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Here is the text from the September 2009 Newsletter Published here with permission of the Parish Council.



September 2009  

Issue no. 122


Once again we have a very full Newsletter, thank you to all contributors. The Pre-School and the Primary School are both very thriving centres of learning. Congratulations to all those children who have obviously worked very hard, aided by the staff, to produce such excellent results. And also good luck to all those children who have moved on to "Big School".

The Pre-School has extended their hours to accommodate an ever increasing number of children. I am informed that there are three sets of twins starting this term; if children are arriving 2 by 2 perhaps we should look at enlarging the Primary school again.

The bank holiday festivities were very well supported with increased numbers of entries in the fruit and vegetable show. There was also a very successful cricket competition, with the Presidents' "family team" proving to be a great success. Our hardworking barman tells me 5 barrels of beer were consumed! Gardening and Cricket are obviously thirsty work.
Thank to all who worked so hard to make this a most successful day.

The Elderbank Hall has been decorated and fitted out with new curtains. We must thank Diane Davies and the Elderbank Hall committee for co-ordinating this refurbishment.
Christmas is coming, it's official, please pass details of events to be held in December to Jo Webb for inclusion in the December Parish Newsletter.

Keith Glazier


Our Harvest Festival celebration will take place at the Family Service on Sunday 4th October at 9.15 am. All harvest gifts brought to church will be combined with the children's gifts at school and taken to The Porch Steppin' Stone Centre which helps the homeless in Oxford.

If you haven't been to church recently, why not join us on Sunday 1st November for "Back to Church" Sunday to meet our new vicar, James Maddern and his young family. This was a very popular service last year and again we will be inviting all couples who have recently married, and families whose children have been baptised at St Britius to join us, and everyone else who would like to come. It will be a special Family Service at 9.15 am. We shall also be celebrating our Patronal Festival and there will be refreshments afterwards including mulled wine.

The Service of Remembrance will take place on Sunday 8th November at 10 am with the wreath laying at the War Memorial at 11 am.


We will soon be at the start of another school year. Hopefully all our families have enjoyed a relaxing summer break, regardless of the lack of summer weather.

The summer term 2009 saw many achievements that we have been able to celebrate as a school. Our Year 6 children achieved outstanding results in their end of Key Stage tests. We saw 100% of children achieving level 4 in maths and science, the national expectation and a high percentage of children reaching level 5. This is a credit to the positive attitudes of all our learners and the hard work of the staff team, for which I am always grateful.

Over the last year we have continued to strive to give our children a broad and balanced curriculum with many additional opportunities to enhance their enjoyment of learning. We are pleased to have been granted many awards for this work including an Arts Mark, Active Mark, Eco-schools Green Flag, International School status and the Basic Skills Quality Mark for our work on raising achievement in maths and English.

During the coming year we have many exciting projects planned. We have been successful in a Comenius European Partnership application allowing us to work in partnership with primary schools in France, Spain, Germany and Poland. All of our children will be involved in a shared project linked to learning outdoors and staff will have the opportunity to visit our partner schools over a two year period, observing teaching strategies in other schools. We also plan to strengthen our link with our partner school, Kibanga Primary, in Uganda. Last term we completed our seed growing project although our harvest was much smaller than that seen in Uganda. The children prepared diaries and reports which have been greatly received in Uganda.

Our Awards for All grant has started to be well used. Last term we held adult and child cookery sessions after school and the Year 6 children benefited from archery lessons. Next term we have planned a range of events including drama workshops, fencing, cookery and team building.

The School Association held a fantastic summer fete in June. I would like to thank all village residents who turned out to support this event. In total we raised over £1500 which will be used to provide additional resources and activities the school would otherwise not be able to afford. Next term the School Association have planned the following events:

Pet Show Saturday 19th September
Social Night Saturday 14th November
Christmas Bazaar Sunday 6th December

For more information, contact Maxine Bridges at the school on 01993 842488. As always our school website gives up to date information on events and activities. Visit us at


We have had such a busy year with lots and lots of change! Our ever growing group has now increased so much that we have added extra sessions. We are still open Monday - Friday 9.00 - 12.00 but, we are also offering a lunch club every day and here's the big news, we are also offering two afternoons a week!!!!! Monday and Wednesday till 3pm.

Another two members of staff are joining us and we would like to give them a big Brize Norton Village Pre-School welcome. Mrs Claire Davies and Mrs Jackie Hampson.

We had our sports day on Wednesday 8th July. It was great fun! with egg and spoon, through the hoop race, and a pass the hat race! During the summer holidays our outside play area has been developed. We are so excited. We can't wait to get out there and use it. A big thank you to all involved.



HARVEST FESTIVAL CELEBRATION 29th September 2009. 12 o'clock start.

The children have been learning about harvest traditions within the English farm culture and have made and displayed for you a selection of art and traditional art work. The children have learnt a lovely story and lots of songs to sing. Doors open at 12.00 Cakes and other stalls. Come and look! And help us raise some money for the Pre-School.

#CHRISTMAS PANTO & FARYE Keep your eyes peeled for the date.


Are you interested in helping the Pre-School? We are always for people with skills they would like to share with the children. Knitting, Sewing, Cooking, or maybe if you have an interesting career.

Give the Pre-School a ring on our direct dial number 07769 617696


We meet 2nd and 4th Tuesdays for either a meeting or a trip out. If you live in Brize Norton you are most welcome to join us. Just contact Joy on 842373 or just turn up. We meet at 4 Squires Close at 2.30pm. We have a speaker or entertainment and finish the afternoon with sandwiches and home made cakes thanks to June, Benita, Edna and Carol.

We have just had a cream tea, picnic and coffee morning, visited Bill's collection of old bikes and cars and had a coach trip to Windsor and meal at 'The Trout' Lechlade.

Our future programme is:

  • September 1st Coach Trip to Evesham
  • September 15th AGM (11 years)
  • October 6th Coffee Morning, everyone welcome
  • October 9th - 12th Weymouth holiday
  • October 16th Talk about Lundy Island by Bill.
  • November 3rd Visit to Gloucester, docks or shops
  • November 17th Talk by Shirley on Health and well being
  • December 1st Meal at Lord Kitchener, Curbridge
  • December 15th Christmas Party with entertainment.

Joy Douglas


We are fast approaching our 5 year anniversary in the village and have now moved to the new time of 6pm to 7.30pm on a Friday. A great environment to learn traditional karate for people of all ages. If you would like to come and try it out, the first two lessons are free. For more information please contact Matt Webb on 840890.


We dance in Elderbank Hall every Thursday 7pm - 9pn starting again September 3rd. We also run tea dances in the Elderbank Hall 2.15 till 4.15pm

On Sunday September 13th

      Sunday October 11th

      Sunday November 8th

      Sunday December 13th

All profit goes to charity.

We have been running tea dances for 10 years and have given over £7,000 to local charities. Thank you to Jean and Mabel for providing tea and biscuits.

Joy Douglas


Apart from our usual monthly meetings, we took advantage of the holiday month to go on our own outing. Not very far. Just down to Clanfield where we were shown round Friars Court which has been home to the Wilmer family since 1917, and learnt a great deal about sustainable farming and the number of ways in which wind and water can be harnessed to produce energy. We also went round the garden with its willow tunnel, rustic bridge and clever 'mirror' placings to reflect new surprising views. We also met Moo the Cat and a dog whose name I have forgotten, who helped to usher us into the main room of the house where we enjoyed a light supper. And wonder of wonders in this non barbecue summer, just as we arrived, the sun came out!

We have one other outing to look forward to. We are visiting WI's in the Vale group on September 17th and will be shown round Uffington, in return for the look round Manor Farm at Minster Lovell which we arranged for them. We have also been invited to send three people on a visit to RAF Brize Norton, while we hope to run a stall at the Bank Holiday cricket tournament.

Hazel Goldman


JANUARY. Matron Society. Nearly three years ago it was decided that the offerings which were given when mothers came to church, to return thanks to God for being delivered from 'the great pain and peril of childbirth', should be put together to form a fund for the purchase of such things as were to be useful at the time of childbirth.

APRIL. April 25th is St Mark's Day and it was held in some parts of our country that if a person would go boldly and sit in the church porch on that night until 1am the next morning he or she would then see pass before them the ghosts of all the neighbours who would die the next year.

JULY. It is necessary before all the arrangements are made for a wedding or a funeral that application is made to the Vicar to find out whether the proposed day and time are convenient. A bier for funerals has been purchased which can be easily managed by two people or a pony can draw it. It will be found to be more convenient than carrying the corpse on the shoulders.

OCTOBER. A Medical Club will soon start in Witney and the neighbourhood for women and children. Payments for adults are 1s.1d. per quarter and 61/2d for two children. The club will be entirely self supporting and to be able to pay the Doctor's bill will be a great boon.

DECEMBER. Special services to be held for the dedication of the new organ on December 6th. (Money raised was by donations from the congregation). Evensong and sermon at 3.15pm by the Vicar of Freeland. Evensong and sermon at 6.30pm by the Vicar of St Frideswide. Organ played by Rev. Neville. Public Tea in the School Room 5-6pm, tickets 6d.
(Part of the Elementary Act of 1880). Every person who takes into his employment a child of ten and under the age of thirteen before that child has obtained a certificate of having reached the standard of education viz the Fourth Standard ....should be liable to a penalty. At least 250 attendances must be made in a school year to obtain the certificate.



A Brize Norton family fun dog & pet show is to be held on Saturday 19th September from 2.00pm onwards. All proceeds will go towards the School. Open to all. Apart from the show itself there will be cake sale, pet stall and a raffle, plus refreshments for both humans and canines. To be held at Brize Norton Primary School.

The Classes:

  1. Dog's got talent - the best trick, double act or just show us what your dog can do!
  2. Waggiest Tail
  3. Handsomest boy dog
  4. Prettiest girl dog
  5. Golden Oldie (Over 9 Years)
  6. Most Appealing Eyes
  7. Shiniest coat
  8. Cutest puppy - 4 to 12 months
  9. Dog the judge would most like to take home
  10. Retrieve the treat - can your dog retrieve a treat for you, without eating it first?!
  11. Pet Photo Competition - for those who do not own a dog, open to all (non dog) pets - rabbit, cat guinea pig, budgie, fish etc. Please take a recent photo of your pet and bring this along on the day. Place your name and address on the back of the photo along with your pet's name and age. All photos will be displayed in the marquee.

Rosettes will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place for all of the above classes.


Fun Agility Run - over a special obstacle course. Fastest dog wins. Open to all dogs, no pre-experience required! Children can have adult help if required.

2 Classes - small & medium dogs and large & giant dogs.

Fun Agility will run from 2.15pm until the finish. You can enter as many times as your dog will allow.

Best in show - those placed 1st in each class
Trophies for Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show

£1.50 per class
£1.00 per go at Fun Agility
All entrants will receive a free goody bag for their dog

Registration for dog classes commences from 2.00pm. Classes start at 2.15pm. You can also pre-register by filling in an entry form, enclosing payment for each class entered and returning to Sue Reid, via the school. Or for non school participants please post to Sue Reid, 16 Wessex Close, Faringdon, SN7 7YY. Please do not send cash, make cheques payable to Brize Norton School Association.

Terms and Conditions

  • Judges decision is final in all classes

  • All dogs must be kept on a lead unless competing in off lead activities

  • No bitches in season

  • Puppies under 4 months are not eligible for competition

  • Please clear up after your dog (poo bags provided) owners not clearing up after their dog will be asked to leave

  • The organiser cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury to any person, dog or property however caused

  • All dogs must have up to date vaccinations

  • Participation in all events is at your own risk

  • Children are the sole responsibility of parents and or carers

  • BNSA cannot be held responsible in the event of accidents, loss or damage and reserves the right to respectfully ask anyone to leave if they feel they are causing concern to or endangering others.

  • Child and Junior handlers can have adult help if required

  • No dogs to be left in cars

  • Goody bags limited to one per dog

Water will be available for dogs on the day.

Thank you for coming and supporting the School Association and we hope you have a very enjoyable afternoon.


All entries for inclusion in the December issue should be received by the 15th November


Chairman: Keith Glazier (843640) Vice-Chairman: Christine Naus

Councillors:  Erica Conlan, Fred Bellenger, Stuart  Guest, Garry Griffin

Clerk to the Council: Jo Webb, 18 Chichester Place, Brize Norton (840890)

Parish Representatives:- 

Oxford County Council: Jim Couchman, Dovecot House, Langford (01367 860289). 

WODC: Verena Hunt, 2 Rocky Banks, Brize Norton (841853) 

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


Organisation Contact Telephone No.
The Church Rev James Maddern 844175
The School Mark Smith (Head) 842488
School Governors Tracy Barnett 850471
Football Club Fred Bellenger 841189
Ladies FC Jenny McDowell 07894 495500
Cricket Club Tim Gush 846730
Elderbank Hall Diane Davies 843430
Horticultural Show Chris Thorne 842013
Womenís Institute Anne Hancock 842197
Over 60's Joy Douglas 842373
Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm
Police (Carterton) Mon-Tue 8.30-12.00 & 13.00-17.00 Fri close at 16.00 0845 8 505 505



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 Jo White 847548
Brownies Mondays 6 pm - 7.30 pm Mrs B Thorne 842013
Badminton Mondays 8 pm - 10.30 pm Mrs Claridge 843196
Toddler Group Tuesdays 1.15 pm - 3.00 pm Lucy Lavers 843357
West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc 1st Tuesday in the month 8.00-10.00pm Andrew Tinsley 832041
Women's Institute 2nd Tuesday in the month 7.30 pm - 10 pm Anne Hancock 842197
Rainbows Wednesday 3.30 - 4.30pm Mrs B Thorne 842013
Dancing Club Thursdays 7 pm - 10 pm Joy Douglas 842373
Karate Fridays 6 pm - 7.30 pm Matt Webb 840890
Judo Club Saturdays 9.30 am - 11.30 am Jonathan Gerrans 01865 884339


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

The Sports Pavilion is available for Private Hire:- Jo Webb 840890


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