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March 2016

Issue no. 148

Chairman's Report

Welcome to the spring edition of the newsletter.
I am not quite sure whether Spring is with us or still “Just around the corner,” Snowdrops, Crocus and daffodils are in full flower and there is just a tinge of green on the hedgerows. All the harbingers of spring are in place, let us hope it is not a false spring.

Politics are grabbing the headlines at the moment. Locally County and District councils are setting their budgets and a tremendous withdrawal of a wide variety of services are on the table, some of these will be front line services. The full implications of the effects of the changes are not yet known. There will be some local elections taking place in May (not in our ward). With the IN OUT referendum taking place in June and the American presidential election race in full flow, it will be a treat to concentrate on some of the forthcoming events to be held in the village.


Foremost of these events must be the celebration of Her Majesty the Queens 90th birthday. Two dates for the calendar are Thursday 21st April for the lighting of
Beacon/bonfire and Sunday 12th June with a Picnic in the Park party on the recreation ground. Further details are included below.

West Oxford District Council are again reviewing the local plan for the district and re-examining the numbers of houses that will be required in West Oxfordshire. We can now expect further speculative planning applications from landowners and developers to develop large scale housing estates in the district. With circa 1,700 houses in Shilton Park and a further 700 planned between Carterton Road and Burford road I really believe we have enough. There has been no notable improvement in infrastructure from these developments. Improvements to the A40 appear to be as far down the road as ever!

RAF Brize Norton. A decision has been made to keep some of the C130 hercules in service until 2035.

The current and planned aircraft fleet numbers are;
C17 Globemaster 8
C130 Hercules 24 with ten due out of service in 2022 and 14 extended to 2035.
A330 Voyager 9 currently in use with the option to surge to 14.
A400M Atlas 5 currently rising to a total of 22 by 2019

Information source: Local Council Working Group minutes of meeting 14th Jan 2016.

The Annual Parish meeting will be held on Tuesday 24 May in the Edlderbank Hall at 7.30PM. This is your opportunity to question Councillors representing Oxfordshire County Council and West Oxfordshire District Council and also representatives of RAF Brize Norton, Thames Valley Police, Brize Norton Primary School and of course Brize Norton Parish Councillors. We would be delighted to see you at this annual meeting.

And finally I extend a warm welcome to Garry Griffin our new editor and Compilor- in- Chief of the newsletter. Please assist Garry by submitting your articles on time.


BRIZE NORTON’S planned celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations 2016

To help celebrate the Queen’ 90th birthday the village are organizing a couple of events. The main event will be on Sunday 12th June, Her Majesty’s official birthday. Full details later but the initial plan is to have a ‘Picnic in the Park’.

The first event is on Thursday April 21st. There will be a bonfire celebration on the Thursday evening, when we will be part of a nationwide event of lighting beacons or bonfires. The invitation is to all and hope you can join us on the Recreation Ground, Brize Norton from 7.00pm for the lighting of the bonfire around 7.30pm. There will be soup and refreshments available, including the bar, from the pavilion.

Thursday the 21st is the actual birthday of Queen Elizabeth and the bonfire is a small celebration of that fact. But it is also a chance to advertise the main event in June. So please do come along and join the fun and to see what is planned for June.

We would also like to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer in assisting the small group of organisers for both events. Can you help with making soup, handing out leaflets, organising children’s games etc. You would be most welcome!

Please either contact:
Tim Gush or Tony Shillingford or Carolyn Peach Clerk to BNPC

Brize Norton – NGS Open Gardens Event 2016

This year we have 8 Gardens registered with the National Garden Scheme (NGS) as well as the St Britius Church Flower Festival.

We would like to welcome back to the Event this year, Mark and Lucy Artus, from Grange Farm, Mike and Helen Harper, from Mijeshe and our new member Denise Merriman from 3 Daubigny Mead.

We will be opening on Sunday, 19th June, from 2 pm until 6 pm, admission will be £4 per adult.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the WI for all of their hard work during the Event for providing refreshments at the Elderbank Hall, year in, year out.

So if you are green fingered and have not had the opportunity to visit these glorious gardens, please remember that the gardens are only open for just one day a year. So you never know what gems lie in wait behind these garden gates. Also remember that all of the proceeds go to really worthwhile local and national charities.

We do therefore hope that you will all come along and visit these gardens, in aid of the charities, come rain or shine.



Just before Christmas we had our Christmas lunch which was at the Bay Tree Hotel in Burford.  We were well looked after and had a delicious lunch which was enjoyed by all.  The speaker in January was John Clark who has been metal detecting for about 30 years. We were pleasantly surprised when he told us what he had found over the last 30 years and it was more like a history lesson going back thousands of years. He had brought along a selection of very old items and it was a very interesting evening.  So much so that we didn't have time to have a quiz as there were so many questions that needed to be answered.  The next meeting in March will be our AGM when we will be having the President of the Oxfordshire Federation join us.  

Next Year's programme has not been issued to our members yet but as soon as I have printed the programme I will be able to inform you of our up and coming speakers.

Unfortunately this month we have lost two of our former stalwarts of the WI.  The first being Barbara Stanton who was such a hard worker and did a lot for the WI. Secondly another stalwart and committed former member of our WI, Daphne Hounslow passed away and we send our sincere condolences to both families. 
We meet on the second Tuesday of the month in The Elderbank Hall at 7.30pm and new members are always welcome.

Sue Calcutt

WOW! Discounted entry to local attractions

The Welcome Open Weekend (WOW) offers local residents’ special ‘2-for-1’ entry to a wide range of attractions from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 April. Venues include Birdland Park & Gardens, Blenheim Palace, Cotswold Farm Park, Crocodiles of the World, Fairytale Farm and Head4Heights.

To enjoy the discounts collect a voucher sheet, available from 1 April, from Burford and Witney Visitor Information Centres, Carterton, Charlbury and Woodstock libraries, and The Guildhall in Chipping Norton.

For more details about WOW, including a full list of the offers available and on what dates, see: www.westoxon.gov.uk/wow or call 01993 861080.


As always, we have been extremely busy in our little school. Since the last time I wrote to you, we have had Christmas! All the children took part either in our nativity play or in our performance of Aladdin, and we were so proud of them all. We also had a visit from Father Christmas, Christmas dinner with all the staff, governors and other volunteers, and a carol service in St Britius’ Church involving small group or solo performances from 29 children.

The biggest change this new year has been welcoming two new teachers: Mr Robinson and Miss Adams now share our Year 1/2 class. I am pleased to say that they have settled in very well and are already fully part of the team. The children have enjoyed a range of new experiences with their new teachers, including hunting for dragon eggs and pirate treasure. Arr!

On 14th January, we took 56 children to Birmingham to take part in the Young Voices concert, with a choir of over 6000 children. It was incredible to be there in that crowd singing away, and we were so proud of our children’s effort and talent – and grateful for the large number of parents and other relatives who came along to support them.

Our Foundation Stage children have been learning about dinosaurs this term. They have visited the Oxford Natural History Museum for a dinosaur hunt, dug for dinosaur bones and eggs in our sand and water trays, read and written books about dinosaurs and generally learned a huge amount. It is quite humbling to have conversations with four-year-olds about “paleontologists” and whether or not the plesiosaurus was a true dinosaur.

With all this going on, we haven’t neglected sport either. Our children have taken part in a range of events with other schools including indoor athletics, haka dancing and the Burford Partnership netball tournament, after which we are through to the West Oxfordshire finals. We have run clubs in multi-skills, netball, football and cricket, and we have fun have-a-go days coming up in both street hockey and Muay Thai martial arts. Our children continue to do well in their attempts to run a marathon in a year: in fact, seven of them have done it already.

Our conversion to an academy with the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust on 1st March is coming on soon. We are very grateful to Brize Norton Parish Council for being so understanding and continuing to allow us to use their car park and field. We are not expecting that children and parents will notice much difference, except that those of us in the office will be better supported so hopefully the school will be run more efficiently.

If you want more up-to-date information about what’s happening at Brize Norton School, please have a look at our website, www.brizeprimary.org. Prospective parents are always welcome to come and have a look around: just contact the school office. In the meantime, thank you to all our neighbours for your friendship and support, and I hope to see you at a School Association event before long.

Anna Fairhurst (Headteacher, Brize Norton Primary School)


Thank you to everyone who took part in our Christmas services especially the Candlelit Carol Service either as readers or the children who took part in the nativity tableau. Also to everyone who supported our Christmas quiz and colouring competitions. Congratulations to Arthur Dolton and Rosie Huckin for their winning entries. We raised just over £90 towards our general funds.

Now that the church is warm and dry our attention turns to the ongoing problem of paying our way. Each year we are expected to contribute a very large sum of money (around £15,000) as our Parish Share paying towards our vicar’s salary and many other costs of the Deanery and Diocese. This means finding more than £1,000 per month over and above our own running and maintenance expenses (ie electricity, water, insurance etc). In spite of a national survey where 45% of people believed that our taxes pay for the Church of England, St Britius Church receives no subsidies from the Government or monetary grants from the local Council although we are indebted to the Parish Council for their assistance for the grass cutting of the churchyards. We are trying to raise monies through various initiatives and would welcome your support to keep St Britius a visible and permanent sign of the Christian community in the village.

During Lent we are asking supporters to take part in our ‘Smartie Tube’ fundraiser. Please take a tube of Smarties (on the table inside the church), eat the contents (or store them in another container until Easter Day) and then fill the tube with coins - 20p and £1 coins fit well - donating money saved from your Lenten abstinence. Return the tube to us at Easter. For more details speak to Rev Maddern – 844175 or contact vicbrizecarterton@btinternet.com .

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 newsletter to keep you up to date with our future projects. Please contact
Dr Phil Holmes - 843856.

We would welcome you to join us for the following events and special services:
Our Mothering Sunday Service is Sunday 6th March and everyone is welcome. Children are invited to come to 52a Station Road on Friday 4th March at 4.30pm to make posies that will then be presented at the 10.00 am Family Communion Service.

Our Celebration of Easter starts on Palm Sunday, 20th March with the 9.15am Communion Service and then continues as follows:
Maundy Thursday – 24th March – Holy Communion at 7pm
Good Friday – 25th March – service of reflection and prayer at 4pm
Easter Day – 27th March – Family Communion at 10am.

Alongside the Pilgrim discussion group each Monday lunchtime 12.30pm to 1.30pm (soup lunch provided) we are running a Lent Course ‘Singing in the Rain’ – Life journeys with Jeff Lucas, at Church Farm House, Wednesday evenings, 3rd, 9th and 16th March at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

The Forest Church, an opportunity to encounter God in the wild places, meets at the metal horses, Kilkenny Country Park from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. The next meeting is Sunday 28th February. For further information contact Rev Maddern – 844175.

Buggy club will resume on 12 April 9.30am to 11.00am in the Church each Tuesday morning – an opportunity for toddlers to play with refreshments served.

The first Sunday in the month is our Family Communion service starting at 10am when activities are arranged for children attending and refreshments are served. On the remaining Sundays the 9.15am Holy Communion service is held and during the week a Holy Communion service at 7pm.

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


With all the wet weather about there has not been much action at the club this winter. The football club are endeavouring to beat the weather and keep the facilities well used. But spring is just around the corner and the football season will soon flow into the cricket one. A full season of cricket is on the cards so let’s hope for some summer weather to go with it.

There are a few events I would like to draw your attention to:
Firstly, it is the start of the nationwide celebrations of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. We will be lighting a bonfire on Thursday 21st April at 7.00pm and you are all welcome to join us at the Recreation Ground for the bonfire, soup refreshments and the bar in the pavilion.

The cricket season start on 30th April with the first home game being the 7th May.

Next is the Annual Ladies Charity Football match on Saturday 14th May – kick off 11.00am with cricket following in the afternoon.

And finally the main event of the Queen’s birthday celebrations. Save the date - Sunday 12 June 2016. The plans are still to be finalised but it is hoped that the village can help celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday by organising a ‘Picnic in the Park’ with entertainment and old fashion games and just having fun with family and friends.

The planned pavilion improvements have not been forgotten, we are waiting for news on funds to help us with our exciting new plans. As usual these decisions are never as forthcoming as one hopes, but every optimistic of the outcome.

Best wishes for 2016

Tim Gush BNS&SC


Thank you to everyone in the village who came and supported our traditional Christmas Bazaar. We raised just under £800, which, whilst not as much as in previous years, is still a very useful amount of money.

We are currently fundraising for some sizeable projects. The largest, which will cost several thousand pounds, is a canopy for the area outside class 2, so that they can enjoy outside space whatever the weather. We are also hoping to pay for a whole school Design Technology experience which is being planned for next term.

Last week the children enjoyed a school disco, and we are planning another favourite, the Easter Egg Raffle, which will happen on the last day of term.
Our biggest event this term is the Quiz Night and Pudding Competition which will take place on Friday March 11th. This is always a fun night out and we really value the support of residents in the village who come along and join in. Places are available now; £6 per person which includes a buffet at half time. Bring your own drinks and nibbles to keep you going. Teams of 6, but if you don't have a full team we can always fill the spaces on the night. The Pudding Competition adds a bit of friendly rivalry to the event.

If you would like to reserve spaces at the quiz night, or if you would like more information on any of our events, please contact Jo Rushton, Chairperson, on 01993 823330 or 07554443678.


We are a village group of 30 members. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in the month with either a meeting or an outing. Meetings take place at 4 Squires Close at 2pm. After the meeting we enjoy a tea of sandwiches and homemade cakes. Thanks to June, Connie and Benita.

In recent months we have enjoyed a talk by Bob about his childhood which brought back many memories. Also a sing-a-long with Cliff, a meal at The Bell, and a coffee morning.

Our future programme is as follows:-

1 March ‘Life on the stage’ by Olive
15 March Coach trip to Banbury
5 April Quiz and chat
15 April Coffee morning – EVERYONE WELCOME
3 May Talk by Age UK
17 May Tea by the canal at Thrupp
7 June Cream tea at Joy’s, and bowls
21 June Outing to Coventry
5 July Meal at The Rose Revived
19 July Cream tea by the river at Lechlade
2 August Outing to Windsor

The programme is also posted on the village noticeboard. For further information please contact Joy on 01993 842373.


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.


It’s been a very tough season so far for both teams following the departure and retirement of many players at the end of last season. 

The 1sts recorded their first point of the season on Saturday (6th Feb) against a very good Aston side. This ended a run of 12 straight league defeats and departures in the 3 cup competitions. However the point on Saturday moved Brize off the foot of the table....onwards and upwards. 

The Reserves sit in 12th place out of 13 in Division 4 but have 8 points and a couple of wins can see them push up the league. They also bowed out of both cup competitions. 

Rob Hook (1sts) and Mark Carpenter (Res) have done a great job organising the teams and keeping things going through a transition period but things are looking better for a recovery. 

The Club train at the Carterton ATP/4G pitch on Tuesday evenings between 8 and 9pm until the end of March. Any new players or indeed ex players are very welcome. 


We meet in the Elderbank Hall every Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. We dance ballroom, Latin American and sequence dances to CD’s. We have tea and biscuits in the interval - only £2 per person. Everyone is welcome to join us.

For more information contact Joy on 01993 842373


We meet in the Elderbank Hall:-

Brownies - Monday 6pm - 7.30pm (during term time)
Rainbows - Wednesday 3.30pm – 4.30pm (during term time)

At these meetings the girls are encouraged to make new friends, learn new skills, improve old skills, and develop personal skills such as decision making and leadership. These are all learnt in a fun environment of crafts, cooking, badges, games, outings and camps.

Our most recent outing was to Witney Cineworld where we met up with other girls from the Bampton District and we took over the big screen to watch ‘Inside Out’ in our celebration of Thinking Day.

The Brownies have also been to London to visit the Peter Pan Park and Princess Diana Memorial fountain where everyone got very wet. The young leaders remembered to wear swim suits this time!

We are always looking for new members, so if you are interested in joining us then you can register on the Girl Guiding website or contact me.

Barbie Thorne – 01993 842013


Gym ball classes at Elderbank Hall on Wednesdays 7.15pm – 8.00pm.


All abilities and ages welcome.

Contact us on 01993 851753 bamptonphysio@btconnect.com www.bampton-physiotherapy.co.uk


We meet every Monday at The Elderbank Hall and play from 8.00 pm until 10.00 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 Laurence on 07771 998821, or just come along to the hall.


All fitness levels welcome

20 minutes of three different types of exercise

£5 per session, Wednesday nights,
Elderbank Hall, 8-9pm

Call Steph 07970 831061


There have been further incidents reported of dog fouling on the pavements and verges of the village, in particular the pavement on Manor Road.


It is offensive to smell and to look at, and extremely unpleasant to step in. It is also a hazard to health – dog faeces carry many germs that can cause illness and in extreme cases could result in blindness.

Children walking to school are particularly vulnerable. To all dog owners, or the person in charge of the dog - it is YOUR responsibility to clear up any dog foul left by the dog.

If you do not clear up your dog’s mess you can be issued with a fixed penalty notice, currently £50, or you could be taken to court and face a fine of up to £1,000.

Reports of incidents of fouling witnessed can be made directly to WODC either by phone 01993 861000 or website http://www.westoxon.gov.uk/environment/Streetcleansing.cfm


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.
* Taxing of vehicles.
* 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 Smile.
* 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 threat we need your support. Michael your postmaster attends the Sports Pavilion on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am and 12.30pm.


If you identify a pot hole please report it to Oxfordshire County Council Highways either online at Oxfordshire.gov.uk or phone 0845 3101111 or write to Highway Enquiries Team, Oxfordshire County Council, PO Box 842, OXFORD OX1 9LL


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



West Oxon Woodturning Association (WOWA) meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Elderbank Village Hall, Brize Norton. We start at 7.30 pm and finish about 10.00 pm.  Non-members are very welcome but members and visitors must be over 16. 

Our meetings comprise of demonstrations either by one of our members or by a professional turner or its just ‘Hands On’.   All demonstrations are enhanced by the use of a video projection system that allows everyone to view the intricacies of the finer points of wood turning.  Please come along and enjoy an evening - your first visit is free!

For further information please contact Dave Spittles on 01993 776036 or visit our web site at WOWA.org.uk

CALENDAR OF EVENTS – please refer to newsletter for further information

6 March Mothering Sunday Service 10AM
7 March Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm, Sports pavilion
11 March Primary school quiz, 7.30pm, school hall
27 March Easter Service 10AM
4 April Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm, Sports Pavilion
12 April Buggy club will resumes
15-17 April WOW ‘2-for-1’ entry to a wide range of attractions
21st April Lighting of Beacon/bonfire 7pm for 7.30pm
9 May Annual & Ordinary Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm, Sports pavilion
14 May Annual Ladies Charity Football match 11.00am with cricket in PM
24 May Annual village meeting, 7.30pm, Elderbank Hall
6 June Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports Pavilion
12th June Picnic in the Park party on the recreation ground
19 June NGS Open Gardens 2 till 6PM

All entries for inclusion in the June 2016 issue should be received by Garry Griffin at garry.griffin@tesco.net
by 8 May 2016.


Chairman: Keith Glazier (843640)

Councillors: Stuart Guest, Pip Squire, Tony Shillingford, Lawrence Taylor

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

email:   clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk

Parish Representatives:- 

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

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

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


Organisation ContactTelephone No.
The ChurchRev James Maddern844175
The SchoolAnna Fairhurst 842488
School Governors Miranda Mowbray 842488
Football ClubSimon Cook 841096/07825 002298
BN S&SC/Cricket ClubTim Gush846730
Elderbank HallDiane Davies843430
Horticultural ShowJudy Gush846730
Women's Institute Susan Cotterill823188
Over 60'sJoy Douglas 842373
Open GardensJean Butcher 841347
Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm
Police (Carterton) Mon-Fri 9.30-12.30 & 13.00-15.30 30 101



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

Pre-school (3-5 years) Mon - Fri9 am - 12 noon Claire07769617696
Mon, Tues & Wed12.00 - 3 pm**
BrowniesMondays 6.00 - 7.30 pmBarbara Thorne 842013
BadmintonMondays 8.00 - 10.30 pmLaurence Taylor
Tina Claridge
07771 998821


West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc 1st Tuesday in the month8.00-10.00pm David Spittles776036
Women's Institute2nd Tuesday in the month 7.30 - 10 pm Susan Cotterill823188
RainbowsWednesday 3.30 - 4.30 pmBarbara Thorne 842013
Gymball Wednesday7.15 - 8.00 pm Bampton Physio851753


Wednesday8.00 - 9.00 pm Steph Hill07970831061
Dancing ClubThursdays 7.30 - 9.30 pmJoy Douglas 842373
KarateFridays 6.00 - 7.00 pmTracy Haley 700464
Judo ClubSaturdays 9.30 - 11.30 amJonathan Germans 01865 8843399

** Pre school opening hours

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



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