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March 2020

The Cat Fosterer’s Tale

Cat and ownerSarah and Millie.

Sarah Payne is a cat fosterer. She looks after stray, unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens until they can be found a new home, for the charity Cat Protection. So far, she has fostered between 200 and 250 cats.

Four and a half years ago, Sarah was already fundraising for the Milton Keynes and District branch of Cat Protection, but at their annual general meeting, she discovered that she do more; she could foster cats and kittens at home.

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Not Mushroom

Claydom Mushroom

The Monday Photo

Next time you travel between Botolph Claydon and East Claydon, why don’t you stop and look at this old thatched shelter? It was built over 100 years ago, and is known as the Claydon Mushroom. inside it you can see carved wooden boards that tell you a little bit about the shelter’s history. The first one says:

Builders: L. Stonell & Sons Granboro’   F W V 1912
Thatchers: J Gibbard & Son Padbury

The second board says:

Rethatched by S Viggers 2012  The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year

and the third:

Funded by Claydon Villagers, Claydon Estate, and Bucks HBT

It looks like these boards were all put in the mushroom at the same time. S. Viggers is Stuart Viggers, Master Thatcher, in Banbury. I have no idea who Bucks HBT are. Do you know?

The mushroom club in the village hall next to the school and clock tower is a fully licensed bar named after the shelter. It’s available for hire, with the hall.


Pancakes for Everyone

Pancake racers  OlneyThe four legged race team.

If it wasn’t for the old vicar of Olney, the town wouldn’t have its yearly race on Pancake Day. Back in 1948, the Reverend Canon Ronald Collins found some photos from the 1920s or 30s in an old cupboard.

The pictures showed women running down the street with frying pans; they were running in the pancake race. He decided to revive the old custom and called for volunteers.

On that year’s Shrove Tuesday thirteen women lined up at five to twelve and the 415 yard race began. Nellie Bosworth was the winner, and the Olney Pancake Race has been held every year since.

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Bank Job

Motorway workers

The Monday Photo

The driver in the nearest JCB is really feeling the cold, up high on the M1 motorway embankment, early in February. Not far from this spot a bridge carries the motorway over the disused Wolverton to Newport Pagnell branch line.