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Summer 2012

Welcome to the Summer edition of the Nuffield Parish News.Although it is said that we are obsessed with the weather in this country, I think we can look back at the last 3 months and wonder whether we have indeed had summer already with the hot spell of a couple of weeks ago.We can also reflect on the wettest drought on record as we wondered how to observe the hosepipe ban, when it was first imposed back in April, while sheltering from the many thunderstorms that rattled through the Chilterns that month!

I hope you find this edition to be an informative read, however, the articles I do put in here require you, The Parishioner, to pick up pen and paper (or mobile or PC or laptop) to send me your news/event/activity/interest so I can then publish them!

Nuffield Village Fete (23rd June) + Flower Festival (23rd and 24th June)

The flower festival will be over the weekend of 23rd and 24th June.  The theme is God's Creation.  Judging by last year's event, the arrangements will be stunning and well worth a visit!  Please come and support and appreciate all the hard work of the flower arrangers.  There will be a special Family Service on Sunday at 11am linked to the festival.

The fete will run from 12-4pm on Saturday 23rd June on Fred's Field.

Attractions include:

  • Dog Agility Display by the Goring Growlers with an opportunity for your dog to have a go over the obstacles!
  • Many stalls including a raffle
  • Charity stalls
  • Children's competitions:  Cake fit for the Queen and Posy for a queen
  • Barbecue from 12-2
  • Tea and cake from 2-4
  • Licensed Bar

We hope lots of you will come and enjoy this village event and combine it with a visit to the Flower Festival in the church.

More importantly, how can you be involved?

  1. Come along and bring friends and family!
  2. Publicise the event.
  3. We would be happy for you to organise a stall.
  4. Help is always welcome putting up and taking down gazebos etc.
  5. We would be glad of help with manning some of the stalls.
  6. Please consider donating a prize for the raffle.
  7. Support the children's competitions by making them known and encouraging children and their friends to take part in this year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.H
  8. ome baking is needed for the cake stall (Mary Edwards) and the teas (Diana 641892).
  9. Green-fingered residents – any spare plants for the plant stall? (Sue 07782 187866).Are
  10. you overrun with books?  Why not clear out your bookshelves and let us have some for the bookstall? (Catherine 681221).
  11. Unwanted gifts?  The bric a brac stall is the answer! (Chris 641343).
  12. Aucion of Promises – do you have, or could you persuade someone you know who has, skills or time to offer, such as a couple of hours (or longer!) gardening, babysitting, free taxi service to Oxford and back one evening, dinner for 2 delivered to the door, a cake once a week for a period, oven cleaning, a painting or photograph of home or a pet ..... The possibilities are endless! You might be a regular patron of a shop or service whose owner might be willing to offer an item or service for the positive publicity they'd get or for philanthropic reasons. Please let Kate know (641212).
  13. Home produce – jams, chutney etc will be welcome, too.Contact the people above or bring your contributions on the day.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Vacancy on the Parish Council

    Following the resignation of Geoff Hardwick from Nuffield Parish Council a vacancy for the post of parish councillor has occurred. If you are interested in this position, or wish to know more about what is involved please ring the parish clerk on 01491 680558. Alternatively if just applying for the post email a brief C.V. and why you are interested to by 30th June 2012.

    The parish council meets 6 times a year on alternate months on a Thursday evening at 8pm.

     We would publically like to thank Geoff Hardwick for being on the Parish Council for the last 5 years with the last two as Chairman. He was instrumental in kick starting the Nuffield Plan and along with others has been key through the whole process including the production of the final document.  We are pleased to say that Kate Coghlan was elected Chair of Nuffield Parish Council at the Annual Parish Meeting in May with Margaret Holloway taking up the post as Vice Chair.

    Nuffield Church News

    The pattern of services has changed slightly as Rev Ian Thacker, the chaplain of the prison, has offered to conduct a service of Holy Communion on the 2nd Sunday of most months at 11am.
  • 1st Sunday  Morning Prayer with John Erbetta
  • 2nd Sunday  Holy Communion with Ian Thacker
  • 3rd Sunday  Holy Communion with Brendan Bailey
  • 4th Sunday  Family Service with John Erbetta

All services are at 11am and all are welcome!

As you know, the beautiful old building is very expensive to maintain and repair.  We've been asked to keep you informed about work that's needed.  Our current priorities, in terms of fundraising, are updating the electrical installation, maintenance and restoration of the windows (both plain and stained glass) and making safe a monument in the churchyard.  Electrical work is likely to cost in the region of £2,000 and the monument £2,500.  In total the windows will cost £10,000 (more if we have to add VAT!).  We have been very grateful for gifts approaching £1,000 given for the window restoration in memory of Brian Holloway.

The quiz night on May 19th was greatly enjoyed by those who attended and raised £268.80.  Our thanks to all those who organised, helped and supported the event.

On June 16th there will be a coffee morning at the home of Margaret Holloway and a week later (23rd) a fete on Fred's Field. 

Looking further ahead, a family barbecue is planned for August 4th, also on Fred's Field, starting at 4.30pm.  Tickets for adults will B £8, 5-16s £3 and under 5s free and will be available nearer the time from Catherine (681221), Diana (641892) and Chris (641343).  Bring yourselves, chairs or a rug and your own drinks and glasses.  Crazy rounders will 'round' off the evening!  The concert by Kate Hill will be in the church on September 29th.  September 30th will be our celebration of Harvest Thanksgiving.

We hope there's something there for everyone to enjoy.

The Crown Pub

It may have escaped your notice that the Crown Pub is back in business.  The daughter-in-law of one of our parishioners drew this excellent sketch below of the pub when she worked there.  

Nuffield Place – Joanna Gamester

Nuffield Place, home from 1933 to 1963 of William Morris, Lord Nuffield, has now been open to the public as part of the National Trust for two months and the public are giving us excellent feedback.  

If you have not yet visited, then please do come and visit. We are open from 11 am until 4 pm from Wednesday through to Sunday. Entrance charge for the house is £8 (opt-out gift aid £7.25). We have a café, so if you fancy going for coffee to a place you can get to on foot, then do come across. Entrance to the gardens to use the café is free.

There is a lot of work going on in the gardens where Alison, the gardener, is battling with various pests who are eating the new plants she puts in – we have Muntjac, rabbits and pigeons aplenty, as, no doubt, do you! At the moment the Rhododendrons are in flower in the garden.

We are still looking for volunteers to help us in the house, particularly at weekends. If you would like an application form then please email us at

Lord Nuffield and the Village:

The Church - Lord Nuffield gave a new organ in 1931 and in 1934 he paid for it to be completely restored.

The School - from 1936 through to the 1950s, Lord Nuffield paid for the annual school Christmas party - the cost in the 1940s was £10. He also paid for trips to the pantomime in Oxford in the 1950s.

The village Hall - Lord Nuffield paid for a village hall somewhere near the present car park for Nuffield Place. I have photographs of a building which I think may have been it.  If you do remember the old village hall, do get in touch.

Please do also get in touch if you have any memories of Lord and Lady Nuffield or of Nuffield Place – we would love to hear from you.

Wanted:  We are looking for a cleaner to come into Nuffield Place on a Saturday and Sunday morning for a couple of hours each time. Please contact me if you might be interested.


01491 642857 (Tuesday to Friday)

Olympic Torch Relay –

10th July The Olympic Torch relay will be arriving in our local area on Tuesday 10th July when it passes through Wallingford, Nettlebed and Henley. 

The relay passes through Wallingford initially where it starts at 0825 in Castle Street before being carried on a lap of the town centre and then over the bridge through Crowmarsh Gifford where it is then put on a bus at 0848.  The bus takes it to Nettlebed where it is then carried through the village between 0857 and 0902.  Finally, it arrives in Henley at 0909 where it is carried via a circuitous route on land and water before leaving the town at 0958.   

There will be street closures which will last approximately from 30 mins before the torch arrives to 30 mins after in each of these 3 locations.  

For detailed information, then please visit

Ipsden Cricket Club – A Mid Season Report

Unfortunately, as Nuffield does not have a cricket team, a few parishioners play for Ipsden which has a delightful ground in the neighbouring parish.  The ground does have some cracking views of Oxfordshire and is an ideal place to watch a game of cricket although the severe slope can lead to some entertaining moments in the field – entertaining for the spectators and potentially embarrassing for the fielders! 

We play friendly fixtures on a Sunday (a mix of timed and limited overs matches) although we have so far only managed to play 3 this season due to the weather.  We have won 2 and lost 1, the 2 wins were primarily through some very good bowling, with all the details on our website  Unfortunately, in our only home game so far this season, we skittled the opposition out too quickly and the King William pub was not yet open when we finished so we couldn't retire there to celebrate as we normally do! 

We are always on the lookout for new players and our next home game is on 8th July and we would be delighted to meet you. 

Nuffield Primary School Trust

The Nuffield Primary School Trust is delighted to report it has again been able to support many children and young people in the village in a whole range of activities, whether it be contributing towards school trips, helping with music and sports costs, or paying for after-school activities. We have also been able to agree to requests for assistance from students following college courses.
If you live in the parish of Nuffield and would like more information or want to submit a request to take advantage of this wonderful facility that the village fought hard to establish, simply write to or email the Trust's secretary, John Jackman (Nuffield Hill Cottage, Nuffield RG9 Grants are all made on a term-by-term basis and the trustees want as many children and young people as possible to benefit.  So, if you'd like to consider approaching the trust for assistance with any educational activity, which can include sporting or social activities, for anyone aged under 25, don't Miss the next deadline of Monday 10th September.

Nettlebed Surgery Bus

This service, manned by volunteers, runs on Monday and Thursday's from Nuffield via the surrounding villages of Checkendon, Stoke Row, and Highmoor to Nettlebed Surgery. It leaves at 9.30am from the telephone box in Nuffield Village.  Patients do not need an appointment at the surgery as the doctor clears an hour and they are seen within that period.  The driver waits until all are seen before returning.  He also brings back prescriptions and they are delivered to the door of the patients.Drivers use their own vehicle and there is no need to pre-book.  In the last 15 years there has not been a volunteer driver contributing to this service from the Parish of Nuffield although it is used by patients within.  If you are able to help (usually it is only once every 5/6weeks) please contact the Parish Clerk, Claire Dunk, on 01491 680558.  A mileage allowance is available towards the cost of fuel.

 Henley Triathlon – Sunday 16th Sep 2012

As a reminder, please expect some road closures on Sunday 16th September as Henley hosts a gruelling triathlon which sees the competitors swim 2.3 mile along the regatta course, followed by a 112 mile bike ride through the Chilterns and then a 26 mile (a marathon) run around Henley.  The field is a mix of professionals and amateurs with the winners of the men's and women's professional races each taking home 8000 euros.  It is anticipated that the course will be the same as last year so the road from Nettlebed to Henley will be closed all day along with the stretch of road from the roundabout in Nettlebed down through Highmoor as far as Grey's Green Golf Club.  Undoubtedly, there will also be some road closures in Henley itself.

Oxfordshire Dial-a-Ride

Oxfordshire Dial-a -Ride provide a service for disabled and mobility impaired people.  Phone 0845 310 11 11 or look at to find out more information.

Parish Council Meeting

 The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Thursday 12th Julyat 8pm in Nuffield Place; parishioners are more than welcome to attend.


Creative Gardening 
• General border work including weeding, pruning, 
training, mulching, edging and trimming. 
• Professional design and planning service by 
qualified designer and horticulturist. 
• Plant supply and maintenance. 
• Hard landscaping and design implementation. 
• Advice on creative and practical issues. 
• Bespoke garden art including mosaic. 
• Reliable and competent personnel. 

Christine Gibbs at Prime Design 
Tel. 01491 642182 Mobile: 07929 633384.

Charles Crichton
Painter and Decorator
Tel: 01491 641873
Mob: 07772 346808
2 Hayden Lane