TIDDINGTON WITH ALBURY & MILTON COMMON
U From the editor
I hope you’ve all had good holidays. We won’t mention the weather!
Although I unavoidably missed all the fun of the August Bank Holiday, it seems everyone had a good time at the fun day and all were generous as usual in their support.
Forthcoming activities show the march of the seasons. The Cricket Club is having a Fireworks Night on 6 November (see page 8) and the annual Church Christmas Bazaar will be held on 13 November (see page 3).
The Lady Mary Bertie Trust
This Trust was founded in 1737 and was intended for the education of children residing in the Parish of Tiddington with Albury.
There is now very little money in the Trust as the income comes purely from a £10.00 rent charge. However, before any application can be considered, the Trust must fill any trustee vacancies that exist. Therefore, if anyone within the Parish wishes to be considered for a vacancy, would they kindly contact Anne Edwards on Tel: 339794.
Historic Churches Stride or Ride
Anne and Harold would like to thank all those who kindly sponsored them on 11 September.
The amount to be forwarded to the Trust will be £306.00 of which £153.00 will be returned to St Helen’s Church, Albury.
Parish Council News
Statement of Receipts and Payments 2003/04 – receipts amounted to £11,462.11 and payments to £8,484.43. A balance of £7,419.22 was carried forward to 2004/05.
Closure of A329 – the diversion through
Tiddington is inevitably making life difficult for residents, but we can only
hope that there will be good weather to enable the contractors to complete the
necessary work on time or early. The Council made a plea to OCC for extra signs
to discourage the use of
Pelican crossing – further efforts are to be made to bring our need for a crossing on the A418 higher up the County Council’s priority list. On Tuesday, 5 October the Council will be taking a census of pedestrians crossing between Tudor Cottage and Centre Caravans between and .
Maintenance of churchyard – all residents of the parish have the right to be buried in the churchyard at Albury, and for many years the Parish Council has provided a sum towards the upkeep of the churchyard. This has been a fixed sum, rising each year in line with
inflation. It is now proposed that the Parish Council takes over entirely the mowing and strimming of the churchyard, paying a contractor to do the work on a regular basis. Views of residents are sought on this proposed change of policy.
Overhanging trees and hedges – residents are reminded to make sure that their hedges do not overhang footpaths and pavements. The fast growth of foliage during this wet summer has caused a problem in some areas.
Thame Area Forum – the next meeting will be held on Monday, 11 October at in Chinnor Village Centre. This is an opportunity to learn more about local issues and to have your say on matters of concern. Representatives of the County and District Councils will be present.
From your District Councillor
There have been no developments at SODC to report, which significantly affect this Parish. Debate continues on the provision of waste disposal skips and the recycling of waste generally. Procedures relating to Planning Applications are also under review.
There are, however, three items to bring to your attention, which fall within County Council control.
You will have noticed a marked increase in traffic on the A418. This results from the closure of the A329 between the Thame roundabout and the Three Pigeons for essential repairs. These are scheduled to take three months, but I am hopeful that the work will be completed sooner. The effect on traffic is being monitored and further traffic management measures are being kept under review. If any parishioners have experienced particular problems they should contact Brian Purcell-Smith at OCC (Tel: 01235 531331) or Thames Valley Police.
You may have seen a reference on the front page of the Oxford Times of 17 September to a Tiddington bypass. It is news to me that this bypass is still under consideration. If you have any views on this, I suggest you contact OCC (Tel: 01865 815700).
Finally I am sorry to have to report that plans for building affordable housing in the Station Yard have suffered a set back as the County Council has indicated that it will not release the land.
Tel: 01844 339650
From the Vicar
As I write this I am
very aware that autumn is approaching very fast, the nights are drawing in and
the shops are starting to stock up on autumnal and winter items. I couldn’t
help noticing in Asda the other day they had a vast
stock of Halloween items on the shelf. I think Halloween is very much more
observed than used to be the case. Trick or treating has become more popular
over here because it has always been more widely celebrated in the
The roots of Halloween are very ancient and date back to the pre-Christian Celtic communities. Celts celebrated “Summers End” on the last night of October. When Christianity arrived on these shores it began to replace the ancient druid festivals with its own. November 1st All Saints Day was dedicated to all Christian Martyrs and Saints who had died. It became known as “All Hallows Day”. The evening before was set aside as an evening of prayer and preparation and was called “All Hallows Eve” or Holy Evening later shortened to Halloween.
I don’t want to be a spoil sport because Halloween is an enjoyable occasion for lots of people, although the throwing of eggs and flour can be a little tiring for some. But please bear in mind that its roots are firmly in the Christian faith, and prayer and faith in Jesus Christ is all we need to eliminate the darkness.
We will be having a special service to celebrate All Saints Day in St Bartholomew’s, Holton on Monday, 1 November at . This will be a team wide service and there will be contributions from young people from all twelve of our parishes. Please do try and come; it provides an opportunity for us to draw together as Christians and give thanks for our loved ones and for all who have gone before us in the Christian faith. All Hallows tide is All Saints tide and we give thanks to God for all those Christian men and women who have reflected the light that is Christ.
With best wishes
St Helen’s Church, Albury
9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King
9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith
9.30am Morning Prayer with Richard Bainbridge
8.00am Holy Communion with James Watson
11.00am Cluster Service at Waterstock with Caroline King and Mike Collyer
9.30am Holy Communion
9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith
9.30am Morning Prayer
8.00am Holy Communion
God Our Rock
Thank you to all who signed up. The course is very well supported and will begin on Friday, 7 October at in Holton Vicarage, led by Marian Brown. Please see Marian or Caroline if you are interested, as there are other courses across the twelve parishes and we hope to repeat it again.
Young people in the Wheatley Team
will be an all age service for All Saints at on Monday, 1 November
Please come and help with this.
you play an instrument, bring it with you for rehearsal to
Also if you come to Youth Club on 15 October at Holton Vicarage, we hope then to prepare something – maybe a sketch for the service. Youth Club will begin at and last until on Friday, 15 October.
Please come and help
Further information from Angela on 01189422055 or Caroline on 01865 873451.
After such a wet summer the start of term began with glorious sunshine, with lots of opportunity for the children to enjoy the school grounds, which are looking in good condition, thanks mainly to help from Countax who have supplied regular maintenance over the year.
Over the summer the school has been fitted out with the latest in classroom learning aids, three interactive white boards. The technology allows teachers to project lessons from computer screens on to the white board and, using special pens, these can be annotated, then saved or printed out. As a result, lessons can be prepared well in advance in a fashion similar to PowerPoint presentations. Teachers will also be able to bring resources from the Internet directly into the lesson. The lesson can also be used again and again. The boards also allow teachers to use video clips and take pupils on "virtual visits" using different web sites.
Welcome - The new term saw some new faces at school including Di Rooks who is joining the staff to work with Class 4, 17 children in Class 1, 6 in Class 5 and 1 in Class 6.
The school web site will be kept updated throughout the year with articles and pictures of activities taking place at the school. The
web site can be viewed at www.great-milton.oxon.sch.uk.
Mark Stoker (Governor)
United Neighbours In Tiddington
Our annual UNIT Bingo replaced the normal July meeting and we made a profit of £153.91, raising more funds for our charities. Thanks to all who donated the prizes and to those who attended on the night.
The barbecue on 24 August for members and partners was a pleasant social evening, the food was delicious and thanks again to those who prepared it and to our chef for the night, Ian.
UNIT ran the Tombola at the Fete/Fun Day and again donations were very generous.
Our October meeting is on the 19th with a talk on “a light-hearted look at family history” by Peter Seldon. Our November meeting is on the 16th.
A trip to the dogs in October, a Casino evening and a Christmas shopping trip to Cheltenham in November and our usual Dinner Dance on 4 December are all planned, so if you are interested in joining us for any of these, or would like any other information about our club, please contact Josie Adams, Julie Smith or any committee member.
Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.
The visit to Godwin’s Ice Cream Farm in August was enjoyed by all those members who attended. Several were tempted and brought home tubs of ice cream to enjoy later.
Many thanks to all those who provided cakes and other produce for the stall at the Fete.
Sylvia Brown’s talk in September was a nostalgic look at her 36 years on a milk round in the west of Oxfordshire. She experienced many changes from the early days of farmers’ deliveries to the takeovers and mergers of later years.
On 14 October we celebrate the Institute’s 80th
anniversary, by coincidence exactly to the day the inaugural meeting was held.
Everyone is asked to wear a hat – reminiscent of those early days! Our guest
On 11 November, we look forward to the welcome return of Runnalls Davis to talk about “Idle Women”, those who worked on the narrowboats in early days.
We shall host the Group Meeting on 20 October, welcoming members from five other institutes in the area. Anna Steven will give a demonstration of flower arranging “in the festive mood”.
Our monthly meetings are held in Tiddington Village Hall on the second Thursday in the month at .
We may moan about the weather this summer, until we realise how lucky we are not to experience the havoc caused by hurricane Ivan.
We had 21 rain free days.
The rainfall was 0.6in.
The warmest day was 30 July 87degF 31degC
The coldest day was 9 July with a day temperature of 54degF 13degC
Number of wet days 10, but with heavy rainfall of 2.6in
On the 3rd
there were thunderstorms over most of the country, with flooding in
devastated Boscastle in
flooding and destruction of road in Lochernhead in
We had 9 days with temperatures of over 80degF 27degC.
August was on record as being the twelfth warmest since records began in 1659.
1912 has the honour of being the most miserable August ever. It was the coldest since 1697, the wettest since 1876 and the gloomiest. So on the whole we did not do too badly!
September has been relatively quiet, especially when you
consider the devastation caused by the hurricane in the
So far out of 16 days, we have had 4 wet ones giving us 0.5in.
Tiddington Cricket Club
As yet another playing season has ended, we have time to reflect on a year of mixed fortunes.
It was a huge disappointment not to be able to run a third XI this year, as this is where the younger players get their first experience of senior cricket.
This hopefully will be
remedied next year, as we now have a ground available to us. The first eleven
benefited from having Aussie Paul Gasmier playing for
most of the season. Paul plays in grade cricket in
The Seconds finished 9th out of 10 in Division 5 but will remain in this division next year.
On paper it represents a mediocre season but many games were very close and there has been a marked improvement in the standard of play this year. We hope that this improvement continues.
The Sunday league side
finished mid-table, which is highly creditable. Individually, special
congratulations go to Jack Brooks on being selected to play for Oxfordshire
Congratulations too, to Nick Pykett who captained Oxfordshire’s under 15’s this year.
Preparations for next season are already under way as the square was completely refurbished the day after the last match.
On the Aunt Sally front
the Wednesday team just missed promotion from Division 5 of the
Both Friday teams finished mid-table in their respective leagues.
Winter sports, namely cribbage, darts and indoor Aunt Sally, will all begin shortly.
Dates for the diary
The Players’ meeting on Sunday, 3 October at in the Clubhouse
The Annual Dinner Dance at the Village Hall on Saturday, 9 October at
A Fireworks Evening at the Village Hall on Saturday, 6 November. See full page advertisement over the page for details.
Tiddington Village Hall
Tiddington Fete and Social
A great time was had by all at the Village Fete on Bank Holiday Sunday. A big thank you from the Village Hall Committee to all the people who helped make it such a success. As well as your attendance, the day simply would not be possible without all the voluntary help from the members of the Committee, other villagers and friends. Despite the weather, we raised just over £670.00, which will go towards the upkeep and further development of our Hall’s facilities.
Congratulations again to all the winners and we must thank everyone who donated items for prizes, the various stalls and the biggest tombola we’ve had for many years.
It was nice to see so many of you come back in the evening for the pig roast. We hope you all enjoyed it and we plan to make this a regular thing in years to come. If you have any comments or suggestions, which might help us to make it even better then please do not hesitate to pass them on to a committee member.
Tiddington Village Hall Committee
Operation Christmas Child
Appeal for 2004
Thank you so much for the great response I had from my appeal a few months ago for people to help with this project. I have had many volunteers to fill boxes and also knit extra hats and scarves, but we could always do with more! Operation Christmas Child is run by the Samaritan’s Purse International Organisation, a Christian charity. This year our aim is to send even more Christmas shoeboxes filled with gifts to children in need in Eastern European countries.
Each shoebox should be covered in Christmas wrapping paper and filled with items suitable for a boy or girl aged 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 years from the following list:-
§ A cuddly toy
§ A toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, flannel
§ A notepad, colouring book, picture books
§ Pencils and pens
§ A set of crayons or felt pens
§ A hat, cap, gloves, scarf
§ A small ball or tennis ball
§ A puzzle, e.g. small jigsaw
§ A toy car/plane (for boys)
§ Jewellery (e.g. bead necklace or hair accessories
§ A greetings card or photo of yourself
§ Sweets (no chocolate allowed due to customs regulations)
We also ask for a £2 donation to help with transport costs. We always need extra hats and scarves and empty shoeboxes.
I need to receive the shoeboxes by
Please contact Lucy Betts,