www.tiddingtonoxon.co.uk                                  FEBRUARY/MARCH 2007




#  From the editor


A happy New Year to everyone.

It is good to see the new Cricket Pavilion taking shape and soon the refurbishment project on the Village Hall will be starting. Let’s hope for reasonable weather so that work does not get held up.

Meanwhile to cheer us up in the dark winter days, see details of a quiz evening on 10 February on page 6 and a dance evening on 3 March on page 8.


Zena Knight   


Carol Evening

Thank you to all who supported the Carol Evening. I am pleased to report that the proceeds amounted to £391.50 which has been forwarded to Cancer Research UK. This money will be used for research work at the Churchill Hospital.

Anne Edwards


Food for Thought

Have you a favourite or family recipe you would like to share with the readers of this newsletter? If so, please email me (johnorman@aol.com) or post through my letter box (Spring Cottage, Thame Road) Look out for the Recipe Page in the next issue.

Janet Willis


Picture of the Neighbourhood Watch logoMilton Common

NHW (West Side)


Distraction burglaries start us off in 2007.

There has been an increase since Christmas in the waterboard distraction burglary method used across the Thames Valley.

Usual excuses used are that it is an EMERGENCY, or that there is a BURST PIPE and entry is needed to TURN OFF THE WATER or RUN THE TAPS.

Please remember that there is no such thing as the waterboard and residents should be reminded that, under no circumstances should they allow anyone unexpected entry into their homes. Please look out for your elderly friends and neighbours. Thank you to all who took part in Dog Watch over the Christmas period, which again was very successful. All dogs will be receiving a small reward. I have a new NHW Holiday Year Planner 2007, so when you have planned your breaks and holidays – please let me know. If anyone else wants to join the NHW Oil group – please call.


Elaine Horne

NHW Co-ordinator M/C

01844 279520

Parish Council News


Pelican crossing – despite recent setbacks, the Parish Council is still pressing for the decision not to go ahead with the previously proposed pelican crossing to be overturned. It has been decided to form a separate action group to concentrate on this. If you would like to support this initiative, please contact the Clerk or Chairman.


Planning matters – outline planning permission is being sought for the site of the Lantern Service Station, Milton Common, comprising of a residential development of seven dwellings, including affordable housing. The Parish Council refused the application as it stands on the grounds of amenity considerations, traffic generation, parking and safety.


Financial matters – the draft budget was discussed and approved, and included provision of £500 for funding the Milton Common website, £500 for Tiddington Cricket Club pavilion and £1,000 towards the Village Hall refurbishment. A precept of £9,225 was submitted for 2007/08.


Community policing – Inspector Stewart Dunbar and his colleague, Sgt Mike Todd, attended our meeting in December to discuss community policing. Neighbourhood policing is to be reorganised into five areas, with Tiddington falling into the Wheatley and Chalgrove area, and the Parish Council will be kept advised of progress. As always, the police are keen to liaise closely with, and with the support of, local communities in reducing and reporting local incidents. Inspector Dunbar confirmed that the community officer for Milton Common is Abby Derbyshire. The 08458 505505 number remains a 24/7 service.



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



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.




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


A very happy New Year.

On 3 May there will be local authority elections including elections of Parish Councils in our District. All Parish Councillors will resign and a new Council elected. Existing Councillors will be eligible for re-election.

Full details of the election process will be sent out nearer the date, so this note is just to stimulate your interest.

Tiddington is entitled to six Councillors and if there are not more than that number of candidates, those standing will automatically be elected; if there are more, there will be an election. The term of office is four years although you can resign earlier. The Council meets once a month, currently on the first Monday of the month at 8.00pm in the Village Hall. The office is unpaid.

If you are interested in standing or would like any further information, please contact me on 01844 339650.

John Nowell-Smith


From the Vicar


Happy New Year.

We had a lovely Christmas at St Helen’s, the church was beautifully decorated and it was great to see so many of you on Christmas Eve and for the first time for our Christingle Service and the afternoon activities the day before. We believe this church is vital to the life of the village. We are a small friendly congregation and we meet for worship every Sunday at 9.30am. Over the last eighteen months it has been especially heartening to see small increases in our weekly congregations and also to have held a number of services and activity afternoons that are particularly appropriate for young children and families. We would dearly love to continue and even do more of these.


Despite being away from the centre of Tiddington we are a Village church in the truest sense of the word and every member of the parish has the right to be baptised, married for the first time and at the end of life to have a funeral service followed by burial in the churchyard or ashes following a committal in the crematorium. It is also possible for services of thanksgiving following significant wedding anniversaries. As vicar I am delighted to take these services and enjoy meeting you and sharing these special family moments with you.


We have exciting plans for the future; we would like to make the church warmer and even more welcoming. To do this we need to improve our heating and do outside stonework, making the building much more weatherproof. Unfortunately the costs of maintaining this lovely and friendly building and providing ministry are beyond the means of our small but faithful congregation. This year it will cost us nearly £155 a week just to maintain the building and fulfil our obligations to the Diocese and the wider church. We appreciate all offers of help but if you could help us by offering to pledge a small amount weekly it would make a huge difference. If you can sign a Gift Aid form, so much the better. £3 a week gift aided would make your financial gift of £156 worth about £200. 


The Parochial Church Council of St Helen’s is committed to serving God in this village, so that your village church will be there for this and future generations. If you feel you could offer us even a little financial support please speak to me, John Nowell-Smith, Ken Field or Anne Edwards.


With best wishes for 2007


Caroline King

On behalf of St Helen’s, Albury

Parochial Church Council




Monday 15 January at the Crematorium

Arthur Field


May he rest in peace.



Arthur Field

Arthur Field grew up at Draycot and attended school at Ickford.

After leaving school he worked at the Draycot Farm for Mr Good as a cattle man. He became a skilled hedgelayer and was justly proud of his work round the local fields. Together with his father, they cut rushes from the river at Ickford, which they plaited and made into mats and baskets for sale.

He married Elsie in 1935 and they began their life together in the cottage next to his parents at Draycot.

We moved to Tiddington during World War 2 and our two families became firm friends.

Arthur joined in the village activities such as the Cricket Club and served in the Home Guard.

When the new Airey houses were built after the war ended we were rehoused and the Field family were allocated one next door.

Arthur was a keen gardener and besides growing vegetables at the new house, he rented an allotment in Ickford Road – his onions in particular being successful!

By this time he had left the farm and gained employment at the Pressed Steel works in Cowley, besides serving as a barman at The Fox.

He and Elsie enjoyed several holidays in Europe together with his brother, Fred. Later they flew out to Australia to visit their daughter, Anne. Sadly they lost their younger son, Laurence, after a long illness.

When the Village Hall was built in readiness for the Coronation celebrations, Arthur joined the volunteers. Then, when the Church roof needed retiling later on, he was once more in the gang.

For a time Arthur was a familiar figure delivering the daily newspapers. Then his health deteriorated, his eyesight and hearing began to fail and his faithful partner, Elsie passed away in July.

He died a month before his ninety-first birthday and will be sadly missed by his son, Ken, four daughters and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dot Wood






Church Services

St Helen’s Church, Albury

4 February

9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith

11 February

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

18 February

9.30am Morning Prayer with Caroline King

25 February

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

4 March

9.30am Morning Prayer

11 March

9.30am Holy Communion

18 March

9.30am Mothering Sunday Service

25 March

9.30am Holy Communion





Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.


In mid-December we had a most convivial evening in the cosy restaurant of Common Leys Farm, Waterperry Common, when twenty six members enjoyed a delicious dinner, pulled crackers and exchanged Christmas presents. We felt the festive season had really started.

At our January meeting, Rick Goble, a paramedic with the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, gave a presentation on the work of the service and related some of his experiences. Members were very moved by his talk and it was resolved that the proceeds of the raffle which we will be holding at the Quiz Evening on 10 February will go towards this charity.

On 8 February, Margaret Deakin will give a talk on New England: from history to foliage. We shall also have a sales table, a chance for members to sell any unwanted goods and give a percentage of the selling price to Institute funds. Nominations for committee will also be invited.

In March our Annual Meeting is likely to be on Wednesday, 7 March in the bar area of the Hall, if the building project goes according to plan. Further details later.

The County Federation will also be holding their AGM in March, on the 27th, and members will have the chance to hear a speaker, Gabriela Leonowicz, who is an ex-policewoman and ukulele player with a great sense of humour. She will “peep behind the Iron Curtain”. Members are invited to apply for tickets through the Institute.

If you haven’t yet booked a ticket for the Quiz Evening on 10 February, they are selling fast. Either make up a team of eight or come on the night and join a table. Bring your own supper and drinks. We look forward to seeing you.

Over the last few months we have welcomed four new members and our meetings are held on the second Thursday in the month at 7.30pm in Tiddington Village Hall. Visitors are very welcome.


Zena Knight

Tel: 339340



0845 8 505 505

The single number for non-emergency calls





Tiddington Village Hall


December was once again a very busy and successful month for the Hall. It was so nice to see so many people at the Annual Christmas Dinner and Dance and then later in the month at the Christmas Bingo.


This was only the second time the Village Hall Management Committee had organised the dinner (following the hugely successful “UNIT years”). The meal was great and guests danced well into the night. Plans are already being made for this year, so please make a note in your diaries for Saturday, 1 December 2007!


The Christmas Bingo was once again a big crowd puller and the profit from the event was well over £300, which will go towards the running costs of the Hall. On behalf of the Committee, I would like to thank everyone for coming, and in particular all the people who helped collect the brilliant prizes. Once again we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the villagers.


We had hoped that in 2006 we would have been able to start work on the major building project to refurbish the toilets (adding a disabled cubicle) and extend the kitchen to make it more practical for caterers, etc. However, due to the delay in receiving the necessary grant money this has put our schedule back a little. We now hope to start in March and with your help, and I mean your help we can get the work done and completed on time and on budget. Some of you have already said that you'd like to help and we will be contacting you shortly with more details. In the meantime if you think you can offer anything to the project, please give me a call or speak to the project co-ordinator: Ken Field.


Even with grants we've already got, we still need to make a significant contribution from our own funds. Our next fundraising event is going to be on Saturday 3rd March. With the popularity of the BBC TV series Strictly Come Dancing, we thought we'd offer you some live dancing in the Village Hall with the option to have a go yourself if you like. We've got a small group from Bicester coming to demonstrate and teach Modern Jive and West Coast Swing. In addition to this, there will be time for the traditional ballroom and sequence dances. Please do not feel you have to dance, we just want people to come and enjoy themselves, be it dancing or simply watching. The tickets are just £5 and we're asking people to contribute towards an American Supper buffet. Please call me to book your tickets or speak to any committee member. Looking forward to an entertaining evening!


With best wishes for 2007.


Alan Stratton


Tiddington Village Hall Committee






Tiddington Cricket Club


Despite all the recent ravages the weather has thrown at us, especially the gale force winds, the new pavilion has survived unscathed.

External doors and windows have been fitted to secure the building and first fix electrics are also complete. Plastering has started, as has some decorating.

The external timber cladding has now been fitted and gives a good indication as to the final appearance of the building.

We believe that towards the end of February we will be able to start work on elements of the build we are doing ourselves. This will include refitting the bar and creating new bar storage, fitting the new kitchen and changing room benches. We are also responsible for all soft furnishing.

Already we have offers of help for some of the above, but additional help will be much appreciated (contact Chairman Gary Munson 01844 339618 for further details).


Whilst both Darts teams no longer have interest in the Knockout competition the “A” team are currently mid table in the singles league and lead the pair’s competition.

After the heady heights of leading the singles league the “B” team have settled back to more customary position in mid table and are similarly placed in the pairs league. The team is quickly gaining a reputation as singles draw specialists.

Wednesday’s Aunt Sally team are having an excellent season indoors and are currently leading their league. Both Ken Field and Peter Pridmore have been amongst the top doll scorers as reported in the Oxford Mail recently.

Monday’s Cribbage team sit comfortably mid table in both singles and pairs leagues and it is reported that the height of ambition for the season is socialising!

On the cricket front pre-season nets have now been booked for Sunday’s 11th, 18th and 25th March and 1st April at Lord Williams Lower School sports hall in Thame. All sessions 12–2pm. Whilst all current players will be informed closer to the time new players will be most welcome to attend these sessions.

With construction of the new pavilion still in progress the bar will continue to open at the Village Hall on Thursday and Friday evenings and Sunday lunchtime.

I look forward in the next issue to being able to detail the count down to opening the new pavilion.


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



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 is held at the offices of the United Reformed Church, Crown Square, Wheatley on Monday mornings from 10.00am

To book an appointment ring the

Thame Appointments line





Newington Nurseries


Warm Winter Colours

Year-round gardening is becoming evermore popular as people are discovering how many plants can bring the benefits of foliage, flowers or form right from the start of the year.  Beautiful plant life in all its forms quite simply makes us feel better.  Even if we don't realise it, our bodies and minds are so much happier when they are presented with plants.  At this time of year more than any other it is essential to get our daily allowance of green and living nature, and winter gardening is a fantastic way of doing this.

Viburnum is a winning candidate for a place in the winter garden.  Viburnum x bodnantense flowers from late autumn into spring and as with many winter-flowering plants has the added benefit of very fragrant flowers.  A deciduous shrub, the large clusters of small flowers develop on bare stems and are a fabulous source of winter colour.  Even on a frosty morning, the cheerful blooms have the power to lift the spirits with the warming impression they create.

Viburnum x bodnantense can reach a height of 3m and a spread of 2m, so it's best positioned towards the rear of a border or in a more open space, like a woodland garden.  Look out for some star varieties: 'Charles Lamont' produces bright, pink flowers, 'Deben' bears white flowers which flush faintly with pink during the winter months or Viburnum grandiflorum, which is a slightly more compact shrub and bears pink-flushed white flowers from winter to early spring.  Viburnum foetens is another slightly smaller variety and flowers from late autumn through to early spring with pink-tinged white or pure white flowers.

To get maximum benefit from a new plant, consider combining it with others that will help show off its best features.  Perfect planting partners for winter flowering viburnum include other winter-flowering shrubs, or berrying plants and evergreens that can provide the perfect backdrop to the viburnum's blooms on bare branches.

These viburnums will grow well in full sun or partial shade, and are not fussy about soil type, as long as they are moderately fertile, and moist but well drained.  Very limited maintenance required beyond a tidy-up after flowering to trim back any untidy shoots.  Don't be afraid to remove older branches if the plant is getting too dense, as this will encourage additional growth of young wood that bears extra flowers.

This selection of viburnums will bring enjoyment through the time when much of nature seems to be sleeping.  Winter flowers will 'warm' borders with their happy colours and whether you choose to do your winter gardening from the sitting room window, or out in the garden proper, you are sure to feel better from a little plant magic.

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

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