The Vale District Council have confirmed that they will arrange for the removal of the broken down barbed wire fence along the newly refurbished river path to Tescos. We reminded them that there was a danger to children or dogs running over the barbed wire where it was lying on the ground, especially now that the path is used even more.
The next 2 meetings will be at 8pm on Tuesday 5th July and Monday 1st August in the Stonewater flats Common Room, Bridges Close. All residents welcome!!
Thursday, 23 June 2016
Saturday, 11 June 2016
With the warmer, sunnier weather my partner and I look out at our garden from different perspectives. He tuts at the size of the buddleia and how it is taking over the garden. I look at it and sigh at how many butterflies and other insects I can count in one go. He is happy to humour me. When the weather is calm and hot, take time to look for these essential pollinators when out and about. I have been amazed at the variety of species I have spotted along the hedgerows around the fields of Mill Road. Last year I took part in the Butterfly count http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/ and logged the species I spotted in one hour (15th July- 7th August 2016). I was impressed with the number of people who had logged onto the website in our area.
You could make some ‘moth candy’, to get your children interested. What you need is ; a big pan, a jar/pot, spoon, thick paintbrush, torch, brown sugar, treacle, fruit juice, water and cola. Heat the ingredients in a pan on a low heat, stirring constantly until everything has dissolved, adding more water if it looks like sticking. Stir until the ‘moth candy’ is thick and gooey. When it has cooled, put it in a jar and using the paint brush add it to various objects around the garden; walls, tree trunks, fence posts or even an old sheet/towel or rope on a washing line. When it is dark, go out with your torch and you hopefully will be amazed at the variety of moths.
Moths and butterflies are part of the order Lepidoptera, which means scaly wings. Fossil records show moths date back to 140 million years and butterflies 40 million years. Moths tend to be more plump and robust bodies and when at rest most keep their wings spread flat or folded like a tent over the bodies, whilst most butterflies fold their wings straight up above their back.
The local Wildlife Trust has lots of exciting children’s events in the summer including a Happy Valley picnic (8th May), Oxford Festival of Nature (1 -14th June) and Night Time Safari ( 10th June). Visit bbowt.org.uk/whats-on, for the full list of events.
Finally Dry Sandford nature reserve is a great place to spot butterflies and other insects around the ancient fossilised rocks that were once under the sea. You could even pop into the local pub afterwards to sample their ‘local nectar’.
By Max the Wildlife Watcher
Friday, 27 May 2016
I have sometimes wondered where everything goes that we put into our rubbish bins and, although I have always been an avid recycler and done the usual separated recycling, I would feel guilty about putting anything into the rubbish and on into landfill.
Then, through Abingdon Carbon Cutters, I heard about a visit to the Energy Recovery Facility which opened last November at Ardley, just north of Bicester where they have a new way of dealing with all the tons of rubbish we produce.
I visited it recently and was amazed. It is a huge facility built by Viridor using state-of-the-art waste management technology developed in France and Germany. We were welcomed with a very interesting talk, then split into two groups, donned protective clothing, and given a guided tour. It was fascinating to see the massive 35m high structure and the miles of piping and cables. The whole visit was really informative, very clean and not at all smelly, as I had expected!
The facility has two huge furnaces where the rubbish is burnt at 850ºC. The hot air is then pumped out, cooled and purified and the steam produced during this process generates electricity, about 29 megawatts (MW) of which 3 MW are used to run the plant and the rest is fed into the National Grid. This amount is capable of producing enough electricity to run 38,000 homes, and the infrastructure is already in place to provide central heating for Bicester Eco Town in the future.
This self-contained process produces about 10,000 tonnes of ash per year which is used for road building and can also be processed into carbon neutral breeze blocks for use in construction. Brilliant!
What is more, in the future they may be able to dig up and use the old landfill sites, and they can also burn the horrible plastics that can't go to into the recycling.
I have had to re-adjust my recycling habits since my visit as I wasn't aware of the different types of plastics and the way they should be recycled. Plastics that make a 'crinkly' sound,i.e. salad bags, crisp packets, etc., I have now learnt, should go into rubbish. The recyclenow website gives some more up-to-date information on what things go where.
I would thoroughly recommend a visit and tours can be arranged by contacting Alexandra Pyle, Waste Recycling Officer at the Vale on 01235 540566 or e-mail
The next visit will probably be 4th August. Viridor also have a great Visitors Centre, organize school visits and engineering apprenticeship schemes.
Sunday, 15 May 2016
For all Tithe Farm and Ladygrove gardeners!! There will be a Plant Swap on Saturday 21st May on the driveway at 39 Masefield Crescent between 3pm and 5pm ... 'come rain or shine'. Bring along your extra plants, surplus seedlings or spare cuttings and be ready to 'swap' ..... all for FREE!!
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Thank you and well done to all who entered the Points of the Compass quiz in the last newsletter – the winner was Jacqueline Scott of Wordsworth Road who won a box of chocolates. Well done Jacqueline!!
The answers are: (1) Northern Lights, (2) East of Eden, (3) South Australia, (4) South Pacific, (5) West Side Story, (6) Southern Cross, (7) Great Western Railway, (8) North Sea route, (9) Eastenders, (10) South Pole, (11) La Fanciullia del West, (12) North Korea.
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Sunday, 17 April 2016
It was reported at the last TFLRA meeting that a box was found dumped along Mill Road (towards the bridge by the Mill) and upon opening it, was found to contain guinea pigs!! We're pleased to say that they're all being cared for and are doing well.
Please, if you have a pet you can't care for anymore, the Vets or a Sanctuary are always welcoming and will help to rehome them.
Thursday, 7 April 2016
Following our earlier blog post re the loss of 2 badly diseased horse chestnut trees on the green with the possibility of replacements, some residents have been concerned about more trees being cut down, but on checking with the Town Council, they assure the TFLRA there are no plans to remove any more trees.
Thursday, 17 March 2016
Thames Valley Police are calling on residents to help tackle courier fraud by taking ten minutes to talk to elderly friends and relatives. Courier fraudsters phone and trick victims into handing large sums of cash to a courier that arrives at their home.
See the full article on the Neighbourhood Watch page.
See the full article on the Neighbourhood Watch page.
We were sorry to lose the trees on the green, but the Town Council have told us that these two horse chestnut trees were badly diseased and a tree surgeon had said that they should be removed without delay. The Town Council have also told us that they hope to be able to plant replacement trees in the Autumn, although they can't say for certain.