Brize Norton Parish Council Newsletter
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Here is the text from the Sep 2014 Newsletter Published here with permission of the Parish Council.
SAVE BRIZE NORTON
The news that the Christ Church/Bloor application was going out for public consultation yet again together with the fact that the 700 houses form part of the new draft Local Plan - also currently out for public consultation - prompted immediate action from BNAG. Volunteers worked ceaselessly knocking on the door of every house in the village offering template letters objecting to both the Bloor application and the draft Local Plan and inviting signatures on a petition. The response was excellent and, on 12 August, Clive Homer delivered nearly 200 template letters to WODC objecting to the Bloor/Christ Church application. In addition, many villagers promised to send in their own letters of objection. At the time of writing we have over 200 signatures on the petition.
BRIZE NORTON BADMINTON CLUB
BRIZE NORTON DANCE CLUB
RECREATION GROUND GRASS CUTTING
The Parish Council is very grateful for the tireless work that Fred Bellenger has undertaken in mowing the outfield for the football and cricket pitches over the years. Fred is happy to carry on this task for the remainder of this season but the Parish Council is looking for a volunteer who would commit to taking on this in the future. Please contact the clerk or speak with Fred for more details as to what is required.
COFFEE MORNING IN AID OF MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
|Six-a-side Cricket starting at 10.30am
History of Brize Norton exhibition - model horse drawn carts, many old photographs of the village, old Parish Council records and maps, a display of old WWI and WW2 guns etc and with your help even more exhibits. Please bring along any Brize Norton relevant historical items to the exhibition tent and talk to the good people from the Oxfordshire Museum Services about your collection. It may well be old records, photographs, family history, items of yesteryear or just stories be they factual, rumours or even ghost - we would love to hear from you. If you need any further details or assistance please do call Tim on 01993 846446.
|Numerous stalls including tombola, golf, penalty
shoot-out, skittles and aunt sally, tea and cakes, BNAG,
bouncy castle and sweet stall, ice creams, raffle,
recycling stall, barbecue and of course the well-stocked
We hope you all can come and enjoy the day.
PLEASE NOTE: On the horticultural entry form number 65 (Children’s entries) a template was supposed to be attached, we are sorry this was omitted but can be collected from Jude Gush/Bev Tyrell - apologises for any inconvenience caused. Alternatively those wishing to enter, present your own ideas on a single piece of A4 paper.
BRIZE NORTON WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
We have had some excellent speakers so far this year with a very interesting talk about Pinewood Studios and an education on "How the French Eat" by Marie Noell-Witty. In September (9th) we are looking forward to hearing about our local historical buildings which will be given by Derek Cotterill, the husband of one of our members. On 14th October we will be given the history of scarves and how to tie them in many different ways. November 11th we will be charging towards Christmas and Robert Longstaff will be coming along to show us how to create a Christmas Wreath.
We have been raising much needed funds by doing the teas for the Gardens Open Day and also we had a Table Top Sale at the Tolsey in Burford and a Car Boot stall at Ducklington. Many thanks to all who have helped us to do these. The Craft Club are busy making items for our sale at Shilton Old School on Saturday 1 November at 2pm so good luck with that.
|Programme for next year will be:
January 13th - David Lord will be giving a talk on being an Auctioneer.
February 10th - Members Night where the committee get a night off and are usually pleasantly surprised by what the Members have organised.
March is our AGM
On the 16th and 17th of April the WI Baton which has been going round the Country since January this year to mark the centenary of the WI will be in our area and various events are being scheduled for those two days.
We meet in the Elderbank Hall on the second Tuesday of the Month at 7.30pm and we usually have a speaker followed by refreshments and a social half hour. Visitors are always very welcome.
You are invited to an Autumn Ball - Friday 3rd October 2014
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 website (www.girlguiding.org.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+
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
Thank you to everyone who took time to create the beautiful
flower arrangements for viewing on the NGS day for those
visiting to see and the congregation to enjoy.
Work is to be started soon on the installation of new under pew heaters and we have also cut down on a few of the draughts by having some glazing of the few broken leaded glass window panes. This Autumn and Winter you will be ensured of a warm welcome to the church!
Please come to support us in our fundraising activities at the following events:
At the Village Day on Sunday 24th August have a go at the bottle tombola stall and take time to enjoy a cup of tea and cake.
|Saturday 13 September 10.00am to 3.00pm we are having a Fun Day. Get a birds’ eye view of the village from the top of the Church Tower and take up the challenge of abseiling down. This is a sponsored event and we are asking that you pledge to raise a minimum of £100 to cover costs and raise funds for the church. There are still a few places available to experience this challenge so please contact Rev Maddern (844175) for more details and to book your descent. We would like to thank Adventure+ for running this event and profits from refreshments and other activities on the day will be shared with them.|
|It is also the annual Oxford Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride’ event. This is also 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.|
Saturday 18 October Join us for Jazz and supper. The Burford School jazz band, rock band and accompanying singers will be performing for us at The Elderbank Hall from 7pm. The ticket price includes a two course hot supper with a glass of wine. There is a licensed bar and raffle. Tickets are £10 for adults, £6 for children (under 14 years old) available from Phil (843856), Jacquie (841616) and Carolyn(844102). You can get up and dance or just enjoy listening to the music. We would like to thank the bands for supporting us in this fundraising social event.
After the summer break the Light Zone informal, family worship
service held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month at 11.00am
will start back on Sunday 7 September; Tuesday Buggy Club on 2
September at 9.30am and the Monday Pilgrim Course on
1 September at 12.30pm. Refreshments provided.
Also for families, take part in Forest Church on 14 September (Let’s find the way: making a maze), 28 September (Harvest bonanza) and 5 October (Let’s walk: Treasure trail) from 2.30pm to 3.30pm meeting at the metal horses in Kilkenny Country Park .
|We will be celebrating Harvest at our service in church on Sunday 28th September 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.|
|Our Service of Remembrance will take place on Sunday 9 November at 10 am with the wreath laying at the War Memorial at 11 am.|
If you haven't been to church recently, why not join us on Sunday 16th November for our "Back to Church" Sunday. It is a family service at 9.15 am to celebrate our Patronal Festival of Saint Britius. There will be refreshments afterwards.
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 reflection.
For details of the church services refer to the notices on the church door or log onto the website www.brizenorton.org.uk/community
Over the past couple of months we have enjoyed tea by the canal
at Thrupp, a picnic at Horace’s with strawberries and ice cream,
a coach trip to Stratford-upon-Avon and a river trip and cream
tea at Lechlade.
Our future programme is as follows:
September 2nd Cream tea at Joy’s
September 16th Moreton Market and garden centre
October 7th AGM – our 15th year
October 21st Coach trip to Cheltenham
November 4th War time sing song
November 18th Lechlade garden centre
December 2nd Coffee morning 10.30am at Joy’s. Everyone welcome
December 16th Christmas Meal at The Trout, Lechlade.
We thank June, Connie and Benita for the teas of sandwiches, homemade cakes and a cup of tea. The club is for village residents and if you are interested in joining us please contact Joy on 01993 842373
|The Thames Valley Police Non Emergency number is 101
but always call 999 in an Emergency.
E-mail the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
|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 over 16.
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
Have you noticed the yellow box on the Elderbank Hall wall
adjacent to the recreation ground? The Parish Council are
indebted to the anonymous donor who has made provision of this
facility to our village and 23 other units in West Oxfordshire.
So that people have confidence in using the unit, should the need arise, we have arranged a training evening on Tuesday 16 September in The Elderbank Hall from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. Please contact the clerk (844102) if you would like to take part.
Thank you also to Stuart Finlayson for giving up his time to install the unit.
If you have a little more time perhaps you may consider:
|Do you want to make a difference and give something back to the
people in your local community when they need you the most?
You could make a difference by providing emergency life-saving skills to a member of your community until an emergency ambulance arrives.
Community First Responders are volunteers that are trained and equipped by the ambulance service to answer certain types of medical emergencies in their local communities while the ambulance is on its way. There is good evidence to suggest that if people are trained to help someone while the ambulance is on the way, more lives are saved, and because the volunteers operate in their neighbourhoods there is every possibility they will arrive before the ambulance and these seconds and minutes can make all the difference.
All you need to join is to be over 18, have a full driving licence and pass an enhanced criminal records’ check and be willing and able to give up some free time to help your community.
We are currently looking for volunteers in and across West Oxfordshire. If you would like to help in this literally life-saving and very rewarding project please e-mail email@example.com for an information pack or call our 24-hour hotline on 0800 587 0207.
|We have had ever such a busy year! After saying goodbye to Mr Mark Smith at Christmas, we then had to say two more goodbyes – to Mrs Gemma Challender and Mrs Emma Addinell, as they went on maternity leave in February; these teachers have both left the school permanently. Mrs Helen Cox went on maternity leave in November and came back to us in July; Mrs Gemma Jobson came to work with us from February until July and, in addition, we’ve had to ask almost all of our teachers to move classrooms or work for more days in the week than they used to|
|On top of that, our cleaner, Mrs Melanie Jones (who has kept the school spotless for so many years) has left the school this summer, as she and her family are moving to Cornwall! This summer, I will also be leaving the school as I am heading off to New Zealand for a few months; it was not an easy decision to leave, but I feel that the time is right for me and for the school and I hope to stay in touch with the school.|
Although we are sad to say goodbye to the people who have left this year, we are also pleased to be welcoming some lovely new members of staff: Miss Claire Musgrave will be staying on at the school as the Year 6 teacher and we have appointed Mrs Cheryl Thornton to start in September as Year 5 teacher. Our new Cleaner, Mrs Alison Mayhew, will be starting in the summer and our new Office Assistant, Mrs Lisa Poyser, will be starting in September.
This September will also see us welcome our new headteacher, Mrs Anna Fairhurst. Mrs Fairhurst is keen to take on the challenge of keeping our wonderful village school as the cheerful, productive and uniquely special place that we know it is. I know that Mrs Fairhurst values the role that the school plays in the community and that she will welcome your support in the coming year. I wish her the best of luck.
At the end of last term we said our fond farewells to the Year 6 children, who are heading on to new and exciting adventures next year! We are all very proud of their achievements at this school and hope to hear from them in the future, as I am sure that each and every one of them will do something worth sharing! Good luck!
This time last year, we told you that the school was kindly gifted a piece of land at the front of Moat Close and we updated you about some of the work that had gone in to preparing this and turning it into a Story Garden, using ideas from the children. We have really made the most of it this year and you may have seen groups of children out there working hard on various projects, or telling stories to one another under the shade of the trees. We really do think it is quite a magical place and I would like to say thank you to all of the people who helped us to turn this into a reality. I am sure that it will be enjoyed for many years to come.
|I would like to thank everyone who
supported the summer fete this year. We prayed for good
weather, but unfortunately we had one of the rainiest
afternoons of the summer!
|The first big event of the next academic year is the autumn term quiz night which is taking place in October – look out for posters advertising the date. For more information contact Jo Rushton on 01993 844726.|
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As always you can keep up to date with all the exciting things we have been doing by visiting our school website at, http://www.bnschool.org.
Acting Head teacher
|AUG-DEC 1914 BRIZE NORTON MEN WHO JOINED UP
(source Witney Gazette with thanks to Wendy Morgan)
For the first three months of the Great War in August-December 1914 many young men from towns and villages rushed to ‘do their bit’ for King and Country but also for the thrill of adventure. Brize Norton men, of all ages, were amongst them and here is a list of them who left the village to fight during those three months. Charles Archer; Ernest, George and William Bellenger; Albert Blackwell; Charles and Frank Cambray; Aubrey and John Castle; Albert, Jacob and William Drinkwater; Frederick Eeles; George and William Garratt; Henry Godwin; Richard, Frederick and Henry Hunt; Albert Johnson; Cecil Kekewich; Albert Packer; James and Albert Parker; Alfred, Frederick, Richard and Ewart Phipps; Howell, David and Thomas Powell; Thomas Sanders; Edward Sturges; Edward, Albert, Henry, Mark and William Timms; Harry and William Tovey; James, Joseph and John Upstone; John and Joseph Winfield. Nine of those men are noted on our War Memorial as casualties. That was 45 men, born or living in Brize Norton, who joined up in the first three months of war. How many more from the village would do so during the next four years?
On Friday 7 November a ceremony to unveil the village centenary memorial, a colonnade of 18 Lombardy Poplars together with an etched plaque mounted on a Cotswold stone plinth on the Recreation Ground will take place at 2pm. There will be contributions by the school children in the ceremony and the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Tim Stevenson will also be in attendance together with other invited guests from the forces and Royal British Legion. We have also invited representatives from West Oxfordshire District Council and Smiths of Bletchingdon who have generously supported the project. Everyone from the village community is welcome to attend the event. Look out for the posters on the notice boards/detail on the website.
– please refer to newsletter for further information`
24 August Village open day and Brize Norton history exhibition
1 September Parish Council meeting The Pavilion 7.30pm
4 September Draft Local Plan exhibition Carterton Town Hall 2pm-7.30pm
4 September Dance Club start back after Summer break, 7.30pm EBH
13 September St Britius fund raising event/OHCT Ride and Stride
16 September Public Access Defibrillator training EBH 7.30pm
19 September Consultation end 5pm on WODC draft local plan
26 September Macmillan Cancer support coffee morning EBH 2pm-4pm
28 September Harvest Festival 9.15am St Britius
3 October Autumn Ball for Witney Community Hospital/Cancer Research
6 October Allotment Holders meeting, The Pavillion 7pm
6 October Parish Council meeting The Pavilion 7.45pm
18 October ‘Jazz and supper’ in aid of St Britius EBH 7pm
3 November Parish Council meeting The Pavilion 7.30pm
7 November Unveiling ceremony WW1 commemoration memorial
9 November Remembrance Service 10am, Wreath laying at War Memorial 11am
1 December Parish Council meeting The Pavilion 7.30pm
2 December Coffee Morning, 4 Squire’s Close 10.30am
All entries for inclusion
in the December 2014 issue should be
received by the clerk by
15 November 2014.
Chairman: Keith Glazier (843640)
Councillors: Stuart Guest, Pip Squire, Selwyn Shorrock, Tony Shillingford, Laurence Taylor
Clerk to the
Council: Carolyn Peach, 52a Station Road, Brize Norton (844102)
Oxford County Council: Neil Owen, 'Robinswood". Frog Lane, Milton-u-Wychwood, OX7 6JZ.
WODC: Alexander Postan, Wheelwright Cottage, Bridge Street, Shilton OX18 4AA (842740)
Meetings held in the Pavilion, first Monday every month at 7.30 pm, all welcome to attend.
|The Church||Rev James Maddern||844175|
|The School||Anna Fairhurst||842488|
|School Governors||Miranda Mowbray||842488|
|Football Club||Simon Cook||841096/07825 002298|
|Ladies FC||Jenny McDowell||07894 495500|
|BN S&SC/Cricket Club||Tim Gush||846730|
|Elderbank Hall||Diane Davies||843430|
|Horticultural Show||Judy Gush||846730|
|Women's Institute||Shelagh Chatterton||843136|
|Over 60's||Joy Douglas||842373|
|Open Gardens||Judy Gush||843730|
|Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion||Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm|
|Police (Carterton)||Mon-Fri 9.30-12.30 & 13.00-15.30||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 - Fri||9 am - 12 noon||Claire||07769617696|
|Mon, Tues & Wed||12.00 - 3 pm**|
|Brownies||Mondays||6 pm - 7.30 pm||Barbara Thorne||842013|
|Badminton||Mondays||8.00 - 10.30 pm||Mrs Morrison|
|West Oxfordshire Woodturning Assoc||1st Tuesday in the month||8.00-10.00pm||David Spittles||776036|
|Women's Institute||2nd Tuesday in the month||7.30 - 10 pm||Shelagh Chatterton||843136|
|Rainbows||Wednesday||3.30 - 4.30pm||Barbara Thorne||842013|
|Wednesday||8 - 9 pm||Steph Hill||07970831061|
|Dancing Club||Thursdays||7.30 pm - 9.30 pm||Joy Douglas||842373|
|Karate||Fridays||6 pm - 7.00 pm||Tracy Haley||700464|
|Judo Club||Saturdays||9.30 - 11.30 am||Jonathan Germans||01865 8843399|
** Pre school opening hours
The Hall is available for Private Hire Contact:- Diane Davies on 843430
NB. This is also advertised as Jazz & Supper, one and the same event!