News from ‘The Heights’
We are now nearing our mid-season and it is a good time to reflect on what is happening at Milton United FC.
On the pitch, we continue to be supporting our own teams plus the Vale and Oxfordshire representative school teams. Additionally, we have a number of Veterans teams and a Sunday Men’s Team. Our First Team are Mid table in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1. The league is very competitive and has meant some extra travelling this season.
We did not fare well in either the Emirates FA Cup or Buildbase FA Vase, I am sure the sharp eyed will know that to get through the early rounds in these competitions is extremely difficult. But to able to qualify for entry into these tournaments is testament to the Club’s management and players. It also means that we are able to benefit from the use of the Parish’s sports field to be able to be host the Vales Schools Representative teams and the County Schools Representative Teams taking part in national and district competitions.
Our Youth and Girls Teams are doing well in their respective leagues and at the time of writing remain in the latter rounds of their County Cup competitions.
Looking ahead to the festive season we have a local derby on the Christmas Bank Holiday Tuesday 27 December, 3.00pm KO against Abingdon United FC. We have had some exciting encounters against Abingdon in recent times and Milton United are keen to avenge the 3-2 loss at Abingdon early in the season.
Unfortunately, I must mention that we have to deal with an increasing amount of dog fouling, not just on the general areas but on the main pitches. We know most dog owners at Milton Heights are responsible but there is absolutely no excuse to let dogs foul on any area where adults and children play. We have had two recent episodes where players’ bare skin has been covered in mess. So if you are a dog owner please control your dogs around the play areas.
As ever we are investing a lot of time and effort in giving the Club a good scrub up and carry out much needed maintenance and repairs. The intention is to ensure that the Club becomes a better place to play, spectate and indeed socialise.
We are anticipating that, in the near future, plans for Milton Heights development will be submitted and we hope to see plans for the site of Milton United that will include a community facility merged with a new clubhouse. To make this aspiration turn into reality will require a lot of effort from the Club and the Parish Council but the opportunity to get something back for the Milton community has to be a priority for our Club.
We are pleased that Milton United’s facilities have been identified in the VOWH 2031 Playing Pitch Strategy as an area for funding. We now need a suitable and coherent plan that addresses both the current leisure and community needs that can accommodate the growing demands as well. This will be our main objective for the New Year.
It just leaves me to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and All the Best for 2017.
Milton United FC
The 2016 Abingdon Marathon, incorporating the Oxfordshire County Marathon Championships, Berkshire County Marathon Championships, Middlesex County Marathon Championships and Army AA Marathon Championships, is scheduled to take place on Sunday 23 October. This will be the 33rd running of the race since its inception in 1982.
The race organisers-realise that the passage of a large group of runners such as this, particularly in the early stages of the race when they are bunched closely together, has the potential to affect other people along the route. We also appreciate that the success of the event depends on your support, and hope that by providing advance warning any disruption can be minimised. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience the race may cause.
Marshals, whose primary function is to ensure the safety of runners and other road users, will be placed at strategic points around the course. However, you wili understand that only the key points can be covered, i.e. principal junctions and biind bends, so there will inevitably be places which are out of sight of a marshal and where increased vigilance will be necessary. Also for reasons of safety, bearing ln mind the restricted width of the lanes on which the race takes place, it would be greatly appreciated if roads adjacent to junctions and blind bends are kept free of parked cars.
For reasons of safety the following road closures have, in conjunction with the Oxfordshire County Council (the Highways Authority), been scheduled for that date:
a) between approximately 8:30am and 9.30am - the section of Dunmore Road eastwards from Wootton Road roundabout towards Tilsley Park (northern lane) and Twelve Acre Drive (northern lane between Oxford Road and Audlett Drive/Radley Road roundabouts) including closure of the roundabout junction of the Oxford Road roundabout with Dunmore Road and Twelve Acre Drive, and the section of Radley Road eastwards from Audlett Drive to Thrupp Lane, Radley.
b) between approximately 11:00am and 2:00pm - the section of Dunmore Road from the B4017 Wootton Road eastwards to Tilsley Park. Traffic from side roads will be required to turn left only during the closures.
c) between approximately 8:30am and 1:15pm - the section of the B4016 between the Drayton Road junction with Milton Road and the Brook Street junction with B4016 Church Street and High Street, Sutton Courtenay will be closed in both directions.
Exemptions will be included for access, emergency services, event safety vehicles and any ongoing emergency works to roads or mains services in or adjoining the roads.
Finally, remember that this is a true race - the leaders will be going all out for overall victory, the rest looking for a category win or to set a personal best time. All wi!! appreciate any encouragement you can give them!
For more information or if you have any questions please visit the race website:
http://www.abingdonmarathon.org.uk or contact either of the following race organisers directly:
Dene Stringfellow Course Director 0796 766 5758 - Gary Richards Race Director 07745 7266 27
News from ‘The Heights’
Now we have some hot and balmy weather our balmy footballers are starting to play football again in earnest. The First Team season has already commenced with pre-season friendlies well on their way. It is the Football Association and the FA Cup that determines our season start and this year the FA has decided to move the early rounds 2 weeks forward. We have been drawn away at Ascot on Friday 5 August 7.45pm KO. Some say that you should ever look beyond the next game, but as the next round is already published the winner of the first game is drawn at home to Didcot Town! What an incentive for Milton and local football if we could pull off a win against Ascot (who are favourites) and get the Railwaymen from Didcot up to the ‘Heights’!
Later in the month we are putting together an Over 50s Tournament, on Sunday 28 August. We currently have 8 teams registered to play including the England and Wales Over 50s. Feel free to come along and support.
We have gratefully received sponsorship support from Milton Park and Oxford Air Conditioning. Oxford Air Conditioning are helping with the kit for our U18 Girls and Milton Park are supporting our First Team. Sponsorship is now vital to the on-going activities at all grass roots clubs. Needless to say costs and requirements are always on the increase – would be nice to say the opposite though. So we are very lucky to have 2 companies in our vicinity willing to support us.
We have just been running a trial with the Community Payback scheme. The scheme is for those offenders who as part of their punishment have to undertake a period of community service. It has worked well for the Club with the Community Payback helping to repair our drive, paint the pitch surrounds and changing rooms. Basically all the jobs I have been badgering the committee to do but we never get around to doing!
This year we like many in the village are contemplating the challenges faced by being in a rapidly growing area. We are currently discussing options at the Heights regarding the expansion of St Blaise School onto land owned by the Club. Again our intentions are to ensure we achieve the best outcome for both the community and Club. It is the Club’s view that if the Vale’s 2031 Housing Plan materialises then Milton Heights is going to grow and we should ensure that Milton benefits from the Vale’s funding for community and sporting improvements. Thanks to the use of land owned by the parish, Milton United has been able to produce what many in Oxfordshire consider as excellent pitches and grounds. We ensure that the grounds can be used by not just the Club but by the school. We also are well used ‘ad-hoc’ by local youths. However, we are always looking to expand and welcome others who can set up activities other than football. Our intention is to build more teams across the age ranges and expand the different activities. In doing so we will have a structure that the growing population will be able to integrate. Milton United FC has been part of Milton for over 100 years, we are now at a point where both the parish and the Club can shape the Club’s future that can also benefit the wider community.
Milton United FC
Milton United are pleased to announce that MEPC (Milton Park Oxfordshire) have agreed to continue its sponsorship of the club for the 2016/17 season.
They will be sponsoring the first team tracksuits, along with new goal nets for the club.
The club look forward to working along side them in the new season and beyond.
Milton United have confirmed the appointment of their Management Team for the 2016-17 Season. Marcus Brown has taken over from Paul Bedwell as the Manager. Marcus was part of the Management Team that won the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 East Title in 2014 and secured promotion to the Premier League. Tom Austin and James Hicks will be the First Team Coaches. Both Tom and James are co-owners of Serious4Sport coaching.
Tom has coached in America and played at Southern League level for Abingdon United. He has also played for Wantage Town, Witney and Kidlington. He has been a Milton player since 2014. James is a talented sportsman who has also played for a number of local clubs and has achieved a BA Honours Degree in Football Studies at Southampton. They are joined by Matt Biddle as first team and club captain. An experienced and well respected player Matt has also played at Southern League level and has won the Hellenic League with Wantage Town. Matt has also been at Market Drayton, Hednesford and Milton. Assisting Marcus will be Tim Davies who provided support to the first team at the end of last season.
Milton Chairman Andy Burchette commented. “I think we have just the right balance of experience and talent in this new set up. It is hard to ignore each individual’s enthusiasm to want to get involved and step up to management and coaching. Each one of the team is well known to us and we feel that as such these guys deserve an opportunity. The club is confident that not only will they take it on, but they could very well be successful”.
Milton Hill Bowls Club is a mixed club, with a total of some 50 members; playing in the Kennet Leagues, the Ladies Ridgeway league and the Ashley Baker mixed triples league. Plus a number of friendly games (mens, ladies and mixed) are included in our annual programme of events.
Some 82 friendly and league matches were played from April to September in 2015 plus many internal club competitions.
We have an excellent All-Weather Green, so that we can also play throughout the winter.
We invite members from other Clubs to join us for the Winter Bowls season as Associate Members. For further details visit Milton Hill Bowls Club website.