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Windrush Boxing at Brownes Hall in Carterton. Photo: James Wildman


Maxine Crossland Faye Cross Jill Bull Nicholas Field- Johnson Robert Courts MP Robin Shuckburgh Adam Lethbridge Anna Pitt

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April 4 Welcome from the Mayor 6 News - The new Carterton Pavilion 8 Town Council News 10 Cllr Nicholas Field-Johnson 11 News from Robert Courts MP 12 RAF Brize Norton Tactical Air Trafic Control 13 Carterton Community Centre 15 Carterton Police Team 16 U3A - The University of the Third Age 17 Crosstalk with Maxine Crossland 18 Open Gardens 20 Community Hub 21 In the Frame

22 Cotswold Flower Club Carterton Brownies 23 Carterton Walks Sherborne Estate 24 Witney Rotary Club 25 The Food Angels 26 Review Lynwood Café 28 West Ox Arts 29 Community College 30 The Cotswold Explorer 32 A trip to Morrisons... with Robin Shuckburgh 33 Cookery with Anna Pitt 34 Carterton in Pictures 36 Carterton Library 37 The Panto Review 30 Sport: Windrush Boxing Club 32 Useful Town Information CARTERTON CRIER - APRIL 2022


“ The Council is planning or supporting many events during the Jubilee Celebrations and I would encourage as many of you as possible to participate, engage and enjoy them as much as possible.”



Your Mayor


ecently, I had cause to catch an early bus to Oxford from the crossroads. As I walked from home, I was struck by how lucky we are to live in a town that - even in an emerging dawn - you can see the daffodils fighting to flourish and the recently replanted town centre tubs have already delivered a wonderful splash of colour to our town centre. These initiatives to improve our town are delivered by your Town Councillors and our contractors and I would take this time to thank them all for their efforts in ensuring that we continue to benefit from their hard work. It will not have gone unnoticed, I am sure, that Her Majesty The Queen is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee, and has asked that to mark this wonderful occasion trees are planted across the nation. I am delighted that Carterton has fully engaged with Her Majesty’s wishes and the first phase of planting along Brize Norton Road has been completed. The Council is planning or supporting many events during the Jubilee Celebrations and I would encourage as many of you as possible to participate, engage and enjoy them as much as possible. As details are finalised, we will be publishing Jubilee Events and confirming dates for the Carterton Carnival, a May Day Fair and a Council led street party. Looking further ahead, we are also in discussions relating to holding a potential Oktoberfest. We are determined to blow the Covid cobweb away and with a little bit of summer sunshine and participation from you I am confident we can achieve that.

Nick Leverton




Carterton pavilion update I am delighted to report that plans for the Alvescot Road Recreation Ground Pavilion are progressing well. The Working Group, made up of local residents and Councillors, created a much-altered design for the Pavilion which was discussed by Council on 15th February 2022.

The controversial aspect of the original plans has been completely changed. This will enable easier access for the public and in particular those requiring disabled facilities. We are confident that subject to some minor changes this latest design is fit for purpose, future-proof, and brings with it enhanced facilities for all recreation ground users. During the meeting, it was agreed that community groups would be given time to discuss the proposal, and Council voted overwhelmingly to allow further representations from the public with a deadline of mid-July.



As is usual, with projects such as this, once final ratification of the plans has been given, Council will be able to go out to tender through the normal channels, and we anticipate a large part of the funding to be obtained from external sources.

Council agreed that their agent should be instructed to make a planning application based on the final approved design after July. Nick Leverton Chair

The show must go on

Carterton Carnival is back again this year on Saturday 27th August. With stalls, attractions, fairground, music and more on the Alvescot Road Recreation ground. We hope to also bring back the procession which we sadly had to halt last year due to Covid restrictions. So, get your thinking caps on, we want to see your ideas and colourful creations. The Carnival is now an expected event in the Town Calendar, and we all look forward to it. It brings everyone together to enjoy the summer sunshine and have a fun day on the rec.

We have a mixture of local stall holders as well as attractions and fair ground rides. There will be a good mix of food and drink vendors as well as stalls free to local schools and charities to showcase their own great work. We have a carnival committee set up but anyone that wants to come along and help make this great event a success please join us by contacting us by email: All Welcome. Here’s to another great day for all we look forward to seeing you.

The Christmas Lights The Carterton Town Christmas lights switch on was again a great success for the town, supported by over 4,000 visitors. Before the actual event takes place an awful lot of work goes in to making it that happen. We start months earlier with the preparation for the Lantern Parade by ordering supplies, our thanks go to Katie at the Town Hall for all of her hard work with this, contacting schools to make lanterns and organizing the community workshops. Over 500 children and young people took part in the school workshops and a further 300 families came along to the community days. These were held in both Brownes Hall and the Community Centre and our thanks go to both of them and their committees for the use of their facilities. The willow, the glue, the tissue paper all comes together to produce the wonderful lanterns we saw in the parade on the night and what a spectacular sight that was. We met at the Community College and walked from there into the town centre and onto the market square in readiness for the lights switch-on. The walk takes over half an hour due to the fantastic amount of families that join in. We are enormously proud of our Lantern Parade as we are the only West brief

Get walking again!

At this time of year we start to think about the mud drying up and getting out to walk in the beautiful English countryside again, but where to find new and interesting walks? Walking in Oxfordshire https://www. has hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, details of all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place. John Harris (the custodian of the website) said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Oxfordshire (part of the Walking in England website) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’. With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy. So, home or away, check out the websites and get walking!

Oxfordshire town to do this and it always looks fantastic and gets us all in the mood for Christmas which was especially welcome after the year we have all had. The lanternmaking is a free to every child, young person and family within our town and the council is proud to support this. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the Mayor, Nick Leverton, my fellow councillors, the local schools and community facilities and my personal thanks goes out to all of them as well as every child, young person and family that joined us to make this event such a success. Thank you Jill Bull Deputy Mayor.

A Harvest Celebration

A community Flower Festival at St John’s Church, 1st October. We want your support! Plan it into your group’s diary. Create a flower display to celebrate Harvest. Categories: • Funniest • Most beautiful • Most imaginative/original Contact: billietweedy@outlook. com or 07443 542891 CARTERTON CRIER - APRIL 2022

7 brief Fix My Street

Oxfordshire County Council created OXTOG – Oxfordshire Together – to mobilise and support a team of volunteers around the county to help look after their own roads, pavements and public rights of way. As part of OXTOG there is a growing team of volunteers known as Fix My Street Super Users. The Super Users are, in effect, the ‘eyes and ears’ of the County Council Highways Officers and are trained to report and action certain road repairs, specifically potholes and damaged kerbs, on low-speed, minor roads using Fix My Street. The Volunteer Co-ordination team at Oxfordshire County Council is currently recruiting more Fix My Street Super Users in this area. The training takes place online in small groups.

Town Council

The Community Bus Recently, I was in the middle of baking when I realised I had run out of flour. It was a cold, wet day - really uninviting - and my partner had the car. Bother!!! Bother!!! Bother!!! I had to put on my coat and boots and trudge all the way down to the town centre. Half-way there I was passed by the Carterton Town Bus, I realised I could have got down to town so much faster and more comfortably than walking. I called myself some rude names and trudged on.

For about a year now, there has been a Carterton-only bus service three-days a week – Tuesday, Thursday (good for going to the market) and Saturday. It follows two circular-routes around the town; bus number 345 covers the north, 355 does the south. Bus pass holders can travel for free. For everyone else, the fare is £2.30 per journey. The buses are run by a not-for-profit company and any surpluses are ploughed back into keeping the buses running. Return fares are not available. - Cllr Crossland

345/355 Carterton Connector Service (with effect from Tuesday 2 March 2021) Northern Loop Service 345 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (except public holidays )

If you already use Fix My Street and can walk around your town or village regularly (or even daily) and would like to find out more, please contact: volunteercoordinationteam@


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The May Day Fair has been organised by the local branch of Save the Children Fund for over 40-years and we are delighted that after a two-year break it will be going ahead in 2022! On Monday 2nd May the Recreation Ground will become a hive of activity as we bring the community together for a day of fun and enjoyment. There will be lots of entertainment and attractions across the entire field including fairground rides,

go-karts, refreshments, vintage cars, a scarecrow trail, a dog show (run by the amazing K9 Playtime Academy) plus lots more. Will you be brave enough to meet Flame, the Dragon who will be prowling around the field?! There will also be lots of local business and charity stalls for you to browse and enjoy, including in our large craft marquee. You can also come along and pick up a bargain at the Car Boot Sale, or sell all your

unwanted goods you sorted out during lock down. If you want a car boot you can just turn up on the day (entry between 9.30am-10am). It costs £8 per car or £15 for commercial sellers. Keep an eye on our website for more exciting details: We look forward to bringing you a fun-filled day that everyone can enjoy! All profits from the day go to Save The Children to help disadvantaged children all over the world.

Carterton Gymnastic Club After being run from a school hall for 30 years, Carterton Gymnastic Club opened the doors to a brand new, purpose built gymnastics and sports facility in April last year. With over 700 members of all ages and abilities, The Vault in Carterton is a welcoming place to take part in the wonderful sport of gymnastics or one of our many other activities: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Cheerleading Yoga Adult gymnastics Pre-school & free-play gymnastics Dance Acro Birthday Parties Jazzercise Holiday Clubs Barre Fitness Sports Acro Circuit Training Over 50’s Fit & Flexible

Inclusivity has always underpinned everything that we do at The Vault. It was always our aim to provide a facility for every member of the community and we are proud that we have successfully integrated over 100 young people, with a wide variety of special needs, into our mainstream classes. We also run our Comets class for those with more severe disabilities who need to attend with a carer/supporter. With small classes of up to 6 participants plus carer, they can be tailored to the needs of the participants. Pop in to see us and make use of our lovely café area, or visit our website to find out more about all of our classes: CARTERTON CRIER - APRIL 2022


OCC Report - Cllr Nicholas Field-Johnson

Saving our local rivers

215,886 hours ...Thames Water has reported dumping untreated sewage from its various overflows on 18,443 occasions in 2020 How one fondly remembers the pleasure of swimming in our local rivers 15 years ago which were clean, pure and transparent, today the once sparkling water is now murky, dull and coffee coloured – full of raw sewage. Even our dogs are discouraged from taking a dip. In the last two years, the Swinbrook River Day has been cancelled due to the state of the River Windrush. Thames Water continue to pour raw sewage into our rivers and use the river as a further sewage outlet. It is a complete disgrace. 215,886 - is the total number of hours that Thames Water has reported dumping untreated sewage from its various overflows on 18,443 occasions in 2020 - a shocking number from a company that was until recently claiming to do this only in exceptional circumstances to stop sewage flooding people’s homes. 215,886 is a huge increase on the around 110,000 reported in 2019, some of this is due to more monitors coming online - so it may get even worse in 2022 if more monitors are added. Thames Water continues to be criticised for its continual dumping of raw sewage into our rivers, especially for the long-term events which, when caused by groundwater infiltration (as many are) are not legally permitted. I am pleased to report that Burford has now installed its own river testing equipment. This is due to donations to the Save The Windrush Campaign.



Windrush Against Sewage Pollution (“WASP”) will manage the sophisticated testing equipment, based in the Burford area, and will be responsible for the continual assessment of the river. This equipment will allow the local community, via WASP, to trace the releases of sewage from storm drains and elsewhere into our river and provide a comprehensive picture of the scale of pollution from what is described as the routine dumping of untreated sewage in some areas. This will include measuring turbidity or murkiness of the river as well as the dissolved oxygen levels, temperature, PH, conductivity and oxidation reduction potential. These are recognised indicators of sewage pollution and as well as giving an overall running health-check, will most importantly measure changes and provide an early alert to pollution incidents to help to track them down to the source. At the Burford sewage works, Thames Water has agreed to establish a time-lapse camera on the untreated outfall. They have also installed new reed beds as a tertiary treatment measure for the treated effluent (which is regarded as not very special). A further visit is scheduled in February to the Burford sewage works to see this improvement, which WASP is organising, and I will report our findings in a later edition.

News from your MP I am sure that readers will welcome the fact that, since my last column, the Government has been able to lift all remaining Covid restrictions on individuals and businesses. We are now the most free and open country in Europe, and on course to grow our economy at the fastest rate in the G7.

Robert Courts MP It is worth pausing for a moment to reflect on how we have got here. After all, at this point last year, there were still over four and a half million people on furlough, the hospitality sector was closed, schools were only just beginning a phased return, and there were significant restrictions across all of society. But there was hope, as our extraordinary vaccination rollout was gathering pace. We were the first country in the world to approve a Covid-19 vaccine and thanks to the success of our procurement efforts, we had secured millions of doses to be rolled out across the UK, such as at Chipping Norton Health Centre, which was among the first sites in the country to begin administering vaccines. In the year that followed, our world-leading vaccine and booster programmes have administered 140 million doses, including some 260,000 doses here in West Oxfordshire. This is a truly remarkable achievement, for which we are all grateful to the NHS staff and volunteers involved. What is overwhelmingly clear is that the vaccines work. They save lives, protect the NHS, and enable us to enjoy all the freedoms that make life worth living. It is welcome that the Government has now published its long-term plan for living with Covid-19. This moves us on to a new phase of our response to Covid, moving from strict government regulations to personal responsibility - where we live with and manage Covid like other illnesses, such as seasonal flu.

“We should all be immensely proud of how we have, together, reached the point where we can now safely reclaim all our pre-Covid freedoms.” The Government will maintain our resilience to manage future risks, for example through the outstanding ONS survey which will allow us to continue tracking the virus in granular detail, helping us to spot and respond to any future surges. We should all be immensely proud of how we have, together, reached the point where we can now safely reclaim all our pre-Covid freedoms. Recently, I have been out and about in Carterton, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet many of you. At the beginning

of February, it was a pleasure to formally open the new AstroTurf sports pitch at St Joseph’s Primary School in Carterton and to join in with a kick around with pupils. This new pitch will be a great addition to this excellent local school, enabling pupils to play sports like football, basketball, and cricket in all weathers. Finally, I wanted to say a huge thank you to all the servicemen and women at RAF Brize Norton for all you are doing to coordinate the UK response to the invasion of Ukraine. As ever, when the UK is offering help, it’s the team at Brize that are making it happen. We are all so extremely proud of your efforts. As ever, if there is anything I can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact me at CARTERTON CRIER - APRIL 2022


RAF Brize Norton A unit steeped in history, Tactical Air Traffic Control (TacATC) is shortly to celebrate its 40th year of existence.

Tactical Air Traffic Control Based at RAF Brize Norton, TacATC provide defence with the early entry capability to project 2 Group Tactical Transport Aircraft forward into Temporary Landing Zones (TLZs). The ability to deliver TLZ Operations enables UK Defence and our NATO partners to project troops and supplies to the front line in support of humanitarian operations or conflict at very short notice. Trained beyond the level of their Air Traffic Controller counterparts, the unit are well prepared for the duties they face, and complete various courses designed to enhance their Force Protection skills. They deploy with the latest technology, these controllers maintain an extremely high readiness for the full duration of their 3-5 year tour on the unit. Formed in 1982 during the Falklands Conflict, TacATC supported key logistic aircraft to land at the Falklands Islands main airport in Stanley. Whilst operating under the provision of a Visual Flight Rule (VFR) service, they were able to facilitate the supply of personnel, weapons, building equipment and medical supplies to help reconstitute both the military and islanders in rebuilding post conflict. The team provided support in 1985 for the activation of Mount Pleasant Airfield, which has remained the main operational RAF Base in the Falkland Islands to this day. Initially part of the RAF’s Tactical Communications Wing, the late 90s saw it evolve to become part of a 1* led Force to which we know now as the Battlespace Management Force. TacATC sits under direct command of 19 Squadron, the RAF’s UK Control and Reporting Centre, located at RAF Boulmer. 19 Squadron is responsible for policing the skies across the UK and in collective with NATO to help protect part of the open skies across Western Europe. TacATC over the past 40 years has been at the forefront of many operations providing TLZ support where needed. These have included deployments to Pristina in Kosovo, Basrah and Kabul Airfield in Iraq, along with more recently Camp Bastian in Afghanistan. The unit also provided TLZ support to the UN support Mission in South Sudan helping to resupply both food and medical supplies.



In 2017 TacATC was sent as part of the immediate UK Government and Military humanitarian response to the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma which affected 15 countries and territories displacing over 1.7m people. TacATC is currently deployed in support to Operation SHADER, the UK operation in Iraq in the fight against Daesh insurgency. A small but specialised team of 13, the unit has two Air Traffic Control Officers in command, fully supported by an Air Systems Operations Manager (ASOM) to manage the HQ function. The remaining 10 are all experienced Air Traffic Controllers, split into teams of two which when activated, can provide up to five simultaneous TLZs at any one time. The teams are held at various readiness states to allow them to deploy in support of Operations and Exercises worldwide, often at very short notice. Whilst on a continuous high readiness to deploy, the unit remains heavily involved in the training of UK and NATO aircrew in skills to operate from TLZs, especially those made of natural surface such as grass, sand or soil. Pembrey Beach, close to Llanelli in South West Wales, is an excellent training facility for this, and is used routinely for training. To highlight the work that goes in to providing a suitable TLZ for an aircraft to make an approach to a runway on the beach, the team of two Tactical Air Traffic Controllers will arrive up to five hours before the aircraft, this allows them the time to conduct the necessary checks and preparatory actions. Other training events regularly occur across the globe and provide the environment to allow aircrew to train in the most austere and remote locations. TacATC supports the RAF Brize Norton based Air Delivery Wing through provision of a TLZ to support their parachute training in California where the weather allows training all year round. As TacATC enters its 40th year, it will continue to hold high readiness to support the UK Government and Military in providing the ability to support operations and humanitarian efforts worldwide. - Media and Communications RAF Brize Norton.

Community Centre

Connect and Socialise

at Carterton Community Centre

We have a range of rooms available to hire, so whatever the event you are planning it is highly likely we would have a space to suit your needs. Our two most popular rooms are the large hall and small hall which are definitely the best option for children’s parties, baby showers, adult celebrations, conferences etc. But we still have so much more to offer with our meeting rooms, which are versatile & can either be partitioned off into two separate areas or made into one big room; creating an ideal space for community groups to meet or local businesses to hold training days. We also have smaller offices which, if you are working from home, offer a change of scenery whilst maintaining a private space for you to work. The staff and committee are dedicated to making sure the centre continues to grow whilst maintaining a safe environment for our residents to visit. More than ever, in these challenging times, it is important that we work with community groups and organisations to help improve the health and wellbeing of our community. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that on the first Tuesday of every month, starting 1st March, the hub worker and the foodbank (based at the community centre) will be running a drop-in session from 10am – 2pm. Everyone is welcome, maybe you need advice/ support or just need a bit of company – please pop in to see us, we look forward to seeing you. If you need any further information regarding room hire, activities or would like the opportunity to view our facilities please contact me, Gill Carver on 01993 842807. Office hours are Mon to Fri 9am – 1pm. Email:

The Carterton Community Centre on Shilton Park is a place for our community to connect and socialise; a local hub offering different things for different people, connecting family and friends. We are a busy centre providing plenty of activities such as: • Baby & Toddler Groups including music, soft play & sensory • Fitness & wellbeing classes • Drama & dance classes • Martial arts & self-defence classes • Local interest groups • Faith groups • Pregnancy & sports massage • Counselling • Blood Donation sessions



Village & Country Homes

Since being back in the office after the Christmas break, we've been incredibly busy across all of our Village & Country offices and have hit the ground running with clients who are looking to move this Spring. It's always been a popular time to move for many reasons, such as the association with fresh starts and the increasing number of property listings hitting the market. With that in mind, we wondered if you had considered our 'Home Swapping Service' to help get you moving? Like yourself, many people are reluctant to put their property on the market until they have found a suitable property to buy, which causes a shortage of available properties and frustration. On this new scheme, we have been able to put together a chain of clients who have managed to indirectly swap homes. To the right is a video of our Village & Country Homes Director, Ross Sutton, demonstrating how this scheme could work for you. Scan here to watch our video

If you're considering a move in 2022, contact us today on 01367 300 370.



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Carterton Police Team The most common way that people are scammed is online or via phone

Online Crime

Hello from everyone at Carterton Neighbourhood Policing Team. We would like to take this chance to give you some crime prevention advice around scams which are becoming more common and something that we are dealing with on a more frequent basis. There are many types of scams such as identity fraud, spam emails, romance fraud, and investment fraud. The most common way that people are scammed is online or via phone. The victim often receives an email asking to log into accounts that have been ‘compromised’, stating they have won a prize such as a car, laptop, holiday or money or are even asked to pay a release fee in order to secure a parcel delivery. Scammers tend to ask for numerous pieces of personal information which may include bank details, date of birth or your address. This information helps them to gain access to your accounts and enables them to use your identity to request credit cards and set up bank accounts in your name.

claiming to be a company via email or phone then you are encouraged to contact that company directly instead of replying to the email or text. We also encourage you to report any scams to Action Fraud. More information on scams and fraud advice can be found on their website. On a final note and on behalf of Thames Valley Police, we would like to wish Ron Spurs a happy retirement and thank him for all of his hard work with the council and his help supporting Carterton Neighbourhood Team.

It is extremely important not to give this type of information away and if you are suspicious of anyone CARTERTON CRIER - APRIL 2022


U3A Thank goodness lockdown has eased - and at last we are able to get outand-about and socialise more; welcome news to all in U3A. Cycling group ready for action

Monthly Meeting, a Guest speaker

Wine group on a site visit

Art Group at Bampton churchyard

Calling All Seniors to the University of the Third Age


uring lockdown, we held our main monthly meetings via zoom. For the more vulnerable, this option is still open. For those who feel secure enough, we have returned to our person-to-person meetings in the Community Centre. In January, we were entertained by the story of a local couple who had got caught-up in the Covid pandemic whilst on a cruise around South America. Their holiday turned from a pleasure trip to a nightmare when plague came aboard. They found themselves locked-down in their cabin for 3 weeks. What a story they had to tell. Our February meeting dealt with the worrying issue of care needs in later life and the various options available. Hearing from an expert about the potential costs was a real eye-opener; very useful in planning for the future. In March, we were pleased to welcome a senior officer from RAF Brize Norton, who told us about life on the base; what our forces have been involved in over the last year; what has been happening or is due to happen. It was really interesting to be so close to events of national and sometimes even international importance. A speaker from the base always draws a very big audience. Our April speaker will be a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. That means he is the Queen’s personal representative for this part of Oxfordshire. He will be telling us what it is like working for the Queen.



In addition, our 33 special interest groups have started meeting up again. You can find out more about the choices on offer by going to our website,, then turning to the Groups at a Glance page. If there is nothing there that appeals to you, we might even start a new group for you and other likeminded members. We also have a varied programme of visits and outings in the pipeline. Remember, these meetings are held at 2 00pm on the FOURTH Tuesday of every month in the Community Centre, Marigold Square, Shilton Park. New members are most welcome. We even have a special team of meeters and greeters to make everyone feel at home.

For more information please see our website

Or email: Tel: 07942322852


The Ugliest Town in Britain - by Maxine Crossland


ifty years ago, my family and I moved from leafy Worcestershire to nondescript Carterton; not because we particularly wanted to, but because it was convenient for work and we could just about afford house prices here. The plan was to stay for a couple of years and then move somewhere prettier. Fifty years later we are still in the same house we bought way back then. Why? Fifty years ago, Carterton was a small village of mainly bungalows. Land was cheap and plentiful. Most people were market gardeners or poultry keepers. A few were ex-military. Carterton was famous for its tomatoes and eggs. On the edge of the village was an enormous

noisy air base. Do you know why it was not called RAF Carterton? Because there was already an RAF Cardington in Bedfordshire, and Carterton was such a similar name there was a possibility of the two being confused. So, the Powers That Be decided to call it RAF Brize Norton after the little village at the end of the runway. Shortly before we arrived, the base had been handed back to the RAF by the USAF. Many of the US service men had lived in caravans and prefabs around the village. The RAF replaced these with lots of soulless, prefabricated married quarters that shot up like mushrooms. But the link road joining Upavon Way to Alvescot Road was not completed for several more years. Nobody would have called Carterton beautiful, but one

Sunday paper described it as “the ugliest town in England”. That really hurt. The best thing about Carterton was not something that could be seen by a casual passer-by. It was the quality of life and the wonderful community spirit we enjoyed here. As newcomers we were made welcome from our very first day. We were encouraged to join in with all the community activities, such as the flower show, St George’s Day ball, and so forth. Many streets even got together for street parties or to build a float for the annual carnival. It was like being back home in our native Yorkshire. Links with the RAF were strong. Civilians were allowed to enjoy the social facilities on the base - the Spotlight night club; the ten pin bowling alley; plays and pantomimes at the theatre; unlimited access to the camp bonfire, gym club, swimming pool etc. The whole placed buzzed with activity. Sadly, that all changed when the IRA threat appeared. We are now a town of around 18,000 people. We have worked hard to beautify the town centre. And happily, the welcoming ethos is still here. Carterton is a warm and friendly place, let’s all help to keep it so. A good morning and friendly smile cost nothing and can mean such a lot. f CARTERTON CRIER - APRIL 2022


Carterton Open Gardens

Open Gardens

Carterton Open Gardens are once again looking forward to raising money for Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Since we opened for Air Ambulance four years ago we have raised just over £9400. Two of those years, due to Covid, was just through our craft, plant and raffle sales. Sunday June 26th from 1–6pm we will be throwing open our gates to welcome you once more to visit various gardens, large and small. Each garden is different in character, size and style with a mix of colourful borders, pots and baskets. The gardens boast a range of herbaceous, perennials and shrubs for every aspect with various areas of planting interest. Many people ask us what can be grown in shady areas, up a trellis, around a pond. Visit our gardens and you will most probably find the answer to most of your questions as you wander through rose and jasmine arches and meander along paths leading to interesting and attractive features. Carterton is a small town and your own transport will be required to take you from

garden to garden but please be assured you will find that each garden will offer you a riot of plants, features and inspiration for your own little oasis back home. There will be refreshments on offer, plants for sale and a grand raffle, which include prizes such as tickets to Blenheim Palace and Cotswold Wildlife Park and many other prizes. Details of gardens opening will be advertised nearer the date through posters, leaflets and our own Carterton Open Garden Facebook Page. On another note – we are always looking for other gardens who would like to open for this worthwhile cause. All we ask is that you have a passion for your garden and would be willing to sit there on the day and give a welcome to those visiting. Give me a call on 07786 511 387 - Sarah Davies

9th - 19th June 2022. Tickets available 1 May.

Something for everyone: Tours, Gardens, Drama, Music, Workshops, Speakers, Fashion and Food. Proudly sponsored by



Carterton Community Hub

Introducing Kerry Miller H

ello, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Kerry Miller and I am the new Community Hub Worker for Carterton. I have been appointed by various organisations to help increase engagement and build community in our area. So far, I’m really enjoying getting to know what’s available and talking to individuals. It’s what I love to do! I’ve lived in the area for most of my life. I grew up in Witney and for the past five years, I’ve been involved in the community in various volunteer roles which has really helped me to push myself to be social and

helped my own wellbeing at the same time. I’m passionate about helping people the same way people have helped me and my family over the years and I’m already seeing some great work going on behind the scenes.

I can help by...

• Signposting the right group or service you are looking for, • Helping you to start your own social or support group, • Spending time with you and being available for a chat, • By listening to what you feel the needs are in Carterton and working with the community to help put plans in place to reach those needs.



After a tough few years with the pandemic, I want to help everyone to rebuild a sense of community here in Carterton and help support those who still feel there are challenges in their way of getting out and about. Many individuals are finding it hard to leave their homes because they are still shielding, or don’t want to risk spreading the virus to those who are. Many of us have just spent so long alone or in smaller bubbles, we are a bit out of practice or anxious about being around other people. And that’s totally understandable. We need to be kind to ourselves and take small steps when we are ready. I’m excited to announce we have community hubs popping up at Carterton Community Centre and at The Family Centre where anyone can come in and find out about what’s on and have the chance to meet others in a relaxed environment. I’m aware that we all have different ways

we like to find out about things. Many of us use social media or websites, but many of us (me included!) like to have a simple leaflet or poster with times and dates on to stick to our fridge! So, I’ll be working hard to get these available to you all too. It’s been so great to see some of the services starting up again. We have amazing volunteers in Carterton and without them, so many of our services wouldn’t run. If you would like to get involved with a local group or would like to help out in some way then please come forward. Many of our local groups are in need of some extra support whether that is giving your time; making hot drinks, delivering food parcels, or just being a friendly face to talk too! Outside of my job role, I volunteer for the charity CAP and run a Lifeskills course for adults who want to take better control of their finances. We know there are many of us struggling with rising living costs and that has an impact on what we can and can’t afford, what we eat, our health and our wellbeing so I’m keen to see this course help those who need it. Our current course runs April-June, but there will be more in the future so get in touch if you think it would help you. If you would like to get in touch please contact me: Tel: 07880 711 374

In the Frame Graham Kew has lived in Carterton for over 40 years and is a picture framer. This year he celebrated 50 years in the business of picture framing and associated arts. It all started in 1972 when Graham produced his first copper etching of a 99 and 511 Squadron Britannia of RAF Brize Norton. His highly detailed pen and ink drawings were etched into copper, washed, polished, lacquered and framed, the latter processes being carried out by Cotswold Etchings of Minster Lovell with whom he worked closely for over twenty years. Graham gave up his Civil Engineering job and worked through many a night to produce his unique range of Aviation Etchings which went all over the world! He became known in the trade as “Mr Copper” but over the years tastes changed and the customers wanted colour, so screenprinting onto stainless steel and the manufacture of clocks became the main work. His highly coloured products opened the way to a range of Aviation Souvenirs which were on display at many an Air Show, the most prestigious being Farnborough where for some time he had exclusive rights to the Souvenirs. Again, reacting to changes in customer taste Graham’s team decided to retrain in the art of textile printing and embroidery, which was spearheaded by Monterry Designs, based in Carterton who remained successful in a period of recurrent recessions. Now in his senior years Graham

runs a small picture framing workshop in Minster Lovell, where he grew up. Graham is a Minster Lovell fanatic and over the years has produced pictorial maps, paintings, films and books and also takes groups on tours of the village. He has recently released his new book “Minster Boy” an historical autobiography of life in Minster Lovell just after the war. It’s an intimate story alive with historical facts which are told as the threads of his boyhood days unravel to reveal school life, romance and first years at work, alongside events that shaped his life.



Cotswold Flower Club

Grown and Developed S

ome 43-years ago, an advertisement was put on the notice board in the entrance to the Womens Institute Hall for lessons in flower arranging. About ten people turned up for the first of six sessions, when we were presented with a seed pod about 12-inches long stuck on to a piece of bark. There was one flower attached to the pod. It was entitled “Nude on a Stair”! Everyone wondered if they had come to the right place! From such a beginning, our flower club has grown and developed. We have learnt, and continue to learn, many things, from how to construct simple, beautiful table arrangements through to Christmas wreaths, and leaf folding. We attempt to make vertical, parallel and geometric designs using foliage from the garden, supermarket or even the hedgerow. We hold our meetings in the W.I. Hall on the first Wednesday of every

month, except January, at 7.30p.m. Sometimes a professional demonstrator comes to entertain and inspire us with magnificent arrangements. On other occasions, we may hold a workshop, learning new techniques. The evening ends with refreshments and a chat. We like to be part of the community and, on occasions, have supplied arrangements about the town. Perhaps you have seen one of our creations? During various Carterton Celebrates Weeks, we have provided flowers in the Library, at the Community Centre in Marigold Square and around the War Memorial. The club has also made large pedestal type arrangements for the Lion’s Art Exhibitions. Members of the club have entered various competitions over the years with varying success, particularly at Moreton in the Marsh Agricultural show, Swindon Horticultural show and once winning a silver gilt medal at Chelsea Flower show. We are proud of our achievements and at heart we are a friendly club whose members have a love of flowers. If you share this love, and there must be many of you, why not come along one evening? You will be assured of a warm welcome. You can follow us on facebook or email us for more information at

Carterton Brownies

Brownies Plant a Tree for the Jubilee


he 3rd Carterton Brownies came out in force to plant some trees on the greenspace at the end of Church View in Carterton in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. These trees will be contributing the Queen’s Green Canopy, a network of trees across the country in honour of the 70 years of service that the Queen has undertaken and the legacy she has built. The Brownies had spent time during their weekly Brownie meetings thinking about what the trees needed to survive and why we need trees. They will continue to look after the rowan, hazel and crab apple trees to help give them a good start in life and allowing them to bring benefits to the people and wildlife in Carterton and help to absorb some carbon, playing their part in fighting climate change.



Would you like to join in the fun with Girlguiding UK? Carterton Girl Guiding needs adults who can join the team to provide our girls with fun, friendship, challenge and adventure. If you would like to find out more then please contact Mandy Bray at or register your interest at

Carterton Walks

Sherborne Estate Walk - National Trust There are three waymarked routes to choose from. These all start from the Ewe Pen Barn National Trust car park. Membership card or coins required for the pay-meter. Leaflets are displayed in the Ewe Pen Barn.These walks are all ideal for families through woodland, quiet lanes and the village. Farmland birds, wildlife and plants are in abundance throughout the year.

Combined Pink and Blue Walk The walk through the woods may be muddy, especially after rain and includes some moderate hills. February/March is a lovely time of the year to visit as there is a profusion of snowdrops, crocus, daffodils and celandine. • Leaving the car park turn left and walk until just before you meet the road and turn left. The wide path takes you right through the woods. The paths are in the process of being improved but well walked. You may see deer on this stretch of the walk. Follow this path until you come to a clearing, looking to the left will be a green area with football posts. Continue on the path, crossing an estate lane and back into the woods. There has been a lot of tree felling and the paths are now more open and wider. Follow this path until you come to a small road. Turn left and follow this all the way into

the village. You will have beautiful scenic views over Sherborne and the surrounding countryside. • At the war memorial you will see the village shop and opposite there you can buy refreshments and organic fruit and veg etc. There is a phone box situated nearby which now is being used to house a defibrillator and a book exchange. • Go through the archway in the wall and follow the pathway, which takes you through the woods, this is where you will start to see all the spring flowers, and a glimpse of Sherborne House. • In between this wood and the next you will see an icehouse which was bult in the 19th century. You now enter Quarry wood via a small iron gate and follow the path through the old quarry works to another iron gate. From here turn right and follow the farm track back towards Ewe Pen Barn car park.



Witney Rotary Club

The ‘Polioplus’ programme Some roadside verges in Witney and Tower Square in Carterton will be bursting with purple crocuses. They were planted recently by members of The Rotary Club of Witney. Even more will be planted this year in Witney, and in Long Hanborough by the Methodist Church. But what is ‘PolioPlus’ and why purple crocuses?

Rotary International is a partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Members of Rotary clubs worldwide have raised millions of pounds to support this initiative.

Rotary International launched a global effort to immunize the world’s children against polio in 1985. In 1988, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was established and is now supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When the GPEI started, polio paralysed more than 1,000 children worldwide every day. The objective is to eradicate polio worldwide. It has been a huge success, and the scourge of polio has been wiped out in many parts of the world. Thanks to immunization efforts that have reached nearly 3 billion children, the incidence of polio has decreased by 99 percent. When a child is vaccinated, purple dye is used on their little finger to show they have received the life-saving drops of the polio vaccine. As President Jamie Hunter of The Rotary Club of Witney says, ‘Our purple crocuses are symbolic of that dye.’ But polio is still endemic in Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. Why does polio thrive in these places? A major factor is the low vaccination rate. But there is another reason for this. It is not unusual in these countries to find rubbish in streets and open sewers. This causes contamination of water supplies. The polio



virus is transmitted through contaminated water. In a community whose basic needs aren’t met, residents see the polio vaccine as a low priority. The poor interest in the vaccine is not for the sake of religion or cultural resistance, but because essential civic amenities are not adequate. Aziz Memon, chair of the Pakistan PolioPlus Committee tells us ‘They ask us, “What are you doing here? You come again and again and again to give us polio drops. You never tell us how you’re going to help us with electricity, roads, or clean water.”’ In several areas of Pakistan the installation of water filtration plants goes some way toward solving this problem. Since 2012, Rotary members have been working to install plants through a variety of channels, including a partnership with Coca-Cola Pakistan and PolioPlus Partners grants. More filtration plants are in progress or in the planning stages. Other measures include improvement of medical treatments and providing bed nets and soap. The polio eradication programme has seen a boost to its credibility because of this work. So, the ‘Plus’ in PolioPlus is the work being undertaken to provide communities with benefits beyond the vaccination programme. The purple crocuses in Carterton and Witney mark the work of Rotary International to eradicate polio and make the vaccination programme more attractive by improving the environment where polio persists.

Carterton Community Assists There are currently a number of charities providing food aid for local people. All of them are to be commended for doing such valuable work. All are manned by volunteers who deserve our thanks and praise. Today we are focusing on one of these agencies, the Food Angels of Carterton Community Assists, or CCA.

The Food Angels The group came into being during the first lockdown in 2020. Today it is run by a group of local people aged from 24 – 78, under the guidance and support of stalwarts Teresa and Georgina Iwasink, ex-policeman Richie Barnes, Ceri Baker and Ray Stevens.

What makes them a little bit different is the range and variety of help they provide. The business community has been brilliant. Fresh meat is donated by Bourton Road Butchers; fresh eggs by Mayfield farmers; groceries, fruit, dairy products and toiletries by Morrisons and Marks & Spencer. Enormous freezers have been gifted by private individuals. J.S Van Hire helps with transport. Countless volunteers help with the distribution. Storage premises are provided by WODC and the Leisure Centre – all local. The volunteers, who do not even claim expenses, also prepare packed lunches, plus some ready meals for reheating. Fish or cottage pie, sausage or vegetable pasta bake, mild chilli, sponge pudding and custard are all on the menu. Morrisons have made it easy for anyone to donate. Their Community Champion is in almost daily touch with the food bank, finding out what is needed. Then, she makes up bags of suitable goods of various values. These are displayed on a trolley near the entrance to the shop with prices clearly marked. Shoppers can choose a bag, add it to their trolley and pay for it at the checkout. The

“ What makes them a little bit different is the range and variety of help they provide” cashiers make sure it goes into the food bank “bag”. Teresa has some wonderful memories of the impact their food parcels have had. A typical example was a family of 3, a single mum with two children. Their first delivery included breakfast cereal, fresh fruit and veg, chicken, mince, fish fingers and milk. The mother wept, saying “Now I can feed my children” and her son rejoiced “We can have fish fingers for tea.” A recent addition to their services is the opening of a Hub at the Community Centre on Shilton Park. From 10 00am - 2 00pm on the first Tuesday of the month, people can get a hot meal and, if needed, expert advice on a range of problems eg benefits, money worries or abuse. ...AND ALL THIS IS FREE CARTERTON CRIER - APRIL 2022



The Lynwood Carterton Café


ynwood & Co is an independent family run business in and around the Cotswolds serving coffees, drinks and a variety of home-made breads and foods. The Lynwood name is a tribute to the Australian roots of the owners Rob and Kats; photographs of the Lynwood homestead and farm are proudly displayed in all their outlets. Rob and Kats opened their first Café in Lechlade in 2015 and others followed in Fairford, Burford, Carterton and most recently Cirencester. Like all entrepreneurs, they are always on the lookout for new premises in the area to expand their brand. They were voted Best Coffee Shop of the year 2016 at the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards and featured in the 2017 Guardian list of the 50 best breakfast places in the UK. I am a regular at their café in Alvescot Road, in the heart of Carterton’s ‘food court’ and I visited them again recently. The Lynwood Carterton Café is always welcoming and buzzing with a variety of customers from young mums, coffee aficionados, groups of friends, air base personnel, visitors, cyclists and many more and the day I went was typically full and the atmosphere was warm and busy – plus the ever-present aroma of freshly baked sourdough bread and barista coffee! They are famously dog friendly. I decided to treat myself to the Lynwood Special Breakfast which was excellent. The portions are very generous, and I was defeated in the end! It was all very high quality and Lynwood pride themselves on sourcing all of their ingredients locally including pork, vegetables, eggs and of course the flour which they use in



their bakery. The sourdough toast was delicious, and I should add that Lynwoods bacon sandwiches are amongst the best I have eaten anywhere – a meal in itself at any time of the day. They have a wide variety of cakes, rolls, pastries etc and have different hot and cold specials which vary but are always imaginative and home-made. Individual menus are displayed in all the different cafés and change according to availability of freshest ingredients and Lynwood’s quest for innovation. Vegetarian and vegan tastes are well catered for. The day I visited the daily specials includes salami and prosciutto sandwich on sourdough, a vegetarian rice salad, vegan and sausage rolls, and savoury turnovers. Sweets were carrot and apple & pecan cakes, banana & date loaf, flapjacks, and chocolate & praline hazelnut tarts. Other temptations include a variety of plain or filled doughnuts. I’m not a cake person but I am told that their carrot and other cakes are delicious! The coffee is carefully sourced and extremely good as is their extensive range of teas. All their products are made at their bakery unit here in Carterton and distributed daily to all their outlets, so everything is very fresh. We are definitely lucky to have a Lynwood Café in Carterton and whether you come in for a latte, a snack or a hot meal you can be assured that it will be top quality and you will always receive the warmest of welcomes from Esther and her team. Pick up a sourdough loaf on the way out – you will never regret it! f - Adam Lethbridge



Art West Ox Arts gallery:

A hidden gem

If you have driven through Bampton on your local travels, you may not be aware of the treasure trove of art right on your doorstep! excellent gifts, and the shop is another way WOA supports the local artist community in sharing their creative works. As well as employing two part-time staff, the charity relies on a group of volunteer sitters to help keep the gallery open. Many artists and members sit in the gallery as volunteers so – if you pop in to visit an exhibition – you may get the chance to meet them personally, and ask them about their work.

Exhibitions for 2022

There is a building in the middle of Bampton village, just by the roundabout and opposite the Co-op, that has housed an art gallery for nearly 50 years. It looks like a town hall and was, in fact, originally built for that purpose opening in 1838. It has had several uses before its current occupation, including a spell as the local fire station with space for the fire engines downstairs. West Ox Arts (WOA) made its home in the upstairs of the building in 1972, following its formation after an exhibition took place the year before, sparking the creative community in the area to form the arts charity that still exists today. Indeed, the gallery is the oldest in Oxfordshire, providing a light and airy space to view and enjoy the changing exhibitions that take place there.

Art for all

The charity is dedicated to promoting art in West Oxfordshire, and is proud of its inclusive membership policy which gives everyone, whatever their art, craft or skill level, the opportunity to participate. “We strongly believe that art is for everyone,” says Kay Adamson, Chair of WOA. “That’s why we have always had an open approach to membership with no criteria on someone’s expertise level or experience to join us. Our exhibitions feature well-known, established artists as well as talented newcomers wanting to exhibit for the first time, and we are very proud of that.” Alongside the gallery, the space houses a gift shop selling smaller items including jewellery, textiles, and art cards handmade or printed from work produced by WOA artists. These smaller pieces make for



The gallery has a regular programme of exhibitions through the year, including two members’ exhibitions, in the summer and winter. Recent exhibitions have included “Love of the Land”, featuring work by painter Jane Duff and potter David Bowen, in March. This was followed shortly after by “The Disappearing World”, a collection of stunning works from David Cotton inspired by nature and the animal world, with a few days remaining this exhibition takes place from 12 March to 16 April. Every year, the gallery also takes part in the countywide art festival Oxfordshire ArtWeeks, which celebrates its 40th year this year. WOA will be hosting a collection of artists working in a range of disciplines - including drawing, painting, textiles, and mixed media - from 30 April to 4 June. The members’ summer exhibition featuring new work from WOA artists will follow the ArtWeeks exhibition. Visit the WOA website for more on 2022’s exhibitions: www.

Looking ahead

Next year, in 2023, the gallery will celebrate its 50th anniversary. West Ox Arts is committed to strengthening its place as a hub for local creatives, and continuing its long history of promoting the talents of a staggering number of artists from Oxfordshire and beyond. “We have ambitions to engage our local communities further, especially younger generations, in schools and colleges,” says Kay. “We would love to hear from anyone with ideas about making art more accessible in the local area or any opportunities for WOA to collaborate with other organisations or groups.” If you are interested in becoming a member, volunteering, running art workshops, or exhibiting at the gallery, get in touch: gallery@ Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 11.30am - 4.30pm and 2-4pm on Sundays. Disability access and dogs allowed. Town Hall, Market Square, Bampton OX18 2JH

Community College

Carterton Community College 50-Year Anniversary Since September we have been referring to our foundation 50 years ago, but it was in spring 1972 that the school opened on our site.


uch looks familiar and relatively unchanged since, but the intervening years has seen improvements to the school, first to accommodate 14-16year olds and latterly the opening of our Sixth Form in September 2014. At the beginning of February, on what turned out to be a sunny afternoon, we planted an oak sapling in front of the school as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. Former staff, local dignitaries and school governors, as well as longserving serving staff here at Carterton Community College, gathered to mark the occasion. We were kindly presented with items for our 50th Anniversary time-capsule including an OCC crest and previous editions of local newspapers to sit alongside our current prospectus. As part of our anniversary year our students have visited each decade through quizzes, archive material and documentaries. This has been a light-hearted way to explore the recent past, but, as ever, children’s enquiring minds mean serious questions and genuine interest. Sue James, one of our longest serving teachers and a former pupil, produced an amazing exhibition of archive materials including the first school tie and crest, yearbooks and artefacts as well as pictures of the ordinary and the extra-ordinary life of the school over the past 50 years. It was delightful to see former students finding themselves in their Form Group photographs and reminiscing about their lessons, school visits and former staff and friends. Nurturing the past is a vital element in building institutional memory, and those memories become part of the culture of the present.

“ As part of our anniversary year our students have visited each decade through quizzes, archive material and documentaries.” One photograph in particular caught my attention. It is of the school taken from the top of the driveway near the road. There are very few trees visible in the picture. Today, the drive and its surrounds are dense with trees, some of which are now reaching the time of their decline, whilst others continue to flourish. Our oak sapling looks tiny compared to them and many staff and students will go through the school before it reaches its full height. There is something appropriate about planting a tree for our 50th anniversary: they say that planting a tree is a gift for the future; so is education. As teachers, we are privileged to be part of the gift of education to our students. We appreciate their past and nurture their present so they can be fulfilled in their futures. Our present was recently captured in an external Service Pupil Premium Review which stated that: “the college is evolving into a wonderfully diverse place to be as a young person, a rich and exciting learning environment. Students have fun with each other and with their teachers. Relationships are secure. Behaviour and attitudes to learning are positive and students respond beautifully to adults, often with a twinkle in their eye!” This is where we are now; we can look forward to the next 50 years with confidence. CARTERTON CRIER - APRIL 2022


Feature The Cotswold region has an almost limitless fund of fascinating places to visit and the YouTube channel ‘The Cotswold Explorer’ is showcasing this region to the whole world, combining beautiful Cotswold scenery and interesting historical facts.

The Cotswold Explorer

How it came about and why


he truth is that 4 years ago nothing would have persuaded me to write an article about the Cotswold Explorer. Ross Arrowsmith and I started the you tube channel of that name in September 2016 after a local TV show we had been working on together, all about food and drink, came to an end. When Ross approached me, I didn’t really know what You Tube was, and certainly didn’t appreciate the opportunities it offered. For me his suggestion that we work together to start a channel was a kind of moraleboosting vanity project that might just keep my presenting hand in, and perhaps fill the enormous hole I had predicted in my life of retirement. Looking back almost every one of my assumptions was wrong. Firstly, there has

Jacobean mansion at Stanway



never been a shortage of things to do since I “retired” all those years ago, but most importantly, I totally underestimated the opportunities offered, even to ancient people like me, by the remarkable world of social media. 602,000 hours of viewing later, with an

audience from all over the world, over two and a half million views and an everincreasing subscription rate, currently at thirty two thousand, I no longer have the option of dismissing the Cotswold Explorer as a vanity project. Our formula was and is simple. We would travel the area of Oxford and the Cotswolds, following in the footsteps of the inimitable Herbert Evans, who wrote a book in 1905 called the Highways and Byways of Oxford and the Cotswolds, and we would make beautiful films of the area using as sophisticated camera equipment as Ross could lay his hands on, including the magical drone, and I would write short descriptions of each place, concentrating on history, architecture and the occasional gossipy story.

“ The channel has an audience from all over the world, over two and a half million views and an ever-increasing subscription rate”

The primary aim is to entertain. We are beholden to no one, no one pays our wages or influences our views, so, on the whole people trust our opinions. That’s not to say we don’t get the occasional telling off about the inclusion of places outside the strict boundaries of the Cotswold region, and, of course, the inevitable mistakes; (how do you pronounce Guiting Power?), but in the whole time we have been doing this we have never ever seen the dark side of social media that everyone talks about. Our hundreds of thousands of viewers from all over the planet have been universally polite and friendly. It has been, and remains, a joy. We are still following Evans, slightly less religiously than heretofore, and the last month has been a brilliant illustration of how much fun we have, discovering little places we have never seen before. I know many of you are local and know the area much better than we do, and I have to admit that the western escarpment of the Cotswolds was, until the last few weeks, mostly a mystery to me. We filmed Winchcombe, not for the first time, and then Farm Cote. A place with views to compete with anything in the world. The Malvern Hills on the horizon, the Shropshire hights to the north-west, whilst the middle-distance is filled by Bredon, with Dumbleton Hill like an outpost, planted

in front of it. The tiny chapel of ease, built by the Normans to enable the few residents of this hamlet to attend church without having to make the long and possibly dangerous journey to their parish church at Guiting Power. (there’s that name again), is just sublime. We dropped down to Hayles Abbey to look at the ruins of this once spectacular Cistercian monastery and then on to Stanway to see the fabulous Jacobean mansion with its newly restored waterpowered flour mill and thatched cricket pavillion built by J M Barry. Lord Wemyss, whose family have owned this place since time immemorial has a running battle with Chatsworth in Derbyshire as to whose fountain is the highest. I can give you now a small tip that will convince you that very soon there will be no argument. Wemyss has commissioned a new nozzle for his fountain that will add many feet to the hight

of the jet. We will be there to film it when the test is held. It won’t be long from now, all things being equal. The next village of Stanton is another completely unspoiled community with a lovely church, and then Buckland, with its delightful hotel, and finally Broadway, a famous and busy tourist destination that required us to film at 5am in the summer. Something we fortunately did several years ago. This is a journey that can match most in the world for beauty. To see what fun we had, have a look at and click on the recent film, “Hidden Gems in the Cotswolds, episode 3.” The Cotswold region has an almost limitless fund of fascinating places to visit. It’s our intention to continue south through Castle Coombe, Laycock, probably as far as Bath. It should certainly see me through, and my retirement, with its long empty hours of boredom, can wait. I hope you will all come with us, and bear in mind that technology is an extraordinary blessing in many ways. - By Robin Shuckburgh



Wine - Robin Shuckburgh

A trip down to Morrisons Mastercraft Sauvignon Blanc 2021. Waihopai Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand. A crisp and slightly astringent Sauvignon in the best tradition of Marlborough wines that catches the balance between delicacy and the green youth that you would expect and hope for. I really like this wine and I am absolutely confident that if you enjoy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc you will love it too.

Great value at £10.00.

Zarper, Indomita Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc. Valle Casablanca, Chile. 2020 A completely different style of Sauvignon. So different in fact that you would be forgiven for thinking it can’t be the same grape. It is. The wine is softer, fuller, but still with the minerality you expect. An easier wine to drink and good as an aperitif. £6.50

Negro Amaro Made for Morrisons. Puglia. Italy. 2020 Negro Amaro means black and bitter and describes this grape from the heel of Italy perfectly. It is highly fashionable at the moment and it’s no surprise that Morrisons have worked closely with the winemaker San Marzano to produce this excellent example. It won a silver medal at the International Wine Challenge. At 13.5% alcohol it’s a wine to be drunk with highly flavoursome food and at

£7.50 it’s a snip.

Jam Shed. Shiraz South Eastern Australia. 2021 This is a wine from a hot country where the wine-making techniques extract every ounce of flavour from the grapes. If I am honest this isn’t really my cup of tea but there is no escaping its quality and strength of flavour. For me it tastes just a little too cooked but then I am an old-fashioned wine drinker and it certainly does what it says on the tin.

£7.75 makes it a lot of flavour and alcohol for your money.




hen your kind editor suggested I wrote a wine article for the last edition I was, of course, flattered and delighted to do so. It wasn’t difficult because I had enough experience of a couple of local wine suppliers to offer fairly well-informed comments on their wines. Now that he has asked me again the problem is slightly different. It would be wrong of me simply to trot out a new bunch of wines from the same suppliers as last time. I need to find a way to get to know the lists of all the local wine sellers. For 50 odd years I have been preaching the benefits of having a private wine merchant in your life. Someone who can learn your preferences and use his or her expertise to steer you in the direction of wonderful wines you may well otherwise never hear of. Whilst generally I stand by that advice things have changed dramatically over the years. A huge proportion of the wines we drink these days is bought in the supermarkets. As someone who believes that wine is a civilising influence on us all I am massively encouraged that within my lifetime it has become something added to the groceries as a matter of course. When I started only 4 percent of the English population had even tasted wine. We have come a very long way. In this country we have the most knowledgeable and well-trained wine trade in the world and the swing towards the supermarkets means that this huge resource of expertise has followed the money into the world of large-scale grocery. Put simply, the supermarkets employ the very finest buyers, makers, marketers and sellers. Our opportunities to taste wines of all kinds from all over the world have never been greater. But what about the whole business of getting advice and guidance? Is it possible for a supermarket to have a wine expert in each store? What happens if you ask for help when choosing your wine? I decided to find out. This month I picked on Morrisons. I have been increasingly impressed by their general groceries over the last few years, so how about their wines? Bedraggled from being caught in a rain storm and looking more than a little

ne’er-do-well, I trudged up to the desk near the till and asked the young man standing there if there was anyone who could help me choose some wines. He told me that whilst he wasn’t the right person he would call his manager and see if he could help. He told me he knew that said manager didn’t touch a drop, so he didn’t hold out much hope, but he would try. My heart slightly sank as I thought my fears might turn out to be justified. Another young man arrived in a flash. At this point I must say that given my appearance I would not have been anything like as polite and helpful as these two young fellows were. The manager did admit that personal experience wasn’t his strong point but he did tell me he was a fully trained wine advisor. The thing is this young manager had an expertise of a very different kind from the traditional wine merchant. He knew exactly how well received the wines in his store had been by his customers. He knew that when the price was reduced for an offer exactly how many cases they had sold, and how that compared with other stores. This is a modern understanding of the will of the people. He pointed me in the direction of 4 wines, one of which was Morrison’s own label and three from outside suppliers. He was confident that I would like them enough to write nice things about them. Remember, he never touches a drop! His confidence was not misplaced. They were, without exception, delicious. This is a new relationship between buyer, seller and customer. Someone has thought this through and come up with an impressive solution. Don’t try and teach your floor staff the difference between the grape varieties of the Rhone Valley and the Italian Alps; don’t fuss about the different methods of fermentation and maturation, leave that to the backroom people and keep a very keen eye on what the consumer enjoys and therefore endorses. On the evidence of these four wines, it works a treat. These wines come highly recommended, not only by your correspondent but also by dozens of critical and interested customers of Morrisons over the years. For the next issue, if I am invited, I’ll do the same exercise in another supermarket.

Cookery Recipes from Anna Pitt - taken from her book Leftover Pie - 101 ways to reduce your food waste When I was growing up we kept chickens for a while. In springtime we had an abundance of leafy spinach and fresh eggs, so this really did feel like a ‘free lunch’. When you keep your own chickens, you soon learn about the egg test. Pop the eggs in a bowl of water; if they sink to the bottom they are still fresh, but if they float on top, throw them on the compost heap and run. Serves 2

Spinach or Chard with Poached Egg INGREDIENTS

• 2 00g spinach leaves, washed and roughly chopped • a knob of butter • a pinch of nutmeg • 1 or 2 eggs per person METHOD

Steam the spinach for about 10 minutes, then drain well. Add the butter, a pinch of nutmeg and a generous twist or several of black pepper and keep warm. Poach the eggs in water and serve on top of the spinach. Delicious!

Chard Stem and Black-eyed Bean Salad My great friend, Ülfet, gave me this lovely way of making chard stems into something wonderful rather than the discard they often are. Ülfet really knows how to make the best of food and bring out flavour in everything. This dish is simple and cheap to make, and delicious. Serves 4 as a side dish INGREDIENTS

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hard stems c 1 can black-eyed beans olive oil 1 lemon


Steam the chard stems for about 15 to 20 minutes until tender but with a slight resistance when you put a fork in. Leave to cool. Drain the black-eyed beans, setting aside the liquid for use in soup or stock. Drizzle the beans with olive oil and lemon juice and season with sea salt. It makes a pretty salad, delicious and full of goodness. CARTERTON CRIER - APRIL 2022


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Carterton Library Carterton Library runs activities and events throughout the year for adults and children including talks, reading groups, rhyme time (every other Tuesday morning), gadget help sessions (Monday afternoon) and craft. This March the library welcomed Nicola Cornick, international best-selling author of The Last Daughter, a modern-day mystery with a 600-yearold tale of intrigue set in Minster Lovell. Gardening expert Paul Gray also visited the library in March to provide an illustrated talk on Propagation: Mystery or Simplicity? The library is looking forward to welcoming back Elizabeth Tyers for more creativity and craft in April and Graham Kew for an autobiographical talk alive with historical facts about village life in the 1940s. On 3rd May best-selling Oxford spy writer Mick Herron will be in the library to answer any questions about his novel Slow Horses that has been made into a new TV drama starring Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas. If you’re a fan of the Slough House novels and would like to attend, get in touch with Carterton Library to book your place! The library offers space for community events including Autism Family Support Oxfordshire coffee mornings and Age UK. To see the full range of activities and events, you can follow Carterton Library on Facebook @ LibraryCarterton

About Carterton Library The large display windows by the entrance to the library are available for anyone to use to promote local groups, clubs, associations, and community projects. The windows are also used to promote seasonal reading and special collections.

Carterton Library can be found in Carterton town centre and is wheelchair and pushchair friendly. There are public computers available to all with two scanners, printer, and a photocopier plus free WiFi throughout the library. Visitors to the library will find a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, large print and audio books along with a reference and local history section. There are desks and portals for private study or just to spend quiet time for reading and research.

The Children’s Library

The colourful and vibrant Children’s Library is ever changing with seasonal art and creative craft displays featuring wellknown characters and creatures from picture books to



junior fiction and graphic novels. The Children’s Library provided a great space for the successful Fantastic Fossils event with the Oxford Geology Trust in February. There are plans to organise another event in the summer. The Children’s Library provides a warm and friendly safe space for families to spend time with babies and toddlers or just to visit after schools to spend time browsing and choosing from a large range of picture books, non-fiction, audio books, and junior novels for all abilities including dyslexia-friendly titles. The Children’s Library also includes a wide collection of teen fiction.

Joining the library

You can join any Oxfordshire County Council library, either by dropping in, or online at: You can download the Library App to search the library catalogue, renew loans and access eBooks, audio books on BorrowBox or Libby as well as stream music, access online magazines and well-known reference resources including: • Britannica Online

• Which?

• Who’s Who

• Oxford Dictionaries.

In addition, you can access online resources in language learning, family history, and business, plus much more – all free of charge. Carterton Library is one of the 44 libraries provided by Oxfordshire County Council and so, if Carterton doesn’t have the book you’re looking for, you can reserve it for a small charge and it will be made available for you to collect as soon as it is available.

Opening times

Monday and Thursday

9.30am – 5.00pm


10.00am – 7.00pm

Tuesday Saturday

9.30am – 7.00pm 9.30am – 1.00pm

Carterton Library, 6 Alvescot Road, Carterton OX18 3JH Tel: 01993 841492 Email: Facebook: Carterton Library @bookstoborrow *Some of these activities at time of writing are not fully resumed following guidelines around COVID and safe practice.

Carterton Pantomime

Aladdin… ...because that’s his name The Acting Community Thingumybogs were delighted to be able to perform their pantomime just before Christmas, having missed last year’s show due to Covid restrictions. “Aladdin, …. because that’s his name” was our 29th pantomime, rehearsed and performed in the studio at Carterton Community College. And amazingly, we had a full cast, despite all through rehearsals having people missing and having to isolate. This year certainly was a challenge, but all the hard work came to fruition in a fun packed, family show. We sang, danced, told corny jokes and thoroughly enjoyed performing to full audiences. Abenazer was up to no good (and was suitably booed), Widow Twanky was fabulously flamboyant in her outrageous outfits, the three-humped camel (Humphrey) spat at everyone, Wishy Washy was easily confused and Aladdin turned out to be true of heart. Not only did he find the lamp, fall in love with the princess and free the genie, but also won the Sultan’s contest, took a magic carpet ride and saved the day. The characters were also filmed running around the Carterton town centre in search of the lamp, Abenazer was seen stealing lollipops from small children and the Sultan and Shamin enjoyed time together on the swings.

We all have a lot of fun, both at rehearsals and performing, but there is also much hard work both on stage and off. There are many hours of learning lines and rehearsals, there’s a set to create, along with costumes, choreography, props, sound, lighting and everything in between that is needed to complete the show. Publicity, front of house, a programme, filming….in fact a huge lists of moving parts that all need to come together. My congratulations to a wonderful cast and crew for all their hard work. Since our creation in 1993, we have always been a very unusual group, in that we don’t hold auditions and we give all our profits away. We would like to thank our fabulous audiences who supported us whole heartedly. Due to sell out audiences, we were able to donate £4,500 to Save the Children Fund from this year’s show, which means since we were formed we have raised over £90,000. We will be holding a costume sale in early April, so look out for more information. Sue James (Director / Genie of the lamp)




For The Future Of The Community Based in Bampton, Windrush Valley Amateur Boxing Club, have been working hard in the community since 1978. The England Affiliated Boxing club formed in Witney at the Newlands Sports and Social Club before being flooded out in 2007 when it moved, with the help of the Rotary Club of Witney, to the Football Club at Kilkenny Lane in Carterton under the guidance at the time of the great Steve Setch. Although the Club was very successful with a large group of young people attending, the Football Club needed the boxing ring and punch bags removed at the weekends so that the hall could be used for other activities. The club then relocated to Bampton in 2011 to the Old School Community Centre. In the last ten years the club has been deeply embedded in the West Oxfordshire community working closely with individual families and organisations alike to combat anti-social behaviour, drug misuse and to promote discipline, health and fitness. It was during this time the club was recognised for their outstanding achievements to the community and honored with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service (MBE for voluntary services). It’s due to this success and hard work that sees the club expanding to on average 30 members a night four times a week. Head Coach Dan Hall states, “We are proud of the club’s history in supporting the community for all this time and have



probably affected hundreds if not thousands of lives, but I also have my sights on the future. We have a proven skill set in turning lives around and in my opinion this is needed now more than ever with the obstacles that young people face today. All of my coaching team promote discipline, hard work, fitness and wellbeing in a safe and caring environment and are all qualified with England boxing with experience of training boxers to national level.”

Windrush Valley Boxing Club “The actual boxing is only a small part of the service the club provides, it actually goes a lot further. Many people have the misconception that we are only here to teach people to fight, in fact it’s completely the opposite we are teaching people not to fight and to control their emotions, aggression and to have the confidence to stand on their own and not in a gang.” “We have grown experientially in the last ten years to the point that we have outgrown our premises in Bampton and are looking to occupy a larger premises in Carterton with the help of the Carterton council and Thames Valley police. There is a genuine concern in Carterton of the increase in population and in hand the increase of anti-social behavior and drug misuse due to county lines crime. These are key areas that we intend to tackle head on”. The Club holds on average six boxing tournaments a year in Carterton, this is an opportunity where teams from other clubs are invited to participate. These are held at the Social Centre and are very well attended. The boxing club recently ran one of these shows that the Carterton Crier attended. Nineteen bouts were confirmed with nine of their own local boxers performing, all of them boxed to a high standard.

In addition to the club’s home-shows, its members and coaches are constantly travelling across the UK to compete in other club competitions and England championships. The benefits of a thriving boxing club in your community are significant and although over the past decade the local population has increased significantly WVABC are finding it difficult to develop and grow due to space. Work to secure a move has now moved up a gear and some fourteen potential locations recently evaluated. Only two of these may provide a solution, but each are still very faint lights at the end of a long tunnel. To maintain momentum for the move our boxing club needs your help – including to find a suitable affordable location, to help with the fitness and boxing training and to help with the administration of the club to help run events and raise funds. Thinking about getting involved? Come along to one of our training sessions and see for yourself how much the youngsters enjoy and benefit from the experience. For boxing related queries please contact Head Coach Dan Hall 0957642623. For relocation of new premises please contact Ashley Farmer 07802896487 Photos: James Wildman



Useful Town Information Art and Creativity Acting Community Thingumybogs. Community amateur dramatics theatre group. Wednesday 6:45 - 9:15pm. Sue James: 01993 212911 The Crocodile Club. Music group for the under fives. Wednesday (term time only) 10 - 11am. Carterton Methodist Church, Burford Road. Annie: 07966 105759 Knit & Natter. Wednesday 10:30am, Friday 4:30pm. Town Hall. Military Wives Choir Brize Norton. Monday 7:30 - 9:30pm. Gateway House, RAF BZN. @MilitaryWivesChoirBrizeNorton RAF Brize Norton Theatre Club. Station Briefing Centre. Brian Cullum: 07521 725005

Royal British Legion. A benevolent charity giving help to those most in need of the nation’s custodian of Remembrance. First Monday of each month 7:30pm. Brownes Hall. David Wesson: 01993 200603 Save the Children, Carterton, Witney and District Branch. Supports vulnerable children both here in the UK and overseas. Pauline Evans: 01993 842983 SSAFA Forces Help, Carterton and Witney Division. Provides lifelong support for our Forces (past and present personnel) and their families. Lynn Little: 07790 451567

Childcare and Pre-School

Bright Start Pre-School, Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm. Gateway School Jo Laurel or Georgina Isbister: 07977 967340 Carterton Family Centre Offers antenatal and postnatal support, and takes care of children up to the age of 19 - during term time and holidays.


Allandale Centre. Jo Smith:

Bus/Coach Services

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School: Little Joey’s, 3+ yrs old. Monday - Friday, 8:45 - 11:45am.

Barclays Bank plc - 0845 755 5555 • Rebound Coaches - 01993 772 202 • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire - 01865 772 250 • Tappins Coaches - 01235 819 393 • Villager Community Bus Services Ltd - 01608 658 579


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Academy Lawton Avenue. Tel: 01993 841240


Age UK Oxfordshire. Provide free information and advice on a wide range of subjects, and also run a range of groups and classes at various Carterton venues. Stephen Mott: 07827 235450

Carterton Community Church. Shilton Park - John and Jen Gridley: 01993 842532

British Heart Foundation. Carterton branch supporting main charity. Edith Richens: 01993 841954

Many Pathways Spiritual Centre. Minster Lovell Scout hut. Weekly spiritualist service. Thursday 7 - 8:45pm. Occasional Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday evenings for demonstrations, talks and workshops. Rev Deborah Blakeley: 01993 359868 07767 663555

Carterton Day Centre. Monday-Wednesday 9:30am - 2pm. Schools Access Road, off Lawton Avenue. 01993 840162 Carterton Educational Trust. Provides funds to groups and individuals living or working within the town of Carterton for educational purposes.

Carterton Methodist Church Burford Road Rev Fred Ireland: 01993 867301 / 07557 402962

The Church of St John the Evangelist, Church of England. 6 Burford Road Rev Drew Tweedy - Team Rector: office@

Carterton Lions Club. A group that deals with the needs of the community. First Tuesday of each month 7:30pm. Carterton Manor, Corbett Road. Lion Rosemary: 01993 842455

Father’s Touch Victory Christian Fellowship. Sunday 10:30am - 12:30pm. Carterton Town Hall. Pastor Blesson Kallimel: 07913 662763

Royal Air Force Association. Carterton and Brize Norton. A registered charity that supports RAF families. Second Monday of each month 8pm.

St Joseph’s Catholic Church. Arkell Avenue. Father Andrew Foster: 01993 842463

Carterton Bowls Club. Billy Moyse: 01993 704638


RAF Brize Norton Thrift Shop. Tuesday 10am - 2pm, Wednesday 6 - 8:30pm, Thursday 10am - 2pm. 13 Ely Close. Nicky Witt: 01993 845194 / 07748 827846.



Alvescot Dog Club. Dog Training Classes. Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Judith Walker: 01993 703130

ARCh (Assisted Reading for Children in Oxfordshire.) In Oxfordshire there are many children who have trouble reading. ARCh helps hundreds of these children each year by finding volunteers to work with them. To volunteer call 01869 320380 or visit Carers Support Group. Third Tuesday of the month, 2 - 4pm. Town Hall. Carterton Bowls Club. Arkell Avenue. 01993 843366 Carterton and Broadshires Transport Group. Voluntary group campaigning for the return of a bus service to Swindon from Carterton and surrounding parishes. Lynn Little: 07790 451567 Carterton Community Centre. Rooms for hire for meetings, parties etc. Shilton Park. 01993 842807 Carterton Lunch Club. Last Thursday of every month 12 - 2pm. Town Hall. Lynn Little: 07790 451567 Cotswold Flower Club. First Wednesday of each month 7:30 - 9:30pm. WI Hall. Betty Holmes: 01993 841140 Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes. Buffaloes meet every week at lodges all over the country and raise money for charities. Every Thursday evening. Social Centre, Alvescot Road. John Quinn: 01993 846013 Carterton Over 60s and Early Retired Club. Friday 2 - 4pm Brownes Hall. Sadie Brown: 01993 844715 Pauline Weston: 01993 840350 Kumon Carterton. Maths and English Study Centre 3-16 yrs. Saturday 4 - 6pm Town Hall. 0800 0430063 Sing Along with Sue. For people who enjoy singing, are living with dementia, or want to make new friends. Third Thursday of every month, 10:30am - 12pm. Eynsham Community Centre/ Village Hall. Sue Richmond: 07827 235414 Swinbrook Road Allotments Association. Swinbrook Road. Louise Sanders, Secretary: 01993 842443 Trefoil Guild. Guiding for adults. Third Wednesday of the month 7:30 - 9pm. Pam Howard: 01993 844631 U3A Carterton: University of The Third Age. Fourth Tuesday of every month at 2pm. Carterton Community Centre, Shilton Park. Chairman: 07889 080134 West Oxfordshire Welcomes (WOW). Bruce Barrett: 07966 614169 Roger Hampshire: 01993 772517 Women’s Institute, Carterton. Every second Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm. WI Hall, Brize Norton Road. Eveline Gillians:


• Broadshires Dental Practice - 01993 867 147 • Matthew Jackson - 01993 867 147 • Burford Road Dental - 01993 842 534 • The Dental Centre - 01993 845 522

Halls for hire

• Brownes Hall - 07765 502 258 • Carterton Community Centre - 01993 842 807 • Carterton Town Hall - 01993 842 156 • St John’s Church Hall - 01993 846 996 • St Joseph’s Church Hall - 07496 251 058 • WI Hall - 01993 841 674


• Carterton Library - 01993 841 492 • Witney Library - 01993 703 659


• Bampton Practice - 01993 850 257 • Broadshires Health Centre - 01993 845 600 • Burford Practice - 01993 822 176 • Carterton Health Centre - 01993 841 718 • Baby Health Clinic - 01993 842 156 • Witney Hospital - Tel: 01865 904222

Member of Parliament

Robert Courts Tel: 0207 219 5638

Police Station

Police non essential call 101

Post Offices

• Carterton Delivery Office - 01993 841 779 • Carterton Post Office - 01993 841 636


• Carterton Primary School - 01993 842 502 • Edith Moorhouse - 01993 842 372 • Gateway Primary School - 01993 842 189 • St John the Evangelist CE Primary School - 01993 843 124 • St Joseph’s RC Primary School - 01993 841 240 • Carterton Community College - 01993 841 611 • Abingdon and Witney College - 01993 703 464

Sport and Leisure

• Carterton Football Club - 01993 842 410 • Carterton Leisure Centre - 01993 840 933 • Carterton Squash Club - 01993 842 996 • Carterton Gymnastics Club - N/A ( • Fit Figures - 01993 844 245 • Heroez Gym - 01993 358 080 • Kilkenny Cricket Club - )


• Ace Taxis - 01993 840 055 • Charlies Taxis - 01993 845 253 • Mark One Taxis - 01993 840 405

Veterinary Surgeries

• Carterton Veterinary Surgery - 01993 764 262 • Medivet - 01993 842 717 • Tremain Veterinary Group - 01993 845 808 CARTERTON CRIER - APRIL 2022




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CONNECT Lights Up is for making new friends and trying new activities, led by dementia specialists and dementia-trained local artists, and supported by local volunteers. When and Where? Witney: 10.30am -12.30pm On 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at Guideposts, Two Rivers, Station Lane, Witney OX28 4BH Carterton: 10.30am -12.30pm On 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at Carterton Town Hall, OX18 3JL

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