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Here is the text from the December 2008 Newsletter
Published here with permission of the Parish Council.
BRlZE NORTON PARISH COUNCIL
Issue no. 119
Brize Norton Parish Council would like to wish all parishioners a
merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.
Please see produced below copy of a Public Notice recently published
in the Witney Gazette. Discharge from the Burford Quarry has been linked
as adding to the flooding risk in the following areas. Kilkenny Lane,
Rocky Banks, Masons Arms, Carterton Road and Station Road Brize Norton.
The discharge has previously contained high levels of suspended solid
matter which leaves a very unpleasant white residue along the path of
the watercourse; this will undoubtedly have a detrimental affect on wild
life. Brize Norton Parish Council considers this is unacceptable and
will object to this licence being granted.
Should you share the views of Brize Norton Parish Council please write
to the Environment Agency at the address below and make your objections
known to the Environment Agency
K A GLAZIER
Chairman - Brize Norton Parish Council
WATER RESOURCES ACT 1991
(AS AMENDED BY THE ENVIRONMENT ACT 1995
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CONSENT
FOR THE PURPOSE OF SECTION 88
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with Schedule 10 of the Water
Resources Act 1991 that an application has been made to the
Environment Agency by Smith and Sons (Bletchington) Limited for
consent to discharge a volume of rainfall dependent site drainage
from an active mineral quarry to a land drain forming tributary of
Brize Norton Stream at national Grid Reference SP 28095 09083 from
Burford Quarry, Brize Norton, Oxford OX18 3NN.
Any person who wishes to make representations about the application
should do so in writing to The Environment Agency, Water Quality
Permitting Support Centre, PO Box 4209, Sheffield, S9 9BS, during
the period 29/10/08 to 10/12/08 quoting reference NPSWQD004505.
Please be aware that any representations may be made available to
third parties under the Freedom of Information Act or Environmental
Information Regulations 2004.
A copy of the application may be inspected free of charge at the
Local Environment Agency office at Environment Agency, Public
register, Red Kyte House, Howbery Park, Crowmarsh Gifford,
Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8BD between the hours of 9 am and 4.30 pm
Monday to Friday (not Bank Holidays).
On behalf of The Environment Agency - Dated 29/10/08
POORS PLOT CHARITY
In the village we have a small charity. The money comes from rent for
a field owned by the village.
At Christmas every pensioner and widow living in the village receives a
If you are not already on my list (on the list you would have received a
gift last year) please let me know as I have no other way of finding out
if you qualify.
4 Squires Close or 842373
ST BRITIUS CHURCH
The work on the Tower Project to bring water into the church and
provide toilet facilities goes on apace. The walls of the toilet area in
the tower are up and the wiring almost complete. The trench for the
water has been dug and the pipe is in position. We are very grateful to
the volunteers for all the time and effort they have put in: Mike Day,
Stuart Finlayson, Mike Moreby, Andrew Spencer and Bob Watts.
Our Christmas Services start on Sunday 21 December with a Candlelit
Carol Service at 6pm. The nine lessons will be read by representatives
of village organisations and all children are welcome to come dressed as
shepherds, angels, wise men, people of Bethlehem, etc, for the nativity
tableau. Please contact Carolyn Peach on 844102 for more details of the
nativity tableau. Coffee and hot mince pies will be served after the
Candlelit Midnight Mass will be at 11.30pm on Xmas Eve (Wednesday 24
December) and there will be a combined Family Service and Holy Communion
at 9.15am on Xmas Day. Roy asks the children to bring a present that
they have received with them to show!
The Sunday Club will hold their Christmas Party on Saturday 10 January
in the Elderbank Hall, from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.
Our Christingle Service will be held on Sunday 1 February at 9.15 am as
part of the Family Service. We hope to decorate the oranges in School on
the Friday afternoon before.
Roy, Bill, Richard, the Churchwardens and members of the DCC wish
everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
BRIZE NORTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
It has been another busy term at Brize Norton Primary School.
From the 3rd to 7th November we held our annual Arts Week. Our
theme this year was ART PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. During the
week the children learnt about a range of traditional and modern
art techniques as well as looking at the work of various
artists. Throughout the week the children were encouraged to
consider themselves as artists of the future. The children
worked with Peter Massey from the company Zantium to create a
mosaic for the front of the school. The children were all
involved in designing the mosaic and sticking down the 10,000
pieces needed. Our mosaic can be seen at the front of the
school. It was hard work but great fun! In addition to this, Viv
from Daisy Roots worked with the children and their parents over
three days to design clay animals. At the end of the week we
held an open afternoon for all the parents.
This term we have also started a Forest Schools project with our
youngest children. Every week the children travel to a nearby
wood to undertake learning activities. They enjoyed their first
trip and certainly came back muddy!
At the end of last term the school established a partnership
with Kibanga Primary School in Uganda. This is an exciting
development for the school. This term the children in Year 5 and
6 have been preparing information to send to our friends in
Uganda. In February Mr Smith and Miss Gerrard are travelling to
Uganda to visit the school and set up a joint project.
Our School Association continue to provide a huge support to the
school. Over the last year the association have raised over
£5000 for our new computer network and recently have donated
£500 towards the costs for Arts Week. Thank you to those of you
who supported the successful Ladies Night recently. Our next
School Association events are the Christmas Bazaar on Sunday 7th
December 2 to 4pm and a Christmas Decoration evening on
Wednesday 17th December.
Our school website http://www.bnschool.org continues to provide
up to date information about school events.
All of the staff and children at Brize Norton Primary School
would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New
BRIZE NORTON OVER 60's CLUB
The club is open to Brize Norton residents past and present. We meet
two times a month; one outing and one meeting. We have tea with home
made cakes, thanks for June, Benita, Edna and Carol. We celebrated our
10th anniversary in October with a cake and wine.
We have 27 members and meet at 4 Squires Close. We recently enjoyed a
musical show in Witney, a shopping trip to Coventry, a meal at 'The
Trout' in Lechlade and Isobel Spencer gave an interesting talk on
calligraphy. We look forward to our Christmas party with entertainment.
On Tuesday December 2nd we are holding a coffee morning 10.30 at 4
Squires Close, Everyone Welcome.
Next terms programme includes Tom Smith talking on the Cotswolds,
visit to a bus museum, trip to Worcester, visit to the panto, meal out
and a coffee morning.
Happy Christmas to all our members and friends.
BRIZE NORTON VILLAGE PRE SCHOOL
This term we have welcomed our new children to the pre school. They
have settled in very well. We would like to welcome our new Deputy
Supervisor, Katrina McLeer, she is having a very positive impact on the
pre school. Barbie, Kat, Julie and Anoushka have been busy implementing
the new curriculum, The Early Years Foundation Stage and have been
making a lot of new exciting changes to the sessions. A big thank you to
all of you that supported our Harvest Festival. The children really
enjoyed making bread and performing their concert. We will be promoting
ourselves at the opening of the new community centre at Shilton Park on
the 27th November. We would love to see you.
Our Christmas Concert and Fayre is being held at the Elderbank Hall on
Thursday 18th December at 10.45. You are all welcome to join us. We are
also planning a Children's Disco on the 19th December from 2.30 to 4.30
to raise money for the pre school. Children from the ages 2/1/2 to 3 are
welcome. We still have spaces available for 2009/10 you are always
welcome to visit, meet the staff and come and have a look around. Please
ring Jo White, 01993 847548 if you have any questions.
YOUR VILLAGE POST OFFICE (AT YOUR SERVICE)
Did you know that your village Post Office provides all of the
services listed below and lots more?
- Traditional letter and parcel posting including next day
deliveries and eBay services.
- Banking - (Cash/Cheque deposits and withdrawal) if you bank with
the following banks: Alliance & Leicester (Girobank), Bank of
Ireland, Barclays, Cahoot, Clydesdale, Co-op, Lloyds TSB, Nationwide
Building Society and Smile.
- National Savings & Investment including Premium bonds, Pension
bonds and Children Bonus Bonds.
- Bill Payment - Most household bills including BT phone bills can
be paid free of fees.
- Foreign currency - generally commission free with 4 days notice.
- Travel Insurance - Inland and overseas (provided on the spot).
- Home Phone - Incentive to transfer your current home telephone
- Household Home Insurance - Competitive.
- Car Insurance - There is a £50 cash back on take up.
- Mobile phone Top-up.
- Groceries - limited quantity of snacks and groceries too.
We have an ageing cliental at present and would very much welcome
young parents to use our facilities. At a time when the post office
network is under considerable threat, we need all the support that we
can get. We need everybody using the post office in order to survive.
Michael your postmaster attends the Sports Pavilion on Tuesdays and
Thursdays between 9.30am and 12.30pm.
Thank you for your continued support.
BRIZE NORTON DANCE CLUB
We meet every Thursday in the hall 7pm to 9pm. We enjoy a social
evening of ballroom, latin and sequence dancing to CDs. Tea and biscuits
included thanks to Mabel and Jean. We also hold:
SUNDAY TEA DANCES
2PM - 4PM IN ELDERBANK HALL
December 14th is a party dance with wine and mince pies. £2.50
each, profit goes to the Church Tower Fund. Do come to listen or to
Next years Tea Dance dates are:
Sunday January 25th
Sunday February 22nd Arthur at the organ
Sunday March 29th
We wish you all a Happy Christmas.
The WI is getting out its crackers and sparkly lights so that,
in common with the rest of the village, it can celebrate the national
festival that is now Christmas. In other words, we are going out to
We have a full programme of speakers in the New Year and in addition we
have two events which will take us to the wider aspects of our
organisation. In April we are helping to host the local Group Meeting.
Group Meetings now take place over in Clanfield, where our sandwiches
and cakes will doubtless be munched with appreciation. At the last Group
meeting in October we had a really happy meeting when the co-writer of
The Vicar of Dibley took us through some of the memorable moments of
this and other comedy shows and left us feeling that laughter is the
best prescription against autumn's longer nights.
We already know that we shall be responsible for representing two of
three local WI's at the National get together at the movement's AGM in
Albert Hall. This is always a good meeting - a long day with a plethora
of excellent speakers and some serious resolutions on the topics we have
deemed worthy of action.
Our numbers have increased by a goodly number of very welcome members
this year - but we always have room for more. 7.30 at Elderbank Hall on
the second Tuesday in the month. Remember? Or come a bit earlier so that
we can say hello properly.
Nearly forgot another great meeting. Eight of us went to Oxford's Town
Hall to be entertained by Ann Widdecombe in a bravura performance,
covering her life both in and out of parliament. I for one am glad I did
not miss it.
BLOOD DONATION SESSIONS FOR 2008
Tuesday 23rd December - 1.30pm to 3.25pm and 4.15pm to 7.15pm
All sessions are held in the Elderbank Hall. For further information
please contact the National Blood Service on 0845 7 711 711 or visit
their website www.blood.co.uk.
BRIZE NORTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
IS LOOKING TO APPOINT
A CARETAKER FOR 10 HOURS A WEEK
A TEACHING ASSISTANT INITIALLY FOR 10 HOURS A WEEK
If you would like more information please contact the headteacher on
MUTTS CUTS DOG GROOMING
Bathing, Grooming, Trimming, Clipping, Hand Stripping, Ears &
Well equipped salon in Brize Norton. Telephone 01993 840890 or 07899
All entries for inclusion in the December issue should be received by the 15th
BRIZE NORTON PARISH COUNCIL
Chairman: Keith Glazier (843640) Vice-Chairman: Christine
Councillors: Erica Conlan, Fred Bellenger, Stuart Guest, Garry Griffin,
Clerk to the Council: Jo Webb, 18 Chichester Place, Brize Norton (840890)
Oxford County Council: Jim Couchman, Dovecot House, Langford (01367
WODC: Verena Hunt, 2 Rocky Banks, Brize Norton (841853)
Meetings held in the Pavilion, first Tuesday every month at 7.30 pm,
all welcome to attend.
USEFUL CONTACT NAMES
|The Church||Roy Turner||844175|
|The School||Mark Smith (Head)||842488|
|School Governors||Tracy Barnett||850471|
|Football Club||Fred Bellenger||841189|
|Ladies FC||Jenny McDowell||
|Cricket Club||Tim Gush||846730|
|Elderbank Hall||Diane Davies||843430|
|Horticultural Show||Chris Thorne||842013|
|Womenís Institute||Anne Hancock||842197|
|Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion||Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm||
|Police (Carterton)||Mon-Tue 8.30-12.00 & 13.00-17.00
Fri close at 16.00||893951|
ELDERBANK HALL ACTIVITIES
The following table lists only the regular events. There will
be other bookings and readers should not assume
that the hall is available without reference to Diane Davies (see below)
Mon - Fri||
9 am - 12 noon||Jo White||
|Brownies||Mondays||6 pm - 7.30 pm||Mrs B Thorne||842013|
8 pm - 10.30 pm||
1.15 pm - 3.00 pm||
1st & 3rd Tuesday in the month ||
West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc||
1st Tuesday in the month||
in the month||
7.30 pm - 10 pm||
|Rainbows||Wednesday||3.30-4.30pm||Mrs B Thorne||842013|
|Dancing Club||Thursdays||7 pm - 10 pm||
9.30 am - 11.30 am||
Jonathan Gerrans||01865 884339|
|Karate||Sundays ||5.30 pm -
7.00 pm||Matt Webb||840890|
The Hall is available for Private Hire Contact:- Diane Davies on
The Sports Pavilion is available for Private Hire:- Jo Webb 840890