TIDDINGTON WITH ALBURY & MILTON COMMON
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We spare a thought for all the flood victims in various parts of the country as villagers take their holidays.
We look forward to quite a few activities as the school holidays come to an end. There is the annual Fete and Social Evening on 26 August (see page 10) preceded by the Horticultural Show at Little Haseley on the Saturday (see page 15). The Bucks County Show on the 30th is not far away near Aylesbury (page 13). Come September a coffee morning on the 1st (page 9), the annual Ride and Stride on 8th (page 8) and Harvest Festival and Supper on 23rd (see page 6).
Meanwhile happy holidays!
I am sad to say, the last two months have been the busiest since taking over the NHW.
We had a particularly frightening
burglary on Wednesday, 27
One offender is described as being
aged 25-30 yrs old, tall and dark with black hair, wearing denim. URN 1398 of
On Thursday, 28
On Friday, 29
I was informed of an incident in Tiddington - corner of North Close in the early hours of 11 July; a family were woken by knocking on the front door. A white male of Eastern European appearance was standing at the door – he was told to go away - believed to be driving a White Peugeot 206. Foreign Plate 212XP25, LH drive.
Body find sparks murder inquiry at Milton Common – this was a horrific crime which most of you will have read in the local and national newspapers so nothing more to report. The best factual report was in the Oxford Mail.
A big thank you to all who have donated towards NHW costs and returned Data sheets.
I was heartened by all the phone
calls received in concern for our neighbours who were burgled on the 27
NHW Co-ordinator M/C
Parish Council News
Representatives from OCHA and SODC attended the Parish Council meeting in July with illustrations of the proposed affordable housing development at Station Yard, and to explain the revisions of number and mix of properties arising out of the surveys and consultations that had been carried out in the last few years. Mr Adrian Holloway from SODC advised that past experience had shown that turnover in one bed properties was very high and that there was greater need for and sustainability in providing 2 bed properties to support growing families. Mr Holloway explained that there would be restrictive covenants attached to the allocations policy to ensure that the scheme was advantageous to local people, with those in need in this parish, or neighbouring parishes, or those who had some connection to the parishes taking priority in allocations. The issue of land contamination at the site was discussed and a list of the contaminants highlighted. The cost of dealing with the contamination has had to be dealt with by OCHA and this has also resulted in the revised proposal. Shared ownership would involve the purchase of a 40% share, and the properties available to rent would incur lower
monthly expense for residents to maintain affordability. Members of the public were then given the opportunity to look at the artist’s impression and broad layout of the development. The Parish Council is considering the proposals
Proposed changes to how Housing Benefit is calculated
Service, an executive agency of the Department for Work and Pensions is
proposing to change the way it will calculate housing benefit in future. The
first areas it is looking at in
A consequence of the changes proposed for Thame and Chinnor, and possibly elsewhere in the district, is that housing benefit levels will go down. This has serious implications for the individuals concerned as housing benefit recipients will not be able to rent in the private sector in the areas affected, as their benefit will no longer cover the full market rent. It also has serious implications for all council taxpayers as it will lead to a reintroduction of temporary accommodation at a much higher cost to the Council.
For further information please contact Bruce Cameron, Private Sector Housing Manager, telephone 01491 823227, email firstname.lastname@example.org
SODC will be introducing CBL in 2008. This means that instead of housing officers allocating housing association tenancies through a points scheme, available tenancies will be advertised and housing applicants can “bid” or choose where they would like to live.
The Housing Allocations Policy will be reviewed in order to introduce CBL and all town and parish councils will be consulted on the new policy.
Household Waste Survey
At the beginning of the year, SODC carried out a household waste survey about recycling and waste disposal in the district. A questionnaire was sent to a random selection of ten thousand households throughout the district and there was a good response, with over four thousand replies. The results from this survey will help plan a waste strategy for the next 25 years. To view a full report of the findings visit the recycling, rubbish and waste web page at www.southoxon.gov.uk.
For further information contact Matthew Beesley, Waste Reduction Officer email@example.com
The Oxfordshire Data Observatory
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To find out more about setting up a website on Oxnet or to check the date of the next training session, contact Christine Lightfoot, Community Web Manager at South Oxfordshire District Council. Telephone 01491 823423 or 07921 881205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free electric blanket testing is being offered again this year as part of the countywide initiative supported by the five Oxfordshire councils, Trading Standards and The Fire Service. If you have an electric blanket, you can get it tested free at Thame on 13 September. Just ring 01865 815600 to book your place.
From your Council Chairman
The most important news relates to the proposed Affordable Housing Development. A meeting open to all villagers was held in conjunction with the Parish Council meeting on 2 July, at which representatives from OCHA and SODC were present. Various doubts over the proposed mix of housing were expressed and a further meeting between Parish Councillors and the other relevant parties is being arranged.
We have received a copy of a letter from SEERA
asking our views on the siting of any new traveller sites in
It has been brought to our attention that it is
proposed to close the bridge on the A329 over the M40 at Junction 7 from
September this year to July 2008. We have not had an official notification of
this and it has not been confirmed. Parishioners will be informed of any
developments. (See article from
Highways Issues-Future Temporary Closure of A329 at Milton Common.
I have recently received queries from residents about a future temporary closure of the bridge over the M40 at the Milton Common junction 7 on the A329. The following is a response I have received from the County Council's Southern Area Highway Network Co-ordinator:
Following the meeting with the scheme designers for the proposed works on the M40 Junction 7 overbridge (A329) I can confirm the following:
There will be a closure of between 7
and 9 months of the A329 at the
Southbound A329 motorway allowable vehicles directed M40 eastbound to Junction 6 then return via M40 westbound.
Southbound A329 non-motorway vehicles
directed on A40, then A418 to A40 Junction 8, then London Rd Wheatley, then
Northbound A329 motorway allowable vehicles directed to emergency westbound M40 Junction 7 on-slip road then come off at A40 Junction 8 then follow signs for Thame (A418), then turn right on A40 to Milton Common.
Northbound non-motorway vehicles to
follow the Little Milton,
Please be aware this is the result of
the preliminary traffic management meeting, and these proposals and indeed the
whole schedule could be subject to revision in the next few weeks. Oxfordshire
CC is awaiting revised plans and signing from the designers and confirmation of
the required Road Closure Order and Amendment Orders. The plan is to inform the
Local District Authorities, Parish Councils, residents and businesses etc once
the scheme has been confirmed and the full implications to the
Appeal for New Magistrates.
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May I wish everyone a good summer, but as I write this (20 July) the weather is awful. Let us hope it picks up in August!
Please feel free to contact me about County Council issues that concern you.
My contact details are as follows:
50 Hardings, Chalgrove,
Home Telephone: 01865 891169
Could you make use of a hand sewing machine?
I have updated to an electric model. My hand machine is in excellent working order and can give many more years of use. If you would like to be the new owner please give me a call on 339415. I do not want any payment, I would just like to know it is still being used.
Do you have any balls or part balls of wool that you no longer require?
mother-in-law knits tiny cardigans for orphans out in
As most of you will know, our Vicar, Caroline, is away convalescing after an operation. Unfortunately she suffered complications, so we do not know when she will be back, but it may not be before October. At the same time the Team Rector, James Watson, is going on sabbatical for three months. During that time Richard Cowles will be standing in as Team
Rector. However, he himself will be on holiday during August and Stevie Cross will be in charge. If there are any changes to the published service rotas for August and September they will be posted on the church notice board and at Tiddington Garage. The Harvest Festival service will be at on 23 September followed by Harvest Supper in the Village Hall.
In the meantime we all wish Caroline a complete and speedy recovery.
Please get in touch with me on 01844 339650 if you need further information.
St Helen’s Church, Albury
9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell Smith
9.30am Holy Communion with M Maylor
9.30am Morning Prayer with Albert Eastham
9.30am Holy Communion with Richard Cowles
9.30am Morning Prayer with Richard Bainbridge
9.30am Holy Communion
9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith
11.00am Cluster Service at Waterstock
Our annual sports day was once again blessed by good weather and was thoroughly enjoyed by participants and spectators alike. The track events took place in the morning with the winning athletes going on to represent our school at Area Sports in Wheatley. The afternoon’s team races were won by the green team and the captains will accept the trophy on behalf for the team at the Assembly of Achievements at the end of term.
Pupils from classes 4, 5 & 6 took part in various activities at the Area Sports including obstacle races, sprints, long distance running and relays, and came second in our group.
Year 6 has all successfully completed their cycling proficiency this term. A special thanks to Emma Charnock for organising this very worthwhile experience and also to Sarah Jones, Hil Pennick and Annette Caldwell for their contribution to the training and testing of skills.
Following last year’s success, there will be a holiday club running at the school for the first two weeks of the summer holidays. An exciting schedule of events has been organised, including Pirate Day, Mini Olympics, Beach Day, and a Circus Workshop. There are a few places left - for more information please contact the school.
Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.
At our June meeting Kate Bradford gave us an entertaining nostalgia trip through the “Fab 40’s to the Swinging 60’s”. A lighthearted quiz gave members a chance to recall their memories of those years.
In July, in a change to the published speaker, we were given an insight by Wendy Hilary into the early years of Sir Edward Elgar up to his composition of the Enigma Variations. In the 150th anniversary year of Elgar’s birth, we heard excerpts from some of his lesser known works, as well as the famous Nimrod.
We take a break from a meeting in August but some members
will be joining
WI members will be helping to serve teas at the Fete on Bank Holiday Sunday as well as managing the produce stall. We would welcome gifts of produce from the garden, cakes and savouries, and plants.
On the following Saturday there will be a Coffee Morning at 24 Albury View from 10.00-12.00, with proceeds going to the Oxford Children’s Hospital (CHOX). There will be a chance to sample some new coffee flavours from Kenco and money-off vouchers for the first 15 visitors!
At our meeting on 13 September, Peter Sheasby will give a talk on Mountain Flowers. From past experience his slides should be beautiful.
On 11 October, we will have a talk on Decorative Living, given by Carole Richardson.
Centre, to which members and friends are invited.
We look forward to seeing you on the second Thursday of the month at in Tiddington Village Hall. Visitors and new members will be made very welcome.
Tiddington Village Hall
Village Hall Fete and Social Evening 2007
2006 was a record breaking year for attendance and money raised, so I hope once again you can come and enjoy the day and help us raise much needed funds to keep our hall going.
The date for your diary is Sunday, 26 August. We’ll have many of the usual attractions during the day. For the evening we’ve decided to try something different and plan to have a “Picnic in the Park”. The idea is, instead of the Pig Roast, we are asking you to simply bring your own food! If the weather’s good, then we encourage you to bring a blanket and have a picnic! We also hope to have some live music entertainment and of course the prize giving.
The fete starts at and we plan to start the evening event from about .
During the day we’ve got various games to try your hand at, including the now classic egg throwing contest, Aunt Sally, target golf, etc. Refreshments will also be available throughout the afternoon, so bring along your family and friends. There will be Books, CDs, Puzzles and Games stall as well as the Tombola and produce stalls. As usual we welcome any donations of “stock” for these stalls. The produce stall (run by the WI) is looking for plants, cakes, gifts, home grown vegetables, etc.
If you have anything you would like to donate then please contact a Village Hall Committee member or call me on 339430. We will also try and do a door-to-door visit during the week beginning 20 August. One request – NO WHITE ELEPHANT STUFF PLEASE.
This year we will also be having another handicraft competition for the kids. It’s their opportunity to get creative and make something special, using the raw materials we will provide – plus the winner will receive the new trophy presented in memory of Audrey Taylor.
As I mentioned in the last Newsletter, we really do need your help to make this event a success. If you can help in any way, either on the day or perhaps making cakes, etc., then please let us know. Even if it’s just to give one of the stall runners 15 minutes off to look around the rest of the fete!
Looking forward to seeing you on the 26th.
Tiddington Village Hall Committee
Tiddington Cricket Club
With more matches cancelled than ever before we, like everybody else, would like to see some summer weather!
Currently the first
team are in the top half of their division and could challenge for promotion
with a consistent run to the end of the season. The arrival of Ben Thornton
Having recently recorded their first win of the year the second team will be eager to climb up the league table.
Although currently winless the third team are playing well with the usual blend of youthful promise and useful experience!
This year’s junior coaching has now finished and the only disappointment has been the number of sessions cancelled by rain.
Although all junior teams recorded mixed results we have every reason to be confident for the future of the club’s playing strength on the evidence of this year’s performances. Congratulations to all of the players who played for the under 11, 13 and 15 year teams and sincere thanks to all who have contributed to the organising and coaching of young players on Wednesday evenings.
All three Aunt Sally teams are performing well and are challenging for promotion and no doubt will enjoy the rest of the season!
We plan to show feature
Sky premiership matches (starting with the first
New members are always welcome. Details are available in the clubhouse.
Great Haseley and District Horticultural Society
This year the show will be held on the village green in Little Haseley on
Saturday 25th August at
and we need lots of entries.
Learn more about flower and vegetable growing, join your local gardening society, membership only £3 a year.
Contact Membership Secretary Sally Orriss at:
The Old Stores, Great Milton OX44 7NL or on 01844 279231