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March 2013  

Issue no. 136

The good, the bad, and the ugly. Brize Norton has had its share over the last few months.
The GOOD was the presentation of a cheque to cover the cost of cleaning the War memorial. Full report in this newsletter.
The BAD has been the increase in noise since the arrival of the Hercules aircraft from Lyneham and the barking of dogs from the RAF police dog section.
The UGLY has been the rows of tankers trying to deal with the inadequate sewerage pumping station at the southern end of the village. All of these things are sent to try us and they affect us in different ways some people being more tolerant and others running on a short fuse.
Still hanging over Brize Norton is the threat of circa 750 houses. The parish council submitted a comprehensive paper against this plan and the Brize Norton Action Group is being very proactive in their approach. It is not too late to write to West Oxford District Councillors to state your views on the development of an enormous housing estate being dumped in our village.
However with spring, hopefully, just around the corner and the possibility of a summer this year it pays to be ?ever the optimist.?



A brand new one act play with songs, telling the extraordinary life story of the founder
 of Singapore and London Zoo, one of this country's unsung heroes.

At: The Elderbank Hall
On: Saturday April 6th
At: 7.30 pm (running time 75 minutes)

Tickets (£6) are on sale from the Act IV website: act-iv-theatre.com. There is no booking fee. Suitable for 16+
For enquiries and offline ticket sales phone Dave Headey, 01367 243357


We meet every Monday at The Elder bank Hall and play from 8 pm until 10 pm; all ages from teenage to active retired are most welcome. It cost just £2.50 per session.
For more details ring Tina on 842268 or Liz on 843196 or just come along to the hall.


In the year 2000 the Millennium committee published a village history pamphlet that was circulated to all residents. The Parish Council would like to reprint this pamphlet adding additional material including excerpts from documentation that will be uploaded to a history archive on the village website.  Dr Phil Holmes has kindly offered to work on the compilation revising the pamphlet and sorting, scanning and logging the material so it can be accessed later this year.  We are interested in old pictures, records and historical accounts.

Do you have any items of interest, recollections and pictures you would be prepared to share with the Parish Council so that we can create a village history archive?  We want to create the fullest record of our village before memories have faded or are totally lost.  We are keen to track down the whereabouts of photos taken in 2000 on the Recreation Field of the village residents.   They were taken by a photographer who lived in "The Skittle Alley" at the time.

Please contact Dr Holmes, Church Farmhouse (843856) p.holmes@brizenorton.org.uk or the clerk with any information or material you have.  It can be returned to you immediately after scanning


Brize Norton will be opening gardens again this year (see article) as part of the National Garden Scheme, and this got us thinking about how we can keep the village tidy. At present we have Richard who works hard to keep the weeds down, but we were wondering, if everyone did a bit as well, if we could improve our village's appearance. When one goes around the village it is in good order and with the new Church roof, the War Memorial which is due to be cleaned in the next month and also the new Diamond Jubilee bench, we, as a village, have got a lot done. Furthermore, the Church yard has been tidied up and this has been done by people's efforts. If we could encourage everyone to look about the area outside their house and if they felt they could do something to help keep the area tidy, whilst being safe, we could probably improve our village even more. We thought that it was worth mentioning, as we cannot really afford to get much more done than we already do as funds have become tighter with restrictions placed upon us, and furthermore, we enjoy a very good village spirit, and we believe that there are many out there who would be happy to help keep our village tidy.

The Parish Council


The Save Brize Norton Action Group was formed to fight West Oxfordshire District Council's plan to build 700 or more new houses to the East of Carterton, right on our doorstep. Regular meetings have been held to develop ways of fighting this proposal which we all feel is so detrimental to the village we love.

The Group has had some success with publicity in the local paper; several members have been interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford; we have leafleted parts of Bampton and Carterton and delivered a petition to WODC. We have also emailed and written to Councillors and have attended Council meetings.

We are now entering the most crucial stage and it is essential we maintain pressure on WODC to come to their senses. We therefore urgently need more volunteers to join our group. We meet informally over a drink in The Chequers most Tuesday evenings. Our members - who are all 'locals' - are from all walks of life. We need volunteers to continue to write or email Councillors, attend Council meetings, help distribute leaflets and signs, contact the media and to come up with fresh ideas. In particular it is very important that as many as possible of our signs (of legal size!!) are visible throughout the village. We could do with some volunteers with DIY skills to offer help to anyone wishing to display a sign in their garden.

So come on Brize Norton - your village needs you!!!
Don't let WODC Pillage our Village!

To join the Action Group or for more information e-mail me at wwwbeckingham@talktalk.net or telephone me on 843608

Keith Beckingham - On behalf of the Save Brize Norton Action Group.


We continue to enjoy our Tuesday evening get togethers despite the dreadful weather.

In November we welcomed Carol Hunt with an excellent talk and demonstration as to how we could re-invent our outdated wardrobes. December we again had a very enjoyable evening at The Chequers for our Christmas Meal.  January was cheered up by a quiz arranged by Ralph Davies and presided over by Chris Thorne who kindly stood in at the last minute.  February was a real treat as the members had organised a Valentines themed evening.  The members thanked the committee for all their hard work and presented them with Valentine thank you cards. The speaker was Graham Kew who gave a very entertaining talk on the story of Minster Hall. The evening was rounded off with a game of beetle with prizes and refreshments all connected to Valentines Day.

We also do things apart from our monthly Tuesday meetings. In October we were entertained by Carterton at our Group Meeting; John Woodley had us "in stitches" recounting his time as one of the policemen who first found out where the Great Train Robbers were hiding. We have also started a Meal and Darts evening in The Chequers which has proved to be very enjoyable.

March is our AGM and we then go forward into yet another year. Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us as we have planned a historic walk around Witney in April. A trip to the theatre to "The Sound of Music" is also being arranged.

Sue Calcutt


Brize Norton is opening its gardens once again this year for the National Gardens Scheme, on Sunday 16th June, from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm. This year the NGS are also holding an open Weekend 15-16 June so this is a good year to support your local National Garden Scheme. 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 teas and cakes will be provided throughout the village so you can stop and have refreshments and catch up with other villagers or some of our visitors that come from far and wide.

We look forward to seeing you on the 16th June; let us hope we have a sunny and warm afternoon. Don't miss out on this enjoyable event.

Judy Gush


We would just like to thank all who contributed to Mum's collection at her funeral. We have collected£1,000 which will be going to the school for them to use in their new outside garden. Mum loved to support the school and we are sure she would have been pleased that we have been able to support them. Thank you all once again.

The De'ath family


We meet every Thursday evening 7.30 'til 9.30 pm in the Elderbank Hall. We dance ballroom, Latin American and sequence dances to CD's. Mabel and Jean provide tea and biscuits in the interval. Many thanks to them.

For more information contact Joy on 01993 842373.



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. 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 10 am at the Leisure Centre, Broadshires Way. The walks are 1-2 miles long.  For more information contact Barbara Goudal on 01993 845923


Not much has happen since the last article; rain, snow and general bad weather has put a stop to that! We managed to get the heating serviced and working just in time - toastie!

Looking to the future and the warmer weather - don't forget that the Sports & Social Club run a top Aunt Sally team! We are looking to welcome new players of any standard - anyone interested should speak to Bob Watts or Nick Merriman.

The Football Club are celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and things should be happening around May - end of season!

There are lots of other fund raising events going on so please check out the pavilion and village notice boards for details.

Cricket season will soon be upon us with the first game at Brize being Saturday 11 May; anyone fancying a game please do get in contact with me.

Looking forward to warmer times!
Tim Gush


I am PCSO Saul Keats-Jones, and have been working on the Neighbourhood Policing team at Carterton since July 2012 and am writing to inform you of what's been going on in our area over the last few months.

In July 2012 through to October 2012 there were a series of burglaries (approximately 30) which were carried out in West Oxon generally during the daytime hours. After many man hours of hard work two arrests of people from out of force area were made and, at this time, there have been no more cases matching the method of the others. Thames Valley is still actively looking into any burglaries and will liaise with other police forces.

In more recent months we have suffered several thefts from the collection boxes in Churches all over Oxfordshire including two in our area. So we ask you if you see anything suspicious around the church please let us know with as many details as possible.

Locally we continue to monitor speeding issues on a monthly basis and we conduct "Have your say" events in the village at least once a month. We also patrol on foot through the village on at least a weekly basis so if you see one of us feel free to stop us and discuss any problems.

The Thames Valley Police Non Emergency number is 101 but always call 999 in an Emergency.
The neighbourhood team e-mail is cartertonbamptonburford@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk


It Every Monday 1.30pm, The Elderbank Hall carpark - come and play!

The double decker has a large play space up stairs with a purpose built Wendy House at the far end. The up stairs is packed with toys and games, there is also a large seating area for parents to sit and join in as well as socialise with others. Downstairs has the messy play, where children can do painting, sticking and gluing, junk modelling and play dough. We also have a seating area at the back where children and families can sit and read a book. www.oxonplaybus.com



Friday 17 May 2013
Witney Lakes Resort
Doors open 7.15pm, carriages midnight
Live music from "Wolfbait", buffet, casino and disco
Tickets £25 available from 'Sassi', Witney or contact Lisa 0782 3777350 or
Lucy 01781 3846569

Sponsors of this event include: Ideal Eyes Opticians,
Ivor Lavers - general builder,
A Tyler Window Cleaning Services


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.
For more information contact Joy on 01993 842373.



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 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.

Our Mothering Sunday Service is Sunday 10th March and everyone is welcome. Children are invited to come to 52a Station Road on Saturday 9th March at 3 pm to make posies. These will be presented at the 9.15am Holy Communion Service.

Our Easter services will start on Palm Sunday, 24th March with the 9.15 am Communion Service and then continue as follows:

* Maundy Thursday ? March 28th - Holy Communion at 7 pm
* Good Friday ? March 29th ? 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 ? March 31st - Family Communion at 9.15am when the children will be making an Easter Garden during the service.


Work on the roof continues and the builders are getting on well. The architect has reported that Phase 1 should be finished by the end of February; that is the Chancel and North aisle. The nave roof has been stripped and felted already. The plaster work in the north aisle and vestry is nearly finished so the scaffolding inside the church should be able to come down in the next 2 or 3 weeks.

Thank you to everyone who has renewed their membership of the Friends, and supported us over the last year. If you are already a Friend of St Britius you will have received your latest newsletter. If you are not, then please think about joining. We just ask for a minimum donation of £10, and the quarterly newsletter will keep you up to date with how the current roof restoration is going and any future projects we undertake i.e. heating and bells.  For more information contact Dr Phil Holmes  (843856).


To all ex-Brownies of 1st Brize Norton Brownies

On Monday 25th March at 6.00pm we will be saying farewell to Brown Owl, Shirley Ingham who, after 25 years being involved in the pack, will be retiring.

Come and share some memories and some cake to say farewell and thank you. If you have photos we could borrow so we could make a display we would be very pleased.

Please could you pass on this message to your daughters, sisters and friends who were Brownies in Brize and who may have moved further away.

For more details and to RSVP (to give an idea of numbers) please contact
Barbara Thorne, Tawny Owl - 01993 842013.





Another short term has passed and it has been an extremely busy one at the school. Apart from trying to defy the snow we have been introducing some new curriculum initiatives this term.
Following staff training in January, we have launched Philosophy for Children (P4C) across the school. P4C is designed to develop thinking and reasoning skills, while enhancing self-esteem. It has a strong emphasis on the following thinking skills:
  • Collaborative - thinking with others
  • Caring - thinking of others
  • Critical - making reasoned judgements
  • Creative - creating new ideas.

Philosophy for Children sessions have been taking place each week since the start of term for children in all year groups. The children have said that they love this time of the week because they get to really express their ideas, challenge their ideas and those of others and can make contributions that are never wrong.

Many of you will know that the school was kindly gifted a piece of land at the front of Moat Close. At the end of the summer term we cleared the land, had the trees pruned and knocked through to the school playground. Our aim is to develop this piece of land into an outdoor classroom; an outside space to enrich and support work across the curriculum. The School Council has been busy running competitions and gaining the views of many parties over the last few months. Work slowed due to the winter conditions but with spring on the horizon (hopefully) we will be starting to put our ideas into reality.
Over the coming term, the School Association has planned a variety of events for the school and wider community:

Quiz Night on Friday 8th March, 7.30pm for 8.00pm start in the school hall. Teams of up to 6 people. £5.00 a ticket to include ploughman's supper. Please bring your own nibbles, drinks and glasses. Prize to the winning team will be a case of wine and the knowledge that you are all far more intelligent than the rest of us.

We will also run the pudding competition. To enter all you have to do is 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 phoning Jo Rushton on 01993 844726.

The School Association AGM on Wednesday 20th March, 7.30pm, school hall
Please come along if you would like to find out more about the School Association or even possibly join the committee.
Sign up to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/pta and raise funds for our school for FREE. Shop with over 2,000 well known retailers and every time you shop, you?ll earn a donation for school at no additional cost to you. Visit the website, search for our school and follow the simple steps to sign up.

As always you can keep up to date with all the exciting things we have been doing by visiting our school website at http://www.bnschool.org.



When we meet people from the village they often complain about noise from the Base, traffic and flooding. The Parish Council was recently invited to a meeting with the RAF Base and other village Councils. The RAF explained that they are working very hard to ease the problems caused to villages by noise, and indeed they have recently increased their personnel dealing with noise complaints. However, it would appear to them that Black Bourton are troubled by noise much more than we are, and therefore the answer is to move the engine ground runs away from them. As we (the residents of Brize Norton village) seem not to complain to the RAF, they see that as "we do not mind". The Parish Council believe that that is not the case, and it is much more likely that you feel it is not worth complaining, or you feel that nothing can be done. Be aware that the RAF has recently built many more parking spaces for aircraft very near to your houses. They have built the new Hanger for their new Air to Air Aircraft, and they will soon start building another hanger, just about the same size, right up against their fence at the bottom of the village. This will be to service the new A400M aircraft that will be arriving soon to replace the Hercules. This new aircraft is reported by the RAF to be noisier than the Hercules! Furthermore, with the draw down in Afghanistan, there is likely to be a lot more aircraft operating from the airfield. Therefore they are keen to hear if the ground runs, the dog compound (also at the end of our village), or possibly "over flights" or take offs, are concerning you.


The following telephone numbers are available - (01993) 896342, 897779, 895714, 896500 They would prefer it if you could ring when noise is troubling you as they can log it and ascertain the weather conditions i'e., wind direction at the time. May we ask that you make a concerted effort to work with them so that they have a true picture if noise bothers the residents of Brize Norton. They need to know how many people are affected and when so that they can try to alleviate the effect on our village. If you decide to do nothing then don't be surprised if nothing happens to improve the situation.

The Parish Council



We have had a lovely start to the New Year, with a number of new children starting with us. We are looking forward to the weather improving into summer, and spending more time outside in the preschool garden.

We would like to thank everyone involved with the Shopping Evening and the Christmas Fayre for their support; the two events raised in excess of £800, a fabulous total! We have our Easter Fayre coming up on 21st March, which all are welcome to come along to.

We currently have places available in some sessions. Please contact preschool for more details and to arrange a visit. We accept all children over the age of 2, with a range of morning, afternoon and lunch club sessions available.

Alex Skym


On Tuesday 29 January 2013, Group Captain Eddie Cole, Group Captain Support, presented a cheque to the Parish Council on behalf of the charities committee at RAF Brize Norton. The Parish Council are very grateful for the generous donation of £3,150 and support of the RAF in funding the war memorial cleaning and restoration. The contractors OG Stonemasonry Contractors hope to start the cleaning and repair in the next two or three weeks. The Parish Council would also like to thank the school council for their involvement in the presentation. The Primary School have their own annual memorial service for the Fallen and they make their own poppy wreaths and write very moving poems which are displayed on the railings around the memorial.


Group Captain Cole said that he was proud of the Station?s Charity Committee who raised the money and that he was pleased it was going to such a worthy cause; ?This memorial means a lot to our Service Men and Women who understand and can identify with the concept of giving one's life in the Service of their country. Memorials such as this and across the UK are an important part of our heritage and history, and it is fitting that we remember and honour the Fallen in this way. The memorial also means so much to the villagers of Brize Norton, many of whom lost relatives during the Great War. I am pleased that RAF Brize Norton is able to donate this cheque to facilitate the restoration of the war memorial, which will stand in tribute for many more years to come.?

RAF Brize Norton Charities Committee is a non-public fund which raises money through Station personnel via Mess Subscriptions. It is not funded by the public purse and as such, only has a limited amount of funding. RAF Brize Norton raises a considerable amount for charity; the end of year figure for 2012 (which is still being itemised) is expected to be close to £200,000.


Sadly we lost two members around Christmas; Eileen and Carol both passed away. We would like to express our sympathy to their family and friends.

Our Christmas dinner at The Trout, Lechlade was a good time with excellent food and service and we enjoyed Cliff playing after the meal. Due to illness and bad weather we had to cancel our first meeting of the year and we had to make further changes to our programme as The White Hart are not doing meals and so we held our coffee morning in February when we made over £74.

Our future programme is:

  • March 5th Coach to Wydale Garden Centre, Bicester
  • March 19th Meal at Wychwood Golf Club
  • April 2nd Coach trip to Bath
  • April 16th Meeting with Roy Turner speaker
  • Outings later in spring and summer will be to Evesham and Weston-Super-Mare.

We are a small club for village residents. We meet at 2.30 pm on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in the month at 4 Squires Close, if not on an outing which we organise each month. Many thanks to June, Connie and Benita who provide nice refreshments of sandwiches, tea and home made cakes.

For more information contact Joy on 01993 842373.



When? Saturday 23 March

Where? WI Hall Carterton, Brize Norton Road

Time? 10.30am to 1pm

Tombola, cake stall, raffle, Easter egg hunt, Bric-a-brac and much more

For more information contact Jane Cambray 842472.

Ollie, my grandson, was born 10 weeks prematurely in 2010 and has been diagnosed with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. This means that Ollie can't walk like his friends and his big brother Sam as Ollie's leg muscles are tight and painful making it difficult to move easily. His daily routine includes play and having fun (he has a special standing frame to help improve his core stability) and a full daily physiotherapy routine. Ollie has been screened by a specialist at a children's hospital in St Louis, America who recommends an operation called SDR (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) which means that Ollie would have a chance to walk independently in all environments. Over 2,000 children like Ollie have been treated in America whilst in the UK this operation is in its infancy and it would not be possible to secure NHS funding. The longer the delay in operation the more likely Ollie will develop deformities in his hips and spine. We need to raise £60,000 for Ollie to have the operation - he is on a waiting list for the procedure in July 2013. If you would like to help or learn more please go to www.justgiving.com/Nick-Garnett.



Refer to Newsletter for further information.

8 March Quiz and pudding competition - Primary School 7.30pm
10 March Mothering Sunday - 9.15am Holy Communion Service
21 March Pre-school Easter Fayre (see notice board for more details nearer the date)
23 March Coffee morning for Ollie - 10.30am-1pm, WI hall, Carterton
31 March Easter Sunday
6 April 'Raffles - one heart and mind' - The Elderbank Hall, 7.30pm
8 April Allotment holders meeting 7pm The Pavilion
8 April Ordinary Parish Council meeting 7.45pm The Pavilion
11 May First cricket match, The Recreation Field, Brize Norton
13 May Annual and Ordinary Parish Council meeting 7.30pm The Pavilion
15 May Annual Village Assembly The Elderbank Hall 7.30pm ALL WELCOME
17 May 'Brit Ball' Charity ball, Witney Lakes, 7.15pm
16 June National Open Gardens


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.

All entries for inclusion in the June 2013 issue should be received by the clerk by 15 May 2013.


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

Councillors: Fred Bellenger, Stuart Guest, James Gillies, Laurence Taylor, Pip Squire

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.


OrganisationContact Telephone No.
The ChurchRev James Maddern 844175
The SchoolMark Smith (Head) 842488
School GovernorsTracy Barnett 850471
Sports & Social ClubTim Gush846730
Football ClubSimon Cook 841096/07825 002298
Ladies FCJenny McDowell 07894 495500
BN S&SC/Cricket ClubTim Gush 846730
Elderbank HallDiane Davies 843430
Horticultural ShowJudy Gush846730
Women's Institute Shelagh Chatterton843136
Over 60'sJoy Douglas 842373
Open GardensJudy Gush 843730
Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion Tues & 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 Morris

Mrs Claridge



West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc1st Tuesday in the month8.00-10.00pm David Spittles776036
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
Karate***Fridays6 pm - 7.30 pmMatt Webb840890
Judo ClubSaturdays 9.30 - 11.30 amJonathan Gerrans01865 8843399

** Pre school opening hours

*** Contact is now Tracey Haley 01993 700464 & Timing is 6 pm to 7 pm

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



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