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December 2019/ February 2020

Issue no. 163


Welcome to the Christmas edition of our Parish Newsletter.

Our village has already seen its first sprinkling of snow and although it disappeared as quickly as it arrived, I think it’s a reminder to us all that during spells of bad weather that we should take time to consider the elderly and those with mobility problems and offer to collect some shopping or medication, or just pop in on them to make sure they are OK. Sometimes, just a friendly chat would likely be most welcome.

Since the last Newsletter there has been a second quiz night held in The Chequers to raise funds that will be used to help stage our 2020 Village Bash. More of that later.

November has been a busy month starting with our now annual, Bonfire Night on the 7th November which was very well supported. Thank heavens the weather was kind to us, and we had a dry night in which to enjoy the fireworks and bonfire. Thanks to all those involved with the organisation of the event.

Sunday, 10th November, Remembrance Day, dawned dry and sunny and the service at St Britius was attended by Wg Cdr Kev Latchman (OC 99 Sqn) accompanied by his Sqn Standard party.

Wreaths were laid at the memorial by Wg Cdr Latchman, the Parish Council and the WI.

A special wreath of purple poppies was laid to remember all the horses and other animals that were killed during WW1.

99 Squadron Standard
from RAF Brize Norton
  A purple wreath signifies remembrance for animals
killed during conflict
At 2pm, a Street Naming Ceremony took place at Brize Meadow where some of the descendants of the men who came from Brize Norton who lost their lives in WWI, members of the Parish Council and officials from Bloor Homes came together to officially unveil the names the first four streets in Brize Meadow.

Each sign was blessed by Rev Andrew Tweedy and Rev Ian Howard. The event was also attended by some of the new residents of the estate where at least 30 homes are now occupied.

Thanks to Bloor Homes, Les Goble and Alison Riseley for making all the arrangements.

The Brize Norton War Memorial  

By the time you read this Bev Campion will be busy putting together the finishing touches for her Christmas Market on Sunday, 8th December to be held at the Pavilion and the Elder Bank Hall. There will be local crafters ready to show off their skills and goods and help to get us into the festive mood!

The end of a year is always one of reflection and thanks so I would like to thank all the contributors, editors and distributors of this Newsletter - your support is much appreciated and often not properly acknowledged. From the many varied articles and the numerous activities that have taken place in the village this year, it’s obvious that we continue to have a vibrant and active village community. Organisers of these events and the many other activities that are ongoing in the village will be busy planning for next year’s events. These are often people who give their time freely for the benefit of us all and work hard to provide entertainment and pleasure for our Community. Thank you to you as well.

On behalf of the Brize Norton Parish Council, this leaves me only to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wendy Way

  Wreaths laid by the Parish Council
and RAF Brize Norton
99 Squadron  


We are pleased to introduce you to your councillors, with their key responsibilities:

Wendy Way — Chairman

Keith Glazier—Vice-chair & Village Maintenance

Ben Campion – Liaison with Brize Meadow

Les Goble – Neighbourhood Plan

Pip Squire - Planning

Chris Woodward — Properties Maintenance

Cllr Alex Postan WODC (District Councillor)

Cllr Nicolas Field-Johnson OCC (County Councillor)

Please contact the clerk. clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk

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On Thursday, 7th November the village held their annual Bonfire night. The Allotments Committee built an impressive bonfire. Brize Norton Primary School built a formidable guy, and members of St. Britius Church provided a delicious spread, including hotdogs, soup and cakes.

The Humble Bumble Cafe , supplied warming tea and coffee and the Pavilion Bar distributed alcoholic beverages as we watched the fabulous fireworks over the fence.

The church raised £159.00 during the evening.

This serves as a reminder of how lucky we are to live in a village that is so proactive and how many hard-working members of our community pull together to create some wonderful entertainment.




Back in 2014 I completed a 300 page book entitled "Brize Norton and World War One". This is available as a pdf on the community website at www.bncommunity.org.  I am embarking on a similar work looking at World War Two.  I am pleased to have the Parish Council's support for this project which, with luck, can be available for the commemoration of VE Day next year.

It would be a great help to have knowledge of anyone from Brize who served our country during WW2 with details of their service record - which part of the armed forces, when and where served, etc. Fortunately few were killed but many will have been conscripted both men and women.

With your help we can build a picture of life during those dark times. I would be happy to come and chat about your families experiences or receive any information you are willing to share. Please contact me by email at p.holmes@brizenorton.org or by phone on 01993 843856.

Thanks in anticipation
Dr. Phil Holmes


Friday, October 11th saw The Chequers host the second quiz night to raise funds towards next year’s Village Bash. Tim Gush was our Quiz Master for the evening and the room was packed; we even had one team sitting just outside in the bar area as they were determined to join in!

Thanks to everyone who supported the evening and helped to raise a whopping £350.

Thank you to Tim, all those who helped organise the event and everyone who provided raffle prizes.



Since opening our doors on the 24th August we have been overwhelmed with lovely customers young and old, human and canine! Those of you who follow us on Facebook will see some of the exciting things that have been happening in the cafe such as the McMillan coffee morning raising an amazing £335.

We have hosted our Brize Norton pre school who brightened our morning when they came in for their morning snacks! We also held a half term Halloween craft morning where pumpkins were carved and some crazy, scary crafts were created!

We have started our weekly knit and natter group and are currently planning our very first Christmas craft market which we hope you can all attend!

With our weekly specials and array of home made yummy cakes we are loving serving you all, trying some of your recipes and receiving some of the gorgeous gifts you so kindly bestow on us! The allotments produce a particular favourite!

So from all the staff at Humble bumble we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support, kindness and cake and coffee loving natures!!

Here’s to a very exciting 2020...


The Parish Council publish this newsletter, which should be distributed around Brize Norton village at the beginning of March, June, September and December. If you wish to submit an entry the deadlines are the 15th February, 15th May and 15th August.

We would love to hear from other students or members of the community, to submit a written piece involving their interests or recent experiences for the next copy of the newsletter. Contact the clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk.


As always, we are very busy in our little school. Academically we have a lot to celebrate – last summer’s results were amazing, with us being more than double the national average for children reaching the more able level in Reading, Writing and Maths at age 7 and 11. We even had a mention at Prime Minister’s Questions on 10th July when Theresa May said, “What matters is the quality of education our children receive and in Brize Norton they are receiving first-class education.”

We are, however, struggling financially, due to static funding and the increased cost of running a school over the last few years. The governors are discussing what we can do about this, but we are hoping to raise the money for a new classroom which would enable us to increase our pupil numbers (by a little – we don’t want to change the nature of the school) and therefore our income. Watch this space for a fund raising appeal coming soon.

Not that we are letting that stop us: we have continued doing as much as we can along-side our regular lessons. Highlights of this year so far have been:

Our Maths team coming first in the Carterton Community College Primary Maths challenge

Fun times at Forest School for all our Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 children every week

Cold but exciting inter-school sports matches including hockey, foot-ball and cross country

Roots to Food” day in which all children cooked a meal from scratch

Both Harvest Festival and Remembrance Day at St Britius’ Church


Plans for two Christmas productions are coming together and between now and Christmas we will all go to the theatre.


We also have a new, exciting, refreshed garden area, thanks to a team of parents and other volunteers who gave up a whole weekend to clear, chop and prepare. It will be wonderful to see the garden beds fertile again and the children able to cook what they have grown themselves.

As always, if any community members would like to volunteer in school, please get in touch with the school office, and prospective parents are welcome to come and meet us.


On Sunday 10th November, families and descendants of the WWI fallen named on the Brize Norton War Memorial were invited by Bloor Homes, to the street naming on Brize Meadow.

A service of remembrance was held in the open air, with the last post being played, a minute of silence and tributes to the service men, before the Rev Andrew Tweedy and Rev. Ian Howard blessed the streets with holy water.

Many thanks to Bloor Homes, who arranged the event and press coverage in local papers to commemorate the event.

Members of the Bellenger family opening the estate    

As you know, Brize Norton Parish Council has worked hard to develop relationships with Bloor Homes and is active in building links with our village. It was fantastic to meet family members who remember those lost during the war , who were so proud to have their family name immortalised in such a way. It was wonderful to see so many people there to celebrate, including the new residents of the estate.

Descendants of Archer Place watch
while the road is blessed

The Faulkner family stand proudly
 around Faulkner Place

Wendy Way, Chairman of the Parish Council, Rev. Tweedy and Rev Howard on Parker Close


It was lovely meeting your colleagues yesterday and wish to thank the Council for their part in arranging the ceremony. Our family particularly appreciated the poignant service of remembrance and thank all those presenting it.

I loved meeting other families but there were none of the present generation who knew anything about Percy.

My only disappointment is that we don’t have a photo of Percy. I would be most grateful for any members of our extended family and friends to look in their photo albums for any photos that might include a view of Percy.

Betty Parry (Timms family)


I would like to thank every one for their support this year.

At the time of writing I am about to count up this years collection but would like to thank all of the businesses that had collection tins but especially the
volunteers that turned out during a very wet and cold couple of weeks and of course all of the people who purchased poppies.

Thank you once again, Barbie Thorne


We are a small village charity which provides a small monetary gift to Widows & Pensioners at Christmas time

If you are a Brize Norton resident Widow/Pensioner & would like to be added to our list please let me know by mid-December.

Fred Bellenger 841189 f.bellenger@sky.com.


The deadline to apply for 3 and 4 year olds to attend primary school is 15th January 2020. Apply on-line at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/primaryadmissions.

Preschool has had a great start to the new academic year with 16 new children join-ing our preschool. We have another 6 children joining us after the Christmas holidays. As a result we are extremely busy with only very limited space available.

Preschool runs from the Elder Bank Hall term-time only Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm and Friday 9am-12pm.

Children can start at preschool once they have turned 2.

Prices start at £12.50 per session. Funding is available for 2, 3 and 4 year olds subject to terms and conditions.

For more details please see our website www.brizenortonpreschool.com or call 07769617696.


This year, I auditioned and have been chosen to participate in the Young Company in this years Christmas Pantomime of Beauty and the Beast at the Oxford Playhouse Theatre.

It is my second time performing in the panto and I love it as I feel that I come alive on stage. Mr dream is to become a professional actor. The Young Company support the professional actors on the stage with dancing and singing.

The show is lively, funny and entertaining for all the family, with all the elements of a traditional panto.

Written and directed by Steve Marmion, the lead actors are Ricky Oakley, Daisy Elwin and Paul Barnhill.

The cartoons are drawn by Korky Paul who wrote the Winnie the Witch series.



My friends and I regularly play on the recreation ground., so we want to make our own football team.

Many teenagers train with local clubs, but are frustrated that they don’t get much match time as the same children are chosen regularly. By forming a new team this will give both boys and girls, who love playing football, a chance to train and also play matches.

The Brize Norton Senior Football Club and the Sports and Social Club are very keen for us to join them and have offered to share their training time on Tuesday evenings. We can register to participate for the local leagues in June. Meanwhile, we hope to play friendly matches with local clubs.

We are looking for anyone under 14 to join us who would like to play football. We are also looking for a coach and parents to help train us.

If you would like to join us, please contact Matthew Riseley on 01993 846648 or by e-mail at clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk



This turned out to be a very special Event this year as it was our 20th Anniversary of our opening our village gardens for the National Garden Scheme. Prior to this for 2 to 3 years, we opened our gardens under the Alan Titchmarsh’s, Gardens Great and Small, charitable Event. It began all of those years ago with just 2 gardens and in the course of time it has escalated to 12 gardens and the Church Flower Festival up to the present day. It also culminated to the presentation to several garden members of an engraved stainless steel gardening trowel, provided by the NGS for the opening of their gardens over 10 and 20 years, in appreciation of their continued support over this period.

On the open day this year the weather was kind to us. Also, by opening earlier in the month than previous years, we were inundated with visitors coming to us from far and wide that made many pleasing comments about the splendour of all of our gardens.

I would like to thank Mary Holmes for organizing the wonderful Flower Festival in our small Church and the WI members for their continued support in providing teas and cakes for this Event at the Elder Bank Hall. Also, to thank the gardeners that provided plant sales, additional beverages and cakes on the day that was used to raise the following funds for support of our own village charities, namely:

Church - £188.29 Over 60’s Club - £188.29
Brownies £188.29 Horticultural Event - £188.29

The total amount raised on the day for this Event was £1739.39.

Furthermore, I would also like to thank Mr Barnett of Astrop Farm and the owners of the Masons Arms for allowing us to use their premises for additional car parking for this event.

Also, I would like to give thanks to all of the gardeners that took part in this event, for without their hard work and commitment this Event would not take place.

We all feel that it is one of the most pleasant ways of fund raising for all of these various Charities. Therefore, if there are any gardeners who would like to open their garden and to take part in this annual Event, then please contact the undersigned by the end of August to enable us to register your garden with the NGS for entry into their Yellow Book.

Lastly, I would like to thank all of the residents in our village that came along on that hot Sunday in June to provide us with monies for these Charitable causes.

Jean Butcher for and on behalf of the Gardens Open Day Group.


Parish Council meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each month. Meetings are held in the Brize Norton Sports and Social Club, opposite the Elder Bank Hall and the public are welcome to attend.

The next meetings are:
Monday 2nd December 7:30pm
Monday 6th January 7:30pm
Monday 3rd Februay 7:30pm
Monday 2nd March 7:30pm

If you wish to bring an item to the council’s attention at a meeting, please contact the clerk at lease one week prior to the meeting in order for the Council to discuss the matter brought before them.

Members of the public are welcome to attend council meetings.


Monday 7:45 Elder Bank Hall, & Wednesday 8:00 Brize Norton School,

Both toning, conditioning and circuits sessions are for any ability with a no pressure atmosphere, £5 per session.

Contact Tom Wattleworth on 07892945060 or TW-FITNESS on Facebook



We have been having great fun working towards our latest theme badge award, we have been learning first aid among other useful skills. We had a great early Halloween party and it was lovely to see so many friends enjoying themselves.

Unfortunately, our numbers are very low and unless new girls come along and join we may have to think about closing or joining with another Brownie pack to keep going. So, if you wish to keep Brize Norton Brownies in the village please think about joining or registering your interest by going online at guiding join us or contacting Barbie Thorne on 01993842013 or call in to Elder Bank Hall on a Monday between 6:00 and 7:30.

Hope to see you soon,

Barbie Thorne 842013 or go on the Guiding website https://www.girlguiding.org.uk




We wish to thank everyone who came out to brush up on their CPR skills in September at the CPR and Defibrillator training session with Christopher Tancock of Pint of Life.

Members of the WI with Christopher
Tancock from Pint of Life

The WI supports our community and there are a several events that we shall participate in:-


On November 10th, President, Shelagh Chatterton, was hon-oured to lay a wreath at the St. Britius' annual Remembrance Day Service.

On December 8th, the WI will support our new village cafe, Humble Bumble, Christmas Craft Fayre. We congratulate them on this initiative as it is a festive way to bring residents together during the Christmas season and a fun way to support the talented 'crafty crafters'.

The WI members will attend the annual Christmas Carol Service to be held at St. Britius Church on December 22nd.

Pint for Life


The wreath laid on the
War Memorial by the WI


Upcoming meetings:-

January 14th - 'Alpacas - A world of fabulous fluff', by Jane Abbott

February 11th - Valentine's Day Cake Decorations, by Jane Dyson

March 10th - Annual General Meeting.

We extend an open invitation to all of the Ladies in the Brize Norton village and neigh-bouring areas, especially Brize Meadow, to join us on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Elder Bank Village Hall, for an enjoyable evening of fellowship and a bit of fun.

Contact Shelagh Chatterton, President for additional information at Tel: 01993-843136.


We are delighted to be able to report that, following a period of vacancy, Rev Ian Howard has been appointed Team Vicar
Designate to the benefice. He will be licenced officially as Team Vicar by the Bishop of Dorchester in the spring of 2020. St Britius will continue to be served by the clergy team of Drew, Ian, Lyndsay, Billie and Stephen with Drew and Ian being the principal clergy contacts.

  Rev Tweedy and Rev Howard
Our fundraising was boosted by selling out of hotdogs, soup and tray bakes at the village bonfire event. Thank you to the Parish Council for promoting this event and to everyone who supported us. Thank you also for all those making donations for the T4U Christmas shoe box appeal; we have sent 31 complete boxes from the school, village and church donations.

We were pleased to welcome the Standard party of 99 Squadron RAF to the Remembrance service on Sunday 10 November and also the school for their service on Monday 11 November. From the collection at the service we have made a donation of £182 to the Royal British Legion.


99 Squadron at the
Remembrance Service

In the run up to Christmas we invite you to join us on Thursday 19 December (6pm to 7.30pm) to SING CAROLS in the village – if you would like to join us please contact Carolyn for timings and route (844102).

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

- CANDLELIT CAROL SERVICE on Sunday 22nd December at 6.00pm; a service of nine lessons and carols and the children’s Nativity Tableau – we invite all children at-tending 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 Christmas Eve at 11.30pm

- FAMILY SERVICE Christmas Day at 9.15am

 and looking forward we will be celebrating CHRISTINGLE AT CANDLEMAS on Sunday 2 February 2020 at 9.15am.

For details of the church services refer to the notices on the church door or log onto the website www.bncommunity.org

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



We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month with an outing or a meeting. We are a village group of 26 members. Meetings are at 4 Squires Close at 2pm. We enjoy sandwiches, tea and cakes, thanks to June, Connie and Benita.

We have recently enjoyed talks by Martin Way on the Cotswold Wool trade, seated exer-cise with Sue and poems by Doreen and also a meal at The Chequers.

Our future programme is as follows:

Tues 19th November Coffee Morning 10.30am at Joy’s, 4 Squire’s Close. Bring and Buy, Raffle, Everyone welcome

Tues 3rd December Flower arranging by Anne


Tues 17th December Christmas meal at The Trout, Lechlade


For more information, ring Joy on 842373 or look on the village notice boards.


We meet every Thursday evening in the Elder Bank Hall from 7.30pm-9.30pm. We dance ballroom, Latin and sequence dances to CDs. We have tea and biscuits in the interval. For more information please ring Joy on 842373.


Witney - We meet at the Windrush Leisure Centre, Witney at 10am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 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 Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays we meet out-side the Town Hall, Carterton at 10am. The walks are 1–2 miles long. For more information contact Barbara Goudal on 01993

Everyone welcome - 10.30am 4 Squire’s Close
Bring and buy and raffle



Monday 2nd December 7:30pm                        Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 3rd December 2:00pm                        (Over 60’s) Flower arranging
Sunday 8th December 3:00pm -7:00pm         Christmas Market Elder Bank Hall
Tuesday 10th December 7:30pm                      (WI) Christmas Lunch
Tuesday 17th December 2:00pm                     (Over 60’s) Christmas meal @ The Trout
Thursday 19th December 6:00pm -7:30pm   Carol Singing
Sunday 22nd December 6:00pm                      (St. Britius) Carol Service
Tuesday 24th December 11:30pm                   (St. Britius) Midnight Mass
Wednesday 25th December 9:15am                (St. Britius) Family Service


 Monday 6th January 7:30pm                             Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 7th January 2:00pm                            (Over 60’s) Sing-a-long-with Cliff
Tuesday 14th January 7:30pm                          (WI) ‘Alpacas—A World of fabulous fluff’
Tuesday 21st January 2:00pm                          (Over 60’s) Quiz and Chat


Sunday 2nd February 7:30pm                            (St. Britius) Christingle
Tuesday 4th February 2:00pm                            (Over 60’s) Talk from Ben
Monday 3rd February 7:30pm                             Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 11th February 7:30pm                         (WI) Valentines Cake Decorations
Tuesday 18th February 2:00pm                         (Over 60’s) Coffee Morning


Monday 2nd March 7:30pm                                 Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 3rd March 2:00pm                                 (Over 60’s) Meal at the Chequers
Tuesday 10th March 7:30pm                               (WI) AGM
Tuesday 17th March 2:00pm                               (Over 60’s) Olive – Paris to Pigs


Tuesday 7th April 2:00pm                                     (Over 60’s) Hilltop Garden Centre


Weekly Wednesday Fellowship 12:30pm to 1:30pm There is soup, cheese, doughnuts and a warm welcome.
                                                             Contact Ben Campion 358690 for more information.
Sunday St. Britius’ Church services 9:15am
Wednesday evening Holy Communion service at 7:00pm
Mondays and Wednesdays 8.30am– 8:45am Morning prayers.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00pm. Evening prayers


Organisation ContactTelephone No.


Brize Norton Parish CouncilAlison Riseley846648 clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk
The Church Rev Ian Howard (Curate) 07867784693 curate@stjohnschurhcarterton.org.uk
The SchoolAnna Fairhurst 842488 www.brizeprimary.org
School Governors Miranda Mowbray 842488  
BNPS HSA Lauren Jacobs 07766521443 laurenfjacobs@gmail.com
Football ClubSimon Cook 841096/07825 002298  
BN S&SC/Cricket ClubTim Gush846730 
Elderbank HallDiane Davies843430 
Women's Institute      
Over 60'sJoy Douglas 842373  
Open GardensJean Butcher 841347 prbutcher@sky.com
Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm  

Police (Witney) 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday (closed weekends)     101

NHS Helpline (24/7 urgent medical conditions)                                        111


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 Jackie07769617696
Mon, Tues & Wed12.00 - 3 pm**
BrowniesMondays 6.00 - 7.30 pmBarbara Thorne 842013
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 Janet Albury-Simpson 844222


Wednesday8.00 - 9.00 pm Steph Hill
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
TW Fitness
HIIT training
Mondays 7.45 pmTom Wattleworth 078929450060

** Pre school opening hours

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

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