The summer holiday period is rapidly drawing to a close, I
trust that that those of you who holiday at this time of year
have had a good relaxing break with family and friends. For
those involved in A levels and GCSE’s I hope your results have
at least matched your expectations, we wish you well for the
As you will see as you read through this newsletter you will see
it has been a busy three months for the village with the NGS
Open Gardens and the Space themed Village bash, both of which
were well attended and successful. Thank you to the organisers
for making the events happen, to all the attendees who made them
successful and to the report writers who have done their bits
later in the letter.
The Neighbourhood Plan is progressing at pace. You will see from
the next section that you will be a getting a formal survey
asking for your views and ideas for development in our village.
This is really important and I would be grateful if you could
lend your support to the Steering Group by reading the section
below and responding to the survey when it is delivered through
I am told by our Solicitors that the various supporting
documents that underpin the S106 Agreement for the West Brize
Norton Development (WODC/OCC/Christchurch/Bloor/Savills/BNPC)
are now in their final form and should be ready for signature.
We have yet to see those that we are due to sign in final form
so I am not holding my breath!
We have also recruited a new Parish Clerk. I am pleased to
welcome Alison Risely from Glebe Farm House, Burford Road into
the role. I am sure that with all our support she will grow into
the role. On your behalf, I would like to thank Carolyn Peach
for all her hard work over the last 6 years; thankfully she will
still be on hand for support over the next few months. We wish
Carolyn well in her future endeavours.
The next quarter is no less busy than the last, please read the
rest of the newsletter and support the various village
activities for later in the year.
One last thing before I sign off for this edition. There have
been a number of complaints recently around leaving bins out for
prolonged periods after the “bin men” have been on a Friday
morning. I know events sometimes overtake us and the empty bins
have to stay out a bit longer than necessary, but if we could
all make a concerted effort to retrieve our empty bins as soon
as possible after the “bin men” have been, the village will be
tidier and there won’t be any complaints. Thank you.
|Enjoy the rest of the summer.
|As you will have read on the front page of this
newsletter, your household will be receiving a survey
document in September asking for your views about the
future of our community.
Our Neighbourhood Plan is probably the most momentous
moment in our village's history since its inclusion in
the Domesday book all those centuries ago! This is a
once in a lifetime opportunity for our village to make
itself heard, reaffirming its boundaries, objectives and
stating its importance and place in the district.
Your answers are extremely important and will be reflected in
our Neighbourhood Plan. We hope you will take this unique
opportunity to give us your views on how you would like to see
the way our community develops.
But what is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan steers development and land use in a local
designated area (in our case, this is the Parish of Brize
Norton) by setting out policy and proposals against which local
planning applications will be assessed.
Policy and proposals in a Neighbourhood Plan may inform:
* Where new housing or employment might be located in the
* Types of development, including materials to be used for
* Opportunities for Green Infrastructure in the area (open
spaces, pedestrian paths etc.)
To put this into context, developers have recently submitted
speculative plans for as many as 2,000 additional houses in our
parish, so it is important that we get this implemented as soon
as we can and regain control over development in Brize Norton.
To have our Neighbourhood Plan adopted, it must be verified by
an independent planning inspector, approved by West Oxfordshire
District Council and finally, receive the majority approval of
our community in a local referendum.
We would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that your
completed survey is confidential, anonymous and does not link
your response with your address. The data will be collated by
our professional advisors Community First Oxfordshire.
As you can imagine, this is a massive and time-consuming
undertaking but we now have a team of ten villagers on the
Steering Group working tirelessly to reach our goal.
The members of the Steering Group and Parish Councillors look
forward to meeting you when we distribute the surveys and please
keep in touch via our web site www.brizenortonplan.org.uk
Thank you, the Brize Norton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
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
|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. In
addition a family New Year’s Eve party 2017/18 is at the
planning stage. Please get in touch if you have ideas or
would like to help, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01993 847009.
We had a very successful day with 163 visitors attending the
Open Gardens. We also managed to raise an additional £245.50p
from the proceeds of the Wacky Hats sales, which was donated
directly to the Cancer Research Charity. It turned out to be on
one of the hottest summer days for the year, therefore it was
surprising that we sold any woolly hats or beanies, so thank you
to all those village members that supported this worthy cause.
Also, thank you to Phil & Mary Holmes and the volunteers for
arranging the St Britius Church Flower Festival, who gave up
their time to create such wonderful flower displays.
The WI also had a hectic afternoon providing teas and cakes to
the many visitors at the Elderbank Hall, so thank you again for
your continuing support. Plant Sales and Lucy’s Teas at Grange
Farm also did exceptionally well with all of the funds raised
going directly to our Local Village Charities.
Next year we will be opening later on the 24th June. By making
it later in the month, those of you that have been unable to
attend in the past because of family commitments on Father’s Day
will now be able to come and support our Charity Event. Also,
next year there will be even more delightful village gardens to
visit, a total of 11 in all, plus the Church Flower Festival. It
is a very pleasant way of spending a summer Sunday afternoon,
possibly making new friends and neighbours you may never have
met because everyone has busy life schedules.
So please make a date in your diary for Sunday 24th June 2018.
Remember your support helps contribute to the funds of our
village charities. With 25% of the ticket sales from this NGS
Event donated to our village charities. These nominated
charities are the Brownies, Over 60’s Club, Horticultural Event
and the Church Funds. Therefore, please come along because we
need your support to make this a successful annual Village
Charity Event along with all of our members who work so hard to
make this a very memorable village day.
|I am sure that all of the new visitors will be
surprised at what lies behind those high stonewalls and
garden gates. So we are all looking forward to seeing
you all next year.
The NGS Open Gardens Group
Thank you to everyone who supported us by taking part in the
Open Gardens day in June; the Church was beautifully decorated
with the flower arrangements. At the village bash in July we
provided tea and cakes. These events combined raised £380 for
our general funds.
||Saturday 9 September The annual Oxford Historic
Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride’ event. This is a
sponsored event raising funds for St Britius and OHCT.
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 Jacquie Griffin – 01993 841616.
Look out for details of the village bonfire event. We hope to be
helping out again serving homemade soup and hot dogs with
proceeds towards our general funds.
|We will be celebrating Harvest at our Festival
Family Service in church on Sunday 1 October at 10.00
am. All harvest gifts (non-perishable please)
brought to church will be donated to The Besom project.
This local charity accepts gifts of non-perishable food
year round to help local people with food parcels. Food
gifts are necessary while people are waiting for
benefits to come through, or ill health or a family
crisis means there isn’t enough money for food. A store
cupboard box or a few days of meals can really help
someone to bridge that gap.
If you haven't been to church recently, why not join
us on Sunday 5 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
invite 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 refreshments afterwards.
Remembrance Sunday is Sunday 12 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
T4U – Give love in a box this Christmas. This year
we are supporting the initiative T4U (www.teams4u.com)
that gives shoebox gifts to vulnerable children or
families in Eastern Europe bringing joy and excitement
into an often bleak existence. Look out for further
information on the notice boards or contact Carolyn on
As I write, it is the school summer holidays, a good time to
look back and reflect on the busy year we have just had.
I am really pleased to be able to report that our children’s
results have been excellent this year. Children do assessments
which we can use to compare ourselves to national averages in
the Foundation Stage (aged 5), 2 (aged 7) and 6 (aged 11). In
almost all areas and ages, and in all of Reading and Maths, we
have done better than the national average. Our more able
children have done particularly well, more than doubling the
national average for more able children in some areas, and we
are particularly proud of our achievements in Maths: 100% of our
eleven year-olds reached the national standard for the second
year in a row, and we had a letter from the Schools Minister
saying we were in the top 2% of schools for doing it just last
As you know, Brize Norton School is about much more than
results. After discussions between staff, governors, parents and
children, we have come up with a new mission statement for
ourselves: “Inspiring Learning for Life”. This sums up that we
believe learning should be exciting, and that what children
learn should be useful to them throughout their lives and not
just for passing tests. It is for this reason that we have such
a focus on values and developing character: all of our children
can tell you what terms such as “perseverance” and
“co-operation” mean and why they are important. We focus on a
range of life skills outside English and Maths, which is why all
our children go swimming every year and everybody has the chance
to learn risk-taking and outdoor skills in our Forest School.
In the spirit of being inspiring and of giving children
experiences beyond the ordinary, we have had a range of special
events in the last term. Our school website (www.brizeprimary.org)
has pictures of most of them – please go along and have a look.
We were particularly excited by our PE wow day, which had the
children in mixed-age groups taking part in six different
sports: archery, team building, golf, tennis, orienteering and
BMX trick cycling. This was all linked to the concept of
“flearning” (learning from failure by keeping trying). We have
also had a wow day connected to Maths, with children, again in
mixed-age groups, doing a range of practical problem-solving
challenges, all led by our older children. The end of term was
filled with events, including our traditional (and great fun)
sports day (ending with egg-throwing between Year 6 children and
their parents) and two high-standard concerts. All the children
took part in singing and recital, with many also showing their
talents on musical instruments. The Key Stage 2 concert was a
particular hit, finishing with a “battle of the bands” of Queen
and Abba songs, including all the older boys in drag performing
“I Want To Break Free”. They showed chutzpah and great humour:
it will not be forgotten. We also had the village summer bash,
which brought village residents, parents, children and staff
together in a really fun day which also raised a large amount of
money towards our new laptops: thank you to everyone who came.
So, we are now looking forward to the new school year. Over the
summer we are having some major work done to the building, with
the replacement of the windows in the Victorian part of the
school and a repainting of many of the rooms. This will help our
building look smarter and be more energy-efficient in the
future. We have said goodbye to a really confident, mature and
kind group of children as well as to
Mrs Barker, a long-standing teacher who will be much missed.
However, we are looking forward to welcoming our new children
and to Miss Harris, an enthusiastic young teacher who will be
teaching Year 3.
Thank you as always to everybody who supports the school in any
capacity. We are lucky to have so many kind helpers from our
school and village community. Possible future parents are always
welcome to visit: please contact the school office. In the
meantime, please look at the school website, keep an eye out for
the Christmas bazaar, and I wish you all a happy autumn.
Anna Fairhurst (Head teacher)
The summer term was all about the Village Bash. We lived and
breathed it for weeks and it is hard to believe that it is
already a distant memory!
The children’s PE lessons for the term were focused on their
fabulous dance routines which we were all able to enjoy in the
arena on the afternoon of the Bash. Year 6 children designed and
ran their own stalls and lots of parents came out on the day to
run stalls and help to set up and clear away. We were amazed and
thrilled by the turn out from villagers and visitors alike; what
a great way to bring everyone together. Thank you one and all.
It was lovely to see the senior members of the village, the
VIPs, enjoying the afternoon. We witnessed a first for one of
them, Dora Woodley, who at the age of 93 enjoyed her very first
burger! Thanks to Castles Butchers in Burford for making it a
good one! The VIPs were tasked with judging the scarecrows and
the fancy dress which proved to be harder than we imagined
because the entries were all amazing. It was fantastic seeing
scarecrows popping up around the village in the days before the
Bash. Thank you to everyone who made one, and if you didn't win
a prize, please don't be disheartened, there is always next
We raised just under £2500 for the school. This is by far the
most we have ever made in one event. The money is already
earmarked to go towards new laptops and interactive whiteboards.
And of course that means that we have to get busy and raise some
more money! We have a date for our annual ball at Witney Lakes:
Friday 17th November, put it in your diary now! The committee
will meet again in September to organise all sorts of fun for
the term and we will let you know as soon as we have more
Thank you for your continued support.
We are a charity which pays out small monetary gifts to
and pensioners at Christmas time. If you are one of the above
and a resident of the village and would like some extra money at
Christmas please let me know.
Fred Bellenger 841189
Friday 29th September 9.00 a.m. onwards at The Chequers, Brize
Coffee, tea and homemade cakes.
All welcome and we would love to see everyone on the day.
You are invited to a ‘Coffee Morning’ in the afternoon on Friday
29th September 2017
2.00pm until 4.00pm at the Elderbank Hall.
There will be refreshments, tombola and fundraising
competitions. Donated cakes to eat and sell would be welcomed as
would items for tombola prizes. The money raised will help
Macmillan fund specialist nurses, new cancer centres and grants
to support people living with cancer who have financial
For more details contact Diane (843430) or Trudy (850200)
WITNEY AND CARTERTON HEALTH WALKS
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.
The next half yearly meting for allotment holders
will be on Monday 2 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 areas.
If you would like to be considered for an allotment
when one becomes available please contact the
be added to the short waiting list.
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.
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL POST OFFICE
CHECKS TO ENSURE RESIDENTS SLEEP SAFELY
|Free electric blanket safety checks are being offered to
The checks, part of a joint home safety scheme run by West
Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council, are
taking place on 4 October in Witney and 18 October in Chipping
Norton. Safety check appointments must be pre-booked and are
done on a first-come, first served basis. To book call 01993
Last year, 178 blankets were tested in the district and 34 (19
per cent) failed and in the last five years, of around 1,000
blankets tested, more than 20 per cent have failed.
Old or damaged electric blankets cause more than 5,000 fires a
year in the UK. Each year around 20 people are killed and 100
injured as a result of such fires. Research has shown blankets
that are 10 years old or more are responsible for 99% of these
Danger signs include: worn or frayed fabric; scorch marks; tie
tapes damaged; worn or damaged flex and damaged or displaced
heating wires. It is advised to always buy new and look out for
a European Certification Mark such as the BEAB safety mark.
The Club will be running 2 teams again this Year with the 1sts
in Division 2 and Reserves in Division 4.
Rob Hook will be running the 1sts again this season with Kev
Ridgway and Ryan Chapman taking charge of the Reserves. We would
like to thank Mark Carpenter for his excellent work with the
Reserve team. Oliver Puddle took over as Club Chairman at the
AGM after Steve Carpenter stood down after a number of years as
Chairman and before that many more as Secretary and player.
Again we would like to say a Big Thank You to Steve for all his
Pre-season training is well under way and has seen a lot of new
faces which is very positive. We have a good selection of
pre-season friendlies against teams from both the Witney &
District League and further afield. Training is on Tuesday
evenings from 6.30pm at The Rec until October before we switch
to Carterton Artificial pitch from 8-9pm.
The season starts on 2nd September with both the 1sts and
Reserves in action at home on the same day. A full list of Friendlies and Septembers fixtures can be viewed on our
20 20 20:
20 minutes of three different types of exercise, £5
per session, Wednesday nights, Elderbank Hall, 8-9pm, Call Steph
|We were suitably enthralled by the dexterity of our speaker in
June who was Christine Green. She told us about how she got
into paper cutting and proceeded to show us how she cut paper
with a scalpel into intricate words which had to be all joined
up so as to not unravel.
Our July speaker was Captain Kamran Irani who is a Blood Rider.
We were given a talk about how the idea of transporting blood
and other blood products on motorbikes came about. They are all
volunteers and mostly work when the NHS are short of staff
during the weekends and at night. They also transport mother's
milk to baby units.
Also in July we held our promotion table at The Village Bash and
it was interesting to meet some younger ladies who were
interested in joining the WI but unfortunately were not from
We went to Upton House in August on a very wet day but we were
met by two lovely ladies who shadowed us all day and made sure
we made the most of our day despite the weather. The Restaurant
food and staff were also excellent.
During the next few months we have the following talks to look
12th September Hilarious Hats by Alexandra Stanbrook
10th October Ragbag and Cocktail by Julia Miles
14th November Christmas Crafts by Lottie Baxter
We meet at Elderbank Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at
7.30pm and all are welcome.
We have enjoyed our coach trip to Stratford, meal at The
Chequers and tea by the canal at Thrupp. The cream tea at The
Chequers was in memory of Jean Chester and was excellent; thanks
to the staff. We are a village group of 26 members. We meet
twice a month with either an outing or a meeting on the 1st and
3rd Tuesdays of the month. We meet at 4 Squires Close at 2pm and
enjoy sandwiches, tea and home-made cakes or scones, thanks to
June, Connie and Benita. Our future programme is as follows:
- Tues 5th September Cream tea and games
- Tues 19th September Meal at the Rose Revived
- Tues 3rd October AGM and Quiz
- Tues 17th October Coach trip to Cirencester
- Tues 7th November Sing along with Susan on Guitar
- Tues 21st November Coffee Morning 10.30am at Joy’s, Bring and
Buy Raffle, Everyone welcome
- Tues 5th December Christmas table decorations
- Tues 19th December Christmas Meal at the Trout, Lechlade
For more information, ring Joy on 842373
WILDLIFE TRUST LAUNCHES APPEAL TO BUY ‘MISSING PIECE OF WILDLIFE
JIGSAW’ BESIDE THE RIVER THAMES.
The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust has launched an
appeal to raise £220,000 towards the purchase price of farmland
at Duxford Old River, one of the vital missing pieces of a vast
jigsaw for wildlife. This will create the first nature reserve
to cover both sides of the river anywhere along the Thames. The
Trust’s Chimney Meadows nature reserve is just across the river
from the farmland at Duxford, so the Trust will be able to
create one of the largest nature reserves in Oxfordshire.
Neil Clennell, the Trust’s Director of Conservation & Education
for Oxfordshire explains: “If the Trust’s appeal is successful
we’ll let Mother Nature take the lead, with just a little bit of
help from us to get things going. At 113 acres the Duxford Old
River land is in many ways a vast blank canvas with so much
potential for wildlife. We hope that Duxford Old River will
develop into a wonderful, complementary mosaic of habitats to
the meadows that we created on the northern bank of the river,
completing this part of the upper Thames wildlife jigsaw.”
The Trust would allow the Thames to flood onto the land and hold
water in ponds and pools, providing much-needed and undisturbed
habitats for curlew and lapwing to breed, and large flocks of
birds such as snipe and teal to overwinter here. New backwaters
and a fish pass will give safe havens for fish to spawn and
insects to thrive, providing more food for bats and birds.
BBOWT has applied to trusts and grant-making bodies for funds to
contribute to the purchase of the land at Duxford Old River. The
public appeal for £220,000 will also contribute to the purchase.
You can give to the Duxford Old River appeal via this website:
CALENDAR OF EVENTS – please refer to newsletter for further
Sunday 27 August 44th Brize Norton Horticultural Show
Monday 4 September Parish Council meeting 7.30pm The Pavilion
Friday 29 September Macmillan coffee morning 9am onwards The
Friday 29 September Macmillan coffee ‘afternoon’ 2pm to 4pm The
Monday 2 October Allotment Holders meeting 7pm The Pavilion
Monday 2 October Parish Council meeting 7.30pm The Pavilion
Wednesday 4 October Electric blanket testing, Witney – pre-book
Friday 3 November Brize Norton November bonfire event. Watch out
for more information, contact email@example.com for
Monday 6 November Parish Council meeting 7.30pm The Pavilion
Tuesday 21 November Over 60’s Club Coffee Morning 10.30am at
Joy’s - All welcome
Monday 4 December Parish Council meeting 7.30pm The Pavilion
Sunday 31 December Family New Year’s Eve Party, currently in the
planning stage, please get
in touch if you have ideas or would
like to help, contact
All entries for inclusion in the December
2017 issue should be received by Garry Griffin
at firstname.lastname@example.org by 14th November 2017.