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Wednesday, 30 November 2011


Government inspector seems to have come out in favour of development on the Winterbrook side of Wallingford, not the Brightwell (western) side.... but the debate still hasn't finished. Check out the links on the website news page.

Saturday, 12 November 2011


Thanks to all who came to share ideas about the website this morning. It's given us lots of food for thought.....and a chance to hand over the prize for our website quiz to Brian Copley and his mum, Mrs Mary Copley (pictured with Eric Dore). 

Brian even managed to scout out the answer to the trick question: A murder was committed in St Agatha's Church in 1507 by a 'foreigner'. Where did the foreigner come from? Answer: East Hendred!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Alec McGivan's Rabbit and Mole go up the Clumps

A Christmas story, featuring further adventures of Alec McGivan's Rabbit and Mole, is now available. Ideal for reading to young children, it has many illustrations by Olive Sutcliffe.

Set in a snowy Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Rabbit and Mole together with their friends Freddie and Francesca Frog get up to all sorts of exciting things including a very eventful visit to the Clumps. The scary Mr Fox who featured in the first of these stories is also back.

Copies will be on sale in the Village Stores and The Red Lion, price £5, in aid of the St Agatha's extension appeal.

Friday, 21 October 2011


Alison Bloomfield sent us these pictures and a report from Apple Pressing Day at the Red Lion:

She writes: 

 Another great day at the Red Lion with the garden overflowing with apples.  This year the now annual (?) event had a twist.  It was the first time the Village Apple Press was in action.  Robert Field and Doug Miles, with their trusty team, spent the whole day pressing hundreds and hundreds of apples of all varieties and flavours.  The kids joined in, lobbing apples into the huge crusher and everyone enjoyed dipping a cup into the juice as it flowed from the press.

People brought their own apples, in carrier bags and even wheelbarrows, to see them made into wonderful juice.  Visitors without either apples or bottles, were amazed that they could taste apples and juice and take some home and everything was free!  Nonetheless, everyone was very generous with donations for the upkeep of the press and an amazing £215 was collected for the church extension fund.

The aim of this fun, but low key day, was to continue to enthuse people about the fantastic range of apples in the village.  Now that people have seen how easy the press is to use and how much fun it is making juice, we are sure that there will be a rush of  bookings to hire the press.  Contact Robert Field - 01491 836275 - robertfield@aol.com- to make a booking.  It is just £25 which includes all the equipment you will need except bottles and caps which you will need to supply yourself - www.vigopresses.co.uk.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011


Test your knowledge of the website by answering a dozen simple questions – and you could win a token to be spent at the Village Stores. Details on the news page of the website, or on page 18 of the latest Villager.

Sunday, 2 October 2011


It seems odd to be writing this on one of the hottest days in the year, but in case you hadn't noticed, we've been trying to get a bit seasonal on the home page. We have two lovely pictures of harvest on Highlands Farm (starring David Greasby looking relaxed with a cup of tea....), and we also have autumn colours at Brightwell Vineyard.

If you have any pictures of the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, please let us have 'em!

Meanwhile, there are details of lots of seasonal and not so seasonal events on the news page. There's a unique chance to see the original Enclosure map, usually held in the Berkshire Records Office, at the Village Hall on the evening of Thursday, October 6th (7.30 p.m. & 9.30 p.m)..  and there's an Apple Pressing Day at the Red Lion on October 16. Save the Children's 'Born to Shine' planned for Saturday 8 October, has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to lack of entries (but not, we're sure, lack of talent!).

Let us know what else is coming up, if we don't already have details......

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Nothing Very Special?

Check out Simon Barnes, 'Nothing very special?' in the latest National Trust Magazine. www.nationaltrustmagazine.co.uk. It's on page 13. He lives in Suffolk, so I don't think he's writing about Wallingcot, but he could be.....

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Chewing the Cud

Saturday morning, August, threatening rain. A long overdue meeting of the Web Group round Myron and Veronica's dining table ..... The question: how to make the wonderful new B cum S website more visible?

Lots of wonderful ideas floated around ... a competition, a coffee morning (with laptops), a quiz at the Red Lion, the usual posters on telegraph poles ... all of which will be coming your way soon. But things always came back to where they had started: people. We need people!! Lots of them. People to read our website and tell us what they think. People to tell us their news and send us their pictures. People to join us and help make this a true community website...

So, I know it's August and silly season, but let's make a start. What are the hot topics......?