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From the Parish Council Chairman - May 2023

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Welcome to May and the unusual prospect of three Bank Holidays.

It’s a shame that 15th and 22nd are ordinary work days as we could all get used to this.

Sadly, I have set up my work schedule so poorly that I have to work two of them. It’s the same planning skills that made me get the time of the Litter Pick wrong last month. Happily, despite my tardiness, the Wombles of Cuddesdon did a fine job and thank you to everyone who cleared rubbish from all corners of the Parish – from the Wheatley Road to Cuddesdon Mill, the top of Chippinghurst hill and as far as Garsington Rec – we managed an impressive pile on Cuddesdon Green.

Thank you also to all those who turned up for the April PC meeting and the Annual Parish meeting. With your support, we now have a sub-committee forming and plan to move forward with the protection of the Bat & Ball as an Asset of Community Value.

In the meantime, we’ll be offering drinks at our Coronation Beacon Lighting on Saturday 6th May from 7pm. I hope to see many of you there.

The theme of the Fete the following weekend is also the Coronation and we’ll have all the usual stalls, sideshows, Morris Dancers and the City of Oxford Silver Band. We’re delighted that our very own Chippinghurst neighbour Lady Silvia Blank has agreed to be our opener. For more than three decades Silvia and Sir Victor have been raising money and awareness for Wellbeing of Women at their charity cricket match.

I have a feeling that the weather will be unpredictable this summer with rain threatening any event we organise but let’s hope hope it’s dry for the beacon and the fete.

Ohana,  Chris