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The Clanfield What for May 2011

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Magazine for the village of Clanfield for May 2011

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           Copy date for the                  Issue Number 165
             June issue:                                                May 2011
        Thursday 19th May 2011                email: editor@clanfieldwhat.com

        The WHAT? can also be viewed on-line at www.clanfield.org.

Clanfield Welcome Pack
You will be aware that over recent years, new residents in the village have been given
a Welcome Pack, co-ordinated and delivered by the Monday Lunch organisers.
Of late, the organisers have found it increasingly difficult to keep abreast of movement
in and out of properties in Clanfield, and to maintain updated entries in the pack
To ensure that the village continues to welcome new residents in this way, the Parish
Council have agreed to undertake the updating and co-ordination of the pack contents
and, therefore, should you wish to update your organisation/business entry, please
contact me in the first instance.
Could I also ask that, should you be planning to leave your present home, please
would you leave the Welcome Pack for the incoming residents?
                                                                           Lynda Scott
                                                      Clerk to Clanfield Parish Council
                                                                         01367 810606
                                                            1 Farmers Court, Clanfield

                           St. Stephen’s Church
               FLOWER FESTIVAL
                           The Wedding
                Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May
                              10 00 – 5.00 pm
                  Part of the Cotswold Churches Festival
           Clanfield Midsummer Celebrations
               25th June to 9th July 2011
                They are nearly here!!!!
Get out your diaries and make a note of all the events coming up. The full programme
of events follows and the money raised from these events is put into a fund for
projects to enhance the quality of living in the village. We hope you will all be able to
come to as many events as possible and make this years event as successful as last
                              Programme of events
Sunday 26th June Midday to 2.30pm Clanfield Primary School Fete
      Join the school in the usual fete activities, including a Pirate parade along the
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th 12noon to 4pm June Clanfield Artists Exhibition at
the Carter Institute
      See a high quality exhibition of art by our own artists, also the new children’s
      exhibition. Vote for your favourite work of art.
Wednesday 29th June 8.00pm Bell Ringing St Stephens’s Church.
      Your opportunity to try your hand at bell ringing come along and have a go.
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd 12noon to 4pm June Clanfield Artists Exhibition at
the Carter Institute
      Another opportunity to see a high quality exhibition of art by our own artists,
      also the new children’s exhibition. Vote for your favourite work of art.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd Village Scarecrow competition
      This popular event of 2009 returns, Create your scarecrow and display him in
      your garden, collect maps of the scarecrow locations from the Art exhibition at
      the Institute, entries to Melanie Andrews 810114 and the Post office
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd Walking village Treasure hunt
      Another popular event of 2009 – will it be as difficult as the previous one?
      Questions for all the family, join the trail when you visit the Scarecrows,
      questions will be printed in the June Clanfield What, answer sheets will be
      available from the Art exhibition at the Institute, return you entries to get a
      chance of the big prize
Saturday 2nd July 4:30pm Knockout Rounders Competition and BBQ & Bar on
the Recreation Ground.
      Teams from the village will compete for the Ann Irvin Memorial Cup. Get your
      team together now. Entries to Tim Cowling 810281
Sunday 3rd July 10.30am Clanfield Primary School Family service taken by Rev
David Lloyd.
      Join the children in this village act of worship.
Tuesday 5th July 7.30pm at the Carter Institute, Nostalgia,
      An evening of slides and memories of Clanfield and the surrounding area given
      by Sue Morris. (Entrance £1)
Saturday 9th July 7:30 The return of Welsh, Cowbridge Male Voice Choir
      In great demand, the choir have agreed to return to give us another great
      concert, traditional welsh songs and hymns together with arrangements of
      songs of Queen & Robin Williams amongst many more, Tickets £12 on sale
      from the beginning of June (and don’t forget the after concert sing song in the
      Tavern )
For further information contact:-
      Glyn James        Tel; 01367 810569         Email;glyn_james20@hotmail.com
      Peter Farley      Tel; 01367 810604         Email; peter.j.farley@btinternet.com

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Flower Festival Weekend
On Saturday and Sunday, 21st and 22nd May, Saint Stephen’s
Church, Clanfield celebrates its annual Parish Feast with a
Flower Festival on the very topical theme of The Wedding. THE
wedding of 2011 will have taken place by then , of course, but
for every couple getting married their celebration is unique, and
the festival will express in flowers the elements and moods of
any and every marriage service. Every year the local group of talented and inventive
flower arrangers ensure that the church is filled with beautiful and intriguing works of
floral art, so make sure you come along and see what they have to show us this year.
The church will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, with a service at 10.30
a.m. on the Sunday.
As well as appreciating the flowers, the weekend provides a good opportunity to enjoy
the special atmosphere of our historic parish church and, if you are so moved, to
make a contribution to its upkeep. Gift Aid envelopes will be distributed throughout the
village and we hope that many of you will want to help the regular congregation
maintain your church building to the highest standard possible, bearing in mind that it
costs at least £200 a week to pay the basic bills and support the ministry of the
Church in this area.
Of course, the Church is not just a building: it is a community of people who worship
God and try to serve him by serving others. Everyone is always welcome to come
along to St Stephen’s to join in our worship or enjoy the peace of the building during
the week. Or, if you enjoy good food and a chat, why not come to the weekly drop-in
soup lunches which Christians Together in Clanfield provide in the Carter Institute
every Monday from 12 noon. Flowers, food, fellowship, worship, silent beauty – your
church has a lot to offer, and we hope to see you soon.
With all good wishes
                                                                       David Lloyd, Vicar.

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Clanfield and Bampton Historical Society
Burford attracts visitors from far and near, but many of us in the Clanfield and
Bampton Historical Society, who listened to Simon Townley’s talk on ‘A Cotswold
Wool Town: Burford and its Buildings’ will look at it with more knowledgeable eyes
from now on.
Simon, Oxfordshire editor of the invaluable Victoria County History series, who was
giving the last talk of the society’s 50th season – to the sizeable audience that has
become the norm since Bampton came into the fold – first sketched in Burford’s
background, as an important, international, wool market in mediaeval times, followed
by centuries of decline before its resurgence as a thriving tourist destination.
As he explained, Burford did not grow haphazardly but, like most markets town of
that era was planned in some detail, usually under the aegis of the lords of the
manor, who wanted to ensure that they benefited economically from the markets and
growing commerce.
Burford was on the estate given to Robert FitzHamon as a reward for his loyalty to
King William II in 1088, and between then until his death in 1107 he granted the local
merchants a charter which resulted in the town’s creation: as a wool market it
attracted buyers from as far away as Italy. Among the most influential of the
merchants was Simon Wisdom, founder of the grammar school in 1571.
Simon Townley went into fascinating detail about as many of the buildings as time
permitted, from the grand houses like John Castle’s Great House in Witney Street,
to backstreet cottages. As he said, most investigations need to be inside rather than
outside the buildings, though we did learn how a lop-sided look to a house could be
a clue to its antecedents, and so much more. A book which he has edited for the
series England’s Past For Everyone on Burford buildings and people is a permanent
aide memoire.
The society’s talks will resume next October, but meanwhile we have an outing to
Rousham House, with a guided tour of the house, at 2.30pm on May 17th.

If you are planning to join us for the outing to Rousham House on May 17 could you
please send Raena a cheque (payable to Clanfield Historical Society) for £10 per
person as soon as possible and at latest by May 10th. The tour of the house, which
will be guided by the owner, Charles Cottrell-Dormer, is due to start at 2.30pm, and
the fee of £10 also includes entry to the 25-acre garden, which you may wish to visit
either before or after the tour of the house. Charles says that the stairs to the upper
part of the house are not steep, but they may be too steep for some.
Everyone will have to make their own way to Rousham House, which is just north of
Middleton Stoney, a distance of nearly 24 miles from Clanfield, but if anyone is without
transport and lets me know we may be able to arrange something. Maddy and I can
certainly take two or three people, more if we take two cars, and I should be grateful if
anyone else who has a spare seat or two would let me know. Charles tells me that the
car park is next to the house.
Re. the AGM and dinner on June 21, Tom, who owns the Clanfield Tavern, is in the
process of selling and expects, certainly hopes, that the deal will be done before
June. I hope that the new owners will be amenable to our arrangement with Tom, and
that it can proceed on schedule. Of course, if the deal has not gone through by then,
there is no problem. I will let you know as soon as possible when the situation has
been resolved.
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                 Clanfield Festival 2011
                Scarecrow Competition
As part of the Clanfield Midsummer Celebration we will be
holding a scarecrow competition over the weekend of 02 – 03
July from 12 noon – 5pm each day.
Entry will be £2 per household or organisation. A prize will go to
the winning household/organisation. Voting will be by general
public who will be able to buy maps of the location of scarecrows
in the village.
The scarecrow should be displayed at the front of your house. Although they are
traditionally made of straw they can be made of any type of material. Let your
imagination run free with the design of your scarecrow. It could reflect your hobby or
your profession or even your favourite TV character – Anything goes.
Additional entry forms and further information is available from Melanie Andrews
810114. Closing date for entry is Sunday 26 June.

                 Scarecrow Competition Entry Form 2011





Contact Number:……………………………………………….……………………….

Name of Scarecrow:….………………………………………..………………………
Please return this form with your £2 entry fee by Sunday 26th June to 21 Queens
Crescent or in a box in the Village Post Office.

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Clanfield WI
Can you believe it is 25th years since the catastrophic nuclear disaster at
the Chernobyl No 4 reactor in Northern Ukraine? The toxic cloud of
contamination which was released for several weeks travelled mostly
north via Belarus, Latvia, Estonia and west across Europe. The after-
effects are still clearly visible as people continue to live and farm the land which
contains extremely high levels of radiation. Those living in these areas suffer from
heart, stomach, liver, kidney and nervous system problems. The children’s immune
systems suffer.
Trish Follows told members of WI about the work of the charity Chernobyl Children
in Need. This was formed in 1999 to raise funds to help alleviate children’s suffering
in Kalinkovichi district, Gomel region, Southern Belarus which received most of the
nuclear fallout. CCIN operate a sponsorship scheme, get involved in building project
in the schools, provide humanitarian aid shipments twice a year and arrange respite
holidays in the UK for the children. It is believed that just four weeks in the UK
getting good food, rest, medical and dental treatment can boosts a child’s immune
system for up to two years.
Trish’s talk was accompanied by a film featuring some of the children and the
improvements who the charity has helped to make to their school. The film was very
moving in places. For further details about Chernobyl Children in Need visit their
website www.ccin.co.uk.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 10th May when we will discuss the WI national
resolutions – this year they are on public library closures, and mega farms. Glyn
James will be our guest speaker. Our annual dinner will take place at the Vines,
Black Bourton on Thursday 19 May. For details about Clanfield Women’s Institute,
please contact Heather Clarke on 01367 810655.
                                                                      Liz Stevens

Clanfield Brook Clearance
The Parish Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Ty Edwards to help
with the regular clearance of weed and trimming of the banks of the Clanfield Brook.
You will see him and his brother from time to time. Please acknowledge him as he is
vital to the flood defence of our village.
He has been instructed along with certain Parish councillors by Daryl Buck from the
EA on the protection of Voles to avoid any problems with the EA in the future.
Whilst this is an ongoing situation locals may still be required to help with the annual
brook clearing and tidying exercise in June/July so please watch this space for an-
I am sure you will give Ty and his brother every help and support.
                                                               Clanfield Parish Council
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St Stephen’s Church
Our main focus in May will be the Cotswold Churches Festival.
The Cotswolds cover a large area of outstanding natural beauty
straddling the borders of Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire,
Warwickshire, Worcestershire and down almost to the outskirts
of Bristol. The Cotswolds are known across the world for their
delightful scenery and numerous picturesque villages and
historic towns. At the heart of these villages and towns are their churches. They come
in all shapes, sizes, ages and denominations. For centuries, the churches have been
at the centre of community life. However, far from being stuck in their history, they
remain to this day vibrant centres of worship and activities serving the needs both of
their regular congregations and of their wider communities to say nothing of the many
thousands of visitors who come to The Cotswolds throughout the year.
The purpose of The Cotswold Churches Festival in 2011 is to give churches
throughout the region an opportunity to open their doors and provide a warm welcome
to visitors, whether they are coming from the immediate area or further afield. More
than 70 churches have confirmed that they are taking part, and are holding events
such as historical exhibitions, scarecrow trails, flower festivals, concerts and special
services, often with refreshments being provided. Details of all the events are
available on the website http://www.cotswoldchurchesfestival.org/.
Our own church is open as usual throughout the Festival and our annual Flower
Festival is being held on the second weekend, 21st – 22nd May. The theme this year is
the wedding and it promises to be a beautiful display showcasing the creative talents
of all our wonderful contributors. We do appreciate the hard work that goes into
designing each arrangement and I would urge you all to pop into the church to have a
look. It will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 21st. You are welcome to attend
the Family Service at 10.30am on Sunday 22nd and the church will remain open until
5pm. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available both days.
Services in May
Sunday 1st May:        10.30am Family Service led by Judith Hillier.
Sunday 8th May:        9.15am Holy Communion led by Rev. David Lloyd.
Sunday 15th May:       10.30am Holy Communion led by Rev. David Lloyd.
Sunday 22nd May:       10.30am Family Service led by Rev. David Battersby.
Sunday 29th May:       10.30am United Parish Eucharist, St Mary’s Church, Bampton,
                       led by Rev. David Lloyd. Please note, there will be no service
                       in Clanfield this Sunday.
Thursday 2nd June:     9.15am Ascension Day Service led by Rev. David Lloyd.
Sunday 5th June:       10.30am Family Service led by Judith Hillier.

Dates for your diary
14th – 22nd May:       Cotswold Churches Festival: different events throughout the
week, more details at http://www.cotswoldchurchesfestival.org/ .
21st – 22nd May:    St. Stephen’s Church Flower Festival, 10am – 5pm (Saturday),
11.30am – 5pm (Sunday).
Mondays:              Delicious lunches available 12noon to 1.30pm every week
(except Bank Holidays) at the Carter Institute, Clanfield. Come along and enjoy a
bowl of home-made soup and a roll, followed by tea/coffee and biscuits. If you are
interested in making soup or helping to serve, please contact John or Nancie
Greatrex on (01367) 810609 for more details.
                                                                      Judith Hillier

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  and kindness in my recent sad loss of Robert and to everyone who sent
  letters and cards of condolence. My heartfelt thanks.
                                                             Alison Goddard

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Shaun of Oxford German Car Specialists, who now are resident in Tincknells old
workshop premises, has very kindly and generously agreed to us holding the Produce
Show in the building again this year. The location is conveniently central and ideal for
the event so we are very grateful to him.
The proposed date is Saturday 3rd September and we will hopefully be introducing a
new trophy and a new look on the cover of the schedule. Amy Gaertner of High
House Close created a lovely poster as part of last year’s competition and so we shall
be incorporating her designs. We are also adding in a floral art class for the 16 years
and under so there are a few fresh things happening this year.
We look forward to the Show and as ever we welcome offers of help and sponsorship.
All proceeds will be going to Macmillan Cancer Support in Oxfordshire again. If any-
one has experience or knowledge of another local cancer related support agency do
let us know as we like to support local causes.
Contact details of the organising committee members are as follows:-
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Clanfield Football Club Supporter
You probably do not know me, but I am a great enthusiast of Clanfield football club,
and have followed their results since the 1973/74 season, when I first attended their
games whilst still at school.
This season has been a very good one for the club, and as I speak, they could still be
promoted to the Premier Division of the Hellenic League if they win their final game
against Tytherington Rocks on Saturday, and the results of other games (played on
Easter Saturday and Easter Monday) go their way. They also entered the F A Cup for
the first time this season, and for the second time in three years reached the second
round proper of the F A Vase.
Clanfield have been members of the Hellenic League for over 40 years, and only
Kidlington, Bicester Town and Wantage Town of current clubs boost longer continuous
membership of the league. Clanfield last played in the Hellenic League Premier
Division in 1985, but previously were Premier Division runners up in successive
season, won the Premier Division league cup, and reached successive Oxfordshire
Senior Cup finals. They also have twice previously been promoted to the Hellenic
Amongst the footballers born in Clanfield is former Manchester City wing half Stan
Horne, and Stan's brother Aubrey played for Clanfield with distinction.
I am actively involved with Eastleigh football club, and although I contribute to their
club programme on a regular basis, only see Clanfield play twice a season, but intend
to be there on Saturday, when hopefully as many members of the village community
will get behind the club in their quest for promotion.
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Once again it is time for Artweeks, the annual visual arts festival for Oxfordshire is
back with us again this month. There are exhibitions throughout the county with free
entry to all of them. It is a unique opportunity to meet artists and craftsmen and talk
about their work, watch demonstrations and even have a go!
The county is split up into three areas:
      South Oxfordshire         Sat 7 May-Sun 15 May.
      North Oxfordshire         Sat 14 May-Sun 22 May
      City of Oxford            Sat 22 May- Mon 30 May
Site opening times vary, so detailed information on artists, locations and opening
times are available in the free Artweeks Guide (Copies available at the Post Office) or
see the website www.artweeks.org.
I will be opening Brookside Cottage, Main Street
each afternoon between 2.00pm and 6.00pm from
Saturday the 14th May to Sunday the 22nd and I look
forward to seeing you. (Don’t feel you would be
expected to buy anything, that is not the object of
Artweeks just come along and have a look). At this
years exhibition I will be exhibiting paintings of some
of the places I have visited last year which include
the Charente region of France, and Stockholm as
well as other works taken from my sketch book.
                                                                     La Rochelle 2011
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I look forward to seeing you.
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Wise Memories - The Saturday Market
I was born in the little North Wales town of Holyhead a long time ago and much has
changed since my childhood days. Take the market for example. This was held every
Saturday morning in a fine grey granite purpose built building. Great iron gates in the
main street opened on to a wide flight of shallow steps and in those days as you
walked up the steps they were lined with wounded ex soldiers. This was in the early
twenties, some were minus a leg or an arm and some were blind and all were
begging, their caps or a little box at their feet for any offerings.
I would often go to the market hoping to meet one of my aunts who regularly shopped
there for fresh farm eggs, country butter and chicken. These commodities were
brought in from the Anglesey countryside by little old shawled ladies wearing men's
flat caps and they sat just inside the main building on benches, displaying on another
bench in front of them, their wares. One of my aunts always used to taste the butter
before buying using a silver sixpence. I imagine she was seeing how salty it was or
otherwise before buying. I was very fond of this country butter usually with a cow or a
thistle or some other pattern impressed on the top.
Further into the building were three avenues lined with wooden stalls and many were
occupied by butchers, but the one stall I would head for was kept by a dark handsome
woman who sold home-made Welsh Rock. This came in sticks about 10 inches long,
it was brown and had a figure 8 running through the middle. She also sold treacle
toffee in shallow trays and she would use a little hammer to break it up. You can buy
Welsh Rock today, but it is factory made. I think probably it was for reasons of "health
and hygiene" that the home made variety disappeared, which is to be regretted for it
tasted so much better.
One other stall I remember was kept by a lady who had one blue eye and one brown.
she sold crayons and boxes of paint and for a while she sold pens with steel nibs and
they were made not of wood but hollow glass filled with coloured liquid and an air
bubble that moved up and down. I was fascinated but not for long, my mother
confiscated the one I bought, thinking that if I broke it, it would do me an injury and
she was probably right!
A few years ago I spent a day visiting my old birthplace and it was a Saturday so I
went to visit the market. Alas, things had greatly changed. Many of the stalls were
empty. No little old ladies in flat caps with chicken and eggs for sale, no Welsh rock or
treacle toffee, just acres of china and linen being sold by enthusiastic salesmen from
India and Pakistan. I did buy a very pretty teapot, just for old time’s sake.
                                                                          Dorothy Wise

Clanfield (April 1985) Football Club
On May 14th 2011 Premiership Clubs Manchester City and Stoke City will meet at
Wembley Stadium in the Final of the FA Challenge Cup. What connection you may
ask is that with our Club who ply their trade in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1
West? There are connections. On August 17th 2010 we made our debut in the FA Cup
when we played in the extra qualifying round against Fareham Town. A long way
away from the Final we know but none-the-less an indication of the progress that the
Club has been making in recent years. The second connection is that we have
applied to enter the Competition again in Season 2011/2012. This entry had to be in
by April 1st 2011 even before this Season’s Competition had been concluded. There is
however a third connection. An ex-resident of Clanfield namely Stan Horne is a former
Manchester City player. He was well regarded in professional football having played
for, amongst others, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Fulham as well as Manchester
City. His brother Adrian Horne played for sometime for Clanfield. Furthermore his
father Aubrey Horne was for many years associated with the administration of the
Club. A small world connected by the FA Cup.
Our deadline for copy comes just too early for us to be able to report where we will
finish in the League and where we will be playing next Season. We have for many
weeks been in the running for finishing in the top two or three of the Uhlsport Division
1 West League. However our promotion hopes faded badly with a defeat at Cricklade
Town on Wednesday, April 20th 2011 when controversially we had a goal ruled out. A
win would have kept us in the running. We now have to win our last game at home on
April 23rd 2011 and hope that the results for Bicester Town, Cheltenham Saracens,
and Purton go our way. If they do we could well find ourselves playing Premier
Division Football in the Uhlsport League next Season. However we have to be
pessimistic of our chances because all three Clubs have more games to play than us.
A top three finish might be good enough to secure promotion.
The Reserve Team were unable to continue their progress in the Reserve Section
President’s Cup and were beaten in the Quarter-Final by Chalfont Wasps Reserves
who play at Chalfont St. Giles in Buckinghamshire. In fact we see that Chalfont have
reached the Final of this Competition and so defeat was no disgrace. At the time of
going to press the Reserves still have three games to play. For them the League
Season is just a question of playing out the games with no prospect of promotion or
relegation but they will be striving for a strong mid-table finish. Things have not been
good for the Reserve Team in recent weeks due to a player shortage but the
Management Team have worked very hard to fulfil all but one of the fixtures which we
had to postpone.
The Under-12s have now finished their Season and we understand that they will finish
in a mid-table (4th) position out of a final line-up of eight teams. Starting from scratch
during the summer the Management Team and the boys themselves have done
extremely well to maintain their momentum and to finish in a respectable position in
the League. There are a number of local boys who play in the Team and we hope to
give a full run-down of the Season in the next issue of “The Watch”.
The refurbishment of the Clubhouse continues apace and it is well worth a trip down
to the Club just to see the progress that has been made. There are a number of
functions in the Club during May in addition to the usual Monday evening Bingo
On May 7th 2011 there will be a Men’s 6 Aside Tournament which will last for most of
the day and all spectators will be very welcome.
On the same evening in the Clubhouse a live group named Freefall will perform from
8 p.m. ‘til late and admission will be £5.
On May 21st 2011 and the following day it is Bikers Weekend when our friends from
the motorcycle world visit us, camp on the surroundings of the pitch, and generally
enjoy all things motorcycle (and ale,) etc..
Finally on Saturday, May 28th 2011 the players presentation evening will be held in the
Clubhouse. All are welcome to this event.
The Club were honoured by the Oxfordshire FA when our Chairman/Secretary/Match
Secretary John Osborne was proud to accept an invitation by the Oxfordshire Football
Association to present the Blue Riband of Oxfordshire football, the Oxfordshire Senior
Cup and Mementoes to the players which took place at the Kassam Stadium when
Oxford United beat Kidlington by 4 - 0. A very well deserved honour to John who
together with his family contribute so much to Clanfield Football Club and to the wider
circle of football in general since he is also an Oxfordshire County Football
Association Council Member. Well done John.
The Club are always on the look out for help and support and any one who is
interested in doing so is very welcome to come along to any match or any training
evening or to any function at the Clubhouse and make themselves known.

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                        Clanfield Summer Festival 2011
                                 Art Exhibition
                                 Second Call for Artists
We do hope that all the artists of Clanfield will take part in the exhibition of art at the Carter
Institute as part of the Clanfield Summer Festival. Some of you have already expressed a
wish to take part, but I am sure there are many more artists out there, so come and join us,
                                         don’t be shy.
     The exhibition will take place on the weekends of 25th –26th June and 2nd-3rd July with
                                  handing in on Friday 24th June.
                                   Call for Younger Artists
Calling all young artists of school age. You too have a chance to take part in our exhibition
 of Art at the Carter Institute. In conjunction with Clanfield Primary School there will be a
  section devoted to younger artists. This year the theme will be “ Pirates” so get your
         thinking caps on and we look forward to seeing some exciting new works.
          If you would like to take part this year please contact Peter Farley on
                    Tel; 810604 or email; peter.j.farley@btinternet.com
                  Help make this exhibition bigger and better than last year!

West Oxfordshire Cats Protection have a number of cats & kittens looking for
new families. Can you help? If you are able to offer them a home or if you can
foster a cat of kitten in your own home while they are waiting for new families
to adopt them, we would like to hear from you.
We also need volunteers to help out at our many fund-raising events which can be fun and
rewarding. For information visit www.westoxfordshire.cats.org.uk or please contact the
Branch on 01993 831350 or email coordinator@westoxoncats.org.uk

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Clanfield School
During Fairtrade Fortnight at the beginning of March, the children took part in a variety
of lessons and activities to help them understand Fairtrade and the issues that
surround it. David Bowman from the Witney Fairtrade Group spoke in assembly.
Children in Year 5 and 6 all wrote poems on the theme of Fairtrade and these were
entered into a competition organised by Witney Fairtrade Action Group. We were
delighted that Leo Allen, Alice Edwards and Owen Hooper had their work highly
commended each receiving a prize whilst Fletcher Wood and Hannah Woodward both
received a runners up prize. The prizes were awarded by Phillip Pullman on Saturday
5th March at the Langdale Hall in Witney as part of the Witney Fairtrade Market.
                Fair Trade
                What makes me angry?
                You may ask
                Well I will tell you clear
                It’s those who make others suffer
                And do not have to live in fear
                Who do not have any worries
                And who are filthy rich
                They trample on farmers down below
                Without a care or hitch
                Those farmers who treat us all so well
                Bananas, grapes and cocoa beans
                They grow cotton for our clothes
                They keep us warm and fed
                The thing that we can do
                To keep them healthy and alive
                Is to buy our products all Fair Trade
                So that the farmer and his family will thrive.
                                                                       By Leo Allen – aged 10

                                         Clanfield PTA

     Re-cycle your old printer cartridges and mobile ‘phones and help raise
                             money for our school.
 We are now collecting old mobile ‘phones and used print cartridges for re-cycling. They can
                    be dropped off either at school or at the Post Office.
     Please, help us to raise money and do a little bit for the environment at the same time.
                                                                                      Thank you

The team carried out speed checks on the
Clanfield to Bampton Road, Upavon Way and
Milestone Road in Carterton. The results
show that in Clanfield there is a problem and the team is working with the Parish
Council and Highways to try and find a solution. We now have access to a Roads
Policing Officer who will be assisting us with speed enforcement and other operations.
Dog Fouling/Litter
West Oxfordshire District Council are being informed of areas of concern. However,
the litter pickers do a very good job in keeping most areas clean and tidy throughout
the neighbourhood. One of the issues is the cost of the bins, both litter and dog bins,
together with the cost of emptying them.
Other News
A man has been charged with the theft of lead from St John’s Church in Carterton.
Community Messaging
Community Messaging is a free service which provides information to residents about
crime and police activity in their area either via phone or email. It also includes
information on what we and our partner services are doing to bring offenders to justice
or to combat anti-social behaviour. You can sign up online and find out more
information at: www.tvpcommunitymessaging.org
Contact us
If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call
us on the police non-emergency number: 0845 850 5505. If you have information
about crime in your area but you do not want to speak to the police, please call the
Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.

                         Clanfield Summer Festival
         Have you any stories or anecdotes of Clanfield?
As part of this years Summer Festival we will be having an Evening of Nostalgia
with Sue Morris and her husband. They will be showing slides of old photos of the
area around Clanfield. This has been a very enjoyable evening in previous years,
having a trip down memory lane for older residents and a fascinating insight into old
Clanfield for those newer residents.
We would like to widen the evening by having stories about Clanfield and the
people who live or lived here. If you have any stories you would like to share with us
please let us know. If you would rather not tell the stories yourself we would happy
to do it for you. Let either Sue Morris or myself know by the end of the month.
Sue Morris    01993 841294 or Peter Farley 01367 810604

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                               Clanfield Festival 2011
       Minutes of meeting held at the Carter Institute on 4th April at 7.30pm
Those present: Glyn James, Angela Jones, Simon Andrews, Melanie Andrews,
Melvyn Cole, Karina Hooper, Peter Farley, Jane Lloyd, Linda Cowling.
The School have decided to organise the whole fete themselves on Sunday 26th
June. The Clanfield Festival Committee will not be involved. There will be a Family
Service on Sunday July 3rd at Clanfield Primary School
Art Exhibition (Peter Farley) - Sat 25th and Sunday 25th June, Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd
Everything in place so far.
Scarecrows (Mel Andrews) – Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd July. An entrance form to be
published in the What in May and June. Programmes and maps will be £1 and a £15
prize voucher will be given to the winner. Janet will be asked if she would be able to
collect the entries in the Post Office for us.
Walking Treasure Hunt (Simon Andrews) - Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd July. Treasure hunt
will possibly be published in the What in June with the completed competition sheet to
be delivered back to the Art Exhibition that week-end. £5 prize voucher to be given
both to children and adult winners. Charge of 50p per answer sheet to enter the
Cowbridge Male Voice Choir (Glyn James) – Sat 9th July. Sponsorship is needed for
their bus. £400? The W.I .will be asked if they would be able to provide food for the
choir. There will be no drink for the audience at the event as this would make the
timing and church environment easier to organise. £12 and £10 concessions for
Rounders –NEW DATE Saturday 2nd July at 4.30pm. £2.00 per team. Tim Cowling
has the equipment from last year and he will get the Cup from the previous winners.
The event could be turned into a Social Evening for the village. £20 for bar licence.
Simon Andrews to look into this and report back. A responsible volunteer is needed to
run the bar. BBQ Melanie Andrews to report back.
Bell Ringing, - Check is there to be an open night and which date will it be
Nostalgia evening – Peter Farley to check with Sue Morris as to the availability of
material to create an evening
Other thoughts, ideas etc.

•    Pumpkin competition.
•    Bonfire evening. There was concern about Health and Safety.
•   Clanfield ’s got Talent
Next meeting Monday 9th May at 7.30pm in the Carter Institute.

Common Sense
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, COMMON SENSE, who has
been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth
records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

         •    Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
         •    Why the early bird gets the worm;
         •    Life isn't always fair;
         •    ......and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you
can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing
regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual
harassment for kissing a class mate; teens suspended from school for using
mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only
worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that
they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even
further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or
an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant
and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and
criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating
when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar
could sue you for assault if you tried.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a
steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly
awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents,
Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by
his daughter, Responsibility, and by his               MALC NEWMAN
son, Reason.
                                                 FITTER OF BLINDS, CURTAINS POLES,
He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers; I                     TRACKS ETC
Know My Rights, I Want It Now, That's Not         VERTICAL ROLLER AND VENETIAN
Politically Correct, Someone Else Is To             BLINDS SUPPLIED ON REQUEST
Blame, and I'm A Victim.                                  TEL: 01367 810558
                                                          MOB: 07984 602093
Not many attended his funeral because so              E-MAIL dinewman@fsmail.net
few realized he was gone.                            OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE
                                                   (ALSO ODD JOBS UNDERTAKEN )

                     WHAT?’s On in Clanfield
     Clanfield Pre-school                         Belly Dancing
For children in the age range 2–5 at the    Every Sunday evening in the Clanfield
Methodist Church Hall. Open every           Football Club from 7.30-8.30pm –
Monday to Friday from 8.45am - 2.45pm       exercise with a difference! Suitable for all
during term-time. Call Jane Brown on        abilities; bring soft shoes and a sense of
01367 860848 (home) or 01367 810365         humour!! Call Karen on 810680
(pre-school) for details
                                                Monday Drop-in Lunches
     Clanfield Baby & Toddlers
                                            Drop in at the Carter Institute every
Every Wednesday at the Carter Institute     Monday 12.00pm - 1.30pm (excluding
from 9.30am until 11.30am. Contact          Bank Holidays) and you can be assured
Fiona 01367 810534'                         of a warm welcome! Homemade soup
     Women’s Institute                      and a roll, coffee/tea and biscuits.
                                            Contact John Greatrex - 810609
Meetings are held every second
Tuesday in the month at 7.30 p.m. in            Historical Society
the Carter Institute. Notices giving        Meets on the third Tuesday of the month
details of the meeting will be on display   between October and May at 7.30 pm at
in the Post Office and village notice       the Carter Institute.
boards. All welcome. Contact Heather
Clarke, 12 Manor Lane, Clanfield 01367          Carter Institute
810655.                                     For bookings contact Mrs.             Kate
     Mobile Library Service                 O’Donnell on 01367 810440

The Mobile Library will visit Clanfield         Art Classes
every other Thursdays; by the Church        Tuesdays at the Carter Institute. Further
from 1:00pm to 1:15pm then Queens           details contact Maggy Fitzpatrick on
Crescent 2:20pm to 2:35pm                   810553
     Bell Ringing
Practice night each Wednesday from
7.30 - 9.00 pm at St. Stephen's Church.
New ringers always welcome. Contact
Tower Captain: Ian Kenworthy 01367
810577 or Deputy: Catherine Bernard
01367 810587
      Snooker Club
6 pm – 10 pm every Tuesday, Thursday
& Friday evening, upstairs in the Carter
Institute. Contact Tony Harrison on
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