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June 2017

Issue no. 153

Chairman's Report

This has been another busy quarter and it is most encouraging that we seem to be growing as a community, see the many activities discussed later in the letter.

For me the highlight of the quarter has been the ongoing development of the Neighbourhood Plan, the Community Engagement Workshop last month and the formal approval by WODC that the Brize Norton Parish boundary is our Designated Plan Area. This is an important milestone as it moves towards securing our boundaries against encroachment by others. A big thank you to Wendy Way and Les Goble whose enthusiasm, drive and attention to detail has got us this far, followed closely by a thank you to all those who attended the workshop. We look forward to continued engagement over the coming weeks and months.

One of the key things coming out of the workshop (see fuller report later) was the desire to have a village shop/café. With the Agreements associated with the new development of 700 houses getting ever closer we will shortly have the funds to develop such a facility, however to turn this into reality we have to be able to demonstrate local demand. One of the ways to demonstrate this is to support our Village Post Office which is open in the pavilion on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The bigger the footfall for this facility the stronger the case for the village shop. I hope to be able to report fully on the Agreements associated with the 700 houses and the benefits to the village by the time we publish the next newsletter.

Despite the growing sense of community summarised above I was disappointed to hear that declining interest has meant the Monday Badminton Club in the Elderbank Hall and the Brize Norton Rainbows Unit have both recently closed due to insufficient numbers. I would like to think that it won’t be long before someone else steps up to the plate to take on from where Tina Claridge and Barbie Thorne have left off. Each have served their respective activities (Tina for Badminton and Barbie for Rainbows) for many years and as Chairman I would like to thank them, on your behalf, for all the hours and effort that they have put in to these activities. If you are interested in either of these activities and potentially revitalising them then please do get in touch with the Parish Council through the Clerk and we will help and guide you as best we can.

Whilst on the subject of Parish engagement, Carolyn Peach, who has been your Parish Clerk for more than six years, has decided that changing family commitments and a growing private business means that she can no longer fulfil the position. We are therefore advertising for a new Parish Clerk to take on the role from the end of the summer. If you would be interested in a recognised paid role that requires 6-8 hours a week at the heart of the community during an exciting period of change and growth then please see the advertisement on the website www.brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk or on the village noticeboards and contact either Carolyn or myself using the contact details at the end of the newsletter.

On behalf of the village and the councillors (past and present) I would like to thank Carolyn for all her guidance and support over the years, you will be missed.
If I have not seen you at the Annual Village Assembly on 23rd May, I hope to see you over the summer at either the NGS Gardens Open on 18th June or the Village Bash on 9th July, but if I don’t have a wonderful summer.



We are looking forward to 2018 and the 100th Anniversary of the end of The Great War. In planning for events for 2018, as a starter we have put our village forward to light a beacon on November 11th 2018 and it would be good to involve various organisations in the village on this day, so ideas would be welcomed. Another idea could be a village New Year’s Eve party at the end of 2017 into 2018. At the moment I am looking for ideas and people who would like to put the ideas into practice. In the first instance send me an email or call with ideas and offers of help at tonyshillingford@yahoo.co.uk or 01993 847009.


Since writing the last newsletter article we have hosted a pancake supper. Thank you to all who supported the event and also to the school for allowing us to use their facilities. Thank you also to those supporting the Smartie tube Lent fundraiser. If you still have your Smartie tube donations at home please contact Carolyn and collection can be arranged.

We welcome you to the Flower festival we host on Sunday 18 June alongside the NGS village gardens open. The Church will be open from 2.00pm-6.00pm.

On Sunday 25 June we welcome our current MP Robert Courts to our congregation and invite you to join us for refreshments after the service.

We also look forward to taking part in the village bash on Sunday 9 July. Come and buy from the cake stall and also enjoy tea and cakes in the Elderbank Hall during an afternoon of fun being organised on the Recreation Ground. We would be pleased to receive any donations of homemade cakes or offers of help to serve teas. Proceeds from the cake and teas will go towards our general funds.
In September we will again be participating in the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride,’ on Saturday 9 September. The Church will be open for walkers and cyclists to visit and have their sponsorship forms signed. If you would like to take part in this fundraising initiative please contact Jacquie Griffin 841616.
Between 25 May and 4 June 2017, communities and churches around the world are gathering together to pray that their friends, families and neighbours come to know Christ. Prayer events of all shapes and sizes will take place including 24-7 prayer rooms, prayer walks and half nights of prayer. Cathedrals, churches and other venues will host events to pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit for effective witness. We will host a half night of prayer on Wednesday 31 May at St Britius (6.00pm – 12.00am). For more details contact Reverend Maddern 844175 and visit www.thykingdomcome.global

At the Annual Parish Church Meeting in April we re-elected Dr Phil Holmes as churchwarden. We continue to be indebted to Phil and to Mary for all the work they do for the church and the community.

The weekly ‘Pilgrim Lunch’ group continues at 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Mondays (however there will be break over the summer from 24 July to 4 September). Come and enjoy a light lunch and join in the weekly discussions. All are welcome.

On Tuesday mornings during term time we run ‘My Time’ – a time to relax and take a break before you start the rest of the day from 8.45am to 10.00am. Come for a coffee and a chat whilst the pre-schoolers are kept busy with a range of toys and activities.

On the third Sunday of each month we welcome our curate Reverend Ian Howard to preach. We wish Ian well on Sunday 25 June at his priesting ceremony.

As a reminder, the first Sunday in the month is our All Age Family communion service which starts at 10am. There are activities organised for the children attending and refreshments served. On the remaining Sundays in the month the 9.15am Holy Communion service takes place.

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


We have now converted the St Britius Churchyard records with details of burials and internments of ashes. Now in digitised form, online, you can locate your ancestors and find their graves or memorials. This capitalises on the painstaking work of Wendy Morgan who recorded memorial inscriptions, so with our alphabetical index you can easily find them. Follow the links to this information from www.bncommunity.org or go direct to http://www.bncommunity.org/brize_norton/st_britius/churchyard. Feedback welcome - email p.holmes@brizenorton.org.


It was good to show pictures of old Brize Norton at the Neighbourhood Planning Open Day on Saturday 22nd April. If you do have any pictures or indeed anything regarding Brize Norton village history that you have not shared before then please contact Dr Phil Holmes (p.holmes@brizenorton.org or 01993 843856). Loan of material to scan for the benefit of all would be most welcome.


We meet once a week during term time on a Monday evening in the Elderbank Hall. We play games, cook, do badge work, crafts and much more. We go on outings and sleepovers. New members are always welcome; if you would like to come for a visit please ring me on 842013 or drop in on a Monday evening.

Barbie Thorne


Summer is finally here, and we are fully into our busy time at Brize Norton Primary School. As I write, the Year 6 children have just completed their SATs tests, and I was extremely impressed by their mature attitude, doing their best confidently and cheerfully. We will have to wait until July for the results, but they have much to be proud of already. However, the whole school doesn’t stop for tests – in the last week alone we have had eight fluffy chicks hatching, a lamb and guinea pigs in school and a tennis tournament in Carterton, not to mention all our usual clubs and activities: Forest School, swimming, collage, street hockey, gymnastics and more.

Over the last few weeks, we have said goodbye to two long-standing members of staff. Mrs Coombs and Mrs Bridges have both been amazing teaching assistants, supporting a wide range of children in their learning and school life. I am sure that many ex-pupils will join us in wishing them well (Mrs Coombs with retirement and Mrs Bridges with a new job). We have welcomed two new teaching assistants, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Edmunds, and they have both settled in very well.

We have also started on a programme of updating our IT equipment. If you visit three of our five classes, you will see lovely new touch-screens replacing the old interactive whiteboards. Apart from that, our building remains much as it has been since the extension was built ten years ago. We are lucky to have such lovely buildings and grounds; the story garden is idyllic at this time of year, and after half term children will be able to have their lunches outside under the trees.

There is something exciting planned almost every day between now and the summer. To keep up with what we have been doing, please look at our website, www.brizeprimary.org. However, there are a couple of things I would like to draw your attention to. On Tuesday 20th June, we will be taking over the Rec for our PE Wow Day. We will be doing a range of sports, including things we are not usually able to do in school such as BMX and archery. Then, on Sunday 9th July, it’s the summer fete, shared between Brize Norton village and the school. It’s a space theme, and there will be lots to enjoy: if the date is not yet in your diary, please put it in because it would be lovely to see you there.

I’d just like to finish with some thank-yous: to the Parish Council for their generosity in allowing us to use the Rec and the car park; to our neighbours for their forbearance when we sometimes make noise or have visitors who park in an awkward place; to all the volunteers who come in and support our children; and of course to the staff, parents and children who make our little school what it is.

Best wishes and I hope you all have a lovely summer,

Anna Fairhurst (Headteacher)


This is our busiest time of year as preparations are underway for our contributions to the Village Bash on 9th July. The burgers and sausages for the BBQ have been ordered from Castles Butchers in Burford, so we know they will be delicious! Delivery of the jousting horse has been confirmed; this was a great hit last year and is back by request. Year 6 pupils, who have just finished their SATS tests, are now designing their own stalls and games, this comes as a welcome change from the pressures of test week. Of course there will also be a performance to look forward to, we don't want to spoil the surprise so you'll have to come along on the day and take a look. Last, but not least, the Auction; every year we run an auction and we have had some tremendous items donated over the years. This year we are going online so that anyone and everyone, whether involved with the school or not, can make a bid or even donate an item. Please take a look: https://auctionofpromises.com/2017BrizeNortonSchool. More prizes will be added over the next few weeks so do keep checking in.
We look forward to seeing you all on 9th July!

From The School Association


The date is fast approaching for our annual Village Gardens Open Day. So put the 18th June in your diaries, from 2 pm until 6 pm, tickets available on the day from the Elderbank Village Hall and at each one of the Open Gardens.

There will be 8 glorious gardens open and the flower festival in St Britius Church. The gardens vary enormously in size and style and are well worth a visit. We hope that they will inspire you to become more adventurous and creative in your own gardens.

As you may recall from the previous issue of the Newsletter it is the NGS’s 90th Anniversary of this Charitable Event so we have added an extra Event to be held on the same afternoon. This will be an exhibit held at Barnstable House of life size soft sculptors of Alice, the Mad Hatter and friends in a Tea Party setting along with a Mad Hatters Wacky Hats sale. The sale will consist of autumn and winter, children’s and teens Hats and Beanies, most being original designs, not found on the High Street. The full collection for sale can now be previewed on our web site at: www.ourgarden.org.uk. All proceeds from this hat sale will go directly to the Cancer Research charity.

So if you haven’t visited us before please do come along and have a great afternoon, not forgetting the delicious Tea’s and Cake’s the WI will have available at Elderbank Hall and at Lucy’s Grange Farm Open Garden. Plants will also be available for sale at some gardens on the day.

A big thank you to all of the Gardeners, WI and the Floral Arrangers for taking part in this annual charitable Event who give so much of their time and hard work to make this such a successful Open Day Event for our Village.

Details and photos of all of the Gardens that will be Open on Sunday 18th June are displayed on the Village Web Site at: www.bncommunity.org/ngs

From: All the Members of the NGS Open Day Gardeners Event looking forward to meeting you all.


This year’s event is being held on Sunday 9th July at the village Recreation Ground.
PLEASE ‘SAVE THE DATE’ and come along and enjoy the afternoon’s fun and games.

The theme this year is SPACE – the final frontier a space captain once said.
To help advertise the event we are asking villagers of all ages or family groups to build and display in the gardens a ‘SPACE SCARECROW’. There is a guide image in this newsletter to give you an idea – but it can be anything that your creative minds can come up with. On the 9th if you could bring all the Space scarecrows to the Rec please, as prizes will be awarded to the best exhibits. Please read the rules of the competition, available in this newsletter or on the BNPC website.

There is a space themed fancy dress competition, plus a treasure hunt – where space cadets can go looking for the milky way or a galaxy or even mars….

The day will also offer plenty of stalls and games to play plus a BBQ, tea and cakes and a licensed bar. We have live music, thanks to Saxophony, jousting, Crocodiles of the World, a Zumba display, junior sports events and lots more.

The Brize Norton School Association are also organising a ‘Summer Auction’ with one of the ‘lots’ being a visit and guided tour to the Aston Martin site… very James Bond! Another is a golf lesson at Burford Golf Club, plus Liz Evans beauty treatment. For full details of all the lots and how you can bid plus terms visit the online auction site: https://auctionofpromises.com/2017BrizeNortonSchool. The auction will close on the 7th July 2017 at 10.00pm - with the winners being announced at the Village Bash.

More attraction will be confirmed between this newsletter going to print and the big day, please keep an eye out for updates and posters around the village.

Do come along and enjoy the one day the whole village can come together and support the local school and village organisations.

One could say ‘It’s out of this world’

Look forward to seeing you all on the 9th July BN Village Bash

Scarecrow competition rules
The organising committee welcomes entries from residents and those living outside the parish to make and display a SPACE themed scarecrow. Families may enter more than one scarecrow – have a look at our sample scarecrow on the allotments.

Your scarecrow should be displayed at the latest in its garden location by 9.00am on Thursday 6 July, but we would encourage you to display your creations as early as possible to advertise the Village Bash. We ask that they are then brought to the village bash on Sunday 9 July at 2pm for final judging. Competitors are responsible for displaying their scarecrows at the event and after the event has been judged entrants are responsible for clearing away their own scarecrow by 5.30pm.

The scarecrow can be smaller but should not be larger than 2.0m wide x 2.0m high. All scarecrows should be constructed to consider the prospect of inclement weather. All entrants are reminded that this is a public event and all scarecrows must be made and displayed in good taste. The Committee reserve the right to withdraw any scarecrows that they deem unsuitable. Any entrant designing their scarecrow to cause deliberate offence will be disqualified.

Scarecrows should be placed in a safe location and should be clearly visible from the road. They should be secured so that they will not blow away, and in a position that will not cause a danger, injury, or annoyance to others. The organising Committee will not be held responsible for any damage to Third Party property caused by the creation or insecurity of scarecrows. Owners are held solely responsible for the safety and security of their scarecrow.

Photographs will be taken of all scarecrows to assist with judging. Photographs may be published on the Brize Norton Parish website or used for other purposes after the event. If you do not want your photograph to be used please let us know by writing this on your entry form.

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded. The scarecrow judges’ interpretation of these rules and any decisions made by them are absolutely final. Prize winners will be announced and presentations will be made at the Village Bash on 9th July on the Recreation Ground (timing to be confirmed).

All entry forms must be submitted to the parish clerk, by Midday on Friday 30 June 2015 – by e-mail or delivery.


Entrant name ……………………………………………………………………………

Address for display of scarecrow ………………………………………………………


Contact telephone number ………………………………………………………………

I am happy/not happy for photos of my scarecrow to be used in publicity events (delete as appropriate). I agree to the terms and conditions of the competition

Signed …………………………………………………………….…..

Return to Carolyn Peach, 52a Station Road, Brize Norton or scan to clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk to be received by Friday 30 June 2015


The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group would like to thank everyone who attended our first Community Engagement event on Saturday 22nd April.

Using the various feedback mechanisms, the attendees provided us with 2,157 comments to analyse!

The ‘headline’ feedback is as follows:-

* The friendly neighbourhood/community, village location/open countryside and school are highly valued.
* Designate conservation areas and nature trail.
* Village events promote a community spirit so provide more events and a local shop. 
* High level of concern about traffic volumes, speeding and traffic calming measures.
* Provision of foot paths and cycle paths for both commuting and recreation.
* Not enough recreation facilities for all age groups.
* Majority of people consider that additional housing is not required. However, if it was to be built, emphasis on homes for first time buyers.
* If business land was to be provided, it should be outside the village but within the Parish.

This feedback will now give us sufficient relevant data to produce a more detailed questionnaire which will go out to every household in the near future.
We hope that you will complete this document as it’s your views that will lead to a successful plan.

For further information, please visit our web site www.brizenortonplan.org.uk which is being constantly updated.

STOP PRESS – West Oxfordshire District Council have approved Brize Norton Parish boundary as our designated plan area.


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

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


Another season is over and, as with the last few, it has been a tough one.
The 1sts finished in 10th place out of 11 in Division 2.....equal on points with 9th place but goal difference means relegation. The Reserves finished a respectable 7th in Division 4.

A big Thank you to Rob Hook and Mark Carpenter for managing the teams through a difficult season again....to Olly Puddle for his general help in lots of roles, Fred Bellenger for cutting the pitch, Nick Merriman for running the bar and Bob and Margaret Watts for match day catering. Thank you too for all those others that have helped out and the players for their efforts.

The Club still needs players and anyone is welcome to come along for pre-season training. Please check the website for details of start date and friendlies.


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
Furthermore, if any one would like to join us on this special Garden Open Day Event, then please feel free to contact me, Jean Butcher on 01993 841347.


We meet in the Elderbank Hall every Thursday evening 7.30pm-9.30pm. We dance ballroom, Latin and sequence dances to CDs. We have tea and biscuits in the interval. Any information - please ring Joy on 01993 842373.


Our open meeting to the village was a talk given by Captain Mannion on his time as an airline pilot which was very informative and ended with members and visitors having a competition for the best flying airplane which was fun and was won by one or of our guests. Last month we were given an inspirational talk by Keith Jansz who is a mouth painter and his paintings were lovely.  He has an exhibition of his paintings at The Methodist Church, Newbury Street, Wantage, OX12 8DA on the 8th, 9th and 10th June from 11am to 5pm which should be worth a visit.

Our next speakers are as follows:-
June 13th - A creative life - Christine Green
July 11th - Blood Riders - Capt. Kamran Irani
August 8th - Outing to Upton House

We are having a promotional table at the Village Fete on July 9th so please do come and visit us and see what we get up to. We meet at Elderbank Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm and all are welcome.

Sue Calcutt

20 20 20:

20 minutes of three different types of exercise, £5 per session, Wednesday nights, Elderbank Hall, 8-9pm, Call Steph 07970 831061


We enjoyed a nice trip to Evesham and the weather was sunny. Sue’s seated exercise was fun and so was Cliff’s sing-a-long.

Future events are:

Tuesday 23rd May: Coach to Stratford
Tuesday 6th June: Meal at The Chequers
Tuesday 20th June: COFFEE MORNING 10.30am at Joy’s, 4 Squires Close,                                                          ALL WELCOME
Tuesday 4th July: Cream Tea
Tuesday 18th July: Tea at Thrupp, by the canal

The future programme had not been planned yet but a trip to Cirencester has been suggested.

We are a village group of 26 members; we meet twice a month on the first and third Tuesdays of each month with either a meeting or a trip out. We meet at 4 Squires Close at 2pm. We enjoy sandwiches, tea and homemade cakes, thanks to June, Connie and Benita.
The programme is posted on the village notice board, or contact Joy on 842373


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


Michael your postmaster attends the Sports Pavilion on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Your village Post Office provides all of the traditional post office services. PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL POST OFFICE

Friday 16 to Wednesday 21 June 2017

Quantum computing with atoms to zebra fish babies. Hear like an insect, build a star or watch a contagious cabaret – it could only be the Oxfordshire Science Festival. Programme out May 2017, events for all.

Look again
?Look deeper
Explore your world


CALENDAR OF EVENTS – please refer to newsletter for further information

23 May Annual Village Assembly – 7.30pm The Elderbank Hall
5 June Ordinary meeting Brize Norton Parish Council 7.30pm The Pavilion
8 June General election – polling station Elderbank Hall, Brize Norton
13 June WI meeting – ‘A Creative Life’
18 June Village gardens open for the National Garden Scheme - 2pm to 6pm
3 July Ordinary meeting Brize Norton Parish Council 7.30pm The Pavilion
9 July Village Bash – details in this magazine and on posters
7 August Ordinary meeting Brize Norton Parish Council 7.30pm The Pavilion
27 August Village Sports and Social Club Day

All entries for inclusion in the September 2017 issue should be received by Garry Griffin
at garry.griffin@tesco.net by 14th August 2017.


Chairman: Philip Squire (867666)

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

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

email:   clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk

Parish Representatives:- 

OCC: Nicholas Field-Johnson, Rose Cottage, Asthall Leigh OX29 9PX. 

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

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


Organisation ContactTelephone No.
The ChurchRev James Maddern844175
The SchoolAnna Fairhurst 842488
School Governors Miranda Mowbray 842488
Football ClubSimon Cook 841096/07825 002298
BN S&SC/Cricket ClubTim Gush846730
Elderbank HallDiane Davies843430
Women's Institute Suzanne Calcuttl842146
Over 60'sJoy Douglas 842373
Open GardensJean Butcher 841347
Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm
Police (Carterton) Mon-Fri 9.30-12.30 & 13.00-15.30 30 101



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

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