TIDDINGTON WITH ALBURY & MILTON COMMON
# From the Editor
A happy New Year to everyone.
After a lull in village activities following Christmas and much dreary weather to contend with, we look forward to some events planned to take us into spring. A WI Quiz Evening is detailed on page 8 as is notice of forthcoming regular monthly dances in the Village Hall. There will be a family service for Mothering Sunday on 2 March (see p 7)
Please note that the next Newsletter deadline is 16 March because of an early Easter.
Milton Common NHW (
Our homes are the biggest investment we make and quite often the overall security of the property is overlooked. In order to assist you in carrying out a security survey of your home, please use the following guidelines:
· Check that door locks are in good working order and that there is no excessive play if you push the door when locked on either the top or bottom.
· Patio doors and French windows are often the preferred entry point for a potential burglar so again make sure locks are effective.
· Window locks should be in operation at all times when the house is unoccupied and never leave the keys in the window locks. All ground floor windows should have locks and any second storey windows which may be accessed via an extension roof, drainpipe or veranda.
· Never leave vehicle keys close to the front door or on view via a window as it may provide the incentive for a burglar to break in and steal car keys.
· Keep all tools and equipment such as ladders stored away securely so they cannot be used to gain entry.
Could you please ensure you carry out the following checks when parking your vehicles:
· Always remove keys, lock and properly secure your vehicles. Never leave valuable items on display, such as sat-navs, laptop computers, mobile phones, cash, handbags, wallets, etc.
· Park with care in busy well lit area or near CCTV cameras where possible. Never keep car documents in your vehicle. Never leave vehicle keys on view or near doors or windows in your home, thieves will break into your house in order to obtain the keys and then steal your car.
For further information on security please contact your local crime reduction adviser at Thames Valley Police on 08458 505 505.
Thank you to Dog Watch over the festive season – dogs will be receiving a reward.
NHW Co-ordinator M/C
Parish Council News
you like to be part of planning the future of
Over the next 18 months, South Oxfordshire District Council, together with its partners, will be developing important plans and policies for the future of the district, such as where new houses will go and what services and facilities communities need. These plans will influence the services they provide and the way that they provide them, as well as major decisions about where at least 10,000 new houses and future employment development will go over the next 20 years. To ensure these policies are relevant and reflect what you want SODC would like to hear your views on:
· the amount and type of development you think should take place over the next twenty years and where it should go
· your key concerns about the future and what we should do about them
The full Core Strategy Issues and Options document is available online at www.southoxon.gov.uk/corestrategy.
Fill in the online consultation questionnaire or call the planning policy team on 01491 823725 for a copy. You can also send your views to email@example.com or contact the Parish Clerk on 01844 339709 for a questionnaire.
Financial matters - the draft budget was submitted and approved and includes funds for the upkeep of village amenities. A precept of £10,000 has been submitted for 2008/09.
A donation of £50 was made to the Friends of Meadowcroft.
From your Council Chairman
Until last week I thought I could report that the festive season had passed quietly and nothing dramatic had happened. However, four days ago I got news that the oak tree outside the forge, which was planted by the village in commemoration of the Jubilee of George V had been cut down by the County Council. This is an outrage, particularly as OCC had made no contact with the Parish Council or anyone else in the village.
The strongest possible complaints are being made against OCC and, although we cannot get our tree back, I hope to get the maximum compensation possible and, of course, a humiliating apology.
We are progressing with filling the posts of Parish Councillor, Clerk to the Parish Council and Editor of the Newsletter, but it is not too late for new applications. Please come to the Parish Council Meeting on 4 February if you are interested and want to know more about what is involved.
From your District Councillor
SODC has been busy holding seminars or workshops on a number of topics, some of which have been of local interest, particularly those concerning planning and new building in the area. Unfortunately the future is not in our hands but the Council is working strenuously in arguing the case against the influx of new building.
From your County Councillor
Highways Issues - Future Temporary Closure of A329 at Milton Common
The start date for the bridge repairs at Milton Common seems to slip by a month or two as each month goes by! The latest start date we have is late September 2008. At a meeting in November at the Belfry Hotel it was said by the company who will be doing the work that they would look into the possibility of only a partial closure of the bridge. This would be much better than the six months total closure which we were first advised. However a partial closure is only being investigated at this stage and may not be feasible.
Free Community Websites
For community or voluntary based groups with a turnover of less than £5000 visit www.oxnet.org.uk where you will find details on how you can establish a website for free.
The County Council has received a Government grant settlement for the next financial year which is lower than the Government’s own predicted level of inflation. This will make the budget making process a very difficult one in trying to balance keeping the Council Tax inflation rate down and at the same time protecting services. I will report more fully on this in the next issue of the Newsletter. The budget is due to be set on 12 February.
50 MPH Limit A329
The A329 from Milton Common to Thame now has a 50 MPH speed limit bringing it into line with the speed limit from Milton Common to Stadhampton. We hope that the new speed limit will reduce the accident rate on this stretch of road.
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
Well done dog owners!!
At least for those of you who read this article in the May 2002 issue of our newsletter and now do the decent thing.
What do they do?
They carry a couple of plastic bags in their pocket when out walking their dogs and if their dog fouls unexpectedly, they “bag it and bin it”
Please be a responsible dog owner, it’s not that difficult.
Dog fouling has become such a nuisance that it must be brought to all our attention.
It is very selfish to let your dog foul other people’s grass verges or on the pavements outside their gates, just because you don’t want it in your own garden.
Most dog owners are very considerate but a few give the rest a bad name.
Toxocariasis is an infection by worms which can be passed on to humans. The worms Toxocara Canis, carried by dogs, release their eggs into the faeces of the animal and are then incubated in the soil. If the well incubated eggs are later picked up, especially by children, they usually get into the mouth, hatch into larvae and spread throughout the body via the bloodstream, causing serious eye disease, possibly leading to blindness.
Apart from all that, it is rather disgusting for the rest of us to step in, with the inevitable dollop ending up indoors or squidged (with vomit inducing smell) on the floor of our cars.
So please – please – please carry a plastic bag with you and always bag it and bin it.
Fellow Dog Owner
(name and address supplied)
From the Vicar
Hello and Happy New Year. It was good to see so many of you over the Christmas period. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make St Helen’s look so lovely over Christmas. Christmas doesn’t seem that long ago but Easter is especially early this year, meaning that Lent begins on 6th February.
In previous years we have always held a Lent Group in one of these four parishes. We were not able to do this last year but plan to hold a group again this year. At the time of writing I’m not sure exactly when and where the group will be held. If enough people are interested we can hold more than one group. Please phone me if you are interested and I can let you have more up to date information (01865 873451).
For this year’s groups we shall be studying a book by John Pritchard (Bishop of Oxford) called “How to explain your faith”. Marian Brown will be leading the group and she has written a helpful summary of the book.
John Pritchard: How to Explain your Faith, SPCK, 2006, £9.99.
This is a short book arranged in chapters, each of which is quite short and shouldn’t take too long to read. It opens up age-old questions, relating them to present-day concerns. Each chapter starts with a key issue, and then suggests “What you might say”. Some of the key issues are: “To many people in the West, Christianity seems as if it’s part of yesterday’s world”; “Science has pushed religion aside”; “The person of Jesus has always fascinated and attracted people. The problem has come with raising him above the status of a great spiritual teacher”; “Why does God allow suffering?” The replies suggested by the Bishop are gently put, but very well informed both about theology and about our life and times.
There are quotations from supporters: “Jesus is the body language of God”; and from detractors: “I am longing for the day when Bishops resign en masse as a protest against the feckless master they have served so long, with such misplaced trust”. Each chapter ends with a (very short) story illustrating the key issue. There is plenty to discuss in the book itself. However, the Bishop suggests that if it is used for a study group, begin with asking members for experiences they have had recently, when they have found people outside church circles discussing issues such as the above, so that a picture can be built up of how they come into everyday life. Relevant chapters could be chosen to study later on.
I thoroughly recommend the book and encourage you to join a group which, alongside discussing the book, allows time to get to know others and share our stories in a friendly and relaxed way.
(If you would like to explore the book before deciding whether to join I have a copy you can borrow.)
With best wishes
The proceeds of the Carol Evening held on 17 December amounted to £362.50.
May I also thank you all for supporting me with
this event and especially
St Helen’s Church, Albury
9.30am Morning Prayer with Richard Bainbridge
Holy Communion at St Mary’s Wheatley
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
9.30am Family Worship
9.30am Holy Communion
Palm Sunday walk from Waterstock to Waterperry
9.30am Holy Communion
11.00am Cluster Service at Waterstock
More News from St Helen’s
!! Help !!
The Church is launching an urgent appeal to fund the installation of new heating and to carry out much needed repairs to the fabric. Detailed estimates have not yet been received, but it is thought more than £30,000 may be needed. Over recent years the church has been conscious of the demands of the Village Hall and the Cricket Club. Now, however, the work required has become imperative and we are asking for all the support we can get. More information will be given as soon as detailed estimates are available.
Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.
Our Christmas festivities began in great style when we were entertained by the Thame Players at our Christmas meeting. The 1930’s were portrayed in music and poetry by five lively performers accompanied by a pianist. We were treated to delicious refreshments provided by the Committee and exchanged Christmas presents.
In January, Russell Cherry took us on a tour of the River
Thames from its source to
The title of the talk at our meeting on 14 February is very aptly named “Sweethearts and Valentines”. Christine Bloxham will give an insight into the origins and history of the customs associated with St Valentine’s Day. The competition is for an indigo coloured object.
On 13 March we have our annual meeting and review the events of the past year and look forward to the next. We select a new committee and present the new programme, ably put together by our programme planning sub-committee. The competition is for a jet coloured object and we shall spare some time during the meeting to put forward ideas for a “healthy picnic”, part of a competition to promote a healthy lifestyle and win some money for the Institute.
While our Institute has its annual meeting, the
We look forward to our Quiz Evening on 9 February, when proceeds will be raised for Helen and Douglas House. Tickets have been selling fast so we expect a “full house”. Bring your own food, drinks and glasses for a fun evening.
There are many events planned by the County at this time
of year – too numerous to mention but of wide and varying interest – so the
annual subscription is good value. It includes eleven issues of the
We look forward to seeing you on the second Thursday of the month for our regular meetings at in Tiddington Village Hall.
Tiddington Village Hall
I hope 2008 is treating you well so far.
In December we had a record number of people attend the Annual Christmas Dinner and Dance and then later in the month we broke all records at the Christmas Bingo. We actually ran out of chairs!
The Christmas Bingo night brought in well over £400, 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 to collect the brilliant prizes. Once again we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the villagers. Don’t forget there are regular Bingo sessions in the Hall throughout the year.
It may seem a long way away but we are already looking at the possibility of this year hosting a New Year’s Eve Party in the Hall. The format is yet to be confirmed but we are looking at a bring your own food and drink type of evening with a disco for those who fancy a boogie! We’d welcome your ideas and thoughts about what type of evening you might want. One thing we will ask is that people coming will help clear up at the end to save on the work load for the following morning!
Some of you may know that Hylda Flitter has decided to retire from dance teaching in the Hall. However, she has kindly agreed to “host” a Dance once a month in the Hall with all profits going back to the Hall. This is open to everyone and I’m sure, with the recent Strictly Come Dancing series finishing at Christmas, you will be looking to try out your own steps and routines. The dates are 23 February, 29 March, 26 April, 31 May, 28 June, 19 July, 30 August, 20 September, 18 October and 29 November from . Dances will include sequence, ballroom and Latin American. Entry is just £3.00 and includes tea and cakes!
With best wishes for 2008
Alan Stratton, Chairman
Tiddington Cricket Club
Despite all the recent rain and floods the club continues to thrive in winter mode.
New Year’s Eve was celebrated at the club with Karaoke as entertainment. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.
Wednesday evening’s Aunt Sally Team continues to challenge for honours whilst Men’s “A” and Ladies darts teams have had mixed results to date.
The Men’s “B” team, however, has still been unable to win a league match to date and is currently bottom of both single and pair’s sections. What surprise then for the team to win its first ever knockout match in seventeen years of trying. Nor was the match against other minnows from our own section! Our reward for knocking out a premier team, yes another one, who are currently second in the league!
On the cricket front Chris and Will Goodman and Tom Evans have all been selected to join county squads for winter training in their respective age groups.
To date George
Murray, Andrew Willis and Dean Robson have been selected for
The newly formed cricket committee has been active in discussing all matters cricket. A number of improvements to the ground and equipment have been requested and some of these may be in place for the new season.
We hope to have new cricket clothing for this season and shirts will have space for advertising should anyone consider sponsorship. We get excellent coverage in the press every week!
We also hope to have clothing for all junior teams, which this year will include a girls’ team! With our commitment to junior cricket we are constantly being stretched to provide enough coaches, coaching assistants and match managers.
We desperately need additional parental support to make the necessary improvements to our junior coaching and match management.
The second of this winter’s players’ meetings will be in the clubhouse on Tuesday, 19 February at . It is important that all current and prospective players attend this meeting.
The first two indoor pre-season nets will be at Watlington School 7 –9 pm on Sundays 16th and 30th March.
As ever new members and players are always welcome.
Ray Manning Tel: 338911
Great Haseley & District
Subscriptions are now due for existing members, why not join this year if you are not already a member. Membership is just £5 a year, see below for contact details.
The annual show in August is the big event of the year. We also have occasional talks by interesting gardeners and there are garden visits in the summer.
Tips for February gardeners
The weather at this time of year is often too awful to venture far into the garden so group some early spring bulbs such as iris reticulata, cyclamen, primrose and scillas in pots on a table or windowsill near the house so you can enjoy their delicate beauty and often sweet scent.
Remember to feed the birds. Put up nesting boxes to encourage the birds into the garden, they are our best allies in pest control.
If your grasses and other herbaceous plants left standing look wet and bedraggled (not frosted and architectural like the photos!) now is the time to cut them down. Gently comb through the grasses with fingers to remove dead foliage. Clear and weed round trees and shrubs too and feed everything with your home made compost or well rotted manure.
Trees and shrubs - there is still time to finish planting trees, shrubs and roses when the weather and soil permit
Prune - prune back hard summer flowering shrubs, such as buddleia, caryopteris and hardy fuchsias. Prune late flowering clematis to about 18in above the ground.
Vegetables - try something you haven’t grown
before, purple-podded peas, “
Fruit - winter is when autumn raspberries are cut to the ground, but you can use the same pruning on most summer fruiting varieties. Prune back HALF of the summer raspberries now and they will fruit later and you will have berries from summer into autumn. Clean round the stems, apply potash and mulch well with compost. Finish pruning apples and pears.
Hands suffer in the garden in February. I recommend the blue, heavy duty washing up gloves from Waitrose. They are tough, don’t get “sweaty” and you can feel what you are doing!
Learn more about flower and vegetable growing, join your local gardening society, membership only £5 a year.
Contact Membership Secretary Sally Orriss at:
The Old Stores, Great Milton OX44 7NL
or on 01844 279231
Notes from SODC
What can I recycle?
Paper and cardboard – corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes, greetings cards, tissue boxes, toilet roll tubes, newspapers, magazines, envelopes (including envelopes with windows), junk mail, phone directories (including Yellow Pages), catalogues, writing paper
Plastic – drinks bottles, plastic milk cartons, detergent bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs, carrier bags, shampoo bottles, plant pots
Metal – drinks cans (please wash and squash them first), food tins
We do not collect
Glass, foil, take away or pie tins, cling film, expanded polystyrene, drinks cartons (due to foil/plastic lining), crisp packets (due to foil lining), textiles and footwear
You can recycle glass, textiles and footwear at recycling banks throughout the district.
If you are not sure whether we collect a material or not, please contact us on:
01491 823416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org