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Here is the text from the Marc h 2013 Newsletter Published here with permission of the Parish Council.
BRIZE NORTON BADMINTON CLUB
VILLAGE HISTORY ARCHIVE
A TIDY VILLAGE
|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 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
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
To join the Action Group or for more information e-mail me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone me on 843608
We continue to enjoy our Tuesday evening get togethers despite the
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
|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.
||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.
|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.
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!
|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 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.
|It Every Monday 1.30pm, The Elderbank Hall carpark - come
CHARITY BALL ?BRIT BALL?
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
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
|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.
|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
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
|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.
|The School Association AGM on Wednesday 20th March, 7.30pm,
Please come along if you would like to find out more about the School Association or even possibly join the committee.
|Sign up to
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|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.
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
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.
|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.
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.
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
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)
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.
|The Church||Rev James Maddern||844175|
|The School||Mark Smith (Head)||842488|
|School Governors||Tracy Barnett||850471|
|Sports & Social Club||Tim Gush||846730|
|Football Club||Simon Cook||841096/07825 002298|
|Ladies FC||Jenny McDowell||07894 495500|
|BN S&SC/Cricket Club||Tim Gush||846730|
|Elderbank Hall||Diane Davies||843430|
|Horticultural Show||Judy Gush||846730|
|Women's Institute||Shelagh Chatterton||843136|
|Over 60's||Joy Douglas||842373|
|Open Gardens||Judy 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 - Fri||9 am - 12 noon||Alex Skym||07769617696|
|Mon, Tues & Wed||12.00 - 3 pm**|
|Brownies||Mondays||6 pm - 7.30 pm||Barbara Thorne||842013|
|Badminton||Mondays||8.00 - 10.30 pm||Mrs Morris|
|West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc||1st Tuesday in the month||8.00-10.00pm||David Spittles||776036|
|Women's Institute||2nd Tuesday in the month||7.30 - 10 pm||Shelagh Chatterton||843136|
|Rainbows||Wednesday||3.30 - 4.30pm||Barbara Thorne||842013|
|Wednesday||8 - 9 pm||Steph Hill||07970831061|
|Dancing Club||Thursdays||7.30 pm - 9.30 pm||Joy Douglas||842373|
|Karate***||Fridays||6 pm - 7.30 pm||Matt Webb||840890|
|Judo Club||Saturdays||9.30 - 11.30 am||Jonathan Gerrans||01865 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