TIDDINGTON WITH ALBURY & MILTON COMMON
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Spring – it’s official! We have all those Bank Holidays to look forward to in the next two months.
I chose 28 January (see
Weather Statistics on page 8) to collect the last Newsletter from the printers
and deliver to my distributors. Collecting early in the day was OK but later I
started off in Milton Common in rain. By the other end of
A very Happy Easter to everyone.
Car Service for appointments at hospitals and with doctors
We are hoping to start a car service for anyone in the village who has difficulty in arranging transport to get to appointments with their doctor or at the local hospitals.
As soon as you have details of your appointment, please get in touch with
Thelma Blake on 01844 279567
so that suitable transport arrangements may be made
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Parish Council News
North Close parking – further reports of inconsiderate parking had been received and it was agreed that the Police would be informed if the situation did not improve.
Milton Common notice board – erection has been delayed due to a query which has now been resolved. Notices allowed in the locked cabinet will mirror those on the notice board in Tiddington and include Parish Council information, items of local interest from the District and County Councils and selected local community events.
Concessionary fares tokens – the Parish Council agreed to leave the parish contribution at £13.00 per person for the year 2004/05.
Street lighting on A418 – consideration is being given to the installation of a street light in the vicinity of the bus stops on the A418. On the recommendation of the County Council, it is proposed to erect a lamp standard on the north side of the A418 to throw light down on to both bus shelters. Light would be shielded from the properties on the north side of the A418. OCC has been asked to give a quote for
the work with a view to acceptance, but if there are any objections to the installation from residents, please let the Clerk or a Councillor know.
BT Phone Books –
the recent changes to format and coverage of the local phone book have led to
complaints from residents because the parish is on the border with
Village website – the website has been up and running for a while now and ideas would be welcome from residents for its continued improvement and development. Please let Alan Stratton know (Tel: 339430) if you can help.
Community waste service – from 1 April, the skip service implemented last year will be continued but there will be no skip lorries for garden waste provided to the local villages. Please see separate notice for details of locations and times.
Thame Area Forum – the next forum will be held on 18 May at in Chinnor Village Centre. Subjects for discussion will be put on the notice boards, but all residents are welcome to attend and raise any issues about the services that the County and District Councils provide.
Payments – a donation has been made to the Oxfordshire Association for the Blind.
From a Parish Councillor
My first year on the Parish Council. . .
“Me, become a Parish Councillor – no way!”
Well, that was my first reaction and that was after trying to chat husband, John, into taking it on. I do also feel that Wendy next door should take some of the blame. She also thought it was a good idea and didn’t think for one minute I wouldn’t be any good at it!
I have to be honest and say I probably joined because of the flooding at New Year 2003 and thought, possibly, that was all the Parish Council did – sort out people’s complaints and arrange to cut the grass each summer. How wrong I was! The agenda each month is full of various topics ranging from Planning, Highways, Rights of Way, Trees, Telephone Directories, Bus Fares, Parking, Street Lights, Bus Shelters, etc.
We meet on
the first Monday of each month at and the meeting finishes
between 10.15 and 10.30. Anne Purse, our
I attended my first meeting armed with agenda, pen and notebook, not knowing quite what to expect. My fellow Councillors, Chairman John and Zena, our Parish Clerk were sat at the ready. Alan and Ken I knew already (who doesn’t?). It just remained for me to meet William, so first hurdle over already.
The meeting consisted of a wide range of topics, but the things that puzzled me most were all the abbreviations – SODC, CPRE, OALC, DEFRA, CAG (what?) and people’s first names were used (so who was head or in charge of what?) Everyone else seemed to know “who’s who”. Still, this would come in the fullness of time (estimate the next 5-10 years or so!)
My prime responsibility was to be for recycling, which I do feel passionately about. OCC seems to be very well organised in this area. They do have special projects which I hope to be able to inform you about from time to time via this Newsletter.
I was recently asked to be a “stand-in” for Gerry, who regularly empties the rubbish bins in the children’s play area. I was most surprised to see syringes! Whilst I appreciate that we do not provide bins for the exclusive use of dog fouling, these items were placed in the rubbish bins (given that this was wrapped in plastic bags and although it was only February, the smell was extremely offensive). The cost of providing a bin for dogs is nearly £200 plus a weekly charge for collection, all of which the Parish Council feels is a high cost to be taken from the parish funding. Please remember this is a children’s playing area for the use of our children and grandchildren. It is up to us to keep it a healthy environment.
I am very pleased to be able to be part of the Parish Council. My only regret is we do not have many members of the public attending our meetings. As an “outsider” I find it difficult to understand why. You have such a lively village, which remains alive and vibrant, but it can only remain so with your help. Do try and come along and support us. We would be pleased to hear your comments – whether they are good or bad! I know you have been at work all day and it is a big effort to come out again – I felt exactly the same – but your village needs your input to go on into the future with the same sparkle as it has now.
There are a number of
reasons to be concerned about the transport system in Oxfordshire. Many of us
get held up at
Are there any solutions? Some people advocate building new roads to accommodate the traffic, but very few people want those roads near them, or near the countryside they love. Also, there is a well-known effect that extra traffic soon appears to fill up the new roads, so the benefit is not long lasting. In addition, there are always knock on effects. The bypass that eased traffic around Newbury encouraged extra traffic through the “two lane only” bottleneck at Botley, where widening is unlikely because of the closeness of houses to the road.
A newer idea is road
pricing. This has been effective in
Various ideas are
already being considered at different levels. First, at a local level I am
still working with the Parish Council to press for something more than just
On a higher level, the
County Council has come forward with a set of measures that will help the
Lastly, a new approach to the whole issue of transport in the County is being developed in the Transport Networks Review. That is a piece of work set up to identify the problems that will be facing us up to 2011, and seek solutions. Parish Councils and others have been invited to take part in this work, so that the County Council has a wide spread of information from local people throughout the county.
Although there are no magic solutions, the County Council is working to recognise the problems and to provide appropriate measures where possible. I would be pleased to hear your views on this matter.
Tel: 01865 351404
From your District Councillor
First, the bad news. We are not, under present plans, to get our skip back (see details elsewhere)
Now, the chink of light. The Leader of the District Council is not getting hers either and she does not like it. Representations have been made, particularly criticising the survey methodology on which the decision was based. As a result, the District Council is considering appointing a surveyor of surveys and a review of the skip position is possible.
A great deal of time has been taken up at the Council in connection with its Comprehensive Performance Assessment, which gives it a grade and forms a basis for comparison with other Councils. There are high hopes of moving from Fair to Good, although it is acknowledged that Excellent is probably more than can be expected this time round.
You should all by now have received your Council Tax demands. These are higher than SODC would have liked particularly as it has managed to keep its own rise to 2.7%. It has no control over the County Council or the Police Authority, for which it acts as collecting agent. Similarly it does not control Parish precepts. Tiddington’s remains broadly in line with similar councils.
A new Council year begins in May and will hopefully bring improvements in services which affect this Parish
Tel: 01844 339650
From the Vicar
This is the first time I have written for this newsletter and I would like to express a warm thank you on behalf of my whole family for the warm welcome we have received from everybody. We are very pleased to be amongst you and look forward to getting to know you better over the coming weeks and months.
Please feel free to get in touch when you need to. My number is 01865 873451 and my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. I work part time but I will always return a message as soon as I can. I am usually available at the Vicarage on Monday mornings. You are especially welcome to call or visit then.
This year Easter is on 11 April. Easter Day is the church’s major feast day and there will be a service at in St Helen’s Albury. I shall be sharing the leading of that service with John Nowell-Smith and I hope to meet a number of you there.
Easter is a wonderful time, and nature echoes the theme of new life as the blossom comes out, the trees become green and the spring flowers continue to bloom. It is the good news of Easter that gives life depth and meaning; it shows to us that suffering and evil can never have the final word.
As I write this
letter, I am only too aware of the evil things that happen in this world. The
I firmly believe that for Christians we must hold on to the message of Easter. Jesus died a real and mortal death on the cross, the victim of human cruelty. But the story did not end there. If it had Jesus would have been a good man who died on a cross, the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice.
Yet three days
after his death a strange thing happened - people claimed to have met
Jesus. Mary Magdalene in the
For Christians the message of Easter is not only history. The risen Christ is present in this
world today and seeks to transform our lives with his message of love and hope, an assurance that God’s final word will not be the victory of evil, but that evil will be conquered by the gentle transforming love of the risen Jesus. The message of Easter is really a message of hope and joy. This Easter I pray that we may experience and know something of God’s risen power in our own lives.
With best wishes for a very happy Easter
St Helen’s Church, Albury (unless otherwise stated)
Walk from Waterstock to Waterperry with Eucharist at Waterperry
Mon to Thu
Compline will be said in St Bartholomew’s, Holton
Prayer breakfasts held at URC, Wheatley
9.30am Holy Communion at
9.30am Walk of Witness in Wheatley starting at Our Lady of Lourdes
12.00noon Service at Waterperry
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King and John Nowell-Smith
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) with Caroline King
9.30am Holy Communion
9.30am Matins with John Nowell-Smith
9.30am Morning Prayer
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Cluster Service at Holton for Pentecost
Young People in the Wheatley Team
Thank you to all who helped to make Ash Wednesday so special.
Party Time! Party Time! Party Time!
On Sunday, 25 April there will be a
Party for Young People
At Angela’s home in Purley-on-Thames
For further information please contact Angela Butler on 0118 942 2055
Catherine Bibikoff - 1935 to 2003
Catherine was born in
Captain Liakhoff was a cavalry officer and ADC to
General Wrangel in the white army, and having worked
with guide dog training in
Her mother was Princess Ourousoff, who was a nurse during the Russian Revolution
and later worked for the British Government in
Catherine and her sister
were brought up in Wallasey and Leamington Spa Guide Dog Centres and were the
first fundraisers and puppy walkers, later working closely with their father
who was assistant director of training. In the early 1950’s Catherine and her
husband, a biologist and entomologist took the Guide Dog movement to
Catherine spoke English,
French and Russian fluently and wrote three books but never tried to have them
published. She attended the University in
Catherine ended up after
many moves in a rented cottage in Tiddington, where
she lived for nearly 20 years. Catherine was very lonely and unhappy. She was
looking forward to being taken to her daughter’s on Christmas Eve for a couple
of weeks away from the cottage. However on Christmas Eve she was taken to the
Everyone that knew her well will remember her sense of humour, her ability to talk and enjoy conversations on current affairs, her love and compassion for animals, her friends and family, the Russian Orthodox Church and at times her outspokenness.
United Neighbours In Tiddington
At our January meeting we were given a very humorous talk and shown some slides on “three weeks in China” by a lady who, despite the food and some aspects of the life there which are so alien to our own, obviously has very fond memories of this country.
This was followed by our AGM and election of the committee members, that this year resulted in little change (full committee list on notice board in the Village Hall).
Our February meeting
began with a talk on the statues and interesting sculptures of
On 20 April we have a
talk entitled “Leather Carving” and in May on the 18th we hear about
Several of us are going
to the latest Chinnor Players musical in April, as we
have for many years now, and later in the year we are planning a trip to the
dogs, a Christmas shopping trip to
For any other information about our club, please contact Josie Adams, Julie Smith or any committee member.
Will be remembered for the snow on the 28th, which arrived in Tiddington at 16.00 hours, and brought chaos on the roads. Most unusual was that it was accompanied by lightning. This was followed by the electricity going off between 17.15 and 23.15 hours. I have not heard the reason why; while the surrounding areas were fine.
We had 16 wet days and 13 days of frost.
Rather a mixed month for
weather. The temperature in
We had 1.35ins for the month, with 17 rain-free days, and 14 days of frost. Our coldest night was on the 25th, when the temperature fell to 19degF (-7degC).
In the last 100 years, 30 February’s were warmer and 70 colder, while 39 have been drier and 61 were wetter.
March up to 18th
So far we have had 6 days of frost with snow on the 12th.
Total rainfall so far is 1.1ins.
Let us hope that we shall be seeing more beautiful Spring days as we had on the 16th.
Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.
At our Annual Meeting in March, Sue Cox was re-elected President and members were told of the interesting programme of speakers that has been arranged for the new year. We shall also be celebrating the 80th anniversary of the WI, which was formed in October 1924 and at that time included Waterperry.
Plans for the year ahead include a sales table at most monthly meetings. Members will have a chance to sell goods, which might include surplus garden produce, home-made cakes, hand-made items, to name a few. The WI will take 10% commission on the sales. Notice of the sales tables will be shown in the new printed programme, available at the April meeting.
On 8 April, Mary Daniel of Age Concern will give a talk entitled “Add life to years” and there will be a bring and buy stall.
The Resolutions for the National AGM will be discussed on
13 May. There are three subjects - trafficking of women and children, growing
of GM crops in the
On 21 April, the Group Meeting will be held in
Members and friends will be taking the coach to the Playhouse to see "Kiss Me Kate” performed by the Oxford Operatic Society on 19 May. This is always enjoyed as the special coach provides a door-to-door service.
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.
Tiddington Cricket Club
April is always an exciting time of year as it signifies the start of a new playing season. In preparation for this, pre-season fitness sessions and nets continue on the following dates:
Fitness: Thursday 1 April Ickford Village Hall
Thursday 8 April Ickford Village Hall
Nets final session: 4 April Lower School Thame
We have arranged two work parties on Saturday 3 April and Friday 9 April at to prepare for the new season. The pre-season players’ meeting is on 3 April starting at in the Clubhouse. A supper is included at approx £3.
Outdoor nets and coaching for senior players and all players over 13 years old will start on Thursday 15 April. Junior coaching for all children under 13 years (minimum age 7 years) will now take place on Wednesday evenings from to starting on 5 May and continuing to the last Wednesday in July.
We will almost certainly have the service of an Australian coach to oversee the above sessions.
Early season fixtures:
Saturday 17 April Home vs. Thame
Sunday 18 April Away vs. Middleton Stoney
The winter Aunt Sally League has now finished, with our team doing well to finish in the top three. The outdoor season starts in May with both teams looking forward to the new season.
Hopefully we will know whether we have been awarded a grant towards a new pavilion very soon. A positive result will mean that work starts in the autumn.
As ever we welcome new members and players. Please contact myself or at the Clubhouse bar should you require further information.
Tiddington Village Hall
The Village Hall was the venue for two more entertaining events. In February we had a group called “Band of Two” perform to an enthusiastic crowd. The evening raised nearly £200 and was well attended. Then last month we had the return of “Instant Wit”, a trio of actors who put on a brilliant performance considering the very poor attendance. Unfortunately, we think the weather was a contributing factor to the small turnout and those who were thinking of coming and didn’t, missed out on a wonderfully funny night.
Please help by supporting the Village Hall events. We are fortunate enough to have a superb facility, which is well maintained and looked after, but we always need help in keeping it going. This year we hope to re-develop the toilets to add disabled facilities and increase the size of the kitchen. This of course will take time and money, so please help in any way you can. After all, it’s your Village Hall!
Bring a picnic Enjoy the glorious garden Inside if wet
Friday 18th June at (gardens open from )
Ticket price: £17.50 Tickets on sale from April 1st
Contact: CPRE Branch Office Tel: 01865 874780
Mobile phones or similar
Under new regulations which
came into force on
The regulations also apply to anyone supervising a learner driver and those held up in traffic jams unless the engine is switched off for any length of time.
Great Haseley and District Horticultural Society
Visits arranged for 2004:
Wednesday, 5 May at
Turn End, Haddenham. This one acre garden has been cleverly designed by its owner Peter Aldington as a series of interconnected and enclosed gardens, to give the impression of a much larger garden. There should be a wonderful display of late bulbs and blossom. Mr Aldington will introduce the garden and describe how it has evolved.
Members £3.50 Non-members £4.50
Wednesday, 23 June at
The Manor House, Bledlow, Bucks. This lovely garden has been designed and recreated over a period of 50 years by Lord and Lady Carrington. It is a large garden and, amongst other things, there is a walled herbaceous and kitchen garden, topiary and sculpture gardens, and a water garden through which runs the River Lyde, a tributary of the River Thame. The Head Gardener will introduce the garden.
Members £4.50 Non-members £5.50
Further information and tickets in advance from: Mary Isaac, Brooks Cottage, Great Haseley. Tel: 01844 279606
Myths and Magic
Recent research by local independent fostering agency, familyplacement.com has revealed that the public still believes many of the negative myths and misconceptions about foster care.
According to the research, a significant proportion of people think that most foster children have extreme behaviour problems, that all of the children come from broken homes, that you have to jump through hoops to be approved to foster and that most foster carers are unpaid work, untrained “mother earth” type volunteers.
The reality is more complex. Although some of the children can be very trying, and applicants do have to complete a robust vetting process, in practice, providing a safe and nurturing home for a child can be a magical experience. There is nothing quite like seeing a child relax, become happier and begin to thrive in your care and knowing you have made a real difference to them.
To help people realise this level of achievement, the agency pays all of its foster carers a significant weekly fee in addition to a maintenance allowance for the child and all carers have access to around the clock support.
If you think you could make a difference for a local child, or would like further information, please telephone
Andy Clipson on 01993 201514 or