TIDDINGTON WITH ALBURY & MILTON COMMON
# 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)
Milton Common NHW (
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.
NHW Co-ordinator M/C
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!
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,
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
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
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.
Phone 01844 339216
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
Negotiations are continuing with the County Council with regard to the replacement memorial tree. Any suggestions for a ceremonial planter are most welcome.
From the Vicar
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
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.
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
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.
St Helen’s Church, Albury
9.30am Morning Prayer with Caroline King
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
9.30am Morning Prayer with Caroline King
9.30am Holy Communion
9.30am Morning Prayer
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
On 10 April, David Smith will give us a
talk entitled “Country life remembered, 1850-1950” and we have invited visitors
from Holton and
On 24 April the Group Meeting, a get
together of several institutes in the area, will be hosted by Holton and
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.
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
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.
the cricket front indoor nets continue on Sundays 6th & 13th
April (7-9pm) at
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
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
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 email@example.com and we are based upstairs in the Merry Bells building. Access is up the ramp from the Merry Bells Car Park.
Thame and District
Citizens Advice Bureau
We are looking for a Social Policy Volunteer.
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
Recent campaigns have included:
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.
Great Haseley & District
Garden Visits 2008
NEAR BANBURY, 12 JUNE
A double bill of visits to two wonderful and very different gardens
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
There is a nice pub in the
GHHS SUMMER PARTY
8 July 6pm at Rofford Manor, Little
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
Great Haseley OX44 7LA Maryisaac606@hotmail.com 01844 279606