www.tiddingtonoxon.co.uk                   DECEMBER 2006/JANUARY 2007



#  From the editor

It is sad to report the passing of another well known village resident, Glen Evans. See personal tributes paid to him later in this issue. As far as I am concerned as editor, Glen provided fascinating weather statistics gleaned from a variety of sources and his copy was always on time for the deadline!


Our Vicar has been having a traumatic time following the fire at the Vicarage and details of how to contact her can be found on page 4. Amidst all the upheaval she has still provided copy for this newsletter. We wish Caroline and her family well in the coming months of disruption.


In spite of having advertised for a new editor in the last edition, no one has expressed interest as yet. Please give it some consideration; I will gladly give any help in the changeover, but I hope that I can bow out gracefully before too long!


There are a number of events to enjoy over the festive season, including the Christmas Dinner and Dance on 2 December, Bingo on 19 December (see page 10), the Cricket Club Christmas Draw (see page 11) and the Carol Evening. For the carols I hear that a visiting organist/pianist will lead the singing so bring all your good voices with you to the Village Hall on 18 December (see page 7).


Meanwhile, may I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


Zena Knight   

Glen Evans

Audrey and daughter Margaret would like to thank most sincerely all the many kind friends and neighbours for their cards, letters and lovely flowers, also for their presence in Church for the Funeral Service. Thanks, too, for the generous donations to Sobell Home Care and St Helen’s Church, Albury.

Many thanks also to Jane Boswell and all her kind helpers who supplied lovely cakes, sandwiches, tea and other drinks in the Village Hall afterwards.


Historic Churches Trust

We would like to thank all those who supported us in sponsoring the “Stride and Ride” in September. The amount forwarded to the Trust was £325, half of which comes back to our own Church.

Anne and Harold Edwards


National Children’s Home

The amount raised in September for the NCH amounted to £228.05. Thank you to all who donated to this appeal.

Anne Edwards


 Parish Council News


Appointment of Clerk to the Council  – at the November meeting, Mrs Jenny Stoker was welcomed as the new Clerk, replacing Mrs Zena Knight (see contact details below).


Audit 2005/2006 – this has been completed.


Pelican crossing – David Robertson, County Council Cabinet Member for highways and transport, attended the October meeting with Richard Dix from the OCC department. There was much discussion but the Government’s change of priorities for funding of the project means that the crossing will not go ahead. The Chairman of the Parish Council has written to Boris Johnson, MP about the matter and also put the Council’s concerns in writing to David Robertson.


Planning – the Highways Depot at Milton Common has been granted its application for improvements to access and lighting. There has, however, been a stipulation that the increased lighting will be monitored for light pollution at all stages of its implementation.

Manor Farm, Tiddington has applied for the removal of the cow sheds and erection of four private dwellings on the site. The Parish Council approved the application.



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, transport

Councillor         Ken Field                     339671

                       Housing, planning, building & controls

Councillor         Alan Stratton              339430

                       Sport, recreation, arts, tourism, grants,

                       awards, lottery

Councillor         Angela Tremayne           279797

                       Planning; highways and Milton Common

Clerk               Jenny Stoker               339709

                       Thelma Cottage, Tiddington


Bus service route 275 – the four-yearly review of OCC supported bus services is due shortly and the Council would welcome any comments on the 275 service through Milton Common. The commercial service 280 through Tiddington is not affected by this review.


Police matters – Inspector Stewart Dunbar will attend the Parish Council meeting on 4 December to discuss current policing of the village and to answer any questions. Advanced notice of any particular concerns would be welcome. Contact any Councillor or the Clerk.


Donations – a donation has been given to the South and Vale Carers Centre, which has provided support to some villagers during the past year.



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.



Christmas and New Year

Refuse collections

There will be no refuse collections on Monday, 25 December and Monday, 1 January

There will be a collection on

Saturday, 30 December

Normal collections resume on

Monday, 8 January


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


From your Chairman


On 6 November we welcomed Jenny Stoker to her first Parish Council meeting as Clerk. The meeting was its usual great success, although we did miss Zena. It was worrying having her in the “audience” as a member of the public!

The main concern of the Council is still the Pelican crossing or rather the lack of it. Oxfordshire County Council member for Transport attended the Parish Council meeting on 2 October and explained that OCC had had to cancel the crossing because a change in government policy (not enough fatal accidents) meant there was no longer adequate funding available. I have since written to our MP, Boris Johnson, who has taken the matter up with the Ministry of Transport. The Junior Minister responsible has put the blame on the County Council (surprise, surprise) so we are no further forward. However, we are not giving up.

Inspector Stewart Dunbar will be attending the Council meeting on 4 December. If you have any concerns you would like him to discuss please let me know and attend the meeting at 8.00pm.

A very Happy Christmas.

John Nowell-Smith

From your District Councillor


The main item of SODC business that affects our Parish has been the Site Allocations Plan Document – Issues and Options.

The Parish Council broadly accepted the proposals that new building should be centred round the towns of Wallingford, Thame and Henley, with perhaps appropriate development in some of the larger villages – of which we are not classed as one.

However, the Council firmly opposed the creation of any new settlements, particularly that on site 24 to the East of Milton Common. This is larger than but comprises the site of a proposed new town which was rejected some 18 years ago and is not part of the SODC Local Plan.

I should say that the Plan under review is only a discussion document, part of which invited landowners to identify land which they would be prepared to make available for development and does not contain any proposals in that regard. Great Haseley, Great Milton and Little Milton have all written to SODC opposing any development between the Chiltern Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Oxford Green Belt. It is to be hoped that SODC will take notice.

PS All the local Parish Councils mentioned above have agreed not to refer to the new site as Stone Bassett.

John Nowell-Smith

The Old Rectory


Tel: 339650


From your County Councillor


Pelican Crossing in Tiddington on the A418

Cllr David Robertson, the Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet member responsible for highway issues, together with Richard Dix, the officer in charge of highway safety, attended the October meeting of the Parish Council.  They discussed the decision not to proceed with the long awaited Pelican crossing in the middle of Tiddington.  Whilst they listened to our complaints they also confirmed that due to the Government changing the criteria they would not proceed with the planned crossing.  I find this a waste of Council Tax payers’ money as they had already spent money on the project in doing the surveying and design work.  During the next few weeks I will be seeking to find out how much was spent and why the project estimated costs were so high at £80,000 compared to the £40,000 we were told. A crossing in Stadhampton some six years ago cost, I believe, approximately £25,000.  Government criteria do change and we must keep the Tiddington crossing at the top of the agenda.


Road Traffic Issues at London Road, Milton Common

The warning red-surfaced areas and 30mph roundels on the road and white gates at the sides of the road at the entrance to the 30mph limit have now been completed.  I understand from residents that this has resulted in many more motorists observing the speed limit.


Bus Services

The Oxfordshire County Council subsidised routes in our area are currently being assessed for decisions about their future to be taken in the Spring of 2007.  I would like to hear of any suggestions for new services or alterations to current services, which would have popular support and could be examined as part of the review.

Did you know that there is a bus frequency routes guide available for the whole of Oxfordshire?  If you would like a copy please call Ian Connick on 01865 815088 or email him at:     ian.connick@oxfordshire.gov.uk


Oxfordshire 2007

In 2007 we celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the County of Oxfordshire.  There are many events being planned throughout the County.  For details contact:   Oxford Inspires, Central Library, Westgate, Oxford, OX1 1DJ or look at the very interesting web site:    www.oxfordshire2007.com


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, County Councillor

20 November 2006



Recycling News


Have you ever wondered what happens to the items you put in the Clothing Banks?

70% are re-used as clothes.

Any un-wearable items are sold to merchants to be recycled as factory wiping cloths.

Trousers and skirts are sold to the “flocking” industry, which shreds them for fillers in car insulation, roofing felts, loudspeaker cones, panel linings, furniture padding, etc.

It is estimated that more than one million tonnes of textiles are thrown away every year, with most of this coming from household sources.

So by going to the Clothing Bank you are not wasting your time.

Janet Willis


From the Vicar


Following the fire at Holton Vicarage, Caroline and family will be living for the next few months at the following address:-

North End

New Place

Ladder Hill

Wheatley      Tel no: 01865 873451 (unchanged)

OX33 1HY    Email not available at the moment


Notes from a Licensed Lay Minister

(Caroline has asked me to do this!)


Christmas is coming, with carols in the air, even in the supermarkets. The carols repeat the story of Jesus’ birth as it is recorded for us in the Bible. It is a story of contrasts. Christmas radiates from the holy child, a tiny baby born in difficult circumstances. Who would want to have their first baby so far from home? A favourite children’s carol reminds us of the family’s hard situation:

Away in a manger,

No crib for a bed…

The Czech carol consoles the baby: 

Little Jesus, sweetly sleep, do not stir;

We will lend a coat of fur.

And yet this is the Son of God. The little town of Bethlehem sleeps too, unaware that:

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight.

The elderly Simeon recognizes salvation in the child Mary and Joseph have brought to him. The prophetess Anna, now 84 years old, responds in the same way. These two venerable people welcome the tiny baby on whom so much depends. They make a gracious picture of age and infancy.

There is also a contrast between the poor and rich. The shepherds have little to offer except their worship, but that is all that matters on that first Christmas night, and we follow their example each year. Later, the Magi come with valuable and prophetic gifts, perhaps of practical use on the flight of the holy family from Herod?

I once saw a magnificent performance of one of the cycles of medieval mystery plays. The whole Gospel story came together in one coherent whole. It was an outdoor production, starting on a lovely summer afternoon. By the end, it was dark and the lights came on for the conclusion, where the large cast divided into good and bad, going to their respective places at the Last Judgment. All who had shown the least sign of accepting Christ were received joyfully by the angels. We seldom see people as wholly good or bad nowadays: after all, who are we to judge? But sometimes our world seems all various shades of grey, and this can be confusing.  The Christmas story, on the other hand, is full of visual images of the contrast between darkness and light. St John sees Jesus as “the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world”, but “the darkness comprehendeth it not” (John, chapter 1, verses 9 and 5, respectively, in the King James’ version). The love of God is shown to us in the birth of his Son, come among us to live a human life and die a human death. 

The world we live in is also full of contrasts, and our sophisticated communications bring into our homes pictures of problems on a global scale, such as drought and flood, often in the developing world. At this time of all times the charities that do such valuable work in the disaster areas remind us of the plight of those forced to leave their homes with little hope of returning. There are parallels here with the flight of the holy family into Egypt: did Joseph and Mary know whether they would ever get back to Nazareth? Charities have for many years been sending us catalogues of gifts made in the developing world. More recently, they have been inviting us to send virtual presents. Christian Aid, for example, advertises a disaster-survival kit. £10 will supply items such as lentils, rice, potatoes, oil and other essentials for a family who have lost their home. Your friend gets a card: the family gets the potatoes. 

When disaster strikes someone we know, we feel an urgent desire to help. What I have just said about being forced to leave home may have reminded us of our own vicar and of the courage and cheerfulness she and her family have shown after the fire at the vicarage. The church and the vicarage, of course with our much loved vicar, are important to us: we could not imagine the village without them.  We shall be very glad when Caroline and David, Sarah and Joshua, can return, with their home restored.  We shall also be very glad when our church has been repaired, and we are very grateful indeed to all who have set the Friends of St Bartholomew’s off to such an excellent start. (“Start” is the operative word, of course. There is a long way to go still).

Christmas is a time when the church windows shine in the dark night as we go to the midnight services in our respective villages, and there is a sense of wonder in the air. Whether we have children in the house or not, we think of their excitement as they look forward to the Day itself. It is a time to remember our own childhood and send messages to old friends and new ones. A very happy Christmas to everyone!  And here to finish is an old riddle for any child who hasn’t heard it already:

What’s in the church

But not the steeple?

The parson has it,

But not the people.

(answer on page 12)

Marian Brown





Friday 3 November

Glenville Rees Evans, aged 81, followed by Cremation

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.



It was lovely to see so many in Church for the funeral.



Glen Evans

The donations in aid of Sobell Home Care and St Helen’s Church amounted to £1443.40. The Parochial Church Council very much appreciate Audrey’s requests.



St Helen’s Church Bazaar

On behalf of the Parochial Church Council, I would like to thank everyone who supported the Bazaar. The amount raised was £579.80. A special thank you to all the helpers.

Anne Edwards





Christingle Service

St Helen’s Church, Albury

Sunday, 10 December, 2.00pm


On Saturday, 9 December at 2.00pm

there will be craft activities for the

children in the Church to prepare for the Christingle Service


Church Services

St Helen’s Church, Albury

3 December

9.30am Morning Prayer with Albert Eastham

9 December (Saturday)

2.00pm Christingle preparation

10 December

2.00pm Christingle Service

17 December

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

Christmas Eve

6.00pm Carols and Communion

31 December

11.00am Cluster Service at Holton with Angela Butler and Caroline King

7 January

9.30am Morning Prayer

14 January

9.30am Holy Communion

21 January

9.30am Morning Prayer

28 January

9.30am Holy Communion


Glen Evans


Glen Evans died on the 20 October 2006 after an illness faced with much courage and dignity.

Glen and Audrey moved to Tiddington in 1981, two years before he retired. He served for 27 years as Headmaster of Wheatley CE Primary School, and left an unforgettable mark on the lives of the hundreds of children who were fortunate enough to be guided by him. He was  much respected and led the school with authority and commitment. He kept in touch with many of his pupils, following their careers with great interest. 

After his retirement Glen became an active member of SSAFA, the Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association, and of the Red Cross Disabled Club. He also became a member of Tiddington Parochial Church Council and continued his involvement with the Masons in Thame and Oxford.

He contributed a great deal to village life. He was a Vice President of Tiddington Cricket Club and also of Wheatley Rugby Club.  He followed both clubs keenly. He attended many a WI or UNIT outing with Audrey and particularly enjoyed the Ascot visits.

He was a well known figure around the village and, until the last few months, could be seen most afternoons striding out, enjoying his walks. He knew the footpaths in the area extremely well.

My family and I have known Glen and Audrey since they moved to the village.  My late husband and Glen became very good friends and enjoyed many walks with Tyson, discussing everything and anything under the sun. They both shared a common interest in Rugby and attended many Welsh and English Internationals together. (Glen supporting Wales, David England!)

He took a great interest in our children and supported Nathalie when she applied and, through him, joined the Royal Masonic Hospital, Hammersmith for her nurse training. He always wanted to know what Ben was up to and gave very valuable advice whenever it was requested. They both respected him very much. 

He was a much esteemed member of the village and treated everyone with an old fashioned courtesy and charm which were very endearing. 

He had many friends from all walks of life and this was reflected at his funeral by the large number of people who attended.  He will be much missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Audrey and Margaret.

Maureen Marchant


Carol Evening


Monday, 18 December, 7.30pm

Tiddington Village Hall

Community singing with coffee and mince pies in the interval

In aid of Cancer Research UK


Tickets:  £2.00 for adults

           £1.00 for children


Available from: Anne Edwards 339794               or: Pauline Field 339671    


Yoga Classes – Christmas Break


Classes will finish for the Christmas break on Thursday, 30 November and will recommence on Thursday, 25 January 2007.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Yvonne Cartwright


Poppy Appeal November 2006

The Tiddington with Albury collection amounted to £334.61. Many thanks to all.

Freda Brown, Pam Byrne

and Joan Manning

Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.


In October, John Chipperfield gave us some amusing anecdotes of his work as a journalist on the Oxford Mail and Times and the history of the origins of the local papers was very interesting.

We had nearly a full house for our November meeting and it was good to welcome visitors too. Sylvia Vetta brought some of the antiques she has collected over the years and, following a short talk she had everyone pairing up to answer quiz questions on who, where and when the provided examples were made. This provoked lots of discussion and there was a real buzz to the meeting. Sylvia Vetta also kindly chatted to individual members who had brought their own antiques to learn more about.

Several members attended the Autumn Group Meeting at Sydenham in October. Unfortunately the speaker, coming from Headington, got caught up in the traffic chaos which ensued following an accident on the M40 and arrived too late to give his talk. Sydenham’s president, however, calmly found two members who volunteered short talks and the evening ended very happily. We had a chance to catch up and chat with fellow members from neighbouring institutes.

Many members generously provided pots of all kinds, some empty, others filled with plants, jams, soaps, etc for the table top sale at Holton Village Hall in November. We made some money for our own funds as well as contributing to Holton WI, whose members voted our stall the best presented and dressed. Praise indeed!

Several members will be looking forward to attending the County annual event, Christmas Lights, at Oxford Town Hall on 4 December. Two of our members will be “performing” on stage as they are on the organising committee, but the audience join in, making a festive start to the Christmas season.

Instead of a meeting in December, we shall be going out on the evening of the 14th for Christmas dinner, this year to Common Leys Farm restaurant on Waterperry Common. We look forward to a convivial evening together and will exchange Christmas presents.

On 11 January, we have a visit from Glyn Lewis, a representative of the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, who will talk about this worthwhile service, totally funded by voluntary contributions.

Members are reminded that subscriptions will be due in January and next year everyone will receive eight issues of a magazine through the post.

A date for your diaries – in the new year on 10 February, we are having another quiz evening – very popular a year ago. Tables of 8 to a team or make up a team on the night. Bring your own supper and drinks. Tickets available from Anne Purnell (Tel: 279429) or Maureen Marchant (Tel: 339300)

Our meetings are held on the second Thursday in the month at 7.30pm in Tiddington Village Hall and visitors and new members are very welcome. 

Zena Knight

Tel: 339340



0845 8 505 505

The single number for non-emergency calls



Did you know?


John Price was executed for robbery on 7 March 1785 and his body was gibbeted on Milton Common. Anyone know any more details for inclusion in the next Newsletter?

(from Oliver’s City of Oxford Almanack, 1929)

(in Oxfordshire Record Office, Cowley)


Milton Common NHW (West Side)


In recent months I have been busy with local youths causing problems. We have to remember we were all young once but some take the biscuit and make life for their victims and parents difficult.


Picture of the Neighbourhood Watch logoRecent burglaries in the Oxford and Reading area have been occurring around 19.00 hrs early evening, the offenders forced a rear window and when challenged said they were from the Neighbourhood Watch and were checking the house was secure.  Do not let anyone in your home without checking ID cards. NHW Co-ordinators do not have ID Cards. People claiming to be from the Police can be verified by calling 08458 505 505.


Please remember this year when putting the Christmas tree up, try not to place in front of patio windows as this can be too tempting for our would-be burglar, with presents laid underneath the tree.


If you are going to be away over Christmas for long periods please let me know.


During the Festive Season Dog Watch is going to be in Operation.

If pets need to be looked after during holidays and your direct neighbours are away – please give me a call.


The NHW Oil group has proved successful in keeping the price of oil down.


Welcome to all our new neighbours in Milton Common, some newer than others. If you would like to be part of the NHW scheme please give me a call.


Last but not least enjoy the festive season, keep safe and a Happy New Year to you all.



Elaine Horne

NHW Co-ordinator M/C

01844 279520



Tiddington Village Hall


By the time some of you read this, the annual Village Hall Christmas Dinner may have already taken place (2 December), so if you wanted to come and forgot to book a ticket, there’s always next year!


There is a special Christmas Carol Evening on Monday, 18 December, and we’ve got Christmas Bingo on Tuesday the 19th. It’s a popular night, so get there early to bag a good seat (see page 10 for more details). Every year we rely on villagers for their highly valued donations of excellent prizes and this year is no exception. So please look out for a slip through your door with details of when someone will call to collect anything suitable you might have. We need prizes for 1 and 2 lines, a full house and of course the raffle.


We’d also like to highlight the fact that this will be a NO SMOKING event – which leads me conveniently on to discussions at our recent Village Hall committee meeting.


Back in May 2005 we asked people to comment on smoking in the Village Hall. There were many responses but with no clear majority wanting a ban or not, so it was decided that polite signs asking smokers to consider others might be a solution. These unfortunately proved to have little or no effect.

However, with the increasing use of the Hall in recent months, members of the Committee are receiving more and more comments about “when we are going to introduce a smoking ban” rather than “if we are”. In the summer of 2007 an England wide ban on smoking in public places will be introduced. Early next year we plan to begin work on refurbishment of the toilets and extending the kitchen. One of the conditions of receiving a grant from South Oxfordshire District Council to help us do this was that a smoking ban would be introduced. It was therefore decided (following great debate and a vote by all committee members) that a ban on smoking in the Village Hall be introduced from 1 January 2007.


Our November meeting was also the AGM and I’m really pleased to welcome Mike Robinson and Janet Willis on to the Committee.


Have a great Christmas and best wishes for 2007.

 Alan Stratton, Chairman

Tiddington Village Hall Committee

Tel: 01844 339430 or 278534


Tiddington Cricket Club


Driving past the floods at Ickford Bridges the other day made me wonder whether there was still a hosepipe ban in place! I don’t know why I thought this other than the feeling of a great injustice, having suffered two months of summer drought when water was most needed and now when we don’t need it we have too much.

Thankfully until recently the weather has been particularly kind in respect of the building work taking place on the ground. The old pavilion was quickly demolished and removed. All structural work underground is now complete and building above ground is just about to plate level, ready soon for roof trusses. All internal bison beam flooring is also in place. Hopefully it will be fully weathered well before Christmas, at which point the weather can do what it likes!

Whilst pavilion costs have been covered we still need to raise more money to avoid taking out loans. In respect of this, this year’s Christmas Draw will take place in the Village Hall on Thursday 21st December. First Prize will be £100 and a super Christmas Hamper will be 2nd prize. All other prizes are donated. Please contact Hellen Purnell should you wish to make a donation or require additional tickets on 01844 338699.

Winter seasons for Darts, Cribbage and indoor Aunt Sally are all in full flow with all teams performing well. Amazingly the first of this year’s dart’s league tables show our “B” team leading their section. This we believe is a first!

On a more serious note this years AGM is the most important meeting for a number of years, not only because we need to elect a new Chairman, but with a new pavilion likely to be opened in Spring next year, it is a major opportunity to galvanise thoughts and ideas on how the club should progress. This will take place in the Village Hall on Sunday, 3rd December at 7.30pm.

This year’s players’ meeting held on 12th October was well attended and elected the following Captains

Saturday      1st XI             Jon Talbot

                       Vice               Matthew Maule

                       2nd XI            Phil Manning

                       Vice               Nick Edmondson

                      3rd XI            Ray Manning

Sunday                                Matthew Maule

                       Vice               Richard Manger

Phil Clark was elected as Fixture Secretary.

A new Cricket Committee has been elected to consider all matters cricket.

This comprises Neil Smith, Michael Fisher, Riaan Krynaau and Phil Clark. We wish them well in this new role, which will give new direction and purpose to everything involved with cricket.

Even at such an early time we wish everybody a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


Ray Manning


Wheatley Library

Opening Hours

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


Newington Nurseries


All Year Appeal

Meet a garden celebrity of the green and growing kind! Members of the Elaeagnus family are real eye-catchers.

For year round colour and interest in your garden look out for the evergreen members of the clan. Elaeagnus x ebbingei cultivars are dense rounded, evergreen shrubs with elegant oval leaves. These plants have suitably glitzy names – “Gilt Edge” reaches a height and spread of 4m and produces attractive dark green leaves edged with gorgeous golden yellow margins. “Limelight”, with a height and spread of 3m, is a little smaller but no less striking. Its leaves are silvery when young and then become marked with yellow and green in the centres.

For star quality try Elaeagnus pungens “Maculata”. Put this plant centre stage in your garden. With its spreading upward growth, “Maculata” is ideal as a specimen shrub. The glossy dark green leaves have rich yellow centres making this plant really stand out from the crowd.

When it comes to where they can live, Elaeagnus are much less picky than your average celeb! They will grow well in any fertile, well drained soil. They do best in a sunny position although the evergreen varieties can cope with some shade.

Along with stellar quality, elegance and style, these plants are a practical choice too. Evergreen Elaeagnus bring year-round appeal and structure. They are suitable in a number of garden situations including as a specimen plant, in a shrub border. Some of the evergreen varieties are even suitable to grow as a hedge.

Plus there’s more to Elaeagnus than stunning foliage. Many produce exquisite little star-shaped flowers which can be fragrant (depending on variety). “Maculata” produces pendent silvery white flowers in autumn. “Quicksilver”, a deciduous variety, puts on a pretty show of yellow flowers produced from silver buds which look great against its lance-shaped silvery leaves. Sounds gorgeous! It’s easier than you might think to have a celebrity in your garden!

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

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




South & Vale Carers Centre


Are you looking after someone?

Many of you will know that there are people in your Parish who are sick, disabled, elderly or frail. Often their greatest wish is to continue to live in their own homes with as much independence and dignity as their conditions allow. NHS and social and community services are struggling to provide the required level of support needed.

For most people in this position it is a relative, neighbour or friend that provides the help they need. These unpaid carers spend many hours every week looking after others; shopping, transporting, cleaning, cooking, washing and dispensing medication and personal care.

Caring for others can be rewarding but it can also be tiring and stressful. It is important that carers remain strong, fit and healthy if they are to continue helping the person they care for.

The South & Vale Carers Centre is a local charity that provides support for unpaid carers in your area. We visit people in their own homes and ensure that they have access to the advice, benefits, respite and other services they need to do a difficult job. All of our services are confidential and free.

If you are a Carer or you know a Carer who may benefit from these services please contact us on 01235 510212 or write to 5 Lydalls Road, Didcot, OX11 7HX or email carer@svcarers.org.uk




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


An Outreach session will be introduced soon at the offices of the United Reformed Church, Crown Square, Wheatley

on Monday mornings from 10.00am




Answer to the riddle on page 6 - The letter “R”