Here we are again, with the Autumn
edition of our Newsletter.
A lot has happened since the last
edition and one thing has not – our Village Bash.
However, the Committee has been working hard to
re-organise it and it is now scheduled for
Sunday 19 September
on the Recreation Ground. Please come along and give
The Parish Council also re-scheduled the
Annual Parish Meeting, and this was very well attended.
We would like to extend out thanks to all the Presenters
and to the Church for supplying the refreshments and to
those who attended and had questions for the Presenters.
The two main topics of concern were the planning
application for the Radar Tower to be built on the
Tactical Medical Wing site off Carterton Road, and
From this, we finally secured a Public
Consultation Meeting with the RAF and Aquila, the
company that will be installing the tower, which was
held in the Elder Bank Hall on
Thursday 26 August.
Unfortunately, this has come too late to report on in
this Newsletter, but we will share the details via our
website and other social media platforms.
The second topic was around policing as
recently there have been reports made to the Police
about problems of anti-social behaviour and drugs.
We are a small community and we do not want this sort of
behaviour to increase. This is where we can all do ‘our
bit’. There is the opportunity for two initiatives to
help with these, but they will not succeed if there are
no volunteers and no support. Please don’t read this and
think “great – I’ll leave this to my neighbours” Get
The first is a Neighbourhood Watch
Scheme. Someone has already come forward to look
at this and it is hoped that by the next Newsletter he
will have something to share with us all. In the
meantime, if anyone is interested in joining this
initiative then please get in touch with me and I will
pass on the details.
The second is a Neighbourhood Resilience
Group. I will be meeting with our Community Police
Officers to find out more about this and, again, if
there is anyone interested in this initiative, then
please get in touch with me.
The Parish Council was contacted by The
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons asking if we would like
to be involved in lighting a beacon on
2 June 2022
in celebration of her Majesty’s 70-year reign. Tony
Shillingford has kindly volunteered to lead this and
there will be further news about this in a later
Newsletter. The Nation will come together for a four-day
Bank Holiday weekend and there will be a programme of
public events planned and communities are being
encouraged to organise their own events as well. There
will be more on this in the next Newsletter.
As well as all of this going on, the
Council is also going through some changes. Ben Campion
has resigned as Councillor and Alison Riseley has
resigned as Clerk. We wish them both the very best of
luck for the future and thank them both for their
contributions during their time on the Council. We have
welcomed David Golding onto the Council. David has lived
in Brize Norton for nine years and we are sure he will
be a valuable asset to us.
We still have a vacancy for a Councillor
so if you are interested in local issues and would like
to serve your community then please apply.
We are now back holding our monthly
meetings on the first Monday of every month in the
Pavilion and anyone is welcome to attend if they just
want to come along and find out what is happening in the
village or has anything they wish to bring to the
I’d like to finish by wishing you a
Until the next Newsletter!!
Wendy Way (Chairman)
BRIZE NORTON EVENTS
Come and join us for an afternoon of
themed’ fun; things to do, to see, to
eat and to
drink! Why not join in our afternoon of
costume - our Disney theme includes
Princesses, from Ariel to Zazu!
Please get involved prior to the day by
a themed scarecrow and if possible to
it in your garden from
Sunday 5 September
advertise the event. Then bring your
to be judged and possibly win
a prize – we are indebted
to Bloor Homes
simple rules and guidelines are in this
or on the BNSA facebook page, but please
let us know you are entering so we can
we have room to display your creations
entrance to our Recreation ‘Wonderland’.
The fun starts at 2.00pm. We will have
stalls; raffles, tombolas, bric-a-brac,
cake stall, bar (with real ale),
and prosecco’ stall, treasure hunt, year
bouncy castles and tea and cakes.
For your entertainment, we hope to
performances by Brize Norton Primary
children, static displays of vintage
a model Spitfire and musical
additional entertainment to be confirmed
look out for details on social media.
We’d also like to get you involved as
part of the
entertainment too. Win a prize if your team
competes in the ‘cardboard box tower
and builds the tallest Rapunzel’s tower.
grateful too, to staff from Nuffield
will be organising obstacle and other
We are asking you to get involved with
additional competitions this year which
will be displayed in the Elder Bank
Firstly, we would like children
(reception to year
2 and year 3 to year 6) to enter our
to colour will be sent out to children attending the
Primary School otherwise contact
to receive a
picture to colour.
Or are you a
gardener? – bring
along and display a ‘Freaky vegetable’,
it may be
or mis-shapen – raise a
smile! Bring your entries
on the day.
prizes for winners of
The event is a community event run by
individuals from the village charities
proceeds go to Brize Norton School
Brize Norton Sports and Social Club, St
Church, and Brize Norton Village
Look out for posters on the village
through your door and for more
and updates on the school, social club
village social media.
We would also like to
thank Chancellors Estate
for their support in
advertising the event.
BRIZE NORTON SCARECROW COMPETITION RULES
The organising committee welcomes
entries from residents and those living outside the
parish to make and display a “Disney-esque”, fantasy
animated character scarecrow.
Families may enter more than one
scarecrow. Ideally the scarecrow
should be displayed in their garden location from Sunday
to advertise the Village Bash. We ask that they are then
brought to the event on
Sunday 19 September
at 2.00pm for judging.
First to third placed scarecrows will
receive a monetary prize - we thank Bloor Homes for
their sponsorship. Judges’ decisions are absolutely
Prize winners will be announced and
presentations made at the Village Bash about 4.30pm.
Competitors are responsible for displaying their
scarecrows at the event and are responsible for clearing
away their own scarecrow by 5.30pm.
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. 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. An
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
ill not be held responsible for any damage to Third
Party property caused by he creation or insecurity
of scarecrows. Owners are held solely responsible for
the safety and security of their scarecrow.
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.
All entry forms must be submitted to
Carolyn Peach before the day by e-mail
or 52a Station Road, Brize Norton OX18 3QA.
BRIZE NORTON SCHOOLING
After an interesting year (to say the
least), we managed a great end to the term.
We still could not do the whole-school and community
events which we enjoy in normal years, but we managed
graduation ceremonies for our Reception and Year 6
children and a final outdoor whole-school assembly. Most
importantly, all our Year 3 – 6 children were able to go
on their residential visits.
Our oldest children camped in North
Wales for three nights, climbed up Snowdon in weather
which was anything but sunny and came down with smiles
on their faces.
I have been talking to the children a
lot recently about “Type 2 fun”. Type 1 fun is something
you enjoy but forget about shortly afterwards, such as
playing in the park. Type 2 fun is something different
altogether, like climbing a mountain, staying away from
home for the first time or tackling a tricky learning
task: it may not feel like fun at all when you’re act u
a l ly doing it, but afterwards the sense of achievement
is long-lasting and you have grown as a person. This is
something we believe in strongly at Brize Norton School:
the more Type 2 fun experiences a person has, the more
able they are to tackle the next challenge.
am extremely proud of how the children, staff and
families have thrown themselves into the constant
changes required. I do believe we have come out
This last year and a half have certainly
been a challenge for all of us. I am extremely proud of
how the children, staff and families have thrown
themselves into the constant changes required. I do
believe we have come out stronger. As I write, we are in
the middle of the summer holiday, planning for a more
“normal” year next year whilst being ready for
disruption if necessary. Whatever challenges the
next year brings, we are ready, and we will be there
with smiles on our faces.
Anna Fairhurst (Headteacher
After 18 children left pre-school ready
for primary school in July, we are now very much looking
forward to welcoming all of our new children and their
families to our pre-school community from September.
huge thank you to everyone who kindly donated towards
the garden improvement project, your help and support
have been greatly appreciated.”
Over the holidays our new extended and improved garden
has received a make over and will now provide a year
round outdoor space for the children to use. A huge
thank you to everyone who kindly donated towards the
garden improvement project, your help and support have
been greatly appreciated.
Pre-school remains extremely popular. Our waiting list
for September 2022 is already very busy and we will need
to be closing this over the coming weeks. If you would
like to add your child to our waiting list please
complete a form on the ‘registration’ page of our
www.br i z e nor tonpr e s c hool . co. u k ,
email or call us on
07769 617 696.
Pre-school operates from the Elder Bank
Hall and offers spaces for 2, 3 and 4 year olds Monday -
Thursday, 9.00am - 3.00pm and Friday 9.00am - 12.00pm
during term time only. Funding is available, subject to
terms and conditions. Details can be found on our
Pre-school will be running a Pimms &
Prosecco stand at the Village Bash in September, come
along and support this community event.
Jackie Hampson (Manager
Firstly I would like to thank all those people who
attended our AGM back in July. It was a successful
evening and with the new committee we can look forward
to a bright and enjoyable future.
There are still one or two items that
have to be overcome but with the knowledge that a new
pavilion is going to be built in a couple years or so,
we can now plan to get ideas in place.
The new committee is a great cross
section of the village, with members concentrating on
various ideas, a new tennis club, social nights,
improving the facilities and so on.
The tennis club is something which is
perhaps a slow burner at the moment as we have to raise
a considerable amount of money to have the existing
court re-surfaced. But please don’t be put off by that,
if you have an interest in tennis, then please do get in
contact. It will definitely help with grant
The S&SC via the Football Club have been
joined by the ‘Walking Football’ members, which is a
great addition to the club. Now we need to cultivate a
junior section! This is much more of a headache as it
needs qualified people to run it. Again, this is
something that will grow slowly when we get everything
in place. But if you can help in anyway then please get
Now for the social side…
You may recall last month we held a
family day event for the RAF, which turned out to be a
very successful day – and put some money in our bank!
Thanks to all who helped out on the day.
Our next venture is another family day
but this time it’s Rounders. The date for your diary is
Sunday 12 September.
Full details will be available from HBC but basically
it’s a chance for families to take on other families in
a game of rounders! Simple. Equal teams of 6 to 8 will
compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals. Actually
they will be tokens for the bar/café!
Still very much worth winning! If you
would like more information please do let us know.
The bar and café will be open to help
you stay refreshed for the games.
Come around for rounders and buy a
The following week
Sunday 19 September
is the Disney themed Village Bash. Postponed from 2020
and this July, its now back, with a BANG.
Please read the article in this newsletter for all the
Interesting times ahead, if you would
like to know more or have any ideas you wish to bring to
our attention, please do let us know.
Tim Gush (Chairman
On the 8 July, Brize Norton Football Club was 58
years old after being reformed by our President
Fred Bellinger and Bob Watts.
The 2021/22 season will
start on 4 September
and the Club will be
entering its usual two
sides into the Witney &
After the last two seasons being
voided due to Covid-19 we are hoping that this
season will be back to some ‘normality’ and be
Training started in July on
Tuesday nights at The
Rec and will continue through September with a
6.30pm start. In October we will move training
the Carterton ATP for the winter months (Time
to be confirmed). All are welcome to training,
players old or new. The club has, like many
clubs, been in danger of folding but we have
going and are still putting two teams out each
A big Thank you to Jake Farrugia
(1sts) and Adam
Harris (Reserves) for running the two sides last
season in very difficult circumstances and to
Committee for all their hard work.
Contact the Club:
Brize Norton FC