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28 Meet our new Vicar

17 Interiors

July Contents

4 News

11 Parish council 13 Local Notices 14 Don Rouse’s Ramblings 17 Interiors with Nicola Priestly

31 Review The Romany Inn 32 Clanfield WI 35 Cookery By Anna Pitt 36 Bampton Library

19 Coaching for Life with Lucy Tulloch

37 Sports


38 The Great Shirt Race

Gardening with Di Bray

22 Gardening Club 24 SPAJERS Update

- Cricket

40 Bampton Flower Festival 42 Bank Holiday Madness

25 West Ox Arts

45 Bampton Clubs and Societies

27 Obituary - Tim Tomlin

46 Diary

28 Meet our new Vicar

26 Obituary



From your Editor...

Welcome to the summer issue of the Beam, what a summer it has been so far with record temperatures as we go to press. As a pub regular, it is great news that the Horseshoe pub in Bampton has now reopened following its closure earlier in the year.  The pub is to be rebranded as ‘The Shoes’ - a name that most of us have come to know it by.  Having known the village once with eight pubs, its very pleasing not to have lost another one - the very best of luck guys... This year’s Great Shirt Race was a real spectacle (page 38) with huge crowds and even our MP in attendance.  This issue’s cover shows ‘The Ghost Train’ only moments before a tumble for participant Martin Landray, who unfortunately suffered broken bones and a stay in hospital following an

unexpected stop (pictured above).  His recovery is understood to be well under way and I’m sure the cricket team will miss him this season. The SPAJERS team, as ever, do everything they can to make the event as safe as possible, but accidents do sometimes happen, and the response of the team was excellent. Nicola Seward has been busy for the magazine this issue chatting with our new vicar Rev. Canon Janice Collier who will be joining us in September from Liverpool.  Nicola also spent some time with Dave Tomlins looking back at the very interesting and varied life of his father, Tim Tomlins.  Finally, for those of you with greenfingers make sure you don’t miss the Gardening Club’s annual show on the 26th August. All the best - James

Day course for 17-20 year olds about to start university / move away from home 11am to 3pm £75.00 per person including lunch that you will prepare yourself

You will learn: • How to set up your store cupboard • How to plan your meals and shop smart • Gain basic food prep and cooking skills • How to make the most of what you buy • How to train your new friends to provide you with ingredients

You will take home: • A copy of Leftover Pie: 101 ways to reduce your food waste • A shopping list of store cupboard ingredients • A term by term guide to seasonal produce to help you choose cheap, flavourful ingredients and reduce your food miles



Course dates Wednesday 29th August, 2018, Bampton, Oxfordshire Book a place at

Deadline for all submissions in the next issue is November 1st 2018

Beam Information Editor James Wildman Contributors – July 2018 Di Bray, Don Rouse, Anna Pitt, Nicola Saward, Nicola Priestly and Lucy Tulloch Advertising James Wildman Designed by Wildman Design Printed by The Manson Group Contact details Bampton Beam Dairy Farm House, Buckland Road, Bampton, Oxfordshire OX18 2AA Email: The Bampton Beam is published three time a year and is delivered free to all households and businesses in Bampton and surrounding villages. Contributions are always welcome, please email No responsibility is accepted for any errors and the views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the editor. ©Bampton Beam 2018 Bampton Beam is published by Wildman Design Ltd and holds the copyright to all information it publishes and on the Bampton Beam website. No content may be reproduced or distributed without the consent of the Editor.


The Horse Shoe Pub re-opens

In the early part of this year an average of eighteen British pubs were shutting down each week, over 500 pubs during the first half of 2017. So, we’re celebrating that local lads – Steve Radband, Chris Baker and Charlie Metcalf – have taken on ownership of ‘The Shoes’ in Bampton.

As the new owners, they opened the doors for the first time on one of the hottest days of the year welcoming (**number?**) drinkers to watch England play their way in to the semi-finals of the World Cup, resulting in a packed garden, lively atmosphere and a bar stacked five-deep.  A baptism-offire behind the bar that was managed admirably.  A great result for the village.

Harry and Wills move into Rosebank A pair of residents have moved into Rosebank Care Home and are jumping for joy about their new home in the garden two Netherland Dwarf rabbits. They have already brought smiles to the faces of residents, staff and visitors at the home in Bampton. At the request of residents, who wanted a pet to look after, it was decided that rabbits would make the perfect companions. The residents were fully involved in preparing for the rabbits’ arrival, enjoying trips to the pet shop to choose their fluffy friends’ accommodation. The names Harry and Wills were chosen as favourites following a request for suggestions on Facebook. Mandie Acock and Gemma Foster, lifestyle support coordinators at Rosebank, commented: “This is the home of our residents, and we love

nothing more than being able to make their wishes come true. When they mentioned they would like pets to look after, it wasn’t long before our plans for the Rosebank rabbits were put into action. Harry and Wills will bring so much joy to all our residents and their family and friends that visit. We are looking forward to introducing them to the children at Bampton Primary School, who visit us regularly.” Time spent with animals is very therapeutic and many studies have shown that contact with our furry friends improves social interaction and communication and has many benefits for health. For more information on Rosebank Care Home, or if you would like to meet Harry and Wills and take a look around the home, please call 01993 850308 or visit WWW.BAMPTONBEAM.CO.UK JULY 2018



Bampton Bush Club The Big Bush Art Project is completed

Going Green By Anna Pitt

It really does matter what we do with our waste. Why? Waste costs money! In Oxfordshire we’ve been quite good at recycling and that saves money. However, a recent report showed that recycling rates are falling and so the County Council decided to do a bit of bin diving. They found that more than half of what was in people’s general waste bins could have been recycled. If everyone recycled properly it would save £3 million. The biggest savings will come from better use of our food waste bins. So if you don’t use your food waste bin, or your home compost for all of your food waste, then you are contributing to that £3 million. But hang on a minute, we don’t do these things because we are just fond of throwing our own and other people’s money down the drain, do we? Either:

Members of the Bampton Bush Club have been enjoying some art lessons from Art teacher Merlin Porter. The culmination was to create a large image made of memories and significant Bampton landmarks scenes that would then be painted by the Bush Club members. The original outline artwork was a fairly large size so was spilt into manageable sections to make painting easier. Over the winter months members were able to paint a bit of each section until a few weeks ago when all the sections were finished. To produce the final single image, the sections were scanned and then tiled together using Photoshop and printed out as one single large image. The resulting picture was then framed and hung on the wall. On 27th June the great unveiling took place and Ron Smith, the oldest Bush Club member, was charged with the job!

The picture takes pride of place in the room. Do please come along for a coffee on a Wednesday morning and see for yourself this fantastic piece of art. Afternoon Tea at Friars Court Bush Club members recently enjoyed an afternoon at Friars Court. The rain held off enabling everyone to have a walk round the beautiful gardens and afterwards enjoyed freshly baked scones with cream and jam, supplemented by wonderful homemade cakes and copious cups of tea. More than 45 people came for a very enjoyable and sociable afternoon. Bush Club welcomes new members, there is no age restriction. We meet every Wednesday in term-time. If you are interested in coming along please contact Sally Proctor on: 01993 850479.

• w  e don’t understand the importance of it, or

• w  e are confused about what can go in our food bins, or • w  e don’t like doing it – let’s call it the “Yuk factor”.

We probably all agree that £3 million is important, so let’s talk about the other reasons. All food – raw or cooked can go into our food waste bins: fruit and vegetable peel, meat and fish including skin, bone and fat, plate scrapings, food that has gone rotten or mouldy because we forgot about it, tea bags, coffee grounds, cooking oil, egg shells, pet food and small amounts of kitchen roll used, for example, to wipe the fat from a pan or mop up meat juices. Now for the Yuk factor! Some people tell me they don’t like using their food waste caddy because it’s messy. However, whatever mess you are refusing to put in your food waste caddy is still going to go yukky! If you put food in your big grey bin, maybe the problem is out of sight because you cover it up with other waste, but it is still there, still rotting, still smelling and a big grey bin is a lot harder to wash out than your small food waste bin. Not only that, the yuk will be lying around for up to two weeks, whereas your food waste bin is collected every week. To make it easier and less yukky, line your caddy with any plastic bag or with newspaper or both. If you empty your food caddy into your outside food waste bin every few days, there’s less yuk and you can always cover it over with a bit of kitchen roll so that any liquid is soaked up. If your caddy or food bin is broken, phone the council to ask for a new one. Let’s all do our bit to save £3 million.




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Baby and Toddler

Bampton Baby and Toddler Group has moved to the Village Hall. Join them on Thursdays (term time only) 9.30-11am for play, craft, snack time and singing. £2 per family which includes tea/coffee for the grown-ups. Follow them on Facebook for up to date information. All welcome.’

Cardio Tennis

9am-10am Cardio Tennis For Adults of all abilities. First session £5 Bampton Tennis Courts It is open to all - members and non members. Friday 9am. £8 per week or £35 for a block of 5.


Rotary Club of Burford & Kingham In June, club members visited the Taylors Bell Foundry in Loughborough which has sponsored the installation in the Tolsey Museum of a 3.25cwt Taynton church bell made originally by Tom Bond in Burford. The feedback about this trip has been so good that another is being planned for September 12th. If anyone would LIKE TO JOIN US please contact as SOON as possible! The club helped at the Carterton Armed Forces Day BBQ and will continue to help with the National Trust Chastleton House teas. Graham Short, an internationally renowned speaker, gave a “thought provoking, awe-inspiring and entertaining” talk about the world of micro-artistry and engraving, having engraved The Lord’s Prayer on a pin head! He has made pieces for royalty, heads of state, entertainment stars and global corporations. In September, Chris Short will be speaking about the Tolsey Museum.

For your diary:- On September 21st the club is arranging a Charity Bridge Drive in aid of Riding for the Disabled to be held in Broadwell, near Stow-on-theWold 10.30am - 3.30pm. The £17 fee includes welcoming coffee, playing bridge morning and afternoon, and a superb two-course lunch with wine followed by tea or coffee. Winners’ prizes and a raffle will be provided. Bookings and enquiries:contact Mike Clark 01451 830684 or Visitors to club meetings are welcome. Please contact our secretary, Terry Best, at beforehand.

News from your MP Robert Courts MP

I hope you are all well and are making the most of the English summer weather! I greatly enjoyed attending this year’s Great Bampton Shirt Race. It was enormous fun – and a little surreal! Congratulations to the Bampton Spajers for organising this fantastic event. I do hope you will have all recovered in time for next year’s race. Recently, communities across West Oxfordshire came together to raise awareness about those living with dementia as part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s National Dementia Action Week. It was wonderful to see the huge number and range of activities taking place right across the constituency, all with the aim of breaking down the stigma around dementia and showing support for those whose lives are affected by dementia. I fully support this initiative, as it encourages conversation about a subject we all too often avoid as



a society. During this year’s Action Week, I was trained as a Dementia Friends Champion, meaning I can now train others to understand how to help those living with dementia. A few small adjustments to our

thoughts and actions can make a huge difference. As ever, if there is anything you would like to raise with me, please do not hesitate to contact me at robert@


Bampton to Bwiru, Tanzania By Helen Grimwade

In March I flew to Tanzania to volunteer for a charity. Tanzania is a poor country where twenty women die in childbirth every day. One tin of baby milk formula is equivalent to one week’s wage. Without its mother a new born baby is at great risk of malnutrition and death. I volunteered with Forever Angels ( The charity was set up twelve years ago by a British couple, Amy and Ben, both teachers. They recognised the need for a Baby Home to help support families and keep them together following tragedies such as maternal death, illness and child abandonment. Forever Angels provides funding for the training and employment of staff as well as the compound, buildings and on-going costs to support the 35 children being looked after full-time. The Baby Home is able to place 80% of children back within a family, whether the child’s own or through adoption. They also provide interim care for babies and toddlers, weekly clinics for families and assistance in setting up sustainable business (selling charcoal, cooking street food, selling bundles of clothing etc). Here is my first-hand experience of the work the charity does.

March 2018

A young, single woman arrives at Forever Angels carrying tiny twins, her nephew Barracka and niece Neema. The babies had arrived seven weeks premature and their mother remained in hospital, too poorly to look after them. The aunt had taken responsibility for their care when the twins were discharged at three weeks old, which meant she had to give up her job and cope alone with no close family to help and no earnings. She needed baby milk, support, and for the twins to be monitored. I saw immediately how well trained and fab the clinic staff are. They supported this family, weighed the twins (each less than 1.3kg or 2.87lb) and gave health and feeding advice and equipment. However, when the aunt returned the following week the babies appeared even smaller and were sleepy, mewing like little kittens. A home visit was arranged - nothing

of the essence and with permission from Social Welfare we intervened and brought the twins and grateful aunt to the Baby Home. Soon the twins were settled, fed and swaddled, each snug in a Moses basket under a mosquito net. One ‘Mama’ was assigned to watch over them, to feed and change them, make sure they rested and slept – now it was a case of waiting to see if they would survive. The aim was always to reunite this family and the aunt was encouraged to visit often, daily if she could.

June 2018

in my role as a health visitor in the UK prepared me for the difficult circumstances that families contend with in Mwanza. The rain poured as if from buckets, the roads were almost non-existent, the house was high above the city and accessible only by foot via treacherous paths with gullies of water hurtling down the hill along with rubbish, mud, glass, goats and chickens… and there were plenty of little children amazed at seeing ‘mzungu’ (the term used to describe people of European descent). The house was a very small, a breezeblock terraced room, no windows and one ill-fitting door. In the darkness, I could make out a foam mattress on the floor with space to the side for pots, buckets and belongings - no electricity, no mosquito nets and shared outdoor washing and toilet facilities. The twins’ mother had been discharged and was lying on the mattress, poorly and needing attention. The babies were there too, still and silent, under a pile of blankets. Barracka was passed to me, the poor little chap lay on my hand motionless. Neema was in even worse condition. The aunt was silent, she had been trying so hard but was overwhelmed. We knew the time was

I am pleased to report that Barracka and Neema are now HUGE!! Their aunt has gone back to work and their mother is back in her village being looked after by family. The twins are loved by their extended family at the Baby Home, where without the staff’s care and the perseverance of their aunt they would not have survived. So, I would like to say THANK YOU to so many in Bampton who kindly donated to this charity. Bampton knows what community is about and you have supported another community in Tanzania! You helped raise almost £2,000 and I saw the amazing work which your money contributes to. On a lighter note, my new skills as a massage therapist were put to use. The home found a table for me to use to treat volunteers and staff to regular massages. The use of gentle massage also calmed and soothed the little ones and was especially useful for the disabled children to ease their muscles and relax tight contracted limbs. I intend to return next spring and stay for a month. If anyone is interested in volunteering or donating then please do by following the link Thank you Bampton. WWW.BAMPTONBEAM.CO.UK JULY 2018

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Townsend’s 25th

David Townsend’s 25th Spring Bank Holiday outing with the Bampton Traditional Morris Dancers, with his presentation tankard, alongside his mother Elaine Townsend and his son Devon Townsend. The presentation was made by the team’s Squire, Craig Godwin, at The Deanery. Photograph by Derek Schofield


Freshers’ Fair Over 65 Clubs and Societies were represented at Bampton’s Freshers’ Fair designed to welcome all residents, old and new, from Bampton and the surrounding villages to showcase all the things you can join or get involved with. The weather was kind and there was a steady throughput of people throughout the day. The feedback was positive and many have signed up new members and volunteers with lots of others expressing an interest in getting involved. Many new Bampton residents came along and it was lovely to hear comments that they found Bampton to be a welcoming and friendly village and can’t believe just how much goes on in the village and how many shops and services are available in the community.

One lady said she had lived in another local village for 35 years and since moving to Bampton 3 weeks ago she had met and talked to more people than in the whole time she was resident elsewhere! The Friends of St Mary’s provided excellent refreshments and wonderful homemade cakes. Contact information for all the groups will be available via the Parish Council Website and the Bampton Beam website and will available at the Bampton Library. A full list of clubs and societies can be found on page 45 and on our website.

...from the Archive Bampton Community Archive organises three exhibitions a year at the Vesey Room, 2018’s first exhibition explored the work of architect brothers who designed Bampton’s familiar public buildings. Bampton is one of the oldest market towns in England; its market is the only one in the area listed in the Domesday Book; but until the nineteenth century the triangular space in the centre of the town had no building to house its market. At the same time the School to the south of the market place was getting overcrowded, and by 1870 a new National School was needed. George and William Wilkinson, the sons of a builder in Witney, , designed the two buildings intended to meet these needs. In 1838 a public building, meant to house the Petty Sessions as well as to shelter the market, was financed by subscription; George Wilkinson was appointed to design it, using an Italianate pattern, with two rooms upstairs and a vaulted market space below. The foundation stone was laid on Wednesday



Left: The Town Hall in 1910 Below: The National School in 1870

August 8th, 1838, the culmination of a procession through the Town and a dinner for sixty men was held outside the Talbot Inn, followed by dancing until dawn next day. However, the Town Hall was not a success; by 1884 the ground floor had become a reading room, with a small lending library; later the Fire Brigade used it to house their Engine. There was serious talk of demolishing it, until in 1970 the West Oxfordshire Arts Association – now ‘The West Ox Arts” - was set up, to use the room upstairs as an exhibition

space, while the Parish Council and the Post Office share the spaces downstairs. Following the Education Act of 1870, a new school was built in Bampton, designed by George’s younger brother, William Wilkinson. He was at the same time planning the Norham Road Estate in Oxford, as well as the prestigious Randolph Hotel. His design followed the Gothic Revival fashion, with pointed gables above lancet windows, complete with trefoil headings; he had already used this pattern of school buildings in several other villages in Oxfordshire. The school passed through several changes of administration, ending as a Secondary Modern School, before becoming the Community Centre that it is today; a new meeting room has been built, and the former classrooms converted to a boxing ring, where their gothic windows loom rather incongruously above the ropes. It also houses regular lunches for the older people of the “Bush Club”, and is home to weightlifting and youth clubs.

Your Parish Matters !

Parish Council

By Steve McLaren - Parish Councillor Elections

As forecast in the previous report, Parish Council elections took place at the beginning of May or in Bampton’s case didn’t! The reason? Bampton, owing to its population, is entitled to have eleven councillors but unfortunately only nine people were nominated, all of whom were parish councillors already. One councillor, Nick Thorpe, decided not to stand this time after 4 years’ service. Many thanks are due to Nick for the work he did on your behalf. He managed The Old School Community Centre with great enthusiasm and efficiency and he took a major role in the rebirth of our much loved Charity Shop, in which he still takes a leading part. His succinct contributions to our meetings will be sadly missed. Since May we have been fortunate in being able to co-opt a new member, Stuart Homer, who lives on the Oakwood Gate development. So we are up to ten. If you are interested in joining the Parish Council, then please get in touch in the first instance with our Clerk to the Council on 01993 851870. We did have elections for the West Oxfordshire District Council. James Mills was elected to serve Bampton and Clanfield and is also Leader of the District Council. We now have a District councillor and a County Councillor living in the village so our interests should be well represented!

Highways and Byways

One of my roles is to look after the roads and footpaths in the parish. I can hear the groans now “He’s not doing a very good job!”. However I don’t actually mend the numerous potholes and road signs myself but I do constantly nag the officials who are in charge of the work. We have had some success recently in the village but there is still a lot to be done on the approach roads; notably the A4095. I have been promised that the infamous section on Lew Hill is to be resurfaced in September; September 2018 I hope! Using the “Fix My Street” website does yield results, albeit slowly, so go online and keep reporting. Road signs are an OCC responsibility so report any faults in the same way. One significant project we have been working on is the provision of a safer crossing area between the Town Hall

and the Co-op and alteration of the High Street/Aston road junction to stop drivers speeding around this corner. This is now with the County Technical and Legal Officers, so after consultation and approval, work should start on this in the autumn. Bampton is blessed with a fairly large network of Public Footpaths, 40 in total, which stretch from Brize Norton to the Thames at Rushey Lock and from Marsh Lane in Clanfield to the Aston Parish boundary. Whether you are a keen dog walker or just like to run or stroll in the local countryside, there is nothing better for keeping healthy and the wildflowers, animals and birds are a delight to see. Two years ago I took on the voluntary job of Parish Footpath Warden. The main task is to see that stiles and paths are not overgrown and the bridges across the ditches are in good condition. The bridges are the responsibility of the OCC Field Officers but the stiles must be maintained by the land owner. We have some good farmers in our area who leave clear paths through crops and keep the lanes clear too but unfortunately there are those who do not repair stiles in spite of being written to by the OCC. If you do see a problem please let me know, or better still report it on the CAMSweb reporting system http://


The Parish is responsible for the maintenance of over 350 trees as well as the plantation around the recreation ground, which is quite a task. They are inspected once per year and essential remedial work is carried out. We are not responsible for all the trees however. For example the limes along Broad Street are maintained by OCC. If you do see a problem with a tree then contact our Parish Clerk. She will pass the message on to me and I will either have the problem assessed and dealt with or I will pass it to the relevant authority.


July saw the eleventh anniversary of the Great Flood. I sit on a committee of representatives of the local Parishes which meets twice a year together with the OCC and WODC Drainage Engineers and an officer from the Environment Agency.

Thankfully we have not had a repeat of that disastrous event, partly owing to not having a repeat of that weather but also because of to the maintenance programme on our local water courses. The system coped well with the prolonged rain in the spring. The flash flooding which happened on May 31st in New Road and Broad Street was owing to the lack of maintenance of the gulleys and culverts. This was reported to the OCC for investigation. The behaviour of some drivers that evening who thought it was sensible to drive at speed through the flood water caused bow waves which sent water into some properties on Broad Street.


Sadly the play parks have been subject to mindless activity. Who thinks it sensible to break a beer bottle over a seat where a child is going to sit or sit/stand on a swing which is clearly designed for little children? If you see this kind of activity, avoid confrontation and just ring the police on 111 and report it please.


It will not be long before Stagecoach will be reviewing the financial viability of the No. 19 bus service. When passenger transport was last reviewed and we lost the No. 18 service, money was made available from local housing development which kept the No. 19 going. It was pointed out at the time that rerouting the service, missing out Broad Street and New Road, would reduce the number of potential users but the direct route through the village was chosen. At a recent meeting at County Hall the expression “Use it or lose it” was used so all the affected parishes need to be ready if the service were to be threatened.


Someone has been seen flying a drone from the Recreation Ground. Please note that it is illegal to fly a drone within a five kilometre (I think) radius of the Brize Norton airfield.


We still have several allotments available and at an annual rental of £5 for a quarter plot it’s a bargain - a great way to keep healthy and grow good veg. and flowers.f WWW.BAMPTONBEAM.CO.UK JULY 2018




Local Notices Be Water Aware this summer With the weather warming up, long sunny days and the summer holidays in sight, there is a temptation to cool off in one of Oxfordshire’s many rivers and inland waterways. And while there may not be any river monsters waiting down there, unfortunately rivers and waterways can be very dangerous places - 255 people accidentally drowned in 2017 in the UK. That’s why, at this time of year, Oxfordshire’s Fire and Rescue Service is reminding all residents to Be Water Aware to help everyone stay safe this summer.

Would you know what to do?

Knowing what to do when someone gets into trouble in the water could help save someone’s life: Call: 999 Float: tell them to float on their back Throw: something that floats … and don’t jump in yourself Find out more at BeWaterAware

Archery Training Course begins in October Autumn Archery Training begins on Thursday 4th October 2018, at 6.30pm at the Recreation Ground Bampton and continues for the next five Thursdays. Training is open to males and females over 10 and is led by a fully qualified coach. The cost of £80 includes the use of all equipment required. As numbers are limited please email if you would like to book a place - or prebook for the spring training sessions that start in April 2019.

Bampton Run Club We meet every Monday evening at 7:30pm at the Recreation Ground and run routes around the village covering between 4-6km depending on what people fancy. It’s lovely as we run as a group, chat as we go and support one another. Female and male. Sophie Roughton. 07393 848987

Money available for young people in Bampton

The ‘Bampton Exhibition Foundation’ has small educational grants available for young people resident in Bampton under the age of 25. Over the years the ‘BEF’ has helped to buy specialist equipment such as musical instruments and clothing, as well as educational books, gap year and travel expenses, outward bound type courses, and many other things. If you think the foundation could help you or a member of your family get in touch with the Bursary Officer by mailing:




Don Rouse W

hat a wonderful Great Shirt Race the SPAJERS put on this year giving Bampton great coverage in the local media with a two-page spread in the Oxford Mail which left their readers in no doubt as to the fun that is to be had in Bampton. None of this could happen without the support of the wonderful volunteers who give up their time to ensure that everyone has a lot of enjoyment, whilst at the same time paying attention to our friends ‘Elf & Safety’. This year we managed to get James our Editor to take a picture of all these volunteers. I hope it makes the Front Cover of this magazine as it is their devotion to our traditions that makes Bampton such a wonderful place to live. If we can’t make the front cover, perhaps James will give us a ‘Centre Page Spread’ instead. (ed - pic on page 24) I have just returned from doing a stint for the SPAJERs at the Bampton Freshers’ Fair event in the Market Square. What a wonderful event it turned out to be. I am by nature a positive thinking person yet I never realised that there was so much to do in Bampton. Nearly 70 clubs and organisations were on show demonstrating what they had to offer all the newcomers to Bampton. It included everything from sport and culture to the many different organisations representing all those who are interested in the environment and the welfare of Bampton and its people. Well done Jenny Chaundy and your brilliant team, it was a terrific idea. The event would have benefitted from more attendees but, one thing for sure in this modern tech world, all the newcomers will be able to acquire from the Beam all the relevant email addresses and contact information of every Bampton organisation and hopefully sign up. A few years ago, there was a survey which I think was sponsored by our Parish Council to ascertain what Bampton people, both young and old, wanted to improve their lifestyle. There were the usual things, like a better bus and police service, prevention of dogs fouling the footpaths, etc. That was the cry from the older population. The teenagers’ main complaint was that there was nothing to do in Bampton, so I wondered if that was still the case today seeing that the Fresher’s Fair event with its massive turnout of organisations was such a success. This set me thinking - now that is dangerous when a retired farmer starts thinking! When I formed the Bampton Weightlifting Club over sixty years ago for my own benefit as well my fellow teenagers, Bampton was a completely different place from what it is now, there was very little going on and weightlifting was something new and fascinating so the teenagers flocked to join. Admittedly there was football, cricket, Scouts, Girl Guides, boxing and swimming down at Tadpole Bridge. To find out what the situation is for teenagers now, I thought that I would pop along to the Bampton Youth Club to see how they were getting on and chat to their great team of volunteer leaders about teenage members. Their Junior Club appears



to be going extremely well with a membership comparable to bigger towns like Carterton so their formula for that age group is perfect. Where they are struggling is with the teenagers. There appears to be difficulty in maintaining continuity from the juniors to the teenagers, so what can we do to rectify this? There is definitely a need for more help from volunteers and the parents of teenagers. What do you think your youngsters need? What can we do to create an environment that will give our teenagers the opportunities they need? My first thought is whether the Youth Club in the best venue for this age group? Would the New Community Centre at the recreation ground with its great facilities be a better place? What can be done to keep the stimulation that has been created by the junior group maintained for the teenagers? Along with several other leaders of Bampton organisations I was involved from the very beginning of the planning for the New Community Centre. It was a struggle to persuade those in authority as to what we felt was needed for Bampton. We were dealing with Oxfordshire County Council as they owned the property and were paying for it all, so we were not in the best position to argue our points, though to be fair they were very patient and listened to all our ideas. One of our ideas was for them to develop the old school into properties that they could sell and build us a purpose-built Centre right next to Sandfords Field to enable access to both facilities. Another was to spend their money on developing a purpose-built youth club and gymnasium on the Recreation ground. After careful consideration and visiting the site this was thrown out as the OCC would be investing in something that would not be owned by them as the site is owned by the Parish Council. Now what I’m looking for is a response from our readers as to what they feel can be done. What would your teenagers like to see in their ideal youth club? Are there any volunteers who would be willing to work with our present youth club leaders and help the Youth Club with this older section? Please get in touch with either the Bampton Beam or me at There are organisations within the town that can offer both financial and physical help to improve the facilities for our teenagers; we just need a good team to work with them and the existing youth team to achieve our goal. Browsing through Bampton Facebook the other day, I came across ‘Memories of Bampton’ It gave a new dimension to all those who are interested in our history. I am sure that there are other Bamptonians like me who, when they see an old photo of Bampton’s residents that they recognise, start to reminisce happily and can recall stories that are relevant to the individuals. I know that it might seem sad to some people, but I am quite happy with all my memories of this wonderful town and its people. Just keep putting those photos about be it via Facebook, Bampton Community Archive or the Beam. It makes a lot of older people very happy! f





Interior Design

Calm or Energised

Colour, along with its inseparable friend lighting, can make or break an interior and has the potential to override all other aspects of design.


his summer’s exhibition ‘Unseen Bampton and Beyond’ by Jane Wallis (at Bampton Community Archive’s Vesey Room next to the library) put forward evidence for the existence and impact of natural energy in and around Bampton. The exhibition presented a link between this energy and ancient traditions like Beating the Bounds (villagers walking the parish boundaries annually and beating the ground with a stick or wand), spring’s Maypole dancing and Bampton’s popular Morris Dancing (linked to old beliefs in fertility and the energy of feet pounding the land). Jane’s exhibition made me think how often my clients appreciate the careful use of colour to create the desired energy and atmosphere for rooms in their home. Our eyes use colour to differentiate objects and an interior designer will use it to their advantage to improve a space. Colour can enhance or diminish the sense of space with dark and vibrant colours seeming to advance whereas light, cool or neutral colours receding. Colour can visually break up a large space. Where there is structure, colour can be used highlight a positive feature or obscure a negative blemish. Compositional balance can be achieved using colour to create a sense of equity and harmony by balancing a component in a room, for example a client’s furniture, the finish of a floor, or the view from the window. Importantly, colours placed together, whether directly adjacent or nearby, will relate to each other and create our impression of a successful or failed result. When choosing colours its useful to know how they are defined. Most people know the primary colours are red, blue and yellow - the colours that cannot be made by mixing other colours – they can be blended together in different combinations to make any other colour. It is the secondary and tertiary colours between the primary hues that create the rainbow effect when placed in a wheel shape.

Colours, especially those popular as paints, tend to be much paler versions than the pure colours, known as hues, on the wheel. These paler versions - think pastels - are tints where white has been added. Left: Foreground Glass III by Paint & Paper Library, then Middleton Pink by Farrow & Ball and Borrowed Light by Farrow & Ball.

The addition of grey to a colour is a tone and produces some of the most effective blues for decorating that are calming, sophisticated and great paired with our Cotswold stone. Finally, there are the dramatic shades that result from adding black to colours.

Which colour combination is right for you?

When choosing colours for your own decorating scheme its useful to decide first whether you want an energised space or a subdued and tranquil one.

Selecting a palette of neighbouring colours with equal intensity in their value (the same amount of white, grey or black) will create a restful result. Selecting a scheme of contrasting colours, those opposite each other on the colour wheel, will create a sense of energy. A room with views on to a luscious green garden will feel harmonious in a cream or composed in a calm blue (neighbouring colours) but energised in green’s complementary colour pink (green being opposite red). A rich brown timber or terracotta floor will love a cream (the yellow being the neighbour of green and red), whereas a window that looks out to a grey or blue sky will be beautifully framed by a grey-pink.

A word of caution

It is possible to go too far in either direction whether using closely matched and related colours or contrasting complementary colours. The high contrast used by fast food restaurants demands attention and would be a challenge to live with. Bolds are usually best achieved in shades of neutral colours - a dark grey or a moody blue - and tempered with tints.

Bampton’s unseen energy revealed

As for Bampton’s hidden energy, apparently at certain times of year they are directly experienced by those standing on their lines and it is a contributing factor to the general liveliness of the village. The many events covered by the recent Fresher’s Fair would seem to lend more evidence to the theory. f





Coaching for Life Lucy Tulloch is a business and personal life coach who supports individuals and teams to unlock their true potential and achieve personal and professional success. Lucy started her own private coaching practice after a highly successful management career within a global travel business.

Influencing our own happiness


was overjoyed when friends and acquaintances expressed how much they had enjoyed my last article! They told me that it was thought provoking and interesting. I felt genuinely happy. Why did it make me happy? Because my passion for what I do is driven by the will and desire to help others. It is at the core of who I am.

What is happiness? Research in the field of positive psychology often defines a happy person as someone who experiences frequent positive emotions, such as joy, interest, and pride, and infrequent (though not absent) negative emotions, such as sadness, anxiety and anger (Lyubomirsky et al., 2005). It has also been said that happiness relates to life satisfaction, appreciation of life and moments of pleasure. Overall it has to do with the positive experience of emotions. That is not to say that happy people don’t feel negative emotions, they do. Nobody is immune to life’s stressors. It is how we think about them that is key. Are these stressors an obstacle or an opportunity?

“Happiness is a state of activity”. (Aristotle) Aristotle’s point is an interesting one. When we sit and do nothing, how happy are we? We may be content but are we thriving? We can’t be happy all the time. Life is not that simple and straightforward. In my experience, being able to acknowledge that you are not happy enables you to move forward into a happier place. This is because the internal dialogue, the voices in your head, quieten down and stop taking your focus and attention. I know from experience I can be busy rushing around the family or meeting deadlines, yet I still feel unhappy. Why is that?

When don’t we feel happy? One of my clients gave me a great example recently of working for a business where

there was an expectation to meet stretching targets and the reality was that it was taking her two or three times longer than her contracted hours. This impacted significantly on her home life and her ability to enjoy her work. When I asked her how it left her feeling she said she was unhappy and felt completely unappreciated. Her job was managing a social media account so she felt she never got results because there was no end in sight. It was an ongoing piece of work.

“When we sit and do nothing, how happy are we? We may be content but are we thriving? We can’t be happy all the time. Life is not that simple and straight forward” The reason she didn’t feel happy was because her core values were not being met. We identified that she is results driven, using all her skills was really important to her and recognition. This job was not meeting any of these core personal values. It may or may not come as a surprise that happiness is not about feeling happy all of the time! It is not having all the money you could ever want. It is also not about ignoring all the bad stuff that happens in our lives. There is also no destination called “happiness”! • Did you know that 40% of your happiness is controlled by your actions, behaviours and thoughts? (Lyubomirsky, S. The How of Happiness)

How would it make you feel to know that happiness is a choice? If we recognise that our own happiness is within our control it is liberating. We shouldn’t look to others to make us feel happy. Our values are at the core of who we are. These are the guidelines by which we live our life. When our values are being met we can feel fulfilled, purposeful, and happy. When they are not being met we might feel negative emotions such as frustration, anger, disappointment, being undervalued, and sad. We can use our values to help us make wise choices about the jobs we accept or the type of things we do to feel fulfilled. For example, if you are someone who values accountability and you accept a job with no responsibilities you are highly likely to feel unfulfilled. Or if you have a strong sense of independence and you feel you have no freedom to do what you need to do, you might feel frustrated.

What are your choices? Here are my top tips: 1) I dentify your core values so that you recognise when they are or not being met. 2) I dentify what needs to change for you to feel fulfilled, purposeful and valued. 3) W  hich of these changes are within your control and which are not? 4) C  reate a plan of action. Seek out support to help you achieve and to hold yourself more accountable for creating the change you need. There will undoubtedly be many words or phrases that stand out but the important question to ask is how would you feel if this value was not being met. Happiness is a choice and it takes skill and requires constant practice. Understanding what makes you feel happy and what doesn’t is a great place to start. The magic really happens when you commit to doing things differently or thinking about things differently which gives you the results you want. f WWW.BAMPTONBEAM.CO.UK JULY 2018


Gardening with Di Bray

First summer…


Picking up where I left off, the battle with the couch, ground elder and bindweed continues; alongside the odd skirmish with dandelion and wood pigeons.

s an organic gardener I have no magical solutions to any of these problems other than to dig out as much root as possible whenever it appears. This is obviously not an efficient way of dealing with wood pigeons - you’ll just have to keep waving your arms at those! The last months have been a time of propagation and planting. For the first time, I have enough space to try some fruit and veg and so used the early months to sow the things I love to eat. I think the seeds that have given me the most pleasure have been the rhubarb. I sowed them mid-Feb after soaking them for a couple of hours. They took 2 to 3 weeks to show and initially they were leggy and looked sure to rot off, but slowly, tiny sticks of rhubarb started to form and within a month they began to romp away. With luck I may get a crumble before the end of the year! I did sow one or two ‘flowers’ at the same time - coreopsis, zinnia, Above: Ornithogalum saundersiae sweet peas and cosmos. I have no greenhouse so was Right: Rose ‘Sally Holmes’ working with two unheated propagators on east facing kitchen windowsills. The seeds all germinated well and were eager to get away, but with nowhere to go the seedlings became leggy. Fortunately, sunny days in the early part of the year meant that I could get some of them outside for an hour or two and persuade them to slow down and thicken up. Even so, I still had to re-sow sweet peas and coreopsis, but they’re catching up now so maybe in future I’ll try and curb my enthusiasm and sow a little later. I also tried some summer flowering bulbs and tubers. Dahlia and lilies I’ve tried before and so were relatively familiar in terms of their needs, but Ornithogalum saundersiae were a new venture. They are a South African plant in the same family as agapanthus and I planted them in a pot with a compost/



topsoil mix and watered them as the weather warmed up. On seeing no signs of life by late April, I decided to investigate and unearthed the bulbs. One or two had rotted and the others were on the verge. Belated research told me that they like a free draining soil and plenty of sunshine. I added grit to the compost, replanted them and forced myself not to water them. Success! They are now all up and looking strong - who knows if they will flower but at least they’re alive. For the first time I have a lawn and it is not a thing of beauty! It is a lumpy mixture of ryegrass, meadow grass and couch and is very patchy, suffering, I think, from ‘red thread’. If it wasn’t so sunny, I would give it a liquid feed of something nitrogen rich but I’m not going to try and treat it whilst the hot weather persists. Instead, I’ll grit my teeth, let it die back and then aerate, feed and top dress in the autumn. If I really wanted Centre Court I’d hire a roller but you can go too far! My inherited roses - Rosa ‘Maigold’ - have been magnificent. They began to flower in early May and are only just finishing. They’re not known for repeat flowering but I’ve dead headed them quite sternly and there are buds on the new growth. I’ve added to them with some roses of my own - ‘Sally Holmes’, a lovely pink tinged single white shrub rose and ‘Roald Dahl’, a beautifully scented soft apricot English shrub rose. Both were planted late spring and after a feed of Vitax Q in May are flowering well. Outside my own garden, I managed a trip to Hestercombe House and garden earlier in the year and can recommend the Lutyens/Jekyll area as a good example of a formal planting scheme. Later in July I’m going with Lechlade Gardening club to Chenies Manor and gardens so I’ll update you on that next time we meet. Happy gardening! f











Tel: 01993 852233 . .

Gardening Club

Bampton Gardening Club’s Annual Show

The show will be held on Saturday 25 August in Bampton Village Hall. The schedule is printed in this issue and is available for download on the Beam website or on the Bampton gardening club’s website and as hard copy at retailers throughout the village in July/August. The show is open to all and everyone is welcome– members and non members, adults and children. We have a children’s section without entry fees, but children are welcome to enter any of the other classes. There are 78 classes to enter – not only for flowers and vegetables, but also for crafts and cooking. Simply fill in your form and bring it along. You can enter on the day of the show, as usual, between 9.00 and 11.00am. Due to increases in the cost of engraving the cups with winners’ names we, reluctantly, have had to put up the entry costs. Your first entry will now cost £1.00, and subsequent entries will be charged at 50p each. We look forward to seeing all your entries on 25 August.

List of Challenge Cups Cup

Awarded for

Lady Anne Montague Cup

Overall points

Jack Horne Memorial Cup

Runner Up

Vice President’s Cup

Best in Show

Mrs P Smith Cup

Judges’ Own Choice

Cottager’s Cup

Most Deserving Effort in Show

Ileane Hammond Rose Bowl

Class 1 – 4 Roses

Raymond Taylor Cup

Class 2 – Single rose

Sydney Constable Cup

Class 7 – Sweet peas

Andrew Pierce Cup

Class 8 – Carnations

Dolly Stroud Cup

Class 11 – Cactus dahlia

Ken Adams Cup

Class 14 – Decorative dahlia

Percy Bowerman Cup

Class 15 – Gladioli

Albert Tanner Cup

Class 16 – 3 Chrysanthemums

Nellie Temple Cup

Class 17 – Chrysanthemums 1 specimen bloom

Win Woodley Cup

Class 21 – Busy Lizzie

Coffee and craft morning dates – a reminder 20 October, 17 November, 15 December – all in Bampton Village Hall, 10 to noon.

Henry Bone Cup

Class 22 – Begonia



We have two further trips planned for this year Wisely RHS show is on the 9th September 2018 Malvern Autumn Show 30th September 2018 for further details please contact Ellen on 01993 843985

1. The show is open to members and non-members. Anyone may enter any class, irrespective of age. 2. Only one entry is allowed per entrant, per class. 3. Exhibits must be the property of the exhibitor, unless otherwise stated in the schedule, and must have been in their possession for at least 6 months (cooking classes excepted). 4. Any prize may be withheld or modified if exhibits are considered unworthy of the prize offered. 5. All exhibits are to be staged between 9.00 and 11 am on the morning of the show. 6. No exhibit may be removed after it has been staged until the cups have been presented. 7. While the Committee will take every care of the exhibits, it will not be held responsible for loss or damage. 8. Entry judged as ‘most deserving effort’ must not have been awarded a prize. 9. Children wishing to exhibit in adult class will have to pay normal fees please remember if they entry in the children’s classes they are FREE



John Smith Cup

Class 25 – Cucumbers

Keith Reed Cup

Class 29 – Runner beans

The Beam Cup

Class 41 – Vegetables on a tray

Frank Collett Cup

Class 57 – 4″ flower arrangement

Chennell Cup

Section 1 – overall points


Section 2 – overall points

Reg Pratley Cup

Section 3 – overall points

Lady Lathbury Cup

Section 5 – overall points

Grace Wiltshire Cup

Section 6 – overall points

Liz Chambers Silver Plate

Sections 5 + 6 – overall points

Win Woodley Challenge Cup

First best over 4 class

Betty Adams Cup

Second best over 4 Class

Class 22 Novice flower cup

Please note, Bampton Gardening Club’s Annual Show is open to all – members and non-members, adults and children. Everyone is welcome Entry forms for the Show will be taken at Bampton Village Hall on Show Day (26 August 2018) between 9.00 am and 11 am Afternoon Opening 2.00 pm – Presentations 4.00 pm Refreshments – Raffle – Entrance 50p


SHOW SCHEDULE – 26 August 2018 Section 1: GARDEN FLOWERS

45. Apples x 3, cooking 46. Plums x 3, any variety 47. Pears x 3, any variety 48. Blackberries x 5, with stalks 49. A plate of any other fruit

1. Roses x 3 2. Single Rose bloom 3. Roses floribunda x 3 4. Marigolds x 5 any variety 5. Viola x 5 6. Sweet peas x 5, any colour 7. Carnations/dianthus x 3 8. Any other flower x 5, any variety 9. Dahlia cactus bloom x 3 10. Dahlia pom-pom up to 52 mm x 3 11. Dahlia pom-pom over 52 mm x 3 12. Dahlia decorative x 3 13. Gladioli spikes x 2 14. Chrysanthemums x 3, spray 15. Chrysanthemums specimen bloom x 1 16. Specimen bloom, any variety 17. Non-flowering plant in a pot, max 7” 18. Cactus in a pot, max 7″ 19. Busy Lizzie in a pot, max 7″ 20. Begonia in a pot, flowering max 7″ 21. Other flowering plant in a pot, max 7″ 22. A novice flower class anybody not won a first prize in the flower section

Section 4: LONGEST & HEAVIEST VEGETABLES 50. Longest runner bean 51. Heaviest potato 52. Heaviest onion 53. Freak vegetable 54. Heaviest Marrow


55. Arrangement of flowers and foliage depicting ‘Wedding Bouquet 18″ by 18″ 45.72cm by 45.72cm 56. Arrangement of flowers from your own garden 18″ by 18″ 45.72cm by 45.72cm 57. Arrangement of flowers not exceeding 4″ in any direction 58. Water colour or oil – not signed unmounted not to exceed A4 Size 59. Pencil or charcoal sketch – not exceeding A4 size unmounted not signed 60. Photograph coloured depicting Flower or flowers – not exceeding A4 unmounted/not signed 61. Photograph black and white – any subject/not exceeding A4 size unmounted/not signed 62. Item of any small Hand knitted garment (not machined)/open to view 63. Poem entitled ‘Petals’ – no more than 10 lines/not signed 64. Small item of craft – not furniture


23. Radishes x 5, any variety 24. Cucumber, any variety with ¼″ stalk x 1 only 25. Tomato x 5, cherry, red or yellow with calyx 26. Tomato x 5, red or yellow with calyx 27. Courgette x 2, any variety 28. Runner beans x 5 29. French beans x 5 30. Beetroot x 3, with 3″ tops 31. Carrots x 3, any variety 3″ tops 32. Onions x 3, as grown with tops 33. Onions x 3, dressed 34. Shallots x 5, dressed 35. Cabbage, any variety with 2″ stem 36. Potatoes white x 5, any variety, washed 37. Potatoes coloured x 5, any variety, washed 38. Table marrow, max 15″ 39. Any other vegetable 40. Tray of vegetables, 5 varieties, 2 of each Not to exceed 18″ by 20″ or 45 x 72cm 41. Herbs x 5, 1 stem of each in vase

Section 6: COOKING & BEVERAGES 65. Victoria sponge 7″ 66. Lemon Drizzle baked in a small 1lb loaf tin 67. Fruit scones x 5 68. Quiche not to exceed 7″ in any direction 69. Decorated cup cakes x 5 70. Jar of jam 71. Jar of jelly 72. Jar of marmalade 73. Jar of chutney or pickle 74. Bottle of any other beverage

Section 7: CHILDREN’S SECTION - under 15 75. Draw a picture of a animal – A4 76. Make a vegetable monster 77. Decorated Biscuits X5 78. Miniature Garden on a dinner plate

Section 3: FRUIT

42. Raspberries x 5, with stalks on a saucer or small dish 43. Rhubarb x 3, pulled sticks 1½″ trimmed leaf 44. Apples x 3, dessert

Entry form

Entry fee: £1.00 first entry; for each subsequent entry (one item per class): Senior Citizens: 30p, Members: 30p, Non-members: 50p, Children (under 15): FREE Name:.....................................................................................

Age (if under 16):.................


Ring classes entered: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 Total no. classes entered:.................

Entry fee due:.................

Member: y / n.................

Exhibitor no.:.................

Please note, no additions to entries can be made once form has been entered WWW.BAMPTONBEAM.CO.UK JULY 2018


SPAJERS Our annual Quiz Night in April was once again hotly contested. A new feature was “Extras” which allowed folk to come along on their own and make up a team with other solo contestants; a nice way to get to know new people. I am always amazed at the range of knowledge of some people, not only history, gardening, books but cookery, geography and physics too. Many thanks to Scotty for providing the questions and the “Laser Display” question board again. - Lynne Pointer

The Great Shirt Race

The Great Shirt Race may seem to outsiders a rather laid back, “It just sort of happens” affair, but there is a lot going on beforehand and behind the scenes. The most important probably is to find some suitable transport for our irrepressible MC, Don and to get all the helpers on board. Don certainly enjoyed his tour around the centre of the village on the police quad bike. I believe there were rumours afterwards that he might be trying to do a part exchange deal with the area constabulary, but I saw his usual vehicle around again last week. We are grateful to our local PCSOs for the support they give us. As you can see from the photo taken just before the event, a lot of helpers are needed. There are the stewards, but there are also all the publicans and private folk, who provide and run the drinks stops and the tin-shakers who collect money for us. Other people help with car parking or ensuring the roads are clear for the races to be run. It is a popular event, especially on a sunny evening, and once again we were lucky there, so stewards need to have an eye to both the audience and



the competitors. Although we have first aid in place we are grateful that several of our stewards are also trained in this; it is reassuring. Thanks to everyone involved for their time on the night and for turning out for a Planning Meeting the week before. Thanks too for the great job done by Allan and Jackie Allinson as our Fancy Dress judges. The Fancy Dress worked very smoothly this year, and is now one of the most popular aspects of the phenomenon that is the Great Original Shirt Race - so much so that it has given us an idea for the Donkey Derby, see below. Bampton never seems to run out of creative ideas; are some folk already planning for next year, or does it just happen on the day before? For me it is very much Bampton in a nutshell - original, eccentric, fun and taken very seriously at the same time. Long may it run!

Donkey Derby Bank Holiday Monday 27th August

There are very few places that organise a Donkey Derby as part of their fete as we do in Bampton. Youngsters* have the chance to ride one of the friendly animals on their annual outing from their home in Weston

super Mare. We have some ideas for new attractions or games to add to established favourites such as face-painting, but we need people to help run them. If you have ideas of your own, we welcome those too. You don’t need to be there for the whole day; if a group of you get together, then you can run something for an hour in turn, and still have a chance to enjoy the rest of the fun as a punter. Or if you can help set up in the morning or clear up at the end of the day, please get in touch with any Committee Member. If you have a gazebo you can loan out then they are always welcome just in case the weather is not on our side. If you would like a stall or have ideas for the Donkey Derby please contact Mat Green ( 07771 762825) ASAP to discuss costs, setting up and clearing up, size and positioning of stand etc. * Children over 6 years and under 50kg. The re-making of “Wurzel Gummidge” and the popularity of the Great Shirt Race Fancy Dress has provoked us into offering prizes for the best dressed scarecrow at the Donkey Derby. Note, this is not make a scarecrow, this is come dressed as one. It will be great, and you won’t have to

worry afterwards about getting ice cream down the front of your best summer frock. Judging at 14:30 at Sandfords Field.

Annual Outing

Our Annual Outing to the seaside, for members and friends, will be to Weston Super Mare on Wednesday 29th August. Members will receive a personal invitation nearer the time, but there are usually places for others to come along, at a modest cost to non-members, so put the date in the diary now.

Spring was wonderful this year, the hedgerows full of blossom, the verges full of flowers, so let’s enjoy the summer and have some fun too!


Membership of SPAJERs is open to anyone who is 65 years or more and has lived in Bampton, Lew or Weald for at least six months. Get in touch with our Membership secretary Jeff Dando on 850643, but remember to ask them before putting anyone other than yourself forward for membership.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) As a registered charity, the SPAJERs now has to comply with the new data protection regulations. We are working on our official policy and we will share it with you when it is complete. In the meantime, we would like to reassure SPAJERs members that we keep just your name, address and occasionallly a telephone number; i.e. the bare minimum to enable us to tell you about trips and to deliver the invitations, Christmas Boxes etc. f

West Ox Arts

Welcome to our Shop By Diana Homer, Trustee

Do come and see what we have to offer right on your doorstep. At a time when many small retail outlets are closing because of massive overheads, we are fortunate that in Bampton we have an exclusive boutique right at the centre of the community. West Ox Arts, as a charity, supports local artists by providing an outlet for their work in our Member’s shop, which is situated within the Gallery (first floor of the Town Hall opposite Co-Op). You will find individual pieces including jewellery, ceramics, pottery, silk scarves and much more, reasonably priced and not found on the high street. Where else can you park right outside a shop and not pay for the privilege? As well as craftspeople earning a living from their skills we have at least two members who donate their profits to well-known charities. Laura Hounam, our Treasurer, who handcrafts “original items of jewellery to the highest standard using various techniques from wire work to bead weaving and crochet”, donates the proceeds to Against Breast Cancer. Laura’s work can be found in other shops and galleries in Oxfordshire, but none can be as accessible as West Ox Arts. Laura’s unique designs are inspired by “Carefully selected materials often reclaimed or donated”. Another local artist, Maureen Wilsker, founder member of West Ox Arts, also uses reclaimed pieces sourced from charity shops. Her work is fantastical - “driven by music and myths.” This can clearly be seen in her imaginative and creative work, which is sold to benefit those affected by war in various regions around this troubled world.

Maureen says, “Most people have something to say and only need the tools” and her work “allows me to express my feelings about the world we live in.” We are fortunate to have Fiona West as a gallery manager. Not only is she a brilliant organizer, but she is also an accomplished and well-known jewellery designer with work in Saltaire and other prominent galleries. Her work is contemporary and includes experimentation with resin, jesmonite and currently polymer clay. If something unique is required for a special occasion, our shop is the place to come. We have many other artists who use our outlet for their work. There is a constant turnover of stock, which ensures there is always something new to appreciate even if you are not looking to buy just yet. Feel free to come and look round, artists always appreciate an audience! You may know the local potters, ceramists, glassmakers, textile designers and jewellery makers. Many of them sell through West Ox Arts. Amongst others there is Jo Marshall, based in Uffington, whose Moon Hare designs are well known, Jacky Mahony’s contemporary ceramics, Anna Gillespie’s stained and fused glass, together with Kerry Forkner’s textiles and Sara Withers’ jewellery. August features our Contemporary Arts and Craft Fair, which includes work by

many more local artists. A cornucopia of original, beautifully crafted items is to be found in our lovely gallery. Come and browse round, you may find just what you have been looking for as a gift or for your own pleasure. There will be many practical, as well as beautiful, items to choose from. When you are visiting you may see a sticker about the Just a Card campaign. This has been set up to help small businesses in danger of closure through lack of support. Their campaign motto is “ If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card’ we’d still be open”. In our case this is very apt. With your help we can continue to help local artists and crafts people by supporting them in this small way. I am always horrified at the price of mass produced cards on the high street, when original and individual cards, designed and produced locally, are on sale in the gallery. Come in next time you require a card for a special friend or member of your family. We look forward to seeing you. f WWW.BAMPTONBEAM.CO.UK JULY 2018



Tim Tomlins 1936 – 2017

A local man of diverse talents but few words


n 25 October 1959, at the age of 23, Tim Tomlins crossed the equator for the second time in his life, participating in the traditional Neptune ceremony on board the Italian liner Fairsea as he sailed from Sydney to Southampton. He had spent part of the previous year cutting sugar cane at the Gibson and Howes’ Bingera Plantation near Bundaberg on the Queensland coast some 180 miles north of Brisbane. A hoard of papers, photographs and other ephemera tucked away in an elderly, but still beautiful, leather writing case faintly bearing the initials SMN reveal that on departure he could claim the vast amount of “One pound, four shillings and one penny” against overpayment of tax in Australia – this was of course Australian pounds, prior to decimalisation in 1966. Tim was born and brought up in Burwash Common but, within a few years of his return to England, he moved to Oxfordshire where he worked as a builder and stone mason and in the early sixties he purchased The Swan on Buckland Road as a home for his family.



For twenty-five, years in parallel with his building work, he ran Swan Aviaries, breeding thousands of spectacular Amboyna king parrots, macaws, toucans and mynah birds among others, and supplied customers such as Cotswold Wildlife Park and film makers. It was during this period that his interest in steam engines was kindled by a chance meeting at Port Meadow with the late Viv Kirk and his showman’s engine Queen Mary. During the mid-eighties he proved himself to be a man of many talents when he turned his hand to growing fuchsias, mainly standards, supplying Lechlade Garden Centre and Burford Garden Centre as well as selling to Bampton residents from his garden gate. Many will remember Tim’s spectacular floral displays outside Adrian Simmonds’ general store in the Market Place. As I sat and chatted to Tim’s son Dave in early July, it was apparent that the only reminder of the aviaries is an old sign leaning against the wall of an outhouse, however the legacy of the fuchsias remains with a fabulous display in the garden of The Swan, flowering vividly in the late evening. The vast greenhouses lie

“For Tim the restoration was a consuming obsession and he and Dave achieved in two years what many others, including men such as Fred Dibnah, took a decade or more to achieve.” empty but their construction and heating are a testament to Tim’s ingenuity. For many people in Bampton Tim’s name is synonymous with the Lord Nelson, the leviathan 1913 traction engine that he and Dave restored over a period of two years after acquiring it in 1993. What many may not know is that Lord Nelson was the fourth steam powered vehicle that Tim restored. In 1970 he started with a steam roller called The Baron, and this was followed by a 1911 Allchin traction engine called Rebel, and then a 1909 Burrell named The Keeling. Considerably ingenuity and much hard graft are key to the restoration of any sort and this was certainly true of the work done on Lord Nelson. Albums of photographs show the monster stripped down with worn and corroded parts exposed, and others show hours of labour in all weathers by Tim and Dave. There were no off-the-shelf replacement parts for Lord Nelson – each

piece had to be hand crafted or adapted, whether it was the fire box or the smallest rivet. Then gallons of paint were painstakingly applied and hours of polishing took place to achieve absolute perfection. For Tim the restoration was a consuming obsession and he and Dave achieved in two years what many others, including men such as Fred Dibnah, took a decade or more to achieve. He also built from scratch two Travelling Showman Living Vans. In 2018 Dave and his son will take Lord Nelson to shows in Banbury, Ducklington, Malvern, South Cerney and finally to the Great Dorset Steam Fair which takes place over the August Bank Holiday. It is the 50th anniversary of this famous steam fair and the three days will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. It is only fitting that Lord Nelson should be present having served in the First World War towing Howitzers. f WWW.BAMPTONBEAM.CO.UK JULY 2018


St Mary’s Church

We have a new Vicar By Nicola Saward


rown bread or white? Orange squash or lemon? Butter or margarine? It’s hard enough to get a family to agree on a shopping list! Imagine asking the congregations of five churches – Bampton, Aston, Clanfield, Lew and Shifford to agree on what they wanted from a new vicar especially when the previous incumbent had been in the role for 21 years! But the five churches of the Parish of Bampton with Clanfield* were asked and the results were carefully analysed and used to put together a very detailed parish profile which not only told potential applicants what the Parish was like but also what the Parish’s expectations were and how the new priest in charge (vicar designate) would be expected to fit into the Parish. Interregnum describes the term between the departure of one vicar and the appointment of another. It is a lengthy period without consistent spiritual and practical leadership, where the increased burden of day-to-day management of the church rests on the churchwardens, volunteer members of the congregation, and retired clergy who are called upon to carry enormous loads far beyond what they might reasonably be expected to do. With grace and skill, the tasks have all been carried out and on 13th May 2018 the churchwardens were able to announce the appointment of the Reverend Canon Janice Collier who is currently Team Rector of the South Widnes team in Cheshire. Janice was born in 1957 and brought up in Liverpool and as a teenager was encouraged by her friend Sally to start attending a lively church youth group with the promise that there were boys at the group and she could learn to be a bell ringer. Both were true! In 1977, she and Andrew (who initially met at the youth group) were married, while she was studying to be a physiotherapist. Over the next few years daughter Laura and son Nick arrived and in 1982 Janice started working part-time as a community paediatric physiotherapist. Combining work and motherhood with churchgoing became too much and she realised that sitting in a pew with a lively toddler and a small baby in a church service that made no real provision was not helping her faith. This understanding of what it is like to be a parent of small children in church has remained with her today and she is committed to finding ways of including all in worship. Andrew, a teacher, continued as a regular churchgoer and member of the choir and as the children grew older they also joined the church choir where Andrew’s mother was the choir mistress. To Janice’s horror she also discovered that Andrew had offered to host house groups and with little preparation she found herself involved in the first house group “Saints Alive”. Slowly but surely during the house group her faith began to reappear and with the encouragement of her vicar she began to take on house groups herself. In 1988, while pregnant with their third child, Janice was encouraged by their curate to look at what she wanted to do



with her faith and even though it was to be another six years before women were ordained as priests in the Anglican church she felt a great calling to become a vicar, despite or maybe because of her full-time role as a senior physiotherapist in the child development centre at Alder Hey Hospital. Over the following ten years she continued her career, becoming Manual Handling Coordinator for Alder Hey Trust and then Superintendent Physiotherapist in Manchester. In 1998, at the age of 41, after much discussion with Andrew and her vicar and others Janice determined that she would apply for training for the ministry and searched for a two-year full-time course. Her advisor recommended Cambridge and she remembers vividly a conversation which started by her saying “Don’t you have to be dead brainy to go to Cambridge?” to which the response was “Not at your age”! In January 1999, she was recommended for training and offered a place at Ridley Hall theological college, Cambridge. In 1999 Janice and Andrew’s eldest son Nicholas was an undergraduate at Aberystwyth and Laura had started work in Huyton and with only their youngest son, Alex, at home the family house was sold and the move to Cambridge took place where Andrew took up a teaching role at St Ivo’s School and Alex went to St John’s College school. The two-year course at Ridley Hall (whose sister college is Wycliffe Hall in Oxford) was both a delight and a challenge to Janice, including learning New Testament Greek and teaching herself to write essays which were opinion based rather than the science based essays for which her training and previous career had equipped her. Janice would describe her leadership style as collaborative and stresses that she is not arriving with a grand plan but coming to listen and to build relationships and then to look at the way forward, where necessary taking the church to the people rather than the other way around. Within the Parish we have three Church of England primary schools and Janice will work closely with these as well as encouraging all age worship as appropriate at the five churches. Today as Andrew and Janice prepare to pack up and move to Bampton they are leaving their son Nick and his wife Jenny and their two children Emily and Cleo, and their daughter Laura and her husband Colin and their three children Megan, Faye and Louisa behind in the North West, and their youngest son Alex in Edinburgh. They are packing 13 years of memories from Hale and a lifetime of memories from the Liverpool area and we wish them a smooth move and look forward to the opportunity to build many more memories with them Janice’s licensing by the Bishop will take place on Sunday 9 September at 3.00pm at St Mary the Virgin, Bampton and all are warmly welcomed to this service. *Parish of Bampton with Clanfield is formed by St Mary the Virgin Bampton; St Stephen, Clanfield; St James, Aston; St Mary, Shifford and

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The Romany Inn - Bampton In recent years we always enjoyed dining in Bampton and were regulars at Biztro where the food was good and the welcome warm and friendly; it was a short walk from home for a thoroughly good evening out. - Mark and Tanya Edgell


ub Dining in Bampton, as locals know, is severely limited. The Horseshoes is closed at the time of writing and the remaining options are limited to a packet of excellent crisps or nuts at The Talbot or Morris Clown, where at least one is “proud not to do food” or……what about The Romany Inn? We’d only ever popped in for a drink before and the welcome had always been warm and friendly, and all too frequently we’d walked past the blackboard outside advertising Curry Nights on Wednesdays saying, “we must give it a go”. Well, eventually we did, and wanted to share our experience with the readers of the Bampton Beam. The deal on offer was almost too good to be true; a choice of four curries and a pint of beer, cider or a glass of wine for £9.95! Now, for that price our expectations were none too high, what could you expect for around £6.00 after taking out the regular price of the drink? On arrival we encountered a warm welcome from the landlord, Mike, and had a drink at the bar chatting with a few of the

friendly regulars. Before long we were shown to the pleasant dining room and directed to a table by Mike, who took our order for one Chicken Tikka Masala and a Turkey Korma and our inclusive beers. Before long Mike delivered four freshly cooked poppadoms and a tray of sambals to the table, shortly followed by our order. Before even tasting anything our expectations were exceeded, this was a generous looking meal and smelt delicious. After one forkful we knew it tasted every bit as good as looked. Perfectly cooked fluffy rice, and evidently homemade curry with plenty of meat in both. The sambals and poppadoms, were a nice addition and made for an authentic curry experience. We left feeling very full and satisfied. We’d had excellent value for money and an enjoyable experience that delivered above expectations. We were pleased to have found ourselves a new dining option in Bampton. The well revered Sunday lunch is high on the agenda as is Steak Night for another occasion, and we will return for Curry Night again soon. f



Clanfield WI

Clanfield WI Celebrates As Clanfield Women’s Institute celebrated 100 years in May it is perhaps difficult for us in the 21st century to realise how isolated villages must have been in 1918 before quick and easy transport, television and radio (no BBC until 1922), and then the internet.


ow can we envisage the narrowness of the lives of most of the ‘ordinary’ women coping with what, to us now, would be poor housing, lack of piped water and decent sanitation. And, of course, virtually no influence in concerns of their own village, let alone those of the wider world! It was an enterprising group of women who decided to set up the Women’s Institute. It started in March 1918 with a meeting of the Women’s Land Army at the Institute (where meetings are still held) to discuss the starting of the WI in the village. Founded with 50 members two months later which increased immediately to 65. Subscriptions were 1/6 (7 ½ p) for 12 monthly meetings. Membership rose to a phenomenal 86 the following year. Familiar local names are recorded in the first minute books – Horne, Yeatman, Pudwell, Kinchin, Cross, Clare, Clack, Temple, and Knapp. Several names occur more than once on the same register as different members of the same family, differentiated by their husband’s name or initial (in 1925 there were eight Mrs. Parrotts!). The Misses were allowed their own Christian names. We are less formal now and first names are used! Meetings were originally held in the school and then until 1965 in the British Legion Hut as there was a “no women allowed” rule in the Carter Institute (the current village hall and venue for WI meetings). The women of Clanfield WI currently participate in a wide range of activities from speakers at meetings to craft workshops. The programme is planned by the members for the members. Outings are organised to places such as the Prince of Wales’ garden at Highgrove, the theatre, historic places and the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. We take part in county run walks and organise our own local ones. We cater for teas for visiting coach parties, birthdays and wedding anniversaries which help to keep



One hundred years on, why does Clanfield WI continue to flourish? We aren’t afraid to change how things are done. The Women’s Institute was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in food production during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the

the group financially sound. We are also represented at village events such as the summer fete, autumn and Christmas fairs and many of the members do flower arrangements for the annual Church flower festival. A celebratory dinner took place at the Plough Hotel on 1st May marking the anniversary of the first sign-up meeting of the Clanfield WI. A sea of green and purple (WI colours) greeted guests at the 100th birthday tea party held on the anniversary of the second meeting (29th May). Members are delighted to have secured funding from the Big Lottery. This is to cover the cost of an overnight stay for every member at Denman College with workshops in computer skills (social media), making twiddle mats, singing and healthy cooking. It is planned to disseminate our skills to the community. Lottery money also paid for the coach to Windsor Castle when all members were fortunate to receive invitations to watch the procession of the Order of the Garter Ceremony into St. George’s Chapel on a very sunny 18th June. As part of the celebrations the group has made a celebratory ceramic plate which has been decorated with every member’s name on it. A new banner has been created featuring a tree on which members have embroidered their names on the leaves. The founding members’ names were recorded on the fallen leaves.

largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. It has almost 220,000 members in approximately 6,300 WIs. The WI play a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in many different activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. This year’s campaign topic is mental health. Members have at least eleven monthly meetings, receive the WIs own magazine WI Life through the post, can take part in activities arranged by the county federation, and attend courses at Denman College in Marcham, which is also open to non-members. Women from neighbouring villages may join, and after Bampton WI closed in the late 1990s many moved over to Clanfield. For details contact Liz Stevens on 01367 810255, email:, www., or visit our Facebook page – Clanfield Oxon Women’s Institute. It is not all jam and Jerusalem, so don’t be shy, give us a try! f





Cookery Recipes from Anna Pitt - taken from her book Leftover Pie - 101 ways to reduce your food waste

Broccoli Stalks with Houmous Dip METHOD 1. A  dd all the ingredients (except the broccoli

So many people discard the stalk of a head of broccoli. It is such a shame because it is so delicious and there are so many things you can do with it. One of my favourites is to have it as crudité (raw vegetables) with a houmous dip.

stalks) to a food processor or suitable bowl to use with a hand blender and whiz until smooth. Taste and add a little more lemon juice, tahini or chopped garlic, if you feel it needs it. You can sprinkle over a little cayenne pepper to serve to bring out the colours.


2. P  eel the outer edge of the broccoli stalks

• 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped • 1 tin of chickpeas, drained • 3 dessertspoons tahini • juice of a lemon • 2 dessertspoons olive oil • cayenne pepper (optional) • broccoli stalks

(you can keep this to use in soup), then chop lengthways into fine strips for dipping into your houmous. Keep your houmous in a sealed container in the fridge and it should last for about 5 days. You can also freeze houmous and use it within 6 to 8 months. Serves 4 to 6 as a starter or snack

Olio Guac

by Saascha Celestial-One, Co-founder of OLIO, the food sharing app, OLIOex.comSaascha says: “The word ‘OLIO’ means ‘a miscellaneous collection of things’, and this principle is applied to just about anything I cook in the kitchen (with the exception perhaps of a Victoria sponge or other cake, requiring an element of precision). I like to make Guacamole in the OLIO fashion – crunchy, creamy, delicious, and totally random. Not only is it healthier and more filling, it’s a great way to use up spare veg knocking around the kitchen.” INGREDIENTS

• e  qual quantity to the avocado of very finely diced chopped vegetables – whatever needs eating, be it carrots, celery, radishes, courgettes, sugar snap peas, broccoli stem … be creative! • 1  small red or white onion, finely diced • 1  medium tomato, chopped (or a handful of quartered cherry tomatoes)

• h  andful of coriander or parsley, shredded or finely chopped • juice of a fresh lime (or lemon or orange, depending on what you have going) • 1 jalapeno, diced (leave the seeds in if you like it hot) • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 garlic clove, finely chopped • pumpkin or sunflower seeds (optional)


1. Mix all ingredients together, salt to taste, and sprinkle

with pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Serve with corn tortilla or pita chips as an appetiser, or spread onto toasted bread for a delicious sandwich base. And, if you’re eyes are bigger than your stomach and you have Guacamole going spare, why not offer it on OLIO for a lovely neighbour to collect? Serves 4 as a starter WWW.BAMPTONBEAM.CO.UK JULY 2018


Bampton Library Summer Reading Challenge

From 14th July to 15th September children across Oxfordshire can join the Mischief Makers for the Summer Reading Challenge 2018. Explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers…Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help you solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way! To enter read at least six library books of your choice over the summer holidays. As you read, you will collect stickers to help solve the clues and find the treasure. Complete the challenge and get your own Beano wristband, medal and certificate. There will be fantastic new books and activities at the library throughout the summer holidays and there’s a website to add to the fun too,

Library 100 Club Winners

April winners: Peter Walsh £50, Pat Deverson and John Barnes winning £15 each; Suzy McPherson, Ron Harris £10 each. Thanks to all our 100 for their continued support.

New Face at the Library

Sophie Brampton has been appointed as Loraine’s new Saturday and Holiday Relief Assistant - Bampton Library is not new for her as she grew up in Bampton and loved going to the Library as a child. After moving away for work she has now returned, this time bringing her husband and her two ‘gorgeous boys’ with her - who are already loving the Children’s Library section. Sophie says everyone is so friendly and she is delighted to have joined the Library team, working in such a beautiful building for such an important resource for the village.

Library Opening Times

Monday 2.00 - 5.00 & 5.30 - 7.00 Tuesday closed (except for ‘Rhymetime’ (term times) at 10.30am) Wednesday 10.00 - 12.30 Thursday 2.00 - 5.00 Friday Closed Saturday 10.00 - 12.30

Bananaman says..... join up at your library. It’s fun! It’s FREE! It’s local!

Who are we?

‘Bampton Library Support’ are 5 people who work to raise the £9,486 required annually to keep our library open. Contact Loraine Hall (Library Manager) on 01993 850076 or bampton.library@oxfordshire. if you can spare some time to help. Donation cheques made payable to Bampton Library Support.

Bampton Community Archive Janet Rouse was given these pictures in digital format when she took over as archivist, but unfortunately there was no indication of who lent them to the archive to scan, what the occasion was or the date. She doesn’t know if the two pictures are of the same occasion or not. People appear to be holding service sheets of a similar size, but why was a service was taking place in the Market Square? The name on the shop across the Square is Applegate, and next to this is Barclays Bank, which may help date the occasion. From the clothing it appears to be a warm day so could it have been connected with the Coronation of George V in June 1911, or George VI in May 1937? Certainly the Union flags shown would fit, and the people don’t look as if they are in mourning for a sad occasion. If you recognise anyone or know anything at all about the event please contact Janet via the Website or by ringing 01993 850162. And don’t forget if you have any old photographs of Bampton or Bampton we would love to scan them to preserve them in the archive for the future.



Sport - Bampton in the Bush Cricket Club As the rain fell through March and April it was hard to believe that the cricket season was almost upon us, and so our worst fears were realised when the first three adult matches of 2018 were cancelled. - By Richard Pitt

When we did finally get underway on May 5th, the second XI travelled to Faringdon and set the tone for what has, so far, been a season of great success and tumbling records. As the first ball of the match was despatched for four by the Faringdon batsman it would have been easy to wonder how this newly formed team was going to cope in league cricket. At tea, with an imposing target of 224 to win, it looked like the answer may be “not very well”. Three hours later, captain Gerald Holford, was smashing the last ball of the match for six, completing his unbeaten half century and securing a one wicket victory and recording Bampton CC’s record run chase. An incredible start to the league season, which has mostly continued in the same vein. The 1st XI got their campaign underway a week later, Captain Simon Launder producing a great all round performance to secure victory over Kilkenny. Since then they have been riding high and breaking records with bat and ball, winning five of the six league fixtures to lie at the top of Division 3 and looking for a seventh promotion in eight years of league cricket. Along the way the highest ever Bampton innings score of 296

was recorded at Brill, where Ted Landray scored 136, and Ben Brown’s 6-16 is the best bowling figures for the first XI so far this season. Back in the second XI, Josh Norris’s 6-38 was surpassed by Callum Rossie’s 7-32, the best ever bowling figures by a Bampton player. In the game against Kennington second XI, Harry Curtis and Tom Jones took 5 wickets each opening the bowling. Fielding two adult teams every Saturday and one during the week takes a lot of support, with so far 41 people turning out for the club. We are always looking for new players, scorers, tea makers, umpires and grounds keepers and would like to say thank you to Jenny Chaundy for organising the recent Freshers’ Fair and introducing the Club to more people in the village. We are also delighted to welcome supporters at the matches and would like to remind people that tea and cake is available during Saturday matches to provide an authentic and inclusive cricketing experience. We are a friendly club seeking to promote competitive and social cricket for all ages and men and women. If you would like to join, please contact the Club at bamptoncricket@ To find out more about us please visit our website com/, or just pop by and have a chat when you see us out and about at the recreation ground. And if you want to keep abreast of the team’s performances, league results are posted on the OCA website at:

Junior Section

This season started way back In November with indoor cricket sessions thoroughly enjoyed by the juniors. Then we moved onto winter nets and the juniors prepared for the season ahead with enthusiasm and dedication. The season is now well underway. The juniors train on a Tuesday and Friday evening and are involved in fixtures. The U11’s play pairs cricket on a Sunday morning and the U13 have 20 over midweek fixtures. In addition, we have also run the All Stars cricket programme for 5 to 8-year-olds which was a great success. The Junior Section at the club continues to grow and we are welcoming new players all the time.




Shirt Race Results

Senior Race: James Barber & Arni Tomlins Runners up: Chris Jacobs & Tom Slader Intermediate Race: Matthew Waite & Ben Wannell Runners up: Ella McBrien & May Topley Junior Race: Elias Easterbrook & Thomas Passey Runners up: Sam Weeks & Louis Vaughan Senior Chariot: Ghost Train Junior Chariot: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Eldest Couple: June Brewer & John Buckingham (Combined age = 108) Senior Fancy Dress: David Hughes & Andy Peace Junior Fancy Dress: Isabella Slater All images of the Shirt Race are available to purchase:





Flower Festival

St Mary’s Flower Guild This year’s Festival was a huge success thanks to the hundreds of people who came, sat, drank tea and ate mountains of cake. At 3pm the Morris Men and their followers arrived and it was packed with the sound of Morris bells and lively chatter. Our thanks to the Guild members, to everyone who helped, baked cakes and were generally supportive.



Morris Day

Bank holiday fun and games Glorious sunshine - traditional and untraditional Morris Dancing - we all love Whitsun Bank Holiday in Bampton.



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Bampton Clubs and Societies Clanfield & Bampton WI Liz Stevens 01367 810255

Bampton Zimbabwe Project Ann Flute 01993 851338

Bampton Bridge Club Frank Hudson 01993 842126

Bampton Beavers & Cubs Fiona 07753 659788

Bampton Folk Club Andrew Roughton 07788 398186

Friends of Bampton School (FOBS) Hannah Scott 01993 850371

Bampton Bush Club (wkly lunch club) Sally Proctor 01993 850479

Bampton Morris Matt Green 01993 850760

Bampton Gardening Club Stephanie Palk 01993 852430

Bampton Traditional Morris Craig Godwin 07827 333991

Bampton Ladies Group Christine Hughes 01993 851458

Traditional Bampton Morris based at the Talbot Hotel www.

Bampton Theatre Group Jane Telfer 01993 358935

St Mary’s ‘Coffee & Co’ Mon 10.30 -11.30am in Bampton Coffee House. Margaret Battersby 01993 850182

Flower Guild Angie Bell/Jean Gray 01993 851095

Bampton Youth Club (Ages 8-11 & 12-18) Isobel Goves 07789 533870 West Ox Arts Sue Turner 01993 850974 07762 066261 Bampton Methodist Church Pauline Rouse 01993 850099 St Mary’s Church Bampton inc Choir/Junior Church etc Roger Preston 01993 851222 Bampton Library Support Jane Wallis 01993 851377 Bampton ‘Charity’ Shop Nick Thorpe 07768 035458 Clanfield & Bampton Historical Society Charlotte Martins 01367 810768

Ladies Lunch (monthly) Joy Edwards 01993 852557 Bampton Ladies Netball Club Sam Bradbury Sam: 07825 149245 Berni: 07780 761822 Clinical Pilates Fiona Farmer 01993 851753 Fiddles & Feet Felicity Cormack 01367 242729 Ballet Classes Village Hall Faye Parker 07795512195 Bampton Badminton Club Marl Snow 01993 850113 Zumba - Village Hall Scottish Dancing Village Hall Catherine Lane 07971 024054

Society for the Protection of Bampton Trevor Milne-Day 07747 044800/01993 850293

Bampton Singers Choir Judy Scotcher (Mon am) 01367 810455 email:

Bampton Community Archive Jo Lewington 01993 850947

Oil Painting Class Pip Shuckburgh 01993 851041

Friends of St Mary’s Church Mike Connor 01993 200995/ 07722 732832

Bellringers Tower Capt. Dave Rose 01993 850214

Royal British Legion Pete Davis 07919 686003 01993 851874

Bampton Film Club Pat Smith 01367 242737

SPAJERS Fundraising for Bampton Pensioners Lynne Pointer 01993 851930

Singing For Fun (Tues eves) Linden Ely 01993 702561

Bampton Exhibition Foundation David Hawkins 01993 851066

Monday Drop In Lunch (Methodist Church) Hazel Shaw 01993 850016

Bampton Archery Club Nigel Wallis 01993 851377

Aston Cycling Group (Sat am) Andy Davis 07501 483429

Bampton Boxing Club Ann Setch 07887 403401

ACTS Aston & Cote Drama Group Val Crowson 01993 850139

Bampton Cricket Club James Beattie 07962 019164

Bampton Brownies at Bampton School Wendy Copping 01993 850371

Bampton Town Youth FC Graham Wilson, 01993 850359 07788 107361

Aston Brownies Irene Beadle 07895 665972

Bampton United FC Isobel Goves 07789 533870

Whist Drive (Sat eve) Wendy Merrills

Bampton Tennis Club Liz Bamber 07774 680542

Caring Therapy Yoga/Mindfulness Amanda

Bampton Weightlifting Club Candee Chivers 07946 002174

Bampton Welfare Trust, David Pullman 01993 850589

Yoga Me Beautiful Mandy 07922 121756

Bampton Cancer Doris Cleaver 01993 850682

Dancing With Tai Chi Marie Carty 01865 301 844

Bampton Pubs also offer Darts/Aunt Sally/Pool



Diary Date Event 27th August

SPAJERS Donkey Derby

28th August

Bampton Gardening Club Show

29th August

SPAJERs Summer Outing

3 Sept. - 28 October   Janet Newman’s ‘Bampton Families’ Exhibition. .  22nd September Autumn Sale 2018 - Cancer Research UK (Bampton) Autumn Sale (Lots of stalls, something for all ages) Village Hall, Bampton, Saturday 22nd September. Doors open 9.30 a.m., admission is free and everybody welcome, 3rd November

SPAJERs Fireworks and Bonfire

9th November

Josie’s Draw at The Romany

10th November

Bampton Zimbabwe Project Autumn Fair, Saturday 2018 at 10.00 to noon. There will also be a sponsored walk at the beginning of September, date to be decided later. After the coup in Zimbabwe in November, which unseated Mugabe, the two charities we support, ZANE, Zimbabwe

11th November Remebrance Service This year is the centenary of the end of the first world war. We will be holding the annual remembrance parade at the memorial followed by a service in the church. 1030 at the Memorial 11.15am in the Church 21st November Pre Christmas Bingo Cancer Research UK (Bampton) Wednesday 21st November, pre Christmas Bingo in the Village Hall Bampton, Christmas Hampers, two jackpots plus many other prizes. Doors open 7 o-clock. Further information: Doris Cleaver on 01993 850682 7th December Quiz Night Cancer Research UK - Quiz Night in the Village Hall, Bampton on Friday 7th December, Teams of FOUR (must be pre-entered) £20.00 per team. Entry forms and further information ring Doris Cleaver on 01993 850682.

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