Welcome to The Wychwood On-Line

This is the site for The Wychwood Magazine, serving the communities of
The Wychwoods in the Cotswolds since 1980!
The magazine is published every two months, by the community for the community and our friends, with 68 pages, packed with features, articles, news and short stories
about life in the Wychwoods.


Latest issue: August – September 2020


Perhaps there has never been such an indecisive summer as the one we are experiencing. The virus lurks behind every decision and in many ways, this issue of The Wychwood reflects that situation. There are articles about the lockdown and the community’s response to it, a response which shows how every cloud really does have a silver lining. Children are often the source of hope during dark days and so it is fitting that children’s events in the community get a good airing while Christine Halliday’s heart-warming account of children’s raft races will bring a smile to all our faces, recalling Enid Blyton or ‘Swallows and Amazons’.
But 2020 is the magazine’s 40th year so we also continue our series of articles looking back over those years through the eyes of our writers. Sandy Scott tells us of his experience as the Wychwoods’ GP during this period and Antony Johnson recounts the history of Johnson’s Garage/ Station Road Garage which goes back well before the magazine began.
Summer wouldn’t be summer without a reminder of the season. You can read about some giant vegetables as well as reminiscences of the summer of 1918. There really is something for everyone to read.

Bob Forster, Editor

List of articles

The Lerwills take on the challenge
Wychwood weather: May and June
Cruising down the river
Ascott Preschool
Success for Jasmine Meaden
Wychwood school in lockdown
40 years of change at Burford School
Back from university, home to the Wychwoods
Everyone for tennis
Matthews Mill rises to the challenge
Familiar faces
Summer gardening
Jan Harvey and Paul Chantry
Chipping Norton’s blue plaque
Wychwood school copycats
Scouting during lockdown
Views from Fifield
40 years of changes on the land
40 + years of Johnson’s garage
40 years of change in medical practice in the Wychwoods
A real tweet
A very close encounter with a mole
Summer holidays, 1918 style
Wychwood woodlands
Laurie’s bike repairs
What next after the lockdown?
A summer recipe

Gordon Gillett
Steve Biles

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