Each year we invite residents of Carterton to nominate people who they feel deserve special recognition and over the last seven years we have given the award to some truly remarkable people. Our first EC medal of 2013 was presented to Roger Crapper as part of the St George’s Day celebration. Roger was nominated for the all the work that he has carried out quietly and behind the scenes to help our town.
With our second medal we broke with tradition in that we did not award it to an individual but rather to a group of people; namely the team of people who support the Repatriations of UK Military personnel. Everybody knows what very valuable work this team does on each and every occasion. I was delighted to have the honour of presenting the medal when all the volunteers were together to mark the opening of new Repatriation meeting room at the pavilion yesterday.
The people of Carterton continue to astound me in terms of their sense of community spirit, public service and duty. I am very proud indeed of all those people who contribute to the work of the Repatriations Team – well done to you all!
There is a fantastic French Market being held opposite Carterton Community Centre today from 9am -5pm; for your Sat Nav use ‘OX18 1AX’. It has lots of food stalls selling bread, olives, crepes, prawns, paella etc & there are bags, soap, music & much more!!!
At the same time; the table top sale is going ahead as normal inside the Centre from 9am – 12noon.
Please come along & support this event so that we can have more like them!
The RAF Brize Norton Community Covenant Play & Activity Day will be held on Alvescot Road Recreation Ground on Saturday 18th May 2013 between 11am and 3pm.
This event is open to all, with Free Entrance and Free Activities. These include a Playbus, Graffiti Wall, Orinoco Scrapstore, Go Kart Party, Arts & Crafts, Sports Tasters, Play Rangers, Circus Skills, Tricky Trail Biking, Martial Arts, Music and much, much more.
For further details, please contact the Oxfordshire Play Association, Tel: 01865 779474, Email: email@example.com k, or see the website: www.oxonplay.org.uk.
Download and display a poster!
Notice is hereby given that the annual town meeting for Carterton will be held at:
St John’s Church, 6 Burford Road, Carterton, OX18 3AA on Wednesday 8th may 2013 from 7pm.
The public and members of the Carterton partnership are invited to attend. Local government electors for the town will be entitled to vote at the meeting which is open to the public. The business of the meeting will include my annual report as Carterton Town Mayor, written reports from County and District Councillors, a presentation on local police matters by Inspector Louise Roddy from Thames Valley Police, an update on the Town hall and market square and a question and answer session.
In terms of the Carterton Fast Forward Partnership; the project manager will deliver her annual report and update on town centre design work & Carterton job club. she will also have a question and answer session at the end.
This is your opportunity to find out what is going on in the town and to ask questions of your elected representatives, not just on the Town Council but also on the District and County Councils. If you have questions that we cannot answer on the night we will do our best to put you in touch with the right person.
Light refreshments will be served.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offers many faces & many threats. When he first appeared in the public spotlight in 2010, the North Koreans began looking for clues as to whether he would be a reformist or simply the newest face of a despotic regime. Over a year after taking control, following the death of his father, he appears to be careering toward the latter — at least on the surface.
Having threatened to fire his missiles toward the United States, Kim has put the Korean Peninsula and much of the western world on a war footing. His behaviour follows that of his predecessors, and he now finds himself backed into a corner and it’s not clear that he has thought through how to get out of it. This makes this current scenario particularly challenging.
By declaring war on South Korea, he does seem to be emulating his grandfather, the founder of North Korea, who took the region to a war that killed as many as 5 million people in the 1950s.
He seems to want the approval of the North Korean military and he’s clearly trying to convince them that he is ready to govern. There may have been some doubts because of his youth and the fact that he never served in the military, so he’s probably trying to show them that he’s tough.
But Kim is playing a dangerous game; the best analytical quote I have read so far compares him to “a puppy that is not trained or groomed and thus not afraid of anything”.
Tensions have been steadily growing since mid February, when North Korea alarmed the international community with an underground nuclear test. Recent weeks have seen the atmosphere grow increasingly hostile with an almost daily barrage of threats against South Korea, Japan and the United States, yet Kim has been nowhere to be seen!! His last public appearance was a parliamentary session on 1st April!
North Korea seems to be capable and willing to provoke at any time depending on its hostile rhetoric and the political and military situation. But is it all bluff and bluster? Let’s hope so!