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FROM THE EDITOR
T his must be the first year almost ever that our beautiful magnolia tree at
the back (we call it the outer magnolia) has not been ravaged by frost.
Thanks to the early summer weather, bliss after such a long winter, it has
stayed in gorgeous bloom and not turned to brown squashy mush after a night of
sub zero temperatures, as it usually does.
And during the lovely sunshine, we have thrown ourselves full pelt at the
vegetable patch, determined to get as much out of it as possible. Having read
somewhere recently that fruit and veg from the supermarket thesedays contain
about half as many nutrients as they used to, we have gone wholeheartedly into
Goodlife mode (although I haven’t quite adopted the dungarees ensemble) and
are working our soil with Great Enthusiasm. Sporadically.
The children have been suspiciously into this ever since I explained that our
homegrown produce will contain twice as many vitamins and so they only have
to eat half as many green beans. I’m not sure if that was quite the right tack to
take, as I sense they have motives, but it’s done something.
Our healthy eating regime has been spurred ever onwards by the nearly teenager
who has taken over the running of the household, and who now decides what
mood we are to be in. The other day she decided that we are only to eat seeds if
we have between meal munchies. Very commendable indeed, however it was the
pre-seed interrogation that was priceless.
‘Now Ludo’, she says very firmly, with only the merest trace of would be dictator.
‘If you see a bag of crisps and a bowl of seeds on the table, which ones would
you pinch?’ Silence. ‘Now, come on, which one would you pinch, crisps or
seeds?’ After a careful pause Ludo replies ‘Neither, as I wouldn’t have
permission’. I’m sure I catch a glimpse of his little halo glinting a little in the
sunshine. It’s not often that the preteen hasn’t got an answer to something but
on this occasion she is speechless. How I wish that I could come up with replies
like that. Sadly I am beyond the age when I could ask things like ‘Is vinaigrette a
girl vinegar?’ a question I was asked this week.
Oh well, Back to digging the soil. Do you think dandelions count as vegetables?
May Services 4
Around the Villages 8
Around the Region 29
Calender of Events 38
I have always been amused by an old lady who used to say that she simply
loved the Bible right from Generations to Revolutions, but especially the
Spasms in the middle. She may have got her terminology a bit mixed up but
her heart was certainly in the right place. And countless others like her have
found that what is sometimes called the Hymn Book in the middle of the Bible,
the book of Psalms is a treasure trove. It contains the profound experience of
men and women who lived two and a half millennia ago, but it is as relevant as
ever in a year which has been marked by huge crises. The upheavals in Egypt,
Tunisia, Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, the earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan,
the financial turmoil as countries struggle with mountainous debts will haunt the
world even though the Royal wedding may bring a little light relief.
The writer of Psalm 46 knew exactly what all this feels like. And he found an
amazing truth in his own experience. It was that God secured him, not against
disaster, but within disaster, not against the worst that can happen, but in spite of
the worst that can possibly happen. ‘God is our refuge and strength’ he says, ‘a
very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives
way, and the mountains fall into the sea, and the waters roar and foam.’ It's a
vivid description of just the kind of events that we have seen unfolding during
the course of this year. The reality of the world we live in is that it is fraught with
disasters. There is no insurance policy that can guard us against them. But the
God of his experience is still a God who keeps him secure, even when the worst
occurs. His theme is taken up by St Paul in the New Testament who conjures up
all the terrors that destroy faith in a loving God. ‘I am persuaded’ he cries ‘that
neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present
nor things to come .... can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.’
And the psalmist goes on ‘There is a river, whose streams make glad the city of
God.’ In other words there is a source of strength and encouragement that flows
into the hearts and minds of the community of those who love him. ‘God is in
the midst of them, and they shall not be moved’. It was said of a group of
Christians who had lost everything, which they learned to accept each day as a
gift from God. They found joy in the deeper values of Christ. Beyond human
help they prayed as never before, not for what they wanted, but for God's
Kingdom to come. They walked through the darkness with courage, cheerfulness
and love. That river of life was flowing into their hearts and making them glad.
The psalmist had no idea of the wonder of the revelation that would be given to
the world in the Cross of Christ - the apparent tragedy that turned out to be a
triumph. But even without knowing that he ends with the words ‘Be still and
know that I am God; ... I will be exalted in the earth.’
PARISH AND BENEFICE SERVICES MAY
1st Sunday 1st May Second Sunday of Easter
10.30am Filkins Benefice Communion NUW/AM
6.00pm Westwell Benefice Evensong NUW
2nd Sunday 8th May Third Sunday of Easter
9.00am Alvescot Holy Communion HM
9.00am Broadwell Holy Communion PW
9.00am Westwell/Holwell Holy Communion NUW/AM
10.30am Filkins Parish Communion EJ
10.30am Shilton Parish Communion & NUW/AM
Children’s Church PW - CC
11.00am Little Faringdon APCM HM
6.00pm Black Bourton Evensong EJ
6.00pm Kencot Evensong HM
3rd Sunday15th May Fourth Sunday of Easter
9.00am Black Holy Communion NUW/AM
9.00am Holwell Holy Communion HM
10.30am Langford Parish Communion HM
10.30am Kelmscott Family Communion NUW/AM
6.00pm Broughton Poggs Evensong EJ/NUW
6.00pm Westwell Evensong HM
4th Sunday 22st May Fifth Sunday of Easter
9.00am Shilton Holy Communion NUW/HM
9.00am Kencot Holy Communion PW
10.30am Alvescot/Black Family Communion PW
10.30am Broadwell Matins EJ
11.00am Lt Faringdon Parish Communion HM
6.00pm Holwell/Westwell Evensong EJ
6.00pm Langford Evensong PW
5th Sunday 29th May Sixth Sunday of Easter
9.00am Langford Holy Communion PW
10.30am Kencot Parish Communion NUW
10.30am Broadwell Parish Communion AM
10.30am Shilton Parish Communion PW
6.00pm Alvescot/Black Evensong NUW
1st Sunday 5th June
12.00 noon Broadwell Rogation Service HM/PW
6.00pm Langford Benefice Communion PW
Wednesday 4th May 10.00am Black Bourton Holy Communion EJ
Wednesday 11th May 10.00am Black Bourton Holy Communion HM
Wednesday 18th May 10.00am Black Bourton Holy Communion PW
Wednesday 25th May 10.00am Black Bourton Holy Communion EJ
1 Sunday 1 May Second Sunday of Easter (White)
[Exodus 14. 10 - end; Psalm 16 1 Peter 1. 3 – 9 John 20. 19 – end
15. 20, 21]
2nd Sunday 8th May Third Sunday of Easter (White)
[Zephaniah 3. 14 - Psalm 116. 1 - 3, 10 1 Peter 1. 17 – 23 Luke 24. 13 – 35
end] – end
3rd Sunday 15th May Fourth Sunday of Easter (White)
[Genesis 7] Acts 2. 42 Psalm 23 1 Peter 2. 19 – end John 10. 1 – 10
4th Sunday 22nd May Fifth Sunday of Easter (White)
[Genesis 8. 1 - Psalm 31. 1 - 5, 15 - 1 Peter 2. 2 – 10 John 14. 1 – 14
19]Acts 7. 55 – end 16 [ or 1 - 5]
5th Sunday 29th May Sixth Sunday of Easter (White)
[Genesis 8. 20 - 9. 17] Psalm 66. 7 – 18 1 Peter 3. 13 – end John 14. 15 – 21
Acts 17. 22 – 31
BIBLE STUDY GROUP
D uring the summer we shall be taking a closer look at Paul’s letter to the
Ephesians, under the title ‘Transformed Lives’:
May 9th Ephesians 1:1-2:10 ‘Made alive with Christ’
May 23rd Ephesians 2:11-3:21 ‘He himself is our peace’
June 6th Ephesians 4:1-32 ‘Put on the new self’
June 20th Ephesians 5:1-6:9 ‘Live a life of love’
July 11th Ephesians 6:10-24 ‘Be strong in the Lord’
Our meetings are on Monday afternoons, from 2.00pm to 3.30pm, at 11 Oakey
Close, Alvescot. You are welcome to any or all of them: I look forward to seeing
you! Please contact me on 01993 846169 for more details.
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.
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
SHILTON BAPTIST CHAPEL
When this is published in May the weather should be well
and truly into Spring and Summer conditions after the
dormant days of Winter, and we can all enjoy the colourful transformation in our
garden, and the trees in fresh green leaves, and some with lovely blossoms. What
a contrast to the wintry conditions of the troubles of the world, earthquakes,
tsunamis, floods and of course internal upheavals politically and economically, so
bad in different countries. To be a Christian and to pray and help if we can is a
privilege, and we will please God in doing so!
We are so fortunate having the Lord Jesus enlightening us in His Word. He said,
‘In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome
the world’. John chapter 16, verse 33. And John chapter 14 verse 27, ‘Let not
your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid’. How privileged we are; so trust
Him whatever happens!!
Preachers for May
1st May Informal
8th May Graham Sparrowhawk followed by communion
15th May Barry Shepherd
22nd May Mike & Chris Barrett
29th May Sue Barnes
Our services are all at 6.00pm and visitors are very welcome.
SUNDAY SERVICE IN THE METHODIST CHURCH
There will a service at 3.00pm every Sunday in the Methodist Church.
Our next meeting will be at 3.00pm on Wednesday 4th May in the Methodist
Church Schoolroom. Our speaker will be Miss Bernice White of Wantage.
Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.
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.
Sunday 8th May 10.15am Children’s Church Shilton
Sunday 15th May 10.30am Family Communion Kelmscott
Sunday 22nd May 10.30am Family Communion Alvescot
Sunday 5th June 12 noon Rogation Family Service Broadwell
CONFIRMATION – 17TH JULY 2011
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 Harry MacInnes (01993 845954,
email@example.com) or Rev Patrick Wheaton (01367 860846,
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.
COTSWOLD CHURCHES FESTIVAL, 21 AND 22 MAY
The aim of the Cotswold Churches Festival is to open our church doors and
provide a warm welcome to visitors whether they are from our own community
or have travelled to the Cotswolds from further away.
From William to William
St Peter’s Church from William the conqueror to prince William. An exhibition
illustrating the history of our country church from 1110 to the present day and
leading into our plans for the future.
Our church will be open between 2.00pm and 5.00pm on Saturday 21 st and noon
to 5.00pm on Sunday 22nd May, everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be
available in St Peter’s on Saturday and Sunday between 2.00pm and 5.00pm.
Bellringing a visiting team of bell ringers will be ringing our peel of six bells
between 3.15 and 4.00pm on Saturday. If you would like more details on any of
the above please contact Jayne Lewin on 01993 842435 or Tessa Farley on
A Village Quiz will be held on Saturday May 7th in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £7.00 includes supper, can be obtained from me on 01993 842135
There will be a jumble sale on May 21st at 2.00pm in the Village Hall Any
donations would be gratefully received on the Friday 20 th or on the Saturday
This year the Village Show is on September 3rd in the Village Hall. Photography
subjects Animal/s. Water. Wild Flower/s.Show schedules available in July.
ST PETER’S CHURCH FUNDRAISING APPEAL
A big thank you to all who have donated to the on going fundraising appeal to
support our grant applications to renovate the damp problems, and to install a
new heating system in St Peter’s Church. We have been grateful for donations of
any size and are pleased to have received over £8,000 to date. Much of this has
come from regular church users, but we have been pleased with the kindness
from others who have said they want the church to be there when needed, and
also those who simply want to maintain an historic, heritage building in Alvescot.
Our fundraising continues this year and our target is £30,000 in addition to the
sum we raised last year. Please support us.
Tessa Farley and Jayne Lewin Churchwardens
ALVESCOT TRADITIONAL COUNTRY FETE
The annual Alvescot fete draws nearer. It’s not long to go until Saturday 18th
June. Our traditional country village fete is a centerpiece of village life here in
Alvescot. Do make sure the date is in your diaries with the timing, 12.30pm -
4.00pm. We also hope that you have been putting away bric a brac, growing extra
vegetables and produce to fill our stalls with wonderful home grown goods.
There will be a wide selection of traditional crafts, demonstrations and interesting
activities that will suit young and old. Watch this space and local notice boards
for further exciting news.
ALVESCOT VILLAGE PIG ROAST PARTY
This will be held on the playing field on Saturday June 18 th starting from 7.00pm.
There will be roast pig, (alternative meat or vegetarian for those who order this),
salads and bread rolls, plus an ice cream dessert. There will be a licensed bar and
we have booked entertainment from Vinyldaze, an experienced band that offer
rock, blues, soul and more! It promises to be a fun evening so do bring friends
and join in with friends from the village. Tickets cost £10.00 each and can be
obtained from Tessa Farley 01993 841257 or Jayne Lewin 01993 842435
ST PETER’S INFANTS SCHOOL
At the end of the Spring Term we were
delighted to receive a letter informing us
that following an interim assessment,
OFSTED have made the judgement that
St Peter’s Infants’ School has sustained its
performance and maintains its ‘outstanding’ status. This achievement is
undoubtedly as a result of the continued hard work and dedication of all the staff
and governors and is a great credit to all those who support our school.
This term all the children enjoyed learning about ways to help to save our
environment. During the Eco activities the younger children learnt all about the
importance of saving electricity through a story told with puppets and created a
mobile about sources of energy. Year 2 children learnt about renewable energy
and made wind-powered vehicles. The children were excited to go aboard the
Eco Bus to learn even more.
This year some children from Class 2 organised raising money for Comic Relief.
They talked to their friends about what they would like to do and decided to
come to school in fancy dress, sell biscuits at breaktime and to hold a cake sale
after school. £255.85 was raised for Comic Relief from donations, the sale of red
noses and biscuits and, the cake sale which alone raised £85.50. Thank you very
much to Class 2 for taking the lead in this fundraising event and to parents,
children and staff for the wonderful fancy dress costumes, cakes and donations.
Many children and families enjoyed the Family Beetle Drive held in March.
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported this event. Both adults
and children had great fun and we managed to raise £67.00 in the process!
Thanks to Mrs Sherwood, Class 2 had the opportunity to visit Research
Machines in Abingdon this term. All the children, dressed in overalls to work on
the production line where our school computers are made. They visited the
museum and the ‘Realcentre’ where they had the opportunity to explore the very
latest technology. This was an incredible experience and the children returned to
school with great aspirations for future careers in technology.
This term, as part of their work on ‘Journeys’, the Foundation Stage Class visited
RAF Brize Norton where they had a wonderful morning, in a fire engine and
going on an aeroplane! Many thanks to Mr Ballinger for organising this and to all
at Brize Norton who gave the children such a memorable experience.
Reverend Johnson led this year’s Mothering Sunday Service at St Peter’s Church.
This was a delightful event with the school and Church coming together to
celebrate the occasion. The children read their prayers and poems beautifully and
enjoyed exploring the meaning of the story of ‘The Widow’s Oil’ with Reverend
The children’s Easter bonnets were, yet again, a marvelous sight. It was a glorious
afternoon and we were able to parade around the village displaying our bonnets
for all to see. Thanks to all the parents, toddlers and past pupils who joined us.
Again, this year all the children took part in the Easter tradition of egg rolling as
well as an Easter Egg Hunt, led by our very own Easter Bunny and now look
forward to the school’s Easter Service when they return from the Easter break at
the end of April.
The term ended with a treat for the whole school with a production of
‘Pinocchio’ performed by M&M Theatrical Productions. All the children, and
staff thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation of a classic story brought to life whilst at
the same time considering important social messages such as the difference
between right and wrong, the importance of telling the truth and the message of
Please do look at the photos of some of the events that have happened this term
on the school’s website: www.st-peters-inf.oxon.sch.uk
On 28th April, following the Easter Service all the children, staff and parents will
be toasting William and Kate Middleton, in celebration of their Royal Wedding at
a tea party on the school field and all the children will receive a commemorative
coin from the Governors of the school in memory of the occasion.
Sandie Morris will be holding a Jumble Sale at the village hall on Saturday 21 st
May at 2 o’clock. Please bring any jumble to the village hall on the morning of
the sale or, if this is not possible, to the school on Friday 20 th May.
ST MARY`S CHURCH
Everyone in the village should have received a letter from the PCC
and a lovely booklet of our Church. We do hope many of you will be
able to respond. Our Easter Service is at 9.00am on Sunday 24th April, we would
love you to come and join us.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING PARISH COUNCIL
Please note that the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council will be held
on Wednesday, 11th May at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church.
NEW PERMISSIVE FOOTPATH AND EDUCATIONAL ACCESS
We have recently opened up a new Permissive Access around the northern
boundary of our farm (Glebe Farm) which we would like to encourage people,
especially locals, to use. This has been done under a grant from Natural England
(part of DEFRA) as part of a ‘Higher Level’ Environmental Scheme (HLS). The
path runs in an arc, starting where the public footpath comes onto our land by
the old railway bridge opposite the Alvescot Coal Yard, then, following our
boundary around to re-join the public path where it leaves our land to run into
the bottom of Mill Lane (Black Bourton): it is clearly sign-posted. For
approximately half its length, the new permissive path runs alongside the Shill
Brook, where some recent wildlife surveys have found evidence of Kingfisher,
Water Vole and Otter. If the Public Footpath is used as part of the walk (to make
up a circular walk), the distance is approximately one mile.
In addition to the new permissive path, we also now offer free Guided Walks
around the farm, again as part of the Higher Level Scheme. These can be
specifically tailored to the groups interest, but are normally based on both what
we do on the farm and our Environmental Scheme; the idea is that the walk (and
talk on it) are educational. Minimum group size is 6 individuals; if you are
interested but can’t make up a group of 6 (or more), please ring us, and we will
let you know when we have the next walk scheduled which you can join.
Please contact either myself or Sarah New @ Glebe Farm, Black Bourton,
Bampton on 01993 841807, 07850 064775 or firstname.lastname@example.org (please
note revised email address!) for further details.
St Peter & St Paul’s
April 24th Cat Berrel (Easter, and help with decorating would be
May 1st Cat Berrel
May 8th, 15th, 22nd Jocelyn Humfrey
May 29th Jenny Lowe
THE ANNUAL PLEA FROM BROADWELL MANOR FARM
There are sheep with lambs all over the fields, wherever there is grass. Please do
make sure dogs are properly controlled. Try to stop them picking up sheep
droppings; we worm our sheep very regularly, as there is a parasite that sheep and
dogs share, and it is a nasty one. Dogs should be given the correct worming
powder for this. Ask your vet what it is.
And from now on there will be nesting birds in the hedges, so do keep dogs from
exploring in the undergrowth. This farm is in the Higher Stewardship Register,
and we are making a great effort for wildlife. Thank you to all who care.
A GREAT CHURCH CLEANING EFFORT
Broadwell church is in a pristine state, ready for Easter; thanks to the enormous
efforts of some of the parishioners. On Saturday morning the menfolk sallied in,
with ladders and long brooms. sweeping years of dirt off windows and
stonework. The female half arrived after lunch, to be greeted by heaps of GROT
everywhere, but undaunted, set off with hoovers and mops and dustpans and
polish, and hours later, Lo and Behold, a sparkling church that hardly knew itself;
cleaner than it had been for ages. Very many thanks to all who gave up time for
such heavy work and an especial accolade to Jenny Lowe, who set it all up (and
was there all day)
They are all prepared to do it again, next year !
NEWS FROM BROADSHIRES PRESCHOOL
Here at Broadshires, we have been very fortunate to welcome a
pair of beautiful golden retrievers, named Quiz and Genie, with
their owners, Chris and Anne. The children heard about the training
each guide dog undertakes; the significance of wearing a harness
and why they wear a bell on
their collar when it's playtime.
Each child took home a story of how
‘Goldie Becomes a Guide Dog’, along with
many memories of this wonderful visit. As
a follow-up, some children volunteered to
be blindfolded and were ‘steered’ very
carefully around the classroom with their
very own ‘guide’ - a trustworthy friend.
Many children, also blindfolded, attempted
to do simple tasks, such as spooning pasta
into a bowl without spilling it. It was
through these simple tasks, that the
children began to appreciate how
challenging it was to live without the sense
As mentioned in the last newsletter, our
planned visit to Broadwell Manor Farm to see the spring lambs went ahead. On
the morning of our trip, there was much excitement and anticipation as the
children donned wellies and coats. Many parents and grandparents turned up to
accompany us on the short, but picturesque walk to the lambing shed, where the
expectant ewes are kept. We were met there by Peter and Paula, who spared us
some time out of their hectic, 24-hour schedule, to allow us to mingle among the
straw and observe the lambs, who were just a day old. Everybody got an
opportunity to get up really close to the lambs, have a stroke and even a little
cuddle. Thank you to David, the farm manager, who gave his permission for the
With so much creative and physical activity going on, our children always build
up a healthy appetite. Every day they consume generous amounts of fresh fruit
and vegetables, washed down with milk or water. So an opportunity to make
their own mini pizzas was met with much delight.
Here’s a very simple, but delicious recipe for you to try at home:
Bread Muffin Pizza
Orange and red pepper Tinned sweetcorn
Cheese Pizza topping sauce
Method: Chop peppers, mushrooms and ham into small pieces. Slice, or grate
cheese. Drain sweetcorn. Slice the muffin in half, and spread a layer of pizza
topping sauce over each upturned surface. Decorate with the toppings above.
Place on a baking tray in a moderate oven for approx. 10 mins.
A new song is fast becoming one of the childrens’ favourites. At least one child
has been singing it to their mum, in the car, on their way home from pre-school.
It’s sung to the tune of ‘Frere Jacques’ (repeating each line)
Keep your speed down
No more rushing
Thank you very much now
We’re all safe
A catchy reminder to us all, to slow down, and take our time, when driving
through the peaceful villages around our preschool.
We’d also like to say a big thank you, to mum Kelly, who raised a tidy sum for
preschool funds, by running in the Carterton 10K. Well done!
For further information about pre-school, or to enquire about a place for your
child, please contact Jackie Overton (Supervisor) on 01367 860729.
STOP PRESS BROADSHIRES PRE-SCHOOL FETE IS ON SUNDAY
22ND MAY 2011, 10 - 12PM. ALL WELCOME!
FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS
COTSWOLD CHURCHES FESTIVAL
St Peter’s Filkins and Broughton Poggs and the Methodist Church welcome you
to our lovely buildings to see collections of Wedding Gowns and Baptism Robes
all belonging to members of the village. They date from 1899 to 2011.
Saturday 21st May 10.00-4.00pm
Sunday 22nd May 2.00-4.00pm
Teas will be available and we are asking for donations of £1.50 towards the
upkeep of these buildings. If you have your dress tucked away in store and would
be willing to let us display it please do not hesitate to contact us. Alternatively if
you have a spare hour or so either day and would be willing to sit on the door
our numbers are:- Gill 860787, Jackie 860719, Diane 860504. (all codes 01367)
Filkins Theatre organised another murder mystery evening in the Village Hall on
Saturday March 26th and those who could not come along missed a most
The finely refurbished Village Hall had been slightly adapted to resemble a 1930s
art gallery where guests were informed by the very capable MC Richard Martin at
the start of the evening that the famous artist Ronnie Mackintosh had been
murdered. Indeed poor Ronnie’s hanging torso was visible in the hall.
Members of Filkins Theatre gave a variety of virtuoso performances, in between
courses, to the gallery guests as they provided clues as to which of them might be
the murderer and they all had a variety of intriguing motives.
Guests were wined and dined by delicious food very enterprisingly prepared by
Michelle Heath,Pat Scott and Lynne Savege and £350.00 was most generously
raised from part of the proceeds of the evening for The Pendyffryn Children's
Trust, an Oxfordshire based Trust which organises seaside holidays in
Pembrokeshire for children recovering from disease, accident, illness or trauma
and of which I am also Chairman.
Please don’t forget Filkins Theatre’s next event, a rehearsed full length play
reading which will be performed in John Cambridge’s garden on Saturday
evening June 11th.It will be a delightful summers evening entertainment. Please
put the date in your diary.
FILKINS AND BROUGHTON POGGS GARDENING CLUB
Annual Plant Sale On Saturday, 7th May 10.00am – 12.00pm in the Village Hall
Once again, members of the Gardening Club are busily preparing for the Annual
Plant Sale in May, we hope that you will come along to the Village Hall. There
will be a wide range of plants for sale; interesting ‘green elephant’ objects to buy
and coffee & refreshments to enjoy. There will also be an area for children to
have hands-on gardening experiences so please bring them along to encourage
their interest. Entrance is free to everyone and the doors open at 10.00am.
If you have any plants or items you are willing to donate, please contact any
member of the Gardening Club. We appreciate that other gardeners often enjoy
seeing their surplus plants sold for good local causes. With some of the profits
from previous Sales we have bought a wall-mounted water heater in the Village
Hall; planted the areas outside the Hall and near the Village Centre and provided
daffodils for the village. For further information or any queries please contact me
on 01367 860282 or email@example.com
SWINFORD MUSEUM FILKINS
We are open for another season on 1st May at 2.30. Do come along and see the
new exhibitions of Broughton Hall with its varied occupants. The demise of the
last blacksmith in Filkins with our own forge! Also the recently published book
of all the buildings in Filkins and Broughton Poggs which will be on display, this
has been painstakingly done by Helen Truman. If you belong to a group do make
a booking and receive a history trail of the village ending with a cream tea!
Thursday 26th May at Filkins Village Hall, 7.30, a talk to be given by Richard
Martin on the double murder in Little Faringdon 1893. Tickets are £6.50
available from Filkins Post Office, Shop and Woollen Weavers. Or 01367 860504
FUNDRAISING LUNCH IN FILKINS
I would like to thank everyone who attended the ‘Against Breast Cancer’ lunch
on 1st April. Also for the kind donations and many raffle prizes. It was a lovely
day and we made the grand total of £635.00! A special thank you goes to all my
helpers for help with food, making the hall look so pretty, running the raffle and
lots of washing up. Also a huge thank you to a kind young man in Filkins who
boosted the total quite considerably. This money has now been passed on and
will form part of the fundraising effort by the Broadshires Health Centre.
The ‘Broadshires Babes’ are walking the London marathon route in May;
Doctor, nurses and reception staff are training hard to do this power walk and
hope to finish in 6 - 8 hours at a sustained speed. I think I had a much easier job
making lunch for 38!
FILKINS NURSERY UPDATE
An extremely busy Easter Holiday Club saw the children
enjoying a fantastic Science week, experimenting with
electronic microscopes and digital cameras, making erupting
volcanoes, balloon-powered rockets and lava lamps, and exploring the power of
wind and water.
This half-term our topic will be Pets, so do let us know if you have an unusual
pet that you would like to bring in to show the children! We already have a Vet
and a Shetland pony willing to visit us; I’m sure the children will enjoy the related
Congratulations to one of our members of staff, Lynda Bon, who has reached
the final stages of the NDNA Nursery Practitioner of the Year! This nationwide
competition is ‘the parents’ choice’- parents were asked to nominate a nursery
professional who ‘stood out as an exceptional, dedicated and special carer’. Lynda
has worked at Filkins Nursery for more than 11 years and truly deserves this
recognition from parents for all her hard work and commitment in her role. We
are all very proud of her and wish her luck at the award ceremony in June.
We have an Open Morning planned for Friday 10 th June, 10.00am-12.00pm. If
you may be interested in your child joining us in September, do come along and
join in our morning’s activities and meet staff, existing parents and children.
Don’t forget if your 3yr old child is eligible for Nursery Funding, he/she can
attend our nursery for 3 morning or afternoon sessions completely free of
Half-term Holiday Club will run as usual between Tuesday 31st May and Friday
3rd June. Places are limited, so do book early, we have an action-packed week
planned! All primary school age children are welcome to attend. Do call on 01367
860594 if you would like more details.
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
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)
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 19thMay Mrs J Higham 860197
24th May Mrs K Morley 860777 26thMay Mr A Woodford 860319*
31st May Mrs F Shrouder 860053 2nd June Miss H Squire 860337
7th June Mrs K Morley 860777 9th June Mr A Woodford 860319*
14th June Mrs M Cover 860302 16th June Mrs J Higham 860197
21st June Mr C Morley 860777 23rd June Mrs A Dossett-Davies 860357
28th June Mrs F Shrouder 860053
* Denotes change to published roster.
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 4.00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursday. All users of the service must be able to
make their way to and from the car unaided.
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.
VILLAGE SHOP NEWS
Thank you very much to everyone who has kindly completed our Village Shop
questionnaire. From product range to opening hours, your views are invaluable if
we are to keep developing the Village Shop you need. If you have not yet had
time to complete a questionnaire, please spare a minute to give us your thoughts
and return it to the shop. If you have not received a copy, please call the shop on
01367 860239 or Trish on 07976 055308 and we will drop one round.
April looks set to be another record month with bumper ice cream sales,
reflecting the fabulous weather. Don’t forget to stock up for the Royal Wedding -
beers, wine, soft drinks, snacks and Kelmscott meat for the BBQ, plus delicious,
family size ‘Cook’ ready meals to make sure you can feed a crowd and stay glued
to the TV. Have a wonderful Easter and see you in the shop!
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
VACANCIES FOR PAID AND VOLUNTARY STAFF
Do you have a few hours spare each week or month? Do you like chatting with
and helping people in the local community? Do you have experience of working
in a shop environment and are comfortable with retail processes?
If the answer to these questions is yes, this could be the right opportunity for
you... Filkins Village Shop, which is run by both paid staff and volunteers, has
vacancies for both. It’s a proper shop and has to be run as such, but it’s a valued
part of our community and working there is great fun and rewarding.
We have set opening hours, which increase in the summer months, and so there
are several shifts to fill If you are interested, please contact us on
firstname.lastname@example.org giving us details of your experience and what
hours you might be able to cover The Filkins Community Shop, Rouses Lane,
Filkins, GL7 3JE 01367 860239
FILKINS &BROUGHTON POGGS SWIMMING CLUB
Breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and crawl, doggy paddle, belly flop you can do
them all at the Filkins & Broughton Poggs Swimming Pool!
The new season is fast approaching and by the time you read this we will be open
once again, hoping for lovely long hot Summer! Dates for your diary:
Swimming Pool Opens: Saturday, 30th April
Swimming Pool Closes: Sunday 11th September
Early bird discount period: Saturday 23rd April to Sunday 12th June
Memberships – no increases on 2010 prices!
Family In The Parish: £20 (£32 after 12th June)
Single In The Parish: £12 (£22 after 12th June)
Family Outside the Parish: £37 (£47 after 12th June)
Single Outside the Parish: £22 (£32 after 12th June)
Alternatively Day Guest Memberships will be available throughout the season.
Please remember that guests must be accompanied by and signed in by a full
member. Great if friends or relatives are visiting. Guest Adult £3 Guest Child £2
Memberships can be purchased from the following places:
Committee members at the poolside, when the pool is open. Filkins Community
Shop & Filkins Post Office, The Woollen Weavers, 3 Saxons Close, Wynwood
and Robbins Cottage More information, including membership forms and rules
will be available to download from the village website. For more information,
contact me on email@example.com call/text: 07825 169 607
With longer early mornings, please keep an eye out for illegal hare coursing,
particularly around Holwell Downs and Westwell Downs. This is mainly at week-
ends, and phone 999 the moment you see this activity, particularly if you get
Being on the edge of the jurisdiction of Thames Valley and Gloucestershire
Police forces, these gangs do target our area. Even if it seems too late, please
always report such incidents to the Police: if we don’t alert them they cannot do
anything about it.
The Parish Meeting will take place on Saturday, May 21 st at 6.00pm in the church
with Professor Antony Gallione in the Chair. By holding it at the weekend it is
hoped that residents who don’t live in the village all the time, will be able to be
there too. It is a chance to bring up and discuss any matters affecting the village
and its inhabitants, whether they are suggestions, grouses or, hopefully, plaudits.
Also it is rather a good village occasion, just like the recent Saturday morning
when getting on for a dozen parishioners turned up with polish and dusters and
extended brushes, (not forgetting the ginger cake and apple juice), to give the
church an extra polish before the Benefice Service on Palm Sunday. We had all
been enthused by marvellous job done by Sue and her fellow fairies from the
Wildlife Park who had done a spring clean, including magically transforming the
tessellated pavement in the chancel and the tiled floor of the nave into a state of
shining beauty of which Sir John Betjeman himself, would have been proud!
CHURCH BRASS AND FLOWERS
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
KELMSCOTT CRAFT FAIRS ARE BACK!
Every Wednesday from 18th May to 21st September in the Morris Memorial Hall
Kelmscott, from 12 noon until 5.00pm. Choose from a wide range of unique,
beautiful hand crafted goods including artwork, textiles, jewellery, aromatherapy,
soap, clothing, ceramics, cards and turned wood. (Cash or cheque only please:
credit card facilities will not be available.) We will also be open for some
Saturdays in June, July and August, a full list of dates and more information is
available on our website www.kelmscott.org.uk or from me on 01367 253103.
30th April & 7th May Anne Dossett-Davies
14 th May & 21st May Jane Fyson
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
A well-attended meeting was held on 24th March allowing the opportunity for
discussion of various matters as well as conducting annual business. The annual
accounts of the Amelia Carter Charity, which supports the Village Hall, were
circulated by Mr J Fyson and shown to be healthy. Elections were made as
required: Mr I J Morrison was proposed and seconded to be re-elected as
Chairman of Kencot Parish Meeting for the next year. Members of the Village
Hall Committee were re-elected as follows: Mrs G Cox , Mr D Portergill, Mr D
Chapman, Mrs A Dossett-Davies, Mr T Stockford, Mrs L Eustace, Mrs K
The Chairman thanked all those who had contributed to the well-being of the
Village over the year and notably for grass-mowing and litter collection.
Amongst topics covered under ‘Other Business’, considerable discussion ensued
on proposed flood relief measures as well as on-going concerns over vehicle
speed in the village. Proposals for future Village Parties were noted, being a Big
Lunch in Kencot on 5th June to celebrate the Village Hall Centenary and
provisional plans to hold a joint event with Broadwell over the weekend of 2-5
A COTSWOLD COLLECTOR?
April 6th - 9am. It was a lovely spring morning. The Kencot Eccentric and her
lively JR (Jack Russell) set off up the Airfield Road (Kencot to A361) to enjoy the
fresh green hedges and the white blossom. ‘There is to be no stopping for wood
or litter today’ she says to herself. But all too soon a coke can and then another
are spied. ‘They weren’t there yesterday – they must be picked up’, they were. It
was a good ride, only a few cans and Pickles (the JR) was behaving well. Then
two young rabbits crossing in front caused a bit of excitement! It was time to
turn back, but a large white bundle had been spied further up the road. ‘I can’t
leave that’ Several plastic bags stuck on barbed wire were disintegrating. The
contents were heavy but were soon transferred to the handy basket on the trike.
Among the picnic remains there were 18 bottles. These were later displayed on
the North Lodge wall - 1 sprite, 2 tropical juices, 5 Stella Artois, 4 Budweiser, 1
Strongbow, - all empty. 5 Courvoisier – one was three quarters FULL, one was
half full and the others contained an inch or two. What will be found next?
How can we get people to take their rubbish HOME?
Thank you to the above for collecting the litter. This is only a small sample of the
bottles and cans that are thrown from cars along this stretch of road. West Oxon
District Council have promised to collect litter but so far this has not taken place.
DON’T FORGET JUNE 5TH
Big Lunch and Carter Institute Centenary Celebration
Photographs and items connected with the Carter Institute and the village over
the years are still required for the display.
If you have any photos of Kencot, its past residents, events or memorabilia
please contact David Portergill (01367 860217 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Gill Cox (01367 860250 e-mail email@example.com )
Several people have suggested that it would be good to have a re union of people
that have lived in Kencot so it is happening on Sunday 12 th June 2011 - 12 to
3.00pm at the Village Hall, Kencot.
If you would like to attend or require further information please contact Gill Cox
01367 860250 or 07889607020 by or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Stella
Chapman 01367 860516. Numbers are limited and we need to know by 22 nd May
who is attending.
LANGFORD CRICKET CLUB
As we get ready for 2011 Cricket season here at Langford Cricket Club we are
delighted that in order to provide Quality Cricket Coaching, Ryan Higgins will
be our Youth Coach for this season. Ryan has played full international cricket for
Zimbabwe and took the wicket of Brian Lara.
Therefore we can confirm we will be offering 13 weekly coaching sessions on
Thursday evenings plus matches on other evenings. Great Value at £45.00 plus
£5.00 club membership.
The sessions commence on 28th April at 6.00pm so please contact Jeremy Lewis
on 01993 842733 or 07802 977794 or me on 07825 413890 or
email@example.com to get a booking form. his year we celebrate 100
years of cricket at Langford. After some quiet times the club is now enjoying a
resurgence with a thriving youth section and 4 senior teams .Come and join the
fun, you will be made very welcome!
Come along for a fun evening at Langford Village Hall on Friday
Doors open 7pm
Eyes down 7.30pm
All proceeds go to Langford Cricket Club
NEWS FROM ST CHRISTOPHER’S
The Easter Experience at St Christopher’s was a
wonderful outdoor celebration of the Easter Story. Based
on the fantastic Stations of the Cross set up in St
Matthew’s Church for our children last year, each class
recreated the stations in our grounds. Classes then took it
in turns to explore the Stations, ask questions and really
understand the meaning of Easter. This was followed by a
lovely Easter Celebrations Service led by Rev Wheaton.
Children from each class shared their thoughts and ideas about Easter through
songs, poems, drama and prayer. Thank you to Reverend Wheaton for leading
this and also to Mr Cornish for a wonderful and original Easter celebration.
The year 5 and 6 children returned from the Pioneer Centre in Shropshire tired
but extremely happy and rightly proud of their achievements. I have been on this
residential for the last six years and I have never seen a group of children so
fearless and confident to explore and try out new activities. They all abseiled,
climbed up walls and high ropes, tackled the depths of indoor caving and even
stroked tarantulas and skunks! It was, as always, a really wonderful week. The
children all grew in self confidence and their ability to ‘have a go’ a skill which
will stay with them for life.
We start the Summer terms with two days devoted to our new topic of ‘Kings
and Queens.’ During these two days we will be celebrating the Royal wedding in
style with our very own ‘mock’ wedding complete with the speeches, hymns and
of course, the clothes! Once again Reverend Wheaton will be supporting us by
leading the wedding. I would like to thank all the children who were so keen to
take part in this; we were overwhelmed by the numbers wanting a role! Across
the school we will be making crowns, bunting cakes and sandwiches for our
Street Party on Thursday afternoon. We aim to celebrate in true style in our
lovely grounds with the whole school joining in.
Later on in the term the younger children will be visiting Windsor Castle for the
day. The children will be exploring Windsor Castle as the home of past Kings
and Queens including King Henry VIII and Queen Victoria and as a working
palace of our Queen. They will also be having and educational talk and workshop
and are hoping to see the Changing of the Guard. The older children will be
visiting Sulgrave Manor where they will be exploring life in Tudor times,
including learning about Tudor games, the differences between rich and poor and
even dressing up in Tudor costumes and eating a Tudor style lunch! Trips like
this really bring the topic to life and are enjoyed by all.
Our topic of Kings and Queens will last until July and I’m sure the children will
really enjoy such a lively and interesting theme. If you have would like to find out
more about this or any other aspect of the school please do contact us on 01367
860318 or visit our website on www.st-christophers.oxon.sch.uk.
As most of us love the sweet things in life we really enjoyed our demonstration in
April, Rosie showed us how to make Ginger Biscuits, there was also an
opportunity to have a go, but the best part was the tasting at the end!.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 12th May, where we will be making gift boxes
from cards and demonstrated by Cherry. It would be lovely to see you, all you
require is to bring along a greeting card. (it can be a used birthday or Christmas
card, there will be some available on the night).
Visitors are most welcome at £1.50, (We meet every 2nd Thursday in the month
at Langford Village Hall) raffle and refreshments are available. We have a great
time, however numbers are dwindling and we would not like to see this group
Members are invited to join anytime, our yearly membership is £10.00 for the full
year if you would like to know more, or even a lift please call me on (01367)
860514. If you have a hobby and would like to share it with us you would be
Join us for an evening of whist at Langford Village Hall on Tuesday 2nd May. 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 small prizes, everyone is
welcome. You do not need to be an expert card player to come and join us, if
you would lie to know more or even a lift please call me on 01993 852378.
May Elsa Taylor
June Val Richardson
ANNUAL PCC MEETING ON 8TH MAY
The Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting will be held at St Margaret’s
Church in Little Faringdon at 11.00am on Sunday 8th May. The meeting 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
Sunday 26th June is the date for this year’s Church Lunch, which will be kindly
hosted by Sam and Ali Butler at Langford Downs House. Invitations will be
distributed in early May. Please be kind enough to contact Sam Butler (01285
883740) if you wish to donate items for the auction. All proceeds will benefit the
upkeep of our much-loved but ever-ageing church!
ALEXANDER NICHOLAS SOKOLOFF EDWARDS 1920-2011
Shourick, as he was known was born in London in December 1920. He never
knew his Russian artist father, who was left behind in St Petersburg. His mother,
who was pregnant with him, fled Russia with his grandmother, aunt and his elder
brother Matt, and came to England via Finland, eventually arriving in London.
The family moved to Shilton in 1924 where Shourick lived for all his life apart
from a few years in his late teens and early twenties. Some of this time (about 3
years) was spent as a POW of the Japanese building the Burma railway. It was
these years of hunger and deprivation that made him determined to farm, to
provide food for his family and others, and never to be hungry again.
His family’s life in Russia had been one of some privilege and, although this
changed when they moved to England, the essence of how they lived was similar
in many ways. His great uncle Alexander Benois described in his memoirs their
family home as having ‘limitless hospitality, a lack of formality and a state of
perfect ease’. Shourick’s childhood home, and the home he subsequently made
with his wife Maxima, was always welcoming, warm and generous. This welcome
also extended to the farm, where many of the children growing up in the village
would go to learn from and enjoy Shourick’s company. He was a father figure
but also an equal and there are many fond memories from these people who
treasured their time of enjoyment and learning at Shourick’s side.
Maxima and Shourick’s first home together in Shilton was in the Nissen huts
which were located on what is now Frieslands Farm. These huts were home to
several village families before the council houses were built. They were originally
built as part of the large glider base on Broadwell Airfield.
Shourick first farmed at Pump Close Farm opposite the telephone box. The
original barn has now been converted into a house. He then moved the cows to
West End Farm where he increased his dairy herd and improved his facilities
over the years. His son Tim joined him in 1979 and still farms the land.
Shourick died at home on Sunday 27th March after a short illness and was buried
at The Coppice after a service in Shilton Church taken by Rev Harry McInnes
and Father Chris O’Connor. He will be missed by his six children and their
spouses, his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was the focal point
of our close extended family.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
18th May Statutory Annual meeting at 6pm then APM at 7.30pm Shilton
20th July Bradwell Village
5th Oct Shilton
7th Dec 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. Call 01993 840825 for more information.
SHILTON HISTORY GROUP
Our A.G.M. on 8th April marked the end of our programme of meetings for the
year. We shall then be enjoying outings to the Ashmolean (20 th May), Wychwood
Brewery (8th June) and Ditchley Park (13th June).
Our next year’s programme starts on Friday 9th September when Liz Woolley will
talk about Child Labour in 19th Century Oxfordshire.
SPRING ART AND GIFT FAIR
Chris Burton is hosting a Spring Art & Gift Fair at The Chestnuts from 14 th to
22nd May (12 noon-6.00pm) in association with The Oxfordshire Art Weeks. For
further information call 07860 337763 or visit www.thechestnuts.net.
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 9.30am-11.30am. Any
queries contact Angela on 01993 823623 or me on 01367 860890
The long winter is well and truly over and Westwell is in bloom. Indeed for a
few hot days toward the end of March it seemed spring had been leap-frogged
completely and we were straight into summer!
All this blooming means the mowing season has come around again. There has
been a very positive response to an initiative to share the responsibility for
keeping the grass in the churchyard in good order. Anyone interested in joining
the Westwell Mowers co-op please get in touch with Miles. There will be a
Mowers party in late summer for everyone who volunteers for the rota. Many
thanks to Chris for shouldering the responsibility alone in recent times.
The much anticipated village barbecue is to be held at 1.00pm on Saturday 30th
April. This will be a chance to celebrate the marriage of Kate (or should we say
Catherine) and William, or for those of a republican persuasion simply an
opportunity to enjoy the company of our nearest neighbours. There will be
childrens’ games, a raffle, quizzes and more… Many thanks to Lynne and Clair
for organizing, please hand them £5.00 per person over 4 years old if you are
planning to attend.
Advance notice that the gardens at Westwell Manor will be open to the public
this year on Sunday June 19th. Teas served as ever ‘over the pond’.
AROUND THE REGION
A look at events and news from a little further afield.
BURFORD SCHOOL NEWS
Religious Education Trip to the Imperial War Museum
On 25th March 50 Year 9 pupils went to visit the Holocaust
Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London.
The Exhibition is Europe’s largest permanent exhibition on the Holocaust and
contains vast numbers of photographs, documents and artefacts. Pupils had two
informative sessions with the museums’ education department as well as time to
explore the exhibition in detail with specially tailored audio guides. Many pupils
commented on what an emotive and moving experience it was coming close to
the personal stories of those involved.
After a picnic in the spring sunshine, pupils had an opportunity to explore the
World War 1 and World War 2 exhibitions as well as the shop!
It was a worthwhile day all round and one that the RE Department hope to be
able to repeat in the future.
Europa Centre Trip
The Modern Languages Department organised a day trip to the Europa Centre in
Essex on Tuesday 18th January for some Year 9 students and a few specially
selected Year 8s.
The centre offers various language experiences. We selected a ‘Radio Broadcast’
visit. Students had to prepare scripts in French and perform, meet deadlines,
carry out research and develop their ability to work in teams. The centre has
professional broadcasting equipment and the visit culminated in the students
performing a radio broadcast in French. Students were split into five teams and
each team had their own challenge to complete in time for the final broadcast.
There was a broadcast team, news team, advertising team, weather bulletin team
and celebrity team. This visit pushed the students to solve problems and to think
fast whilst also developing their language skills.
It was a long journey but the final radio broadcast was excellent. Here are some
Year 9 student comments:
‘I really enjoyed it! I understood it really well. Overall, a great day out!’ Guy
‘The trip was better than I thought and I enjoyed it! The only thing was that
doing the radio live was scary!’ Georgina Iwasiuk
Our Under 13 girls had a very successful performance in the Lady Taverners 8-a-
side indoor competition at Blackbird Leys where they won their section and beat
Bartholomew in the final. From this win they then went on to take part in the
South and West County Tournament in Bristol, held on the 21 st March at The
University of the West of England.
The final four teams were taken from the winners of the three sections and the
team with the highest number of runs after them. In our section we had 170
runs, however one of the teams that we had beaten had 177 and so they went
through to the semi finals. Congratulations to all the girls who took part, Kate
Armistead, Zara Latter, Eloise Ruthven-Stuart, Miya Rivers, Jess Simpson, Ella
Gorton, Lara Connolley, Emily Day, Jenny Staddon and Sophie Tennison, we
now look forward to the summer season.
10th -19th June
The box office is now open in The Red Lion Bookshop. The events include:
The Cotswold Heritage Fair on Saturday 11th June. There will be about 25
stalls on Church Green and in the Boarders Orchard, offering you food, drink,
crafts and objets d’art from the Cotswolds. Entertainment will include a Swing
band, Morris men and a singing group, Open Gardens on Sunday 12th June
Guided walks around historic Burford, In St John the Baptist Church: Curtain
Up: an evening at the musicals, The Banquet on Saturday 11th June, with a
champagne reception in Burford Priory: limited number of tickets, so order
quickly. You Must Remember This: an evening of musical nostalgia
Hautbois: medieval music and entertainment. A Fashion Show, with clothes
from Burford’s fashion shops. Three concerts in the Windrush Valley Chamber
Music festival Festival Service on Sunday 19th June.At the Bowls Club: An open
evening for anyone to play or learn to play.In the Library: On four occasions
the chance to meet an author Alison Bruce; MC Beaton; Nicola Cornick; Simon
Bret. Some of their books can be loaned from the Library or bought in The Red
Lion Bookshop.In the Friends Meeting House: A talk on the care of antique
furniture.Warwick Hall Garden An illustrated talk on the Barber Surgeon
Festival Community Lunch on Wednesday 15th June, Children’s Party arranged
by the Town Council, The Mayor’s Reception for all residents of Burford
See more details on the website www.burfordfestival.org. or contact me on 01993
The 2010-2011 Lenthall season ended on March 16th with a concert by the
Bochmann String Trio and the pianist Paul Turner. The Bochmann Trio is the
successor to the Bochmann String Quartet, now disbanded, who were the
mainstay of the Lenthall Concerts since their inception, until last year. Although
the string quartet repertoire is inexhaustible, for practical purposes, the new
format allows some intriguing novelties to the Lenthall audience, and this concert
was no exception. Piano quartets by Mozart and Dvorak, eloquently played,
provided interesting contrasts between eighteenth and nineteenth century styles,
with Mozart’s mini-piano concerto set against the more integrated quartet writing
of Dvorak. Separating these works came a genuine rarity: Sibelius’s String Trio, a
short, moody piece in one or three movements, depending on how much breath
the players take at critical junctures.
The 2011-2012 season starts in October. Anyone who would like an early peep at
the programme is welcome to come to the AGM of the Lenthall Concert Society,
which will take place at Burford School & Community College on Monday July
11th. Ring 01993 822412 or check out www.lenthallconcerts.org.uk for further
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.
THE WINEY FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP
The Witney Fibromyalgia Support Group (WFMSG) meets on the first Tuesday
of the month @ 12.30-2.30pm so the next one is 5th May at ‘The Oasis
Café’, Fetticeplace Road, Witney, OX28 5DB The possibility of evening meetings
is under discussion.The May meeting will include a presentation by a Nutritional
Therapist. There’s a charge of £1.50.More information is available at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0844 887 2415
WEST OX ARTS
Oxford Craft Guild 7th May- 29th May
A lively exhibition of work by 20 of the
county’s top craft designer-makers.
Showcased at West Ox Arts, a lovely,
spacious gallery on the first floor of
Bampton’s Grade II listed Town Hall.
Come along and explore this exhibition of
beautifully hand crafted items created by
Oxfordshire Craft Guild members. Bursting
with a large variety of high quality crafts
including contemporary jewellery, ceramics, wood turning, textiles and glass. The
exhibition will feature regular demonstrations by designer-makers. Times and
dates for these demonstrations will be listed on www.westoxarts.com
BURFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL
The last morning of
term prior to the
Easter holidays was
gloriously sunny as
the children and
staff of Burford
walked, in twos, to
St John the Baptist Church for the school’s annual Easter
It was delightful to witness many of the school parents also there. The service
began with us all singing What a wonderful Saviour is Jesus. This was followed by
Warwick Class performing An Easter Celebration, which superbly illustrated
what Easter meant to them as the younger children of the school - not all about
chocolate either! Then, Windrush Class presented their fine, Aspects of Easter,
collages and gave their thoughts about Easter.
The older children of Priory Class followed bell ringering with thoughtful Easter
prayers Rev’d Coombs then gave a short interactive sermon about Easter, Jesus
and love - finishing with an enjoyable paper folding and cutting exercise that
turned a single page of the ‘bad things’ that people do (supplied by the children
during the sermon) into a paper cross and the word love.
It was a lovely enjoyable morning, which showed our children at their best.
We recognise that people feel very strongly about this issue. We want to see all
libraries remain open. This can happen if, in some places, volunteers step
forward to help to run them...
In places where the Council provides a full library service the costs must be kept
down by encouraging volunteers to supplement Council staff and by increasing
the use of self service.
In those places where the Council cannot afford to provide a full library service,
we want the Council to give ongoing access to important local library facilities.
More specifically, the expertise of qualified librarians, free access to a suitable
library building, to our book stock; and to the library stock management system
and an additional late government grant has enabled us to put a little more
money back into the service, giving the opportunity to rethink our strategy and to
take longer over consultation. As part of the consultation, the County Council
will have a dialogue with local people library-by-library. The consultation into
the future of the library service will begin in mid-May. The consultation will run
until the end of September to give plenty of time to hear people’s views and to
consider options. However, we still need to make some savings.
No decisions have been taken. Officers are working hard to rethink the process,
complete the needs assessment and put together a consultation document.
Further information will be available in the consultation document.
Councilor Don Seale
STOP CARTERTON WEST
There was a very good article in last month’s Pump by Hugo Harris regarding the
possible expansion of Carterton which set out very clearly the current situation.
I am against the expansion of Carterton to the west, not because I am against
development, but against the wrong type of development, and I fully support the
parish of Alvescot in seeking to stop Carterton’s westward expansion.
I have strong reservations about the direction of travel of planning policy across
entire West Oxfordshire District Council area; which I believe is highly restrictive
of any form of development in some of the smaller rural communities where, due
to lack of supply and other issues, all housing is now outrageously expensive.
I believe that instead of a large development in a block at west Carterton, every
village in West Oxfordshire should be allowed to grow organically; that means
some appropriate development in the Broadshires, and a far less restrictive
planning policy from Council officers on development in rural villages.
I know there are opportunities to develop barns and other brownfield areas of
almost every West Oxfordshire village. We should use the new opportunities
opened up by the Localism Bill to adopt a new policy towards housing and
development that would see the Council adopting a more flexible planning policy
and granting consent for small scale organic growth, and residential use of
redundant barns. It means every village taking its share but no large development
at west Carterton, and a fundamental reappraisal of planning policy by West
I have raised this suggested change of planning policy at Council meetings in the
past and I will continue to seek to change policy in the future.
Councillor- Alvescot and Filkins Ward, WODC
AROUND THE GAMBIA IN NOAH’S ARK – PART 4
On day four, after an early breakfast, Noah loaded our bags on to the roof of the
Ark and we set off for Tendaba along the southern side of the river. We worked
our way through the busy Banjul suburbs before finally reaching open woodland.
We made a couple of early stops to walk some trails and tracks to search for
woodland species. It wasn’t long before we were listing new birds for the trip,
our guide, Modou, ‘called in’ a Pearl Spotted Owlet and an entourage of several
other species, a Red Shouldered Cuckoo Shrike was a nice surprise (uniformly
glossy black with conspicuous red shoulder patches), a Yellow White-Eye,
Splendid and Beautiful Sunbirds added more colour. Before we had walked much
further we had listed Cardinal Woodpecker, Northern Puffback, African Gold
Oriole and many more common species. African Green Pigeon showed well as
we left the wood and it was another hour of bumpy, rough and dusty road before
we stopped again.
From the bus we watched Dark Chanting Goshawk, Black-Winged Kite, African
Harrier Hawk and Mottled Spinetail (a form of Swift) before stopping at Kafuta
for another woodland walk. We were lucky to have a nice breeze throughout the
day so the heat did not have a tiring effect. Several good birds were seen well
during this walk, including Red Bishop and Black-Winged Bishop both of which
were in full breeding regalia, beautiful. Yellow Fronted Canaries were everywhere
and we were lucky enough to see a Pygmy Kingfisher, a minute woodland
kingfisher with intense colouring.
Our lunch stop was at Campaty where we sat under a huge baobab tree and ate
our picnic. We looked over a small area of rice fields which were surrounded by
mature woodland. During our two hour lunch break we found an impressive 31
species without leaving the spot.
After one further stop in the afternoon we arrived at Tendaba Camp and this
produced pandemonium before our accommodation was allocated and we
unpacked our bags in a group of fairly basic native huts. Heading for the open
bar for a cold drink we noticed Tendaba Camp sits on the south bank of the two
mile wide river and is a superb venue for bird watching groups. All meals were
taken outdoors overlooking the river and the pace of life there emulates the flow
of the river, slow and peaceful.
After a short break we gathered at the bus and then drove the short distance to
the ‘airfield’ a huge flood plain that was covered in an inch or two of water and
was frequented by many bird species. A Long-Crested Eagle posed extremely
well for us on top of a low bush whilst in the distance three Tawny Eagles sat
near their nest in a dead tree, not a bad start. In and around the water there were
twenty species with Marsh Sandpiper, Spur-Winged Goose, Little Ringed Plover,
Purple Heron and Black Headed Plover being new for our list.
In the trees nearby a troop of Patas Monkeys were feeding but we also enjoyed
watching Pearl Spotted Owlet, Bearded Barbet Senegal Parrot, Rose-Ringed
Parakeet, Abyssinian Roller, Purple Glossy Starling and several more species. We
called it a day at 6.30pm and headed back to camp for a shower and a lovely al
fresco dinner at the side of the river.
Back at Shilton over the month we have had visits in the garden, from a couple
of bramblings, some nice colourful yellow hammers feeding from seed under the
feeders and a visit from a nuthatch only the second time I have seen one here in
ten years. Yesterday, 5th April, down at the ford a Little Egret was paddling
around and I saw my first three swallows of the year flying over Johnson’s Farm.
A pair of bluetits are busy at one of my nest boxes in the garden and the
frogspawn in my pond produced tiny tadpoles a few days ago. I hope the visiting
mallards don’t eat them all this year. Waxwing sightings have been common in
Oxfordshire this winter and continued up to ten days ago and still I haven’t seen
one. Black caps and chiff chaffs, the first of our summer visitors, are singing well
now. A villager has a pair of Long Tailed Tits building a lovely nest in a bush in
the garden seen from his window.
WHAT ARE WE HAVING FOR DINNER?
Angela makes a mean tajine! Tajine of lamb with apricots, saffron & honey
I am sticking with my recent theme of economical food, eaten in season using
tastier but cheaper cuts, but this month the recipe is slightly more exotic. It
comes from a lovely book, Food from Plenty by Diana Henry featuring ‘good
food made from the plentiful, seasonal and the leftover … none of them
extravagant’ and indeed it is full of wonderful-sounding recipes which I long to
try. This one does use saffron, which is, admittedly, not the cheapest spice in the
world, but it is optional, as is the orange flower water. Everything else you are
likely to have in your store cupboard and shoulder of lamb is certainly
inexpensive and particularly flavoursome. It might be too fatty for some tastes
and I think you can get away with using less oil than the recipe suggests but it
does make the tastiest stew. Shoulder of lamb is currently having ‘a moment’ – it
is on the menu in the best restaurants and slow-roasted shoulder is frequently
mentioned in the food pages of newspapers and magazines. You would think it
had just been invented the way it is raved about, but it has been around for ever
in home cooking. To go with it I am including Spring Couscous, from the same
book, which looks and tastes lovely and, as herbs are growing with the better
weather, is made with ingredients you will have in the cupboard and the garden.
Tagine of Lamb
6 tbsp olive oil 1 ¼ pts lamb or chicken stock
1 oz butter a good pinch of saffron (if you have it)
3 lb 5 oz lamb shoulder, in 2” chunks 2 tbsp honey
2 large onions, finely chopped a good squeeze of lemon juice
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tsp orange flower water (if you have
3 tsp ground ginger it)
2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, coriander or
8 oz dried apricots mint, roughly chopped
1 ¾ oz dried sour cherries (or 2 tbsp chopped pistachios or almonds
barberries, cranberries) to garnish
Heat the olive oil and butter in a heavy-bottomed pan and brown the lamb on all
sides. Add the onions, stir them around in the juices and cook for a minute, then
add the garlic, ginger, cinnamon and salt and pepper and cook for another
minute. Add the apricots and sour cherries, then add the stock and a good pinch
of saffron, if using. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer, put a lid on the
pan and reduce the heat to very low then cook for one hour, stirring from time to
time. After one hour, remove the lid and cook for a further 15 minutes. The lamb
should be tender. Stir in the honey, lemon juice and orange flower water, then
add the chopped parsley and check the seasoning, you may want to add more
honey. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios or almonds before serving. Serves 6
7 oz couscous 1 oz shelled, unsalted pistachios,
6 fl oz boiling chicken stock or water chopped
salt and pepper 2 spring onions, finely chopped
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp each flat leaf parsley, mint and
zest and juice of ½ lemon coriander
Sprinkle the couscous into a bowl and add the stock or water, seasoning and 2
tbsp olive oil. Stir and cover with cling film for 15 minutes to let it plump up.
Then fork it through to separate the grains and aerate it. It will still be hot. Stir
in the rest of the ingredients and check the seasoning. Serves 4
Henry Cole. TV Producer. Biker.
Henry insists he’s a country boy at heart. He spent his childhood in rural Norfolk
in a rectory so cold that he and his parents slept downstairs so as to be near any
heat from the kitchen. He talks of days spent in the woods; shooed out by his
father after breakfast and bidden not to return until tea. He says that the best
thing today is that starlings have nested under his eaves in Clanfield.
All of this seems in stark contrast to his high-octane lifestyle; making television
programmes and riding motorbikes, constantly traveling, constantly working,
constantly talking. If Henry could be plugged into the national grid we wouldn’t
be worrying about solar panels.
He moved to our benefice ‘by mistake’ eight years ago, having taken the lease on
a weekend cottage on a whim. He says it is one of the best things that he’s ever
done and he and his wife Janie were soon here full time, partly because Henry
had sold their London home over a lunch.
He owns and runs a successful TV production company called HCA, responsible
for shows such as Grimefighters. He clearly loves what he does and is proud of
their output. He has taken on local youngsters, training them from scratch (he
teases his editor that he was ‘more useless than a ferret with claustrophia’ when
he first started). He and Janie are thriving on village life; they now have two
young boys (Charlie and Tom), a dog called Bumble and lots of local friends.
But life hasn’t always been rosy. In the early eighties he was a punchy young man
who led himself astray. He says he wanted always to be at the centre of things
and his way of making sure of that was to be one of the ‘cool’ boys. He moved to
London, wore black and rode motorbikes up and down the King’s Road. He is
very open about his drug-taking during these years. Partly I suspect because he’s
aware of how lucky he is to have come through it. At one point he was using
£250 worth of heroin a day and free-basing cocaine. He survived because a
friend who was a member of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) wouldn’t take no for
an answer. Henry has taken neither a drink, nor drugs for twenty five years.
Although of the two times in his life when he believed he was going to die,
neither is narcotics-related. The first was when swept away in the South China
Sea during an underwater shoot. The second was in 1986, working for the US
news network CBS as the Americans bombed Tripoli (the first time). The crew
were cornered by local militia and only some very fast talking saved them.
Henry feels like a man who is always in a hurry. Rarely stationary mentally or
physically, he is fuelled by nervous energy. I suspect that, be it starlings or the
next TV deal, he’s someone who likes life fit to bursting and, in the words of the
rocktogenarian Steve Tyler, he ‘don’t want to miss a thing’.
Well rotted horse manure still available.
Free to good home (though I might start charging so come quickly!!)
Black Bourton 01993 842849
Free upright piano call Jane on 01993 822479
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
1st Swinford Museum opens at 2.30pm to 5pm then 1st Sunday of the month
8th Little Faringdon Annual PCC meeting 11am St Margarets Church
10th Langford Annual Parish Council meeting 8pm in Village Hall,
14th Kelmscott May Ball Tickets £55 each details tel 01367252423
18th Shilton Parish Council Statutory Annual meeting at 6pm
Shilton Parish Meeting 7.30pm both at The Old School
21st &22nd Cotswold Churches Festival between 10am & 4pm Filkins &
Broughton Poggs Churches
26th Local Murder 1893 – lecture Filkins Village Hall further details 01367
28th Shilton Old school maintenance day
You may have noticed the little pictures that accompany the names of the
villages. These are all by local artist Patricia Broughton and are from her drawings
of the churches within the Benefice. You can see more of her work at
www.alexialangham.co.uk or you can reach her on 01367 860736.
I came across some classic exam howlers the other day, and had a great moment
of mirth. See if any of these take you back to your schooldays!
Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in
hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert and travelled by Camelot.
The climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live
Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea, where they made
themselves unleavened bread which is bread made without any
ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cynanide to get the ten
commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.
Solomom had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines.
The Greeks were a highly sculptured people and without them we
wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female
Actually, Homer was not written by Homer but another man of that
Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people
advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock.
After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.
Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was cannonized by Bernard Shaw.
Finally Magna Carta provided that no man should be hanged twice for
the same offence.
Eventually the Romans conquered the Greeks. History calls people
Romans because they never stayed in one place for very long.
Nero was a cruel tyranny who would torture his subjects by playing the
fiddle to them.
Queen Elizabeth was the ‘Virgin Queen’. As a queen she was a success.
When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted ‘hurrah’.
It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented
removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the
circulation of the blood. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because
he invented cigarettes and started smoking. And Sir Francis Drake
circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper.
The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was
born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never mad much
money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies,
comedies and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and
Juliet are an example of a heroic couplet. Romeo's last wish was to be
laid by Juliet.
Writing at the same times as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He
wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton
wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.
Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large
number of children. In between he practised on an old spinster which he
kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the
most famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was
half German, half Italian and half English. He was very large.
Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he
wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone
was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.