TIDDINGTON WITH ALBURY & MILTON COMMON
# 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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 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
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:
Home Telephone: 01865 891169
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
He took to caring for
disused churches and for the poor, particularly those suffering from leprosy.
Whilst praying in the semi-derelict
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
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
FROM THE REGISTERS
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
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF MARRIED LIFE
Sunday 3 September
Mary and John Dover
May God bless their union
St Helen’s Church, Albury
Sunday, 10 December (time to be arranged)
On Saturday, 9 December at
there will be craft activities for the
children in the Church
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
29 October 5th Sunday
Cluster Service Waterstock 11.00am Holy Communion with Angela Butler
9.30am Morning Prayer
Remembrance Sunday 10.50am at Waterstock War Memorial
9.30am Morning Prayer
9.30am Holy Communion
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’
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
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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 .
After the summer break the regular bingo sessions are back. Why not come and join in the fun every fortnight on Tuesdays at (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.
Our Wednesday team,
promoted two divisions this year, finished a highly creditable third place in
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
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
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 until 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!