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September blog 2016

Posted by dawngriffis on September 8, 2016 at 7:15 AM

Where to begin? August here in Vermont has been warm to hot and mostly humid, but that means no white stuff, that will come soon enough! Our 3 weeks of foliage or Leaf Peeping season will be here by the end of this month. Vermont roads will be gridlocked with tourists, I hope the color is to their liking, we may join them one of the mid week days, when it isn’t quite so congested.


Farm stands are full many veggies and offers of bulk purchases for canning, bottling or freezing for winter months. Along with apple picking, many farms here have the option to pick your own. When we had teenagers at home, we used to do that each year, and then I’d make about 27 apple pies, and freeze them. Our 2 girls could come home from school at 3:30pm, cook one, eat it all, before we even came home about 5:30, and still be ready for supper at 6:30!


Our wild flower garden was quite full, but mid to late summer it was mostly yellow and orange, I’m going to try to introduce more, blues, pinks and white ones for next year.


The new café that will be opening soon in White River Junction is going to have a lot of British influenced food on the menu. It’s called Piecemeal Pies, owner/ chef is Justine Barrett. I have given him lots of my English family recipes to use. Many of us Brits in the area are excited about having somewhere to eat, that will have our much loved and missed food available.


Update on the Horton General Hospital in Banbury and Save the Horton campaign. This past month we have had many large rallies, participated by thousands. On the 31st when the Trust was to decide the fate of the maternity physician led unit, as usual the Trust could not be trusted, and decided to change it to midwife only unit, they said it was temporary, but like many other of their so called temporary moves they become the norm. The distance and traffic congestions just getting to the JR from the Horton will put many mums and babies at risk. So the fight continues, as we say we lost that battle, but we will win the war! Support for the Horton is world wide with connection to the Horton and support for the Horton stems from many long years of commitment and dedication. One former Horton nurse, now in her 90s living in Washington State, sent me the following letter and said I could use it in my blog. Edith when she visited the Horton did not go into the new part of the hospital, but stayed where it was familiar to her that was the reason it seemed so quiet to her, the patients had all been moved to the new wards. What Edith thought was the A&E was the outpatients, A&E had also been moved.


Hello Dawn: My favorite expression "Holy Cow" - this is really serious. I must say, that the last time I visited the Horton in 1999 (so long ago but I remember every minute) the place did not seem very busy. I just went along the corridors and not into any wards, but everything seemed very quiet. And when I passed and walked into the A & E, the two very young nurses were standing around and chatting - not working in any way. They did ask what I was looking for and I told them that 53 years ago I worked in your department for a short time under Sister Harris. They were totally uninterested! What did impress me was the cafeteria where I had a really good omelette! In other words, the atmosphere seemed to be lethargic. However, once I spoke with Lily who was at the reception desk and talked about old times and found that her son was married to Stella's daughter, everything seemed cheery! A magazine about the Horton was lying on the desk and I asked if this was on sale in their small gift shop - well that brought several senior nurses to the desk and they insisted that I take that one! This is one of my prize possessions.


I hope that whoever sends me the T-shirt will give me an e-mail address and names, so that I can thank them profusely, and ask if they are able to deposit a dollar check into their account as my contribution to the cause.


Thanks so much for keeping me up to date.


Love, Edith


P.S. If you want to include this in your next Blog, feel free to do so. Or forward it to the volunteers who are working so hard. Are any of them former nurses or other employees of the hospital?


We are continuing to fight for the much loved and now very busy hospital, if by any chance you have any connection to the Horton, and would like to be involved, the Facebook page is Save the Horton or email mail me for more information


I wish for all of you a fabulous September; we have 2 poems and pictures to follow. first poem was not written by Bev!

The Horton sits on 8 acres of land August 25th Banburyshire folks joined hand and encircled the entire Horton property to demonstrate to the Oxford Trust to Keep it's hands off the Horton, above is a small portion of the crowd doing this. Following is a poem written about the way we feel and come together for the Horton.


By Paula Baker.


Banbury was a Market Town, long gone I’m sad to say

Along side us the M 40 with traffic rushing past us every day

Accidents always happening, so very sad to see

Do we need A& E, yes we do need thee

The Horton where l had my kids, so many years ago

It may not be as big as some, but it was the best

The quality of time they give to put your mind at rest

Help and kindness to new Mums, and lots of friendly chatter

This is where most life begins a precious thing to happen

If all goes well it's wonderful, but in a heartbeat it can change

So Consultants they are needed, when C section is the best

We want ALL Mums delivered here, near the family

The powers that be are stripping us of Wards which were the best

Gynae Ward was stripped away, followed then by E

Oak Ward next upon the list, such a tragedy

F Ward being chopped in half, will there never be an end

You start your life here happy, and use throughout your growing years

And hope there will some beds left, to help us at the end


So Hands around the Horton

We thought the NHS we could trust

Big is not always beautiful

Staying small a must

So on Sunday the 21 st August at the hour of HALF PAST TEN

come rain or shine or gale force winds, the weather forecast not looking great

As many of you that can come please around the Horton gather

And let's show the world, we will not rest always trying are best

So gather around the Horton, and form a orderly queue

Bring this Community, like we used to do

Don't say it doesn't matter the battle already lost

We must fight this now we won't accept a loss

And when we have all finished, l hope you will join me

To walk or ride or cycle into the town of Banbury

The Council have a food fair so bring some bags as well

So go and parade your T Shirt, all wearing them with pride

And get our photos taken standing side by side





Not only did people come in aid of the Horton but many of the area companies did plus Unions here is a group of one of the Union members.

picture taken by member Derek Evans

After the rally around the Horton around 5,000 people walked to the Banbury Town Hall for a photo shoot arranged by Banbury Town Council. This shows a small portion of them in front of the Town Hall. 

Now for pictures to go with Bev's poem 

Aynho folks on their walk through fields of corn ready to harvest picture by Keith McClellen

Golden Fields

By Beverley Coleman

The gate it wouldn't open

But it didn't spoil the view

Of a lovely golden cornfield

Where golden corn once grew.

The farmer has been busy

As you can surly see

The bales of hay before your eyes

A sight for you and me.

The clouds they scatter up above

Lets hope the sun shines through

Making for a pleasant day

For me to spend with you

There's blackberries on the hedgerows

And if the sun does shine

We could pick some to make a pie

Or even make some wine

Let’s leave that for another day

We'll pass this way again

Let’s concentrate on fields of hay

Before it starts to rain.

This picture taken by Maureen Tyrrell is what inspired Bev to write the poem 




Aynho fields looking towards King Sutton- see the church spire. Taken by Les Horley after the harvest of the corn.

Apricot jam made by Duncan Lang, from the apricots picked from his apricot tree, in Aynho. The other name for Aynho, is Apricot Village for all the apricot trees growing, and producing on the sides of the cottages.

Can you see all the walnuts hanging on Robert Bowman's tree in Swacliffe? I hope he pickles some, there is nothing so good as pickled walnuts - they are just perfect there for picking and pickling.

Kath & David Cusick's garden in Banbury - this garden is so lovely as it progresses through the seasons.

Anthony Morris took all the following pictures at St Giles Fair in Oxford it is held annually in St Giles a road in the middle of Oxford the first week in September. When I lived there I was always more interested in the first stall as you entered from the City. It was a stand that sold cockles, I could spend all my hard earned money there before I even got to the fair.  Next 2 are night time pictures by Anthony Morris.

Rest of the pictures are from the US

4 Corners Jersey cows investigating and hiding in the corn field on their farm

A mountain stream out west taken by Reuben Dandurand, our eldest grandson.

The norhtern Rockies taken by Seth Dandurand our youngest grandson

Dillion Lake Colorado by Carol Gillen

Loveland Pass Colorado at 12,000 feet by Carol Gillen.

Sunrise at Honeysuckle Farm Tennessee by Christine Lunn.

Butterfly at Botanical Gardens in Atlanta Georgia by Susan Jackson.

Lake Winnipesaukee New Hampshire taken by Penny Gramling our youngest daughter.

Sharon Stygles-Osgood's Woodland garden in Lebanon New Hampshire and the next is her wild flowers

The following two pictures are of the soon to be cafe mentioned above

Piecemeal Pies from their web page


Justin Barrett chef/owner of Piecemeal pies cafe in White River Junction Vermont.


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