||Welcome to the Christmas edition of the newsletter.
As another year draws to an end, it is possibly time to
stop and take stock of some of the happenings and
changes that are occurring in the village.
I feel sure that many of you are aware of the West
Oxfordshire Local Plan examination which is currently
underway. The local plan for West Oxfordshire will have
far reaching implications for us all; housing, creation
of employment and the possible knock on effects to many
other of the facilities provided by WODC. Coupled with
the Chancellors announcement in his Autumn Statement
with more of the tax raising function being passed to
local government we can expect to see major changes.
The other major change in the village is the change to
academy status of the Brize Norton Primary School. The school
appear to be going from strength to strength; we wish them well
in their new found status.
Also recently announced by Central government is that the
Hercules aeroplanes will now be in service for longer than
expected; it now appears that the old noisy aeroplanes will not
all disappear in the foreseeable future.
I feel sure that many of you will have noticed the latest new
hangar that is being built to the southern end of the village.
The parish Council have a sum of money for landscaping; what
does this mean in practice? Basically tree planting to partially
obscure the new hangar. If your garden would benefit from a new
tree or trees please contact the clerk for further details.
Please note we are not carrying out a complete landscaping
service – that only happens on TV programmes!
The parish council are currently one member below strength. If
you have an interest in assisting the running of the village and
would like to know more of what is involved please contact me on
|Finally, on behalf of all parish councillors and the
parish clerk, I would like to take this opportunity to
wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and
Peaceful New Year.
The 2014/15 mild winter, with hardly any sharp frosts,
allowed most over wintering crops to flourish, but early spring
planted crops were hampered by lack of rain and high
temperatures, especially root crops. Later plantings seemed to
do better. It was also a good year for bugs especially Blackfly.
Most of the plots have generally been well kept this year with
only a few flagging, those mainly through family illnesses or
other valid reasons.
||The "Best kept allotment trophy" was won by Pat
Thrift (plots 7A & B) for the second time, with many
others in close contention. The most improved plot was
Julie Hyland (plots 8A & B). Congratulations!
May we remind everybody that the allotments are out of
bounds to anyone other than allotment holders, their
families and invited friends. Several children have been
seen running and playing around on the allotments. This
is not only annoying but also dangerous as there are
many hidden hazards to fall on or trip over.
If you would like to be considered for an allotment when one
becomes available please contact the clerk (01993 844102 or
e-mail email@example.com) to be added to the
short waiting list.
BRIZE NORTON WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
We continue to have a good mix of speakers and our
numbers are gradually creeping up which is good. Entries
for the monthly competitions are also increasing which
makes it more fun. Following our speaker and tea and
biscuits we usually have a social half hour which can be
a member telling us of special events that they have
attended or a fun quiz or game.
Despite the ominous title "Bomb Disposal" our
September meeting was a very interesting talk by Ian
Jones who had many a scary tale to tell us of his
involvement with the Bomb Disposal Division of the Army.
In October Muriel Pilkington gave us an insight into
local villages that had been lost in this area and
reasons for their demise.
|Forthcoming speakers and events:-
8 December - Christmas Lunch at The Bay Tree,
12 January - "Underwater Treasures" by John
Do come and join us at the Elderbank Hall at 7.30pm
on the second Tuesday of the month. You will be most
ST BRITIUS CHURCH
Thank you to all those attending the village day in August
when, with your support, we raised £228 for general funds. Also
for the donations made to the Samaritans Purse Christmas shoe
box appeal; we were able to send 37 complete boxes from the
school and church donations. Thank you also to everyone who
helped decorate the church for harvest in preparation for the
school and church harvest festivals. Donations of produce have
been taken to The Porch in Oxford. Several families joined us in
our worship at our Patronal Festival in November, our new all
age family communion service held at 10am on the first Sunday in
We invite you to join us at The Chequers on Saturday 5 December
at 12.30pm for an informal Christmas get together. Our Christmas
fund raiser is a quiz to test you and your family over the
Christmas period. Quiz sheets can be purchased now for £2.50 and
are available from the church and members of the PCC - please
return your answers by Sunday 3 January 2016 for a chance of a
prize. In the quiz booklet is a colouring competition to also
enter. In 2016 we will need to boost our general funds with
fundraising activities – please look out for posters advertising
events and help to support them.
All are welcome to the Pilgrim Course which continues on Monday
lunchtimes at 12.30pm when refreshments are provided. In the
lead up to Christmas it will be an Advent discussion course.
Forest Church is on 27 November ‘Wreath Making’ – meet at 2.30pm
at the metal horses in Kilkenny Country Park, Brize Norton.
||We now look forward to Advent and our Christmas
services. We welcome you to:
- All Age family communion service Sunday 6th
December at 10.00am. Activities are organised for
the children attending and refreshments served after the
- Candlelit Carol Service on Sunday 20th December
at 6.00pm; a service of nine lessons and carols and the
children’s Nativity Tableau – we would invite all
children attending to come dressed as shepherds, angels,
wise men and people of Bethlehem (we also have some
costumes). Please contact Carolyn (844102) for more
details. Hot mince pies and refreshments are served
after the service.
- Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve at 11.30pm
- Family Service and Holy Communion on Christmas Day
at 9.15am (please bring a present you have received to
- Low Sunday 27th December - no 9.15am service at St Britius but St John’s, Carterton has services (www.stjohnschurchcarterton.org.uk)
Looking forward, we will be celebrating Christingle on
Sunday 7 February 2015; we invite you all to our family
worship at 10 am.
For further details of the church services, refer to the notices
on the church door or log onto the website
or www.brizenorton.org. The church is open each Sunday after the
morning services until dusk or 6pm. You are welcome to visit to
learn more of the church’s fascinating history or just for quiet
We wish you all a Happy Christmas and A Peaceful New Year.
BRIZE NORTON ACTION GROUP
BNAG have been waiting expectantly for the hearings in respect
of the WODC Local Plan 2031. Mr Simon Emerson has been appointed
We have now been advised that the first session - dealing with
strategic matters including housing and employment requirements
- will be held on 23rd - 26th November and therefore too late
for comment in this Newsletter.
The second part of the hearing is scheduled for 3rd February
BNAG, alongside the Parish Council, will continue to monitor
developments over the coming months.
Meantime we take the opportunity of wishing fellow villagers the
compliments of the season and good health and happiness
If you would like to become more involved in local matters why
not join us? For more information please 'phone me on 843608 or
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
From Keith Beckingham on behalf of Brize Norton Action Group (BNAG)
HORTICULTURAL SHOW 2015
Another amazing show was held on August Bank Holiday; we had an
increased number of entries on last year, and some fantastic
entries amongst those. Once again it was good to see some new
villagers entering the show. Witney TV attended and the video
of the day can be seen on their website, certainly worth a look.
||The winners in the various classes were:
David Chapman - in the Vegetable Section
Ann Green - in the Flower Section
Ann Green - in the Cooking Section
Ann Green - in the Handicrafts Section
Well done to you both. Thank you to Dave and Ann and all the
other entrants. It was certainly an impressive display for a
small village. We would also like to thank Phil, Polly, Tony,
Ann and Pat for their help with the show on the day.
Now onto next year. Sadly our ‘vegetable and flower’ Judge has
retired so we need to find a replacement. Is there anyone in the
village or anyone you may know who you think would be willing to
do this for us next year? If so please can you let me know.
We wish you all a happy Christmas and a good new year - enjoy
Judy Gush and Bev Tyrell
BRIZE NORTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
Hello from everyone at Brize Norton School! Or should I say “konichiwa”?
Yes, we are continuing our efforts to make our little school
even more special by teaching Japanese to everyone from Year 1
to Year 6. We are lucky to have a teacher, Mrs Barker, who spent
several years in Japan, and the children are just loving
learning a new, exciting language alongside the French they
already do. I was also lucky enough to be able to join a head
teachers’ tour of Japan over half term and we are hoping to set
up a link with a school there. It’s a fascinating country, so
like us in many ways but also so different. The children clean
the school but it’s very normal for a primary school to have a
swimming pool with adjustable-height floor…
||Our other big new initiative since the summer has
been the Forest School. Mrs Rae has completed a huge
training course to become a fully-qualified Forest
School Leader, and both staff and volunteers have given
up large amounts of time doing up our wild area at the
back of the playground: we now have a pond, a mud
kitchen, a tools area, a fire pit and a shed full of fun
resources for outdoor learning (generously provided by
our amazing School Association). All our Infant children
have experienced ‘the Forest’ this term, toasting
marshmallows, whittling, pond dipping, building
shelters, bug-hunting and much more. There are numerous
pictures on our website -
www.brizeprimary.org, so have a look! The older
children will all get their turn before the year is
over, so everyone can enjoy learning outdoors.
We have had several exciting school trips this term. Children
have been on a range of sporting outings to compete against
other local schools. Our Year 6 children went on a day-trip to
Boulogne to practise their French by purchasing croissants and
hot chocolate, and the Reception children have been on a tour of
RAF Brize Norton. We have lots more exciting things planned,
especially in the run-up to Christmas, including the annual
whole-school trip to the pantomime and our own productions, the
Infant Nativity musical and the Juniors’ own performance of
“Aladdin”, for which rehearsals are already beginning.
The other important news is that, after a lengthy consultation
process, the governing body has decided that Brize Norton
Primary School will become an academy with the Oxford Diocesan
Schools Trust (ODST). This means that (probably from April) we
will cease to be a Local Authority (LA) school. The decision has
come about as a result of significant cuts in LA support for
schools, especially successful ones such as our own, and because
we feel that the ODST will allow us to keep our autonomy whilst
providing support, a fresh outlook, and close working with a
group of like-minded schools (including several others in the
Burford Partnership). Although ODST is run by the Diocese of
Oxford, we will not become a church school and we are determined
to retain all that is good about our own school: our friendly
atmosphere, our high standards and our enthusiasm about making
learning fun and a bit different.
You can keep informed of what is happening at the school through
our school website (www.brizeprimary.org) or Twitter (@brizeprimary).
Anna Fairhurst (Head teacher)
WODC RECYCLING ROADSHOWS
|Lots more waste is generated at this time of year and it’s
important that we all play our part to recycle as much of it as
possible. West Oxfordshire District Council is inviting
residents to come along to one of their roadshows for free
advice on recycling and reducing waste over Christmas. These
will be held at:
Witney: Market Square, Thursday 3 December, 10am - 1pm
Carterton: Carterton Market, Thursday 10 December, 9am - 1pm
Recycling advisors will be on hand to offer help and advice to
residents about general household recycling, food waste
recycling, garden waste recycling – including how to register
for free collections and home composting. Residents will also be
able to stock up free compostable food waste bags, reusable
recycling bags and lots more.
Sian Stokes, Waste and Recycling Officer for the Council, said:
“West Oxfordshire residents are generally very keen recyclers.
We’re currently ranked 10th in the country for recycling but
there’s still room for improvement as many items that could be
recycled - either in our black boxes or in the food or garden
waste bins - are still being put out as rubbish. Our kerbside
collections make recycling easy and there is no limit to the
amount of recycling boxes that people can put out – we’ll
collect it all!”
HAVE YOUR SAY ON WASTE AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS
||Residents in West Oxfordshire are being asked for comments about
their household waste and recycling collections to help the
Council plan for any future changes. A short survey asks
residents for their views about the containers they use, the
types of materials that are collected for recycling and how they
use the service. The current contract for rubbish collection is
up for review in 2017 so WODC are taking the opportunity to
evaluate household waste and recycling collections. How could
service be improved and make recycling easier. The survey can be
completed online at
www.westoxon.gov.uk/binsurvey or in person
at the Council’s reception points, Burford Visitor Information
Centre or Carterton Town Hall. Deadline for completion of the
survey is 12 noon on 7 December 2015.
AGRIVERT’S FOOD WASTE PLANT – FREE TOUR
||In the run up to Christmas, West Oxfordshire residents are
invited to a free tour of the Agrivert’s anaerobic digestion
food waste plant at Cassington to find out what happens to food
leftovers collected weekly by the Council. Booking is essential
for the popular hour-long tour on Wednesday 9th December at
10.30am. All food waste in West Oxfordshire is collected weekly
and recycled locally, instead of being landfilled. It is taken
to the anaerobic digestion plant where it is recycled into a
liquid fertiliser called 'digestate' for use on local farmland
and renewable electricity is generated, enough to power 4,000
homes on an on-going basis, as a by-product during the process.
To book a place on the tour, or for further information about
waste and recycling in West Oxfordshire, call 01993 861000 or
BRIZE NORTON SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
Thank you to everyone who supported our first Autumn Ball which
took place at Witney Lakes on October 2nd. A great night was had
by all and we raised an amazing £1,700 for our wonderful school!
||Our next big event is a traditional Christmas Bazaar. This takes
place in school on Sunday 6th December, from 1pm until 4pm.
There will be stalls, games and refreshments for everyone
including a tombola, grand raffle, cakes and cards, and, for our
younger visitors, there is the opportunity to meet Father
Christmas in his grotto. We hope to see you there!
BRIZE NORTON OVER 60’s CLUB
We are a village group of 28 members who meet twice a month on
the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in the month. Meetings take place at 4
Squires Close at 2pm. After the meeting we enjoy a chat over
sandwiches, homemade cakes and tea provided by June, Connie and
Benita. Many thanks girls. We have enjoyed a busy autumn;
Gordon’s talk on bonsai trees was very interesting and we
enjoyed our meal at Lyneham golf club and the trip to Moreton
|We have a coffee morning at 4 Squire’s Close on Tuesday 1st
December when everyone is welcome. We will have a ‘bring and
buy’, and raffle too.
Other events on our future programme are as follows:
15 December Christmas meal at The Trout, Lechlade
5 January Sing-a-long with Cliff
19 January Meal out
2 February Bob Watts – ‘A look back at the past’
16 February Coffee Morning 10.30am
1 March Olive – ‘Paris to Pigs’
15 March Coach trip to Banbury
The programme is also posted on the village noticeboard. For
further information please contact Joy on 01993 842373.
BRIZE NORTON VILLAGE PRE-SCHOOL
We are pleased to say the number of children at the pre-school
are currently high with a long waiting list for the future.
We are starting our Christmas activities (lots of glitter!) and
also planning our nativity show which we hope that the village
will support us as it does each year.
|You are all welcome to attend our Christmas Nativity and Party
on Friday 18th December at 10.30am.
Getting in shape for Christmas or ideas for New Year
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.
BRIZE NORTON DANCE CLUB
|We meet in the Elderbank Hall every Thursday evening from 7.30pm
to 9.30pm. We dance ballroom, Latin American and sequence dances
to CD’s. We have tea and biscuits in the interval - only £2 per
person. The last dance before Christmas will be Thursday 17th
December and start back on Thursday 7th January. Everyone is
welcome to join us. We are also looking forward to our Christmas
dinner at Wychwood Golf Club. For more information contact Joy
on 01993 842373
BRIZE NORTON BADMINTON CLUB
||We meet every Monday at The Elderbank Hall and play from 8.00 pm
until 10.00 pm; all ages from teenage to active retired are most
welcome. It cost just £2.50 per session. For more details ring
Tina on 842268 or Laurence on 07771 998821, or just come along
to the hall.
||All fitness levels welcome
20 minutes of three different types of exercise
£5 per session, Wednesday nights,
Elderbank Hall, 8-9pm
Call Steph 07970 831061
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.
* 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 bonds.
* Bill Payment – Most household bills including BT phone bills
can be paid free of fees.
* Foreign currency – generally commission free with 3 days’
* Travel Insurance – Inland and overseas (provided on the spot).
* Home Phone – Incentive to transfer your current home telephone
* 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 groceries too.
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.
|The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in the village of Brize
Norton raised £986.15 this year with a further donation of £156
from the collection made at the St Britius Church Remembrance
Sunday service. We are indebted to Mrs Barbie Thorne for co-ordinating
the Poppy Appeal on behalf of the British Legion.
POT HOLE COMPLAINT
If you identify a pot hole please report it to Oxfordshire
County Council Highways either online at Oxfordshire.gov.uk or
phone 0845 3101111 or write to Highway Enquiries Team,
Oxfordshire County Council, PO Box 842, OXFORD OX1 9LL
CARTERTON NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAM
The Thames Valley Police Non-Emergency number is 101 but always
call 999 in an Emergency. E-mail the team at
WEST OXON WOODTURNING ASSOCIATION
||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
MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
||Diane and Trudy would like to say THANK YOU to all who attended
and donated towards Macmillan Cancer Support at the ‘Coffee
Morning’ they held on Friday 25th September. Total donations
A new service run by Oxfordshire Advocacy in partnership with
Macmillan Cancer Support, providing one to one support for
anyone aged 50+ affected by cancer, whether they are a Patient
or a Carer.
“Having an advocate at my appointments just made all the
difference in the world, because I didn’t have to be the
Rosie-the-nurse, Rosie-the-patient, Rosie-the-everything. I
could just focus on me and what people were saying to me,
knowing that my advocate was writing stuff down and if I got it
wrong, then she’d talk me through it but also would help me
challenge… If it hadn’t been for the advocate being there and
stepping in I think I might have ended up having completely the
wrong type of treatment for me.”
..If you know of anyone affected by cancer and aged 50 or more
..If you feel that they might benefit from having a Macmillan
trained volunteer to support them at appointments or with
getting the practical help they need ..If you are interested in
volunteering yourself Give us a call on 01865 230203 or email
THE HISTORY OF BRIZE NORTON SCHOOL
||I am building an archive of information including photographs of
our village school. This includes details of the early history,
early photos and memorabilia as well as full coverage for the
last 10 or more years. This will be a valuable resource for
those who want to delve into the archives. The website can be
found on the community website at
I would welcome villagers’ memories or material they would be
willing to share, especially for the decades before 2000; please
e-mail email@example.com or phone 843856.
LOGS FOR LABOUR IS ON AGAIN!
|Would you like free firewood, or do you have a woodland that
needs managing? The Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment’s “Logs
for Labour” programme aims to promote sustainable use of
firewood by running events where volunteers help to manage
woodlands in return for logs. The events run most weekends in
the winter, are about 3 hours long, and could involve coppicing
hazel, thinning trees or piling up brash. All you need are
sturdy gloves, shoes and a saw (only hand tools are allowed for
insurance reasons)… or let us know if your woodland needs the
help of volunteers. Information about forthcoming events is at
www.oxonwoodfuel.org.uk/logs-for-labour or ‘like’
Riki Therivel, 01865 243488.
WIDOWS FUEL ALLOTMENT CHARITY FIELD
We have a small charity in the village which pays out a small
monetary gift to Pensioners and Widows at Christmas. The money
comes from rent from a field which was given to the village. If
you haven’t received a gift before and think you now qualify
please let me know by Monday 30 November 2015. This is available
Brize Norton residents only.
Fred Bellenger, 1 Daubigny Mead. Telephone 841189
|CALENDAR OF EVENTS – please refer to newsletter for further
30 November Deadline for registration of ‘widows fuel allotment’
1 December Coffee morning, 4 Squire’s Close, 10.30am Over 60’s
6 December Primary School Christmas Bazaar, 1pm to 4pm
7 December Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports Pavilion
18 December Pre-school nativity and party, Elderbank Hall,
20 December St Britius carol service with Nativity tableau, 6pm
25 December HAPPY CHRISTMAS
4 January Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports Pavilion
1 February Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm Sports Pavilion
All entries for inclusion in the March 2016 issue should be
received by the clerk by
15 February 2016.