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Here is the text from the March 2005 Newsletter
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BRlZE NORTON PARISH COUNCIL
Issue no. 104
Currently roads and traffic seem to dominate much of the monthly Parish
Council meetings. The Parish Council is actively pursuing the following
Minster Lovell Road
A request has been submitted for a 50mph speed limit to extend from the
new Carterton Road to the access road A40.
There are an increasing numbers of vehicles using this road, including
HGV’S. This is a narrow road and does not appear to have been designed
to cope with the volume or weight of traffic now being experienced. The
roadside edges are breaking away and potholes are appearing, not to
mention during the winter the problems this road suffers with ice.
Requests have been passed to the County Council to extend the 30mph
speed limit to the Junction with the A40, repair the potholes and
roadside edges and also to include this road to the list of roads to be
salted during inclement weather.
The County Council carried out a survey of Station Road during September
2004 to determine repairs required. No advice has yet been received as
to when these very necessary repairs will be completed.
A sure sign that spring is well on the way. A very well attended
meeting of the allotment holders was held on Monday 31st January. A
request was made for a skip to be positioned on the allotments. This will
be ordered when the ground dries out. All plots have been let for this
year. The Annual Allotment meeting will be held on Tuesday 12 April.
Parking - Plane spotters
There is a problem with vehicles parking on the road/verge, at the end
of the airfield runway, at the southern end of the village. Illegal
parking, the destruction of the grass verges and the dumping of litter has
turned this area into a dangerous eyesore. It has been agreed that the
grass verges will be reinstated and bollards erected to prevent further
parking in this area. The County Council has stated this work should be
completed in 10 to 12 weeks.
Recreation – Children’s Play area equipment
Much of the equipment in the play park needs replacing and/or updating.
Cllr Lindsay Meeks has undertaken the project and is currently obtaining
detailed costing of new equipment and details of grants that may be
available to help offset costs. Lindsay is also seeking advice from The
Playing Fields Association and other bodies. Lindsay is also very keen
that the villager’s views are taken into consideration in the planning
stages of this project and will be consulting with the pre-school and
primary school. Copies of any provisional plans will be placed on Parish
Council Notice Boards.
Brize Norton Village Toddler group is held in the Elderbank Hall on
Tuesday afternoons during term time. The sessions run from 1.15pm to 3pm
and are aimed at children 0-5 years.
We are always glad to see new faces. For more information please call
Christine on 844010.
SOUTHERN SHOTOKAN KARATE ASSOCIATION
Brize Norton Club
We are a small friendly Karate Club set up in November last year. We
are part of a large organisation that has clubs throughout the South of
England. We have both children and adult members who will shortly be doing
their first grading. My aim is to teach children and adults
self-techniques through traditional art of Karate and having fun in the
We meet every Sunday between 5:30 and 7:00pm at the Elderbank Hall and
we would welcome new members all year round. So if you would like to see
what it’s all about, please come along for a free lesson. For further
information, please call Matt Webb on 07909 821030 or 01993 840890.
ST BRITIUS CHURCH
Our Christmas services were well attended; in fact the church was
bursting at the seams for the candlelit carol service, when members of
village organisations read the nine lessons, and children of all ages took
part in the nativity tableau. It was good that so many people took time to
remember the true meaning of Christmas.
This remembrance was enhanced when our Christingle Service was
he1d at Candlemas. The children prepared the Christingle oranges in
school, and hopefully re-lit their candles at home after the service to
show that Jesus is the light of the world.
Our family services go from strength to strength. There is great
support from parents and much active participation by the children in the
service, which is held on the first Sunday of each month at 9.15am.
Children are also very welcome at our Sunday Club which meets during the
9.15am service on all other Sundays.
At the family service on 2 January and the Christingle Service the
collections were in aid of the Asian Tsunami Appeal.
St Britius Sunday Club hosted a very successful Christmas Party for all
the village children in the Elderbank Hall on 15th January.
On Palm Sunday, 20 March, Mickey the donkey from Foxbury Farm will
visit church, collecting children from the Burford Road area of the
village on his way, and meeting all other children at the Elderbank Hall
car park at 9 am before proceeding to church, with the helping hand of
carrots and apples!
Easter services include:
- Maundy Thursday – 24
Holy Communion at 7pm
- Good Friday – 25
Vigil from 2 to 3pm
- Easter Day – 27
Family Communion at 9.15am
- Easter Day – 27
Evening Prayer at 6pm
Please watch the notice board or visit the web site at: http://www.
brizenorton. org. uk/community
BRIZE NORTON OVER 60’S CLUB
Although we are well supported by present members, new members would be
most welcome. We meet twice a month, an outing and a meeting.
Our future programme includes:
- Monday February 7 – Nature slides with Harry
- Wednesday February 23’ – Visit to Foxbury Farm
- March 7 to 11 – Group holiday to Bournmouth
- Monday March 21 – Life at the Follies & Monologues
- April 4 – Meal out
- April 18 – Coach trip to Coventry
We meet at 4 Squires Close at 3.30pm. Edna, Carol and Benita provide us
with a lovely tea and June bakes home made cakes. Thank you.
Contact Joy Douglas on 842373.
BRIZE NORTON DANCE CLUB
We meet every Thursday 7pm to 9.30 pm. We dance modem, Latin American
& sequence dances with tea and biscuits included (thanks to Mabel and
Jean). We also hold tea dances on Sunday aftemoon, the profits this year
going to the following local clubs:
- £103 to the over 60’s club in October
- £130 to the pre-school in November
- £90 to the brownies in January.
Further monies will go to the Sunday school, toddler group and the necklace
Future Tea Dance dates are:
- Sunday February 27” – 2.30pm – 4.30pm (live music from Mark)
- Sunday March 27 – 2.30pm – 4.30pm (strict tempo CD’s)
- Sunday April 17 – 2.30pm - 4.30pm (Arthur Tipper)
Do come along to dance or just listen. Contact Joy Douglas 842373
The TOP FARM SHOP in the country has been named as Foxbury Farm Shop,
Brize Norton at the Meat Trades Journal Topshop awards. It is the Industry’s
premier event held as the curtain raiser to the Smithfield Show with the
awards being presented by Sir Donald Curry at a glamorous Oscars-style
ceremony held at London’s Dorchester hotel.
Foxbury has beaten hundreds of other shops through rigorous judging
criteria to be presented with the coveted award. The judge said ”Oxfordshire
should be proud to have such a fine shop, it is a pleasure to see a
genuine farmer selling quality produce on his own farm, and he is a credit
to British agriculture.
Owner Colin Dawes attended the presentation luncheon with his three
butchers, John Williams (head butcher), Stuart Cutler & Dave Brockwell.
Colin said ”We are thrilled, obviously, and very proud of all the staff,
it is a credit and wonderful award to every member of the Foxbury team”.
Foxbury Farm shop is actually based on a working farm and is definitely an
integral part of the farm. Its own cattle, sheep and Gloucester Old Spot
pigs are reared for meat. Most added value items are made at the shop with
the few bought-in items sourced locally. The animals are readily available
for viewing by customers. Local schools and other groups regularly visit.
Colin and Di Dawes opened the shop on their farm in 200l to sell their
home- reared free range meat direct to the public. The shop, formerly a
milling barn, now stocks an extensive range of products which are produced
on-site, the farm shop has its own in-house butchers shop and kitchen
which makes pies, sausages, and a range of ready made meals using all
their own produce. Judging was by the Royal Smithfield Club. Shops were
judged on a variety of criteria including product range and quality,
interesting layouts and displays, the efficiency and knowledge of staff
the hygiene and cleanliness of the premises, and their business plan. A
major criteria was how well they work with others in their local food
supply chain, such as suppliers, and what support they give to their local
community. Foxbury Farm attends farmers markets in the region and offers a
home delivery service.
BRIZE NORTON LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB
The football season is slowly drawing to an end and Brize ladies are
still in a good position to win Division 2 of the Thames Valley County’s
Women’s League. They are in second place at the moment trailing one
point behind the leaders, Marlow, but do have a game in hand. They have
played 12 league games so far, winning 11 and losing only one 5-3 against
Perhaps the best game of the season was against Division 1 leaders,
Newbury in the Quarter Finals of the League Cup. Brize earned their place
in the Quarters by knocking out Division 1 side, Chesham, beating them
3-0. Newbury were clear favourites to go through to the Semi Finals but
Brize ladies had other ideas. Missing a penalty in the second half and a
fantastic shot from top goal scorer Amanda Townsend hitting the wood work
resulted in a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes. Brize were first to score in
extra time but Newbury soon equalised when the ball took a cruel
deflection off a Brize defender. The score was 1-1 after extra time,
resulting in Brize participating in a penalty shoot out for the first time
ever. Sadly, they lost 4-2 but certainly gained the respect of their
opponents. It was a very exciting game and Newbury certainly had the luck
of the gods on their side. Brize were disappointed to have been knocked
out of the Cup, but happy in the knowledge that they will be able to hold
their own next season, should they be promoted.
I would like to wish the ladies all the best for the remainder of the
season and in their promotion hopes
If you are interested in joining and are aged 14 or over, please
contact Sam Goodwin on 846827
- Pre-school is running an Easter Colouring Competition. Entry forms
are available from Pre-school or from Christine Naus (844010). Entry
costs £1.00 and will be judged in the following categories: 0-4
years, 5-8 years and 9-13 years. A winner
and a runner up in each category will receive an Easter prize, with an
overall winner receiving a family ticket to Blenheim Palace. All money
raised will go to the Pre-school.
- Pre-school Easter Fayre will be
held on Thursday 24 March. Doors will open at 10.30am. The children
will give an Easter hat parade followed by some songs.
Please join us for tea and hot cross buns, a raffle as well as a cake
stall. Enquiries or donations of Easter things or cakes for the cake
stall to Christine 844010.
- Pre-school Registration – If you have
a child under the age of three and haven’t
yet registered with pre-school, please could you do so as
this would help us greatly with our future planning and staffing
Please call Christine on 844010.
All entries for inclusion in the June issue should be received by
the 15th May.
BRIZE NORTON PARISH COUNCIL
Chairman: Keith Glazier (843640) Vice-Chariman: Lindsay
Councillors: J Cooper, J Bromley, C Dawes, D Kirby,
Clerk to the Council: Mrs S Goodwin, 13 Daubigny
Oxford County Council: Steve Hayward, Bees Pool C1ub, Witney
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
||Mrs Andrea Moss (Head)
||Diane Davies (Chairman)
|The Chequers Inn
||Keith or Jane
|| Karen Parker
|Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion
||Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm
||Mon-Tue 8.30-12.00 & 13.00-17.00
Fri close at 16.00
||1st Monday in the month 3.30-5.30 pm
ELDERBANK HALL ACTIVITIES
||9.30 am - 11.30 am
||Mr S Goddard
||6 pm - 7.30 pm
||Mrs B Thorne
||7 pm - 10 pm
||Mrs J Douglas
||8 pm - 10.30 pm
||9.30 am - 11.30 am
|Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
||9 am - 12 noon
in the Month
|7.30 pm - 10 pm
The Hall is available for Private Hire Contact:-
Mrs Diane Davies on 843430
The Sports Pavilion is available for Private Hire:- Sam Goodwin 846827