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September - December 2020

Issue no. 166



As we slowly work our way out of Lockdown; some of us are returning to work, some of us are getting used to going out to the shops once again and many of us are so glad that our bubbles have been expanded so that we can now meet up with our loved ones and our lives begin to resemble something more of what we were used to. However, it is important that we continue to respect those around us who may not be ready yet to embrace all of this and need a little more time to adjust.

We all need to remain vigilant, pay heed to the Government Advice and continue with our social distancing and our hand sanitising to ensure that our Community remains Covid-free. By us doing this helps the wider Community and hopefully will prevent any local Lockdown.

I have been amazed at some of the fabulous gardens I am seeing over the walls and fences as I’ve been walking my dog Maude around the village and I’m also very pleased to report that the allotments are also flourishing. All plots have now been rented out but if you think that you may like a plot in the future then please contact the Clerk and she will add your name to the list

The other great thing I have noticed is how much more our beautiful recreation ground is being used for get togethers with family and friends, for the children to run around and expend some energy whilst the playground has been closed and for general exercise. This is thanks to Fred Bellinger and Gary Jarvis, the Parish Council Maintenance Man, and to the Minster Lovell Cricket Team who have been working on the cricket square. Three areas of the drystone wall that surround it have also been repaired. We would like this green space to remain a safe and clean environment for these activities to continue, therefore, I would like to remind people that dogs are not allowed on the grass and additional signs have been put up to this effect. The tennis court is also being put to good use.

Another piece of incredibly good news is that our Primary School is getting its new classroom. Work has already started clearing the space for the new unit to go in and it should be completed only three weeks behind its pre-Covid schedule. More news on this later in the Newsletter

Even though the pace of life has been slower over the past three months, the Parish Council has still continued to meet virtually each month and has been able to recruit a new Councillor, Claire Stewart who lives in Brize Meadow. Welcome Claire! We would like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to the other candidates who applied who were also strong contenders, and the Parish Council is hoping to involve them on some exciting projects in the future.

Wendy Way



Once again, I would like to thank all those responsible dog owners who are clearing up after their dogs (some of whom are clearing up other owner’s dog mess!) making the pavements and field footpaths a more enjoyable and safer place to walk. Unfortunately, there is still a minority of people who do not act responsibly and fail to clear up after their dogs with the Public Right of Way through Brize Meadow being particularly bad at the moment. Dog mess not only looks awful, it is unpleasant for everyone to see and is a serious health risk as it can cause toxocariasis which is a terrible disease for children and young adults to catch. Could I please ask that all dog owners act responsibly and respect our Community and Village?


Thank you to those residents who have cleared their overgrown trees and shrubs back from the footpath. This is particularly important in our village as we have such narrow footpaths in many places. Just a gentle reminder that pedestrians should have full access to a footpath to safely walk along and not be hindered by hedging or trees growing from residents’ properties too far over the path. Also weeds that grow around boundary walls or fences adjoining a footpath are the homeowners’ responsibility to remove. There are no authorities who undertake this work, so it is up to all of us to keep the footpaths tidy


Our local farmer will be repairing the stile on PROW 143/6 between the first and second fields from Chestnut Close as you walk to Curbridge. He will also be replacing the bridge timbers where footpath 143/5 crosses the stream as you walk towards Lew Hill.

If you find any problems with the footpaths, stiles or signs then please let me know via the Parish Clerk (clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk), preferably with a picture of the issue, and I will speak to the relevant landowner.

I look forward to meeting you should our ‘paths cross’.
Happy walking!
Les Goble (Footpath Warden)



I am writing this at the end of such a strange summer, at a time when some of our children have not been to school since March. We are preparing to reopen fully at the beginning of September, with various changes to how we work to keep children in their class “bubbles” and make sure our hygiene is as good as it possibly can be. I am glad that we have two days with the staff before the children come back: although our plans have been through many revisions already, we need to plan carefully how to make sure children feel happy and safe back in school and how to make sure children catch up on any learning they have missed during the lockdown period.

However, I cannot thank the staff enough for all the work they have put in over this period. With no previous experience, they had to prepare materials for remote learning which would keep the children’s learning going, keep them engaged and be clear to both the children and their parents. We never fully closed, with the children of some key workers coming every day, but from the beginning of June all the staff were teaching groups of children full-time in school as well as continuing the home-learning for those at home and carrying out cleaning duties before and after the school day. It was incredibly hard work, but I can say that I feel the extra efforts brought us more closely together as a team. Parents have been very understanding, especially when things have not gone to plan or plans have had to be changed at short notice, and the children, those in school and those at home, have been amazingly mature and resilient.

So now we move into the next phase of reopening, finally allowing everybody back to school. I can’t wait to see everyone again, back in school, learning and playing together as they should be.

As we come out of this period, the future of the school is looking great. We finally have planning permission for our new mobile classroom, which should be in by the end of September. This gives us 21 more places, more than half of which have already filled, and will by September 2021 bring us a little more income after several years of tightening belts. We have a great team of teachers, teaching assistants and office staff, looking forward to Mrs Conner coming back in October and welcoming Mrs Johnson as a fully-qualified teacher and Mrs Hunter as an official member of staff. Innovations for this year include Italian lessons for all children and everyone in the Year 4/5 class learning a brass instrument.

So, come on September 2020, Brize Norton School is ready for you!
Anna Fairhurst (Headteacher)



The Brize Norton School Association (BNSA) has two purposes: to raise money for the school and to have fun!


To kickstart fundraising for the 2020/2021 school year, and to try and put the pandemic behind us, during August the BNSA launched #activeaugust in the form of a #brize5k. 


The idea originally came from one of our pupils and the initial concept was to ‘run 5, donate 5, nominate 5’.  The creativity of those who got involved has been great to see.  The distance has been walked, ran (with some pb’s along the way!) skated, cycled, rowed – you name it I think it has been done!  Some have done it once, others multiple times.  Whichever way or however many times the 5k has been completed, each time it has all been towards raising money with the new classroom in mind.

At the time of writing donations have been pledged up to £435 – thank you to everyone who has donated.  A special mention must also be given to Bob Hounslow for his generous donation and mention in the Oxford Mail’s Memory Lane (due to be published on 14th September). Donations can still be made by visiting www.easydonate.org/brize5k or to donate £5 text BRIZE5k to 70970. 

In September, all our support turns to Ewan Campbell & Dan Bond.  Ewan and Dan, who both have children at Brize Norton Primary School, plus some friends will be undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge on the 11th/12th.  For those unfamiliar with the Three Peaks Challenge - The Three Peaks Challenge is an event in which participants attempt to climb the highest mountain in England, Scotland and Wales all within 24 hours.  Walkers climb each peak in turn and are driven from on mountain to the next.  A big thank you from all of us at BNSA we will be cheering you on during your challenge. If you would like to support Ewan and Dan, you can do so here - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/brize-3-peaks

As well as going towards the new school classroom, every donation will go towards BNSA being able to give our children the additional extras and experiences the standard school budget would not stretch to. 
Thank you for all your support and if you'd like to get involved, either with an idea for fundraising or getting more hands on with the committee, please don't hesitate to get in touch!


Carole Stevens 
07702422735/ bnsa_fundraising@outlook.com 
Facebook: @brizenortonSA




It was with great regret that this year as a group we were unable to contribute to the much needed funding of the charitable work that the NGS Open Gardens Events support.

Hopefully, this coming year will find us back to normality. However, I am sure that during this lockdown our members have been busy, tirelessly working on projects that time would not allow previously due to the opening schedule.

The NGS had requested that if members could make a short video of their garden for possible viewing on their Web Site. For those who were able to respond, you can view their videos by clicking on the following YouTube Links:



For those that are interested in gardens, these short videos are well worth watching.

We hope that life will return to normality in the following years and if opening of the gardens is possible we look forward to your support.

In the future if any one is interested in joining us in this worthwhile cause, then please contact me on 01993 841347.

Jean Butcher
for and on behalf of the
NGS Open Gardens Group


Please join me in thanking Fred and Kath Bellinger for supplying and planting the flowers around the War Memorial.  I’m sure you agree it is looking stunning this year.
Wendy Way, Chairman of Brize Norton Parish Council



As you can imagine these last four months or so has been unprecedented, leaving the sports and social side of things completely devoid of any action. No Village Bash… The football season finished early and the cricket at Brize cancelled all together!! Although there is some good news, the football season will start again in September. See the Football Club’s article in this newsletter if you are keen on playing or just supporting.

Hopefully we will see a full season of village football and that cricket returns next season.


Thanks to the Humble Bumble Café, the pavilion and recreation ground have been really busy during the summer. Family and friends enjoying picnics, socialising (at the correct distance of course), coffee and cake plus groups exercising in all kinds of ways. It is great to see the facilities used in this way. One thing to note please. While the Rec is great for the socialising and exercise, IT IS NOT the place to exercise dogs. Dogs are NOT allowed on the grass!

BNS&SC are looking for new members to join the committee. Due to various circumstances the committee is down to the bare minimum - fresh ideas and enthusiasm is required to take the club into the future.


The next 2 to 3 years will see a new pavilion, possible new sports pitch and hopefully junior sports clubs starting, including tennis and football. Great ideas but we need people to help and get things moving. Plans for the pavilion will be underway very soon, so now is the time to get onboard and help shape the way the new pavilion is design. If you are interested, please do let me know or leave a note at the Café. You haven’t got to be sporty or even that social… but it will help!


We also have plans to open the pavilion for more social events (as and when Covid will allow). So again, we are looking for volunteers, to join the committee and help us out. Would you be interested in running the bar, or be part of a team looking after the bar and social side?

The other important job we need a volunteer for is the Treasurers position! Judy Puddle is now stepping down after many years of brilliant work for the S&SC. Thank you Judy. May I also thank all others who have supported the club and given freely of their time to help make the S&SC a success. If you would like any more information regarding the committee and what is involved, then please do get in contact – details below and on the back cover of this newsletter.

Keep well and safe.
Tim Gush (Chairman BNS&SC)


The 2019/20 season finished prematurely due to the cancelling of all Grassroots football. At the time the leagues finished both teams were doing well. The Firsts were in 4th place, just 2 points from 2nd place and the Reserves in 6th place but only 3 points and 3 games in hand of 3rd place.


With the easing of restrictions in July training resumed albeit under certain restrictions and at the start of August friendlies started. At the AGM Rob Hook stepped down as First team manager as he wanted to concentrate on just playing and the Reserve managers Kev Ridgeway and Rysn Chapman also stepped down due to other commitments. We would like to Thank them for all their hard work and efforts. Pleasingly we had willing members ready to step up and are pleased to announce the new managers are Jake Farrugia (Firsts) and Adam Harris (Reserves). Good Luck to both.


After league restructuring the Firsts will play in Division 1 and Reserves in Division 3. Training is on Tuesdays at The Rec at 6pm (unless a friendly is scheduled) and all players old and new are welcome. The new season is scheduled to start on Saturday 5th September.


Details of friendlies and matches plus other news are available on our website www.pitchero.com/clubs/brizenortonfc or Twitter @brizenortonfc or our Facebook Page Brize Norton FC.

Simon Cook (Secretary )



T4U (www.teams4u.com) was founded in 2006 by Dave Cooke and aims to fulfil the dreams of children whose greatest wish is to receive a Christmas gift.  For many this wish will be granted by the generosity of a total stranger who will probably be completely unaware of the impact it will have and the glimmer of hope it will bring, to a child who has nothing. Shoebox gifts are made to vulnerable children or families in Eastern Europe bringing joy and excitement into an often bleak existence. Donations of complete shoeboxes or of items that could then be made up into boxes are welcome. Please contact Carolyn 01993 844102 or look for information that will be posted on notice boards or online regarding collection points.

      Give love in a box this Christmas.



We want to WELCOME EVERYONE BACK THROUGH THE DOORS into our beautiful and historic church of St Britius. By the time you read this article we will hopefully have held our first Holy Communion since March. We have worked hard to make sure that everything is as safe as possible (although there is a risk to any gathering) and we ask that for your safety and for that of others you note the following arrangements we have put in place:

- please wear a face covering - please use the automatic hand sanitiser in the porch on your way in - please follow the guidance on the pews where you may sit. They have been marked to maintain a 2 metre distance from those not in your household.

In following guidance issued by the Church of England we have had to make changes to the service; currently Holy Communion will be available in bread only (you are welcome to bring your own piece of bread if you prefer) and we are also not able to sing hymns or responses. In starting back we will only be holding the 9.15am Sunday morning service that will be officiated by either Rev Ian Howard, Rev Drew Tweedy or Rev Stephen Bessent.

We have set up a new facility to those who don’t have access to social media but would like to join in with our services. Ring 01993 684547 where you will hear highlights of the service including the sermon. The recording lasts about 20-25 minutes but you can listen for as long as you like and the cost is simply that of a local telephone call. Alternatively, a national FREE 24 hour phoneline ‘Daily Hope’ offers music, prayers and reflections 0800 804 8044. Regular church services will also continue to take place on line. We welcome you to join with other people by going to the St Johns Carterton  Facebook watch party on Sunday and Thursday mornings at 10.30am or visit our Facebook page Friends of St Britius or the websites www.bncommunity.org/bnchurch.htm or www.stjohnschurchcarterton.org.uk.

As we look forward, Sunday 4 October will be our harvest celebration when we will make a collection of harvest gifts (non-perishable please) to donate to The Besom project, a local charity that helps local people with food parcels in the event of personal crisis. We will also be planning for a Remembrance service and wreath laying on Sunday 8 November.

The annual Oxford Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride’ event is taking place on Saturday 12 September. This sponsored event invites people to walk or cycle visiting churches in the area on the way with funds raised to OHCT and their local church. If you would like to support this initiative please contact Jacquie Griffin – 01993 841616 or go online to : https://ohct.org.uk/ride-and-stride/.


Information regarding services will be posted on the church noticeboard or can be found at www.bncommunity.htm/bnchurch.htm.

If you have any queries or need help and support then please do contact a member of the team:

Rector: Rev. Drew Tweedy 07393 182093 revdrew61@gmail.com
Team Vicar: Rev. Ian Howard 07867 784693 ian.barry.howard@gmail.com
Churchwarden: Dr Phil Holmes 01993 843856 p.holmes@brizenorton.org


I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one who supports the appeal and ask you to continue to support the poppy appeal again this year in what are unusual circumstances.

Like many charities the poppy appeal has not been able to fund raise as normal and this years November fundraising will be very different from previous years. There will be no door to door collecting and the information that I have at the moment is that the poppy appeal will be making paper poppies available via the super markets.

So please be generous in your support and if you are looking for nice poppy related items the poppy appeal have an online shop, The Royal British Legion Shop- The official Poppy Shop. All proceeds go to the RBL.



The Parish Council has been informed by Gigaclear that they will be commencing the installation of fibre optic cabling throughout the centre and southern areas of the village early in September.

If any residents would like further information, please contact their Network Build Care team on the details below: Email: networkbuildcare@gigaclear.com Phone: 01865 591137

Gigaclear is also looking to organise an ‘online community event’ for Wednesday 2nd September, 19:00 to 20:00. They will send out invitations to all residents included in the build who can then register to join this online event. It will consist of a short presentation about Gigaclear and the work that they do for Communities and it will give residents an opportunity to ask any questions about the Brize Norton build.

We would love to hear from other students or members of the community.
To submit a written piece involving your interests or recent experiences for the next copy of the newsletter.

Contact the clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk.




he Parish Council publish this newsletter, which is distributed around Brize Norton village at the beginning of March, June, September and December.

If you wish to submit an entry the deadlines are the

15th November 2020,
15th January, 2021 and
15th March 2021.



Please be reminded that dogs are NOT allowed on the
recreation ground under any circumstances.
Brize Norton Parish Council


Parish Council meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each month. Meetings are usually held in the Brize Norton Sports and Social Club, opposite the Elder Bank Hall. However, during COVID-19 they are being held on an online platform.
The next meetings are:

Monday 7th September 7:30pm
Monday 5st October 7:30pm
Monday 2nd November 7:30pm
Monday 7th December 7:30pm

If you wish to bring an item to the Council’s attention at a meeting, please contact the Clerk at least one week prior to the meeting in order for the Council to discuss the matter brought before them.

Members of the public are welcome to attend Council meetings and should contact the clerk before the meeting to state your interest and receive an invitation to join.

It is still the Parish Council’s intention to hold a Community meeting later this year if possible so we can share with you what the Council has achieved the year 2019 – 2020 and update you with what is happening with the Neighbourhood Plan. Please keep an eye on the Parish Council website, Facebook page and the noticeboards for any news on this.



Members of the Brize Norton WI recently had a socially distanced get together at the Humble Bumble Cafe.  The WI wish to thank Bev and her team for the red carpet treatment and for her generosity!

On September 8th at 7:30 p.m. the WI will meet at the Village Hall, (observing the Government's guidance), to welcome their Guest Speaker, Pam Newall, who is speaking on the topic, "A wander through the Baltic States".


Both toning, conditioning and circuits sessions are for any ability with a no pressure atmosphere, £5 per session.
Contact Tom Wattleworth on 07892945060 or
TW-FITNESS on Facebook


Due to the continued pandemic we feel we must remain closed until it is safe to get back dancing. If you require more information please ring Joy on 842373.


We are currently unable to organise the walks but hope to start again when it is safe to do so.
For more information ring Joy on 01993 842373


We have decided to remain closed until it is safe to mix as a group.

Best wishes to all our members.

For more information, ring Joy on 842373.


Hopefully we will be returning to meetings in September. All present members will be contacted with accurate information but we are hoping to have a zoom meeting on 7th September followed by an outdoor meeting on the 14th and we may be allowed indoor meetings after that, if not we will continue with zoom and outdoor meetings until the government and guiding give us permission to meet indoors.


Guiding have given us lots of advise and in depth risk assessments to ensure that all of our members will be safe at meetings but we understand if people want to wait a little longer before coming back but we look forward to having new members and invite any one who wishes to join us to register on the guiding website or contact me on 01993 842013. 
Barbie Thorne



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Conservative District Councillor for Brize Norton and Shilton Ward —
Cllr Alex Postan—
P: 07885 135000
E: alexander@postan.plus.com

Conservative County Councillor for Burford and Carterton North East Division — Cllr Nicholas Field –Johnson
P:  (01993) 878309
E:  nick.fieldjohnson@oxfordshire.gov.uk




Wednesday 2nd September 7:00pm Gigaclear online event
Monday 7th September Brownies Starts
Monday 7th September 7:30 pm Parish Council meeting
Tuesday 8th September 7:30pm (WI) A Wander through the Baltic States


Sunday 4th October 9:15 am Harvest Celebrations
Monday 5th October 7:00 pm Allotment meeting (TBC)
Monday 5th October 7:30 pm Parish Council meeting


Monday 2nd November 7:30 Parish Council meeting
Sunday 8th November 10:00 am Remembrance Service & wreath laying


Monday 7th December 7:30pm Parish Council meeting




Organisation ContactTelephone No.


Brize Norton Parish CouncilAlison Riseley846648 clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk
The Church Rev Ian Howard (Curate) 07867784693 ian.barry.howard@gmail.com
Brize Norton Primary School Mrs Anna Fairhurst 842488 www.brizeprimary.org
School Governors Alistair Doran 077883214663 adoran@brize-norton.sch.co.uk
BNPS HSA Carole Stevens 07702422735 lbnsa fundraising@outlook.com
Football ClubSimon Cook 841096/07825 002298  
BN S&SC/Cricket ClubTim Gush846730 
Elderbank HallDiane Davies843430 
Women's Institute      
Over 60'sJoy Douglas 842373  
Open GardensJean Butcher 841347 prbutcher@sky.com
Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm  

Police (Witney) 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday (closed weekends)     101

NHS Helpline (24/7 urgent medical conditions)                                        111


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

Pre-school (3-5 years) Mon - Fri9 am - 12 noon Jackie


Mon, Tues & Wed12.00 - 3 pm**
BrowniesMondays 6.00 - 7.30 pmBarbara Thorne 842013
West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc 1st Tuesday in the month8.00-10.00pm David Spittles776036
Women's Institute2nd Tuesday in the month 7.30 - 10 pm Janet Albury-Simpson


Wednesday8.00 - 9.00 pm Steph Hill
Dancing ClubThursdays 7.30 - 9.30 pmJoy Douglas 842373
KarateFridays 6.00 - 7.00 pmTracy Haley 700464
Judo ClubSaturdays 9.30 - 11.30 amJon Germans 01865 8843399
TW Fitness
HIIT training
Mondays 7.45 pmTom Wattleworth 078929450060

** Pre school opening hours  

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

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