Finstock News 34
Of the village, by the village, for the village October/November 2005
Serving Finstock, Fawler, Wilcote, Mt.Skippett and Finstock Heath
Events; School groups; WI; North Leigh ..... 2 Incey Wincey Spider; Suppers .................... 8
TVSA shop; OFSTED report; Letters ......... 3-4 Talking Science; Shop hours; Police ........... 9
Small Ads; Internet; In Stock; Woodpecker . 5 Between the Posts; Notice Board .............. 10
Countryside ............................................. 6 Between the Posts 2; History quiz ............. 11
Playground; School .................................. 7 Garden Lovers Group ............................ 12
As the nights draw in we order our
firewood, fork over a bit of garden ground,
touch-up the last bits of outside painting,
start thumbing through the Christmas
catalogues and read the Finstock News to see
what is going on in our area.
Movies are being shown at the Village
Hall again. AC Finstock covers their very
Fun Day New School path
successful Festival Fun Day. Finstock
School had an excellent report from OFSTED. And just look at the picture of the newly laid path leading to the
playground. You will also read in this issue about the departure of Gail Cole from our Village Shop. We must have
more volunteers to keep the shop ticking over on a daily basis; and we need more shoppers. Jenifer has given us a
recipe using ingredients from the Shop, which reflects the wide variety, reasonably priced stock.
Village Hall AGM. November 15th at 8pm in the Village Hall.
llag Ha AGM. Nove ber 15th at age
th Villag Ha
Finstock with Fawler Church Christmas Bazaar
This is an important meeting. Everyone is welcome to come and
Saturday 19th November 2pm at Finstock Village Hall
express their thoughts on the future of our Village Hall.
Marriotts Close woodland purchase Movies on the Move - in Finstock
An area of woodland on the boundary of the Marriotts Close All seats £3 each (advance booking advised) available
site in Witney is to be purchased by WODC. The small beenthe Box Office in the Village Shop. All profits to Finstock
now that footpaths have at upgraded and
area of densely wooded land is situated to the rear of the Village Hall.
current car park, next to the former OCC depot. The land Thursday November 3rd at 7.30pm A Good Woman (PG)
will be purchased on the basis that no buildings will be (based on Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan)
constructed on it. The long term aim is to incorporate the Tuesday January 2, 2006 at 5.30pm Charlie & the
area into the Marriotts Close development in the form of a Chocolate Factory (PG)
pleasant wooded area for public use. Good news!
A man from Brize Norton showed recent films in the
Village Hall, with Pat Dore on the lights, in the 40's and
Kim Reed and Chris Turner have been the two
early 50’s. Many locals remember these movies with
webmasters of the Finstock Website www.finstock.org.uk
pleasure with the exception of when the reel broke on an
for four years. Our village website has been publishing
Alastair Sim comedy thriller, Cottage to Let; the ending
information online from the football club, the church, the
remains a mystery to this day. What do you remember of
school, the WI, the recycling group, the wine column and
the Finstock News, plus providing pictures and posters of
local events. They are now seeking someone new to take A grant has been awarded to our Playground project
on the job of running the website. If you are interested in which will permit the planting of trees, shrubs and the laying
becoming the new webmaster, please contact either Kim of turf. Some of this grant money will also be spent on the
(868054) or Chris (868752). cycle track and the shelter.
Ramsden Christmas Market Saturday December 3rd
National Poetry Day is October 6th. Visit
from 4pm-7pm at the Memorial Hall. Gifts, crafts, mulled
www.poetrysociety.org.uk to vote on a poem to be sent
wine, seasonal fare.
New Year’s Eve at Ramsden Village Hall. Medieval
Remember, remember the 5th of November: Fayre. Hogroast and game pie. Tel: 868190 and speak to
400th anniversary. Marvina.
Edna (Langford) Sullivan (84) died and Eddie Franklin tragically died in September. We are very also sad to announce that
Anthony Linnell, the Committee Member handling distribution of the Finstock News, died suddenly in early August.
Service of Remembrance with wreath laying will be held at the Finstock The Good Companions invited
and Fawler War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. The Service is timed for some of the Leafield Evergreens to join
12.30pm on Sunday November 13th. them at Horace’s for food and drink.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month – please give generously. Paul Burridge played for us and
everyone had a good time and enjoyed
The Crown's Men Darts Team won the West Oxon Summer League. The themselves. We will have our usual
team was lead by Captain Wayne Witchell. Christmas meal at Horace’s in
Women’s Institute December.
We have our annual Harvest Supper on October 11th at the Crown Pub this The Julie Floyd Trust Fund would
year. like to thank The Crown for the
Our November meeting will be on Tuesday the 8th at 2pm, when a talk will £100.00 cheque they received for the
be given by Mrs.M.Robertson entitled Crewel Work - A forgotten Art. Fund from the Aunt Sally play-offs.
For more information about Finstock WI and details of how to become a Now that the football season has
member, please contact the secretary, Kitty Turner, on 868752 started they would also like to thank
all those who submitted football
The Theatre, Chipping Norton presents Puss in Boots from November 17th
to January 7th; to book tel: 01608-642350.
Major improvements to the
Finstock Toddler Group
Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney
We have a mountain of toys, for babies and toddlers, up to the age of three. will start in the autumn. Over £1
Come along to Finstock Village Hall on a Monday morning, from 10am until million will be spent to refurbish the
11.30am for coffee and quality time with your little ones. Contact: Jane South layout giving better access for the
868749. disabled, and improving the Reception
Finstock After School Drama Club area and changing rooms.
Construction of a one-way system
A new after school club was started in Finstock Village Hall in September. around the back of the Centre is
The weekly sessions consist of drama games and theatre workshops developed complete. Cars can now access both
specifically for children aged 7 to 12 years. There will also be sports, involvement parts of the car park, with a lay-by for
in community projects and a quiet time for children to relax/do homework as coaches pulling up outside.
they wish. They will meet every Monday during term time from 3pm to 6pm
and will include a tea-time snack.
The club is run by Sue Cochrane. Sue has been directing and teaching drama MARK BILLINGE
to children locally for over fifteen years and is co-founder of SHED Theatre, CHIMNEY SWEEP
Charlbury. Assistant tutors are Ramsay Cochrane, Jason Brain, senior SHED
Theatre students, and ex-Finstock School pupils. For a clean and efficient service
At the after school drama club you can write, direct and act in your own Tel.: 01367-243052
plays or devise a dance and dress up to perform it. You can design and draw
the programmes and posters or make the set and props. There will be workshops
in stage fighting, martial arts and music, as well as football and rounders in the Jerrams Brothers
During the first week of the summer holidays Sue ran a drama summer school
in the Village Hall which culminated in the Friday night performance to over 33 High Street
70 local people. The play performed was The Hermit which was written
especially by local writer and director Chris Wray. Woodstock
If you are interested in getting involved please contact Sue on 844741 or
07812-434376 or email email@example.com.
We have great fun and we’d love to see you. “Say not in grief that he is no
North Leigh History Group
But in thankfulness that he was”
Tuesday October 4th The Origin of Place Names in the North Leigh Area,
Ann Cole at 7.30pm in Turner Hall, Church Road, North Leigh. – traditional saying
Tuesday November 1st For better or worse, Mike Hallam at 7.30pm in Turner
Hall, Church Road, North Leigh. Private Chapel of Rest
NB: As the old Memorial Hall is being demolished to make way for a new 24 hour personal family
one, all our meetings this year will be held in the Turner Hall in Church Road, service
opposite St Mary's church.
Pre-paid funeral plans
TVSA shop manager and Post Mistress leaves
As many of you are aware I have been away from work recently because of illness exacerbated by standing.
Because of this I feel I must leave many of whom have become good sure all of you will too. I’d like to thank
my position as Shop Manager and Post friends. As I live in Finstock you will the Directors for their support and the
Mistress. After a well-earned rest, I see me around, either in the car or wonderful volunteers without whose
shall visit my parents for the first time walking with my dog Angus. Do give help TVSA could not function.
in nearly a year. (I worked in the Post me a wave or say hi! If you’d like to be a volunteer, don’t
office every Saturday morning and I The success of the TVSA has always be shy! The Shop can always do with
haven’t taken any holiday since TVSA been my dearest wish and I shall still more help.
opened its doors in December last support it by shopping there. I am Gail Cole
year.) I shall miss all my customers,
We have now received the full OFSTED report. The Summary Report was presented to parents by me after the school
sports day; thank you for all those who were able to attend. The full report goes into more detail and comments further on the
excellent standards the school promotes and achieves in the educational and social education of the children. At the same
time as the OFSTED inspection, being a Church of England School, we were also inspected by the Diocese (a section 23
inspection) and this further reported on the high standards and achievements in the spiritual, moral, social and cultural
development of the children.
The statements the Registered • Pupils achieve well and attain team. This team comprises: the staff, the
Government Inspector and the Sect 23 standards that are above average teaching assistants and class room
inspector made in their respective • The good curriculum and very helpers, the Board of Governors, all the
Reports about the school are very good range of additional activities unseen persons who give their valuable
pleasing, some of the statements made ensure that pupils experience a time to assist and support the school, and
were: wealth of worthwhile learning of course the children themselves.
• Exemplary relationships, high experiences There were a few items that were
quality care and the very good ethos • Effective leadership, management highlighted as needing addressing, the
of the school support pupils’ good and governance ensure the school staff and governors were aware of these
achievement in all aspects of their is focused on continuous and were working on solutions to resolve
development improvement them. We now must legally prepare a
• Pupils’ very positive attitudes and • Contributes fully to the life of the Post-OFSTED Action Plan to address
behaviour, excellent relationships, community including the churches these and this will be published in due
high quality care and the active at Finstock and Ramsden and course.
support of parents and the values the contribution of the
community combine to produce a community to the school On behalf of the Governors, I would
very productive learning like to thank everybody for their efforts
Statements such as these reflect all and sincerely hope that we can continue
environment in which all pupils the hard work and dedication of the
flourish. to improve on this Inspection Report. If
anybody would like to discuss the report
G.G.Osborne further or would like further information,
please do not hesitate to contact any of
Bespoke Kitchen and Furniture maker the governors, the head teacher or a
member of staff.
G.G.Osborne started to manufacture kitchens in 1990 in response
to requests from customers for something of better quality, hand Chair of Governors
made and not off the shelf. Using solid timber and often to the
Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
customer's own specification, units are made and fitted by the same
person. My company offers a full service from design, manufacture
and installation, including plumbing and tiling if required. From FIREWOOD
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Letters to the Editor I am trying to gather information
on William Poole and his wife Marie
The mobile library stops outside Shaun Morley, Finstock Local History (Serenade), who are both buried at
Finstock School between 9.55am and Society; morley.shaun@btopenworld. Finstock Holy Trinity Church. Marie
10.30am every other Tuesday. If we do com Tel: 868134, Tithe Corner, 67 Hill died on 4/4/1861, and I remember
not use this facility we will lose it and I Crescent. vaguely that William was given a pub
for one will miss it very much. If they for his services to the Duke of
do not have the book you wish to read I would like to use your columns to
say a big thank you to John and Duran Marlborough as a gamekeeper. If you
they will get it in for you next time they have any more information that you
call. So please, please use the mobile and the ever friendly and helpful staff
at the Fiveways Stores. After driving could elaborate on, it would be
Fresh fish. Are you aware that Brian back from an action packed fortnight in
Fisher Fish Limited call every Tuesday the Peak District, I stopped off at the Robert Harris (ex-Witney boy).
approximately between 4 and 4.15pm Fiveways Stores to pick up a few IM: email@example.com;
in School Road opposite Hill Crescent? necessities, and being in a more than firstname.lastname@example.org
His fish are always very fresh and if usually abstracted state of mind, left
them (unintentionally) with my wallet. Oxfordshire’s Fire and Rescue
you wish to order specially you may do Service sets itself a high standard to
so. As well as containing the usual money
and cards, it also had my driver's licence protect communities. Targets will aim
Both these services are excellent, for 80% of all emergency incidents to
giving us another reason not to use our and passport. They wasted no time and,
having found a Blockbusters Video card, be responded to within 11 minutes
cars. and 95% receiving an initial response
Carole Thorpe rang the store that rang me to tell me
where the wallet was. Needless to say I within 14 minutes.
I am researching the Finstock am hugely grateful, and it seems
Wheel Bier, purchased by subscription appropriate that I should thank them all THE CROWN INN
of the villagers in 1927. This was a small in some public manner, so here it is... FINSTOCK
wagon which was used to carry the THANK YOU, THANK YOU, AND
Serving Good Food &
coffins of deceased villagers prior to THANK YOU AGAIN!
Excellent Real Ales
burial. I would be pleased to hear from John Edwards
Home Cooked Sunday
anyone who recalls the bier, has
The first annual BBQ and Aunt Sally Roasts
memories of it or its hut, has a
knock-out competition for charity was held Beer Garden
photograph or has any ideas what on July 30th at The Crown Finstock. It Dogs Welcome
happened to it. raised £100 each for Finstock School and TakeAway Available
the Julie Floyd Trust Fund.
Sixteen Aunt Sally competition pairs and 01993 868 431
DEADLINE FOR DECEMBER/JANUARY ISSUE IS
NOVEMBER 2ND their supporters filled The Crown to play and
enjoy the wonderful BBQ items, which
THE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE included salmon burgers, king prawn
Nicky Higgins 868425 Proofing skewers, chicken kebabs, spicy chicken
Tony Hirtenstein 868600 Layout wings and the traditional burgers and
Joy Murphy 868575 Editor hotdogs. Twenty-two assorted raffle prizes
email@example.com were donated with a Grand Prize of a Gallon
Mike Peck 868735 Member of Beer donated by Sam and Jason of The
John Wells 868968 Advertising Crown. The Aunt Sally winning pair – Danny
Photographs thanks to staff members. Brown and Pete Williams – won £10 each, The Oxford Trust - Evolving City
Read the Finstock News online; visit the which they promptly donated to the two Science in the City calendar of Science
village website at www.finstock.org.uk charities. Their names will be engraved on
Events for the General public and Families
the Winner’s Trophy, which will remain at
Post your events online in the in Oxford September–December 2005 is
The Crown. The Runners-up, Barry and Alan,
Village Diary or put a poster each received a trophy. Martin Hall won a now available. Contact 01865-728953
online via the Finstock Notice bottle of JD in the raffle and auctioned it off or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Board. at the end of the night raising £20 more for giving your name, address, telephone
the Julie Floyd Trust Fund. A Name the Lion number and email; or visit www.
David G.Pratley competition at 50p a go was also started. oxtrust.org.uk/scienceinthecity
Painting and Decorating Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir in Concert
All interior and exterior work
Sat. Nov. 12th 2005 at 7.30pm, St.Mary’s Church, Witney
15 Years experience - City and Guild
Tickets £7 from Music Stand, Witney High Street
Qualified. Free estimates.
Proceeds in aid of West Oxfordshire Vetka Supporting sustainable community
01993 709334; 0771 7075579 Association (registered charity No. development in Chernobyl villages and
(All numbers start with 01993 unless otherwise stated)
Airports, seaports, social occasions. Bed & Breakfast Out of Town Prices. Large variety of
Chauffeur-driven hire, 7 passengers, contact Marvina George on 868190 animal and bird feeds, etc. from hamster
owner/driver. Dogs welcome. Dog walking, pet care, to horses and chaffinch to chickens–
Ron Kirk on 883633 house sitting. M & J Harris, Shinfield, Poffley End,
Advance bookings preferable. The Body Shop at Home! Hailey Tel: 702407
Use the Village Hall for your next Call Amanda 868452 to hold a party
event. and receive free products or to arrange a
Contact Sue Salter on 868647 fundraising event! No order too small!
Line ads are charged at 20p per word, payment in advance. Flyers inserted in an issue are £5. Please
contact: John Wells on 868968.
Visitors to www.BigBarn.co.uk site in over 60 countries. Explore the Library users can renew their books
can type in their postcode to receive a interactive map and discover some of from the comfort of their own homes at
map telling them where they can buy the cutting-edge research currently any time of the day with the new OCC
local food in their immediate area. A undertaken across the globe. Library Service telephone book
useful way to find out who your local www.whatsmineisyours.com Swap renewals service, CallPoint.
producers are and what they are designer and vintage clothing. No This dedicated automated telephone
offering. (Parish Pump News, issue 10) auctions. No time limits. No hidden line employs state-of-the-art text-to-
http://en.wikipedia.org Free to use costs. An e-Bay for fashionistas. speech telephony. CallPoint will also
and free to edit, Wikipedia, the open, tell readers if any reserved items are
Witney Library was officially opened ready to be collected.
editable online encyclopaedia. Then by the poet John Betjeman, in January
try the www.wiktionary.org. These new facilities can be used by
1965. Witney Library has internet anyone with a library ticket and a PIN
www.nhm.ac.uk/ Nature online - access, music, DVD and video hire, number. Telephone 0845-120-2811
explore the natural world - Natural books on tape as well as special activities number for this new service is.
History Museum excellent reference for children and local history sessions.
material on early humans, the science Playstation2 games are now
of natural history, collections at the available at Witney. As with films on Woodpecker Pre-school
Museum, biodiversity, environmental DVD and video games, they are We should like to welcome Molly,
change, evolution, online exhibitions, classified by age and the library’s Ruby and Bryony who all joined us at
British natural history, life, space and computer system prevents under-age the beginning of this term, and we hope
Earth information. Plus, Our global children taking out the games. that they will have lots and lots of fun,
reach Working with colleagues and
whilst learning lots and lots of new skills
local communities, the Museum
currently has projects and partnerships
C: is the root of all directories. to help them through their educational
In Stock News This term we are looking at changes
The King of Hearts is the only
(i.e. situations, clothes, environment, in
king without a moustache. Looking for an old- food etc), concentrating on recognising
fashioned store? Try Oxford shapes, as well as all our regular
Fastening in Eynsham (on the activities that are packed into each
“A Bit of a Do!!” Oakfield Industrial Estate near session. The aim each session is to have
Moonshine Bowling), for gate
Complete outside bar facilities fun, and for everybody to feel happy,
fittings, glue, power tools, loose
for any occasion. screws, an ironmonger and many this promotes great learning and a good
Custom made portable bar to suit more sundry items. start to school life!
any venue. Our opening hours are 9am to 12
No function too big/small. Does anyone know noon, Monday to Friday, and we are
where to buy rennet (not the situated at Finstock School, School
For more information or to make a
vegetarian kind)? Road, Finstock. For further information,
booking, contact Iain:
or to organise a visit, please, contact
Tel: 01993 779017 Answers and queries welcomed:
write to the Editor, or email Lesley Dore on 01993-868280. (Please
Mob: 07786 434775 look on the OFSTED website for details
Email: email@example.com of our excellent recent report or
telephone Lesley and ask for a copy).
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BOX INCLUDING CRISP PACKETS AND SWEET WRAPPERS. www.defra.gov.uk/news/latest/2005/
National statistics show Oxfordshire residents are at the very top of waste-0726.htm via CPRE Oxfordshire
the heap when it comes to reducing waste. Figures for 2004-5 show that Briefing, 28 July 2005)
household waste per capita is the lowest of any other county: only 489.9kg per The new Hazardous Waste
head was collected from households in Oxfordshire last year. People in Regulations came into force in July.
Oxfordshire are also in the top league for recycling, managing to recycle 30% of They require producers of hazardous
their waste. The national average is 17.5%. If you want to reduce the waste you waste to collect and dispose of material
produce at home, call 08450-504550 for a waste reduction pack and get a free responsibly. Fay Dashper, the County
reusable shopping bag, special deals on home composters and information on Council's Waste Contracts Officer said:
how to stop junk mail, plus lots of other tips on how to waste less to play your Simple measures can be taken to reduce the
part in protecting the environment. amount of hazardous waste that people
Waste managers at Oxfordshire County Council have learned in a produce. Energy efficient light bulbs,
national survey that people in the UK spend £9 million a year on gadgets rechargeable batteries and organic gardening
they never use. Bread-makers, coffee machines and electric knives are among can all help to drastically reduce the amount
prominent items in the survey undertaken by esure.com. The survey predicts of hazardous waste that is bought and
that ice cream makers and juicers will be next year’s white elephants. Katie therefore has to be disposed of in the County.
Zabel, Oxfordshire County Council’s Waste Reduction Officer, said that shoppers Hazardous waste items include: car
buy the latest, the newest items on the market only to find they are not so and household batteries, fluorescent
useful or wonderful after all. Then the oven toaster or weight scales move into tubes, light bulbs, engine oil,
the loft or they are tossed in a rubbish bin. The urge to buy extends to the household and garden chemicals,
clothes and shoes we have in our wardrobe that we bought only to find we televisions and monitors. For more
really do not like them at all. information on what you can recycle
We are strongly encouraging people to think about what they buy. Oxfordshire residents and where, call 08450-504550.
are among the best in the country at recycling. However recycling becomes less necessary if Thames Water have recently
we are shrewd about the things we buy in the first place. Good quality but unwanted reminded us not to pour cooking fat
clothes, books, shoes, presents and electrical items can be donated to charity down the house drains because they
shops to be reused. Alternatively these items can be recycled at any of the eight cause blockage. One way to dispose of
recycling centres around the County. To find out your nearest recycling centre, the cooking fat is to save it in a jar or
call 08450-504550. can and make fat cups for the birds.
New research on climate change prompts calls for Oxfordshire people to Fat cups consist of an equal part of fat
focus on what they can do to help. Katie Zabel, Waste Reduction Officer, said: melted down and mixed with oatmeal,
When kitchen waste, paper and green waste is buried in landfill it produces methane, wild bird feed and broken up pieces of
which is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. We can all play stale bread. Refrigerate until firm; fill
our part in reducing this problem by composting kitchen waste with 50/50 paper or an old chipped coffee mug and hang
cardboard. Green waste can be composted at home or put in kerbside collections in some the mug on a branch in the garden.
districts or taken to one of Oxfordshire’s eight Waste Recycling Centres* before it is Your birds will sing for you.
composted by contractors. You can also recycle paper and cardboard at the Recycling
Centres and districts collect paper in their kerbside collections. TOWN & COUNTRY TREES LTD
* Recycling at our nearest recycling centre, Dean Pit, includes: cardboard ARBORICULTURAL CONTRACTORS
and paper; glass; light bulbs; sheet glass; fluorescent tubes; household batteries; PRIVATE & COMMERCIAL
car batteries; televisions; fridges and freezers; computer monitors; plastics; soil; ARBORICULTURAL
rubble; green waste; metal; foil and cans. There are charges for some items. TECHNIQUES
Bulky waste collection from outside your property can be arranged for a charge APPROVED
by ringing 861020. Contact Nick or Joy Murphy with your questions about FULL PUBLIC
recycling on 868575. FREE ADVISORY
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Finstock Golden Jubilee Playground – Tots to Teenagers a target with the funding groups of
John Best Reports on the Finstock Fun Day and Finstock Festival Football I would like to personally thank the
Cup many individuals for their assistance and
Firstly, I should like to thank all of Councillor Joe Walcott for presenting the
you that assisted, attended and of course Trophy, and all that braved the weather
participated in the Fun Day weekend’s to support both the Playground and AC
activities. Unfortunately we were dealt Finstock our village football club.
a rum deal on the weather after such a
Where does this leave us on the
lovely week preceding and following.
playground project? The project had a
Without the football competition, that
shortfall of £5,000 and as a community
continued despite the rain, and the live
we need to make good this loss. (The
music after the presentation, the day
project schedule was effected by
would have collapsed into a financial Financially the figures do not look
supplies of timber arriving late, which
disaster. I’d also like to convey my wonderful. Once the cost of the
delayed construction and extended the
thanks for all those hardy people that infrastructure has been taken into
equipment hire time.) Watch for details
set up their stalls and bravely waited for consideration, we are left with
of a band night in support of the
the weather to improve. approximately £319.59 profit. We had
playground on November 26th. Entry
Finstock School – Number on roll 51 £6. We need more people to support
and assist in fundraising for this project.
Our new Academic year has started. We welcome a new member of staff to
The hard work is not over.
our team, Miss Kylie Sellars. Miss Sellars trained at Brookes and her strengths are
We laid a new path surface and
in Art, PE and Literacy. We look forward to learning as much from her as she
does from us. We said au revoir to Mrs Sam Godfrey and Mrs Sue Mullin at the landscaped the sides to prevent
end of last term. We wish them well in the future. vehicular access to the playground via
Our very pleasing and successful OFSTED Inspection has us as an effective the track between the Old School House
school with good Leadership, management and governance, high quality care and the Vick’s wall. When the season
where teaching is good overall and where pupils attain above average standards. allows we will grass it. The bike track
Steve Maclennan, Chair of Governors, has an overview of the report on p.3, or to has been improved slightly, hopefully
read the full report visit the OFSTED website. encouraging more children to use the
The open-air end of term prize-giving concert gave us an evening to remember track. The Countryside Service inspected
with songs from Joseph and a wealth of music-making from the school orchestra, our path work and stated they were well-
and other groups and individuals from the school. pleased!
We would also like to thank The Crown for handing us a cheque for £100 If you have any questions, offers or
raised during the Aunt Sally knock-out competition. Both The Crown and The ideas for fundraising please contact Mike
Plough have Finstock School collection bottles on display, as does our Village Peck or me, John Best, 27 Hill Crescent,
Shop, if you should wish to contribute. Finstock, Chipping Norton, Oxon OX7
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SUPPERS FROM THE Incey Wincey Spider
SHOP People tend to think that all spiders to be pursued into the most unlikely
All recipes serve 4 do is make cob-webs to catch things, corners, please think before you scratch.
Penne with salad, followed by fried which they then eat. In fact, while House flies: Standard fare but not
bananas spiders do catch a number of things in very tasty. Usually left upside down on
All ingredients are available at The this way, our diet is normally based on a window-ledge for the mistress to
Shop what the rest of the family eats. We dispose of.
routinely check out the kitchen at night Bluebottles: These can be fun but
Ingredients for the Main course:
and dine off whatever might be left usually end up wrapped and forgotten.
500g Romano Italian penne
over. Sometimes I suck one out and hang it
500g Callow Farm minced beef
Did you know, for example, that up to deter others.
wine glasses are traditionally designed
1 tin chopped tomatoes Wasps: Bad news as they are nasty
to hold a few drops in the bottom which
10ml Extra Virgin olive oil at both ends and cannot be sneaked
cannot be drained no matter how long
5g coarse sea salt up on. They are usually dealt with in
held upside down? This is known in
1g oregano the same way as big torpedo-shaped
the trade as the spider’s portion and, I
1 clove garlic moths which simply fly through a
can assure you, is much appreciated.
1 glass red wine (optional) normal web. The trick is to incorporate
In fact a properly trained house
1 lettuce, half bottle Classic French a bit of the mistress’s tights* in the
dressing spider would consider it most
structure. If you hear a twang in the
40g grated Italian style cheese. uncivilised, and a poor reward for its
night it's a moth or wasp going
efforts, to have to rely solely for its
Ingredients for the dessert: backwards at a rate of knots.
nourishment on what it might find in
4 bananas, 50g butter, 1 pot cream its webs in the morning. Its efforts of * In the drawer from underneath and
(250 ml), 40g Demerara sugar course being to keep the house clear over the back, a quick chew and
of unwanted free-loading intruders. I straight out to the web-site.
Cost of ingredients for four servings
= £8.46. will describe some of the ways this is Other spiders: All-out attack is the
done. only way, put the knees in, get the cat
For the main course: to help if necessary.
First make the Bolognese sauce. Mosquitoes: These pesky invaders
Chop the onion and gently fry in oil, avoid webs but like to land and look Oh, and never ever, whatever you
do not brown. Add the mince and around prior to sneaking up on their do, chase a mosquito up the dog’s nose.
allow to brown on all sides. Add the victim. The way to catch them is by I did this once, I wasn’t even sure where
glass of wine (if wanted) and let it swift and silent rush and a slap on the it had gone and was just groping
bubble for a minute or two, and then back of the head. This usually jams their around, when there was an absolutely
add the tin of tomatoes, a little salt and spike into whatever they happen to be humongous explosion and I found
pepper, and the oregano. Squash a standing on when they can be collected myself sliding down the kitchen door
couple of cloves of garlic and add to and stacked later. Sometimes they have covered in goo.
the sauce, then let it simmer slowly Spike the Spider At home
for about half an hour till the mince is Finstock 2005
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boil, add 1 tbsp of oil and the penne,
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and keep bubbling for 3-4 minutes till
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Superstrings: lecture and recital with The secret chemistry of the mobile Our Planet, Our Future – Laura Grant
Brian Foster and Jack Liebeck (solo phone - Jason Riley and Julian Eastoe and Karen Bultitude
violin) It is hard to believe that chemistry has This presentation looks at the ways
‘Superstrings’ links Einstein’s had anything whatsoever to do with the in which science and technology are
favourite instrument, the violin, with communications revolution. However, helping us understand the impact that
many of the concepts of modern buried deep inside your phone you will human life has had on the planet, and
physics. The performance will begin find some of the most advanced ways in which we can plan for a healthy
with an introduction to Einstein’s life and chemicals ever invented. Using and happy future here on earth. The
involvement with music and how his interactive demonstrations we will take show features a ‘choose-your-own-
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space, time and the evolution of the beloved mobile, explaining how things with many demonstrations and
Universe. Selections from J.S.Bach’s have got so small. Dr Jason Riley and experiments used to bring the material
Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin Professor Julian Eastoe work in the to life.
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illustrate several of the ideas discussed
in the lecture. New Arrangements at the Shop
Temporary manager: Mary Brunt Temporary sub-Postmistress: Elsie
“We must always be conscious of (until mid-January 2006) (Until Sheila Price has done her training)
Shop opening hours:– Post Office opening hours:
the limitations of government, but
Monday–Wednesday: 8.30–6 Monday–Friday: 9–1
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Carlton Club July 26th)
No piece of paper can be folded in half more than seven times.
The Police report that houses in the area, including in Finstock, are suffering
day-time burglaries. The Bubbly Pub Co
There is no pattern to the time of sort, about yourself, your family,
day or location: so we ask people to neighbours or friends, to callers
be vigilant and, if worried about unknown to you. The same applies to
security, speak to Bill Butcher (crime door-to-door sellers. Oxfordshire
reduction officer at Witney police Trading Standards advise not to buy
station) on tel: 861638. Also, be aware goods and services offered on the
of power tools being stolen from doorstep, not to give personal details,
sheds. Please put your post codes all to be firm, and to call the police if the The Plough Inn
over your equipment. Contact: Dave trader refuses to go. Finstock
Tustian PC, tel: 01608-648715 at To reduce unwanted phone calls, Good food
Chipping Norton Police station. going ex-directory is an option (ring Sunday lunches
Additional advice from the Police 0845-601-5884) and there is also the Non-smoking restaurant
Recently local police have been Telephone Preference Service which,
Louis and staff welcome you
getting calls from worried residents in my experience, stops most sales
realising they have told strangers when calls (ring 0845-070-0707). Tel: 01993-868333
they will be out. The secret is never to Bill Butcher, Crime Reduction En-suite room available
reveal personal information of any Adviser, 01993-893878
37 community hospital beds have NOTICE BOARD more information. Volunteer drivers
been saved from threat of closure. The receive 38p per mile expenses.
called a permanent label and must be
South Oxfordshire PCT’s have informed
properly fixed to the furniture. Anyone The Government now allows the
West Oxfordshire District Council that
who suspects they know who is selling public the right to request access to
current levels of bed provision will not
unlabeled furniture should contact information held by public authorities on
be reduced until a full and formal
Trading Standards on 0845-051-0845. a variety of environmental issues, from
consultation process is undertaken on
air, water and land, to flora and fauna,
community hospital beds throughout the A respite service that gives carers
natural habitats, food, the built
whole of South Oxfordshire. much-needed breaks in the North and
environment and health. The new
West of the county is appealing for more
OCC has issued a warning about Environmental Information Regulat-ions
volunteers, particularly in Witney and
potentially lethal furniture being sold in were implemented on 1st January 2005.
Bicester but also in Banbury. To find out
the county. Details at www.hmso. gov.uk/si/si1992/
more about joining the Volunteer Respite
The County Council’s Trading Uksi_ 19923240_en_1.htm. (Parish
Service please call Elaine Gilbert,
Standards Service states that upholstered Pump News)
volunteer projects co-ordinator at the
furniture, such as sofas and chairs, must
North & West Oxfordshire Carers Centre, The Clean Neighbourhoods and
be made to strict flammability standards,
on 01295 264545 Environment Act came into force in
designed to prevent easy ignition and
June. Fly-tipping has become an
rapid flame spread. They advise that Volunteer Link-up If you have your
arrestable offence, with the most serious
anyone buying furniture should look for own car, clean driving licence and a few
cases incurring a maximum £50,000 fine,
a label stuck or sewn onto each item hours each month to help get elderly
or even five years' imprisonment. The Act
headed Carelessness Causes Fire, people to health centres, podiatry
also classifies chewing gum and cigarette
containing a batch number (sometimes appointments, hospitals or the shops
butts as litter with possible on-the-spot
in the form of a date) and details of the please contact Ruth or Caroline at
fines of £50, which will soon go up to
steps taken to ensure the item complies Volunteer Link-up, tel: 01993-776277 for
£75. (Defra website)
with fire safety requirements. This is
Between the Posts – The Official Newsletter of AC Finstock
Festival great success despite the weather
The Finstock Festival was very successful closing minutes they held on to secure the competition and commented on the
with all teams entered getting a full day’s win. organisational skills of the organising
football. Despite torrential downpours committee.
through out the day each game was He is seen here presenting the winner’s
contested at the highest level, With the FC trophy to The FC Nomads Captain.
Nomads the eventual winners.
Group A was a tough group with Spartan GROUP A GROUP B
Rangers finally coming out on top with 1–0 Ducklington 1–0 Milton Nomads 1–0 Finstock
Spartan 0–0 Bampton Charlbury 0–1 Witney Ryls
win over Milton who needed a win to Ducklington 0–1 Spartan Witney Ryls 2- 2 Finstock
qualify for the Final. The other 2 teams, Milton 1–1 Bampton Charlbury 0–1 Nomads
Ducklington and Bampton, both added to Ducklington 1–0 Bampton Witney Ryls 1–2 Nomads
The winning trophy was presented by Milton 0-1 Spartan Charlbury 3–1 Finstock
the tension securing wins, leaving the last
the Chairman of WODC Joe Walcott who FINAL Spartan 0–1 Nomads
game to decide the finalists.
congratulated AC Finstock on a successful
FC Nomads went into the tournament
as outsiders but showed why they won
promotion to the Witney and District
Premier division with some tight passing and
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Between the Posts failed to enter the league on time have room was created and an old toilet area
joined AC Finstock. converted into a store room.
(continued) With the formation of Southrop FC, last
Adam Pilcher Collects Kirk year’s manager Rob Moore took virtually
Connell Cup the whole of last season’s reserve team to Before After
form a team on their own. With expectations
Eighteen-year old Adam Pilcher was the
that at least half these players would return
first winner of the KIRK CONNELL CUP for
to Finstock it was a great shock to find 13 of
sportsmanship. Norman Sullivan donated
the squad had signed. Finstock had already All the work was completed with money
the trophy for the most sporting member of
entered and paid for a reserve team and with raised by the club and no grants were
the club and it was presented at the end of
the squad depleted we were looking at a applied for. The most telling contribution
season dinner, held at the Windrush Pub,
large fine for the withdrawal and the was a set of double glazed windows kindly
destruction of 10 years hard work. donated by Steve Peters, thank you Steve
A phone call at the beginning of August you will never realise how grateful we are,
from Luke Hymes lifted my spirits as this as this contribution allowed us to spread
team, despite being young (eldest 22) had our budget significantly further.
formed a team and committee and were Fund Raising High on Agenda
ready to step straight in. After lengthy AC Finstock will be running their
Finstock Local History regular quiz nights through out the winter.
Norman donated the trophy with the sole Although the prizes are not large (as this
purpose of rewarding individuals who show
Society Quiz would defeat the object of fund raising) the
outstanding sportsmanship. Adam was clear Answers to the questions in the evenings are fun and make a welcome
choice for this trophy as in the two years he last issue: break from the TV. Keep an eye on the web
has been at the club he has not missed a and newsletters for these events and also
match or training session or failed to pay 1. Haps means a gate fastening not around the village on the various notice
his subs. His chances have been limited by a latch. boards and telegraph poles.
his lack of experience in men’s football let 2. What day of the year is Spanish We are also hoping to hold a couple of
alone competitive football. He is a discos and even an evening of live bands.
liquor day? Palm Sunday
promising player who deserves to be If you would like to have a band or music
recognised for his outstanding attitude 3. Well Hill, Riding Hill, but what type covered in these events then e-mail
towards the club, which I hope will be is the name of Finstock’s third me at email@example.com and we
followed by his team mates in the seasons hill? Gadden Hill will see if it can be arranged.
to come. The trophy will be represented to You can also contact me with ideas for
Adam by Norman at a time convenient to New Questions fund raising or events you would like to
himself. 1. What is a stale? see and we will give it our full
Other Winners on the night were: 2. What does this rhyme refer to?
Club Person of the year: Derek Bennett Training Dates
Two sticks and a leather thong will Training is currently on a Wednesday
Managers Player: Lee Crouch/Mark Foster
tire a man night up the field. This could change so keep
Players Player: Lee Crouch
Young Player: Shaun Taylor Let him be ever so strong an eye on the web site.
Top Goal Scorer: Simon Williams 3. In what year was the Methodist A.Compton
Real Ducklington save Chapel built?
discussions it was decided they would join
A group of youngsters from Witney who
initially for 1 season and see how it goes. SuperCars of
On the face of it looks like we are going to
be in the same position in 12 months time,
but I believe they will stay. If they decide to
go it alone they would have gained valuable
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Those who are regular visitors to the field
must have noticed the change. The home
changing has been completely restructured Can accommodate up to
with the addition of personal cupboards for
clothing and built in seating and new 6 passengers at a time
showers, with the away room being
redecorated and the showers refurbished.
With new league guidelines an official’s
Garden Lovers Group made for the bulb, as this will just
cause a sump where water collects
We welcome with delight the new members of our group and we hope
and the bulb will rot. Rather work
they will enjoy working with us all. Group gardening is fun and a lot gets
in the grit over the area where you
are going to plant your clusters.
October and November are busy months in the garden as gardeners tidy
up, cut back and clear out to get their gardens ready for winter. The RHS has published a list of
Overcrowded perennials should be divided and replanted now. It is a the 10 best tulips for gardens - a
good time too, to plant new perennials and shrubs and trees so that they lovely colour mix of early and late
can profit from the warmth in the soil to give them a good head start for flowerers.
next year. 1 Apricot Beauty AGM – An early
Spring bulbs should be planted out, daffodils in September and October flowering apricot pink with
and tulips in November. For a lovely longer lasting show of flowers, plant wavy-edged leaves
both early and late bloomers. As a general rule with daffs the lighter and
2 Ballade AGM – A unique bluish
creamy shades flower later.
purple with a white outline to the
Plant bulbs at a depth of 2 or 3 times their height and the same width
apart. Do add some bone meal and grit or sand if you are planting them in
the garden as opposed to tubs as they do find it hard to push their way 3 Bright Gem AGM – free
through our heavy soil. Don’t just throw a handful of grit into the hole flowering, small cream and white
flowers flushed with pink.
4 Fusillier AGM – a showy multi-
headed, brilliant red, which is
5 Maureen AGM – Tall, late-
flowering and white as marble.
6 Purissima AGM – Early-
flowering, white and fragrant.
7 Red Riding Hood AGM – Late-
flowering, small, bright red with
8 Showwinner AGM – Very early-
flowering, small, deep red.
9 Vivex AGM – Tall, long-lasting in
flower with orange petals edged
10 White Triumphator AGM – Pure
white with gracefully pointed
Have a look at them: www.rhs.org.
Give your dahlias a potassium-rich
liquid feed every fortnight and keep
deadheading them and they will
reward you until the first frost when
they must be lifted.
Remember too, that November is
the ideal time to plant roses.
Work hard and then you can sit
back with your feet up in December
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