Carterton Crier August 2022

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August 4

Welcome from the Mayor

6 News

21 Carterton Walks Swinbrook

8 Introducing new staff at the Town Council




Carterton Library


Women’s Cycle Tour


Carterton Lions

Afghanistan Heroes

11 News from Robert Courts MP 12 RAF Brize Norton The Jubilee flypast 13 Carterton WI celebrates 100 years 14 Crosstalk with Maxine Crossland 15 U3A - The University of the Third Age 16 The Community Hub

Community College

23 Carterton Police Team

26 West Oxfordshire Youth Awards 27 West Ox Arts 28 Review Rose and Crown - Shilton 29 Summer Wine with Robin Shuckburgh 30

May Day in Pictures


Useful Town Information



“ The second weekend in June saw Stage 6 of the Women’s Cycle Race quite literally sprint through Carterton and you can read a little bit about that in this edition of the Crier.”



Your Mayor


y the time this edition reaches you, the longest day will have gone, and we will be heading slowly into Autumn. However, looking back over the last 3 months I am delighted to recall many important, and enjoyable events. Of course, May saw the annual Save the Children Fair. A huge thank you to Sue and Kayleigh James, and their small team of volunteers, for all their hard work in putting this event together once again – it is always a popular day and was very well supported raising in excess of £5000 for the Charity. June started off in grand style with the celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. On the Thursday evening, the Town Council, in conjunction with many other Town and Parish Councils, lit our Jubilee Beacon, and we were delighted to see so many people joining us on the Square. My thanks to Councillor McBride for stepping in to say a few words of welcome on my behalf. Town Councillors and Town Hall Staff worked hard and pulled together to lay on a children’s tea party on the Friday where children aged from 3 – 11 years were entertained by a magician and a children’s disco. The afternoon led onto an evening of live music and food for families which also proved extremely popular. The Oxfordshire Play Association organised a Family Play Day, on the Recreation Ground, with sponsorship from the Town Council, which was a huge success and enjoyed by many families. The second weekend in June saw Stage 6 of the Women’s Cycle Race quite literally sprint through Carterton and you can read a little bit about that in this edition of the Crier. Towards the end of June, myself and fellow Councillors raised the Armed Forces Day Flag to recognise the important contribution our service personnel make to our community. I also visited some of the wonderful gardens which were open to the public as part of the Open Gardens 2022 which raises vital funds for Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Can we also say a special thanks to whoever organised the wonderful weather for all these events – it really did make a difference. Looking ahead we have the Carterton Carnival which will be held on the Recreation Ground on Saturday 27th August and more details of this event, together with an OktoberFest (fingers crossed) will be published nearer the time. I could not let this foreword close without mentioning all those who have supported us this year - in particular, Jenny Bates and her band of volunteers from the Women’s Institute, Jimmy O’Brien and his team from G & Ts and Glen and his staff from The Original Factory Shop whose contributions have been appreciated. I hope you have managed to spend some time relaxing with family and friends over these last few months and that you enjoy this edition of The Crier.

Nick Leverton




New housing in Milestone Road United Living Group has been awarded a £33.5 million build contract to deliver new residential homes in Milestone Road, Carterton, Oxfordshire by Platform Housing Group, one of the largest affordable housing developers in the Midlands.

The development will see over 200 homes constructed over 4 and a half years, with a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses and apartments in the shared ownership, rent to buy, affordable rent and social rent space. The scheme will significantly benefit the local community, providing affordable housing, further extending housing supply and will directly contribute to the local area in the form of a £1.2 million payment to Oxfordshire County Council, and a further £0.6 million to West Oxfordshire District Council in the form of its statutory section 106 payment. Having already gained prior experience working together on the following



schemes: Witney (West Oxfordshire), Crease Drove (Peterborough) and Boston (Lincolnshire), the contract marks the fourth scheme working on behalf of Platform Housing Group. Caroline Lewis, Managing Director, United Living New Homes, commented: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Platform Housing Group to provide Carterton and the wider area with sustainably built, high quality affordable housing. The Company is proud to be investing into the community of Carterton through the provision of affordable housing and hopes that this project will allow local families to gain a footstep onto the housing ladder, further contributing to

the redevelopment of the area.” Gerraint Oakley, Executive Director of Growth and Development, Platform Housing Group, commented: “I look forward to working with our partners United Living on delivering what will be an outstanding development for the area. The size and location of the site is significant for us as we strive to provide more high quality yet affordable homes for our customers. Platform Housing Group pride themselves on the work they do with people after the homes are complete and look forward to supporting the families and wider community around Carterton that will benefit from this project.”

Town Council

Carterton Jubilee celebrations Two fantastic days of family events kicked off Carterton’s celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. On Thursday 2nd June, Oxfordshire Play Association hosted a children & young people’s play day event which included a climbing wall, go karts, face painting, art and giant bubbles galore. It was lovely to see scores of families enjoying all the free activities on offer – and some lovely sunshine. As the evening drew to a close, the Town Council, in line with councils, towns and villages the length of Great Britain, prepared to light our Jubilee Beacon at 9.45 pm in the market square. We were delighted to see a large crowd had gathered to show their support for Her Majesty the Queen. It was a lovely atmosphere, and our thanks go to Councillor Martin McBride for his short speech and for bravely “volunteering” to light the beacon, ably assisted by our Town Warden Alex Fleming. On Friday it was full steam ahead to get the market square ready for the children’s street party. Huge thanks go to Jimmy O’Brien and his team for their help in decorating the square with bunting and flags – a fantastic job and it really set the

mood for the afternoon. With the magician Magic Peter and disco from Roy along with children’s games, colouring activities, and balloon models everyone had great fun. Many thanks to the ladies of Carterton WI who prepared all the food - sandwiches, fairy cakes, fruit, and crisps which for those who still had room was followed by ice cream and sweets – so we hope all the children went home feeling well fed. Our thanks must also go to Group Captain Emily

Flynn, Station Commander at RAF Brize Norton, for taking the time out from her busy schedule to join us and to the Base for supplying the tables and chairs. After the children’s party it was straight into the evening event with music from live bands and food fit for a queen - all supplied by local businesses including Bourton Road Butchers and Humble Bumble Cafe. Our special thanks go to Jimmy & Natalie O’Brien & Dylan from Grapes & Tomatoes who made the evening’s entertainment all come together and who give continual support to our town - they are truly amazing. It really was a team effort and I hope I have included everyone who helped make it such a success – my apologies if I have missed anyone out, but please be assured that your participation was appreciated. My thanks also to the Councillors and town hall staff who helped - you are all amazing and our town salutes you. Councillor Jill Bull Deputy Mayor CARTERTON CRIER - AUGUST 2022

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Town Council

Introducing the new staff at Carterton Town Council Rachel Brown

Lyndy Dennis

I have recently started as Town Clerk and am enjoying working with the team and getting to know more about Carterton. I have previously worked as the Clerk to Kennington Parish Council and spent ten years working at Oxfordshire County Council. My current focus is working with the council to help improve the website, so information is more easily accessible to the public, and continuing with projects such as the Alvescot Road recreation ground pavilion and the final phase of the tree planting project.

I have recently joined the team having spent the last ten years working in the school sector. Having previously lived in Carterton, I’m enjoying reacquainting myself with the area and its great amenities. My new role is customer based, helping members of the public who report problems in the town. My responsibilities include the town’s recreation areas (parks, playgrounds & open spaces) ensuring they are inspected and maintained regularly as well as managing the grounds maintenance contracts which include grass cutting, litter, hedges, footpaths, flowers and shrubberies.

Town Clerk Joined June 2022

Carterton Market

Your Local Traders Need You It would be fair to say that when we were in the grip of severe restrictions during the COVID crisis, the Market Traders who were classed as “nonessential” were badly affected by not being able to trade. However, now that we are returning to “normal,” our stall holders are here every Thursday from 8.00am through to approximately 2.00pm. You can buy bread and cakes, plants, cards and wrapping paper, as well as fruit and vegetables and fresh fish. There is also a gold/silver stall both for buying and selling of jewellery. After all that shopping, if you are peckish you can pull up a chair and enjoy a burger and a cuppa. Please support them if you can, as without your support the stall holders will stop coming and without the stall holders your support drops – it really is a catch 22 situation.


Community Hub Lunch

Jubilee community lunch club’s afternoon tea for over 50 residents organised by local charity volunteers and veterans.



Kay Linnington

Deputy Town Clerk Joined Jan. 2022 I have been working in local government for over twelve years. I started my career as the Town Clerks Secretary for Chipping Norton TC and making my way up to Deputy Town Clerk. I was also Clerk to Over Norton Parish Council for five years. I became a qualified Clerk two years ago. I really enjoy working in Carterton and I am already in love with the community spirit in the town. My main role is to support the Town Clerk in the day to day running of all the Town Council administration and projects along with the rest of the Town Hall team.

Admin Officer Joined May 2022


Council Mascot Joined Jan. 2022 My name is Bailey. You may have seen me walking around the town with my mum Kay. I love going to the Town Hall every day; everybody seems so kind and every time I wag my tail and stare at them intensely, I get a treat….it’s great! I mostly spend my day in my nice comfy bed in mum’s office or in reception with Katie and Alex where my treats are kept and there’s always a biscuit going! I would say my main role is barking constantly when the post comes to let Katie know it’s there!

And of course no team is complete without our hardworking Town Warden, Alex

RAF Brize Norton

Afghanistan Evacuation Heroes Honoured

ROYAL Air Force personnel who took part in Operation Pitting to evacuate personnel from Afghanistan have today been honoured in a medal presentation ceremony. A parade that took place at RAF Brize Norton saw personnel from across the RAF presented with the Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan with the Op Pitting clasp for their involvement in last year’s operation which saw more than 15,000 personnel evacuated in just over 2 weeks. Operation Pitting was the largest humanitarian aid operation in over 70 years, evacuating thousands of Afghans and British nationals from Kabul Airport as the Taliban seized control of the country. RAF personnel and aircraft played a pivotal role in the operation, working around the clock the RAF flew 260,000 miles, making some 330 flights, and at one point airlifting 1,000 people a day to safety in the United Kingdom, where they were welcomed at RAF Brize Norton. The RAF also completed a record-breaking flight, with a passenger number of 439 onboard a C17 Globemaster. Presenting the medals, The Vice LordLieutenant for Oxfordshire, Mr Brian Buchan said. “I feel incredibly honoured to be presenting these medals today. I recall watching the events unfolding from afar and have great admiration for the personnel from all three Services who deployed on this extremely challenging Operation. The work of the RAF to evacuate so many desperate people in such a short time I find inspirational and I am certain everyone involved in Operation Pitting feels the utmost pride in what they achieved.

Alongside the pilots and aircrew, the RAF deployed personnel from the Air Mobility Wing, responsible for returning equipment and loading all the passengers from Kabul, Force protection personnel from the RAF Police and aviation security specialists from

effort in extremely difficult circumstances which demonstrated the best of the RAF. We evacuated 15000 people in the largest humanitarian aid operation in the last 70 years and everyone should be immensely proud of what was achieved.”

the RAF Regiment, to process evacuees and provide security for the aircraft. Tactical Medical Wing also based at RAF Brize Norton deployed to provide specialist medical support to those evacuating. Air Officer Commanding Number 2 Group, Air Vice-Marshal Suraya Marshall CBE MA LLB RAF said “It is a great privilege to be here today to formally recognise the efforts of our personnel during Operation Pitting and I am enormously proud to be awarding these medals. It was an extraordinary

Officer Commanding LXX Squadron, Wing Commander Calvin Bailey, receiving his medal said, “I am very proud and it’s a fitting day that recognises the service and sacrifice from not only the people that served but the sacrifices that their families make as their support allow us to do our job.”Although Operation Pitting has ended, the Ministry of Defence continues to support the relocation of vulnerable Afghans, the RAF has been flying entitled people from neighbouring countries to enable their resettlement. CARTERTON CRIER - AUGUST 2022




News from your MP I was pleased to host a ‘Welcome to West Oxfordshire’ event for Ukrainian refugees and their sponsors at the Corn Exchange in Witney recently.

Robert Courts MP

The aim of the event was to bring together, in one place, as many of the people as possible who can offer support and help and, above all, to say a big West Oxfordshire “welcome” to our new friends and neighbours who have been through so much. The event brought together local organisations and charities including Citizens’ Advice West Oxfordshire, Asylum Welcome, Volunteer Link-up and the Job Centre who were able to provide direct information about the support they are able to offer to newly-arrived Ukrainians and their hosts. It was great to have a large turnout at the event and such a positive response from attendees who found the event of value. I was also pleased to be able to meet our Ukrainian families in person, many of whom my office and I have assisted with obtaining visas and accessing other local support over recent months. It is important that all those who have been forced to flee the war in their homeland are made to feel welcome in their new community here in West Oxfordshire, and I hope that this event has gone a small way towards achieving this. We are all immensely grateful for the extraordinary generosity shown by those in our community who have come forward to host a refugee family. I welcomed the opportunity to thank our local hosts in

person for their kindness and compassion. It was pleasing to hear about how smoothly Ukrainians have settled in West Oxfordshire, with many already finding employment and getting involved in their new community. The event was also a useful forum for newly-arrived Ukrainians to

“ We are all immensely grateful for the extraordinary generosity shown by those in our community who have come forward to host a refugee family.” connect with one another, building bonds and support networks. I want to also say a huge thank you to all the local businesses whose generosity enabled us to hold a fantastic free raffle to give some families a little extra gift as a welcome, including Blenheim Palace, Crocodiles of the World, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Delice and the Shake Shop. To coincide with the event, I have prepared an information booklet, both in English and Ukrainian, which contains the key contact details and information on how to access the wide range of local support available. The booklet is available to download on my website here: www. or, if you would like a hard copy, please contact me at and I will arrange for one to be posted to you. My office and I are continuing to work hard to ensure all newly-arrived Ukrainians are settling in well in West Oxfordshire and are receiving the relevant support. If you are hosting a family and need assistance, or are thinking of registering as a host, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will do everything I can to help. As ever, if there is anything I can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact me at CARTERTON CRIER - AUGUST 2022


RAF Brize Norton The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was commemorated with an RAF flypast over Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 02 June 2022.

RAF Brize Norton

Aircraft joined the flypast Her Majesty’s Jubilee weekend celebrations began with an impressive Tri-Service display, including 70 aircraft, seven of which took off from their home at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. Starting at 1pm, the ‘elements’ passed over 30 seconds apart from one another and included helicopters, fast jets, World War II aircraft, the Red Arrows and, from RAF Brize Norton, three C-130J Hercules, two A330 Voyagers, one A400M Atlas and one C-17 Globemaster. The first of the Air Mobility fleet were the C-130J Hercules, where 47 Squadron flew three jets in formation. The Hercules has played a pivotal role during its transporter career. The next aircraft was the incredible Atlas, which is a replacement for the Hercules and provides a strategic lift and troop transport capability complementing the Air Mobility fleet. Followed closely by the immense C-17, demonstrating the RAF’s ability to transport troops, aircraft, or equipment anywhere across the globe.



The two Voyager’s were accompanied by Lightning and Typhoon fast jets. The voyager is the RAF’s air-toair refuelling and main passenger transport aircraft. The flypast closed in style with 15 Typhoons in the formation of the number 70 followed by the nine-strong Red Arrows, flying in their iconic ‘Big Battle’ formation in their distinctive red, British-built Hawk jets. The entire flypast was enjoyed by the Royal Family from the balcony and the thousands of people stood in The Mall.

Women’s Institute

Carterton Women’s Institute Celebrates 100 Years


n 1922, three pioneering women founded Carterton Women’s Institute (WI) - the vicar’s wife, Jessie Offley Shaw, Annie Clarke, wife of Ernest Christmas Clarke of ‘Belmont’, and Gladys Hammett, wife of a St. Dunstan’s veteran. Initially meeting in a room above the then Co-op (now the Golden Eagle Public House). At that time, Carterton was a very small hamlet, attracting only about 150 residents. One fascinating fact recorded in the archives is that membership at that time was 62 ladies and so this must have meant that virtually every lady in the village was a member! A parcel of land, close to the village cross roads, was purchased in 1925 for £25.00, with the idea of building a hall for members’ activities. To pay for the hall, early fundraising events were held, yet sadly did not raise enough. The hall might never have been built but for the efforts of member Mrs. Ernest Clarke and her husband, who mortgaged their own home to raise the £25.00. As with all WI’s, Carterton is affiliated to the National Federation of WI’s based in London, and the County Federation based in Oxford. In 1927, the archives record, “the county held a Handicrafts Exhibition and Carterton members took sixteen certificates - three of them firsts.” All through the decades, so many WI activities have been around fund raising for a variety of local and national organisations. To mark its Golden Jubilee in 1972, Carterton Women’s Institute arranged for a clock to be installed on the outside of St. John’s Church. Despite the clock reportedly getting ‘lost’ during the church extension, it was fortunately discovered sometime later and is now erected on buildings on the crossroads, much appreciated by the public. Every year, members submit and vote on resolutions, which are put forward and voted on at the AGM, usually held in the Albert Hall. This enabled members to have a unique opportunity to turn a concern into a national campaign backed by the whole of the WI. Carterton have sent a delegate many times over the years. One memorable occasion, in 2007, with a

Carterton member present, was when Tony Blair, then Prime Minster, was heckled and slow handclapped when he tried to use his address to win back political initiative from the Tories. In more recent times the Thursday morning WI Coffee Shop, where homemade cakes, tea, and coffee are served, has been a mainstay for the financing of the hall as well as a huge asset for the community. All WIs through their County Federation

In April 2015, National Centenary of the National Federation of WI’s the Centenary Batton visited Carterton on its journey visiting every WI in the Country. In March 2020, the Coronavirus Pandemic closed our hall and all meetings were suspended. Denman College continued by offering courses via Zoom - our President, Jenny Maxwell, did an amazing job trying to keep in touch, especially by delivering newsletters and

“ The ideals of the Women’s Institute are Truth, Justice, Tolerance and Friendship and are as strong and important today as they were at the birth of the WI in 1915.” Left: Mrs Green, one of the Carterton WI founders Below: Carterton WI ladies repairing the memorial poppy display which was water damaged during Covid.

and National Federation belong to a much larger international organisation called ACWW. (Associated Countrywomen of the World). This has members in over 80 countries with very diverse cultures. Individual WIs also belong to a group consisting of 5/6 Institutes who hold twice yearly meetings. These are very special meetings where friendships are formed and ideas shared, as well as having excellent speakers that an individual WI would may not be able to afford. The Annual Gift and Craft fair in November is a popular event, as is “Open Evening” for Carterton Celebrates week.

information sheets by hand to all our members that did not have access to the internet. In July 2021, our first meeting after the pandemic had eased, was held in the hall car park. Luckily the evening was warm and sunny and members enjoyed being back together again. Over the decades, the WI ladies have been involved with so many villageand town events from the day when the hall was used for blood donating, a bank, baby clinic & nursery school, town council meetings, girls club, brownies, and many other organisations. CARTERTON CRIER - AUGUST 2022



Not more Blooming Houses! - by Maxine Crossland

“ Surely we don’t need any more houses. It’s just the builders being greedy again!” How many times have you heard that in recent years?


ertainly we have seen a lot of building over the last 30 years. Back in 1937 the population of Carterton was around 370. Now it is approaching 20,000. Originally Shilton Park was planned for 800 homes, but then the government of the day decided it was not an efficient use of land and ordered the developers to redesign it to take 1500 dwellings on the same footprint. That was the beginning of the building boom in Carterton. “Yes but we have got enough now. It’s time to stop,” I hear you say.

Let’s look at the facts. • Nationally the birth rate is increasing. In many areas primary schools are already struggling to cope with the growing numbers. In 15 – 20 years these children will be adults, all wanting a home of their own. • Nowadays more young people choose to live as singles, so the demand for small starter homes is also growing. • About 1 in 3 marriages now ends in divorce. Where there are children involved, naturally both parents want to provide a home big enough for all their children to be able to sleep over. That means a split family looks for two family-size homes where before they had only needed one. • The cost of housing here is amongst the highest in the country. As a result, many young people have to choose



between living at home with parents until their late 30s, in order to save for a deposit; or rent a flat, which takes most of their money and makes it much more difficult to save for a place of their own. • Current house prices are beyond the reach of many key workers, so schools, hospitals and the emergency services are struggling to fill jobs with workers from outside our area. • Older people, including myself, are living longer than ever before. Many are reluctant to downsize from their family home with all its happy memories to a smaller property. So these properties are under-occupied. • There is also a greater need than ever before for care homes for the very vulnerable. Society is changing, and our local authorities have a duty to provide for the needs of all its residents. Currently our District Council has a waiting list of over 3,000 people looking for homes locally. Of these people over 1,400 have applied to use the Council’s Home Seeker Plus scheme which aims to prioritise the most urgent. Everybody deserves good quality accommodation. So, until we have fulfilled the recognised needs locally, development will have to continue. f


Calling All Seniors

to the University of the Third Age

Botley War graves

Time for a champagne toast to the Queen by the canasta group


ike many other clubs, U3A has a main meeting once a month with a guest speaker to entertain us. But that is not its main activity. Our aim is to enable older people to live life to the full, laughing, learning and enjoying ourselves in the company of like-minded people. We find new friends through the many special interest groups we offer. The choice is wide, the decision yours alone. Summer is here, and we have been out and about, enjoying the great outdoors as much as possible. We had a lovely talk from an ex-royal gardener on Great British gardens, then the Gardening Group followed that up with visits to gardens at Upton Wold near Evesham; the Coach House at Ampney Crucis, Friars Court at Clanfield and the Wildlife garden at Burford. Most of our outings also feature tea and cakes. We share cars and petrol money, so non-drivers have no problems with transport. The History Group has been out to the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Botley – immaculately tended gardens there; to Bampton’s old grammar school and church, which featured regularly in the Downton Abbey series; to the surprisingly ancient village of Ascott-under-Wychwood, and to Cirencester, a wonderful example of the former wealth based on the Cotswold woollen industry. We are also looking forward to a private tour at Coombe steam mill in September, with cream tea included - of course!

“ After two years of lockdown it is lovely to be able to travel further afield. In June we took a coach tour to the National Memorial Arboretum in Leicestershire.”

You might notice, food often features as part of our outings. In September we plan a picnic in the park to celebrate U3A’s fortieth birthday. We also have a regular Sunday lunch club once a month, at various restaurants around the area. Our evening fish and chip suppers with team quiz are always very popular. And in August we had an outing to Tewkesbury, cream team included, with a ride on a GWR steam train to end with. After two years of lockdown it is lovely to be able to travel further afield. In June we took a coach tour to the National Memorial Arboretum in Leicestershire. That was very special. In normal years we also have several outings to places of interest or theatre trips to London. These trips are open to all our members. This is just a small section of the things we do. No time to get bored. There is just so much to do.

Contact: Mike: 07889 080134 or Maxine: 01993 212654 CARTERTON CRIER - AUGUST 2022


Carterton Community Hub

Feeling a squeeze on your finances and need some help? Hello! I want to tell you all about the free course I help provide in Carterton. Everyone is feeling the pinch right now and we know that now more than ever people in our community are in need of support. One of the challenges that individuals face in our community is knowing how to make our money stretch a bit further. CAP Life Skills is a short course delivered within a friendly group setting that gives people the confidence and decision-making skills they need to survive life on a low income. We teach people practical money-saving techniques, such as cooking on a budget, living healthily on less, and ways to make your money go further. We invite members to join in with the discussions and learn from each other. The course in Carterton is led by trained coaches from Carterton Community Church, but the course itself is nationwide. It’s completely free! The Charity, CAP (Christians against Poverty) has helped thousands of people walk free of debt and their Lifeskills course is designed to help those on a low income avoid falling into debt.

“ Lifeskills has been amazing for me, I have been feeling very overwhelmed and this has helped me to manage my money better and make new friends. My confidence has grown and I don’t feel like I’m on my own” - Maria sessions. Half way through the course or at the end we also go on a social outing together. You really do get to know others on a the course so it’s a great way to make friends in the community.

What can you expect when you come to a session? We always start with refreshments and a catch-up. If children are with you, this gives them time to feel comfortable with our children’s workers, who will look after your children during the sessions. We then explore the session content together. Everyone can get involved in the activities and discussion. We really can learn from each other! Then we share a meal together and offer an opportunity for 1.1 coaching



We have just completed our Spring Course and will be starting our next one in September. If you would like to secure a place on it or find out more, please email We want to make this course as accessible as possible, so if there is any challenge which may prevent you from coming, then please do say so we can help find a solution.Enjoy the Summer and do get in touch if you need support or want any more information. The Community Hub Worker

Community Hub News • Wednesdays Community Hub at Carterton Community Centre. Come and join the conversation! Meet others in the community. A lovely place to come if you are feeling lonely or isolated and it’s completely free! 10-12pm • Thursdays Community Hub Drop in at The Family Centre (The Allendale) 10-2pm. We would especially like to welcome Ukrainian refugees along. We have a Community Café open selling refreshments and another opportunity to meet others.









Carterton Walks

A Five Mile Walk from Burford From Capps Lodge, Payne’s Farm, Swinbrook, Widford. Riverside and field paths, country lanes and quiet road walking. Car parking by the side of the river Windrush to the east side of the church. Burford is steeped in history and also often referred to as the Gateway to the Cotswold. Leaving the car park turn right and walk on the road round a sharp bend to the left-hand side of the church. Do not go into the churchyard but look for the pathway in the left-hand corner. • F ollow this path until you come out into a cul-de-sac, walk along here until you come to the main road. • Turn right and with care walk over the bridge until you come to a mini roundabout. Look to the opposite side of the road and you will see a finger post pointing up some steps. Follow the path until you reach a stile, over the stile and walk to the right-hand side of a building where there will be another stile. Turn right and follow the road until you come to the main road. • Turn left (you may wish to cross the road here) and follow the road past a turning to Swinbrook, continue past the Mason Arms. Look for a finger post on the right, pass through a gate walk up the steps and follow the path all the way through the middle of the field. Go through a gap in the hedge, cross two more fields until you come to a wood. (Look left here, the lane goes towards Capps Lodge where it is said that 2 out of 3, of the highway men named Tom, Dick and Harry were hung on a gibbet tree and left to rot). Turn right through the woods until you come to a small road, keep right passing a row of cottages. Descend a hill and when you get to a sharp corner, turn sharp right up a track. Go through the gate and follow the unfenced pathway over a field. Descend the slope to a gate and continue between hedges up the hill to the road.

• Turn right and follow the road down into the dip. Turn left at a sign to Widford, go over a stone stile and follow the grassy valley to Dean Bottom. Turn right when you reach the T-junction by the little medieval Church, St Oswald’s Widford (pictured above), well worth going inside. • Leave the church and turn right until you come to a lane, turn left and walk over the river bridge. Reaching the main road turn right for approx 150 yards until you come to a footpath sign on the right. Walk down the slope to a stile. Cross the stile and follow the path alongside the river, over several more stiles until you reach a road. Turn right towards Burford, pass the Great House and then opposite the Royal Oak the road turns right into Guildenford and the car park will be 50 yards down the slope, on the right-hand side.



Community College

Carterton Community College:

‘a school where relationships matter’

The summer term at Carterton is vibrant and varied. It’s a time of endings and new beginnings and also a time where we are able to offer a wide range of trips and visits and other activities. As we reach the end of this term, we will have completed our first uninterrupted year since the 2019/2020 school year. As we say farewell to our school leaders, wishing them the very best for their futures, we can reflect on the last year.


t’s been a significant year for us. We’ve celebrated our 50th Anniversary, our Year 11s and 13s have taken their first formal examinations since the summer of 2019, and the high point for us was our March Ofsted Inspection in which the College and Sixth Form was judged Good in all areas. The Ofsted inspectors recognised, that despite the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders have significantly improved the school. Staff have worked hard to improve teaching and learning so that students enjoy their lessons and fully invest in the school. Inspectors saw us living our values, the strength of our relationships and students happily rising to the challenge of our high aspirations. Amongst the many positive comments about the school, Inspectors made a point of mentioning our ‘influential’ student Service Ambassadors, who insisted that the lead Inspector joined the Service Club for lunch and told him about the support and opportunities service students have at the College. This year saw the introduction of April as the Month of the Military Child, which we celebrated in a number of ways, the climax of which was a display by the RAF Falcons, dropping onto the school field. One of the team is an ex student who made sure he met up with teachers he remembers from his time at the College. Raising awareness of service children’s experience has been a strong focus of Oxfordshire County Council in recent years. The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock opened their Children And Military Lives exhibition (June – November)



featuring a number of our students stories, and our students continue to feature in the Little Troopers podcasts which are engaging, and amusing conversations about their lives as service children. Some of our service students helped to facilitate the recent Service Children’s Voice event. Through our STEM partnerships with RAF Brize Norton and STEM Learning students have had amazing opportunities and a lot of fun. From rockets to robots, students have led and participated in team challenges using design and manufacture skills, using new found knowledge of electronics, avionics and programming. And not just College students: we held Primary STEM Day on 28th June with partner primary schools which was an exciting and enjoyable day for us and them! This term is also when we meet our next generation of students. We welcomed many Year 5 parents and families to our information evening on 22nd June; the weather was warm and our hall was full, and hosted Year 6 transition days at the start of July. Our 2022/23 Year 7 is already full; however, we will always try to accommodate students moving into the area. We have record numbers joining our Sixth Form this year, including students from other schools. Ofsted Inspectors spoke to our pupils who ‘talked happily about their experiences of school and said they feel safe’. We’ve had so many good words spoken and written about us this year, but I feel that the last words should be those of a pupil to the Ofsted Inspectors: ‘It’s like one big family here’. And it’s a happy one.

Carterton Police Team If you are seen using a privately owned e-scooter on a public road you could be issued with a warning or subsequently your e-scooter could be seized.

E-SCOOTERS Hello from Carterton Neighbourhood Policing Team. As we move into the summer months, we often see an increase in certain types of crime reported to us in the local area. Recently this has included an increase in the use of privately owned electric scooters and converted pedal cycles. We would like to remind people that these are for use on private property only with the consent of the landowner unless using a rental e-scooter. There are areas across Oxfordshire that are piloting the use of rental e-scooters. If you are seen using a privately owned e-scooter on a public road you could be issued with a warning or subsequently your e-scooter could be seized. • E-scooters should only be used in an area hosting a rental e-scooters trial where you can pay by the minute to rent one • E-Scooters should be used by one person at a time

In previous years, the warm weather and light evenings have seen an increase in anti-social behaviour in this area. The Neighbourhood Team will be increasing their patrols across public spaces in Carterton. It is important to remember that most large groups are out enjoying themselves without causing a nuisance. However, if you do witness people acting in an anti-social manner we encourage you to report this to us online via the Thames Valley Police website or by calling 101.

• E-scooters are classed as motor vehicles under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and therefore the same laws apply as if you were driving a car. For example, drink or drug driving, careless and dangerous driving, insurance and tax. CARTERTON CRIER - AUGUST 2022


Carterton Library

Get curious and inventive this summer with a FREE children’s reading challenge at your local Oxfordshire library! From 9th July to 10th September, children across Oxfordshire can collect stickers `and rewards as they read library books. This year’s theme “Gadgeteers” is all about creativity, science, and innovation. Children who finish the challenge at an Oxfordshire Library will get a medal and certificate and be entered into the countywide prize draw. Join in to become a Gadgeteer! Under 3s can take part in a mini challenge with their own special card and stickers.

Illustrations by Julian Beresford and © The Reading Agency 2022

Look out for fantastic new books and keep an eye on Facebook @LibraryCarterton and on the notice boards for activities in the library! Find out more at Go to for more fun!

Carterton Library, 6 Alvescot Road, Carterton OX18 3JH



01993 841492

Cycle Tour 2022

The residents, and cycling enthusiasts of Carterton turned out to welcome the competitors taking part in Stage 6 of the Women’s Cycle Tour 2022. The starting point was in Chipping Norton before the cyclists headed south through Burford with the first sprint section of this stage taking place just outside of Carterton. Once through Carterton, having carefully and safely negotiated the speed bumps on Burford Road, those spectators gathered on Alvescot Road were treated to the sight of some very impressive riding – hopefully the breeze was welcomed by riders and those watching.

Then it was onto Faringdon, via Clanfield and Radcot with the second sprint taking place at Burcot approximately 2 hours later. After that, it was on to Culham and Abingdon before finally arriving at the finish line at St Giles in Oxford with the cyclists having clocked up around 143 miles in just under 4 hours. It was certainly an impressive, although rather quick sight, for some of us, not only of those competing, but also the many support vehicles which accompany all of these events and which certainly made their presence known as they passed through our town with music and horns being employed to good use. We would like to say a huge well done to 7 year old Chester Youd from St John’s Primary School in Carterton who waved off the cyclists with his impressive winning flag design in a competition run by West Oxfordshire District Council. We congratulate all those who took part and hope that we may see similar events in Carterton in the near future. CARTERTON CRIER - AUGUST 2022


Carterton Lions

The Lions’ final roar I t is with real sadness that we have learned of the closure of one of the town’s most respected institutions, Carterton Lions. The Lions is an international charity, with links worldwide, but from its foundation here in 1985 the local branch took a decision to focus mainly on helping local people. A vast amount of money has been raised over the last 37 years for local good causes. The secret of the club’s success has been their determination to enjoy themselves. As one member put it “We put the fun into fund raising” with many seasonal events. For example, Christmas was always a lovely time, as Father Christmas toured the streets in his musical sleigh, pulled by Red-Nosed Rudolph, raising money for those in need. The Lions knocked on people’s doors just before the little ones’ bed time. To see the look of wonder on a young child’s face was magical. But equally as important was the Lions’ ethic of service to the community. Their Message in a Bottle scheme was adopted nation-wide by the ambulance service. Every year they mounted an art exhibition at the Community Centre to promote

the work of local artists. They provided Christmas hampers and a party for senior citizens, monthly car boot sales and so much more. In 2011 when Repatriations returned from RAF Lynham to Brize Norton, the Lions took on the responsibility for organising and manning the car parking for mourners. This was an enormous job, with people from across the country arriving from early morning onwards. Lions were on duty until the last mourners departed, often in the early evening. They

attended 76 repatriations, providing help, sympathy, information and kindness to families in their darkest hour. Their many achievements were recognised in 2012 when they received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, or QAVS. We have all heard about people getting an MBE, or CBE etc. This is the equivalent award for groups who have provided outstanding service, and Carterton Lions was the first Lions group in the country to be honoured in this way. Their contribution to life in our town has been huge. To all Carterton Lions, past and present, we say a big “Thank You” for everything you have done for us. You will be greatly missed.


West Oxfordshire Youth Awards Not-for-profit, community interest company Got2B is launching the West OxfordshireYouth Awards, recognizing the achievements of young people aged 13 - 17. “At Got2B we value young people and strive to always celebrate all the good they do inthe community,” explains Julie Edwards, co-founder of Got2B & the driving force behind the WOYAs. “Often, young people are misrepresented & we think they deserve better. In light of this we are launching the WOYAs, with an aim to recognise the young people of West Oxfordshire for all their achievements especially after a particularly challenging few years.” The innovative new awards will recognise the achievements of young people in six categories:



• Young Hidden Hero • Young Artist of the Year • Young Activist • Young Pheonix • Young Sportsperson of the Year • The GOT2B Award Got2B are looking for West Oxfordshire-based businesses to sponsor the awards & assist in the selection process of the category winners. The organisation is particularly keen for companies based in the towns where they stage youth clubs to take part - currently these are Witney, Carterton & Chipping Norton - the idea being to nurture stronger relationships between young people and their wider communities.

Anyone can nominate a young person for a WOYA - simply visit the website and complete a nomination form. Shortlisted candidates and two guests will be invited to attend the award presentation gala dinner in November. “The WOYAs will be a fun, entertaining night for all generations,” promises Julie Edwards. It will be a time to come together and showcase young people, their determination, commitment, abilities & their accomplishments.

Art West Ox Arts Gallery:

A class act

An exhibition showcasing exciting work from Pip Shuckburgh’s oil painting class with a selection of specially invited ceramicists.

At West Ox Arts, we are delighted to announce our forthcoming exhibition which presents the talents of Pip Shuckburgh and members of her oil painting group. Also on display will be the work of four ceramicists who will be exhibiting alongside the oil painters from 23 July through to 27 August at the WOA Gallery, located in the heart of Bampton, Oxfordshire. Pip’s students, a mixture of early career and more established artists, will exhibit a cross section of their work. “This is our first exhibition as a group, which was founded in 2017, so it is very much toes in the water. It is all good for them to see what it feels like to put on an exhibition and make choices of which painting to display”. Pip Shuckburgh, was born and brought up in Oxfordshire. Having enjoyed an illustrious career in illustration and commercial art, Pip decided in the 1990’s to become an oil painter, and joined the 20th Century Art Group in Oxford. After a few years she held her first solo exhibition in the WOA Gallery in Bampton, Oxfordshire. The exhibition sold well and subsequently she has exhibited in London and across the country. Members of the oil painting class, who will be exhibiting alongside Pip, include: Paul Bates, Diana Alcock, Pat Smith,

Above: One of Pip’s most recent paintings - Skip diver. This has been accepted by the Royal Academy, London and is currently being shown in The Summer Exhibition there. Left: Vintage Circus. Oil on canvas. Note: this article does not refer to any commercial venture with the same name.

Sally Proctor, Eve John, Julie Smith, Jacqui Shaw, Vanessa Argles, and Sue Wales. The ceramicists, all well known in their chosen sphere include: Edith Matthews, a ceramicist based in Oxfordshire, specialising in hand-built, sculptural forms. Susie Bidgood, who creates original, contemporary and decorative individual ceramic pieces in her studio. Vivien Shelton, working in hand-built and coiled stoneware. Anna Lever, a previous Director of Sunningwell School of Art, producing earthenware and stoneware figures coloured with commercial stains and under-glazes. If you are interested in becoming a member, volunteering, running art workshops, or exhibiting at the gallery, get in touch: 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 CARTERTON CRIER - AUGUST 2022



The Rose and Crown - Shilton


aving been asked to write a review, there’s a sense of relief when it quickly becomes apparent that the venue is lovely, the welcome is sincere and warm, and the hospitality good. Shilton village provides an idyllic location. Clustered around a gentle ford, the sloping lanes of ‘the Shilton dip’ village are lined with traditional stone houses. The Rose and Crown is the quintessential village pub, outdoor tables for when the weather is good and a cosy and inviting indoor bar and dining area; its predictability – in the best possible way – making visitors feel immediately at ease. The pub is under new ownership and began to serve food again this spring. Landlord Matt is front of house and clearly taking great care to give the pub new life. The menu is concise and tempting, with daily changes to sandwiches and a fresh fish option from a daily delivery. When we visited, lunch had six light options alongside four traditional favourites to choose from. For us, cool drinks and a shared dish of olives to start, the latter plump and buttery. Then my dining companion and I each had a sandwich served with chips. For me, free range ham and creamy coleslaw – generously filled but not to the extent of being unwieldly – my companion, a classic egg mayonnaise. Unhurried, we then enjoyed delicious puddings, one a variety of British berries, ripe and full of flavour, with cream



and the other vanilla ice-cream. Matt takes pride in sourcing the best ingredients and this extends through to the coffee, a mellow flavoursome memory to end the meal. Our lunch - olives and two-courses including coffee - came to just under £42 plus drinks. Dinner would be slightly more depending on choices. Children’s portions are easy at £9.50 each. The Rose and Crown have monthly quiz nights, during the summer host Aunt Sally games and will soon be

“ The Rose and Crown have monthly quiz nights, during the summer host Aunt Sally, and will soon be rolling out the bbq for the summer, there are also steak nights.” rolling out the bbq for the summer, there are also steak nights. Whilst Shilton village is truly fortunate that Matt found them and is giving their pub a new lease of life, this gem is a stones-throw from Carterton and welcomes many people walking along the new off-road route from the town to enjoy the local real ales, where children are welcome too and there’s plenty of outdoor space. I shall be returning to try the king prawn tempura with a glass of bubbly and hopefully catch Matt for a chat about how his Rose and Crown Shilton pub is thriving, his dedication to its success is clear to see and being enjoyed by his patrons – there’s a certain feeling to a welcoming, happy and lively pub and this place has it in spades. f

Wine - Robin Shuckburgh

Get to know your Summer Wines


ummer is here with a vengeance. It’s in the mid 30s outside and the dogs are searching for shade when they can’t find running water to sit in. Come to think of it, so am I. Of course, all this means that a huge amount of Provence Rosé is being poured. Rosé from this southern French region is everywhere you look these days. It has become madly fashionable. Superstars searching for somewhere to put their money are vying with each other over plots of land in the best wine country and we are all looking to be reminded of the dry, hard sunshine and smell of rosemary and thyme so many of us have been lucky enough to experience on holiday. My goodness Rosé has come a long way since I was a boy. There is hardly anyone of my generation who hasn’t sat across the table from their latest squeeze sharing a bottle of Mateus Rosé, often taking the empty bottle home with them to turn it into a lamp. The huge success of this wine was at least partly responsible for the degeneration of Rosé’s reputation into “a kind of cheap and cheerful, barely alcoholic and certainly not serious wine.” It is only in the last few years this has been changing. Firstly, technology such as winery cooling systems hugely improved the wine, making it crisper and fresher, and, of course, more of us had the chance to experience the wines abroad, so the demand for Rosé grew enormously. Sacha Lichine, the son of brilliant wine writer and vigneron Alexis Lichine whose books were the backbone of my generation of merchants, spotted the opportunity these things offered and using his formidable entrepreneurial skills has transformed this sector of the wine industry. He started a brand called Whispering Angel, concentrating hard on the American market and has built an extraordinary range of the best Rosé wines in the world. My contact at Sunseeker, the yacht builders, tells me that these days they are obliged to custom build the wine fridges on their boats to fit particular bottles of the owner’s favourite Rosé. Now that’s style.

Inevitably big business has smelled an opportunity and lifestyle companies like LVMH have bought up large sectors of the most successful wineries but there is a whole world of choice out there and here are just a few I have come across in the local wine merchants and supermarkets. The Co-op stocks a pair of wines, one white and one Rosé from La Vieille Ferme. The Rosé is pale and dry, southern French in style, it’s made in the Rhone valley by a famous Perrin family and as long as the vintage is 2021 it’s good and fresh with a slightly herbal hint. Good value for money in my view at £8.00 and even better if you have a co-op member’s card. The Co-op wine buyer writes; “Another triumph from the Perrin family who really do know a thing or two about making proper, light and refreshing rosés; they make the feted Miraval rosé for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‚ this crisp and thoroughly delicious pink has a delicate palate of strawberries, raspberries and a touch of nectarine. Close your eyes and think of the south of France!” Alcohol levels are encouragingly low in rosé wines in general and this one is at the sort of top end at 12.5% They also stock in the co-op shops, although weirdly not online, a much darker wine from Southeastern Australia called Lime Tree Rosé. As its colour hints to the shopper, this wine tastes more of summer fruit, like raspberry and strawberry with a touch of cherry. It’s a very good BBQ wine as it’ll stand up to the flavours of almost anything you drink it with. Cheap too at around a fiver. Aldi have a bit of the thing about Portugal, and with very good reason. I have recommended a couple of Portuguese reds from here over the last few years and here is a pink which, in my view, deserves its place in everyone’s summer wine fridge. A beautifully pale pink rosé with intense notes of raspberries and strawberries on the nose. Creamy on the palate, it delights with a refreshing explosion of red fruit

and berry aromas. Wonderfully balanced, the finish is long and lingering. Sainsbury stock the Provencal Rosé mentioned above, owned by Brad and Angelina called Miraval. Although I am always wary of celebrity endorsements, (notice no mention of Kylie In this piece although her rosé is massively successful) but for me it has been the best of all the Provence rosés I have forced myself to try on your behalf over the last few weeks. It’s pricey at £15 even though it’s currently reduced from £19.00 but in this case you gets what you pays for. I have lifted this description from the Sainsbury website as it shows that these days rosé wine really is taken seriously. History: Château Miraval is located in the Provence village of Correns, the first 100% organic village in France. Tucked away in its own private valley, the Château is surrounded by ancient woodlands and olive groves. In 2012, owners Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie partnered with the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel fame, who oversees wine production at the estate. Their continued dedication to improving quality has seen the wines go from strength to strength. Regional information: Château Miraval has 50 hectares of grapes grown on the estate. The majority of the fruit for this wine comes from the Château’s three best parcels - Muriers, Longue and Romarin. The remainder is sourced from within the Correns region, just north of Brignoles in the heart of Provence. The terraced vineyards are at 350 metres altitude, resulting in cool nights that moderate the warm days which in turn help the grapes retain their delicate aromas and crisp acidity. Vinification: Grapes were hand sorted twice to ensure that only the best grapes made it into the rosé. The grapes were gently pressed to extract the right amount of colour. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and has no new oak influence. Enjoy your summer drinking oh and by the way, while you are in the coop, grab a bottle of their pink Cava. It’s terrific fizz at an excellent price. - Robin CARTERTON CRIER - AUGUST 2022


Carterton May Day Photographs by Kayleigh James

Wow, what can we say about this year’s May Day Fair! We are so thankful to each and every one of you for turning out to support our event and for helping to make it such a success. We were amazed with the turn out and it was certainly one of the busiest in its 40 year history. The recreation ground became a hive of activity and it was lovely to see the whole of Carterton (and beyond) come together for a wonderful community event. There were lots of stalls and attractions including 75 local and independent businesses and charities, superheroes, princesses, vintage cars, live music, rides, refreshments, dog show, scarecrow, a dragon and not forgetting the giant tortoises! A huge thank you to all our amazing sponsors who helped make this event possible, K9 playtime academy for their fantastic dog show, our wonderful live music acts (including Brize Norton Military Wives Choir, RAF Voluntary Band, Ryan Clayton and ZumbAnita), TKD Security Services for their excellent service and a big thank you to everyone who turned out on the day. We are delighted to have raised an amazing £5,500 for Save the Children Fund from the day which will go to help disadvantaged children all over the world and will make a huge difference to lots of children’s lives. Thankyou for your support and we look forward to seeing you for next year’s event, so please put Monday 1st May 2023 in your diaries.




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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. Friday 4:30pm. Town Hall. Military Wives Choir Brize Norton. Monday 7:30 - 9:30pm. Town Hall, 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. Jo Smith:

Bus/Coach Services

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

Lloyds Mobile Branch fortnightly on a Tuesday 9.30am – midday • Rebound Coaches - 01993 772 202 • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire - 01865 772 250 • Tappins Coaches - 01235 819 393 • Villager Community Bus Services Ltd - 01608 658 57 • Carterton Town Service – 01993 630124

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


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

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 British Heart Foundation. Carterton branch supporting main charity. Edith Richens: 01993 841954 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. Royal Air Force Association. Carterton and Brize Norton. A registered charity that supports RAF families. Second Monday of each month 8pm. Carterton Bowls Club. Tel: 01993 843366 RAF Brize Norton Thrift Shop. Opening times: Tuesdays 9.30am till 2pm Wednesday 4.00pm till 8.30pm, Thursday 9.30am till 2pm Saturday 9.30am till 3.00pm 13-14 Ely Close, Carterton OX18 3UJ




Carterton Methodist Church Burford Road Rev Ian Worrall: 01993 837647 / 07599383754 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 The Church of St John the Evangelist, Church of England. 6 Burford Road Rev Drew Tweedy Team Rector: Father’s Touch Victory Christian Fellowship. Sunday 10:30am - 12:30pm. Carterton Town Hall. Pastor Blesson Kallimel: 07913 662763 St Joseph’s Catholic Church. Arkell Avenue. Father Paul Smith


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 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 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 Senior Lunch Club. Last Thursday of every month 12 - 2pm. Town Hall. Paston Blesson Kallimel Tel: 07913 662763 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. Maxine Hall, 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 Women’s Institute, Carterton. Every second Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm. WI Hall, Brize Norton Road. Eveline Gillians:


• Broadshires Dental Practice - 01993 633 491 • Tower Dental - 01993 840 117 • Burford Road Dental - 01993 842 534 • Carterton Dental Practice - 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


• Carterton Opticians – 01993 841268 • Michael Lowe & Partners – 01993 844291

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 - AUGUST 2022



Village & Country Homes

Later Life Planning

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Two of the buyers put forward an offer on the spot... and Mr and Mrs W accepted one. Just three weeks later, the sale was completed. If you're considering a move in 2022, contact us today on 01367 300 370.

Giant Fabric Sale

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Saturday 24th September 10am till 4pm Carterton WI Hall Brize Norton Road, Carterton OX18 3HN

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Huge amount of fabric remnants large and small for dress making, upholstery, lining, quilting,lace, ribbon, tapestry, cross stich, crafting card, jewellery beads and findings. Refreshment served. All proceeds go to the much needed refurbishment of our 100yr old hall.

Carterton Community Poetry Competition & Celebration Poetry Poetry Day Competition 19th August 2022 Carterton Library

Email or take your entries with the theme 'Community' to Carterton Library before 12 noon on 15th August.

Amazing prizes for each age category! 5-8 years 9-12 years 13-16 years 17-18 years Adults

10-11am Rhyme Time 12-12.30pm & 12.45-1.15pm Our Amazing World (age 5-11) 2-3pm Face Painting 2-3pm Poetry Play Workshop with poet Juli Frances Taylor Build-a-Poem Poetry Readings (age 5-9 ) 3pm St Joseph's Primary School poetry reading



Join our social club for people living with dementia ✓ ✓ ✓

A fun, regular social group offering support with tea and cake. Based around creative arts including music, singing, painting and crafts, and reminiscence. All are welcome, including people living with dementia or other types of memory loss, and their family, friends and carers.

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

How to join? Email: Phone: 07850 204 791 or 01993 893 560 More info: services/lights-up