Carterton Christmas Lights - 30th November 2012
Armed Forces Day - 25 June 2012
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 Bill Blakey in the presence of the Town Mayor, the Town Mace Bearer, and members of the Airborne Delivery Wing, 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.
Carterton's Queen's Diamond Jubilee Weekend 2 & 3 June 2012
Carterton's Jubilee Celebrations took place on the Alvescot Road Recreation Ground on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 2nd & 3rd June. Several days prior to this, the town centre had been decorated with bunting, and nearly all shops and businesses had decorated their windows with Jubilee displays. Highlights of the Saturday were the Fashion Show and the first stage of the Carterton's Got Talent competition. There was also a funfair, bouncy castle, Punch and Judy, go-karts, a pig roast, the Skychaser Rocket courtesy of Carterton Community College and lots more. The photo to the left shows all the fashion show entrants after their amazing promenade.
The Pig Roast was supplied by Foxbury Farm, who also brought along some lambs for the youngsters. Various stalls were lined up along the recreation ground, offering plate smashing, face painting, pottery painting, jubilee memorabillia, RSPCA micro-chipping for dogs, and more. 10 of the 20 contestants of Carterton's Got Talent were voted forward to the next round of the competition. The weather was mild but overcast, and the organisers were just delighted that it didn't rain!
In the evening, Browne's Hall held a live music evening and the Carterton Songsters performed a concert at St John's Church.
The festivities had to be moved inside to Browne's Hall on the Sunday because of heavy rain. The tables were set out and beautifully decorated for the Big Lunch, flower displays were provided courtesy of the Cotswold Flower Club, a live band started the proceedings, closely followed by the Junior Youth Orchestra at 1.00 p.m. A variety of singers entertained the audience prior to the Final Stage of the Talent Competition commencing at 3 p.m. The photo, left, shows the Junior Youth Orchestra during their performance.
Hundreds of people crammed into Browne's Hall for the Big Lunch and to listen to the live music on stage. Performances included Beth Cooper, Sarah Derrick and Rufio. The second round of the Talent Competition resulted in a resounding winning performance - Molly Bishop and her hula hoop! The Hall provided an open bar, refreshments and a slice of Jubilee cake for all!
The Jubilee Committee is grateful to everyone who helped with the planning of the weekend, and to everyone who came along and supported all the events.
More Jubilee Photos
Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir - 10 March 2012
We were delighted to welcome the Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir to St John's Church, Carterton, on Saturday 10th March 2012, organised by Cllr Norman MacRae MBE, Mayor of Carterton.
A capacity audience enjoyed a full repertoire of songs, together with several soloist renditions. Refreshments were served prior to the event and during the interval. A charity raffle was held, and all proceeds were donated to the Town Mayor's charity, Helen and Douglas House.
Allandale Centre Opening - 10 February 2012
On Friday 10 February Colin Fletcher, the Bishop of Dorchester, carried out the formal opening of the Allandale Youth House in the centre of Carterton.
The Allandale formerly belonged to Oxfordshire County Council but under their Big Society Scheme, the building has been bought by Carterton Town Council, refurbished with the aid of grants, and reopened as a Centre for young people. During the day, the building is occupied by Inclusive Care and Education Limited, known as ICE. In the evening it operates as a youth club welcoming young people from the age of 8 upwards.
The photograph above left shows the Bishop talking to Louise O'Farrell, a member of ICE, in the company of the Town Mayor and Mayoress.
Cllr Norman MacRae, the Town Mayor, said: “This is a fantastic project which has brought together a wide range of agencies. The Town Council now owns the building and leases it to ICE. ICE has lots of exciting plans to encourage the wider community to make use of the facilities during the day, and in the evening the Centre provides a superbly equipped place for our young people. In addition trained youth workers will organise activities at the Centre as part of Airplay, the RAF Benevolent Fund’s £24 million support project for young people in RAF communities. It has been a joy to see all these groups working together in such a constructive way.”
Bishop Colin added: “I have always been impressed by the energy and enthusiasm displayed by the people of Carterton. This project is a great example of the community responding to a challenge and the result is a facility of which the whole town can be proud. I congratulate all those who have been involved in the project to date and offer my very best wishes to all those who will be using the Centre in the future.”
The photograph above right shows some members of ICE and the youth club with the Bishop and Town Mayor.
Repatriation Blankets - January 2012
The Town Council is delighted at the response to its request for knitted squares to make up into blankets for the elderly and infirm on Repatriation days. The photograph, left, shows three of the blankets sewn together by willing volunteers.
We have many to thank for these efforts, including Jane Mealins, Ruth Jones, Mrs Sanderson, Sue Ford, an un-named Guider, Mrs Hawkins, Mrs Shirley Clark, Mrs June Luska, Mrs Carole MacRae, Mrs Margaret Smith, and Town Hall staff.
Special mention must go to Mrs Hawkins who supplied the beautifully crocheted squares (centre). Thank you to all of you. If you would like to keep on knitting, then we will be happy to continue to receive the squares and make them up into blankets for charity.