News from Community Education at the Marlborough School, Woodstock

Our new 2019-20 programme is now available! See the Marlborough School website for full details of courses and workshops starting between September 2019 and July 2020 with latest availability as places fill up. Brochures have been delivered to many local homes over summer. If you didn’t get one, please download a copy from the website or phone the office and we’ll send you one.

We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses during school term time. We have new subjects on blogging and improving your website, knitting, dressmaking, vegan cookery, using natural dyes, holiday Spanish, herbs for health and photography. Our established courses and workshops continue including art, craft and sewing, guitar and singing, cookery and languages, wellbeing courses such as massage, Reiki, and Mindful Menopause, and sports and exercise classes in badminton, archery, pilates, tai chi, yoga and Zumba Gold.

The office re-opens for phone bookings from Wednesday 4September and you can always enrol by email or post as well. We look forward to welcoming all our students – new and existing – to Marlborough School Community Education for the new term.

Fliss Pusey, Manager
News from Community Education at the Marlborough School, Woodstock
Marlborough Community Education

The Marlborough C of E School, Shipton Road, Woodstock, OX20 1LP

01993 813592 / 811431 x228

The Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter

The latest edition of Our News – the Neighbourhood Watch e-newsletter – is out now.

In this issue, we round up events from Neighbourhood Watch week and hear about the launch a new good practice database entitled Neighbourhood Watch Inspiration.

We also hear about a short film featuring a Neighbourhood Watch group for the newly launched Co-operate 2022 campaign which aims to save, improve and protect 2,000 public spaces over the next three years. 

All this and more in the latest edition of Our News.

Duns Tew Energy Park Public Consultation

…and Low Carbon Hub Community Ownership Presentation

Public Consultation

Thursday 25th July, 17:00 – 20:00, Deddington Arms Hotel
Friday 26th July, 14:00 – 18:00, Duns Tew Village Hall

Low Carbon Hub Community Ownership Presentation

Friday 26th July, 19:00 – 20:00, Duns Tew Village Hall

You are invited to a public consultation event to consider updated 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 will be present to explain the updated proposal and community ownership, answer your questions and take note of your views.

Oxfordshire based Low Carbon Hub will present the community ownership vision for the energy park on the 26th July at 19:00

Details about the proposed energy park can be found at:

Prevent Your Home From Becoming Hot Property This Summer

The summer is a time when Thames Valley Police, and other forces around the country, experience an increase in residential burglary. This is due to opportunist thieves taking advantage of doors and windows being left open in hot weather, and properties not being left secure while residents are away on holiday.

It only takes seconds to steal valuables that are within easy reach. Window opening restrictors can be fitted to ground floor windows to allow ventilation while preventing burglars from being able to climb through. If going out, even just in the garden, you should always close and lock your windows and doors.

The consequences of being burgled reach far beyond the cost and inconvenience of replacing stolen items. It is also the emotional impact of having your summer holiday ruined, and the feeling of being violated, after an uninvited stranger has been in your home.

If leaving your car at home when you go on holiday, remember to remove any valuables and check the windows are closed and doors are locked. If your vehicle is stolen you could lose your motor insurance excess and no claims bonus. You will still be responsible for any vehicle finance owed and likely to pay higher insurance premiums in the future.

Avoid checking-in on social networks at the airport and wait to post your holiday photos until you get home. Some home insurance policies become invalidated if you post that you are away from home.

Holiday Checklist:

– Lock all windows and doors
– Check side gates, sheds and garages are locked and tools and ladders are not accessible for burglars to break into your home
– Store all keys out of sight and away from your letterbox
– Use a RFID pouch to store fobs for keyless entry vehicles
– Make your home look occupied by using a timer switch to turn on lights at night
– Ask a trusted friend to look after your home while you are away
– Invite a neighbour to park their vehicle on your drive while you are away
– Don’t post details of your holiday on social media until you return home

For more burglary prevention advice, download your free Home Security Guide from the Thames Valley Police.

By working together we can build community resilience to deter burglars from targeting homes in the area. 

Aimee Hendley (Police, Corporate Communications Oficer, HQ South)

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

TVP Home Security Guide

Being burgled is a traumatic experience. It’s not just the financial cost of replacing stolen items, but also the emotional impact of feeling violated after a burglar has been in your home.

You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim by looking at your home security through the eyes of a burglar. Think about how you would break in if you locked yourself out. You may be surprised at how easy it would be.

To get started download our Home Security Guide which contains a range of physical and digital security measures to protect your home. There is also advice on how to avoid invalidating your home insurance through poor security and a handy checklist when going away.

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

Sign up to Thames Valley Alert to receive regular crime prevention advice and keep updated about incidents in your area.

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