Nine car trains for the North Cotswolds – Message from GWR

We promised to tell you when the first of our nine car Intercity Express Trains would go into service on the North Cotswolds.

I am delighted to report that yesterday we received two fully tested and approved nine car trains from Hitachi Rail Europe.  They have arrived earlier than expected and are not yet in the timetable, but we have not held back and they will therefore appear where needed tomorrow and for the rest of the week. So you might see one on your journeys this week.

We have also scheduled for the 1722 from Paddington to Hereford to be a nine car train on Monday (18 June).   I thought you would want to know.

Going forward I would like the 1722 to operate as a nine car train regularly and our timetable planning team are working on this.

New Beaconsfield Hall party

Saturday 14th July

A day of celebrations to mark 20 years of The New Beaconsfield Hall.

A Family Fun afternoon between 1.00 and 4.00.p.m. with children’s games and activities, Hatwells Fair, races, egg throwing and frog-racing, pets corner plus various demonstrations and free face-painting. Help cut the giant birthday cake, leave your mark on the special 20th decoration or have your photo taken in the studio arranged by our local Camera Club. There will be plenty of music with The Rock Project performing an acoustic set “al fresco” while in the hall there will be performances by The Wychwood Singers, The Saplings and the Wychcraft Rock and Pop Choir. Bring along your picnic and enjoy the afternoon. Beer tent on site.

In the evening the celebrations continue with a dance/party with the Starlight Big Band returning by popular demand. Doors open 6.45.p.m. with a two course meal served from 7.15.p.m. and then a party with the band. There are tickets available at £25 and can be ordered by emailing or simply reply to this email, or telephone 01993831134

Don’t miss out on these celebrations.

Giant Hogweed Warning

Giant Hogweed Warning

Giant Hogweed has been identified growing on the outskirts of the village.  It is on the right hand side past the Fiddlers Hill junction and next to the triangular warning sign (facing traffic going out of the village).

Please do NOT touch this as it contains toxic sap that can cause severe burns.

It has been reported to Oxfordshire County Council.


Open Gardens

Open Gardens

Two lovely contrasting gardens in Shipton-under-Wychwood will be open on Sunday 1st July between 2pm and 4.30pm.

Hunters Lodge in the High Street. OX7 6DG and The Nook, Station Road OX7 6BQ

Teas and cakes will be available at Hunters Lodge.

Parking available in the New Beaconsfield Hall in Station Road and limited parking in Mawles Lane opposite Hunters Lodge

Suggested donation £5 per person covers both gardens, children under 12 free.

Contact telephone: 0845 8056804

Report Blocked Drains

Blocked Drains and Potholes

Blocked and overflowing drains can be reported on along with potholes.

If you do report a blocked drain please also inform the parish clerk so the Council can keep a record of them.

Temporary Road Closure at Chipping Norton – Ascott-under-Wychwood

A request has been received from Network Rail for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Ascott Under Wychwood whilst essential level crossing works are carried out.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closures and will operate from the 10 September 2018 to and including 14 September

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.

Please note that Notices for urgent works can last up to 5 consecutive days only.

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic is attached.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Network Rail on 03700 500 792


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Shipton Bell Fund Appeal News and Quiz Night

Dear Shipton Resident,


Many of you will know that the bells of St Mary’s, Shipton will shortly be undergoing major refurbishment. In 2017, an Appeal was launched to raise the £70,000 required for the project. We are delighted to let you know that to date we have raised just over £61,000 through a combination of individual donations, event tickets and sponsorship, and grants from charitable trusts.

We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the appeal so far as it means we have been able to confirm a slot with John Taylor & Co, the Loughborough Bell Foundry, for the restoration work. The work is scheduled to start on 24th September and we hope the bells will be returned in December in time to celebrate Christmas.

We need your help for this to happen! With a little under £10,000 left to raise to complete the project, we hope you will consider supporting it in one or more of the following ways.

Shipton Quiz Night in aid of Shipton Bells

Come along to the first quiz night in aid of the bell fund on Sunday 20th May from 7.30pm, kindly hosted by the Wychwood Inn. Come as a team or join a team on arrival – the more the merrier! £2.50 per person to enter; pay on the door.

Please click here for more details

Make a donation

You can make a donation of any amount by bank transfer or cheque, details are in the attached appeal leaflet. If you would like to contribute to a specific part of the project, the following fittings may be sponsored:

Headstocks                            £1500 each (includes display of donor’s name)   2 remaining

Wheels and braces             £750 each

Bell ropes                               £250 each                                                                            6 remaining

Ash sliders                              £100 each

Ash stays and bolts             £100 each

Floor bosses                          £50 each

Sponsor the last Quarter Peal on the ‘old’ bells

On Monday 27th August to coincide with the Shipton Fete, we will be ringing the last Quarter Peal on the bells prior to their refurbishment. Most ringing consists of several short pieces (5-10 minutes each) during which different groups of the ringers present, ring different methods. There are normally more ringers than ropes, so that shares the ringing around. A quarter peal is different; it is a much longer performance, of a set length, to a specific composition, and with the same person ringing each bell throughout. On our bells, a quarter peal takes 45 – 50 minutes. There will be 8 of us ringing; we plan to start at 12.00 and we would welcome sponsorship of this event.

Please consider supporting this local heritage project ensuring that the Shipton Bells are fit to ring out for events and celebrations in the village for the next 100 years and beyond.

Yours sincerely,


Chris Seers                          Jenny Lewis

on behalf of the Shipton Bell Fund



New library manager announced

I am very happy to announce, following Ruth’s retirement, that the library service has appointed a new manager to the post.

Marianne Ferrero will be starting as Wychwood’s new manager on the 14th May.  I am sure you will join us in wishing her the very best in taking over this new role, and share our relief that a suitable candidate has been found in such a relatively short time.  She will be ably assisted by Helen Mayo, as Wychwood library’s new customer service advisor.

As ever, thank you for everyone’s continuing support for both roles and we will look forward to Wychwood library continuing the superb work it does for the local communities.


Graham White

Community Involvement Officer

Oxfordshire Library Service



Please be aware that there are groups of thieves in Leicestershire and Rutland areas that are turning up in villages and attempting to remove kiosks. They claim to be from BT, but of course are not! Please see below for a description of the thieves contained in a message sent to us by one of our partner sites.

Today some men in high vis arrived with pneumatic drill and started excavating the phone box to remove it. This seen by a passer-by who was suspicious and who took a photo of the reg number. The occupants are thieves and the police have been informed. Another van parked up last week, with no tax or MOT, was also reported to the police. The Phone Box wasn’t removed, but nobody knows if they gave up or intend to return with some heavy plant and a steel band to drag it out overnight, so..

locals have been advised of this and to call 999

If they see or hear anything going on. The vehicles did check out as suspicious.

We would therefore recommend all communities with a phone box to be cautious and report any such activity to the police.