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July / August 2013

What’s On @ Saturday 29 June, 2.30pm


This vibrant musical production has all of Kenneth Grahame’s Tales of the River Bank, the exuberant Mr Toad and Mole, Ratty and Badger. Beautifully written, this show gives the opportunity for everyone to take part. Some children play the rabbits, the ducks and the thieving weasels while the whole audience learns the songs. All Tickets £8.50 Suitable for children aged 5+

Tuesday 2 July, 7.45pm


European Arts Company (who recently brought us a Pinter double-bill and Chekhov’s Shorts) returns with a delicious evening of one-act Farces from the Victorian stage. There’s more than a hint of Monty Python or The Goons in these four plays. Involving duelling pistols, cross dressing, thwarted lovers, double-crossing, romance and intoxication, these colourful comic capers promise a sublime evening of mayhem and merriment. Tickets: Adults £13, Concessions £11

Friday 5 July, 7.45pm


Fantastic performers from our Associate Company Scary Little Girls (last here with The Mitford Walks and Sonnet Walks) stimulate your senses in this intimate evening of storytelling, celebrating the relationship between cocoa and forbidden literature! Expect to experience both mouth watering chocolate treats and tales of the secret, banned and scandalous from authors such as Lord Byron, John Donn, Angela Carter and Joanne Harris.Tickets: Adults £14, Concessions £12. Suitable for ages 16+

Tuesday 9 July, 7.45pm


Voices capture beautifully not only the pain and despair of the Holocaust, but themes of resistance, survival and hope. They ask us questions of ourselves as well as contemplate on love, friendship and faith. Students will leave with powerful new thoughts and understandings to support their studies. This stunning evening of two one act plays will stay with all audience members for a long time. Tickets: Adults £13, Concessions £11, Schools £9.50

Monday 29 July - Wednesday 31 July, 10.15am - 1pm


SUMMER HOLIDAY WORKSHOP FOR 5 – 7 YEARS This interactive workshop aims to build confidence, creativity and imagination. Improvisation, mime and storytelling will be explored in this fun and exciting experience. Participants perform on the stage at 12.45pm on Wednesday. Tickets: All Tickets £60

Tuesday 30 July, 10am - 11am, 11am - 12pm


For 6 months - 5 years, at The Town Hall. Enjoy the summer holidays with Peggotty the Hen and her other puppet friends as they embark on an interactive performance. Led by professional actor and singer Paula Stephens, the workshop includes well-known children’s songs for plenty of fun interaction, as well as originally composed action songs, puppetry and stories. Includes tea/coffee for carers. Carers to stay with their children. Tickets: Children £7.50 Please note that booking fee’s do not apply to Take Part activities.

Monday 19 August - Saturday 24 August, 10am - 5pm


SUMMER HOLIDAY WORKSHOP FOR 13+ YEARS Working with a director, a choreographer and a musical director, you will develop your skills, discover new ones, learn about professional theatre and rehearse a full musical. This is a week which will prove to be challenging, energetic and inspiring! For those who book places, auditions for principles will take place at The Theatre in late June/early July.Tickets: All Tickets £150 Performances: Saturday 24th August Times: 11am – 9.30pm Performances: 24th August, 4.00pm & 7.30pm.

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Beautiful Bermuda

Welcome to the July - August issue of

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The island of Bermuda is 21 miles long and lies 600 miles off the coast of North America. It has a unique, sophisticated charm, pink sandy beaches, beautiful gardens and colonial buildings. The crystal clear waters of the gulf stream ensure a temperate climate, ideal for those who enjoy walking, sailing or golf.

– West Oxfordshire.

In this issue we introduce several new businesses and services across our area (p8 - 9), as well as looking at the origins of the quintessential English drink: Pimm’s (p14). Page 10 features some great ideas to make life easier for parents during the Summer holidays, ignore them at your peril!

Bermuda is the nearest you will get to paradise it is an island made up of 150 small islands all connected via causeways and bridges

The Summer theme continues with a selection of local events (p12 - 13), as well as a look at how you can create perfect borders within your garden during the Summer months. If you are planning a trip away within the UK then p21 is a must-read! Please do contact us if you have a local news story or event and we will do our best to publish it for you. If you have any questions or comments then please don’t hesitate to contact me. Best regards,

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Enjoy Wimbledon with Pimm’s! We learn about the origin of Pimm’s and how to make Pimm’s jelly

Inside this issue:

02 What’s On at Chipping Norton Theatre 05 travel Beautiful Bermuda businesses 08 new New business and services in our area news 10 local Sponsors needed for charity bike ride 12 family What to do in the School holidays & about 12 out A selection of local events this Summer 16 garden How to create perfect borders in your garden news 18 local We learn about Sophia’s Story news CDC prevents potential demolition of Moreton hospital 21 local news 21 local Planning a Summer trip in the UK? news 21 local New special offer from Cotswold tourism 22 index Advertiser Index

02 theatre

Enjoy the wide range of showings at Chipping Norton Theatre


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18 local news


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New multi-sports pitch in Carterton

When I think of Bermuda, paradise comes to mind, it is an island different to any other. Bermuda is an island made up of 150 small islands all connected via causeways and bridges, which makes it very beautiful, it has beaches of fine coral sand, lots of little coves and clear blue sea. Everywhere you go on the island you come across white washed roof tops, pastel painted buildings, lovely gardens and a feeling of going back in time. The pace is slow, which gives a very relaxed feeling wherever you go. The Bermudians are friendly and helpful people and nothing is too much trouble. It’s a great honeymoon destination especially during our Summer months as the temperature is around 70-80 degrees (where as a lot of other destinations can have rain at this time of year).

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It would also suit families during the summer months, maybe looking for a change from the med, as it offers a great choice of accommodation, from self catering to five star hotels with spa. The Island is great for golfers and for other sports like scuba diving, horse riding, windsurfing and fishing.

20 astronomy

10 facts about the Sun that you probably didn’t know

23 cinema

Blockbuster films come to Charlbury this Summer

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W E N s e s s e n i s u b & services across West Oxfordshire

“New To The Area” is a new business feature specifically designed to help new businesses and those that are offering new businesses and services to promote themselves cost effectively.

The Village Window Cleaner is now in your area! Based in Milton-under-Wychwood, we concentrate on rural areas within a twenty mile radius. We use the latest specialised high reach ladderless window cleaning equipment. To keep your windows looking good for longer we use only the best equipment.Water fed telescopic poles deliver pure water through a fine brush head to a height of 28 ft (approximately 3 floors).

dry naturally to a spot and streak free finish.

The pure water absorbs the dirt and dust contaminants. The surface is then rinsed, using more pure water and allowed to

Call us today on 01993 831369 for a quote or visit our website for more details:

The water that we use from our on-board tank is ultra pure, as it has been passed through a multiple-stage filtration process to remove all minerals and contaminants. This process turns everyday tap water into a graded but chemical free cleaning solvent, perfect for sparkling results.

Businesses are invited to submit their adverts to this feature at the regular price (Advert sizes available: 1/8 and ¼) and they will receive the equivalent space in complimentary editorial*. This editorial provides excellent business exposure to 17,300 addresses and allows further explanation of the new business or services available. * Editorial must be supplied completed.

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New children’s collection from Wychwood Wrought Iron

Wychwood Wrought Iron the specialists in handcrafted wrought iron for the home launch a new children’s collection. Designed in collaboration with our 6 year old daughter and inspired by a treasure trove of all things beautiful, the Pippa collection consists of a beautiful array of bespoke curtain poles available in 6 finishes. With a choice of customized detailing from Roses, to Dolphins, Daisies, Gems and Murano glass pole ends, this fresh, bright range will add the perfect finishing touch to any girls or boys bedroom. Our family run business was established in 2000 and is located in the heart of the Cotswold countryside. We have our own production base including a traditional forge, workshop and showroom. We take pride in making quality products combined with contemporary finishes, handcrafted to the highest

standards and available at affordable and honest prices. The full Wychwood Wrought Iron product range is designed to suit a variety of homes and individual tastes and includes; Wall Lights, Curtain Poles, Pole Packs, Tiebacks, Chandeliers, Kitchen Racks, Standard Lamps and Table Lamps. We also produce Fireguards and Fireside Accessories including Companion Sets and Candlesticks. A small bespoke collection of Garden accessories has been introduced along with gift ideas for all occasions. All pieces are made to order and custom by size and bespoke requests are welcome. For full details of the complete collection please see: or contact Helen or Philip 01993 832850 for any individual requirements.

3G multi-sports pitch for Carterton

Making your dreams a reality!

Carterton’s all–weather synthetic football pitch is set to be replaced with a new state of the art third generation (3G) pitch.

A friendly family run company based in the heart of the Cotswolds, Rooms 4 Improvement offer a fantastic one stop shop for all interior furniture needs.

The current surface, laid down in 1998 is well-used by Carterton Community College (the local school) and has regular bookings from Carterton Football Club and other local teams. It has now reached the end of its useful life and if it is not replaced the site is likely to be forced to close for health and safety reasons.

With over 25 years of experience in this industry they are clear front runners and their fresh looking business structure is very encouraging. Without a showroom or commissioned sales people, they are able to offer their customers impressive savings on superior products of outstanding quality, without forgoing any guarantees or warranties.

The unique surface of a 3G pitch looks and feels like grass and absorbs impact making it easier on joints, as well as providing playing characteristics that are accepted by major governing bodies for a variety of standards of sport – from training to competition. As a 3G hybrid pitch, it will be suitable for teams to play football, hockey and tag rugby. Replacing the pitch is costing West Oxfordshire District Council over £167k and this money has been set aside as part of the Council’s capital investment expenditure in leisure facilities for the district. Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Communities at the District Council, said:“We are delighted to be installing the first ever 3G artificial turf pitch for community use in our district.Improving our sports facilities helps to encourage people to be active and stay healthy, which is one of the Council’s top priorities.” Carterton Artificial Turf Pitch (ATP) is on the campus of Carterton Community College on Upavon Way. It is managed on behalf of the Council by GLL, its leisure services provider.


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Sponsors Needed

John O’ Groats to Lands End A Ride for Charity

Once more it is that time of the year when the children are at home and before you know it they are saying that they are bored with nothing to do. However advanced planning by parents can go a long way into ensuring that school holiday time is beneficial for the youngsters. Numerous ideas come to mind, and the following may be of use:

John Harris’s Charity Cycle Ride is entirely self-funded, including his accommodation. All costs will paid out of John’s own pocket as he strongly believes that every penny raised should go to his chosen charities. However, in addition to normal sponsorship, he is looking for 19 Stage Sponsorships of £50 which will be divided equally between these two very worthy causes. Please help John to help the work of these charities by sponsoring a stage.




From – To

Distance (Miles)

Region & Sponsor


Wed 3rd July

John O’ Groats to Bettyhill




Thurs 4th July

Bettyhill to Bonner Bridge




Fri 5th July

Bonner Bridge to Inverness




Sat 6th July

Inverness to Ballater




Sun 7th July

Ballater to Luncarty / Perth




Mon 8th July

Luncarty / Perth to Edinburgh




Tues 9th July

Rest Day




Wed 10th July

Rest Day




Thurs 11th

Edinburgh to Langholm


Dumfries & Galloway NIBBLERS

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Fri 12th July

Langholm to Kings Meaburn




Sat 13th July

Kings Meaburn to Bashall Eaves / Clitheroe




Sun 14th July

Bashall Eaves / Clitheroe to Middlewich




Mon 15th July

Middlewich to Much Wenlock




Tues 16th July

Much Wenlock to Ross on Wye


Hereford The Ox House Wine Company


Wed 17th July

Rest Day


Hereford The Ox House Wine Company


Thurs 18th July

Ross on Wye to Chew Stoke




Fri 19th July

Chew Stoke to South Molton




Sat 20th July

South Molton to Wadebridge




Sun 21st July

Wadebridge to Lands End


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What to do in the School Holidays

A special interest is invaluable to a child for many reasons such as giving the child self-esteem and emotional stability. To give a list of prospective hobbies would fill this magazine. It may be that you the parent has a hobby and would like to pass it on or share with the children. They may or may not take to it, do not be disappointed if the response is not as positive as you would ideally wish for. In this case try guiding the children into the numerous options available and encouraging them to partake in one or more of them. Just be aware that you cannot force a child into enjoying a hobby. Web sites for hobbies: • •

Local Activities

We who live in the Cotswolds are fortunate to have local authorities who publicise available activities for the family in both Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Make use of them you will be surprised at the variety of events within relative easy reach that are available to all who receive this magazine. Web sites for local activities: • • • •

Thankyou John Harris would like to thank all those who have so far kindly sponsored him in his challenge to ride from John O’ Groats to Lands End.

Other Ideas

• Camp out in the garden Make it a family occasion, declare the house out of bounds, have a barbeque, observe the stars and planets see how many constellations and planets that you can identify. August is good for the Perseid Meteor Showers they peak on Monday 12th but you will be able to observe them on the days before and after.

• Have an internet lesson from your children A useful exercise for a rainy day let them teach you about Applications, Blogs, Facebook, Twitters, Tweets, Chat Rooms, Forums, Discussion Boards. They will love showing you their expertise and it is the ideal way of catching up on what they do in their spare surfing time.

• Do you know the full capability of your mobile? Once more let the youngsters teach you, it will be an amazing experience.

• Sleep Overs A good and positive way of nurturing independence and social connections from an early age.

• Plan a Walk Obtain an Ordnance Survey Map of the area and open in out. I can guarantee that there are areas that you have not visited. Encourage the children to plan a walk; they will need to work out the distance, time and what they need to take, perhaps even a picnic can be organised at the end of the walk. It is a super way of learning how to read a map and the country code. John Harris

The sponsorship challenge has now reached £1,000. We are looking for supporting companies willing to complete the remaining stage sponsorship spaces before John starts peddling on 3rd July.

Opposite is a list of companies and personnel who have sponsored John for a specific stage. Their contributions, along with others, are going directly to Against Breast Cancer and Beat (beating eating disorders).

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The Sixteenth Annual Charlbury Beer Festival will take place on Saturday 29 June 2013 at Charlbury Cricket Club (just over the road from Charlbury station), from midday till late. Apart from the fifty or so real ales on offer, there will be a range of ciders and wines, Pimm’s, good food, children’s entertainment, the World Aunt Sally Open Singles Championship, quality soft drinks, and live music.

Out & About 6th July

Strawberry Tea in aid of Breast Cancer Care St Kenelms Hall Brize Norton Road, Minster Lovell: 2 - 4pm This is an afternoon tea which is in aid of Breast Cancer Care. It is the 9th year i have hosted this event and it gets more popular each year. We also have a raffle and home-made cakes to buy. You have a waitress that will take your order and bring your tea and cake. 2-4pm £3.50 for tea/cake (approx) St Kenelms Hall Brize Norton Road, Minster Lovell. Oxfordshire OX29 0SE. Tel: 01993 775532

Under 18s are admitted free. For adults there is a two-tier entrance fee: £10 for beer-drinkers (for a souvenir glass and beer / cider / Pimms tokens), and £5 for others. In return you get great entertainment and music all day. And remember... it’s all for a good cause!


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Please note that dogs aren’t allowed on the cricket pitch, but there will be a dog-parking area with fresh water all day. The Charlbury Beer Festival exists solely to raise money for good causes. Charlbury Primary School has been our biggest beneficiary, but we support a wide range of community groups and projects in the Charlbury area and beyond. More recently we have allocated a proportion of our funds each year to a hand-picked good cause helping children in the developing world. More details: www.

• Burford Boarding Gift & Craft Day Burford Boarding House: 10 - 4pm FREE ENTRY to a wide choice of stalls both outside and indoors. Aprons, Beads, Bags, Bangles, Books, Bubble Bath, Crochet Gifts, Cushions, Cards, Freshwater pearls, Goats Milk Soap, Jams, Shabby Chic Boxes, Vintage Fabric, Wooden Toys, even pendants made from Zebra Jasper , to name just a small selection of things to see and buy. Refreshments will be on sale tea, coffee, fruit juice, cakes, Hot Pork Rolls or even a cream scone, just what is needed to sustain you while you browse. Burford Boarding House Oxfordshire OX18 4SA ......................................................................................................................

6th & 7th July

• Annual Cotswold Show at Cirencester Cirencester Park To celebrate 25 years, the show site has been extended, over 50 attractions have been booked and there will be over 200 trade stands for a shopping extravaganza. Early bird tickets, with big discounts on the gate price, are now on sale via the Show’s website Family tickets are just £27 for 2 adults and up to 3 children, adult tickets are just £10 and children (3-12 years) are £4. Under 3s are free. Full details and headlining attraction line-up: ......................................................................................................................

12th & 13th July  

• Opera Brava Opera Brava, the premier national and international touring opera company feature some world class performers.Bring along your best picnic and relax in style and splendour. Performance commences 7.30pm. Gates will open early at 6.30pm for picnics. Tickets Adult £25, Child £10 | Box Office  01242 572 573   or  01444 443 000


13th July

• Craft & Gift Fair Chipping Norton Town Hall: 11am - 4pm Chipping Norton Town Hall - Free entry. Or you can take a stall. Tables are £35 a day. For more details see:


27th July

• Mathew Barley ‘Around Britten’ 2013 Tour Lodge Park Two concerts by Matthew Barley as a part of his ‘Around Britten’ tour. The ‘Around Britten’ tour venues include cathedrals and symphony halls, yet Lodge Park is offering a unique opportunity for just sixty fortunate music lovers to hear the full concert in the intimacy of the Great Room and to meet and informallychatwithMatthewoveradrink after the performance. Due to very limited seats, early booking is recommended.  Concerts 4.30pm and 7.30pm  Tickets  Adult £25, child £10. | Box Office  0844 249 1895 ......................................................................................................................

27th July - 4th August

• Three Choirs Festival Gloucester Various Venues - Gloucester The world’s oldest classical choral festival brings you over 80 exhilarating performances. Our TC+ programme includes events for the family and even the chance to try your hand at conducting in our ‘conducting pods’ situated at Gloucester Quays. Tickets & information: / 0845 6521823 / ......................................................................................................................

18th August  

• Another Lazy Sunday Lodge Park: 11am - 4pm Following on from the popularity last year, come along to Another Lazy Sunday, with music, games and family fun, Bring a picnic and relax. Normal admission charges apply. NT Members free. 01451 844 130 |


26th August

• Shipton under Wychwood Village Fete Recreation Ground and in New Beaconsfield Hall. 1.30pm - 4.30pm Enjoy a fantastic day out, lots of fun and games, stalls and competitions. Classic Car Parade, music during the day. Bring your best friend for the Fun Dog Show and Agility Course, running all afternoon. BBQ and drink available, ice creams, teas and cakes. Children’s Races, Bouncy Castle, Go Karts and Jousting Horse. Try your skill at goal shooting, bowls, skittles and golf pitching.Visit: for latest information. ......................................................................................................................

30th & 31st August

• Quilting in the Cotswolds Burford School : 930am - 5pm An Exhibition of Quilts from Cupcake Cottons. Also on Sunday 1st September 10.00am-4.00pm. Entrance £2.50. Demonstrations by: Barbara Chainey (Hand Quilting) Maggie Harris (Textile Artist) Jane Thorne (Bernina Specialist) Suppliers: Cupcake Cottons, West End Sewing Machines & Craft Shed. Light Refreshments, Raffle, Tombola. For further details contact : Cupcake Cottons 01993 824974 | ......................................................................................................................

20th - 22nd September

• Charlbury Street Fair The main purpose of Street Fair and Open Gardens is to raise money for the upkeep of the Corner House and the War Memorial Hall - two community buildings that play such an important part in the lives of so many people in and around Charlbury. It is a great fun day with something for every generation. Full details at: ..............................................................

The editors cannot be held responsible for any changes to the events listed. All events are correct at time of going to print.


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for PIMM’S?

History of Pimm’s Pimm’s originated in an Oyster Bar in Poultry Street, in the City of London, owned by James Pimm in 1840. Here he created the Pimm’s ‘house Cup’ flavoured with liqueurs and fruit extract. He rapidly built up a chain of restaurants in a variety of locations, including The Old Bailey and other places “to be seen” for City businessmen of the day. James Pimm is said to have blended his famous ‘No 1 Cup’, on the premises and it was then sold in pints in pewter tankards. By 1859 Pimm’s was on sale outside of the restaurants and in 1865 the company was sold to Frederick Sawyer and the first bottle of Pimm’s is sold for 3 shillings. The company was sold on again in 1875 to Sir Horatio Davies who in the following years expanded the sale of the drink. It could be found

Recipe for Traditional Pimm’s No 1 Easy - Take a jug or glass and fill it with ice, mix one part Pimm’s No. 1 with 3 parts chilled lemonade, add some mint, cucumber, orange and strawberry. ...........................................................

Recipe for Pimm’s Jelly Pimm’s is Britain’s number one summer drink but also takes on a great role as a refreshing Pimm’s Jelly. A Pimm’s jelly recipe is so simple that you will be making Pimm’s jelly all summer long. Don’t feel restricted to just using


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not only the UK, but also throughout the British Empire and the association of the drink with all things British began. The No 1 cup is as popular today as ever; the first Pimm’s Bar opened at the world famous tennis tournament, Wimbledon in 1971 and today over 80,000 pints of Pimm’s and lemonade are sold every year to spectators. A hot English summer’s day, watching Wimbledon, the cricket or simply lazing in the back garden, one essential drink must be a glass of Pimm’s, an English summer drink through and through. A Pimm’s is so quick and easy to prepare as you can see in this Pimm’s Recipe for Pimm’s No 1 cup. The drink is so popular it is often thought of as the number two English drink, tea of course being the first.

strawberries in the Pimm’s jelly recipe. you can ring the changes with other summer fruits, raspberries work very well. Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes Yield: Makes 4 - 6 jellies Ingredients: 4 oz/115g golden super fine/caster sugar ½ cup/100ml water Juice of half a lemon ½ oz/12g gelatine leaves ¾ cup/175ml Pimm’s No. 1 2 cups/500ml diet fizzy lemonade 8 oz/250g fresh strawberries, roughly chopped

Few torn fresh mint leaves Preparation: Place the sugar into a small saucepan, add the water and lemon juice, stir. Gently dissolve the sugar over a low heat. Once dissolved simmer for a few minutes then remove from the heat. Break the gelatine leaves into small pieces and cover with cold water. Leave to soak for 5 minutes then add to the sugar solution and stir until thoroughly dissolved. Pour the sugar syrup into a bowl, add the Pimm’s and the lemonade. Place the bowl over a bowl of iced water

and leave to cool until the jelly is just starting to set – about 30 minutes. If you stir the jelly from time to time this will speed up the process. As soon as the jelly begins to set add the strawberries and stir, add the mint leaves and stir again. Pour the jelly into large wine glasses, or glass bowls and place in the refrigerator, preferably overnight. Serve with extra strawberries and mint and cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Madness in the July Borders It is July 14th, five minutes to two o’clock, and the gates are about to open for my annual opening in aid of the National Garden Scheme. Will my garden be given ten out of ten or just a ‘not bad’ I wonder? With any luck, if the weather has been kind, the plants will be bursting out of their allotted spaces and turning their winking faces to the sun. I have inspected my border umpteen times. I have tried my best, which is my motto at all times, and I have made my border – a mixture of shrubs and perennials – over a number of months, even years, by first of all sitting down with the Royal Horitcultural Society’s “Dictionary of Gardening” or some similar book and making a list of suitable plants for my border. Four ingredients are necessary for a successful border. They are: firstly, good preparation of the soil by digging in plenty of well-rotted cow manure and applying fertiliser such as bone meal at the type of planting, good colour combinations, graded heights, the tallest plants at the back, medium height plants in the middle and low growing plants in front, and good maintenance of the border once it is planted. Borders can be of different kinds: traditional herbaceous borders consisting mainly of perennials with fillers of annuals with half hardy annuals, mixed borders composed of shrubs, perennials and annuals, or shrubs on their own. My own borders have been a mixture of foliage plants and perennials, with a good selection of shrub roses, because my favourite flowers are amongst the shrub roses. It is purely a matter of taste. The time to plant your border is in the spring, when the plants are still dormant, unless, of course, you buy your plants in containers, in which you can plant them at any time except when the ground is too frosted or too hard. The best method is to do a planting plan first, then lay out the plants in their allotted spaces on the ground. Group each kind – at least five of each plant – with the correct spaces in between each

plant – usually about 12 inches or more. Make sure your plants have not dried out before planting and water them in well. Most people have no idea of the amount of water required by each plant. A hosepipe laid along the back of the border sprinkling water for several hours is advisable, unless of course, you have a hosepipe ban. That most eminent of women gardeners, Miss Gertrude Jekyll, who wrote a book called “Colour in the Garden”, paid great attention to the arrangement of her plants, according to the colour theories of a Frenchman called Michel Chavreuil. Warm colours – reds, oranges and yellows on one side of the colour wheel were graded in the border, cool colours – purples, blues (dark and pale colours), finishing with white were farther along the border. Today we content ourselves with our own favourite colour combinations, but having said that, there are definitely some colours which do not go together. Magenta for example definitely does not go salmon pink! Of my favourite hibiscus plants I consider red hollyhocks good for the back of the border and Lobelia Fulgens or Cardinalis good for the next row of plants. In front orange Geums such as “Mrs Bradshaw” look well. Orange flowers to use include Kniphofia (red hot pokers) “Royal Standard”, then for yellow flowers I would choose Rudbeckia Goldsturm, known as “Black Eyed Susan”, Coreopsis Verticillata or Achillea “Moonshine”. Mix silver and bronze foliage with your flowers and you have the recipe for a stunning display. I use the tall ornamental artichoke (Scolymus cynara) for the back of the border or purple leafed fennel (Foeniculaceum Purpurascens), and for lower growing plants I choose Artemesia Arborescens “Lambrook Silver” or Bunny’s Ears “Stachys Lanata” with its felted ears. Somewhere in the centre of the border will be a variety of spurge – Euphorbia Characias – with flower bracts of glistening yellow. It may not still be blooming but it is nevertheless worth having for its foliage alone. At planting time there will inevitably be a few changes, but some flexibility is inevitable.

I invariably use massed sweet peas at the back of the border. Choose a scented variety (Lathyrus odorata), and train them over brushwood if you are able to get it, otherwise make a wigwam shape arrangement with vertical and horizontal canes. Shrubby lavenders such as the “Hidcote” variety have silver foliage as do the cotton lavenders (varieties Chamaecyparrisses and Incana). There are other silver foliage plants amongst the artemesias and you need to look in the catalogues of your chosen nursery or garden centre for their particular varieties. Avoid using hybrid tea roses in a border because of their stiff formal habit. Instead use shrub roses such as the hybrid musks such as “Felicia” or “Cornelia”, such as the Rugosa hybrids or the white flowered “Blanc Double Coubert”. These roses will grow to five or more feet and are useful for the back of the border. Amongst the summer shrubs which do well for me are Genus Philadelphus amongst which the best known are the varieties “Belle Etolie” and “Manteau D’Ermine”. Dahlias, which are grown from tubers and which are natives of Mexico and are therefore not hardy, are a must for any summer border. They are late summer rather than early summer flowers, and their great beauty is in the number of different colours which are available from red, orange, pink and white. Because they are not hardy you will need to lift them after flowering and stall the tubers in a dry place. Varieties include the cactus varieties with their ebullient flower shape and the more sedate “Coltness” hybrids. The red flowered “Bishop of Llandaff” connoisseur’s plant, is my favourite. Finally give your border a good backdrop. Hedges of yew, beach or hornbeam, are the best, unless you are lucky enough to have a wall on your boundary. Dianna Baskervyle-Glegg, June 2013

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Awards for West Oxfordshire’s sporting stars

Story Sophia was born on 7th December 2010, 8 weeks premature. After 4 weeks in the Special Care Baby Unit, we could take our little princess home – and she was perfect.

Budding sports stars and inspirational club staff were honoured at the annual West Oxfordshire Sports Awards recently.

Sophia was sent for an MRI scan and later diagnosed with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. We couldn't believe what was happening. We cried (a lot), we talked (when we were strong) and did a mountain of research. Sophia is our world – there is nothing we wouldn’t do to make her life the best it can possibly be.

there is a strong possibility that Sophia will require orthopaedic surgery, on top of her usual treatments.

Sophia is an amazing child. She is beautiful, intelligent, strong and loving – always trying her hardest in everything she does. She is incredibly strong-willed and determined, and this means she has already progressed beyond anything the professionals had expected. Despite this, moving around is incredibly difficult for Sophia. She doesn’t have the agility to reach things other children can, or the manoeuvrability to go where she wants. Her feet are very sensitive and the spasticity in her muscles causes her to walk on her tip-toes and with a scissorgait. Her bones are likely to deform and

The first 8 months were wonderful, but then we noticed Sophia wasn’t able to sit up, crawl or play with her feet like most babies, and her legs started to spasm. We took her for x-rays, which showed her hips were fine, but we were referred to a neurologist. Alarm bells started to ring – what could be wrong with our little angel?

There is an operation – Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) – that would reduce the pain in her legs, allow her to place her feet flat, and – with years of intensive physiotherapy – should mean she can walk independently. The operation will be carried out in America and the treatment will cost a massive £65,000. This is a very daunting amount to raise, but Sophia deserves this opportunity and we are determined to do all that we can to reach this target.

The ceremony, held at Witney Lakes Resort, acknowledged the District’s talented athletes as well as the valuable work carried out by the sports clubs, coaches and unsung heroes. West Oxfordshire District Council runs the awards in partnership with GLL Sports Foundation. Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member responsible for leisure was full of praise for the winners. He said: “This is one of my favourite events of the year as it a chance to celebrate the passion, achievement, dedication and commitment of the talent we have in West Oxfordshire. The awards covered a wide spectrum of sports and leisure activities, and fly the flag for our District in county, national, international and world events. We are grateful to the support of GLL, our leisure provider for sponsoring the higher awards and offering free gym membership to all the award winners at West Oxfordshire leisure centres.” Peter Bundey, Chair of the GLL Sports Foundation said, “West Oxfordshire should hold its head up high for the variety of awards and activities represented. As well as recognising all the very deserving award winners, we are committed to supporting people to help improve their talent at whatever age and whatever level.” Twenty one individual awards were handed out to local athletes by Cllr Richard Langridge and Peter Bundey. Many are already achieving regional and national recognition and one of these is Manon Bradley who is now ranked first in the world for powerlifting. Her focus this year is on the World Championships. Special awards were also given: Sports Club of the Year, Coach of the Year and Unsung Hero.

Unsung Hero Award

This was presented to Norrie Aitkin of Cassington Sports and Social Club. Norrie Aitken is a committed volunteer who puts in many hours maintaining the playing fields, football pitch, cricket pitch and the area surrounding the clubs such as car park, paths and hard standings around the pavilion.

Photograph of Norrie Aitkin (left) receiving his award from Cllr Richard Langridge

He is described by his Club as always cheerful and never looking for thanks. Club committee member Kate Rogers said, “Norrie is completely committed and utterly reliable and always works with a smile.”

Sports Club of the Year

Carterton Gymnastics Club was crowned Sports Club of the Year in recognition of its achievements and links with the local community. The Club provides coaching for all ages and has 100 children participating at all levels. Last year they coached an elite squad to county and regional level and coached a veteran gymnast to national level, achieving second place in the GB veteran competition Head Coach, Debra Courtney Crane, received the award on behalf of the Club and said, “This is a fantastic achievement for the Club and all the volunteers who give up so much of their time. This is why the Club is such a success. I have 12 volunteer coaches helping me and I couldn’t do it without them. ”

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Cotswold Sky

10 Facts about the Sun

CDC prevents potential demolition of Moreton hospital building Cotswold District Council has put in place a temporary restriction on the potential demolition of the Victorian parts of the old cottage hospital in Moreton-in-Marsh.   The council served an Article 4 Direction on Friday 24 May which withdrew the ‘permitted development’ rights that would otherwise apply by virtue of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. This was prompted by CDC’s recognition that the building is an important heritage asset.

• The Sun is 4.6 billion years old and is about half way through its life. • The Sun is our nearest star without which we could not survive. • It rotates once every 27 days • Light takes 8mins 18seconds to reach us. • It is 109 times wider than the Earth and the photograph from NASA gives one an idea of how insignificant in size we are by comparison. •The Sun comprises of approximately 75% Hydrogen and 24% Helium the remainder being other gases. • It releases heat and light by a process known as Nuclear Fusion which is a process of the Hydrogen being compressed into Helium. • The surface temperature is 5,500 Celsius whilst its core is estimated to be 13,600,000 Celsius. • The Sun also emits charged particles often referred to as the Solar Wind which produce the Aurora Borealis i.e. “Northern Lights” • It is some 30,000 light years from the centre of the Milky Way and takes about 250 million years to complete an orbit around the Galaxy.

Venus is low in the evening twilight throughout July and into August. Saturn may be observed in the South West as the skies darken in July and August. Jupiter emerges along with Mars in the early twilight of July and August. Mercury has good apparition during the first two weeks of August and can be observed below Marsh and Jupiter. 19th July

To the lower right of the Moon tonight is the bright star Antares which is in the constellation of Orion Antares means ‘Rival of Mars’, due to its red-looking nature, for Mars can look like a very bright red star at certain times too.

NASA and the UK Space Agency are joining forces on a trio of space missions:

2014: The Sunjammer Mission

12th August


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Accommodation business can join the Cotswolds Tourism Local Assessment Scheme - or the National Quality Assurance Standards for the first time between 1st June and 31st October and get 50% OFF your 2013 Cotswolds Tourism Membership* for the rest of 2013.

This is a great opportunity for businesses to be part of the Cotswolds Tourism Local Assessment Scheme (CTLAS) or gain star ratings through the National Quality Assurance Standards (Visit England or the AA.)


For early risers at 04.30 hours Jupiter Mars and Mercury can be observed directly below a Waning Crescent Moon

to Mars will carry instruments developed by Imperial College London and the University of Oxford to research the interior of Mars.

What’s so new about a 10th edition?  A lot! More than a third of the entries have changed since the last edition.   Of the original 236 entries in the 1st edition over 75% of them have been deleted or amended due to changes of ownership over the years, and more recently through outright closures.

observing s ate l l i te u n d e r de ve l opment with the European Space Agency. The object is to perform detailed measurements of Sun.

4th August

2016: The InSight Mission

NEAR THE MOTORWAYS provides an invaluable guide to the best UK refreshment stops within five minutes of the motorway.

2017: The Solar Orbiter Mission comprises of a Sun


will study space weather using instruments developed by the Imperial College London.

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Tonight is the peak of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. It’s one of the best Shooting Star displays of the year, with generally consistent rates of around 80 meteors per hour. Also, with the Moon only a crescent, it will be well out of the way before the meteors start John Harris

The Council has erected site notices and contacted the owner of the site and neighbours, and has published details of the Article 4 Direction on its website . Anyone who wishes to submit comments should send them to  The Direction will last for 6 months at the outset, during which the Council will considering any representations that might come forward and then decide whether or not to confirm it.  Aside from protecting the old building from demolition, the Direction will require anyone wishing to make minor alterations including erection of a new fence or gate - to submit a planning application.   Commenting on the decision, the Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr Sue Jepson, said: “This may not be a listed building but it is prominent in the town and the site lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   Not only is the hospital of architectural and historic interest, it is also viewed by the local community as a cherished landmark building because it has played a key role in the life of the town and surrounding villages since its construction at the end of the nineteenth century. “After consultation with the relevant Ward Members in Moreton, we served the Article 4 Direction because the building is no longer in use as a hospital and there is currently no planning control in place that would prevent its demolition.”

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Near the Motorways retains its focus on finding 225 of the best places to stop for refreshment within five minutes of a motorway junction away from the rat race. Each place has been selected by the author who also did the charming pen and wash drawings of each pub, restaurant or hotel with a brief description. They are included on the basis of their friendliness, imaginative menu or peaceful surroundings. In addition you will find a special mention for child and dog-friendly pit-stops, opening and closing times for food, a guide to prices as well as a list of Places of Interest nearby. Near the Motorways has easy to follow maps with any filling stations highlighted and the SatNav details are also given. All the motorways are included plus the A1(M), A3(M) A14 and A19. Hugh said “Every entry is within five minutes of a motorway junction, which just goes to show that you don’t have to travel far to find affordable alternatives to Service Stations.”   ................................................................................................................................................................. Near the Motorways is published by Cheviot Books. ISBN: 978 09539920 96 RRP £14.95   Available from bookshops or online from Waterstones, Blackwells, WH Smith and Amazon.

Providers of accommodation which is currently ungraded can apply for the CTLAS which is a local assessment scheme and is a stepping stone towards the National Quality Assurance Standards. It is delivered in partnership with Visit England and, while accommodation providers meeting the standard will not yet be participating in the national scheme, they will be demonstrating their commitment to quality improvements and confirming that they are clean, comfortable and fit for purpose. Alternatively, stand out from the rest and participate in the National Quality Assurance Standards Scheme and gain a star rating, for details please contact Quality in Tourism on 0845 300 6996. Sally Graff, Moreton Area Centre and Tourism Manager from Cotswold District Council, says, “This is a fantastic opportunity for accommodation owners to help drive up standards in the Cotswolds. We need to pull together as an industry and as a region to create a positive impression so we can encourage first-time visitors to the Cotswolds and also ensure that those who have been before will keep returning. Providers of attractions, accommodation, transport, shops, cafes, and events organisers can work together to ensure our tourism offer is as great as it can be”.

Benefits from joining either of the above schemes: • Affordable • Eligibility for inclusion in the Cotswolds, Cheltenham & Gloucester Visitor Guide, NB: Sales open next month for the Visitor Guide 2014 • *Eligibility for the membership scheme operated by Cotswolds Tourism (subject to fees) - benefits include free web promotion www., special offers, latest news, Cotswolds events, banner advertising, PR & press trips, and membership cards. • Referrals and direct bookings through your local Tourist Information Centres • Inclusion in accommodation listings at your local Tourist Information Centres • Marketing and business development advice from your local Tourism Officer • Impartial advice from fully trained local assessors. ---------------------------------------------• Cotswolds Tourism is a membership organisation with over 300 members. • Membership costs start from £99 + VAT annually • Cotswolds local assessment scheme cost start at £80 + VAT dependant upon size of business. ---------------------------------------------Moreton Area Centre and Tourism Manager Cotswold District Council - Cotswolds Tourism Partnership Tel number 01608 650881 Email address tourism@cotswold.

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Refreshments: please be aware that the bar is an essential part of the financial viability of many of our events.These are not BYOB occasions, and we ask our audience to respect this. We plan our film programme a couple of months ahead, and we list films here as soon as we can. We try to be flexible and not commit ourselves too far in advance, so we can respond to the ever-changing deadlines in the film industry and bring you the most interesting films as soon as we can.

Live entertainments are booked further ahead. For information about our films, or about ChOC generally, email the secretary, Jon Carpenter, at For information about ChOClive email the coordinator, Jackie Hague, at: Full details:

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Frogmill Hotel: p15 Grapevine Hotel: p15 Wiltshire Farm Foods: p24


Eynsham Park Sawmill: p17 Phil Dadge: p6

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Scentimentle: p13 Wychwood Wrought Iron: p9

Kitchen & Bathroom Design Cliff Grove & Sons: p1 Rooms 4 Improvement: p9


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Bartlett Tree Experts: p17 Colin Brand Landscape Gardener: p17 Driveway & Patio Company: p6

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Skyfall Memorial Hall, Charlbury 7.30pm, doors and bar open 6.45. Cert 15. Duration 2hrs 10mins.


Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Cotswold Aerials: p24 Vision Repairs: p6 Pilates 4 U: p19 Runnerbean: p19 TY Cycles: p19

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Carrick Travel: p5 Witney Shuttle: p13

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C Williams Property Maintenance: p17 Cliff Grove & Sons: p1 CN Glass: p7 Cotswold Oil & Gas Services: p7 Driveway & Patio Company: p6 P Wheeler Electrical: p6 Prior Products: p1 The Locksmith: p22 Window Cleaner: p8 Woodentop Restoration Company: p3

Solar Energy My Power: p1


September Showing “ChOC film of the month” Memorial Hall, Charlbury 7.30pm, doors and bar open 6.45. Cert TBC. Duration TBC. Full details to follow.

...................................................................................................................................................................... Tickets Films Admission £5, payable on the door or online. (Age 15 and under: £3 when the film’s classification permits) Tickets can be purchased here, though there are normally plenty of seats available on the night. Our ever-popular wine and beer bar opens at 6.45pm before films

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