Aynho Long Walk 28th September 2017

It was good to be back today to lead our 14 long walkers down the Portway path to Souldern and then up the road towards Somerton and Fritwell before turning sharp right to take the footpath across Foxhill. The leaves were turning and falling in the Autumn sunshine as we saw the alpacas once again and continued down the lane and back into Souldern. We skirted the manor and took the track down to the ford and Millers Lane. The ford was still dry but for how long? Back in the village we stopped at the Village Hall to support the Macmillan Coffee Morning and enjoyed the cake and the company. We are still hoping someone will come forward to replace Anita.  She is greatly missed. Any offers would be gratefully received.

Winter Lunch Club Report for 2016/2017 season

The Winter Lunch Club has had a very good season and I am delighted to tell you that the following donations have been made from the profit (after ingredient expenses and hall hire costs):

Macmillan Cancer Support – £600
St Michael’s Church, Aynho – £450 (+ an additional £150 which has been held back to purchase a small chest freezer which can be used to support the Fete held in June)
Village Hall, Aynho – £600
Defibrillator Fund (Aynho Parish Council) – £200

This is not possible without your support in coming and eating lunch but also my huge thanks to Amanda Leigh for doing the front of house work every week, also to Annabel Bellamy, Liz Short, Harry Leigh and my Alice when I have had to be up in Scotland or at busy times such as pre Christmas.  It is always lovely to hear the (I hope) happy buzz of people lunching from the kitchen!! Thank you all.       Amanda.


Aynho Long Walk 14th September 2017

Plenty of sunshine this morning, but a strong cold wind as sixteen of us set off on the long walk down Green Lane. We passed the caravan with the awning attached and were surprised to see a relaxation area fenced off. A large fierce dog was barking against the awning window as we descended towards Lower Walton Grounds. There were several muddy stretches but it was easy enough to avoid them. We crossed the bridge and followed the track up to the cottages and then followed the narrow path into the field beyond. Once we had crossed the field up to the copse it was quite a lot muddier as was the next field, down the other side. The view from the badger setts at the top of the ridge was lovely and clear. General Foods was puffing away as usual. We continued along the ridge after crossing another field, and were soon at the old stone pits. Conversation distracted us from the path, briefly but we were back on track very quickly and emerged opposite Charlton and Newbottle School. We continued down through the village and up towards the camp where we came across a very interested herd of cattle. We left them and worked our way round to the ridge, Green Lane and back to the pavilion. Sadly there is now no Anita so refreshments are confined to coffee and biscuits. If anyone knows a someone who could serve refreshments on Thursday mornings we would be very grateful.

Village Festival

This is an invite for the Village Community clubs and societies to be part of the Village thanksgiving to celebrate Harvest through the provision of either fruit/vegetables/flowers or tinned food, the latter being donated and divided between Brackley food-bank and Katherine House Hospice.

Please take the opportunity to display your gifts in one of the church windows, at the same time perhaps a poster giving some brief details of your club or society. The church is being decorated Saturday morning 30th Sept so just turn up and people will help you.

Of course on Harvest Sunday you are very welcome to join us for the service and the following Bring and Share lunch in the village hall.

Details from Graham Gibbs, Church warden.

Tel: 01869 819727 or e mail aynhogibbs@hotmail.com

Photographic Society: September 2017 Report

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David Boag made a welcome return on the 6th September to give a talk titled Photographing Nature More Creatively.  David has been a wildlife photographer for over 30 years, and been published in many photographic journals, also over 20 book titles on this subject.

His unique ebullient and enthusiastic style of presentation captivated the audience’s attention from the start. He demonstrated that the use and understanding of light and shade was important. David emphasised that creativity was the key to a successful picture, one that could stand out from the thousands of other photographs. Using superb photographs of animals and birds his repeated encouragement was to think creatively and use the photographer’s intuition to produce a picture with impact. David stressed that  use of telephoto lenses is not the only way to create impact. The judicious use of space around the subject can also enhance visual effect, and framing the animal in the picture imaginatively could also  produce impact. Understanding the subject you are photographing is important. Examples were shown of being able to predict what the animal or bird will do next. This is often the difference between a brilliant and a mediocre picture.

The subject then moved from wildlife onto to the creativity required to present successful landscape photography. The potential possibilities of both wide-angle and telephoto lenses was then demonstrated by examples of imaginative landscape photographs. The importance of foreground detail, middle distance detail and the far distance was demonstrated in his landscapes.  This was stressed by pictures with, and without the foreground interest to emphasise the point. The photographer’s skill in capturing the variations in weather, producing atmospheric mood was beautifully illustrated. Emphasis was put on not being discouraged by poor weather conditions. “Make use of these conditions to your advantage and emphasise the impact of the landscape before you”. Environment creates atmosphere was the message.

David then went into the use of autofocus and the importance of knowing when and how to use the tripod. Although modern high ISO settings may discourage many from using tripods, the use of one is still beneficial. Commenting on so called “rules of photography”, stress was placed not necessarily ignoring them, but to use that inner feeling, which many of us have, of what is good or bad in the picture. The instinctive ability to pick the right moment, regardless of what rules theorists may lay down is often key to producing  pleasing pictures.

As the chairman thanked him for the presentation, and expressed the hope that it would not be long before David returned, a hearty applause from the group showed their appreciation.

Paul Brewerton.     www.addphoto.co.uk

Aynho Long Walk 7th September 2017

We said goodbye to Jenny today; she is now an hour’s drive away so won’t be there for the track walkers any more. Anita has also given up the refreshments, so we hope we can find another person to take over. In the meantime we are sorting it out for ourselves but it is not the same. Anyway the long walk took us down Portway to Souldern. We passed the church and continued up towards the B4100 but turned along the Fritwell Road and continued to the junction where the footpath goes off to the right passing Foxhill. The alpacas were much closer to the fence today and did not panic at seeing us. The path that cuts through to the track was overgrown so we took the longer route round except for three brave adventurers and bandit, the dog. The track was surprisingly dry as we approached the village and we took our usual route between the houses to the woods by Souldern Manor, followed the white tape around the horses and crossed into Wharf Lane. Heading down to Souldern Mill we took the path to the right instead of going down to the ford and followed the wall all the way back to Station Road and up into the village. 15 walkers walked 5.5 miles. Ron’s cake was very tasty.