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1 The Baldons and
4 Nuneham Courtenay Newsletter
8 July -August 2013
12 BALDON FEAST – LOOKING BACK AND FORWARD – BY FIONA WEBSTER
14 For seven-year old Lena Middleton the highlight of the year was Baldon Feast. She and
15 her seven siblings would watch in wonder as the procession of horse drawn wagons
16 rolled into Marsh Baldon, bringing the fairground rides. It was 1923. The country was
17 getting back on its feet after the Great War; a new car factory had been opened in nearby
18 Cowley by William Morris. Ninety years later, Lena still loves to watch the fair roll into
19 the Baldons and enjoy the Feast, a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. Lena, 97,
20 now lives at The Croft, but began life at Nuneham Courtenay, where her father was a
21 farm worker who had fought in the First World War. Later she moved to 44 The Green
22 where she would watch the fair arrive from her bedroom window.
24 “Baldon Feast was the big event of the year, everyone looked forward to it, especially the
25 children, and everyone went – there’s always been a spirit of community in these
26 villages,” recalls Lena. “Most villagers then were either farm workers or worked at the
27 new car factory. Everyone would wear their best clothes and there were donkey rides, a
28 coconut shy and a carousel. Rides were two pennies each. The men would play bowling
29 for a pig and the women played bowling for a tea set. There was a brass band and fish
30 and chip stall. “The Buckland family who ran it had been coming to the village for
31 generations and all the village people knew all the fair people. I remember old Mrs
32 Buckland smoked a clay pipe.”
34 Beryl Polley, 73, was born in Toot Baldon and later moved to The Croft. She is one of
35 four generations of her family who attended Marsh Baldon School, which originally cost
36 a penny a week to attend. Beryl’s grandfather was Marsh Baldon’s green-keeper and she
37 says: “The fair people would queue outside Gateways in Baldon Lane, waiting for my
38 grandfather to open the gate to let them in. There were three gates into the village then,
39 one by Parsonage farm, one at the corner of the green by the road to Toot and at
40 Gateways. All were kept shut to stop the sheep and cattle that grazed on the Green from
41 escaping. Horses on the green had to be tethered and if they got loose they were put in
42 the pound near the pub with any other stray animals. You had to pay £1 to get them out.”
43 “The fair people were allowed in at 6am Sunday to start at 6pm and it was always the
44 first Sunday after August 13th. It was lovely watching the wooden wagons arrive, you
45 would occasionally see inside them and they were always spotless.”
47 The fair is now run by Jimmy Meech and his family (under the name of Mason's Fair)
48 who have a permanent base near Reading. The growth of theme parks and indoor
49 activities for children mean less custom but they still tour the country. A few years ago
50 bad weather and dwindling business led to them consider ending their visits to Marsh
51 Baldon, but Ralph and Phylis Slaney persuaded them to keep coming, whilst breathing
52 new life into the Feast, which now offers a large range of activities, stalls and
53 entertainment. If you would like to support the Fair and the Baldon Feast tradition do
54 come along on Saturday 17th August. You may also like to volunteer at one of the
55 departments, even for just a short period. Help setting up the marquees 6.00pm Thursday
56 15th, or help in dismantling and tiding-up after the 10.30am Sunday Church Service on
57 the Green, from about 11am. Your support is much appreciated.
59 To help Baldon Feast or for more information please contact Ralph or Phylis Slaney on
60 01865 343275; email@example.com. We plan an even bigger and better Baldon
61 Feast raffle this year! Contributions for raffle prizes are appreciated and can be left
62 with Phylis at 18 The Croft or Fiona at 33 The Green. (Please phone for a pick-up)
65 TALKING POINT BY REVEREND DAVID HAYLETT
67 When I was very small, probably only two or three years old, my grandmother gave me a
68 picture with a typical Victorian image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. A fair skinned,
69 light auburn haired good-looking young man, dressed in an impossibly white robe
70 considering he was carrying a lamb across a field of sheep.
72 The real Jesus would have been a dark-skinned, dark-haired man, and a real shepherd
73 would be most unlikely to be dressed in a spotlessly clean garment. Sheep are dirty,
74 mucky animals especially when you have to pick them up and carry them around. But
75 such is the fantasy image we create of Jesus the Good Shepherd.
77 It is amazing how many people in history have been shepherds at one time or another.
78 Saint Cuthbert of Northumbria was a shepherd who looked after his flocks on the
79 Jedburgh hills of Scotland before he responded to the call to serve God. Cuthbert became
80 a great leader of the Church in the North of England.
82 Moses tended his father-in-law’s flocks before becoming a shepherd to the Israelites,
83 leading them through the wilderness from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land. King
84 David started out life as a shepherd boy and later became King of Israel.
86 So perhaps it is no surprise that Jesus took the image of a Shepherd as a model for his
87 teaching. It was a model that his contemporaries would understand.
89 But let us consider the shepherd from the point of the sheep (you and me). Why do sheep
90 need a shepherd?
92 Firstly for protection. It was the shepherd boy David’s skill with a sling and a pebble,
93 long practice at protecting his sheep from marauding wolves and other predators, that
94 enabled him to kill Goliath the Philistine. Sheep also need protecting from themselves.
95 They can be pretty dumb animals, continuously grazing the same area until it becomes
96 bare scrub. They need a shepherd to lead them on to new pastures. If they have a heavy
97 fleece and roll over they are often unable to right themselves and need the shepherd to
98 haul them back onto their feet.
100 But Jesus points out another danger. There will be others around who will offer their
101 services as a shepherd, but be careful who you choose as your shepherd. Be alert, Jesus
102 warns, you will hear my voice and will follow me. It is easy, too easy perhaps, to be
103 tempted to follow another shepherd, who promises that the grass will be greener on the
104 other side. It always is, until you get there! The voice of Jesus is the only safe voice for
105 sheep to follow.
107 The words of Psalm 23 are much loved and very helpful. “The Lord is my shepherd, I’ll
108 not want, He makes me lie down in green pastures.” Jesus is the Good Shepherd who
109 offers the hope that is able to lead us through the valley of the shadow of death.
111 Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.”
113 Cover Photo: Buttercups at Baldon House, James Eliot 2013
117 CHURCH IN THE BALDONS – from Debbie Dance – Churchwarden
119 We continue to thank everyone who is helping during the interregnum. A shortlist of
120 candidates has been drawn up and interviews will take place in early July, so that we
121 should know who is to be the new team vicar for the Baldons and Nuneham Courtenay,
122 shared with Drayton St Leonard and Berinsfield very soon.
124 My contact details are 341323/07860 160900, Ian Gillespie is on 341398, and both our
125 thanks go to Jennifer Morton, Verger, (343302) who is coordinating services, wedding
126 funerals etc.
128 CHURCH AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY
130 Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Concert in Marsh Baldon Church on 19th
131 May. So many great performances, brought together under the musical direction of
132 Veronica Sandilands to whom we owe a huge thank you.
134 The concert was part of putting the Church at the heart of the Baldons Community,
135 helping to raise money for the fabric repairs and ongoing maintenance to both our
136 Churches in Marsh and Toot, and we are delighted to say that, including Gift Aid, it
137 raised £662.93. There are further ideas for improvements to the churches in the wings,
138 too: contact Sara, Laurence or Debbie if you want to know more.
140 Debbie Dance, Ian Gillespie, Sara McDouall Saw, Laurence Attewill and Veronica
141 Sandilands (Baldons Churches Fabric Fundraising Committee)
143 CHRISTIAN AID WEEK – from Ian Gillespie -Churchwarden
145 I would like to thank all the 87 households (that I know about) who gave envelopes to
146 Christian Aid. The three villages gave a total of £487.97 which with gift aid came to
147 £547.72. I would also like to thank all those who helped with the collection, specifically
148 Natasha Eliot, Jacquie Lake, Fran Butler, Bruce Don, Sonia Hobbins, Max Hobbs, and
149 John Barne.
151 WANTED! BALDONS FETE AND FEAST APPROACHES…WE NEED YOUR
152 BOTTLES (FULL...) AND CAKES!
154 The church will, as ever, be running a bottle tombola and cake / tea stall. We rely on the
155 money we make from these stalls to contribute towards essential repairs and running
156 costs. We would appreciate any bottles you can give us, wine, soft drinks, children’s
157 drinks, washing up liquid… and we will come door to door to as many of you as
158 possible in the week before the fete. If we miss you, and you would like to donate,
159 please do contact Sara McDouall Saw on 343567.
160 The cake stall would be very grateful to receive any donations either on the day or
161 contact Veronica Sandilands on 343478.
163 Thank you as ever for your generous support.
166 MARSH BALDON SCHOOL NEWS
168 Another year in the life of Marsh Baldon Primary School
169 seems to have flown by and soon our Year 6 children will be
170 leaving for pastures new. They leave with our very best
171 wishes and the knowledge that we are all very proud of
172 them. Once again they are a credit both to the school and
173 their families.
174 Since the last newsletter, we held another highly successful Maypole Display. Despite the
175 windy conditions, the children performed brilliantly and the whole event was enjoyed by
176 a packed house of parents and our friends from the Berinsfield Day Centre. The
177 afternoon was rounded off by a Fete run by the PTA.
180 The children have also taken part in a Maths Week. Part of this week included a Junior
181 Enterprise type activity where each year group was given £10 and told to make it bigger.
182 The children organised their own stalls and made their own cakes, bookmarks and other
183 goodies and class 1 held a cafe afternoon. All three classes made great profits!
186 The children also enjoyed a puzzle workshop day and a visit to the Science Museum in
188 In the middle of June, Class 3 visited Cheddar in Somerset for a two night residential trip.
191 There are still lots of activities at school before we finish for the summer. We welcome
192 all parents, friends and villagers to all our events so please put them in your diary! We
193 would love to see you! Refreshments are usually available so why not come and see us in
194 action and have a chat with some of the children?
197 July 1st Outdoor Week
201 July 4th SPORTS DAY -afternoon
202 July 11th Archery Day
203 July 12th Area Sports at Horspath (we are defending champions!!)
204 July 19th Achievers’ Assembly 9.00am
205 July 23rd Leavers’ Assembly at the church 9.00am
207 If you would like to find out more about the school, then we do have a website. It is
208 packed full of information and activities and shows what we are about! It is updated
209 regularly so please have a look at www.marshbaldonschool.co.uk
212 You can be sure that we will be ‘out and about’ around the village. At the moment some
213 of the children are even making a model of it! Please stop and say hello to us if you see
215 We hope everyone has a great summer!
221 Nick Pitson (Headteacher)
224 ITEMS FOR THE NEWSLETTER
226 Items for September 2013 newsletter
228 by 16th August please
230 Any villager is welcome to send items for publication in the newsletter -this can be
231 anything from articles, poems or pictures, to publicising your event. In addition, if you
232 have an image you would like us to consider for the cover, do send it in!
233 If you would like to receive a reminder e-mail each month for newsletter contributions
234 please let me know.
235 Natasha Eliot: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively I can be contacted on
236 340562 or at The Barn House, Baldon House East, Marsh Baldon.
237 For advertising queries, please contact Sheila Harris on: email@example.com or
238 on 340403.
241 Baldon House
242 pork, sausages,
243 bacon and ham
244 available again!
247 or call Liam or Christina
248 on 01865 341204
250 BALDONS VILLAGE HALL
252 As regular users of the hall will have seen, we have now completed the current phase of
253 the upgrade of the village hall, with new lighting, redecoration and refurbishment of the
254 floor. Watch this space to see how this new lease of life for the hall is celebrated!
255 To book the hall, please contact Ali or Darren on: 01865 340264 or firstname.lastname@example.org
257 LONG WITTENHAM PRE-SCHOOL FAVOURS AUCTION: SATURDAY 20 JULY
259 Following the success of last year's event we are holding the 2013 Favours Auction in
260 Long Wittenham Village Hall on Saturday 20 July. Doors open at 7pm with the auction
261 starting at 7.30pm. Ticket price is £5 in advance and £7 on the door. We hope to have
262 some "live lots" to look forward to this year! To whet your appetite see
263 http://goo.gl/nDnoo where you can browse through the list of favours from last year and
264 get more details on this year's auction nearer the time. For tickets or to offer to donate a
265 favour, please contact Zoe Pepper (email@example.com).
267 GARDENER WANTED
269 Does anyone know of a gardener interested in regular maintenance and occasional
270 tutorials / advice?! We are looking for someone to help out every 3 weeks or so. Any
271 recommendations please call Sara or Tom on 343567. Many thanks.
273 CHRISTIAN AID LUNCH – A THANK YOU FROM MARY BRAYBROOKE
275 Many thanks to everyone who generously supported the Christian Aid lunch, or who sent
276 donations. It raised just short of £600, which will be shared between Christian Aid and
277 used both to help refugees from Syria and also long term development projects to help
278 reduce poverty and the Kanyakumari Centre for Health Care and Cancer Treatment in the
279 South of India.
281 We are very grateful to Marcia Farrant for welcoming us all to her beautiful home and to
282 all those who worked hard to make the event a happy social occasion as well as a
283 financial success.
285 A DAY OF MEDITATION AND REFLECTION
286 Saturday 3 August 10 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
289 A Quiet Day is being arranged by the Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre and the World
290 Congress of Faiths as an introduction to Christian and Hindu meditation. This will be led
291 by Swami Dayatmananda, Centre Leader and Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke, WCF
292 President. This will be held at the Vedanta Centre at Blind Lane, Bourne End, Bucks SL8
293 5LF. For more details please contact Marcus Braybrooke.
298 BALDONS PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
300 Housing Developments in the village
301 At the Annual Parish Meeting we outlined the changes that have recently occurred in
302 planning policy, potentially affecting development in the village. Until recently no new
303 housing development was allowed in the Baldons other than for extensions to, or
304 conversion of, existing houses or buildings, other than on an exceptional basis for some
305 affordable homes which we haven’t been able to achieve.
307 As a result of changes in national planning policy, SODC’s new planning policy now
308 allows for some smaller development to be considered. In Marsh Baldon suitable sites of
309 up to 0.2 of a hectare, and in Toot Baldon up to 0.1 hectare which allow for infilling
310 within the village envelope, may be considered for housing, providing such
311 developments comply with other policies concerning the Green Belt or Conservation area
312 status. Permitted Development rights have also been extended to allow the conversion to
313 domestic use of unused farm barns and other buildings e.g. offices.
315 As a result of these changes the Parish Council is now being consulted by SODC on
316 applications for 2 new houses round the village green.
318 On Durham Leys Farm there is an application for a small 2 bedroomed single storey
319 house set back off the green which the council has supported in its response to SODC,
320 whose decision is awaited. Planning ref: P13/S1277.
322 Queen’s College have also applied for permission to build a 3 bedroomed cottage on
323 vacant land off the village green next to Queen’s Cottage and close to Parsonage Farm.
324 At the time of writing the Parish Council is still considering its response to this
325 application. Planning ref: P13/S1432/Full.
327 Both these applications can be seen on the SODC web site using the planning references
328 above. The Conservation area status of the land round the village green and Green Belt
329 policies are important considerations in both these applications which the Parish Council
330 is mindful of in its deliberations and advice to SODC.
332 Queen’s College have also advised us they are also applying to SODC for permission to
333 convert a timber barn on Court House Farm, which has B1 consent for offices, to
334 residential use, although the Parish Council has no detailed information on this as yet.
336 The council have also recently supported an application for New Farm Toot Baldon for
337 conversion of a barn to a 3 bedroomed house and relocation of the cattery to other
338 premises on the site. This application is awaiting SODC’s decision.
340 Date of next meetings
342 Tuesday 9 July Village Hall 7.30.pm
343 Tuesday 10th September Village Hall 7.30 pm
346 NUNEHAM COURTENAY PARISH COUNCIL
349 The Parish Council met on 5 June 2013. Councillor T love sent her apologies. One
350 parishioner attended.
352 The main aim of the meeting was to agree the 2012/13 accounts. These were accepted.
353 There was discussion of governance issues and the appointment of an internal auditor
354 which the Chairman is discussing with OALC. There was discussion on the selection of
355 a Clerk, which can now be progressed. Training needs for councillors was also discussed
356 A number of other items were covered:
359 It was agreed to arrange a further meeting with Savills to follow up on a number of
360 items related to the Estate including recent tree cutting, signage and the like;
362 No objections were raised a listed building consent application for waste pipe and
363 other minor alterations at 25 Nuneham Courtenay. It was agreed to contact SODC
364 about other matters, such as oil tanks, that might have a greater impact on the
365 appearance of buildings and might be deemed to require planning consent ;
367 It was noted that planning consent for the housing development at Brewer’s
368 Garage has not yet been given but it is understood that this will not go to
369 committee and that final details are being worked out between owner and SODC
370 which would see approval granted;
372 It was agreed that parishioners might find it useful to have a discussion on
373 planning controls that affect the Parish, particularly the requirements for listed
374 building consent;
376 Police and SODC are still unable to deal with the car in the south west bus lay-by
377 as it does not count as abandoned;
379 Signage; the Parish Councils’ responsibilities in respect of signage were discussed
380 in relation to proposed signs for the Global Retreat Centre’s Peace in the Park
381 event. It was noted that, despite SODC’s Outlook magazine saying PCs have
382 responsibility for signage NALC guidance indicates that powers are limited and do
383 not include the ability to approve the installation of signs, which may be the
384 subject of planning controls. SODC have been asked to clarify this.
386 SODC consultation on Parish Councils. It was noted that this had been confirmed
387 as a two-stage consultation and that this would allow more time to obtain
388 parishioners views on the consultation once SODC had finalised the terms of
391 Pedestrian crossing and the need to establish the absolute requirements over
392 lighting before pushing this further with the County. It is proposed to arrange a
393 meeting with the Area Highways Steward;
395 Village Plan. It was noted that the Steering Group had discussed the feasibility
396 study for a community shop and the proposed consultation on this.]
398 The next meeting is on Wednesday 9 July at 2 pm in Nuneham Courtenay Village Hall.
399 The agenda is expected to include voting on officers, feedback from the meeting with
400 Savills. County Cllr Lorraine Lindsay-Gale is expected to attend.
402 Contact details:
403 Councillors: Frank Casey, Suzanne Deakin, Colin George, Jasminder Love,
404 Tara Love
405 Chair/acting Clerk: Colin George, 01865 343767 firstname.lastname@example.org
406 Parish e-mail: email@example.com
407 Parish website: www.nunehampc.webs.com
409 NEWS FROM OUR DISTRICT COUNCILLOR ELIZABETH GILLESPIE
411 I am pleased to report that, as I write, nothing momentous is happening on the Green Belt
414 On June 7th we held the Southern Oxfordshire LEADER final event at Dorchester
415 Abbey, celebrating the success of this scheme which, with its close range targeting of
416 local need, brought to fruition many projects which would never have been identified
417 with a larger net. Our LEADER programme has committed over £1,200,000 to 61 local
418 projects since its launch in June 2009.
420 We are now initiating the process of bidding for the next LEADER tranche. If successful
421 we will once more be appraising, and hopefully benefitting many more local projects and
422 would be encouraging early engagement from applicants. I have been involved in this
423 European funding scheme from the initial bidding stage, some six years ago and have
424 been vice and latterly Chairman of the LAG which is the decision making group for
425 LEADER and comprises of people from all walks of life, bringing a wealth of diverse
426 expertise, all generously volunteering their time, knowledge and advice. There have been
427 teething problems with DEFRA and an overly complicated application process however I
428 feel confident that lessons have been learnt and the process will be eased up.
430 Our aims have been to identify and target projects that are working to encourage
431 enterprise and business innovation, agricultural diversification, address social exclusion,
432 improve tourism in rural locations and enhance heritage and landscape, and developing
433 skills for rural areas. With an optimistic view of the success of this coming bid, I would
434 encourage people with suitable projects, to bear in mind that these funds will be
435 available. I will report when there is more clarity.
439 THE BALDON PLAYERS
441 We were just resting…..
442 It’s been a long time so a small group of the Players met recently to start discussing what
443 next. Inevitably we all had differing thoughts and agreed we should start doing some
444 play readings to get the creative juices flowing.
447 We aim to meet fortnightly in the Seven Stars on a Monday night around 8 pm. By the
448 time you read this our first reading should have taken place on 24 June. We’re sure you
449 can work out the dates from there but the first meeting after the newsletter publication
450 date is 8 July.
453 If would like to get involved there are lots of opportunities in front of and behind the
454 stage and we welcome members new and old. No previous experience necessary – just
455 enthusiasm. If you are a budding director with lots of energy and ideas then we’d love to
456 hear from you.
459 To be kept in touch or to let us know of your interest contact either Liz Jones
460 (EJones@serlecourt.co.uk) or Colin George (01865 343767 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
463 CLIFTON HAMPDEN SURGERY PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP
465 Clifton Hampden Surgery have instigated the formation of a patient Participation Group
466 which met for the first time on 17th May. At the moment the group has seven patient
467 members and the meeting was also attended by Dr. Estelle James and by Hilary
470 The purpose of this group is to provide a forum in which there can be discussion of the
471 services on offer and how improvements can be made for the benefit of patients. It
472 provides the opportunity to suggest positive ideas and also to voice concerns. Improved
473 communication between GPs and patients can only be for the benefit of everyone
474 involved. It provides a route for patients to advise the practice on matters of concern –
475 but must not be for patients to resolve their own personal complaints and issues, nor must
476 it be a doctors’ fan club.
478 The opportunity for organising health promotion and education events, providing
479 feedback from other local organisations and providing support to them and to individual
480 patients are all things which might be possible in the future. ‘The group will also publish
481 newsletters to keep everyone in touch with what is going on. Full details of contacts will
482 be circulated shortly.
484 Finally, two short news items – the provision of a handrail from the car park to the
485 surgery is being organised and the provision of a second handrail up the steps to
486 reception is to be considered soon.
489 OXFORDSHIRE TRAVEL CHALLENGE
491 The Oxfordshire Travel Challenge is a fun, free workplace competition aimed at
492 encouraging people in Oxfordshire to break the habit of car use and to try a different
493 method of travelling to work.
495 The aim is to recruit as many of your work colleagues as possible to commute and log an
496 active trip to work (by foot, bike, public transport or car share) between Monday 24 June
497 and Sunday 14 July 2013 in a bid to reach the top of the leader board, claim victory and
498 win prizes! For more information please visit www.oxfordshiretravelchallenge.org.uk.
500 WOMEN'S ONLY BASKETBALL
502 Come along to make friends and play a fun team sport that's fast and exciting! Beginners
503 welcome, just wear sports clothing and trainers. Fridays, 7 -7.40 pm, £3.50 per session.
504 Park Sports Centre, Wheatley, OX33 1QZ.
505 For more information contact Lil Roe on 07801 203539 or email@example.com.
508 NUNEHAM COURTENAY ADULT LUNCH CLUB -An update for N C A L C.
510 We have now been running for 6 months (trial Period) and at our last meeting everyone
511 was asked if they would like the club to continue……..we had an overwhelming YES
512 response, therefore we have new membership cards with dates for the next 12 months.
513 The committee now feel that we can extend our current membership to 54 (at present we
514 have 46 members) so if anyone wishes to join please contact Sheila Harris (secretary) on
515 01865 340403.
517 Since our last update we have received a donation of £2000.00 from Oxfordshire County
518 Council for a much needed storage cupboard and equipment, £100.00 in vouchers from
519 Sainsbury’s and £200.00 from Rogers Recycling……….we are so appreciative of these
520 generous donations as it not only helps with getting good equipment, we can now train a
521 couple of First Aid Officers, update our insurance and also it helps to keep the lunch fee
524 I would like to welcome Carol Vincent onto our Cooks team (we could do with one more
525 cook!!!!) and to take this opportunity to thank the COOKS… Georgia Gillett Margaret
526 Antcliffe and Carol Vincent, COOKS HELPERS …..Sheila Barrett, Sally Dyke and
527 Shena Searle, GENERAL HELPERS Lindsey Hutchinson and Ginny Baker. VICE
528 CHAIR… Jasminder love, SECRETARY … Sheila Harris and TREASURER… Judy
529 Von Emloh. Also all those members that step into the breach when needed…and lastly
530 Nuneham Village Hall Committee for allowing us half rent for the first 6months, this was
531 a great help ………A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE.
533 If anyone wishes to donate raffle prizes to our club we never say NO!!
535 Georgia Gillett (Chair)
538 SERVICES FOR JULY AND AUGUST 2013
542 30June 10.30pm Team Service Little Wittenham
543 Followed by Bring a Picnic
544 7th July 11.00am Aircrash Memorial Toot Baldon
546 14th July 6.00pm Evening Worship: Toot Baldon
547 Songs of Praise
548 21st July 9.30am Holy Communion Marsh Baldon
549 28th July 8.30am Said Holy Communion Marsh Baldon
550 9.30am One4All Marsh Baldon
552 7.00pm Taize@7 Dorchester
553 4th August 9.30am Holy Communion Toot Baldon
554 11th August 6.00pm Evening Worship Toot Baldon
555 18th August 10.30am Baldon Feast Marsh Baldon
557 Service on the Green
558 25th August 8.30am Said Holy Communion Marsh Baldon
559 9.30am One4All Marsh Baldon
560 2nd September 9.30am Holy Communion Toot Baldon
561 Thursday Morning Prayer:in St Peter’s at 8.15am or in Dorchester Abbey at 8.30am
563 nd th
565 Fellowship Group: 2and 4Mondays at 7.30pm.
566 There will be a break for the summer during August Venues and further details from
567 Jennifer Morton 343302; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
571 Marsh Toot
572 7th July 11.00 am G & S Hobbins
573 14th July 6.00pm Ron Hewitt
574 21st July 9.30am Richard Barnett
575 28th July 9.30am Tom Saw
576 4th August 9.30am Ann Druce
577 11th August 6.00pm Jennifer Morton
578 18th August ON THE GREEN: 10.30am Ian Gillespie
579 25th August 9.30am Stephen Dance
582 Marsh Toot
584 th th
586 30June & 7July V Sandilands & F Ardern M Trinder
588 th st
590 14& 21July C Attewill & L Barnett J van Dijk & S Hobbins
592 th th
594 28July & 4August W Barclay & V Sandilands H Maskell & J Knight
596 th th
598 11& 18August A Lyall & E Gillespie N Wells & V Bowler
600 th st
602 25Aug & 1Sept L Martin & I Wright J Brook
605 ‘Peace in the Park – The Festival of Spirit’
608 As a part of Nuneham Courtenay and
609 The Baldons the Global Retreat Centre is
610 holding for the third year ‘Peace in the
611 Park – The Festival of Spirit’for three
612 consecutive days in July. It is an
613 enchanting, enlightening and inspiring
614 event. Thousands of people come to
615 enjoy the unique and magical atmosphere
616 of the beautiful, historic pleasure grounds
617 of Nuneham House. What makes this
618 festival unique is, there is no charge for
619 attending any of the rich variety of events
620 on offer or for parking. It is organised
621 and staffed by more than 250 dedicated
624 The core team comes together a year
625 ahead to decide on a theme and vision for
626 the festival. Then the work begins:
627 artists, musicians, dancers, gardeners,
628 designers, carpenters prepare the
629 different elements required to create the
630 festival. Then, in the week beforehand,
631 pavilions are set up, interiors decorated
632 and everything comes together for the
633 big weekend.
635 To honour the 20 years since the opening
636 of the Global Retreat Centre, this year’s
637 festival is holding a Peacemaker Concert
638 on the evening of Friday 12th July,
639 following the afternoon activities. The
640 concert, organised by Lucinda Drayton,
641 will feature a wide variety of like-
642 minded musicians who believe in the
643 power of music to inspire, uplift and
644 create a better world. On the Saturday and
645 Sunday, the festival opens at 11am and
646 invites us into a world of music, ‘Food &
647 Soul’ cooking demos, meditation
648 pavilions, life-changer seminars, a feel-
649 good space for young adults, small talks
650 -with big ideas,round table
651 discussions in the ‘tree hall’, tea under
653 the trees, Planet Peace’ children’s space,
654 simple & local vegetarian fare, Earth
655 Care area,treetrail&historical
656 garden tours, meadow maze, games,
658 outdoor artworks & Fairy Tale
659 Theatre. To end the day there will be a
660 ‘Meditation for the World’ finale.
661 As a local to the area I am close enough
662 to observe the magic unfold. Last year, I
663 decided to attend this festival and
664 experience it for myself; the event truly
665 transported me into a different world, far
666 away from the mundane routine and
667 noise of daily life. The feeling was of
668 people coming together in a warm,
669 peaceful atmosphere with an almost
670 tangible sense of unity. Whether the
671 greeting at the car park or those serving
672 hundreds of teas, all were smiling and
673 seemed genuinely happy. ‘Peace in the
674 Park’ is definitely something to be
677 Peace in the Park – The Festival of Spirit,
678 12, 13, 14th July 2013,
679 The Global Retreat Centre Oxford
685 Join us on Wednesday 24th July
686 for our
687 Creepy House
688 Craft Afternoon
689 At 3.45pm
692 All Ages Welcome
693 Children to be accompanied by an
694 adult please
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