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December 2014/
January 2015
Talking Point
From the earliest times one of the ti-­
tles of the Child Jesus we remember at Christmas has been Prince of Peace. Think of ‘Hark the Herald An-­
gels sing’ with its line “Hail, the heaven born Prince of Peace…” and, in the rather less famous ‘It came upon the midnight clear’, "Peace on the earth, good will to men…” Later in that same carol and perhaps more realistically we find the words “And man and war with man hears not the tidings that they bring, Oh hush your noise ye men of strife….”
The message of peace is hard to hear in our world at present. There is so much conflict…so much misunder-­
standing and so much determination to apportion blame. Earlier in the year I met at the Abbey the uncle of the young man, John Cantlie, who is being held captive by Islamic State and has, according to their broadcasts, been converted and speaks for them. What impressed me greatly in this meeting was the determination of John’s uncle to pray not only for his nephew and other western hostages but also for the many, many Muslims who are also held captive by IS and other militant Islamic groups.
Christianity and Islam are both reli-­
gions whose scriptures teach peace but whose extreme followers can be so obsessive about preserving what they see as “truth” that they come to believe those who oppose them must be wiped out. Time and again through-­
out history this kind of attitude towards religion has been at the root of conflict and violence. I don’t think that this invalidates either belief or scripture in either religion but it gives those of us who believe and proclaim those reli-­
gions a very particular responsibility to speak out against injustice and to work so that the members of our own faiths – particularly those who are young and impressionable – understand enough not to be persuaded by extremists and fanatics. Recently many Imams in Britain have signed an open letter to their people which includes the following passage:
“The scale of the humanitarian dis-­
aster in Syria and the escalating violence in Iraq calls for an unprece-­
dented response. As we near the end of the first week of Ramadan our message is simple, we have come together to urge British Muslim communities not to fall prey to any form of sectarian divisions or social discord”
I was fortunate to hear one of the signatories to this Open Letter, Imam Monawar Hussain, speak about his religion just recently. He spoke about the importance of un-­
derstanding the way the sacred writ-­
ings of Islam came to be written before one began to interpret them and the responsibility that teachers of the faith have to give clear expla-­
nations so that extreme interpreta-­
tions can be seen for what they are. I have been fortunate to work along-­
side Monawar in the past and, as ever, I was struck by the similarities between us and the possibilities for dialogue with respect between us as people of faith.
If there is to be any kind of Peace in our world then it must begin with dialogue and that must begin with you and I talking to people we find difficult or whose point of view is hard to understand because it is outside our experience. In this year, when we have marked the beginning of one of the greatest conflicts in our history, the dialogue that is required to achieve Peace, is surely worth the effort.
May you be blessed with a peaceful Christmas amongst your family, friends and neighbours and may we all work and pray for the future peace of our country and our world.
Revd. Canon Sue Booys
In this issue
Abbey Calendar
Abbey Carol Service
Abbey Christmas Cards
Abbey Tearoom
Allotment News
Berinsfield library
Children’s Christmas
Children’s Society boxes
Christmas Morning Service
Cornerstone Didcot
Culham Horticultural Society
DADS Love begins at fifty
Delicious Dinners
Dorchester Historical Society
Dorchester News deadline
Dorchester News online
Dorchester W.I.
Earth Trust Art Auction
Earth Trust events
From the Village Archive
From your County Councillor
From your MP
Inner Wheels’ thanks
Mobile Library
OCH Christmas Concert
PACT Carol Concert
Parish Council Notices
Parish Registers
Planning Update
Pre-school News
Refuse Collections
Regular Events
Royal British Legion Christ-­
mas Draw
Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
RRDA Concert
South Oxon Probus Club
Sinodun Players
Soldiers of Oxon Museum
St Birinus School News
Talking Point
Team Service
Urgent village notices
Village carol singing
Wallingford Corn Exchange
Wallingford Gardening Club
Wallingford Museum
Wallingford TWHAS
Wallingford U3A Your Parish Council
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Magazine Advertising Costs
Why not use this parish magazine to advertise your business, service, function, etc? There are ten issues per year with double issues in July/August and in Dec/Jan. The cost of advertising increased from February 2014 and the new rate is now shown. For an eighth of a page the cost is £11.75, for a quarter page £23.50, for a half page £35.25 and just £47.00 for a full page.
The communal lounge at Belcher Court is now available for rent. Contact the Scheme Manager, Caroline Major, on 01865 343128.
- Report any problems with a street light to 0800 317802, which is available 24 hours a day. Callers will be asked for the address of the site and the nature of the fault.
All charges are put towards the cost of the paper, printing and postage of copies being sent outside the village. You may supply your own advert or we can produce the advert and artwork for a fee.
Ring Oxfordshire Highways on 0845 3101111, available five days a week, with a 24-hour answering facility. Complaints can also be sent via e-mail to [email protected]
Should you wish to incorporate a logo or artwork, please supply a copy, preferably via e-mail: [email protected] One-time adverts, please send a cheque, payable to ‘Dorchester Abbey PCC’, to Nick Forman, Willoughby House, 73 High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames, OX10 7HN. B
Ring Thames Water for blocked drains on 0800 316 9800. Callers will be asked for the postcode of the address where the drains are blocked.
Any residents whose household rubbish is not collected on the due date (see page 25) should contact the contractor direct. The number to call is 03000 610610 and the website With some delight I am able to announce that Dorchester News is now available on the village website. So if you mislay your printed copy, need to look something up whilst away from home, or just need something to read on the train, go to the village website,, and click on the Dorchester News page. And there is a bonus in that photographs accompanying articles in the online version are in colour, wherever possible. My thanks go to the Parish Council and in particular to Sue Graney for getting this up and running. It does not mean that the printed version is any less important and ‘Free to every home in the parish’ as it says on the cover, means that the printed version will continue to be distributed.
Green Furlong, Berinsfield 01865 340771
Free Internet access. DVDs can be ordered.
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Tues, Wed, Fri 10.00 am –12.30 pm
Tues 2.00–7.00 pm
Weds, Thurs 2.00–5.30 pm
Fri 2.00–5.00 pm
Sat 10.00 am – 12.30 pm
Bus services are provided by Thames Travel: two 97 services to Didcot and Wallingford (M-S) and two 114 services to Abingdon and Wallingford (M-F) and Whites: (1 service to Didcot M-F). Timings are shown at the bus stops and also on line at and 01491 837988 and and 01865 340516. Information about bus services, both local and national, is available from, and 0871 200 2233, which also provides information about trains, London Underground and Overground and ferries throughout the UK. December is always a busy month as we head towards Christmas. There are a number of concerts in the Abbey: charity concerts, carol concerts, orchestral concerts. A number of them are highlighted in this issue, but go to p.26 for a full listing, including the Abbey’s own Carol Service on the 21st. Once past the New Year, January is not always so convivial. If the weather turns worse, then, and get icy or snowy, don’t forget to look out for your neighbours and make sure that everyone in the village is okay. Ian Brace
D -A-R Door to door minibus service for shopping trips. For information please contact 0845 310 1111.
Useful Information
To report a non-emergency crime, or to give information to Thames Valley Police, please call 101 Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. In the event of an emergency dial 999
Free loan of wheelchairs and electric scooters to people who need them for shopping in Oxford. For information please ring 01865 248737.
Dial 111 to access urgent local NHS health care services. The NHS111 team will, where possible, book you an appointment or transfer you directly to the people you need to speak to or send an ambulance if they think you need one. (For non urgent health needs you should contact your GP in the usual way)
The Parish Clerk is Geoffrey Russell of The Pigeons (next to The Fleur de Lys), High Street, Dorchester on Thames OX10 7HH;; 01865 340759 (during normal office hours, please, unless an emergency);; [email protected] More information about the village is available at:
The Minor Injuries Unit at Abingdon Hospital, Marcham Road, is available every day from 10.00 am to 10.30 pm: 01865 425161.
Dorchester News December 2014/January 2015
From the Rectory...
Sunday 30 November is Advent Sunday and we plan to have a special celebration of Advent with communion for all the family. I do hope you can join us to light the first candle on the Advent Wreath and set the Posada on its journey around the village.
In the evening at 6pm there will be a service of Advent Carols with prayers for those persecuted for their faith. I do hope you will join us.
The Bishop of Dorchester will conduct a service of Confir-­
mation at 6pm on Sunday 7 December. Do come and support those from the Team and further afield who are being confirmed.
PACT Carol Concert
Back by popular demand, PACT’s annual carol concert is being held at Dorchester Abbey on Sunday 14 December. There will be a children’s tea party from 5pm-6pm with fun activities for the children and refreshments for all. This will be followed by the carol concert at 6pm-7:30pm with per-­
formances from the Abbey Choir, Cranford House Junior Choir and professional soprano Erin Hughes as well as lots of opportunities for the congregation to join in for clas-­
sic Christmas carols.
The carol concert is free to attend but there will be a retir-­
ing collection to raise funds for therapeutic services for adopted and fostered children.
We look forward to seeing you there and encourage you to bring friends and the whole family to join in the festivi-­
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance via PACT’s website:
Tickets are limited so please don’t delay and register for tickets today.
Posada in the village
Look out for Posada through December, when Dorches-­
ter’s Mary and Joseph, travel to school and pre-school then from window to window towards the Abbey where they will finally arrive at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve.
Posada is an old Mexican tradition where young people dressed as Mary and Jo-­
seph travelled from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling peo-­
ple about the imminent arri-­
val of Jesus in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Modern day Posada uses nativity figures of Mary and Joseph who travel from place to place. This gives each ‘host’ the chance to create their own celebration reaching out to others with the real message of Christmas, making room for Jesus in their lives.
Abbey Carol Service
The Abbey Carol Service of nine lessons and carols will take place on Sunday 21 December at 6.00pm. Christmas Morning
A Service for the whole family
Families are particularly welcome on Christmas morning at 10.30am, and there will be the opportunity for those who wish to leave after the Peace. Children are invited to bring a present to show Reverend Sue.
Team Service
Sunday 28 December
will be held at Berinsfield, starting at the slightly later time of 11am.
Sunday 4 January
The Festival of Epiphany will be celebrated on 5th January, and a Sung Eucharist will replace our usual Morning Ser-­
vice. The preacher will be the Revd. Rupert Bursell, the former Chancellor of the Diocese.
Family Service for Candlemass
18 January at 3.30pm
Candlemass is a time of year when we have an oppor-­
tunity to remember the promises we make at Christen-­
ings. Everyone is invited to the Abbey for a special ser-­
vice. We will be inviting children who were baptised here for whom we have a current address. If a member of your family was baptised here you are warmly invited to attend.
Save these dates!
”Understanding St Paul and his Epistles” on Sunday evenings during Lent. Further details at the beginning of the year, in magazines and leaflets.
Dorchester Abbey Tearoom The results for 2014 are in ...
and they are tremendous.
A whopping £14,546.12 was our total this year plus a further £1,255.36 was raised by four village associations which makes the final sum a back-slapping
Many, many thanks to all our customers.
Dorchester News Online
You can now view Dorchester News online at the village website.
Go to and look on the Dorchester News page where you can download a pdf. The online version includes photographs in colour.
Steph Forman
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Christmas events in Dorchester
PACT Carol Concert
Have you registered for your free tickets yet?
Back by popular demand, PACT’s annual carol concert is being held once again at Dorchester Abbey on Sunday 14th December. There will be a children’s tea party from 5pm-6pm with fun activities for the children, refreshments for all and a perfor-­
mance by the jazz group, Queen Street Band. This will be followed by the carol concert at 6pm-7:30pm with performanc-­
es from the Abbey Choir, Cranford House Junior Choir and professional soprano Erin Hughes as well as lots of opportuni-­
ties for the congregation to join in for classic Christmas carols.
The carol concert is free to attend but there will be a retiring collection to raise funds for therapeutic services for adopted and fostered children. We look forward to seeing you there and encourage you to bring friends and the whole family to join in the festivities.
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance via PACT’s website:
Tickets are limited so please don’t delay and register for tickets today. Christmas Cards
These beautiful 12cm x12cm cards show Mary and Je-­
sus from the Nativity scene in the Shrine Chapel win-­
dow. They are colour printed on glossy quality card with ‘Happy Christmas’ inside and cost just £3.50 for 10.
To buy your cards complete the attached form and send it with payment to:
Steph Forman, 73 High St, Dorchester-on-Thames, OX10 7HN 01865 340434 [email protected] Orders are still being taken. Cards can also be bought from the back of the Abbey. I would like to order ………… packs of 10 Dorchester Abbey Christmas cards and envelopes @ £3.50 + p&p*. Please deliver to the address below:
Name .............................................. Contact telephone no:........................
Address ..................................................................................................
I enclose a cheque/cash for £………. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Dorchester Abbey PCC’ *Delivery in Dorchester-on-Thames free of charge.
Postage for: 1-3 packs £2;; 4-6 packs £3;; 7-16 packs £8
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Christmas events in Dorchester
Village Carol Singing Tuesday 16 December 6pm
Come and have great fun singing carols around the village with the Abbey choir to raise money for ABCD - Action Around Bethlehem Children with Disability.
We will meet outside The Fleur at 6pm and finish with mulled wine and mince pies.
All ages and talents welcome. Even if you can’t sing you can help by collecting money! Bring a torch and dress up warmly. Please email/phone if you intend to come—occasionally we call it off if the weather is dreadful.
Steph Forman
[email protected]
01865 340434
Christmas Concert at Dorchester Abbey
In support of the Oxford Children’s Hospital
Thursday 4 December 2014 at 7.30pm
Singing to celebrate success
Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse
We are delighted that Dorchester Abbey will be welcom-­
ing us on Monday evening, 8 December for a concert to celebrate the achievements of domestic abuse services in Oxfordshire, including the work of 1,000 trained front line Domestic Abuse Champions in the community and schools.
The concert is being arranged by Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse, a small local charity which works with partners including local councils, health, probation, fire and rescue and the police, to support and make safe those affected by domestic abuse.
The concert begins at 7.15pm, and the programme in-­
cludes carols, audience participation, soloists, Champi-­
ons' and Children's choirs and musicians. Tickets, at £5 for adults and £1 for children 12 and under, are available via the home page of the web-­
site, or alternatively ring 01865 815397 to book seats.
Tickets for the biennial Dorchester Abbey Christmas Concert in support of the Children’s Hospital are now selling fast. The concert will be the perfect start to the Christmas season.
You will be able to enjoy the glorious sounds of Winches-­
ter Cathedral Choir.
We are delighted to announce that the event will be at-­
tended by HRH The Earl of Wessex, KG GCVO who will be doing two readings during the concert. Other readers will be Laurence Fox, Joanna Trollope and Sam Waley Cohen.
Tickets are priced at £25, £50 and £70 to include drinks and canapés after the concert. To book tickets, please call 01865 743444 or e-mail [email protected] This will be the fifth concert for the Children’s Hospital. £200,000 has already been raised which has provided specialised equipment and facilities for children which the NHS is not able to finance.
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Dorchester on Thames
Historical Society
Wednesday 28 January at 7.30pm in Dorchester Vil-­
lage Hall (back room) when there will be a talk by Margot Metcalfe on ‘Poverty in Dorchester-on-Thames’.
This will be followed by a short AGM.
Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings. Gail Thomas
Allotment News
Following the AGM in September virtually all the rents and subscriptions for the forthcoming year have been collect-­
ed, so thank you to all those who have made prompt pay-­
ments. Also following the AGM and the request for “new blood” on the Committee, Karen Hadley has joined the Committee. The Allotment Society Committee is now:
Mark Townson
Edward Metcalfe
Karen Hadley
William Downey
Site Manager
Royal British Legion
Dorchester and District Branch
Poppy Appeal
Thank you to everyone who helped and bought Poppies this year, the centenary of the start of the First World War.
I will announce how much we raised in the next issue of the Dorchester News.
Our committee would also like to say a big thank you to Phil and Sally Greenaway who have volunteered to look after the garden around the War Memorial.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Simon Madden
Royal British Legion
Dorchester and District Branch
Annual Christmas Draw
Gil Symmonds
Colin Slaymaker has retired from the Committee after many years service as a key member of the Committee;; his work over the years is greatly appreciated. I recently gave a talk to the Dorchester Historical Society on “The History of the Dorchester-on-Thames Allotments and their changing role in the village over the centuries”. There used to be quite a number of allotments in various locations around the village, the number peaking during the First and Second World Wars. The site of the present allotments was known as the Hempcroft because many years ago (16th century onwards) hemp was grown there for making into hemp rope. In 1764 John Wallis of the Parish Workhouse paid for hemp seed and the digging up of ground which the parish rented. When the site was purchased by the Parish Council in 1950 the name was still the Hempcroft Allotments and this is in fact the name on the deeds of transfer. In the 1960s it was still known as the Hempcroft and it is unclear when this name fell into disuse. The Committee feels that it would be appropriate to resurrect this long established name to link the future of the allotments to their long history.
If you wish to contact the Allotment Committee to enquire about vacant plots etc please use the new e-mail address [email protected]
Edward Metcalfe
Children’s Society boxes
It has not been possible to collect the Children’s Socie-­
ty boxes. If you have one, could you please bring it in to the Co-op in the first two weeks of January.
Many thanks
The draw will take place in the George Hotel, Dorches-­
ter at 7pm on Wednesday 17 December, 2014.
Prizes include;;  Huge Christmas hamper
 Dinner for two at the George Hotel
 Dinner for two at the White Hart Hotel
 Voucher for Hair.
 Wines, spirits, chocolates and many other prizes.
Tickets 25p each or £1 per book from British Legion Members, The Co-op, Hair, The White Hart or The George.
Culham & District Horticultural Club
Meetings at the Abbey Guest House Dorchester-on-Thames at 7.30pm
Wednesday 21 January 2015 Trees - A Camera's Per-­
spective . The talk will takes us on a journey of the aes-­
thetic beauty of trees and an appreciation of their quali-­
ties by Richard Roslyn (Head Gardener, Blewbury Man-­
or) Membership is open to all those who have a keen inter-­
est in horticulture (annual subscription £15) and visitors are welcome at the meeting (donation £2). For more details contact 01235 850381 or [email protected]).
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Your Parish Council
Do you know what your Parish Council does and who the members are? As it is there to serve and represent the inter-­
ests of the whole community it is important you know the answers.
Each month I will be writing a column giving more details about the Parish Council, its day to day duties, recent pro-­
jects, local issues, responsibilities within the village, provision of facilities etc.
The current Parish Council is:
Margot Metcalfe Chair
Chris Hill Vice-Chair
Maurice Day
Ken Bryan
Mark Stevenson
Mike Hill
Sue Graney
Geoff Russell Clerk
We are all local residents, who meet on a monthly basis, and are fully committed to ensuring that Dorchester remains a safe and delightful place to live and work.
Any councillor may be contacted by email, via the Clerk, and regular updates are also on the new village website.
Sue Graney
South Oxfordshire Probus Club
Would you be interested in joining a thriving retired busi-­
ness professionals club?
The South Oxfordshire Probus Club was formed in May 2012 and now has 43 active members who are retired or semi retired having held senior positions in commerce, industry, public sector and academia. Meetings are held monthly on the first Wednesday of each month at the White Hart Hotel in Dorchester on Thames. Each meeting consists of an interesting talk and the subjects have in-­
cluded Crime on the Oxford Road, Canals of Oxfordshire, Bermuda Triangle, Met Man in the Antarctic, Oxford Uni-­
versity, Charles Dickens as a Social Reformer, Wildlife Gardening, Pendon Museum, Mount Everest, the Rail-­
ways of Oxfordshire and many others. Following the talk a quality two course lunch is served.
There are also social activities for members that have included trips to the BMW Cowley Mini Plant, Jaguar Cars, Culham Laboratory - Jet Taurus Project, Silverstone Vintage Racing Day, Golf Day, Morgan Cars, etc. There are also social events with partners that have included trips to the BBC, the Palace of Westminster, theatre trips, cruise on the Thames, country walks, etc. Next year trips to Bletchley Park, Warner Bros Studios, Honda Cars and the Diamond Light Project at Harwell are planned.
Probus is a great way to make new friends and acquaint-­
ances. If you are interested in joining then send an email to our Chairman [[email protected]] telling him about your professional background and interests.
Dorchester on Thames WI
December 2014 and January 2015
Merry Christmas to you all and health and happiness in 2015.
Forthcoming meetings:
Thursday 11 December 7.30pm in the Village Hall
Christmas Party - a social evening with Panto Dame Richard Westcott.
Finger refreshments and drinks will be provided.
Thursday 8 January at 2.30pm (afternoon meeting) in the Village Hall
Magical Tricks with Carl Pettman a fun way to end our festive celebrations.
Thursday 29 January New Year Lunch at the Fleur
Time 12.30pm
Cost £15 cheques payable to Dorchester-On-Thames WI
Menu details etc will be given at the meeting on 11 De-­
Remember to bring cash or your cheque book to the meeting.
Ladies if you are not a member yet, why not join? We'd love to welcome you.
President Linda Hender 01865 340032
Publicity Jill Love
01865 716557
The travelling fishmonger comes to Dorchester every Tuesday and will stop at the following:
10.30 - 10.50am in High Street near War Memorial
Editor’s note: If you like eating fish, please buy from this travelling fishmonger, as the quality is excellent. There is a danger, though, that he will stop coming to Dorchester if there is insufficient demand.
Alternate Thursdays, 10.40–11.15 am
Lay-by opposite the War Memorial
11 December, 8 January, 22 January
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The Dorchester Abbey Christmas Card
Sold in aid of Dorchester Abbey
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Dorchester Amateur Dramatics Society
Love begins at fifty
by Raymond Hopkins
The Debanks have been married for 28 years and Clive (Mark Williams) is approaching 50 and looking for some excitement. He has fond memories of his youth in the 1960s and wants to try and recapture it. His wife Anita (Rosemary Mills) is always busy with worthy committee meetings – or so we are led to believe – which take her out of the house on a regular basis. The plot hinges on a com-­
petition advertised in the local paper with the prize of a Caribbean cruise for the most happily married couple. Anita, unbeknown to Clive, enters this encouraged by her best friend Clair (Ann Winslet). Meanwhile Clive discovers the lonely hearts column in the same paper and decides to contact three ladies with a view to an affair. His best friend, Jack, (Mark Johnson) encourages him with a bet of £100. However, Jack does not rate Clive’s chances given his age and encourages him to don a Roy Orbison wig and dark glasses to meet his potential lovers.
Three women respond. Annabel (Rachel Winslet-Morris) is the first to arrive and, realising he is closer to her mother’s age, who is,a huge fan of Roy Orbison, leaves pretty promptly.
Mavis (Sue Kitson) then shows up under what turns out to be false pretences. She is selling Supervit tablets (left) guaran-­
teed to bring vim and vigour back to the most jaded individu-­
al whatever the problem. Finally Emily (Lucie Hall) turns up, blonde, glamourous and attractively shy and nervous. It is, for Clive at least, love at first sight.
Clive and Emily are together when Henry Clark (Geoff Russell) arrives;; a photographer from the local newspaper wanting photographs of the happy couple for the Caribbe-­
an cruise competition. He asks them to kiss for one of the photographs and has to leave them to it, astounded at how obviously in love they still are after 28 years of married life.
Not surprisingly perhaps, Anita’s committee meetings turn out to be an affair with Annabel’s father who left five years ago.
The Debanks win the competition but it is Clive and Emily who take up the cruise. Anita has gone off with her lover.
Tracy (Christine Jones) the Debanks’s daughter portrayed a suitably self-centred young woman with a crumbling mar-­
riage convincingly, as did Ann Winslet as Anita’s best friend Claire who was out to entrap poor Jack into marriage if she possibly could.
Three cast members stood out. Sue Kitson is a really good character actress and is always good to see in a cast list. So too is Rachel Winslet-Morris. In a relatively small part this time, she always manages to be totally watchable. Lucie Hall looked and acted the part extremely well. It was a shame that the prompter, Liz Frederick, had to step in quite so many times. The production could have done with a more disciplined directorial hand to guard against a lot of unnec-­
essary mannerisms and fidgeting by some of the cast which was distracting at times. Raymond Hopkins donates his royalties from this and oth-­
er farces, to Multiple Sclerosis Research and has done so since 1998. He was in the audience on the night I saw it and I hope he thought it was all in a good cause. Certain-­
ly he gave a packed house plenty to think about.
Megan Parry
Raymond Hopkins first wrote this comedy as a way of raising money for Multiple Sclerosis Research, his daughter having been struck down with this awful condi-­
tion, and every penny due to him through royalties has been donated to this charity. DADS joined this cause by running a raffle, with funds going to a local MS charity based in Didcot. The author was indeed in the audience on Friday, as Megan reported. The following day DADS received the following from him:
Dear Mark,
Thank you so much for the warm hospitality shown to us all last night
Over the past years I have been to watch quite a few productions of my plays. The norm is that you get a cou-­
ple of good actors, a couple of mediocre actors, and a couple of not so good actors. That’s amateur dramatics! However, I can honestly state that every actor in your cast was absolutely brilliant. The direction was inspired and the sound and lighting were spot on cue. Well done to everyone. All your hard work has paid off!
Best of luck with tonight's production,
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St Birinus School News
Pre-school news
Near the end of Term 1 we held our open morning to ena-­
ble children, due to start school next September, a chance to see the school in action and spend some time with the current Foundation Stage children. I would like to thank everyone who was able to come and join us. How-­
ever, if anyone was unable to attend the open morning and would like the opportunity to look around, please con-­
tact the office to arrange a tour (01865 340081). Over the October mid term break, we carried on with our painting project inside the school – this time it was the turn of the school hall. The paint has certainly changed the feel of the space – I wonder what is next!
Our school theme for the first two weeks of Term 2 fo-­
cussed on World War I linking it closely with Remem-­
brance Day on the 11 November. Red and Blue classes were able to immerse themselves in the topic on the first day back with each class enjoying a drama workshop based on experiences and poetry from the war. Some of the activities included letters written to the front and look-­
ing at poems from the war poets. The children had a great workshop and certainly made them think about the experi-­
ences of the men and their families during the war. Following these two weeks, we turned our attention to a whole school topic of France, starting the experience with a French breakfast at the start of school – as well as thinking about France, it was a great time of sharing be-­
fore school started. We are now approaching the festive time of Christmas and our minds turn to the Christmas Nativity, which this year will be performed by Yellow and Blue Class. If you would like to join us to watch the children perform ‘Born in a Barn’ on Tuesday 9th December at 2pm, please come along. An open invitation is also extended to join us for our end of term/Christmas Service on 19th December at 1:15pm – we look forward to seeing you there! Russell Leigh
Dorchester St Birinus CE Primary School
We have lots of news to share this month! The biggest news is our new committee! Following the fantastic turnout at our AGM, we are thrilled to welcome six new mem-­
bers, with several other offers of support and help when needed. Matthew Kestner is our new Chair and, although he has a hard act to follow, we are really happy to have him on board. James Chadney has worked incredibly hard and his persistence and determination have been vital in the success of the Pre-School. We will miss him but are glad that we'll still see him at the occasional drop-off! Thank you James for everything you have achieved!
Last term ended with a fun Halloween-themed day - all staff and children dressed up and we had activities such as pumpkin carving, cauldron making, apple bobbing and hunting for spiders in the garden.
This term starts the countdown to Christmas (the setting is already buzzing with excitement and we're already hearing the Christmas songs in preparation for our show!) We will be heading over to big school to watch their productions and have plenty of other festive fun in store. Given we are still only in the early part of the school year, it's impressive to know we are almost at full-capacity. Helen and team - keep up the good work!
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From the Dorchester Village Archive.....
World War I and the Belgian refugees
The Dorchester story
In the autumn of 1914, Britain faced the largest single influx of refugees in its history, when almost 250, 000 Bel-­
gians crossed the channel following the German invasion of their country (see BBC News Magazine 15 September 2014). Newspapers of the time were full of stories and cartoons of atrocities committed against Belgian civilians, but their sojourn in Britain, particularly at village level, re-­
mains a largely untold story. Most of the refugees re-­
turned to Belgium after the war, leaving little trace of their presence. We next hear of the refugees in December 1914 (Parish Magazine No. 318). The local community in Dorchester and neighbouring villages and towns rallied to their sup-­
port, at the same time as anxiously awaiting news of fami-­
ly members who had gone to war, and getting the home front effort under way. 41 people had supplied items to furnish the house, making it habitable in two days. Others had donated clothes, vegetables and jam, and 104 had given money through weekly subscription. Donors came from all levels of village society, Manor and church and cottages, and the lists of contributors, not surprisingly dominated by women, contain many of the familiar ‘old village’ family names [the full lists appear in the Parish Magazine]. Belgian refugees arrive at Folkestone, 1914
Source: Folkestone Historical Society
However, in this WWI centenary year, and among family historians, interest in this group is growing. Information is still scarce, although the Online Centre for Research on Belgian Refugees aims to rectify this.
Some refugees found their way to Oxfordshire, and many were accommodated in Oxford itself, but little information survives, particularly for rural areas [the Bodleian Library and County Record Office have a little]. So what do we know about refugees in Dorchester? Par-­
ish Magazine No 316 of October 1914 describes how Dor-­
chester was doing its bit for the refugee ‘problem’:
‘The Principal of the Missionary College has very gener-­
ously placed a cottage at the disposal of the Belgian refu-­
gees, of who eleven, two families, arrived on Monday and Tuesday, September 22nd and 23rd. The people of the village have been most kind in rendering assistance, providing beds, linen, furniture, coal, food and clothing, so that they are comfortably housed. Some of the members of the families are already getting employment, so that we must hope that they will be, at any rate, partially selfsupporting. These poor people are quite destitute, having lost all in the German invasion, so that it is a real act of charity to befriend them.’ Belgian refugees in London Source: Hulton Archive
This tantalising snapshot is based on a single local source. There is so much we do not know: Who were they? Where from? How long did they stay? Did any Dor-­
chester families keep in touch with them? Our Archive’s Parish Magazine collection ends with No 318;; later issues may provide some answers. Most importantly, some of you may have family stories or information (photographs, letters, newspaper cuttings, the missing parish maga-­
zines...) which can help fill the gaps – we’d love to hear from you. Margot Metcalfe and Denise Line
Dorchester Historical Society
[This contribution from two members of the Dorchester Historical Society is the first in what we hope will become a regular series of local history snapshots on topical themes from Dorchester’s past, published as a tribute to our Honorary President, Mary Tame, who has done so much to bring Dorchester’s history alive in these pages].
Urgent Village Notices
Third Thursday of each month, 1.00–4.00 pm
Belcher Court Sitting Room
18 December, 15 January
For an appointment, Jo Bennett, 079031 33469
Cost £15
The Parish Clerk sends urgent village notices via e-mail as the occasion warrants. If you would like to be added to his e-mail list, please send a message to [email protected] When you receive the message, you will view only your own e-mail address: as a security precaution, all other residents’ addresses are hidden. This is standard practice to protect your e-mail address.
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December 2014
Saturday 6 December, 8.00pm: Bella Hardy. BBC Radio 2’s Folk Singer of the Year 2014 brings us a delightful festive treat. Six years ago Bella was nominat-­
ed in the Best Original Song category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Three Black Feathers. In 2012 she won that same award again for her powerful account of life as a 19th century Stornoway Herring. Beautifully crafted songs from this highly original, gifted artist – one of the country’s top folk singers.
Saturday 13 December, 8.00pm: What a Wonderful Christmas
Christmas show by the UK’s new stars of British Jazz, The Bateman Brothers Jazz Band. Christmas sing-along gorgeousness, Ella & Louis style! Ella Fitzgerald's Sleigh Ride and Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, Louis Arm-­
strong's Jingle Bells, plus a host of other festive favour-­
ites. All - and more - brought to you in this great show by the UK's new stars of British Jazz, The Bateman Brothers Jazz Band, whose first CD 'Now You Has Jazz' won best album in the 2011 British Jazz Awards. Sunday 7 December, 2.00pm: Hansel and Gretel. A playful production of the classic tale that crackles with warmth, wit and wonder from Red Earth.‘What to do, which path to take? Run back to the forest, or stay for cake?!’ The perfect tale for little ones who will grow up to be fearless, it’s the delicious story of a tango dancing witch and her irresistible recipe for an edible house. Like a roaring fire on a wintry night, Red Earth’s playful pro-­
duction crackles with warmth, wit and wonder. Red Earth is one of our leading touring companies – combine their superb skills with one of the great fairy stories and watch the sparks fly! Friday 12 December, 8.00pm: Coope, Simpson, Fra-­
ser and Freya: Hark Hark. A feel good feast of carols to send you into Christmas with a smile. With a firm foundation of traditional poly-­
phonic Yorkshire and Derbyshire songs, this show is en-­
hanced by spicy instrumentals accentuating the link be-­
tween carols and dance. A lot of the classic songs that made them Natalie Wheen’s ‘favourite, favourite’ carol singers and some new gems too. All mixed up with hu-­
mour and banter. A Christmas cracker of a show from an acclaimed choral and instrumental group to get you and the family in the Yuletide mood.
Monday 15 to Wednesday 24 December: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
Big Wooden Horse return with a fun-filled Christmas show about Santa Claus's early life. From the company that brought us the show loved by all Cornerstone customers in 2013, The Night Before Christmas, we’ve got another fun-packed, audience interactive, music and laughter filled festive show for 2014 to get everyone in the Christmas mood. Based on the book by L Frank Baum, author of The Wiz-­
ard of Oz, this exciting story follows the early life of Santa Claus from being adopted by the wood-nymphs, to making and delivering the very first toys. How did he find his origi-­
nal reindeer Glossie and Flossie? Why do we hang stockings? When was the first Christmas tree? And why on earth does Santa climb down the chimney (instead of just going in the front door!)?
Come and sing, go ooh, go aah, and squeal!
Details of our full programme and online booking are available on our website, or call the Box Office on 01235 515144 (closed Monday).
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Earth Trust
December/January Events
Introduction to Hedgelaying
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December, 9.30am-4pm
A hands-on two day course learning to lay a Midlandsstyle hedge. £75;; booking essential (if the course be-­
comes fully booked please ask about our January and February hedgelaying weekends). Natural Christmas at the Earth Trust
Sunday 7 December, 10am-2pm
Re-use, recycle, bake and make this Christmas! Come along and learn how to make traditional, natural Christ-­
mas decorations. There will be a range of activities to suit all ages, from popcorn garlands to festive wreaths. You can also meet Father Christmas and purchase some Earth Trust Christmas cards. Activities cost between £1 and £12;; free entry and parking. Poem Tree cafe will be open for light refreshments.
Heritage Skills Taster Session: Hedgelaying
Sunday 14 December, 10am-4pm
Have a go at hedgelaying in this free taster session. Please book on to the morning (10am-1pm) or afternoon (1.30pm-4pm) session, or both: [email protected] or 01865 407792.
Discover and Play: Forest School for All
Sunday 4 January, 10am-12pm
A free Forest School session for all to enjoy – come along for a morning of play and discovery in our woodland.
Winter Fruit Tree Pruning
Sunday 11 January, 10am-4pm
Learn how to give your fruit trees some TLC with some hands-on experience of pruning dormant trees, with ex-­
pert Andy Howard. £25;; booking essential.
Introduction to Hedgelaying
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 January, 9.30am-4pm
A practical two day course learning to lay a Midland-style hedge with Clive Leeke. All specialist tools and equip-­
ment provided. £75;; booking essential.
Star Walk
Friday 30 January, 6pm-8pm
Join us for a starlit countryside walk with Dr Russell Lay-­
berry from ECI Oxford University. Don’t forget your flask of hot chocolate! £5 adults, £3 children, free for Earth Trust Friends;; booking essential.
As always, more information can be found on our website
All events take place at the Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ. Charity art auction raises over £20,000
Over £20,000 was raised for Earth Trust from an Art Ex-­
hibition and Auction on Friday 7 November, 2014.
Professional and amateur artists donated over 100 paint-­
ings, prints, ceramics and sculptures, which were dis-­
played in the Trust’s beautifully restored 19th century barn in Little Wittenham. Guests were invited to bid on the majority of pieces via a silent auction which ran throughout the night, whilst certain items, including paint-­
ings by Christopher Miers RBA, Kurt Jackson, and Ken Howard OBE RA, were sold during an exciting live auc-­
tion in the middle of the evening.
Money raised through the auction will go towards supporting the Earth Trust’s work. The Trust manages Little Wittenham Nature Reserve, which includes the iconic Wittenham Clumps and Little Wittenham Wood. It also provides op-­
portunities for people to engage and learn about the envi-­
ronment and what it takes to look after our beautiful but fragile planet through events, activities, free access to the nature reserve, and its innovative Earth School education programme for primary and secondary school children. The Earth Trust is also a key player in national forestry research and food and farming initiatives, and is currently creating a new wetland along the banks of the Thames called River of Life. .
“We’re extremely grateful to all the artists who generously donated their work, and a huge thank you goes to our auctioneer John Blackwell for encouraging all the bid-­
ders. We’d also like to thank our hardworking and dedi-­
cated volunteer Fundraising Group, who spent many months planning and organising the event” said Jayne Manley, CEO of the Earth Trust.
Guests who attended the auction enjoyed drinks, kindly sponsored by Knight Frank, and a hot bowl supper cooked and served by students from the Oxford Brookes School of Hospitality. The meal was prepared using local ingredients, including pork from Coopers Oxford Pork and vegetables from Cultivate - both businesses based at the Earth Trust Farm.
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Wallingford Museum
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As usual, Wallingford Museum will close for its winter break (Dec - Feb) to carry out refurbishment and prepare an exciting new exhibition for next year - 'Wallingford's Royal Castle Revealed' , together with a display high-­
lighting Wallingford's mention in the Magna Carta. The Museum will re-open on 3 March 2015.
But don't forget that the highly successful Museum bookshop, with its constantly changing stock of good second-hand books will remain open during December, January and February. The shop will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10.30am to 1.00pm. Also, do please continue to donate your second-hand books.
Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society
Friday 12 December 8.00pm
Hildebrand Gurlitt, Nazi Art looter
Susan Ronald will describe her new research on Hilde-­
brand Gurlitt, the Nazi art dealer to Hitler who extorted or looted a billion-dollar collection from Jewish collectors, whose reclusive son Cornelius was recently discovered to still be hoarding the collection in his house in Munich. This will an up-to-the-minute treat to round off the TWHAS programme of talks for 2014.
Friday 9 January 8.00pm
Wallingford and the Civil War (part 2)
Judy's previous talk (Part 1) looked at the impact of the Civil War on Wallingford, up to the surrender of the castle in1646. This talk takes up the story of Wallingford's inhab-­
itants during the time of Oliver Cromwell's Common-­
wealth, the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 and the years to1688, when James II finally abdicated and fled from England. The surviving town records have much fascinating detail to reveal about the townspeople who lived through this difficult period of social, religious and political change and regeneration. Judy is the curator of Wallingford Museum and is well known for her many illuminating talks, putting Wallingford in the context of national history, but always with a partic-­
ular interest in the everyday lives of its inhabitants.
Both talk will be held at Wallingford Town Hall.
Visitors (£3) are most welcome.
Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
As part of its work to mark the Centenary of the First World War, the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum unveiled a re-created WW1 Trench exhibit on Saturday 25 Octo-­
ber. Researched and constructed by Cadets and Officers of the Oxfordshire Army Cadet force, the new walk-in ex-­
hibit is designed to give visitors a fascinating insight into trench life. Complete with a fire-step, dug out, working trench peri-­
scope and gas bell, the trench has all the features of a typical front-line trench, together with soldiers’ personal effects and even a sneaky rat to add a touch of horrible history! Visitors are able to walk through and interact with the trench exhibit. Commenting on the trench, SOFO’s Director Ursula Cor-­
coran said “We are delighted with the result and very im-­
pressed by the dedication of our local Cadets for their hard work. The trench is a great addition to the Museum and the launch day showcased our family learning pro-­
gramme, perfectly.”
The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum is in the grounds of the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. It was officially opened by the Princess Royal on 25 September 2014.
Wallingford U3A
Some of us had a few misgivings about our November talk which was on 'Raleigh Bicycles', but in the event it was fascinating. A straw poll revealed that a majority of the audience had had a Raleigh at some time, and there was a tide of affection. Our Speaker, Tony Hadland, held us spell bound. He has a book on '125 Years of the Raleigh Bicycle' which might be the perfect present for that cy-­
clist in the family.
We meet in Crowmarsh Village Hall on the first Wednesday of each month at 2.00 pm. Visitors are always welcome.
Upcoming events:
Dec 3 Christmas Party: Mulled wine, mince pies, entertainment Martin Sirot-Smith "Christmas Customs in Tudor Times' and buffet.
Jan. 7 Mrs Valerie Calderbank: A tour of the universe - from solar system to Milky Way
Jan. 28 New Year Lunch
Feb 4 Professor Gregory Stores: Charles Dickens as Social Reformer and Medical Observer.
We now have a dozen different interest groups. To find out more about us visit
or phone Jill on 01491 835994, or Hermione on 01865 858 024.
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Sinodun Players
Beauty and the Beast
Corn Exchange Wallingford
What’s On January – and it’s panto time in Wallingford. Once again, Sinodun Players will transform the Corn Exchange into the magical world of fairytale, this time with the enchanting story of Beauty and the Beast.
Audiences can expect to see a truly traditional panto with a script by Alan Frayn that offers more comedy and originality than any other version of this famous folktale.
Monday 1, Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3, Thursday 4: Third Person (15)
With many twists and turns along the way, action-packed adventure and side-splitting humour is guaranteed. Imagina-­
tive new characters provide added laughter in additional to an unusual visual comedy scene that promises to, bring the house down.
Cinema 7.30pm start and ticket prices, adult £6, under-15s £4 (unless otherwise stated)
Friday 5: Private booking Sunday 7, Monday 8: Love Rosie (15)
But the challenge for the director will be to transform a hand-­
some prince into an ugly monster “before your very eyes”.
Tuesday, 9: John. NT Live showing at 8pm. Interna-­
tionally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre’s powerful new production direct from the National Theatre depicts reallife stories combining movement and spoken word to create a moving theatrical experience. Contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 18 yrs+.
Performances take place Friday 16 to Saturday 31 January at 7.30pm with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. No perfor-­
mances on Sunday or Monday. Tickets are £10 Tuesdays to Thursdays, £12 Friday and Saturday. £6 for under-16s throughout.
Wednesday,10, Thursday 11: Say When (15)
Available from or at the box office (01491 825000), between 10am-2pm Fridays and Saturdays and 7-8pm each evening. Friday 12, Saturday 13, Sunday 14, Monday 15, Tues-­
day 16, Wednesday 17: The Imitation Game (12A)
Thursday 18, Friday 19: Mr Turner (12A)
Saturday 20: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible…
(PG) at 10.30am Saturday 20, Sunday 21, Monday, 22: Mr Turner (12A)
Saturday 6: Performing Angels and Stars Stage School Show. A showcase of talent on theme of a night at the movies. 2pm and 7pm. Tickets: £10;; senior citizens and under 15s: £6.
Friday 16 to Saturday 31 January 2015. Beauty and the Beast. Side-splitting comedy and ac-­
tion-packed adventure is guaranteed in Sinodun Play-­
ers’ version of this truly traditional panto. For full details see panel to right.
All evening performances start at 7.30pm unless other-­
wise stated. Bookings can be made in person or by telephoning the box office, 01491 825000, (open 10am2pm Fridays and Saturdays and 7-8 every evening), or online at
Listings may occasionally be subject to change. Please check website for up-to-date information.
Wallingford Gardening Club
11 December: Wine, Mince Pies and Quiz
At the December meeting of the Wallingford Gardening Club, our members will test their gardening know-how with a short quiz. Following a very brief Annual General Meeting, they will all enjoy wine and mince pies!
This event will be held in the Ridgeway Community Centre, Wallingford at 7.30pm on Thursday 11 December.
Visitors very welcome £2.
8 January: University Gardens of Oxford (Dr Stephen Head)-which will be followed in the summer with a relevant visit
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Inner Wheels say “Thanks”
A huge thank you to anyone reading this article who brought unwanted Bras to Wallingford Market Place on Saturday 11 October. 450 were handed in. More have arrived in the following week bringing the total to over 500. All of them have been delivered to the Oxfam Clothes Bank at Tilehurst Railway Station.
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Regular events
Monday 10.00 am – 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm Abbey Guest House: Watercolour Painting [Full details from]
Tuesday 7.30 pm Abbey: Bellringing Practice
10.30-10.50am b y War Memorial Fishmonger (p.9)
Thursday 9.30 am – 11.00am Village Hall: Baby & Toddler Group (term time only) Friday
7.00 pm Abbey: Choir Practice
Alt Thurs 10.40 – 11.15 am War Memorial: Mobile Library (p.9)
2nd Thursday
7.30 pm Village Hall: WI (p.9)
3rd Wednesday 7.30 pm Abbey Guest House: Parish Council (green p.1) 3rd Wednesday Culham Horticultural (p.7)
3rd Thursday
Classic Car Show George Hotel 3rd Thursday
Belcher Court: Chiropodist (p.15)
4th Wednesday 7.30 pm Village Hall: Historical Society (p.7) (Not December)
4th Thursday
2.30: Service at the Cheshire Home Refuse Collections
Fridays from 7.00 am.
(Saturdays from 6.00 am.)
Weekly: food waste (in bio-degradable starch-based bag or wrapped in newspaper, in green caddy)
Fortnightly: garden waste, recycling;; non -recyclable waste
Fri 5 Dec
Fri 12 Dec Green
Fri 19 Dec
Mon 29 Dec
Mon 5 Jan
Sat 10 Jan
Fri 16 Jan
Fri 23 Jan
Fri 30 Jan
See Village Notice Boards for details.
Please send all entries and updates for this Dorchester Diary to Geoff Russell by email to:
[email protected] Green = recycling (loose in large green bin) and garden waste (brown bin, +£34 pa)
Black = non-recyclable waste (in a bin liner if you wish, in black bin)
The Diary will also appear in the Parish Council’s website
The always helpful recycling centre at Oakley Wood (signposted off the A4130 Nettlebed/Henley road 1½ miles east of Wallingford) is open.8.00 am – 5.00 pm seven days a week, but close at 3.00 pm on 24 and 31 December, and closed all day 25, 25 Dec and 1 Jan.
A useful notice by courtesy of your Dorchester News editors.
South Oxon top recyclers
South Oxfordshire District Council has the highest rate of waste recycling in the country, with 65.7% of our waste recycled according to league tables published in Novem-­
ber. Cllr. Dodds of SODC said of the residents (that’s us): “They are the ones who are setting the standard for oth-­
ers to follow and deserve our congratulations.”
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Dorchester Rectory
01865 340007
Margaret Craig
01865 343164
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Jan 4 : [email protected]
Contact details for Church Wardens and other Abbey information are on the notice board in the Abbey.
Abbey Calendar
Jan 11 Jan 18 The Presbytery
Bridge End
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Holy Communion (1662)
Sung Eucharist
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Baptism of Christ
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Epiphany 2
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Holy Communion (1662)
Family Service for Candle
Jan 25 Conversion of St Paul
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Dec 14 Advent 3
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Advent 4
Holy Communion (1662)
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Christmas Eve
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Midnight Communion
Christmas Day
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Christmas 2
8.00am 11.00am
Holy Communion (1662)
Team Service at Berinsfield
Deadline for February
Dorchester News Weekdays
Every Tuesday
10.30am – 12 noon Coffee in the Abbey
Every Wednesday
9.30 am Holy Communion at Berinsfield Church
Thu 4
Sat 6
9.30am on
Oxford Children’s Hospital Concert
Christmas Tree decorating
Mon 8
7.15pm “Reducing the risk” concert
Tue 9
Short Communion
Thu 11
Fri 12
Sat 13
Mon 15
Fri 19
Sat 20
Wed 31
The Coming of Christmas with Hft
Queen Anne’s School Carol Service
Orchestra of St Johns Christmas motets
Cranford House School Carol Service
Wedding of Charlotte Fry and James Murray Wells
Orchestra of St John’s – Messiah
Orchestra of St John’s – Strauss Family New Year
Tue 13
Thu 22
All items must be sent by Friday 9 January to Parish Registers
[email protected] Anything you would like sent to newsletter editors for other churches in the Team should be sent to [email protected] by the 9th of the preceding month
Short Communion
Service at the Cheshire Home
Memorial Service
6 November
Elizabeth Ann Ducker
Holy Baptism
26 October
Isaac Thomas Rhodes
Planning for Dorchester’s Future
November Update
Dorchester- on-Thames Neighbourhood Development Plan
Next Public Consultation, Saturday 31 January 2015, in the Village Hall (open from noon until 10.30 p.m.) The purpose of the Neighbourhood Development Plan is to enable our community to decide the future of the place where we live and work.
The plans will enable the community to 
·Choose where we want new houses
·Have our say on what new buildings will look like
·Encourage local businesses
·Protect our environment
What we decide has to be compatible with pre-existing EU, national, county and district legislation: not a simple task. We (the NDP group) are now ready to put our pro-­
posals before you in this, our second Public Consulta-­
tion. This will be shown in a series of posters and ex-­
planatory talks.
This is your opportunity to comment in detail on what we are proposing. We want you to say what you really think about the proposals. Tell us what you like and what you don’t like. Let us hear your ideas. We look forward to seeing you on January 31.
Mark Stevenson, Chairman
Parish Council Notices
Monthly Meetings
In December the Parish Council will hold its meeting on the second Wednesday which is 10 December. In Janu-­
ary the meeting will be held on Wednesday 14 January. All are welcome to attend and, at the beginning of the meeting, may raise any matter of concern.
Parish Council Vacancy
With great regret the Council has accepted the resigna-­
tion of Mike Kitson for health reasons. The Parish Coun-­
cil elections will take place in May 2015 which means that the Council is looking for candidates who would like to put themselves forward for co-option to the Council to serve over the next few months. Anyone who would like further information about the role and the responsibilities of the Parish Council should contact the Clerk. The Council would like to fill the vacancy at its next meeting which is on Wednesday 10 December.
Contacting the Parish Council
The Parish Clerk is Geoffrey Russell of The Pigeons (next to The Fleur de Lys), High Street, Dorchester-onThames OX10 7HH Telephone (during normal office hours, please, unless an emergency) 01865 340759
e –mail: [email protected]
Cllr Margot Metcalfe, the Chairman of the Council, can be contacted via [email protected] More information about the Village is available at
From John Howell MP
During the recent parliamentary recess I went on my ‘Village Tour’. There were some things that were fre-­
quently raised and appear to be of concern in many different villages. Planning was one such issue. In the south of the constituency which comes under South Oxfordshire District Council there is a Local Plan in place which gives local control over housing develop-­
ment. This is good news for the communities covered by SODC. In the north of the constituency which comes under Cherwell District Council there is no such comfort and the risk of unplanned, speculative development is high. There is clearly concern at the predicted level of hous-­
ing growth needed. I fully understand this – as well as understanding the housing need as expressed so pas-­
sionately in the emails I receive from desperate families trying to get a home of their own. The important thing to identify is the genuine constraint on housing growth. It is important to recognise that infrastructure is needed in order to properly integrate new dwellings. I am fully sup-­
portive of the district councils in their work on this. Neighbourhood Planning came up at just about all of the meetings I had with parish councils. I would encourage all communities to develop their own Neighbourhood Plan. It need not be too costly an exercise, and there is government money to help. It does take some work over a 12-18 month period to produce a plan but the result is well worth it. The value of a Neighbourhood Plan is that it becomes a formal planning policy document which is used in determining planning applications. If any com-­
munity would like to discuss this further I would be hap-­
py to meet and for detail on it the district councils are able to offer support. continued over page...
From Your County Councillor
Lorraine Lindsay-Gale
November 2014
Success of books on prescription via libraries leads to expansion
A special national scheme via which library services pro-­
vide books for people experiencing mild to moderate men-­
tal health problems such as anxiety and depression is proving successful in Oxfordshire.
GCSE results rise above national average
58.6% of Oxfordshire students gained five A* to C graded GCSEs including English and Maths in 2014. The nation-­
al state-funded school average for the same measure was 56.1%. Oxfordshire is also now in the top 25 per cent of local authority areas for progress in Maths and more students made reached the expected progress in English than the national average. The new system measures the results from the first time the exams are sat, without in-­
cluding resits as before.
The Books On Prescription Scheme was introduced into six Oxfordshire Libraries in June 2013 (Oxford Central, Abingdon, Witney, Banbury, Didcot and Thame). It proved to be so much in demand that the county council’s library service expanded the service to a further six libraries in April 2014 (Bicester, Cowley, Wantage, Henley, Kidlington and Carterton).
More information at:
oxfordshire-surges-ahead-national-averages-gcse More information at: Roadworks around Oxford
Due to a sequence of successful applications by the Lo-­
cal Enterprise partnership, a business led organisation that works alongside all Oxfordshire’s councils, the Coun-­
ty Council has received significant funding from central government to allow us to carry out major projects around Oxford. Opportunity to have ebooks published by the library service
Budding authors in Oxfordshire are being offered the chance to have some of their work published electronically as part of a competition run by the county council’s library service. The Short Story Ebook competition will run for just over two months starting on October 20 and the winners will see their work become available to be borrowed by Oxfordshire’s library ebook customers.
We already had planned extensive repairs to the London Road in Headington, and this will improve bus and cycle facilities at the same time. The work on the Kennington and Hinksey Roundabout’s will increase capacity by 30% improving traffic flow in the long term. There are plans to improve Frideswide Square, the Cutteslowe and Wolver-­
cote roundabouts, the Milton and Chilton interchanges on the A34 along with several other schemes across the county. Full details can be found at: In my role as Cabinet Member for Cultural Services I have been quoted as saying: “Our librarians are looking forward to reading some imaginative and creative writing. This is a great chance for local people to share their writing skills. We hope the competition will draw people to our ebook service and it represents a great opportunity for those with aspirations in the field of writing.”
Whilst we acknowledge these road works cause disrup-­
tion in the short term, to do nothing is not an option as it would result in far worse congestion in the future.
More information at: Oxford Transport Strategy
The Oxford Transport Strategy is being developed to find ways to cope with rising demand for transport in and around the city and will form part of the County Council’s Local Transport Plan. It follows a series of public meet-­
ings that discussed how we can create transport systems to sustain forecasts of 85,000 new jobs and 100,000 extra homes by 2031.
From John Howell MP continued…
Traffic was another concern. In rural areas where the car is a necessity rather than a luxury this is something that we have to face. I have been working with some commu-­
nities to pool resources and ensure that the police and the county council are aware of precise issues and work with communities to seek to address them. The police were particularly receptive to the work as it helped to focus on critical points where speeding is a problem and thus enable them to focus their resources where most needed. Buses would remain a central part of the city’s future transport, along with proposals for a ‘mass transit system’ such as a tram route linking outer suburbs to the city cen-­
tre. Increasing park and ride capacity outside the ring road to encourage more drivers to take public transport into the city is another major part of the draft strategy. The Oxford Transport Strategy is being developed using ideas and feedback provided as part of Connecting Ox-­
fordshire. A final version will be published in spring 2015 following further consultation.
I am grateful to those across the constituency who shared their thoughts with me during the Village Tour. I am always interested in the concerns of the various communities and will help where I can. My contact de-­
tails are below for you to raise any issues or concerns that you think I may be able to help with. Email: [email protected] Website: To be added to my regular updates email me at
[email protected] October 2014
More information at:
cms/news/2014/oct/better-oxford-despite-increasedfuture-transport-demands Dorchester News December 2014/January 2015

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