Christmas Lights - 4th December 2009
Despite a very damp evening, hundreds of people turned out for the switch-on of the Christmas Lights in Carterton on 4th December. To the delight of local children, Father Christmas turned on the lights at 6 pm in the presence of the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Maxine Crossland, on the Town Hall balcony. The Mayor also sent best wishes to Jack Timms, Carterton's oldest resident, who will be celebrating his 101st birthday on 11th December. Jack turned on the town's lights last year.
More than 40 charity and food stalls lined both sides of the Alvescot Road, many of the shops stayed open late, and there was a children's funfair and amusements sited in the car park behind the Carterton Library. The crowd was treated to a display of fireworks after the Switch-On, followed by school children singing Christmas carols, accompanied by the Witney Town Band. The Town Council would like to thank everyone who gave their support to this event, including the amazing Christmas lights erected by Peter White.
Remembrance Service - November 2009
The Remembrance Service and Parade took place in Carterton on Sunday 8 November 2009. The Service was held at St. John the Evangelist Church in Burford Road, followed by the Parade and laying of wreaths at the War Memorial next to the Town Hall.
RAF Brize Norton Station Commander, Group Captain Jon Ager, attended the Service along with other Station personnel and took the salute at the March Past in Alvescot Road. The Station Commander said: 'I, along with my Execs, are proud to be invited to participate in local Remembrance Services, and many of the personnel and civilians from across the Station will also have attended their local churches. We all have a duty to remember the Fallen and to honour their sacrifices.'
Exceptional Citizen 2009
The Town Mayor of Carterton, Cllr Mrs Maxine Crossland, was delighted to present an Exceptional Citizen Award to Mrs May Satell at her home in Clarkston Road, Carterton, at the end of October.
Councillor Maxine Crossland said: "The Town Council introduced these awards two years ago to recognise exceptional achievements by residents of Carterton. May is a very worthy recipient and I am delighted that she has been honoured in this way."
May has lived in Carterton for 39 years. For the last 11 years she has run the Carterton Over 60s Club, which meets on a weekly basis and has a flourishing membership. Many years ago, May ran a Home in Summertown, Oxford, until her elderly mother needed more of her care, at which
time she took over the running of the Carterton Day Centre and continued there for 8 years.
May has been involved with the elderly and the mentally and physically handicapped for all of her working life, selflessly giving her time and attention to those who needed help and support.
May has been married to Pat for nearly 25 years and they have six children.
Extreme Wheels Day - 8th August 2009
The Extreme Wheels project is organised and managed by skate park users and their friends and it is keenly supported by Carterton Town Council, local businesses, churches, Carterton Youth Council and various community volunteers. On 8th August 2009 (Extreme Wheels Day 2009) 1000s of photographs were taken by the project’s official snappers and Likal.com were on site producing the video footage (the videos are available to view on YouTube), and the sound engineer recorded the live music show.
The ‘Extreme Wheels Day LIVE’ CD album has now been produced by Mr. Kevin Ross, on behalf of the Extreme Wheels project team and with kind permission from all featured artists. The CD is on sale for just £3.99 and is available from Carterton Town Hall and Rapture music stores in Witney – all proceeds will be kindly donated to the Carterton Extreme Wheels Project.
Civic Service- 28th June 2009
St. John's Church Carterton, in association with Carterton Town Council and Save the Children, held a Songs of Praise style Civic Service on Sunday 28th June 2009. The Service was attended by the Carterton Town Mayor and her Consort, Cllrs Maxine and Brian Crossland, the Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, the High Sheriff of Oxford, Carterton Town Councillors and Chairmen and Town Mayors of local county, district and town councils.
A flower festival also took place in St. John's Church over the same weekend and one of the beautiful displays is shown on the left. The Flower Festival was organised by the Cotswold Flower Club in support of Save the Children.
Minister's Visit - 25th June 2009
We were delighted to welcome South East Minister, Jonathan Shaw, to Carterton on Thursday 25th June 2009. Mr Shaw met serving personnel and retired veterans at Carterton Town Hall as part of Armed Forces Week.
The first ever Armed Forces Day was marked with events up and down the country on Saturday 27 June 2009. It was held to give the nation the opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.
The Minister was joined by Town Mayor Cllr Mrs Maxine Crossland and introduced to, amongst others, Wing Commander Catherine Coton, RAF Brize Norton, and Captain Graham Cook, Commander of Carterton Detachment South East Army Reserve Forces. The Minister also met local representatives from the Royal British Legion, the Royal Air Force Association and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
Carterton 10K - 29 March 2009
The course started and finished at the Carterton Leisure Centre and refreshments and a barbecue were available for the runners after the finish. The Town Council has received many positive comments about the race which has been an annual event since 2006. Many thanks to everyone involved.
We would particularly like to thank Pete Thorbjornsen and Sean Macfarland of RAF Brize Norton for their excellent organisational ability, Lions Club members, town councillors and town residents for acting as marshals, the Town Mayor for presenting prizes, Foxbury Farm for providing a BBQ, the Midcounties Co-op for supplying bananas and water for all the runners, and Broadshires Health Centre for letting us use their car park on the morning.
Thank you one and all. Your support for the 10K next year would be much appreciated.