Aynho Long Walk: 30th October 2014

It was very muggy when fifteen of us set out this morning.  Once we had untangled ourselves from those on the short walk we headed through the village and down Station road and Millers Lane.  We all passed through the ford although it was almost too deep at one point.  On the way up the hill towards Souldern village we frightened a whole flock of pheasants. Some tried without success to get over a high wire fence, others ran in noisy panic up the track.  We turned right at the top and then crossed a couple of meadows and passed through a copse to the farm track up to Souldern. I led the front walkers along a footpath between houses to join a road and track to Nancy Bowles wood and Fox Hill.  A trailing group took a short cut along the road and appeared ahead of us.  We soon caught them up and walked past the Llama farm to the Fritwell Road and so back to Souldern village again.  From there we passed the church and the sewage station and entered the meadow where several kites circled above us. We were soon on the Portway path with a glimpse of sunshine and back at the pavilion where some of us sat outside with our coffees.

History Walk Around Aynho

Click below to download this history walk around Aynho starting at the village hall and finishing at Aynhoe Park House.  Learn something of its history and its villagers.

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Aynho Long Walk: 16th October 2014

Aynho Long Walk 16th October 2014

I was back from a week’s holiday to lead the walk on one of the few warm sunny days of the month so far.  We welcomed Judith from the Kings Sutton and Brackley walks.  There were fourteen walkers today.  We set off down Green Lane which was quite soft underfoot but much improved from the levelling out undertaken over the spring and summer.  We turned left at the bottom of the lane and passed across the back of the farm and residential buildings and onto the tarred track up to the lay-by on the B4100. To our concern, we saw a notice that the landowners had applied to deny public access to this Right of Way, and we will be taking this up with the Rights of Way dept at Northampton.  We crossed the B4100 safely and followed the bridleway up to Station Road.  Directly across was Millers Lane which we followed all the way into Souldern.  The ford was not very deep but we skirted round it for those without waterproof  footwear.  We walked through Souldern Village to the pond before turning down the road past the church and the sewage works.  The path alongside was somewhat overgrown and the stile into the meadow at the end rather tricky to get over.  We all managed and continued across the meadow towards the autumnal trees in the wood, climbed the steep track and continued through Portway and back to the pavilion. The usual delightful refreshments awaited, thanks to Anita, and we sat out in the sunshine to enjoy our coffee and lemon drizzle cake.

WI: Knitting for Greenfields charity

 AYNHO WI MEMBERS  (and Sybil Stevens a non-member) have been knitting  for the Charity “Greenfields Africa”.

This Charity works with pregnant mothers in the poorest areas of Uganda and Kenya. Mothers to be are given a bag of clothes, blankets etc if they attend an antenatal clinic three times. The scheme has produced great results in the fight against infant mortality and in the health of the mothers.

The W.I. first heard of this charity through a group called The “Fish & Chip Charity” so called because new mothers had only a newspaper in which to wrap the baby

Trick or Treat Responsibly this Halloween

With Halloween fast approaching, police are reminding people make sure they spend their time trick-or-treating responsibly.
Many residents enjoy Halloween and view it as harmless fun, but for others it can be distressing receiving visits from unexpected callers, particularly the elderly and those that live alone.

The neighbourhood police teams in the Thames Valley will be undertaking high-visibility patrols over the Halloween period to deal with any anti-social behaviour. They also work with schools and parents to reduce the incidents of nuisance and criminal damage that can happen at this time of year.

You can download and print a ‘No trick-or-treat’ flyer from the Thames Valley Police website and display it in a window or visit your local station to pick up a copy.

If you or your children see this flyer displayed please move on to the next house. Most people will have a pumpkin or Halloween decorations on display to welcome callers.

We will also be encouraging people to watch our ‘Click Your Trick’ (opens new window) film which highlights the consequences of anti-social behaviour. The film features a teenager who was convicted of arson after he and his friend put a firework through a family home as a prank in 2008. The prank went horribly wrong with the firework setting the house on fire. Luckily nobody was seriously injured.

We want everybody to have fun during Halloween and Bonfire night, but don’t want children and teenagers to be influenced by others into doing things that may seem minor at the time. Please remember, your actions could have a massive impact on not only people inside their house but to your life as well.

Don’t let Halloween become a terrifying experience for all the wrong reasons, warn fire fighters. John Robinson, station Manager from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service community safety team, said: “We don’t want to stop people enjoying Halloween, but we do want them to celebrate safely. There is nothing more terrifying than having a fire at home or seeing your clothes catch fire.

“Just follow this safety advice for a safer Halloween: never make costumes from flammable materials, always check costumes and masks are labelled as flame resistant, keep candles away from children and ensure they are extinguished at night, and do not overload electricity sockets with lightings.”

If you are trick-or-treating this year:

Don’t knock where you see a ‘No Trick-or-Treat’ poster.
Be visible and stick to well-lit streets.
Although Halloween is meant to be spooky, be careful not to frighten people.
Plan your trick-or-treat route before you go and let an adult know where you’ll be going and what time you will be back.
Go with an adult when possible.
If at any point you do feel nervous or unsafe:

Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spy-hole, look out of a window, and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.
Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them.
If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a coordinator, please identify people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.
Thames Valley Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of the year.

To report anti-social behaviour please call the 24 hour non-emergency number 101. If it is a crime in progress, call 999 immediately.

Circular Walks from Aynho via Souldern

Walk 1
Aynho – Lower Aynho Grounds – Souldern Mill – Souldern Church – Aynho
Approximately 3 miles
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Walk 2
Aynho – Lower Aynho Grounds – Souldern Mill – Aynho Wharf – Canal – Souldern Manor – Aynho
Shorter version approximately 5½ miles. Longer version approximately 6.1 miles.
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Walk 3
Aynho – Walton Grounds – Cherry Trees – Lower Aynho Grounds – Souldern – Souldern Church – Aynho.  Approximately 5.9 miles.

Walk 4
Aynho – Station Road – Millers Lane – Souldern Nancy Bowles Wood – Fox Hill – Souldern Church – Aynho.  Approximately 5.3 miles. 


Circular Walks from Aynho via Kings Sutton

Walk 1
Aynho – Walton Grounds – Kings Sutton – Aynho
Approximately 4½ miles.
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Walk 2
Aynho – Walton Grounds – Kings Sutton – Kings Sutton Railway Station – Walton Grounds  – Aynho.  Approximately 6 miles.


Circular Walks from Aynho via Croughton

Walk 1
Aynho – Upper Aynho Grounds – Croughton – Charlton Road – Aynho
Approximately 5½ miles.
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Walk 2
Aynho – Upper Aynho Grounds – Croughton – Rainsborough Camp – Aynho.  Approximately 6.6 miles.


Writers’ Group: Flamenco by Imogen Matthews

Aynho Writers   October 2014

 The haunting chords of the guitar reveal a sad story that draws the dancer to the stage. Eyes downward, she holds the folds of her bright red dress, as she moves slowly, stalking in time to the music. She doesn’t look Spanish with her blonde hair tied at her nape with an orange flower. Every now and then she flashes her light steely blue eyes upward. Her mouth, a red gash in her pale face.

Behind her, the singer, sitting large astride a chair, begins her lament and claps her accompaniment to the guitar. He sits beside her, his long dark hair hiding his face, as he folds himself over his instrument as if in a caress.

The dancer follows the music, repeatedly flicking her fan open to hide her face, then snapping it shut. She begins to draw sinuous shapes with her other hand above her head and down her body. She’s the main focus, stamping the rhythm, heel, toe, a staccato-rap like the keys of a typewriter.

In the audience sits Juan, his black hair drawn severely back from his angular face. His dark, brooding eyes do not leave the dancer who lifts her own to stare at the audience beyond him.

Juan always sits at the same table covered in a white cloth with a mantilla-shaped lantern whose flickering flame throws his face into shadow. He looks angry, resentful of the beautiful woman who flaunts herself before him. She has played with his affections and continues to do so night after night. Yet powerless, he’s in thrall to her.

She twists her body first right, then left, throwing back her head as she traces her body in a sensuous move from collar bone to hip. Lifting her rippling skirt, teasingly, she reveals her intricate footwork. The only sound now comes from the pounding of her shoes on the bare wooden stage.

Juan leans forward in his seat, his elbows on the white cloth as if to get catch her attention but still she won’t look in his direction. Her forehead glistens, so intent is she on continuing the dance. A quiet section has the audience on its feet, clapping and cheering, but her spectator knows this is not the end and he remains seated. Still he must endure more until the final crescendo comes –a deep cry from the singer, frenzied strumming from the guitar player as the dancer contorts herself as if in pain to finish abruptly, fan spread below her taunting eyes. With a flourish, she sweeps the frills of her dress behind her. At last she meets Juan’s eye, a smile curling at her lips. But then she swings her gaze towards the open doorway where a dark figure has appeared. The bow she takes is for him. Juan jumps up to protest, but the standing ovation and cheers from the audience mask his anguish. The dancer lifts her head once more. Her eyes are moist, but for whom?