Blog and Diary 2013 - 14

2011 - 12 Blog as Chairman Cherwell District Council

2012 -13 Blog as Vice Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council

12th May visit to Waddeston Manor wine cellars


Wine labels with signatures from the famous!

14th May 2013 - elected unanimously by fellow councillors as Chairman Oxfordshire County Council

Chaired the Annual County Council meeting

Chaired the extraordinary meeting to appoint Alderman

Chaired the extraordinary meeting to appoint freedom of the County

15th May - Cherwell District Council Annual Meeting

16th May - Oxford Nature Conservation Forum Bothy Vineyard and sculptures for Arts Week


                -    Ambrosden Parish Council

18th May - Andrew (son) and family arrive from Australia

My son Andrew and grandson Finlay 11 months

20th May - OXCELL Dinner and awards  Malmaison Hotel


General view of table                         Cllr Zöe Patrick: Dato' Seri Paduka Prof. Dr Steven Leow SKPA SPMM DIMP DMP PJK DMB; Dr Janet Stokes Carter; Cllr Tim Hallchurch

21st May - Shipton & Thrupp Annual Parish Meeting

22nd May - St John's College Barge reception on the Thames

23rd May - Conservative Reception at Kirtlington Park


24th May - 12 Logistic Support Regiment homecoming parade Abingdon with Princess Royal

26th May - Evensong at All Saints Church, Headington - Rev Jim Cocke 60th year in the church

28th May - Andrew Rattray Lecture Defence Academy

30th May - SERFCA County Committee RAF Brize Norton

1st June - Son Philip's wedding


2nd June depart for Montenegro


9th June return

11th June - Cardiac appointment

                - Evening at Dorchester Abbey

12th June - Victoria County History reception at Rycote Park


Rycote Chapel and Yew Tree that may be over 1000 years old.                  The Chapel                                                                                                The Tower with Lord Hurd with his stick

13th June - Oxfordshire CC Conservative Group Meeting

                    South Oxfordshire Conservative Association Executive

14th June - SOCA Reception at Shotover Park

Speakers were Anthony Stansfield Police Commissioner and Dr John Howell OBE MP

15th June - English Speaking Union tea and tour of Woodleys by kind permission of Sir Charles and Lady Ponsonby


Lady Mary Ponsonby shows the Chairman's wife round the garden                     Cream tea in the dining room

16th June - Blue Plaque unveiling Cromwell's House Old Marston


18th June - Borien South Africa Exchange Reception


19th June - Oxford University Encaenia

                   Degree Ceremony - Sheldonian Theatre

Sir Tom Stoppard receives his degree

                    Lunch - Rhodes House

                    Garden Party - Trinity College

20th June - NAPE Festival of Voices

Fantastic evening of songs and solos from Oxfordshire Schools

21st June - Wittenham Rose ceremony


Presenting the rose (now still on the bush) to Robin Buxton, Chairman of the Earth Trust.  Jayne Manly, Chief Executive explains the work of the trust. Wittenham Clumps and meadows restored by the Trust

22nd June - Summer Festival of Music Baynard's Hill School

25th June - Oxford Preservation Trust AGM



27th June - Armed Forces Day Flag Raising

                - Cherwell DC Group meeting

27th June - 1 July with friends in Devon



1st  July - Victoria County History Trustees meeting

2nd July - Bicester Locality Meeting

               - Arncott & Piddington Parish Council

3rd July - RAF Croughton - USAF Independence Day celebrations

             - JR Hospital Appointment

4th July - Bus Services meeting Kidlington

            -    OCC Group Meeting

5th July - County Youth Service Concert

8th July - Chairman's Briefing with Group Leaders County Hall

9th July - OCC Full Council

            - Roman paths meeting Oxfordshire Museum

            - Islip and Merton PCs

11th July - English Speaking Union Oxfordshire and Berkshire Branch AGM - I have been elected as Chairman

12th July - Blue Plaque Unveiling for William Logsdail - artist at Noke.

                - Dinner with Friends at Cherwell Boathouse - fantastic night outdoors on "The Deck"

13th July - Battle Proms at Blenheim Palace



Fantastic evening!

14th July - Lunch with friends near Banbury

15th July - Bicester County Councillors meeting Bicester.

16th July - Adult Services briefing County Hall

17th July - County Scout AGM Exeter Hall

18th July - Service Veterans conference Edward Brooks Barracks

19th July - Dinner with friends at The Cherwell Boathouse - excellent food yet again!

20th July - Dinner at Paddock Cottage for six friends.

22nd July - Cherwell DC Full Council plus briefing by Thames Valley Police and Boundaries Commission.

24th July - Doctors appointment

25th July - Medical appointment

                - lunch with friends in Abingdon

                - Oxford Preservation Trust event visiting locations

26th July - Hampton Court to see fiends

27th July - Susie's and James for lunch Putney

28th July   -Music Service concert Town Hall

29th July  -  Meet Chairman of Merton Parish Council to see  highway matters at first hand

30th July -  Visit Merton College Oxford to discuss Chairman's Charity Dinner 2014

3rd August - Theatre London

8th August - Cherwell DC Planning Meeting

                    Horton cum Studley Parish Council

10th August fly to Seattle until 28th August including visits to Orcas and Whidbey Islands.

31st August - 1 September friends staying

3rd September - Arncott & Piddington Parish Council meetings

4th September - Otmoor Archaeological & Historical Society meeting Islip

5th September - OCC Group Meeting

7th September - Concert Dorchester Abbey

8th September - Bicester Civic Service & Parade

9th September - Chairman's Briefing County Hall

10th September - Oxfordshire County Council

                        - AGM of Cherwell Community Lands Trust

                        - Islip & Merton Parish Council

11th September - Silver Dinner and reception - Ashmolean & Brasenose College


12th September  - Meet with Arncott PC to tour village

                        - High Sheriffs reception Oxford Brooks University

                        - Horton cum Studley PC (above finished too late to get to HCS)

13th September - Private lunch party

                        - RAF Croughton 40s dance USAF


Colonel & Mrs Hamilton USAF

14th September - Open Doors Oxford Preservation Trust


15th September Battle of Britain parade Banbury

I am standing next to the Mace Bearer

18th September - Oxfordshire ESU Committee

                        - Langford Village Community Association meeting

19th September - Ambrosden Parish Council

19th September to 22 visit to Germany


The statue of Roland in Bremen. In the old town of Bremen. Bird watching on the Baltic coast.

23rd September - Victoria County History Trustees Kellogg College

24th September - ESU Presentation to School Leavers in Town Hall

27th September - Cogges Farm rent payment to Oxfordshire CC - basket of apples.

                           -   Earth Trust Dinner Whittenham Clumps


30th September - OUH Trust AGM Town Hall

1st October - Arncott & Piddington Parish Councils

2nd October - Otmoor Archaeological & Historical Society Islip

                    - Cherwell DC Conservative Group Meeting

                    - Provincial Grand Lodge Kassam Stadium

3rd October - Opening of Andrew Wiles Building Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

4th October - Medal Parade Didcot HRH Princess Anne presents Afghan medals to soldiers of XI EOD Regiment.


                    - English Speaking Union Dinner Balliol College


With Lady Vivien Bone         Prof. Sir Drummond Bone addresses the members

                    - Visitors for weekend

7th October  - Oxford Buildings Trust meeting

                    - Blue Plaque unveiling Sam Saunders

                    - Cherwell DC Group Meeting

8th October - Merton and Islip Parish Councils

9th October - English Speaking Union reception for Jamaican High Commissioner Dartmouth House London

                    - Earth Trust reception in House of Commons with Ed Vaisey MP

10th October - Bicester P&R meeting

                    - Lord Nuffield service University Church attended by HRH The Duke of Kent


                    - Horton cum Studley Parish Council

11th October - 12th October - London with friends

14th October - Bicester Early Intervention meeting

                    - OCVA Volunteer Awards Town Hall


15th October - Law Lecture

                    - High Sheriff Sermon

17th October- Bicester and Kidlington Locality Meeting

                    - Ambrosden PC

18th - 19th October - ESU Conference Stratford on Avon

Discussing ESU matters with HRH The Princess Royal

20th October - Oxford Yeomanry Lunch

Rod Walker DL, Colonel Chris Lawrence TD, Cllr Lt Col Tim Hallchurch MBE

21st October - Cherwell DC Full Council

22nd October - Hosting tea at County Hall for VIPs Frideswide Day

                        - Frideswide Service

                        - Frideswide Dinner Christ Church

23rd October - Meeting with Warden of Rhodes House

                        - Middlesex Knot Dinner, Guards & Cavalry Club, London

24th October – OAYP AGM Blenheim Palace

-Dinner at Woodleys

25th October – Meeting at St George’s Bks Bicester

26th October – Family gathering

27th October – Lunch Danesfield

29th October – Dinner with friends

30th October – Cherwell DC Conservative Group Meeting

31st October – Abingdon homecoming parade

-           OCC Conservative Group Meeting


-          Churchill Lodge Rehearsal

1st November – Staying with friends at Hampton Court

3rd November – Reception for Seychelles High Commissioner at Cotswold Wildlife Park


Cotswold Wildlife Park – Dr Jan Carter, Seychelles High Commissioner (in orange), Alain St Ange – Minister of Tourism & Culture, Mayor of Burford, Chairman Oxfordshire CC,  animal curator.

Miss Seychelles feeding “Darwin” the giant Seychelles Tortoise.

4th November – Pre Council Chairman’s Briefing

5th November – County Council

-          Arncott and Piddington Parish Councils


-          Visit of Mayor and Chairman of Perm City Council, Russia, Mr Igor Sapko

Igor Sapko, Chairman, Igor’s daughter (interpreter), Cllr Lady Liz Brighouse OBE

6th November – Otmoor Archaeological & Historical Society

7th November – Oxfordshire Minerals Group seminar

8th November – Institute of Directors visit to Eurocopter, Kidlington Airport



EADS built helicopters being fitted including for police, ambulance, army and private clients.

9th November – OCC Group Seminar County Hall

10th November – Remembrance Sunday laying wreath in St Giles Oxford. I laid the wreath on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council.

The multi-faith contributors included: Penny Faust – Jewish; Monawar Hussain – Muslim; Chinta Kallie – Hindu; Davinder Singh – Sikh

John White – Humanist; The Right Rev John Pritchard - Bishop of Oxford.

11th November – Remembrance ceremony at County Hall

– English Speaking Union (ESU) committee meeting

12th November – ESU reception for Rhodes Scholars at Oriel College

Sandie Borrowdale, Lord Lieutenant Tim Stevenson OBE, Rhodes Scholar Geoff Pascoe from Australia, myself

-          Islip & Merton Parish Council (I did not make it!)

13th November – Banbury Rotary Club Children’s Concert

14th November – Horton cum Studley Parish Council

15th November – RAF Croughton Leaders Day

-          Mayor of Witney’s Charity Dinner

16th – 17th November Friends staying from London

18th November – New Mini launch at the BMW factory, Cowley.


Patrick MacLauchlin, Transport Minister

19th November – Canal & River Trust Strategic Plan briefing Bodicote House

20th November – Military Champions Meeting

-          My Chairman of Oxfordshire CC Reception, County Hall


21st November – South Oxfordshire Conservative Dinner, Leander Club Henley

-          Ambrosden PC (won’t be able to go)

22nd November – County Music Service Concert – Sheldonian Theatre.

24th November - ESU Thanksgiving Lunch at Thames Four Pillars

Prof Richard Carwardine, President of Corpus Christi College, Anne Spokes Symonds, former Lord Mayor and Chairman of Oxfordshire CC, Linda Kirk wife of Prof, and Geoffrey Goodall, ESU former Oxon ESU Chairman

25th November – South Oxford Conservative Association Executive Council

26th November – Kid Lit Quiz Gregory the Great School


Presenting certificates to Cherwell School team

-          SERFCA Meeting Pembroke College

27th November – Oxford Strategic Ltd Company AGM (Company I founded but retired from but still a shareholder)

-          ESU Public Speaking Competition County Finals – St Edward’s School

28th November – London event

30th November – Mayor of Bicester Charity Ball

2nd December – Victoria County History Lecture and Trustees meeting

-          Christmas Lights at County Hall – Vice Chairman switching on.


-          Churchill Lodge

3rd December   Arncott & Piddington PC

-          Big Christmas Sing – Town Hall

4th December – Otmoor Archaeological Society Islip

9th December – Chairman’s Briefing for County Council

10th December – County Council Meeting

-          Oxford Preservation Trust Christmas Drinks


-          Islip & Merton Parish Councils

11th December – County & City Fun Run – Christ Church Meadows

-          Oxybaroxy Music Service Concert – St Andrew’s Church, Headington

12th December – The Coming of Christmas Service - Dorchester Abbey

-          Horton cum Studley PC

13th December – Christmas function Cavalry & Guards Club London

14th December – Saddlers Wells Ballet

15th December – fly to West Indies to meet up with Jan’s brother for his 70th Birthday and to see him off on the ARC Round The World Rally starting from Rodney Harbour in St Lucia


Roger on Free & BrEasy with his crew Mike from Canada and Michael from Nottingham. Roger (with beard) lives in Canada and the yacht is registered in Victoria BC.

The progress can be followed by an App called Yellow Brick that uses a yellow tracking device tied to the rigging.

The St Lucia “Pitons” from La Haute infinity pool.

13th January return to UK

14th January – Merton and Islip Parish Council meetings.

16th January – Oxfordshire CC Group Meeting

17th January – OCC Staff Induction briefing Bicester

21st January – Long Service Awards, County Hall.

22nd January – Budget meeting County Hall

23rd January – Long Service Awards, County Hall

24th – 26th –January – London with friends plus “From Here to Eternity” at Shaftesbury Theatre and visit to Kenwood House


Kenwood House – picture of The Countess of Banbury

28th January – Visit Charlton on Otmoor School

29th January – Cherwell DC Group meeting

30th January – Oxford Strategic Ltd Company Meeting

-          Tea with Rhodes Scholars at The Quod

-          Bicester & Kidlington Locality Meeting

-          Churchill Rehearsal

31st January – County Music Service concert Sheldonian Theatre

1st – 2nd February – Guests for weekend

3rd February – Churchill Lodge

4th February – Arncott & Piddington Parish Councils

7th February – Reception with USAF at RAF Croughton

8th – 9th February – guests for weekend

10th February – Corporate Choice Awards

With some of the award winners

12th February – ESU Committee Oxford

13th February – Royal Visit – Countess of Wessex visits PACT at Dorchester Abbey

                        Horton cum Studley Parish Council

17th February – Chairman’s briefing County Hall

18th February – Oxford County Council

19th February – Gang Show, Radley College

21st February – English Speaking Union Ploughman’s Lunch, Christchurch College – Anne Spokes Symonds, speaker.

-          North Oxford Conservative Association AGM

22nd February – Oxford Council 105

24th February – Cherwell DC Full Council

1st  March        - Mock Trial Magistrates Court

-          Flood Forum

-          Mayor of Thame Charity Dinner

3rd March – Churchill Lodge

4th March – High Sheriff’s Awards

            Arncott & Piddington Parish Council

5th March – Otmoor Archaeological & Historical Society Islip

6th March – Escort Rhodes Scholars to House of Lords and House of Commons

-          Burmese  Experience High Sheriff Said Business School

8th March – Schools Public Speaking final, Birmingham

-          Tettenhall College Presidents Reception

9th March lunch with brother’s family Cannock

10th March Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth – flag raising

 ```Oxfordshire Youth Press Launch

11th March Merton and Islip PC

15th March – Music Service Concert Birmingham

17th March – Annual Youth Awards

18th March - Alfred Chapter

19th March – Choice Awards County Hall

20th March – SERFCA AGM and Dinner Army Navy Club

21 – 23rd March Weekend visitors

24th March – Dalesford visit

 25th March – Huw Jones farewell from OCC

26th March – Choice Awards County Hall

-          Otmoor Archaeological & Historical Society Committee

27th March ESU Antiques event Swan Tetsworth

28th March – Lord Mayor’s charity dinner Oxford Brooks University

31st March Boundary Commissions briefing Cherwell DC

1st April – OCC Full Council

The OCC Full Council was held at Bodicote House, Banbury to trial webcasting.

The full meeting can be viewed using the link:

2nd April – Cherwell DC Group meeting

3rd April – OCC Chairman’s Charity Dinner, Merton College that is celebrating the Colleges 750th birthday. It was attended by the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, and Vice Chairman of Surrey County Council and district councils and mayors from around the County.


6th April – Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars handover parade R Signals to RLC


7th April – EP Barrus new building opening

9th April – Bicester & Kidlington locality meeting

Blue Plaques Board – Town Hall

10th April – Cherwell DC special council meeting

15 – 16 April – Devon with friends. Dinner with Lord & Lady Arran at Castle Hill House.

Our bedroom, Castle Hill House,


Lady Nell Arran and Ron Marks consort of Chairman of Surrey CC. Sitting Room

17th April - Change of Command ceremony USAF at RAF Croughton

– Ambrosden PC

18 – 22 April – Easter with friends at Ramsgate


Visit to Canterbury Cathedral on way home


23rd April – Noke Annual Parish Meeting

            Churchill Rehearsal

24th April – Royal visit rehearsal

25th April – Oxfordshire Forces Reserves visit of Earl  & Countess of Wessex


I receive the SABRE award on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council to show the forces gratitude to the Council for the support to the forces.

            Churchill Lodge Dinner Mansfield College

26th April –Victoria County History Day Chalgrove

            Brownies Trip to London to celebrate their 100 years  on special train to Paddington.

30th April Churchill Rehearsal

1st May – OCC Group Meeting

2nd May – friends arrive for weekend and Dinner Party

3rd May – Blue Plaques Board plaque unveiling Charlbury, Larcum Kendall – clockmaker.

-          -Chipping Norton Charity Dinner



5th May – Lunch party

7th May Churchill Lodge – I was invested as Master of Churchill Lodge No 478

Two old friends join me for the Churchill Meeting. I was at prep-school with Peter (L) in 1950

8th May –New Archdeaconry of Dorchester. Invitation from Bishops of Oxford, Dorchester & Reading to a service to mark the creation of the New Archdeaconry of Dorchester


10th May – Scouting awards


Scouts at Youlbury awards – Chairmen and Mayors were conducted by Scouter Laura Daisy Pearson

12th May – Bicester Mayor Making

13th May – Citizenship ceremony and presentation of BEM medals with HRH The Duke of Gloucester


-          Flood Reception to thanks those who worked so hard during the floods.

-          Islip Annual Parish Meeting

15th May – Earth Trust reception to celebrate the completion of phase 1 of the River of Life Project, the Earth Trust and the Environment Agency will be hosting a drinks reception at the Shillingford Bridge Hotel, followed by a 3km guided walk of the River of Life. 

Presenting Jayne Manley with the cheque from my Charity Dinner

-          OCC Group Meting


-          Ambrosden Parish Council

20th May - Oxfordshire County Council Annual Meeting when I hand over to my successor as Chairman of the Council and cease to be the senior citizen of the County.

I wish Cllr Anne Purse best wishes for her year as Chairman Oxfordshire County Council and Senior Citizen of the County.