Surely the most talked about happening in the
village is the amazing display of poppies that
seem to have appeared by magic. However,
those of us that have been involved in some way
in the planning stages know it was a lot of hard
work and on behalf of the BNPC, I would like to
thank all the people involved in making and
displaying the poppies.
As a result of this great poppy display there
has been significant increased activity and
comments on the village Facebook page. The
display provided a great backdrop to all our
events on Sunday 11th November. The
events included the church service of
remembrance, roll of honour and the laying of
the wreaths, the celebration tea party in the
Elder Bank Hall, the lighting of the Beacon in
the evening and St. Britius Church bells chiming
out “Ring Out for Peace". In
advance of Sunday 11th November each child from
Brize Norton Primary School planted a cross in
front of the War Memorial.
Without a doubt there is a great sense of pride
in the way Brize Norton has remembered the
fallen of two world wars and celebrated the end
of World War One 100 years ago. The words
“Lest We Forget” are particularly poignant
100 years on. By the time this article is
printed you should have a number of ways of
accessing a set of photographs that Phil Holmes
has compiled, including directly via this link
to all the people of Brize Norton who took part
in these events.
In addition to the events of Sunday November
11th, our neighbours at RAF Brize Norton
provided us with a great firework display as a
backdrop to our other bonfire event that was
also well attended by residents. Many
thanks to Brize Norton Primary School for making
the Guy Fawkes for this bonfire on November 2nd.
We share events or points of interest or discussion and also
share items relevant to the village from OCC, WODC, & RAF or
weather warnings, bin collection and repatriations
When we held our ‘Community Survey’ for the Neighbourhood
Planning, one of the concerns raised by residents was the lack
of connectivity between Brize Norton, the Carterton Boundary and
the Bloor Homes development, which has just commenced in the
north-east of our parish.
As a result of our regular meetings with Bloor Homes, they have
agreed to make some changes to the ‘Design Code’ document,
which means the Country Park extension across the north of the
development will now continue its theme down the east side with
additional foot/cycle paths provided to link the development in
Carterton Road. The changed ‘Design Code’ now refers to
the new development as Brize Meadow, rather than East Carterton.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Bloor Homes for
engagement with BNPC and for listening to our community on some
of the key matters.
Hopefully there is more to come.
Bloor Homes Working Group.
Parish Council meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each
month. Meetings are held in the Brize Norton Sports and
Social Club, opposite the Elder Bank Hall and the public are
welcome to attend.
The next meetings are:
Monday 3rd December 7:30pm
Monday 7th January 2019 7:30pm
Monday 4th February 7:30pm
Monday 4th March 7:30pm
WWI MEMORIAL TREE FROM THE WOODLAND TRUST
|By the time you read this, the Parish Council will
have taken possession of a free tree from The Woodland
Trust and OCC to commemorate the end of WWI.
We asked you last quarter if you had any other suggestions other
than the Rec and we received a couple of replies. The
Council will discuss these options at the next parish council
meeting and plant the tree in the next month.
DOG WALKERSI would like to take this
opportunity to thank all those responsible dog owners who are
clearing up after their dogs making the pavements and field
footpaths a more enjoyable and safer place to walk.
Unfortunately, I am still receiving complaints that there are a
minority of people who feel that they do not have to act
responsibly and fail to clear up after their dogs.
To quote our Parish Newsletter dated September 1968 – ‘This is a
most nauseating for other people, particularly children’.
Could I please ask that all dog owners act responsibly?
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Last month I recommended walking up Ting Tang Lane which runs
north from the Minster Road roundabout towards the A40.
Have you ever wondered how this name came about?
I have been given two alternatives, the first of which
is that a ‘Ting Tang’ sound came from the bells tied
round the necks of the sheep when drovers were taking
them down this lane to Abingdon market.
However, the second alternative, and the one I really
like, is that according to the children of the time, the
‘call to church’ bell (situated half way along St
Britius church roof in a small tower with a sun dial on
the south side) made a ‘Ting Tang’ sound when rung.
As this bell was bought by boat to Worsham Mill, then by horse
and cart down the lane that linked the villages of Worsham and
Brize Norton (known as Green Lane) and onto St Britius church,
the lane became known as Ting Tang Lane.
If you find any problems with the footpaths, stiles or signs
then please let me know via the
preferably with a picture of the issue, and I will speak to the
I look forward to meeting you should our ‘paths cross’.
Les Goble (Footpath Warden)
It's been a mixed start to the 2018/19 season for both sides.
Unfortunately due to the hot and dry summer the pitch has not
been safe to play on so by mid-November we still haven't played
a home fixture.
The 1sts currently sit in 6th Place in a very closely contested
Division 2, just 3 pts off the top after 8 games. They have
managed 3 wins and a draw but sadly have gone out of both the
Junior Shield and Fred Ford Cup.
Pld 8 W3 D1 L4 F18 A16 Pts 10
The Reserves have won 4 of their 6 matches in Division 4 and sit
in 5th place, 7pts off the top but with 2 games in hand.
Unfortunately they were knocked out of the Jack Busby cup.
Pld 6 W4 D0 L2 F23 A11 Pts 12
With no games at home Bar takings/funds have not been coming on
so the Club will be holding a Christmas Raffle. There are 3
money prizes of £100, £50 and £25 plus other prizes. Tickets
cost £1 and will be available at the club, at AK Timms and from
club players and officials. Your support will be very much
The draw will take place on Saturday 15th December at 17.30hrs.
With the pitch unplayable our annual Bob Watts Charity game has
not been played yet but a date will be announced in the near
Things are definitely look up after a few tough seasons but the
Club are always looking for new players. Training is now at the
Carterton ATP on Tuesdays at 8pm.
We must finish by congratulating our Club President Fred
Bellenger on becoming the President of the Witney & District
We are pleased to introduce you to your councillors, with
their key responsibilities.
Tony Shillingford - Chairman
Wendy Way — Vice-chair
Andy Ball - Legal
Ben Campion – Liaison with West Brize Norton
Development (Brize Meadows)
Les Goble – Neighbourhood Plan
Pip Squire - Planning
Hannah Gush—Primary and Pre-School
Cllr Alex Postan WODC (District Councillor)
Cllr Nicolas Field-Johnson OCC (County Councillor)
We have an opening for another councillor. If you would
like to join our team please contact the
A bitterly cold winter, a wet & still cold spring followed by
record breaking temperatures in the summer made gardening
somewhat of a challenge this year. especially if the water
source was some way from your plot.
However some early & late crops did well with some crops
enjoying an extended life.
In view of the hot & dry summer we though it unfair to judge the
plots for the best kept allotment trophy this year, so this was
shelved till next year.
The plots overall look generally good although one or two need
some TLC urgently.
I don't think some people understand the commitment required in
taking on a plot.
Could I remind people that the paths between plots are the
responsibility of both adjacent plot holders & should be kept
cut, clean & free of obstacles.
Can I also remind people that use of chemicals should be done
responsibly with no danger from spray to adjoining plots &
It appears that several plots will become available shortly so
if you would like the challenge of one please ask the village
clerk (Alison) to put your name on the list. Brize Norton
residents do get preference.
BRIZEFEST CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
WITH A SPECTACULAR WEEKEND OF ENTERTAINMENT
During the Royal Air Force Centenary year Brizefest celebrated
their 10 anniversary with an impressive two day ‘Proms in the
park’ style evening and festival. The weekend is an
opportunity to thank the Station personnel and their friends and
families for their commitment to the RAF over the last 12
Friday 31st August began with an entertaining ‘Proms in the
Park’ style evening with acts including the Brize Norton
Military Wives Choir and the amazing Central Band of the Royal
Air Force who played until the fireworks finale.
Saturday was packed with entertainment for all the family from
displays to bands performing on stage. The Station provided
excellent demonstrations with a RAF Firefighters Car Rescue
Demo, a show from the RAF Police Dog Display Team and a
parachute display by the RAF Falcons. Other displays were given
by the Rockets Children’s Motorcycle Display Team and the RAF100
Pipes and Drums Massed Band.
Throughout the day visitors saw an incredible flypast by a
Voyager, C-17 Globemaster, C-130 Hercules, Dakota and a Spitfire
and Hurricane formation. Aircraft from Brize Norton took part in
a static display along with many other aircraft. On the airfield
the aircraft were joined by an extensive car display which
consisted of classic and modern cars.
Sections from around RAF Brize Norton all provided stalls for
the event along with charities and other organisations offering
games, competitions, and other activities.
Many acts performed throughout the afternoon and evening
including the amazing Duke, the one and only Chesney Hawkes
and headlining was the incredible One Night of Queen who
played out the event with another dynamic firework display
to end the night.
Squadron Leader Christine Matthews, the Officer in charge
of Brizefest said: “Brizefest and Families’ Day is all about
recognising the amazing work of everyone at RAF Brize
Norton, and saying a big thank you to them and their
supporting families and friends. I hope that everyone at
Brizefest this year felt proud of their contribution and
achievements, and most importantly had fun! I would like to
thank everyone who came and made the atmosphere so
incredible. It was a real pleasure and an honour to work
with the team that made Brizefest possible; they are truly
awesome and I cannot thank them enough. Being part of the
event this RAF100 year, and the tenth anniversary of
Brizefest, made it extra special.”
Back in April, a Community Committee was formed to organise
events around the Centenary Celebrations to celebrate the end of
WWI and one of the ideas formed was to organise a poppy bombing.
At the Village Bash, the Brize Norton WI had a table
demonstrating different ways poppies could be made, through
knitting, crochet and weaving, and asked for volunteers to join
them with crafting poppies through the summer.
In August, the group of volunteers got together to come up with
ideas of how we could display the poppies throughout the
village, concentrating on the Church, Elder Bank Hall, the
entrances to the village and the commemorative trees on the
recreation ground. The results were stunning, with over
4,000 poppies being crafted by the volunteers.
All our plans came together on a chilly, but sunny Saturday
morning on the 3 November when the volunteers met up and, with
the help of some of their significant other halves, decorated
During the week leading up to Armistice Day many photos were
taken, and comments overheard. Together with several
individual households making and displaying their own tributes,
the village came alive with red, purple and white poppies.
A massive "THANK YOU”
to everyone who took part.
I would like to thank everyone who has helped with this year’s
Poppy appeal, the local organisations who had poppy trays, the
volunteers who went door to door and of course all of the people
who very kindly donated to the appeal. Unfortunately our
district only received a very few metal badges, I hope everyone
who wanted one managed to find one elsewhere. The total
collected so far is
There is still money to come in and I will let you know the
If anyone would like to get involved in collecting, either by
joining our door to door team next year, organising your own
fundraiser or helping with organising the village collection
then please contact me for more information on 842013.
We continue to be a busy and happy little school with so much to
report! It was lovely at the beginning of the year to welcome
our two new teachers, Mrs Mills and Miss Burn, and all the new
children who have settled in really well. One of the loveliest
things about our school is how the older children go out of
their way to help the younger ones and make them feel safe and
We have been busy as ever. A big change for us has been the
introduction of breakfast and after-school club. Now so many
more parents work, having this “wrap-around care” can be crucial
in enabling children to come to our school. The children have
tasty food (the school always smells deliciously of toast in the
morning now) and do all kinds of activities including cooking,
craft and outdoor games, and it is proving really popular. We
have also had our usual great range of trips. The highlight for
me so far has been taking all of Years 3 to 6 to the Tower of
London, but we have done lots more including Forest School,
swimming and sports events. We are planning even more in the
next few weeks. The younger children will be visiting RAF Brize
Norton (and going on a C17!) and Years 5 and 6 will be
performing an abridged version of The Tempest at the New Theatre
We continue to be as involved in the community as we can be.
Thank you as always to everyone who helps make the school run
well, including volunteers and those who fund raise for us. We
are very pleased with the warning lights which flash at the
beginning and end of every school day to slow traffic down:
thank you to the
Neighbourhood Plan Committee and the Parish Council for that.
The next village event we will be involved in is the Remembrance
beacon-lighting: I look forward to seeing many of you there.
This is also the time of year when parents of children joining
us next year come to visit. If you have a
child who will be starting school in September 2019, please
contact the school office – it would be lovely to meet you and
show you around.
Preschool runs in the Elder Bank Hall during Term time. Our
opening hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm and Friday
9am-12pm. Funding is available for 2,3 & 4 year olds,
subject to T&C’s Sessions prices start from £12.50
More information can we found on our website
or please email us at
We must start with a huge thank you to everyone who has joined
in our activities this term and we have been brilliantly
supported with both our adult and children’s discos; we also
trialled a new idea at the start of term and organised a
clothing donation drive which was a real success.
We have agreed with the school that this year we will raise
money to pay for 10 new iPads which will cost in the region of
- having already raised over £500 we are doing really well but
will need continued support!
Our Christmas activities this year are:
Craft Morning Saturday 1st December 9:30 - 1pm
The Craft Morning is open to all children of Brize Norton School
at the cost of £12per child or £20 for two children. I’m sure
you will agree this is a total bargain for a whole morning of
crafting and a Christmas movie. Children will require a packed
lunch and limited spaces are available. To book a place please
contact the school office.
Christmas Bake-Off and Bazaar Friday 7th December 3:30 -5pm
Our ever popular Christmas Bake-Off and Bazaar is open to the
whole community, we always really appreciate support from
outside of the school. Baking categories this year are:
Key Stage 1 Children (reception > year 2): Christmas Cupcakes or
Key Stage 2 Children (year 3 > year 6): Christmas Cupcakes or
Adults: Christmas Decorated Cakes
The school will be open for entries from 8:30am on Fri 7th Dec
and judging done by the house captains; winners will be
announced at the Bazaar.
The Christmas Bazaar will have games, stalls and prizes for all
ages, there will also be teas and coffees and we will be selling
off our bake-off items. Donations for the Bazaar will be
taken in the school hall on Wednesday 5th December.
We will also be raffling off a Luxury Christmas Hamper, tickets
will be on sale soon!
For more details on Brize Norton School Association please
contact Lauren Jacobs or
To keep up to date with all our events give us a 'like' on our
facebook page www.facebook.com/brizenortonSA
We are a small charity that pays out monetary gifts to village
pensioners & widows at Christmas time from the proceeds of a
field given to the village in Victorian times.
If you are a resident Brize Norton pensioner or widow & would
like a little extra money at Christmas please let me know.
This year’s Remembrance Day marked One Hundred Years since the
end of the First World War, when so many gave their lives to
protect our freedom. In this Centenary Year, it was
heart-warming to see the many events that took place across West
Oxfordshire – and across the country – as our nation came
together to commemorate this sacrifice, and every sacrifice that
has been made in the many conflicts since.
As we remember them, it is important that we don’t forget those
who have served much more recently, and those who serve today.
Issues such as veterans’ mental health, quality of Service
accommodation, and support for Service families have recently
come to the fore in the media, and rightly so; raising awareness
is the first step to bringing about an enduring change, and help
to those who need it.
But we have also seen recently the spectacle of repeated
historic allegations against our veterans. I am clear that
this is something we must stop, so I was very pleased to put my
name to a letter with 150 colleagues, delivered to the Prime
Minister, on this very point. Repeated historic
allegations have an untold impact on veterans’ lives, and our
veterans should know that they will not be pursued in old age,
nor be the subject of repeated prosecutions over events that
occurred many years ago and have already been investigated.
We must do our duty for those who have done their duty for us –
and we must defend those who have defended us.
As we fast approach the holiday season, I want to take this
opportunity to wish you, your friends and family a fantastic
Christmas and New Year. Do look out for others in your
community in the coming months, and please don’t hesitate to
contact me at
if there is ever anything I can do to help.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Monday 19:45 Elder Bank Hall, HIIT Training
Wednesday 20:00 Brize Norton school, toning, conditioning and
Both sessions are for any ability with a no pressure atmosphere,
£5 per session.
I can be contacted by 07892945060 or find me on
Thank you to everyone who has supported our fund raising
initiatives over the last couple of months. We raised
at the village bonfire on 2 November and a further £260 at the
Remembrance Sunday tea party. Thank you to our
entertainers, Susan Lovejoy and the children of Brize Norton
Primary School and to the volunteers on the afternoon helping
with preparing, serving and tidying away. We catered for
just over 100 people in the Elder Bank Hall.
Through donations made to the church and the school we have sent
33 completed boxes for the T4U Christmas shoe box appeal; boxes
are given to vulnerable children and families in Eastern Europe
to bring some joy and excitement into an often bleak existence.
We wished Rev Bill Blakey and his wife Sue a happy retirement as
they move away from Carterton this month. The PCC in
collaboration with that of St John’s, Carterton have started the
process of drawing up a profile and job description for the
appointment of a new Rector which we hope will take place mid
In the mean time we will be ably looked after by the clergy team
of Rev Ian Howard, Rev Stephen Bessent and our lay preacher
Lyndsay Baker. Enquiries concerning baptisms should be
directed to Lyndsay at her
while other matters should be directed to our Churchwarden, Dr
Phil Holmes (843856).
As we look forward to Advent, on Saturday 1 December we have a
lunch at the Chequers and then on Thursday 20 December (from
6.30pm) please join us as we carol sing in the village. For
further information on timings and route contact Carolyn
We welcome you to help us to celebrate the true meaning of
Christmas at the services we have planned:
All Age Family Communion Service on 1st Sunday in Advent
at 9.15am. Activities are organised for the children
attending and refreshments served after the service.
Candlelit Carol Service on
at 6.00pm; a service of nine lessons and carols and the
children’s Nativity Tableau – we would invite all children
attending to come dressed as shepherds, angels, wise men and
people of Bethlehem (we also have some costumes). Please
contact Carolyn (844102) for more details. Hot mince pies
and refreshments are served after the service.
Candlelit Midnight Mass on Monday 24th
December, Christmas Eve, at 11.30pm
Family Service and Holy Communion on
In the New Year celebrate Christingle on
February 2019 -
we invite you all to our family worship at 9.15am.
For all our services refer to the notices on the church door or
log onto the community website
We wish you all a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.
Personal winter plans should include:
Health England has also published the ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’
leaflet which provides advice on staying well in cold weather
and covers issues such as financial help, healthy lifestyle, flu
jabs and heating
After our exciting new refurbishment…
You are warmly invited to our
Christmas Eve family party atmosphere
New Years Eve family party
in the day.
12pm-4pm £10 for children; including mini disco, picnic
lunch surprise visit from Peppa Pig and Mickey Mouse, punch and
Judy Show, pass-the-parcel, balloon making, magic show and party
games £5 adults; including prosecco/ sort drink.
Normal menu served all day.
Cheri 01993 842379
We have been having lots of fun, we had a Halloween party which
we invited friends to, this included lots of spooky food and
games. We have been exploring the new Brownie program which is
giving us lots of activity ideas, we had a Pudsey games night in
November and we are looking forward to going short mat bowling
at West Witney for our Christmas outing.
If you are a young lady aged 7 to 10, and like to socialise,
play games and attack new activities and ideas then come and
Contact Barbie on 842013 or go on the Guiding website.
In August we went on our Annual Outing which this year was to
Broughton Castle. We had an excellent Tour Guide who told
us of its history and showed us around the lovely interior.
We then had time to go round the gardens and into the church.
This outing was on a lovely sunny day and was thoroughly enjoyed
September we were given an insight into the life of Anne
Borrowdale who was a member of the GB Table Tennis Association.
Her talk was called Ping Pong Piffle and we had no idea what was
in store for us.
Shell Craft in the Philippines in September by Analiza Jones
told us about how young boys held their breath whilst diving for
the various different shells. These were then crafted into
beautiful jewellery and items for the home Analiza had also
bought along various types of bags made out of the fibre of the
large tropical leaves that grow there.
Volcanoes and dragons was our talk for November. Again we
had no idea what this was about but it turned out to be a very
interesting talk about the Komodo dragons that live in
Indonesia. A large reptile that grows to about 30ft long
and lives for about 30 years.
We have our Christmas lunch at The Plough at Alvescot in
December and the next two meetings will be:-
January Tuesday 8th - Intriguing Oxford
February Tuesday 12th - St. Petersburgh, Russia's City of Bling
We meet on the second Tuesday of every month in the Elder Bank
Hall at 7.30pm and visitors are always welcome.
Saturday 1st December
9:30 - 1pm
Pre-School Craft Morning
Saturday 1 December
Church lunch at the Chequers
at 9.15am All Age Family Communion
Parish Council Meeting
December Tea, quiz and chat
3:30 -5pm Pre-School
Christmas Bake-Off and Bazaar
– Sunday 16
December Christmas Meal at The Trout, Lechlade
(from 6.30pm) Church carol singing in the village
Sunday 23 December
at 6.00pm Candlelit Carol Service
Monday 24th December Christmas Eve Family Disco @ The Chequers
Monday 24th December at 11.30pm
Tuesday 25 December Christmas Day at 9.15am
Family Service and Holly Communion
Monday 31st December New Years Eve family party @ The Chequers
7:30pm Parish Council Meeting
- WI - Intriguing Oxford by Brian Lowe
Sunday 3rd February 9:15am Christingle
Parish Council Meeting
- WI -
St Petersbourgh, Russia - City of Bling by John Paine
Parish Council Meeting
We meet in The Elder Bank Hall on the first Tuesday of each
month, from 7.30pm to 10pm. The meetings consist of a
demonstration by a professional wood turner. We break during
the evening for a tea break, raffle, and time for a chat with
the demonstrator and each other. The evenings are a chance
for hobby wood turners to learn more but also for anybody
interested in the art and just wanting to come and see how it is
|Brize Norton Parish Council||
|St Britius Church||Dr
Phil Holmes (Churchwarden)||firstname.lastname@example.org||
|Brize Norton Primary School||
|BNPS HSA||Lauren Jacobs||
|Football Club||Simon Cook||
|BN S&SC/Cricket Club||Tim
|Over 60's||Joy Douglas||
|Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion||
Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm||
Mon-Fri 10 am to 6 pm. Closed weekends
|NHS Helpline (24/7 urgent medical
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)
|Pre-school (3-5 years)||
Mon - Fri||9 am - 12 noon
|Mon, Tues & Wed||12.00 -
6.00 - 7.30 pm||Barbara Thorne
|West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc||
1st Tuesday in the month||8.00-10.00pm
Tuesday in the month||
7.30 - 10 pm||
Wednesday||8.00 - 9.00 pm
7.30 - 9.30 pm||Joy Douglas
6.00 - 7.00 pm||Tracy Haley
9.30 - 11.30 am||Jonathan Germans
** Pre-school opening hours
The Hall is available for Private Hire Contact:- Diane Davies on