This newsletter seems to have crept up incredibly quickly
possibly because we are all very busy. You will see in this
* The Neighbourhood Plan is gaining momentum, thank you to Les
and Wendy for taking this up and pushing it on. If we are to
have a greater say in what goes on in our village and parish, we
need this plan so please come along to the workshop on 22nd
April (see next item).
* Plans for events over the summer, autumn and into next year
are being identified and highlighted in later sections of the
newsletter. Please support them. Thank you to all those how are
working both openly and behind the scenes to bring these to
* Since I last wrote the road markings on the roundabout by the
church have been painted on…..and have worn off. We have
reported this to Highways, but it would appear that
“Fixmystreet” is a better way of pressuring the authorities to
repair the roads than old fashioned communication. Given the
state of the roads in Oxfordshire we should all be on
* As we prepare for the future expansion of Brize Norton that
will be coming our way in the not too distant future your
council has been looking at ways of better defining the policies
and procedures by which we can transparently discharge our
duties. Once agreed these will be published on the parish
council website. We hope to have this in place before the Annual
Village Meeting on 23 May 2017. Please join us for this meeting,
it is one of the ways where you can provide direct feedback
(good and bad) to the Parish Councillors on village life.
* We are still awaiting the legal agreements for the West Brize
Norton development. It would appear that external forces are
You will no doubt have seen in the press and from letter drops
through your doors that Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) are
pushing hard for a single Unitary Authority to provide Local
Government Services. This is in response to continued
Westminster pressure to save costs. After careful consideration,
we, like WODC, are against a single unitary authority, it will
give too much power to Oxford City at the expense of the rural
districts like ours. Unitary authorities have been successful in
other parts of the country, but only where there has been less
of a contrast between urban and country life. We are still
waiting for WODC to publish their counter proposal. In the
meantime, I would urge you to resist any OCC proposals – WODC
would like you to make your views known at
www.westoxon.gov.uk/at-risk and if you would like further
information please feel free to contact me, or any of the other
|In the meantime, although it is still February the
mild weather today and the spring flowers in the garden
suggest that spring could be around the corner. Enjoy
the rest of the newsletter and thank you to all the
contributors, editors and distributors.
INVITATION TO ATTEND THE BRIZE NORTON
WORKSHOP IN THE ELDERBANK HALL
1.00pm – 7.00pm on Saturday, 22 April 2017
Since the last newsletter, Brize Norton Parish Council has
formed an independent steering group of Brize Norton residents.
They have been working on ideas for a Neighbourhood Plan for
Brize Norton and would like to consult with the community to
discuss the issues and aspirations that the plan should cover.
They are inviting you to drop in at any time to the Elderbank
Hall on Saturday 22 April between 1pm until 7pm so they can
discuss with you why now is a good time to bring the community
together and plan for the long-term future of our village.
Community engagement is key to the development of a
Neighbourhood Plan so they would like to take this opportunity
to explain what the proposed plan consists of and how it will
benefit Brize Norton. There may be additional topics that have
not been considered but that you think should be included.
The event is open to everyone, both young and old and
refreshments will be provided.
If you are unable to attend on the 22nd but would like to know
more about the Neighbourhood Plan, then a member of the steering
group would be only too happy to talk to you about it. Please
contact Les Goble on 01993 841016 or by email,
BRIZE NORTON PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE
|The Brize Norton Parish Council Team have been working on the
Parish website and we would like to receive your comments, ideas
and notification of village events to be included on the
Calendar. Go to:-
http://brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk and click on CONTACT
If you are not a regular visitor to our site please take the
opportunity to click on the COMMUNITY WEBSITE tab to find out
more about your village including:- Access to Issues of the
Parish Newsletter, Village History, More in depth information
about events and organisations, Village campaigns
Try these links and add them to your favourites –
100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE GREAT WAR
We are looking forward to 2018 and the 100th
Anniversary of the end of The Great War. In planning for
events for 2018, as a starter we have put our village
forward to light a beacon on November 11th 2018 and it
would be good to involve various organisations in the
village on this day, so ideas would be welcomed. Another
idea could be a village New Year’s Eve party at the end
of 2017 into 2018. At the moment I am looking for ideas
and people who would like to put the ideas into
practice. In the first instance send me an email or call
with ideas and offers of help at
email@example.com or 01993 847009.
Thank you to everyone who took part in our Christmas services
especially the Candlelit Carol Service either as readers or the
children in the nativity tableau. Thank you also to the
residents of The Fosseway, Squire’s Close and Daubigny Mead who
joined us in carol singing.
With the new church financial year our attention turns again to
the ongoing problem of paying our way. Now that the major works
are behind us we are focusing on ongoing maintenance and running
of the church. It costs £400 per week for the basic running of
the church, this is before the cost of any maintenance required.
Regular weekly collections are only on average 1/3rd of this
cost. The church is not there only for weekly services and
special occasions but to serve the wider village community for
baptisms, weddings, blessings, funerals and memorial
thanksgiving services. It is also used by the school for
Christmas, Harvest and Remembrance. We continue to maintain a
presence through the community website at www.bncommunity.org
which has a good deal of church and village history and
genealogical information. St Britius Church receives no
subsidies from the Government or monetary grants from the local
Councils although we are indebted to the Parish Council for
their continuing 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
|Fundraising we have planned is a pancake supper
evening on Shrove Tuesday, 28 February, 6pm to 7.30pm,
£5 per ticket for two pancakes (sweet and/or savoury)
and a glass of wine/soft drink – see advertisement for
further details. We are grateful to the headmistress for
letting us use the facilities of the school hall.
During Lent we are also repeating the ‘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.
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. For more details of all
fundraisers please contact Phil - 843856 or Carolyn - 844102.
We would welcome you to join us for the following events and
Our Mothering Sunday Service is on Sunday 26th March and
everyone is welcome. Children are invited to come to 52a Station
Road on Saturday 25th March at 3pm to make posies that will then
be presented at the 9.15am service.
Our Celebration of Easter starts on Palm
Sunday, 9th April with the 9.15am Communion Service and
then continues as follows:
Maundy Thursday – 13th April – Holy
Communion at 7pm
Good Friday – 14th April – service of reflection and
prayer at 4pm
Easter Day – 16th April – Holy Communion at 9.15 am.
Alongside the Pilgrim discussion group each Monday lunchtime
12.30pm to 1.30pm (soup lunch provided) we are running a Lent
Course ‘Fleeting Shadows’ at Church Farm House, Wednesday
evenings 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March and 5th April at
7.30pm. All are welcome.
A future date for your diaries, Sunday 25th June 2017 we will be
Robert Courts MP to worship with us. There will also be an
opportunity over coffee and refreshments to meet and chat with
him after the service.
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 on Wednesdays.
For further details of the church services or our other regular
activities, Forest Church and ‘My Time’ refer to the notices on
the church door or log onto the website
www.bncommunity.org. Our vicar Rev Maddern can be reached on
01993 844175 or via e-mail
ELDERBANK HALL COMMITTEE - COULD YOU HELP
|The Elderbank Hall Committee is looking for a
Treasurer to take over in April. The position includes,
keeping simple accounts, paying bills and banking,
issuing invoices for use of the hall and to attend
quarterly meetings. We are also looking for a person to
take minutes at our meetings, and to deal with a small
amount of correspondence.
If interested please ring Julie Edwards -01993 841326
|As always, our little village school has been very
busy! All the children are working really hard on their
learning, and we are proud of the progress they are
Special events to mention have been the Christmas plays:
two of them, the musical nativity by our Foundation,
Year 1 and Year 2 children (entirely sung with sixteen
solos), and “Cinderella and Rockefella” by our older
children. The Christmas bazaar, whole-school pantomime
trip, Christmas dinner and carol service were great fun
as always. Thank you to everyone at St Britius’ Church
for making us so welcome.
Since January, the biggest thing in my life has been
returning from maternity leave. My son, Sebastian, is
now eight months old and has started at nursery. It’s
been lovely to come back to school, get to know the new
children and get involved in the hurly-burly of school
life again. The school has been very well looked-after
in my absence and I am grateful to Paul Atkins, the
Acting Head, for all the work he has done.
||Despite all the learning the children are
doing at the moment, there is still time for
fun. We are busy organising our book week for
March. We have arranged for a West End dancer to
come in and work with all our children on a
dance connected to a book, to launch the week.
The older children have been brushing up their
sewing skills and will take part in a sewing
machine workshop in a few weeks. We have had
several visits to other schools: we have taken
part in indoor athletics, multi-skills and
netball tournaments, and Year 2 children have
joined in a mass-singing event with other local
children at Burford School, including reciting a
poem specially written for the event,
As always, we are grateful for the large number of
people from the community who support us, whether by
visiting our bazaar, volunteering in school or just
being friendly to the children around the village. We
are always prepared to welcome more volunteers; if you
are interested, please contact the school office.
Meanwhile, roll on half term (as I write), and here’s to
another successful term at Brize Norton School.
Anna Fairhurst - head teacher
Thank you to everyone who came and supported our Christmas
Bake Off and Fayre. We have some very talented young cooks who
produced a huge selection of delicious Christmas cakes and
biscuits which were sold at the Fayre. We raised £757, much of
which was spent on coaches which took the whole school to the
pantomime in Oxford at the end of term.
This year is already off to a busy start. We are hoping
to raise £600 to pay for a dance workshop to support the
PE and literacy curriculums and inject a bit of fun into
proceedings! The fundraising kicks off with a number of
events for the children; a disco, the Easter egg raffle,
and hopefully a craft morning. We are also running our
regular quiz night and pudding competition on Friday
17th March. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. For
more information or to book your place call Jo on
07554443678. We hope to see you there!
STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS
Save the date
Village Bash / Fete / Fayre
Sunday 9th July, afternoon
Look out for more details over the next few weeks
STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS
It’s that time of the year again, after a few
harsh months we are now all looking forward to springtime to be
able to be let loose in our gardens again. This year is a
particularly exceptional Event for the National Garden Scheme as
it is their 90-year anniversary of raising funds for their
nominated Cancer Charities.
|The date to put in your diaries is for Sunday 18th
June, starting at 2 pm. We will be staging a Mad
Hatter’s Tea Party with Alice and her friends in the
Orangery at Barnstable House, along with a display of
several wacky Mad Hatter, hand-made, children’s hats and
beanies, that can’t be found on the High Street. All of
these will be available for you to purchase on the day,
with all of the proceeds from this sale going to the NGS
So please do come along, so that you do not miss out on this
once in a year Garden Event. In doing so you will help support
all of the Cancer Charities nominated by the NGS. Also, in
addition a small percentage of the takings will be evenly
distributed amongst our own local village groups that are also
in need of your support.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the WI and all of
those dedicated garden members who work so hard to make this a
successful annual Event. So now we all look forward to another
glorious Garden Open Day in June.
Furthermore, if any one would like to join us on this special
Garden Open Day Event, then please feel free to contact me, Jean
Butcher on 01993 841347.
The S&SC is in somewhat of a waiting game at the
moment, hoping plans for the improvements will come to fruition
In the meantime we are fixing this and that and looking to
insulate the roof space in an attempt to reduce the energy
bills! Any thoughts or help would be much appreciated.
The Club would like to give a big thank to Richard Clarke, who
after some many years (too many to count) has retired from the
Treasurers roll. He has done an incredible amount of work in
keeping the club on the financial straight and narrow, and all
involved with the S&SC pass on our thanks to Richard. He is of
course welcome back anytime!!! Judy Puddle has very kindly
offered to take up the roll and we all thank her for doing that.
If there are any people out there wishing to assist in the
running of the S&SC then please do get in touch. You will be
As we know spring, and therefore summer, is just around the
corner. With that in mind the S&SC will be assisting in this
year’s Village Bash on the 9th July and even later on in
the summer - August 27th - organising a ‘old fashion’
cricket match - which will involve as much drinking and eating
the cricket teas as it will playing the game. More news on both
events in the next newsletter.
Brize Norton Sports & Social Club
BAGS, BOXES, BUCKETS & BINS
Well it’s unlike me to pass up an opportunity to
talk about rubbish, so here is my contribution to this edition
of the village newsletter. You will probably have heard that the
recycling service is changing again.
So what does that mean? It means we are moving away from
a “kerbside sort” where the boxes are sorted into compartments
on the truck at the kerbside, to a co-mingled with separate
So what does this mean? The “co” stands for commodity (a
raw material or product that can be bought or sold, this is
according to the OED) so something like glass, plastic,
cardboard etc. Mingled means to mix. So, when we all get invited
to that social event of the year, we make our excuses to go and
“mingle” or to mix with others, therefore co-mingled means a
product that can be bought or sold that is mixed with others, so
simple a bin-man could understand it!
But what does that really mean? Well it means that we
don’t have to worry about all those black boxes anymore, that’s
one positive. Another positive is we can get more in a bin; one
standard wheelie bin is approximately 5 boxes. The list goes on,
a box will end up in the your neighbours area on a windy day, a
wheelie bin won’t; you won’t come home from work to find a mass
of boxes all over your path, a wheelie bin will pretty much stay
put where it’s put. Life is also made harder for the urban foxes
to get into a wheelie bin, it’s very easy for them to nudge the
lid off a box and have a perusal. It will also be harder for the
drunken urban foxes to trip over a wheelie bin, (trust me I
know). A wheelie bin will last a life time, considering the
abuse it gets, and boxes’ have a limited life span. Providing
the lid is closed on the bin nothing will fall out.
But I won’t be able to sort all my recycling into different
boxes now I have a bin.
Yep, your right there is now (although I did write 7 years ago
and say there was no need to sort everything out into different
boxes) no need to sort out anything that is recyclable, this
will all be done at the transfer station. So that makes it even
easier for the householder (or the kids, if you have any).
But I have no space for a bin. If you have space for a
box you have space for a bin.
But I don’t need a bin as I live on my own. Remember the
recycling bin will be emptied every fortnight, so if you had 1
box getting emptied weekly, this equates to 2 boxes plus a box
for glass so you will have 3 boxes, so you will need a bin.
But what’s the point in having a bin? It will go to
landfill wont it? See my previous comments about bins, and no,
it won’t go to a landfill site, it will all get recycled, see
one of my earlier volumes.
You will need to keep one box for glass recycling. I did explain
this in the last edition, but don’t worry, I will keep you
informed of the changes as they happen. If I can’t help you the
Council can, and you can contact them on 01993 861000.
Till next time, happy recycling, and don’t let Brize go to
The 1st team have continued to struggle, mainly
due to availability of players and currently sit in 9th place
(out of 11 teams). Unfortunately with 4 games left to play there
is every possibility of being relegated to Division 3. The
Reserves have had better results and currently sit very
respectively in mid-table in Division 4.
The Christmas Raffle was very successful with 710 tickets being
sold. Thank you to everyone who took part.
CARTERTON NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAM
||We meet in the Elderbank Hall every Thursday evening
7.30pm-9.30pm. We dance ballroom, Latin and sequence
dances to CDs. We have tea and biscuits in the interval.
Any information - please ring Joy on 01993 842373.
You can now report potholes or other damage to be repaired
using ‘Fix My Street’. Go to
fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk, enter an Oxfordshire
postcode or street name, locate problem on a map of the area,
enter details of the problem, confirm your report and OCC will
investigate. You can attach photos of the damage and follow up
on progress. You can continue to report damage online at
Oxfordshire.gov.uk or phone 0845 3101111 or write to Highway
Enquiries Team, Oxfordshire County Council,
PO Box 842, OXFORD OX1 9LL
|With Christmas well behind us we started the New Year with an
excellent speaker who told us about the Breweries that existed
in Oxford and took us on a tour of the various Victorian and
Edwardian Industrial Buildings that were around at that time.
The talk was called "Beer, Sausages and Marmalade" and included
the butchers and grocers of that time. An excellent talk which
had us all wanting to go on a Pub Crawl. This talk goes to show
that you cannot always judge what a speaker is going to be like
just from the title of the talk!
We do, on the whole, have a very good range of interesting
speakers and are desperate to have a few more members to join
us. If you are interested please just turn up and you will be
warmly welcomed and you can visit for three times before you
have to make up your mind whether you want to join us on a more
permanent basis. Forthcoming meetings are:
March 14th - AGM
April 11th – ‘A Captain at Work’ - Open to the Village
May 9th – ‘My Life as a Mouth Painter’
June 13th – ‘A Creative Life’
We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Elderbank Hall at
It is with regret that the Rainbows unit in Brize Norton has
closed due to insufficient numbers. Over the 23 years that I
have been running this unit I have had lots of fun and have many
fond and happy memories. For this I would like to say a big
thank you to all of the girls who attended and to all of the
people who helped me to run the Rainbows.
Thank you. Barbie
Happily, Brownies continues. We meet once a week during term
time on a Monday evening in the Elderbank Hall. We play games,
cook, do badge work, crafts and much more. We go on outings and
This term we are working towards our ‘Seasons’ badge. So far, we
have had an Australian BBQ evening (summer), built marshmallow
igloos (winter) as well as the girls giving a short presentation
on each of the seasons.
We have all been to watch the pantomime on the camp, always fun,
and we are joining the rest of the District for a camp fire on
February 23rd to celebrate Thinking Day.
New members are always welcome; if you would like to come for a
visit please ring me on 842013 or drop in on a Monday evening.
||The 6 monthly allotment holders meeting will be held
Monday 3rd April at 7pm at the Pavilion. The clerk will
be available from 6.30pm to take receipt of rents due.
If you are interested in renting a plot please contact
the clerk to be added to a short waiting list; Brize
Norton parishioners get priority.
A very big thank you to all of the businesses who sold
poppies and especially to all of those who turned out in the
cold to sell poppies door to door. We raised a fantastic £905.24
in the village and the church collection is still to be added to
I have been the Poppy Appeal organiser in the village for the
last 20 years. Many of the sellers have been with me for much of
that time, Mrs Gallop even longer (thank you), and they are now
thinking of stepping down. So, we are looking for volunteers to
come forward to sell poppies once a year at the end of October.
If there are lots of us, then our ‘patches’ will be small - many
hands make light work. So, if you would be happy to sell some
poppies, perhaps in your street, or part of, then please ring me
Thank you, Barbie Thorne
||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.
We enjoyed a very nice Christmas Meal at The Trout at
Lechlade. Our recent meal at The Chequers in Brize Norton was
also excellent and enjoyed by all. Our future events are:
February 21st Coffee morning, everyone welcome
March 7th Seated exercise with Sue
March 21st Coach trip to Moreton market
April 4th Sing-along with Cliff on keyboard
April 18th Coach trip to Evesham
Future events will include Tea by the Canal at Thrupp, cream
tea, coffee morning and a Coach trip, probably to Stratford, but
the programme hasn’t yet been finalised.
We are a village group of 26 members. We meet on the 1st and 3rd
Tuesdays on the month with either an outing or a meeting. We
meet at 4 Squires Close at 2pm. We enjoy sandwiches and
home-made cakes, thanks to June, Connie and Benita. We are
entering our 19th year. I have sad news to announce, that Jean
Chester, one of our long standing members died on Tuesday 7th
The programme is posted on the hall notice board, or contact Joy
||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
WARNING ISSUED OVER COUNCIL TAX ‘SCAM’
||West Oxfordshire residents are being warned to guard
against bogus callers telling them their council tax
bands maybe too high.
Several residents have been in touch with the District
Council saying callers from the ‘Claims Review Bureau’
have contacted them offering to work on their behalf to
obtain a reduction in exchange for a fee of about £80.
But staff have emphasised that anyone wanting to appeal
against their band can do so for free by contacting the
District Valuation Office. Residents wishing to appeal
against their council tax banding can do so by
contacting the District Valuation Office on 03000 501
501. The District Council also remind residents that
staff would never ask for a customer's bank details via
To report a suspected scam, contact Oxfordshire County
Council Trading Standards on 0845 051 0845.
||Gym ball classes at Elderbank Hall on Wednesdays
7.15pm – 8.00pm. All abilities and ages welcome. Contact
us on 01993 851753 firstname.lastname@example.org
20 20 20:
20 minutes of three different types of exercise, £5 per
session, Wednesday nights, Elderbank Hall, 8-9pm, Call Steph
YOUR VILLAGE POST OFFICE (AT YOUR SERVICE)
Michael your postmaster attends the Sports Pavilion on
Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am and 12.30pm.
Your village Post Office provides all of the traditional post
office services as well as a limited quantity of snacks and
groceries too. .
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL POST OFFICE
CALENDAR OF EVENTS – please refer to newsletter for further
28 February Pancake Supper at Brize Norton
Primary School 6pm to 7.30pm
3 March Parish Council meeting, The Pavilion, 7.30pm
14 March WI AGM
17 March BN Primary School Quiz and pudding
7 April Allotment holders biannual meeting 7pm (from
6.30pm for rent collection)
7 April Parish Council meeting, The Pavilion, 7.30pm
11April WI meeting - A Captain at Work - Open to the
13 April Maundy Thursday – Holy Communion at 7pm
14 April Good Friday – service of reflection and
prayer at 4pm
16 April Easter Day – Holy Communion at 9.15 am
22 April Neighbourhood Plan Workshop, the Elderbank
Hall, drop in 1pm to 7pm
8 May Parish Council – Annual and ordinary Meeting,
The Pavilion from 7.30pm
9 May WI meeting - My Life as a Mouth Painter
23 May Annual Village Assembly Meeting, The
Elderbank Hall, 7.30pm
13 June WI meeting – ‘A Creative Life’
18 June Village gardens open for the National Garden
Scheme - 2pm to 6pm
9 July Village Bash – details to be advised
27 August Village Sports and Social Club Day
All entries for inclusion
in the June 2017 issue should be received by Garry Griffin
at email@example.com by
14th May 2017.