www.tiddingtonoxon.co.uk               AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2005


U  From the editor


Congratulations to the Cricket Club on being successful in their bid for a grant from SODC. More details on page 7 together with a list of all the fund raising events, which now have a renewed impetus.

The end of August is certainly going to be eventful – the Great Haseley Show on 27 August (see page 10), the Cricket Club Summer Ball the same evening (see page 8) and the Village Fete on the 28th (see page 4)

Meanwhile happy holidays to everyone.


Zena Knight




Recyclable garden waste sacks


Recyclable paper sacks for garden waste only are available from the Parish Clerk between now and November.

Just phone 339340 to arrange to collect.

!A special offer!

40p each instead of 65p

10 allowed per household

Ring freephone 0800 7318752 or

email public.amenities@southoxon.gov.uk

when ready for collection on the usual day

These sacks replace the green plastic sacks which go into landfill.

Do your bit towards recycling!


Affordable Housing

The County Council has agreed to release land at the Station Yard for affordable housing.

Following the survey on housing needs completed in August 2003, it is proposed to build four homes of varying sizes. When the plans are available, there will be a meeting arranged for all residents in the Village Hall to discuss the options and view the plans.

Before then, if you are in need of affordable housing to buy or rent and have local connections, ensure that you are on the housing register, but also let a Councillor know if your needs have changed since the survey in 2003.

It is important that you are on the Housing Register to qualify for one of these homes.


Did you know?

Between 1995 and 2003 the average house price in Oxfordshire increased by 171%.

At the same time average earnings increased by only 40%.

For other fascinating data and statistics find Understanding Oxfordshire

at www.oxfordshirepartnership.org.uk


Parish Council News


Co-option of Councillor – Mrs Angela Tremayne was officially co-opted on to the Council at the June meeting and was thanked for agreeing to serve.


Audit of accounts – each year the Council’s Annual Return is audited and any person interested has the opportunity to inspect and make copies of the Annual Return and related documents. The records will be available to view until 25 August by telephone arrangement with the Clerk (Tel: 339340)


Planning – the retrospective application for a temporary veterinary surgery at Sandy Lane Farmhouse has been refused by SODC. The previous application for a permanent surgery, which was refused, has gone to appeal.


Dumping in ditches – please ensure that no garden rubbish is dumped in local ditches. Efforts have recently been made by the local authorities to alleviate the flooding problems in Tiddington and any blocking of ditches makes this a waste of effort and money – our Council Tax!




Tiddington with Albury Parish Council Members

Chairman          John Nowell-Smith        339650

                       Econ.development, businesses

Vice Chairman   Janet Willis                339415

                       Environment, conservation, recycling,


Councillor         Roy Boughton                339497

                       Health and safety

Councillor         Ken Field                     339671

                       Housing, planning, building & controls

Councillor         Alan Stratton              339430

                       Sport, recreation, arts, tourism, grants,

                       awards, lottery

Councillor         Angela Tremayne           279797

                       Milton Common

Clerk               Zena Knight                 339340

                       24 Albury View, Tiddington


 Memberships – the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council membership has been renewed.


From your County Councillor


It was nice to attend my first Tiddington with Albury Parish Council meeting on 4 July, having dashed from Garsington's Parish Council meeting which meets on the same evening.

I am pleased to report that the extra two signs (one at Waterstock roundabout and one at the right turn to Wallingford) are on order and will soon be in place.  This will hopefully deter, in particular, heavy vehicles from mistakenly travelling towards Tiddington and then having to turn round in the village and make their way back towards the London bound M40.  Indeed I saw one doing exactly that as I arrived at your Parish Council meeting!

The latest news on the pedestrian crossing is that the money is in this year's financial budget for the statutory consultation process, making of the necessary traffic orders and the subsequent design and planning work with installation to be in the next financial year, which starts April 2006.  I will endeavour to see if it can be brought forward in the work plan, but at least it is now firmly in the capital budget thanks to the efforts of your former County Councillor Anne Purse.

Those of you with internet access may like to visit a very interesting web site (www.oxfordshirepartnership.org.uk) with data and statistics on Oxfordshire. (Ed: see page 1 for an item from this site)

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

From the Vicar


I am writing this letter a little early this month as we are about to go on holiday.  As I write, our news is still dominated by the horrific events in London on 7 July.   Rarely can any capital city have experienced so many highs and lows within the space of a few days.  The week began with the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park; more than one hundred thousand people gathered peacefully for a large concert, whose stated purpose was to remind the leaders of the G8 of the devastating effect of poverty, especially in Africa.  On Wednesday the mood of the whole nation seemed to lift with the news that the 2012 Olympics will be in London.  The atrocities of 7 July could not have come at a crueller moment.


First and foremost our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost family, friends and relatives and those who face an agonisingly long wait for news.  Words cannot adequately express the stress and torment they are going through.  For the victims and their families this is a very personal tragedy.  Events such as these can sorely test our faith, and we may ask or be asked “where was God in all this”.  As a Christian I believe that God is a God who in the person of Jesus Christ gets involved.  For me the answer to where is God in all this is that God is in there suffering with us and taking our pain, seeking to transform and redeem it.  


Yet it is also hard for those of us not personally affected to know how to respond to such evil.  This bombing was a callous act of mass murder, and it unleashed on our capital city the greatest kind of evil imaginable.  Such disregard for the sacredness of human life runs contrary not only to Christianity but also to all religious faiths. 


At times such as this I think it is important that our religious leaders stand shoulder to shoulder and affirm together the common ground they share.  On 10 July the Chief Rabbi, the chair of the Council of Muslims and a number of Christian leaders committed themselves to stand together and overcome the evil of terrorism.  This is a part of their statement “Central to what we share as people of faith is a belief in God’s compassionate love for us.  It is a love that compels us to cherish, not to disfigure our common humanity.” 


I believe that we can only really respond to terror by not letting the terrorists have the final word.  The bombs were an inhumane act perpetrated by people who cannot perceive God’s great love for us.  What began as a great significant week for London ended in exactly the same way, as an estimated half a million people gathered to celebrate 60 years since the end of the Second World War. As a part of the day a million poppies were dropped on the Mall. This moving sight represented the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives defending our country and our freedom.  This was also a time when a great evil had to be resisted.  We can take courage and strength from their example.  When we stand together in defiance of the ways of terror then I believe we affirm our common humanity, and in such a way terror will never have the final word.




Many thanks to everyone who completed the puzzle I set in June’s magazine.  (See page 5 for answers) I was pleased to get a number of entries, all of them correct.  The winner was Olive Ashby from Waterstock.  The prize is a book token which I will give to Olive.  I will try and do something on a semi-regular basis.


With best wishes

Caroline King




Church Services

St Helen’s Church, Albury

7 August

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

14 August

9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith

21 August

6.00pm Evensong with Caroline King

28 August

8.00am Holy Communion with Caroline King

4 September

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

11 September

9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith

18 September

6.00pm Evensong with Caroline King

25 September

8.00am Holy Communion with Richard Cowles

9 October

6.00pm Harvest Festival


Answers to quiz in June/July issue

Books of the Bible as they appear in the quiz:

Amos, Mark, Luke, John, Joel, Judges, Job, Hebrews, Esther, Acts, James, Ruth, Romans, Titus, Matthew, Genesis, Philemon (spelt Phillemon in quiz), Chronicles, Daniel, Nahum, Hosea, Lamentations, Revelation, Timothy, Samuel, Numbers, Malachi, Peter, Exodus, Kings.


St Helen’s Church, Albury


Many thanks to all who helped, contributed and supported the Coffee Morning held at Tudor Cottage. The amount raised was £531.00.


Dawn Price


Our thanks go to all those who supported and helped out at the Antiques and Collectables Fair on Saturday, 9 July. It was much appreciated. We raised the satisfying sum of £440.50 for Church funds.


Joan and Roy Boughton


Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.


At our June meeting we were treated to samples of pork and bacon products from Dews Meadow Farm, East Hanney, when owner Jane Bowler told us of the naturally produced specialities which they have supplied to the public since 1986. A major outlet for them in recent years has been Farmers’ Markets.

In July, Wendy Black took us to the remote kingdom of Bhutan, where the people looked happy and contented in spite of being ruled by an autocratic king who does not allow his subjects to travel far and who only recently has allowed television. Mrs Black displayed many colourful textiles which she had brought back from her trip.

We take a month off from our meetings in August and then on 8 September we shall be “Learning from one’s mistakes in the garden” with Mrs Farrar. The competition is for a ladybird (not a live one I hope!)

Some members have enjoyed organised County visits to Shakespeare’s gardens at Stratford-on-Avon and the Monet exhibition at the Tate Gallery. Sadly the literary lunch was greatly oversubscribed and our members missed out in the ballot for places.

At the Village Fete on Sunday, 28 August, WI members will be organising the produce stall and would welcome contributions of cakes, biscuits, pies, tarts, shortbread, sweets, jams, chutneys, vegetables, plants, flowers – in fact anything remotely classed as “produce”! And, of course, we look forward to welcoming customers too.

We meet on the second Thursday in the month at 7.30pm in Tiddington Village Hall and new members and visitors would be made very welcome.

Zena Knight

Tiddington Village Hall


The Village Hall Fete and Social Evening

Following the huge success of the social evenings we arranged in 2003 and 2004 after the Fete, we’ve decided to do it again! On Sunday, 28 August we’ll be having the Annual Fete with all the usual fun and games and then in the evening there will be a pig roast and prize giving. The Fete starts at 2.00pm and the pig roast is available from about 7.00pm. There are no tickets so just turn up!


During the day we’ve got activities for the young ones, beat the keeper for the kids (and adults) as well as the now classic egg throwing contest, darts, Aunt Sally, target golf, etc. There’s also a new competition this year where you have the chance to win a cash prize if you can guess the make, model and year of a car that will be on show. Sounds easy, until you realise that the car has been crushed down to a cubic metre!

Refreshments will also be available throughout the afternoon, so please bring along your family, friends and wallets!


Once again this year we will have a Book, Video, DVD, CD’s, Puzzles and Games stall. Although UNIT is no longer, past members will be running the Tombola and we would welcome any donations of “stock” for both of these and the raffle. The WI will be running the produce stall and would welcome donations of cakes, biscuits, pies, tarts, sweets, jams, chutneys, vegetables, plants and flowers. 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 house-to-house visit during the week beginning 22 August.


Of course the Fete does not run itself; it needs people, so if you fancy helping in any way, maybe before (making cakes, etc) or on the day, then please let me know. It also takes many hours to set everything up on the day so please come down to the playing field on Sunday morning if you can. Looking forward to seeing you on the 28th.


Alan Stratton


Tiddington Village Hall Committee



Yoga classes

Classes are held in

Tiddington Village Hall


Thursdays at 10.30am



The Neighbours’ Club

Great Milton

Forthcoming outings

17 August    Canal trip from Pitstone Wharf on the Grand Union Canal. Ploughmans lunch on board, WI tea at Kimble

21 Sept        Hampton Court Palace

For further details and booking contact

Celia Cope on 01844 279459


Parenting is not easy!

ParenTALK, produced by the national family support organisation, Care for the Family, is an eight week course designed to give parents the opportunity to share their experiences, learn from each other and discover some important principles of parenting. It’s a practical and helpful course, using tried and tested video and written material, which gives an opportunity to raise and discuss some real practical issues in a fun and supportive setting.

We are planning to help run this course on Monday evenings, starting 26 September, at the Merry Bells, Wheatley (in the coffee room)

For further details contact Gordon or Jill Ewbank on 01865 873326 or email  Gordon@gordonjill.freeserve.co.uk

Tiddington Cricket Club


Whilst not so good for gardens the current hot, dry spell is ideal cricket weather.

In the Oxfordshire final of the National Village Competition, our team lost by 30 runs, despite conceding 275 runs in Shipton under Wychwood’s innings. Despite this loss the first XI are still currently top of Division 2 in the Cherwell League. At present we are missing Riaan Krynaau who has had to return to South Africa to renew his visa. We hope that he will be able to make a swift return, not only for the sterling work he does coaching every Wednesday, but for the contribution he makes to the first team.

The second XI continue to struggle in Division 5. Despite this, many of our younger players are being given the opportunity to play at this level, which bodes well for the future.

The third XI with all its inexperience is now performing much better, winning two consecutive matches and performing well in the field. With one or two extra batsmen in the team it will be much more competitive.

Junior coaching has now finished and our thanks go to Lesley, Riaan and all the coaches and players who have given their time to make this all possible. We sincerely hope that we have given enjoyment to all of the children who have attended and thanks, too, go to the parents who have supported this.


Junior matches

With a very young team the under 15s won two of their matches and look good for next year.

At U13 level the eight-a-side team finished second in their league, only to miss a play off place on run rate.

The U13 eleven-a-side team, with one match to play, are joint leaders in their league and looking good for the play-offs.

We have an enthusiastic group of U11’s with a lot of talent emerging.


Aunt Sally

Friday’s A-team are still searching for the form that made them so competitive last year but are faring much better in the Oxford League on Wednesday.

Our B-team on Fridays, under Ian Malin's astute captaining (nothing to do with new players) are currently leading division 4.


Dates for the Diary

Sunday 14th August morning - Car Boot Sale – Tiddington Village Hall

Pitches £7 for cars, £10 for vans

Saturday 27th August - Summer Ball and 10th Anniversary of Lords

See full page advert

Saturday 3rd September – Caribbean Night TCC

Saturday 10th September - Line Dancing – Tiddington Village Hall

Tickets £4 each

Saturday 8th October – Annual Dinner Dance – Tiddington Village Hall


And finally we have now received official confirmation that we will receive a grant of £66,000  from SODC’s Community Investment fund towards the building of our new pavilion, which we hope will be open for next year’s new cricket season.

Sincere thanks to Colin Smith and all those involved in the project to present our bid.


Ray Manning


Book on-line at your local leisure centre

Soll Leisure with SODC have launched a new on-line booking service for leisure centre customers at Thame, Wheatley, Henley, Didcot, Berinsfield and Wallingford.

Visit www.soll-leisure.co.uk or www.southoxon.gov.uk to connect to the new service.



Weather Statistics

May from 19th

There were 6 days in May when we had rain, and the total amount came to .9in, which was low.

Despite having a number of days when we had cold winds, we did have some high temperatures.

On the 26th May we had 84degF 29degC

On the 27th May we had 89degF 32degC


The early part of June was remembered by many people for the cold temperatures. RAF Benson recorded the lowest temperature for June on the 4th when it was 58degF   15degC The second part of the month turned out to be one of the ten hottest Junes on record.

The 19th was the hottest June day since 1976 with 90degF 32degC in Tiddington.

Once again the rainfall for June was very low, despite having flash floods in many parts of the country. Tiddington had .85in of rain.

The sunshine record for England and Wales was close to normal.  

July up to 13th

The rainfall so far is .15in , which is very low and will create problems.

Glen Evans



Witness Service

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire

Charity Registration 1096599

Helping People in Court

Do you want to make a difference...??

If so we are currently recruiting for Volunteers to work in Oxfordshire’s Magistrates Courts, providing witnesses and victims of crime with support guidance and reassurance.

No experience required as full training is provided


If you are interested please contact:

Lucy Humphris

Witness Service Manager

Oxford City and South Oxfordshire Magistrates Courts

Telephone: 01993 708147

E-mail: witness-service.oxford@uk.uumail.com


I look forward to hearing from you

Wheatley Library

Just a reminder that the summer reading scheme “Reading Voyage” is continuing until 10 September.

There will be a storytime on Tuesday, 9 August, 11.00am until 12.00 noon and is open to all 4-8 year olds. Please collect a FREE ticket from the library.

Our Tourist Information lobby is overflowing with brochures of places to go and things to do so do come along and plan your summer activities.

We often have other events or promotions taking place so pop in and check our notice boards.

We will be holding a Video Sale starting on Tuesday, 13 September so do come and get stocked up ready for those long winter evenings.

There are now a number of ways of renewing your books: visiting the library, telephoning us (01865 875267), using our 24-hour hotline (0845 1202811) or via our website (www.libcat.oxfordshire.gov.uk). The latter site also gives access to all our online services. A pin number is required, but do come into the library and we will explain further.

Look forward to seeing you


Carole Underwood

Library Manager


CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Programme of free lectures

Friday 9 September 7.00pm Age 10+

From Marconi to Mars: a selected history of radio research - Dr Chris Davis & J Bradford

Friday 14 October 7.00pm  Age 16+

Superstrings: lecture and recital – Brian Foster & Jack Liebeck (solo violin)

Phone 01235 445959 to reserve a place or email talkingscience@rl.ac.uk

Places are limited so reservations must be made in advance from four weeks before the date of each lecture.

Thame and District

Citizens Advice Bureau

Opening Hours

Monday          10.00am-1.00pm       Open door

                       1.30pm-4.00pm         Appointments                                                        Phone advice

Tuesday         10.00am-1.00pm       Appointments

                                                        Phone advice

Wednesday    Closed

Thursday        Closed

Friday             10.00am-1.00pm       Appointments

                                                        Phone advice

Advice line: 01844 214827

Appointments line: 01844 217186




Changes to Community Waste Service

The hazardous items listed below are no longer accepted on refuse vehicles and can only be disposed of at the County Council waste recycling centres

TV’s, monitors, fluorescent tubes, air conditioning units, fridges, freezers, asbestos, tins of paint (even if empty), oil or oil tins (even if empty), car batteries, gas cylinders

Contact OCC on 01865 815796 or visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk for further details.

The SODC bulky waste collection service is available for certain items only.

Contact Public Amenities on 01491 823416



Age Concern Oxfordshire

Age Concern Oxfordshire has two services for which it is looking for new volunteers

¨       Personal Home Visiting Service

¨       Hospital Aftercare Support Scheme

Would you like to help give older people the confidence to make it on their own?

To find out what you can do to help with one or both of these services please contact Alex Ivey on 01235 849400 or email alexivey@ageconcernoxon.org.uk



Ickford Pre School


  • Education and care for children below school age offering the opportunity to learn through play in a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment.
  • Qualified, caring and enthusiastic staff.
  • 8 Allocated places for 2 year olds. 5 pounds per session
  • Government funded places for 3 and 4 year olds.
  • Pre school sessions five mornings a week matching normal school term periods.
  • Sessions held at Ickford Village Hall on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
  • Thursday sessions incorporate 1 hour of Gym activities.
  • Tuesday and Friday sessions are held at Ickford School, thus helping children integrate into school life in readiness for their reception year.
  • Baby & Toddler group session on Wednesdays.
  • Registered with Ofsted, Charity Commission, and Members of the Pre School learning alliance.
  • Formed in close partnership with Ickford school.
  • We welcome two year olds to join our morning sessions. 
  • You can come any day and you do not even have to be potty trained.  Your Carer can stay until they are happy to leave you to play.  Bring your favourite toy or comfort object.  We have lots of toys and games to play with both inside and out.

If you wish to find out more about our Pre School, Baby & Toddler group, Funded place availability, or to register your child on our waiting list

please contact Meryl Munson, Supervisor,

or telephone 01844 339608

Mobile Contact Number  0780-3354272

(Active during session time only)


Registered with Ofsted, the Charity Commission, and Members of the Pre school Learning Alliance

Ickford Pre-school promotes equal opportunities at all times