December 2017 – January 2018


The term ‘bumper issue’ is probably overused, and this issue still runs to its regular 67 pages, so perhaps it cannot be described in such a way, but bear with me; this really is a bumper issue – why? Partly because it contains such a huge range of articles, perhaps more than ever before; there’s everything from an ode to a Christmas shopper, to new arrivals, to extinct youth hostels to mishaps in the pickle jar. Partly because we have been fortunate to receive several unexpected articles such as one about an unseasonal tennis match, another about the new-look Co-op store. Partly, because it contains unexpected good news, and I am thinking here particularly about the restored fortunes of the local history society. And partly because we were spoiled for choice, to such an extent that several articles had to be held over for the next issue, an issue that is already looking very promising.
So sit back and enjoy this bumper issue and, on behalf of the whole editorial team, thank you for your many and varied contributions. I wish you both peace and joy as Christmas approaches.

Bob Forster, Editor

List of articles

History Society update
Latest news from the Brakespeare Clinic
Tramper man – Lawry Hugill
Burford School news
Wychwood School news
Bruce Finlay obituary – a thank you
David Hills Trust
Wychwood Tennis Tournament for charity
Martin Hallam – Woodturner
Photo group news
Christmas Ode
Malcolm Cochran MBE
An appeal for help
A risky business – Farming news
The Mila Piano Trio
Shipton news
Fifield news
Recipe – Fruit tea bread
Do you remember Marilyn Watkins?
Autumn colours
Bonfire night
George Tibbitts in WWI
The Lady Reade Foundation
Kate looks back
Jane Heather obituary
Wychwood singers
Some advice on pickling!!
The beech tree on the green
The Coop reopening
Percy Hickman – Upholsterer and TV star
Ascott Martyrs
Book review – ‘The art of hearing heartbeats‘ by Jan-Philipp Sendker
Brothers in arms – cats
The new arrival in Shipton
Mystery, medicine and murder on Shipton Downs
Have a peaceful Christmas
Tell us your stories
Short tales