Visit of Nick Hurd MP - 14th November 2011
The Town Council was delighted to welcome Nick Hurd MP, Minister for the South East and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for The Civil Society, to the Carterton Town Hall on Monday 14 November. Mr Hurd attended a special session of the Carterton Job Club and spoke to each of the volunteers. The photograph left shows OCC Cllr Jim Couchman, Nick Hurd MP, and Carterton Town Mayor, Cllr Norman MacRae MBE.
Mr Hurd's visit combined a political meeting with the Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, Keith Mitchell, with a tour of local projects, including Carterton Town Hall and Carterton Community Centre, where he took part in a community lunch.
Repatriations Handover Ceremony - 1st September 2011
A ceremony was held on 1st September 2011 at the new Memorial Garden in Norton Way, when the Mayor of Wootton Bassett officially handed over the Union flag to the Chairman of Brize Norton Parish Council and the Mayor of Carterton. The flag was blessed by the Chaplain to the RBL and the Rev Bill Blakey, Vicar of Carterton and Brize Norton.
The ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron, the Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council, Patrick Greene, and the Chairman of West Oxfordshire District Council, Derek Cotterill. The Rt Reverend John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford, led the dedication service. The photo to the left shows the Mayor of Wootton Bassett making his address prior to the flag being ceremoniously handed over.
Hike for Jeroes - 29th June 2011
On 29th June members of RAF Lyneham marched to RAF Brize Norton, while members of RAF Brize Norton marched to RAF Lyneham at the same time.
The idea for the march originated from No 1 Air Mobility Wing at RAF Lyneham, who will soon be relocating to RAF Brize Norton. The Marchers chose an Armed Forces charity, Help for Heroes, an RAF charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund and a local charity, Helen and Douglas House Hospice.
The Brize Norton Team set off at 0700 on Wednesday 29 June and arrived at Lyneham at about 1700. The Lyneham team marched the reverse route, also leaving at 0700. On their way to Brize Norton, the Lyneham team were met by the Town Mayor who walked with them to the Main Gate.
The RAF Lyneham Station Commander met the Brize Team, and the RAF Brize Norton Station Commander met the Lyneham team at the Brize Norton Main Gate.
Armed Forces Day - 20th June 2011
The Town Council organised a small ceremony at the War Memorial to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week. The Armed Forces flag was raised and a short service was led by Rev Jo Reid and Rev Geoffery Firth (Station Chaplain) in the presence of the Town Mayor, the Town Mace Bearer, WO Andrew Richardson, and Wg Cdr Stu Williams representing the Station Commander, RAF Brize Norton.
Town Councillors and members of the public also gathered to pay their respects. The Mayor explained that this short ceremony marked the start of a week that provides an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to service families, from veterans to cadets. Particularly relevant in Carterton as the home town of RAF Brize Norton.
The Armed Forces Flag was flown continuously throughout the week.
The Prime Minister's visit to the Carterton Job Club - 17th June 2011
Prime Minister David Cameron was welcomed to a special session of the Carterton Job Club on Friday 17th June 2011. Mr Cameron was introduced to representatives of Abingdon & Witney College, Oxfordshire County Council Adult Education Service, West Oxfordshire District Council Benefits Advice, Witney Job Centre, Oxfordshire Business Enterprise and Royal Air Force Careers Recruitment.
In the photograph to the left, Mr Cameron is talking to Bernard Goodchild of the Oxfordshire Business Enterprise and a Carterton Community College pupil who will be leaving school this summer. A video of the Job Club visit is here: www.oxbox.tv/showvideo.php?video=5289138
The Job Club has held 4 sessions since its launch in May this year, and has averaged 15 clients per session. The Club has been developed by the Carterton Fast Forward Project Manager, Catherine Chater, but as with most of her projects, the intention is for members of the community to take over in due course. We already have two volunteers involved and are advertising with the Oxfordshire Volunteer Bureau for a Co-ordinator.
The above photograph to the right shows the Prime Minister talking to Sqn Ldr Jacqueline Millard-Smith of RAF Brize Norton.
Official opening of Alvescot Road play area - 17th Jne 2011
We were delighted to welcome Prime Minister David Cameron at the Official Opening of the Alvescot Road Play Area on 17th June. Mr. Cameron made a tour of the play equipment and was introduced to members of the Carterton Youth Council, members of Anthony Stiff Associates (the landscape architects), members of E J Services, who constructed the play area, representatives of the various funding bodies, including WREN, WODC and Playbuilder, and members of the public. A video of the visit is here: www.oxbox.tv/showvideo.php?video=5291558
The above right photo shows the Prime Minister with youth councillors Emma Beckett and Matty Yallop, Deputy Mayor Cllr Adrian Coomber, and Carolyn Place, the landscape architect.
Mr. Cameron took the opportunity to speak to several teenagers in the new youth shelter and to young mothers with children using the equipment.
The new playground cost £145,000 to design and build and was funded by Playbuilder, Wren, the District Council and the Town Council. The second phase of the project, which will be funded by the Town Council, is the construction of a performance space later in the summer.
Exceptional Citizens and Young Persons Awards - 16th May 2011
Mr Tim Stevenson, the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, presented two Exceptional Citizen’s Awards to local residents at a reception held on 16 May 2011 at the Town Hall. 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 commitment to fellow citizens. Both Exceptional Citizens are people who have given freely of their time and energy to help other people in Carterton, and the two Young Persons are worthy recipients of this new and prestigious award.
The recipients of the Exceptional Citizen’s Awards were nominated by fellow residents. The first was Pam Howard, who has been running a Brownie Pack in Carterton for 37 years. During that time Pam has served two separate terms as a Commissioner, looking after her unit as well as overseeing all the other units in the area. She has organised numerous events for girls and for the last few years has co-ordinated training for new leaders.
The second Exceptional Citizen, Val Townsend, received the award for her dedicated service to the Carterton Branch of the Royal British Legion. In the last 7 years she has raised a staggering individual total of £26,760. Every year, Val takes two weeks holiday from her employment and volunteers up to eight hours a day to collecting. Val has tandem skydived and run around Hyde Park in a ball gown and tiara all to raise money for the RBL.
Twin sisters, Sophie and Lucy Riley, were jointly given the Mayor’s Award for Young People. Sophie and Lucy are year 6 pupils at Gateway School where they have contributed in many ways to school life. Both have been on the School Council, are Playground Leaders and take part in sporting activities as well as raising funds for charities. Their mother has had a number of medical problems which have sadly left her disabled. Both the girls have provided great support at home for both their parents.
Carterton Job Club Launch - 12th May 2011
The Town Council were delighted at the level of support received at the launch of the Job Club at the Carterton Town Hall on Thursday 12th May. A total of 23 people looking for work came along, and of these 3 were from Witney, 1 from Faringdon and 19 from Carterton. A number of people took advantage of advice from the variety of professionals, including Cecily Lee of OCC Next Steps, Sue Gibbens of OCC Adult Education, Marion Samler of Abingdon & Witney College, Danielle Carter of WODC Benefits Section, John Harrington of the Oxfordshire Employment Service, and a number of Witney Jobcentre Staff.
Newspapers and the internet were available for those wishing to look at job vacancies, and there were plenty of books and other literature to help with CV writing, interview techniques, etc.
We hope the Job Club will develop and grow as the months pass, and from time to time there will be guest speakers and local business people in attendance to give help and support.
Recreation ground open for Easter - 8th April 2011
The play area was opened to the public on Monday 11th April, and a combination of hot sunny weather and the fact that children were off school for Easter meant that the new equipment was thoroughly tested and much enjoyed. The Town Council has received a good deal of praise for the refurbishment.
There was a small 'topping out' ceremony at the Alvescot Road Recreation Ground play area to mark the completion of its refurbishment just before the Easter holidays. The Town Mayor said a few words in the company of town councillors and staff, members of the design team, builders still working on site and a few children who were invited in to join us. The Mayor was adventurous enough to climb to the top of the spire net - see the top left picture!
Alterations are now being made to the rest of the Recreation Ground, including linked pathways across the grass and a new central performing area, which will be completed in July/August. There will be an official Grand Opening by a very Special Guest on the afternoon of Friday 17th June, when there will also be music, refreshments, bouncy castles and much more. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Junior Town Crier Competition - 6 April 2011
The Junior Town Criers' Competition was organised by the Town Mayor and Mayoress and open to all five Primary Schools in the town and the Carterton Community College. Schools were asked to select two winners from different age categories, who attended the judging at the Town Hall on Wednesday 6th April in the presence of the Town Criers from Banbury and Fairford, along with the Town Mayor, all shown left.
It was a beautifully sunny afternoon and the children performed their pieces in front of a large crowd of onlookers - proud parents and family members, schools friends and quite a number of interested passers-by.
The prize for the winner was £25, with a further £75 for their school or college. The overall winner was ten year-old George Meyer from Edith Moorhouse Primary School, beating the other 22 finalists. The photograph on the left shows George with the Town Criers, the Town Mayor and the Deputy Mayor on the Town Hall balcony.
Carterton 10K 2011 - 27th March
The Carterton 10K Road Race took place this year on Sunday 27th March. This was the fifth year of the race and 170 runners took part on the day. T-shirts and medals were awarded to all of the runners, along with water and bananas supplied by the Midcounties Co-op.
This year a race photographer was on hand to record the event - go to www.theracephotographer.com/2011/Carterton10k/index.htm - and runners could also take advantage of a free sports massage. Foxbury Farm provided a barbecue, and there was plenty of activity both inside and outside the Leisure Centre throughout the morning. This year a Fun Run for the children was organised by the Carterton Lions and took place behind the Leisure Centre before the 10K.
Thank you to all those who gave their help and support.
Alvescot Road Recreation Ground Refurbishment - January 2011
Refurbishment of the children's play area commenced on 17th January 2011. The photo to the left shows the play equipment removed and the contractors starting to pull up the ground covering. The fencing around the play area has also been removed.
Picture update as at 11 March. The spire net looks very impressive and several other pieces of equipment are now in place.