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December 2011  

Issue no. 131


As we approach Christmas it is once again good to see the contributions from a wide variety of activities in the Newsletter. Allotments and the Brize Norton Horticultural Show may remind us of summer; however the hardier gardeners will still be working on their plots with plans for even more and better produce for next year.

The Brize Norton over 60's Club, Dance Club, Woman's Institute, Brownies and the various sporting activities all serve the village in their own way providing facilities for all ages. The primary school seems to go from strength to strength and the Parish Church remains the cornerstone of the village.

I feel sure you would all join me in a vote of thanks to all who give so generously of their time in the organisation of all these activities to the benefit of the village. St Britius Church has a full programme of services and details of events are included in this Newsletter. There is also news on the Church Roof Appeal although progress will be held up by the "bat "breeding season. The "fund raising team" have been outstanding and the varieties of fund raising activities they have organised have shown their remarkable tenacity, endurance and originality. Congratulations to all the team, the structure of the church roof will be secure now for many years.

The 2011 Poppy Appeal within the village has again set a new record, the public awareness of the Royal British Legion's activities no doubt heightened by the repatriations that are taking place within our community. It is difficult to express ones feelings or imagine how the relatives of these repatriated soldiers cope with the situation. What can be stated is that the relatives of the fallen have offered their thanks and gratitude for the very public demonstration of respect and sympathy at their tragic loss. Whether you stand at the Chequers or the Memorial Garden, Norton Way your presence is appreciated.

On behalf of all Brize Norton Parish Councillors may we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.  Keith


Details of repatriations are usually received on a Monday. Notices will be displayed on the village notice boards at the earliest opportunity. Further details may be found on The Royal Marine Association web site and also the Oxfordshire County Council web site. Please note timings are always subject to change.

Sunday 11th December 2011
in aid of the Oxfordshire Repatriation Memorial Bell Appeal Charity No 219279 supported by Oxfordshire Royal British Legion

On Sunday 11th December 2011 serving members of The Armed Services, including (subject to operational commitments) Paratrooper LCpl David Radband from Bampton, will speed march (TAB) the length of the repatriation route in Oxfordshire to raise funds for the Memorial Bell Appeal. The route, from Brittania Gate at RAF Brize Norton to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford is a distance of approximately 22 miles.

The approximate times of the march through Brize Norton are as follows:

  • Britannia Gate 11.00am

  • Brize Norton Church 11.10am

  • Memorial Garden, Norton Way 11.30am

  • A40 slip road (Minster Lovell) 11.50am

  • Minster Lovell 12.00pm,

  • A40 slip road (Witney West) 12.20pm

  • Market Square, Witney 12.45pm


For additional details see the village notice boards.


Thank you to all businesses and collectors for helping in collecting for the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal. The village total this year was £1,165.94, a significant increase on last year. Thank you for all your donations.

Barbara Thorne


The Light Zone

We have a new all-age service called the 'Light Zone' on the first and third Sundays of every month at 11am. It takes the best bits from our Family Service and our Café Church on the Shilton Park estate and puts them together in a church setting. It includes Sunday Club, their band, craft activities for the children who also participate with the reading, prayers and songs. It is informal, with refreshments served, and everyone is most welcome.

Christmas Services

Our Christmas Services start on Sunday 18 December with a Candlelit Carol Service at 6 pm. The nine lessons will be read by representatives of village organisations and all children are welcome to come dressed as shepherds, angels, wise men, people of Bethlehem, etc, for the nativity tableau. Please contact Carolyn Peach on 844102 for more details of the nativity tableau. Coffee and hot mince pies will be served after the service.

Candlelit Midnight Mass will be at 11.30 pm on Xmas Eve (Saturday 24 December) and there will be a combined Family Service and Holy Communion at 9.15am on Christmas Day. James asks the children to bring a present that they have received with them to show!

Our Christingle Service will be held on Sunday 5 February at 11 am when the children will decorate the oranges during the service.

Thank you to everyone who contributed gifts and items for the recent Samaritan's Purse Christmas shoe box appeal. We were able to send off 47 boxes.

James, Bill, Jo, the Churchwardens and members of the PCC wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

Friends of St Britius - Roof Project

The bat survey has been done and we cannot start on the roof until September 2012 when the bat maternity roosting season has finished. The tenders for the phase 1 work are now in and the contractor will soon be appointed.

Fund raising continues apace with a very successful sponsored 'Ride and Stride', Quiz Night at the Chequers, and Hippocampus evening. We await the outcome of our application to English Heritage for a grant for phase 2 (nave and porch).

Thank you to everyone, in particular to the Fund Raising Team, for their help and support with this project.

Please continue to support our forthcoming events:

  • Cheese & wine, and flower arranging for Christmas on Friday 2nd December, 7.30pm in church - tickets £5 from Jackie Bellenger (842172)
  • Christmas season Social and Christmas Draw on Tuesday 20th December, 7.30pm in church.

Events to look out for in the New Year include a Safari Supper on Friday 3rd February and Pancake Supper on Tuesday 21st February in Elderbank Hall. Look out for other events still in the planning stage.

Our website for the roof fund is


We have enjoyed our speaker Martin Way on "The Cotswold wool trade", our trip to Windsor and the meal at Wychwood golf club. We are looking forward to our Christmas meal on 13 December at
The Trout, Lechlade.

Our future programme is as follows:

  • 17 January 2012 Meeting
  • 25 January 2012 Witney pantomime
  • 7 February 2012 Meal at The Four Pillars
  • 21 February 2012 Coffee morning. Everyone welcome
  • 6 March 2012 Coach trip to Coventry
  • 20 March 2012 Meeting
  • 3 April 2012 Visit to Dobys Garden Centre, Cirencester
  • 17 April 2012 Meeting

We are a small club for village residents. We meet 2.30pm - 4.30pm at 4 Squires Close.
A big THANK YOU to Benita, Connie and June for providing teas with home made cakes.
We wish a Happy Christmas to you all.



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/Bank card deposits and withdrawal) if you bank with the following banks: Bank of Ireland, Barclays, Cahoot, Clydesdale, Co-op, Lloyds TSB, Nationwide Building Society NatWest, Santander 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 3 days notice, MoneyGram.
  • Travel Insurance - Inland and overseas (provided on the spot).
  • Home Phone - Incentive to transfer your current home telephone service.
  • Household Home Insurance - Competitive.
  • Car Insurance - There is £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.

Wishing everybody a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.


20:20:20 (ZUMBA:STEP:TONE)

A great class for all levels of Fitness.

Wednesday 8-9pm at the Elderbank Hall, Brize Norton.

Steph Hill ( 07970831061)


Following on from the success of this year's show this is to let you know what categories there will be for 2012 so that you can get those seeds in early.


Runner Beans
Carrot - Short
Carrot - Long
White Onion - from sets
White Onion - from seed
Red Onion - from sets
Red Onion - from seed
Potato - coloured
Potato - white
Vegetable Marrow
Shallot - round
Shallot - long
Cherry Tomato
Dwarf Beans
Collection of 4 vegetables

Rose - specimen
Rose - hybrid
Potted Fuschia
African Marigold
Gladioli - specimen
Dahlia - specimen
Dahlia - decorative
Dahlia - Cactus
Dahlia - pom pom
Perennial Stems
Vase of 8 mixed - all different
Pot Plant - flowering
Pot Plant - foliage
Pot Plant -cactus/succulent

Looking forward to the results in 2012.

Judy Gush


With the summer well and truly over we have been enjoying our Tuesday evenings with some line dancing by Diane's School from Carterton. Some of us were brave enough to get up and have a go and certainly gave those watching a laugh at our attempts - not all good. But that aside, a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had.

In September we were given a very interesting insight into the workings underground in Buckingham Palace by a guy that had organised the security of this part of the Palace. We learnt about the Post Office that is fully working with a train that delivers up to 20,000 pieces of mail each day, along with the stores that hold all the Queen's gifts from other countries - a really interesting evening.

In October we had a Flower Arranging demonstration from the Carterton Flower Guild. They made three lovely arrangements, one of which was raffled and the other two were taken to the residential home on Shilton Park to be enjoyed by the resident's each day.

By the time this newsletter is delivered we will be looking forward to the New Year. In January we are having a General Knowledge Quiz; it would be great to see some other ladies in the village on that evening, Tuesday 10th January at 7.30 p.m. We will be making chocolates at our February meeting on Tuesday 14th. So, if you would like to join us, please just come along on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Elderbank Hall at 7.30p.m. We are a very friendly group of ladies and we would love to welcome more of you at our meetings.

Judy Gush


We are still dancing on Thursday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm in the Elderbank Hall. We dance to CD's and dance ballroom, Latin American and sequence dances. We have refreshments of tea and biscuits, with thanks to Mabel and Jean.

We wish you all a Happy Christmas.

For more information contact Joy on 01993 842373.


101 is the new number to contact the police on
for non-urgent issues from 14 November 2011.

101 replaces 0845 8 505 505, although both numbers will run side by side until the end of March 2012.

Calls to 101 (from both landlines and mobile networks) cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day or duration.

101 can be used to report crime such as:

• If your car has been stolen

• If your property has been damaged

• Where you suspect drug use or dealing

• If you want to report a minor traffic collision

• If you want to provide information about crime

If an emergency please continue to use 999.



We meet at Witney Leisure Centre at 10am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. There is no charge. We do two walks; one is 1-2 miles long, the other 2-3 miles.

For more information contact Joy on 01993 842373.


On Monday and Saturday we meet at the Town Hall, Carterton at 10am, and on Thursday at 10am at the Leisure Centre, Broadshires Way. The walks are 1 - 2 miles long.

For more information contact Barbara Goudal on 01993 845923.



As always it has been a busy term at Brize Norton Primary School.

At the start of the year we welcomed fifteen new children into our Foundation Stage class and one or two children into other year groups. Our ethos is to ensure a sense of belonging, learning and succeeding. All of our new children have been helped to settle into school by our very caring community. They are working and playing very well and have celebrated many successes already this year. As well as welcoming new children we have had some staff changes. This term we have welcomed Mrs Cox and Mrs Winter to the teaching team and Miss Ferguson as a new teaching assistant. The baby bug has gripped school over the last six months with Mrs Barker, Mrs Rae and Mrs Challender all having babies.

This term we have been working on an exciting whole school topic, 'Heroes'. The younger children have been learning all about people who help us and superheroes, while children in the older classes have been studying historical heroes and inspirational leaders.

This year all of our classes decided on a charity to support for the year. They did this by researching different charities, presenting their ideas to the class and then taking a vote. Class 1 are supporting
St John Ambulance, Class 2 - Just for James, Class 3 - Help for Heroes, Year 5 - the Blue Cross and Year 6 - the Make a Wish Foundation. Each term the classes decide and run a fundraising event.

This term we have also looked at the meaning of harvest, with a celebration in the church and donations taken to The Porch, in Oxford. We have also been learning about the importance of remembrance with each class preparing work and thoughts to be given at the memorial.

This term our School Council have been working hard to make our school a fantastic place to learn. We have developed a strong link with Church Cowley St James CE Primary School in Oxford. The School Councils have visited each other and are planning many events to help us learn from each other. Our Uganda link continues to grow and we are very excited by the news that David, the headteacher, will be visiting us in June.

The School Association continues to ensure that events are planned for children, families and the community, raising important money for the school at the same time. Forth coming events include:

  • Christmas card making evening - 2 December 7.30pm (tickets by contacting the school 01993 842488)
  • Christmas Bazaar - Sunday 11 December - 10.30am to 12.30pm

As always you can keep up to date with all the exciting things we have been doing by visiting our school website at,


Thank you to everyone who supported the pre-school at our recent shopping evening on Tuesday 22 November. Approximately £450 was raised for pre-school funds.

Look out for posters advertising our Christmas events.

Alex Skym


We meet on Monday evenings during school term time at the Elderbank Hall from 6pm to 7.30pm. Brownies is for girls aged between 7 -10 years old.

We have lots of fun, playing games, cooking, craft projects, singing, theme evenings, e.g. spooky party, and sometimes there are weekend activities. We also go away for weekends on Pack Holiday.

We meet with other Brownies in the area and have trips out which have included the Cotswold wildlife park, swimming pool and the local pantomime.

Come and join in the fun, anyone is welcome to come and visit for an evening.

Contact Shirley Ingham, Brownie owl 01993 213075



The allotments have mostly been well cultivated this year with many enjoying large crops especially root crops and potatoes etc despite the lack of rain.

Tony and Polly once again organised the barbeque although it wasn't as well supported this year, perhaps a different date might help.

As the allotments are now fully worked the Parish Council has donated a shield for the 'Best kept allotment'. This year's winners were

  • 1st Paul Claridge, plot 15c
  • 2nd Pat Thrift 7a and b
  • 3rd = Tony Shillingford 15a, Brian Savage 13b and
    Bob Howell 9a,b and c.

A pumpkin and sunflower competition was organised this year with plants grown from a batch of seeds purchased for a small fee. The winners were as follows:

  • - the largest pumpkin, weight 44.6 lbs                   Tony Shillingford
  • - the tallest sunflower at 11'2"                               Polly Innes
  • - the largest sunflower head
    (measured between the petals) was 13"               Tony Mustoe

The weigh-in and presentation evening was held in the Masons Arms with live folk music. Thanks to Paul for organising this. Hopefully next year we can make it a bigger event and raise more money for the chosen charity. A total of £42 was raised for the Air Ambulance this year. The competition is open to all Brize Norton gardeners and allotment holders with seeds being available from Paul when the time comes. Look out for details in the next newsletter.

Fred Bellenger


We have a small charity in the village which pays out a small gift to pensioners and widows (Brize Norton residents only) at Christmas. If you haven't received a gift before and think you now qualify please let me know before 10 December to be on this year's list.

Fred Bellenger, 1 Daubigny Mead 01993 841189

All entries for inclusion in the March 2012 issue should be received by the 15th February 2012


Chairman: Keith Glazier (843640) Vice-Chairman: Garry Griffin (841616)

Councillors: Fred Bellenger, Stuart Guest, James Gillies, Lindsay Meeks, Laurence Taylor

Clerk to the Council: Carolyn Peach, 52a Station Road, Brize Norton (844102)

Parish Representatives:- 

Oxford County Council: Jim Couchman, Dovecot House, Langford (01367 860289). 

WODC: Verena Hunt, 2 Rocky Banks, Brize Norton (841853) 

Meetings held in the Pavilion, first Monday every month at 7.30 pm, all welcome to attend.


OrganisationContactTelephone No.
The ChurchRev James Maddern844175
The SchoolMark Smith (Head)842488
School GovernorsTracy Barnett850471
Football ClubFred Bellenger841189
Ladies FCJenny McDowell07894 495500
Cricket ClubTim Gush846730
Elderbank HallDiane Davies843430
Horticultural ShowJudy Gush846730
Women's Institute Shelagh Chatterton843136
Over 60'sJoy Douglas842373
Open GardensJudy Gush 843730
Post 0ffice Sports PavilionTues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm
Police (Carterton) Mon-Fri 9.30-12.30 & 13.00-15.30 101



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 - Fri9 am - 12 noon Alex Skym07769617696
Mon & Wed12.00 - 3 pm**
BrowniesMondays6 pm - 7.30 pmBarbara Thorne842013
BadmintonMondays 9.00 - 10.30 pmMrs Claridge8431966
West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc1st Tuesday in the month8.00-10.00pmAndrew Tinsley832041
Women's Institute2nd Tuesday in the month7.30 - 10 pm Shelagh Chatterton8431366
RainbowsWednesday3.30 - 4.30pmBarbara Thorne842013
Dancing ClubThursdays7.30 pm - 9.30 pmJoy Douglas842373
KarateFridays6 pm - 7.30 pmMatt Webb840890
Judo ClubSaturdays 9.30 - 11.30 amJonathan Gerrans01865 8843399
Wednesday 8 - 9 pm Steph Hill 07970831061

** Pre school opening hours

The Hall is available for Private Hire Contact:- Diane Davies on 843430



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