Tennis court notice

Now that the autumn season with the damp and darkness is very much upon us the tennis net will be taken down until the spring. We are delighted that so many people have made use of it and we look forward to a long 2015 summer when it will be used by all.

Urgent – North Aston Organics veg

I learned today (7th June) that the brilliant North Aston Organics veg stall, which has been in Deddington Market Place on Saturday mornings for the past year, will be there no more, from the end of June.

The reason given is that they have been making a loss – even though there is always at least one customer being served when I visit, the amounts being sold are individually small, and do not justify the expenses involved in running the stall.

So – Duns Tew residents! Time to step up to the plate, pop into Deddington the next 2 Saturdays, and buy some of our own local organic veg! It’s all picked no earlier than the day before, and often on the Saturday morning itself, is absolutely delicious, covers a wide range of vegetables, from exotic peppers to basic general potatoes, and travels no more than one food mile – what’s not to like? Give it a go – before we lose it altogether!

And don’t forget – they are also at the Deddington Farmers’ Market on the fourth Saturday in the month, so you can top up your supplies every week….if we can keep them in the Market Place beyond the end of this month.

Jo Barton (organic veg enthusiast!)

Church Fete – Sunday 22 June 2014

We need your help!

Please help us by donating the following:

  • Bric-a-brac/toys: The Nurseries (David and Margaret Goundrey’s house, before new Longfield development heading towards Ledwell). They will put a sign out.
  • Plants / Books / Jewellery: In boxes provided in the church (should be open during day)
  • Bottles/cans suitable for bottle stall (in date please!): in box at Daisy Hill Farmhouse, or top of Hill Farm Lane, or 2 Longfield, or 33 Dashwood Rise
  • Cakes / Jams / Chutneys (for cake stall): from Saturday 21st June to Maria Coonick, Corner Cottage (opp. Church)
  • Cakes (for Teas stall): on morning of fete after 10am, at the Manor or Village Hall
  • Help on the day: please come and lend a hand to put up tables etc from 10 am morning of fete, and from 5pm in the afternoon to take everything down

Any questions:
Chris Drake / 340057
Clare Burgess / Tel: 347382

2014 Church Fete is coming

Sunday 22 June 2014

To be held at the Manor Gardens by kind permission of Gavin and Fiona McAlpine.

  • Please start saving all your unwanted items for the White Elephant stall
  • Plants for plant stall
  • Books and jewellery

For help and additional information contact Chris Drake on 340057 or email

Horse Hay quarry

Bye the time of publication, Smiths of Bletchington will have submitted their application to extend the quarry workings (as described in previous issues of the Newsletter) to Oxford County Council (OCC) for validation.
This process will take about 10 days at which point the Application in full will be postedg on the OCC website.

The Parish Council will receive a hard copy in early April, which will be retained by the Parish Clerk and will be available to those who wish to examine it.

The Application will also be posted on the Village website. A CD will be available from Smiths at a cost of £10.

Once it has been validated by OCC, Smiths will deliver a copy of the Non-Technical Summary of the proposal to each household in the Village together with details of who to write to at OCC, Cherwell District Council or Smiths for those who wish to comment.

The Application will be considered at the next Parish Council Planning Meeting on 8 May (see planning minutes for info),
after which the Parish Council will respond formally to OCC. Any representations to the Parish Council should be made in writing or by e-mail to the Parish Clerk by 1 May so that they can be given proper consideration at the meeting.

Comments may be addressed to Hilary Skaar Parish Clerk.

Parish Council Meetings are open to the public and the PC would welcome your input.

Parking in the village

It seems that there has been a big increase in the number of cars parked on Main Street and on Middle Barton Road. For obvious reasons this is particularly evident in the evening and at the weekend. As a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to get through the village with farm vehicles, horse boxes and the like and with commercial vehicles making deliveries in the local area.

Should there be a fire in the village or a medical emergency, it may be that fire engines or ambulances will be delayed or unable to get through.

We would respectfully ask those car owners who have off-street parking to please use it and those who do not, to please park with consideration. Note that parking on pavements is not an option and may invalidate certain types of insurance claim.

It is difficult, we know, we are a village where the majority have two cars or more, and we know that that bit of drive has become part of the garden and the garage has become a junk room, but we do need to do something because parking is now becoming a major problem.

If anyone has any ideas about how we as a village might tackle it, please give your views by email to the parish clerk;

NHS public event

Wednesday 5 February 2014, 18:00 – 20:15

This will be an opportunity for local people to give their views on the kinds of outpatient clinics and day surgery they would like to see brought to the Horton from the hospitals in Oxford, as well as to discuss the issue of emergency abdominal surgery on the Horton General Hospital site.

Join us and have your say.

To book a place at the event;
Call: 01865 231472 or Email:

We will confirm details of the location and send you a copy of the agenda

Oxfordshire Rural Community Council

Oxfordshire Rural Community Council invites you to a FREE conference and information sharing event on: Community-Led Neighbourhood Planning

  • Is your community thinking about doing a Neighbourhood or Community-led Plan or have you just started?
  • Are you interested in Neighbourhood Planning but don’t know where to start or how much it would cost?
  • Are you confused about which planning option might be best for your community?

Then this event is for you!

The day will comprise presentations from guest speakers, a Q&A, and a series of expert-led workshops (ORCC, local authority planning and community development officers, Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action), which will explore different community planning options. Speakers include: The Department of Communities and Local Government, Woodcote Neighbourhood Plan Group, Oxfordshire Rural Community Council, Nuneham Courtenay Community-Led Plan group.

Saturday 25 January, 10:00-14:00

Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB

For booking information, visit the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council website , or contact

Jill Brooks
Community Development Worker (Rural Housing)
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9-5
Oxfordshire Rural Community Council
Jericho Farm, Worton, Witney, OX29 4SZ
t: 01865 883488