The Church: Cuppa and Chat

Over the next few weeks your local church will be running a series called ‘Cuppa and Chat’ to explore what the Lord’s Prayer is about and what it means to you and me today.  Now you might think this doesn’t matter or doesn’t involve me, but events in recent weeks that have been all over the headlines can challenge what the Lord’s prayer means to us and our responses to it.

For example in the Lord’s Prayer we pray ‘Father forgive us our sins as we forgive others.’

Where is forgiveness? Should we forgive? Can we forgive? What if we don’t forgive ourselves?

What should be our response to those responsible for the recent shootings in Paris?

It is said that politics and religion shouldn’t mix.  Yet I would say that our life decisions should reflect our faith.  So as we look to the forthcoming General Election we could ask the question, what are we looking for from the politicians, what are they offering? What is their vision for our country and world?

For again in the Lord Prayer we pray ‘thy kingdom come, they will be done, on earth’.

So what vision do we have of God’s kingdom? What might that vision look like worked out here on earth? How does that vision stack up against what we are being offered in the General Election?

I would like to suggest that the Lord’s Prayer, as well as it is known, still has many challenges for us today and much for us to think about in the coming weeks.

So come along for a cuppa and chat and let’s try and make some sense of this prayer and the world we live in and the Christian faith.    The meetings are free and accompanied by a resource booklet costing £4.

 Groups start meeting from Monday 16th February      Please sign up on list in church or contact me

Monday     10:45am                1 Rudge Way, Evenley.

Tuesday     10.00am                Greenbank 2 Hinton in the Hedges

Wednesday  2.00pm                36 Broad Lane, Evenley

Thursday     7:45pm                 15 The Square-Aynho

Friday                                          Croughton or Aynho TBA

Happy Christmas and Prosperous 2015!

Seasons greeting from and for all Aynho residents!

Start Christmas by joining in with the carol singing around tree on the Green on Christmas Eve at five o’clock followed by refreshments in the village hall.

And why not Tweet your Christmas pictures to @Aynho and we’ll publish on Aynho’s Pinterest pages as a record of Christmas 2014!




Aynho Long Walk 18th December 2014

Numbers were back up to fifteen today and it was good to see Ian W. return from Portugal in time to be back marker for this walk and to lead on New Year’s Day . Green Lane was very muddy, especially in the lower section and it made the slope very slippery as Ian demonstrated for us. The farm track along the valley was worse if anything, long puddles joining together along and across the track. At least it was not as slippery. As we approached Charlton we followed the field edge round to the gate taking us through the old stone pits. The path across the muddy field may have been shorter but it was not clearly marked and again across sloping muddy soil. From the stone pits through to the village street, the route was mainly grassy and pleasant to walk on. The village was quite busy but we were soon on the way up to Rainsborough Camp, passing a flock of sheep on the way. From the Camp we did not go on to Green Lane but took the bridle way down to the Charlton Road and followed that to second crossing and then took the path that emerges behind the pavilion. After 5.2 miles we were glad to indulge in fresh Bakewell tart and coffee or tea provided by Anita.

Aynho Writers – Who Are We?

Revd. Philip Davies: Philip writes fantasy adventure novels for teenagers and young adults, and the first of these, Destiny’s Rebel, is due for release by Books to Treasure in Spring 2015. He has produced four booklets of short stories and poems, and is the Acting Chair of the U.K. Association of Christian Writers.

Fiona Gow:    Fiona taught classics in schools in Merseyside until she retired and now keeps her hand in with some adult Latin and Greek classes. She co-wrote a new history of the Adderbury Quaker Meeting House.

Barbara Harris: Barbara grew up in Belize, was Secretary to the Colonial Treasurer there, then P.A. to the British Consul general in New Orleans. During a subsequent posting to Bahrain she married a naval officer, now lives in the U.K. and enjoys writing about anything and everything, often in rhyme. She contributed to the Oxford Radio Inside Lives series.

 John Hermon: John is a retired language teacher and trainer and a (nearly)full time grandparent! He had his second anthology of poems, Sometimes I Write Words, published by Instant Apostle in September 2013. John lost his wife in 2007 after a long illness, Sometimes I Write Words is an anthology for various seasons of the heart, helping the reader to find beauty in life amidst pain and death.

Sheila Johnson: Sheila is researching her family history, which led her to Life Writing and she is now writing fiction.

Imogen Matthews: Imogen is a journalist who writes about the beauty industry. In 2009 she won the coveted Cosmetic Executive Women (UK) Achievers Award for her work. Her contemporary novel, Run Away, is published on Kindle and the sequel, entitled The Perfume Muse, will soon be available. Imogen’s third novel is on a completely different theme that took her deep into her mother’s past and survival during the Dutch Hunger Winter of WW2.

 Keith McClellan: Keith is a retired headteacher who has recently published a novel, The Bootlegger’s Widow, and is researching a biography of his father, an innovative public librarian in the last century. He also enjoys writing memoir, comic verse and short stories.

John Neville: John’s interests include poetry, short stories, autobiography, local and family history. He recently wrote Kitchener Man, a tribute to his grandfather, James Neville.

Jayne Ryman: Jayne works for the NHS and is an innovative writer and talented actor who is working on her first novel

Brian Reynolds: Brian has compiled Volume 1 of his memoirs entitled Days in the Life of Brian,   He has had The Way of the Sun, a history of the Sun Engraving Co. Ltd, and Sun Printers Ltd pulished. He has also broadcast in the BBC Radio Oxford, Inside Lives series and appeared on BBC Radio Merseyside.

June Smith:   June is compiling her autobiography and is interested in family history. In 2009 she wrote A History of Kings Sutton Primary school, 1909-2009 and has a number of her poems published.

Edna Sparkes: Edna is a long serving member of the group who has recently had her 241st poem published. She is currently working on a book on recent British Social History encompassing her autobiography.

Pat Stubbs: Pat is an anglicised Scot who still feel passionate about her homeland and writes about it whenever possible.

Rhoda Woodward: Rhoda is currently engaged on recording further childhood reminiscences to add to her memories of Adderbury and WW2. She has contributed to local history books and had a number of her own books published.

Jenny Sakamoto: Jenny joined us last year. She lived and worked in Vienna for over twenty years and is currently writing a fascinating memoir.

Writers’ Group: Christmas by Sheila Johnson

Naked Turkey in the oven
Saucepan full of sprouts.
Shiny chestnuts slowly roasting
What’s it all about?

Lights twinkling round a fairy
Tinsel dangling from the tree.
Presents piled in lurid colours
Mistletoe: will you kiss me?

Mince pies, a carrot, sherry
Reindeer footsteps in the snow.
Happy smiling children faces
It’s Christmas, don’t you know?

Happy Christmas


Aynho Long Walk: 11th December 2014

Today was one of those mornings when I wouldn’t have minded if no-one had turned up.  In the event four hardy regulars appeared.  We set out in light rain with a very strong cold wind.  By the time we reached Rainsborough iron-age camp it has stopped raining and the sun was making a tentative appearance.  The sheep in the Camp Farm field decided, on seeing us, that the bottom of the field would be better grazing and hurried down there out of our path.  We crossed the Charlton Road and continued round the back of Cut-throat Corner to the single track road down to Warren farm, before taking a path diagonally across a winter wheat field.  A farm vehicle came up the track towards us, but turned into a gateway as we approached.  The path crossed a wooden bridge and continued up a steep field edge to the footpath that runs beside the playing field where pre-school children were playing.  We crossed the main road and then a field to a stile before starting back through the wooded path to Mill Lane.  We crossed the ford and continued through the horse paddock fields to Warren Farm fields and on into the woods of Upper Aynho Grounds. Down by the marshy area near the lakes there had been a lot of activity.  Huge Machinery had obviously been clearing some of the woodland there.  We continued up through Upper Aynho Grounds, crossed the B4100 and came back to the pavilion via Portway.  After walking into the strong cold wind the strong hot coffee was particularly welcome.  6.6 miles.

WI: Christmas Party

The popular WI Christmas Party took place on Friday 5th December with over 60 members with their families and friends attending.  As always there was the traditional roast turkey with a variety of excellent side dishes and sweets to choose from.  Robert Cheney entertained us on the piano with a sing-along to round off a very enjoyable evening.

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Aynho Long Walk: 4th December 2014

The weather and Christmas shopping combined to reduce our numbers to seven plus Lida’s Jack Russell today. It was cold and overcast but it didn’t actually rain. We set off through the Black Path and Skittle Alley to Station Road and Millers Lane. Avoiding the ford we skirted round the copse and rejoined the path alongside the stream to wards the motorway.  There was a continuous thunder of traffic passing over the bridge as we took the walkway next to the river underneath. The path took us on past the long viaduct and out to Station Road by the old upper station entrance and on under one line ond over the next before we crossed the canal and took the towpath to Souldern Wharf. There was no traffic on the canal and the water was unusually clear.  The wharf farmyard was a muddy as usual; inevitable for a farm with a dairy herd.  The long haul up Wharf Lane was quite tiring but once into the village we took the cross field route with views across to Aynho Park House and the church. We continued up Portway and on to the pavilion to complete six and a half miles in two hours. A very enjoyable walk.