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December 4 Welcome from the Mayor 6 News - The new Carterton Pavillion 8 News - ‘Hands off’ campaign 9 Carterton Primary School 10 The ‘back room team’ of the Town Council 12 Town Council News 13 Brize Norton Community 14 Carterton Carnival 16 Carterton Community Centre 17 RAF Brize Norton Afghanistan Airlift 18 U3A - The University of the Third Age 19 Christmas Wine Ideas with Robin Shuckburgh

20 The British Heart Foundation 21 Crosstalk with Maxine Crossland 22 Carterton Walks A visit to Shilton 23 What’s on at St Johns Church 24 The Carterton Litter Pick 26 Review Burgers and Brews 27 News from Robert Courts MP 28 Carterton Library 29 Cookery with Anna Pitt 30 A Day out in the Country 32 Useful Town Information

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“ Volunteers are at the heart of any community and my sincere thanks goes to each and every one of you for contributing your time and energy, free of charge to help our town.”

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Your Mayor

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s we draw to the end of another year, I have had some time to reflect on both the good and bad events that have come into all our lives over the last 12 months. COVID has continued to deliver sadness to the door of so many and my thoughts are with all of you who have been affected especially as we approach the festive season. Carterton continues to grow and the arrival of new businesses to the town centre has created such a positive outcome, live outdoor music and al fresco dining being the norm. My thanks go to the retailers in the town who during difficult times have dug deep and continued to trade, serving our public to their usual high standards. I would also thank the teams from UBICO who plant up and care for our hanging baskets and pavement displays – I think they have done a wonderful job this year and really brightened up the town centre and surrounding areas. I reserve special thanks and praise to those that have served our community in the last year. The herculean efforts and great deeds carried out by members of the NHS and all our emergency services, along with members of the Armed Forces, have continued to serve our society and provide help and care wherever it has been needed. My greatest praise goes to the members of the public who in their numbers have stood up and been counted during these difficult times. Volunteers are at the heart of any community and my sincere thanks goes to each and every one of you for contributing your time and energy, free of charge to help our town. If all has gone according to plan, by the time you are reading this, the Christmas Lights and Lantern Parade will be almost upon us with the big switch on due to happen on Friday 3rd December. I hope you will find time to come along and support the various stalls, the Lantern Parade and enjoy some festive cheer. It only remains for me to wish you Seasons Greetings and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.

Nick Leverton

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News

The new Carterton pavillion The ‘Hands Off’ group have concerns regarding the Recreation Ground development and attended the October council meeting to share their point of view known.

In response, our Mayor, Cllr Nick Leverton, has announced that a Council Working Group will be established by the council and include a representative from the ‘Hands Off’ group, to move forward the Alvescot Road Recreation Ground project. The council will be holding a public meeting regarding the Alvescot Road Recreation Ground in the near future.

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What does the Council want to achieve? Carterton Town Council wants to build a pavilion that in the fullness of time will be recognised as an outstanding sports and leisure facility for Carterton residents and will be viewed as an asset for decades to come. The Alvescot Road Recreation Ground is a much valued and well used local amenity. Carterton Town Council operates the Recreation Ground through a Trust. The origins of the Recreation Ground go back to the early 20th Century when Mr Carter created the Recreation area as we know it. The Recreation Ground was managed by Trustees. By 1937 the Trustees requested that the Parish Council, (which is now Carterton Town Council), take over the management and control of the Recreation Ground. This

was because the Trustees were unable to continue management of the site. This transfer was made under the Open Spaces Act 1906 and arranged by Oxfordshire County Council. Since 1937 the Recreation Ground has undergone development. A pavilion was built and a bandstand. The existing pavilion was built many years and is located near houses in Arkell Avenue. In recent years residents have repeatedly contacted the Council complaining about Anti-Social Behaviour by young people which is impacting on their quality of life. The Council decided that the existing pavilion was no longer fit for purpose. It is infested by vermin and is constructed with asbestos. Following consultation exercises, the site of a new pavilion was identified at the east side of the Recreation Ground near the car park.

The Council set up a Working Group to develop the project. A planning application was made to West Oxfordshire District Council for a new pavilion and permission was granted. In the run up to the planning hearing a number of residents objected to the new pavilion and a group has been formed to block the project. Now that planning permission has been granted the Town Council will continue developing the project with the Working Group. The Working Group will be expanded to include a representative from the sports community, a resident who has expressed concern over the development and a representative from youth groups. The Group will focus on tailoring the outline planning permission for the new building to meet local expectations and the Council’s aspirations.

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News

‘Hands off’ campaign An alternative view - We think proper consultation on this matter is long overdue. We are NOT AGAINST development. However we feel the new plans are not in keeping with the surroundings, are too large, and would take up too much of the green space. A brief history...

The recreation ground was bequeathed to the community as a green space by William Carter (Carter’s Charter). A copy of the charter can be found in the Town Hall. There is a statement in the charter which relates to building on the site which says “This 5-acre green space I donate to the people of Carterton forever. Not even a hut should be built on it”. Some of the original residents have a strong affinity with William Carter, and feel very passionate about retaining as much of the green space as possible.

The land was donated to the people of Carterton by William Carter in 1906.

The Town Council are currently proposing we replace the old changing rooms with a new two story building which we believe many residents feel is too large, badly positioned and not in keeping with the area.

In 1987/8 the council proposed building a shopping development and carpark over half of the Recreation Ground

The Town Council did some consultation in 2019, but many residents have told us they were not aware of the project. Over 1000 people have signed a petition against the project and are asking the Town Council to rethink their plans. We believe the Town Council have sold the idea to the planning committee as a centre for sport, but in reality we do not have any rugby teams, the cricket team have responded to say the recreation ground is too small, and the ground contains one football pitch which is generally used when the main pitches elsewhere are fully booked or in poor condition.

The residents of Carterton started a campaign...

Public meeting

We held a public meeting on the 1st October, over seventy people attended and over eleven hundred people watched the live feed in the evening. Lack of proper consultation was a key point raised. One member of the public did take part in the consultation process but wasn’t made aware of the size and location, and now feels cheated. The access road was another big concern. This is about 94 metres in length and runs along side the football pitch. Safety issues were raised about a road on a recreation ground used by children.

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...and eventually succeeded after holding and overwhelmingly winning a public vote


Carterton Primary School

“The best for every child”

is the aim within our Early Years at Carterton Primary School

At Carterton Primary school we are extremely proud of our Early Years Provision. We understand that it is essential that children experience high quality care during their Early Years experiences. Last year, we were early adopters of the new EYFS framework which meant we had time to carefully consider our bespoke curriculum to meet the needs of our children. Our Early Years Experience is planned to: ● ● ● ● ● ●

Provide enrichment Value positive relationships Promote wellbeing Develop independence Be curious explorers Be clear communicators.

Reception at CPS:

In Reception we enjoy learning indoors and outdoors. We have a large Reception provision which is shared by up to 45 children over two classrooms. Each class has a dedicated teacher and teaching assistant. The children can explore a wide range of activities within the two classrooms and in the large shared outdoor space. We use further outdoor spaces within our school site including our school pond and our nature detectives area. We would love to meet you if you are looking for a school for your child in September 2022. We are currently holding weekly school visits on Wednesday and Thursday

mornings at 9:30am for prospective Reception parents.The Head Teacher or a member of the leadership team will show you around the school and be available to answer any questions. Please call the school office to book a place or if this time isn’t convenient please speak to our office staff who will try and accommodate another timeslot.

Nursery at CPS:

We are lucky to have a lovely spacious environment for our Nursery Classroom both inside and out. Our caring and

experienced staff ensure they get to know each child and plan activities to engage and support their development. We currently have 15 and 30 hour spaces for children over 3 and wrap around care is available with our CPS around school provision. We are always happy to meet new families and if you would like to come and look around our Nursery please call the school office and book a slot to view our provision and meet our Nursery Class Teacher. CARTERTON CRIER - DECEMBER 2021

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Town Council

Ron Spurs

Stella Catt

Teresa Whitford

Introducing the back-room team Alongside your elected town council there is a dynamic team behind the scenes that work together to make sure that everything in the town runs smoothly. We thought we’d bring the back-room team centre stage and introduce them to you. As time evolved and the Parish Council system came into being an individual was appointed to make sure that the parish operated in accordance with the law. Now the parish responsibilities include fairly mundane matters; grass contracts, bins, seating, flowers and maintenance of property owned by the council.

Ron Spurs

Town Clerk – Joined October 2015 Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm Day to day role: The clerk is not a politician, he or she is not elected, their role is to make sure that the council operates legally and that councillors comply with the relevant guidance and regulations when representing the council. Some parishes which are towns like Carterton, employ a full time qualified professional clerk and staff to manage the council and its responsibilities. The role of clerk goes back certainly to Norman times when the lord of the manor had a right-hand man (not woman in those days), who recorded the business of running the settlement.

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The council is also currently delivering several key projects, for example tree planting in the town centre, Alvescot Road recreation ground pavilion, provision of a bus service, and provision of financial support for youth services and Thames Valley Police. If you want to discuss any local issues feel free to call in at the Town Hall or email me directly, I will be happy to help: rspurs@carterton-tc.gov.uk

Stella Catt

Admin Officer – Joined August 2006 Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 2pm Day to day role: I prepare the agenda and minutes for council meetings and put together the list of planning applications for the planning committee to consider each month. I am involved with organising events, particularly the Remembrance Sunday parade and wreath-laying ceremony at the

War Memorial and the Christmas Lights Street Fair. I maintain the burial records for Black Bourton Cemetery, including allocating grave spaces and ashes plots, liaising with funeral directors, stonemasons and family members, legally transferring grave ownership and processing applications for memorials and inscriptions. I also manage bookings for Alvescot Road recreation ground, cover reception when needed and look after the town’s archives (with our Archivist, Roger Battley). If you would like to email me directly regarding any of the above areas, I will be happy to help: scatt@carterton-tc.gov.uk

Teresa Whitford

Admin Officer – Joined July 2012 Hours: Mon – Fri, 11.30am-5pm Day to day role: I endeavour to solve any issues that members of the public have raised with the council and particularly enjoy the customer service aspects of my job. I have specific responsibilities for the town’s recreation areas (parks, playgrounds and open spaces) ensuring they are inspected and maintained regularly. I manage the grounds maintenance contracts which include grass cutting, litter,


...in brief

Hedges and Vegetation

Alex Fleming

Katie Zasada

One of the most common complaints we receive at the Town Hall is about hedges or vegetation encroaching onto or across pavements. It makes it especially difficult for people pushing prams or walking with a young child and for residents that use wheelchairs/mobility scooters. In some instances, pedestrians need to step into the road to get around the obstacle. In some cases, overgrown hedges and plants also cover information sign-posts or road names. We would ask you to please take five minutes today to check your boundaries and ensure there is nothing that may hinder anyone using the footpaths around your property. Thank you.

Waste bins

general maintenance, hedges, footpaths, flowers, shrubberies and our tree maintenance programme. I am passionate about the environment and am constantly looking at ways to help nature in our town. If you would like to email me directly regarding any of the above areas, I will be happy to help: twhitford@carterton-tc.gov.uk

of the public with enquiries or concerns which I pass on to the relevant colleague to deal with. I also assist at various functions including Mace Bearer at the annual Civic Service.

Alex Fleming

Day to day role: I am based in reception so am the first point-of-call for all general enquiries by phone or face-to-face with the public. If I cannot assist directly, I will do my utmost to find contact details of the person who can. I manage the Mayor’s diary and assist in organising his annual events. I am responsible for managing the Town Hall hire bookings and also liaise with the Thursday market traders regarding new stall enquiries. I manage all the Town Council’s social media accounts updating them regularly with news articles, upcoming events and council business such as agendas and minutes of meetings. Along with my colleagues, I am involved in our annual town events such as Christmas Lights Street Fair and Lantern Parade as well as Remembrance Sunday. If you would like to email me directly regarding any of the above areas, I will be happy to help: kzasada@carterton-tc.gov.uk

Town Warden – Joined January 2016 Day to day role: As Town Warden my duties are varied and involved in keeping our town a pleasant place to live in. These include keeping road signs clean, litter picking, weeding and mowing some verges. I tidy unkempt areas around the town and refill the dog-waste bag dispensers. I look after the notice boards ensuring they are tidy and up-to-date. Generally, carry out any duties that the Town Clerk requires of me. Another part of my job is looking after our Cemetery at Black Bourton. This includes the collection and removal of dead flowers and broken items from the graves. I also weed and keep the graves and surrounding areas as neat and tidy as possible. I am the public face of the Town Council and am often approached by members

Katie Zasada

Admin Officer – Joined March 2018 Hours: Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm

For information on what can go in each of your bins, or to order additional recycling boxes or food caddies, please visit: www.westoxon. gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/what-toput-in-your-bin/

Cleansing services on MOD land

The town hall staff are always happy to hear from residents regarding any complaints they have in relation to cleansing services around the town and will endeavour to rectify these problems as soon as possible. However it has become increasingly noticeable that a high percentage of cleansing issues are being generated from MOD owned land which we have no jurisdiction over. Both Carterton Town Council and West Oxfordshire District Council receive regular complaints regarding overflowing dog bins and litter on the green land in Northwood Crescent. The MOD’s contractor Amey Defence Services are responsible for organising regular litter and dog waste collections in this area so we are kindly requesting that you contact them directly if you need to make a complaint. You can do this via their website www.ameydefenceservices. co.uk or by emailing customercare@ ameydefenceservices.co.uk CARTERTON CRIER - DECEMBER 2021

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...in brief Veterans Hub

A new veterans hub is opening in Carterton. Veterans hubs provide a way to gain advice, support and services under one roof through the creation of a ‘one stop shop’ facility.

Town Council

Request to all visitors Black Bourton Cemetery

If you are a serving or retired member of the Armed Forces or a family member, and in need of advice on a specific issue, or just want to meet with old and new comrades, please come alongto the WI Hall on Brize Norton Road on every third Thursday in the month between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Hubs are a relaxed place for veterans to drop in and share a cup of tea and the company of others who have served. A number of representatives from professional organisations will be on hand to assist with issues ranging from housing, befefits and assistance from military charities. For further information call: Tel: 07831 140900

Gadget help sessions

Looking to get started with - or more confident in using - your device? FREE one to one help and advice is available with your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Sessions are being held at Carterton Library on Mondays between 2 - 4pm - booking is essential. Call: 01993 841492

Remembrance Day

The Mayor popped along to the WI Hall to see some of the WI ladies who are working on the Poppy Net and Banner in readiness for Remembrance Day. The large Poppy Net and Banner were first displayed in 2018 and despite careful handling and storage are in need of a little TLC to ensure they look their best for this year’s Remembrance events.

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If you are a regular visitor to our cemetery, please take the time to read the notices provided and pass this information on to others. Our part-time Town Warden has proved to be a valuable asset, during the ten hours a week he is employed he tidies and cleans all the little neglected areas around the town which makes a marked difference. Every Thursday, he goes to our cemetery in Black Bourton to put out the six waste bins for emptying, unfortunately he must spend valuable time going through the three ‘Garden Waste Only’ bins to remove the many items that should not be in them. WODC refuse to empty these bins if they contain other products.

This picture shows a small selection of products that have been placed in these bins (including plastic, wood, metal and foam). We have placed large A3 signs above each bin to clearly state they are only for vegetation including flowers and listing all products in red that should not go in them. There are another three blue bins provided for general waste. The time our Town Warden spends sorting refuse uses valuable taxpayer’s money which could be achieving more productive work. We thank you in advance for your help.

AN INVITATION FROM RBL

The Royal British Legion has supported service men and women, veterans and their families since 1921. Membership is open to everyone, both military and civilian. If you would like to join us you will be warmly welcomed. The Carterton Branch meets on the first Monday of every month at the Social Club in Brownes Hall. We meet in the bar at 19 30hrs.

For more information please contact wesso249@hotmail.co.uk - or call: 01993 200603


Brize Norton Community

The Tea Time Club A partnership between RAF Brize Norton Community Support and Carterton Family Centre

Thanks to funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund, Carterton Family Centre and RAF Brize Norton Community Support are bringing back the popular “Tea Time Club” to the town. The weekly after-school session will be open to military families with a partner on deployment or exercise and single-parent families. RAF Brize Norton’s Community Development Officer Jessica Price says “Partners of military personnel can spend huge chunks of the year solo-parenting and we’ve set up the Tea Time Club to bring lone-parent households together. It’s a really positive project which, in the hands of the experienced practitioners at Carterton Family Centre, will have a focus on families having fun, supporting each other, enjoying good food - cooked by Humble Bumble café - and good company!

This project is open not just to military deployed families, there are some spaces available for local civilian single parent families too as we know all those families will have shared experiences. Through the Tea Time Club Mum or Dad will get to have a night-off cooking and meet other parents whilst the kids enjoy the fantastic facilities at Carterton Family Centre – win/win. I’m really thankful to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for their continued support to the RAF Brize Norton family and look forward to working with our friends at Carterton Family Centre on the Tea Time Club.” The Tea Time Club will be a weekly after-school activity running Tuesdays 3.30pm-5.30pm in term-time bringing families in similar situations together to share a meal, activities and games.

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Carterton Carnival After a worrying start to the year, plans were taking shape to bring back Carterton Carnival.

Carnival Time

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e hoped that it would be bigger and better than before… but the extended restrictions meant getting full insurance for a procession proved to be very difficult. We did not let that put us off though, as everyone needed a bit of carnival in their lives. We plodded on with ideas and plans, some more way-out than others and finally the carnival began to take shape. The event took place on 28th August in the middle of the bank holiday weekend. We were lucky with the weather, although it started off a bit windy. There were stalls with all sorts of wonderful things on offer as well as the great Hatwell funfair, bouncy castles, go-karts and The Last Man Standing attractions. An array of vintage cars including a fabulous Lamborghini and a Porsche (my favourite). Local charities were supported to raise funds for their worthy causes, including Oxfordshire Fostering association that raised over £350 to support their families. Local businesses showed their support for this event and our thanks go to them for helping to make the day a great success. These included Brownes Hall social centre - who ran a great outside bar for the whole event - Bourton Road Butchers pigroast and BBQ, German Sausage stall with its spicy sausages that tasted great, crepes, slush puppies, ice-creams from Mark, cakes from Bite Confectionary and No 6 Cookie company, fudge and pick-n-mix that tasted amazing, Humble bumble café, The Vault gymnastics club and the fabulous G&T’s bar where the gin was flowing! The sun finally came out around 4pm, in readiness for the evening music event provided by James Morgan productions. The stage was set, the performers at the ready, and families

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settled on the recreational ground with their picnics, take –aways, and array of drinks to enjoy the evening of free entertainment. The bands included Watt 4, Torrin, Sophie Elyse, Jack Read and the evening ended with a bang with the local band Innuendo to whom the crowd yelled for an encore as no one wanted to go home.

“ Local charities were supported to raise funds for their worthy causes, including Oxfordshire Fostering association that raised over £350 to support their families.” I think it fair to say a great day was had by all. Our enormous thanks go to Shelly Clarkson without whose help we could not have done any of this. Jimmy and Natalie from G&T’s who were an integral part of the planning and set-up. Nick and Sue Leverton first-aiders and car park extraordinaires, and everyone who came along and had fun and supported this great event. We will be back next year bigger and better, with a full procession (we hope) and we look forward to welcoming you again. Carterton is a great place to live and have fun, all monies raised go towards Carterton Carnival 22 for all residents and families to enjoy. Any ideas and suggestions welcome and all offers of help gratefully received. Please contact Jill Bull via the Town Council. See you there! - Jill Bull


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Community Centre

The best kept secret in town How much do you know about the Carterton Community Centre in Marigold Square?

Did you know that… •T his is the largest hall in Carterton – hosting regular meetings of Carterton U3 club with over 200 members •T he hall has its own private car park behind the building •T here are eight trees in the grounds, planted in 2018 in remembrance of each of our World War I heroes •T here are two separate kitchens, one for full catering, one for party snacks ou might be surprised at just how many Y different things go on here. • I t holds an annual art exhibition • It is the home of the Community Church •L ocal families gather here to make lanterns for the Christmas Lights procession • I t is home to the amazing Carterton & Brize Community Assistance Group – so much more than just a food bank. FIND US AT www.cartetoncommunitycentre.com CONTACT US BY Tel: 01993 842807 cartertoncommunitycentre@btconnect.com

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The centre has been open since 2008. It is not here just to serve the people of Shilton Park but was always intended to be used by the wider community. It is equally available for private hire and commercial enterprise. It was designed to be as flexible as possible, making it suitable for everything – from children’s parties, business conferences, keep-fit classes, to Last Night of the Proms. The centre was the brain-child of the Town Council, and its planning spearheaded by Brian Crossland. The end result was so impressive that HRH the Princess Royal visited and performed the official opening in 2009. It was widely praised and copied as the way forward for all public halls. The secret of its success was its inbuilt flexibility. Instead of solid immovable internal walls, many rooms have folding doors which allow for rooms to be subdivided or opened up to accommodate any size of occasion. There are three small rooms suitable for one-toone consultations or private business meetings – a great alternative from meeting in your home. At the other end of the scale there is a large hall, which can be further extended by opening the screens to incorporate a smaller room behind it, and screens at the side which can open onto a third, medium-sized hall .So if you want a special function it can give you rooms for the main event plus separate eating and dancing areas. It really is all things to all people. There is a hiring fee to cover costs of the facility with concessions available to many local users. Gill Carver, the manager, can advise.


RAF Brize Norton The station became a hive of activity as we were tasked to support the evacuation of eligible people from Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Airlift This was to be the biggest airlift since the 1948 Berlin Airlift, with all 4 of Brize’s aircraft types involved in the evacuation of over 15,000 people from Kabul, flying 166 operational missions in the process. On station, a Reception Centre was set-up and teams worked alongside the Red Cross, Border Force, Department for Health and Social Care, and the police to in-process evacuated personnel. The phenomenal scale of effort is one that the whole force can be extremely proud of. The professionalism shown and the incredible support from families and the local community was without a doubt outstanding. The operational output still remained high as we continued to deliver other taskings to ensure that nothing was compromised to Defence throughout. The dedication from all across the station and beyond was paramount to ensure that our Afghan friends and families were given the appropriate level of empathy and support in their time of need. As our taskings finished, their journey was just beginning.

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U3A If you are a student, working for a living, raising a family or paying off the mortgage, look away now - this is not for you!

Calling All Seniors to the University of the Third Age

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have been retired for some years, and I am loving it. The best years of my life! But it wasn’t always like that. At first, retirement was rather lonely and much too quiet. I missed the hustle and bustle of work, the friendship of workmates, the struggle to find time for the things I really wanted to do. Suddenly nobody needed me anymore and my days seemed long and rather empty. Then I discovered U3A. Never heard of it? Allow me to enlighten you. The University of the Third Age (U3A) is an organisation for people no longer in full-time work, but who still have energy, enthusiasm, a desire to make the most of these precious golden years who want to try something new. In August, one of our members (apparently perfectly sane) celebrated her 80th birthday by wing-walking. Wow! But you don’t have to be a daredevil to fit in. The U3A offers senior citizens the chance to try something new, or improve skills you already possess. Members can try as many different activities as they want. You can knit and natter; try bowling or table tennis; improve your computing skills; visit steam engine rallies all over the country; have fun learning more about wine; join a book or poetry club; trace your family history; or a host of other things. We also go out for meals, lots of trips and even short holidays – to London theatres and places of interest across the country. And if you are single, so are lots of other members, so you never need to feel like the odd one out. Carterton U3A has around thirty special interest groups to choose from. And if you want to do something we don’t currently offer, we will try to find people who share your interest. But first, you have to become a member. Joining fees

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are about £20 in a full year (£10 this part year). For that you get 12 monthly meetings with interesting speakers, plus a cuppa and chat afterwards, plus free entry to as many of our group activities as you wish. Suddenly you find your days filled with new friends and activities you have chosen. Recent activities include Indian cookery, Last Night of the Proms, a trip to Bournemouth and a tour round the local Food Bank to name but a few. It is all on our website. Our main full meeting is held on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 2 00pm in the Community Centre at Marigold Square on Shilton Park. You are welcome to join us for two free visits before deciding whether you wish to join us.

For more information please see our website

www.carterton-u3a.org.uk Or email: membership@carterton-u3a.org.uk Tel: 07942322852


Wine - Robin Shuckburgh

Wine ideas for Christmas The whole world appears to be under threat. It’s enough to drive you to drink. The trouble is that the booze trade is very far from being unaffected by the crisis that faces the rest of the planet.

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his is particularly true of the wine business. I wonder if you have noticed that wine has been getting stronger and stronger? It’s really quite difficult to find a wine with less than 14% alcohol these days. Frankly, for a person who is used to drinking quite a lot every day, (after 50 years in the business that’s hardly surprising) this is a disaster. There is no joy in drinking more than a glass and a half of an Australian Shiraz, or indeed any other table wine, at 14-15% alcohol. The reason for this phenomenon is that it’s getting hotter. I don’t suppose you will be surprised by that. Heat, in the process of growing and making wine, is absolutely crucial. It’s not by accident that the Vinis Vinifera, (the species of vine that produces the wine grape) grows in the geographical band around the planet, where the climate suits it. The problem now is that it is no longer within that traditional band that the perfect conditions occur. For a grower in Bordeaux it was always the case that his white grapes ripened with a perfect sugar content a week or ten days before his reds. These days the white and red grapes ripen at the same time with hugely inflated sugar levels making the harvest a chaotic race to get everything in at once and prolonging the fermentation, creating the massive levels of alcohol I mentioned at the beginning. Clearly, if the process of global warming continues, those wine producing regions will have to move further from the equator. How that effects the English wine growing trade is a subject for another time, but meanwhile what are we to do? My suggestion is to look for a wine merchant who has recognised the problem

and is good at finding wines at reasonable alcohol levels. Here in Carterton, Aldi has stepped up to the plate. They stock several wines at the old-fashioned levels of 11 – 12.5%. I have been a fan of this extraordinarily talented supermarket wine department for many years now. I remember the Calvet Claret they first started selling in one of their first stores near Cardiff decades ago, prompting me to make the journey from Henley on Thames to buy it by the dozens; having declared an interest, here are the wines I am recommending from Aldi today and for your Christmas. Just please be clear about the pricing thing. Some of these wines are on offer at the moment and may not remain so. Others might be cheaper the nearer we get to the festive season. (This is the list as at the very beginning of November 2021) Vinho Verde Loureiro 2020. Mimo Moulinho. 11.5% alcohol £6.29 Aldi have a big soft spot for Portugal’s wines and a big talent for finding great value from this underestimated country. Their description is as follows. “In this lively wine, (this means it has a slight but only just discernible fizz) ripe citrus aromas meet subtle tropical notes on the nose with touches of mandarin on the palate.” Yes, I agree with this and love its balance of acidity and fruit, difficult to achieve in any wine. With Seafood. Great aperitif. Grenache Cinsault Rose. Vin de Pays D’Oc 2020 12% alcohol £5.99 Everyone needs a Rose and it must NOT be too sweet or sticky. This wine is lovely

and dry, made from the grapes associated with the Rhone valley which give it a decent colour and rich red berry flavours. I have been drinking this wine all summer, despite a bottle which looks rather over the top for my taste. It’s no accident this is “specially selected” With anything or on its own. . Cambalala Malbec. South Africa. Western Cape NV 13% alcohol £4.99 The truth is that if you can find a lovely red with acidity, fruit and a sense of balance at this kind of price then you really can’t go wrong. I have just finished a wonderful slow-cooked shoulder of lamb with a ratatouille and mashed potato accompanied by this wine. It cut through the inevitable oily fattiness of the joint and provided the perfect accompaniment. It’s really hard to imagine a better value bottle of plonk. With lamb, beef or any red meat. Champagne Musigny. NV 12% alcohol. £13.99 It’s been a while now since it became obvious that this house champers made it pointless to buy anything cheaper. OK. I know that we are all strapped for cash but there is only a couple of quid between this and the Proseccos of this world and there is an enormous chasm between their quality. This wine has all the Brioche, biscuit qualities you look for in expensive champagne and all at a ridiculously low price. Don’t hesitate. It’s great. Every Christmas aperitif opportunity. f CARTERTON CRIER - DECEMBER 2021

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British Heart Foundation

Hearts of Gold B

ack in 1986, if a baby was born with a hole in the heart it was very serious. Luckily for one little girl, the expert care she received from the JR Hospital meant she survived and thrived. In gratitude, her family, led by grandmother Joyce May and her sister-in-law Edie Richens, decided to raise funds for a heart monitoring machine for the hospital. They started by organising a Christmas bingo in the Women’s Institute (W.I.) Hall and from that one successful event things just snowballed. But fate had not yet finished with this family. Within a short space of time both Joyce’s brother and Edie’s husband suffered heart attacks. In response, the family redoubled their fundraising efforts and the Carterton branch of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) was born. Early members included Elsie and John Smith and Pauline and Doug Timms, who are still committee members thirty-three years later! In the early years, they organised more bingo, bazaars and local fayres; attended ploughing matches (see page 30 and 31), steam shows and charter days around the area. By 2018 they had raised more than £250,000 for BHF. In recent times, the team activities continue to diversify. Driveway sales, tea & coffee stalls, garden parties, fish and chip suppers and cream teas with live music, have all added to their fund-raising. Not even Covid has deterred them. During the

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last financial year, March 2020/ 21 they generated an amazing £11,974 with ingenious ideas like Covid-safe tombola and designed-to-order face masks. Today, the group is perhaps best known for the fabulous Christmas lights display which decorates the Timms’ house on Burford Road every December. For many years, Doug has decorated his home and garden for Christmas, but it was only four years ago that someone suggested putting out a donation box. Last year Doug used 46,000 LED bulbs on his display and received £1,604 in donations. All of this during lockdown! The running costs are now generously sponsored by A Plan Insurance and an electrician friend monitors safety. Edie, Doug and Pauline are keen to emphasise how much help they get from a wonderful team of volunteers. Their most recent project brought in almost £1,400 from two events in Doug and Pauline’s back garden. What an amazing job they are all doing for a really important cause. Before going to press, there will have been the Christmas Bazaar at the Methodist Church on 13th November and our next event: December 3rd

CHRISTMAS BINGO at the W.I. HALL Anybody interested in joining them should contact Edie on 01993 841954


Crosstalk

The American Influence - by Maxine Crossland

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ave you noticed the generous width of the grass verges along the Burford, Brize Norton, Black Bourton and Alvescot Roads? Perhaps you have lived here long enough to remember when these four roads were all lined with beautiful mature ash trees? This open, leafy approach to town was no accident, it was deliberately created as part of William Carter’s vision when he founded Carterton in 1900. As a young man, William had travelled widely in the USA and was particularly impressed by the achievements of the early pioneers who opened-up the Wild West, built homesteads from local materials and carved out a living from the wilderness. He came to believe that every man should have the right to own a home of his own and an acre of land on which to grow his food. This was his dream. When he returned to England, fired with enthusiasm to make his dream come true, he used this American model as the basis for his perfect village. He bought the 320-acre Rock Farm, renamed the land Carterton, divided it into oneacre plots and sold them for £20 per acre. He set-out certain rules for how the village should be developed. He stipulated that all dwellings on these main roads should be built at least 60-foot back from the roads and should be planted with trees. That is why we still have the unusually wide grass verges, and just a few of the surviving ash trees.

Top Left: Junction, Burford Road and Arkell Ave Above: Main crossroads in 1925 Left: Brize Norton Road in 1929

Happily, those original verges have been preserved, and are protected by no parking bye laws, with OCC no parking notices discretely installed along the highway boundaries. The Town Council keeps the grass cut and most home owners cut back their hedges and ensure their fences are well tended. This is part of our heritage. Unfortunately, many of the original trees have reached the end of their natural life span or fallen victim to ash die-back disease. So, the Town Council has embarked on a re-greening programme. Over a period of years, new trees will be planted, serving the dual-purpose of improving the visual appearance of the town and simultaneously being a natural way of dealing with air pollution. This is a long-term project which will make our town more attractive and eco-friendly and also benefit future generations. It even has royal support, shortly after Carterton agreed this plan, the queen expressed a wish to “create a green canopy across the entire country” as part of her Jubilee celebrations. It is her wish that as many people as possible plant suitable trees where they have land to do it. So why not get planting – but PLEASE not the dreaded leylandii! f

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Carterton Walks

Time to stretch your legs - A circular-walk from Carterton to Shilton - approximately 3.5 miles On a clear and dry day, this is a beautiful walk with wonderful views, visiting Shilton ford; a very pretty area where children often paddle, dogs splash and sometimes cars drive through. The paths can be muddy after several days of rain. - From the Town Hall in Carterton take the Alvescot Road and stay on this road (for approx ¾ mile) until you reach a small car park on the left, which serves Willow Meadow. - Carefully cross the road and take the lane opposite, which is now signed as Ty Nant Cottages, commonly known as Kenn’s Farm, Alvescot Rd, Carterton OX18 1PE, these are holiday lets. - Reaching the buildings, you will see a stile facing you, climb over this stile and walk up the field-path which has been fenced off, to another stile. Climb over this into a field and follow the well walked paths, almost in a straight line, over several fields until you reach Shilton Church. Climb over the stone stile into the churchyard.

reach the main Carterton-Shilton Road, cross this with care (this is where an extension to the walk can be made). Enter a field and turn right onto a newly made-up path near a hedge and adjacent to the road.

- Leaving the churchyard, turn right, and walk on the road down a hill and you’ll reach Shilton Ford.

- Follow this to the end and cross the road (entrance to Swinbrook Estate). The walk continues on the pavements alongside the road, right down into Carterton Town centre (approx 1 ¼ miles). At the Town Centre traffic lights turn right and you will see the Town Hall, 50 yards a head on the left.

- Walk over the bridge and where the road goes to the right, bear left to a gate and climb the steep hill until you

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St John’s Church

What’s on at St Johns?

(We are trying to be as Covid-safe as possible so please bear with us if things change)

SERVICES

Our usual services are every Sunday at 10.30 a.m., a mix of informal services and Holy Communion, see our website for more details. Coming up to Christmas, we also have: INSPIRE is a friendly social group of elderly people who meet twice a month in our church hall on Wednesdays at 2pm to chat, enjoy tea and cake and activities such as quizzes, games or singing. It’s free and open to anyone, come and join in! The next meetings are 8th and 22nd December. OPEN CHURCH Covid permitting, there will be a Carterton street fair on December 3rd when the Christmas lights are switched on. The church will be open serving free hot drinks and refreshments. Come in and warm up!

As church ministers, we get asked all sorts of questions. Amy, a sixth-form student at Burford School is currently writing an Extended Project. She met with me to ask what the Christian view of murder is.

Can murder ever be justified? What question would you like to ask? Email me at rector@ stjohnschurchcarterton.org.uk I’ll print your question and my answer on this page.

Sunday 5th December 4pm Christingle (a service specially for families)

Sunday 19th December 6pm Carol service (come and sing your heart out!) Wednesday 22nd 6pm No-Rehearsal Nativity (all children welcome to join in, come and dress up, costumes provided. The photo shows a pre-Covid nativity)

Christmas Eve 11.30pm Midnight Mass (welcome in Christmas Day with us)

DID YOU KNOW?

We run a brilliant Parent, Baby & Toddler Group. We offer a warm welcome on Fridays 9.00 - 10.30am during term time. We also run afterschool Kids’ Clubs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and a Youth Group on Sunday afternoons. Ring Gary on 07799 968408 to find out more. For more information go to our website:

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The Carterton Litter Pick

Looking for Volunteers... Carterton residents, having been inspired by the annual Great British Spring Clean event hosted by the Town Council, decided they would like to establish a regular litter picking group for the town. With the help of Carterton Town Council who provide all the equipment and advertising, they have held many successful litter picks over the last 2 years but are always happy to have more volunteers to help with the clean-up. The litter picks are held on the last Sunday of the month between 10am – 12pm, meeting at the Town Hall. The organisers hope that seeing residents out cleaning up will highlight to others that we all need to take responsibility. If you are able to spare 2 hours a month to take part in this worthwhile event, please contact either: Sylvia & Peter Colley sylviaandpete04@yahoo.co.uk Teresa Whitford twhitford@carterton-tc.gov.uk Or you can register your interest at the Town Hall 01993-842156 and we will pass your details on.

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Review

Burgers and Brews - Carterton

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ith its sandwich outlets, takeaways, restaurants, cafés, and pub bars, together with live music, the town end of Alvescot Road has become the food and drink centre of Carterton and during the warmer weather has taken on a pleasant boulevard atmosphere which is very welcoming. I live just up along Alvescot Road and there is a great atmosphere there, particularly at weekends, boisterous and fun without being too loud! A recent addition to this scene is Burgers & Brews, from the group behind the Smokehouse in Witney, which opened for takeaways in March of this year, and offered full table service following the lifting of hospitality restrictions in May. It is almost next door to Grapes & Tomatoes and far from competing, the two complement each other, which is exactly as it should be since those who benefit are of course the customers! I went to Burgers & Brews to try their burgers which had already gained a good reputation for their range and their quality. I went quite early on a Friday with my sons (13 and 14) but already it was filling up inside and out – a thankfully balmy evening.

“ All burgers are served in sesame topped brioche buns and include lettuce, chopped onions, and sweet gherkins but since all the burgers are made fresh to order these can all be optional” Sian and her very friendly team were busy with arrivals – we had booked, and it is advisable especially on a Friday and Saturday – we were shown to our table and presented with the Dine In Menu, which as expected included a wide and interesting selection of beef and chicken burgers as well as pork. Being committed carnivores, we did not sample the vegetarian options, but they looked extremely good. All burgers are served in sesame topped brioche buns and include lettuce, chopped onions, and sweet gherkins but since all the burgers are made fresh to order these can all be optional. All are served with fries. One of the boys asked for no gherkins and onions which was duly done. The burgers are made up of a combination of different ingredients and fillings some of which are well known, BBQ sauce, Emmenthal cheese etc but there are other more adventurous additions which set each burger apart and gives each a unique taste. Burger prices range from £9.50 to £13 which given the size is more than reasonable. There are daily specials for main meals, sides, and desserts. The boys both had the Crazy Korean burger, a double stacked

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cheeseburger topped with Bulgogi (marinated and spiced) steak and kimchi (fermented cabbage). I chose the Cheeky Chorizo burger – a double stacked pork and chorizo patty topped with Emmenthal cheese chilli jam. There are sides, fries-related and otherwise, and we ordered a portion of Beef Chilli Cheese Fries. Our food came quickly (but not too quickly) and is served on branded paper in red baskets and overall, the presentation is attractive. The burger patties are cooked pink and juicy and it’s a well-stacked creation held together with a wooden stick. Come to Burgers and Brews on an empty stomach - the burgers are filing, and the portions are generous! The boys enjoyed theirs and both said how tasty the steak topping was – and, surprisingly for teenagers (?) both loved the kimchi which worked well with the meat. My pork and chorizo burger was very good, again soft, and full of flavour and I wish I had asked for more chilli jam! Good fries, crisp but not hard and not over seasoned, the beef chilli cheese fries were tasty, but we were defeated by the quantity…. Purely in the interests of this article, we managed to find room for one dessert which we shared. The Crunchie Brookie (irresistible brownie/cookie combination) came warm, tasty, ridiculously rich, and full of properly large chunks of Crunchie which – funny coincidence – is my favourite sweet food. We actually finished it; it was simply too good to leave. On the drinks side, there is a great offering of local draught and bottled beers and ciders, cocktails and ‘hardshakes’, and there are guest beers and new cocktails etc being introduced regularly. The wine list is simple and short – this is mainly a burger joint not a complicated restaurant – but anywhere that has The Guv’nor (very big and smooth Spanish tempranillo) as the House Red gets my vote – my large glass complimented the food perfectly. There’s a kid’s menu for Under 12’s, burgers, goujons, mac-andcheese and desserts and shakes. Freshly made deli sandwiches on sourdough are served from 12-4pm and look out for more specials as well as Wicked Wednesdays at £30 for two including a four-pint pitcher of locally brewed beer. All of Burgers & Brews suppliers are local and their ingredients are locally sourced where possible. Verdict? Good quality, decent value, generous portions, interesting menu with something for everyone, friendly and efficient service, and a happy atmosphere. Excellent house wine. What’s not to like?! - Adam Lethbridge f


News from your MP At the end of a very difficult couple of years for us all, facing the most significant global health crisis of our generation, it is welcome news that our world-leading vaccination programme has, in addition to saving countless lives, enabled us to take major leaps towards normality in recent months.

Above: Carterton Primary School September 2021 Center: St John the Evangelist School September 2021

Robert Courts MP At last, we can go back to doing those things that make life joyful. Teachers and school staff, who have adapted to challenging circumstances with enthusiasm and ingenuity, have returned to the classroom. Businesses have gone back to providing the services and products that are so vital to our economy. Health and social care staff and volunteers can continue caring for our sick and vulnerable, as they have done so excellently over the pandemic. We can once again reclaim our civil liberties, go outside our homes as and when we please, use public transport and facilities knowing we will be safe and be able to spend time with those who are closest to us.

work to support adults with a life limiting illness in Oxfordshire. I would encourage everyone to support them when they are next out in town.

Now that I have been able to resume my usual busy constituency visits, I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet many of you and to hear your priorities in person. Recently, I have been out and about in Carterton to support the high street and superb local businesses, which give the town centre such character. I am sure you were all as delighted as I was when the Prime Minister announced the re-opening of retail in June, followed by further re-openings on the high street from early July. This has enabled us all to get back out and enjoy the wonderful shops and eateries that Carterton has to offer. The reopening has also been welcome news for charity shops, such as Sobell House, who do incredible

It has also been very enjoyable to visit some of the local schools in Carterton and to see how enthusiastically pupils are taking to being back in the classroom. At the end of September, I attended Carterton Primary School to meet with school staff and hosted an interactive ‘How Parliament Works’ assembly for pupils – and while I was there it was also great to pay a visit to Carterton Primary’s own mock-up airport! I also visited St John the Evangelist Primary School where I hosted another lively interactive assembly. Thank you to teachers for an engaging tour of the school and for the useful discussion ahead of the new school year.

In September, it was a privilege to formally open JSP Safety’s state of the art new Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) factory in Carterton. JSP is a world-leading manufacturer of PPE such as safety helmets and masks, and the company has done an extraordinary job of supporting local hospitals with vital equipment throughout the pandemic. JSP is already a major employer in West Oxfordshire, and it is great to see the company committing their future to our area and supporting more high-skilled local manufacturing jobs.

I want to also pay tribute to students from Carterton Community College who appeared on a new ‘Little Troopers’ podcast to share their experiences and talk about what life is like as a service student. Listening to their stories, and these recent visits to Carterton’s primary schools, reinforced just how central the RAF is to daily life in Carterton and the identity of our area. It was also evident just how proud we all are of everything those serving at RAF Brize Norton do for our community, and indeed our entire country. As we now approach the festive season, we say thank you to all those who are deployed, for whom duty calls them away from their loved ones at this special time of year. We pay particular thanks to those serving at RAF Brize Norton for their brave efforts during the Afghan evacuation, which helped 15,000 people, including 5,000 British nationals and their families, to be airlifted to safety. We thank them all for their service and their sacrifice. May I finally take this opportunity to thank every reader for all you have been doing to help our collective response to this public health emergency. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas when it comes around. As ever, if there is anything I can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact me at robert@robercourts.co.uk. CARTERTON CRIER - DECEMBER 2021

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Carterton Library Carterton Library is a much-loved, friendly, accessible community library situated in the centre of Carterton. All on one level the library is wheelchair and pushchair friendly offering a wide range of services for all ages. There are public computers available to all with two scanners, printer, and a photocopier plus free WiFi throughout the facility.

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 everchanging with seasonal art and creative craft displays featuring well-known characters and creatures from picture books through to junior fiction and graphic novels. 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 school to spend time browsing and choosing from a large range of picture books, non-fiction, audio books, and junior novels for all abilities including dyslexiafriendly titles. The Children’s Library also includes a wide collection of teen fiction.

Activities and events

Carterton Library runs activities and events* throughout the year for adults and children including author talks, reading groups, rhyme time, and craft. 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 @ bookstoborrow. 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.

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Joining the library

You can join any Oxfordshire County Council library, either by dropping in, or online at: oxforshire.gov.uk/libraries. 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 and 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

Friday

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: carterton.library@oxforshire.gov.uk Facebook: Carterton Library @bookstoborrow *Some of these activities at time of writing are not fully resumed following guidelines around COVID and safe practice.


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

Turkey and Leek Pie Makes 1 x 25cm pie This recipe is a special Christmas adaptation of the original Leftover Pie.

It’s also nice to make Parmesan bites with your excess pastry.

INGREDIENTS

White sauce is a great way to use up excess milk, even when it is on the turn and slightly sour, which is not great for in your tea and on your cereal but perfect in a sauce or in scones.

For the filling • 2 leeks • a knob of butter • l eftover cooked turkey, gammon, bacon or ham • 1 tin of sweetcorn, drained • 5 00ml white sauce (see recipe) For the pastry • 1 50g plain flour • 7 5g butter, cubed METHOD

To make the pastry, put the flour and butter in a large bowl. Rub the butter and flour together until it is mixed to the consistency of breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre and use a knife to mix in 1 tablespoon of water. Gradually add another 2 tablespoons of water, mixing until it all comes together into a dough. I keep coaxing it together with the knife and then when it is almost all bound together I gather up the last bits by wiping the ball of dough around the bowl. Knead it gently to get it smooth, then flatten the ball and roll it out. Chop the leeks into rounds, using

To make the white sauce

most of the green part too. You can chop off the ends of the leeks and put them in your pot or bag for your next batch of stock, or freeze them for use in soup. Rinse the leeks well, making sure you get all the little bits of soil out that tend to lurk between the rings. Sweat the leeks in the butter, then add to a 25cm pie dish along with your leftover cooked meat and sweetcorn. I don’t put pastry under the pie – only a pie crust on top. This is much easier as there’s no danger of the infamous “soggy bottom”. Pour over the white sauce, then cover with your pie crust, allowing it to overlap the top edge before trimming off the excess with a knife (the pastry will shrink a bit as it cooks). Cook in the oven at 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6 for 35 to 40 minutes, or until piping hot and the pastry is golden.

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1 tablespoon plain flour 100g butter 500ml milk black pepper

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter gently and then stir in the flour. Keep stirring it over the heat for about a minute until you get a sandy texture. Remove from the heat and stir for a bit longer until it starts to look like a smooth paste. Add in a little milk and stir again until you have a smooth paste. Return to the heat, add a little more milk and stir, then add the rest of the milk, and stir for a little while. Then you can just allow it to heat up giving it an occasional stir, but keep your eye on it as it nears boiling (when you start to see bubbles). Then watch it closely. You need to let it start to come frothing up the pan and swiftly remove it from the heat as it nears the top. Grind in some black pepper and your white sauce is ready.

Parmesan bites METHOD

These are a great way to use up your pastry scraps.

Knead together your pastry scraps into a ball and press flat. Roll out and cut using a small biscuit cutter or use an egg cup. Pick up any remaining scraps, knead and roll out again. Press the last few scraps into shape to be your taster biscuit. Transfer your biscuits onto a baking sheet, and then sprinkle with black pepper and parmesan cheese. Bake at 200ºC/400ºF/ gas 6 for 12 to 15 minutes until golden. CARTERTON CRIER - DECEMBER 2021

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A day out in the country

Have you ever wondered what happens at a

Ploughing Match? The 72nd Annual Ploughing Match and Country Show - Hatfield, Faringdon

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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. Wednesday 10:30am, Friday 4:30pm. Town Hall. Military Wives Choir Brize Norton. Monday 7:30 - 9:30pm. Gateway House, RAF BZN. BrizeNorton@militarywiveschoirs.org @MilitaryWivesChoirBrizeNorton RAF Brize Norton Theatre Club. Station Briefing Centre. Brian Cullum: 07521 725005 info@brizetheatre.co.uk Brizetheatre.co.uk

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 ssafa.org.uk

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.

Banks

Allandale Centre. Jo Smith: joanneellen.smith@hotmail.com

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

Charities

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Academy Lawton Avenue. Tel: 01993 841240 stjosephsprimarycarterton.co.uk/learning/nursery-little-joeys

Churches

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 stephenmott@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

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

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

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 Karen Eason: 07989 783779

Carterton Educational Trust. Provides funds to groups and individuals living or working within the town of Carterton for educational purposes. Cartertoneducationaltrust.weebly.com

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

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 bifcpastor@gmail.com fatherstouch.co.uk

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

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Carterton Methodist Church Burford Road Rev Fred Ireland: 01993 867301 / 07557 402962 Ireland.fred@gmail.com

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

Community

Alvescot Dog Club. Dog Training Classes. Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Judith Walker: 01993 703130 Judith.walker11@btinternet.com


Dentists

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 archoxfordshire.org.uk

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

Carers Support Group. Third Tuesday of the month, 2 - 4pm. Town Hall.

Halls for hire

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 kumon.co.uk/witney-and-carterton 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 suerichmond@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk 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 chair@carterton-u3a.org.uk West Oxfordshire Welcomes (WOW). Bruce Barrett: 07966 614169 Roger Hampshire: 01993 772517 wow@oxfordshirefreemasons.org Women’s Institute, Carterton. Every second Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm. WI Hall, Brize Norton Road. Eveline Gillians: kennethgillians@btinternet.com

• 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

Libraries

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

Medical

• 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 robert.courts.mp@parliament.uk

Police Station

Police non essential call 101

Post Offices

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

Schools

• 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 (www.carterton-gym.co.uk) • Fit Figures - 01993 844 245 • Heroez Gym - 01993 358 080 • Kilkenny Cricket Club - hafeezkashif@hotmail.com )

Taxis

• 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 - DECEMBER 2021

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