TIDDINGTON WITH ALBURY & MILTON COMMON
# 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
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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
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If you receive a call from these women, please call the
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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.
NHW Co-ordinator M/C
Parish Council News
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.
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
The code came into force on
Change of date of June monthly meeting
Please note that the Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday, 7 June at
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.
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 email@example.com. You can still contact them by telephone on the usual numbers, Public Amenities on 01491 823416 and Environmental Health on 01491 823214
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!
From your Council Chairman
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
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
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.
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.
The Old Rectory
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.
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
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
Authorities You will probably have heard through the
local media that the
Please feel free to contact me about County Council issues that concern you. My contact details are as follows:
50 Hardings, Chalgrove,
Home Telephone: 01865 891169
20 May 2007
“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.
“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!
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.
St Helen’s Church, Albury
9.30am Morning Prayer with Caroline King
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
9.30am Morning Prayer with Albert Eastham
11.00am ANNUAL TEAM SERVICE AT
HORTON-CUM-STUDLEY with the Bishop of
To be arranged
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
9.30am Cluster Service at Albury
From the Registers
Sunday, 29 April
“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
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,
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.
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
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
At the Spring Group Meeting in April in
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 in Tiddington Village Hall. Visitors and new members will be made very welcome.
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!
Tiddington Village Hall Committee
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!
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 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
Don’t Miss Out on Council Tax or Housing Benefit
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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,
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.
£10.00pp. Access via the A4095, south of Clanfield village near
Friday, 13 July,
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,
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:
Cheques to be made payable to CPRE Oxfordshire