Christmas Lights Switch-On - December 2010

Carterton Christmas Lights Carterton Christmas Lights






Carterton Christmas Lights Caledonian Band Members and Town Mayor

Prime Minister in Carterton - 22 October 2010

The Prine Minister visits CartertonThe Prine Minister visits Carterton

The Rt Hon David Cameron was invited to Carterton Town Hall to meet four members of Carterton Youth Council and two of the Youth Council Mentors, Cllr Ady Coomber and Mrs Lin Kennedy. The main topics for discussion were domestic policy and public spending, and particularly Playbuilder grant funding.
We were delighted to learn, just prior to the Prime Minister’s visit, that the £47k Playbuilder funding promised to us would be honoured despite fears that this would be one of the many projects to be cut following the comprehensive spending review. This means that we can move forward with our plans to refurbish the Alvescot Road Recreation Ground – in fact work will start as soon as November!

Other matters which were discussed with the Prime Minister, who also serves as our local MP, were the Youth Services currently provided by Oxfordshire County Council, detached youth work undertaken by the voluntary sector and, as part of his BIG Society concept, how communities will be empowered to do more and have more of a say with regard to how money is spent.
The meeting was very positive and Mr Cameron appeared to be very impressed with the young people from Carterton Youth Council and the important role of the Youth Council in the town. We hope he feels proud that several aspects of the BIG Society are alive and well in parts of his constituency, and have been for years. We were proud that he took time out of his busy schedule to pay us a visit.

RBL Cheque Presentation - 15 October 2010

RBL cheque presentationRBL cheque presentation

The Town Council was pleased to host a cheque presentation ceremony to the RBL at the Town Hall on the morning of 15th October 2010. Mrs Val Townsend, shown left presenting the cheque to Cllr Mrs Dee Bulley in the company of Mr John Staddon, Mr Maurice Warsop (Standard Bearer) and Town Mayor, Cllr Norman MacRae MBE, raised funds while taking part in the Hyde Park Challenge on Sunday 5th September. Val walked the 5K course, wearing the same red dress as in this photo, and raised £1,603 in sponsorship to launch this year's Poppy Appeal.
The photo left shows all of those who took part in the ceremony, from left Mrs Staddon (at the back), Rita Smale, Cllr Peter Madden, Mr Mark Mannion, Mr John Staddon, Mrs Val Townsend, Mr Maurice Warsop, Cllr Mrs Dee Bulley, Cllr Norman MacRae (Town Mayor), Cllr Ady Coomber (Deputy Mayor), Cllr Mrs. Carole MacRae (Mayoress), Mr Mike Bulley, and Mrs Rose Collinson, most of whom are members of the Carterton Royal British Legion.

Val has asked us to thank everyone who so generously supported her. 

Mayor and Mayoress visit St. John's School - September 2010

The Mayor and Mayoress visit St Johns SchoolThe Mayor and Mayoress visit St Johns School



The Town Mayor and Mayoress were invited to visit St John's School in September. The school children are currently learning about the role of the Town Mayor and had lots of questions when the visit was made. The Mayor was happy to explain the meaning of the town crest depicted on his chain of office, and describe some of the duties he has to perform. The Town Mayoress, Cllr Mrs MacRae, also showed her chain of office and answered the children's questions. .
The Mayor and Mayoress have further visits planned for the other primary schools in Carterton, and have already visited the Carterton Community College. The aim of the visits is to give the children a greater understanding of local government and the work of a Town Council

CARTERTON CELEBRATES! - 11/12 September 2010

Climbing WallPhoto Exhibition at Town Hall


With the help of an army of volunteers, Carterton celebrated in style on the weekend of 11th and 12th September.

The Town Hall was the focal point for the photographic exhibition, which ran from Saturday 11th until Wednesday 15th September and attracted 68 entries into the competition. The Town Hall was also the base for the Treasure Hunt, which was entered by 29 groups, totalling about 100 people. Our thanks go to Cllrs Crapper and Farmer for organising this event and making it such a success.

During the Saturday, would-be mountaineers honed their skills on the climbing wall at the Community College, and gardeners, bakers, jam makers and flower arrangers displayed their produce, including an amazing array of cup cakes produced by school children, at the Community Centre. Craftsmen sold their handiwork at the Craft Fair, and a new sculpture was unveiled in Marigold Square in the presence of the Town Mayor and District Council officers. Saturday evening was rounded off with a fantastic quiz night at the Centre which was thoroughly enjoyed by more than 120 participants.

Bouncy CastleAirsoft Combat Games




On Sunday the Station Commander and senior representatives from RAF Brize Norton joined the Town Mayor and civic guests at St John's Church for a service which included a live link to Kandahar and the presentation of the Freedom of Carterton to the Airborne Delivery Wing. This was followed by a Family Fun Day on the Alvescot Road Recreation Ground. The afternoon started with a parachute drop by the Hawks and continued into the evening with live acts at Brownes Hall. Other activities included a fun fair, bouncy castle, assault course, bungee run, barbecue and refreshments. Meanwhile youngsters took part in Combat Games at The Dell or watched a showing of Nanny MacPhee at the Community Centre.

The whole event was presided over by 'Mr William Carter', who was amazed by the growth of his town and the technological advances of the last 110 years! Mr Carter was certainly very proud of the way his town and RAF Brize Norton had come together to celebrate in the glorious sunshine.

Our thanks go to all the volunteers who gave up their time to make the weekend such a success.

Refurbishment of Alvescot Road Recreation Ground

Alvescot Road Recreation GroundARRG Play Park






The Town Council plans to refurbish the Alvescot Road Recreation Ground (ARRG) and the major part of the project is the replacement of the existing play area with items of equipment which will appeal to a much wider age range. The equipment will be zoned into areas designed for younger and older children and separated by grassed mounds. There will also be seating and some planting to soften the appearance of the area. These proposals have been worked up in consultation with youngsters and the local community including the police. Local residents have been consulted, and a copy of the letter is attached here.

The existing pavilion is not included in this project but in the next few months we will be carrying out minor repairs to the building and providing fencing to prevent youngsters from getting between the building and the hedge.

We also intend to install new paths and a central feature, which will act as a focal point for public performances as well as for informal gatherings. Plans are available from the Town Hall and will be included on this website as soon as we are able to do so. The western end of the Recreation Ground will be left open to provide an area for events and for ball games.

100th Birthday of Carterton Resident - August 2010

Harold Morris celebrates his 100th birthday100 crest



Harold Morris of Blenheim Court, Sycamore Drive, Carterton, celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday 28th August. Carterton Town Mayor, Cllr Norman MacRae, called in to see Mr Morris the afternoon before his birthday during a family party and presented him with a birthday card and bottle of whisky on behalf of the Town Council.

Mr Morris, whose wife Linda died 17 years ago, has three children – Roy 75, who also lives in Carterton, Ronald, 69, who lives in Suffolk, and Muriel, 65, who flew in from Canada to join the celebrations yesterday.

Mr Morris, who moved to Carterton two years ago, also has eight grand-children, 15 great-grandchildren and is due to become a great-great-granddad in November. Born in Edmonton, north London, in 1910, he was a lorry driver and reservist in the Second World War. He is the first male to reach 100 from his Housing Association. We wish him many congratulations.

Carterton Celebrates Banner Making - August 2010

Flag makingBanner making




We were delighted to welcome Helen Jacobs to the Town Hall on 25th August 2010 to do a banner and flag making session for dressing the town during the Carterton Celebrates weekend on 11th and 12th September. Town Hall staff and members of the public had a go at making stensils and printing their chosen designs onto pieces of material to be made up into flags and pennants. An example of one design, showing a tomato for which Carterton was reknown, is shown on the left.

Helen then went back to her workshop and used all the stencils to put together two large banners, shown left, one of which will be displayed on the balcony at the Town Hall, and the other at the Carterton Community Centre. The smaller banners and flags will be distributed around the town to give a festive atmosphere.

Schools Swimming Gala - July 2010

Gateway School TeamCarterton Leisure Centre swimming pool



The annual Schools Swimming Gala, organised by the Town Council, took place at the Carterton Leisure Centre on Monday 12th July 2010. The winning school (see photo left) was Gateway Primary School, with Edith Moorhouse Primary School 2nd,
St Joseph's RC Primary School 3rd, St John's Primary School 4th and Carterton Primary School 5th.

Town Councillors and Town Hall staff helped with the judging, assisted by members of the Carterton Lions.

The trophy was presented by Cllr Mrs Crossland, former Town Mayor, as the current Mayor, Cllr Norman MacRae, was unable to attend.


Armed Forces Day - 21 June 2010

Armed forces day memorialArmed forces day flowers

The Town Council organised a short ceremony at the War Memorial in Alvescot Road on Monday 21st June 2010 to commemorate the start of Armed Forces Week. In attendance were the new RAF Brize Norton Station Commander, Group Captain Dom Stamp, Carterton Town Mayor, Cllr Norman MacRae MBE, together with town councillors, representatives of the RBL, RAFA and SSAFA and local clergy.

The Armed Forces flag will be raised each day during the forthcoming week to honour HM Armed Forces, past present and future.

Across the country people are getting involved, with communities holding local events and businesses showing their support in various different ways for Armed Forces Week.

The Maples Play Area - May 2010

Cutting the Ribbon!Down the slide



The official opening of the newly refurbished Maples Play Area took place on the evening of Thursday 27th May 2010. A BBQ was held and all local residents were invited to come along.

The Mayor and Mayoress, Cllrs Norman and Carole MacRae, took an unusual route in 'cutting the ribbon'! (see the photograph above).

The play area now comprises a swing seat large enough to take adults or several children, an extra wide slide, play sand, a paved barbeque area and log seating. The old brick wall has been replaced with attractive black railings. The overall feel is that of a small park rather than just a playground, and the residents are delighted with it.

The Town Council would like to give thanks to Flora Gathorne-Haber for the design of the play area and Arborforce for its construction. Particular thanks on Thursday also go to Amanda for providing and coping with the bbq single-handed!


Exceptional Citizens Awards - April 2010

Exceptional citizens award medalsExceptional citizens awards 

Tim Stevenson OBE, the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, presented Exceptional Citizens’ Awards to four residents of Carterton at a reception held on Monday 26th April 2010 at the Town Hall.

Councillor Maxine Crossland, Town Mayor, said ‘The Town Council introduced these awards in 2007 to recognise exceptional achievement by residents of Carterton. I am delighted to announce that we have four very worthy recipients in 2010 to join the nine already awarded.’

Mr Stevenson said ‘It is a very great privilege for me to be able to present these awards. I am always delighted to be involved in anything which acknowledges great personal achievement’
Tim Stevenson OBE, the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, presented Exceptional Citizens’ Awards to four residents of Carterton at a reception held on Monday 26th April 2010 at the Town Hall.

Councillor Maxine Crossland, Town Mayor, said ‘The Town Council introduced these awards in 2007 to recognise exceptional achievement by residents of Carterton. I am delighted to announce that we have four very worthy recipients in 2010 to join the nine already awarded.’

Mr Stevenson said ‘It is a very great privilege for me to be able to present these awards. I am always delighted to be involved in anything which acknowledges great personal achievement’. 

St George's Day - 23 April 2010

Competition EntriesSt George's Day Reception





The Dragon’s Den Competition was instigated last year to celebrate St. George’s Day. This year, local schools were set the task of making a mechanical knight which was capable of being pulled along and included an element of movement. St. John’s C of E Primary School submitted the winning entry, for which they received the John Browne Trophy and a cheque for £500.

The judging took place on Thursday 22nd April and the photograph shows the six entries, with the winning entry on the extreme right.

This project formed part of the St George’s Day Reception organised by Carterton Town Council on Friday 23rd April at the Carterton Community Centre, Marigold Square.

Civic dignitaries and local residents were delighted to see the procession of Knights at the beginning of the evening, before being wined and dined and entertained by the Brize Singers. The photograph shows the main hall at the Carterton Community Centre bedecked with English flags.

The Reception is an Annual Charitable Event, which this year supported MIND and Dogs for the Disabled.

Carterton 10K - March 2010

Leading runners with the MayorCarterton 10K run

This year's Carterton 10K was held on Sunday 28th March 2010, on a sunny dry day perfect for running. It was the fifth 10K jointly organised by the Town Council and RAF Brize Norton and proved to be the most successful, with a total of 272 runners signing up in advance or on the day, and 248 making it past the finishing line. The photograph shows some of the leading runners with the Town Mayor, Maxine Crossland.

We are delighted that the 10K continues to be so successful, and must give our thanks to the organisational skills of Pete Thorbjornsen and his colleagues of RAF Brize Norton, together with the support of the Carterton Leisure Centre, Broadshires Health Centre, Carterton Midcounties
Co-op, Foxbury Farm and all the people who helped with marshalling on the day.

International Market 2010

International MarketInternational Market

Carterton's first International Market was held on Marigold Square on Sunday 21st March, 2010, from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. More than 25 traders were selling their wares from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland and Poland, with many wearing traditional costumes. The market sold Fairtrade products such as arts, handicrafts and wooden carvings from Africa, South East Asia and Latin America.

Market co-ordinator, Olivier Simonin, said: "These products cannot normally be found in your high street, and there really was something for everyone."
The market square was a bustling and colourful scene on Sunday in the unexpected sunshine. For food-lovers there were Brittany biscuits, olives, Italian nougat, a wide variety of cheeses, garlic, saucissons, tartiflette from the Alps, charcuterie, fresh breads, croissants, and bagels. Other products on sale included handbags and leather goods, scarves, Marseille soaps, lavender, children's toys, pashminas, wooden arts, and crafts.

It is hoped that the market will return later in the year.




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