TIDDINGTON WITH ALBURY & MILTON COMMON
From the editor
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers
There will be a variety of celebrations during December, including the annual Carol Evening (see page 5), two Christmas parties on one day! (see page 10) and the favourite Village Hall Christmas Bingo session (see page 8). The Cricket Club will have the annual Christmas Draw on 18 December. Support these fund raising events and have a good time as well during the festive season!
Joan Wood would like to thank everyone for the get well cards and messages received during her recent illness. She would especially like to express her thanks for all the support given to her family during the difficult time.
(Good to see you home from hospital, Joan - Ed)
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Relief
Held on 26 September at “Byways” Milton Common, the event
was organised by Sylvia Mott, Elaine Horne and Lisa Bosley.
The coffee morning between and raised £68.00 from donated raffle prizes and have a go at
winning a Renault car. Sylvia and Lisa had provided some very delicious
biscuits and cakes, which also contributed to the donation. The event was
enjoyed by all present. We were among 33,000 people in the
The coffee morning held for the above fund on 13 September raised £220.00. Dot Wood and family would like to thank all who supported this worthwhile cause.
Affordable housing survey – 60 forms were returned, a 24% response and seven households completed the second part of the questionnaire. As a result of the analysis of the responses, Suzanne Willers of ORCC recommended that four new homes might be built if a suitable site of about half an acre could be found. Councillors Field and Tremayne and the Clerk have met with Suzanne to discuss the sites suggested by residents and enquiries are proceeding.
Planning enforcement – SODC has now produced a form for use when contacting the District Council about development, which may be taking place without the necessary planning permission. Residents are being encouraged to put their concerns in writing to help avoid any misunderstanding. Any comments are, of course, confidential. The form is available from the Clerk or on SODC’s website.
Community waste service – refuse and recycling collections during the Christmas and New Year period will be as normal on Mondays, although they may occur at a different time of day compared to the usual. Therefore refuse should be ready by .
All residents will receive a clear plastic sack to collect all their extra recyclables over Christmas (see notice on page 3 with startling statistics). The sack can be used for tins, cans, card, paper and plastic, and be placed alongside green boxes or on its own. Do not include non-recyclable waste in the sack. There will also be the opportunity to recycle Christmas trees (see page 3 for sites and dates).
Highway problems – the Council hopes that recent works completed by Oxfordshire County Council Highways Department will go some way towards alleviating the flooding problems experienced during recent years. Residents are asked to report serious flooding to the Clerk or a Councillor and provide photographic evidence if possible.
Blood donor clinic – the Council has investigated the possibility of holding blood donor sessions in the Village Hall. A minimum of 100 donors would need to be guaranteed, and the clinic would visit three times a year for two sessions each time between and . Contact Councillor Janet Willis, Tel: 339415 if you would be interested in using the facility in the Village Hall or complete the questionnaire on page 5.
Milton Common notice board – it is proposed that a notice board for the Parish Council is erected at Milton Common near the telegraph pole adjacent to the Sandy Lane/1-9 Old London Road junction. This is subject to the approval of the County Council Highways Department – and residents of course! Let the Clerk or Councillor Tremayne know if you have any objections or require further information on siting.
Payments – donations have been made to the Thame and District Citizens Advice Bureau and the South and Vale Carers Centre. Membership of the Oxfordshire Playing Fields Association has been renewed.
Thame Area Forum 20 November – the Clerk represented the Council at the Forum and heard about the good work which Age Concern Oxfordshire performs for the community over the age of 50. They are keen to recruit volunteers for a footcare service which is being developed in the Thame area. Contact Age Concern Oxfordshire on Tel: 01235 849400 if you are interested. The Forum also heard from the Aylesbury Vale Primary Care Trust about the problems of securing a National Health dentist and the efforts being made to solve them.
The next Thame Area Forum will be at on
From your District Councillor
You may have noticed a heap of customer surveys coming your way from SODC. This is because by Government command the District Council is subjected to a Comprehensive Performance Assessment to compare it with other Councils. One of the matters being assessed is keeping in touch with our electorate and this has resulted, in the opinion of many Councillors including me, in a degree of overkill, for which I apologise!
The other main preoccupation of the Council has been the Second Deposit Draft of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2011 and how it differs from the County Structure Plan. In particular the County’s proposals for building in the Green Belt and extracting gravel near Stadhampton are both opposed by the District Council.
Waste collection is also up for review. Hopefully we will get our skip back next year – that would be a nice Christmas present!
What a waste
Ten years or so ago we were used to throwing away our rubbish in a bin. Something bigger went to "the tip" as most of us referred to our local Waste Recycling Centre. Then things began to change. We had our green boxes from SODC and began to learn about recycling. At the County Council Waste Recycling Centres we now find we can recycle everything from fridges to batteries; from sheet glass to unused paint and unwanted wood. But there is still a long way to go and we have all got to try even harder to make sure we recycle everything we can. Even those who do not recycle at the moment will have to learn to stop filling bin bag after bin bag with things that could be recycled, but will end up in landfill, because people are taking the easy old route of “chucking it away”.
Although Oxfordshire has
one of the better records in the
The County Council is already making changes. At Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre, people are being expected to sort recyclable materials from their other rubbish and put them in the clearly marked receptacles. New initiatives to reduce the amount of waste produced are already in place. Did you know that new mums leaving the John Radcliffe are offered vouchers for either laundry service for re-usable nappies (nothing at all like the old terry towelling squares and safety pins!) or to cut the cost of the products themselves? Also, anyone can get a pack from the County to help deal with unwanted junk mail – a nuisance to you and an unnecessary cost if it ends up in landfill. Give me a ring for further details.
I know that most people in this area are some of the best when it comes to things like recycling, but can I ask anyone who has not really got going with recycling or composting to give it a try? If you want help, ask me or your District Councillor. We no longer really have a choice; we just have to stop such a lot of waste going to landfill.
If you would like to contact me about this or anything else, please use these details
Tel: 01865 351404
Anne Purse, The Cottage,
The Revd James Watson has now been installed as Vicar of Wheatley and Team Rector. He took the Matins service on 16 November and we hope to see him at regular intervals in the future. An applicant for the post of House for Duty Priest in our Cluster has been interviewed and I am very happy to be able to tell you that we have appointed Caroline King, whom many of you know. She is currently a Curate at Wheatley and has taken services here on several occasions. She will take up her appointment at the end of February and I will give further details in the next Newsletter.
December is, of course,
a busy month in the life of the Church, culminating in Christmas. We will be
having our normal service of Lessons and Carols at on Christmas Eve.
Everyone is welcome and we hope to see as many children as possible. If anyone
would like to read a lesson please let me know. The Christmas Bazaar was held
in the Village Hall on 15 November and raised £548.00. Thank you to all our
helpers for their hard work. One other date to remember – carols in aid of
Happy Christmas to you all.
Carols and Holy Communion
Services for January have not yet been finalised
Blood Donor Clinic Questionnaire
(see details on page 2)
If yes, which session? 2.00 – 4.00 5.00 – 8.00 (please tick preferred session)
Please complete and hand in to Tiddington Garage or to Janet Willis at Spring Cottage.
21 – 30 September
During the whole of September there were four wet days with .45 inches of rain.
Highest temperature on 8th, 15th and 22nd was
Coldest night on 24th with 32degF 0degC
5 wet days with total of .9in rainfall.
Highest temperature 66degF 18degC
Coldest night on 28th with 28degF -2degC
There were four nights of frost.
November to 21st
So far we have only had .3 inches of rain. This is why the water companies are worried. The Farmoor reservoir is only half full and will create problems, unless it rains heavily for the next few days.
The temperatures in the country have been well above average for the time of year. Tiddington made 61degF 16degC.
Kensington was 65.1degF 18.4degC
The sunshine record for
one year has been broken in
United Neighbours In Tiddington
At our October meeting,
Ken Wells returned for the third time to give us an insight into how murder
investigations are progressed from start to finish. Ken is a retired
long-serving police officer, who actually was part of the Great Train Robbery
investigation, although a very young constable then. He is now the curator of
A visit to the dogs was enjoyed by around twenty of us in October, despite a misunderstanding of the seating arrangements. Our Race Night on 15 November raised over £6oo.oo and will enable us to be generous to our charities this year - Sobell House and Douglas House. Our annual Dinner Dance is on 6 December and we have sixty members, partners and friends who will enjoy our pre-Christmas party.
We will be running the usual Christmas card service for delivery in the village only. Please look out for notices as to when they can be posted (usually Post Office and Bingo days). On 9 December we are holding our Christmas meeting and this will be an ideal night for anyone to come along and see what we are all about.
Our first meeting in 2004 will be on 27 January at in the Village Hall.
If you need more information about our club please contact Josie Adams, Julie Smith or any committee member.
May I take this opportunity to wish all a very happy time over Christmas and the New Year.
Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.
In October David Lovegrove of the RSPB greatly enriched our knowledge of the Red Kites that we see regularly circling the village. His slides of the birds’ plumage and their natural habitat were beautiful.
The museum treasures from Waterperry, which Gordon Dempster brought to show us in November, kept us all guessing as to their uses, and we were able to handle the pieces and admire the quality of manufacture. The highlight was a demonstration of apple peelers that cored and made apple rings too.
The Produce and Handicraft Show back in October was a great success with about 150 entries on display. Our Institute members won several prizes – congratulations to them all.
On 11 December we hold our Christmas meeting and will be entertained by the “Bakehouse Buskers”. The committee will provide seasonal refreshments and we will celebrate with a glass of sherry and an exchange of Christmas presents. The competition is for an item of woodware or treen.
A change of mood on 8 January as we
shall be “Rafting down the
Our monthly meetings are held in Tiddington Village Hall on the second Thursday in the month at . Visitors and new members will be made very welcome.
(a poem inspired by the cutting down of willow trees behind Fernhill Close)
The willows are felled – no more is a screen
Of delicate branches beyond our garden to be seen,
Black-clad rooks like bonfire scraps scatter
To seek further boughs for their parliament meetings.
With the harsh rasp of saws and thrashing of branches
I knew the willows that had shaded our gardens
Were shining and sheltering them no more.
Alas for the roseate banners of sunrise
Which once hailed the mornings as I looked out the door,
Alas for the sunset which crimsoned no more.
Stars and full moon of harvest will peep through no more,
To silver the bushes as they hung before,
No mid-morning sunshine to warm up the lawns.
There is a wider sky now where red kites wheel
And swoop over Fernhill, while white trails of vapour
Show where planes journey to countries afar.
I think the angels are drawing lines
For the cherubs to play on their floor.
Under new management!
You may have heard that there are changes afoot at your CAB in Thame. Our new manager, Sarah Westcott, who started in early July, also manages Henley CAB. Henley and Thame CAB trustees are working closely together to merge the two legal entities. But fear not, the service to residents in Thame and the surrounding district, will continue and, we hope improve. We aim to build up the service to provide better access to our high quality advice and information service. We want to offer longer opening hours on more days. But we can’t do that without more volunteer advisers. Only Sarah and an Advice Session Supervisor are paid staff. Everyone else in the bureau is a volunteer. We urgently need more. Free and comprehensive training is given
Ring Sarah to find out more on 01844 261376
Carers, need a hand?
Not sure what a carer is? It is confusing when so many organisations use the term to describe different people and paid work. At your local Carers Centre you are a Carer if you look after a friend or member of your family who, because of old age, disability or long term illness relies on you for either practical or emotional support. The person you care for can be any age and have any type of disabilities including problems with mental health. We have Carers Outreach workers in every area who will visit you at home and offer information and advice on benefits and help with the long forms, holidays, housing, aids and specialist equipment to help you, services, support groups, residential care and a great deal more. The Centre through their “Time for Carers” project also offers short-term respite care, small items of equipment to help you in your daily task, a shopping service and outings and trips for Carers. Most of this is free.
If you are under eighteen years old and look after, or help look after a member of your family, then there are Young Carers workers for you, who offer the chance to talk or join in trips and clubs.
Interested in this free and confidential service?
Then call us on 01235 510212, fax on 01235 512198 or email on carers@SVCC.fsnet.co.uk.
Or you can write to us
at South and Vale Carers Centre,
Tiddington Cricket Club
The closed season – not really the weather for outdoor cricket!
However, there is one annual event which comes at this time of the year – the Christmas Draw at the Cricket Club on Thursday, 18 December at .
Tiddington Village Hall
The Heart of England Jazz Band made a welcome return to the Village Hall on 1 November for an evening of live jazz.
Other events arranged through the District Council AllSorts initiative will be coming to the Village Hall in February and March. Look out for further details in the next Newsletter and on posters.
Meanwhile come and enjoy a festive Christmas with Bingo on Tuesday, 16 December and Christmas parties on Saturday, 20 December for kids from and adults from .