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C a l e n d a r
July 2021




Events in July 2021

10 Jul Sat Kidlington Library promotes the Wild World Heroes Summer Reading Challenge.
24 Jul Sat Kidlington Gala Day at Exeter Hall.
30 Jul Sat Local SMEs may apply for business support via Oxfordshire's Local Enterprise Partnership.





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Past Papers
From 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.





C a l e n d a r
August 2021




Events in August 2021

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From 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.





C a l e n d a r
September 2021




Events in September 2021

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From 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.





C a l e n d a r
October 2021




Events in October 2021

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Past Papers
From 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.


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.





C a l e n d a r
November 2021




Events in November 2021

5 Nov Fri Fireworks display at Stratfield Brake.






Past Papers
From 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.





C a l e n d a r
December 2021




Events in December 2021

⬛ Christmas Lights switch-on in Kidlington High Street: due early December — date to be announced.






C a l e n d a r
January 2022




Events in January 2022

⬛ What's On — January 2022 notices are posted here. Here follows a Centenary Invitation from the International Tree Foundation:



International Tree Foundation
  ITF 2022  
ITF

OUR CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
1922—2022

A personal invitation from the Chairman.

I'd like to welcome environmentalists everywhere to join us in our world-wide Centenary celebrations of the work of the ITF whose central office is sited in Oxford.


How can you get involved?
Most easily straightaway you can click on this card to visit the ITF website and view wonderful photographs taken of our global ventures and read about the impact the ITF is having on the environment and local communities around the world. If yours is a school engaging your pupils in an earth project, tell me about your activities especially if they involve plantings — but a poem or a prayer about our planet I'd love to hear too. If yours is a community group with a focus on forestry then we really must team up because in 2022 we're aiming to plant a tree on the very same day in 100 countries around the globe and you could get involved in our documentary video programme for which I'd welcome your input today in our planning. Write to me in person. I'm a close neighbour of yours: my family and I live in Woodstock. My name is Stephen Vickers and I'm the Chairman of the ITF Trustees. My personal email address is: stephen@vickers.education. Let's explore what we can achieve together, while we have time to prepare.

04| Dr Stephen Vickers. International Tree Foundation.





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C a l e n d a r
February 2022




Events in February 2022

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Past Papers
From February 2021 ...

First published February 2021
 Article 

Alice in Lockdown • John Batchelor highlights the various confinements which Alice endured and how she overcame them in the books by Lewis Carroll.

John Batchelor, February 2021.


First published February 2021
 Article 

A Pocket Full of Change • A friend in Kidlington tells of a soldier in WWI whose coins in his pocket saved him from more serious injury.

Graham Kirby, February 2021.


First published February 2021
 Article 

Stargazing February 2021 • Throughout February — due south at 9.00pm, the constellation of Orion is our signpost to the Winter skies.

Roger Davies, February 2021.





C a l e n d a r
March 2022




Events in March 2022

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Past Papers
From March 2021 ...

First published March 2021
 Article 
Giles Woodforde
Going to the Pictures • Giles Woodforde recollects – as longer-term residents also will know – that the Tesco building in Kidlington started life in 1938 as the Sterling Cinema.

Giles Woodforde, March 2021.


First published March 2021
 Article 
Andrew Young
How many streets in Kidlington? • Andrew Young narrates the odyssey of his son George who journeyed all the streets of Kidlington in a single day.

Andrew Young, March 2021.




Past Papers
From 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.






C a l e n d a r
April 2022




Events in April 2022

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Past Papers
From April 2021 ...

First published April 2021
 Article 
James Hamilton
A Year Locked Down in Kidlington • A portrait by the artist in words and watercolours of the local landscape noticed within half a mile of the spire of St Mary's Church over 12-months.

James Hamilton, April 2021.


First published April 2021
 Article 

Mindful Art • Creating portraits and landscapes helped Kidlington's Douglas Lloyd refocus and detach from the stresses of everyday life during lockdown.

Douglas Lloyd, April 2021.


First published April 2021
 Article 
Norma Aubertin-Potter
My Father and the Merchant Navy • Norman Alfred Potter was born on 24th February 1904, married on 29th November 1947 in Begbroke, and died at Kidlington on 10th December 1974.

Norma Aubertin-Potter, April 2021.





Past Papers
From 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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C a l e n d a r
May 2022




Events in May 2022

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Past Papers
From May 2021 ...

May 2021: ArtWeeks
  Local Artists Online  

ArtWeeks
Artwork by Charlotte Orr.

  Oxfordshire's annual ArtWeeks Festival 2021 includes an online exhibition by local artists who in non-Covid times would normally exhibit in person at St. Mary's Kidlington. This virtual exhibition displays the works of local artists including those of: Bobbie Coon, Steve Daggit, Trish Friedemann, James Hamilton, Nic Hamilton, Ann Holland, Elizabeth Kirkham, Rosemary Meara, Charlotte Orr, Lynn Pilgrim, Thomas Shepherd, Richard Stephens, Danielle Teper, and Jean Wykes.

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Past Papers
From 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.





C a l e n d a r
June 2021




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Events in June 2021

24 Jun Thu Kidlington Parish Council meeting at Exeter Hall.



Latest Report 2021
 Kidlington Parish Council 

Chairman's Monthly Reports 2021
David Robey
KPC Chairman David Robey publishes his monthly report summarising Kidlington Parish Council matters for the year to date.


David Robey, 2021.




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The library is open from 9.30am to 5.00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; from 9.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday; but closed on Wednesdays. While Covid restrictions remain, when you come into the library you will be asked to fill out a track-and-trace form: when we are busy you may be asked to queue for a short while. Library Telephone: 01865-373067. For more information online please visit the Oxfordshire Libraries website click here.

Shirley Steventon, 2021.


First published June 2021
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Past Papers
From 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.