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Little Milton Village Community

Newsletter 1984

Village Newsletter  25 Years ago 

Extracts from our newsletter from twenty five years ago. I trust that you will find the extracts interesting. Many of the articles have a familiar ring about them....... plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose

February 1984

Editorial

Last October the “Times” published a letter from me about the possible closure of sub-post offices owing to the centralisation of many of the services carried out by them. In early January I was rung up by a journalist from the “Observer” talking to me about my letter and saying that he was preparing an article on the use of sub-post offices. Very soon afterwards a very readable article appeared in the “Observer”. This article led to an interview on Radio Oxford.

Let us hope that the ripples from this stone cast into a small pool in the “Times” four months ago will eventually result in the local Post Office being saved from extinction. Use these services as much as possible. (Editor Dr. Vickers)

Vandalism

Unfortunately we still seem to have a number of unthinking members of the community who derive a particular pleasure from senseless destruction and deliberate wickedness. One such act – letting pigs out of their pens – could have quite easily have caused the death of Jack Kean when he was rounding a pig on the main road. HAVE MORE SENSE

Parish Council

Estimates for the provision of supplementary signs to endeavour to stop the excessive speeding through the village are to be maintained.

After a lengthy discussion on the subject of the precept it was decided to ask for the sum of £1500 for the year 1984/85.

Parish Forum was not held as there were no members of the public present.

Youth Club

The first major event in the Youth Club’s calendar of 1984 was the return football match against the Thame Youth Club. The first match ended in a draw, six goals each. Therefore, it was an occasion that conjured up a great deal of excitement amongst the members. The weather threatened to be a problem but our team was not deterred. Little Milton were soon in trouble against a skilful Thame team and soon found themselves 3- 1 down. However we battled back to lead 4-4 at half-time. In the second half we consolidated our position and ended up winners 7-3. The day ended with both teams enjoying a cup of hot coffee and looking forward to another match.

March 1984

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – ANNUAL VILLAGE FETE

‘For the first in years it is planned to hold a Summer Fete in the grounds of the Manor House. This is planned for the afternoon of Saturday, 23rd June and it is hoped that everyone on the village will come and support this fund raising event.

Many residents have observed that although the village community has so many excellent features for which we must count ourselves lucky, village life deserves a good, fund raising garden fete each summer. We hope that if this fete is a success, it will become an annual summer feature.’

Editorial March 09: Well we now know that this year we will celebrate our 25th anniversary and you can now put a date in your diary of Saturday 21st June in the Manor Grounds. The ethos of our fete has grown over the past twenty five years and we all look forward to another special day on the 21st.