Go Cycling Aynho!

Aynho residents (and surrounding villages) are very lucky to live in an area that’s fantastic for cycling, so we’ve added a new section to ‘Living in Aynho’ specifically for women interested in cycling.

Organised by Sadie, the new web section will aim to keep you informed of guided rides in the area and cycling events and news you may be interested in.

Sadie is a Breeze Champion.  Breeze is British Cycling’s programme to to get women into cycling.  Breeze rides are women only affairs (children are welcome on some rides) and vary from short rides for absolute beginners to more challenging experiences.

Check out the new page with useful links and contact email (for Sadie) by visiting the ‘Go Cycling Aynho!’ page. And watch out for future posts too!


Aynho Long Walk 25th August 2016

It was overcast and clammy as thirteen of us set of this morning. We passed through harvested fields and Rainsborough Camp, crossed the Charlton Road at Camp Farm and continued round to second crossing. A hare emerged from cover and raced ahead of us, exciting the two dogs. They were both on leads, so had no chance of catching it. We crossed more harvested fields to Croughton and took our usual route via the churchyard and along the track to Mill Lane. There were no horses in the next field but once into Warren Farm the Aberdeen Angus herd was back in the field that has been arable for the last few years. They stayed in a group, observing us from a distance. The path through the woods beyond was very overgrown. So much so that I have to onfess to missing the correct route and having to retrace a few yards. We had kind permission to come off the path and go round the lakes. The swans and their cignets cruised along the lake in their usual majestic style. We crossed the bridge and continued up to the Great Barn and out to the B4100. Across the road and into the next field we enjoyed the sunflowers, some of which seemed to be searching for the sun. Portway meant another harvested field and the walk back up to the village. We were so dehydrated that many of us had a glass of water as well as coffee or tea with our refreshments.

Sports & Recreation: Park Club Draw Winners

Here are the Winners for this year to date:


January:    Jane Lang, The Glebe.             

February:   Damon Long, Portway Gardens.

March:        Spiteri, Blacksmith Hill

 April:         Laura Reichert, Cartwright Gardens

 May:         Christine Box, Cartwright Gardens

June:         Steve Nichol, The Butts

July:          Richard Burge, The Hill

 August:   Peter Broomfield, Portway

Harvest Festival Sunday 25th September at 11.00am

Everyone is welcome to our traditional village Harvest Festival service at St Michael’s Church, Aynho.

We would be grateful for any donations of fruit and vegetables to decorate our lovely church for this festival.  These will be sold at the end of the service and the proceeds donated to Katharine House Hospice.

The service will be followed by a ‘Pot Luck’ Lunch in the Village Hall; see posters for details. Please bring a dish of food (savoury or sweet) which will be put on the table for others to share.  Also please bring your plates and cutlery, and your own drink too!

If you have any questions, please ring Annabel Bellamy on 01869 810847 or 07825

Aynhoe Park Recruiting

Aynhoe Park is currently recruiting Housekeeper and Maintenance roles, details below:

Housekeeper Vacancy at Aynhoe Park

We are looking for a strong housekeeper to join our small team to help cover weekend work and help service the apartment and office of the owner.  Days and hours are flexible, but Saturday is a key day for us so we are recruiting specifically for that day.

The hourly rate is £9.50, but we are open to discussions leading to a permanent contract with paid holiday and pension depending on the applicant.

For  further details please contact David King on david@aynhoepark.co.uk or call 01869 810 636

Maintenance Vacancy at Aynhoe Park

We are looking for a candidate with good Handy Man skills to join our maintenance team on a permanent basis.  The work will involve both reactionary and preventative maintenance as well as lifting on a regular basis so good physical health is a critical requirement.  If you are a candidate that is keen to learn from experienced professionals, but lack specific experience we would also be happy to discuss the vacancy.

Salary up to £21,000 per annum with pension plan and paid holiday.

For  further details please contact David King on david@aynhoepark.co.uk or call 01869 810 636


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Annual Flower and Vegetable Show 2016

This year’s show provided another display of outstanding flowers, vegetables and cookery. There were also very impressive art and craft entries. We were pleased to welcome a wide range of exhibitors and visitors and grateful to the organisers and the providers of refreshments in the committee room.

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Aynho Long Walk: 18th August 2016

We were pleased to welcome two walkers joining us from Weston this week. Fifteen of us set off in pleasantly cool weather down Portway and across to Souldern. We took the meadow across to the western end of the village with views across the valley to Aynho Park House and the church. We followed Wharf Lane down towards the canal passing over the motorway. We joined the towpath at Souldern Wharf and followed it along to Aynho Wharf. There was not much traffic on the canal today. having crossed the canal bridge and one railway line and passed under the other one we took the path alongside the embankment, followed it to pass under the motorway and reach the ford at Souldern Mill. The track through the ford was dry as it usually is at this time of year. We continued up Millers lane to Station Road and on to The Cartwright Hotel. As neither Anita nor Kay were available to provide the usual refreshments a group of us stopped at the Cartwright and took our refreshments there. We returned to the pavilion to lock up and anticipate the return of the usual providers next week.

WI: Raising money for Denman College

On Wednesday 3rd August a group of U3A members based in and around Banbury visited Aynho to hear about its history.  They enjoyed an interesting talk by Peter Coles and visited the main areas of interest in the village.  This was followed by a very welcome and delicious tea provided by the WI ladies.  The money raised from the teas has been donated to Denman College’s ‘Saving Denman Appeal’.  Denman College is located in Oxfordshire and offers one of the widest ranges of short courses in the UK.

Denman 2..350h  The College is open to all and it is well worth looking at its website: www.denmancollege.org.uk



Photographic Society: August Report

Click here to see the complete photograph – ‘Looks Like Fun’ by Ian Wilson

At the August Club Night, ‘Team Namibia’ gave a presentation entitled ‘The Tropic of Capricorn and Beyond,’ based on the experiences of six members who visited Namibia in 2015 at the invitation of Scott Hurd – an original member, now resident in the country. The team comprised Richard and Janet Broadbent, Gail Girvan, Colin Lamb, Wendy Meagher, and Jim Muller.

Led by Chairman Richard Broadbent, a lively account was given by each team member illustrating their 12-day photographic journey, with images contributed by all six members. At the beginning of each day was shown a simple map to indicate the route from Windhoek to Etosha National Park and back. Richard made the introduction and then took us through Day 1: from Windhoek Airport to the Jordani B&B in Windhoek; Day 2: Jim, to the Namib Desert Lodge via Solitaire (cracked fuel-line); Day 3: Colin, to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Namib Dune Star Camp; Day 4: Wendy, to Swakopmund; Day 5: Gail, Mola Mola boat trip and Sandwich Harbour tour; Day 6: Richard, the Living Desert tour – here Wendy read out her poem inspired by the native huntsman spider living in the desert, entitled The Dancing White Lady Spider; Day 7: Janet, the Skeleton Coast to Damara Mopane Lodge and puncture number one; Day 8: Wendy, Colin’s birthday, Damaraland and puncture number two; Day 9: Richard, to Etosha Safari Camp; Day 10: Gail, first safari in Etosha; Day 11: Colin, second safari in Etosha; Day 12: Jim, third safari in Etosha; Day 13: Janet, to Otjiwarongo to spend time with Scott and his wife, Judy; Day 14: Richard, our last day – return to UK from Windhoek.

The scenery was stunning as captured in the many images taken en route, with the destination being the Etosha Safari Camp, in the Etosha National Park. The team experienced the excitement of seeing lions, zebras, several species of deer and antelope, giraffes, warthogs, jackals, hyenas, rhinos, pangolins, many colourful birds including vultures and eagles, and the wonder of the elephants which kept on coming to the waterholes. Two punctures resulted in more photographic opportunities, taking in the surroundings while the men got on with the dexterous job of tyre changing; several hours were spent in Solitaire while getting a cracked fuel-line fixed. The team found bonding elements of interest in bird-watching, plant and animal spotting, and determining the geology of the surrounding areas. There was no doubt that it was a hugely enjoyable trip with comfortable accommodations and wonderful meals, all facilitated by Scott and his tremendous knowledge of the country and people.

Wendy Meagher


Aynho Long Walk: 11th August 2016

It was overcast and unseasonably chilly as twelve of us set off this morning. We caught the edge of a shower as we took the Black Path, Butts Close and the stone stile across to Lower Walton Grounds. Much of the route was through wheat fields ripe and ready for harvest. The broad beans have now turned brown/black as if over ripe. We continued through the farm and up hill to the copse and began the descent towards Kings Sutton, but turned at right angles three quarters of the way to the field edge and were soon in the next field, still walking through ripe wheat up to the badgers setts at the top. We descended on the Aynho side of the ridge for a short distance and then took the path through to the old stone pits and up into Charlton village. Much of the building work that obstructed the road for so long is now complete and we were soon at the bottom of the hill and moving up again towards Rainsborough Camp. We kept to the path below it and cut up to the ridge that led us eventually to Green lane and back to the pavilion. Refreshments welcome as much as ever. marginally under 6miles.

Note: next week there will be no refreshments available. The current plan is to take coffee or an alternative at the Cartwright Hotel instead, as there is not a consensus for bring and share.