November’s production of Blackadder Goes Forth by the Wychwood Players was seen by some as their best-ever performance, at least as measured by the standard of acting. Hilarious and beautifully performed with pace and wicked humour, one member of the audience rated it as their best production in his 30 years in the villages.

Not to be outdone, the Saplings marked the centenary of the ending of the First World War with a well-rehearsed and well-received drama in Milton village hall.

Even more culture was on display from the Wychwood Singers at their December concert, which proved to be a popular, sell-out performance.

Local baker, Mark Woodgate, won three awards at the 2018 World Bread Awards, including a silver medal for his sourdough loaf which used Churchill Strong Bread Flour, ground at Matthews’ mill, here in Shipton.

After 24 years of cheerful and dedicated service at Wychwood School and 25 years of total employment, Julie Hemming has been given a long service award by the county council.

In her first international judo competition, 10 year old Elodie Lock from Wychwood School, won a bronze medal.

Thanks to all the Milton carol singers who sang around the tree on Christmas Eve, £340 was raised for the Day Centre. Particular thanks to the Witts and the Naish families for enabling this event to go so well.

An amazing bunch of snowdrops started flowering near the top of Plum Lane in mid-November; perhaps someone should tell our blond-quiffed ally across the pond that climate change is real.

February – March 2019