www.tiddingtonoxon.co.uk                                AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2007




#  From the editor


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!


Zena Knight   


Picture of the Neighbourhood Watch logoMilton Common

NHW (West Side)

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 June at approx. 22:00hrs, a property in Old London Road, was burgled. Three Eastern European Males entered the property via an insecure window and held the occupants in a bedroom, whilst they burgled the house.

One offender is described as being aged 25-30 yrs old, tall and dark with black hair, wearing denim.  URN 1398 of 27/06/07. The police were on the scene very quickly and stayed in to the early hours. We did a relay of calls to neighbours; Oxford Belfry & Lassco’s and by 23.00 everyone knew of the burglary.


On Thursday, 28 June, again in Old London Road, Three Indonesian males were seen looking down driveways, one carrying a tape measure, and wearing a black leather jacket. All three males were wearing denim jeans. Two were thought to be in their mid- 20’s – the third was about 50. Thought to be immigrants that have been dropped off at the lay-by near the services URN 1185.

On Friday, 29 June at approx 12 midnight our Basset Hound heard a noise. Standing under the trees on the verge outside our front gates was a male of dark appearance. On seeing our dog rush to the gates he ran off in the direction of Sandy Lane.

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 June – just shows community spirit is still alive.


Elaine Horne

NHW Co-ordinator M/C

01844 279520

Parish Council News


Affordable Housing

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


Tiddington with Albury Parish Council Members

Chair               John Nowell-Smith        339650

                       Econ.development, businesses

Vice Chair        Zena Knight                 339340

                       Planning; recreation, arts, grants

Councillor         Roy Boughton                339497

                       Health and safety, transport

Councillor         Ken Field                     339671

                       Housing, planning, building & controls

Councillor         Elaine Horne                279520

                       Planning, highways and Milton Common

Councillor         Janet Willis                339415

                       Environment, conservation, recycling,


Clerk               Jenny Stoker               339709

                       Thelma Cottage, Tiddington

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

The Rent 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 South Oxfordshire are Thame and Chinnor. It proposes to determine a local housing allowance and link these areas with Aylesbury where rent levels are much lower. The Rent Service will shortly look at the rest of South Oxfordshire and will implement the changes from 1 April 2008.

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.

South Oxfordshire, in line with all local authorities, is following Government policy in directing priority applicants in housing need towards the private rented sector using its very successful Rent Deposit Scheme in order to prevent and reduce homelessness. The proposed changes will not help the Council to meet government targets on homelessness. The Council is making representations to try to get this proposed action reversed.

For further information please contact Bruce Cameron, Private Sector Housing Manager, telephone 01491 823227, email bruce.cameron@southoxon.gov.uk


A new Housing Allocations Policy and Choice Based Lettings (CBL)

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 matthew.beesley@southoxon.gov.uk


The Oxfordshire Data Observatory

Do you need information about South Oxfordshire, but are not sure where to find it? The Oxfordshire Data Observatory hosts a wide variety of information on the people, politics, economy and environment of Oxfordshire. You can search for information by theme or get information for specific areas via the ward and settlement profiles. The profiles contain information on population, employment, education, skills and housing. Visit www.oxfordshireobservatory.info for more information. It is hoped to organise a presentation from the Oxfordshire Data Observatory team later this year. It is also able to feed in requests for new information and data so please contact them to let them know if you think something important is missing.

If you have any queries please contact Sally Truman on 01491 823046 or sally.truman@southoxon.gov.uk or Caroline Emery on 01491 823790 or caroline.emery@southoxon.gov.uk


Free websites for voluntary groups

Members of voluntary groups in South Oxfordshire have the chance to create a website completely free of charge on www.oxnet.org.uk. You do not need any technical or web-design experience to set up and maintain the website. All you need are some basic computer skills and you can have your website live on the world wide web in just a few minutes. A website is an easy way of communicating with your local residents including providing information about your services, advertising events or recruiting volunteers.

Visit www.oxnet.org.uk to find out what else Oxnet has to offer and to see some of the websites already created by other groups. Oxnet is packed with news and other resources including volunteering opportunities, a directory of 1,000 local voluntary and community groups and a What’s On calendar.

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 christine.lightfoot@southoxon.gov.uk


Free electric blanket testing

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 South Oxfordshire and a response is being prepared, which will obviously take into account the existing site adjacent to the Motorway Service Area.

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 County Councillor for further provisional news – Ed.)

John Nowell-Smith

Tel: 339650


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

Car Parking

Once again there has been inconsiderate parking of vehicles, particularly in the Closes.



Refuse and Recycling

Bank Holiday Collection

Bank Holiday Monday 27 August to be collected on Tuesday 28 August


From your County Councillor


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 overbridge of M40 at junction 7. The works are estimated to begin in the autumn, around late October, but the dates are to be confirmed.  Diversions have been agreed between the designers, Oxfordshire County Council and Thames Valley Police. These are the two main routes:

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 follow Sworford Lane and unclassified road to Little Milton.

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, Sworford Lane, A418, and A40 route to Milton Common.

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 County Network have been evaluated by our traffic team.


Appeal for New Magistrates.

If you are interested in this important role and perhaps becoming a magistrate please contact the magistrates appointments office on 01865 815327 or email magistrates.appointments@oxfordshire.gov.uk


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:

Address:       50 Hardings, Chalgrove, Oxford, OX44 7TJ.

Home Telephone:     01865 891169

Email: david.turner@oxfordshire.gov.uk


David Turner

20 July 2007



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.



Recycling News


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?

My mother-in-law knits tiny cardigans for orphans out in Africa. So far she has sent 45! She makes them up in all different colours – the brighter the better! If you have left overs you do not want please call me. I can collect from you or alternatively please drop round to Spring Cottage.

Janet Willis




Church News


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 6.00pm 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.

John Nowell-Smith


Church Services

St Helen’s Church, Albury

5 August

9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell Smith

12 August

9.30am Holy Communion with M Maylor

19 August

9.30am Morning Prayer with Albert Eastham

26 August

9.30am Holy Communion with Richard Cowles

2 September

9.30am Morning Prayer with Richard Bainbridge

9 September

9.30am Holy Communion

16 September

9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith

23 September

6.00pm Harvest Festival

30 September

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.


Great Milton School, 01844 279388






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 Chalgrove WI in a visit to Highgrove, and there is the Chinnor WI Craft and Produce Show, both of these on 9 August.

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.

The County Federation is arranging an “Evening with Ben Fogle” on 25 September at the King’s

Centre, to which members and friends are invited.

We look forward to seeing you on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in Tiddington Village Hall. Visitors and new members will be made very welcome.

Zena Knight

Tel: 339340










Coffee tasting of three new flavours

from Kenco

Money-off voucher to first 15 visitors


Bring and buy stall

Cakes & Plants


Proceeds to Oxford Children’s Hospital


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


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 2.00pm and we plan to start the evening event from about 7.30pm.

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.


Alan Stratton


Tiddington Village Hall Committee

01844 339430/278534




The annual Red Cross house-to-house collection raised a record total of £317.47.

Thank you to all who helped to collect and to everyone who donated to this excellent total.


Anne Edwards



0845 8 505 505

The single number for non-emergency calls


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 from Perth, Western Australia will strengthen all three league sides. A big welcome to Ben!

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 ChelseaLiverpool fixture) on our new big screen wall projector. See the “What’s on board” in the clubhouse for details.

New members are always welcome. Details are available in the clubhouse.


Ray Manning

Tel: 338911









Newington Nurseries


Summer Chic

Outdoor living is definitely the way to go. Barbecues, drinks parties, children’s parties, paddling pools, sunbathing, snoozing under the trees – the lot. Plus why not enjoy some summer chic from stylish plants while you’re out there. Here are some plants which offer the perfect backdrop to fun in the sun for you, your family and friends.

Flowering grasses (the “flowers” are the highly decorative seedheads) are adaptable and can grow successfully even in poorer soils. They are extremely versatile and perfect for centrepiece positions. As they move in the breeze they bring sound and motion to the garden giving it a wide open space feel. Grasses are a soft and sympathetic element in the garden and don’t need a lot of water or care.

Look out for members of the Pennisetum family. Pennisetum alopecuroides “Hameln” is compact, with bottle-brush flowerheads and dark green leaves that turn golden-yellow in autumn. The leaves of Pennisetum villosum can reach up to 60cm in length and take on a purple hue when fully grown. Pennisetum orientale is a mound forming grass with dark green leaves and bears beautiful flowerheads un to 14cm long. These are hardy to between -5degC and -10degC and would benefit from a covering of dry mulch in winter in frost prone areas. Other suggestions of great grasses are: Zebra Grass (Miscanthus) or Reed Grass (Calamagrostis), both of which have loads to offer.

The perfect partner for flowering grasses is Echinacea or Coneflower. As the name suggests, the flowers resemble upward-pointing cones. These add glorious colour through the summer months and are great in borders or even in open woodland settings. Echinacea purpurea is an absolute winner, flowering from August through to October (depending on location). Colour options include purple-red in the case of “Bright Star”, the deep purple of “Magnus” and the pure white of “White Lustre” and “White Swan”. Echinacea purpurea reaches 1.5m in height and a spread of 50cm. They are fully hardy and thrive on well-drained chalk, loam or sand.

Once established, grasses will look after themselves to a large extent.

Perennials like Echinacea are also easy to care for. Cut back stems after flowering which will encourage more flower production. In autumn, it’s good to cut stems down to the base and in spring the new shoots will come back strongly. All of which means that to have summer chic doesn’t have to be hard work leaving plenty of time for the serious business of outdoor enjoyment.

For more inspiration and advice, visit Newington Nurseries on the A329 just outside Stadhampton.

Tel:  01865 400533 ~ www.newington-nurseries.co.uk





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 2pm

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


Great Milton Neighbours’ Club

Outings Programme


15 August  Woburn Abbey & Safari Park

Tour of Abbey & drive through game reserve, followed by visit to Wild World Leisure Park for tea.

Cost: £13.50+coach+meals


19 September     Hidden London & Regents Canal Boat Trip

Museum of London for lunch, guided walk to Smithfields, tea at Barbican Centre, narrow boat cruise on Regents Canal, fish & chip supper

Cost: £13.00+coach+meals


24 October The Birds and the Bees – A City Safari

Lunch at Natural History Museum, coach tour of City of London with animal connections, guided tour of London Wetlands Centre followed by supper.

Cost: £13+coach+supper


Contact: Mrs C Cope, Woodbine Cottage, Great Milton OX44 7NF. Tel: 01844 279459






A lovely and very imaginatively designed garden with fine views. It is terraced, with wonderful long borders, a fine display of late summer flowers and grasses and a brilliant use of colour in both the planting and other more permanent structures. This garden is featured on the cover of Good Gardens Guide 2007 – a recommendation in itself! The owner, Mrs Price, has kindly offered tea and cakes after the tour.

Members £5 Non members £7 to include tea and cakes.

Please contact Mary Isaac on 01844 279606 or email maryisaac606@hotmail.com for more information or to make a booking. If you have problems with transport then please let me know and I will try to help.