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Volume 38, No. 1 Volume 38, No. 1

February 2015 January 2015

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DIARY FEBRUARY 3 Gardening Club – Peter Sheasby on 'Switzerland, its flowers and mountains' - Church House – 7.30pm 4 Photographic Society - Bob Sind-Birch on 'Macro.' - Cartwright Hotel, Aynho -7.30pm 5 Royal British Legion – The Bowls Club, Twyford – 2.00pm 5 Adderbury & District WI - Institute – 7.30pm 7 Parish Council surgery – Church House – 11.00am to 12.00 noon 11 Adderbury Evergreens members’ meeting – Methodist Hall – 2.30pm 12 Adderbury Community Food Market –Indoor Farmers’ Market and social evening - Institute – 6.00pm 13 Adderbury Cine Club – Saving Mr Banks – Institute – 7.30pm 16 Adderbury History Association - Witney Blankets: history and memories – Methodist Hall - 7.30pm 17 Parish Council meeting - Church House – 7.30pm 18 Photographic Society - Workshop on 'Painting with Light.' - Cartwright Hotel, Aynho -7.30pm 19 Adderbury Running Club’s 'Runners Hour' – The Bell – 8.00pm 20 FOSMA: Chris Wardley talk on ‘The Great Exhibition’ - Church House – 7.30pm 25 Adderbury Evergreens - Talk by Ian Scott-Hunter ex-footman to the Queen – Methodist Hall - 2.30pm 26 FOCAL: The Rothschilds – A rags to riches story – Church House – 8.00pm 27 Adderbury Friday Club – The Bell – 12.30pm – for all homeworkers – details Nick Fennell 811059 MARCH 3 Gardening Club - John Mattock on 'Roses, yesterday, today and tomorrow'Church House - 7.30pm 4 Photographic Society - Presentation by Alan Fretten : 'So long and thanks for the fish - sport, rock bands and travel.- Cartwright Hotel, Aynho -7.30pm 5 Royal British Legion – The Bowls Club, Twyford – 2.00pm 5 Adderbury & District WI - Institute – 7.30pm 7 Parish Council Surgery – Church House – 11.00am – 12.00 noon 11 Adderbury Evergreens – Methodist Hall - 2.30pm 12 Adderbury Community Food Market – Indoor Farmers’ Market and social evening - Institute – 6.00pm 13 Adderbury Cine Club –‘Pride’ – Institute - 7.30pm 16 Adderbury History Association - Deborah Hayter: Ridge and Furrow - what’s it all about?–Methodist Hall - 7.30pm 19 Adderbury Running Club’s 'Runners Hour' – The Bell – 8.00pm 25 Adderbury Evergreens – Methodist Hall - 2.30pm 27 Adderbury Friday Club – The Bell – 12.30pm – for all homeworkers – details Nick Fennell 811059 31 Parish Council meeting - Church House – 7.30pm 22

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY The last Workshop in November 2014 was on ‘Camera controls and composing photographs,’ and comprised a basic introduction to digital cameras, live view, image cropping, RAW and JPEG images, and the observance of rules to improve one’s photography. Then, at the Club Night in December, Anne Sutcliffe FRPS gave a presentation entitled ‘Annie’s Land,’ in which she showed a large number of prints and discussed her techniques for landscape, portrait and street photography, including many prints that formed part of her application for FRPS accreditation. An interesting and absorbing presentation that was much appreciated by her audience. The New Year opened with a Club Night in early January, where members were invited to volunteer and present the best photographs taken by themselves during 2014. Some 20 members accepted the challenge, with around 45 photographs being shown. Each presenter was then afforded the opportunity to say how each photograph was taken, why they considered it to be their best image and any lessons they had learnt in the process. This resulted in a lively, informative and often humorous discussion amongst the members, which contributed greatly to the enjoyment of the evening. The next meeting of the Society is on 4 February, when Bob Sind-Birch will give a presentation on ‘Macro photography.’ This will be followed on 18 February with a Workshop led by member John Prentice on ‘Painting with light,’ that will concentrate on long-exposure photography. Looking further ahead, Alan Fretten will give a presentation on 4 March entitled ‘So long and thanks for the fish – a selection of images covering sport, rock bands and travel.’ All meetings are at 7.30pm in the Cartwright Hotel, Aynho. Please come along, everyone is assured of a warm welcome. John Branton

SAVING MR. BANKS Friday 13 February at 8:00pm Doors open 7:30pm Adderbury Institute Due to technical problems last time, we are re-screening this film. When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favourite book, P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins, he made them a promise. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a writer with no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. When the book stops selling, Travers agrees to hear the plans for the adaptions, but the prickly author still doesn't budge. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free. Directed by John Lee Hancock. Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley. Tickets cost £6 or £4 for ACC Casual Members (membership is £10). Email Or telephone Helena Scott on 01295 810708 33

LOCAL SERVICES 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 noon and 2.00pm to 5.00pm Saturday: 9.30am to 1.00pm ADDERBURY POST OFFICE OPENING TIMES Tuesday: 9.00am to 12.30pm Friday: 9.00am to 1.30pm TO BOOK A VENUE Institute Book online at Church House Richard Davis 811557 Methodist Hall Rhoda Woodward 810964 Lucy Plackett Activity Centre Becky Cheesman 07941062096 Bowls Club The Club 811118 FARMERS MARKETS Adderbury Banbury Chipping Norton Deddington

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COFFEE AND CHAT is held each week on Tuesday 10am to 12 noon at the Methodist Schoolroom VILLAGE COFFEE is held every Friday at Church House 10am to 12 noon You will be very welcome at both these venues! LIP-READING CLASSES are held on Thursdays 10am to 11.30am at The Church Room, Hempton. Further details from Moira Byast on 01869 338637

COACH & HORSES WIN PRESTIGIOUS AWARD! Adderbury’s Coach & Horses has won the Wadworth Brewery’s highly prized Community Pub of the Year Award for 2014. They scooped the prize from an entry of over 280 pubs, and of course, it comes in their 200th anniversary year. The brilliant 200 year celebration event they put on in September must have had a great bearing on this success. Congratulations to landlord Tony Watts and all at The Coach. Nick Fennel 44

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION ADDERBURY AND MILTON BRANCH Here is a short summary of the events the branch undertook in 2014. On October 17, a concert was given by the wonderful folk/ceilidh group ‘Pandemonium’ from Wantage, in St Mary’s. The group played a variety of instruments and their repertoire included well known songs and tunes interspersed with witty poems and monologues, some set to music. Unfortunately, attendance was quite poor which was disappointing. A raffle was held and refreshments were available. To be fair, I think we were competing with other events in and around the village on that particular night. However, those who did attend were pleased to be there, had an enjoyable time and sang along with the band! All monies raised were donated to the Annual Poppy Appeal. Our annual poppy collection began on October 25 and our thanks go to all our collectors, helpers and everyone who helped sell poppies and organise events throughout the year. Special thanks must go to Charlotte Holmes again for collating the boxes and routes for the collectors. The final total collected is still being calculated but so far we have raised a total of £2,710.89. On October 29 the branch held their annual lunch at The Red Lion. A very convivial few hours were spent with good food, good conversation in good company. The Annual Remembrance Service and Parade was held on Sunday 9 November; it was extremely well attended and together with the band of the ATC, who led the march from the Green to the church, it was a most pleasing event. The Standard was paraded. Refreshments were available in the Institute after the proceedings where everyone had a warming drink and a chat about the day. Our marchers are gradually depleting in numbers and we would welcome some new additions for this year. On November 11, the actual Remembrance Day, a service was held in St Mary’s for the children from Christopher Rawlins School. The service was really well attended by children and the local branch of the RBL. During a Q&A session children fired a diverse and very interesting number of questions at our Chairman, Charles Swain, who, at over 90 and a service career in the RAF, was able to parry with some very interesting answers! There was always an eager show of hands by the children asking questions which ranged from ‘who fired the first shot?’ to ‘what part did women play in the wars?’ A short service around the War Memorial was held and we all observed the 2 minutes silence and after some final informal questions, the service ended. It was a most enjoyable few hours. Our AGM was held on November 13 at the Bowls Club in Twyford. Business was concluded with one change in the posts within the Branch. David Jones stood down as Secretary after many years of sterling work on behalf of the Branch. Our sincere thanks go to David for his enthusiasm and energy. His place has been taken by Jean Moore and she can be contacted on 810246 or email We have discussed the possibility of having youth members in the local branch and to that end we have our first one, he is the great grandson of our Treasurer, John Hermon. We will be hoping to contact the youth groups in the village and its environs in the near future. Please see the other article on page 21 and the entry on the Adderbury website for more information. The next few Branch meeting dates are 5 February; 5 March; 2 April; 7 May; held at 2.00pm at The Bowls Club, Twyford. Jean Moore Secretary, Adderbury and Milton Branch RBL 55

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CHURCH SERVICES ST MARY’S CHURCH, ADDERBURY & ST JOHN’S CHURCH, MILTON Revd Stephen Fletcher, Vicar. 810309 Contact for Weddings, Baptisms or other pastoral needs 
 ST MARY’S Regular Services: 8.00am Holy Communion (1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday each month) 10.30am Informal, All-age Service (1st Sunday) Parish Communion (2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday each month) Morning Prayer (5th Sunday) 6.00pm Evensong (unless otherwise advertised) 10.00am Every Wednesday: Holy Communion ST JOHN’S, MILTON Regular Services 9.15am Holy Communion (2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday each month) METHODIST CHAPEL Revd Lin Francis Tel 262602 Sunday services 10.30am Feb. 1: Mrs. M. Nutt Feb 8: Mrs. V. Hibberd Feb 15: Rev. J. Smith, Communion Service Feb 22: united service at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, Banbury Tuesday "drop in" for private prayer or quiet reflection - 12 noon to 1:00pm. Everyone is welcome and you are free to come and go as you please. For more information contact Val Trinder on 811139 ROMAN CATHOLIC MASSES are held every Sunday at the Anglican Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Kings Sutton and the congregation of the former St George's Chapel now worship there. ADDERBURY QUAKER MEETING HOUSE - Horn Hill Road OX17 3EW. (Gate 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.

EVERGREENS We wish to thank the committee members of the Adderbury Methodist Church for organising a lovely Carol Service and tea on December 10 giving us a chance to meet our new Minister Revd Lin Francis. As some of our members were going to the lunch club on the 17 the rest of us not to be outdone had an excellent roast beef lunch at the Coach and Horses followed by our Christmas party meeting in the Chapel Hall. Tables had been decorated by Chairman Dot and Treasurer Pat and committee member Lin. Each member was presented with a gift and Chairman, Dot, Rhoda, Secretary, a poinsettia house plant. Games were played tea and cakes served and the afternoon rounded off with Carols played on a mouth organ by Tony, husband of our treasurer. A lovely end to our year.

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LIBRARY NEWS In November there was a very well attended Sing and Sign session for the under 5’s which was great fun and there was also a wonderful visit from children from Christopher Rawlins school, the children were so well behaved and we look forward to future visits from them. If anyone is interested in joining a day time Reading Group, perhaps held on Tuesdays 11.00am - 11.50am in the meeting room, please contact the library on 810545. Also if there are any children that would be interested in a junior reading group on Saturday mornings could they also contact the library? A big thank you to all those who supported the FESTIVE MORNING and helped to raise funds for FOCAL. Finally I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and thank you all for your continued support of the library. Janet May Adderbury Library

THE ROTHSCHILDS – A rags to riches story Find out how they made their money in this enlightening and entertaining presentation February 26 at 8.00pm in Adderbury Library – Church House The presentation will give the family background to the Rothschild family - how they made their money – real rags to riches story! It will trace the history of the Rothschild’s and their involvement with Waddesdon Manor up to the present Lord Rothschild. This will be followed by a "virtual tour" of the house including the Batchelor's Wing and a talk about some of the "must see" items on display in the Collection. Waddesdon Manor is a country house in the village of Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, England. The house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to delight and surprise a small circle his friends. The presenter will be Maureen Paterson a guide at Waddesdon. Maureen started as a Room Warden in November 2007 and 18 months later was chosen to become a House Guide. After 3 years of training she now undertakes private and pre-house tours plus several Discovery and Wine Cellar talks. Tickets £5 to include a glass of wine or soft drink All proceeds in aid of FOCAL – keeping your library open


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ST GEORGE’S CHAPEL AND SURROUNDING LAND FOR SALE As residents may know, St George's Chapel in Round Close Road and the surrounding land is for sale for £150,000 if it is purchased for a community use. Therefore, the Parish Council would like to know whether any village organisations would be interested in being involved with a project for community fundraising and using this building in the future for their meetings. If your organisation might be interested, please email the Clerk to the Parish Council Theresa Goss on or ring on 01295 710965 during normal office hours. Theresa Goss Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to Adderbury Parish Council

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At November’s meeting we were entertained by Guest Speaker, Cymon Snow with his talk on Sulgrave Manor. In December we were tree dressing for Adderbury’s Christmas tree festival, our tree becoming a raffle prize for our Christmas Meeting and Party with guest speaker, Moira Byast’s anthology of Christmas. We had several raffles with our “Best dressed Sprout” competition being won by Sally Babij’s “Darcy Brussel”. Carrol Eaton’s delicious Chicken Diane supper and our members puddings were much appreciated. Our book club and Needlecrafts group met for their final meetings in December and members looked forward to our first WI meeting on Thursday 8 January at the Methodist Church, when Allan Brewer, will present his humorous talk on working for BOAC (the posh bit). We look forward to a brilliant programme of events happening and to the Guest Speakers at our monthly meetings, on the first Thursday of each month, at The Institute. We should be delighted to welcome new members to our Adderbury and District WI and assure you of a very warm welcome. For more information or joining details contact us via our website – or by email – Margaret Halstead - Communications Committee member 13 13


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ADDERBURY XMAS MARKET Many thanks to everyone who helped us make the Adderbury Xmas Market a successful event again this year. We had a really enjoyable day. We have many wonderful people to say thank you: To Tim Turner, the Town Crier, who spent hours advertising and calling villagers to come and join us. To Father Christmas and elves who worked all day in the grotto. To Sir Peter and Lady Job who eased the parking with use of their driveway. To the Festive Fiddlers, Harry Critchfield and Sebastian Finch who played their violins. To all the additional volunteers who help us set up, and help on the day. And a special thanks to Trade Secret for purchasing, transporting and storing the tables for us and future village events, then, lastly, thanks to Contact, Guardian, and with advertising. We have been able to donate £1200 to Katharine House Hospice, £300 to Lake House for their garden furniture and £100 to CLIC Sargent. Early Diary Date: AXM on Saturday 28th November 2015! The Adderbury Market Committee

THE GENEROSITY OF TRADE SECRET Most people in Adderbury know of the Trade Secret Company, even if they have not been inside the warehouse. The Christmas Market Committee had had some difficulty accessing tables to hire locally in the past couple of years. One of our committee members approached Trade Secret, and they kindly agreed to purchase, store and transport the tables for us at no cost. We are very grateful to Trade Secret for their support and co-operation, enabling us to donate more money to our charitable causes, instead of having to hire the tables. AND not only that… they will also provide the tables and transport them (subject to availability of vans and drivers on the day!) free of charge to any other event in the village throughout the year. We have an order book held by Debby Dickinson on 810280 or Gill Randall on 810233. Their continuing support is very generous, allowing the tables to be used by us all throughout the year. So if you are thinking of buying furniture in the near future, a reciprocal visit to them would be supportive to their business; personally, I have bought furniture from them and have been very happy with it. Trade Secret is an outlet furniture warehouse that resells cancelled, returned and overordered products from some of the most respected British high street stores with prices up to 60% of the RRP- and it’s on the doorstep! Gill Randall Adderbury Market Committee

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PROPOSED INCLUSION OF A YOUTH BRANCH WITHIN THE ADDERBURY AND MILTON BRANCH OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION The Adderbury and Milton Branch has enlisted its first youth member to the Branch, Joshua Lee, aged 14 years, the great grandson of the branch Treasurer. Any youth may join from the age of 14 and a one-off fee of £5 covers them up to their 17th birthday, they are then entitled to wear The Royal British Legion official youth badge. All youth organisations whether it is uniformed or not, can become affiliated to a Royal British Legion Branch, but only uniformed youth organisations can wear the official Royal British Legion (Affiliated Unit) Badges if they so wish. Also, any person without Military Service may also become a Branch Member, your local branch needs you so that it may continue into the future. For any further details on any of the above, please contact Jean Moore, Branch Secretary, Adderbury and Milton Branch, on 810246 or email

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ADDERBURY HISTORY ASSOCIATION UPDATE November 2014 saw the launch of the latest book, ‘In it Together’: Adderbury at war by Barry Davis, with sales and an exhibition in the Methodist Chapel Schoolroom. Despite the dreadful weather in the morning many people turned out to view and buy. If you haven’t got a copy yet it can be purchased from the library, Coach and Horses, Barry Davis (258413) or the Secretary (812125). Barry was in action again at the November meeting, when he gave a presentation on ‘Adderbury at Leisure’. This was divided into four sections and, as usual, illustrated with ephemera and postcards from his personal collection. It seems that the residents of the village were never short of entertainment or amusements, much of it homemade, the clubs and societies being as prolific as they are today. We rounded off the year with an enjoyable Christmas Party in the Institute where, after an excellent bring and share buffet, we were mystified and amazed by Magic Martin (Keys) from Tadmarton. Jean Davis 21 21



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FEMALE INFLUENCES ON MORRIS DANCE IN ADDERBURY Last year, 2014, saw the 40th anniversary of the modern day revival of dancing in the village of Adderbury, Oxfordshire. It would seem a good time to put the whole existence of the tradition of “dancing” — and particularly the role taken by women — into some sort of context, both historically and currently, and to fill in some gaps. The history of the dancing in the village is very well documented by the major collectors of the tradition, Cecil Sharp and Janet Heatley Blunt, and by subsequent village-based teams. Overall, it is interesting to look at what has happened over the time since 1880, the date that seems to mark the end of dancing by the original traditional team. Because of the time in history, there was probably very little, if any, female influence on that 1880 team. Women’s place in society at that time was pretty domestic and they were largely dominated by a strictly male-orientated way of life. Women were still included with a man's "chattels". By the turn of the 20th century things were changing, and some women, mainly from the higher classes, were beginning to have a greater say in how they led their lives. In Morris dance terms, 1908 is a very early date for any sort of revival of dance within the villages. _______________________ The newspaper cutting’s quality is comparative to its age – Ed

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There were still traditional teams dancing, notably Headington Quarry, Abingdon and Bampton, but very little was happening elsewhere. Cecil Sharp did not publish the first edition of his Morris Book Part 1 until 1907, and although he met Headington Quarry Morris in 1899, he really didn't start collecting seriously until 1906 after some prompting by Miss Mary Neal and her Esperance Dancers, to whom Sharp dedicated this first edition. In the annals of The Morris in Adderbury, we first see interest in reviving the dance in the year 1908, at the celebration of Empire Day, and there are photos to prove this. A committee was formed in April of that year, and it was decided to include Morris and Country Dancing in the day’s events. After much research and help from friends at The Adderbury History Association, particularly Barry Davies and the late Vera Wood, we can now say who taught that Empire Day boys’ team how to dance. The newspaper cutting, on page 28, is from the Banbury Guardian dated 28 May 1908. This cutting shows that Morris was taught by Miss Frances Etrenne Hoskyns, who was one of the daughters of Sir and Mrs Leigh Hoskyns of Cotefield House, which can still be found on the main road to Banbury between Adderbury and Bodicote. Miss Hoskyns was helped with teaching by Mr and Mrs Walker (school headmaster and his wife). The Walker’s taught Maypole dances to the Empire Day – 1908 at The Vicarage Gates boys and the girls. I believe the children were at the school and teaching happened during the school day. Frances Etrenne Hoskyns was 21 years old at the time, and I assume that she used Sharp's 1907 Morris Book as her only reference. I also believe that this is where details of the boys’ kit were found and it also provides the reason for the inclusion of the Hobby Horse. I have asked the Library at the English Folk Song & Dance Society (EFDSS) if they have any early records of Miss Hoskyns and The Walkers, and they have none – not even in old members’ lists. It transpires that some of the boys taught by Miss Hoskyns went to war in 1914; they did not return, with the exception of Charlie Coleman. This story is featured in Tim Plester's wonderful film, “The Way of The Morris”. Mr. Walker, the Headmaster, is in a white boater hat next to the Hobby Horse on the right side of the photo. Charlie Coleman is front second on right. We are not really sure when collector Janet Heatley Blunt first took an interest in the village traditions. Born 1859 in India, she moved to Le Halle Place, Adderbury with her father in 1896. He died in 1900, and from that time until her death in 1950 she took on the role of Lady of the Manor. From her manuscripts we can see she started collecting songs as early as 1907, but she did not start collecting Morris dances until 1914. In 1913 she was certainly involved with the next phase of village dancing, when she helped to arrange for the teaching of Morris to boys and social dance to the boys and girls of the village. Searches of the Parish Magazine on my behalf by the late Vera Wood cont’d p33

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show that this teaching began in February 1913. The teaching at that time was undertaken by Miss Daisy Caroline Daking of the Oxford School of Folk Dancing, founded by Cecil Sharp. Adderbury Parish Magazine – February 1913 written by the Reverend Gepp “A revival of the old English national and country dances is taking place in many parts of England, thanks to Mr Cecil Sharp, who has sought with un-wearied enthusiasm to recover not only our almost forgotten treasures of traditional songs, but also the ancient Morris dances, and other dance steps and tunes, from the memories of those who could still recall them, and also from an old manual of English Country Dancing, called "Playford's Dancing Master," published three or four centuries ago. Adderbury has now a chance to learn these gay and delightful dances, for Mrs Gepp, assisted by Miss Blunt, has arranged for a course of lessons in various dances to be given by Miss Daking, from the Oxford School of Folk Dancing, founded by Mr Cecil Sharp. Women and girls 4.00pm - 5.00pm and 5.30pm. – 6.30pm. 2 shillings for the course. For Men and lads, from 8.00pm – 9.00pm. 2 shillings for the same class. The men will learn besides Morris, some of the ancient "Sword Dances" from the North of England, and also some of the Country Dances, in which the women's class will occasionally join.” In a letter dated 28th February 1913 sent to Clive Carey, Miss Blunt talks about the onset of the classes in the village. "My other old acquaintance here, an old man named James Locke (who used to Morris Dance) and who gave me the verse of a song, words only, and also hummed a bit of Morris tune, has never been able or inclined to tell me any Morris - There were several Morris dancers in this village - but only one or two who survive. A dear old man from Bledington who has been staying near here with a daughter, showed 2 Morris Jigs last week to our Boys Morris class (under Miss Daking). He danced The Princess Royal and Bacca Pipes Jig, both of which Mr. Sharp had noted down from him some years ago, when his agility was a little more equal to his memory and enthusiasm than it is now, for he (Mr Gibbs) has been very ill since Xmas; and I really feared the effort would be too much for him. He is quite deaf, so danced without music - and in excellent time." Regarding these 1913 classes in Morris, at that time it was the policy of the English Folk Dance Society, formed in 19111, to teach Morris in levels; they would teach Headington first and only progress to more difficult dances later. It would seem that Miss Blunt did not know William Walton, the last leader of the traditional village team, until 1914 at the earliest. If she knew Walton at the time of her letter to Carey shown above, I am sure she would have mentioned him there. We do know that Blunt started to collect songs and dances from Walton during 1914 and continued to do so until 1919. She was also responsible for introducing Walton to Cecil Sharp, and arranging for Walton to meet Sharp on Hampstead Heath in 1919. It was at those meetings (also with Maud Karpeles) that Sharp collected from Walton; he later published the Adderbury Dances in his Morris Book Part 2 in 1919. Walton died aged 83 in 1919, not long after meeting Sharp. As stated earlier, Janet Blunt collected the dances from Adderbury over a number of years, but first, in 1914, she started collecting dances from Mr Fred Webb who was living in the neighbouring village of Bloxham, but he was actually an old dancer at Longborough. When collecting in Adderbury from Walton during those early years, Blunt did get the assistance of several friends from the Oxford area, including Miss Phyllis Marshall, Miss Daking and Mrs May Elliott Hobbs. There is also a minor reference to

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"Miss Kennedy", and I am not sure who that was. There is a very good article about Phyllis Marshall written by Geoff Woolfe available on the Musical Traditions web site at There is also included in this a small piece about Daisy Daking and her involvement. Without the efforts of Miss Blunt and her cohorts, there would be very little information about the village song and dance traditions, and we should all be grateful for their contributions. However, if it were not for the efforts of another woman after Miss Blunt's death in 1950, even this contribution would have been lost. Winnie Wyatt and her husband Fred worked for Miss Blunt for many years, and when Winnie saw that the Blunt family did not understand the importance of her written collection, she persuaded them not to throw it all on the fire, but to have it sent to the EFDSS, where it remained largely ignored until the 1970s. In 1974 the revival team, of which I was a member, used Blunt's manuscripts, along with Sharp's original information held at Clare College, Cambridge, to recreate the dances from the village. When we started deciding what to do in each dance, Bryan Sheppard and I could not read music (Bryan could play recorder), so in those early days of the revival the task of learning the tunes in the manuscripts fell to my first wife, Annie Radford (English Concertina), who subsequently taught the tunes to the other musicians and played for the team in the first year. One of the reasons that the team split into The Adderbury Morris Men (AMM) and Adderbury Village Morris Men (AVMM) in late 1975 was the question of having female musicians on the team. At the first AGM, because Annie was phasing herself out of playing and Sheena Powell (fiddle) was thinking about taking her place, Bryan tabled a motion that the team should not have female musicians. This motion was defeated; AMM has continued to have female musicians as part of the group, and so it continues today. The AVMM have gone their own way. There was also a long period when Verna Wass was the Bagman of AMM, and she still is involved today as one of the team’s musicians (fiddle). The latest female phenomenon in the village is the emergence of "Sharp and Blunt," a team of female dancers. This team has added significantly to the village dancing, bringing a renewed enthusiasm and another dimension to the rich heritage Winnie and Fred Wyatt with Adderbury of the village. The team are all local, some Morris (photo –Tim Radford’s collection) members being wives of AMM members. They dance their own versions of the village dances originally taught to them by members of AMM, plus some of their own making in the style. One of their musicians is the former, but still occasional, AMM musician Sheena Powell McCormack (second in front left of cover photo). Long may Adderbury be a centre for all things Morris, where women as well as men can find a place among its three vibrant teams and continue the tradition. Tim Radford, MA, USA

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PARISH COUNCIL The Parish Council met on 25 November. Apologies were received from Nigel Randall and the Chairman reminded councillors that the public were now permitted to record meetings. There was a slight change to the recorded minute of the last meeting relating to Standing Orders and councillors’ membership of ACAG. Some councillors were unhappy at having the full draft minutes put on the website before they had been formally adopted by the full council at the subsequent meeting and it was agreed that following a PC meeting the Clerk would publish a list of agenda items and decisions that were made relating to them. Full minutes would be published once they had been agreed. OPEN FORUM: Matters arising in open forum included HGVs in Twyford Road and the noise disturbance they caused. The Chairman agreed to contact South Northants, CDC and OCC with a view to reducing the amount of inconvenience caused to residents. A resident thanked the PC for the VAZ signs and the new white lines that had been painted at the entrance of Dog Close and Round Close Road. It was noted that the VAZ sign on Berry Hill Road was not working. There had been substantial flooding on both the north and south side of the Oxford Road near to the school and OCC would be asked to clear the gulleys and also the pipe that runs into the ditch. PLANNING: No observations had been made by the Planning Committee in respect of: Mr and Mrs M Hawkins – Part OS Parcel 9077 South of Old Wharf adjoining and North of Aynho Road; Mr M Chandler – Stags Leap, Sir Georges Lane; Mrs Walker – Chemin de Fer, Horn Hill Road; Mr Jon Kidd – 1 Lambourne House, Lambourne Way. Observations had been made in respect of: Mr Ben Clarke – OS Parcel 4100 adjoining and south of Milton Road. Objections had been raised concerning: Urban Wind Ltd – Land south east of Quarry farm, Oxford Road. Under consideration: Barton Willmore – OS Parcel 8300 East of Deene Close, Aynho Road; Mrs M Paterson – Honeystone House, Parsons Street; Mr A Goodway and Ms B Wise – 16 Twyford Gardens, Twyford. The PC proposed to oppose in principle the Barton Willmore Parcel 8300 East of Deene Close application as it was felt that 61 houses on that site was enough. BUDGET 2015/16: Councillors discussed ideas to be included in the 2015/16 Budget. These included paths, improving the grass at the Lucy Plackett field, provision of a notice board in Twyford, the possible introduction of a biodiversity area somewhere in the village, and the Friends Meeting House. With regard to the grass cutting contracts it was agreed to write to OCC complaining of the proposed 50% reduction in the grant. Meanwhile the grass cutting schedule would be sent out to contractors for quotes and depending on the outcome of these, decisions would be made as to which parts of the schedule might be reduced. NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: It was hoped that the consultation document would be ready in February. PARISH COUNCIL SURGERY: The attendance of this would be monitored over the coming months as at present the surgery was poorly used. Paddy Leeman was appointed as the new Parish Council representative on the Feoffee Committee. STANDING ORDERS: It was agreed to accept the model Standing Orders, Financial Regulations and new Code of Conduct. LIBRARY: There had been a successful Quiz night and a Festive Morning was planned for the 6 December. DOG BIN: The placing of a new dog bin in Twyford was being looked into. NEXT MEETING: 20 January 2015 Church House 7.30pm. Trish Fennell 36 36

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