Brize Norton Parish Council Newsletter
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Here is the text from the June 2008 Newsletter Published here with permission of the Parish Council.
With this issue of the Newsletter we are nearly half way through another year, the list of summer activities contained in the following pages indicate a thriving community with many varied activities taking place in the village. It appears that all age groups are well catered for. We are grateful to the committees of all the clubs and organisations that work so hard to make a success of these ventures for the benefit of so many.
Climate change and global warming, (believe it or not!)
The effects of localised flooding are still with us. Some people in the village have only just returned to their homes after the flood of July 2007. After numerous meetings the West Oxford District Council (WODC) report on flooding will be ready in early June. It will be available on the WODC website and I would recommend that you read this report and pass any comments to WODC. The report contains many recommendations to reduce the risk of further flooding throughout the village. It is hoped that expectations are not raised unduly as funding for all of the improvements is not yet in place. The Parish Council will continue to lobby, at all levels of local and central government and endeavour to ensure that action is taken to reduce further flood risk.
Ongoing developments at RAF Brize Norton.
Work has started on the building of a new large hangar. Traffic for this is expected to enter RAF Brize Norton at an entrance off of the Carterton Road. The Parish Council has made representations to Oxfordshire County Council to ensure that traffic is routed away from the village.
Parish Councillors have held an on site meeting
with Oxfordshire County Council to discuss traffic calming measures to
reduce the impact of traffic throughout the village. The discussions
were wide ranging; topics discussed were all approach roads to the
village, speed limits, parking restrictions, weight limits, footpaths,
routeing of vehicles to RAF Brize Norton, the future use of Kilkenny
Lane, safety of children attending the primary school, speed checks,
flashing speed signs and the continuation of the new link road from the
Minster Road Roundabout to the bends by Astrop Farm. All of the above
were well received by the OCC representative. However once again funding
for improvements is always the stumbling block.
ST BRITIUS CHURCH
The church will be open and full of flowers arranged by ladies who are opening their gardens for the NGS Gardens Open Day on Sunday 8 June from 1pm to 6pm. Everyone is also most welcome at our "Songs of Praise" service which closes the day's events at 7.30pm. The hymns and readings have been chosen by members of the congregation and those in the village opening their gardens.
We have started preliminary work on the Friends of St Britius Tower Project, rendering the walls of the tower ready for construction of the toilet facilities. We are still awaiting final approval of the Diocesan Advisory Committee and the award of a Faculty for carrying out the work. It has taken far longer than we hoped to get to this point!
At the Horticultural Show and Cricket Festival on August Bank Holiday Monday members of the church will be providing teas and refreshments, and a tombola stall.
BRIZE NORTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
The end of the school year is fast approaching and as ever this term
is filled with exciting events.
NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME BRIZE NORTON
This year Brize Norton has fifteen gardens opening on Sunday June 8th between 1pm and 6pm as part of the NGS Gardens open for charity scheme. Last year there were ten gardens open and £776 was raised with some of the monies being donated to Brize Norton over 60's club, Brize Norton Brownies and St.Britius Church as well as national charities like Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
This year we are pleased to welcome two new gardens, 'Clumber' in Witney Road and 2 Elm Grove. There are also a number of gardens open this year that were not open last year. The WI will again be providing cream teas in Elderbank Hall and the Flower Festival will be held in St. Britius Church.
Please support our members by visiting the gardens. £3.50 per adult ticket offers great value for money.
If you would like more information or would like to open your garden next year, please get in touch.
Stuart Finlayson 846386.
BRIZE NORTON OVER 60's CLUB
The meetings will now be held at 4 Squires Close as Joy has moved
back in after the floods.
Thank you to Edna, Benita, Carol and June for our teas.
New members, with village connections most welcome.
Contact Joy Douglas 842373
YOUR VILLAGE POST OFFICE (AT YOUR SERVICE)
Did you know that your village Post Office provides all of the services listed below and lots more?
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.
BRIZE NORTON VILLAGE PRE SCHOOL
With the recent warm and dry Spring weather the children have made several visits to our allotment and have started planting seeds and tubers. They all enjoy their time digging, weeding and sowing and then harvesting the produce later in the year. The pre-school is indebted to those of you who help with keeping our allotment tidy, giving us plants and garden tools and a new compost bin. The allotment as a teaching resource is a real plus point when it comes to our Ofsted inspections. The children have also grown mung bean shoots which were then cooked in a stir fry and they ate for their mid morning snack.
We would like to thank A K Timms Ltd for allowing the children to visit their garden section at the start of term. When they were back in pre-school the home corner and our shed became 'garden centres' for the children to play in.
In the second week of term we had an Ofsted inspection and the report can be viewed on the Ofsted website (www.ofsted.gov.uk). We were pleased that the inspector recognised all the hardwork by the staff and committee over the last 10 months and although the overall assessment was satisfactory for nursery education and care of children there were many aspects that the inspector found to be good.
Thank you to everyone who supported us at our Easter fayre in March. The children enjoyed singing the songs they had learnt and also parading the wonderful Easter bonnets that were created for them. We raised a further £275 towards pre-school funds.
We were sorry that we had to cancel our bingo evening in April but we hope that you will be able to join us on Saturday 19 July for a Summer quiz evening with pig roast buffet. We will be advertising the event with more details later in June. We are also doing further fundraising at the Foxbury Farm open day Sunday 1 June. We will be selling second hand children's clothes and toys and invite children to have their face painted.
We are still busy collecting the Sainsbury's (Active8) and Tesco (computers for schools) vouchers. The schemes allow us to exchange the vouchers we collect for a variety of new equipment for the pre-school and we would be pleased if you could continue to collect the vouchers for us and either 'post' them in our collecting boxes in the hall foyer or to Carolyn at 52a Station Road.
Brize Norton Village pre-school runs Monday to Friday in the Elderbank Hall. We cater for 2 1/2 to 5 year olds. This term we have 22 children filling both full and part time places. If you would like to register your child on our waiting list, or you would like any other information about pre-school, or you think you may be able to help in some way, then please contact our chairman Carolyn Peach 01993 844102 or e-mail: email@example.com or our website www.brizenortonpreschool.info.
We also hire out the pre-school chairs and tables - ideal for birthday parties and events with several children in attendance....only £5 for as many as you need.
Contact Carolyn for further details.
BRIZE NORTON DANCE CLUB
We still meet every 2 weeks on Thursday evenings. Thanks to Jean & Mabel for the refreshments. Club end of term cream tea June 29th.
With the profit from previous tea dances, we gave £150 to the renal
BRIZE NORTON VILLAGE TODDLER GROUP
Have you got a baby/toddler/child between 0-5 years?
We are a small, friendly, parent run toddler group offering a wide range of toys and activities. Held in the Elderbank hall with additional outside space, there is a lot of room for toddlers to let off steam get creative or simply have fun with other children. There is also a suitable area for less mobile babies.
We are trying to provide what you want and need from the group, by encouraging group singing, story time and a regular craft activity table. Children are free to participate in any activity.
We would love to see new faces, or the return of old ones, and hope you and your child will come along and see what toddler group has to offer.
Brize Norton Toddlers - Elderbank Hall
|The Church||Roy Turner||844175|
|The School||Mark Smith (Head)||842488|
|School Governors||Tracy Barnett||850471|
|Football Club||Fred Bellenger||841189|
|Ladies FC||Sam Goodwin||846827|
|Cricket Club||Tim Gush||846730|
|Elderbank Hall||Diane Davies||843430|
|The Chequers Inn||Keith or Jane||842379|
|Horticultural Show||Chris Thorne||842013|
|Women’s Institute||Anne Hancock||842197|
|Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion||Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm|
|Police (Carterton)||Mon-Tue 8.30-12.00 & 13.00-17.00 Fri close at 16.00||893951|
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 - Fri||9 am - 12 noon||Carolyn Peach||844102|
|Brownies||Mondays||6 pm - 7.30 pm||Mrs B Thorne||842013|
|Badminton||Mondays||8 pm - 10.30 pm||Mrs Claridge||843196|
|Toddler Group||Tuesdays||1.15 pm - 3.00 pm||Carolyn Peach||844102|
|Over 60's||1st & 3rd Tuesday in the month||3.30-5.30pm||Joy Douglas||842373|
|West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc||1st Tuesday in the month||8.00-10.00pm||Andrew Tinsley||832041|
|Women's Institute||2nd Tuesday in the month||7.30 pm - 10 pm||Anne Hancock||842197|
|Rainbows||Wednesday||3.30-4.30pm||Mrs B Thorne||842013|
|Dancing Club||Thursdays||7 pm - 10 pm||Mrs J Douglas||842373|
|Judo Club||Saturdays||9.30 am - 11.30 am||Jonathan Gerrans||01865 884339|
|Karate||Sundays||5.00 pm - 6.30 pm||Matt Webb||840890|
The Hall is available for Private Hire Contact:- Mrs Diane Davies on 843430
The Sports Pavilion is available for Private Hire:- Jo Webb 840890