www.tiddingtonoxon.co.uk                              JUNE/JULY 2004


U  From the editor


How glorious the countryside is looking at the moment, with the blossoms particularly good this year. It’s an excellent time to walk the footpaths to get fit, as we are all being urged to do!

Activities planned in the village during the coming two months include a Promises Auction for Cricket Club funds on 5 June (see page 6), a Village Hall Tea Dance on 25 July (see page 7) and UNIT Bingo on 27 July (see page 4).

Having received the latest copy of the Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators’ Newsletter, several interesting items of news and information seem worth passing on, so see pages 11 and 12 for the reproduced items.

See also the note opposite, making a plea for a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for Tiddington.

Have a good summer!


Zena Knight






The trigger level of 200 for the Ickford exchange has nearly been reached.

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Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator

A co-ordinator is required for Tiddington.

If you feel you would be able to take on this worthwhile role and help in the fight against crime please contact a Councillor or Clerk for further details



Car Service for appointments at hospitals and with doctors


The car service for anyone in the village who has difficulty in arranging transport to get to appointments with their doctor or at the local hospitals is now up and running.

As soon as you have details of your appointment, please get in touch with

Thelma Blake on 01844 279567

so that suitable transport arrangements may be made

Fleur Hughes

01844 338254


Parish Council News


Street lighting on A418 – the proposal to erect a lamp standard on the north side of the A418 near the bus stop has been dealt a blow because the costs of underground cable trenching across “roadways” have increased dramatically. However, all is not lost and it is proposed to erect a wooden pole, fix the light to it and connect an overhead cable from the existing pole by Ash Lodge direct to this pole. If there are any objections to this please let the Clerk or a Councillor know before or at the Parish Council meeting on 7 June. A final decision will be made at that meeting.


Litter blitz - many thanks to those who supported the short notice litter blitz. It was good to clear the ditches before they became too covered with the spring growth of grass. It was encouraging to find less rubbish was found this year, but there is some garden material being dumped in the ditches. This will lead to the ditches becoming blocked, causing flooding problems.


Broadband – the trigger level of 200 for the Ickford exchange has nearly been reached. If you have considered registering your interest


Tiddington with Albury Parish Council Members

Chairman          John Nowell-Smith        339650

                       Econ.development, businesses

Vice Chairman   William Tremayne         279797

                       Public transport, planning, highways,

                       footpaths, street furniture

Councillor         Roy Boughton                339497

                       Health and safety

Councillor         Ken Field                     339671

                       Housing, planning, building & controls

Councillor         Alan Stratton              339430

                       Sport, recreation, arts, tourism, grants,

                       awards, lottery

Councillor         Janet Willis                339415

                       Environment, conservation, recycling,


Clerk               Zena Knight                 339340

                       24 Albury View, Tiddington

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Annual Parish Council meeting – John Nowell-Smith was re-elected as Chairman and William Tremayne as Vice Chairman.


June monthly meeting – please note that the meeting will begin at 9.00pm, and not 8.00pm as is usual.


Payments – membership of the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council has been renewed.



RECYCLING NEWS “free offers”


Home composting

Did you know you can have a 60-day Free home trial of a Compost Bin? If you like it you can then purchase it at a discounted price.

Ring Free Trial Hotline on 0870 844 3006 for further information.


Real Nappies Project

One baby produces over 1 tonne of nappy waste from birth to potty training, estimated to still be with us in 200 years time. 7 million trees are cut down each year, just to produce Britain’s disposable nappies.

If you would like to help reduce this by using real nappies, contact Sarah Webb on 01491 838618 for a FREE 7-day trial.


Products made from reclaimed timber

Although not free, another interesting project is products made from reclaimed timber. These include Bird Tables, Hedgehog Houses, Bird Nest Boxes, Park Benches, Picnic Benches, Trellis Arches. Ring 01865 714111 for a brochure and price list, or call in at the workshop (off Windale Avenue) Blackbird Leys.


Janet Willis


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: 339340) and documents viewed by appointment. Any copies required will be charged at 10p per page.


Chairman’s Review of the Year

Highway matters have dominated the year, with turning lorries still a problem in Tiddington, repairs to road surfaces very disappointing and a pelican crossing not a viable option. However, more positive results are apparent improvements to the flooding problems, a probable installation of a street light on the A418 close to the bus stops and the trimming of problem trees by the electricity company and SOHA.

On planning matters, it has been a quiet year for local plans, but new arrangements aimed at speeding up the planning process at the District Council have meant training sessions for Clerk and Councillors and, within the Parish, the setting up of a working party to discuss matters ahead of any Council meeting.

A successful survey carried out in the Parish highlighted the need for affordable housing and the possibilities are being actively pursued.

Sadly the Parish has lost the facility of the skip lorry visiting the village on a regular basis, in spite of fierce lobbying for its retention by this Council and surrounding villages.

In response to a request from the County Council, three Councillors, the Clerk and a member of the Ramblers Association walked all the footpaths in the Parish, logging problems of maintenance and suggesting improvements and changes. These were reported back to the County Council as part of a countywide survey.

During the year there have been complaints from residents about inconsiderate parking in North Close, and this seems to be a problem which is difficult to resolve satisfactorily.

Finally on a positive note, a free copy of the Oxford telephone directory has been negotiated for residents and Milton Common now has a notice board installed.


John Nowell-Smith


Refuse skips

Skips are available every Saturday at:

Wheatley Primary School, Littleworth Rd

8.00 – 12.00

1st & 3rd Saturday for garden waste

2nd & 4th Saturday for non-recyclables

Thame Cattlemarket

8.00 – 12.00 or until full


From the Vicar


Since I last wrote St Helen’s has had its annual general meeting.  This is not the most exciting way to begin a letter but I feel it is worthy of comment.  At these meetings we elect church officers, present audited accounts and listen to reports outlining what has happened in our parish churches over the past 12 months.  I am delighted that John Nowell-Smith and Ken Field are staying on as churchwardens and that St Helen’s is served by a hard working and diligent PCC.  At the AGM all of the office bearers remain in post and Glen Evans and Dot Wood both stood down from the PCC.  Between them they have served the church in Albury for nearly 100 years!  I’m sure you will join with me in thanking them for their wise advice and constant support of St Helen’s and the wider community.

We are entering quite a quiet time in the life of the three parishes.  Before our liturgical calendar moves into what we call ordinary time (between Trinity and Advent) we celebrate the final major festival of the church year, that of the Trinity.  The festival of Trinity is celebrated a week after Pentecost and this year falls on 6 June.   In many ways Trinity is the forgotten great festival; it celebrates one God yet three, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

There is no doubt that this is a hard doctrine to understand, and it took the early church many centuries to formulate it.  There are very few bible passages that support the doctrine but the most important comes right at the end of Matthew’s gospel where we read “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

Despite this the doctrine of the Trinity is fundamental to Christianity; it is a very ecumenical doctrine, as virtually all Christian denominations confess God as Trinity.  The doctrine arose as Christians sought a way to describe their experience of a God who was alive and active in their lives.  Father describes

God experienced as creator of all. Son expresses the Christian belief that God was fully and mysteriously present on earth in the person of Jesus Christ. It is through God’s Holy Spirit that we experience God’s power and love in our own life.

Although it is easy to see the doctrine as dry theology, in practice it is nothing of the sort.  Words are always inadequate as we seek to describe our belief in God.  But the doctrine of the Trinity is a fundamentally practical doctrine, which seeks to express our faith that God is active and working in our lives as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


With best wishes


The Vicarage



Church Services

St Helen’s Church, Albury (unless otherwise stated)

6 June

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

13 June

9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith

20 June

9.30am Morning Prayer with Albert Eastham

27 June

10.30am Annual Team Service at Sandhills. No further services that day

4 July

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

11 July

9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith

18 July

9.30am Morning Prayer with Marian Brown

25 July

8.00am Holy Communion with Caroline King



United Neighbours In Tiddington


Our April meeting had a talk on Leather Carving that showed how leather is decorated and, as well as a demonstration, we all had a chance to “carve” a bookmark or key ring and to see how artistic we could be.

The Chinnor Players’ musical in April, Sweet Charity, was the usual professional show and was enjoyed by all.

On Saturday, 19 June, we have a Coffee Morning from ten o’clock, to be held by kind permission of Alan and Joyce Stratton at their home in Oxford Road. So, please come along and support our charities for this year, Douglas House and Sobell House.

Our June meeting is on the 29th and is our “home” meeting at my house, and all are welcome.

We do not have a meeting in July, but the annual UNIT Bingo will be held on 27 July in the Village Hall at eight o’clock, again raising funds for our charities.

A barbecue in August, a trip to the dogs in October, a Casino evening, a Christmas shopping trip to Cheltenham in November and our usual Dinner/Dance on 4 December are all planned, and there will be more details nearer the time.

For any other information about our club, please contact Josie Adams, Julie Smith or any committee member.

Pat Wise



Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.


We have a change of venue for our meeting in June, because on the 10th the Village Hall becomes a polling station! By kind permission of Mr and Mrs Talbot we will meet in and enjoy the garden of the Old Post Office in Waterstock. The meeting will begin at 7.00pm so that we can take full advantage of the daylight hours. Maureen Robertson will talk about and bring examples of crewel embroidery, “a forgotten art”. The competition will be for a bracelet.

On 8 July, back in the Village Hall at 7.30pm, we will hear about Historical Thame with Patsy Dudley, and there will be a bring and buy stall. The competition item is an heraldic crest.

Several members enjoyed the bluebell walk at Holton in May on a glorious summer afternoon and a delicious tea followed. This was a chance to meet with other members of the local Icknield Group of W.I.’s and on 2 July, another chance is offered on a visit to Sulgrave Manor, with a guided tour and buffet lunch.

We look forward to a visit for Institute members to Godwin’s Ice Cream Farm on the evening of 12 August. We shall have supper and a chance to sample the ice cream.

October will be busy with the celebrations to mark our 80th anniversary and the hosting of the Autumn Group Meeting. In December we will celebrate Christmas with a dinner instead of a meeting.

We must congratulate our President, Sue Cox, on having been invited to join the Board of Trustees of the Oxfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes and she has accepted.

Our monthly meetings are held in Tiddington Village Hall (usually!) on the second Thursday in the month at 7.30pm. Visitors and new members will be made very welcome.


Zena Knight



Weather  Statistics


March from the 18th

Much of the first half of the month was cold with a milder spell mid-month, followed by cold northerly winds.

The warmest days were on the 30th and 31st when the temperatures were 56degF  14degC.

Only three March’s in the past 15 years were colder. The trend has been to have warmer springs.

We had 8 nights of frost and some snow on the 12th. The rainfall was low           1.7in


On the 18th the country suffered the deepest depression for 100 years, when the barometer fell to 28.8in. This followed a beautiful spring day on the 17th when the temperature in Tiddington rose to 70degF  21degC. We had 3 days when the temperature rose to 70degF.

The rainfall came to 2.85in.

May up to the 15th

We had another deep depression on the 5th, when the barometer again fell to 28.8in. This gave us wet and windy weather. It is about the lowest I have ever recorded. Some people suggest that it must have something to do with the mood of the country!

Let us hope that we have good weather for the summer.


Glen Evans


Tiddington Cricket Club


The cricket season is now in full swing and we have already seen the first week’s league fixtures completely washed out and the following weekend’s games bathed in glorious midsummer sunshine. The first team recorded an emphatic league win against Cropredy whilst the second team drew with Aston Rowant seconds. We are unable to run a third team this year, as we have been unable to find a home ground for this season. We are negotiating the possibility of sharing a ground, to be able to run the third team again next year, so that we may continue to provide the opportunity for our young players to play senior league cricket.

Coaching for young players from 8 to 13 years continues on Wednesday evenings from 6.30 to 8pm and older players are coached at the same times on Thursday evenings. All sessions are run by qualified coaches led by Paul Gasmier, our overseas player for this season, who is from Perth in Western Australia. Paul has settled in and is well liked by all.

In line with English Cricket Board recommendations all coaches, umpires and other club officials have had CRB checks to comply with child protection directives.

Matches at U 11’s, 13’s and 15’s are already underway with U 17 matches to start in July.

Having beaten The Baldons and Hanborough in the National Village Knockout, the county semi-final will provide strong opposition in the form of Oxford Downs at Standlake. Should we win this match the County final will see us visit either Shipton or Kingston Bagpuize on the second Sunday in June.

The Aunt Sally season has now started with two teams on Friday evenings plus a Wednesday night team.

We hope that all teams that represent the club have enjoyable and successful seasons.

Those of you who enjoy a bargain should look no further than our third Promises Auction to be held in the Clubhouse on Saturday 5th June. All proceeds go to the new pavilion fund (see advert opposite for more details).

New members and players are most welcome.


Ray Manning


Tiddington Village Hall


We are looking at the possibilities of making the Wednesday afternoon Post Office more “entertaining” for visitors and would like to investigate the idea of a social drop-in afternoon. Visitors to the Post Office at the Village Hall might like to enjoy a chat with fellow customers over a cup of tea or coffee. Maybe even enjoy a game of cards!

To make this work we need your help! Would you be interested in being on a rota to help set up some chairs and tables and serve refreshments? Subject to the number of volunteers, we could have this up and running within the next few weeks!

If you would like to help and think it’s a good idea, please speak to any Village Hall Committee member or call me on 339430.

There will be a Village Hall Tea Dance on Sunday, 25 July at 2.30pm – more details on posters nearer the time or call 339430.

Home Organ for sale – the Village Hall would like to sell the 2-keyboard organ which is currently stored in the hall. It is in good working order with bass pedals and built-in drum machine. For a no obligation viewing and demonstration call Alan on 339430.


Alan Stratton



Yvonne Cartwright’s

Fitness and Yoga Classes

This class runs on a regular basis every

Thursday at 10.30am


 Tiddington Village Hall

The Fox Ladies Darts Teams

In the winter league the Fox A team won the Singles and were runners up in the Doubles and the Fox B team won the Doubles and were runners up in the Singles.

Josie Adams and Hellen Purnell won through to the Individual Championship against all other ladies in our league to the Final. The play-off was on Finals Night where we all went to support them and pick up the cups and trophies. Hellen came out on top after a tense three-game match.

Congratulations to all the ladies on a good season.

Pat Wise



Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Open afternoon 1.30-4.30pm (free)

21 July Isis and Particle Physics

Isis is the world’s most powerful pulsed neutron spallation source and provides beams of neutrons and muons for scientists to prove structure and dynamics of matter.

Please note that children under 16 are not allowed

To reserve a place contact Emma Gilgunn-Jones Tel: 01235 445553




Storytime on 1 June for 4-8 yr olds.

FREE tickets must be collected in advance.

Half Term – Half Price

Starts 28 May – Junior videos (U, PG, 12).


Our opening times are as follows:-

Tuesday        2.00 – 7.00

Wednesday   9.30 – 1.00                2.00 – 5.00

Thursday      2.00 – 5.00

Friday                       9.30 – 1.00                2.00 – 6.00

Saturday      9.30 – 1.00


Tel: 01865 875267

Carole Underwood

Library Manager




Something Unusual from

 Newington Nurseries


Herbs with a difference

Herbs make a decorative and useful addition to any garden and there are so many varieties of even the most common ones that with imagination (and some searching) you can create a traditional herb garden with a new and interesting look.


Did you know, for instance, that there are more than 600 varieties of garden mint?  Try contrasting the bright green leaves of the indispensable Moroccan spearmint, with the cream edged ones of variegated applemint and the gold speckles of gingermint. Or you could try the reddy-purple eau de Cologne mint, the crinkly leaved black peppermint, or the creeping pennyroyal with its bright green scented leaves. Keep them in a pot, though, because they will spread!


Another herb with lots of varieties is thyme. Silver Posie has pale pinky-lilac flowers and green silver-edged leaves. Like all thymes it makes a useful edging plant and retains its colour throughout the year, making it perfect in a knot garden. Look out too for Fragrantissimus with its pale lilac flowers and sweet, fruity, blue grey leaves, caraway thyme which has rose flowers and caraway-scented leaves, and Doone Valley, a creeper with pale purple flowers and lemon scented, bright green, gold splashed leaves.


There’s a good choice of lavenders too. French ones are popular, but if you have an exposed site, we would still recommend English varieties. Alternatives to the popular Hidcote include Nana Alba, a dwarf variety with white flowers, and Munstead, a small early flowering lavender with blue green leaves and flower spikes topped with wing-like petals.


You can even find different types of bay. There is a willow-leaf bay with narrow, olive green leaves, and a golden one too. If you would like further gold highlights, look out for variegated lemon balm and sage. There’s a tricolour sage as well, with pink, green and variegated leaves. This could work particularly well next to the Purple Ruffles variety of sweet basil. This has frilly deep-toothed leaves and is perfect in a pot because it can be brought out when the weather is warm enough. The cinnamon variety is also good as it has light pink flowers and a distinctive cinnamon smell.


To finish your herb garden, why not choose some “surprising” herbs like alpine strawberries, brightly coloured nasturtiums, or even an Aloe vera plant for a really striking statement.


For more ideas visit Newington Nurseries on the A329 just outside Stadhampton.

 Tel:  (01865) 400533.



Great Haseley and District Horticultural Society


Wednesday, 23 June at 3.00pm

The Manor House, Bledlow, Bucks. This lovely garden has been designed and recreated over a period of 50 years by Lord and Lady Carrington. It is a large garden and, amongst other things, there is a walled herbaceous and kitchen garden, topiary and sculpture gardens, and a water garden through which runs the River Lyde, a tributary of the River Thame. The Head Gardener will introduce the garden.

Members £4.50       Non-members £5.50


Further information and tickets in advance from: Mary Isaac, Brooks Cottage, Great Haseley. Tel: 01844 279606



Thames Valley Police

Special Constables


The search is on to find more motivated and community-minded people to become Special Constables in the Thame sector of the Thames Valley Police

The selection and training programme ensures that recruits are able to meet the demands and challenges of modern day policing.

Special Constables gain a real sense of achievement, have the opportunity to test themselves and their abilities and meet people from all walks of life.

If you are interested in finding out more about how to become a Special Constable call the Special Constabulary on 01865 846612 or you can find more information and application forms on the internet at www.thamesvalley.police.uk/recruiting/indexsp.htm


Oxfordshire Advisory Committee on Appointment of Justices of the Peace

Would you like to be a magistrate?

§         Are you a good listener?

§         Can you see both sides of an argument?

§         Do you like a good discussion?

§         Do you like to see fair play?


Contact your local Advisory Committee for an information pack and details on how to apply.

Malcolm Leeding Tel: 01865 815327






Ickford Pre-School                     





Ickford Pre-school offers education and care for children below school age.  We offer children the opportunity to learn through play in a stimulating and nurturing environment. 


Ickford Pre-school also offers the following:

ó       Qualified and enthusiastic staff.

ó       8 allocated places for 2 ½ year olds.

ó       Government funded places for 3-year and 4-year olds.

ó       Termly pre-school sessions five mornings per week.

ó       Pre-school sessions held at Ickford Village Hall, Mondays to Thursdays, 9.15-11.45 am.

ó       Thursday sessions incorporate one hour of Gym Club.

ó       Friday pre-school session held at Ickford School, 9.00-11.45 am, which helps children integrate into school life in readiness for their Reception year.

ó        Registered with OFSTED, Charity Commission and Members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

ó       Ickford Pre-school promotes Equal Opportunities at all times.

ó       Our Baby & Toddler sessions are held every Tuesday and Wednesdays during term time at Ickford Village Hall, commencing at 9.15 am and finishing at 10.30 am.  There is a specific craft area for the Babies and Toddlers to enjoy at both sessions.  Just turn up, or contact Meryl Munson on 01844 339608.


Sponsored Toddle & Summer Lunch


We will be holding a sponsored Toddle and

Summer Lunch on Friday 9th July

(reserve date 16th), at Orchard House, 49 Sheldon Road, Ickford, and hope you will be able to join us. 


Lunch will be provided which will consist of a Ploughman’s for adults and a sausage lunch for children.


Adults - £5.00.  Children - £1.50.


Please feel welcome to bring your friends and family along too.  For further information regarding this event, please contact event co-ordinators Marian Rule (338896), Caron Abreu (339171) and Rachel Organ (338239).


We look forward to seeing you!


If you wish to find out more about our Pre-School, Baby & Toddler Group, funded place availability, or to put your child's name dawn on our waiting list, please contact

Meryl Munson, Supervisor, on 01844 339608.



Operation Christmas Child

Who likes getting a present? I would imagine a majority of people do! In December 2003 over 10,000 shoeboxes full of gifts and practical items were sent from a Watlington warehouse to Romania to children who are in need. Many of the boxes were donated by individuals, churches and schools, as well as children’s groups from the Wheatley area.

This project is organised by Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian charity who runs Operation Christmas Child yearly. People across the world pack a shoebox with toys, toiletries and sweets as well as a warm hat, scarf or gloves and they are transported to needy children, who may not receive any other Christmas gifts.

We start collecting boxes in October and November and these go to the warehouse in Watlington.

Would you be interested in becoming involved this year? We need people who would like to make up a shoebox for a child and we also need some gifts that can be put in extra shoeboxes.

Can you knit? We are always desperately in need of warm hats, gloves and scarves for children aged 2 –  adult. Would you be able to start knitting some or do you have some wool and old patterns that you could donate for knitters? We also collect soft toys, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, which can go in the shoeboxes.

If you would like to know more please contact Lucy Betts on 01865 875436





Police are urging parents to think carefully before buying petrol-driven go-peds for their children or allowing them to ride them in public areas.

§         Petrol-driven go-peds are classified as motor vehicles, meaning that if ridden on a public road, including the pavement, the rider should have a driving licence, insurance, vehicle excise licence (tax) and a crash helmet.

§         Most teenagers and children can only ride them legally on private roads or private land

§         Riders must be sober and can be breathalysed