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Here is the text from the September 2011 Newsletter
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BRlZE NORTON PARISH COUNCIL
Issue no. 130
The repatriation of Sergeant Barry John Weston
42 Commando Royal Marines
Will take place on Thursday 8th September 2011.
Sergeant Weston was killed by an improvised explosive device in
Afghanistan on the 30th August 2011.
We offer our condolences to Mrs Joanne Weston, her three daughters
Jasmine, Poppy and Rose and to all of the family and friends.
The Repatriation of Sgt Barry Weston will take place on the 8th
September 2011. The cortege is expected to depart RAF Brize Norton at
approximately 5PM. It must be noted that this timing is entirely
dependant on the length of time the relatives of the deceased wish to
spend in the Chapel of Rest at RAF Brize Norton.
The cortege will pass through the village via Station Road, Carterton
Road, Norton Way and Monahan Way and the B4477 before joining the A40 to
Various traffic regulations/conditions have been placed along on the
cortege route. There will be parking restrictions on Station Road,
Carterton Road and Norton Way all within the parish of Brize Norton. An
alternative route for through traffic will operate via Lew/Curbridge.
These roads will be closed just prior to the cortege leaving RAF Brize
Norton as it exits via the Britannia Gate at the Southern end of the
village and enters Norton Way on the Western side of the Parish. Thames Valley
Police motor cyclists will escort the cortege.
The cortege will stop in Norton Way, Brize Norton at the new Memorial
Garden where relatives, Royal British Legion, other representative
Standard Bearers and members of the public may gather to show their
There are three web-sites carrying detailed information on repatriations
the Royal British Legion at
Oxfordshire County Council can be found at
and the Royal Marine Association at
Businesses in the parish will be open as normal on repatriation days.
This includes the Post Office operating out of the Sports Pavilion.
It is intended to close the Elderbank Hall Car Park at certain times to
ensure it is available for the Pre-School and Primary School pick up of
This detail is based on the information/situation as known. Until we
have experienced a repatriation ceremony it is difficult to estimate how
many people will arrive to show their respects or how the infrastructure
will cope. The situation will be under constant review. If you have
concerns regarding traffic issues please submit in writing to
Oxfordshire County Council with a copy to the Parish Clerk, Brize
The next stage of the ongoing saga of the Carterton expansion will be on
the 14th September 2011.
West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) will hold a meeting where
members of the public, developers, and town and parish councils can
represent their views to the full chamber of WODC councillors. The
opportunity to speak is open to those that have responded to previous
requests for comment on the LDF Core Strategy. It should be noted no
decisions will be taken at this meeting. It is an opportunity for all
WODC councillors to hear and assess the views of all interested parties.
The Parish Council will be represented and it is understood that there
are other parishioners who have indicated their desire to speak at this
meeting. This is an important stage in the procedure and although no
decisions will be made at this meeting it is the last chance to
influence the WODC councillors.
Decisions on the housing development plans for West Oxfordshire are
expected to be made later in the year.
ST BRITIUS CHURCH
Our Harvest Festival celebration will take place at the Family
Service on Sunday 2nd October at 9.15 am. All harvest gifts brought to
church will be combined with the children's gifts at school and taken to
The Porch Steppin' Stone Centre which helps the homeless in Oxford.
If you haven't been to church recently, why not join us on
Sunday 6th November for "Back to Church" Sunday. It is a family service
at 9.15 am to celebrate our Patronal Festival for Saint Britius day.
This was a very popular service last year and again we will be inviting
all couples who have recently married, and families whose children have
been baptised at St Britius to join us, and everyone else who would like
to come. There will be refreshments afterwards including mulled wine.
The Service of Remembrance will take place on Sunday 13th
November at 10 am with the wreath laying at the War Memorial at 11 am.
On repatriation days the church will be open for quiet prayer
and the office bell rung as the cortege(s) pass by.
FRIENDS OF ST BRITIUS
The "Stop the drips at St Brits" roof appeal continues apace.
Thanks to everyone who has organised and supported the many events
including Opera in the Garden which raised £1,251 and St Brits Ball
£2,526. We are very grateful to Foxbury Farm for allowing us to collect
the gate money, which was shared with RABI at their Open Day.
The investigative studies with timber experts etc., have taken
place and confirm the state of the roof is as originally thought before
fund raising started. We have enough monies to do phase 1 (north face of
the roof and both faces of the chancel) and are working towards phase 2
(south face of the nave and the porch) with grant applications and
current fund raising efforts being allocated to this phase.
Please look out for details of and support the following events:
- Ride and Stride on Saturday 10th September
- Pudding Night on Saturday 19th November at the Elderbank Hall
- Golf Tournament - date and venue to be announced
Our website for the roof fund is
BRIZE NORTON SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB
After many years of discussion, planning and waiting the new BN Sports &
Social Club have finally taken over the responsibility of the running of
the Sports Pavilion on the Recreation Ground, Brize Norton.
The hope of the club is to improve both the sporting and social life of
the village. The Post Office will still be open for business and the
Parish Council will still hold their meetings in the Pavilion. Those who
have recently visited the pavilion will have noticed a cleaner and
re-decorated hall and kitchen. There is still plenty of work to do and
the BNS&SC committee are planning the next stage of improvements.
To help celebrate the new Sports and Social Club we are organising a
Sunday afternoon 'Horse Racing on the Rec' event. This will be on 11th
September 2011 starting at 3.00pm. All the family are welcome to come
along and have a great afternoon's entertainment. There will be eight
races, chances to bet (tote), quality beer and good food.
You can buy a horse for £5.00 which gives you a chance to be a jockey
and a winning owner, (cash prizes for winning owner!) For those of you
who would like to help raise even more funds a race sponsorship is £40.
This will include having the race named after you (or your company) plus
a horse in that race. You can bring your own publicity if you wish.
We shall be producing a programme of events so please do let me know if
you are interested in owning a horse or sponsoring a race as soon as
This will be an outside event so will be dependent on the good old
British weather, I am sure the sun will shine all day.
We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 11th. For further
information please do get in contact.
THE ANNUAL FETE AND CRICKET
Another very successful village day. This annual event, run in
conjunction with the Horticultural Show, proved to be a rather chilly
one but the good spirit on the players and visitors soon warmed everyone
The proceedings started at 10.30am and went through to the finals which
finished around 6.00pm. The main final was contested between the Jim
Bolton side and Jon Curtis team, with Jim's team just squeezing home
with a couple of balls remaining. The winners of the Consolation Cup was
the Phil Tyrell team who beat Vernon Calcutt's team. Congratulations to
all the winners. And many thanks to all who turned up and keep
supporting this village event. A special thank you to all those people
who helped in making the day such a success.
Look forward to seeing you next year.
Painswick House, Brize Norton
01993 846730 (home) 01993 846446 (work)
BRIZE NORTON OVER 60's CLUB
We are a small club for village residents. We meet 2.30 - 4.30 at 4
We had a beautiful day for our visit to Buscot Park but rain came while
on our picnic.
Future events are:
- Sept 6th AGM - Shirley Wong to tell us how to avoid accidents in
- Sept 20th Trip to Windsor
- Oct 3rd - 7th Weymouth Holiday
- Oct 11th Meeting - Talk on the Cotswold wool trade
- Oct 25th Meal at Wychwood Golf Club
- Nov 8th Meeting - Quiz and games
- Nov 22nd COFFEE MORNING - open to all
- Dec 13th Christmas Dinner at 'The Trout'
Thank you to Benita, June and Connie for our lovely teas.
A happy Christmas to you all.
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 HORTICULTURAL SHOW
This year was the 38th Year of the Horticultural Show and we had a
bumper crop of entries
this year. It was good to see new people entering for the first time -
and winning the classes they entered.
There was fierce competition again for the main cake class with 12 St
Clement's cakes being entered this year. Our judge was impressed with
the standard of cakes in this class and she
tasted every one - not a bad judging job.
We had more entries in the vegetable section this year than previously
which reflects the trend for growing your own. The standard was very
good with some unusual exhibits in the 'freak' vegetable class.
We also had a visit from Witney TV and are appearing on their website -
The winners of the Cups are
Winners of the John Cambray Cup (Vegetables) are Dave Chapman (1st),
Anne Green (2nd) and a tie for third place for Mandy Fyson and Judy Gush
Winners of the Bekstone Rose Bowl (Flowers) are Chris Thorne (1st), Anne
Green (2nd) and Roy Henly (3rd)
Winners of the Aubrey Smith Plate (Cakes and Preserves) are Anne Green
(1st), Barbie Thorne and Peggy Bell (joint 2nd) and Pat Finlayson (3rd)
Winners of the Christine Barnard Cup (Handicrafts and Flower Arranging)
are Anne Green (1st), Ann Elsmore (2nd) and in joint third Stuart
Finlayson and Jean Butcher.
Thank you all for your entries this year and keep a look out for more
news early in 2012 for new classes that may be added.
STEP & CONDITIONING CLASS
Wednesdays 8-9pm at the Elderbank Hall, all levels welcome.
Steph Hill (email@example.com
BRIZE NORTON DANCE CLUB
We are on our summer break; the club starts again in September. We dance
ballroom, Latin and sequence dances to CDs. We meet Thursday 7.30 -
9.30pm in the hall.
All entries for inclusion in the December issue should be
received by the 15th November
BRIZE NORTON PARISH COUNCIL
Chairman: Keith Glazier (843640) Vice-Chairman:
Garry Griffin (841616)
Councillors: Fred Bellenger, Stuart Guest,
James Gillies, Lindsay Meeks. Laurence Taylor
Clerk to the Council: Jo Webb, 18 Chichester Place, Brize Norton
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||Rev James Maddern||844175|
|The School||Mark Smith (Head)||842488|
|School Governors||Tracy Barnett||850471|
|Football Club||Fred Bellenger||841189|
|Ladies FC||Jenny McDowell||07894 495500|
|Cricket Club||Tim Gush||846730|
|Elderbank Hall||Diane Davies||843430|
|Over 60's||Joy Douglas||842373|
|Open Gardens||Judy Gush||
|Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion||Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm||
9.30-12.30 & 13.00-15.30 ||0845 8 505 505|
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)
(3-5 years)||Mon - Fri||9 am - 12 noon
|Mon & Wed||12.00 - 3 pm|
|Brownies||Mondays||6 pm - 7.30 pm||Mrs B Thorne||842013|
|Badminton||Mondays||8 pm - 10.30 pm||Mrs Claridge||843196|
|West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc||1st Tuesday in the month||8.00-10.00pm||Andrew Tinsley||832041|
|Women's Institute||2nd Tuesday
in the month||7.30 pm - 10 pm||
|Rainbows||Wednesday||3.30 - 4.30pm||Mrs B Thorne||842013|
pm - 9.30 pm||Joy Douglas||842373|
|Karate||Fridays||6 pm - 7.30 pm||Matt Webb||840890|
|Judo Club||Saturdays||9.30 am - 11.30 am||Jonathan Gerrans||01865 884339|
The Hall is available for Private Hire Contact:- Diane Davies on