August 2011 Parish Pump by davoakey

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G           oodness, what a month it’s been! As if having a TV drama filmed
            around the area wasn’t fabulous enough, we’ve had a splendid celebrity
            wedding and phone hacking scandals almost right on our very
doorsteps. I don’t know if there’s been so much excitement since I last found a
pair of matching socks. It’s all been quite exhausting keeping up with what is
supposed to be happening around here. When I said to a friend last week ‘Oh
well, it’ll give us all something to talk about for the next ten years’, Ludo piped up
very solemnly and said ‘Mama, I don’t want to be mean or anything, but I
honestly don’t think you’ll be around in ten years. You don’t mind do you?’ I
never realised that one small sentence could make me suddenly feel so ancient.
Am I looking more dilapidated than usual? Are the years piling on faster than I’d
noticed? I would have put it out of mind, but it was swiftly followed the next day
by the question ‘Did they have cars when you were growing up, I’m just not sure
how you got around?’ I don’t dare ask how old he thinks I am, I am not sure if I
can cope with another whammy. I suspect though, that I’ve reached that age
when my children think I’ve been around forever. Mine do anyway. I just wish
they weren’t quite so keen to tell me that time is running out.
I am in fact the same age as model Kate Moss, who recently got married just
around the corner from the Benefice. Sadly the similarity ends there. The
wedding was a starry affair, and if you thought all of that movement in the
bushes out there was bin lid rustlers, is was probably only the paparazzi, out in
force to get a shot of THE DRESS. However, in a highly topical ‘Don’t believe
everything you read in the papers’ moment, it was not our own Reverend Harry
MacInnes who took the service, as was reported worldwide. In the press, Harry
was referred to as the ‘young and trendy’ vicar of Little Faringdon, a perfectly
acceptable tagline, although Harry sadly informs me that he hasn’t been young
for at least twenty years, and his sons were heard to say that he hasn’t been
But I’m sure things will calm down again though, and the high point of my week
will be return to getting the right colour bin out in the nick of time. As the
garden has turned into one giant weed, and I seem to spend most of my time
hacking my way through (obviously in a legal way) like some modern day Dr
Livingstone, I am finding the green week which shall henceforth be known as
‘weed week’ almost as useful as ‘feed week’, punctuated with the very useful
‘don’t need week’. I just wish they’d come more often. According to my dearest
offspring I haven’t got long left!

(Many thanks to Jane Milne for the photograph of Kelmscott Manor on the cover)

Dear friends

W          e are now entering what, for a century or more, has been called ‘the
           Silly Season’, because so often it is the time when there is a dearth of
           newsworthy events. In France its called ‘the Dead Season’, in Germany
‘the Pickled Cucumber season’, and in Sweden the ‘News Drought’. We could
probably do with a news drought after the torrential downpour of news in June
and July, with, among other things, the marriage of Kate Moss (incidentally I
didn't take the wedding whatever the newspapers may say!) and the spotlighting
of the so-called ‘Chipping Norton set’ in connection with the dramatic closing
down of the News of the World.
The fuss over the latter has been fascinating. In a democracy, the press has such
an important role to play, and yet the power that it exercises can so easily be
misused. Moreover, financial pressures can overrule ethical intentions. When a
piece of information lands on the news desk the question ‘Is it true?’ can be
replaced by the more pressing one of ‘Will it sell?’. And the important facts that
are in the public interest to be published, start to be accompanied by sheer
salacious gossip that exploits ordinary people - because it pays. Meanwhile
families are shattered and reputations destroyed.
One Texas local paper advertised itself with the slogan ‘Read the Bible to know
what people ought to do…. Read this paper to know what they actually do.’ No
doubt it was a good sales pitch, but like so many things in the press, it was
misleading. To begin with there is no book that is so realistic about human nature
as the biblical record. The heroes of faith were flawed people. Noah got himself
drunk, Moses lost his cool, Gideon was a coward, the great king David was an
adulterer, Peter lied publicly and the list goes on and on. The biblical writers told
the whole story, warts and all. But each of these characters was a living testimony
to the extraordinary love and power of God to transform a broken world. The
bible is not an ethical text book, it is a revelation of what can only be adequately
described by the title of that wonderful hymn written by a former slave trader
John Newton ‘Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me’.
It highlights the wonder of a God who has entered this mixed up and murky
world, shining his love and truth even into the darkest places that can be found.
Harry MacInnes

      ollowing last’s year’s phenomenally popular lecture by Alister, he has
      kindly offered to talk to us about the King James Bible on October 11th in
      the Benefice. Please do note this date in your diaries. More details next

Harry MacInnes

1st Sunday 7th August seventh after Trinity
10.30am         Westwell                Benefice Communion                   NUW
6.00pm          Kencot                  Benefice Evensong                    NUW
2nd Sunday 14th August, eighth after Trinity
9.00am          Alvescot                Holy Communion                       EJ
9.00am          Broadwell               Holy Communion                       PW
9.00am          Westwell/Holwell        Holy Communion                       NUW
10.30am         Broughton Poggs         Parish Communion & Baptism           PW
10.30am         Shilton                 Parish Communion & Baptsim           EJ
11.00am         Little Faringdon        Matins                               AP
6.00pm          Black Bourton           Evensong                             JL
6.00pm          Kencot                  Evensong                             PW
3rd Sunday 21st August, ninth after Trinity
9.00am          BBourton /Alvescot      Holy Communion                       NUW
9.00am          Holwell                 Holy Communion                       AR
10.30am         Langford                Parish Communion                     MP
10.30am         Kelmscott               Family Communion                     AR
6.00pm          Broughton Poggs         Evensong                             AR
6.00pm          Westwell                Evensong                             NUW
4th Sunday 28th August, tenth after Trinity
9.00am           Shilton                 Holy Communion                      HM
9.00am           Kencot                  Holy Communion                      DM
10.30am          Alvescot/BBourton       Parish Communion & Baptism          HM
10.30am          Filkins                 Family Communion                    DM
10.30am          Broadwell               Matins                              NUW
11am             Lt Faringdon            Parish Communion                    Tbc
6.00pm           Holwell/Westwell        Evensong                            HM
6.00pm           Langford                Evensong                            NUW

1st Sunday 7th August seventh after Trinity (Green)
Genesis 37. 1 - 4, 12 Psalm 105. 1 - 10     Romans 10. 5 - 15;     Matthew 14. 22 - 33
– 28
2nd Sunday 14th August eighth after Trinity (Green)
Genesis 45. 1 - 15;   Psalm 133             Romans 11. 1 - 2a,     Matthew 15. [ 10 -
                                            29 - 32;               20] 21 – 28
3rd Sunday 21st August ninth after Trinity (Green)
Exodus 1. 8 - 2. 10; Psalm 124              Romans 12. 1 - 8;      Matthew 16. 13 - 20
4th Sunday 28th August tenth after Trinity (Green)
Exodus 3. 1 - 15;     Psalm 115             Romans 12. 9 - end;    Matthew 16.21 - end

COTSWOLD HOME(private service for residents only)
Friday 5th NUW       Tuesday 9th PW        Friday 19th NUW        Tuesday 30th HM

There will a service at 3.00pm every Sunday in the Methodist Church.
Barbara Edwards
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday August 3rd at 3.00pm in the Methodist
Church Schoolroom. Our speaker will be Mr David Tee of Long Hanborough.
He will be talking about his work in Belarus with victims of the Chernobyl
disaster. All are welcome. Refreshments are available.
Barbara Edwards
I recently visited the Steam Museum in Swindon for a concert. It was held in a
building known as R shop of the former Great Western works.
This evoked memories for me as my dad used to work as a
machinist in the very same building during WWII, what he
actually ‘machined’ I have no idea. He would have been thrilled
to know that his old workplace was now used for concerts as he
loved singing.
I found that the museum brought back other memories, of holidays going by
train to various seaside places during ‘trip weeks’, the first two weeks of July. GW
employees had free passes.
The performers at the concert were the Wessex choir, the Warneford big band
and the Leeds barber shop singers. A variety of pieces were played or sung by
each group. The choir gave a rendering of Psalm 150, verses 4-6 say:
                     Praise Him with tambourines and dancing,
                          Praise Him with strings and flute,
                        Praise Him with the clash of cymbals,
                        Praise Him with resounding cymbals,
                    Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Music is indeed a part of our worship to God on Sundays at Shilton Chapel, our
neighbours seem to enjoy the singing!
Janet Whitfield
Preachers for August
August 7th                                Informal
August 14th                               Graham followed by communion
August 21st                               Sue Barnes
August 28th                               Mike & Chris Barrett
All our services are at 6.00pm and visitors are always very welcome.
Elizabeth Harfield

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.

                   St Peter’s

The wet air certainly did not dampen our spirits on the eve of a wet fete as we
enjoyed the roasted pork (or alternatives) under the starry gazebos. The gravel
area proved a non slippery dance surface as we responded to the music from
Vinyl Daze, and there was much shared conversation and communal laughter in
Alvescot that evening. The bar was busy and Susan and Nigel Williams worked
hard there all evening. Thanks to all who attended and especially to those who
worked hard to set up and clear away after this event and who prepared, donated
and served food and drinks. Hopefully a good time was had by all!
Tessa Farley and Jayne Lewin
I have sponsor forms if anyone in Alvescot would like to ride
or walk between churches and raise funds for The
Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust and for our local St
Peter’s Church.
Tessa Farley

The ‘Family Camp’ took place once again and many
families bravely pitched their tents at Youlbury Scout
Camp, this year for two nights! The children took part in many activities and had
a wonderful weekend. Despite the rain on the Saturday night, everyone had a
great time. Many thanks to Gail Wilson for organising this event.
This year, for the first time, the school held an ‘Exploration of Faiths Day’. Many
thanks to Mr Khazir who joined us for the day and talked to the children all
about the Muslim Faith. Also, a big thank you to Arzoo, in Carterton and Mrs
Hookham’s mother who provided a wonderful lunch of chicken and vegetable
curry which was accompanied by a selection of breads including naan, matzo and
pitta. The children took part in many activities during the day including making
Rangoli patterns using chalks on the playground and coloured rice, cooking
different foods, making lanterns and exploring a range of books, artefacts and
computer programmes to find out more about other faiths.
Once again, the Village Fete was a great success, despite the rain! Thankfully it
just about stayed dry for the children’s Country Dancing however we are sorry
that many parents were so disappointed not to have the opportunity to join in!
Despite the weather, everyone came along and had a thoroughly enjoyable
afternoon. Many thanks to the organisers of the Fete and to everyone who
helped on the day for making it such a success.
In June the whole school visited the Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museums in
Oxford. All the children attended a ‘Minibeast Workshop’. Many children held
the Madagascan cockroach and heard it hiss when then squeezed it! They were
fascinated by the scorpion that glowed in the ultra-violet light and the tarantula
who, thankfully, was far too delicate for us to handle! In the afternoon the
children were guided through the Pitt River's Museum, planning an imaginary
journey, choosing clothes, food, homes and transport from all the artefacts on
display. The Year 1 class attended a workshop on masks and when they returned
to school created some wonderful drawings of the masks that they had seen. This
was a wonderful day and inspired some beautiful artwork and writing which is
now on display in the school.
All the children took part in the Burford Partnership Music Festival, this year at
St Christopher’s Primary School. They worked with Paul Atkins from Bampton
School, to produce a brilliant performance of a Beatles Musical written and
produced by Paul himself.
This year, all the children who have been learning to play the recorder with Mrs
Neame performed in a concert for their parents. Every child played a piece,
whether they were one of our younger children who has only been playing for a
term or whether they have been playing for two years. Whatever their ability, it
was wonderful to see their confidence to perform to an audience. Many thanks to

Mrs Neame who works so hard with the children and gives them so much
confidence in their ability to play a musical instrument.
We were incredibly lucky with the weather for our Sport’s Day. Despite the
forecast, we went ahead, and with a couple of short showers, managed to
complete all the races and have our ice creams before the heavens opened. The
children all took part in running, egg and spoon and ball in the bucket races and
of course, the Year 2 dressing up race! All the children participated with great
enthusiasm and wonderful team spirit.
It has been a busy term at St Peter’s and it is not over yet. We are looking
forward our whole school visit to Bristol Zoo, family barbecue, the Leaver’s
Service and family picnic.
We will also be welcoming Anna Savage and Marcus Lea from Burford School
who will joining the team at St Peter’s for their work experience this term.
At the end of the term we will be saying goodbye to Mrs Hookham, just for a
short time while she has her baby, due in October. We will be welcoming Ruth
Gilroy to the team, to cover Mrs Hookham’s maternity leave, until next summer.
I would like to wish everyone a very happy summer holiday, on behalf of the
governors, staff and children at St Peter’s. We look forward to welcoming our
new families at the start of the new school year which begins on Wednesday 7 th
September for children in Years 1 and 2, and Monday 12th September for our
new children, starting in the Foundation Stage Class.
Sam King
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 now, please
call me for a schedule on 01993 842135.
Sandie Morris
There will be a quiz night in the Village Hall on Saturday October 1 st . To reserve
tickets phone me on 01993 842135.
Terry Morris
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

                   BLACK BOURTON
                   St Mary’s

Due to the anniversary date falling on Bank Holiday Saturday this year, it has
been decided that the Memorial Service will be held on Friday 26 th August at
11.00am. Please feel free to come along.
Monica Tudor
If anyone wishes to cycle or walk round the Churches this year to raise money
for St Mary`s Church it will take place on Saturday 10 th September. It is always
great fun and good for your body as well as your soul! If you do not feel like
physical exercise but happy to sit in the Church for an hour or two welcoming
the cyclists that would be a great help too. If you wish to take part please contact
Doreen Hart on 01993 844124 or if you wish to man the Church contact Frank
Stewart-Wood on 01993 842397. A great big thank you in anticipation!
Doreen Hart
                St Peter & St Paul’s

August 7th                                    Kristina Wordie
August 14th, 21st                             Robina Lockyer
August 28th                                   Pamela Molyneaux
We will be so sorry to say goodbye to Kay Neville-Rolfe when she moves to
Carterton in the near future.Kay has lived at Brook Cottage for very many years;
in fact she has had the distinction of being the Longest Continuous Inhabitant of
this village. It was 1965 that Kay married Charles Neville-Rolfe, and they were a
fixture in the village from then on. Home from now on will be in Butler’s Drive,
Carterton. We all hope it will be au revoir, not farewell. We are told that the new
occupants of Bridge Cottage have military connections with Brize Norton, have
the surname of Ball, and will be seen walking their Labrador, so we will recognise
them and welcome them.
(So now the Longest Continuous mantle falls upon Roger and June
Goodenough, 1967, closely followed by Stan and Marion Radband, hope this is
June Goodenough

                St Peter’s

7th & 14th  Fiona Cowburn
21st & 28th Elizabeth Gidman
Oh no it isn’t...Oh yes it is!
It’s two years since we all enjoyed the pantomime and
Filkins Theatre have started to lay plans for this year’s production, which is
always much loved by all ages in all the Benefice Villages.
However, at this stage before the planning gets too advanced, we need to know if
enough people will come forward and help both on and off stage.
What we know so far....It will be produced by Sally Peach and directed by Jeremy
Irwin-Singer. It will be performed around the end of November, and there will
be at least three performances (Friday, Saturday matinee and Saturday evening).
We will start rehearsing in September, normally on a Sunday evening at 5.00pm
or 6.00pm.
There will be lots of singing and the musical director / keyboard musician will
need to be involved for at least 4 weeks before to coach the cast to the required
standard, there may also be some solos.
Our off stage helpers will need to be available for the actual performances and
for the previous week to ten days of rehearsals.
What we need to know now...
Who would be interested in acting in the pantomime; normally around 10-12
adults and 8-10 children in year 2 and up.
Who would be interested in off-stage roles such as:
Sound                                      Set designer and builder (could be one
Lighting                                   or two roles)
Musical director                           Prompt
Keyboard musician                          Stage Manager
Chaperone                                  Costumes
Props                                      Publicity and Programmes
To register your interest and allow the 2011 pantomime to be the best one yet,
please contact either: Jeremy on or 07710 825357
or me on or 07951 211098 or 01367 860998
Sally Peach

Sunday 10th July proved to be a perfect summer’s day, refreshed by the rain in
the previous week. The gardens, similarly refreshed, all looked lovely in
their thirteen individual ways, and as usual Gill Allison’s team produced,
apparently effortlessly, teas which threatened to be the main attraction.
One pair of ladies of quite slender build bought tickets within five minutes
of opening time and announced their intention of going for tea
immediately.Reappearing later, and asked if the teas had met their exacting
requirements, they replied Yes, and they were proposing to go for a second
session. 553 tickets were sold, by a narrow margin a record for us, and with
a contribution from an excellent plant stall a total of over £2600 will go
to the National Gardens Scheme and its various charities. In addition,
proceeds from the teas go to the Church. Special thanks are due to Angela
Pringle and the Filkins Nursery for allowing visitors to walk through from
one road to the other, a particularly helpful contribution. Very many thanks
to all the gardeners, putters-up of posters, helpers and of course the tea
team for all the efforts large and small which go to make a success.
Chris Carter
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
For the super organised out there, a date for your
diary! This year’s Ride and Stride takes place on
Saturday September 10th. Pump up your tyres, tack up
the horse or dust off your walking shoes, but don’t
miss out on this brilliant opportunity to explore the
local countryside and its beautiful churches. This is also a great family event for
all ages and there are routes to suit all abilities.
Although many of you take part, only a trusty few regularly organise sponsorship.
Please call 07884430863 and we will drop round a sponsorship form, half of
everything raised goes directly to a church of your choice and the other half to
Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust.
You can also get involved by manning one of the Filkins and Broughton Poggs
churches for an hour, many of you relish the chance of an hour’s peace, sitting in
the sun with a packet of biscuits, so please get in touch if you can offer an hour
of your time.
Jimmy Ashby

The busy summer term has finally come to an end!
Despite the rainy day, we completed our annual half mile
sponsored walk to raise money for Barnardo’s ‘Early
Years’ work with disadvantaged and vulnerable children in
local projects throughout the UK. This includes services for children with
                                                        physical and learning
                                                        disabilities, autism and
                                                        behavioural problems.
                                                        This year toddlers were
                                                        asked to dress as their
                                                        favourite animal for the day
                                                        and walk ‘on the wild side’
                                                        with jungle-themed
                                                        activities on offer
                                                        throughout the day! We
                                                        invited all our children to
                                                        join us for the Toddle and
                                                        we followed a trail of
                                                        arrows for half a mile
                                                        around Filkins village. All
participants received medals and certificates for their achievements. A huge thank
you to parents who came to help and to those who also demonstrated a creative
flair with some very elaborate costumes!
Holiday Club continues all summer for children aged 2-11yrs. Please ring for
details of activities and themed days. Term-time children return to Nursery on
Friday 2nd September.
Louise Jenkins
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

  Covering the villages of Filkins, Broughton Poggs, Langford, Little Faringdon,
  Kencot and Broadwell (All telephone codes 01367)
Tuesdays                                    Thursdays
2nd   August   Mrs A Dossett-     860357    4th August      Miss H Squire         860337
 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    1st September   Miss H Squire         860337
6th Sept       Mrs F Shrouder     860053    8th Sept        Mr A Woodford         860319
13th Sept      Lady Allison       860787    15th Sept       Mrs J Higham          860197
20th Sept      Mrs K Morley       860777    22nd Sept       Mrs A Dossett-        860357
27th Sept      Mr C Morley        860777    29th Sept       Mrs M Cover           860302

  Charges: Surgery Runs: Carterton, Lechlade and Burford - £2.00. Witney &
  Fairford - £5.00.
  Hospital Runs: Cirencester and Swindon - £8.00, Cheltenham and Oxford -
  - 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.
  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
  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

Pop in this summer, for the friendliest, most convenient shopping around!
Your Village Shop continues to go from strength to strength. We have a wider
range of goods than ever before, as well as fruit and veg, bakery, dairy, sweets
and ice creams and all your staple food and household items, we also stock a
growing range of local produce - Kelmscott meat, bread, biscuits from Lechlade,
Cotswold honey, local eggs and Shilton plants and herbs, yoghurts from
Chedworth and Gloucestershire butter. We also stock a delicious range of ‘Cook’
ready meals; ‘cook from frozen’ pies, lasagnes, curries, for one or family sized
Our fabulous wines include Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, Veuve
Monnier Champagne, Pinot Grigio Sparkling Rose, Fleurie Cave du Chateau de
Chenas plus regular offers on wines such as Chateau Neuf du Pape, Chilean reds
and Sancerre.
Plus, we have listened to your suggestions and our opening hours are now longer
and more consistent (and easier to remember!).Mon-Sat 10 til 12 and 3 til 5
Sundays 3 til 5
Why not combine culture and shopping with a visit to our Craft Exhibition in the
gallery above the shop. We are currently proud to display a fascinating array of
local craftsmanship, from art to dressmaking, you will be stunned by the talent of
local exhibitors including Diane Blackett, Lynne Savege, Lesley White and
Elizabeth Gidman. If you have a craft or hobby we could put on display, we
would be delighted to hear from you. As always, any suggestions, please email Keep shopping local and thank you for your
continued 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

                St Mary’s

Holwell has lost one of it’s finest. Joan Till died at the end of April, having
reached her 94th year in magnificent style.
She retained her legendary spirit to the last; receiving visitors and enjoying the
scent of the roses in her room despite no longer being able to see them.
Her funeral in our church was packed to the gunnels (as had been the memorial
service of her husband, Tim) with her large family, friends and villagers alike
gathered to pay tribute to a one-off.
It was clear that she was held in high esteem and has been much loved.
Joan was nothing if not strong-willed. She and Tim had met during the war at a
dance. Joan was very taken with the handsome young medic and deliberately
dropped a plate on his foot to gain his attention. They were engaged ten days
later. Her force of will also played a part in securing Holwell House - it was being
sold by the Church and rumour had it that the Heyworths (the local estate
owners) were going to buy it. Joan turned up to see the Church Commissioners
in person and demanded they sell it to her. And they quailed before her. She also
served as a County Councillor (becoming Chair) and took a special interest in
Oxfordshire’s Children’s homes. She remarked to a neighbour that she always
demanded to be allowed to look behind the doors they kept shut.
During their thirty years in Holwell, the Tills raised four girls, had countless dogs
and entertained with gusto. They threw huge parties and Joan’s six o’clock gin
invitations were legendary; her measures definitely not for the faint-hearted.
In her later years, she would zoom about the village on her mobility scooter -
usually looking for her beloved terrier Woolley. She would often emerge in her
dressing gown to bang on people’s doors for a chat and even well into her
eighties. Her trusty scooter was also driven into church each Sunday; down the
aisle at alarming speed to take her place in a favoured pew. On one occasion,
when she had not shown-up, the congregation was amazed to witness Joan crash
through the doors on a lawnmower with deafening noise and suffocating fumes:
Her scooter, it would seem, had broken down.
She and Tim had a lively banter; when once she remarked ‘Tim, you need a
shave’, his retort was instant; ‘So do you’. And when he was ailing with what was
to be his final illness, she told a neighbour with typical pragmatism that she was
encouraging her husband not to be afraid of dying. ‘I keep telling him it’s just like
falling asleep’ she said. So it’s tempting to imagine that she stepped undaunted
into that good-night.
It’s tempting to say that they don’t make them like Joan any more. But she has
left behind a large family and I’m sure that within them her spirit is burning
Julie-Anne Edwards

A very concerning afternoon was over. If it had rained after 6.00pm the ‘Roar &
Snore’ would be unlikely to go ahead. We had been waiting for this day for so
long, an evening and night in the Cotswold Wildlife Park which would be entirely
ours to explore on our own.
Excited, we all clambered into the car at 6.15pm. My sisters Violet and Florence
and my parents were all coming to Roar & Snore to share the fun with two other
families. Our family live very near the Cotswold Wild Life Park so it was only a
two minute drive to get there. At the gate Mark, one of the keepers at the park,
greeted us. He was going to look after us during our one night stay. He was a
lovely man who answered all our questions about the animals and the park. He
showed us to the camp site where we would set up our tents - right next to the
lion enclosure! As we pitched our tents, two massive lions were watching us from
behind the thick glass window of the enclosure. I went to have a closer look at
them, behind the glass a male and female lion stood as still as statues, their eyes
glued to me; presumably thinking that I looked appetising! Raising my hand to
the window, I drew a face with my finger on the moist glass. Suddenly, the male
lion shook his head from side to side and buried his mane into the female's neck.
It looked as though they were having a big hug. After the tents had been pitched,
Mark took us to the new giraffe enclosure where we hand fed one of the older
giraffes, with big dark eyes and black eye lashes, it’s long purple tongue wrapping
around the branch before tugging the leaves off for a long slow chew.
As it grew dark, all the children went to the playground where we had a climbing
competition on a roped pyramid followed by running races. Mark prepared a
delicious barbecue to fill our rumbling tummies; my sisters and I tried to
barbecue strawberries for pudding but this was not a success! Growing tired after
a long and exciting day we curled up in our sleeping bags with the sound of
wolves howling and lions roaring to help us to sleep (and there was quite a lot of
snoring from my family too!).
The next morning, as the camp site was being packed away, I felt a little sad that
it was all over. We had been looking forward to the ‘Roar & Snore’ for so long
and now it was over so quickly. As we drove home I thought of all the beautiful
animals we had seen and been so lucky to have been so close to; in the wild, most
of these animals need protection from poaching and that is what the Tusk Trust,
the charity which was behind our ‘Roar & Snore’, is dedicated to doing -
protecting wildlife, and especially endangered species, by educating those people
who live alongside wildlife.
I would like to thank Reggie and Mark for giving us such a fantastic time. We
loved every minute of it and we will always remember our wonderful ‘Roar &
Cordelia Shorthouse

                    St George’s

Meriel Derwent
If you’re stuck for something to do during the long school holidays, why not
come along to the craft fair at the Morris Memorial Hall in Kelmscott? We’re
open from 12 noon until 5.00pm every Wednesday, Saturday 6th & Saturday 20th
August. We have a wide selection of handcrafted goods for both grown ups and
kids so treat your family and yourself with something unique! More information
is available on our website or from me on 01367 253103.
Laura Roberts

                  St George’s

6th August  Brenda Ledger                 13th & 20th August    Lynn John
27th August Stella Chapman

Tuesday 9th August at 6.00pm all welcome to join in the annual churchyard tidy.
The first Kencot Reunion was held on 12th June with 45 people attending and
some having travelled from as far as Essex and Surrey to join us on a very wet
day. It was gratifying to see people meeting up for the first time in many years
and reminiscing of past experiences and memories of their time in Kencot.
The reunion coincided with the Carter Institute Centenary and the displays were
available for the reunion. The photographs brought back memories of life in
Kencot and we were able to learn more about the history of the village and its
May Gosling attended the event and afterwards e-mailed me saying that visiting
the Institute brought back memories of the Christmas parties that Mrs Darvell
from The Manor gave each year. The Miss De Rougemont’s concerts which

villagers would take part in. People having wedding receptions there, for some
during rationing, but tables were still well laden. During the war the institute was
used by troops and May remembers passing and hearing a mouth organ or an
accordion playing. May has traced her family tree to back to 1600 and has found
that her ancestors have lived in the village since then. May left the village many
years ago but always feels that Kencot is ‘home’ for her.
Thank you to those who helped on the day and especially to Stella Chapman who
helped me to arrange the event. It is intended to hold the next reunion in 2013.
The annual ride and stride in aid of Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust
(OHCT) will take place on Saturday 10th September. All modes of unmotorised
transport are welcome. The aim is to get friends to sponsor you to visit as many
or few churches as you feel able. Sponsor forms are available from Jonathan
Fyson at Manor Farm, 01367 860223.
In the July edition of The Parish Pump it was stated that the seat was in memory
of the Dossett-Davis family this should have read the Dossett family.
Gill Cox

                St Matthew’s

The Annual Harvest lunch will take place in the Village Hall on Sunday 2 nd
October, make a note of it in your diaries!
Affordable Housing. Work has started on the eight new affordable houses at the
Elms. This will cause considerable disruption to traffic at the Elms up until
Spring 2012 when the work should be completed. The contractors, Leadbitter
Group, ask that the entire length of the Elms be kept free from parked cars
during the working day. Once the new road to the site has been constructed a
new temporary parking space will be provided.
Building sites are dangerous places and no one should enter the site without the
site or project manager’s permission. So if you should notice anything suspicious
going on on-site, trespassers, children etc. please contact the police.
Should you have any concerns or worries about the project do not hesitate to
contact the Site Manager, Mike Goldsworthy, on 07766 420005.

Once the affordable housing at the Elms has been completed the Parish Council
are planning to reinstate the playground which has been closed for over 5 years
after falling into disrepair. We are looking to collate information from residents
in order to inform our designs. To get any grant funding, we need support from
residents please help us by filling in a questionnaire. Questionnaires will be
distributed through letter boxes and via the school. Please put completed forms
in the Parish Council box at the Village Hall.
Join us for an evening of Whist at Langford Village Hall on Tuesday 2nd August.
We start at 7.30pm: however if you would like some tuition please arrive a little
earlier than this. The entrance fee of £1.00 includes tea and biscuits at half time
with all the profits going to Langford Village Hall. We play for the enjoyment of
the game and the company with small prizes. Everyone is welcome; you do not
need to be an expert card player to come and join us, if you would like to know
more or even get a lift please call me on 01993 852378.
Jo Hutchings
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
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
A big thank you from everyone at St Christopher’s for being such a bright and
shiny head teacher. We hope you have a fantastic time at your new school, and if
Gary comes looking for you, we’ll point him in the right direction!

             St Margaret’s

August Heather John                       September Jeanie Pollock
This year’s Church Lunch was truly memorable once again. Sam and Ali Butler
kindly hosted the event on June 26th at Langford Downs House. The setting was
superb and the weather marvellous. Music from the Gloucestershire Youth Jazz
Combo enhanced the proceedings from the start as Pimms was drunk in front of
the beautiful lake. The meal of salmon and strawberries and cream proved to be

as popular as ever. Thanks to a most successful auction, with encouragement
from our in-house expert auctioneer, Sam Butler, and a Champagne raffle, we
were able to raise a near record making sum for St Margaret’s. Thanks go to
everyone who gave so generously of their time and money to make this year’s
Lunch so successful.
The sponsorship papers for this year’s Ride and Stride have now arrived. Please
collect these either from the Church or from Jeremy Taylor. It would be
marvellous if we could outstrip previous years by raising even more money that
will benefit both the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust and St Margaret’s.
The Trust was most generous to us when we needed extra funds to carry out our
recent repair programme. Remember you do not have to ride a bike, walking is a
less demanding alternative?!
Jamie and Kate Hince on their marriage on 1st July. We wish them well for their
future lives together.
Wendy Browne on achieving a distinction in her Cambridge University Masters
Degree and for her bursary to carry out her Doctorate at that University.
Jeremy Taylor

                 Holy Rood

Gardeners in Shilton are now breathing a sigh of relief after yet another
successful Open Gardens day and looking forward to spending the rest of the
summer (has it arrived yet?) with their feet up, ignoring the fact that the grass
needs cutting and letting the weeds run riot. The weather wasn’t perfect on 19th
June, but it was certainly a great deal better than the previous Sunday, when the
rain was torrential and non-stop, so we were extremely lucky … and grateful. A
goodly number of very pleasant folk turned up to inspect our plots, take tea,
admire the fabulous floral displays in the church and chapel, listen to various
musical interludes and to buy a plant or two. It was, as always, a thoroughly
enjoyable day. It didn’t raise quite as much money as usual, but the resulting sum
of £1,919 for Old School funds is nonetheless very rewarding indeed and the
Old School committee is extremely grateful to everyone who worked so hard or
participated in any way towards making the day such a pleasant, enjoyable and
worthwhile one.
With 2012 being a rather special year in terms of major events, i.e. the Queen’s

Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, Shilton Open Gardens is taking a break so
that Old School committee members can concentrate on planning something
completely different (no idea what yet but all ideas welcome) to mark these
special occasions.
And on the subject of things completely different, a Barn Dance is being
organised for Saturday 24th September. The one we did a few years ago was great
fun. We hope this one will be equally entertaining and enjoyable, but please note
dancing is strictly optional! We’ll have a great band + caller, The Cat’s Whiskers,
food will be included in the ticket price, and we also hope to lay on some other
fun things to occupy the non-dancers. Details aren’t quite finalised yet, but if
you’re interested in reserving some tickets do please give me a ring on 01993
Shirley Cuthbertson
Our Open Gardens Day was yet again another enjoyable and happy day in the
village and although it was a chilly afternoon it stayed dry for us.
I would like to pass on my thanks to everyone who helped to decorate our
beautiful church with delightful cottage gardeny arrangements. We received many
kind comments as to how pretty it looked. Many thanks also to the church sitters
for the afternoon; they do a splendid job in greeting and chatting to the visitors.
Donald Chamberlain and John Hampton once again entertained visitors by
playing away on the organ for most of the afternoon. Very many thanks to you
Jean Roberts
2011 Parish Council meetings are as follows:
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. Call me on 01993 840825 for further information.
Katherine Robertson
Our annual opportunity to raise funds for this worthy Trust takes place on
Saturday 10th September with the Ride and Stride. Please do give it some thought
about taking part (it really is a good day out) and details plus sponsorship forms
can be obtained from either Debs Price on 01993 847039 or me on 01993
Jean Roberts


Do you have young children aged between 0-5years old? Why not come along to
the group has been running successfully with a huge range of equipment suitable
for new borns through to pre schoolers. The hall is divided in to safe areas and
the older children can choose from a wooden kitchen, complete with food, to the
dressing up corner, or the ‘hairdressing salon’. We have many ride on cars/bikes
and a slide complete with floor mats. Weekly craft activity, songtime, playtime
and refreshments included in the £1.50 per family contribution. Come along to
the village hall for a free taster session, you and your children would be very
welcome. Mondays 9.30-11.30am. Any queries contact Angela on 01993 823623
or me on 01367 860890.
Miranda Mowbray

                  St Mary’s

The annual opening of the gardens at the Manor was greatly appreciated by
regular visitors and first timers alike and a good turn-out was achieved despite a
‘typical English summer’s day’ and a lot of local competition.
 Over the pond full advantage was taken of the footfall generated with some
Apprentice like selling of teas, local produce and second hand books. No Spa
treat rewards for our fantastic traders but hearty slaps on the back for the
whopping £464.00 raised for the day-to-day accounts of the Church. It was
especially pleasing to have two new helpers join the team.
Miles Gibson

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

                  BURFORD SCHOOL NEWS
                  No news this month

Our opening times are:-
Monday           Closed
Tuesday          1.00pm-5.00pm           6.00pm-7.00pm
Wednesday        Closed
Thursday         10.00am-1.00pm
Friday           10.00am-1.00pm          2.00pm-5.30pm
Saturday         9.30am-1.00pm
Please telephone 01993 823377 for more information.
Carol Holdcroft
The Dilnot Proposals
As we live longer, many will become frail and in need of help, but this fact is
something many of us set aside to think about later, often too late.
The current situation is that if your health deteriorates and your need for care is
assessed as ‘substantial’ you may be eligible to receive County Council assistance
with your care needs. You would then receive what is calculated to be an
appropriate amount of help. In other words, if you can no longer cope with basic
needs you may get help from the County Council if you qualify under a set of
‘eligibility criteria’. Nowadays the cost of your needs, including residential care,
would be assessed and a sum of money allocated for you to buy the help you
Sounds good so far but here is the big snag. If you have capital (which includes
the value of your house) of more than £23,500, before you get the Council
money you will be expected to pay for all the help you need until your money
runs out. Care is very expensive and frequently all the assets are spent quite
quickly and only then will the Council step in with money.

But there is hope. Under the recommendations of the recently published Dilnot
Committee Report the capital sum you can hold before you have to pay for your
help is raised to £100,000.
Furthermore, when you have spent about a third of your assets (up to between
£25,000 and £50,000) it is proposed that your care is then provided free of
charge and paid for by Central Government. This money could be repaid to the
Government after your death. If, for example, you own a house and have other
capital assets which are left in your will, the Government could take out the
appropriate sum spent on you up to the limit described above, and the rest, is left
to whoever you have decided are beneficiaries.
In addition to the amount you have to pay for social care if you go into a care
home, is your ‘board and lodging’, and this is assessed as about £7000 to £10000
a year which is roughly equivalent to the State Pension, which you would have
spent if you lived at home.
Opponents to the Dilnot Report say that:-
The cost to Government, assessed as between £1.5 billion and £2billion a year, is
more than the country can afford especially during a financial crisis... .
The very rich would benefit disproportionately, and those of us who are not rich
should accept the present system and be ready to spend whatever assets we have
accrued on our care, if that becomes necessary.
There is no reason why young people, who are often themselves well off, should
benefit from their parent’s legacy.
Supporters of the Scheme say that:-
The removal of worry to people as they approach old age is a significant social
step forward which is worth the cost
There would be a reduced pressure and cost to the NHS by very old people who
are not currently being properly looked after.
There would be a significant reduction of pressure and stress on carers, many of
whom are approaching old age and frailty themselves.
Insurance against the cost of old age would be possible as Insurers would be able
to calculate a known financial risk, currently not possible.
Councillor Don Seale
Carterton’s amateur dramatic group, Acting Community Thingumybogs
enrolment evening is on Thursday August 25th 6.00- 8.00pm at Carterton
Community College. We are recruiting now for our Christmas pantomime
onstage and off stage roles. For more information visit our website on
Sue James

Oxfordshire, parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire will begin switching to
digital-only TV on 14 September 2011. The two-stage process will complete two
weeks later on 28 September. This means the existing analogue TV signal will be
switched off and replaced with a new, stronger digital TV signal.
Switchover is happening so that Freeview services (digital TV through an aerial)
can be extended to people who can’t currently get them. Any analogue television
left unconverted will no longer be able to receive TV programmes after the
switchover. If you already have Freeview, you will need to re-tune your TV on
the day of switchover
Oxfordshire Rural Community Council will be running advice points in Didcot
and Witney to help with any questions you have about switchover, including re-
tuning, equipment and the Switchover Help Scheme.
The advice points are taking place from 10.00am to 4.00pm on 14th, 15th, 28th and
29th September.
• Didcot - Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot
• Witney - The Corn Exchange, Market Square, Witney
If you have a question about the switchover or what you need to do, please pop
in to one of our advice points and we will be able to help.
There will be a table top sale with craft stalls and coffee morning on 26th
November from 10.00am -12.30pm at St John’s Church, Burford Road
Carterton. All proceeds to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Oxford Tables cost
£10.00 to book your table please contact Kathy Battley on 01993 841859.
Sandy Briscoe
We were honoured to be accepted to compete in the International Eistedfodd
held in Llangollen in July. They went with hopes to do well but their expectations
were far surpassed during that time. They competed in the Male Choir
competition against 10 other top choir from all over the world and won by a
handsome margin of 7 points over their rivals putting the Wessex Male Choir as
the top male choir in the world. This has been achieved in the choirs 10th
Anniversary which was celebrated at Steam in Swindon in June this year. The
choir are now taking a well earned break before continuing with concerts in
Yeovil, London and other locations but look out for their next performance in
the Cotswolds Their website is or if you want to
find out more contact Tim at 01367252474. We hope to see you in the year.
Tim Yeoman

                                     Day 7 at Georgetown Island was an early
                                     start again after 7.00am breakfast when we
                                     headed south in the bus and only drove 1 km
                                     before we stopped just over the new bridge
                                     on the Southern Shore to look at a raptor in
                                     the sky. Within minutes we had logged two
                                     Martial Eagles, a pair of Hawk Eagles,
                                     Wahlberg’s Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Red
                                     Necked Falcon and a Grey Kestrel. We then
                                     drove another kilometre or so and parked at
                                     the roadside to walk into some woodland
Savannah, this is where the fun started. Small bushes, grassy patches and larger
mature trees with some standing deadwood covered the landscape. Birds were

(Exclamatory Paradise Whydah & Grey Woodpecker)
everywhere. Village Indigobird started us off then we found Abyssinian Roller,
Red-throated Bee-eater, Green Bee-eater, Exclamatory Paradise Whydah, Pin-
tailed Whydah, Quailfinch, Yellow fronted Canary, Red Bishop, Grey Headed
Sparrow, Sennegal Parrot, Ring-necked Parakeet, Dark Chanting Goshawk, 3
Harrier Hawks, Shikra and White Backed Vulture.
All the above was found without moving from the roadside! We then started to

walk into the shrubs and found Cinnamon Breasted Bunting, Fork-tailed
Drongo, Yellow-backed Eremomela, Common Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Scarlet-
chested Sunbird and White-rumped Seedeater.
Modou whistled up a whole host of new birds for us including the superb Pygmy
Sunbird, a pair of Brown-backed Woodpeckers and a fantastic Yellow-breasted
Hyliota. The list went on and on and in the course of three hours we saw twenty
different raptors. Everyone was exhausted so we headed back to camp for lunch.
At 3.30 pm we set off for a short walk to the quay to catch a boat for a river
cruise in search of Hippos and birds, we found plenty of birds but no hippos. We
drifted slowly down river close to the northern shore and found lots to see. A
Swamp Flycatcher was the first of many and new for us, we also found many
Striated Herons. Before long we realised that this was something special with
a lovely tranquil air to the river, beautiful light, a cooling breeze and bird song
everywhere. We found six species of Kingfisher, there were many Pied, a few
Malachite and Blue-breasted, a single Woodland and a couple of Grey-headed.
But the star was the shining Blue Kingfisher, what a gem, voted bird of the day
by many of the group.
Other highlights included large numbers of Black-crowned Night Herons, lots of
Red Colobus Monkeys, baboons, a huge Monitor Lizard, Hadaba Ibis and an
Osprey fishing. We turned the boat and headed eastward back up river and as the
sun began to drop the sky turned a crimson red behind us. We then found a
Lizard Buzzard, a distant African Fish Eagle, more Hadaba Ibis and several
roosting Palm-nut Vultures. In fading orange sunlight, long strings of Cattle
Egrets threaded there way down the river on their way to roost, there were
hundreds of them. It was a fitting end to the day that started with many species
and ended with many of one species.
Back home this month the swifts are around in good numbers over the village,
up to thirty flying around in the evenings. A single Corn Bunting,
Yellowhammers and a Skylark were encountered on a walk over the fields from
the churchyard. On a walk along Upton Lane, Burford towards Barrington it was
nice to see a Lapwing still on a nest in a ploughed field with one young bird
running around. They are scarce nesters around this area. A Whitethroat was
showing well on a hedge branch.
A friend was telling me about a wonderful experience recently when they were
taken to see a wren’s nest with a cuckoo’s egg in it. Since then they have been
back and the cuckoo is out of the nest and is being fed by the wrens! Over sixty
different host species are known in Europe, Dunnock, Robin, Meadow Pipit,
Reed Warbler and Pied Wagtail being some of the commoner ones and the
cuckoo lays eight to twelve eggs over the season, one in each different host’s
nests, but I have never heard of a wren’s nest being used before!
David Roberts

Angela’s party piece for the finer diner: Mantuan Chicken
Friends have asked me to write this recipe up for the Pump because they like it.
That is good enough for me, so here it is. Of course I could have been quite
selfish and kept it to myself; claiming it is very difficult to make and deliberately
forgetting to pass the recipe on to people. But I am not mean and like to share
good things with friends, and this recipe is so simple that it would be mean not
to share it with Pump readers. It is particularly good as part of a cold buffet
because it is quite different from the usual cold chicken dishes, Coronation and
Tarragon, for example, as it contains neither mayonnaise or cream and has
unusual sweet/sour flavours which go well with assorted salads and cold cuts.
Another point in its favour is that it is inexpensive to make (I have used both
ordinary and costly balsamic vinegar when making it in the past and both
versions tasted delicious) and uses store cupboard ingredients. It comes from
Tamasin Day-Lewis, who in turn got it from Anna Del Conte, so it comes with
an excellent provenance. It is a very ancient Italian dish so you can impress your
guests with it, as I have done. And, if you like, pretend it is a really difficult,
exotic, secret family recipe etc so as to elicit even more praise. Or come clean and
confess it is simplicity itself. Either way, do try it this summer.
10 large chicken breasts                        85g sultanas
1 litre chicken stock                           grated zest of 2½ lemons
300ml dry white wine                            5 tbsp good balsamic vinegar
For the sauce                                   2 tsp sea salt
5 level tbsp light muscovado sugar              freshly ground black pepper
120ml dry white wine                            120ml best olive oil
Method Mix the stock and white wine together. Put the breasts in a single layer in
as many heavy-bottomed pans as you need, cover each with the stock mixture.
Poach at a mere burble, turning every 5 minutes, until cooked through, with only
a faint pink in the liquid when pierced with a skewer. 20-25 minutes should be
enough. Transfer to one pan, with their liquid, cover and leave to cool.
Just over three hours before you plan to eat, take the chicken out of the fridge
and make the sauce. Place the sugar and wine in a small pan and bring it very
slowly to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Take off the heat then add the
sultanas and lemon zest to infuse. Leave to cool while you cut the chicken breasts
downwards into 1cm slices and arrange on a serving dish.
Strain the sauce, reserving the zest and sultanas in a sieve. Add the vinegar, salt
and pepper to the sauce, then start adding the oil in a trickle, whisking as you go
to form an emulsion. Return the zest and sultanas to the sauce, taste and adjust
the seasoning if necessary. Pour the sauce over the breasts, cover with clingfilm
and leave at room temperature for the flavours to merge. Serves 12.
Angela Galione

PARISH PEOPLE John Eddolls:                      farmer, farmer, farmer
Manor Farm, Grafton looks like something from an advert - picture-perfect as
you drive down the tree-lined drive with the farmhouse in front, stone barns to
the left, and walled kitchen garden to the right.
In the field in front of the house are three huge longhorn cows grazing
contentedly in the sunshine. They are Martha, Molly and Matilda and they are
John’s pets. He puts halters on them and takes them out for walks.
To say that John loves his farm is something of an understatement. He has put
every fibre of his being into it since he moved here as a boy in 1946. He cared
nothing for school, seeing it as an irritating interruption to work on the farm. He
was sent to boarding school in Southmoor but he managed to get home by
failing his eleven plus spectacularly. Thereafter at Burford School he clocked-up
thirty two days absence in one term, he was busy harvesting and haymaking.
Today he farms 320 acres of arable and beef. He says he’s an ‘old fashioned’
farmer and I take that to mean that his is a very personal operation. Once a week
he takes a cow to the slaughterhouse in Witney and sells the beef to the butcher
in Lechlade. He takes pride in knowing that people locally will eat his produce.
John has a mobile phone but has no interest in knowing how to use a computer.
He feels saddened by the amount of time children now spend indoors on-line or
watching telly, feeling that despite living in it, they know nothing about the
countryside. When he was a lad there were four farms in Grafton and the village
children spent their time ‘playing out’; fishing, bird-nesting, shooting or looking
for wild flowers. He thought nothing of cycling to Kidlington for an agricultural
show when he was eleven.
And aged just nine he was caught by the local bobby driving a tractor along a
public road. He was quite alone and on his way to do some ploughing. But the
PC turned a blind eye since he was on his way to see John’s father for his weekly
hand-out of beer which had just been delivered from Garnes brewery in Burford.
It’s unlikely that John’s own sons will follow him onto the farm. Sam went to
Bournemouth University and is a sports-mad Green Keeper whilst Jonathan
gained an engineering first from Oxford and has joined the Williams racing team.
Still, they gather for high days and holidays at the farm and one gets the
impression that John and his wife Sandra’s table is a happy meeting point for
family and friends alike. He believes in helping his neighbours and is often out
fixing some plumbing or removing a wasps nest for someone. He tells me a story
about taking his mother out for a Sunday drive and finding a headstone in a
churchyard near Swindon on which was carved ‘John Eddolls, Gentleman’. Both
he and his mother were tickled pink. Well if he weren’t insistent on being buried
in his own field, one day, it would make him a very apt epitaph.
Julie-Anne Edwards

Many responded to the first round of consultation in March. Your responses
have been extremely effective in demonstrating that Carterton West is by far the
most unpopular option for the expansion of Carterton. There will now be a
further round of consultation and 2 options in the North are on the table, as well
as the East and West.
Earlier this year the West option seemed to be strongly favoured but it appears
that WODC are having second thoughts. Hence, it is vital that we maintain the
momentum of our opposition. This is our last chance to stop WODC voting in
favour of the Carterton West option. If it goes to Public Inquiry, it will be even
harder to stop in future and very costly. WODC are asking people to respond by
the end of July, on new evidence submitted. It is really vital at this stage that you
respond again. Please let WODC know if you still oppose Carterton West as
soon as you can by email or write in to
Planning Policy, WODC, Elmfield, New Yatt Rd., Witney OX28 1PB

                              Diary dates for August
Every Wednesday    (3rd,   10th, 24th, 31st)
                                   17th,       Ice cool Animals
Weekends (6/7 th, 13/14th, 20/21st, 27/28th)   Flying Birds of Prey displays
Sunday 14th                                    Fairthorpe Sports Car Specials
Everyday                                       A to Z of Amazing Animals at the Park

                            CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR THE
                               FORTHCOMING MONTH
                Send your event details to Gill Cox (contact details inside front cover) by 10th of each
                            month for events taking place during the following month

1st Alvescot 2011 Lottery year starts info tel 843593.
3rd Coffee Morning, bring & buy in aid of Alvescot church at Florence Corner,
6th Red Fire Productions production Bradwell Village Hall 7.30pm Tickets 01993
6th Kelmscott Crafts Fairs Morris Memorial Hall from 12 noon until 5pm.
8th Langford Ladies meeting 7.30pm for details and venue tel 860514
9th Kencot Churchyard Tidy 6.00pm, all welcome .
20th Filkins Bowls Club Flowers & Produce Show Village Hall info 850332.
20th Kelmscott Crafts Fairs - Morris Memorial Hall from 12 noon until 5pm
Every Monday Bradwell Babes 9.30am- 11.30am info 01993 823623.


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