One of the pleasures of being Editor of the Villager is reading your articles as they come in, especially at this time of year when so many are about the forthcoming festive season. It’s really cheering on this dull damp (driech) November day.
Christmas kicked off early in Brightwell with the evening opening of the Village Stores. If you missed it, then do pop in for your festive goodies. There are lots of other treats lined up including the FOBS Christmas Fair, Art Exhibition and Carols evenings, leading us right up to Christmas Eve when Carols will be sung around the village Christmas Tree. But if you can’t wait till the big day, the Red Lion will be serving up Christmas lunches from 1 December, and Sue (or rather Mark, the new owner) will be attempting to beat last year’s record of 300 turkey dinners! Good luck Mark, and thank you Sue for all your hard work over the last 5 years.
Many of you might recognise the poem Santa Rides the Storm in our centre pages. It’s an extract from a recitation by Alec McGivan at last year’s Carols Evening. A big thank you to Alec for sharing it and giving us a bit of seasonal fun as well as a message about our village community spirit. Come along to this year’s Carols Evening on 10 December when hopefully we will hear another amusing composition from Alec as well as much festive frolic.
Amongst all this jollity however, there has been sobering news of the Inspector’s report on the Core Strategy. Despite sterling efforts by the Parish Council, villagers and others, the Inspector has come down in favour of Site B for the 555 new houses in Wallingford. We await the next Council meeting for more news, but I imagine the fight will continue, and we are grateful to those who give up their time to do so.
Though many people help to make the Villager the success it is, it depends to a large extent on your letters and articles. Space is very tight and the font size can only go so small, but we try to fit in as much as we can. Next year will be the 40th anniversary of the Villager so I hope this might encourage some of you to write about village life back in 1973 when it started, and of course we continue to welcome Ron Wood’s memories from further back. Whilst we stay true to the village’s past, we also aim to look to the future and so we will be starting a new regular feature - ‘Hatched and Matched’ will be your spot for wedding or civil partnership and new baby news.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from myself and the Villager team - and get writing !
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