Welcome to the autumn newsletter, although at 24oC outside I
hope you are enjoying the glorious weather, the Olympics and the
summer holidays. Since the last newsletter your new Parish
Council has been busy and a brief summary of the key activities
is provided below.
In line with local government best practice we have prepared a
“Village Emergency Action Plan” which you will find delivered
with this newsletter. It details how the village should respond
in the event of a local emergency and provides useful phone
numbers and contact details in case you are faced with an
emergency. Please read it and then keep it by your telephone.
As indicated in the last newsletter the 43rd Village
Horticultural Show will take place on Bank Holiday Sunday as
advertised below and described later. It will coincide with the
Football Club’s charity football match. Thank you to all who are
working hard to make this happen. I hope to see a good village
turn-out to support these events.
We have been busy updating the Parish Council website, along
with links to the Village Community website. More details are
provided in the newsletter regarding both websites. The websites
are there for you to use so please take the time to have a look
at them and feed any comments/thoughts that you may have back to
us. I would like to think that village organisations and
businesses might like to have links to their websites/contact
details provided on these sites, to help generate more interest
- over to you.
We have responded, on behalf of the village, to the WODC
consultation on waste management and there is an excellent
article later in the newsletter on this subject.
Given the success of the Beacon/Bonfire night in April we are
planning to hold another Bonfire night on Friday 4th November
2016 to coincide with the RAF firework display. More details
will follow, so please put the date in your diaries so that we
can see you there.
In addition to normal business we have had meetings with
Cottsway Housing, Savills and WODC on planning proposals, West
Brize Norton and updates to the Local Plan. The outcomes of
these can be summarised as follows:
- We have submitted detailed comments and concerns in line
with residents’ views on the proposed Cottsway development
in Fosseway. These can be seen on the WODC Planning Portal.
- WODC anticipate that the final legal agreements between
WODC/OCC/Bloor Homes for West Brize Norton will be signed in
the near future. This will lead to Bloor Homes preparing the
detailed masterplans for the new development so that they
can submit the Reserved Matters Planning Application in the
Spring for Approval before work can commence in late summer
next year. We will keep you informed of progress and hope
that you will join in any consultation meetings as they
- Savills have advised us that, as part of their response
to the WODC call for additional residential land, they are
submitting proposals for a significant new development on
the land they now own at Foxbury Farm. We are clearly
objecting to this.
As a result of the above consultations it is
becoming clear to us that we, as a village need a
formal “Community Plan” to protect ourselves from
the development pressures arising from the lack of a
functioning Local Plan and to provide a mechanism
for helping to integrate the new development into
our community. We will be consulting on this during
the autumn. This is not something that the Parish
Council can do on its own so we are looking for your
support and input to the process in the coming
We have discovered that the quickest way of getting
potholes/road issues fixed is by reporting them on the
“Fixmystreet” website. More details are provided later in the
newsletter. Please use this tool to help get our roads fixed.
Finally thank you to all those who have contributed to this
newsletter, run all the events that are described/summarised in
the following pages and to all of you who make Brize Norton the
village it is. Enjoy the rest of the holidays and I look forward
to seeing you at the Horticultural Show on Bank Holiday Sunday.
Theme – ‘Brush up on your Shakespeare’
On Sunday 28th August 2016, The Elderbank Hall
Staging of exhibits 10.30am to 12 noon
Closed for judging 12 noon to 2pm
PUBLIC VIEWING 2pm to 3.30pm
Please support this village event by taking part – there are
classes for vegetables, flowers, cookery, preserves, flower
arranging and handicraft. Children’s classes include making a
shield/coat of arms or a medieval crown. It is open to all
villagers, Brize Norton allotment holders, children attending
Brize Norton School and their parents and members of village
organisations. Schedules are available from the post office,
from Tony Shillingford (8 Chichester Place), Anne Green (7
Squires Close) or online (www.brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk).
Entry forms must be submitted by Thursday 25 August to Tony or
Anne however children’s entries will be accepted on the day.
If you are unable to enter this year why not go along to view
the entries between 2pm and 3.30pm, congratulate the prize
winners and be inspired for next year.
In the words of the bard for all those involved in the show
and looking to take part “I can no other answer make, but,
thanks, and thanks.” ~William Shakespeare
BOB WATTS CHARITY FRIENDLY – match fees and donations to
Sunday 28 August – from 12.30pm at the club for 2pm KO
Invitational friendly for the Bob and Margaret cup – Bar and BBQ
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
Go to:- http://brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk and click on
CONTACT US tab.
If you are not a regular visitor to the Internet 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 –
I would like to thank all of those Villagers
who supported us in our annual charity garden
event, especially the WI for their invaluable
support over the years. Also for those who
contribute their time and energy with the tasks
that make this such a successful event. Thank
you also to Mr Brian Barnett for the additional
car parking facilities which he provided on the
day at his farm, that are invaluable to the
needs of our visitors on the Open Day.
Furthermore, I would like to also thank all of the members of
the Garden Open Day Group who put on a glorious display this
year, as always. Listening to the visitors comments they were
all greatly appreciative of these fine displays.
Thanks to Lucy who raised £84.50 with her Farmhouse Teas, the
proceeds of which were meant we made donations of £58.66 each to
our four Village Charities, namely; the Church, Over Sixties
Club, Horticultural Club and the Brownies. The National Garden
Scheme (NGS) received a total of £450-45 in support of all of
their Cancer Charities with the full amount of £685.10 being
raised on the Garden Open Day.
So again, thank you all for another successful event and we now
all look forward to next year’s event.
Finally, if there are any village garden owners thinking of
joining our annual charity event and require some more
information, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Jean Butcher
on 01993 841347 or else by e-mail on
|In June we welcomed Gill White who came and gave us
a very interesting talk on the last 100 years of Teddy
Bears. This was both very informative and funny in
places and we learned a lot about the origin of the name
Teddy Bear and its progress through the ages.
Angela Panrucker came to talk to us about Sudely Castle
as our August outing is there. This gave us an insight
of what we might see and its history. We invited
friends of members who were going on the outing and it
was a well-attended night.
In May we visited Buscot Park which was a bit before the
summer flowers had come out and a warm up in the lovely
cafe was much appreciated. Our trip to Aston Pottery
was lovely and the flowers were amazing. Again we
enjoyed the cake and tea and had time to have a look at
the array of gifts in the shop.
The programme for the next few months is as follows:-
September 13th Peter Berry - Around the world in 80
October 11th John Turney - Hospital Chaplaincy
November 8th Russell Cherry - Nepal
We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at
7.30pm in the Elderbank Hall and visitors are very welcome.
Thank you to everyone who supported us in June;
for creating and viewing the beautiful flower arrangements on
the Open Gardens day and enjoying a cream tea or refreshments at
the Queen’s Birthday Bash. We are grateful for the sponsorship
from Rhodda Farm and Tiptree jams for the donated clotted cream
and strawberry jam.
|Saturday 10 September The annual Oxford
Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride’ event. This is
a sponsored event raising funds for St Britius and OHCT.
This year we will be welcoming the Rt Revd Colin
Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester who will be visiting us
in the afternoon as he takes part in the cycle ride. If
you would like to support this initiative by taking
part, sponsoring individuals visiting the churches, or
even helping ‘man’ the church on the day to greet the
cyclists please contact Rev Maddern - 841715.
Forest Church starts back on Sunday 25 September from 2.30pm to
3.30pm. Please gather at the metal horses in Kilkenny Country
Park. Forest Church is a wonderful opportunity to encounter God
in the wild places. All welcome.
We will be celebrating Harvest at our Festival
Family Service in church on Sunday 2 October at
10.00 am. All harvest gifts (non perishable please)
brought to church will be donated to The Carterton
Community Food Bank.
If you haven't been to church recently, why not
join us on Sunday 7 November for our "Back to
Church" Sunday. It is a family communion service at
10.00 am to celebrate our Patronal Festival of Saint
Britius. 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. There will be
Remembrance Sunday is Sunday 13 November; our service will start
at 10.00am with the wreath laying at the War Memorial at 11 am.
For details of the church services refer to the notices on the
church door or log onto the website
We will once again be getting involved in Operation Christmas
Child which is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project
run by the Christian relief and development organisation
Samaritan’s Purse. The boxes are sent overseas to children in
need; each child receives a shoebox as an unconditional gift of
love, based on need, regardless of their background or religion.
You can fill your own shoebox gift or make donations of gifts
(collection boxes in St Britius Church) that can be used to fill
decorated medium sized shoe boxes. The deadline for the boxes to
be made up is Sunday 7 November. Look out for further
information on the notice boards or contact Carolyn on 01993
The Elderbank Hall Committee is looking for a Treasurer to take
over next April. The position includes, keeping simple accounts,
paying bills, 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
Mrs Anna Fairhurst (headteacher) has had a healthy little boy
called Sebastian and she is enjoying motherhood. She is planning
to return to work in January 2107. We would like to thank the
residents of Brize Norton village for their continuing support.
Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who supported the
fantastic Queen's Birthday Bash and Fete in June this year. It
was lovely to see the whole village together, enjoying the
sunshine and joining in the various activities. We raised over
£2,000 for the school, which is a fantastic amount and we are
truly grateful to everyone. We hope to use the money to pay for
a canopy to give some dry outside space to class 2.
Of course, the fun doesn't stop there. We are now busy
organising our Autumn Ball which takes place on Friday 7th
October at Witney Lakes. This is always a fun night out and very
well attended. We have live music from ‘The JCs’, a local band
who often entertain at the Mess balls, plus a delicious two
course meal. Tickets cost £30 per person and are available now.
Please contact Jo on 07554 443678 for reservations.
And then, of course, it's Christmas. But we won't talk about
A number of items have been added to the Brize
Norton School Archive which can be found at
www.bncommunity.org/bnschool These include a description of
‘Life in Brize Norton’ written in 1953 by Joy Pinnigar (now Joy
Douglas) which makes interesting reading. It includes a section
about the school. The school also has a pictorial scrap book
prepared to mark the centenary of the school in 1976. Thanks to
Joy for searching out the newly added material.
For those who have not visited the website you will find more
old pictures, a school magazine dating from 1922 and Dick Prints
History Exercise Book from 1930, as well as the complete school
register from its inception in 1874 to 1933 and attendance
records for many of our village families. There is also a wealth
of more recent material.
I am pleased to say that one of our oldest residents has kindly
recorded some of her memories dating back to the nineteen
twenties and thirties. These make fascinating reading and will
hopefully encourage others to send their accounts and photos.
You can find Dora Woodley's notes at
Please contact me, Dr Phil Holmes (843856), if you can add to
our village history and don't forget that there is a complete
set of Parish Newsletters on the community website dating from
2003. It would be good to go back further! Visit
‘COFFEE MORNING’ AFTERNOON
IN AID OF MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
You are invited to a ‘Coffee Morning’ in the Afternoon
on Friday 30th September 2016
2.30pm until 4.30pm. at the Elderbank Hall.
There will be refreshments and fundraising competitions.
cakes to eat and sell would be welcomed. The money raised will
help Macmillan fund specialist nurses, new cancer centres and
grants to support people living with cancer who have financial
problems. For more details contact Diane (843430) or Trudy
The next half yearly meting for allotment holders will be on
Monday 3 October at 7pm at the sports pavilion. The presentation
of the ‘Best Kept Allotment’ will be made at this meeting.
Please note that the allotments are private and entry is
restricted to allotment holders, friends and family only. They
are not to be accessed by non allotment holders, used as a play
area or used as a shortcut or footpath for access to other
If you would like to be considered for an allotment when one
becomes available please contact the clerk (01993 844102 or
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) to be added to the
short waiting list.
We have a small charity in the village which pays out a small
gift to Pensioners/Widows/Widowers (Brize Norton residents
only) at Christmas.
The money comes from a field which was gifted to the village
some time ago.
We have noticed over latter years that new people are not coming
forward although we lose a few each year through natural causes.
If you are a resident Brize Norton Pensioner/Widow/Widower and
would like some extra pocket money at Christmas please let me
know before Monday 5 December 2016 to be on this year’s list.
Fred Bellenger 1 Daubigny Mead Brize Norton OX18 3QE
01993 841189 or email@example.com
We meet in Elderbank Hall every Thursday evening
from 7.30-9.30pm. We dance ballroom, Latin American,
and sequence dances to CDs. We have tea and biscuits
in the interval. Any further information please ring
Joy on 842373
THE OXFORDSHIRE COMET
This a new bookable transport service from
Oxfordshire County Council. It is a not for profit
service, created to allow people without suitable access to
public transport to make the journeys they want from your door
to any destination in Oxfordshire. The service is open to all
including wheelchair users and those with mobility issues.
||The Oxfordshire Comet can be booked for any type of
trip. Whether it’s to meet friends in town, travel
across the county, attend an appointment or pop to the
shops. The service is available 10.15am - 2.30pm Monday
to Friday (not Bank Holidays). Call 01865 323201 to
register or for more information go to
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
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.
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
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
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
We have enjoyed good weather for our outings so far this summer.
The sun shone for tea by the canal at Thrupp, for cream tea and
bowls in the garden, for the coach trip to Coventry, for the
meal at The Rose Revived by the river and also for the cream tea
on the river bank at Lechlade. We hope our luck lasts for our
trip to Windsor! Our speakers at meetings have also been good;
Jane from the museum and Jess of Age UK.
Our future programme is as follows:-
Sept 20th Tom Smith to talk
Oct 4th AGM and quiz
Oct 18th Coach trip to Worcester
Nov 1st Cream Tea
Nov 15th Yarnton Nursery
Dec 6th COFFEE MORNING – EVERYONE WELCOME
10.30am, 4 Squires Close, Brize Norton
Dec 20th Christmas Meal at The Trout, Lechlade
We are a village group of 26 members. We meet on the 1st and 3rd
Tuesdays of the month with either a meeting or an outing.
Meetings take place at 4 Squires Close at 2pm. After the meeting
we enjoy sandwiches, homemade cakes and tea - thanks to June,
Connie and Benita.
The programme is also posted on the village noticeboard or for
further information please contact Joy on 01993 842373.
||Drop in and share your stories and experiences of Health and
Social care services.
Bampton Town Hall 9.30am – 12 noon
Saturday 24th September.
The Public and Patient Partnership for West Oxfordshire is run
by volunteers and we have organised this event so that we can
hear your thoughts, suggestions and stories about the health and
social care services you have used in Bampton and surrounding
areas. In addition, we want to hear about your experiences of
the Oxford Hospitals. How easy is it for you to speak to someone
at the hospital about your appointment? What is it like for you
as a patient or a visitor there? We want to know what is working
and what needs to be improved so we can let the commissioners
and providers of Oxfordshire’s health and social care services
know what is working well and what needs changing.
This is great opportunity to get your voice heard. All your
ideas and views about shaping the NHS in West Oxfordshire will
be included anonymously in a report prepared for Oxfordshire
Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) and Oxfordshire County
Council (OCC) who commission your health and social care
If you leave your contact details at the event, then you will
receive a copy of the report. These days, patients really do
have a voice, and this is your chance to influence the decisions
that OCCG and OCC take about your health and social care
services, now, and in the future.
So, why not drop in, have a free cup of tea / coffee and have a
chat with us. To find out more, please email:
YOUR VILLAGE POST OFFICE (AT YOUR SERVICE)
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
* 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
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL POST OFFICE
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.
"ON THE BINS"
Well it’s that time of the decade again, when
the West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) change the way we
put out our bins. Some of you may remember that I wrote an
article for the parish magazine 6 years ago describing the then
NEW service that was being rolled out, but with budget cuts,
council cutbacks and reductions in services provided, the
council are at it again; for better or for worse?
So what are the changes? Firstly WODC are going back to emptying
our bins from October 2017; ‘but the council already empty our
bins’ I hear you say. Well they do, but they don't - they pay a
contractor to do it and as we have seen the contractor is doing
a mediocre job (in my opinion), and WODC believe they can do a
better and a cheaper job; more on this later.
A second change is that we will have to pay to
get our green garden waste bin emptied. This will be
about £30 per year and is due to the cut in funding
from Oxfordshire County Council (OCC). I know this
will cause anger and upset to most residents (me
included) but this is still cheaper than the other
four district councils, Cherwell, Vale, South and
Oxford City. For the mathematicians amongst us that
works out at 60p per week. I personally don't agree
with it, but there is nothing we can do about it. In
my opinion it seems OCC want us to ‘pay more for
less’, never a good business plan.
Change three is that we are getting a wheelie bin for all our
dry recycling, and a box for glass. I will give a more detailed
report in the next newsletter on how this works, but basically
the service we have currently is called "kerbside sort" – It
‘does what it says on the tin’, it’s sorted at the kerbside - a
long, slow, laborious and thankless task. I think I mentioned 6
years ago that the bin men can clear Brize village from Chapel
Hill to Viscount Court in just over 90 mins, but the recyclers
take over 5 hours to do the same area! Why are they doing this?
Because it’s faster, cheaper, and more efficient. A kerbsider
can collect about 4 tonnes whereas a dustcart can collect in
excess of double this amount.
‘But all the recycling is going in a dustcart, it’s not being
recycled?’ – Yes, you’re right, it is going in a dustcart, but
it is all being recycled; I liken this quote to people who shop
in Aldi or Lidl but put their shopping in a Waitrose carrier
bag! - Just because it’s in one container doesn't mean that’s
where it came from. A brand new dustcart costs approximately
£180,000 whilst a brand new kerbsider is in the region of
£130,000; for £50,000 more you get a truck that can do twice the
work in about 1/4 of the time.
If you are interested in finding out more visit
Till next time, happy recycling – Stuart Guest
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
– please refer to newsletter for further information
28 August Horticultural show/charity
5 September Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports
10 September The annual Oxford Historic Churches
Trust ‘Ride and Stride’
24 September Healthwatch drop-in, Bampton Town Hall,
9.30am to 12 noon
30 September Macmillan Coffee afternoon 2.00-4.00pm
The Elderbank Hall
2 October Harvest Festival, St Britus 10.00am
3 October Allotment holders meeting, 7.00pm Sports
3 October Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports
7 October Autumn Ball, Witney Golf Club, Downs Road
6 November ‘Back to Church’ Sunday, St Britius
7 November Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports
13 November Remembrance Sunday service 10.00am,
wreath laying 11.00am
5 December Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports
All entries for inclusion
in the December 2016 issue should be received by Garry Griffin
firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th November 2016.