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BRlZE NORTON PARISH COUNCIL
Issue no. 133
This is the recent press release from Paul Slater, Senior Planner
(Policy), West Oxfordshire District Council which we have copied in full
for your information.
West Oxfordshire Local Development Framework (LDF) Core Strategy
Update May 2012
The Core Strategy is the most important part of the LDF setting out
the overall pattern of future growth in West Oxfordshire. The strategy
has been through an extensive period of ongoing stakeholder engagement
and it was anticipated that the final proposed submission draft would
have been considered by Cabinet and Council in March 2012 and formally
published in May 2012.
However, shortly before the March meetings were due to take place,
the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) informed the Council that
they are unlikely to require as many houses in Carterton for service
personnel as originally envisaged.
Given this material change in circumstances, consideration of the
Core Strategy was deferred until May/June 2012 in order to assess the
implications. However as discussions with the DIO and other key
stakeholders remain ongoing, the next report to Cabinet on 23rd May will
now be in the nature of an update report on the Core Strategy with a
revised programme. The actual document will follow for consideration by
Cabinet on 25th July.
It should be noted that the July Cabinet will be asked to approve
another consultation version of the Core Strategy rather than the final
submission draft to give people a further opportunity to comment in
light of the change in circumstances.
Consultation will take place in August/September 2012 and will allow
interested parties the opportunity to comment on the implications of the
DIO announcement and the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
recently published by the Government. Further consultation will also
ensure that all alternative options or combination of options have been
adequately tested and consulted upon prior to the Core Strategy being
Depending on the volume and nature of consultation responses
received, the final proposed submission draft will be reported to
Cabinet and Council in October / November 2012 and formally published
A further LDF update will be circulated prior to the Cabinet meeting
Further information on the preparation of the Core Strategy to date
is available on the Council's website -
This means that we, as a village, will have to make further comments
in August. We would strongly encourage you to do so, as the Council
take note of strength of feeling, and your individual responses are very
important. We, as a Parish Council, continue to engage on your
behalves, but the threat of 700 to 1,000 houses being built right up
against our village is a real possibility and YOUR ACTION IS REQUIRED.
We would thank you for your support up until now, and I am pleased to
say that the petition has just been presented to the WODC Council. We
do, however, need you to continue to take an active interest, and make
your comments whenever you are able.
My thanks to Garry Griffin for preparing this report
CALENDAR OF EVENTS - read on more for further information
26 May The Brize Norton
'Drips' and BNS&SC Beer festival 2pm until late
The Recreation Ground Brize Norton
29 May Over 60's picnic White Horse Hill
2-5 June Diamond Jubilee Celebrations - The Chequers
4 June The Chequers, Diamond Jubilee Street Party from
8 June Screenings of UEFA Euro football Games at The
10 June National Garden Scheme - Open gardens
12 June WI meeting - 7.30pm EB Hall - 'The Oldest Road'
19 June Over 60's cream tea
23 June Opera in the Garden, Grange Farm St Britius Roof fund
28 June Last dance club before summer break EB Hall, 7.30pm
29 June 'Best of British' themed School fete 5.30-7.30pm
Cream teas in Aid of Stop the Drips - at Tim & Judy Gush's Painswick
House, Carterton Road
3 July Over 60's coach trip to Leamington Spa
10 July WI meeting - 7.30pm EB Hall - 'Witney Blankets'
17 July Over 60's meeting - quiz and games
7 Aug Over 60's picnic and visit to
Bill Faulkner's motorcycles
11 Sep WI meeting - 7.30pm EB Hall - Face
and Body Art
21 Sep St Brits Ball, Witney Lakes
9 Oct WI meeting - 7.30pm EB Hall -
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 Oxfordshire County
Council web site. Please note timings are always subject to change.
Brize Norton Diamond Jubilee celebrations
|Thursday 31 May - Unveiling of Diamond Jubilee commemorative bench at
midday at The Elderbank Hall.
|Primary School children receive their commemorative mugs
The Chequers Brize Norton is celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
with a four day weekend packed full with events.
- We are having a four day beer and cider festival with many new and
also traditional ales and ciders at a great price for all to enjoy
- Saturday 2 June - Band Day From 2pm to 10pm - live music from six
local bands and singers in our recently redesigned garden with plenty of
activities to keep the children entertained, including a mega bouncy
castle. The whole family can enjoy the day.
- Sunday 3 June - a traditional Carvery and the activities in the
garden to keep the children entertained.
- Monday 4 June - THE CHEQUERS STREET PARTY in true British style from
midday. We have a pig roast supplied by Foxbury Farm to eat, the beer
and cider to drink and music all day plus many more activities to
entertain the children, a bouncy castle, face painting, sale of cup
cakes. Children are invited to come in fancy dress (any theme) and
presents will be awarded for their fancy dress. BBC TV is coming in the
afternoon to record the fun and celebrations. The Diamond Jubilee
Concert being held in London will be broadcast on the 'Big Screen'.
- Tuesday 5 June - the celebrations happening in London will be
broadcast on our 'Big Screen'. Come along and wave your Union Jack
flags and feel included in the parades.
We would like everyone in the village to come along to one or all of
our 'weekend' events and especially would love to see you all there on
Monday to make it an amazing village experience to tell our children,
grandchildren and great grandchildren about!
For more information please visit our events page at
www.thechequersatbrizenorton.co.uk or email Charlotte on
email@example.com or call 01993 842379.
||Thank you to all those parents who registered their children (born
since 1 September 2000) to receive a commemorative mug. All those
children attending the village primary school will receive a mug on
Thursday 31 May at the school Diamond Jubilee tea party. For all other
eligible children please come to collect your mug on Monday 4 June
from The Chequers between 3pm and 5pm or contact the clerk
to arrange collection as soon after this date as possible
and definitely by 30 June. There are a small number of
spare mugs and these will be available on a 'first come
first served basis' from 1 July. Please contact the
clerk if you would like a chance to receive one of these.
Discounted heating oil buying scheme.
Want to save money on the cost of your heating oil? Join the
community-based, county wide oil buying syndicate.
What's the scheme about?
ORCC Trading Ltd has set up a new social enterprise that will reduce
the cost of your domestic heating oil each time you place an order. All
you need to do to take advantage of the scheme is to pay an annual
membership fee, which will cover as many oil orders as you need during
the course of the year.
What's the snag?
There isn't one. The scheme is being promoted by Oxfordshire Rural
community Council; a long established and well respected Oxfordshire
Charity. By bringing communities throughout Oxfordshire together and
making the most of joint buying power, we can make savings and pass them
directly to people like you whose fuel costs are high simply because you
use oil fired central heating.
How do you join the syndicate?
To take advantage of this scheme, either visit www.oxonrcc.org.uk or
01865 883488. Membership costs £20 for domestic, Community buildings
£50 & Business £100 per annum. The saving for members of the scheme in
March 2012 was £48.30 on 1000 litres.
Stuart Finlayson 01993 846386 - Village coordinator.
AFFORDABLE WARMTH PROJECT
And, for those with gas and electric advice,
from Oxfordshire Affordable Warmth Project - REDUCE FUEL BILLS NOW, AND
FOR THE FUTURE - 5 'top tips':-
1) If the colder winter weather is behind us,
consider adjusting your central heating timers to provide less heating
hours (or can it be turned off completely?)
2) If you do feel chilly, make sure you're
dressed accordingly in the first instance. Some natural material can be
better than synthetic ones, so grab your nice warm woollen jumper! A
hot, healthy meal will help you to feel warm too, but if it's still
cold, put the heating on (the evenings can be especially cold if it has
been a lovely sunny day with little cloud around)
3) Draw curtains at dusk to trap the heat in the
home - tuck them behind radiators where appropriate.
4) Insulate your home - now really is the best
time to get unfilled cavity walls, and lofts topped up. Insulation is
unlikely to be this cheap ever again!
5) And finally, to get your free, no obligation
survey for insulation, or for more advice on heating, keeping warm,
saving money on energy bills, grants, switching supplier, and a whole
host of other helpful ways to cut your bills, call us on free phone 0800
107 0044. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Affordable Warmth Network for Oxfordshire is a friendly team from United
Sustainable Energy Agency, a local not-for-profit organisation devoted
to helping people achieve affordable warmth, reduce carbon, adapt to
climate change, tackle fuel poverty and build community spirit. This is
supported by the District Councils across Oxfordshire, County Council
and the Primary Care Trust.
BRIZE NORTON OVER 60's CLUB
We have enjoyed two trips to Coventry and
Cirencester. The weather was fine on both occasions. The talk on Old
Witney was very interesting and our trip to the Witney Pantomime was
excellent. We have also enjoyed a meal at The Chequers and a
sing-a-long with Cliff.
Future events are:
||Picnic at White Horse Hill then onto Wantage
|| Coach trip to Leamington Spa
|| Meeting - quiz and games
||Visit and picnic to Bill Faulkner's Motorcycles
Thank you to all who attended the last coffee
morning. We made a £100 profit. We are a small club, 27 members, for
village residents. We meet at 4 Squires Close from 2.30 to 4.30pm.
Thank you to Benita, Connie and June for providing tea, sandwiches and
home made cakes.
For more information contact Joy on 01993 842373
BRIZE NORTON WOMEN'S INSTITUTE
We started our new year's programme in April
with a visit from Bill Heine who gave us an interesting insight into
aspects of his job at the BBC and sold signed copies of his latest
book. This month we also hosted the Group Meeting and entertained 70 WI
members from various villages from the local area. The talk was on
Mercy Ships and we heard how everyone on the ships, including the
Captain and surgeons down to the tea boy all worked on a voluntary basis
in order to completely alter the health of many poor people and
transform their lives. We will again be doing the teas for the Garden's
Open Day and intend to have a stall at the August Bank Holiday Cricket
||Russell Cherry talking on 'The Oldest Road
- The Ridgeway
||Valerie Burton talking on 'The History and
Memories of Witney Blankets'
||Gita Konschak - Face and body
|| Philip Dove - Stained glass
We are hoping to have some extra events in
between our meetings including a river trip with a cream tea, a garden
party at Andrea's in Kelmscot, and a walk including lunch at a pub.
We meet in the Elderbank Hall on the second
Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm and we would love to see a few more of
BRIZE NORTON DANCE CLUB
||We meet every Thursday 7.30-9.30pm in the
Elderbank Hall. Only £2 each. We dance ballroom, Latin American and
sequence dances to CDs. Thank you to Jean and Mabel who serve
refreshments of tea and biscuits. Our last session before the summer
break will be Thursday 28 June to start again in September.
For more information contact Joy on 01993
WITNEY AND CARTERTON HEALTH WALKS
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.
During the summer, evening walks on 2nd and 4th
Wednesdays starting at 6.45pm take place from different start points eg
Minster Lovell, Thrupp, Woodstock and Alvescot. For a programme of
walks please contact Joy - 01993 842373. No charge
|On Monday and Saturday we meet at the Town Hall,
Carterton at 10am, and on Thursday at 10am at the Leisure Centre,
The walks are 1 - 2 miles long.
information contact Barbara Goudal on 01993 845923.
GETTING READY FOR WINTER!
Many of you will be aware that West Oxfordshire
District Council in partnership with the Oxfordshire County Council and
our neighbouring authorities offer a free electric blanket test to all
our residents on 2 days a year. The venues are at Witney and Chipping
Norton. The days have been set for this year and are below. Testing is
by appointment only and it was very popular last year with both venues
being completely booked. The telephone number for appointments is 01993
861060. (Booking lines will not be open until June/July 2012 - look out
for posters on village notice board).
||12 October 2012
||26 October 2012.
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 10 June from 1pm to 6pm.
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.
The Friends of St Britius have already raised
£1,826 in the first three months of this year. We would like to thank
everyone in the village for their fantastic support and the Fund Raising
Team for their time and commitment. The work on phase 1 of the roof is
due to start on September 10th.
Please see our special website -
www.brizenorton.org.uk/stbritiusroof for more info.
We ask for your support for the following
Opera in the Garden - Saturday June 23rd, 6 p.m.
at Grange Farm
||Now that the weather has warmed up (!) tickets
are selling fast for the Opera in the Garden in aid of "Stop the drips
at St. Brits" church roof fund. Lucy & Mark Artus invite you to grab a
few friends, pack up a picnic and come and listen to "Charity Opera"
sing all the best known pieces from popular operas and musicals. What
could be better on a summer's evening? Bring your own gazebo plus table
and chairs if you wish or just a picnic blanket if you prefer. Tickets
are £12.50 per person and there is a 10% discount for groups of 6 or
more. After Monday June 11th, tickets go up to £15 per person (to try
and discourage people who are waiting to see what the weather will do!)
so be brave - you can always bring an umbrella or an extra blanket!
There will be Pimms, wine, beer and soft drinks on offer as well as
strawberries and cream, Pavlova and other yummy desserts. There will
also be a fantastic raffle - 1st prize - luxury picnic hamper and 2nd
prize - dinner + bed & breakfast at Charingworth Manor Hotel near
Chipping Campden. For tickets or any questions, please contact Lucy
Artus 843713 or Jackie Bellenger at A.K. Timms 842172
Cream Teas - Sunday 1st July, Painswick House,
|Cream teas will be served in the garden from
2.30 until 5 pm.
Please note that this event has been moved forward from 8th July to
St Brits Ball on Saturday 21st September at
||This will be a repeat of our successful Ball
last year. It will be black tie, dancing to a live band "Breeze" and
includes a two course hot meal. Tickets will be available from Tammy
The Fund Raising Team is always
thinking up new activities and working very hard to make them work.
They would love for some more people to come and join them. If you are
interested please ring Jackie Bellenger at AK Timms (842172)
1st BRIZE NORTON BROWNIES AND RAINBOWS
Brownies meet on Monday evenings during school
term time at the Elderbank Hall from 6pm to 7.30pm. Brownies is for
girls aged between 7and 10 years old. Rainbows meet on Wednesday
afternoons during term time at the Elderbank Hall from 3.30pm to
4.30pm. Rainbows is for girls aged between 5 - 7 years old.
We have lots of fun, playing games, cooking,
craft projects, singing, themed meetings and sometimes there are weekend
activities. In June the Brownies and Rainbows are on a day trip to
Woburn Safari Park. Also in June some of the Brownies are away on the
District Olympic weekend camp in Gloucestershire. This is a weekend of
sporting and cultural activities with a chance of making new friends
from other Brownie packs in the District.
Come and join in the fun, anyone is welcome to
come and visit for an evening.
We are looking for interested people who would
like to help out at Rainbows and Brownies. Contact Shirley Ingham,
Brown Owl 01993 213075
Oxfordshire's Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy
The new Health & Wellbeing Board has put
together a draft strategy which identifies a vision and set of
priorities for the people of Oxfordshire. It aims to say what we want to
do to improve the health and wellbeing of children, young people,
families, adults and older people in the county and what targets we will
use to measure how we are doing.
We would like to hear from as many people as
possible so that we can find out:
- Have we got our priorities right?
- Have we got our targets right?
- What else should we include?
- Is there anything else you would like to tell
||A great class for all levels of Fitness.
Wednesday 8-9pm at the Elderbank Hall, Brize
Steph Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BRIZE NORTON OPEN GARDENS
||Brize Norton is opening its gardens once again
this year for the National Gardens Scheme, on Sunday 10th June, from
1.00 - 6.00pm. This year we have 15 gardens for you to visit; we have
some new gardens as well as existing gardens, some of which have had big
changes to how they look. If you would like a preview of what to expect
you can go on the National Gardens Scheme website (www.ngs.org.uk) and
see all the gardens in Brize Norton that are opening this year.
Once again the WI will be providing teas and
cakes in the Elderbank Hall and the Church are providing tea and cakes
at the other end of the village at Grange Farm so you can always break
for a quick refreshing stop to revive you as you visit the gardens
throughout the village.
||We look forward to see you on the 10th June -
let us hope we have a sunny and warm afternoon. Don't miss out on this
BRIZE NORTON SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB
Since the last report things at the club have
continued to move forward, if a little slowly at time. The building is
looking clean and bright after its coat of paint and the football club
have placed their photographs back on the wall. Just need to add the old
cricketing ones now!
|There is a dart board for social games, plus we
have just started a Thursday evening Aunt Sally team. The team will be
playing in the league every Thursday on a home and away basis, so if you
fancy hitting the 'dolly' pop down and have a go. The team will welcome
||Cricket will also be played during the summer,
on Saturdays. There are fixture booklets in the pavilion if you are
By the time this newsletter is published the
beer festival will have come and gone, so the next big event for the
S&SC will be the August Bank Holiday annual Fete, Cricket and
Horticultural show on Monday 27th August. If you would like to play
cricket, (six/seven-a-side format) have a stall, or just support the
event you will be very welcome. Just get in contact and join in.
Lastly a plea, we wish to update/replace the
club's furniture and were hoping that someone may have contacts with
contractors that refurbish hotels, pubs etc, where we can pick up fairly
decent furniture and very reasonable prices. If you can help please do
let me know. Many thanks in advance.
BRIZE NORTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
|It has been another busy term at Brize Norton Primary
School. We started the term with what has become an annual
family breakfast. Tammy kindly cooked a delicious breakfast
for ninety children and parents. It was lovely to also be
able to invite members of the WI, Over 60s and Parish
Council to the breakfast.
This term our whole school theme has centred
round the Diamond Jubilee. The children have been learning about the
lives of Kings and Queens and how the monarchy has shaped our lives
today. Our youngest children enjoyed an art inspired day at The
Ashmolean, Oxford and our older children have enjoyed a fantastic day
out in London, visiting the National Portrait Gallery and Buckingham
Palace. Later this term we will be working with an artist, Bryony
McCombe, on a Jubilee Palace art project which we are very excited
about. Our topic will culminate in a 1950s style party at the end of
term to mark the Diamond Jubilee.
This term we have established a new School
Association committee. The members give up a great deal of their time to
help provide events and raise money for the school, for which we are
very grateful. Our next big event is 'The Best of British' Summer Fete
which is being held on Friday 29th June from 5.30 to 7.30pm. Please come
along and support us if you can at the school.
As always you can keep up to date with all the
exciting things we have been doing by visiting our school website at,
All allotments are taken up for this new growing
season and generally being well attended. If you would like to be put
on the waiting list for when allotments become available for rent then
please contact the clerk.
Although late in the season there are still
sunflower and pumpkin seeds available if you would like to take part in
the 'biggest sunflower head', 'tallest sunflower' and 'heaviest pumpkin'
competition. This is open to everyone in the village. Please contact
Paul Claridge at email@example.com or
01993 842268 for more info and seeds.
||There are a few irresponsible and inconsiderate
dog owners in the village who are allowing their dogs to foul the
pavements, footpaths and open spaces. It is requested that all dog
owners take responsibility and clear up after their dogs.
Also it has been noticed that occasionally dogs
are being walked on the rec and the pathway to the play park. May we
remind you that there are no dogs allowed in this area. Thank you
Brize Norton Horticultural Show - Monday August
We are looking forward to another bumper crop of
entries for the Horticultural Show on August Bank Holiday Monday. Once the weather
warms up your vegetables and flowers will start to grow for you to enter
into one of our many classes.
||Not only are there vegetables to show, but
cakes, preserves, flowers, flower arranging and handicraft. You don't
have to enter everything (although you can if you want to!), just have a
go. The more entries we have the more interesting it is for people to
We have a children's competition section which
is free to enter. It would be lovely to see more children's entries
Last year we were featured on Witney TV - have a
look and you can see what you are missing by not entering.
Schedules and entry forms are available from
Judy Gush, Painswick House, Carterton Road, (846730), Bev Tyrell, 91
Station Road (843450) or from the Post Office in the Pavilion. Make sure
you pick one up so you can join in with the fun.
Come along on the day and see who has entered
what and who has won the trophies.
We look forward to another successful year.
YOUR VILLAGE POST OFFICE (AT YOUR SERVICE)
Did you know that your village Post Office
provides all of the following services and lots more?
- Traditional letter and parcel posting, 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 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
- Mobile phone Top-up.
- Groceries - limited quantity of snacks and
Michael your postmaster attends the Sports
Pavilion on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am and 12.30pm.
Thank you for your continued support. Michael
All entries for inclusion in the September 2012
issue should be received by the clerk
by 15 August 2012.
BRIZE NORTON PARISH COUNCIL
Chairman: Keith Glazier (843640) Vice-Chairman:
Garry Griffin (841616)
Councillors: Fred Bellenger, Stuart Guest, James Gillies, Laurence Taylor
Clerk to the Council:
Carolyn Peach, 52a Station Road, Brize Norton
Oxford County Council: Jim Couchman, Dovecot House, Langford (01367
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.
USEFUL CONTACT NAMES
|The Church||Rev James Maddern||844175|
|The School||Mark Smith (Head)||842488|
|School Governors||Tracy Barnett||850471|
|Football Club||Fred Bellenger||841189|
|Ladies FC||Jenny McDowell||07894 495500|
|Cricket Club||Tim Gush||846730|
|Elderbank Hall||Diane Davies||843430|
|Over 60's||Joy Douglas||842373|
|Open Gardens||Judy Gush||
|Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion||Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm||
9.30-12.30 & 13.00-15.30 ||
ELDERBANK HALL ACTIVITIES
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)
(3-5 years)||Mon - Fri||9 am - 12 noon
|Mon, Tues & Wed||12.00 - 3 pm**|
|Brownies||Mondays||6 pm - 7.30 pm||Barbara Thorne||842013|
8.00 - 10.30 pm||Mrs Claridge||
|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 - 10 pm||
|Rainbows||Wednesday||3.30 - 4.30pm||Barbara Thorne||842013|
Wednesday||8 - 9 pm||Steph Hill||07970831061|
pm - 9.30 pm||Joy Douglas||842373|
|Karate||Fridays||6 pm - 7.30 pm||Matt Webb||840890|
9.30 - 11.30 am||Jonathan Gerrans||01865 8843399|
** Pre school opening hours
The Hall is available for Private Hire Contact:- Diane Davies on