Oxford Rail Upgrade work starts on Saturday and runs until 22 July

The Oxford Upgrade work to remodel the track and reduce congestion and delays around Oxford starts this Saturday 7 July.  It is an extensive piece of work and will mean line closures and diversions through to Sunday 22 July.  There will then be a further weekend line closure on 28 and 29 July.

More details including diversionary routes, bus times and alternative car park arrangements are on our dedicated Oxford upgrade web page https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/oxford2018

We have used social and traditional media, on board and at station messages, staff at stations and on trains to alert customers, and we will have extra staff on hand to help throughout the line closure.


Shipton Church fete

The Shipton Church Fete will be held on the village green and in St Mary’s church from  12-4pm on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August. It will be a fun family day for grandparents, parents and children to enjoy themselves.

On the village green there will be stalls and games to appeal to all ages. For the hungry  there will be burgers and hot dogs from the barbecue and a bar selling beer, Pimms and soft drinks for the thirsty. There will be stalls such as the white elephant, books, jigsaws and cakes. To add to the fun there will be hoopla, Aunt Sally ,tombola, other games and the jousting horse. There will also be stalls from external exhibitors.

Inside the church we will provide  tea and delicious cakes. On offer will be tours of the fascinating bell tower. There will be a special free musical programme.

Donations of books, bric-a-brac (in good condition) and jigsaws would be welcome. We look forward to welcoming everyone from our local communities to enjoy a traditional village church fete.

Development of 44 Houses on Milton Road Information Session

Development of 44 Houses on Milton Road

Information Session

Deanfield Homes Ltd has acquired the site for 44 houses with outline planning permission, which was granted in December 2017. It hopes to start building in October once the various conditions attaching to the planning permission have been fulfilled.

They have agreed to offer an information session for interested members of the village. This will take place on Tuesday 17th July between 4pm and 8pm in the Committee Room of the New Beaconsfield Hall. It will be on a drop- in basis and members of Deanfield staff will be on hand to talk informally about their plans.

Deanfield Homes was formed in 2016 and examples of their recent projects in Tackley and Ducklington can be found on their website.

Whilst this is not a formal consultation session as planning permission has already been granted, the general building plan has evolved over time and this will be an opportunity for local residents to leave their comments.

Your Parish Council would welcome your views following your visit on 17th July. Details of how to do this can be found at the session.

Tourism Roadshow, Burford

Tourism Roadshow, Burford, 28th June 10am
Have your say, ask your questions!

The Destinations Marketing Organisation (the ‘new’ WODC ‘umbrella’ for tourism), are holding a Tourism Roadshow at The Bay Tree tomorrow between 10am and 3pm.  This is a chance for anyone affected by or interested in Tourism in the area, to have a chat with the central body for the entire area.  Please do pop along if there is anything you would like to discuss.
A quick note regarding Business Rates as we know these are an ongoing struggle for many of you….there is currently a second year of rate relief available for many businesses for the year 2018/19 – this should come off your bill automatically but please check www.westoxon.gov.uk/businessrates if you are unsure
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Anti-Burglary Advice from Thames Valley Police

Anti-Burglary Advice

Are you advertising more than just your holiday?

Don’t advertise that you are going on holiday on social media-wait until you are home to upload your snaps

Check your home insurance policy, some insurers may pay-out less or not at all if you have posted that your away on social media

Use a timer switch to make your house look occupied even when it isn’t

Ask someone you trust to keep an eye on your home while you are away

Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats or plant pots

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 anita@fiddlershill.co.uk 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
Website. http://www.wychwoodwildgarden.org.uk/news.html