Aynho Long Walk 30th March 2017

We were all looking forward to the warm sunshine, so all seventeen of us were taken aback by the shower that rained on us as we set off. It soon cleared, however, and only returned briefly near the end of our walk. Green Lane was reasonably clear of mud although Phil’s dog found a couple of long puddles to lie in. We took the field edge when we got to Lower Walton Grounds and followed it towards Charlton until we reached the track up the side of the ridge. We took the path along the ridge. The farmer had cut the track through the rape seed in all the fields so we had no difficulty with the route. We reached the old stone pits and passed through them and out to the village by the school. The sun was shining and the air very warm as we continued through the village. Up towards the camp the reddish soil was quite dry as we crossed the recently harrowed field. The sheep seemed relatively unperturbed by the various dogs on our walk and we were soon on the ridge back to green lane, the pavilion and refreshments. We sat outside and enjoyed the warm sunshine. 5.2 miles.

Aynho Long Walk 23rd March 2017

Fourteen walkers and six dogs set off this morning. We walked along the B4100 to pass the apricot blossom by the Cartwright Hotel and Roundtown. It looked lovely. We cross ed to Station Road and Millers Lane and continued through to Souldern. The field we always cross on this walk passes behind Souldern Manor. This morning the stile seemed to be taped off, but we realised this was intended to keep the horses back rather than keep us out. The same system was applied at the stile at the other end of the field. AS we passed along the path behind the houses we realised that the fence knocked down by Hurricane Doris had been replaced by a firm new fence. The daffodils were in full bloom everywhere and beautiful in the sunshine. The cherry trees and blackthorn were also very colourful. We continued up the track towards the Nancy Bowles wood and took the narrow path past the Alpaca Farm Two alpacas sat down near a horse, with a large sheep relaxing a few yards beyond. The wind across the Fritwell road was very strong, though less so than Doris had been. The blossom on the tree opposite the lane down to Souldern Church was beautiful. We passed the church and continued across fields on the Portway route. A heron rose from the stream in the woods as we approached the Northants border. We were soon back at the pavilion and joined the medium walkers for our refreshments. A six mile walk in lovely Spring sunshine.

Biodiversity Group: The Native British Daffodil

The native daffodil grows to about 15 – 30cm high, has long grey-green leaves and looks similar to its cultivated relatives.  The bulb has narcotic properties and in the 17th century herbalist, Thomas Culpepper, recommended it as a purgative and emetic, but the Botanical Society warns that it is, in fact, poisonous!
October 17th 2016, quote from The Daily Telegraph: “The native British strain of daffodil, which inspired Wordsworth’s poem as well as references in Shakespeare, is becoming a rarity even in the wild because of cross pollination with ever more flamboyant strains of the flower bought from garden centres and nurseries, experts say.”
In order to fulfill the Parish Council’s wishes, that the Aynho Biodiversity Group could be proactive in planting daffodils around the village, Julian Maddocks-Born acquired British daffodils and we set off on a damp autumn day to commence planting.   As you walk round the village look out for the small clumps which are now blooming. Hopefully they should spread naturally and will provide pleasure for future generations and improve biodiversity within the village.

Recorded Music Society: March Meeting

The March programme was delivered with considerable aplomb by Gill and John Phillips. The first half  belonged to Gill, she opened with a track from “Les Miserables”, Delibes followed with “Csardas” from Coppelia and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker”. Two dances “Cossack” & “The Can Can” completed the balletic routine. Two more pieces including a flute solo by James Galway and Peter Skellern and The Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band concluded an enjoyable first half.

John took over the second half by reflecting the habit of the interval and played the “Drinking Song” from La Traviata.  A sad song by Alison Kraus “Please read the letter” preceded “Espana” by Chabria, Billy Ekstein singing “Apologise”,  Coppelia “Prelude & Mazurka” and Albeniz’s “Grenada”. John finished the evening with a very apt rendition of “Wont you come Home Bill Bailey” after which the audience went home! Many thanks to Gill & John for a most entertaining evening.

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday – 9th April – Croughton
Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week.  This year we start our Palm Sunday procession at 10am from All Saints School in Croughton, with the blessing of our Palm crosses.  We will then process the short distance to All Saints Church, the service will start when the procession arrives. At church, in the context of a Communion Service, we hear again the telling of our Lord Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, remember his last supper and passion, before spending the next 7 days, of Holy Week in our final preparations for Easter.           If the weather is really bad, please meet at Church – 10.00am

Compline Services
The Compline Service is a short service of  Night Prayer or Prayers at the End of the Day. It’s the final short said church service of the day . The English word Compline is derived from the Latin completorium, as Compline is the completion of the working day.

Maundy Thursday 13th  April
7pm  Maundy Communion Meal in Aynho Village Hall
This is the day that Jesus shared his last supper with his disciples and when he was then betrayed and arrested.  This year we will remember and re-enact that last meal in an extended Eucharist or Maundy meal.  This combines a simple 3 course meal with a Communion or Eucharist following Jesus’ command to “do this in remembrance of him”.  There will be no charge for the meal, but for catering numbers I ask that you sign up on the lists in church or email me the.revd.simon@gmail.com  or give me a ring 01869 810903 to sign up for this Maundy Thursday Communion Meal.

Good Friday
The day on which Jesus was crucified, not for anything he had done, but for all the wrong we have done.  He was innocent and yet paid the price for human sin.  It is ‘good’ because through his death Jesus removed the barrier that separates us from having the right relationship with God.  His death is remembered in the Cross of Hot Cross Buns and in our services at church.
“An Hour at the Cross” on Good Friday will be led by Rev Terry Richards this year.

Happy Easter
The day of resurrection, the raising of Jesus from death, just as he had promised.  Jesus’ resurrection gives everybody who believes in him the hope of life with him, in this world and the next.  Come and join the celebration of this Good news.
If there is no Easter hope then what hope do we have?

Aynho Long Walk 16th March 2017

Much colder today with a strong cold wind and low cloud cover. Fifteen of us were there again for the walk and we set off down Parkway path and across to Upper Aynho Grounds. We saw both herds of deer resting a few yards apart in the Park House deer park The dark ones were all together, as were the ones with white and light brown coats. We climbed up to the B4100 at quite a pace but rested to ensure everyone managed to cross safely. There was not much activity on the way through Upper Aynho Grounds, only some grass cutting along side the entrance track. Down through the woods we walked and across into the Warren Farm section on the far side of the valley. Some muddy areas but generally much easier to avoid than in the past. We emerged into the meadow and followed it, free of livestock, on down to Mill Lane. We crossed the ford, passed along the back of the village and emerged into the churchyard. The snowdrops now completely over with no flowers left. Two large white horses watched us with some interest as we left the churchyard and crossed the field up to the school. Once up the lane by the school we crossed the fields to the road and then took the path through Camp Farm and Rainsborough Camp and along the ridge back to the pavilion. An enjoyable but bracing walk of 6.5 miles. Refreshments as usual.

Aynho Long Walk 9th March 2017

Spring is actually here we thought as all fifteen of us set off down Portway, under the tunnel en route to Souldern. The new deer herd behind the imposing new fence were standing some distance away and under the misguided idea that we might either be bringing food, or preparing to let them out, they rushed towards the corner fence. They quickly realised their mistake and turned and ran back. We continued down the field and across to Souldern emerging into Wharf Lane.  In the warm sunshine we walked along Wharf Lane to Souldern Wharf.  The farmyard was extremely muddy as we passed a huge tractor like vehicle. Along the canal it was perfect.  A fisherman sat absorbed in his sport and a long boat pulled away to cruise under the road bridge towards Banbury.  There was more traffic than usual on the Station Road but we eventually crossed over the bridge and the road to continue along the path next to the elevated railway-track. This was particularly muddy and the mud continued beyond the motorway. The badgers had clearly been busy on the final lap towards Millers Lane. By now we were beginning to overheat and the final climb up Station Road back into the village was quite tiring. It is always good to get back to the pavilion, especially if you have ordered a jacket potato before setting out. Well deserved after 6.2 miles