Sunday 8 July from 2pm - 5pm
The Village Recreation Field
This year’s event will be the best yet! More things to
do and see – more to eat and drink!
The theme this year is
THE CENTENARY - a commemoration of WW1 ending, the
Centenary celebration of the RAF and the Centenary celebration
of Women’s’ Suffrage.
To start the celebrations, we would like you to make a ‘100’
themed scarecrow and if possible to display it in your
garden from Sunday 24 June, then bring them to the Village
Bash for judging. For more details and rules please refer
to the Brize Norton Parish Council website or contact Carolyn
(844102). Last year’s ‘Space’ theme was a great success
but this year we can do even better; let your imagination run
free and start creating! We would also like anyone who has
bunting to display it in their gardens or home to help give the
village a festive carnival feeling.
On the day itself there will be the usual stalls, such as the
barbecue, bar (with real ale), raffle (with great prizes),
tombola, bottle stall, skittles, cakes, music and the
jousting (war) horse. There is a mini sports day for the young
ones and tea and cake served in the Elderbank Hall for
New attractions for this year are a Prosecco and Pimms tent,
vintage tractors, a marquee full of kitchen memorabilia, and
name the donkey (real ones!), together with the tennis coaching
games and a police car and fire engine (dependent on
In addition to all that there will the School’s Silent
Auction with lots such as a guided tour around the Aston Martin
factory and a family ticket to Crocodiles of the World plus many
more - look to the school report for more details on how and
where to bid.
With the weather already organised as warm and sunny (subject
to late alterations) and with your help we can make this the
best Bash to date, so do come along and enjoy the great village
We meet every Thursday evening 7.30pm-9.30pm in Elderbank
We dance Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dances to CD’s. We have
tea and biscuits in the interval.
For more information ring Joy Douglas on 842373.
Our past few meetings have included an interesting talk about
photography by Gordon, and Tom Smith talked and read his poems
about the past.
Our coach trip to Bath in March was good and the weather was
fine. We enjoyed our meal in April at The Trout, Lechlade, and
we had a successful Coffee Morning.
Our future programme is as follows:
June 5th – Trip to Bourton on the Water
June 19th – Quiz, tea and chat
July 3rd Bob to talk on Memory Lane
July 17th COFFEE MORNING 10.30am at Joy’s. Bring and
Buy, Raffle. EVERYONE WELCOME
August 7th – Cream tea at The Chequers
We are a village group of 27 members. We meet on the 1st and
3rd Tuesdays of each month, at 2pm at 4 Squires Close. We have
an outing and a meeting each month. After our meetings we enjoy
sandwiches, homemade cakes and a cup of tea, thanks to June,
Connie, Benita and Ellen.
For more information ring Joy on 842373 or look on the notice
The NGS Garden Open Day will be one week later than normal
this year, to be held on Sunday, 24th June 2018, starting at
1pm, so that it does not coincide with Father’s Day.
This year, we shall have 2 completely new Open Gardens to
delight you. Also 3 more gardens that were previously open,
making a total of 12 glorious gardens, along with the Flower
Festival held in St Britius Church. All the gardens are very
diverse in their planting, so there will be something to inspire
The entrance fee to all 12 Gardens and the Church Flower
Festival will be £5 for each adult; the children’s entrance is
free. So please do come along and visit these beautiful gardens
and the Church with your friends and family. In doing so you
will not only be supporting the NGS Cancer & Macmillan Nurses
Charity, but also some of our own local Village Charities (eg.
The Brownies, Over 60’s Club, St Britius Church and the
Horticultural Society), that benefit from the Funds that we
raise on the day.
Food and refreshments will be available at Elderbank Hall
courtesy of the WI. Lucy at Grange Farm, Burford Road, will also
provide teas and cakes and all monies raised at Lucy’s will go
direct to our local Village Charities.
Also, don’t forget that if there are any gardeners in the
Village who would like to join us and take part in next year’s
annual NGS Garden Event, then please let Jean know, by telephone
on; 841347 or by e-mail on;
We look forward to seeing you all, on Sunday, 24th June 2018,
starting at around 1pm
The NGS Open Gardens Group
You are all welcome to come and visit the church for the
Flower Festival as you wander around the village gardens on NGS
Open gardens on Sunday 24 June. The church will be open until
In preparation for this and to smarten up the churchyard work
will be done to clear ivy and weeds from the gravestones in the
old churchyard over the next few weeks. If you could spare a
little time to volunteer to help, please ring Carolyn (844102).
Thank you to those regular volunteers who assist in this
year-round task already.
We also look forward to taking part in the Village Bash on
Sunday 8 July. Come and buy from the cake stall and enjoy tea
and cakes in the Elderbank Hall during an afternoon of fun being
organised on the Recreation Ground. We would be pleased to
receive any donations of homemade cakes or offers of help to
serve teas. Proceeds from the cake stall and teas will go
towards our general funds.
Carterton: On Monday, Thursday and Saturday we meet at
the Town Hall in Carterton at 10.00am. The walks are 1 to 2
For more information contact Barbara Goudal on 01993 845923.
Witney: We meet at the Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney
at 10.00am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. We do two
walks; one is 1 to 2 miles long, the other is up to 3 miles
long, both ending up with a cup of coffee.
For more information ring Joy on 01993 842373.
The following table lists only the regular events. There
will be other bookings and readers
should not assume that the hall is available without
reference to Diane Davies (see below)
|Pre-school (3-5 years)||
Mon - Fri||9 am - 12 noon
|Mon, Tues & Wed||12.00 -
6.00 - 7.30 pm||Barbara Thorne
|West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc||
1st Tuesday in the month||8.00-10.00pm
Tuesday in the month||
7.30 - 10 pm||
Wednesday||7.15 - 8.00 pm
Wednesday||8.00 - 9.00 pm
7.30 - 9.30 pm||Joy Douglas
6.00 - 7.00 pm||Tracy Haley
9.30 - 11.30 am||Jonathan Germans
** Pre school opening hours
The Hall is available for Private Hire Contact:- Diane Davies on
Hello to all the residents of Brize Norton from Tony
Shillingford your New Parish Council Chair, fresh from my first
official event which was the Village Meeting on Tuesday 22nd of
May. Thank you to all those that attended. As always it would
have been great if more people had been there, but we appreciate
families and work take priority.
Unfortunately, Anna Fairhurst, Head Teacher of Brize Norton
Primary School, Cllr Alex Postan, our WODC Councillor and the
representative from RAF Prize Norton were unable to attend. They
both provided reports for the meeting and these were read on
their behalf. Inspector Steve Hookham of Thames Valley police
and Nicholas Field-Johnson of Oxfordshire County Council
attended and delivered their reports in person. Lack of funds
seems to be of concern to both these organizations. Manpower is
the main issue for Thames Valley Police while Oxfordshire County
Council lack essential funds to fix the roads, a matter of great
concern to residents across the county. As we have mentioned
before, your Parish Council has been providing detailed
complaints about the roads with pictures to OCC on a regular
We also had a report from Les Goble, your newest Parish
Councillor, who provided an update on the Neighbourhood Plan.
Pip Squire was able to update the meeting on planning during
2017, including the Fosseway Development, Lagan Homes and West
Brize Norton Development (Bloor Homes). He included the latest
on Parish Council Agreements that underpin the S106 agreement
associated with this development.
Activities planned for our village this year include the
Horticultural Show; the combined school fete and village event
(The Village Bash) with its 2nd annual scarecrow competition;
National Open Gardens week and ‘RINGING OUT FOR PEACE', 11TH
NOVEMBER 2018 & ‘BATTLE'S OVER - A NATION'S TRIBUTE’.
It’s never too early to make a start so if you wish to receive
an emailed copy of the program for the Horticultural show please
ask me to send it to you by contacting me on
I look forward to seeing a good turnout at the Village Bash on
the 8th of July; Please start making your scarecrows now. The
theme is three centenaries, 100 Years since the formation of the
RAF, 100 years since women were first allowed to vote and 100
years since the end of World War One.
Parish Council meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each
month. Meetings are held in the Brize Norton Sports and Social
Club, opposite the Elderbank Hall and the public are welcome to
|The next meetings are
Monday 4th June 7:30pm
Monday 2nd July 7:30pm
Monday 6th August 7:30pm
Monday 3rd September 7:30pm
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We share events or points of interest or discussion and also
share items relevant to the village from OCC, WODC, & RAF or
weather warnings, bin collections and repatriations.
By the time you read this article, we will have displayed the
‘Results of our Village Survey’ at the Annual Village Meeting in
May, which I hope you found interesting.
Our Neighbourhood Plan is progressing at a pace!
The Steering Group is busy gathering evidence to support our
Objectives and Policies statement. Please do not be alarmed if
you see members of the Steering Group with clip-boards walking
through the village staring at your properties because one of
the ‘Policy Evidencing’ items we require is a ‘Village
Although we live in a small village, the amount of detail
required for individual or groups of properties is immense!
If you can help with either request, then please contact me
through our website
See us at the ‘Village Bash’ in July if you would like to come
and see us or have any questions.
Chairman of Brize Norton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
Our neighbours will have noticed several changes in the
school recently. We just had to share our letter from Nick Gibb,
the Schools Minister, with the world by putting a banner up – it
feels really good to be told we are “one of the top 1% of
schools for Mathematics”. I am always extremely proud of our
children’s and staff’s achievements and it is great to have
something concrete to celebrate.
We have also installed our new playground equipment in the
“story garden” to the side of the school building. We want to
encourage more children to be active at playtime and we are
lucky to have such lovely grounds – this will get more of them
using them more of the time. The new facilities were planned by
our School Council children by looking at brochures from several
companies and consulting with their classmates, and it has been
paid for partly by the School Association (thank you!) and
partly through the Olympic-legacy Primary Sports Grant.
At the time of writing, our Year 2 and 6 children are once again
facing their national tests. We will not know the results until
July, but what I do know is how hard they and their teachers and
teaching assistants have worked – and their families too, of
course. Whatever the results, they will have done very well.
Meanwhile, we have not let up in our programme of special events
and trips, large and small. It was lovely to have a visit from
Little Jen, a donkey, and her tiny baby: thank you to the Barber
family for that. Our children have taken part in a range of
sporting events, from specialist coaching at Magdalen College
School, Oxford, to tournaments with other schools in the Burford
Partnership and collaborative events including dance and a mini
Olympics. We are planning not one but two special PE days this
term: we have another visit from Mike Mullen, whose BMX event
was so popular last year, as well as a PE ‘Wow’ day involving a
range of activities.
Reading is a big focus for us, and we have had several special
events to do with that, including a visit from the author Jay
Burridge, whose book about dinosaurs inspired a whole day of
activities. We have a weekly book club led by a volunteer, in
which children of differing abilities are encouraged to share a
book together, and four year groups met authors at the Bookfeast
Book Festival in Oxford. Our youngest two year groups not only
met the great Julia Donaldson (author of The Gruffalo and much
more), they took part in a concert with her, performing songs
from some of her books. We are also the first school in Oxford
to have an official qualified Reading Dog: Honey comes in twice
a week with her human, Andrea Godfrey, to read with children who
may lack confidence reading to a human. This is of course, not
to mention the things which have been going on for a while, not
least Phil and Mary Holmes’ volunteer reading programme which
has been invaluable for many years.
As the summer approaches, we enjoy going outside a lot more –
although Forest School has been going on all year. This term is
the chance for our oldest children to join in, learning to use
knives, light fires and take risks in a controlled way. (The
youngest children enjoy Forest School all year round, but the
others alternate through the year.) Our pond area has been
recently renovated by Dave Golding, another one of our fantastic
All our classes are using the Rec for PE this term; we are
always grateful to the Parish Council for letting us use their
lovely space. After half term, we are planning an afternoon’s
country ramble for the Year 3 – 6 children, in preparation for
taking Years 5 and 6 on a camping trip and a climb up Snowdon in
mid-June. Nobody can accuse us of being a boring school!
However, the summer also means we look to changes for the new
academic year. We were once again oversubscribed for next year’s
Foundation Stage. This secures the school’s future, but it is
good that all children living in the village, and all siblings
of current children, have secured a place. All our Year 6
children have secured places at secondary schools of their
choice, with most going to Burford – we are lucky both that
Burford is such a good school and that they guarantee places for
children from our school. We will have some staffing changes,
too, as two of our teachers (Emily Harris and Claire Musgrave)
will be moving on, Miss Harris to a school nearer her home and
Miss Musgrave to Abu Dhabi! We are very grateful for all that
Miss Harris and Miss Musgrave have done in their time at Brize
and we know they will be successful in their new schools. We
also know that the new staff we have appointed are very good and
that they will fit in well to our hard-working but fun and happy
I hope you are all well and have been able to enjoy the brief
episodes of sunny weather!
Many of you have contacted me about the condition of roads in
West Oxfordshire, and I am very aware of the damage that has
been done to our roads during the winter months earlier this
year – especially along Station Road and the A4095, in
particular. I have listened to your concerns and I have
campaigned for more funding to fix potholes right across the
constituency. I therefore welcome the Government’s recent
announcement that local roads badly affected by winter weather
will benefit from a further £100 million to help repair any
potholes and other storm damage. This means £1.8m will be
available for Oxfordshire to repair potholes; when coupled with
other funding announcements, this means we will have nearly £3m
to fix our roads.
The Highways Team at Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) are
working hard to address these issues, using this funding to
patch the areas that need it most, and I welcome the good work
they have done so far. Nevertheless, I know there is more to do,
and I continue to push for more funding – but this is certainly
a big step in the right direction.
As ever, if there is anything you wish to raise with me, please
do not hesitate to contact me at
Welcome to the final half term of the year, it’s hard to
believe that we are almost at the Summer Bash already!
The School Association would firstly like to take this
opportunity to thank our outgoing Chairperson, Jo Rushton. Jo
has been a truly dedicated Chairperson; she has put a lot of
time, effort and energy (and definitely plenty of blood, sweat
and tears!) in to planning and implementing countless activities
and raising thousands of pounds. We could not have asked for a
more committed and motivated leader.
We would like to thank the many villagers that attended our Quiz
Night, it was a fantastic success and the array of puddings was
particularly impressive! The Quiz raised an amazing £205.00 we
are hugely grateful for Ralph Davies coming back to be our Quiz
Master again at short notice.
We raised another £470.00 from our Easter Egg Raffle and Disco,
both activities the children really enjoyed!
We have not only been busy raising but also spending this term!
We have supported the school in their purchase of new play
equipment, which is being installed shortly and should be
completed by the end of half term. The School Association also
provides on going support to Forest School, which the Reception
Children attend weekly and the other children get to enjoy for a
term each per class.
Our biggest event of the year is coming up and hopefully
everyone will be able to attend! The Village Bash will take
place on 8th July from 2-5pm on the Recreation Ground.
We will be running Jousting, a BBQ, The Grand Raffle, a Silent
Auction and lots of other fun things for the whole family.
Prizes have been kindly donated by; Crocodiles of the World, The
Cotswold Wildlife Park, Wychwood Brewery and many others.
The theme of the Bash is 100 Years (RAF, WWI and The Women’s
Suffrage Movement), the children will be making scarecrows at
school but we are asking that families and friends of the School
Association will also join in and display them throughout the
village. This year along with the scarecrows we are going to
adorn the village with bunting, please feel free to decorate
your houses and gardens with bunting to help us celebrate the
We are still looking for volunteers to help set up on the
morning of the Bash, please contact Lauren Jacobs 07766521443 if
you could spare a couple of hours!
To take part in the Auction visit:
https://auctionofpromises.com. Search for Brize Norton
Our final event of this year will be the Summer BBQ on Friday
13th July to celebrate the end of another fantastic academic
year. We will also provide the Year 6 Pupils with Leavers
T-shirts as a lovely keepsake from their time with us at Brize
Norton Primary School.
We look forward to seeing you at the Bash!
By the time you read this there should be new speed warning
signs outside the Primary
School. There has been a need for this since the lollipop lady
retired. These lights are programmed to flash during the
beginning and end of the school day to warn drivers to slow
You may be aware that in the event of a repatriation the
flagpole on the edge of Les Marshall’s garden displays the Union
flag at half-mast. This has continued during each repatriation
showing the relations of the deceased that we share their
sorrow. In his absence Keith Glazier does the honours.
The last repatriation was two weeks ago and whilst trying to
deploy the halyard, the pulley on the top broke. Les approached
the Chief Executive of FLAGMAKERS, CHESHAM and explained what
was needed and why Brize village displayed the Jack. They kindly
replaced the damaged items FREE OF CHARGE as a gesture.
We hear a lot of bad things in the press and on the news and it
is heartening when someone does something positive. We thank
them for their generosity.
Your Parish council are looking for a new Village
handyman to keep the village in a clean and tidy
condition and from time to time undertake other
roles as directed by the Parish Council or Clerk.
The role will the maintenance of village assets
together with the reporting of any defects to the
If you are interested in this role
please contact Alison Riseley (clerk) at email@example.com,
for a more detailed job description. The advert will
be posted on the village notice boards
To start the celebrations, we would like you
to make a ‘100’ themed scarecrow and if possible
to display it in your garden from Sunday 24
June, then bring them to the Village Bash for
judging on the 8th July.
After the local elections we are pleased to introduce you to
your new councillors, with their key responsibilities.
Chairman – Tony Shillingford
Vice-chair – Wendy Way
Andy Ball - Legal
Ben Campion –
Liaison with West Brize Norton Development
Les Goble –
Pip Squire - Planning
Clerk & Finance– Alison Riseley
Many thanks and appreciation to Stuart Guest and Laurence
Taylor who have stepped down. We are one councillor short, if
you are a willing and enthusiastic resident we would be happy to
discuss the role with you. firstname.lastname@example.org
WODC (District Councillor) Cllr Alex Postan
Councillor) Cllr Nicolas Field-Johnson
|Brize Norton Parish Council||
|St Britius Church||Rev
Bill Blakey|| ||
|Football Club||Simon Cook||
|BN S&SC/Cricket Club||Tim
Suzanne Calcuttl|| ||
|Over 60's||Joy Douglas||
|Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion||
Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm||
Mon-Fri 10 am to 6 pm. Closed weekends
Monday 4th June 7:30pm Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 5th June, 2pm (Over 60’s) Trip to Bourton-on-the-Water
Tuesday 12th June WI - Ken Brazier talking on "An Old Man
Tuesday 19th June, 2pm (Over 60’s) Quiz, tea and chat
Sunday 24th June Last chance to display a ‘100’ themed scarecrow
Sunday 24th June, 1pm NGS Garden Open Day
Monday 2nd July Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 3rd July, 2pm (Over 60’s) Bob to talk on Memory Lane
Sunday 8th July 2-5pm Village Bash
Tuesday 10 July WI Lynda Warren talking on "The Mystery of
Tuesday 17th July, 10:30am (Over 60’s) Coffee Morning
Monday 6th August 7:30pm Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 7th August, 2pm (Over 60’s) Cream Tea at the Chequers
Wednesday 15th August Send newsletter entries to Alison Riseley