Your Oxfordshire: The roadmap out of lockdown

A letter from Ansaf Azhar, Director for Public Health, Oxfordshire County Council

I am sure most residents of Oxfordshire are now aware of the government’s roadmap – a four step plan – to bring England out of lockdown.

During a year of unprecedented restrictions on our daily lives, to know there is now a plan to move us back to the lives we miss is welcome news.…

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Church Newsletter – February 2021


As the country has entered a new period of lockdown, we have re-located all the benefice church services onto Zoom.  However, as this is an ever-changing situation, please check the Benefice website, the church notice board (located to the left of the lychgate, or contact Clare Burgess  for the latest information with regard to services.  

Duns Tew church will be open for private prayer, generally between 9am and dusk.…

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Winter Support Grants available to help people hit financially by pandemic

Financial help is still available for people struggling to feed their families or heat their homes this winter as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oxfordshire County Council, in partnership with the county’s district councils and Citizens Advice services, is offering support to vulnerable residents through a Winter Support Grant. Oxfordshire was awarded £400,000 by the government in December to fund the cost of food, electricity, heating and other essential items, and the financial help is available for households to claim by 31 March, 2021.…

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Covid-19 – Infections, Testing and Vaccinations Updates

Infection Rate and Local Communications – In the seven days up to 15 January 2021 there were 801 new cases in Cherwell. This is equivalent to a weekly rate of 532.2 per 100,000 residents. 

Whilst slightly down on last week, the figures for Cherwell are still over six times higher than they were in early December, so we still have a long way to go.…

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Christmas Lights

Thanks to the skill and kindness of freelance Lighting Designer Tony Simpson, Duns Tew church has been adorned with giant snowflakes and atmospheric blue and green lights over the Christmas period. Backlighting of our beautiful church windows completed the stunning picture. 

Tony, who lives in Duns Tew, has been itching to light up the church at Christmas time for many years.…

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The Parish Council passes on this message from Oxford’s Director of Public Health

The prevalence of COVID in Oxfordshire is higher than it has ever been. We are in a worse position than at the height of the first wave last spring, and the situation is continuing to deteriorate. In some parts of the county, such as the Hardwick and Ruscote areas of Banbury, we are seeing rates significantly higher than the Cherwell average.…

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