TIDDINGTON WITH ALBURY & MILTON COMMON

NEWSLETTER

 

www.tiddingtonoxon.co.uk                                  FEBRUARY/MARCH 2008

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# 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.

Zena Knight

 

Earl Haigh Poppy Appeal 2007

Tiddington with Albury     Total £367.90

Thanks to all.                     

Joan Manning, Freda Brown, Pam Byrne

 

Picture of the Neighbourhood Watch logo

Milton Common NHW (West Side)

 

Message from Thames Valley Police 

HOME SECURITY.

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.

VEHICLE SECURITY

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.

 

Elaine Horne

NHW Co-ordinator M/C

01844 279520

 

See also Neighbourhood policing article on p12 

 

Parish Council News

 

Would you like to be part of planning the future of South Oxfordshire?

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

  • what you would like to protect or what you would like to change about where you live, work and spend leisure time 
  • what services and facilities you would like introduced or improved

·          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. 

 

 

Tiddington with Albury Parish Council Members

Chair               John Nowell-Smith        339650

                       Econ.development, businesses

Vice Chair        Zena Knight                 339340

                       Planning; recreation, arts, grants

Councillor         Ken Field                     339671

                       Housing, planning, building & controls

Councillor         Elaine Horne                279520

                       Planning, highways and Milton Common

Councillor         Janet Willis                339415

                       Environment, conservation, recycling,

                       waste

Clerk               Jenny Stoker               339709

                       Thelma Cottage, Tiddington

 

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 yourplaceyourfuture@southoxon.gov.uk 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.

 

 

Refuse collection

Please do not put out your refuse until the day of collection. Foxes, cats, birds and the windy weather all contribute to rubbish being scattered everywhere!

 

 

Easter Holidays

Refuse and recycling collection

The revised collection day for Easter Monday will be the Tuesday following, 25 March.

 

 

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

 

 

FREE!

SWAP SHOP

Saturday 8th March

9.30am – 12.00pm

Merry Bells, Wheatley

Free refreshments

Bring old stuff that you no longer need

(please bring stuff early in the morning if possible)

 

Take away stuff that is useful to you.

 

Everything is free!

 

Bringing is not compulsory – call in and see if there’s something you want to take

 

Please: no electrical items, pets or items too big to easily carry

 

Recycling: bring used tetrapaks, printer cartridges, old mobile phones and foil milk bottle tops for us to recycle.

 

Run by Wheatley Community Action Group

Reuse, recycle and keep stuff out of landfill!

 

 

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.

John Nowell-Smith

339650

 

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.

John Nowell-Smith

339650

 

 
 


!MOST WANTED!

 

A Co-ordinator

for Tiddington

Neighbourhood Watch

 

If you would like to volunteer to help

support this valuable service,

please contact the Parish Council or

Milton Common NHW Co-ordinator

Elaine Horne 01844 279520

This is even more vital following recent thefts and vandalism in Tiddington

 

 

Boris Johnson, MP

Surgery Dates 2007/08

Thame Town Hall

 

Friday, 7 March 2008, 4.00-6.00pm

 

To make an appointment to see Boris

please call 01491 612852

 

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.

 

Oxfordshire County Council Budget 2008/9

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:

Address:       50 Hardings, Chalgrove, Oxford, OX44 7TJ.

Home Telephone:     01865 891169

Email: david.turner@oxfordshire.gov.uk

 

David Turner

20 January 2008

 

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)

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.

 

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

Caroline

 

Carol Evening

The proceeds of the Carol Evening held on 17 December amounted to £362.50.

Cancer Research UK would like to thank all those who helped to raise such a “staggering” sum.

May I also thank you all for supporting me with this event and especially Frances and John.

Anne Edwards

 


Church Services

St Helen’s Church, Albury

3 February

9.30am Morning Prayer with Richard Bainbridge

6 February

Ash Wednesday

7.30pm Holy Communion at St Mary’s Wheatley

Team Service

10 February

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

17 February

9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith

24 February

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

2 March

Mothering Sunday

9.30am Family Worship

9 March

9.30am Holy Communion

16 March

Palm Sunday

9.30am Palm Sunday walk from Waterstock to Waterperry

23 March

Easter Sunday

9.30am Holy Communion

30 March

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.

John Nowell-Smith

Churchwarden

339650

 

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 Oxford, in slides taken when doing the towpath walk with his wife and dog. He had completed the whole length of the Thames in easy stages over a number of years in good weather and with convenient pub stops on the way. In the dark days of winter the talk was a welcome glimpse into leisurely summer days.

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 County Federation also has its annual general meeting on 19 March, with several entertaining speakers from the legal world. In June, Rosamund Connell will be our delegate to the National Federation AGM in Liverpool.

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 County Newsletter and eight issues of the national magazine “WI Life”, delivered directly to your door.

We look forward to seeing you on the second Thursday of the month for our regular meetings at 7.30pm in Tiddington Village Hall.

Zena Knight

Tel: 339340

 

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 8.00-11.00pm. 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

01844 339430/278534

 

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 South Oxon district squads at U13 & U15 level.

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 8pm. 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

 

 

 

University of Oxford

Botanic Garden

Winter Lecture Series 2008

14 February Sir Roy Strong: All change at the Laskett

21 February  Dr Ken Thompson: No nettles required

28 February  Graham Rice: No more marigolds

13 March  Ursula Buchan: Garden people

 

Lectures take place at 8.00pm

Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Said Business School.

Tickets £10.00 (includes a glass of wine)

To reserve tickets call 01865 286690

 

 

 

THAME & WHEATLEY GROUP

Programme

February

Sunday 3rd. Walk. Meet at Thornhill Park & Ride car park at 10.00am for a 7 mile walk to Stanton St John and Beckley. Sorry, no dogs. 01865 358905

Thursday 7th. Walk. Meet at Tetsworth (park on green opposite Old Red Lion PH) at 10.00am for a leisurely 6 mile walk to Copcourt, Chalford and Prospect Hill. Sorry, no dogs. 01844 215624

Thursday 21st. Walk. Meet at Parslows Hillock (park at the Pink & Lily PH) at 10.30am for a level 4 mile walk in the Chilterns via Great Hampden. Optional pub stop at the end. 01844 339352

March

Saturday 1st. Walk. Meet at Stokenchurch (public car park next to Kings Hotel) at 10.00am for a 10 mile walk to Watlington Hill via Aston Rowant Nature Reserve and Ibstone Common. Bring a picnic lunch. Sorry, no dogs. 01865 358905

Saturday 8th. Walk. Meet at Wantage Leisure Centre car park at 9.30am for a 13 mile walk to Letcombe Regis, East Challow and Ardington. Pub stop. 01865 874300.

Thursday 20th. Walk. Meet at Cuddington (Crown PH) at 10.00am for a 7 mile circular walk via Upper and Lower Winchendon. Optional pub stop at end. 01844 213608

Saturday 29th. Walk. Meet at Great Tew car park at 9.30am for a 15 mile walk via Broughton and local villages. Pub stop. 01844 339969

ALL WELCOME

 

 

 

 

Newington Nurseries

Garden Magic

How do plants get their names? Sometimes it’s obvious. The plant takes its name from the discoverer, the first person to bring it to the attention of (western) science. Or its name evolves as a descriptor used by people for whom it had a value or meaning. And sometimes the stories that surround the naming of a plant become overlain with others and the actual origins become misty with time.

 

So it is with witch hazel (Hamamelis). Some say that witch hazel was named as such by early settlers in North America who recognised healing qualities in the plant. They may also have used it for divining water. Both activities that have in the past been associated with the “black arts”. Another view is that “witch” may come from the middle English “wich”’, meaning pliable, but who really knows? What matters is that you can achieve a little of your own magic and trick the eye of the neighbours and the rest of the family into thinking that spring has come, in your garden at least. Flower-filled branches and wonderful, heady scents will draw footsteps into the garden that would otherwise stay firmly indoors.

 

Getting back to plant names, it’s easy to see where breeders are coming from when they give new varieties names. Take Hamamelis x intermedia “Sunburst”. This variety produces large, pale yellow flowers in mid-late winter, just when they’re most welcome. Hamamelis x intermedia “Pallida” produces flowers in clusters at the same time, as does “Vesna”. Generally, yellow flowers are most fragrant in witch hazel, but Hamamelis x intermedia “Diane” is unlikely to disappoint on this or any other point. “Diane”, as well as producing intense red blooms which contrast fabulously with the bare branches of the plant, also delivers stunning autumn colour as the hazel-like leaves turn orange and purple.

 

Witch hazel is as versatile as it is beautiful. Put it at the back of a wide border to add height, as well as winter and autumn colour from flowers and foliage. It’s great as a specimen plant, or planted in groups. They’re fully hardy and tolerate a range of typically encountered garden soils. They’re happy over chalk if the soil is deep. Full sun or partial shade is fine, provided there is some protection from winds. Maintenance is minimal; just a tidy up with the pruners in late winter to keep the shape you want.

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wheatley Library

Opening Hours

Monday     Closed

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, Tuesday, Friday

                       9.30 – 4.00     Open door

Wednesday  9.30 – 1.00     Specialist debt

                                             clinic (appointment)

Thursday      9.30 – 1.00     Telephone advice

 

Advice line: 01844 214827

Appointments line: 01844 217186

 

A Drop-in 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 01844 217186

 

 

 

 

Farmers Market

Tetsworth Village Hall

3rd Saturday in the month

 

 

 

0845 8 505 505

The single number for non-emergency calls

 

 

Great Haseley & District

Horticultural Society

 

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, “Bordeaux” spinach with exciting dark green leaves shot through with red veins, chard in various colours. Grow them along with your old favourites, they may be the star of the Show! Plant shallots. Sow sweet peas in pots indoors.

 

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?

We collect

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 recycling@southoxon.gov.uk



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