Issue 13 - October 2011 (PDF - Chipping Norton Times

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Issue 13 - October 2011 (PDF - Chipping Norton Times

CHIPPING NORTON TIMES

Issue 13 October 2011

An independent monthly magazine delivered FREE OF CHARGE for residents and businesses in and around Chipping Norton.

Copies will also be made available at a number of distribution points

Chipping Norton Times – joining Stow Times, Moreton Times & Bourton Times,

already delivered free of charge to over 11,500 homes and businesses

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From the Editor

A change of season…and pace

The schools going back after the long warm and relaxing days of

summer always brings a change of pace, squeezing our daily lives

back into timetables and an altogether far more structured routine.

However, this September presented us with an incredible selection

of big events, inviting us to ‘top up our good time factor’ before

the long cold evenings set in. The new and amazing Harvest

Festival was worthy of all the accolades it received and we hope it

will become a regular in our local events diary; a bigger and even

better than ever before Moreton Show ticked boxes with all the

family with so much to see and do that our photographer there,

Charlie Doran Davis, had a helper so that she could be in two

places at once(!); and finally a breath-taking Cotswold Festival

complete with ranks of Parliamentarians and Royalists as The

Sealed Knot marched into Stow and re-enacted a Civil War battle

on their cricket field. This was an impressive event and the crowd

got fully behind both sides, shouting and cheering them on and

having a wonderful time. With cannons and gunfire as well, I

imagine that the town’s neighbours in the Swells and Naunton

knew that Stow was once again ‘at war’! I wonder if being so close

to a major event in our past will have triggered an interest in local

history and politics?

In this edition of the magazine the first Christmas adverts appear

and we can sense that the rush to get lists made and things done

before the end of the year is’ on’. But before you get too caught up

in it all, we hope you will enjoy the magazine this month – we

name the winners of our photographic completion, there is a nice

and true story from local author Nicholas John, Mike Boyes treats

us to a look at some local wildlife and we catch up with some of

community issues around at the moment.

We receive regular comments from people that there isn’t enough

Chippy content – this can be easily overcome, simply by sharing

with us the events and articles, reports and news that you would

like to see in Chipping Norton Times, and we will tell everyone!

Of all the things we do, we totally fail at mindreading - so it’s up to

you, we need to be told! Our contact details are below and we

will look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Jenni Turner, Editor

Our Front Cover :

This photo, taken and sent in by Ann Wyatt, was the overall winner in

the Moreton in Marsh Show Calendar competition this year, and will

appear on the October page. It was taken at Ascott near Whichford.

AW©CNT.10.2011

Copydate for the November edition is 16th October.

(The 16th is our copy date for every month next year)

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Inside this edition

FEATURES

8 Moreton in Marsh Show - a photo-montage

9 The Sealed Knot – Re-enacting a Civil War Battle

10, 11 The Photographic Competition, Answers & Winners

32, 33 Local Nature Reserves – A personal view in words & photos by

Mike Boyes

35,36 What Price a Signature – A short story by Nicholas John

REGULARS

18 Market Towns test new planning powers.

Rural fund re-opens for applications

19 Local Authorities, meetings & information

21 Thames Valley Police – Neighbourhood Watch; Safe Biking

22 Church Services

24, 25 Village Halls; Rural Cinemas and Regular Events Diary.

26-29 EVENTS & Events DIARY for October

30 Local Walks in October;

31 Cotswold A.O.N.B. & Glos.Wildlife Trust

36 Book Reviews from Cotswold Bookstore

41 Robb Eden – shares a few opinions on tax.

42 - 44 Reports from some of our local Schools

45, 47, 49 & 51 News & Reports from some of the Local Sports Clubs, etc..

53 Clubs, Societies & Associations, etc (this list is updated bi-monthly)

54 Club News & Reports

55 Local Business Directory

Thank you to all our contributors, the writers and photographers who

have helped produce this edition. This month the team doing research,

sub-editing and proof reading included Jan Marley (who also manages our

deliveries) and we are delighted to welcome a few guest writers this

month, too. As always, their time and input are invaluable. Thank you

too to all our volunteer deliverers and sources of information – without

them these magazines couldn’t function and we always appreciate their

time and commitment.

Our design team this month was Eagle Design Ltd.

0845 230 8955 / www.eagledesign.net

Extra copies of Chipping Norton Times may be available at The Leisure

Centre and at The Information Point.


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CotswoLd FestivaL

Love History?

Live History witH tHe seaLed Knot

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1. CHIPPING CAMPDEN

2. STOW ON THE WOLD

3. MAUGERSBURY

4. MAUGERSBURY

5. DAYLESFORD

6. BROADWELL

7. MORETON IN MARSH

8. UPPER ODDINGTON

9. DAYLESFORD

10. LOWER ODDINGTON

11. ADLESTROP

12. BROADWELL

13. LOWER ODDINGTON

14. MORETON IN MARSH

15. NAUNTON

16. UPPER SLAUGHTER

17. EVENLODE

18. MORETON IN MARSH

19. LOWER SWELL

20. UPPER SWELL

21. WYCK RISSINGTON

22. OVER NORTON

23. LITTLE WOLFORD

24. CHURCHILL

25. CLAPTON ON THE HILL

26. LITTLE RISSINGTON

Your local high street needs your support

Sustaining a high street and a community is not only about

shopping locally from independent small shops. It is about

ensuring that the high street and people who live in the

community have a viable sustainable future. Parking,

transport, procurement, the threats of supermarkets and outof

town developments - all these issues are best dealt with by

local authorities, local community groups, local businesses

and local people working together. From the Federation of

Small Businesses

THE ANSWERS

27. FORD

28. LONG COMPTON

29. *BOURTON O/T WATER

30. CONDICOTE

31. UPPER SWELL

32. CHIPPING CAMPDEN

33. BOURTON ON THE WATER

34. BLOCKLEY

35. DRAYCOTT

36. LOWER SLAUGHTER

37. LONGBOROUGH

38. BLOCKLEY

39. GREAT WOLFORD

40. BOURTON O/T HILL

41. SALFORD

42. UPPER ODDINGTON

43. FORD

44. UPPER ODDINGTON

45. DAYLESFORD

46. MORETON IN MARSH

47. STOW ON THE WOLD

48. DONNINGTON

49. STOW ON THE WOLD

50. ADLESTROP

51. DONNINGTON

52. LITTLE WOLFORD

53. DONNINGTON

54. ADLESTROP

55. EVENLODE

56. DAYLESFORD

57. BROADWELL

58. LOWER ODDINGTON

59. BROADWELL

60. BROADWELL

61. UPPER ODDINTON

62. LITTLE COMPTON

63. NAUNTON

64. HEYTHROP

65. LONG COMPTON

66. UPPER SLAUGHTER

67. CHIPPING NORTON

68. BOURTON / WATER

69. ICOMB

70. BLEDINGTON

71. GREAT WOLFORD

72. CONDICOTE

73. LITTLE RISSINGTON

74. TEMPLE GUITING

75. HEYTHROP

76. LONG COMPTON

77. NETHER WESTCOTE

78. STOW ON THE WOLD

* OR LOWER SWELL. The answers left blank most often were numbers 27, 43, 53, 64 and 68.

The communities that were miss-identified most often were Ford, Donnington and Heythrop (although

there were some good guesses – which are definitely allowed!)

One the whole however, most people know the area quite well and are pretty observant too!

If you did, thank you for taking part and we hope you enjoyed the challenge.

PS. We will be repeating the competition next August – so keep your eyes open as you travel around!


I know where that is!

Where was that taken?

I’M SURE WE’VE SEEN

THAT SOMEWHERE.

OUTSTANDING

WINNERS

1st. Robin Howells (70/78)

2nd. Jane Furze and Alan Bush (69)

3rd. Helen and Mary Smith (67)

1st Business Team - Our Community Police (65) –

Caroline Paxford, Rob Wells, Alison Shaw and

Jenna Pendle

2nd Business Team - Dales Trails (60)

1st Family entry – The Colston family (59) –

Laura, Sue and Margery with Louise Passey and

Jean Stowe

2nd Family entry – The Lamb family (58)

Mavis, Colin and Freda

3rd Family entry – The Coleman family (53) –

Lindsey, Chris and Hannah with Tom Webb

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Jane Ford and David Harman (64)

Lucy Dale (62)

Well done to everyone who took part this year. There is a bundle

of prizes waiting to be awarded (at the time of writing none of our

winners have been contacted, but we hope to speak to all of them

before the magazines are delivered). Starting with Robin Howells

in first place, our winners have their choice from a wonderful and

wide-ranging selection of prizes from the local businesses kindly

supporting the competition – they are listed on the right. The

majority of entries achieved 60+ and 50+ correct answers so there

was a close-run contest for the middle positions, all of whom will

have a choice of prizes. If you aren’t mentioned above, you still

qualify for a prize, and we wish you better luck next time because

you weren’t far away!

We look forward to compiling next year’s photo competition,

which will be in our August 2012 magazines. Meanwhile we hope

you continue to enjoy our wonderful local towns and villages, and

the businesses that keep them alive and vital.

PHoTo ComPETiTioN

‘WHERE iS THAT?’

Look up – look down – look behind you!

In August we featured 78 numbered photographs, taken recently in the communities where we deliver the magazines

every month. But these were not average picture postcard images, and proved to be not that easy to identify!

LOCAL BUSINESSES

SUPPORTING THE COMPETITION

In alphabetical order:-

ARTIGIANO

BARKS & PURRS

BOURTON CYCLES

BOURTON HOUSE GARDEN

BROCKS MENSWEAR

CACAO BEAN

COTSWOLD BOOKSTORE

COTSWOLD CYCLES

COURT BARN MUSEUM

CREAM TEA ROOM

ELECNOLOGY

JO SAUNDERS MASSAGE THERAPY

JOHNSONS DRY CLEANERS

LITTLE BLACK DRESS

MARTHA’S COFFEE HOUSE

MATT KEYTE SPORTS & REMEDIAL MASSAGE

MILL DENE GARDEN

NEW ENGLAND COFFEE HOUSE

NORTH COTSWOLD COMMUNITY RADIO

NUMBER 4 HOTEL at STOW

ROUVEURE GALLERY

RIVERFORD ORGANICS

THE COACH & HORSES, LONGBOROUGH

THE VINE LEAF

WREAL SPORTS

Well done to all our entrants, and a huge Thank You to all the local businesses who supported

the competition with prizes, we really appreciate it.

Jenni Turner - Editor

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Stressed? Moi?

Therapists from the Natural Therapies Clinic, Moreton-in-

Marsh, provide some advice about coping with stress.

Everyone needs some degree of stress in their lives in order

to have enough motivation to function on a daily basis.

Stress only becomes a problem when the amount is greater

than an individual’s ability to cope.

The body is designed to cope with high levels of stress in the

short-term. The natural “fight or flight” response that occurs

in a life-or-death situation gave our ancient ancestors a

survival advantage - the ability to respond more effectively

when faced with danger.

While this was useful in the days when people were out

hunting mammoths, nowadays we are juggling the demands

of modern life instead. For many of us, stress has become

chronic. This means that our system does not get a chance

to return to normal; we live as if we were on constant red

alert, and, inevitably, this takes its toll. Stress directly affects

the nervous, hormonal and digestive systems, but in the

longer term can lead to cardiovascular, skin, and immunity

problems, as well as difficulties with sleep and energy levels.

Stress quickly depletes the body of the nutrients required for

the release of hormones during a stressful event, such as

adrenalin and cortisol. Adrenalin is a protein-based hormone

and cortisol is a fat-based hormone. Therefore, it is

important to consume good quality protein and plenty of

good mono- and polyunsaturated fats, such as those found

in oily fish, avocados, nuts and seeds. Many vitamins and

minerals are also required for the synthesis of these

hormones, and eating a healthy and varied diet is essential.

For many of us, habitual negative or fearful thinking creates

more stress than the actual reality of our situation warrants.

Try to become aware of the thoughts you have that lead to

feelings of stress, and challenge whether they are valid.

Relaxation, breathing exercises or meditation can be helpful

to slow the internal chatter of the mind while relaxing the

body. Regular exercise, and physical treatments such as

massage and reflexology, can also be great for releasing the

physical tension that stress creates.

The Natural Therapies Clinic offers a wide range of therapies,

including nutritional therapy. If you would like to find out

more or book an appointment, call us on 01608 650077.

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Furniture restoration and repair.

Assembling flat pack furniture.

Putting up shelves, mirrors, pictures,

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No job too small. Free quotations in the local area.

Tel: 01608 651721 | Mob: 07974 030246

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Suppliers and installers quality ’A’ rated Upvc / Hardwood

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Secondary double glazing specialists

Conservatories cleaned, repaired and serviced

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Market towns test

planning powers

From a report by Ruralcity Media

RURAL and market towns are among 36 more

communities that will try out new planning powers,

bringing the total to ninety communities that are

among the first to test out new neighbourhood

planning powers introduced in the Localism Bill.

Planning minister Greg Clark said neighbourhood

planning would give local people a real voice in deciding

how development will look in their area, allowing

people to shape their own vision for their community –

in contrast to top-down regional strategies that are

being scrapped.

• Communities would be able to decide the locations of

shops, offices and schools, protect valuable green

spaces and set standards of design for new housing.

• In areas where local people want to see homes and

businesses built, communities would be allowed to

grant blanket planning permission.

• The community would also have the final say on

whether a neighbourhood plan comes into force. If

more than 50% of people voting in a local referendum

support the plan, then the local planning authority

must bring it into force.

Mr Clark said: "For too long local people have been shut

out of the planning process with no real voice to affect

decisions about the places where they live. Unpopular

regional strategies left people without the ability to

influence the future of their community and this fuelled

resentment towards growth."

In each of the selected communities the local council

will receive £20,000 to support work on neighbourhood

planning as well as free advice from planning experts.

RSN’s rural consultant Brian Wilson, of Brian Wilson

Associates, said rural communities had a proud history

of developing parish and town plans. "The advantage of

the neighbourhood planning approach is that it will

have statutory legitimacy. However, along with this will

come additional complexity which could turn some

rural communities off."

In South Oxfordshire, Thame town council is already

focusing on the local need for more affordable housing

and transport infrastructure. In Northumberland two

rural parishes are concentrating on the need for more

affordable housing, a new high school and an education

campus. In Wiltshire, Sherston Parish Council is aiming

to deliver new homes, especially affordable homes for

elderly and disabled residents. Its plan will also look at

the need for key local infrastructure such as high speed

broadband, new schools and the development of a

community orchard. Meanwhile, local businesses in

Rutland are working with the community on a

neighbourhood plan for Uppingham town centre.

The list of 36 communities includes Chipping Norton in

West Oxfordshire, Thame and Woodcote in South

Oxfordshire, Malmesbury and Sherston in Wiltshire.

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New approach 'vital' to save services

From a report by Ruralcity Media

Budget cuts mean a new approach is vital to maintain rural

public services, the government has been warned. A report

commissioned by Defra warns that significant funding reductions

mean new ways are needed to maintain and enhance public

services. "This challenge is particularly acute in rural areas,"

warns the document.

The report, Developing Collaborative and Innovative Approaches

to the Delivery of Rural Services, was written for Defra's Rural

Community Policy Unit. A full copy of the document can be

downloaded from www.rsnonline.org.uk

“At risk are smaller and more dispersed populations. Some

services will become increasingly vulnerable to further

reductions in funding, these include services with high fixed

costs relating to staffing and premises, and those relying on a

minimum scale of activity to retain critical mass. Pressure facing

some services – for example rural primary schools, libraries and

buses – is already reaching a tipping point. A fundamental

change in the way services are delivered is therefore needed to

maintain access to services in some parts of rural England.

Innovation and collaboration in local service delivery is well

established in rural areas. However, the range of public services

delivered and managed by local communities is extensive and

includes schools, libraries, transport and social housing."

Further engagement of communities in local service provision

could help meet the challenges faced by rural public service

providers, the report adds. The development of community scale

solutions around service provision should be diverse and have

different features depending on local conditions.”

Rural fund reopens for applications

From Ruralcity Media at rsnonline.org.uk

The Prince's Countryside Fund has re-opened for applications

from projects that benefit rural communities.

With over £1.5 million donated the Fund has so far supported 19

projects. These are as diverse as hill farming apprenticeship

schemes, supporting school farms and community transport

schemes. In addition to these projects, the fund supports three

farming help charities through a dedicated emergency funding

stream.

Applications are invited from projects working towards securing

a sustainable future for the British countryside and rural

communities. Eligible projects must clearly contribute towards

one or more of the fund's charitable objects and fit within the

following areas:

* Improving the sustainability of British farming

* Improving the sustainability of rural communities

* Reconnecting people with the countryside

More detailed information about eligibility criteria can be found

online at www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 14 October 2011.

Applications received after this time will not be considered. All

applications will be acknowledged and successful projects will be

notified in the New Year.


CHIPPING NORTON TOWN

COUNCIL

MEETS on the 3rd MONDAY

EVERY MONTH

Monday 17th October 2011

Parishioners are very welcome to attend all

meetings; some confidential matters may be

discussed by councillors in camera.

Parishioners wishing to ask about local issues

are given 5 minutes at the start of the meeting,

subject to advising the clerk in advance.

Local groups and organisations can apply for

grants; Council also supports a variety of

causes including The Town Museum,

The Silver Band, The Lido, The Theatre and

other charities operating in the parish.

Town Councillors are available before and

after the meetings. District & County

Councillors, representatives of the Police and

local press may attend.

WEST OXON DISTRICT COUNCIL

Committee Meetings

Members of the public are encouraged to attend

meetings of the Council and Committees. If you

live in the District and are on the Electoral Register

you can take part in the meetings. Information

about this and your Councillors and committee

members is available online at

www.westoxon.gov.uk

OCTOBER

Mon 3 Uplands

Thurs 6 Human Resources

Weds 12 Cabinet

Mon 17 Lowlands

Weds 19 Council

Meetings held at the Council Offices, Woodgreen,

Witney. Start time 2pm.

For further information contact Committee

Services: 01993 861523

EMail: enquiries@westoxon.gov.uk

Agendas, reports and minutes are available

online: www.westoxon.gov.uk/meetings

Bourton on the Water – Royal British Legion – 14th

October

THAMES VALLEY

POLICE

www.police.uk

CHIPPING NORTON TOWN

COUNCIL

Notes on the Council Meeting for

SEPTEMBER 2011

Full Minutes of meetings, associated

committee meetings and correspondence are

available in the Council Office.

Mr G Beacham (Acting Clerk)

The Guildhall, Goddards Lane

Chipping Norton,

Oxon, OX7 5NJ

01608 642341 (9am to 1pm)

cntc@btconnect.com

Chipping Norton

Police Station

London Road,

Chipping Norton,

OX7 5AW

Non-Emergency Number

0845 8 505 505

Opening Times

Monday to Friday

8am – 4pm

Saturday & Sunday – Closed

Closed for lunch 12.15 – 1pm

2,012 Beacons across UK & the Commonwealth

On Monday the 4th June 2012, 2,012 Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom,

Channel Islands, Isle of Man, the Commonwealth and the UK Overseas Territories in

celebration of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, marking this historic moment in The Queen's

reign. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations are 2nd - 5th June 2012 and Her Majesty

The Queen will light the first National Beacon on Monday the 4th June.

The National Council of Local Councils has issued an official 'Guide To Taking Part'

in The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons - 4th June 2012, for town and parish councils to

participate in this unique, exciting celebration, involving local communities. The Guide is

available online from NALC www.nalc.gov.uk. Email requests for printed copies to

pageantmaster@mac.com. All the Beacon locations will be entered into a special

presentation book* that will be given to The Queen after the event, as a record of this unique

moment in history is celebrated. (* It is important that those taking part register or email

their details to pageantmaster@mac.com as soon as possible to ensure that every Beacon is

registered as one of the 2,012 being lit on Monday the 4th June 2012, along with being sent

an official lighting time.)

There are two types of Beacons being used for this occasion, the Bonfire Beacon and Church

Tower Beacon. The Bonfire Beacon can be located on a local common or farmland owned by a

local farmer. The event can be used as a private celebration for families and friends or can

involve the local community from within your town and parish. The Church Tower Beacons,

fueled from two small bottles of propane gas, are ideal for Church Towers or Castle

Battlements. They are safe to use, look dramatic when lit, can be removed after the event and

stored away for future celebrations of this kind.

If your Town or Parish Council feels unable to take part, please pass this information onto

others you feel may wish to participate, to ensure your local community has been given the

opportunity to consider it.

From Cllr Michael Chater, Chairman of National Association of Local Councils.

GOLF CHALLENGE DAY

Thursday 6th October

At Feldon Valley Golf Club, Brailes.

An 18 hole competition with a shotgun start

at 2pm. Teams of four @ £200. Buffet, presentations, raffle

and auction.

Registration before 6th October..

01608 674929 07940 716345

E: rebecca@shn-fundraising.co.uk

ROAD CLOSURES INFORMATION Tel: 01452 425000

The information is continuously updated. Please check by phone or online www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/roadworks

Not Available at the time of going to print

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The Reaper Rip It Up At Harvest

By Mike Kenny, photos by Georgina Ashwin and Nic Vickery-Brown

When Alex James booked ‘The Reaper’ to open his Harvest

festival on Saturday, I hope he didn’t think that they were going

to cut and gather his field of corn!! However, there was nothing

‘grim’ about this performance on the main stage. The local

Chipping Norton four piece of Joey Kenny, Harry Winks, Joe

Landles and Callum Woodward presented a slick, tight and

highly professional set.

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The band are aged between 10 and

13 and have been together for less

than a year, with a growing

reputation locally and nationally.

Highly accomplished musicians in

their own right they refuse to play

covers, penning their own brand of

music that is proper metal based

on the days classic rock, with songs

built up from catchy riffs

interspersed with face melting

guitar solos. Their routine included

the head banging rock anthems

‘Cry Me A Place To Be’, ‘Iron Cell’

and ‘Don’t Stop The Blood’, with

the rock opera styled ‘Fate Awaits’

and a new ballad, ‘Unfound’.

The Reaper are a product of

Witchwood School of Rock, who

were giving kids free taster

sessions at the festival. If this band

is an indication of their success,

Oxfordshire is going to be treated

to a number of great young bands

in the next few years. The Reaper

were the only band at Harvest to

perform two sets – one on the

main stage and one in the

Witchwood School of Rock tent -

which was rammed to capacity for

them and turned out to be a

special kind of homecoming

performance.

Alex James hinted that the festival

will continue as an annual event.

This fusion of his two passions -

music and food - was a great

success. Even the weather was

kind, with the rain staying away.

Celebrities were out in force with

David & Samantha Cameron,

Jeremy Clarkson, Harry Enfield,

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and John

Torode all enjoying the food and

music. Alex James was also on

hand to serve cheese on toast to

the thousands of Harvesters.

Standing Shoulder-to-Shoulder

for veterans’ mental health

Each year 4,000 returning Service men and women suffer

mental health problems resulting from traumas and injuries

experienced during active Service. It is likely that these

numbers will rise, as more personnel return from

Afghanistan, and other conflict zones, over the coming

months and years.

That's why The Royal British Legion is funding a muchneeded

volunteer peer-mentoring scheme, alongside

Combat Stress.

The service is called 'Shoulder-to-Shoulder' and is run by

TimeBank, a national volunteering charity with 10 years'

experience running mentoring projects. And the volunteers

are all ex-Service men and women (regular, Territorial Army

or reserve) who have made a successful transition into

civilian life or who have an understanding of the issues

through direct family connections. As ex-Service people they

are in a unique position and their skills, expertise and

hands-on knowledge can be channelled, through careful

training, to help people whose experiences they know only

too well. Find out more –

www.Timebank.org.uk/shoulder-to-shoulder

Moreton in

Marsh

Christmas

Lights

TimeBank receives funding from Royal

British Legion and Combat Stress to

expand military mental health project.

Christmas Market & Light Switch-On

SATURDAY 26TH NOVEMBER in Moreton Town Centre

Christmas Market opens at 9am

Father Christmas will drop by later

Charity and local organisations stalls from 9am

in the Redesdale Hall

Raffle, Tombola, Carol Singing,

Face Painting & Hair Braiding etc..

(more events and timings will follow)

Should you have any queries, would like to be involved or

are interested in having a stall at the Market, please contact

Maria via email Tiamaria.burns@hotmail.co.uk

Moreton Area Centre, High Street, Moreton in

Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0AZ

Tel: 07766 142113

www.moretoninmarshchiropractic.co.uk


THAMES VALLEY

POLICE

www.police.uk

news

and information

Neighbourhood Watch

Please consider joining your local Neighbourhood Watch.

Neighbourhood Watch is all about people getting together with

their neighbours to take action to cut crime.

Neighbourhood Watch schemes are community initiatives owned

and run by their members. They work by developing close liaison

between neighbourhood households and the local police. It is an

active partnership. Neighbourhood Watch schemes can:

• Cut crime and the opportunities for crime.

• Help and reassure those who live in the area.

• Encourage neighbourliness and closer communities.

For more information on how these schemes work, their benefits,

and running a scheme in your local area, please contact your local

Watch Administrator in Witney, Danielle Hilton - 01993 861640.

Each Neighbourhood Watch Scheme needs a co-ordinator, whose

main role is:

1. Maintain contact between the police and members of the NW

scheme.

2. Maintain a record of member households

3. Receive crime information from the Local Policing Team and

distribute this information to members.

4. Look out for the well being of vulnerable members.

5. Encourage members to be aware of and put into practice crime

reduction measures, such as property marking and fitting security

devices.

6. Supply each member with NW and police crime reduction

literature.

7. Promote vigilance amongst members and actively encourage

the early reporting of suspicious incidents direct to the police.

8. Welcome newcomers to the neighbourhood and invite them to

join the NW scheme.

9. Participate in the activities of the local NW Group.

10. Identify a Deputy Co-ordinator for the scheme.

Interested in becoming a co-ordinator in the is area? Contact

Danilee Hilton on – 01993 861640.

In general the public are very diligent about alerting us to

suspicious people and vehicles. It is important to encourage and

maintain this trend, as the more chances we have to check these

incidents helps us to maintain a relatively safe and secure

environment. Reports of unwanted calls range from cold callers

on the local estates to vehicles reported hanging about on farms

and around other isolated premises. The majority of cold callers

turn out to be genuine charities or other organisations such as

utility companies. However, this is not always the case, and you

should always call in on the non-emergency number if you are

worried. Any suspicious vehicles should always be reported - even

if nothing has happened at that time, it may be linked to another

crime. Any crime in progress should be reported using the 999

system.

Use 999 when:-

A crime is in progress - There is danger to life,

Violence is being used or threatened.

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(informaton from English Heritage: Caring for places of worship.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/powar)

With lead being stripped from roofs overnight,

How do we prevent lead theft?

The high price of lead, copper and other metals has

encouraged theft from places of worship, particularly from

roofs, lightning installations and drain pipes – this is

demoralising for a congregation and endangers the building.

As the frequency of such thefts increases, insurers expect a

greater degree of care from building owners and may limit

payouts, particularly if simple precautions have not been

taken. Basic security measures are important – make sure

ladders are store securely, that rubbish bins cannot be used

to help, people get onto roofs and consider devices such as

intruder alarms and CCTV as a deterrent.

See www.churchalert.co.uk

www.ecclesiastical.com/metaltheft, and

www.churchcare.co.uk/building

For specific guidance on you building consult your own insurer.

Maintenance. Identifying and planning regular

maintenance minimises the risk of the unforeseen, crisis

situations arising. For helpful checklists and information go

to: www.spabfim.co.uk or www.churchcare.co.uk/building.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)

run free Faith in Maintenance courses.

What English Heritage is doing…

Raising awareness of the good work already being done by

congregations already, conscious of their responsibility to

pass on their place of worship to future generations.

Offering repair grants. Each year £25 million is available

under the joint English Heritage/Heritage Lottery Fund

Repair Grants for Places of Worship Scheme.

Funding Support Officers provide a skilled and experienced

local person for congregations to turn to.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/protecting/places-of-worship


SEWING DAY

Learn a skill & make a Christmas Present!

Lower Swell Village Hall

Saturday 26th November - 10am - 4pm

All materials and lunch included - £45.00

For more information please call Jackie on: 07837602004

TELL EVERYONE

ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS –

Talk to us*

about advertising

your business

07789 175 002

Editor@stowtimes.co.uk

*STOW TIMES, MORETON

TIMES, BOURTON TIMES

& CHIPPING NORTON TIMES

Programme of Events : Autumn 2011

Tuesday 4th October 7.00pm

JIM WILSON will talk about and sign his gripping new book NAZI PRINCESS – HITLER, LORD ROTHERMERE AND PRINCESS

STEPHANIE VON HOHENLOHE. The author has used recently declassified MI5 files and FBI memos to tell the real life story of a

spy “more dangerous than ten thousand men”, who was a confidante of Hitler and was paid a retainer by Lord Rothermere.

VENUE: The Masonic Hall, Stow-on-the-Wold (next door to the Borzoi) Tickets: £5 each :(to include wine and eats)

Saturday 22nd October 11.00 am

PAM AYRES the much loved poet, radio and TV presenter will be signing her memoirs – THE NECESSARY APTITUDE

VENUE: The Borzoi Bookshop – All welcome

Friday 28th October 7.00pm

FIONA MacCARTHY the acclaimed biographer and cultural historian will talk about and sign her new book – THE LAST PRE-

RAPHAELITE: EDWARD BURNE-JONES AND THE VICTORIAN IMAGINATION

VENUE to be confirmed. Tickets: £6 each :(to include wine and eats)

Thursday 10th November 7.00pm

BROUGH SCOTT the popular horse-racing journalist, radio and TV presenter, grandson and biographer of the Great War soldier

“Galloper Jack” Seely will talk about and sign the new edition of his grandfather’s book – WARRIOR: THE AMAZING STORY OF A

REAL WAR HORSE. Original illustrations by Sir Alfred Munnings

VENUE: Naunton Downs Golf Club. Tickets £6 each :(to include wine and eats)

Church Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire GL54 1BB.

01451 830268 | www.borzoibookshop.co.uk | email: mail@borzoibookshop.co.uk

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KINGHAM VILLAGE HALL

Beautiful Hall; capacity 100. Off-street parking; disabled access.

AVAILABLE TO HIRE AT VERY COMPETITIVE RATES.

Contact Jacki Jones, The Barn, Orchard Way, Kingham. OX7 6YT.

Tel: 01608 658089

LONGBOROUGH & SEZINCOTE

VILLAGE HALL

Set in the heart of this delightful village, we can offer

We are fully equipped with a few unexpected bonusses - an extendable stage with pull-down screen • 3/4

sized snooker table • table tennis table • piano • Hi-Fi system • all equipment for short mat bowls..

So if you’re having a wedding reception or wake, children’s party or family birthday, training course or

business meeting, exhibition or exercise class, club social or kids’ sleepover, we would love to see YOU!

FOR FURTHER DETAILS T: 01451 830218 or E: alan@longborough.net

LOWER SWELL VILLAGE HALL

Traditional Cotswold VH on picturesque village green. Recently

refurbished – fully equipped kitchen, heating, tables & chairs, Disabled

facilities. Seats up to 70. Competitive rates (inc.heating) vary with use.

Perfect for parties and receptions, Shows, displays, evening classes, etc

Tel: 01451 831916 Eml: rada8421@kingham.ocnmail.net

MORETON IN MARSH

REDESDALE HALL

Clerk 01608 654064 Two venues with a stair lift. The Lower Hall

accommodates 80; modern kitchen facilities. Beamed Upper Hall

accommodates 120. Reasonable charges. Nearby parking.

Historic town centre building

ODDINGTON VILLAGE HALL

Ideally placed in centre of lovely Cotswold village

Newly refurbished - full c/h, new kitchen and toilets. Spacious main hall with seating for 100,

stage, pull down projector screen and hearing loop, also a smaller meeting room. Facilities

for the less able. Spacious parking. Children have access to the adjacent playground.

TO GET YOUR DATE ON OUR CALENDAR please ring

01451 830817 / 01451 831917

STOW BAPTIST CHURCH HALL, STOW GL54 1AA

In the community for the community

Spacious hall, recently refurbished, fully-equipped new kitchen facilities

& disabled toilets. Usage Policy: we support community-focused groups.

We do not lease the hall for commercial events.

01451 870437 stowbaptist@gmx.co.uk

STOW ON THE WOLD

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION CLUB

Clubroom and bar with entertainment system for discos, karaoke, etc. Small lounge bar.

Large and small Meeting rooms with conference facilities for up to 150 (seats 60/ 12

dining); Catering. Parking. Minibus.

Enquiries to Colin and Alison 01451 830242

ST EDWARDS HALL, STOW ON THE WOLD

Panelled 1st floor room with Civil War portraits & memorabilia.

Holds 100. Hearing loop. LIFT and staircase from lobby. Kitchen, toilets,

anti-room. CCTV. Competitive rates. 2 Hrs Free C/P(day)

2011 dates available. 01451 831633. PeterKing9@aol.com

STOW YOUTH CLUB

Two large rooms (accommodating 50-60 people)

Internet café with 12 computer terminals • Projector & screen • Pool table • Table football • Nintendo

Wii • Modern kitchen • Disabled access & toilets • Rates negotiable for regular users.

The Club building is next to the Police Station on the Fosseway and accessed easily from The Square.

Dilys Neill: dwsshaneill@btinternet.co Tel: 01451 830656

Sarah-Jane Rich: richfamly_91@hotmail.com Tel: 01451 830654

KATE'S HOME NURSING

We are very grateful to those who have organised events so far

this year, such as the successful Golf Day at Naunton on 12 August,

which raised over £5,000.

See our website www.kateshomenursing.org for updates, news of forthcoming

events and information about our Christmas cards.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT at St. Edward's Church Stow-on-the-Wold

on Saturday 10th December at 7pm. Tickets available now. If you would like to

be added to our mailing list please e-mail: hdspooner@btinternet.com.

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EVENLODE VILLAGE HALL

adjacent to Green in quiet village

AVAILABLE FOR HIRE at reasonable rates

Ideal for classes, clubs, parties, receptions, presentations & family events.

Newly decorated; light and spacious. Modern kitchen and loos. Disabled

access. New pull-down projector screen. Tables, chairs, china and cutlery

available. Please call Philip Pratt, 01608 652499/ 07051 867493.

CONDICOTE VILLAGE HALL

The perfect setting for that special occasion”

Recently built in Cotswold stone. Large car park, well

equipped kitchen, on the outskirts of the village.

Tel: 07587 097795 Come & see what we have to offer!

BROADWELL VILLAGE HALL

Lovely rural location with spacious parking. Seats 90,

Large main hall, & 2 meeting rooms. Stage with electric

drop down screen. Built in sound system with microphone

and hearing loop.

Kitchen. Toilets. Disabled facilities.

Bookings - Frances Dodwell on 01451 830994

BOURTON ON THE WATER

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION BRANCH HALL

Available for hire; 150 seated / 250 standing.

Ample off-road parking. Office Tel: 01451 824303

Victoria Hall, Bourton on the Water

AVAILABLE TO HIRE - VERY COMPETITIVE RATES.

LOCAL FUNCTIONS, CHILDENS PARTIES ETC WELCOME

DISABLED ACCESS & FACILITIES

CALL RICHARD MOONEY 01451 820679

FOR BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION

ST GEORGES HALL, BLOCKLEY

Fully Licensed Village Hall in good decorative order.

Seating capacity 160. Large well equipped servery/kitchen. Toilets.

Gas central heating. Off street parking for 40 cars. Suitable for wedding receptions etc.

Raised stage. Excellent sound system. (No discos)

Enquiries: Brian Clayton – 01386 701528

LITTLE VILLAGE HALL, BELL BANK, BLOCKLEY

Quiet rural venue with modern facilities for exhibitions, meetings, classes, parties, weddings, etc.

35-50 people. Reasonable charges, ample parking.

WITH -WIRELESS- BROADBAND incl BT OPENZONE.

01386 700880 / email dimccaul@btinternet.com

A D L E S T R O P V I L L A G E H A L L

• Spacious, light, warm and colourful and available to hire for your special functions,

classes or any event – only £6 an hour • Discounted fees for long term bookings.

• Just redecorated • small stage, kitchen facilities, disabled toilet and disabled access.

• Excellent parking.

Please phone 01608 658710 for bookings and further info

WYCK RISSINGTON VILLAGE HALL

Recently refurbished

A perfect Venue for Family Occasions

Seats 40/20 for Dinner. Disabled access & loos.

Fully equipped kitchen

Enquiries - Call Judith Wheeler 01451 821094

The Branch is seeking new

fund raising helpers.

Can you help? Please contact

Mrs Diana Porter, Branch

Chairman 01451 830508.

Loyal support for our dedicated Lifeboat

Crews was once again demonstrated when

the magnificent sum of £3147 was raised

through House to House and Street

Collections by members of the North

Cotswold Branch of the RNLI.

Many thanks to all who helped with these

collections and those who continue to

support this vital life saving service around

our coasts.


THE PLAYHOUSE, ST GEORGES HALL,

BLOCKLEY

Thursday 27th October

TAMARA DREWE

Doors/Bar open at 7:00pm - 7:45pm film

Advance tickets are now £3.50/ on the door £4

Advance tickets/queries 01386 700647/593386

Upper Town Hall,

CHIPPING CAMPDEN

Friday 28th October

Please see local Notice Boards

Film 8pm

Advance tickets/queries 01386 841206

from Ch C. Information Centre/on door.

VILLAGE HALL,

LITTLE WOLFORD

Thursday 20th October

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

Film 7.30pm - TICKETS £4.00

Advance tickets/queries

01608 684223 or 01608 674200

RURAL CINEMA - OCTOBER

OLD SCHOOL VILLAGE HALL,

BOURTON ON THE HILL

Please see local Notice Boards

Film 7.15pm

Advance tickets/queries 01386 701196

Tickets - £3.50

VILLAGE HALL,

CHURCHILL

Sat 18th October - TAMARA DREWE

Sat 29th Oct - Special for half term - UP

Film 7.30pm | TICKETS £4.50

Advance tickets/queries 01608 659903

E: churchillmovies@btinternet.com

VILLAGE HALL,

LOWER ODDINGTON

Tuesday 18th October

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

7.30pm | TICKETS (see below)

Advance tickets/queries 01451 830817

Refreshments served in the interval

First WED Free MARTIAL ARTS LESSONS. Separate adult & children’s classes.

Chipping Norton Leisure Centre. 07977 560086

www.martialartsvoucher.co.uk,

WEDS LINE DANCING at Chipping Campden British Legion Hall at 7pm

WEDS WEDS WALK Easy/moderate walks. Start at 10am. 01451 860366

WEDS CHIPPING CAMPDEN BRIDGE CLUB 7.15 for 7.30pm

Duplicate Bridge. Upper Town Hall. Non members

welcome. Partners not necessary 01608 664456

First THURSFree MARTIAL ARTS LESSONS. Separate adult & children’s classes Stowon-the-Wold

Primary School. 07977 560086 www.martialartsvoucher.co.uk,

VICTORIA HALL,

BOURTON ON THE WATER

Monday 17th October

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

Film 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tickets £3 refreshments.

Tickets/queries 01451 822365

SCREEN ON THE GREEN, VILLAGE HALL,

ILMINGTON

Friday 28th October

GROW YOUR OWN

Film 7.30pm | TICKETS £3.50

Advance tickets from the

Village Store & Red Lion

ST. DAVIDS CENTRE,

MORETON IN MARSH

Please see local Notice Boards

Film 7.30pm | TICKETS £3.50

Advance tickets/queries

01608 812338 or 652666

VILLAGE HALL,

BROADWELL

Friday 21st October

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

Film 7.30pm | TICKETS £3.00

including refreshments

Advance tickets/queries 01451 831153

VILLAGE HALL,

LITTLE COMPTON

NEW INFO & DETAILS

AVAILABLE BY EMAIL

Film 7.30pm | TICKETS £5.00 inc. tea/coffee

Advance tickets/queries 01608 674298

E:littlecomptonfilms@gmail.com

VILLAGE HALL,

WYCK RISSINGTON

NO FILM ADVISED

Film 2.00pm | TICKETS £3.50

Advance tickets/queries 01451 820232

Check Notice Board

REGULAR EVENTS

First MON FOLK NIGHT, Ebrigton Arms 9pm. www.theebringtonarms.co.uk

MON DANCE FUSION:Adult dance class. Mixed styles. No experience necessary.

Exercise in a fun way. No pre-booking necessary. Chipping Campden Town Hall

9.30 – 10.30. £4.50

MON SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING St Edwards Church Rooms, Stow. 5.30-

7pm Children and 7-9pm Adults 01451 831876

Tamara Drewe 107 mins

Having left a Dorset village as an awkward teenager Tamara returns as a glamorous

career girl, kicking up a storm wherever she goes. Tamara is the ultimate modern girl

but her story of love and confusion is timeless. Starring Gemma Arterton. Comedy

Romance.

Water for Elephants (PG) 2 hrs 1 min

An unexpected romance in the unique setting of the Big Top. Based on the Best Seller

book and starring Reese Witherspoon. Drama.

MON

MON

MON

MON

CHILDRENS DANCE CLASS Chipping Campden Town

Hall.6-8 yrs 4-5pm, 9-11 yrs 5-6pm. Single class £7pp,

Monthly membership £22pp. 07527 757057

YOGA Chipping Campden Town Hall. 2pm Starts again 21st Sept

01386438537

‘Old Sweats NAAFI break’ at Royal British Legion, Bourton on the Water

(10am -12) for anyone to come along for a cup of tea and a chat,

Burford Orchestra. Rehearsals 7.30-9.30pm at Witney Community Primary

School OX28 1HL. burfordorchestra@gmail.com. 07984 492 976. New

members welcome; no audition.

Up (PG) 89 mins

Computer-animated adventure. Action and comedy – good family entertainment,

quality production.

Grow Your Own

A year of life on Blacktree Road allotments: a bunch of middle-aged characters find

companionship in digging, planting, cropping - and moaning to each other about the

state of the nation. Then a handful of asylum-seekers show up to occupy a couple of

plots.

MON Powerfreestyle Kickboxing at Guiting power Village hall. Juniors 7-

7.50pm. Adults 7.50-8.30pm. freestyle Kickboxing or adult Boxersize. Call Adam

07774285459

First THURSFree Self Defence / Jeet Kune Do Lessons for Men and Women

(Adults only) Stow-on-the-Wold Primary School 07977 560086

www.selfdefencevoucher.co.uk

TUES COTSWOLD AONB WALKS www.cotsaorb.org.uk 01451 862000

THURS LINE DANCING at Ch.Campden Town Hall 2.30-4pm 01386 438537

TUES Pottery Classes at Lower Swell Village Hall, 9:30am to 12:00 noon

10 week term £90 plus £15 materials/firing cost. Beginners welcome

Contact annec@ebshr.co.uk 01451 870734

THURS

Starts again 1st wk in September

QUIZ NIGHT at The Volunteer Inn, Ch.Campden 8.30pm 01386 840688

TUES until July Spinning Fitness Class (reservation required) exercise

classes. Suitable for all abilities. Fun exercise, great music!! 2-3pm. Unit 6

Draycott Business Village Draycott Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9JY Call

01386701231 www.rapid-fx.com

THURS in April Thump Boxing - Exercise Class. No previous experience.

Drop into one of our mixed classes. 6.30 – 7.30pm.. Unit 6 Draycott

Business Village Draycott Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9JY Call

01386701231 www.rapid-fx.com

WEDS until July. Spinning Fitness Class (reservation required) exercise

classes. Suitable for all abilities. Fun exercise, great music!! 6.30 –

7.30pm.. Unit 6 Draycott Business Village Draycott Moreton-in-Marsh

GL56 9JY Call 01386701231 www.rapid-fx.com

THURS

& FRI

BELLY DANCING New beginners class. 11- 12.30 The Church

Room, Chipping Campden. Informal & relaxed classes for ladies of all ages,

shapes & sizes. 01608 663480

FRI until July. Spinning Fitness Class (reservation required) exercise classes.

Suitable for all abilities. Fun exercise, great music!! 6.30 – 7.30pm.. Unit 6

Draycott Business Village Draycott Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9JY Call

01386701231 www.rapid-fx.com

FRI DANCE FUSIONAdult dance class, mixed styles. No experience necessary.

& MON All Welcome. Ch.Campden Town Hall, 9.30-10.30 £4.50 (conc £2.50)

FRI ACTIVE & ABLE Fitness & Falls classes for older people at Stow to Church

Rooms, Stow 01285 623450

FRI LINE DANCING: Willersey Village Hall, near Broadway 01386 438537

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October 2011

Full Information is available at the Visitor Information Centres (see below).

EXHIBITIONS

To 2nd A Showcase of 10 contemporary artists including Jake Winkle,

Graham Towler & Trinidad Ball. Little Buckland Gallery, Little Buckland, WR12 7JH

11am – 5pm, www.theartagency.co.uk 0771 444 9888

1-10th Useful & Beautiful: Arts and Crafts textiles from Paul Reeves.

10-4pm Closed Monday. Free entry to the Exhibition – normal charges apply. Court

Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, GL55 6JE.

E:admin@courtbarn.org.uk T:01386 841951. www.courtbarn.org.uk

DIARY

1 Autumn fair & Farmers celebrating the local harvest - fruit, vegetables,

meat and other handmade delicacies. Ceam teas, cakes and hot food. Apple

tastings and fresh juice. Noon – 4pm. Burford Primary School, Priory Lane, Burford

OX18 4SG. www.burfordfair. 07977 535178

1 Church Westcote Coffee Morning Raising funds for Samaritans Purse

Shoe Boxes. Cakes, Books, Quality Bric & Brac. Village Hall, Church Westcote. .

10.00 - 12 noon.

1, 2 Flea Market and collectables- jewellery, silver, militaria, art, etc..

Refreshments. St Edwards Hall, Stow. Free entry. 10am-4pm. 01451 831675

1, 2 Craft Fair supporting Macmillan Cancer Support. Victoria Hall,

Bourton-on-the-Water. 10-5pm. 01793 770148.

7 Recital: Schubert's famous song cycle by celebrated tenor Mark Padmore,

accompanied by Simon Lepper. Starts 7.30pm at St. Andrew's Church, Naunton,

GL54 3AX (approx. 4 miles west of Stow on the Wold). Tickets £17.50/ £12 from

info@NauntonMusic.org.uk 01451 850897.

www.NauntonMusic.org.uk

8,9 Sale of books and jewellery. Costume and designer jewellery at bargain

prices; bargain new children's books and second-hand fiction. Refreshments. Lower

Slaughter village hall. 10-5pm. 01451 831675

9 Car Boot Sale. Bag a bargain or book a pitch to sell those unwanted items. On

hard standing. at Countrywide Store car park, Station Road, Bourton-on-the-Water.

£5 per pitch. 9.30 - 1.30pm. 01451 861210

12 Blockley & District Horticultural Society Talk by Paul Williams - Potatoes,

Petunias, Peppers & Poisons. 8pm at Jubilee Hall, Blockley. 01386 701310

14-16 Craft Fair. All crafts handmade by the exhibitors. Demonstrations. Most items are

for sale! Refreshments. Free Entry.10 – 4.30pm. Redesdale Hall, Moreton in Marsh.

01684 274853. www.craftinaction73.co.uk

15, 16 Cherwell Valley Craft Fair. Victoria Hall, Bourton-on-the-Water, 10 – 5pm.

01295 264723

21 Tea Dance in Bourton Ballroom, Latin & Popular Sequence. Music by Good

Dancing with Bill. Free tea & coffee. £3 on the door. 2-4.30pm. Royal British Legion

Hall, Bourton. 07970 180296

22, 23 Craft Fair supporting Macmillan Cancer Support. Victoria Hall, Bourton-on-the-

Water. 10-5pm. 01793 770148.

27 Moreton-in-Marsh Flower Club - 'Lets Go To The Movies' Demonstrator

- Marie Munday at Moreton-in-Marsh monthly meeting. Visitors most welcome.

Broadwell Village Hall, Broadwell, Glos.. 7.30pm.

30 Cherwell Valley Craft Fair. Victoria Hall, Bourton-on-the-Water, 10 – 5pm.

01295 264723

Market Days

BOURTON ON THE WATER

Farmers Market every 4th Sunday, 9.30 - 1300

Car Boot Sale every second Sunday, 9am. (Mar to Oct)

(for Northleach & Fosse Lions Club)

CHIPPING CAMPDEN

W I Country Market every Thursday, 9 - 11am

Country Market every Friday. 9-11

Weekly Market every Wednesday.

Farmer's Market third Saturday morning

CHIPPING NORTON

Farmers Market 3rd Saturday - monthly from 8.30am

MORETON IN MARSH

Weekly Market every Tuesday, 9 - 3.30pm

W I Country Market every Thursday, 9 - 11.30

Country Market every Monday, 9.30am (W.I.Hall)

NORTHLEACH every Wednesday 8.30am-3.30pm

STOW ON THE WOLD

Farmers Market 2nd Thursday - 9.30 - 13.00

ESCAPE TO THE COTSWOLDS - www.escapetothecotswolds.orgh.uk

Information on outdoor activities and places to visit. The site contains easy-to-access details of

walking routes, guided walks, cycle rides, horse riding, events and festivals, plus information

on local attractions including historic sites, towns and villages, nature reserves, museums,

gardens and much more.

(A simple and free facility for event organisers/walks leaders to easily submit their own walk

or event for inclusion on the site.)

BOX OFFICE – 01608 642350.

Administration@chippingnortontheatre.com

www.chippingnortontheatre.com

3 Pocket Comedy presented by Propellor (all male Shakespearean

company). 1.30pm/7pm Tickets £12, concessions.

12 Kathryn Tickell: Northumbrian Voices. 7.45pm. Tickets £14. Concessions.

22 Mr Mark’s Children’s Concert -Tuba. (Under 6’s) £7.50 All children

must be accompanied by an adult.

22-7th Jan Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves. Please call the Box Office for ticket

prices- vary depending performance.

FILMS (More information available online)

2 In a Better World (15) 7.30pm

5, 7 One Day (12A) 7.30pm

5 Cinema Bambino – Film Club. One Day (12A)

9 The Skin I Live In (15) 7.30pm

11 The Guard (15) 7.30pm

13 Beautiful Lies (12A) 7.30pm

15 Jane Eyre (PG) 7.30pm

18 The Inbetweeners (15) 7.30pm

23 Kes (PG) 7.30pm

Stow & Countryside branch of the Embroiderers Guild.

Our stall at the Cotswold Festival, with everyone dressed in 17th Cent

costume, attracted a steady stream of buyers with 'entertainment' from The

Sealed Knot.

Next meeting - Tuesday 4th October - AGM but visitors are very welcome.

Speaker -Helen Mc Cook on A History of Whitework.

Queries? Call Angela on 01451 830259.

Tickets, Booking information Etc. from -

BOURTON ON THE WATER VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE, Victoria Street, Bourton on the

Water. 01451 822583 Open 9.30-5pm Mon-Fri: 9.30-5.30 Sat: Closed Sunday

E: Bourtonvic@btconnect.com

BURFORD INFORMATION CENTRE, The Brewery, Sheep St, Burford.

Open (Nov-Feb) Mon-Sat 9.30-4pm. OX18 4LS. 01993 823558. E.Burford.vic@westoxon.gov.uk

CHIPPING NORTON VISITOR INFORMATION POINT

Guildhall, Gossards Lane, Chipping Norton OX7 5NJ. Office hours Mon-Fri.

GO-STOW, 12 Talbot Court, Stow on the Wold. 01451 870 150. Open 10am-5pm Mon-Sat; 11am-

4pm Sunday. E: info@go-stow.co.uk

MORETON AREA CENTRE, High Street, Moreton. 01608 650881

Open 9-5pm Mon-Fri: 9-1 Saturday. Closed Sunday E: moreton@cotswold.gov.com

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LOCAL WALKS WITH

THE COTSWOLDS VOLUNTARY

WARDENS – OCTOBER

Celebrate British Food Fortnight – Sunday 2 October – Easy

Along the Sudeley Valley to Newmeadows Farm. Farmer Duncan will talk about his

rare breed herd which supplies beef to local restaurants. Pub lunch available at

White Hart Inn (local beef!) 3 hours, 5 miles. Start: 10 am Winchcombe Back Lane

car park. OS Map ref 023 284

From Neolith to Nouveau Riche – Friday 4 October – Easy

Straddling 3 counties and countless centuries. From an ancient cattle enclosure to

modern leisure facilities and everything in between. Optional pub lunch. 3 hours,

6 miles. Start: 10 am The Greedy Goose at junction of A44 and A436 between

Chipping Norton and Moreton-in-Marsh. OS Map ref 270 289

Walking from Longborough 1 – Thursday 20 October

Moderate.

A series to celebrate Longborough’s new “Walkers are Welcome” status. Westwards

across the highwolds to Ford and back. Pub lunch available. 5 hours, 10 miles.

Start: 10 am Cotswold Food Store car park, Longborough (on A424). OS Map ref

170 296

A Victorian Rector and Nine Old Maids – Saturday 22 October Easy.

Short walk, true story about life in the high cold Cotswolds. Pub lunch available at

end. 2.5 hours, 4 miles.

Start: 10am Lamb Inn car park at Great Rissington. OS Map ref 200 173. Postcode

GL54 2LP

Both sides of the track - Saturday 29 October – Moderate

A figure of 8 centred around the parishes of Campden and Ebrington. 5.5 hours,

10.5 miles. Start: 10am Market Hall, Chipping Campden. OS Map ref 151 392

Chipping Gem Stones – Sunday 30 October – Moderate

From Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire’s highest market town, to the unique Rollright

Stones through rolling countryside views. Please bring packed lunch. 5.5 hours, 8

miles. Start: 10am Chipping Norton Town Hall steps. OS Map ref 313 270.

PLEASE use appropriate footwear as some walks may be steep and muddy in places.

MODERATE - includes some hills and rough ground. Sorry, no dogs allowed except

guide and hearing dogs.

Walks are free although donations help to fund our conservation work and

improvement projects.

The Wardens run a full programme of guided walks throughout the Cotswolds. For

more information see www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk or Tel: 01451 862000, also for any

changes to arrangements such as due to bad weather.

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NORTH COTSWOLD

RAMBLERS GROUP

information on any walk or a copy of the

Group’s current walks programme can be

obtained from the Secretary : Tel. 01386 700847, email at

salmonoldwell@hotmail.com or online under “Local Groups”

at www.gloucestershirearearamblers.org.uk

The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens service was

established in 1968. Anyone can join and, today, there

are over 340 full time members. The wardens are part of

the Cotswolds Conservation Board and volunteer their

time and skills to help keep the Cotswolds special.

Warden work parties help conserve and enhance the

AONB, taking part in a range of projects from drystone

walling, hedge laying, and tree planting to installing

kissing gates. The wardens work with parish councils,

farmers and local residents to help keep footpaths open

and identify local features in need of restoration.

When they are not taking part in conservation work many

wardens conduct hundreds of guided walks, throughout

the Cotswolds AONB. Some voluntary wardens also help

out at shows and give talks about their work and the

AONB to local groups.

Support, training, equipment, travel expenses and a sense

of achievement are offered in return for volunteers’

valuable time. For further information on joining the

Cotswold Voluntary Wardens contact the Volunteer Coordinator

rebecca.jones@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk

Tel. 01451 862008.

Conservation work and achievements

of the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

Nearly 300 Voluntary Wardens continued to play an important

role for the Board by volunteering their time and skills to help

keep the Cotswolds special.2010-11 was another successful

year achieving a record total of 43,772 hours work by 280 active

volunteers, worth over £300,000. This represents an increase

over the previous year despite many work parties and guided

walks being cancelled due to bad weather.

Voluntary Wardens’

conservation and access

work during 2010-11 at a glance:

• 19 bridges constructed

• 107 kissing gates installed

• 173 finger posts installed

• 187 trees planted

• 835m of fencing erected

• 905m of hedgerow laid

• 921m of dry-stone walls built

• 171m of streams and ditches cleared

• 413 steps in banks constructed

• 800 hedge trees and shrubs planted

• 1131 contacts with parishes, landowners and the public

• 4,266 path miles patrolled

• 9,681 sq m of woodland coppiced and 16,588 sq m cleared

• 23,291m of paths and bridleways cleared

• 118,409 sq m across 23 grassland sites cleared

Almost 70% of wardens’ hours were spent on conserving

and enhancing the countryside and its features, and

improving access to it.


The Cotswolds Area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty

North Cotswolds

Hedgelaying

Competition

Saturday 19

November

8.30 to 3.30pm

Hitchen Farm, Ford.

10th Cotswolds annual

Dry-stone Walling

Competition

at Adam Henson’s

Cotswold Farm Park

Sunday 2 October

Organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, in partnership

with the Cotswolds branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association

of Great Britain (DSWA), the competition will see four classes of

competitors - beginner pairs, novice, amateur and professional -

vying for the prestigious walling trophy and up to £120 cash

prize under the expert eyes of Master Craftsmen judges from

the DSWA. There is an additional prize for the best waller under

age 21.

Depending on which class competitors enter, they will have to

strip and rebuild a limited length of wall to the correct

specification. The rules associated with the competition are

strict with marks awarded for quality of foundations, cope

stones, sides, middle filling, batter and straightness.

The draw for stints starts at 8.45am with work completed by

4.15pm. Prizes awarded at 4.30pm.

Anyone wishing to enter the competition can phone Cotswolds

Conservation Board on 01451 862000 or register online at

www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk

Cotswold Farm Park Ltd, Bemborough Farm, Guiting Power,

Cheltenham, GL54 5UG

Every year the Cotswolds

Conservation Board runs

the North Cotswolds

Hedgelaying Competition with the support of the National

Hedgelaying Society. Winners in each class receive prize

money and a trophy and 2nd-3rd places receive prize

money. The competition is free to enter and has the

following classes – Open, Intermediate, Junior and

Beginners, Veteran.

For more information please contact David Molloy, our

Rural Skills & Grant Officer on 01451 862002 or online:

www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/competitions/northcotswolds-hedgelaying-competition/

Spying on our river wildlife

GREYSTONES FARM NATURE RESERVE AND THE COTSWOLD

RIVERS LIVING LANDSCAPE

By Will Masefield - Community Wildlife Officer,

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Using a motion-sensor camera to sneak footage of secretive

wildlife seems like a good idea until you realise just how much

motion there is out there. And yet having to watch through

endless snippets of grass moving, water moving and shadows

moving only makes it more exciting when, eventually, there’s

a bona fide animal moving. With an eagerness born more of

naiveté than experience, I set about watching through 218

one minute snippets of footage from a motion-sensor camera

set on one of our mink-monitoring rafts on the river at

Greystones Farm Nature Reserve last month. The varnish was

wearing thin on my eagerness as early as clip 16, and by clip

80 it had been almost entirely eroded away. Two clips of a

wood mouse leaping up onto the raft and running around

with a feather temporarily resuscitated it, before my

beleaguered eagerness was fully restored by the appearance

of one of our least-known river mammals. This diminutive

character entered stage left, bustling around the raft, snaffling

up aquatic insects as if its life depended on it. In fact, its life

probably did depend on it, for this is an animal that lives life

at a hectic pace. The Kurt Cobain or James Dean of the animal

world, shrews live fast and die young (although it would

probably be safe to assume the similarity ends there). Their

metabolisms run so fast, in fact, that they can die if they go

three hours without sustenance. This particular shrew, with

black fuselage and grey undercarriage, was a water shrew, a

species that we had not seen here before. They spend their

time fossicking around the banks for insects, diving

underwater for caddis-fly larvae and shrimps, and

occasionally tackling fish or frogs, which they immobilise with

venomous saliva.

With my eagerness gauge now fully charged, I watched

through the last hundred and forty clips until finally, on clip

216 of 218, a much larger and rarer denizen of our waterways

made its cameo. Having spent so much time watching the tiny

mouse and water shrew, it came as something of a shock

when the blunt, bewhiskered snout of a much larger animal

hove into view. A chunky round body followed (thankfully –

disembodied snouts don’t half give me the willies), with a

shortish, hairy tail in tow. We know we have water voles at

Greystones Farm, but it was thrilling to see this one in the

flesh, if only for a few seconds. You can see it too, as well as

the mouse and water shrew, at

www.facebook.com/gwtcotswolds.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Cotswold Rivers programme,

kindly supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is working

with local communities and landowners to improve these

mammals’ chances of survival. The water vole, especially, is

on a knife edge.

If you are interested in joining us (however little time or

experience you have at your disposal) please contact me at

will.masefield@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk, or ring me

on 07793 307056. You can also reach us on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/gwtcotswolds.

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Nicholas John (armed only with a spare biro), stands in line and begs the question -

WHAT PRICE A SIGNATURE?

A Short Story by Nicholas John

I once stood with my son for forty-five minutes in a

snaking line of parents and toddlers in order to get

Francesca Simon to sign six “Horrid Henry” paperbacks.

When we got back to the car, my son asked me who the

lady was and I explained (for the twelfth time) that she

was “the nice lady who wrote the stories.” He, frankly,

didn’t give a fig and it transpired he had been expecting

Miranda Richardson who had voiced the audio-books. Cue

heaven-wards look of exasperation.

For a brief minute it looked like gardening was to

become the new rock ‘n’ roll, but no, turned out it was

writing and literature. All hail the rise and rise of The

Literary Festival. They’ve sprung up all over the place (in

much the same way as you can’t move in the summer for

music festivals: find a farmer with a muddy field and

you’re away). We rush to Cheltenham and Hay-on-Wye to

hear our favourites reading from their latest tome, then

spend twenty minutes in line for a quick greeting and a

hallowed signature (and maybe even a photo on your

mobile). And all the while you just know you could pick up

the thing for half the price on Amazon. But, let’s face it,

there is a certain credence, a certain (dare I say it) style in

paying the full retail price and lugging that 400-page

hardcover all the way to the front of the queue to obtain

the authorial flourish

From the author’s point of view, selling books directly

at a book-signing or literary event, yields a greater return

than simply waiting for one’s publishing royalties to arrive

in the post. Reading a few extracts, meeting the public and

squiggling “all the best” for a half-hour is a better way of

shifting units than hoping someone in Waterstone's is

going to pluck your offering from the shelf. This tactic is

something that jobbing musicians have been employing

for a while: folk artists have long followed a tradition of

being “of the people” by communing with their audience

to discuss Arran knitwear (only kidding) and to sign copies

of their latest disc. In these days of Amazon and iTunes, it’s

a personal touch that seems to resonate, judging by the

number of acts that now take to the road surrounded by

boxes of CDs and DVDs. Obviously, Bono is not going to

stop for long round the back of Wembley Stadium to flog a

few more copies of ‘The Joshua Tree’ but in the world of

normal, it’s a practice that has become commonplace.

Publishers are increasingly seeing the manifold

opportunities in getting their charges in front of the paying

public. Independent bookshops are often effectively

invited to tender for book-signing appearances – a friend

successfully bid for Charley Boorman to do a three-hour

“meet and greet” in his shop and flavoured the shebang

by arranging a “ride-through” (forgive me if this is an

incorrect biking term) by the Oxford branch of the BMW

Bikers Club. And it paid off too – he shifted over eighty

books to a steady stream of customers (all signed by

Charley) and received much welcome publicity from the

whole event. So everybody goes home happy. It’s a winwin

situation.

At this point in proceedings, as I merrily tap away, I'm

sorely tempted to bang on a bit about how the likes of the

Cheltenham Literary Festival increasingly appear to be

relying on the pulling power of mainstream culture

(television, film, sport, politics), to put bums on seats,

rather than actual poets, authors or playwrights. Sorely

tempted, but then I realised that I would be forced to

instigate an argument with myself. It’s unlikely to be our

nation’s finest authors attracting the longest queues, it will

be the “celebrity writers," those who have successfully

plied their trade elsewhere and have gone back to write

about it. Surely (I would say with a smug smile), the

shedloads of fans who wait for hours to get Katie Price to

autograph her new, ahem, novel, are not there because

they think she's a brilliant writer? But then I would have to

confess my duplicity: Martin Jarvis signed three dog-eared

“Just William” hardbacks one year that had been my Dad’s

(well, I couldn’t get Richmal Crompton could I?) and my

wife "did" Brenda Blethyn, Terry Jones and Leslie Phillips in

two (expensive) days. Uh oh. Cue unsavoury incident

between pot and black kettle.

So far, so what? Big deal. "Celebrity" will sell

everything from books to game shows to fridges. And it’s a

two-way street: Sue Cook, the journalist and former BBC

television presenter (who in 2009 published her second

novel ‘Force Of Nature’ and is currently at work on her

third), readily admitted that having been a “face” on

television was undoubtedly helpful in securing her

publishing deal. So is it the notion of celebrity we actually

value? Are we getting our books signed because we like

the written work or because we’d like to meet the writer?

Authors rapidly grew wise to the individuals who would

arrive at the desk holding six or seven copies of the same

book and ask for a signature with no message or named

greeting – these were destined to be

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on eBay before the ink was dry – but publishers have not

been adverse to maximising internet potential themselves:

whenever there was a lull in proceedings, Charley

Boorman happily signed extra copies that were earmarked

to be sold over the internet and by mail order as

collectibles. At a signing by Rita Marley (promoting her

book about her life and marriage to Bob Marley), two

rather-large security men prowled the line of expectant

fans, informing us that Rita would not (and that was a very

definite not) be signing anything other than copies of her

book. This rather upset the plans of about 90% of the

queue, judging by the number of album sleeves, tour

posters and flags in abundance and frankly seemed a tad

churlish, bearing in mind that she was surely only able to

get the book published due to having lived and sung with

one of the twentieth-century’s most important musicians.

I wonder what would have happened if the entire queue

had said "fair do" and gone down the pub instead. But of

course the large men won; I and most others, duly paid

£16-99 for the book, got it signed and kept our Wailers’ CD

booklets in our pockets.

So I guess we'll buy the books we want, for whatever

reasons we want and, if the mood takes us, put the cream

on the cake with an autograph. The price of a signature is

whatever we choose to pay and it is generally a genuine

pleasure to meet someone whose work you admire, be

they author or television personality.

I was ever-so-pleased when my wife bought tickets to

see Michael Palin reading extracts from the latest

instalment of his autobiography at the Oxford Playhouse. I

was even more-so-pleased to find out that our "special"

ticket included an hour in The Green Room, where we

would get to meet Michael; "we" turning out to be about

fifty souls who'd paid "upwards" of the normal price for

this privilege. Forty-nine normal people and one carrying a

Tesco's bag bulging with "Around The World..", "Pole To

Pole" et al and a Python book. My wife was not impressed.

"Will you put that bag down," she hissed repeatedly as we

loitered self-consciously near the bar, pretending not to

watch as Michael professionally "worked" the room.

When he finally made his way to our neck of the woods,

he was apologetic about how long he'd taken: "Sorry to

keep you waiting" he said, smiling and perhaps noticing

the large bag propped up on the bar. "Don't worry," I

replied, "I once waited forty-five minutes for Francesca

Simon...." Which is, I believe, where we came in.

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Nicholas John will be appearing at the Cheltenham

Literature Festval as part of the Gloucester Writers'

Network event on Tuesday 11 October 7.30pm.

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Netherwood by Jane Sanderson Paperback at £6.99

This is a tale of two very different Yorkshire families a century

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and his are also star and both strands of the plot are told equally

well. There seems little to challenge Eve’s rise ever upward to

success and new love so this is a happy read which should not

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tea at that. Perfect for Downton Abbey fans.

The Very Picture of you by Isabel Wolff

Paperback at £7.99

Though this is normally the sort of book I’d not pick up, when I

received it as a proof, I decided to give it a go. I’ll confess that I

quite enjoyed it. Young, very single, Ella is a portrait artist who

has painted many famous figures and can command a large fee.

However, it is a portrait requested by her sister that causes her

the biggest problem. The two main themes are this painting (the

portrait of her sister’s future husband) and the unexpected and

unwanted contact with her father who left the family when Ella

was still a child. Though the central love story was given away by

the blurb (don’t do that people!) and the truth about Ella’s

missing father was rather telegraphed it was the atmosphere of

the portrait sessions that made this book worth reading. The

painting sessions and the conversations between sitters and

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spent many hours observing an artist at work. A light, enjoyable,

if predictable romance.

This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel

Hardback at £12.99

It is eighteenth century Geneva and young Victor Frankenstein

feels himself unfavourably compared to his twin, Konrad.

However, when Konrad falls seriously ill, Victor embarks on a

dangerous journey through the dark arts to save him. With him

on his adventures come friend Henry and beautiful cousin

Elizabeth. Soon his passion to save his brother conflicts with his

growing love for Elizabeth for she and Konrad are betrothed.

Though I initially worried that it was following the ‘vampire trail’

(seeing like a wolf and hot breaths come into it) the author kept

to what he does best, that is, writing a great adventure yarn for

youngsters with the stirrings of young love included. A duology,

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As I am writing this, news is coming in that HMRC will be taking on up to

2,000 extra staff whose job it will be to monitor the activities of those who are

seeking to evade or avoid paying tax. No doubt these extra bodies will be more

than welcome but it doesn’t alter the fact that many of these jobs would not be

needed if our tax system were made simpler and fairer and allowed everyone to

keep more of the money they make in their pocket. Again & again I see people

who shouldn’t be in the tax system at all, pensioners, students and those who

earn so little that it costs more to collect the tax than is received. I realise that

now is not the time to be suggesting tax cuts but the Chancellor does have

some room for manoeuvre when setting personal allowances & implementing a

better & more efficient tax regime for those on low incomes. In the past, there

has been much talk of moving to a flat-rate scheme for all tax & I for one would

advocate any scheme that would reduce the burden of taxation and

bureaucracy. This may also avoid the regular amnesties, the latest being aimed

at businesses who are trading over the Vat threshold but are not yet registered

for Vat and give more officers at HMRC the time to concentrate on the people &

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WOLFORDS

HALLOWEEN

THE

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BONfIRE

Saturday 29th October

Gates open 6.30pm.

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Cotswolds Health & Fitness Club

01451 821320 | info@cotswoldsfit.co.uk

Unit 4d Hawthorn Court, Bourton Industrial Park, Bourton on the Water, GL54 2HQ

Cotswolds Health and Fitness Club offers you a very different gym

experience to that which you are used to. We are professional,

helpful and friendly and believe that regardless of your experience,

fitness levels or injury problems, there should be a place you can go to

get the help and advice you need.

Gym Membership is perfect if you wish to train without a personal

trainer, but still retain the personal touch - you are never completely

on your own as we are always available to offer advice.

Personal Training, on the other hand, is great if you have any injury

concerns or feel you really need that extra help, support or

motivation.

You can also benefit from our vibration training and nutritional advice,

and have a range of classes available.

For more information please visit www.cotswoldsfit.co.uk or call us

on 01451 821320.

• Pre and Post Natal Care and Training

• Fitness, Toning and Weight Loss

• Injury Rehabilitation

• Nutritional Advice

Sally’s personal training sessions are tailored to meet

every individual needs. Sessions are fun, creative and

effective, all in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Contact call:

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In the last two editions, we have looked at changing your

eating habits for the better and how a personal trainer could

really help in starting and maintaining a sensible and enjoyable

exercise plan. This month I’d really like to look at why we

should all take a step back and look at just how healthy we

really are, and why it is so important.

I’d like you to ask yourself a few questions. Am I doing some

form of physical activity every day? Do I raise my heart rate to

a higher level 3 or 4 times a week? Do I eat 3 healthy meals a

day with a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fruits and

vegetables? Do I drink 2 litres of water a day?

It would be great to think that most people can put a tick next

to each of these questions, but the reality is that work, family,

stress, tiredness and boredom all get in the way.

The problem is that our bodies are not designed for the

sedentary lifestyle we have become accustomed to, and over

time, people have developed a pattern of eating more and

doing less. This has caused rising obesity, increased levels of

heart disease, strokes, diabetes and osteoporosis.

There are some simple steps you can take to help you on the

road to a healthier lifestyle. The first piece of advice I would

give is to join a gym. Walking and in home exercises are great,

but you need to try and get your heart rate up significantly 3

times a week. Remember, the heart is like any other muscle in

the body; if you make it work harder it adapts and gets

stronger and a stronger heart means a healthier body. At a

gym, you can also try some more resistance-based exercises;

this is essential for protecting your bones from osteoporosis.

Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, but the same old workouts

all the time and lack of atmosphere in a gym can be really demotivating.

So here is my challenge; come down to Cotswolds

Health and Fitness Club and have a chat to us. Commit to a

couple of months of exercise and healthy eating, and if you

don’t feel fitter and healthier at the end of it, I’ll give you your

money back! Remember, the gym here is different to others;

we’re fun, professional and really want to help people enjoy

their exercise and make a change for the better.

Alex Doggett, Cotswolds Health and Fitness Club

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A toe on the green…’

It’s not an unusual story – a burgeoning talent, but no

money to develop it! Ryan Jenkins is impressing the pros

and Gary Smith, the England coach, with a natural talent

for golf.

Ryan started his golfing with a set of Dunlop starter clubs

bought on Ebay by his sister Kelly, for £50. Playing with his

friend Liam Agg, Ryan was surprised at how quickly he was

able to achieve a ‘reasonable round’ and the pair attracted

the attention of the local Pro, quickly getting into the Junior

Team and winning their first match. Ryan has since gone on

to win many Junior matches

and also a Mens’

competition at Naunton

Downs.

The enthusiasm is tangible

when Ryan talks about

golf:” I love the

competition and pressure,

and the skill involved in the

game.

I have always been

competitive – whoever I am

playing, I like to try and

beat them. The Competitions are great because the

prizes are generally vouchers for the Pro Shop, which

help me to get better clubs. I'm trying to play as many

courses as possible, especially Championship courses like

Heythrop Manor Park and Celtic Manor.”

Ryan’s golf has caught the eye of professional golfer, Gary

Smith, an England coach. “He was ‘blown away’ by Ryan”

says Kelly, “ which was a validation of what the family

had been thinking – that Ryan has a talent worth

developing, something special!”

The challenge goes up a gear now as Gary has agreed to

coach Ryan intensively for one year and is confident he

will be playing off scratch before the year is out. The

coaching will develop Ryan’s ability but the cost of

professional time will increase as Ryan’s golf improves. So

the current task is to obtain sponsorship - not too

different to a student loan for university, and Ryan is

looking at grants and the support available from the

Council and national bodies such as Sport England. With

Kelly he is actively looking for corporate sponsorship and

Dr Peter Dean has lead the way with support from his

company Cambio Ltd, whose logo Ryan now wears on his

sports shirts.

The immediate focus is on the British Junior Golf Tour to

Portugal this month, which is a recognised event for

young players ‘coming up the field’. This is followed by a

qualifying tournament in April 2012 for the Callaway

World Junior Championship in San Diego later in the year.

Look out for the name Ryan Jenkins.

Contact Ryan via Kelly, on 07855 224662

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STOW ON THE WOLD

& DISTRICT RFC

The Clubhouse, Oddington Road, Stow on the Wold

GL54 1AH 01451 830887

www.pitchero.com/clubs/stowrfc/

CHECK WEBSITE FOR REPORTS, PHOTOS, NEWS & INFO

STOW ON THE WOLD & DISTRICT RUGBY

MINIS & JUNIORS OPEN DAY

From Sean Clarke

Photos by Liz Frazer

As is tradition, Stow Rugby Club Minis & Juniors section kicked off their

new season with the Open Day. There were a number of rugby skills

games for the kids to play, allowing those who are new to the game to

try it out and see if they like it. It was also an opportunity for the

parents of potential new players to see the club at first hand and have a

chat with the coaches about what to expect.

Aside from testing their rugby abilities there were other attractions

such as the Fire Engine and the water slide which proved a big hit. A lot

of fun can be had with water and the kids made sure that those

coaches who were put in the stocks were well and truly soaked. For the

adults there was a fish pedicure tank in the club house, kindly provided

by Tootsies. It proved very popular, with many

feeling they had acquired go faster

feet for the season ahead after dipping their toes

in the water.

The day finished off with a Tug of War contest and

after two adult teams fought it out, it was the kids

turn to test their strength against the grown ups.

It was a hard-fought battle but, in the end, with

the

weight of numbers on their

side, the kids celebrated

victory.

The Open Day is always a

super way to start the

season and this year it

proved a great success.

The club would like to

give special thanks to

Stow Fire Station and

Tootsies Fish Pedicure for

supporting the event.

Its not too late to sign up to play rugby at Stow, no matter what your

age. There are coaches for the Under Sixes all the way up to the Under

17s - and if you are older than that, then the Seniors will welcome you

into their two teams.

EXCITING NEW MERGER

between two local Hockey Clubs

Sherborne Hockey Club, the first sports club to achieve ‘Club 1st’ status

in the area this year, is merging with Bourton Vale Ladies Hockey Club

to form Bourton and Sherborne Hockey Club - the largest hockey club

in this area of North Cotswold.

Together the clubs offer two Men’s League teams, Mixed Social side,

Badgers, Vixens and a strong Junior section (ages 6 years +) with two

Ladies League sides. Chairman, Stuart Colmer said:” This is an exciting

merger of two progressive clubs into one, offering good coaching from

level 1 and level 2 coaches for both young and older members, as well

as a full range of teams covering all abilities - and a good social side as

well.”

All teams train and play at the Cotswold School Astro turf pitch on a

Wednesday nights - Junior Under 11s 6-7pm, Under 15s 7-8pm; Men’s

and Ladies 8-9pm.

We are always looking for new players of all abilities. Interested?

Please visit our web site

‘www.sherbornehockeyclub.co.uk’

or contact Stuart Colmer on 07900 028732

or Tracy Dixon on 07813 187933


Stow on the Wold Cricket Club

Reports from Ashley Andrews,Capt.

Saturday 3rd September vs Andovesford – WON

Stow welcomed bottom of the table Andovesford to the club this week

in a reverse of the first game of the season that got cancelled. Stow

won the toss and elected to field, getting off to the best possible start.

Dan Heaps and Hayden Elsdale both took 2 early wickets to have

Andovesford struggling at 30-4. Both of Stow’s openers set the tone

and bowled well. Hayden ended with figures of 2/23 off 10 and

Heapsy ended with 4/14 off 10 overs. A few small partnerships from

Andovesford in the middle order helped them, but Seb Bevan

wrapped up the tail enders taking 2/25 and leaving Andovesford

scoring 97 all out.

Things didn’t get off to the best of starts with Max Fisher getting

bowled for a duck in the second over, and when Ashley Andrews was

bowled for 17 it brought Dan Heaps to the crease - and he took apart

the Andovesford bowlers. Coming in at 35-3 with the team needing

only 63 more runs to win he smashed an incredible 50 not out off 29

balls to ease the team to victory after 17 overs.

Another win for the team which pushes them well up the table to 5th

with 1 game to go against 3rd place Chedworth.

Stow on the Wold Cricket Club

Stow Cricket Club thank everyone who supported the fundraising

event which went really, raising over £300 which was fantastic.

Ashley Andrews, Captain.

CHIPPING NORTON

BOWLS CLUB

From Roberta Jarvie, (Chairman, Indoor Secton)

The Bowls Club reports that the Outdoor season has now drawn to

a close with the green looking and playing very well and the

weather not affecting us too much. The finals have all taken place

and the winners are as follows:

Ladies Singles Nicola Jones

Mens Singles Denis Barnes

Never Won Singles Tom Granville

2 wood Singles Denis Barnes

Over 60’s Singles Keith Field

Ladies Pairs Nicola Jones and June McDonald

Mens Pairs Bill Jarvie and Mike Harris

Open Pairs Val Harris and Peter Houghton

Married Couples Sue and Keith Field

Triples Bill Jarvie, Sue Field and Tom Granville.

Well done to everyone.

With no time to turn around we are already up and running

Indoors with leagues and weekend friendlies starting from the

beginning of October.

If you have never been to the Bowls Club and would like to see how

we all spend the autumn and winter months in warm, friendly and

relaxing surroundings make your way to our clubhouse at

Greystones. We have bowls and shoes for those who have never

bowled before and people on hand to give help.

For more information please call Roberta Jarvie 01608 643556

Friday 9th September vs Spye Park – WON

Stow welcomed touring team Spye Park for an evening 2020 match.

Stow won the toss and chose to bat. Rob Wise opened and hit a quick

42 before being caught. All the middle order chipped in with Hayden

Elsdale the pick, hitting 29 including some huge shots and helping

Stow rack up 163 off the 20 overs.

Stow’s bowlers didn’t hang around either and Hayden was pick of the

bowlers, taking 3 wickets for 6 runs in his 2 over spell. A few of the

Spye batsmen looked dangerous but when two of the team were both

run out trying to up the run rate Stow took control, bowling out Spye

for 137.

A friendly and fun evening game.

Saturday 10th September vs Chedworth – Lost

The team’s final game of the season saw them play 2nd place

Chedworth. Chedworth batted first and hit 246 off their 40 overs , the

biggest score Stow have been set this season (after all of Stow’s

players had a bowl). With a new batting line up Stow got off to a

dreadful start with Craig Hughes (normal number 11) losing his wicket

first ball of the innings! 2 more wickets fell in the first over which

brought Dan Smith, who hit a quick 30, and Ashley Andrews, 35, to the

crease to get Stow up towards the 100 run mark. But Chedworth were

always in control and took wickets regularly, although a cameo of 19

from Sam Webley at the end of this innings took Stow’s total to 116

before being bowled out.

A disappointing end but everyone was involved and the result didn’t

affect the team’s final league position of 5th.

A good first season in Division 1, finishing mid table and with things to

look forward to next season.

MORETON-IN-MARSH BOWLS CLUB

From Mike Wainwright

The photograph shows current progress (to 16/09/11)

with the building of the new clubhouse.

The new clubhouse has now almost reached completion.

Plumbing and electrical work has taken place and

internal walls and ceilings have been plastered.

Members are at the ready, armed with paintbrushes and

tins of paint, to begin the internal decoration phase of

the project.

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Report from Martn Jones

MORETON RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB

A FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION DEVELOPMENT CLUB

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Secretary Chairman Treasurer Vice Chairman

Martin Jones Tim Sedgley Graham Rees Paul Luker

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The New Season - report from Martin Jones

The football season is now in full swing and all our teams have started

playing league games and have enjoyed mixed results.

The First Team have opened their Gloucestershire Northern Senior

league campaign with two wins, a draw and one defeat to put them in

the top half of the table. They have an excellent goal difference

following an 8-1 victory away in Gloucester against Abbeymead Rovers.

The Reserve Team head the third division of the Cheltenham league

with four wins and one defeat which includes victories away at

Cheltenham Civil Service 5-0 and Cheltenham Saracens 8-0.

The Colts Team have one win, one draw and one defeat which is a good

start as they are yet to field their strongest team due to the needs of

the other teams calling on players to bolster their squads.

The Junior Teams have only played two games with both the new Under

9 and Under 10 teams winning their first games. The Under 11 and the

Under 12 team have one win and one defeat as they adapt to eleven a

side games. The Under 14 team have been beaten twice.

Moreton Rangers Under 11 Team wearing their new kit kindly

sponsored by Europa

Moreton Rangers Under 9 Team wearing their new kit kindly sponsored by

Bromford Living.

The Moreton 10K

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SUPPORTING MORETON RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB

The first “running” of this road race including parts of Cotswolds

picturesque Countryside.

This race is in support of Moreton Rangers Football Club and ALL the

race entry money will go to maintaining and improving this local

facility. All setup costs are being covered by the local sponsors –

DEKOMTE and COTSWOLD ZUMBA

Sunday 9th October • 10am

FROM MORETON IN MARSH CRICKET CLUB

Prizes: 1st Male & Female, plus 1st in all both groups.

Medal & goody bag for all finishers. Post race massage

Entries: £10 affiliated runners & unaffliliated in advance

£12 entry on the day - if available

Enter via email to tracey@cotswoldzumba.co.uk

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Local Clubs, Societies, Associations & Charities

Clubs

Chadlington Flower Club

Julie Thompson Tel: 01608 676368

Chipping Norton Bridge Club

Jack Viney Tel: 01608 641454

Chipping Norton Historical Research Group

Jan Cliffe Tel: 01608 641057

Chipping Norton Lions Club

Martin Guy Tel: 01608 641154

Ch.Norton Museum & History Society

2nd Mondays 7.30pm, September to May

Methodist Hall, West Street, Chipping Norton.

Chipping Norton Postcard Club

Brenda Morris Tel: 01608 643779

Chipping Norton Probus

3rd Tues at The Crown & Cushion 11am

Sec.Geoffrey Norris. 01608 676997

Chipping Norton Probus for Ladies

Sec: Christine Carpenter. 01608 642155

Chipping Norton Rotary Club

Mons 7/ 7:30pm. at The Mason's Arms, Swerford, OX7 4AP.

David Haine 07889 609221 / 01608 643964

Chipping Norton Society

Jill Thorley, 01608 643219

Chipping Norton Railway Club

Alan Brain Tel: 01608 641586

Chipping Norton Scrabble Club

Sarah Turner Email: gos.info@yahoo.co.uk

Cotswold Investment Club

Meets 1st Tues of each month. Jeremy Main 01608 658675

Friends Of The Town Hall.Chipping Norton

Jackie Haworth 01608 641368 .jaxy1@btinternet.com

Inner Wheel

Terry Howes, 01608 642423

www.kinghamrotary.org.uk/wwwribi.org

Kingham & Daylesford Rotary

Fortnightly Weds. Paul Jackson 01608 658500

N.Cotswolds Bee-Keepers Assoc

Julie Edwards 01608 659396 julia@ncbka.org.uk

N Cotswold CAMRA

01451810305 chair@northcotswoldcamra.org.uk

Alan Lamb 01386 701603

N Cotswold Disabled Club

Joan M Oughton 01451 830580

N Cotswold National Trust

Sec Pat Poulton 01608 651373

N Cotswold Probus Club

2nd & 4th Thurs mornings Sec: James Grafton 01608 684181

N Cotswold U3A

Contact Jenny Stanfield 01451 824338

Oddfellows (CN Branch) a social group.

3rd Wed/.M at the Lower Town Hall, Market Street.

Dave Talbot, 07815 099 884, Dave.Talbot@oddfellows.co.uk

Over Norton History Group

Jan Cliffe Tel: 01608 641057

Round Table

Gavin Southwell Tel: 01993 730888

Rural living Group

Betty Bryan Tel: 01608 674255

Royal British Legion

Michael Dixon Tel: 01608 643755

RBL (Women’s Section)

Betty Hicks Tel: 01608 642551

Scottish Country Dance Group

Brenda Parsons 01451 831876

Shipston on Stour ‘The Literary Society’

Meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm at the George Hotel.

Tel: 01295 680628 or 01608 663482.

Single File

Single, divorced, separated and widowed people aged 50-70.

Meets fortnightly on Friday evenings at The Chequers.

Daphne Lever, 01295 788474

Tangent

Val Carpenter, 01608 641452

Trefoil Guild

Betty Gardener, 01608 641664

The Theatre Friends

Heather Leonard, 01608 643691

Twinning Association

Jo Graves, 01608 643976

WI-Chipping Norton

Prudence Chard, 01608 642903

WI-Over Norton

Becky Pearman, 01608 643463

WI-Salford

Mary Smith, 01608 642577

WI - Spelsbury

Michelle Horace, 01608 641749

Weavers Spinners & Dyers Club

Rose Kirkcaldy Tel: 01295 253789

Wine Appreciation Club

David Megson Tel: 01608 645382

Wychwood Old Time Dance Club

Margaret Pitman Tel: 01993 810897

Outdoor Activities

Angling Society

Robert Jarvis Tel: 01608 643494

Banbury Ornithological Society

Frances Marks Tel: 01608 643494

Banbury Ornithological

Francis Buckle 01608 644425

Chipping Norton Horticultural Assoc

Sec. Eileen Forse, 01608 643275.

BBOWT

Reg Tipping Tel: 01295 251673

Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

Wendy Lines Tel: 01608 642360

Rambles Association

Peter Barbour Tel: 01608 641081

Rambling Club

Liz Desbrow Tel: 01608 641222

Woodstock & Ch.Norton Green Gym

01608 643269 www.woodchipgreengym.org.uk

Wychwood Forest (Friends of)

Stuart Fox Tel: 01993 832004

Sports

Athletics Club

Allen Souch Tel: 01865 372484 / 0798 1089457

Chipping Norton Badminton Club

Jeff 01608 642006 / Ant & Sheila 01608 646687

Chipping Norton Bowls Club

Greystones Leisure Centre Tel: 01608 644154

chippybowls@hotmail.com

Chipping Norton Rugby Football Club

Andy Dawson Tel: 01608 683352

Chipping Norton Cricket Club

Graham Beacham Tel: 01608 810047

Chipping Norton Easy Riders – Cycling Club

Jill Reynolds Tel: 01608 642667

Chipping Norton Town Football Club

Shaun Green. 07845216412

info@chippyswifts.co.uk

Chipping Norton Golf Club

01608 642383 | golfadmin@chippingnortongolfclub.com

www.chippingnortongolfclub.com

Chipping Norton Skater Hockey Club

Contact Louise Murphy on 01608 644091 for details.

Chipping Norton Hockey Club

Clive Briant Tel: 01608 677913

Chipping Norton Pistol & Rifle Club

John Chaplin Tel: 01608 641245

Little Compton Bowls Club

All Year Club. Play stars April. Sue Grantham 01608 642859

Riding for the Disabled

Ann Nobbs Tel: 01869 338404

Tae Kwon Do Association of GB

info@combinedselfdefence.co.uk www.combinedselfdefence.co.uk

Music

Bledington Music Festival

www.bledingtonmusicfestival.co.uk

Chipping Norton Choral Society

Roger Stein Tel: 01295 721522

Chipping Norton CHAOS (Amateur Operatic)

Martin Hannant 01608 643653

Chipping Norton Circle Dance)

Susie Straw Tel: 01295 788398

Chipping Norton Creative Arts Society

Kathee Coonerty Tel: 01993 891312

Chipping Norton Folk Club

Peter Allum Tel: 01608 642296

Hook Norton Film Society

Harry Smith Tel: 01285 737417

Kingham Choral Society

Derek Woods 01608 658738

Nortonians Amateur Dramatic Society

Andrew Pitman 01993 830930

North Cotswold Chamber Choir

Shauni McGregor Tel: 01608 642352

Naunton Music Society

Barbara Steiner 01451 850897

barbara@marketsinternational.com

Salford Players (Drama Group)

Doreen Herrington Tel: 01608 642853

Society of Recorder Players

Jenny Graham-Brown Tel: 01285 740156

Stow Youth Singers (Ages 9+)

Linda Green – 01451 830327

Fridays Term Time, 6 – 7pm at St Edwards Church, Stow

Stour Singers

01451 870361 vicandjill@btinternet.com

Community Groups

British Heart Foundation

John Hunt Tel: 01608 642556

Breathe Easy Groups (British Lung Foundation)

01451 822102/810520

CHART-Transport Group

Eve Coles, 01608 643570

Chipping Norton Leisure Centre

Burford Road OX7 5DY Tel: 01993 861951

euen.kennedy@westoxon.gov.uk

Chipping Norton ‘The Lido’

Tel: 01608 643188 Email:info@chippylido.co.uk

Cotswold Volunteers (a local charity helping disadvantaged people)

Jane Winstanley CEO 01285 658802

jane@sc-vs.com

Gateway Club (social club for learning disabled adults)

2nd & 4th Weds/M at Rugby Club, Greystones, 7-9 pm.

Sara McCrea, 01608 683334, Jane Nolan, 01608 643855

Lawrence Home Nursing Team

Jenny Nolan, 01608 641549

Mind in Chipping Norton (people with mental health difficulties)

Di Taylor, 01608 645296

mindinchippingnorton@oxfordshire-mind.org.uk

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Carol Owen, 01993 880099

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind

Bradbury Lodge OX1 4XL.

Tel: 01865 725585

Hailcorns Tenants & Residents Association

Keith Clandfield, 01608 642327

National Childbirth Trust

Tel; 0870 444 8707

N Cotswold Community Radio

Old Police Station, Chipping Campden,

www.nothcotswoldonline.com

N.Cotswolds Friendship Centre (Within Age UK)

1st Wed monthly. Colin: 01993 842820/01608 650868.

colmar@oxon1939.fsnet.co.uk

N Cotswold Support Gp – Parkinson’s UK

Mike Winter 01451 831194

RNLI Chipping Norton Branch

Mike Howes Tel: 01608 642423

Save the Children Fund

Catherine Kimmance Tel: 01295 810189

The Stroke Club (Part of Age UK)

Caroline Seguro 01452/www.stroke.org.uk

Local Authorities

Chipping Norton Town Council

The Guild Hall, Chipping Norton OX7 5NJ

01608 642341 cntc@btconnect.com

Chipping Norton Visitor Point

19 High Street

(Mar-Sept. 01608 644379) (Oct-Feb 0199381327)

Chipping Norton War Memorial Hospital

Horse Fair OX7 5AJ Tel: 01608 648450

County Cllr Hilary Hibbert-Biles

H.Tel:01993 831822 / Mob:07793 935655

Hilary.biles@oxfordshire.gov.uk

District Councillor Eve Coles

Tel: 01608 643570 eve.coles@westoxon.gov.uk

District Councillor Patrick McHugh

Mob:07980 117405 patrick.mchugh@westoxon.gov.uk

District Councillor Annie Roy-Barker

Tel: 01608 644107 annie.roy-barker@westoxon.gov.uk

West Oxfordshire Council Offices

The Guildhall, Middle Row, OX7 5NH

Open: Mon – Thurs. 08:45 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 16:00

Fri. 08:45 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 16:00.

Oxfordshire County Council

County Hall New Road OX1 1ND

Tel: 01865 792422

Children & Youngsters

Chipping Norton Air Training Corps

Steve Taylor 01608 641299

Chipping Norton Army Cadets

Clare Watts 07383233272

Chipping Norton Brownies 1st CN

Tracey Shadbolt Tel: 01608 645563

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Children & Youngsters

Chipping Norton Crusaders (11-13)

David Radcliffe Tel: 01993 831472

Chipping Norton Crusaders (14+)

David Radcliffe Tel: 01608 646202

Chipping Norton Guides 1st CN

Tracey Shadbolt Tel: 01608 645563

6th Chipping Norton Scout Group

Gp.Scout leader: Ian Bushrod

and

Explorer Scout Unit

Brian Sargent: brian@bsargent.me.uk

Chipping Norton CN Rainbows

Alison Dunbar Tel: 01608 644480

Chipping Norton Pre-School

Tel: 01608 643376

Chipping Norton St Mary’s Toddler Group

Julie Jennings Tel: 01608 643796

Churchill Play Group

Tel: 01608 659502

Noah’s Ark Toddler Group

Justine Fowler Tel: 01608 659853

Children’s Art Club (ages 4-12)

After school, Saturdays and holidays

Gill Parkes: 01386 700991

Methodist Junior Church Club

Sec: 01608 643847

Monkey Music (pre-school music classes)

Tues. afternoons 01242 890200 or

Sian.ferris@monkeymusic.co.uk

WE NEED HELP PLEASE

with delivering Chipping Norton Times.

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Local Clubs, Societies, Associations & Charities

Chipping Norton Times is produced and delivered almost

entirely by volunteers, eleven times a year. We publish

community information (such as local events, fundraising, club

news and items sent in by our local schools) entirely free of

charge, and feedback tells us that this works very well,

increasing public awareness and attendance and, importantly,

fundraising opportunities.

We rely entirely on commercial advertising to meet our bills

(i.e. our designer and our printers), and we ask the local

communities to help with deliveries within their areas. This

makes a lot of sense as:-

• local people know their communities

• some groups already deliver around the community or have

established drop-off points

• newcomers ofen appreciate the opportunity to get out and

meet their neighbours, find out about local issues, etc.

• we can keep these community magazines available to

everyone and free of charge.

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Key Information

Childline 0800 11 11

Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111

Chipping Norton Police Station

London Road, OX7 5AW Tel: 0845 8505505

Chipping Norton West Street Surgery

West Street OX7 5AA

Appointments Tel: 01608 642529

Prescriptions Tel: 01608 645999

All Other Calls Tel: 01608 644655

Chipping Norton White House Surgery

Horse Fair OX7 5AL

Appointments Tel: 01608 642742

tony.love@gp-k84039.nhs.uk

First Responders (St John’s Ambulance)

Tel: 01865 378228 countyhq@oxfordshire.sja.org.uk

www.sja.org.uk

N.Cots.District, Community First Responders,

meet at Notgrove Training Centre, SJA, Bourton-O-T-Water

3rd Monday/M at 7-30pm.

You can train to be a CFR in this area,

Tel. William Warmington 01608 651886

John Radcliffe Hospital Casualty

01608 644655

N Cotswold St John Ambulance & St John Cadets

(from age 10) Meets at Bourton 7-9pm Thurs 01451 820570

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Business Associations & Groups

British Heart Foundation

John Hunt Tel: 01608 642556

Breathe Easy Groups (British Lung Foundation)

01451 822102/810520

CHART-Transport Group

Eve Coles, 01608 643570

Chipping Norton Leisure Centre

Burford Road OX7 5DY Tel: 01993 861951

euen.kennedy@westoxon.gov.uk

Chipping Norton ‘The Lido’

Tel: 01608 643188 Email:info@chippylido.co.uk

Cotswold Volunteers (a local charity helping disadvantaged people)

Jane Winstanley CEO 01285 658802

jane@sc-vs.com

Gateway Club (social club for learning disabled adults)

2nd & 4th Weds/M at Rugby Club, Greystones, 7-9 pm.

Sara McCrea, 01608 683334, Jane Nolan, 01608 643855

Lawrence Home Nursing Team

Jenny Nolan, 01608 641549

Mind in Chipping Norton (people with mental health difficulties)

Di Taylor, 01608 645296

mindinchippingnorton@oxfordshire-mind.org.uk

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Carol Owen, 01993 880099

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind

Bradbury Lodge OX1 4XL.

Tel: 01865 725585

Hailcorns Tenants & Residents Association

Keith Clandfield, 01608 642327

National Childbirth Trust

Tel; 0870 444 8707

N Cotswold Community Radio

Old Police Station, Chipping Campden,

www.nothcotswoldonline.com

N.Cotswolds Friendship Centre (Within Age UK)

1st Wed monthly. Colin: 01993 842820/01608 650868.

colmar@oxon1939.fsnet.co.uk

N Cotswold Support Gp – Parkinson’s UK

Mike Winter 01451 831194

RNLI Chipping Norton Branch

Mike Howes Tel: 01608 642423

Save the Children Fund

Catherine Kimmance Tel: 01295 810189

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Local Business Directory

Stow Times, Moreton Times, Bourton Times and Chipping Norton Times new BUSINESS DIRECTORY.

Animals & Pets

DIAL-A-DOG-WASH Mobile Grooming Parlour

01993 845360 / 07754 039665

Dog Walking/ Sitting Service

Telephone Carol 01451 820661

Accommodation

TREE TOPS GUEST HOUSE (Liz & Brian Dean)

Secluded B&B; 5 mins from train station & Moreton town centre

LONDON ROAD, MORETON IN MARSH 01608 651036

3* Tourist Board Approved B&B, Bourton O/T Water

Lin Stevens 07740 805250. “Comfortable & friendly”

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

GRIMEBUSTERS 01993 868924/ 07778 298312

Professional service at unbeatable rates

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DEREK BROOKES MSSCh,MBCPA,HPCReg

For all your foot health needs. 01451 822540

Clothes & Curtain/Alterations

BERNIE’S ALTERATIONS – 35 yrs experience

Tel 01451 833831 or 07768 305427

How to Use a SEWING MACHINE or How to Make

Curtains, Cushions, Blinds or Clothes

www.sewing-tuition.co.uk•Ring Sue on 01608 644877

Florist

ALLIUM FLORIST www.alliumflorist.co.uk

More than just Flowers

1 Oxford Street, Moreton-in-marsh, GL56 0LA Tel 01608 650630

Stow Roses – The Flower Shop

01451 832277 www.stowroses.co.uk

Hair & Beauty

BELLISSIMA BEAUTY Treatments and make-up for all occasions.

01451 810489/07780 684134 www.bellissima-beauty.co.uk

Health & Fitness

PHYSIOTHERAPY – Orthopaedic & sports injury specialists.

MCSP HPC Reg. Spinal & joint pain. Acupuncture.

Bourton-on-the-Water. 01451 822660

PILATES 4 U - Tel Robert - 07500 188 445

Bourton on the Water, Northleach, Aldsworth, Wyck Rissington

House & Home

J.BRYER CARPETS

Carpets supplied & fitted at below shop prices.

Shop at Home Service. www.jbryercarpets.co.uk

Call: 0790 9991216any time.

Learning & Tuition

ITALIAN LESSONS IN CHIPPING CAMPDEN

www.italianlanguageschool.co.uk 01386 849156

Marquees

COTSWOLD MARQUEES LTD

Tel 01608 686900

www.cotswoldmarquees.co.uk

Music

PIANO/SINGING TUITION EXPERIENCED TEACHER

Adult & Young Pupils Welcome 01608 642025

www.raymondhead.com E:raymondhead@aol.com

Pest Control Services

MIKE VICKERS PEST & MOLE CONTROL Domestic,

Commercial, Agricultural Tel 01608 642531/07788 668740

info@molecatchermick.co.uk

Property & Garden Services

Batsford Timber Ltd – Fencing & Sheds

01608 651096. www.batsfordtimber.co.uk

Brian Halling - Window Cleaner

01608 651406 | 07969 934230

Dovedale Services – Mowing/Landscaping/Decorating

Mark Penfold 01386 700165/07811 217043

FREEMAN & GREEN. General Builders. 01608 644933

07884170909/ 07903800555 e: freemangreen@yahoo.co.uk

TREE CONNECTION.CO.UK - Climbing tree surgeon

Fully insured & qualified. Free quotes.

07588417514 (E)connectwithtrees@yahoo.co.uk

Professional Services

Just Wills - Will Writing Service.

Your instructions are taken in the comfort of your own home.

From £47.50 single will £80 joint/will. No payment until your will

is produced. 01608 643142 or insall@btinternet.com

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8-seater – 01993 822271

Local - Long distance - Airports

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Tel 0777 993 9415 www.mhtaxis.com

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John Whateley 01386 701806/07855 824 788

STOW TAXI SERVICE – 07887 714047

info@stow-on-the-wold-taxi-service.co.uk

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