www.tiddingtonoxon.co.uk                            OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2006



#  From the editor


This summer season has been saddened by the deaths of two well-known, long-standing village residents, Elsie Field and Graham Holborow. See the gracious tributes paid to them later in this issue.

The Village Hall Fete and Social was blessed with good weather on the day and appeared a great success, bringing visitors from far and wide. The Harvest Supper was a fitting climax to the celebration of the harvest, with delicious home-cooked food enjoyed by all who attended.

There has been quite an influx of new residents to the Parish over the last few months and I am sure we would all wish to welcome them to the community. I hope that they find the two pages of information included in each issue helpful. Let us know if anything might be added or amended.

Zena Knight   


Graham Holborow


Jean and family would like to thank all the kind friends for their cards and letters of sympathy and the lovely flowers sent to Jean on the sad loss of Graham. Also many thanks to those who attended his funeral and the kind donations to his favourite charities. We have sent £520 to the Guide Dogs for the Blind £435 to Sobell House Many thanks


Parish Plan

What is a Parish Plan?

The Parish Plan process is a means by which the whole community can voice opinions on what actions they wish to see taken in their local area, in order to improve village life in the future. When the plan is completed it may highlight actions that can be taken by community members, be used to influence councils and service providers and act as justification of need when applying for funding.


The Parish Council is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer (or volunteers) from outside the Council, who could start the process. They would have support from the Parish Council and the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council.

For further details contact the Chairman or Clerk.

There was a great community spirit during the build-up to the millennium celebrations and play area project. The Parish Plan process can be another way of bringing the parish together.




Parish Council News


Clerk to the Council and Newsletter editor – at the time of writing one applicant has come forward for the positions and it is hoped to interview and appoint very soon. Meanwhile the present Clerk and editor will continue as necessary in order to allow a smooth changeover.


Receipts and Payments 2005/2006 – receipts of £15,958.37 and payments of £10,204.49 were reported for the last financial year and a balance of £15,735.79 was carried forward to 2006/2007. The large increase in the receipts and balance was caused by the early payment by the District Council of the precept instalment for the new financial year.


Pelican crossing – David Robertson, County Council Cabinet Member for highways and transport, will attend the Parish Council meeting on 2 October to discuss our concerns about the possible cancellation of the project.


Planning – the Sandy Lane Veterinary Surgery application to erect a permanent building on the site of the present surgery has been refused by South Oxfordshire District Council.



Tiddington with Albury Parish Council Members

Chairman          John Nowell-Smith        339650

                       Econ.development, businesses

Vice Chairman   Janet Willis                339415

                       Environment, conservation, recycling,


Councillor         Roy Boughton                339497

                       Health and safety, transport

Councillor         Ken Field                     339671

                       Housing, planning, building & controls

Councillor         Alan Stratton              339430

                       Sport, recreation, arts, tourism, grants,

                       awards, lottery

Councillor         Angela Tremayne           279797

                       Planning; highways and Milton Common

Clerk               Zena Knight                 339340

                       24 Albury View, Tiddington

Appeals against previous refusals for a larger surgery and for the retrospective temporary buildings have been dismissed. The District Council has issued an enforcement notice to remove the buildings. This takes effect on 2 December 2006 with a compliance period of 9 months (to 2 September 2007).

The County Council Highways depot at Milton Common, in the Parish of Great Milton, has applied for improvements including the removal of existing lighting and replacement with new, on steel columns up to 12m high, the provision of CCTV and new security gates and widened access road. The Parish Council has recommended refusal because of the light pollution expected to affect residents within our parish.


Parish Plans – discussion took place on the feasibility of a survey of residents to find out how they would like to see the village develop in the future. Results of this would be incorporated into a Parish Plan. It was agreed that an enthusiastic volunteer from outside the Council would be needed to take the project forward.


Donations – the Council is sponsoring some prizes at the forthcoming Wheatley Park School Prizegiving. A donation has been given to Thame and District Citizens Advice Bureau and a grant towards the Three Villages Car Service.


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.

Garden waste wheeled bin service

The service costs £29.00 per year with a reduced rate available by booking on-line.

For more information see the District Council’s website at www.southoxon.gov.uk/gardenwaste or contact Public Amenities on

Tel: 01491 823416


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

Please note there are no longer skips for separate garden waste


Green Bins for recycling

Remember these are available free from Tiddington Garage


From your County Councillor


Pelican Crossing in Tiddington on the A418

Cllr David Robertson, the Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet member responsible for highway issues will be attending the 2 October meeting of the Parish Council to discuss the decision not to proceed with the long awaited Pelican crossing in the middle of Tiddington.  I hope that we can find a way to get this back on the agenda.

Road Traffic Issues at London Road, Milton Common

Peter Ronald, the area highways engineer advises that by the time you read this article the warning red surfaced areas on the road, 30mph roundels on the road and white gates at the sides of the road at the entrance to the 30mph limit will have been completed.  This he believes will at least draw a driver's attention to the fact that they are entering an area where extra driving care is needed.

Fly Tipping

Fly-tipping in Oxfordshire is estimated to cost £300,000 to clear up every year with around 16 incidents recorded every day.  Waste managers from the County Council have now vowed to work with their partners at the District Councils to follow the example of our neighbours in Buckinghamshire who are the national leaders in tackling fly-tipping.  The cost for the whole of the UK to clear up domestic fly-tipping is £2.5 million a month and the total cost for all fly-tipping is £4.5 million per month.

Better Driving DVD

A DVD is now available at libraries across Oxfordshire.  The DVD covers town, country, and motorway driving and also offers those interested in improving their driving skills the chance to gain an insight into police driving techniques.

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, County Councillor

20 September 2006


Have your say!

New development in South Oxfordshire

Find out about our Site Allocations Plan by coming along to one of our exhibitions where planning officers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have

Thame Town Hall Tue 10 October 3-8pm

Wheatley Merry Bells Thu 12 October 3-8pm


Website: www.southoxon.gov.uk/planning-policy

Email: planning.policy@southoxon.gov.uk

Tel: 01491 823725

From the Vicar


The 4 October is St Francis Day. Francis (1181 - 1226) is one of the most attractive and best-loved of all the saints. Francis was born in Assisi in central Italy either in 1181 or the following year. He was baptised Giovanni but given the name Francesco by his father, a cloth merchant who traded in France and had married a French wife. There was an expectation that he would eventually take over his father's business but Francis had a rebellious youth and a difficult relationship with his father. After suffering the ignominy of imprisonment following capture whilst at war with the local city of Perugia, he returned a changed man.


He took to caring for disused churches and for the poor, particularly those suffering from leprosy. Whilst praying in the semi-derelict church of St Damian, he distinctly heard the words: "Go and repair my church, which you see is falling down." Others joined him and he prepared a simple, gospel-based Rule for them all to live by.


As the Order grew, it witnessed to Christ through preaching the gospel of repentance, emphasising the poverty of Christ as an example for his followers. Two years before his death, his life being so closely linked with that of his crucified Saviour, he received the Stigmata, the marks of the wounds of Christ, on his body. At his death, on the evening of 3 October 1226, his Order had spread throughout western Christendom.   There are Franciscan orders of men and women in both the Anglican and Roman Catholic Church.  Franciscans wear a distinctive brown cassock, and there are also many Franciscan tertiaries who follow a simplified rule as a part of their daily lives.

Over recent years there has been a widespread revival of interest in Francis, partly as we have become more and more aware of the irreversible effect we have had on our planet.   Francis’ love of the natural world and his embracing of a simple life makes him a very suitable patron saint for nature. Sadly, some films and books caricatured him as only a sentimental nature-lover or a hippie drop-out from society. This ignores the real sternness of his character, and his all-pervasive love of God and identification with Christ’s sufferings, which alone make sense of his life. The great hymn “All Creatures of our God and King” is attributed to Francis and his lovely prayer continues to inspire many to follow Christ.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy;


O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love.


For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


With best wishes







at St Mary’s, Wheatley

A youth event


For more details phone 01865 872224



Over the past few weeks we have had an exceptional number of funerals; it was lovely to see St Helen’s so full, but our thoughts and prayers remain with everyone who is mourning the loss of loved ones.



Thursday 10 August

Elsie Field followed by Cremation

Ashes interred in St Helen’s churchyard

Tuesday 15 August

Graham Holborow followed by Cremation

Ashes interred in St Helen’s churchyard

Wednesday 30 August

Eleanor Sharman followed by burial in the churchyard.


May they rest in peace and rise in glory.



Saturday 29 July

Samantha Boswell and Nicholas St Jean



Sunday 3 September

Mary and John Dover


May God bless their union



Christingle Service

St Helen’s Church, Albury

Sunday, 10 December (time to be arranged)


On Saturday, 9 December at 2.00pm

there will be craft activities for the

children in the Church


Church Services

St Helen’s Church, Albury

1 October

9.30am Morning Prayer with Caroline King

8 October

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

15 October

9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith

22 October

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King

29 October 5th Sunday

Cluster Service Waterstock 11.00am Holy Communion with Angela Butler

5 November

9.30am Morning Prayer

12 November

Remembrance Sunday 10.50am at Waterstock War Memorial

19 November

9.30am Morning Prayer

26 November

9.30am Holy Communion



Elsie Field


Sadly the village lost one of its oldest and well-loved residents last month.

Elsie Field came to Tiddington in 1935 when she married Arthur, who was employed on the farm at Draycot. Our families became friends when we first came in 1942.

Sunday afternoon walks together usually ended either at Draycot by the river or in the woods at Fernhill. One by one the children attended the village school, even if reluctantly in one case!

Elsie joined in village activities over the years – the Mothers’ Union, WI and UNIT, while Arthur joined the Cricket Club. When war broke out he joined the Home Guard.

When our men built the Village Hall, Elsie was active in fund-raising and joined the committee – also other committees when able to leave her family.

She took part in whist drives and bingo nights when they started, plays put on by the WI and was a member of the successful darts team. She was a regular member of folk dancing evenings – enthusiastic even if bewildered at times in the more intricate sets!

She enjoyed her annual outing to Ascot for Ladies Day and liked to follow the horse racing.

After the war, when the Airey houses were built in Albury View, we were allocated houses adjoining each other.

Elsie took on domestic service to help with the family income, looking after elderly people with compassion, cycling to Waterstock and Haseley in all weathers. This was followed by several years’ service in Thame.

When the Airey houses were pulled down to make way for more permanent dwellings, we were once again fortunate to be neighbours at Fernhill Close.

We were privileged to have a warm and loving friend for so many years and enjoy continued friendship with her family.


Dot Wood


Graham Holborow


On 15 August we had to say goodbye to Graham, who passed away after a long illness, aged 75 years.

For many years he was proprietor of the garage, a Rotary member and involved in many groups in the village.

Always generous and full of good humour, those who knew him well will always remember his little black book, where he would note down the first line of a joke and delight in telling it at the first opportunity.

Graham married Jean (55 years this year) and moved to the village and raised four children.

Although over the last two years he had not enjoyed good health, he always kept his sense of humour and Jean was his stalwart companion, who looked after him so well.

He will be sadly missed by all of us who knew him.


Pat Wise



Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.


I begin this report on a sad note as we remember with great fondness a long-standing member of the WI, Elsie Field, who died earlier in the summer. Elsewhere in this newsletter is a fitting tribute from another WI member.

In August, the title of Jane Birchenough’s talk seemed rather daunting but nevertheless intriguing. In fact, Jane gave a fascinating insight into her experiences working with disturbed prisoners and young children, using aromatherapy to help them sort out their problems.

Alan Copeland’s talk in September was not about the supernatural as might have been expected by the title, knowing the early television series of the same name. Instead, beautiful photographs of buildings and close-ups of memorial tablets, road signs, etc illustrated the unexpected and fascinating history of events from various parts of England.

Our October meeting is on the third Thursday, the 19th, and John Chipperfield will give a talk on his life as a journalist. The competition is for a collage of flags of the world.

On 9 November, Sylvia Vetta, who often writes for the Oxford Times, will talk about antiques. There will also be a bring and buy stall.

On 26 October members look forward to the Autumn Group Meeting at Sydenham, when Alastair Lack will speak on “Travels with Auntie” (the BBC)

Our grateful thanks go to all members who organised the produce stall and made cakes and served teas at the Village Hall Fete. Thank you also to all those who provided produce, particularly the home-made cakes, pies, jams and pickles.

Our meetings are normally on the second Thursday in the month at 7.30pm in Tiddington Village Hall and visitors are very welcome, as are new members. Anyone joining in October and paying the new subscription rate will not need to pay anything further until January 2008 – three free months! From January 2007 every member will receive, as part of their subscription, a magazine published eight times in the year, starting in February. This magazine will have articles on a wide variety of subjects as well as news of the wider WI movement at County and National level.

Zena Knight

Tel: 339340


Tiddington Village Hall


The Village Hall Fete & Social

On behalf of the Village Hall Management Committee, I would like to extend my thanks to everyone in the village (and beyond) who gave up their valuable time to help make this year’s fete yet another huge success! It was great to see so many helpers turning out on the Sunday morning to make sure we were ready to welcome the crowds in the afternoon. The weather was once again very kind to us and I’m sure this helped boost the numbers (and money raised). All in all we can report a profit of something in the region of £1,200, which is on a par with last year’s record amount. The money will go towards the upkeep of the Hall and the refurbishment of the toilets and the kitchen extension.

The evening social was enjoyed by so many that the bar ran out of beer! I’d like to add a special thank you to the members of the committee who, having worked all day setting up and running the fete then provided the salads, etc and still (just about) had the energy to stand and serve everyone.

Next year I’d like to look at the idea of getting a separate group of people to run the evening social in order to give those who worked so hard during the day a chance to wind down and relax. If you fancy volunteering now, then please let me know.


Christmas Dinner 2006

OK, I know it’s still some months away but due to the timing of the Newsletter, I need to talk about Christmas now! Last year the Village Hall Committee set themselves the task of taking over the organising of the traditional UNIT Christmas Dinner, which had always been on the first Saturday in December. I’m pleased to say I think we successfully succeeded and the evening was enjoyed by about 90 people!

Well, we want to do it all again and this year’s event will be on Saturday, 2 December. You can expect the same warm welcome, a drink on arrival, top entertainment, a fabulous 3-course meal and of course great company. The only small difference this year is the price. In order to cover all the costs we’ve reluctantly had to put the price up to £28 (still a bargain I know!).

We hope that you will be able to come and enjoy the event that so many people say is the start of their Christmas celebrations. Tickets need to be purchased in advance (and the earlier the better) so that we can organise the catering, etc, which will once again be supplied by Jayne Clark from Wheatley.

Please call me to book your tickets (01844 339430/278534)

Village Hall Committee AGM

The date for the 2006 AGM is Monday, 20 November. We are always looking for new people to join the committee to help lessen the load on those who are already on it! So if you fancy finding out more or just want to come and hear what the VH team has to say, then the AGM is a public meeting, so please feel free to join us at the Village Hall at 7.45pm.


After the summer break the regular bingo sessions are back. Why not come and join in the fun every fortnight on Tuesdays at 8.00pm (10 and 24 October, 7 and 21 November, 5 and 19 December)

 Alan Stratton, Chairman

Tiddington Village Hall Committee

Tel: 01844 339430 or 278534

Tiddington Cricket Club


This year’s end of season will be recorded as a major watershed in the club’s history as we say goodbye to the old pavilion and see construction of a new building commence. It has taken nearly ten years to reach this point with two rejected bids for funds, changes in design, etc all now in the past.

We are especially indebted to Colin Smith for driving the project forward with support from committee and members alike.

I hope we have listened well to the advice and suggestions offered and that the finished project meets everybody’s approval.

Whilst building is in progress we will use the Village Hall on Thursday and Friday evenings and on Sunday lunchtimes.

On the cricket front we can reflect on a season of change with many young players establishing themselves in all teams. We now have a very young first team, which can only improve in the next few years. Both first and second Elevens finished their respective league programs in mid-table and although the thirds finished at the bottom of their division we have the most promising group of players I have seen for a long time.

Aunt Sally

Our Wednesday team, promoted two divisions this year, finished a highly creditable third place in the Oxford and District’s League Division 3.

Wednesday’s form, however, did not carry over to Friday’s as the “A” team finished comfortably in mid-table.

Friday’s newly promoted “B” team, however, continued their previous season’s good form to finish in a highly creditable third place.

During the winter we have an Aunt Sally team playing indoors at Wheatley’s New Club, two Friday night’s darts teams playing in the Hotchkiss league and a cribbage team entered in Monday’s SE Oxon league.

It is sad to report the resignation of Nick Edmondson from his posts as Chairman, Fixture Secretary and 2nd XI captain (not to mention coaching and working on the ground). Nick has held posts within the club for some 15 years. It is completely understandable that such an enormous workload eventually takes its toll and it is only right and proper to publicly thank him for all that he has achieved for the club. What now remains is that the Annual General Meeting will be brought forward to early in November in order to select a new Chairman, who can take the club forward with a vision and purpose that continues the legacy that Nick has left us. Thank you Nick!

A date for the diary:

Annual Dinner Dance and Presentation Evening   7th October at the Village Hall


Ray Manning


Wheatley Library


Firstly, I would like to thank all the children who took part in the Reading Mission at the library. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. It was so good to see so many taking part and I would therefore like to extend my thanks to parents, carers and teachers for helping spread the word.


This will take place on Tuesday, 24 October from 11.00am until 12 noon and is open to all 4-8 year olds. Tickets are FREE but must be collected in advance from the library.

Adult Book, Video and DVD Sale

This sale will start on Tuesday, 10 October. Find a bargain to help get through the long winter evenings!

Carole Underwood

Library Manager


Thames Valley


0800 555 111

Call anonymously with information about crime


South Oxfordshire District Council

Garden Waste Service


Demand for the wheeled bin service to collect garden waste continues to grow. We have now gone over the 8,000 mark and are still taking over 150 requests a week. We have ordered 4,000 extra bins and there should be no shortages in the near future.

The delay between ordering and receiving the bin remains at about one month, although we hope this will reduce in the next few weeks.

We anticipate that by the end of the year our composting rate will have doubled to reach an overall recycling and composting rate of over 30%.

The service costs £29 per year although a reduced rate is available by booking on-line.

For more information see the Council’s website at www.southoxon.gov.uk/gardenwaste or contact Public Amenities on tel: 01491 823416


















Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996



Newington Nurseries


Green Fences and Green Walls

Turn necessity into beauty in the garden this month. Every property needs boundaries to mark its limits. Hedges – “green fences and walls” – are a wonderful way of putting one in place and at the same time bringing a host of other benefits to the garden.

Just look at what they offer over the alternatives. Hedges provide a wonderful, living shield between you and the world beyond. Depending on species, you can have year-round foliage or seasonal interest. Wildlife can find refuge in hedges and they filter wind without creating turbulence. A thorny hedge is an effective discouragement to unwanted visitors and all hedges are a barrier against the dust, dirt and litter that can otherwise come into the garden.

For beautiful and practical garden boundaries, look at this selection of fabulous hedging plants: evergreens such as conifers, yews or box are perfect for the smart, year-round green boundaries. For some seasonal plant magic, go for deciduous plants, for example hornbeam or beech. Thorny plants like Berberis or Cotoneaster will improve your security (some insurance companies now recommend them). For flower-rich hedges go for Rosa rugosa or Fuchsia; their attractive, colourful blooms will be a source of pleasure every year.

Planting a hedge is straightforward if you follow some simple steps.

Dig a 90cm strip (150cm for boundary hedges)

Fork in plenty of compost or well-rotted manure (a barrow load per metre is ideal and should help to avoid subsequent droughting problems)

Use either bare root or container grown plants

Plant along a string line approx 45cm apart for deciduous and 90cm for conifers

If your garden is in an exposed position, protect young conifers with a plastic mesh windbreak

Water all plants well, apply general fertiliser in early spring and water regularly over the next growing season

If space is short, a formal hedge, neatly clipped, can have a small footprint. Hawthorn, for example, can be clipped back to about 45cm wide. In any case, hedges can be used as a support for climbing plants and make a superb backdrop to a border.

Hedges don’t need to be made up of a single species. Ideal if your garden fronts on to fields or a lane, a mixed hedge, perhaps including hazel, ash and blackthorn, will provide a suitable bridge between the garden and the ground beyond. If you’ve got the space to let it grow a little wild, blackberries and clematis climbing through a tangle of branches will create a wonderful sense of deep countryside wherever you are as well as providing more options for wildlife.

At the opposite extreme, box or yew hedges can make a very formal statement either neatly clipped or with the inclusion over time of a variety of interesting shapes.


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

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





Great Milton Neighbours’ Club

Outings Programme 2006

4 October Lunch and skittles at Bablock Hythe. Cost: £6.50 + coach

22 November Wickstead Park Christmas Musical Variety Show (Turners). Cost: lunch and tea £17.00 + coach

For more information please ring

Celia Cope on 279459.








Home-Start’s 5th Family Fun Day

Sutton Courtenay Parish Hall

Saturday 14 October

11.00am – 4.00pm

Entrance £1.00 per adult

 children free


Stalls range from children’s rugs and playmats to Christmas decorations and cards, from unique gifts and flowers to handmade jewellery and from bath and beauty products to children’s books.

Also plenty of fun activities for the children


If you would like to be a Home-Start volunteer offering regular support, friendship and practical help to young families in the area, we would be delighted to hear from you.

We are starting a Volunteers’ Preparation Course in October


If you are interested or would like further information please contact


Hilary Mundy on 01235 511152


or Email: info@homestart-southernoxon.org.uk


CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Lectures for schools and the public

Friday 13 October 10.30am 1.30pm 7pm 8+

Life in Antarctic extremes

Lloyd Peck, British Antarctic Survey

Friday 10 November 10.30am 1.30pm 7pm 11+

Rosetta on the road (first mission to land on a comet)

Sim Barber, Open University

Friday 8 December 10.30am 1.30pm 7pm 8+

Cartoon Science

Helen Lloyd


Admission free but reserve a place by

Email: talking science@rl.ac.uk

Tel: 01235 445959 (24 hrs)



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



0845 8 505 505

The single number for non-emergency calls


SOLL Leisure

Swimmers who participated in Swimathon 2006 at local leisure centres, including Thame, raised £4220 for NCH.

Entries for Swimathon 2007 open in November.

www.swimathon.org            or tel: 0845 36 700 36