TIDDINGTON WITH ALBURY & MILTON COMMON
Three Villages (with Tiddington)
Hospital Car Service
This service offers transport to and from the doctors’ surgeries in Thame and Wheatley and to the various hospitals for patients who do not have their own vehicles or who, for some reason, find if difficult to use public transport or make other arrangements. Due to generous grants from the various parish councils, patients are charged £2.00 for a visit to a surgery and £4.00 for a trip to a hospital (+ the cost of parking at the Radcliffe Infirmary). Visits to podiatrists, opticians and other health professionals are charged at the hospital rate.
If you would like to use this service please ring me, Fleur Hughes, on 01844 338254 or Thelma Blake on 01844 279567 to make arrangements. Please give us as much notice as you can.
There have been reports of door step sellers in our area, i.e. trying to sell Gravel. It is recommended that you do not buy from door step sellers.
Also while walking our dog I am still seeing garage doors being left open while residents go out – please make sure your property is secure.
Last week we had two incidents, one
abandoned Ford Saloon, and a suspicious male in a car along
On investigation we found a courting couple.......I will say no more…….or do we need another sign as well as the Dog signs!
On the subject of signs there will be three new NHW signs replacing the old ones which have been up for many years.
NHW Co-ordinator M/C
Parish Council News
Affordable housing – the architects’ plans were presented at the March meeting. The nine homes proposed consist of one 3-bed and four 2-bed houses and four 1-bed flats.
Bus passes and tokens – please see article on the arrangements made by SODC to provide the statutory free bus passes and the changes to their provision of bus tokens. This Parish Council will continue to provide £13.00 of tokens for all residents over 60 years of age.
Pelican crossing – surveying of the site has recently been carried out and it is hoped that the installation will begin in the new financial year, possibly in May.
Litter blitz – this annual event has been arranged for the weekend of 8-9 April. Volunteers to give the village a spring clean would be welcome on the Saturday at outside the Village Hall.
SODC new garden waste service – please see separate article on the proposal for recycling garden waste. This Council is of the view that an annual charge of £29.00 is exorbitant and has asked SODC to continue the provision of
ecosacks and retain the community garden waste skips at Wheatley and Thame.
the results of a survey of the road traffic showed that there was much excessive speeding. Mr Peter Ronald of OCC Highways will attend the May meeting to explain his proposals for improvements to road safety, based on the funding available in the new financial year.
Milton Common notice board – it has been agreed to order a new name sign which will incorporate “Milton Common” above the name of the Parish.
Parish Council Annual Meeting – this will be held on 8 May and all parishioners are welcome to attend to hear what has been happening during the past year and to have their say.
Donations – recent donations have been made to the Oxfordshire Association for the Blind and to the Thame and District Citizens Advice Bureau. The Council will also be giving a grant to the Three Villages (with Tiddington) Hospital Car Service.
The Council policy for donations is that the charity concerned should provide support to people within the Parish.
From your District Councillor
The main event at the District Council last month was the approval of the Council budget, which also involved setting SODC’s Council Tax precept for 2006/2007. SODC has been fortunate in receiving an unexpectedly good settlement in the Government Grant which it receives and, as a result, has not had to increase Council Tax, unlike the precepts of the County Council, the Parish Council and the Police Authority which have all gone up.
There have, however, been some changes to services, two of which are of concern to villages such as ours. First, the arrangements for collecting green waste have been revised so that the ecosacks will be discontinued from the end of April. In their place wheelie bins will be provided at a cost of £29.00 per annum. These bins will be collected every two weeks without requests having to be made to the Council. My own view is that the ecosack service, which has on the whole proved popular, should have been continued alongside the wheelie bins scheme at least for a trial period.
Secondly, the change in the Government’s bus pass scheme so that everyone over 60 is now entitled to a free pass has led to SODC cancelling its travel token scheme for those aged between 60 and 70, except for certain categories of disabled people. This, of course, has a particularly adverse effect on villages which do not have access to a frequent and reliable bus service. Those of us living on, or close to, the route of the 280 may not be so disadvantaged, but the same cannot be said for the residents of Milton Common. The tokens are also valuable for those with heavy shopping who require to take taxis.
One other service
to be lost is the Thame Information Bureau which has been closed. Certain
information is available from the One Stop Shop in Thame Town Hall and tickets
for events such as the Thame Players can be obtained through Tickets Anywhere
in Greyhound Walk or by calling 0871 222 7232. The nearest surviving
Information Bureaux are in
Tel: 01844 339650
Mr Peter Ronald, the Area Engineer, will present the results of the traffic survey at the 8 May meeting of the Parish Council, when he will have the details of his spending allocation for the financial year April 2006 to March 2007. As we knew, there is a considerable amount of speeding going on and we hope that Peter will be able to make some suggestions to improve road safety.
This year's budget showed a County Council Tax increase of 4.375% compared with last year's increase of 4.5%. You may recall that a manifesto commitment of the now ruling Conservative Group was to reduce the rate of increase of the Council Tax. However this was done at the expense of a cut in the Social Services budget of £2.2 Million, a cut in road maintenance of £1 Million and reducing the mobile library service by one vehicle. This will reduce the frequency to rural areas. In addition all service budgets are required to find savings or cuts whichever way you look at it. I am particularly disappointed about cuts to the road maintenance budget, as I get more complaints about the state of the highways than all other items put together.
Older Peoples Homes
The new homes replacing older ones policy, which
was decided on about three years ago is now producing good results. The new homes are being designed and built to
modern standards. For example, larger
rooms and removing the shared room situation which was not liked, in
particular, by new residents. New homes
have been opened in
Please feel free to contact me about County Council issues that concern you. My contact details are as follows:
Home Telephone: 01865 891169
From the Vicar
This year, Easter Day falls on 16 April. The week leading up to it, which begins with Palm Sunday on 9 April, is very important in the church year, and is known as Holy Week.
begins with Palm Sunday, the day when the Church remembers the triumphal entry
of Jesus into
The next highlight of Holy Week falls on Maundy Thursday. Maundy Thursday focuses on one of the final acts concerning Jesus to be related in John’s Gospel – the washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus. The ceremony of the “washing of the feet” of members of the congregation came to be an important part of the regular worship of the medieval church, symbolising the humility of the clergy, in obedience to the example of Christ.
Good Friday (14 April) is the day on which Jesus died on the cross. It is the most solemn day in the Christian year, and is widely marked by the removal of all decorations from churches. The custom of observing a period of three hours’ devotion from to on Good Friday goes back to the 18th century. The “Three Hours of the Cross” often take the form of an extended meditation on the “Seven Last Words from the Cross”, with periods of silence, prayer, or hymn-singing. We shall observe the first of these three hours in Waterperry at .
Holy Week ends on Holy Saturday; this is the day we decorate the churches for our Easter celebrations. Easter is the principle Christian festival and there will be communion services in all our churches on Easter Day. The events of Holy Week are important and give perspective to the miracle of Easter. At Easter we celebrate that Jesus has risen from the dead, and that death does not have the final word. This is the basis of our Christian hope. I hope to see many of you in church over Holy Week and Easter.
With best wishes for a very happy Easter.
St Helen’s Church, Albury
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
9 April Palm Sunday
9.30am Cluster Service Procession from Waterstock to Waterperry
16 April Easter Sunday
9.30am Family Communion and Easter Egg Hunt with Caroline King
8.00am Holy Communion with Caroline King
10.00am Cluster Holy Communion at Holton with St Mary’s and URC
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
10.00am Annual Team Service at Cuddesdon (no other services that day)
9.30am Morning Prayer to be arranged
8.00am Holy Communion with Caroline King
Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.
We enjoyed a visit from Peggy Long in February. A
familiar figure as a traffic warden in Thame, she showed us the MBE received
from the Queen and the photographs taken on her special day at
At our Annual Meeting in March, we thanked Mrs Sue Cox for her five years as President and welcomed Miss Joan Wood as her replacement. We have nine committee members continuing from the previous year. The annual report showed just how busy we are with all the many activities participated in during the year. Finances are in a healthy state too, particularly following the enjoyable quiz evening in February.
On 13 April we look forward to a demonstration of the
making of hand-made leather goods by Chris and Sally Hirst. The competition is
for a picture of an owl in any medium. An appropriate subject as the winning
entry will go forward to the Group Meeting, where the speaker will be from the
Stonesfield Owl Rescue.
We have our resolutions to discuss on 11 May. At the National Federation AGM in June, topical subjects are chosen for discussion and our members have a chance to put their views beforehand. The two subjects this year are Renewable Energy and Sport for a Healthy Population.
We meet on the second Thursday in the month at in Tiddington Village Hall.
Tiddington Village Hall
A slightly strange request this month but it has come to our attention that we are missing a number (19 to be precise) of brown chairs from the Village Hall. It is quite possible that someone may have borrowed the chairs and has simply forgotten to return them. If you have any ideas where they might be then I would be really grateful for any information which leads to their safe return.
Despite an excellent calendar of hall hirings, after the deduction of running costs we don't have a great deal of money to spend on keeping the hall in good order, so we'd like to avoid having to purchase new chairs.
Tiddington Village Hall Committee
Tiddington Cricket Club
Although we are still experiencing cold and windy days, the build up to a new cricket season is well under way. Questions like will the outfield mower start have already been answered (with a little persuasion) and the outfield has had its first cut.
The square is due to be handed back to us after the autumn renovation and care since.
Pre-season nets are already under way with the
last sessions to take place at
It is really important to prepare the ground for the coming season. So this year we have two work parties: on Saturday 1 April at and the traditional Good Friday session, also at . Bacon butties, etc will be provided.
This year’s league fixtures start on Saturday, 13 May, again with 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI’s entered.
Pre-season friendlies start on Saturday, 22 April at home to Thame, whilst on the following day, Sunday 23 April we go straight into the Village KO at home to Great Tew.
Junior coaching this year will start on Wednesday, 26 April, to accommodate matches for age group teams on Sunday, 30 April and Monday, 1 May.
This year Riaan Krynauw is back from
Progress is being made with the new pavilion. We are due to receive the schedule of works so that we can invite tenders prior to appointing a contractor.
The winter Aunt Sally league season has now
finished with our team again finishing in an excellent third place. They have
also reached the final of the Team Handicap knockout and the Triples
competition. Two teams have again been entered into the SE Oxon Summer league
on Fridays whilst our Wednesday team will play in the
On the Darts front the “A” team is still very close in both singles and pairs competitions with all to be decided in the last two matches.
The “B” team continues its roller coaster journey, sitting mid-table in Division 3.
The cribbage team continues to challenge in both singles and pairs competitions with everything to play for in the final rounds of matches.
New players and members are most welcome.
Hose pipe ban
The rain we have had this year is only 60% of the normal for this region.
How we use the water (in litres):-
Brushing teeth with tap running 6
Power shower 80
Car wash 480
Hosepipe for one hour 600
We had 10 days only when some rain was recorded.
From the 5th we began to have the
bitter cold weather from
No rain recorded for 18 days, 14 days of frost.
Coldest night in Tiddington was 11th, when the temperature dropped to -4degC 24degF
March up to the 16th
4 days of rain, 5 days of frost.
For most of us February
is regarded as a winter month. It is sometimes the coldest month of the year.
In the past 100 years February has been colder than January 48 times. The
lowest temperature recorded in the country was
Let us hope that Spring will arrive very shortly to cheer us all
The next storytime will be held on Tuesday, 4 April from to 12.00noon and is open to all 4 – 8 year olds. Please collect a FREE ticket from the library.
At the end of May we hope to have “Starting Out on the Internet” sessions. These will be FREE and pre-bookable. More details will be available in the library towards the end of April or telephone 01865 875267.
Why go out of the village to get your DVD or video? Save on time and petrol. We hold special promotional offers each month and our videos/DVDs can be kept for one week. We have a large selection available or we can order titles from other branches for you.
M40 Chilterns Environmental Group
The Highways Agency recognises that traffic noise is a big problem for a many of us living along the M40 between Junctions 3 (Loudwater) and 7 (Milton Common). To gauge the extent of the problem, it will be assessing noise levels at a number of locations and will, hopefully, recommend appropriate remedial treatment – quiet surfaces, barriers, maybe even both. All to the good, you may say, but don’t hold your breath – they don’t expect to have a budget for any activity until 2011 at the earliest!
It is important to know the views of those who are suffering from this problem before decisions on surfaces or barriers are made BUT who exactly are you and where do you actually live?
To find the answers, we want to carry out our own noise monitoring, without having to rent expensive equipment or stand on windy footpaths or bridges for hours on end. In fact, our sort of monitoring can be done at the front door or in the garden, day and night, and you can involve your neighbours too - the more results, the better!
We need to plot the relative M40 noise levels throughout the whole of our parishes, not just adjacent to the motorway itself. It may be unscientific but even a wholly subjective judgement will tell us a great deal about the actual extent of this noise problem.
Here’s how it works.
1. Judge the noise level, as you experience it, on a scale of 1 (no noise at all) to 5 (can’t hear myself think). Ideally, do it once in the day and again at night. Note the day and time and, if possible, the wind direction.
2. E-mail your findings and village location and postcode to: M40cc@btinternet.com. If you don’t have e-mail, please ask a friend to send the results for you because it is important.
What happens then? We collate the results received from the various parishes affected and draw up our own “noise footprint” map showing the areas of most and least noise. We then compare our findings to those from the Highways Agency to get an overall picture of the problem.
Hope to hear from you!
Great Milton C of E Primary School
With Christmas now a distant memory and spring (nearly) ready to “spring” the School has already had a very busy 2006.
Comenius Project. In
September 2005 a new member of staff began to teach French across the school.
This has been a very popular addition to the curriculum! As a further step
towards broadening our horizons we welcomed visiting teachers from three
partner schools in
Charity. The collection money from the Christmas Carol Service has
been sent to Helen House and the Paynter Home Orphanage in
Caretaker. The School is looking for a cleaner to work 22.5 hours per week (out of school hours). Enquiries to the school on 01844 279388.
Friends Diary Dates. 20 May - Spring Fete and Fun Day, 13 October - Gorgeous Goodies Too (Crafts and Indulgence), 3 Nov – Fireworks and Music Evening
The school web site has had a facelift. It will be kept updated throughout the year with articles and pictures of activities taking place at the school. The web site can be viewed at www.great-milton.oxon.sch.uk.
Mark Stoker (Governor)
CAN YOU DONATE SOME OF YOUR TIME TO US?
The Anthony Nolan Trust is a charity that runs a register of potential bone marrow donors for patients suffering from illnesses such as leukaemia.
We’re currently looking for volunteers with office skills to help us out with a busy summer of fundraising that lies ahead.
If you have a day or even a couple of hours to spare each week we’d love to hear from you.
are based at
For more details please call 01865 875757 and ask for Christine Chatfield. Charity no:803716
GREAT HASELEY AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
The Society was started in Great Haseley in the 50’s but has been a joint society shared by all the surrounding villages for many years, with members and committee members from the whole district. We are truly an inter-village society.
Our original purpose was to put on an annual traditional horticultural show in August every year, but the society is now active all the year round.
Advantages of joining the Society
· Newsletter sent three times a year
· Receive the Schedule for the Show and entry to classes for adults and children
· Advance notice of winter lectures on garden and garden design subjects
· Private visits in the summer to gardens of interest, some not open to the public
· Seeds at 30% discount from Mr Fothergill Seeds - worth the membership fee alone!
The Annual Show is held on August Bank Holiday Saturday, has many keen competitors, but also plenty of novices and people who just enjoy the fun of entering. There are classes for photography, cookery, crafts as well as the flower and vegetable classes. There is a thriving and growing children’s section with hot competition amongst the children! The Show rotates round the local villages and is held in a different village each year.
The annual membership fee is only £3.
Why not join us to enjoy some of our activities through the year and see what an enthusiastic lively society we are!
For further information contact Membership Secretary Sally Orriss at The Old Stores, Great Milton OX44 7NL or on 01844 279231.
This year the show
will be held in the beautiful setting of
Here are a few tips for April
Vegetables - Plant onion sets, you can buy these from the garden centre, they are very easy to grow. Earth up new potatoes as soon as shoots appear, cover with fleece if night frosts are forecast. If you are growing potatoes in a bucket to enter in the show remember to have some drainage holes in the bottom of your bucket.
Herbs - Now is the time to plant herbs, parsley, coriander and chive. Small growing pots from the supermarket can be planted out in the garden, this gives you a head start and works well. Plant mint in a pot sunk into the ground as it takes over.
Prune winter and spring flowering shrubs after flowering e.g. forsythia, early clematis, viburnum. They will flower next year on the new growth.
Keep on top of the weeds with regular hoeing. Try mulching thickly with compost or wood chip to prevent regrowth and conserve moisture, as we are told water will be in short supply this summer.
GARDEN VISITS FOR 2006
Court Farm, Worminghall, Thursday 15 June at
We have organised a repeat visit to this wonderful garden after our very successful visit last August. We were all so impressed by the beautiful borders filled with wonderful plants and the amazing vegetable garden that we have asked Phil Kusmishko, the Head Gardener, for a further guided tour - but at a different time of year - to see what the garden is like in June.
This is a quite fabulous garden and created with such artistry - if you didn’t come last time, do come - it is not to be missed!
Members £2 Non members £3
Ryton Organic Gardens, Saturday 15 July
have organised a coach to take us to the Ryton Organic gardens, home of HYDRA
the organic organisation, near
Here there are 30 gardens in 10 acres, that illustrate how to grow organically. There are special gardens for vegetables, flowers, fruit, herbs, wildflowers, roses, trees, children’s garden, composting, organic control of pests and diseases.
We are also lucky that we have arranged for the visit to coincide with the Wine and Food Fair weekend when we can taste and buy organic products as well as cookery demonstrations, talks and garden tours.
There is also a garden café or restaurant to have lunch, or you can take a picnic.
coach will pick up at Great Haseley Village Hall and
Cost: transport by coach and entry to gardens and wine and food fair
Members : £12.50 Non members: £15.50
There is a limit of 36 for this visit and all bookings must be paid for in advance.
A visit to Le Manoir, to see the garden and vegetable garden in its late summer glory. We will be taken round by Anne Marie Owens, the Head Gardener. She would prefer small groups, so we have arranged for two groups, on successive nights in September.
There is a limit of 10 people for each group.
Members £2 Non Members £3
Please contact Mary Isaac on 01844 279606 or email@example.com for further information or to make a booking.
Where do old computers go?
What happens to computers taken to recycling centres in Oxfordshire?
There have been items in the media recently about
computers being dismantled in
The computers left at Redbridge are collected by a company called DTC, who in turn take them to a prison in Nottinghamshire, where they are broken down into their individual components.
The reusable bits are used to build computers for
local schools and the non-reusable items are recycled. Some of this recyclate
may be bought on the open market, so could be transported outside of the
All of the other Waste Recycling Centres collect
TVs and monitors and these stay within the