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March 2012  

Issue no. 132


March 2012 is a critical month for the Parish of Brize Norton.

  • 1,000 NEW HOUSES TO THE NORTH OF THE VILLAGE under the proposed "Kilkenny Farm" option.
  • 1,000 NEW HOUSES TO THE WEST OF THE VILLAGE between Carterton Road and Burford road the "eastern" option.

The on-going saga of where to put 1,000 new homes for the benefit of Carterton is reaching a crucial stage. West Oxford District Council (WODC) will hold meetings to the following programme during March 2012.

  1. It is expected that a copy of the planning officer's report will be made available on the WODC web site by 6th or 7th March. This will be the first "public announcement" of the views of the planning officers. I would urge you all to read this report.
  2. WODC Cabinet meeting Wednesday 14th March 2012. At this meeting planning officers will present their findings on the various options and proposals. The cabinet will discuss these findings and present their opinion to a full council meeting.
  3. WODC full meeting of all available WODC councillors Wednesday 21st March 2012. At this meeting policy decisions will be made.
  4. It is expected this will be followed by a further period of Public Consultation leading to a Public Enquiry, sometime, in the future.

Please note members of the public may attend the above meetings but will not be permitted to address the council.


Brize Norton Parish Council will be organising a door to door request for signatures to a petition against any development in the Kilkenny Farm or the Eastern option.  The collection of signatures will take place on Saturday 3 March. I would request that all adult members of the household sign and support this petition?


CALENDAR OF EVENTS - read on more for further information

1 March Pre-school table top sale, 12.30pm Elderbank Hall
3 March Village wide petition on proposed Carterton Development
5 March Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports Pavilion
6 March Over 60's trip to Coventry
9 March Quiz night, Brize Norton Primary School
12 March Chocoholics Party in aid of 'Stop the Drips'
13 March WI meeting, Elderbank Hall, 7.30pm
18 March Mothering Sunday
20 March Over 60's meeting - 'Old Witney'
29 March Pre-school Easter Fayre, 11 am Elderbank Hall
30 March Details to clerk of children eligible for commemorative mugs
2 April Allotment holders meeting, 6.30pm Sports Pavilion
2 April Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports Pavilion
3 April Over 60's Garden Centre visit
1- 8 April Easter week church services
17 April Over 60's sing-a-long
17 April Elderbank Hall AGM, 8pm Elderbank Hall
24 April WI group meeting, 7.30pm Elderbank Hall
12 May Casino Royale May Ball, Brize Norton Primary School
14 May Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports Pavilion
16 May Brize Norton Parish Council, 2012 AGM, 7.30pm Elderbank Hall
26 May Beer festival, Brize Norton Sports and Social club/St Britius Roof
2-5 June Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
4 June The Chequers, Diamond Jubilee Street Party
10 June National Garden Scheme - Open gardens
23 June Opera in the Garden, Grange Farm St Britius Roof fund
21 September St Brits Ball, Witney Lakes


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 Royal Marine Association web site and also the Oxfordshire County Council web site. Please note timings are always subject to change.

20:20:20 (ZUMBA:STEP:TONE)

A great class for all levels of Fitness.
Wednesday 8-9pm at the Elderbank Hall, Brize Norton.
Steph Hill ( 07970831061)



The Christmas meal at The Trout, Lechlade was a great success. We had coffee, mince pies, crackers and chocolates in addition to the meal. Cliff played on the keyboard before and after the meal.

We have had one meeting at which we had a beetle drive and another outing at which we enjoyed a meal at The Four Pillars. Our future programme is as follows:

  • 17 February 2012
  • 21 February 2012
  • 6 March 2012
  • 20 March 2012
  • 3 April 2012
  • 17 April 2012
'Babes in the Wood', Witney dramatic Society

Coffee morning 10.30am, 4 Squires Close. Everyone welcome

Coach trip to Coventry
Meeting - talk on 'Old Witney'

Visit to Dobys Garden Centre, Cirencester

Meeting - sing-a-long with Cliff and Pat


Summer events will include a trip to Leamington, a cream tea and a trip on the river.

We are a small club for village residents. We meet at 4 Squires Close from 2.30pm - 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


We are now a small group of ladies who meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm in the Elderbank Hall. We are very friendly and would love to see more of our village community so please come and give us a try.

During the past year we have had a good range of speakers starting in April with Alison Moore telling us about a "Porridge Club" which had been started in Africa to ensure that children had a good breakfast to start the day on so that they do well in school. The next meetings were a demonstration of rag rug making with members taking part which was thoroughly enjoyable, and a talk by Mark Greed of Philosophy Hairdressing who gave us some good tips on how to tackle some of our hair problems demonstrating on a couple of our ladies and providing us all with a goodie bag.

In July we joined Burford WI who provided lovely refreshments as we listened to a talk with photos on Nepal. The outing this year was a game of skittles at The Plough, Alvescot, who made us very welcome and provided us with a lovely supper.

A group of us went to the Oxford Playhouse to see Carmen which was excellent. In May 2012 the Playhouse are putting on a production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie". We are planning to organise to go; tickets are £22 which includes travel to the theatre from Brize and back again with really good seats and which is excellent value. Anyone interested should contact Sue Calcutt on 01993 842146 before April 16th.

The competition trophy this year was won by Ann Elsmore with Margaret Timms second and Mary Jordan third, congratulations to them all.

Once again Judy and the committee have put together another varied programme including speakers such a Bill Heine, Valerie Burton a speaker on the History of Blankets, a talk and demonstration on the making of stained glass and 'How to reinvent your wardrobe' which sounds thrifty.

We also have a Group meeting twice a year at different venues. This year is at the Elderbank Hall on Tuesday 24 April with the speakers being Ken Brazier and his wife who raise much needed money for 'Mercy Ships', a voluntary organisation where a fully equipped ship travels to some of our poorer countries where they carry out vital operations and procedures for free. This should be a very good talk. Tickets for this event can be purchased from Ann Elsmore on
01993 843605 at a cost of £3.50.

We look forward to you coming to join us.

Sue Calcutt


We meet every Thursday 7.30-9.30pm in the Elderbank Hall. We dance ballroom, Latin American and sequence dances to CDs.

Thank you to Jean and Mabel who serve refreshments of tea and biscuits.

For more information contact Joy on 01993 842373.



We meet at Witney 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.

For more information contact Joy on 01993 842373.


On Monday and Saturday we meet at the Town Hall, Carterton at 10am, and on Thursday at 10am at the Leisure Centre, Broadshires Way. The walks are 1 - 2 miles long.

For more information contact Barbara Goudal on 01993 845923.



The hall is run by a committee of volunteers from the village. If you are interested in helping please come to our AGM on Tuesday 17th April at 8.00pm.

In the last few weeks the hall has had a refurbishment of its heating and hot water system as we continue to update and improve the facilities available. Celebrating an event and need a venue then please ring Diane on 01993 843430.

We are also looking for an odd job person - Can you help? Please ring the above number.


All our Christmas services were well attended. It was good to see so many people making the time to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. Thank you to everyone, especially the children, who read lessons at the Candlelit Carol Service and to the children who took part in the nativity tableau and their parents for dressing them up appropriately.

Do come to our Mothering Sunday Services on March 18th. Children are welcome to come to Church Farm House on the Saturday March 17th at 3 pm to make the posies. These will be presented at both the 9.15 am Holy Communion Service and at the Light Zone Family Service at 11 am when the children will also be making presents for their mothers.

Our Easter services will start on Palm Sunday, 1st April with the 9.15 am Communion Service and Light Zone Family Service at 11 am, and then as follows:

Maundy Thursday - 5th April - Holy Communion at 7 pm.

Good Friday - 6th April - Service of Reflection & Prayer at 6 pm. This will include readings on the thoughts of those who participated in the Passion including Pontius Pilot and Mary Magdalene. It is a very moving service reflecting the meaning of Good Friday.

Easter Day - 8th April - Family Communion at 9.15 am when the children will be making an Easter Garden during the service.



Thank you to everyone who has renewed their membership of the Friends, and supported us over the last year.

We have started 2012 on the same high note that ended the year. After two successful Christmas events and the news that English Heritage WILL help with the funds for Phase 2, we had a very enjoyable Safari Supper with delicious food and good company. This very agreeable evening raised £400 and resulted in everyone saying "let's do it again". Who would believe that two years into our appeal we have raised 90% of the total money needed? However, that still leaves us £42,000 to raise. We are hoping WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd) will give us a grant which would make the total amount still to raise less daunting. So please support these forthcoming events:

  • Easter Chocoholics Party - Monday 12th March at Jackie Bellenger's house.
                   Please contact Jackie Bellenger at A K Timms (01993 842172) for details.
  • Beer Festival - Saturday 26th May from 2pm (see below)
  • Opera in the Garden - Saturday 23rd June from 6 pm at Grange Farm (see below)
  • St Brits Ball - Saturday 21st September at Witney Lakes.
                   As it was so successful we are also repeating our black tie dinner
                   and dance to a live band. Tickets £35 each will be available from
                   Tammy Howard (846123).

SAVE THE DATE - Brize Norton "Drips" Beer Festival - SAVE THE DATE

SATURDAY 26TH MAY from 2pm


Being organised by Stop the Drips at St Brits Church roof appeal in conjunction with Brize Norton Sports and Social Club at the Pavilion, Brize Norton Recreation Ground

-- 8 beers, ciders, Pimms and soft drinks --

-- Pig roast and barbecue --

-- Live music, bouncy castle and games --

Also 'The Great Brize Bake Off' - cake competition for adults and biscuit competition for children in the Elderbank Hall.  Exact details available soon.


If you are interested in sponsoring a barrel of beer please
contact Pat Finlayson on 846386

Opera in the Garden Saturday June 23rd, 6 p.m. at Grange Farm

Due to the success of this event last year when just over £1,250 was raised in aid of the "Stop the drips at St. Brits" church roof fund, Lucy and Mark Artus are hosting another Opera in the Garden at Grange Farm on the Burford Road. So pack up a picnic and come and listen to "Charity Opera" singing popular pieces from well know operas, operettas and musicals. Tickets are £12.50 per person and there is a 10% discount for groups of 6 people or more. There will be Pimms, wine, beer and soft drinks on offer as well as strawberries and cream and other desserts. There will also be a fantastic raffle with a luxury picnic hamper filled to the brim with goodies as first prize! Any questions or for advance tickets, please contact Lucy Artus 843713.




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. Brownies go away for weekends on Pack Holiday. 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


The Parish Council have chosen to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee 2012 by purchasing a bench that will be sited outside the Elderbank Hall and also to purchase commemorative mugs for all children aged 11 years and younger living in the village.

How did the village celebrate other Jubilees in the past?

1887. JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS. (50TH Year of Queen Victoria's reign). Vestry Meeting. The subject of the Jubilee celebrations in the parish was then brought forward by the Vicar (John Ecclestone) and after some discussion it was decided that an application be made to Christ Church, as Lords of the Manor, and that further effort should be made to the parish itself to raise a sufficient sum to give a substantial dinner to the old people and a tea to the children. The limit as to ages to be determined by the amount subscribed.

From Church Records - With thanks to Wendy Morgan


To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee the Parish Council of Brize Norton would like to give a commemorative mug to all children living in the village born on or after 1 September 2000.

Please could parents and guardians of children return the following details of children eligible to receive a mug to ensure that sufficient mugs are ordered by FRIDAY 30 MARCH 2012. You will be advised when the mugs are available for distribution or collection.


Name ................................................... (Parent/guardian - please print name)
Address ...........................................................................................
Telephone ........................................................................................
Children with date of birth on or after 1 September 2000.
Child's name ............................................... DOB .........................
Child's name ............................................... DOB .........................
Child's name ............................................... DOB .........................
Child's name ............................................... DOB .........................
Child's name ............................................... DOB .........................

Please return to Mrs C Peach, 52a Station Road, Brize Norton OX18 3QA or e-mail details to by Friday 30 March 2012.

Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June 2012

The Chequers Brize Norton is celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a 4 day weekend packed full with events. We are having a 4 day beer and cider festival with many new and also traditional ales and ciders at a great price for all to enjoy.

We start on Saturday lunchtime with a day full of live music from local bands and singers in our recently redesigned garden with plenty of activities to keep the children entertained, including a mega bouncy castle, so the whole family can enjoy.

On Sunday we have a traditional Carvery with the bouncy castle remaining. And on Monday we have our big event THE CHEQUERS STREET PARTY in true British style. We have a pig roast supplied by our local butcher to eat, the beer and cider to drink and music all day plus many more activities to entertain the children.

On Tuesday we will be showing the celebrations happening in London for the Queens day on our big screen for you all to come along and wave your Union jack flags and feel included in the parades.

We want everyone in the village to come along to one or all of our weekend events and we would love to see you all there on Monday to make it an amazing village experience to tell our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren about.

Details will be added nearer the time but if you would like any more information please visit our events page at or email Charlotte on or call 01993 842379.


Are you unsure which plastics can be recycled at the kerb side?



Rigid Plastics
Plastic bottles (milk bottles, water and drink bottles, washing up bottles, cosmetic bottles) - Plastic tubs and pots (margarine tubs, yoghurt pots) - Food trays (meat, biscuits) - Plant pots
Flyaway plastics - place in carrier bag or similar
Carrier bags - Small clear food packaging (fruit, salad, and sandwich bags) -
Cling film - Bubble wrap - Polythene - Compost bags


Potato chip bags (frozen) and other frozen food bags - Sweet wrappers -
Crisp packets - Plastic films (e.g. top film of microwavable meals) - Drink straws -
Hard plastic (e.g. Plumbing pipes or fittings, milk crates, buckets, garden furniture, lunch boxes, toys, plastic bins, CD, DVD or video cases) - Black sacks (refuse sacks) - Polystyrene - Animal food feed bags - Plastic cutlery & "imitation" glassware - Electrical conduit

For further information visit or telephone 01993 861025


This term we are looking as a school at how we are all responsible for the world we live in. This theme will cover issues of caring for our environment, waste, energy and transport. As part of this theme we will be looking at local and wider issues, one being the proposal of 1,000 new homes in Carterton. As always, our theme will be enhanced by a range of visits and visitors. Class 1 and 2 are visiting an environmental education centre in Sutton Courtney this week and our older children will be visiting Roves Farm to look at the work that the farm has been doing to harvest their own energy.

This term we have been working on the art of storytelling. All of the staff received training after Christmas and have been teaching the children how to tell a range of stories using actions to help remember the detail. This has had a huge impact on the quality of children's writing. This term we all studied the Han Christian Anderson classic, The Tinderbox. The children loved telling the story and making up their own versions. Next week is World Book Day. As always we will be dressing up as our favourite book characters and will be having an exciting visit from a storyteller.

Over the coming term, the School Association has planned a variety of events for the school and wider community which we hope you are able to support.

Friday 9 March 7.30pm for 8.00 in the school hall. Teams of up to 6 people. £6.00 a ticket to include ploughman's supper. Always a well- supported event and a great night out. Please bring your own nibbles, drinks and glasses. Prize to the winning team will be a case of wine. We will also run the pudding competition. To enter bring along a homemade pudding (to be eaten on the night) and two judges will pick what they consider to be the best pudding. Book now by emailing or telephone the school 01993 842488.


Saturday 12 May 2012
Witney Lakes, Downs Road, Witney
7.30pm - midnight
£25 per ticket includes buffet, live music and disco
Tickets in advance only
Contact Lucy Lavers 01993 843357


As always you can keep up to date with all the exciting things we have been doing by visiting our school website at,


Congratulations to Foxbury Farm Shop who on Friday 10th February was among a number of businesses in West Oxfordshire to be announced a Finalist for the West Oxfordshire Business Awards.

The category, Blenheim Palace Rural Business Award, looks for businesses that have a commitment to promoting rural business in West Oxfordshire, can demonstrate how the use of land or rural location benefits the business, evidence of growth, benefit to the local community (employment, supporting micro businesses, etc) and the commitment to conserve or reduce environmental impacts.

Friday 2nd March 5pm - 8pm Cheese, wine and beer evening - An evening celebrating the best of British Cheese with Anthony Rowcliffe and sons, beers from Wychwood Brewery and Wine from the Oxford Wine Company. As well as accompanying products from Tracklements, Kitchen Garden and The Fine Cheese Company. An event not to be missed. You must book for this event.

Sunday 18th March 12pm to 3pm - Mothers Day 3-Course Lunch. Booking essential.
Saturday 24th March Young Farmers Workshops Become a Foxbury Farmer as you help prepare and feed the Mickey the donkey and his friends, check on our new born lambs, cuddle a chick or duckling, visit our new born kids and take our farm quiz. £7 per child includes a goodie bag and certificate. Booking essential as limited spaces.
Please note an adult must remain with the children at all times.


Saturday 7th April Foxbury Farm and Witney Lions Car Boot Sale
For more information visit or phone 01993 867385


The preschool has had a fantastic year so far, with the highlight being our OFSTED inspection just before Christmas. We achieved a 'good' rating in every area, which is a significant improvement on our last inspection. The staff and committee have worked incredibly hard to achieve this and should be congratulated for their efforts.

Our fundraising to provide new play equipment for the preschool has also been going very well and we would like to thank everyone in the village who has taken part in the events we have organised. We raised over £800 from the Shopping Evening and the Christmas Fayre, which is brilliant!

For this term, we are organising a table top sale in the Elderbank Hall on March 1st at 12.30pm. If you've had a good spring clean and have things you want to sell, please contact Felicity Gidlow on 07814624356. There will be a cake stall, tea & coffee and refreshments available.

Our Easter Fayre will be on 29th March at 11am.
Alex Skym


There will be an allotments holders meeting on Monday 2 April 2012, at the Brize Norton Sports Pavilion at 6.30pm. All allotment holders are invited to attend.




The way we manage your health records is changing

The NHS in England is introducing the NHS Care Records Service to improve the safety and quality of patient care. These secure electronic records will give healthcare professionals faster, easier access to reliable information about you to help with your care - particularly in an emergency, or if you see a doctor out-of-hours when your GP practice is closed.

Your care records will be made up of two parts;

The national Summary Care Record - this record is held nationally and will be available across England to support emergency care and will contain three things: your allergies; your medications; and any adverse reactions to medicines that you have, and The local Oxfordshire Care Summary - this is 'view only' and will contain more detailed information than the national Summary Care Record. It will only be available to local healthcare professionals involved in your treatment in Oxfordshire.

Every individual in Oxfordshire aged 16 years old and over* will receive a patient letter at the beginning of April 2012, asking them to choose whether they want these care records. If you are a parent or guardian, you will need to make this choice on behalf of your child, or support them in making their own decision if you feel they are mature enough to do so ( *or who will be 16 by the end of June 2012)

For more information visit or contact the information lines at:

* Summary Care Records            telephone 0300 123 30200
* Oxfordshire Care Summary      telephone 01865 428886

Better access to reliable patient information
means safer, quicker decisions to support your care.



A third photographic competition is being run by the Tourism department of West Oxfordshire District Council and they are asking local residents of West Oxfordshire to take part. They are looking for a range of photographs from inspirational panoramic views to unstaged action shots, local produce to local wildlife, market towns & villages or people just having a great time in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds - the world really is your oyster. There is a competition prize of a beautiful canvas print of the winning image created by Blueprint Imaging Limited, Witney. The image will be reproduced onto a 30 x 20 inch art canvas.

Closing date for entry is Friday 27th April 2012. For further details, terms & conditions and a competition entry form please visit::

All entries for inclusion in the June 2012 issue
should be received by the clerk by
15 May 2012.


Chairman: Keith Glazier (843640) Vice-Chairman: Garry Griffin (841616)

Councillors: Fred Bellenger, Stuart Guest, James Gillies, Lindsay Meeks, Laurence Taylor

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

Parish Representatives:- 

Oxford County Council: Jim Couchman, Dovecot House, Langford (01367 860289). 

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.


OrganisationContactTelephone No.
The ChurchRev James Maddern844175
The SchoolMark Smith (Head)842488
School GovernorsTracy Barnett850471
Football ClubFred Bellenger841189
Ladies FCJenny McDowell07894 495500
Cricket ClubTim Gush846730
Elderbank HallDiane Davies843430
Horticultural ShowJudy Gush846730
Women's Institute Shelagh Chatterton843136
Over 60'sJoy Douglas842373
Open GardensJudy Gush 843730
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 Alex Skym07769617696
Mon, Tues & Wed12.00 - 3 pm**
BrowniesMondays6 pm - 7.30 pmBarbara Thorne842013
BadmintonMondays 8.00 - 10.30 pmMrs Claridge 843196
West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc1st Tuesday in the month8.00-10.00pmAndrew Tinsley832041
Women's Institute2nd Tuesday in the month7.30 - 10 pm Shelagh Chatterton843136
RainbowsWednesday3.30 - 4.30pmBarbara Thorne842013


Wednesday8 - 9 pmSteph Hill07970831061
Dancing ClubThursdays7.30 pm - 9.30 pmJoy Douglas842373
KarateFridays6 pm - 7.30 pmMatt Webb840890
Judo ClubSaturdays 9.30 - 11.30 amJonathan Gerrans01865 8843399

** Pre school opening hours

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



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