TIDDINGTON WITH ALBURY & MILTON COMMON

NEWSLETTER

 

www.tiddingtonoxon.co.uk                                                   JUNE/JULY 2007

 

 


#  From the editor

 

The next two months seem to be quiet for village activities, but we have a chance to enjoy the new Cricket Pavilion and the improvements to the Village Hall and gear ourselves up for the village Fete come the end of August. Instead take a look inside for details of an Oxford “Moonlight Stroll” at the end of June and the chance to view the Diamond Light Source. The amazing 30 textile panels completed by Oxfordshire WI members are on show in July. One of our village members had a hand in it. Haseley Court will be open to visitors at the end of June and the Wheatley Team Ministry will be celebrating ten years at a special service in July.

 

Zena Knight   

 

Picture of the Neighbourhood Watch logoMilton Common

NHW (West Side)

 

 

This is a message from the Crime Reduction Adviser at Thames Valley Police.

The government is promoting a switchover from analogue to digital television, which will be carried out over the next four years. There is some concern that this may create yet another excuse for the distraction burglar, i.e. a smooth talking person conning their way into the home of a vulnerable person. 

If any of your members need assistance in receiving correct advice appertaining to the switchover, they are advised to visit the website: www.digital.co.uk or telephone 0845 6 505 050 for further information.

 

Trading Standards have been alerted that two young women are going door to door throughout Oxfordshire, asking for donations for the Farmoor Reservoir Pontoon Project.

There is such a project, but a trustee has said that they are not collecting door to door. This is noted on their website www.pontoonproject.com

One of the women is described as being in her late teens/early 20's, of large build and wearing very small glasses.

If you receive a call from these women, please call the police on 08458 505 505 and quote URN 1226 of 25/04/07 and try to provide as much information as possible.  Trading Standards are also very interested in receiving further information and can be contacted on 0845 051 0845.

 

LASSCO (Three Pigeon’s) have joined the NHW.

They put on a very impressive launch party and fireworks, enjoyed very much by some of the neighbourhood.

 

Remember to tell me when you are going on holiday – so we can organise Dog-Watch.

Enjoy the summer – remember to shut those windows when you go out.

To our new neighbours please return your Data sheets to me – thanks.

 

On behalf of NHW, I would just like to thank Angela Tremayne for all her hard work over the past years as our Parish Councillor.

 

 

Elaine Horne

NHW Co-ordinator M/C

01844 279520

 

 

Parish Council News

 

Parish Council Election Results

The following councillors were elected unopposed at the recent Parish Council elections:

 

Mr Roy Boughton

Mr Ken Field

Mrs Elaine Horne

Mrs Zena Knight

Mr John Nowell-Smith

Mrs Janet Willis

 

Mr Nowell-Smith and Mrs Willis were elected Chair and Vice Chair respectively, and Mr Ken Field was elected as representative to the Village Hall Committee.

Mr Alan Stratton and Mrs Angela Tremayne did not stand for re-election and the Parish Council would like to thank them for all their hard work over the last few years.

 

New code of conduct for Councillors

The government has now published the revised Model Code of Conduct for Councillors.  A copy of the revised code, the Local Authorities (Model Code of Conduct) Order 2007 No. 1159, is available at the attached link http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2007/20071159.htm

 

 

Tiddington with Albury Parish Council Members

Chair               John Nowell-Smith        339650

                       Econ.development, businesses

Vice Chair        Janet Willis                339415

                       Environment, conservation, recycling,

                       waste

Councillor         Roy Boughton                339497

                       Health and safety, transport

Councillor         Ken Field                     339671

                       Housing, planning, building & controls

Councillor         Elaine Horne                279520

                       Planning, highways and Milton Common

Councillor         Zena Knight                 339340

                       Planning; recreation, arts, grants

Clerk               Jenny Stoker               339709

                       Thelma Cottage, Tiddington

 

The code came into force on 3 May 2007 and local authorities, including parish and town councils, then have until 1 October 2007 to adopt the revised code.  For further information contact Margaret  Reed, Head of Legal and Democratic Services and Monitoring Officer, telephone 01491 823656 or email margaret.reed@southoxon.gov.uk

 

Change of date of June monthly meeting

Please note that the Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday, 7 June at 8.00pm

 

Internal Auditor

The Parish Council would like to thank Mrs Pam Papps, who has decided to step down as the internal auditor of the Parish Council accounts after many years. 

As a consequence, the Parish Council is seeking a new internal auditor.  If you can help, please contact the Clerk or one of your Councillors.

 

Dog waste bins

The Parish Council will be purchasing dog waste bins for the village.  There will be one for Milton Common and two for Tiddington, one on either side of the A418.  The Parish Council would welcome the views of dog-walkers on the most appropriate sites for these facilities.  Please contact the Clerk or one of your Councillors with your comments.

 

Review of Bus Services from Sunday 3 June

Following a recent review, funding for the service 275 was withdrawn. However, Red Rose Travel is proposing to continue to provide a number of journeys between Oxford-Aston Rowant/High Wycombe on Mondays-Fridays on a commercial basis.  It has been agreed that the 124 route between Watlington-Thame will operate on Tuesdays to Saturdays inclusive, thereby retaining a Saturday service. This will mean that on certain days of the week there will be up to 7 buses per day in each direction along the section of the old A40 between Milton Common and the Lambert Arms (although fewer on Mondays (3), Tuesdays (5) and Saturdays (4)).

The Clerk is awaiting timetables and will post on the village notice boards on receipt.

 

Bus Service 280

Please ensure you signal clearly to the drivers of the buses on service 280 to alert them to your wish to board as the bus stops in the village are request stops.  If drivers fail to stop, please advise the Clerk or one of your Parish Councillors.

 

New environmental services team at South Oxfordshire District Council

Following a re-organisation, Public Amenities and Environmental Health have merged to form the new Environmental Services Team.  Environmental Health’s work includes food and safety, health and safety, environmental protection, pest control and licensing.  Public Amenities is responsible for abandoned vehicles, car parking, engineering, flooding, grounds maintenance, public conveniences, street cleansing, street naming, waste and recycling collection. 

If you have a query about any of the areas of work, you can email the team on environmental.services@southoxon.gov.uk.  You can still contact them by telephone on the usual numbers, Public Amenities on 01491 823416 and Environmental Health on 01491 823214

 

Garden waste service – update

To date, the SODC has taken orders for 11,014 brown wheeled bins for the garden waste service.  The number of orders is increasing each week now that the weather is improving, so don’t miss out, order yours now! 

To order yours, visit our website at www.southoxon.gov.uk, call 01491 823416 or email public.amenities@southoxon.gov.uk.

 

 

From your Council Chairman

 

Annual Report

The most important event of the year was the retirement of Zena Knight as Clerk to the Parish Council, a position she had held since 1996. Without her I do not think the Council would have functioned at all – indeed all Councillors might be in jail! Thankfully we will continue to have the benefit of her advice and continuing editorship of the Newsletter, at least for the time being. We are also extremely grateful to her in her new capacity as Councillor. We are very lucky to have the services of Jenny Stoker as her successor.

 

The great disappointment of the year was the continuing refusal of Oxfordshire County Council to fund and install the promised Pelican Crossing. Roy Boughton with the help of our County Councillor, David Turner, is manfully trying to persuade OCC to reverse this decision, but it is an uphill task as their roads budget is in severe deficit.

 

There have been a number of planning applications as usual, the major development being the removal of the buildings at Manor Farm to Draycot and their replacement by four new houses. There is currently an application in for the building of a house in the garden of Tudor Cottage. The proposed development of Affordable Housing in the Station Yard seems to be making very slow progress. Similarly road repairs and flooding issues are taking ages to be addressed and also usually inadequately.

 

The District Council has withdrawn the bus token scheme for the under 70’s but the Parish scheme continues.

 

We are threatened with landfill refuse collections being reduced to every two weeks, but your District Councillor is doing his best to resist this.

Other notable events – not Parish Council business – have been the completion of the new Cricket Pavilion and the improvements to the Village Hall.

 

Since the end of the year Angela Tremayne and Alan Stratton have retired from the Council, having not sought re-election and Elaine Horne has been elected together with Zena.

 

Many thanks to Angela and Alan for all their good work over the years.

 

John Nowell-Smith

339650

 

 

Green Bins for recycling

Remember these may be collected free from Tiddington Garage

 

 

Refuse skips

Skips for non-recyclable waste are available on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at:

Wheatley Primary School, Littleworth Road

8.00 – 12.00 or until full

Skips for non-recyclable waste are available every Saturday at:

Thame Cattlemarket

8.00 – 12.00 or until full

There are no longer skips for garden waste

 

 

From your District Councillor

At the recent election the Tories retained control with an increased majority, winning 38 of the 48 seats. Ann Ducker was re-elected leader so we can expect much of the same.

There are due to be some shake-ups in planning, both at District and National level, over the next four years, which may prove significant. Waste and refuse collections will also be on the agenda.

Having been re-elected myself, I hope I will continue to be of assistance.

 

John Nowell-Smith

The Old Rectory

Albury

Tel: 339650

From your County Councillor

 

Annual report

During the last 12 months I have served on the following committees:

Children's Services Scrutiny.

Planning & Regulation.

Cotswolds & Malverns Transport Partnership.

Oxfordshire County Council South Africa Link Group.

Oxfordshire Youth Advisory Group (representing the voluntary sector).

 

I am also a member of the Shadow Cabinet with the portfolio of Schools Improvement.  I have regular briefings with the Director of Children's Services and also the lead member of the Cabinet for Children's Services with regard to schools improvement.

The Budget.   This year's budget showed a County Council Tax increase of 4.0% compared with last year's increase of 4.375% and the previous years 4.5%.  You may recall that a manifesto commitment of the now ruling group was to reduce the rate of increase of the Council Tax.  However this was done at the expense of cuts in some services and no improvement to the road maintenance budget, about which I get more complaints than anything else put together!

Education.   The results in GCSE's and “A” levels show a steady improvement, but there is still much to be done to raise our performance to the level of some similar authorities.

Bus Services.   The bus services for Tiddington have just been reviewed as part of the four-yearly review for this area.  I am pleased to report that services remain intact.  The 275 service through Milton Common will no longer receive a subsidy from the County Council due to low usage.  However, the bus operator "Red Rose" have said that they will still run a service commercially on the route and we await a new timetable.

Highways Issues.   Despite representations we have not managed to reinstate the Tiddington pedestrian crossing into the highways programme.  The Cabinet member responsible and the officers of the County Council maintain that the Government regulations prevent them from doing this work, which they claim cannot demonstrate satisfactorily that it would save lives.  Please rest assured that I will not be letting up in trying to reverse this policy.  The traffic calming measures in Milton Common were well received.  It remains to be seen if the measured reduction in speed following the completion of the work becomes a permanent feature of driving behaviour.

Older Peoples Homes.   The new homes replacing older ones project continues to bring provision up to modern standards.  For example, larger rooms and removing the shared room situation which was not liked, in particular, by new residents.  The Donnington new home was completed in December 2006 and the first phase of the Thame one is due for completion in October 2008 with the second phase following early in 2009.  You may recall that new homes were opened in recent years in Didcot and Wallingford.

Unitary Authorities   You will probably have heard through the local media that the Oxford City bid for unitary status was turned down by the government minister responsible.  The main reason given was that the cost of doing this would be prohibitive.

 

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 May 2007

 

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.

 

 

Recycling News

 

“Get rid of things you don’t want for things you do - free”

Did you know that Thame has its own Waste Action Group?  They held their first Swap Shop on 20 January and second on 10 March.  The next will be 15 September at the Town Hall in Thame. You take along anything you do not want rather than throw it away and you take home whatever you can use from the things other people have brought along.

No money changes hands!

 

If you have an item but cannot wait until September take a look at The Wheatley and Thame Freecycle on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Wheatley-Thame-Freecycle/ All items are posted free.

 

Small electricals to be recycled in July

In July 2007 the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive takes effect.  From July there will be special containers at all eight Oxfordshire Waste Recycling Centres for householders’ small and medium sized electrical equipment.  Previously, only large electrical household items were recycled, and the new service represents a major step forward in the recycling of all electrical goods.  Items from hairdryers to powered hedge trimmers can be taken.  These will then be broken down into their component parts, ready for recycling.  Another step in reducing waste to landfill and this service will be funded by the manufacturers.

 

Oxford Community RePaint

“Making good use of leftover paint”

Do you have left-over paint taking up room in the garage or garden shed?  Why not donate it to Oxford Community RePaint?  The paint will be used for redistribution to community and voluntary groups, charities and individuals in social need.  Instead of being wasted your old paint can do some good!

 

Paint can be taken to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre or direct to Orinoco - for further information telephone 01865 761113 or 07960 661748.  www.oxorinoco.org or mail@oxorinoco.org.

Janet Willis

 

 

 

From the Vicar

 

Last week I preached on the passage in John’s gospel where Jesus says

“peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you” John 14:27. This got me thinking about peace.  In John 14 Jesus promises to send his Holy Spirit and links this specifically with his promise to give us peace. Peace is Jesus’ divine gift to his followers on earth. But what does this mean? 

Peace is a word I misuse quite often; sometimes to describe the uneasy truce that occurs if my children have had a difference of opinion over a particular toy and I have removed it. But of course that state is not really peace, it is merely the absence of fighting, and their previous argument could erupt again at any minute. This is precisely the state of affairs that exists in a number of conflicts. Negotiators know only too well that true peace is about a lot more than the absence of war.

 

When Jesus spoke of peace he used the word shalom - the ancient Hebrew word for peace. Shalom means far more than peace as the mere absence of fighting or war. Shalom means completeness; it is used to describe a condition of society in which there is total harmony.  There is no one English word that completely captures it’s meaning. 

In the bible the biblical idea of Shalom is summed up particularly well in this glorious passage from Isaiah 2

“And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,

And their spears into pruning hooks;

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation

Neither shall they learn war anymore”

For Isaiah this time belongs in a glorious future. Here Jesus steps beyond that vision.  This peace, this Shalom is the divine gift Jesus leaves for his disciples. In so closely identifying peace with his person Jesus has added a new dimension to the concept of Shalom. The fullness of Shalom is God’s gift given to us by his presence in the Holy Spirit.  It is God’s desire for us that we experience this peace, this Shalom, not in the future but now.

But we are still left enquiring how do we achieve this. However much we desire peace in our own lives or in the world it always seems illusive. Our human nature, our sinfulness somehow always gets in the way of our own best intentions. But this should not stop us striving after the peace that is after all Jesus’ desire for us all. In the gospel of John, Jesus’ gift of peace is explicitly linked with the coming of the Holy Spirit. Peace is the presence of God bringing about in us inner transformation. The more we allow the love of God to transform our lives and our relationships through prayer and worship and deeds the more we will be agents of God’s Holy Spirit transforming the world. 

 

Caroline King

 


Church Services

St Helen’s Church, Albury

3 June

9.30am Morning Prayer with Caroline King

10 June

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

17 June

9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith

24 June

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

1 July

9.30am Morning Prayer with Albert Eastham

8 July

11.00am ANNUAL TEAM SERVICE AT HORTON-CUM-STUDLEY with the Bishop of Dorchester

15 July

To be arranged

22 July

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

29 July

9.30am Cluster Service at Albury

 

 


From the Registers

Sunday, 29 April

Holy Baptism

Emma McKinney

“Welcome to the Lord’s family”

 

 

 

Highlights from the School Profile

 

“Working together – striving for excellence” is the school’s vision and this is at the heart of all our work. The progress that our children make from KS1 to KS2 is consistently high, placing our school in the top 25% nationally.  Scores for core subjects – English, Maths and Science at the end of KS2 continue to be consistently higher than those at local and national levels. Topic based French has been offered as part of the curriculum from Reception upwards well in advance of the national plans for the teaching of modern foreign languages, and it is planned to introduce Spanish to the curriculum in addition.

 

The School continues to invest in the development of ICT and media studies with interactive whiteboards now in every class, and the use of the wireless laptop mobile class room is integrated within the school. 

 

The school has a Healthy School award and is seeking Eco School status.  Healthy eating is encouraged and a third of the children now take school lunches. We subscribe to the national fruit, vegetables and milk schemes in which many families participate. Our children learn about organic gardening and the preparation of simple healthy meals at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons cookery school.

 

A wide range of activities is available to the children including choral arts, music, tennis, football and swimming to name a few. The school was awarded an Active Sportmark from 2002-2005 and again from 2005-2007.

 

The school has a range of extended services including a Breakfast Club and After School Club, and a holiday club for parts of the year. 

 

We have close links with Countax, Waterperry Gardens, Fantastic Fireworks, and the Manoir aux Quat’Saisons who support the many elements of our School.

Ofsted (2007) reported that “This is a successful school which provides a good quality of education for its pupils. Some aspects of its work are outstanding. A strong Christian ethos pervades. Pupils thrive in this caring and supportive environment. Their personal development and wellbeing are outstanding.  They are proud of the school and enjoy everything it has to offer. They behave well and are enthusiastic learners which helps them to achieve well.”

 

This successful report owes much to the children who attend our school and of whom we are very proud.  Well done!

 

Central News features class 4 and their Waterperry project on Wednesday, 31 May.

 

 

Great Milton School, 01844 279388

www.great-milton.oxon.sch.uk

 

 

Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.

Our April meeting was a “cosy” affair! Very well attended, we all gathered in the bar area, as the main hall was still full of building materials, but Sue Ilbery and Mary Hedderwick were not fazed and gave us a fascinating insight into the history of food, providing samples of a couple of early recipes for us to try.

 

In May the AGM Resolution on community hospitals was passed as expected. Dot and Joan Wood then told us of their fabulous holiday to Kenya in early 2006. Their vivid descriptions made us feel we had been there with them – a welcome change from a slide show!

On 14 June, Kate Bradford will give a talk entitled “Fab 40’s to Swinging 60’s” and we hope to entertain visitors from three neighbouring institutes, as well as the AGM delegate from Horton-cum-Studley. There will be a bring and buy stall.

The topic of the moment – climate change – will be explained and shown how it will affect us by Pat Clark on 12 July. Pat is Science Co-ordinator for the County Federation.

 

At the Spring Group Meeting in  April in Thame Town Hall, the St James’ Singers performed a varied selection of choral pieces from the early works of the fourteenth century to the Victorian parlour songs. A group of eight male singers, they interspersed the music with poetry readings, making a very enjoyable programme. Our institute won the competition.

 

Some members enjoyed the Oxford Operatic performance of the “King and I” and future events organised by the County include lunch in June with Lars Tharp of the Antiques Roadshow and a celebrity evening with Ben Fogle in September.

 

We look forward to seeing you on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in Tiddington Village Hall. Visitors and new members will be made very welcome.

Zena Knight

Tel: 339340

 

 

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

 

 

 

Tiddington Village Hall

 

Some of you will have no doubt visited the hall in the last few weeks and hopefully noticed some of the changes! Our new toilets are now complete and looking fantastic. A “big thank you” must go to everyone who has worked so hard, especially to get them finished in time and on budget! There's still more to do and we hope to start work on the new kitchen soon. If you haven't already helped (and would like to) then please let me know as I'm sure we can find you something!

 

Meanwhile, I just wanted to mention the date of the summer Fete which this year will be on Sunday, 26th August. You may remember last year I put out a plea to anyone who might like to help specifically with the organising of the evening social. In recent years this has become really popular; the problem is that many of us have been working hard during the day and have run out of energy come the evening. What I'm looking for is a small group of villagers who might be willing to help organise the evening, especially people who perhaps wouldn't normally be involved during the day. If you fancy lending a hand then please let me know.

 

Have a great summer!

 

Alan Stratton

Chairman

Tiddington Village Hall Committee

01844 339430/278534

 

 

Tiddington Cricket Club

 

As usual the winter’s anticipation for the start of the new cricket season was greeted by rain and more rain! April’s summer like conditions just could not last, but rain when it came was much needed for dry gardens.

 

This season’s anticipation has obviously been increased by the new pavilion. It has not failed to impress all who have seen and used it. The club’s official opening on Monday, 7 May got off to an inauspicious start as the planned junior match in the morning had to be cancelled. In his opening remarks, Chairman Gary Munson paid testament to all who have been involved in this project. Starting with the contractors AK Builders of Chalgrove who delivered the building on time and on budget! The biggest tribute however was to the club itself and its members. Not daunted by being refused lottery funds twice, more than £120,000 has been raised through bar profits, personal loans, fundraising events and donations. Time and materials for kitchen and bar were found and heavy machinery “appeared” and tidied up the site. Indeed some works are still in progress. Thanks, too, were made to the Parish Council and local schools who supported our bid for a grant from SODC. In closing, the chairman introduced Mr Flood, current chairman of SODC, who presented a cheque representing the grant monies [£66,000] donated from the community fund (though not yet all received!).

 

It was then left to Mr John Bull, the Club’s President to officially open the pavilion after adding his testament to all the support provided that has culminated in the completion of such a magnificent building.

 

It was also announced that the club after nearly three years of hard work (from one individual in particular) is one of the first in the country to achieve Clubmark which rubber stamps everything involved with junior cricket. It proves that we have a child friendly environment and puts us at the head of the queue when applying for grant aid for additional practice equipment.

There followed a magnificent lunch with a pig roast provided by the President.

The afternoon match saw the club play a former members XI, bringing back many old friends. In summary it was a magnificent day, enjoyed by all who attended and will be remembered for a long time.

On the cricket front early season league results probably tell us little other than we seem somewhat stronger with the addition of new players.

Continued progress in the village KO will depend on the match played against Shipton under Wychwood last week.

Junior coaching and matches are now well under way despite the weather! There is much promise in all junior ranks and it is our duty to nurture this talent as best we can. The new junior handbook is now complete and available and details elements involved in achieving Clubmark, Club policy etc and junior match details.

On the Aunt Sally front all teams have started well and will look forward to some balmy summer evenings!

We extend a welcome to a number of new members who have recently joined the club.

Single and family memberships are still available and at £12 and £18 respectively represent good value.

The old “temporary” pavilion (almost to the day) lasted 25 memorable years, the highlight probably being the incredible National Village semi-final win against Horndon on the Hill in 1995 with more than 2,000 spectators watching.

Here’s to the next 25 years and beyond. If the next years provide half the enjoyment as the last what a fantastic journey it will be!

 

Ray Manning

Tel: 338911

 

 

 

 

0845 8 505 505

The single number for non-emergency calls

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newington Nurseries

 

Plants for shady places

Love the luscious hosta! If you are asking yourself what to grow in the shade of a garden tree or beside the garage or next door's gable end, then look no further than this leafy double problem-solver. As well as being great in shade, the wonderful leafy growth also comes at a time when spring bulbs are dying back. Partner the two and mask the over-blown remains of the bulbs with fabulous new foliage.

But hostas are so much more than simply problem-solvers as their massive following would suggest. They're great in a woodland garden as well as in borders and beds. They're effective in combination with plants with Japanese heritage including the smaller maples, bamboos, hydrangeas and ferns.

Leaves in dense mounds are what hostas do best and depending on variety, they may be yellow, green, grey-blue or variegated. The pattern and array of variegation along with the range of colour brings added interest to mixed borders or beds. Leaves may be heart-shaped or oval. Most produce attractive flowers on tall and sturdy spikes in summer.

There's a terrific range to choose from. Look out for “Wide Brim”. This produces wonderful dark green leaves that have a wide margin of pale cream. It reaches a height of about 45cm and a spread of 1m. The leaves of Hosta fortunei appear early enough to combine well with late spring flowers, for example bluebells. Many variants are available. “Shade Fanfare” produces large, bright yellow-green leaves with creamy white edges and reaches a height and spread of 45cm and 60cm respectively. “Halcyon” is a great choice if you're looking for blue-green or glaucous foliage.

Hostas are clump-forming plants which really helps if you want to populate an area. If you dig up established clumps of hosta, it's possible to split the clump with a spade and replant the resulting halves. They'll do well under deep-rooting trees and are perfect near water, for example the shaded sides of a pond or stream.

As perennials they die back completely in winter, the new spear-like shoots of the tightly rolled leaves appearing in spring. Hostas are fully hardy. They need a reasonably fertile, moist but well-drained soil. It's important to stop them drying out but spreading compost over the surface (mulching) in spring should do the trick. Their succulent leaves can prove too much of a temptation to slugs but growing in pots keeps the leaves out of harm's way if the war against slugs is one that you don't wish to engage in!

 

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

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

 

 

 

Great Haseley and District Horticultural Society

 

Tips for June gardeners

 

June is the best month for taking softwood cuttings from deciduous shrubs, climbers and short lived plants, like lavender, sage, perennial wallflowers and violas.  Cut a non-flowering vigorous shoot below a leaf, remove lower leaves and cut the top just above a leaf, leaving about a 2 inch cutting.  Pot in light compost, water and cover top with a plastic bag.  Put in a warm window and they should take in about two weeks.  Lots of free plants to give away, swap or sell at fetes.

 

Box should be trimmed early in June, also a good time for a feed and water.

 

Vegetables - Hoe, hoe, hoe!  Hoeing is the best way to keep down weeds and disturb slugs around your vegetables.  Hoe on a dry sunny day with a sharp blade.

Water if dry in the early morning or evening.

Keep sowing successions of salad crops.

Pick sweet peas frequently to keep them flowering. 

 

Lawns - Daffodil foliage in grass can be mown now when yellowed, add lawn mowings to the compost mixed with other drier material or it will become a slimy green.  Water new lawns in dry weather.

 

Ponds may need topping up in dry weather and the weed will be growing fast now. The small duck weed can be scooped out with a sieve and the stringy blanket weed wound round a stick, like candy floss. Leave the weed on the side of the pond for a while to let water creatures escape, then compost.

 

 

This year the show will be held on the village green in Little Haseley on Saturday 25th August at 2pm and we need lots of entries so get growing!

 

Learn more about flower and vegetable growing, join your local gardening society, membership only £3 a year.

Contact Membership Secretary Sally Orriss at:

The Old Stores, Great Milton OX44 7NL or on 01844 279231

 

 

 

Great Milton Neighbours’ Club

Outings Programme

 

20 June    Longstock Water Garden

Guided tour of Test Valley from Andover to Romsey for lunch, afternoon at Gardens, tea at Stockbridge.

Cost: £13.50+coach+meals

 

18 July     Highclere Castle and WI Tea

Beautiful gardens & exhibitions of horse racing & Egyptian artefacts from Tutenkhamun tomb.

Cost: Castle £5.50+coach+tea

 

15 August  Woburn Abbey & Safari Park

Tour of Abbey & drive through game reserve, followed by visit to Wild World Leisure Park for tea.

Cost: £13.50+coach+meals

 

19 September     Hidden London & Regents Canal Boat Trip

Museum of London for lunch, guided walk to Smithfields, tea at Barbican Centre, narrow boat cruise on Regents Canal, fish & chip supper

Cost: £13.00+coach+meals

Contact: Mrs C Cope, Woodbine Cottage, Great Milton OX44 7NF. Tel: 01844 279459

 

 

Thame and District

Citizens Advice Bureau

Opening Hours

Monday          10.00am-1.00pm       Open door

                       1.30pm-4.00pm         Appointments                                                        Phone advice

Tuesday         10.00am-1.00pm       Appointments

                                                        Phone advice

Wednesday    Closed

Thursday        Closed

Friday             10.00am-1.00pm       Appointments

                                                        Phone advice

Advice line: 01844 214827

Appointments line: 01844 217186

 

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

To book an appointment ring the

Thame Appointments line

 

 

Don’t Miss Out on Council Tax or Housing Benefit

Did you know?

 

·          More than 1.4 million pensioners are losing out on Council Tax Benefit

 

·          Up to 860,000 households are failing to claim £960 million in Housing Benefit.

·          Up to 2 million households are failing to claim £860 million in Council Tax Benefit.

 

For further information please contact Benefits on 01491 823579 or e-mail benefitssodcuk@liberata.com Alternatively write to:

 

South Oxfordshire District Council, Benefits Service

Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford OX10 8NX

 

 

www.southoxon.gov.uk

 


 

CPRE

Oxfordshire Branch

Events for members

We have arranged the following events for members to which they are welcome to bring guests. We hope you will find something to interest you and we look forward to meeting you.

Wednesday, 20 June, 2.30-5.00pm

Biomass at Friar’s Court, Clanfield

The Wilmer family have been growing willow experimentally and commercially as a fuel crop for many years at their beautiful and historic home. This visit will include a guided walk through their estate with the chance to ask questions about the viability of biomass growing and its implications for the countryside. Ther will be a delicious cream tea to follow.

Cost £10.00pp. Access via the A4095, south of Clanfield village near Radcot Bridge. Car parking on site.

Friday, 13 July, 4.00pm

Guided walk round Burford

Led by Simon Townley of the Victoria County History team. Meet at river car park (turn towards the church at the bottom of the hill)

No charge but numbers limited to 20. To be followed by the West Oxon Area AGM.

Tuesday, 16 October, 10.30am

Harcourt Arboretum

A guided visit to this magnificent arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay. Walk starts 10.45. Picknicking is allowed on site

Charge £5.00pp including the parking fee at the arboretum. Access via A423 in Nuneham Courtenay village.

To book a place contact:

CPRE Oxfordshire

Punches Barn

Waterperry Road,

Holton

OX33 1PP

Cheques to be made payable to CPRE Oxfordshire