Writers’ Group: The Bootlegger’s Widow by Keith McClellan

Keith McClellan, a long time member of Aynho’s Writers’ Group,  is now a published author!

His book ‘The Bootlegger’s Widow’ is available in paperback and also on Kindle!
The story is set in Cornwall in 1797. Recently widowed Martha Baines is defenceless against corrupt revenue man, Rawdon, and Richard Trewarren, heir to the local manor, who is prone to gambling and venality. Forced into prostitution, can she survive their predations? Will Richard Trewarren’s self-deception ultimately lead to catastrophe?

Aynho Long Walk: 25th September 2014

Aynho Long Walk 25th September 2014

Twelve walkers set out for Souldern this morning.  We took the Portway footpath ,which was a little overgrown in places, and into the freshly harvested field beyond.  We were soon past Souldern church and into the village.  We made a short unintended deviation before tacking the long concrete farm track down to Souldern Grounds.  Beyond the very tidy, clean farmyard we reached the long viaduct and passed under it towards the canal.  The swing bridge was raised although there was no immediate canal traffic.  The bridge is beautifully balanced, so it was easy to hold the long arms and lift them so that the weight of the bridge lowered it into position.  I took a few pictures as illustrated and, once the bridge had swung up to its raised position, we continued along the canal greeting the crew of an aptly named ‘Sunshine’ longboat as they cruised towards Oxford.

We crossed the canal at Wharf farm and passed over and under railway lines before climbing towards Souldern.  We took a footpath steeply down hill to the freshly harvested fields of Upper Aynho Grounds, walked through to Souldern Mill, where the ford stream was well below the road, and returned to the Pavilion for the usual welcoming refreshments. 7.1 miles in all.

Deddington Health Centre: Autumn 2014 Newsletter

Download the latest newsletter from Deddington’s Health Centre highlighting the availability of flu vaccinations for over-65’s, improvements to the Health Centre facilities and changes to personnel.

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Online safety for children between 5 to 18 years

The Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission is currently running  a consultation aimed at children and young people across the county, which will help shape a new strategy to tackle online crime.

Social media has become part of our everyday lives but there are risks attached. These range from bullying and harassment through to child sexual exploitation.

We know that online crimes are underreported. This consultation will help the Police and Crime Commission understand the perceived risks and behaviours of young people and their parents so that a programme of education and prevention and can be implemented.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, said: “Social networking sites feature in virtually every single case our cyber-crime detectives investigate. 
“It is vital that we take positive action to tackle online exploitation, and this consultation is a crucial part of that.

Surveys have been devised to capture young peoples’ experiences of being online and how they are affected by them, their perceptions of the risks they face and what they would do if they felt something they came across was inappropriate.

Parents and carers are also being asked to complete the survey, to enable the commission to find out how much they understand about the risks children face when they are online.

If this subject is relevant to you, please take a few moments of your time to help us by completing a survey, encouraging children to complete the age appropriate surveys  and forwarding this request on to appropriate family and friends.

The surveys are available online now – just click into the following link – and remember, by completing a survey, you will be able to take part in a prize draw to win a £100 shopping voucher.


Closing date: Friday 24th October

Paper copies of the survey are also available. To request this, or if you have any other questions about this consultation, please contact Marie Rose   marie.rose@northantspcc.pnn.police.uk

Aynho Long Walk: 4th September 2014

A perfect day for walking, warm sunshine and a cool breeze. We welcomed Thitima to the group and hope she will become a regular walker with us. We set off down the much improved Green Lane – all those deep ruts now filled in – crossed the footbridge beyond the Lower Walton Grounds farm buildings and followed the track round past the row of houses to the Kings Sutton lane. Here we took the narrow path through to the fields and climbed the ridge with its view over Kings Sutton village. The muddy section through the copse at the top was still not dried out but easily passable. The path goes diagonally down the next field, passes through the gateway in the hedge and rises diagonally up again to the top of the ridge. Good views in all directions from here and a good excuse for a short rest after a strenuous uphill walk. All the fields so far still had stubble from the harvest and the path was easy to follow. As we continued we came to a recently harrowed field where the route was much more difficult to see. We knew the gap in the hedge to aim for so it was not too much of a problem. The route through the old stone pits at Charlton was much easier as the electric fence borders the path all the way through to the stile. In the last field before Charlton village a herd of cows lay quietly at the far end and took no interest in us. We continued through the village, cut up through Rainsborough Camp, enjoyed the views from our own ridge and got back to the pavilion in time for coffee and a delicious lemon cake, or jacket potato if ordered before we set out. Ten walkers, ten kilometres.

Aynho Long Walk: 21st August 2014

Ten walkers set off today with one dog. The sunshine was warm enough but when the sun disappeared the wind was quite cold. We walked through the village down the Black Path, Blacksmith’s Hill and Skittle Alley to Little Lane and across the main road to Station Road and continued down to Millers Lane and the ford at Souldern Mill. The maize seems to have grown tall very quickly. It is difficult to see over it now, a great contrast with the wide expanse of newly harvested wheat and barley fields. A badger had been busy digging out a new sett judging by the earth and weeds scattered along the lane. The ford was dry so we crossed it and the footbridge and walked along more maize fields to pass under the motorway and reach the Great Western. The canal was very busy. Long boats followed one after another. The towpath was clear and dry. We soon reached Souldern Wharf, crossed the bridge and passed through the ripe smell of the farmyard to walk up Wharf Lane into Souldern village. Some lovely views across to Aynho Park House as we took the path through to the Portway track and climbed up the final field. At the top a newly repaired stile, meant no more swinging under the bar for the shortest among us. We passed through the tunnel and reached the pavilion in a couple of minutes over two hours after covering 6.2 miles.

Aynho Long Walk: 14th August 2014

Another experienced walker new to our walks joined us today. This brought the total on the long walk to fourteen, an excellent turnout considering the weather. We walked along the Black Path to Butts Close, crossed the Charlton Road and the stone stile and walked down to Lower Walton Grounds. The two horses ahead of us did not churn up the path as, although the soil was damp on the surface, it was still very hard from the summer heat. The gravel track along the valley was already covered with long puddles from last night’s rain so we were pleased to reach the recently harvested field beyond. Pleased that is until the hail storm struck us. At this point we huddled beneath a tree in the hedgerow as we struggled into kagools, raincoats and over trousers. The optimists who had no protection from the rain were soon cold and very wet. The hail was gone as quickly as it arrived. We walked on, crossed the stream and walked through further harvested crops to the old stone pits at Charlton.  We walked down through the village and up towards Rainsborough Camp, again through harvested field and meadow. As we came back along the ridge thunder and lightning preceded another heavy shower just as we were warming up after the hailstorm. Never had a hot drink at the pavilion been more welcome, in spite of the glee shown by some of the short walkers who had arrived back just in time to avoid the shower.

Aynho Long Walk: 7th August 2014

The hot sunshine continues and thirteen of us felt the heat on our walk of nearly seven miles. This morning’s walk was a popular one along the ridge to Rainsborough Camp and across Camp Farm fields to the Charlton Road and beyond, before emerging on Cut-Throat Corner and following the lane for a few hundred yards to the footpath across to Croughton. From here the recent harvest made it difficult to find the exact route of the footpath but we reached the village easily enough. We paused in the shade of the trees in the churchyard. Most people and dogs had a thirst quenching drink before we checked out the TV set in the hollow tree by the church gate. It is still there. The recycling collection truck blocked the road as we approached the ford beyond Croughton Mill but we skirted round it without problems. The barley in the Warren Farm field had grown a lot since our last visit. It is the first time that the field has become arable for many years. We assume it is no longer needed for pasture as the famous Aberdeen Angus herd has been reduced in numbers. The path through the woods in Upper Aynho grounds was very overgrown, but fortunately not with too many nettles or brambles. A young hare raced ahead of us up the track beyond the stream. We crossed the B4100 and were soon on the final slog up the Portway path, an exhausting climb in the hot sunshine, and on through the tunnel and back to the pavilion more than ever pleased to have a welcoming drink and jacket potato or slice of cake.


Do You Use Heating Oil?

If you do, then perhaps you might like to join the Aynho group which has been registered on www.oil- club.co.uk by Pippa Clark. There is no membership fee, it is easy to join, just go to www.oil-club.co.uk, find The Aynho Heating Oil Club on the register and ask to join.

You need your own email address as you effec- tively open your own account within the group. Although there are many other such clubs, we have found it simple to use and there are savings to be made even if a relatively small quantity of oil is ordered as The Oil Club buys in bulk putting orders from the same postcode/area together.

They find the best price once they have sufficient orders going to one area. The more people who join, the greater the saving and faster time between placing an order and it being delivered.

All necessary information for the Oil Club can be found on their web site. Click here

Autumn sunsets and other great pictures

It’s not yet mid-September and it’s already feeling like autumn. Goodbye summer! During the next few weeks we’re likely to get some stunning sunsets across the Banbury ‘vale’ – with great views from Roundtown – which will find there way onto the village’s Pinterest site.

If you’ve any interesting views of the village or village life and would like to add these to the growing library of pictures of Aynho, email them to Sadie or Leslie (see APC contacts – click here) along with a short description (if you feel so inclined) and we’ll publish onto Pinterest which, in turn, will also appear on our Gallery page.

Personally, I’m already looking forward to the pictures from next spring and summer!