Brize Norton Parish Council Newsletter
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Here is the text from the May-June 2019 Newsletter Published here with permission of the Parish Council.
BRIZE NORTON SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB
|We have been planning for sometime now the
regeneration of the sports pavilion. Whilst we are still
waiting for confirmation of grants, to be able to
finance the project, we thought it worthwhile sharing
our plans with you.
The pavilion will be modernised to include new changing facilities, new toilets and a new kitchen and of course decorate with new comfortable furniture.
|From the new kitchen ‘Humble Bumble
Café’ will be open to sell wonderful coffees and teas
plus mouth-watering homemade goodies.
It is also hoped, that if the grant monies are approved, to also regenerate the recreation ground by improving the grass playing areas, making it a great place to enjoy sport and recreational fun times.
We hope this Pavilion Reborn project will be something the village can support. This is just the start – who knows where it might end!
If you require further details or wish to support the project please do visit our website… www.pavilionreborn.wordpress.com.
Your thoughts and comments will be welcome.
During May, your Household Waste Recycling Centre will be closing for two days to carry out a deep clean and essential maintenance.
Full details can be found at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/waste including details of your nearest site during closures. Thank you in advance for your patience.
For those residents with van or trailer permits, please note these can be used at any of our centres
This product is extremely useful when used and disposed of
correctly. However, those of us that watched ‘Blue Planet II’
will realise that if it is not disposed of correctly and is
allowed to enter our eco-system, it becomes a major hazard to
wildlife and if it eventually enters watercourses, it will flow
into streams, rivers and ultimately end up in the oceans never
As you will have seen, the builders are well under way with the new development Brize Meadow which is on the western boundary of our Parish. Unfortunately, in windy conditions some debris, including plastic bags and polystyrene, can be blown off the building site and it ends up against the boundary fence on the east side of the fields and where the public right of way enters from Burford Road in the north east corner.
On a recent walk, it was extremely disappointing to discover that someone had smashed a polystyrene block into small pieces, and it had blown over a large area. I spent the next half hour collecting as much as I could and placing the pieces into a plastic bag which had conveniently stuck in the hedgerow. Although the developers have cleared some of the debris from around the fields, I have picked up a further two bags of polystyrene and disposed of it correctly.
Could I please ask that if anyone spots any pieces of this product whilst on their walks, that they kindly pick it up and place it in a rubbish bin (I realise that at the moment there are very few in this area) or take it home and pop it in their grey bin?
I’m not sure if you will be aware but this area of the fields will become part of our Country Park within the next few years so it will have a much better start if we can keep it free of this harmful product.
If you find any problems with the footpaths, stiles or signs
then please let me know via the Parish Clerk (email@example.com),
preferably with a picture of the issue, and I will speak to the
I look forward to meeting you should our ‘paths cross’. Happy walking!
Les Goble (Footpath Warden)
I’m sure many of you will have seen a small group of
volunteers out in the village during April taking part in a
Community Speed Watch (CSW).
This is another initiative that has been instigated from feedback received from the Village Survey taken in 2017. This has already proved to be a deterrent against speeding through our village. The group is looking for more volunteers so if you are interested in joining them please contact me through my Parish Council email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councillor Wendy Way
I would like to take this opportunity to update you on our
progress with our emerging Brize Norton Neighbourhood Plan.
The Steering Group have been working very hard to produce our Village Characteristic Assessment (VCA) and Building Characteristic Assessment documents (BCA). These have now been completed and will sit along-side our Landscape Characteristic Assessment (LCA) document which was prepared by the specialists Portus and Whitton Ltd.
These three documents form a very important part of our evidence base to support our proposed policies. They will be available on-line in the very near future on our dedicated web site www.brizenortonplan.org.co.uk
We are now in a position where we have produced all the evidence required to proceed to the next step which is to submit our documentation to WODC for their initial feedback. This will be followed by our next Community Engagement Event where we can present to you our proposed policies and the supporting evidence behind them.
It is interesting to note that whilst we have been working away behind the scenes, how many projects have taken place as an outcome of the Community Survey we carried out in 2017.
These include: -
Flashing Amber Lights each side of the school
Community Speed Watch Scheme
Village shop/café - project underway
Planned Connectivity between the village and the Brize Meadow development
Making Ting Tang Lane a Public Right of Way
Les Goble (Chairman, Brize Norton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group)
Sunday 7 July 2019, The Recreation
|We would like for everyone to get involved prior to the day by making a ‘Green’ themed scarecrow and if possible to display it in your garden from Sunday 23 June to advertise the event. Then bring your scarecrows on 7 July to be judged and perhaps win a prize. For rules refer to the Brize Norton Parish Council website or read on in this newsletter – let us know you are entering so we can ensure we have room to display your ‘green’ beings. Let your imaginations run riot.|
|The fun on 7 July starts at 2pm. We have ‘recycled’ history with ‘Companions of the Crow’ who will stage re-enactments of living history throughout the afternoon and be able to answer your questions on how people lived in the Middle Ages.|
|Come and cheer on your knights to decide the victor in a battle staged in the arena. To find out more about this local re-enactment group go to http://companionofthecrow.com/|
There will be displays by the RAF cadets drill team, the
gymnastics club, Brize Norton Primary school children, of
vintage memorabilia and much more.
New this year, practice your aim at archery with Bampton Archery Club. The WODC environmental services have a display for you to learn more about recycling and waste management in West Oxfordshire and Thames Valley police have their information trailer. We plan a fun ‘box tower challenge’ for teams to compete to build the tallest tower.
We have the usual stalls; raffles, tombolas, bric-a-brac, plant stall, bar (with real ale), barbecue, ‘prosecco and pimms’ stall, face painting, skittles, stocks, tennis skills, football target, year 6 games, quoits, bouncy castles and tea and cakes served in the Elderbank Hall.
Come to the event and help support the village charities; proceeds will go to Brize Norton Primary School, Brize Norton Sports and Social Club, St Britius Church, Brize Norton WI and Brize Norton Village Pre-school.
Look out for posters and more information that will be posted on
the village website and social media. We thank Parkers Witney
for their support to advertise the event.
As I write, our Year 6 children have just finished their SATS tests. This is an annual event which all schools have to do. It always amazes me how much our children rise to the challenge and show such a mature attitude. We make the week as relaxed as we can, providing breakfast before the tests start and keeping things cheerful. We now have to wait until July for the results and the children can (slightly) relax. The week after half term all our Year 5 and 6 children are having a week’s outward bounds trip to Shropshire. We will be canoeing, raft building, rock climbing, abseiling, tunneling, fencing… five different activities every day and I’m exhausted just thinking about it!
I am very pleased that Mrs Winter has now returned to work after her hip replacement. We are very grateful to have had Mrs Sinclair standing in for her and glad that she will stay with us for Monday mornings until the end of term.
Other events at school have included:
28 children took part in an inter-school gymnastics tournament and I was amazed by their talent. Thank you very much to Felicity Gidlow, who runs our gymnastics club on a voluntary basis, and well done especially to our Year 1 and 2 team which won their category and went on to reach second place in the county final.
Year 3 went to Burford School for a multi-skills sports day led by their sports leaders
Year 4 did similar for a languages day
Our Foundation and Year 1 children took part in a concert with children from other schools with the wonderful children’s singer Nick Cope. The children’s enthusiasm was wonderful; I am looking forward to hearing them singing their songs again in our summer concert. “Dinosaurs, a round of applause for the dinosaurs…”
Just as importantly, our Academy Trust, ODST, has visited to do short inspections on certain aspects of how our school is run. In the Spring term, they looked at how we support our more able children and at our wider curriculum, and they have just completed a visit looking at governance. These visits are extremely useful because they highlight our areas of strength and things we can work on, so we can continue to be the best we can be. I am proud, however, that in all three of these areas we were found to be very good.
We are almost at the end of another brilliant year of school association events, but we still have our biggest event to come. The Bash is always our best fund raiser and we hope everyone will come along and support us and the rest of the village organisations. We will have all sorts of activities going on from bouncy castles and the BBQ to face painting and football!
This term also sees our annual end of term BBQ where we celebrate the leaving year 6 and sports day on the recreation ground where we will have cakes and snacks for sale.
|Through the generous support at our events this year (including the best turn out ever at the Quiz!), we’ve been able to provide the school with new iPads and an online reading programme. We have also continued to support weekly Forest School sessions for Class 1 and a term of Forest School for each of the other years.|
|I will sign off with a cheeky request, if anyone is able to donate prizes for the Bash that would be truly appreciated! We look forward to seeing everyone at the Bash, and thank you all for your continued support.|
|For any questions, to make a donation or for events
please contact Lauren
Jacobs - PTA Chair Person 07766521443 email@example.com
We operate from the Elderbank Hall during term time only. Sessions start at £13.50. Funding is available subject to term and conditions. We are open Monday- Thursday 9am-3pm and Friday 9am-12pm
We are holding two open afternoons on Friday 7th and 21st June between 1pm-2.30pm for children wishing to join us in September 2019. We currently have spaces for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.
|The WI Ladies have a busy summer schedule. Please
make note of these dates:-
Please visit the Brize Norton Horticultural Show page
The NGS Open Gardens Event will be held on 9th June, from
1:00pm until 6:00pm. Tickets £5, with admission to all 12
gardens, including a map showing the location of each garden,
that will be available from any of the individual gardens. Also,
the annual Flower Festival, held in St Britius Church, will be
open to visitors, for all to see the wonderful display of
This year we will be opening slightly earlier than usual at 1:00pm so that everyone has the time available to tour all of the 12 gardens at their leisure. So we hope that those of you that have not had the opportunity to visit our gardens in the past can come along this year and enjoy a relaxing afternoon meandering around these beautiful gardens with your friends and family.
Joining us this year will be two new gardens. The Chapel and Rose Cottage in Station Road. There will be gardens great and small with a variety of designs and planting. Gardens with fruit and vegetables to gardens with large herbaceous borders, along with cottage, courtyard and terrace gardens. So there will be something there that will inspire you all for your own gardens.
Finally, I would like to thank all of those members who work so hard every year that has enabled the Open Gardens to become an annual fundraising village Event. Therefore, we hope that you would also like to come along this year and support us with this charitable Event.
for and on behalf of
the NGS Open Gardens Event
|Brize Norton Brownies are a small friendly group who
meet Monday evenings during term time.
If you are aged 7 to 10 and would like to join us please contact me on 842013 or join us via the Guiding website.
Contact Barbie on 842013 or go on the Guiding website
|We also look forward to taking part in the village bash on Sunday 7 July. Come and buy from the cake stall and enjoy tea and cakes in the Elder Bank Hall during an afternoon of fun being organised on the Recreation Ground. We would be pleased to receive any donations of homemade cakes or offers of help to serve teas. Proceeds from the cake stall and teas will go towards our general funds.|
In September we will again be participating in the
Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride,’ on
Saturday 14 September. The Church will be open for walkers
and cyclists to visit and have their sponsorship forms signed.
Interested in taking part? - contact Jacquie Griffin (841616).
All are welcome to join in the weekly Wednesday fellowship and chat over lunch, 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Enjoy a light lunch and warm welcome. Contact Ben (358690) for more information.
Our weekly Sunday services start at 9.15am. The first Sunday in the month is an All Age Family communion service with activities for children attending followed by refreshments. There is also a Wednesday evening Holy Communion service at 7.00pm. For further details of the church services refer to the notices on the church door or log onto the website - www.bncommunity.org.
We are a village group of 27 members. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month with an outing or a meeting. Meetings are at 4 Squires Close at 2pm. We enjoy sandwiches, tea and home-made cakes, thanks to June, Connie and Benita.
We have recently enjoyed talks by Martin Way, Poems by Bob,
seated exercise with Sue and a trip to Yarnton Garden Centre.
Our future programme is as follows:
For more information, ring Joy on 842373 or look on the village notice boards.
|Witney - We meet at Witney’s Windrush Leisure
Centre at 10 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. We
do two walks; one is 1-2 miles long, the other 2-3 miles
both ending up with a cup of coffee. For more
information ring Joy on 01993 842373.
Carterton - On Monday, Thursday and Saturday we meet outside the Town Hall, Carterton at 10am. The walks are 1–2 miles long. For more information contact Barbara Goudal on 01993 845923.
The organising committee welcomes entries from residents and
those living outside the parish to make and display a ‘Green’
themed scarecrow – Green Men (alien’s or of vegetation),
characters (ie The Hulk or Robin Hood) or a scarecrow from
Families may enter more than one scarecrow. Ideally the scarecrow should be displayed in their garden location from Sunday 23 June to advertise the Village Bash. We ask that they are then brought to the event on Sunday 7 July at 2pm for judging. Competitors are responsible for displaying their scarecrows at the event and are responsible for clearing away their own scarecrow by 5.30pm.
|The scarecrow can be smaller but should not be
larger than 2.0m wide x 2.0m high. All scarecrows should
be constructed to consider the prospect of inclement
weather. All entrants are reminded that this is a public
event and all scarecrows must be made and displayed in
good taste. The Committee reserve the right to withdraw
any scarecrows that they deem unsuitable. Any entrant
designing their scarecrow to cause deliberate offence
will be disqualified.
Scarecrows should be placed in a safe location and should be clearly visible from the road. They should be secured so that they will not blow away, and in a position that will not cause a danger, injury, or annoyance to others. The organising Committee will not be held responsible for any damage to Third Party property caused by the creation or insecurity of scarecrows. Owners are held solely responsible for the safety and security of their scarecrow.
|Photographs will be taken of the scarecrows and may
be published on the Brize Norton Parish website to
advertise the Village Day or used for other purposes
after the event.
1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded. The scarecrow judges’ interpretation of these rules and any decisions made by them are absolutely final. Prize winners will be announced and presentations will be made at the Village Bash on 7 July on the Recreation Ground.
All entry forms must be submitted to Carolyn Peach as soon as possible by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or delivery 52a Station Road, Brize Norton OX18 3QA
Monday 3rd June 7:30pm Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 4th June 7:30pm (WI) Traditional English Songs - Pandemonium
Tuesday 4th June 2pm (Over 60’s) Seated exercise with Sue
Thursday 6th June D-Day Anniversary
Sunday 9th June 1pm-6pm NGS Garden Event
Sunday 9 June 1pm-6pm Flower Festival
Tuesday 18th June 2pm (Over 60’s) Bowls and cream teas
Monday 1st July 7:30pm Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 2nd July 2pm (Over 60’s) Coffee Morning 10.30am at Joy’s
Tuesday, 9th July 7:30 p.m. (WI) Sulgrave Manor and The Washington Family
Sunday 7th July 2pm-5pm Village Bash ‘Green’
Tuesday, 11th July 7:30 p.m. (WI) Traditional English Songs – Pandemonium
Tuesday 16th July 2pm (Over 60’s) Cream tea at The Chequers
22nd July until 18th August Elder Bank Hall refurbishment
Monday 5th August 7:30pm Parish Council Meeting
Monday 5th August at 7.30pm Licensing Service of Rev Andrew Tweedy
Tues 6th August 2pm (Over 60’s) Visit to Thrupp, by the canal (by car)
Tuesday, 13th August 12 noon (WI) Outing to Sulgrave Manor
Sunday 25th of August 46th Horticultural Show
Monday 2nd September 7:30pm Parish Council Meeting
Saturday 14 September Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride,’
The Parish Council publish this newsletter, which should be distributed around Brize Norton village at the beginning of March, June, September and December. If you wish to submit an entry the deadline is the 15th of August and 15th November.
|Brize Norton Parish Council||Alison Riseleyemail@example.com|
|The Church||Rev Ian Howard (Curate)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|The School||Anna Fairhurst||842488||www.brizeprimary.org|
|School Governors||Miranda Mowbray||842488|
|BNPS HSA||Lauren Jacobsemail@example.com|
|Football Clubub||Simon Cook||841096/07825 002298|
|BN S&SC/Cricket Club||Tim Gush||846730|
|Elderbank Hall||Diane Davies||843430|
|Women's Institute||Janet Albury-Simpsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Over 60's||Joy Douglas||842373|
|Open Gardens||Jean Butcheremail@example.com|
|Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion||Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm|
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||Jackie||07769617696|
|Mon, Tues & Wed||12.00 - 3 pm**|
|Brownies||Mondays||6.00 - 7.30 pm||Barbara Thorne||842013|
|West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc||1st Tuesday in the month||8.00-10.00pm||David Spittles||776036|
|Women's Institute||2nd Tuesday in the month||7.30 - 10 pm||Janet Albury-Simpson||844222|
|Wednesday||8.00 - 9.00 pm||
|Dancing Club||Thursdays||7.30 - 9.30 pm||Joy Douglas||842373|
|Karate||Fridays||6.00 - 7.00 pm||Tracy Haley||700464|
|Judo Club||Saturdays||9.30 - 11.30 am||Jonathan Germans||01865 8843399|
** Pre school opening hours
The Hall is available for Private Hire Contact:- Diane Davies on 843430
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