Did you know?

  • Benches are placed across the country, often in commemoration of a specific event like the coronation or in memory of a loved one; something like ‘Eric and Nan loved this place’ but there is one bench that is maybe unique and that is just a couple of miles away.  On the long hill down beside Swinbrook House there is a bench marked thus: ‘To the glory of almighty God’.
  • Our deputy editor is moving house … to New Zealand!  It seems no time since Amanda Clarke, husband Martin and son Joseph returned from a spell in Italy but now they are off again, this time to New Zealand where Martin has a new job in Auckland designing rockets … no, you couldn’t make it up!
  • High up on the trunk of a dead tree along the main avenue in the Wild Garden there sits a wise old owl and, hidden further among the trees, a red squirrel sits guarding his nuts.  Both of these are the gift of local wood carver and tree surgeon, Richard Polatch.  See if you can spot them on your next visit.
  • The MUWAGA flower and produce show is booked for Saturday 28 August, probably to be held outdoors; more details to follow nearer the time, but book the date now for a traditional village gardening show.
  • April 2021 was the coldest April ever recorded in the Wychwoods with an average temperature of just 5.8°C compared to 10.5°C last year.  There were 23 days with a frosty start.  A high-pressure system dominated our weather, preventing the normal westerly airflows that bring warmer and wetter weather.
  • And on Saturday 10 July, MUWAGA will be holding a plant sale in the car park at Milton Village Hall, starting at 10am.
  • Not everyone knows what a catalytic converter is – thieves do.  One of these high-end converters was stolen from a car parked on the owner’s drive recently so beware.
  • Gigaclear are not everyone’s favourite contractors at times when roads are blocked or closed, but there again not everyone knows that the company has bought our local scout group two brand new tents.
  • After reading the article, ‘Back on court’, readers may be interested to know that the tennis club has benefited from a flurry of new members recently.  The courts are in constant use for playing and coaching; the latter is also to be continued at local schools.  To join the club or find out more details, go onto www.clubspark.lta.org/wychwoodstennisclub
  • Following the floods on Christmas Eve 2020, The Old Prebendal House is expecting to fully re-open later this summer.
  • West Oxfordshire District Council has turned down the application for floodlights to be installed at the tennis club in Shipton.
  • A photographic exhibition by the Wychwoods Local History Society which began in May is being continued into June for a fascinating insight into bygone eras of Wychwood life.

June-July 2021