"July 2011 Parish Pump"
PARISH PUMP is published every month except January, and should be distributed to every household in the Shill Valley and Broadshire benefice. If you do not receive a copy, please contact Jane Brylewski on 01993 822479. Advertising revenue does not cover all our costs, and we welcome donations (suggesting at least £5/year) which you can send through your Parish Pump Correspondent (see inside back cover), the person who delivers your Parish Pump, or directly to Ellie Maughan. If you have not already done so, please send your donation to cover 2011’s issues. Cheques should be made out to ‘Parish Pump’. We welcome articles, letters, diary items, or just good ideas for future articles [and criticism, whether good or bad! Ed]. Please submit through your local Parish Pump Correspondent, or directly to Ros Atkinson. Photographs are also welcome. Copy should be sent electronically by email to email@example.com. All copy for inclusion should reach the editorial office by the 10 th of the month preceding publication. Advertising enquiries are welcomed, and should be directed to Gill Cox We are indebted to all the Parish Correspondents, and to all those in all the parishes who make possible the publication and distribution of Parish Pump every month. EDITOR Ros Atkinson Cross Tree Cottage, Cross Tree Lane, Filkins, Nr Lechlade, Glos GL7 3JL Tel: 01367 860859 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org TREASURER Ellie Maughan Home Farm, Kelmscott, Lechlade, Glos GL7 3HD Tel: 01367 252220 Email: email@example.com ADVERTISING Gill Cox Ivy Nook, Kencot, Lechlade, Glos Tel: 01367 860250 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING RATES No of ads 1 6 11 Full Page £38 £198 £308 Half Page £26 £156 £198 Quarter Page £17 £84 £121 Any views expressed in Parish Pump are not necessarily those of the Parish Pump editorial team, nor of the benefice clergy 1 FROM THE EDITOR W e were chatting about superpowers the other day; what would be your best superpower if you could choose, what would be your superhero name and so on. There were some rather interesting ideas touted. Ludo’s was ‘I would like to be able to shoot out random robot clones’ providing an interesting mental image. Toby’s, after some very serious thought was ‘flying’, but... ‘I would have to be invisible, otherwise they would put me in a cage, and then they would come and look at me’ which is slightly worrying, I didn’t dare ask who ‘they’ were, but have made a mental note to check his reading material. Obviously, my first response would be to be super shoe buying woman. I, like many girls can spot a pair of heels at fifty paces without hesitation, deviation and pause for inhalation. That doesn’t count however, that is not so much a superpower as being female. After wracking my brains, I tragically found that my real superpower would be to make all floor space visible at once. I am a bit of a mop dodger, but honestly housework just can’t compete with buying shoes as one of life’s little pleasures. In my defence, however, I feel I am overwhelmed in the face of the deluge which hits me at about half past three every day. Book bags, instruments and P.E. kits vie for floor space with coats, shoes, trainers and not very well packed back together (thus erupting) packed lunches. It’s like an extracurricular version of Titantic and I slowly sink under the mass of debris every afternoon, only to emerge sometime later clutching a banana skin and wondering where everyone has gone. So there we go; I would be Superhoover Woman. Although knowing my luck, I would probably break the hoover. I do have a bit of a talent for breaking everything electrical. And unfortunately my method of dealing with broken things is known as ‘Doing a Fiona’. ‘Doing a Fiona’ is a marvellous technique, highly recommended to anyone who has bother fixing things. It was taught to me by a friend (who wishes to remain anonymous) whereby if something doesn’t work you give it a good bash or two. Alternatively you drop it from a great height. Or stamp on it. The result is startling. Nine times out of ten the object is rendered completely useless, and you have to get it repaired properly, necessitating a lot of those phone calls where you have to choose an option from a long list of options you don’t need (and every option just leads you to another long list of options). That one elusive time when it works is priceless though. A good thing, considering how much the other 9 things you trashed cost to repair. In fact, I’ve been banned from..ahem.. ‘fixing’ things à la Fiona, as my track record is so abysmal. Thus my daughter is now in charge of mending the printer, which could go some way to explain why she’s gone such an interesting shade of magenta. Ros (Front cover picture of Kelmscott church, thanks to Martin Beek) 2 RECTOR’S LETTER Dear friends T here is a story, that I cannot guarantee to be true, that a policeman in New York saw a man about to throw himself off a bridge in a suicide bid. He called to him not to do it, but the man replied that his life was not worth living and he wanted to end it all. The policeman climbed over to him and said ‘Hold on a second. You take ten minutes to tell me why you don't think that life is worth living, and then give me ten minutes to tell you why I think it is. And then we can see whether you really are right or wrong to do this.’ The man agreed. And so there, on the dizzy heights, they shared their views. The policeman had his ten minutes, the man had his.... and then .... they both jumped in. It’s a silly story, but it highlights one aspect of our modern world, and that is a deep pessimism that pervades much of society; a feeling that the future looks pretty bleak and there is not much sign of things improving. There are the obvious things like national concerns about the NHS and the Education system; there are worries about the rate of inflation rising at the same time as the cuts that have begun to bite. And then there is the constant flow of bad news of earthquakes, tornadoes, and drought, not to mention the upheavals in the Arab nations of the Middle East, and the uncertainties in Afghanistan. Is the answer just to stick our heads in the sand and get on with life? Not quite ‘Eat, drink and be merry’, but something like that. The Christian response is a resounding ‘No’ to such an attitude. Something amazing has happened in the history of our world that means that however dark the world may be; there is a certain future. When Jesus was nailed to a cross, to pessimists like Thomas, it was proof of the ultimate futility of things. But it was not the end. In fact it was the beginning. When Jesus rose from the dead, he was demonstrating not only that there is a life after death, but that life before death is worthwhile. So you find St Paul saying ‘Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we don't give up.’ Dr Helen Roseveare gave the best years of her life setting up hospital work in the Congo in the nineteen fifties, only to have it all destroyed in the 1964 Civil war. She herself was imprisoned by the rebels. She returned in 1966 to rebuild the hospital work and it flourished for many years touching the lives of countless people. She was able to testify to the words of St Paul ‘your labour is not in vain in the Lord.’ God loves to redeem impossible situations and transform both hardened and broken lives. No wonder St Peter wrote the words ‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Harry MacInnes 3 PARISH AND BENEFICE SERVICES JULY 1st Sunday 3rd July Second Sunday After Trinity 10.30am Shilton Benefice Communion HM/PW 6.00pm BBourton Benefice Evensong PW 2nd Sunday 10th July Third Sunday After Trinity 9.00am Alvescot Holy Communion AM 9.00am Broadwell Holy Communion HM 9.00am Westwell/Holwell Holy Communion EJ/NUW 10.30am Broughton Poggs Parish Communion & Baptism HM 10.30am Shilton Parish Communion & Children’s AM/PW Church 11.00am Little Faringdon Matins EJ/NUW 6.00pm Kencot Evensong HM 3rd Sunday 17th July Fourth Sunday After Trinity 10.30am Shilton Confirmation & Benefice HM Bp Communion & EJ license Colin 6.00pm Broughton Poggs Evensong HM 6.00pm Westwell Evensong RH 4th Sunday 24th July Fifth Sunday After Trinity 9.00am Shilton Holy Communion & Baptism HM 9.00am Kencot Holy Communion AM 10.30am Alvescot/B Bourton Parish Communion AM 10.30am Filkins Bamily Communion & Baptism EJ 10.30am Broadwell Matins AP 11.00am Lt Faringdon Parish Communion RH/NUW 6.00pm Holwell/Westwell Evensong RH/NUW 6.00pm Langford Evensong JL Saturday 30th July 6.00pm Alvescot Evensong EJ 5th Sunday 31st July Sixth Sunday After Trinity 9.00am Langford Holy Communion PW 10.30am Kencot Parish Communion & Memorial HM Dedication 10.30am Kelmscott Family Communion NUW 10.30am Broadwell Family Communion PW 6.00pm Shilton Evensong HM 1st Sunday 7th August Seventh Sunday After Trinity 10.30am Westwell Benefice Communion NUW 6.00pm Kencot Benefice Evensong NUW 4 MIDWEEK SERVICES Wednesday July 6th 10.30am Black Bourton HM Wednesday 13th July 10.30am Black Bourton PW Wednesday 20th July 10.30am Black Bourton EJ Wednesday 27th July 10.30am Black Bourton HM COTSWOLD HOME (private service for residents only) Tuesday 5th 11.30am HM Tuesday 19th 11.30am PW LECTIONARY 1st Sunday 3rd July (Red) Habakkuk 2. 1 – 4 Psalm 31. 1 – 6 Ephesians 2. 19 – John 20. 24 – 29 end 2nd Sunday 10th July 3rd Sunday After Trinity (Green) Genesis 24:34- Psalm 45:10-17 Romans 7:15-25a Matthew 11:16- 49,58-end 19,25-end 3rd Sunday 17th July 4th Sunday After Trinity (Green) Genesis 28. 10 - Psalm 139. 1 - 11, 23 - Romans 8. 12 - 25 Matthew 13. 24- 19a 24, [or 1 - 11] 30,36-43 4th Sunday 24th July 5th Sunday After Trinity (Green) Genesis 29. 15 – Psalm 119.129-136 Romans 8. 26 – Matthew 13.31- 28 end 33,44-52 5th Sunday 31st July 6th Sunday After Trinity (Green) Genesis 32. 22 - Psalm 145. 8 - 9, 15 - Romans 9. 1 – 5 Matthew 14. 13 - 31 end [or 15 - end] 21 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’: 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. Liz Johnson SUNDAY SERVICE IN THE METHODIST CHURCH There will a service at 3.00pm every Sunday in the Methodist Church. Barbara Edwards 5 CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP O ur next meeting will be at 3.00pm on Wednesday 6th J inuly the Methodist Church Schoolroom. Our speaker will be Mrs Jean Smith of Witney. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. Barbara Edwards SHILTON BAPTIST CHAPEL A ll the upheaval of the snow back in the winter which caused so much disruption, especially for the elderly, seems like a distant memory. Now we are into the summer we have had our chapel strawberry cream tea get together but unfortunately we had to spend most of our time indoors as the weather was not kind to us; however we did manage a football game which was great fun. The next event is Shilton Open Gardens, a day we always look forward to. The lack of rain this year has not helped our green fingered friends but I am quite sure that Shilton gardeners will come up to the mark and surpass it. One of the charities that we support at Shilton Chapel is Helping Hands, an Oxford based charity which helps an area in Uganda which has also been struggling with drought, and famine which is the result of the drought. We received an email the other day to say that they seem to be coping thanks to the money they have been given which enables them to buy food. It is so good that we are able to show God’s compassion to these folk who have such great need and do not enjoy the luxuries that we take for granted. Paul Plank All our services are at 6.00pm. During July and August our services are more informal but visitors would still be most welcome. Elizabeth Harfield FILKINS & DISTRICT ROYAL BRITISH LEGION SUBSCRIPTIONS - 2011 T here are still several subscriptions outstanding for this year. I would be most grateful if you would let me have a cheque for £11.00 (payable to Filkins & District Branch RBL) or cash, if this is easier, in the near future. Jeremy Taylor 6 ROUND OUR VILLAGES The 15 villages that make up the 11 parishes in the Shill & Broadshire Benefice are lively places. Every month there are dozens of events organized by the many local organizations that flourish here. We are pleased to report on every event that has happened, and to publicise all those that are to come. We try to incorporate all the many contributions we receive, but please accept that we can not always advertise your particular event in the way you would like. But please do keep sending us all your Village News. ALVESCOT St Peter’s VILLAGE FETE As I write this piece, we have not yet actually held our Fete; but to make the editor’s deadline.....! The Alvescot Village Fete is being/was held on Saturday 18 th June. Without a crystal ball we will not know the outcome of the weather, however I would like to thank everyone who helped plan, run and participate at our Fete. To all the Stallholders,showmen and Craft demonstrators, a big thank you. Wonderful also to have the Bampton Morris dancing for us, the Wychwood Fiddlers playing for us and the children of St Peter’s Infants School entertaining us. The Alvescot Fete remains a major annual fixture in the local area and it is always well attended. We wait then for the Fete next year!! James Gervers ST PETER’S INFANTS SCHOOL We have welcomed several visitors to our school during the past month. Tessa Farley and Liz Johnson led assemblies all about the wonders of the world in which we live and reminding us of our responsibilities to look after our world and Reverend Wheaton started the new term with an assembly reminding us of the story of St Peter. All these visitors bring a different dimension to our assemblies and give 7 the children opportunities to reflect on their faith in different ways. Class 2 have been lucky enough to have been visited by Mark Dalton from the Cotswold Falconery Centre at Batsford and David Endacott from the Oxfordshire Bat Group. The Year 2 Class was very excited to have the opportunity to observe the owls and bats and to ask questions about their behaviour. The children have learnt lots of interesting information about these nocturnal animals and produced some wonderful artwork and writing in response to their visits. The Barn Dance was a rip-roaring success- a really enjoyable evening with plenty of dancing to Fiddles and Feet and a delicious plate of bangers, mash and beans! £190 was raised for school funds and the raffle raised £82 for the Ronald MacDonald suite at the JR! Thank you to all those who organised the event and provided the food and thank you to everyone who came along. If you would like see the photos please do go to the Photo Gallery on the Children’s Pages of the school’s website: www.st-peters-inf.oxon.sch.uk. Our Footsteps training has begun once again with all the children learning about the importance of road safety. The children are going to be able to practise crossing our ‘virtual’ road before stepping out onto the real roadside where they will have the opportunity to learn about road safety in a safe, secure environment, away from traffic, before applying their understanding when faced with the challenges and decisions involved when crossing real roads. Many thanks to Gail Wilson who has once again organised a family camp at Youlbury Activity Centre. Twenty five families are braving a whole weekend under canvas in the forest this year and are keeping everything crossed that the sun shines! All the children and staff are all very busy learning country dances for this year’s Village Fete and ‘Beatles’ songs for the Burford Partnership Music Festival at St Christopher’s Primary School. This is a great opportunity for our children to meet children from other schools in the Burford Partnership and to develop a sense of what it is to belong to a larger school, in preparation for when they move on from St Peter’s at the end of Year 2. We hope that our Sports Day will take place on Wednesday 6 th July and our annual family barbecue will be held on Friday 15 th July. Tickets are now available from the school office. Sam King VILLAGE SHOW This will take place on September 3rd in the Village Hall. Photography subjects are animal/s, water and wild flower/s. Show schedules available in July. Sandie Morris Please see notice from the Plough at the back of the magazine 8 COFFEE MORNING - I HOPE YOU CAN COME Please join us for a coffee on Wednesday 3rd August between 10.00 am and 12 noon at Florence Corner, Alvescot (On the corner of Station Road and Lower End between the post box and the phone box). There will be a bring and buy sales table, a raffle and some home baking. If it’s a fine day, you can relax with your coffee in the garden. Bring friends or come on your own, you will be most welcome. All proceeds will go to St Peter’s Church. Jan Hussey ALVESCOT 2011 LOTTERY Our Village Lottery is entering its fifth successful year and this message is to alert you to the fact that leaflets are being dropped to all Alvescot residents to ask whether they would like to continue in or join our lottery. Tickets are £20.00 and you can buy up to five. Each of your tickets is entered into the monthly draw which we draw on the 1st of each month. Winning cheques of each monthly draw are sent to your home. We plan to start the next Lottery year on August 1st, so do please join in and return your forms, which are the tear-off slips at the base of the leaflet that we drop through your door. Any questions, please email email@example.com or call me on 843593. We look forward to you winning during the year! James Gervers BLACK BOURTON St Mary’s PARISH COUNCIL The Parish Council AGM took place on 11th May and the following Councillors will serve for the year 2011/12: Cllr Anne Sherriff, Chairman 01993 842273 firstname.lastname@example.org Cllr Steve Dickson,Vice Chairman 01993 840710 email@example.com Cllr Doreen Hart, Treasurer 01993 844124 Doreen.firstname.lastname@example.org Cllr Terry Pope 01993 845998 email@example.com Cllr Sue Macmillan 01993 845232 firstname.lastname@example.org Sue Cartwright, Parish Clerk 07810284751 email@example.com We hold 10 meetings per year (not in August and December) on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, all our welcome to come along; there is always an agenda item for public questions during the meeting. 9 PROPOSALS BY THE RAF TO OPEN GATE 7 BURFORD ROAD The Parish Council held a very well attended village meeting on June 8 th to discuss the proposals of the RAF to open Gate 7 to personnel traffic commencing in July. Cllr Steve Dickson gave a detailed account of the energetic efforts that had been made in opposing this dramatic prospect for Black Bourton and concluded with the excellent result that RAF Brize Norton will find alternative access routes and will therefore not open Gate 7. It will remain as an emergency gate. This is a terrific result and Steve was warmly congratulated by all on achieving this outcome for the village. It is very much appreciated by all. Anne Sherriff ST MARY’S CHURCH Many thanks to all those who responded to our letter which we sent earlier in the year. If you are one of those who meant to send a donation or start a standing order but it has slipped your mind, here is a gentle reminder. All donations greatly received. Maybe if you donot visit the Church you could pop inside for a quiet moment, feel the history, feel the peace, feel refreshed. Doreen Hart BROADWELL St Peter & St Paul’s ALTAR FLOWERS July 3rd, 10th Anna Coull July 17th, 24th Vivien Godfrey July 31st June Goodenough ROGATION SUNDAY This time, although it was not really picnic or walking weather, we had a full church, because the service included a lovely christening with lots of friends attending. And Patrick added to the agricultural theme of the day with a bucket of earth for all the children to fill little pots and push prayer sticks in. Kept them beautifully occupied while he delivered his sermon ---(and he cleaned up afterwards) All of us added our prayers and good wishes to Sam Greenslade, who behaved perfectly, and proud Kate, Chris, and Charlie. June Goodenough 10 NEWS FROM BROADSHIRES PRESCHOOL The Pre-school fete took place on a windy Sunday morning in Broadwell. Many families and friends turned up to support our main fundraising event of the year. The children enjoyed having their faces painted, careering down the inflatable bouncy slide, eating delicious home-made cakes and having a go on the lucky dip. Many adults couldn’t resist the smell of sizzling bacon, and succumbed to a yummy bacon roll. For the raffle, many prizes were donated by local businesses. The top prize was a LCD TV (Thank you, Paula). A big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who helped to make our fete a success, either by running a stall, donating prizes, baking cakes or simply supporting us on the day. We raised £880.00 in total. Our current topic is ‘Food and Water’. The story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ has provided an opportunity for a hands-on science session, concocting a gloopy, gluey, porridge mixture. The children experimented with different quantities of water and oats to try and achieve the perfect porridge consistency. Was the porridge good enough to please those hungry bears, and even a fussy Goldilocks? You bet! Our sports day will be held on Monday 11th July at 9.30am. Thanks go to St Christopher’s school for allowing us to use their enormous sports field yet again. The morning will involve fun team games and individual races, followed by much-deserved refreshments and of course, cakes! The older children are enjoying their last summer term at Broadshires before moving on to various local schools. We look forward to welcoming the reception teachers from St Christopher’s and St Peter’s to our pre-school. This is an excellent opportunity for the teachers to meet the children in the pre-school setting before the children visit their new schools. We are looking forward to meeting our new intake of children for an informal play session on Thursday 14th July. This will be an opportunity for those starting at Broadshires in September to meet the pre-school staff, future playmates, and for parents to learn more about our pre-school. If you are interested in a place for your child in September 2011 or September 2012, please let us know as soon as possible, as we tend to fill up quickly. To inquire about a place for your child, please contact Jackie Overton (Supervisor) on 01367 860729. Sam Lawton 11 FILKINS & BROUGHTON POGGS St Peter’s COTSWOLD CHURCHES FESTIVAL Thank you to all who visited our churches and chapel for the Cotswold Churches Festival. Also a big thank you to all who loaned their wedding dress or baptism gown for the display, we had 26 dresses in total ranging from 1899 to 14 th May 2011. The oldest baptism gown was from 1794 and each of its five petticoats were just beautiful on their own. The chapel provided the teas and did a grand job, thank you. Broughton church had the flowers from the wedding which all looked fabulous. It is hoped that the Festival will become an annual event so I do hope more in the Benefice will join us in future. Diane Blackett th SATURDAY 30 JULY 2011 ST PETER’S CHURCH FILKINS 7.30 pm OXFORD WELSH MALE VOICE CHOIR Join us for an evening of excellent music together with wine and nibbles. Proceeds for upkeep of our lovely church. Tickets £15 available from Filkins Post Office, Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Village shop and PCC members. For further information please telephone 01367-860504 (Diane) 860787 (Gill) 860719 (Jackie) 12 OPEN GARDENS Don’t fail to visit the 13 lovely gardens of every shape and size, the fabulous teas - worth the trip on their own, and the professional plant stall in Broughton Poggs and Filkins on Sunday 10th July, 2.00pm - 5.30 pm. Despite the drought (these words may ring hollow by July!) the gardens will be glorious with something to suit every taste. £4.50 combined entry, children under 15 free. The National Gardens Scheme supports various cancer charities. Chris Carter THEATRE AT COTSWOLD WOOLLEN WEAVERS Once again we bring you extravagant drama in the open air, and this year it’s ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’. That young fella C. Grant made a decent fist of it on film... Now come and see what Appletree Theatre can make of it. We can guarantee a fast and furious, and very funny evening. Wine will be available before, during and after the show, and woollen rugs will be provided. Performances start at 7.30 pm on Thursday 28th, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July. Tickets are available from Cotswold Woollen Weavers’ shop, or ring 01367 860491. Have a look at the poster on page 36 for full details. Richard Martin FILKINS BOWLS CLUB Annual Open Flower and Produce Show This annual event will be held at the Village Hall on Saturday 20th August at 2.00pm. Show Classes for all the family. Refreshments and produce auction. Entry forms and schedules available from the Post Office and the Woolen Weavers or call 01367 850332 Janet Young RUBBISH For several weeks we have found rubbish thrown into the Methodist Church driveway: crisp packets, banana skins and worse. These have had to be removed by elderly ladies. Will whoever is responsible for this disgusting habit, please take their rubbish home. Thank you Barbara Edwards WATCH OUT – THERE’S A THIEF ABOUT! This was a useful police poster from the 1960’s, but is just as relevant today. In the past few weeks in Filkins there’s been vehicle theft, attempted forcible entry and intruders in gardens at night. Thames Valley Police are aware. They emphasise that if you see or hear anything with ring them on 0845 8505505, or 999 if it’s an emergency. Meanwhile, check all doors and windows are secured. Lesley White 13 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, Broughton Poggs, Langford, Little Faringdon, Kencot and Broadwell (All telephone codes 01367) Tuesdays Thursdays 5th July Mr C Morley 860777 7th July Mrs A Dossett-Davies 860357 12th July Mrs M Cover 860302 14th July Mr A Woodford 860319 19th July Miss H Squire 860337 21st July Lady Allison 860787 26th July Mrs K Morley 860777 28th July Mrs J Higham 860197 2nd August Mrs A Dossett- 860357 4th August Miss H Squire 860337 Davies 9th August Mrs F Shrouder 860053 11th August Mr A Woodford 860319 16th August Lady Allison 860787 18th August Mr C Morley 860777 23rd August Mrs M Cover 860302 25th August Mrs C Woodford 860319 30th August Mrs K Morley 860777 Charges: Surgery Runs: Carterton, Lechlade and Burford - £2.00. Witney & Fairford - £5.00. Hospital Runs: Cirencester and Swindon - £8.00, Cheltenham and Oxford – £10.00 - plus parking charge if applicable. Charges are for a single return journey. Patients should notify the nominated driver at least 24 hours in advance of their appointment. The Surgery service only covers appointments up to 4 pm on Tuesdays and Thursday. All users of the service must be able to make their way to and from the car unaided. Tony Woodford PARISH COUNCIL Do please remember that minutes and notices of meetings are displayed on the notice boards in the bus shelter, in Broughton Poggs in the Village Shop, and in the Post Office. There is a more comprehensive file of Parish Council bumph in the Cotswold Woollen Weavers Coffee Shop. Cris Hoad 14 VILLAGE SHOP NEWS It’s been another busy month in the Village Shop, training up new staff and starting our new, free delivery service. We have already delivered to Filkins and within the Broadshires villages and hope to be able to expand our list of regular customers. You can nominate any day; weekly, fortnightly or monthly and we will endeavour to source whatever items you want, no order too large or small! Take advantage of this service and support your local shop, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07884430863 to book your first order. You may have noticed that our range of local produce is ever expanding, with meat, bread, biscuits, honey, eggs and plants and this month we have added local yoghurts from Chedworth and Gloucestershire butter to the list. Let’s hope for a BBQ summer, packed with Pimm’s and garden parties. Don’t forget that we can supply all the drinks and nibbles you require. We have an extensive wine list and you can hire glasses, all delivered to your door. If you would like to support the shop, we welcome new members. £10.00 buys you a share and contributes significantly to the long term success of the shop. We are also very keen to sign up new volunteers to work in the shop for a 2 hour slot. This is great fun and a fantastic way to meet new people ‘once a month’ volunteers make a big difference over the summer, when staff are away and you can work alongside one of our regulars. We have listened to your comments and responded with longer and more consistent opening hours, see below our new opening times. We look forward to seeing you in the shop and taking your delivery orders! Thanks, as ever, for your support. Trish Poole Day Morning Afternoon Monday 10.00am- 12 noon 3.00-5.00pm Tuesday 10.00am-12 noon 3.00-5.00pm Wednesday 10.00am - 12 noon 3.00-5.00pm Thursday 10.00am-12 noon 3.00-5.00pm Friday 10.00am - 12 noon 3.00-5.00pm Saturday 10.00am-12 noon 3.00-5.00pm Sunday closed 3.00-5.00pm 15 FILKINS NURSERY UPDATE Congratulations to one of our members of staff, Lynda Bon, who has become runner-up in the National Day Nurseries Association Nursery Practitioner of the Year 2011. This nationwide competition was ‘the parents’ choice’- parents were asked to nominate a nursery professional who stood out as an exceptional, dedicated and special carer. Practitioners were short-listed based on the parents’ comments, their qualifications and professional development. Outstanding individuals were selected for ‘going that extra mile’ and were invited to attend an interview at NDNA head office where they were judged on their dedication and commitment to caring for children More than 5000 nominations were received nationally for the awards; the results were finally revealed at a glittering awards ceremony at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on 9th June. 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 so proud of her achievement amid nationwide competition from nurseries and pre-schools much larger than ourselves. It is lovely to know that the care Lynda gives to all our children is so highly valued by parents. Our chickens have quickly settled into their new home; the children love collecting their eggs and our After-School Club children are enjoying eating the eggs for their tea. We also toddled around Filkins in aid of Barnardos last month. The money raised will go to help less fortunate children learn and play, so they have the best start in life. Thank you to local residents who came out to support us. Sports Day will take place on Tuesday 12th July at 11.00am, weather permitting! We will be performing our usual opening ceremony, followed by races and a picnic to which all family members are welcome. Holiday Club will run Monday-Friday, commencing 18th July, throughout the summer, except for Bank Holiday Monday 29th August. Do book in early as places are very limited. Louise Jenkins 16 HOLWELL St Mary’s No news from Holwell this month, mainly because everyone is glued to their computers following www.popwellpost.com. Who is the secret scribbler in our midst??? KELMSCOTT St George’s CHURCH BRASS AND FLOWERS Celia James KELMSCOTT CRAFT FAIRS If you’ve not yet visited us, why not call in to the Morris Memorial Hall in Kelmscott each Wednesday from 12 noon until 5.00pm throughout the summer and enjoy our craft fair. This month, we are also open on Saturday 9th and Saturday 23rd July. We specialise in handcrafted goods and have a fabulous selection of original items which make a perfect gift or just a treat for yourself! More information is available on our website www.kelmscott.org.uk or from me on 01367 253103. Laura Roberts KENCOT St George’s CHURCH FLOWERS 2nd July Stella Chapman 9th July Anne Dossett-Davies 16th & 23rd July Joy Coxeter 30th July & 6th Aug Brenda Ledger ANNUAL CHURCHYARD TIDY The annual churchyard tidy will take place on Tuesday 9 th August at 6.00pm Thank you to our regular mowers. We hope others will join us for an hour or so for an annual clear up. Please bring shears, secateurs or loppers. Gill Cox 17 UPDATE FROM THE PARISH CHAIRMAN Speeding through the Village St Christopher’s school are planning a project regarding speeding in our village later in June, in conjunction with Oxfordshire Road safety. This will involve speed camera work near the Village Hall and follow-up by pupils with class work, newsletters/ posters etc. FLOOD PREVENTION WORK There has been some flood prevention work carried out on the stream lower down the village but this is not yet complete. Roderick Wordie and I are seeking another meeting with the WODC engineer to clarify progress. KENCOT HILL SOLAR FARM On the WODC website this was tabled for a planning committee on 23 rd May. The Planning Officers recommended ‘Provisional Approval’ The meeting notes state ‘Defer’ under decision. So we wait to hear further on this. Ian Morrison IRIS WALKER CHARITY POLO TOURNAMENT The 5th Iris Walker Charity Polo Tournament in aid of Cancer Research UK, took place on Sunday 29th May. We were very lucky with the weather and the event was well attended by players, families, friends and locals. The polo was fast and furious and played over two days, the final being on Sunday. The winning team named the CHEESE WICKETS comprising of Matthew Simpson (above), Iris’s grandson, Adele Lewi and Tom Hibbert. The runners up were the PINK PANTHERS, comprising Steve Corker, Jimmy Ashby and Stephanie Price. The Bottle Tombola, Cake Stall and Refreshments run by Deirdre, Geraldine and Mr & Mrs Simon White respectively, all did very well, adding to the charity pot. There was also a fun dog show and a race between a fast vehicle, driven by Nigel Walker and polo pony Petisa, ridden by Edward Kennedy, the polo pony won ! The finale being the Charity Auction, consisting of some very good lots, raised over £700. Total raised so far is £1200 and still counting. Please note in your diaries, the 2012 Tournament will be held in July 2012 Lynda Walker 18 CARTER INSTITUTE CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS BIG LUNCH & UNVEILING OF SEATS On Sunday 5th June two seats were unveiled, one on the village green in memory of Bill and Mavis Gasson and the other next to the hall in memory of John Dossett-Davies and the Dossett-Davies family. David Chapman cut the ribbon to open both seats. People then visited the exhibition to celebrate the Carter Institute Centenary. This consisted of displays of photographs of Kencot people, places and events. There was also information on Amelia Carter who left money for the building of the Institute. We then all moved on to enjoy our picnics at the Big Lunch. A big thanks to everyone who put their faith in the weather, and came to the Big Lunch. A very jolly time was had by all and it only started to rain when we were packing up at 5.00pm. Thanks also to Gareth, who Family, friends and villagers at the Bill & Mavis Gasson seat gave us a magnificently mowed field and this enabled us to finish the day with a rounders match All ages played, the kids got lots of batting opportunities, and there was lots of laughter, and occasional bending of the rules! Next year we will be combining it with celebrations for the Queen’s jubilee, so we look forward to a great turnout and even more fun. Gill Cox & Deirdre Cordwell (The John Dossett-Davies seat with John’s son Richard and wife Anne: right) 19 LANGFORD St Matthew’s LANGFORD PARISH COUNCIL Gravel Extraction. Langford, Clanfield and Bampton have been confirmed as not being in the present plan for extraction. This is not the final answer as there are some challenges to these plans. LANGFORD LADIES We doubled our numbers to 6! we broke open the wine and all had a very good evening. Although we do have a few members, it is understandable that not everyone is available to attend every meeting, we have therefore decided to put the meetings on hold at the Village Hall, we will still carry on and meet at people’s houses. There was not a meeting for July, we are going to change the night to Monday and meet on 8th August at my House for 7.30pm, please make a note in your diary to join us. (If you don’t know where I am ring me nearer the time). Hopefully if we can build up interest again, and see what the future holds. We have therefore decided to put it on hold for the rest of the year and will meet at people’s houses with a drink and chat, perhaps it may take off again later on. I can be reached on 01367 860514 Christine Tinson NEWS FROM ST CHRISTOPHER’S St Christopher’s children have done it again! This time the KS2 Athletics team won the area finals at a recent tournament. When the children were told that they had won there was a huge grin of surprise on every face. They had come back from the tournament in high spirits – not because they thought they had won but because they had thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and knew that they had all tried their very best. To win was the icing on the cake and I am extremely proud of their positive and supportive attitude. I am also delighted for Jack Romanek and Deryn Campbell who were the top boy and girl, scoring the highest points overall. Not only that, but out of 50 girls competing from all schools involved, 5 of our girls were in the top 12! Well done to all those children who took part and thank you once again to Mrs Brownjohn who works tirelessly to ensure that sport of every shape and form is given a go! Following the sporting theme, we will soon be holding our annual Healthy Living Week. This year the theme is ‘Music, movement and memory’ and over the week the children will be taking part in activities and events along this theme. We will 20 be holding both the KS1 and KS2 partnership music festivals during this week which are a great way for children and staff to work together. KS1 have been learning a selection of Beatles songs which have been rewritten to reflect more local places and people. KS2 are following last year’s fantastic ‘Anthems night’ with ‘Anthems night 2!’ Music specialist Gordon Campbell has been working with children from all partnership schools on some modern and classic anthems to perform at Burford School. It should be an evening to remember. The children will also be taking part in football skills training led by Rosie form Oxford United, and we will be holding our annual swimming gala at Brize Norton. The week will end with our annual Sports Day when we invite all parents and carers to join us for a day of Memory and Movement and a BBQ lunch on the field provided by Food with thought. Our ‘Festival on the Field’ took place on June 25th. This musical extravaganza was by way of saying Goodbye and thank you from me for all the happy years at St Christopher’s. It was lovely to see friends old and new. The Festival marked the beginning of the Goodbyes as we will shortly be saying Goodbye to all our wonderful year 6 children. We will be having our traditional service at St Matthew’s and of course a special assembly led by the year 6 children to sum up their time with us. It is such a privilege to have had these children in our care, to watch them grow, develop and learn and I can safely say that they are all ready and eager to take on the challenges of the next stage in their education. But… the new intake will also be joining us this term for their induction. Our new Cherries will be coming to school on several occasions this term for a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Open afternoons and for the parents an information evening. We will also be welcoming 12 children from St Peter’s who join us in year 3. As well as our formal ‘Shuffle up day’ the children will be joining us for an afternoon’s orienteering to get to know the children and staff they will be spending time with. We will also be welcoming Ms Sarah Hill to the teaching team from September. Our whole school theme in September will be ‘Where in the world?’ so if you feel you would like to contribute in any way or can support the school please do contact us. Sarah Nisbett WHIST Join us for an evening of Whist at the Village Hall on Tuesday 5 th July. We start at 7.30pm: however if you would like some tuition please arrive a little earlier than this. The entrance fee of £1 includes tea and biscuits at half time with all the profits going to the Village Hall. We play for the enjoyment of the game and the company with small prizes. Everyone is welcome; you do not need to be an expert card player to come and join us, if you would like to know more or even get a lift please call me on 01993 852378. Jo Hutchings 21 LANGFORD CRICKET CLUB The season is continuing as it started with our Saturday 1st X1 and the Under 15 teams both top of their respective leagues. The Langford Lions 20:20 side are also through to the Quarter Final stages of their competition. The Casuals Over 40 side, despite its passion and determination, continue to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in each game and are yet to taste the victory they so yearn! Please come and watch on many Saturday and Sunday afternoons and get free cups of tea while you support! July matches as follows:- 5th July Home to Cirencester Under 15 6.00pm 7th July Away to Bampton Casuals 6.00pm 9th July Away to Cirencester First X1 2.00pm 12th July Home to Bourton Vale Under 15 6.00pm 15th July Home to Coleshill Casuals 6.00pm 16th July Home to Cirencester First X1 2.00pm 23rd July Away to Cricklade First X1 2.00pm 25th July Home to Aston Casuals 6.00pm 26th July Away to Poulton Under 15 6.00pm 30th July Away to Ashton Keynes First X1 2.00pm 31st July Home to Marsh 2.00pm We are always keen for new members, and confident we would have a team to suit your style and skills. However we are very keen to attract players who would like to play Sunday Cricket. Generally these would be friendly games ( with a competitive edge) and always an enjoyable Match tea. Games tend to start at 2.00pm and finish at 7.00pm.(home in time for Antiques Roadshow!) We have over 40 attendees who are half way through our Youth Coaching Programme, headed by Ryan Higgins. Ryan has played full international cricket for Zimbabwe and took the wicket of Brian Lara, he is proving to be a huge inspiration for the aspiring cricketers. If you would like to take part in these Weekly coaching sessions on Thursday evenings please contact Jeremy Lewis on 01993 842733 or 07802 977794 or me on 07825 413890 or email@example.com to get more details. If you have an interest in Youth Development and would like to help coordinate the Youth Development plans at the club, please get in touch. This could be a great role for anyone with an interest in how Sport can support the general development of children or a young adult keen to develop UCAS points etc pre University. The club would also like to thank the Inspirational Steve Finlay Wilson (Most improved Player in 2009) for the construction of some very fine safety screens – please come up and take a look. They are more attractive than some of the cricket played ( Joke aimed at own cricket ability!!) Richard Parsons 22 KEEP FIT IN LANGFORD TW Fitness brings two fitness classes to the village of Langford. Both run by personal trainer, Tom Wattleworth, and designed for all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities in mind. The classes are based on a circuit style class, you work at your level and pace and you decide how far you can push yourself. Class 1 is on a Monday at 7.00pm in St. Christopher’s school hall, 7.00-8.00pm, this is run term time only and is payable termly at a cost of £3.50 per class.Class 2 is on a Wednesday at 7.00-8.00pm in Langford Village Hall, this is £4.00 per class, pay as you train! Call Tom on 07892 945 060 or visit the website www.tw-fitness.co.uk LITTLE FARINGDON St Margaret’s CHURCH FLOWERS July Christine Fenton August Heather Johns RIDE AND STRIDE IN SEPTEMBER The annual Ride and Stride will take place on Saturday 10th September. This energetic fund-raising event supports the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust and contributes to the ongoing maintenance of our precious St Margaret’s Church. All cyclists and ramblers who would like to participate can obtain details and sponsorship forms from Jeremy Taylor (01367 252205). Barbara Browne SHILTON Holy Rood It’s all quiet on the Old School front at Parish Pump deadline day, in the lull between the Easter fun and Open Gardens on 19th June. Many of us are busy titivating our plots in readiness for submitting them to critical public gaze, and worrying about the weather, how we’d like some more rain now please, quite a lot of it, but not on the day, and of course there’s the gardener’s usual concern about some prize specimens being over and done with by 19th June and others not yet in bloom. Nothing, of course, is ever quite right for us garden openers, no matter how late/early/dry/wet/hot/or cold it is or has been. But I’m sure it’ll all be OK on the day … fingers crossed. Shirley Cuthbertson 23 PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS 20th July Bradwell Village 5th October Shilton 7th December Shilton All meetings start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Meetings in Shilton are held in the Old School and those in Bradwell Village take place in the Hobbies Room of the village hall. I can be reached on 01993 840825 Katherine Robertson SHILTON CONSERVATION FUND We are having a village fundraising evening for the Shilton Conservation Fund at 7.30pm on Saturday 30th July, at Shilton House. £15.00 per ticket includes food. There will be a licensed bar and raffle (bring your wallets). Music by John Coghlan (ex Status Quo) and Friends. We would love you to join us. Let me know if you would like tickets (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)All ages welcome. Nicola and Tom BRADWELL BABES 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 Miranda Mowbray WESTWELL St Mary’s In contrast to the tempestuous weather that has given our fauna and flora, particularly young trees in leaf, quite a battering, it has been a relatively quiet month for news in Westwell. Overgrown Dinky toys with caterpillar wheels driven by teenagers have appeared on our main escape route to the outside world. These are the long awaited pothole fillers who have been repairing the damage to the Burford road inflicted by the severe weather during the winter. Not to be outdone a group of villagers organised the resurfacing of the piece of road running in front of their houses, using entirely more impressive looking machinery. Most importantly Westwell saw its first christening of a local lad for quite some time. Welcome to the flock - William Frederik Arthur Naylor. Miles Gibson 24 AROUND THE REGION A look at events and news from a little further afield. BURFORD SCHOOL NEWS Visiting David Cameron James Trevers and Lizzie Coombes are 6th Form students from Burford School. This is a report they wrote after their recent visit to No. 10 and the Houses of Parliament. As 6th Form students our understanding of the nation’s politics is limited, if not lacking; however, after a day spent wandering in the depths of Westminster we can happily say that our understanding has been greatly increased. Six of us 6th Formers were asked to enter a Politics in Action day at WODC. We would be pitted against other state and private schools from the local area with the reward for our efforts of an appearance from a ‘special guest’. After our scheme of a loyalty card for the local bus service was crowned the winner, we were invited by the ambiguous ‘special guest’ to have a look around his office and the outside of his home. On Tuesday 10th May, we donned our smartest attire and headed for Paddington. Firstly, we had a tour of the Houses of Parliament, with the separate chambers of the Lords and Commons along with the pomp and ceremony that comes with their everyday functioning. At the end of the tour we were taken through to the Prime Minster’s office, and, after a little hiccup with security, were allowed into the engine room of British Politics. Sadly for us, Mr Cameron was previously engaged; however, we were given more than enough information and answers to all our questions from David Cameron’s PA and administrative staff, as we sat around the table in 25 his office. From Westminster we moved onto Downing Street, where we felt very important as we strolled through the security, permission slip in hand, whilst many others were left gazing through the gates. Here, we talked to the police officer guarding the front doors and had photos taken with the door to Number 10 in the background. We then headed back to the House of Commons, through security again, in to the Strangers Gallery and went to hear a lively debate on Higher Education. After a bit of free time looking around the embankment and surrounding area, we headed back up to Paddington on the underground. For six teenagers brought up in the countryside it is always overwhelming to experience the hustle and bustle of central London, however, in a day where we experienced much of what influences our lives it was more than worth it, and having a day off school is always nice! BURFORD SCHOOL V M.C.C. On Thursday 26th May, Burford School (founded 1571) hosted the Marylebone Cricket Club (M.C.C.) for the first time in its long history. The M.C.C. was founded in 1787 and played its first match at Lords in May of that year. Its role has continued to evolve since then and today one of its key aims is to promote Cricket to young people for the long term good of the game. As a result, they are now officially the world’s most active Cricket Club, playing over 500 matches at home and abroad every year. No fewer than 280 of these games are against schools from both the state and private sector. The team that arrived to play the Burford School 1 st XI consisted of ex- county players and most notably West Indies International, Jimmy Adams. The M.C.C. elected to bat first and 44 overs later declared on 222 for the loss of 4 wickets. In a rain interrupted innings, Oxford’s Nick Feraby scored 120 before being stumped by Burford Captain Ben Geeson-Brown, off the bowling of Ivan Rivers, who bowled 10 overs taking 2 for 60. Other wickets were taken by Adam Wallington and Matt Barker. In response, Burford started steadily with openers Ross Barrett and Tim Lowe batting for 65 minutes for an opening stand of 23! Lowe was then LBW for 13, off the bowling of Feraby. Barrett batted for just under 2 hours for his 36 runs before he was also bowled LBW to Jimmy Adams. Wickets tumbled at a fairly steady rate until Dan Spencer (14) and Ted Landray (8) came together and put on 19 runs in a 25 minute partnership. Unfortunately, however, Burford were all out for 125 in 46 overs, 6 overs short of batting out the draw. After the presentation of a school colours tie and heraldic shield by the Burford 26 Captain, M.C.C. Captain, Joe Porter, praised the players for their efforts and pledged to make Burford School an annual fixture on their calendar. Front row (l-r): Chris Mills, Ivan Rivers, Matt Barker, Harry Ebsworth, Jake Taylor, Mike Hedges, Jack Matthews, Dan Spencer, Ben Geeson-Brown (Captain), Zak Jarvis, Ted Landray, Tim Lowe, Adam Wallington, Sam Breaks SUMMER PROM CONCERT Buford School will once again be hosting their Summer Prom Concert on Friday 22nd July. Gates will open at 5.00pm for a 6.00pm start. Come and try our succulent Pig Roast or perhaps you would prefer to bring along your own picnic and relax and enjoy the entertainment. There will be bar facilities as well as entertainment for the children. Highlights from All That Jazz, Burford School’s very own Jazz Band, and songs from Last Night of the Proms. Prices are £25.00 per family or £10.00 per Adult and £7.00 per child. For tickets please call 01993 823303 or visit our website www.burford.oxon.sch.uk Jane Edwards BURFORD LIBRARY SERVICES Our opening times are:- Monday Closed Tuesday 1.00pm-5.00pm 6.00pm-7.00pm Wednesday Closed Thursday 10.00am-1.00pm Friday 10.00am-1.00pm 2.00pm-5.30pm Saturday 9.30am-1.00pm There is now a consultation where people can have their say about the future of oxfordshire libraries they need call into the library or go online and look at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/libraryserviceconsultation Please telephone 01993 823377 for more information. Carol Holdcroft 27 NHS OXFORDSHIRE Changes to non-emergency patient transport services Patients travel from all over Oxfordshire for appointments at hospitals and other health providers. Many of these patients use non-emergency transport services; these are not emergency ambulances and may be single driver vehicles or vehicles designed for wheelchair or stretcher access. NHS Oxfordshire is asking for your views on the future of these services. If you would like to find out more about the changes, take part in the consultation or answer the questionnaire you can take a look at what is happening online as follows http://bitly.com/Patienttransport or contact NHS Oxfordshire on 01865 334641 THE WITNEY FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP The next meeting is onTuesday 5th July @ 12.30-2.30pm. At: The Oasis Cafe Fettiplace Road,Witney OX28 5DB. There is a charge of £1.50. This month there’s a talkby a therapist on Myofascial Release. Evening meetings will be on the third Wednesday of the month call or write for details. Tel. 0844 887 2415 email@example.com Alma Tumilowicz COTSWOLD FLOWER CLUB The Cotswold Flower Club will be holding an Open Flower Arrangement Evening in St Johns Church, Burford Road, Carterton on Friday July 1 st, 7.00 pm for 7.30 p.m. All profits to be shared by the St John's Church and Save The Children Fund. The demonstration, entitled ‘Oxford’ , will be by Charmaine Grace-Woodham. Tickets, to include light refeshments, are £8.00 and available from Pauline Evans on 01993 842983 and Gill Crapper on 01993 843236. Linda Wooloff BURFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL Active and Sporty at Burford Primary School! We have had a very busy year getting involved in lots of active fun and competition! It is so important to motivate and inspire children to participate in active pursuit and this year there have been some exciting opportunities! Warwick Class (Foundation Stage) and Windrush Class (Year 1&2) have regularly taken part in ‘Paddock School’ sessions, based on the more widely recognised ‘Forest School’ model - they learn to love and trust the ‘great outdoors’ from an early age, which provides a great start for an active and healthy lifestyle! ‘Child led’ experiences include building shelters, making rope swings and mud slides, climbing trees, cooking on a fire pit, bug hunting and many more varied pursuits, which are supported by the adults (especially the tree climbing and cooking)! 28 Windrush Class also had the opportunity to be creative and active at a recent Dance Festival and ‘Ultra Olympics’ competition - Year 1 children enjoyed a morning of dance, based on the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, which inspired their superb dance-based ‘sharing assembly’ and Year 2 children enjoyed an action packed afternoon of athletics at Burford Secondary School. Key Stage 2 children (ages7-11) have had a record year of sporting participation - Year 4 competed in the partnership Basketball event held at the Burford School; the boys’ team achieved a credible third and the girls’ team won! This was a great result to share with the whole school and parents at our Gold Book Celebration Assembly, where the teams were congratulated and received certificates. Further competition arose at the Year 4/5 Indoor Athletics, the High Five Netball Competition and the Tag Rugby Festival. Again we were well placed in all events with winning individual performances and team relay efforts in the Athletics. At the recent Y3/4 Tennis tournament, we are proud to report that we won for the second year in a row! The children will now go through to the County Finals, which is a fantastic achievement. We also had amazing results in the Y4/5 Athletics, which was very well attended by many schools in the area. We came second as a team with many winning individual performances on the day. One of our competitors received a special award for excellence, reflecting the sporting capacity within our school. The final competition of the year is the swimming Gala, on 4 th July - it is highly exciting and rather competitive across the Burford partnership of schools! Find out how we get on, by looking on our school website: http://www.burford- pri.oxon.sch.uk/ Mrs Zoe Duff –Sports and PE Coordinator LECHLADE GARDENING CLUB Lechlade Gardening Club meet every 2nd Wednesday in the month at 7.30pm in the Clarke Pierce room, Lechlade Memorial Room, Lechlade on Thames. New members are always welcome. Tim Yeoman LECHLADE PRODUCE AND FLOWER SHOW The 6th Lechlade Flower and Produce Show will take place in the Memorial Hall, Lechlade-on-Thames on Saturday 3rd September. Schedules for the event are available from the News Agent or Moore Allen’s in Lechlade. Classes are open to all persons regardless of membership except for two classes specifically for club members. Children’s entries are particularly welcome. The exhibits will be open to the public from 2.00pm until 4.30pm during which refreshments and a raffle will take place. Call 01367 253121 for details. Peter Payne 29 TOPSY TURVEY TEAS: A PAN-OXFORD WONDERLAND O xford teas will never be the same again after Wonderland characters descend on the city to turn things upside down for this year’s Alice’s Day, coordinated by The Story Museum. Families will have a giddy array of options to take tea with Alice, the Red Queen, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Caterpillar, in some of Oxford’s best loved locations. At the Natural History Museum, an oversized Alice, a bossy Queen, and the absent-minded White Rabbit will be holding an ‘unbirthday party’ by the Ghost Forest on the front lawn. Families are invited to bring a picnic. At The Story Museum, performance storytellers Scandalmongers, will hold a truly madcap tea party, which includes hide and seek with the White Rabbit and flamingo croquet with the Queen of Hearts. And storyteller Xanthe Gresham will tell surreal stories of Wonderland happenings. The Ashmolean will be holding a Mad hatter’s rooftop tea party on the grass lawn with jam tarts, drink me potions and eat-me cake. Families can also follow the Alice Tea Party and Rabbit Trails through the Museum and create an amazing hat, fit for a mad hatter, in a free workshop for all. Blackwell’s Bookshop will be holding a tea party in their Norrington Room, where children may also join in nonsense verse writing. Outside Oxford, Millet’s Farm will be holding a free Mad Hatter’s tea party to celebrate their new Alice in Wonderland ‘maize maze’ which opens the following week, July 15th. Children are invited to come in Wonderland costume and enjoy free tea and strawberry tarts. Most activities are free. For more about the most jam-packed Alice’s Day yet, visit www.storymuseum.org.uk/Alice where up to date information is being added regularly. Alice’s Day is an annual event, coordinated by The Story Museum. This is the fourth Alice’s Day, which each year takes place as close as possible to the date when Lewis Carroll first told the story of Alice in Wonderland to Alice Liddell (on July 4th 1862). Next year, 2012 is the day’s 150th anniversary, when exciting celebrations are already being planned. Cath Nightingale 30 STOP CARTERTON WEST (and in my opinion also east!) I agree totally with Councillor David McFarlane’s article in May’s Pump, and am exceedingly pleased that a WODC councillor is at last advocating organic growth in housing in the villages. The national planning policy over decades of hiving off housing expansion to towns and large urban conurbations , while preserving the villages in ‘aspic’ is quite wrong. It is usually justified on grounds of ‘carbon’ economy which is often ludicrous. Carterton for example is essentially a ‘dormitory’ town with 70per cent or so of its population travelling to work in Swindon etc by car. Do people in Shilton Park visit the larger Co-op in Carterton on foot or by cycle ? My guess is, by car. Many of the villages in West Oxfordshire are dying, assisted by excessively wealthy people from London buying second homes and spending huge amounts of money on them. In our Benefice, villages such as Shilton, Alvescot, Kencot , Holwell and Westwell need to expand to become once again viable, perhaps with access to a very modest bus service. The majority of new houses could easily be protected from sale as second homes. I state ‘majority’ as I quite understand that some houses should be sold to people wishing to escape from central London at the weekend .( like myself in bygone years, often wretched beneficiaries of national planning policies ) I copied my comments on WODC core strategy to our MP and received a courteous and interesting reply. In one part of his letter, David Cameron writes ‘ In my view, WODC has a good record in making judgements about these matters. It is not easy but, over the years, they have managed to help ensure that West Oxfordshire remains a beautiful part of our country with well-preserved villages, green spaces and pleasant market towns. The rules about building in local stone have been particularly effective ‘Some of this is true but I do question the WODC record and more particularly their current approach. I do not want the villages simply well -preserved and neat looking but allowed to expand (and sometimes contract ) as in past centuries. There are too many collapsing or disused barns for example which could easily be converted into good housing stock. I do hope that Parish Councils, in saying ‘No’ to Carterton expansion, will also support Councillor McFarlane’s more modest and excellent alternative. Donald Chamberlain.Shilton. NATURE NOTES Around the Gambia in Noah’s Ark - part 6 Day 6 was rather exciting as at 7.20 a.m. we headed off from the jetty up river in a leaking open pirogue with an outboard motor watching the sun come up over the village mosque before crossing the two mile wide river to the mangrove swamp at the mouth of the Baobalong Creek. Our pirogue drifted into another world as we entered the creek, a wild world of densely packed tangled roots, thick vegetation that stretched as far as you could see upstream and everywhere there were bird sounds. The diminutive Mouse-brown Sunbird with its plaintive call flitted about amongst the lower shrubs whilst the distinctive loud cry of the Blue 31 Breasted Kingfisher could be heard every few hundred meters. A high tide was just about to turn, many waders waited patiently for the water level to drop. They sat on anything available to roost, it was an odd sight to see Whimbrel, Greenshank and Common Sandpipers perched on tree boughs and dead stumps. Our most memorable time must be when the boat’s engine died! We were stranded at the furthest most point from the camp, the ‘captain’ called base on Modou’s mobile phone for a replacement whilst we sat it out and waited, paddling the boat under some overhanging branches to shelter from the 100 degrees plus heat of the sun. Not a bad thing really as we notched up a great variety of species whilst just sitting there. Black Egrets sat just up-stream in the trees, Pied Kingfishers dashed about in good numbers; Senegal Thicknees flew over and landed on the large open marsh next to us. But it was the passerines, that we probably wouldn’t normally have seen that made it more enjoyable. There was Common Redstart, Cut-throat, Greater Honeyguide and Sedge Warbler to name but a few. A partial display flight by an Abyssinian Roller was the most colourful highlight of our stranded-wait. After one and a half hours our rescuers arrived with a replacement engine and soon we were on our way back. There were even more birds to see now as the water level had dropped and exposed a margin of mud. Lots of waders, egrets and herons littered the banks whilst an increasing number of raptors began to appear. We found Western Banded Snake Eagle, Beaudouin’s Snake Eagle, Osprey, Hooded Vulture and African Harrier Hawk. The best sightings of the boat trip that come to mind were the African Scop’s Owl, so well hidden that it took ten minutes to get everyone to see it. The White- backed Night Heron showed reasonably well, but best of all was the very rare Ayres’s Hawk-eagle which was our last sighting, it flew right over the boat and gave us a lovely parting present. The rest of the day was full of incidents and not much birding. We set off 32 heading further up country along the bumpy road towards Georgetown Island. We stopped a couple of times; the most memorable was to see a Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, a superb huge bird. It sat roosting high up in a Baobab tree, this giant owl looked nonchalantly down at us with closed eyes revealing bright pink eyelids! The next stop was unscheduled as we had a front tyre blow out with a terrific bang which took thirty minutes to fix. We took shelter from the sun in a field under an Acacia tree and watched raptors drifting by. A Yellow-crowned Gonolek black above striking scarlet below and golden yellow crown entertained us from a nearby tree. Three little boys of varying ages crossed the field riding on a donkey. The next unscheduled stop was to buy a new tyre, we stopped in the centre of Soma where we bought fruit and bread. We ate our lunch sitting in the shade at the side of the garage meeting local Gambians and sampling the real Gambian way of life. The third unscheduled stop was for a second puncture, what a day, everything seemed to be breaking down, mind you the roads were extremely rough and dusty and everything was being coated in a fine layer of red dust. The wheel was quickly changed and we set off for the last leg of the trip. A brief stop at Jally Rice fields produced some good birds including the beautiful female Painted Snipe, wow what a bird to finish the day with! We also saw a flock of fifty plus Jacanas (Lily Trotters), Spur-winged Plovers and a Red-necked Falcon. We arrived at Baobalong Camp at 6.30 p.m. with just enough light to sit and enjoy a cold drink before heading off to our rooms. The camp is very basic and in very poor condition, but alright for a short stay, the food was surprisingly good. Back home this month we have all been hoping for some rain but apart from a few showers today here has been precious little. The swifts are back in good numbers and are screaming well. We watched them going under several tiles on the Rectory roof and perfecting various breathtaking acrobatics around the church. I was thrilled to see a Spotted Flycatcher on top of a tall birch tree by the Old School, the first I have seen in the village for six years, a scarce bird now. A cuckoo was calling across the fields when I was at Hailey yesterday, another scarce bird. House sparrows have been dust bathing in the garden. On a day trip to Highnam Woods and Nags Head in the Forest of Dean I saw the Pied Flycatcher which nests in the oak woodlands and makes good use of nest boxes. There have not been many butterflies in the garden recently but on a visit to Hackpen Hill on the Ridgeway near Wantage I watched lots of Green Hairstreak butterflies. Almost iridescent opal green in colour, blending in well with the greenery. Unusual among butterflies as the best colouring is on the outside of the wings, on the inside it is a dull brown. David Roberts 33 PARISH PEOPLE Lisa Armstrong: Fashion Editor, Novelist, Good Egg. L isa Armstrong is at the top of her game. Not only has she written four novels, but as Fashion Editor of The Times she is a powerful player in a multi-billion dollar industry that (like it or not) informs not just what we wear, but the way we live. So it’s good to know that Lisa is such a nice person. Stylish of course, but bubble-headed fashionista she ain’t. She’s too grounded and bright for that. And, as she points out, fashion is big business and you don’t last long if your wits aren’t sharp and your attitude is not professional. Her journey to The Times is a story of a talent for writing and some good hard graft. Having left Bristol University where she read English and French literature, she did a journalism course at London’s City University. From there she got a work placement at New Health magazine and loved it. She says it was like constantly being asked to do a new school project, at the end of which, you get your name in print. After that, grim determination took hold and she rang newspapers to pitch stories and applied for just about every job going in the Guardian’s Media section. Amazingly, her first commission was a story for the Sunday Times, during which she interviewed a young model booker called Sarah Doucas. Doucas went on to discover Kate Moss. They had kept in touch and it was Lisa that she called when Moss’s cocaine scandal broke. She was the only journalist given an interview. Lisa has worked at Elle, The Independent and of course, Vogue (twice). She loves writing but the best part of her job, she says, is getting to meet fascinating people. She has interviewed or met a long list of them, including Giorgio Armani, Nicholas Hytner, Darcey Bussell, Karl Lagerfeld, Lindsay Lohan, Miuccia Prada, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen and both Versaces. The two people who have stood out most were Mikhail Gorbachev and the Queen. Not bad for a Dorset lass who grew up in the countryside near Puddletown. She, her husband Paul and two daughters now weekend near Holwell. She says she thought they would end-up back in the West Country, but fell in love with this area after visiting friends. They now have horses at the local stables and very much muck-in (and out). They hunt, gymkhana and are great walkers, often to be seen striding out on the horizon (in very stylish leisurewear of course). Lisa says that on a Friday night, as they approach Burford on the A40 and the Windrush valley is spread out below them, she begins to breathe more deeply. Their cottage, the community and the countryside mean a lot to them. Despite her glamorous lifestyle she is no flash Londoner. Or perhaps that should read because of it. Julie-Anne Edwards 34 WHAT ARE WE HAVING FOR DINNER? Angela uses her (Fruit) Loaf to make some Fruit Loaf We are back to cake again this month. Before readers start to worry that I am on a mission to fatten up residents of the Benefice do not worry. This cake is fat free. Obviously it does contain sugar but it is, relatively in cake terms, good for you. It also contains All Bran so it is doubly good for you. Older readers might recognise it from the back of All Bran packets back in the 70s. Those of you who have not come across it before may think that it will be similar to those rather worthy brick-like offerings sold at Cranks back in the early health food days. Or you may be concerned that will taste like something from the F Plan diet from the same era (for younger readers the F stood for fibre, but it was universally referred to as the f**t plan diet, for obvious reasons). Fear not. This cake is lovely; you would never guess that it contains no butter or eggs. And it is a doddle to make. Inexpensive too. It is delicious, spread with butter, for elevenses or in a packed lunch or picnic. I urge you to try it, but don’t tell people what is in it – and not in it – until afterwards. I say this because the words All Bran might put people, children especially, off. Just say nothing. A case in point is my husband, who hates fish and, now he knows that Lee & Perrins contains anchovies, refuses to eat anything with Worcestershire sauce in it. I have to lie, tell him that no, of course I have not put it in the stew, shepherd’s pie, etc and he eats it and proclaims it delicious. If he sees it going in he will not touch it. You would think he was eight years old. I have tried variations on this recipe, including dried apple and pear with half a teaspoon of mixed spice, for example. It was equally good. Another trick, not original but worth remembering, is this. If your dried fruit is rather ancient and shrivelled do not throw it out. Just put it in a bowl, pour boiling water over it and, if you like, add an Earl Grey tea bag then leave it for an hour to plump it. It will be rejuvenated and the resulting cake will be even more moist then usual. If using dried apple, which is very dry, do this anyway. It can soak at the same time as the All Bran, sugar and milk then strain, press out excess water and add it just before the flour. Ingredients: 4 oz All Bran 10 oz mixed dried fruit ½ pint milk 5 oz caster sugar 4 oz self-raising flour Method: Heat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Mix the All Bran, dried fruit and sugar in a basin. Add the milk and stir. Leave to stand for half an hour. Stir in the flour, mix well and pour into a greased and lined 2lb loaf tin. Bake for about an hour until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Angela Galione FREE ADS – SALES AND WANTED (Not trade) (Subject to space availability) Send to Gill Cox (details inside front cover) before 10 th of each month ADVERTISE HERE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR YOURSELF, CHARITY, OR CHURCH For sale Shortie wet suit c-skins size small (4-5years) black, grey and pink £7 Ono 35 Shortie wet suit speedo size large (9-10 years) black and purple worn twice £10 Ono Black 15inch leather saddle as new £45.00 Tel:- 07775518568 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 3rd Langford Cricket Club match v Sunningwell supporters welcome. 9th Kelmscott Craft Fair – see Kelmscott page 9th Filkins reunion 10th Broughton Poggs & Filkins 13 gardens open 2-5.30pm. 17th Bishop Colin’s visit to the Benefice to conduct a service of Confirmation 18th Alvescot Pig Roast Party 7pm Tickets tel 01993 841257 or 842435 19th Westwell Manor open to the public. 19th Shilton Gardens Open 2-6pm £4, teas, plant sale – see Shilton page. 23rd Kelmscott Craft Fair – see Kelmscott page 25th Kelmscott craft fair, and every Wednesday at 12 noon, see Kelmscott page 26th Little Faringdon Church Lunch 36