Adderbury Contact April 2016

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Volume 39, No. 3 April 2016


DIARY APRIL 2016 2 Parish Council Surgery – Church House – 11.00 am to 12.00 noon 2 Quiz night – Bowls Club – 7.30 pm 5 Gardening Club – presentation by Chris Brown on „The Plants of Patagonia‟ – Church House – 7.30 to 9.30 pm 6 Photographic Society – Annual General Meeting, followed by members' photographs on the subject: „What is it?‟ – Cartwright Hotel, Aynho – 7.30 pm 7 Adderbury WI – Hat Tribe – Irene Tyack – Institute – 7.30 pm 8 FOSMA present Rt. Hon. Sir Tony Baldry speaking on „Parish Churches – blessings not burdens‟ – Church House – 7.00 pm – tickets Trish Fennell 811059 9 Lakes working party – 9.00 am 10 Latest Date for Diary Entries and Copy for May Contact 12 Annual Parish Meeting – Methodist Hall – 7.30 pm 13 Adderbury Evergreens musical afternoon – Methodist Hall – 2.30 pm 13 The Adderbury Parish Institute AGM – Institute – 7.30 pm 14 Royal British Legion meeting – Bowls Club – 2.00 pm 14 Adderbury Community Food Market – Indoor Farmers‟ Market and social evening – Institute – 6.00 to 8.00 pm 15 Adderbury Cine Club – The Martian – Institute – 7.30 pm 16 Party in the Park - Barn Dance – The Institute – 7.30 to 11.00 pm 18 Adderbury History Association – AGM and Face the Music: lost church music form that was sung in Adderbury – Methodist Hall – 7.30 pm 20 Photographic Society – Workshop by members Simon Lutter and Gail Girvan on „High speed photography - Part 2‟ – Cartwright Hotel, Aynho – 7.30 pm 21 Runners‟ Hour – The Bell – 7.30 pm 23 Day of Dance 26 Parish Council meeting – Church House – 7.30 pm 27 Adderbury Evergreens AGM – Methodist Hall – 2.30 pm 29 Adderbury Friday Club – for all homeworkers – 12.30 pm – details Nick Fennell, 811059 30 Children's Society Coffee Morning – Church House –10.00 am to 12.00 noon

MAY 2016 3 Gardening Club - AGM, followed by social chat, finger food, wine, etc – Church House – 7.30 to 9.30 pm 4 Photographic Society – Presentation by Jannine Timms: „Portrait, studio and wedding photography‟ – Cartwright Hotel, Aynho – 7.30 pm continued on page 4



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5 Adderbury WI – Institute – 7.30 pm 6 FOCAL Event – Under Milk Wood – rehearsed reading of this popular play – St 5 Adderbury WI – Institute – 7.30 pm Mary‟s Church – 7.00 to 9.00 pm 6 FOCAL Event – Under Milk Wood – rehearsed reading of this popular play – St 7 Parish Council Surgery – Church House – 11.00 am to 12.00 noon Mary‟s Church – 7.00 to 9.00 pm 7 District Councillor Surgery – Church House –12.00 noon to 1.00 pm 7 Parish Council Surgery – Church House – 11.00 am to 12.00 noon 7 Quiz night – Bowls Club – 7.30 pm 7 District Councillor Surgery – Church House –12.00 noon to 1.00 pm 8 National Gardens Scheme – three gardens open – 2.00 to 5.30 pm 7 Quiz night – Bowls Club – 7.30 pm 11 Adderbury Evergreens – talk by Alan Walker – My family of vets – Methodist 8 National Gardens Scheme – three gardens open – 2.00 to 5.30 pm Hall – 2.30 pm 11 Adderbury Evergreens – talk by Alan Walker – My family of vets – Methodist 12 Royal British Legion meeting – Bowls Club – 2.00 pm Hall – 2.30 pm 12 Adderbury Community Food Market – Indoor Farmers‟ Market and social 12 Royal British Legion meeting – Bowls Club – 2.00 pm evening – Institute – 6.00 to 8.00 pm 12 Adderbury Community Food Market – Indoor Farmers‟ Market and social 13 Adderbury Cine Club – 45 Years – Institute – 7.30 pm evening – Institute – 6.00 to 8.00 pm 16 Adderbury History Association – For to get to the other side: the oldest 13 Adderbury Cine Club – 45 Years – Institute – 7.30 pm Thames crossing at Radcot. Martin Way – Methodist Hall – 7.30 pm 16 Adderbury History Association – For to get to the other side: the oldest 18 Photographic Society – workshop led by member Martyn Pearse on „Table Thames crossing at Radcot. Martin Way – Methodist Hall – 7.30 pm Top photography.‟ – Cartwright Hotel, Aynho – 7.30 pm 18 Photographic Society – workshop led by member Martyn Pearse on „Table 19 Runners‟ Hour – The Bell – 7.30 pm Top photography.‟ – Cartwright Hotel, Aynho – 7.30 pm 24 Parish Council meeting – Church House – 7.30 pm 19 Runners‟ Hour – The Bell – 7.30 pm 25 Adderbury Evergreens outing – Cotswold tour 24 Parish Council meeting – Church House – 7.30 pm 27 Adderbury Friday Club – for all homeworkers – 12.30 pm – details Nick 25 Adderbury Evergreens outing – Cotswold tour Fennell, 811059 27 Adderbury Friday Club – for all homeworkers – 12.30 pm – details Nick Fennell, 811059 COFFEE AND CHAT is held each week on Tuesday 10.00 am to 12 noon at the Methodist Hall. COFFEE CHAT held eachFriday week at onChurch Tuesday 10.0010.00 am toam 12tonoon at the VILLAGEAND COFFEE is is held every House 12 noon. Methodist You will beHall. very welcome at both these venues. VILLAGE COFFEE is heldare every Friday at Church10.00 House noon. LIP-READING CLASSES held on Thursdays to 10.00 11.30 am am to at 12 The Church You willHempton. be very welcome both from theseMoira venues. Room, Further at details Byast on 01869 338637. LIP-READING are held Thursdays aminatMethodist The Church KNITTING FORCLASSES SYRIA group meeton every Monday10.00 2.30 to to 11.30 4.30 pm Room, Hempton. Further details from Moira Byast on 01869 338637. Hall. KNITTING FOR SYRIA group meet every Monday 2.30 to 4.30 pm in Methodist Hall.


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We have a very full day a special market at 10.30 by The Green there will also be children’s rides and entertainment, classic cars Morris, films, music, theatre, fancy dress parade and special ‘Birthday teas’ children and OAP’s - a full programme and details of how to apply for tea party places will be in next months Contact and on Volunteer stewards and helpers are needed to help with the road closure and directing/assisting stallholders and exhibitors, please contact Val Scarff on 810386 or email Karen Reynolds on


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LOCAL SERVICES ADDERBURY LIBRARY OPENING TIMES TEL: 810545  Tuesday: 10.00 am to 12.00 and 3.00 - 7.00 pm Thursday: 2.00 - 5.00 pm and 6.00 - 7.00 pm Friday: 10.00 am to 12.00 and 2.00 - 5.00 pm Saturday: 9.30 am to 1.00 pm ADDERBURY POST OFFICE OPENING TIMES Tuesday: 9.30 am to 12.00 pm Friday: 9.30 am to 12.00 pm ADDERBURY STORES OPENING TIMES TEL: 367295  Monday - Friday 7.00 am to 7.00 pm Saturday 7.30 am to 7.00 pm Sunday 7.30 am to 3.00 pm TO BOOK A VENUE Institute book online at Church House Richard Davis 811557 Methodist Hall Val Trinder 811139 Lucy Plackett Activity Centre Becky Cheesman 07941 062096 Bowls Club The Club 811118 Banbury Golf Club The Club 810419 FARMERS MARKETS Adderbury 14 April 6.00 - 8.00 pm Banbury 1 April 8:30 am - 1.30 pm Chipping Norton 16 April 8.30 am - 1.30 pm Deddington 23 April 9.00 am - 12.30 pm CONTACT TEAM Editors: Marie Corney, Carda Traunero, Paul Ness All editors can be contacted via Diary and Advertising: Treasurer: Nick Fennell Barry Scarff Archway Cottage, Tanners Lane, 811059, Advert copy, artwork, & technical queries: Distribution: Karen Reynolds, Derek and Sandra Fearne April issue edited by Carda; May issue to be edited by Paul. Copy can be posted, left at the library, or sent by e-mail to the editors. The editors reserve the right to amend or edit any copy submitted for publication. Opinions expressed in Contact are not necessarily those of the Editorial Team. Submitted images should be 300dpi. While we always try to use images supplied, we cannot guarantee the reproduction standards of low resolution or poor quality images. By sending images to Contact you confirm your right to use these images. Contact holds no liability for images supplied by advertisers or as editorial submission that are in contravention of copyrights or licenses.


CHURCH SERVICES ST MARY‟S CHURCH, ADDERBURY & ST JOHN‟S CHURCH, MILTON Rev. Stephen Fletcher, Vicar. 810309 Contact for weddings, baptisms or other pastoral needs. ST MARY‟S, regular services: 8.00 am Holy Communion (1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday each month) 10.30 am Informal, all-age service (1st Sunday) Parish Communion (2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday each month) Morning Prayer (5th Sunday) 6.00 pm Evensong (unless otherwise advertised) 10.00 am every Wednesday: Holy Communion ST JOHN‟S, regular services 9.15 am Holy Communion (2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday each month) METHODIST CHAPEL SERVICES Rev. Lin Francis, 262602 10:30 am For more details call 811139 or check the church notice board. HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC CHURCH, HETHE Rev. Fr. Paul Lester. 01869 277630 10.00 am sung family Mass 12.00 noon traditional Latin Mass (second Sunday will be sung) Roman Catholic masses are also held every Sunday at 9.00 am at the Anglican Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Kings Sutton. ADDERBURY QUAKER MEETING HOUSE, Horn Hill Road, OX17 3EW (gate labelled “No Dogs Allowed”). Correspondence Clerk - Judith Mason, 720900. Meetings for worship are at 2:30 pm on third Sunday in March, June, September, and December. Everyone welcome. The Meeting House is little changed since it was built in 1675 and may be very cold. Hot drinks and refreshments afterwards.

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Our film on 15 April will be Golden Globe Best Film and Best Actor winner, multiple Bafta Oscar nominated film The Martian (2015, dir. Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Certificate 12A). During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meagre supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. The film will start at 8.00 pm (doors open 7.30 pm). Tickets are ÂŁ4 for casual members and ÂŁ6 for non-members. There will also be a bar selling wine, beer, soft and hot drinks. For tickets contact Helena Scott by email at or phone 01295 810708. Further Dates: On 13 May our Meals & Reels evening will include supper following which we will show the film 45 Years (2015, dir. Andrew Haigh, starring Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Certificate 15). A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receives shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives. On 10 June we will screen The Lady in the Van (2015, dir. Nicholas Hytner, writer Alan Bennett, starring Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, certificate 12A). A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that's parked in his driveway. Check for up to date information and remember you can follow us on Facebook or twitter. Helena Scott ADDERBURY GOLF DAY 2016 for Katharine House Hospice A Date For Your Diary Friday 8 July, 1.00 pm Banbury Golf Centre (Adderbury) more details next month Nick Fennell, 811059

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ADDERBURY COMMUNITY FOOD MARKET NOW WITH LIVE MUSIC! Thursday 14 April, 6 – 8 pm at the Institute, The Green, Adderbury Adderbury’s very own not-for-profit food market is really motoring on the second Thursday of each month. Have a look at our website to see what we have in store in April – whether it’s a great range of fresh food to buy (check out the fabulous new cheese stall!), or a delicious meal to eat in or take away - and now live music from 6.30 pm. To date over £1,500 has been given to village good causes. Have you visited the market yet? Put the date in your diary now!

ADDERBURY CONSERVATION ACTION GROUP (ACAG) The Save Adderbury Campaign enquired if ACAG would carry out delivery at the end of February of their flyer advertising the set up of the new independent web site. This accompanied our letter of objection to the application 15/02359/OUT. As their aims are generally in tune with those of ACAG it was felt that this was a sensible use of resources. I wish to stress that ACAG are not responsible for this new website however the bringing together of relevant information is in our opinion a very welcome step and will be benefit the democratic processes within the Parish. Peter Burrows, Chairman ACAG

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Our speaker on 1 March was Stuart Lowen who is the Marketing Manager at Ball-Colegrave. He brought along a large collection of scented colourful plants and then explained about their origin. David Colegrave, the founder chairman of Colegrave Seeds, died in Holland in May 1992 where he was celebrating the tenth anniversary of the company‟s expansion into Europe. With his wife Nancy, he started his own business here in Adderbury in 1962, and it is now the seed industry‟s market leader with worldwide business associations and flower seed companies in France, Holland, California, Australia and South America. In this country Stratford - Borden Hill - has 24 acres producing plug plants. Large machines filled with coated seeds place a single seed into every plug holder and then vast benches of these plug plants are grown on prior to distribution. In Spalding KinderGarden Plants Ltd grow on and packages millions of these plug plants for sale in our supermarkets and garden centres. You will find them in Hilliers, Yarnton, Wyevale and Farnborough. He showed us a hanging basket with true trailing Pansies such as the Cool Wave series “Blue Skies”. There are other colour combinations presently on trial which will be very popular when on public sale. It is really worth a visit on 20 July this year to see the display grounds where the trials take place for quality and endurance to our weather. Visitors are given flags and asked to place them by your favourites. Some favourites from 2015 are Alstroemeria “Indian Summer,” Begonia F1 “Whopper” with its scented and edible flowers, a new Cosmos “Lemon Sherbet” and Dianthus F1 “Black Cherry.” Impatiens were devastated in 2007-2011 with downy mildew. The spores overwintered in the soil, so it affected future plantings. The larger New Guinea Impatiens are grown from cuttings and are resistant. They take more care and effort to grow and are therefore more expensive to buy. The biggest seller has been Lobelia “Waterfall” with many different colours; they keep blooming providing you do not let them dry out. Stuart showed us many beautiful slides before answering our questions. A vote of thanks was given by our Chairman, David White, which was warmly applauded. The plants were auctioned off for club funds --- thank you. Don‟t forget the Plant and Cake Sale on 21 May and the meeting in April when Chris Brown will talk about “The Plants of Patagonia”. Barbara Talbot 13




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GARDEN PARTY Please make a note in your diary of this year‟s GARDEN PARTY which will be held on Saturday 10 September at The Manor House, Mill Lane, Adderbury by kind permission of Sir Martin and Lady Jacomb.

ADDERBURY HISTORY ASSOCIATION FEBRUARY MEETING About 35 members braved the cold on 15 February to come along and hear Dan Allen speak about women, children and war. Dan is the Treasurer of the Victorian Military Society which is an educational charity promoting the study of military bodies between 1830 and 1914. th He opened with the army‟s definition of soldiers‟ partners in the 19 century: officers had ladies, sergeants had wives and the rest had women! But all of these were regarded as a “confounded nuisance” in war and peacetime and were confined to the roles of nurse, cook or washerwoman. Only those who had married their husbands with the permission of the commanding officer were recognised as legitimate wives at all. There was no real provision of proper married quarters until 1870; a wife widowed by a man killed in action received a token pension; if he died of disease while serving she got nothing and it was back to family, the workhouse or the streets. Many a wife remarried quickly to remain with her regimental family and so provide for her children. Dan also described the rigours of campaigns and the hazards of travel when a wife accompanied her husband and the uncertainty of life experienced by those women left behind. Wherever they were, at home or abroad, a soldier‟s wife‟s lot was not a happy one. He then reminded us of some well known, and perhaps infamous women, Mrs Duverley in India and Mary Seacole in the Crimea for example. Dr James Barry was Surgeon General in the Army when his post-mortem revealed him to be a woman! Her real identity was never established. It was a fascinating talk full of anecdotes, information and humour and accompanied by illustrations which, as Dan pointed out, often painted a misleadingly rosy picture of Victorian army life! Delivered at a smart pace, as befits a military topic, it was sometimes difficult to keep up but we had a very entertaining evening. Jean Davis



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ADDERBURY INSTITUTE AGM The Adderbury Parish Institute AGM will take place on Wednesday 13 April starting at 7.30 pm. If you have used or visited the Institute in the past year, or are interested in this valuable village community centre, we hope you will join us. During the past few months the main hall of the Institute has been transformed, work that concluded with the installation of new curtains during March. We hope you will come and have a look and show your support of the Institute Committeeâ€&#x;s hard work. Andy Green, Chairman Adderbury Institute

ADDERBURY PARK FOOTBALL CLUB Adderbury Park Reserves Champions! Adderbury Parkâ€&#x;s Reserves (pictured) have won the Oxfordshire Senior League Division 2, with 5 games still to play. They have an impressive record of 13 wins from 13 and by scoring an impressive 56 goals on the way they certainly provide entertainment value and are worth a watch! It is a great achievement for the young side managed by Adderbury Park veteran David Seeney and we hope they are not finished there with a Cup SemiFinal and the 5 remaining league games to contest. st The club is performing well and the 1 team also has a Cup Final to look forward to on the 21 April at Thame Utd. To read how they did it you can read the match report here: And for all Adderbury Park FC latest news you can visit the website here: James Collier



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FORTHCOMING FUND RAISING EVENTS All proceeds go help keep the library open! Blenheim - an insight into the lifes of Sarah the first Duchess and Winston Churchill. Join us in Adderbury Library to hear two fascinating talks. Winston Spencer Churchill and Blenheim Palace The private resources of Blenheim Palace are drawn upon to afford new and refreshing insights into this remarkable man. We examine the breadth of talent, achievement and personality of the "Greatest Briton": soldier, politician, statesman, painter, writer, orator, family man and bricklayer! Sarah the Indomitable Duchess – a Lesson in Love…and Hate The first Duchess was a passionate woman who at times favoured or alienated all around her; those closest to her were often the object of her irrational and damaging emotions. Sarah was once described as „a good hater,‟ this talk will help you to decide whether this description was well deserved What a great way to spend a Friday afternoon!! Friday 18 March, 2.00 pm in the Library --- tickets £5 (tea & cakes will be available to buy separately) TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM: Adderbury Library OR by e-mail from Keith Mitchell -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------LOCAL ART EXHIBITION FOCAL are holding an exhibition of art by local artists in the Library. There is now art on display from three artists, drop in and have a look! Your chance to buy that special gift and support the Library.



UNDER MILKWOOD - A PLAY FOR VOICES by Dylan Thomas Rehearsed reading, performed by ten local thespians and musicians, of this well-loved play for voices. A one off chance to listen to this very famous play for voices performed in our local church. Where? St Mary‟s Church, Adderbury on Friday 6 May 2016. The performance will last two hours, and drinks will be available in the interval. TICKETS: Adderbury Library, Chrissie Garrett, Clare Lester OR by e-mail from Keith Mitchell on All proceeds go to help keep the library open! WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON John Osborne Thanks for your help.

DAY OF DANCE ROAD CLOSURE Saturday 23 April 2016

Please could all residents note that on Saturday 23 April 2016:  

High Street, from its junction with the A4260 Oxford Road to its junction with Church Lane and Lake Walk, the length of road on the south side of The Green, from its junction with the A4260 to its junction with High Street

will be closed to traffic from 10 am to 7 pm because of the Day of Dance. Access and egress to and from residential properties and businesses will be permitted, but through traffic will not be permitted. Theresa Goss LOOKING FOR STEWARDS

Day of Dance is looking for stewards to man (or woman) the closure points. Volunteers with a spare hour or two during the day will be provided with a yellow tabard and full instructions on the day. Experience tells us that if there is no one to direct them, drivers will simply ignore the road closed signs and drive down the High Street endangering both the Morris Dancers and spectators. Anyone interested please contact David Griffiths on 01295 810002 or e-mail Thanks, David Griffiths

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ADDERBURY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE 10 MARCH 2016 Work continues apace for the Adderbury Neighbourhood Plan (ANP) steering group. We have all agreed the general approach set out by the planning consultant and have split into four working groups each comprised of members of the community and Parish Council. Each group will produce a report and a set of questions that will be sent to all Adderbury residents around the beginning of May. Much of the information captured in the original TAP questionnaire still holds today. For example, most residents still want Adderbury to stay as a village, surrounded by green fields with a clear buffer from Bodicote. However there are some areas, such as housing and community facilities, where the responses in TAP are either not sufficiently relevant or are now out of date. The steering group is keen to ensure that we have fully captured up to date views of our community. As such, some policies in the ANP have already been guided by the communityâ€&#x;s views; the ANP should include policies to protect our Green Spaces and Heritage assets, to designate a gap between Adderbury and Bodicote and to protect the edges of the village from unwanted developments on green field sites. Some policies still need up to date input from the community, such as if and how we should accommodate more houses, how we manage and improve our community facilities, how land owned by the Parish Council should be used and how we can make our village more friendly to cyclists and walkers. The results of the questionnaire will inform the policies that will go into the new ANP. Watch this space and please have your say when the questionnaire is sent out. Sam Brown, Chair, ANP Steering Group

EVERGREENS During February we had a Bingo session for our first meeting and a welcome return of musician Tom with his guitar and songster Judy, who gave us an afternoon of songs we all remembered and enjoyed. On 13 April will be another musical afternoon. Our AGM will be on 27 April. Visitors are welcome to come along and see what we have in store for the coming season. You might like to join us and will be very welcome. Rhoda Woodward

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THE CHILDREN‟S SOCIETY In 1881 Edward Rudolph, a Sunday school teacher moved by the effects of poverty on children in South London, with the support of Archbishop Tait, set up the Church of England Central Home for Waifs and Strays. The Children‟s Society was born and through th the greater part of the 20 century it existed in the form of small cottage homes each with around ten children with a master and matron to act as parents. In the last quarter of the th 20 century the emphasis moved away from children‟s homes and focused on helping children solve their own problems through a series of family day-care centres. Today the Children‟s Society is a national charity that runs local projects, helping young people when they are at their most vulnerable and have nowhere left to turn. As well as striving to fight child abuse and neglect, the Children‟s Society also campaigns to change laws and opinions that affect the most vulnerable young people in this country. The Adderbury Committee of the Children‟s Society was formed on 12 March 1981 under the chairmanship Ken Richardson. In its first year, the Committee raised £536.86 through a mix of coffee mornings, a jumble sale, a Family Week Collection, a Christingle Service, a Barrel Organ collection and donations. This would set the pattern for the years to come. Since the Committee was first formed, in excess of £50,000 has been for raised for the Children‟s Society. Today the local Committee is still active and typically raises around £2,000 a year from coffee mornings, the door-to-door collection, house boxes and the Christingle Service held, together with the School, in St. Mary‟s Church. The next fundraising events are the door-to-door collection, (9 - 23 April) and a coffee morning and cake stall at Church House on 30 April. Thank you for your support over the years. The Committee looks forward to your continued support in the future. For more information visit

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UPTON HOUSE NEWS Banking for Victory at Upton House and Gardens This year marks the 70th anniversary of the World War II victory celebrations across the country. As part of our „Banking for Victory‟ exhibition we are launching a campaign to commemorate these celebrations --- to break the Guinness World record for the longest line of knitted bunting! The current record stands at 3,212.41meters (10,539 feet 4.58 inches); so we need to get knitting and we‟d love as many people to get involved as possible! For the pattern and more information please visit our website Events coming soon… VE Weekend, 7 & 8 May, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm Celebrate victory with us and enjoy a weekend of World War II displays, reenactments, food, and even a themed pub! Book in advance for a special tea dance or victory tea.

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FIRST ADDERBURY SCOUTS Adderbury Lakes My name is Harvey Rye; I have lived in the village all my life st and am currently at 1 Adderbury scout troop. I am going to enlighten the readers about one of the wonderful jewels of the village, Adderbury Lakes. The lakes area is a registered nature reserve and home to a vast spectrum of wildlife, fauna, and flora. To maintain the beauty and excellence of Adderbury lakes for the public there is a friendly working party that spends a Saturday morning each month from 9 am to noon to help. When at the lakes there are many jobs to do there to keep it clean, tidy, and welcoming to the visiting public. I decided to become a working party volunteer to give something back to the community and help the environment in the area to thrive. Also I wanted to help to assist and preserve the lakes for future generations; it is an amazing place. The work that I do at the lakes is to increase the habitat of the area and bring new species in as well; this makes the visits from the public exciting because there are more animals to look out for. I would recommend the younger people of the village to join the lakes working party because it is a great way to be outside and also help with the local community. The people within the lake working party are very welcoming and would be pleased to have more members of the public to join in the morning activities. Harvey Rye

THE LOAN SOLDIER - A MILITARY MAN ABROAD Author Bruce Duncan MBE, Milton, has written a book called The Loan Soldier. The main thrust of the book is about the author who was in charge of the British Army in Kuwait at the time of the Iraq invasion on 2 August 1990. It is also an excellent travelogue on some very interesting countries during the steady decline of the former British Empire, and also provides a very good picture of what it was like to be in the military in those days. The book is called The Loan Soldier because he was „loanedâ€&#x; or seconded to various bits of the British military on these foreign assignments. Bruce has attracted interest from the BBC having appeared on the Will Gompertz BBC Radio Show. He has given many talks with one in February at The National Arboretum in Staffordshire. For further information visit Rita Livesey



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FOSMA First of all thank you to all those of you who came to the City of Oxford choir concert in March. The singing was beautiful and it was a very successful evening --- we made £760 profit which was brilliant. We‟re moving on to our next event rather quickly – the Rt. Hon. Sir Tony Baldry has very kindly agreed to come and speak to us on Friday 8 April when his topic is „Parish Churches – Blessings or Burdens.‟ Sir Tony Baldry chairs the Church Buildings Council which is responsible for maintenance and care of the 16,000 Church of England churches that are open in England and we are very fortunate to be able to welcome him back to Adderbury and to hear his views on the subject. The talk will be in Church House at 7.00 pm and entrance will be by ticket only. Numbers are limited in Church House so you are invited to reserve your tickets now either by phone or email to either me – 811059 or or to Val Scarff on 810386 or The cost is £10 per person which includes complimentary canapés on arrival. Wine and soft drinks will be available to buy. We do hope you will support this unique opportunity to come and hear the views of the --- always entertaining --- Sir Tony. One of our very popular events of the year is the Poetry Evening which was started by Margaret Williams and has become more and more popular every year. We‟re hoping to arrange one for May so watch out for details. New members to FOSMA are always very welcome --- if you are interested in becoming a Friend please contact Nick Fennell on 811059 or Trish Fennell

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JEAN-CLAUDE PEISSEL (1936 - 2016) J-C joined Contact in July 2001 as one of three, computer literate editors (the other two were John Critchfield and Chris Wardley). They steered Contact towards the twenty-first century. It was I, and I hang my head in shame, who was the dinosaur; I was still producing ads using scissors and paste --- they were all very patient with me. Jean–Claude, as a professional publisher, gave Contact that extra bit of polish --- it was he who changed the format, creating a matrix that is still used today --- albeit having gone through a change in between editors. Contact‟s very professional look and final polish was given by the Girls-onthe-Green. This started to attract many more outside advertisers who actually said that they wanted to be associated with such a professional publication. By the time J-C left Contact at the end of 2005, it had fifty-seven paying advertisers supporting thirty-two page issues. Now seventeen editors on (to date) plus the help of the dedicated support teams, over the thirty-seven years of Contact‟s existence, it has progressed from an eight page issue supported by ten paying advertisers to the present, forty page, issue supported by ninety-six paying advertisers. Nick J. Allen

MACMILLAN MAMMOTH QUIZ This was the third time we have held a Macmillan Mammoth Quiz here in Adderbury, and everyone agreed it was the best yet! Due to the generosity of all our 83 quizzers and many other locals who couldn't make it but wanted to contribute, we made £1,112 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The winners this year were the Friday Club team (Lucy, Andy, Adrian and Steven) with a very impressive score of 83 out of a possible 100 points. Runners up were July Critchfield's team; "the Undecideds" with 78 points and third were Sue Rodriguez‟s team "Friends Reunited". A very high standard was achieved all round though. A really big thank you to our MC and Quizmaster for the evening, Nick Fennell. His usual unflagging charm and wit was central to the success of the evening. A very big thanks must also go to Trish Fennell and Gill Hunt who not only helped me with the cooking for the night but ended up doing all the serving, clearing up and washing up as well!!! Thanks also to the Bodens and the Browns, who kindly allowed us to have use of their ovens for the night and to Caroline Rathbone for making the meringues and Veggie Option and to Virginia Yip for the brownies. We must also not forget to thank Phil Mansel and the History Society for the loan of their projector and to Stephenie Lea for the PA system. Lastly, huge thanks to my long suffering husband Roger for all his help leading up to the quiz and for deftly keeping the score on the night! Debby Dickinson



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Our February walk about Blenheim Park was a great success with members taking lunch at The Oxfordshire Pantry at the Palace and we began knitting squares for blankets for Syria at our February Needlecraft meeting. A group meeting to Ardley Energy Recycling Unit undertook a guided a tour of their visitor centre exhibition and their exciting working floor before we met Meg, their Megawattasarus model created out of household waste items. Ardley is an amazing venue to tour and another group will visit later in the year. Our members‟ March meeting contained our AGM for the re-election of our President Diane Danton and our Committee plus two new members. Our book group will discuss A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole on 9 March and Needlecrafting members meet for own craft work or further squares for Syria on 16 March. This last weekend saw members taking part in our A Clean for Adderbury event on Saturday 5 March, inspired by the Clean for the Queen Campaign of Country Life magazine and initiatives, supported by our National Federation of Women's Institutes. We collected several bags of litter and cleaned some of Adderbury‟s road signs.

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Milton Cricket Club is eagerly anticipating the start of another new season. The club has now provided 26 years of very sociable cricket from its base The Black Boy Inn in the hamlet of Milton between Adderbury and Bloxham – so important because both of those village cricket teams sadly folded several years ago. We need more players! We have a very eclectic Sunday fixture list for 2016, so we need a large squad of players young and old, and of varied talent, but a cavalier attitude to life would be beneficial. It‟s quite acceptable to put your name down for just one or two games. Pre-season nets will be held at Warriner School on Saturdays 9, 16, 23 April from 12 noon – 1.30 pm (then on to The Black Boy) – you will be made very welcome So if you fancy a game, or just to watch, please contact Alan Plumb for more details. Become an MCC Vice-President! As ever we rely heavily on the generosity of our vice-presidents to keep us going, and we will work hard again this year to build on our vice-president numbers. In return we can offer: our splendid MCC tie, a warm welcome and a free tea at all home matches, and acknowledgement on our fixture card – all this for as little as £25! If you would like to be an MCC vice-president, please contact - Alan Plumb Milton CC secretary 721234 st

The 21 Adderbury match st July 3 will see the 21 staging of the annual needle match against Adderbury at Warriner School – so make a note in your diary to come and see us win back the Millennium trophy from the Adderbury usurpers, with sumptuous teas, and barbecue supper at The Black Boy. Annual Tour 2015 saw the continuation of the welcome and successful revival of the overseas tour –to Bucharest in early October! So why not come and join us – see you at nets? Milton Cricket Club Contact: Alan Plumb, Tel: 01295 721234, Email:



PARISH COUNCIL The Parish Council met on 23 February. There were apologies from Councillors Griffiths, Danton and Rye. Following a request regarding the criteria for Councillors to follow, an email had been received from Kevin Lane, Monitoring Officer at CDC, the comments in which were noted and which councillors would bear in mind in future. OPEN FORUM: Matters raised included the Neighbourhood Plan and the issue of defending the village against inappropriate development. COUNCILLORS REPORTS: County Councillor Arash Fatemian reported that the County Council budget had been agreed with money going into adult day care centres, rural bus services, and children‟s services. District Councillor Nigel Randall reported that the district budget had also been discussed and passed. He also brought councillors‟ attention to leaflets that were being delivered door to door explaining the change to the electoral boundaries. PLANNING: No observations had been made by the Parish Council in respect of: Mr and Mrs Edd Frost – Merville, Twyford Gardens Mrs Janet Morgan – The Old Barn, High Street Mrs Diana Crook – 8 Round Close Road Mrs Kim Kemp – Beech Tree Cottage, Tanners Lane Mrs Stephanie Betts – Tanners, Tanners Lane Objections had been raised concerning: Mr Tim Catling – St Georges Catholic Church, Round Close Road Mr Raj Deb – Fleet Farm Barns, Aynho Road Under consideration was: Rosconn Group Ltd There was discussion relating to this last application for residential development of up to 50 dwellings in Milton Road. The PC would be objecting strongly to the application on the grounds that it falls outside the settlement boundary of the village (Milton had also put in a letter of objection), there was no discernable need for any further development, it was not in the local plan and there were no community benefits to the application. It was agreed that a letter would be sent to Planning pointing out that the Neighbourhood Plan was likely to be adopting a policy that any future applications for the village would be demanding community benefits. The New Homes Bonus for 2016/2017 amounted to £7,100 which needed to be spent on projects this year. A request had been received for £400 to go towards the total cost of £1,200 to revamp the village website This was agreed as was the remaining sum of £6,700 to go towards the cost of new play equipment. NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Sam Brown was appointed Chair of the Steering Group. All previous members were willing to remain on it, as were Parish Councillors except Tony Gill and Colin Astley who had stepped down from the ANP/SAR Groups. There was a suggestion that perhaps the Chair of the Parish Council should not be on the Steering Group but this was voted out. A meeting held on 11 February with Neil Homer the appointed consultant, had been very positive. It was noted that he was being paid through a grant, the first part of which had been paid into the PC account. PARISH COUNCIL SURGERY: One member of the public had attended and raised the issue of parking at the junction of Church Lane and High Street (outside the Old Vicarage)



The Kemps Road footpath would be monitored, as would damage at the end of Deene Close. The wooden bollards at both the Lucy Plackett field and around the Oak Tree would be inspected as they appeared to be rotting. PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE: This was progressing and Stuart Phipps was thanked for his work on it. VILLAGE MATTERS: Library – The FOCAL representative Paddy Lehman reported that FOCAL would be requesting information about the proposed Government cuts. They were hoping to deliver information leaflets to new properties in the village. There were various events planned and it was hoped that a crime writing event would be planned for later in the year. They were very appreciative of the £2,000 received from Gracewell. Day of Dance – 23 April – plans were in hand, and it was thought that the road closure would be in place between 11 am and 7 pm between the Green and Mill Lane. After some discussion it was decided not to move the VAS sign in Horn Hill Road and to keep up pressure for traffic calming both there and elsewhere in the village. Dog Close/Round Close Road – The re-marked parking arrangement in this area was not working and comments would be sent to OCC to try and resolve the problem. NEXT MEETING: 29 March 2016 7.30 pm Church House.

Trish Fennell

LOST AND FOUND I found a ring in the fields behind the tennis courts in February, and am trying to reunite it with its owner. Please contact Sherrie Handley via if it‟s yours. Sherrie Handley

ST MARY‟S HOLIDAY CLUB 2016 For the past four years, St Mary‟s Church has run a lively summer holiday club for local children between the ages of four and 11. Each day comprises of four hours of messy crafts, exciting stories, noisy games and picnic lunch. The proposed date for our holiday club this year is Wednesday 27 July to Friday 29 July, but in order for the club to run, we need more help! If you are interested in working with local parents and lots of children at this fun-filled event, please contact Sarah Duffy at Sarah Duffy



PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY Last month, member Jim Muller gave a presentation entitled „From humming birds to cake stands – the sublime to the ridiculous.‟ Describing himself as a hobby photographer who has more recently taken up commercial photography, Jim delivered his presentation in three parts: landscape, wildlife and commercial photography, noting that – for the first of these two subjects – his normal choice is to use a hand-held camera configured for aperture priority and auto-white balance. Jim‟s opinion is that the countryside centred eight miles around Aynho is one of the most beautiful parts of England and he demonstrated this by showing a series of stunning images of sunrises over the local misty countryside, including water reflections and views of the canal at Aynho. He then finished his landscape photographs with images of the hot springs in Yellowstone National Park, Canadian waterfalls, Swiss mountain scenery, and sand dunes and shadows in Namibia. In the second part of his presentation, Jim showed photographs of a variety of wildlife that are native to the UK and Africa, before returning again to Yellowstone with images of brown bears in their natural habitat, including one with four cubs taken from a dangerously close perspective. He then included some fascinating photographs of different types of hummingbirds, all taken while in flight, necessitating very high camera shutter speeds to capture the fast beating wings – typically 1/4,000 second, using shutter priority. Jim concluded his presentation by reviewing his commercial work to date. This included a discussion on the use of flash and continuous lighting, and embraced a wide spectrum of commercial activities ranging from photographs of house interiors for estate agents, to Christmas food parcels, light bulbs, furniture brochures, conference events (including speakers, dinners and candid images) and finishing ultimately with cake stands. Overall, an excellent presentation by a most accomplished photographer, accompanied by a wealth of technical detail that was much appreciated by his audience. The next meeting of the Society is the Annual General Meeting at 7.00 pm on 6 April, which will be followed by members‟ photographs on the subject of „What is it.‟ Then on 4 May, Jannine Timms, a local Banbury photographer, will present „Portrait, studio and wedding photography.‟ In addition, two workshops are also planned. The first on 20 April is about „High speed photography and the creative use of flash,‟ the second on 18 May is an inter-active demonstration of „Table Top photography.‟ The last three meetings are at 7.30 pm, and all meetings are in the Cartwright Hotel, Aynho. Everyone is welcome to attend. We are very informal Society, so please come along and meet us all. John Branton,




Sign up today for the 10 Midnight Walk – Saturday 25 June

Since the first Midnight Walk in 2007, the event has seen over 5,000 entrants who have th raised over £700,000 between them. To celebrate Katharine House Hospice‟s 25 anniversary year, we are asking people to wear silver and as many sparkles as possible. Everyone taking part will receive a t-shirt to wear on the night, as well as a medal, drink, and a bacon roll after the walk. Early bird entry fee this year is £15 for those who sign up before 30 April, and we ask for a minimum of £25 sponsorship from each walker (£50 per family). You can sign up now at, or phone 01295 816 484.

Oxford Artweeks: Katharine House Day Hospice Art Exhibition 23-27 & 30 May 2016

The Katharine House philosophy has always been to take a holistic approach to patient care, which means more providing more than just medical care to patients and bereavement support to families. A large part of this is the use of art and music therapies to provide physical and psychological support to patients. This May, the Hospice has been chosen to take part in the Oxfordshire Artweeks programme, and artwork created by KHH patients will be on display in the Hospice during the week commencing 23 May. Why not come along to see the wonderful creations – and the stories behind the artwork?

Abi‟s Going Bald for Katharine House Hospice

Our friend Abi Brockis is shaving her head to raise money for Katharine House Hospice, The Little Princess Trust and The Brompton Fountain. She said; “The Hospice provided me and my family with great care when my Granny was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer”. You can sponsor Abi through her Virgin Money Giving page, at

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… everyone who is running a marathon to support Katharine House Hospice this month. Andrew Williams - Reading Half Marathon, Emma Hughes, Gabi Mitchem-Evans, and Andrew Sharman - Spring Wolf Run, Prav Heer – Shakespeare Half Marathon, and Robert Sancroft-Baker, Alan Kemp, Ian Kennard, and Paul Leverton – Virgin London Marathon.

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LONDON MARATHON Adderbury resident Alan Kemp is running the London marathon 24 April 2016. He would like to raise as much money as he can for Katharine House Hospice, Adderbury, in memory of his father David Kemp. If you would like to support him and make a donation, you can do so by going online at or please contact Alan or Kim on 01295 811766. We really appreciate your support and thank you for your donations.

Kim Kemp




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