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Here is the text from the March 2020/May 2020  Newsletter Published here with permission of the Parish Council.



March 2020/ May 2020

Issue no. 164




Connect …..

With people around you: friends, family, colleagues or neighbours. Strengthening these connections will support and enrich you every day.



Be active …..

Find an activity you enjoy: go for a walk, do some gardening, dance, just step outside. Exercising at a level that suits you will make you feel good.



Take notice …..

Savour the moment, whether you’re walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.



Keep learning …..

Try something new or re-discover an old interest. Set yourself a challenge like cooking a favourite meal, fixing your bike or signing up to a course.



Give …..

Do something nice for a friend or a stranger: SMILE, volunteer, say thank you.   Seeing yourself linked to the wider community can be very rewarding.



Christmas and the New Year will now have dimmed into a distant memory for the most of us as we now look forward to the spring. Because of the mild weather, some of us will have already seen the first daffodils showing us their beautiful sunny yellow petals. However, there is still time for us to experience some cold winter weather and we should remain prepared.

Members of the Parish Council are working tirelessly behind the scenes with Bloor Homes, WODC and OCC on a number of projects to ensure that with the ongoing building of Brize Meadow does not have an adverse effect on our existing village; flooding prevention being one of the main topics, and to ensure that the best outcome possible is achieved to integrate Brize Meadow and its residents into the existing village. There are some very exciting things happening, more of which will be shared with you later in this Newsletter and in the future.

February saw the first unique repatriation of British Nationals being flown home into RAF Brize Norton from the stricken Province of Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those individuals involved.

May is the month in which the Parish Council holds its Annual Parish Meeting (please watch the website and noticeboards for the date). Please come along and support the meeting which is an opportunity for you to hear not only from us, but representatives of OCC, WODC, Thames Valley Police, RAF Brize Norton and the Primary School. This meeting offers you the chance to ask questions, make your own views known and hear what your fellow parishioners are concerned about.

The Parish Council is still short of a Councillor. If you have some spare time, this is a great opportunity to get involved in the affairs of the local community and be part of decision making committees, commenting on local planning applications, helping with community projects and making Brize Norton an even better place to live. If you are interested, please contact Alison, our Clerk or speak to any Councillor for more information. We would particularly like to hear from you if you live on Brize Meadow.





For all enquiries please contact The Parish Clerk



Chairman Wendy Way
Email: w.way@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk
Tel: 01993 841016
Responsibilities: Neighbourhood Plan, Website
Vice Chairman Keith Glazier
Email: k.glazier@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk
Responsibilities: Allotments, Village Maintenance, Personnel, Water
Management & Flood Prevention, Bampton & District Flood Prevention Group
Councillor Pip Squire
Email: p.squire@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk
Tel: 01993 867666
Responsibilities: Bloor Homes, Finance & Banking, Legal & Policies, Planning
Councillor Ben Campion
Email: b.campion@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk
Tel: 07795 192812
Responsibilities: Bloor Homes, Finance & Banking
Councillor Les Goble
Email: l.goble@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk
Tel: 01993 841016
Responsibilities: Bloor Homes, Highways, (inc. traffic & footpaths),
Neighbourhood Plan, Personnel
Councillor Chris Woodward

Email: c.woodward@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk

Tel: 07585 703295
Responsibilities: Elder Bank Hall, Property Maintenance, Pavilion, Sports &
Social Club
Clerk Alison Riseley

Email: clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk

Tel: 01993 846648
Responsibilities: Communications, Personnel, Finance & Banking, Website ,
Newsletter & Social Media




It is that time of year when our local farmer requests that during the months of March and April we keep our dogs on a lead or keep them close to us when walking in his fields so that ground nesting animals – Skylarks, Grey Partridge, Pheasants and Leverets, do not have their nests disturbed or worse, destroyed. Thank you.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank him for repairing two stiles on the public rights of way that lead from Chestnut Close to Lew and Curbridge.

I would like to thank all those responsible dog owners who are clearing up after their dogs (some of whom are clearing up other owner’s dog mess!) making the pavements and field footpaths a more enjoyable and safer place to walk.

Unfortunately, there is still a minority of people who do not act responsibly and fail to clear up after their dogs. Dog mess is unpleasant for everyone and it’s a serious health risk as it can cause toxocariasis which is a terrible disease for children and young adults to catch. With our local farmer about to bring his livestock out for grazing, it is worth remembering that it is also dangerous for pregnant cattle.

Could I please ask that all dog owners act responsibly?


Just a gentle reminder that pedestrians should have full access to a footpath to safely walk along and not be hindered by hedging or trees growing from residents’ properties too far over the path. Also weeds that grow around boundary walls or fences adjoining a footpath are the homeowners’ responsibility to remove. There are no authorities who undertake this work, so it is up to all of us to keep the footpaths tidy.


I have been liaising with the ‘Street Lighting Team’ at OCC and they have now repaired or replaced five streetlights in Station Road and Manor Road, so we have a full set of working lights in our village.
However, if you discover a streetlight which is not working, please report it to OCC through their ‘Fix My Street’ web site or let our Parish Clerk know so we can contact them.


If you find any problems with the footpaths, stiles or signs then please let me know via the Parish Clerk (clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk), preferably with a picture of the issue, and I will speak to the relevant landowner.

I look forward to meeting you should our ‘paths cross’.

Happy walking!
Les Goble (Footpath Warden)


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 Elder Bank Hall.
The next meetings are:

Monday 2nd March 7:30pm
Monday 6th April 7:30pm
Monday 11th May 7:30pm Annual Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 19th May 7:30pm Annual Parish Meeting in the Elder Bank Hall
Monday 1st June 7:30pm

If you wish to bring an item to the Council’s attention at a meeting, please contact the Clerk at least one week prior to the meeting in order for the Council to discuss the matter brought before them.

Members of the public are welcome to attend council meetings.

from 2pm

on the Recreation Ground
Book the date to join in some Disney fun to support the village clubs and associations.


I continue to be so proud of our little school. The children are friendly, kind and helpful – people always comme
nt on what a lovely atmosphere it is as they walk around. The staff and children continue to work very hard. As I write, the primary school league tables have just come out and we are in the top 10% of Oxfordshire schools: this is a credit to the children, the staff and of course the parents who give us so much support.
We do our best to be a school that does that little bit extra. Since Christmas alone, our children have done swimming, Forest School, Young Voices (performing in an arena in Birmingham as part of a choir of over 6000 children), entered Narnia in an interactive exhibition in Dorchester Abbey, and had an amazing hands-on Science experience at We the Curious in Bristol. There is plenty more planned for the near future, including Cotswold Wildlife Park, the Blenheim Palace public speaking competition and another trip up Snowdon this summer.

We are Curious, Bristol

Our biggest news is that we are aiming to expand the school – just a little; we don’t want to lose the family atmosphere we love – and have five classes, with 20 children in each year group. This will give us 21 more spaces and enough money to allow us to break even financially. The expansion depends on getting a new mobile classroom, for which we are working to raise money.
  As always I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the community who helps our school be the special place it is. Thank you to the Parish Council for allowing us to use the car park and field, and for getting the traffic calming measures in the village. Thank you to St Britius’ Church for making us so welcome whenever we hold services in church. Thank you to all the volunteers (parents, grandparents and friends of the school) who come in to work with the children, who work behind the scenes as governors and on the School Association, and who come along to our fund raising events. Interested volunteers and future parents are always welcome to contact the school office. I look forward to seeing you about the village soon.

Anna Fairhurst (Headteacher)



I am working on a second book following up on the volume I prepared covering Brize Norton and WW1.  This work is concerned with our village during WW2.

So far I have identified all the villagers who lived in the village in 1939 tying them into records from the Brize Norton School Admissions Register and a list of occupants around 1928. Given this information I am trying to find those from the village that might have served for their country during WW2. 


Many thanks to the few who came forward following my previous request, are there any others?  Unlike WW1 there is a paucity of online sources available and service records are lacking.

Can I make another plea for readers of this newsletter to come forward with the names of people who did serve in any capacity during the WW2.  Please contact me by email at p.holmes@brizenorton.org, via Facebook at Phil Holmes or phone (01993 843856).

Obviously I would like to get as complete a picture as possible.  Chapters in the new book cover those who died, who was eligible to serve, who may have served and specific chapters on RAF Brize Norton and Mary Ellis (nee Wilkins).

Any help or information about this period in the history of Brize would be much appreciated.


The Parish Council publish this newsletter, which should be distributed around Brize Norton village at the beginning of March, June, September and December. If you wish to submit an entry the deadlines are the 15th May, 15th August and 15th November.


After the previous summers drought the ground had recovered enough for early spring planting although we hadn’t had a lot of rain over the winter.


With some plots becoming vacant & some re-organising we managed to accommodate 9 new "allotmenteers" to the fold although some of them would now like larger plots. Doubtless other plots will become available before next spring.

Allotments are great for growing home grown organic vegetables

  We inspected the plots on 3 separate times over the summer for the Best Kept Allotment Trophy
Brian Savage won with 12 points,
Bob Howell & Charles Morgan were joint 2nd with 11 points
Pat Thrift 4th on 10.5 points.


If you would like to take on an allotment please contact the Clerk & get your name on the waiting list ( note: looking after an allotment isn’t as easy as it looks on the TV)

Fred Bellenger



We would love to hear from other students or members of the community, to submit a written piece involving their interests or recent experiences for the next copy of the newsletter. Contact the clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk.


We are holding two open afternoons on Friday  5th &  19th June from 1pm-2.30pm

These open afternoons are for any children/parents wishing to join our preschool in September 2020. The open afternoons are a great opportunity to meet the staff, have a look around our setting and meet other children and parents who will be starting at our preschool.

For more information please email brizenortonpreschool@hotmail.co.uk, call 07769617696 or visit our website at www.brizenortonpreschool.co.uk

A prospectus and waiting list application can be found on the ‘Registration’ page of our website


While the dream of a new pavilion is still a little way off, we are starting to prepare and plan for when that day arrives. What type and size of building would cater for the needs of the sports and social aspects of the village?


With that in mind, plus offering a new prospective of the S&SC, we are looking for people to join the BNS&SC committee to help in developing the future of the club. If you are interested please do contact me (details below)

Thank you.

The S&SC has for some time been more focused on the ‘sport’ rather than the ‘social’ part of the club… but with great help from Humble Bumble Café we are exploring new possibilities for the social side! The Café has become a ‘centre’ for the village, and we wish to continue that theme in the evenings. Together we have already held two successful Friday Evening events!


Future evenings are planned through the year – evenings such as an Italian Al Fresco or Arabian Nights… If you have any particular themed nights you would like to see as part of a social evening then please speak to Bev or myself.

While we wait for the new pavilion the existing one still needs our attention! Our plan is to extend the outside patio (paved area) to allow more events – during the summer - to be outside. Would anyone like to donate patio/paving slabs they might have laying around for this project? If so could you please drop them off at the Pavilion – thank you.

We are also very keen to support the Village Bash again this year – Sunday July 5th. A Disney themed Bash this year, so get creative and start planning your Disney ‘Scarecrows’


More details will be forthcoming soon!!!!

Please contact – Tim Gush - tim@tcg-ad.com or 01993 846446 if you can assist in any of the above causes. Thank you.


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Since opening the doors at Humble Bumble Cafe on the 24th August, with the support of the BNSSC, Parish Council and of course our amazing community we continue to go from strength to strength!


In partnership with the BNSSC we hosted our very first Christmas craft market! Despite the stormy weather this proved to be a very successful event-showcasing many talented local crafters and artists and was truly fantastic to witness so many people visiting our village! This also raised money for the village Bash and further outdoor renovations to the club.


    A sign directing  people to the Christmas Market

We have had the pleasure of creating a bistro night for the open gardens hosts who work tirelessly to share their wonderful gardens with us all each summer.


We continue to offer free tea and coffee post Sunday church for the service users and PTA. Our weekly knit and natter/craft group brings creativity and buzz to us every Tuesday morning!


Stalls selling their produce in the marquee between the Pavillion and the |Elderbank Hall  

February also saw our very first “Pop up themed supper night” -yet further collaboration with the BNSSC. Hopefully more of these to come!

Decorated tables ready

Mexican themed night

with 'condiments' of the chef
  Moving forward we are excited to be involved with both the VE Day celebrations and the Big Bash.


Thank-you for your continued support, kindness, gifts, ideas and recipes from all of us at Humble Bumble headquarters.

Bee Happy
Bev Campion





Weekly Wednesday Fellowship 12:30pm to 1:30pm There is soup, cheese, doughnuts and a warm welcome. Contact Ben Campion 358690 for more information.
Sunday St. Britius’ Church services 9:15am
Wednesday evening Holy Communion service at 7:00pm
Mondays and Wednesdays 8.30am– 8:45am Morning prayers.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00pm. Evening prayers


We meet every Thursday evening in the Elder Bank Hall from 7.30pm-9.30pm. We dance ballroom, Latin and sequence dances to CDs. We have tea and biscuits in the interval. For more information please ring Joy on 842373.


Brize Norton Brownie's meet at Elder Bank Hall on Mondays at 6:00 until 7:30.  We are a small, friendly group looking for new members.

If you are a 7 to 10 year old girl who would enjoy playing games, crafts, sports and acting while learning team building and leadership skills. The girls have a big input to what we do so come along and vote for your favourite activities to do. Contact Barbie Thorne 842013 or register on the Guiding website https://www.girlguiding.org.uk.

Hope to see you soon,


March 10th is our Annual General Meeting and officially kicks off the 2020 programme with an interesting mix of fun, interesting and educational speakers.

We extend an open invitation to the ladies of Brize Norton to join us in the Elder Bank Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. We look forward to welcoming anyone who is interested to find out more about this worthwhile historical organisation. Come along to learn how the BN WI supports the many community initiatives of Brize Norton, namely the – Annual Village Bash (Primary School fundraiser), Horticultural Show, Open Gardens Day, St. Britius Shrove Tuesday Pancake evening, BN Parish Council AGM, , St. Britius Remembrance Service and Christmas Carol Service and the BN Village Christmas Market.

To learn more about the WI organisation log onto - https://www.thewi.org.uk/about-us/wi-key-messages – or - call Shelagh Chatterton, President at Tel: 01993-843136.


Monday 7:45 Elder Bank Hall, & Wednesday 8:00 Brize Norton School,

Both toning, conditioning and circuits sessions are for any ability with a no pressure atmosphere, £5 per session.

Contact Tom Wattleworth on 07892945060 or TW-FITNESS on Facebook


Friday 6th March 2020, 7pm at Carterton Methodist Church. All are welcome to attend this ecumenical service that has been written this year by the Christian women of Zimbawbwe. Entitled “Rise! Take your mat and walk” this is a moving and enjoyable event. Refreshments are served after.



By the time you receive this newsletter we will probably have hosted our fundraising pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday. We are grateful once again to the headmistress for letting us use the school hall facilities.


As it is the start of Lent we are repeating the ‘Smartie Tube’ fundraiser. Please take a tube of Smarties (on the table inside the church), eat the contents (or store them in another container until Easter Day) then fill the tube with coins - 20p and £1 coins fit well - donating money saved from your Lenten abstinence. Return the tube of
donation to us at Easter.

Also, at this time of the year, we say 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. For more details of all fundraisers please contact Phil - 843856 or Carolyn - 844102.

In 2020 we are looking forward to welcoming the friends and family of Aaron and Christine and Kieran and Amanda as they celebrate their marriages at the church. Our updated marriage guide can be found on the website. If you would like to plan your special ceremony at St Britius please contact Rev Ian Howard (07867784693 or e-mail ian.barry.howard@gmail.com).We also have a number of baptisms booked. Please contact Lay Minister Lyndsay Baker (e-mail lyndsey.baker@btinternet.com) if you would like to arrange this ceremony.

On Monday 27th April we will be welcoming Bishop Colin as he officiates at the licensing service for our Team Vicar Designate Rev Ian Howard. Everyone is welcome to join us for the service at 7.30pm at St Britius and then afterwards for refreshments in the school hall.

To join with the national commemoration of VE and VJ Day we are looking to hold a concert event on Friday 8th May. Please look out for further details.

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

Mothering Sunday Service is Sunday 22nd March, come to collect a posy.

Our Celebration of Easter starts on Palm Sunday 5th April with the 9.15am family friendly, all-age service and then continues as follows:

Maundy Thursday 9th April Holy Communion at 7.30pm
Good Friday 10th April Tenebrae service of reflection and prayer at 4pm
Easter Day 12th April Holy Communion at 9.15 am.

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 meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month with a speaker or an outing. We are a village group of 26 members. Meetings are at 4 Squires Close at 2pm. We enjoy sandwiches, tea and cakes, thanks to June, Connie, Benita and Diane.

We have recently enjoyed talks by Anne on flower arranging, a sing-a-long with Cliff and Pat and a very enjoyable talk by Ben. We had a lovely Christmas meal at The Trout at Lechlade. Do you have an interesting job or hobby and be prepared to come along and speak to our group? We would love to hear from you.

Our future programme is as follows:

Tues 3rd March Meal at The Chequers
Tues 17th March ‘Paris to Pigs’ a talk by Olive
Tues 7th April Visit to Hill Top Garden Centre
Tues 5th May Games and chat
Tues 19th May Cream Tea at the Humble Bumble café
Tues 2nd June Coffee Morning
Tues 16th June to be confirmed
Tues 7th July Meal at The Chequers

For more information, ring Joy on 842373 or look on the village notice boards.


Witney - We meet at the Windrush Leisure Centre, Witney at 10am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 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 Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays we meet outside the Town Hall, Carterton at 10am. The walks are 1–2 miles long. For more information contact Barbara Goudal on 01993 845923.


Everyone welcome - 10.30am
4 Squire’s Close
Bring and buy and raffle


Monday 2nd March 7:30pm
Tuesday 3rd March 2pm
Friday 6th March 7pm
Tuesday 10th March 7:30pm
Tuesday 17th March 2pm
Sunday 22nd March 9:15am

Parish Council Meeting
(Over 60’s) Meal at the Chequers
Zimbabwean Evening, Carterton Methodist Church
(Over 60’s) Olive – ‘Paris to Pigs’
St Britius’ Church Mothering Sunday Service
Sunday 5th April 9:15am
Monday 6th April 7pm
Monday 6th April 7pm
Tuesday 7th April 2pm
Thursday 9th April 7:30pm
Friday 10th April 4pm
Sunday 12th April 9:15am
Monday 27th April 7:30pm

St Britius’ Palm Sunday Service
Allotment Holders meeting
Parish Council Meeting
(Over 60’s) Hilltop Garden Centre
St Britius’ Maunday Thursday Holy Communion
St Britius’ Good Friday (Tenebrae) service
St Britius’ Easter Sunday Family Service
St Britius’ service to welcome Bishop Colin & Licensing of our Team Vicar Designate Rev Ian Howard
Tuesday 5th May 7:30pm
Friday 8th May TBC
Monday 11th May 7:30pm
Tuesday 19th May 7:30pm
Tuesday 19th May 2pm

(Over 60’s) Games and chat
St Britius’ concert for VE Day
Annual Parish Council Meeting
Annual Parish Meeting
(Over 60’s) Cream tea at Humble Bumble Café
Monday 1st June 7:30pm 
Tuesday 2nd June 2pm
Friday 5th June 1-2:30pm
Tuesday 16th June 2pm
Friday 19th June 1-2:30pm

Parish Council Meeting
(Over 60’s) Coffee Morning
BN Pre-school Open Afternoon
(Over 60’s) TBC
BN Pre-school Open Afternoon
Sunday 5th July 2pm
Monday 6th July 7:30pm
Tuesday 7th July 2pm

Parish Council Meeting
(Over 60’s) Meal at the Chequers



Organisation ContactTelephone No.


Brize Norton Parish CouncilAlison Riseley846648 clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk
The Church Rev Ian Howard (Curate) 07867784693 ian.barry.howard@gmail.com
Brize Norton Primary SchoolAnna Fairhurst 842488 www.brizeprimary.org
School Governors Listair Doran 077883214663 adoran@brize-norton.sch.co.uk
BNPS HSA Lauren Jacobs 07766521443 laurenfjacobs@gmail.com
Football ClubSimon Cook 841096/07825 002298  
BN S&SC/Cricket ClubTim Gush846730 
Elderbank HallDiane Davies843430 
Women's Institute      
Over 60'sJoy Douglas 842373  
Open GardensJean Butcher 841347 prbutcher@sky.com
Post 0ffice Sports Pavilion Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30 pm  

Police (Witney) 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday (closed weekends)     101

NHS Helpline (24/7 urgent medical conditions)                                        111


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 Janet Albury-Simpson


Wednesday8.00 - 9.00 pm Steph Hill
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
TW Fitness
HIIT training
Mondays 7.45 pmTom Wattleworth 078929450060

** Pre school opening hours

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

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