Brize Norton Parish Council Newsletter
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Here is the text from the September 2005 Newsletter
Brize Norton village has been a busy area over the last few weeks and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. On the home front the long awaited repairs have been carried out to Station Road and further work has been carried out to improve the drainage at the southern end of the village, in addition all road drains have been cleared. I consider the repairs to Station Road were carried out quickly and professionally with minimum disruption, given the size of the task.
The next major event in the area is the re-surfacing of the main runway at RAF Brize Norton. The aircraft from Brize Norton will be moving to RAF Fairford from mid September 2005 until mid January 2006, the sky around the village will undoubtedly be quieter during that period. The re-surfacing work is a massive undertaking and will require road movement of 50,000 tonnes of new materials by Heavy Good Vehicles. At the time of writing heavy plant equipment is already arriving, this is not affecting the village as HGV's are leaving the A40 and using the new road into Carterton. When the re-surfacing work actually starts HGV's will enter and exit via a gate at the southern end of the village, near the old railway bridge. This traffic will then be routed over the A4095 via Lew Hill and should not enter Brize Norton village. Road signs wi11 be put in place directing/banning traffic away from the village of Brize Norton. The company awarded the contract for the initial stages of the re-surfacing work are called Lafarge. If you have any queries regarding the runway re-surfacing work or observations to make regarding the movement of vehicles please contact the RAF Brize Norton Media and Communications Of6cer, Mrs Kate Zasada, telephone number 01993 896342.
A new seat has been placed at the top of Squires close. The seat has been donated by Mrs Joy Douglas in remembrance of her late husband, Norman Bull. Norman was an active member of the village for 40 years. He served on the Parish Council and Hall Committee and started the School Association.
The Parish Council are sure that the seat will be will used by members of the Parish and serve as a fitting memorial to Norman. I am sure all parishioners will join me in thanking Joy for this splendid gesture that will benefit so many.
ST BRITIUS CHURCH
The church has been privileged to be chosen as the place for the laying- up of RAF 99 Squadron's old standard. The service on the 26 July was attended by many dignitaries, veterans of 99 Squadron, serving officers and our congregation. We were all invited to 99 Squadron's mess for refreshments afterwards. A side chapel has now been created beneath the standard in the North aisle with an alter and mementos of the squadron, as a quiet area for quiet contemplation and prayer.
A Baptismal Roll has been produced with the names of all the children baptized in the church since Rev. Roy Turner's induction. It hangs by the font and is a reminder that the children are part of the church community. A garden party was held at Catherine Kirby's house for all children on the roll and their families.
Swing into Autumn
The Swing into Autumn dance with the 57 Swing Band live at the Elderbank Hall will be on Saturday September 24 from 7:30 to 1 1pm. There will be a two course supper, a licensed bar and a raffle. Tickets priced at £10 are available now from Timms the Builders (Margaret, Jackie & Debbie), Joy Douglas, Jacquie Griffin and Phil Holmes. This is a very popular annual event so ring Phil Holmes now on 843856 to get your tickets. All proceeds from this event will go to St. Britius Church.
The Harvest Service will be on Sunday 25 September at 9:15am, when we hope all members of the Sunday Club and the children who come to the Family Services will be actively involved. Everyone is most welcome. (note the service was moved back a week to 2 October after the issue of this magazine)
The annual Remembrance Service will be at 10am on Sunday 13th November, with the laying of the wreaths and the two minutes silence around the war memorial at 11 am. Again everyone is welcome at this and all our other services, details of which are posted on the church door.
For more information about any of these activities and to see photographs please go to the community web site at www.brizenorton.org.uk/community.
SOUTHERN SHOTOKAN IiARATE 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 second grading. My aim is to teach children and adults self-techniques through traditional art of Karate and having fun in the process. 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.
BRIZE NORTON OVER 60íS CLUB
Our trips to Matlock's roses and the picnic at Barbury Castle were very enjoyable as were our cream tea and meal out.
Future programme includes:
Thank you to Edna, Benita and Carol for making the teas and June for the home made cakes and scones.
New members always welcome, just ring or come along. Joy Douglas - S42373
BRIZE NORTON DANCE CLUB
We start again in September after our Summer break. We meet on Thursdays from 7pm until 9:30pm. We cater for all grades of Ballroom, Latin American and Sequence Dancing. Do come and join us.
Dates for future Tea Dances:
All profits go to local charities.
Thanks to Jean and Mabel who provide the refeshments at tea dances and Thursday evenings.
Joy Douglas - 8423734
NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME
Once again Brize Norton Gardens were open for the National Gardens Scheme on the 12 June.
We had 13 gardens open this year as well as the Flower Festival held in the Church. The gardens were a wonderful mix of different shapes and sizes and all sorts of varieties of styles reflecting how different each of us use our gardens. Once again all gardens looked fantastic and a big thank you to all who undertook all the hard work to open their gardens.
We had a large turnout of visitors, 239 adults in total, and the total raised from entrance fees, plant sales, ice cream sales and teas up the Burford Road was over £1,000.00, of which £772.87 went to the National Gardens Scheme (which supports many charities) and the balance was distributed between the School, the Church and the Over 60's Club.
Next year we have got three new gardens joining our scheme and also some gardens returning after having a year's break, so we are looking forward to a bumper crop next year. Put a date in your diary for 18 June 2006.
ST BRITIUS HISTORICAL RECORDS
I am compiling a photographic record of the church and of church events for our archives. I would be most grateful if any of the residents of the village can donate photographs or postcards, or loan them for copying, to me. I am looking for old ones from the 1890's to the 1950's. You can send them to me at 6 Butlers Drive, Carterton, Oxon OX18 3QU or I can collect before the Sunday services at the church. A11 donations will be carefully stored and the donator's name recorded. Those on loan will be returned as soon as they have been copied and the owner's name also recorded. These will form a historical record of the life of our church.
BRIZE NORTON WOMEN'S INSTITUTE
Brize Norton W.I. meets on the second Tuesday each month. We invite a varied and interesting list of speakers. If you would like to join us you will be made very welcome. Please call Anne Hancock Tel: 01993 824197 or come to the Elderbank Hall at 7.30pm.
BRIZE NORTON LADIES F.C
Brize Norton Ladies Football Club is well into their pre-season training in preparation for their promotion into Division 1 of the Thames Valley Counties Women's Football League. The squad has strengthened again this year with 8 new players signing on for the team so far.
League matches start on Sunday 4th September with a tough match again Chesham United at home. The Ladies team have also entered the Women's FA Cup for the first time and will travel to Hereford to play Hereford Pegasus in the 1st round qualifying match on Sunday 11 September. In addition to this they will of course be participating in the League Cup and County Cup.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Keith & Jane at the Chequers for their continued support in this club and for kindly sponsoring our kit. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated by all members.
With a busy season ahead, I would like to wish the ladies the very best of luck and hope the 2005/2006 season is as much a success as last year.
If you are 14 years or over and interested in playing football, please contact Sam Goodwin on 846827.
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If you would like to advertise on these pages for only £10, please contact Sam Goodwin on 846827.
All entries for inclusion in the December issue should be received by Friday 13th November
BRIZE NORTON PARISH COUNCIL
Chairman: Keith Glazier (843640)Vice-Chariman: Lindsay Meeks
Councillors: J Cooper, J Bromley, C Dawes, D Kirby, K Shepherd
Clerk to the Council: Mrs S Goodwin, 13 Daubigny Mead (846827)
Oxford County Council: Steve Hayward, Bees Pool Club, Witney (703385).
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
ELDERBANK HALL ACTIVITIES
The Hall is available for Private Hire Contact:- Mrs Diane Davies on 843430
The Sports Pavilion is available for Private Hire:- Sam Goodwin 846827