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March 2014 

Issue no. 140

Chairman's Report

After a very wet winter just as we thought spring was arriving the weather forecast is for snow! The continuous rainfall of December 2013 and January 2014 again caused flooding in the village. It also led to a breakdown of the sewerage pumping station in Station Road. This is the second year in succession we have experienced these problems. A total lack of investment by Thames Water Utilities in their infrastructure has led to the regular failure of the pumping equipment in Brize Norton. It should be noted that the pumps failed on the 23rd Dec ? prior to the rainfall!!! An On-site meeting has been held with representatives of Thames Water and an internal investment planning meeting was scheduled to take place at Thames Water on the
17th February 2014, we have yet to hear whether monies will be forthcoming to affect an upgrade of this facility.

More houses. I feel sure you are all aware of the Christchurch Planning application for 700 houses in the village, there is another application on the way for up to 1,000
houses on land to the north of Kilkenny Lane. Both of these applications are to build houses in the Parish of Brize Norton. There is a sense of real frustration with
West Oxfordshire District Council who has failed to prepare a local plan. This failure has resulted in speculative planning applications coming in from all quarters. Central Government policies to build to get the economy moving would appear to be leading to more and more greenfield sites being turned over for development. There is, it would appear, enough brownfield sites around the United Kingdom to accommodate the entire current requirement for housing. Developers however find it easier and more profitable to build on greenfield sites. Thus your village is at risk.


Elections are coming on 22nd May 2014. In this round of elections you will have the opportunity to vote for your parish councillors, your district councillor and your Euro MMP. With a third of the District Councillor Wards being included in this round of elections it should prove to be very interesting. As a Mid Term (for Central Government) we can expect heavy canvassing from all parties. I would urge you all to vote at these elections. Remember ?You get what the majority vote for?!



The Parish Council have established a website to record the activities and reports of the Parish Council (minutes, calendar of meetings, standing orders, contacts etc) together with useful links to related websites. The website is continually being added to. We are indebted to the work that has been undertaken by Kyle Snook in setting up the website and his continued ongoing work.


If you would like a copy please contact the Clerk or visit the Church. A minimum donation of 3 is asked for.

The pamphlet reminds us that keeping records, photos and other media today is the only way of ensuring an adequate record of our village history and the Parish Council is keen to receive any further village history related material you have, in particular photos so that the online archive can be added to. Please contact the clerk or alternatively Dr Holmes at Church Farmhouse (843856) p.holmes@brizenorton.org.uk. Any material can be returned to you immediately after scanning.



Join up to 10,000 motorbikes ride from RAF Abingdon in Oxfordshire through Carterton and Brize Norton, to pay their respects to the brave Service men and women killed in Service and to thank the towns for their care of our heroes and their families.

Originally conceived in 2010 and now in its fifth year, the Ride of Respect has gathered immense support from the biker community and helps to raise vital funds for The Royal British Legion in support of our Armed Forces and their families.

The Ride of Respect 2014 will this year take place on Sunday 1 June from 9am to midday (approximately). Registration costs 10 per bike/pillion and can be completed online. A registration pack with information, instructions and entrance tags will be sent by post once registration has been completed.

Hot food, entertainment and attractions will be available at the Ride's End Event in Carterton and both participants and spectators will be warmly welcomed.

For more information on the Ride of Respect 2014, please email ldobbie@britishlegion.org.uk or call 020 3207 2341.


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.


There is not a great deal to report on this occasion; as we all know the weather has been particularly wet and the recreation ground has been waterlogged for much of the new year - so no sport being played.

Don't forget the pavilion is available for hire - for small children's parties or meetings etc.

During these long wet dreary days our thoughts have turned to the warmer days of summer and in particular the August Bank Cricket and Horticultural show. For many years now the bank holiday fete and horticultural show have been organised by the same few people. In an effort to bring fresh life into the day we are looking for volunteers to assist and finding some exciting new ideas for the event.

This day has become part of the fabric of our village life and we need to expand its appeal and enjoyment to all the villagers and friends. So if you have a little time and ideas on how the fete can improve please do let me know - e-mail tim@tcg-ad.com

For example, should we move the day to mid summer? Should we have a beer festival to run alongside the flowers and cricket? What other attractions can we invite? Are there village organisations that want to get involved? Please do get in touch with your ideas.

In the meantime we can look forward to seeing the sunshine again - at some time!

Tim Gush


Following a happy gathering at The Vines for our Christmas Meal we started the New Year with an excellent speaker, Angela Panrucker, who told us of her many visits to The Order of the Garter ceremonies at Windsor Castle together with interesting slides and a detailed history to go with it. February meeting was again this year organised by the members and the speaker was Martin Way who reminded us of the work that women did in the Second World War. Martin had brought an amazing collection of articles that he had collected over the years and entertained us with his stories. This was followed by lovely refreshments and a raffle.

Our next meetings are as follows:


11th March is the AGM with Jean Geary, Vice President of OFWI in attendance.

8th April is a talk by a member of "The Medical Detection Dogs"

13th May we have a talk on "Cycling Around the World"

10th June we have "The History of Pinewood Studios"

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month in the Elderbank Hall at 7.30pm and visitors are always welcome.


Did you know that your village Post Office provides all of the services listed below and lots more?

* Traditional letter and parcel posting including next day deliveries and eBay services.
* Banking - (Cash/Cheque/Bank card deposits and withdrawal) if you bank with the following banks: Bank of Ireland,
   Barclays, Cahoot, Clydesdale, Co-op, Lloyds, TSB, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest, Santander, Halifax, RBS and
* National Savings & Investment including Premium bonds.
* Bill Payment - Most household bills including BT phone bills can be paid free of fees.
* Foreign currency - generally commission free with 3 days notice, MoneyGram.
* Travel Insurance - Inland and overseas (provided on the spot).
* Home Phone - Incentive to transfer your current home telephone service.
* Household Home Insurance ? Competitive.
* Car Insurance - There is 50 cash back on take up.
* Mobile phone Top-up.
* Health Lottery
* Groceries - limited quantity of snacks and groceries too.

We have an ageing cliental at present and would very much welcome young parents to use our facilities. At a time when the post office network is under considerable threat, we need all the support that we can get. We need everybody using the post office in order to survive.

Michael your postmaster attends the Sports Pavilion on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Thank you for your continued support.


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


BNAG made a presentation at the Village Meeting on Thursday 6th February and offered those present a 'prepared' letter objecting to the application by Christ Church to build 700 houses within our parish boundaries. The letter, not unsurprisingly, addressed most if not all the objections to the development that had been raised by villagers earlier in the evening.

Those present had the chance to sign it there and then - as many did, complete it later or download it from the website and modify it accordingly.

We also encouraged everyone not only to sign the 'prepared' letter but also to write their own letter - or re-send an earlier letter quoting the new planning reference. Daft as it might appear, all previous letters we have all sent simply do not count!!

For the benefit of those who didn't attend the Village Meeting, BNAG members delivered throughout the village copies of the 'prepared' letter together with an explanatory flyer emphasising the importance of signing and returning the letters to WODC in time to meet the 20th February deadline.

Looking back it's hard to think what more we could have done to encourage the maximum response.
Should the application go to Appeal then all our current letters will be used as evidence and no further letters will be admissible. So, if you didn't bother to respond.................... I won't bother to state the obvious!

We are now waiting to see when this application is to be considered by WODC. As many villagers as possible should attend in order to demonstrate the solidarity of our opposition.

Noise, especially from the Hercules aircraft continues to cause unacceptable disturbance throughout the village. RAF Brize Norton are conscious of the problem and have put in place various measures in an attempt to limit aircraft noise. However there is little more that can be achieved by further attempting to modify operating procedures to limit the noise from daily (or nightly) aircraft movements. It is vital to continue to inform both RAF Brize Norton and the Environmental Health Officer at WODC when you are disturbed by aircraft noise. The number of complaints concerning aircraft noise is now included on the RAF Brize Norton website and is updated monthly with comparisons between 2013 and 2014. It makes interesting reading!

Our village website continues to be the focus for information and you should visit www.savebrizevillage.co.uk for further news as it breaks. In particular, look out for the date when this application is to be decided upon by WODC and do your very best to join us in Witney.

Prepared by Keith Beckingham on behalf of Save Brize Norton Action Group.


We are a small club for village residents. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month with either a meeting at 4 Squires Close (at 2pm) or we go on an outing. We have speakers and a nice tea to follow thanks to June, Connie, and Benita. Our future programme is as follows:

4 March Coach trip to Worcester
18 March Coffee morning ? open to all
1 April Joy's Birthday Party 2pm to 5pm
15 April Cream Tea
6 May Coach trip to Stratford
20 May Cream Tea
3 June Vist to Thrupp - tea by the river
17 June Meal out
1 July Picnic with organ music in Horace Hollifield's garden
15 July Coffee morning 10.30am at Joy's. Everyone welcome
5 August River trip

If you are interested in joining us please contact Joy on 01993 842373

Tuesday 18 March
10.30am at Joy's, 4 Squires Close
Bring and buy and raffle


A meeting of allotment holders is to be held on Monday 7th April at 6.45pm. Allotment agreements and other correspondence will be sent out shortly. If you would like to be considered for an allotment when one becomes available please contact the clerk to be added to the short waiting list.


We meet every Thursday evening 7.30 'til 9.30 pm in the Elderbank Hall, only 2 per person. We dance ballroom, Latin American and sequence dances to CD's. We have tea and biscuits in the interval. Our last dance before the Easter break will be 10th April and we will start back on 24th April.

For more information contact Joy on 01993 842373



Swap unwanted items (books, DVD's, CD's, toys, jewellery, unwanted gifts, clothes) for lovely new things for FREE at a swap shop.

On: Wednesday 5th March 11am to 2pm
At: Elmfield Council Offices, New Yatt Road, Witney, OX2 1PB
For more information contact: www.westoxon.gov.uk/news




We have had lots of changes in our school this term. We are delighted to welcome Miss Musgrave to our teaching team. She joins us from
North Leigh C of E Primary School and she has already proved an invaluable addition to our school community. We are also soon to welcome Mrs Jobson to our Key Stage 1 team to cover a period of maternity leave. We would also like to wish Mrs Addinell and Mrs Challender good luck as they both begin their maternity leave this month. Last term, we were sad to say goodbye to Mr Smith, who took up a headship at St John the Evangelist Primary School ? but we are pleased to hear that he is settling in well.

I would like to thank the children, parents, staff and members of the wider school community for their support and kindness during my first term in the role of Acting Headteacher here at Brize Norton Primary School. I share your love of this very special school and I am keen to ensure that it remains at the heart of our vibrant community.

Recently, our Key Stage 2 children were able to go on a fantastic trip to the O2 Arena, to take part in the ?Young Voices? concert. This was an enormous undertaking and required lots of practise for the children to perform in a choir of over 7,000 school children! As I?m sure you can imagine the event was quite incredible, with lots of spine-tingling moments. We would like to thank the children (and parents) for their hard work in learning all of the songs and dances that made the concert so wonderful.

Over the coming term, the School Association has planned a variety of events for the school and the wider community. We look forward to seeing you at some, or all, of them:


The ever-popular Quiz Night is coming up on Friday 14th March at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start in the school hall.

Teams can include up to 6 people and the cost is 6.00 per person, to include ploughman?s supper. Please bring your own nibbles, drinks and glasses. Prize to the winning team will be half 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.

Sadly, this will be our last quiz to be written and hosted by the wonderful Ralph Davies. We?d like to thank him warmly for his many years of support and question-writing expertise, not to mention his great sense of humour and patience in putting up with our heckling and rowdiness! He will be greatly missed.


The School Association AGM is on Wednesday 19th March at 7.30pm.

Please come along if you would like to find out more about the School Association or even possibly join the committee. We welcome input from everybody and value the range of ideas and skills that each member of our School Community can bring, however little or much time you can contribute.

Supporting Easyfundraising.org.uk - shop at over 2000 well known retailers and every time you shop you can earn a donation for our school at no additional cost to you. To register, visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/pta and search for our school. Registration is quick and simple and is absolutely free.

As always you can keep up to date with all the exciting things we have been doing by visiting our school website at target="new".

Emi Grant
Acting Head teacher


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


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 upstairs 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


Are you able to help us?

In readiness for our new Science GCSE course we are creating an outdoor learning area. If you, or someone you know, have any of the following going spare, we would be extremely grateful to rehome them for you:
- Plastic or metal buckets - Rabbit hutches (can be in need of TLC)
- Wooden planters (or unusual items that we can use as planters!)
- Coat hooks - Paving slabs or stepping stones
- Unwanted CDs/ DVDs - Rocks (suitable for a rockery)
- Outdoor coloured paint or wood preserve
- Chicken feeders - Chicken houses (can be in need of repair!)
- Wooden bench (can be in need of TLC)
- Garden pergola or trellising (can be in need of repair)
- Unwanted gardening gloves - Terracotta pots of various sizes
- Wooden gates

Mrs C Brown Head of Science Burford School cbro7709@burford.oxon.sch.uk


Our Christmas services were well attended and it was good to see so many people making the time to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. Thank you to everyone who took part in the Candlelit Carol Service either as readers or the children who took part in the nativity tableau. Although a wet evening for carol singing, a small group accompanied by Jacquie on the saxophone, sang and made collections in Daugbigny Mead, The Fosseway, Chichester Place and The Chequers. Thank you to all who contributed to our collection (we raised 105) and to those who gave us sustenance on the way!

At our services in February we utilised the open space we have made at the back of the Church so that everyone could make Christingles and sit and enjoy refreshments too. We were also sad to say goodbye to Rev Jo Reid the curate who has left to serve in a parish in the Salisbury Diocese.

We are holding a Pancake Supper on Tuesday 4 March at 6.30pm in the Church. Tickets are 5 and entitle you to two pancakes (sweet and savoury) and a glass of wine. Tickets are available from Jacquie (841616), Phil (843856) or Carolyn (844102) or from AK Timms. There will be a raffle to raise money for general funds.
We would welcome you to join us for the following special services:
Women's World Day of Prayer - Friday 7th March at 7pm - All are invited to attend and share refreshments after.

Our Mothering Sunday Service is Sunday 30th March and everyone is welcome. Children are invited to come to 52a Station Road on Saturday 29th March at 3pm to make posies that will then be presented at the 9.15am Holy Communion Service.

We are running a Pilgrim Course/Lent Course which is being held in St Britius on Monday 12.30pm to 1.30pm on 3rd March, 10th March, 17th March, 31 March and
14th April. All are welcome to attend to share in the course discussions and for soup, bread and cheese.


Our Easter services will start on Palm Sunday, 13th April with the 9.15am Communion Service and then continue as follows:

Maundy Thursday - 17th April ? Holy Communion at 7pm

Good Friday - 18th April - service of reflection and prayer at 6pm

Easter Day - 20th April - Family Communion at 9.15am

Thank you to everyone who has renewed their membership of the Friends and supported us over the last year. If you are not already a member please consider joining - we ask for a minimum donation of 10 and you will receive a quarterly newsletter to keep you up to date with our future projects. With the pathway resurfaced we are just waiting on some further work to modify the guttering - which has been severely tested - and then the roof project is complete.
We are reviewing the report prepared by Sustain on energy efficiency and suggestions for heating the church and have taken steps to make your visit more comfortable.

In addition to the 9.15am Holy Communion services each Sunday, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays there is a Light Zone service - an informal worship with activities arranged for the children attending and songs, prayers and refreshments. For further details of the church services refer to the notices on the church door or log onto the website www.brizenorton.org.uk. After Easter we will also be starting a Forest Church to be held in the Kilkenny Country Park. This will be a great opportunity to reconnect with God?s creation.

The church is open each Sunday after the morning services until dusk or 6pm. You are welcome to visit to learn more of the church?s fascinating history or just for quiet reflection.


Are you registered to vote?
Any person not included in the register of electors cannot vote at the elections (for Local or European polls). Applications to register have to be received in the WODC Election Office by no later than Tuesday 6 May 2014 if they are to be effective for the elections held on Thursday 22 May. Contact WODC Electoral services
01993 861000 or visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/elections for more advice on becoming registered.

Have you considered standing for election as Parish Councillor?
Here are 13 reasons that people use for NOT joining and this is the Parish Council response ?
* "I'm too young". If you are 18 (at the time you are nominated) you are old enough.
* "What's the point of just joining a talking shop, they don't do anything". Have you ever been to a meeting? Basing your judgement on watching The Vicar of Dibley is definitely not valid.
* "I haven't got any planning application in at the moment". Putting in for planning has got nothing to do with sitting on the Council, whatever may have happened years ago. In fact, if your own application is discussed by the Council, you must leave the room.
* "I'm too busy, I couldn't commit to attending every single meeting". Meetings are rarely more frequent than one evening a month, and missing the occasional one is perfectly acceptable. Most meetings only take a couple of hours.
* "I'm concentrating on finding a job or furthering my career". Being a local Councillor is a definite plus point to add to a CV. It shows you can make decisions, work in a team, are community minded and pro-active. Prospective employees will be impressed.
* "I haven't lived here very long and I don't know the area well". If you have lived or worked in the Parish for a year you are eligible. Your views as an 'incomer' should be welcomed, as you will probably see things more objectively.
* "I'm worried that I won't get many votes, and look silly". Even if you are not voted on this time, you may very well be approached if a vacancy occurs in the future and co-opted on.
* "Our Parish Council is full of Old Fogeys". Join up and change it then ? ask Lawrence!
* "I'd look like a fool because I would not know what's going on". You will be eased in gently; there is help, advice and more formal training available. The Clerk is the legal officer in the Council, and she will explain the rules.
* "I'll have to sign that code of conduct thing that the press keeps on about". The code of conduct is nowhere near as onerous as made out by the press; out of some 80,000 councillors, only 300 have refused to sign. The code stops situations like the planning one above.
* "I'll have to let everyone know about all my personal and business affairs". The declaration of interest asks you to declare business interests within the Parish area, to guard against bias when Parish issues are debated. As for personal affairs, get real, everyone knows about these already.
* "I'm too lazy and not interested in my community". An excellent reason for not joining.
* "I prefer to let others do the work and then criticize from the sidelines afterwards". Also a valid reason for not joining, but do bear in mind that expounding your views in the pub, rather than the council chamber will not change a thing in your parish.

Seriously, if you are interested in standing for election please do talk to the current councillors or the clerk. You can obtain a nomination pack from the clerk or from WODC and you will needed to have submitted your nomination to have arrived at WODC electoral services NO LATER THAN 4PM ON THURSDAY 24TH APRIL (and preferably sooner). There are seven seats available on the Brize Norton Parish Council. If less than seven people stand for election there will be no vote and the candidates will form the next parish council.



CALENDAR OF EVENTS - please refer to newsletter for further information

3 March Ordinary Parish Council meeting 7.30pm The Pavilion
4 March Pancake Supper, St Britius Church, 6.30pm
18 March Coffee morning, 10.30pm at 4 Squire?s Close
7 April Allotment holders meeting 6.45pm The Pavilion
7 April Ordinary Parish Council meeting 7.45pm The Pavilion
12 May Ordinary Parish Council meeting 7.30pm The Pavilion
22 May Local Council elections/European elections
1 June RBL Ride of Respect through village 9am to noon
2 June Annual and Ordinary Parish Council meeting 7.30pm The Pavilion
11 June Annual village assembly 7.30pm The Elderbank Hall
29 June Open Gardens in village 1pm to 6pm

All entries for inclusion in the June 2014 issue should be received by the clerk by
15 May2014.





Chairman: Keith Glazier (843640) Vice-Chairman: Fred Bellenger (841189)

Councillors: Stuart Guest, Laurence Taylor, Pip Squire, Selwyn Shorrock

Clerk to the Council: Carolyn Peach, 52a Station Road, Brize Norton (844102)
email:   clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk

Parish Representatives:- 

Oxford County Council: Neil Owen, 'Robinswood". Frog Lane, Milton-u-Wychwood, OX7 6JZ. 

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.


Organisation ContactTelephone No.
The ChurchRev James Maddern844175
The SchoolEmeral Grant (Acting Head)842488
School Governors Shane Rae842488
Football ClubSimon Cook841096/07825 002298
Ladies FCJenny McDowell07894 495500
BN S&SC/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**
BrowniesMondays 6 pm - 7.30 pmBarbara Thorne 842013
BadmintonMondays 8.00 - 10.30 pmMrs Morris

Mrs Claridge



West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc 1st Tuesday in the month8.00-10.00pm David Spittles776036
Women's Institute2nd Tuesday in the month 7.30 - 10 pm Shelagh Chatterton843136
RainbowsWednesday 3.30 - 4.30pmBarbara Thorne 842013


Wednesday8 - 9 pm Steph Hill07970831061
Dancing ClubThursdays 7.30 pm - 9.30 pmJoy Douglas 842373
KarateFridays 6 pm - 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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