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August – September 2016



We seem to have had such a sad time in the villages recently with the loss of three friends, Doreen Barnes, Jenny Leyland and Bob Barrett, all of whom contributed so much to village life. Whilst we mourn their loss we look to the future with many happy occasions to enjoy in the coming months.

Shipton Cricket Club is enjoying a good run despite the weather turning the pitches into a sea of mud. The local band ‘The Reaper’ had the honour of playing at the House of Commons (and no need to mention anything else happening in that hallowed place!).

It is a joy to be able to print so many beautiful colour photographs capturing the fetes, parties and open gardens that have been taking place. In fact we are delighted to have so much news from Milton and Ascott, so please keep it coming.

So now let us enjoy the summer and make the most of the better weather and light evenings.

Christine Halliday, Editor

List of articles

Cricket club: An update on the early season

Doreen Barnes: Obituary for the popular publisher of the magazine

Rock the House: Success for locally trained rock musicians

View across Milton Green: Polly Hyatt writes in 1996 about the delights of the Green

Marital memories: Wedding day revisited on the occasion of a Golden Anniversary

Tale of the unexpected: Bob Forster recalls an unlikely event during a very wet cycle ride

Bob Barrett: Memories of a much loved local farmer

The ladies’ Duck Rescue Agency: Looking after an unexpected arrival

Wychwood Primary School: Inspection, bake-off and a Big Science competition

Summer fete, 1950s style: Personal memories of Shipton fete in 1956, by Phyllis Clarke

Queen’s 90th birthday: Milton celebrates on this special occasion

Milton Village Fete:  Carnival time in Milton

Wychwood library news: A resume of the many regular activities held at the library

Happy birthday, ma’am: Wychwood guides celebrate the queen’s birthday

St Mary’s church fete: £3000 is raised at the traditional church fete

Jennifer Leyland: Tribute to a stalwart of the village scene

Milton WI: The ladies find out all about ‘blood bikes’

MUWAGA: A visit to Daylesford House gardens

Milton council update: The chairman, Chris Trotman, brings us up to date with village issues

HGVs: A thought-provoking article about the problem of too many lorries on our roads

Open garden splendour: Report on the open garden at Wychwood Manor

Farmer’s harvest: Local farmer, Mike Hartley, looks forward to the harvest

Buses: A review of the current situation as bus subsidies are withdrawn

Known unto God: Possible local links for a hero of the First World War

Golf day: A sporting event to raise money for disadvantaged children in the East End