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June 2015

Issue no. 145

Chairman's Report

Carterton Master Plan or Carterton disaster Plan, whichever it is Carterton are at the Crossroads. A town centre that is in need of modernisation and development and most importantly investment. The suggested solution of development funded by house building has clearly not worked. History also shows that building (‘plonking’, dictionary of Cameron) large housing estates in open countryside, Shilton Park circa 1700 houses, does not bring employment opportunities. BNAG (Brize Norton Action Group) are active once again after a very short respite from fighting against the 700 houses being built between the Carterton road and Burford road. A report from BNAG is contained in this bulletin.

Also in the pipe line for June is the submission by West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) on their plans and vision for the future for West Oxfordshire. This plan will be submitted for examination by a government inspector. The plan may be approved by the inspector or, worst case scenario, rejected as insufficient houses are planned to be built. This could result in even more houses being built in West Oxfordshire.

Following the elections there has been little change in the make-up of WODC so we can expect more of the same locally.

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) remains underfunded and as ever short of cash. So more cutbacks for this year. An example being the cutting of grass from roadside verges, reduced from five cuts per year to two. However, money was still found to award County Councillors a 19% increase in their allowance.

Both WODC and OCC claim they are making huge savings while protecting front line services, a most notable achievement. One wonders why they needed to spend so much money previously.

It is not all gloom and doom at Brize Norton as evidenced by the amazing array of forthcoming activities in articles submitted for inclusion in this edition of the newsletter.

Something for everyone from pre-school age to over sixties. I hope you will enjoy a summer full of local ventures, please come along and support the events that so many volunteers work so hard in bringing to fruition.



Once again, Brize Norton Primary School has been very busy since the last village newsletter. With the coming of spring, we are able to make much more use of our outdoor areas. Every class is now growing things in our garden, and the children took home their first produce this week. To link with this, our youngest children hosted ten eggs in an incubator. It was great fun to watch them hatch and begin to grow; some will now stay in the village with one of the families while others have gone to a free-range farm.

Just before Easter, we had a whole-school Art week. Children worked together with others from different classes on all sorts of different art, including redecorating our hall with the help of a professional artist. We have even created models of the planets to scale out of papier-mâché to hang from the ceiling: although the smallest are tiny, Jupiter is as tall as some of the teachers! It was great during that week to have the help of three young people from Burford School on work experience, two of whom are ex-students. Linked in with the art focus, all the children visited the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and took part in a global dance workshop with a visiting dance teacher.

There have been several other trips and exciting events. The infants visited Sutton Courtenay, and Class 3 (our Year 3 and 4 children) have just, at time of writing, come back from their one-night residential trip, tired but having had a wonderful time. The older children will be going on a one-week outdoor adventure trip to Shropshire at the beginning of June. We have also taken part in several sporting events, most significantly the county finals for under 9 girls’ cross-country – an impressive achievement for such a small school.

We said a sad goodbye to Mrs Rosie Drake, the school secretary for 23 years. We welcomed back Mrs Moss and Mr Smith, ex-head teachers, and we even had a video message from the last head teacher, Miss Grant, from New Zealand. Although Rosie will be missed, we are pleased to have welcomed Mrs Lee-Ann Keeble to the team as our new Office Manager, as well as a new teaching assistant, Mr Ugochukwu Anagor.

As summer approaches, we are planning and looking forward to exciting events: sports day, summer concerts and, of course, the summer fete. The fete this year has a medieval theme, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. There will be a castle (bouncy, of course), jousting, archery and much more, in the school grounds and on the rec between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday 28th June. It would be great to see as many of the local community there as possible: it will be great fun and raise valuable funds for the school. Wonder how your fundraised money is spent? This term alone the School Association have paid for new books, playground equipment and fifteen African djembe drums: we are very fortunate to have such a generous community.

Hopefully see you at the fete! In the meantime, you can keep informed of what is happening at the school through our school website (www.bnschool.org.uk) or Twitter (@brizeprimary).

Anna Fairhurst (Head teacher)  


This year we have six Gardens registered with the National Garden Scheme (NGS) to open along with the St Britius Church Flower Festival.

The NGS Charity provides support for the Macmillan Nurses, Parkinson UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, to name but a few. Also, an allocated proportion of the funds that we collected in 2014 were also shared between the Village Church, Brownies, Over 60’s and the Horticultural Club.

The Open Day this year will be on Sunday, 14th June 2015. The Gardens will be open from 2 pm until 6 pm. Refreshments will be provided by the WI in the Elderbank Hall.
The cost for entry to all six gardens and the church flower festival will be just £4 per adult.

So please do come along, it will be a very pleasant way of spending a nice Sunday afternoon, with family and friends, strolling through the lovely village gardens in the warm summer sunshine whilst knowing that you will be supporting the NGS Cancer Charities and at the same time providing some well needed funds for the Village voluntary groups.

Jean Butcher


On Sunday, 28th June 2015 the primary school is welcoming all things medieval to our village recreation ground! Come one, come all and try your hand at archery, ‘Aunt Sally’ and ye olde penny rolling, amongst a plethora of fun and games. Be careful not to anger the elders though or you may end up in the stocks!

Revels begin at 1pm with lunch served from the open fires (BBQ) and continue until 4pm when the champions of the grand raffle will be named to the masses.

Just a reminder, another way to support the school is by signing up to Easyfundraising.org.uk Shop at over 2,000 well known retailers and earn a donation for the school at no additional cost to you. To register, search for our school after visiting www.easyfundraising.org.uk/pta. Registration is quick, simple and free.


We continue to enjoy our monthly meetings and in April we were inspired to get our paints out by Brian Marshall with a very good water colour demonstration.  In May we had a lovely evening listening to the Launton Hand Bell Ringers who played well known tunes as well as some of their own compositions.  Some of our members held a Table Top sale in Ducklington raising a well-earned £120.  

Looking ahead, our next meeting on June 9th is called "What's in a Name" a talk about the origins and interesting facts about bird names.  On July 14th John Moss will give a talk on “Adventures in Antarctica”.  

We will again be providing the teas for the Garden's Open day on Sunday 14th June and on 4th July we will be holding a sale at the Tolsey in Burford.

Please join us at the Elderbank Hall, the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm.

Sue Calcutt



BNAG are taking an interest in the Carterton Master Plan and its possible implications for all of us in Brize Norton. The plan was first presented at the Carterton Town Council meeting on 13 May. Following the presentation no questions were allowed much to the frustration and annoyance of many of those present. Similarly the illustrations in the brochure handed out were much too small to be fully understood.

Hopefully many of you will have attended presentations made on 21st May at Carterton Community Centre and on 27th May at Carterton Town Hall and made your feelings known. We trust opinions of Brize Norton residents will be properly taken into account.

Our concerns are that these proposals are a further incursion into our parish boundaries without proper consultation. For example, a large strategic employment zone is proposed north of Monahan Way adjacent to the proposed re-location of the sports facilities and pavilion. The existing pavilion and sports ground, recently built at a high cost, will become another employment zone bordering the 700 new houses and extending down Carterton Road. We wonder how Bloor Homes feel about this apart from its impact upon Repatriation ceremonies. A new 'neighbourhood village' north of Carterton is also proposed.

We should make it clear that the new proposals contained in the Carterton Master Plan, (which cover a period up to 2031 and beyond) are not included in the WODC Local Plan about to be submitted for Government approval and are simply 'aspirational' at this stage. Nevertheless, it is important that we are all aware of what is being proposed and we recommend you visit the relevant websites for detailed information.

BNAG will continue to work alongside the Parish Council in the best interests of our village and we welcome new members who are concerned by any of the above.

From Keith Beckingham on behalf of Brize Norton Action Group (BNAG)


You know summer has arrived when cricket is being played again. The first match on the Rec resulted in a win for Minster Lovell 3rds over Ducklington, a close game with 13 runs to get and one wicket remaining. Four boundaries soon had the home side smiling.

With summer now upon us the next big event in the calendar is the Village Day. Ideas and plans are underway. We hope it will be bigger and better than last year and with your help it well could be!
VILLAGE DAY this year will be on Sunday 30th August - the Sunday of the last summer bank holiday. There will the usual cricket event, the horticultural and craft show, plenty of stalls and bouncy castle, the bar, hotdogs and beef burgers and so on. We are also looking into having local TV and radio to report on the event.

We are also hoping to have a ‘smash the plate’ stall and a show of vintage transport. This is where we need your help. Have you any old plates, saucers, cups you could donate to the cause? Please do rummage through the old boxes and see what you can find - you could have a smashing time!! The crockery can be dropped off at AK Timms or collected if easier – contact me.

Do you have any old bikes, prams, cars, motorbikes etc - or old models of things we used to transport ourselves in and be willing to bring them along to the Village Day display? If yes to either can you please get in contact - detail below.

The day was a great success last year and it was wonderful to see so many villagers joining in with the event. If anyone has contacts or ideas to help improve the day even more, please again do get in contact. You are also welcome to run a stall for your own organisation or charity. There is no pitch fee and you keep all your profits. However please do let us know if you wish to do this and what type of fund raising event you wish to do - just in case we end up with 20 tombolas!!!!

Commercial stalls are welcome but the committee would ask for a pitch fee of £10.

We are working to get sponsored publicity out into the local area giving more details of the village day during the summer, so look out for that. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Tim Gush 01993 846446 - 07715 013863
Painswick House, Carterton Road. BN

Get involved with the Village Day by entering the Horticultural Show

This year the theme of the Brize Norton Horticultural Show on Sunday 30th August is going to be themed on one of our loved events, Afternoon Tea, and in particular AFTERNOON TEA AT THE RITZ – read on for the classes to enter.

This year the main Home craft cake entry is for a Victoria Sponge, I know we have done this before but it is a cake that we hope lots of people will have a go at and won’t be daunted by, so hopefully we will have lots entered. Other entries are macaroons, a millefeuille, tea for two, a jar of sweet jelly, lemon, orange or lime curd and a jar of jam.


In the Flower Arranging and Handicrafts we have also followed the same theme, with an arrangement for the centre of the table, an arrangement in a tea cup and saucer, to make a tea cosy, either knitted, crocheted or sewn, a set of two hand crafted table napkins, a painting or drawing with the theme of ‘Afternoon Tea’, and a photography exhibit of ‘Tea in the Garden’. The basketwork and carpentry section is on tableware and the home made toy is a rag doll.

The children's section is split this year into two age groups; under 8, and 9 and over. The first class is a teapot to be decorated however the child would like (using paints, fabrics, paper, pasta, whatever takes their fancy. The second class is a plate of five different vegetables. If your child is a budding gardener then these can be real vegetables but, if they prefer to make models out of plasticine, paper or anything else that would be OK as well. Depending on the number of entries on the day we may split the class into two sections to accommodate this.

And then we come to the hotly contended vegetable and flower classes. The classes this year will be the same as last year and we hope the weather is kind this year and we see some lovely examples from your gardens and allotments. We look forward to seeing all your vegetables and beautiful flowers on the day. The Horticultural Show is not aimed at the professional gardener so don’t think your vegetables or flowers won’t be good enough. It is just an amateur show for fun and we would love to see more people than ever ‘just have a go’. It doesn’t matter if your onions aren’t as big as your neighbours, or your carrots aren’t quite straight, just enter, boost the numbers and then come and see what the judges make of it all. It is actually a lot of fun with a little bit of friendly rivalry between neighbours.

So if you need an entry form please call either Judy Gush on 846730 or Bev Tyrell on 843450 and we will let you have a copy. Forms are also available in the Pavilion, at A K Timms’s or in The Chequers. We hope we can make this year another bumper show.

Judy Gush and Bev Tyrell


We meet in the Elderbank Hall every Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. We dance ballroom, Latin American and sequence dances to CD’s. We have tea and biscuits in the interval - only £2 per person.

Everyone is welcome to join us. For more information contact Joy on 01993 842373


In recent months we have been pleased to be able to host special services to celebrate the laying up of the Union Flag from the Oxfordshire Memorial Garden and the standard of the disbanded 216 Squadron RAF. The Union flag and standard will be hung in the North Aisle next to the 99 Squadron standard.

In April we completed the installation of the bells’ chiming mechanism. We hope you are enjoying hearing the bells calling you to church, chiming the hour, and used at other occasions including May 9th to celebrate the anniversary of VE Day.

At our recent Annual Parish Church Meeting we re-elected Dr Phil Holmes as churchwarden and said thank you to Jacquie Griffin for all the work she has done in the seven year term that she has served as churchwarden.

Thank you if you made a donation towards the Wateraid ‘Jars of Change’ Lent Appeal. We have been pleased to send a donation in excess of £271 (including gift aid) to the appeal, enough to purchase a rope and bucket water pump mechanism for a well.

The Church will be host to a flower festival on Sunday 14 June from 2pm to 6pm. You are invited to come and visit to view the lovely arrangements as you wander around the village gardens open that day.

Please also support the Brize Norton Village Day on Sunday 30 August when we will be providing teas, refreshments and a bottle tombola to raise money for general funds.

If you would like to help with fundraising for the Church you may want to start getting ‘into shape’ for the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride’ sponsored walk or ride to be held on Saturday 12 September. For further information on this please contact Jacquie Griffin (841616).

The weekly ‘Pilgrim Lunch’ group at 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Mondays continues. Come and enjoy some hot soup and rolls and join in the discussion guided by the Christianity Explored Course. All are welcome.

The next Forest Church is to be held on Sunday 28 June at the Kilkenny Country Park; meet at the iron horses at 2.30pm – come suitably dressed in the event of bad weather. The theme is ‘Let’s walk’ and is a great opportunity to reconnect with God’s creation for all the family.

On Tuesday mornings during term time we continue to run a buggy club/coffee morning time from 9.30am to 11am. There is a range of toys and activities to keep pre-schoolers busy and refreshments are provided.

In addition to the 9.15am Holy Communion services each Sunday, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays there is a Light Zone service – an informal worship with activities arranged for the children attending and songs, prayers and refreshments. For further details of the church services refer to the notices on the church door or log onto the website - www.bncommunity.org


We are a village group who meet twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. We have 27 members. Meetings take place at Joy’s, 4 Squires Close. We enjoy either a talk or demonstration after which we enjoy a chat over homemade cakes, sandwiches and tea. Thanks to June, Connie and Benita. We have an outing each month. Over the last couple of months we have enjoyed a meal at Wychwood Golf Club, a talk by Tom Smith, some seated exercises, a sing-a-long and a trip to Leamington.

Our future programme is as follows:

June 2nd Visit to the canal at Thrupp

June 23rd Coffee Morning 10.30am at Joy’s

July 7th Tea at Horace’s (Mount Skippett)

July 21st Cream tea at Joy’s

August 4th tba

Our committee will arrange our future programme but a trip to Moreton Market is on the cards. The programme is posted on the village noticeboard.
For further information please contact Joy on 01993 842373


Our Easter Fayre and stall at the Carterton May Day Fair raised £446 towards new resources for the children. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes, helped on the days and sold/bought raffle tickets.

Due to a recent grant we have been able to purchase an iPad for the pre-school. This will be used as a fun and interactive learning tool by staff one-to-one with the children.

With the arrival of spring the children have been getting out onto the allotment. So far they have planted potatoes, broad beans, courgettes, sunflowers, carrots and peas. The May Day Fair Scarecrow will also find a home there!
The pre-school is a charity so relies on the generosity of parents/families, committee members, villagers and the local community. Without such support Brize Norton would not have a pre-school. Thank you to everyone who contributes, it is very much appreciated.
Our next fundraising event will be a stall at Witney Carnival on Saturday 11 July, we hope you will be able to visit our stand.

Keeley Lally
On behalf of the Pre-school Committee


This year the Rainbows (girls from age 5 to 7) have been having lots of fun working towards their ‘Seasons’ badge. We have played lots of games and completed activities exploring the changing seasons.
The Brownies (girls from age 7 to 10) have now received their new adventure books purchased with the proceeds of our fund raising open evening. A big thank you to all who supported it and I hope you enjoyed yourselves; the girls certainly did. They are now all working hard to gain their ‘Adventure’ badges.


Due to family commitments I am looking to scale down my time with Guiding over the next year. If Brownies and Rainbows are to continue to run in the village help is needed. Please come along and see if it’s something you would enjoy either by running activities, helping with the paperwork, organising activities, helping with the accounts – every week or a once a month commitment. All necessary training will be given. If help is not forthcoming then the units will close sometime next year. If you think you may be able to offer any help please contact me 01993 842013 or 07504 446253 (text).

Thank you
Barbie Thorne


It’s my turn again to talk about rubbish and recycling and this time I thought I would cover a few issues that affect many residents of the village.  I’ll cover a few statements and possible solutions, so here goes - remember I’m a bin man.

Well there can be a number of reasons why your bin wasn’t emptied, and here are a few reasons and possible factors to remedy this -


Remember, collections are a day later after a bank holiday and possibly 2 days later after Christmas.  Even bin men get the bank holiday off.


This means did you put the right bin out; this can still cause a problem for a few residents so the council can offer you an email reminder, you can “browse” the West Oxfordshire District Council web page and search for your collection day and type; You can download a waste calendar, or the best, easiest and cheapest that I find, is to look out you front window and see what everybody else in your street has “put out”, either 30+ people have the wrong bin out, and you’re right. Or 30+ people have the right bin and you’re wrong - in my experience majority rules.


Now this is my favourite. The dustcart that collects refuse and garden waste, is 2.5 meters or, if you prefer, just over 8 ½ feet wide, and about 5 meters or 16 feet long. The front wheels are behind the driver, not in front of him like a car or van, that means when reversing down roads like Daubigny Mead, Chichester Place and Chestnut Close, it becomes rather difficult and tight, and is made more difficult and tighter when residents choose to park their cars on the road and sometimes park across from another car - why spend money on a garage or driveway then park on the road, it beats me!
If a fire engine or ambulance was trying to get down your street to save somebody they might just persuade your car out of the way, or maybe just leave their vehicle at the point of the obstruction and carry all their equipment down the road, this costs time and maybe lives, the dustcart might be able to come back later, the fire engine won’t (just a thought). In some districts the council has made the residents carry their bins to the end of the road to be emptied, due to selfish people parking inconsiderately, I don’t want that to happen in Brize.  The dustcarts come at the same time more or less every week, so I am asking residents to consider where and when they park and think could a fire engine get through this gap.  If not pull forward a little bit.  I know sometimes this can be difficult if people have visitors but if we all work together and consider others we can all live in harmony.


If you consider that the same vehicle collects both waste streams it is very unlikely that they forgot about your food caddy, but it does happen and it happens like this; it might have been a different vehicle and they cannot collect the food caddy, or as I have found in 90% of cases the food caddy was put out after the boxes had been emptied, or the boxes were put out later, i.e. you forgot it was bin day.  Technology is getting better and better all the time and brand new dustcarts now come fitted with CCTV cameras on the front, both wing mirrors and rear,  with real time images and sound - this has not happened in WODC yet but watch this space.  What I’m trying to say is, it can be rather embarrassing when you phone up to complain about a missed collection and the council review the camera footage and find that you haven’t presented your bins (just another thought).

That’s me for now - just remember Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and don’t let Brize go to waste.
Stuart Guest



There have been further incidents reported of dog fouling on the pavements and verges of the village that is not only unsightly and unpleasant but can occasionally lead to serious illness in humans. We would like to remind all dog owners, or the person in charge of the dog, that it is their responsibility to clear up any dog foul left by the dog. Reports of incidents of fouling witnessed can either be made directly to the District Council either by phone on 01993 861000 or via the website http://www.westoxon.gov.uk/environment/Streetcleansing.cfm


If you identify a pot hole please report it to Oxfordshire County Council Highways either online at Oxfordshire.gov.uk or phone 0845 3101111 or write to Highway Enquiries Team, Oxfordshire County Council, PO Box 842, OXFORD OX1 9LL


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


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 Parish Council are looking to recruit a village handyman. The role is to keep the village in a clean and tidy condition and maintain or repair village property. Cleaning examples include removal of weeds from footpath and carpark, keeping bus shelters clean and litter free, remove dog fouling from footpaths. The person selected will be self-motivated, reliable and able to work unsupervised.

The post is an employed position paid at an hourly rate (currently £8.49 per hour).  A normal working week is 8 hours per week but additional hours may be offered on an as required basis as directed by the Parish Council.

For more information please contact the clerk by 22 June – 01993 844102 or clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk

CALENDAR OF EVENTS – please refer to newsletter for further information`

1 June           Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports Pavilion
14 June         NGS Open Gardens/Church Flower Festival 2pm to 6pm
23 June         Over 60’s coffee morning. 4 Squires Close 10.30am
28 June         School summer fete 1pm to 4pm
6 July            Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports Pavilion
3 August       Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports Pavilion
30 August     Village Day, Cricket Festival and Horticultural show
7 September Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports Pavilion

All entries for inclusion in the September 2015 issue should be received by the clerk by
15 August 2015.




Chairman: Keith Glazier (843640)

Councillors: Stuart Guest, Pip Squire, Selwyn Shorrock, Tony Shillingford, Lawrence Taylor
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 Fairhurst842488
School Governors Miranda Mowbray842488
Football ClubSimon Cook841096/07825 002298
BN S&SC/Cricket ClubTim Gush846730
Elderbank HallDiane Davies843430
Horticultural ShowJudy Gush846730
Women's Institute Susan Cotterill823188
Over 60'sJoy Douglas842373
Open GardensJean Butcher 841347
Post 0ffice Sports PavilionTues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm
Police (Carterton) Mon-Fri 9.30-12.30 & 13.00-15.30 101



The following table lists only the regular events.  There will be other bookings and readers should not assume that the hall is available without reference to Diane Davies (see below)

Pre-school (3-5 years) Mon - Fri9 am - 12 noon Claire07769617696
Mon, Tues & Wed12.00 - 3 pm**
BrowniesMondays 6.00 - 7.30 pmBarbara Thorne 842013
BadmintonMondays 8.00 - 10.30 pmMrs Morrison

Mrs Claridge



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
Gymball Wednesday7.15 - 8.00 pm Bampton Physio851753


Wednesday8.00 - 9.00 pm Steph Hill07970831061
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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