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December 2016

Issue no. 151

Chairman's Report

Looking back at my diary over the last 96 days since I penned my last piece, I can honestly say a lot has been achieved:

* On the social side the horticultural show on Bank Holiday Sunday and the Village Bonfire on 4th November were successes. Thank you to all who attended and so made them successful. An even bigger thank you to those who organised them and made the events happen. It is events like these that help make a village successful, I therefore look to you for ideas on how we can build on this foundation so that we truly become a village where we all love where we live. Please use the village websites to post your ideas and thoughts on how we can build on these events (see later in this edition for details on these).

* The Parish Council has continued its research into “Community Plan” and after consultation with Planning Officers and other parishes we have concluded that to protect our interests as a village we need a proper “Neighbourhood Plan”. We are therefore asking for village support to make this happen (see later in this edition for more details).

* The roundabout by the Church has at long last been resurfaced, although they seem to have forgotten about the road markings, keep on using the “fixmystreet” website (again details later in this edition).

* We have formally responded to the Carterton Town Council’s masterplan that seeks to develop yet more houses in our parish, making it clear that Carterton should follow proper planning process and concentrate on developing the underdeveloped land within their control before seeking to extend into neighbouring parishes without consultation. We will continue to fight this cause on your behalf. Thank you Les for doing the donkey work on this.

* We will be formally responding to the amended Local Plan put forward by WODC after the Planning Inspector’s decisions last November before the consultation period closes on 23/12/2016. If you would like to comment as an individual, please go to www.westoxon.gov.uk/localplan2031 and download the forms. I strongly urge you to comment as individuals as your comments will carry as much weight as the Parish Council’s response.

* The final legal agreements for the West Brize Norton development are nearing completion and are likely to be signed by Christmas. I anticipate providing full details in the first newsletter next year.

Because of all the above activities Parish Council meetings agendas have been longer than usual. But once the legal agreements and consultation on the WODC Local Plan are behind us we should be able to structure Parish Council meetings and work streams into a more streamlined format to broaden the volunteer base for developing our community and so ease the burden on the current small team. We will be looking for more specialist support in the New Year.

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter, thank you to all the contributors, editors and distributors, your support is much appreciated and too often not properly acknowledged.

Finally on behalf of the Brize Norton Parish Council I wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and we look forward to working with you all to make 2017 a memorable year for the village.



The Brize Norton Parish Council Team have been working on the Parish website and we would like to receive your comments, ideas and notification of village events to be included on the Calendar.  Go to:- http://brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk and click on CONTACT US tab.

If you are not a regular visitor to our site please take the opportunity to click on the COMMUNITY WEBSITE tab to find out more about your village including:- Access to Issues of the Parish Newsletter, Village History, More in depth information about events and organisations, Village campaigns
Try these links and add them to your favourites –
http://brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk http://www.bncommunity.org


The Elderbank Hall Committee is looking for a Treasurer to take over next April. The position includes, keeping simple accounts, paying bills, banking, issuing invoices for use of the hall and to attend quarterly meetings. We are also looking for a person to take minutes at our meetings, and to deal with a small amount of correspondence. If interested please ring Julie Edwards -01993 841326



Thank you to all those attending the bonfire evening when we made just over £100 selling hotdogs and soup – we are sorry we sold out! Thank you also for all those making donations for the Samaritans Purse Christmas shoe box appeal; we have sent 27 complete boxes from the school and church donations.

In the run up to Christmas we invite you to join us at The Chequers on Saturday 3 December at 12.30pm for an informal Christmas get together and on Thursday 15 December (6pm to 7.30pm) we intend to carol sing in the village – if you would like to join us please contact Carolyn for timings and route (844102).
We have started a new initiative first thing Tuesday mornings - My Time – ALL ARE WELCOME – For details

see opposite

We welcome you to come and join us at the Pilgrim Lunch which continues on Monday lunchtimes at 12.30pm when refreshments are provided. From 28th November in the lead up to Christmas it will be an Advent discussion course.

Forest Church meets on 27th November – ‘Let’s make advent wreaths’– meeting at 2.30pm at the metal horses in Kilkenny Country Park, Brize Norton.

We now look forward to Advent and our Christmas services. We welcome you to:

- All Age family communion service on Sunday 4th December at 10.00am. Activities are organised for the children attending and refreshments served after the service.
- Candlelit Carol Service on Sunday 18th December at 6.00pm; a service of nine lessons and carols and the children’s Nativity Tableau – we would invite all children attending to come dressed as shepherds, angels, wise men and people of Bethlehem (we also have some costumes). Please contact Carolyn (844102) for more details. Hot mince pies and refreshments are served after the service.
- Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve at 11.30pm
- All Age Family Communion service on Christmas Day at 9.15am

- Looking forward we will be celebrating Christingle on Sunday 5th February 2017; we invite you all to our family worship at 10 am the first Sunday of the month. For further details of the church services, refer to the notices on the church door or log onto the website www.bncommunity.org or www.brizenorton.org.

We wish you all a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.


The Autumn Term is a really special time in any primary school, and at Brize Norton Primary School we have all been very busy. Mrs Fairhurst has been enjoying her time with her new son, Sebastian, and is now really looking forward to getting back to Brize Norton.

Our children have settled into their new classes, and a big change for the school this year is that we now have 5 classes taught throughout each day. We have welcomed Mrs Conner from California as the teacher of Class 2, and she has quickly become one of the team.

The ever-changing weather has not stopped the children from enjoying their learning. In Forest School sessions they made a “Guy” for the village bonfire, and children from the school have recently participated in Hockey and Cross-Country competitions. Revd Maddern and Dr Holmes very kindly let us use St Britius Church to celebrate our Harvest Festival, and for a focus to our acts of Remembrance.

With Christmas approaching, the children are busy learning lines and songs for their performances of “The Shiniest Star” and “Cinderella and Rockerfella” which will take place at the end of term. We hope that you all have a wonderful festive season!


It is hard to believe that we are already in the middle of Christmas preparations. It has, as always, been a busy few months and we are grateful to all of those who have been able to support us, in one way or another.

Our Autumn Ball was a fantastic evening, with great food, fine wine, magic and dancing. The total raised came to £858.13, which is an amazing amount. Some of the money will be used to pay for transport to take the whole school to the pantomime in Oxford; a real festive treat and one that everyone enjoys.

As we go to press, our usual Christmas Craft Morning will be about to take place; fun for the children and a Saturday morning off for mum and dad. This is also really popular amongst the committee, we love it!

Of course, the big event of this term is our Christmas Fayre. This year we are making a few changes to the usual format. We have decided to combine our Christmas fundraiser with our very own ‘Bake Off' competition for pupils, parents, staff and friends. The Brize Norton Christmas Bake Off & Fayre will take place on Friday 2nd December, from 3:15pm until 5:30pm. Star Bakers will be announced at the fayre, and the cakes will be sold to raise money for the school. It will also include some much loved favourites, including festive stalls and games, tombola, children's tombola, refreshments and Grand Raffle with a Christmas Hamper as first prize. Please come along, join in and have some fun!

We look forward to seeing you there and we wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year!


I would like to thank all the people that made this event possible in particular:-
Carolyn Peach and her team from Brize Norton Church for the hot soup and hot dogs as well as her involvement in the organisation of the event. Our neighbours at RAF Brize Norton for providing us with a firework display that we could share from our vantage point on the recreation ground. Nick Merriman for his sterling work behind the bar at the Pavilion and anyone else who contributed to the organisation of the event.
Mainly, thank you to all those that attended what turned out to be a good sociable and family evening. Please go to our Parish Council web site and let us know if you would like this to be a regular event http://brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk/contact-us Please let us know if you have any ideas for village events that you would like to organise and we will see what we can do to support you by sharing our experiences or providing manpower if you need it.
Tony Shillingford
Brize Norton Parish Councillor


We have three more items of village history to mention in this issue.

First, we have the Brize Norton Official Guide published around 1970 by the Parish Council. This makes interesting reading and contains material which is not repeated in the more recent Millennium History (Brize Norton through the Ages).
Judging from the content, Brize was a lively village which had won the Oxfordshire's Best Kept Village award for several years running.

Second, from a similar period of history, we have a report produced by the Cricket Club which has a write up of the newly constituted club with some well known village names.

Third, again from a similar period, we have a guide to the footpaths around the village. Not a particularly good copy unfortunately, but villagers might like to explore how many of the footpaths still exist!

All three items are on the community website at www.bncommunity.org.

Thanks to members of our community who have found out material to share with us all. Please keep the information flowing. Items should be lent to Dr Phil Holmes (843856) and will be returned immediately they have been scanned.


Following the death of Molly Rose a pilot on 1st November a local news item focussed on another pilot, Mary Wilkins Ellis, who was born in Brize Norton at Manor Farm. She was the sister of the late Mrs Dora Brown, wife of Peter who for many years was Churchwarden at St Britius. Mary learnt to fly at the Witney Aero Club in 1938 and she used to land in one of her father’s field, where Shilton Park is now, to visit her parents. Mary Ellis joined the Air Transport Auxillary in 1941 and was one of the intrepid girls who delivered planes from factory to airfields equipped with only compass, stopwatch and a map for guidance. She flew over 400 planes including Spitfires, Hurricanes and bombers like the Wellington. After the war she returned to Brize Norton to work on the family farm and now at 99 years of age lives on the IOW.


Wendy Morgan


We continue to get together at our monthly meetings where we keep our members entertained by arranging for a speaker most months and we have, I feel, had some very good ones so far this year which I hope members have also enjoyed. We also have a members quiz with a shield at the end of the year for the member with the most points.  There is time for a chat over a cup of coffee and biscuit which is then followed by a raffle. We finish the evening off most months with a social half hour.

The itinerary for the next few month is as follows:-

December           Christmas Party at the Bay Tree
January 10th        Liz Wooley on "Beer, Sausages and Marmalade"
February 14th       Members' Night
March 14th            AGM

One of our long standing members, Annette Hancock, has moved to Witney to a Retirement home and has settled in well and is enjoying being part of a new community. We wish her well. 

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Elderbank Hall and visitors are always welcome. 


The Thames Valley Police Non-Emergency number is 101 but always call 999 in an Emergency.
E-mail the team at cartertonbamptonburford@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk


The Brize Norton Village NGS Open Gardens Day will take place next year on Sunday, June 18th. All of our gardens will be open from 2:00pm until 6:00pm. Our Village Church, St Britius, will also be open, along with the Gardens, for visitors to see the Church Flower Festival.

This forthcoming event next year celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the NGS Yellow Book, Open Gardens for Charity. We do hope therefore, that you will book it into your diaries and that you will come along to provide your support for the NGS and Village Charities. We hope the weather to be kind for our village’s even more glorious Open Garden Day next year.

If any of you green-fingered Village residents are thinking of joining us at any time in the future, then please contact me, Jean Butcher on 01993 841347 for further information and advice.

Thanking you all in the Village for your continuous support in the past and in particular everyone that contributes their time and energy each year to make the Garden Open Day in our Village such a successful occasion.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I do hope that I will see and meet with you at next year’s NGS 90th Anniversary Garden Open Day Event.


After a mild winter with very few hard frosts, early spring sowings were held back by the cold winds that prevailed, forcing many root crops to stagnate & then bolt when the warm weather finally appeared.

Some crops fared better but overall it wasn’t the best of years.

Most of the allotments have been pretty tidy this year & picking the best ones was not an easy task & for that reason we haven’t chosen a "most improved" plot although those newcomers who took on retired tenants’ plots did very well in turning them around.

The best kept allotments were Pat Thrift (plots 7a&b) in 1st place, Julie Hyland (plots 8a & b) in 2nd place & too many to mention in 3rd place.

If you would like an allotment please contact the Parish Clerk or myself to be put on the waiting list.

Finally thanks to those who organised the Horticultural show & all those who entered produce to make it all worthwhile.

Fred Bellenger


The last year has been a fairly uneventful one. The football and cricket have continued and will do again next year! Other than that not a lot has happened. We did however; all enjoy the Queen’s birthday celebrations and the recent bonfire night.

Thanks to all those people involved and special thanks to Fred and Stuart who help make the Recreation ground look so good through the year.

We as a club are hoping for better news next year, in that improvements to the pavilion and the facilities should be underway. It is a long time overdue and should make for a more pleasant experience for everyone using the pavilion.

The club will organise a few fund raising events which I hope will get your support. One such idea is to have a Brize Norton Old Stars XI versus The Rest of World XI cricket match on August Bank Holiday. The idea is to get as many players who have played for BNCC over the years and have a good ‘old fashion’ cricket match. If you know anyone who has played and is interested in participating in some way, please do let me or Terry Merriman know. The game might be a sight for sore eyes but there will be lots going on, proper old fashion cricket teas, and of course the barrel or two of refreshment. Put the date in your diary and enjoy a typical village friendly game of cricket on the village green!

There will be more details of this event and others later next year.

May I, on behalf of everyone involved in the BN&SC wish you all very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Tim Gush


For the sharp sighted members of the parish, you may have noticed a few trees missing, a few bushes pruned and a branch or two missing from the trees, and more importantly a few new benches.

By the time this goes to print there will be a "new" bench near the Masons pub and the corner of Daubigny Mead; well it’s not new it’s just been refurbished but it looks new. 

I would like to offer a very big thank you from the parish council to the staff at Oxford Industrial Finishers Ltd, Oakfield Industrial Estate in Eynsham who have very generously refurbished these two benches.

But it’s not only the metal ones that have been done; you may have noticed that all the wooden ones have also had a makeover, but this time they were done closer to home by Mr R C Griffiths, of  Viscount Court. On behalf of the parish council, cheers Ray.

Whilst I'm in a thankful mood I would also like to offer my personal thanks to those who have gone out of their way to help Kyle and me carry out village maintenance tasks; whether you lent me a tool, provided a vehicle to move something for me, or provided some "muscle" to lift and shift something, THANK YOU. I won't embarrass you, but my personal thanks goes to Wayne, Charlie, Stephen, Jason, Scott, Richard, Terry and Kevin – Gentlemen, thank you very much.

Stuart Guest


West Oxfordshire District Council is supporting the launch of 105, a new national three-digit helpline telephone number that will make it quicker and easier for people to report a power cut.

Many people don’t know who to contact during a power cut and wrongly call the electricity supplier shown on their bill. By calling the helpline, householders will be put through to the company that repairs local power networks and restores power.

The 105 number is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales and can be accessed from most landlines and mobile phones. The number is jointly funded by electricity network operators - the companies that manage the cables, wires and substations that bring electricity into homes and businesses.
The public can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put them, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, the emergency services should also be contacted.

Visit www.powercut105.com  to find out more about the new 105 telephone number and electricity network operators.


We have a small charity in the village which pays out a small monetary gift to Pensioners/Widows/Widowers (Brize Norton residents only) at Christmas.
The money comes from a field which was gifted to the village some time ago.

We have noticed over latter years that new people are not coming forward although we lose a few each year through natural causes.

If you are a resident Brize Norton Pensioner/Widow/Widower and would like some extra pocket money at Christmas please let me know before Monday 5 December 2016 to be on this year’s list.

Fred Bellenger 1 Daubigny Mead Brize Norton OX18 3QE  
01993 841189 or f.bellenger@sky.com


I am writing this article to try and explain some of the things that we can do as parish councillors, and some of the things that we can’t do. I’ve only been a parish councillor for 10 years so I am still learning the ropes!

First of all some well known phrases – ‘There’s now’t as queer as folk’-‘You can please some of the people some of the time..’and ‘If you want a job doing properly do it yourself’

My story concerns a farmer in Charney Basset (near Abingdon) let’s call him “Billy” in 2008/9. During that winter time we had really bad snow, and the OCC snowploughs, all three of them, couldn’t clear the snow, or spread salt fast enough – not enough snowploughs and insufficient salt stockpiled!

‘Billy’ was clearing the snow round his farm so that he could go about his daily work, he then thought he would be a good citizen and clear the roads near his farm, so that the residents could get out and about and carry on with their daily routines - the residents thanked him as they were grateful for what he had done.  He knew the big council snowplough wouldn’t be able to reach his area so he phoned the OCC hot line and asked if there were any other areas near his farm that they would like him to clear in his tractor and snowplough. The council were mortified when he asked this. They wanted to know if he was qualified to clear snow, if he had carried out a risk assessment, if he was a competent person, and if he had insurance in-case he damaged any of the councils roads - more damaged than they were already!

Billy replied that he had been clearing snow round this area all his life, and he thinks that makes him qualified and no he hadn’t done the Councils' snow clearing course. His response to the risk assessment was that if it got too dangerous he would stop as he didn’t want to damage his tractor or anyone else’s property and approximately 50 years in a tractor made him competent. The response to the damaged Councils’ roads is unprintable!

If you haven’t managed a chuckle while reading this I’m sorry, but sometimes as parish councillors we would love to do more round the village but the County and District Council won’t let us as they have imposed all this red tape to make the most simple job impossible. 

Closer to home, last year I asked our County Councillor to get the drains unblocked in the village - the main problems were Station and Manor road where drains are full of silt, leaves, grass etc and therefore no rain water is collected. Our county councillor arranged this however he came to a meeting two months later and advised that the drains could not be cleared as they were full of silt, leaves, grass etc.  The County engineer had been out and it will be put back till later in the year as this job is a complex one, and the Council has no money to clear drains BUT we could do it ourselves, provided we worked to County Council standards, these include traffic control, safe disposal of the waste, informing the public of our intentions, and a list as long as your arm on things we can’t do.  So it’s a case of pay more to get less, and there’s little we can do about it.

It would be nice if some people in the village appreciated what we do, with what we have, instead of always finding fault with that we do, or trying to embarrass us with threats of media action or letters to the local MP or the PM.  At the end of the day we are all volunteers, we all have full time jobs and family commitments.

So to finish on a lighter note, by the time ‘Billy’ had got all his competencies, training, risk assessments and insurance it would be summer time, why would you be attending a snow clearing course in the summer! There’s nowt as queer as folk.

If you see a problem in the village please notify the clerk, she will then take the most appropriate action. By contacting the clerk, this creates a paper trail and we can decide if the job can be done by either a Parish Council volunteer or if it is a District or County matter. The worst thing that you could do, is approach us in the pub, the park or the shop, we are human and we do forget, I keep forgetting all the jobs that Kirstie wants me to do LOL.


It has been a promising start to the season for both sides following the previous season’s struggles. 

The 1sts currently sit in 8th place in Division 2 with 10 points. There have been some very good results with the poorer ones coming when the squad has not been at full strength. In the Fred Ford Cup they pulled off a great away result, knocking Premier Division side Chipping Norton out on penalties following a pulsating 6-6 draw after extra time. Unfortunately they were knocked out of the cup by Kirtlington in the next round. 

The Reserves have strung together a great run of results and are sitting in 5th place on 15 points after 7 matches. With two games in hand of the current leaders the Reserves could move 1 point from the top. 

The Club are holding a Christmas Raffle with tickets costing £1. Please see any of the players to buy a ticket or two. 1st prize is £100. 

Training is on Tuesdays at the Carterton ATP/3G pitch at Carterton Comp school between 8 and 9 PM. All are welcome. 

We wish everyone a Happy Christmas and fingers crossed the improvement on the pitch continues. 



You can now report potholes or other damage to be repaired using ‘Fix My Street’. Go to fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk, enter an Oxfordshire postcode or street name, locate problem on a map of the area, enter details of the problem, confirm your report and OCC will investigate. You can attach photos of the damage and follow up on progress. You can continue to report damage online at Oxfordshire.gov.uk or phone 0845 3101111 or write to Highway Enquiries Team, Oxfordshire County Council,
PO Box 842, OXFORD OX1 9LL


We meet in the Elderbank Hall every Thursday evening 7.30pm-9.30pm. We dance ballroom, latin and sequence dances to CDs. We have tea and biscuits in the interval. We close for Christmas on 15th December and start again on Thursday 5th January. Any information please ring Joy on 01993 842373.

Bully's Mission For Macmillan

"Bully's Mission For Macmillan” raised a MASSIVE £16,200 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Kevin Bull lost his 6 month battle with Lung Cancer aged 47 in February 2015. A group of family and friends of Kevin Bull succeeded in their John O'Groats to Lands End charity ride in a week on Honda C90's to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. There were 12 riders and multiple support crew and vehicles including Kevin's Children (Kirsty and Andrew), Wife, Brother, Nephew, Father-in-Law and many more. Kirsty and Andrew would like to thank everyone who sponsored in many ways including loaning support vehicles, equipment, food, places to stay and fuel. Also sponsoring them by helping raise the staggering amount they did. Their target for the ride was £5,000 and to more than triple that amount was such an amazing achievement and an amazing tribute to Kevin's memory. It was an amazing week with friends and family, meeting people who wanted to know what they were doing. There were many ups and downs with amazing scenery, lovely roads to ride along and many break downs but made some great memories along the way. Kirsty and Andrew still have the Kevin Bull Tribute Fund online if anyone would like to continue to donate and they are not stopping their fundraising there so please keep an eye out for them. Thank you again to everyone who helped in every way which made it such a successful event."


This a new bookable transport service from Oxfordshire County Council. It is a not for profit service, created to allow people without suitable access to public transport to make the journeys they want from your door to any destination in Oxfordshire. The service is open to all including wheelchair users and those with mobility issues.

The Oxfordshire Comet can be booked for any type of trip. Whether it’s to meet friends in town, travel across the county, attend an appointment or pop to the shops. The service is available 10.15am - 2.30pm Monday to Friday (not Bank Holidays). Call 01865 323201 to register or for more information go to www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/comet.


Witney - We meet at Witney’s Windrush Leisure Centre at 10 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. There is no charge. We do two walks; one is 1-2 miles long, the other 2-3 miles both ending up with a cup of coffee. For more information ring Joy on 01993 842373.

Carterton - On Monday, Thursday and Saturday we meet at the Town Hall, Carterton at 10am. The walks are 1–2 miles long. For more information contact Barbara Goudal on 01993 845923.


We are a village group of 26 members. We meet 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, with either a meeting or an outing. Meetings take place at 4 Squires Close at 2pm. After the meeting we enjoy sandwiches, home-made cakes and tea. Thanks to June, Benita and Connie.

We have a coffee morning on Tuesday 6th December at 10.30am at Joy’s with a bring and buy sale – EVERYONE WELCOME, A Christmas dinner is arranged for Tuesday 20th December at The Trout, Lechlade.

Our future programme is:

Tuesday 3rd January – Sing-a-long with Cliff
Tuesday 17th January – Meal at The Chequers
Tuesday 7th February – Chat and games afternoon
Tuesday 21st February – Coffee morning 10.30am at 4 Squires Close – Everyone welcome
Tuesday 7th March – Seated exercise with Sue
Tuesday 21st March – Coach to Morton market
Tuesday 4th April – Back stage memories with Bob
Tuesday 18th April – Coach to Evesham

Many thanks to our members and helpers for their continued support and may I wish them all a Happy Christmas

From Joy 01993 842373


Gym ball classes at Elderbank Hall on Wednesdays 7.15pm – 8.00pm. All abilities and ages welcome. Contact us on 01993 851753 bamptonphysio@btconnect.com www.bampton-physiotherapy.co.uk



We meet every Monday at The Elderbank Hall and play from 8.00 pm until 10.00 pm; all ages from teenage to active retired are most welcome. It cost just £2.50 per session. For more details ring Tina on 842268 or Laurence on 07771 998821, or just come along to the hall.


All fitness levels welcome
20 minutes of three different types of exercise
£5 per session, Wednesday nights,
Elderbank Hall, 8-9pm

Call Steph 07970 831061


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.
* Taxing of vehicles.
* 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, Halifax, RBS and Smile.
* National Savings & Investment including Premium 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.
* Health Lottery
* 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 threat we need your support. Michael your postmaster attends the Sports Pavilion on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS – please refer to newsletter for further information

2 December Brize Norton School Christmas Bake Off & Fayre
5 December Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports Pavilion
9 December      Brize Norton Village Preschool   Christmas Nativity and Fayre at 10.30am.  Ticket £2.50 to include refreshments Contact 07769 617696’
15 December Carol singing in the village
18 December Candlelit Carol Service at St Britius
9 January 2017 Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports Pavilion
6 February 2017 Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports Pavilion
18 June 2017 Village gardens open for the National Garden Scheme

All entries for inclusion in the March 2017 issue should be received
 by Garry Griffin at garry.griffin@tesco.net by 13th February 2017.



Chairman: Philip Squire (867666)

Councillors: Tony Shillingford (Vice Chairman), Stuart Guest,  Lawrence Taylor, Wendy Way, Andrew Ball, Ben Campion

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

email:   clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk

Parish Representatives:- 

OCC: Neil Owen, 'Robinswood". Frog Lane, Milton-u-Wychwood, OX7 6JZ. 

WODC: Alexander Postan, Wheelwright Cottage, Brideg Street, Shilton OX18 4AA (842740) 

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


Organisation ContactTelephone No.
The ChurchRev James Maddern844175
The SchoolAnna Fairhurst 842488
School Governors Miranda Mowbray 842488
Football ClubSimon Cook 841096/07825 002298
BN S&SC/Cricket ClubTim Gush846730
Elderbank HallDiane Davies843430
Women's Institute Susan Cotterill8231888
Over 60'sJoy Douglas 842373
Open GardensJean Butcher 841347
Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm
Police (Carterton) Mon-Fri 9.30-12.30 & 13.00-15.30 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 Claire07769617696
Mon, Tues & Wed12.00 - 3 pm**
BrowniesMondays 6.00 - 7.30 pmBarbara Thorne 842013
BadmintonMondays 8.00 - 10.30 pmLaurence Taylor
Tina Claridge
07771 998821


West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc 1st Tuesday in the month8.00-10.00pm David Spittles776036
Women's Institute2nd Tuesday in the month 7.30 - 10 pm Susan Cotterill823188
RainbowsWednesday 3.30 - 4.30 pmBarbara Thorne 842013
Gym ball Wednesday7.15 - 8.00 pm Bampton Physio851753


Wednesday8.00 - 9.00 pm Steph Hill079708310611
Dancing ClubThursdays 7.30 - 9.30 pmJoy Douglas 842373
KarateFridays 6.00 - 7.00 pmTracy Haley 700464
Judo ClubSaturdays 9.30 - 11.30 amJonathan Germans 01865 8843399

** Pre school opening hours

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



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