June-July 2019



‘Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy,’ – so sung John Denver and it’s a line with which most readers would agree. Summertime anywhere brings out the best in people. Hopefully it brings out the best in The Wychwood Magazine with this issue’s focus on the great outdoors.

Our villages are full of energetic individuals who like nothing better than to be outdoors. Articles in this issue about tennis and mountain biking will appeal to the most active. For those of gentler dispositions, Rosemary Wilson outlines the joys of the footpaths around Milton while the idea of a soporific afternoon on the bowling green is idealised on these pages. Slower still, Tony Lewis, in his own very distinctive style, informs readers what to do in the garden at this season, while the pleasures of bird watching are highlighted.

Of more general interest, retired GP Sandy Scott relives some of his most memorable cases and we can read about that unusual combination of buildings at Judd’s Grave. Culture also gets a look in with drama and poetry represented in the magazine.

And no magazine would be complete without something about food. Our resident food ‘inspector’ reports back on a meal at the Wychwood Inn and many a mouth will be watering over the prospects of a rhubarb bread and butter pudding, so eyes down, lick your lips and read on.

Bob Forster, Editor

List of articles

Work beside Littlestock Brook
Poetry at The Paddocks
Doctor Scott looks back
Local blue plaques: Barbara Pym at Finstock
Ascott pre-school
Mountain biking around the Wychwoods
Looking after your pets in the summer
Milton Parish news
Shipton Parish APM
Shipton church
Ascott martyrs
A year with Milton WI
Wartime comes to Wychwood School
Drama at Burford School
The investment club
Milton church from the air (Robert Arnold)
The Wychwoods as they were
Milton footpaths
Tennis coaching
Something less serious
Ascott’s mobile shop
News from Fifield
Library and book reading news
Peppa COOPerates
Recipe; county lines
An inspector calls: The Wychwood Inn
Changing times
Building work at Judd’s Grave
A life remembered
A servant and a service
My life as a Sapling
A time for everything in the garden