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Dogs in Yarnton Park 

We have received the following from a Yarnton resident:

I was recently in the park with my two younger children. The park was fairly busy, as it was a nice day. Two young ladies entered the park with some younger children and 2 dogs; the dogs were off the lead and running around, although they were friendly. I don’t mind dogs – I have 2 of my own. I heard several other mums complaining about why some people should be allowed to ignore the rules, so I politely asked the young ladies if they minded putting the dogs on leads. The ladies took offence, and told me that it was a public field and they had a right to bring the dogs in and let them run around. I pointed out that it was actually a play park and there are signs asking you not to bring dogs in. I got accused of being offensive and rude. 

We should all respect rules so that everybody can enjoy and make the most of our village facilities, and I ask parents to teach their children to obey rules and remind them that they should not bring dogs into the play park. 


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The Yarnton Memorial - the story so far

Over the years many people from the village have asked the question: Why haven’t we got a war memorial? After all, most of the surrounding villages have got one.  In the Great War (World War I, 1914-18) Yarnton lost fourteen men killed in action (as well as many wounded). The population of Yarnton at the time was approximately 309 – so the large percentage in terms of dead and wounded had a significant impact on the village.  In World War II (1939-1945) Yarnton lost four men killed in action (as well as wounded), the population at the time being approximately 637.  Yet again the small farming community of Yarnton was profoundly affected by these events.

However, as time went by the above events seemed to fade into the background.  It was not until recently that the subject of erecting a war memorial came to the fore, prompted by the fact that in November 2018 it would be the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. The vicar of Yarnton at the time, the Reverend Nathan Jarvis, formed a small committee of like-minded villagers who thought that the village should have a memorial.  The committee at the time consisted of Nathan Jarvis, Paul Tweddle, Greg Morris and Robin Hearn.  The committee learned that the Co-op (Funeral Care) could help with funding some of the money towards the cost.  After discussions the Co-op agreed to fund the majority of the money - £4224.  However, this still meant that the committee had to raise a significant amount to complete the task.  A site was agreed on – the small green opposite the Royal British Legion in Rutten Lane.  Planning permission was obtained from Cherwell District Council. However, the present committee decided that there was a more suitable site on the same small green and re-applied for planning permission, but these things take time!

About eighteen months ago the committee lost Greg Morris (work commitments) and the Reverend Nathan Jarvis who moved to pastures anew. This left Paul Tweddle and myself to carry on. It was around this time that I asked a friend of mine, Ted O’Brien, if he would like to join the committee and help complete this project. Ted had always been a keen advocate of Yarnton having a war memorial, and in the last year Ted and I have taken over the task of getting things brought to a successful conclusion.  This has involved fund raising, dealing with various authorities, as well as collaborating with Brian Stovold, Ann Rivers and Barbara Dunn and the team at the Co-op.  I must thank the above for their generosity in time and effort. I would also like to acknowledge all of those who have given so generously to this project: village organisations, as well as very handsome donations made by individual villagers – you know who you are – thank you all.

The war memorial stone is dark Indian Granite.  It will stand five feet tall and is obelisk in form.  Underneath the plaque that bears the names of the fallen there is a legend carved into the stone:

‘Lest we forget’

‘The village did not forget’

In time I hope this memorial will become an integral part of the village, and also serve as a permanent reminder of the past – as well as a beacon of hope to a peaceful future.

A service will be held on Sunday 11th November 2018 at 11 a.m. at the memorial – All villagers welcome. Robin Hearn


Community Orchard

On 1st December many villagers helped to plant 35 heritage apple trees for the Yarnton Community Orchard.

Each tree has been generously sponsored by a member of the village to mark a local family connection, commemorate a lost loved one or to just be part of something historic in the village.

It was a cold, rainy morning but volunteers soon got quite warm digging, planting and knocking in stakes.  It took about 5 hours of solid work but it was fun and we achieved a lot.  Some local children also got involved along with older residents who couldn’t physically dig but supervised some of the planting and had a lovely morning chatting. 

It’s been a year long journey to get the orchard project completed, fully supported by the Parish Council along the way.  The chosen area had to be assessed for any services pipework or cabling that may run under the land.  We then got in touch with Andy Howard, an Oxfordshire apple tree expert, who surveyed and mapped the area and put together a collection of suitable heritage tree varieties.

Yarnton has traditionally been known for its apple trees so we wanted to have a variety of local species that could be juiced, cooked, stored and eaten!  Some of the trees are quite rare and slowly making a comeback, helped by projects like this. 

In our orchard we have varieties such as Autumn Pearmain, Reinette Rouge Etoile and Monarch to name just a few.   Village residents old and new were invited to sponsor a tree on a first come first served basis, and organisers were overwhelmed with offers.

It's hoped the orchard will be enjoyed by all generations to come. It should become a place for family picnics or simply walking through to enjoy a few moments peace amongst the trees.  We also hope to add some benches in the future, along with bat boxes.

We also want to bring the village together for Apple Day which is held in October  The apples are there for all the village to enjoy and eat, surplus will be collected for groups such as the school, the weekly lunch club and any other groups who come forward.  If we’re lucky the WI might provide us with some unusual apple recipes! 
Orchards are also vital for wildlife as they provide pollen for the bees and insects which attract birds and bats.  Any windfall apples will be eaten by hedgehogs, worms and ground insects as well as helping to nourish the soil around each tree.  

Native wildlife in the UK is in serious decline due to loss of habitat so we hope this area will eventually provide a refuge for these vital insects and mammals but also for us when we walk through and linger to enjoy the blossom on a sunny day.
This day was a great team effort and a VERY BIG THANK YOU to all who helped and got mucky.  You made this a very special and memorable event.
We hope to have an official opening early next year and i
f you wish to be a member of the Yarnton Orchard Committee please contact Fiona on 07779 268836.

Thank you to all individuals and organisations that sponsored trees in the orchard including:

Graham and Yvonne Thompson, Eve and Fred Jones, Kim Overbeck, Shirley and Eddie Christiansen, David and Fiona Brimson, Janine and Carl Williams, Mary Clarke, The Isles family, Whitley family, Family Johnston, Kim Williams, Renee Charlett, The Wickham-Jones family,  Emily, Georgia and Owen Shewry, Ann Wyatt, Jackie Carpenter, Julie and Graham Hillsdon, Robin Hearn, Colin Clark and Hilary Palmer, George and Susan Doucas, Thorpe family,  My Bathrooms, Village News Committee, British Legion, Sanctuary Nursing Home, Parable Garden, Yarnton Women’s Institute. Yarnton Gardening Club, Yarnton Playing Fields.