Adderbury Contact December 2016

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Volume 39, No. 9 November 2016

With thanks to Nick Allen (NJA) for this month’s fabulous cover art

HEIGH HO! It is the Christmas season. Come and enjoy what Adderbury has to offer FOSMA concert - the Christ Church Singers, p.4 FOCAL Festive morning and card delivery - see p.34 I'll be home for Christmas - see pp.21 & 25 Important update! ATW Pantomime - see pp.22 & 31 Market Special - bring the logo and claim ÂŁ1 off a bottle of gin! see p.23 CDC offers FREE PARKING in Banbury for Christmas and January Sales Shoppers - see p.17 Present for Christmas? - see p.17

Christmas Lights Switch On 28 St Mary's Road, Adderbury Sunday 4 December 6.00pm All are welcome to come and enjoy the fun with Father Christmas making a visit, Christmas music, free homemade mince pies for all. Stalls selling a variety of items plus raffle and tombola. Lights will be on every night until twelfth night 4.30pm to 9.30pm All proceeds in aid of Katharine House Hospice. Jenny & Stewart West


DIARY DECEMBER 2016 1 Adderbury WI – Christmas Social Evening – Cartwright Hotel Aynho – 7 for 7.30pm 2 Christopher Rawlins PTFA - Christmas Bazaar – at School – 5.00 to 7.00pm 2/3/4 Christmas tree festival – St Mary’s Church 3 Lakes Working Party – 9.00am 3 Parish Council Surgery – Church House – 11.00am – 12 noon 3 FOCAL Festive morning in the Library 3 Quiz night – Bowls Club - 7.30pm 4 Big Christmas Lights Switch On – 28 St Mary’s Road – 6.00pm 4 Music in Adderbury – St Mary’s Church – 7.00pm 6 Gardening Club Christmas Party - Church House – 7.30pm 6 Parish Council meeting – Methodist Hall - 7.30pm 7 Adderbury History Association – Did we really Dig for Victory? Ursula Bucan – A Christmas event held with Adderbury Gardening Club – Methodist Hall – 7.30pm 7 Photographic Society - Presentation by Gail Girvan: 'From the shadows back to the light: Pastels to camera.' - Cartwright Hotel, Aynho – 7.30pm 9 Cine Club: showing ‘Brooklyn’ – Institute -7.00pm 10 FOSMA - Christ Church Cathedral Singers – Christmas concert of carols, music and readings - St Mary’s Church- 7.30pm Tickets £12 from Trish Fennell 811059 and Val Scarff 810386. Bar selling mulled wine and mince pies. 14 Adderbury Evergreens –Carol Service - Methodist Hall – 2.30pm 15 Adderbury Community Food Market – Indoor Farmers’ Market and social evening - Institute – 6.00 to 8.00pm 17 ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ – Institute – 2.00 for 2.30pm and 7.00 for 7.30pm – details on p.21 and 25 18 Music in Adderbury – St Mary’s Church – 7.00pm 19 Film: The Secret Life of Pets – Institute – 2.00 to 4.30pm 28 Adderbury Evergreens - Methodist Hall – 2.30pm JANUARY 2017 4 Photographic Society - Members' evening: My three best images of 2016 – Cartwright Hotel, Aynho – 7.30pm 5 Adderbury WI - Ragbag and Cocktail - Julia Miles – Institute - 7.30pm 7 Lakes Working Party – 9am 7 Parish Council Surgery – Church House – 11.00am – 12 noon 7 Quiz night – Bowls Club - 7.30pm 10 Last date for copy for February Contact - NOTE: no edition in January 11 Adderbury Evergreens - Methodist Hall – 2.30pm 13 Cine Club: Meals & Reels night showing ‘True Grit’ – Institute -7.00pm 16 Adderbury History Association – Dan Allen ‘’The VC –Facts and Fancies – Methodist Hall – 7.30pm 17 Parish Council meeting – Church House - 7.30pm 18 Photographic Society - Workshop: 'Outdoor photography - shooting the sky at night ' - Cartwright Hotel, Aynho – 7.30pm cont. on p. 4 3

cont. from p.3 25 Adderbury Evergreens - Methodist Hall – 2.30pm 26/27/28 ATW pantomime - Institute - details p.31 27 Adderbury Friday Club – for all homeworkers – 12.30pm – details Nick Fennell 811059 FEBRUARY 2017 1 Photographic Society - Presentation by Paul Brewerton (topic to be advised) – Cartwright Hotel, Aynho – 7.30pm 2 Adderbury WI - The Order of St. John Care Trust (Lake House) - Sally Cross – Institute - 7.30pm 4 Parish Council Surgery – Church House – 11am – 12 noon 4 Quiz night – Bowls Club - 7.30pm 7 Gardening Club – All about Ferns - Church House – 7.30pm 8 Adderbury Evergreens - Methodist Hall – 2.30pm 9 Royal British Legion meeting – Bowls Club – 2pm 9 Adderbury Community Food Market –Indoor Farmers’ Market and social eveningInstitute – 6.00 to 8.00pm 11 Lakes Working Party – 9.00am 15 Photographic Society - Workshop: 'Basic programming for photographers. – Cartwright Hotel, Aynho – 7.30pm 20 Adderbury History Association - Gerard Moate ''When 4 strokes of a brush were worth £400,000'' –Methodist Hall – 7.30pm 22 Adderbury Evergreens - Methodist Hall – 2.30pm 24 Adderbury Friday Club – for all homeworkers – 12.30pm – details Nick Fennell 811059 28 Parish Council meeting – Church House - 7.30pm

THE CATHEDRAL SINGERS OF CHRIST CHURCH, OXFORD Directed by James Potter present ‘CAROLS FOR CHOIR AND AUDIENCE’ SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER at 7.30 PM St. Mary's Church, Adderbury OX17 3LP Tickets £12 available from Trish Fennell 01295 811059 or, Val Scarff 01295 810386, and on the door Mulled Wine and Mince Pies Raising funds for THE FRIENDS OF ST. MARY’S ADDERBURY (FOSMA) 4


ADDERBURY LIBRARY OPENING TIMES TEL:810545 Tuesday: 10.00am to 12.00 and 3.00pm to 7.00pm Thursday: 2.00pm to 5.00pm and 6.00pm to 7.00pm Friday: 10.00am to 12.00 and 2.00pm to 5.00pm Saturday: 9.30am to 1.00pm ADDERBURY POST OFFICE OPENING TIMES Tuesday and Friday: 9.30am to 12.00 noon ADDERBURY STORES OPENING TIMES TEL:367295 Monday - Saturday 7.00am to 7.30pm Sunday 8.00am to 4.30pm Christmas Day 8.00am to 12.30pm TO BOOK A VENUE Institute Book online at Church House Book online at Methodist Schoolroom Anne Ransome 811229 Lucy Plackett Activity Centre Becky Cheesman 07941 062096 Bowls Club The Club 811118 Banbury Golf Club The Club 810419 FARMERS MARKETS Adderbury Banbury Chipping Norton Deddington

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Editors: Marie Corney, Paul Ness, Carda Traunero Diary Entry and Advert Bookings: Treasurer: Nick Fennell Archway Cottage, Tanners Lane 811059 Advert copy, artwork & technical queries: Karen Reynolds

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This issue edited by Marie Corney; 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. Whilst 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. 5

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 ADVENT and CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2016 (Our regular pattern of services continues throughout the Season) ST MARY'S Nov 27 6.00pm Dec 9 6.00pm Dec 24 5.00pm 11.30pm Dec 25 8.00am 10.30am Jan 1 6.00pm

Advent Carol Service Christingle Service Crib Service First Communion of Christmas Holy Communion with Carols Parish Christmas Communion Service Nine Lessons and Carols

ST JOHN'S 14 Dec 6.00pm Christingle Service 18 Dec 6.00pm Nine Lessons and Carols 25 Dec 9.15am Christmas Communion Service METHODIST CHAPEL SERVICES (10.30am) Rev. Lin Francis Tel 262602 Dec 4 Rev. C. Eddy Dec 11 Rev. L. Francis - Communion Service Dec 14 Adderbury Evergreens Carol Service - 2.30pm Dec 18 Carol Service led by Deacon M. Hale & featuring Bodicote Handbell Ringers Dec 25 United Service at Easington at 9.30am Jan 1 Mrs. K. Lee Jan 8 Mrs. M. Nutt Jan 15 Mr. W. Lishman Jan 22 Service led by members of the congregation Jan 29 Rev. L. Francis - United Communion Service with St Mary's HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC CHURCH, HETHE Rev. Fr. Paul Lester 01869 277630. Sunday Mass: 10.00am Sung Family Mass 12 noon Traditional Latin Mass (second Sunday will be sung) Roman Catholic masses are also held every Sunday at 9.00am at the Anglican Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Kings Sutton and since the closure of St. George's Chapel, Adderbury, many of the Adderbury congregation now worship there. ADDERBURY QUAKER MEETING HOUSE - Horn Hill Road OX17 3EW. (Gate cont. on p.9 6

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cont. from p.6 labelled ‘No Dogs Allowed’) Correspondence Clerk – Judith Mason – Tel 720900 Meeting for Worship at 2.30pm on 3rd 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. COFFEE AND CHAT is held each week on Tuesday 10.00am to 12 noon at the Methodist Hall. VILLAGE COFFEE is held every Friday at Church House 10.00am to 12 noon. You will be very welcome at both these venues LIP-READING CLASSES are held on Thursdays 10.00 to 11.30am at The Church Room, Hempton. Further details from Moira Byast on 01869 338637. KNITTING FOR REFUGEES group meet every Monday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in Methodist Hall NEWS FROM THE KNITTING FOR REFUGEES GROUP We would like to say a big thank you to all those people who don’t get to our meetings but who make knitted items and send or bring them to the hall. We are most grateful for all the contributions. New members are always welcome too of course – we particularly need people willing to sew up knitted squares into blankets. The group continues to meet at the Methodist Hall on Mondays between 2.30 and 4.00pm. Please note that there will be a short break over the Christmas period so there will be no meetings on 19 and 26 December or 1 January. We shall resume again on 8 January. Our contact with Hand in Hand for Syria has left Banbury so we now send all the items we make via the charity Compassion Direct UK. They now go to displaced people, particularly children, in Syria, Palestine and the Ukraine. So far we have sent at least the equivalent of 2-3 car loads worth of knitted garments and blankets. Thank you to everyone who is playing a part! For more information contact Val Trinder on 07766 210598.

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FOSMA We are now looking forward to the festive season and with that in mind, have just ordered our second batch of Nick Allen designed Christmas cards that continue to sell like hot cakes! They are available in Church after the service on Sundays in the run up to Christmas and also from Trish Fennell on 811059 and Val Scarff on 810386 or ask any of our committee members and they will be pleased to get them for you. A bargain at £4 for 10. We were delighted to be present at the Christmas Tree Festival this year for the first time so we hope you were able to come along and have a look at our tree in Church. On 10 December we are very much looking forward to the welcome return of the wonderful Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford who will be performing Carols for Choir and Audience, including well-known favourites alongside more modern Christmas works and reading. The concert will start at 7.30pm and there will be a bar selling mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets are £12 from Trish and Val (as above) and also and of course on the door as well. We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you all for your continued support – do keep in touch with what’s going on, on our new website and on Facebook www.facebook/fosmaadderbury. We wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

ADDERBURY EVERGREENS At our meeting on 9 November we were entertained by the Bodicote Handbell Ringers . Their music was tuneful, pleasant and very difficult to do. We all had great fun trying to play a tune not very successfully - but lots of laughter. A very good afternoon. Once again we are invited to the tea and Carol service by the Adderbury Methodist committee on 14 December. A Happy Christmas to all our members and visitors.. Dot Hardy, Chairman ADDERBURY AND MILTON FEOFFEE’S CHARITY

Grants are available for school leavers going onto Further Education, University or Apprenticeships. The criterion for Students is that they must have lived in the village for three years. The deadline each year is 1 January and grants will be awarded at the end of February, after the meeting of the Trustees. Each application will be assessed individually and confidentially by the Trustees. Application forms are available from Mrs. Margaret Clinkard, 31 Deene Close, Adderbury. The Assistance Fund is a long-established fund within the Feoffee Charity. It is there to help when times are hard. We cover all age groups, young and old, and can offer help to all who have lived in the village for a period of three years or more. To apply for help, please request a form from: S. Peissel, Church Farm Stables, Milton, OX15 4HH 10


ADDERBURY WOMENS INSTITUTE Our November speaker, Karen Rockell, gave a very lively and deeply moving “Me and My Transplant” talk on her liver transplant experience which gave rise to her need to share this with many groups for organ donation conversations within the family and the wider community for greater transplant understanding and awareness. Karen also experienced a rare heart disease, SCAD – Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, which led her to institute and promote a charity for the increase of professional and public awareness of this shattering condition. We all very much appreciated her inspirational and knowledgeable talk. Our Grow Wild Seed garden at Katharine House Hospice continued to bloom throughout the summer, seeds for 2017 were gathered in and now leaf removal is in full swing, as our garden prepares to winter slumber. We enjoyed a highly successful fund raising event, Tea at Three, in October and our open event with Irene Tyack at Church House on Thursday, 17 November. We had our WI stall at the Adderbury Christmas Market in November and our decorated tree will be at the Christmas Tree Festival at St. Mary’s Church in December. New members are always welcome at The Institute on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm where they are assured of an enthusiastic reception. Further details are to be found on our website – – or by email – or find us on Facebook via their search engine for Adderbury & District WI to see our page. Margaret Halstead

AS WE WERE SAYING……….. (56 years ago!) We group of “girls" were last together in about 1959. We were pupils at the Windmill Secondary Modern School in Deddington. The school, which was in the Hempton road, no longer exists. We have all led interesting lives in between times, with careers, travelling, raising families, living in other countries and generally having the odd adventure or two (or many!). We met purely by chance and have now become ‘ladies who lunch’. We all now live in the Banbury area and surrounding villages. Our conversations cover a vast array of topics and past and present ‘doings’. It’s really good fun to catch up and we slip seamlessly back and forth into the past and the present just as we might have done in all the intervening years. Maybe others from our era are doing the same and grew up with us. It would be fun to find anyone who knew us way back when. Jean Moore, (Editor: se picture on p.24) 12

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CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! Buy your tickets for our annual Christmas Raffle from one of our shops or pick them up from the Hospice. Prizes include a state of the art Xbox games console (perfect for that young member of the family this Christmas), a giant 4.5l bottle of Bell’s Whisky (perfect for the older members of the family this Christmas!), a beautiful handcrafted applique quilt, and many more fantastic prizes! £1 per ticket. Draw takes place 19 December. CALLING ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES: CAN YOU DONATE SOME FERRERO ROCHER? Are you a local business looking to help a local charity this Christmas? Every year our supporters knit Christmas novelties which contain a Ferrero Rocher chocolate and are sold all over the community. It’s a great way of raising funds for us; every novelty sold could pay for a cup of tea and some biscuits for a day hospice patient at Katharine House. If you can help us by donating some Ferrero Rocher to fill our Christmas novelties this year, please call our Fundraising Team on 01295 816 484. Thank you! DO YOU KNOW SEO? Do you have experience optimising website content for search engines? Can you help us fine tune our content to make it easier for people in our community to find what they’re looking for? If you can spare a few hours to help us provide a better online service to people facing life-limiting illnesses, please get in touch with Chris on 01295 816 484, or email VOLUNTEER NEEDED! Can you spare a morning each week to collect and deliver our collecting tins and posters in the local area? Terry, our current volunteer has been helping us for a number of years and has retired at the end of November. We’d love to hear from you if you can help us, please call Wendy in the Fundraising Office on 01295 816 484.


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ADDERBURY CINE CLUB On Friday, 9 December we will present the film Brooklyn (2015, dir. John Crowley, starring Saoirse Ronana, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, certificate 12A). A romantic drama, in this Bafta awarded Best British Film (with 3 Oscar nominations) an Irish immigrant lands in 1950's Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. As usual the evening will take place at the Institute. The doors for the film will open at 7.30pm and the film presentation starts at 8.00pm. Tickets are £4 for casual members and £6 for non-members. There will also be a bar including mulled wine and mince pies. For tickets contact Helena Scott by email at or phone 01295 810708. On Friday 19 December, we will be holding a Children’s screening of The Secret Life of Pets, (2016, certificate PG) doors open at 2.00pm film to start at 2.15pm. In this animated adventure comedy, the quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes. Thanks to a Parish Council Grant, this screening will be free, but all children (under 18) must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please request tickets as above if possible so we have an idea of numbers. On 13 January 2017, we will be holding a Banbury Samaritans Charity Meals & Reels Night showing True Grit (2010, dir. Coen brothers, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, certificate 15). Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, stubborn 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit." This Western adventure drama won the Bafta Award for Best Cinematography and was nominated for 10 Oscars. As usual the evening will take place at the Institute. The doors will open at 7.00pm ready for the meal at 7.15pm and the film presentation at 8.00pm. Tickets (film & food) are £10 for full members, £14 for casual members and £16 for non-members and can be booked as above. There will be a bar selling wine, beer, soft and hot drinks. Check for up to date information and remember you can follow us on facebook or twitter.

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FOSMA’S HAUNTING CONCERT Jeannette and Andrew Barnes attended a concert in Yorkshire 18 months ago and were so captivated by the performance that they were determined to find sufficient sponsorship to bring the Christian Forshaw Sanctuary Ensemble to St Mary’s Adderbury. Their efforts were amply rewarded on Sunday 16 October, as were an audience made up of Forshaw ‘groupies’ from far and wide, and the good folk of Adderbury who hadn’t a clue what to expect. So lights off, hush, a distant rumble from the chancel, a beautiful vibrant soprano from the back of the church, then the church organ quietly shepherding in a piercing saxophone – the atmosphere was haunting and electric. This was Christian Forshaw, and the wonderful acoustics of St Mary’s were the perfect venue for the perfect symmetry of his ensemble. We heard an eclectic programme of this entrancing music from liturgical movements, a Wesleyan hymn, a lighter Vaughan Williams melody then back to ‘ some more miserable stuff’ as described by Forshaw, whose arrangements so skilfully embraced the talents of the players – and it was far from miserable! None present had ever believed they would hear such an enthralling rendition of Nunc Dimittis. The event will live long in the memory, and raised over £1700 for FOSMA (Friends of St Mary’s Adderbury) and their ongoing programme of fundraising for the fabric of the church. Thanks go to all the sponsors – and the foresight of the Barnes! More dates for your Diary Adderbury and Milton Branch of the Royal British Legion - 2017 meetings. All meetings will be held on a Thursday in the Bowls Club, Twyford , at 2.00 pm. February 9; April 13; June 8; August 10; October 12; November 16 (AGM)

Adderbury eggheads fight it out at the Scouts Quiz night

Last month Adderbury scouts hosted a quiz night. There were 10 different rounds of challenging questions. At the end of each round there was a dance challenge where members of each team had to get up and dance along to well know songs for extra points. There was also a raffle and a coin throw to hit a whisky bottle. Everyone had a great night and enjoyed themselves. A few weeks ago we all travelled down to Milton Keynes ski slope to go sledging. When we first walked into the ski zone it was quite cold but when we started moving we quickly warmed up. We walked up the steep slope and then whizzed down it on sledges over and over again. Racing each other down the slope was great fun. I think the fastest person, though, was Edward. We got very wet and our feet were freezing on the way home in the minibus, but we all had a wonderful time. Coming up in the scout calendar we have location x, a special night wide game, our annual Christmas party and indoor karting. So there is a lot to look forward to. As always a big thank you to all the leaders for running a fabulous month. If you are 10 and over and are interested in joining scouts please add your name to the waiting list at Archie McCusker 20 20

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ADDERBURY COMMUNITY FOOD MARKET – CHRISTMAS SPECIAL ! Thursday 15 December 6pm to 8pm at the Institute, The Green, Adderbury Come along for a great Christmas selection of locally sourced food, drinks, floral decorations and a sumptuous supper to eat in or take away




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SCOUTS go sledging at Milton Keynes ski slope see p.20


L to R: Marion (née Tipple), Julia (née Garret), Margaret (née Tipple), Jean (Moore), Mary (née Waters)

Adderbury Village Morris Men remember Percy Pargeter who died in the battle of Le Transloy on the Somme. See p.37



It’s 1942, 17 December to be precise and the evening of the school nativity in Adderbury. But the evening’s performance is threatened by the sounding of the village air raid siren. The locals pile into the local community air raid shelter to escape the threat of bombings, among them are evacuees Jimmy Williams and Beth Lawson, home guard Stanley Jameson and heart-throb GI Frank George. Through well-known songs of the era, the community spend their time sharing their challenges, excitements and heartaches of wartime Christmas, whilst keeping morale high. So distraught by the cancellation of the nativity, they help come up with an idea to cheer Jimmy up…. Following the success of Singing for The Somme, Voices Across Time presents an original audience participatory musical, ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’. Join an original cast of local young actors in an evening of festive entertainment, led by Royal Academy of London’s Joseph Cummings. They’ll be sing along festive classics and WW2 favourites, a licensed bar and, though rationing is in place, complimentary festive treats too. After the performance, the shelter will transform into the GI’s annual Christmas party with music from the Andrews Sisters, dancing and plenty of mistletoe. Profits from the evening will go to Katharine House Hospice Musical Appeal and The See-Saw Charity. There will be two performances: Preview (dress rehearsal) at 2.00pm for 2.30pm and an evening performance at 7.00pm for 7.30pm in Adderbury’s Institute, on Saturday 17 December. Tea and coffee will be available in the afternoon and a bar will be open in the evening. The evening performance is now sold out but tickets for the dress rehearsal at £5 (concessions free) are available from the box office on 07532446665 or email Voices Across Time is a non-profit organisation who put on audience participation musical performances based on British history, raising money for various charities. The Voices Across Time team are Joseph Cummings, Florence Taylor and Harriet Wells, and they look forward to seeing you on the 17 December.

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Adderbury History Association October Meeting This month we had a return visit from one of our most popular speakers – Tim Healey. He kept us enthralled for an hour with fascinating facts about Apples! The full title of his talk was ‘Myth and mystery of England’s favourite fruit’. Tim divided his talk into five sections: myths, the history of apples, apple rites, working with apples and apples in Oxfordshire. Each contained diverse and sometimes familiar examples of that particular theme. Amongst them were Adam and Eve, although apparently the forbidden fruit wasn’t actually an apple! There was Snow White, William Tell and Newton; the Beatles Applecore company featured along with Apple Mac computers and Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night's Dream; Halloween apple bobbing and toffee apples got a mention and he quoted a version of Ride a Cock Horse with a two penny apple pie ending. It was both interesting and amusing to be reminded of them all in a different context. Tim also included the names of local varieties of apple such as Hanwell Souring, Eynsham Dumpling and a newly discovered Deddington Pippin which is growing wild along the main Oxford Road; and coming right up to date, a new tradition in the modern Apple Day events. There was further discussion after the presentation. Andy Howard is involved with the Midshires Orchard Group ( which promotes fruit awareness in this area. Fittingly the evening concluded with refreshments of apple juice and apple biscuits. Jean Davis

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At the end of October, team members met to plant ox-eye daisies and sow more Grow Wild seeds into the rather empty top end of our wild flower area. We cleared out many weeds, in particular shepherds purse, whose plant stems had developed a most unattractive coating of white mould. Fat hen continues to grow despite close attention. We are delighted to report on our poppy growth, which now includes a glorious, deeply scarlet bloom similar to the Oriental poppy, with intense black central markings, and a slightly paler red flower with yellow markings. And next year we should display a smaller red field poppy bloom from locally grown and gathered seeds. Our area also includes several white daisy-type plants, nightshade plants with berries and a creeping form of Mallow. We also host many unwanted weeds and grasses which are removed whenever possible. We have enjoyed a bright summer blossoming of wild flowers at The Rise and now look forward to more lovely flowerings for 2017. Find Wild Flowers at The Rise Adderbury on Facebook via their search engine and on the Adderbury Parish Council website. Adderbury Parish Council

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR I found it rather sad that at the recent Adderbury Parish Council, three councillors (Astley, Gill and Jelfs) voted against a proposal to move the Adderbury Neighbourhood Plan into a pre-submission phase. Although the proposal did pass by a majority vote I am at a loss to understand why these three councillors voted against it – in effect voting against allowing ALL the residents of Adderbury from having six weeks to view and make comments and suggestions on the plan before it is submitted to Cherwell District Council. This plan has taken over three years of effort to create – but for some reason the councillors named above do not want to allow the rest of us to see it. I cannot imagine how those involved in creating the plan over all that time, must feel to receive such a “slap in the face” from these three. John Glover, Dog Close “Last Saturday night I was awakened abruptly at midnight by my dog furiously barking. Eventually she stopped and I was just dropping off to sleep when the barking started again. …...” Editor: This extract is from an email received by the Parish Council in the middle of October. We have been asked to bring the problem of fireworks to the attention of all villagers and to request that consideration be given to the impact on others. This incident was clearly not related to Bonfire Night. 31

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PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY Last month, Viveca Koh FRPS gave a presentation entitled ‘Urban Exploration to Fine Art: A Photographic Journey’. A selftaught Fine Art photographer with many exhibitions and lectures to her name, Viveca spoke of her photographic development over the past few years. Her concept of Urban Exploration in 2009, led her to photograph abandoned mental asylums and hospitals and encouraged her to experiment with digital post-processing, so gradually developing a personal and very different style of photography. The photographs Viveca showed of an abandoned children’s ward and demolished asylums, atmospherically illustrated the desolation of buildings that were once full of life. More experimentation with texture overlays led to a collection of images based around what remains when people leave a building for the last time. Her images perfectly captured the look of decay and loneliness of empty buildings. Recently, Viveca’s work has moved towards a more artistic style, which she calls her Fine Art Photography. Her passion for abandoned buildings, tiny details and ‘small parts of bigger things’, was superbly illustrated by the images she displayed. Viveca is particularly skilled in using texture layers and overlays, and experimenting with double exposures, giving her images an added visual and sometimes haunting dimension. She was awarded the highest Fellowship Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society for her work in 2014. Viveca’s presentation was inspiring, conceptually exciting and visually stimulating throughout, and very much appreciated by her audience. The next meetings of the Society are on 7 December, when member Gail Girvan will give a presentation: ‘From the shadows back to the light: Pastels to camera’, on 4 January when members will present their ‘Three best images of 2016’, and on 1 February when member Paul Brewerton will also give a presentation (topic to be advised). Then on 18 January there is also a Workshop led by Jim Muller on ‘Outdoor photography - shooting the sky at night.’ There is no Workshop in December. All the Society’s meetings start at 7.30pm and are held in the Cartwright Hotel, Aynho. Please come along, you will be warmly welcomed. Wendy Meagher,

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MORRIS MEN PAY TRIBUTE On the evening of 7 October members of the Adderbury Village Morris Men held a simple ceremony at the war memorial in Adderbury church to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Percy Pargeter, a fellow Adderbury Morris Dancer (see pictures on p.24). Percy died at the battle of Le Transloy on the Somme. Percy was 20 years of age and had only been in France for three weeks when he was killed. Percy’s younger brother Ronald was killed in battle two years later in France. Percy was educated at the village school and as well as being a Morris dancer was a member of the scouts, sang in the church choir and played the organ at Adderbury and Milton church. Percy and his family lived in Mill Lane. Jim Plester, a founder member of the revival side in Adderbury, said that “tens of thousands of young Englishmen were killed in the Great War but when it is someone from the same village and a similar background as ourselves the grief is almost personal.” The Adderbury Village Morris Men will be holding a similar short ceremony for all of the Adderbury Morris Men who were killed in the Great War. “They deserve to be remembered as we are grateful for their contribution to our village Morris tradition and for making the ultimate sacrifice. Many of our members have now had the privilege of being involved with the Morris for over forty years. Percy and his village comrades who did not come back from the Great War did not have this opportunity”. The ceremony took place as the St Mary’s Church Bellringers were honouring Percy as part of their ongoing project to honour all Adderbury men who were killed in the Great War, by ringing a quarter peal on the hundredth anniversary of each death. PARISH COUNCIL OCTOBER 2016 The Parish Council met on 25 October. There were apologies from District Councillor Mike Bishop and Parish Councillors: David Griffiths, Ian Asbury, Martin Rye, Penny Clarke and David Bradley. Councillor Bradley would be contacted about his continuing absence from PC meetings. OPEN FORUM: Mrs Val Scarff made the PC aware that Andrew Donaldson had assisted Mark Jones in the clearing of the millstream. The PC was thanked for fixing the street lights near the Pump House garage. The Chairman welcomed the new District Councillor, Andrew McHugh. PLAY EQUIPMENT: Councillor Jelfs had circulated a report on the play equipment project. She stated that since the last meeting there had been two opportunities to seek further comments from the residents of the village. Feedback had been very positive for a zip wire and outdoor gym equipment, and a climbing wall for The Rise. There would need to be discussion about the placing of the gym equipment. GRIEVANCE: It was reported that the Independent Grievance Panel had upheld the grievance. Councillor Gill issued an apology to the Clerk who would give it her consideration. PLANNING: No observations had been made by the PC in respect of the following applications: Mr S Satchwell – Hill House, Oxford Road cont. on p.38 37

cont. from p.37 Mr Chris Cudahy – Westway House, Hornhill Road Mrs Margaret Grace – Cobb Cottage, 5 Mill Lane Mrs Lois Lere – 2 Stud Farm Cottages, East End Mr Pete Flemming - Pebsham Cottage, Aynho Road Objections had been raised concerning: Mr and Mrs Jacob and Harriet Potts – Ivy House, Church Lane Currently under consideration were: OCC Property and Facilities – Land East of Adderbury House Lodge, Lake Walk. Ms Katie McDonald – Adderbury Hill Barn, Milton Road Dematic Ltd – Balliol House, Trinity Way Mrs Beverley Hawkins – Tryad House, High Street Mr Paul Godden – Tarvers Lock Cottage, Aynho Road Greene King, The Red Lion, The Green The resubmission of application 16/01218/F at land east of Adderbury House Lodge had raised comments from the public and would still be objected to by the PC. FINANCE Appointment of Internal Auditor 2016/17: All councillors were in favour of reappointing Arrow Accounting as internal auditor. CHURCH LANE BOLLARDS: A costing of £1550 had been received from OCC Highways for the installation of bollards in Church Lane. £550 towards the cost had been offered by residents and it was agreed that the PC would fund the remaining sum. RIGHTS OF WAY Councillor Cox gave his report on possible rights of way improvements which included focusing on stiles where there were problems, possibly replacing them with gates or gaps (cheaper) and asking OCC to look again at the repair to the old stone stile in The Leys which it was felt had been carried out unsympathetically. The report would be sent to the OCC officer together with a request for a site meeting to discuss ideas. PARISH COUNCIL MATTERS: Adderbury Neighbourhood Plan: The Chairman thanked the NP team for all their hard work in getting it to this stage. There was lengthy discussion relating to the detail of the plan, before the Chairman proposed that it be put forward to the pre-submission stage. This was agreed by a majority vote. Parish Council Surgeries: Three residents had attended the last surgery, raising queries about grass cutting/bollards in Church Lane; the pollarding of trees in Twyford Avenue; Clearing of the mill stream. Health and Safety: Reports of inspections of The Rise, Lucy Plackett playing field and the lakes were all satisfactory. The paths at the lakes were in excellent condition. VILLAGE MATTERS: A vote of thanks was proposed to Mark Jones and Andrew Donaldson for their work clearing the stream, church graveyard and burning all the rubbish. Library: Councillor Lyons submitted a report on behalf of FOCAL, noting future cont. on p.39 38

cont. from p. 38 planned events, including a quiz night on 12 November and a Festive Morning on 3 December. At the AGM all current members were re-elected with the exception of John Cordingley who was retiring. The PC was thanked for its donation to funds. The next meeting would be on 19 November 11.00am. Horton Hospital: It was agreed to send a letter of support for the ‘Hands off our Horton’ appeal. Twyford Road noise and traffic issues: A letter had been received from a resident alerting the PC to Twyford being used as a ‘rat run’- a problem that was worsening. The PC promised to do what they could to help. The Twyford mill bridge had been hit and damaged again. A meeting with Cherwell Valley Silos was proposed. The question of reducing the speed of traffic to 20 mph through the village was raised again. Grass cutting: The Clerk would ask those companies who quoted last year to come forward with quotes for next year. Party in the Park: A request to use Lucy Plackett field for Party in the Park on 17 June 2017 was granted. Councillor Shallis agreed to be the PC liaison representative on the PIP committee. NEXT MEETING: There is no November meeting. The next PC meeting is on 6 December in the Methodist Hall at 7.30pm.


Our speaker for the October meeting was Sue Burns, who for the last ! twenty-six years has worked at Batsford Arboretum. She has carried out plenty of propagating and planting as there are over 3,500 specimens of trees and shrubs but now has the responsibility of labelling and mapping their locations - a necessary task that she enjoys. The Arboretum was originally designed and created by Algernon Freeman Mitford – (grandfather to the “Mitford Girls”) later Lord Redesdale. He had worked as a diplomat in the Foreign Office in China and Japan. When he returned in 1890 he began to create a wild garden with an oriental theme. He planted hundreds of Asian trees and shrubs and imported bronze statues of Buddha, Foo Dog and Sika Deer. All sadly neglected after he died in 1916. Many years later, his successor the 2nd Lord Dulverton, restored the gardens and in 1980 founded the Batsford Foundation. This charity now administers the Arboretum and Garden centre. Early in the year carpets of snowdrops surround the statues in the Buddha area and other parts of the garden - 10,000 bulbs all individually planted using a screwdriver! Other winter blooms are the Witch Hazel, with its sweet scent and orange and lemon blooms. There are over a hundred different species of Magnolia “Leonard Messel” a favourite, and a series of smaller trees with girls' names like “Randy” which blooms through to summer time. There is something to see all the year through. The National Collection of SatoZakuna Cherry trees is magical in the Spring time, also the beautiful bark on the Tibetan Cherries and Japanese Maples and, beneath the trees, Wild Orchids and Hellebores. Near the old pool are drifts of Bluebells and Wild Garlic. cont. on p.40 39

cont. from p.39 Batsford has a profusion of beautiful rare and colourful trees - a Cathedral Lime the widest tree in Britain, two-hundred and fifty Japanese Maples and Sorbus – a new variety “Pink Pagoda” looked special. One, popular to seek out if you are in need of a plant which takes ten years to bloom from when it is first planted,. is Davidia the “Pocket Hanky”, or “Ghost” or “Dove”. So much to see in each of the seasons, you will have to visit in the Autumn, the Fungi Walk at the end of October and then from November to see the Acers and Liquid ambers bursting with colour. At our November meeting John Branham, a judge for the National Vegetable Society, spoke about “Vegetables all the year round”. He brought along a selection of salading and vegetables from his garden. He and his family are self-sufficient and benefit from fresh vegetables every day. He has a three acre garden, mostly raised beds with two large greenhouses, one running east/west the other north/south to make the optimum use of sun and shade. John pointed out that you don’t need a large garden to have salad leaves throughout the seasons. Plant a tray with a sprinkling of mixed varieties of lettuce seeds about nine days apart. Once grown, cut and water and it re-grows. You can keep it on your kitchen window-sill. Outside, planting carrots at two monthly intervals also gives a constant supply. Plant potatoes around Easter time. “Cara” – good in dry soil and a show variety “Winston”, an all rounder “Kestral”, for jackets “Bonny” and “Lady Crystal” are his choices. After harvesting the potatoes he uses the same ground to plant leeks. There were some super onions on the table and John told us how to rope them for storage. Smaller shallots last very well, a fellow competitor kept his winning exhibit and won with the same set the following year, they were still good and firm. For spring onions “White Lisbon”, an old reliable, is recommended. There is no advantage in planting parsnip seeds until May – one inch (2.5cm) apart is best. Timing in sowing runner beans can be tricky as they depend on bees to pollinate them and it could be cold and wet at flowering time. However French beans are self pollinating “The Prince” is a reliable one and the flavour is similar. There is nothing like home-grown tomatoes for flavour and we sampled some from John’s garden. He even plants some in tubs in the greenhouse at Christmas time, “for an early crop” he said. We were impressed with his enthusiasm and with time and patience we could all achieve similar results. Our Chairman, David White thanked him for an entertaining and interesting talk, which was warmly applauded by his audience. Our next meeting is our Christmas Party; members only, please bring £2.00 towards the drinks and some goodies on a plate. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas time Barbara Talbot Our first meeting in 2017 is on 7 February when the subject will be “Fibrex Nurseries and the National Collection”. 40



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