KWACS – Open-to-all meeting – 11th April, 7pm

Dear KWACS Members and Friends

We are having an open-to-all meeting at the Oxford Arms to discuss KWACS’ wildlife conservation work from 7pm on Tuesday April 11th.  ALL are very welcome.  We will be talking about and looking for ideas / feedback on anything to do with wildlife conservation, including:

  • the quarry
  • the pond
  • Kirtlington Hedgehog Street
  • the churchyard

Topics will include – should the village do a management plan for the quarry and should we have litter picking parties?  As regards the pond, we can explain what all the recent activity is for and how we hope to bring wildlife back to the pond, despite the pollution run off from the road.  On hedgehogs, we can discuss where to next roll out Hedgehog Street.  Our work in the churchyard normally goes pretty well but this year we will have to help areas recover from damage due to the current building works and we can talk about that.

Petitition to Stop Our District Council Being Abolished

LOCAL AUTHORITY STRUCTURE DEBATE:

DO YOU WANT TO STOP YOUR LOCAL DISTRICT COUNCIL FROM BEING ABOLISHED?

If so, please sign Cherwell District Council’s petition against a Single Unitary Authority – Deadline: Friday 31st March.

Cherwell District Council, which governs many important aspects of our life in Kirtlington, is asking for signatures to its petition against Oxfordshire County Council’s proposal for a single unitary authority. This proposal would mean Cherwell District Council would be abolished and Oxfordshire would be governed by a single big authority.

Cherwell, West Oxfordshire and the City Council are against the County’s proposals but South and Vale District Councils have joined with the County Council. Barry Wood, one of Kirtlington’s District Councillors and Leader of Cherwell District Council says: “This isn’t about which political party you vote for; it is about whether Cherwell District Council remains in control of local services for local people”. Kirtlington Parish Council has stated its opposition to the proposal because it has no confidence in the County Council’s ability to deliver its services effectively and no confidence that the proposed changes will serve local communities adequately.  A major concern is the safeguarding of Cherwell District Council’s development control policies and how these policies protect rural villages.

The Cherwell DC petition can be signed on line viahttps://www.change.org/p/stop-plans-for-a-unitary-authority… or you can sign the petition at the Shop.

To learn more, watch a webcast of the meeting for Parish Council representatives held at CDC offices on 21st March at http://cherwell.public-i.tv/…/po…/webcast_interactive/279343.

The County Council’s proposals can found at https://www.better-oxfordshire.org/.

Posted on behalf of Kirtlington Parish Council.

 

KWACS talk – Wed 5th April 2017

Linescapes of Britain
Wednesday 5th April 2017 (7:30pm AGM) followed by the talk at 7:45pm 
Speaker: Hugh Warwick

For our last KWACS talk of the season, we are welcoming back Hugh Warwick – for the third time.  Hugh is the well known hedgehog man and author of The Prickly Affair and The Beauty in the Beast.  This time we will be guinea pigs for his talk on his next book, Linescapes, being published by Penguin Books on May 4th.

Penguin describe Linescapes as follows:  “It is rare to find a landscape untouched by our lines – the hedges, walls, ditches and dykes built to enclose and separate; and the green lanes, roads, canals, railways and power lines, designed to connect.  This vast network of lines has transformed our landscape.  In Linescapes, Hugh Warwick unravels the far-reaching ecological consequences of the lines we have drawn: as our lives and our land were being fenced in and threaded together, so wildlife habitats have been cut into ever smaller, and increasingly unviable, fragments.  He has travelled across the country to explore this linescape from the perspective of our wildlife and to understand how, with a manifesto for reconnection, we can help our flora and fauna to flourish.  Linescapes offers a fresh and bracing perspective on Britain’s countryside, one that proposes a challenge and gives ground for hope; for while nature does not tend to straight lines and discrete borders, our lines can and do contain a real potential for wildness and for wildlife.”  That all said, I suspect we may hear an occasional mention of hedgehogs too!

Hugh is an extremely entertaining speaker so we encourage you to come.  We meet at the Church at the earlier time of 7.30pm to allow for our AGM.  Hugh will speak from 7.45pm.  Also if anyone is interested in joining Hugh and some of the KWACS committee before the talk for a tour of Kirtlington Hedgehog Street followed by a quick pub supper, please do let Chris Powles know (cjp@easynet.co.uk or on 350 995).

ALL WELCOME

Church History

img_9289At a time when St Mary the Virgin Church is covered in scaffolding, it is worth reading about its history to gain an appreciation of what changes it has been through in 1,000 years. Its current repair and maintenance will ensure it is fit for the future.

http://www.akemanbenefice.org.uk/st-mary-the-virgin-kirtlington/history/a-more-detailed-history/

Village Hall Harvest Feast on 1st October – save the date!

October FeastFollowing the sell-out success of its Ottolenghi feast in Oxford last October, this autumn Feast with a Chef is returning to Oxfordshire with a gourmet Harvest Feast cooked by Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman, chef-owners of Orwells at Shiplake.

The four-course feast in Kirtlington village hall will celebrate autumn’s wonderful larder, including vegetables from Orwells’ allotment. Ryan and Liam have become known for their planet-friendly approach to cooking and have a three-star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association. They’re particularly passionate about saving our bees, vital to pollinate our food crops, so the Feast will include a special dessert using honey from the chefs’ beehives, as well as other apian surprises. During dinner the pair will outline why they believe it’s as important to deliver sustainability as delicious food.

Ryan’s name may be familiar to some Kirtlington inhabitants as former head chef at The Goose at Britwell Salome in Oxfordshire which won a Michelin star after just 18 months. He cut his culinary teeth in several three-Michelin-starred restaurants in France including the renowned Maison Troisgros. Ryan and Liam opened Orwells restaurant, inside an 18th-century pub, in 2010. It has been acclaimed by all the major guides, and was recently included in Tatler magazine’s Best of Britain restaurant selection and given 9/10 by Kathryn Flett in a review in The Telegraph.

This autumn Ryan will be one of 16 Michelin-starred chefs featuring in BBC One’s Yes Chef series alongside previous Feast with a Chef chefs Nathan Outlaw and Matt Gillan. The link to the series is http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/big-chef-showdown

Tickets cost £48 (£46.16 plus £1.84 booking fee) and include a four-course dinner, canapes, tea/coffee and petits fours. To find out more or to book, please visit www.feastwithachef.co.uk.

Next KWACS Talk – 1st Feb 2017

On February 1st we will be welcoming back Ivan Wright to talk about Solitary Bees and Cuckoo Bees. Ivan is the Chairman of Shotover Wildlife and also the County Bee Recorder. You will learn the differences between the social and solitary bees, and why we should  be encouraging them into our gardens. Ivan has given talks for KWACS before. You can be sure of an entertaining and informative evening.