TIDDINGTON WITH ALBURY & MILTON COMMON
Parish Council News
Tree Warden Scheme - South Oxfordshire District Council's Forestry and Countryside service are undergoing a review of the pilot Tree Warden scheme which covered the areas of Henley and Watlington. The review will judge the success of the pilot scheme and determine if it could be expanded throughout the district. The Parish Council has been asked whether any of our residents would be interested in becoming a Tree Warden. The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative founded by the Tree Council. It enables people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woodlands.
Tree Wardens are volunteers who have an interest in the trees in their local environment. They do not have to be tree experts because relevant on-going training will be provided by the Council. Tree Wardens will act as the “eyes and ears” of the Council’s Forestry & Countryside section within the local community and their roles will involve:
Please contact the clerk or one of your councillors if you would like to help.
Donations have been made to South and Vale Carers and the M40 Chilterns Environmental Group.
Is your mobile working? Rather than take the new phone offer that most networks give every 18 months, switch to “Green Mobile”. They are offering £50 cash-back if you keep your own phone. They also give £25 and 6% of your monthly bill to your chosen green charity. See www.greenmobile.co.uk for further information.
W H Smith will contribute 0.25p to the Woodland Trust for each carrier bag that is refused at the till. Their target is to fund 10,000 trees by the end of 2008.
Tesco at Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington will take AAA, AA, C and D size household batteries together with button, mobile phone, laptop and rechargeable batteries for recycling.
From your Council Chairman
As the calendar year comes to an end, I am happy to report that the Council is in good heart. We have, of course, sadly lost Roy Boughton, and Angela Tremayne and Alan Stratton did not seek re-election in May. However, Elaine Horne and Zena Knight have proved more than adequate replacements. It is also a great shame that Jenny Stoker has tendered her resignation as Clerk. Please see notice below if you are interested in applying for the post.
A happy Christmas and prosperous New Year to everyone.
From your District Councillor
Two matters of particular concern to parishes were debated at a recent Council meeting; one relating to waste and the other to planning. The following resolutions were passed:
1. Council approves the following collection services as part of the new waste collection contract to start in 2009:
a. weekly separate collection of food waste from a kerbside bin
b. fortnightly residual waste collection from a wheeled bin
c. fortnightly opt-in charged for garden waste collection from a wheeled bin
d. kerbside collection of dry recycling (at least fortnightly)
e. kerbside collection of glass (at least fortnightly)
2. Council consults with parish and town councils on the discontinuance of the automatic referral of major and minor planning applications to the Planning Committee in circumstances where a parish/town council recommends approval against the officers’ recommendation of refusal.
Neither of these will have any immediate effect and I will keep you informed of any developments.
From your County Councillor
Highways Issues-Future Temporary Closure of A329 at Milton Common
The latest news we have is that the closure of the A329 at Milton Common for the bridge safety repairs to be done will commence in April 2008 with the exact start date still to be advised. You will recall that I referred to this in the last newsletter.
In addition the M40 action group are still trying to get the Highways Agency and the Government to install noise reduction panels at the same time to make life more peaceful for the people living in the properties alongside the motorway. However, whilst this pressure is not at present bearing any fruit we will all keep trying. (see Action Group press release on p5 and article which follows – Ed)
in the Thame area and its effect on Lord Williams and the
Growth in the Thame Area
and the effects it will have on
School Net capacity No on register
Lord Williams 2037 2092
The Icknield 711 611
Lord Williams 55 0
The Icknield 0 100
Discussions will take place about the predictions of future student numbers which will be determined by new housing projects in the area. I will keep you informed.
New 50mph speed limit on the A329
From 26 November (2007) the A329 from Milton Common to Thame will have a 50mph speed limit bringing it into line with the limit on the A329 from Milton Common to Stadhampton. The introduction of the speed limit from Milton Common to Stadhampton was put in to achieve a reduction in personal injury accidents and it is hoped that the new limit will have the same effect on the stretch of road between Milton Common and Thame.
As this is the last issue of the Tiddington Newsletter before Christmas I wish you all a happy festive season and a peaceful and successful new year.
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
20 November 2007
M40 Chilterns Environmental Group
19th November 2007
‘If you can find the funding then we will build barriers’, says John Gardner, General Manager of UK Highways, who maintain the M40 on behalf of the Highways Agency.
His offer came during a presentation at the AGM of the M40 Chilterns Environmental Group.
Mr Gardner explained that he must reconstruct two deteriorating bridges over the motorway, at Milton Common and Stokenchurch. Existing bridges will need to be closed for extended periods whilst the works are carried out. The two schemes are planned consecutively in 2008 and 2009, which may cause further disruption of the lives of local people, who suffer from the noise of M40 traffic, night and day.
Ken Edwards, Chairman of the M40 Group, stated that, although they recognise the benefit of including the additional work, under current policies the Highways Agency will not provide funding for improving noise barriers for these communities.
Local residents queried the problems with the bridges - apparently designed for a 60 year life - after 30 years. Many expressed frustration with District and County Councils in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire for failing to consult local residents. Mr Gardner expressed his willingness to continue to examine the plans so as to minimize disruption, and to meet with local people again. However, following the Highways Agency’s refusal to fund improvement of noise barriers within the schemes, an opportunity to bring lasting benefit to local residents continues to be missed.
M40 CEG will continue to pursue this opportunity with support of local residents.
Dr Ken Edwards
Chairman M40 CEG
Bridgeworks at the M40/A329 Junction of the M40
M40 Chilterns Environmental Group – AGM,
Elaine Horne and Tony Giddy of Milton Common attended the AGM on behalf of the Parish Council and below is a brief report of that meeting to complement the press release above and for those who were unable to attend.
John Gardner of UK Highways reported that the bridgeworks have now been scheduled to commence around the Easter period in 2008 and he explained the planned diversions that will be put in place during the 9 month closure period. One lane over the bridge could be opened for 3 of the 9 month closure period and pedestrian access will be allowed for the majority of the time. On at least 4 occasions the M40 Motorway will be closed overnight at Junction 7. Traffic going south will exit the motorway at Junction 8a, be routed down the A40 and return on to the motorway at Junction 7. Traffic heading north will exit at Junction 7 and be routed through the villages to return at Junction 8a. This will also be the case if any accidents or traffic build-ups occur during the bridgeworks. There will be sleepless nights and noisy days for those living on the west side of the A40 at Milton Common and villages south of the M40.
While the bridgeworks are being undertaken, Darren Rhoden of the Highways Agency was asked if they would take this opportunity to install effective noise barrier fencing or bunds along the north side of the M40 at Milton Common where housing exists. His response was that no funding was available regardless of any opportunities that present themselves.
In addition, some members of the M40 CEG and I attended a House of Commons debate on the M40 on 16 October. The four MPs who act for their constituents along the M40 motorway from junctions 3 to 8, including Boris Johnson, and fully support the M40 CEG, argued on behalf of the work undertaken by the M40 CEG to have effective noise mitigation measures installed along the M40 and low noise surfaces laid down. Boris Johnson and I have also requested a meeting with Ruth Kelly to discuss with her why there is no funding available to install “noise mitigation measures” along the M40 at junctions 7 & 8 where the motorway cuts directly through housing and should be considered as a “special case” for funding.
If any readers are spirited enough to write to Darren Rhoden of the Highways Agency (letters to Ruth Kelly get referred back to the HA) it would be appreciated. We will arrange a further meeting in late January 2008 with John Gardner of UK Highways to discuss the planned re-routing of traffic when the bridgeworks start.
From the Vicar
One of my favourite pieces
of music is Handel’s Messiah with its wonderfully powerful music and memorable
use of some of the great biblical passages. The work is magnificent music but
it is also a great work of theology. As we approach Christmas I especially
enjoy listening to the chorus based around the words of Isaiah 9:2, 6 & 7.
They refer to the coming Messiah proclaimed by the prophets and for Christians
this prophecy is fulfilled by the child born in
The coming king will have no need of advisers, for he will rule with wisdom. It reminds us of the crowds marvelling at Jesus, as one who taught with authority.
He is one who is mighty in battle and victorious over all his enemies. So Jesus the Messiah, by the cross and resurrection, battled against the powers of evil and triumphed on our behalf.
The term “father of the people” was often used of popular leaders of Middle Eastern nations at the time. It is therefore not inappropriate to describe the Messiah or Jesus as God’s son in this way. He is the Son of the everlasting Father who cares for his people, as a father cares for his children.
Prince of Peace
The Messiah is described here as the one who will establish peace. In the Bible, peace is not simply the absence of conflict; it is the wholeness and security that comes with the reign of God among his people.
* Take time to reflect on these different titles for Jesus. How do they speak into your current circumstances?
Jesus, the light of the world, has come into a dark world marked by pain and suffering, disappointment and frustration, despair and hopelessness. In him there is hope. In him there is life. Here is good news!!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you at our Christmas services.
With best wishes
The Revd Richard Cowles, Team Vicar of Cuddesdon, Horspath and Garsington will be leaving at the end of January to take up the post of Vicar of Bray. We will all miss Richard and family a great deal but we are delighted that he has found such a suitable new post, and send our best wishes as he prepares to leave us in the New Year.
St Helen’s Church, Albury
8.00am Holy Communion with Caroline King at Holton
4.00pm Carol Service at Holton
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
3.30am Christingle Service with Caroline King & David Bendor-Samuel
6.00pm Carol Service at Waterstock
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
3.00pm Carol Service at Waterperry
3.00pm Crib Service with Marian Brown at Holton
6.00pm Carols and Communion with Caroline King
11.15pm Midnight Communion with Caroline King at Holton
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King at Waterstock
9.30am Cluster Communion
9.30am Morning Prayer
9.30am Holy Communion
9.30am Morning Prayer
9.30am Holy Communion
The proceeds of the Church Christmas Bazaar held on 10 November amounted to £772.20.
Many thanks to all those who supported the event in so many ways.
The money raised will help towards funding the heating and stonework repairs to the Church.
10.5.1913 – 3.10.2007
Sadly our village has lost another familiar figure. Mr Sprott, a fine old English gentleman, passed away on 3 October.
I was happy to work as a cleaner for Mr and Mrs Sprott at Tiddington House for a number of years.
After he lost his wife, Mr Sprott moved to a small house in Thame. We often met on shopping trips and were pleased to exchange our family news.
Although not taking a very active part in village life, Mr Sprott was always interested in the local news and supported the community.
He was a fine painter, although he gave it up after being widowed.
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Thursday 1 November 07 was the launch date of a Burglary Reduction action month by Thames Valley Police.
They were pleased to report there have been significant reductions in reported burglaries during the past year and wish to see this trend continue. They would like to ask for your support by taking the following steps:-
Please check all door and window locks, (especially ground floor and to the rear of your property) including patio doors and conservatory doors and windows.
Use a security chain on your door in the event of any unexpected visitors.
With the darker evenings now upon us ensure you have good lighting on the approach to and around your house.
Do not leave any tools or equipment out or around the garden, especially ladders, which could be used to force and gain entry.
Ensure all sheds and outbuildings are properly secured.
Property mark valuable items, Televisions, DVD players, Computers including laptops with an ultra violet marker pen. (postcode & house number)
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.
NHW Co-ordinator M/C
There was an informal briefing at Thame Police Station on Monday, 12 November about the implementation of neighbourhood policing. As a Parish councillor I was sent to represent the Tiddington with Albury Parish Council.
I met other councillors from the local villages; we were given a presentation by Chris Hazell, Neighbourhood Sergeant.
We come under Wheatley neighbourhood policing.
The members of his team are:-
PC Andy Clarke - Specialist
PC Paul Gregory – Neighbourhood Officer
PCSO Ken Cooney
PCSO Dan Tucker
PCSO Michael Jakes
What is neighbourhood policing?
It is a way of providing a tailor made service in our area to tackle crime and other issues that stop people from feeling safe.
Police officers and staff will work with other agencies like our local council, as well as members of the community themselves, to identify the issues most important to us and our sense of security and find ways of tackling them.
In the next newsletter I will be able to give you more details on Neighbourhood Action groups and how they are formed.
Residents are reminded that if you see anything you wish to report to the police that is not an emergency ring 0845 8 505 505.
Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.
Carole Richardson’s talk on “Decorative
Living” in October gave an insight into the art of decorating furniture and
artefacts in the home from the early days in
November’s meeting saw a change of
speaker. Ronald Perkins, an experienced photographer of 30 years, showed
stunning slides of the wildlife of
On 13 December we celebrate Christmas with entertainment from the Thame Players. Members are asked to bring a wrapped present to exchange and a wine glass. The committee will provide refreshments. There is no competition.
The speaker will be Russell Cherry on 10 January and his talk is entitled “The Thames from its source”. The competition is for a gold coloured object.
Over sixty people attended the autumn Group Meeting in October and we welcomed WI members from Holton and Waterperry, Chinnor, Thame and Sydenham to our village hall. The speaker, Alastair Lack had been in the World Service of the BBC and his history of the service was interspersed with anecdotes about the many famous people he had met, including Nelson Mandela and John Major. He is an excellent after-dinner speaker who now does lecture tours of the States.
Advance notice is given of our WI Quiz Evening which will be held on Saturday, 9 February in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. It will take the same form as in the previous two years – bring your own food and drinks. Further details in the next newsletter.
We have welcomed two new members over the last two months and we look forward to seeing you on the second Thursday of the month for our regular meetings at 7.30pm in Tiddington Village Hall.
Tiddington Village Hall
Saturday, 1 December is the date for the annual Tiddington Village Hall Christmas Dinner. Thanks to all of you who have booked tickets. It promises to be another great night!
Once again, we will be hosting the ever popular Christmas Bingo, which will take place on Tuesday, 18 December. All donations of suitable prizes are very welcome and a committee member should call sometime during the previous week to collect. If for any reason you don’t get a visit then please call me on 339430 and I will drop round.
The permanent Christmas tree that was planted earlier this year is beginning to establish itself but is a few years from being ready for full decoration! So this year look out for something a little different around the hall.
And finally, may I take this opportunity on behalf of the Village Hall Committee to thank you for your support in 2007 and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Alan Stratton, Chairman
Tiddington Cricket Club
With the exception of the moles all outdoor activities have now ceased. Club teams playing cribbage, ladies and men’s darts and indoor Aunt Sally are all having some success although not yet challenging for honours. Thanks to everyone who came to the quiz on 17 November. There was something for everyone in the categories of questions, which included musical and pictorial rounds. But judging by the number of questions answered correctly by some teams in the RV and films rounds one can only conclude that these people have far too much free time on their hands!
The next quiz, in which all questions have a Christmas theme, will take place on Saturday 15th December at 8.00pm. The format will be the same with a maximum of six adults per team, the £5 per head entry again including supper. Early booking is advisable. Details of further events will be posted in the clubhouse.
In addition to the regular Thursday and Friday evening opening in winter we now open every Wednesday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunchtime opening often extends to watch Premiership Football matches.
It only remains to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Ray Manning Tel: 338911
This has been an eventful year at Wheatley Library. So many things have happened that it is impossible to mention them all but here are a few highlights:
Christmas is approaching rapidly as I write this. At Wheatley Library the last day we are open before Christmas will be Saturday, 22 December. Remember we close at 1.00pm on this day. The library reopens again on Wednesday, 2 January 2008.
books issued after 3 December will not need renewing until after the New Year.
If you do need to visit a library the Central Library in
The best days to take out DVDs are the 18, 19 or 20 of December when you get a 3-week loan period for the normal price for a week.
All of us at Wheatley Library would like to wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. We look forward to seeing you in the library.
Thame and District
Has Christmas become too commercialised is a question that is often asked at this time of year. That is for individuals to decide but the Thame and District CAB report that every year in January and February they see an increase in the number of people seeking debt advice. Christmas credit card bills are usually the last straw for people who are already struggling to cope on a tight budget.
We live in an affluent part of the country but hundreds of local people seek advice each year with debt problems. In some cases, things have got so out of hand that bankruptcy may be the only way out. Perhaps it’s because we are surrounded by such obvious wealth that the pressures on ordinary people to spend are much greater. It is especially difficult for parents when their children clamour for the latest expensive gadget. Citizens Advice has five tips on how to keep out of debt this Christmas.
1. Be realistic about what you can afford.
2. Work out how much you are going to spend on each person - and stick to it. Try shopping just with cash and not using your credit cards.
3. Don't just run up an overdraft without talking to your bank - this will be much more expensive than if you arrange it beforehand.
4. If you do need to use credit, shop around for the lowest rate.
5. If you do get into difficulties, get advice as soon as you can from Thame & District CAB. Tel 01844 217186
& District Citizens Advice
01844 217186 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Great Haseley & District
We hope you will join us for the Winter Garden Talk and Christmas Party on Tuesday 4 December at 7.30pm in Great Haseley Village Hall.
Members may have ordered their catalogue for Mr Fothergill’s seeds, don’t forget you get 30% off if you are a member of GHDHS.
Tips for December gardeners
Vegetables - Stake and
Fruit - Prune gooseberry and currant bushes, aim for an open bowl shape.
Lawn - Rake up the last of the leaves as they will kill the grass underneath. Keep off the lawn in frosty weather.
Bulbs - Keep an eye on bowls of prepared bulbs like hyacinths and narcissi. They can be brought indoors once the bud is 3.5cm high, to open in time for Christmas. In mid December branches of winter flowering shrubs which are in bud can be cut and brought indoors to open and add to Christmas displays.
Cuttings - Take root cuttings of fleshy rooted perennials such as oriental poppies, Japanese anemones and anchusa, which propagate easily this way. Dig up the plant, wash off the roots and cut some of them into 5cm lengths, straight at the top and slanted at the bottom, so you plant them the right way up! Replant the parent. Plant the cuttings vertically in pots of cuttings compost with vermiculite for good drainage, put them in a cold frame to root. Leaves should appear in spring when the cuttings can be potted up singly to be planted out next autumn or given away.
If you would like to join your local gardening society, membership is only £3 a year.
Contact Membership Secretary Sally Orriss at:
The Old Stores, Great Milton OX44 7NL or on 01844 279231