News Update no 121, August 8th, 2023

News Update no 121, August 8th, 2023
Churchyard Tidy-Up this Saturday (tomorrow).
Your help to tidy-up the churchyard would once again be most appreciated. It is this Saturday 12th August  2023 from 09.30 to 12.30 hrs.
If you have never volunteered before just turn up and you will receive a very warm welcome. Bring your own tools if you can – strimmers , shears, secateurs, chain-saws, rakes, forks.The Church
The following is from Becky Adams:
” Firstly, thanks to all those who supported the Cream Teas in church last Sunday. An amazing £500 was raised and has been sent on to the two tree appeals that we were raising money for – the Great Green Wall and the Atlantic Rainforest Appeal. Thank you for your generosity!

There will be a Morning Service in Stratton Audley Church this coming Sunday at 10.45am – all welcome. And apologies for an error on the back page of the August edition of ‘Shelswell News’. The Evening Communion service this Sunday (6pm) will be in Fringford and not in Stoke Lyne.
Check the Shelswell website for details of services at Stratton Audley Church and for those in other parishes in the benefice 
Thank you for your continuing contributions to the Bicester Foodbank. Just leave things in the box in the church porch; we take them in and drop them off regularly. Note the latest information from their website: Items urgently needed: Tinned fruit, tinned vegetables, tinned meat meals, tinned vegetarian-suitable meals “.
An Urgent Special Appeal 
Wulu is an area in South Sudan which is currently experiencing great hardship.  Stratton Audley Church and the wider Shelswell Benefice regularly try to help the local school there. Bishop Zechariah of the Wulu Diocese visited us last year and we have kept in regular contact with him.  He has recently sent us a message explaining that there is currently a big food shortage in Wulu. Bishop Zechariah and his family, and lots of people in his Diocese, do not have enough to eat (unless they have relatives who work in the Government or lots of cows).  Last year’s harvest was destroyed by flooding.  There is food in the market but the prices are very high.  There is no food provided by the UN Food Programme as their input was discontinued with the advent of the war in Ukraine. 
The church would like to try and help so will be asking for donations at services over the next couple of Sundays so that we can send these on (in addition to what we would normally send to the school). Your donations will be specifically for Bishop Zechariah to buy food for his family and others who are struggling in the Diocese. If you would like to send a contribution by bank transfer then please send it to the benefice bank account as below:
Lloyds Bank:
Account Name: Shelswell Group of Churches
Sort Code: 30 91 39
Account No: 00261525
Please use the reference: Wulu Food

Coffee Morning Moves to the Church
The following is from Maggie Woodward:
“Because of the closure of the pub, the coffee morning which has been held every Wednesday will move to the Church as of next week. The sessions in August will be on 16th, 23rd and 30th then in September will change to every Tuesday because Little Lambs will be starting their new term on Wednesday 6th September. So the first coffee morning in September will be on 5th September and then every Tuesday thereafter at 11 a.m. till about 12 noon. The price will be £3 for cups of tea, coffee and biscuits. All are very welcome, pop in and meet the neighbours, have a friendly chat and make new friends.
Please take a minute or two to browse the bookshelves situated near the Church kitchen area. The books are there to borrow – there is an honesty box on the windowsill for any donations which would be very much appreciated”.

News from The Barn
From all the team:
“Well, the weather isn’t exactly being kind to Ice Cream season at the Barn!!…………….please remember an Ice Cream isn’t just for the sunshine 😜, you can enjoy our delicious Ice Cream come rain or shine, inside or outside! With lots of tasty lunch options and delicious homemade cakes, you’re spoiled for choice with toasty alternatives too!
We’ve even added a few extra hours for summer season
**Summer Sundays** 11am – 3pm through to Sunday 27th August inclusive, we’’ll be open serving savoury snacks, coffee, cakes and our homemade Ice Cream or why not book an afternoon tea to enjoy a leisurely Sunday treat!
AND over in the shop
**SALE **Grab a bargain before your summer holiday – all ladies summer fashion is  30% off continues!
Come along and support your local barn soon”

Stratton Audley 2023 Boules Cup Competition – Tickets Still Available

This very successful evening returns on Saturday 19th August, at Stratton Audley Park, courtesy of Emma & Mark ter Haar.
Entry is £20 for 18yrs+, £15 for 11-17yrs, and £5 for 5-11yrs. which includes supper and refreshments (wine, lager, softies). For full details copy and paste this link:

To book tickets contact Emma at or phone 07867783938. (Non-participants/spectators very welcome to come and share in the fun and catering for a donation as per above entry fees).
Book now as competition entry tickets are limited to 60 places this year! 

Fresh Fish every Thursday – Still Parking outside the pub!
Despite the pub closing,Jack from Grimsby continues to come to the village on Thursday’s between 6.15-7pm and parks his van outside the Red Lion. He has a wide selection of fresh fish and shellfish. You can just turn up or place orders in advance by text and his mobile number is 07535 935119.

Vegan Festival
The feed-back to the brief questionnaire regarding the recently held Vegan Festival at Bicester Heritage, elicited responses from some 37 households. This represents just over 20% of households in the village (circa 170). 16 were against, 12 were supportive and 9 were in the middle.
There were mixed views, but almost complete unanimity that BH must not be granted open-ended ability to run as many events as it wishes. Accordingly the Parish Council will be seeking to encourage Bicester Heritage to reconsider their application with regard to this matter before it goes to the planning committee.
The results have been collated into one document with complete anonymity for everyone and will be sent to the planning officer at CDC and Bicester Heritage so that they can assess for themselves the strength of feeling.

Fish & Chips Van in the village on Saturdays
For those new in the community, a Howe’s Fish and Chip van comes to the village every Saturday lunchtime from 1.30pm to 2pm. You will hear a bell (like a school bell) and his first stop is in Cherry Street. He then drives along Cavendish Place and stops again at the junction with Mill Road.
They also have a general number you can call 07809 901761.

Scramblers X Coffee & Chrome Collective Assembly
Tickets to a special Scramblers event are on sale now, the Scramblers X Coffee & Chrome Collective Assembly!
In partnership with Bicester Heritage insurance partner Footman James, the Scramblers X Coffee & Chrome Collective Assembly will take place on the evening of Wednesday 16 August.
Tickets are limited and priced £5 per person as usual, with gates open from 6pm until 8:30pm. Book via the Shop.
There’s no theme, it’s just a chance for you to spend an evening at Bicester Heritage and meet the Footman James team.
Under 15s attend Scramblers Assemblies for free and Young Driver will have its brilliant little Firefly electric cars for youngsters to try their hand at, so treat the kids.
And let Footman James treat you to dinner, because once you’ve bought your tickets you’ll be sent a link to claim a sausage butty for you and your passenger.
Merlin and Pegasus members of Scramblers get in free – register attendance here.

October Scramble – local residents discount 
The last Scramble of the year at Bicester Heritage is on the 8th October.
Meet the 50 specialists currently in residence around the site, take in curated displays of classic, collector and race cars, and treat the kids for a full day’s entertainment!
The whole family will love the Scramble, with dedicated children’s entertainment to keep you from break point and smashing fun for everyone. You’ll have the advantage of longer opening hours, as the event is open from 9am until 4pm.
Bicester Heritage will be celebrating many of the landmark anniversaries on the central display lawn by Building 123, from MG to Jackie Stewart, and the popular Autojumble will return to Hangar 113.
As usual, discounted tickets are allocated for local residents at 50% off, the promo code is: BristolBoxkite and can be used at this link.

And a few previous items that are still active and relevant:

Planning Applications

The planning application 23/01368/F for the Traveller Site located off the A4421 is currently under consideration by CDC planning officers.

The Retrospective Planning Application (23/01085/F) applied for by Bicester Motion, has been referred to the  Cherwell Planning Committee but the date has not yet been announced.

With regard to the Padbury Brook Solar Application (reference: 22/03873/F), again there is no further news.

As previously reported Bicester Motion plan to hold an Open Weekend in September where everyone will have the opportunity to visit the site of the old quarry, which  they plan to develop into a Wilderness park.

Local Police Bicester and Kidlington Rural Team News

To report a crime or contact the police there are now three options:
·       Call 999 if you see a crime being committed or in an emergency
·       Call 101 to report anything else to the police – or go online to do so
·       And now police are partnering with CrimeStoppers to remind everyone of ‘The 3rd Number – 0800 555 111’ that enables you to report your information totally anonymously if you prefer.
Finally for the latest crime statistics there is a useful national site into which you can put your post code. Click on this link  Bicester Rural | (