TIDDINGTON WITH ALBURY & MILTON COMMON
# 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.
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
Food for Thought
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Distraction burglaries start us off in 2007.
There has been an increase since Christmas in the
waterboard distraction burglary method used across the
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.
NHW Co-ordinator M/C
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
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 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.
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 . 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
On behalf of St Helen’s, Albury
Parochial Church Council
FROM THE REGISTERS
Monday 15 January at the Crematorium
May he rest in peace.
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
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
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.
St Helen’s Church, Albury
9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
9.30am Morning Prayer with Caroline King
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
9.30am Morning Prayer
9.30am Holy Communion
Mothering Sunday Service
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
On 8 February, Margaret Deakin will give a talk on
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.
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 in Tiddington Village Hall. Visitors are very welcome.
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
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.
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
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.
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