The bluebells are barely over but it feels like summer has arrived as I write this after an (unusually) sunny and hot afternoon at the Spring Church Fair at St Agatha’s. The sun brought out lots of villagers so the church did well making a fantastic £1944, much more than last year.
Brightfest on 14 June is coming up fast and this year it looks like it will be better than ever with 2 stages of live music, food, community games, and more, see page 4. Back by popular demand is the Summer Concert at St Agatha’s on Sunday 22 June, see page 3; and there is of course our traditional Village Fete and Produce Show on Saturday 5 July, this year at Sotwell House. The centre pages have the Show schedule and entry form. Why not try something new and have a go at entering? There are some new classes this year, so take a look.
Later, on 17 July, FOBS is holding the Brightwell School Summer Fair, combining it this year with the end of year party which sounds like it will be good fun. There are also some exciting events being organised by the FOBS Committee over the summer, details on page 5. And talking about the school, we extend a warm welcome to the new head teacher, Rachael Bentovim, who I hope will find our village and school a very friendly, welcoming place.
Now that the summer evenings are getting longer, more of us have been getting down to the newly refurbished Kings Meadow Tennis Courts. It’s a great facility to have in the village which I hope will now be used more again. The new Tennis Club has got off to a cracking start with over 100 members, and they organised a very enjoyable Open Day in early May. More details of club nights, coaching and other events planned by the BCSKMTC Committee are on page 18.
You might have been wondering what has happened to your Parish Plan Questionnaire results? All will be revealed when the new Parish Plan is launched, hopefully, at the Village Fete on 5 July. Jason has given us an update with some tasty morsels of what’s to come. I know potholes concerned many of you. Some of these have got much larger after the winter rains. If you have concerns about any specific potholes being left unrepaired, the advice is to contact Oxfordshire County Council.
I look forward to seeing you at some of the village events over the summer – and lets hope the sun continues to shine!
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