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Does anyone need some golf balls for practice and play?
I have a large quantity in all conditions - free - please have as many or as few as you like.
Songs from movies tomorrow night!
1. Ladies in Lavender (Lynette and Katherine)
2. Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Great Coxwell Band)
3. My Favourite Things from Sound of Music (Great Coxwell Band)
This week Katherine and Lynette - Beethoven - Spring Sonata, 1st movement.
Lockdown Spotlight. Paul Kent
Headline news. Social worker spotted in Great Coxwell masquerading as Royal Mail postman!
Disturbing evidence is coming to light that a community social worker, Mr Paul Kent of Hayden Wick has been spotted in Great Coxwell masquerading as a local postman. Great Coxwell Support Group Newsletter’s editor has been approached by a number of residents who have been observing Mr Kent chatting to neighbours (whilst social distancing, of course), and asking them how they are doing, whilst also delivering the post. Alarmingly, he comes into the village most days dressed in a Royal Mail uniform and he even drives a red Royal Mail van!...
In further developments, Paul has been seen fraternising with residents’ dogs and leaving them biscuits when delivering the mail. One local man was interviewed and alleged that Mr Kent has become very popular with pretty much every dog in the village. He said ‘How does my guard dog stand a chance? He is supposed to warn off visitors but nowadays he just pines by the door each morning until Paul turns up with his biscuit. It’s a hopeless situation!’
On a more serious note, Paul has been delivering mail to our community for the past 27 years. He was brought up in Stanford-in-the-Vale, is married to Karen and has a son, Matthew. Paul’s daily postal round for the past 16 years starts in Faringdon and includes both Little and Great Coxwell, Buscot, Buscot Wick and Eaton Hastings. Throughout Lockdown, he has had to come into work even earlier than normal, at 5.15 each morning to allow the post to be sorted whilst keeping to social distancing rules. On good days, he finishes at around 2.15 in the afternoon. Known by everyone in Great Coxwell, Paul has earned a reputation for his extraordinary kindness and consideration. What is clear is that he loves his job and shows a genuine interest in the people he serves.
What you may not know is that Paul and Karen have had some challenges over the years looking after Matthew, their son. Matthew was born prematurely, at 25 weeks and suffers from both heart and lung conditions and Cerebral Palsy. He had to be provided with oxygen support for the first 7 years of his life, so the house was fitted with leads and pipes to allow him to move around. As a youngster, Matthew was unable to play with other kids, but he has had great support in recent years from Crowdys Hill Special Needs School.
Matthew lives at home with Mum and Dad and has been assessed as in the ‘vulnerable category’ throughout the Covid 19 pandemic. So much of Paul’s spare time has been devoted to keeping Matthew safe.
What has been the most difficult thing about lockdown? ‘I have found it really difficult not being able to meet up and get close to my wider family.’
How have you found the lockdown? ‘Ok, but ensuring I keep my distance from people during work is challenging.’
Any tips on lockdown? ‘Enjoy your time at home! It’s not a bad thing spending time with your nearest and dearest!’
We are very lucky to have Paul as our very own postman. Thank you, Paul, from all of us in Great Coxwell!
That’s all this week. I thought it might be helpful to include some useful contact details in this edition of the Newsletter (see below).
Stay Safe and best regards
Important Contact Details (for reference)
Great Coxwell Support Group - Mandy Burns. Tel 01367 240142. Burns.email@example.com
Great Coxwell Community Fund. Pam Smith – 01367240233
Newsletter – firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Coxwell Parish Council – email@example.com
111 on Line - https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ Call 111 if you can’t get on line.
Elm Tree Surgery, Shrivenham - 01793 782207
The White Horse Surgery, Faringdon – 01367 242388
Shrivenham Pharmacy - 01793 783336
Shrivenham Post Office - 01793 782260
Help lines and support networks
Oxfordshire All In - A central hub for Community Support Groups
County Council - 01865 897820 firstname.lastname@example.org
District Council - 01235 422 600 email@example.com
Therapy and self-development network https://www.otscentre.co.uk/
Citizens Advice - https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk 0300 330 9042
Local Food Supplies
Bloomfield’s Fine Food - 01793 783999: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coleshill Organics – 01793 861070
Hinton Marsh Farm Shop - 07968 866323 email@example.com
Farmer Gows, Longcot - 01793 780555 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Thomas Butchers, Faringdon - 01367 240551 email@example.com
Andrews Butchers Highworth – 01793 762085 firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Take Away Food service
The Eagle, Little Coxwell – 01367 241879
The Snooty Mehmaan. Littleworth – 01367 242260
The Harbour Fish and Chips, Faringdon – 01367 244094
The Barrington Arms, Shrivenham- 01793 784692
The Crown, Shrivenham - 01793 784584
Prince of Wales, Shrivenham - 01793 782268 / 07876632586
Gulshan Brasserie, Shrivenham - 01793 782388
Traditional Baskets, Plants and more ...
To be held at Foxleys and Jenners (Jane Holmes and Gini Green)
Obviously social distancing to be observed :-)
I realise that this attachment is lengthy but, I feel that circulation is important. I know that much information is coming down to you but, may be too much is better than a little?
The attachment has been sent by Oxfordshire County Council’s CEO Yvonne Rees and has been sent to all OCC’s Councillors. It provides information from our critical health partners and has been circulated to key stakeholders. Please make time to read it.
With best wishes,
At the end of the first day of reopening, Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet Member Cllr Yvonne Constance wanted to thank all those who visited for playing their part.
The sites at Alkerton, Ardley, Dix Pit, Drayton, Oakley Wood, Redbridge and Stanford in the Vale have been extremely busy since they opened at 8.00am this morning but Cllr Constance said it was encouraging that residents had understood the importance of the social distancing measures the Council had introduced.
"We were committed to get these seven sites open and we knew today would be very busy with people bringing in their essential waste. As expected, traffic queues have built up but our residents have played their part by being considerate and adhering to the revised site layouts.
"We know things at the recycling sites will be busy for the foreseeable future, so I hope people will continue to be patient. My main plea to residents is to consider whether they can wait a few days or longer before visiting their nearest site. The more we can stagger waste coming in, the less traffic will queue and the easier it will be for everyone."
The council asks residents to remember:
Specific rules and restrictions will vary by site. Please refer to the county council website before leaving home to familiarise yourself with these and to avoid frustration and delay:
URL : http://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/council-offers-big-thank-you-to-oxfordshire-residents-as-recycling-sites-reopen/
Great Coxwell Parish Council has discussed the advice and recommendations issued by the Government, councils and relevant bodies on social distancing and access to parks and green spaces.
The play equipment on our "Doorstep Green" is not separated from the general village green area. When the initial social distancing guidance was issued, the Parish Council posted signs asking people not to use the equipment. Unfortunately, these signs were ignored and thus the Council decided to close the area in order to ensure that access to their facilities did not compromise social distancing guidelines from the Government.
Given this situation and with consideration of the extended period during which we as a Council have not been able to perform our usual weekly safety checks and litter picks of the area (due to Councillors' own need to be shielding themselves), we have decided that the whole of Great Coxwell park will remain closed during this period of social distancing.
We hope that this does not compromise your ability to exercise locally and intend to reopen the park again just as soon as it is safe and reasonable to do so.
Great Coxwell Parish Council 18/05/2020
Lockdown Spotlight – Dan and Ainslie Williams
This week, our Lockdown Spotlight shines on Dan and Ainslie Williams and their daughters, Mabry (11) and Wren (7). The Williams live at Danes Cottage, right next to the post box. They moved to Great Coxwell four years ago, after 13 years residing in Faringdon, in a cottage beside the Crown hotel. Dan met Ainslie at Dundee University – she still has parents in Scotland. For Dan, who has worked in the biotech science industry for many years, a new opportunity in the town of Delft, The Netherlands came along in January, which had meant living away from the family for four nights a week. Of course, the Lockdown has changed all that for the moment, and Dan works from the kitchen table now, ‘Skyping’, ‘Face Timing’ and ‘Teaming’ his colleagues in Holland each day. Dan’s work is intriguing and could ultimately have an impact on all our lives. He is involved in a project to grow meat from single cells (!), thus diminishing the impact of world beef production on the environment….wow!
Ainslie’s events business is also on hold. She was looking forward to another Tythe Barn event, planned for 7/8 June but now postponed until late summer (perhaps). She is definitely planning on a bumper event next year!
Mabry (Faringdon CC) and Wren (Longcot Primary) are also at home, missing friends badly now, but enjoying the sunshine and the garden. Their dog, Rory, (2) isn’t too bothered as long as he gets his walks and is pampered. His speciality trick is to eat any promising flowers in their garden!
How has Lockdown been for you? Well, for Dan, working from home has had its benefits with the luxury of kids and dog at home. He doesn’t like being shut away in his office, preferring the mayhem in the kitchen as his working environment. Ainslie enjoys listening to the piano practice next door each evening.
What has been most difficult about the lockdown? For Ainslie, it’s been not seeing Mum and Dad. They normally descend on them from Scotland once a month, and have a holiday house in Faringdon, so that they can be close to the Williams family. But all is on hold for the moment.
By the way, Dan rides a motorbike but life on two wheels started badly. His second day on the Advanced motorbike driving course saw him crash before he even got out of Faringdon, and two days before he was due to trade it in for his super new BMW….
Village life from yesteryear.
Some photographs courtesy of John Gould and Jo Hankinson. See if you can work out where each was taken from….Who is outside the alehouse, and who are the cyclists??
That’s all this week.
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