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John Riches, 01327 857703

fish & chips: The Fish & Chip supper evening on the village green was very successful and enjoyed by all who came along, helped by the weather which, although not as warm as predicted, was at least dry. The fish and chips cooked in a specialist catering van were, once again, superb and there was a delicious array of desserts on offer for those that had the room.

We had around 115 villagers with their families and friends, around 25 of whom were children. The children entertained themselves with cricket, chalk drawing and riding their bikes while the adults enjoyed the Hookey and the chat. The evening made an amazing £609.52 profit towards the refurbishment of the Old School, our village hall.


Marian Mason, 01296 713457

Safari supper: Once again our annual Safari Supper was blessed with a perfect June evening last Saturday. A happy gathering of villagers met at the first venue to commence the evening with delicious canapes and with the help of glasses of wine the evening started with a swing. For the first time we had some glamorous young waitresses (young daughters of members of the Village Hall Committee) who tended to our every needs.

Following this happy start the guests made their way to the Village Hall for an impressive main course. The centre attraction being a whole dressed salmon supplied by Andy Judge of The Old Thatched Inn. A lot of chatter and fun ensued and the raffle was drawn before the happy party went on to the next stop for the final course of mouth watering desserts. The evening ended at The Old Thatch for coffee by courtesy, again of Andy.

Thanks must go to all members of the Village Hall Committee who organized the event and provided the food. Also thank you to those who generously lent their homes and gardens. A perfect village evening.


Ivy Cakebread, 01280 813279

cream teas: Our Parish Church at Stowe will be serving cream teas on the last three Sundays in July (17, 24 and 31).

The price will be £4 and the church will be serving these from 1pm to 5pm. Proceeds will be going towards the Roof and Restoration Appeal.

In August this will again be happening on Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday when there will be various stalls as well and a Songs of Praise service at 5pm on the Sunday.


Susanne Winterbottom

all gas and gaiters: Following their recent successes with ‘Tears of Laughter’ and ‘Hearts and Darts’, the ever popular Old Gaolers Drama Group will be holding an entertaining light-hearted evening of readings, extracts and song covering matters clerical on Friday, July 8. This will be in Holy Trinity Church starting at 7.30pm, tickets £5 available on the door. Refreshments will be available.

Songs of praise: On July 17 at 4pm there will be afternoon tea followed by Songs of Praise at 5.30pm. Please come and enjoy the display in church and the tea. Choose a hymn from your own wedding service to be sung at this special service. Let a member of the PCC or Ros Roberts know, by calling 01280 813162

messy church: Takes place on Thursday, July 21. Held every third Thursday of the month from 4pm to 5.30pm in Holy Trinity church. Come and join one of these informal sessions, aimed at all ages (children must be accompanied by adult). A chance to enjoy crafts, games, prayers, songs and stories with refreshments available. Bring an apron or old shirt, as some sessions can be a bit messy. For more information contact Revd. Ros on 01280 813162 or, or Nancy Hopewell on 01280 813385.

coffee and chat: Come to Holy Trinity church on Friday July 22, between 10.30am and 12noon for a coffee and chat with friends.

church: Church Services at Holy Trinity Church for July:

Sunday, July 10: 8am – BCP Holy Communion

Sunday, July 17: 5.30pm – Wedding Celebration Songs of Praise

Sunday, July 24: 11am – Family Service

Gawcott Methodist Chapel will be holding services at 6pm on Sundays. These are led by different ministers.

Sunday, July 10 – Rev. Stephen Fisher

Sunday, July 17 – Rev. Paul Howes

Sunday, July 24 – Alan Peters

Sunday, July 31 – Rev. Colin Jackson

Great Horwood

Patricia Rudkin, 01296 712930

fete: Great Horwood Church Fete Was held last Saturday and what a wonderful day. The new venue on the Village Green was central and this attracted passers-by. The sun shone brilliantly and the stalls around the green were busy all afternoon.

The best place to be, on this very hot sunny afternoon, was in the church enjoying a cream tea/ The Church was cool and welcoming and the tea ladies were kept busy.

There was a plant stall at the fete and it was blooming marvellous.

cat show: Schedules for the annual championship Siamese and moggie cat show are on

The closing date for entries is July 12 and the show takes place at Wendover Memorial Hall on August 6.

Anyone interested in having a stall at the show contact Patricia Rudkin on 01296 712930 or email

Sunbeams: Sunbeams is a children’s service, which takes place on the second Tuesday in the month, apart from school holidays. If you have a child from 0-5 years, under school age you would be more than welcome to join us. We read a story, sing songs and always make something to take home.

As usual we shall be meeting in St James’ Church. so we can make use of the new kitchen and loo facilities, not forgetting the installed new heating system. Refreshments are also available.

The next meeting will be July 12. For more details contact Sue Brazier on 01296 714712

band: Great Horwood Silver Band has a busy summer planned. Don’t forget the Training Band will be giving a concert in Great Horwood Village Hall on Sunday at 3pm. Admission will be by donation and a raffle will be held. Tea coffee and biscuits will also be available.

The Training Band will play an interesting programme including some solo pieces. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to hear these talented people, who have been practising hard for this concert. The following concerts are also planned:

Sunday July 17: Beachampton Village Fete in the Bell Public House Gardens and Paddock from 2pm.

Saturday, July 23: Aston Abbotts Fete

Monday, August 29: Winslow Show

Sunday, September 4: The Bandstand in Parsons Close Park, Leighton Buzzard.

Saturday, September 24: The Old Gaol in Buckingham from 10.30 am.

Safari supper: Takes place on October 1, with proceeds going to Great Horwood Village Hall. Great Horwood Village Hall management committee will be using the same format as last year, starting with canapés and a glass of fizz in the Village Hall, then moving on to various hosts homes for dinner and then back to the Village Hall for the dessert and coffee.

The evening provided an excellent forum for meeting new village residents and seeing friends, as well as enjoying some fabulous food. We are seeking volunteers to provide canapés or desserts, also dinner hosts. If there is anyone interested in hosting six to eight dinner guests in their home or providing canapés or desserts, contact Susan Mosier on 01296 715336 or email

An early indication of interest will help us determine the maximum number of tickets we can sell. For those of you who wish to attend, there will be a limit of 40 tickets at £15 each and this includes a glass of fizz, canapés, a main course with wine, dessert and coffee. There will also be a cash bar in the Village Hall.

THE VILLAGE BALL: Will be held in Great Horwood Village Hall on Saturday, July 16, starting at 7.30pm. The ticket price of £15 includes supper.

During the evening the winner of the signed car part auction will be announced. Tickets for the Ball are on sale from June Margaerrison at 5, Wigwell Gardens or by calling 01296 714554.

great horwood wi: It was a very busy May meeting, we had our usual raffle, bring and buy stall and in addition to the regular Women’s Institute business, a vote on the resolutions going forward to the National Federation’s AGM, which this year is being held in Liverpool.

We voted in favour of the two resolutions : the opposition to Mega farms and closure of local libraries.

There was also an assortment of vegetable and flower plants to swap or buy, with advice from some members on how to care from them.

Our speaker Jean Dale had decided that this would be her last talk and as a memento for her and her family, a video was made of the event. A friend, and experienced BBC, outside broadcast cameraman set up cameras and lights, so we were all on our best behaviour as he filmed.

She led us through her life as photographer from the age of 14, photographing everyday life on her parent’s farm, to the near octogenarian she is today. She had now embraced the digital age. She was ambitious and experimental, making a name for herself as a wedding/christening/family photographer.

When she started out in the fifties she travelled to venues on a motorcycle and used her mother’s airing cupboard as a dark room. In later years, Jean, had her own photography shop and studio in Winslow. She displayed a vast array of her work and dropped hints of how to capture ‘the moment’.

Our June meeting sees us venturing into the great outdoors with a walk around the outside of Stowe Landscape Gardens on their new cycle path.

Closer to hone we have planned a walk around Great Horwood and Singleborough, that will include the Nature Reserve in Pilch Lane and visit the trees we planted in 2000.

We are also looking forward to our evening at Boycott Farm for a tractor and trailer ride with a talk about the animals. This will be followed by a meal in the restaurant.

We meet on the second Tuesday in the month. For more information about what is coming up, contact Val Smith 01296 711551

parish council: The next parish council meeting will take place on Monday, July 11, at 7:30pm in Great Horwood Village Hall.

Also if you have any items that you would like to bring to the councils attention at any time please contact either the clerk or any councillor.

Meetings are open to all and held every second Monday in the month at 7.30pm.

Contact the parish clerk Karen Francis on 01296 712941 or via email at

Little Horwood

Chrissie Beckett, 01296 712436

Shoeboxes: Thank you all the deliveries this week. Search your cupboards for any wool and material scraps as well as old calendars and blank paper. If you are unable to deliver, please ring me and I’ll collect as soon as I am able.

Please look out for soft toys and small vehicles if you go to any fetes or sales as we are always running short of these items. Thank you.

fete: Little Horwood Church Fete takes place tomorrow at 2.30pm. Come and join us all at the Rec, behind the church. The car park will be well signposted and you drive up by the side of the Shoulder of Mutton Pub.

There will be all the usual stalls, including the superb teas with delicious sandwiches and cakes; always enough to feed everyone and of course the famous Jumble marquee where we look forward to seeing all our regular visitors for our annual catch up on news. We would love to welcome newcomers too, so even if you have never been to a Jumble sale, this is your opportunity for a taster. Great bargains at very low prices. We are always glad of donations for the stalls, plants, chutneys, produce, cakes, bric-a-brac,jumble, raffle, Nearly New and bottles.

mursley church flower festival: Mursley Church Flower Festival takes place on saturday and Sunday between 11am and 5pm at St Mary the Virgin Church, Main Street, Mursley.

Enjoy flower arrangements on a theme of ‘Our Favourite Hymns’. Donations from your visit will go towards maintenance of this 14th century Church building. Refreshments will be available.

songs of praise: You are all are warmly invited to join us with Secklow Brass Ensemble for a Songs of Praise service on Sunday at 6pm in Mursley Church.

This will be a celebration finale to the Flower Festival. The main sponsor for this event is Mursley Skips.

prayer for healing: A small group meets informally on the first Tuesday of every month from 10am for one hour in the rectory Rooms, Main street, Mursley, to pray for healing for those who are ill. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether seeking prayer for themselves or on behalf of another, or just because you would like to be part of this ministry.

interactive service: To be held at Little Horwood Church on Sunday, September 4. These services led by parents of younger children are going from strength to strength.

church services: Sunday, July 10: Little Horwood Holy Communion at 9.30am

Mursley Songs of Praise with Secklow Brass Band at 6pm

Swanbourne Holy Communion at 11am

Newton Longville Holy Communion at 11am

Drayton Parslow Family Service at 10am

Maids Moreton

Anita Matthews, 01280 814358

st edmunds church: On Sunday there is a Service of Village Worship and Holy Communion at 10.30am. Searchlights should meet at Maids Moreton School. In the evening there is a service of Prayer and Praise at 6pm.

whist drive: There is a Whist Drive tonight at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

summer barbecue: By popular demand the annual Summer Barbeque will be held in Maids Moreton in the grounds of St Edmunds’s Church tonight from 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to this barbeque and it is free of charge although you are invited to make a contribution to a charity ‘Service of Hope’ which helps the street children of Brazil.

For catering purposes it would be really helpful if you could call one of these numbers to let them know you would like to attend Sheila on 812868 Georgie on 815317 or Nicki on 822341.


Sue Wrigley, 01280 814199

fete: Padbury School presents The Amazing Summer Circus Fete tomorrow from 2pm to 5 pm in the school grounds.

This is a school fete like no other – a ‘Circus Skills’ workshop and show, BBQ and beer from 1pm, bouncy slide, sumo suits, stalls, coconut shy, cheerleaders, face painting, beat the goalie, plus lots of other attractions and don’t forget that there will also be a prize for the best fancy dress.

Children come in free (please note that all children must be supervised) and adult entrance is just £2. Don’t miss this exciting event!

village barn dance: You will surely have seen all the boards at the top of the village announcing various events coming up in this area and one of these is the very popular Padbury Village Barn Dance, this year being held as a joint venture between the Tennis Club, Ali’s Dream and Padbury School.

There is a live band, a licensed bar and a barbecue and it’s happening tomorrow evening at Padbury Hill Farm courtesy of Justin and Sue Farrington Smith (many thanks to them). Tickets are £7 for adults, £4 for a child or £20 for a family – if there are any left of course. Please contact either Sarah Morris on 01280 816262 or Nicki Hole on 01280 813087 for availability.

quiz night: Come along to the Quiz Night this Sunday evening at the New Inn. It starts at 8pm with lots of good company, free nibbles and erudite questions from Quizmaster Bob Pizzala.

You don’t need to be part of a group, just join in on an existing table. It’s all good fun.

flowers and cakes open day: Willow & Thyme Floristry and Passionflour Bakery (otherwise known as Julie Wrigley, Louise Smith) invite you to their two day open house event at Gore Lodge, Padbury (on the main A413 opposite the New Inn) on Tuesday, July 12 from 9am to 3pm and 7pm to 9pm and Wednesday, July 13 from 9am to 3pm.

Come and enjoy their selection of beautiful homemade cakes and fresh flowers with all profits going to their Great North Run Charities, CLIC Sargent, and Breast Cancer Care. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served in vintage china.

This is a bit different for the village so do go along and support this event.

garden club: The Adstock & Padbury Garden Club’s next summer outing is to Chivel Farm, Heythrop, on Tuesday, July 12. This is about four miles from Chipping Norton and for those of you using satnav, the postcode is OX7 5TR.

Meet there at 2.30pm and all are welcome but names please to Lynda Wood on 01296 730518.

padbury women’s institute: The The WI’s meeting on Thursday, July 14 in the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm will be in two parts. Sue Paxton will give her report on the National AGM and then the speaker, Elaine Goss, will show members how to make Corn Dollies. The person making the best corn dolly will win this month’s competition so get practising.

On the following day, the annual outing is to Waddesdon Manor to look round the house and garden. Visitors are always welcome to come along to the meetings held on the second

Thursday of each month at the Village Hall. The club has a break in August, but will be back again in September and if you would like further information, contact the secretary, Kathie Cresswell on 01280 816387 or the President Sue Paxton on 01280 815289.

coffee morning: There is a coffee morning at my house, The Well House, Lower Way, Padbury, on Friday, July 15 from 10.30am.

Everyone is welcome and if I get my act together, there might even be some home made cakes and of course a raffle. Proceeds go to St Mary’s church.

padbury produce show: The schedule of classes at the Padbury Produce Show in September will be out this week with the new edition of the Padbury Pump (the village magazine) so there is plenty of time to decide what to enter. Tips for Exhibitors also feature in the magazine – might prove useful.

Whist drive: Another whist drive in aid of village hall funds is being held tomorrow starting at 7.30pm.

The last one proved popular so do come along and join in.

Further details can be obtained from Shirley Lafford on 01280 812535.

bingo & 100-1 club: Tonight there will be bingo in the Village Hall as well as the monthly 100-1 Club draw. Prizes this time are £50 and £25.

Any donations of raffle prizes would be very much appreciated – contact Shirley as above.


Doody Hough, 001296 728161

whist drive: Friends and Neighbours will be holding a Whist Drive in Swanbourne Village Hall on Monday, July 11 at 1.45pm. Everyone is welcome. For more information please contact Babs Knight on 01296 720465 or Grace Blake on 01296 728604.


Deborah Gregory, 07810311420

concert: Empty Rooms Promotions 150th concert is tonight, featuring Redlands Palomino Company, Case Hardin, The Hi and Lo, and The Rosellys. It will take place at Tingewick Village Hall from 6pm (note the early start).

Tickets are £12 in advance, £14 on the door, and are available from The Duke’s Music, 24 Market Hill, Buckingham, The Royal Oak in Tingewick or from For more information, visit

This event is in association with our friends from Clubhouse Records, visit to find out more information.

evening prayer: On Sunday at 6pm in St Mary Magdalen Church, Tingewick.

church: The second ‘Music in the Garden’ took place on Saturday, June 11 against a weather forecast that threatened a rainy evening. We were able to enjoy the expansive gardens of Marianne and Brian Speed and we are most grateful for their support. Also as last year, the entertainment was provided by the Winslow Concert Band.

I must admit to some considerable anxiety about the weather, but providence triumphed and everyone enjoyed a dry evening accompanied by a beautiful sunset. The evening finished as initiated last year by Graham Seabrook with a Conga around the lawn.

The estimated attendance was 110, excluding date clashing with the Le Mans 24 hour race, which has some regular followers in the village.

A preliminary estimate of the surplus generated for the Church Building Fund is around £900, which is good bearing in mind that costs were up by around £400, as last year both the Band and the drinks for the ‘Parson’s Bar’ were gifted.

But fundraising was not the only purpose of the evening, which was also to have a good time and to build community in the village. My thanks to those who organised the event and who supported it.

Dale Nelson and a squad of American service personnel from the Croughton base brought enthusiasm and muscle to work on the exterior of Saint Mary Magdalen.

They installed a new aluminium ladder at the top of the tower, to replace the rotten wooden one, checked the guttering for blockages and removed built up weeds and soil around the base of the north wall that will enable rain water to drain away and reduce any dampness in the walls.

Forward dates for the diary: July 16, Village Fete & Beer Festival; July 25, Patronal Festival at 11.15am at Saint Mary Magdalen; September 10, Safari Supper; October 9, Village Harvest Supper at the Village Hall late pm.

tingewick whist drive: To be held on Wednesday, July 13, 7.30pm start at Tingewick Village Hall. Contact Herby Taylor on 01280 847088.

tingewick & water stratford horticultural society: On Saturday, July 16 the Tingewick Beer Festival will take place. Come and see our plants for sale and Indian Cuisine take away food for sale.

Would anyone that has spare plants and would like to donate them please bring them along on the day. We will be about from 10am onwards.

On Sunday, July 31: Windsor Great Park Garden Visit – coach trip to Savill Gardens at Windsor. Contact Linda Rogers on 01280 848400 for further details.

On Friday, August 5: Flower Arranging – Demonstration and workshop, £5 (£4.40 members), please check with Linda for materials required.

On Saturday, August 27: 87th Summer Show – Annual Summer Show, handicraft, flowers, vegetables, photos, cakes and things to eat and drink. Schedules are now available in the post office.

On Sunday, October 16: Thenford Arboretum, Banbury – Garden of Lord and Lady Heseltine £10 entrance to garden. Please book with Linda.

roundwood: Thank you to everyone who came along to support the school fete on June 11. Despite the forecast, we were lucky with the weather again and the rain held off until the late afternoon.

Everyone enjoyed the dancing, gymnastics, and drumming displays and it was a chance for our new head, Alan East, to meet parents before he takes over from Mrs Chandler in September.

The children went out and about quite a lot in June, with visits to Stowe Gardens, Quainton Railway Centre, Sulgrave Manor, and the Shortenills Residential Trip for Year 4, as well as our sports teams and choir continuing to perform well.

Coming up before the end of term we have Year 5 taking part in the Science Fair at the Royal Latin and in July we will be holding Sports Days and an Open Afternoon for parents to come into school to see the work their children have done over the year.

This will be a special end-of-term for Roundwood as for the first time we will be saying goodbye to children leaving the senior school, we wish them the very best of luck in their futures.

tingewick fete & beer festival: On Saturday, July 16 from 1-5pm, with the official opening by John Bercow at pm. It will be held in a field Water Stratford Road, immediately opposite the recreation ground.

We will have the dog show and birds of prey, a classic car display, crockery smashing, tug of war, inflatable assault course, welly throwing, and a host of other stalls. Plus a pig roast, beer and Pimms, a BBQ, Indian food, and a tea tent with home-made cakes.

classic cars: Tingewick Annual Classic Car Show will take place on Saturday, July 16 from 1-5pm on the Water Stratford Road, Tingewick.

If you have a classic or vintage vehicle please come and share it at our fantastic classic car show. There’s oodles of space for all types of vehicles – last year there were vintage tractors, motorbikes and even a motorised bicycle as well as nearly 100 fabulous classic and vintage cars.

Let’s see if we can get more than 100 cars this year. There will be the infamous tricky classic car quiz to have a go at, as well as ‘The most popular exhibit’ as voted by the public.

All exhibits are given a warm welcome – this will be the fifth Car Show to be held at the Tingewick Fete and Beer Festival and they just keep on getting better. Want to bring a vehicle along?

Just turn up on the day from 12.30pm, or call Kate on 01280 847077 for more details.

rosemary & Friends: Are holding the usual cake stall at the Beer Festival in Tingewick on Saturday, July 16 in aid of Buckingham Hospital. So, once again if you’d like to make a cake for us that would be great. Last year we raised £163, so let’s help our Buckingham Hospital again.


Anne Knight

Silson singers sommer concert: The singers will be performing at 7.30pm on July 20 in St Mary’s Church. Admission is £3 (£1 for children) on the door and all profits will go to church funds.

ancient ridgeway talk: The next regular meeting of Whittlebury WI this year is on Thursday, July 14 and the subject of the guest presentation is ’The Ancient Ridgeway’. It will be a 7.30pm start at the Reading Room with refreshments afterwards. Visitors welcome.

gardening club outing: The Gardening Club annual outing on July 16 is a coach trip to the 360-acre RHS Hyde Hall estate in Essex with its lovely garden, and it promises to be a great day. The cost is £15 per person. For any further details contact Deb Heaphy on 01327 855989.

reading room hug: Villagers are invited to come along to the next meeting of the Reading Room Hug on Tuesday, July 12 at 8.30pm in the Kingston Room of the Reading Room.

If the Hug hasn’t touched you yet, its aim is to raise funds to renovate and modernize The Reading Room as well as to provide events for villagers to get together.

If you can’t make it but have ideas, time or skills you can offer, please contact Mike Thomas on or phone 07747 518363.

The photographic competition will now take place on Sunday, July 31 with the exhibition of entries taking place on Saturday, August 13.

Further details to be released shortly on the Village Web site