Finstock News October-November 2005 by liuqingyan

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                                                               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.
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    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.
                                          improved.
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
                                                                  those movies?
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.
into space.
                                                                                            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.
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                                     VILLAGE EVENTS
  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
                                                                                       prediction forms.
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
summer.
   During the first week of the summer holidays Sue ran a drama summer school
                                                                                           Funeral Directors
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 suechochrane2005@hotmail.co.uk.
                                                                                            (01993) 811491
    We have great fun and we’d love to see you.                                            “Say not in grief that he is no
                                                                                                       more,
                      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
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                           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,
                                                         OFSTED
   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
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                                                                                       member of staff.
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                                                                                                             Steve Maclennan
    to requests from customers for something of better quality, hand                                        Chair of Governors
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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
library.                                                                                        appreciated.
   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: bobinwinrush@yahoo.com;
in School Road opposite Hill Crescent?        necessities, and being in a more than                            bobharris@aanet.com.au
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
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               NOVEMBER 2ND                   their supporters filled The Crown to play and
                                              enjoy the wonderful BBQ items, which
        EDITORIAL
    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
       nickjoy@beechgrove63.fsnet.co.uk       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 anne.lechelle@oxtrust.org.uk
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
                                              1103705)                                          towns.
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                                                     SMALL ADS
                              (All numbers start with 01993 unless otherwise stated)
Airports, seaports, social occasions.      Bed & Breakfast                               Out of Town Prices. Large variety of
                                                                                                 To     Prices.
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.

                                                  Internet Interest
   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
                                                                                         journey.
                                                    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
                                            instocknews @highlands.cix.co.uk.
  Email:        info@abitofado.org                                                       of our excellent recent report or
                                                                                         telephone Lesley and ask for a copy).
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                                              Countryside Conservation
NOW ALL PLASTICS CAN BE PUT IN YOUR BLACK RECYCLING                                           www.wrap.org.uk (Item from http://
 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
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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
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Bulky waste collection from outside your property can be arranged for a charge                    APPROVED

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operative Group, Londis, Iceland, Kwik Save, Marks & Spencer, Morrison's,                                      or - 01993 869188
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executive level to supporting WRAP in achieving its objectives to reduce                                     www.townandcountrytrees.co.uk

packaging waste by 2008 and to deliver absolute reductions in packaging waste
by March 2010 and to identify ways to tackle the problem of food waste. See


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Finstock Golden Jubilee Playground – Tots to Teenagers                                a target with the funding groups of
                                                                                      £1,000.
  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
  We look forward to our new year with enthusiasm and welcome your continued          3BT; tel: 868735; finstockplayarea@
support.                                           Paul Barnett Headteacher           btinternet.com.


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                                                                                                                                7
    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.
large onion
                                             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
cooked.
                                              VINCENT PHARMACY                              The average person wastes more than Ł400
                                                   Market St, Charlbury OX7 3PL             per year on uneaten food that goes straight
   When the sauce is nearly ready,
                                                        Tel: 01608 810315                   in the bin and then on to the landfill site.
bring a large pan of salted water to the
                                                 DISPENSING CHEMIST FOR                     Once at the landfill site, this rubbish releases
boil, add 1 tbsp of oil and the penne,
                                                 ALL YOUR MEDICAL NEEDS                     methane, contributing to global warming and
and keep bubbling for 3-4 minutes till
                                              WE ARE OPEN ALL DAY MONDAY TO                 climate change.
the penne are soft. Drain well and toss
                                                      FRIDAY 9am-6pm
with more oil. Wash the lettuce and
                                                  AND SATURDAY 9am-1pm                           CALLOW FARM SHOP
toss in the dressing. Serve the penne
                                                    Pharmacist present all day for                  Tel. (01993) 891967
with sauce poured over and top with
                                                      Prescriptions and advice
grated cheese.                                                                                    The Ridings, Stonesfield,
                                                   TO COMPLEMENT OUR
   For the dessert:                                     TOILETRIES                                          Oxon
   Slice the bananas into two                 WE NOW STOCK A GOOD RANGE OF                               (Off B4437
lengthwise. Fry gently in the butter          CRABTREE & EVELYN PRODUCTS                          Charlbury-Woodstock road)
until brown and serve with cream and           AS WELL AS BRONNLEY, FLORIS
demerara sugar.
                                                                                                  Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm
                                                       AND YARDLEY
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at the counter as well as to stock           2.30pm weekdays back by 9am NEXT DAY!                meats, eggs, vegetables,
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shelves, organise supplies, clean, etc,
                                                  FINSTOCK ... ASK FOR DETAILS                    cakes, crafts etc. etc.
Please use the Village Shop!

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                  CCLRC – talking science – Einstein Year summer lectures:
Friday October 14th at 7pm for Age            Friday November 11th at 10.30am,              Friday December 9th at 1 0 . 3 0 a m ,
16+                                           1.30pm, 7pm for Age: 16+                      1.30pm, 7pm for Age: 11+
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-
ideas have shaped our concepts of             you on a journey to the heart of your         lecture’ format and is highly interactive,
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.
performed by critically acclaimed             School of Chemistry at the University                    How to book
violinist Jack Liebeck, will accompany        of Bristol. They research complem-
the images shown. The lecture will            entary aspects of chemical                        Admission is free but booking is
continue with a discussion of the             nanotechnology; smart sensors and             essential as places are limited. Email:
Standard Model of particle physics in         detectors (JR) and novel ways of              talkingscience@rl.ac.uk; tel: 01235-
which the evolution of the Universe after     stabilizing nanoparticles (JE).               5959 (24 hr answer phone). Please
the Big Bang can be understood. Solo                                                        include the following information: the
violin music specially written by two           We look forward to seeing you.              title of the lecture; your name, full postal
outstanding young UK composers,                        Let’s get talking.                   address and contact telephone number;
Emily Hall and Anna Meredith, will                                                          and, the number of places you require.
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
never limited in our aspirations for          Thursday, Friday: 8.30–7                      No Saturday opening
government.”                                  Saturday: 9–2
                 (David Cameron,              Sunday: 10–1 (Hours may be extended later)      Thanks to Gail for all her work
          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
                                                                                                                                      9
  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.
                                                                                                                    RESULTS
   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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   The Final was a tight affair with Nomads
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Despite coming under pressure in the             www.callowfarm.co.uk                       Tel No.


10
     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
Witney.
                                                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 comptona@ukonline.co.uk 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
                                                                                                  consideration.
   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?
              blushes
                                                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,
                                                                                                          Leafield
                                                but I believe they will stay. If they decide to
                                                go it alone they would have gained valuable
                                                                                                      Private Hire Taxi
                                                experience and given us a season’s respite                 Service
                                                to re-organise.
                                                   Pavilion Completed at last
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                                                    The finishing touches are being added
                                                to the pavilion after a summer’s hard work.        Evenings and Weekends
                                                    Derek Bennett and I spent endless hours
                                                clearing, cleaning, building and painting.         Quotes given for any UK
                                                Those who are regular visitors to the field
                                                must have noticed the change. The home
                                                                                                         destination
                                                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
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                     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
done!
                                                                             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
                                                                                 petals.
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
                                                                                 early-flowering.
                                                                             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
                                                                                 patterned leaves
                                                                             8   Showwinner AGM – Very early-
                                                                                 flowering, small, deep red.
                                                                             9   Vivex AGM – Tall, long-lasting in
                                                                                 flower with orange petals edged
                                                                                 with gold
                                                                             10 White Triumphator AGM – Pure
                                                                                white with gracefully pointed
                                                                                petals.
                                                                               Have a look at them: www.rhs.org.
                                                                             uk/news/toptulips.asp
                                                                                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
                                                                             and January.
                                                                                                      Mo Pickett

                                                                                Dear Garden Group: How do I
                                                                             propagate my shrubs?


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