Open Village Invitation to discuss the proposal for a Solar Energy Park

Monday 10th June, from 19:30 to 21:00, at the village hall

We have invited Ed Jessamine to attend for the first 30 minutes to update us on the project.

After that we are inviting you to put forward your questions and views regarding the project so that the Parish Council can reflect the village views if the scheme progresses to a planning application Please come along no matter if you support or are against the project – the more views and questions we are aware of the better we can represent you.

The planning committee is made up of Harriet Stapleton (Chair), David Jackson, and Tom Linley.

There is an opportunity to visit the existing solar park on the 9th June for Open Farm Sunday when Aspens are going to be present.

It would be helpful to have an idea of numbers so if you are planning to come on the 10th June please drop an email to

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You can find more crime prevention advice on our Residential Burglary pages.

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Open Farm Sunday

This Open Farm Sunday the Landless family invite you to explore Hill Farm, Duns Tew and learn about our cows, crops and renewable energy projects.

We have a 5MW solar farm project which powers 1,500 homes. Come down for a guided tour of the panels, a chance to hear more about how they work and see the new trees & hedges planted around them to support wildlife and biodiversity. See our woodchip burning biomass boiler which provides a sustainable heating system for the farm.

Jump on a tractor and trailer safari around the fields, meet our herd of 60 South Devon cross cattle and see our arable crops including wheat, oats & malting barley. We also have a small area of unspoilt woodland called Dashwood Gorse.

Free admission & children welcome!

About This Farm
Hill Farm is a small mixed family farm producing a variety of crops including wheat, oil seed rape and barley. We have a herd of 100 South Devon cross beef cattle. We have 26 acres of solar panels which produce enough energy to supply 1,500 homes.

Charles Landless

07946 576348

Invitation to 2nd Public Consultation

Invitation to 2nd Public Consultation

Duns Tew Energy Park

Sunday 9th June 2019, 10:00 – 16:00

Hill Farm, Duns Tew, Bicester, OX25 6JJ

You are invited to a public consultation event to consider draft proposals for a new solar farm and energy storage facility alongside the existing solar array constructed in 2016 on land at Hill Farm, Duns Tew.

Representatives of Aspen Infrastructure will be present to explain the draft proposal and community ownership, answer your questions and take note of your views.

This consultation will run alongside Open Farm Sunday at Hill Farm.

Details about the proposed energy park can be found at:

Duns Tew Energy Park consultation feedback

Thanks to all who attended the Duns Tew Energy Park public consultation on the 5th April 2019. The feedback was generally positive with a lot of interest and support for the opportunity to have community ownership of the proposed solar park.

The importance of identifying a suitable construction access route was strongly communicated and is also of paramount importance to us. As highlighted, this is just the beginning of the consultation process with numerous additional consultation events being held over the coming months.

For those who were not able to attend the first consultation, we will be attending Open Farm Sunday at Hill Farm on 9th June 2019 where there will be further opportunity to discuss the proposal, understand more about community ownership and have a guided tour of the existing solar park.

If you would like further information regarding the community ownership proposal, please contact us using the contact form on

Invitation to Public Consultation

Invitation to Public Consultation

Duns Tew Energy Park

Friday 5th April 2019, 11:00 – 20:00

Duns Tew Village Hall

You are invited to a public consultation event to consider draft proposals for a new solar farm and energy storage facility alongside the existing solar array constructed in 2016 on land at Hill Farm, Duns Tew.

Representatives of Aspen Infrastructure will be present to explain the draft proposal, answer your questions and take note of your views.

Details about the proposed energy park can be found at:

Church Newsletter – Feb 2019

All services at Duns Tew, unless stated otherwise AM at Westcote BartonBenefice Candlemas
No service in Duns Tew
10.02.1911 AMLay-Led matins AMEucharist
24.02.1911 AMEucharist
27.02.1910.30 AMMidweek communion at Dinghams, Hill Farm Lane

Electoral Roll

This year sees the preparation of a new church Electoral Roll. If you are interested in being included on this Electoral Roll then please contact Maria Coonick for further information and an application form by Friday 15 February 2019. Contact details or 07850 991690.


Thank you to everyone who donated to the following charities during the Christmas period:
Open Doors: £335.29 at Carol Service on 23rd December
Banbury Home Start: £135.97 on Christmas Eve
Children’s Society: £222.50 on Christmas Day


Women’s World Day of Prayer
To be held on Friday 1st March, at 7pm, in the church. Please join us for this service which has been written by the women of Slovenia, and they invite men, women & children of all ages to “Come – Everything is Ready!
Their service will encourage us to reflect on the barriers they have faced since the end of the Second World War when their country was a part of Yugoslavia, a Marxist socialist republic. If you would like to do a short reading, please contact Karen Fairfax-Cholmeley

Church Fete
This year’s Church Fete will be held on Sunday 30th June at the Manor, by kind permission of Mr & Mrs McAlpine. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Clare Burgess 347382, or

Charity of the Quarter

For February/March/April, the PCC will be collecting donations via the charity plate in church, to help the work of Medical/Orphan Project (MOP) in Zimbabwe (

MOP is supporting 15 children at the Bonda Children’s Home. Please read the 2018 newsletter available in Church for news of Dumisani who is 26 and has almost completed his studies, thanks to funding from MOP. We wait to hear what he plans to do next.


As always please leave in-date food donations in the basket in church. Thank you. Clare 347382.

2019 February newsletter Download

Notification of road works on Duns Tew and Middle Barton roads

starting 14th January

Planning permission was granted in 2015 for an extension in to a new area of land at the existing Duns Tew Sand quarry.

Smiths will start opening up the new area of the quarry this Spring and have been working with the County Council and statutory consultees on satisfying a number of pre-commencement conditions. All of these have been approved with only the road improvements to complete. As part of the negotiations with the Parish Council at the time, it was agreed that Smiths would carry out improvements along both the Duns Tew and Middle Barton Roads. The Council identified 8 sections where the road is to be widened very slightly to help the passage of vehicles.

These locations are spread out along both roads as shown on the this map

The technical details for these works have been agreed with OCC Highways and the legal agreement between OCC and Smiths was completed in December. Smiths have appointed Greenford Ltd as contractors for the project and it is planned to start work week commencing 14 th  January.

The works will cause some inconvenience for road users with traffic management in place and, subject to the weather, the works are likely to take up to 8 weeks to complete.

Please contact the Clerk, Chris Keeping, in the first instance if you have any queries or concerns.

01869 340727 
Spinney Farm, Duns Tew, OX25 6JT