www.tiddingtonoxon.co.uk                                                  APRIL/MAY 2008




# From the Editor

By the time you read this, Easter will be over and I hope all have had a restful holiday.

Two Bank Holidays to come in May but before that the cricketing season will be upon us again and matches to look forward to, including the first round of the Village KO (see page 6). There will be regular dances in the Village Hall but otherwise quiet there except for the volunteers hard at work making the Hall kitchen a place to be proud of. We are promised a special summer event to come (see page 6)


Zena Knight



Picture of the Neighbourhood Watch logo

Milton Common NHW (West Side)


From Thames Valley Police

Community Safety

All residents have the ability to have an impact on improving their local community.

Poorly lit footpaths, broken fences, smashed windows, graffiti, and littering, can all have a detrimental effect on community safety.

If buildings or structures are allowed to fall into decline it may be a trigger for crime and anti-social behaviour to increase. This is known as "Broken Windows Syndrome".

We would welcome your feedback in identifying any areas of concern within your neighbourhood. Your local knowledge could have a very positive effect in reducing crimes and anti-social behaviour in the future, by simply carrying out what is known as an Environmental Visual Audit and reporting any areas of concern to your local Crime Reduction Adviser at Thames Valley Police on 08458 505 505.


There has also been a rise in the number of outhouse and storage container burglaries since the end of January this year in our area.  Items stolen have included a caravan, garden and power tools, quad bikes, trailers and horse tack.  The offences are happening throughout the day and overnight.

Please mark all your items with your postcode and house number or first two initials of your house name.

Shackle items like quad bikes, lawn mowers and bikes to the fabric of the building or to ground anchors.


As we have extended our NHW to the whole of Sandy Lane now, I need to recruit some more dog walkers that walk from Tiddington up to Sandy Lane Farm for Dog Watch – please ring if you walk this far.


Still looking for the MOST WANTED NHW Co-Ordinator for Tiddington.


Elaine Horne

NHW Co-ordinator M/C

01844 279520


Parish Council News


Affordable housing - the planning application for the building of eleven mixed dwellings on Station Yard was considered by the District Council Planning Committee on 12 March. Five Parish councillors attended and on behalf of the Council, Elaine Horne presented the case for refusal of the application on the grounds that:


¨     The total of eleven dwellings no longer meets the needs of local people

¨     The high cost of contamination removal has made the homes unaffordable

¨     Highway access on to the A418 is too dangerous

¨     The houses are overbearing to the neighbouring bungalow because of differences in ground levels


The Planning Committee was unanimous in its decision to support the planning officers and approve the planning application. The only proviso given was that the County Council should give serious consideration to highway safety improvements. The Parish Council hopes this might mean we gain our pedestrian crossing!

The majority of the Parish Council are unhappy at the outcome, especially as the Councillors feel that their views were misrepresented and misunderstood. Subject to the strength of feeling and representations from Tiddington village residents, they will seriously consider an appeal against the decision. The timescale for appeal is tight so please make your feelings known in writing so that it can be produced in evidence to strengthen the Parish Council’s case. Please send your letters to the Clerk, Ken Poyser at Rosewood, Ickford Road or give to a Parish Councillor.



Tiddington with Albury Parish Council Members

Chair               John Nowell-Smith       339650

                       Econ.development, businesses

Vice Chair        Zena Knight                 339340

                       Planning; recreation, arts, grants

Councillor          Ken Field                     339671

                       Housing, planning, building & controls

Councillor          Elaine Horne                279520

                       Planning, highways and Milton Common

Councillor          Brian Price                   339977

                       Health & safety

Councillor          Janet Willis                 339415

                       Environment, conservation, recycling,


Clerk               Ken Poyser                   339216

                       Rosewood, Ickford Road, Tiddington


From your new Clerk

I have recently taken over from Jenny Stoker as Clerk, to whom many thanks for her kindness.


A retired Chartered Accountant (I try to keep quiet about that!), having previously lived and worked in Worcestershire for many years, I moved to Tiddington at the beginning of 2007.


My wife, Sylvia Devereaux, (we married in June 2005) has lived in Tiddington for 15 years or so, having previously lived in Thame. She teaches mathematics at Lord Williams’s School.

Between us we have four children, all married, and seven grandchildren, two of whom live in America with Sylvia’s son Daniel and his wife Kayla.

I keep myself relatively busy with part-time jobs, gardening and odd jobs and the all too occasional round of golf. I also sing tenor with the choral society run by my son Richard, who is head of music at New College School in Oxford.

I am finding my way as the new clerk and hope that you will bear with me as I settle in!

Having said this, please do contact me if there is anything with which you feel I may be able to be of assistance.


Ken Poyser

Phone 01844 339216

Email ken@kenpoyser.plus.com

From your Council Chairman


We have welcomed on board Brian Price as our newly co-opted Parish Councillor and Ken Poyser as Clerk. Ken has indicated that he might also have a go at editing the newsletter once he has settled in as Clerk. We are very sad to see Jenny Stoker go and give her a big thank you for the great job she has done for us.

The big news has obviously been the decision of SODC to grant planning permission for affordable housing in the Station Yard. The scheme is not what we wanted but it may not be too late to get some improvements and the arguments for a pelican crossing are strengthened.

Ken Field, Brian Price, Elaine Horne and Zena Knight met with a highways official from Oxfordshire County Council and David Turner, our County Councillor, and did their best to explain the drainage and flooding problems that have bugged us over the years. Hopefully there will now be a better understanding and things may improve.

Negotiations are continuing with the County Council with regard to the replacement memorial tree. Any suggestions for a ceremonial planter are most welcome.


John Nowell-Smith




Refuse collections

May Bank Holidays

Collections will be on the Tuesdays following the two Bank Holidays




Green Bins for recycling

Remember these may be collected free from Tiddington Garage

Refuse skips

Skips for non-recyclable waste are available on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at:

Wheatley Primary School, Littleworth Road

8.00 – 12.00 or until full

Skips for non-recyclable waste are available every Saturday at:

Thame Cattlemarket

8.00 – 12.00 or until full

There are no longer skips for garden waste






A Co-ordinator

for Tiddington

Neighbourhood Watch


If you would like to volunteer to help

support this valuable service,

please contact the Parish Council or

Milton Common NHW Co-ordinator

Elaine Horne 01844 279520

This is even more vital following recent thefts and vandalism in Tiddington





Freedom of Information Act

Publication Scheme

Residents of the Parish can see the records of the Council held by the Parish Clerk or learn where they may be accessed. Records include minutes, financial information and responses to planning consultations.

Application can be made to the Clerk (Tel: 339709) and documents viewed by appointment. Any copies required will be charged at 10p per page.



From the Vicar


Easter was unusually early this year. However the liturgical season of Easter lasts until Pentecost (11th May) and so it is with this in mind that my April letter is about the Easter story. One of the mysteries and glories of the Easter story is that it begins with an empty space. In Mark 16 there is an empty tomb guarded by angels but no sign of Jesus. He is not here…. he is going before you to Galilee.

He is not here; absence is a poignant feeling; certain places can evoke in us powerful memories that can make us aware of absence as presence. On the rare occasions I visit the place I grew up in I am often aware of the absence of my parents in a way that is not the case the rest of the time. On that first Easter morning Jesus was not where anyone expected to find him. 

Yet it is this unexpected absence, this empty space is at the centre of our Easter Joy. Mark gives us the shortest and most enigmatic account of the resurrection but it is an account which highlights the absence of Christ. He is gone they are told; he is ahead of you; he is risen and on his way to Galilee. The account is retold almost breathlessly and captures the bewilderment perfectly. 

Here the mystery of Easter is presented tersely and seems incomplete. He is not here; he is gone. The absence, the empty space speaks more than any words ever can of the mystery of the living Christ. We will not find him amongst the dead in the graveyard. He is not there, he has gone on ahead.

 He is not here in the tomb, he is to be found amongst the living, breaking bread with the disciples in Emmaus or welcoming the fishermen back with a cooked breakfast. His presence though surprising is very real and very physical. 

And this I would suggest is the real miracle and mystery of Easter. That is to say that in the absence, in the empty places there is a presence that leads us and urges us on a journey of discovery. The empty tomb awakens the early morning visitors to the nature of Christ’s promise. I believe that the Christian story through history reveals to us that the risen Christ breaks out whenever we seek to contain him or tie him down. He is not here, he is risen.

If we always seek for Christ in our familiar places through familiar rituals we may discover an empty place, but if we seek and journey further we may well discover that the very empty space reveals the unexpected presence of the risen Christ inviting us to journey with him in his love.

With best wishes





Tuesday 15th April 7.30pm

St Helen’s PCC APCM


This is our annual meeting, where we look at the accounts and elect members of the PCC.  The meeting is an open meeting and you are welcome to attend.  It is also an opportunity to say thank you to everybody who works hard and contributes to the life of our village church.




Church Services

St Helen’s Church, Albury

6 April

9.30am Morning Prayer with Caroline King

13 April

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

20 April

9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith

27 April

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

4 May

9.30am Morning Prayer with Caroline King

11 May

9.30am Holy Communion

18 May

9.30am Morning Prayer

25 May

9.30am Holy Communion




Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.


Our February meeting on St Valentine’s Day saw Christine Bloxham show some lovely examples of valentine cards, love spoons and other artefacts relating to the day, not only on slides but also in items brought for members to examine closely.

At the annual meeting in March, our treasurer was able to report a healthy bank balance, due in many ways to the generosity of competitors at our quiz evening in February. From that event we have kept just sufficient to enable us to provide our annual bursary for 75% towards the fees of a week-end course at Denman College and a working balance. We are donating £300 to Helen and Douglas House and keeping £100 in readiness for the Village Hall when the kitchen refurbishment is complete. Thank you to everyone who contributed so generously on the quiz evening.

On 10 April, David Smith will give us a talk entitled “Country life remembered, 1850-1950” and we have invited visitors from Holton and Thame WI’s to join us. There will be a bring and buy stall and the competition is for a flower arrangement no larger than 18in in diameter and with the theme “welcome to spring”. The winning entry will go forward to represent the Institute at the Group Meeting.

On 24 April the Group Meeting, a get together of several institutes in the area, will be hosted by Holton and Waterperry WI in Holton Village



Hall. The speaker will be Edwin Rye talking about “making a garden for the BBC Gardener of the Year competition.” All members are welcome.

On 8 May we shall discuss the two resolutions being presented at the National AGM – “to ask the Government to urge the EU to ban bottom trawling which causes catastrophic loss of marine life” and “in view of the adverse effect on families of the imprisonment of people with severe mental health problems to urge the Government to provide treatment and therapy in a more appropriate and secure residential environment”. The first resolution was put forward by an institute not too many miles from here – Chearsley in Buckinghamshire. As well as the resolutions we will have a talk by John McLaren on the local Donkey Sanctuary.

The Oxford Operatic Society will be providing a coach for travel to see their performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” on Wednesday, 21 May. The cost is £16.50 for coach and ticket and the offer is open to non-members. Please let me know before 20 April if you would like me to book you a seat.

We look forward to seeing you on the second Thursday of the month for our regular meetings at 7.30pm in Tiddington Village Hall.


Zena Knight

Tel: 339340

Tiddington Village Hall


As soon as the weather improves we hope to start work on the Kitchen extension, which will allow us the space to have a larger and more practical kitchen with a full size range cooker, dishwasher, etc. We also plan to have a proper cloakroom and additional storage space. We’ve done so well so far and kept to budget, mainly due to the massive voluntary work. If you still fancy coming along and giving a hand, please please please give me a call as you will be most welcome, especially when it comes to adding the final touches, such as painting or simply re-filling the kitchen cupboards with the crockery.

In the next newsletter we hope to be able to announce a very special Summer fundraising event. It’s in the early planning stages at the moment so please WATCH THIS SPACE!


Alan Stratton, Chairman

01844 339430/278534



Tiddington Cricket Club


As a new cricket season rapidly approaches winter activities are coming to a close.

The men’s darts “A” team have certainly found their feet to find themselves currently mid-table in singles and challenging for pairs honours. The “B” team continue in their role as draw specialists in the singles and finding winning pairs matches difficult.

The Wednesday indoor Aunt Sally side have completed another successful season, only just missing out on honours.

Both crib teams are still challenging in the pairs league, coming to the season’s climax, plus both teams still have interest in the knock out competition.

On the cricket front indoor nets continue on Sundays 6th & 13th April (7-9pm) at Watlington School.

This year due to increased demand junior coaching will be split into two groups as follows:

Under 11’s on Tuesday evenings 6.30-8pm

starting 22nd April until 22nd July

Under 15’s on Wednesday evenings 6.30-8pm

starting 23rd April until 16th July


Junior competitions entered for under 11’s, under 13’s (+ cup) and under 15’s. We are also hoping to have friendly matches for boys and girls at under 10 level.


NB. Junior season starts with a registration night on Wednesday 16th April at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. Please attend or send an apology to ensure participation.

There will be a presentation outlining the clubs commitment to coaching and our objectives.


Please be aware that club clothing is available this year and that orders for this will be taken at the presentation evening.

Contacts for juniors:

Lesley Pykett          01844 339571

           Phil Manning            01844 338814

           Clubhouse                01844 338373                                               

The Men’s Season begins on Saturday 19th April:

1st Team away to Thame

2nd Team home to Oxford


Sunday 20th April Village KO away to Aston Rowant.

Cherwell League cricket starts on Saturday 10th May with teams entered in Divisions 2, 7 and 9A.

New members and players are always welcome.


                       Ray Manning Tel: 338911


0845 8 505 505

The single number for non-emergency calls

Newington Nurseries

Herbal Presence

Herbs have played an important role in human societies for centuries – in romance, religion, health and food. So why not grow your own herbs and enjoy the delicious taste and fragrance of your own plants? Your produce will be so much fresher and tastier than that bought in the supermarket. Herb growing is also an ideal way to introduce children to the world of gardening. They’ll delight in watching their own special plants growing into edible leaves ready for their home-made pizzas! 

Creating a herb bed just outside the kitchen window or back door will make it easily accessible to the kitchen as well as being a wonderfully sensory area. Herbs can be planted directly into the ground or grown in a selection of terracotta pots. The ideal plan is to do both. You can even recycle old and chunky hardwood timbers by constructing a raised bed; the edges will be perfect for relaxing on at the end of a gardening day (and drinking a Pimms with some home-picked borage!). 

There are some ‘must have’ culinary plants for the herb garden. Fresh bay (Laurus nobilis) leaves give a casserole a wonderful flavour. Bay likes to be in a sunny and protected position but otherwise is hardy throughout the winter months. Lower growing and equally essential hardy herbs include oregano (Oreganum vulgare) and sweet marjoram (Oreganum marjorana) as well as a selection of thymes such as Thymus Silver Posie and Thymus Doone Valley. 

Chives, French tarragon, garlic, parsley, rosemary (try Mrs Jessopps Upright in the bed and Prostratus in a pot) and sage (green and purple varieties) are other hardy musts. One of the most flavoursome herbs is basil which can be planted out in the summer but must be dug up and over-wintered in a pot in the conservatory or on the kitchen window sill. All are perennial except for basil which is an annual and parsley which is a biennial.

And don’t forget mint, another necessity but a rampant one so is best planted in a large pot, at least 30cm across, and partially plunged into the ground to help retain the moisture. Keep cutting the mint during the summer to ensure it remains lush. Try growing Mentha spicata (garden mint, ideal for cooking with new potatoes) and Mentha spicata var. crispa 'Moroccan' (perfect for mint sauce or mint jelly).

For fragrance, plant chamomile, chocolate mint, curry plant, lavender, lemon balm and pineapple sage. Brushing against these plants will produce a heady aroma which is at its most pungent during early summer evenings. 

Herbs really require very little maintenance. They’re easy to grow and rarely suffer from pests and diseases. They like to be in a sunny position and planted in very well drained soil that isn’t too fertile. Some fertiliser can be added to the new bed during preparation but after that, all your herbs will need is watering when the ground becomes too dry.

Make sure you keep them healthy and bushy by regular trimming and of course those fresh leaves can be used straightaway either in cooking or around the house for bursts of summer fragrance. Of course it isn’t going to be possible to use all of the leaves during the summer so once picked, simply rinse them, dry with some kitchen roll and freeze in bags or plastic containers. They can be used straight from the freezer during the winter months to flavour warming soups and casseroles – and to remind you that summer is just around the corner!

Newington Nurseries, Newington, Nr Stadhampton, Oxon

Wheatley Library

Spring has arrived and lots of activities are planned for Wheatley Library

Following the success of her visit last year, Jude Barrett from the Ashmolean Museum, is returning on Friday 11th April, to run a session for children aged between eight and eleven years. Last year she ran a session on the Ancient Egyptians and this time the title is going to be “Knots, Labyrinths and Spirals”.   The library will be open when the session is running, so we are asking our other customers to please be patient as there will be a large number of children and quite a lot of mess that morning.

The following week on Tuesday 15th April, we are planning to hold a “Story Time” for the younger children aged 4 to 8.

Our Spring Book Sale starts on Wednesday 16th April. There will be a varied assortment of books for sale including fiction, non-fiction, books for children and adults etc. 

By the time this is in print we hope to have new computers for our customers to use. The ones we currently have are already very popular but these will hopefully be even better. There is no charge for using the computers, although it is advisable to book in advance. You can book up to an hour on the days we are open. There is a charge of 20p a sheet for printing from the computers. Only one of the computers is available for children to use, as access, to some sites, is restricted on this computer. 

We are thinking of offering some short training sessions of about half an hour.  These would be for adults, on a one-to-one basis, offering just the basics in using the Internet. We are looking for a volunteer to run these sessions. Is there anyone out there who is confident and competent to run some short training sessions, on a voluntary basis? Please let us know either by calling in, e-mailing or telephoning.

If you have any ideas of other events or things you would like to see in the library I would be very pleased to hear from you.  The telephone number is 01865 875267, the e-mail address is wheatley.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk and we are based upstairs in the Merry Bells building.  Access is up the ramp from the Merry Bells Car Park.


Anne Spruce

Library Manager



Wheatley Library

Opening Hours

Monday     Closed

Tuesday     2.00pm – 7.00pm

Wednesday 9.30am – 1.00pm                                                 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Thursday   2.00pm – 5.00pm

Friday             9.30am – 1.00pm

                       2.00pm – 6.00pm

Saturday    9.30am – 1.00pm


The Merry Bells, High Street, Wheatley

Tel: 01865 875267

Email: wheatley.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk




Thame and District

Citizens Advice Bureau


We are looking for a Social Policy Volunteer.


Every day, ordinary people come to Citizens Advice for help with their problems. We provide information, advice and support that helps them understand their options and find solutions. Their stories provide a valuable insight into some of the real issues faced by the public in Britain today. Citizens Advice collects statistical information from clients and uses it to campaign for change. Thame & District CAB is looking for someone to help us with this work.


Recent campaigns have included:

  • Using clients’ complaints about unscrupulous bailiffs to force the government to introduce plans for bailiff regulation
  • Highlighting the need for financial help with school uniform costs and for uniform policies to be more affordable for families on low incomes
  • Putting pressure on electricity suppliers because low income households are being charged more for using pre-paid meters.


If you would like to campaign on real local and national issues, then contact Tom Fox on 01844 217186. You will join a group of over 30 volunteers who are helping individuals and entire communities. You can work from home or you can come to the bureau in the centre of Thame. We will train you and provide all the day to day support that you need to make a difference.



Thame and District

Citizens Advice Bureau

Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Friday

                       9.30 – 4.00     Open door

Wednesday  9.30 – 1.00     Specialist debt

                                             clinic (appointment)

Thursday      9.30 – 1.00     Telephone advice


Advice line: 01844 214827

Appointments line: 01844 217186


A Drop-in session is held at the offices of the United Reformed Church, Crown Square, Wheatley on Monday mornings from 10.00am

To book an appointment ring 01844 217186




Farmers Market

Tetsworth Village Hall

3rd Saturday in the month


South and Vale Carers Centre

Have you time to spare to meet someone new and help them?

South and Vale Carers Centre in Didcot are starting a new project and are looking for volunteers. Would you be interested in helping out someone caring for a relative in their own home? You would be introduced to a household where the carer and the cared-for person are living, and asked to stay in the home while the carer took some time off; perhaps an hour a month, perhaps an afternoon a week.

This would all start off with an interview for you, and references sought, and then a short training course to equip you for any situation and send you free from anxiety into your future as a volunteer! We will take care in matching volunteers and cared-for people, and you would have constant support by phone when you need it as well as ongoing face-to-face meetings with colleagues and with Chris Elliott, the co-ordinator of the scheme.

Chris is waiting to hear from anyone interested, and has much more information to give. Please email her at the Carers Centre on chris@svcarers.org.uk or phone her there on 01235 510212. She will be delighted you’ve called!


Great Haseley & District

Horticultural Society


Garden Visits 2008




A double bill of visits to two wonderful and very different gardens

Broughton Castle 10.30 am

Walled gardens surround the castle within the moat.

Lovely herbaceous borders, knot garden and roses   Beautiful parkland

We will be given coffee and biscuits on arrival.

Broughton Grange 2pm

Formal gardens of terrace, borders, wildflower garden and arboretum. Also an amazing six acre perennial flower garden designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, in a contemporary style of many grasses, herbaceous and prairie flowers, with wonderful use of colour. Frequently featured in magazines. In a beautiful setting.

We will be shown round by Andrew Woodall, the Head Gardener

Members £9 for the 2 gardens- includes coffee and biscuits

Guests    £12

There is a nice pub in the village of Broughton, which would be a good place to stop for lunch between the two.


Tuesday 8 July 6pm at Rofford Manor, Little Milton

Join us at beautiful Rofford Manor for a glass of sparkling wine and strawberries. Mrs Hilary Mogford will welcome us and introduce the garden. A lovely garden of vegetable, herb and rose gardens, box garden with raised pool, herbaceous borders, parkland.

Members £3  Guests £5     to include wine and strawberries


Why not join the society as well- only £5 per family and this would cover the difference in cost of entrance!

For further information or to book, contact

 Mary Isaac

Brooks Cottage

Latchford Lane

Great Haseley OX44 7LA    Maryisaac606@hotmail.com    01844 279606


LASSCO Three Pigeons

Calendar of Events

Thames Valley Antiques Dealers Association

Antiques Trail

Friday, 25 April, 10.00am-6.00pm

Saturday, 26 April, 10.00am-6.00pm

Sunday, 27 April, 10.00am-5.00pm

Oxfordshire Artweeks, 3-24 May

2 May – Private View and First Anniversary Party

3 local artists will be exhibiting, including Elisabeth Balkwill from Great Milton, Kate Daunt from Little Milton and Tom Stogdon married to Rebecca Nowell-Smith from Tiddington (they are exhibiting together)


Great Milton Neighbours’ Club

Outings Programme 2008

16 April Wiltshire’s Golden Triangle and Titanic Exhibition: City & Village guided tour. Meet in Biddestone for coffee and drive to Lacock. Lunch at Bradford-on-Avon, then  American Museum at Claverton Manor. Large display of American patchwork quilts. Titanic exhibition showing fate of wealthy Americans .

Cost: £14.50 + coach

21 May Morning and lunch in Bedford. John Bunyan museum and church. Afternoon at  Shuttleworth Collection of historical aircraft, cars, motorcycles and carriages; or next door at the Swiss Garden, a picturesque Regency and Victorian garden.

Cost: Shuttleworth Collection £7 Swiss Garden £3.50 + coach

18 June Cotswold River Cruise: City & Village guided tour. Morning tour and lunch at Cirencester. To Bibury and Lechlade for 2-hour Cream Tea Cruise included in price.

Cost: £18.50 + coach.

To book Tel: Celia Cope, 01844 279459