the opportunity to experience (i.e. sniff) a wide range of interesting
„hidden‟ smells, such as chocolate, curry, marmite and hand cream, to name but a
few, and to discuss which smells they preferred.
One snack time, the children were treated to some tropical fruit food-tasting -
courtesy of Rachel Stanley-Evans - who brought in some delicious pineapple and
kiwi fruits to savour.
The benefits of singing for children have been known for a long time, and we at
Broadshires love to sing! Some of the children‟s favourite stories („The Elves and
the Shoemaker‟, „The Three Little Pigs‟) have been acted out with rhyme, music
and actions thrown in. The staff have been using songs from a book called
„Singing Phonics‟, and the children just can't get enough of „Professor Brain's
Amazing Machine‟ song, which involves learning a sequence of actions with
sound effects. As well as singing, the children have begun to appreciate the way
people who cannot hear communicate by signing some well-known rhymes such
                                  as „Three Little Monkeys‟.
                                  Looking ahead, we plan to raise money on Red
                                  Nose Day, by wearing red to school, and getting
                                  our faces painted. We hope to have a visit from a
                                  guide dog, and a walk to the lambing shed at
                                  Broadwell Farm.
                                  If you shop at Sainsbury or Tesco and have any
                                  spare vouchers, we would love to receive them, as
                                  they can be exchanged for a wide variety of
                                  educational and sporting equipment. Any
donations would be gratefully appreciated.
For further information about preschool, or to enquire about a place for your
child, please contact Jackie Overton (Supervisor) on 01367 860729.
Sam Lawton


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                   FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS
                   St Peter’s



CHURCH FLOWERS
3rd,10th,17th April                       Lent, no flowers
24th April                                Easter Flowers

SWINFORD MUSEUM
EXHIBITIONS AND LECTURES
Lecture on crop circles, Thursday 7th April at 7.30 in
the Village Hall, will be given by the farmer on whose
farm the first crop circle was discovered.
BROUGHTON HALL, BROUGHTON POGGS
Exhibition detailing the history of the hall and all its
varied occupants, from ex Queens to inventors.
BLACKSMITHING
Following the death last year of Dennis Trinder, the last blacksmith in Filkins, we
will have our own blacksmith shop in the museum along with the stories of past
smiths.
LOCAL MURDER 1893
Learn about the murder of the two young local girls whose murderer was never
found. The murders will be the topic of our second lecture this year on Thursday
26th MAY 2011 in the Village Hall, Filkins given by Richard Martin, local
historian extraordinaire!
THE BUILDINGS OF FILKINS SURVEY
The book of photographs made by Helen Blackett will be on display, one can
compare yesteryear with today the buildings which make up Filkins and
Broughton Poggs.
TICKETS for both lectures, at a cost of 6.50 each, can be bought from The Post
Office, The Shop, The Cotswold Woollen Weavers or from Peter Gray 01367
860311 or Diane Blackett 01367 860504.
Please attend to help support the village museum. Thank you. The Museum
opens on Sunday May 1st at 2.30 until 5.00 and thereafter every first Sunday of
the month. We are always willing to open by appointment especially for a group
when we can provide a cream tea after a history trail of the village.
 Diane Blackett

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  FILKINS REUNION 2011
  Our 11th Anniversary this year! Childhood friends who used to live in Filkins
  have been meeting together over the past 11 years and this year Peter Gray will
  have some more pictures that will bring back all those memories. So come along
  and join us at in The Carter Institute on Saturday 9th July at 12 noon
  It is always a wonderful occasion. If you spent your childhood in Filkins and
  would like to join us this year please let us know before Saturday 28 th May.
  Places are limited to 80 people on a first come first served basis
  The cost will be £14.00 per person. You may pay by cash or cheque and your
  payment must be received by 29th May. Please make cheques payable to Post
  Office Ltd and send to Ena Constable, c/o Filkins Post Office, Rouses Lane,
  Filkins, GL7 3HU. If you have any questions please contact one of the following:
  Ena Constable 01367 860418 or 01367 860620
  Donald Deaney 01993 201442
  Trevor Bumford 01793 541291
  Fran Clack

  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)
Tuesdays                                      Thursdays
5th April    Mrs A Dossett-Davies   860357    7th April    Mrs J Higham           860197
12th April   Mrs F Shrouder         860053    14th April   Mrs K Morley           860777
19th April   Mrs M Cover            860302    21st April   Mr J Moir              860031
26th April   Mrs C Woodford         860319    28th April   Mr A Woodford          860319
3rd May      Lady Allison           860787    5th May      Mrs A Dossett-Davies   860357
10th May     Miss H Squire          860337    12th May     Mr A Woodford          860319
17th May     Mrs M Cover            860302    19th May     Mrs J Higham           860197
24th May     Mrs K Morley           860777    26th May     Mr J Moir              860031
31st May     Mrs F Shrouder         860053

  Charges: Surgery Runs: Carterton, Lechlade and Burford - £2.00. Witney &
  Fairford - £5.00.
  Hospital Runs: Cirencester and Swindon - £8.00, Cheltenham and Oxford -
  £10.00 - plus parking charge if applicable. Charges are for a single return journey.
  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.
  Tony Woodford



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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

PARISH COUNCIL
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.
Cris Hoad

FILKINS NURSERY UPDATE
Over the last few years, the National Day Nurseries Association
has been promoting the importance of a healthy lifestyle for young children with
it‟s „Healthy Body, Happy Me‟ week.
At Filkins Nursery, we want to give the children a positive experience of a
healthy lifestyle, giving them a chance to participate in activities that are fun and
lead to a healthy body and a happy me. During this week in March, the children
planted out seeds for our vegetable garden; experienced yoga with Tattybumpkin
and music with Saltbox; devised their own early morning exercise routine aptly
called „wake and shake‟; were invited into nursery to share a nutritious breakfast
together and enjoyed making various healthy snacks throughout the week. We
also held a „little scientist day‟ which stimulated the children‟s curiosity and
imagination with some exciting experiments!
For this year‟s World Book Day, Children were asked to bring in their favourite
story to share with their friends. Many of them also dressed up as a character
from the book.
Spring term ends on Friday 8th April and Holiday Club will run from Monday
11th April until Thursday 21st April. Following the success of our „little scientist
day‟ in March, the first week of Holiday Club will be a Science Week and the
second week will be full of Easter activities.Please ring 01367 860594 early to
book a place. Summer term begins on Tuesday 26th April
Louise Jenkins


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Day                 Morning                                     Afternoon
Monday              closed                                      3.00-5.00pm
Tuesday             10.00am-12noon                              3.00-5.00pm
Wednesday           closed                                      3.00-5.00pm
Thursday            10.00am-12noon                              3.00-7.00pm
Friday              closed                                      3.00-7.00pm
Saturday            10.00am-12noon                              3.00-5.00pm
Sunday              closed                                      3.00-5.00pm

NEWS FROM THE VILLAGE SHOP
HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
We think the Village Shop is an invaluable asset to the community and we are
working extremely hard to make it commercially viable so that its long term
future is secured.
• Aside from buying goods, the shop can always benefit from more volunteers.
Maybe you can spare an hour every now and again? It would fit around your
commitments and full training would be given.
• If time is tight but you think the shop is worth supporting, perhaps you‟d like
to make a donation instead? This doesn‟t have to be in monetary value: it can be
as a gesture, such as flowers to brighten the shop window. Thanks to the F&BP
Gardening club who are preparing a wonderful spring garden for us all to enjoy.
Why not use our produce and make a meal out of it? Pauline Care is using local
flour to make bread which you will be able to sample in the shop.
• Could your club/organization commit to using us for their event refreshments?
• Are you having a party or event that we could supply goods for? We will work
with you to provide your specific needs.
Your Feedback Aside from the enclosed survey, we have also introduced a
Customer Comments Book that we will encourage you to fill in when you visit
the shop. We‟ve already been able to satisfy a number of customers following
their feedback. If you would like to be kept informed of upcoming offers or
events, please leave us your email address and/or phone number at the shop too.
Fruit and vegetables Following your comments we now have fresh fruit and
vegetables in the shop all of the time. Please help by buying regularly; the more
you buy the more we can offer. Don‟t forget that you can donate any surplus too.
Orders We take orders for a number of local suppliers of meat, bread, ready
meals and more. We also take orders for fish delivered on Fridays. If you know
in advance what you might like, we can make sure it is available for you.

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Seasonal promotions The first promotion will be Mothers Day on 3 rd April.
For all of you who might just have forgotten! Make sure you come and buy some
of beautiful hand painted cards, flowers and chocolates that will be available.
Become a shareholder Invest in your village and buy a £10.00 share in the
shop. This important amount is used to maintain the shop and gives you a say in
what happens. As such, you become an ambassador for the business, helping us
spread the word into the community.
Buy in your own time We are currently piloting the „keys on Account scheme‟
to shop shareholders so that they may purchase goods out-of-hours. We will tell
you how it goes.
Shop hours At the moment we are proposing to change to the following shop
opening hours from 1st May 2011. We will also get comments from you in the
survey so will confirm hours next month.
A word from our volunteers We recognise that some of our communication
methods with our volunteers seemed to have ground to a halt. So we are putting
back in place our daily diary with comments for the day, and also putting in place
a monthly sheet to keep all volunteers updated on things that may have changed
since their last session in the shop. We hope this, together with our monthly
update in St Filica News, will keep everyone up to date.
And of course we intend to encourage our regular volunteers to contribute their
thoughts too.
This month: We have recruited a new volunteer Juliet Morley. She came in with
her son Oliver to find out what volunteers need to do. She said: „I never thought
I had the time especially with working and a young family, but we have managed
to squeeze in a few hours every now and again. Do you know we really enjoyed
it!!‟ So why don‟t you give it a try too?
What’s happening upstairs? As of March, the room upstairs was open to a new
series of exhibitions. These are to showcase all sorts local talent and expertise.
Ian and Ronnie Bailey kicked off with an exhibition of their paintings and have
already sold pictures to admiring villagers. Thanks to their success, the April
exhibition will go ahead, featuring cakes and cake making.
Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share with the community? We
are inviting you to share your best cake recipes with us and then make and bring
your cake to a mass tasting at 3.00pm on Sunday 10th April. Why not join us for a
glass of wine and a piece of cake to launch our exhibition on cakes and we will be
giving 50% of monies raised to breast cancer research. The exhibition will run for
2 weeks 10th April, and we already have volunteers to help and Nicky Humbug is
sharing her cake making talent for the exhibition too. So if you can help or you
are a dab hand at cake decorating. Or you have pictures of your prized wedding
or Christening cake you‟d like to share. Or you have some old pictures or

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information about cake making just let us know, as we would be delighted to add
these in our exhibition.
Finally we think no cake exhibition is complete without involving the children so
on Sunday 17th April we are asking children to make or decorate small or large
cakes with a Spring or Easter theme and bring them to the shop at 3pm on 17th
April for display.
 The exhibition will run from 3.00pm Sunday 10th April to 5.00pm Sunday 24th
April
Cake tasting/wine at 3.00pm 10th April 2011 to launch the event.
Sunday 17th April children‟s competition to make and/or decorate cake with a
spring or Easter theme.
If you can provide a cake and recipe, pictures or your child wishes to participate,
please email Filkinsvillageshop@gmail.com by 5th April. Fun for everybody so
why not join in.And of course, don‟t forget to buy your ingredients from Filkins
Village Shop…. We promise some special offers.
Trish Poole
Chairman Filkins Community Shop

LICENSING ACT 2003
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR
A PREMISES LICENCE OR CLUB PREMISES CERTIFICATE
  NOTICE is hereby given that Richard James Martin applied to West
Oxfordshire District Council on Wednesday 8th March 2011 to use premises at
Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Filkins, Lechlade, Glos GL7 3JJ to sell alcohol for
sale and consumption on and off the premises.
Any person wishing to object to this application must give notice in writing
stating the nature of objection by 6th April 2011. Please write to:
  Head of Community Safety and Licensing
  West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 1PB
Full details of the application may be inspected by appointment at the address
above. Please phone (01993) 861636 if you wish to view the complete
application.
It is an offence, liable on summary conviction to a fine up to £5,000, under
Section 158 of the Licensing Act 2003 knowingly or recklessly to make a false
statement in or in connection with this application.




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                     HOLWELL
                     St Mary’s

 PALM SUNDAY
Palm Sunday falls on April 17th this year and the Benefice Service will be at
Holwell at 10.30am. But, before that, if you can, please join us at 10.00am at the
Bradwell Grove Crossroads, where the donkey will be waiting to lead our
procession to the Church, with the Choir. We hope to welcome fellow
„beneficiaries‟ from all the parishes to St. Mary‟s that day, and that by then spring
will have arrived.
Corinna Rock
THE POND
Holwell‟s pond area has received a cosmetic make-over in time to welcome
spring. Five Gardeners from the Estate tip-toed through the snowdrops, clearing
away the brambles, nettles and debris. The pleasing result gives a more open view
of the site, revealing, too, what future conservation work may be necessary. Our
Lottery grant application was not successful, but the help from the Gardeners has
improved the area greatly. Our thanks to them
Jane Pegram



                       KELMSCOTT
                     St George’s

CHURCH BRASS AND FLOWERS
Clare Callow
MAY BALL
This year‟s Kelmscott May Ball will be held on
Saturday 14th May in the grounds of the Morris
Memorial Hall. Tickets, at £55.00 per head, are now
on sale. Call Karen Spittle on 01367 252423. Don‟t
miss this highlight of the Kelmscott social calendar.
Why not book a table for 10!
Further information available from Jane Milne on
01367 252423 or email
jane@kelmscottmanor.org.uk
Jane Milne


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                   KENCOT
                   St George’s


CHURCH FLOWERS
 No flowers during Lent
On Saturday 23rd April the church will be decorated for Easter. All are welcome
to come and help.
25th April & 7th May Anne Dossett- Davis
ANNUAL PCC MEETING
The Annual Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting will take place on
Thursday 28th April 7.30pm at the Village Hall.
Gill Cox
GARDENS OPEN EASTER MONDAY
8 gardens and the allotments will be open from 2.00 - 6.00pm on the 25th April
for the National Garden Scheme. Admission £4.00, children free. There is
wheelchair access to most gardens. A very good plant stall will be at Manor Farm.
Teas are in the Village Hall (the proceeds are divided between St. George's
Church and the Village Hall Fund). We do need lots of cakes etc for the teas as
this is always very popular - could these please be taken to the Village Hall on the
morning of the 25th. Susan Portergill (01367 860217) is in charge and is always
looking for anyone who could spare an hour to help on the day - people come
from far afield and it is for renowned Kencot tea, as much as the gardens!
Just as a postscript, could everyone make sure that their own frontages are clean
and tidy as it really makes such a difference to the village.
Fingers crossed that we have good weather and a bumper number of visitors as it
is such a good charity - the money raised is split, amongst others, between
Macmillan Nurses, Gardeners‟ orphans, Marie Curie and funding young people
to find a career on the land.
Jane Fyson

PARISH MEETING
A meeting was held on 17th February covering a number of matters of current
importance including possible new housing at Carterton, flood relief measures,
and concerns over vehicle speed in the village. The Meeting discussed the
housing topic thoroughly and confirmed a position for Kencot Parish of
opposition to the Carterton West proposal, in advance of the deadline for
comments to be submitted to West Oxfordshire DC. On actions for minimising
risk of future flooding, more discussions have been progressing with landowners

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and final proposals are being agreed with West Oxfordshire DC. The speed of
cars passing through the village at „school run‟ times remains a concern and we
are hoping to get the message across to those involved. Other subjects discussed
included possible interest in the new bulk oil buying scheme, memorial benches
in the village, future village events and litter clearing in advance of the NGS
Gardens Open Day. By the time of the Annual Parish Meeting on 24 th March
updated information should have emerged on these and other questions of
interest.
For Kencot residents, to simplify circulation of information and documents, if
you have not already advised me of your email address it would be helpful if you
could send a message to kencotparishchair@btinternet.com . Many thanks.
Ian Morrison

                 LANGFORD
                 St Matthew’s



ST MATTHEW’S CHURCH
Langford Spring Gardens Open. Several gardens in Langford will be open on
Sunday 17th April in aid of St. Matthew‟s Church. Opening times are 2.00pm to
6.00pm. Teas will be served in the village hall. Entry for all the gardens £4.00

CHURCH / CHURCHYARD CLEAN AND VILLAGE LITTER PICK
The combined Church, Churchyard clean and the village Litter pick are to be
held on Saturday 19th March. We urge you all to go where you like and do what
you can to tidy up our village and church. The starting time is 10.00 am; either go
to the church or the village hall where bags for the litter and litter pickers will be
provided. Please bring your own gloves if required. The Parish Council will
provide „bacon butties‟ for all the workers at 12.30am in the Village Hall.
Please do come along, the more volunteers the less work for each individual.

LANGFORD PARISH COUNCIL
Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Tuesday 10th May at 8.00pm in
Langford Village Hall. Do come along if you have any questions you wish to put
to the Parish Council, or any concerns you wish to raise.

CARTERTON WEST DEVELOPMENT
The Parish Council has written to West Oxfordshire District Council stating our
preference for the new house building (over 1,000) in Carterton to take place to
the east of Carterton, between the new ring road and Brize Norton. Our reasons

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being the unsuitability of the site between the Shill Brook and Alvescot, due to
flooding (much of the proposed site is at present very waterlogged). The site
would be physically separated from Carterton by the Shill Brook and the road
system is not suitable for more traffic.

WHIST
Join us for an evening of Whist at Langford Village Hall on Tuesday 5 th April.
We start at 7.30pm: however if you would like some tuition please arrive a little
earlier than this. The entrance fee of £1.00 includes tea and biscuits at half time
with all the profits going to Langford Village Hall. We play for the enjoyment of
the game and the company with small prizes. Everyone is welcome; you do not
need to be an expert card player to come and join us, if you would like to know
more or even get a lift please call me on 01993 852378.
Jo Hutchings.

LANGFORD GARDENS OPEN DAY
SUNDAY 17TH APRIL 2.00pm-6.00pm
Langford‟s spring gardens vary from classic small cottage to large formal gardens,
including the very restful garden created by the late Sir Hardy Amies, who for
over 55 years dressed Her Majesty the Queen.
 Delicious home-made teas will be available in the village hall. There will also be
plant and cake stalls. Entry costs just £4.00 per person and children come free!
So put this date in your diary now. All proceeds go towards the conservation of
St.Matthew‟s Church. For further information contact me on 01367 860104, or
email louise@energypr.co.uk
Louise Findlay-Wilson

LANGFORD CRICKET CLUB
Over at the Langford Cricket Ground
there is an air of expectancy as the 2011
Cricket Season approaches. Recent years
have seen the resurgence of Langford
CC both, as a force to be reckoned
within the local Cirencester leagues, but
also as an important part of village life.
The story so far …..
Following successful bids for various
Sports Funding from the Lottery and
various localised Sports Councils, the visionary Steve Finlay-Wilson managed to
secure £25,000 to erect 2 state of the art All Weather Cricket practice nets. Last
year Steve raised a further £10,000 towards an Outfield Mower, a motorised

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roller and various other grounds tools.
With this kind of investment the club has been able to punch its weight again
and, with a rigorous membership campaign, enter teams into the local Cirencester
League for Under 15 and 20:20 midweek teams.
Any funds raised from this season will go towards a new safety screen, Electricity
to the Pavilion, Sight screens and a Bowling machine (we hope!)
What‟s happening this year?
A recent sell out Chilli Con Quiz night at the Langford Village Hall not only
raised £655.00, for which we are very grateful, but also raised tremendous
excitement about the season ahead when we intend to take part in the highly
competitive Saturday League after an absence of 6 years, enter the Midweek
20:20 league and the under 15 league. We will also continue with our Sunday
Friendly fixtures, Put some energy into an Under 11 side and maximise the highly
successful Casuals Over 40‟s side, whose motto is „Who Cares who Wins‟ !
Youth Coaching for all ages will commence in late May with an accredited coach
so if you are interested in enrolling your child please contact the email below.
Why not get involved yourself?
Langford CC has not only been great for cricket players but also for anyone keen
to get involved in other ways. We have non players who help cut the grass, tend
the „hallowed square‟ and help with match Teas or Barbecues. So if you would
like to help please come along when you hear the sound of leather on willow in
Langford and speak to one of the committee.
We are also happy for people to join and simply use the nets to practice and
improve their general fitness!!
We are very keen to find someone who may be interested in being our Youth
Coordinator, not to coach but to administer the Youth Coaching and ensure
everyone knows what they are doing
Equally, we are keen to find anyone who would be interested in Umpiring our
league fixtures on a Saturday or Wednesday evenings.
For players, we are very keen to sign you up as early as possible so you can be
involved in any pre season practice session. (The Casuals are already practicing at
Fairford Indoor nets every Saturday morning-which means they need to sleep all
day Sunday to recover!)
For a subscription form please email richard@rparsons.fslife.co.uk or
jeremylewis@quilter.co.uk
Our next social event is a Bingo Night in May. We will confirm the date in next
month‟s Parish Pump.
Richard Parsons


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NEWS FROM ST CHRISTOPHER’S
Spring is in the air and the children at St Christopher‟s have
been enjoying the fresh air and our wonderful grounds.
Outdoor PE has once again taken over from the hall and all
over the school children are accessing different areas of the
curriculum outside. This week alone I have seen children gardening, doing
outdoor Maths, Science and the Friday Nature Club making the most of the
sunshine to weed and plant up the allotments. Our new KS1 outdoor area has
had a bit of a makeover and an extension too! Chrissy and Andrew Tinson and
Janet Hobbs spent a sunny Sunday moving fences to make the new area almost
twice the size, thank you to them for their hard work.
Years 5 and 6 will be enjoying even more of the outdoor lifestyle when they make
their annual trip to the Pioneer Centre in Shropshire for their outdoor and
adventurous week. For many children (and staff!) this is the highlight of the year
when they get to abseil, dangle from ropes, play wide games, discover new skills
such as archery and fencing and generally have a great deal of fun! This year Mr
Cornish will be leading the group once again together with Mrs Brownjohn and
Mrs Norton-White. I will be joining them for three days for my last ever Pioneer
adventure. It is an amazing week where you always see children grow and
develop and really push themselves into achieving wonderful things.
At the end of March four of our pupils will be heading off to Manchester for the
National Finals of the Primary Engineer Project. Every child in the school took
part in this project earlier this year and the two winning teams from the area
finals; Jake and Poppy from the lower school and Tom and Joe from the upper,
will be testing out their cars and will be subjected to a grueling interview process
at the event in Manchester! We wish them all the very best of luck and many
congratulations on their winning designs. I would like to say a very big thank you
to Mr Mac from Burford School who has supported both staff and children in
this fabulous project.
Our Easter Service this year follows the outdoor theme. Each class will be
looking at an aspect of the Easter story and set up a tableau or „station‟ which will
prompt others to think and reflect on it. This follows last year‟s whole school
visit to St Matthew‟s Church when parishioners had kindly volunteered to set up
the Stations of the Cross and share ideas and reflections with the children. Last
year‟s Easter Experience really prompted children to talk about the story, ask
questions and understand the messages. On Wednesday 6th April Reverend
Wheaton will be leading an Easter Celebration with parents and carers in our hall.
Each class will lead a short presentation about their‟ station‟ and what they learnt,
talked about or felt as they set it up and talked about it with the other classes.
We will also be sharing songs and readings and Hot Cross Buns!
Our topic next term is very aptly „Kings and Queens!‟ The Royal Wedding is very
appropriately planned for the first week of term so we will be doing some whole

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school work on that and celebrating in style! Following that KS1 children will be
focussing on the stories of King Arthur and KS1 will be learning about the
Tudors. Trips to Windsor Castle and Sulgrave Manor have already been planned
and it should be a really interesting and stimulating topic.
As always, if you would like to support us with this in any way please do contact
the school on 01367 860318 or visit our website at www.st-
christophers.oxon.sch.uk.
Sarah Nisbett


                LITTLE FARINGDON
                St Margaret’s


CHURCH FLOWERS
10th April No flowers during Lent.
Easter Day, 24th April Lady de Mauley. Would everyone please help with
decorating and cleaning the church, ideally on Saturday 23 rd April.

ANNUAL PCC MEETING ON 8TH MAY
This Meeting will be held at St Margaret‟s Church in Little Faringdon at 11.00am
on Sunday 8th May and will follow a very short Act of Worship. Everyone in the
village and all members of our congregation are most welcome to attend.

CHURCH LUNCH ON SUNDAY 26TH JUNE
This year‟s Church Lunch will be hosted by Sam and Ali Butler at Langford
Downs House on Sunday 26th June. A planning meeting will be held during
April, and the meeting date and venue will be circulated separately.
Barbara Browne

                 SHILTON
                 Holy Rood



SHILTON NEWS
The next BIG event is on Saturday 23rd April when there will be heaps of fun and
frolics to be had at Shilton‟s annual egg rolling races etc.
The sequence of events will be, weather permitting, as follows:


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2.30pm at the Old School to buy your painted eggs for the egg
rolling and to secure your entries for the boat and duck races
2.45pm Easter hat competition (open to all ages and sexes and
prizes to be won)
3.00pm Egg rolling down the hill, followed by Duck and Boat races on the pond
and finally an Egg Hunt up the hill to the Old School for an Easter Tea (£2.00
adult, children free) or to buy some delicious home-made cakes to take home
with you. Fun for all the family and loads of Easter eggs to be won so do come
and join us. Call me on 01993 842404 for more details.
2011 Parish Council meetings are as follows:
18th May          Shilton Statutory Annual meeting at 6.00pm followed by the
                  Annual Parish meeting at 7.30pm
20th July         Bradwell Village
5th October       Shilton
7th December Shilton
All meetings start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Meetings in Shilton are held
in the Old School and those in Bradwell Village take place in the Hobbies Room
of the village hall. Katherine Robertson 01993 840825
Shirley Cuthbertson

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
The Meeting will be held in the Old School Village Hall on Wednesday 13th April
at 7.00 pm. Do please come along as everyone is very welcome.
Jean Roberts
SHILTON HISTORY GROUP
Our A.G.M. will be held on Friday 8th April: and after the routine business the
entertainment/enlightenment will consist of a talk on the History of English by -
guess who! - Fred Robertson.7.30 pm at the Old School, and visitors welcome.
 Fred Robertson

BRADWELL VILLAGE
BRADWELL BABES
 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 01367 860890
Miranda Mowbray

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               WESTWELL
               St Mary’s

Please note that the Annual Parish Church Meeting is to be held on Sunday 3rd
April at 9.00am in the Church. Churchwardens are elected at this meeting, and
proposals for these positions should be made before this meeting.
Snowdrops are already almost gone and the grass is beginning to grow already,
and help with mowing the Churchyard is urgently needed, please contact Chris if
you can spare some time for this almost weekly job.
Chris Fox


AROUND THE REGION
A look at events and news from a little further afield.




                        BURFORD SCHOOL NEWS
                      Oxford Schools Debating Competition
                      On Wednesday 2nd February, 8 students from Burford
School attended the regional round of the Oxford University Schools Debating
Competition, held at Magdalen College School.
This is the largest schools debating competition for British Parliamentary
Debating in the world.
The students were Emma Bailey (17), Abi Dickson (16), Charlotte Allcock (17),
Natalie Hogg (16), Amber Wagstaffe (16), Ann Tivey (17), Jon Stacey (16) and
Ed Brook (16).
Everyone took part in two debates, on the motions „This House would allow
soldiers to choose not to fight in certain wars‟, and „This House would use
financial incentives to encourage leading sportsmen and women to come out as
homosexual‟. These interesting issues led to some exciting and stimulating
debates in which all Burford students acquitted themselves admirably.
For some it was their first experience of competitive debating,many of the
opposition teams were much more experienced, but all rose to the challenge and
had an enjoyable time. The Burford team of Ann Tivey and Chalotte Allcock
were selected to go through to the National final, which is a tremendous

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achievement, especially considering that they beat teams from schools such as
Pates, St Edwards, and Cheltenham Ladies College.
Ann and Charlotte will compete against over 80 teams from the UK and abroad
when the finals are held in the home of debating, The Oxford Union.
RUGBY




Under 14’s Burford School Under 14‟s rounded off their season on a high by
triumphing in the County Vase Final held at Chipping Norton Rugby Club. Their
opponents, King Alfred‟s Community and Sports College (Wantage), started the
game strongest and went ahead early on with a try under the posts. In an evenly
contested first half, Burford hit back with a well taken try from Dan Crook from
inside his own half. The second half began with Burford in the ascendancy and
James Reynolds soon went over to give Burford a 10-7 lead. With strong wind in
Burford‟s favour, Captain Luke Crisp and man of the match Jeremy Kirby kept
Burford going forward with excellent play throughout. The game was then made
safe with the impressive Chris Godfrey scoring a decisive third try. Despite a late
reply from the opponents Burford saw out the remaining minutes to claim
victory by 15 points to 12.
Under 15’s No. 8 Callum Godfrey scored a brace of tries as Burford School
came from behind to beat holders Cokethorpe 15-12 in the Oxfordshire Under
15 County Cup Final held at Witney Rugby Club. Cokethorpe opened the scoring
after five minutes but Burford quickly replied with some fantastic rucking, and
Godfrey broke through the Cokethorpe defence for a try. But Cokethorpe were
ahead again before the break. With the wind behind them in the second half,
Burford levelled with Godfrey carrying two defenders over the line for his
second try, which was converted by Captain Ted Landray. With only five minutes
remaining, fly half Landray kicked a winning penalty. This victory capped a
fantastic season for the Under 15‟s.
Jane Edwards

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BURFORD SINGERS
On Sunday April at 7.30pm Burford Parish Church Brian Kay conducts the
Burford Singers with the Baroque Ensemble Canzona and soloists Ruby Hughes
(soprano), Frances Bourne (alto), Daniel Auchinloss (tenor) and Michel de Souza
( bass) in J. S. Bach‟s B Minor Mass.
Tickets from £10.00 (students half price) from Burford Singers Box Office: Red
Lion Bookshop, 122 High Street, Burford 01993 822539.
Saturday April 30th from 10.00am until 6.00pm at Burford School, Choral
Workshop with Brian Kay, featuring Gilbert & Sullivan Choruses. Full details
from Jan Campbell, 17 Shilton Road, Burford OX18 4PA. tel.01993 822412
email campbell397@btinternet.com. Or visit www.burford-singers.org.uk.
Jan Campbell

BURFORD LIBRARY SERVICES
Our opening times are:-
Monday           Closed
Tuesday          1.00pm-5.00pm      6.00pm-7.00pm
Wednesday        Closed
Thursday         10.00am-1.00pm
Friday           10.00am-1.00pm     2.00pm-5.30pm
Saturday         9.30am-1.00pm
Please telephone 01993 823377 for more information.
Carol Holdcroft

WEST OX ARTS
Chimney to India and Back 9th April - 1st May
Chimney to India and Back showcases the work
of David and Marguerite Evers. David and
Marguerite take their paints with them when
they travel - oils, canvases, easels, chairs, the lot
- and that is why a number of exotic locations
are depicted in the work. The paintings in Goa
are unusual for Indian art because the subjects
tend to be local people, and peasant cottages
rather than the grand buildings. Tourist class airlines and rackety local taxis
behave in a very game way when confronted with us and up to 12 pieces of
luggage. Maybe it will be watercolours next time.
WEST OX ARTS GALLERY, TOWN HALL, MARKET SQUARE, BAMPTON,
OXON, OX18 2JH OPEN TUES - SAT 10.30 AM - 4.30 PM, SUN 2 - 4 PM
Alice Saunders


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STOP CARTERTON WEST
Most Parish Pump readers will be aware of the plans to increase the size of
Carterton by an additional 1000 homes or more, on a site (or sites) east, west or
north of the town. Many will have submitted their views to West Oxfordshire
District Council as part of the consultation period that has just ended.
The planning process has a long way to grind yet, but if the site west of Carterton
is eventually chosen, we believe that to concrete over this Greenfield site would
be a throwback to the lazy and misguided planning policies of the 1960s. Lazy
because there is so much more that could be done within Carterton‟s existing
boundaries to improve the look and feel of the town while also providing more
housing. Misguided because the existing (and enlightened) policy has for years
been to see the inviolate Shill Valley as an essential part of Carterton‟s Western
approach.
„Carterton West‟ would sprawl across the triangle of Alvescot Downs that has its
southern tip at the old stone barn that stands at the junction of the B4477 and
Shilton Lane, and runs northwards bounded by Shilton Lane to the west, and the
B4477 and the Shill valley to the East. This land is flood plain and includes two
local wildlife sites and a biodiversity target area. The proposed development
(essentially a large satellite town joined to Carterton across a new bridge over the
Shill Valley) would initially be for 1000 houses, but the developer‟s plans clearly
show provision for far more houses in the future. And with the old airfield only
two small fields away, who knows where development will stop.
Alvescot is the nearest village to the development (indeed the site is actually in
the parish), and so the parish council has been leading the „Stop Carterton West‟
campaign, supported by the parishes of Bampton, Black Bourton, Broadwell,
Clanfield, Filkins & Broughton Poggs, Kencot and Langford. Concerns include
increased downstream flooding risk from run-off from the development, the
traffic generated by 1500 extra cars, and unchecked urban sprawl.
Opposing planning decisions takes time and expertise and money. We members
of the Stop Carterton West committee have given our time, the expertise has
come from our planning consultant Richard Anstis, and the campaign has been
funded so far by Alvescot Parish Council. As the consultation period ends and
the next phase in the planning process begins, we need more money urgently to
keep going and we cannot expect the Parish Council to continue to foot the bill.
We need your help and we need it fast, so please send any donations to Stop
Carterton West, c/o The Treasurer, Vine Cottage, Mill Lane, Oxfordshire OX18
2QJ. If you can help in any other way with printing and/or distribution of
leaflets, fund raising expertise, do get in touch My email is me@hugoharris.com
Remember: if Alvescot Downs disappear under concrete, they disappear for ever.
Please help Stop Carterton West before it‟s too late.
Hugo Harris

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MUSIC IN COUNTRY CHURCHES
Over the weekend of May 20th and 21st, St Mary‟s Bampton will be the setting for
three concerts given under the auspices of Music in Country Churches. This
charitable trust has two main purposes- to contribute to the vitality of country
life by bringing music of the highest standard to country churches of beauty and
historic interest, and to use the proceeds of those concerts to support rural
churches which are in need of funds for the repair and upkeep of their historic
buildings. The trust has now been in existence for 21 years and during that time
has raised over £400,000 to distribute to churches in need.
The organisation‟s patron is HRH The Prince of Wales who is actively involved
in the enterprise and attends the concerts whenever possible, as he did when
MICC last came to Bampton in 2005. With his enthusiastic support, musicians of
international reputation give generously of their time and talents and we can look
forward with confidence to a weekend of musical delight.
Ticket prices will range from £5 for an unreserved seat at a single concert to £55
for a reserved seat at both the evening concerts. There will also be a morning
concert on May 21st. Dining is an additional option with both evening
performances. We hope that many members of our local congregations and
communities will support this wonderful enterprise.
Friday 20th May at 7.30 pm
LONDON WINDS Directed by Michael              Music by Reicha, Mozart, Danzi and
Collins                                       Holst
Saturday 21st May at 11.00 am
KATYA APEKISHEVA and CHARLES                  Music by Mozart, Ravel and Brahms
OWEN piano, four hands
Saturday 21st May at 7.30 pm
NEW QUEEN‟S HALL ORCHESTRA                    Paul Murphy conductor
                                              Robert Gibbs Violin
Programme to include Vaughan Williams‟ The Lark Ascending and works by Elgar,
Walton, Warlock and Parry.
Details on how to book tickets will be in next month‟s Parish Pump.
Gill Salway

THE WINEY FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP
Our group has risen from the ashes of the Chipping Norton FMSG! We meet
on the first Tuesday of the month 12.30-2.30pm so the next one is on the 5th
April at „The Oasis Café‟, Fetticeplace Road, Witney, the web-site is
www.oasisfamilychurch.co.uk for more information or to go on a mailing list
write to fibrogroup@live.com
Alma Tumilowicz


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AMELIA CARTER

T      he centenary celebrations for the Kencot Carter Institute take place later
       this year so with the help of a friend I have been doing research on Amelia
       Carter.
Agreeing with many of the facts that Richard Martin stated in the July 2010
edition of the Parish Pump, Amelia‟s Grandfather was James Thorold who was
the vicar of Kencot from 1801 to 1857, he married Mary and they had three
children, Caroline, Amelia and Phyllis (although the only mention of Phyllis is her
christening in the Kencot church records).
Amelia (Snr) married Crisp Richard Beckham Burnaby in 1825 at Kencot church.
The only mention after this that we can find of Crisp is in the VCH Oxfordshire
Texts in Progress (Broughton Poggs) November 2010 in which it states that he
sold the family home at Broughton Hall in 1824. We can find no further record
of him. We know he was a Lieutenant in the Army as this is stated on Amelia
(Jnr) wedding certificate.
Amelia and Crisp had three daughters; Eleanor born 1826, Amelia born 1829 and
Louisa born 1831, all born at St Anne‟s, Lower Canada (now Quebec). We have
been unable to find any further mention of the family until the 1841 Census
when as Richard stated Amelia Snr, Amelia Jnr, and Louisa were living at Kencot
Rectory with James Thorold. There is no mention of Crisp or Eleanor. The 1851
census has the same family members but now living at Hill Farm, Kencot.
Eleanor married Rev Arthur Neate in 1844 at Kencot church and they lived at
Alvescot having at least two children. It appears that Louisa did not marry and
died in 1898 leaving Eleanor and Amelia a total £4,024 12s 4d. At time of death
Louisa was living at 13 Princess St, Cavendish Square, Kensington.
Amelia Jnr married John Carter, described on their wedding certificate as a
„Gentleman‟ from Fairford and his father has the same description. There is no
date of birth for either John, and there is no further mention of Amelia until her
death. She died in 1905 at Flat D 187 Queens Gate Mansion, Kensington.
Executors to her will were the Rev William HDW Raine & Charles Fletcher
Edmunds. In her will she left £9,544.5s.2d.
We had hoped to find where her wealth had come from but so far have been
unable to do so. Many of Amelia‟s Snr‟s, husband‟s family had titles and were
officers in the Navy, and one being Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire and another
Ambassador for Barbados.
We know Amelia‟s connections with Kencot and the link with Filkins being
Broughton Poggs Manor but does anyone know the connection with Clanfield?
We would also like to find out more about John Carter. If anyone can help could
they please contact me on 01367 860250 e-mail gill.e.cox@talk21.com
Gill Cox

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BURFORD PRIMARY
SCHOOL

T      he Year One members of Windrush
       class were invited to a dance workshop
       at the beginning of February, held at Burford Secondary School. It was
attended by several primary schools in the partnership and the theme was based
on the book „Where the Wild Things Are‟ by Maurice Sendak. In Windrush, we
linked all of our literacy and art work for the week to the book, creating excellent
descriptions of our own „Wild Things‟ and pictures to match their descriptions.
The Year One children enjoyed the dance workshop so much that they choose to
perform it in front of the Year Two children. They were so impressed that it was
                                     decided, as a class, that we would base our
                                     sharing assembly on „Where the Wild Things
                                     Are‟. Some children volunteered to be
                                     narrators, while others were wild things, trees
                                     and waves. At selected stages in the story,
                                     dances were performed to express parts of the
                                     book. A forest was created to music, as Max‟s
                                     room was changed, followed by the children
                                     performing a song to show Max rowing
                                     through night and day to where the wild things
                                     are. The children thoroughly enjoyed the main
                                     dance depicting the „Wild Rumpus‟ which
                                     involved a conga through the audience. The
                                     class performed astoundingly to bring the story
                                     alive and the performance was enjoyed by all.
Daisy Whewell

NATURE NOTES
AROUND THE GAMBIA IN NOAH‟S ARK – PART 3


W          e enjoyed our breakfast on day 3 out on the terrace listening to the
           dawn chorus of dove calls, hornbills and Bulbuls and watching a family
           of Monkeys chase each other noisily across the roof.
By 9.00 am we were off in The Ark for a short trip to Brufut Woods Nature
Reserve, listening to even more doves! Over the next few minutes we watched
three species of hornbill, a couple of Pearl Spotted Owlets and a Klass‟s Cuckoo.
The wide track was bordered by elegant baobab trees that stretch hundreds of
feet into the air and each held several birds including the owlets. We enjoyed the
lovely colours of both the African Paradise Flycatcher and the Red-bellied
Flycatcher, a Grey-backed Cameroptera was found down low in the scrub .
Black-capped Babblers, Sunbirds and Bulbuls added to the enjoyment.

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Modou Colley then led us into the thickets of the woodland to look for roosting
nightjars and very soon we were watching a Long-tailed Nightjar, it had near
perfect camouflage and was very hard to pick out amongst the leaf litter. Without
a lazer pointer indicating its position I don‟t believe I would have seen it and only
then it would not have been visible without the opening of an eyelid as I
watched.
A small compound had been built in a tiny clearing where benches and cold
drinks were welcomed. A couple of drinks trays had been sited in the trees so
that we could watch the birds whilst enjoying the shade. Both Black-billed and
Blue Spotted Wood Doves, a Greater Honeyguide, Lavender Waxbills, a Red-
cheeked Cordon-bleu came to take water and above us an African Harrier Hawk
drifted by. The bus arrived to collect us and as we were about to board a Yellow-
fronted Tinkerbird sat on top of a nearby bush and sang its heart out.
We drove along the wide track down to the coast at Tenjeh stopping at a ford to
watch Yellow-billed Oxpeckers on the backs of cattle with long pointed horns
which had just crossed the ford to find new pastures.
We had pre-ordered lunch so it was not long before we were enjoying our food
at the lodge overlooking the river mouth, the tide was receding as a colourful
native Pirogue came around the sand bar from the sea and pulled onto the beach
where occupants unloaded ten sacks of salt. Caspian Terns made regular sorties
right past us showing their magnificent large scarlet red bills and glossy black
caps with short cut off crests. Pied Kingfishers and Western Reef Herons fed
nearby.
After lunch we walked the few yards to the beach and scanned the roosting gulls
and terns picking out huge Kelp Gulls, Slender-billed, lesser Black-backed, Grey
Headed Gulls, also Lesser Crested, Royal and Sandwich Terns, a flock of Ruddy
Turnstones, a few Bar-tailed Godwits and many more Whimbrels. An Osprey or
two were fishing off shore, the whole scene looked idyllic with soft golden sand,
bright blue calm sea and a gentle cooling breeze. A pair of Crested Larks played
hide and seek with us as we left the beach.
After another rest at the lodge we set out for our last birding venue of the day,
Tujereng. This consisted of a walk through open woodland savannah and weedy
fields. Although the sun was still hot a cooling breeze helped to cool the
temperature. During our walk we saw many new species including a Cardinal
Woodpecker, Dark Chanting Gosshawk and Rufus-crowned Roller.
After dinner that evening we packed our bags ready for an early start next day for
our long drive aboard the Ark up river to Tendaba Camp where we were to
spend two nights before moving on again to Georgetown Island for a further
two nights.
David Roberts


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ZANE (ZIMBABWE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY)
Zane was formed in 2002 by former MP Tom Benyon OBE
after he met Cathy Olds, whose husband, Martin, a farmer in
Zimbabwe had been hacked to death. Cathy had escaped to
the UK with her two children and, as she was destitute, Tom
raised money for her. In 2003 he visited Zimbabwe to find
that the situation for pensioners was desperate. Large numbers of them, having
made provision for the future, now found their pensions and savings destroyed
by hyper-inflation. Many of these were ex-service people or their widows, who
had served with the Allies in World War II, but were now in dire financial straits.




ZANE‟s aim today is to give „Hope to those with no Hope‟ and to provide food,
medicines and money to those who face destitution. So what is so special about
ZANE?
ZANE is the only charity that operates an holistic and comprehensive social
service across Zimbabwe.
ZANE does not give „bulk aid.‟ Rather, it is a „relational‟ charity. ZANE only
helps people it knows and has gently means tested. In this way it can ensure that
none of its donor money is wasted and, at the same time, can give
encouragement to often very lonely people.
ZANE has lost no money to corrupt officials since its foundation in 2002.
What is ZANE‟s main problem in 2011?
Lack of money! ZANE relies solely on the generosity of donors. Since
Zimbabwe adopted the US dollar two years ago, ZANE‟s costs have risen 600%
and, at the same time, demand for its services has risen 500%. So ZANE is
struggling just to stand still and ZANE staff is having to turn away desperate
people. To find out more about ZANE‟s work please visit www.zane.uk.com.
You may donate online or call our credit card hotline on 020 7788 7803.


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PARISH PEOPLE Helen Squire: Chemist, Teacher, Tricyclist.

L       ast year a group of snowdrop fanciers visited Helen Squire‟s garden in
        Kencot. Having identified a wholly new variant they excitedly suggested
        calling it after her, but Helen batted the thought away as silliness; laughing
as she recounts the tale. And it strikes me that in a world where putting oneself
forward is encouraged, Helen is refreshingly old-fashioned. She is a woman of
great intelligence who has achieved much but is more interested in talking about
her family and community than herself.
Hers was an idyllic childhood. Having spent his early married life in Central
America, her father became the vicar of Eastleach during the forties and fifties
(his own father having been the vicar of Southrop). The rectory was a large house
standing opposite the stream and when the Squires lived there it had three acres
of land, which the family used for rearing livestock and growing fruit and
vegetables. She recalls that the house was always overflowing with cousins or
friends in need of shelter, and they took in evacuees during the war. She and her
brothers would cycle on tandems to Lechlade station to meet them. The vicarage
was bitterly cold in the winter and she remembers going to bed with a heated
brick and waking to frozen water in her bedside glass. But she says it was a
wonderful home.
Clearly very bright, Helen was awarded a scholarship to Cheltenham Ladies‟
College where she loved sciences and hated being made to play cricket. She then
went up to St Hilda‟s, Oxford where she took a degree in chemistry. She stayed
on to do her thesis in the agricultural department under Professor Blackman who
was using radiation to research weed killers. And because they had one of the
first Gieger counters, they became involved in assessing the radiation produced
by the first British nuclear weapons tests in the Montebello islands in 1952.
Helen was part of the team at Oxford who proved that radiation entered the
food chain and was loathe to leave.
After a couple of years at the Argricultural Research Council in Letcombe Regis,
Helen decided that she wanted to go into teaching. She smiles when she says it
was because of the long holidays, but later tells me that she loved chemistry and
wanted to pass on some of her knowledge.
In 1962, upon her Father‟s retirement, Helen moved with her parents to Kencot
where she says „we took our place in the parish‟. She has been Chairwoman of
the WI, PCC secretary and is a church warden. Her notion of taking one‟s place
in the community is perhaps the sensibility that remains the fabric of our villages.
Having just turned eighty, Helen says she‟s looking forward to becoming a little
eccentric. Seeing her in her gardening clothes pedaling about on her trusty
tricycle, with Pickles the terrier on the back, some might say she‟s happily on her
way.
Julie-Anne Edwards

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WHAT ARE WE HAVING FOR DINNER
Angela raises the stakes with a Really Rather Good Ginger Cake
We are back to cakes this month. Regular readers of the Pump will not be
surprised by this; I am rather fond of cake. I would not go so far as to say that
this is The Best Ginger Cake in the World, Ever; taste is subjective after all. But,
though I say it myself, this one is pretty good. It is recipe that I cut out of a
magazine and have adapted (improved?) it a bit and this is the result. It came
about because I discovered, by chance, a most excellent bought cake from the
Co-Op: Truly Irresistible Ginger Loaf Cake. Bought cakes are usually very
disappointing; too sweet, too dry and full of God-knows what additives. The Co-
Op ginger cake, though, is light, moist and delicious. I now usually keep one in
the pantry for emergencies; it is never in there for long though. When I saw this
one I thought it looked similar and it is. But better. It is lighter than traditional
ginger cakes, but still moist and the addition of the stem ginger makes it that
much more wonderful. My willing guinea pigs have sampled it and it has their
stamp of approval. I hope it gets yours too.
Ingredients
150ml Guinness, or similar dark beer           2tsp ground ginger
175g dark muscovado sugar                      2 medium eggs
¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda                      100g caster sugar
200g self-raising flour                        125ml unsalted butter, melted
4-5 knobs stem ginger plus 4 tbsp of the syrup from the jar
Method
Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan/gas 4 and butter a 20cm-22cm square
baking tin.
Place the Guinness and 125g of the muscovado sugar in a small saucepan and
slowly bring to the boil, working out any lumps in the sugar with the back of a
spoon. Remove from the heat and stir in the bicarbonate of soda, which will
make the mixture fizz.
Sift the flour and ginger into a large bowl. Whisk together the eggs, remaining
muscovado sugar, caster sugar and melted butter, then slowly beat this into the
flour mixture.Fold in the beer mixture, half at a time, then finely chop two knobs
of stem ginger and add to the mixture.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, give it a couple of taps on the worktop to
bring to the surface any air bubbles then bake for 30-35 minutes until just firm to
the touch (the centre of the cake may sink slightly on cooling which is par for the
course for a gooey cake).Run a knife round the edge of the cake then drizzle the
syrup over the surface. Finely chop the remainder of the stem ginger and sprinkle
over the top. Cover with clingfilm and leave to cool, preferably overnight, then
cut into squares. Makes 9 squares.
Angela Galione


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ROYAL WEDDING ...... STREET PARTY
Friday 29th April 2011 A fun packed day for all the family in and around The
Swan and the village green!
Including
10.00am-The Swan will open for pre-wedding amble 11.00am-Champagne &
Bacon Butties watching the wedding Coffee will be served in a separate room for
those who wish to watch the ceremony in quieter surrounds 1.00pm– 4.00pm
BBQ and traditional family games2,00pm-Champagne Draw 4-5pm-Afternoon
tea (homemade scones & jam)6-10pm.Dinner in the restaurant (book your table
now)1.00am-Bar closes Please register your interest to attend on 01367 850205 or
in The Swan

LETTERS
(We welcome letters on any subject, as space allows, and reserve the right to edit correspondence. Any
views expressed in the Parish Pump are not necessarily those of the editor, who is essentially rather bland)
Dear Editor,
The article by Roger Bellamy, „Housing Threat To Alvescot Downs‟ in last
month‟s Parish Pump stated several objections to the proposed development ,
which in my opinion can all be overcome, but the phrase „questions of increased
criminal behaviour‟ indicates a prejudgment of the residents to come, also
„threatens the quality of life in the village itself „ is also negative.
Surely we need to welcome and encourage new and young families to our
community and churches in order to ensure their survival ?
I live on a new development. It is peaceful and quiet with no criminal behaviour.
We were delighted when our new home was built.
Diana Cooper

                  FREE ADS – SALES AND WANTED (Not trade)
                              (Subject to space availability)
          Send to Gill Cox (details inside front cover) before 10 th of each month

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For Sale                                               Free!
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          Calendar Of Events For The Forthcoming Month
     Send your event details to Gill Cox (contact details inside front cover) by 10th of each month for events
                                     taking place during the following month
APRIL
4th & 11th Lent Group 2pm to 3pm Tel Liz Johnson 01993 846169 for further
details .
4th        Black Bourton Parish Council nomination papers to be submitted to
           WODC.
7th        Swinford Museum Annual Lecture, Village Hall, Filkins 7.30pm
           Tickets £7. Further information Tel01367 860331 or 860504
13th       Lechlade Garden Club – The Lavender Garden by Andre Bullock
17th       Langford Gardens Open Day 2pm to 6pm.
23rd       Shilton egg rolling, egg hunt starting at 2.30pm at The Old School.
25th       Kencot Gardens open for NGS 2.00 - 6.00pm.
28th       Kencot Annual PCC meeting 7.30pm Village Hall
30th       Choral Workshop with Brian Kay. for further details Tel 01993 822412
30th       Westwell Village party.


                               ROYAL WEDDING QUIZ
                   Test Your Knowledge ahead of the Royal Wedding on April 29th

1.  Who resides at Clarence House?
2.  Which British monarch reigned for longer than any other?
3.  In what way are Pharos, Emma and Linnet connected with the Royal Family?
4.  In which year was Prince William born?
5.  As at April 2004, how many different Prime Ministers has the Queen given
    audience to?
6. Which member of the Royal family was born on March 23rd 1990?
7. Which of the following monarchs reigned earlier than the others? William II,
    Henry II or Edward II?
8. What is the official title of Camilla now that she has married Prince Charles?
9. Who was King during World War I?
10. What is the Queens official residence in Scotland?

                                   (answers on the next page, no cheating)



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                                 ANSWERS
1. Who resides at Clarence House?
    Prince Charles (and Duchess Camillia, Princes William and Prince Harry)
2. Which British monarch reigned for longer than any other?
    Queen Victoria
3. In what way are Pharos, Emma and Linnet connected with the Royal Family?
    They are the names of the Queen's corgis
4. In which year was Prince William born?
    1982
5. As at April 2004, how many different Prime Ministers has the Queen given
    audience to?
    10
6. Which member of the Royal family was born on March 23rd 1990?
    Princess Eugenie
7. Which of the following monarchs reigned earlier than the others? William II,
    Henry II or Edward II?
    William II
8. What is the official title of Camilla now that she has married Prince Charles?
    Duchess of Cornwall
9. Who was King during World War I?
    George V
10. What is the Queens official residence in Scotland?
    The Palace Of Holyrood House (Balmoral is her private residence)




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