Adderbury Contact September 2016

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Volume 39, No. 2016 Volume 39, 7 No.September 7 September 2016


(see p.32 for reports on this wonderful evening)


Please will ALL readers study pages 18 - 20 to learn about the latest details for our Neighbourhood Plan. The future of Adderbury's sports and leisure facilities will be decided soon based on YOUR input. If at all possible please come to one of the meetings mentioned and respond to the online questionnaire that will be sent out in September

Adderbury Scouts enjoy their Summer Camp (see p.37)



1 Adderbury WI – Sharp & Blunt Ladies Morris - Institute – 7.30pm 3 Quiz night – Bowls Club - 7.30pm 3 Parish Council Surgery – Church House – 11.00am to 12.00 noon 7 Photographic Society. Presentation by Andreas Klatt ARPS: 'Perception – an interactive discussion.' 7.30pm, Cartwright Hotel, Aynho. 8 Royal British Legion meeting – Bowls Club – 2.00pm 8 Adderbury Community Food Market –Indoor Farmers’ Market and social eveningInstitute – 6.00 to 8.00pm 10 Garden Party – Manor House, Mill Lane – 2.00 to 4.00pm 10 Last date for copy for October Contact 13 Parish Council meeting - Church House – 7.30pm 14 Adderbury Evergreens - meeting 14 Neighbourhood Plan presentation evening – Institute – 7.00 to 9.00pm 15 Runners’ Hour – The Bell – 7.30pm 16 Cine Club Meals & Reels evening and the film Bridge of Spies (2015, dir. Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance – in an Oscar winning performance, certificate 12A) – Institute – 7.00pm meal and 8.00pm film 17 Neighbourhood Plan presentation morning – School – 10.00am to 12.00 noon 17 FOCAL Meet the Author: William Ryan – Church House – 7.00 for 7.30pm 17 Photographic Society. 10th Annual Exhibition of members work. Free entry from 10.00am to 5.00pm, The Institute, Adderbury 19 Adderbury History Association – The Importance of local railways in WW1 – Martin Bloxsom – Methodist Hall – 7.30pm 21 Photographic Society. Workshop: 'High speed photography - water droplets and water crowns.' 7.30pm, Cartwright Hotel, Aynho 28 Adderbury Evergreens – Outing to Yarnton Garden Centre (Dot Hardy 810209) 30 Adderbury Friday Club – for all homeworkers – 12.30pm – details Nick Fennell 811059 30 Photographic Society - 10th Annual Exhibition of photographic work by members The Institute Adderbury – 10.00am to 5.00pm OCTOBER 2016 1 Quiz night – Bowls Club - 7.30pm 1 Parish Council Surgery – Church House – 11am – 12 noon 5 Photographic Society. Presentation by Peter and Margaret Preece: 'Wildlife and nature photography.' 7.30pm, Cartwright Hotel, Aynho 6 Adderbury WI – Chris Bazeley: The Private Life of the Privy - Institute – 7.30pm 12 Adderbury Evergreens – Bring & Buy - Methodist Hall – 2.30pm 13 Royal British Legion meeting – Bowls Club – 2pm cont. on p.4 33

cont from p.3 13 Adderbury Community Food Market –Indoor Farmers’ Market and social evening - Institute – 6.00 to 8.00pm 14 Cine Club: ‘Suffragette’ - Institute – 7.30pm 16 FOSMA Concert: Christian Forshaw & Sanctuary Ensemble – St Mary’s Church – 6.30 for 7.00pm – tickets 811059 or 17 Adderbury History Association – Tim Healey: Apples! Myth and mystery of England’s favourite fruit – Methodist Hall – 7.30pm 19 Photographic Society. Workshop on 'Correct exposure.' 7.30pm, Cartwright Hotel, Aynho 20 Runners’ Hour – The Bell – 7.30pm 25 Parish Council meeting - Church House – 7.30pm 26 Adderbury Evergreens - Fish & Chip lunch - Methodist Hall 28 Adderbury Friday Club – for all homeworkers – 12.30pm – details Nick Fennell 811059 28 FOCAL Meet the Author: Bruce Duncan – Church House – 7.00 for 7.30pm

ADDERBURY THEATRE WORKSHOP Following on from a hugely successful Children's show in July, it is now time for the adult members of ATW to entertain you with an 'all new' Variety Show to be held on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October in the Institute. Please come and join us for an evening of fantastic entertainment featuring sketches, songs, dances and more than a few surprises! Doors will open at 7.30 pm and tickets priced at £10.00 are available NOW from Tony at the Coach & Horses (01295 810422) Open letter from Nigel Randall It is with a heavy heart, and after much soul-searching since the EU Referendum, that I must inform you that I have tendered my resignation from public office and the Conservative Party. I no longer feel that I share the values of a community that has voted to leave the European Union, and cannot in good conscience tolerate the leadership and direction of a majority Tory government that proved disjoint and undecided on such a geopolitically important issue. I appreciate that this is democracy writ large, but these events have caused me to profoundly question my ability to faithfully represent the exposed tenets of either community or party and, as I do not believe that I can, I have concluded it appropriate for me to step down as District Councillor for the Adderbury, Bloxham and Bodicote Ward and withdraw my support for the Conservative Party. I will continue to put my energy into other voluntary work in the community, but no longer under any political banner. I enjoy a good challenge and am always ready to embrace change, but cannot do so unless I respect the cause: life is too short. Best Regards, Nigel Randall 44


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 - Friday 7.00am to 7.00pm Saturday 7.30am to 7.00pm Sunday 7.30am to 3.00pm 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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CHURCH SERVICES ST MARY’S CHURCH, ADDERBURY & ST JOHN’S CHURCH, MILTON Rev. Stephen Fletcher, Vicar. 810309 Contact for Weddings, Baptisms or other pastoral needs ST MARY’S Regular Services: 8.00am 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 SERVICES (10.30am) Rev. Lin Francis Tel 262602 Sep 4 United service at Marlborough Road, Banbury Sep 11 Harvest Festival led by Rev. C. Eddy Sep 18 Service led by members of the congregation Sep 25 Mr R. Adkins 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 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 (starting on September 5) from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in Methodist Hall 6


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THE REVIVED ADDERBURY STORES – HAVE YOU PAID A VISIT YET? Having peaked about 6 months ago and then declined quite markedly, our village shop is reported to be back on good form. Contact went to find out..................... Who is running Adderbury Stores? Dilsher and Prumpreet (Preet for short) Sandhu are still the tenants, but Preet has been seriously ill and spends most of her time back in India seeking effective medical help, while Dilsher is fully occupied running their successful store in Middleton Cheney. Adderbury Stores is now being run by Dilsher’s cousin, Bhavin, who has been in retailing in London most of his life. Bhavin (‘B’ for short) is getting to grips with the quirky people of Adderbury, which he should be, as he is working there eighty seven hours a week – but he does get Sunday afternoons off. How has trade been this year – and what are they doing to build the business? It was very poor earlier this year when stocks were allowed to run down. But now the shop is very full again and villagers are responding with more regular custom. They are adding to the product range on a daily basis as they learn customers’ needs – the obliging Bhavin will try to fulfil every customer request within a week as they now have an excellent delivery service from Bestway in Northampton. Apart from a good range of groceries, news and magazines, cigarettes,etc, the shop has already added beers, wines and spirits, excellent fresh fruit and vegetables, greetings cards, ice cream, a new frozen food cabinet (for pizzas!), a new chiller with Meat Joint sausages and other products, a dry cleaning service, a cash point and good fresh flowers. By the time this goes to print they hope to have fresh bakery goods back. They are also willing to provide a box office facility and advertising for local events – preferably (and quite rightly!) if you spend some money there as well! What’s Bhavin’s message to the people of Adderbury? Please come and see for yourselves what we have to offer. It’s a lot quicker than trailing to Sainsbury’s – and net-net probably no more expensive! We will try to meet all your requests. Contact’s view? These guys are working extremely hard to rebuild a viable village store, and deserve more support from the village, even if it is just for a few items a week or one extra item when you collect your newspaper – it all helps. We all moaned enough when we had no store – or a store which could barely supply our needs. COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES! Adderbury Stores Tel: 01295 367295 Nick Fennell & Neil Staples



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This is a wonderful tradition going back hundreds of years where we thank God for the crops and fruit of the ground; and to remember our responsibility to care for those who do not have as much as us. In addition to the thanksgiving is a tradition of sharing. So even if you can’t come to the service do come to the Bring and Share Lunch which provides time for us to catch up with our neighbours and friends and meet new people in the village. We very much hope you can come and look forward to seeing you.

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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 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 1010

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The month of June was a most exciting time for members of Adderbury & District WI beginning with our presence at Adderbury Village Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations where we hosted a wonderful treasure map game, a guess the sweet number game and raffled a hamper full of delicious and timely food items. This event was followed by the School and Church Fete and our filled and wrapped jam jar stall and then Party in the Park where we hosted our homemade cake and preserve stall. A walk to Horton/Horley had to be postponed due to wet weather and a new date has been set for a future date, which is much looked forward to. We met on 7th July to hear Shelley Edwards of Trading Standards on ‘Scams and Doorstep Crime’, who outlined their wide range of responsibilities. Encouraging Members to be alert, aware of vulnerable neighbours and suspicious of unusual activity, Shelley’s presentation concluded with recommendations for the avoidance of victimization. Our book club met the following week for Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline. In September our Reading Group will discuss William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair. Our September Members meeting will be held at The Institute on 1 September for Sharp and Blunt – Ladies Morris. 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 ay 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

NEWS from your local Hospice Calling all Schools, Businesses, and Community Groups! Karcher Accumulator Challenge 2016 Kärcher has once again teamed up with the Katharine House Hospice to present the Accumulator Challenge for the third year, and the two local organisations are calling on local schools, colleges, community groups and businesses to take part in the challenge. Each group will receive a £50 start-up fund from Kärcher and will need to use their creative and entrepreneurial skill to turn this in to as much money as possible for Katharine House. Last year, £10,000 was raised for the Hospice. To take part, please contact Daphne Robertson, Partnerships Fundraiser, on 01295 816484. Festival of Open Gardens – September Just two gardens left for this year's ever popular Festival of Open Gardens. Come and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of these beautiful local gardens In its 6th year, the festival supports the work of your local hospice. Gardens open on the following dates: Saturday 3 September - Broughton Grange Sunday 11 September - Bloxham 1212

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ADDERBURY CINE CLUB Our new season starts on Friday, 16 September with a Meals & Reels evening and the film Bridge of Spies (2015, dir. Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance – in an Oscar winning performance, certificate 12A). In the cold war, a lawyer is recruited by the CIA to defend a Soviet spy and be involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. Times and Tickets: 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 at or phone 01295 810708. Further dates We plan to show Suffragette on Friday,14 October (this is our AGM night as well starting at 6.45pm), Carol as a Meals & Reels night on 11 November and Brooklyn on 9 December. 1717

Adderbury Neighbourhood Plan What Leisure Facilities do you want in Adderbury?

To complete the Plan we need your views on some new options for our leisure facilities. Come to our presentations to find out more about these options and where we are on the other matters going into the Plan: • Wednesday, 14 September at the Institute from 7.00pm to 9.00pm • Saturday, 17 September at Christopher Rawlins School from 10.00am to 12 noon From 14 to 30 September each household will be able to answer an on-line questionnaire (click through at If you prefer to complete a paper questionnaire - copies will be available from 14 September at the Library – to be returned there by 30 September. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Background In preparing for the Adderbury Neighbourhood Plan submission, most of the detailed work on housing, the environment, business, employment, transport and facilities has been done based on initial community consultations. (Story boards on where we are now can be seen at the presentations above.)

Before a final version can be put to the community in a referendum, we have one area, leisure, in which more information has come to light on potential benefits. We wish to share this with the Adderbury community and gauge community views before making our submission on the leisure element of the Neighbourhood Plan. You will be aware that Adderbury community leisure facilities include: the Institute; Church House (the Library); recreation facilities at the Lucy Plackett (including two buildings); and children’s play areas at the Lucy Plackett and the Rise. A further three play areas are being created in the developments on north and south sides of Milton Road and on Aynho Road. The Opportunity The Parish Council will soon receive the community benefit (from the Aynho Road development) of some 7 acres of land north of the Milton Road (twice the size of the Lucy Plackett playing fields) opposite the Adderbury Fields housing development (see map on the next page). There is a covenant restricting use of this land to "sports and community uses". Development of this Milton Road land for such uses and indeed, development of any of our other community facilities, come with a not inconsiderable price tag depending which options are chosen. The Lucy Plackett may also need some levelling and drainage work (away from the flood area).

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cont. from p.18 Adjacent to this Milton Road land, a smaller piece of land (c.1/2 acre) will become available to the Parish Council as part of the already approved housing development on the north side of Milton Road. This smaller piece of land could be considered in conjunction with the Milton Road land or could be released back to the developer for additional housing (about six homes) in a “profit share� with the Parish Council.

The sum of money raised from this profit share could make a considerable contribution to any development of community and leisure facilities (whether on this Milton Road land or the Lucy Plackett) but it is likely that the majority contribution will have to come from community fundraising, Sports England grants and funds from similar bodies including possibly the Lottery Fund. There will also be annual maintenance costs to be funded. The Milton Road Land and the Lucy Plackett compared The Milton Road land (as well as its size) has the benefit of being level and well drained. However it is on the western edge of Adderbury requiring villagers on the eastern side to possibly use their cars. A cycle/foot path to the site along the Milton Road will be necessary. Any significant use of the site will require an access drive and a car park in addition to any other facilities. For team sports, changing facilities will be necessary. The Lucy Plackett land is smaller in size but has the benefit of being fairly central to the village. However it is not level and is partially in a flood area with limited opportunities for further levelling or drainage – though some may be necessary for cont. on p.20 1919

cont. from p.19 certain uses or pitches. The existing buildings are tired. Development of a large community centre/hall on the site of the existing buildings is unlikely to be feasible because of limited road access / parking and also proximity to existing houses. However a smaller Community Centre / Club House may be possible. The Lucy Plackett already has a basketball court and the play area could be upgraded. Approximate cost of some options:

To achieve the necessary level of funding will require a lot of focused activity from active members of the Adderbury community – including we hope – yourself! As you will see when you complete the Questionnaire on behalf of your household, we are particularly interested in what sports and community uses (including buildings) you would wish to see on the two sites and what other suggestions you may have for using community funds.

Make your views known………………. – complete the Questionnaire by 30 September! BEWARE! Recently thieves have visited Green Farm in Adderbury and stolen lead flashing from a wall/chimney trough. They also tried to remove other flashing but were either disturbed or found it too difficult. It happened when the house concerned and its immediate neighbours house were unoccupied for a few days. Residents are advised to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the police. 2020

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ADDERBURY LAKES update We are delighted to see more families visiting the Lakes this summer and as our regular visitors may have noticed, much has been achieved since the spring to improve both the habitat and the visitor experience. The heron is a regular visitor too and the mallard ducks and moorhens have had more than one set of chicks. This September the second stage of our paths improvement project will be completed. This long-term project aims to enable wheelchair users and less able visitors to access the lower Lake area and enjoy key viewpoints. We also wish to improve path quality generally within the Lakes especially for families – navigating the lower Lake path with a buggy when the ground is muddy can be very tricky –and the steps on the western side are being replaced with a slope. We are able to continue this project, which was started last year, thanks to a further generous grant from the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment and a donation from Hamberley Development as part of a Community Fund Donation associated with the Gracewell Care Home development currently being built in the village. The entrance kerb to the Lakes has recently been lowered and contractors will be on site from 5 September for the path works. This may require sections of the Lakes to be closed for access and safety reasons so please look out for the notices on the board at the Lake Walk entrance. We would not be able to maintain the Lakes without the support of our Working Party Volunteers - why not give it a try? New volunteers are very welcome and working parties will be held on the following Saturday mornings: 2016 24 September 8 October 5 November 3 December

2017 7 January 11 February 11 March 8 April

We meet at Lake Walk Car Park at 9.00am – or just come along and find the group around the Lakes when you can. Bring strong gloves and if possible any loppers, rakes or spades. Coffee and biscuits are provided at break time and the parties finish by 12 noon. For further details please contact Phil Mansell on 01295 810442 or And if you have any views or ideas about the Lakes do please get in touch. Diane Bratt ,Chairman Adderbury Lakes Local Nature Reserve Contact: 01295 810212


Grow Wild Seed @ The Rise Flowers to the People Campaign with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Adderbury Parish Council are creating a wild flower area at The Rise with seeds from the Grow Wild Seeds Team. Grow Wild, supported by the Big Lottery Fund, is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, whose campaign is designed to connect people with wild flowers, plants and places, promoting the creation of beautiful garden areas for all to enjoy. The project is led by Mrs. Diane Bratt, Chairman of Adderbury Parish Council. She is assisted by Mrs. Margaret Halstead, who gave the seeds and seedlings and is the Adderbury contact with the Kew outreach initiative. Mr. Andrew Barnes, who also provided plants, is a member of the Management Team at the Adderbury Lakes Local Nature Reserve. Several residents of The Rise have also assisted in the creation of the wild flower area – Sharon Wilson, Ellie Huckins and Elaine Dwyer. Ox-eye daisies, poppies and cornflowers are already in bloom and with further autumn sowings, there will be more wild flowers to enjoy in 2017. Garden photos will be posted on the Adderbury Parish Council website and on the GWS @ The Rise Facebook Page shortly. Adderbury Parish Council

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Adderbury History Association June/July Meetings Our Secretary Phil Mansell opened the June meeting by thanking those who had participated in the Adderbury Royal Event day on 4 June and inviting members to put forward suggestions for an ‘outside meeting’ in 2017. He then handed over to Barry who gave us a look at Banbury Past. By means of some 70 postcards from his own collection we were taken on a tour of the town as it was in the early years of the 20th century up to about 1960. Some sights were familiar, others have disappeared and many have changed beyond recognition. Most notable were the absence of parked traffic, the wide streets and the jumble of vehicles, people and animals in close proximity. For some it was a nostalgic trip; for those comparatively new to the area it must have seemed like a different town altogether as indeed it is having grown from a population of about 3,000 in 1800 to nearly 50,000 today. There has been much demolition (famously undertaken before preservation orders were in place), rebuilding and development along the way. Visit Banbury Museum for more of the town’s history. On what was the warmest evening of the year so far we gathered for our July meeting in the Methodist schoolroom to hear Stephen Wass speak about his current project. Having moved from education into the world of archaeology, he is working towards a doctorate at Oxford University and is involved in a six-year programme of research into 17th century water gardens. In his introduction he made the point that the results of his investigations, taking place in just one small pocket of rural North Oxfordshire, could be not only of local interest but also of national and international importance. Hanwell Castle is at the forefront of this exploration and he outlined how the original medieval manor came into the possession of the Cope family. Eventually Sir Anthony Cope (1632-1675), who had come into contact with forward thinking men with scientific interests at Oxford, took over the estate. He set about building a significant water garden in the grounds. At his death there was a family falling out, parts of the castle were rebuilt and the gardens were left neglected. A survey began in 2013 followed by excavations, and a series of features has been revealed alongside the lake and island – terraces, sluices, cascades and stone structures. But, as is often the case, the digs have thrown up as many questions as answers as to the technology involved in the water garden’s creation. Stephen provided a wealth of information about his subject together with some amusing details of all it entailed. Sadly there is no public access to Hanwell Castle except on the stars and snow drop event in February. However anyone wishing to volunteer on the project or discover more can contact him on Jean Davis




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ADDERBURY EVERGREENS On 22 June we were invited to a cream tea at the lovely home of our committee member, Linda. We extend our heartfelt thanks for an enjoyable afternoon. On the 13 July an outing took us to one of the biggest garden centres, Webbs of Wychfield. On 27 July we had a visit from the police force, who gave us an interesting talk on how to keep safe in our houses. She brought bags of interesting items for us on how to deter crime in the streets and our homes. Dot Hardy, Chairman 2929

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From the Singers On the 8th July a troop of local musicians, led by Royal Academy's Joseph Cummings, Florence Taylor, Laura Boffin and Harriet Wells, led a sell out audience in the classic songs of The First World War and performed poems and readings from the time, in memory of the 100 Year anniversary of the Somme. The evening saw Adderbury Institute turned into a 1914 music hall. Songs including Its a Long Way to Tipperary, Keep the Home Fires Burning and Don't Dilly Dally were sung whilst the audience enjoyed platters of food, local Hook Norton Ale and a good old sing-along. Highlights had to be the moving Ode said by the Royal British Legion, The Last Post played by a member of the Hook Norton Brass Band and the classic 'Good Old Days' music hall section that got everyone singing and cheering along! Following a standing ovation the cast then ended the evening with a selection of jazz numbers and dancing. The evening raised a ÂŁ1000 which has been donated equally between The Royal British Legion and Katharine House Hospice. Thanks goes to all the cast and crew, to those who donated food, drink and costumes and to all who bought tickets and sang with such gusto! From the Audience On entering the Institute we could tell it was going to be a great evening. The hall was festooned with full size Union Jacks and one Australian flag. After visiting the bar to collect a drink, or two (we knew audience participation was expected), we squeezed through the throng to find space at a table. The tables too were gaily decked with more flags and interesting pieces of information including replica newspapers of the time. Anticipation was heightened as a young man in an army uniform of 1916 complete with puttees entertained us with popular tunes of that era while everyone settled in. This young man was the brilliant Joseph Cummings who expertly played throughout the evening. As hush descended, in trooped the cast led by Florence Taylor, all dressed as befitted the occasion. We were then treated to a variety of songs and readings from troop songs and music hall numbers to Elgar, from humour and pathos via poems and letters home that brought tears to many an eye. I cannot stress too strongly how talented this group of young players were. Andy Aidcroft, Melanie Austin, Lauren Barlow, Jamie Bennett, Jasmine Faulkner, Lisa Nicholls, Florence Taylor, Martin Taylor, Ben Tutt and the already mentioned Joseph all gave stunningly professional performances. John Frost also played his part reading The Ode as a member of the Royal British Legion. Two breaks when a good variety of finger food was served also gave a chance for the audience to refresh their drinks from the bar, expertly run by Laura Boffin, much needed to allow full throttle singing from all. After the main event those of all ages with any energy left danced while more song and music was provided from the balcony including members of the Hook Norton Brass Band. Our thanks for a wonderful evening to all those donators who contributed but especially to those organisers Florence, Joe and Laura, not forgetting the absent Harriet (in Guatemala?). I am sure Katherine House Hospice and the Royal British Legion will benefit from their efforts, but even more important a fantastic night was had by all. Gayna Lee 3232

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY At the July meeting, Dan Evans gave a presentation on ‘Lens Lore – using the lens for best creative effect.’ Dan is a freelance professional photographer, specialising in fashion and design, portraiture, weddings and other commercial work. In reviewing the characteristics of telephoto and wide angle lenses, he commented that modern digital lenses are now so good that aesthetic qualities predominate when taking photographs - rather than technical issues as previously, any spurious technical deficiencies being corrected through post-production software. Dan stated his normal preference is landscape photography using ambient light and shooting in raw at ISO 1600, which is generally noise-free on modern sensors. He then contrasted the full frame sensors found on more expensive cameras with the smaller APS-C sensor format of lower-priced models, commenting on the latter’s weight advantage. The high quality of modern sensors means that prints up to A3 size are now virtually indistinguishable between the two formats. He then demonstrated the extraordinary Canon rectilinear fish-eye lens, in which all distortion characteristics are eliminated, and concluded by showing a wide range of his commercial and personal work, accompanied by tips and comments on how he achieved his photographic effects. Overall, an excellent, frank and inter-active presentation by an extremely knowledgeable photographer, that was greatly appreciated by his audience. Then last month, the Society’s own ‘Team Namibia’ gave a presentation entitled ‘The Tropic of Capricorn and beyond,’ based on the experiences of six members who visited Namibia in 2015 at the invitation of Scott Hurd - an original member, now resident in the country. Led by Chairman Richard Broadbent, each of the six members gave an account of their 12-day photographic journey. This started in the Namibian desert near Windhoek, embraced the sand dunes and life in the desert, included a boat trip and travel along the ‘Skeleton Coast,’ and finally ended in a safari camp at Etosha before returning to the UK. The Team’s photographs showed some of the stunning Namibia scenery, including fascinating images of animal and bird wildlife, different species of plants and fauna, and also the team’s dexterity in dealing with two punctures en-route. A wonderful experience, recounted with much humour and many reminiscences. The next meetings of the Society are on 7 September, when member Andreas Klatt ARPS will give an interactive presentation on the subject of ‘Perception,’ and on 21 September when John Cavana and Dave Govier will lead a Workshop on ‘High speed photography - photographing water droplets and water crowns.’ Both meetings are at 7.30pm in the Cartwright Hotel, Aynho. In addition, on Saturday 17 September, from 10.00am to 5.00pm, the Society will also be holding its 10th Annual Exhibition of members’ work in The Institute. Admission is free and refreshments are available. So do please come along, meet us and see the photographs taken by our members. Everyone is most welcome. John Branton

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FRIDAY CLUB VISIT TO ARDLEY ERF 15 members of the Adderbury Friday Club had a great day out at Ardley Energy Recovery Facility on July 1st The facility is an absolutely amazing piece of engineering, processing all of Oxfordshire’s household and other rubbish that cannot be recycled, and then exporting it as electricity, and a number of other eco-friendly byproducts The whole experience was a great education on what we can all do to help save the planet, and the tour for local groups is highly recommended – and free! Mrs Fennell now has 14 different bins in the kitchen See Adderbury Friday Club, now in its 16th year, meets at The Bell on the last Friday of each month. It is a must-do diary entry for local homeworkers, employed or selfemployed, to get out of their often solitary working environment to share a beer and common interests and issues with a rich mix of like-minded people – and perhaps do a bit of business on the side. Interested ? – contact Nick Fennell 01295 811059



Summer Camp 2016 was held in Somerset. The action packed week included two trips for activities at Wimbleball Lake starting with a session on a Mega-SUP – a kind of giant paddle board which all 20 Scouts clambered onto. The aim was to stay on board but obviously that didn’t happen! The wet suits proved very useful for the frequent lake dunkings! Seb Finch said, “I found this activity really fun, doing all the challenges and jumping in the water”. Another Wimbeball activity was sailing and a fairly strong wind made for a few speedy trips around the course. Ned Duffy impressed everyone with his sailing skills and Harry Critchfield told us of his sailing experience “this was my favourite activity because it was fast and unpredictable and you had to react quickly to keep the boat moving”. Other water based activities included kayaking and paddleboards and there was even a session in a RollerZorb – a giant floating ball on water you and a partner run around in. On dry land we went up on a high ropes course and down underground for caving in the Cheddar area. Will Larner said caving was his favourite activity and Tom Haynes particularly enjoyed this describing it as a “fantastic atmosphere and surroundings in the cave whilst squeezing through some challenging tight squeezes”. One relaxing day was spent in the pool and plunging down the water shoots at Brean Splash water park. Back at camp all cooking was (as always) over wood fires and the patrols competed in a points competition which stayed a close battle to the very end. However Tom Haynes, Archie McCusker, Gabe Wingrove, Theo Brooke and Will Larner of the Kestrel patrol pipped the others to become the winners on the final day and took home the Lidster Trophy for 2016. Editor: see inside front cover for supporting pictures! PARISH COUNCIL JULY 2016 The Parish Council met on 26 July. There were apologies from David Bradley, Penny Clarke, David Griffiths and Clerk to the PC Theresa Goss. In the absence of the Clerk the minutes were taken by Trish Fennell. The Chairman advised that should anyone wish to record the meeting, they could do so. Resident Nigel Wood asked if he could record and permission was granted. The Chairman welcomed members of the public and reminded councillors of the suggested timings for discussion of items on the agenda which she was keen to adhere to. MINUTES: It was noted that, owing to the Clerk being absent, some items on the minutes of the meeting held on 28 June 2016 had not been followed up. The Chairman would investigate. It was suggested that items raised in Open Forum should be reported a little more fully. The matter would be put on the next Agenda for discussion, cont. on p.38 37 37

cont. from p. 37 as would the subject of councillors’ responsibility for village areas. Following some minor changes the minutes were taken as read, duly adopted and signed by the Chairman. OPEN FORUM: Matters raised by Nigel Wood included 106 Monies, recording of meetings and the legal status of the Neighbourhood Plan. The Chairman replied by stating that the status of the Neighbourhood Plan had not changed and had always been a working group, not a committee, and did not have to meet in public, but had to keep notes and report back to the PC. The Staffing Committee was formed to deal with staffing matters that were not for public discussion as they often involved financial and personal matters. The recent meeting had been held to discuss the Clerk’s pension. REPORTS FROM COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLORS: There was an apology from District Councillor Nigel Randall. County Councillor Arash Fatemian reported on investigations that were being made by OCC into the feasibility of selling land belonging to them across the region. There was one such piece of land in Adderbury situated on the left before the entrance to Lake House for which there has been a planning application for one property. PLAY EQUIPMENT PROJECT: Councillor Jelfs reported that she had had one meeting with a play equipment supplier and had two more planned. All three companies had promised to respond by the next PC meeting in September. PLANNING: No observations had been made by the PC in respect of the following applications: Mr Graham Osborne – The Bridge House, Horn Hill Road Mr Matthew Gaskin – 6 Oxford Road, Adderbury Mr and Mrs Richard White – 7 St. Mary’s Road, Adderbury Mr Pat Flemming – Pebsham Cottage, Aynho Road, Adderbury Mr and Mrs D Whitrow – 66 Rochester Way, Twyford Mr and Mrs Dunstan – The Old House, Tanners Lane, Adderbury Objections had been raised by the PC concerning the following applications: 16/01208/F – proposed cottage at entrance to Lake Walk, Adderbury 16/01171/F – Jeddah’s Paddock, East End, Adderbury Currently under consideration are the following applications: 16/01230/DISC – Retrospective – separation of large 3-bed flat into 2 1-bed flats – Garden View, Manor Road, Adderbury 16/00316/DISC – Discharge of Conditions 6,7,8 & 9 of Application 16/00702/LB – Tythe Barn House, High Street, Adderbury 16/00317/DISC –Discharge of Conditions 5,6,7 & 8 of Application 16/00701/F – Tythe Barn House, High Street, Adderbury. FINANCE: It was resolved that the accounts should be approved for payment (Majority Vote). Bank reconciliation and Quarterly Budget Monitoring Report were not available owing to the absence of the Clerk. PARISH COUNCIL MATTERS: Adderbury Neighbourhood Plan: Nick Fennell reported that the ANP 3838

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cont. from p. 38 steering Group (6 Parish councillors and 6 members of the public) had drafted the policies which would be reviewed by the consultant in early August, and then amended by the Steering Group. These policies would then be displayed at public meetings in the Institute on the evening of 14 September and in the school on the morning of 17 September where villagers would be able to read them and make comments. For a week from 14 September villagers would also be asked to complete an online questionnaire about the future of Adderbury’s leisure facilities, including options for sport and community usage of the Milton Road field recently acquired for the village. The Neighbourhood Plan would then be reviewed as a result of this village feedback, and ratified at the October Parish Council meeting. A pre-submission document would then go out for public consultation for 6 weeks from 28 October, leading to the final plan for submission to CDC after it has been ratified at the January Parish Council meeting. Parish Council Website: Councillor Gill was keen to remove the @ on councillors’ email addresses on the PC website to reduce the risk of them receiving multiple spam emails. Parish Council Surgery: The Chairman had attended the last surgery. Three residents attended. Raised matters included new temporary traffic signs and the possibility of mobile VAS signs, planning issues in Manor Road, and grass cutting. All matters would be investigated. VILLAGE MATTERS: Recreation Areas; No problems were reported at The Lakes, The Rise or The Lucy Plackett Playing Field except for the necessary replacement of netting in the latter. Topple Test: The cemetery working group required guidance to enable them to carry this out satisfactorily. Adderbury Library: Councillor Lyons reported on FOCAL stating that the Chairman, although confident of raising the £9000 necessary to keep the library running at current levels, was sad to say that out of such a large village only 100 people supported FOCAL. Any support from the PC to help increase numbers would be appreciated. The FOCAL committee had vacancies for Secretary, Membership Secretary and Website manager. The next meeting of FOCAL would be on 20 August 2016. Drainage issues: The Chairman had spoken to the contractor on site at Adderbury Cemetery who had agreed to clear the council owned drain. Twyford Road Noise and Traffic Issues: Councillor Astley reported that the Dept. of Transport EU Legislation would take effect on vehicle noise that is a long term issue. Matters relating to the Canal Bridge would be addressed when the results of a similar issue in Herefordshire were known. Milton Road/Horn Hill Road Feasibility Study: The group had started to meet residents to get their view on the CC study for traffic calming issues and recommended options. Temporary traffic calming signs: The Road Safety representative had informed the PC that there were 3 different signs to choose from and it was agreed to ask for a selection to be erected around the village. Next Meeting – No August meeting. 13 September 7.30 pm Church House 3939


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