Adderbury Contact May 2017

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Volume 40, No. 4 May 2017

Volume 40, No. 4 May 2017

The last lake working party of the season


DIARY MAY 2017 2 Gardening Club AGM - Church House - 7.30pm 3 Photographic Society - Presentation by Mary Spicer ‘Astro Photography’ Cartwright Hotel, Aynho - 7.30pm 4 Adderbury WI - Institute - 7.30pm 5 Cine Club: showing ‘A Bigger Splash’ (2015) A meals and reels evening Institute - 7pm 6 Christian Aid Big Breakfast - Methodist Hall - 8am - 11am 6 Parish Council Surgery - Church House - 11am - 12 noon 6 Quiz night - Bowls Club - 7.30pm 10 Adderbury Evergreens - local mystery trip 10 Last date for copy for June Contact 11 Adderbury Community Food Market - Indoor Farmers’ Market and social evening - Institute - 6 - 8pm 12 Open Day / Care for a Cuppa - Katherine House - 2 - 5pm 12 Cine Club: showing ‘A Bigger Splash’ (2015) - Institute - 7pm 13-21 Oxfordshire Arts Week 14 Music in Adderbury - St Mary’s Church - 7pm 15 Adderbury History Association - Barry Smith ‘The Restoration of Stowe Gardens’ - Methodist Hall - 7.30pm 16 Gardening Club - visit to Evenley Wood - 6pm 20 Gardening Club - plant and cake sale - Church House - 10 - 12noon 24 Adderbury Evergreens - lunch at Gracewell 25 Prayer Safari - around the village finishing on 3 June 25 FOSMA Concert - Aspirata Vocalis Choir from Denmark - St Mary’s Church 7pm 26 Adderbury Friday Club - for all homeworkers - 12.30pm - details Nick Fennell 811059 30 Gardening Club - visit to Pettifers, Wardington - 6pm 30 Parish Council meeting - Church House - 7.30pm

JUNE 2017 1 Adderbury WI - Institute - 7.30pm 3 Parish Council Surgery - Church House - 11am - 12 noon 3 Quiz night - Bowls Club - 7.30pm 4 Katharine House Garden open day - 2- 5pm 4 Music in Adderbury - St Mary’s Church - 7pm 8 Royal British Legion - Bowls Club - 2pm 8 Adderbury Community Food Market - Indoor Farmers’ Market and social evening - Institute - 6 - 8pm 9 Cine Club: showing ‘La La Land’ – Institute -7.30pm Continued on Page 4 3 3

10 Christopher Rawlins and St Mary's Church Fete - Lucy Plackett field - 12 noon - 4pm 14 Adderbury Evergreens - Simon Lutter photography - Methodist Hall 2.30pm 17 Party in the Park - from 12.30pm 19 Adderbury History Association - Stephen Barker ‘Oxfordshire in 50 objects’ Methodist Hall - 7.30pm 24 ATW Kids present ’Skool Daze’ - Christopher Rawlins School - 2pm 28 Adderbury Evergreens - Linda’s cream teas - Methodist Hall - 2.30pm 30 Adderbury Friday Club - for all homeworkers - 12.30pm - details Nick Fennell 811059 Thursday June 8th at 2 pm

THE ANNUAL ADDERBURY GATHERING WITH TOM BULMAN SPEAKING ON "ORGANISING COMMUNITIES” Banbury and Evesham Quakers invite you to the "Adderbury Gathering", our annual public talk, at the Adderbury Quaker Meeting House, at 3pm on Sunday 18 June. Followed by afternoon tea. All are welcome - no charge. Tom Bulman is a community organiser for Citizens UK - he will be talking about the approach Citizens UK take, and their exciting and engaging campaigns in Milton Keynes. Come and learn about “Living Wage” campaign (including special Tea Bags) and “Weaving Trust” amongst other activities across the community. Citizens UK is an alliance of diverse communities taking action for a thriving, more inclusive and fairer UK. The Adderbury Quaker Meeting House is one of the oldest in the country built in 1675 - and a unique, small place. Please come to see for yourself - it is only open a few times a year. For further information please phone Maria 01869 347179 (evenings). ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯


Check out the recent improvements at Adderbury Stores. It is more of a minisupermarket now with plenty of stock, good deals on beers wines and spirits, and a wide variety of fresh fruit and veg. In answer to previous comments, they now have scanning and all goods are priced on shelf and shopkeeper Bhavin is responding well to his inter-personal skills training! Use it or lose it! COFFEE AND CHAT is held each week on Tuesday 10.00 am to 12 noon at the Methodist Hall. VILLAGE COFFEE is held every Friday at Church House 10.00 am to 12 noon. You will be very welcome at both these venues. LIP-READING CLASSES are held on Thursdays 10.00 to 11.30 am at The Church Room, Hempton. Further details from Moira Byast on 01869 338637. KNITTING FOR SYRIA group meet every Monday 2.30 to 4.30 pm in Methodist Hall. 44

LOCAL SERVICES ADDERBURY LIBRARY OPENING TIMES TEL:810545 Tuesday 10.00 am - 12.00 and 3.00 pm - 7.00 pm Thursday 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm and 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm Friday 10.00 am - 12.00 and 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm Saturday 9.30 am - 1.00 pm ADDERBURY POST OFFICE OPENING TIMES Tuesday: 9.30 am to 12.00 noon Friday: 9.30 am to 12.00 noon 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 Church House Methodist Hall 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 11 May 6.00 - 8.00 pm Banbury 5 May 8.30 am -1.30 pm Chipping Norton 20 May 8.30 am -1.30 pm Deddington 27 May 9.00 am -12.30 pm CONTACT TEAM Editors: 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 & Sandra Fearne May issue edited by Paul Ness. 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.

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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. NEW CHURCH WEBSITE Our Adderbury and Milton churches have a new look website with services, events, life at the church, virtual tour and much more. 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 10.30 am Rev Lin Francis, 262602 7 May Mr. M. King, Church Anniversary 14 May Rev. J. Smith 21 May Mrs. K. Lee 28 May TBA HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC CHURCH, HETHE Rev. Fr. Paul Lester, 01869 277630 10.00 am Sung Family Mass 12 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 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.



ADDERBURY HENGE A NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT In 1995 Adderbury celebrated what it believed to be its 1,000 year anniversary however 6 months ago that assumed history changed due to the results of a geophysical survey of the Milton Road North housing development land. The survey discovered enough evidence to suggest that Adderbury was a substantial settlement in 3,000 BC to 2,000 BC, a period that covers the Neolithic Age to the dawn of the early Bronze Age. The subsequent archaeological investigation of the site has confirmed the existence of two henges and a round house. The proximity of the finds, bordering neighbouring land and the recently acquired community land, suggests to archaeologists that there will be further evidence to discover and that use of the community land will need to take into consideration that further archaeological investigation will be done as a pre-condition of any development. The community land was gifted to the village by the developer of Milton Road North a housing site now renamed Henge Close. The community land sits between the new houses and the Ball Colegrave site in West Adderbury. We are all familiar with Stonehenge and more locally the Rollright Stones, these are among 176 stone henges in England that have survived from prehistory. The Adderbury Henge site is an altogether rarer version, a henge constructed using wood typically built between 3,000 BC - 2,500 BC of which there are only about 50 known sites in England. The most famous of which is Woodhenge close to Stonehenge which is considered to be the embodiment of an important stage in the evolution of religious beliefs and community organisation. The known archaeological evidence collected so far suggests that Adderbury Henge was a settlement of around 50 people. They were the early pioneers of farming in this country and would have likely cleared land of trees to be able to farm. The scale of a settlement of this size is significant, the estimated population of England for this period is in the 2,000 - 10,000 range growing to 100,000 200,000 by the early Bronze Age at around 2,000 BC. A settlement of this size could have represented 2.5% of the population of England - in modern terms the equivalent population density of Birmingham and Manchester combined. The expectation is that there will be further discoveries on the community land gifted to the village. This provides Adderbury with an opportunity to recognise its 4,000 year existence as a settlement but also to use that knowledge to help secure its future. Other villages in England that have had the opportunity to manage their wooden henge and Neolithic heritage and have created tourist and educational sites to interpret and commemorate their history. Continued on Page 13


OXFORDSHIRE ART WEEKS Oxfordshire Art Weeks is on again in North Oxfordshire from 13 - 21 May and Adderbury will be represented by both Katharine House Hospice (15 - 19 May inclusive from 2 to 4pm each day) and by John Collier (13 - 15 May and 18 - 21 May inclusive from 12 midday to 6pm each day). Katharine House Hospice (Site 178) has provided an Art Room for patients for 25 years which is used by up to 20 patients each week. Their work is not made primarily to be shown but both patients and the hospice will be delighted to welcome you to the exhibition. John Collier (Site 177) is a relatively new arrival in the village. He has a studio in a converted stable in the garden at the back of Beehive Cottage near the Bell Inn and will welcome anyone who wants to call in to have a look at his paintings and drawings. Other studios are open nearby in Kings Sutton, Deddington and Bloxham. Information about all of them can be found at and in the Oxfordshire Artweeks’ festival guide for 2017 which is available online and as a booklet. John Collier ————————————————————

ADDERBURY CHURCHES CHARITY FOR 2017 The Adderbury Churches Outreach Group decided upon a charity to support, throughout the year from May to the following April. Owing to the prevalence of mental ill-health in all its forms and across all ages we have decided that this year we would support the Mental Health Organisation. They state their vision “is for a world with good mental health for all” and mission is “to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health. Prevention is at the heart of what we do, because the best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent it from happening in the first place.” Their future outlook is: “our work will not be done until we eliminate the needless suffering that mental illness causes to individuals, their family, their friends and society as a whole. We rely on the generous support of many individuals, companies and grant-making bodies to do this.” The Adderbury churches will be finding various ways to raise money for this cause and we hope you will support our efforts. If you wish to know more about the work of the Mental Health Organisation check out the website: Enid Frost


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A poignant original story of growing up, friendship and Life-lessons, with a large helping of songs and jokes. Saturday 24 June 2017 at 2.00pm Christopher Rawlins School Hall Tickets at just £5.00 are available from Su English - 07989 587246 or Karen Dwyer - 07729 814007 This year our junior members have also been involved in putting on the whole production, taking on such roles as directing, costume design, front of house activities and producing the programme. We would also like to thank all those who bought tickets for our pantomime Jack and the Brussel-Stalk and made it such a sell-out success. We are delighted to be able to donate £350 to the Lucy Plackett Activity Centre from the raffle

Continued from Page 8 These villages are using their heritage to help generate their economy. The tourism industry in England is worth 9% of national GDP according to research from Deloitte, one of the world’s largest accountancy firms, with the biggest economic impact being in the food, drink and retail sectors. The Adderbury Henge site could have a vital role in helping to safeguard our village pubs and shop and once again play its original role as an important landmark in community organisation. How we decide to preserve and develop this heritage is going to be one of the most important decisions we will make as a community. David Taylor-Evans 13 13

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On Friday 5 May our Meals & Reels evening will include supper following which we will show the drama thriller film A Bigger Splash (2015, dir. Luca Guadagnino starring Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson,certificate 15). The recuperation vacation of a famous rock star and her filmmaker partner in Italy is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an ex/old friend and his formerly estranged daughter. 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 £6 for full members, £10 for casual members and £12 for non-members. There will also be a bar selling wine, beer, soft and hot drinks. For tickets contact Helena Scott by email or phone 01295 810708. In a change to our programme, on Friday 9 June we will be showing the award winning film La La Land (doors open 7.30pm for film at 8.00pm). Check for up to date information and remember you can follow us on facebook or twitter. ____________________________________________

LEADERS NEEDED FOR 1ST ADDERBURY CUBS After giving this much thought, I have decided to step down as Leader of 1st Adderbury cubs this year. I have been involved in scouting for 22 years now, and 10 years of that has been with the pack in Adderbury. I feel that this is the right time to stand aside and let some new blood come in. I have some excellent memories of my time with the cubs and I can hand on heart say that I enjoyed working with every single cub that has passed through my doors. Alongside me leaving, my brother Paul has also decided to stand down. Paul has given even more than myself with almost 25 years experience. He will be finishing in the summer. This is coupled with Callum and Michael finishing also in the summer as they embark on their University journey. Please be assured I will make sure the pack is in safe hands and settled before I step away fully. Moving forward we now need to begin the recruitment process to find our replacements. Being a leader in scouting it one of the most rewarding activities you can be involved in and you are supported by a huge scouting movement that offers training and assistance whenever you need it. If there is anyone that may be interested in becoming a leader then please let me know and I can discuss further and try and answer any questions you may have. This can be run by a group of leaders rather than just a pair. On behalf of myself and Paul I would thank all of you for your support so far and for your support going forward during this transition process. I would also like to thank Callum and Michael for all their hard work and dedication. Please contact me on to discuss further Many thanks Jamie Cox, Akela - 1st Adderbury cubs 17 17

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ADDERBURY VILLAGE DEFIBRILLATOR Please help raise £1,600 to help fund a defibrillator for Adderbury. The Bell has volunteered to lead on raising the money. We have started a JustGiving page at We are writing to local businesses and Gracewell Care home will make a donation as will Hook Norton Brewery. The Bell has started the fundraising by making a donation of £100. Chris & Sandra Shallis ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯


Last Wednesday we all enjoyed Judith and Tom singing for us once again. Judith sang old favourites by Vera Lyn to celebrate her 100th birthday and we all joined in - a good time was had by all. The 12 April talk by Vivien was on children in care in the 1960s. We had our Easter bonnet parade where we brought along our decorated bonnets to be judged by John and Daphnie with a prize for the winner. ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯


Adderbury Parish Council has set aside a budget of £3,000 for the financial year 2017/2018 that may be awarded in the form of grants to groups based in the village whose activities benefit residents. The Parish Council has established some simple criteria for awarding grants, basic guidelines for applicants and a common application process in the hope of achieving an outcome that treats all applicants as fairly as possible. The guidelines are also intended to help applicants decide whether to pursue a grant application in the first place and to ensure that the criteria for awarding grants are clearly understood by both applicants and councillors alike. Applications will need to be received by Friday 2 June. For further details and an application form, please contact visit the Parish Council web site Alternatively ring Theresa Goss on 01295 710965 or email at _____________________

JANET’S RETIREMENT DAY What wonderful people you are! I would like to thank you all for the most memorable retirement day. Your generosity with gifts and kind words was very touching and I would like to thank you all for not only a wonderful Village Coffee morning but also for making my time at Adderbury Library a happy one. So a very big thank you to all the volunteers who continuously give up their time, the FOCAL executive, Church House, Village Coffee, Christopher Rawlins School (have loved the class visits) and all the readers and visitors. You all make Adderbury Library a wonderful community asset. Janet May 19 19

ADDERBURY SCOUT RECEIVES TOP AWARD A Scout at the 1st Adderbury Troop has achieved the top award possible for his age group. The Chief Scout’s Gold Award is the culmination of a young person’s four years as a Scout and shows true commitment and determination through a series of difficult challenges and tests. At the Troop’s meeting 14 March, in Adderbury Institute the North Oxfordshire District Explorer Scout Leader Janet Duxbury presented Ryan Moller (15) with his award in front of the Troop’s other members and Ryan’s parents. Ryan is a pupil at Warriner School. Janet Duxbury said, “Ryan is a great example to his peer group of what can be accomplished with commitment. It was a pleasure to present his Chief Scout’s Gold Award. This is something for him to be extremely proud of in the future”. Scout Leader Andy Green said, “Completing the Chief Scout’s Gold Award is a major achievement and will help Ryan stand out from the crowd when applying for a job or university place. We have seen all Ryan’s hard work working towards this award with true determination to succeed.” To pass the award Ryan completed a series of badges and took on various leadership roles, completed community work at Adderbury Lakes, undertook a village litter pick, went on an expedition in Snowdonia, learned various life skills, attended numerous camps, and attempted adventurous activities including canoeing, motor sports, and tobogganing.

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Janet Duxbury (left) presents Ryan Moller (right) with his Chief Scout’s Gold Award.

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Our speaker for April was Chris Day from Buckingham Garden Centre. A varied career in gardening has taken him from Rochdale to Dorset in retail work. He has been a journalist, involved in radio and is back now in retail at Buckingham. He came along armed with lots of plants to illustrate his talk on the “A to Z of foolproof gardening”. Attempting to find an answer to be rid of slugs and snails, Bayer Co. manufacture pellets that are less harmful to wildlife and pets, but care is still essential. Copper tape around pots, two strips about two inches apart, works. A layer of Wool Pellets, on the top of your pots, is the latest idea. Beware of the new slug in town, orange colour, much larger and imported from Spain. Busy Lizzies blight has been mainly bred out now. The New Guinea hybrids are an alternative, though more expensive. Another blight - the one that attacks Box has been troublesome and is difficult to stop. Plant Hedge Germander or one of the smaller Hollies if replacement is necessary. Feed and keep moist any new plantings. The “Chelsea Chop” really does work on hardy perennials such as asters, phlox, rudbeckias and sedum. About the third week in May chop back a half then feed. You can use the cuttings for more plants. Dual purpose plants are useful, the leaves can be variegated or golden and also flower and spread. For instance Vinca “Illumination” bringing colour and form. An interesting large sweet berry is Honeyberry, similar to blueberries, but with an aftertaste of honey. It is very hardy, coming from Siberia, long-lived and producing fruit in June and July from large cream flowers. Shade loving, disease free and lime tolerant. Needs two plants for pollination. Insulate your flower pots for over wintering using bubble wrap or similar parcel wrapping around the inside of the pot, leave the base free. Spend time for a labour of love on your favourite and special plants. Like delphiniums, camellias and maybe wisteria. You can keep it from climbing into your windows by training it through a prunus and have blooms following when one is finished. Orchids - philanopsis, need light to grow, so the clear plastic pot they come in should not be replaced. Unless with clear glass. Water once a week with a small amount of tepid water. Chris told of a new dwarf variety of Raspberry called “Ruby Beauty”. It is thorn-less, crops mid-summer and would suit a patio. When planting bulbs in big pots, the layering system works with winter to spring varieties, of crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths. Summer ones, lilies, gladiolas and freesias, can also be planted in layers for continuous blooming. We all enjoyed the talk and will remember his advice “Right plant in the right place”. Barbara Talbot Notes: Tuesday 2 May - AGM followed by wine and nibbles - £12 membership due at AGM. Saturday 20 May - Our Plant and Cake Sale at Church House 10-12noon. Donations of plants, cakes, bread, biscuits will be gratefully received. 21 21

ADDERBURY HISTORY ASSOCIATION Meeting on 20 March "Upton House in 1927". Victor Ince, a guide at Upton House, gave a wide-ranging talk that covered the history of the Samuels family prior to the purchase of Upton House by Viscount Bearsted in 1927, emphasising the willingness of the family to make trade of all sorts across the Middle and Far East, and telling us of the events that led to the formation of the Shell company. All this provided the background to the forthcoming National Trust exhibition at Upton House, entitled "The Made to Measure House". This will cover the changes made to the house and gardens as the Bearsteds moved in and will be an exhibition that will evolve over the next three years with the intention of providing new experiences for visitors over that period thus encouraging them to return. During questions, our speaker was able to enthuse about the pleasures and benefits of volunteering at Upton House, emphasising that volunteering opportunities were available across the board and that volunteers could get involved in research on parts of the history of the house and family. He explained about decision-making in the National Trust and how the Trust judged the success of its ventures. Phil Mansell ———————————————————

OPEN DAY AT THE KATHARINE HOUSE HOSPICE GARDEN IN ADDERBURY Many driving past Katharine House Hospice on the Aynho Road in Adderbury will know the magnificent lawns in front of the building but few may be aware of the beautiful gardens that lie to the southern aspect behind. They were designed and created shortly after the Hospice was opened 25 years ago for the benefit of patients and staff and were funded from a bequest from the late Simon Weatherby who died from cancer in early life. The gardens are maintained today by a group of volunteers and they, together with the Hospice, open them for the public to enjoy one day a year, and this year it will be on Sunday 4 June from 2pm - 5pm. This is your opportunity to view the gardens, have afternoon tea with a slice (or two) of our delicious homemade cakes, listen to the music of Deddington Silver Band on the lawn and browse the plant sales area where quality plants and flowers are sold at reasonable prices. Entrance is £2.50 (no charge for children) and the money raised from the event funds tool and equipment maintenance and replacement and the on-going improvement of the garden. It all makes for a delightful afternoon out, and we look forward to welcoming back the many who support us annually and also those visiting for the first time. Please put the date in your diary, and we look forward to seeing you on the 4th June. Peter Waite, Garden Volunteer 22 22



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LAKES WORKING PARTY 2016-2017 SEASON Saturday 8 April, saw the last Working Party of the 2016-2017 season, with nineteen volunteers enjoying glorious sunshine at The Lakes. We both finished off all the tasks we’d set ourselves for the year and made a commitment to the future with the planting of over 100 plug plants of native wild flowers so that next year will hopefully see a noticeable increase in biodiversity at The Lakes. It’s been a year when everything has gone right for us. The weather’s been on our side all year, and we’ve had high attendances at all the Working Parties with 25 being the highest number of volunteers on a Saturday morning. As a result we’ve been able to get through a great deal of work and we’re now nearly at the point where our work will be routine maintenance and ongoing management of Adderbury’s own nature reserve. Since this has also been the year which saw a major improvement to the paths (funded by the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment, Hamberley Development and the Parish Council), it’s no wonder that the most commonly heard remark from visitors to the Lakes is that they now look “well cared for”. If you would like to join our successful volunteers, the first meeting of next season will take place on Saturday 2 September, starting at 9am. We meet at the Lake Walk entrance. If you can’t make this, look out for our stall at the Community Market on Thursday 14 September or make a date to come to our Open Day at the Lakes on Saturday 16 September (more details in later editions of Contact). Meanwhile, huge thanks to our volunteers - and enjoy The Lakes! Phil Mansell ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯


Voices Across Time present ‘Old Boundary Lane’, a 1913 story of the struggle of women fighting for their rights, set in the beloved British Music Hall. It’s the summer of 1913, deep in the East End of London, the cast of Old Boundary Lane Music Hall are facing this very struggle and desperately trying to keep their doors open. When the director of Old Boundary Lane suddenly dies, the hall passes to his widow, Penny Whitlock, who wants to achieve her dreams of creating the best music hall in East London. She believes she has a unique way of saving the Hall but set in a world where women are still downtrodden and men rule, will a show directed by a women even stand a chance? Come and join us to decide the fate of Old Boundary Lane complete with old time music hall sing-a-longs and plenty of entertainment! Performances will take place on the 30 June and 1 July at 7.30pm and a matinee on the 1 July at 2.30pm. Tickets are £10, bar available. Money will be raised for the Katharine House Hospice and Barnado’s. Tickets will be on sale soon and can be reserved by emailing or 07532446665. Please visit our website at for further information about our work and our past/upcoming events. 25 25


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PARISH COUNCIL LAND - MILTON ROAD A number of years ago the original owners wished to donate some land in the village to improve the sports facilities that the village has. As residents may be aware, the current provision which is located at the Lucy Plackett Playing Field frequently floods and it unusable on a number of occasions during the year. The process for transferring the land is controlled under the Local Planning Authority and when it was given to the Parish Council, it had a restrictive covenant that it could only be used for ‘sports pitches and a community facility’. There have been other suggested uses for the land and although they are all valid submissions, the Parish Council has to work within the remit of the restrictive covenant. The Parish Council appreciates that not everyone will be in agreement with the development of the land. However, this is an opportunity which may never arise again for the village and a village such as Adderbury, with a population of over 3,000, deserves good sports facilities and a decent sized Hall which everyone can be proud of. The Parish Council has now sought advice from Cherwell District Council and it has been confirmed that the Section 106 agreement and the Land Transfer document are different agreements. It was also confirmed that the Land Transfer document is in full compliance with the Section 106 agreement. It is the Land Transfer document which the Parish Council is bound by and as the transferee, the Parish Council has to comply with it and the restrictive covenant. The full written advice will follow in due course. Parish Poll A Parish Poll has been called by some residents, for Thursday 11 May 2017. The question asks ‘do you support the plans for football pitches and a clubhouse on the land north of Milton Road?’ This suggests that the Parish Council intends for this to be exclusively for football, which is not true. The Parish Council has agreed to setup a Working Group to investigate how the land could be used, under the legal restrictive covenant, not just for football, but other sports too. There are other groups in the village who have already indicated that they would potentially use the hall for their meetings and other indoor sports/fitness sessions. There would also be provision of car parking on the site. It is also envisaged that part of the remit of the Working Group would be to look at the Lucy Plackett Playing Field and improvements which could be made on that site. However, this would be as well as, not instead of, developing the Milton Road land. Once the Working Group has met and has some ideas in place, there will be a full and transparent consultation process with the village, on how the project moves forward. Whatever the outcome of the Parish Poll, the Parish Council believes that football should be part of this site, although not exclusively and it hopes that residents will support the inclusion of football, as well as other sporting activities on the site. 27 27

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PARISH COUNCIL The Parish Council met on 28 March. There were apologies from Councillors Asbury and Jelfs. The Chairman welcomed Jeanne Vella-Eyre, the Gracewell Care Home Manager who gave a resume of the care home which is about to open. It has 60 beds situated on two floors and provides dementia care, nursing care and residential facility. Recruitment of staff had been successful. Open days were planned and residents would be moving in gradually. They were planning to hold a flower show raising funds to purchase a defibrillator for the village. OPEN FORUM: Matters brought to the attention of councillors in Open Forum included the size of the village school, the proposed future use of the land north of Milton Road, the henge-like remains recently discovered which extended onto this land and their possible excavation, the impact on the neighbouring development of Adderbury Fields of any new sports facilities in Milton Road and also the legal validity into a full and proper survey of use of this land. ADDERBURY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: After some lengthy discussion it was proposed and seconded that this should be put forward for submission to CDC who would check for legalities and then put out for a further six weeks of public and stakeholder consultation. A warm vote of thanks was given to Sam Brown, the chairman of the ANP steering group. PLANNING: There was a discussion regarding the Leonard Cheshire Disability application and it was agreed that the PC would object to it based on Neighbourhood Plan boundary policies and that Summers Close was a rural exception site. It was also agreed that there should be some sort of planting scheme at the back of Gracewell and Janet Blunt House to soften the view from the fields beyond. PARISH COUNCIL SURGERIES: Two residents had attended the last surgery. Matters raised included the new houses being built next to Adderbury Court, school parking. HEALTH AND SAFETY: It was reported that there were no health and safety issues at The Rise, Lucy Plackett Playing Field or The Lakes. WELCOME PACK: It was suggested that a welcome pack detailing information about the village should be made available to all new residents in the village. Mrs Sandra Fearne, a local resident pointed out that Contact was already delivered to the sales offices of new developments and that something might be incorporated in that. Contact no longer put flyers inside the magazine. TIMMS CART: An old builders cart with ‘Timms’ name on the side had been found at the new development north of Milton Road. It was proposed that the developer would be advised to get in touch with Banbury museum, Bloxham museum or the Tythe Barn at Swacliffe to see if they might be interested in keeping it. Continued on Page 31

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Continued from Page 29 BURIAL GROUND: It was agreed that quotations would be obtained for carrying out tests on the existing burial ground on Horn Hill Road to determine the ground water levels and its effect on the PC future burial policy. These tests would not be carried out until a check was carried out later in the year to establish whether the recent ditch drainage had helped the situation. LAND NORTH OF MILTON ROAD: As the PC had progressed this matter there had been quite a lot of take up by local groups for sport use and changing facility on this land. A working group of interested parties would be set up to develop an idea of what those facilities might look like and bring it back to PC to discuss progression. LAND TO THE REAR OF ADDERBURY COURT: There had been a proposal for pupils of Christopher Rawlins Primary School to use this land for their ‘Forest Schools’ projects. The PC agreed this in principal and there would be further discussions. LIBRARY: A meeting had taken place between FOCAL, Church House, APC and OCC which was very positive and encouraging that there was significant developer funding to support the library. Several issues were discussed including the possibility of extending the building on the north and south sides (costings being obtained) possible conversion of the present store room into a computer room, and the idea of adopting the county council OpenPlus initiative which would make the library available to library members beyond the current opening hours by means of electronic access. However this was very much dependent on the church view as it is a church building. The recruitment of a new Library Manager had been discussed, a FOCAL leaflet was now available. Making books available in The Bell was to be investigated. DEFIBRILLATOR: Councillor Shallis reported that donations from Gracewell, Fired Earth, Hook Norton Brewery had been forthcoming. He was setting up a JustGiving page and there would be public funding advertised in Contact. PARKING IN KEYTES CLOSE AND ADDERBURY COURT: An email had been sent to all parents asking them to be mindful of where they parked when dropping their children off at school and a police presence had been requested to give advice to parents.


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Christian Aid Week 15 - 21 May Adderbury Churches Outreach will mark the occasion the week before with a breakfast. Christian Aid Big Brekkie Save a life with a sausage sarnie. A good way to start the day! Saturday 6 May 8am - 11am Methodist Hall. Full English breakfast or Bap on the Run. All Welcome! Thy Kingdom Come We are looking forward to an exciting time between Ascension and Pentecost as we hold a Prayer Safari through the Parish. The 10 days will be 25 May and finish on Saturday 3 June at 5 pm when we welcome the Gospel Bell for a concert and presentation to all who attend having completed the Safari. We are running the Adderbury Christmas Tree Festival again this year and would like to invite local businesses to sponsor the event. This is a very popular and widely publicised event attracting hundreds of visitors to St Mary’s Church Adderbury from the Banbury area and further afield. This year’s Festival will be raising funds to restore our historic church tower. The church tower is a symbol of Adderbury and a well known Oxfordshire landmark. We are raising the £400,000 needed for restoration with events, donations, grants and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Festival will be held 8-10 December with refreshments and live music. With your help we hope to have St Mary’s Church filled with 40 decorated living Christmas trees, aiming to again attract over 2,000 visitors over the Festival weekend. Please contact the committee on 811740 or The choir is back! We will be singing on the 2nd Sundays of the month and feast days with practise at 7.00pm on the Friday of the preceding week. Come along, we are welcoming new members. Our Adderbury and Milton churches have a new look website with services, events, life at the church, virtual tour and much more . Vicar Rev Stephen Fletcher ———————–————————————————————————————


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By the time you read this we will have held our annual Poetry Evening - always a popular and fun evening. Our next big event is on Thursday 25 May when the Aspirata Vocalis Choir from Copenhagen visit Adderbury and give a concert in St Mary’s Church. Their programme will include Ola Gjeilo, Carl Nielsen, Haydn, Elgar, Mendelssohn and others. The 30 strong choir has visited England twice before and also Norway and Estonia. The accompanist is the organist Erik Lauge Mikkelsen. If you would like to find out more about Aspirata Vocalis have a look at Tickets are £12 and are available from Trish Fennell 01295 811059 or, Val Scarff 810386 and events/395074. There will be a bar. Concert starts at 7pm. Other dates for your diary are:  8 July Chris Mason giving a guided walk around the village discovering all about Swifts and their habitats. Followed by afternoon tea in Church House.  23 July Jazz in the Garden with Dickie White and Friends. By kind permission of Karen and Tim Bestwick, Mill Lane.  21 December Voices Across Time will perform a playlet in St Mary’s Church with a Christmas theme. We’ve got all sorts of other ideas in the pipeline so watch out for information as and when it becomes available at It is a big couple of years for FOSMA fundraising and we hope you will continue to support us. If you would like to consider becoming a ‘Friend’ please contact our Membership Secretary - ____________________________________

ADDERBURY AND MILTON FEOFFEE’S CHARITY Grants are available for school leavers going onto Further Education, University or Apprenticeships. The criteria for students is that they must have lived in the village for 3 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. Assistance Fund. This 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 35 35

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April was a busy month for Adderbury & District WI. Our speaker was Julia Freeman who gave a very informative and humorous talk about her “Life as a Wimbledon Umpire”. It was fascinating to learn about the training and behind the scenes on the Courts, which included many Wimbledon finals. Six of our Committee attended the Oxfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes Annual Meeting at the Oxford Town Hall. The speakers included Vera De Menezes (Inspirational Speaker) and Ingrid Seward (Majesty Magazine). Our walking group had a wonderful morning at Blenheim Palace walking round the beautiful grounds, stopping for lunch before heading home. The Book Group and Craft groups met with the latter making Sensory Bands to be used for Dementia patients. Two committee members also attended the opening of Gracewell of Adderbury care home. Future activities will be a walk round Horton, Book and Craft group. Our May meeting will be held at Church House and will discuss the two Resolutions to be put forward at the WI Annual Meeting in June. 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. Diane Danton ____________________________________________

ARC CELEBRATES THE 10TH THREE SPIRES CHALLENGE On Sunday 9 July Adderbury Running Club (ARC) will host the 10th annual running event in Adderbury - the Three Spires Challenge. What is the Challenge? To run or walk a half marathon; run 10k if you are 15 or older; run 5k if you are 11 or older; take part in one of our Junior Runs if you’re 4 to 10; or *new this year* we have a Junior Half Marathon Challenge for those aged 7 to 14 on the day. The Junior Half Marathon Challenge gives you the chance to complete a half marathon by running a mile or so per week (depending on your age: please see our website for details) before Sunday 9 July and then joining us on the day to run the final mile or 5k! To enter and to find out more details (including a checklist that you can download for the Junior HM Challenge), please visit If you have never run before, ARC can help you prepare for your first 5k run. If you have run before but need to get fit again, there is still time to get fit enough to complete a 10k or a 5k run. To help you rise to the challenge, ARC is offering free membership for the period 1 April to 9 July 2017. You’ll find that ARC members are a friendly group of runners and you’ll get to explore the local footpaths and countryside. If you really cannot run but would like to help as a marshal please contact ARC Race Director Matthew: 37 37

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ADDERBURY, DEDDINGTON AND DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY 5 APRIL 2017 This month’s club night on the 5 April started with the all important AGM. There was a good turnout and members filled the meeting room at the Cartwright Hotel, Aynho. The Chairman, Richard Broadbent, opened the meeting, presenting the minutes of the last meeting, which were accepted and passed. The chairman stated that the club has had a successful year, with the total membership remaining at a steady 51 members, with five new members replacing the five who had left the district. Our annual exhibitions held in the Adderbury and Deddington venues were very well received and stimulated public interest, this has helped to establish the society as a recognised part of the local community. The treasurer, Martin Pearse, presented the club’s audited annual accounts to March 2017, declaring the club was in a sound financial position and the annual subscription would remain at £30. A vote of thanks to The Cartwright Hotel was passed for allowing the club regular use of the Apricot Room. Various committee members each reported on the use and developments in Facebook; website; workshop; the program for future events. Retiring committee members this year are Wendy Meagher, secretary; Richard Broadbent, chairman; Brenda Difford, social events; Gail Girvan, workshops. Gail will continue as Facebook administrator. The meeting elected John Prentice as new chairman, the position of secretary being vacant. The club monthly programme has been further extended during the past year by establishing a special interest group. The new critique circle is proving to be successful and rewarding. The critique circle meets on the third Tuesday of the month at The Hollybush Clubhouse in Deddington, with the aim of providing constructive, helpful and good natured criticism of prints. Members bring along a print for their colleagues to criticise, comment or advise upon. The collective experience of friends and fellow photographers is the objective, and we learn from each other, extending and improving photographic knowledge and skills. There being no further business the Chairman then declared the AGM closed. Normal club night then continued with a friendly “What is it?” competition composed from the members own submitted ingenious photographs, often taken from strange angles. The usual monthly challenge followed. This month’s topic was “Cemeteries and Monuments”. As it was thought to be successful last month the new system of allowing comments and opinions from the floor instead of from one nominated person was used. This topic produced many well composed pictures, and many amusing interpretations of the subject. Next month’s meeting on 3 May will host the presentation titled “Astrophotography” by Mary Spicer and promises to be an interesting evening. Everyone is welcome to attend. Paul Brewerton.

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BAKE-OFF JUDGE ASKS YOU TO CARE FOR A CUPPA Our Care for a Cuppa campaign returns this May, with supporters across the community holding coffee mornings and afternoon teas to raise money for their local hospice. And this year, we're delighted to have newest Great British Bake Off judge, Prue Leith, supporting our campaign. For 25 years Katharine House has provided professional but friendly and warm palliative care, along with a lot of sympathy, comfort and, yes, fun for the patient, plus help and understanding for the families. The hospice charges nothing. There is a tenbed inpatient unit with two family rooms, a day hospice, and staff can look after people at home too. Needless to say, all this needs MONEY! The team at Katharine House has turned fund-raising into something that people enjoy doing. And they do it extraordinarily well, dreaming up endlessly imaginative fund-raising events. They have a legacy scheme, a local lottery, and each July they hold a Midnight Walk through the streets of Banbury, a very social merry event. They need to be energetic fundraisers: the hospice and its services cost £3.6 million to run and they only get a third of that from public funds, leaving almost £7,000 to be found every day. ‘Care for a Cuppa’ is the newest Katharine House initiative and it has been going like a bomb since 2014. This year it will run from 8 - 14 May with events large and small in homes, clubs and societies, village and town halls, and in the canteens of many local businesses across north Oxfordshire and south Northamptonshire. Most people opt for a traditional afternoon tea or coffee morning, but there are variations such as a ‘Breakfast Bap Cuppa’ or ‘Care for a Cocktail’. Katharine House Hospice in Adderbury will hold its own ‘Care for a Cuppa’ event on its Open Day on 12 May. I hope you can join in the Cuppa campaign by organising your own event or coming along to the one at the Hospice. For information on events, or to download a fundraising pack visit OTHER NEWS FROM KATHATINE HOUSE HOSPICE: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: MIDNIGHT WALK 2017 Our 11th Midnight walk will take place on Saturday 24th June. This year's theme is 'Animals', so bring your rabbit ears, slip in to a zebra onesie, or join your friends in a giant caterpillar. Whatever shape, size, or type of animal you choose, you're sure to have a memorable Midnight Walk! Before 30 April the "Early Bird" entry fee is £15. (£20 thereafter) Please sign up today to help raise money for your local hospice. Sign up at HOSPICE OPEN DAY - 12 MAY (2-5PM) Drop in to the hospice on Friday 12 May from 2 to 5pm for cake and a cuppa to find out more about what we do. Find out how you can get involved as a volunteer or fundraiser, or how you can refer someone to us. We hope you’ll be able to join us! For further information, please visit 41 41


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