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March 2018

Issue no. 156


Although the snowdrops are almost over and the daffodils are just coming out the sub-zero temperatures at night suggest that spring may still be a little way off! When I look over the newsletters for the last year and back to this newsletter 12 months ago I note the following:

* The roundabout by the church is still a “disaster”. We have written to Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) expressing our concern. We are planning to send a “Monthly Statement on the state of Brize Norton Roads” to OCC after each Parish Council Meeting. If you have any particular points you would like to raise, please let the Parish Clerk know.

* The Neighbourhood Plan is progressing well, see later in this newsletter.

* The Parish Council Agreements that underpin the S106 Agreement associated with the West Brize Norton Development are now complete and we understand that the Agreements are all due to be signed in the next few weeks. Master planning for the Development will start in earnest in the coming months. The Parish Council will be using the results of the Neighbourhood Plan surveys to influence the masterplan to meet our aspirations as far as is possible.

* Village events continue to go from strength to strength, please see later in this newsletter. Thank you to everyone who is taking part in these important activities.

* We have updated our policies and procedures, these can be find on the Parish Council website: http://brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk/transparency-code.

* On a new note, Parish Council elections are due on Thursday 3rd May, if you are interested in being nominated as a Parish Councillor, please contact The Parish Clerk during the first two weeks of March for a nomination form. Nominations must be submitted to the WODC Returning Officer by 16:00hrs on Friday 6th April 2018.

* Don’t forget to come to the Annual Village Meeting on 22nd May to meet your newly elected Parish Council and for updates on all of the above and on the WODC Local Plan.

Finally, during my walks around the village over the last few months I am concerned by an apparent increase in the amount of dog excrement left on pavements and footpaths around the Parish. There is a significant fine for “dog fouling” and we have plenty of bins for dog waste strategically placed around the village. I would remind dog owners that it is your responsibility to tidy up after your dog. Please take this responsibility seriously.

I look forward to seeing a significant turnout at the Annual Village Meeting on 22nd May. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter and thank you to all the contributors, editors and distributors.


The Parish council Meetings will be held at 7:30 pm in the BNS&SC on the first Monday of the month, but not on Bank Holidays.
The public are welcome to attend. The agenda is published on the notice board opposite BN Primary School 3 days before the meeting and also on the parish council website

We also now have a Facebook account @brizenortonvillage (https://www.facebook.com/brizenortonvillage/) and a Twitter account @BrizeNorton (https://twitter.com/BrizeNorton) which residents may be interested in joining. We aim to publish relevant information and links or alerts from OCC or WODC, particularly concerning weather warnings, planning developments or road closures.

Elections to select or re-elect new parish councilors will be held in May. Anyone interesting in standing as a councilor should inform the clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk as soon as possible and then application forms will be sent out in due course.


The Steering Group would like to take this opportunity to thank all those members of our Community who attended the ‘Community Survey’ feedback event on 9th December 2017 in the Elder Bank Hall.

We exhibited the survey feedback in various formats which included pictures, charts and maps which we hope you found interesting and informative. It was also interesting to see the presentation from the children at our Primary School which, even at their young ages, reflected many of the views of their elders!
We also presented our ‘Vision Statement’ and ‘Objectives Statement’. As there were no objections or comments, we have a clear mandate to continue with developing our Neighbourhood Plan using these statements as our reference.

For those of you who were unable to come along to the December event, we will be exhibiting the survey feedback at the Brize Norton Annual Village Meeting being held at the Elder Bank Hall on Tuesday, 22 May and members of the Steering Group will be there to answer any questions you may have.

The Steering Group is now working towards producing our Village Characteristic Statement and having meetings with WODC regarding our Vision and Objectives Statements, both of which will form part of our pre-submission document.

From the feedback received from both the Household and Young Persons Community Surveys, there is a strong concern about the safety of our primary and pre-school children crossing Station Road due to a lack of a lollipop person. The Steering Group took this concern to the Parish Council along with a solution which is to install ‘automated flashing warning lights and recommended 20mph speed limit’ signs. The Parish Council agreed to fund this, and timing of their installation is to be confirmed.

If you have any questions or concerns about our Neighbourhood Plan, then please do not hesitate to contact us via our web site contact page.

Kind Regards Les Goble (Chairman, Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group)


Thank you to everyone who took part in our Christmas services especially the Candlelit Carol Service either as readers or the children who took part in the nativity tableau. We were delighted to be joined by the Brownies who swelled our numbers at carol singing. Thank you to residents of Chestnut Close and Chichester Place and the warm welcome at The Chequers as we raised £110.

With the new church financial year our attention turns again to the ongoing problem of paying our way. For the year end 31 December 2017 basic running expenses of the church, excluding one off bills such as the tree maintenance required due to the snow damage in December were £340 per week. Planned donations and regular weekly collections were just over a 1/3rd of this cost. The church is not there only for weekly services and special occasions but to serve the wider village community for baptisms, weddings, blessings, funerals and memorial thanksgiving services. It is also used by the school for Christmas, Harvest and Remembrance. We continue to maintain a presence through the community website at www.bncommunity.org which has a good deal of church and village history and genealogical information. St Britius Church receives no subsidies from the Government or monetary grants from local Councils although we are indebted to the Parish Council for their continuing assistance for the grass cutting of the churchyards. We are trying to raise monies through various initiatives and would welcome your support to keep St Britius a visible and permanent sign of the Christian community in the village.

Becoming a ‘Friend’ of St Britius is a way you can help. Thank you to everyone who has renewed their membership of the Friends and supported us over the last year. If you are not already a member please consider joining – we ask for a minimum donation of £10 and you will receive a newsletter to keep you up to date with our future projects. Also look out for posters advertising future events or contact Phil - 843856 or Carolyn - 844102 for information on fundraisers.

We welcome you to join us for the following events and special services:

St Britius is hosting the annual Women’s World Day of Prayer service on Friday 2nd March at 7pm for the benefice of Carterton and Brize Norton. The service is written by the women of Suriname and entitled ‘All God’s Creation is Very Good!’ All are invited to come and join us and share refreshments after the service.

Our Mothering Sunday Service is on Sunday 11h March and again everyone is welcome. Children are invited to come to 52a Station Road on Saturday 10th March at 10am to make posies that will be presented at the 9.15am service.

Our Celebration of Easter starts on Palm Sunday, 25th March with the 9.15am Communion Service and then continues as follows:

Maundy Thursday – 29th March – Holy Communion at 7pm

Good Friday – 30th March – service of reflection and prayer at 4pm

Easter Day – 1st April – Holy Communion at 9.15 am.

The Pilgrim lunch group continue to meet each Monday lunchtime 12.30pm to 1.30pm (soup lunch provided). For more details contact Ben Campion 358690. All are welcome.

Please note a change in the timing of the first Sunday in the month service; from March our Family Communion service will start at 9.15am when activities are arranged for children attending and refreshments are served. On the remaining Sundays the 9.15am Holy Communion service is held and during the week a Holy Communion service at 7pm on Wednesdays.

Rev’d James Maddern has now retired from ministry and continues on sick leave. Please contact the Team Rector Rev’d Bill Blakey who can be reached on 01993 846996 or on the clergy mobile number 07504 824822 or via e-mail rector@stjohnschurchcarterton.org.uk (day off on Friday). Alternatively contact the assistant curate Rev Ian Howard on 07867 784693 or via e-mail curate@stjohnschurchcarterton.org.uk (day off on Wednesday). We thank Bill, Ian and Stephen for their continued ministry with us at St Britius.

For further details of the church services or our other regular activities refer to the notices on the church door or log onto the website www.bncommunity.org.


We are doing something a bit different at Brize Norton School this term: a whole-school project inspired by the parish council and the Neighbourhood Plan project. Wendy Way and Les Goble, the driving forces behind the Neighbourhood Plan, have challenged the children to think hard about what makes Brize Norton a great place to be and what can be improved, then to design a creative way to share their ideas. So we have a wide range of different projects taking shape, from improving pedestrian and cycle facilities in the village to a redesigned park. The children are loving knowing that their learning is part of something wider than themselves and we are looking forward to sharing what we have done with the community before long.

As I write, we are busy preparing for our annual Book Week. Parents and staff are challenged to come up with creative costumes for World Book Day and we will have a whole week of celebrating books and reading, with children of different ages reading together, a visit from author Jay Burridge (with a huge model dinosaur to inspire the children’s writing) and a whole-school performance poetry slam on the Friday.

Special events like this are important in the life of a busy primary school because they keep learning exciting and bring different areas of the curriculum to the fore. We have already had a Science week this year and are planning a Computing week for later in the year. We also do our regular Forest School sessions and a range of trips, from sports tournaments (every child participates in something at least once a year) to Music events (we were part of a choir of over 6000 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham in January), from large trips (taking a group up Snowdon in June) to small (the youngest children loved getting the bus to Carterton to visit the shops).

These are all designed to enhance the regular, day-in, day-out dedicated work the children and staff put in to ensure the children make as much progress as they can in their learning. We are all very proud of the children’s attitude to their behaviour and learning, and I simply love showing visitors around because they are always impressed by the children’s maturity and independence.

As always, we are very grateful to all the volunteers (governors, School Association members, those who help in school and other friends, including the Parish Council) who help us achieve what we do, especially in these times of budget cuts. Please keep it up and help us keep Brize Norton Primary School the special place it is.

Best wishes
Anna Fairhurst (Headteacher)


It is hard to believe that we are already half way through the spring term. After a very busy time at the end of last year, the School Association has had a relaxing few weeks, focussing on spending some of the money that we raised.

We paid for coaches so that all the children in Years 4, 5 and 6 could travel to the Genting Arena in Birmingham to perform in Young Voices. And what an amazing experience it was. Six thousand children in one huge choir, all singing their hearts out. I am sure every one of them will remember the occasion for many years to come.

Six new IPads have been purchased. ICT provision is a huge investment for us, but it is so important that the children have access to up-to-date equipment.
And finally, we have pledged £5000 to pay for new play equipment in our glorious story garden.

So with all this spending going on, we need to replenish the coffers! For the children, we have a disco on March 1st and our ever-popular Easter Egg Raffle at the end of term. For the grownups we have Quiz Night! Friday 23rd March, put it in your diary now! Tickets are £7 per person and include a buffet supper. And if you fancy yourself as a star baker, bring a pudding with you and enter the Pudding Competition! For further details, or to reserve your places, please contact us on Facebook, via the school office on 01993 842488 or call Jo on 07554443678.

Thank you so much for your support.


Preschool has had a very busy first term of 2018. Most sessions are now full and we are delighted to say our preschool is thriving. In late 2017 we held numerous fund raising events including a Boot Sale, Toddle Waddle and Christmas Fayre. These events raised a significant sum to allow us to spend on new resources for the children. Thank you to all who helped and supported these fundraising efforts. 

Looking forward, we already have a waiting list for September 2018. Preschool accepts children aged 2-4years. Funding is available, subject to terms and conditions. We will be holding 2 open afternoons on Thursday 14th and 28th June 1pm-2.30pm. To register your interest please call 07769617696 or email us at brizenortonpreschool@hotmail.co.uk. A copy of our registration form and more information can be found on our new look website www.brizenortonpreschool.co.uk

Our preschool is run by an amazing, dedicated group of parents whom are elected onto the committee along with a team of qualified professionals. It's a fantastic way to get involved with your child's education and a brilliant way of meeting and connecting with other local mums.

For those new to the village, preschool is held in the Elderbank Hall Monday-Wednesday 9am-3pm and Thursday and Friday 9am-12pm

We have two up coming fundraising events:-

New & lightly used Handbag Auction at The Chequers on Friday 2nd March at 7.30pm. Auction starts at 8pm. Tickets are £5 per person and include a glass of Prosecco.

On Sunday 18th March we are holding a Kids Bingo event in the Elderbank Hall from 2pm-4pm. £4 per player, prizes and refreshments available. Just turn up on the day.

All proceeds go to the preschool. We hope you can come along.

HELP REQUIRED, preschool has its own allotment next to the Elderbank Hall. The children love going over to the allotment, digging, weeding, watering and growing fruit and vegetables. However the time we can spend there is restricted. Are you able to offer some time and assistance in helping tend to our allotment? If you can spare some time please speak to Jackie or Barbie on 07769617696.

Thank you from all the Staff and Committee


Presents Fauré: Requiem
Thursday 15 March 2018 Tickets £6.00
7.00pm, St John the Baptist Church, Burford
Easy online booking via Ticketsource
Or email tickets@burford.oxon.sch.uk

To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War Brize Norton will be lighting a Beacon on the recreation ground on 11th November; more details will be published nearer the time.

As well as the beacon, it is envisaged that other village events might also carry the “Battle’s over” theme. Dates for your diary include:-

The Village Bash proposed for Sunday 8th July, incorporating the Brize Norton School fete to be held on the recreation ground.

Brize Norton Horticultural show proposed Sunday 26th August.

We are looking for ideas to incorporate the theme into these events and any new events that residents or organisations would like to suggest.

If you have any ideas and would like to organise an event for the village please contact Keith Glazier (01993 843640), Carolyn Peach (01993 844102), or Tony Shillingford (01993 847009). We may be able to help in some small way with publicity or put you in touch with other residents that may be interested in getting involved on the day.


The NGS Garden Open Day will be one week later than normal this year, to be held on the 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 11 beautiful gardens that will open this year, along with the Flower Festival held in St Britius Church.

The entrance fee to all 11 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 that benefit from the Funds that we raise on the day.

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; prbutcher1@btinternet.com.

So we look forward to seeing you all, on Sunday, 24th June 2018, starting at around 1pm

The NGS Open Gardens Group


At Christmas 2017 we paid out small monetary gifts to 42 Pensioners/Widows of the parish.
If you are a village resident pensioner or widow/widower & would like to go on our list please let me know.
Fred Bellenger 841189 f.bellenger@sky.com



The Thames Valley Police Non-Emergency number is 101 but always call 999 in an Emergency.
E-mail the team at cartertonbamptonburford@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk



It seems a long time ago since our November meeting with Lottie Baxter who showed us how to make 3 Christmas crafts. All the members who could enjoyed joining in which made it a good interactive meeting. All finished at least one of the crafts and ended up taking something home for Christmas.

Christmas lunch at The Plough in Alvescot was excellent despite it being a very snowy journey with everyone turning up. Thank you to the car drivers who made it possible. John Hunt The Organ Grinder, our speaker for January, was also excellent. He had brought along two of the organs he had made himself and proceeded to tell us how it worked. He was very funny and, as well as the lovely music he played, entertained us with various jokes and anecdotes.

Februarys' meeting gave us a hope of warmer days to come with a talk entitled "Eastern Australia. The Land of the Parrot". This was a talk by the husband of one of our members recounting one of his many trips which made us all very envious. His photos were superb. The Shilton lady members had produced a lovely valentines tea with home made biscuits and chocolates.

Our next meeting is the AGM with a talk from one of our new members, Janet Albury-Simpson who will talk about "The Bahamas as a British Colony".

April 10th. - The Foundling Hospital by John Caldicott

May 8th We will celebrate our 90th Birthday and are inviting other WI's and guests. We are having Mr Peter Wentworth who is a member of the MMC and who will entertain us with his talk "The Art of the Magician". This will be followed by light refreshments and games.

We meet in The Elderbank Hall at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month and all are welcome.

Sue Calcutt


During the past few months we have enjoyed an excellent Christmas dinner at The Trout, Lechlade and a very good meal at the Chequers, Brize Norton in January. We all sang-a-long with Cliff and Pat and enjoyed the talk by Martin Way on ‘Home fronts’ - we could all remember the events he told us about during and after the war.

Our future programme is as follows:

February 20th: Yarnton Garden Centre
March 6th: Gordon on photography
March 20th: Coach trip to Bath
April 3rd: Coffee Morning 10.30am at Joys, 4 Squires Close. Everyone welcome

The future programme is being planned but will include a day trip to Winchester, a coffee morning, a cream tea and a meal out.

We are a village group of 27 members. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. We meet at 2.00pm at 4 Squires Close on the 1st Tuesday and have an outing on the third Tuesday. At our meeting we enjoy sandwiches, homemade cakes and a cup of tea, thanks to June, Benita and Connie.
For any more information, look on the notice board or ring Joy on 842373


The next Allotment Meeting will be at @ 6:45pm in the BNS&SC on: Monday 9th April
Allotment holders should inform me asap if they wish to renew their contract with the parish council for their plot. Anyone who is interested in applying for a plot should also contact me. However, they should be aware that here is a short waiting list at present.

Fred Bellenger 01993841189 f.bellenger@sky.com


The 1sts have had a tough season and after 15 league games sit just above relegation in 9th place. It has seen some closely fought games with 27 goals both scored and conceded.

A good win in the preliminary round of the Watts Junior Cup (named after Bob and Margaret Watts) has earned an away tie in Round 1 at Bourton Res.

Pld15 W5 D2 L8 F27 A27 Pts14 (3pts deducted)

The Reserves currently sit in fourth place in Division 4, just 5 points off the top with a game in hand. A couple of weeks with depleted squads has possibly cost them top spot. 

Pld 15 W10 D1 L4 F51 A34 Pts31

The Christmas raffle raised over £250 for the Club. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket or donated a prize.


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 01993 842373.


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 842373.

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.


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 and more.



Oxfordshire urgently needs more compassionate care workers to support vulnerable members of our community.
If you want a flexible and rewarding job helping other people, then care work could be for you.

You will receive all the training you need. The most important thing for employers is that you are caring, friendly and reliable.
There are opportunities across the county so you can find a job that’s close to home.

You can work the hours that suit you - there are options to choose a fixed hours contract or a flexible contract.

There are lots of different roles in social care depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with and where you’d like to work. You could be supporting an older person, someone with a physical disability, autism, dementia or a mental health condition. You could be working in a care home, out in your local community, in a hospital or from someone’s home.

Interested? Visit oacp.org.uk/jobs for job opportunities and to find out more about working in care.

Anita, 46 - care worker
‘I would definitely recommend this job – it’s different every day, you’re learning all the time and you’re making a difference. You can make people smile when other people can’t.’


Gym ball classes at Elderbank Hall on Wednesdays 7.15pm – 8.00pm. All abilities and ages welcome. Contact us on 01993 851753 bamptonphysio@btconnect.com www.bampton-physiotherapy.co.uk

20 20 20:

20 minutes of three different types of exercise, £5 per session, Wednesday nights, Elderbank Hall, 8-9pm, Call Steph 07970 831061



– please refer to newsletter for further information

5 March 2018 Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm in the BNS&SC
15 March 2018 Requiem 7.00pm, St John the Baptist Church, Burford
23 March 2018 BN School Association Quiz Night!
9 April 2018 Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm in the BNS&SC
3 May 2018 Parish Council Elections, Elderbank Hall
14 May 2018 Parish Council AGM, 7.30pm in the BNS&SC
14 May 2018 Parish Council meeting, 8.00pm in the BNS&SC
22 May 2018 Annual Village Meeting, 7.30pm Elderbank hall
9 June 2018 Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm in the BNS&SC
24 June 2018 Village gardens open day for the National Garden Scheme
8 July 2018 Proposed Village Bash
26 August 2018 Proposed Brize Norton Horticultural show

All entries for inclusion in the June 2018 issue should be received by Alison Riseley at clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk by 15th May 2018.. As I, Garry, step down from the post of Editor I would like to thank all the people who have helped me during my tenure, and I wish Alison well as she takes over the role.



Chairman: Philip Squire (867666)

Councillors: Tony Shillingford (Vice Chairman), Stuart Guest,  Lawrence Taylor, Wendy Way, Andrew Ball, Ben Campion

Clerk to the Council: Alison Riseley, Glebe Farm House, Burford Road, Brize Norton OX18 3NX (846648)
email:   clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk

Parish Representatives:- 

OCC: Nicholas Field-Johnson, Rose Cottage, Asthall Leigh OX29 9PX. 

WODC: Alexander Postan, Wheelwright Cottage, Bridge Street, Shilton OX18 4AA (842740) 

The public is welcome to attend the council meetings which occur on the first Monday of every month in BNS&SC at 7:30.


Organisation ContactTelephone No.
The ChurchRev Bill Blakey846996
The SchoolAnna Fairhurst 842488
School Governors Miranda Mowbray 842488
Football ClubSimon Cook 841096/07825 002298
BN S&SC/Cricket ClubTim Gush846730
Elderbank HallDiane Davies843430
Women's Institute Suzanne Calcuttl842146
Over 60'sJoy Douglas 842373
Open GardensJean Butcher 841347
Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm
Police (Witney) Mon-Fri 10 am to 6 pm.  Closed wekends 101



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 Jackie07769617696
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 Suzanne Calcutt842146
Gym ball Wednesday7.15 - 8.00 pm Bampton Physio851753


Wednesday8.00 - 9.00 pm Steph Hill0797083106161
Dancing ClubThursdays 7.30 - 9.30 pmJoy Douglas 842373
KarateFridays 6.00 - 7.00 pmTracy Haley 700464
Judo ClubSaturdays 9.30 - 11.30 amJonathan Germans 01865 8843399

** Pre school opening hours

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



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