Welcome to the September issue of the newsletter. Many organisations provide material for the magazine and this edition is no exception. We should all be grateful for the many individuals who spend so much of their time for the benefit of the village. From Pre-School to the Over 60's, and everything in between, there is something for everyone in this month?s newsletter. What is obvious, apart from those people who generously give of their time to organise events, is the financial support given, even in these times of austerity, by the support of many villagers.
Featured in this Newsletter is a Calendar of Events we trust you will find this useful, should you wish to enter items in this section please contact the Clerk.
Do you remember the flooding of July 2007? Remedial/preventive work is still on-going. Currently work is being carried out at the southern end of the village, on
Station Road, to provide additional road drainage and replace collapsed drainage systems. It is anticipated this will alleviate some of the problems that have been experienced in this area.
There appears to be no improvement to the amount of aircraft noise generated by the routine operation of the airfield. Much discussion has centred round the Ground Engine runs to check serviceability of aircraft. The parish of Brize Norton is suffering badly from the normal day to day (or should it be night to night) arrival and departure of aircraft. Whilst we are aware of some operating procedural changes to minimise aircraft noise that have already been made by the RAF, I firmly believe there has been no noticeable improvement. We have been informed that the Hercules aircraft will remain at RAF Brize Norton until 2022 and that the last VC10 will be leaving at the end of September 2013. A further round of noise monitoring has recently been completed by a Ministry of Defence contractor, the results of which will be displayed on the RAF Brize Norton website when available. Please continue to report all instances offensive/intrusive aircraft noise to RAF Brize Norton.
Something to treasure and something to save for your children? We hope you will enjoy reading the interesting material to be found in the village history which will reach you this month. As a village there is a long history to Brize Norton and some of our senior citizens will recall some of the events contained in this publication. History is being made daily and it is important to each of us to record and recall some of the events that are important to us and will be of interest to future generations.
The Parish Council have established a website to record the activities and reports of the Parish Council (minutes, calendar of meetings, standing orders, contacts etc) together with useful links to related websites. The website is
'work in progress' and will be added to over the next few months. We are indebted to the work that has been undertaken by Kyle Snook in setting up the website and his continued ongoing work.
VILLAGE HISTORY ARCHIVE
|Delivered with your newsletter you will have received a copy of the village history that has been collated for the Parish Council by
Dr Phil Holmes. The Parish Council are indebted to Phil for all his work in producing the booklet. A free copy of the history has been delivered to each residence in the parish but further copies may be acquired for a minimum donation of
£3 either by visiting the Church where they are on sale or contacting the clerk.
As is drawn to your attention in the article 'history in the making' we are reminded that keeping records, photos and other media today is the only way of ensuring an adequate record of our village history and the Parish Council is still keen to receive any further village history related material you have, in particular photos so that an online archive can be established. Please contact Dr Holmes at Church Farmhouse (843856) or firstname.lastname@example.org , alternatively contact the clerk. Any material can be returned to you immediately after scanning.
WITNEY AND CARTERTON HEALTH WALKS
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.
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 VILLAGE PRESCHOOL
We had a lovely summer term and were very pleased to have good weather for our family BBQ event. We raised over
£500, which is a fabulous effort and we are very grateful for the support of the community for events like these.
We said goodbye to 13 children, who are moving onto primary school. This is always a sad time as some of them have been with us for 2 years, but we hope they have a fabulous time settling into primary school.
We still have vacancies
in most sessions for September, but we have a large
number of children on our waiting list to start in
January 2014, when some sessions may fill up. If you
want to sign your child up for our waiting list, or to
come for a visit, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We now have a website at
www.brizenortonpreschool.co.uk with more information.
BRIZE NORTON SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB
There is only one thing to mention at this time
of the year...
THE ANNUAL 6-A-SIDE CRICKET COMPETITION AND FETE
AUGUST 26TH - AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY
This annual village event has been running for
well over 30 years now and has always been well supported by the
village come rain, wind or heat wave (not often). So I ask that
you all turn out again and help support the Sports & Social
Have a couple of drinks, relax and chat with old
friends, support the other village organisations, have a cup of
tea and a slice of homemade cake. Go on you know you want to!
As well as the cricket this event is run
along side the very popular Horticultural Show - see
below. So don't forget Monday 26th August, cricket
starting around 10.30am, stalls 1.00pm - bar open from
Look forward to seeing you all.
BRIZE NORTON HORTICULTURAL SHOW
We are looking forward to our 40th Anniversary
of the Brize Norton Horticultural Show held in the Elderbank
Hall on August Bank Holiday Monday 2013, and to reflect this,
our theme is based on the Ruby Anniversary.
This year the main cake entry is for a Red
Velvet Cake and along with home made pickle, cordial, jam and
other items to bake we hope to have a good selection of entries
in this section.
For 'flower arrangers' we have three
different flower arranging classes and in the
handicrafts section there is jewellery, knitting,
photography and other crafts. This year there is also a
class for collecting as many items in a small matchbox.
The children's section is split this year into 8
years and under and 9 years and over with each age group
having different entries more applicable to their age.
|And then we come to the hotly contended
vegetable and flower classes. We have had a 'strange' year this
year with the weather but we hope this won't affect our entries.
We look forward to your polished onions, those lovely flowers,
and numerous vegetables being entered.
For an entry form please call either Judy Gush
on 846730 or Bev Tyrell on 843450 or collect a copy available
from the Pavilion, A K Timms or The Chequers. We hope we can
make this Anniversary year a bumper show. Staging of exhibits is
from 10.30am to noon and public viewing from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Judy Gush and Bev Tyrell
SAVE BRIZE NORTON
In June we were able to arrange a face to face
meeting with the senior WODC planners at which we highlighted
our major objections to Carterton East. Whilst the planners made
clear they would 'listen but not comment' it was felt that our
points were duly noted.
Shortly thereafter - although not as a result of
our meeting - WODC announced they were commissioning a new
Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) to consider housing
needs throughout the county. This is a major undertaking and the
results will not be known until September/October.
This does NOT mean the threat of 700 houses on
our doorstep has gone away. Indeed it has been suggested the
SHMA could recommend even MORE homes in our immediate vicinity.
You have been warned!
We have therefore continued our campaign with
letters to HRH The Prince of Wales, David Cameron, Barry Norton
etc and have had a letter published in The Daily Mail. We have
maintained a constant flow of letters to the local press and one
of our members gained valuable air-time on BBC Radio Oxford when
Malcolm Boyden visited Carterton. We are currently challenging
inaccuracies in promotional material on Carterton East issued by
Bloor Homes and Christ Church.
||Finally we all know that aircraft noise has
increased in Brize Norton. It is therefore vital that
you report all prolonged or especially intrusive noise
levels to RAF Brize Norton and request your complaint is
officially logged. We understand at least one other
village has formed a 'noise action group' and unless we
complain the RAF will wrongly assume that noise levels
in our village are acceptable. The numbers of official
complaints logged from villages surrounding the base are
taken into account by the RAF when determining sites for
engine testing etc. Telephone 895714 (daytime) and
896500 (evenings) and don't forget to insist your
complaint is officially logged. Complaints˙registered
from Brize Norton residents also helps towards endorsing
one of our most important objections to Carterton East
i.e. that purchasers of the new houses would suffer
intolerable noise from the base.
The 'worst case scenario' is that we get 700 houses and
increased aircraft noise. We have the chance NOW to mitigate the
noise problem so GET ON THAT 'PHONE!!
The SBNAG urgently need more members prepared to take an active
role in protecting and preserving the village we all love. We're
a friendly bunch of 'locals' from all walks of life and we would
welcome your help and inputs.
To find out the date of our next meeting at The Chequers 'phone
843608 or email me on
email@example.com. We hope you will come along and
Keith Beckingham - On behalf of the Save Brize Norton Action
ST BRITIUS CHURCH
Thank you to everyone who took time to create
the beautiful flower arrangements for viewing on the Open
Gardens day and also to those who attended our Songs of Praise
Celebration in June.
The work on the church refurbishment is almost
complete apart from the building of steps by the North door,
resurfacing of the church path and the inevitable snagging jobs.
A condition of the English Heritage and WREN funding we received
is that the Church is to be open for a minimum of 40 days a year
at times other than during services. The church will be 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 reflection. The Church is also open on
repatriation days for quiet prayer and the office bell is rung
as the cortege passes by.
Please come to support us in our fundraising
activities by having a go at the bottle tombola stall on August
Bank Holiday Monday and take time to enjoy a cup of tea and
cake. Also, on Saturday 14 September, the annual Oxford Historic
Churches Trust ?Ride and Stride? event is taking place. This is
a sponsored event raising funds for St Britius and OHCT. If you
would like to sponsor the team from St Britius or even join them
as they visit churches in Oxfordshire please contact Jacquie
Griffin - 841616.
After a summer break the Light Zone service held
on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month at 11.00am will start
back on Sunday 15 September. This is an informal worship with
refreshments and activities arranged for the children attending.
||We will be celebrating Harvest at our
Festival Family Service in church on Sunday 6th October
at 9.15 am. All harvest gifts (non perishable please)
brought to church will be combined with the children's
gifts at school and taken to The Porch Charity, Steppin'
Stone Centre which helps the homeless in Oxford.
We will also be launching the Samaritan's Purse
'Operation Christmas Child' appeal at this service where
we ask for donations of gifts that can be used to fill
decorated medium sized shoe boxes that are then sent
overseas to children in need. The deadline for the boxes
to be made up is Sunday 10 November. Look out for
further information on the notice boards or contact
Carolyn on 01993 844102.
If you haven't been to church recently, why not
join us on Sunday 3rd November for our "Back to Church" Sunday.
It is a family service at 9.15 am to celebrate our Patronal
Festival of Saint Britius. We will be inviting all couples who
have recently married and families whose children have been
baptised at St Britius to join us, and everyone else who would
like to come. There will be refreshments afterwards.
The Service of Remembrance will take place on Sunday
10th November at 10 am with the wreath laying at the War
Memorial at 11 am.
For details of the church services refer to the notices
on the church door or log onto the website
Details of repatriations are usually received on
a Monday. Notices will be displayed on the village notice boards
at the earliest opportunity. Further details may be found on the
Oxfordshire County Council web site. Please note timings are
always subject to change.
BRIZE NORTON WOMEN'S INSTITUTE
Our June speaker was Carol Bunyan, a distant
relative of John Bunyan, who entertained us on how she got into
writing. In July we had a very good speaker who spoke of the
archaeology in Africa. We spent an enjoyable afternoon at Buscot
Park and we provided teas for the Football Re-union in May and
the Gardens Open Day in June.
||Our outing this year was to Rodmarton
House and gardens and despite the weather being overcast
we enjoyed the beautiful gardens and interesting Arts
and Crafts House.
Our next meetings and outings are:-
|| Robert Longstaff - a hands on attempt at
|| A trip on the River Thames.
||Two Young Doctors - "ABC of the Earth"
|| Air Ambulance
We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at
7.30pm in the Elderbank Hall and would love you to give us a
OXFORDSHIRE COUNCILS CHALLENGE FLY TIPPERS TO
CLEAN UP THEIR ACT
A toilet, several sofas and bags of raw meat are
just some of the things councils across Oxfordshire have had to
clear up from bring bank sites in the last few months, as fly
tippers continue to blight community facilities. The bill for
removing waste tipped at the sites, typically located on housing
estates or in supermarket car parks, reached over a huge
£100,000 last year, and councils are clamping down on this
illegal practice. Enforcement Officers will be making regular
visits to sites to ensure they are being used correctly and
using covert CCTV cameras to catch offenders.
Councillor David Dodds, Chair of the Oxfordshire Waste
Partnership said "we provide local bring banks to help residents
recycle items that can't fit into their recycling boxes or bins
at home. Unfortunately some people are abusing this service and
leaving behind items which can't be recycled, costing us a huge
amount to clear up every year. Often business waste is also
tipped at the sites, which are provided for householders only."
District councils provide bulky waste collection services for
large electrical items and furniture, and there are 7 Household
Waste Recycling Centres across the county that accept a wide
range of materials for recycling and disposal. For more
information on these services and waste management in
If the containers at a bring bank are full or if you witness fly
tipping please report it to
West Oxfordshire District Council: 01993 861020
BRIZE NORTON RAINBOWS AND BROWNIES
Guiding is all about helping our members gain
new skills, grow in confidence and learn how to be both team
members and team leaders. We do all of this on trips, at
parties, having fun whilst practicing and learning new skills,
sports, games, cooking and crafts ? both indoors and out. The
girls help to set the agenda so there is something for everyone.
It's not only girls that benefit; the leaders
also have lots of fun and learn new skills. Help is needed
either regularly once a week or occasionally once a month - all
help is welcome.
We currently have a waiting list for Rainbows
but could take new girls if we had another leader. We have
spaces in the Brownie unit now.
If you or your daughter would like to join us
then register either by logging on to the Girl Guiding UK
and 'get involved' or ring me, Barbie Thorne on 01993 842013
(for starting now or being put on the waiting list)
|Rainbows is for girls aged 5 to 7
Brownies is for girls aged 7 to 10
Adult helpers must be aged 18+
BRIZE NORTON OVER 60's CLUB
We are a small club for village residents. We meet on the 1st
and 3rd Tuesdays of the month with either a meeting at 4 Squires
Close or an outing. At our meetings we usually have a speaker
followed by a tea of sandwiches, home made cakes and a cup of
tea which is served by Connie, June and Benita. Our future
programme is as follows:
||Meal at 'The Strickland Arms', Ducklington
||AGM - our 15th year
||Coffee morning - see below for details
||Coach trip to Reading
||Martin Way - speaker. Talk entitled 'Radcot Bridge'
|Saturday 23 November
||Theatre trip to Charlbury to see 'Wind in the Roses'
||Rev Bill Blakey - speaker. Talk entitled 'The Holy
||Christmas meal at 'The Trout', Lechlade
If you are interested in joining us please contact Joy on 01993 842373
Tuesday 15 October
10.30am at Joy's, 4 Squires Close
Bring and buy and raffle
BRIZE NORTON DANCE CLUB
We start back again on Thursday 5th September after
our summer break. We meet every Thursday evening 7.30
'til 9.30 pm in the Elderbank Hall, only £2 per person.
We dance ballroom, Latin American and sequence dances to
CD's. We have tea and biscuits in the interval.
For more information contact Joy on 01993 842373
Recently there has been significant news coverage on the slow
rollout of faster internet connections to village communities.
Fortunately our village has already received the upgrade to
super-fast broadband. Super-fast broadband is an advance on ADSL
Broadband which we have had in the village for the last 10 years
or so. You have probably seen the TV ads for the BT Infinity
service which uses super-fast broadband technology. This
advancement features a super-fast fibre optic link between the
telephone exchange and the green street telephone connection
cabinets in the village with only the last section to your house
relying on traditional copper wires. In contrast, ADSL Broadband
uses traditional copper wires all the way from your home to the
telephone exchange in Carterton. Having fibre in the heart of
the village with only a short length of copper wire to your home
allows much higher connection speeds compared to ADSL. With the
super-fast broadband we have in the village, the distance from
your nearest green street cabinet and the quality of the line
between the cabinet and your property determine your connection
speed. Unless the street cabinet is adjacent to your home you
are unlikely to achieve the maximum speed possible with
super-fast broadband, however, most homes should see a
significant speed advantage over ADSL.
The fibre network isn't exclusive to BT, a number of other
Internet Service Providers also provide fibre broadband
including TalkTalk and Plusnet. If you are not benefiting from
super-fast fibre broadband and would like a faster connection,
visit your Internet Service Provider's web site to see if they
provide fibre broadband. If they don't, please do not be put off
switching providers particularly if your existing contract is
about to expire. If you would like to check whether you can get
fibre broadband as well as a connection speed estimate, visit
www.bt.com and follow their
links to Infinity Super-fast broadband packages. Within this
section you'll find a 'Check available packages' option. If BT
is your telephone provider, just enter your phone number in
their on-line checker. If you are not with BT, select the 'I don't have a phone line' option and enter your post code and
house name or number instead. Their on-line availability
checker shows whether super-fast fibre broadband (referred to as
BT Infinity) is available, the estimated speed and the speed of
ADSL (referred to as BT Broadband) for comparison.
At present, fibre-based broadband such as BT Infinity is
installed by an engineer - there's no self-install option. The
visit will normally last about three hours, and you'll need to
be in while the engineer's there. This sounds expensive, but
generally isn't. For example TalkTalk charge £30 for the visit,
but often have a promotion which includes free installation.
The competitive nature of the telecoms market has led to
relatively inexpensive monthly charges for fibre broadband too.
Glen Pratley - Village broadband champion
BRIZE NORTON BADMINTON CLUB
We meet every Monday at The Elderbank Hall and play from 8 pm
until 10 pm; all ages from teenage to active retired are most
welcome. It costs just £2.50 per session.
For more details ring Tina on 842268 or Liz on 843196 or just
come along to the hall.
DOWNTON ABBEY COMES TO BAMPTON
Fans please note West OX Arts Gallery
is exhibiting costumes from the popular television
series from Saturday 31st August to Sunday 29th
September. See website for ticket details, opening times
and admission charges. Group parties and coaches by
prior appointment only.
This exhibition is being put on to help raise money to
keep the gallery open.
West Ox Arts is a registered charity.
Trustee West OxArts
BRIZE NORTON OPEN GARDENS
|Brize Norton Gardens were open on behalf of the National Gardens
Scheme and sadly this year the weather was against us. All of
the gardens were looking amazing and I am sure that the visitors
we did have thoroughly enjoyed wandering around the gardens and
our village. We were still able to raise some money for the NGS
Charities and our own village charities.
Looking forward, we will be opening again in 2014, and would
like to invite any gardeners who would like to open their
gardens to join us as well. This is a very worthwhile event; not
only does it help raise funds for the NGS but is also an
opportunity for you to meet other people in the village. We have
a lovely day on the Saturday before opening wandering around all
the gardens in the Brize Norton Group of Gardens, swapping
garden stories and generally catching up. So if you would like
to join us and open your garden please let me know on 01993
846730/846446 before the end of August.
WEST OXON WOODTURNING ASSOCIATION (WOWA)
WOWA meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Elderbank
Brize Norton. We start at 7.30pm to about 10.00pm. Non members
are very welcome but members and visitors must be over 16.
||Our meetings comprise of demonstrations either by one of our
members or by a professional turner or 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 www.WOWA.org.uk
|Please could you remember to bin any litter you have. In
particular cigarette butts; the enjoyment of sitting on some of
the village seats is blighted by the cigarette litter.
BRIZE NORTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
Another academic year has drawn to an end with so much to
celebrate. For me, this is my last full year as head teacher at
the school. From January 2014 I will be taking up the post of
head teacher at St John the Evangelist Primary School on Shilton
Park. Making the decision to leave our amazing school was a very
difficult one. I love the school and enjoy coming to work every
day because of the fantastic staff team I work with and the
wonderful children we have at the school. After 6 years though,
I felt it was the right time for new challenges professionally.
Over the past twelve months there have been many exciting
achievements to celebrate. Our 'outstanding' grading by Ofsted
was confirmation of the quality of education provided at the
school. This summer has seen the best Year 6 results to date.
All of our children achieved the national expectation (Level 4)
in reading, writing and maths this year and in maths 79%,
reading 86%, writing 57% achieved Level 5. Last year the
government introduced a higher level test paper and this year
14% achieved Level 6 in maths, 14% in spelling, grammar and
punctuation and 7% in writing. These results are incredible and
continue to reflect the outstanding teaching across the school.
The attainment of our children is significantly above that
expected by the age of 11 and the progress they make during
their time at the school is outstanding.
At the end of term it was sad to say farewell to our Year 6
children. We know though that they are ready for the
opportunities and challenges that secondary school will bring
and look forward to hearing how they are getting on in the new
Many of you will know that the school was kindly gifted a piece
of land at the front of Moat Close. You will have noticed that a
great deal of work has been done to turn this piece of land into
a learning garden for the children. Ideas generated by the
children were used to design the garden which will, when
complete, house a storytelling circle, work benches and a willow
dome. Turf has been laid and seed sown and we hope to complete
all of the work at the beginning of September. We would like to
thank the family of Bev Tyrell for their kind donation which has
allowed us to buy some lovely carved seats for the story telling
|I would like to thank everyone who supported the summer fete
this year. We prayed for good weather and the rain held off.
This event raised over £1,900 which will be used to provide
additional opportunities for the children in school. As ever the
School Association work tirelessly to provide events for
children, families and the community. The next big event is the
autumn term quiz night which is taking place on 4th October.
Book now by phoning Jo Rushton on 01993 844726.
Supporting Easyfundraising.org.uk - shop at over 2000 well known
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Registration is quick and simple and is absolutely free.
As always you can keep up to date with all the exciting things
we have been doing by visiting our school website at,
Mark Smith - Headteacher
The half yearly meeting for allotment
holders will be held on
Monday 7th October at the Pavilion at 7.00pm.
the best kept allotment trophy will be made at the meeting.
If you would like to be put on the waiting list for when
allotments become available for rent then please contact the
WIDOWS FUEL ALLOTMENT CHARITY FIELD
We have a small charity in the village which pays out a small
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 before 2 December 2013. This is available to Brize Norton
Fred Bellenger, 1 Daubigny Mead. Telephone 841189
|New comers would be welcome to join the
Judo club which is run Saturday mornings in the
Elderbank Hall ? 5 to 11 year olds 9.30am, 11 to 15 year
olds 10.30am. The club starts back on Saturday 14
September after the summer break. For more details go
www.oxfordshirejudoclubs.co.uk or contact Jonathan
Gerrans by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- please refer to newsletter for further
|26 August Bank Holiday
||Horticultural show and 6 aside cricket
|31 August to 29 September
||'Downton at Bampton', exhibition
||Monthly parish council meeting 7.30pm The Pavilion
||Dance club starts back
||WI meeting - corn dollies
||Judo club starts back
||OHCT Stride and Ride
||BN Primary School Association quiz night
||Harvest Festival 9.15am family service
||6 monthly allotment holders meeting 7.00pm The
||Monthly parish council meeting 7.45pm The Pavilion
||Coffee Morning, 4 Squire's Close 10.30am
||Back to Church Sunday and Patronal festival 9.15am
||Monthly parish council meeting 7.30pm The Pavilion
||Remembrance Sunday 10am, wreath laying 11am at War
||Monthly parish council meeting 7.30pm The Pavilion
CARTERTON NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAM
All entries for inclusion in the December 2013 issue should be
received by the clerk by
15 November 2013.