December 2020 – January 2021

Editorial

What it is to be spoiled for choice! Our writers have been on overtime for this issue of The Wychwood. Now that schools are back in action and, temporarily at least, the library, articles have come in from there which have been absent during the pandemic restrictions.

As I have mentioned before, variety in The Wychwood really is the spice of life. With Christmas around the corner, I enjoyed receiving articles about favourite Christmas music, with thanks to Ascott’s Bob Chilcott and, as if that was not enough from Ascott, Fred Russell also writes warmly about his long Christmas memories. For something completely different, John Trevers looks at local maps which have, over the years, included our villages in their various guises. And there is our annual quiz for all regular readers of the magazine; your target is to get all twenty right, but I confess that I failed!

I hope you enjoy your seasonal reading.

Bob Forster, Editor

List of articles

  • The first time I …. went on a blind date
    Following a truly awful marriage break down, my Canadian relatives clubbed together to fly me over to stay with them for some rest and recuperation. ...
  • Welcome back to Wychwood library
    “Open, Sesame!” should be the order of the day in the library but at the time of going to print, uncertainty reigns as to when ...
  • Introducing our new chairman, Stephen Cornford
    I was born in Cambridge where my father was a GP and my mother an archaeologist. I did not follow such an academic route. I ...
  • Favourite Christmas music
    Bob Chilcott singing with the Shipton Choir Ascott’s Bob Chilcott, a vastly experienced musician and internationally renowned composer, tells The Wychwood some of his musical memories. ...
  • Carol singing
    Samantha decided to go carol singing on Christmas Eve. She knocked on the door of a house and began to sing. A man, holding a ...
  • An activity that ticks all the right boxes
    Hello, my name is Sally Fahey and I am one of the Instructors of the new Martial Arts class which opened at the Tiddy Hall, ...
  • Milton Parish council news
    It has been a bit of a whirlwind here at MPC of late. Jenny Miller, our Clerk, confided in me some time back that she ...
  • Shipton Parish Council news
    Here are a few updates to things that may (or may not!) be of interest to you. Environmental initiatives – The Parish Council embarked on its ...
  • Fifield news
    During the Fifield Parish Meeting in late August, Catherine Hitchens and Vicky Orr Ewing stepped down from the position of Chair and Vice Chair to ...
  • North Oxfordshire Community Foodbank
    As many face a bleak winter there has never been a more urgent need to support those engaged in meeting the needs of families facing ...
  • Every parent’s worst nightmare
    It was a scorching day in early July 2014, when I left my twenty-month old son in the capable hands of my mum who had ...
  • Another Fifield asset
    The Fifield Stitchers saw the culmination of some five years of planning and work on Thursday 17th September when the Rt Rev’d Colin Fletcher, Bishop of ...
  • Congratulations!
    For the second time in five years, the Rooflight Company, based here in the Wychwoods and advertised in this magazine, has been voted West Oxfordshire’s ...
  • Douglas Glanville Coombes
    June 1931-May 2020 Known to most as Dougie or Digger he was born at Forrest Farm, Swinbrook to Robert Charles and Laura Esther Coombes. Dougie had ...
  • Wychwood students blossom at Burford
    It has been an action packed and thoroughly enjoyable first term for our new Year 7 students here at Burford School. Students have been throwing ...
  • A new arrival at Wychwood School called … ?
    After the build-up of planning for our return in September, we were greeted with 300 smiling children coming back through our gate and life seemed ...
  • Some sculptural curiosities in Milton-under-Wychwood
    An unusual feature of Milton is the scattering of small pieces of sculpture which adorn a number of properties throughout the village. Milton is never ...
  • The joy of caring
    During the lockdown, this country saw an upsurge in caring for others in the community.  For some, caring felt like a duty, for others it ...
  • The smell of Christmas
    All seasons have their own particular smell.  The smell of new mown hay in spring.  The scent of a rose on a warm summer’s evening.  ...
  • Sharing, learning and playing at Ascott Preschool
    The children are having a wonderful time being back at preschool. We had eleven new starters this term who have all settled in brilliantly. We ...
  • Mapping the Wychwoods
    I have spent most of my working life working with antiquarian maps and atlases and when you consider the relative size of the three Wychwood ...
  • Shipton church: the latest
    Over £66,000 has been spent so far addressing the problem of repairing the church roof. This money covers ongoing extensive scaffolding, fees for architects, structural ...
  • The real Christmas
    This Christmas will be unlike any other but the real message of Christmas will be as clear as ever in the Wychwood Benefice churches: Shipton, ...
  • Wychwood players: The lockdown project
    As the old adage goes, the camel is a horse designed by a committee. With that in mind, when we decided in early lockdown to ...
  • Weather in the Wychwood: September/October 2020
    What makes the weather so interesting is that no two days are the same in the world of meteorology, let alone two months when comparing ...
  • Definitions
    For these offbeat definitions, blame Peter Claxton: Impending: death of a pixie Codicil: this fish is unwell Apres ski: a broken leg Inhabit: dressed as a monk Carpe diem: fish ...
  • From Canada with love
    I was fortunate to grow up in the Wychwoods, living at the top of Milton High Street near the Baptist Chapel. I remember going to ...
  • With regret
    We have been informed of the recent deaths of two well-known and much liked members of our communities; Bet Insley, a long-term resident of Milton, ...
  • Ducks and dinosaurs
    2020 was shaping up to be a very special year – ten years since we acquired the Wild Garden. A year to celebrate the achievements ...
  • The first forty years of the Wychwoods Local History Society (WLHS)
    During her work as a councillor in the 1970s, local residents gave Margaret Ware snippets of local history. She realised there was a lot of ...
  • Thank you, Martin
    You hear people say, “Oh he’s a real asset to the village.” With no one is that truer than for Martin Gibbs and we at ...
  • The Wychwood Magazine 2020 quiz
    Who was the turkey pluckers’ shop steward? Who does the new plaque on Ascott village green commemorate? Angela Profitt had a book published telling the story of ...

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