News Update no 74, October 22nd

Another fortnight has nearly elapsed since the last newsletter and there is news of a new fresh fish delivery service coming to the village and the welcome announcement of the return of the 100 Club. So please read on…….

News from The Red Lion

The following information is from Dillie:

“Lunches weekdays and Sundays as usual, coffee morning as usual.  

Thursday 21st October is Quiz night.  Richard Walsh is our quizmaster.

2nd November – we start opening on Tuesdays as well.  No plans to open Mondays though. 

6th November – “Frank Night”.  Celebrating Frank’s birthday.  Music, bunting, Irish stew and black velvet.  Please come along and cheer us up.  

9th November – Christmas Wine Tasting evening with Mike from North Oxfordshire Wines.  £20 per head in the Red Room (which is actually no longer red…!). 20 wines to taste, including reds, whites, sparkling and a port or two, plus plenty of nibbles, mainly of the superior cheese variety.  Please contact anyone on the bar to buy tickets”.  


Stratton Audley Barn

The following is from Richard and Sara:

“The Barn is now open and awash with Christmas Goodies in the shop. The Cafe has extended into a festive warm and cosy heated marquee with the new brunch & lunch menu proving popular. We are continuing our homemade Ice Cream through the winter season with a reduced offering of flavours so you can still treat the kiddies or order your favourite milkshake too! We are open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 4pm, pop along to the Barn soon & try a little delicious something new from the menu…..”

EWR Road Closure of Stratton Audley Park Road to Poundon –This Weekend

Just another reminder of the weekend closure of the road that runs from the  Godington turn off up to Poundon. The temporary closure will operate from Saturday morning on 23 October at 07:00 until Sunday 24 October at 17:00.

EWR Closure of Charbridge Lane

Just to remind everyone that Charbridge Lane (the road that leads from Bicester to Launton) is now closed and is not scheduled to be re-opened until Friday 17 December.  The work is to construct the new tie-in to the roundabout, complete part of the bridge slip road and enable the diversion of the road onto the new bridge.

Fish &Chips Van in the village on Saturdays

For those new in the village a Howe’s Fish and Chip van comes to the village every Saturday lunchtime at 1pm – 1:15pm. It plays a traditional tune (like an ice cream van) when entering the village and stops first in Cherry Street. I believe he then drives down Cavendish Road and stops again in Mill Road.

Howe & Co was established in 1930 and now has over 100 vans serving villages. You can track each van by going to their website

They also have a general number you can call 07809 901761.

New Service to the Village – Fresh Fish every Thursday – from next Thursday

Jack Evans is a very personable young chap who already supplies fresh fish from Grimsby to a number of residents in the village and surrounding area and they have suggested others might like to try him out.  He packs his refrigerated van up on a Wednesday morning and drives south, where he attends various markets and some villages before heading back home on a Friday afternoon.
He has a wide selection of fresh fish and shellfish, including cod, haddock, salmon, plaice, lemon sole, tuna, hake, dressed crab, smoked fish and more. He has agreed to come to Stratton Audley on Thursday evenings around 6:30-7:30 (from next Thursday 28th October). He will initially park outside Stratton House at the Bicester Road T junction with Church Street, where our Persian food lady used to be located. He is happy to provide a door-to-door service around the village if that is more convenient. You can just turn up or place orders in advance by text and his mobile number is 07535 935119.

News from Stratton Audley Church

The follow information is from Becky Adams on behalf of the Shelswell Benefice:

“The next service in Stratton Audley is 9.30am Holy Communion on Sunday 24th October and then on Sunday 31st October we are holding a special Benefice Service of Holy Communion for Climate Sunday. This will be at 11am and is very much open to anyone from across all the parishes of the benefice. Full details of all our services can be found on the usual link

The Benefice is holding a Service of Commemoration of the Departed in Finmere Church on Sunday 31st October. All are very welcome to this service to remember loved ones who have passed away, either recently or longer ago, but please note that the service is at 4pm not 6pm. If you would like us to remember someone by name in the service then do let us know (whether you can attend in person or not).

Please note that next week is half term so there is no ‘Little Lambs’ meeting on Wednesday 27thin the Church. It will be back the following Wednesday,  3rd November in the mornings (10 – 11.30am). There is no need to book – just turn up with your under-5s. We have play, music and stories and can now serve refreshments for both adults and children.

Shelswell Youth Group has started meeting on alternate Friday evenings (7-9pm) in Fringford. The next meeting is on Friday 22nd October – For more details, including the venue, contact Yvonne

The return of the very popular 100 Club

The following is from Maggie Woodward who organises this draw.

“It has been decided to start the 100 club again having had to take a break because of Covid.  The subscriptions will be due in November/December, a collector from the team will be knocking on your door for your subscription which is £10, but more than one subscription per household can be taken if desired.  There will be four prizes, £30, £20 and two at £10, the prize money will be doubled in December. The money will be delivered to the winners.  The first draw will take place on Wednesday 5th January 2022 in The Red Lion at coffee morning and thereafter on the first Wednesday of the month. The list of winners will be displayed on the Parish Council, The Red Lion and Church noticeboards and will be published in the Shelswell News. Any profit from the club will go towards a village project. 

The collectors are as follows:

Willows Lodge                                                         Jeff

Glen Close and Stoke Lyne Road                        Angie

Cherry Street and The Limes                              Paddy

Cavendish Place                                                     Stewart

Mill Road                                                                  Jeremy

Launton Road                                                          Viv

Bicester Road                                                          Maggie

The Manor                                                               Emma

Please give generously and support your village.  Many thanks and good luck!”

EWR reparations to the Park Road from the A4421 junction to Poundon

  • EWR are ahead of schedule and starting to plan for the ending of HGV access traffic to the compound at Poundon which should happen in the Spring next year
  • Discussions are being held to establish whether any of the road changes made during the construction of the compound at Poundon, should be retained
  • If anyone has a view that they wish to express on this matter please email me about it
  • Following an initial meeting the general feeling is that all passing bays from the A4421 up to the cross roads with Mill Road should be removed and the verges restored. New turf and re-seeding as necessary
  • Retention of the new junction layout where the road meets the A4421. Whilst it is recognised that some people wish to return to the original layout which had an attractive grass triangle in the middle, the new configuration is thought to be safer
  • With regard to returning the cross roads to their original state there was a detailed discussion of the pros and cons and on balance it was felt that visibility had been improved particularly for traffic approaching the cross roads from Stratton Audley. Again it is accepted that some people may feel differently
  • Whilst the majority of passing bays from the cross roads all the way to Poundon will be removed and reinstatement measures put in place, a small number were identified as useful to be retained on safety grounds, where the road is particularly narrow or on a bend
  • Removal of some of the large unnecessary pedestrian warning signs (List to be supplied by EWR)
  • Elsewhere along the entire road there is damage to the verges caused by HGV lorries and these need to be repaired
  • No final decisions have yet been taken.

And some reminders from the previous newsletters…..

Dillie on Tour with Fascinating Aida

As many of you will know over very own Dillie is back on tour with her long term partners in crime, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman.

With a selection of old favourites, songs you haven’t heard before and some you wish you’d never heard in the first place. The songs are hilarious and topical – the glamour is unstoppable. With three Olivier Award nominations and over 25 million YouTube and Facebook hits for Cheap Flights and their incredibly rude Christmas song how can you possibly miss them?

The nearest gig to us is Oxford, this Saturday 23rd October at the Oxford Playhouse.

Queens Platinum Jubilee – Save the Date.

It was agreed that a community wide street party will be held to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee. National celebrations will take place from 2-5th June 2022 and we have pencilled in Sunday 5th June as our day of celebration, although this may change to Saturday if enough people prefer that day. It is likely to be a similar format to previous events held in the village with Church Street closed off but all this is still to be decided. Members of the Parish Council have all agreed to join the committee and members of the community will be welcome to join or form part of sub groups.


Shelswell History Festival advance notice Save-the-date

The Shelswell Benefice has decided to once again run the Shelswell History Festival and this is due to take place on Saturday 16th July 2022. They are looking for volunteers to help organise it and especially anyone with marketing expertise. Contact Alice Goodall by email

Order a bottle of Nocino – all funds go to the Church building

David Young has started taking pre-orders for people who want their very own bottle of Nocino walnut liqueur in time for a relaxing autumn and Christmas.

To order a bottle, please rsvp to .  All donations go directly to maintaining the church building and anyone pre-ordering is invited to go into the church and see their liqueur develop – the process to make Nocino takes 40 – 60 days and needs someone to gently shake the Nocino kilners/vat jars every 2-3 days.

Collection Point for Disposal of Ink Jet Cartridges

Please continue to pop your ink jet cartridges into the basket in the Glen Close bus shelter.  Please don’t drop larger toner cartridges off as these are not recycled by the RSPB. If you are not sure if your cartridges are suitable for recycling, you can contact Rachel Dewhurst by email at


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