News Update 124, 27 October 2023

Halloween Trail Saturday 28th October
For all of you with children, if you don’t already know, there is a Halloween Trail, this Saturday starting at 5.30pm at Bell Cottage (house behind the pub just inside the entrance to the Manor). This is being organised by Dickon and Janine. Please feel free to join in the fun.

News from The Church
The following is from Becky Adams:
“There will be a service of Holy Communion in Stratton Audley Church at 10.45am this Sunday (29th October) – all are welcome, as ever.
Please check the Shelswell website for details of services on other Sundays and in other parishes in the benefice

‘Glow in the Dark’ Light Party – The churches of the Shelswell Benefice are organising a Light Party on Tuesday (31st October) in Fringford Church (3.30-5.30pm) for ages 5-11 years. Parents are welcome too. There will be games, crafts, food and a story. Everything free of charge. Just turn up, but if you have any queries then contact Penny Wood on 01869 277310 or 

The Coffee Morning will be in church as usual on Tuesdays from 11am. If you haven’t been before then why not pop along and say hello?

‘Little Lambs’ baby and toddler group continues in church on Wednesday this week after the half term break, starting at 9.30am and finishing at 11am. Just turn up or for more information contact Alice  at

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”:


Stratton Audley Local History Society
Next Friday, 3rd November there is to be an interesting talk being organised by the local history society on:


The presentation will take place in the Church on Friday 3rd Novemberat 7.30pm.
The talk will be given by Stephen Barker, Heritage Advisor to the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Cost £5 per person.

Churchyard Clearance of Debris
Your help is required to move some debris in the churchyard on Friday 3rd November. Please come along at 10am if you can spare an hour.
Then on Saturday 4th November 2023  at 10.30 hrs. a JCB hopper courtesy of Simon Goss will arrive and we will need to be ready to load the debris onto to it, for him to transport to the bonfire further over in the field. UnIt should take no more than 3 /4 journeys and then the job will be done without the use of wheelbarrows!
Looking forward to seeing you ALL on Saturday 4th November 2023 and anybody who is free at 10.00 hrs. on the Friday.

News from The Barn
“Thank you to everyone who has supported the Barn pop up nights, they’ve been a great success, bringing everyone together whilst we are without our much loved pub! it has been lovely to see so many familiar and new faces to the barn from the village, we hope you are all enjoying them as much as we are!

Our next pop up night is on Friday 10th November, with Food by Verity. Who remember’s The Food Shack…’s back with a twist! Verity’s popping up  “The Mac’ Shack”! Serving Mac’n’cheese with a twist or two of your choosing. Join us from 5pm til 10:30pm, with a mini licensed bar and beer from the Wriggly Monkey, sit back, relax and enjoy! Follow our pages for more news and full menu options soon.

Some of you may have already heard news of the announcement we shared with our customers earlier this month, for those who may have missed this, we share the statement below for you. It certainly hasn’t been an easy decision but we have been most grateful for your understanding, support and kind wishes since”:

A Statement from the barn…..
With our Christmas shop now open and as we head full on into this fabulous but crazy festive season, it feels like the right time to let you know that 2024 will see our Cafè close and the barn take a new direction. 
The last few years have been challenging for both large business and small and there has been no let up! We’ve worked hard to adapt to the twists and turns the world has thrown at us, and absorb some of the losses this created, now coupled with a recent health scare, it is time for us to pause and consider the future shape of the business. 
The shop & Café will close in their current form, until further notice on 22nd December 2023; rest assured, whatever we do, Christmas will always remain the heart of the barn and will be back for sure in 2024! 
In the meantime, please support us & our amazing team, pop in for coffee, enjoy a delicious cake or 2, take a lunch and browse our shop, let’s make this a season to remember!! 
Finally a heartfelt thanks goes out to all our amazing team and to all of you, our most loyal followers for your unwavering support. Whatever the future holds, however big or small, we hope you will remain a part of the heart of the Barn. 
Richard & Sara

January Scramble – local residents discount available once again 
Tickets are now live for Bicester Heritage’s winter Scramble date, on Sunday 7 January, following a successful October event.Attendees were able to enjoy a display celebrating two unexpectedly connected cars, as part of the ‘Family Ties’ lawn, celebrating the diversity of car designers and developers for a range of marques, bringing over 20 cars together including Skoda, Lamborghini and Jaguar vehicles in the mix.

The much-loved Autojumble and Trader Village returned to Hangar 113, giving attendees the opportunity to pick up some memorabilia and browse the range of products on offer, while Tamiya also provided much excitement under-cover with a mini course in-situ for their range of remote-controlled cars.
As usual, discounted tickets are allocated for local residents at 50% off, the promo code is: BristolBoxkite 

I am frequently contacted about potholes and other local issues such as flytipping, abandoned cars, debris on roads and temporary signages being put up on waste land and whilst I can pass these on to my contacts, the very best way to report anything that concerns the county council is via their Fixmystreet portal. They tell me that it is checked daily and matters are put straight into the system for investigation.
You can upload photos but you don’t have to and it really isn’t difficult, so please give it a try:

Lost Silver Bracelet 
Some weeks ago local resident Millie Rawicz  found a silver bracelet in the road outside her house and following publicity in this newsletter it was reunited with it s owner. Well done Millie for reporting it.

East West Rail
The first phase of repairs to The Park Road are well underway and as previously reported the road will be closed to through traffic but access for locals will be maintained throughout.
Phase One:
Monday 16th October to 10th November 2023 from the cross-roads with Mill Road to the turn-off for Godington.
Phase two:
Monday 13th November to 15th December from the cross-roads with Mill Road to the junction with the A4421.

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.

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.

Wilderness Quarter Open day at the old quarry
As previously reported Bicester Motion plan to hold an Open Weekend  where everyone will have the opportunity to visit the site of the old quarry, which they plan to develop into a Wilderness park. This was originally scheduled for September but has been delayed. You will be informed at the earliest opportunity.

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

Planning Applications

Cherwell District Council have some staff shortages and therefore there is a backlog of applications building up which continues to affect the following, amongst others.

There has been a re-submission of planning application no 23/01368/F for the Traveller Site located off the A4421, now no 23/02886/F  Mr J Bell Proposal: Change of Use of land to a 4 pitch travellers caravan site and erection of stable building

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.

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 | (