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Sunday 24th January 2021

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January 2021
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Louise Lloyd Publishing Director
Email: louise.lloyd @kvoice.co.uk


Latest Report January 2021
 Kidlington Parish Council 

Kidlington Parish Council • Monthly Reports 2021 • KPC Chairman David Robey publishes his report on Council matters covering January 2021. This document also includes reports for recent months in 2020.

David Robey, January 2021.


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First published January 2021
January's printed edition is now available from local outlets
  Kidlington News  

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First published December 2020
  Saturday Job Vacancy  

Thomas Merrifield Estate Agent • Kidlington Office • is recruiting for Saturday sales staff – 9.00am to 5.00pm – to join a highly successful team. Ideal candidates will be energetic and able to work under pressure and use their own initiative. Main duties will include dealing with customers, arranging viewings, accompanying viewers and general office duties. Applicants will need to be a driver and own a car. Please apply in writing to: Thomas Merrifield, 1b The Hampden Building, High Street, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 2DH or send an email to: kidlington@thomasmerrifield.co.uk

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First published December 2020
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  Oxford Continuity  

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 Track & Trace 
Track & Trace England • KV has acquired a licence to administer a government-approved contactless application for organisations such as hotels, restaurants, clubs, pubs and bars to enable their visitors to sign-in and sign-out using their own smartphones without installing an 'app'. There is a fee for organisations employing this system in proportion to their size but if your enterprise has this obligation please contact:
louise.lloyd @kvoice.co.uk


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 KVoice Statistics 
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February 2021

  Community Notice  
Thames Valley Police
The local police force works closely with the Kidlington and District Community Forum to consider matters of common concern about upholding law and order in our district area.




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A year ago. Some articles we published in March 2020:


First published March 2020
 Article 
There's much yet to celebrate • James Hamilton marks the official first day of the lockdown with a morning walk in the fields around Kidlington.

James Hamilton, March 2020.


First published March 2020
 Article 
Yellow Bus • Giles Woodforde discovers why Kidlington's buses have changed colour.

Giles Woodforde, March 2020.


First published March 2020
 Article 
Pavements and Lids • 'In these odd times one notices odd things,' writes James Hamilton.

James Hamilton, March 2020.


First published March 2020
 Article 
Zig-Zag • Lilian Cooper wonders if we might evolve to walk in single file.

Lilian Cooper, March 2020.


First published March 2020
 Article 
On Creative Writing • In her short story which begins in Oxford and ends in Kidlington, Rosemary Hutchinson asks, 'Why do you think the author's daughter used her computer to create a facial composite of the young man featured in the story?'

Rosemary Hutchinson, March 2020.

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April 2021


A year ago. Some articles we published in April 2020:


First published April 2020
 Article 
Stargazing April 2020 • Roger Davies begins his series of articles about the sky at night over the Kidlington area.

Roger Davies, April 2020.


First published April 2020
 Article 
Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year and the Current Pandemic • John Batchelor reminds us that the author of Robinson Crusoe also documented the Great Plague in London of 1665.

John Batchelor, April 2020.


First published April 2020
 Article 
Kidlington 1220 • In his wry take on local history, Alan Quarry imagines a conversation among the stonemasons tasked with building the first large church in Kidlington over 800 years ago.

Alan Quarry, April 2020.


First published April 2020
 Article 
Nocturne • James Hamilton takes a short walk without leaving the house.

James Hamilton, April 2020.


First published April 2020
 Article 
Why Dexter wrote Morse • Paul Humphreys observes young Colin Dexter attending his first Latin lesson at school.

Paul Humphreys, April 2020.

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May 2021


A year ago. Some articles we published in May 2020:


First published May 2020
 Article 
Stargazing May 2020 • Roger Davies continues his series of articles about the sky at night over the Kidlington area.

Roger Davies, May 2020.


First published May 2020
 Article 
The Queen's Music • Artist Alan Kestner tells about his elaborate pencil drawing inspired by his love of music and the Queen's speech to the nation in May 2020.

Alan Kestner, May 2020.


First published May 2020
 Article 
Home Again • Student Ella Gauci makes her way back home not long after starting at University.

Ella Gauci, May 2020.


First published May 2020
 Article 
Blossom Fortnight • 'This must be blossom fortnight all over Kidlington,' writes James Hamilton.

James Hamilton, May 2020.


First published May 2020
 Article 
A Swarm in May • Andy Pedley safely relocates a swarm of bees nesting in a street in Kidlington.

Andy Pedley, May 2020.


First published May 2020
 Article 
Young Saint • Paul Humphreys writes, 'A little shy of ten miles from Kidlington in the direction of Oxford, a life-sized figure sculpted in Italian marble stood high on a plinth of stone in the quadrangle of Salesian College, a secondary school for boys.'

Paul Humphreys, May 2020.


First published May 2020
 Article 
Fandilay • 'He was not the sort of person to invent a new word — or so he thought,' writes Paul Humphreys.

Paul Humphreys, May 2020.


First published May 2020
 Article 
Diary of a Novice Beekeeper • Henrietta Batchelor takes delivery of her first beehive and discovers she has a whole new language to learn.

Henrietta Batchelor, May 2020.


First published May 2020
 Article 
Lockdown Medal • Graham Kirby considers VE-Day and reflects on how prisoners of war in Europe supported each other.

Graham Kirby, May 2020.

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June 2021


A year ago. Some articles we published in June 2020:


First published June 2020
 Article 
Going back to University • Ella Gauci returns with sage advice about continuing to study.

Ella Gauci, June 2020.


First published June 2020
 Article 
Oxymoronica • Louise Lloyd discovers a new word in Summertown. But where did she find it — and what does it mean?

Louise Lloyd, June 2020.


First published June 2020
 Article 
The Tracy Way • Lyn Mason pays tribute to her Kidlington friend Tracy Jameson whose life featured in the BBC TV documentary Miriam's Dead Good Adventures.

Lyn Mason, June 2020.


First published June 2020
 Article 
Church Street Honey • Kitty Knight explains the harvesting process for producing Church Street Honey.

Kitty Knight, June 2020.


First published June 2020
 Article 
In Praise of Cow Parsley • James Hamilton reveals a presence hidden in every corner of every field.

James Hamilton, June 2020.


First published June 2020
 Article 
Stargazing June 2020 • Roger Davies continues his series of articles about the sky at night over the Kidlington area.

Roger Davies, June 2020.


First published June 2020
 Article 
Poetry and Crisis: Edward Thomas • John Batchelor recalls the times, settings, and poetry of Edward Thomas.

John Batchelor, June 2020.

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July 2021


A year ago. Some articles we published in July 2020:



First published July 2020
 Article 
A Personal Reflection • In his personal reflection on the year to date, Giles Woodforde asks, 'Is the Union Jack upside down?'

Giles Woodforde, July 2020.


First published July 2020
 Article 
An Extraordinary Journey • James Hamilton takes a phenomenal flight high above the buttercup fields of Kidlington.

James Hamilton, July 2020.


First published July 2020
 Article 
The Manic Minute • Firefighter Gideon Ring tells his recruitment story into Oxfordshire's Fire Service.

Gideon Ring, July 2020.


First published July 2020
 Article 
Stargazing July & August 2020 • Roger Davies invites us to look up and take in the big picture as he describes the sky at night over Kidlington.

Roger Davies, July 2020.


First published July 2020
 Article 
Summer's Gardens and The Poets • John Batchelor leads us onto an immaculate lawn with Marvell, Kipling, and Shakespeare.

John Batchelor, July 2020.


First published July 2020
 Article 
Comet Neowise • 'Possibly the most dramatic comet since Hale-Bopp in 1997,' writes Roger Davies.

Roger Davies, July 2020.


First published July 2020
 Article 
The Kidlington Pie • Oxford poet Stilly bakes an exceptional pie for Kidlington: it's a pie that's the pride of the WI.

Poet Stilly, July 2020.

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August 2021


A year ago. Some articles we published in August 2020:



First published August 2020
 Article 
Effective Notetaking • Starting back at Secondary School or University? You'll find this report by Paul Humphreys contains handy advice about how to remember things for upcoming tests and exams.

Audio Listen to a summary.

Paul Humphreys, August 2020.


First published August 2020
 Article 
To Zoom or to Teams • Norma Aubertin-Potter considers the ups and downs of meetings held online.

Norma Aubertin-Potter, August 2020.


First published August 2020
 Article 
Breathless in Kidlington • Ian Wilson raises our heartbeat as we join him on an exhilarating run around the village.

Ian Wilson, August 2020.


First published August 2020
 Article 
Storks over Kidlington • Adrian Gray witnesses an historic sighting high above the village.

Adrian Gray, August 2020.


First published August 2020
 Article 
Future Historians and the Pandemic of 2020 • 'What will historians of the future make of our response to Covid-19?' asks Norma Aubertin-Potter.

Norma Aubertin-Potter, August 2020.


First published August 2020
 Article 
Old Money • Graham Kirby re-visits our pre-decimalisation currency of pounds, shillings, and pence — and reveals the model for Britannia whose " ... cloak stands out as if windswept."

Graham Kirby, August 2020.

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September 2021


A year ago. Some articles we published in September 2020:



First published September 2020
 Article 
My Lockdown Books • Norma Aubertin-Potter reveals her reading list: Daniel Defoe, HG Wells, and a snoop into Donald Trump's White House are included.

Norma Aubertin-Potter, September 2020.


First published September 2020
 Article 
Stargazing September 2020 • Roger Davies brings Mars into focus in this month's look at the planets.

Roger Davies, September 2020.

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October 2021


A year ago. Some articles we published in October 2020:



First published October 2020
 Article 
Honoured at Oxford • A long-time resident of Kidlington village has had her portrait commissioned by the University of Oxford. But what's the story behind this special painting which now hangs high at the Examination Schools in the centre of the City?

October 2020.


First published October 2020
 Article 
Remembrance Sunday: Public Gathering or Private Gratitude? • Bruce Gillingham invites more personal ways to give thanks for our cherished freedoms.

Bruce Gillingham, October 2020.


First published October 2020
 Yarnton Level Crossing 
Yarnton Parish Council (YPC) • Councillor David Brown sets out YPC's opposition to the plan by Network Rail to close the level crossing at Sandy Lane.

David Brown, October 2020.

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November 2021


A year ago. Some articles we published in November 2020:



First published November 2020
 Article 
Stargazing November 2020 • Roger Davies places black holes and an Oxford Nobel Prize winner at the centre of November's look up at the skies over our region.

Roger Davies, November 2020.

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December 2021