Any planning applications received during COVID-19 period will be circulated to the village via newsletter/website.
**Planning Applications received up to 6th June 2020**
The Vale of White Horse District Council has received a planning application
Reference P20/V1170/FUL, for development work at the following location: Oakfield Riding School Great Coxwell Road Great Coxwell Faringdon
The application is for: Partial change of use from D1 to A1(shop), A3(cafe) and D2(assembly and leisure) whilst retaining D1(day nursery) use.
Officially the NHS clapping is over, but the doorstep concerts will continue at Stonevale for a few weeks more.
Tonight at 8pm we will perform two pieces:
Allegro brilliante by Ten Have, for the Classical lovers (Katherine and Lynette)
Let it Be by The Beatles, for the Pop folk (Richard and the GC band)
All depending on the kindness of the weather of course!
Welcome to the first day of the month! I hope everyone in the village is coping with this extended period of lockdown. At least we are now permitted to meet in groups of six in our gardens, which is progress!
Our prescription service continues to be heavily used, and Jonny Farrow still picks up prescriptions from Faringdon and Shrivenham each week. Don’t hesitate to give me a call if you are in need of any help in this regard. And thank you to those volunteers who continue to provide support to households across the village. Again, if you need any help or support, please make contact with me. I am sure I will be able to find a willing volunteer to provide support where needed.
Lockdown Spotlight. This week’s ‘Lockdown Spotlight’ falls on the Carney family, who live at Whitfields, just round the corner from the Tythe Barn. The Carneys comprise Shaun and Debbie and their sons Liam (23) and Ryan (21) and their daughter Caitlin (19).
The Carney’s are an extraordinary family. They are all both numerate and sporty. Shaun is a very keen golfer, along with Liam, and is Chief Finance Officer for Signet, an international jewellery business. Shaun was Captain of Wrag Barn Golf Club in 2018, an appointment which involved a huge commitment for the family in what was a busy year. Debbie was a highly competitive athlete in her younger days, competing in the national AAA championships in the 200m event, but now focuses on her role as Chief Finance Officer for Swindon Town Football Club (Division 2 Champions – Hurrah!). The kids are all at University now, Bournemouth (Liam and Caitlin) or Plymouth (Ryan), and all reading finance, IT, accountancy or business studies. Liam is about to complete his final year in the odd circumstances of Covid 19 lockdown, and due to move to his first job, having been offered a position at the Martin Baker company in Uxbridge….ejector seats etc.
Caitlin is clearly one of those young women who can do anything she wants once she puts her mind to it. Encouraged by her dad, she took up golf and became Wrag Barn Junior champion and also played at County level for Wiltshire. She stopped playing at the age of 18, (it was boring!) , but continues to play Netball and represents Bournemouth University. She plays Rounders and already has an England cap in that sport too!
Shaun, Debbie and family moved to Great Coxwell 5 years ago from Faringdon. They previously spent time in the USA, in Atlanta, Georgia, which is where Caitlin was born. They admitted to one rather dubious piece of information about their holidays. They are enthusiastic visitors to Disneyland, Orlando, Florida. When I say enthusiastic, I mean they have holidayed there 14 times so far…Now I can understand a young family enjoying Disneyland once, when the kids are 4, 5 or 6. But 14 times!!!. And the Carney kids are 19, 21 and 23! Come on! Below is photographic evidence of the Carneys enjoying themselves once again in Florida at ‘Toy Story Land’.
How are you finding lockdown? Debbie admitting to enjoying lockdown. She said that she really enjoys the children being at home and working from home too. They sit down to meals together and are clearly a very close-knit family. When pressed, Caitlin admitted that it was a bit boring, and judged Great Coxwell as not the most exciting place to live for a 19 year old. I felt that was a bit harsh. After all, we do have a reading room, a church and a thriving WI movement. What more does a young woman want?
What’s the worst thing about lockdown? They all agreed that being cooped up is beginning to get a bit wearing. At least the golf course is opening up Shaun.
By the way, An interesting fact about Shaun Carney. He is related to Noel Coward! One of Noel Coward’s famous quotes is, ‘Work is much more fun than fun’. Really!
Great Coxwell. 1960s.
The Tythe Barn and its environs 60 years ago, courtesy of Andrew Whiting.
That’s all this week. Stay safe.
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