December 2021 – January 2022

Editorial

Christmas: a time for family get togethers, a time for good cheer, a time maybe for over indulgence and, doubtless a time for others to reflect and maybe regret the passing years.  This issue of The Wychwood contains many of these elements but all under the umbrella of continuing uncertainty with regard to Covid.

While we grieve over the loss of such well-known community figures as Daphne Waugh and Doreen Shepherd, the overwhelming emphasis of the magazine is on happier events specific to this time of year.  Charlie Loader contradicts the myth that men can’t multi-task by combining his job as chef at Hailey’s Bird in Hand with taking his children to school, building a wall and giving readers a lip-smacking recipe using pheasant breasts – even as a uniformly utilitarian cook, I’ll have a crack at that! – while Sue Tanner gives us very user-friendly advice on how to make Christmas decorations from the hedgerows.  And, then there’s a cheerful compilation article about readers’ favourite Christmas memories featuring such diverse items as Christingle services, an offended Father Christmas, a sugar mouse and an American’s first encounter with the joys of an English pantomime.

It’s not all Christmas.  Dean Griffiths has sent us an account of a photographer’s dream morning when everything went right on the Bruern estate.  We are also very pleased to include a congratulatory list of events and achievements which have come to our attention over the past couple of months.

At Christmas, whatever the background in individual lives, there is a smile in this issue for every reader.

Bob Forster, Editor

List of articles

  • New faces
    Two newcomers join as volunteers with the magazine Sarah King, our new secretary After living abroad for over fifteen years, I recently bought my house in Milton-under-Wychwood.  ...
  • Using nature for Christmas decorating
    Using bits and pieces from nature can be a beautiful and easy way to decorate your home in any season, but especially at Christmas. We ...
  • No rest for the chef, especially at Christmas
    At the Bird in Hand, I am very lucky to head up a team of seven in the kitchen and uniquely get to work alongside ...
  • Witney and West Oxfordshire foodbank
    Witney and West Oxfordshire foodbank started in a small church on the outskirts of Witney, later moving to a garage. In 2016, the decision was ...
  • The photographer’s dream
    I recently completed a year-long photography project in conjunction with Bruern Farms, a project that ran pretty much all the way through lockdown. This was ...
  • A Christmas mission
    At a time when there is so much in the news about suffering and people being unkind, I have been overwhelmed by the amount of ...
  • Doreen Veda Shepherd 27/01/1922- 02/10/2021
    Left to right: Doreen, her sister Dulcie (Arundell) and Kath Cooper looking at old photos from the Wychwood local History Society. Doreen grew up in ...
  • Wychwood School
    Long Service Award In October Pat Staines was awarded her Long Service Award from Oxfordshire County Council.  In 1996, when her sons were at the school, ...
  • Burford’s heritage on display
    What do Chipping Norton, Witney, Churchill and Burford have in common and the Wychwoods do not share? The answer is – a museum. We hope that ...
  • In search of volunteers ….
    The Shipton Fair will be back next year on August Bank Holiday Monday (29th Aug) at New Beaconsfield Hall.  There are some new fiendish games, ...
  • Christmas and the Art of Allotmenteering
    Christmas is a time of celebration, a time for family and, importantly, a time to look ahead to the shoots of spring and the glorious ...
  • The perfect job?
    Every house has its own smell and new houses are no exception. For them there is the smell of new paintwork, or, if the developer has ...
  • Two books for Christmas
    Fleet Street Exposures, by Stephen Markeson Stephen Markeson has retired to live locally after a career as a photojournalist.  His recently published ‘coffee table’ book is ...
  • Wychwood Players: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    On a Friday evening in September an expectant crowd gathered in the grounds of Manor Farm, Upper Milton to watch the first performance in two years by ...
  • Christmas memories
    My father shouting up the chimney to Father Christmas when I was 8, calling him Old Nitty Whiskers and then there was nothing from him ...
  • JOGLE 2021
    In 2013, I achieved a long ambition of mine to cycle from Lands’ End to John O’Groats (LEJOG).  Having done it one way, I fancied ...
  • Wychwood Library bulletin
    Late opening We are now open on Mondays and Fridays from 2.00pm –7.00pm. Do drop in after work and take advantage of our evening openings! Current ...
  • Shipton Parish Council
    Firstly, some administrative news – the Parish Council would like to welcome Jackie Loring who has joined the team, filling the councillor vacancy created by ...
  • Daphne Nora Waugh (1926 – 2021)
    Friends of Daphne reflect on her importance to the area. A Daphne has been described as a hardy, compact and evergreen shrub and this seems a ...
  • Life on the farm: coping with the unpredictable
    Last Christmas someone sent me a cartoon of two pigs shivering in a snowy field and one saying to the other, “Don’t worry, I heard ...
  • Brian Rigby CBE
    We say a fond farewell to Brian Rigby, (no, he’s not dead!) who, together with his wife Ann, has moved closer to their family in ...
  • A walk to remember revisited
    It was the 9th of September when I set out on my 100 mile challenge walk over the South Downs Way.  What a challenging and ...
  • Forty Years On
    Forty years ago was the midpoint between ourselves and the Second World War. Many in the Wychwoods still had memories of that struggle. However they ...
  • Congratulations!
    As we reported in the last issue of the magazine, inspiring young resident, Jack Godfrey, completed many, many hours of cycling and walking, despite an ...
  • Old boys and old girls at Burford
    What a pleasures it is to come unexpectedly across a Burford School alumnus and find them flourishing in their chosen profession. The wonderful Milton Market ...
  • Behind the wire: a year at RAF Brize Norton
    All residents of the Wychwoods will be familiar with the heavy aircraft flying above Witney and further afield, landing and taking off from the runway ...
  • Pick of the pubs
    I am told that The Hare in Milton and The Plough in Kingham have both been recently taken over by the same person. If that ...
  • The Wychwood interview: Carole Arnold
    Carole Arnold is the leader of the Shipton volunteers. She sat down and spoke to our magazine about living in the Wychwoods. I know you come ...
  • Supporting minority women in Oxfordshire
    Jewins women 2 women LTD is Oxfordshire’s first Black African, Asian, Carribbean therapy center for women of ethnic minority who have suffered domestic violence. We ...
  • The Giant Wychwood Oak
    The Wychwoods have a new sculpture in its midst. Commissioned by the Shipton Parish Council as part of the planning consent for the new Deanfield ...
  • The first time… a marathon
    Not everyone is blessed with a perfect body, one that is fit for purpose, svelte and streamlined.  A perfect physique such as this is rare.  ...
  • Final thoughts
    Many churches and cathedrals around the country are preparing to get out their crib sets – not only for display inside the buildings – but ...

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