February – March 2019



2019 is well underway; perhaps the novelty has worn off already. This new year heralds several new writers in our magazine as well as the old(?) favourites. Jenny Miller, Brian Rigby and Terry Wilson have each written articles that will appeal to readers. Jenny has written about the use of drones – yes, the things that caused havoc at Gatwick over Christmas, both the advantages and drawbacks of their use in the Wychwoods. Her article is informative as well as thoroughly practical and it certainly opened my eyes. Brian Rigby brings in the vital element of humour to our magazine with a thoroughly offbeat article about a mythical Lady Mondegreen. What Terry Wilson brings to these pages is the idea of community spirit as he recounts the efforts of the volunteers who help keep Diggers Wood such a good place to visit. So, there’s information, humour and inspiration in this issue thanks to our new writers.
Does this inspire you? We are always on the lookout for people who have a particular interest or passion and who are prepared, with support from our editorial team, to put pen to paper. Quite apart from the articles noted here, turn the pages to read about places to visit on your doorstep, activities of our cubs and children, a lifetime spent in the workshop and many more items. It is only due to our writers that The Wychwood is so good to read; THANK YOU.

Bob Forster, Editor

List of articles

The shape of water
Wychwood Singers
The house that Jeff built
Council news from Shipton
Council news from Milton
Fifield news
Welcome packs
Shipton’s summer fair
Library bulletin
Life in the workshop
Dementia care
Ascott martyrs
Wychwood mole
Cubs and beavers
Windrush Valley school
Lady Reade Foundation
Wychwood school
Lady Mondegreen
Mini sagas
Burford chemist’s shop
Readers’ quiz
Citizens advice
On your doorstep: Chastleton House
On your doorstep: The Fox at Leafield
In the hot seat
Langley’s soldier
Two minutes of magic
The things we miss
Diggers Wood
Matthews Mill


Eva Montgomery