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The Bells! The Bells!

The Bells at Broadwell Church in The Land of The Twelve Churches

Anne Ramsay writes:

"Our first lesson ringing Broadwell's newly restored eight bells. You can join us every Thursday between 5 and 6pm. Please come!"

11th March 2022

Aerial view of The Land of The Twelve Churches

The view from above

Matt Lane of Alvescot writes:

"I thought had just had to share my photo from above the Parish when doing some flying instruction this week - a combination of the sunset at dusk and cloud layers made for some amazing views."

Thank you, Matt... We agree: fantastic!

7th February 2022

You can't hold back Spring...

   Even after the last extraordinary year, as the great Tom Waits says,  'you can never hold back Spring'...

   So, Happy 2022 to one and all, and let's look forward together to Spring, and beyond...

   As we always do.

   Click on the arrow, for a two minute ramble with Tom... 

1st February 2022

Burns cebrations in Bradwell Village in The Land of The Twelve Churches

Celebrating Mr Burns

Donna Kent writes: "Residents at The Cotswold Home have been keeping busy, and this month celebrated with a wonderful Burn’s lunch... including haggis, Cullen skink, shortbread, and of course, a tot of whisky!

See more about The Cotswold Home on the 'Advertisers' page

28th January 2022

The Elizabeth Fynn Home in Bradwell Village, Shilton

   The brilliant Cotswold Home catering team organise a special, themed lunch each month, with the next being to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Light the Night

   Chrissy Tinson's three photographs of 'Christmas Candles' in December 2021 at St Matthew's Church, Langford.

4th January 2022

On this day...

   Not specific to the Land of The Twelve Churches, but affecting it. On this day, 99 years ago, on 24th December 1922, the BBC broadcast its first radio play: 'The Truth about Father Christmas'. Arthur Burrows played Father Christmas. Burrows was also the BBC's first Director of Programmes, and he read the news as well! How life changes...

Remembering the early BBC in The Land of The Twelve CHurches

24th December 2021

Christmas Bazaar at Oxlease Farm in the Land of The Twelve Churches

Christmas Bazaar

   This looks fun...

   A Christmas Bazaar at Oxleaze Farm, 10am to 6pm on 11th and 12th December.

   Oxleaze Farm is just out of Filkins on the Eastleach road.

3rd December 2021

Christmas is coming!

The advent windows are appearing in Filkins... One every evening from 1st to 24th December.

Here is the window at Well Cottage.

   Do come to Filkins and see them all...

The advent windows in Filkins in The Land of The Twelve Churches

1st December 2021

Advent Window in Filkins in The Land of The Twelve Churches

1. No 2 The Gassons    2. Wynwood

3. Brook Cottage    4. Filkins Village Shop

5. Well Cottage    6. Lodge Cottage

7. Robbins Cottage   8. The Walled Garden

9. Trinder Cottage    10. Well Cottage

11. No 2 Bulls Close   12. Clarks Barn

13. Brades Cottage & Taylor Cottage   

​14. Elm View & 2 Saxons Close   ​15. Inns Cottage

16. Cotswold Woollen Weavers   17. Dragon Cottage

18.The Old Goat House   19. Purbrick Cottage

20. Museum Office (opposite 5Alls)   

21. Prospect Cottage   22. Apsley Cottage   

23. The Vicarage & Goodfellows Cottage

24. St Peters Church Filkins

Peter Sangston & Friend at the Filkins Theatre Revue 2021

Life & Art

   Peter & Friend illustrating very neatly how Life can imitate Art... ... At the Filkins Theatre Supper Revue in Filkins Village Hall on Saturday 27th November 2021.

   A very jolly time was had by all, and you can find out more about it, and a tribute to Leroy and Lynne's tango HERE

Photograph: courtesy Guy

27th November 2021

Christmas as it used to be... And will be again!

Christmas came and Christmas went;

Have you worked out how much you spent?

Did you get what you asked Santa for,

Or did you get the socks and smellies...

Like the year before?


When I was a child, Christmas was fun,

Singing carols with my mum;

Putting up a stocking...

And waiting for Santa to come.

Now, it's how will I find the time...

To get everything done!

What size turkey will I need?

(With so many people to feed.)

My lists go on and on.

Next year I'm going to slow down a bit;

And enjoy Christmas...

Like I did when I was a kid!

22nd November 2021

What a nice letter (and poem) to get from Ruth Carter of Langford. Just too late to include in the December issue of Parish Pump... But very happy to include here. Thank you Ruth, and an excellent thought, with which many of us would agree. Ed

  The interior of St Lawrence Church

A concert... Just down the road!

   A short Christmas concert with the Lechlade Occasional Choir, is to be held at 7.45pm on 18th of December at St Lawrence Church, Lechlade, in aid of the St Lawrence Restoration and Maintenance Appeal.

   Tickets, £10 including mulled wine, are  available the St Laurence website HERE

   Or call the Parish Office on 01367 358653.

15th November 2021

Remembrance 2021

   A memorial, co-ordinated by Donna Kent, in a window at the Elizabeth Finn Home, Bradwell Village.

   See and read '100 Years Later', a record of those who left Filkins & Broughton Poggs to serve our country in The Great War, which was researched and published originally to mark the centenary of the end of the war in 1918: HERE

11th November 2021

Remembrance 2021 in The Land of The Twelve Churches
Little Faringdon fireworks in The Land of The Twelve Churches

Whoosh... Bang! Bang! 

   Little Faringdon does it again... Vast nu8mbers of eager punters rolled in for mulled wine, very very good hot dogs, a huge bonfire, and... terrific fireworks. A great evening, and well done to all concerned.

   There will be more pics, and more words in December's Parish Pump... Keep an eye out! Ed

5th November 2021

Ring out, wild bells...

   ... Well, not wild perhaps, but certainly music to the ears, after eighteen months of 'covid silence' from the Alvescot belfry. A team led by Tony Crabtree of the Oxfordshire Guild of Bell Ringers, thoroughly enjoyed ringing what they called 'Alvescot's wonderful bells'.

   If anyone would like learn the ropes (literally!), do please let the churchwardens know: HERE

29th October 2021

Alvescot bell ringers in The Land of The Twelve Chuches




12th October 2021

The Womens Group in The Land of The Twelve Churches

The Women are back!

   There is once more a Women's Group (or should that be 'Ladies': one of those perennial questions!) in the Land of The Twelve Churches. 14 met for supper in Filkins Village Hall on 25th August. New members are welcomed, and more advnetures are planned...

   Read more HERE (page 21)

3rd October 2021

Colston Ladies' Tournament

   The 11th Ladies Charity Tournament took place at Colston Tennis Club in Broadwell on 3rd September. 

   Here are the terrific winners, Deborah Mackeller & Penny Beer, flanking the tournament supremo, Ann Cadogan)

   Read more HERE (page 38)

25th September 2021

The Colston Tennis Tournament in The Land of The Twelve Churches
The Tinson family of Langford in The Land of The Twelve Churches

Old Langford

   The Tinson family gather in September to remember the life of Aubrey Willis (Andy Tinson's brother) who had died earlier in 2021. Aubrey worked for Reading & Kirby, and helped lay the path at St Matthew's where the family are standing.

   Read more HERE (page 28)

18th September 2021

Recognition for Filkins Shop

   The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Amanda Ponsonby, has announced awards for Alan and Barry Heath of Filkins Village Shop..

   Amanda said "the award should very much be seen as on behalf of the entire team involved with Filkins Community Shop: a true community enterprise that stuck to its post in a time of difficulty, and helped so many in so many ways."

   Congrats to all at Filkins Village Shop, and you can see the full story in the October & November issue of Parish Pump HERE. (Page 8 and 9.)

12th September 2021

Filkins Village Shop in The Land of The Twelve Churches
Matthew Albrighton headmaster at Burford School

New Man at The Top

   This is Matthew Albrighton, the new headmaster at Burford School. Matthew, who was previously deputy headmaster at St Edward's School in Oxford, says he is happy so far... 

   "When you are new to the post of Headteacher and following in the footsteps of someone as impressive as Kathy Haig, it is safe to say you find yourself on somewhat of an emotional roller coaster.

Needless to say, the reputation of Burford School as a kind and nurturing community (the very reason I applied for the post), has been borne out, and the opening weeks have been an utter delight." 

   Parish Pump wishes all the best to Kathy as she leaves, and Matthew as he arrives...

4th September 2021

Towards the end of Summer '21

Mongrel Heart

Up the dog bounds to the window, baying

         like a basset his doleful, tearing sounds

             from the belly, as if mourning a dead king,

and now he’s howling like a beagle – yips, brays,

         gagging growls – and scratching the sill paintless,

              that’s how much he’s missed you, the two of you,

both of you, mother and daughter, my wife

         and child. All week he’s curled at my feet,

             warming himself and me watching more TV,

or wandered the lonely rooms, my dog shadow,

        who like a poodle now hops, amped-up windup

            maniac yo-yo with matted curls and snot nose

smearing the panes, having heard another car

           like yours taking its grinding turn down

               our block, or a school bus, or bird-squawk,

that’s how much he’s missed you, good dog,

         companion dog, dog-of-all-types, most excellent dog

             I told you once and for all we should never get.

David Baker

24th August 2021

The Joblings & Lulu in Filkins >>

The Joblings dog-walking in Filkins in The Land of the Twelve Churches
The Langford Beer Festival in the Land of The Twelve Churches

The Langford Beer Festival... Is back!

   Come along to the Langford Cricket Club Beer Festival on Sunday 29th August at Langford Cricket Ground.   From 12 noon 'til late. Lots to see, lots to do, and (of course!) lots of beers etc to taste and enjoy.

22nd August 2021

The Produce Show

   The annual Filkins Produce Show took place on 21st August... Congrats to the organisers and all who take part.

   The 'Tallet Cottage' entries being assembled before taking them (carefully!) to the Village Hall for the judging.

21st August 2021

The Filkins Produce Show in The Land of The Twelve Churches
The Land of The Twelve Churches: Reflections in the Landscape

... And talking of books...

   “... when Giles and I were having coffee one morning in Spring 2020 and talking about the pesky bug, and we fell to thinking about how best to conjure up a photographic record of the Time of Corona, it seemed almost inevitable that we would close in on those ubiquitous Titans, the churches, and consider them like old warships battling under sail through a terrible storm...”

The Land of The Twelve Churches

Reflections in the Landscape

in the Time of Corona 2020-2021

Over 100 especially commissioned photographs of our churches to reflect this strange year

£14.95 from Cotswold Woollen Weavers in Filkins

18th August 2021

The Filkins Bookclub choice

  Filkins Bookclub has been meeting every six weeks or so since the beginning of 2006. It has never sought to attract new members, and remains happy with its current full complement of 11.

   The latest book, chosen, read, and discussed by the club recently was... Daisy Jones & The Six.

   Entirely in the form of transcribed  imagined speech, and without any descriptive passages at all, DJ & the 6 nevertheless brings the rollicking life and times of a 60s/70s rock band very vividly to life.     

   "A truly unusual read, and highly recommended." RM

17th August 2021

Daisy Jones & The Six in The Land of the Twelve Churches

Excellent local pubs

   There are six excellent pubs in The Land of The Twelve Churches, in Alvescot, Black Bourton, Filkins, Langford, Kelmscott, and Shilton.

   This is The Bell in Langford.

   Deffo worth a detour!

15th August 2021

The Bell Langford in The Land of The Twelve Churches
May Sinclair in The Land of The Twelve Churches

More local literary fame!

   May Sinclair was the nom de plume of a fairly prolific, and somewhat hectic, author called Mary St Clair. She was a bit of a proto-feminist, and also first used the literary phrase 'stream of consciousness'.

   In the last chapter of her 1897 novel 'Audrey Craven', Sinclair introduces a character from Broughton Poggs. It's an unusual name, and I wonder if anyone knows why she hit upon Broughton Poggs?

   How do authors choose their place names?

   Here are excerpts from the last few paragraphs of her final chapter...

   It was Audrey's fate to be condemned by those whom she had most cared for. Ted and Vincent, Langley and Katherine, and lastly Mr. Flaxman Reed, they had all judged her—harshly, imperfectly, as human nature judges...

   ... Soon after her confession Audrey left town for the neighbourhood of Oxford. She may have perceived that London was too vast a stage for her slender performances; or she may have had some idea of following up a line slanting gently between the two paths pointed out to her by Langley Wyndham and Flaxman Reed, who had been the strongest forces in her life...

   ... It was about three years later that Mr. Langley Wyndham, looking over his 'Times' one morning, had the joy of reading the announcement of Miss Audrey Craven's marriage with Algernon Jackson, Esq., of Broughton Poggs, in the county of Oxfordshire.

   It was true. After all, Audrey had married a nonentity: it was the end of her long quest of the eminent and superlative. Mr. Jackson was certainly not an eminent person, and he was superlative only in so far as he passed for "the biggest bore in the county"; but he had the positive merit of being a gentleman, which in these days of a talented democracy amounts almost to genius...

   ... It is certainly the most incomprehensible. She may have loved Mr. Jackson. If she did not, she has never let him know it.

14th August 2021

How about a bargain?

   Wondering what to do on a Sunday morning?

   Why not head over to Alvescot, and pick up a bargain at the car-boot sale?

   Should be a good morning... And all pitch proceeds go to village causes.

   See you there!

13th August 2021

Where's there a Will?

   There are only about 235 copies of the rare First Folio collection of Shakespeare's plays, published in 1623, seven years after his death.

   Not surprisingly, a copy would now sell for at least $10 million. Not surprisingly, there's one in the Harry Ransom Centre in Texas... More surprisingly, it was once in a bookcase in Little Faringdon rectory! Local fame!

   It was inherited from his grandfather by Fulford Adams, who was vicar of Little Faringdon from 1864 to 1901. Later, Adams lived in Weston-sub-Edge, where he still had the book in 1915, for he wrote to a London book dealer: "Sir, I have no intention of selling my First Folio Shakespeare."

   But somehow or other it came into the Texas library around 1938.

A First Folio in The Land of the Twelve Churches

12th August 2021

The Kitchen Bell in Tetbury
The Kitchen Bell in Tetbury

O tempora! O mores!

   Nothing particularly to do with The Land of The Twelve Churches... This afternoon, Trish and I went for tea in Tetbury.

   By the church, is the side gate to a grand house. It has a bell with a plate reading 'Kitchen Bell'.

   How life changes.

8th August 2021

Book bound in Langford

   Langford telephone box has found a splendid new life...

   If this trend continues, soon we will associate these red boxes more with mini-libraries than with telephones!

30th July 2021

Langford mini library in The Land of The Twelve Churches
Langford mini library in The Land of The Twelve Churches
Langford Arts Festival in The Land of The Twelve Churches

Langford Arts Festival

Building on the huge success of the first festival, and despite the intervening Covid thingummy, Langford Arts Festival comes storming back.

 Throughout the village, throughout the weekend...


Do come: it's a great day out for everyone who likes Art

27th July 2021