December 2018 – January 2019



In front of me is an empty page. I have only around 200 words with which to sum up the contents of this issue of the Wychwood Magazine; how to start when we have such a plethora of interest? If variety really is the spice of life then we really have got what the bible calls, ‘life in all its fullness.’ I am completely in awe of our contributors who can contrive such variety. Each and every article will have its admirers; Martin Hallam gives us a whimsical view of events in his life as a parole officer, John Miskin reveals the truth behind the weather of 2018 and Richard Smith tells a warm-hearted tale of a police incident one Christmas in Blackbird Leys. You can read Jan Harvey’s account of a Christmas with a twist and, of course, at this time of year you can satisfy yourself with recipes for Christmas biscuits and mince pies, the latter with a distinct difference.
In summary, I would like to thank all the contributors who have made this year’s issues so enjoyable, not to mention our amazing editorial team with their back-up committee. Without these individuals, the Wychwood Magazine would not be the publication that it is. And to all our readers, I wish you a joyful Christmas.

Bob Forster, Editor

List of articles

Ship ahoy!
Wychwood primary school
Shipton cricket club
Milton PC news
Fifield news
Christmas cottage
Ascott pre-school
A letter from our new vicar
The wild garden
Music at Burford School
Chris Trotman in the hot seat
The Mothers’ Union; the Lady Reade Foundation
Wild Wychwoods
A Christmas message from Wychwood Baptist chapel
The spirit of Christmas
Iron Age Shipton
Great War poem
Christmas biscuits
A magistrate’s ramblings
Mince pies
Wychwood Circle
Wychwood Folk club
Speed watch
The summer of 2018
Book launch: the slow death of Michael Carrick


Oliver Field
Annie Savill